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Monday, February 27, 2012

Let Me Get Your Sweater!


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With two teen age boys and three teen age girls living in our home, there was usually a house full of their friends as well. Cup cakes and cookies were always available and often some would even stay for dinner.

In those days I cooked a lot of casseroles, stews or pasta dishes, so we always had enough food for an extra plate at our table. If it looked like company would be for dinner, I threw in a couple extra potatoes and a carrot in the stew, or more pasta for the spaghetti.

Our visitors were well behaved and there was always a lot of fun and laughter, but as the evening progressed, our kids did not always want the fun to end. If school was the next day, there needed to be a cut off time and visitors needed to go home.

I knew that for my children to “Save Face,” that it was up to me to gently and yet forcefully send our visitors home.

My favorite “easy out” was to pick up all the sweaters and jackets and hold them up for everyone to see and proclaim, “Sorry you all have to leave, but come back soon.”

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All the arguments were saved, and our young people were free to finish up any homework that still needed attention and then prepare for bed time.

Perhaps I should have had more rules and regulations, but it seemed easier this way, and the friends of our children enjoyed hanging out at our home.

Most of those friends would attend our church and give their hearts to the Lord Jesus.

Some are actively serving the Lord in their churches, but sorry to say that a few slipped away with the cares of the world. Pulled away by desires of fame in the entertainment field, and influenced by other relatives and friends either their own, or those of their spouse.

We are urged by the Scriptures to Hold Fast to our Faith in Jesus and to build up ourselves in the Word so that we are strong to resist temptation.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Paul tells us to be wise and watchful because Satan is sly and out to snatch away your faith if he is able.

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Next time you are aware of that Old Devil hanging out at your house, just reach up and grab his sweater and swiftly and forcefully invite him to leave and not return.    Good bye Old devil and good Riddance!

This post is linked to:
Deidra’s Sunday Jump Tandem
Joan Davis Sharing His Beauty on Monday



Sunday, February 26, 2012

Suffering for Righteousness Sake

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Taking notes on the message by Pastor Jerry our guest minister on Sunday as he shared on the topic of Suffering. He read from 1 Peter 3: 18-22 regarding the suffering of Jesus, and spoke on how in this world we may expect suffering.

God does not guarantee us a life without suffering, yet Jesus is there with us giving us strength. God is there to ease our pain. Suffering is part of the human condition.

Pastor Jerry reminded us that there is much suffering in our local city.

Some suffering is man made. Doctors give us a prescription for pain as we hope to avoid pain and suffering. Suffering can be both physical and emotional.

Abraham and Sarah suffered doubt that they could have a son.

Jacob suffered guilt and fear as he ran from his brother Esau after cheating him of his birthright.

David suffered the painful results after killing Uriah, and taking his wife for his own.

Jesus warned his disciples that he would suffer many things, and they did not understand.

When Jesus gave the Beatitudes, one was this;

Matthew 5:10-11 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Jesus suffered on the cross to bring us redemption.

As the disciples ventured out preaching and teaching after Jesus ascended into heaven, they were not always received with gladness. Often they were ridiculed, beaten, thrown into prison, and some were killed as they suffered gladly for the Kingdom’s sake.

I Peter 3:13-17 If with heart and soul you're doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you're still better off. Don't give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They'll end up realizing that they're the ones who need a bath. It's better to suffer for doing good, if that's what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That's what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others' sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.

Turn to the cross and cling to Jesus as it is there we receive our daily strength.


What God Hath Promised
By Annie Johnson Flint

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love. - - -

More delightful poems by Anne Johnson Flint can be found at this site:
http://www.homemakerscorner.com/annie.htm


This post is linked up today with Michelle at: Hear it on Sunday



Plans for You


Devotional Courtesy of - - DaySpring

Greater Things for You

There are greater things than you can imagine ahead of you - and there's a great God walking beside you.

I know His purpose is at work within you, as He's guiding your life with wisdom and love.

God can do anything, you know - far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!     
Ephesians 3:20 The Message



The Plans for You

"For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me
when you seek me with all your heart."

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Red and Yellow Black and White


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The year was 1951 and after dinner each evening, we would wrap up our first born baby in blankets and walk the two blocks from our apartment over to Robert’s Uncle Ern’s place to watch his new Television.

Cowboys and Indians was the fair to middling each evening. Hop A Long Cassidy was a favorite along with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - - all in black and white.

One evening my husband announced that we needed to get our own TV. There was one on sale for $250 that sounded like a good one to him.

We had just finished paying off our refrigerator at $10 a month, so our budget could easily stretch to fit in a TV.

I was not so sure, because our church was having their annual Missionary Convention and pledges were to be taken on Sunday for the missionaries that our church supported.

“What do you think if we pledged that $250 to Missions? Do you think that the Lord would also allow us to purchase a TV,” I hesitantly asked my husband.

He thought for a minute and then emphatically replied, “Yes, I believe God would approve of us having a TV, and I suppose we can swing the missionary pledge too.”

