Word of the Day Series

Start your day the Simply Heavenly way by joining me in a Bible study where we read and learn the Word of God!

Simply Heavenly Chicekn Picata

A tasty and healthy treat that you and your family will love to eat!

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Citrus, it's Simply Heavenly!

Read to find out the endless uses for citrus, God's all natural do-it-all wonderfruit!

A River Runs Through Us!

Don't hold back forgiveness..

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Word of the Day.... July 31, 2013

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Paul tells us here to forget about the past and reach forward into our future.  It is awfully difficult to move forward when you are looking backward.  Many people hinder their progress because they are still hung up on things that have happened in their past. It is either their failures, or they have bitterness against someone who has hurt them. Sometimes it seems impossible to let those hurts go.

 It is like they have paralyzed us and in a sense they have.  We need to give that pain, bitterness and anger to Jesus Christ so that we can heal.  Then we won’t be walking over that finish line we will be running!! I want to look forward to everything that the Lord has in store for me.  I can’t wait to see what God has planned for the future, and I believe our best days are ahead of us.

Paul tells us to press toward the goal for the prize. As I get older I can see that I am getting closer to the finish line and the prize that the Lord has in store for me!  Now I want to give this race a big final push and run this race to win!  I believe that Jesus is coming very soon and I don’t want to hold back anything as I lean into the tape!!!  No time to look back now!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Word of the Day... July 30, 2013....

One More Revival
"Sodom's sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen." —Ezekiel 16:49–50

After reading this devotional from Pastor Greg Laurie a few days ago, I knew that I had to share with you all as well.  This is a something all of us know in our heart of hearts but no one except for the Christians are speaking out on it and are being persecuted for speaking the truth.

Billy Graham recalls a time when his wife Ruth, commenting on the downward spiral of morality in our nation, exclaimed, "If God doesn't punish America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."

Sodom was once a great power in her day—a city-state, a dominant force. But God judged her. He identifies her sins in Jeremiah 23:14: "But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! They commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil so that no one turns away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were."

They commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil. . . . We live in a time in our nation when right is wrong and wrong is right. Everything is upside down.

God gives another assessment of the sins of Sodom in the book of Ezekiel: "Sodom's sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door" (16:49).

Pride . . . gluttony . . . laziness. . . . Think of our nation and the sense of entitlement. Everyone expects to be entertained. I am reminded of the famous statement by the Roman satirist Juvenal as he spoke of Rome and her decline: "The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things—bread and circuses!"

It seems to me that is what America is like today: "Entertain us. It's all about us."

I believe that our nation has two choices before us: One is judgment. The other is revival. Judgment is coming, that is clear. But my prayer is there will be at least one more revival before this happens.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Word of the Day... July 29, 2013

As you listen to birds calling to one another, hear also My Love-call to you. I speak to you continually: through sights, sounds, thoughts, impressions, scriptures. There is no limit to the variety of ways I can communicate with you. Your part is to be attentive to My messages, in whatever form they come. When you set out to find Me in a day, you discover that the world is vibrantly alive with My Presence. You can find Me not only in beauty and birdcalls, but also in tragedy and faces filled with grief. I can take the deepest sorrow and weave it into a pattern for good. 

Search for Me and My messages, as you go through this day. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with your whole being.  ~Jesus Calling~

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
—John 10:27

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
—Romans 8:28 amp

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
—Jeremiah 29:13

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Word of the Day.... July 28, 2013...

A Lot to Sing About

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.  —Acts 16:25

I read this and thought that this is perfect for posting on a Sunday.  We are off to worship the Lord and I love singing to my Lord.  Pastor Greg laurie has it right.  We sing for God and even if we are off key and have the worst voice ever, if we are singing with love for our Lord He will know it and I believe that He will love it!!!  Just like He loves us.

If we were to rate Christianity on the basis of music only, it is clear that Christians own music. My friend Marty Goetz says that as a young Jewish boy, he envied Christians because while he was celebrating Hanukkah, Christians were celebrating Christmas with songs like "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Silent Night," and "Joy to the World." He admired our music.

But we are not rating our faith on the basis of music; it is on the basis of what we believe and Whom we believe in. Christians sing a lot because we have a lot to sing about.
When a believer can praise God in the midst of trials and suffering, a lost world takes notice. When you are going through hardship and can still praise God, nonbelievers will pay attention.

