Healthy Weight

Over the past month or more I’ve realized how little control I have over just about anything.

 

From historical proofs and my own experiences, I’ve decided the Bible is trustworthy and that God is in control.KJVhttps://www.christianbook.com/page/bibles/translations/kjv?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=bibles&utm_term=king%20james%20compact%20bible&event=PPCSRC&p=1020037

 

A doctor told a family member they need to lose weight. I’ve gained about 18 pounds over the past year or more which put me right back to where  I’ve been for years–a little too high for comfort.

 

So, I’ve been praying to God for help in choosing healthier foods. Being married, it helps if he’s on the same path as well, but it doesn’t matter. What goes in my mouth is ultimately up to me.

 

I know how to gain weight. When I eat sweets or a sugary caffeinated beverage early in my day, I crave carbohydrates all the rest of the time until I go to bed. I wake up with the impetus to start over even if I notice I don’t feel so good.

 

Another way I gain weight is to savor the food I’m eating to such an extent that I continue indulging even though my body is screaming at me, “I’m full! There’s no more room inside! Stop!!”

 

Then I’m sorry and if it’s late I’m not able to lie down which messes with sleeping.

 

In high school, a neighbor guy played football and the workouts melted pounds off of him. I struggled with excess weight in high school. I never got overly obese, but I definitely weighed more than many of my female classmates. If it hadn’t been embarrassing I would have given him some tips so he wouldn’t have been too light. 🙂

 

My dad burnt lots of calories, so mom made dessert for the family every day. My sister liked to bake, so she made cookies at least once a week in addition. We used to have vegetables with our main meal and fruit with lunch, but the sweets weren’t limited.

 

As an adult, I limited the confectionary foods in our home. My dad felt the kids were deprived because I didn’t buy candy and bake much.

 

To lose weight, I learned that vegetables without fats of any kind can be eaten guilt-free. My mom joined Weight Watchers and made a cabbage soup I really liked. She could eat it all day if she wanted to and the pounds came off.

 

In the New Testament, in 1Cor_3:16 , (KJV) it says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

 

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

The Bible never says beautiful Queen Esther in the book of Esther in the Old Testament weighed 200 pounds or 130 pounds. Abraham’s wife, noted for her good looks is not described.

 

In Philippians_4:5 , (KJV): Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

 

It’s my opinion  that God wants uf healthy, not overly thin and not at the highest point on the scales.

 

He’s more interested in our character and modest clothing.

 

In Proverbs 31, a wife of value cares about and for others. She is trustworthy and even runs a business. It may sound like she doesn’t get enough sleep because her candle burns at night, but she could get eight hours of rest if she got in bed at 10:30 p.m. and arose at 6:30 a.m.

 

I’ve read if a person stays up past midnight their metabolism slows down and they retain weight that used to stay off.

 

If people skip meals, the metabolism slows down and stores fat because the system thinks they’re starving.

 

Not drinking enough water hurts the body and can cause that person to get confused. Elderly folks need to beware of dehydration.

 

According to Psalm_139:14 , (KJV): I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

I’m asking God to help me take a little better care of myself. For dinner I chose soup and salad, even in this heat. I let the soup cool down. I felt as if God said no to the food bars with almonds and dark chocolate and honey, and yes to the cherries that weren’t sweet.

 

So I tucked those tempting morsels out of sight and decided to blog.

 

Yay to avoiding tasty foods that drain energy, cause cravings and up my weight.

 

When I eat healthy stuff eventually the sugary treats overwhelm my taste buds and I don’t like the rich flavor. The first word that comes to mind is “Yuck!”

 

I’m looking forward to God helping me with this. He’s continuing to encourage me in other areas. Thank You, Lord!

 

May God bless you. Is He helping you with something you’d like to overcome for good?

 

 

 

Why Call Me Lord and Not Obey?

My husband has been preaching about the Beatitudes lately and this morning my devotional time lined up with his talks. In Luke 6:46-49, (ESV), Jesus says: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Luk 6:47  Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:

Luk 6:48  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

Luk 6:49  But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

As society presses us to conform more and more to its ways, we as people will find our lives crumbling around us when we go the opposite way of God.

I got a newsletter from Evangelist Dea Warford yesterday and he said that Fox television runs a commercial from the Ad Council showing two same sex people kissing and others clapping around them. The ad is called “Love has no labels,” and Dea tells us the announcer says, “Love is love.”

