Monthly Archives: November 2007

Month: November 2007 Watch.

How will these things be, Lord? How will the end times be? I have often wondered. How will the church be deceived and what will come of the church in the last days? So then, I read with… interest(?) no, sadness: this article on A Common Word Between Us and You and I was grieved with the truthiness of the letter, the error and the misrepresentation and twisting of Truth. The Lord God – is not a universal or common god of each religion as is claimed. It is at once untrue and impossible. And, further, the first two Commandments are not the same in the two different religions as the article states – neither can they be. The letter says that “God’s goodness is infinite and not bound by anything…” — I would say that God’s goodness is bound by Truth – God is not a man that He could lie. But, while the article itself was grievous and all the subtle nuances surrounding it, the deeper regret is at least one of the signatories whose name is toward the end of the alphabet near the bottom of the page. Actually, I’m not really at all surprised by Hybels continue reading

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Month: November 2007 Let us be not silly women

These verses continue to weigh heavily on my mind in the last couple of years and particularly in recent months as leaders of great multitudes wander from the Truth of the Scripture and the deity and supremacy of the Lord Jesus and of the Word of God. I meditate on verses of promise and trust that the Lord is not slack concerning His promises. As we live and move about in these days, I pray that none will be deceived by the foolishness that is called truth. As we read in Ephesians 4.14 “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” So much that is being taught sounds lofty and true… sounds like the Scriptures might sound. This is a very clever tool of the enemy… ever seeming like the truth. This is why we must know the Word of God… we must study the Word and be so familiar with it that we will be swift to spot counterfeits. We must watch the signs of the times, we must be as Bereans – continue reading

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Month: November 2007 scattered blog times…

But I do wonder what in the world I did when I didn’t have an internet cafe in my sunroom. When my tea time or coffee’s didn’t include ‘visits’ from such an array of ‘friends’ or when I didn’t have notes and pictures from friends and family each day. I wonder what in the world I did when I didn’t read story after story about what’s going on in the church today and all the teachings that are muddying the waters of the faith.   It’s frosty. The hydrangeas are all droopy. And blackened. Summer is a distant memory… and the boy who used a snowboard to slide down the slope of the field outside my window and called it ‘sunboarding’ is now all bundled up and told me today that he was so happy to be able to go out ‘frostboarding’ as much as he wanted! I love that scruffy little gravelly voiced boy. I love that he is so clever and so happy each day. I love that he has a sweet imagination and that he loves life. I love that he daydreams and asks me if every one likes to daydream. I love that he exuberantly waits continue reading

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Month: November 2007 Thanksgiving ~ 2007

I did not cook a turkey today. And only tonight does that feel -so- strange. There is no turkey carcass in a stockpot simmering on the stove tonight. No scent of poultry seasoning – onion – garlic – sage – rosemary and thyme. There’s not even a hint, tonight, that those foods have ever been prepared in this old farmhouse. There is no mess tonight. There are no left-over’s in the fridge tonight . Our table didn’t look like this today and there were no tryptophan induced naps this afternoon. And tonight: No turkey – dressing – mashed potatoes – sweet potato casserole – jell-O salad – green beans – stuffing – gravy – cornbread . On what would’ve/should’ve been my thirtieth Thanksgiving turkey dinner preparation/presentation, another menu played out instead. Sometime last week, Hannah thought maybe we could (gasp) do something totally radical this year and have a brunch instead of traditional Thanksgiving dinner… well, that resonated well around our home and we all agreed it was a fun plan. Well, it was a good plan. I wouldn’t say it was as delicious as some might think a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is, but it was fine. Different and fine. continue reading

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Month: November 2007 More! Cookies ~ Cookies ~ Cookies for You!

As if the variety of the previous Cookies-Cookies-Cookies entry was not enough… here’s a great page (and so pretty, too!) of cookies for you! Here’s a neat page: a Cookie Jar by Susan Branch! Now, today’s to busy to actually use these links, but you’ll know where to look when you start your cookie baking. And… may I suggest that midnight is not a good time to start a baking project.  Especially cookies. Usually.

