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!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

I will give myself unto prayer

I will give myself unto prayer – Psalm 109:4

(By the way, I took this picture up on a hill at the North Woods where I spent my time with God)

I read this in "Streams in the Desert" book this morning.

We are often in a religious hurry in our devotions. How much time do we spend in them daily? Can it not be easily reckoned in minutes? Who ever knew an eminently holy man who did not spend much of his time in prayer? Did ever a man exhibit much of the spirit of prayer, who did not devote much time in his closet?

Whitefield says, "Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground, in silent or vocal prayer." "Fall upon your knees and grow there, is the language of another, who knew whereof he affirmed.

It has been said that no great work in literature or science was ever wrought by a man who did not love solitude. We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often, and love, alone with God.
From The Still Hour

"Come, come," He saith "O soul oppressed and weary,
Come to the shadows of my desert rest;
Come walk with Me far from life's babbling discords,
And peace shall breathe like music in thy breast.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Faith- John Wycliffe

I just read this today in my World Literature book. Wow, it really touched my heart about faith. I am going to put in bold and italics the parts that really got me.
John Wycliffe wrote this piece.

"The ground of all goodness is stedfast faith, or belief. This, through grace and mercy, is obtained of God. Faith was the principal ground that enabled the woman of Canaan to obtain health of soul and of body, of Christ, for her daughter, who was evil treated of a devil, as the Gospel witnesseth. And the centurion was much praised of Christ for the stedfast belief that he had in the power of his Godhead. Faith is likened to the loadstar, for it showeth the haven of grace to men rowing in the sea of this world. Faith is the eastern star that leads spiritual kings to worship Jesus Christ, through withstanding of sin, as the east star led three kings when Christ was born.

Faith or belief is as a stone lying in the goundation of a strong building, that beareth up all the work. For as the building standeth stiffly that is well grounded upon a stone, so each virtuous deed is strong when it is grounded upon the solidity of belief. For upon this stone, that is, solid faith, Christ said that He would build His church, that is, man's soul. A man that hath lost his right eye is unable to defend himself in battle, for his shield hides his left eye, and so he has no sight to defend himself from his enemy; even so he that has lost the right eye of true faith, is unable to withstand or fight agianst his spiritual enemy, the devil. Saints, as St. Paul saith, through stedfastness and true faith, overcame kingdoms. (Heb. 11). They overcame the kingdoms of their flesh through holiness of soul and body; and the kingdom of the world by setting at nought riches; and the kingdom of the fiend through patience and meekness.

The want of stedfast faith is the chief cause why men fall into deadly sin. For if a man truly believed that soon after he committed a sin, he should lose one of his limbs, he would, through that belief, keep himself, and flee from that sin. How much more if he believed that God would punish him in body and soul for evermore, if he died in that sin? If man's belief and trust were firmly set in God, all fear of man, fantasies, and fear of this world, would grieve him but little, or not at all. Christ said to His disciple, that is their faith were as great as the seed of mustard, and they should say to this hill, Pass hence, it should pass; and nothing should be impossible to them. St. Jerome saith that faith is likened to the corn of seed. If the corn of seed be not broken, the virtue thereof is not known; but the more it is pounded, even the stronger it smelleth; even so a man who is firmly grounded in the faith, the more he is pounded by persecution, the greater and the more fervent is his belief. Thus if man's faith were as great as the mustard seed, he should remove from himself the hill of pride, and all other false deceits of the fiend.

This faith maketh our souls so able to receive heavenly gifts, that we may get whatever we desire of the faithful Lord. Oh, blessed is the soul that believeth right and liveth well, and in well living keepeth true faith. While Peter had true faith, he want upon the sea as upon dry land; but when the firmness of his faith failed, he began to sink, and therefore Christ reproved him as of little faith. Thus it fares with us, who are staggering and unstedfast with the wind of each temptation or fear. Therefore, brethren, let us set all our belief and full trust on Him, Who is Almighty, and not in any vain thing that may fail in any time. Trust we stedfastly that nothing may grieve us father than He will suffer it, and all things which He sendeth come for the best. And let no wealth of this failing world, neither tribulation, draw our hearts from firm belief in God. Let us not put our belief or trust in charms, or in dreams, or an other fantasies; but only in Almighty God. For it is full perilous, as holy doctors say, to scatter man's belief about any such. And let each man and woman take heed to themselves, for good living makes man to have firm belief, and trust in God, and evil works draw him into despair, as John Chrysostom saith.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Picture update

Hello!
Here are random photos that explain what I've been doing lately. :D


I went over to Nancy's house and Sarah joined us to make salsa. We had a really fun time out on the farm. These are pictures that Sarah took, I took them off her blog to add to this post... The salsa turned out SOOO yummy! It was great to spend time together talking about spiritual things and spending time working on home making things.