The previous year we had only pledged $50 to missions, so this was a big step. We needed to believe for work because some days my hubby only worked a couple of days each week.

God blessed us, and a roofing contractor who liked Robert, hired him almost full time.

Now we could watch the news, some game shows and also our favorite Cow Boy movies all in black and white.

We were also pleased that our Missionary dollars were going around the world to various cultures, some to black and some to white.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we did think our set was beautiful. Several years went by until we decided to upgrade to a new TV set that offered a Color picture.


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I am reminded of the song we used to sing in Sunday School; “Jesus Loves the Little Children, all the children of the world, Red and Yellow, Black and White, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

These days, we enjoy our big screen Colored Television, and we are also happy that our dollars continue to journey over oceans, over hills and valleys, over continents and are still traveling to all the colors of the world.

This post is linked to Faith Barista Jam Thursdays
Linked with Laura at: Brag on God Friday
And with Heartprints Hallelujah Fridays

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chinese Chow Mein



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Years ago, my husband had a Roofing business in the city of Oakland and they did work in all the neighboring cities. If he had a job in downtown Oakland, I would often meet him for lunch.

He had three favorite Chinese restaurants; one was called the Economy Cafe. The food was excellent, and reasonable, but the place was very small. So small in fact that there was a need to SHARE tables with other customers. Regular patrons were okay with this, and they expected to have company join with them at their table.

Another restaurant was owned by a family, and you could watch their children in the back room playing, while their parents worked the front. I remember seeing a play pen with a small baby on one occasion.

The third restaurant was very different. There was no menu, because the waiter would come by with a cart loaded with delicious looking foods, and you could select the dish you wanted. Each entree was added to your bill and everything was so inviting it was difficult to choose.

Our family liked occasional Chinese food so, I decided to create my own recipe for Chow Mein. On our budget I often used a can of Spam sliced into small pieces to make Pork Chow Mien. Naturally you can use beef or chicken either of which makes a lovely dish. This recipe is simple and easy to make.

Chinese Chow Mein

1 small bunch Bok Choy chopped
1 small chopped onion
3 Ribs fresh celery (sliced)
1 tablespoon olive oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1 (4 ounce) can mushroom pieces, drained
1 (7 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 cups cut up cooked chicken
3 Tablespoons cornstarch (level)
1/4 cup water
1 (10 ounce) can condensed chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 pound cooked vermicelli noodles
(I used the Chinese thin noodles and boiled until tender)

Directions:
In a large pot, sauté celery, onion and Bok Choy in oil for about 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add bean sprouts, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and chicken.

In a large bowl, blend cornstarch with water. When smooth, add chicken broth and soy sauce to bowl. Mix well and pour over meat and vegetables. Bring to a boil, stirring until sauce thickens. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Serve over hot, boiled Chinese noodles, cooked rice, or Crisp chow mien noodles.

This post is linked with Ann Kroeker’s, Food on Fridays 
(Recipies and stories about food)

And with Michelle’s Thought Provoking Thursday
(to Sacrifice drink money for those needing clean water)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hope Chest


Hope Chest

When I was growing up, we had food, clothing and shelter, but not much of the “extra things. “ Our family lived on a budget, but as children we were happy and well cared for.

As I approached my mid teens, I knew that a “hope chest” was not a budget item, but it did not deter me from beginning to collect little things and keeping them in a box.

My mother taught me how to crochet an edging on pillow cases, and how to embroider. She showed me how to iron on a print that I wanted on my pillow cases, and all the different stitches that would look nice on them.

If I had a hope chest, the hand made quilt that my mother gave me would have gone into it.

Fast forward 20 years  - - and our daughter Becky and our foster daughter Nancy were about to graduate from High School.

Nancy had lived with us for five years, and she was and is still a part of our family. I wanted these girls to each have a nice hope chest, for their graduation gift, so off we went down town to the Furniture store.

There we viewed some Lane cedar lined Hope Chests that were in our price range. Oh how nice that cedar smelled. Each girl selected the chest that they liked best, and I paid for them, and made arrangements for delivery.

When the chests arrived at our home they were placed at the foot of each of their beds, and items that they had been saving were placed inside.

Both girls were “Hoping and a Praying” for a good Christian man to go with each hope chest. In time, those prayers were answered, but not without delays and stories to tell.

The Bible tells us to put our Hope is in Jesus Christ, for He is to be our spiritual Bridegroom.

We look forward to that day of the Marriage supper of the Lamb.

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.


Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;


Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints

Linking up with Tracy at Winsome Wednesday
And with Jennifer at: God-Bumps and God-Incidences

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Failing at times - Feeling Disappointed?


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After reading some of the artful, lovely posts by those who seem to flow in flowery language, we often weigh ourselves against them and think less or our own endeavors.

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Our thoughts tell us to be disappointed in ourselves and to crawl off somewhere and hibernate.   Thoughts such as "Poor me" and "I am a such a failure" cross our mind.

Yes, we often feel small and discouraged because we compare ourselves with others.