We stopped getting television some years back because the shows and commercials were offensive to my husband and me. He is a sports fan, so it’s been hard on him some days. We get Netflix and search to find wholesome shows.

We are not hiding ourselves from the world. What people believe, they act on. An acquaintance at the library over the past year adjusted to her husband deciding to become a woman.

Later, I asked her mom if she was going to remain married to him. She looked shocked. “Of course!”

The first time her daughter saw me after he published his name change in the newspaper to Joy, she lowered her eyes and gave me room to avoid contact.

We’d talked about marriage in the past. Once a year they talk and see if they’re okay. If they are, they remain a couple. I told her we made a commitment and divorce is never considered an option. We looked eye-to-eye, blinked a few times as we processed the different approaches and then went on our way.

Lately, I attended a writer’s meeting and she bustled around the room at the end. In a high-pitched voice, with enthusiasm I heard her speaking. “Joy did ….” “Then Joy said, ‘….’”

I couldn’t make out anything but the name from across the distance.

My husband asked, in the very beginning, “I wonder if he considered the medical risks of taking these sex-changing hormones?”

A bit later I heard him murmur, “I’d like to talk to him.”

Who knows, it’s a small world, as the saying goes.

It’s clear in God’s Word that He made each of us as male and female in the first chapters of Genesis.

What a slap in God’s face, fooling with one’s gender. I imagine they’re not considering God. They’re listening to their own thoughts and thinking of persuasive messages from the world around them.

Speaking of messages, I think God is telling me to write early in my day. Jesus said in John 10:4-5 (BBE):  “When he has got them all out, he goes before them, and the sheep go after him, for they have knowledge of his voice.

They will not go after another who is not their keeper, but will go from him in flight, because his voice is strange to them.”

Yet, Gideon asked God to prove he was hearing from God in Judges 6:36, (KJV):  Then Gideon said to God, If you are going to give Israel salvation by my hand, as you have said,

Jdg 6:37  See, I will put the wool of a sheep on the grain-floor; if there is dew on the wool only, while all the earth is dry, then I will be certain that it is your purpose to give Israel salvation by my hand as you have said.

Jdg 6:38  And it was so: for he got up early on the morning after, and twisting the wool in his hands, he got a basin full of water from the dew on the wool.

Jdg 6:39  Then Gideon said to God, Do not be moved to wrath against me if I say only this: let me make one more test with the wool; let the wool now be dry, while the earth is covered with dew.

Jdg 6:40  And that night God did so; for the wool was dry, and there was dew on all the earth round it.

God was not offended at Gideon. I ask God to confirm His still small voice when I think I’ve heard from Him and it always lines up with His commands in Scripture.

If I think God is telling me to kill someone – that is not God. If He wants someone to die, He can easily take their spirit from them without human help.

The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy it says in John 10:10 and Jesus came to give life and that abundantly. Those who embrace homosexuality and divorce their spouse destroy the security of their mate and if applicable, their children.

My acquaintance may be putting on a false, cheerful front with a transgender mate, but I imagine she’s shed a boatload of tears.

A friend in college got forsaken by her boyfriend. He told her, “I’ll either choose you or choose the homosexual lifestyle and she got rejected back in the 1970’s before I knew her. When I visited her at home, she turned on me and mocked me with some details I’d shared with her.

As we stayed apart until my departure time arrived, her mom asked if the problem arose from me or from her. I admitted it came from her daughter and she nodded her head as if she knew it.

His choice rocked her whole being and frankly it had nothing to do with her. She left college over that summer, so I never saw her or heard from her again.

I hope she healed from that rejection.

Over the years I’ve come to realize that when I follow Jesus and obey Him, trusting Him as best  I can, He upholds me during the storms of life. Godly choices keep me from experiencing the bedlam of worldly choices no matter how narrow-minded society calls me. I don’t have to taste from the yuck of life’s offerings to know they eventually bring about strife, death, over-emphasis on pleasing self, a lack of stability and well-being.

With God’s help I’ll call out to the Lord in times of trouble and obey Him along life’s way. A saying my husband had us repeat on Sunday, “I can’t do it without Jesus.”

Ain’t it the truth?

God bless!

