Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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3 Ways to Rest Today!

by: Ann Voskamp
Three Ways to Rest Today:

1. Look Up

Step outside for a moment. (And really, it's wonderfully true: you do have a moment.) Just look up at the sky. Stare at the blue. Breathe deep. Breathe deep again. Think about heaven. Watch the clouds. Gaze for a long, wondrous moment at the sky and think about all that is eternal and step outside of time and remember how He's made you for eternity. Exhale.

2. Look in

Look in. See the hurry and the angst and the worry and the tired bones. Look in --- and let go. Just let go. Because do you hear Him whispering to you today: "Jesus said, "Come off by yourselves; let's take a break and get a little rest." (Mark 6:31).

Look in and see inside His will for you: "Now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side." (1Kings 5:4)

3. Look Down

Bow your head in prayer for a moment. A long moment. Whisper thanks to Jesus for His abiding presence. Feel Him take the burden off your shoulders. Feel His arms underneath carrying you. Feel Him.

Rest in Him.

To read the entire article, go to Holy Experience.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I Fought For You

Make sure to have a supply of tissues when you watch this, then thank a veteran for your freedoms.

Multitude Monday

holy experience

151. the ability to find life saving information at the touch of a button

152. the smell of bread pudding baking

153. a patient husband

154. young ladies willing to pick up the slack in a pinch

155. the earnest desire of children to live holy lives

156. new floors in our bathrooms and kitchen

157. newly painted cabinets

158. a God who is everlasting

159. a God who is NEVER changing

160. praises shared by friends

Side Effect: How the Pill Altered America’s Moral Intelligence

“The Pill was not created or prescribed to cure sickness or infirmity. It was made to satisfy a demand for personal independence.”--Geoffery Botkin

Read this article at Vision Forum.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stand Firm in the Faith; Be Men of Courage; Be Strong 1 Corinthians 16:13

"Stand up, stand up for Jesus. The trumpet call obey; forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day. Ye that are men, now serve Him, against unnumbered foes; let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose."

by: George Dufield, Jr.

Are You Living Your Best Life Now?

 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" 1 Peter 1:3-7

 Go here and listen to a wonderful insightful message by Dr. John MacArthur about when and how your best life if lived.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fatherhood as a Luxury, Not a Necessity

by: Armstrong Williams

We all should be absolutely alarmed by the current state of fatherhood in this country. It is terribly troubling that our society accepts fatherhood as a luxury, not a necessity. An involved, loving, active father has become the exception in this country, and it's time we make it the norm again.

On the surface, there are some things that only a father can provide his children. Although a mother is vital to a child's development, there are some activities that a dad just makes perfect. Shooting baskets or going ice skating becomes more than a bonding experience between father and child, it becomes a moment when boys learn how to carry themselves as men, how to strive for a goal, work hard, and strengthen their male personality. It becomes a moment when daughters learn how a man should properly treat a woman, interact with males, try their best, overcome adversity, and strive for their potential. There is little in life that can simulate these fathers – child moments that turn ordinary days into treasured lifelong memories.

To read this article in its entirety go to Townhall.

Baruch Hashem Adonai

Monday, June 21, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

141. the most wonderful Daddy for my children

142. a husband with the wisdom of Solomon

143. a manly husband who is also very tender and compassionate

144. children who shower their Daddy with their love

145. a Father who did his best to raise me to be a godly woman

146. a Father in Heaven who showers us with grace and mercy

147. a very fulfilling weekend full of busy days and laughter

148. change

149. a wonderful father-in-law who raised an awesome son

150. misty, foggy morning, the first day of summer

Monday, June 14, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

131. finally...Spring time?!? (just in time for summer?)

