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What Are You Considering?

Haggai 1:5-6    Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!  You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages , Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

As we go through everyday lives, how many times do we look to our neighbors, family members, or co-workers and said to yourself, “ I want or need that” (Insert your own item).  We are to consider our own life and not the life of others.  From the time we get up to the time we lay down, we make several choices that we are supposed to consider before making them.  These choices are not supposed to have anything to do with the way other people will look at those decisions.  But the way God looks at those decisions.

 

These are moral decisions.  So when you buy your next meal, clothing item, or do your job, ask yourself; Is this something that follows Jesus?  Would God approve of this?  And if you’re not sure, then look it up.  Do the research yourself.  Don’t rely on others to tell you because this is something you are supposed to consider and not them.  I have found that a lot of people expect that attending church (whether on TV, on- line, or in a building) is sufficient.  But I’m here to tell you it’s not.  You will get so much more understanding for your soul.  The impression of God should be where we desire to have and not the impression of others.  People will do the research and compare companies, makes and models for a new car; We are checking the ingredients in our food and drinks; We look at the labels on our clothes to see what they are made of; But are unwilling to research what God has to say on a subject matter and how to apply it to their lives. Now, some of you might be thinking that it doesn’t matter if you eat a little too much or that you have more shoes in your closet than you really need.   But when you stop to think that the ways of your life right now will determine the way of your life after you die and are face to face with the Lord himself.  Then it makes all the difference.

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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

The Quest For The Holy Grail

Have you drunk from the Holy Grail?  “Just what is the Holy Grail?” you might be asking.  According to Dictionary.com=   This is what a grail is:  Also called Holy Grail. a cup or chalice that in medieval legend was associated with unusual powers, especially the regeneration of life and, later, Christian Purity, and was much sought after by medieval knights:identified with the cup used at the Last Supper and given to Joseph of Arimathea.  Well, some believe that it is an actual cup that Jesus drank from at the “Last Supper”.  Matthew 26:27-29  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”  Then there are those who believe that the Holy Grail is supposed to be referring to Jesus’s bloodline.  For which they say that Jesus married Mary Magdalene in secret and then had a child.  This has no scripture to back it up whatsoever. So I don’t believe this.  I am a child of God.  I believe that we Christians are the bloodline. Throughout centuries, fables have been told, written and movies have been done about the Holy Grail.  None of them actually giving any proof to having finding it or even coming close.  All of them leading to this or that country in this or that town.  There have been many people killed in the search for it.

People are (so it seems to me) always looking for something that they can touch.  Something that they can see.  Something that they can control in order to do (as they see it) good either for themselves or for a huge population.  All the while not remembering Isaiah 55:8,9  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I think that the Holy Grail just might be both (and probably a lot more).  Not in the same sense as the others see it.  However, in this way.  If you read the Bible you will hear Jesus talk about drinking and it is not so much as to what to drink with, but as to what is in the cup.  Him.  Look at when Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman.  John 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her, “ If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  John 4:13,14   Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” This is just one example, there are several more references to “Living Water.” throughout the Bible.  The quest should not be on anything but the life of Jesus.  For He is the Holy Grail, He holds the living water.  So stop looking into the world’s view on the Grail.  Look upon the Lord.

The Attack is ON

Ok, so lately (like the last 15 years or so), we have been under attack.  We Americans, We Christians, We married, We stay at home moms.  Now I’m not a person who likes to go looking for a fight, but enough is enough.  Recently, we (Americans) were under attack in Boston.  The hubby and I just happened to have the t.v. on the Fox channel and watched in shock and not so shocked amazement.  We are shocked over the fact that people still have so little care over killing people that they don’t even know.  Killing people of all ages, nationalities, and beliefs.  People, who have put everything aside, who have been training for who knows how long,  to compete in a physical race that most of us wouldn’t even know how to begin except for placing our feet on the starting line.  And after the first line of bloodshed and mayhem, we then pray.  We pray for everyone.  All of those who were running, all who were waiting on the side for their loved ones, all those who were volunteering  all those who went running towards the destruction instead of running away, all those who couldn’t contact each other, all of the doctors and nurses who would have to deal with the trauma coming  through the hospital doors.

