Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Forward

It's the last day of 2012, and as it comes to a close, most folks look back to the year that has passed and plan ahead for the year to come. 

I'm personally not a resolution maker.  Sure, there's things I'd like to do, but if those things happen, great, if not, that's fine too.  I'd like to see my children grow more toward the Lord in the coming year, see myself and hubby grow more in the Lord as well, work more on prayer and bible study, grow more disciplined in basics around the home, and so on.  I'd love to lose more pounds that are starting to creep back on since cold weather has set in and I've not been outside working as much.  I'd dropped 35 pounds and many sizes, and they're trying to find their way back home.  I'd like to learn more ways to make best use of resources, whether physical, financial, or otherwise.  These  are basically things that have already been worked on and in progress, so no major upheavel in schedules and such, simply a continuation of projects already started.   I don't imagine these will all be completed immediatly, so no biggie. 

I'd also like to see more people coming to Christ, knowing Him as personal Lord and Savior.  This means more work on my part to get the Gospel out, whether in person or via this little blog in a tiny corner of the world.  It can be done!

I'd like to be more of an encouragement.  How can I be of encouragement to you?

Looking backward toward 2012, we've had chance to see played out in the news/media and in front of our eyes various happenings that are what the bible described.  The Middle East for one--the various Old Testament prophets told about how the different countries would fall, and one by one align themselves against Israel.  We also see how our world is becoming more and more the global one world economy and soon government and religion.  We see how the saints are being persecuted more and more, many being martyred, and how that is starting to come here even to the US, where we've been so protected for so long.

Looking ahead to 2013, we have much ahead that will be pushing us farther into a one world government/economy/religion.  God has told us what is to come in the Bible, and to see what He said would happen play out in front of our eyes should be the most exciting thing we can think of short of seeing another soul saved!  Should we be happy when bad things occur, as they have and will again?  No, but we should remember WHO is in charge, WHO takes care of us, WHO will provide for us, and WHO will be at the finish line no matter what happens.  We were not promised a life of ease when we became a child of God.  We WERE promised He'd be with us all the way through, and told to trust Him.

Dear friend, if you haven't put your trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, don't let 2012 end without Him!  He loves you so much, He wants to give you the gift He offers freely--forgiveness of your sins and a life of freedom within Him.  He wants you to be with Him in Heaven when it is time to leave this ol' earth.  He calls for you, will you answer Him?  Don't go to 2013 without Him! 










Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!


It is Christmas! 




We celebrate His birth today!  He was born in the stable, lived a perfect and sinless life, fulfilled the Law, bore our sins at Calvary, died for us, rose again, conquered death and hell--all for you and me! 



Hallaluiah!

Merry Christmas!



Sunday, December 23, 2012

Remember, Remember

It is early morning here in Southeast Kansas, and it's only myself and the cats who stir.  I sit with my cup of Christmas coffee beside a heating vent that the oldest cat is attempting to cover up with her entire body.  Here very soon I must start my morning "routine" before heading to church.

I come here this morning to encourage you! 





Remember, Jesus loves you.  He loves you so so much, that He left His glory in heaven to come down here to earth as a babe, born in the stables on a cold night.  He left the angels singing hallaluias and all the blessed light and beauty of heaven for you.  He loves you so much He lived for 33 years on earth among us, so He could understand what you experience, so He could honestly says, "I have been there too, I understand."  He laid His life down for you, voluntarily going to the old rugged cross, voluntarily laying His hands and feet to be nailed to that old knarled wood, and voluntarily died with your sins on His shoulders.  He voluntarily took your sins while He was up on the cross, so that even His own Father had to turn away as He bore your sins (and mine).  He went to a borrowed tomb, and He didn't stay long.  He rose again!  His tomb is empty, He conquered death, and is again in Heaven. 

He's waiting for you to receive His gift, His forgiveness, as He is the only one who can forgive you of all the things you've done wrong, doing wrong, and will do wrong.  He is the only one who carried your sins, and as that spotless Lamb, put them on His account that you wouldn't have to. 

He is the reason for Christmas.  We remember Christmas as the newborn babe in the manger, with no fanfare, but only a handful of shepherds, rough and smelly from the fields.  We remember the nervous virgin Mary who delivered Him as her first born, and Joseph who became His legal and adoptive father while He was here. 

Remember, remember, dear friend...Jesus did this for you. 

Christmas is only the beginning of the adventure!


Merry Chrismas from the Abella Family!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Christmas Coffee Smile

Do you enjoy the "Christmas" flavor of the expensive coffees produced by Starbucks and others? 

You can easily make this at home, for pennies! 



Buy your favorite coffee that you'd run through the coffee pot.  I personally use either Folgers, Great Value (yes, I get cheap), or Cafe Bustello (expresso). 

When you make your pot for the morning, add in a teaspoon (or more, depending on your liking) of cinnamon.  If you want more flavor, add a dash of nutmeg and cloves with the cinnamon.  A teaspoon of vanilla powder will make the flavor nice as well, as  will any powdered flavor that you enjoy. Like gingerbread?  Put in a bit of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves with the grounds and then brew. 

If you use instant, you can easily make the same, just use smaller amounts.  A dash will do of all the various ideas when making per cup. 

