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.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What the Bible says:::Issue 8

Isn't it funny how things can be misquoted or misunderstood. I mean someone can say one thing and then it gets turned into something totally different. It's like that child's game of Whisper. You know what i'm talking about. When we were kids, we would play this game where one of us would whisper a phrase into another friends ear. Then that friend would whisper the same phrase into another's ear and so on, and so on, until it got back to the original person.  The object of this game was to show how easy it was to spread something but it not be the right tale.  It's all in the telling and the hearing.  

The same can be for bible verses. I have written before about how some preachers will quote it as they heard it, instead of  searching it out for themselves. Same goes for everyone else also. If we don't search it out for ourselves how can we take it at face value.

You may be asking "Where is she going with this?"  Well I have issues with bible verses being misquoted.  It is one of my pet peeves I guess you could say.  Since I study for myself, usually I can hear when it is spoken wrong.  It doesn't hurt to actually get down and look for yourself.  2 Timothy 3:14-17 says we have learnt them from childhood, and that we should know who we are learning from.

So let me enlighten you to a verse that is often misquoted.  It is often quoted as this:::

The lion shall lay down with the lamb.

I have heard it said this way several times over a period of my life. I have heard it preached this way.  But what does the actual verses say?

Isaiah 11:6The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 65:25
"The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain," says the Lord.

Where does it actually say that a lion will lay with a lamb?  I see that a wolf will dwell with a lamb. Then it also says that the calf and the young lion and the fatling will be together. But no where does it actually say that the lion shall lay with a lamb in either verse above.

I understand what they are trying to say when they quote it this way.  But is it not misleading someone when you say things as this and they (the people) go and repeat it and do not actually know what the verse says? What if you're quoting it to someone who knows not the bible. How would that be teaching them? God is not the author of confusion. 

The true “Lion and the Lamb” passage is Revelation 5:5-6. The Lion and the Lamb both refer to Jesus Christ. Jesus is both the conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb who was slain. When using the description this way it is a picture of Jesus Christ. 

My advice here is to always search out the truth and not just take the sayings of man. My philosophy is, It that is in the bible, SHOW me. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thoughts

Today is a new day. I awoke to the phone ringing, and the snow falling on the ground. Its the month of March and with the mild winter we have had, the snow is welcoming. Winter is always such a somber time here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. But this winter has been very unusual for us. Going from days of 30 degrees to days that are 70 almost 80 degrees this year. I love the warmer weather but, we need the snow as well. God always has a plan. He could have given us the dark and gloomy winter of years past, but He chose to let us see a glimpse of beauty this year.  

God always sends us what we need when we need it. He never fails to supply our needs. He says in Philippians 4:19 that its according to his riches in glory are we supplied.  He never said that He would give us our wants. But He did say in Psalms 37:5 that if we commit to him, trust in him, that he would bring it to pass.  

Spring is coming. I love the smell of fresh tilled ground, the coolness of the earth running between my fingers. Seeing the birds chirping and fluttering from tree to tree.  The colors that are so vibrant when the flower are blooming.  For those that find winter a somber time, spring should pick up their spirits with all the fresh clean air and newness around. One thing I love to see in the spring is the house sparrows that I have nesting in my garage. They have had a nest built on the chimney in my garage for about 10 years now. We don't bother them, nor do they us, other than the occasional darting at us as we walk in the door.  They nest about twice a year, in the spring and again in late summer. Such beauty.  

How can someone not believe in God?

When I look around and see all that He has created and done for me, I cannot imagine not believing in God.  I see Him in all things.  My son on occasion will ask "who made God, Mommy?" the only way to answer that is that he has always been in existence.  That then turns into more questions, but to a 7 yr old sometimes you have to simplify it to make sense in their minds of understanding. 

I said all this just so that I could say this. God is faithful, and if we trust in Him, He will always give us what we need. No matter what that is. He does what is good for us.  Even though I hear people saying that Mother Earth is out of wack this year or that the weather is bipolar. Just remember that God always knows what we need even in the seasons.