That includes me too, but then - - I remind myself that we are all DIFFERENT, and our ministry is not the same as theirs or others. We must remember that we are individuals and no two of us are alike.

Each of us will reach those who God allows us to touch. Our earthy attempts may not seem as perfect as some, (or even to us) - - but to that right person, it will strike a cord that will encourage, challenge and bless.

We hear those words of disappointment, failure, inferiority often only in our own mind!

Some heard it audibly when they were a child from unthinking persons who themselves found it necessary to feel BIG by causing others to consider themselves SMALL.

The thing we must remember is that that the Father of liars, old Satan himself tells us lies through others, and even by input into our thinking. We need to catch that lie and understand it for what it is. NOT TRUE, and replace that lie with God’s word – the truth.

We must at all times remember that Truth is in God’s word, and He always says that we are chosen, we are forgiven, we are loved, we are special, and we are a success In Him.

We have got to depend on the Lord for our inspiration, and allow Him to give us thoughts and memories to share our stories with others. Then do not fear, but in boldness speak and write and set out to BE what God tells you that you are.
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When Jesus gave the directions to BE disciples in all the land, he did not say DO discipleship. We are called to BE, and you are the only one who can act out what God calls YOU to be. So just BE you and forget that you feel naked or vulnerable at times.

Just go with God and BE what he says to BE. Forget about those who receive your words as they travel out to your audience, and let the chips fly and land where they may.

God knows what he is doing through you, and you are only the messenger.

One thing to remember is that God is NOT disappointed in you. He believes in YOU.


This post is linked to Peter Pollock’s One Word Carnival
The word is; FAILURES



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Waiting is Often Difficult


The Return of Jesus
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Our Pastor Carl was not well, and I was asked to be a stand in on Sunday. I was happy to accept even though I was sad that Pastor was having physical problems. This is a portion of the message that I ministered on Sunday.

Reading from several scriptures that encourage us to Wait on the Lord.

Psalms 27:14 WAIT on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: WAIT, I say, on the Lord.

Psalms 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and WAIT patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but WAIT on the Lord, and he shall save thee.


Isaiah 40:31 But they that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The Bible has a lot to say about waiting - - - I selected a few examples - -

Adam and Eve because of their disobedience had to leave behind all the wonders that were in the garden, but they were promised a savior. The WAIT was something their descendants would only discover many decades later.

The children of Israel because they refused to believe God, and enter into Canaan, found it necessary to WAIT 40 years before their children could enter the Promised Land.

David WAITED patiently for God’s timing until he was anointed King over Israel.

Samson WAITED until his hair grew back and his strength returned so that he could achieve a final act of deliverance over the Philistines.

Queen Esther WAITED until her people had fasted and prayed for three days and nights before she was brave enough to come before the King to plead for the lives of her people.

Jesus WAITED thirty years before He began His earthly ministry.

In the Garden Jesus WAITED and prayed asking the Father if there was another way that salvation could come about. His final plea was Not my will but thine be done.

We know the story how Jesus was taken and crucified by cruel men, and then was laid in a tomb with soldiers guarding it, to make sure no one would steal the body and falsely declare that he had risen.

The three days of WAITING after Jesus was placed in the tomb, was three days of grief and confusion. The disciples asked “How can this be?” We thought he was going to set up His kingdom now! For they misunderstood all that had happened.

When Jesus appeared to his followers after his resurrection, they still did not understand even after he had spent 40 days teaching them from the Old Testament.

Acts 1: 6-8 So when [the disciples of Jesus] met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

As Jesus stood on the mountain giving them the great commission, “Go teach and preach, and I give you authority to do so,” he ended his proclamation by saying, “Lo I am with you always even until the end of the age. “

Oh yes, some of them thought, (with misunderstanding) Jesus just said He will never leave us. He just told us that He will be with us always, so He must be going to help us set up His kingdom.  They just did not get it!

Jesus instructed them to return to Jerusalem and WAIT for the promise that would give them the authority and the power that they needed.

Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but WAIT for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

As Jesus stood on that mountain, the crowd was amazed as He began to rise in the air and a cloud received Him out of their sight. The people began to tremble and were frightened beyond belief, but what happened next caused them to understand that something bigger than they had ever thought was about to take place.

Two angels appeared to His disciples and said to them, "Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

And so we WAIT !

The book of Acts records the beginning of the Church and how the disciples went forth proclaiming the Good news. They told how Jesus was the Lamb of God who was slain so that all who believe and receive Him will be ready for heaven when He returns again.

We are waiting for His return, but we must not be idle as we WAIT.  We are to be about the Father’s business.

Searching the scriptures and learning about Jesus is one thing, but we must not just know about Him, but we must Know Him in our hearts.

Some false prophets, have set dates for the Lord’s return. There have been many embarrassed and red faces by those who predict such things.

The Bible warns us that no man knows the day or the hour because it is our Father God who will give the signal for Gabriel to blow his trumpet.

Jesus desires us to WAIT patiently for His return but he also needs us to be actively going about our day serving Him to the best of our ability.

