Friday, December 31, 2010

A Roaring Lion...

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  I Peter 5:8

On Monday, a friend posted the following on her blog...

"I had been lying in bed in the quiet of the morning, thanking God for all of His blessings on my life, on my home. I thanked Him for the recent salvation of my husband and all of the joy and blessings that have come from this.

And then I was taken in my mind to the front yard of my home, outside in the snow, and there was Satan, the Devourer, with a terribly scary face, demonic look, circling about my precious home.

He had a body, but I couldn't see his feet. Because he was circling so very quickly, dashing from window to window trying to pry his way in, he had what I would say were short airplane trails behind him. Oh, but he moved so quickly! Darting here and there, going to my daughters' bedroom windows, even, while they slept and trying to get into their rooms.

Thankfully, he never did get in. God was protecting our home from the Evil One."

That was such a vivid dream and description, but also so true of how the devil is trying to get into our lives. He will try every angle possible and too often find a way in.

Unfortunately, for my friend, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer the next day.

We do have to remember something in times like this: Sometimes God allows trials in our lives so HE can get the GLORY! 

Kim, we're praying for your mom - and you.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Don't Pack Up Jesus After Christmas

Unfortunately, too many are all about "Jesus is the reson for the Season" while the lights are up, then fail to ever mention Him until next year.  Don't be like some and pack up Jesus with the rest of your "Christmas displays." 
 - Preacher Biggin
Something to think about!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry CHRISTmas!

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.  Proverbs 25:25   

I can only imagine this is how the wise men felt when they heard of the birth of Jesus. And, they didn't hesitate to look for Him when they heard - they also probably weren't shy about looking for Him! They wanted to worship Him NOW.

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  Matthew 2:1-2 

Lord fill my heart with Worship this Christmas morning and let me not forget the true meaning of CHRISTmas! 

Merry CHRISTmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about. We need to put CHRIST back in CHRISTmas. Jesus is still "the reason for the season". Without Him, there would not be a Christmas.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"There are many of us willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do the little things." 
D.L. Moody

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Making Christmas Cookies

Mix it up...
Cheesy grin...


More decorating...

The end result!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Is All About CHRIST!

C – Counselor
    H – Holy One
    R – Redeemer
    I – Immanuel
    S – Shepherd
    T – Truth
    M – Mediator
    A – Anointed
    S – Saviour 
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Sunday, December 12, 2010

When God Considers You Faithful

Did you ever consider when God sends trials and tribulations your way, that He considers you faithful enough to go through them? Job was chosen by God to go through what he did because he was faithful. In Luke 1:26-38, we see where the Angel came to Mary to tell her "Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." Mary had "found favour with God." He considered her faithful and chose her to bare His Son.

Think about what Mary went through in those days. She was engaged to Joseph, then she turned up pregnant. Imagine how everyone talked about her and shunned her. And what about Joseph?! Here he is engaged to this woman and now she's pregnant. (Unfortunately these days, this is not uncommon. But, in those days it could have been fatal.) We later see that an angel came to Joseph in a dream, Matthew 1:20-25, and told him what was really going on. Then he married her, but didn't "know" her until after the baby was born.

God considered Mary faithful enough to endure the hardships of having and raising His Son, AND enduring His crucifixion. Sit and ponder ALL that entailed. For me, it makes me feel very humble at what He considers me faithful enough to endure - and ashamed at all the times I've complained. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Had to share...

Lindsey was so excited to start putting up the tree!

She found the jingle bells in the box!
Daddy was helping too!

She found a Christmas hat in the box too!
Lindsey picking out decorations

Some pictures of our tree and decorating! Yes, we have actually put up a tree EARLY! Thanks to Curious George, we put it up on November 30th! It is a pretty tree, and I've enjoyed having it up because Lindsey enjoys it. So, the new traditions will start!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season!

Santa rides in a sleigh...
JESUS rides on the wind & walks on water

Santa lets you sit on his lap...
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa says, "You'd better not pout, you'd better not cry,
"...JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me"

Santa puts gifts under your tree...
JESUS became our gift on a tree

Santa sneaks and plays...
JESUS seeks and saves!

Romans 13:7 - Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour

May we this Christmas Season give the Glory to the Lord for His great love towards us!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


C- is for the CHRIST child born upon this day: 
H- is for HAROLD of Angels in the night: 
R- is for REDEEMER: 
I- means ISRAEL: 
S- is for the STAR that shone so bright: 
T- is for THREE Wise men, they who traveled far: 
M- is for the MANGER where He lay: 
A- is for ALL He stands for: 
S- means SHEPHERDS came, 
and thats why there's a CHRISTMAS Day!
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:7

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas is in the air!

