Friday Faves

I haven’t done a list of my top 3 favorite blog posts for quite some time.  As I read the title of Melanie’s article I was intrigued.  One of the members of the Sunday School class I teach likes to try to get me going with the question, ‘If God knows everything, why bother?’ Or something similar to that. God knows what choice we’ll make in every situation but we still have a choice. Check out Why Should We Pray (if God Already Knows Everything Anyway)?

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary to Deb Wolf and her husband!  They’ve made it to 45 years and are looking into the future.  Her 10 tips are among the same life concepts that have helped Ray and I in our 45-year journey. (April 8th we will celebrate that milestone, too.)  Enjoy this article from one of my favorite bloggers!

 

 

 

 

Finally! A review of The Shack that doesn’t bash it to pieces because it isn’t theology accurate.  Finally!  WooHoo!  I’ve read the book and loved it.  Why? Because it attempts to show God the way I believe Him to be.  The Creator of both men and women in His image. (see Genesis 1:27)  I loved it because it shows what mercy and forgiveness are meant to look like.  And I fully expect the movie to be totally awesome.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

Friday Faves

I found some awesome posts for this week’s Friday Faves.  Just click on the picture and it will take you to the post.  Enjoy!

PossibleIt’s OK to be angry.  There are things we should be angry about.  Stay humble and watch your words.  Check out Deb’s list of ways to use our righteous anger at Counting My Blessings.

 

1John2_27You’ve heard the excuses. So have I. The Bible is too hard to understand. The words don’t apply to now.  There are too many contradictions. (Really, show me where!)  Seeking to Know the Truth addresses these excuses and encourages us to keep on reading and studying the Word.

 

Mom-and-Dad-on-cell-phonesCell phones are not a problem unless…  It amazes me that people have to be told to put their phones away and/or shut them off during worship, class, in the doctor’s office, at dinner…  Enjoy (or be convicted by) Tiffiney’s words on this issue; Momma, Please Put Down Your Phone.

 

 

aAre you like me and have an abundance of plastic water bottles?  Here are some great ideas for other uses.

Strangers and Pilgrims On Earth

 

 

675-x-975-The-15-Minutes-That-Change-Your-MarriageRay and I are talkers.  We talk about everything.  It’s one of the aspects of our marriage that has kept us together for more than 40 years.  Alicia, over at Your Vibrant Family suggests this 15-minute habit, used daily, is extremely important to your connection as a couple.

 

 

There are so many excellent bloggers on the internet.  I am often convicted by their words and learn so much from them.  What a blessing they are.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Living A Long, Strong Marriage

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A couple of weeks ago our niece married her long-awaited prince in shining armor.  The one God had chosen for her before time began.  It was a beautiful wedding.  I thought back on it today as Ray and I celebrate our anniversary.

Being married is not the easiest thing you’ll attempt in life.  When you determine to walk with our Jesus during the years it makes the triumphs and the struggles much easier.  At the start of our marriage, though I truly believed in God, I hadn’t made Jesus my Personal Savior yet.  God’s plan was for Ray to lead me to this crucial decision.  Almost a year after we married I gave my life to Him.  I’ve never looked back.  He has led us through some amazing times both as a couple and as individuals.

With that thought in mind, I wanted them to know what I think leads to a long marriage.  Here are my words to them…

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They chose these words to be read as part of the ceremony.

 

Psalm 1

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.

Interesting choice, don’t you think?  I’m not sure why.  Perhaps, because they wanted to remind themselves that there really is a world out there that will mock and think up all kinds of wicked things…I don’t know.  Without question, though, if they are honoring our LORD and his law (word) their marriage will be a great one.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Book Review-Rebuilding Civilization

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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book, “Rebuilding Civilization on the Bible” by Jay Grimstead and Eugene Calvin Clingman published by Nordskog Publishing for the sole purpose of review.  All comments and critiques are my own.

Finally, finished!  This made me wonder how Christianity has survived for more than 2000 years if so much is misunderstood or wrong with it.  From that comment do not think I am in disagreement with the concepts put forth therein.

At the 500th Anniversary (2017) of Luther’s 95 Theses it is the desire of the authors to convene the International Church Council.  This Council and it’s members will reaffirm the inerrancy of the Bible and will seek to unify all religions that profess belief in Jesus Christ under these principals.  The author’s seem to believe that Christians have moved away from the basic Word and toward a Culture that pretty much says anything goes as long as one is not ‘hurting’ another.

Their treatises and ideas on such areas (and not limited to these few I’m mentioning) as Salvation, The Trinity, Hell, Unity of the Body, Church Discipline, Homosexuality, Human life, Marriage, are spot on and totally within the confines of the Holy Scripture.

