Thursday, June 22, 2017

Call on Jesus -Nicole Mullen Lyrics

I know a few people who are going through tough times right now and I want to remind them, and others, to call on Jesus.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Judge?

Matthew 7:1-5 KJV
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

This is a commonly quoted scripture among Christians and non-Christians alike. It is far easier to see sin in someone else's life than in our own. This is why Jesus tells us that before we speak to another person about the sin in their life, we need to examine ourselves first.

While many people will use this scripture to say that we should never say anything against another person's choices, that is not the case either. We are called to love one another and sometimes that means calling out sin in another person's life so they can come back into right fellowship with Christ. The difference is in how it is handled and whether we are in a right fellowship with Christ ourselves.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Worry

Matthew 6:25-34 KJV 
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Worry.

We all do it, but we shouldn't. God tells us that He will take care of us and our needs (needs-not wants). Worry doesn't help us with our needs. Worry doesn't add anything good to our lives. In fact, worry only takes away.

If we truly trust God, then we should not worry as unbelievers do. He knows what we need and when we need it. As long as we are seeking Him and His will, our needs will be supplied. Let's not add any grief to our day today by worrying about what may or may not happen tomorrow. Trust in Him and He will supply!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knowing You (All I Once Held Dear)

We sang this song last night at church and I was focusing on the words as I sang and, wow! Even though we have sung this many times, it hit me last night.






Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Case for Faith and Broken Cisterns

Due to the internet issues I was dealing with last week, I wasn't able to get the sermon uploaded so here it is along with this week's sermon. Unfortunately, the audio isn't the greatest on this week's sermon due to wind from the windows being open. I will need to figure out a new way to record the sermons to minimize or avoid the wind noise.

6-4-17 Sermon

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6-11-17

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Friday, June 2, 2017

You Can't Serve Two Masters

Matthew 6:24 KJV
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Many people believe they can make everyone happy. They can attend church on Sunday and partially live by biblical standards and they can live how the worlds says the rest of the time. However, there is no way to be truly successful doing that. If someone tries to do that, they will encounter many times when they will have to choose one way over the other; thereby choosing their true loyalty.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

My heart has been grieving lately at the number of marriages that are ending or on the road to ending. It is a reminder that we can never stop praying for marriage!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Full of Light

Matthew 6:22-23 KJV 
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

I have to be honest-these verses had me stumped. Even after looking up in the original Greek, I'm still not sure I completely understand.

What I have pulled from these verses goes along with how we look at life. If we look at life with a biblical worldview, then we will be in union (single) with the truth and we will see clearly and it will affect our whole life. However, if we look with a worldly worldview, we will not see clearly because it will be dark and the darkness will keep us from seeing the truth.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Treasures in Heaven

Matthew 6:19-21 KJV
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

We often will put more time, money and effort into things that are most important to us.

You can usually figure out what is most important to people by watching what they do with their time and money. Do we want to put emphasis in things of this world that will eventually perish or in something that has eternal value? In my opinion, anything that supports relationship and the of Christ are much more important than things of this world.

I hope that when people look at my life, they can tell that I am working towards treasures in heaven over treasures of this world.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Learning From, Living and Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

My mother, my girls, and myself before the banquet.
I had the privilege to speak at a Spring Women's Banquet just before Mother's Day. I was honored to be asked to speak. I do find it much more comfortable to write than to speak, but I have been feeling God calling me to share in public more and more in the past few years. Below is some of my notes from my talk as well as a few pictures. My girls sang I Will Sing of the Mercies after my talk and one of them played her ukulele for the song.

Learning From, Living and Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

Today, as we gather here as grandmothers, mothers, and daughters, I would like to think about the relationships between the generations.

Legacy

What exactly is a legacy?

Dictionary.com defines legacy as:
noun, plural legacies.
1. Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest
2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor:

It is something  you leave to future generations. Now, it is nice to have money left to you, or to be left a house, a sewing machine, an old journal or even a recipe, but those are not the type of legacies I would like to talk about today.

Today, I would like to talk about a spiritual legacy. Why? Because Proverbs 20:7 says, "The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him."

You may be asking, "What is a spiritual legacy?" Well, Susan Gaddis says this about a spiritual legacy:

 A spiritual legacy is all about your relationship with the Lord—the stories of your past and present walk with Jesus given to the future.

It is the baton you pass on to the next generation—depositing truth and practice into the minds, hearts, and lives of those you live and minister among.
I'm sure many of us love to share stories about what we remember about our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or even teachers or the next door neighbors. These stories are their legacies.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself." Well, just like we can learn from the mistakes of others, we can learn from what they did right.

I have found it a blessing to have grown up in a Christian home and have grandparents who were Christians because I can look back and see how to live a Christian life as well as remember conversations on why they did the things they did.

