She Saw that the “Tree” Was “Good for Food”

Today, I find myself reflecting on, “How could Eve have been taken in by the serpent so easily?” In truth, we see the same thing happening all around us in today’s society. Genesis 3: 1-6 “… And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, …” Some things may seem okay, they may be pleasant to the eyes, you may think they will help make you wise… what fruit are you eating? Is it what God has provided or a lie from the devil? A question. Is it or isn’t it harmful? We find ourselves justifying our “contemplation” of what God has already set as a rule to be obeyed. Another question. Is it a heaven or hell issue? While I completely understand that there will be many in heaven that might not live by the principles that God has laid before me… When do I have permission to ask the question for myself? In most cases (that I have observed as a minister/pastors wife), it has become a question of “justification” for what we want to do… rather than sincerely seeking out what God wants from us. I believe we should handle the things of God, and His convictions He places on us during the ministering of the Word… very carefully. We can often set aside something, thinking… “Oh, that isn’t for me.” When, in all reality, God is trying to urge us closer to Him. The scripture says in 1 Samuel 15:22, “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” Obedience is very important but that doesn’t mean you forget sacrifice because you are being obedient. Sometimes, the things God is asking of us, are beyond where obedience...

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Sensitive Enough to Hear

As I was reading in Genesis 22, about Abraham taking the journey to sacrifice his only son in obedience to God, a few things began to speak to me through the passage. 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. They started the journey with companions.  Whatever the reason for these two young men, they were with them for a while, and then Abraham and Isaac had to go further, leaving them behind.  Sometimes in the midst of our journey of life, possibly through a trial… we have friends (companions) along the way.  They might be there for a season.  They may help us through a difficult passage.  They may even be encouragers.  There comes a time… we need to move on to another place without them.  They may still be praying for us, or encouraging us, but we have got to find a place of our own with God.  Our whole life cannot be lived through others.  There will be alone times.  Lonely times.  Abraham went forward with his promise (Isaac) and His God! Sometimes, it is exactly what we need in order to see the provision of God in our lives. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. What trust Abraham had in His God.  He had a promise that he would father a great nation… how could that be if God took his only son of promise?  There is something about knowing God is in complete control.  Living with the knowledge is one thing, believing it every step of the way is another.  God is in control.   We only need to trust and obey… He does the rest.  He will provide… 9 And they came to...

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But if it die…

But if it die…

In John 12:24, Jesus said… “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” Jesus had a way of using everyday, common examples to deliver profound, spiritual truths. To the casual observer, he was making an observation about gardening and planting, but to those who would care to look closer, he was revealing the secret to a mystery that was born in Heaven. It was the secret to Life. Anyone who knows me well could find it humorous that I’m about to speak to you on the subject of planting, because I’m quick to admit that I’m not the Green Thumb of our family. I don’t enjoy getting dirty, or digging around in soil, and I’m not particularly knowledgeable about the different needs of various plant life.  Just recently, my husband bought me these wonderful, hanging flower baskets for my front porch. They were already in full bloom… and beautiful! But…within a week, I had successfully grown them down into a bucket of dying sticks because I had over-watered and over-miracle-gro’d them. I think!  I then tried to save them by ignoring them, and they just got more pitiful. Although, I will say for myself that last year, I had some beautiful hanging flower baskets all season… and managed to keep them alive somehow… probably a miracle. But, needless to say, I’m not the first person you would look to for advice on planting a gorgeous, thriving garden… However, God has given me a wonderful understanding of what it means to be truly planted, and to bring forth new life. Over the last several months, my husband and I have had the privilege to start a Burmese house church. Sister Kim, the wife of our main Burmese family, is amazing with a garden! She has made her back yard a garden, her front yard a garden, her side yard a garden, and she’s even offered to use other people’s yards to start gardens in. She just loves to garden… and everything she plants will grow. As I thought about how zealous she is for her craft, I realized there is much to be learned from such an attitude about gardening. When Jesus spoke those words about the seed falling into the ground, He spoke with an attitude of the highest purpose. He was describing events that would take place in His own life just hours from then. He knew that humanity’s freedom from sin, and the abundant life they were desperate for, could only come to pass if he offered Himself as the sacrifice… The seed that had to die....

