Friday, March 28, 2008
I tuck in each of my 3 kids that are at home. I kiss them. I pray over them and their futures. I pray that they will always Seek His Face, Know His Truth, Imitate His Ways, Love His Word, and Live His Will. I tell them how wonderful I think they are and that I believe they can do anything they set their minds to - as long as it is in God's plan for their life. I then get in bed, kiss my darling husband, tell him I love him with all of my heart. As I go to sleep I pray for my oldest daughter and her family, praying the same things over them as I just have the other three. I then close with praying for my dear missionary friends and their families.
I said all of that to lead up to this. God has really been stirring something in my heart for the last three weeks. It started out as a simple thought, but it has grown and grown to be more of a consuming mindset.
For years I have claimed Isaiah 59:21 for my children and grandchildren. It says, "As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the Lord. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the Lord.
Do you see how powerful that verse is? But that is not the consuming mindset that has set up residence in my thought life. This growing thought is taken from 2 Kings 2:9. You know - that familiar passage of scripture where Elisha asks to inherit a double portion of Elijah's spirit.
Hmmmmmmm. If my kids inherit a double portion of my spirit, what will they get? Will it be enough to sustain them in an ever-increasing evil world? Do I have enough of God for my children and their children and their children to receive enough from my double portion?
In case I have ever been complacent and become satisfied with the status quo on my relationship with Jesus Christ, I know have reason enough to stay on my knees until Jesus returns!
When Elisha requested that of Elijah, he had seen miracles of provision and restoration. He knew God heard Elijah's prayers. What legacy am I leaving my children? Is it enough for them to even ask for a double portion? Does my life make them thirst for Jesus? Do they look at me and want what I have? Is there enough stirring in their spirits to make them hunger for God's Word?
I am so humbled today, not condemned- just stirred. I want my children to do greater things for God than I have ever even imagined! In the KJV, Daniel 11:32 says "..... but the people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits." Wow!
So, my question for you is, if your children inherit a double portion of your spirit, what will they get?
Will they get more manipulation, more greed, more lust? Will they get more humility, more kindness, more love, or more anointing?
Determine in your heart right now, that God will reign supreme. Determine that He is the most important One in your life. Give Him everything! Be willing to lose everything for Him! (That's a whole new blog!) But - it is not too late to start building those spiritual fortunes for our kids and grandkids to inherit. Invest your time wisely- in the Word and in prayer. The returns are out of this world!
love you all!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
I can't get away from this whole Valley of Baca thing. I have pondering in my little head for the past 2 days about this. I have walked down memory lane of my journey through the valley and "stumbled" upon my old road map. I thought I would share it with you today.
I didn't recognized it as a road map during my journey, but upon reflection, I see that as a child I was handed the road map and told to store it in my heart to have a feel for the layout of the valley when I got there. Of course, I didn't get the map all in one piece. I got most of the pieces at home, from mom and dad. Other pieces I received in children's church, Sunday School, and Missionettes. Hmmmm...... (I am replaying a Dorinda version of "National Treasure" in my head.)
So, today, I dug out my road map. Again, I am amazed at the planning of my Savior, the lover of my soul, at how He orchestrates the revelation of this map for the journey through the Valley of Baca, known to us as the Valley of Adversity and Weeping. (I liked the comment about it sometimes being Big Baca- or Big Valley.... :) )
If you click here, you will see a copy of the map I used through the Valley of Adversity and Weeping. It is the book of Philippians. Yep, that's right. God lined it all out for us through the life of Paul.
Think about Paul's life for a moment. The book of Philippians was written while he was in prison. The theme of the book of Philippians is "rejoice" or "joy". Well, I have to say, as wonderful as a Christian as I think I am (oh, yeah, right!), I'm just not quite so sure, I would be able to author a letter to my dear friends about rejoicing while I was chained to a wall in a cesspool of mire and waste. Mine would probably sound more like~ "Gloom, despair, and agony on me.... Oooohhhhh". But Paul, a devout and passionate follower of Jesus Christ, pens a letter to the believers at Philippi, telling them to rejoice. Sixteen times in this book he is talking about joy and rejoicing. Well, you go, Paul!