We were not so shocked that there are still terrorists running around in our country.  We were not so shocked that the government messed up (again) in allowing them to be here.  We were not so shocked that they were able to get the supplies that they needed to pull of this mass destruction.  And sadly we were not so shocked to see that they, (the ones who pulled it off)  were so young.

When I am asked to pray for someone, I do it with my full heart and soul.  Because I believe in the power of prayer.  But if I express my belief in the Bible or of Jesus, I get criticized for doing it.  I get labeled a hater. All over twitter and Facebook people were sending out words of encouragement and prayers.  I did not see one person telling another to stop.  I did however see a lot of people asking for more and more prayer though.  Funny, how when they don’t see what else can be done by them, they turn to the Christian and ask them to pray.  Without a moment of hesitation or guilt for the words they had just used to try to cut you down with.

If you are married to the opposite sex, lookout!  You are going to (if you haven’t already) get hit with mean and ugly looks from those who are trying to get away with marrying the same-sex.  I’ll be quite honest with you, when I was a teen, I rarely saw or heard about homosexuals.  When I did, I thought that it was a “phase or trendy” thing that would go away with some time (or when common sense kicked in).  But now, I supposed to believe that my marriage is in the minority of what people think is acceptable!  I think that these are the people who need the most prayer.  I do believe that they are lost in what is the difference between right and wrong.

And now I’ve got this Melissa Harris-Perry lady telling the world that their children, my children don’t “belong” to me.  That they belong to the community! What a load of bull!!!  After I raise them they become a part of the community that they choose to live in.  In the manner that they choose to live. Not the community telling me how to raise my child that God gave to me.  I don’t go at this alone.  I have God, my husband, my friends and family on both sides, and Church.  And I would love to see if (which I am really thinking that this is the case) she is trying to get God and the Church out of my children’s lives.  And then at the end of her little video she has “lead forward”, which is an attempt to show that she supports Obama. Here is the link to the video if you would like to see it.   http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51498490/t/caring-children-share-your-story/#.UXi7OaJJ7DM      As if that is in her favor.  Not where I am concerned it isn’t.

So now I sit here typing as all of my rights are being taken away from me and I’m not supposed to do anything about it.  I am no longer allowed to be me, myself in a land that I was born in, which is supposed to be free.  Which is supposed to have given me rights and has had those rights upheld for hundred of years from men, and now women, who have died for you and me.  Yes, my friend, the attack in on.  I’ll just leave you with these few scriptures to think about before you leave.  John 7:7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.    2 Peter 2:12-15    But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.  Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way , and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bo-sor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

Woman…What Have You Given Today

Have you praised the Lord today?  Did you say an encouraging word to your husband by the nights end?  Have you set the priorities of your life on the other people in your life rather than yourself?  Jesus said, God first then others, Mark 12:28-31

Women tend to feel as if they sacrifice a great deal each and every day.  And I would not ever say that women don’t.  But women also tend to complain about each and every sacrifice.  Not realizing that when they do, they have just lost their blessing that God wanted to give them.  They also do not realize that eventually that complaint will get back to the person that you have complained about.  Whether it comes by your attitude, or a loose tongue by anger or another person. When we (both men and women) keep God first in everything that we say or do, it will never feel like you’re being taken advantage of or as if you are the only one making sacrifices.  We see this when we look at the life of Jesus.  He always placed God first and then made the ultimate sacrifice.  No one can make more of a sacrifice than he did.  So you making sure that you got all the laundry done by staying up all night so that your kids have the right clothes to wear for the next day is nothing in the big scheme of things.  Going to the store to pick up milk so that the kids have it for their morning breakfast after you have already put in a hard day should be a joy not a chore.  

