Friday, October 29, 2010

He's Holding On To Me

I have found a song on YouTube that just blesses my heart, and I keep listening to it! I hope you enjoy it!




Monday, October 25, 2010

The Great Physician

     God is such a great God! He is always there for me. He has never forsaken me. He is the truest Friend!
Some people in my life know of certain physical struggles I have in my life. A majority of women on my father's side of the family have similar struggles, so it has come as no surprise to me. However, there is the occasional frustrating thought that goes through my mind because of it.
     Mine takes the form of missed cycles, sometimes lasting for years at a time. Being overweight and having a rather unhealthy diet did not aide matters, but this problem is inherit. This previous bout lasted for a year.
As of late, I have resigned myself to accept whatever the Lord's will is in my life regarding my health in this area. It is not always easy, as the tempter and my own flesh torment me. As I sometimes grow jealous of other women who seemingly have it easier than I, it can irritate the problem.
     I know it is not healthy for my body to not have its normal cleansing cycle, and it is not healthy for my spirit to harbor worried feelings. So, I unloaded my burden onto my Lord, Jesus Christ, once again.
I shared with Him my concerns: from my limited understanding, it was not healthy for me; desiring a healthy environment for any child He might allow us to create; even having the possibility to have children; encouraging problems by being overweight and having an unhealthy lifestyle; not being a good example by previous acknowledgement; having fears; etc.
     I did ask Him to help me accept whatever His will was, though. He created my womb, so He knows it best. If He decided to keep it closed, then He is to be praised. If He decided to open it, then He is to be praised. I shared with Him my desire for it to be opened, and at the very least, cleansed.
     The very next night showed the Great Physician's touch. The very next night. Knowing my history, folks, this is not normal. Along with that fact is another fact that it is not normal for me to have a typical length of cycle. Yet, I am here to say today that I indeed had a very normal, very functioning cycle!
No one else could have done for me this miracle. Indeed, I call it a miracle, for so it is. Doctors wanted to put me on medication that would have harmed me and any baby my husband and I would have wanted to have. I was not doing my part very effectively on losing the weight, though it is to be well-noted that when I was in a healthy weight, my body still performed poorly in this area.
     I HAVE to give Christ all praise in this event! God was so gracious unto me! It is wonderful to see His almighty hand in my life!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rejuvenation



Do you ever hear or see a verse that reignites a passion for Christ within you? You know, the ones that make you realize just how sinful we are, yet how gracious, holy, and just God is? Verses that make you appreciate the fact that God has adopted you into His eternal family?

I John 1:9 would be that verse for me:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."


Words of Christ in red, right? Well, since He is the Word of God, I figured putting this verse in red was alright.



