When you Walk Along the Way

Just a place to share my thoughts as I seek to serve my husband, raise my children and Glorify my God!

I am thankful for… (Day 2) November 26, 2008

Filed under: Everyday thoughts — A Relevant Old Soul @ 11:16 am

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My amazement and wonder at the salvation of Christ is by far the most important thing in my life.  However there are other things that top my list.  One of these is my heritage of Christ.

Now, I have a legacy of love.  I was blessed to be born into a family of love and Christianity.  My parents have been married for 35+ years and they are still very much in love.  Both my maternal and paternal (passed away) grandparents were never divorced.  Inside my mothers large family of 5 girls there is no divorce.  I come from a long line of commitment, honor, and love.

I have been blessed with a grandmother who rocked each grandkid singing hymns over them.  A mother who fervently prayed over and for her children to this very day.  A father that worked very hard to provide for us and served diligently at church.  I always knew that my parents would be together and they would be serving the Lord.

It was not until I moved up here to North La. and was surrounded on a military base by such diverse peoples that I realized the blessing of my heritage.  The security that I grew up with is pretty much unheard of.  Our home was one of love and of tradition.  We always knew love and we always knew what would happen in a given moment.  I always knew what was expected of me.  I always knew that I was special.

My dad is a Godly man who serves the Lord and the church.  He always led prayer in our home and always led devotion times.  He was a tough critic on my many beaus.  My dad worked at times 3 jobs to provide money to buy dresses for special occasions for us.  Yet he always, always had time to shoot some hoops in the front yard or to practice softball with us.  We always had special time even if it was snuggling up on the couch on Sunday afternoon to watch the Saints lose again.  Even as an adult, we would talk on the phone every day or so.  We talk about nothing but to me it is the most important conversations of my life.  I am so thankful for the example he set for us but also the security in knowing that to this day, at 32 years old and many many extra pounds, I can still sit on his lap.  I am thankful for being daddy’s little girl.

My mom is the example of a woman after God’s own heart.  She has ALWAYS sought to honor him in her rearing of us.  She ALWAYS wanted us to know how special we are to her and to God.  She has spent MANY hours on her knees in prayer over me (and boy did I give her reason).  She moved her business taking less money to our home in order to be with us.  She always did special, out of no where things with us.  Being checked out of school on our birthdays for lunches or a picnic on the floor of the living room on a random day of the week.  She taught me how to be a mother.  She taught me how to love my children.  She taught me how to care for my home and my husband.  She taught me how to honor my husband.  But above all that, she taught me the Power of Prayer and she taught me humility.  She has never claimed to be a perfect mother but I can tell you the look of perfection.. It is when your mother comes to you, asking forgiveness for mistakes she made as a parent.  That is not only humility but it is wisdom and sincerity.

I have been blessed with two wonderful Christian parents.  They were not perfect but they were perfect for me.  They brought me, sometimes drug me, to church every time the doors were open and then some.  But they gave to me a home that honors Christ, a place of love, comfort and security.

Now that I have my own children, I pray that I can continue that heritage.  I pray that my children see me living out the calling of Christ.  I pray that they may some day look upon their lives and see Christ through every detail.  I pray that he may continue to bless my marriage that they may continue to see love and security in our lives as well.

So I am thankful for my heritage of Christ.  A home centered on Christ and a place where love abounds.  A warm cooked Cajun meal, conversations, and fun are great but the security and peace are priceless.

 

I am thankful for (Day 1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 5:33 am

This will be a few days process of thinking through and discussing all the MANY blessings and things in my life I have to be thankful for.

Day 1…amazing-grace

I am thankful for….

Looking back on past couple of year of my life especially (and we always have a better view from the tale end of a trial), I can see the hand of Almighty God more present than ever in my life.  So here I am.. Under NORMAL circumstances I should have a broken marriage, a broken home and a broken heart.  But praise God, our God is not the God of NORMAL!!!

I am thankful that I am not “NORMAL.”  I am thankful that I have been Chosen by God.  Think about that.  Think about the honor that thought carries.  I could be just some average person living some average life but God chose me for Himself!  Of all the people he could have chosen to use to bring him glory, he chose ME?  That is such a humbling statement to me.  I love to listen to Paul Washer sermons.  One of the things I have heard Paul say is “God saved me BY himself, FOR himself, and FROM himself.”  Wow..how powerful is that?  The idea that he chose to save me and I had really no part in it at all.  Nothing I could have done would have made me choose him.  All other things that I can thank him for are microscopic in comparison.