Gideon, an Example

The Israelites had a forty year rest after Barak and Deborah fought against the Canaanites in the book of Judges chapters 4-5. Deborah prayed – she fought by spiritual means.

Judges 6:1 says in the NKJV: Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.

Throughout the book of Judges, the Israelites served God under a judge and then after the judge died, the people turned to the gods of their neighbors. God didn’t chase them down. He let them serve the false gods and their enemies began to treat them badly. Sometimes it was many years of hardship and then they’d realize they’d turned their backs on God and then they’d call out to Him and repent and ask for help.

Gideon said he was the least of the tribe of Manasseh, and the least of his family. He tried to thresh wheat in the wine press because the Midianites kept destroying their food as soon as they grew it.

The Angel of the Lord which I believe is the pre-incarnate Christ talked to Gideon about going to war against the Midianites. He told him to go in his strength because God is sending him. When Gideon realizes he’d seen God face to face and hadn’t died, he was terrified. Judges 6:23 says, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.’”

Gideon was directed to tear down the altar of Baal and to present an offering to God with the wood of the image which he will cut to pieces. He was so afraid of the men in the area that he took ten servants of his father’s and destroyed the altar of Baal at night.

Gideon’s father was a Baal worshipper, but when the men arose to harm Gideon after he removed the idol, Gideon’s father said to let Baal contend for himself if he is a god. I’ll bet that encouraged Gideon. Maybe that’s why Gideon turned from God. Even though he saw God face to face and was able to destroy thousands of soldiers with only three hundred Israeli’s so God could get the glory, he still turned to idolatry. After the soldiers plundered their enemies Gideon asked for the gold earrings and he kept the pendants of gold from around the camel’s necks and made himself a golden idol.

Even though he got elevated in the eyes of the people, so that they asked him to rule over them, which he declined to do, and said that God is their ruler, he led the people astray by providing them an idol to bow down to.

It’s not easy to follow God some of the time, but not following God causes all sorts of problems. One of Gideon’s sons, a child of a concubine, decided he wanted to be the leader of the Israelis. Gideon had seventy other sons from his many wives and Abimelech went to his mother’s relatives and got help. He killed sixty-nine of his brothers. One hid himself to rise up against his half-brother as soon as he could. What a mess.

I don’t take my faith for granted. It says in 2 Timothy 2:15, (Webster): “Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

I continue reading the Word of God and praying for understanding even though it’s been many years since I first began. There is wisdom and direction and hope to name a few blessings in God’s Word that I keep finding. A Rhema word is a Scripture that practically jumps off the page at a believer which is God’s highlight and insight for the reader according to Pentecostal believers. I looked up Rhema online and found this link: http://www.biblestudy.org/beginner/definition-of-christian-terms/rhema.html

May God bless you.

 

 

 

Decisions, Anyone?

I’ve decided to eat healthier, which means to me hardly any meat and very little dairy. I began today with some other areas to limit stuff, as well.

 

So, as I prepared dessert for a group meal, I had to decide. Gingerbread with whole wheat flour and the added chore of making homemade applesauce because we didn’t have any on hand, or making a gelatin with agar agar and fruit juices. I chose the gelatin for a few reasons and began around three o’clock in the afternoon for a 6:00 meal. After I poured the hot liquid into the bowls and added fruit, it suddenly occurred to me that when it was piping hot, it couldn’t cool in minutes. Especially the biggest bowlful, which had seeded fruits in it and only one person couldn’t eat seeds. Seeing as how the weather outside was frightful – I couldn’t resist, at almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit, (freezing is 32 degrees Fahrenheit), I decided to put them on the front porch and check often so they didn’t freeze.

 

Then, I realized that since I’d added half a cup of cranberry juice to the ten cups of sweet apple juice for color I may want to add some sweetener since cranberries are tart. I put in a small amount and tasted it. With the added fruit and the toppings, I hoped it would taste good to them and be good for us. One person said he liked it. I liked it, my husband did not. No one else said anything because they tend to be nice people and it wasn’t horrid, it just wasn’t like the commercial gelatins. It was still a little tart. I’ve heard cranberries help strengthen bones. 🙂

 

After we got home I noticed I felt a bit grumpy even though we had a good time. I know better than to start more than one major project at a time, but I’ve committed to two things and once I commit, I try my best to follow through.