In fact, the spiritual legacies of my ancestors and friends around me helped me grow in my spiritual walk and realize God's true calling in my life. While growing up, I was heavily influenced by the feminist movement, but due to some negative experiences, I turned back to my upbringing and accepted Christ. Then, remembering how my grandmother and mother lived helped me learn how to live as a Christian woman. Watching the women whom I attended church with also helped me tremendously in learning how to be a true help meet.

Titus 2:4-5 tells the elder women to teach the younger women, "to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." This is part of the older women leaving their legacies and the younger women learning from the legacies left.

A spiritual legacy can also be passed on by someone you meet or someone who knew another person and shares that person's stories. My mother-in-law's spiritual legacy lives on because of how she impacted my husband's life. My husband shares stories with me about my mother-in-law and her family that reveals to me the many ways we can share God's love with others. Of course, I continue to learn from her from watching how she lives her life now, seeing how she loves others, and by talking to her about things of God.

Deuteronomy 32:7 says, "Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee."

My prayer is that I am living a spiritual legacy. I hope that others will know of my love for God by the words I speak (or don't speak), the actions I make (or don't make), and my reactions to what is happening around me.

I believe the first part of living a spiritual legacy starts with Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
We must love God with all we are and have. We must know and follow His commands. We must teach those commands to our children (and those around us) which we can do in a few ways. We can talk of them, we can read/study the Bible often, and we can surround ourselves with His Word (printed scripture around the house, Christian music, etc.).

Secondly, we must live our faith out loud.  What I mean by this is that others should not only see us studying and hear us talking about His Word, but they must see our faith in action. They must see us love others. They must see us forgive. They must even see us repent when we mess up. They must see us turn to God in the midst of trials. They must see us living differently from the world. Remember, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." (Proverbs 22:1).

I've spoken of learning from and living a spiritual legacy, now let's talk about leaving a spiritual legacy.

I'm sure we would all love to be remembered after we are gone, but we want to be remembered for something good and not for our mistakes. Proverbs 13:22a says, "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children:" I believe this is in reference to a spiritual inheritance just as much as a physical inheritance. If we truly want to be remembered, then we must be purposeful in how we live our lives and it would help if we had a plan.

First, we must know what God tells us is our heritage. Psalm 119:111 says, "Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart." We must remember what God has done for us and share those times with others. It encourages our heart, as well as others, to reminisce about God's good works. We are also told in Psalm 127:3 that children are an heritage. "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward." We must live in a way that shows that they are the blessing God says they are.

We can also leave physical evidence of our faith. You can write your testimony down, leave notes in your Bible, or even just notes of encouragement to others can be evidence of your faith. Keeping souvenirs of faith experiences are also helpful because they spark discussion and remembrance. 

Joshua 4:5-7 says,
5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? 7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
People would ask why those stones were stacked there and it would allow the story of God's goodness to be shared again.

Sharing God's Word with others is another way to leave a spiritual legacy. You can have scripture posted around your home (on walls, coffee cups, calendars, etc.), you can sing scripture that has been set to music, or you can recite scripture. In order to be able to recite scripture, you must memorize scripture. This not only helps  you live it (because you know it), but also helps the Holy Spirit bring it to memory when speaking to someone.

Yet another way to leave a spiritual legacy is in how you react to trials and temptations. Trials and temptations can strengthen our faith, but our reactions to them also reveals to others the state of our faith. If God is our foundation, then we can stand firm in the midst of trials and temptations and standing firm is the most effective way that speaks loudly to our children (and others) what our testimony truly is.

Now, you may be asking why being intentional about living and leaving a spiritual legacy is important. Do you remember how in the Bible the Israelites would follow God for a while and then turn from Him? Do you remember how they would have a good king and then a king who did not follow the ways of his father? Well, most likely that could be traced back to the fact that generations were not intentional about living and leaving spiritual legacies. For example, if there is a generation that loves God and follows His commands, they teach the next generation to do what is right; however, that next generation may teach the following generation to do the right thing, but they can't explain why to do what is right. By the third generation, they have no idea why they should do right so they go their own way.

So, while it is nice to have something physical handed down from previous generations and the thought of passing on something to future generations is also nice, none of it compares to the spiritual legacy that could be passed on. Jesus says in John 6:27a, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life." The most important thing we can pass on to future generations is that of Christ. Purpose today, in your heart, to live and leave a spiritual legacy for your children and their children.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fasting

Matthew 6:16-18 KJV
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

The purpose of fasting is to spend more time with God and to draw closer to Him.

You take the time you normally would spend eating (or doing an activity) and spend it in prayer. You would strive to hear what God is saying to you. If this is your true purpose (as it should be), then it wouldn't matter if anyone else could tell that you were fasting. If you are striving for others to give you recognition for participating in a "holy" act, then you aren't truly striving to draw closer to God. You will receive praise from men, but not from God.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How to Pray

Matthew 6:8-15 KJV
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus models for us how we are to pray.

