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2014

This was an incredible year for us. We went through chicken pox, head lice( makes me itch just typing that!) in May. surgeries, and losses. Our church went through losses of precious saints who went home to their Lord. We also lost members who left our church due to disagreement with the church leadership and other reasons.
I admit it has been a very tough year for our congregation and it has affected our family deeply. I'm not sure what God has in store for us next as far as church is concerned. What ever He wants like the old hymn  goes My Heart Says Amen to His will.




In September my oldest daughter took a plunge and left home to do missionary work at YWAM Bishop, CA. It hard letting her go but we knew God was and still is looking after her. She plans to do her DTS sometime next year if the Lord allows. Of course these things take lots of money so she is going to do the fundraiser thing and is looking for work to earn money for her cause.
I was excited to actually finish the wh…

Christmas

I really love Christmas but I don't appreciate all the buy everything in site mentality that comes along with it. Worship songs that were meant to be sung to Jesus have become background music in  movies that have nothing to do with our Savior's birth. It's really getting almost blasphemous.


Speaking Christmas, I was listening to some of  my favorite Christmas songs at The Cyberhymnal . I decided to look for hymns about Jesus birth and I found over 700 hymns! I was astonished because many of the songs listed I never even heard before. It's unfortunate that so many of these hymns aren't being sung anymore. I want to challenge you ladies to learn a new Christmas song and sing your heart out! Click on the above link which will take you to my favorite online hymnal.


Happy singing!

Greetings!

I realize I haven't posted since Thanksgiving and I apologize for that. I had outpatient surgery on December 5th and had some setbacks with my recovery. I'm much better now but I don't think I want to have general anesthesia again. Something weird always happens it seems whenever I have it. When you combine the side effects of general anesthesia and the pain meds, well let's just say I was a miserable mess!


Christmas is upon us again and it seems like it was just recently when I posted about Christmas in 2013. It's hard to believe it's almost 2015 already. I often wonder with each new year, is this the year our Lord returns?
Are we ready to meet Him? Are you ready to meet Him?











What Happened With Thanksgiving?

Way back in the day when I was a child Thanksgiving was day to be thankful for the many blessing God has bestowed upon us. We got together with family and friends for a meal no matter how small it was.
Now it's hurry and eat so you can go make that huge sale at money hungry stores. Or maybe it's "sorry folks we are not having Thanksgiving dinner because I need to shop" Or even worse " You all eat without me. Kmart has a sale and I need to shop!"




I long for the days when Thanksgiving was quiet and the only stores that were open were markets in case you forgot something or you hope to find a turkey that isn't frozen because you forgot to take yours out of the freezer in time.
I think if there was a drastic reduction in shoppers on Thanksgiving stores wouldn't bother to open in the future. I'm sure most of the workers would rather be at home with their families instead of putting up with a lot of selfish and often rude customers.


It's so sad h…

Such Terrible Loss :(

I'm a little familiar with Dr. Miles Munroe and his ministry. I watched some of his TV program back in the early 90s until we stopped watching TBN. Last week he and his wife and several members of their ministry team died in a terrible plane crash,
I can't even imagine what it would be for a church to suffer a loss like that! I would think it is a similar feeling when all those members of the Esh Family and others few died in a car crash a few years ago. I remember that like it was yesterday.
Here is a link to the page the Monroe children put up in memory of those that died.
https://mylesmunroeinternational.com/
Keep Miles Jr., his sister Charisa and all the other families in prayer. This next few weeks are going to be very difficult for all of them with all the various holidays coming up.







Halloween and Being Wasteful

I despise Halloween. I hate all the evil imagery that goes along with it. Most of all I hate the waste of pumpkins for jack o lanterns. I think about how many people can be fed with all the wasted pumpkins and how God must be disappointed to see this. There is more to pumpkins besides jack or lanterns. In addition to the favorite pumpkin pie, there soups, roasted pumpkins,  stuffed mini pumpkins and more.
It's really a shame how we as a society have become so used to wasting food.