132. smoothies made with fresh herbs and vegetables

133. a freshly shampooed carpet

134. reading about the humbleness of Solomon, when he was young; asking for wisdom, instead of riches and fame

135. surprises for my husband that please him

136. God’s still small voice

137. desire for holiness

138. plenty of fresh spinach and lettuce from the garden

139. tears of repentance

140. a smile from my husband

Friday, June 11, 2010

Day by Day

by Lina Sandell

  1. Day by day, and with each passing moment,
    Strength I find to meet my trials here;
    Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
    I've no cause for worry or for fear.
    He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
    Gives unto each day what He deems best,
    Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
    Mingling toil with peace and rest.
  2. Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
    With a special mercy for each hour;
    All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
    He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
    The protection of His child and treasure
    Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
    "As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
    This the pledge to me He made.
  3. Help me then, in every tribulation,
    So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
    That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,
    Offered me within Thy holy Word.
    Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
    E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
    One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
    Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

Honoring Our Parents

Honoring Parents

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12)
This is the "first commandment with promise" (Ephesians 6:2) and starts the second set of instructions in Exodus 20 for godly living. While the first four commandments focus on our relationship with God Himself, the last six are designed to protect and enhance our relationship with each other.
Among all human relationships, the family becomes the primary sphere (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:21-25; Ephesians 6:1-2) for learning. Human government and nationality have their place in our relationships between and among each other, but the home is the basic training station (Genesis 18:19; Ephesians 6:4) to establish functional authority.
The home is the place to exercise the discipline that will instill respect for authority (Hebrews 12:5-11). Such discipline may involve corporal punishment (Proverbs 22:15; 23:13-14) or verbal rebuke (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12) or even involve the withholding of reward or privilege (Genesis 49:1-26). Government struggles and society reels when homes are negligent in establishing obedience to rules.
The promise of a long life is based upon the child obeying his parents (Proverbs 6:20) and helping his parents as they require care or assistance in their later years (1 Timothy 5:8, 16).
The Lord Jesus submitted Himself to this authority (Luke 2:51). Since He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), it would follow that He upheld this commandment and honored His earthly parents just as He honored His heavenly Father.
The honor given to parents is even extended to all elderly people (Leviticus 19:32). Would God these instructions were followed by all families.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nursing Homes and Day Cares

(used with permission)
Vickie Matthews, writes...

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you."

My mother-in-law just spent two weeks in a local rehab after three months of in and out of hospital visits. I have to say that it was clean and full of cheerful people who were trying their best for the most part to care diligently for the occupants. She came home on Saturday. On Friday she was a wreck for she didn't believe that we would come for her. Why? Because so many others there were told the same thing and they did not come back for them.

She was so relieved to be home. While the place was clean and bright, it was an artificial environment. It is NOT a family situation as the LORD created for His people. I think of what Yeshua said about the hired hand in John 10:12-13, "He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep."

My mother-in-law was upset as they washed her each day. Some were so rough she felt violated. One day she was brought to the shower with several other ladies. She was mortified as they all sat there naked. The thought made me think of concentration camps. What about dignity and modesty? Each night she HAD to give up her hearing aids. They said it was to keep them from being lost or stolen. In the morning she had to wait till they could bring them to her.

These people were not mean, just doing a job. One day a young aide was trying to get them interested in "trivia". But they sat there, slumped in wheelchairs. Most devastating of all is the lack of hope. I thought of how in the beginning of Dante's Inferno (the book) the gates to Hell said "Abandon all hope ye who enter here."

I thought about how the commandment says to honor our fathers and mothers. Yet the question is, are we really when so many and in growing in numbers are being placed in homes? We soothe our conscience by having "nursing home" ministries--go in a day here or there and go home feeling good.

I thought a friend's mom who had cared for the grandmother for years and years 'till she died last spring. How could she do otherwise she said. .

It is the same today with many children who are dumped into daycares. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to do such a thing! God has no alternative but families. Has not love grown cold when we think we can shove those who need constant care into the hands of strangers? What is the better witness for the LORD? Which exemplifies John 15:3, "Greater love has no one than this, than one lay down his life for his friends."

The LORD doesn't ask many to physically die but He does ask us to put others first. If we put in the same effort as others do in their jobs, what a difference it would make! I have long thought that each young woman should have practical nursing skills as part of their education.

Obama's healthcare makes provisions to ration seniors. I know that my mother-in-law has cost 10s of thousands in the past few months. So there is logic in it. Worldly logic that is! Logic, that as a cousin years ago told me, that it was best for her children to grow in daycare for she had her own life to live.

I have watched people over the years work like crazy for houses, cars, security etc. I have rarely seen them work to have the mother return to the home to care for their own children and elderly. How can an elderly person be cared for as they should if the woman is out of the home? When did the dollar become more valuable than family life? It is ironic that there are those who won't care for their own family, but will care for others if paid for it.

