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Legalism

Legalism is oftentimes an insulting label given to someone who seeks to raise the standard and is given by a person who would rather lower the standard. What always did not make sense to me, is that those who hide behind "your legalist" or "that's legalism" are quite unlearned in the Bible. The Bible itself, is a LEGAL document! LOL. God likes legalism evidently because he chose to use the courtroom setting, with him being the judge.......Jesus as our advocate and we are the accused. So I don't really mind when others say my beliefs are legalist, I say thank you! I choose to set high standards as God has laid out in his word. I choose to be separate from the world and all its idealism's and thinking. I'm not career-minded, I'm God-minded! There has to be a standard and lines drawn. If God said these things ought not be so, then they OUGHT NOT BE SO! I like what one man said "Raise the Bar!" Keep reaching higher, not lower.....qui

Learning Through the Heat of Our Battles

Have you ever been in the "heat" of the battle and everything in you just wants to RUN? It would be so easy to just "run" away from it all, from all your problems and the battle. But that isn't winning the battle! God didn't make us soldiers for nothing, we have to fight and be brave against ALL EVIL! Thank God we can learn something through our trials, experiences and the "heat" of our battles. I've learned so much through experiences and hard times in my life. I used to think it wasn't fair and the "why me?" but I got over that years ago once I saw how it actually was turned to my benefit that I went through such things. It has molded me and made me who I am today. It has helped me mature and see through the fallacies of others. All the things I saw in my experiences have turned into some of the most useful tools in my Christian life. So no matter how hot the "heat" of your battle is.....God can cool it down an

The Fern and the Bamboo

One day I decided to quit.... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality..... I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. "God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?" His answer surprised me... "Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?" "Yes", I replied. "When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo". He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.

A Crown to Your Husband

Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. What do these Scriptures portray a Godly wife to be? A "crown" to her husband? Did you realize that you have the opportunity to be a crown for your husband? Either a crown of honor or a crown of thorns!! With our lips, our actions and our attitudes we can be a crown that honors him and builds him up, sparkling with the radiance of many precious jewels or we can be a crown that is painful, sharp, tears him down and offers only shame. Many women complain that their husbands refuse to be the spiritual leaders in the home. This may be true, but I would have to wonder if these dear ladies are truly and honestly willing to humbly submit, removing the "crown" from their own prideful head and sacrificially becoming a crown of honor f

You Tell on Yourself

You tell on yourself by the friends you seek, By the very manner in which you speak, By the way you employ your leisure time, By the use you make of dollar and dime. You tell what you are by the things you wear, By the spirit in which you burdens bear, By the kind of things at which you laugh, By the records you play on the phonograph. You tell what you are by the way you walk, By the things of which you delight to talk, By the manner in which you bear defeat, By so simple a thing as how you eat. By the books you choose from the well-filled shelf: In these ways and more, you tell on yourself. Author Unknown

Gossip Part 1

I have been conducting an INTENSE study on gossip and that it entails for months now. I have been doing this because the tongue (especially for women) is a part of my body I wish to control more of. Here is an article about the tongue that I posted a while back that would do much good to read again. I have been reading just about everything I can get my hands on about gossip. I'm still reading lol ......but it is yielding wonderful things in my life as understanding gossip and all that it entails brings forth knowledge to prevent it in my life. I've been having a lot of time alone lately and it has allowed me to study more and ask my husband questions about things I don't understand (which the Bible instructs wives to do!). I realized in my time alone, how many idle words I had spoken when in conversation with others......to just fill the space of small talk. Then when I next had interaction with someone after spending time praying a guard about my tongue.....I have fou

Spiritual Eagles

A preacher in my church preached this message last year, and I took some of what he preached and some of my own thoughts and put them together. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. He spoke on the warm air currents and thermals on which the eagle finds to help them soar, so they don't have to keep flapping their wings frantically. I never really studied much on birds and so I read a little about it when I got home and found this: For help soaring, the American bald eagle uses thermals. Thermals are currents of hot air and updrafts created by the terrain. Soaring is done with little wing flapping, which helps an eagle to conserve energy. An eagle accomplishes long flights by climbing high in currents of warm air, and then glide down to catch the next currents of warm air, in which the process is repeated. Taken from th

My Homemade Salsa

I just created this recipe today and it is the BEST salsa I've ever tasted and I'm not kidding! Hubby loved it and my daughter also! 2 tomatoes 1 onion, chopped 1T lemon juice pepper salt 1T Mrs Dash Extra Spicy seasoning Bring water to boil in a pan. Add tomatoes (whole) and chopped onion and boil for about 5 minutes. Drain. Remove peel from tomatoes and cut off top and bottom parts. Put tomatoes in bowl and mash. Now add the tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, pepper, salt and Mrs Dash seasonings in a blender and blend on low for just 1 minute. Refrigerate...it will thicken within 30 minutes! Enjoy!

The Peace of God

Philippians 4:9 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Oh wonderful peace! Having the peace of God surpasses anything that this world has to offer! We all have felt what it feels like to have failed God, to have sinned and it is so terrible to not feel the peace of God. OH.... but when we repent and let God's mercy pour over us, the peace comes! Knowing that everything is right between you and God brings the greatest peace you can experience. Peace: a state of national tranquillity exemption from the rage and havoc of war peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous) of the Messiah's peace the way that leads to peace (salvation) of Christianity, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of w

Our Legacy

Father, Help me take an honest look at what legacy I'm leaving behind. Will anyone be different because of the way I've lived my life? Will anyone be closer to you because of the way I've used my time? Will someone have eternal life because I've introduced them to Jesus? Will anyone have hope because of seeing Jesus in me? Father, the older I get (and the more loved ones who leave this life)the more I realize how short my time is. I don't want to waste this precious life You've given me. I know I will stand before You someday and will be accountable for how I used the time You gave me. I don't want to wait for someday. Show me now, while I still have time to readjust my priorities. Is too much of my time spent on collecting things that won't even be a thought a hundred years from now? Do I waste hours on needless worry, guilt and fear? Am I listening too much to the temptations of this world or do I recognize them quickly and move