Friday, August 18, 2017

Keep A Quiet Heart

I have been reading, Keep A Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot. I have enjoyed everything I have read so far. I have shared a few quotes from the book over the last weeks, but I wanted to share one entry in it's entirety.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The God of Hosts

Amos 4:13 KJV
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

I truly believe that sometimes people forget who God really is. They forget the power He has in just His spoken word. They forget that He created all things. They forget His majesty.

He is the sovereign Lord. He is in control of all things. He created the heaven and the earth and all within them.

We can not stand before such an awesome God. He is the one and only true God and we must remember His power, His majesty, His wisdom, and remember that His judgement will be just and pure.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sermons

I had trouble getting last week's sermon to upload to my computer, but I was finally able to get it to work! Here are the links to last week's sermon as well as this past week's sermon.

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7-30-17 Sermon


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8-6-17 Sermon

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stand Alone if Needed

1 Kings 22:1-39
John 6:38 KJV 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

When I finish a study and God has not told me which study to do next, I just pray that God will lead me to what I need to read to either encourage or convict myself or others. I then open my Bible to wherever God has placed my hands.

One day, God had me open to 1 Kings 22 where I read about the prophet Macaiah. Micaiah was not afraid to stand for God. While 400 prophets said what King Ahab wanted to hear, Micaiah spoke the truth. Her was not afraid to stand alone for God.

The next day, God led me to John 6. There I read about Christ and how He came, "not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."

I see these past two days as days of encouragement. Often I have to stand against the crowd (especially in the current atmosphere). I don't need to focus on following the crowd, but instead, I need to speak the truth. I don't need to worry about pleasing others, but doing God's will.

In recent years, the suffering that Christians in America truly endure has become more and more real. We must continue to speak truth just as Macaiah did despite what everyone else around us is saying. We must do the will of Him who saved us and will save others if they believe on Him.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Today is Mine

How often to we miss out on the joy of what is happening right in front of us because we are worried about what might happen tomorrow? Scripture tells us not to be anxious,

Matthew 6:34 KJV 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.
 However, we often do worry about the future. Why? If we have truly given our lives to God, then it isn't our business. We will miss something today by focusing on the future.
Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now. ~Elisabeth Elliot
I'm not saying it is easy to not worry about the future, but it is something that we need to strive towards. We need to ask God what He has for us today and get busy with that. He will tell us what we need to know at the time we need to know it.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Let the Father Choose


People often comment on our family size and wonder if we have always wanted a large family. The answer, no. My husband didn't want any children. I figured four or five would be nice. I'm so glad that the Father knows better than we and that we have decided to leave Him in control of our family size. Look at all the blessings we would have missed out on experiencing if we had chosen what we thought best. Not only is each of these children a blessing, but we experience blessings in seeing how God provides for us every day.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Know Who God Made You to Be


I've struggled with being someone I wasn't for much of my life. I kept trying to please everyone around me. I tried to be who they thought I should be. It wasn't until I found my worth in Christ that I stopped struggling and tried to rest in who God made me to be.

If you are like I was, stop trying to be someone else. Read and study and learn who God created you to be and be YOU!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Peace

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

The only way to have peace with God and the peace of God is through faith in Jesus Christ.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rule for Life

Matthew 7:12 KJV
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Even most non-Christians live by this scripture, only they call it the "golden rule"-Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

If everyone lived by this standard, the world would be a much nicer place to live. However, over the years, this has been distorted. People thing that others may want us to treat them badly because that is how they are treating us; thereby, they justify their own bad behavior. However, we need to remember, we are not responsible for someone else's behavior.

We can only be responsible for how we act and respond. We must rise above how others are acting and do what God has called us to do.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26:3-4 KJV 

3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:


Friday, July 21, 2017

God is More Than Good

Matthew 7:9-11 KJV
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Sometimes we forget how good God is.

I think our minds cannot comprehend the extent of His goodness. We compare Him to what we know, but He cannot be compared to any earthly being because we all have sin natures. We need to remember that if we can be "good", then God is so much more.

He desires the best for us.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Throw Back Thursday

The following post popped up in my news-feed as a memory on Facebook. I wanted to share it as it has been on my mind lately as I am reading a pre-release book on a similar topic.

Making the Impossible Possible



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Page-Resources for Sale

I often talk about books that I have enjoyed or that have made an impact on my family. I often find great deals on books and DVDs that our family has enjoyed so I thought I would pass on these finds. The prices include media mail shipping and you can save on shipping buy purchasing more than one item. This is a permanent page that can be found on the right-hand side of my blog. I will add items as I find them and will delete items as they sell so you never know what might be available! Below are just some of the items available currently.

Check out the Resources for Sale page, today!








Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer Sewing

My two youngest are taller than my other girls so many of the dresses I had saved to use are too short so I have needed to either purchase new cloths or make some. I have been keeping my eye out at thrift stores and consignment shops, but it is truly difficult to find any that are long enough so I am better off making my own.

My sister-in-law got married a few weeks ago and since I needed to make them new dresses anyway, I went with material that matched her color theme. As with 99% of my sewing from the past few years, this was using material that was given to me. The lace was also given to me as well as the thread. The only thing I had to purchase was the elastic for the necklines which totaled about $ .35 for both dresses.

I also made dresses for them to wear on Independence Day. For the Kenna, I used a shirt I found at a thrift store (yes, it is a boy's shirt, but I thought it was cute) and then added the ruffles and lace to the bottom to make it a dress. For Bella, I used a simple peasant style pattern and some leftover material from a blanket that we had made a couple of years ago (that had been given to us then) and more lace that had been given to us.

I have plans to make a few more dresses as well.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Be Still

Psalms 46:1-11 KJV 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Not By Chance

You aren't where you are today by chance. Sometimes God's voice is clearest when we are in circumstances we don't prefer. There's something in your current situation that God is going to use to draw you closer to Him so He can tell you something about Himself and His plan for your life. No matter what tight spot you may find yourself in, ask God to open your ears to what He is saying in your circumstances.
Are you in a job you hate? A troubled marriage? Your umpteenth year of singlehood? Believe that God has a plan and that He is going to use this season of your life as the catalyst for revealing it to you. Ask Him to give you a "God-awareness" so you can see His handiwork in every difficulty you encounter.

                                         ~Priscilla Shirer, Discerning the Voice of God

Friday, July 7, 2017

Keep Doing

Matthew 7:7-8 KJV
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

One thing we need to remember after coming to faith in Christ is to continue to learn more about Him. We must be in His Word. We must seek more knowledge and wisdom. We must ask Him to draw us closer to Him. He is faithful and will answer us and we will find Him when we seek Him.

Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Insights Needed

Matthew 7:6 KJV
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

I have to admit, this verse isn't clear to me. I can understand that we are not to "waste" our possessions, time, etc. on undeserving opportunities, but there has to be more to it that just that.

Do you have any insights? Please share!


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!