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!

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