Friday, November 14, 2008
Sleep. Good sleep is so good. Many nights I wake up and toss and turn due to pain but since going to the chiropractor every week, the pain during the night is better and I'm able to sleep with my Tylenol PMs and muscle relaxors. (I can't sleep without them due to pain.) Restful sleep is truly a gift from God. Psalm 3:5 I sleep and wake up refreshed because you, LORD, protect me.
Good bed. I bought a new mattress last year and it raises and lowers and is so comfortable. I love it and am thankful for it.
Family road trips! Elaine picked up a blind Doberman puppy last night and kept her overnight. Today she is taking her to Asheville to meet the next leg of her transportation to her new home up North. We are making a road trip of it. Elaine, Ronnie, Mom, Dad and I are going. I loved this little Dobie girl. She is so big but is a velcro monkey. She looks like a giant MoneyPenny and she's only a couple of months old. This blind puppy had been dumped on the side of the road and was severely dehydrated when picked up by a good Samaritan. She's such a happy, loving girl despite all her recent traumas.
Rain. Rain is not my favorite thing but we need it to survive and God is gracious to send it. It waters the Earth, keeps plants alive, gives us the water we need, fills the streams and lakes for fish, etc. Psalm 65:9-10 You visit the earth and water it; You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for in this way You have prepared it. You fill its terraces with water; You deepen its furrows; You make it soft with showers; You bless the sprouting of it.
Color. I love color. I don't usually paint a room white or beige unless I'm going to fill it with color another way. I love color. My kitchen is my favorite place right now because I painted it a bright blue with bright white and bright yellow accessories. I love color!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Good health care. It's not what it should be but God has used my husband's medical insurance and my doctors and medication and physical therapy to help me and He has made sure I've been taken care of. So I'm thankful for their willingness to work with the sick, their education, their experience, their aptitude for the medical field.
I thank God today, despite being damp, cold, and gray I didn't feel bad. I usually can hardly get around on days like today but I was able to do some errands and get a few things done around the house with only a couple of hours in bed resting (not hurting). So I'm so thankful! I went to the DMV to get a new tag for my car and I took my littlest dog with me. My dogs help alert me to a low blood sugar attack. She was starting to whine to alert me but I just thought she was excited about all the people. They made me leave her in the car and by the time I got back in, sure enough, I had a low blood sugar attack despite eating an egg/bacon bagel this morning. I wasn't expecting that but I was starting to shake so bad that I couldn't hold my paper and I had to wait 30 mins to get my tag. I called Stan to alert him but thank God had 2 glucose tablets in my purse and they worked this time and I was alright. If I had just paid attention to Persephone I would have taken them 5 mins earlier and not had the severe drop.
Cell phone. I know people get aggravated with cell phones but I love mine. We no longer have a landline. If I need help, I can call Stan no matter where I am...like today in the DMV, or on the side of the road, or at the hospital, etc. It's a lifeline for me. And I don't think talking on the cell phone while driving is any worse than all the other things we do while driving like putting ketchup on french fries, stirring your coffee, picking up baby's pacifier, putting on mascara or lipstick, changing your CD, switching CDs for your book on tape, making out your deposit slip, etc
Electricity. Even though it's already dark outside I can sit here in my study with lights on, computer going, my coffee maker keeping my coffee hot, the TV on, etc. I'm not sitting in the dark or trying to read by candlelight like our forefathers had to do.
For my hearing. I can hear the TV, have conversations with family and friends, hear my dogs do their yodeling duets, listen to the radio, hear the preacher and praise and worship music, the sounds of nature...I'm blessed that I can hear.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I got this book last week. I left it on the library shelves until the day before the Presidential election just in case someone wanted to vote as Jesus would vote but there were no takers so I got it. I found it to be suscinct and easy to read.
Maybe the title turned people off although, as Christians, we should be interested in how Jesus would vote. But maybe they thought Dr. Kennedy was going to tell them WHO to vote for or what PARTY to vote for. This he didn't do. Although, in my opinion, the Republican platform follows the views on the issues more closely. But the Republican and Democrat Parties are equally corrupt and greedy and neither have God's perspective.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked and saw a man standing in front of him with drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?"
"Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come." then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"
D. James Kennedy says, "(God) is not on anybody's side. Jesus said that He was the commander - Joshua's captain and the Lord of the battle. He commands not only His people but the days of all people and the host of heaven as well.
"We want to vote 'correctly,' but how do we know the right way to vote - the Christian way to vote? ..
"Jesus goes on to explain to Joshua that he will be victorious if he obeys the Lord and does what he is commanded to do. The question, therefore, is not if God is on our side, but rather, are we on God's side?"
Kennedy looks at the issues that are hot topics today and points out what the Bible says about these issues.
Abortion/Euthanasia (Psalm 139, Jeremiah 1:4-5, Luke 1:39-41, Exodus 20:13, Exodus 21:22-25, Proverbs 6:17) - God is the giver of life, life is therefore sacred and it should be left to God to make the decision to give life or to take life.
Stem cell research - Embryonic stem cell research is research conducted on the cells of human embryos and has not resulted in any "cures" although adult stem cell research (which does not raise ethical questions) has resulted in some positive results. Should human life be expendable in the quest for cures? To kill the unborn, the most vulnerable among us, defies the Creator and His creation.
Death Penalty - In the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) God says, "Thou shalt not kill" but the word for "kill" means "murder" so it is "Thou shalt not murder". Then there are verses in Exodus 21 where God gives death penalties for certain sins. We are not to take innocent life which would be murder. But there are times when God delegates to mankind the responsibility of taking the lives of murderers. We are not to do it with hate or do it with pleasure. We need to guard our hearts from unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred because that is evil too.
War - Is War ever justified? He points out the story of Abraham going to rescue Lot from the kings who attacked cities that included Sodom and Gomorrha in Genesis 14. Rather than holding Lot responsible for choosing to live in Sodom and leaving him to his fate, Abraham immediately gathered his armed men and started on a forced march. They overcame the kings and their prisoners and the goods that they had stolen and Abraham divided his men in tow and, at night, they attacked the aggressors from opposite directions. He won the victory despite being outnumbered. He gave chase until he recovered the prisoners and the stolen goods. As he returned he was passing by the city of Salem (later known as Jerusalem) and Melchizedek, the king of Salem ("Salem" is Shalom or peace), came out to meet him. This "king of righteousness and peace" blesses Abraham for his victory and for restoring justice and offers him bread and wine. In the New Testament, Melchizedek is described as a type of Christ (Hebrews 14:18). Jesus is the King of Peace, our High Priest and he used bread and wine to represent His broken body and shed blood for us.
If you know the story of Abraham and his nephew, Lot, you know that Abraham and Sarah had basically raised Lot and considered him as a son and, yet, when they came to the Promised Land and were settled together, their were some arguments between Lot's people and Abraham's people because of the crowding. So Abraham offered to let Lot choose where he would like to move. Lot chose what looked to him to be the best land and I'm sure this must have hurt Abraham and Sarah's heart. But, as we see, Lot moved his family and servants to the valley with the cities and lived in Sodom. This is where the invading kings found him. Abraham could have thought, "What goes around, comes around. Good luck." And Abraham wasn't specifically commanded by God to wage this battle. It was not his personal household or property that had been stolen. And yet, his own conscience and beliefs about right and wrong made him make the decision to put his life in jeopardy and the lives of his men in jeopardy and go after Lot to rescue him and the others taken. He acted in faith in God and did what needed to be done. And throughout the Old Testament, there were numerable instances of just wars. Robert Morey says, "The use of force to overthrow tyranny is blessed and sanctioned by God Himself. People have the moral obligation to take whatever action is necessary to fight for the freedom and liberty of all the oppressed peoples of the world."
Education - Kennedy makes a shocking statement, "For the first two hundred years of this nation's history, education was explicitly Christian, and it produced amazing results...How interesting that with the rise of secularism in our educational institutions has come a sharp rise in illiteracy. While more than a trillion dollars has been poured into the secular public-education system in America and Christ has been taken out of it, the illiteracy rate has increased thirty-two times. Our literacy rate is rapidly plunging to that of Zambia." -and- "American education was so bad that if a foreign power had done to our public schools what the public schools have done to themselve, it would considered an act of war." -and- "If you have a college diploma, you have about the same education a sixth grader had in the first decade of the twentieth century."
