Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Who Won?

Well, Aunt Mae has shared the final results from the give away, done in her honor! Come see the news! And the winner is...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Not Knowing What To Write, I Wrote

I want to write, but I do not know what to write. There has been so much happening in my life these past few months, and yet I am apprehensive to share of these things. Usually, I write about what is going on in my life. Yet, for many reasons, I have shied away from so doing, at this time.
I can say this: all that has been occurring has been for my good, and has built my reliance upon my Heavenly Father ten-fold! I never would have imagined myself the type of Christian I am today, when I came to Him for salvation all those years ago. God has changed me much!
I would trade none of the grief and heartache that I have experienced recently. The experiences that triggered those emotions, and others, in me, have brought me to my knees more to my Saviour. They (the experiences) have shown me truth. I cannot regret seeing clearly, even though pain was/is involved.
The pain has allowed me to yield myself to the Lord, so that I would respond and become the type of woman He wants me to be. It has been used to show me my sins, where I need(ed) repentance. It has shown me true love.
Even now, as I write, I am remembering these situations, and it causes a lump in my throat. Yet, I must admit, it is not near as difficult as days past. For all these things and more, I thank God!
Dear sister(s) reading this post: if you are struggling in your life right now, hold on to Christ, and listen to Him. Respond, think, speak, all according to His ways during these hard times. If these times are upon you due to sin in your life, be quick to repent and obey cheerfully. If these times are upon you due to righteousness' sake, stay meek and lowly like the Saviour in His time of adversity. No one of us is higher than the Saviour.
If you have a husband who is born again, fears the Lord, and seeks to walk daily by His side...Go to him with your burden(s). Let him hold you up during your weakness. Let him pray for you, and with you. Let him guide you safely through the tempestuous waters of your emotions.
If you have a sister in the Lord that you can safely trust, seek her sisterly help. Do not go it alone. Reach out to someone, even if you have never met. There are some new, dear sisters I have, because I desperately reached out to them for help.
I may not know your story, but I am willing to help in any way the Lord allows. I can pray, share Scripture, listen...I want to give, as I have received.
So, I guess I have written a little, when I was unsure of what to write. Maybe later, maybe not at all, I will share of this trial of which I speak. Regardless, I know that my Saviour walks with me, showing me His ways, and will continue to do so. Oh, how I love Him!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Helping A Widow In Need Give Away!

A while ago, you saw me bring up a lady in prayer to you all, Ms. Aunt Mae from She was the woman who became an unexpected widow. She then faced not only going through the process of grieving the temporary goodbye of her beloved, but also sorting through a rough set of circumstances related to his death.
Many of us through the "blogging world;" some who know her personally, some (like myself) who have come to know her or of her through this ministry of the heart: seeking a way to meet the financial needs that have arisen, due to her husband's home-going to the Lord. This give away is a small way in which we all felt we could help take care of this widow, and her orphan, in need. We pray that this give away will be a multiple-times-over blessing...To God, to you, and to her!
Here is what you need to know about it:
Aunt Mae's

Have you read about all the harmful ingredients in store-bought soap yet the thought of making your own is too intimidating? Would you like to wash with a gentle lather safe enough for a baby's skin? Then let me introduce you to Mae’s Handcrafted Natural Soaps.

These natural soaps made with real tallow will delight your senses! Mae lovingly makes all her soaps in small batches to ensure the highest quality. She uses the best of the best ingredients: real tallow is gentle on your skin while at the same time is used for the bar's hardness, which means it doesn't get mushy in the shower. Olive oil is added for further gentleness along with a touch of coconut oil for a fluffy lather.

Cranberry-Fig-resized-300x199Only high quality soap scents or essential oils are used, and even then they are added with a light hand. Mae's bars give you an absolutely delicious scent you can enjoy in the shower, without becoming obtrusive during the day. Even her coloring agents are of a natural origin. These unique combinations make long-lasting, gentle bars that your whole family will love.

You Can Win Natural Handcrafted Soap!

Would you like to win some of Mae's Natural Handcrafted Soap for yourself? Well, here's your chance! Enter below and be one of SIX winners for a $25 credit that you can use to chose your favorite soaps from Mae's delicious selections.

Aunt MaeThis review and giveaway is on behalf of a dear friend and sister in Christ who unexpectedly lost her beloved husband in February of this year. He left Mae and a young son behind, reeling from their loss.

Mae’s husband had been out of work for a year, living off of a small military pension. The family, understandably, had to cut back on expenses - one of which was their life insurance policies. His sudden death now leaves Mae and their son with very little income (less than a couple hundred dollars a month). Because of different personal situations, she is currently ineligible for benefits like Social Security. Mae homeschools their son, and thanks to The Home School Foundation, she will receive a grant to cover homeschooling supplies and curriculum. She is asking the Lord to provide for her son and herself through her small businesses, one of which is making soaps and other body products.

As you can see, the situation is dire for this sweet widow and her son, but we know that God is able to do more than we could ever think, or ask (Eph. 3:20), and we hope that you will consider joining up with us to help our dear friend by supporting her business.

We're asking you, dear readers, to seriously consider the call of James 1:27—to care for widows and orphans and consider Mae's Handcrafted Natural Soaps for your next soap purchase.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1: 27
Anyone who knows Mae is touched by her. She is an incredibly godly woman, who acts as a Titus 2 mentor to those who know her. She is loved so dearly and we want to do all we can to support her during this incredibly difficult time! Please pass this on by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter.

