Thursday, July 26, 2012

Friends

Friends have always been very important in my life.   I always felt I could not breathe without a close friend.   But guess what, God has proved my thinking wrong. :) He's good at that.   He is the only way.

Many close friends have come and gone through out my 33 years.   I have wept bitterly over each and everyone of them.   I think I'm finally ready to listen to My Father...

He is all I need.


Yes, it hurts to see other ladies being so close, but then the Holy Spirit whispers,
         " I AM closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24).

Jesus had 3 very close friends, (Peter, James, and John) but even then they were his "disciples" and Jesus was training them to live without Him in the flesh and to tell others about Him.   When He asked them to pray with Him before He endured cross, they fell asleep! (Luke 22:40) So much for "being there" for Him! They left Him at the most important season of His life. John 16:32
"Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me."

In the study Search for Significnce. Robert S. McGee says, if we believe this false truth:

"I must have the approval of certain others to feel good about myself (Fear of Rejection)"

We must replace it with God's truth that says:
                "Because of reconciliation I am totally accepted by God.                   
 I no longer have to fear rejection."

Reconciliation = to atone for sin

Everyone on this earth may reject me, but I am totally accepted by God because of His work on the cross!   God will supply ALL my needs!   Even the emotional ones.

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus"
    Philippians 4:19

Praise the Mighty name of Jesus!

Micah 7:5 "Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide..."
oooooo, but wait, look what follows in verse 7!


"Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." Micah 7:7
               
Such an awesome promise!!!!!   Only God is worthy of our trust!!!   And He is awake at ALL hours of the night!   We don't have to worry when others fail us!

"Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." Deuteronomy 31:6

Thank you Jesus for being my Best Friend!


John 15:15b
"...but I have called you friends..."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Question


 


Why do ladies who call themselves "Followers of Christ" feel the need to dress in public with parts exposed that only belong to their husband?



Help me understand...is it the way they were raised, do they not know any better, do they not respect themselves, do they want to draw attention to their body, do they want to be like the world, do they not want to represent Christ, did their mommy not teach them, did their daddy not explain the way a guy thinks, did something bad happen to them when they were small, do they not care if they make a brother stumble?



Does Christ care about the way a Christian lady dresses?





Isaiah 61:10 "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath CLOTHED me with the garments of salvation, he hath COVERED me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with jewels."

Ezekiel 16:10 "I CLOTHED thee also with broidered work, and shod
(to fasten up)thee with badgers' skin, and I girded (to wrap firmly) thee about with fine linen, and I COVERED thee with silk."

CLOTHED=
wrap around

COVERED
= to plump; i.e. fill up hollows; to cover (for clothing or secrecy); conceal; cover (self); hide

ABSOLUTELY He does! He's our HEAVENLY Father! He loves us and wants to cover us to protect us and His sons!

Over and over in His Word, God talks of covering His people. If a person wasn't covered, it was a sign of shame. When He was talking to the church of the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:18 He said,

"that thou mayest be CLOTHED, and that the SHAME OF THY NAKEDNESS DO NOT APPEAR..."

When we are not covered, it is a sign of shame!!



God is so Holy! We, as ladies, must even cover our heads because of His awesomeness! God's Word says that our hair is covering. 

1 Corinthians 11:5 "But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven." 1 Cor 11:15 "But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: FOR HER HAIR IS GIVEN HER FOR A COVERING."

So if we dishonor ourselves with our head uncovered, what must we be doing to ourselves if parts of our body meant only for our husband are uncovered!?

Titus 2 describes how a young Christian woman should behave. It says in verse 5 we are to be CHASTE= clean i.e. innocent, modest, perfect.

Debi Pearl says in Created to be His Help Meet, "A chaste woman is a modest woman. God speaks of a woman maintaining her chastity and purity by the clothes she wears."

1 Timothy 2:9-10 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in MODEST APPAREL, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works."

In her book, Debi goes on to say,"God says that a woman's apparel should profess godliness. Her clothes, hair and adornments-not just her mouth-make a loud profession to all who see her that she is modest and godly, or that she is immodest and ungodly. Our Heavely Father has dress standards!"

In Created to be His Help Meet, Debi also says, "Clothes speak to all who see us. Clothes make a constant profession. That is they declare out loud-drowning out our words-our true heart condition and our attitude toward orselves and toward those who see us." Actions definately speak louder than words!

How do you want others to see you? I pray that when people look at us, Christian ladies, they would not see our "body", they would....

 see Christ.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Visitors






We had some amazing visitors from far, far away a couple weeks ago... from Ukraine!!

2 Boys in Back are From V's School in Ukraine!

It was wonderful to reunite with our friends! We met D and E through Facebook because they also hosted their boys through NHFC. Their boys attended V's school!! V grew up with them!!

Little V  :)
It is so amazing, only God could orchestrate our friendship, so needless to say, their friendship is priceless!!

We were on our 10 day waiting period in Ukraine when D and E arrived in the same city we were staying in. Tress and I counted down the days for their arrival. As soon as they got there, we got a message they were in town and we met them at the nearest restaurant as soon as we could.
  Can you say, "Breath of Fresh Air"?

  Immediately a friendship was born with so much in common! We shared taxi rides, watched movies together, exchanged money between each other, went shopping together, ate together...

D and V
 and even shared 2 different hotel rooms for a COUPLE WEEKS together!

Movie Night in the Hotel room  :)
Tressa took these memorable pics for us  :)
A little blury, us at a Ukrainian Restraunt

  Even before we traveled overseas, they allowed us to call their son’s phone in Ukraine to be able to talk to V. I would have never dreamed that I would meet this sweet young man…






…or that he and his family would stay with us in our home a year later!
Y and V Having fun in the Pool.  V kept trying to knock Y off.  :)

Playing Pictionary  :)


  GOD IS GOOD!!! We had so much fun!

V, I and S

"Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."
Proverbs 27:17

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fourth of July!




The Fourth of July... my favorite time of the year!
I can hardly believe it, last year at this time we were selling water bottles as a fundraiser to go get our little V! 

Check out this verse the Holy Spirit showed me this Forth of July Eve...

"Thus will I (God) magnify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD."  Ezekiel 38:23

Our nation, The United States of America, is not mentioned very often in God's Word... but I have a feeling He is including The good ole' U S of A in this verse!!  Isn't that cool!?!

I do love it that He showed me this verse the day before the 4th of July!  To me, it's the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year"!!  I absolutely LOVE the Fourth of July!  What a time of celebration physically and spiritually!  We are free indeed by the grace of God!

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."  John 8:36

But we're not living like we're free.

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."        Galatians 5:1 

It's amazing to me how far we have fallen away from knowing God since our nation was first born.  Now anything that resembles God is banned.  So so sad.  Ezekiel 38:19-22 shows how we will know that He is the Lord... that's the scary part.  We will know God because of His jealousy (vs 19) and in the fire of His wrath!

"And I will plead against him  (Gog-uncertain; some Northern nation) with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire and brimstone."  Ezekiel 38:22


These things are still to come!  Are you for God or against?  Your actions speak louder than your words.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Matthew 7:16

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon". Matthew 6:24

I can't wait for V to experience his first Fourth of July in the heart of America.  My favorite celebration EVER!  I can't wait for him to hear, see and smell the amazing show of fireworks in Josh's hometown.  What a sweet celebration! 


But the fireworks to come will not be so sweet.  It will not be a time of celebration.  It will be a time of destroying, blood, hailstones, fire and a raining of sulphur from the sky!!! 

Are you ready?

"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not."  Luke 12:40