The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

O, Christmas tree

Looking for the perfect tree.
Dad likes this one...
Maybe this one?
Thumbs up!
The perfect tree
Now let's decorate!
Or hide behind the tree? haha
Lovely tree

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Laddie- Gene Stratton Porter- Book review


I read this book awhile back and thought I would tell you all that it was a good book! It's a little slow at first, but the middle and end are fabulous. Completely different ending! Oh and you can read it on googlebooks.com for free. I liked what Meg said about it... :D
This is a delightful book for readers of all ages, especially girls and women; however, an adult more easily understands the limitations of the young narrator's point of view, and therefore more fully enjoys the plentiful humor in this story of a large farming family in post-Civil War Indiana. Little Sister, the narrator, is the youngest of the family, and the special pet of Laddie, one of her older brothers. Laddie is almost too virtuous, handsome, wise, and manly to be true, but the other major characters are not quite so perfect--brother Leon is a lovable scamp, and Little Sister herself is no goody-goody but a nature-loving tomboy who always tells the truth, even at the worst possible moment. Much of the plot has to do with Laddie's romance with the Princess, a forthright and winning young lady whose family hides a sad secret. Female readers (and this book is written for them) will enjoy the intelligent, independent-minded girls and women; Ms. Stratton-Porter was clearly a feminist in her thinking. There is more "preachiness" and overt religious talk than modern readers may like, but for the era and the setting, it rings true. As a side light, this book is very informative about the birds, insects, and wild life of rural Indiana--if, in fact, any of it survives into the 21st century. The story is fun to read, the plot moves smoothly along, and all the mysteries are unraveled at the end in a most satisfactory manner. --Submitted by Meg Mitchell Rosenfeld



Journey to the Heart -Sept 11-21

Sarah our assistant team leader
Kathleen our leader, Amanda my teammate
Rebekah styled my hair, then put a beautiful flower in.
My flower teammates :D
Yay for pretty flowers!
Happy day!
Btw, these pictures are not in order.
We went on a very cold, very long walk!
Do we look cold?
I made an ebenezer to God.
This is Hannah, my TEDDY.
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Sorry guys I had to remind you! I found this
on my walk as well.
At least my 4 friends were bundled up in
matching adorable brown hoodies.
As a team we sang and played the piano...
It was wonderful!
We enjoyed pampering each other through
out the Journey. Here's a picture of the hair
style I did on Amanda.
The picture.
My Spanish "teacher" Merci! :D
Amariah, a dear friend
Sarah and Amanda
My roomie (Jordan), Amanda, me
More friends
Saying goodbye is SO hard!



5 Day Challenge- Anger

My friend sent me this information on anger. I asked her if I could share with you all and hopefully you can benefit from it.

Verses warning us about anger

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil (Psalm 37:8).

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult (Proverbs 12:16).

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18).

A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless (Proverbs 14:16

A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated (Proverbs 14:17).

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly (Proverbs 14:29).

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1).

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel (Proverbs 15:18).

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32).

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered (Proverbs 17:27).

It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel (Proverbs 20:3).

Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you (Proverbs 20:22).

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control (Proverbs 25:28).

Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger (Proverbs 29:8).

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control (Proverbs 29:11).

An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins (Proverbs 29:22).

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, "Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment." But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment ... first go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:21-24).

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions (Galatians 5:19-20).

"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-7).

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:29-32).

Let your gentleness be evident to all (Philippians 4:5).

But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips (Colossians 3:8).

And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful (2 Timothy 2:24).

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires (James 1:19-20).

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).


