Jan 30, 2017

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realizing your right brain/left brain tendency will help you interact with and to understand others.
Left Brain Dominance: 9(9)
Right Brain Dominance: 9(9)
Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
 Here are the latest results of a quiz I just took.  How about you? Are you right or left brained?

Oct 3, 2016

31 Days of healing Day 3 " Why are you downcast, oh my soul"

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
(Isaiah 60:1-3 ESV)

 "Arise, shine; for your light has come! After the thick and desperate darkness described in Isa_59:9-10, this is the glorious rescue from the Redeemer. Light has come - so God tells His people to respond to it, and to arise and shine!

 Darkness is for lying down; light is for rising up. Darkness is for gloom and sleep; light is for shining. When the light has come, we must respond, and arise, shine!
 First, we receive God’s light (your light has come), and then we have a service to put forth (arise, shine). You can’t shine until your light has come, but once it has come, there is something wrong if you don’t arise and shine!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you: This is no earthly light; this is light that emanates from the glory of the LORD. This is like the light of Jesus in the Transfiguration, when His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light (Matt 17:2). Sometimes harsh, bright light can be disturbing or uncomfortable - but not this warm, wonderful light that pulsates from the glory of the LORD".(Guzik)


 No Matter our current circumstances, we can trust God to bring us through it. Do not be deceived that you will not be healed by God. He has and HE will continue to heal us as we look to Him only for healing. Why are you downcast, oh my soul? Arise for your light has come!

Oct 2, 2016

31 Days of healing Day 2 "A careful examining of my heart"


This process is going to take a careful examining  of my heart. I wrote an earlier bog post that I reread a few days ago that really made me think about how I got where I am emotionally.You can read it here Beauty For Ashes.  My own words stung me.  I knew it was time to take a closer look at my heart and confess any sin that I found. One thing that jumped out at me was when we are hurt by our circumstances or people we need to choose how we respond in our hearts. When we hang on to the hurt and try to justify our anger or other feelings and allow them to remain unchecked then our thinking may become clouded and we will not see truth.  We will want to keep carrying our hurts like a prized possession instead of dealing with them. 


"Sometimes, the pain we have worked so hard to avoid is the one thing that leads us to where God calls us to go. Sometimes, feeling our need is the greatest work of faith we can surrender to". ~Bonnie Gray, Faith Barista




And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?"
(Luke 9:23-25 ESV)




Oct 1, 2016

31 Days of Healing Day 1 "Intro"

I have endured many trials, tribulations and sufferings this last year. I will be writing for 31 days about my healing process. The road that is now required of me will require my dying to self and putting absolute trust in God and His absolute truth. I hope that you will join me each day as I travail along this path before me. I am excited about what God will be teaching me as I yield myself to Him. 


And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 
(Luke 9:23-25 ESV)

Jul 29, 2016

The Heart

Desperately wicked: The heart is not only deceitful, but also wicked - and desperately so. Many have been led to rebellion, disobedience, and great sorrow by following their heart, without challenging their heart and judging it by the measure of God's truth. "Follow your heart" is poor advice when the heart is desperately wicked. (Guzik)
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Thus says the LORD:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
“I the LORD search the heart
and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.”
Below is commentary from David  Guzik on this pasage:
a. The heart is deceitful above all things: To this point the Prophet Jeremiah has given some reason to be cautious about the inclinations and direction of the heart. He noted how the evil heart of the people of Judah had led them astray.

·      Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone followed the dictates of his evil heart (Jeremiah 11:8)
·      They prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart (Jeremiah 14:14)
·      Each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me (Jeremiah 16:12)

b. The heart is deceitful above all things: Our hearts often deceive us, presenting heart-fulfillment as the key to happiness. What we desire is often not what we need. The advice "be true to your heart" fails when the heart is deceitful above all things.

i. "In the OT usage the heart signifies the total inner being and includes reason. From the heart come action and will." (Feinberg)

ii. "The pravity and perversity of the man's heart, full of harlotry and creature confidence, deceiving and being deceived, is here plainly and plentifully described; and oh that it were duly and deeply considered." (Trapp)

c. And desperately wicked: The heart is not only deceitful, but also wicked - and desperately so. Many have been led to rebellion, disobedience, and great sorrow by following their heart, without challenging their heart and judging it by the measure of God's truth. "Follow your heart" is poor advice when the heart is desperately wicked.