We are to give honor and glory to God first. We are to seek God's will over our own. We are to go to God to fill our needs. We must remember that our needs can be met daily and we need to wait on His timing. Of course, we must be repentant, but we must also realize we must forgive others if we expect forgiveness from God. We can ask God to keep us from harm-physical and spiritual and for Him to help us when we fall into evil. We then return to praising Him for His power and all He does.

I love how scripture is a textbook for life!


Throw Back Thursday



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Do So Quietly

Matthew 6:1-7 KJV
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

When we do something good for others, we are to do so quietly because we are supposed to do it out of love and not for recognition. If we make a big deal about it, then the recognition of men is our reward and we will miss out on the  blessing from God.

The same is true of our prayer life. We pray to communicate with God. Even if we do pray in a group setting, our goal is communication, not expectation that others will compliment our prayers. We need to make sure that we do what we do out of love and relationship and not because we are expecting some kind of earthly reward.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

I have been feeling like my morning Bible study time has become more of something to check off the to do list than a time I look forward to. I know this is wrong and have been praying for God to help me feel close to Him and have a desire to dig, really dig, back into His Word (compared to the surface study I feel I have been doing).

Two years ago, I wrote a post about how God doesn't want us to become complacent about our relationship with Him.

Spiritual or Tradition?



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Friendship

Proverbs 27:5-10 KJV
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. 8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place. 9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

God created people with a desire to have relationship with others. We were not created to live this life alone. Some women find a friend(s)when they are young and continue to be close friends for the remainder of their lives. Others have friends that come and go. Still others wait for what seems a lifetime for a close friend.

If you are married, your husband should be your best friend, but that doesn't need to stop you from having a best girl friend.

A friend who truly loves you will tell you what you need to hear and not just what you want to hear. She will care enough to help you feel better when you are down. A true friend is a blessing in deed.

If you don't have a friend like this, pray for God to send you one. If He doesn't answer the prayer right away, keep praying. It is definitely worth waiting for the friend God has purposed for you!



Friday, May 5, 2017

Fire

Fire consumes and changes what is on fire.

May God consume and change my desires so they are the same as His.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

I have been asked a few times recently for recipes of things that I make often for my family. I used to do a series called, Home Cooking for Body and Soul in which I did a Bible study and recipes that went along with the same topic. I've been thinking about maybe doing that again.

Please take a look at one of my old Home Cooking for Body and Soul posts and let me know what you think. Here is the link to one of them, but you can find more by looking for Home Cooking for Body and Soul on the right had side of the page.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mansion Over the Hilltop

Since we had a family come and sing at church this past week for our service, I don't have a sermon to share today, so I thought I would share some music.

Last week I was introduced to a song that I don't remember ever hearing/singing before. We sung it at my cousin's funeral because it was her favorite hymn. Later that same day, at church, I found out that my girls sing this as part of a group, with their grandparents, that go to local nursing homes to sing.

I chose this version of the song because I have always been fond of Elvis Presley.





Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

For those of you have Facebook, you know that it will pop up things that you posted in previous years. Well, on Tuesday of this week, the following blog post popped up on my personal feed and I re-read it. Wow, it was definitely something I needed to read again.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mother's Day Giveaway!


I want to encourage all mothers to make sure they don't sacrifice themselves for their families. Sometimes, you need to take care of yourself, too!

Because mothers need to take care of themselves, too, I'm giving away a few things that help me take care of myself. Staying hydrated is a must for mothers, so a fruit infuser bottle helps make that enjoyable. A good cup of tea helps to relax. Journaling your thoughts help you clear your mind. Coloring can bring peace. And the lip balm--because it is my favorite and I wanted to share something fun!

Enter via the rafflecopter below. Prize will only be shipped within the states.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

I've been studying in Deuteronomy lately and this old post caught my attention again.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Providing Clothing

Proverbs 31:13
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

After going through the clothes for this spring/summer, three of my girls were still short on pajamas. I figured I would just make some. Just a few days later, we were given some bedding which happened to have some extra queen size pillow cases that didn't match other bedding. I use them to make pillow case dresses. I made two different styles as I used what I had on hand. I then took some material and made a "pillowcase" to make a third pillowcase dress. I added some lace to the bottom to make it a little longer.

Pillowcase dress made using bias tape and elastic.

"Pillowcase" dress using material, lace, bias tape, and elastic.

Pillowcase dress used by making a casing and using ribbon ties.