Merry Christmas!

For the first time in many YEARS we have put up a Christmas tree before mid December! (Thanks to Curious George's Christmas movie - about 7 times so far, just since last week!) This was actually taken yesterday, so we even had it up before December!!! Lindsey enjoyed putting on decorations - for about 10 minutes, then it was all for Mom to finish. That's ok though, she has enjoyed seeing it decorated and lit. Can't wait to see how she reacts to presents being put underneath! I'm definitely looking more forward to Christmas this year!

To every thing there is a season

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

We should remember that all things are in God's timing, and there is a time for all things. This is a passage special to my heart because it was read at my mother's funeral after her passing seven years ago today. It was her time to go, even though I wasn't finished with her.  But, it has more meaning than that because it's so true in all ways and can be applied in many areas of our lives.

Today as we take our little girl to another doctor to hopefully get some answers about why she's not walking, it will probably a time of more weeping, but also a time of building up - of our strength, knowledge, and love.

God's timing is perfect. And, in all things HE should get the glory.

Monday, November 29, 2010

"When the wicked beareth rule"

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Proverbs 29:2

I am NOT one to talk politics, but this verse really struck me this morning. Our country is in such a sad state of affairs these days. The rulers our our great nation are gradually taking away our rights. As Christians we need to stand together and, at the very least, be in prayer for our country and it's leaders.

Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD. Proverbs 29:26

Many times, all some want to do is to be in favor of the ruler, and try to pacify him by agreeing with everything he does. Be weary of those who always agree with, or vote for, everything our "leader" wants. He's not the one we need to seek approval from!  

As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. Proverbs 28:15

Also interesting was this verse from yesterday's Proverbs chapter.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! Remember to take the time to thank the Lord for all He's done in your life!

Monday, November 22, 2010

 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1

Saturday, November 20, 2010

John 14:18 - I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

"The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Proverbs 18:10

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

When we have a need, the LORD is the only place to go. Only HE can give us the true peace we need.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me." - D.L. Moody

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Merry Heart

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:..." Proverbs 15:13

For the righteous (saints/saved) we have the Holy Spirit within and SHOULD have joy within. So if we have joy, we should have a "merry heart".

Remember the children's song "If you're happy and you know it"? It says "if you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it...!" Does your face show how happy you are?? Take a look in the mirror...

Too often, those of us who are saved can't be distinguished from those who aren't because we don't show the joy within. Why don't we have that joy??

1. Are you walking with the LORD daily (reading your Bible)? "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

2. Are you praying?  "Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

3. Are you in church? "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25

Not doing these things will really take it's toll on the Christian's life. You won't be able to live a victorious Christian life if you aren't getting victory over the flesh and doing the things the Lord has instructed us to do.

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:..." Proverbs 17:22

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." Proverbs 11:30

RIGHTEOUS, a. ri'chus.

1. Just; accordant to the divine law. Applied to persons, it denotes one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in practice; as a righteous man. Applied to things, it denotes consonant to the divine will or to justice; as a righteous act. It is used chiefly in theology, and applied to God, to his testimonies and to his saints.
The righteous, in Scripture, denote the servants of God, the saints.
2. Just; equitable; merited.

The first reference to the Tree of Life is in the Garden of Eden. After Adam had eaten of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, in Genesis 3:22 "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:"  The tree is located in the Garden.

We see another reference to the location of the Tree of Life in Revelation 2:7 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

And, in Revelation 22:2, we see that this tree bears fruit - 12 kinds - monthly, and it's a healing fruit, "In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."

The second half of the verse refers to winning souls, "and he that winneth souls is wise." - self explanatory.

So from the text verse, we see that we "Saints", or Servants of God, are to bear fruit and winning souls is in our best interest! 

Winning souls isn't something that should be left to the missionary. When we leave the front doors (or whatever door) of our church, we are entering the Mission Field - OUR mission field. We all have the responsibility to witness to others. And, that doesn't mean we are to be a "silent witness". There are plenty of "good" people out there who are dying and going to hell because WE are not speaking up and telling them about Jesus and what He did for us.
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:2-3

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren". -Jesus

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Withhold Not

"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it."  Proverbs 3:27

If your neighbor came and asked for help with food, would you not give it to them? Why then as Christians do we not readily give our neighbors the Gospel truth? Is it not better than any bread we could give - It IS the Bread of Life!