I know our education system is bad and I know why. But it still shocked me to read those statements. I've always said that putting money in our schools is like putting it into a black hole. It's never enough and we aren't getting any value from it. Our children are still illiterate. In fact, it's more harmful than helpful because they don't learn, they are indoctrinated. If I had had children, I would have wanted to homeschool them.
Kennedy goes on to say that this problem began when schools became more concerned about socialization than basic learning. "We got rid of religion, then we got rid of morality, and now we are losing ground on knowledge."
Jesus would have wanted a godly education for our children. Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" and we are cautioned to raise our children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord".
"As long as God continues to be barred from our public schools, the public-education system will continue to falter. I cannot picture Jesus Christ putting His stamp of approval on our current public-education system - not unless we see a serious overhaul. Ultimately, I think the fairest outcome would allow more freedom for all. The time should end for Christians being taxed twice because they do not want to send their children to learn in public schools. Not everyone can afford a Christian education, and not everyone is able to teach their children at home, but as parents, we will be accountable to God for the education of our children. Therefore, it is up to us to make sure our children are taught well, including being taught to fear the Lord."
I have to stop here, but Dr. Kennedy goes into economic concerns, health care issues, environmental issues, immigration and racial prejudice, marriage, judicial activism. This is a great book to give you an easy-to-read skim over modern issues and God's perspective. I recommend this book.
For Stan's job. He is blessed with a hardworking nature and good health. He also has a natural ability and talent for his type work and worked hard to get his training and education as he worked his jobs too. He is dependable and conscientious about is job and his company has been a blessing with good pay and benefits and good work environment and co-workers. We are blessed.
My parents. They raised me right. I have wonderful parents who love each other and us and showed us love. They tried very hard to provide, protect, teach and be good examples to us. I have learned so much spiritually and about relationships from them. They made sure we were raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And they have kept themselves in good health so we could enjoy having them for as long as possible. My parents, like my sisters, are the ones I prefer to be with above all others (except, of course, my husband). When we go places together we have fun and talk like a house afire.
My in-laws. My mother-in-law loved her husband and children and she also did her best to try and raise them right. She didn't have the advantages that my parents did and she suffered but she tried to shield her children. She provided love and protection and stability for them. She also is a good Christian woman and was one of my spiritual mentors along with Stan's sister, Kathi, and my parents and family. My brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws have also been blessings.
Weather that allows me to enjoy having some windows open during the day so I can enjoy the outdoors. I've been around the house all this week and been able to sit on the porch or by an open window and enjoy the Fall, the cooler weather.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Elaine made the corsage and table arrangement! So cute!
Aunt Janis came and brought little Preston, her grandson. David and Candace had Preston about 7-8 mos ago. He nearly died but is now a healthy, happy little boy and we couldn't keep our eyes off of him! God is good!!!!
Jenny looks great and the baby is rolling and kicking. She says he starts kicking in the middle of the night.
Here is Jenny with all the gifts her Mom & Dad gave her.
Left to right is her first cousin, Katie, Jenny and my Mother , Jenny's Grandmother.
Mom with Jenny
Jenny got some wonderful gifts!
This is Jenny with the framed print of Jesus with children. Mom had that framed and gave it to her to keep and pass down to other children in the family.
Jenny's Grandma Peggy. Peggy has given her a box full of stuff already!
I bought her some books and Melinda did too. So we intend for this baby to be a reader!
A little cowboy shirt!
This little airplane was bought with Kyle in mind!
Jenny's Aunt Kathi
Jenny, Katie, and Jenny's sister-in-law, Hannah.
Jenny's Aunt Angie
Jenny's Aunt Melinda
Luke looked in on the party!
Katie and Kathi
Aunt Melinda shows Jenny the baby quilt she quilted for her with Bazooples.
Peggy checking out the scrapbook pages I did of the disco party.
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