14 September 2014

A Tragedy

(Lessons from Jeroboam's Wife #1)
At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people. 1 Kings 14:1 -2 (for the full story read verses 1-18)

Why would a wicked king who worshipped idols send his wife to get a message from the prophet, the man of God?
His son was sick.
It often takes a tragedy to make people seek God, to wake them up and to bring them to their senses.
When my uncle committed suicide, it stopped my dad in his tracks. It was used to help my Dad come to God.
There are so many other people who have turned to God through sad or difficult things that happened in their lives. A friend or family member dying, an accident, an earthquake, getting cancer... and the list goes on.
What about you?
Do you know God? Are living your life for Him?
Or do you need waking up? Will it take a tragedy to bring you to God? What will it take for God to get your attention?
It's a scary thought!
If you became seriously sick or a tragedy happened that affected you, what things in your life would you change or do?
Don't wait for a tragedy!

5 September 2014

The Winner

Thanks to those who entered in the Book Giveaway.
The winner is Rio Regene Acierda Licuna.
Please email me your postal address and I'll send it.
My email address is emily_lauridsen@yahoo.co.nz

4 September 2014

Too small to make a difference?

Do you ever feel that you're too small, too insignificant or too ordinary to make a difference?
My little boy is nearly 5 months old. He can't do much yet. He's still very dependent. He can't talk, walk or help with anything. I have to do everything for him.
But, you know what? He makes a difference to our house! He has a big smile and a cute giggle. Sometimes it's impossible to be grumpy when he's around!
One afternoon when he had just started to smile, I was trying to have a rest. He woke up needing a feed. Since he was feeding very often and having very short sleeps, I was feeling tired and frustrated. I was about to grudgingly feed him when he looked up at me and voluntarily gave me a huge smile! My frustration melted instantly.
He is so small and so dependent, yet he makes our home a happier place and he brightens up our lives. He adds so much enjoyment to our day. He can't do much, but he does what he can and he makes a difference.
We are all able to do much more than a little baby. While there may be things we can't do, we can at least smile, give an encouraging word, pray or give someone a card. There are many more things that we can do.
Never think that you can't make a difference!
 
 

28 August 2014

Book Giveaway

I would like to give away a copy of my book to whoever wins!
(This giveaway is open to anyone in the whole wide world no matter what age. I will get it sent from the Book Depository, which is free shipping!)

What book (apart from the Bible) do you think would make a good giveaway??

To enter the giveaway, simply answer this question as a comment and add your name. Make sure you add your last name. I won't publish the comments but will make a list of the names and get my husband to pick one out. (with eyes shut of course! :) ) Giveaway ends the 4th of September and the winner will be announced on this blog.

And who knows! Maybe the book you suggested will be the next giveaway! :)

22 August 2014

Proof!


There is one thing I love about this awful story.
Joseph is proof that it is possible to resist temptation.
He was tempted with very strong temptation, but he didn't fall.
It IS possible! We hear so much today of people falling into sin. It sometimes seems like it's impossible to stay pure when tempted. We even hear of preachers and pastors doing disgraceful things. There are so many girls that go astray in their teen years-get pregnant before marriage, stop going to church, live with a guy before marriage, rebel against their parents. There is so much peer pressure and temptations for teenage girls today. Is it really possible to stand—to stay pure, to live right, to be different?
Joseph is proof! We don't have to fall and make a mess of our lives.
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 

But we must stay close to God like Joseph did. We can't do it on our own.
I read an illustration once that sums it up pretty well. People are like toothpicks and God is like a nail. A toothpick on its own is easy to snap but a toothpick alongside a nail is impossible to snap because of the strength of the nail.
So in our own strength we'll fall easily, but close to God and trusting in His strength we won't snap! We must stay close to God all the time.

Jude 24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”


15 August 2014

What's Better?

(Lessons from Potiphar's Wife)
Joseph had a choice—to sin or not to sin. Each choice had a high cost. What was better for Joseph?
If he had sinned, he would have paid the price of lost fellowship with God, the guilt and troubles that follow sin and of course, losing his purity.
If he didn't sin, he would face the wrath of Potiphar's wife—which turned out to be a false accusation and prison.
Which cost was higher?
Which cost would you choose?
Which was better?
It was better to sit in prison close to God with a good conscience. Doing right has a cost but doing wrong has a higher cost.
There are times in life when we have to choose like Joseph. There are times when both choices have a high cost.
I read a quote that said It's better to lose a good coat than a good conscience.
God may want you to do something that's difficult or something you don't like. What's better? To stay in your comfort zone or to obey God?
If you've done something wrong or made a mistake, what's better? To hide it or confess it?