I must suggest that one of the most disturbing aspects of this treatise was the authors’ determination that the International Church Council would be able to solve the modern church’s problems if everyone believes and follows these precepts.  It seems to me that when Church Law becomes more important than the Believer, the Church will move backward into a works based religion.  Makes me wonder what we’ll be calling the Modern Pharisees.

 

Sisters

Dear, dear family, I came across this beautiful example of loving one another and sharing life’s meaning recently.  Please, pass it on to your own friends.  The message is simply – – we need one another.  Jesus said, when answering the question what is the greatest commandment,  “Love God and Love one another”.  (Matthew 22:37-40)  There is no better way to fulfill the basic human need for love than to just do it!

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A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and and visiting with her mother.  As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter..

“Don’t forget your sisters,” she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass.  “They’ll be more important as you get older.  No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters.  Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.”

“Remember that ‘sisters’ means ALL the women…your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too.  “You’ll need other women.  Women always do.”

The young woman thought this was a funny piece of advice.  Haven’t I just gotten married?  Haven’t just joined the couple-world?  I’m now a married woman! A grown-up!  Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!

But she listened to her mother.  She kept contact with her sisters and made more sisterswomen friends each year.  As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about.  As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world this list says it all:

hourglassTime passes.

 

 

 

 

New lifeLife happens.

 

 

 

distanceDistance separates.

 

 

children

Children grow up.

 

 

 

jobJobs come and go.

 

 

 

loveLove changes.

 

 

 

failurePeople don’t do what they’re supposed to do.

 

 

 

 

tearsHearts break.

 

 

cemetaryParents die.

 

 

 

broken promisesColleagues forget favors.

 

 

 

 

retirementCareers end.

 

 

 

BUT……..Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you, a girl friend is never farther than needing her can reach.  When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley’s end.  Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you…Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family: ALL BLESS OUR LIFE!

The world wouldn’t be the same without women, and neither would I… When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead.  Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

Worship Him in music – – From Sister Act 2

Heavenly Father, You created us to need one another.  You knew there would be a special bond between us.  LORD, let us understand and know what You would have Your Sisters do and be.  Let us share Your Agape (the kind of love that puts the other first) love with all.  Make it so!

40 Years

Ray and I will be married 40 years soon.  I’ve given some though to that number and realized there are a lot of biblical applications for it. 

Moses had 3 sets of the number 40 during his life.  First he spent 40 years learning all he needed to know to be a prince of Egypt (Exodus 2:1-15).  Then he spent 40 years outside of Egypt banished for killing another Egyptian(Exodus 2:16-4.  He spent his last 40 years wandering in the desert yet, heading toward the Promised Land because God had said no one that had grumbled against Him would see Canaan (Numbers 22-23).

Jesus spent 40 days fasting in seclusion, preparing himself for the ministry ahead.  During that time he was tempted by satan 3 times.  He was offered the very things He already had.  By simply quoting the scripture back to the evil one he thwarted the plan.  (John 4:1-11)

So how do these apply to our marriage?  Although neither of us is an official member of Egyptian royalty we are a definite part of the Royal Priesthood.  These 40 years for us have been a time of ‘heading toward the Promised Land’.  Jesus’ 40 days of fasting included temptation from satan.  The evil one has tempted us many times but by spending our married lives reading, studying, and yes, even memorizing parts of it we have been able to keep his legions at bay.  We are not perfect but we certainly know Who is in control.

Praise God for this incredible span of time together.

Abba thank You for these 40 years, for allowing us to walk this journey with You, for giving us such joy and for the miracles you have done in our lives.  Guide us through the next 40.  Give us enough laughter and sorrow to keep us always mindful that You are God and You are in control.    Make it so!

I grew up in a family that went to church every Sunday but really had no true idea of who God and Jesus was.  Depending on the particular church, (We moved around a lot.) He was an observer of my actions, hellfire and brimstone, always there….I know now He was there because there seemed to always be something missing in my life.  After I met and married Ray God made himself visible to me.  Ray led me to affirmation of faith and baptism.  I have never doubted that he wants me to have a relationship with my Lord that is greater than what I have with him.  The plan of our lives is God first, spouse next, and anything after that comes after that.  There is no better way to enjoy the purity and sanctity of marriage without having God in the primary relationship position.

Exodus 20:3 tells us we are to have no other gods.  Unless we keep sight of the fact that God is God and we (or our spouse) are not we will not be able to build the relationship that God wants.  Keeping God first and knowing He will ‘grow’ our marriage relationship allows us, as a couple, to recognize what is most important in our earthly lives.  He loves us, He cares for us, He wants what is best for us.  Once we recognize that it is much easier to be the helpers, lovers, and friends God intended both relationships will grow and flourish.

Heavenly Father, thank You for creating marriage.  Grant us the ability to see You in our coupleness.  Let us model to the world around us the joy of making You first.  Help us learn to forgive one another with love and grace.  Let the sanctity of marriage show through us.  Make it so!