ANGER

an'-ger: In the Old Testament, the translation of several Hebrew words, especially of 'aph (lit. "nostril," "countenance"), which is used some 45 times of human, 177 times of Divine, anger (OHL). The word occurs rarely in the New Testament (Mark 3:5Ephesians 4:31 Colossians 3:8 Revelation 14:10), its place being taken by the word "wrath" (see WRATH). As a translation of words denoting God's "anger," the English word is unfortunate so far as it may seem to imply selfish, malicious or vindictive personal feeling. The anger of God is the response of His holiness to outbreaking sin. Particularly when it culminates in action is it rightly called Has "wrath." The Old Testament doctrine of God's anger is contained in many passages in the Pentateuch, Psalms and the Prophets. In Proverbs men are dissuaded from anger (Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 27:4), and the "slow to anger" is commended (Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 16:32; Proverbs 19:11). Christians axe enjoined to put away the feeling of self-regarding, vindictive anger (Ephesians 4:31 Colossians 3:8), and to cherish no desire of personal revenge (Ephesians 4:26).

Noah Webster's Dictionary

1. (n.) Trouble; vexation; also, physical pain or smart of a sore, etc.

2. (n.) A strong passion or emotion of displeasure or antagonism, excited by a real or supposed injury or insult to one's self or others, or by the intent to do such injury.

3. (v. t.) To make painful; to cause to smart; to inflame.

4. (v. t.) To excite to anger; to enrage; to provoke.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

5 Day Challenge- Sabbath breaking

Today is number 3 of the 5 day challenge. I read this in my wisdom booklet about Sabbath breaking. I realized how much I do not delight in God on His holy day.

1. Lean the single focus of delight through persecution.
One of the signs of maturity in the Christian life is the ability to enjoy the fellowship of Christ's sufferings in the same way that we delight in another person.

Definition: To take great pleasure in, to be greatly pleased by, to enjoy thinking and talking about.

Usage
As a verb–delight
I delight to do Your will, O Lord. (See Psalm 40:8)
As a noun–delight
Has the Lord as great delight in sacrifices as in obedience to His voice? 1 Samuel 15:22
As an adjective–delightful, delighted
(participle)
God's Spirit is grieved when fellowship with the Lord ceases to be delightful to us.

Synonyms
Verb: please, fulfill, fascinate, cheer, satisfy
Noun: pleasure, happiness, joy, satisfaction, enjoyment, fulfillment
Adjective: enjoyable, pleasing, fulfilling

Example: Nehemiah endured much persecution in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem and seeking the welfare of God's people. He knew that God's blessing would not continue if the Sabbath was not honored.

In fact, it was precisely because the nation had not kept its Sabbaths that God carried the people into captivity.

When Nehemiah observed people buying and selling on the Sabbath, he contended with the nobles of Judah. "What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath." (Nehemiah 13:17-18).

Application: God promises that if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts (Ps. 37:4).
The first step in delighting ourselves in the Lord is giving Him a day in which we can set aside our work and pleasure to delight in Him and His Word. As with our money, He desires that we give the first part of our time back to Him.
Memorize Isaiah 58:13-14. Then list all the activities that you normally do on the Lord's Day. Check off the ones that do not pass the threefold test of the verse.
Look up the following verses to discover what David, the man after God's own heart delighted in.
Psalm 1:2
Psalm 40:8
Psalm 94:19
Psalm 119:16, 24,35,47,70,77,174



Monday, December 6, 2010

5 day challenge- gluttony

Blessings be to you!

After identifying what gluttony is and repenting of it, replace the sin with truth from God's word! Focus on making Him the delight of you heart. This is the main thought I would like to emphasize: Replace the delight in food, with delight in God.

Here are some verses that stood out: Psalm 1:2 But His delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 119:15-16, 1 Cor. 10:31, Gal 5:1. Matt 6:25, John 4:27-38, 6:27.

I found this off a website that seemed to strike home. Proverbs 23:20-21 warns us, “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” Proverbs 28:7 declares, “He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.”

Physical appetites are an analogy of our ability to control ourselves. If we are unable to control our eating habits, we are probably also unable to control other habits, such as those of the mind (lust, covetousness, anger) and unable to keep our mouths from gossip or strife. We are not to let our appetites control us, but we are to have control over our appetites. (See
Deuteronomy 21:20,Proverbs 23:2, 2 Peter 1:5-7, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, and 2 Corinthians 10:5.) The ability to say “no” to anything in excess—self-control—is one of the fruits of the Spirit common to all believers (Galatians 5:22).
God has blessed us by filling the earth with foods that are delicious, nutritious, and pleasurable. We should honor God's creation by enjoying these foods and by eating them in appropriate quantities. God calls us to control our appetites, rather than allowing them to control us.