I believe that when we view every single aspect of our lives in light of that fact, we see things differently.  Things that once seemed like work are now an HONOR.  Serving one another, loving one another, pursuing sanctification, all of this is now a freedom and an honor.  In ourselves we get tired and burned out.  We get our feelings hurt and we get heartache.  But when we focus our brains on the idea that none of this is because of me, the picture becomes different.  You begin to see others through the eyes of Christ and all you seek is glorifying him.

During our study of Tozers, Attributes of God, a friend and I spent a great deal discussing the following verse.  It also came up in the sermon on Sunday.  My friend gave a great description of that verse..

3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

She said, “Picture yourself unworthy of standing before God and so Christ stands in front of you and you hide behind him.  When God looks at you, he sees Christ.”  Wow, Wow, Wow!

I am thankful that he chose me.  I am thankful that he chose to save me, redeem me and purify me.  I am thankful that when he looks upon me, he sees his son.  I am a sinner.  I deserve nothing from God.  I am thankful that he has shown me that my salvation is not about me.  That life is not about me.  I am thankful that he is God and that I am not normal.  I am called of God to fulfill his calling in me to be a wife and a mother.  How humbling to be called a child of God.  Thanks be to God alone who SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME!

 

Playing around with words November 25, 2008

Filed under: Everyday thoughts — A Relevant Old Soul @ 2:44 am

T-is for the truth, the way and the lifethanksgiving-cross

H- is for Holy one

A-is for Annointed one

N- is for Nails that saved my soul

K- is for King of Kings

S- Savior

G- Good Shepherd

I- Innocent sacrifice

V- Verdict of innocence he proclaimed on me

I- I AM!

N- New Mercies he shows everyday

G- Glorious God!

 

Storing Treasures November 14, 2008

Filed under: Insights of Insomnia — A Relevant Old Soul @ 4:23 pm

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Well it is 3:00am I am still up.  Yes, that’s right.  Still trying to get everything ready for the garage sale on Saturday.  But I wanted to post a little short tidbit of insight in my insanity.

Matthew 6: 19-21

Treasures in Heaven

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Because we accumulate “things” over time, it is sometimes difficult to see how many “things” we actually have.  It is not until we have to start purging it all that we actually take an inventory and realize our negligence.  If someone asked me, of course I would say that these possessions are worthless to me.  However, my overcrowded garage, and the large amount of things remaining inside the house after removing sale items, speak volumes to the contrary.

Why is it that we have to have all these things?  Do we even notice the tower of possessions we are building inside our own walls?  I look around me at the sea of things and can not help but wonder how many people could have been helped with that money.  How many orphans fed?  I am ashamed of my selfishness and my worldliness.

This prayer has really been ringing in my ears lately and I wanted to share it with you.

little-boy-praying My Prayer Today—– Father I want to know thee,but my cowardly heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling , but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have come a very part of my living self,so that thou mayest enter and dwell their without a rival. Then shalt thou make the place at thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for thyself, wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night in there. Amen

These toys can be inner or outward things.  I truly am ashamed of how many things crowd my heart.  Please Lord, take from me the need for anything other than YOU!

 

The Humanist feels “left out”- what?? November 12, 2008

Filed under: media — A Relevant Old Soul @ 8:31 pm

When I heard this story on the news this morning, I was outraged. And for those of you who are not morning news watchers, I thought that I would share. I copied and pasted the article below in its entirety from the Fox News website.

So, the PUBLIC transportation system, supported by taxpayers dollars are going to have ads telling people to not believe in God. The slogan is “Why believe in God… Just be Good for Goodness Sake.” They are claiming that the anti-theists (agnostics, atheists, etc.) are feeling left out of holidays that tend to be more religious. WHAT! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Of course you feel left out. It is the birthday of our Savior.. You know the one you do not believe in..

I do not know what makes me more angry here. But one thing is for sure.. Explain how exactly taxpayers can pay for anti-theist commercialism but must remove the 10 commandments from publicly funded places?????

