Monday, April 09, 2018

Devotional: The Lord Will Be Our Confidence



"The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew. My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught."
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:19-26‬ ‭NASB‬‬

These verses are of great comfort to me this week. Wisdom, understanding, knowledge, sound wisdom and discretion are what God provides for us to keep us from going astray from Him.

He provides these things also so that we will know the wicked man when we see him and can escape from him.

When we exercise these things our lives He says we will walk securely and won't stumble, we will be able to lie down and our sleep will be sweet.

We do not have to be afraid of sudden fear or of the onslaught of the wicked because the Lord will be our confidence. He will keep our feet from being caught.



Monday, April 02, 2018

Devotional: The Colt



"When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, "Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' you shall say this: 'The Lord has need of it.'" So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?" And they said, "The Lord has need of it." And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it."
‭‭Luke‬ ‭19:29-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Most people don't say much about the significance of the donkey's colt in this passage. It gets lost in the story. I see several things regarding this colt that I think are important.

1. This colt had never had anyone on it's back before (v. 30). This means was not trained.

Have you ever tried to ride an untrained donkey? I remember at the Bible Camp I went to when I was a kid, they had a donkey there that wasn't trained. It was a favorite challenge of the kids to see how long they could stay on the donkey before he figured out how to get them off.

The fact that Jesus was put on an untrained donkey and was able to ride through the streets of Jerusalem without ending up on His backside in the street was a miracle performed by Jesus. It shows His power over nature and points to His Divinity.

2. Jesus never walked through through the village where the colt was tied. How did He know the colt was there? This points to the fact that He is all-knowing and another sign of His Divinity.

3. The owner of the colt asked why they were untying the colt, but he let them take it without objecting.

Are we willing to give up whatever He asks us to give up? It could be possessions, comfort, health, family or any number of things.

Did you ever think about the fact that sometimes God asks some to give up physical ability or health because that is the platform where He can use that person best to bring glory to Him and point the way to Him?

Think about Joni Eareckson-Tada. God asked her to give up the use of her arms and legs and deal with the complications that come with being immobile, because that is the platform where He could use her best for His kingdom.

What are we willing to give up for the sake of Christ if God should ask for it? I have to admit, that is a scary question to think about, but God said that His grace would be sufficient.

So it all comes down to this: Is God enough for me?


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Devotional: Surprising Picture of God



"As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, "A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Engage in business until I come.' But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.' When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.' And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.' And the second came, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made five minas.' And he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.' Then another came, saying, 'Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.' He said to him, 'I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?' And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.'

'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'""
‭‭Luke‬ ‭19:11-24, 26-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I realize this is a large passage of Scripture above, but it's hard to just pick a small portion out when the whole story needs to be told.

My Journible asks the question, "(11-27) What does this parable reveal about God and His kingdom?" Here is my answer straight from my Journible:

"God expects His people to use what He has given them to increase His kingdom. Those who do well are given more responsibilities and those who do nothing with the resources He has given will have even that taken from them. God expects His people to be useful for Him and not just sitting on their hands doing nothing.

It also shows there will be a judgment day for those who reject God's reign in their lives. They will be put to death.

This is really a surprising picture of God. People want to paint Him as all-loving, all benevolent, saving everybody, a doting, spoiling Heavenly Father. That is not the picture I see here.

But at the same time, we must balance this picture with John 10, the tenderness of the Good Shepherd.

God is both a God of justice and a God of love. It depends on which side of the fence you are on in relation to Jesus Christ, whether you will have the weight of His justice come down on you or the tenderness of His love on judgement day."


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Devotional: Prophecy




"And taking the twelve, he said to them, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise." But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said."
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:31-34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jesus foretells what is going to happen to him but  his disciples don't understand any of it.  Sometimes that is how I feel about some of the obscure meaning of some of the prophecies in the Bible.

Here are my thoughts on verse 34 from my Journible:

"Sometimes it is best that we don't know (understand) what lies ahead. Not all Biblical prophecies are clear and if we really understood them clearly perhaps we'd be so focused on that, that we wouldn't live in the here and now and serve Him as we should.

