Friday, September 19, 2014

THE KNOT CALLED HOPE


THE KNOT CALLED HOPE  

The passionate, steadfast and inspiring pastor that married us has a saying and it has served us well for almost 21 years of marriage. He says:

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

Over the years, I have been too stubborn, too immature, or too prideful to appreciate the idea of hanging on when the going gets real tough. I have also rolled my eyes as I heard them in my head or repeated by my darling hubby.

But! The BEST marriages and families HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE because there is no substitute and the refusing to quit PAYS OFF. I promise you that. My children (and future generations) will promise that too.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” 
Romans 12:12

Listen to the song "I Wont Give Up" by Jason Mraz

Monday, September 15, 2014


Genesis Bible Study Chapter 36



Esau to Edom

“This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom).” Genesis 36:1

Edom means, “red, earth, of blood.”  Nicknamed for a red soup, that came from the earthy vegetables from the garden- the color of blood.   He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.)” Genesis 25:30. 

Esau and his descendants were forever nicknamed for Esau giving up the blessing of a birthright.  How sad.   Moral of the story…. Don’t give away what is valuable or you will be labeled for life.  Instead, give away what is not valuable for what has eternal value. 

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."  Matthew 5: 3-12
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Facebook Book Club: Lies Women Believe

INTRODUCTION

Welcome! Today we begin reading Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Many women have found freedom within the pages and Bible passages presented in this book.

"As you look at your life, would you say you are experiencing the abundant life Jesus can give you? Or do you find yourself just existing, coping, struggling, surviving?" (p 18) 

Do any of the following apply to YOU?


Frazzled                 Exhausted              Burned Out            Overwhelmed
Defeated                Depressed              Ashamed               Confused
Angry                     Frustrated              Discouraged           Uptight
Insecure                 Lonely                    Fearful

Open your eyes, heart and mind to the truth God has for us.

"In the pages that follow, I invite you to take a walk with me back to where all our problems began: the Garden of Eden, the first home of Adam and Eve - a perfect, ideal environment. What took place in that setting has an inescapable bearing on each of our lives as women today." (p 19)

This week:  read the Introduction pgs 15-23. 

Join us in our Facebook Group @ Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Days Are Long But The Years Are Fast. Are You Too Busy?

The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Fast. 
Are You Too Busy?

How we spend our time show those we love how much we care. Are we too involved or committed to things outside the home that it leaves little time for home cooked meals, bedtime stories, or any energy left for your husband? A hot meal makes such a warm & cozy home and it’s the perfect thing to draw us all around the table together. A hot batch of cookies fresh from the oven with a cold glass of milk is also a way to sneak in a special talk with your teen as night falls.

  Consider dropping something like a PTA position, a time consuming sport, and even group bible studies to get your priorities back in proper order. The result will be immediate and fruitful as you pour into those you love. 

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain wisdom.” Psalm 90:12


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering September 11th


"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:18


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Retro Wednesday


Retro Wednesday September 2012


Lies Women Believe

By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Lies Women Believe is one of our favorite books of all time.  Nancy Leigh DeMoss does not beat around the bush or tip toe around any issues.  She shoots straight from the Word of God.  This book is no different, she counters many of Satan’s lies that he uses to bring women down such as: doubting ourselves, feeling like failures, and discontent to name a few.  If you find yourself constantly believing negative thoughts read this book.  It is chalk full of scripture and truth for you to put in your tool belt when under attack.

Maybe you don’t even realize you are believing lies, read this book to see how some worldly views have crept into your thought process you don’t even realize they are lies.  The book covers:


Lies about God
Lies about Yourself
Lies about Sin
Lies about Priorities
Lies about Marriage
Lies about Children
Lies about Emotions
Lies about Circumstances

FACEBOOK BOOKCLUB GROUP
Join us starting Sept 14 to uncover 40 Amazing lies we may currently believe about ourselves, our God, our priorities and our lives. Join the group Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and discover for yourself what is the Truth that sets you FREE! Hosted by Titus 2 Women

Monday, September 8, 2014

Genesis Bible Study



Genesis Bible Study – Chapter 35
By Carri Pratt



“Jacob had twelve sons” Genesis 35:22b

This chapter brings much sorrow to Jacob. His father, Isaac, dies and his favorite wife, Rachel, dies in child birth. It is heart breaking when those we love depart this earth. 

The very bright spot of this moment in his life, is that he sees what God has given him, his children. Twelve of his children were sons. “Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, children a reward.” Psalm 127:3-5

It is not a coincidence that there were twelve sons of Jacob, twelve apostles and twelve gates to Jerusalem. “The meaning of 12, which is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation.” www.Biblestudy.org 

The number 12 is also used 22 times in the book of Revelation; six times in chapter 21:12-14 alone:

“The city had a massive high wall, with 12 gates. Twelve angels were at the gates; the names of the 12 tribes of Israel’s sons were inscribed on the gates. 13 There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 The city wall had 12 foundations, and the 12 names of the Lamb’s 12 apostles were on the foundations.” Revelation 21:12-14

Challenge: It is often times easy to skip over the details listed in the Bible, especially if we think it has no direct bearing on our personal lives. As you read Genesis, keep in mind that the events described effect the entirety of history, including the world we live in today.