Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Wisdom of God, Part 2

Man thinks he must improve how food is grown or even the "food" people eat. Why? God is the one who is all wise and He already created food for us to eat and a way to grow that food.

Psalms 104:14 says, "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth." God is the one who causes our food to grow! All the chemicals and lab work may make it look like more food is being brown, but once that is done, it isn't the food God created anymore and often lacks nutrients we need. In addition to not being nutritious, it poisons our water systems and soil for future uses.

Case in point, verse 15 of Psalms 104 tells us God made bread to strengthen man's heart. Christ is also called the Bread of Life. God created grains to make bread be good for us. Why then are so many people unable to have gluten/grains? Because the grains today (at least in America) are not the grains God created.

Man has "improved" grains in his "wisdom" to grow more and faster. Then in some cases, they pull out the guten so they can add extra gluten to things to make them rise more and need less grains, thereby being cheaper to make. This is not healthy for us evidenced by the number of people who literally get sick when they eat it.

Our family is not only gluten free, but grain free due to adverse reactions when gluten/grains are consumed. However, when our oldest went to Romania, she could eat and enjoy all different kinds of breads and grain because they do not allow GMO foods to be grown there. This case just shows that it isn't the grain itself which is bad, it is what they have done to it.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday Psalms

Psalms 148:1-14 KJV 

1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 

3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. 

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. 

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. 

6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 

7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: 

8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: 

9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: 

12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 

14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Great Things He Hath Done

Mark 5:19 
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

"Tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee". How often do we do this? We should always be ready to share what God has done and is doing for us.

What great things has he done for me?

Chad-I am still amazed at how God brought Chad and I together, how He kept us together when we were dating, and how He has drawn us closer to Him and one another through the years. Chad has helped me grow into a better woman, better wife, and better mother.

Our children-God blessed us beyond our imagination with our children! Considering Chad didn't want any children and I only wanted four or five, He not only blessed us with more, but changed our hearts to align with His in respect to desiring children and raising them for Him. People say they can't imagine life with many children. I say I can't imagine life without my children! They have helped me become a better person.

Provisions-God shows us His care for us by providing for all our needs! I have countless stories of how He provided for us when we thought there was no way. He has sent us clothes for the children when they were in need and we really didn't have money to buy new clothes. He has sent food when our shelves/refrigerator were getting bare. He flooded our bathroom 9 years ago so we could use the insurance money to add on so we had the space we needed without going further in debt. He has sent people into our lives to show us His love just when we needed to be reminded. He has always provided and I know He will continue to do so.

Friends-God has brought so many people into our lives in unusual ways that quickly became friends and who show us love and support in ways we couldn't have imagined. I remember praying for a couple of years for Him to send me a best friend and He was faithful and sent me a friend who is always there for me when I need her, who encourages me, and prays for me. Again, I can share countless stories of the friends He brought to us.

Church-God has blessed us with some great church families over the years. When we first moved to where we live, He led us to the church that would help us grow closer to Him and learn of His desires for us. The people we called family in that church many years ago are still family to us. Five years ago He called us out of that church and led us to another church that, again, has helped us draw even closer to Him. While it was a hard transition for us to leave the one church and find another, I can see His purpose through it all and now we have even more people to call family!

Plexus-I have to say that Plexus is a true blessing from Him! I have struggled with my health for years. As a mother, I almost always put the needs of my family above my own and all those years of neglect have taken their toll to a place where I couldn't ignore the issues anymore. I truly feel so much better and I know that although my body still has more healing to do, I am on the path to better health. The energy I receive from the Slim helps me not only function with my normal tasks, but allows me to be more active overall which is something I severely lacked. The BioCleanse is helping my body get rid of toxins that for too long were building up. The ProBio5 is helping my gut find a heal and find the balance needed to function properly. Ease has been reducing my inflammation throughout my entire body which helps me feel better and allows me to move more which in turn keeps me active. I am looking forward to how Plexus will continue to improve my health!

What about you? What great things has He done for you? I would love to hear you share what God has done! Please either share below on the blog post or even as a comment on Facebook if that is how you found this post.