Ok, so my hubby might be a little embarrassed by this but I shave his socks.  He tends to get these fabric pellets on his socks from the way he walks making the socks rub against his shoes.  Now he could really care less if they are there, but I care how he looks and I don’t want him to get a sore on his foot because of them.  So I shave them.  This is just one of the little things I do to let him know that not only do I love him, but that I am willing to help in taking care of him.  As a wife and mom, I might not be able to get to everything that I think needs to get done during the day.  However, most of the stuff that I do my family feels is extra stuff anyway.  I try my best to keep in mind that I am making my house that God has given to us to live in, is truly His house and not ours.  As I have written before, my family loves music.  Usually you will find us listening as we clean, do homework, or writing posts.  If you try, you just might find that when you worship God as you do anything, it never feels trying, or stressful, or even dreadful.  I have been trying for at least 18 years to teach my kids that no matter what you do, if you do your best that is all that anyone could ask for.  That if you don’t know how to do something then find someone or something that can tell or show you how.  I’m going to tell you to do the same.  If you go through and try to make more of an effort in being a helpmate or mom and you feel as though you don’t know how.  Then pick up your Bible.  For God is the one who will tell and show you how.

The Taking Over Of God And Man

Warning:  This is a very sensitive subject against the roles that women have taken in the world.  If you read this, all I ask is that you go over the scriptures and meditate on them before yelling at me.

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This is going to be a very touchy subject for a lot of people to swallow.  However, truth is truth.  Moreover, because we have been raised for many generations now that the way things are, is the way they are supposed to be.  At the very beginning of man, we were given instructions as to the order of leadership for all of mankind.  God, man, woman, children.  In Genesis 1 and 2 God laid out that order.  In chapter 2 verse 16, 17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest there of thou shalt surely die. Keep in mind that this was told to the man and was commanded before God made woman. It was told to him because he was to be the leader of his house above the woman and children.  But in Genesis 3 we can see the fall of man.  We are not told who told the woman about the tree of knowledge, but one can assume that it was Adam.  A serpent comes to the woman and starts double talking, confusing the woman, and questioning the word of God.  She tells the serpent We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  God did not tell Adam that he couldn’t touch it, although we can assume that maybe Adam did tell Eve that.  In verse 4 the serpent then makes a statement about how wrong God is and then makes the tree sound too good to be passed up on.  Here it is that they had a whole garden around them, allowed to eat of anything except of one, and greed and lust of the flesh won over.  They were unwilling to give up “one tenth” of the garden to God.  They were unwilling to keep the commandment of God and instead listened to the devil.  Eve listened to the serpent and then Adam listen to Eve.  Neither one of them kept God’s words in their spirit, soul, and body.  Has that happened to you?  Have you ever seen something and wanted it so bad that it didn’t matter what the cost?  Whether it meant, not having enough to pay your house payment, or putting other bills back a week.  Costing you family and friends.  Costing you the best relationship you could have in the world, with God Himself.  Because of their actions consequences came into their lives. God had every right to have done away with them and start over if he chose to do so.  But instead he forgave and treated them as children.

Since Biblical times, I have noticed that women have blamed all their so called “problems” on God and man.  Women wanted the right to vote, the right to have the jobs that man has always had, to be in politics, to be in the military and so on and so on.  We, women, want to be in charge.  Praising ourselves and wanting everyone else to praise us as well, instead of praising God.  We, women, want to “Do it All”.  Instead of realizing that only God can do it all.  Instead of going along with the order that God has already laid down in his word.  Now we have young women coming of age and they don’t know how or care how to take care of their families.  They don’t know how to cook.  And why should they with all the fast food that’s around.  They don’t know how to clean; they can pay someone or expect the man to do it.  They don’t know how to love, because they weren’t shown how.  Women haven’t learned to be satisfied with the life that God gave them.  They don’t know who they are supposed to be.  They don’t know how to be content with what they have or with what they don’t have.

Now we have men wanting to be women and women wanting to be men.  They see what the others have and think that this is the only way to get it.  Women want to climb up into every role that has any look of power.  Always wanting more and more.  Women are overstepping their bounds.  When we don’t try to understand who we are supposed to be and why we are to be that way, we are no better than Eve herself.  I am a mom who would turn into the worst beast if I knew someone was trying to hurt my children.  But that doesn’t mean that I would want or should want to be in the front lines of the military.  I can debate about religion and politics with a lot of people.  But that doesn’t mean I should be in the pulpit, or government. I have a lot of abilities.  These abilities are to glorify God not to become my own God.  These abilities are to help my man, not take him over.  Women need to stop looking at their lives through the eyes of the world and start looking through the eyes of God.  For it is His will and not ours that should be done.  Matthew 6:9–13

The Vs.