As we head into our Church's Missions Month, we need to remember that missionaries have sacrificed much (or all) to get God's Word out. Our first missionary works with the homeless. He's collecting items to give to them (tooth brushes, tooth paste, razors, paper, pen, etc) that he can use to help reach them. These are items we can all run down to the local Walmart to pick up when we think we need a new one. Did you ever think that a tooth brush would be a tool to get out the Gospel?? It's creative at the very least! But, this man and his family live in a camper. They have also sacrificed to do the work of the Lord. Let's remember our neighbors, both near and far, who need to know about the love of Christ and what He did for us. And, pray for our missionaries here and abroad.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

God's Word is Pure

"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him." Proverbs 30:5  

We would do good to remember God's Word IS pure, and it should be taken literally. It's not a fairy tale or folklore. It's not meant to entertain, but to instruct and guide.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  2Timothy 3:16-17

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When we pray, we talk to God; but when we read His Word, He talks to us.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Even A Child

"Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right." Proverbs 20:11

Remember if a child is know by what he does, how much more we are known by what we do! (And, if you don't think children are known by their actions - just ask a teacher! They hear about the "bad" kids the year before they ever get to them!)

Other people are always watching us. How we talk, dress, act, how we handle situations, etc. They will especially be watching what we as "Christians" do! And, don't forget the little eyes that watch and do and magnify everything we do!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Words of a Talebearer

"The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly."  Proverbs 18:8

Tale-bearers are those who secretly carry stories from house to house, which perhaps have some truth in them, but are secrets not fit to be told, or are basely misrepresented, and false colours put upon them, and are all told with design to blast men's reputation, to break their friendship, to make mischief between relations and neighbours, and set them at variance. - Matthew Henry

The word "talebearer" is mentioned 6 times in the Bible. Our text for today is in the Bible TWICE. Proverbs 18:8 and 26:22.

Leviticus 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.
Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Proverbs 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

After seeing that God said NOT to go to the people as a talebearer in Leviticus, perhaps one would quickly see that being a talebearer isn't a good thing! But the other verses out of the book of wisdom, Proverbs, also show how much a talebearer can hurt others. Oh, by the way, a talebearer is also known as a gossiper! 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bless The LORD

"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Psalm 103:1

Let's take the time today to really praise the LORD! Worship Him in truth and spirit. And, be thankful for what we have, even when it's things or situations we see as hardships or problems, be thankful. Remember it could be much worse.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Too often we try to do things on our own. We want to make our own decisions, go our own way, etc. Before we do anything we ought to seek counsel first. This verse says "in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." Regardless of whom we seek counsel, we should be sure that counsel is Godly. Whether it be your pastor, a Godly friend, or a parent. But the most important counsel we should seek is that of the Father. Always go to Him first, in prayer and His Word.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

When you start drowning in life get on one of these ships! worSHIP, fellowSHIP, relationSHIP!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sowing Discord

Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Do you find it interesting that the Lord lists six things He hates - pride, lying, murder, a wicked heart/mind, mischief makers and amongst them he adds "he that soweth discord among brethren"? So think twice before you go to your friend on the pew beside you at church and talk about that woman on the other side of the church! (Or whoever it is you're talking about.) First of all it's gossip (Proverbs 18:8 & 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Yes, those verses both say the same thing!) But, it also plants a seed in your "friend's" mind that will lead to more negative thoughts, and possibly cause her to say something to someone else = sowing discord. 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Trust in the LORD

Pr 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Too often we try to do things our way before turning to God for direction and help. These verses remind us that in ALL things we should go to Him for direction. Even in the small things we might see as insignificant, He can give us simple direction. And, when the big stuff comes, it won't be as difficult to go to the Lord for help because we're already used to it and know He'll be there for us!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

101 Ways To Help Your Pastor

Every pastor, regardless of age, years of experience, and size of congregation, needs help from time to time. It is the responsibility of the congregation to meet the needs when they arise. Listed below are 101 ways one can help their pastor in various categories/areas. It is very likely that someone could add to this list. If so, submit your ideas in the comment section below!
In Prayer By Praying...

-1 For his safety as he travels about.
-2 For his good health - physically.
-3 For his wife.
-4 For his children.
-5 For his personal financial needs.
-6 For his emotional needs - depression, etc.
-7 For his spiritual needs - grace, peace, mercy.
-8 For his personal walk with God - spiritual growth.
-9 For his besetting sins and character flaws.
-10 For his witness - to be faithful to it.
-11 For his witness - boldness.
-12 For power/unction of Holy Ghost on his life and ministry.
-13 For his effectiveness as a leader.
-14 For his effectiveness as a husband.
-15 For his effectiveness as a father.
-16 For him to have many open doors of ministry.
-17 For his open doors to be prolonged and sustained.
-18 That he would be delivered from unreasonable people.
-19 That he would be delivered from wicked people.
-20 That he would be delivered from ensnaring people.