I remember one time when I lived at home. I used to help my dad with milking the cows. We had quite a small milking shed so I was able to milk by myself. This one evening I forgot to take the milk pipe out of the milk vat when I started putting water through the cups. I quickly realized but when I pulled the milk pipe out of the vat there was already water coming out. When you milk cows you must always take the pipe out of the milk vat before you start washing the cups!! I didn't know if the water had damaged the milk or not. But I didn't want to go home and tell my Dad my mistake.
I had a choice.
I could tell him and maybe get a growling.
Or I could pretend that nothing happened and have a very guilty conscience. Maybe he would never find out.
I chose to risk a telling off! And guess what? My dad just said, “Don't worry about it!!”
Even if I had of gotten in trouble, it would still have been the best choice. Because choosing to do right is always the best choice!
 


8 August 2014

Stains

My two little girls are opposites! Hannah likes to always be clean whereas Esther can hardly wear something without staining it.
One time I was baking some chocolate muffins. I took the tongs off the cake mixer and gave one to each of the girls. Within a minute Hannah was calling out that she needed a wet rag because she had a little bit of mixture on her hands. Whereas Esther came inside later completely covered in mixture! She was having a great time!
Hannah and Esther are a picture of two different types of people.
Dirtiness represents sin. Some people are like Esther, not caring how dirty and stained their lives become. While others are like Hannah--hating sin and trying to stay pure. 
Now, let's talk about Esther for a moment. Esther is always staining her clothes. She got a brand new top for her birthday. I put it on her, but later she was going outside and I knew she would get dirty as our section is very wet at the moment. So I put waterproof overalls and a jersey over top. I thought, There is no way she can get her new top dirty. I was wrong! She came inside later with mud down her sleeves, so now her sleeves were stained! Another time she managed to get into the deep fryer and got oil all over herself. Those clothes had to be thrown away as I just couldn't get the stain or the smell out. No matter how much I scrubbed or soaked, the stain wouldn't come out.
Did you know sin is like that? It leaves behind ugly stains in your life. When you confess your sin to God and repent from it, God forgives and cleanses you. But often you will still have to live with the consequences of your sin. For example, if you tell a lie, people will find it hard to trust you again. Even though you've asked God for forgiveness, you will still have a stained reputation.
Sin can stain the relationships you have with people. Sin can stain your purity. 
 Do you want your life filled with ugly stains? Sin may seem like fun at the time, but it leaves behind terrible stains.
Now let's talk about Hannah. Hannah is very particular about staying clean. When we sit down for a meal, I often give her a wet rag or I know I'll have to get up in the middle of the meal! She can't stand having dirty hands! But even though she is so careful, she still gets dirty. She needs baths just like Esther does and sometimes her clothes get stained aswell. The same goes for you. You should be like Hannah, staying away from sin and keeping pure, but just like she still can't stay clean so you can't be perfect. You will still sin no matter how careful you are and how hard you try. That's why you need a Saviour. That's why Jesus had to die on the cross. You can't be good enough.
Also, Hannah can't see her face. Sometimes while she is fussing over her hands, she has no idea that her face is covered with food. She would be horrified if she knew! And so you also are often so blind to how sinful you really are. You need the mirror of God's Word to show you your sin and then you need the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse you.
One more lesson I have learned through watching my girls. Esther's influence has changed Hannah a little. Sometimes Hannah will now splash in puddles and get all wet because that's what Esther is doing. I'm sure Hannah wouldn't do it if Esther wasn't there.
And the Bible teaches us that "Evil communications corrupt good manners." If you hang around people who love sin, it will start rubbing off on you and you will start to do things you wouldn't do otherwise.
So remember these lessons.
    1)Sin leaves behind ugly stains.
    2) You should hate sin and stay away from it.
    3) You can never be good enough which is why you need saving.
    4) You'll become like the friends you hang around, so choose good friends.