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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In His Word Wednesday: Job 1:21-22

Job 1:21-22
Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

I usually like to use just one verse at a time, but this morning all these three verses are important in this discussion.

I want to start off asking you how strong is your faith? For most of us, our faith is strong when things are going good, but when a little (or a lot) of turbulence starts to make waves, we falter in our faith.

Job's story is well known to most of us. He was a "man that was blameless, and upright, and one who feared the Lord and shunned evil." Even still, he lost his wealth, his children, and eventually his health. His wife told him to "curse God and die," and his friends were critical and judgmental. But through all this, all Job did was recognized God's sovereignty and worshiped him.

Job does eventually question God. God responds only with many examples of His sovereignty. God never answers Job's question of "why". A very humble Job response can be found in 42:2-6, where he excepts God's sovereignty over his life and trust God in all things.

Knowing God is sovereign in all aspects of his life, Job understood that God allows pain in our lives, but He may never reveal the reason for our suffering to us.

So again I ask, how strong is your faith? Will you trust Him even when you don't understand the "why" in your suffering?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In His Word Wednesday: 1 Samuel 3:5

1 Samuel 3:5
So he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." And he said, "I did not call; lie down again." And he went and lay down."

I have a friend struggling with hearing God's voice in her decisions, so I was reading the beginning of Samuel's story in search of Scriptures to share. As I came across this verse, it spoke to me in a continuation of last weeks verse about teaching our children.

Samuel "went and lay down." Eli didn't have to beg or persuade Samuel to lay down. How can we see this wonderful trait in our own children? Well, Samuel learned to obey early in life. How a parent reacts to their child's demands, builds the foundation for their future (even as early as infants). Not only do we have to teach our children to obey us, but also to obey God. If early on we teach our children to obey God, we set them up to mature into godly men and women of spiritual understanding. This is priceless...

The Words I Would Say

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In His Word Wednesday: Judges 2:10

Judges 2:10
When all the generations had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.

This verse has a very important lesson. It speaks of a generation who did not know the Lord. Why do you think they didn't know the Lord? They were not taught. They didn't have the blessing of seeing the works of the Lord as their ancestors did, and if their parents and grandparents did not share these stories with them, of course they would not know.

As a child, I remember prayers being said, Christmas being celebrated for its true meaning, and stories of the Bible being told in our classrooms. We no longer have that benefit. I'm not saying that our children should be taught about their faith in schools. I just want to point out that we no longer have that benefit, so the responsibility falls solely on the church and the home. I believe learning and understanding the Scriptures is, often times, best learned under the shepherding of a pastor, but parents bare the sole responsibility of teaching and molding their children's faith. Take time to study the Scriptures and put them into practice in your daily life.

As our world slowly turns away from the Lord, remember that generations to come will need to know of Jesus' love and saving grace. The greatest thing you can do for your children is to give the them the strong foundation of Jesus so that they may weather the many storms to come.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Favorite 5 Friday: Summer Feet

One of my favorite pastimes is browsing Etsy. It's not only a wonderful way to find a fabulous gift or to get inspiration, but also to mingle with like-minded individuals.I will be promoting (blog, Etsy, Twitter) my "Favorite 5" every Friday, so contact me if you would like me to check out your items. Tell me what you think about these items or share some of your favorites...Find something you want, just click on the name. Please take time to visit these shops to see all their awesome items.

It's that time of year where we like to go barefoot and wear cute sandals, so this weeks picks are for the feet.

Walking around barefoot can cause ruff, dry skin. Foot repair for cracked heals.
Twin Toes Foot Repair
Twinkle Toes Foot Repair - A Natural Balm for Happy Feet
I love add a little bling to my feet with a cute toe ring.
Toe Ring
Cute Bow Adjustable Toe Ring Made in Sterling Silver
After all those summer activities it's nice to relax with a foot soak.
Peppermint Therapy Foot Soak
Peppermint Foot Therapy Soak
We've go to have some lovely polish for our toes.
Nail Polish
Dazzling Dusk - Nail Polish 13ml
Walking around without shoes, out feed not only get rough but dirty. The perfect solution is this loofa with build in soap for scrubbing away the roughness and dirt.
Loofa Soap
One 3.5 Ounce Lime Loofa Soap

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

In His Word Wednesday: Joshua 24:12

Joshua 24:12 I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Amorites, but not with your sword or with your bow.

Are you a control freak? I am to some degree. Then I am often reminded that I really have no control. I find great comfort in this verse because it reminds me Who is in control.

Our Sovereign God can use even wild creatures to bring about His will and bless His people. Nothing is beyond His control, and everything can be a mighty tool in His hands.

When your world seems to be chaotic, remember Who is sovereign.