Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easy Chicken Crock Pot Lasagna

2 (10.5 oz) cans condensed cream of chicken
1 package frozen chopped spinach (10 oz) thawed, drained and squeezed
1 (9 oz) package frozen diced cooked chicken
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream
1 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup (4oz) Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
9 uncooked lasagna noodles
Cooking Spray
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
Combine first 10 ingredients in large bowl and stir well. Coat CP with spray and place 3 uncooked lasagna noodles in bottom of cooker. Break noodles in half as necessary to fit. Spread 1/3 spinach mixture over noodles; sprinkle with 1/3 cup mozzarella. Layer 3 more noodles, half remaining spinach mixture, and 1/3 cup mozzarella. Top with remaining noodles and spinach. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with lid; cook on high 1 hour and reduce to low 5 hours or until done.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Proverbs 31

1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an oracle [a] his mother taught him:
2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, [b]
3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel— not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;
7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 [c] A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wisdom in Knowing

Biblical Words

THOU, THEE, HENCEFORTH, THEREWITH.... are you lost yet? I never have been a King James type person, and I realize it itself is not an authority, but just a translation. I know that this is just my personal preference~ what really matters is finding the translation for you that you understand. There are Bibles out there than have been changed to suit man ie., the Jehovah's Witness bible (little b on purpose).. so watch for them. Ask someone if you are not sure.

Again, I love that God allows translations of His Word so that we are all are able to understand. Like the teenager that starts reading The Message, the Bible study student that reads the Amplified, the grandparent, who new-in-Christ needs the New Living Bible... and so on.

Thank you Lord, for Your Word. Thank You for Your love for us...

Proverbs 30

1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an oracle [a] :
This man declared to Ithiel,
to Ithiel and to Ucal: [b]
2 "I am the most ignorant of men;
I do not have a man's understanding.

3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.

4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands?
Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and the name of his son?
Tell me if you know!

5 "Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

6 Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

7 "Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:

8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.

9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the LORD ?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

10 "Do not slander a servant to his master,
or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.

11 "There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers;

12 those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;

13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;

14 those whose teeth are swords
and whose jaws are set with knives
to devour the poor from the earth,
the needy from among mankind.

15 "The leech has two daughters.
'Give! Give!' they cry.
"There are three things that are never satisfied,
four that never say, 'Enough!':

16 the grave, [c] the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'

17 "The eye that mocks a father,
that scorns obedience to a mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures.

18 "There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:

19 the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden.

20 "This is the way of an adulteress:
She eats and wipes her mouth
and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'

21 "Under three things the earth trembles,
under four it cannot bear up:

22 a servant who becomes king,
a fool who is full of food,

23 an unloved woman who is married,
and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.

24 "Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:

25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;

26 coneys [d] are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;

27 locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;

28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings' palaces.

29 "There are three things that are stately in their stride,
four that move with stately bearing:

30 a lion, mighty among beasts,
who retreats before nothing;

31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,
and a king with his army around him. [e]

32 "If you have played the fool and exalted yourself,
or if you have planned evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!

33 For as churning the milk produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Are You Soiled?

Today as I was raking the front flower bed and cutting the old stems off my cannas I was thinking about the soil. How often is it referenced in the Bible and what does it have to say about it specifically? I looked at the dark, rich soil under my rake and spade that had been added to through the years with fertilizer, compost and manure. Prime. Fertile and ready. Are we mature soil, dark, rich and ready... or do we need nutrients added to us~ to break us down and to mold and make us?

Isaiah 61:11
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Enrich your soil! Add to it from the Word of the Lord, prayer and study. Assemble with those that are like-minded and live your life your very best... and most of all~ for Him.

Music Monday~ Don and Wendy Francisco - Gotta Tell Somebody

She kept on getting weaker as day dragged into day
The doctors gave no hope for her; she seemed to fade away
My hours were filled with constant dread; time became a knife
That slowly and relentlessly cut the cord of life

There was a teacher in the region then some of us had heard
That He'd healed the paralytic by the power of just His Word
So with hope again rekindled I went at once to see
If I could find a man named Jesus from a town in Galilee

I began to search the city and soon I saw the crowd
They were pressing in to touch Him and they called His Name out loud
But with the strength of desperation I pushed them all aside
I through myself before Him and from my knees I cried

"Lord, come and heal my daughter, even now she's close to death
Her fever's uncontrollable, she fights for every breath
But God's given You the power; life is Yours to give
If you'll just lay Your hands on her I know that she will live"
(She will live, she will live)

Well, He'd just begun to go with me when a face I saw with fear
Came towards me with the news I knew I didn't want to hear
And although I tried to steel myself I trembled when he said
"Why bother the Teacher anymore, your little girl is dead."

Then Jesus touched my shoulder and He told me not to grieve
The trembling stopped when He looked at me and said, "Only believe"
Then He sent the crowds away except His closest men
And they followed right behind us as we started off again

But we were still a long ways down the road when I heard the sounds and cries
Of the mourners and musicians as they strove to dramatize
My grief they had no business with beneath their loud disguise
My wife just sat there silently and stared through empty eyes

Then Jesus asked the mourners, "Why is it that you weep?
She isn't dead as you suppose, the child is just asleep."
It only took a moment for their wails to turn to jeers
"Who does this man think he is? Get him out of here!"