Case in point: Paul and Silas were thrown into a dungeon for preaching the gospel. They had been severely beaten and their feet were in stocks, but Acts 16:25 says, "Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening."

In Revelation 15, we find the martyrs from the Tribulation "singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb" (verse 3). They have come through the worst fire imaginable: they had put been put to death for their faith. Yet they are in heaven, singing their songs.

Worship music is not for our entertainment. The musicians and vocalists in church want to lead us in worship. You may say, But I don't have a great voice. That hasn't stopped thousands of people from auditioning for American Idol, so it shouldn't stop you. You aren't performing for anyone. When you worship, you are singing for an audience of one: God. So get into practice.

I hope all of you go out and sing to the Lord today!!!  Worship Him in songs and praises.  Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (Psalm 100:2) Have a Simply Heavenly Sunday!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wisdom & Emotion equals protection for your teenager.

Joseph was young, most likely still a teenager, when he fled from Potiphar’s wife. Why did he flee and resist sexual sin? Most people would think youth is a liability in this situation. The answer is that Joseph was protected be a combination of wisdom and emotion. Let’s look at Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife. She attempted to entrap him sexually. She appealed to the immediate situation—no one else was around and she was ready for him, even demanding sex with him. How many teenagers in the church today would have resisted that scenario? Yet there was such a powerful vision of God and his honor in Joseph’s heart that he was emotionally repulsed at her advances.

Here is how he responds:

“Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God” (Genesis 39:8-9).

Joseph’s response was like Job’s. Job feared God and shunned evil. The same equation of wisdom driven by emotion was present in Job’s life.

The next factor that protected Joseph was his understanding of righteousness. In his response, Joseph was repulsed by the enticement Potiphar’s wife offered. He was repulsed by what was wrong. The choice between righteousness and wickedness was a choice of profound consequence. Again, he is reacting emotionally in a good way. “How could I do such a thing?” Joseph is foreshadowing the words of Moses, hundreds of years later, when Moses says, “They are not idle words for you. They are your life.”

The last factor we will consider is that Joseph knew that God was present with him. God was not just an abstract idea that his father believed in. Joseph was aware of the very presence of God in his life. God was real to him. Joseph knew it was foolish even to consider sinning when he was always in the presence of God.

So, here are three dynamic factors that led to the wisdom’s protection for Joseph:

A strong love of wisdom—so much so that Joseph was driven emotionally to flee from the grip of sexual temptation.

Joseph was emotionally tied to the specific content of righteousness. If something was not righteous, it was morally repugnant to Joseph.

Joseph was acutely aware of God’s presence.

These three factors fit perfectly with the message of Proverbs 2 and how wisdom protects those who are devoted to it. Read again the first five verses of Proverbs 2.

These words are emotionally charged. Sometimes we are too self-conscious to cry aloud or call out for insight. Perhaps we are embarrassed to be recognized as someone who is consumed with knowing God’s wisdom. But Solomon is clear:  if wisdom is to be had, it must be had with emotion—the same emotion we see in Joseph’s life.

Commit your life to helping your teenagers be passionate about wisdom!

Source: http://www.shepherdpress.com/wisdom-emotion-equals-protection-for-your-teenager/
Jay Younts

Word of the Day... July 27, 2013

22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her Ephesians 5:22-25 

I can’t tell you how many times I hear women saying “Does this mean that he is the boss of everything?”  I have to stop and ask them, “Do you think that Jesus is the boss of your life or is He the lover of your soul?” 

Why did you submit to Jesus when you became a Christian?  Was it because you came to understand just how much He loves you?  It is the same way with our husbands.  God calls them to love us as Christ loves the church and gave His life for it.  

If husbands are sacrificially loving their wives as they should, wives will naturally want to submit to them.  If wives are submitting, husbands will be more inclined to continue to love them and sacrifice for them.  If you have both the marriage will work great because you will be working as one in the Lord!!!

I hope that all of you have a safe and Simply Heavenly day!  God bless you!!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Word of the Day... July 26, 2013

Made Alive with Christ
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. Ephesians 2:2-3
The flow of the world is being orchestrated and directed by Satan.  Make no mistake he is guiding the direction of this world system.

When you were walking in the world, believing that you were the master of your destiny and that you had control of your life, you were so deceived. The reality is that you are under the power of Satan.  You are in in his grip, going through life,  being governed by Satan.  Many of us aren’t even aware of it until it is too late.

