22 January 2017

My Hiding Place

When we were in Holland we visited the house where Corrie ten Boom used to live. We saw the 'Hiding Place' in the wall where her family would hide Jews. A safe place for people to hide who were being hunted down by Hitler.
Jesus is our safe place--our hiding place. For our soul to be safe for eternity, we need to be trusting in Jesus. 
We also have an enemy, the Devil. He is out to destroy us. We need to stay close to God--our hiding place.
When you are afraid, pray to God. Trust in Him to help you. He will help you and will give you joy in spite of your circumstances.

5 January 2017

Some Thought Provoking Questions...

...about clothes.

(In case you think clothes don't matter, remember the story of David and Bathsheba. David sinned, but I believe Bathsheba was just as much in the wrong. Women are just as responsible for their actions as men.)

 Think about these questions with an open mind and forget the excuses!

Do your clothes reflect a pure heart?

If a bikini is modest, what isn't?

When you buy new clothes, do you think about whether they are modest or not?

Do you wear clothes in public that you'd  be ashamed to wear at church or at a church get together?

When you walk into church, do godly guys need to look the other way?

Would a guy sitting behind you in church be distracted by what you're wearing?

Proverbs talks about the strange/adulterous woman who wears the clothes of a harlot.
What do you think that means? Are you clothes definately different from that kind of a person?

What's the difference between wearing a bikini at the beach and wearing only underwear in public?

Do you try to honor God in the way you dress?

Do you dress to attract guys in a sensual/sinful way?

Are godly guys comfortable being around you or do they not know where to look?

Do you listen to your parents or others when they critique on your clothes?

If Jesus knocked on your door, would you have to get changed before welcoming him in?

If Jesus permanently moved into your home, would some clothes have to be hidden and never worn again?



1 January 2017

Victim of Circumstance?

 
Some thoughts on circumstances taken from Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss 




 

18 December 2016

Opposite Directions

It was 7:30 am on the last day of our holiday. We packed up the car and left our motel. We had a ferry to catch.
Driving down the highway my husband exclaimed, "Wait a minute! I think we're going in the wrong direction."
"No, I don't think so." I disagreed.
"Yes, I think so." he insisted. "I think Picton is the opposite direction."
We were driving out of Nelson the same way we had driven in. I somehow had it in my head that we had come into Nelson from the right, which would have meant we were now going in the right direction.
"Well, I think we should check to make sure before you turn around. We don't want to drive in the opposite direction." I cautioned. I rummaged around and found a small map. Looking at it I realized I had completely lost my sense of direction. We were driving in the opposite direction to where I thought we were going.
'You're right, this is the wrong way" I admitted.
We turned around, drove in the opposite direction and arrived in Picton a few hours later.

There are two different lessons I learned from this.
1)Sometimes you're convinced you are going in the right direction when are going in the wrong direction.
The Bible says, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end therof are the ways of death."
It's possible to be convinced that you are going to heaven, when you might not be. It's so important to read God's Map which tells us how to get to Heaven. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the father but by me.
If you are trusting in anything other than Jesus, you are going in the opposite direction to Heaven.
Make sure you read God's Map, the Bible, for yourself. Don't trust in your good works, your church, your baptism, your prayers or anything else other than Jesus and His good works. A real relationship with Him is the only way to Heaven.

2) Sometimes the right road is not at all what you expected.
When I was a teen I was convinced that God wanted me to be a missionary overseas all my life. I was sure this was the direction my life was supposed to go. But instead I found that God wanted me to marry someone who had immigrated to my country, and be a wife and mother. This was not at all the direction I had planned to go in. It made no sense to me. And yet, this is exactly what God wanted for me. I know this because I prayed and sought His will in every step and decision.
In the last year, my life has taken a new road again. Our last child has Down Syndrome and heart conditions. I never imagined that I would ever have a 'handicapped' child or a child with heart problems. This is not a road I thought I would be travelling. But this is the right road for me.
Can you relate to this? Are there things in your life that have not worked out as you had planned? Maybe you hoped you would be on your way to being married by now, maybe you have lost a loved one, maybe you have a health problem thats ruined your plans, a broken relationship that's ruined your dreams, or family problems that's ruined your happy home. Is life just not going in the right direction?
Don't worry and don't spend your life being bitter or sad. If you are walking with God, then this is the right road for you even if it's not what you expected. God's thoughts are far higher than ours. He knows what we need and He sees the big picture. Make sure you are seeking His will by prayer and reading the Bible. Then you will know that you are on the right road even when it seems the opposite!

