Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Flicks
Early Mother's Day Flowers
We are picking Green beans now, bushes are loaded
Beautiful Mountains in NC

Some of the Old Mill in Mount Airy Photos, such wonderful History this tells.

This is such a beautiful place here are a couple of the streams

hope you enjoyed my Friday Flicks, and come back
again real soon, I will share more photos with you.
Have a wonderfully blessed weekend, and hope you
take time to stop and smell the flowers, you God
created them just for you to enjoy. Give some one
a smile, they may not have one. ☺

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring Gala Blog Party

Ladies, are you ready for something simply splendid? Here is something fun for you all. A blog party! Virtuous Girlhoodand I are hosting a blog party together. Here is what we are going to do....
If you want to participate inside the blog party you must paste these questions into a new post on your blog. Then come back here and enter your blog post into the linky below. All bloggers who participate will be entered to win one of the 12 prizes!
{Also please include a link back to the blog party.}

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Europe hands down. I love the history, architecture, museums, food, just the whole experience.

2. What is the oldest item you own?
An old Bible that a friend give to my husband. From the 1800's

3. If you had to pick one hero, who would it be?
Jesus Christ, he did for me what none could ever do.

4. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead. Who would it be?
Mama, Daddy and my precious husband.

5. Which do you like better, Coke or Pepsi?
Coke, although I do not drink either.

6. What would you rather have- chocolate or a cookie?
Definitely a Cookie

7. What is your favorite season?

8. What's your favorite thing about Spring?
The new growth on everything, all the gorgeous flowers.

9. What's your favorite music?
The Old time Gospel Hymns in the hymn books.

10. What's your fashion/personal style?
Victorian, or 1800 era clothes, I am way behind my times.

Hope you join in on the fun and get a chance to win prize too..

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday

Your Know Focusing on the character of God, helps us to take our eyes off our circumstances.   Read Job 2:10

But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

I ask you do you always praise God when bad things happen? Not to answer just think about it, we praise God to the fullest when something good happens to us, how many of us truly with an honest heart can say we do praise God for the bad things in our life. That is what Job is trying to tell his wife here.
You know for years I actually thought that the book of Job was all about Job, and how he came through various troubles in his life, and that is sorta true, but, what I see now in Job is the magnificent works of God, how much higher his ways are than our ways, and how much more power he has in all things, so many time we go through trials and problems to learn of God's almighty power, and how HE can help us out of any situation we may get our self into.

I just wish I could let go of all reasoning and any power I may have to do things, and let God take control of ALL things in my life, he does such a better job than we can. How about you, think you could give God a little more freedom to move in your life?

Have a Blessed day, ♥

Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Bible Study on Prayer

My prayer is we all grow closer to the lord through this Bible Study.
I did this this study with my ladies at church, and it was a great joy, and we seen growth in the area of prayer. So you may wonder at times what I am talking about, well it was did in a group, so just take what you can and glean from that.

I just want to take this time before we start our study, to welcome each of you, I am so excited about this study, it is much needed, we all lack in our prayer department, so I am hoping we all will grow through this study.

Well here I am a pastors wife doing a bible study, you say sounds about right, easy enough, not as easy as you would think. It is an effort to get everyone involved and talking, this study will only go as well as you make it go, it is up to all of us as a group to take these principles God has given me and apply them to our lives. May each of us be blessed in this effort to serve our Saviour. May we go to the Lord in prayer first, instead of as a last result, and I do pray that these lesson will show us exactly how to do that. Now are you as excited as I am??  Well let us begin then..

Prayer Study, Part One

My prayer is we all grow closer together and to Him through this Bible Study.

I just want to take this time to welcome each of you, I am so excited about this study, it is much needed, we all lack in our prayer lives, so I am hoping we all will grow through this study.

Now may we lift up this study and each other to the Lord in prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Salvation, and for the chance to tell others of your love and your divine nature. Lord be with each and every ladies here and touch our hearts and souls and draw us closer to you, may this entire study glorify you. and lift up the name of Jesus. In the blessed name of Jesus amen. And all God’s people said Amen!!

