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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A reminder….

 

To us all of why our Lord Jesus had to die…..

 

 

 

 

 

May all of you be blessed as you worship our Savior and King!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Silence is Bliss??

The one thing I desire this blog to be is a haven for the Lord to work through my words. I desire to encourage those who decide to stop by, with the Truth and Comfort that only comes from Our Lord Jesus. Lately, though, I have no words to share. Nothing encouraging or even profound to share.

As I examine myself through The Basic Life Seminar videos that we are watching. I see a person in which I don’t like. One whose faith is not as deep as I would like. One who has bitterness in her heart and has no idea how to submit or be under authority since she manifests in her life every thing that shows she has walked against God’s will. So what I do?

Where do I start to repair, restore and re-establish myself to our Lord and those who are in authority in my life?

I guess I could first start with my attitude: 

 

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
(1Pe 3:1-6)

 

I have 4 required Attitudes

1. I am to have a Reverent spirit

Definition- knowing God is working through authorities in my life.

I need to separate a person position from his personality.

 

2.  I am to have a Grateful Spirit

Unhappiness is public rebuke.( Showing unhappiness is a public rebuke to your husband for example)

We are unhappy because we have expectations that have not been met, give your expectations to the Lord.

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
(Psa 62:5)

 

3. I am to have a  Servant’s Spirit

 

Definition- is God’s way to greatness

And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
(Mar 10:44)

Be excited to make others successful in your life.

 

4. I am to have a Quiet Spirit

Definition-overcoming fear and worry

We are to define our responsibilities in situations and then see the ultimate value in our failure.

 

Warning for Wives:

Be careful not to take matters into your own hands.

Be careful not to destroy your own home

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
(Pro 14:1)

Be careful not to force your children to hate

Be careful not to hinder your husband's response to God by reacting to your spirit

Be careful not to cause your husband to surrender his responsibilities to you.

 

 

I ask you to pray for me as I try to implement these things in my life!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Kind of Affiliate Program

My brother in Law and Sister in Law at Ministry Books has a new kind of Affiliate program. It is a new  unique program for ministries and churches. 

Here is some information from their site:

Who is eligible to be a MinistryBookstores.com Affiliate?

Affiliate Links will only be provided to churches, Christian schools, other religious non-profit organizations and ministries that have a website. This protects the integrity of MinistryBookstores.com and all of our Affiliates.

What is the purpose of our Affiliate Program?

To allow MinistryBookstores.com Affiliates to receive donations on qualified purchases.

What is a qualified purchase?

Purchases made at MinistryBookstores.com via the Affiliate Link on your ministry’s website.
How much money do Affiliates receive?

Affiliates receive donations of 50% of the profit on all qualified purchases.

Example: Let's say a $25.00 Retail Purchase is made at our online store via your Affiliate Link. Let's also say $20.00 is the Actual Price, earning a profit of $5.00. We would then donate $2.50 (50% of the profit) to your ministry.

Need I say more? So if you have a ministry- jump over to Ministry Book Stores talk to Ken or Val they would be glad to answer any questions you have.. Oh and remember to tell them their sister in law sent you.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekend – Gone already?!

Well the weekend went way to fast. It started with great exciting news Friday afternoon.. Let me explain. The children/ half grown ups decided to enter a contest the local Christian radio station was having for a bike. The contest was to create a video about MS (multiple sclerosis) – Which my mother has. The boys/men put their heads together and came up with this:

 

They WON  the  contest!!! Which of course was exciting news for them.. I am so proud of them.

 

Saturday- Was warm, and relaxing, we had a family breakfast which is rare for Saturdays since my men all referee for Soccer, but for the first time in months everyone was home.Later that day we went to Sam’s mom’s      to  celebrate Mrs. Sellers birthday which was actually Sunday

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Sam with his Mom and Dad..

 

 

 

Sunday- we went to Grace Church of Humble to watch our niece- Rose- who is 8 years old, be baptized.

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Sunday afternoon we went back over Sam’s parents because Sam needed to change the oil in his truck. It was such a beautiful day so we all hung out on the porch.

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Grandpa with Paul, and Joey!

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Me and my Beloved man!