For all three of these it cost me nothing but my time which was maybe an hour combined to make all of them.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Live Differently

Matthew 5:43-48 KJV
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

God calls us to live differently from the world. We must stand out from everyone else and since God is love (1 John 4:8), showing love when the world wouldn't, definitely causes us to be different. Evil can only be overcome by love. We can change others by the love we show even when the world says we have the "right" to withhold love. May we rise to the standard God sets for us and demonstrated to us through the life of Jesus Christ.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

We just finished studying contentment in our Bible class. Of course, discussing contentment also means discussing lusts of the flesh which took us to James 4:1-6. The scripture also came up in a discussion at church last week. I remembered writing a blog post about it so I thought I would refresh my memory on what I wrote and also re-share it with you. I have found that when God brings something into my life in multiple ways at different times, then I better pay attention because it must be important!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Resist Evil

Matthew 5:38-42 KJV
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Our human nature (and the world) says that if someone hurts us, they deserve to be hurt the same way, but christ is all about love. We are not to seek revenge, but show love. We don't strike back, we give more than what they are asking, and we don't turn away someone in need.

Is it easy to live this way?

NO!

Our fleshly desire is to say that it is our right to be angry and to fight back, but as Christians, we are called to love. We can resist evil with love.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Trying to Save Some Money

A few weeks ago, two of my children decided it would be fun to hang from our shower curtain. Guess what?! It broke and they fell. They also tore the decorative shower curtain and broke the shower rod. I'm thankful the shower liner stayed intact as I just purchased that not too long ago.

However, I had forgotten how expensive shower curtains are! We don't like using the plastic shower curtains because the smell of them always give me headaches and I like being able to throw them in the washer every now and then. When I purchased the last shower curtain, it was when we had to remodel our bathroom due to some water damage and we chose the paint color of the bathroom based on the cheapest shower curtain I could find that I liked (it was on clearance and if I remember correctly less than $10).

The shower curtain rod was the rod that came with the house when we bought it almost 20 years ago so I didn't mind that it had to be replaced, but I didn't have the money to replace it with the kind I wanted, so I had to do with what I had.

We had an old tension rod that didn't hold the tension well, but I used the brackets from the old rod to stabilize it. I found some hooks at the thrift store for only $1. I then went about making a decorative shower curtain from some upholstery fabric that had been given to me a few years ago that matched our paint. I did have to spend $4 on some ribbon to cover the seam from sewing the material together to make it big enough, but I like how it turned out by giving it a little more decoration.

So, for only $5 and about an hour of my time, we have a new shower curtain. This way, I won't feel bad about making a new one when we are able to repaint the bathroom another color.


I'm not sure why I hadn't thought about sewing my own shower curtain before. I am thankful that a post on sewing a shower curtain popped up on Pinterest one day when I was searching for something else.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

I've been doing a lot of sewing lately to get ready for spring/summer clothes for everyone. This had me thinking of things I have sewn in the past. I think my sewing has improved over the years so it is fun to look back and see how far I've come. Here are some Throw Backs to a few of my sewing posts.

10 Cents and a 1/2 Hour







Sunday, March 26, 2017

Never Alone

I sang this hymn for the first time today when someone requested it at church. What a great song and I love how this gentleman sings it. I hope you enjoy it!



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

The topic of marriage has been abundant in our home lately. Once again, we have been reminded of how many marriages around us are in trouble. Here is one of my former posts on marriage.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Is Sarcasm Okay?

Matthew 5:33-37 KJV
33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

We should be living our lives in such a manner that people do not have to wonder if what we are saying is truth or not. They should not have to ask us to "swear" that what we are about to say is truth. When we say "yes" it should always mean "yes" and when we say "no" it should always mean "no".

This causes me to consider sarcasm. The world accepts sarcasm and I have to say that I was a pretty sarcastic person for many years. The reasons why I am not as sarcastic as much escape me, but it still creeps up sometimes. These verses cause me to be more aware and encourage me to try hard to remove sarcasm from my lips.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Purity in Marriage

Matthew 5:31-32 KJV
31  It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

The seventh commandment is "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Here Jesus is taking it further and explaining how one causes another to commit adultery.

God hates divorce. Marriage is a covenant bond that is never to be broken. God desires purity and when a divorced person remarries, the purity is already gone.

I know this is a big issue and most people don't think it is fair, but purity is a big issue with God as is a covenant bond.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

Recently, my family has been drawn to the discussion of what our girls plan on doing after they graduate from our home school. It reminded me of the following post from a few years ago.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

If It Offends

Matthew 5:29-30 KJV
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

I think we  can all agree that if something is harmful, we should get rid of it. However, when it comes to a part of our body, we tend to be a little lenient on the issue. What we need to remember is that it is better to lose a small part of our body instead of our whole life. Our souls are much more important than our physical bodies and if we can not control a part of our body from affecting us spiritually, it is better to rid ourselves of the body part. It may seem extreme, but our souls are worth it.