Well here I am a pastors wife doing a bible study, you say sounds about right, easy enough, not as easy as you would think. It is an effort to get everyone involved and talking, this study will only go as well as you make it go, it is up to all of us as a group to take these principles God has given me and apply them to our lives. May each of us be blessed in this effort to serve our Saviour. May we go to the Lord in prayer first, instead of as a last result, and I do pray that these lesson will show us exactly how to do that. Now are you as excited as I am?? Well let us begin then..

The Most Reluctant Pray-ers in the bible
Lesson Part one

Have you ever felt reluctant to do something you knew would bring you satisfaction or even downright joy? It seems silly at first glance, but we could be talking here about eating a pear rather than a candy bar. Or sitting on the porch swing rather than scrubbing the kitchen floor. Or praying rather than wrestling with a gorilla of a problem by ourselves. What makes us slow to do what we know we really want to do?

In the book of Jonah, we encounter a passel of reluctant pray-ers. These people would rather suffer than pray! They’re as silly as …well, as we are. But once they turned their hearts to God, God did some heart-turning of His own. Now sisters I am here to tell you, I want to have the ear of God turned towards me, How about you?

In this lesson you’ll have a chance to think about what causes you to be a reluctant pray-er and what can happen when you overcome that reticence. Like the people in Jonah’s time, you’ll discover God is merciful, loving, and discerner of hearts who is eager to hear from you.

A Moment of Quiet Reflection

1. Find your way to a comfortable place and relax, a place sheltered from noise of your world. Spend several minutes considering what makes you reluctant to pray. What in your heart keeps you from pray-ing? What in your present circumstances? What in our past experiences? Pause, think, ponder in your hearts condition. Examine your personal relationship with Christ. You may print this out and fill in some spaces below, to stimulate your personal examination.

2. Ask God to bring healing to past wounds, to clean the rooms of your heart in preparation for regular prayer, and to remind you to pray when you become too frenzied to remember, to not make it the last thing you do, but the very first, I have heard people say, when all else fails pray, shame on us, it should be our first response, not our last.

You know we all find time to do the things we enjoy doing, why is it we put off praying as a last resort? Ever thought of that? We need to be as disciplined in prayer as in every other walk of our Christian life. We need to have a prayer Journal, or prayer list of some sort, because when we start to pray our minds wander, I will begin Our Dear Father, and end up wondering if my husbands suit is ready at the cleaners, we need to train our minds, to keep in tune with the Lord God Almighty, maybe none of you have this problem, but I do, and I need help, so please help me, and pray for me, and pray for each other daily, God said he would keep them in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Well if we can keep on tract with everything else in our lives; then let us also be on tract with our prayer life, that we will be more in tune with the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Now look below and see the rest of our lesson on prayer..

Knowing God’s heart

The book of Jonah may be the ‘prayingest” book in the Bible. It contains more prayers in its few pages than most of the larger books do in their man. But the pray-ers here are not eager. Ladies, the book starts out with the Lord communicating with Jonah. But Jonah is more than reluctant to respond-he is ready to disobey. How much is that like us? Plugging his ears, he dons his sandals and boards a ship destined for a distant land, far from Nineveh, the city the Lord commanded Jonah to preach repentance to.

So the Lord sends a violent storm after the ship with Jonah aboard sets sail. The first prayer we encounter is the sailors’. Once they had determined Jonah’s disobedience had cause the storm that threatened their lives, they were reluctant to follow Jonah’s advice to pitch him overboard and save themselves.

(Remember this study was prepared with a King James Bible. )

1. Take a minute to read Jonah 1:4-13 . What are five ways the sailors displayed their reluctance to turn to God?

2. Which of their solutions are ones you’ve tried in a crisis? Share one personal example with the group.

3. Read verses 14-16. What actions and heart responses finally brought an end to the storm?

4. Why do you think none of the sailors’ previous actions had helped the situation.

5. Jonah, the next reluctant pray-er, finally speaks to God from a rather uncomfortable prayer chamber. Read Jonah 1:17-2:10 What emotions do you think Jonah felt as he prayed?

6. What does the prayer tell you about Jonah’s relationship with God?

7. What price does he recognize he paid for his reluctance to respond?

8. Jonah obeys God, travels to Nineveh, and proclaims repentance. This was no small task since Nineveh was so large it took three days to walk across it. And, as Jonah knew before he went there, the citizens of Nineveh certainly did not live prayer oriented lives. When they got up that morning, they had no idea prayer would play a central role, yet read about their prayer in Jonah 3:4-10. Why do you think they responded as they did?

