Friday, November 26, 2010

What CHILD+ is This?

Who+, laid to rest in Mary's lap,
is sleeping...

Advent Meditation #2
2010
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HE+ maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
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HE+ leadeth me beside the still waters.
HE+
restoreth
my soul.
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Dear Gracious, Heavenly FATHER, Who ordereth our days aright:
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Deliver me from discontent. Help me to rest the ordering of my days... my life... in Thy Hands.
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Forgive my foolish ways of self-pity and complaining. Deliver me from accusing others of rejecting me... when I so badly need to make certain I have no rejection in my heart towards them. Forgive me for accusing even THEE when THOU art, in reality, saving me from my own mistaken and foolish desires.
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I thank THEE for the green pastures and the rest when I come close to THEE. I thank THEE for the Living Water, so filling and quiet, which flows to Thy Children through CHRIST JESUS, Thy Beloved Son.
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O THOU, Who respecteth no man's person nor position, I thank THEE for including me in all Thy Promises, through JESUS CHRIST my LORD.
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In the name of Thy Only-Begotten SON+, in Whom+ we live and move and have our being, I pray. Amen.
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Whose child are you?
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

What CHILD+ is This?

Advent Meditation 2010
#1
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... Who+,
laid to rest
in Mary's lap,
is sleeping?

...Who+,
being in the form of
GOD,
thought it not
a thing to be held onto,
to be equal with GOD.


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Are we being a true child of the TRUE GOD.... or a "little god," trying to be equal with GOD in our own little universe?
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Dear Heavenly FATHER,
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We come to THEE to humble ourselves and
repent of trying to be the master of our lives.
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Please do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
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Make us as trusting and as yielded to THEE as
The Blessed Infant JESUS
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when HE+ was born...
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and when HE+ was crucified.
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Amen
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Whose CHILD are you ?


Thursday, November 18, 2010

STOP the Dictator ...

... that lives within us.
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Have you ever been around a small child who demands his own way?
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I have.

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Working in a public school, has trained well my ears to hear the demanding tone of voice of a little child. My eyes have been well-trained to the body language spoken by these UN-trained little ones, as well. Whining, nagging, and demands... all uttered by a 4 or 5-year-old ... are not endearing.

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Does a little dictator delight a teacher? NO. Furthermore, most teachers I know refuse to reward a little dictator with anything close to his request.

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Is there

a mirror

handy?

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Now, this blog is not about child-rearing.

It is about

dealing with the little dictator within us.

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When we start demanding from The LORD what we MUST have in order to be happy, we are as endearing as the little spoiled dictators in the public schools.

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Nagging, whining, pouting, being "unhappy" in our inner man is equivalent to those children who use these tactics to manipulate their poor parents, long-suffering grand-parents, and alas, thread-bare teachers.

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Yes we DO make our requests and supplications known unto The LORD, with Thanksgiving. But we entrust the disposition of our requests totally in HIS+ capable Hands. Furthermore, we learn to be humble as we yield to HIS+ Will in the matter at hand and await HIS+ good pleasure.

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We learn to bind our minds to the Mind of CHRIST+. We learn to bind our wills to the Will of CHRIST+. We accept HIS+ Timetable as our timetable.

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If we do these things when the insistence, when the clamorings, when the demands arise in our inner man, then our Self-man will learn submission as CHRIST did when HE+ was in human form... by the things which HE+ suffered.

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Even though we are not suffering like HE+ did on the cross, we will wrestle with being unhappy for a season when we don't get our way.

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And, some of our insistant requests may seem "good" : our desire for ministry, for more provision, for a Godly-mate, for a child, or for a wayward family member to come to CHRIST+ .

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What really matters is that we have put something else in our hearts that we want BESIDES CHRIST JESUS .

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The key to being happy

in CHRIST JESUS

is to let HIM+ be LORD

of our desires.

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HE+ has saved us

from our sins;

now let HIM+

save us

from our selves.

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In the name of

THE FATHER,

Who created thee;

And HIS Beloved SON+

JESUS CHRIST+,

Who+ saves thee;

And the Blessed

HOLY SPIRIT,

Who sanctifies thee.

Amen.



Thursday, November 11, 2010

A VIRTUOUS Veteran of Foreign Wars...




is a certain sister we know.


She is a regular "Mary-Martha" type. Although she has never lifted a gun nor given a military salute, she has been on the battlefield . And yes, I can truthfully say a battlefield of foreign wars.
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First of all, these wars were NOT of her choosing.

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One of her wars involved supporting her husband through his walk with seizures from a serious health condition. All the while, he ran his own business in construction... sometimes being high off the ground.

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Was she scared?

Yes.

Was she in tears?

Yes.

Did she call out

to The LORD in faith,

believing that HE+ heard her cry

for her husband?