With authority I've never heard in the lips of any man
He spoke and every sound rolled out with the thunder of command
And in the sudden silence they all hurried for the door
Wondering what the reasons were they'd ever come there for

Then He called his three disciples that were with Him on the way
He led them and my wife and me to where our daughter lay
He took her by the hand; He told her "Child, arise"
And the words were barely spoken when she opened up her eyes

She rose and walked across the room and stood there at our sides
My wife knelt down and held her close and at last she really cried
And then Jesus told us both to see that our daughter had some food
But as to how her life was saved, not to speak a word...
Not to speak a word...

I got to tell somebody
I got to tell somebody
I got to tell somebody
I got to tell somebody
I got to tell somebody, got to tell somebody, what Jesus did for me
I got to tell somebody, got to tell somebody, what Jesus did for me
I got to tell somebody, got to tell somebody, what Jesus did for me
I got to tell somebody, got to tell somebody, what Jesus did for me

Easter Pot Luck!

We are having a Pot Luck this Sunday for Easter. Please bring your favorite signature dish~ Meat, side dish, dessert, salad, bread, appetizer etc... We are looking forward to celebrating Easter with you on the grounds of Round Up Cowboy Church~!

There will be an Easter egg hunt for the children. Also we will be having some arena games for those of you that would like to bring horses.

Hope to see you there!

Secret Pals and Easter

Don't forget your Secret Pals this Easter Sunday. This would be the perfect time to get them a little bag of goodies!

Proverbs 29

1 A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes

will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

4 By justice a king gives a country stability,
but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.

5 Whoever flatters his neighbor
is spreading a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is snared by his own sin,
but a righteous one can sing and be glad.

7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.

8 Mockers stir up a city,
but wise men turn away anger.

9 If a wise man goes to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.

11 A fool gives full vent to his anger,
but a wise man keeps himself under control.

12 If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will always be secure.

15 The rod of correction imparts wisdom,
but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.

16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace;
he will bring delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
but blessed is he who keeps the law.

19 A servant cannot be corrected by mere words;
though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 If a man pampers his servant from youth,
he will bring grief a]">[a] in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up dissension,
and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.

23 A man's pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

24 The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy;
he is put under oath and dare not testify.

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
but it is from the LORD that man gets justice.

27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.

RUCC Fun! Photos! 3/28/10

Friday, March 26, 2010

Song of Songs (Solomon) 2:11-12

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.

12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.

Proverbs 26

1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

3 A whip for the horse, a halter for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be like him yourself.

5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.

6 Like cutting off one's feet or drinking violence
is the sending of a message by the hand of a fool.

7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

8 Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.

9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

10 Like an archer who wounds at random
is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.

12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!"

14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.

15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven men who answer discreetly.

17 Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.

18 Like a madman shooting
firebrands or deadly arrows

19 is a man who deceives his neighbor
and says, "I was only joking!"

20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down.

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man's inmost parts.

23 Like a coating of glaze [a] over earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.

24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit.

25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him,
for seven abominations fill his heart.

26 His malice may be concealed by deception,
but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it;
if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Baked Vegetable Casserole Recipe

4 zucchini, sliced
2 large carrots, sliced
1 pound potatoes, sliced
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 can tomatoes
1 1/2 pound fresh tomatoes, sliced
2 green peppers, sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper


Arrange sliced vegetables in layers in large casserole dish, sprinkling each layer with salt and pepper, oil, oregano, parsley, and tomato. Top with remaining tomato and oil and cover. Bake at 350degrees for one hour.

Out your Spout

"...Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation,
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. " I Timothy 4:12

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's." I Corinthians 6:19,20

I never met a teapot I didn't like. There's just something about them that draws me to them. I don't collect teapots, although I'd love to; however, I do have two beautiful ones that I've had a very long time that I'd probably never part with. It gives me pleasure just to look at them.

Looking in china shops or flea markets, or any place that sells teapots is so much fun for me. I never invest in them, but I sure enjoy admiring them. Each teapot to me is filled with character by the unique designs that are painted or etched on them. Not only that, but there's something about the lines and curvatures of a teapot that makes a statement for each one. All of its design features combined molds its character.

Ever wonder how much character we as Christian women are molded with? What details are we painted or etched with that makes us stand out? What are the lines and shapes that form us? Not physical shape, but the form or person we've allowed ourselves to be molded into as a Christian.

I think the best way to take stock of that character is to compare our traits with those of Christ. Here are just some of the many characteristics that embodied Christ.

Christ was Holy.
He was free of any sin touching His life.

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35

Of course when we've accepted Christ as our Savior, we still have that sinful nature that creeps up, but we still need to strive to live holy lives. We need to try to do all we can to stay away from the sin that can harm us and tarnish our 'teapots'.

Christ was Obedient.
When Christ was a child, he was obedient to his earthly parents (Luke 2:51), but He was also obedient to God.

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:34

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

Learning to become obedient can really help to shape our lives or our 'teapots'. We run into so much trouble when we are not obedient. Our teapots begin to pour out ugliness and sin, worldly desires, bad habits, and all that goes against Christ our Maker.

