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Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Thessalonians Five, verse Twenty-two (NLT)

Keep away from every kind of evil. - 1 Thes. 5:22 (NLT)

i have been previously convicted to not celebrate halloween.  i've felt lead to share my convictions with others even though time and time again they are ignored.  i won't push my convictions on others, but i will continue to speak the truth in love (eph. 4:15a).  I DO WANT TO INSERT HERE (EDITED POST) THAT I DO NOT LOOK DOWN ON CHRISTIANS THAT CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN.  GOD CONVICTS DIFFERENT PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT ISSUES... WE ARE ALL UNIQUE.  I AM NOT HOLIER THAN ANYONE ELSE JUST BECAUSE I REFRAIN AND HOLD THESE CONVICTIONS!
The Bible says to have nothing to do with witchcraft, sorcery and evil things.  Why then are we as Christians participating in the events of Halloween, carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and costumes? 
following this k-love diddy, is a longer diddy giving specific historic stems to these "harmless" and "fun" traditions.  the bottom line is there is no Christian significance in Halloween.  Please take time to print out (if you need to) and read the following scriptures in the Bible.  see where God is clear about His people having nothing to do with this purely evil holiday.

Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced sooth saying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. II Chronicles 33:6
The History of Halloweenby K-LOVE Pastor Mike H.
The atmosphere of Halloween celebrations is marked with fun, mischief and the evil forces of nature, but the origins of this celebration are quite solemn. Celebrated on October 31st, Halloween is one of the oldest holidays—having originated thousands of years ago!
The belief system behind Halloween came from the druids, the priests of ancient Gaul and Britain. The druids believed that witches, demons, and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1. Halloween originally was a Druid holy day called "The Vigil Of Saman." In early Britain it was called the festival of Samhain, which is pronounced sow-en.  This festival would last for 3 days and many people would parade in costumes made from the skins and heads of animals.  The spread of Christianity did not make people forget their early customs.  When Roman Catholicism became a world political and religious power the pagan customs were still widely celebrated. On the eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, people continued to celebrate the festivals of Samhain and Pomona Day.  In 800 A.D. the Roman Catholic Church moved "All Saints' Day" from May to November 1st.  All of the "saints" who did not have a special day to their honor on the Catholic calendar were to be honored on All Saints' Day—a time to pay respect to the dead by visiting their graves. The "new day" that was to replace the pagan vigil of the dead was called "All Hallow's Day".  It soon became the custom to call the evening before, "All Hallow's Eve", which was soon shortened to Halloween.
The Halloween we celebrate today includes all of these influences, Pomona Day's apples, nuts, and harvest, the Festival of Samhain's black cats, magic, evil spirits and death, and the ghosts, skeletons and skulls from All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day.
Where do Witches, Black cats and Jack-O-Lanterns fit in?
In America it's a pumpkin, but in Europe it was often a turnip, large beet, potato, rutabaga or even a skull with a candle in it. The fearsome face of the jack-o-lantern was representative of the god of the dead, Shamin, who would drive off less powerful evil spirits abroad that night. As glimmering lights flickered over an English marsh or an Irish bog, people imagined dead souls had returned to earth. They would place the jack-o-lantern on posts and in windows to ward off the spirits of the dead on Halloween.
The word jack-o-Lantern is an abbreviation of "Jack of the Lantern." Jack is another name for joker or Satan. In the Irish tale, a man named Jack was fond of playing tricks on the devil. Annoyed, the devil tossed Jack a burning coal from hell. With the coal in his "lantern" Jack was condemned to walk the earth forever searching for rest.
The jack-o-lantern is a Halloween idol that keeps alive an ancient symbol of demonic superstition.

