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Yesterday I told you I would share something that had really blessed me from my Beth Moore Bible Study of Daniel. If you enjoy Beth’s studies, you HAVE to do Daniel! It’s awesome.

Some of you have read here about how much I enjoy music. It has always been a part of my life. I never liked the “acid rock” as it was called but mostly the “pop” music that was popular in the 60s and 70s. After I got saved, I would walk out of stores where the music was so loud and offensive. Music styles have changed over the years but there has always been a message in music, sometimes not a very clear message either.

In this study Beth compares our world today with Babylon ~ centered around SELF. No arguments there. People seem to want more~clothes, money, happiness, entertainment, etc. Entertainment is the specific area she was addressing when she said

Nothing is wrong with wholesome entertainment. A Babylonian musician, however, plays a Babylonian tune. And what is more intoxicating, more aluring than music? Why are some of us moms so particular about our children’s taste in music if not its profound influence? Perhaps Babylon’s musicians~not unlike our own~played loud, rhythmic melodies of carnal pleasures, warping the listener’s sense of reality. Can we spell MTV?

Beth further quotes Eugene Peterson who said of the world today,

We try to get [joy] through entertainment. We pay someone to make jokes, tell stories, perform dramatic actions, sing songs. We buy the vitality of another’s imagination to divert and enliven our own poor lives. The enormous entertainment industry in America is a sign of the depletion of joy in our culture. Society is a bored, gluttonous king employing a court jester to divert it after an overindulgent meal. But that kind of joy never penetrates our lives, never changes our basic constitution. The effects are extremely temporary~a few minutes, a few hours, a few days at most. When we run out of money, the joy trickles away.

When our girls were small, we taught them a song that said, “Oh be careful little ears what you hear.” I think that applies to all of us. I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of today’s secular music extremely offensive to my ears. I don’t choose to listen to it, but our girls do. Yes, I pray for them.

Beth ended that lesson by stating that “Satan is the cheater and Babylon is his queen, offering false fulfillments for any taker.”

I say Amen!


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Not by Might

Music has always been a part of my life. I love lots of different styles but praise and worship music is my absolute favorite! I don’t often listen to any kind but that or contemporary Christian. Yesterday, at bible study, we sang a song that I’d never heard before and I love it. Here are the words:

Not By Might

No not by might
Nor even power
But by Your Spirit, O Lord

Healer of hearts, binder of wounds
Lives that are lost restored
Flow through this land
‘Til every man praises Your name once more.

It’s from the CD Days of Elijah-Worship Songs of Robin Mark. If you’ve never heard it, please get it. I pray it will minister to your spirit as it did mine.

I’m feeling:

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It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High.” Psm. 92:1

Today, I want to share my thankfulness for my Hubby. We’ve been married 23.8 yrs. and I love him more today than ever! Reasons I’m thankful…

  • He loves the Lord and seeks to do God’s will always.
  • He loves me unconditionally even when I frustrate him.
  • He loves our children unconditionally.
  • He’s crazy about our granddaughter.
  • He helps me around the house even when I’ve been procrastinating.
  • He can fix almost anything that gets broken ~ but he doesn’t like plumbing!
  • He cuts wood and hauls it home for the woodstove ~ our sole source of heat.
  • He works hard at his job to provide for his family.
  • He always asks me what I want to do when we have time to spend together.
  • He doesn’t mind going shopping :0))
  • He always asks me if I want to go along on his errands, even if he’s going to haul away the trash.

What are you thankful for?

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Time to Vote

Yes, the CWO Sweet Scent Blog Awards finalists have been announced and voting is not going to be easy ladies. The choices are so well deserved by all the nominees that you, like me, will want to vote for each nominee in a category. The categories include: Best Friend Award, Most Joyful Among Us Award, Best Home Maker Award, The Better Half Award, Most Humorous Award, Best Group Blog, Best Mommy Award, Best Home School Award, Best Scrapbooker Award, Artistic Blog Skin Award, and, last but not least, The Unified Heart Award.

I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t visited all the nominees’ websites but I will and then vote. Of course, I’ve already picked my favorites in some areas. We have until December 15 to cast our votes. All you have to do is email editor@christianwomenonline.net and let them know your favorites.

What an honor for each of these individuals and we should show our Christian sisters how much we appreciate what they do.

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A question for you…

One of my favorite blogs is Sting My Heart. Iris is a wonderful Christian who encourages me with her posts and her comments. Today her post included a link to an online profile/personality test which I decided to bite the bullet and take. I like taking these tests but rarely do anything more than that. I had decided they are really a waste of time.

This test is NOT a waste of time. On the contrary, I think all Christians should take it. Iris referred to this blog which challenges us to check the shape of our faith. In that post Heather said:

Since you are created by God, He created your personality as well. Because He designed you, your personality is going to have a lot to do with your faith. It is also going to be a big indicator in how you relate to others both within the church and outside the church. It will be part of determines your witness and your ministry. It will help determine how you respond to problem and joys. It will help determine how you worship and how you pray.

And the results of this test? About the same way I would describe myself.

Your personality type is ISFP.

Introverted (I) 61%

Extraverted (E) 39%

Sensing (S) 73%

Intuitive (N) 27%

Feeling (F) 65%

Thinking (T) 35%

Perceiving (P) 68%

Judging (J) 32%

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not proud of these personality traits but see areas where I am weak and need to depend on God to help me improve.

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