Then if you are lucky, the Lord comes along and makes us feel really alive for the first time.  There is nothing like it in the whole world and when the Holy Spirit leads you into His fullness of His love you want more!!!  When the chains of sin are broken you are finally free  you truly begin to realize that when the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. You no longer have to be a slave to sin.  What a wonderful way to live!!!

I hope that all of you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Loved This One From Katie-Wellness Mama.....

Best Way to Whiten Teeth Naturally

how to whiten teeth naturally with charcoal Best Way to Whiten Teeth Naturally As crazy as it sounds, this one simple home remedy can really whiten teeth (and help with gum disease) and is also very effective against food poisoning and other types of internal toxins.
I used Activated Charcoal a few months ago when I had an awful bout of food poisoning, and it worked wonders! This is actually the substance that many hospitals have on hand and use when patients have ingested toxins or when they pump patients’ stomachs. It is available as a loose powder and in capsule form (see notes below!)
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbant substance. It removes toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal. It is not absorbed by the body, but passes through the GI system, so chemicals and toxins adhere to it, pass through the body and are expelled by the digestive system.
In the 1800s, two men took lethal doses of poisons (including arsenic) and survived without harm… their secret: they mixed the toxins with activated charcoal powder. (Stating the obvious: do not try to repeat these experiments!)
Activated charcoal is extremely effective at pulling toxins from household chemicals, ingested medicines, and other toxins from the body, especially when taken within 30 minutes of ingestion. For this reason, it is a great first treatment for any kind of poisoning, but should not be taken within several hours of medications (or even vitamins) that DO need to be absorbed.
There is even some evidence that activated charcoal is helpful both before and after alcohol consumption to lessen the amount that is absorbed by the body.
Even mainstream medical sites are on board with the benefits of using activated charcoal for a poison remedy.
Should you ever need to use activated charcoal on yourself of a child for poisoning, use as soon as possible and call a poison control center or go to the emergency room as well to make sure the poison has been fully removed!
I”ve personally used activated charcoal for food poisoning and it worked… I mixed 1-2 tablespoons of activated charcoal  with water and drank quickly. The food poisoning went away within a couple of hours.  Charcoal should not be taken regularly, as it can cause constipation and block mineral absorption if it is not needed. Also, it can’t be mixed with dairy products or many foods, as they lower its effectiveness. IThis dose can be repeated up to 3 times a day until symptoms of food poisoning or other poison are gone.
Important note: If you have to take charcoal, make sure to drink a lot of water as it can cause dehydration if taken in large doses!
Activated charcoal is also effective externally as a poultice on spider and insect bites. I tried this when my son was bitten by a brown recluse, and alternating poltices of activated charcoal, baking soda, and powdered plantain completely reversed the bite and he doesn’t even have a scar now.
Activated charcoal is also the stuff used in gas masks and water filters to remove toxins (Including in my favorite water filter).

But what does that have to do with teeth?

So, it’s all well and good that activated charcoal is an effective poison remedy… but you might be wondering why I brushed my teeth with it…
First, please excuse my weird smile in those pictures and the bad lighting in my bathroom… I was  trying to show all of my teeth (I don’t usually smile like that!).
The times that I’d recommended charcoal for use in food poisoning or other digestive issues, I always cautioned people to mix with water and swallow quickly so that it wouldn’t stain their teeth. Then, a holistic dentist I know mentioned that it is very effective at whitening teeth… huh?
Since the powder stains everything, I had always worried that it would do the same to my teeth (one of my kids dumped it in the kitchen one time and it does stain tile, grout, clothes and shoes… just a note).
I did some research and found out that even though it temporarily makes the mouth look extremely black (see picture above!) it has the same effect as it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. (Fair warning: when you open your mouth, it is completely black and rather scary looking! Right after I did this the first time I was intensely worried that it would stain my teeth!)
To my surprise, all of the black washes away and it makes your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth. After a few uses, my teeth were noticeably whiter too (you can sort of tell in the picture above… the lighting didn’t do it justice!).
Further research I’ve done on this showed that activated charcoal can actually be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. For this reason, I now suggest and use it as part of my remineralizing protocol for teeth, along with my remineralizing toothpaste.
How to use on teeth: Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal (or dump a capsule of charcoal on the toothbrush). Lean over the container or charcoal and quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth (this is to protect your sink). Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse really well. Your mouth will feel amazingly clean…. your sink, not so much! Use as often as needed.

