Good morning, beloved of God,
A new week begins! A new chapter, a new beginning..a new day..as the sunlight pours into our house, the birds are singing and quiet fills the house. All day yesterday the Lord reminded me what He taught me yesterday with the do nots and buts.. and boy, it was a testing morning and afternoon. Nothing out of the ordinary on the outside it was a battlefield in my mind. I’ve noticed these past two mornings I’ve slept in “as a treat” my mind has wandered to worry and fear. Isn’t that interesting? For me, I doze after a certain time. I’m not a great sleeper-inner. :) I needed to keep commanded Scripture and music into my mind and crying out for the Lord. As the morning and day progressed, I finally began to realize what was happening and Ella asked if we could play one of her favorites..and everything clicked.
Many times saying my worry aloud to Joshua or a friend helps so much because then it no longer can strangle hold me. Quite honestly if it is a fear about another person..i.e. people pleasing stuff, when it is said aloud, I realize how little truth is in my brain. If it is a financial fear, remembering God’s faithfulness always, always helps and then remembering Scripture…and of course, what He taught me yesterday. :) My parents gave Joshua and I the evening off, so we took our night and stayed home with our dog. We read our books, talked, drank some wine, sat outside and talked some more…quiet. It was a wonderful gift. It was pause.
Now today, I hurry to get ready because my ducklings are waiting for me to celebrate my birthday. So go to church! Celebrate God’s magnificence in YOUR life and worship Him in all His splendor in the local church!
Pray on beloved. Pray on…
Good morning, beloved,
Well, the rain is pouring down, the thunder is crashing, the lightening is flashing…it is a storm of beautiful proportions! And Noah is supposed to do a car was today…umm, yes, well, I guess the garden is getting a blessing. The car wash? Not so good…
Yesterday was such a lovely day. My first day at Lake Michigan beach..yes, it was a good day. We all got to the beach. I was able to stare out over the water and breath in and out. The kids dived into the water. I took pictures. Umm, I did not dive in. I believe Luke had a good day. Had his favorite foods, played some Wii, cuddled a fat guinea pig with pleading eyes at Mom (rodents not allowed at Mom’s), beach time, presents, smores over an open fire, worship music in the car with all windows open singing at the top of our lungs….here’s what we sang..it was on klove.
Yes, I believe it was a good day…
We are back in Romans 12! You know it! If you have missed the last two days, go on back and read and come join the party. :)
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and
…well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
reasonable– “the reasoning faculty, reasonable, rational,” is used in Rom 12:1, of the service (latreia) to be rendered by believers in presenting their bodies “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God.” The sacrifice is to be intelligent, in contrast to those offered by ritual and compulsion; the presentation is to be in accordance with the spiritual intelligence of those who are new creatures in Christ and are mindful of “the mercies of God.”
Anyone want to say English, Cara? LOL…this morning with a cuppa it made a lot more sense then the world rushed in and life began. Now it seems very quiet and maybe I can finish this…
The sacrifice of your body, your living body is a choice, an intelligent choice that you are daily, moment by moment offering to the Lord. This is NOT a bowing down five times a day because you have to, not understanding the text because it is in a different language and never having it translated..this is a real choice made with the God of the universe vitally interested, intrigued and loving the socks off ya.
You present your body because as you made the choice, the decision to give your life to Christ once, you now are a new creature in Christ and the old is gone and new has come! You are ever, ever mindful of the beautiful, wonderful, ever present gifts/mercies of GOD!