This week marks the 40th. Year of Roe vs. Wade.  This law has aggravated me (to say the very least) for the longest time.  No more so than when I had my first miscarriage.  Losing my first son almost did me in.  I was angry at the world and I didn’t care that I was losing myself in the process.  I was young, had just left my first husband and living with my parents.  Not the ideal situation.  And then to lose the one good thing I had going for me….. I felt like my life was going nowhere very fast.

I had my second miscarriage after I was married to Joe.  We lost a girl.  Again, my life went into shambles.  The one and only thing that got me through both miscarriages is knowing that Jesus carried both of them to heaven and were with God All Mighty.   Without knowing that I would have never made it.  There were so many people who wanted me to have an abortion when I was pregnant the first time.  I still don’t understand why people believe that a child is something to be killed and then thrown away as if it was like week old trash and was stinking up the house.  I have spent some time listening to the tapes dealing with the court hearings on Roe vs. Wade and the one thing that sent me reeling was when the lawyer said the baby got in her way!!! So that she couldn’t work!!!   They also tried to say that since a baby couldn’t vote, then the baby had no rights!  They used the word fetus instead of baby also.  I will not ever call a true tangible gift from God with such a nasty, medical, word.  They stated that abortion was illegal because it protected the mother.  Whether that was the true reason was never really found out.  But I would say it would be just another good reason.

Maybe I feel a little more strong on this issue than some.  Solely for the reason that had it became law two years early, I wouldn’t be here right now, nor any of my kids.  You see, I grew up being told that my mom (who was 16 when she had me) she didn’t want me and my dad(who was 19) he did.  I was the reason that they even got married.  This knowledge only set me with emotional boundaries with the people who I had to rely on to guide me through life.  This is probably the reason I am so over protective with my children.  I want no harm to come to them.  And although I couldn’t protect them as well as my emotions want to, I think I have done a pretty good job so far.  Although I still have times when I look back and tell myself that I maybe could have handled a situation or two a bit better.  This is where my prayers come in so much better than just letting come what may.

I absolutely loathe that law.  I can understand that there may come a time when a woman might (and that is a big might) have to choose between her life and the life of her baby.  Easy choice for me, the baby comes first.  I made that choice when Joey was born.  I told myself that no matter what was happening to me, there was no reason for them to save me and not him.  I even had Joe promise me before they put me under for an emergency C-section.  I had preeclampsia.  I’m told when he came out, he was blue.  He had to have been the most beautiful baby I had ever seen.  Yes, I know every mother says that about their child.  But after losing two, and having this one, my life was so complete.

I do not care how long or short you have been pregnant, that baby has a right to live.  So many in the world want children and yet can’t.  So many precious lives have been lost to this law.  The world is so lost in this knowledge.  When one hears of someone losing a child, whether it be due to a high-risk pregnancy, an auto accident, or illness, people act and say as if they feel bad for them.  So then why don’t people feel bad or act sad if a woman has an abortion?  Women don’t want to have to go through any inconvenience for nine months and then allow someone else to get the prize at the end of it.  No they want to be allowed to have sex with anyone, kill the baby so they can live the life that they want at that moment.  Selfishness!  Just plain Selfishness.  These women want to be taken care of instead of trying to understand what a privilege it is to take care of a baby who will grow into a productive adult.  The truly sad part is that babies have been killed even longer than most people know.  In Biblical times people who worshiped pagan gods would sacrifice their first born to them.  In other countries, babies are just tossed aside if they are not the desired sex.  Throughout thousands of years babies, who can’t  talk, or crawl, or walk to these parents to get them to understand that they are people just like them, are killed.  Pray for all of the unborn babies.  Those who have been gone in the past and for those who will be gone in the future.

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