But, that is exactly how you find your way out of the Valley of Adversity and Weeping. I have highlighted the "tourist spots" on this road map.
Chapter 1 starts with a pray for the Philippians - a prayer that we can claim as a promise!
"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ." I don't know about you, but to me, that means, God is not going to leave me to rot in the Valley of Weeping! Hallelujah!
Not too far down the road, we get another pit stop, which happens to be another prayer. I would say these help us read the map for the rest of the trip. The prayers help us put everything else into focus.
"This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God."
If you have a magnifying glass out looking at the road map, center it in on "that you may be able to discern what is best". How do you discern? -By love abounding more and more in knowledge and depth of insight. Okay, that is deep. Take a minute and let that digest in your spirit.
The very next stop is verse 12. A divine discernment. "Now, I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel". He continues with the God view of his troubles. Something we should really consider on our journey.
Look with me now at verse 20. (I love this guy!) "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death."I want you to picture the vast expanse of the desert Valley. You are traveling through and you just can't see the end. You feel hopeless and very much so like giving up. But- take out your road map- and you get a feel for the whole layout of the valley! You know that someone else has been here, survived, and put the landmarks down on a map! - Why? Because in verse 19 Paul said "...... what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance."
With that boost of information, you can go a little further. You look down at your map and you have some encouragement. Paul gives us a little warning about some detours that he warns us not to take. Chapter 2, verses 3 and 4 encourage us not to take the road marked "Self Absorbed". It doesn't look as difficult. The path seems easier, and it looks as if there is even an oasis down that road! But Paul encourages, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Well, that should be a big warning sign for us.If we can't take that road, where do we go from here? Referring again to the map, we see the path highlighted for us. It looks extremely difficult and rough. Surely Paul was mistaken! But there it is, in black and white. "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant...."
Paul's side notes say that the road "Servant hood" is the way to go. Hmmmmm....... Lest we forget our promise at the other side, Paul reminds us: "for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.""Do everything without complaining or arguing..." Now I know the scriptures are inspired, because Paul couldn't know what was just about to come out of my mouth...."But God, why can't I take that easy path. Why do I have to walk so long and so far? Why does it have to be so hard? Why can't I just fly over there?" whine whine, whine whine whine. (That's me- How many times have I sounded like a good little Israelite?)
The trip is long and hard, as I mentioned the other day. We must look to our Savior and find our strength and our joy and nourishment from Him. It is the only way. We are starting to lose things on the journey. Things that before, we thought we couldn't live with out. Things are lost that are weighing us down. For the sake of the trip, we cast it aside without a second thought. Just when we feel like we can't go any further, we start to see the purpose and the meaning of it all.Philippians 3:7-9 starts shedding light on the formation of our character and integrity during the journey. "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
Suddenly, we find our purpose has changed! No longer is it just about getting through to the other side taking the easiest path- it is about getting to the Savior! Seeking His face. Sitting at His feet. Wrapped in His embrace. Breathing in His presence. Basking in His love. It's all about HIM!!!
"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering, becoming like him in his death."
I notice a quickness in my step- not to get out of the valley. No. The hurry, the anticipation is there, just to be near Him! It doesn't matter if I have to stay here a little longer, as long as He is here! I drink in the nearness of His Spirit! My feet begin to run. My heart is pounding. He is here! In the midst of my pain and suffering, in the depth of my sorrow, I run, I leap, I throw myself at His feet! He is in the Valley of Adversity and Weeping!
In His presence I find fullness of joy! I don't have to drag it out of my heart. It overflows. "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" I am shouting my joy in the midst of my valley of adversity and weeping. Oh, I am not joyful at my circumstance. I am sure Paul was not just thrilled either to be in prison and chained. But - we live in the flesh but walk in the spirit.
