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: 

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


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.


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 

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. 



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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What does the bible say :: Issue 11

So this week I have went over a few verses in Haggai. There in the beginning of chapter one a few verses stuck out to me. How many of you have actually sat down and read Haggai?  One of the shortest books in the bible. It only has two chapters, so it wouldn't be hard for you to sit and read it say in like 15 minutes. But I guarantee not many have.   When I open the bible to read, I don't go in any order. I ask God to show me where He wants me to read from. I have came across some very interesting thing by reading it this way. God always puts right in front of me the things he wants me to see. I have done it since day one of opening a bible and reading its words.

But moving on to my study this week. On to the verses that I am talking about. 

Haggai 1:7-11

This is GOD speaking here to the people by way of the prophet Haggai.

God says, Consider your ways, go up on a mountain, bring down wood and build a house. Now, He is not just talking about any house. He is talking about His house. He says so that He can take pleasure in it and be glorified. 

But did the people do as they were asked? NO!

He wanted the people to build the temple so that they could start worshiping again.  

He gave them two promises concerning the temple. He told them 
  1.  He would take pleasure in it.
  2.     He would be glorified.
So what did the Jews do. They went up on the mountain and came back to their houses.  They looked for much for their houses, but not to God's. They left His house in waste.

Why did the Jews not prosper? 

Because God's house was left in waste and they put no effort in building it up. Because every man was selfish and provided for themselves and their houses. They enjoyed their pleasures, there was no concern for the house of God. 

Doesn't that sound like modern day people. They want to have their possessions looking good and have no concern for the things of God's house. For instance, unless someone is specifically appointed to do the cleaning, maintenance, and yard work around God's house, those duties don't get done. It's a shame. We should keep His house more maintained than our own. We should do more for the Lord so that He will have pleasure and be glorified in our doing.

What did God do because they failed at preparing his house?

He gave out curses on upon the area.
  1. He said there would be no dew fall from the heaven.
  2. The earth would produce no fruit.
  3. There was drought upon the whole land. Upon the mountains, the corn, new wine, oil, the crops, upon the men, the cattle, and upon the men that labored.
Only then did the people listen. If you read on down through the scripture.

Why does it take GOD doing something so harsh to get our attention? It seems to me that we should hearken and obey the first time being told. I know as I was growing up, my dad would only tell me one time to obey what ever it was he was asking,or telling me to do. If he had to say it a second time, well let's just say discipline was issued. We learnt at a young age to listen when being spoken to and to follow direction when given so that we wasn't disciplined. I do as I am told without being told a second time even today. Unless its against God's word. It's the same way with God. He speaks a commandment or instruction and we should take it as that and go on about our day. Not try to do as we want to do. I believe that is one of the reasons people have it so hard in life. They are waiting to be told a second time. 

It don't works that way HONEY!!!  Do as God wants you to do. Don't think of yourself. Build up your house for the Lord so that you can please Him and he be glorified in all that you do.

May this be a blessing to someone. Sound in, Let me know what you think.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What the Bible says:::Issue 10

What do we know about binding?

The bible says it in Proverbs 6. So it got me to thinking. Usually when we bind something we tie it up so that it won't be loosed. Right? I mean if I bind up a broken leg, I do it so that it won't move and that it can heal.  So i want it tight enough not to move around.  

What about binding God's word?

In Proverbs 6:20-21 says My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

Proverbs 3:3 says Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Proverbs 7:3 says Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

What exactly do you think that the Lord is trying to tell us in the verses. As i read them a thought came to mind about something I have heard my whole life. " Peggy, read your bible, remember the words, because one day someone is going to take that bible away. If you store the words in your mind and heart they cannot take that from you. It will be with you always."  After hearing that growing up and even sometimes now, when I read those verses I knew exactly what it was talking about.  I am to study the bible, and save as much knowledge that I can of the bible inside of me.

Where does the bible tell me to bind them at? Where are we to bind the truth at?

In verse 6:21 it says to bind them continually upon thine heart. If I truly believe in something that is where I store it, in my heart. So that I can always call it back to remembrance.  

In verse 3:3 and verse 6:21 it says to tie them about my neck.  What is something we tie around our necks? Lets use an animal for instance, we tie a lead around a dog's neck so that we can lead it where we want it to go. So for the scripture to be bound around our necks, it means we are to let it lead us in our walk.  Matter of fact verse 6:22 says When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.