When You Are In Public...

-21 By always promoting his good qualities.
-22 By never involving yourself in gossip about him.
-23 By highlighting the helpful lessons and messages which he has preached recently.
-24 By treating him with highest respect.
-25 By defending him when criticized in a Christ-like way.

When You Are At Church...

-26 By seeking ways to be more involved in church activities.
-27 By seeking ways to possibly take the leadership roles in activities. BE AVAILABLE!
-28 By being faithful to all the public worship services unless Providentially hindered.
-29 By being on time.
-30 By being polite to others.
-31 By keeping church politics to a minimum.
-32 By being willing to give your seat up to others; including visitors.
-33 By picking up any trash on the floors and in the churchyard. Also by straightening things up that are out of place.
-34 By keeping restrooms looking neat and clean.
-35 By turning lights off.

When Your Church Has Business Meetings...

-36 By attending each meeting.
-37 By having a co-operative spirit.
-38 By agreeing to disagree agreeably.
-39 By only offering helpful suggestions.
-40 By not carrying grudges to or from a meeting.

With Church Problems...

-41 By not being one.
-42 By not trying to think FOR the pastor.
-43 By not jumping the gun and thinking the pastor is not doing anything about a particular situation that means a lot to you.
-44 By staying out of the way unless directly involved.
-45 By not gossiping about problems with other church members.
-46 By praying for wisdom to be given to pastor on how to handle the problem(s) at hand.
-47 By praying for the individuals/groups involved to do what is right.

With Enlisting More Laborers...

-48 By being one.
-49 By training others to take your place... if you hold a position.
-50 By praying for more laborers.

When Approaching Him...

-51 By speaking to pastor in the way you want to be spoken to.
-52 By not assuming pastor has been made aware of your specific need or circumstance.
-53 By not demanding an answer to anything.
-54 By not putting him into a corner with no way to come out.
-55 By keeping your questions and problems till after the worship service.
-56 By waiting until there is nobody around for privacy.
-57 By trying to speak with pastor initially in a public area, and not in the office first. - testimony

As A Deacon...

-58 By making visits for him.
-59 By shielding him from unnecessary nonsense.
-60 By praying for him.
-61 By never seeking to undermine in any form or fashion.
-62 By speaking positively of him; especially when around those who are disgruntled.
-63 By being on the lookout for potential issues and ready to help.


-64 By helping to provide a livable wage as a church member.
-65 By supporting a yearly raise.
-66 By paying (church)  for his gas. - visits, etc.
-67 By providing (church) a retirement package.
-68 By covering health insurance for him and family. (church)
-69 By giving him a love gift at Christmas.
-70 By giving him a birthday present.
-71 By providing a monthly library fund for the purchase of new books. This helps him when developing a series and other studies.

By Being friendly...

-72 Seeking to have him and family over for dinner.
-73 Enjoying recreational activities with him and his family.
-74 Even when you are in a disagreement him.

By Promoting His Ministry...

-75 In an ad in the paper at your own expense.
-76 On the radio in an advertisement, etc.
-77 On facebook. - Fanpage of church/pastor
-78 On twitter.
-79 Giving away CD's cassette tapes, and DVD's of his messages to your friends and co-workers.
-80 When sending emails to your friends and acquaintances.

In Sharing The Gospel Of Jesus Christ...

-81 By participating in door to door soul-winning.
-82 By participating in a neighborhood literature distribution campaign.
-83 By helping at tract tables at flea markets and fairs.
-84 By having unsaved friends over for a party and inviting your pastor over to witness to them.
-85 By helping a group who goes street preaching.
-86 By helping in a jail ministry.
-87 By helping in other church ministries.

While He Is Preaching...

-88 By paying attention.
-89 By not talking. This can distract others from hearing the message.
-91 Try to keep babies quiet. Though unwanted, it is sometimes best to take small babies to a nursery area.
-92 Smile! Sour looks can be discouraging.
-93 Shout "AMEN!" when God speaks to your heart about something the preacher says. This will encourage your pastor while he is preaching.

Behind The Scenes...

-94 By encouraging others to encourage the pastor.
-95 By sending an anonymous gift of a favorite snack, etc
-96 By helping to organize a "Pastor's Appreciation Day" for him.
-97 By taking care of known projects that he has around his home.
-98 By doing something special for his children.

With His Vehicle...

-99 By being sure his oil is changed regularly.
-100 By providing new tires when necessary.
-101 By possibly helping with a car payment.

Bottom Line...

This list is the tip of the iceberg when it come to ideas to help your pastor. If you have thought of something not mentioned, then please leave it in the comment section below. Thanks for your participation!

