Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Difficult Days Can Be Redeemed By God

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Some days seem easier to get through, while others seem much more difficult. Most times, those difficult days are by my own doing: whether by what I did/did not do, my emotions, reactions, etc. By the end of those difficult days, by God's grace I am resting on God's Word to sustain me.

"And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."
Luke 4:4
Today has been a difficult day for me today. However, the day is not over and by God's grace it is being redeemed! Every time I fall, when I go to God seeking His forgiveness, He gives it to me fully. He also gives me the grace to avoid falling, and encourages me to go on for Him. I cannot fully express the peace and comfort He gives me in those times.


"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."
James 4:6-10

God is so good. I am blessed to be His blood-bought daughter.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bulk Herb Store's Give-Away (Through The Imperfect Housewife Blog)

I could hardly believe my eyes this morning, as I was checking FB...Bulk Herb Store was announcing a give-away on one of the blogs I read, The Imperfect Housewife. I love both sites--I am so excited about this give-away!!!!
You should be excited, too! Bulk Herb Store is being generous :)--giving away five copies of their Making Herbs Simple Volume 1 DVDs. Now, for those who know me well, know that I'm always hyping about this DVD, as well as the others (and all the other goodies @ BHS). This is exciting!


Why don't YOU go check out The Imperfect Housewife for more details? She also shows what other neat things you'll find at BHS.

Blessings!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Common Problem, A Glorious Solution!

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     It seems that a lot of ladies are going through the same struggles I am currently undergoing. I was reading quite a few blogs this morning that I am following, and it really surprised me! I was definitely encouraged, but also empathetic to the problems. :/

     Of course, all of the issues are issues of the heart. There are always those surface problems that are readily seen, but they only lead right down to a person's heart and mind. It is that way for every person.
     The human heart (carnal, not physical) has nothing good for man. There are feelings that make us feel good: about ourselves, about others, about things, etc. However, that does not negate the fact that they are feelings, not facts.
     It can be a fact that I am feeling happy watching a certain movie, but it is not a fact that the movie is good. It can make me laugh, cry, get angry, lust, etc., but it doesn't make it good. It is a fact that a godless movie is evil.
     It can be a fact that I am feeling angry at my husband for telling me not to watch that movie. However, it does not negate the fact that my husband is right. He is accountable to God, since he is the head of our home, and he also cares for my soul. It is a fact that I was wrong to be angry at my husband for doing what is right.
     There are a multitude of other examples regarding all sorts of things that I could give. It all boils downs to the heart. As I know, the heart cannot be trusted. The very first mention of the word "heart" in the Holy Bible is in Genesis 6:5: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
     The Bible continues on in this fact later: " The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"--Jeremiah 17:9.
     What about the Lord Jesus? What did He have to say regarding the heart of man?
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man."--Matthew 15:18-20
     Though at salvation I received Christ Jesus the Lord, I still have the carnal flesh's heart--Romans 7 is a great chapter to show the constant battle between the holiness within the believer and the carnality. Over and over again God says in the New Testament that I am to keep and comfort my heart:
Ephesians 3 (especially verse 17); Ephesians 5:19; Ephesians 6:5, 6; Colossians 3:15, 16, 22, 23; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 3 (especially verses 8, 15); Hebrews 10:22; Hebrews 13:9; James 4:8; James 5:8; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Peter 3:4, 15.
     This is just a quick search from a Bible website, by typing in the search engine the word "heart." Of course, you will want to use the King James Bible Version, as other versions have many things left out, and have been corrupted by the Wescott and Hort texts. (For more information on the background of how Bible versions are/were translated, please visit this link for more information.)
     Now, why did I share all of this information? Well, for one thing, it is of the utmost importance to back up what anyone says with scripture, properly interpreted, 2 Peter 1:20. It is also also of the utmost importance to trust the Word of God, rather than our hearts. As women, unfortunately we trust our hearts, intuition, and mind, rather than the solid Word of God.
     However, there is a great crisis that comes to any person when they do not believe in the certainty of the Holy Bible. When someone believes that they cannot trust the Bible, because it is full of errors, then of course they will trust themselves more. I mean, why would you trust another man's ideology than your own? You've spent more time with yourself than with them.
     It is always ironic to me that someone would trust in Christ for salvation, which is found in His Word, but yet would not trust Him to be capable of ensuring a proper copy of said Word through all eternity. Hmm. He can save a soul, which is intangible, but He cannot save His written Word. Isn't this the same God that spoke everything into existence? Genesis 1 is a good place to start.
     I have heard many excuses: "Men high on drugs wrote it; Different time, culture; Can't trust humans to know God's mind; Etc." Being able to go to people's homes every other week to hand out Bible studies, as well as other opportunities afforded me of the Lord, gives me the opportunity to hear all sorts of excuses! People will trust man to record history, as long as it isn't God's history.
     Okay...I need to stop at this point and get off my soapbox. What it boils down to for us women is to not trust our emotions at the expense of not trusting God. When our feelings are contrary to God, they need to be overridden by His Word. It does not mean we are not really experiencing those emotions, but it does mean that we need to be put in check and get right.
     Satan loves to use our emotions and intellect to have us sin against our Saviour. To succumb to that temptation is not OK, though it happens all the time, myself greatly included. I thank the Lord for my Dear Husband who is more of a reasonable being than myself. He allows God's thinking to override his emotions many times; much more than myself. His example is rubbing off on me! :)
    So, dear sisters in Christ, do not let Satan have the advantage! Go to God, trust what HE says, not yourself. I know. We do not see God. We have never met Him. The world tells us all the time to follow our heart, to be true to ourselves, believe your own truth. Yet, this same world was more than willing to sacrifice Christ out of hate. Christ said that they would hate His own. Do you really want to trust them rather than Him?
     Let us hold fast to our Saviour. Let us be those wonderful women that glorify Him! May our lights so shine in this wicked day so that Christ may have His way! Do not give in to the sin-filled flesh, but the glory-filled God!