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Month: November 2007 a blog award

I’m both humbled and honoured to receive this blog award – and, yes, I’m very surprised. I’m smiling as I have visited the site of the sister in the Lord who has given me this award. I smile bcz her stories and pictures are affirmations to me that the path the Lord has chosen for us is truly a blessed path — motherhood is a path paved by the grace of God, in His mercy and it is a life of blessing beyond description. This “Mathete’s” award originates with Dan King and his blog: Management By God, he shares, “Mathetes is the Greek word for disciple, and the role of the disciple (per the Great Commission) is to make more disciples.” And so, in keeping with the intention of this award I am to give this award to five other bloggers whom I believe are making disciples through their blogs! So, thank you, Tammy, at A Fruitful Vine, for this award, and with this recognition, I also thank you for your kind encouragement and I just want to say… keep goin’ you’re doing fine! It would seem impossible to only mention just five of the blogs or websites that demonstrate continue reading

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Month: November 2007 And Be Ye Thankful

As I recall a very important turning point, nearly twenty years ago, I was lamenting to my husband how worried I was about the coming winter and my husband lovingly said to me, “Sweetheart, it’s a sin to worry.” O, that’s not the answer I was looking for. I think I wanted his conciliatory comfort and agreement. I even think I wanted him to lament the situation with me. But not really. For I really know I wanted to be right with the Lord – I wanted to have the right response of faith and not of unbelief. And I really know I wanted him to have the right response. It’s what I really always want from him. It was truly a loving thing to tell me — that it was a sin to worry — for it was the truth then, it is now and has been in all the years in between that day and this. In worrying, we take God out of the equation of our lives — we put Him in the passenger seat, the back seat or even out of our ‘car’ — and we live apart from Him, apart from faith and *in* fear. continue reading

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Month: November 2007 A prayer for Mothers of Prodigals

I remember the night our son left home… I was nursing a newborn baby, the fragrance of the milky breath and tender cheeks and snuggly baby clothes was intoxicating. And as I sat holding that baby close to my heart, another ‘baby’ was walking out the door and I thought at that moment I would die. Maybe I even wished it would be so. I had never known a deeper grief and a more paralyzing moment of despair. It was a strange mix of failure, disappointment, loss, hopelessness, regret, shame, remorse, shock, doubt, frustration, and sadness all wrapped up in a blanket — memories I still seemed to hold in my arms, yet the baby was no longer a baby – he was a young man – eager to seek his own way. Time passed and as time has a way of doing, so did a lot of those feelings or, rather, their intensity lessened over time. And I more completely accepted responsibility that the initial shock had masked. Initially, I wondered, what in the world had I done or not done to deserve that or to have that happen. But time had a way of revealing things that I continue reading

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Month: November 2007 Watch and Listen

Sisters… I pray you will set about to redeem the time and walk circumspectly. Study the Bible – and then as you go about your life… be very careful to take what you hear and read and line it up against the Word of God. You will hear many doctrines, many traditions of men, many wonderful – unbelievable, delightful stories that will warm your heart and make you feel so good and happy. Be very careful to not get caught up in the snares of deception. The enemy is subtle – so subtle that you might begin to believe things you never thought you’d believe but the enemy has made them so sweet and sincere and familiar that it’s hard to distinguish real truth from real lies. Numbers 23.19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Be sure. Be very sure. There is only one place you will find the Truth or the basis of what you believe. You’re not going to find it in a message somewhere (though continue reading

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Month: November 2007 10 mistakes

I’m sort of stuck in neutral here – or am still drinking a cup of tea and mulling over Cindy’s ongoing blog entries and numerous(!!) comments from thoughtful readers. The original post was the springboard for a couple of my entries here and likely a few more. Now, from (her blog) was “Older Mothers of the World Unite,” which led to “Calling All Moms for Real Advice,” and then, today’s “Disciplining Children.” I don’t know of anything that gets women talking more than the multifaceted topic of discipline/child-training/pregnancy. Well, maybe… wifely submission. O, and dresses. Well, okay, and feminism. And, after a comment I received here last night, I started thinking… not about what I hate to see younger moms doing but sort of in response that letter, I thought, well, what would I tell a young mom were my biggest mistakes? Or, rather, instead of sharing what I think is right, maybe I’d share some stuff I discovered along the way – some of my mistakes – and there’s not a top ten bcz, actually, mistakes, like sin, cannot be qualified or quantified exactly. Some things I thought were biggies – big mistakes – were actually not as big continue reading

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