Thursday, June 1, 2017

What the Bible says:: Issue 12 Let's talk Satan!

As I said the other day in my blog I have lots of bible studies that I want to write about but only when the Lord gives me the okay on it. So over the past few weeks or even a month I have went over and over this passage that I came across in my study bible. 

It says: 

WHAT IS HE NOT
Satan is not a evil principle, an error of the mortal mind, a disease germ, an abstract power, or a being with hooves, horns, tail, and Persian shoes, holding a pitchfork and presiding over a lake of fire and the realm of the dead.

Wow, that's a mouth full. But nine times out of ten what does people teach that the devil does look like?  Just the other day my son drew a dragon with horns, and a pitchfork and told me it was the devil, but not the real devil mom, just a devil dragon.  If I hadn't been in church service I would have probably inquired further as to what he really thinks Satan is and what he looks like.

Let's look at what Satan is.

Satan is a real person. 1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

Zechariah 3:1-2 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

He stood against Israel, and he is standing before the Lord. Satan loves to stir trouble, he loves to be against all that the Lord stands for. 

Christ taught that Satan was real. Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Revelation 12 : 7-12, 13 : 1-4, 20 : 1-10

Christ saw him descend from heaven. Christ dealt with him as a person. Christ had personal conversations with him. Mathew 4:1-10 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

There are personal descriptions made of him in the bible. Ezekiel 28:11-17 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

He was a anointed Cherub. It says he was perfect until the iniquity, and violence caused him to sin. God cast him to the ground. God doesn't  describe him as a man with hooves, or a pitchfork, or horns.  It says he was beautiful. The definition of Cherub is a winged angelic being. But Christ saw him as a man.

Parents, please don't teach your children that the devil/Satan is a hooved being that is red and has horns with a pitchfork and spiked tail.  Tell them that Satan is a man. Tell them that he can come in all sorts of forms but the character that humans has portrayed him as is not right.Tell them not to be looking for a red being that looks like a bull. Even my son's drawing as a dragon could be real, because in Revelation 12, 13, and 20 tells of him as a dragon.

Satan is as real as you and I. Make sure you are saved today. It could be your last chance. We are not promised tomorrow. We are not promised our next breath. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memories

You know our memories go with us everywhere we go. Some may make us happy. Some make us sad. Then there are those that make us thankful, or make us laugh.  Just this week I have been going through some memories in my life time. Just posting a picture of me when I was very young maybe 2-3yrs old probably more close to 3yrs, brought back lots to mind. With those memories came a flood of other memories. 

Just like Monday night I asked my brother if he wanted some of them cheeses. Yes I said cheeses. My mamaw, my dad's mother loves eating cheese. Every night before bed she would have her a snack of cheese.  She would come and ask everyone in the room if anyone wanted a bite of them cheeses. Makes me giggle just thinking about that.  

Then there is the memory of bologna sandwiches. My cousins and I have discussed this several times reminiscing the past. How come a plain old bologna and cheese sandwich always tastes so much better at a relatives house? I can go for months on end and not even touch a bologna sandwich and sure enough when I would go to my Aunts house she would offer a simple bologna sandwich for lunch. Man it was like I couldn't get enough of them.  They tasted so much better there then at my house when I make them. 

Memories of building a pond with my paw Andy (my mom's dad) in the creek so we could have a place to swim. We shoveled and built up rocks in that little creek until we finally dammed it up enough to wade in at least. Hey we just wanted to cool of and have fun. A little work paid off.

What about every time I smell a cigar? It floods my brain with memories of my uncle smoking cigars and me riding in his little pick-up truck back down the mountain to spend a week or two at his house with my cousins and my Paw Andy. 

I have so many memories that have just came back this week. Some of them heartbreaking, most of them good. But no matter what may happen in our families, I know that I still have my memories. The good, bad and the ugly. Getting switched at 12am for talking and not including one cousin in the conversation, (she went and told on us) and having to stand in the corner until 2:30am is one of the ugly. HAHAA.  I can laugh now, but man was we mad at her the next day. She didn't even feel the switch, she wrapped herself in a sheet. Yes she got switched too because she tattled, just how it was then. 

Maybe one day I will get a chance and sit and write down all my memories for my children. I wish I had done that when my grandparents had told me stories of their memories. I still have them stored but have yet to put them to paper along with mine.

Most of my memories are comforting. I guess walking down memory lane this week brought on the flood that I am now experiencing. 

Blessing to you and yours!

Monday, May 29, 2017

What's In Moma's Reading Pile

Okay, okay!!! I know! I am horrible at this blogging thing. I start off blogging good for a few weeks, days and then NOTHING for like weeks or months.  Might I start by saying I am a very busy woman. Always doing for others and for myself as well. It is hard to find time amongst my other duties to even sit and think about something to write about. Oh I have several bible studies that I am wanting to write about, just getting it to this blog is another story all in it's self.

