Tuesday, 29 May 2012

POEM: Single-Hearted Virgins

I heard Him say, “Be single-hearted, My Bride.
The applause and shame of men despise.
Care not at all what they think and say,
Place thy eyes on Me: I will not delay.
Break at My Feet alone thy spikenard jar,
I want thy heart from Me not afar.
Incline to Me thy intimate thoughts;
Embrace the Narrow Road that is rough
For My Love is far better than wine;
For thou art Mine, and I am thine.
Run to Me despite what thy enemies tell,
I have crushed them under My feet; they all fell.
My Blood will cover thee in and out of need,
It will empower thee for multitudes to feed.
Examine My Word to find Me alone,
Each new day let Me rule in thy heart’s throne.
Be not afraid, I uphold thee in My Right Hand;
I am the One who will make thee stand.
My Grace, Love, and Peace have already sufficed;
I am thy Lover, thy Lord;
I am thy Christ.
Deny thy interests, give Me thy life;
I long to make thee a gracious Wife.”

The Single-Hearted Virgins were bought with a price;
Their affection and interest are for
the Risen Christ.
With undivided heart they delight in His Name;
To be His and His alone they are not ashamed.
In Adullam’s Cave they have joined their King;
In being hunted and despised for His sake they rejoice and sing.
There they are made ready for the fight,
Being freshly anointed with the Captain’s Might.
In pain and purging they cleave to the Spirit’s Sword;
In the Lord’s strength and grace they march forward.
The Lamb’s righteousness is their cloak,
And only in the Cross they dare to boast.
They become Mary sitting at Jesus’ Feet,
And following only where the Spirit leads.
With effectual fervent prayers they intercede;
Building up broken walls, standing for the least.
They do not indulge under a chapel’s bell,
But spend themselves within an yard from hell.
In the bedrock of unchangeable Truth they stand
Immovable and shielded by the Almighty Hand.
And this is the Single-Hearted Virgins’ cry:
“Give the Glory due to the Triune God on high!”

Monday, 28 May 2012

Jimmy's Last Wish

The Doctor walked into the room where little Jimmy lay. He knew it wouldn't be long before the young boy would be taken away. He laid his hand on the frail boy's forehead.
He knew little Jimmy was in a lot of pain, but still he had a smile. The doctor couldn’t understand why?Slowly the little boy opened his eyes.
He said, "Doctor if you had the chance, would you trade places with me today?" The Doctor didn’t know how to answer and kept silent as he knew he would not want to trade places with the boy. Jimmy said, "Doctor if I had the chance, I wouldn’t trade places with you."
Jimmy said, "How old are you Doctor, how many souls have you won?" The Doctor bowed his head, he had to admit not even one. The little boy said, "I have won 9 souls in all. But I just had a birthday and now I’m 10, I wish that I could save just one more before I die and go to heaven, that would be one soul saved for each year of my life."
The Doctor left the hospital with a very heavy heart - all he was trying to save were bodies; this little boy was saving the only part of people that really counts - their souls. Around midnight, he got a call that Jimmy’s condition was worse, he rushed over to be with Jimmy. The nurse met him at the door and told him that he was too late...Jimmy had already died. She said "Before he died, he left a message just for you. He said ‘tell my friend the doctor, I have gone to be with Jesus and some one else will have work on saving him, I didn’t have enough time.’"
The doctor walked into the room where little Jimmy’s body laid, he bowed his head to pray, with tears streaming down his face, the nurse heard him say "Jimmy, I couldn’t do anything to save you, it was you that done the saving here tonight, I am # 10, Jesus granted your last wish and allowed you to save me too...I know Jesus now."
 