Christ was Meek.
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." Matthew 11:29

Christ was meek, not in a weak way like we sometimes think as meek. We know from other portions of Scripture that Christ wasn't spineless. Think how He overthrew the money changers in the Temple. Christ was meek in that He was patient and gentle and allowed God to have His way and will in His life. I think the women that I've known that I've thought were meek have had the biggest impact on me. I guess because it was a trait that really made them stand out. They were so refreshing to be around. Their teapots flowed out with grace and love.

Christ was Zealous.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:40

Just as Christ was meek, He was also a strong person in spirit. Those who don't know God's Word sometimes think the Bible implies that women should be put down, but that is not at all the case. Yes, we are to be obedient to our husbands and there are biblical guidelines we should follow, but Christ wants each of us to be strong. Look at the Proverbs 31 woman. She worked hard, had a business, cared for her family, and had a good reputation. She had to have been a strong woman. For us, I think building ourselves into a strong Christian woman, revolves around relying totally on Christ and His strength. If we start going in our own strength, drip...drip...out comes that bitter tea from our teapots.

Christ was Longsuffering.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

I think that this is something that doesn't flow out our pots so easily. In our world of fast food, microwaves, and high speed computers, we don't have much use for longsuffering. We can't be patient, let alone taking on patience with the endurance of suffering something. Some of us have high notions that we'd really suffer persecution for Christ, yet we want to be so short with people. How could we take real persecution when we can't even handle people that annoy us alone. We turn on a dime and out our spout comes things that are mean and nasty aimed at others just because we couldn't be a little longsuffering.

Christ was Compassionate.
And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. Matthew 14:14

This is one of the traits of Christ that I admire the most, because it shows He really cared for people, for their souls, and also for their well being in general. How much do we care? Do loving acts of kindness flow out our spouts because we genuinely care for people? Is witnessing to others something that pours out of us easily? If we don't start seeing the world as Christ did, out our teapots will flow things that hurt and damage others and out will flow things that will also be a hindrance to salvation to those who need Christ.

Christ was Humble.
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8

This is another one of those things that is hard for most people. It's so hard to be humble because our pride is ever looming. So many things pour out of us because of pride. Haughtiness, contention, and arrogance are just a few. So many verses in the Bible warn us about what pride can do to us.

Christ was Forgiving.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. Luke 23:34

How easily does this flow out of us? Our teapots seem to get a little clogged when it comes to forgiving others. Christ was the ultimate example of forgiveness. It is sad that we in turn can't be forgiving for the little things that come into our daily lives. We'd rather hurt, anger, and resentment build up in our teapot till it boils over and flows out in the form of rage, fits of anger, and total frustration. Forgiveness is something we all need to get a handle on and the only way to do that is to get our hearts right and in tune with Christ.

These things are just some of the characteristics that Christ had. His life entailed so much that we can look to for an example. He was also kind, loving, good, faithful, just, and many other things. His life poured out all goodness, kindness, love, and all the other things that reflected His character. What pours out of our lives is entangled in our character. Whatever traits we've allowed ourselves to be shaped into as a Christian will come out of us. Out our spout will come whatever's in our heart.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. Matthew 15:19

If we've painted little blossoms of worldliness into our lives, then that's what people will see. If we've etched ourselves with traits that are not becoming to us as a Christian, then it's going to reflect in our lives. We've got to start building up our character with Christ-likeness. His traits are what we should be portraying in our lives or we will be pouring out bitter tea in all the things we say and do. Our bodies are His. Looking back to 1 Corinthians 6:19,20, we see that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost and we are admonished to glorify God through them.

I trust I've poured out some good cups of tea for people. I don't want to go through life dripping out bitter tea that can leave a bad taste on the world. I know it's so easy to do. We just pour out what we want, not thinking of the consequences of our words and actions.

Tea stains, and we can stain so many lives with the bitter tea we bring to the world. We can melt people's spirits. We can hurt feelings. We can discourage people. We can hinder them from serving Christ. We can even hinder someone's salvation. All because of what flows from us.

I trust I'll be a little more careful before I open my mouth, before I act without thinking, before I let things flow out of my life. When someone peers through the shop window and sees my teapot, I trust they will see Christ's character reflecting through me.

So, what's been pouring out your spout?

Be Strong

Proverbs 25

1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

4 Remove the dross from the silver,
and out comes material for [a] the silversmith;

5 remove the wicked from the king's presence,
and his throne will be established through righteousness.

6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence,
and do not claim a place among great men;

7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here,"
than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.
What you have seen with your eyes

8 do not bring [b] hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?

9 If you argue your case with a neighbor,
do not betray another man's confidence,

10 or he who hears it may shame you
and you will never lose your bad reputation.

11 A word aptly spoken
is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.

13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the spirit of his masters.

14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.

15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.

17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house—
too much of you, and he will hate you.

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.

19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot
is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.

20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
or like vinegar poured on soda,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.

23 As a north wind brings rain,
so a sly tongue brings angry looks.

24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.

26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.

28 Like a city whose walls are broken down
is a man who lacks self-control

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Waiting for the Wind

My nephew's 10 year old son came for a visit one hot, July weekend. I was enticing him to stay inside by joining him in a nintendo game. After being mercilessly defeated by a more experienced player, I suggested that we relax awhile. I collapsed into my favorite recliner to let my neck muscles relax and my ego recover from such a beating. He had slipped out of the room and I was catching a few relished moments of peace and quiet.