Witches and Black Cats
A pagan practice that was not eradicated upon the coming of Christianity was witchcraft. The word "witch" comes from the Anglo-Saxon Wicca, or "wise one." Witches were thought to be possessors of magic.
Witches, who worship the deities of nature, have living talismans or symbols through which they derive their dark powers. They invoke evil spirits to enter the bodies of their talismans. Some have dogs, owls, snakes or swine for their talismans, but the most common are cats.
The broomstick is a symbol of the male organ, on which the witch mounts and leaps high around the fields to "teach" the crops how high to grow. The notion of flying witches relates to the fact that witches believed they could fly great distances to their feasts by smearing their bodies with ointments containing drugs. The drugs gave them psychedelic "trips" making them think they flew.
Witchcraft is demonic worship in diametric opposition to the worship of the Heavenly Father Yahweh. Yahweh minces no words about it. He told Israel through Moses, "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" (Ex. 22:18). He says in Deuteronomy 18:10, "There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch."
Cats have been closely associated with mystery religion from the Egyptians to the Norse. But the Celts had a particular fear of cats, believing they were humans who had been changed into feline form by evil powers. The black cat particularly was connected to demonic powers.
Black cats are the chief idol of the goddess of Wicca, Diana. In legend, she turns into a black cat to commit incest with her brother, Lucifer. Eventually the Druids themselves came to be regarded as witches. Witch hunting during Halloween became almost a national pastime in the colonial years of our nation. But that was yesterday. Halloween is regarded as the high "Sabbath" for practicing witches today.
Orange, black, and red, the devil's colors, are the colors associated with Halloween. Black prefigures black magic and demonic influence. The black of night is when these forces of evil are busiest, using the cover of darkness for their sinister works.

Skulls and Skeletons
The skeleton is a form of the god of the dead, the witches' "horned god." The Dictionary of Satanism by Wade Baskin says this about skulls and skeletons under "skull worship": "Skulls play an important role as sacred relics and as objects of worship among primitives. Among Polynesians and Melanesians, skulls of ancestors are worshiped in order to establish connections with the spirits of the dead. Like the head of Osiris in Egypt, the skulls of ancestors may also serve as tutelar deities. The head or its parts, each of which may stand for the whole, can be used as magical food or as a means of increasing the fertility of the soil." Under "Skull," the Dictionary of Lore and Legend says, "Symbol of death, often with crossed bones beneath."

Fire Rites
Being that Halloween is a Celtic new year's festival, many of its surviving rituals trace to the Celtic feast. The fire rite was practiced in many areas around the world on the night before the new year. The old fire was allowed to go out and a new one was kindled—usually a sacred fire from which the fires of the village were relit. The fires were thought to rejuvenate the waning sun and aid in banishing evil spirits. The Druids built hilltop fires to celebrate important festivals. Ghosts and witches feared fire, it was thought, and so fire became the best weapon against evil spirits. Witchcraft was punished by burning at the stake, fire being used as a means purification. The light that fires gave off was a sign of sacredness.

Is Halloween a TRICK or TREAT?
Most absolutely a TRICK. As you can see from all the above the real meaning of Halloween has been watered down. It is Satan's objective to get all to worship him. God tells us to not have any thing to do with this.

1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour"

1Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils."