Thanks to:  
Andrew Schank at:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Faithful Friends

Proverbs 27:6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

A true friend will always be faithful, even when their words hurt. Often they're the only one who will tell us the truth. But the level of friendship may change, and our friends will change over time - yesterday's best friend may not even be on next year's Christmas card list! Praise the Lord that HE is always there for us like no other friend could ever be: Proverbs 18:24b "...there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."  And, HE will never change.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jesus Christ is...The Heart of the house, The unseen Guest at every meal, And the silent Listener to every conversation.
(Repost from Sis Danielle Taylor)

Fool's Ears

"Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words." Proverbs 23:9

Ever give advice to someone and they just look at you with a blank look and you know in your heart they'll just go do what they were going to do anyway? This might explain it a bit!! No matter how much Biblical advice you might offer to some, they will never listen. And, that includes the "advice" of the road to salvation. But, we should not give up. You don't know when the door might be open and their heart softened.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Trial by fire

" The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts."  Proverbs 17:3

The gold and/or silver smiths must get their fires really hot, just the right temperature, in order to melt the fine metal and bring forth the trash so it can be discarded before they can get the best gold and silver. Just as with silver and gold, we should always remember to be thankful the Lord finds us worthy to go through His trials, and know that when we come out on the other side we'll be much better for it. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Prayer Request

Please remember my Grandma in prayer.

She's been feeling bad since Saturday. Lindsey and I had been planning to go visit this week for a while but had about decided to postpone due to her feeling poorly until talking to my Aunt Sunday evening. So we decided to go on Monday morning. She seemed a bit better when we arrived than she had sounded over the weekend. However, this morning after breakfast, she was again saying she felt really bad. Her Occupational Therapist came by and checked her out and suggested it could be some dehydration. Grandma was also running a low grade fever and her blood pressure was a bit off. A nurse is supposed to come check her out, but it could be "a couple days". I decided it would be best if we came on back home today. This evening she sounded really pitiful on the phone. I'm very concerned, but there's nothing I can do but pray, and I ask that you all help me with that.
Thank you,

Update as of Thursday...
Grandma still sounds puny on the phone. Nurse came on Wednesday and checked her out, but nothing major. Said to monitor fluid intake and blood pressure.  Thanks for the prayers...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Homecoming 2010

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Homecoming 2010

Virtuous Woman II

Back in May, I talked about "A Virtuous Woman" mentioned in Proverbs 31:10 "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." 

Today in Proverbs 12, we see another reference to "A Virtuous Woman":
"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones."

Each time the Bible talks of the Virtuous Woman, it also mentions how valuable she is to her husband. He can "trust in her", she is a "crown" to him.

Sometimes as wives, it's easy for us to forget how much we can affect our husbands. Although, some women know this all to well and use this to tear their husbands down.  We must remember we're their help meet, not the other way around!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate , saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. II Corinthians 6.17
It's sad that we as "Christians" have forgotten that we are to separate our selves from the world. 
We shouldn't look like the world - in other words our dress - in that we should be MODEST.  (1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,); We shouldn't act like the world - In conversation - Not how we talk, but how we act, see definition below - (I Timothy 4:12 be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, 1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;); And, we shouldn't talk like the world - see I Timothy 4:12 for this as well. 
1. General course of manners; behavior; deportment; especially as it respects morals.

Answer to comments (I can't leave a comment to my own blog!)... Just me Bro Mark!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Intercessory Prayer

We are supposed to pray for our brethren, but did you know we are to also pray on "behalf" of others? There are those who are not able to pray on their own behalf. For the lost, the only prayer God hears is the prayer of salvation. So it's up to us to pray for them. Pray for their salvation. That God will convict and save them. And, don't give up! HE is faithful!
Well Glory! Another soul snatched out of hell's grasp! Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Lion

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1Peter 5:8 

We all need to remember the devil is real and he's out there trying to devour us. For those not saved, he's there trying to prevent us from getting saved. For those who are saved, he's trying to prevent us from being a witness for the Lord, to taint our testimony, and/or prevent us from living a victorious Christian life. We often forget those who are newly saved. After the shouting is over and things calm down, we turn our backs on them and throw them to the wolves - or this case the "lion". It can start as simply someone brushing you off when you tell them you just got saved. It will go as far as the devil telling you "Aw, you didn't really get saved. God can't save YOU. Here, let me remind you what all YOU"VE done!"

