Saturday, April 27, 2013

Staying Morally Straight When The World Bends

It's a rainy Saturday here in SE Kansas, and so inside we stay with the radio pointed to KVCY.  It's been informational, listening to the programs that deal with the culture around us and how it lines (or doesn't line up) with biblical standards. 

One program, Crosstalk, had a "best of" day, with a repeat of a show from the week.  Today's show had Peter LeBarber and dealt with the Boy Scouts and the homosexuality issue. 

Now, I know this may garner some nasty comments, but that's fine.  God didn't tell us to bend to the world's demands, but to stay with Him come what may.

The Boy Scouts have been the bastion of morals and values for boys for decades.  It was/is a badge of pride and honor to be a Boy Scout.  It's even in their by laws that one must stay morally straight, abide by a standard much higher than the world's.  That is under attack, with the homosexual agenda trying to force the Boy Scouts to accept boys who choose to molest other boys, who perform sex acts with other boys, and men who perform sexual acts with other men.  That throws the whole moral bylaw out the window. 

The Boy Scouts won at the Supreme Court the right to run their organization as they see fit, and are still under heavy pressure for corporate America to bend to the demands of sodomites.  They aren't the only ones who are under constant pressure.  Many states are using their legislature to pass "same sex marriage" and force it upon their citizenry. 

What are we supposed to do with the push for legalizing and accepting what the Lord calls an abomination?  What do you do when you're supposed to look the other way when sin is glorified and pushed to the spotlight and given favor?

Stick with the bible.

You won't garner new friends and fans.  You may well face persecutions.  In the end, the Bible still stands, it still tells us that sin is sin no matter how popular the sin is, and that God still reigns.  Our world around us is crumbling.  What is good has become evil and what is evil has become good.  What was once accepted as morality has become taboo, what was once taboo and pushed to the outter corners is now considered acceptable and favored. 

If you are a true bible believing follower of Christ, you see how the world around us looks.  It isn't pretty.  You see how the bible tells us the world will be when He returns for us, as in the days of Sodom.  You will see others around you, who do not believe in and on the Lord, belittle the bible, belittle Jesus, belittle you for believing. 

No matter what our government makes into law to force acceptance of sin, no matter what organization accepts into their bylaws, no matter what the world says is good, we have a standard that has not changed.  The bible, God's WORD, has not changed.  God does not change.  Stand with the Lord and on the bible no matter what is paraded in front of us to accept in the name of  "tolerance".  God knows, God sees what is going on, and God isn't worrying. 

Neither should we.

Stand firm, stand morally straight when the world bends.  Stand strong, for God is still on the throne! 

Pray for our leaders, pray for those who want to bring the things the Lord calls abominations into our laws, pray for our children who will be growing up around these such things as "normal".  Pray for His returning for us soon!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Holy Holy Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy Holy Holy!
Merciful and Mighty!
God in Three persons,
Blessed Trinity!

Holy Holy Holy!
All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim
Falling down before Thee,
Who wert, and art, and ever more shalt be.

Holy Holy Holy!
Tho' the darkness hide Thee,
Tho' the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy;
There is none beside Thee
Perfect in power,
In love and purity

Holy Holy Holy!
Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy Holy Holy
Merciful and Mighty!  God in Three persons,
Blessed Trinity!

--Reginald Heber, Rev. John B. Dyers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O For a Thousand Tongues

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His Grace.
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.
Jesus!  the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
'Tis music in the sinner's ears,
'Tis life, and health, and peace.
He breaks the power of canceled sin. 
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood availed for me.
--Charles Wesley, Carl Claser
Broadman Hymnal

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

O Worship the King!

O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavillioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace.
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.
His chariots of wrath the deep thunder clouds form.
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite? 
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills; it descends to the plain;
And sweetly distils in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail. 
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender!  how firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Borrowed and Barely Used Tomb

I heard this over the weekend, and have to share!  This by the Anchormen.