Galatians 5:5 Until then we through the Spirit WAIT for the hope of righteousness by faith.

This post is linked to:
Deidra’s Sunday Jump Tandem
And to: Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday

Friday, February 17, 2012

Spaghetti Dinner



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The telephone rang and pulled me away from my computer. It was my daughter who wanted to know if it was too late to add another ticket for tonight to the annual spaghetti dinner at my church. My granddaughter Ashley’s boyfriend was in town this week-end and he would very much like to attend with us. I told Becky I would call her back after I found out for sure.

Our town has events that are attended by sometimes large crowds. Tonight would be one of those occasions. There were times when the tickets had been sold out and I hoped that this was not the case for tonight. I called one of our ladies and she assured me that they would set another place at our table. One year a chef from a local restaurant made the sauce, and I was hoping this year the spaghetti dinner would be another hit.

When our children were growing up, I fixed home made spaghetti at least once a week. I browned half a pound of hamburger with my onions and drained the grease. Another thing I added that was unusual was a small can of whole kernel corn to the sauce. I know that sounds crazy, but my family loved it. The idea of the corn came from a recipe in a free cook book that I received when we purchased our marriage license for two dollars many long years ago.

Looking through my files, I could not find my spaghetti recipe so a quick look on the internet revealed one that was very close to mine. This one is simple and easy.

HOMEMADE SPAGHETTI/PASTA SAUCE

Ingredients

• 1 chopped onion
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (pulse in the blender if they are whole tomatoes)
• 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
• 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
• Add enough water to Fill the tomato paste can
• 1 tablespoon white sugar
• 2 tablespoons red wine or apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon Italian dry seasoning
• 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes -(optional 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper or dash of Tabasco)

Directions

In a large skillet gently brown the onion with the olive oil, add the crushed garlic and brown gently. Combine the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, sugar, vinegar, oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir all together and simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes (for the best flavor). Stir frequently with a wooden spoon to prevent burning.  Metal spoons can leave a taste of metal in your sauce and you don't want that.  I like to add hamburger to my sauce but that is optional.

This post is linked with Ann Kroeker’s, Food on Fridays
Do hop on over to her site and gather up some delicious and nutritious recipes.
Anything about food is welcome if you would like to enter her blog hop.

Hair Styles

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For many years I had worn my blond hair in a sort of school girl Dutch Bob. It was a simple style and easy to care for.

Then several years ago now, my husband suggested that I might enjoy a very short hair style. He took me to his lady barber who cut hair for both men and women. Many of the women were senior citizens in our area.

"Short real short," is what my husband told her. When the barber finished, I wondered if that was really me.

The girls at work told me they did not like my new look.

"You will get used to it and then you will like it," I told them. It certainly was easy to care for. No curlers or hot iron needed. Simply wash - dry and that was it.

If my husband is happy with my hair, then I too am pleased.

As far as God is concerned  - - God could care less about my hair, because He only looks at my heart.


You will enjoy these two posts below on Hair

Sheila at  God Spotting with Sheila wrote on her recent hair cut.
To enjoy her post “The Hair Cut: click here.   

Also don’t miss the post "My Hair my life"
by Deidra Riggs  click here

Please leave them a comment and tell them you saw this here at Joyful Noise!

Pride and Confidence?



Hebrews 10:35-36   Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
I believe that a truly Born Again Christian can mistake CONFIDENCE and think that it is Pride.

When Jesus gave the Great Commission, He included his Authority along with the GO ye and preach and teach.  We should not to be afraid to use what he has equipped us to use.

The Bible instructs us to Fear NOT and to be bold in the Lord. Although humility is also a walk, boldness truly means that IN Christ I can do all things through Him, but without Him I am nothing.

Psalms 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?


Proverbs 28:1 Amplified Bible The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous are bold as a lion.

As a garment we put on HIS righteousness, (not our own) we can then stand PROUD in God and act out what He is telling us to do.

I am reminded of the little kindergarten children who receive their diplomas. They stand so proud, not arrogant, but pleased that they have passed every test. Also they are happy that their parents are proud of them!!

Be confident in the assurance that God is proud of YOU!

Does that not please you?


This post is linked to Faith Barista Jam Thursdays
and to Michelle’s Thought Provoking Thursday

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Insider Information



Sharing today a Devotional by Beth Jones

Insider Information

"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come." John 16:13, NKJV
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This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible! I love this promise about the Holy Spirit. We have "insider information" by virtue of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us! I hope you are encouraged today as you consider two amazing pieces of "insider" info the Holy Spirit gives.

He will guide us into all truth: We have the best Guide in the entire world! Ever been on a guided trip? Perhaps four-wheeling, rafting, snorkeling or hiking? Isn't it great to have a guide who knows the ropes? A guide who knows all the things you must see and all the places to avoid? A guide who keeps you safe while taking you on a memorable trip? All we have to do is follow the leader and he will guide us!

