Monday, October 24, 2011

Ten Ways To Love

1.  Listen without interrupting.  
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. 
Proverbs 18

2.  Speak without accusing.  
Know this , my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger...
James 1:19

3.  Give without sparing.
All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
Proverbs 21:26

4.  Pray without ceasing.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding...
Colossians 1:9

5.  Answer without arguing.
Better s a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.
Proverbs 17:1

6.  Share without pretending.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the heard, into Christ...
Ephesians 4:15

7.  Enjoy without complaint.
Do all things without grumpling or questioning
Philippians 2:14

8.  Trust without wavering.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Corinthians 13:7

9.  Forgive without punishing.
...bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:13

10. Promise without forgetting.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Proverbs 13:12

Monday, October 17, 2011

Purses and Shoes!

$60.00 purses on clearance for $5.00!
Yes, I bought all they had, which was 6.
Add a cute monogram and they'll make
 great Christmas or birthday gifts.

$60.00 shoes on clearance for $10!  
And sooooo cute!

I just need to find something to 
wear with them.

Another $60.00 pair on clearance for $10.00

Wore them yesterday to church. Super 
comfy, felt like I had nothing on :)

So, what would have cost me $480.00 
only cost me $50!!!!  My kind of deal :)


Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Essence of Sin

"The essence of sin:  Man substitutes himself for God.  Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be.  
The essence of salvation:  God substitutes Himself for man.  God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be."

David Platt

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Are You A Bell Sheep?

A few weeks ago I started reading Elizabeth George's book, Raising a Daughter After God's Own Heart.  In the very first chapter she refers to mothers as being the bell sheep for their daughters.   I confess, I had never heard of a bell sheep until that moment.  Maybe some of you haven't either.  Let me explain.  When a shepherd noticed a sheep who willingly followed him and stayed near him, he hung a bell around the neck of that sheep so the flock would follow the bell sheep...who, in turn, was following the shepherd.  Of course, we are the sheep and Christ is the Shepherd.  Now that we know what a bell sheep is let's explore three questions.  Are you a bell sheep, how to be a bell sheep and why should we be a bell sheep.

Are you a bell sheep?  
I can't answer that question for you.  Examine yourself, your actions, your motives, and your heart.  Are you loving the things of this world (1 John 2:15) when you should be loving the things of God (Deut. 6:5)?  Are we teaching our daughters, by example and by words?

How to be a bell sheep?  
Instructing her in God's ways
Have daily Bible time with her
Encouraging her to have a quiet time
Pray for her
ABOVE ALL:  Live a life that brings honor and glory to God

Why should we be a bell sheep?
The answer is to point our daughters to Christ.  Is it not our desire for our daughters to grow into godly women. Women who will love the Lord with all their hearts, minds, and souls. (Matt.22:37)  Women who will be godly wives and mothers.  Women who's lives will glorify God and be a testimony to lost world.
Ladies, let's be that bell sheep, let's lead our daughters to Jesus and teach them His ways for the furtherance of God's kingdom.
Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:5
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Matthew 22:37
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Monday, October 10, 2011

What A New Study Says About Christian Education

A recent study out of Cardus, a Christian think-tank based in Ontario, has exciting results for the hard work, financial sacrifice, and conviction displayed by homeschooling and Christian school parents whose paychecks have gone to curriculum and tuition payments while they vacation in state parks and drive used cars with six-digit mileage. Here’s the good news: the popular stereotypes of those receiving a Christian education (you know: socially fragmented, anti-intellectual, and militantly right-winged) bear no statistical weight in reality.
Even better, this comprehensive study reveals this about students graduating from the home school or Christian school setting:
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