It is too bad that some are so focused on their pet theories about Bible prophecy that they don't really focus properly on how they should live now. They are too busy making a name for themselves with all their books and conferences on what will happen in the future."

Yes, we should focus on the ultimate promise/prophecy of a place in heaven with God forever. That is one prophecy we are clear about. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the future prophecy debate of what this or that means that we lose sight of what our real purpose is. When we keep our eyes on the prize, the race is easier to run undistracted and we will live with a view to God's glory.


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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Essential Oils: Plant Therapy Sweet Orange

  Who doesn't like the smell of a sweet orange when you peel it?  That is exactly what Sweet Orange essential oil smells like.

From the back of the bottle:

Sweet Orange is most commonly known for its wonderfully uplifting and calming scent.  When diffused or inhaled, it can help with nervous tension, apprehension, or sadness.  When diffused, Sweet Orange oil also brightens and freshnes the air.  It can also help support normal function of the immune system. For topical applications dilute to 2-5%.

I can attest to the claims above.  It makes the house smell wonderful.  If you add Vanilla it smells like a Creamsicle.  Yum.  I keep an inhaler (see below) handy that has Sweet Orange and Vanilla in it.  It makes  a calming scent that takes me back to childhood and frozen Creamsicles. Nice for when I start getting stressed.




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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Quiet Day at Home

It is about 3:15pm on a rainy day.  This has been a wonderful quiet day alone at home.  Nathaniel is gone for a week, getting some training in self-development.  Rick's boss was in town today, so he didn't come for lunch like he usually does.  And of course, Sarah no longer lives here.  It's just been me and the dog.

I've been able to get a lot of writing done, have cleaned and reversed all the ceiling fans, prepped birthday cards to be sent later, done my Bible study and after I finish this post, I will clean out and organize my food container cupboard that barfs containers all over my floor every time I open the cupboard doors.

We learned that Rick has the beginnings of fatty liver disease.  So we are learning how to count carbs.  They say a carb restricted diet will help reverse this condition.  I guess I will be finding new recipes and setting up new menus based on carb counts.

Although I get frustrated with the internet and the time waster that it is, I am thankful for all the handy things it does.  I have an app on my phone that I can plug recipes into and it will spit out how many calories, fats and carbs are in the recipe.  This is such a headache saver!  I will be adding a lot of my existing recipes to this app so I can learn how many carbs they are per serving so Rick can stay within his daily limit.  What did people do before these conveniences!?

I'm learning the value of essential oils for a variety of things.  Rick has had a lot of back pain and I've been able to help him get past it with Rapid Relief Synergy by Plant Therapy.


It's really good stuff and it beats using Tylenol or Ibuprophen.  That stuff is bad for your body.

It's weed time!  I've spent hours burning weeds the last two days.  It's discouraging as I look out the window now that is been pouring rain all day and I see weeds popping up all over the place.  It's a losing cause, I'm afraid.  Thanks Adam and Eve.  It's your fault.

I'm thankful for this quiet day to work on writing and other items I needed to get done.  God is good.

Essential Oils: Plant Therapy Top 6 Synergies Set



I recently ordered this set Plant Therapy Top 6 Synergies Set.  I have not been disappointed with it. Here is what is included:

Relax
Germ Fighter
Rapid Relief
Worry Free
Energy
Immune Aid

So far I have used Relax, Rapid Relief, Worry Free, and Energy.

Relax
I used Relax on my trip with Sarah back to North Carolina.  I put a couple drops on my Beanie Baby hedgie hog and set it by my pillow at night.  It's helpful for settling your mind down into a relaxing state and was particularly useful after long days of driving in the car.  We were on the road for 8 days.

Energy
Energy is one I like to use to just give me a little pep during the day.  I use it in an inhaler because it is convinent to keep with me and not have to carry around a bottle of liquid.


Worry Free
My husband was having some difficulty with anxiety attacks right after I got this set in the mail.  I put Worry Free in one of the inhalers for him.  He really likes it and keeps it with him all the time.  He says if he inhales the scent as soon as he feels an attack of anxiety coming on, he can usually get it to go away.  That a win!