See it right there, tucked in between these well known verses? Right there in verse 5: "Let your gentleness be evident to all. THE LORD IS NEAR!" (I have read Philippians over and over again, and have never seen that verse!)
Verse 6: "Do not be anxious about anything...... with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Paul's last major set of instructions for our map are in the remainder of Chapter 4. Please, please take time to meditate on these powerful scriptures! Don't just read this and discard.
Our "mantra" in 4:8 Things we are to think about - always at all times!
Our "motto" in 4:12 Attitude we are to live with - always at all times!
Our "might" in 4:13 Strength we are to draw from - always at all times!
Our "measure" in 4:19 Provision to live by - always at all times!
I pray for you today! I pray that you will find Him in your valley. I pray you are able to discern His truth as opposed to the deception of the enemies of your soul. I pray you know Him in depth and understanding. I pray you rejoice in all situations. I pray you find your strength in Him and trust in Him. May you call upon Him and rest in His arms. Allow Him to flood your soul with His amazing love and grace, mercy and compassion. I pray these things in that Precious Name of Jesus- that at the mention of that name the demons in hell will tremble. I plead the blood of Jesus over your body, your soul and your spirit. Amen.
I pray in my heart of hearts that you use this "Road Map" for your journey through the Valley of Adversity and Weeping. As always, if you know of someone who needs this today, click on the little envelope below and email it to them!
I love you all!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
- Betrayal of a spouse
- Financial hardships
- Rebellious children
- Family crises
- Death of loved ones
- Sickness and Disease
- Consequences of our own choices
These are all things that are hard to bear- and that is just the tip of the iceberg! But God wants you to know that He has hidden a treasure inside of you! If you have Jesus in your heart, oh my! What power and authority you have in Christ!!!
I encourage you today to stand strong! Stand firm in your trust of Christ! Give your situation completely to Him. Lay it at His feet. Simply trust in Him. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ~nothing.
He is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding on your behalf - right now! He sees your loneliness, your fears, your every care and He is asking, imploring the Creator of Heaven and Earth to meet your every need and your every desire! Just look to Him! Trust Him!
Give Him your heart completely today. You have a treasure in your jar of clay. A treasure that is beyond anything your mind can comprehend!
You may be as verse 8 in 2 Corinthians says: "Hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed!!"
Stand on that verse and remind Satan of that verse out loud. Yell it if you have to! The all-surpassing power is from God and not from us! God is able to lift you up and set your feet on solid ground.
I feel a "preach" coming on! :) He is the "lifter up of your head". You don't have to hang your head in shame or disgrace. He is the lover of your soul. He has taken all shame to the cross with Him. So, my sister, hold your head up high, because the Redeemer of all mankind has anointed you and has called you by name and has placed His Resurrection power inside of you!!!!
Wow! I just pray that whoever needs this today is able to comprehend the love God has for you today. ~ Because Romans 8:35-39 says:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Friday, March 14, 2008
My Daniel Fast Journal scripture today (Friday) is from Psalm 84:11. I read the whole chapter and just really received an encouragement from my Savior today.
My sweet and wonderful husband preached a sermon one time on the the Valley of Baca mentioned in verse 6. He said the word Baca is adversity. Hmmmmmm....
That is as far as I got Friday before the demands of the day caught up with me and I had to abandon my blogging. But, I have been pondering these thoughts all weekend. My heart is full and my mind is going in a thousand different directions this morning. I am not sure even where I should start!
I think, I know, that someone is going to read this post that really needs to hear what God is trying to speak to them. I pray the anointing of Joshua as you read. Joshua was told he would be given every where he set his foot. I pray every where I have typed a stroke on my computer would be battle ground taken back from the enemy of our souls.
Psalm 84. That is where I will start. Please read it.
