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, March 25, 2017

Beloved Names of God....Strong Tower

Strong Tower
 
"The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and it is safe."
Proverbs 18:10 
 
  • Name of God the Father
  • God is referred to as a "strong tower" twice in the KJV; Once in the book of Psalms and once in the book of Proverbs.
  • A strong tower is a defensive, protective place where the innocent might withstand the attacks of their enemies.
  • King Solomon, the probable author of Proverbs 18, compared the safety found in the Lord with the illusory sense of security some men find in worldly wealth. He pointed out that their conceited attitude will be the cause of their downfall.
The ancient Irish used to built stone towers near their abbeys. When Viking raider appeared, the monks and villagers would take themselves and their valuables up a ladder and into the towers through doors 12 feet from the ground. Then they would hoist the ladder up behind them, close the door, and wait for the threat to go away.
 
Isn't it comforting to know that in a world where evil is still attacking, that's the kind of protection God offers the faithful?
 
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Next week we will look at the name Messiah. :O)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Biblical Portrait...series...

Examining our walk in the light of Scripture
The verses on the following pages express God's heart for women. Together they provide a biblical portrait of a godly woman.
 
The questions that follow each verse are designed to help evaluate how well you are applying the Word in your daily walk. the point is not to answer a simple "yes" or "no" to each question, but rather to use the questions as a basis for person meditation, application, and response to the Lord.
 
Some of these verses are directed specifically to married women. Other apply more broadly to all women. Regardless of your marital status, ask God to open your heart and to help you see areas where He wants to mold you and make you a woman after His own heart.
 
To get the most our of this exercise, you may want to focus on one verse each day, asking God to show you how your life measures up to that particular aspect o His design. As you work through this section, highlight three or four verses that reveal specific areas of need in your life, so you can memorize them and engraft them into your heart and life.
 
 

 

How does God want to use me in others' lives?

 
"I exhort therefore, that....prayers...be made....for all that are in authority" (1 Timothy 2:1-2, KJV).
 
Do I faithfully pray for the leader that God has placed in my life (e.g., husband, parents, pastors, employer, elected officials), asking God to bless them, to meet their needs, to protect them, and to make them godly leaders?

When someone in a position of authority fails, do I pray for them, rather than criticizing or attacking them?
 
"She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness: (Proverbs 31:27).
 
Am I a hard worker?
 
Am I attentive to the needs of those around me?
 
Am I faithful in fulfilling practical responsibilities in my home?
 
"...well known for her good deeds, such as bring up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds." (1 Timothy 5:10).
 
Is my life characterized by compassion, sacrifice and acts of service?
 
Do I have a reputation for reaching out to minister to the needs of others?
 
"Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality" (Romans 12:13)
 
Am I sensitive to the needs of other believers?
 
Am I generous in sharing with others who are in need?
 
Do I open my home to minister to others?
 
"Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good" (Titus 2:3).
 
Is my life a godly example to younger women?
 
AM I self-controlled and temperate in the way I speak and in my lifestyle?
 
AM I actively involved in teaching younger women how to live their lives according to the Word of God?
 
"Train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God" (Titus 2:4-5).
 
Are my priorities in order?
 
Am I adequately focused on loving and meeting the needs of my family?
 
Do I model a selfless, sacrificial, serving love for my husband and children?
 
Is my spirit self-controlled, pure and kind?
 
Is my life an illustration of the "biblical portrait of womanhood"?
 
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Be sure to stop by on Sunday where I will be sharing a poem from this book.
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Clothes Don't Lie

The weather here has been wonderful- Spring is here for sure! In fact, our temps have been in the middle to upper 80's for the last week. We have enjoyed the weather. Except there have been times we have had to close up our house and turn the AC on. I sure enjoy the time of the year that we are able to keep the windows open and enjoy the cool breeze.
 
We have even had to mow a couple of times.  Last year we were mowing into November. So there is a chance that we will be mowing for the next 9 months.
 
We have been working at getting our garden planted. We have most of it planted. I will try to do a post soon to show photos of what all we have planted this year. We are so hoping to have a better year with our garden than last year.
 