Well, what you've done didn't get you into heaven and what you've done isn't going to keep you out of heaven. Praise God, we weren't even born when Jesus died on that cross. That means that HE died for us, WAY before we'd committed all those sins the devil will try to throw up in our faces. Romans 5:8 can confirm this for us:  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Isn't it great that even though He knew we were rotten sinners - every one of us - He still sent His Precious Son to die on Calvary for our sins?!
Praise the Lord! 

We need to all remember to pray for one another, and especially those who were just saved.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hallelujah! Two saved tonight!! 
Praise God - HE IS GOOD!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010


"Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."  Proverbs 27:1

All too often we go around saying what we'll do tomorrow, or what we don't "feel" like doing today, it can wait until tomorrow. Well, what if tomorrow never comes? What if tragedy strikes your family and you had put off telling someone you love them? What if you are killed in a horrible car wreck tonight and you'd just put off salvation? THEN WHAT?

We all tend to put off some things, even small stuff. It can affect others, as well as ourselves. You might not get a "Mom of the Year" award if you feed your child ice cream for breakfast, but what if you lost your child that afternoon - would you regret not doing it? (Don't get me wrong, I don't mean every day! ;)  Just what if you put off trusting in Jesus today - will you have that chance tomorrow? What about your neighbor? What if God burdens your heart to share the gospel with a stranger and you put it off... they might not have a tomorrow.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Gift

Today's Sunday School lesson was from Luke 18. It was about the Pharisee and the Publican. They both went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee prayed loudly, so everyone could hear him. He boasted about how he had fasted, and what he had done, and how much he had tithed, etc. all during his "prayer".  The Publican, knowing that everyone hated him anyway because of his job as a tax collector, was humble and couldn't even look up. He knew he'd done wrong. He simply asked "God be merciful to me a sinner" (Luke 18:13).

I usually start my class with a visual example of the actual lesson and today was no different. This morning I went in with a pretty gift bag loaded with pretty paper and a bow. I asked my class who wanted to open the pretty gift and of course they all anxiously raised their hands. Well, since I had so many volunteers who wanted to tear into it, I opted to open it myself - slowly - so all could see. I pulled off the pretty bright green bow. Then pulled out the nice bright tissue paper. Then I reached in ever so slowly and pulled out... a nasty, muddy, sopping wet rag. The looks on the kids' faces was interesting! I think the example was a "hit"!!! 

The nasty rag represents our sin. The point is/was that even those who look all pretty and clean and fancy on the outside, could be nasty, rotten and dirty on the inside. You don't have to roll around in the mud (as our good friend's little girl was doing yesterday :) to be dirty and nasty in God's eyes.  God knows us - inside and out. There's nothing that we can do, or say, or pay, etc. that gets us into heaven. It's only trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. Much like the "gift" I took to my class today, salvation is freely given. Unlike the gift I took - what's inside is salvation - a gift like none other!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

WITHOUT GOD.....our week would be: Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, Shatterday. Seven days without God makes one weak!


There are times in our lives when we feel so far from God we may barely hear Him whisper or not hear him at all. If we are honest in these times, we'll see that we're the ones that have left God's side - He didn't leave us. Nevertheless, we feel lost and hopeless and alone. Sometimes it's so difficult to find our way back to Him we get even more discouraged.

Here are some things to remember: God will never change. He's the same - always has been, always will be. If you are a child of God, He will always be there with you because the Holy Spirit dwells within you.

2 Corinthians 4:8 - 9  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 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.
 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Having faith in God is an important part in having Peace. Having the Peace of God is something that an unsaved person won't ever understand, let alone have. Salvation must come first though. Have you taken that step of faith in trusting that He can and will save you? It's as simple as A - B - C! Admit you're a sinner, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, Confess and Call upon the Jesus to save you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

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

Sunday, August 15, 2010


"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." Proverbs 15:1

Sometimes it's easier to get angry about a situation than to just deal with the anger and/or the source of the anger. I used to have a really bad temper, but realized that it didn't hurt anyone but me when I got all bent out of shape over something. It's amazing how remaining calm about a situation can change things.

There are 228 verses in the Bible with the word "anger" in them. Some other verses about our anger:

"The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression." Proverbs 19:11

"Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools." Ecclesiastes 7:9

"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."  Colossians 3:8

The word "Angry" is found 43 times...

"An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression."  Proverbs 29:22

"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:"   Ephesians 4:26

As you can see from just these few verses, we should be careful when we are angry. The Bible doesn't say not to get angry, but it does say "Be ye angry, and sin not". That's where we often get into trouble.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

There Came a Thirsty Woman

What a song! Brother Tommy Cook sang that song last night at the camp meeting and it touches my heart every time I hear it.