In late July, we went to the beach with a dear family. The sunset was gorgeous. The waves were perfectly warm and exhilarating. We had fun taking pictures and jumping the waves after a long day in the vehicle.
I have also been spending a lot of time working on my etsy shop www.peppersnoodles.etsy.com. Etsy is an online shopping center for handmade and vintage items, and supplies. It has been an interesting experience. In fact, I took a week long "fast" from etsy and just sought God to see if it was something He wanted me to do. God showed me through His Word, that as long as I made Him my focus and relied on Him through the process then it wasn't a bad thing to sell things. He also showed me that I need to balance selling things and work with wisdom, love, and kindness. He DOES have the answers, right in His Word!
Mom has started making these purses for etsy. It's really neat how the shop is relationship building for mom and I. We've spent lots of time talking over ideas on how to improve our shop and items. I am so thankful that my mom is interesting in helping me and willing to invest time in tedious pictures and all the things that are involved in having a shop.

Ebony is my cat. I love her. This summer I have been helping a lot at home, finishing up projects and doing yard work. I was out picking up pine cones and mowing when my cat joined me... I couldn't resist the beautiful lighting and sweet kitty!
A red doily I took pictures of for etsy.


I love Johannah and Elleanna SOOO much. They are just like my little sisters. We've known their family since 2006, when they came up to the Character Inn to visit their brother in college. I was blessed to have my little sisters over for the afternoon where we dressed up and acted out the story of Esther... This is at Esther's banquet for the King (me... I also played a handmaiden), and Haman (Elleanna, and she played another Handmaiden too). It was neat because we had fun while rehearsing God's Word and His protection for His people.
Then another time the girls came over Johannah helped me take pictures of Kit for etsy and then we played dress up again, but doing the story of baby Moses.
If you have seen me lately, this is what is in my sewing bad. I have been busy making rings and doilies out of thin cotton thread.


Last but not least, Guitar. Sarah has been teaching how to play the guitar! It's been fun and challenging as I stretch my small hands. Thank you Sarah for teaching me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cynicism vs. Rejoicing

Cynicism vs. Rejoicing


Cynicism means one believes that happiness can be achieved by obtaining a high moral standard. Sadly, the cynic tries to please his own desires rather than pleasing the Lord or meeting the needs of others. Even by having a high moral standard, the cynic lives an unhappy and cross life. Although God does command us to add virtue our faith (2 Peter 1:5), virtue does not give lasting happiness. The cynic also has a pessimistic attitude about life; everything is always on the sad or dismal side. God wants us as believers to rejoice in all circumstances, good or bad (Romans 12:12, 1 Thess. 5:16). In addition, the Bible tells us not to live for our own pleasure (1 Timothy 5:6), but instead deny ourselves (Mark 8:34-35) and follow Jesus. To summarize, a cynic is someone who lives for himself and who is depressed about life. We all are guilty of doing this at some point, but God can give us strength to counteract the negative with rejoicing always.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Faith in the Book of Numbers




Faith in the Book of Numbers


Moses was given faith in his middle age when he had a God encounter in the burning bush. Before this, faith was not a particularly strong point in his life, but that is why God gave him faith to accomplish such a big job. One incident in which Moses’ sin nature got the better of him was when the children of Israel complained that they had no water. Irritated by their ungratefulness, Moses took their plea to the Lord. God told him specifically that he should speak to the rock, and the water they needed would come out of the rock. Just as he was about to do as God commanded, he lost some of his faith, along with his patience and his temper. He hit the rock twice instead of speaking to the rock. This disobedience took away the opportunity he had to lead the Children of Israel into the Promised Land. Today, we can learn from his lack of faith. First, we should trust the Lord completely, knowing that He has a blessing at the end. One thing we can be comforted in is that when we fail and mess up, God is always faithful and always with us, exchanging our blunders for His God-given plans.

Monday, September 19, 2011

He satisfies me- Insights from Psalms



Just wanted to post what stood out to me in God's Word.

Psalm 105:40-41,43 and Psalm 107:9
The people asked, and He brought quails, and satisfied them with the Bread of Heaven. He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness.

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Personalized:

Kimberly asked and Jesus gave her everlasting food. He satisfied her with Himself. He gave her His water, not a trickling stream, but a gushing rapid! God's Word is a gushing fountain of promises and words to satisfy our hearts! The dry places are my heart before He fills it... Then He gives me joy and gladness. My life is barren and void without Him, now He is my all in all, giving true joy and fullness.

Picture:

I chose this picture because I am a child in His eyes. Also the rain symbolizes His Word rushing into my life, drenching me with His grace. The girl has a happy contented look on her face; that is how I am when I've been with Jesus.

Will you let Him satisfy you today?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

All I have is Christ



Let these words sink in... Christ is so amazing, words can not describe His love!