Monthly Archives: November 2006

Book Review for James : Friends close by.

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We live pretty good I must say. :) Even though we are kind of out-of-the-way now that we’ve bought a house in the country we still have friends taking the time to pop in now and then to say hello. Love it. We don’t have a vehicle for church and other gatherings sometimes when Marty is working and mom and dad are always willing to come pick us up. Very nice. Although I don’t answer the phone every time it rings (life is too busy), I love it that my phone rings so much. (Caller ID & message machine enables me to love it, cuz I don’t have to answer it). I know people are there and care.

“A man who isolates himself rages against all sound judgment”. Prov. 18:1 At least I think that’s what it says. I left my Bible at church Thursday night and am now using a KJV. Not used to it. :)

I am thankful for lots of people around because when you start heading for the ‘depths of despair’ it doesn’t take nearly as long to come round again. When I am by myself for days on end you can lose touch with reality and your own problems become greater and greater the longer you stay by yourself and ponder them.

James 3 :16 talks about where there is self-seeking there is confusion and every evil thing there. When I allow myself to dwell on the unfairness of certain piddly little things in my life they no longer seem like piddly things. They are huge mountains that I just cannot get over. It starts to affect my mood, how I interact with the family, I get really depressed and new temptations will be thrown at me and I can start on a downward spiral where “every evil thing is there”. I am so glad to be reading James and have a daily reminder of the path I am headed on if I allow this to continue.
I want to learn to be “pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” And I happen to be quite aware of the fact that I cannot do anything about it except ask God to change me. I am so glad that He is willing to work on me.
I’ve been convicted, I’ve prayed, and I can tell God is working on me.
A couple recent things that friends have done for us that we are very thankful for is Courtney for giving Miss K the time of her life at the horse barn. :)
Kim gave a bunch, HUGE pile, of toys to my kids to play with. How nice is that!?! And they have spent loads of time enjoying them. Thanks. :) (Blogger won’t let me post 2 pictures so the toy picture will just have to wait).

*Remember to keep at it with James. There is only one week left to read it as many times as you can. Then we’ll start on another book if you still want to join me at getting serious about knowing the Word. :)

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Book Review Friday : James

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So it’s been another weeks in James and things were a little rougher going for me this week. It would seem that Satan is against me. I could blame it on my own sin nature but I appreciate having someone to blame. I have been sooo tired and headaches and feeling icky off and on. I even bought some Evening Primrose Oil to try to help myself keep from falling into the depths of despair. :) It has been a week of “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Rom.7:22-24
The more I read and learn and see sin in my life the harder it is to get rid of. The very things I am trying to purge occur more and more.
I had memorized James 3:17 a while ago. It’s one that I really need in the deep recesses of my brain at all times. So why is it that when I start reading this verse everyday I am tempted more than ever to not be pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield…. Actually I know why it is this way. Satan does not want me to be learning and growing. He doesn’t want to see people becoming more like their savior so he makes it a struggle to do it.
I’ve been trying to remind myself of 4: 7 ” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Especially remembering “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” I can’t let the devil have the upper hand. I consider this as just one of the many different forms that bend in the road can have and I mean to keep focused. The only way I can keep that focus is to keep on plugging away at reading and praying, reading and praying, reading and praying. It’s like a song I love, for the words not especially the music, that talks about the difference between strong Christians and people like me. Part of the chorus says “..the saints are just the sinners who fall down and get up”. I’ve fallen down quite a few times this week but I plan on getting up each time I do and hopefully I’ll learn to stay on my feet longer and get myself around this bend.

So keep reading James each day. Two weeks to go. :)
I hope no one is forgetting to be one of the Proverbs Ladies. Charmin got us reading the Proverb for the day and also a great idea to keep that going.