If you are a professing Christian, you have no reason to be part of this holy day of Satan. Don't use the old cop out "well every body does it". No everybody is not doing it. God will hold you responsible for what you do this Halloween. Will you go ahead and participate in it? Or will you pass along the word and let someone know what the real meaning is.
As Christians, what do we do?
Remember the name of the holiday is the only thing that has changed; Halloween still carries some of its pagan significance and there is no Christian significance to be found in Halloween.  Jesus Christ is conspicuously absent!  Wise parents are replacing Halloween with family night activities. Others are having “Hallelujah nights” or "Glory Gatherings" where all references to Halloween are removed and wholesome games are played, Christian songs are sung and Christian videos are shown. Others are using Halloween as a night to pass out Gospel literature.
Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them. They don't understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. - 2 Cor. 4:4 (NLT)
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. - Ephesians 5:11 (NLT)
As a Children’s Pastor for over 20 years I took this approach to this holiday: We need to beware of its origins, its history and its dangers.  From Romans 12:21 (NLT) we can be encouraged, Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.  I chose to use the good things like families getting together, enjoying one another to conquer the evil in this world. We would sponsor Harvest Festival Night which provided safe candy, games and an opportunity to meet Jesus through music, puppets and a gospel message. Through the years many kids and even whole families would make decisions for the Lord. 
Selected scriptures on this subject, For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling or sorcery, or allow them to interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, [11] or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. - Deut. 18:10-11 (NLT)  Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks.  And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused. [22] Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. [23] And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people, or birds and animals and snakes. - Romans 1:21-23 (NLT)
You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord's Table and at the table of demons, too.  - 1 Cor. 10:21 (NLT)
So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. [17] The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. [18] But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law. [19] When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, [20] idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, >[21] envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin.  Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. - Galatians 5:16-21 (NLT)
Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. - Ephes. 5:11 (NLT)
For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. - Ephes. 6:12 (NLT)
Keep away from every kind of evil. - 1 Thes. 5:22 (NLT)Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
none of these studies gave a very good background to dressing up and trick-or-treating so i briefly did some googling.  this was a site that i found most interesting.  it is not a christian-based site so it's not condemming like all of my above literature was. 
anyway, like i said before: read, study, pray, and see if you feel a conviction as i did.  remember, the devil is a master of trickery...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

my menu for dinners this next week

i am always on and off on my organization of meals and cooking.  however, we've been tight on money and last month i think by making menues i saved about $300, if not more!  so, i've been trying to be dilligent in my planning. 
these will be in no particular order:
  • crockpot chili (from fix it and forget it cookbook, pg. 40 + betty crocker's spices and seasonings from her chili con carna) and cornbread (my mother's recipe in her church cookbook).
  • pasta primavera (from a website recipe blog) with applesauce acorn squash (i've found this dish in lots of places, but the easiest one is this one and it's so tasty i don't know why everyone else is adding stuff like brown sugar and butter!) 
  • pesto tortellini soup (from that website recipe blog) and fresh bread (from my breadmaker -of course)
  • grilled hamburgers and hotdogs with baked beans and corn
  • chicken enchiladas (my own recipe -i'll post it when i make it and then i'll do pictures and everything.) with refried beans and rice
  • easy peasy bean tacos (from that blog.  i sure hope those are good recipes.  i just happened upon her blog when i was in search for menu items on monday.  i'll be sure to let you know.) 
  • my gramma's recipe for fried chicken (she gives credit to my great-aunt nita.  i'll post this one when i make it with pictures too.  it's fabuloso!) with mashed potatoes and peas
  • adobe chicken stew (i tried this recipe last week or so and it was so scrumptious i could've eaten it all.  plus it was easy -especially since i had made a chicken recipe the day before so the chicken was pre-cooked for me!)
 i made this menu on monday but wasn't able to get all my groceries until yesterday.  last night we had the chili and it was the best chili i've ever had in my life -even though i've made this recipe before.  the only change that i can think of that i did was put stewed tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes.  apparently it made a big difference.  ??? 
we've already had hamburgers and hotdogs too, but that's not a hard one to have more than once a week.  we still have plenty of buns.

i'm thinkin' we'll do the pesto tortellini soup tonight.  the weather has been so deluctable for all these homemade soups/chili!!!  with this deluctable weather, i've also discovered my kiddos LOVE and i mean LUH-UV soup!  :)
have a good weekend...
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"