Baca-a word, a place. The Valley of Baca is described by Holman's Bible dictionary as-
• Hebrew - Baca BACA
(bay' cuh) Place name meaning, “Balsam tree” or “weeping.” A valley in Psalms 84:6 which reflects a poetic play on words describing a person forced to go through a time of weeping who found God turned tears into a well, providing water.
Some of you are in a time of weeping, a time of adversity. Maybe your pain is so private that no one knows you are hurting. Maybe you feel trapped. Our adversities may have different situations, different hurts, different events, but it is very much so the same valley.
The literal Valley of Baca is thousands of miles away in a land that most of us have never traveled to. The spiritual Valley of Baca is very familiar. We all know the road and have probably all been down it many times.
The Valley of Baca. I picture a desolate place. A place that sane people avoid at all costs. It is dry and barren. Isolated. The heat of the valley drains the weary travelers quickly. Hope is waning and despair quietly takes its place.
I went through the Valley of Baca. As I entered, I was afraid. But I knew that I had to pass through the Valley, because on the other side was what I needed, what I had been promised. I set my heart on my journey. My strength begin to fail me. Hope was disappearing. It wasn't supposed to be like this! I just wanted to get to the other side - to my promise. But, it seemed that each step I took, added ten more to my journey's end! How would I make it! I was dry. I was thirsty! My soul was parched! There seemed no end in sight. I became full of despair. Was this what the end would be like? Would I die in this condition? Where had my strength gone?
In utter desperation I cried out to God- my Redeemer, my Savior! I weeped before my God. My tears mirrored the agony of my heart. Once again, I set my heart on my journey. He would be my strength. He would sustain me! He provided me with water for my soul. I refreshed myself in Him. My circumstance didn't change. It wouldn't. This was Baca, the place of adversity where weeping and anguish would accompany me until I reached the end of my pilgrimage. But God! He was there! He held me when I cried. He wiped the tears. He comforted me when I was bruised. He replaced despair with His Presence.
I still couldn't see the end of the Valley of Baca, but He was my strength. If I could just trust in Him, all would be well. Each time I felt I couldn't go on and was thirsting to death, He provided nourishment from the springs. He watered my soul from His cup.
It seemed as if an eternity passed. I reached the end of the Valley of Baca. I was not defeated! I was stronger! I had learned lessons of wisdom and strength. It wasn't the Valley of the Shadow of Death- it was Baca. The Valley of Adversity, the valley of weeping.
There is a God who sees you in your hurt, your frustration, and your pain. He knows what you are going through. He longs for you to call upon His Name and seek His face with all of your heart. Don't listen to the lies of the one who despises you. Listen to the Creator's gentle whisper of love for you. Find your strength in Him. Don't turn from the Valley of Baca, because your promise is on the other side. Set your heart on your pilgrimage, find your strength in Him and be blessed!
I know this is different today but I just wanted to be obedient. My friend, you are a treasure. Stay steadfast and He will not abandon you. Meditate on His Word and His goodness. Look to Him. As always, I pray you:
Seek His Face. Pursue an intimate relationship with the Savior.
Know His Truth. Gain ultimate reality about His Kingdom.
Love His Word. Desire passionate revelation of His Nature.
Live His Will. Submit daily to His Purpose
Have a blessed and wonderful day as you pursue the Lover of your soul.
p.s. If you need help or encouragement through the Valley of Baca, please leave your email address and I will be glad to contact you and pray with you.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I am a very blessed to have been raised in an awesome Christian home by two perfectly wonderful parents. They have always been a godly example to me and my sister. I also had great grandparents. I am a third generation A/G on my mom's side. My paternal grandparents were wonderful Christians as well.
My maternal grandmother lived in a small town in Eastern Arkansas - the flat lands where the mosquitoes rule. She had a huge influence on my prayer life. My sister and I would go stay a week with her and grandpa during the summer months. The intellectual side of my brain tells me we never stayed more than a week or two, but my childhood memories tell me we spent our entire summers there. I will share some of those "memories" with you....