But, here is another day. I am pushing forward and sitting at the computer for the sole purpose of writing. I have been doing a lot of reading. At the moment it consists of recipe books and gardening books plus one homeschooling manual. Very seldom do I get into a fiction type book other than a easy reader with my son. With a love of learning, I prefer learning books. So, I thought I would share what this mom has been reading for the past month.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling By Debra Bell  I got to meet and hear Mrs. Bell last year at the homeschool conference in Winston Salem NC. She is such a sweet lady and very knowledgeable when it comes to homeschooling. If you're wanting to know more about homeschooling and how to start or any other information I suggest this book.  

Hay Day Country Market Cookbook By Kim Rizk This cookbook starts out by giving you the story of Hay Day. Cooking with fresh vegetables, the farm stand style of cooking.

Yum-o The Family Cookbook By Rachael Ray Okay so admit it, who doesn't love Rachael Ray? Well I love her style of cooking. Which is why I purchased this cookbook.

La Belle Cuisine By Patti LaBelle If you don't know here music, well look her up. Bluesy, with R&B.  Such a wonderful voice. Can't wait to cook one of her recipes or a few.

Gardening Projects for Kids By Jenny Hendy I got this for my son and I so that we could do a fun gardening project together. Really want to instill the reasoning for knowing how to garden.

Growing and Using the Healing Herbs By Gaea and Shandor Weiss This book gives you drawings of the herb and also tells how to use them and what the medical properties are.

Barefoot Contessa at Home, and, How Easy is That By Ina Garten I started watching her on the cooking channels and just love this woman's spirit and how she poured her heart into cooking a perfect meal. So I bought 2 of her cookbooks this month. I have enjoyed both of them.

Heirloom Vegetables By Sue Strickland This book talks about how to cultivate and preserve your own seeds. With all the GMO's and pesticides going into our food today, it is worth trying to learn how the older generation did it. Living off the food you grow is so much better for you then buying.

Organic Gardening For the 21st Century By John Fedor A very nice directory from cultivating your land to cold frames, and house plants. You will find what you need in this book to do it yourself.

Well folks that is it for this Mama's reading pile at the moment.  It grows every time I go thrift shopping. If I could afford a home library, I don'think I would ever leave it. Although with my book collection it is slowly headed into a small-medium selection. Hopefully you will enjoy reading about the books I am reading and go check them out for yourselves.

Blessings!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Giving God the Praise

Personal information is just that, personal. I try very hard to never put that out here in cyber land. because the less you share the better off you are with people who you don't know personally. But I am going to share a little bit with you today. 

When DR.'s tell you there is a spot on your lung, your heart drops. Or at least mine did. Thoughts ran through my mind, it's all very scary. 

I am now on 10 weeks of being sick. Coughing, congestion, weakness, no energy the normal things that come from being sick. Called the DR, gave me a round of antibiotics. Took all of that, no better.  Started vomiting up phlegm, still no better. It went from vomiting to coughing up phlegm. Only this time the phlegm was different. It had blood in it.  So called the DR back. This time went in for an appointment to be checked. Now lets check your chest. Spot on lung may be the cause of this sickness. Further testing on the lungs. Prescribed another round of antibiotics. Here I am still sick, got one day of antibiotic left and did I mention I am on  week 10 of this mess?  Yes I am worried. Yes I have fear. Blood just doesn't appear, right? I know that I have chronic Bronchitis, that is nothing new. Could it just be pneumonia? Could the blood be coming from my throat where I have strained so much in coughing?  You see these are things that have ran through my mind up until the day I go for further testing on my lung.

Here I am, worried. I turn to the one person that I know is the only one to help me. I call upon God. I am now in the begging and pleading stage of prayer. I have a 7yr old boy who will let no one do anything for him, except his mother. Talking to God, was all I could do. I called upon Him to help me. God gave me this little boy late in life for a reason, we prayed for another child for 12 yrs. God answered.  So God, let me live long enough to see him at least raised into adulthood. My husband has already said that he didn't know how he would raise him by his-self.  Did I mention he is a momma's boy. Through and through. God, I know you can heal.  My trust and faith in you is strong. I went through praying quietly to begging to reasoning. It has been a rough few weeks. My church family prayed for me. My husband, brother, sister, children and extended family all asking God on my behalf for this to be good news and not bad news.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
"Pray without ceasing."

Then the phone call comes in. Benigned is the word they use. There will never be any sweeter word to my ears. No further testing recommended, nothing to be concerned about. God answered my cry, my plea, my reasoning. I couldn't believe it. God has heard me. A weight was lifted off me like no other weight. I was so happy to hear those words. God deserves all the glory for this good news.