Better? ;) It is to me..I had to work that out in my brain…
Do not be conformed to this world (this age)…
“to give the same figure or appearance as, to conform to, signifies “to fashion oneself, to be fashioned,” Rom 12:2,
Note: In Rom 12:2 being outwardly “conformed” to the things of this age is contrasted with being “transformed” (or transfigured) inwardly by the renewal of the thoughts through the Holy Spirit‘s power.
but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]…
Oh, beloved, transformed, changed, so wonderful..we don’t want to be wear the filthy rags of this world. We don’t want to fashion ourselves to the things of this age. Rather, Paul has on His mind the Author and Finisher of our faith. You know how I know that? Well, let’s look at the word transformed…
…Christ appearance was changed and was resplendent with divine brightness on the mount of transfiguration. Lovely..:)
…of believers, Rom 12:2, “be ye transformed,” the obligation being to undergo a complete change which, under the power of God, will find expression in character and conduct…the present continuous tenses indicate a process;
Pay attention to what is in italics, beloved! The present continuous tenses indicate a process…in motion. New ideals, new attitudes..
so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God…
prove-to test, examine, prove, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as metals
will-what one wishes or has determined shall be done, a) of the purpose of God to bless mankind through Christ, b) of what God wishes to be done by us
even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]…
What a verse! What a promise..So let’s review. Of course…
- Always keep in mind the mercies of God
- Decide, decisively, to dedicate your body as a LIVING sacrifice
- This is a holy and well pleasing act of continuous service and worship to God
- With this in mind, do not fashion yourself to this age, this world
- Rather be transformed (like your Savior) by the entire renewal of your mind
- With this transformation, you will be able to prove for yourselves the good and perfect will of God..
- Not only that, EVEN the thing which is GOOD, and ACCEPTABLE, and PERFECT in His sight for you…
Good morning, beloved,
A strange picture to start a blog, eh? Well, stay with me..I had no idea…but you need to know…but first, Happy Mother’s Day! As I wander my favorite sites this morning, even youtube has a nod to Mom’s…so I’ll tip my hat to you all. And to my Mom…I’ll see YOU lata. ;)
Last night at Willow Creek, Bill Hybel’s daughter presented the message after Nicole C. Mullen rocked the house. Very, very fun. Shauna Niequiest gave me much to think on and ponder, yet after God gave me this picture this morning…I feel as though He has some things to teach me. So bear with me. :)
What is this picture?
Well, wait, before I answer that, do you know the tenants of the Anabaptist faith? Here’s a great article on their faith from Christianity Today but for our purposes today, in case you don’t get around to it:
The name Anabaptist, meaning “rebaptizer,” was later given them by detractors.
These believers didn’t want to merely reform the church; they wanted to wholly restore it to its initial purity and simplicity. Such a church, they held, consists only of people who present themselves to be baptized.
Congregationalism was another key belief. The Anabaptists could find no justification for elaborate church bureaucracies. Decisions should be made not by a hierarchical leader but by the entire local assembly. In fact, the Anabaptists were the first to try to practice democracy in the congregation.
Another central teaching was the separation of church and state. The church, they said, is to be composed of free, “uncompelled” people. The state is not to use coercion on people’s consciences.
Jesus taught the way of nonviolence, the Anabaptists believed, and so pacifism became another important feature of their lives. Even the hated Turks must not be fought with a sword. By obeying Jesus’ clear commands, his followers should be distinct from society, even a society claiming to be Christian.
This was NOT well received by the rest of society… To both Catholics and Protestants these extremes justified persecuting the Anabaptists, executing them by fire or sword or drowning. CHBlog
So what was their response? Well, to save themselves, they were forced into hiding. Hence, the picture above, yet instead of me describing, I found this beautiful blog:
…Anabaptist story happened late in the afternoon of the same day at the Taeufer Hoehle, or Anabaptist Caves. HansPeter Jecker had also provided us with information on how to find them about an hour southeast of Zurich. Without these directions we would never have found them. They are not clearly marked. Even our GPS system could not find us in the alpine meadows we crossed to get to this early Anabaptist hideaway! I guess the persecuted early Anabaptists had chosen their hiding place quite well – even beyond the reach of modern satellite tracking systems! Eventually, by means of frequent enquiry, we found the end of the road. I guess a hideaway you could drive right up to would not have been that appropriate.