Original Author Unknown, rewritten by Johnny lee Hall

How the Bible Describes Itself

Light:                   “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”   (Psalm 119:105)

Fire:                      “Is not my word like as a fire?  saith the Lord.”  (Jeremiah 23:29)

Seed:                    “The seed is the word of God.”  (Luke 8:11)

Bread:                 “Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord.”  (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Milk:                     “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word.”  (1 Peter 2:2)

Honey:                “The law of the Lord is…sweeter also than honey.”  (Psalm 19:7-10)

Meat:                   “Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.”  (Hebrews 5:14)

Gold:                    “More to be desired…than gold.”  (Psalm 19:10)

Sword:                “The word of God is…sharper than any two-edged sword.”    (Hebrews 4:12)

Hammer:           “Is not my word…like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” 
                                (Jeremiah 23:29)

Friday, 25 May 2012

What Love is through the eyes of children

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year olds.  The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.  So my grandfather does it for her, all ten: his hands got arthritis too.  That's love."  - Rebecca - age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.  You know that your name is safe in their mouth."   - Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."  - Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs."  - Chrissy - age 6

"Love is when someone hurts you. And you get so mad but you don't yell at them because you know it would hurt their feelings."  -Samantha - age 6

POEM: Eye Halve a Spelling Chequer

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rarely ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

-- Sauce unknown

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Thought Provoking Quotes

Just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.  And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do love each other.

We don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

No matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you, every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

True friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. The same goes for true love.

You can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

You should always leave loved ones with loving words.  It may be the last time you see them.

You can keep going long after you think you can't.

We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.  Either you control your attitude or it controls you.

Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

Sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.

You shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

Even when you think you have no more to give, and a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

The people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

QUOTES: Godly Women

A true woman is willing, serious, and determined to reflect the beauty and heart of Christ to her world.  She seeks to live a God-centred life, trusting Him and saying “Yes, Lord!”  She knows this is only possibly by His grace, and seeks to do so always.

When a woman veils her body in modest clothing, she is not hiding herself from men. On the contrary, she is revealing her dignity to them.

Strong, beautiful femininity is part of our heritage as women. When we make the effort to cultivate such gentle strength, we not only enrich our own lives and make life a little better for those we encounter; we also pass on the spirit of femininity to the next generation.

Virtue becomes a garden from which other desirable qualities bloom and grow.  Virtue is not trying to be like someone else, but it is allowing the indwelling Christ to take control and make us like Him from the inside.  

A true woman of God will spend her life serving God with every aspect of her being, glorifying Him by following His pattern for the family.  A woman who is willing to lay down her life for others will devote her life to her family - to her husband and children.

The virtues we learn by being good daughters to our fathers on earth help us in being good daughters to the King, preparing us for this life and the life to come.  Being protected by our fathers teaches us how to be protected, loved and cherished and teaches the responsibilities that go with this blessing - how to be faithful, how to be trusting, and how to have a yielded heart.

A true woman will be known for her practice of studying God’s Word with the intent of being edified, challenged and sanctified.

A good wife can make her husband successful.

Our battlefield as women is being faithful to fulfill the calling Jesus Christ has given us.

A real woman is a woman who recognizes that she has been exquisitely and perfectly created by a loving God for a unique purpose.  Out of genuine gratitude, awe and a desire to please her Maker, a real woman joyfully embraces her femininity and submits every aspect of her identity to God’s original and unique design for her as a woman.  A real woman wants to bring glory to God by being a woman.

It should be every girl’s aim to possess in her character all the capacity of womanhood and to not only do the work the Lord has called us to do as women, but to embrace and delight in that work.

As a woman of godliness, we have the wonderful opportunity to let our lives sparkle with God's love–if we let Him. Almighty God is our Guide and Shepherd and will give us the spirit of godliness to complete the spirit of loveliness in our lives!

A godly, humble woman actively seeks to discover areas of her life she can change and repent from.  Moving ever higher in godliness is her goal.

It’s not your family that can satisfy you. God is the only one who can satisfy the deepest needs and longings of your heart. But if you want to be a truly fulfilled, happy woman—if God has called you to be a wife and mother—your greatest fulfillment will come through filling the role that God created for you.

The spirit of godly womanhood is present in the woman who, with courage and fortitude, perseveres through the many challenges of life. She realizes that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," and consequently strives for the principled course of action.

Every woman, whether rich or poor, married or single, has a circle of influence within which, according to her character, she is exerting a certain power for good or harm. Every woman, by her virtue or her vice, by her folly or her wisdom, by her levity or her dignity, is adding something to our national elevation or degredation. Whatever breaks down the modest reserve, the domestic virtues, or the persuasive gentleness of woman is an injury to the community.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

POEM: My Will vs God's Will

I longed to walk along an easy road,
And leave behind the dull routine of home,
Thinking in other fields to serve my God;
But Jesus said, “My time has not yet come.”