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Book Review Friday: James

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I am going to refrain from doing a full book review until the whole 4 weeks of reading James is up. What a great book! It’s great to read it to the kids too. They really do catch a lot from it even though I haven’t read it to them every day.
The verse that talks about being swift to hear and slow to speak hits me hard every time. Actually there is a bunch that hit me hard but that’s a good thing.
Is everyone still on board with this? Starting a habit like reading a book of the Bible every day is one that reaps eternal benefits and gives the much needed spiritual energy to live like we ought to moment by moment. If you haven’t been with us on this expedition through James so far, just join in now. Read it everyday and we’ll see what we’ve learned from it all and how we’ve been changed. :)

~Shannon

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Book Review Friday : 3 John & a change of perspective.

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My take on a few things in life has changed in the past while. Most of which was this week. Hopefully I can say it clearly.
Since Kelly commented on 3 John verse 2 last week, of course that’s the verse that has caught most of my attention all week. It’s a good verse and I’m not sure I would have given it due notice had someone else not pointed it out. That “just as your soul prospers” gave me much to think about.
I started out by thinking that if my body had prospered the way my soul had, many times I would have been 6 feet under. But the more I read this book and thought about it the more came to light. People who are content in their day to day lives even though they shouldn’t be have a reason why they are so. They don’t read their Bibles, they don’t hold high Christian standards in where they go, who they spend time with, what they watch, what they think about. They aren’t all-consumed with living for God because they have never experienced it before. They don’t know how it’s supposed to be.
I have a very long way to go but I have experienced this kind of God’s presence in my life on a small scale I would say. I have this kind of gage inside of me and I can tell when I am not living right because I am not content. There is always something wrong, something missing, though I may not be able to narrow it down to one point I know that if I start reading the Bible more and praying more it will be fixed and all will be well again. Someone who has never completely sold out their life to God in absolute surrender can be content with worldly things because they do not know any better. I know there is so much more out there to make my soul prosper because of my small experience with God. Listening to someone like Mr. Wingfield who has heard and seen it all made me realize just how small my experience with the awesome Creator really was. It leaves me craving more. It’s just that I know it will cost me. The cost is only initially, shortly after you give yourself to God you don’t really care what you gave up. It’s just getting to the point where you will do it.
In verse 2 it says “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Mr. Wingfield made me realize that ‘be in health’ is relative. There is an awful lot of people who are prospering in the midst of great physical discomfort and their soul is over flowing and they aren’t concerned about any physical infirmity. I do want to be like that. It scares me but it’s what I want.
Verse 11 says that we aren’t to imitate what is evil, but to imitate what is good. I also learned this week that there is a lot in my life that I didn’t realize was so evil. I have to take a good hard look at my life and do a whole lot of praying on the subject. If I want my soul to prosper I need to make sure their isn’t evil in my heart choking out all the good that God wants to do in me. It’s really serious.

On the lighter side, another way my perspective has changed is in the things I am willing to buy. You know that we picked drops for a few days, which I really do enjoy, but it’s hard work and it takes time. But how much shopping would people do if when they got to the check out they were sent out back to the apple orchard to pick so many bins to pay for it?

And now, what book shall be next you may ask? Well, I was challenged to read the book of James everyday for a straight 30 days. I’m going to do it and I’m inviting all of you to join in. There are no excuses either. It is very possible. It only takes me 1/3 hour to read it all in one sitting and I am an extremely slow reader. If you have time to blog or watch TV you have time to read James.
Let me know if you are in and I’ll add you to the links.

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Book Review Friday : 3 John & a change of perspective.

