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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 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

Is It Any Of Your Business?

My oldest sent me a video of a comic who was talking about how Christians aren’t suppose to curse.  I found the video somewhat funny, but I also got the thoughts out of it as to how fingers are pointed at Christians if and when we mess up.  In the heat of a moment, whether it be a physical pain, or an emotional one, when you’re hit right out of the blue, we “Christians” have cursed.  I get after my kids all the time for this.  My kids don’t use the ordinary curse words.  As a matter of fact, my daughter used to say “tartar sauce” when she was younger, for something that she didn’t like.  She knew that cursing was wrong so she “used her words”.  At the time, we allowed her to do so.  We had the mind-set that she had found a way around cursing and the way she would say it, was kind of cute.  However today, we understand that what stands behind any word that is spoken is where the power of any cursing is at.  So that now when we hear that which is behind the words that are against the good of God, we will tell them to stop cursing.  Then we have to explain to them, well at least the younger ones, that they are cursing.

Then later in the week I was speaking to one of my neighbors and he was explaining to me how another neighbor told him that because he is a “Christian” that he couldn’t get mad at him for anything he may have done to him.  Seriously!!!  Christians are not allowed to get mad?!?  Give me a break.  We are all human.  And as such we all have the same emotions.  I will say that as a Christian, I do try to keep control of my emotions.  I do so so that they don’t control me.  However, there are times when everyone get mad, sad, upset, depressed, happy, joyful, and overwhelmed.

When I was young, my mom use to tell me all the time, (and now I tell my own kids) to mind my business and not the business of others.  My kids have a (bad) habit of helping when it isn’t asked for.  They see something that needs done and then they take over and do it.  The person who was to do it in the first place then gets upset and complains.  I have to remind them that one should not help unless they are asked to help.  My kids have come home from school and given me detailed info on a friend or a classmate that is not what we would call “good news”.  And their opinion about the situation then follows.  I listen because I don’t want them to think that I don’t care about them (the child talking).  But then, I have to ask them, what business is it of yours?  Usually the answer is none.  As Christians we are to tell of the gospel and lead people to Christ.  That is our business.  But to criticize others for the business of their own is not ours to do.  We are to stay away from the worldly ways.  And that is of the world.

I have found, as a general rule, that people like to think that they know better than another.  People have opinions about everything and a lot of them think that they have the “right” to express them to the ones that they feel are doing things wrong.  If we Christians, would only look on the business of God, then we would be keeping in our own business.  Stop looking into the business of the world.  Live your life in your business.  Express the love of God.  So that the world will then come and ask you for the help that they need.

Why Haven’t You Written

I have received some e-mails  asking why I haven’t been writing for over a week and even have been asked by my kids. As if there is something wrong with me.The truth is when I write, I do so because I am inspired by God for one reason or another.Sometimes I will hear something that strikes a cord in me or Usually I will read something. Then there are some things I will see. I have gotten confirmation of my writings when I hear people, usually our pastor(who appears to be in constant prayer) will repeat a line that I’ve already posted. That’s right an entire word for word line.  Last time it was garbage in garbage out.  A friend of mine calls that a God wink. I call it remarkable! The fact that God will press a word on people and those of us who will listen come back with the exact same words just astounded me. If people didn’t know ahead of time what I had written one might that I had copied off of others. Which would make me or anyone  else a fake and not trust worthy. I so enjoy being able to write and then hear others confirm those words that God Himself has placed on my heart.  I know that there are still a lot of people who do not think or believe that God speaks directly to people anymore answer that to hear him you have to read His word.  I agree that you can hear Him thru reading the Bible. BUT I also believe that he speaks to each of us whether we listen to what He is saying to us is another story. I haven written on this subject before.

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Humility Leads To Confidence

I know where I stand with God.  I don’t deserve his love and mercy and yet I am allowed to sit at His feet.

Is that statement too bold for you?  Confidence is something that I have never lacked.  My confidence has been built up since I was little. It has also been knocked down a time or two. For example, when you’re picked on as a child, you can either stand up for your self or you can shrink up within.  When I was younger I had confidence in myself, my family, my friends, etc.  As I grew though, things started to change.

As I was growing up, I had been told that I was very smart.  And at some point I started to believe it.  I had an exaggerated view of my intelligence.  I could hold my own on anything the books could teach me.  However, I wasn’t so savvy on the social scale.  But I didn’t let that stop me from feeling that I was the authority on every thing.

I had always thought that my parents knew the way life was to be lived.  They each had their own strengths and weaknesses and supported one another.  That was until my parents divorced.  The things that came out of the divorce shocked my world.  I found out that I really didn’t know them at all.  I caved within myself trying to hide from the truth that came out of it.

The confidence that I have now is no longer me, or my family, or friends.  But within the one who is worthy of it.  He has given a way to be saved.  He showers me with blessings.  He listens all the time.  He speaks all the time.  He leads my path to Him.  He will never leave me or forsake me. God has given me the best.  In all of and more, I can have confidence.  Hebrews 3:14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,  

But to first obtain this confidence I had to humble myself. To realize that I am a sinner.  And that no matter how hard I try to be good and do my best; it doesn’t change the fact that I am still a sinner.  No better or worse than anyone else. I had to get off the high horse I was riding around town for all to see. I had to understand that I have no power or control except through Christ. I had to understand that my life had nothing to do with what I thought of myself.  It had to do with what God thought of me.  James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.  I had spent a lot of my life relying on my knowledge and abilities instead of realizing that it was God who had given them to me in the first place.  In coming to that belief, I can walk with a little strut, a little groove, in the humiliation that I bring in the confidence of God.

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