My family also uses chocolate a lot in coffee.  We purchase inexpensive hot chocolate drink mix, mix it in a bowl with a 3 pound container of regular creamer, and store in smaller cans/containers for use.  For a little fun, I put in almond bark shreds to top my cup.  Sometimes a dash of the cinnamon.  Or even chocolate chips or coconut. 

Who says you have to buy the high dollar expensive coffee?  Play with the ingredients from your cabinet and you'll have a wonderful morning of heavenly scents and caffeine--who can beat that???


Have a great day!



Monday, December 17, 2012

Why Did It Happen?

It's been only a few days since the news came out about the shooting in Connecticut that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults in the school. 

Though we are way out in southern Kansas, half a country away from the East Coast, we feel the affects somewhat of the gunman's actions.  Our local schools effective this morning all have police or sheriff's deputies stationed in them, where they had not before.  We sat with our children last night and finally discussed what had happened, and prepared them for what may be discussed today, as well as the new officers in the building.

Like most others, I've wondered "what if"--what if it'd been our school, our kids, our lives changed instead of those in Connecticut.  I've wondered also what possessed that man to do such a heinous crime.  I've heard the questions, like "where was God?" and "why did God allow it to happen?" 

After reading and listening to scripture, I think I've got a fairly good answer.  You won't hear it on the news, nor read it in the newspapers, but it is truth nonetheless.

First, let me say--don't blame God.  God did not do it.  God did not tell the young man to kill his mother, steal weapons from her, steal her car, and go to the local elementary school and commit murder there.  He was not acting on God's behalf.  God welcomed those children home, but He didn't kill them.

God gives us a free will, letting us choose good or evil.  He didn't make us into machines.  He created a perfect world, and gave us free will to choose right or wrong.  He chose to give us that will so that we could choose to love Him freely, rather than being forced.  As a parent, would you want your child loving you because he/she was forced to or because he/she wanted to?  Same idea.  Anyway, since we have free will to choose what we do, we can't blame God when we make bad choices.  We can't blame God when someone else chooses to do something that hurts us. 

The shooter made his choice.  He chose to take the actions he did.  God did not tell him to do so.  The shooter chose to do evil in the sight of the Lord.  God is not the author of chaos.  Satan is. 

Where was God?  He was right where He is, was, and has always been and always will be.  He did not move.  He didn't leave His throne.  He was there to welcome home those children.  He was there to welcome any of the adults who knew His Son as Savior.  He's there right now to heal broken hearts and lives, if people will let Him in.  It is God and His Son Jesus who heals the wounds.  Counselors can give ideas, but without God none of them truly work. 

What possessed the shooter to do what he did?  Satan.  The shooter had a choice to follow God through Jesus Christ, or Satan by doing his "own thing" and living his own way.  He let himself be influenced by evil, and that evil came through his actions.

We are at a point in time where we as Christians can sense urgency in the world around us.  Lawlessness is increasing, murders are on the rise, people more and more turn away from Jesus, more people are turning to their own lusts.  The bible tells us that God will let people feed on their own perverse and diverse lusts, with more people going the way of the world, the devil, and the flesh.  He is not surprised in what happens in this world.  We shouldn't be surprised either. 

Instead, we should be on our knees (either physically or at least in heart) praying for people affected.  Pray that the Lord would touch their hearts, get through to them before it's too late.  Jesus can heal, but He won't if He isn't let into the broken hearts.







Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Joys in Small Packages





I'll admit it, I love Christmas.  I'm not a little girl anymore, but there's still nothing that matches up with the Christmas season.  I'm all for starting it before Halloween and continuing through maybe Valentine's or Easter. 

I love the lights and decorations.  One of the things our family does is pack up in the truck and go driving around the various subdivisions and neighborhoods, enjoying the myriad of decorations, from a strand of lights to a magnificent production.  This year I've enjoyed driving down Broadway (the "main" street in our little town) and see not only the city's lights they've put up, but also the store front windows in the historical buildings.  Some have went way above and beyond with multiple lit trees, snowmen, lights, one has lights that look like real icicles and are blue.  (Can you tell I get excited??!!??)

Growing up out in the country, my parents saw no need to decorate--who would see them but us?  We weren't Christians, but each year we put up a tree, with handmade ornaments I brought home from school and some that had been in the family for a long while.  I remember the ornament made from pine cones that I'd collected from the trees by our house down in southern Oklahoma.  At school we made those pine cones into sleds and put little plastic Santa ornaments in them (with the gold cord to hang)  and some little runners on the bottom, then sealed them very well.  Each year I put out a big ol' sock under the tree, and mom would fill it with fruits and nuts and candies.  Then dad would eat all the nuts and fruit. 



Like I said, growing up, we were not Christians.  Christmas didn't mean the birth of Jesus.  It meant presents, 2 weeks off of school, and extreme cold when we moved north to near the Iowa line.  It meant snow.  Lots and lots of snow.  I didn't know the meaning of Christmas, and so when I got older and on my own, Christmas was no longer all the delight and fun.  No more parents to shower presents--they had passed on.  I was invited to a few parties, went to a handful, but it was all alcohol parties (came with the nature of the work I did in the prison system and the stress that came along with working maximum security and not being saved).  Christmas day was empty.  While everyone had their families, I was alone.  Empty.

It took a few years and coming to Christ to realize what Christmas really is.  It's not presents.  It's not booze parties with stressed out officers.  It's not all the lights and decorations. 

It's Jesus. 



I was an adult when I got saved.  When I heard the Christmas story after salvation, I bawled like a baby.  It's been almost 10 years, and I still get teary eyed.    It never hit me until I got to know Jesus the Savior that Jesus the baby in the manger had so much importance.  How could God love me so much that He would send His only Son to come to this world as a baby, born in a barn to definitely not the richest mom and stepdad, live 33 years, and face such a horrific torture and death at the hands of those He came to save? 

I appreciate now the babe in the manger.  I still love the decorations, the lights and pretties, but the only present worth giving to others....is that babe in the manger. 

For without the babe in the manger...there'd be no Savior at the cross and the empty tomb.

No matter how you celebrate Christmas, remember WHO we celebrate!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rejoicing in Captivity

Ezra 3:11--"And they sang together by the course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord, because he is good, for his mercy endureth forever toward Israel.  And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid."

Have you been involved in a church plant?  If so, you know the joy of a new work beginning in order to spread the gospel.  You've seen the hard work, the labor of love that begins to plant new seeds into hearts and bring them to the saving grace of God.  It's a wonderful feeling knowing you had a hand in the work, and you rejoice in the beginnings of a new church.

In this passage in Ezra, the people sang and gave praises as they laid the foundations of a new temple.  They were in captivity, but given permission to build a temple to worship in.  They were excited!  This was a serious work, and the people, as well as the older priests, wept as they began the building.

Soon after they began the temple, they faced the ecumenical movement.  Outsiders, also called adversaries of Judah and Benjamin, sought to worship in the new temple. 

Ezra 4:1-24:    Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel;

Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye [do]; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.

But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.

Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they [unto him] an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.

And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter [was] written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue.

Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:

Then [wrote] Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, [and] the Elamites,

And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest [that are] on this side the river, and at such a time.

This [is] the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, [even] unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time.

Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls [thereof], and joined the foundations.

Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up [again, then] will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and [so] thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings.

Now because we have maintenance from [the king's] palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king;

That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city [is] a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed.

We certify the king that, if this city be builded [again], and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river

[Then] sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and [to] Shimshai the scribe, and [to] the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and [unto] the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time.

The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

And I commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and [that] rebellion and sedition have been made therein.

There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all [countries] beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them.

Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not builded, until [another] commandment shall be given from me.

Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter [was] read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power.

Then ceased the work of the house of God which [is] at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

With the beginning of a new church, a new pastor, a new work, there will be adversaries.  Wolves come to the door and try to stop the shepherd from tending his flock.  It could be anything, from a cult member trying to infiltrate, folks talking bad about the new work/pastor/etc and spreading malicious rumors, city code folks pushing extreme and discriminatory code enforcement rules on the new building/work, etc.  If you can think of it, it can or has probably happened, whether it be a local plant or missions.  Extra biblical theologies, practices from the New Age movement, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and other "religions" have absolutely no place within the work of God.  The priests in Ezra's day knew this and kept the wolves out of the temple despite the cost. 

God's work will prevail.  One way or another, He doesn't let His work die.  We find reward when we continue in the Lord's work no matter the opposition. 

Ezra 5:1-6:22   :Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that [were] in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, [even] unto them.

Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which [is] at Jerusalem: and with them [were] the prophets of God helping them.

At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall? 

Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?

But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this [matter].

The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which [were] on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king:

They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace.

Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.

Then asked we those elders, [and] said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?

We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that [were] the chief of them.

And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up.

But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon.

But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon [the same] king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.

And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that [was] in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto [one], whose name [was] Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;

And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place.

Then came the same Sheshbazzar, [and] laid the foundation of the house of God which [is] in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and [yet] it is not finished.

Now therefore, if [it seem] good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which [is] there at Babylon, whether it be [so], that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that [is] in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein [was] a record thus written:

In the first year of Cyrus the king [the same] Cyrus the king made a decree [concerning] the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, [and] the breadth thereof threescore cubits;

[With] three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house:

And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, [every one] to his place, and place [them] in the house of God.

Now [therefore], Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which [are] beyond the river, be ye far from thence:

Now [therefore], Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which [are] beyond the river, be ye far from thence:

Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, [even] of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.

And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which [are] at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail:

That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.

Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this.

And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter [and] to destroy this house of God which [is] at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed.

Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily.

And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished [it], according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.

And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which [is] at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth [day] of the first month.

For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them [were] pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.

And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.



The Israelite sprevailed and were able to worship in the temple!  Read farther on into Ezra, and you'll see King Darius decreeing that all will follow the law of the Lord or suffer consequences.  God's desire won over adversaries.  That's how it should be!

Let's use the book of Ezra as a lesson.  Stand by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and you won't go wrong.  The world will send adversaries in any shape or form they can think of, but stay strong--God is with you!  Stand firm, God will take care of you!

Proverbs 3:5-6--Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A New Beginning

Tomorrow is a new beginning for the Abella household.  Mom (me) starts a new job. 

This is not something spur of the moment, it's been needed for a while.  The Lord waited until my heart was right and ready to submit to authority (still have issues with that) and have the right attitude about leaving home to rejoin the workforce after many years. 

I will be working with adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental health issues in group home type settings.  This is a rewarding work, one I've done before and enjoyed.  As I re-enter this job venue, I have more heart for it.  My own biological child most likely will be entering a supported living facility as he becomes an adult.  I want to be for the people that I will be attending the same type of staff I would want for my child. 

So, today is a day of preparation, with making sure I have plenty of modest, conservative clothing on hand for full time (potentially) work, containers for homemade high caffinated coffees, and a little bible to put in my purse.  I've prepared the children for the coming day, that mom will be leaving early in the morning for the first day of a new adventure.  They are excited, seeing mountains of toys in their future. 

Me, I see it as a potential ministry, a chance to retire the washboard, and ability to make sure the family has what is needed as well as being able to put more toward church ministry. 

All that said...I'll always still be a housewife...just sometimes gotta leave the house. :)

If you are a Christian homemaker/housewife who must work outside the home, what do you find most encouraging?



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Veggie Tales Specials--Perfect for Black Friday Shopping!

VeggieTales Official Store


I've personally enjoyed Veggie Tales videos since 2005, when I stumbled across them in a Dollar General store.  I'm partial to Larry and Pa Grape myself.  The kids love Larry Boy and Junior Asparagus, and hubby rolls his eyes when I sing him the Cheeseburger song.  It's not uncommon to hear "The Hairbrush Song" or "God Is Bigger Than The Boogie Man" out of myself or one of the munchkins.  Yes, mom sings Veggie Tales!

In fact, I plan on buying the latest DVD for the munchkins for Christmas! 


The Veggie Tales Store has absolutely wonderful deals going on this season--I'd love to share them with you!

If you haven't been by there yet, stop in the Veggie Tales Official Store for CD's, toys, games, DVD's, and more!

Currently Veggie Tales is offering Free Shipping on orders of $30 or more.  Yes, FREE! 



"Big Idea Entertainment and VeggieTales.com, the Official Online VeggieTales Store, is pleased to offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $30 or more to the 48 contiguous United States. If your order subtotal exceeds $30 at the time of checkout, you will automatically receive a Free "Best Way" Shipping offer. Based on your location, we will determine the best delivery method for your shipment -- which generally speaking, will take 7-12 business days for arrival. This offer is valid for shipping addresses within the United States only, and excludes over-sized packages including rugs."

When you stop by the Veggie Tales Official Store, you'll find downloads for iTunes, as well as their latest DVD's and music, items for church, books, you name it.  Your kids will love it!  You will like the biblical values taught, with backdrops of well known bible stories and movies. 

When you get a moment, stop by the Veggie Tales Official Store for some of your Christmas online shopping!  Your children will be glad you did!






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Broken World

This is another song that is played a lot on our local country station (101.7 KHST of Lamar/Pittsburg).  The Talleys are a Christian group, so am definitely glad to hear this song!








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That Old King James


I was listening to the radio with Mr. Kevin the other night in the car, and this song played on the local country station.

It's called "Old King James". 

It is refreshing to hear some decent songs on the country channels sometimes.  We're priveleged here in SE KS and SW MO to have 101.7FM, with Dalton Windsor (also known as Pastor Windsor to his church congregation) and Keith Brown who are proud Christians and make sure to play something God glorifying when they can. 

Thank you Dalton and Keith!




Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jesus Loves You--Do You Love Him?

Do you love someone?  A spouse?  A son or daughter?  Mom or dad?  Do you love them so much that you'd take all their wrong doings, all their shame, all their sins, take all their burdens, die, and face an almighty God in their place?

Most of us would say yes, we love someone, but stop short of bearing all the sins and burdens and dying, facing an almight God for them. 

We can't do that.  We can't take someone else's burdens.  We can't take someone's sins away.  God won't take sins from someone else's account and put them to ours.  We have to take care of our sin debt ourselves. 

Except---God loves us so much, so so much, that HE did exactly that.  All your sins, all your sorrows, all your pain and suffering, all your hurts and burdens, He provided a way to take them away from you so you don't have to carry them anymore.  God loves you so much, He prepared a way for you to be sinless in His sight. 

You can't make yourself sinless in God's sight.  He is holy, and we are not.  No amount of work, no amount of good works, no amount of prescribed memorized prayers said over and over, will make you sinless in His presence.  No amount of worship, tradition, routine can make you perfect in His sight.

God knows we can't make ourselves clean before Him.  He knows the One who can.  He sent His only begotten Son, named Jesus, born of a virgin, to bear your sin.  Only Jesus has the ability to be your advocate, your lawyer, your sacrifice, before a holy and just God.  Jesus loves you so much that He came to earth born a man unto a virgin girl, in the lowliest of positions, lived and taught and obeyed the Law perfectly, lived a sinless life, and went to a horrible crucifixion death in order that you may live.  He bore your sins and mine when up on that cross, He became the only sacrifice that God will accept for the atonement for our sins. 

You can't do that.  Not for yourself, not for your children, not for anyone you love.

Jesus loves you so much, He did it for you. 

And what's even better--He's still alive!  His tomb is empty, He is risen, and sits at the right hand of God Almighty, advocating and interceing for us. 

He made that sacrifice for you, He died for you, took the payment for your sins.  He did the work for you.  You just have to ask Him now to put your sins on His account.  He has the gift for you, it's up to you to accept it.  He paid your ransom, will you accept the gift of life from Him?

 
John 3:16"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Romans 5:8 tells us that God loved us so that "when we were in our sin
Christ Jesus came to die for us."


Romans 3:23
"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"


Romans 6:23"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord."


Second Corinthians 5:21 says, "He who knew no sin became sin for us, that
we may be made the righteousness of God through Him."


Romans 10:9-10"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a
person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he
confesses, resulting in salvation."


Romans 10:13
"for Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Will YOU confess and call out for Jesus to save you?  It is so simple, just come to Him with a humble heart, and pray something like this (it doesn't have to be exact, just come from the heart):

"Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, and I am sorry. I need a Savior. I know I cannot save myself. I believe by faith that Jesus, your Son, died on the cross to be my Savior. I believe He arose from the grave to live as my Lord. I turn from my sin. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to forgive my sin and come into my heart. I trust you as my Savior and receive you as my Lord. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me."


Jesus loves YOU! 


Are You Feeling Blessed?



Ok, I'll admit it, I'm not feeling up to par right now.  It's Sunday morning, and 3 of the 5 of us in our home are sick.  Hubby, myself, and one child all have an upper respiratory thing.  Yuck.

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It'd be easy to get all down and out, give in to the sickies.  It's kept us from church today--really don't want to spread it around to the kids and seniors.  It's caused a bit of cost and chaos. 

Instead of being down about it, it is making us appreciate what we have.  We're appreciating breathing.  It's taken for granted most times, until it becomes hard and painful to do.  We appreciate the blessing of medicines available as needed. 

I seem to be coming out of it the quickest.  I've been feasting on homemade chicken bone broth soup with veggies and lots of red chili flakes.  My sinuses are officially open against their will, and feeling great.  Homemade remedy in a stock pot--isn't it great?? <grin>

It's hard to feel blessed when you're hurting and sick, but know that you are.  You have so much available to you, options to use, choices to make, for your individual care.  Take a moment and thank the Lord for His provision this sickies season.

My Lord Is....


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Standing Strong During The Hardest Season of the Year

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I was reading through my blog roll this morning, and ran across one that brought up some old memories. 

Not Consumed has up some ideas about Christmas from the single parent's view. 

And the memories flood back.

It wasn't overly long ago when I was a single mom raising a special needs child with lots of medical problems.  Looking back it seems like a lifetime ago, another world, different people.  In a sense it is--life has changed, times changed, and so have the people involved.

I remember my first Christmas out on my own with Mr. Kevin.  He hadn't quite yet turned 2.  He didn't adapt well to the new little bitty apartment, mom having to work a lot and him having to go to a babysitter, and not being near his dad.  He didn't understand that dad had abused mom, and there was no way we could ever be a "family" again. 

Our first Christmas on our own, it was most definitely not a picturesque moment.  My tree was a tiny 2 ft or so one, barely decorated, and had few presents under it.  I saved and scrimped to buy a dancing Elmo for Mr. Kevin, he'd loved it so much in the stores that I wanted him to have one. 

I felt so empty that year.  I was a new Christian, but not really into the bible much yet.  I'd seen some miracles happen, and I do mean things that no one man could do, only God could do.  But my heart was empty.  I was alone.  My father had passed 2 years before, my mother had passed just the month before, I had family but didn't want to bother them, and was working trying to keep myself and Mr. Kevin afloat.  Surviving. 

It was coooold that winter as well.  Icy, cold, snowy, and I had to make it across the city to houses to provide in home care, face the icy streets with child in tow to the babysitter's house in order to go to various homes in order to do patient care.  I so deep down wanted to stay at home and snuggle up next to my little toddler. 

We made it through that lonely time, and things got better as the years passed.  I eventually married and have 3 children and a hubby at home to enjoy the Christmas season with.  But those years as a single mom were hard, especially during the holidays, when people chatted about what they were buying for their kids and spouses, holiday parties were going on, and I always felt on the outside, at the edges, looking in. 

This is a hard season for folks struggling with all kinds of issues.  What is supposed to be a season of happiness turns to a season of depression and loneliness. 

It doesn't have to be that way.

If you're a single parent, don't hide away in the house and refrain from family adventures.  Take the kids and go touring the city looking at the lights all over houses and decorations.  Take time and make cookies, even if it's the cold dough ones from the refrigerated section at the grocery store.  Spend time together and read the nativity story in the bible.  Make memories that will last well beyond the season. 

If you have a friend who is a single mom, offer to babysit for a while so she can go to spend time with other adults.  Offer to have her and her children over for a meal and activities.  Make her feel important again, loved, needed.  A night of playing a board game or watching a dvd with others goes farther than one would think.  All it costs is a bowl of popcorn and a little time.

Don't forget the single parents around you this time of year.  God loves the single mom too...just as much as He loves you.

Amazing Grace--My Chains Are Gone!



I absolutely love this song and video, and am sharing it with you!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Encouraging Through The Holidays


The holidays are coming up fast--can you believe it's nearly Thanksgiving??!!? 

This is the time of year when the most suicides occur, when depression seems to hit it's zenith, and for all the festivities and joyous feasting and sharing and giving, the downcast heart appears.

I'll admit it, I get like this too during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  I personally think it's more due to the days getting shorter and darkness setting in earlier in the day, the coldness of weather and how the chill creeps through the house, and being inside so much of the time. 

Yes, we are supposed to be thankful always.  And we're to rejoice always.  But, let's face it--we're not perfect and it doesn't all work out that way.  We need encouragement.  We need something to lift our spirits when we're snowed in and the kids are wild and it gets dark about a half hour after it gets light.

First and foremost, stay in your bible.  That book should be your best friend, your run to at any time, as God speaks to us through His Word!  Grab a cup of hot tea/coffee/chocolate (or whatever combination of all those you prefer), settle down at the table or in your favorite chair, and read some scripture.  Need encouragement?  Go to Psalms!  David is such an encouragement, and he's not ashamed to spill his heart out to the Lord.  Need some insight and wisdom?  Go to Proverbs and drink in all the wisdom the Lord put there.  Need a good love story?  Song of Solomon is a nice steamy novel just for you! 

After that, maybe do some decorating.  It doesn't have to be fancy.  Try some tea lights in a bowl with epsom or sea salts.  They are beautiful in the evening hours, and if you use scented tea lights, it's even nicer.  Put any other candles you have out and about throughout your house, and when you settle in a room for a while, light one or two for a while.  I love the Jelly Belly and Yankee candles, and despite using them sparingly due to their cost, it makes a nice scent that lingers a while.


Decorate to the way you feel is best.  Put up things you enjoy to see and share.  It's nice to look at things that bring you happiness, fond memories, and a brighter side.

Play music that encourages you.  Do you enjoy hymns?  Play your favorite holiday related ones.  Do you enjoy Christmas secular music?  Crank it up!  Music lifts your mood, play whatever you enjoy.  Me, I like to listen to both secular and sacred Christmas music all year round.  So what if it's the middle of June and I'm singing "Jingle Bells"? :) 

Extend a hand out to your neighbors and friends.  Bake a batch of cookies and take them over to the neighbor who seems to be running frantically from one place to another and doesn't have that time to bake themselves.  Make some bread to take to that elderly couple down the street or over across town.  Try out some new recipes and make goodies to take to shut ins.  Make up a box of goodies to send to some missionaries (things that won't turn green and/or break enroute especially if sending to foreign countries, ideas like candy pretzels, stationery, or whatever you think they'd like that won't spoil enroute).  Giving to others, regardless of the year lifts the spirits.  You don't have to put a lot of money into the gift, just your heart and time. 

This time of year  seems hardest on families who are unemployed, under employed, who have little money to spend on basic necessities, let alone gifts.  If you have the extra in your account, give the struggling mom a gift card to say, Walmart, a grocery store, some place where she'd be able to spend it wisely for her family and personal needs.  If you don't have extra, spend time and make the struggling family a meal or two.  We all know someone who is struggling, whether they'll admit it or not--you can tell--who'd rather not ask for help, but truly does appreciate it when it's given and is thankful.  Let God use you to be a blessing to someone, in doing so, you not only help them, you help yourself feel better. 

I'm sure there's a ton of other ideas out there, and you're welcome to add them to the comments!  Let's make this season a time to point back to Jesus, doing for others and showing them how He loves. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's All In How You Look At It

It's been eventful these past couple of weeks.  First the East Coast experienced a super storm, then the much anticipated elections. 

Now, I'm not going to get into politics--there's plenty of that on Facebook and all the various news outlets.  Don't tune me out here! :)

Since that storm that first started out in the warm waters of Cuba, Haiti, and other tropical islands fired up and went north, I've been observing reactions, by both government agencies and the people in the path.

Millions of people were/are without electricity and heat, had their homes flooded out, possessions water logged, and over 100 perished.  The Northeast, especially the locales of New York City and New Jersey was hard hit, there's no doubt.  Then add in many feet of snow to the west of them, and now a current snow storm, you'd expect misery.

Then, throw in looters, people who choose to steal what isn't theirs, people who complain of what they lost and what others are or are not doing for them.  Woe is me.

Add government involvement and/or lack of (take it however you want).

Lots of complaining, moaning, groaning, Eeyore's "woe is me" attitude. 

Sure, it'd be very easy to see the happenings like that.  I can't say that I'd be happy cheery all the way through myself.

On the flip side, I have insight into some family who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and are rejoicing.

Yes, you read right--rejoicing.

We have family in Cuba.  Hubby and his family are Cuban.  Keep in mind, Cuba is still Communist, still oppressive of Christians and anyone who does not think well of Castro and the government the Castro brothers run.  Freedom there is non-existent the way that we know it.

Cuba was hit by the hurricane.  It was a Category 2 when it hit the island.  Houses are still roofless, electricity is out, many are without food/shelter/adequate water as well.  In that country, there is no rush to fix problems, nor is there real money, as there is no real economy due to lack of free enterprise.  So, many houses stand roofless, possessions are ruined, waterlogged, houses are left open to regular seasonal rains and weather that comes in tropical countries. 

But--we hear that our family there is rejoicing.  Yes, you read right.  Rejoicing.  Not looting, not complaining, not acting the fool.

Rejoicing.

The family knows of Jesus, they love Him.  Some are new Christians, still young in the faith.  And they rejoice to be worship Him, if it be in a flooded house devoid of possessions, so be it.  They aren't looting, they're not waiting for FEMA to give them money and a house like the trailers that are used here. They are rejoicing that they know Him and He is taking care of their needs!

Compare and contrast stories from the media about the Northeast, how things are being handled, and what people are doing (of course not all are being idiots and acting like a bunch of animals, but the ones that are do take over the headlines).  Read as well what you can about the countries in the Carribean who were hit just as hard if not harder. 

Also, remember your own freedoms.  Appreciate each day when you have opportunity to pick up your Bible and read it.  Think about how many you own.  When is the last time you were arrested for going to church here in the US? 

The family in Cuba, even my own father in law on a visit to Cuba in the 1990's, have been arrested for going to church services.  Papa was a US citizen (naturalized) and held for a few hours for taking family to church to hear the Gospel.  The family that are on the island face that each time they go to services.  Bibles are not exactly well loved by the government as well, and each one is precious to the owner.  It is treated with high regard and respect, well loved and worn from reading.  Christ is not loved by the Cuban government, and His followers are not treated very nicely as well.  We take this for granted.

Two different countries, two different mentalities. 

Complaining in one area.  Worshipping in the floods in another.

It's all in how you look at it.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Encourage One Another

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.[Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  (Romans 12:15-16)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (I Thessalonians 5:11)

Have you been an encouragement to someone today?  Take a moment to call up a friend, say hi to someone on your Facebook or Twitter, send an email, and tell that person who God is bringing to your heart and mind that you're thinking of them.  Give them a bit of encouragement. 

The devil is working harder and  more intensely as his days become fewer.  The attacks hurt more, and discourage more.  A small word of encouragement to someone you know may be just what they need to get through the rest of the day.

Take a moment tonight and encourage your dear friend!

Thank You

Dear Diary,

Thank you Lord, for loads and mountains of laundry.  Today as I folded mountains of handwashed and line dried laundry, I saw just how much of an abundance we have.  And it's not all washed yet, so there's even more abundance sitting in the laundry baskets dirty. 

Thank you, Lord, for the tons of dirty dishes I faced tonight.  This means we have ample food in which to use the plates in serving.  We may not always like what is on those plates, but it's more than many have.  Thank You for providing us with more than plenty.

Thank you Lord, for a beautiful day outside, 70 degrees on the first of November, great for line drying clothing, airing out the house, allowing the heater and air conditioning to rest. 

Forgive me for wanting more.  Forgive me for not being satisfied with what we have.  I sometimes forget that You've supplied more than I deserve.

Thank You, Lord.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Good Morning Lord

Dear Diary,

Good Morning Lord!  Thank You Thank You Thank You for the bright sunshine on a crisp autumn morning.  The light sure perks up a soul that could easily be downcast. 

Thank you for the clean air and colorful leaves that awaited me this morning.  Thank You for the birds that are attacking the bird feeder and the cat. 

Thank You for a good morning with the children, allowing them to do what they needed to do without much fuss and chaos.  Thank You for a peaceful night's sleep and a good pot of coffee to wake up to.

Thank You for the chance to read Your Word, whether it be from the book itself or online. 

Thank You Lord!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lord Help Me To Be Content

Dear Diary,

Thank You for a beautiful day, for dry land and a house that isn't flooded, on fire, or blown apart as those on the East coast.  I may complain about this old house, but I'd much rather be here in this one than in any fancy upscale home out east.  Thank You for the continuous electricity, heat, ability to cook and have clean water, transportation, and all the things we take for granted each day.

Lord, help me to be content in my shoes.  Help me to not look around and want what others have.  Help me to be content with whatever You see fit for us to have and do.  Whether You want us to have a lot or a little, it shouldn't matter this side of heaven, as we are rich as long as we have You.  I surrender my will to whatever You have in store for us, whether it be for an outside job, staying home, stretching budgets even farther, you name it.  Help me to be content with whatever You choose for us.  Lord You know there's times I become downhearted, weary in the work You've set before me, but thank You for picking me back up and setting me back where I need to be. 

Help me, Lord, to be a blessing to someone today, tomorrow, and each day.  If it be through the written word, through gifts, a shoulder to lean on, whatever You find that You'd have me to do, then so be it.  Point me to whom You want me to go to.  Show me what You should have me to do.

Thank You Lord....

Monday, October 29, 2012

Convictions

We're in a day where good is evil and evil is good.  What we know from the Bible to be good is considered by the world to be the worst thing ever. 

As our world spirals downhill, something to keep in mind--we have to know where we stand on issues.

What are our values and convictions?

What are you will to give up if need be, what are you willing to die for?

Are you willing to give up wearing a dress if need be, or would you die for it?  Would you give up your stance on the gospel, or would you die for it?  Would you give up your belief on modesty, marriage, abortion, baptism, etc, or would you die for them?

This is for you individually to decide.  This is between you and the Lord. 

Me, I will stand on the gospel, take my life if need be.  Dresses I won't die for.  Pieces of fabric, hair, external things, they're to me not worth dying for.  They are not a conviction, but a preference.

The gospel IS a conviction. 

There may come a time, especially with how people are getting more and more brazen in attacking churches, individuals, businesses, etc, that you will have to make the decision of conviction or preference. 

Know where you stand, regardless of where it is.  Know WHY you stand for what you do.

Just another little note from This Housewife's Diary!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Healing the Brokenhearted




Are you brokenhearted? 

God can heal your wounded heart, dear friend! 

Psalm 147:3-- He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Psalm 9:9-10--
9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Matthew 11:28-29--
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.


Trust God to heal your broken heart and take away your pain.  He knows how you feel, He cares about you, He loves you.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pray For One Another

Do you take a minute to pray for people you know?  How about people you hear about in the news?  Missionaries?  Persecuted Christians?

Today (and each day), take a moment to pause and pray for someone.  It doesn't have to be a long drawn out fancy prayer--just a quick little prayer, when the person or people come to mind. 

Jeremiah 32:27--Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

I Thessalonians 5:16-18--Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.   In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

God is listening, and waiting for you!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Abstaining From The Appearance of Evil

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:21-25

King James Version (KJV)
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us

The picture at the top, does it look innocent to you?  It probably does, doesn't it?  Cartoons of witches, bats, goofy looking ghosts, etc don't usually bring up harmful ideas and impressions.

It's nearing halloween (I don't capitalize it as it's not worthy of being a holiday), and the decorations are out.  Spider webs, multi colored ghosts, carved pumpkins in all forms of faces, plastic and vinyl bats, sheets made into ghosts, costumes of all kinds, and so on fill store shelves to celebrate a day of un-Godly satanic ritual. 

Now, I've offended folks on my Facebook page with a shared photo of pumpkins with "I Don't Celebrate Halloween" (or something like that) and how it is absolutely not something that glorifies God.  That's fine.  If it offends someone to hear how participating in an openly outright pagan celebration goes against God, then so be it.  God's Word is the final authority, not me or anyone else. 

The words, written by Jennifer King, as shared on This Housewife's Diary FB Page:


How can anyone loving the true God wish to even pretend that they are communing with dead spirits, let alone actually and intentionally seek them out? Why would we indirectly encourage our impressionable children, over whom God has given ...
us direct charge to raise in the Christian faith, to engage in "fun" practices that will only desensitize them to deeper levels of the occult which will beckon to them as they mature? When God has so clearly commanded us to not entertain any notion of flirting with the spirit world, why should anyone want to push the envelope and reckon this to be a pastime than the rebellion it actually is? How could a Christian even pretend to perform ritual magick to control their destiny if they are claiming to be trusting God for their daily needs, let alone pursue the casting of spells? All of these lead to the deception of those who are snared by their appeal, and only lead the deceived deeper into worship of other gods and away from God's care and presence.

What kind of "fun" is this that both saddens and angers the Lord?
 
I have to agree wholeheartedly with Ms. King's statements, regardless of whom it may offend.  God's Word is God's Word, and He has a bit to say about witchcraft, sorcery, pagan rituals, even rebelliousness.  If someone should be offended by what God's Word has to say, that person needs to check their heart, their walk with the Lord, and their salvation.  Conviction is one thing, when the Holy Spirit speaks to tell you something is wrong and you need to correct it, but offense from hearing right from wrong is a different situation.  The Bible is offensive to those who would not listen to it, to the Word of God. 
 
A bible study I ran across at Acts 17:22 Ministries gives a pretty good amount of bible verses on witchcraft, oracles, spirit guides, magic, and so on.  It's not KJV, but if you prefer the KJV just read the study with your own bible along side.  In this study, you'll find definitions, scripture references, and more. 
 
Another link I am fond of from Gospelway.com teaches even more on the bible and how it responds to witchcraft and how it has permeated everyday life.

We as Christians are told to stay away from all appearances of evil.  We can't blindly say that we don't know the things that are done in honor of halloween, what it stands for, etc aren't evil.  We know better.  The bible tells us what to do about evil, and yet so many "Christians" defend halloween and participating in activities geared toward it. 

This halloween, rather than participate in the activities that glorify satan, stop by the local church that has bible study on Wednesday (halloween falls on Wednesday this year), and avoid the "Trunk or Treat" and other mingling with the world.  If you really want candy, go to the store-there's plenty of it there.  No need to go house to house.  Go to a good bible preaching church and study His Word, glorify Him, and aschew the evil of halloween.

 

How Wonderful He Is!

The song "Wonderful", written in 1938, by A. H. Achley, is a good testimony to God's goodness, His providing for our soul with His son.  This is a good ol' hymn from a hymn book I purchased at an estate sale.

Wonderful birth to a manger He came,
Made in the likeness of man,
to proclaim God's boundless love for a world sick with sin,
Pleading with sinners to let Him come in.

(Chorus)
Wonderful name He bears,
Wonderful crown He wears,
Wonderful blessings His triumphs afford;
Wonderful Calvary, Wonderful grace for me,
Wonderful love of my Wonderful Lord!

Wonderful life, full of service so free,
Friend to the poor and the needy was He;
Unfailing goodness on all He bestowed,
Undying faith in the vilest He showed.

Wonderful death, for it meant not defeat,
Calvary made His great mission complete,
Wrought our redemption, and when He arose,
Banished for ever the last of our foes.

Wonderful hope, He is coming again,
Coming as King over the nations to reign;
Glorious promise, His word cannot fail,
His righteousness kingdom at last must prevail.

I love these hymns, so full of praise to the Lord!  Hymns are the old time "praise and worship" music!

Today in the nmidst of video screens and "house bands", the hymnal has nearly passed to the wayside.  So many churches have gotten rid of the pew and the hymnals that rested in them.  It's sad really, as hymns are the songs of doctrines, of praise, worship, prayer, sorrow, joy, and thankfulness.  They come from the heart, inspired by deep wounds (check out the history of "It Is Well With My Soul" and "Amazing Grace"), joy overflowing, even from scriptures.

It's easy to move along to songs that repeats the same lines over and over, almost mindlessly.  It's simple to sing "Jesus" twenty times and sway.  But is easy best?

If you have opportunity, pick up a hymnal and read the words.  Even if you can't read a lick of music, read the words, let the hymns permeate your mind and heart, and take notice how much scripture you find.

Let it be well with your soul!

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