I longed to sow the seed in other soil,
To be unfettered in the work, and free,
To join with other labourers in their toil;
But Jesus said, “‘Tis not My choice for thee.”

I longed to leave the desert, and be led
To work where souls were sunk in sin and shame,
That I might win them; but the Master said,
“I have not called thee, publish here My name.”

I longed to fight the battles of my King,
Lift high His standards in the thickest strife;
But my great Captain bade me wait and sing
Songs of His conquests in my quiet life.

I longed to leave the uncongenial sphere,
Where all alone I seemed to stand and wait,
To feel I had some human helper near,
But Jesus bade me guard one lonely gate.

I longed to leave the round of daily toil,
Where no one seemed to understand or care;
But Jesus said, “I choose for thee this soil,
That thou might’st raise for Me some blossoms rare.”

And now I have no longing but to do
At home, or else afar, His blessed will,
To work amid the many or the few’
Thus “choosing not to choose”, my heart is still.

Does God Like Facebook?

Several years ago, like millions of other people, I created a profile on“Facebook” after many “friend requests”and many of my friends insisting I join. I decided to create a profile, and I did not ask my parents for permission.  After creating a profile, I started to add my friends, upload photos, and put my information online.
A few weeks after creating my profile, my mom found out that I had joined Facebook. Of course, I was in trouble for joining without my parents’ permission — and rightfully so; but after this, she began to work on finding information about this new social networking site. Wisely, she went to our Pastor and asked him for help in creating guidelines for her children on Facebook. Since Facebook was relatively new, there wasn’t a great deal of information.
In search of information, my Pastor created a profile on Facebook as well. Like everyone, I was generous with giving and accepting “friend requests.” I added everyone I knew, or knew of. I continued to upload photos, add information about myself, view profiles, comment onphotos, update my status, etc. During this
time, my parents and pastor could view my profile.
Not long after joining Facebook,my Pastor asked to meet with me. I met with him, not knowing what it would be about as he set a thick stack of papers in front of me.
When I saw what was on the papers, I was beyond flustered. I recognized them all. Every page had inappropriate pictures that were printed off my profile. They were linked to my profile because my “friends”had posted them. God says, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17). I’m sure that God was not okay with the majority of my “friends”on Facebook.
After receiving rebuke from my Pastor for my mistakes, he continued to tell me that if I continued to use Facebook I would no longer be a staff member in our church — again, rightfully so. “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
Besides being angry, my initial thought was: “I shouldn’t have added him on Facebook.” With a bad attitude, I deactivated my account and agreed I would no longer use it. Complying to theScriptures, my Pastor began to warn others about dangers of Facebook. He asked me to write an article about why I deactivated my
account. In all honesty, I opened my laptop and began to type: “I had to.” That was my article on why I wasn’t on Facebook anymore.
Since then, God has dealt with myrebellious attitude. Obviously, I didn’t “have to” delete my account, I made that decision— with a bad attitude. In my Christian walk, I’ve learned not to set a standard in my life because it’s a rule, but because the Bible commands it. For a long time, I avoided Facebook because it was a rule. Today, I avoid Facebook because I believe that God is disgusted with it. Perhaps, you are like Iwas in the beginning — unaware. Maybe, like I did, you don’t understand why Facebook is wrong. In my mind, Facebook was okay if I edited my “friends” list. I have For a long time, I struggled with accepting the fact that God is not okay with His servants using Facebook, because I liked it. I tried to justify Facebook because I enjoyed being able to communicate with friends and family so easily; however, there are several other alternatives forcommunication. We cannot ignore the Bible or what God says about separation because it’s easier. In“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord,” I haveput together reasons why God dislikes Facebook. In fact, I believe He hates it.
“Be Ye Separate” - God said: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be yes eparate, saith the Lord, and touch not the uncleanthing; and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17).
One of the main reasons that God hates Facebook is because we send “friend requests” to anyone and everyone. We invite anybody we know, and then consider them our “friend.” The average Facebook user has almost 300 “friends.” Most Christian Facebook users accept and invite “friends” that God is most definitely not okay with us considering our friends. In addition, most Christian Facebook users accept and invite unsaved Facebook users and call them “friends.” There’s no doubt God wants us to witness to everyone, He said: “Go ye out into all the world and preach thegospel...” He didn’t say: “Go ye out into all the world and preach the gospel and be their friend.”And He definitely did not say: “Go ye out into all
the world, preach the gospel, and ‘friend’ them on Facebook to do so.” Besides, if we are really preaching the gospel to everyone we know, there is no way we’ll have 300 friends.
“I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes...” - Facebook is covered with advertisements and pop-ups that are wicked and filthy. As soon as you log into Facebook, you are bombarded with almost naked women or men. In Psalm 101:3, the psalmist said: “I will set no wicked ting before mineeyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shallnot cleave to me.” Regardless of whether we are looking at the wicked advertisements or not, it’s there. Everyone on Facebook is aware of the advertisements, and if we are aware of the wickedness and we continue to use Facebook anyway, we are purposefully setting wicked in front of us. God is not okay with that.Perhaps, one could say they don’t look at the dirty advertisements --which is impossible, but if it were true, would it be acceptable to God if a Christian sat inside a pornography shop to message their friends? Even if someone is not lusting over dirty pictures, God does not want us to put ourselves among them.
Many people may also be unaware that Facebook own severything you upload. Every uploaded video or photo is owned by Facebook when you accept their “Terms & Conditions.” This means that they can sell your photo to a pornography store, they can post it on their window with any heading, and there’s nothing you can do. That’s why when you delete your account, it isn’t actually deleted. I could reactivate my account and pick up right where I left off. Facebook has everything on file that we’ve ever posted. Ephesians 5:11, “And have no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
If there was only one reason that Facebook is not acceptable to God, that should be enough for His people to want to do right; however, there are plenty of reasons why God hates it. Facebook isn’t a necessity, there are hundredsof other ways to communicate with relatives or friends. In everything we do, we should examine whether it is“acceptable unto the Lord,” instead of whether it is right in our own eyes.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Proverbs 21:2
I come to the conclusion that God is not pleased with Facebook, period. It’s my prayer that with the information I have written, every Christian becomes aware of why Facebook is not acceptable to God.