Where to get Activated Charcoal:

Most natural health stores carry activated charcoal in loose powder or capsule formand it is also available online. I keep both the powdered and capsuled forms on hand in case it is needed for poisoning and I use the powdered in a small glass jar for tooth brushing. Make sure that the charcoal is from wood or coconut sources and not petroleum based. This is one of the highest quality forms I’ve found and it is made from coconut hulls.


teeth 300x195 Best Way to Whiten Teeth Naturally
After using the activated charcoal for a few months and swishing with diluted regular 3% hydrogen peroxide when I remember (at the recommendation of a dental hygenist) I am really happy with how white my teeth have gotten!
Here’s a recent picture (cropped from a photo at a family wedding so it looks pixilated). Notice the difference?

Word of the Day.... July 25, 2013

Glimpses of Heaven
  Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven. There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle, the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.  —Hebrews 8:1–2
When I read this devotion from Pastor Greg Laurie, I knew it was one that I wanted to share with all of you.  Sometimes as humans we get bogged down with the business of living and take our eyes off the Lord.  We forget that Heaven is very real and it will never be boring!!!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

It is important to remember that heaven is a real place. Many times we think of heaven as some sort of translucent, spacey, endless church service. Some may think, I am not sure . . . . I don't know if I am going to like heaven and just sitting around on a cloud, strumming a harp, singing forever. I kind of like earth. But that is a misunderstanding about heaven.

What do we like about earth anyway? We like the beauty. We like the joys. We like the love of family and friends and companionship. There are so many things that we enjoy on earth. God has given us these things; therefore, we don't have to feel bad about them. But here is what we need to know: Earth is not the original with heaven being a copy; heaven is the original, and earth is the copy.

The temple built in Jerusalem was a copy of the real temple in heaven. Hebrews 8:5 tells us, "They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: 'Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.' "

As C. S. Lewis wrote, "All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of [heaven]—tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. . . ." The real thing is heaven.

The things that we enjoy most on earth will be waiting for us in heaven, but in a perfected state. We will not miss out on anything. Heaven is the real place for real peace.

Woo Hoo!!  I don't know about you but I just can't wait!!!  God bless you all! Maranatha! ♥

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Word of the Day... July 24, 2013

Thankfulness opens the door to My Presence. Though I am always with you, I have gone to great measures to preserve your freedom of choice. I have placed a door between you and Me, and I have empowered you to open or close that door. There are many ways to open it, but a grateful attitude is one of the most effective.

Thankfulness is built on a substructure of trust. When thankful words stick in your throat, you need to check up on your foundation of trust. When thankfulness flows freely from your heart and lips, let your gratitude draw you closer to Me. I want you to learn the art of giving thanks in all circumstances. See how many times you can thank Me daily; this will awaken your awareness to a multitude of blessings. It will also cushion the impact of trials when they come against you. Practice My Presence by practicing the discipline of thankfulness.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
—Psalm 100:4

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

—1 Thessalonians 5:18

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Word of the Day... July 23, 2013

Seek My Face, and you will find all that you have longed for. The deepest yearnings of your heart are for intimacy with Me. I know, because I designed you to desire Me. Do not feel guilty about taking time to be still in My Presence. You are simply responding to the tugs of divinity within you. I made you in My image, and I hid heaven in your heart. Your yearning for Me is a form of homesickness: longing for your true home in heaven.

Do not be afraid to be different from other people. The path I have called you to travel is exquisitely right for you. The more closely you follow My leading, the more fully I can develop your gifts. To follow Me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your desire to please other people. However, your closeness to Me will bless others by enabling you to shine brightly in this dark world. ~ Jesus Calling~

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
—Psalm 42:1–2

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
—Psalm 34:5
So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.
—Philippians 2:15

Monday, July 22, 2013

Word of the Day... July 22, 2013

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. Revelation 22:17
“And the Spirit of the bride says, Come! And let him who hears say come, Come! And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

God's Spirit is giving the invitation. We are invited to come to Jesus, to receive forgiveness and cleansing. Come! Come to Jesus! Come and receive God's love. Come and be made a child of God. Come and be blessed by becoming an heir of God, a joint heir through Jesus Christ.

