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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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Today is the day!!!

In case you haven’t been around the blogworld lately, for some strange reason came here first and haven’t heard, today is the day to help Kelli. Please click the link below for all the details.

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God’s Creations

surround us in all we see~in the beauty of nature, in the smile of a child, in the eyes of a new baby (big smile) and even in that person who really irritates us. That’s right~the person that really irritates us.

I’ve been blessed to be aware of God’s creations in nature all my life. When I was a small child and as a family we would go for rides in the surrounding mountains, I used to see huge rocks and would mentally picture Jesus standing on that rock upon His return. Of course, I know better now.

When our girls were tiny babies and now that I have a grandchild, I look into those gorgeous eyes and wonder how anyone can believe in evolution! To think that we evolved from apes or even (as some do) that God is there and allowed evolution to take place, is absolutely preposterous to me.

But that person who cuts me off in traffic, or who is completely selfish in every aspect of their lives was also created by God. Saddam Hussein, his half brother and all involved in the haneous crimes committed against humanity are (were) created by God. Sometimes that’s hard to accept~but it’s true. That is how sin affects people.

Lord God Almighty, help me to remember that You have created ALL things. That person who is rude, unthankful, full of rebellion, and so on, is Your creation. Help me to show that person Your love. Create in me a pure heart. Help me to remember to pray for that person.

Is there someone in your life that causes you to struggle with this?

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Stuff

First and foremost, I was visiting A Chelsea Morning this morning and read about Kelli. PLEASE, PLEASE either read Barb’s post or go to BooMama‘s blog and see how you can help Kelli.

After visiting the Dr. yesterday afternoon, Rachel found out she is a little uncommon (but I already knew that). One in 30 deliveries result in the problem she had. I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say, it wasn’t a pretty sight. She’s fine, just tired. AND she started back to school this week. Thankfully, she only has one class a day for four days but TONS of homework.

Kelsey is doing beautifully, of course. She likes giving us challenges though. After a nap while changing her diaper, she likes to wet again. No matter how we time it, we always get it wrong. She smiles LOTS. People can say what they like, I don’t think it’s all gas!!! She’ll be three weeks old tomorrow.

My friend and neighbor has asked me to be her accountability partner as she begins a program of weight loss. I don’t know if I’ll be much help…I think I already made her mad when I took away her potato chips last week when we went to lunch. Pray for me, I don’t want to be too hard on her…but I know how she is. LOL!

Today that same friend and I will be starting a new Beth Moore bible study ~ Daniel. I had started this once before but had to stop because it was at night. Our schedules just don’t work well for me to be out late at night so when this morning opportunity came along, I grabbed it.

One more thing. I’ve been told that I have a southern accent, a twang, no accent, but I never heard this about me. It was fun.

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland
 

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The South
 
Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

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WHEW~In the clear.

We had a bit of a scare this morning. Rachel woke me up about 3:30 almost in tears~she was bleeding profusely. Nick had just finished giving the baby a bottle of breast milk after Rachel had also nursed her. Rachel showed me a HUGH clot she had passed so I called 911. They took her to the E.R. where they checked her blood count and it was good. So she was given a pill that would force out any more clots or afterbirth and pain meds if she needed them. They got home about 1/2 hour ago and everybody is sound asleep.

Thank you Father for answering our prayers.

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Broken Pieces

While traveling around bloggityville this morning, I came across this post by Sombra Knight on his ShadowLight blog. He speaks of a treasure box he has that contains memorabilia from his childhood and describes his memories of them.

He also speaks of his tendency to collect broken things. Immediately I was reminded of our Heavenly Father. He also collects broken things, broken pieces, broken lives. As the song goes, that’s why He sent His Son to die on Calvary…heartaches, broken pieces, ruined lives. That’s how God wants the lost to come to Him. That’s how I did it.

When my life wasn’t going any where and I began to question why I was even on this earth that God reached down in His merciful grace and said “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” He did…and still does.

When I observe the lost, I wonder how they get through day to day without God. This weekend, my niece celebrated her 30th birthday and her hubby had a big party for her~rented a local fire hall, hired a DJ, bought food, booze, beer and invited all her friends and family. We went, knowing we wouldn’t stay long, because we love her. As the evening progressed, more and more people were “getting silly.” We left after about an hour.

Sunday morning, I said to my Hubby, I wonder how she feels this morning. I wonder how they all feel. What do they have today that they didn’t have yesterday~probably a hangover. Wouldn’t it be much better to have Jesus?

I’m not debating whether drinking is good or bad, it just doesn’t offer anything. It may be a means of escape~but it’s just temporary. Believe me, I know~been there, done that! You are still faced with the same issues in your life the next day.

Didn’t intend to get on the soap box (or pulpit if you will), my heart just aches for lost family members. How long and how far do they have to go to become broken pieces? That is my prayer for each…that they will reach the point in their lives where they are faced with their need for God and Jesus as their Savior.

Blessings to each of you today.

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This week Laurel Wreath is hosting New Year’s Meditations. I wasn’t sure I wanted to participate but as I began to reflect on how much God has blessed me this year and what I want to do for Him this year, I thought of Laurel Wreath’s invitation.

My prayer is that God will bless each of you richly in this New Year. Since I’ve been blogging for a year now, I want to thank each of you that has encouraged me along the way either through prayer, encouraging words or just stopping by to say Hi. It has blessed me beyond measure~my cup runneth over.

For my immediate family, I would like to know for sure that each member has a personal relationship with Jesus. Although, if I’m not sure, it’s OK because no one knows the heart except God.

With His help I pray that I will be a Godly wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. That is more important to me than anything else. I need His help because I am so easily pulled away by selfish things~like blogging and photography~not that these are wrong. I want to be sure that none of these interfere with my walk with the Lord. The purpose of my blog is to lift up the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and if at any time I stray from that purpose, I pray that one of my dear, Godly blogging friends will hold me accountable.

It is also my heart’s desire to be spiritually fresh. We live in a stale and arid world and can easily become that way too. God wants us to be a beautiful garden in the middle of a dry desert. Isaiah says, “…you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.” (Isa. 58:11) Yes, we will still experience trials and difficulties but our walk with the Lord can remain fresh. For me, I will not only stay in His word but study it on a more regular basis.

Finally, I would pray that if there is a lost soul who “happens” upon this blog, there would be something here that the Holy Spirit would use to stir in that individual’s heart to seek the Lord.

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