i. The sense of the Hebrew for desperately wicked seems to have sickness more than depravity in mind. "Unregenerate human nature is in a desperate condition without divine grace, described by the term gravely ill in verse 9 (rsv desperately corrupt, neb desperately sick)." (Harrison)

d. Who can know it? The heart's deceit and wickedness are advanced enough that even the individual may not know or understand their own heart, and outsiders have even more difficulty in discerning the heart of others.

e. I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind: Though knowing the heart of one's self or others is difficult and sometimes impossible, God searches, tests, and knows the heart and mind. It is wise to trust what God says about us more than what we think or feel about ourselves.

i. I test the mind: "A second word is here set in parallel to heart, literally, 'kidneys', hidden depths. These, Yahweh assays or 'tests'…the two terms 'heart' and 'kidneys' cover the range of hidden elements in man's character and personality. Nothing is hidden from Yahweh." (Thomspon)

ii. "The Lord is called by his apostles, Acts 1:24, kardiognwsthv, the Knower of the heart. To him alone can this epithet be applied; and it is from him alone that we can derive that instruction by which we can in any measure know ourselves." (Clarke)

Feb 20, 2016

Treasured

I  have a coaster that I absolutely love, that was recently broken. It was damaged, it will be cracked, but still usable. As I was gluing it together I had a thought come to me. I was reading the words on the coaster: Treasured: The Lord delights in those who fear him,who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11(NIV)    ... Although we are broken we are treasured. He loves us with an unfailing love We are damaged, cracked, but still usable...   He delights in us when we fear Him and trust in His unfailing Love... I needed this message. We can never get to the end of his Love!

For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21


Underneath as the graphic the following song was printed :

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

Words: George Ma­the­son, in the Church of Scot­land mag­a­zine Life and Work, January 1882.




Oct 5, 2015

31 Days of Reflection Day 5 "Dreams"

Why do we often feel like we cant accomplish what we set out to do? We all have goals and ideas and dreams but somehow they are stolen, lost and not completed. I feel like I am my own worst enemy! Well I know that I am. I need to get some fresh air. Clear my head and make some new goals whether they be weight loss, or other goals and just do them. I always feel like I am being held back, it is fear? What is it that keeps me from accomplishing what I need to do? Is it laziness? Intimidation? 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 
(2 Timothy 1:7 Webster) 

Being lazy is like walking in a thorn patch, but everyone who does right walks on a smooth road. 
(Proverbs 15:19 CEV) 

For you have not received a spirit of slavery that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba! Father!" 
(Romans 8:15 ISV)

Oct 4, 2015

31 Days Of Reflection Day 4 "The Body of Christ"

     How are we the "Church" to be the the hands and feet of Christ towards others? First within our local body and then into our community?  In today's busy demanding  culture we can sometimes become self adsorbed and not see the true needs of others.

     If we can not minister to the body of Christ within our churches, how then can we reach out in to the community?  There are hurting people in the church that need our intercessory prayers and our compassion. There are some that we need to come along side and mentor. There are some that have physical needs. There are some that have spiritual needs. Are we willing to notice these needs and be willing to actually be the hands and feet of Christ?

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 

 How did Jesus respond to peoples needs ?  First He had to spend time with the Father. Second he was flexible, Jesus was willing to be interrupted.Third Jesus was willing to get His hands dirty and
 fourth He shared His love for "the least of these.



Christ Has No Body
Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Oct 3, 2015

31 Days of Reflection Day 3 " She Doesn't Know Him"

Behold what manner of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
(1 John 3:1 MKJV)

While caring for my father and mother in NM has been a challenge, God is teaching me through it all.  There have been times when I have been frustrated and impatient. God is faithful to remind me that I need to have patience and love the way He loves. One day in particular I became very upset with my Mom.  When I went in to care for my Dad (whom recently accepted the Lord as Savior),  he grabbed my arm and in tears said, " She doesn't  know Him.  Maybe she will know Him soon." I  Immediately was pierced in my heart for my attitude towards her.   She needs unconditional love from me not condemnation.

