Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I am currently reading this marvelous book by Gail Riplinger. I highly recommend this book to anyone who questions the value and authority of the blessed King James 1611 Bible.
This book is absolutely amazing.
I have cried in reading some of the pages of this book as she so clearly exemplifies the precise accuracy of every jot and tittle! My heart is overwhelmed by the very fact that all the years I have been saved, a born again Christian; God's Word has been very evident in my life. It is indeed...in every essence our necessary food!
Every LETTER (alphabet) has a distinct meaning...WORDS appropriately placed in order to give the correct meaning of a passage. God is NOT the author of confusion.
The title is perfect. I stand in awe at the magnitude of God's grace in giving us HIS PRECIOUS WORD...giving us HIMSELF... at Calvary...THE WORD incarnate.
I am humbled in reading this...as I am my Bible itself. To know that GOD shows himself openly to man and lets him make his own choice to believe or not. All the evidence is available as the Book of Romans states in verses 19-20...
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the Creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
St. John 1:1 ... In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
God spoke the world, life into existence. HE SPOKE and it became. The WORD OF GOD is not to be taken lightly.
Think of the ebbing and flowing of the tides, the waxing and waning of the moon, the repeated order of days etc. The intricate design of the human body....the human eye!
If you grasp this beyond science...you SEE with your heart!
If I can just give you a glimpse into a bit of what I've read to cause you to seek out the BOOK of the LORD and READ...I'd have great joy of heart.
I would surely THIS DAY...REJOICE.
Mrs. Riplinger explains the built in dictionary found in the KJV Bible...amazing!
Oh and to then to know that God cares so much for you that he counts the very hairs of your head!
Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered, Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
...and would he not count every pen stroke...one jot or one tittle of HIS WORD!
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:18
Every word of God is pure... Proverbs 30:5
Psalm 119 continually exhorts the reader of THY WORD.
As I've mentioned before....we trust Christ as our Saviour and then question HIS WORD!
I will give you in the next post the 7 Keys to understanding your Bible.
With permission from the author...I'll share some of these points in her book.
THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in knowing whom I have believed in!
You can check on this book at www.avpublications.com
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I received this lovely bouquet for Mother's Day from my daughter Ruth. They arrived in bud form on Saturday,
By Sunday morning of Mother's Day; I found a wonderful surprise of Roses in bloom.
The scent was heavenly...each time I walked past them...
I stopped and smelled the roses!
None of my children were able to be with me this Mother's Day; and I have to admit....it was quite lonely without them, amongst all the other mother's and their families.
To my surprise as Adult Sunday School ended and the smaller children bounced in...followed by one of the Sunday School Teachers... I was handed this lovely Mother's Day treat.
I wanted to cry. This lady is always so thoughtful and this truly touched my heart. At such a time...she knew...as she did last year...that my heart ached for my children. Last year, she and her mother Betty, gave me a sweet card.
( read about Betty at my "A Creative Heart" blog post...A Special Luncheon 2008)
Even though all the Mother's at church that day received a lovely carnation corsage...this was the most meaningful.
Maybe she'll never know the depth of her thoughtfulness...but, it made me feel like I had "celebrated" Mother's Day after all...I felt with this small token of Love, not only her care for me...but it brought back those moments when my children were small and would have handed me these precious gifts.
How thankful I am for the people in my life who touch each day with kindness...
One moment...can make such a difference. One moment...can bring unexpected Joy.
One moment...if you stop and smell the Roses... can fill your heart with LOVE.
Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: withersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
THIS IS THE DAY...I think from now on...when I stop to smell the roses...I'll remember the loving bouquet sent from my daughter and the kindness of a sister in Christ.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Our walk with the LORD.
It is quite noteworthy for this devotion to use this photo as I pondered how to use this in a post. I did a devotion one summer at our church and wondered if I still had the notes. I prayed last night, if the LORD wanted me to post this... I would find it. I did, in an unlikely place...they literally fell into my hands when I opened a notebook not even pertaining to devotions.
With this, I pray that my words here are written as the LORD desires.
Each morning I go outside to enjoy the fresh air and hear the birds chirp, talk with the LORD and view these ever present "stepping stones".
My lovely daughter Aubrey, made these with her children to give me one Mother's Day. It it one of the most touching gifts I have ever received. Seeing the imprints of a hand, or the little keep-sakes they chose themselves to embed in the stepping stone for their "Nana" is precious to my heart.