The Holy Spirit is the quintessential Guide! He knows the truth about every turn, bump and curve in the road and He will guide us all along the way. He knows all the things we must see and all the things we need to avoid. He keeps us safe while guiding us on a truth-loaded, faith-filled adventure. Our job is to listen to the Guide and follow His lead.

He will tell us things to come: This may be one of the best promises in the Bible! The God who knows everything about the future lives on the inside of us. Talk about "insider information." Think about it. No one else in all of creation knows the future; the only Person who really knows what the future holds is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the Holy Spirit wouldn't just keep it to Himself, but He would tell us the things to come. You can take that promise to the bank.

You can rest assured that when you seek the Lord, anything that you need to know about your future – the Holy Spirit will show you. He will give you an inclination, a "sense" of what is coming, a knowing and the insider information you need for the circumstances and decisions that affect your life.

Take a moment to read the way the Amplified Bible spells it out…

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. (John 16:13, AMP)

Today, lean on the Holy Spirit…

Say this prayer and make it yours:
 "Father, thank You for the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, I want to know You better. I want to stay in step and follow You as the Guide of my life. I want to hear Your voice and pick up Your signals as You show me things to come. Thank You for all the 'insider information' I need. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Jeff and Beth Jones Ministries
P.O. Box 745 - Portage, MI 49081




Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Patience is a Virtue Learned


Waiting - Waiting
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One of my male Blogger friends reminded me after yesterdays post - - That Life, work, and testosterone get in the way of a MAN’s spirit sometimes, and yes men do at times get irritated at their wives. Each spouse has different takes on the event.  He feels lack of respect and she feels a bit less than love shown.  In the end forgiveness is the key to peace.

My own memory was jogged a bit as I considered my own selfishness and loosing my own patience many times. Here follows a true story that you may identify with. We all are able to learn if we have a teachable spirit and are able to become quick to apply truth.

Patience is a Virtue Learned

Many years ago, we had moved to a new house on the hill that was about four miles from out church. Our children were in their late teens and early 20s, and our two daughters still living at home with us, had their own jobs and transportation.

My husband and I had gone to the Wednesday night service at our church, just the two of us. The service was over and I was talking to one of our friends because we were planning an event soon to happen. Robert said to me, “Come on I need to go home.”

I replied, “Give me another minute.” - - I should have understood that tomorrow was a big day at work for him, and he needed his sleep, but I was busy talking.

I love my husband dearly and he is a wonderful man, but there is one virtue that he did not have, and that was “Waiting.” He to this day still hates to wait in line at the store, and if the line is too long, I have known him to leave without purchasing anything.

Patience was not my husband’s best attribute, but that night he learned a lesson by experience. Some times you can learn by being instructed, but other times you learn by experience. Perhaps I needed to learn a lesson too.

Anyway, there were several couples still at the church, and my husband thought to himself, “I am sure that someone will give her a ride home,” so he jumped in our car and took off without me. Now this was not the first time he had left me somewhere, and as soon as I understood what had happened, I decided that this would be the last time.

Most everyone at church had left, and my friend and I finished our planning. I gathered my things and started to leave the church. One of the fellows realizing what had occurred said, “Hey, let me give you a ride home.” I was a bit angry at that point, so I blurted out ”No thank you, he must have want me to walk home, so walk home I am going to do.”

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One of my faults is that I am a manipulator, and that night I had a plan. There is always a short way and a long way, and that night I decided to take the long approach home. I would walk up the hill to our son and his wife’s cottage because I knew they were on a mini vacation. In my purse was a set of their keys so that was not a problem, once there I would take a short nap.

Arriving at their place, I let myself in, and rested for probably thirty minutes, then I decided it was time to go home. Taking the trail along the freeway, I hiked back to our overpass that would take me home.

Very quietly I readied for bed and slipped carefully under the covers. Strong arms entwined around me and a soft voice said, “How did you get home?” I replied, “I walked home, isn’t that what you wanted me to do when you left me.” His soft voice continued, “I will never leave you again.” “Do you promise?” I asked.  His reply was, “Yes I promise,”

We never spoke of this again, but  - - My lesson was to be ready when he says, “Let’s go.”

His lesson was arrived at by an experience, and true to his word, he has never left me again.

Linking up with Tracy at Winsome Wednesday
With Wednesday with Jennifer at: God-Bumps and God-Incidences
and Linked to Joy in this Journey

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wife Abuse repost


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It wasn’t because I felt threatened, because that wasn’t the case. My thought was; to be forewarned was to be forearmed.

I don’t remember how the conversation came around, but it probably had something to do with the news paper, about a wife being beaten by her husband.

At the time, we were engaged to be married, and this seemed like the appropriate opportunity to make my statement.

It was short and sweet. “I don’t expect you to ever hit me, but if you ever do, the first time will be the last time, because I will be gone before you can hit me again.”

We never spoke of this after that, and through the years, there may have been a time or two that he wished he could hit me; like the time he hit the wall instead, and made a hole that needed to be patched. - - But physically hit me; NO he never did.