     I cannot thank Christ enough for His endurance of me. He shows me more love, compassion, forgiveness, and such than anyone in their "right mind ought to." Yet, because of who He is, He is that way and many others with me, not because of who I am or what I do. Man alive, if I got what I earned with my thoughts, actions, feelings, etc., I would be dead.
     Yet, here I am, alive both physically and spiritually. No one else on earth deserves a just payment for their sins than I, yet I am gratefully shaking in my socks (no boots on) that I am NEVER going to receive that payment, for Christ already did and saved me!
     Saved me, knowing who I was, am, and will be. Saved me, when I was, am, and still will be imperfect. Saved me, though not a theologian. Saved me, a hypocrite. Saved me, a wicked sinner.
     If there ever was proof that the Bible is true about the love of God, I am proof. No human would forgive me with all the things I've done to God. No human would love me with a heart that I have. Every other person would forsake me when the going got rough, because of the sinful decisions made. I know these things as fact because they have happened and will continue to happen. Yet, the ONLY ONE who has ever proven faithful, forgiving, and loving is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
     I have proved the Bible true, by my actions. I have proved that man is a wicked sinner, that the heart of man is wicked, and his thoughts are evil continually. I have proven that man can only go so far without the grace of God in the ways of righteousness. I have proven that I am not righteous.
     God has proven that when my heart is yielded to Him, He can do many good and right things through me. God has proven that his love is to the uttermost. He has proven to the world that He can cause a repentant sinner to do right, chasten His children, allow glory to be given to His name in spite of His daughter. He has proven that He loves a contrite heart. He has proven that since He saved me how great and perfect a Father He is. He has proven that He is true to His Word. I am a great sinner, but God is a GREAT GOD.
     I will never understand Him completely. How could I? I am the creation; He the Creator. The more I learn of Him, the more it causes me to be in awe of Him, fear Him, and (for lack of a better word) cherish my salvation. Truly, it was only by His grace I was saved. I could have never established a relationship with Him, had it not been for Jesus Christ.
     He sought me out. I did not seek for Him. He took the time to give me His Word. He took the time to make me realize I was destined for the lake of fire. He took the time to make me see that the only way I was to escape that death was through Jesus Christ. He took the time to make me see that I needed His forgiveness. He took the time to make me see that I needed to be under His control to do right, and to give me a heart to be under His control. He took the time to make me fear Him and my position outside of Him, so that He could bring me into Himself. Thank GOD He saved me 16 years ago!
     So, this verse has made me see just how low I am, and how high He is! It reminded me that I have NO power in and of myself, that was not given to me by Christ. He keeps me, physically and spiritually. He does not make me a robot, but He does control me. If only I could scratch the surface of His power, maybe I would fear and love Him as He deserves.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My Most Favorite Friend On Earth!

     Today has been a busy day, (well, at least the latter part of it). :) I did get a couple loads of laundry washed this morning, including a load of dishes in my handy-dandy dishwasher. When I picked up Dear from work, we got to run around and enjoy each other's company. :)
     Lately I have come to realize how he is my best friend, (Christ being the first one!). It just sort of dawned on me how precious our friendship is to me. There is definitely no other person on this earth that would ever love me as he does. I love him!
     He is my most favorite spiritual teacher, (again, besides Christ), most favorite counselor, most favorite person! He is more than I ever thought possible. I am truly honored and humbled to be called Mrs. Dear. ;)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Guess What, Another Give Away Contest!

Yep, my acquaintance at The Mennobrarian is hosting a fun give away at her blog site! How fun! She's giving away a $40 CSN Stores gift certificate, which is good at any of their sites. Some of the pictures are:








The contest rules are at her site, The Mennobrarian. Have fun!

Holding A Grudge?



What is a grudge? Not forgiving someone. Why do folks hold grudges? It is a source of power, plain and simple. Unfortunately, it harbors many other problems, as shown in its synonyms. As a Christian, I must be on guard constantly to not harbor grudges: always ready to forgive, whatever the means (phone call, letter, in person, email, fax, etc.). I should never harbor any ill will toward another living soul. I should always seek the best for all people!
     So, how can I possibly not hold a grudge? What if that person persists in sinning against me, knowingly? What do I do? Where do I go? Being a Christian, the answer is simple--Go to Christ. Seek His grace to overcome the consequences of sin, the hurt, the offence, and also to forgive and love through Him.
     He tells Christians to forgive "seventy times seven," for the same sin! Am I going to take account of every single sin that someone commits against me, to see if I have forgiven them 490 times, just for that one sin? No! That is insane!
     So, I will keep forgiving, which pleases my Lord and restores broken fellowship. After all, I sinned against Him a lot more than any one person will ever sin against me. He has suffered much more than any person will in their lifetime, and through it all He still forgave me and saved me (knowing that I would still sin, even after getting saved!). What marvelous grace my Lord Jesus Christ has!
     What happens, though, when I sin and someone will not forgive me, though I seek their forgiveness? Pray for them. I cannot change their heart. I should not have sinned against them, since I am now a Christian. Though I will undoubtedly sin today, tomorrow, and until Christ returns for me, I should be striving to walk according to His will, not mine. So, I learn from my sins, and keep praying for those I have hurt.
     It will not feel easy. Feelings get hurt. Relationships are severed, or at least will no longer be as they once were. People can move on and create a different kind of fellowship one with another. Yet, all this ultimately must come from Christ. If He is not sought out to heal and restore, it will continue to be a sinful mess.