 

The organizing thing is not requiring a lot out of me for the first two weeks of January and the author, Regina Leeds, said it goes faster if you’re able to make decisions quicker rather than slowly. I’ll see how it goes when I get to that point. She wrote, One Year to an Organized Life: From Your Closets to Your Finances, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Completely Organized for Good, copyrighted in 2008 and published by MJF Books, New York, NY if you haven’t read this blog previously.

 

We have a group started and books are ordered. So, we’ll go forward and see results. Sandra Felton has written helpful books on becoming less messy, and one of her quotes is, “The secret to success is making very small, yet very consistent, changes.”

 

I went to the internet to find her and got watching small videos on YouTube. The decision- making YouTube episode for getting rid of clutter is called, “Quadrant Method for Clearing Clutter,” 6:13 time or six minutes and thirteen seconds. That was helpful.

 

As I organize, I realize God is answering prayer. I don’t feel grumpy anymore since I started writing. 🙂

 

Do you struggle with decisions and/or second guess the ones you’ve made?

 

May God bless you.

Let It Begin

Three of us entered the church tonight for our organizing class. Two more decided they’ll join next week.Image result for women in a classroom(photo from towson.edu)

It’s humbling to join with folks and admit you’ve got a problem you’ve struggled to overcome. It’s also exhilarating to know you’re not alone.

So we left the meeting with the words commitment, hard work, and support as some of the parting promises to one another.

I read some women’s magazines with articles off topic from organizing which made me want to write an article for one of them. I’ll need to do some research on the subject and on marketing. Some magazine editors don’t accept articles from writers if they haven’t sold to a magazine with a huge following.

I truly believe that God orders my steps in mysterious ways sometimes.

Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) says: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”

We’ll see where they go.

May God bless you as you step out in life.

To Speak or to Type

The last time I blogged, my wrists began to bother me, so I decided to use Dragon Speak by Nuance, Company and decided to stop typing. It’s a little slower to use Dragon Speak, so I typed some and spoke some. When I’m blogging and it gets close to midnight I usually click on the publish button so that it shows up on the day I’m actually blogging.

When I begin editing it, I realized that the Dragon Speak had changed a lot of the words. I tried to update it as quick as I could. I need to go back and study how to use it efficiently.

Today I determined to finish the Living Forward plan from Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s book of the same name, published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2016. I tried to block off ten hours of my day to work on it, and I wore a light wrist support to avoid injury.

Living Forward Book

Realizing I wanted to blog after using my wrists for that many hours caused me to want to use Dragon Speak automatically.

The authors suggested my notebook might use 10 to 15 pages for the life plan but I was up to page 23 and I still have a couple more categories I want to ponder. It’s probably because I’m a writer, lol. I used a pen and a composition notebook to write about health and just after that my Smart Phone suggested a sleep app that helps a person regulate their sleep time. One of my specific commitments that I wrote down was to blog earlier so I would go to bed earlier. It was a little uncanny that that app came up at that particular moment.

I have been blogging about my sleep pattern and I accessed Google for inspirational quotes. Who knows how they made the connection?

Some of my inspirational quotes came from the Bible and for the financial category I found Philippians 4:19 (ASV), “and my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

That gives me peace. 🙂

I hope you are doing well today. May God bless you.

God is on the Move

I’ve noticed that God accomplishes all that He wants to accomplish despite economic downturns, drought, troubles of any kind, and people’s predictions. He put Babylonian visitors inside the king of Israel’s home. King Hezekiah showed them every bit of riches he’d accumulated. The Babylonians were not close to Israel in proximity. God knew He was going to use the Babylonians to punish the Jews for their idolatry and also to strengthen them through adversity so as to draw them closer to Him.

2Kings 20:12, (KJV),  At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.

2Ki 20:13  And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

2Ki 20:14  Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon.

2Ki 20:15  And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.

2Ki 20:16  And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD.

2Ki 20:17  Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

2Ki 20:18  And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

2Ki 20:19  Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. And he said, Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?

Hezekiah used to pray to the Lord when he was sick or in trouble. Then he changed and turned to other kings for help in time of war or went to the physicians when he was sick. He lost his way with God. He was not concerned for his offspring.

