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Rules from God

Got this in an email and you may have seen it before, but I wanted to share it.

1. Wake Up !! Decide to have a good day.
“Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up !! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7

3 Shut Up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. “He who guards his lips guards his soul.” Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!… For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. “Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…” Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up !!… To the Lord.
“I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !!… For something higher. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up !!… Your Prayers.
“Do not worry about anything;
Instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.”
Philippians 4:6

Remember:

God answers Knee-Mail.

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I just saw this video and it just about blew me away! Talk about feeling insignificant! Good thing I’m significant in my Father’s eyes.
Life Under the Sun: Shift Happens

Tasty Tidbit

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!

Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful that I am on my way out the door (I can walk) to go (I can drive) to a Beth Moore Bible Study (I’m so thankful for Beth’s studies) on Daniel (thanks to a very special friend, neighbor and co-blogger). This has been such an awesome study and in the next few days, I want to share something I read this morning doing my last minute homework!

If you’d like to join the Thankful Thursday bunch, visit Iris at Sting My Heart.


Meme ~ Why I Blog

Since yesterday was a day I would just as soon forget about, I did forget about a tag. Terri from In His Hands tagged me with the meme Five Reasons Why I Blog. Actually, I had seen this at another friend’s blog so I had a little time to think about it even though I didn’t know I would be tagged.

  1. The first and foremost reason is to share my faith. If God would lead someone here, I’d want that person to know what He has done in my life. As has been said, I’m not perfect, just forgiven. I have day-to-day struggles (see below) just like everyone else and God doesn’t always deliver me out of my struggles but helps me through them. As Paul said in Galations 2:20, ‘I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.’
  2. I have met so many very special people through blogging and am enjoying keeping up with what’s going on in their lives. Although not many people read my blog, I am encouraged by the comments people leave.
  3. I know that with these friends, I can ask for prayer and they will respond. If you don’t believe me, check out BooMama and see what happened! Two hundred seventy-two (that’s 272) comments from people saying they would pray and give. Over $8,000 was raised to help defray medical expenses.
  4. It also gives me an opportunity to share my love of photography. For that you’ll have to go visit My Photo Blog to see if I’m any good!
  5. Finally, blogging has been stretching my brain! I no longer work out of the home and although I read, do counted cross-stitch, knit and crochet, blogging opens up new areas of thinking.

So, there you have it. I’m not sure who all has done this, so I will leave the tag open. If you’d like to participate, considered yourself tagged and go with it.

Technology ~ ARGGGGGG

You can’t live with it and you can’t live without it!!! Today is my turn for problems! We need the latest version of McAfee anti-virus so I went online and purchased it. Everything went through fine until I tried to download it. It seems that you have to use Internet Explorer for the download to work.

We haven’t been able to use I.E. for months. I don’t know what’s wrong with it and every time I’ve downloaded the latest version, it still won’t work. OK. I can live with that, but if there are programs out there that HAVE to have I.E. to work, I’m sunk. The problem seems to be in a script error. I’ve downloaded and run the latest Microsoft script repair program to no avail.

I spent four hours (yes that FOUR HOURS) trying to get this to work. I finally got through to someone with McAfee that gave me a refund. So now I’m off to the store to get the same program. How silly of me to think I could save some time by ordering and downloading on line.

I feel:

That Day!

That day was Saturday. We made it through by the grace of God. We didn’t anticipat anything eventful but that was the kind of day it turned into.

Hubby had to cut wood for the woodstove-our sole source of heat so he headed out about Noon. He cuts the wood on his brother’s land about half-hour away and always takes our dog, Naomi, along so she get get some exercise. About 3:30 he called and said he’d lost the truck keys in the woods and I needed to bring my set to him. Rachel and Nick were taking Ashlynn (in our car) to get her picture taken (as if we don’t take enough) so I had to use Nick’s small car to go out there. The ground in the woods was wet from the recent ice storm and I did quite a bit of sliding.

When I got there, Hubby was not where he said he would meet me~PANIC set in. But he showed up momentarily and I was fine. But he wasn’t. He had gotten a tree stuck in other trees and hurt his leg trying to get it out. Then he told me he had accidentally run over Naomi’s tail. She had walked in front of him while he was moving the truck and he didn’t see her.

Later that evening, we were all in the living room and our little toddler, Ashlynn, headed toward the kitchen. She tripped and fell…into the woodstove. We had raised both of our girls around a woodstove and neither had gotten hurt. It was one of those things that just happened so quick. In fact, Hubby hurt his shoulder lunging for her. She only burned one hand a little but to her dad and grandpa took her to the E.R. where they gave her Tylenol with codeine. She slept the rest of the night. Needless to say, I prayed hard. This morning she was fine.

So, now it’s time for Unconscious Mutterings.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Soldier :: Army
  2. Lipton :: Tea
  3. Reason :: Think through
  4. Terms :: Cash only
  5. Positive :: Attitude
  6. Example :: Shining
  7. Legacy :: Gift
  8. Solo :: Solitary
  9. Instrument :: Piano
  10. Later :: Tomorrow

So, how was your weekend????