"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

Matthew 18:21-35

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Matter of the Heart


I am now opening my heart to you....

God has ever so gently, but consistently, been dealing with the issue of pride in my life.  It manifests itself in so many various ways, but it all is the same.  Unfortunately, when I remember who was the first to be proud, it does not make me feel any better.
  I am so thankful for a God who loves me and is unwilling to give up on me; when, so many times I think He would have by now or some such garbage.  My Lord has saved my soul, He will not let me be useless for Him.
I have often felt like there is some sort of competition I am in with others:  trying to be the godliest, meekest, cleanest, prettiest...You get the idea.  I cannot tell you when it started, but I can tell you that none of those things are godly.  There is no competition found in the Bible, whereby we must strive against one another to show who is the most spiritual.
Yet, that is exactly the way I feel most days.   I feel like I have to prove myself to others, because they do not see what I can see.  I should not ever be having those thoughts or feelings; yet, there they are.
I know all these things in my head.  My soul knows that God is displeased with me every time I give in to pride.   However, I find myself daily giving in to it.
Pride is vicious.  Pride is ugly.  I once heard a preacher mention that no where in the Bible is pride ever mentioned as a good thing.  So far, I would have to agree with him, for I have not found a mention in the Bible with pride being looked upon favorably by Christ.
I do not want to continue being proud.  I know that God has daily been working in me to root it out, but it is deep-seeded.  Day by day He is pulling at the weeds, digging around this root, so that it will be out along with all the other ugly things that sprout up with pride.
I want to be meek like Christ.  Whenever I think of Him, I find Him so majestic, and so beautiful.  His spirit is the loveliest.  That is the kind of spirit I want to have manifest inside and out.
I know He was rejected of men.  He was despised.  He is God, yet He was treated worse than any person.  He never was proud.
Please pray for me, that I will not hinder Christ's work in my life to rid me of this awful pride.  I have been praying for it for some time.  He has been working in my life to get it gone.
God had me read a wonderful article today, that pointed the finger right on my sin issue.  It was definitely timely, and much needed.  I would encourage all of you to read it. I hope it is an encouragement to you, as it was to me. You will find it at this site.  She wrote it so beautifully!

"But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
I Peter 3:4

**Thank you to June, for writing on pride today.**

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Perfect God



     I have made mistakes in the past.  Most of the time, those mistakes were due to selfish reasons.  Many times I knew better, but chose to do the wrong thing.  Though I have nine-times-out-of-ten blatantly sinned, I am thankful that I have a Saviour that will forgive me ten-times-out-of-ten!  I do not deserve this love, this grace, this mercy, but am ever leaning upon Him.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9

     I am so thankful that Christ Jesus is not like me, in the fact that He does not hold a grudge.  If someone goes before Him with a repentant and contrite heart, He is able, willing, and wanting to forgive!  He does not stop there, though. He not only forgives, but enables that soul to sin no more!
     I have a gracious, gentle, just, righteous, loving, holy, upright, forgiving, perfect Lord!  Again, I deserve none of what He bestows upon me.  All I can do is share with others, and strive to do right by Him.
     I know that I have had many times in my life when I have been a backslider.  Unfortunately, many folks were hurt and evil-affected, because of my unfaithful witness of Christ in my life.  Many a time people who knew me as a Christian, saw me bring my Saviour's name to shame.
     May I never do that again!  I must be ever vigilant to be faithful to Him; and not this old, vile flesh.  He is allowing me to still be on this earth to give Him glory and praise--and may I do it well from now on!
     I pray that even when I sin, knowingly or unknowingly, that I will repent and glorify Him. When people see my sins, may I be the one abased, cast aside, ostracized; but not Him. I pray I never bring His name to shame again.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Needing A Pick-Me-Up

This is the day (This is the day)/That the LORD has made (That the LORD has made)

I will rejoice (I will rejoice)/And be glad it is (And be glad it is)

This is the day that the LORD has made/I will rejoice and be glad it is

This is the day (This is the day)/That the LORD has made!