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I recently got sent the above article, and the message is powerful, and I encourage each and every one of you to prayerfully consider the message given.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, etc about the article.

Monday, 21 May 2012

POETRY: "God's Orchestra"

The great Composer writes the theme
And gives us each a part to play;
To some a sweet and flowing air,
Smooth and unbroken all the way;

They pour their full heart's gladness out
In notes of joy and service blent;
But some He gives long bars of "rests,"
With idle voice and instrument.

He who directs the singing spheres,
The music of the morning stars,
Needs, for His full creation's hymn,
The quiet of the soundless bars.

Be silent unto God, my soul,
If this the score He writes for thee,
And "hold the rest," play no false note
To mar His perfect harmony.

Yet be thou watchful for thy turn,
Strike on the instant, true and clear,
Lest from the grand, melodious whole
Thy note be missing to His ear.
--Annie Johnson Flint

Job Definition

“What is your occupation?”  asks the questionnaire.  Being married to the most wonderful man makes me a wife.  Having three beautiful children makes me a mother.  Living in a home needing several finishing touches makes me a homemaker.  Creating the family’s culinary likes and making sure that the biscuit barrel is full makes me a chef.
Sewing on that missing button or making a dress makes me a seamstress.  Putting bandages on little grazed knees or staying up all night to cool a burning fever makes me a nurse.  Showing my five-year-old for the umpteenth time how to tire his shoelaces, or my three-year-old how to button his shirt makes me a teacher.
Ensuring that there are no bills outstanding and that mundane paperwork is up to date makes me a secretary.  Trying to fathom the reasons for the baby’s constant cries, wondering what is making the eldest play up, and knowing when it’s too quiet that the middle one is up to something makes me a psychologist.
My occupation?  I answer:  housewife.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Godly Womanhood Is...