And the photo below is a bit of the beauty that we are bring to our yard. Its a tiny piece of the oasis I am creating. I want to create place here that we don't have to take a vacation from - but can vacation here. I still have quite a list of things I want to do - slowly I am marking things off of the list. I am not back to 100% yet. Still feeling a little under the weather. Hoping to be better soon.
So I wanted to check in and let you all know what we have been up to - planting our garden, cleaning up our yard, making bread, mowing, finally getting energy and getting back to walking. And by next week I am hoping to be back to my workouts with weights.

I have lost a total of 31 pounds! Yay! It's slow but at least it is progress!! And I am thrilled to report - for the first time in a very LONG time I was able to shop from another section at the store than the plus size section! I bought a beautiful summer top!

I can't even remember the time I could shop in any area other than plus sized area.
It is such an amazing encouragement to me that I am making progress!
Sometimes I wonder if my lose is even showing up.
A friend posted on Facebook a status that said something about the first 48 pounds -that it seems that people don't seem to notice that you have lost weight until you have lost at least 48 pounds- which sometimes I feel like maybe she is right. It's like I have clothes that I am fitting into that I have not worn in 5 years - and I am able to wear them. That tells me that I am making progress. That the 31 pounds are showing up. The clothes don't lie.

So I am going to continue on - making the good choices to take care of me. Enjoy each step in the right direction that I go. And enjoy the progress that I can see- whether it is buying smaller sized or wearing clothes that I have not worn in a really long time. And continue to look for the next eye opening thing that reminds me that I am losing weight and I am making a difference in me. I am changing - it might be slow but it is intentional and I am happy with the direction I am going.
 
Hoping to be back on soon to tell you about our garden!
 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Own Fault....really

I did not mean to totally disappear. I had big intention of getting back to posting things here at my blog. But life happens and this time it was my own fault ....really.

So last week end I was asked to make muffins for our churches ladies tea that we do every year. Well of course I said yes and away I went making lots and lots of mini brownies and mini apple muffins- both of these are delicious of course! I have not made either in quite some time because I knew that I did not need them. So many muffins were made. And I ate a couple of each - you know to make sure the batches were good. It's quality control. At the tea- I had a couple more. And then I was tempted beyond what I could handle - apparently but dove dark chocolates.... And I ate too many. At the same time ~ I believe I was exposed...will tell more of that shortly...

So last week-end a dream of mine came true- we got and put up this awesome island deck. We are not finished - we have a list of things we want to do - just haven't had the chance yet.
Monday night I was breaking down the boxes that our patio set came in and was putting them in the trashcan. We have heavy duty trashcans that had attached lids. And towards the very end the lid popped back down onto the bridge of my nose and my forehead. I was afraid that I was going to end up with a black eye/s. I put ice on it and that seemed to help. The next morning - my nose was runnier than usual as I had my quiet time. I began to have a head ache across my forehead. I began to think, as the day went on, that I had a sinus infection. But by evening I was afraid that I had the flu- I have worn our, sore, chilled and sick. I had a rough night. I called the Dr the next morning and was able to get in by 11am. Sure enough I had the flu. On the way home I stopped by and got a prescription for Tamiflu. I have struggled with feeling like crap since. Even today I still feel sick. This stuff has zapped the energy out of me. Yesterday I was determined to do at least part of my Fridays list of things I like to do every Friday. And Praise the Lord I was able to get at least half of it done.

This morning I spent some time out on my special island deck watching my churches sermon. I am so very thankful that they stream it live every Sabbath morning. If you follow the link - and it shows a sermon for "God has a Plan" it is a special sermon for our women's ministries week end last week end. You will be blessed to watch it. I am not seeing our sermon from this morning yet- but it was very good.

Anyway my head still hurts and my nose is stopped up and I feel weak and a bit dizzy. But I am thankful for this Sabbath day in which to rest and I am thankful for my patio set and that my dreams of a bit of an oasis in my back yard is coming true.