And we know that the Son of God has come, and He has given us an understanding so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him that is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and the everlasting life.
(1 John 5:20 MKJV)


Oct 2, 2015

31 days of Reflection Day 2 " Background"

Hi, I want to tell you some background about myself and what is going on in my life right now so that future blogs will make sense. First, I have been Married 28 years to James, the love of my life. We have 5 Children 4 of them adult children and one still in our homeschool. We have been home educating for 24 years. We have 4 grandchildren. I grew up In NM and my parents still live there. I moved away 25 years ago and now live in Blythewood, SC which is right out side of Columbia, SC.

 In the beginning of September I flew out to NM with my youngest son William. We are taking care of my parents while they recuperate from surgeries. My husband and I have never been apart for longer than 2 weeks so it has been a challenge. I Know that I am not being held captive and I volunteered to come here. Nevertheless the schedule is demanding taking care of both of them and homeschooling my 11th grader and getting my 13 yo niece (whom lives with my parents) to school everyday. I am homesick and and want to be home with my family. 

The verses below encourage me."I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will hear you. When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me, I will let you find me, declares the LORD. I will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I've scattered you, declares the LORD. I will bring you back from the place where you are being held captive."  (Jeremiah 29:11-14 GW)

Oct 1, 2015

31 Days of Reflection Day 1 " Broken Eggs"

 In August 2015 my daughter's family and I were in a car accident. We all had minor injuries and we are healing well. Immediately after the accident, my grand daughter Jude began "rounding" things up that had been strewn about in the car. She carefully found everything and put it all in the diaper bag. She returned to the car to have one last look around and that is when her heart was broken. There in the backseat floorboard area she found the eggs her mother had just purchased. She began to sob and ran to her Daddy and said "Oh Daddy the eggs are broken!!"  He reassured her that it was OK and they would be taken care of. She continued to sob and replied" but they can not be fixed daddy!

       I thought about this many times over the next few days. We try to gather ourselves and fix our problems, but we are broken eggs needing repair, we can not fix ourselves. Abba Father wants us to bring everything that is broken in our lives: our hurts our heartaches and our grieving. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed. (Psalms 34:18 ISV)
 He is the only one that can heal us. Here we are Lord, we can not fix our hearts but you can. We need to be completely surrendered to Him so that He can work through all He has purposed for us. 

At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don't know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words. The one who searches our hearts knows what the Spirit has in mind. The Spirit intercedes for God's people the way God wants him to. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan.
(Romans 8:26-28 GW)






Jun 16, 2015

Elisabeth Elliot, December 21, 1926 - June 15, 2015

“I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” 
― Elisabeth ElliotThrough Gates of Splendor

“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.” 
― Elisabeth Elliot

Oct 16, 2014

Day 16 "Biblical Womanhood" To be Keepers at Home"

To be Keepers at Home Titus 2:5 
This is a controversial subject among Christian women.  I have included 3 different views from different sources. 

Keepers at home - That is, characteristically attentive to their domestic concerns, or to their duties in their families.. This does not mean, of course, that they are never to go abroad, but they are not to neglect their domestic affairs; they are not to be better known abroad than at home; they are not to omit their own duties and become "busy-bodies" in the concerns of others. Religion is the patron of the domestic virtues, and regards the appropriate duties in a family as those most intimately connected with its own progress in the world. It looks benignly on all which makes home a place of contentment, intelligence, and peace. It does not flourish when domestic duties are neglected; - and whatever may be done abroad, or whatever self-denial and zeal in the cause of religion may be evinced there, or whatever call there may be for the labors of Christians there, or however much good may be actually done abroad, religion has gained nothing, on the whole, if, in order to secure these things, the duties of a wife and mother at home have been disregarded. Our first duty is at home, and all other duties will be well performed just in proportion as that is.*1



 HOME-KEEPERS. Making home first of all a center of attraction by its order and cleanliness and comfort; then by its harmonies of peace and love, so that no discordant notes may mar the music of its joy; and then by avoiding gossiping visits, and the excitements of habitual restlessness, and a too great love of shopping, securing the safety of economy and the honor of a wife who "weaves all into beauty and order at home*2.