Rapid Relief
Rapid Relief has been a huge blessing for my husband.  He was having some pretty nasty back pain and the chiropractor wasn't making much headway with it.  When I got this set in the mail I immediately got a large roller ball bottle and mixed up some 10% dilution in fractionated coconut oil for him.  We started applying it three times a day.  Then as he started feeling better two times a day and lately, one time a day if needed.  He has skipped a day recently because he hasn't been hurting.

I'm looking forward to using the other oils in this set soon.  I just need to decide how I want to use them.

I hope you will try some of these too.  I know you won't be disappointed!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Devotional: Render to God the Things that are God’s


"Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?" But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, "Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?" They said, "Caesar's." He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.""
‭‭Luke‬ ‭20:22-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I was listening to a commentary on Luke 20:25 (above).  I found it interesting that since Ceasar's image was on the coin, Jesus told them to give it to Caesar in tribute, but then He follows up by telling them to give to God what is God's.  Of course, I was only thinking in terms of the tithe.  

The speaker brought it home when he referenced Genesis 1:27 where it says God created man in his own image.  Ceasar's image was on the coin, therefore give to Caesar what is his.  But God's image is imprinted on man, therefore we are to give ourselves to God.

It's simple but profound and I never thought of it in this way before, but it makes sense.
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Monday, March 05, 2018

Devotional: Politically Incorrect


"It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching Him closely. And there in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. And Jesus answered and spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?" But they kept silent. And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away. And He said to them, "Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?" And they could make no reply to this."
‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:1-6‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Have you ever noticed how politically incorrect Jesus is?  The Pharisees had their code of laws that they expected everyone to abide by.  If you didn't, then watch out!  They had zero tolerance for those who were politically incorrect.

So they had a law about healing someone on the Sabbath Day.  You couldn't do that because that constituted work and no one was allowed to work on the Sabbath Day.  That was politically incorrect!  

Notice how they stood around just waiting for Him to violate their rules!  I just love Jesus's response.  He asks them a question that would trap them either way.  "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?"  If they said, "Yes."  They would be politically incorrect and violate their own rules.  But if they said, "No", they would look like the heartless men that they really were.  Oh, my!  What a spot to be in!

So Jesus heals the man and then He renders them speechless by asking which one of them would not lift his son or ox out of a well if they had fallen in on a Sabbath Day.  I don't know about you, but I really get a kick out of how Jesus handles the Pharisees.

Jesus marched to the beat of a different drum much to the dismay of the Pharisees.  He marched to the beat of His Father's will.  As Jesus' Followers, we are to march to the beat of our heavenly Father's will too.  It's not exactly politically correct to be a Biblical Christian these days, but that's what we are called to do.  Are you ready to rise to the challenge?


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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Distracted Big Time

Okay. Confession time.  I have been so distracted lately.  Ever since I was sick for a couple weeks, along with other stressors I will not mention, I've had a terrible time getting myself back into a routine!  It's not for lack of a To-Do List.  I have that.  I just look at it and get overwhelmed and then end up distracted with time-wasters online.  Ugh.

I started out this week, thinking I would get on top of my game, but then I woke up with a nasty sore throat again on Monday and Tuesday I was out for the count.  Thankfully, I had bought some good quality garlic instead of that cheap junk and I started taking it three times a day.  By yesterday, I felt great again.  I got a lot done yesterday.  But today has been another day of distraction.  Oh, I did wash the storm door and swept my front porch steps.  I did have it on my list to write a blog post, and I'm doing that now. I did make my menus for the week and have a good start on my shopping list.  Also found rebates for my shopping trip.  I did clean up my desk too.

Well, okay, maybe the day wasn't a total loss. 

I'm distracted by Google and all the censorship they are doing right now.  I want to move all my stuff away from Google now because I don't trust them.  But to do so will be a tremendous job and take a lot of time to accomplish.  Yikes!  Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Keep, Google Maps, Google Docs, Blogger, Google Boomerang, Google Remote Desktop, Google Calendar, Youtube.  Oh my goodness!  It really is a web!  I think my head will explode!