Yes.
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Score: 1 victory for her; 0 for the enemy.
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This virtuous woman home-schooled 2 girls and 4 boys, lively children all, home-schooling at least 4 at the same time. Two are yet being home-schooled. Although this war seemed to be fought on domestic soil, she has had to wrestle with foreign infiltrators and terrorists of the soul, always lurking around with temptations and hidden agendas to destroy the young people "through their minds".
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Was it easy?
No...
especially not
with housework, laundry, cooking,
gardening, and canning

for such a large household,
along with general child-rearing
... love, counseling, discipline and decisions...
all those things involved with

bringing up children
to the Glory of GOD .
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Score: 2 victories for Sister; 0 for the enemy.
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Now that 4 of the off-spring are young adults, she has a new foreign war to fight. With many tears and supplications, she has valiantly fought her fears lest she and her husband's input and guidance of their children to go towards CHRIST were in vain.
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Her job not ended, she counsels, intercedes, guides and asks for prayer for those young adults, that her labor be not in vain. Looking back, she repents with tears for any mistakes she thinks she might have made in raising the children.
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Thus, hearing the cry of this vigilant mother's heart, The LORD has seen fit to :
  • lead one daughter into Christian school teaching
  • another into missionary nursing,
  • a son is now in southeast Asia on the mission field
  • one son is interested in Christian music, when he is not helping his Dad run the family business
  • a studious 16-year-old son not only reads the Early Christian writings, but is making as many sacrifices as he personally can for some native missionaries, preparing his own heart for The LORD'S work.
[The youngest son is still in elementary studies but conducts himself with good deportment. :)]

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Adding 6 more victories to the scoreboard, that should bring the score to:


8 victories for this TRUE+ veteran of foreign wars;

0 for the enemy.
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Now, simply because the off-spring are mostly grown and husband is doing well, does this TRUE+ VETERAN of foreign wars think she may rest?

No.
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Along with carrying their normal amount of church responsibilities, she and her husband have become the HUB for other young men and women their children bring into the family circle. So, at any given point in time, her household ACTUALLY EXPANDS... along with the cooking and baking and cleaning duties... not to mention, the Christian counseling that goes along with such a family-setting for activities. This "Mary-Martha" diligently also sets a good example without words for the young people entrusted into her care.
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Is this Sister wise?
Yes !
(although she would never
think or say so).
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She would rather all her children and their friends be active in THEIR HOME rather than out on the streets or in places not befitting Christians. Furthermore, she and her husband enter into as many camping, music, church activities with their young adults as they possibly can... a true family affair, at all times.
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Score: Un-ending blessings for this sacrificial sister and her husband, for all Eternity.

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The enemy's score: Less than zero -- in the hole-- to be destroyed and others to be delivered from his grasp through the work of this family's children.

Ah-h, Proverbs 31.
See those Rubies !
Those TRUE+ Veterans
of foreign wars...
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Can you see them
as The LORD sees them?


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In the name of The FATHER,

WHO created thee;

His Holy SON+ JESUS CHRIST,
WHO+ saves thee;

And the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT,
WHO sanctifies thee.


Amen.






Tuesday, November 2, 2010

HOME.... A call to Parents...



Parents, grand-parents, and care givers: teach your beloved little ones what HOME is... in Truth+.
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Do not allow your children to grow up with an illusionary picture about HOME. It will hurt them.
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HOME is not a house or belongings, a garden, a farm , nor land. HOME is not a town, a state , nor a country. HOME is not a community of familiar friends, shops, schools, or schedules, either.
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HOME is where your heart is welcomed. HOME consists of hearts that are open to you and where you are not afraid to have your heart open to others.
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Why is this important?
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Living in comfort is NOT PROMISED by GOD'S Word. At any moment our comfortable level of living can change drastically. Has GOD failed us when that happens? NO. What is promised is that our souls will be kept and our hearts will be secure in JESUS (if we stay with HIM+, that is. ).
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Recently, we witnessed 4 families leave their homes... built by the labor of their own hands... and their farms and small businesses. They left machinery and harness shops, stocked full of leather goods. They left a shoe-making business and a book-binding business, as well as newly-planted orchard trees, grapevines, and a fruit cellar with shelves and shelves of canned goods for the winter.
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They left family and friends. They took their grown children and tiny ones alike along on a hundreds-of-miles bus trip to Central America to start anew. They took tents for preliminary shelters.
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They were following JESUS in this move outside of their native country in order to reach out in an evangelistic effort to give to the unsaved what JESUS had given to them.
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Yes, they will be able to do an outreach; early reports which filtered back said it had already begun, with good success.
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But they have done something else: they are teaching their young ones by word AND EXAMPLE that HOME is being with the family, within the Will of GOD.
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HOME, you see, is not a location. It is a state of the heart. Security comes from doing the will of The LORD.... not from walls and roofs and having a steady income.
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The little ones along are happy just being with Mother and Father and all the familiar faces of brothers and sisters. Walls mean nothing to them.
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The older ones not yet married are excited about being allowed to do something for GOD besides attend church meetings. Walls and floors and roofs constitute shackles for them, if that is all they have to look forward to.
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Mother and Father are happy because the joy of The LORD is resting upon them as they EMBRACE THE SACRIFICE to do the Will of The LORD. HE+ will not forsake them and they know it. They also know they must keep walking in HIS+ Will and not say "NO"... I don't want to give up my comforts, job, security, country, etc., etc., etc.
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And, they do not practice walking in FEAR. They simply build new walls, floors, and roofs as necessities for their families, but they do not call that HOME.
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They call HIM+ "HOME"
... because their hearts
are with HIM+.
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Where ,
dear Christian friend,
is your HOME?
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In The Name of The FATHER, Who created thee; and HIS Beloved SON, JESUS CHRIST, Who saves thee; and the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT, Who sanctifies thee. Amen