Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today's thought.....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jesus and women...

This book, Female Piety has been on my to read list for awhile....when one of my friends heard that, she asked if I would be willing to read it with her to keep her accountable. So we decided to commit to reading 6 pages a day, and to try to talk about what we've read. So far it's been really good and I wanted to share this section below with you all -

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"The personal conduct of our Lord during his sojourn upon earth tended to exalt the female sex to a consideration before unknown. Follow him through the whole of his earthly career, and mark the attention which he most condescendingly paid to, and as condescendingly received from, the female sex. He admitted them to his presence, conversed familiarly with them, and accepted the tokens of their gratitude, affection, and devotedness. See him accompanying his mother to the marriage feast of Cana in Galilee. See him conversing with the woman of Samaria, instructing her ignorance, enduring her petulance, correcting her mistakes, awakening her conscience, converting her soul, and afterwards employing her as a messenger of mercy and salvation to her neighbors. See him rebuking his disciples for discouraging the approach of mothers and their infants. See him compassionating the widow of Nain, and restoring her son to life. See him in the little family of Bethany, blending his sympathies with the bereaved sisters; and on another occasion entering into familiar conversation with this same Martha and Mary, and faithfully rebuking one and kindly commending the other. See him receiving the offerings of those women who ministered to him of their substance. Witness the attendance of pious women upon him in the last scenes of his life. It was to Mary Magdalene that the honor of the first manifestation of the risen Saviour was made; and thus a woman was preferred to apostles, and made the messenger of the blissful news to them.


Compare this behavior towards women—this chaste, holy, dignified conduct of our Lord—with the polygamy, licentiousness, and impurities of Mohammed, not merely as evidence of their respective claims, but as regards their influence upon the condition of woman—while the one did everything by example and by precept to corrupt, to debase, and to degrade them—Jesus did everything to purify, to elevate, and to bless them. 





The conduct of Jesus Christ towards the female sex was one of the most attractive excellences of his beautiful character, though perhaps it is one of the least noticed. To him they must ever point, as not only the Savior of their souls, but as the advocate of their rights and the guardian of their peace."




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Monday, February 27, 2012

Watch and pray....

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Awhile back as we were eating breakfast one of the children told me, "It was going to be a bad day."
I knew what she meant. It was one of those days where there was a lot to do, and she felt overwhelmed.

I told her, "No, we were going to make it a good day."


She looked at me, and asked, "What do you mean?"

As I went on to talk to her......


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Psalm 100


"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Keepers at Home.....

This morning our Keepers At Home group was privileged to get a lesson on flower arranging from Mrs. B. She was a great teacher and we all had fun together :-)



Some of the flowers we worked with.


Hannah.


Emily.


Matthew joined the girls.


We had fun!


Decorating the jars with raffia bows. Pretty!


Everyone created a pretty arrangement.


Lovely.


This shade of purple is so pretty.....



My flowers :-)


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Little things.....



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Friday, February 24, 2012

How God sees prayers...

"God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers,

to see how neat they are;

nor yet at the geometry of your prayers,

to see how long they are;

nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers,

to see how many they are;

nor yet at the music of your prayers,

nor yet at the sweetness of your voice,

nor yet at the logic of your prayers;

but at the sincerity of your prayers,

how hearty they are.




There is no prayer acknowledged, approved,


accepted, recorded, or rewarded by God,


but that wherein the heart is sincerely and wholly.


The true mother would never have her child divided.


God loves a broken and contrite heart,


so He loathes a divided heart.


God loves neither halting nor halving.



~Thomas Brooks



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thankful prayer....


"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." 
Psalm 136:1 

giving thanks...


The expression "thankful prayer" may sound strange. Prayer and thankfulness, however, always go together, not only because answered prayer requires thankfulness, but because we must acknowledge God's mercy toward unworthy sinners........whether or not we can point to answered prayers, we owe God thankfulness. Every day we receive much for which we didn't even ask. Even if we cannot point to any specific answers to prayer, we have reason to acknowledge the Lord for everything we are and have. 


The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans: "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" Here we are reminded that there is more than enough to be thankful for. If we would only recognize that everything we receive more than death is grace. ..........The goodness of the Lord ought to break and humble us, and turn us to Him.......thankfulness begins with a broken and contrite heart.