Alright, I feel a little better now!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Another Give-Away!






You've got to be kidding me, right? Wrong!



I love this time of year, because folks seem to be very generous! Another blog is hosting a give-away, of many lovely items.



1. A darling night-light, perfect for your little girl's room!



2. Your choice of an e-pattern from sensibility.com. This website has old-fashioned, lovely, yet modest patterns for you to enjoy!



3. They are also giving away the pattern for the Summer Shade Jumper from Marie-Madeline (along with the fabric to make it)!



4. Finally, there are purity earrings being given away!







So, take your pick, and let the nice lady know at this website. Enjoy!

Another Contest!



I have found another great giveaway contest!  Just go to the Flourishing Palms website, and enter for a chance to win a free pattern with fabric. Deadline is this Saturday!

Fat Quarter Giveaway Contest



I am so excited!  I happened to read on another blog about a blog hosting a fun contest:  giving away 21 fat quarters of beautiful fabric!  You have got to check it out!  It is at Marie-Madeline Studio -- check it out!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Reality Check




     Realizing that I cannot possibly realize all the things, people, etc. that the Lord Jesus Christ protects me from is overwhelming, to say the least.  I am no different from any other person, yet here I am today.  Sometimes it gives me goosebumps, like now.
     I just watched a safe-driving video, and all throughout it I kept thinking to myself, "Thank God I'm saved. Once Jesus returns, there will be no more of this! I wish people would get saved."  Mostly, though, the main thought in my mind was of Christ's return, because sin will be no more.  
     Though I got to witness what can and does happen on the road, Christ sees this all the time, everywhere.  How sad it must be for Him.  What must be even sadder is that many of those folks are probably lost and are entering into Hell.  All in an instant.
     I wonder who I will meet today, who might have the same fate?  Will I be faithful to hand them a Gospel tract, in spite of the jeers, funny looks, or the "No, thank you's?"  Will I be faithful to Christ to share the GREAT news of His eternal salvation to a dying and lost world?
     Will I be willing to give up my pride for His glory?  Am I willing to sacrifice earthly pleasures for eternal gain?  Typically, no.  But, God is able to humble me and help me do those things my flesh hates doing, but that which my souls wants and needs to do!
     I hope that as I go about my day, I will be prepared to share with those the Gospel of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; for, He can be their Saviour, too.  I need not be scared, for He is ever with me.  Thank God I am His!



Monday, June 28, 2010

Though I Struggle, He Will Prevail!


     Today has been one of those days.  You know, those days where you wake up hoping to walk with the Lord perfectly, start to finish;  yet, you find yourself falling face-first into the muck of sin as soon as you plant your feet on the ground. However, it is not ending the same as it began!
     God continues to be long-suffering with me, and for His kindness I am blessed.  I wish I were more like my Heavenly Father, and I know life would not be so stressful for me. Well, as the Good Book says,

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." 
Romans 5:3-5

     So, with that Scripture in mind, I will not give up.  Though, my flesh would like me to do so.  I will keep seeking my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the grace I need: to be who He wants me to be, and do what He wants me to do.
     Alongside all these things, I find I struggle with submitting myself to my husband (which is also me not submitting to Christ).  I find that when he makes decisions I disagree with, I automatically want to buck him.  I know that even if he makes a wrong decision, God will take care of me, but putting submission into practice (which indeed having a meek and quiet spirit will no doubt assist) can be difficult when the flesh is riled.
     I want to be meek and lowly like my Lord, for that is a most beautiful spirit.  I want to be a blessing to God and Dear, as well as all those in my life.  I need to keep His Word hid in my heart, and I know what is in my heart will reflect on the outside.  I know these things, yet putting into practice is my sin.
     I thank the Lord that He shows me my sins, and the solutions to them.  I thank Him that He died for me, and lives!  Even though I still sin and struggle, through Christ is the victory!  I am a most privileged and blessed woman to have Christ in me, with me, and guiding me every step of the way!  I will look forward to His magnification in my life!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Drinking From My Saucer