We have a lean-to to tear down and my husband will be building one elsewhere in the yard. That was this section of our back yard will be more for an oasis. We have a gate to built and put in. And I am hoping for another herb garden and flower garden to be put in along a fence line. I need to decide where to put the earth worm farm I am working on. We have a picnic table that I need to rake out the leaves from an area in my yard to move the picnic table to - in the shade  - so we can use it to do painting with my granddaughter during the summer. And we have a bench to move out between some trees in the back yard. I can not wait to feel better in order to work towards getting some of this stuff done. I have done a few little tiny steps towards the oasis I want. My dream is to create in my back yard a restful area in which to enjoy - and have refreshing for the soul.

Every day is one day closer to me feeling better and having more energy. I am so hoping to be able to get back to exercising and walking soon. And I am hoping that I did not lose very much of my progress. And as I started out saying it was my fault- I should have never allowed myself to let myself get out of hand with the chocolate and sugar. This sickness- the worse sickness I have had in a super long time - has re-encouraged me to take better care of me and to make better choices - I don't want to get this sick again..... Hope you all are doing good and are well. :O)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Use It or Lose It

Several months ago - when I knelt down I knew instantly that I had an issue with my knee. The pain shot through the middle of the knee cap. It seemed that for a couple of weeks I kept accidently doing things that hurt it because I was not used to having restrictions.

I decided that I needed to take a break from my morning workouts with Jennifer Webster with Rise Up. Click the link to check out her website - you can also watch her videos from her website. If you hit the "watch now" button - it will take you to a page that will give you several video's to choose from. I really enjoy working out with her. Anyway so I took off a month or two.

After a couple of months of not losing any weight- on the scales - I decided to get back to exercising. When I started working out with Jennifer again - I realized that I had lost a little of the progress I had made. I realized how very important it is for us to continue to exercise and work towards better health.

I know that I want to keep my health and my strength. The end of February my Mother in law ended up in the hospital with Pulmonary Embolism. And she spent a week in the hospital. And of course, lost some of her strength. This experience helped remind me the importance of taking care of ourselves. It seem that when we are young we do what ever we want and we feel we are getting away with it but the truth is we are not. Things will catch up with us. And I have had to go through enough things myself and with my MIL to tell you - it is not fun. When I took my MIL to the ER - she got poked and prodded so much- and they had a really hard time getting a big iv in my MIL arm for the Ct scan - that I almost started crying. It is important for us to do the best we can to take good care of ourselves. As long as there is sin - there will be pain and suffering but we can help ourselves not have to go through as much if we will allow God to guide us and direct us in the way we take care of ourselves.

So remember - make an effort to get outside in the fresh air and sunshine and get some exercise. Set a goal of at least 3 times a week - more if you can. But start somewhere. When you set a goal you are more likely to achieve that goal. Exercise and build up your muscles. Keep yourself strong by continuing to work at being healthier  - it is worth the time and effort. I know it is to me! :O)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Maybe Longer......lol

 

So I just have a few minutes to drop by and say hello! I thought this was an adorable photo to share. It's how we could be feeling this week- especially if you do not try to respect your need for sleep. I am doing my best to get to bed at a decent time and try to force my schedule over. It is challenging at first but just keep at it.

I have to admit I do enjoy some sunlight later in the day - that is one reason I don't have much time. We are working on an important project in our back yard. And I can't wait to share it with you all. We just have quite a bit to do before I will be ready to take photos and share.

Today I watched my "The Art of Bread Making" by the West Ladies- Homestead Blessings I believe. In this awesome dvd - they show how to make bread, hamburger buns, c-rolls, cornbread, pizza sticks, and meal in a loaf. Some great ideas. I am so thankful that I invested in these dvd's. I ended up making the bread and also the hamburger buns- sesame seed buns - for our supper tonight and I was extremely happy with how they turned out. It is a keeper of a recipe!!!
 
 
Well I better close - so I can get a few things done before the sun goes down. Hopefully I can get on here again soon and get back to posting more regularly. I have had extra things come up like taking my mother in law to the Dr's. Next month I already have 5 appointments to take her to- luckily 2 are on one day and two are on another day. It will be a bit stressful - because she will have to have testing done at one place and then drive to another place to see dr. Just hope it all goes smoothly.
 