Only a grandmother could appreciate of course! A plastic snake...a Lego...a bumblebee button.
When my grandchildren were here recently, the girls placed their hands over the imprints on their stepping stones...they had grown! The girls giggled...and the boys remembered making these and laughed at putting a plastic dinosaur in one!
They had forgotten their "thoughts" at the time of choosing these items. A choice, they made...years ago.
Have you forgotten a choice perhaps you made years ago, also?
To walk with the LORD...daily...step by step.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD?
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
My summer devotion was on Growing Up...In the LORD.
Steps of growth as we walk in His ways.
Ask yourself as a Believer in Christ...where you are in your steps of growth? Are you growing healthy in the LORD?
I Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
they need pats on the back (comfort)...fed constantly...clothed
These are attributes of a new Christian's needs as well...as it states...As newborn babes. The WORD of God as necessary food for proper growth...and clothed with humility. Of course every baby needs that little pat on the back for comfort...perhaps you know a new christian who needs encouraged in the right choices they are making.
Imitate others....need discipline...instruction...innocent and unaware of dangers... a hand in hand for comfort-secure.....learn to walk...one step at a time!
Oh how oft they need correction...and warnings of danger... the impressions/influences made by others that are so vital to their choices and that hand in theirs that makes them secure and safe.
Are you at this stage of growth...do you seem to need a lot of correction! or instruction on warnings about the world, the flesh and the devil! How 'bout being impressed by the wrong people...or the right..think about the choice and it's consequences. Again..perhaps their is a young Christian needing a friend's hand to let them know they have a true friend in Christ. Children stumble when they first start walking!
Full of energy that needs to be properly channeled...selfish, envious of others, finding "self"...their value.
As a growing christian you need to find your value to the ministry...what can you do to channel your energy for the LORD. Think on things...of good report. Don't be self centered...envious. God has a purpose for your life and a talent all your own. Too many times we find people wanting someone Else's talent and they haven't realized that God has given them ...their very own!! Pray and ask the LORD to show you what you can do...maybe you are the person who has the time to PRAY when others are so busy...maybe you just need to be a helper! I sure needed them for my ladies luncheon! What a blessing these people were and their willing hearts. A blessing. Your talent..can be being a BLESSING to others! AMEN!
I Corinthians 12:4/18 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
learn personal responsibility...learn to love with charity...work...and develop virtues (choosing right).
Now is the time to take the full weight of your choices in life. Are you truly surrendered to God? Are you willing now to do the work of an follower of Christ? To labour in the field of souls? Can you now make sober minded decision about what you believe? Do you have your own convictions? and understand why you have them!
Birth "newborns"...feed others...nurture.
At this stage of life...after you've grown in knowledge of the LORD and His Word..you should be bringing forth fruit. Spiritual children...leading others to Christ...then feeding them what you have learned and nurturing them along as they "grow" up in the LORD.
Full of faith and strength of character...sober minded...realistic-relying not on dreams but the promises of God....see the Heavenly future.
As an aged Christian, you should set the example of longevity of faith...of strength in trials...testimony of God's promises fulfilled...and your peace of Heaven's home.
I recall some comments that my grandchildren have made over the years..
One in hearing the account of Adam and Eve's beginnings...told their dad about the morning devotion at dinner that night.
Eve came from Adam's WALLET!
My daughter had used the illustration of putting her hand in her side pocket to show the children how Eve came from Adam's side...exactly where daddy keeps his wallet!
So innocent...and yet...are you?...as a wife in submission to her husband or a husband to the LORD. How easily our flesh can misunderstand our place!
Then my granddaughter had taken a bath a bit too long..and said
"Now I have Grandma skin!"...
Does it bother you to age....GRACE abounds with aged..of faith!
One of my own children upon receiving his hamburger with the buns separated...proclaimed..
"They forgot my lid!"
Have you forgotten a vital part of growing in the LORD...is your walk complete?
Oh and most of all this one...
When my little granddaughter has not seen her dad for quite a while..she asked her mom..
"Mommy, can I have a picture of daddy? I forgot what he looks like!"
Oh dear Christian...never take your eyes off the LORD! Remember to see HIM in His WORD daily...stay on the stepping stones he has laid and walk thereon!
II Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen
This is the day...I thank the LORD for my salvation and the many faithful Christians in my life who have helped me in my walk...step by step..year after year. I have now walked with the LORD for 36 years, and as "Pilgrim"...keeping my eyes on that light!