 

That was my weekend, how was your weekend?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Maria's recent Project...

 

 

These are shorts Maria made all by herself.. Aren’t they adorable! She is going to be a better seamstress than her mother for sure!!IMG_1455

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Monday, March 8, 2010

First Sunday at GFBC of Conroe..

On and off over the past year we have attended Grace Family Baptist Church. Though we loved the order of the church, the service, and the STRONG Word. We always struggled with the lack of friendliness in the people. We don't deem ourselves as unapproachable people. Actually I think we are pretty friendly as a family. None the less, there was no personal contact, nor relationship formed in the 3 or 4 months that we visited there. Out of frustration, desire for Godly fellowship and accountability in our lives, Samuel chose to move us on.

We found this little fellowship close to our home, with lots of wonderful fellowship, as sweet as that fellowship was, they lacked order in the church. What a great heart these people have, loving each other and truly being involved in each others lives. Truly having a heart for the lost, and truly carrying each other’s burdens of life.  Graciously my beloved spoke to the Pastor, many times we prayed for the Lord to change our hearts, or to restore unto this place a new foundation. But neither happened.. so out of obedience to our Lord, and desire for Godly order in the service, my beloved moved us back to Grace Family Baptist but just in time for a new church plant. IMG_1446

Yesterday we attended GFBC Conroe's first service. Oh how sweet the fellowship was.

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Everyone was excited and enthusiastic about the expansion, and the plant, people were friendly, the service was wonderful and went smoothly, and the Preaching was powerful! (Message was on Worship- Why we are to worship, and What is it is to Worship?)

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Dare I say we have found our church home, NO because we are not of this world, it is not our home. My beloved is obedient to heed the call of God on our lives, and where He leads we will follow. But for the time being we will enjoy the fellowship, and worship with this family.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A blast from the past

 

This is a video of Maria, Noah and Beaulah..

Beaulah hated that car and Noah hated that Beaulah would bark at the car…

If you listen closely he is saying stop…

Watch his expression.. and his puffy cheeks.

 

Bible Challenge Answers

 

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Blessings

1. Who first delivered to the children of Israel the famous Benediction that begins “ The Lord bless you and Keep you…”?

 Aaron -Numbers 6:22-26

 

2. In the Beatitudes, the first blessed are the _______________?

 poor in spirit -Mathew 5:2-3

 

Books of the Old Testament

 

3. Which Old Testament book records Israelites census details?

Numbers – Numbers 1:1-46

4. In essence, Psalm 18 is found where else in the Old Testament?

2 Samuel 22

 

I pray you were blessed as you opened God’s Word for the answers.

 

 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bible Challenge Thursday

 

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Good Glorious Morning.. what a another wonderful day to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and What a great opportunity to open His Word, and learn from it.

 

 

 

Blessings

1. Who first delivered to the children of Israel the famous Benediction that begins “ The Lord bless you and Keep you…”?

 

 

2. In the Beatitudes, the first blessed are the _______________?

 

 

Books of the Old Testament

 

3. Which Old Testament book records Israelites census details?

 

4. In essence, Psalm 18 is found where else in the Old Testament?

 

 

 

Thank you to those who take the time to participate. May you be richly blessed as you seek God's face, and the answers.

Answers will be posted Saturday.

 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Come Together Now..

 

 

I love this video

 

May the word spread and God’s people stand to help those in need.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Blog Parade-

 

 

Who doesn't love a parade.. the bands, the people waving, and the occasional candy throwing.. What about a parade from home.. not quite the same.. but still fun! Instead of music, you have your computer, and the people- well you don’t get to see them face to face, but it is fun to read about them. Abigail Grace is putting on the blog parade.. and I am one of your waving marchers!!

 

1. What's your favorite time of the day, and why?

Very early before the sun rises and the house is quiet


2. If health wasn't an issue, what food could you live off of?

Potato chips-Grandma Utz or Martin Potato Chips which are not found in my part of the country


3. If you could have one wish granted (besides wishing for more wishes), what would it be?

For my beloved be granted the desire of his heart and that is to have a Working, and productive farm


4. What's one thing that you get teased about a lot?

     My curly and sometimes uncontrollable hair.