"Look, Alice," he said enthusiastically as he ran over to the chair where I was recovering.
"I found a kite. Could we go outside and fly it?"
Glancing out a nearby window, I noticed there was not a breeze stirring. "I'm sorry, Tripper," I said, sad to see his disappointed eyes, but thankful for the respite from more activity. "The wind is not blowing today. The kite won't fly."
The determined 10 year old replied. "I think it's windy enough. I can get it to fly," he answered, as he hurried out the back door.

I peeked through the slats in the venetian blinds to watch determination in action. Up and down the yard he ran, pulling the kite attached to a small length of string. The plastic kite, proudly displaying a picture of Batman, remained about shoulder level. He ran back and forth, as hard as his ten year old legs would carry him, looking back hopefully at the kite trailing behind. After about ten minutes of unsuccessful determination, he came back in.

I asked, "How did it go?"
"Fine," he said, not wanting to admit defeat. "I got it to fly some."
As he walked past me to return the kite to the closet shelf, I heard him say under his breath, "I guess I'll have to wait for the wind."

At that moment I heard another Voice speak to my heart. "Alice. Sometimes you are just like that. You want to do it your way instead of waiting for the Wind."

And the voice was right. How easy it is to use our own efforts to accomplish what we want to do. We wait for the Wind only after we have done all we can and have exhausted our own strength. We must learn how to rely on Him in the first place!

Sewing Seeds of Kindness

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's
sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32

As we take a look at kindness we need to realize that it is something that comes from within that we manifest outward in what we say and what we do. When we say that someone is kind, we don't usually mean they are kind to themselves but that they are kind to others. So what we see is that kindness involves our relationships.

Reflect for a minute on all the people that you have in your life--your spouse, your kids, your in-laws, your friends, strangers, anyone you come in contact with. How are your relationships with these people? If they were asked, would they say you are a kind person?

In today's society it is very easy to come across those who are not kind. If you haven't met many unkind people you must not get out much! Think about Christmas time. It should be the most loving time of year and yet sometimes that's when we seem to encounter all those unkind people that come out from under their unkind rocks. Have you been to the grocery store or to a department store on a busy day? Next time while you're looking around or waiting in line at the counter listen to all the conversations around you. More than likely you'll come across some unkind people speaking unkind words.

Christ wants us to be different. He doesn't want Christians to be crawling out from behind unkind rocks. We are not to be like those in this world but our words and actions should be a light to lost souls. Our verse says, "Be ye kind one to another..."

The next thing in the verse listed along with being kind is "tenderhearted". When we start being tenderhearted it is easy to be kind. We start looking at the world with new eyes, which are full of compassion. If our hearts are tender it means that they are easily touched and sensitive. If we are sensitive to those around us we start seeing their needs instead of our own. It in turn makes our actions toward them more kind.

How do we begin sowing those seeds?

Remember Who You Are.
If we want to work on being kind we need to first remember who we are.

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering." Colossians 3:12

It refers to us as "the elect of God". We are God's children. The verse lists "kindness" right there along with the other things that we should manifest as a Christian. If we don't have kindness, how will we ever convince others that the Christian life is worth living? Also how can we show love to other Christians except through our deeds of kindness?

Follow Christ's Example.
To develop those seeds of kindness that we need in our lives we must look to Christ. He is our ultimate Example.

"How God annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Acts 10:38

Jesus "went about doing good". Following Christ is a big part of the Christian life. We as Christians want to follow His example in certain areas of our life such as, in our prayer life and witnessing, but we forget sometimes about all the good deeds Christ portrayed. Just because we don't get to heaven by our good works, we sometimes push aside any idea of any good works altogether! Christ said, that "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:35) How can we show our love without being kind and doing good deeds? Wouldn't that be a great epitaph to have on our grave? "He (or she) went about doing good."

Develop Compassion.
When Christ looked on the crowds he had compassion on them.

The Bible says he "was moved with compassion" Matthew 9:36.

Christ could see each hurting soul and he genuinely cared about them. Our Lord showed his compassion with His actions. When we develop compassion in our lives we can't help but show it through the seeds of kindness that we begin to sow.

Have you read the parable of the Good Samaritan lately? The Good Samaritan went out of his way to help the wounded man. Have we gone out of our way to show compassion for someone?

Begin One Kind Deed at a Time.
Look around you. Who could use a simple act of kindness? There are hurting people all about us. Maybe you know someone who is just lonely. If you aren't in the habit of sowing seeds of kindness, start with something simple. How about a smile and a kind word to someone? Send a note of encouragement to someone who is going through a hard time. Anything nice you do for someone can be considered an act of kindness. Determine to do at least one kind thing a week and pretty soon it will come naturally to you.

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
Galatians 6:10

So, are you sowing seeds of kindness?

Proverbs 24

1 Do not envy wicked men,
do not desire their company;

2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.

3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;

4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.

5 A wise man has great power,
and a man of knowledge increases strength;

6 for waging war you need guidance,
and for victory many advisers.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.

8 He who plots evil
will be known as a schemer.

9 The schemes of folly are sin,
and men detest a mocker.

10 If you falter in times of trouble,
how small is your strength!

11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

12 If you say, "But we knew nothing about this,"
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
if you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house,
do not raid his dwelling place;

16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,
but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,

18 or the LORD will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from him.

