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Sometimes the devil doesn't tempt us with evil; sometimes he allures us with good, distracts us with obligations, confuses us with compromise, or hinders us with business to keep us from that which is best- service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Remember, the devil always offers his best, before Christ will offer His will for your life.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Psalms 113:9- He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise you the LORD.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Healthy Minute- Liquid Chlorophyll

I learned about liquid chlorophyll while researching natural ways to deal with anemia. This VERY green liquid is amazing!
Chlorophyll has a molecular structure very similar to that of our own red blood cells. That means it can help our body to build red blood cells, and also help the body to do the job that red blood cells do more efficiently. It can also help to alkalize the body. Disease grows in an acidic body, so making the body more alkaline helps to protect us from disease. It contains lots of Vitamins A, C, and E, Magnesium, as well as some others. It can bind to and remove heavy metals from the body. It is very effective against candida. It can help to treat bad breath by deodorizing the esophogus and by promoting the growth of good intestinal flora. It helps our body destroy germs. There's more, just search it.
That's a pretty impresive resume for some green liquid!
The kind I use is from beeyoutiful.com. It's mint flavored and I just down it as is, guzzle lots of water, and then brush my teeth. I find it's like drinking a liquid altoid. Some people dissolve the mint flavored in water and drink it that way. Others use the unflavored and add it to grape juice. But hey! Whatever's your pleasure!
 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Mother's Prayer (poem)

 
Dear Lord, it's such a hectic day, With little time to stop and pray,

For Life's been anything but calm, Since You called me to be a mom -

Running errands, matching socks, Building dreams with matching blocks,

Cooking, cleaning and finding shoes And other stuff that children lose,

Fitting lids on bottled bugs, Wiping tears and giving hugs,

A stack of last week's mail to read - So where's the quiet time I need?

Yet, when I steal a moment, Lord, Just at the sink or ironing board,

To ask the blessings of Your grace, I see then, in my small one's face, That You have blessed me all the while-

And I stoop to kiss... That precious smile.
---Unknown

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Power Of A Praying Wife (book review)

After we hit our 16th Anniversary, I looked back over the years and wondered how it came to pass that our marriage has lasted. We still both love each other, and we like to be around each other! Those are very rare things in today's world.
My husband jokingly tells our children that we are still together because neither of us want to deal with them on our own.
But, seriously. I don't think it was my patience, or his good sense of humor, it wasn't even our ability to compromise. I think it was through standing for the truth no matter the cost and prayer.
Standing for the truth is impossible if your prayer life is not right. Prayer is what gives us the ability to go on when our strength has failed. It gives us the grace to sit in the room with the people we can't stand and still smile and act gracious. It puts a song on our lips even when there are tears in our eyes.
When our prayer life falters, so does our judgement. We hang out with the wrong people, make the wrong decisions, and end up paying for consequences that we would have never had to face.
Stormie Omartian has written a very good book on prayer. For women it's The Power Of A Praying Wife and for men it's The Power Of A Praying Husband. Guess which one I'll be reviewing.
First off, this book doesn't use the KJV, so I recommend that you look up the verses.
This book is broken down into a 30 day format which offers advice about how and what to pray for your husband. I've always asked for him to have strength, wisdom, and patience. But there are more compelling things to pray for your husband about- like his friends, desires, etc.
This book gives the wife a chance to focus on her husband and pray for areas that he needs help in. I guarantee you that in doing so you will come to love your husband more, and you will come to love God more!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Shrimp Chowder recipe

2 cups chopped potatoes
1 cup chicken stock
1 stick butter
chopped onions and garlic to taste
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup half-n-half
1 can creamed corn
2 tsp chicken seasoning
salt to taste
1 1/2 lbs shrimp
Cook potatoes in chicken stock and mash.
In a separate pot saute the onion and garlic in the butter. Add the cream cheese and half-n-half- I like to use the blender on the cream cheese and half-n-half so there's no lumps. Mix in the corn and seasonings. When hot, add shrimp and cook until shrimp is pink. Turn stove top off.
Add in the mashed potatoes and mix well.
This recipe is good topped with bacon and shredded cheddar cheese!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Godly Mother (video sermon)

 Pastor Mike Schreib brings a sermon on things that Mothers say. It was always a blessing to me to have been raised by a godly mother, and I hear a lot of what she use to say in this sermon. I hope you are reminded of your mother and get a blessing from this message.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Funny Happenings- Number 1 or 2

My friend's 4 year old niece was in the bathroom hollering for her Grandma. After a few minutes, he walked to the door and hollered thru, "What do you need Grandma for?"
She replied, "I need her to wipe me and I've been waiting forever!"
So, trying to help solve the problem, he asks her, "Did you go number one or number two?"
She waited a moment and responded, "Number one."
He told her, "You don't need Grandma, then."
She hollered back, "Yes, I need her to wipe my poop!"
The Uncle, a little aggravated by this time, hollered back, "Number one is pee, number two is poop!"
The little girl, also annoyed, reponded, "I only did ONE poop!"

