Monthly Archives: November 2008

Can I just tell you…

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Ladies, we are not the first. I know we already knew that, but its exciting to me to read of those long before us who were on the same path, and what is possible if we continue on in faith. I am speaking of the way we read and study our Bibles. You know… Book Review Friday.  :) Maybe you think this dry and you are tempted to click that red X and get on with other things during your computer time. That’s okay, I’m still going to write it down for all both of you who will be excited too. :)

We are sick around Watch the Sky these days and I’ve had a little extra time to read. I pulled The Autobiography of George Muller out of the dust and I am hooked. Rarely have I read something with so much passion and humble-ness all in the same pages. He ‘got’ it, and I want it too.

I am only just past the 4th chapter. At this point in the book Mr. Muller has become a preacher. After a life of sin and finally truly repenting he is passionate about doing the will of God in every single moment of every single day.  The following couple of paragraphs I write is quoted from his thoughts on the study of the Word and learning what he is to preach on to his flock. This is why I’m excited:

I ask the Lord to graciously teach me by His Holy Spirit while I meditate over the passages. I write down notes as the Word is opened to me to see how well I understand the passage. It is also useful to later refer to what I have written.
I seldom use any other study aids besides the Scriptures and some good translations in other languages. My chief help is prayer. Whenever I study a single part of divine truth, I always gain some light about it after praying and meditating over it. Extensive prayer is often difficult because of the weakness of the fleash, physical infirmities, and a full schedule. But no one should expect to see much good resulting from his labors if he does not spend time in prayer and meditation.
…To live in constant communtion with the Lord, and to be habitually and frequently in meditation over the truth is its own reward.

Does that sound familiar??? He probably didn’t have a really cool binder with handy dandy plastic tabs to organize his notes, but he studied the same as us! He simply read His Bible, prayed and meditated over it… and wrote down what he learned. Very Book Review Friday-ish. Very cool. This guy learned a lot, very quickly, in his walk with the Lord. Oh, what we could be learning, doing, experiencing in our Christian lives if we could just discipline ourselves to make our time with God constant and our passion!

So keep reading. Keep praying. Keep writing.
Maybe you’d like to check the book out for yourself and read it as a family.

Book Review Friday: Matthew 19-28

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I’m back. It’s been a while since I had time to be at the computer and so BRF was skipped last week. It was almost cancelled all together, but all both of you were disappointed to see it die, so we’ll keep it going. :)

If you don’t know about Book Review Friday please check out my sidebar and join in. You won’t regret it. :) If you do know about it and are already in on it, we’ll be reading Mark this week, but not all at once. Check out the last paragraph for the details.

My review for the last part of Matthew will be short. I must get to bed at a decent hour and be ready to love my family properly tomorrow. Sleep helps with that. Big time.

Remember those verses from 16:24-26 where it says that if you want to follow Christ you must take up your cross????  Those are the verses that came to mind when I read 19: 29,30. They read, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake, shall reveive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”  

After reading these verses I saw how those two sections (chapter 16 & 19) fit together.  Forsaking all those things most precious and dear to me, not only my material things and comfortable way of life, but our loved ones that are closest to our hearts, to forsake them to reach for Christ and His will above all…. that is what it may cost me to ‘take up my cross’.  That could be a terribly heavy cross. That is, it would be terribly heavy if I was the one to bear it. I would be totally crushed under the weight of such circumstances. But then I remember that part in Matthew 11:28,29 where it says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  

That yoke is the key point. The yoke that is used for the oxen was a learners yoke. The strong ox that knew what to do and could handle the weight and the heavy work was the one that carried the yoke. The younger ox that needed to learn how to handle it was placed beside him and didn’t carry the weight, but just walked beside the older one learning what to do.  I find that a comforting thought, don’t you?  It is Christ who carries my burdens, all those things that would weigh me down. It is Him who carries my cross for me, I’m too weak to do it. It is a wonderful thing to learn how to take up your cross and allow the Lord to carry it for you. How could I ever think that I can do it?  I want to hook myself into that learners yoke and learn how to walk close to the ultimate burden bearer with grace and wisdom.

I saw so many things in the book of Matthew and didn’t understand most. Since I had so many questions I decided to take some time to continue reading through the gospels. If you are in on it with me grab your notebook and pen and be ready. This week I am going to read through Mark. It has 16 chapters, so if we read 2-3 chapters per day we’ll be done Mark by next Friday. Much of what is written is repeated from Matthew but includes different information on some of the passages. I want to get to know all those ‘stories’ really well and I figure reading them all and making notes on what I notice will help me do that.

Here is Mr.Linky for anyone who has a review to post. I love reviews. :)

Bread recipe typo!!

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If you used the whole wheat bread recipe that I posted a little bit ago it probably was the worst bread you’ve ever made in your life. I’m so soooo sorry that I didn’t double check it after typing it out. I fixed the recipe on the post and I’ll let you know that I completely left out 2 1/2 Cups of water. That makes a big difference!!
So don’t give up on it, it really is a great recipe. :)

*And I’m still contemplating the whole Rapture thing. I’m loving that there were a few comments and would love to see some more. I’ll be reading and hopefully getting some things figured out. No matter what I will know the issue better. If I end up being pre-trib, mid-trib, post trib, or whatever, I’ll have Scripture to back up what I know and be ready to discuss it more intelligently with others. I do love a good discussion. :)

The Rapture.

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I think I’ve mentioned a time or two before about getting to know your Bibles. :) I know the Word more than I ever have and I’m so excited to keep learning more and more. God changes me and surprises me with His work again and again. Love it.