I am still sick, yes. There will be further testing to find out whats going on. Hoping it's just the Bronchitis mixed with severe allergies. We will have to see, but you know what? GOD has this too. I have no doubt we will find the answers and that prayer will be answered also.

If you or someone you know is struggling or going through a health issue, Please tell them of God and what He can do for them. It's always by His will, each individual circumstance.  I know He did this for me and He can do the same for anyone. 

Matthew 21:21
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

Mark 11:24 
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

1 John 5:14
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Reading Stack This Week


Reading different books always gives me happiness. I am so glad that my son has picked this habit up. For me to go into a library, bookstore, or even book-sale it just makes my world happy.  There is so many things out there to learn about. I am currently reading for myself gardening books, and herbal aromatherapy books.  The gardening for planting and knowledge of what goes with what in a garden best to grow.  As for the herbal books, I want to start relying on some herbs for health reasons and some for going toxic free in cleaning items in our home. Presentation is one of the things I go by when picking books. I know that is just crazy, but its the truth.
I like the way a cover looks. If it is presented well, I usually pick it up. So far it hasn't lead me wrong with reading a good book. Although the old saying is "Don't judge a book by it's cover". My mom was a big reader. It is un-telling how many books she read over her lifetime. My brother and I found notebook after notebook with titles written in it.  She always had at least 3 books going at one time, and usually one at my house going. So the love of reading was passed down to me from my mom. I have passed it to my daughter and now to my son. 

On to what we read this week together, my son and I. I got a few chapter books yesterday that are in the Easy Reading section to try with him. We read the Wind in the Willows a while back and it just wasn't his cup of tea at the time. He still like pictures.

Our books this week has been as listed.

Home by Carson Ellis  
We're all Wonders by RJ Palacio
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse by Eric Carle

A Child Of Books by Oliver Jeffers

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen 
Schwartz

The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black

That is Not A Good Idea by Mo Willem
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle 

I recommend all of these books to those with younger children. The book Mister Seahorse explained the different ways that fish carry their eggs, and which sex carries them.  In the book A Child of Books, it tells of reading adventures and what a child can be inside of these stories. Orion and the Dark taught a little boy not to be afraid of the dark.  It's stories like these that give children imagination and learning knowledge about fish or other subjects.  

If you don't read to your child, they are missing out on great adventures.  It's just like cloud watching, put yourself into the story and make it your own adventure. 

GET UP and GET to a LIBRARY, BOOKSTORE, or a BOOK-SALE today. 

READ TO YOUR KIDS!!!!



Friday, April 21, 2017

Reading Stack This Week

Hey y'all!! Hope that your week has been totally awesome. Mine, well it wasn't bad but it wasn't awesome either. With still having Bronchitis (6 weeks and counting) and being on antibiotics, my system just hasn't been working at the pace I need it to. I'm a go getter and when i'm not well it bothers me that my strength is not there. My family also had a death this week, my great aunt passed away. So that kinda bummed me out too, on top of being sick. Although all of this is going on we still find time to read in this homeschool home.  As I have said before, reading is key.  I always have time to read, no matter what is going on.  So let me share with you what my son has had he pleasure of hearing this week.

From author Ryan T. Higgins  " Mother Bruce"  It was a really cute little book. The bear loves food but get a surprise when he cooks some eggs.


Author Eric Carle " Slowly, slowly, slowly" said the sloth."  This book is cute just because its a Carle book. I love his stories.
















From Lois Ehlert "Feathers for Lunch" This book was about all different kinds of birds. It gave us a chance to learn about birds.







From Kimberly & James Dean  "Pete the Cat and His magic Sunglasses"  WE LOVE LOVE LOVE Pete the Cat books..all I can say.






Author James Russell "The Dragon Hunters"  Q loved this book, just because it had a dragon in it. The story is really good also.








Author Peter Brown "Mr. Tiger goes Wild"  Loved it,,its about a tiger that goes back to nature.













I hope that you liked our reads this week, because we sure did. We love love to read.  If you haven't read any of these books we recommend them to you.  Have a blessed night!!

Homeschool LIFE!

So a few days ago was exciting for my little guy. We got to go to homeschool group. We love our homeschool group days. We get to see our friends and mommy gets a little mommy time with other moms.  We did a Easter Party.  My group is a Christian based group. So first things first.  We put Christ first. One of the moms did devotional with the kids. She read the Easter story from Luke 24 to the kids. After reading the story to them she asked questions to see if they could answer.  This is really to see who was paying attention. HAHA. Then we gave them a coloring page of Jesus that said He is Risen. After that we did egg coloring and egg hunting. Plus during the mist of it all we fit in lunch together.  Our homeschool group is like one big family, or at least that is what I consider them. OUR FAMILY.  I couldn't imagine homeschooling and not having a group to lean on when I needed them. So here is a few pictures for our Easter Party. Hope that you enjoy.