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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.

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.

Giving Thanks Re-Post

Because this is the week of Thanksgiving I thought I would do a re-post that I wrote in June.  Because Thanksgiving should be through out each and everyday all year-long.  I give thanks to God. Not only for all that I have already received but for all that He may grace me with in the future.  I find it wonderful that the nation takes a day to give thanks as a nation.  I pray that it will multiply.

Giving thanks is something we all should do everyday. But few of us (myself included) remember to do just that. Thanksgiving is something that quite honestly is more important than one day of the year. The grace and blessings that have not only been given to me but to everyone is not something to be taken lightly. We all are grateful for food to eat and roofs over our head. At least until we hit the grocery store and see the prices or a shingle starts to buckle. Maintenance is something we all have to deal with. Whether it’s getting the car a tune up or getting a check up from the doctor. To remember to keep the focus on giving thanks to God for the car or the fact that you have been given yet another day to live. No matter what bad news may come out of maintenance. Waking up every morning should be reason enough to say thank you.

 

Now, I’m going to say something that my husband Joe may not like. I’m going to tell the world that he has Multiple Sclerosis. He is very private about such things. He was just newly diagnosed a few months ago. He went through a lot of testing. And all along he really didn’t think anything was wrong. He had gone in for a regular check up and just mentioned that he had a tremor in his hand for a little while. The doctor said,”let’s be safe and get it checked by a specialist”. The next thing you know, MS has struck our family. Now I can’t say exactly what it is that he goes through every day. Why? Because I’m not him. Everyone internally reacts differently to news like that. It’s a tough pill to swallow for myself. However, each and every day I have said thank you to

God for giving me such a wonderful man. I have been given a blessing with a man who truly gets me. Who truly loves me. And I know that even before he was diagnosed he gave thanks. If for nothing else, for life. I have a great deal to be grateful for. The list is too long to list here. Which is why I go through the day saying thank you for each. I know that a lot of people that give thanks on holidays or when something traumatic has had a good outcome. Which is all good and well. But it is the small stuff that fill up our daily lives. It should be the small stuff that we are grateful for. Now there is a lot of scripture that I could quote. But I’ll let you have the fun of looking it up. Yes, looking up scripture should be fun. Why? Because it brings you closer to the Lord. Start with baby steps if you need. Find one thing that happens everyday and give thanks. As the days go on add one more. Before you even realize it you’ll be singing his praises throughout the day. Everyday. So now I give thanks for the ability to be able to give this message and every message to you. For that I am grateful.

I Do….Well I Did Part 3

I have been searching the web and I have found that there are roughly more women who write blogs then men.  Although the men are catching up.  I visit a lot of blogs myself.  Most of them are from women writers.  They talk about everything under the sun.  Typical things like beauty products, fashion, and women’s physical issues.  Then there are those who talk about how to be a mom.  The in’s and out’s of it.  You have some who talk about their personal walk with God. You have some who talk about their families walk with God.  Then you have others that twist and turn everything that would make a woman a good wife, mother, and even a good woman into something evil.  You know, the man haters. There are many, many more, on even more and more subjects for women. I have been seeing quite a few lately that talk about comparing life now to life in the 40’s and 50’s.  Most of them have the view of “That was the life.”  Because they can see the simplicity of life if we don’t allow others to sway us.  I would like to encourage you to visit some of the sites yourself and see if you can relate to them.  You might find that you have a June Cleaver in you yet. A June Cleaver that you enjoy being.

We see what a wife is to do in Titus 2:5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.  Look at the key words. Discreet: Careful.  Chaste: Refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.  Homemaker: A person who manages the household of her own family, especially as a principal occupation.  Blasphemed:to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things.)  Now ask yourself does this describe you?  If not then where do you need to work on your life?  It can be hard to see in a mirror sometimes.  You may need to ask.  The best person to ask is your husband.  We can also look at 1 Peter where he speaks about wives submission to their husbands.  Read verse 4 carefully: rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.   Did you catch that.  A gentle and quiet spirit.  Not someone who is spouting off, “Bring it on!”

Now if you have read about Sarah you know that she was not always a gentle and quiet spirit.  She was first Sarai which has the Hebrew meaning of argumentative.  It was God who changed her. It was God who renamed her to Sarah meaning princess.  It wasn’t until she took herself to Him and stayed with Him that she changed.  There are several other women in the Bible that also have a gentle and quiet spirit.  Because of this, God found favor with them and blessed them.  These weren’t women that were looking to get ahead in the world, or fighting to have jobs.  They weren’t trying to keep up with the Jones’s.  They were living for the Lord.  They placed Him first, then their husbands, and others around them.  They put their wants aside to please God. And they did it with joy in their hearts.  They yearned to please God.  They followed His word and kept the meaning of it in their hearts.  And it showed to everyone who encountered them.

For this reason, those women got all the attention, appreciation, and respect that the women of today are looking for.  I could go into a lot more on the book of Titus and 1 Peter, and maybe someday I will, but for now I would like you to just ponder or meditate on the scriptures above.  Are you yearning to please God?  Are you making decisions of being a wife according to the scriptures?  To be a wife is a blessing in its self.  It comes with great responsibility. Responsibilities that only you can do.  These are love responsibilities given to us by Love.  You can not be loving to your husband if you are not first and foremost loving God.  Your husband can not love you in the truest form that he has, if you are not first loving God.  We don’t get to pick and choose what we are to do.  We have been clearly told by Love.  1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Whose Are You Going By?