Drinking From My Saucer

I've never made a fortune, and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much, I'm happy anyhow
And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed..
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough
But I've got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank GOD for his Blessings,
and the Mercies HE's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So LORD, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed..

If GOD gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already Blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads..
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.


Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Not in Focus


     When I find myself seeking favor of men (generically-speaking:  family, friends, strangers, etc.), I know I am not right, spiritually.  It usually means I do not feel accepted, and want that acceptance that I feel missing.  However, I should not ever concern myself with man's favor.  Yet, I do.
     God gently reminded me today that my sights were on man, and not Him.  Once I started concerning myself with fitting in with people, I stopped considering Christ in my life.  If I had been considering Christ in my life, I would not have been concerned with "being accepted."
     I am thankful, though, that Christ accepted me all those years ago; knowing who I am and what I would do.  I cringe every time I look back at my life:  the years before salvation, the years after salvation when I backslid, and even today.  I know the only way to be strong in the Lord is to be in His Word, yet it is something I daily struggle with.
     I want more than anything to please God.  If I am pleasing Him and in a right fellowship with Him, I know all else will be well.  I never experience any greater joy than when I am faithfully following Him.  You would think I would have learned better by now.
     So, I am going to strive to seek the Lord earlier in my day, all throughout the day, and into my nights.  I am going to see what He wants to talk to me about, and listen.  I am going to spend more time with the One who loves me most, and strive to love others the way He wants me to.  I am going to strive to seek His approval, and not man's.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Christ My Lord

     I cannot fully express the thankfulness in my heart for God.  He and His Word are so sure; surer than any other thing or person I have ever known.  I never need doubt Him.
     He makes the impossible possible.  He creates beauty where ashes lay.  He restores what was broken.  He makes whole again.
     I know I will be spending an eternity thanking Him for ever loving a sinner like me.  Loving me so much that He was willing to lay aside His glory and die for me.  Loving me so much to not stay dead, but arise from the grave and back into glory.  Loving me so much that He forgives me forever.
     I take Him for granted too much.  Yet, when troubles arise I am ever reminded of the majesty of my Creator and Saviour, and how I ought to stay meek and lowly before Him and all.  What a blessed Best Friend and Father!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pride

     Oh, how the Lord reminds me of who I am!  Pride shows my lack of obedience in submitting myself to the Lord;  for, if I were submissive to Him, I would not only be humble before Him but to all others as well.  How I hate pride!
     We, the choir, recently sung a song called "Follow Me," last Sunday morning.  Part of the song talks about how a Christian gets puffed-up, a.k.a. proud, over their "spirituality."  God reminds them that they are not as "spiritual" as they think.
     Oftentimes I think I am immune to that kind of thinking.  I mean, who ever wants to become like the Pharisees?  Well, today, amongst others, I realized that I am not immune to that sin.  I fell into that trap just as easily as anyone else would.
     Thankfully, the Lord rebuked me, gently.  Boy, I always need to be on guard!  I know that is a very obvious truth, but it sure is easy to get caught up in every day affairs and keep my guard down.  That is just what Satan is looking for, and God reminded me of that fact.  I hope that the rest of this day will go better, and that I will glorify the Lord with it rather than this flesh.  By His grace, I know I will!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Character