As Christians, this should be a wake up call. The enemy is not as cunning or quiet as he used to be.. People they are actually campaigning against Christ. It is all the more reason for us to be ever diligent in spreading the TRUE GOSPEL message to the dying. They even insist they merely want to plant a seed. They are more vigilent in their cause against our God than we are for him.

Read the article below and let me know what you think on this issue.. I would love to hear some responses.

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‘Why Believe in a God?’ Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. — You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

“We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you,” said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion.”

To that end, the ads and posters will include a link to a Web site that will seek to connect and organize like-minded thinkers in the D.C. area, Edwords said.

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Edwords said the purpose isn’t to argue that God doesn’t exist or change minds about a deity, although “we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people’s minds.”

The group defines humanism as “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.”

Last month, the British Humanist Association caused a ruckus announcing a similar campaign on London buses with the message: “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

In Washington, the humanists’ campaign comes as conservative Christian groups gear up their efforts to keep Christ in Christmas. In the past five years, groups such as the American Family Association and the Catholic League have criticized or threatened boycotts of retailers who use generic “holiday” greetings.

In mid-October, the American Family Association started selling buttons that say “It’s OK to say Merry Christmas.” The humanists’ entry into the marketplace of ideas did not impress AFA president Tim Wildmon.

“It’s a stupid ad,” he said. “How do we define ‘good’ if we don’t believe in God? God in his word, the Bible, tells us what’s good and bad and right and wrong. If we are each ourselves defining what’s good, it’s going to be a crazy world.”

Also on Tuesday, the Orlando, Fla.-based Liberty Counsel, a conservative Christian legal group, launched its sixth annual “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign.” Liberty Counsel has intervened in disputes over nativity scenes and government bans on Christmas decorations, among other things.

“It’s the ultimate grinch to say there is no God at a time when millions of people around the world celebrate the birth of Christ,” said Mathew Staver, the group’s chairman and dean of the Liberty University School of Law. “Certainly, they have the right to believe what they want but this is insulting.”

Best-selling books by authors such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have fueled interest in “the new atheism” — a more in-your-face argument against God’s existence.

Yet few Americans describe themselves as atheist or agnostic; a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll from earlier this year found 92 percent of Americans believe in God.

There was no debate at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority over whether to take the ad. Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the agency accepts ads that aren’t obscene or pornographic.

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Minors and Majors November 11, 2008

Filed under: Quiet time reflections — A Relevant Old Soul @ 10:29 pm
1Kings 17: 7-24widow-at-zarepath
The Widow at Zarephath

7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

12 “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’ ”

15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

22 The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”

How many times in our lives are we looking for the major miracles and forgetting the minor ones?  To quote Pastor Tim Moffett ” We always want the fire from heaven.”  For some time, the Lord provided daily for her and her sons needs and yet she did not believe until a major miracle had occurred.  So the question is, Do I look past the minor always hoping for a major?

I think this is a great analogy of “American” Christianity.  We are so spoiled.  We have no “Need” for God.  Because the widow was having her daily needs met, she forgot from whence they came.  I think sometimes we need to lose everything in order for God to show his Glory around us.  We are so accustomed to things that everything becomes so minor in our lives.  It takes a huge miracle for some of us to see God’s provisions.

Everyday, her flour pot was full once again.  Most of us would have to admit that we do not need food to survive.  We have more than enough.  Our pantries are stocked with snacks and junk food and all kinds of extras.  Most of us are not in NEED of clothes to cover our naked bodies.  Our problem is choosing which to wear amongst the many.  Most of us are not in NEED of shelter but yet we worry about it looking just perfectly decorated.  Sadly, some of us are not in NEED of a Savior because we are following the rules of the religion we were raised in.  We, Americans, do not know our NEED and therefore we have Cheapened our God!  We have made him some figment of our imaginations.

I am at awe that she only saw the Lord after the healing of her child, a one time occurrence.  Did she not see the EVERY single day provision that the Lord had given to her.  I must admit that I am too often guilty of looking past the everyday.  We say mediocre repetitious prayers over our meals without truly acknowledging that without God’s provision we would have none.  We have truly forgotten in this country what it is like to go without.