Faith & Fortitude
The spirit of godly womanhood is present in the woman who, with courage and fortitude, perseveres through the many challenges of life. She realizes that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," and consequently strives for the principled course of action.

Purity & Contentment
To be pure in mind, body and spirit is more precious than all the promises the world offers. A godly woman guards her heart against anything that would rob her of her purity and she is content to wait upon the Lord and trust the leadership of her husband.

Femininity & Grace
The truly godly woman is one who radiates that inner grace which only comes from the confidence in being a woman of God. She enjoys dressing like a lady and being about the business of women. Because of this, others think of her with respect. Her very comportment communicates a gentle, gracious spirit.

Enthusiasm & Industry
Proverbs tells us that a virtuous woman "works with her hands with delight" and "does not eat the bread of idleness." A godly woman is one who sees her life as mission of service. What others view as a burden, she views as a blessing and opportunity.

Home & Hospitality
One of the defining qualities of godly womanhood is a love for home and hospitality. While other women are driven by careers and ambitions, the godly woman finds true contentment at home. She makes her home a safe haven, first for her family and then for the traveller.

Joy & Friendship
The woman of God is joyful and seeks close companionship with those who share the same vision. For the woman who has embraced the beauty of Christian Womanhood, the richest of friendships begin with her family where she both learns and teaches how to love and honour, and experiences the joy of belonging to another.

Submission & Obedience
The Godly Woman recognizes that "the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man..." She willingly and joyfully submits to him in everything as she would unto Christ. What other women view as a burden and degradation, she views as an honour and a blessing.
--Unknown

VIDEO: True Beauty

This devotional video by Leslie Ludy is SUCH a challenge to Christian young women to be what GOD wants them to be, and not what the world expects them to be.


Monday, 14 May 2012

31 Days of Prayer for Your Future Husband

1.                  To become a holy man, mature and growing in the Lord.
2.                  For contentment.
3.                  To take every thought captive, and not be conformed to the world’s thinking and to think scripturally.
4.                  To seek God with all his heart and grow in dependance on Him.
5.                  That he would be ever captivated by my love
6.                  To be a man of courage and boldness.
7.                  For wisdom to lead his family physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
8.                  To look at the plank in his own eye before seeing other’s sawdust.
9.                  To be a called man, not driven, with well thought-through and prayed-through goals in life
10.             To be a man of prayer, guarding his heart and mind, putting into practice what he has heard, seen and learned.
11.             To stand firm against the wiles of the devil and resist Satan in all circumstances.
12.             To strive after the Christian ideal, and partake of the deeper truths of the gospel.
13.             Not to depend on his circumstances for happiness but on God alone.
14.             That he would enter victoriously into spiritual warfare.
15.             To have God’s strength in the midst of his busy schedule.
16.             To have a burden to see lost people saved.
17.             To be kept from strange women.
18.             To have godly companions.
19.             That his self image might be a reflection of the Lord’s thoughts toward him.
20.             That he might not be deceived into unbelief, sin or bitterness.
21.             To learn to love as God commanded.
22.             That the fruit of the Spirit might be exhibited more and more in his life.
23.             To grow in humility.
24.             To grow daily in Godly character.
25.             To keep a clear conscience.
26.             The Lord might protect him.
27.             To learn to manage his time well.
28.             The Lord would put a song in his heart.
29.             To have a holy fear of God.
30.             To have a desire to minister to others.
31.             That I would be the best helpmeet and encourager for him.

Serving with Joy

When God asks you to do something for Him, do you respond with joy?  Whether it’s a task you enjoy or not, God delights seeing His children doing it with joy.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and is a beautiful fruit when it comes from the heart.  Joy is not dependant on circumstances, but is a decision of the heart.  When we choose to be joyful, when God gives a task to do, God blesses us for being joyfully obedient.  Even if the task is undesirable, we should be joyful that we are able to do it.  And we should thank the Lord for allowing us to do something for Him.  After all He has done for us, it is but a small gift we have to give in return in perspective to what Christ did.
Considering what Christ has done for us, we ought to be joyful about every task we’re given from Him and be glad that there is a way we can show our gratefulness for Christ’s sacrifice.
So may I encourage each of you to serve the Lord with Joy and Gratefulness.