All Hail The Power

Edward Perronet and Oliver Holden
Taken from the Broadman Hymnal

All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all;
Bring forth the royal diadem
And crown Him Lord of all!
Ye chosen seed of Israel's race
Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace
And crown Him Lord of all
Hail Him who saves you by His grace
And crown Him Lord of all!
Let every kindred, every tribe
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all!
O that with yonder sacred thron
We at His feet may fall!
We'll join the ever lasting song
And crown Him Lord of all;
We'll join the ever lasting song,
And crown Him Lord of all!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Beautiful Morning.....

First picture I ever shot with a manual lense, from our front yard a few years back.

It is early morning here in Southeast Kansas.  The sun is cresting over the buildings and trees to the east, and the chill is still in the air.  It's pretty this time of morning.

Today is another day the Lord has given.  Let's be thankful and rejoice! 

For us here in SE KS, it is to be in the 60's today!  (happy dance commencing)  It will be a soccer and planting day.  I so look forward to the bountiful harvest to come, of vegetables and flowers like the one pictured above.  Our lettuce and spinach is already showing, as are pots of basil and thyme.  Radishes just started peeking through the dirt to make hubby drool.  Today is planting pole beans and eggplants.  We planted our other basil, oregano, thyme, chives, and parsley already and are eagerly awaiting their arrival.  I'm looking forward to the end of the frosty mornings in order to plant starts of tomatoes and various peppers. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Don't forget Sunday to be in your local house of worship, and give praise and thanks to the Lord! 

Keep pressing on!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Standing When You Want To Drop


We as moms know that word well.  We have that weary feeling from time to time as we raise our little ones.  We get busy with life, running errands, making millions of meals, tending the home, doing all the things that moms do. 

I'm no exception.

This has been a long and trying couple of weeks.  Our family has been busy, busier than usual, and travelling more than usual.  An adversary, the one of defiance, has also reared its ugly head and tried to cause much chaos. 

But God is bigger.

My stepson, the oldest at 11 1/2, chooses to let defiance be the leader of his life.  He once made a confession of faith, but has since recanted.  He's chosen to let his emotions and flesh run his life instead of listening to the teachings we try to impart into his life daily.  So, he is learning lessons the hard way, just as the bible discusses some will. 

My middle child, 11, had surgery a week ago Thursday to correct abnormalities in his private area.  He was born a micropreemie and surgeries for hernias very very early in life, and it left some difficulties that had to be addressed.  He's not a happy camper.  He doesn't understand the soreness, the pain medication, not being able to do contact sports (and he's on a soccer team that JUST started the same week of surgery), and so on.  So he lashes out, with hitting, kicking, refusals to do what he is asked.  He will heal, and will be his normal self in time.

The youngest, 9, she enjoys quiet defiance.  Where the oldest is loud and very open about refusals, she is quiet and just walks away and ignores.  She chooses to cry, quietly whine, whimper, occasionally stomp--she lets me know she's not happy.  But, she has a heart that is open to teaching, and with a little Word, she comes around. 

With 3 children at the ages they are, our house is....eventful.  But in that eventfulness (is that a word??) it all allows God to shine through.  He HAS to do a work here, if we are to function day to day. 

Many times I've heard "I don't know how you do it", and "I don't see how you handle 3 special needs children".  It's easy.  There's not a lot of choice, as God put them here and He hasn't taken them home yet.  He has to provide the patience, wisdom, ideas to work with, resources, etc to work in our house.

  Is it easy?  Absolutely not. 

  Is it frustrating?  Very.

Raising 3 children on the autism spectrum, with other issues, such as Bi Polar, severe ADHD, MR, and so on, is tiring.  You must stand when you want to fall over from exhaustion.  You have to keep walking forward when you want to run the opposite direction. 

You have to trust God.

Whatever your situation, make sure to keep God in the middle.  He is the glue that holds you and your family together.  Without Him, all things fall apart!

As we raise young ones, we go through the trials and tribulations, daily battles, wins and losses.  After they're grown up and moved away, we'll miss having them under foot, miss the silliness, the chatter, the chaos. 

Enjoy the good times!

Keep standing!