Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday Sermon: Staying Silent in a Perilous Time

In light of some of the things going on around this country this week, I thought I'd share a good message by Carter Conlon. This week we saw one who was not afraid to speak the truth of God's Word, when push comes to shove, would I be as brave? Would you?

Jesus said a time is coming called The Great Tribulation. Do you think this is a time when all the earth is eager to hear God's truths? Would you 'Dare To Be A Daniel' the song says? How about a Jeremiah? People back then, and people now do not understand that speaking the truth is love!

I share this as food for thought. The time is coming when those who follow the god of this world will gnash their teeth when they hear God's Word in the same way they did at the stoning of Steven. Will you be able to say, as he did, "Lord, hold this not to their charge" as they were stoning him?

This is a posture check. What is your posture in the face of the things that are coming upon the earth? Are you seeking the One who gives grace or are you flip/flopping in the form of 'christianity' that the world follows?

So the pious will be tried
Here on earth,
That their faith be found
Pure, genuine, and purified,
But after this short time, 
They will rejoice forever
With unspeakable joy.

Ausbund, Song 124 Verse 8 
(Amish Hymn Book)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Good Message for A Sunday - Loving The Truth/Zac Poonen

Zac Poonen has a message to share with us in this day. Be blessed as you listen. Remember we are to be doers of the Word...and not hearers only.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I Do Believe Winter Has Arriv-ed!

Early one cold morning, in the beginning of the week, I was outside snapping photos ...icy and nippy!

This evening, while I was outside taking care of evening feeding, I snapped this photo of Snow White. She is the friendliest little girl! She was born here and is a sweetie! Gentle and docile. So unlike some of the other goats around here! Mary Kate is in the background...she's a good girl too.

I'm playing around with my photoshop program, still can't figure out why everything comes out so brown/orange. Have to ask our friend who is totally in-the-know about such things. When I find out, I'll post the updated non-orange photo of the girls. Still, she is sweetness, to me anyway!

It's freezing outside. Bundling up is a necessity now. Head to toe! Fingers freeze after fixing water dishes, toes freeze after trudging through snow. Carrying water back and forth, feed back and forth, hay back and forth! Brrrrrrr!

This is just the beginning -  the end of Autumn and the foretaste of everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the Heavens...and so it begins for another year's end!

Praise God for a warm house to walk into after being outside doing chores. Praise Him for a warm cup of tea and heat and provision. All from His hand. Blessings indeed! Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights! Amen and Hallelujah!

What are you thankful for today at your Home-Sweet?

Friday, December 13, 2013

A God of Order and a Disciplined Life

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

I've been thinking lately about order and discipline again.

If we serve a God of order, a God of discipline...and we are being transformed into His image, I think we should bear the fruit of order and discipline.

Does that look the same for everyone? I don't think so as we are all in different places. I do think if we have had success in an area and someone asks us for advice, we are allowed to help. Not to condemn, but to offer liberty, which after all is what the truth brings.

But, are we teachable? We must also be willing to be taught as well as teach others. With the new year approaching, I am doing another yearly overview. I do see some new things on the horizon for us here. Some things I need to get in line, things that I know will be challenging for me, but good for me. New things that will bring a blessing for my family, as well as others.

I am sincerely praying to have clarity in the new challenges I believe God is bringing into my life, and that I am up to the task. But He gives grace, abundant grace.

I'll be getting out my Goals Binder in the next few days and will pray over the things I'm thinking God is pointing at and seeing how He intends to lead me to deal with them. I'm also going to be setting some goals that I see needful to accomplish the plans He has for me and how I can be a blessing to my husband, my family and others in the body and the people He brings into my life.

How about you? Do you assess your past year and see where God is leading you to lay the plans for the next year before Him and ask Him to show you how He will direct order and discipline for your life?

Pray for strength for the challenge. He is willing and more than able to lead us and show us His will for us, if we are willing to take up our cross to glorify Him every day of our lives!

The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. Proverbs 13:4

More on my Goals Binder coming up. I just wanted to get this thought down while I had a few minutes! 

Prepare your heart before the Lord concerning your Home-Sweet and the life your living. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will establish His will in your life. 

Help us, O Lord to obey Your Word and Trust You in every moment! Grant us not only the desire to live in Your order and discipline, but to allow Him to push us to what we would consider our limitations and beyond to fulfill His purposes in us for His Kingdom's Sake. Lord, also help us to see that we are part of a greater plan and that it's just not about us. In Jesus' Name...Amen