The offer is open to everyone! God hasn't closed the door on anyone. It is “whoever desires.” God created you with that ability to choose. You can determine your future by exercising your free will to come to Him. It cannot be easier than that! God is left it up to you. You will have no excuse for rejecting as offer of salvation. Whoever desires take the water of life freely! Come to Jesus!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Word of the Day.... July 21, 2013

Closing Time
  "And I heard a voice from the altar, saying, 'Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, your judgments are true and just' " -Revelation 16:7

I read this devotional from Pastor Greg and I had to share it!  I have been reading the Book of Revelation and the Lord is really teaching me so much!!  I can only read one chapter a day and I have say that I have been blessed beyond belief.

In 1869, French chemist Pierre Berthelot wrote, "Within a hundred years of physical and chemical science, men will know what the atom is. It is my belief that when science reaches this stage, God will come down to earth with His big ring of keys and say to humanity, 'Gentlemen, it is closing time.' "

That is what God is effectively saying in chapters 15 and 16 of Revelation, which describe a specific time during the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation period. The Antichrist will have already emerged on the scene. He will have set into place his new global economy and will have his military and his one-world religion.

By this time, people will have made the decision either to follow Jesus Christ and be sealed by the Holy Spirit or to take the mark of the beast and be eternally separated from God. Once a person has taken this mark, there is no turning back. Then God's judgment will come in full force on the Antichrist and all who have followed him. There will be nothing left to say.

Sadly, there are many who will pretty much die as they have lived: hardened against God. That is why this judgment will come.

God's judgments are never haphazard, willy-nilly, or random. God is always very specific in the way He judges and when He judges. He takes no pleasure in this. In fact, He says, "I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live" (Ezekiel 33:11).

It is true that God is loving, but it is also true that God is just. It is true that God is forgiving, but it is also true that God is righteous. Consequently, there must be a judgment. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, I can’t think of a better day to ask Him into your heart.

Dear Jesus, I need You in my life. I acknowledge that I have sinned and I come to You right now confessing that and asking your forgiveness. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I believe You are the Son of God and that You rose from the dead and are alive today. I open the door of my heart and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Please take control of my life from here forward and make me the kind of person you want me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.  Have a Simply Heavenly Sunday!!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Word of the Day.... July 20, 2013

Bring me all your feelings, even the ones you wish you didn't have. Fear and anxiety still plague you. Feelings per se are not sinful, but they can be temptations to sin. Blazing missiles of fear fly at you day and night; these attacks from the evil one come at you relentlessly. Use your shield of faith to extinguish those flaming arrows. Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. If you persist, your feelings will eventually fall in line with your faith.

Do not hide from your fear or pretend it isn't there. Anxiety that you hide in the recesses of your heart will give birth to fear of fear: a monstrous stepchild. Bring your anxieties out into the Light of My Presence, where we can deal with them together. Concentrate on trusting Me, and fearfulness will gradually lose its foothold within you. ~Jesus Calling~

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
—Ephesians 6:16

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
—1 John 1:5–7
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
—Isaiah 12:2

Friday, July 19, 2013

Word of the Day... July 19, 2013

I was reading a powerful devotional from Skip Heitzig yesterday and I really felt led to share this with all of you.  It really made me think about my walk with the Lord and how much I want to grow and mature and develop as a Christian.

I think we all feel sad when we meet someone who has not grown or developed physically. We think that is a tragedy. And yet it is even more tragic when we meet someone who hasn't grown spiritually. This is the kind of person who is content to just "maintain," who thinks, "Why get too fanatical about this thing?"

Last week I talked about God's part in our growth as believers, as detailed in His Word: "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue" (2 Peter 1:3). He has given us all we need.

But we still have a part to play in our growth into full maturity as Christians. 2 Peter 1:5-7 give a list of "additives" to our faith. There's so much here that I commend it to you. Read it and really chew on these things. Let them supercharge your faith. "Giving all diligence" (v. 5) is not a casual "If I'm in the mood, I'll grow" kind of thing. Christianity can never be lived out that way. The sense here is to put every ounce of effort you can into it, and lavishly add this list to your life.

"Add to your faith virtue" (v. 5). That means faith with energy, a faith that works. The Bible says that faith without works is dead (see James 2:14-17).

"...to virtue knowledge "(v. 6). That's knowledge by experience. Jesus said, "Learn of me" (see Matthew 11:29). This is the intimate experience kind of learning, more than merely quoting the Scripture.
"...to knowledge self-control" (v. 6), This means to take a grip of yourself. Paul often compares Christians to athletes who train themselves and say no to temptation. Our walk should have that kind of discipline and self control.

