Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Inspiration for the Day

"It's not how many times you've gone through the Word of God, but how many times the Word has gone through you."
- D. L. Moody


"One primary way God sanctifies our tongue is to put His Word on it."
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2 Timothy 3:16-17


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"An ongoing relationship with God through His Word is essential to the Christian's consistent victory."

"We walk in faith when Christ invites us based on a working knowledge of His Word and a balanced prayer life."
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"Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; 
and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?"
Jeremiah 23:29

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ribbon of Blue

I would like to share with you all a study I did based off of a chapter I read in Numbers. I found these scriptures to be quite interesting, and I hope this study encourages you like it did me. :)

The term "ribbon of blue" is a phrase that I found in the Old Testament. A while back I stumbled upon a book with a passage from Numbers. The few scriptures I read were really inspiring, so I decided to look them up and read more. 
Let me share with you what I read:

“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them 
fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations,
and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it,
and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them;
and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes,
 after which ye use to go a whoring:
That ye may remember, and do all my commandments,
and be holy unto your God.”

Numbers 15:37-40 (KJV)

After reading and re-reading these verses, I did a small study and wrote down my take on the scriptures.

In this short excerpt from Numbers, God had commanded the children of Israel to make themselves fringes on the borders of their garments, and put upon it a blue ribbon. The ribbon was to remind the Israelites to keep God’s commandments instead of following after their own desires.


I immediately became enthralled with the idea behind the passage and decided to ‘put on my own ribbon of blue’.

There are many in this world who struggle with seeking after their own heart instead of following God’s perfect will for their lives.
Temptation is everywhere, and it can be very difficult trying to live in God’s best when we are living in a world full of sin. It is easy to brush off small evils as being “harmless”. But, God’s Word tells us to “abstain from all appearances of evil.” (1 Thess 5:22).
Even the smallest of evils can affect a person in a negative way, causing one to lose track of their Christian walk and slowly stray from God’s Word.
I am sure that every growing Christian strives to live as close to the God’s Word as they can. But what happens when we are tempted? Satan tries hard to tempt us, but as Christians we need to abstain from those fleshly desires. There are times when the fleshly temptation may seem small and harmless, but somewhere in the back of our minds we know for a fact that it is wrong.
That voice in our subconscious (The Holy Spirit) speaks to us daily. But sadly, there are times when we tune that voice out and refuse to head God’s warning.

That is why, to me, the idea of putting on a “ribbon of blue” was very appealing.
Having a constant reminder to follow God’s commandments instead of our own fleshly desires may help to prevent a person from making mistakes that could possibly bring about guilt, pain, and regret.
Who wants a weight of guilt and regret on their shoulders? I certainly don't.

So, as a reminder that I should strive to remain holy and faithful to my Lord and Savior, I took a small, blue ribbon and tied it to my right wrist.



This simple ribbon is used as a symbol for me, so that whenever I am tempted to follow after my own desires instead of God’s, I glance at the ribbon and know that no matter how momentarily pleasurable or comforting the sin may be, no sin is worth missing what God has for us.
Why should we continue to cultivate unconsecrated words or actions?

Not only does this ribbon remind me of my commitment to Christ, but it also helps to remind me of Jesus's loving sacrifice, and all He went through to redeem my soul. 
I use this experiment more for a symbol -- as a way of showing my devotion to God by applying this blue fringe from a biblical incident.

This experiment works for me, and I greatly encourage any young woman (or man, for that matter) to do the same. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a ribbon. A bracelet, rubber band, or piece of yarn will do the trick. Anything that will help to remind you of your commitment to God and His commandments.

It was definitely an experiment I enjoyed trying, and the blue ribbon continues to remind me daily of the wonderful God I serve. :)


"Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight."
Psalm 119:35

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Joy



"Happiness depends on happenings--joy depends on Christ"


"Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, 
having the same love, being of one accord, 
of one mind."
Philippians 2:2

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Morning Prayer



Good morning, Lord. 
You are ushering in another day, 
untouched and freshly new. 

So here I come to ask You, God, 
if You’ll renew me too? 

Forgive the errors that I made yesterday, 
and let me try again, dear God, 
to walk closer in Thy way. 

But Father, I am well aware 
I can’t make it on my own. 

So take my hand and hold it tight, 
for I can’t walk alone.


"Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy name."
Psalm 35:28

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Life is Like an Unsharpened Pencil



"Life without God 
is like an unsharpened pencil...
there is no Point."

"For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever."
Romans 11:36
 

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls

Temperatures here have been below zero for the past few days . . . so, as you can imagine, I haven't spent much time outdoors.  When I really don't have to be anywhere on a particular day, I enjoy spending time inside my warm, cozy home. ;-)

Today I had the whole day to myself, and what better thing is there to do with your free time than bake?


This afternoon I pulled out a recipe for cinnamon rolls and got to work.
 


Rolling the dough


Slicing the dough into small rolls


In the oven


And . . . they are done!



I like to finish them off with a thin glaze of frosting.



"Ta-da!" 

A delicious snack for the whole family.



"Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise and with Thy honor all the day."
Psalm 71:8

Friday, January 03, 2014

Psalm 113:3


"When I see the wonder of a sunset
    my soul expands in the worship of the Creator."


"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same 
the Lord's name is to be praised."
Psalm 113:3

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Welcome to the New Year!

 
It's 2014 already!  Time continues to pass me by, and each year I continually find more and more to be thankful for.
I'm looking forward to seeing what blessings God has in store for the year of 2014.


"Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years."
Galatians 4:10