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
Galatians 5:19-25


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Grace of My God

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Many times I get myself in a spot to where I am ever reminded of God's infinite grace, mercy, justice, and love. Usually those times occur when I've sinned against Him. Though those times bring me great sorrow, there is also a great Light on the other side.
     My Heavenly Father truly is patient and long-suffering. However, He also does not allow me to continue very long in sin(s). He does what He needs to do to bring me to repentance.
     Like Paul, in Romans 7, I find that when I want to do right, I am doing wrong. I also see that my only deliverance is in Jesus Christ. Amen for Him!
Today, after I struggled to even spend time with my Lord in the morning, (not getting around to Him until the afternoon), He had me read in Luke 4 today, which happened to coincide exactly to my situation today: temptations. I was reminded how Christ handled them, and how I should have handled the ones that came to me.
     I was properly chided by Christ, but also encouraged. I know He understands what it is like to be tempted of the devil, through the means of the flesh. He can empathize with me. However, He never tells me that it is "ok" to sin.
     He also took me to Proverbs 3 today. I call it the Wisdom chapter. In it, as in many of the proverbs, it reminds me where and to whom to seek wisdom. Christ reminded me that He is the sum of all wisdom, truth; and only by submitting myself to Him will I be wise, avoid sin(s), and glorify my Heavenly Father.
I appreciate that Christ takes care of me like He does. I wish I made it easier on Him, so to speak. I do not like being a rebellious, stubborn (most like to call this flaw strong-willed), daughter. I want to be a meek, gentle, happy, cheerful daughter that always submits to Him and puts a smile on His face.
     When I think of those desires I have, I know that they are His desires, too. He hates stubbornness, but loves submission. He hates rebellion, and loves meekness. He hates the fruit of the flesh, but loves the fruit of the Spirit.
     I know that while I am breathing, I have opportunities for change, as Miss Sarah Mae from Like A Warm Cup of Coffee wrote today (perfect timing, I might add). Thank you, dear, for writing that article--what a blessing it was to my soul!
     Oh, and after wasting so much time today sinning, God allowed me to redeem time. I was able, through Him, to get much accomplished. I also was refreshed in my soul from the reading of the Bible, prayer, and thanksgiving. How gracious indeed is my God!
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