"...to self-control perseverance" (v. 6). This means not quitting, sticking to your commitment when you're under pressure, when it hurts to live a Christian life. God has given you all that pertains to life and godliness, and you need to cooperate by sticking it out.

"...to perseverance godliness" (v. 6; God-like-ness is what the word means), "...to godliness brotherly kindness" (v. 7; that's philadelphia, from which we get the "city of brotherly love"), "and to brotherly kindness love" (v. 7; which is agape, the divine love whose source is God).

And verse 8 gives the promise: "For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." The word barren means "doesn't work." That is, you won't be able to say, "The Christian life doesn't work." I suspect people who say that have camped at verse 4; they've "escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust," but they haven't grown from there. They haven't diligently added virtue, knowledge, self-control, etc. These things should be in us, and should abound, or overflow.

Jesus said, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink...out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38). The normal Christian life, I believe, is the overflowing of God within us. If you are welcoming God into your life daily and you're not hindering Him, He's going to flow out of you. You won't be able to help it!

That was a great teaching to end our week on.  I am going to meditate on this and ask the Lord to help me to incorporate this into my daily walk with Him so that I can be in His Will, Way and Word for my life!  Have a Simply Heavenly Friday!!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Word of the Day... July 18, 2013

"We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace." 1 Chronicles 29:15

When I look back on my own life and I see how quickly it has gone by, I am amazed.  It seems like only yesterday I was getting married and we were raising a family together.  Now our children are grown and we are grandparents and it just has gone by so quickly.

As a Christian I am secure in knowing where my eternity will be spent.  When we get to heaven we will finally experience life the way our Creator intended us to.  This life for a Christian is just a dress rehearsal for what we will experience in eternity. 

It is so easy to get carried away with the cares of this life.  Having a husband, raising children, our work and it is so easy to lose sight of what every Christian should think about while here.  Eternity.

Have you ever gone to a funeral for an unbeliever and heard everyone saying “He is in a better place.” Then they shed a tear and walk away.  I had to ask myself is he in a better place?  He didn't know Jesus and I knew right away that he wasn't in a better place.  He was in hell and it would be forever.  

There are no do overs there is only heaven or there is hell. One person summed it up this way: "Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset. Eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise."  The mere hope of living eternally is not enough; everyone will live eternally. The big question is where we will spend eternity.

 God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery.

 The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is nothing fits right in there.  Only God can quench the longing of your soul.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  God bless you!!! :):):)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The most important thing about parenting is being a Christian....

Why is this so important?
Because you sin against your children. You sinned yesterday. You sin today. You will sin tomorrow. Does that disqualify you from being a parent? No, and if you have recognized this pattern of sin in your life, then you have great hope as you continue on in the task of parenting that God has called you to.
You were not perfect when you became a Christian, and you are certainly not perfect now. Thankfully, the salvation that Christians have received is so powerful, so complete and awesome, that when you sin, God commands you to come and be renewed instead of turning from away from God.

What does this look like in everyday life? Here is an example:
You just became impatient with your nine-year-old. He was slow doing his part of the yard work. You snapped at him and told him if he didn't work harder he would lose his computer privileges for six months. You knew your response was wrong as soon as you said it. Here are some of the ways in which you might respond if you are not engaging in genuine repentance and renewal:

1.You think that you shouldn't feel guilty because he really is being slow. You know you should not have snapped, but he should have worked faster, so you say nothing.

2. You are embarrassed about snapping but reluctant to acknowledge it to your son, so again, you say nothing.

3. You feel guilty for snapping, so you apologize profusely and tell him that the work he did was great and that you really didn't mean he couldn't use the computer. Then you say why doesn't he take the rest of the afternoon off and you will finish up his part of the work.

4.You apologize for snapping, but tell him that you have a lot to do, and he really needs  to get with the program and show you that he cares about doing his work, because that is what he should do to honor God.

I am sure you can figure out several other variations on this theme.  In none of these hypothetical responses has the parent drawn any closer to God. In none of these responses has there been true repentance. There has been some remorse, but the underlying anger and frustration remain. You have not grown closer to God and your son has not grown closer to you.