Hope you all are doing well. :O)
 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Beloved Names of God.... Adonai



Beloved Names of God


Adonai

"But Abram said, "Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?"
Genesis 15:2 NIV
 
  • Name of God the Father
  • The word Adonai doesn't actually appear in the Bible. The translation, "Sovereign Lord," appears 296
  • Adonai is actually a plural or emphatic version of Adon, meaning "Lord." The word Adonai is used as a substitute for the tetragrammaton "YHWH."
  • When Abram heard the world of the Lord promising to be his very great reward, it is the first time in the Bible that God is addressed as Adonai.
So why use the plural term Adonai when the singular, Adon, means "Lord"?
 
For an earthly example of this we might look to the United Kingdom where the kind ore queen never refers to themselves as I. As sovereign Queen Elizabeth II uses the royal plural, as in, "We think that would be an excellent idea!" In doing so, she emphasizes the fact that she speaks no only as an individual but also as the nation she represents. It would be nice to think of God speaking for Himself- and for all of Creation (as He surely does).
 
For God to by known  by a name that signifies more than one lord doesn't mean there is more than one God. It means that He is much more than just a lord.
 
Perhaps it's a way of saying "Lord of lords." Or it may, as scholars think, refer to all the aspect of God: i.e., Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   
 


Friday, March 10, 2017

Biblical Portrait ....series

Examining our walk in the light of Scripture
The verses on the following pages express God's heart for women. Together they provide a biblical portrait of a godly woman.
 
The questions that follow each verse are designed to help evaluate how well you are applying the Word in your daily walk. the point is not to answer a simple "yes" or "no" to each question, but rather to use the questions as a basis for person meditation, application, and response to the Lord.
 
Some of these verses are directed specifically to married women. Other apply more broadly to all women. Regardless of your marital status, ask God to open your heart and to help you see areas where He wants to mold you and make you a woman after His own heart.
 
To get the most our of this exercise, you may want to focus on one verse each day, asking God to show you how your life measures up to that particular aspect o His design. As you work through this section, highlight three or four verses that reveal specific areas of need in your life, so you can memorize them and engraft them into your heart and life.

What is God's Plan for me as a wife?

"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her" Proverbs 31:11, KJV

  • Can my husband trust me to walk with God on a consistent basis and to respond to life's circumstances with praise, gratitude, and faith?
  • Can my husband trust me to be loyal and morally faithful to him?
  • Am I completely trustworthy in every area of my life-- in my relationships with other men? in my spending habits? in the way I talk about my husband to others?
"She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life" (Proverbs 31:12,KJV)

  • Am I committed to support my husband in every way possible and to always act in his best interests?
  • Do my husband know beyond the shadow of a doubt that I am committed to him for life, no matter what?
  • Am I committed unconditionally to bless and serve my husband?
"She took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it" (Genesis 3:6).

  • In my life setting a godly example to my husband, children, and friends?
  • By my words or example, do I ever encourage others to act in a way that is contrary to the Word of God?
"As the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything" (Ephesians 5:24).

  • Do I respond to my husband's leadership in the same way that the church is to respond to Christ as its head?
  • Am I submissive to my husband in my actions, as well as in my attitude?
  • Does my response to my husband demonstrate to the world the beauty and blessing of submission to Christ?
"For the husband is the head of the wife" ((Ephesians 5:23).

  • Have I ever agreed with God that my husband is my spiritual head?
  • Do I allow my husband to lead me< or do I resist his leadership, making it difficult for him to fulfill his God-given responsibility?
"....and the wife see that she reverence her husband" (Ephesians 5:33, KJV).

  • Does my husband feel that I reverence and respect him?
  • Do others know that I reverence my husband?
  • By my words, example and counsel, do I encourage other women to reverence their husbands?
"The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife's body does not belong to her along but also to her husband. ....(1 Corinthians 7:3-4)

  • Do I reserve intimate communication, looks, words, and touch for my husband?
  • Am I giving myself to meet my husband's sexual needs?
"If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home (1 Corinthians 14:35).

  • Do I motivate my husband to grow spiritually by seeking his counsel, input, and direction, or am I quick to run to my pastor or another counselor for answers to my questions and problems?
  • Does my husband feel that I value and respect his input and counsel?