If you'd like to give a donation, you can send via Paypal to Please remember to choose "Personal" giving so the Raymond family doesn't incur fees with your donation. If you need more details on how to do this, please contact and she'd be happy to send you directions.
A big thank you to all the bloggers participating:
Sara Elizabeth @ A Mama's Story
Renee @ I Am The Clay
Chelsea Rebecca @ Hearts for Home
Kristen @ Smithspirations
Katie Sullivan @ Brighton Park Blog
Anjanette @ Raising the Barrs
Reagan @ The Arsenal
Stacy Karen @ A Delightful Home
Kristen @ Five in Tow
Shawnee @ The Apronista
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
Stephanie @ The King's Bookworm
Shadedlily @ With Them

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What Happened To Reason, To Sanity, To Truth?

     Whatever happened to rightly dividing the word of truth?  Whatever happened to reading in context?  Whatever happened to true study? What ever happened to sound reason?
     I tell you, I am noticing a trend.  Reason is being thrown out the door, especially when it rubs against your personal grain.  There is also a lot of immaturity running rampant, because folks like entertainment and pleasure, more than they do being wise and mature.  Wisdom and maturity are not without their delights and pleasures, but they are by far accompanied with more sobriety.
     I have noticed, for a while (but definitely within the past few days), that folks like to take God's words out of context.  Things said to the nation of Israel, were for the nation of Israel.  Things said to Adam, Eve, Noah, the prophets, etc., were for them.  They are all for our learning, though!
     For example, most everyone would say it is wrong to murder, right?  Where did that morality derive?  Well, we see God setting an ordinance with Noah, after the flood, stating in Genesis 9:6 that, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed:  for in the image of God made he man."  Even today, folks who murder, generally receive the death penalty.  It is innate;  just as is correcting one who has lied, especially when "under oath."  Folks are penalized for lying "under oath," as it is very serious to be honest.
     These moral values, as well as others, are programmed into each person.  Folks have to fight against, ignore, and compromise to rebel against God's program.  He does not force anyone to comply; we see that fact from the beginning.  Adam chose to sin.  God did not stop him.  He had already clearly stated the repercussions for non-compliance to His rules; but again, He did not create a robotic Adam.  When Adam sinned, or when we sin, it is our choice.
     Anyone in authority of any kind understands that they want folks to choose compliance to authority.  Parents want their children to choose to do right, and so they go about teaching them so to do.  So is the Creator.  He wants us to make the choice to obey righteousness, and eschew evil.
     All sin falls under the category of wrongdoing.  So, just admit it.  It is healthy, and mature, to own that whatever sin you are committing, is wrong.  Just do not sit there and say that "God made me this way," because He did not.  We see how He made people, and we also see what people have done, when reading the Bible. It is not God's fault that we, people, are defective.  That blame lies with our multiple-times-removed grandparents, Adam and Eve.
     God is so good, that He left us with His Word to tell us His desire.  Anything contrary is of Satan, who enticed Eve to err; thus, enticing Adam...Thus, installing a DEVASTATING VIRUS CALLED SIN into the human race.  How devastating it is, too!
     God is also so good, because He not only left us His Word to tell us His desire, but also made a way to be cleansed of said sin!  He offered Himself as the antidote, the solution, the antivirus, the redemption...However you want to word it, He is the answer!
     So, let us get this straight:  God created a perfect world, with two perfect people.  He gave them free will, so that they would not, nor could not, blame Him for forcing them to do anything.  He explained the rules, since He knew that Satan would be coming around to entice them into his camp of sin.  God did so out of love and protection.
     Adam and Eve disobeyed, thus bringing in sin and death to the world and the rest of people.  Yet, God promised a way to be fixed.  He promised a Saviour.  He promised to destroy Satan.
     God still interacts with humans.  He gives His Word, in written form, for all generations to view.  He continues being just with a decrepit people.
     God sends Jesus Christ, many years later.  Jesus Christ, being the only begotten Son of God and God all at the same time, lives a life with absolutely no sin committed, and none in Him.  Then, He gives Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sins:  for the whole world, for each individual.  Then, three days after His death, He rises from the grave, proving His power and divinity (once again).  Now, He is in Heaven with the Father, waiting to receive any who come to Him for salvation, and to return to the world for its final judgment.
     He is waiting, because He does not desire to see anyone perish.  Hmm.  Even though there are folks trying to call evil good and good evil, even though there are folks who want His help when they are scared, but could care less about Him any other time; and they definitely do not want to know Him, nor to follow His ways...He waits to return, desiring those same folks to see the truth, fall to their knees before Him in humility, thankfully receive His gift so that they do not receive the just payment for sins in the lake of fire, and give them a home with Him.
     So, you do not like folks saying this is wrong or that is wrong, because the Bible tells them so.  I understand about things being taken out of context. That is why is is so important to know the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY. Yet, the same folks who do not like others sharing God's truth, also like to share their own opinion of what is right or wrong. Hypocritical, no?
     It can be irritating. Their reasoning is unreasonable, and their logic illogical. Yet, many times these folks are blind. They cannot help themselves. That is the reason God came in the flesh in the first place! He saw their need, my need, your need, and became the solution. So, while folks proudly bash against God's love and truth, may we Christians keep living and speaking the truth in His love (which is not always comfortable to do, but true love cares more about others' needs above self's comfort).
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