Here is what the conversation might sound like when you follow a the biblical  model:
“Son, I was wrong to snap. I wasn't trusting God or being kind or helpful to you. Would you please forgive me for snapping? Also, God is helping me to remember that I have snapped at you a lot in the last few days, so I need to ask forgiveness for those times as well. Thank you! Let’s pray and ask God for his help and thank him for the providing the way of repentance and forgiveness for us. Great! Now, let’s talk about why things are going slowly with the yard work.” This parent has acknowledged sin for what it is. He is confident in the power of Christ’s salvation. He knows he will not be cast aside. He knows that because of what Christ did on the cross, his sins are truly forgiven. He knows that he can reach out to his son. And he knows that because of biblical forgiveness he can immediately begin to help his son with his struggles.

Don’t be dominated by your sin. Rather, be dominated by the power of God and his Son. God has given you a way to conquer sin in the middle of everyday life.

Source: A great article from Jay Younts at Shepherd Press

Word of the Day.... July 17, 2013

For you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6

This is a very good devotional from Pastor Greg Laurie.  This devotional can speak to all of us at certain times in our lives.  We need to keep Jesus as the center of our lives and our hearts.  Time is short…

It scares me when I meet people who profess to be believers, but they are engaging in extramarital or premarital sex and have rationalized it somehow. They say that God is cool with it. But God is not cool with it. It is a sin against Him.

When you are spiritually lethargic, you are more vulnerable to these sins. Case in point: King David. He was plucked from obscurity as a shepherd boy to become a giant killer in the valley of Elah and later the great king of Israel. He was a wonderful, powerful, and godly man. But after years of walking with the Lord, David put his spiritual life on cruise control, and we read that "late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath" (2 Samuel 11:2). That woman, by the way, was Bathsheba.

Interestingly, this was the time when wars were being fought. David's troops were out on the battlefield, and David, the warrior-king, should have been leading them as he always did. Instead, he was kicking back. He was taking some time off. But you don't feed lust—you starve it. The moment you back off in the spiritual battle, you will be vulnerable. The moment you fall asleep, you will be weak. You can't take a spiritual vacation.

That is why Paul wrote to Timothy, "Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts" (2 Timothy 2:22).

This is the warning: Stay away from those things. Stay away from anything that would encourage immoral living.

Turn to Jesus He is very real and loves you so very much!!  Ask Him into your heart and He will change your life forever!!!  God bless you!!! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Word of the Day... July 16, 2013

Rest In Me
Relax in My peaceful Presence. Do not bring performance pressures into our sacred space of communion. When you are with someone you trust completely, you feel free to be yourself. This is one of the joys of true friendship. Though I am Lord of lords and King of kings, I also desire to be your intimate Friend. When you are tense or pretentious in our relationship, I feel hurt. I know the worst about you, but I also see the best in you. I long for you to trust Me enough to be fully yourself with Me. When you are real with Me, I am able to bring out the best in you: the very gifts I have planted in your soul. Relax, and enjoy our friendship. ~Jesus Calling~

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.”
—Revelation 17:14

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
—John 15:13–15

Monday, July 15, 2013

Word of the Day... July 15, 2013....

 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8

I love this scripture!!! As I read it simply takes my breath away.  We live in such a self- centered all about me world.  But when Jesus was here, He emptied Himself and became a servant to others. When He put on the towel and came to Peter to wash his feet, He was teaching us how to serve.  When Peter saw Jesus about to wash feet he told Him that he would never let Him wash his feet. Peter knew that Jesus was God almighty and to do something so lowly was beneath Him in Peter's eyes. Jesus told Him "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." (John 13:8).

When I see all that Jesus did for me I am so humbled and want to have the same attitude that He did in my own life. Humble, obedient and loving.  That is what Jesus taught us while He was with us even dying  a very painful and humiliating death on the cross. Our calling is to follow His example of self-sacrifice and "servanthood". 

How can we do that in our everyday busy lives?  Make it a point to bless someone every day.  It doesn't have to be huge, just something that truly blesses someone else. If you have a neighbor who is elderly take her dinner while you are cooking yours.  You don’t have to stay just drop off a nice lunch or dinner Just because you were thinking of her.  Offer to help a neighbor carry in their groceries or return their rubbish can as you are bringing yours back. Sometimes all that is needed is a warm smile or a kind word.