Our ingratitude over minor blessings must be such a slap in the face to our provider.  We NEED to stop seeking major instances of God and start being broken and grateful over the minor ones.  We need to become so dependent on Christ that every breath we breathe is viewed as a gift from our God.  He is the creator of everything.

So today, and every other, my prayer is to see my own NEED.  To see magnitude of what God does for me daily and not just in major instances.  My God will supply ALL my needs.  That means minor ones too.  May I not require major miracles to see the provisions of the Savior!

 

Beware of false prophets November 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 10:56 pm

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Last night, I was not able to attend church because Logan is still feeling a little under the weather.  So, I was flipping through the channels and settled on one of the “so-called” Christian channels, where I decided to listen for a moment or two.  It did not take me long to realize he was not preaching the TRUE gospel message.  But I wonder, for those who do not KNOW the truth how easily they could be persuaded.

We often hear sermons and teaching on the New Testament “Beware of false prophets… Who come in sheep’s clothing…”  But this morning in my quiet time, I was reading in 1Kings.  Here is the passage… 1 Kings 13:11-24

11 As it happened, there was an old prophet living in Bethel, and his sons[a] came home and told him what the man of God had done in Bethel that day. They also told their father what the man had said to the king. 12 The old prophet asked them, “Which way did he go?” So they showed their father[b] which road the man of God had taken. 13 “Quick, saddle the donkey,” the old man said. So they saddled the donkey for him, and he mounted it.
14 Then he rode after the man of God and found him sitting under a great tree. The old prophet asked him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”
“Yes, I am,” he replied.
15 Then he said to the man of God, “Come home with me and eat some food.”
16 “No, I cannot,” he replied. “I am not allowed to eat or drink anything here in this place. 17 For the Lord gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’”
18 But the old prophet answered, “I am a prophet, too, just as you are. And an angel gave me this command from the Lord: ‘Bring him home with you so he can have something to eat and drink.’” But the old man was lying to him. 19 So they went back together, and the man of God ate and drank at the prophet’s home.
20 Then while they were sitting at the table, a command from the Lord came to the old prophet. 21ord says: You have defied the word of the Lord and have disobeyed the command the Lord your God gave you. 22 You came back to this place and ate and drank where he told you not to eat or drink. Because of this, your body will not be buried in the grave of your ancestors.” He cried out to the man of God from Judah, “This is what the L
23 After the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the old prophet saddled his own donkey for him, 24 and the man of God started off again. But as he was traveling along, a lion came out and killed him. His body lay there on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it.

This man of God who had just done miraculous wonders for Christ was so easily swayed into deception.  That made me wonder how easily swayed we are as well.  I believe it should be our hearts desire to be so in tune with the Word of God that we are not swayed in the wind with every form of doctrine that entices us.

This also leads me to another logical conclusion.  The prophet knew of whom he had been sent.  He was given direct instructions from God to not eat or drink.  And yet he allowed the words of man to turn his head from what God had distinctly told him to do.  The Lies of the Enemy are so easily justified.  Can you hear the conversation… But Lord, he told me your angel sent him.. and to this the Lord would answer… But “I” told you what to do.  Kind of like a child defending his actions.  But mom, such and such told me you said it was ok.  This prophet chose to disobey direct instructions by following the words of man.  How often do I listen to man more than to God?  Am I really seeking to do his will or am I trying to find justification for moments when I willfully disobey his commands.

When we take our eyes off of what God has placed us here for, and start listening to others we will always be prey for lions.  Once we step out of the will of God we are stepping out of his protection.  We have to remain diligent in the place he wants us and we must have a “Kingdom” vision.  We must know what we believe and why we believe it.  We must know that it is our job to do the will of the Father and not even entertain thoughts that may sway us into disobedience.

I know there are some who will see this from a different perspective.  There are some who would blame the old prophet for deceiving the man of God.  But that man of God is held accountable for his own choices and he chose to disobey the God who sent him.  Modern psychological Christianity would have us pity this Man of God.  They would reason out that he could not have known the truth and place the enemy at fault.  To that, I say.. Hullabulloo!!  He may not have known the truth but he willfully disobeyed the Truth!

We can look all around us and find blame in those who we think have caused us to stumble but we are accountable to God alone.  We stand before him alone!  We must CHOOSE to obey the one who sent us!