Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Scripture: "The Spirit World-- Part One," By Pastor Charles Lawson

     How much do you know about the unseen world around us?  We are told that we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers.  We see all throughout the Bible, wherein angels visit folks:  Samson's mother was first visited by one, then his father with his mother; Mary was visited by Gabriel, an angel; Peter was delivered from prison by one; Lot was delivered by two; Elisha asked the Lord to open the eyes of his servant, so that he could see the innumerable army of angels, fighting on their behalf.
     What about today?  Well, as I mentioned earlier, our warfare is with spiritual principalities and powers, not that of men.  Here is a series, that helps us focus in on that truth, that is not much talked about today:

Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 November Day Book

Outside My Window:

...Is a gloriously sunny, autumn day.

I Am Thinking:

...About all the Lord has done for us, this past year.

I Am Thankful For:

...The Lord not giving up on us; the Lord being in our lives; and, all the Lord has given us.

I Am Learning:

...About being an introvert.  It has been quite fascinating!  Here is just one of many articles I have read, learning about being one.  I found most of their descriptions, I fit (except the fact that I am not married to an extrovert) :) :  

From The Kitchen:

...Me thinks I will be concocting a curry stew, tonight.

I Am Wearing:

...Warmer clothing, since we dipped into the mid-thirties and forties, out yonder.

I Am Creating:

...More pages for my Homemaker's Binder.

I Am Going:

...To keep my heart focused on the Lord.

I Am Reading:

"Living Virtuously," by Erin Harrison.

I Am Hoping:

...As always, in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ:  not me, myself, or I.

I Am Hearing:

...My phone "ting," every time I get a text from my "li'l sis."

I Am Noticing:

...How hard Satan works, to try and divide and conquer.

I Am Wondering:

...If and when, the Lord may allow us to be parents.

I Am Realizing:

...As always, how desperately I need Jesus!

Pondering These Words:

...Charity...Family...Fruits of the Spirit...Works of the flesh...

Around The House:

...Are rooms filled with the charity of others:  conduits of God's temporal blessings in our lives.

One Of My Favorite Things:

...Is not really a "thing," but rather, deep, strong relationships:  centered, based, and thriving in the Lord.  I love those folks who will dive into the awe of the Lord, and His word, with me; those who look after my heart, and allow me the same blessing for them; and, together, worship and love our Lord.

A Few Plans For The Week:

...Prepare for our church group's Thanksgiving "eatin'-meetin'..."
...Try to get in a visit, with a gal from said-group, who was just released from the hospital...
...Try to finish up a project, that Dear and I started a while back...
...Work on some care packages...

Here Is A Picture Thought I Am Sharing:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Scripture: "Pride Destroys Fellowship," By Pastor Charles Lawson

     Pride.  We ALL have dealt with it, are dealing with it, in one way or another.  Whether we are the recipient of one's sin of pride, or we are the one dishing out pride, we are experienced with the effects of this sin.  How has it affected us?  What is its appearance?

Pharaoh's Horses 1848
John Frederick Herring

     Well, this pastor blessedly points out some of the problems in the Corinthian church, that has also manifested itself today.  Truly, nothing is new under the sun.  I was immensely blessed by this teaching.  I have learned much, and am seeking to be more discerning:  so as not to allow pride in my life, as well as allow others' pride to encourage it in me.
     I pray that you avail yourself of this less-than-an-hour message.  Oh, it will do your spirit good!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Thursday 7 #6

Another week has passed.  Another opportunity, to think of seven gifts the Lord has given me.  Here we go!

  1. I was able, briefly, to experience a chilly, autumn morning!  Being in the hot and humid southern area of the United States, having that coolness was quite the treat!
  2. Receiving sound wisdom.  I think I take it for granted, too often, good counselors, in whom I can find a wealth of God-fearing wisdom.  
  3. A husband who makes God is number one "hobby."  He delights in studying the Bible, discussing the Lord and His teachings with me, and others.  Much of his spare time is given over to God, in this way.  I have been blessed, because of it!
  4. My sewing machine, and the thoughtful friend who gave it to me.  Every time I use it, look at it, speak of it...I think of her, and her family.  It was a cheerful sacrifice on her/their part.  I am always humbled by that example, and love.
  5. Speaking of friends, I am thankful for the gifts of friendships.  Strong (in the Lord) friendships, are a rarity. I have learned so much from my dear friends.
  6. My Cracker Barrel serving plate!  A dear friend of mine gifted it to me, a few years ago.  I currently have it in a plate stand on my kitchen counter.  It is beautifully decorated with autumn colors, with the wording, "Count Your Blessings," in the center.  I look at it every day; and, every day, I am reminded of her, our friendship, and the Lord.  Many times He has used it to put me back in my proper mindset.  Every day, I am cheered at its presence and message.
  7. Okay...This next one may seem a bit silly, but I am thankful for it!  The scent of my laundry detergent...Yes, I am thankful for it:  It is so pleasing!  I love its scent, as it gently wafts through the house.  I love its linger upon our laundry.  Curious as to the brand?  It is the "Ecos" brand, and the scent is "Magnolia and Lily."  
**Alright!  Here are my seven for the week!  Care to join me?  Share your link, or list of seven, in the comments section below.  Looking forward to hearing your praises!**

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