19 Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evil man has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son,
and do not join with the rebellious,

22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?
Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of the wise:
To show partiality in judging is not good:

24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"—
peoples will curse him and nations denounce him.

25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come upon them.

26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.

27 Finish your outdoor work
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause,
or use your lips to deceive.

29 Do not say, "I'll do to him as he has done to me;
I'll pay that man back for what he did."

30 I went past the field of the sluggard,
past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;

31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.

32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:

33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest-

34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man. [a]

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ladies Bible Study Tonight!

Ladies Bible Study tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Round-Up Cowboy Church. Hope to see you there!

Enduring the Pits

"And they took him, and cast him into a pit… Genesis 37:24

Joseph is one of those biblical characters who got down in the pits-literally. We sometimes get down in the pits too, maybe not literally like Joseph, but when we are there we feel like it's a real pit with high walls, stinky and damp, and nothing but dirt at the bottom.

Have you ever been in one of life's pits and you keep climbing and climbing trying to get out? You think you are making progress, and the next thing you know, you've landed back at the bottom again. God knew all about Joseph being down in that pit and he knows about our pits too.

If you are not familiar with the story of Joseph, you'll find his story begins in Genesis chapter 37. Joseph's brothers were jealous of him and put him in a pit. Sometimes we get into pits too. It may be that others push us there like Joseph's brothers did or it may be we just don't see that hole, and trip and fall. Joseph was not in that pit his brothers put him in too long but when he emerged he didn't stop to have a bowl of ice cream with a cherry on top. He went straight to being a slave. He ended up being in yet another pit in his life.

Personally, I love the story of Joseph. Every time I read through it, I see so many things that we can relate to in the now and now. Some of the pits of daily life that Joseph faced are the same ones we face today.

1. Joseph had to endure hatred.

If you remember this bible story, you know that Joseph was his father's favorite son because he was the son of his father's old age. Joseph's father gave him a coat of many colors and this made his brothers jealous of Joseph and they hated him.

And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. Genesis 37:4

Hate is an awful thing, especially when it is directed at you. It is especially awful when it is directed at you by a family member. Poor Joseph. Here he was with 10 older brothers that hated him. This story starts off in Genesis 37 with Joseph being 17 years old. Being a teenager is hard enough without all of your brothers hating you. Talk about dysfunctional families. Doesn't this sound like an episode from today's TV talk shows? Tune in to the story of a boy named Joseph and his 10 older brothers who hated him enough to leave him in a pit.

As the story goes along, Joseph told his brothers about his dreams of how they were all going to bow down to him. What happened? His brothers hated Joseph even more. Hate upon top of hate is a very cruel thing and if you are the object of hate at this moment, I feel for you, as that pit can be a dark and murky place to be.

And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. Genesis 37:5

2. Joseph had to endure mean speech directed toward him.

Not only did Joseph endure hatred from his brothers but notice that last part of verse 4 of Genesis 37.

…they hated him, and could not speak peaceable unto him.

Have you ever found yourself the target of disagreeable words directed to you or about you? Some people endure this situation at their workplace every single day. Dealing with disagreeable people and their mean speech day in and day out can really grate on your nerves and you may feel like you are down in that pit with the high walls about you.

3. Joseph had to endure an empty pit.

I've never had to endure being put into a pit in the ground but Joseph did. He wasn't even grabbed by a stranger and put there but Joseph's own brothers did this to him. How that must have made Joseph feel. He was not only in an empty pit but how he must have felt empty inside himself as well. I know we have all felt emptiness at one time or another in our lives, maybe through a loss of a loved one or some other tragedy that we've experienced.

And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. Genesis 37:24

4. Joseph had to endure slavery.

None of us will probably ever have to endure the pit of slavery but it was something that came along in Joseph's life that he had to deal with. While Joseph was in the pit his brothers had placed him in, some Midianites came along and got him out. They sold him to some Ishmeelites, and they took Joseph down to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh,

Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt. Genesis 37:28

And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard. Genesis 37:36

5. Joseph had to endure temptation.

One of the things Joseph faced was temptation. He didn't give into that temptation but he was faced with it just the same. While he was working for Potiphar, Potiphar's wife came to Joseph and wanted him to lie with her.

And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph;and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. Genesis 39:7-10

Notice in verse 10 of that passage that she spoke to Joseph day by day. Some of us have trouble dealing with temptation at some point or another but to be met with the same temptation day after day must have made it a trying time for Joseph.

6. Joseph had to endure false accusations.

Another thing Joseph had to endure was false accusations. When his master's wife couldn't get Joseph to do what she wanted, she falsely accused him of trying to attack her. The result of this was that Joseph was thrown into prison, yet another one of those pits he had to face. That part of the story is found in Genesis 39:7-20. Being falsely accused for any reason can really bring you down low and you may feel like you are face down in the dirt at the bottom of nowhere. When you try to climb out you find that the walls can be slick and you may think there's no escape in sight.

7. Joseph had to endure being forgotten.

Have you ever been in one of those pits in your life, whether it is spiritual, financial, physical, or something else, and the walls are growing higher and the darkness is closing in, and you just feel forgotten? You feel like God has forgotten you and every friend you've ever had has forgotten you as well? Although God never forgot Joseph, others forgot him for a time. Joseph had interpreted the dreams of two other prisoners while in prison. One of those men was restored to his position as Pharaoh's butler and Joseph asked him to remember him.