The story of the Woman at the Well, in John 4, tells us of a woman who met Jesus at the well one day. The Bible doesn't even give us her name, but He gave her Living Water - such that she never thirsted again. Praise God I got some of that Living Water too! I can't wait to meet her in Glory so we can share our stories!

Last night's service was a "better felt than telt" meeting - thank you Lord for letting me be there! We're looking forward to tonight's service at Rural Retreat Baptist Church.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rural Retreat Baptist Church Camp Meeting

RRBC 6th Annual Camp meeting. Lindsey Brothers singing. What a blessing! 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Psalm 103

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.  
6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
 19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

I was going to just post the first verse of this Psalm, but couldn't stop there! Some days we need to remember all He's done for us and remind ourselves we need to Praise HIM more! 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Forgiving one another

"Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."

Colossians 3:13

Think about this verse for a while. When someone "wrongs" us, we tend to get upset and all wrapped up in ourselves and expect the other party to come to us and apologize. Sometimes the offending party may even be unaware of their offenses. That often seems to happen with spouses, although they tend to pick up on the fact that they've upset us fairly quickly, they may not know what they've done! But, it also happens in our churches and may lead to unnecessary tension among the brethren. It can be blown out of proportion and even lead to people leaving a church over something that could have simply been taken care of by two people just talking about the problem. According to this verse, you should forgive regardless of which side of the hurt you're on.

Email forward...

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. 'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'
'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Trust in the Lord

Psalm 118:8 "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."

We should have confidence in God because he has control over everything. (Even the devil has to get permission before he attacks us!) But the reality is God is in control of everything, except us. You see we have choice. We can either choose to have confidence in the Lord, or not. We can choose whether or not to have the Lord be in control of our life. We can choose whether or not we will surrender to His will, or continue to pursue our own will. To give Him control, means to be in His Word and to trust Him! That doesn't mean bad things won't happen, look at Job. It does mean that letting God be in control and trusting in Him to make decisions will ensure we're in His will. And, God's perfect will is definitely where we should be.

There are 19 verses in the Bible that specifically state "Trust in the Lord", my favorite is:  Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Correction of children

Proverbs 29:15 "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."

Proverbs 29:17 "Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul."

Both these verses should give parents something to think about! There are too many kids left to themselves these days. They yell and scream and run around like little banshees. They aren't taught to behave in public (church, restaurants, etc), let alone at home.

Other verses where the Lord discusses correcting our children...

 Proverbs 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

Proverbs 23:13 "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Praise HIM

"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." Proverbs 27:2

Too often we here people patting themselves on the back for what they've "done for the Lord"! "Well, I spent ALL day over at the church pulling weeds, or cleaning the sanctuary, or painting the walls, etc." or "I gave $XXX to that Missionary when he was in last week" or "My family donated [this or that] to the church."  Wow, do you ever want to stop and say - "You're awful proud of yourself there aren't you?"

Matthew 6:3 says  "But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:"

God has told us that we aren't to do things for Him and brag about it. Maybe we should all remember to spend more time praising HIM and not ourselves!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Godly Friendship

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

How can we expect to have friends if we aren't friendly towards others?  But, there are times when even our closest friends aren't there for us. No earthly relationship could ever fill that void as a relationship God can. Thank goodness He is always there for us, whenever and wherever we need Him!

Friday, July 23, 2010

VBS Success!

Wow, what a week! VBS was a success with 28 kids total throughout the week and several professing salvation. Three of the visiting families said they're going to start coming to church!!  Awards Program tonight. God is so good!!

"...behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Your Sword

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."  Ephesians 6:11

If a man was going into battle, he would be prepared. He would have a sword, shield, armor, etc. We as Christians go into battle daily, and we fight the devil on many fronts throughout each day. Why is it then that we often try to do so unarmed? Then we sit and wonder why we don't get the victory! The BIBLE is your sword. Don't leave home without it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

VBS Update!

VBS is going great! New kids every night and the altars have been full! Praise the LORD, He is able!

"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Psalm 103:1

Monday, July 19, 2010

VBS 2010

We kicked off our VBS last night and it started great! We had 14 kids last night, including two new ones, and they all seemed to have a blast - including the adults! Most of our adults also stayed to watch and help, which was a blessing! The devil has been on most everyone in our church for about the last two weeks, so we're really looking forward to what the LORD is going to do!

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."  Ephesians 6:11

Let's get "Armoured Up"!! 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

How Nigh Are You?

"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me." Matthew 15:8 
Actions speak louder than words!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Children are God's Heritage

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward." Ps 127:3

As we head into our week of Vacation Bible School, we must stop to remember what a gift each child really is. Some may be a little more spirited than others, but they are all gifts from God. Parents are expected to teach their children and set examples for them to follow, this too is Scriptural! We would do good to remember those little eyes are always watching us all the time, whether we are their parents, Sunday School teachers, or just friends of the family.