My Anchor Holds

This is such a beautiful song I really had to share it with you all. It comes to you from The Cyberhymnal
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MY ANCHOR HOLDS Courtesy of the Cyber Hymnal™ An anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19
William C. Martin (1864-1914)
Words:William C. Martin, 1902. Music:Daniel B. Towner (). Daniel B. Towner (1850-1919)
Though the angry surges roll
On my tempest driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know,
Wildly though the winds may blow,
I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
That can evermore endure.
Refrain And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds. Mighty tides about me sweep,
Perils lurk within the deep,
Angry clouds o’ershade the sky,
And the tempest rises high;
Still I stand the tempest’s shock,
For my anchor grips the rock.
Refrain I can feel the anchor fast
As I meet each sudden blast,
And…

Being Patient

I have been rather hesitant about writing this post. I actually have been putting it off for a number of years mainly out of fear. My fear is rather silly perhaps but nonetheless it's there so I'm posting this and let the chips fall where they may.


I really don't have patience. When I want something done I want it done right away. Not five minutes later but now. Being patient and waiting on God is even harder for me. You see many years ago we met some sweet Conservative Mennonite fiends and when we go visit them we visit their church. Ever since then we have learned so much about the Anabaptists and what the early Anabaptists went through. You can read about them in Martyrs Mirror.


They believe in following the New Testament teachings of nonresistance, nonconforming, women's veiling etc. All these I have been embracing long before we met our Mennonite friends. Ever since then I have been praying that God would either open the door  for us to go either to our friend…

Self!!!

Last weekend I went to a women's retreat with several ladies from church. Truth be told I originally didn't want to go. It got down to only one remaining spot but I refused to sign up to take that spot.  As it was getting  close to one week before the retreat I started to pray and ask God if He truly wanted me on the retreat I would need someone to call me and ask if I wanted to go. The cost needed to be taken care of too since we couldn't afford the cost. At this point I still had no desire really to go but I was willing to go if God wanted me to.

Sure enough the Saturday before retreat weekend my friend called me to say she can't go on the retreat and asked if I wanted to go in her place and it was all paid for. I'm thinking "Really Lord?" I told her I'd ask my husband Tim and will call her back.


I hung up and went to explain to Tim about not wanting to go on the retreat. I told him about my prayer. He told me that I needed to obey God in this and …

Headcovering Styles and Christian Women

Most of you know that I believe and wear a headcovering because of Paul's teaching in I Corinthians 11:1-15. I've heard all the arguments against it like our long hair is our covering, Paul was only speaking to the Corinth church only (but what about the verses regarding communion?), to it was a cultural thing and more. I respect those who disagree with me and I will never ever judge ladies who don't wear headcoverings.
 I want to post about headcovering styles for Christian women. Now  before go on I want to say these are my own personal opinions and are not meant to be judgmental.


 That being said I would like to caution women to really choose their covering very carefully and with much prayer. I really believe that our covering needs to reflect that we are Christians and not another religion. It's very easy to be mistaken for a non-Christian woman if we wear a covering that is commonly by women of another religion. I think especially nowadays with the political clim…

Obedience to God's Word

There are times when Christians are condemned for following and obeying the Bible. It is not a popular thing anymore. If you dress modestly you get condemned. If you stand up for the unborn you get condemned. If you wear a headcovering, you get condemned.  If you stand up for God's design for marriage, you get condemned. And the list goes on.
God wants us to be obedient to His holy Word. It doesn't matter what everyone else thinks or doing or not doing. We are the ones who will need to give an account to God on Judgment Day.
This is just a short post of some thoughts that were going through my mind.







Marriage and Being in Love With Love

We have a family member who son is getting married soon. He is a Christian just barely 18 and the girl he is marrying is a very baby Christian. Our family member had just barely got out of a previous relationship before he took up with this girl. We have come to the conclusion that neither one of them is truly ready for marriage. I'm not sure if they truly understand what marriage is all about and are basically in love with love.