But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: Genesis 40:14

This man eventually remembered Joseph when Pharaoh needed help with his own dreams, but it was an entire two years later.

Even through all of these things that Joseph faced, I see two remarkable things that stand out. One is that the Lord is with us in our pits and the other is that the Lord can bless us while we are in our pits. Perhaps these two things are what helped Joseph endure all that he did.

The Lord Is With Us In Our Pits.
God was with Joseph in his pits. Look what it says in the first few verses of Genesis chapter 39.

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Genesis 39:1,2

We also see this later in the chapter after the incident with his Potiphar's wife when Joseph was thrown into prison.

But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper. Genesis 39:21-23

The Lord is with us in our pits too. Sometimes we don't think He is because we are too busy whiffing in all that stinky musty smell that we are surrounded with down in the pit that we are in at the time. We forget to look around and see the Lord because we're too busy concentrating on the bad part of our pit.

The Lord Can Bless Us While We Are In Our Pits
Don't you think it's amazing how God worked within Joseph's life right when he was in the midst of his pits? Even though Joseph was in the pit of slavery, God still was blessing him.

And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. Genesis 39:3-6

If you know the whole story of Joseph, you know that later on he was blessed even more by being put into place as the highest authority in the land other than Pharaoh but it was a long road in getting there. We might be going through some real difficulties in our own lives. It could be financial; health problems, or some other type of pit, but the Lord can still bless us in the midst of it, even when we are way down there seemingly all alone and our heart is heavy and our tears are flowing. Sometimes we overlook the blessings that come at those times. We're so busy seeing what the Lord isn't doing in our lives that we miss the things He is doing.

I hope I can be like Joseph and endure the things that are placed in my path on an every day basis. Everything isn't always smooth sailing but we have a God that never leaves us and is always there to bless us no matter what the situation holds.

So, how are you enduring your pits?

Friday, March 19, 2010

An Early Weekend

I've not been out of pocket, I've just been out of words... which is not like me.

Today we are going to Tahlequah to take a load of garage sale stuff down to my in-laws. In the next couple of weeks when the weather is nicer we will be having a sale for Lacey and her friend Melissa to raise money for their trip to London, England. The weather is supposed to be beautiful today... with snow tomorrow!

It's in the quiet that we hear that still, small voice... and that's where I've been. Listening. Sometimes our hearts hurt for the strangest reasons. But, I know it's not for ought. I trust Him.

Without grace and faith I would only be existing. How much He loves us to extend mercy(not giving us what we deserve) and grace(giving us what we don't deserve) to us without any strings. It's all still so amazing to me... even all these years that I've known Him.

It's time to pick myself up by the bootstraps and to cling more tightly to Him. He is my strength and my refuge.. my protector, my all!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fish Fry Tonight!

We will meet at the church at 6:30, some are going to meet up with us there. Our resevervations at Fish Fry are for 7:00. We may arrive back a bit late. Be sure to invite a friend!

The Game Is On

I love how God meets us right where we are. I was thinking about this this morning on my drive to work. I put in the CD player one of my daughters Cd's; a group named Disciple. It's Christian contemporary, but not for the faint of heart! One of their songs "The Game is On," was playing and as I listened to words my body broke out in chill bumps. The song talks about going to battle against spiritual forces. In my mind I imagined a woman in fighting armor flying up onto her huge armoured horse and "wooping and riding" into battle. Fiercely... Flying straight at the enemy without fear! The song itself is what the world would call hard rock, yet I love how it reaches our younger generations. How it speaks to them... when The "Old Rugged Cross" may not. He meets us where we are.. Oh, He is so good.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Proverbs 15

1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

5 A fool spurns his father's discipline,
but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.

6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure,
but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.

8 The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
but the prayer of the upright pleases him.

9 The LORD detests the way of the wicked
but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path;
he who hates correction will die.

11 Death and Destruction [a] lie open before the LORD—
how much more the hearts of men!

12 A mocker resents correction;
he will not consult the wise.

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
but heartache crushes the spirit.

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD
than great wealth with turmoil.

17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,
but a patient man calms a quarrel.

19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a highway.

20 A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.

21 Folly delights a man who lacks judgment,
but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.

22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.

23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise
to keep him from going down to the grave. [b]

25 The LORD tears down the proud man's house
but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.

26 The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked,
but those of the pure are pleasing to him.

27 A greedy man brings trouble to his family,
but he who hates bribes will live.

28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.

29 The LORD is far from the wicked
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.

31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke
will be at home among the wise.

32 He who ignores discipline despises himself,
but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

33 The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, [c]
and humility comes before honor.

Music Monday - Born Again~ Third Day

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Testing Testing

I'm just having fun trying this out. The words "having fun" should be in strikeout mode. Let's see if it works...

What a Beautiful Day!

Good morning Lord!

Thank You for this fresh new day! Thank You for the time-change and the soon coming longer days and warmer weather!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hillsong in Concert!

Hillsong United
April 23, 2010

Lloyd Noble Center
2900 Jenkins Avenue
Norman, OK 73019

Doors: 6:30 pm
Start: 7:30 pm

**Tickets on sale 3/9. **

Tickets are only $25 + $3 facility fee plus applicable service charges

Spread the word and invite your friends to an amazing night of worship!