.  They are to be workers at home.  We’ve dealt with the attitudes of a woman, love toward husband, love toward children, wisdom and purity.  Now, we turn to the very important issue, the sphere of her responsibility, workers at home, oikourgos, literally a house worker.  This is the sphere of a woman’s life.  It is her domain.  It is her kingdom.  It is her realm.  The word is derived from the word “house” and the word “work.”  A house worker.  It doesn’t simply refer, by the way, to scrubbing floors and cleaning bathrooms and doing that.  It simply connotes the idea that the home is the sphere of her labors, whatever they might be.  It is not that a woman is to keep busy all the time at home.  It doesn’t mean that she can never go out the door.  It doesn’t mean that she’s always to be doing menial tasks.  But what it does mean is that the home is the sphere of her divine assignment.
She is to the home keeper, to take care of her husband, to provide for him and for the children, all that they need as they live in that home.  Materially, she is to take the resources the husband brings home and translate them into a comfortable and blessed life for her children.  She is to take the spiritual things that she knows and learns and to pass them on to her children.  She is a keeper at home.  God’s standard is for the wife and mother to work inside the home and not outside.   In addition to having less time to work at home and teach and care for her children, a wife working outside the home often has a boss to whom she is responsible for pleasing in the way she dresses and a lot of other matters, complicating the headship of her husband and compromising her own testimony.  She is forced to submit to men other than her own husband, likely to become more independent, including financially in fragmenting the unity of the family.  She is in the danger of becoming enamored by the business world or whatever world she’s in, and finding less and less satisfaction in her home responsibilities.*3

 My personal opinion is if you can stay home then do it. It is rewarding.   Pray about it and then obey what God reveals to you.

*1 Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes [1834].

 *2 The Pulpit Commentary, Electronic Database.
*3  Gods patterns for wives  Part 2 https://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1945
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Oct 15, 2014

Day 15 Biblical Womanhood " How to Keep Our Way Pure Part 4" Psalm 119:13-16

13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches. Psalm 119:13-14

A declaration of commitment.
 With my lips I have declared
All the judgments of Your mouth.
With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth: The Psalmist understood the importance of not only silently reading or hearing the Word of God, but also in saying it. To declare God's word (all the judgments of Your mouth) with his lips was another part of his relationship with and love for God.
i. We may confidently conclude that there is not enough - never enough - of this among the people of God. God's people should have His word not only in their minds and hearts, but also upon their lipsSaying it is powerful and must not be neglected.
ii. "When we make the Scriptures the subject of our conversation, we glorify God, we edify our neighbors, and we improve ourselves." (Horne)*1

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches. 

As much as ever any worldling*2 rejoiced in the increase of his wealth. In the way of God’s commandments I can truly say, Soul, take thy ease;” in true relationship with God through Jesus, there is all riches, the unsearchable riches of Christ.*3

I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
(Psalms 119:13-16)

 He looks forward with a holy resolution never to cool in his affection to the word of God; what he does that he will do2 Cor. 11:12. Those that have found pleasure in the ways of God are likely to proceed and persevere in them. 1. He will dwell much upon them in his thoughts (Ps. 119:15): I will meditate in thy precepts. He not only discoursed of them to others (many do that only to show their knowledge and authority), but he communed with his own heart about them, and took pains to digest in his own thoughts what he had declared, or had to declare, to others. Note, God’s words ought to be very much the subject of our thoughts. 2. He will have them always in his eye: I will have respect unto thy ways, as the traveller has to his road, which he is in care not to miss and always aims and endeavors to hit. We do not meditate on God’s precepts to good purpose unless we have respect to them as our rule and our good thoughts produce good works and good intentions in them. 3. He will take a constant pleasure in communion with God and obedience to him. It is not for a season that he rejoices in this light, but “I will still, I will for ever, delight myself in thy statutes, not only think of them, but do them with delight,” 
Ps. 119:16. David took more delight in God’s statutes than in the pleasures of his court or the honors of his camp, more than in his sword or in his harp. When the law is written in the heart duty becomes a delight. 4. He will never forget what he has learned of the things of God: “I will not forget thy word, not only I will not quite forget it, but I will be mindful of it when I have occasion to use it.” Those that meditate in God’s word, and delight in it, are in no great danger of forgetting it.*4

 As we can see here if we saturate ourselves with Gods Word, we will be more likely to keep our way pure.