     I am currently listening to a message by S. M. Davis on character.  I have been wanting to listen to it, yet at the same time not listen to it, because I know it is an area in my life with which I greatly struggle.  As usual, God prevailed and I put it in the dvd player. :)
     I am glad for the sound reminder from God to be a person of character.  I have not always exhibited the best character traits, and for that I will always have regrets. However, because God has put me back on the path with Him, He is determined not to let me go off and be someone who is lacking in them.  Thank You, Lord Jesus!
     I realize that it does take time to cultivate character, but I so want it!  I want to exude the character Christ wants me to have.   However, that means I have to have His Word in me!
     So, after hearing testimonies from my pastor regarding his wife, I am following suit.  She puts up Scripture verses throughout her house, in conspicuous places, for constant reminders of Christ.  I am going to do the same:  find some verses, put them all over (tactfully, no pun intended), and keep God's Word in my heart!
 With that in mind, I end with this Scripture passage that God always reminds me of:

Philippians 2:1-16

1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Remembering the Lord Jesus Christ

Matthew 26

1And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
2Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
3Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
4And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
5But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
6Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
14Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
15And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
16And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
17Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
18And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
19And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
20Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
30And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
31Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
32But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
34Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
36Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
47And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
49And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
50And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
51And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
52Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
55In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
56But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
57And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
58But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
59Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
60But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
61And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
62And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
63But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
66What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
67Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
68Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
69Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
70But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
72And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
73And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
74Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
75And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Getting Centered

     I received my newest edition of "Keepers At Home" magazine.  I absolutely love being able to receive such godly, inspiring, lovely reading material.  I truly learn so much just by reading the different articles.
 This magazine aspires to equip God-fearing women with the knowledge in how to be keepers at home.  Being a help meet is a daunting task, without God's ability.  God has blessed many Christian women all over the world with this periodical, (though this magazine seems to only have U.S. subscribers):  so many articles, recipes, do-it-yourselfers, etc.  I plan on saving every edition I receive, and pray that as long as it is in God's will, I will continue subscribing to it.
     I hope to subscribe other ladies to it.  It would be so useful to so many, and such an encouragement to stay on the right path.  So, I will pray and discuss this with Dear!
     The same day I received my "Keepers At Home" magazine, I also received my February and March issues of "O Timothy."  Our initial February one never made it to us, so they sent us another copy, free of charge!  We absolutely love "O Timothy!"  Not only does it warn us of so many dangers prevalent in our world, especially our country, but encourages us to walk a pure walk with Christ.  It blesses my soul to be allowed such godly periodicals in my life!
     After reading some of each of these magazines, it flamed my soul's zeal to do some serious studying of God's Word.  I always put off doing major studies, due to my laziness.  Another reason is the fact that my flesh is not submitted to Christ's will, but He is working on that area!
     I want so much to be of use for God, especially in sharing His Word with other ladies, and children.  I know He has blessed me with the opportunity to teach a Sunday School class in my church, and I am ever humbled and thankful for that post.  Yet, I desire to do study lessons eventually, (all of course according to the will of my Lord).
     So, in order to even be able to be used in this desire of mine I must needs be prepared.  If I am not studying God's Word daily, eschewing this wicked world and sin, then I am not going to be of much use to anyone.  It is required that I be found faithful of the stewardship given me by God, and honestly I have not been faithful in this (and others) area.  Pray for me as I daily sacrifice myself to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I want to be used...need to be used by Him.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Training, Recommendations, and Blessedness

