“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man." -Genesis 9:6
Take that light and shine it over your life and choices. Your past choices, your present choices and your future choices. Follow what lines up with God's word and you will be walking in the light of the lamp.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." -Psalm 119:105
How would I apply this to my own life? I will be honest. Sometimes as a mother of five young children I lose my temper (dissolve into fits of rage, explode, frustration volcano). In that moment I usually know it is building up. I could take that opportunity to stop and pray. To capture that thought and replace my human reaction with one of mercy, love and patience. Sometimes I am successful in doing that, other times I fail miserably. When I fail I always feel sad at how I reacted. I need to be an example of Christ's love to my family. How can I get mad at them for having temper tantrums when they have seen me have them (I am a grown up right?) Little by little we can take these thoughts and moments and give them over to God. He will give us the strength we need to get through them wisely acting in the love of Christ and not the sin of man.
"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ"-2 Corinthians 10:5
"Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?"-2 Corinthians 13:5
Let us examine ourselves in the light of Christ. God will help us repair the damage and make us into a new creation, but we have to turn on the light.
In His love,
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On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."
Lord of all pots and pans and things,
Since I've no time to be
A saint by doing lovely things or
Watching late with thee,
Or dreaming in the twilight or
Storming heaven's gates.
Make me a saint by getting meals or
Washing up the plates.
Although I must have Martha's hands,
I have Mary's mind, and,
When I black the boots and shoes
Thy sandals, Lord, I find.
I think of how they trod the earth
What time I scrub the floor,
Accept this meditation, Lord,
I haven't time for more.
Warm all the kitchen with thy love,
And light it with thy peace,
Forgive me all my worrying
And make all grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food
In room or by the sea
Accept this service that I do
I do it unto thee.
Along with the start of school I've come to expect it. It somehow finds it's way right through our front door. We Lysol, we wash hands, we run when some one sneezes. It's too late, every one gets sick. I feel the anxiety building. What is it that's making us sick, it doesn't really matter, even the common cold is reason for me to have anxiety. You see when my 2 year old Olivia was 10 months old she caught RSV (can be devastating for little babies lungs virus), it's just a "cold" to you or me, but it put her in and out of the Children's Hospital four times that Winter and the effects of it on her lungs have now put her in the Hospital about ten times over the course of two years. So now every time "something" comes in that front door anxiety comes with it. Whats going to happen now, is she going again? My Husband "I have to go to Work for our Family!", Me "I have to take Her to the Doctor. She's going to end up in the Hospital again" Unexpected guest "Anxiety" tension between me and my Husband. This time when we all got sick I was very aggressive with Olivia and got her on the Prednisone right away before she got severely ill, win right, yes but then I did not expect our little Catherine to get so sick now. Friday night she came down with the " Croup" with "Strider". Strider is when the airway is so swollen that it makes a whistling sound from them not being able to get air, terrifying when it's your 9 month old who can't breath. Thank goodness our Doctor is open on Saturday. More anxiety between me and my Husband, trying to rush up there with her to get treated not knowing what to expect, and he has to go to work as soon as possible. Well she is doing a little better now, they gave her a steroid shot, put her on a liquid steroid, told me how much xopenex I could give her with our nebulizer machine, hot shower steam, vaporizer, etc. Now where does Mr. Anxiety want to put his rotten little head? Well my Insulin dependent Diabetic five year old has not been sick yet, but when he does get sick, blood sugar roller coaster! More anxiety between my Husband and I. Where am I going with all of this Anxiety? Well it used to be fighting between my Husband and I (hard not to still), stress that felt like the weight of the world on my Mother shoulders trying to protect my sick children, but in all of this season of illness we have had to walk through I know that HE has been holding our hands. The key is not to let the "enemy" use his little buddies "anxiety" and "fear" tear apart our Home and Marriage. So where do you turn in times of trouble? GOD! HE has been here all along and this morning HE has reminded me of that . . .
"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for YOU are GOD my SAVIOR, and my hope is in YOU all day long." - Psalm 25:5
"MY HOPE IS IN YOU ALL DAY LONG!" (take that fear, anxiety, and sickness!)
I am so thankful for my GOD and yes you can and should praise HIS wonderful name all day long, even on sick days.
Love in Christ,
Jamie and Family
I want us to all consider doing something very powerful. Say a prayer to God either by yourself or with your Husband asking to keep your Marriage from all evil and temptation. I have made a vow to God to close all of the exits to my Marriage (physical abuse being the only reason to separate yourself, not Divorce) consider making this vow to "close all of your exits" in marriage know that God is more powerful than anything that can effect your Marriage. Am I married to the "Perfect" man that makes this easy NO! I don't want to use my blog to go into a lot of detail about him he may find insulting but let's just say we are both sinners!
So that's it! As difficult as it seems, it may bring you a load of relief and security if you know in your heart that you are promising to God and yourself and your spouse that you will hold on to your Marriage no matter what, tell your spouse even if He is a non-believer it will increase your bond. Remember why you love Him, not why you don't like Him.
Marriage is a Vow
- "When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said." -Numbers 30:2 (New International Version)
God does not hate You if you are divorced, He hates the sin that causes it.
-"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith." -Malachi 2:16 (New International Version)
Be strong He will be with you wherever you go.
- "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."-Joshua 1:9
Jamie and Family
Do we do the things our spouses ask us to do with "Eager" hands? Practice that attitude this week, it may just change your life!
God Bless and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL!!!!!
"Do the next thing."
From an old English parsonage down by the sea
There came in the twilight a message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.
And on through the doors the quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration: “Do the next thing.”
Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from
Heaven,Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.
Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing
His handWho placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath
His wing,Leave all results, do the next thing.
Looking for Jesus, ever serener,
Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.
Then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.
-Author Unknown as quoted by Elisabeth Elliott
Ok ladies lets try to remember this today when we are spending time with our spouses!
24 years asleep
14 years at work
8 years at leisure
6 years dining
5 years in travel
4 years talking
3 years learning
3 years reading
3 years at the T.V.
If you went to Church every Sunday and prayed 5 minutes every morning and night, you would be giving God 5 MONTHS of your life, 5 MONTHS out of 70 YEARS!
"Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. "--Isaiah 40:31
Do you need to have your strength renewed? Hope in God!
Hold hands with your Husband tonight at some point, talk about something you did when you were first dating. Strengthen your bond.