Friday, May 3, 2013

Believer's Heritage- Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael was born in Northern Ireland in 1867. She had brown eyes, which she often prayed for God to make blue. She was sincerely disappointed when God didn't answer her prayer request. It wasn't until much later that she learned that God's ways are always best.
She was able to meet Mr. Moody when she was a teenager. That event was never forgotten! He had just preached on the prodigal son where the father had said to the older son "Son, thou art ever with me and all that I have is thine." Mr. Moody said, "I never saw it before. Oh, the love of God's love. Oh, the love. God's love." She realized that God always knew her need before she asked him.
She helped to raise her brothers and sisters after the death of her father, and in doing so was learning the basics for the job that God had in mind for her.
At 24 she went to Japan, but after 15 months realized that was not where God wanted her. After helping her friend in England for a year, she went to India and contracted Dengue Fever. She was sick in body, but also disgusted by the attitude of the ladies there. She wrote the following poem:
Onward Christian soldiers,
Sitting on the mats;
Nice and warm and cozy
Like little pussycats.
Onward Christian soldiers,
Oh, how brave are we,
Don't we do our fighting
Very comfortably?
In 1901, Amy realized what God wanted her to do. An Indian woman brought her a 5 year old child that had been sold to the local temple for a prostitute. She had run away and been caught twice. The third time she escaped, this Indian woman brought her to Amy. This set Amy on her path to save the children who were sold into this horrible practice.
Over the years she saved thousands of boys and girls. She was often taken to court for kidnapping by the local priests. Her brown eyes, for which she prayed to be changed, became a blessing as she could dye her skin with coffee and blend into the Indian population when searching for children to help.
She was influenced by George Muller and followed his example to never ask for financial help from people and only to God. She was able to build hospitals, schools, and even started a printing ministry.
In 1931, she fell and lived the rest of her life in a wheelchair. This didn't break her spirits, or slow her in her mission. She wrote over 35 books, most of them after she was considered an invalid.
Toward the end of her life, she saw the banning of temple prostitution. The Dohnavur Fellowship, which Amy started in 1901, is still helping children in India. It is run by the children she rescued. Amy was buried somewhere on the grounds without a marker. She served in India for 55 years, and her mind set was "You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving".
Oh, that I leave a legacy of children serving God and winning souls long after I am gone!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Am I Making A Difference?

It is God's plan that Christians should make a difference in our world. When Jesus said "ye are" to his disciples, he spoke of their status and their impact on the world.
Matthew 5:13- Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Matthew 5:14- Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Believers are the seasoning and the preservative force of the earth. God's people protect the earth from decay thru Christian influences, doctrine, and prayer.
Saved people cannot lose their salvation, but they can lose their Christian influence by ungodly living. They can waste their lives. Each believer is salt when he lives in full dedication to the Lord. Salt is actually a great preservative which when eaten preserves the blood cells and blood vessels. Salt can even work in preserving food. For example, salt melts ice so in the winter you can melt the ice from the sidewalk when it snows. Salt is also great for when you have a toothache, put some salt in a glass with warm water and then gargle, it can help keep a tooth decay clean until you can get to a dentist.
Our words and actions should melt the hearts of sinners. It should prevent decay in a wayward person's life. They should be encouraged to seek the Great Physician!
By our words and actions, we should shine the way of salvation. Light is the symbol of salvation and life for a world in spiritual darkness. The darker the world, the brighter the light needs to shine. No one turns on a light and then hides it. It is of no value or use when hidden. And just as plants can't grow or survive without light, neither can Christians. Jesus wants the world to see salvation by His light. We come to him, get our batteries charged, and then shine bright to the world. We are the light that guides the lost, dying souls to the forgiving, merciful God.
When Paul was preaching and teaching in Ephesus, it was summed up in the Bible in Acts 19:20- So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.Paul was accused of turning the world upside down! We don't know how many were actually saved from Paul's preaching, or his testimony! But, think of how many turned to Christ and spread the Word from hearing Paul's converts!
Are you willing to live a goldy life before others? Are you willing to go without stuff that encourages the devil's influence on your life and the life of others? Or is your pleasure more important? Are you a slave to your desires? Have you become an unprofitable Christian in word and deed? Will others be led to Christ by you, or led away from Christ by you?