9. Think of a situation in your life, now or in the past that felt or feels disastrous. What does the Ninevites’ reaction suggest about how you could have handled or could handle your situation better?

10. Read Jonah’s next prayer in Jonah 4:1-4 Now this is a prayer Jonah should have been reluctant to pray! (Can’t this guy get it right?!) What has he forgotten about himself?

11. What can we learn and apply to our lives from God’s reply to Jonah?

12. What do we learn about reluctance and the heart, as we look at all these prayers? Please feel free to answer all these question, they are for you and your responses, join in here.. all comments are invited.

Just for Fun

During the week ahead, treat yourself to something (harmless!) you’ve been reluctant to indulge in---take a few extra minutes to sleep in the morning, give a smile to someone who doesn’t seem to have one, buy that home decorating magazine you’ve been eyeing. Please tell us what you indulged in, and what happened as a result.

Praying Together

Share something you’ve been reluctant to pray about. It could be something so small you didn’t think it worth mentioning, or something you have been avoiding discussing with GOD. If you don’t feel comfortable discussing what you need to pray about, perhaps you can tell the group why you’ve been reluctant. Pray for one another that in the upcoming week you’ll over come your reluctance.

Now Making It Real in Your Own Life

1. Begin each day this week by praying, “Lord help me to be quick to pray today and slow to resist you.”

2. Try to find time (even a few minutes) at the end of each day to examine the times you were reluctant to pray. Ask yourself how you can overcome that reluctance tomorrow. Write down any thoughts you have.

My closing prayer through this lesson one is awareness in our own prayer life, and what kind of prayer life do we have, if you look close at your life, you will see it is as an example of how your prayer life is, praying every day sets the mood for your day, remember this, if you do not remember anything else, remember to pray openly and fervently to our Father above, this is our close relationship with our heavenly father, if your prayer life is lacking, then you are lacking in your walk with the Father. My prayer is Father Help us Lord, to turn toward you, and in our turning find that you have been turned toward us all along, and that if we are out of step with you Lord that may we see it is us that missed the step not thee, may you bless every lady reading these verses. Amen.

Now I am really looking forward to the next lesson… How about you ladies?? I will post study 2 next Monday. Have a glorious week, and be a blessing to those around you.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bruising the Devil

May 1, 2011

"And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." (Romans 16:20)

This is an intriguing promise, suggesting that believers can somehow inflict bruises on the devil, who is perpetually seeking to "devour" them (1 Peter 5:8). This promise is a clear allusion to the primeval assurance of Genesis 3:15, when God promised that the unique "seed" of "the woman" would eventually "bruise" (actually "crush") the head of the old serpent, the devil. This prophecy will finally be fulfilled in Christ's ultimate victory, when Satan first will be bound for a thousand years in the bottomless pit and then confined forever in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:2, 10).

In the meantime believers, who also in a sense are the woman's spiritual "seed" (Revelation 12:17), can repeatedly achieve local and temporary victories over Satan and his wiles by resisting him "stedfast in the faith" (1 Peter 5:9). If we resist him as Jesus did, with relevant Scripture, then God promises that he will "flee from you" (James 4:7). Such local victories can be obtained over these dangerous teachers whom Satan is using (note Romans 16:17-19, just preceding today's text) "shortly" in this manner, but we need to be continually alert against his recurrent attacks. The ultimate victory over Satan, of course, will be won only by the Lord Jesus when He returns, and we must "be sober, be vigilant" (1 Peter 5:8) until that time.

Whether we are aware of it or not, we must perpetually "wrestle . . . against the rulers of the darkness of this world" (Ephesians 6:12), who will be casting "fiery darts" (v. 16) against each believer. Finally, with the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (v. 17), we can even by God's grace inflict spiritual wounds on Satan himself!  HMM

I get the Days of Praise daily, this is today's I love these little daily bible studies, and it is always KJV very important to me. Hope you enjoy this message in today's. I am praying about starting a bible study one the names of God. Perhaps Monday. Be blessed and have a great Lord's Day.