The old porch door squeaked before the thud of it's slam broke the evening silence. Silence - other than the drones of the hoards of mosquitoes in the air. Thus, the reason for the "thud"- you had to let the door slam behind you quickly so mosquitoes wouldn't get in the house. If they got in the house, then they would suck all your blood out at night while you slept! :)
It was the aroma coming from grandma's kitchen that brought me in. Mmmmmmm- It must be chicken-n-dumplins! Of course there would also be the freshly picked tomatoes from grandpa's garden and other wonderful goodies from the ground.
After supper was the traditional grandpa and granddaughter time on the swing- on the screened in porch, away from mosquitoes. But- if any of them, by any chance got in, grandpa zapped 'em with his rusted old can of mosquito spray. He whistles as he fiddles with his knife. "Time for you girls to learn how to whistle!" The lessons go on for a while.
As the sun starts to set, grandma announces it is bath time, then bed time. I don't know why we have to take baths, we just sweat all over again as soon as we get out. The humidity is like its own shower. For some reason, it just seems quiter at grandma and grandpa's house, except for the buzz of the mosquitoes!
I like it when it gets dark, because the house gets cooler. The blue room is where we sleep. The blue walls and the white bedspread are so peaceful, it is easy to go to sleep even though it is still very humid and my hair sticks to my head.
It's not long until grandpa is snoring, and that's when I know I get to hear her! I try to stay awake so I can listen. There she goes. The bathroom door quietly opens and closes. Then grandma begins her nightly ritual of interceding on behalf of all of her loved ones.
She starts with her oldest daughter and her boys. She prays over everything! Next is my favorite part, because that's my mom and us! She talks to Jesus like He is right there with her. I know exactly where she is, because I tiptoed the night before to peek. She kneels over the closed toilet, with her face to the wall, so she won't wake up grandpa. She's praying for me and Tammie, my sister. She prays for our schooling, our walk with Jesus, that we will love the Bible, that we will always be good girls. Then she starts the part I like - my future! She prays for the man I will marry, that he will be good to me and love the Lord, that he will be a good worker and take care of me. She prays for my kids that I will one day have that they will also love Jesus.
She moves on the her youngest daughter and I drift off to sleep wondering what my life will be like. Who is this man grandma prays for? Why does she think it is so important to pray for all off this stuff when I am only 8?!!!!
Hmmmmm.... That is just a small portion of my heritage. How rich and wonderful!
Revelation 5:8 ".....Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls ful of incense, which are the prayers of the saints."
Revelation 8:3 "Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. 4. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. 5. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire frfom the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake."
I didn't realize it then, but I was being handed on a silver platter an in-depth training on "how to pray". My grandmother didn't learn how to read until she was over 60 years old, but she was more knowledgable about God's Word than I could ever hope to be. My other grandmother was a lover of God's Word. She was a great inspiration also. Of course, I am not including here, my heritage of my parent's continually taking us before the throne of God in prayer. I am blessed! I thank God for my parents and my grandparents.
I pray for my children Isaiah 59:21 "As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the Lord. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,"says the Lord."
May you all have a blessed and wonderful day as you seek the face of your Savior!
Love you all!
(Make sure you take time to teach your children and grandchildren how to pray.) :)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
A friend of mine called last night crying. She went into her daughter's room and found she had left town with a male acquaintence from the internet.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Here is what I am asking each of my readers to do TODAY- right now. I want you to pray for TM. I want you to put something on your desk that every time you see it, you will breathe a prayer for TM. I want you to pray for her like you would want someone to pray if it were your child.
As I was praying for TM last night, I began praying very specific things for her. Please agree with me in prayer for these things:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you now in the Name of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ. It is only through His blood that I can even come before You, and I do that now- through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
I lift up TM before You now. You know where she is. You know her situation. You know all things. I ask that You protect her and keep her safe in the Name of Jesus.