The chief error about Gluttony is to think it only pertains to food. Some people can't have enough toys, television, or entertainment. It is about an excess of anything.

There are at least three forms of Gluttony:
1) Wanting more pleasure from something than it was made for.
2) Wanting it exactly our way (delicacy).
3) Demanding too much from people (excessive desire for other people's time or presence).

More Pleasure Than It Was Made For

The world is full of good things, from the beauty of the stars to the ever-changing and never-changing oceans to the pleasure of human company. We are free to enjoy these things without becoming focused on any one of them to the exclusion of all else. It is possible to become so caught up in a pleasure, whether food or fun, that we can no longer enjoy other things, and would be willing to sacrifice other pleasures for the one.

Delicacy

In "The Screwtape Letters," C.S. Lewis describes delicacy as a desire to have things exactly our way. He gives the example of food having to be prepared just right, or in just the right amount, but it isn't limited to food. We might complain about unimportant defects in a product, the temperature in the room, or the color of a laundry basket. There is a certain amount of discomfort to be expected in life, but the Glutton will have none of it. Instead of becoming strong by suffering the minor inconveniences of life, the Glutton insists on being pampered. No one dares to point out how petty or foolish they are. In fact, some celebrities are praised for their excessive perfectionism, as though it were a virtue.

Demanding Too Much From People

There can be a healthy and natural enjoyment of time spent with friends and acquaintances, but some people just can't get enough. They make demands until the other person moves away or explodes in anger. The Glutton is wounded that someone would take offense at their "love" for them. At least some people can get away. Far worse is when a parent demands too much from a child, requiring too much time or too many accomplishments from someone too small to grant so many pleasures. Even pets get excessive attention at times, but they don't seem to mind as much.

The Good News

The cure for Gluttony lies in deliberately reducing our use of pleasurable things, not in eliminating them. When eating, quit before feeling stuffed. When snacking, don't just keep stuffing, but quit after a while. With people, allow some quiet time together, and also get some time alone. Of course, if time alone is very pleasurable, get out more often. And if the toast is a bit too brown, eat it anyway.

I liked this outlook, but also realize that we could start believing lies about the body, God gave us!

In battling this sin, do not believe the lies of the enemy and think you are "fat." Instead, believe the truth that God has for us. God delights in you (Jer. 32:42). God cherishes you (John 3:16). You are precious to him (Isaiah 43:4).

Remember the promise that when we drink from His well, we will never thirst again (John 4:13).

As you spend time with God in prayer and read His word, your hunger for Him will grow. You will begin to crave His presence more and more. Nothing else will satisfy or fill you up!

Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”

God’s words and His presence will fill the emptiness in your soul, and replenish you when you need strength and rest. It will renew you, rejuvenate you, and empower you for each day’s tasks. This is why Jesus told His disciples to take the bread and eat, and take the wine and drink. He is exactly what we need and desire. Nothing else will do!

Whatever your need is today, just ask Jesus. His love for you never runs out. His mercy is new each morning. His grace is an ever-ready supply.

“He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.” (Isaiah 50:4)

He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19)

(www.bethjones.net/newsletters/god-delights-in-you/)

Praying for all of you!

~Kim Krause

5 day challenge

Hey there!
Today I wrote down my five "big" sins, that I never seem to conquer. Well, I thought I would share it with you and challenge you to work on them with me! God's grace is sufficient to conquer all sins! Anyways, if you want to participate, please do! If not, please pray for us who are, that God would help us conquer sin through his power. I know not all with struggle with the same thing, but I'm sure there's one in which you can work on. And, I would encourage you to write down the 5 "big" ones in your life. Here's the ones I wrote down.

1. Gluttony
2. Procrastination
3. Sabbath breaking
4. Unkindness and impatience
5. Pride

Each day I will send out information on each one to read. Let's ask God to give us strength and endurance to fight sin and live for Him!

~Kim Krause