Iron Skillit Cinnamon Rolls

1 yellow cake mix (not pudding)
5 c. flour
1 pkg. dry yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water
3 sticks butter, room temperature
1/2 c. white sugar
1 1/2 c. brown sugar, divided
1 c. pecans pieces
cinnamon, as desired

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and flour. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add dissolved yeast to cake mix/flour mixture. Mix with wooden spoon and hands. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.

On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 1/2-inch thick. Butter dough. Combine 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. Sprinkle over buttered dough. Roll long-ways and cut into 24 rolls.

Butter bottom and sides of two 10-inch cast iron skillets, approximately 1 stick per pan. Sprinkle buttered skillets with remaining brown sugar and pecans. Put rolls in skillets and let rise 1 hour.

Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately turn rolls out of skillets onto plates. Scrape out any caramel that stays in skillets and spread on rolls.

The Eagle and the Wolf

There is a great battle that rages inside me.

One side is the soaring eagle. Everything the eagle stands for is good and true and beautiful, and it soars above the clouds. Even though it dips down into the valleys, it lays its eggs on the mountaintops.

The other side of me is the howling wolf. And that raging, howling wolf represents the worst that's in me. He eats upon my downfalls and justifies himself by his presence in the pack.

Who wins this great battle?

The one I feed.

Spring Clean Up

"Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

As spring approaches we develop that urge to make everything in our house clean and in order. The winter months have been long and we begin itching to revive our houses and acquire that freshness that we want to invade us as the first signs of spring arrive. Everything outside is singing with new life. The buds are coming out on the trees, birds are chirping, and the daffodils are beginning to bloom. We long to bring that newness into our homes so we begin, most of us by turning our homes upside down as we clean out closets, take things apart, clean and scour. We reach into every dark corner of our homes in order to make it presentable, fresh, and new.

Sometimes we need to do the same thing with our spiritual houses. We need to take stock and clean up and give them a good strong scrubbing. All of us grow stale sometimes and need a spiritual freshening up. Remember as Christians, Who is living in our spiritual houses. The Bible says, "What know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost..." I Corinthians 6:19.

Things always get tucked back in the recesses of our spiritual closets that aren't needed. We accumulate grime and dirt on our spiritual floors and walls. From time to time we need to turn our spiritual homes upside down and clean them inside and out in order to present our bodies "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God." as it says in Romans 12:1. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work!

What needs done in order to clean up our spiritual homes? Only you know the areas that need worked on in your own individual life. What needs to be improved? Evaluate everything you do and say and think. Is it pleasing to the Lord?

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus..." Colossians. 3:17

Get rid of junk.
Are there things in your life that are just junk and cluttering up your life? Are there things getting in your way of serving Christ to your greatest potential? Are things like worry, anger, gossip, and bad habits cluttering up your life? If it's something you should keep in your life it will pass the following guidelines of Philippians 4:8.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Gather cleaning tools.
When you clean your house you gather together your cleaning tools, such as scrub brushes, mops, and brooms. All you need to clean your spiritual house is one thing - the Word of God. It is your all-purpose cleaning tool and contains everything you'll need.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

Gather cleaners.
Cleaning our homes usually takes all kinds of cleaners--window cleaners, waxes, floor cleaners, bleaches, and disinfectants. When it comes to cleaning our spiritual house, all we need is one all-purpose cleaning agent - the forgiveness of God. It is guaranteed to cleanse all grime and dirt, which embodies itself as sin buildup.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

Get to work!
If we gathered all of our cleaning tools and supplies to clean our homes, and even if we had evaluated what work needed to be done and did nothing it would not help us. We have to use the supplies and actually do some work! The same is true with our spiritual homes. God gives us His Word and His precious forgiveness but we have to use them to keep our lives clean.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
against thee." Psalm 119:11

Determine to keep it clean.

Usually when we finish cleaning our own homes, we look around and say that we'll never let the clutter pile up that high again and we determine not to let it. We should do the same for our spiritual house. Determine not to let it get dirty again. The only way to accomplish this is to keep it up daily by feasting on God's Word and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16
So, are you caught up on your spring cleaning?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Proverbs 11

1 The LORD abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight.

2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.

5 The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them,
but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.

7 When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;
all he expected from his power comes to nothing.

8 The righteous man is rescued from trouble,
and it comes on the wicked instead.

9 With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor,
but through knowledge the righteous escape.

10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;
when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

11 Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

12 A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,
but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

13 A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

14 For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but many advisers make victory sure.

15 He who puts up security for another will surely suffer,
but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.

16 A kindhearted woman gains respect,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.

17 A kind man benefits himself,
but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.

18 The wicked man earns deceptive wages,
but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

19 The truly righteous man attains life,
but he who pursues evil goes to his death.

20 The LORD detests men of perverse heart
but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
but those who are righteous will go free.

22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

26 People curse the man who hoards grain,
but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.

27 He who seeks good finds goodwill,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.

28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

29 He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and he who wins souls is wise.

31 If the righteous receive their due on earth,
how much more the ungodly and the sinner!


What does FAITH mean to you? Really.... Think about it.