I get concerned when I learn that a king whom God healed turned to the physicians and ignored God altogether. I know God doesn’t object to doctors. Yet, I remember a time when I had a sinus infection from November until February, going to the doctor every time the antibiotic ran out because I wasn’t healing up. I was younger then, maybe in my thirties. Finally, after three months I cried out to God. Within a couple of days the sinus infection cleared up. I learned my lesson. I pray first and do natural healthy things, like drink more water, eat an apple, try to get more vitamin C in my body, exercise, rest and sometimes drink Echinacea tea. If those don’t work, I ask God if He wants me to go to the doctor.

I don’t always hear from God, so then I’ll make the decision to go. All I know is that we have an enemy of our souls that’s been caricatured in cartoons and publications so people don’t believe he’s real.

The apostle Peter wrote to the followers of Jesus:

1Peter 5:5, (KJV),  Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1Pe 5:9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

1Pe 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

1Pe 5:11  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

God knows who will be president of the United States of America and which nations will align with other nations. He’s got everything under control. Everything. We’re to do our part and He will do His part and we can rest and be at peace. He’s calling more believers into His kingdom in these end times, and unfortunately, many believers will leave the faith in end times because of the wiles of the enemy. That is why Peter tells us to beware of the evil one and to resist him and to draw close to God.

Jesus defeated the devil with His death on the cross, but He also warned His disciples that some would hear the word of God and believe and then leave Him when times get rough, in the parable of the seeds and the sower:

Luke 8:4, (KJV),  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

Luk 8:5  A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Luk 8:6  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

Luk 8:7  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

Luk 8:8  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Luk 8:9  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

Luk 8:10  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Luk 8:11  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

Luk 8:12  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Luk 8:13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Luk 8:14  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

I’d rather go through hard times here on earth than to suffer for all of eternity in the lake of fire that was designed for Lucifer, the fallen angel and the angels that followed him instead of remaining with God.

Isa 14:10  All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?

Isa 14:11  Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isa 14:16  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

Isa 14:17  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

And in Matthew 25:41, Jesus said,   “Then the king will say to those on his left, ‘Get away from me! You are under God’s curse. Go into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels!’”

2Peter 2:4, (KJV),  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2Pe 2:6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

2Pe 2:7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

God is on the move and I believe He wants us to be on the move for His righteousness sake as well as for the welfare of others.

May God bless you.

Living For Myself 

Yesterday in church, while my husband spoke on the history of the book of Daniel, somewhere a mention of living for God and not for me came to the forefront. I gave it some thought and prayed a bit.

Then tonight as I read parts of an e-book I purchased from Christian Book Distributors entitled, Honor Girl, near the end of Chapter 7 the heroine began to wonder if she should only be concerned with living her own life. The character’s aunt felt she should better herself and leave the care of her family to others.

The Honor Girl - eBook  -     By: Bill Wiese

I like how Grace Livingston Hill from long ago, writes of strong women making a difference in a home and in a community. The only complaint I’ve heard is that her heroines are too perfect.

I’ve observed that female descendants of Africans were given a dialogue that displeased me, but Grace Livingston Hill treated the women and young ladies with respect.

In thinking back to Sunday, the idea that if American Christians lived our lives as Daniel lived his, our country would benefit greatly.

Daniel prayed and obeyed God and lived in a manner that pleased those in authority over him. When King Darius, the Mede got manipulated into setting Daniel up for punishment by jealous nobles in the kingdom, Daniel got thrown into a den of lions. Daniel always took the “high road” and did what pleased God, even when it caused him severe consequences.

He trusted God and God rewarded that trust. He lived a non-selfish life, behaving with risky behavior by honoring the Jewish God in a society of worshipers of many gods – none of them the Israeli’s God.

If every Christian in America humbled themselves, repented of sin, turned from wicked ways and prayed to God, seeking His face, He promises to heal their land, in 2 Chronicles 7:14. A promise made specifically to the Jewish nation makes sense to me that it would apply to Christians as well.

I need God every day of my life, every moment really.

May God bless you!

 

 

Decisions, Decisions

I remember back in the day, my youngest sister, unmarried with a good job, she’d call me and say “I want to go see a play. Will you let me treat you? I want to go on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. What do you say?”

I would think about leaving my husband alone with the kids when I knew he’d be tired. I’d think of leaving him when he was working lots of hours, so I didn’t see him that much. I’d think that I didn’t get out a lot because we had four kids, and we had chosen for me to be a stay-at-home mom. The next thing I knew, she’d be saying, “Connie, do you want to go or not?”