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What Do You Trust In?

What Do You Trust In?

There are so many things that we put our trust in… we trust that our cars will start when we put the key in the ignition and turn it over.  We trust that the lights will come on when we flip the switch. We trust that the chair will hold us up when we sit down on it. In Psalms 20:7, it says “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”  I want my trust to be totally in Christ.  When I walk out to my vehicle and get in it… I want to trust that God has his hands on my destinations for that day.  Trust Him to lead and direct me, rely upon him to see me through whatever comes my way.  We live in a world that has so many advantages…  and they so often make us feel in control, or feel accomplished in ourselves.  I pray that I am always aware that God is in control. When things come against us, we will already be trusting in WHOM our help cometh.  2 Chronicles 20:12, “O Our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do : but our eyes are upon thee.” Verse 15, “…Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”  Verse 17, “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle, set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you.” Place your trust in the Lord of lords and King of kings… when you do, there is peace in knowing everything will be...

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Updating Time…

Updating Time…

Yesterday, I noticed that my last post was August 5th, 2013… so I thought today would be the best day to start again.  God has been dealing with me in my prayer time, and bible reading.  I have so many thoughts in my mind of sermon ideas, and just notes that I want to jot down and not forget, and I figured this would be as good a place as any. I have been extremely blessed over the last year.  God has shown up and shown out, and I give him glory and praise for all that he has done.  He has taught me, again, how to trust in him.  Not to give in to fear, doubt, or bitterness.  He is constantly showing me something new in my life that needs to be updated… as Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  My mind needs to be renewed daily, casting away the thoughts of the world and seeking after the will of God.  His word also says, “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.” Philippians 4:8. So, I’m on a journey to walk closer to the Lord, He is the only one that can bring about true change.  And, I am ready for it!...

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Power of Praying Wife, Husband, and Parent

If you are struggling with how to pray for your wife, husband, or children… these books are created to give you a chapter a day/month with prayers, and insight on why to pray specific prayers.  ...

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Memories of My Daddy’s Hands

Memories of My Daddy’s Hands

It is 4:01am, and I woke up with my mind on my father.  I miss him so very much.  To have lost him, still blows my mind. Today, my husband and I will drive  a couple of hours away to celebrate the life of my father’s aunt.  She is one of those people that I didn’t have much contact with but she affected my life in a huge way.  My life wouldn’t have been complete without her in it.  But as minds are, I know that with dawn looming on the day of her Memorial Service… the one person who was my connection to this beautiful lady…comes rising to the surface, begging to be thought of. My dad. For some reason, my thoughts this morning are of his hands.  They weren’t anything to look at, just hands.  He used them to draft machinery, and then relied upon them to sometimes put together the drafted parts.  I can clearly see him holding a pen in his hand, bouncing it back and forth toward the paper, having an idea of something to draw, or write, but it not yet be clear enough for him to lay down the first line. Another habit he had when he was thinking, was to take his glasses in his hand and rub the stem on his tear duct… it might not seem much to you, but to me…such a fond memory.His hands, calloused from working and scarred with past lacerations, were  continually doing. He wasn’t always careful in his endeavors with his hands.  Sometimes it was the  object his hands came in contact with that suffered, and other times it was … his hands. He used his hands to dig a trench in the basement of our first home, to lay tile and then cement… in hopes that it wouldn’t flood. He helped scrape “gouges” in the plaster at our first home as he quickly ran the wallpaper scraper across the wall.  (gouges that later needed mud to even out the walls.)He had a scar on one finger from  a nail piercing though when he was repairing a fence.  He pulled two planks of the fence apart (that were nailed together), only to let go before removing his hand. When the two pieces slammed back together, his hand was pinned in between with a nail through his finger.   He had many cuts and scrapes from remodeling the church or house, putting in carpet, adding additions on to his cabin.  But he was always very matter-of-fact when he would hurt himself, never hysterics… just find whatever was needed to take care of it, and go about your business.  I honestly don’t remember him heading to the ER or clinic for...

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