O Lord, I pray that I am setting a good example at all times and teaching my child the ways of God.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

God is so good!

We made it home just in time for church tonight. Thanks for the prayers! Grandma is doing good, was moved to the rehab floor today and starts rehab tomorrow. Please continue to pray as we know it will be hard, but it's necessary.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Thank you all for your prayers for my Grandmother. She had surgery on Monday after lunch and is doing good. She got up with assistance, and sat in a chair for a couple hours today and also had a solid meal. She is still in pain, but that's to be expected. Last I heard they expect her to be in the hospital for at least a week, then be moved into a rehab facility. My uncle is trying to get her moved over here closer to home, about five minutes from her house instead of 25 (at the hospital). Not sure what else to expect from there.

I know my friends have been praying for us all and I appreciate it greatly. Not sure when we'll head home, but I'm shooting for Thursday if she's doing ok. Looking forward to being home, church and VBS preparation (it's next week!) Thanks again, God Bless!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Prayer Request

Please pray for my family - My 90 y/o Grandmother (she'll be 91 on 8/15) fell this morning and broke her hip. She'll be in surgery in the morning. Lindsey and I will be traveling to Richmond to be with her and my family.

Thank you all,
Love in Christ,

Precious Jewels

"As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion." Proverbs 11:22

Picture a big old pig with a ruby or diamond in its nose! NOT a pretty picture! That's the impression here - a beautiful woman without discretion as pretty as a pig with a "jewel of gold" in its nose. For clarification, I have listed the definitions of discretion and discreet...

The quality of being discreet; wise conduct and management; cautious discernment, especially as to matters of propriety and self-control;
Prudent; wise in avoiding errors or evil, and in selecting the best means to accomplish a purpose; circumspect; cautious; wary; not rash.

Discretion is a precious quality, especially in a Christian woman. It tends help us keep the qualities considered more "Christ-Like", such as being obedient to our husbands, not gossiping, or being modest, that the world doesn't seem to care about. These are such things that set us apart from the world, which we are supposed to be according to scripture.

"There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel." Proverbs 20:15  How much better to know when to be discreet and to reap the benefits of it!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fear of the Lord

Ever get called to the principal's office in school? What about being called into your supervisor's office at work? Did you at least get a bit afraid at the thought of it?

We should have a healthy fear or reverence of the Lord as well. The Bible says in Proverbs 9:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."  Remember:  Matthew 12:36 "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." 

EVERY idle word. Wow, have you ever mumbled something under your breath towards someone who upset you or fussed at another driver on the road? Think about that one for a while!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I had to share!

Amber taking Lindsey for a ride!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

I'm Different!

The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. For I have accepted God's idea of me, and my whole life is an offering back to Him of all that I am and all that He wants me to be.  (copied)

"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." Deuteronomy 14:2 

We are supposed to be different and to stand out from this world, not blend in with it. So what if people look at us funny sometimes because of the things we do (or don't do) or what we wear. Sinners will not respond to a Christianity that appears to be just like them, or condones their sinful state.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Today - A Gift From God!

"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

When we get up in the morning and rush through our day, we often find ourselves complaining about all we have to do or what we wanted to do, but couldn't. Not to mention complaining about how we feel, or how poorly we slept, etc.  How much more often should we get up with song and praise on our lips to God for giving us another day, and end the day with thankfulness that we were able to accomplish what we did.  Praise be to God!
Sleeping beauty refused to nap in her bed! Notice daddy sleeping in the back. Not fair!
Just had to share!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Our Communication

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians  4:29

Its grace a sinner needs to hear from us not bashing!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame." Proverbs 29:15

"Correct they son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul." Proverbs 29:17

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

We are commanded to teach AND correct our children. (Should we fail to do this, they will surely bring us to shame.)  Doing so with love will make all the difference.

Some things I miss...

Saturday, June 26, 2010


We're looking forward to helping Rural Retreat Baptist Church kick off Neighborhood Bible Time tonight! This will be the third year I haven't been a part of the activities all week (after more than 10 years) but it's still a blessing just to be close and watch and listen! It's a lot of hard work preparing and even more the actual week of NBT, but it's sooo worth it all in the end.  Looking forward to our own Bible School in July!  GOD IS GOOD!

"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14b

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Beauty Secrets

Beauty tips for everyone:

- For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
- For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
- For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
- For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
- For poise, walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.
- People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed ... never throw out anyone.
- Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
- As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands: one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.

                    Chris -