Well, it's time to make dinner.  Burrito Pie it is.  Maybe tomorrow will be less distracting.  I have to go buy groceries.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Devotional: Is God Enough?



"And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it."
‭‭Luke‬ ‭9:23-24‬ ‭NASB‬‬

I was going back over my journal on the book of Luke so far and couldn't help but notice how often I had written, "Is God enough for me?"

Can I be happy if God does not give me what I desire?  Is God Himself enough for my happiness even when my desires are not met?  

Am I able to deny myself daily, deny my own selfish desires and my reactions to inconvenience to find what God is trying to teach me in it?  Am I able to stop and remind myself to find the Treasure in the trouble?  

"For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body."
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:6-10‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Devotional: Will He Find Faith on the Earth?



"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?""
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Luke 18:1-8 is a parable about a woman who was begging a judge for legal protection.  The judge was unwilling but she continued to bother him until he finally relented and gave her protection.

Jesus argues from the lesser to the greater.  Basically, He says if an unrighteousness judge will grudgingly grant the widow's request because of her constant begging, how much more will God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night?

Verse 8 ends with a question.  "However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"

Will we still have faith in the fact that God will give justice to His elect and live according to it?  Will He find us living in accordance with this fact when He comes again or will we be living as practical atheists like the people described in Luke 17:22-37?  Those were the people who were not ready when Christ returned.

Will we be so caught up in day to day living and materialism that when He comes we are caught off guard and unprepared?

Is my personal comfort more important to me than the kingdom of God?  How does my reaction to having to spend the night recently in the Salt Lake Airport show my level of attachment to my personal comfort.  Did God find faith in me that night?  How could I have better used my time there?  What opportunities did I miss to be a light for Christ? How can I do better next time my convenience is interrupted?  

Practicing our faith in times of inconvenience helps prepare us to be living in faith when He returns so He will find faith on the earth when He comes.  God will bring justice for all His elect when He comes. Knowing that should make enduring some hardship here easier.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Excited to Introduce My New Book!!!


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We All Need Extra Storage, Right?


Spring is coming and we all need more storage, don't we?  What about extra seating space as well for those patio gatherings?  I have one of these storage benches on my patio.  It has been one of the best purchases I have made in a while.

It stores our folding patio chairs perfectly!  You know, those ones that pack up into a neat long skinny bundle that people tote to parades and such?  Those chairs fit great in this bench and since it's on the patio it is handy to be able to just grab those chairs out of it when entertaining rather than having to run through the house to garage to find them.

In the spring, summer and early fall when it is warm enough to sit outside, I like to take my green tea and my Journible and Bible out to the patio and sit on this bench to have my quiet time with God. 

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Devotional: Thinking Soberly


"For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

A few weeks ago when my daughter and I were driving to North Carolina, we had the opportunity to stop in Las Vegas.  It's not an opportunity I care to repeat.  The traffic is terrifying!  At any rate, we mangaged to find our way to the Chipotle where we were to meet Sarah's friend who would show us around The Strip.  

Not too far from where we met and had a late lunch, was a McDonald's.  In an effort to look as high class as all the other venues up and down The Strip, their sign was all decked out with sparkly lights.  It was quite comical to us and we had a good laugh over it.

That McDonald's sign illustrates the Biblical principle that we should not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think.  Scripture doesn't say this, but when we have a higher opinion of ourselves than what we should have, it makes us look kind of silly, like that McDonald's sign in Las Vegas.  Pride never looks good on anyone.  

This Scripture says we are to think soberly in contrast to thinking highly of ourselves.  Interesting.  When we have a higher opinion of ourselves than we should, we are not thinking in a sober manner at all.   

We are to remember that God has given each of us a measure of faith.  None of us is better than the other in this business of faith.  We are not to compare our faith to another's faith or vise versa. This is not thinking soberly.  This kind of comparison can only lead to one of two things. 

1. Becoming discouraged because we don't measure up to Joe Blow's faith
2. Becoming proud because we think our faith is stronger than Joe Blow's faith

We need to maintain an even keel and not fall in the ditch on either side.  That is a hard balance to maintain, but God can keep you in the middle if you look to Him alone and not at everyone else.  



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