Why study so long on keeping our way Pure? I  believe that this is key to every other aspect in the Titus passage that we have been studying.  So Ladies are you keeping your way Pure?  



*1 Guzik
*2Worldling definition, a person devoted to the interests and pleasures of this world; a worldly person.
*3 *4 Matthew Henry's Commentary

Oct 14, 2014

Day 14 Biblical Womanhood "Taking a look at verses 11 and 12 of psalm 119"

Today we will take a look at verses 11 and 12 of psalm 119


 Verses 11-12 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.  Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.

 First of all memorize His word!  It can help us when we are being tempted. We can remember  Gods absolute truth and apply it and obey it. " To have God’s word of promise laid up in the heart is the only security against being surprised into sin." *1    Second we must  humble  ourselves and submit ourselves to Gods authority in order to be taught His decrees by His Spirit. “We need to be disciples or learners— ‘teach me;’ but what an honour to have God himself for a teacher: how bold is David to beg the blessed God to teach him!” (Spurgeon) 


*1 The Pulpit Commentary

Oct 13, 2014

Day 13 Biblical Womanhood " How To Keep Our Way Pure Part 2"

I thought we could explore this more closely, so we are going to look at just two verses at a time. This section Psalm 119:9-16 is a prayer to God by the Psalmist. 

" How can a young man keep his behavior pure? By guarding it in accordance with your word. I have sought you with all of my heart; do not let me drift away from your commands." 

(Psalms 119:9-10)

 Verse 9 "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word."
 By looking to God’s Word, and guiding ourselves so that, we may "cleanse our way"—not otherwise.

Verse 10 I seek you with all my heart; 
 "If from there you will seek the LORD your God, then you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and soul."(Deuteronomy 4:29)

do not let me stray from your commands. The Psalmist prays for help not to stray.


i.e. "let me not accidentally and through ignorance stray from the right path."1

1 The Treasury of David by Charles Haddon Spurgeon 


See you tomorrow

Oct 12, 2014

Day 12 Biblical Womanhood "How To Keep Our Way Pure"

Psalm 119:9-16

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.  Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.  With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.  I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.  I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word."


  • Live according to His word, Don't just read it 
  • Seek Him with all your heart.
  • Memorize the Word
  • Praise Him for teaching you the Word
  • Rejoice in following His Word
  • Study His word
  • Delight in His Word
  • Do not neglect His Word
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good action. (2Ti 3:16-17)"

Oct 11, 2014

Day 11 Biblical Womanhood " What is Purity?"

Today we will study what purity means. As I was studying  what purity is I realized while most people think that purity "just" relates to being sexually pure that is not the case. Purity is a lifestyle choice  that encompasses every area of life, not just sexuality. Purity is not a wide path, but a narrow road. Purity is a singular matter that touches everything.

Purity~
 "In the Old Testament, the basic sense of the Hebrew word for purity is probably an emptying out or being clean. The verb appears about forty times, most occurrences with an ethical, moral, or forensic sense. Purity is opposed to being guilty. It stands over against such conduct or attitudes as unfaithfulness to God's covenant (Hosea 8:1), rebellion against God's law (v. 1), and idolatry (vv. 4-6, 11). Purity consists of "clean hands" (Gen 20:5), innocence ( Psalm 26:6 ; 73:13), and an "empty stomach" (Amos 4:6).

In the New Testament, there is little emphasis on ritual purity. Rather, the focus is on moral purity or purification: chastity (2 Cor 11:2 ;Titus 2:5); innocence in one's attitude toward members of the church ( 2 Cor 7:11 ); and moral purity or uprightness ( Php 4:8 ; 1 Tim 5:22 ; 1 Peter 3:2 ; 1 John 1:3). Purity is associated with understanding, patience and kindness ( 2 Cor 6:6); speech, life, love, and faith ( 1 Tim 4:12 ); and reverence ( 1 Peter 3:2 )."*


Join me tomorrow as we study "How To Keep Our Way Pure"

Oct 10, 2014

Day 10 Biblical Womanhood " How to have Self Control"