Let us share God's goodness with others!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Wisdom of God

Psalms 104:1-35 KJV
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. 2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: 3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: 4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: 5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. 6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. 7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. 8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. 9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth. 10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. 11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. 12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. 13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. 14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; 15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart. 16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; 17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. 18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies. 19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. 20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. 21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. 22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. 23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening. 24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. 25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. 26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein. 27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. 28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. 29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. 30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. 31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. 32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. 33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD. 35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

I have been struck lately about the conflict between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of man.

Most Christians will agree that God is all wise and created a perfect world.

Romans 16:27
To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. 

1 Timothy 1:17
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Jude 1:25 
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Genesis 1:31 
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Many will however, also say that God gave us brains to use to "improve" His world or His ways. Personally, I disagree with that and I think anyone who truly believes and trusts in God should as well.

Yes, God has given wisdom/intelligence to man, but when compared to God's wisdom, man's wisdom will always be secondary. We may think we are wise, but our ways are not God's ways.

I will be looking closer at Psalm 104 in the weeks to come and sharing my thoughts here. I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Proverbs 24:3
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

While this fits with the actual, physical building of a house, I would like to look at it in view of marriage. Most people do not just rush into marriage. It is wise to make sure you are marrying who God has for you. Also, it is wise to realize that love is a choice and make that commitment. Once married, living in understanding for your spouse will strengthen your marriage, thereby, establishing your house. You must seek to understand your spouse if you desire a strong marriage.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday Psalms

Psalms 84:1-12 KJV 
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.

1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 

3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. 

4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 

6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. 

7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. 

8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. 

9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 

10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 

12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Beet Root

For the last few years, my naturopath doctor and herbalist have told me I need to eat more beets. The problem . . . I don't like beets. I can tolerate roasted beets and beet soup, but even then, I just don't eat enough. When I was researching Plexus, I was pleased to find out that Slim contains beet root!

Here's a little about the beet root in Plexus Slim👇
Beet root can improve blood flow to the brain and can slow the progress of dementia. Beet root has a number of nutrients that are important for general health including potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium and dietary nitrate. Potassium lowers heart rate and regulates metabolism. Sodium and magnesium help with proper fluid levels within the body. The dietary nitrate in beet root is linked to lower blood pressure and a reduced incidence of heart disease. (Anybody have blood pressure issues?!)
💜Beet root is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and iron.
Beet root also contains folates that aid DNA synthesis within the cells. The fiber in beet root helps to slow down its conversion into glucose, which makes it good for those with Type-2 diabetes. The fiber can also help to reduce cholesterol. (Anybody have cholesterol issues?!)
💚The nitrates in beet root widen blood vessels for better exercise and athletic performance. 🏋️‍♀️🤾‍♂️🏃‍♀️Beet root also contains silica, which helps to strengthen bones and hair, as well as to maintain good skin condition.
And you thought it was just to make it pink! 😉

Would you like to find out even more about Plexus Slim?! I would love to chat with you about the ingredients and benefits-just send me a message letting me know you are interested!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Worship Loudly

Nehemiah 12:27-47 KJV
27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps. 28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi; 29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem. 30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall. 31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate: 32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of Judah, 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah, 35 And certain of the priests' sons with trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them. 37 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward. 38 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over against them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad wall; 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate. 40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me: 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets; 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer. 43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. 44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited. 45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron.

The wall is complete and the Israelites desire to dedicate not only it to God, but also to return to full use of the temple. They bring the people together and worship God with song.

There are two choirs who walk on top of the wall singing praises until they meet at the temple. This must have been loud and the sound reached many places. All those around the city would have hard not only that the wall was complete, but they would have heard their worship of God.

What a testimony! This makes me think of how our church's partner church in Guatemala worships-doors wide open with lots of microphones so the whole neighborhood can hear!

In addition to this loud worship, they ensured the continued worship in the temp by providing for the needs of the temp and the priests. They made sure everything was in place to return to the standards set before by David and Solomon.

This makes me examine how we worship. Do people hear us worship? Do we provide for the needs of our churches? That provision is a form of worship, too.