After a twenty-minute walk up a mountain trail, across a rickety bridge over a small stream, there they were – right in front of us. A large opening in the side of the mountain sporting a small waterfall right in front of it cascading down into a deep ravine. We made our way gingerly on a slippery boardwalk right into the caves. As I progressed deeper into one of the caves I could see numerous shadowy hiding places. I wish I would have had a flashlight to explore them all. In any case, here I was squatting in the shallow hideouts that early Anabaptists used to avoid capture and certain death half a century ago. I am not sure that I felt at home here. But it was an awesome experience to crouch down in the same places where my Anabaptist forbears had huddled in the cold and dark, seeking comfort in the presence of each other and the God who had promised not to forsake them.
Finding these Anabaptist connections made our time in Europe “worth the trip”. It was a dream come true – a dream that I had gradually allowed to die. When dead dreams come back to life one knows what it means to be truly alive!
Why is this so tremendous to me on Mother’s day? Why am I sitting here on Mother’s day pondering Anabaptists?
Because they stood up. They said no. No further. We will stand up for what we believe. This is how we read the Scriptures and they were willing to die for their beliefs. They had courage and as I look at my sweet kids, this is what I pray for my family!
9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.
10 Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedenceand showing honor to one another.
11 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
12 Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Mother’s day will come and go, whether you felt treasured on this day by your children or not, you are beloved of God. He loves you more than you’ll ever, ever know!
God bless you
If you are a Mom and want to start getting your voice heard: Join One Million Moms
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If you want to hear a Christian perspective on the news: Citizenlink (Focus on the Family affiliate) or Janet Parshall on Moody radio…
The American Family Association also will send out information, but not as often as the above groups…
Yet, to look at that picture above, oh, my, remember beloved, we know who has won the war.
Good morning, beloved,
It’s so good to hear worship music this morning (I am loving Pandora…) . I have my feet on a warm dog. A warm cuppa coffee. My husband sits in a chair next to me..quietly abiding. The picture of the day…the Mona Lisa…I cannot speak to her with any graciousness but I also look at this picture and wonder. Do you?
Well, today Joshua should be able to call and get results for his blood work from the neurosurgeon. So we leave that in God hands. (I’m sure I’ll be trying all day to take that back. Sure would love your prayers…) I lost my phone on Monday. So if you have tried to call me..Ahem. I need to cancel it today and hope I get a new one very soon. Well, actually, Thursday…sigh. A new phone is coming…the wrinkles of life! We all have them. I shut my hand in the window last night. I start crying and life is miserable in every way. Wow, really? How did I climb on that freight train? ( See, you are not alone..)
So, I go back to the Word of God. I go back to the comfort and knowledge of His love. First, get up and dance a little…
God is all we need. And when we come to the realization, the beautiful revelation that He is all we need. :)
13I write this to you who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) the name of the Son of God [in [a]the peculiar services and blessings conferred by Him on men], so that you may know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have life, [b]yes, eternal life.
14And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), Helistens to and hears us.
15And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
Why the colors? Well, this is the Precepts is coming out in me…but I wanted to show you how John has some certain themes running through this section.
He hears us. He listens to us. Believe my friends.
Good morning beloved…
I know, I know I’ve posted but I’ve got to share my favorite resources with you all. And here is another of my favorites..the whole family studying together and at their level..you won’t regret this. It’s wonderful. Check it out.
Good morning, beloved,
I have been jolted out of my nice little pasture. I should have known better. I should never listen to Janet Parshall. Then, I wouldn’t know what is going on in the world and then I could be like an ostrich and stick my head close to the ground and hide. (I’ve heard lately they don’t actually stick their heads in the ground…bugger.) You see, it’s safer to be in a cocoon and pretend that America is safe and nice. Yet, I had time in the car yesterday and turned on the radio. I could not turn it off. I was revolted. Have I your attention? :) First though, I want to work through who are Jesus’ sheep. It’ll make sense. I promise.