Sisters when we marry in the Lord we need to make sure we are truly understanding what being married is all about. We need to be willing to submit to the man we plan to marry. I see so Christian couples suffer terribly because they let their emotions (and hormones!) get in the way.
Marriage doesn't mean happily ever after. God never promised things would be easy in life and you have to be able with the Lord's help get through those rough patches.
Anyway, this was on my mind. I could say more but the truth is I started this post days ago but didn&#…

Jesus and the Cross

WARNING: THIS POST MAY BE DISTURBING!


We have been going through the book of John at church and the last two sessions covered the crucifixion.  Crucifixion was a horrible way of execution I think it was worst than being burnt at the stake. Possibly even worse than being put in an arena to be attacked by lions. Crucifixion was meant to make the victim suffer. I have no doubt about that.


One cannot even imagine what a body goes through as it hangs form the cross. We don't want to think about the ugliness that Jesus went through as we was dying. I certainly don't like thinking about it.
 According to  Merrill Tenney from The Expositor;s Bible Commentary ,the victim went through thirst. There was tremendous strain on the heart as it had to work harder The person being crucified slowly drowned by internal accumulation of fluid.
We can't even imagine what that must have been like for Jesus on the cross. I'm sure it had to have been devastating for His mom Mary to watch all …

Hello!

Okay my posts seems to be monthly but that is totally unintentional. May was a very strange month for some reason. I'm sure you heard about the massacre near UCSB. A student killed six young adults before taking his own life. You always hear about things in other cities but when it happens in your own backyard it remind us all that no one is immune from the effects of sin. This young man believed the lies of Satan and acted on those lies. So sad!


I also met a in my opinion a group of lost souls who think they are saved. They are from a cult known as The Brethren, Jim Roberts Group or Garbage Eaters and other names. I didn't know right away they were a cult but I was really suspicious because  they seemed to be very focused on outer appearance and the ones I met have shut out their parents and family members. One of the women I met is named Ruhama which is not her real name. Once a person joins their group they get a Hebrew name. She didn't tell me this but I figured it out…

Just to Clarify

I want to make it clear  that I'm not against the women doing the things I mentioned in my last post. I personally wouldn't want to read the scripture text for the sermon  though because the thought of speaking in front of a group of people makes me nauseous!


Anyway, I'm so happy that Tim is my head because I know I would make some bad decisions if I got that feminist spirit that has made it's way into some churches. My mother and I would  get into little disagreements about whether or not women should pastor a church. I miss those talks.

Male Headship?

I have recently become aware of a website that encourages women to reject the Bible's teaching on God's design for women. She apparently wants churches to teach that women should be allowed to be pastors of churches, reject the Biblical teaching of male headship in the home and church, and women need to demand their equal rights! Apparently women like myself are referred to as "complementarians "  and those who want to have equal rights with men are the "egalitarians" .
She makes it seem like we are cowering under our husbands authority and are virtual prisoners in our own homes. There are women true, both Christian and non Christian who are in dangerous marriages and need to get help in anyway they can including getting out and finding a safe place to be. Those husbands have twisted scripture to fit their own agendas. They seemed to have forgotten to" love their wives  even as Christ loved the church" Eph 5:25a.

 I'm referring to wives who ar…

Low in the Grave He Lay aka Christ Arose

I heard this song for the first time last year from a cd someone of their congregation singing it and I just love it! It was done acappella  and it was beautiful!

LOW IN THE GRAVE HE LAY Courtesy of the Cyber Hymnal™ You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. Mark 16:6
Robert Lowry (1826-1899) Words & Music:Robert Lowry, 1874; appeared in Brightest and Best, by Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York: Biglow & Main, 1875) Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior,
Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
Refrain Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose! Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
Refrain Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
Refrain


Hallelujah! What a Savior

HALLELUJAH! WHAT A SAVIOR Courtesy of the Cyber Hymnal™ He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows. Isaiah 53:3
Words & Music:Philip P. Bliss, in International Lessons Monthly, 1875 Written…shortly before his death, this was the last hymn I heard Mr. Bliss sing. It was at a meeting in Farwell Hall in Chicago, conducted by Henry Moorehouse. A few weeks before his death Mr. Bliss visited the State prison at Jackson, Michigan, where, after a very touching address on The Man of Sorrows, he sang this hymn with great effect. Many of the prisoners dated their conversion from that day.
When Mr. Moody and I were in Paris, holding meetings in the old church which Napoleon had granted to the Evangelicals, I frequently sang this hymn as a solo, asking the congregation to join in the single phrase, Hallelujah, what a Saviour, which they did with splendid effect. It is said that the word Hallelujah is the same in all languages. It seems as though God had prepared it for the great jub…