I have a question for y’all. Before I ask it you have to remember something. It isn’t about what you think, and it isn’t about what you have been taught, it isn’t about what the pastor always says. I am asking YOU a question, so don’t run off and ask some smartie Bible person for an answer (though I would appreciate smartie Bible people leaving comments!). Think for yourself on this one.

If you are a Christian than you have heard about the ‘signs of the times’ more than ever these days. There are some scary looking things afoot in the world and we need to be ready. My hubby and I have been talking about it (actually, he’s been talking about and I patiently listen :), and I had a question for him. “So, do you know beyond the shadow of a doubt, from Scripture, that we are not going to be here for the Tribulation?”, says I. Hubby paused and said in an unsure voice, “Not really.”

I want to know.

I was always taught from Scripture that we wouldn’t be here. Rapture then Tribulation, that’s the way its supposed to be, right?? I had no idea that there were Christians out there who believed differently. And I don’t know the Scriptures well enough to be able to say for sure one way or another. Sure, there are lots of verses I can use to make what I always thought was true seem like it is actually the right way, but I want to know what the Bible really says… for sure.

So, what say you? I’d like to know what you think. What Scripture(s) do you base it on? I’m opening it up for big time discussion. All comments will be appreciated.
Let’s talk.

Book Review Friday: Matthew 15-18

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If you do not know what Book Review Friday is all about just check out my sidebar and feel free to jump in wherever we’re at. It may not be the most popular Mr.Linky around, but its one of those ‘changed your life’ things when you keep it up! :)

Until next Friday we’re moving on to chapters 19-24. That means that in two weeks we’ll have finished Matthew. You can say that you know the book of Matthew better than you ever have… even if you only read it once through that will still be the case.

For this weeks reading I was hit with many things. Right off within the first half of the first chapter I was convicted by verse 8 & 9, ” This people draweth night unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
All talk. All vanity. We sit around and talk talk talk, thinking as men and feeling as wise as God. We are so deceived in ourselves. I/we need to lose the self focus and what we think is the way to go, and start getting to know the commandments of God. We’ve lost that. No one cares about being holy anymore. Just when I think that I do, I choose my way instead of God’s way and prove again how easily swayed my heart is. There is a whole other post I’d love to write on this topic, but there’s no time… no time…

I was totally TOTALLY excited when I read 15:27 this time. I’ve read it many times before, been asked what it means, asked others what it means and could never grasp it. My mom just looked at me like I had three heads when I said I had never gotten it before. I guess she thought it was one of those easy sneezy parts of the gospels. Not for me. In case you don’t have a clue what verse I mean here it is, ” And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crubs which fall from their masters’ table.” If you need the whole context to know what I’m talking about read verses 21-28 and you’ll find the interesting story right there. This lady was not a Jew and was asking for Jesus to heal her daughter. She believed in Jesus and came to Him for his healing. Jesus basically told her that he was there to bring the gospel to the Jews first and foremost. The lady explains that she understood that, but since many weren’t believing and following Him she was ready to receive the blessings meant for those who discarded them.
I never understood that. Cool.
Then again, maybe I still don’t. Did I get it wrong??? :)

And quickly, another section that hit hard was 16:28. The ‘you must deny yourself and follow me’ verses. Just after Jesus had rebuked Peter for thinking in men’s terms instead of taking what He said as truth he heads into the part where he tells all of his disciples that its going to cost them big time to follow Him. It will be hard. Crosses are cruel and punishing, but the eternal benefits are much greater of a life lived this way. It was another one of those, ‘I caught a glimpse of the glory of my God and nothing else in the World could ever matter’ moments. When I think like this I can place everything, my family, sanity, physical well being, and everything else in the hands of God with complete trust and peace. He is God. He didn’t lie to me and tell me it was all going to be alright, but someday it will be perfect and I will not have any regrets… if I deny myself and take up my cross.

I have to get going. Hubby is home from work and I still have things to prepare for a busy day at Watchthesky tomorrow. I would love to sit and write for the rest of the evening, but that would be painful for you, and unwise for me. :)
Here is Mr.Linky for y’all. Now I would never want to guilt you into writing a review, but don’t forget that is one of the main ingredients in BRF. We know from experience that if we don’t write we don’t get nearly as much out of it. Just sayin. :)

Lest we forget.

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This week we borrowed a book called ‘At Vimy Ridge, Canada’s Greatest World War 1 Victory’ from the library. I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of Vimy Ridge until this past year. I really don’t know very much about the wars at all. I just always knew it was horrible and I was grateful for those who gave their lives for my freedom. That’s why I wanted to bring home a few books on the subject this week as we look toward the 11th. We will be at my parents house to watch the Remembrance Day parade. We’ll all be wearing a poppy, the kids will be holding a sign, the ladies will be trying to cry quietly… and we’ll all remember.
This year will take on a bit more meaning after reading more on World War 1. My oldest immediately devoured the book. He finds it exciting to think of war and get dressed in his camo and run outside to fight battles and pretend how brave and skilled he would be at it. He has no idea. No idea.

After reading this book he became much more serious. He was reading about thousands upon thousands who lived in horrible conditions and died horrible deaths for years while fighting. Pictures, letters written by soldiers from their place on the battlefield, and graphic stories of their deaths show just how much we owe to those who have gone before and fought for those they loved, but also fought for those whom they would never meet… my children. I’m thankful.
If you want to check out Vimy Ridge for yourself:

  • Vimy Ridge
  • Here is a short video… lest we forget.