So we are to let it lead us, keep us safe, and let it talk to us. 

What else does the bible say? It says to bind it upon thy fingers.  What does that mean, you may ask? Well my interpretation is like this.  What do we wear upon our fingers?  I wear my wedding rings mainly and sometime other rings. They are precious to me.  People can see my wedding band and know that I am bound to a husband. It is a constant reminder to me that I am married.  Look upon the scripture as an ornament, something you cherish, a constant reminder like my wedding rings are to me. That we may have them always in view. That we may never forget the scriptures. Then we are to write them upon the tables of our hearts.

Isn't it good to know that we can read the bible and study and keep it all safe inside our hearts, around our necks, and upon or fingers. If we do these things no one will be able to take the scripture away from us. We will always have it with us. Praise the Lord for finding a way for us to do that. With how our world is heading it's a good thing that we preserve the scripture. 

May this be a blessing to you and yours, God Bless!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Reading Stack This Week

So I don't know about y'all but in our homeschool we do a lot of reading. It is a important key in learning. A child being read to helps in lots of areas of growth. For instance, it develops intelligence. We want our kids to be bright, smart, and imaginative.  Imagination is one thing I hope my kid never grows out of.  Reading out loud to your children builds a bond between the parent and child. I started reading to my child way before he was born. He has been able to pronounce words that is sometimes hard to me since he was 2 yrs old. Reading builds there language skills. It helps them to be able to carry a conversation.  Reading out loud to them also helps them learn to read.

So why do I have a large library of children's book and why do I check out many books from the library?  Its so that I can read to my son.  I want him to learn to listen, picture the story from imagining it happening, and help him to tell me a story of his own.

So our book list this week was as follows::::

from author Mo Willems, I Really Like Slop!  Which in turn prompted questions about what slop was, and me having to explain what it was. Such a cute book.

Also from author Mo Willems,
Elephants Cannot Dance!
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

From author Denise Fleming
Where Once There Was a Wood
This book also prompted questions about our environment and how when we cut down the trees and destroy the animals habitats the animals suffer.

In the back of the book it gave definitions of what a habitat, space, shelter, water and food mean to our wildlife.

Lots of information and I recommend it if your studying nature.

From author Jacqueline McQuade
Good Times with Teddy Bear

It was about the things that teddy bear did throughout his day. Really cute and easy read.  Also could be used as a beginning reader.

From author Louise Yates
Dog Loves Counting

Another cute book and easy read.

From author Bill Peet
How Droofus The Dragon Lost His Head

This was a good book. My son loves all things dinosaurs or dragons. So that being said he really enjoyed finding out how this dragon lost his head.

The last book we read this week was called The Sleeper and the Spindle by author Neil Gaiman. This is a juvenile fiction book, but it looked interesting so I thought we would give it a try. It is a spin off of Snow White. The story was great. I only found two problems with this book.  Me being a christian and a wife of a preacher, I prefer not to expose my child to some things. I will not go into detail, to save a argument. Other than those two things it was a really good story.  It took us about four nights to read it, as I read it in sections each night.

Other than bible reading with our school work this is all that we read this week. Some weeks the book line up is longer than others.  I hope you enjoyed seeing what we read in our homeschool. may you be blessed and read lots to your children.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Saying Good-Bye, A Tribute

Its a tough thing.  We all have to go through it. None of us are exempt from it. None of us can escape to somewhere that it doesn't happen. There is no such a place.

The bible says it this way, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.

Well we have just went though one of those seasons with a dear friends departure. She has finally made it home. One of the saints of old. A elder to the ladies in our church. A Sister in Christ.
Mrs. Linda Deyton

We met Mrs. Linda in 2012 when we started going to the church we attend now. She was always kind and welcoming. As time grew we just fell in love with this sweet lady. She was like a mother, grandmother and friend all balled up into one. Never heard her say a harsh word to anyone. Always told everyone she loved them and was praying for them. From our time of meeting until her departure to Heaven, we were friends. My husband and I would go and visit quiet often and minister the word to her when she couldn't get out to church. That is one of the things that I am going to miss is sitting in her home and feeling the liberty to say and speak about our Lord without hindrance. She loved hearing about God, and what he could do for us.