so.  h-hm.  mm-k.  good title, eh? 
well, here we go.  along with what i posted last night in titus, this section has been tearing on my heart lately.  titus 3:1-5ish.(niv)  "remind the people... to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.  at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  we lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  but when the kindness and love of god our savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy."  i emphasized the peace-keeping part of this last night.  tonight i want to emphasize the teaching of us all having imperfections in our past and not to think that if we're in an upswing currently, it's ok to slander those that are in their downswing. 
sometimes it is so easy to find faults in others.  it's kinda satisfying.  it kinda makes us feel better to know that there are others that are worse off than we are.  or maybe it helps us dislike them like we always wanted to.  maybe there are those type of people that you just don't feel right about... there's always something that you think isn't right... and then you find out something that just confirms your suspicion.  it's like an ah-ha!  i was right.  they are sinful.  well, you know what?  so are you.  we all are.  what that person needs isn't an "i told you so" or that sort of treatment.  what that person needs isn't a lecture on how to correct their behavior.  what that person needs isn't a cold shoulder or anything of that nature.  love.  that's what he needs. 
i think that "show true humility toward all men" would be reaffirming jesus' teaching of "do unto others and you would have them do unto you" (matt. 7:12), don't you?! 
we need to, above all other things, love each other.  we are to show others the love of God.  romans 12:9-10 says "don't just pretend that you love othersreally love them.  hate what is wrong.  stand on the side of the good.  love each other with genuine affection [brotherly love], and take delight in honoring each other."  we can hate the wrong that people do... but what we need to, and should do, is LOVE ONE ANOTHER!  we should never stop loving one another.  romans 13:8 confirms, saying, "pay all your debts, except the debt of love for others.  you can never finish paying that!  if you love your neighbor, you will fulfill all the requirements of God's law... (vs 10)Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God's requirements."
1 john chapter 4, starting in verse 7 and finishing off the chapter goes on and on about love and loving and being loved.  maybe this question should be considered: what effect does truly understanding the sacrifice of the cross have on our patience and love with others?
when you come across someone that you think is undeserving of your love, think again!  you and me and they all are children of God.  He sent his son to die for ALL OF US.  not just the ones that behave the way you want or you think is right.  He loves all of us and we ought to show the same mercy for not a single one of us is blameless and there isn't a sin that is worse or better than another sin. 
Eph. 4:32, "be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."  we should be kind and loving because it is what God has done for us and commands of us.
perhaps forgiveness is key in this as well.  maybe i'll do a diddy on forgiveness tomorrow night.  enough has been said tonight.  please dwell on these thoughts.  pray.  maybe a change of heart is needed.

tots that learn

both AleeMay and Jones are kinda at the same stage of learning right now.  they both are crazy about letters and letter sounds and reading and listening for sounds.  it's so cute to see them both so anxious to learn!  of course AleeMay is in kindergarden so i don't get to experience her excitement as much as i do Jones'.  i've really have been getting a kick out of him lately.  he's always been gung-hoe about watching pbs, or anything on that screen, but lately he's really really really been picking up on the educational side of the shows.  the other day, he came out saying that he just LOVES the letter "j".  then he started singing about "juh" and "jay" and trying to find words that started with "juh".  he also will just latch onto words when he's being spoken to.  for instance, i'll say, "you need to clear your place." and he'll say, "kuh, kuh, CLEAR" and then "puh, puh, PLACE".  sometimes he'll say the letter that makes those sounds.  othertimes i'll have to help him. 
i was almost giggling out loud last night when i experienced some of AleeMay's joy in the same sort of thing.  yesterday she must've been absolutely exhausted because after she came home from school and ate lunch, she just DROPPED at quiet time and slept for a good 3.5 hours on the couch.  usually she just reads for quiet time.  irony played its role because Boo and Jones really faught their naps (of course).  but anyway, because of that 3.5 hour nap, she really wasn't very tired at bedtime.  in fact, she came in to our bedroom just after i had drifted off and wanted to ask me a question about the next day's activities ---more on that later---.  anyway, i could see that she wasn't very tired, but she's really easy to make fall asleep just by laying next to her and breathing slow (like you're sleeping).  since i was doing that -because i was asleep- i knew she'd drift right off, so i asked her if she wanted to snuggle with me.  it took a little longer than usual, but it was HILARIOUS when she was almost asleep (i actually think she was mostly asleep) and i heard, "duh... druh... drum." and then she was out (for real). 
it just made me giggle that these two are SO into learning that they really are thinking about it all the time.  i love my little learnin' tots.  i love them all, but it's so exciting and fun to be able to see their brains ticking.

Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Thursday, October 28, 2010


i've been a church-goer for as long as i've been alive... i'm pretty sure... so i was shocked all but spitless wheni found a new book i'd never heard of!  it's called titus.  it's only three chapters long and it's in the new testament of ... get this, the BIBLE! 
well, ok, it's not a "new book" and it wasn't really like i happened upon it.  i've known about it.  i heard about it in the song (you know, the books of the bible song) and stuff.  i knew it was before philemon (which, by the way, i'm pretty sure i've never read before either) and hebrews, and after all those other t-books ---again, because of the song--- but really?!  it's a durn good little book!  it did take me three days to read it, but that's only because i was reading a chapter per day.  what a nice little diddy on how we should be.  i just got out my handbook and it's titleing titus as the book ministering to liars and lazy gluttons. 

well howdy duty.  i guess now i feel like i shouldn't have written this blog.  much less added that tidbit.  ok, i guess i must've needed an eye-opener.  apparently i'm a liar and/or lazy glutton.
ok, wait.  i know i'm not a liar.  so i guess maybe i'm JUST a lazy glutton.

that doesn't really make me feel too much better.  so let me just read some more in this handbook. 

ha!  it's not the case.  i'm not a liar, or a lazy glutton!!!  it was more like i thought.  paul is advising titus what to look for in his church leaders.  my favorite part of the book kept me busy yesterday trying to be godly.  i don't know what verse it was, but paraphrased it said, "women need to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, and to keep BUSY IN their home, and to be good wives."  (emphasis is mine, because the paraphrase was mine) 
anyway, i liked that.  so i thought i'd share.  as for you men, "live a life of dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance... all with a cool temper."  i also really liked chapter three when paul talked about respecting the government.  to me it seems like the people in society that are the hardest and most negative about the president and the way the government is, are christians.  that's always bothered me.  this lesson of respecting the government doesn't seem to be something that is pushed or taught in church anymore. 
furthermore he goes on and on about being peacefull.  he's not talking about peace vs. war, although peace is peace.  his emphasis seems to be regarding insults and fights.  we are to be bighearted and courteous.  we are to stay away from mindless, pointless arguing.  hm... interesting.  the more i read the Bible the more i like it.  ;)
oh and btw.  titus was titled "ministering to liars and lazy gluttons" because titus was in crete and crete was full of cretans.
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


i started reading the Bible again.  at our yardsale this summer, a friend gave me the "one year bible".  it's a bible that is formatted in days so that you read a little/lot of old testament and a little new testament with a chapter (or so) of psalms and a verse in proverbs each day.  since i started in august (or whenever it was that i started) i didn't start in genesis, like i've always tried to do before.  starting in genesis is so repetitive since i've tried that so many times.  i always get tuckered out at approximately the same area... book... chapter... page... verse... ok, maybe the same word!  (begat)  anyway!  so, i like this new approach and i like that i didn't start on jan. 1st.  thanks friend!
well, starting a couple weeks ago, i began to falter in my readings.  i would sleep in and forget, or just forget.  i don't know why because i was really enjoying being in His Word and picking up on a lost habit that is so freakin' rewarding it's stupid not to do!!!  i KNOW this.  i KNOW that when i was/am reading His Word daily i feel better, i act better, i probably even smell better.  but i'm struggling with it again. 
because of this struggle, i'm also struggling in other areas.  please pray for my dilligence in being in a daily habit of prayer and devotion. 
also pray that i have the fortitude to make sure and do what is best for me and my family BEFORE i get on this stupid computer each day!  i mean, really.  seriously.  is fortitude the right word here???  well, whatever.
i'm convicted.  i'll go read and study.  <3
Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Our Song (the inspiration of my blog title)