Beth Moore

I am a HUGE Beth Moore fan~ I hope you enjoy~!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Buzzin' Along

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth
and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. " Matthew 6:19-21

Sometimes I enjoy watching the bees buzzing along in our backyard. That is, as long as they don't get too close to me. They never stay long in one spot. They just hover here and there keeping busy with their job of pollination.

When I consider the bees, I wonder what I am buzzin' along doing? I think of the Proverbs 31 woman and how she buzzed around.

"[She] worketh willingly with her hands." (vs. 13)
"She riseth also while it is yet night" (vs. 15)
"She layeth her hands to the spindle" (vs. 19)
"She stretcheth out her hand to the poor." (vs. 20)
"She maketh fine linen, and selleth it" (vs. 24)
"[She] eateth not the bread of idleness" (vs. 27)

There's nothing wrong with being busy. The Proverbs 31 woman demonstrates this. It also shows that she was accomplishing much. I wonder how much I accomplish? I don't want to just be buzzin' along just to buzz and not accomplishing anything. Sometimes I think I'm guilty of that. I think it's a trap we can all easily fall into by putting too much on our plates. I think we all need to slow down from time to time and really evaluate what it is we are buzzin' about. We may need to ask ourselves some questions.

What Am I Busy Doing?
You may need to just list out your daily routine to actually see what you are doing. Are there things that you could cut out? Are there things you need to add? Maybe you need to make a calendar and get organized. The bees could never accomplish all they need to do without order.

What Are My Priorities?
You may need to take a look at the things that play an importance in your life and evaluate whether they should be a priority. Are they taking away from your family time or time in God's Word? Maybe make a list of what's really important to you.

Am I Accomplishing Anything For Christ?
With all of your buzzin', are you making your life count for the Lord? Looking back to Matthew 6:19-21--Where's your treasure?

Sometimes we all need to get a perspective on the things that we are buzzin' along doing in our lives. We need to live in motion, but we need to be careful that we don't become overwhelmed too. There are times we need to slow down and reflect on the Lord. "Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10. We've got to get our priorities set so that we can enjoy our lives and our families. Sometimes we have to get our buzzin' going in the right direction in order to live life to the fullest.

So, what are you buzzin' along doing?

Ladies Bible Study 3/9/10

Bible study last night went well. It seems our numbers are dwindling just a bit. I know this time of year with pretty weather peeking it's head in, it's common to be outside doing all the things we've been meaning to during all the cold weather and rain we've had.

We studied the 3rd chapter of James verses 1-12. These verses covered taming the tongue... and oh my, we each could use some help there I'm sure.. me being the first! Remember when you see the blue cord on your right wrist this week to take every thought captive... before it comes out of your mouth.

This coming Tuesday, the 16th, we will be going to Fish Fry in Paris, TX. If you live in the Hugo area, we are going to meet you at a specific place so that you won't have to drive to the church and back. I will blog details on where later this week.

Please be praying for our ladies. There are several that are going through some rough patches lately. We should be lifting each other up in our prayers daily.

Today I wish you lots of sunshine and love! Get out there and share Jesus with someone! Huggggs

Watch the Lamb~ Ray Boltz

Walking on the road to Jerusalem,
The time had come to sacrifice again,
My two small sons,
They walk beside me on the road,
The reason that they came
was to watch the lamb.
Daddy, daddy,
What will see there,
There's so much that we don't understand,
So I told them of Moses
and father Abraham,
Then I said dear children watch the lamb,
There will be so many in Jerusalem today,
We must be sure the lamb doesn't run away,
And I told them of Moses
and father Abraham,
Then I said dear children watch the lamb.
When we reached the city,
I knew something must be wrong,
There were no joyful worshipers,
No joyful worship songs,
I stood there with my children
in the midst of angry men,
Then I heard the crowd cry out
Crucify Him.
We tried to leave the city
but we could not get away,
Forced to play in this drama
a part I did not wish to play,
Why upon this day
were men condemned to die,
Why were we standing here,
Where soon they would pass by.
I looked and said, even now they come,
The first one cried for mercy,
The people gave him none,
The second one was violent,
He was arrogant and loud,
I still here his angry voice
screaming at the crowd,
Then someone said there's Jesus,
I scarce believed my eyes,
A man so badly beaten,
He barely looked alive,
Blood poured from His body,
From the forms upon His brow,
Running down the cross,
Falling to the ground.
I watched Him as He struggled,
I watched Him as He fell,
The cross came down upon His back,
The crowd began to yell,
In that moment I felt such agony,
In that moment I felt such loss,
Till a Roman soldier grabbed my arm
and screamed, you, carry His cross.
At first I tried to resist him,
Then his hand reached for his cross,
So I knelt and took
the cross from the Lord,
I placed it on my shoulder,
And started down the street,
The blood that he'd been shedding
was running down my cheek.
They led us to Golgotha,
They drove nails
deep in His feet and hands,
Yet upon the cross I heard Him pray
Father, forgive them.
Oh, never have I seen such love
in any other eyes,
Into thy hands I commit my spirit
He prayed and the He died,
I stood for what seemed like years,
I'd lost all sense of time
until I felt to tiny hands
holding tight to mine,
The children stood there weeping,
I heard the oldest say,
Father please forgive us,
the lamb ran away.
Daddy, daddy,
What have we seen here,
There's so much
that we don't understand,
So I took them in my arms,
And we turned and faced the cross,
Then I said dear children
watch the lamb.