Mrs. Linda loved coming to church. That was something that no one could take away from her. And boy was she a shouter and would testify about how good the Lord was to her. She loved telling you about God. She always asked prayer for her lost loved one. Never giving up on them even in the end, her prayer was still for her family.  I watched her pour her love into her five children. Especially into her grand children and great grands. Such sweet joy to see her interact with them baby boys.  You could tell they loved their mamaw too.

When I started going to the women's group at our church, she was the teacher. I learned so much under her. You could tell that she really studied it out so that she could share what the Lord had showed her in the scripture.  She was faithful to the women's group and to her women's Sunday school class.  She passed the bar to me when she had felt as though it was time for someone else to teach women's group. I just hope that I can uphold the standards she had.  I really looked up to this lady. If ever there was a someone that upheld the scriptures it was her.

She was that older lady teaching the younger ladies.
Visiting with Mrs. Linda

She was that mother showing her children the right path.

She was that faithful friend until the end.

I will cherish the memories that I have of Mrs. Linda always. There will be no other like her.
She loved to cut up and laugh. She also had a love of working in the garden, keeping her house plants and crafting. Boy could she paint. She was very talented.

Until we meet again sweet lady. I know there is no pain, no sickness, where you're at. Your seeing the colors of a garden that we could never imagine. You're worshiping our Lord and having a time up there. You will be truly missed here on earth, but I would never ask you back to this sinful world just to hear your voice once more.  Shout enough for us, until we reach that golden strand to join in with you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A fun outing

Today the boy and I went on a outing. We were invited to a birthday party at a place in Western NC where the kids have all the fun. Fun Depot is where we went to. A very dear friend had invited us to her little boys birthday party.  Since my son and her kids are home-schooled it was no problem to get things done early enough to be able to go out and enjoy the rest of our day. That is one of the perks of home-schooling. Being able to have time for fun. Here are a few pictures from our day. 
My little guy before playing mini golf

Yeah he didn't much like that game

It helps that the place your at shows a christian atmosphere 

Sliding down in the play area
Me and the boy

We also went to Mr. K's Bookstore. We love bookstores. Especially if they sell used books. We bought a Irish cookbook and a book for 2nd grade (which he will be in next year). Used books are our favorite kind. 

After that we went next door to A.C.Moore Craft Store.  When you're a home-schooler all sorts of different things amuse you. We looked at different crafts, but ended up buying a dinosaur collector toy. A Schleich Toy the Kaprosuchus, which looks like a supped up crocodile on longer legs.  

After a long day, my husband took us out for supper. We went to a really nice restaurant. Tried a new place. Which is something we always love doing. Then at the end of the day the best thing of all was getting a picture of my son's friend holding the HEX Bug that we bought him for his birthday. 
Due to privacy we gave him funny glasses,
but that smile makes all the difference.


So all in all, our day has been perfect. I am glad to be able to share a moment in our life with you. May some of the place we went today be a blessing to maybe you at some point in time. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What the Bible says::Issue 9

Today as I was studying I came across some interesting facts from the bible. It is so good to get down an to actually study His word and learn new things. How will we ever know if we don't get in it.  I have been told since a early age to always hide His words in my heart so that if ever there comes a time that my Bible is taken away from me that I will have preserved the words in my heart. Every bible believer should take that stand and do just that. Learn and hide the words. 

So on to my findings.

Did you know there are two things we should not be ashamed of?

1. Christ
Why? Mark 8:38 says Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. 

Luke 9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

Just those two verses tell us all we need to know if we deny Christ. If we are ashamed of Him he will be ashamed of us when He goes before His father and the angels.

Now on to the second.

2. His words. Because?
  • They are God's words. John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
  • They are spirit. John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
  • They are life. John 6:69  And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
  • They will judge us. John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
  • They are miraculous. John 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 
  • They reconcile to God. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 
  • And they bring answers to prayer. John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  2 Corinthians 1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea,  and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Isn't that great news.  I am not ashamed of Jesus Christ. I am not ashamed of His words. 

There is a song that my church sings and it's called 
"I'm not Ashamed". 

In the chorus it says these words, 

"I’m not ashamed to stand and say I love Jesus 
I’m not ashamed to say I’m trusting in His Word 
I’m not ashamed to lift up high the blood stained banner 
Because I’m saved, I’m not ashamed"

Are you ashamed of these two things? Are you ashamed to admit that you know Jesus? Are you ashamed to speak his word and tell others or hide them in your heart? Are you ashamed of saying you love Him? Just remember, if you reject, deny, or show your ashamed, He will be the same of you.