5. If you could choose one movie, book, or TV show to spend your life in, which would you pick? What type of character would you be?

The Bible- and I would want to be Esther.. Ruth no no, Deborah… Definitely Deborah.


6. If you could have one talent that you don't already have, what would it be?

To be artistic, and able to decorate my home beautifully

7.If money were no object, where would you go on vacation?

Greece or Italy!!


8. If you were an awesome singer, which genre would you sing?

Hymnal but with a modern twist Christian songs


9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, what would it be?

Furniture store


10. If you could live in any point in time, when would it be?

Victorian times, when dresses were full, and lacy, and women looked elegant and men were “proper”


11. If every outfit in your wardrobe had to be one color, what would it be?

Blue
12. If you were one of the seven dwarves, which one would you be?

By unanimous vote by my children it is DOC
(Doc, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, Happy, or Dopey)
13. What's the last album you listened to?

Hymns By Michael Card


14. What's something we'd be surprised to know about you?

Well according to my children I am too much of an open book to have anything surprising.. I am truly stumped on this one. I am a hermit.. I love to stay home. It is a chore to go any where. I love to be here with my children.. in my warm house, sewing, schooling, cooking cleaning. Who would have known??

Greatest Commandment

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Good Monday morning all. As I reflect on my weekend, it was one of peace, and relaxation. We were unable to attend church yesterday, because my car(which is the family vehicle) was not in working order. We are not unfamiliar with home churching, so we took the opportunity to invite another family who was not able to go to church, to come to our home and fellowship.

Like any other service we opened in prayer and song. Boy are we out of practice in this. My family use to sing, ALOT. Since attending that small Pentecostal church, we have not sung in a long time. After  song, Samuel (my beloved) begun his message and what a powerful message it was. It was on the greatest commandments of Christ.

I figured I would share my notes with you:

What is the Greatest Commandments given to us by Christ?

Matthew 22:34-40

But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question], tempting him, and saying,

Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?


Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment.And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Mark 12:28-31

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?


And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:


And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.


And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

 

So we are to love the Lord our God, and love our neighbors as ourselves, sounds easy enough- or is it?

How are these commandments manifested in our lives today?

- By our devotion and faithfulness to God

When I do a self examination- what is in my life that takes away from loving God and being devoted to Him?

What do we allow in our lives that prevent us from loving the Lord?

Take some time to ponder these two questions.. what is in our lives that keep us from loving our God, and being devoted?

Do we have idols in our life? Do we have things that steal our time?

What is the first thing we think of when we wake in the morning? Is it giving the Lord praise for another day to serve Him?

Food for your thoughts!!!

Second part of those Scriptures state to love our neighbors as ourselves.

How do we manifest love for others?

-charity

-love

Who is our neighbor?

Everyone

God’s  Ten Commandments covers everything in life on how to love our neighbors.

Coveting is a sin that leads to all the other sins, that are mentioned in the Ten Commandments.If we did not covet- we could love our neighbors.  If we did not covet we would not steal or commit adultery. If we did not covet we would not murder or bare false witness.

This fact amazed me.. I totally gave me a new way of viewing the commandments and realizing through covetousness a lot evil manifests itself.

What defiles a man?

Matthew 15:17-20

 

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?


Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:These are [the things] which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

 

James 3:6-10

And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.


For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:


But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.


Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.


Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

 

What is the biggest hindrance in our lives for us to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind?

Our tongues and which then reveals our hearts.

 

Are we carful what we say to others and how we say it?

A man that speakes blessing cursing can be called a double minded man.( who is unstable in all his ways)

What happens when we can’t get this right?

 

1 John 2:1-6

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:


And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.



And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.


He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.


But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.


He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

We have an advocate, Jesus Christ. We must be careful not to take advantage of the grace bestowed upon by Christ, but know that He is our strength, and our guide when we are unable to get things right.

My beloved you gave us so much meat to chew on.

Thank you Lord for using him to speak so clearly to all of us. May these words, and your message, not leave any of our thoughts. May we bring you Glory this week in all we do and all we say!! Help us Lord NOT to defile ourselves! Help us to love our neighbors. Help us to love you more, and to live and serve you!

In Jesus Name!

Amen

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