I’d tell her I wanted to go, but I wasn’t sure. Sometimes she’d get mad and say call me when you know. Other times she’d get mad and say, “Just make a decision!”

There are times when it’s so easy to make a decision, and then there are times when options need to be weighed and it’s not a split second choice.

She would get over her anger, but I don’t remember going to any plays with her. She had other sisters and friends to choose from.

Being single, what she didn’t realize was the commitments I had to fulfill. If she came over to visit and I needed to do laundry, she sometimes resented it if I took time to fold laundry while we chatted. Over the years we both grew up and became less selfish.

The last decision I made concerning her was to head home early after a visit with her. She wasn’t well and I felt the pressure of the Christmas holidays. I wanted to get my cards in the mail. She had a contagious disease and so I stayed in the doorway to her room, although my other sister told me it wasn’t that serious and she was seated closer by her.

Later that day, she fell and ended up in the hospital. Christmas Day I went to see her with my youngest daughter. My youngest brother joined us, which was a treat and we even spent the day with him and his family since we’d made such a long drive. My husband had plans he didn’t want to change and I was fine with that.

The nurse contradicted the doctor that called me in the middle of Christmas Eve night. He said she was not going to be around for long, thus, our last minute decision to head north.  The nurse said my sister always pulled through. She had many close calls over the years.

About a week later, my baby sister decided she’d worked hard enough to try and pull her body through the diseases that tormented her. She told us she was ready to go see Jesus, her Lord and Savior. How I wanted her to hang around. But it became apparent to me that I was being selfish. I think my other younger sister pointed that out to me. Who am I to determine if someone should relax and let God take them? I can encourage that someone to fight and pray and hold on, but God and they have the final say.

So, I told her goodbye with a roomful of people that loved her, including some of the hospital personnel that got to know her well from her many times with them. One lady told us that my sister was very courageous.

I love the fact that Jesus said in John 14 that we have a place in heaven for us when our time on earth is done. Here is a section of  John 14:  John 14:1, (ESV)  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Joh 14:4  And you know the way to where I am going.”

Joh 14:5  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Joh 14:7  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Joh 14:8  Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”

Joh 14:9  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Joh 14:10  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.

Joh 14:11  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

Joh 14:12  “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

Joh 14:13  Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Joh 14:14  If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

As we saw our family member at the end of her life, we asked Jesus to relieve her pain and to take her home. He did. I will see her again.

1Co 15:53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
1Co 15:55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

May God bless you!

God of All Creation

On Sunday, Alistair Begg, speaking on October 5, 2015 on a You Tube video, encouraged students to turn to the Scriptures every day to hear from the Holy Spirit.

Why am I listening to Alistair Begg on You Tube when normally I’m getting ready to worship God? It’s because I drove north to see my daughter and her family. The oldest sounded croupy and I thought, He really shouldn’t go to church.

Before long she said, “One of us needs to stay home because he’s sick.”

I volunteered. Then he said, “Let’s get online and watch church.”

This is an elementary school boy. He heard me bragging on him and then he told me his mom suggested we catch it online. 🙂

Alistair Begg quoted Philippians_2:10-11  “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” (ESV), as Paul wrote.

“There is no ideal place to serve God except where God places you,” Alistair said.

“Beware of the appeal of ease and easiness. Read Road to Character by David Brooks,” he also said.

He told everyone that he would have preferred to stay in beautiful Scotland rather than come to Cleveland, OH all those years ago. He left behind family and friends.

He then told those young people “to settle in their hearts what they believe about Jesus Christ, their mission, the church.”

Then he closed with a beautiful prayer at the Chapel of a college.

My grandson waited patiently through all the “loading” times. We started trying to watch his church on the computer, live, but those downloads caused us to miss chunks of time and parts of the songs and the sermon. So we looked at You Tube instead.

My grandson wanted me to tell you about “Zootopia,” which is totally off topic, a movie he recommends.

We watched that on Friday night and then went to the zoo on Saturday. We got to see a living sloth, one of the characters in “Zootopia.”

He was hidden in a barrel apparently sound asleep. Below are some pictures I took at the zoo:

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The lion pictures couldn’t copy, for some reason. They were amazing.

We couldn’t help but remark on the incredible diversity and beauty of the animals. The

giraffes’ colors and design keeps them from being sunburned, according to one of the friendly zookeepers we met.

May God bless you!