    So today we are looking at  "How to Have Self Control". Yesterday we learned that self control is a fruit of the spirit.  We basically must yield our hearts to the Holy Spirit and obey Him when He speaks to us. By doing so it will produce the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.  You ask, "How do I know when He is speaking to me?"  Bill Jones and Terry Powell include the following chart in their book, Walking in the Spirit. (Camp Hill: Christian Publications, 2001. p. 81): 

       Characteristics of the Holy Spirit's Promptings 
       
They Will Always
They Will Never
Confirm Scripture
Contradict Scripture
Be Specific
Be General
Convict
Condemn
Lead you
Push or drive you
Be Simple
Be Complicated
Motivate you to faith
Create fear in you
Focus primarily on changing you inwardly
Focus primarily on changing you outwardly
Emphasize character
Emphasize circumstances
Be True
Be False
Be Clear
Be Confusing
Restore Relationships
Destroy Relationships
Major on your faults, others’ needs
Major on others’ faults, your needs
Lead you to do something
Lead you to overdo something
       

 This list should help us to discern when the Holy Spirit is prompting us. 

"And how does the Spirit produce this fruit of self-control in us? By instructing us in the superior preciousness of grace, and enabling us to see and savor (that is, "trust") all that God is for us in Jesus. "The grace of God has appeared . . . instructing us to deny . . . worldly desires . . . in the present age" (Titus 2:11).     When we really see and believe what God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken. Therefore the fight for self-control is a fight of faith. "Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called" (1 Timothy 6:12).*

Oct 9, 2014

Day 9 Biblical Womanhood “to be self-controlled and pure"

Today we will look at just the first part of verse 5 “to be self-controlled and pure, and to be keepers at home, kind, who submit themselves to their husbands, so that no one will speak evil of the message that comes from God.”

(Titus 2:5). the next four days we look at the 4 questions below. 

1 What is self control?
2 How can I have it?
3 What is purity?
4 How can I make my way pure? 

So What is self Control? 
The dictionary defines Self control as:
noun
  1. the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one's behavior, especially in difficult situations.

  2. However to have Biblical Self control is a gift not something that we do in our own power. 

"Fundamental to the Christian view of self-control is that it is a gift. It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . self-control" (Galatians 5:22). How do we "strive" against the our fatal desires? Paul answers: "I labor, striving (agonizomenos) according to His power, which mightily works within me" (Colossians 1:29). He "agonizes" by the power of Christ not his own. Similarly he tells us, "If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live" (Romans 8:13). "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts" (Zechariah 4:6). We must be fierce! Yes. But not by our might. "The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD" (Proverbs 21:31)."*

Join me tomorrow as we look at how to have self control,  one of the fruits of the Spirit. 

*http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-fierce-fruit-of-self-control

Oct 8, 2014

Day 8 Biblical Womanhood " Ways to show Children Love"

 Ways to show our children we love them:

Pray For Your Children:
That they will know Christ early in life
Psalm 63:1; 2 Timothy 3:15

 That they will have a hatred for sin
Psalm 97:10

 That they will be caught when guilty
Psalm 119:71

 That they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives: spiritual, emotional, physical
John 17:15

 That they will have a responsible attitude in all
their interpersonal relationships
Daniel 6:3

 That they will respect those in
authority over them
Romans 13:1

 That they will desire the right kind of friends
Proverbs 1:10-11

 That they will be kept from the wrong mate
and saved for the right one.
 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

 That they, as well as those they marry,
will be kept pure until marriage
2 Corinthians 6:18-20

That they will learn to totally submit to
God and resist Satan
James 4:7

That they will be single hearted, willing to
be sold out to Jesus Christ
Romans 12:1-2

That they will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or places
Hosea 2:6


Encourage them

Show Unconditional Love
“Receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God" (Romans 15:7

Praise and Bless Them
There are tremendous benefits in praising and blessing our children. Praise creates an atmosphere of love, joy, and acceptance. Children desire the praise of their parents, and they naturally want to please them and gain their acceptance.

Listen to Gain Understanding
We can learn to understand our children by listening to them. It is important that we give undivided attention to them when they talk to us. We want our children to be able to share their hearts without feeling that we will condemn them. Effective parenting requires good listening skills, which will produce greater understanding.

Have Fun Together! 

 See you tomorrow!