True thankfulness begins by recognizing our weakness. It ends in praising God, glorifying His Name, and praising His attributes in love. A mark of true thankfulness is that we love the giver more than the gifts. When God's creatures return to Him, there in His presence His goodness is experienced. 


If we possess this love we always have something to be thankful for. If we are poor, we can be thankful for health. If we are sick, we can be thankful for the care we receive. If we have a cross, we can be thankful for what we still have. 


"In everything give thanks." In everything? Yes, in everything - even in adversity. How is that possible? Paul understood this seeming impossibility when he was in prison with Silas and had his feet bound in stocks and his back cut open by the lashes he had received. He sang praises to God in the night. Paul knew that it is better to have adversity with God's presence, than prosperity without God's presence. 

Thankfulness in adversity doesn't mean that we are indifferent to our suffering, that we don't feel our grief and have no sorrow. Thankfulness does not wipe out grief; that would be unnatural. But in sorrow God's sufficiency is felt and therefore, where there is grief, there may also be joy.

The deepest trials often produce the greatest gratitude. The soul knows that these are God's personal dealings with him and that in this way gold is purified......there is a reason for thankfulness, despite the pain of the pruning knife. When Jacob said, "All these things are against me," he should have said, "All these things are for me," because God was at work taking care of him. Blessed are they who believe without seeing. They shall glorify God, even though they don't know what the outcome will be.

~ Frans Bakker


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A daughter of Christ.....


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He puts gladness into her heart, by that word, Daughter, be of good comfort.....He calls her daughter, for he spoke to her with the tenderness of a father.... Christ has comforts ready for the daughters of Zion, that are of a sorrowful spirit, as Hannah was. Believing women are Christ's daughters, and he will own them as such. He bids her be of good comfort: she has reason to be so, if Christ own her for a daughter. 
Matthew Henry on Matthew 9





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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Lord has done great things....

"Are you very thankful? You know the difference between gladness and thankfulness. Gladness looks at the kindness and take it all, but thankfulness looks at the Giver and loves Him for it all."
Andrew Bonar




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Monday, February 20, 2012

The teacup...

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A dear friend of mine recently shared this with me, so I thought I'd share it with all ya'll......


"Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this.

There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups.

Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked "May we see that? We've never seen a cup quite so beautiful."

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, "You don't understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me, pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, "Don't do that. I don't like it! Let me alone," but he only smiled, and gently said, "Not yet."

Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was made to suit himself and then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. "Help! Get me out of here!" I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head from side to side, "Not yet."

When I thought I couldn't bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on he shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! "Ah, this is much better," I thought.

But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. "Oh, please, stop it, stop, I cried." He only shook his head and said, "Not yet."

Then suddenly he puts me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and he took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering, "What's he going to do to me next?"

An hour later he handed me a mirror and said, "Look at yourself." And I did. I said, "That's not me. That couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful!"

Quietly he spoke: "I want you to remember. I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you'd have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you."

The moral of this story is this: God knows what He's doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect.

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to "stink", try this.

Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and think on this story and then, pray to the Potter."


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Psalm 99


"The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
 The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
 Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy."


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

God's time...


“Sarah bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him” 
Genesis 21:2



The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11). But we must be prepared to wait God’s time. God has His set times. It is not for us to know them; indeed, we cannot know them; we must wait for them.
If God had told Abraham in Haran that he must wait for thirty years until he pressed the promised child to his bosom, his heart would have failed him. So, in gracious love, the length of the weary years was hidden, and only as they were nearly spent, and there were only a few more months to wait, God told him that “according to the time of life, Sarah shall have a son.” (Gen. 18:14.)
The set time came at last; and then the laughter that filled the patriarch’s home made the aged pair forget the long and weary vigil.Take heart, waiting one, thou waitest for One who cannot disappoint thee; and who will not be five minutes behind the appointed moment: ere long “your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”Ah, happy soul, when God makes thee laugh! Then sorrow and crying shall flee away forever, as darkness before the dawn.

It is not for us who are passengers, to meddle with the chart and with the compass. Let that all-skilled Pilot alone with His own work.

“Some glorious morn–but when? 
Ah, who shall say?The steepest mountain will become a plain,
And the parched land be satisfied with rain.
The gates of brass all broken; iron bars,
Transfigured, form a ladder to the stars.
Rough places plain, and crooked ways all straight,
For him who with a patient heart can wait.
These things shall be on God’s appointed day:
It may not be tomorrow–yet it may.”





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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1