Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Beloved Names of God..series "Plant of Renown"

Plant of Renown

"And I will raise up for them a plan of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.
Ezekiel 34:29 KJV
 
  • Name of God the Son
  • Jesus is referred to as a "plant of renown" once in the KJV.
  • The term Plan of Renown may have been another way of referring to the Branch of Jesse, a description ( and prediction) of the coming Messiah. In talking about being hungry no more, Ezekiel was probably referring to the Plant of Renown satisfying our spiritual hunger.
  • Ezekiel reminded the Israelites that, despite present troubles God was still with them and would be their deliverance.
After all the uproar about genetically modified crops, there are still people who think that what the scientist are trying to achieve is a find and worthwhile goal. The plans they want to "create" will, they hope, thrive in harsher environments, provide a greater yield, and help sustain life. Of course, we wouldn't have to manipulate our agriculture into working overtime if people could be convinced to turn away with war, corruption, and greed, concentrating instead on "Love they neighbor,"
 
It was a Plant of Renown who gave that advice. The Holy Spirit planted a seed that grew and lived in such a hostile environment that it was killed a mere three years after glowering. But in those three years, it produced a yield of first twelve, then hundreds, and then millions of others. And as for sustaining life, the Plant of Renown sustains lives of renown, and no just until the next harvest- forever!
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Next week we will look at "Wall of Fire"
 
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Continuing, continuing, continuing...

It's time for another look at "grace."


Grace saves by continuing, continuing, continuing to love to the absolute nth degree. It supersedes guilt as a dominant force. As the law of speed transcends the law of gravity, so the principle of grace transcends the principle of sin. Whereas guilt says, “You are a worthless, rebellious, degraded wretch, undeserving of even one more breath of life.” Grace says, “True, so very true, but God loves you still and sees so much value in you that He literally laid down His own life so you may live.”
~Ty Gibson in “Shades of Grace”

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Which Are You?

There are two types of people.

Encouragers and Discouragers

Thankfully we usually have some of each kind of people in our lives. Well I say thankfully only because I would hate to only have discouragers in my life. Life is hard enough to deal with already - we really don't need anyone trying to bring us down with their unrealistic expectations from us. Thankfully God brings into our lives those who encourage us and lift us up above the storm clouds in life.

There are two types of people ~ Encouragers and Discouragers

Do you know which category you would fall under?  

I think that many times we vacillate between the two. It all comes down to the choices we make each day. It comes down to the words we choose. Are our words uplifting? Or do they drag people down.

This week I have dealt with some discouragers - I don't even know if they realize that they are discouragers by the words they choose to say.

Those discouraging words can have a very negative impact on us. They can cause unnecessary stress. They can cause a bad nights sleep...or two.

We can't control other people and which category they choose to live under, but we can choose which category we want to live under. We can choose to be uplifting to those we come in contact with. We can be kind - even to those who are discouraging to us. It is in the choices that we make. Let's choose to be encourager. There is enough negativity in the world. Let's let our lights shine for Jesus. Allow Him to love people through us.
  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We never know....

This past week I ran across another photo of our dear sweet Wally, who passed away on
 Thanksgiving day.

As I looked at the photo I thought to myself, "Had I known you were going to be with us for such a short period of time I would have sat down and enjoyed you more often." I have been pondering this thought this week. We need to have this same mindset with those we love- our family, friends, and animals. We have no idea how long we will have them in our lives and it would be so much better had we taken the time to love them to be patient with them - then to lose them and then to feel frustrated or guilty for not spending more time with them. Just a thought that I wanted to share- I think it is important for us all because we never know how long we have with those we love.
I think this is a great message - not just because it is Valentine's day. Because I think that we need to show those we love  - that we love them - not just on one day a year - but every day! :O)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Refurbished

So slowly we are making a few improvements around the house. A couple of weeks ago, I showed how my husband reupholstered our dining room chairs and a stool. Well he also reupholstered these chairs for me.
 
And then he got some special pain and he sanded the chair down and then painted it. Once he finished a few other important jobs we have going on around here - he will be working on the other chair. I think they will look great in my sewing room!!
 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sublime Reality of God....Grace

“ Grace is the sublime reality of God, who is infinitely holy in all His ways; God, whose law requires perfect obedience; God, who by His mighty power could speak a word to obliterate all that now is and start creation all over again; Grace is this God choosing to forgive men and women who have mocked his holiness, rebelled against His law, and denied His power.
Grace is God sacrificing His own happiness, His own comfort, His own life, to secure our happiness, our comfort, our life. Not because of obligation, but because He loves us. Not because we deserve it, but because He wants to give it. Not because we can do anything to merit it, but because His heart longs for our eternal joy.”
~ Ty Gibson in his book “Abandon Ship”

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Best Deal

This edition of "Best Deal" is actually a deal I got last Sunday.
I went to a favorite little thrift store that is only open a couple of days a week.
I have looked at the shoes there many times, but have never found any before. I have wide width feet so it is harder to find shoes that fit.
As I stood there looking I noticed these find looking shoes. I thought they were cute so though I would at least try them on. You don't know if something fits your or not unless you try it on. A very important lesson to learn.
 
Anyway as you can guess they fit! They are a good quality leather shoe. I am very happy with them. And the price is the what makes them an even better deal!

$1.00
Yep - that is right! Only one dollar!!
I got them home and sprayed them with some Lysol spray.
 
I look forward to wearing them!!
 
Have you found an excellent deal? I would love to hear about it!! :O)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Beloved Names of God...series "Firstfruits"

Firstfruits

 
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
 afterwards they that are Christ's at his coming..."
1 Corinthians 15:23
 
  • Name of God the Son
  • Jesus is referred to as "firstfruits" twice in the KJV.
  • The firstfruits were traditionally the part of a crop, or the part of an increase, which was offered to God as a sacrifice.
  • Paul told the church at Corinth that Christ had conquered death and through His victory would come ever lasting life for His people.
 
Throughout the Old Testament, people were directed to offer God their firstfruits- or, the best they had to offer. If they offered wheat, it had to be the freshest, their offerings of bread had to be leavened, and only animals without defect could be sacrificed. It might seem a lot to ask of something that was...well, basically going to be destroyed by fire on the alter.
 
But then God made a sacrifice for us. He didn't say, "I am God, so I don't owe anybody anything"- although He could have, how could we have argued? He didn't offer us a few years of better harvests or generations of peace, although both were well within His power, and people would have been grateful.
 
No. Instead of divine gimmicks, He offered the very best He had to give, His only begotten son, His own Firstfruits, to be destroyed upon a rough wooden cross. He didn't do it because He had no other choice. He did it because He loves us and wanted to guarantee our eternal salvation. Surrounded as we are by that kind of love, how could we possible offer anything but our very best in return?
 
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Next week we will look at "Plant of Renown"