     God has been so good to me!  For part of my Christmas gift from my husband, he gave me the Ladies' Series and The Permanence of Marriage from Dr. S. M. Davis.  I absolutely love them!  We have just about finished them all, and they have really been a blessing.
     Watching these sermons bless my spirit, but convict my soul.  I see all the areas that I have yet to grow in, my sins, etc.  I also see things that God has accomplished in me, that no one (me most of all) would have thought possible, knowing who I am.
     I would highly recommend these dvds to all ladies, married or not.  Those that are married and want to know how to have a blessed marriage, the Ladies' Series are for you.  Those that have never been married and want to prepare to be a godly wife, these dvds are for you.  Those who are Christian married women seeking to grow as a wife and mother, these dvds are for you.  Any lady should take advantage of the knowledge from God's Word in these sermons.
     I feel like I am trying to regain lost ground by watching these sermons, reading books, and especially applying God's Holy Word to my life.  Though saved as a young girl, I was not well-grounded in my faith, until a few years ago.  None of the churches I attended properly taught how to be a godly help meet or mother.
     Even with all this teaching, preaching, and so on, I still struggle in my daily life.  I seem to always be making poor choices.  For example:  I will ask God to remove from my life that which need not be there, whether it is a bad attitude, wrong entertainment, etc.  However, I neglect filling that void with godliness, so there is a vacuum effect.  Not good.
     Yet, my God is a gracious and merciful Saviour.  He has not wiped me out of the face of this earth, no matter how many times I have deserved it.  Finally, my dense mind has figured out this simple fact:  fill in the void with godliness.  So, here we are, watching edifying preaching/teaching; reading edifying books; spending time together in wholesome activities.  There are other areas in my life that have yet to be put under submission, but praise God He is getting them there!
     My husband and I are both of the same mind to eventually buy all the dvds from Dr. S. M. Davis' website.  We could watch these over and over again, (so much better than whatever junk Hollywood or "Christian" movies there are).  We also want to eventually buy all of David Cloud's dvds.
     Dear recently allowed me to get a subscription to "Keepers At Home" (The link goes to an unofficial website for the magazine, but gives a general idea of what it's about.), a quarterly magazine that seeks to aid women in the blessed callings of help meet and motherhood.  I am definitely looking forward for it in the mail, which should be here in a couple weeks!
     Another good magazine for us has been "O Timothy," put out by David Cloud.  He puts in articles for edification in the Christian faith, as well as news from the Christian perspective.  It has very much been a blessing in our lives!
     A book I have loved reading over and over again, has been Debi Pearl's book "Created To Be His Help Meet."  It is found at their website No Greater Joy.  That book has greatly enriched my knowledge of my godly calling as Dear's wife.
     Slowly, but blessedly surely, God has been filling my life with those things that will help me be the daughter I need to be for Him and wife I need to be for Dear.  He keeps reminding me of the (sorry for the repetition, but no other word does it justice) blessedness of this position.  I never realized how awesome it would be to be an help meet!
     Being an help meet to Dear allows me to glorify God and glorify my husband.  It allows me to testify of God's goodness in my life.  First and foremost, my salvation, without which none of this would be possible.  There would be absolutely no way I would have submitted myself to God, much less a man, had it not been for Christ saving my soul.
     Secondly, seeing my marriage the way it is now is very humbling.  We did not come into this covenant with the gravity and godliness it needed.  Yet, God caused me to repent and my husband to get saved, and He has turned this thing around!  Now we are able to be profitable for God in ways we never expected!
     I am truly grateful to God for giving me fulfillment in my life.  Being a help meet allows me to please my Saviour.  By being a wife according to the Bible, from the heart, pleases God.  It allows my husband to glorify God:  Dear is able to focus on his relationship with Christ much better with a submissive, meek, chaste wife; Dear is able to be a better witness for Christ when I am obedient to him (so long as it causes me not to sin against Christ); Dear is much more confident in Christ when his wife is following Christ herself.
     There are many other things that I could babble on about regarding these things.  Suffice it to say I am realizing more and more the blessedness of this high calling of being God's daughter and Dear's help meet.  I can find no other joy in life outside of God's will.
     I will say it again, I can find no other joy in life outside of God's will.  God's will in my life is to be the godly woman He lays out for me to pattern in His Word.  Of course I have many other areas that need chiseling away at, and He is working on those areas.  I have weight to lose, mindsets to be adjusted, emotions to get in check, wills to be subjected to Christ's will, and on, and on, and on it goes.  Yet, they all center around my relationship to God and my husband.

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God...For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God."
I Corinthians 11:1-3, 7-12

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