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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

Are You One?

Discipleship:  1. One of the 12 personal followers of Christ.  2. One of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ.  3. Any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.  4. Any follower of Christ.

Are you missing things in your life that you wish (because that is the only thing you can think of doing) were there?  In order to get the missing things in your life is easy to answer.  Become a disciple.  Now the course of that discipleship might sound difficult.  But as you follow, you learn to take Jesus’s burden.  Which we all know is easy.  Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.   When we use our will to follow Christ, that is when we make a conscious decision to follow Christ, we will see that we must be willing to give up everything that comes in between you and Christ.  So that your walk with him will be without the heaviness of life.  The heaviness might be worry, confusion, guilt, to name a few.  We will have to learn to live out of His strength through Jesus that we by ourselves can not accomplish.  At times it may seem like it takes until a person is going to the bottom of the barrel before they start to see the light.  Remember, that it is all done at His will and on His terms.  Not ours.  We can see this again in Luke 14:26-27   If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannnot be my disciple.  

Did you see that he said that you have to take your cross, not His? You must crucify everything that gets in the way of you becoming a disciple of Christ.   There is a huge difference between desire and love.  Love does good for others.  Where as desire is doing(what we think of as good, whether is actually is or not) for yourself.  Which way do you will your life?  Are you looking into the kind of person you are wanting to be when you are in His kingdom?  You can read more about that in one of the more famous Psalms, 23.  Who ever you want to be then, is who you should be working on now.  Matthew 6:19-21  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  So ask yourselves, are you a disciple of Christ?  Are you following Him?  Where is your heart laying?  Is it with desire or love? What are you willing to give up in order to follow Christ?

I Brag On You, He Brags On Me

Mr. and Mrs. So and so were able to get the house, My kid made the honor roll, Mary volunteers at the community center, Paul helped someone whose car broke down on the side of the road, My neighbor comes and cuts my grass, That couple is engaged, They’re expecting their first baby.

Throughout the Bible we can hear God brag on His children.  Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  1 Kings 3:10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  Job 2:3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”  Daniel 6: 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”  Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  

How many times a day do you brag on someone?  I know that there can be days where it is hard to see the good in people.  Their attitude is bad for some reason, or maybe it is yours that is bad.  But generally, on any given day, with everyone you see, you can find something that they say all the time, or do all the time, that is helpful or good to others.  Helpful  and good enough to brag to others.  The thing is, it doesn’t have to be something grand or super special, although those are nice to hear.  No, it can be a small thing like someone saving a seat for someone, or opening a door.

 Here is a question for you.  When you brag on a person, don’t you feel happy?  You’re not the one doing the good deed, but you do get to reap a reward when you spread the word around about it.  Yes, we must be careful and not allow false pride to slip in when we are speaking about loved ones like our children.  But when you see a person do anything because it’s the right thing to do or because they feel called to do it, there is a genuine reason to brag about them.  And you do get to be blessed within your spirit when doing so.  

Here is another question for you.  Do you think God brags about you? When He looks at you, are you giving Him reasons to say , “Look at my child, I am pleased with them.”  Or maybe you think that God only did that in Biblical days.  Really!?!  Lets look at that a little.  When a child does something good in the eyes around him, we tell all who will listen.  Then what do we do?  We reward them for doing the right thing.  Well then, are you not receiving rewards of blessings when you do something good in the eyes of God?  When we give good sacrifices it brings a sweet aroma to God.  It pleases Him.  The angels watch us with amazement.  For God has told them of us and about us.  He does not group you .  For He listens to every prayer individually, and answers them accordingly.  Why then would He not brag on you and reward you the same?  Listen, when God is pleased with you, your name goes throughout all the heavens for all to hear.  And those whose hear His voice get pleased and blessed by it as well.  

I have a habit that I want to keep forever.  As much as I love to brag on my kids, what I love even more is the chances I get to brag on God.  Whenever I can.  I get filled when I get to tell others what he has done in my life.  How he has changed me for the better.  The wonderful gifts that He has felt gracious enough to give me.  Bragging can be a wonderful thing, when you brag on the right people, for the right reasons.  So test yourself and see just how many rewards you gather when you brag.

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