So Simple lyrics by WideAwake
Our story goes for miles
All the tears and smiles
Occupy the pages of our history
And our styles always changing
Our world is rearranging
We are the victims of uncertainty
But it's so simple you and me
Will be just fine
I know
Love is strong it keeps holding on
Even when we go against the flow
I don't care
What, why, or where
As long as I'm with you
With you

I don't know if this world's big and round
I just wanna be with you
When the sun goes down
I don't know if this world's big and round
I just wanna be with you
When the sun goes down

Lots of time for learning
Gonna keep this candle burning
Day by day until we reach forever
This treasure we've been given
The song that we're singing
Will bind our dancing hearts together
All I am
My heart
My hands
All that I hope to become
There's no hiding 'cause we're uniting
All who we are as one
Well right here today
When I'm old and gray
I just wanna be with you
With you

I don't know if this world's big and round
I just wanna be with you
When the sun goes down
I don't know if this world's big and round
I just wanna be with you
When the sun goes down

Oh yeah
It's more than a feeling
This is the real thing
That we got here
We're flirting with greatness
God's been so gracious
And he's holding on to you
And me
And we
Can rest easy now

I wanna be with you

I don't know if this world's big and round
I just wanna be with you
When the sun goes down
I don't know if this world's big and round
I just wanna be with you
When the sun goes down

i guess i'll venture out and BLOG

so after several years of blogging on myspace i'm venturing out into the world of real blogs.  i have learned a lot and this time i'm blogging as a journal---kinda.  i'm not writing this for friends or family, but rather for the sake of preserving memories, spiritual journaling,  and the enjoyment of writing.  hopefully i'll attach pictures and get this looking all snazzy and professional looking with probably a few spelling errors here and there. 
let me introduce my blog family: Rehself Family.  names are to be changed to protect their innocence (and mine).  my eldest is 11, i will refer to her as AdeJay.  secondly is AleeMay (5) followed by Jones (4).  next is Boo (2), followed by StarBoy (almost 1).  i am the lovely bride to Otter Pop.  i am Anwat and if you want a more detailed "about me" section read my short autobiography to the side.  i'll let you know it took me about three hours to do that little diddy up.  i wrote up a hum dinger, but it was apparently more than 1200 words because it kept prompting me to fix the error "too many words".  i wish it would've just told me how many words i needed to delete because i kept shortening it and shortening it and shortening it... until, well, three hours later i gave up and wrote that little diddy.  if you have found this blog by chance, or on purpose, i hope you enjoy my ramblings. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

james four, ten

Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Romans 12:3b
"...Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you."
Romans 12:6a
"God has given each of us the ablilty to do certain things well..."
In my Bible study last week we were given Rom. 12:3 as a thinking point for the week. We were challenged to take the week in study and thought in "learning to come to grips with the real you".
We need to run a diagnostic, a self-assessment. Be careful how you think of yourself (Rom. 12:3 -in another version- "...to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think..."). Assess where you really are, not where you think you are or hope you are ("...but to think soverly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." So then, how do we run an accurate self-assessment? 1.) By looking in His Word and renewing our mind. 2.) By asking His people and getting honest feed back. And then, lastly, 3.) by doing a personal evaluation because a healthy view of ourselves allos us to serve God to the fullest.
This week I have read through Ephesians and then reverted back to Romans 12. Questions that I considered while reading and studying were: When and with whom do you have the greatest freedom to be yourself? In what situations do you find yourself projecting strong or weak reactions to keep people at a distance? By the end of the week (today) I am supposed to write down the top three people who have had the greatest positive influence on my life. Also I am to list my top three strengths and weaknesses.
So, I have personally been studying His Word (1) , and have had my personal evaluation (3). Now, I am asking for your help with number two. I need some honest feed back. Please give me a list of what you honestly think are my top three strengths and then my top three weaknesses.
James 4:10 "When you bow down befoe the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor."