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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Monday, October 1, 2012

Deployed--A Review

I have been given the privelege of reviewing the book Deployed  by Mel Odom.  This is my first with Tyndale Publishing, and I must say I'm very happy with my choice!

First, let me say that the book is a complimentary copy given in advance of its release date. 

Now, a little about the book:



(from the back cover)

Sergeant Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw joined the United States Marine reserves to help support herself and her son when her ex-husband, Billy Roy, decided they were no longer his responsibility. But when her team is activated and sent to Somalia on a peacekeeping mission, Bekah struggles with being separated from her son and vows to return safely.

Once a successful Somalian businessman, Rageh Daud has lost everything. Determined to seek revenge on the terrorists who killed his wife and son, he teams up with a group of thieves, killers, and others displaced by war. Despite his better judgment, Daud becomes the protector of a young orphaned boy—who becomes a pawn between the warring factions.

To defeat the terrorists and bring peace to the region, Bekah and her team must convince Daud that they are on the same side.


I sat down with this book, and was able to get through it in about 2 nights.  Of course these were late nights, reading for 2 or 3 hours or more each night, not wanting to put the book down. 

First, I liked the backdrop of Shaw's home, as our own little home is not all that far away from the general area from the books' author and his "stateside" location in the book.  When you're from a water tower town, how can you not like small towns?  I grew up in Oklahoma for nearly half of my childhood and can still distinct the Oklahoma drawl from the Texas one. :)

Second, I could relate immediately to Shaw and the story built for her.  I've been the single mother with a son to raise, and remember well the hardships.  The feelings the author described when treating the character really brings her to life as a single mom scratching to earn a living for herself and son, with a deadbeat ex husband and a very caring family. 

Third, the author brought life to various people in Shaw's outfit that were deployed, making them realistic and believable, and keeps you wanting to know how they fare(d).

The side in Mogadishu was fast paced, with lots of action for the Marines.  This keeps the reader going page after page hoping to see their champion winning the battle. 

I am grateful for the clean language of this book, even in the battle scenes.  I'd like to read more from this author as well. 

I'd recommend Deployed for a good late night read.  I had it finished in about 4 to 5 hours, or 2 nights of reading.  I'd love a sequel or series with some of the characters of Deployed!