27The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.
29My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.
31Again the Jews brought up stones to stone Him.
Sometimes, I have to be honest, I’m not thrilled that I’m compared with a sheep in Scripture. Yet, you must throw yourself into the context of Scripture! Always! And in the context of Scripture, sheep were their life. They lived with, near, around..you get the picture. For Jesus, this is a term of sweet, loving endearment.
The Bible describes close relationships between shepherds and their flocks. The sheep recognize the voice of the shepherd. They follow him (or her). The shepherd protects his flock and would give his life for them.It is known that animals can instantly recognize the voice of a familiar trusted person. Sheep have excellent memories for faces. They remember their handler. Sheep 101
All I can do is smile. And yet it is very convicting. Isn’t it? We need to be listening…
a) to perceive by the ear what is announced in one’s presence
b) to get by hearing learn
c) a thing comes to one’s ears, to find out, learn
d) to give ear to a teaching or a teacher
e) to comprehend, to understand
So we can’t just listen. We’ve got to follow and understand where He is telling us to go! Right?
to follow one who precedes, join him as his attendant, accompany him
2) to join one as a disciple, become or be his disciple
a) side with his party
Where did Jesus go, Cara? Jesus went to the Cross. Ahem. To suffering. Ahem. He went towards suffering on behalf of all of us. That is the example set be for us. For us to follow that mean we join Him, as a disciple!
Yet, Jesus then says, I know them. I know them.
1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
a) to understand
b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
Friends, He knows us intimately. He knows every part of us. He loves us. He treasures us.
Can we sing that song? Belt it out??? Here I am!!!! Knees to the earth. Be blessed. Be loved. Be treasured here.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.
Jesus says this twice in this verse and the next. I’m sure you’ve caught that when the Word says this it’s kinda important. Jesus wants to emphasize this to His beloved.
snatch: harpazō 1) to seize, carry off by force
2) to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly
3) to snatch out or away
1) by the help or agency of any one, by means of any one
2) fig. applied to God symbolising his might, activity, power
a) in creating the universe
b) in upholding and preserving (God is present protecting and aiding one)
c) in punishing
d) in determining and controlling the destinies of men
So who is really in charge here? What is Jesus really saying? ;) My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand. Not only that, but just so you know, beloved, I and the Father are One.
Daniel 4: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing. And He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand or say to Him, What are You doing?
I think we need to declare the power of God when considering the events I’m about present to you. I have brought before you current brothers and sisters who are being persecuted because of the blood of Christ. Rather than try and give you the story in my words, I’m going to give you good article on the current status of the ongoing persecution of this man in Kentucky. Kentucky, you say? Yes. Kentucky! Not, Iran. Kentucky. This man and his company has chosen to take a stand against a powerful enemy, Satan. Bottom line, friends? We need to be in prayer. We need to support this man. Write the mayor of Lexington..Anyone need any t-shirts? Please be in pray for this man. Please be considering how you could be supporting this man and his company as he boldly took a stand for Christ.