10 December 2016

Hidden Reasons


Thismorning I took Hannah, my five year old, to town to pick up some medicines. I parked right outside the pharmacy in a parallel park. My door was facing the road.
I jumped out of the car.
“Get out of the car, Hannah.”
I waited.
She slowly started to move. I waited impatiently. I couldn’t lock up the car until she was out. As I opened my door again to tell her to hurry up, she climbed back into the car.
What is wrong with her? I thought.
Then I heard a man’s voice from Hannah’s side of the car. So I walked around to have a look.
“It’s ok, she’s friendly,” the man was saying from the door of the pharmacy.
His big dog was tied up to the pole just outside Hannah’s door!
No wonder she didn’t want to get out of the car. She is scared of dogs.

I couldn’t see the dog from my side of the car and though Hannah was just being super slow.
 
There are many times you see how someone is acting and you are quick to judge. Right? (If you are like me you’ll say, “Yes, that’s me!”) Yet there may be a good reason for what they are doing that you know nothing about. For example, if a friend of yours is not as friendly to you as they usually are, maybe they are not feeling well. Or maybe they are going through a hard time that you don’t know about. Maybe you meet a new girl and think she’s very unfriendly. She might really struggle with shyness and appear rude because of it. While their actions may not be right, don’t be too quick to judge. I’m not justifying sin and sometimes you do need to speak up, but remember there may be a ‘dog’ that you can’t see! So don’t be proud and look down on them.
Try to think the best of people and remember there may be hidden reasons for what they are doing or how they are acting. Pray for them and maybe you will learn the reason.

 

6 December 2016

Learn From a Pharisee

I've been thinking about Matthew 23 this week where Jesus talks about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. These are four lessons I learned. To get the most benefit out of this post, read the whole chapter for yourself.

1) It's your walk, not your talk.
It's very easy to talk about the right thing to do, but it's another thing to do it yourself.
If someone listened to what you said and applied it to their life, would it be the same as if they copied what you do?
The same goes for witnessing to people. You may be great at talking to people about God, but if your life is not a good testimony, you'll do more damage than good.
Do your actions match your words? Do you say one thing and do another?

"All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not." verse 3

2)It's what God thinks that matters.
Why do you do what you do? Do you do good things to impress people? It's not enough to do the right thing. Our motives are important. We need to do the right thing because God is watching. Would you be involved in ministries and helping people if no one ever found out about it?
Forget about what others think and live to please God. Check out your motives!
"All their works they do for to be seen of men:" verse 5

3)It's the servant who is the greatest.
Are you a servant? Do you have a servant's heart? Are you focused on others and their needs or only on yourself and what you want?
"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant." verse 11

4)It's what's on the inside that matters.
My husband has a greenhouse, and right now it looks really nice. He has just put a new netting on as the last plastic covering ripped. One week I kept getting comments about how good it looked. I told my husband and he replied, "Yeah, it looks good, but on the inside it's not doing well!"
The plants are not doing well as there are bugs that are eating them, but on the outside it looks great.
Is your life like this? Do you look like you're doing great, but really you are not walking with God? Are there sins only you and God know about that you're not dealing with? It is what's inside that really counts.
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." 27-28
Is your heart right with God?

20 November 2016

The most important thing...

Do you have a personal relationship with God? Knowing about Him is not enough!