He has been a kind and loving husband - - most of the time.  We do not argue or fignt but there are times we may get a bit angry with one another!   But we have learned to walk in forgiveness.


Besides physical abuse, there are other ways to hurt your spouse, and that includes verbal abuse, and the silent treatment.  Oh no, that silent treatment is not good.

One day, I was at my computer with my wallet open and my credit cards visible. I was printing a receipt for a charity gift I had just made on the internet.

Behind me, I heard a voice, “What are you doing now?” my husband barked at me, as his blood pressure went up several decimals. I won’t include all the rest of his speech, but it lasted about 5 minutes, as to why I shouldn’t do this because of all the scams, and how we are on a budget and we need to pinch every penny.

Talking about the wind being knocked out of your sails - - that was me. I explained to my husband that it was for a good cause, and I was depending on those persons involved who I trusted, that it was a legitimate charity.

I was reminded about the story of Abigail in the Bible, (1 Samuel 25,) who brought King David food, but she did not tell her husband right away. Her husband had refused to contribute provisions to King David, and she knew this was not right. In fact she was troubled for the safely of her household due to her husbands selfishness. So she decided to take matters into her own hands. She did what she knew had to be done, even though she knew her husband did NOT approve!

The next day, after delivering her bounty to the King, she told her husband what she had done. What happened next was shocking to say the least.

Her husband was so angry, that his blood pressure hit sky high, and because of that he suffered a stroke, and fell over dead.

This Bible story illustrated to me, that there may be occasions when it is better at times to hold off sharing with your husband, your small gifts to charity, at least until a better day.

Timing is crucial, if you value keeping him alive.


This post has been linked with Joan Davis Sharing His Beauty

Monday, February 13, 2012

Authority and Power Given



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Matthew 28:18 NKJV And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Paraphrased) and now I commission you with that same authority and power to go forth and make disciples of all nations and be assured that Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the age.

This post is gleaned from Pastor Carl’s sermon on Sunday as he shared on the Authority of Jesus. When Jesus did miracles and instructed the crowds, they were amazed because he ministered with authority and power.

Jesus taught with authority and power because he had spent time with his Father, and he was full of the Holy Spirit. He told it like it really was and that upset some of the people. They complained and criticized Jesus for they said “He speaks blasphemy.”

We don’t like it when people complain, gripe and find fault, especially if it is with other people (or with us.)

Matthew 9 “They brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” Immediately some of the Scribes said within them-selves, “This Man blasphemes! For who but God can forgive sins?” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

Pastor reminded us that when we partake of communion, that in our time of meditation, we have asked forgiveness of our sins, and as the Pastor says, this is the blood and body of Christ – we are to believe that our sins are forgiven and are gone.

Jesus was led as a lamb to the slaughter and he was silent and opened not his mouth. Pilot told him, “Don’t you know that I have authority and power to release you or condemn you to death?” Jesus answered and said, “You have no power except that which God has given.”

Jesus died but in three days He rose from the dead and showed himself to his disciples, and to many others for a 40 day period of time. His final commandment was “So send I you, and I give you power and authority to minister and share the Truth of the Gospel.

Not authority to crush and put down, but power to lift up, to encourage, to heal the broken hearted, to redeem men from their sins and to let them know that there is a better way to live.

This is an astounding and breathtaking claim, and it is the Great Commission assuring us that we can move in the Power and Authority as Jesus did.  We can minister boldly knowing that we are not alone, but that He is with us always.

Linked up today with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday 
and Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Three Partitioned Plate





In the early 1930’s there was the popular Depression glass plates, bowls, and goblets of yellow, green and pink colors that were all the rage.  Perhaps they were inside of Oatmeal boxes or other products.

My husband mentioned to me that during this time, the movie houses, certain stores and gas stations gave away dishes of various types as an incentive to entice customers to come into their establishment.

Although my mother tried to treat all three of us children equally, as I think back in time, she did many special things for me that the other children did not receive.  Perhaps it was because I was the oldest.

When it was dinner time, I fussed because I did not want any of my food to touch the other items on my plate. My dad gruffly remarked, “What difference does it make; it all gets mixed in your stomach?” That remark did not satisfy me and I was particular if not peculiar.

Where Mother got it I am not certain, but somehow she was able to find a dinner plate that had three divisions. To my surprise she presented me with this marvelous dish.

Delighted was not the only word, I was ecstatic with joy to receive such a glorious plate.

Happily and with care, I piled my mashed potatoes, green beans and meat loaf into each area. It was my duty to gently wash my dish after each meal and it was then placed into a safe area away from our everyday dishes.

As time went by, I outgrew the need for my plate, and although I kept it - - eventually I passed on my precious plate to my daughter.

I am reminded that the Children of Israel were to “pass on” to their children the laws and traditions that had been given to Moses on the mountain. They were told to write them down so that their children could read and remember them.

God tells us to hide God’s word in our heart by memorizing it and by continually reading and studying the Bible. When God’s word is a part of us, it is easy then to share the Good News with others who are hungry for truth.