As for the man she is with, I ask in the Name of Jesus, that he can only do what is in the best interest of TM. I ask that if he has any perverse or wicked intentions, that they be thwarted right now in the Name of Jesus. If he has mal-intent for TM, may he be confused and not be able to carry out a single plan!
Lord, Your Word says that "No Weapon formed against us shall prosper... this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord". That Word goes for our children! TMs mother is Your daughter Father, and she calls upon You and trusts in Your Name. So we use the double-edged sword of Your Word and claim now that no weapon formed against TM will prosper!
I ask also that the deception of the enemy will be revealed to TM. May she see her situation in the Light of Your Truth, God. May she see the love of her mother and the futility of empty relationships. May she clearly understand that "what" she is looking for is a real relationship with you Lord.
Father, as law enforcement officials are searching for TM, I pray that You guide and direct their every move. I ask that a divine "spotlight" would shine from the heavens to allow TM to be found. I ask in the Name of Jesus that godly Christian people would come across TMs path and that You give them discernment to know that she is not where You want her. Lead law enforcement officers to the right people who remember the needed information to help find TM. May anyone who comes in contact with TM and this man remember them and be able to recount the correct information that would help officials find her.
I ask Father that You dispatch Your angels from heaven to put a hedge around her and protect her from ALL harm.
I lift up her mother before You. In the midst of this trying storm, please give her a peace that only You can give. Hold her up with your strength, physically, emotionally and spiritually. May she feel the peace and presence of God that passes all understanding. Thank You that this mom knows on Whom to call in the time of trouble. She relies upon You and You alone for strength.
Lord God in heaven, I pray Psalms 91 over TM. I ask that through this situation, all the seed of the Word of God that has been planted in heart would come to fruition. May Your Word not return void, but accomplish what You have sent it to accomplish! May she know that she can call on the Name of the Lord and be delivered!
May You give her the understanding to realize she needs to escape. May You give her the knowledge to know how to escape, and may You give her Your guiding hand. Direct her every footstep.
I ask these things in the Name of Jesus Christ and through the power of His blood.
I ask you, beg you, plead with you to pray for TM as you would want people praying for your child.
And in case you are wondering, TMs mother has taught her daughter all of the dangers of internet chat and messaging and how to avoid situations like this..... You know, how God told Adam and Eve NOT to eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden.... Sometimes, even the children of the best parents make decisions that grieve their parents.
Thank you! Thank you!
Teen Hitch Hikers on the Internet Highway
Today's society is so vastly different from days gone by. Our culture has changed so quickly and vastly with the rush of the communication/techno age, that our heads spin.
Our life is more comfortable because of our communication devices. What would we do with out these little gadgets?
I put cell phones in the hands of each of my children so they may call me if they need me. I take comfort in that.
I give them access to computers so they can gain knowledge and succeed in life. I feel good about that.
But, I cannot be with them at all times and monitor every thing they do. This internet highway that runs right through my living room is there. My husband and I do everything within our power to make sure there are no "rest stops" for passers by on this highway. But I am reminded today, that "things" happen.
So therefore, as a parent, I will not give in to the fear of the enemy, but I will continue to wage war against the enemy of my soul and the enemy of the souls of my children. I will ever be on guard, just as my friend has been. I am reminded that we must be vigilant. We must be tough and ever watching. I am reminded that I am only a human, and that my trust MUST be in my Almighty, Omnipotent, Omniscient Creator and Lord! I place my children in His hands. If they happen to get on the Internet Highway, I pray they remember to put on their seat belts and lock the doors and follow the road map that their father and I have given them. I pray they don't get in the "car" with out our permission. And I pray they never, ever decide to hitch hike.
Thanks for praying for TM. Hugs your children today and sit down and talk with them one more time about internet safety.
Love you all!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Love you all!