I was taught and have taught my children that family takes care of family. Love freely does what money can't buy. I think of Yeshua who gave His mom into the care of the disciple John who took her into his own home, who said in Mark 7:11 He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of G-d in order to keep your tradition. For Moses said, "Honor your Father and Your Mother"; and "He who speaks evil of Father or Mother is to be put to death; But you say, "if a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would have helped you is Corban (that is to say given to G-d); You no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother; thus invalidating the Word of G-d by your traditions which you have handed down and you do many such as that.

PS Vickie wrote me and told a little more about her MIL.
" mil just spent 3 weeks in the hospital with Congestive heart and kidney failure. She is now home again and doing very well thanks be to the LORD! I am a blessed woman. This evening was her 88th birthday. Now a party is planned for next week but 4 of my 8 children were here, 2 of the great grandchildren. It was such a blessing to me to see all around the table. My mil coaxing Emma 3 to eat her dinner. "One potato, two potato, three potato, FOURRRR!!! Emma would open her mouth and eyes wide to receive the forkful! All gathered around my mil to sing Happy Birthday as we gave her a small piece of sugar free cheesecake with 2 candles on it. 2 because she is a "double diget!" LOL"

Television is a Drug

Television is a drug. from Beth Fulton on Vimeo.

Andrea Bocelli tells a "little story" about abortion

Listen to this beautiful story about a mother who chose life for her unborn child and see what the world would have missed had she chosen to abort instead.

The song at the end says:

I want to live like this with the sun on my face, and I sing happily, gracefully. I want to live like this, with the air of the mountains, because this enchantment doesn't cost anything.

Multitude Monday

holy experience

121. another year of life

122. thoughtful gifts from my family

123. special email from my oldest daughter, with a song that we sang when they were little

124. a birthday call from my son

125. a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers from my husband

126. the grace of God that continues to teach me to trust HIM

127. a flexible husband who had to replace flooring sooner than was planned

128. visits with family, reminiscing of old times

129. God’s unexpected provisions

130. looking forward to this next year, I can’t wait to see what God has in store

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Purity in Life

Ladies, say this with me: I speak
dishonestly of the purity of Christ if I dress in a way that
contradicts my testimony, or puts into question my chastity. I
represent Jesus by the way I behave, dress, speak, and love my
neighbor. The way I present myself in public should point others to Christ, not distract people from Him. - Stacy McDonald

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Another Year

This week was my birthday. My family always treats me like a queen. I received a wonderful email from my oldest daughter and her husband and a call from my son. My two younger daughters took great care of me all day. My husband came home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. My daughters made me a wonderful cake. I received gifts that were just what I needed. Here are some photos of the day. I am truly blessed. Thank you, God for such a wonderful, loving family.

Here is the card my daughters made for me. Isn't it beautiful!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wisdom of the Word Wednesday

“And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” 1 John 3:23
“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29
“And He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
I love how He really summed up ALL the commandments by essentially combining them into two commandments. The first four commandments are God related (vertical) and the last 6 are mankind related (horizontal). If we believe in Jesus, we will by shear love for Him want to keep the first four commandments. If we love one another, again, just by shear desire to do this we will keep the last 6 commandments.
 Just think if we believe in Jesus we won’t have a desire to serve other gods, make idols, profane His name. (Now, I am not sure about the fourth commandment, it doesn’t seem like many keep this commandment anymore. I need to do some serious research on this one. I know God has never rescinded any of His commandments, so it is still a viable commandment.)
In the same way, if we love each other, we will desire to honor our parents, we won’t lie to each other, steal from each other, we won’t commit adultery, covet what each other has, kill each other.
But, can we do this ALL on our own? No, of course not, when we believe in Jesus, He will give us the strength and power to keep these commandments. We can NEVER do it in our own strength. The desire will come when we commit our lives to Him and allow Him to do the work in our lives.
I am so thankful that He doesn’t leave us to our own strength to do His will, once we accept His gift of salvation. He is always right with us, guiding us, empowering us and strengthening us.
“But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” John 16:13
“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Raising Homemakers is having a Franklin Springs Family Films Giveaway

Check out this GREAT giveaway at Raising Homemakers.  Franklin Springs Family Films are the best videos that are family friendly. Give away ends Friday at 8 pm EST. So get on over and enter to win, you won't regret it if you win!