Fill your plate with the meat, bread and milk of the Word, and then liberally share with others.

This post is linked to:
Ann Kroeker’s, Food on Fridays
And to Brag on God Friday with Laura

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Aunt Hazel’s Mating Game Advice (Repost)



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 Are you serious about desiring a mate?  The first item on your list should be to pray and ask the Lord to send that special someone across your path.

Church is usually the perfect place to find a Christian mate, but don’t discount other places or ways for this to happen. After all, not every good prospect attends YOUR church! 

Small-groups in your church are a good place to find eligible men or women! Do join one! Of course, do not fail to participate in the discussions at a Bible study. Men like a woman who speaks out, but watch out! The ladies who want to argue or talk non-stop will cause a man to lose interest quickly!

Men also do not like grouchy, complaining women, so put on a joyful face and watch your words. Public grumbling is so unbecoming!

Women want a man who will open up and talk to them, and at least tell them they look nice, and they are pretty or beautiful. If he can cook, that helps too.  :-)

What about qualities? I had a friend who made a list of the traits she wanted in a husband. Each night she would pray as she went over her list, and she would tell the Lord that she believed He was bringing this type of person into her life. As I recall, most of the qualities were there when she did find a good husband.

I do not believe she settled for less. The simple fact is that no one is completely perfect and her expectations were very high. Of course, now she knows that there are always compromises in a marriage - especially if one desires peace in the household. Treating each other with kindness and respect is vital to any relationship. Not always wanting the “last word,” can save a marriage!

Not necessarily suggested, but one of my daughters found her wonderful husband through a Christian dating service, so pray and investigate. There is an internet site that reviews Christian dating services: http://www.christiandatingservice.com/  interestingly enough, they do NOT recommend some of the more popular companies such as e-Harmony.

Some friends of mine have found they are happy to remain single; and there are many reasons for this, too.

The Bible tells us above all, to learn to be content!  Do not be afraid to enjoy life, in whatever station in which you find yourself.

Proverbs 18:22 Who ever finds a wife (or husband) finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.

This post has been linked to One Word Carnival. The Word this week is Romance
Also Linking with Tracy at Winsome Wednesday

Monday, February 6, 2012

Shoes that sparkle


Beautiful Feet Bringing Good News !!

You have seen them, those tennis shoes that light up with each step as you walk.

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When my granddaughter was a tiny little thing my daughter purchased for her some red glittering Mary Jane Sunday shoes. (I believe they were a take on Judy Garland’s red shoes in the Wizard of Oz.)

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Later she was also given a pair of those sparkling tennis shoes that light up with each step you take. Oh what fun she had wearing those shoes, and if she wandered off it was easy to find her in a crowd. 

While I was growing up we didn’t have shoes like these, even my own children were deprived of luminous shoes. No one had thought to invent them at that time.

The Bible speaks of shoes and feet in many places.

Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

If you are sharing the Good news of Jesus with others, the Bible says you have beautiful feet.

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Ephesians 6:15 tells us, “Have your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”

Good sturdy Gospel of Peace shoes will keep us standing on our feet when problems come our way!

Psalms 18:36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

We are also urged to shine! Isaiah 60:1 "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

Shining is NOT something you turn off and on. When you have been in the presence of the Lord, for a length of time, you will shine with a light that He places within you.

I am reminded of Moses when he was with God for 40 days on the mountain. His face shone so brightly that the people could not look at him. He found it necessary to wear a veil over his face until the shine wore off.

Can’t you just imagine us all putting on our gleaming shoes of the Gospel of Peace and our faces shining and glistening for the Lord as He watches over us?

No, we will not get lost in the crowd, because God is watching over his sparkling children.

Each step I take, God is watching as he orders the steps of my walk.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZpdeo6iMXk


This post has been linked with Joan Davis  Sharing His Beauty
And with Shanda’s On your Heart Tuesday  

Ho, Every One That Thirsts Come



Ho, Every One That Thirsts Come
Taking notes from Pastor Carl’s Sunday message I share with you some gleanings.

You have heard it said that there is No FREE Lunch. Yet the Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 55:1  Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has no money; come you, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

The Bible has a lot to say about Water. Genesis chapter 1 stated that the world was without form and was void, there was water everywhere. God spoke and divided the water and the land.

The book of Revelation says there was water everywhere. 70% of the earth’s surface is water, and our bodies are mostly water. Cool clear water.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner states, “Water, water everywhere but nor a drop to drink.”
Some have affirmed that water is a cure all.

David was hiding from King Saul and told his men, Oh that I might have a drink from the cool clear water from the well in Bethlehem. The word Bethlehem means bread.

Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty."

"The heavens declare the glory of God," but in these last days God speaks to us through His Son Jesus.

Jesus gave many teachings, and with most he began with these word, “Truly, Truly I say unto you." Or "Verily, verily I say unto you."  Jesus is the way the TRUTH and the Life.