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My take on a few things in life has changed in the past while. Most of which was this week. Hopefully I can say it clearly.
Since Kelly commented on 3 John verse 2 last week, of course that’s the verse that has caught most of my attention all week. It’s a good verse and I’m not sure I would have given it due notice had someone else not pointed it out. That “just as your soul prospers” gave me much to think about.
I started out by thinking that if my body had prospered the way my soul had, many times I would have been 6 feet under. But the more I read this book and thought about it the more came to light. People who are content in their day to day lives even though they shouldn’t be have a reason why they are so. They don’t read their Bibles, they don’t hold high Christian standards in where they go, who they spend time with, what they watch, what they think about. They aren’t all-consumed with living for God because they have never experienced it before. They don’t know how it’s supposed to be.
I have a very long way to go but I have experienced this kind of God’s presence in my life on a small scale I would say. I have this kind of gage inside of me and I can tell when I am not living right because I am not content. There is always something wrong, something missing, though I may not be able to narrow it down to one point I know that if I start reading the Bible more and praying more it will be fixed and all will be well again. Someone who has never completely sold out their life to God in absolute surrender can be content with worldly things because they do not know any better. I know there is so much more out there to make my soul prosper because of my small experience with God. Listening to someone like Mr. Wingfield who has heard and seen it all made me realize just how small my experience with the awesome Creator really was. It leaves me craving more. It’s just that I know it will cost me. The cost is only initially, shortly after you give yourself to God you don’t really care what you gave up. It’s just getting to the point where you will do it.
In verse 2 it says “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Mr. Wingfield made me realize that ‘be in health’ is relative. There is an awful lot of people who are prospering in the midst of great physical discomfort and their soul is over flowing and they aren’t concerned about any physical infirmity. I do want to be like that. It scares me but it’s what I want.
Verse 11 says that we aren’t to imitate what is evil, but to imitate what is good. I also learned this week that there is a lot in my life that I didn’t realize was so evil. I have to take a good hard look at my life and do a whole lot of praying on the subject. If I want my soul to prosper I need to make sure their isn’t evil in my heart choking out all the good that God wants to do in me. It’s really serious.

On the lighter side, another way my perspective has changed is in the things I am willing to buy. You know that we picked drops for a few days, which I really do enjoy, but it’s hard work and it takes time. But how much shopping would people do if when they got to the check out they were sent out back to the apple orchard to pick so many bins to pay for it?

And now, what book shall be next you may ask? Well, I was challenged to read the book of James everyday for a straight 30 days. I’m going to do it and I’m inviting all of you to join in. There are no excuses either. It is very possible. It only takes me 1/3 hour to read it all in one sitting and I am an extremely slow reader. If you have time to blog or watch TV you have time to read James.
Let me know if you are in and I’ll add you to the links.

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Book Review Friday : 3 John & a change of perspective.

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My take on a few things in life has changed in the past while. Most of which was this week. Hopefully I can say it clearly.
Since Kelly commented on 3 John verse 2 last week, of course that’s the verse that has caught most of my attention all week. It’s a good verse and I’m not sure I would have given it due notice had someone else not pointed it out. That “just as your soul prospers” gave me much to think about.
I started out by thinking that if my body had prospered the way my soul had, many times I would have been 6 feet under. But the more I read this book and thought about it the more came to light. People who are content in their day to day lives even though they shouldn’t be have a reason why they are so. They don’t read their Bibles, they don’t hold high Christian standards in where they go, who they spend time with, what they watch, what they think about. They aren’t all-consumed with living for God because they have never experienced it before. They don’t know how it’s supposed to be.
I have a very long way to go but I have experienced this kind of God’s presence in my life on a small scale I would say. I have this kind of gage inside of me and I can tell when I am not living right because I am not content. There is always something wrong, something missing, though I may not be able to narrow it down to one point I know that if I start reading the Bible more and praying more it will be fixed and all will be well again. Someone who has never completely sold out their life to God in absolute surrender can be content with worldly things because they do not know any better. I know there is so much more out there to make my soul prosper because of my small experience with God. Listening to someone like Mr. Wingfield who has heard and seen it all made me realize just how small my experience with the awesome Creator really was. It leaves me craving more. It’s just that I know it will cost me. The cost is only initially, shortly after you give yourself to God you don’t really care what you gave up. It’s just getting to the point where you will do it.
In verse 2 it says “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Mr. Wingfield made me realize that ‘be in health’ is relative. There is an awful lot of people who are prospering in the midst of great physical discomfort and their soul is over flowing and they aren’t concerned about any physical infirmity. I do want to be like that. It scares me but it’s what I want.
Verse 11 says that we aren’t to imitate what is evil, but to imitate what is good. I also learned this week that there is a lot in my life that I didn’t realize was so evil. I have to take a good hard look at my life and do a whole lot of praying on the subject. If I want my soul to prosper I need to make sure their isn’t evil in my heart choking out all the good that God wants to do in me. It’s really serious.