Celtic Thunder Sadness

I found out a few days ago that George Donaldson went to be with the Lord on March 12. He leaves behind a wife and 13 year old daughter. George is the bald one and oh what a voice he had! Celtic Thunder is a wonderful Irish singing group with amazing vocals.

Bible Reading and Other Things

I'm finding that I'm really enjoy reading my Bible more now that I have decided to do a read through the Bible program. It's not that I didn't enjoy it before but I just find that I have been paying more attention now especially the Old Testaments books. I catch myself making verbal commentary like " That's a mean thing to say about Leah!" when Laban offers her to Jacob instead of Rachel practically calling the poor thing homely.  Or I will say " That explains a lot" when Joseph was born. Jacob was  head over heels in love with Rachel and was thrilled when Joseph was born. Joseph was totally Jacob's favorite son and got a gorgeous coat as a gift. I wonder what the other boys got if anything. Scripture doesn't say.
So anyway my daughters get annoyed because I yell at the people in the Bible who do incredibly stupid things. One of them politely asked me not to do that. So I don't do make verbal comments about what I'm reading when …

A Little More

Miranda has added a link on your right to her  GoFundMe page.  You may donate whatever the Lord lays on your heart. She is really excited about going. She will several weeks of lectures and then she will even more weeks out in the field which will most likely in the Philippines.  I'm nervous sending her to a foreign country but she will be safe. The Lord will be protecting her every inch of the way.

For Whatever Reason

I guess I actually forgot to submit my latest post or something so for whatever reason it's lost.  So anyway, lots of goings on in our lives. The big thing is if the Lord wills, our daughter Miranda will be going on a DTS (Discipleship Training School) through YWAM (Youth with a Mission) in the UK. She is still short the money and her session starts April 2nd.
I know if it's God's will He will make a way but currently I must admit it seems hopeless. If she can't make this session there is another one in six months but that would have her gone at Christmas  and all the other holidays that would occur while she is gone. I can handle her being away during Mother's Day though I would be sad but the holidays that's a different story. So whatever God wants as the old hymns goes " My Heart Says Amen to Your Will"


I'm thinking of crocheting items to sell but I'm not sure what to sell.  I plan to look around online to see what people are making and sel…

Sunday Church and MLK Day

Sunday at church we had combined services with our English speaking congregation and the Spanish speaking congregation that meet after our service. We enjoyed a wonderful bilingual service. Our pastor was out because he and his wife had just been blessed with a another baby so the pastor of the Spanish speaking congregation gave a sermon on love. He also read portions of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream " speech.  What a wonderful speech that was!




It's so sad that in 2014 people still hate people because of skin color. I watched a snippet of an interview with certain actress and was just horrified of the treatment that she received when she married a white man.


This actress and her sister who is also an actress are half black and half white and quite honestly I don't understand why people made such an issue out of something that is really none of their business. I mean how dare they!






I don't even notice (or care!) anymore if people give Tim and I weird l…

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!
 I'm going to list some of my goals for 2014. Lord willing these are my goals for 2014.
Walk more closely with the Lord. Read through the Bible in a yearGet my house more organizedGet my old sewing machine moved out and given away Crochet at least one project that has stitches that I haven't tried beforeSew at least one small project like a quilt or baby dress   I really need to draw nearer to the Lord and not compromise my convictions or conform to the world's ideas. This is really hard to do because I don't want to be considered a fuddy duddy. So I'm relying on the God to help me.
I got a simple Bible reading plan that I hope I can stay faithful to which will help me read through the Bible in a year. I don't just want to read the Word but I want to meditate on what I read. It's so easy to just follow a reading schedule and call it a day. I don't want to do that.

My house is a complete wreck! I think I really need to get into Flylady aga…