- Boundaries by Drs. Cloud and Townsend
- Boundaries with Kids by Cloud and Townsend
- Boundaries with Teens by Cloud and Townsend
- Raising Great Kids by Cloud and Townsend
- See all of their books here.
~This Treasure chest find has one of my highest recommendations!
Friday, March 7, 2008
I think we are like that in our lives. We know we need things gone, but sometimes it is just too hard to let go. Our little earthly treasures pale in comparison to what God has in store for us!
- Life Organizers - I just stumbled upon this wealth of information! You need to check this one out!
- Fly Lady - One of my old favorites! Good philosophy on organizing.
For your spiritual being:
- A Heart Like His by Beth Moore
- Psalm 51 Click to read the chapter
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
As most of you know we finally brought home our Mia Grace (our second granddaughter) last year. My daughter Glenda, her husband Brad, four year old Macy, and I departed from the United States on May 2, 2007. While the air travel was long and grueling, the journey to Mia Grace did not start in this Mid-South City, Fayetteville, or even from Chicago. The journey to Mia started almost seventeen years ago for the our family.
Our journey to Mia began in August of 1990 when a tiny 15 year old walked the aisle of Warner Spur Assembly of God in Camden, Arkansas to give her heart to Jesus Christ. It was a warm summer night. It was the perfect kind of night for the start of the football season. The 5th Quarter had been advertised with fun, games, food, and a service. The church was full of hungry teenagers who had just come from the scrimmage football game of the Harmony Grove High School.
It was that night that the minister preached a simple message and many students responded to turn their lives over to Jesus Christ. One of them was Glenda. She knelt at the altar with tears streaming down her face. There was a sincerity and humility before God that touched our hearts.
To make a long story short, that night was the beginning of a beautiful connection to Glenda. God placed in our hearts the “spirit of adoption”. The longing to make this child that was not biologically ours, a part of our family. Glenda needed a place to live and the rest is history. She became our child, our daughter, a descendant and an heir of Rusty and Dorinda.
She was our little girl, our “chickadee” as we nicknamed her. It was the spirit of adoption that made it so. It was not so much by court papers or legal documents, but a connection in our hearts.
As Glenda matured into the beautiful woman of God she is now, God began placing in her heart the “spirit of adoption”. She wanted her own biological children, but she also wanted a child that was not from her womb. We have our sweet, precious Macy, Brad and Glenda’s biological child; and now we have Mia in our arms, as well as in our hearts.
When the Bible says we have become the adopted sons of God, it doesn't mean God picked us up off the street just to care for us. It does mean He has chosen us to bear His name and inherit His estate. We don't become children of God through a process of natural birth; we become His children because He sovereignly chose us. That's the essence of the biblical concept of adoption.
The Spirit of Adoption
In Roman society, there were four consequences to being adopted.
1. The adopted person lost all ties to his old family
An adopted person gained all the rights of the natural children in his new family. That's a beautiful picture of what happens at salvation.
2. The adopted person became an heir of his new father
The existence of natural-born children did not affect the adopted child's rights. He was a co-heir--and sometimes the sole heir--if that's what the father wanted. The adopted child was considered as real a child as any natural-born children.
3. The adopted person's past was forgotten
When a person was adopted, all his legal debts were cancelled. He was given a new name, as if he had just been born. The same thing happened when you came to Christ: you were adopted into God's family, all your past debts were cancelled, and you became a co-heir of all the Son possesses.
All those things happened when we were adopted into God's family. We are legally and eternally the sons of God.
Although the word adoption is beautiful and rich in meaning, it is insufficient to explain all that happens to us when we become Christians. We are not only adopted, but also regenerated (2 Cor. 5:17). Both adoption and regeneration explain how God brings us to Himself. As adopted people, we are named "sons of God" and given title to an inheritance. Regeneration gives us the nature of sons and makes us fit for our inheritance.