On the lighter side, another way my perspective has changed is in the things I am willing to buy. You know that we picked drops for a few days, which I really do enjoy, but it’s hard work and it takes time. But how much shopping would people do if when they got to the check out they were sent out back to the apple orchard to pick so many bins to pay for it?

And now, what book shall be next you may ask? Well, I was challenged to read the book of James everyday for a straight 30 days. I’m going to do it and I’m inviting all of you to join in. There are no excuses either. It is very possible. It only takes me 1/3 hour to read it all in one sitting and I am an extremely slow reader. If you have time to blog or watch TV you have time to read James.
Let me know if you are in and I’ll add you to the links.

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Book Review Friday : 3 John & a change of perspective.

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My take on a few things in life has changed in the past while. Most of which was this week. Hopefully I can say it clearly.
Since Kelly commented on 3 John verse 2 last week, of course that’s the verse that has caught most of my attention all week. It’s a good verse and I’m not sure I would have given it due notice had someone else not pointed it out. That “just as your soul prospers” gave me much to think about.
I started out by thinking that if my body had prospered the way my soul had, many times I would have been 6 feet under. But the more I read this book and thought about it the more came to light. People who are content in their day to day lives even though they shouldn’t be have a reason why they are so. They don’t read their Bibles, they don’t hold high Christian standards in where they go, who they spend time with, what they watch, what they think about. They aren’t all-consumed with living for God because they have never experienced it before. They don’t know how it’s supposed to be.
I have a very long way to go but I have experienced this kind of God’s presence in my life on a small scale I would say. I have this kind of gage inside of me and I can tell when I am not living right because I am not content. There is always something wrong, something missing, though I may not be able to narrow it down to one point I know that if I start reading the Bible more and praying more it will be fixed and all will be well again. Someone who has never completely sold out their life to God in absolute surrender can be content with worldly things because they do not know any better. I know there is so much more out there to make my soul prosper because of my small experience with God. Listening to someone like Mr. Wingfield who has heard and seen it all made me realize just how small my experience with the awesome Creator really was. It leaves me craving more. It’s just that I know it will cost me. The cost is only initially, shortly after you give yourself to God you don’t really care what you gave up. It’s just getting to the point where you will do it.
In verse 2 it says “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Mr. Wingfield made me realize that ‘be in health’ is relative. There is an awful lot of people who are prospering in the midst of great physical discomfort and their soul is over flowing and they aren’t concerned about any physical infirmity. I do want to be like that. It scares me but it’s what I want.
Verse 11 says that we aren’t to imitate what is evil, but to imitate what is good. I also learned this week that there is a lot in my life that I didn’t realize was so evil. I have to take a good hard look at my life and do a whole lot of praying on the subject. If I want my soul to prosper I need to make sure their isn’t evil in my heart choking out all the good that God wants to do in me. It’s really serious.

On the lighter side, another way my perspective has changed is in the things I am willing to buy. You know that we picked drops for a few days, which I really do enjoy, but it’s hard work and it takes time. But how much shopping would people do if when they got to the check out they were sent out back to the apple orchard to pick so many bins to pay for it?

And now, what book shall be next you may ask? Well, I was challenged to read the book of James everyday for a straight 30 days. I’m going to do it and I’m inviting all of you to join in. There are no excuses either. It is very possible. It only takes me 1/3 hour to read it all in one sitting and I am an extremely slow reader. If you have time to blog or watch TV you have time to read James.
Let me know if you are in and I’ll add you to the links.

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