How committed are you?  Do you stand on the standards of God? Or do you only go by the ones that you like?  Are you one of those people who make up your own as the situations come in front of you?  I find myself in a state of confusion when I hear people talk about doing something that they know in their heart is in difference to God’s word.  The reasons (excuses), which they use, when you step back and look at them closely, are for self-gain.  I find that there are a lot of people who hide behind others in order to give the appearance that it’s fine for them to do what it is that they are doing.  This is done so that they are not inconvenienced, or have a sense of guilt when they see that person(s) again.  They do it so that they “fit in” at the office, to not make waves with family members, so that the children will be happy, get followers on their blog, etc.  What they are really doing is going alone with the world and not with God.  This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want you to fit in, smooth sailing with the family, or happy children.  He absolutely does.  However, He wants all those things with Him and for His glory.  God doesn’t want His people to give lip service.  You will be a hypocrite.  Stating one thing to this group of people, and then stating something altogether different to another group.  God is universal.  His standards have been laid out for us.  There have been times that I have heard people say, “God is a mystery.  Therefore we are not to know everything.” I do agree that God knows that we should not know everything and has, with His wisdom, hidden it from us.  But what they are alluding to is that we are not to understand His standards.  However, if that were a true statement, then why do millions…..no, billions of people study the word?  Do you believe that God has universal standards for all or just for those who choose to live by them?  Just how much authority do we think we have of our lives?   1 Corinthians 9:18  What is my reward then?  That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.

A great gift that God has given us is the power to choose.  He has allowed us to be able to choose every single thing that we do or don’t do.  I get to choose if I get out of bed, whether or not I get dressed, what I want to eat, what I teach my children, whether to follow His Son or not, to obey His commands and so on.  God does not push Himself on anyone.  He has laid out His word, given people warnings, given people blessings, and sacrificed His only Son so that we will see His love for us.  And yet, people go about their own day as if they only have to obey God when they are around other Christians.  How might your day look if you saw everyone as a Christian?  Chew on that for a moment.  If you treated every person, you laid your eyes on, as a Christian (whether they are or not).  Do you think that it would be any easier to follow the commands of God?  I do understand that there are some who truly don’t know what is acceptable to God.  For those and for those who do know, I would like to remind you that if you question it; no matter how big or small something might appear to be, look it up.  If you need guidance as to something that is going on in your life, then do as the Bereans.  Acts 17:11  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.  If you choose to do something simply because, and you don’t have Biblical backing for it, do you really think that it is not against God?  I use standards every time I write anything, and even though my blog is called My Perspective, it isn’t the one that counts.   For every time I write it is His standards that move my fingers.

I Don’t Have It, I Want It, I Need It, I Want It, I Have It!

Do you have it?  Peace that is. Not just any peace, but God’s peace.   Whenever anyone asks me if there is anything that they can pray for me about, I ask for peace. I don’t want contentment, or peace of mind.  I don’t want pacification or even a truce.  I want the spiritual harmony that only God can give.  Because I know that when a problem comes, (and they will come) I will be the one standing in the way of God fixing things.  I don’t want to fall into doubt and questions.  You know the, “Why is this happening?”, or the, “I don’t understand what I did to deserve this.”  2 Thessalonians 3:16  Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.  The Lord be with you all.  Did you see what it said?  “In every way”.  I not only need that but I want it.  I don’t like sounding off in a negative way, at the troubles that come into my life.  I say all the time, (which I need to stop) I just needed to vent.  Hubby tells me, that’s what he is here for.  But generally, I don’t feel any better.  Not that he isn’t loving and trying to understand my view on a matter.  But more times than not, I feel even more angry or frustrated.  This is not to say that we should not lean on others in our time of need or guidance.  There have been many times when I have spoken to someone about a trouble I was going through, and it was that persons walk with me to the Lord that kept me grounded as to what the correct steps are needed and when the time was right to do them.  When I talk out the problem to God, (Not vent, but actually have a conversation.  Where I not only talk, but listen.)  I truly feel at peace with it.

When we lay out our problems to God, and then let Him have them, we don’t have to worry and stress.  I know that I will have to be the one who does the work, but I also know that it will be God enabling me to do so.  So  when I have a week full of errands and something comes along and puts a kink into my schedule, I don’t have to ask myself, “How will I fit everything in?”  The answer might me that I don’t.  The answer might me that not only did I get everything done, but I also got 4 or 5 more things done to boot. If I can’t let go of the small little things that come up on a daily basis, then I am just setting myself up for disaster when the large turmoil comes. Psalm 81:7  You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the of Meribah Selah.  “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you!  O Israel, if you will listen to Me!  He isn’t just talking to Israel, but to you and me as well.

I am just one leader in my house.  In being a leader, I have to learn when to say yes and when to say no.  I have to learn when and when not to delegate things.  I have to learn that I do not have control of my life, no matter how badly I may want it at times.  I have to learn that what I do isn’t for me or those around me, but for God’s glory.  Being a leader means learning the whole time in every situation.  It also means setting an example for everyone else with whom you come in contact with.  The smallest grain of sand can turn into a beautiful pearl.  So can the examples we leave, even when it’s the smallest gesture or attitude. A leader’s attitude can make or break the atmosphere around them.  Just think what we could accomplish if examples we leave were so God entrusted that they overflowed out of every pore we have.  So I will ask again, Do you have it?  Do you want it?  What are you willing to do in order to receive it?  Call on the Lord in your time of need.  And see if the blessing of peace doesn’t fall upon you.  Stand on His word and remember that all things are possible, but only with God.

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