We are under no condemnation because we have been adopted into God's family. All our former debts have been cancelled. Since He has made us His children and established our right to be in His presence, no one can condemn us because there is no higher court than God's court.
Taken from the Bible Bulletin Board; [Tony Capoccia;ible Bulletin BoardBox 119Columbus, New Jersey, USA, 08022Websites: www.biblebb.com and www.gospelgems.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOnline since 1986 ]
The last paragraph says it all! We are His children, His descendants, and His heirs, whom He loves and adores! Wow!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Something else happened this morning. As soon as I returned to the house from dropping the kids off, I rushed to my Bible to see what it was that was stirring in my spirit. I flipped through the pages of my favorite study Bible, and there it was, the chapter I was looking for. Psalm 51. I skimmed down through the verses and I found it. The whole time I was thinking about this blog post. But, in the midst of my rush my creator gently said, "Slow down, and read it all."
Talk about a whisper! Hmmmmmmmmmm. So, the smart girl that I am (ha!), I slowed down, and read the entire chapter, savoring every word. My heart began to weep. The feelings of why this chapter is so dear to me returned. His love. His mercy. His justice. His goodness. His holiness. OH, what a wonderful Savior we have!
As most of you know, we are in the beginning of a 21 day Daniel Fast at our church. Everyone who knows me has just wondered, "How on earth is Dorinda going to do without diet coke and m&ms?" And I am thinking, "How are me and my girls going to do without diet coke and chocolate!" Because my children have followed in my footsteps in these bad habits.
I have said all of the above to get to this point. And just so you will know, tears are streaming down my face as I am typing this. This morning my youngest child walked in the kitchen and announced quite loudly, "I want a diet coke SOOOOO BADDDDD!!" She is not doing the complete Daniel Fast, but did say she wanted to give up diet coke for Jesus. She is 9.
I stopped what I was doing and said, "Well, baby, you can have one if you want, but remember you said that is what you wanted to give up to be closer to Jesus."
The moment of decision had arrived and it showed on her scrunched up nose and face. I felt I had one of those moments in my hand that I wouldn't have again, so I pressed on. "You know what I did the other night? I wanted a diet coke really bad, and I remembered that every time I want something I have decided to give up, it is a chance to worship Jesus and tell Him how much I love Him. So I poured out a diet coke I had and told Him I loved Him more than diet coke as it was going down the drain."
I turned around to finishing cooking breakfast. The kitchen was quite except for the sounds of the food gurgling on the stove. Behind me I hear a "swoosh" of a coke bottle being opened up, and the next sound ushered in the very presence of God. It was the bubbly sound of the last bottle of diet coke being poured down the drain. I know you might think I am crazy, but it was if I could the smell the aroma of a sweet smelling sacrifice. I turned around to a very somber faced and determined 9 year old.
I knew I had just witnessed one of the most precious moments ever! You would have to be her mom to understand the depth of her "sacrifice". She had just given one of her first "Spiritual Acts of Worship". (Romans 12:1) So, I was drawn to Psalm 51.
In the NIV, verse 7 says, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."
Verses 16 and 17 say, "You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
What I learned from this today is that sometimes it takes a sacrifice for us to get a broken and contrite heart. When we give up something we REALLY want or think we REALLY need, then our hearts become broken and pliable so that God can get in there and do some deep cleaning. Then we will be "whiter than snow"!
There is so much more on my heart about this, but I have a staff meeting to attend.
I love you all, and I pray you have a broken and contrite heart today!
Out of my Treasure Chest:
Monday, March 3, 2008
- Here is a website that has a do-it-yourself version of the Resurrection Eggs. Click Here
- Another "treasure" I had when my kids were little - (and there in lies the problem - with the word "HAD") was the animated videos by the Christian company that used Disney animators. I know someone out there knows the name and information on these. I don't hear a lot about these anymore, maybe because my kids are older, but they are great!
- I would love to hear some of your Treasures on this subject!