Jesus is watching over us, praying for us and has promised to never leave or forsake us. He is here with us today as you read this. His invitation is “Come eat and drink."

Jesus is our living memorial. He says, “This is my body that was broken for you, and my blood that was shed for your salvation.” Do this in remembrance of me until I return.

The Communion or Lords supper is a feast of victory over death. Through Jesus we are transformed, He offers to us His eternal life. We are his church, his family his children. His mission is salvation to all who will come. Search the scriptures, meditate on his Word, and seek Christ the savior.

The Bride and the Lamb say come. Come and bring your appetite with you.

This post is Linked up with Michelle’s Hear it on Sunday
And also linked to Deidra’s Sunday Jump Tandem

Sunday, February 5, 2012

No Greater Love




No Greater Love

There's no greater love than the love of Jesus.
There's no love that's wiser,
that's stronger, that lasts longer,
that's more willing or thrilling.

There's no love more beautiful, more bountiful,
more bold, more basic and unbiased.
There's no love more caring, more sharing,
more daring to risk all in danger for sinner and stranger.

There's no love more gracious, more giving, more living,
more sacred, more selfless, more soul-satisfying,
more pure and undying.
There's no love more verifiable, more valuable,
more validating, more victorious, more glorious.

This lovely poem has been Shared from Day Spring

Permission given to Share the No Greater Love Than Jesus message for witness and encouragement.

Also Free E-Cards from Day Spring are available at:
 http://ecards.dayspring.com/ecards/

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kindle Cover - Guest Post by Terry Moon


Guest post by Terry Moon my favorite sister-in-law

Terry reports:

When we heard that Amazon sold 6 million Kindles for the holidays, my husband suggested I make covers. He bought me one for Christmas so I was able to make a template.

If you purchased one of these readers, you might also like to consider a protection cover and I welcome your visit to my Etsy site. 

Here’s the link:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/moonlight55
Sample Kindle Cover

View my Kindle Cover eReader Sleeve on Etsy. I show a sample here.

Here's what I've been working on for my Etsy shop.

I have designed padded covers that will fit the Kindle Fire, Original Kindle and Kindle Touch. Protect your eRead from scratches. I have many more listed in my shop in a variety of fabric choices. 

Please stop by.

The Kindle Cover is padded and will protect your eReader from scratches. Slide your Amazon Kindle into this beautiful 100% cotton cover to store or to transport.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92222452/kindle-cover-ereader-sleeve

I welcome your visit and please share with a friend!!  Terry

Friday, February 3, 2012

Submissive – Who me?



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Usually I am very submissive to my husband. If we are shopping and in the middle of our excursion, and he says, let’s go home, I know he is experiencing some weakness so without hesitation we head for home.

I have learned not to question, when he makes a decision, and I go along with it, even when I prefer to do something else. Talking back has never got me anywhere, and it is not worth the hassle of having an upset husband - - - But there were a few occasions when I needed to speak up and I refused to be submissive, this story is about one of those times..

My sweet husband and I had gotten up very early that morning to travel the 75 miles to the HMO where he was to have a procedure down his throat to see if there was something out of sorts. The nurse sprayed a liquid down his throat that Robert said tasted awful. They also hooked him up to an IV and told him that they were giving him a mild sedative that would not put him out, but would take the edge off the examination.

The process went well, and they determined a small pocket was at times catching food but he could live with it and there was no cancer or other problems.

After a time of rest, the nurse said he could get dressed, and she gave him some instructions.

She said that due to the fact that in his system there remained enough medication that could be recognized as DUI. She told him, “You are NOT to drive for 24 hours - - do you promise me that you will not drive?”  He was not listening well !!

I was there and heard the entire set of directions that she gave him.  

Robert put his clothes back on, and the hospital required that you must be escorted to your car in a wheel chair, so that is what we did, then we were ready to leave.

On the way home, we stopped at Jack in the box for a quick lunch. Across the way there was a Starbucks, so I told my husband that I would walk over and get us a Frappe-chino to share. Then he asked for his keys so he could sit in the car and wait for me.

I stepped over to Starbucks, gave the cashier my order and waited. for our drinks.

Now you must understand that I often hear from the Lord. Not out loud mind you, but in my spirit.

God began to tell me that when I returned to the car, that my husband would tell me he was going to drive home. (Usually I would submit and say Okay) Then God said, “If you allow him to drive, he will place his life and yours in jeopardy, so do not permit him to drive.”

I left the store and I could see my husband standing by the driver’s door. Sure enough he said, “I am fine and I will drive us home.” Immediately, I spoke up, “I am sorry, but I cannot allow you to drive, do you remember that the nurse told you not to drive for 24 hours?” His reply was, “I don’t remember her saying that,” but he calmly walked to the passenger side and got in.

As we continued our drive, Robert settled down, and slept most of the way home.

There is a time to submit to your husband but it is always better to submit to the voice of God.

Ephesians 5:21 (NIV) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

This post is linked to Faith Barista Jam Thursdays
Also linked to Laura’s, Brag on God Friday