Here’s the company webpage: http://www.handsonoriginals.co/
Here are a list of contacts to get you on your way:
- Jay Blanton, UK Dir. for Public Rel./Marketing; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jim Gray, Mayor Lexington, KY; email@example.com
- Andy Cunningham, Reporter for WKYT; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Shelton, FCPS Superintendent; email@example.com
- Scott Sloan, Herald-Leader reporter on GLSO/HOO articles; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sally Scherer, Herald-Leader Life + Faith section editor; email@example.com
- WLEX18 news, local news station with ties to HOO and Wildcat Wearhouse; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Melissa Bacon, Fayette County Board of Education, vice chair; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doug Barnett, Fayette County Board of Education; email@example.com
- John Price, Fayette County Board of Education, chairman; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Amanda Ferguson, Fayette County Board of Education; email@example.com
- Daryl Love, Fayette County Board of Education; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Linda Gorton, Lexington City Council Member, Vice Mayor; email@example.com
- Chuck Ellinger, Lexington City Council Member, at-large; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve Kay, Lexington City Council Member, at-large; email@example.com
- Chris Ford, Lexington City Council Member, 1st District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Blues, Lexington City Council Member, 2nd District; email@example.com
- Diane Lawless, Lexington City Council Member, 3rd District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julian Beard, Lexington City Council Member, 4th District; email@example.com
- Bill Farmer, Lexington City Council Member, 5th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kevin Stinnett, Lexington City Council Member, 6th District; email@example.com
- KC Crosbie, Lexington City Council Member, 7th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- George Myers, Lexington City Council Member, 8th District; email@example.com
- Jay McChord, Lexington City Council Member, 9th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doug Martin, Lexington City Council Member, 10th District; email@example.com
- Peggy Henson, Lexington City Council Member, 11th District; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ed Lane, Lexington City Council Member, 12th District; email@example.com
- William Reed, CEO, Kentucky Blood Center; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray on. Pray on..
Good morning, beloved,
As I waited for my coffee to burble and gurgle, my computer to stretch and open it’s digital eyes to me, I began to ponder all the news that hit me yesterday. You see, I was beginning to think about our Thomas and the news that those ever loving disciples sprang upon him. And how he reacted…how he stayed away from their fellowship…well, I’m getting ahead.
You see, yesterday, as I performed the above ritual yesterday, I received an email that my prayer friend was being induced and going to have her baby yesterday! What joy! That kind of news brings so much joy!
Then, awhile later, I received news that a dear loved one needed to go into the hospital for tests. And as of last night, we know nothing and we wait for another doctor visit. Then, Joshua’s neurologist called. Left message. Got your results of your test back, Joshua. Please call. And we still haven’t heard on that. Waiting. Wondering. Then, my dearest love “grandma” who sat with me, cooked, helped with kids, sang with me as my Grandma walked into the gates of heaven…has been told her cancer is back. And it is rampant.
Personally before I go on, I’m going to allow a guest post here. I’m sure you’ve heard of him.
1 Peter 4
12Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.
13But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].
14If you are censured and suffer abuse [because you bear] the name of Christ, blessed [are you–happy, fortunate, [h]to be envied, [i]with life-joy, and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of your outward condition], because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
16But if [one is ill-treated and suffers] as a Christian [which he is contemptuously called], let him not be ashamed, but give glory to God that he is [deemed worthy to suffer] in this name.
19Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with God’s will must do right and commit their souls [in charge as a deposit] to the One Who created [them] and will never fail [them].
Thomas watched His Rabbi, His Teacher every day. He looked into His eyes every morning, broke bread, carried bags, listened to Jesus speak to the winds, the demons, the crowds, the children, the Samaritan woman…Thomas was there. And Thomas was there every time Jesus took the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin, the elders to task. He watched His teacher calmly respond to each and every poke, barb and accusation with a peace and understanding that far surpassed any Thomas could fathom. Yet in the back of the his mind, there was always this nagging the doubt. How do I know?
1DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.
2In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.
3And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.
4And [to the place] where I am going, you know the way.
5Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?
So, keep in mind all that poor Thomas has experienced in the past few days! Right?!?! Messiah Scriptures fulfilled…from Ezekiel, from Isaiah, from Zechariah..the fig tree, the temple and now, Judas, their friend, what was all that about? And Jesus is making a place for them? Where?
Jews have no concept of heaven friends. There is no discussion of heaven in the Torah, our Old Testament. There is discussion of Sheol…the place of the dead. I’m not going there today…Just suffice to say, Thomas is asking a good question and Jesus knows it!
Um, Jesus, I HAVE no idea where you are going how can I know the way????? And here is where verse one comes back to him…and I’m sure in the days ahead.
DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me….
It will be all they have to hold onto…
Pray on…more tomorrow…