These are really small things but they make a difference.  I think that is what Jesus wanted us to see through how He lived.  The Lord knew how much it would bless us in the end.  I think if every Christian did something nice for someone else we could change the world.  Think about it…..

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Word of the Day.... July 14, 2013...

Ready to Go
"You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected."  —Luke 12:40

I read this the other day and I just had to share it with you.  I really enjoy Pastor Greg Laurie and his writings. 

When I go on a trip, I always pack my bags the night before, especially if it is an early morning flight. I will always have everything ready to go because I want to be at the gate on time. I don't want to miss my flight, so I prepare in advance.

That is the idea Jesus was communicating when He said, "Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately" (Luke 12:35–36).

In other words, have your walking shoes on and be ready to go.
To be ready for the return of Jesus is to be engaged in activities you would not be ashamed of if He were to return. It is a good thing to ask yourself periodically, This place that I am about to go, this thing that I am about to do—would I be embarrassed or ashamed to be doing this if Jesus were to come back? If the answer is yes, then don't do it. If you can't pray over your plans for the evening, then don't do those things. You should be able to say, "Lord, bless our time at dinner. Lord, bless our time as we go here or there or as we do this or do that." If you can't, then don't do it.

First John 3:2–3 says, "We know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure."

If we really believe that Jesus is coming, it should cause us to live godly lives. I have my bags packed and I am ready to go.  Are you? God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery.

The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is nothing fits right in there.  Only God can quench the longing of your soul.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  God bless you!!! :):)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Doesn’t Science Disprove the Bible?... Are We All "The Goo to You, by Way of the Zoo?"....

A great article from Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis
June 3, 2013 

 In today’s world we often hear statements like “science disproves creation” or “science proves evolution.” Whenever we hear such claims, the first thing we should ask is “What do you mean by science?”
The word science comes from the Latin scientia, which means “knowledge.” When most people think of the word science, they tend to equate it with technology, yet secularists also equate the word science with molecules-to-man evolution and millions of years.

To help sort out the confusion, there needs to be an understanding that we can divide science into two categories:

1. Operational (or Observational) Science. This refers to knowledge gained by direct observation (using the five senses) and based on repeatable testing. Such “science” (knowledge) has enabled scientists to build our modern technology like airplanes and rocket ships. Whether one is a creationist or evolutionist, we all use the same operational science. Thus, both evolutionists and creationists can be honored for their observational science

2. Historical Science. This refers to knowledge about the past—in essence, history. This type of science cannot be observed directly or based on repeated testing, so we need other ways of finding knowledge. The Genesis account of origins gives us knowledge about the past, revealed by an infallible witness—God. Those who believe in Darwinian evolution claim to have knowledge concerning the past, too, but it is based upon the beliefs of fallible humans who did not witness the supposed evolutionary history. Genesis is the true account of historical science, whereas evolution is really a fictional historical science.
Thus, the battle between creation and evolution (the Genesis account versus man’s account of origins) is really a battle over historical science. The role of operational (or observational science) is that it can be used to confirm or refute one’s historical science. 

Observational science (in geology, biology, astronomy, anthropology, etc.) confirms the account of origins in Genesis and refutes the evolutionary account. (Many of these confirmations are available on our website, www.answersingenesis.org.) 

The problem is not with the science but with the mistaken interpretation of unobserved history. 
When listening to arguments that supposedly support evolution, you have to learn how to separate observational science and historical science. Here is one example to get you thinking in this way. If you see a claim that sedimentary rock strata containing fossils are millions of years old, then you need to sort out what is observational versus historical science. The statement that rocks are sedimentary rocks is one of observational science. Both creationists and evolutionists agree on what is directly observed. 

But the claim that the rocks are millions of years old falls under historical science. It is not observed but rather an interpretation regarding the past. Biblical creationists would not agree with this interpretation but instead interpret the fossils as a deposit from the Flood of Noah’s day or some post-Flood catastrophe that occurred only thousands of years ago. 

Thus, observational science cannot disprove the Bible. We agree on the observational science but totally disagree on the historical science. The problem is not with the operational science but with the mistaken interpretation of unobserved history.

Ken Ham, a former public school science teacher, is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis–USA. He has edited and authored many books about the authority of God’s Word and the impact of evolutionary thinking on our culture, including the recent best seller, Already Gone.

This is such an excellent article I felt I just had to share it.  I always knew that I didn’t come from "The Goo to You, by Way of the Zoo."  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!


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