Month: April 2011

MARRIAGE IS FOR LIFE

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Story not about this family, but was told to Wendell, my son, and his new bride back in 1982,front row. 

Our 3 grandchildren and grandson in law, granddaughter in law.

COMMITMENT IN MARRIAGE

There was a couple who had two little children. They lived on a farm and it was in the early 1900’s. She usually didn’t go to town with him on Saturday afternoons, because of having to get the two little ones ready and it was not an easy chore keeping up with them while they were in town, and buying what they needed. So most of the time her husband went alone and did the shopping.

One Saturday afternoon when he went to do the shopping, he came back later that night, and then every Saturday he came back later and later.

One of her neighbors told her one day that he was going to the dances and dancing with a lot of the young women there. This young wife and mother didn’t know what to do about it and her neighbor told her to get herself fixed up and when he came in from the field to be ready to go to town with him.

She said that she couldn’t…she had those two little children to take care of. The neighbor pleaded with her to let her come get them and keep them that night. So that is what she decided to do.

The next Saturday when her husband came in from work at noon, she had his lunch all fixed and she was dressed to go. He asked her what she was dressed up for. She said, “I’m going to town with you today.”

He said, “You can’t…What about the babies?” She said, “Our neighbor is taking care of them all night.” He got really mad.

She said, “I know you have been going to the dances and I am going to go to the dance with you.”

Her husband said, “Wouldn’t you be a pretty thing to take to a dance?”

Can’t you just imagine that remark felt like a knife cutting through her heart?

She swallowed her pride and the lump in her throat and said, “I’m just as pretty as the day you married me…and if you are going to the dance, I am going with you.”

He just went back outside and harnessed up the team and went back to the field. He never went to the dances again.

They stayed married and raised those two children plus they had 6 more children. They all married and raised families of their own and stayed together. None of their 8 children were ever divorced. Most now have grown old and passed away.

Now, can you just imagine what would have happened if this woman had let her pride hurt her enough to end their marriage. How many lives would have been changed? Commitment in marriage meant something to her. It needs to mean something to us today.

This woman was 90 years old when she related this story to us. I thought she was just telling this for her own benefit…maybe she was still hurting from it, but I realized later that she didn’t tell it for her own benefit. She told it for the sake of myself and my wife. We had at that time, recently married and she wanted us to know the meaning of commitment in a marriage.

By Wendell Ingram

May your home be strong enough to keep evil out….
And gentle enough to keep love in.”

E. L. Ingram

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THE SECOND PAGE

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THE SECOND PAGE

I looked upon the second page

And there I saw your name;

I just could not believe it and

I hung my head in shame.

 For I meant to go and see you

A day or two ago…

But things just kept coming up

And now the tears are over-flowed.

 Yes, I mean to go and see you

Before the day was spent;

I wondered why I hadn’t heard

Before it went to print.

 But I know that you’ll forgive me

For that’s just the way you are!

I hope you’re dreaming on a cloud today

Or soaring upward on a star!

 © Edna L. Ingram, August 2010

 

Headlines we’d like to see in the next two years.

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Internet is cleaned up as pornography loses its popularity! Drug dealers are seeking honest occupations as more and more people are getting off drugs.USA becomes independent from foreign oil…opens up massive drilling  and refining.Elected officials turn down salary increases for themselves and pledge instead to donate it to the poor!Crime plummets as nation returns to respect for God and the Bible.

The human body and the spiritual body

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The human body is a wondrous creation. It did not come by accident but was planned by an omniscient and omnipotent Creator. The body has a blood supply that creates antibodies that help fight off infections. In fact, when a doctor suspects infection he has a blood test done to see if the white blood cell count is high. If it is the white blood cells are already at work in the natural healing process, but the doctor decides if antibiotics are needed or if they think the body can heal itself if given time. In many cases it can, because our Creator made it so.

Sometimes in our physical bodies one part will attack another part when it is ailing….as in Rheumatoid Arthritus…where the rheum, the lining of the joints, is attacked and made painful by the body itself.

The church, the body of Christ is also amazing.  Christ’s blood cleanses.  Sometimes though,  some of the members attack one another and cause extreme pain and sorrow.  We are bought with Christ’s blood and it runs through the body (church) cleansing us from sin, after we have entered His body through faith, repentance, confession of Him and baptism, which is the initial cleansing that puts us in a right relationship with Him and makes us Christians.  1 John 1:6-7  “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

If the spiritual body of Christ is having infections…(i.e. false teachings, wrong application of Scripture, etc.) maybe a gentler means should be used first and  time should be given for the body to heal itself…instead of the wrong-doers being picked to pieces and attacked publically by its own body (by other members).

A FAMINE IN THE LAND

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The Bible speaks of a famine in the land but it is not a famine of lack of food…it is the lack of God’s word.

Imagine being behind a customer with two or three little children, in the grocery store and as they were checking out, they came up about $20.00 short and had to put some things back.

Imagine seeing them choosing the milk, cereal and other healthy foods to put back and keeping their coffee and other things grown-ups like. Would it anger you just a tad?

Well parents are doing that every single day in situations that are far more important than food…and the spiritual lives of their children are hanging in the balance.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD…

Mountains In Our Lives

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Amram and Jochebed , What thoughts must have gone through your mind when little Moses was born! “How will we keep him from the king’s edict?” “How can we hide him?” “How long can we hide him?” I’m just wondering how you handled your emotions and your impending sorrow…thinking “what if” he were found by the king’s soldiers. Amram and Jochebed, how did you handle your fear?

Then when you could hide him no longer, and you made the little ark of bulrushes and put him in the river, how your heart must have ached for him! But then God’s providence took over again and Pharoah’s daughter found him and recognized him as one of the Hebrew’s babies. Miriam, Moses’ sister asked her about a nurse and she sent her to get one. Pharoah’s daughter told you to take him and nurse him for her. What joy! Although short-lived! Even though we know mothers nursed their babies longer back then, it would have still been too short of a time. When he was weaned you had to part with him again and he went to the palace to live. Amram and Jochebed, how did you handle your sorrow?

Then when he was grown, he saw one of his fellow Israelites being mis-treated by one of the Egyptian taskmasters and he killed the Egyptian. The next day, he realized the news had spread and he had to leave. He went into another land and became a keeper of sheep for the priest of Midian, and eventually married one of his daughters, Zipporah.

After that the Lord got his attention one day with a burning bush that was not being consumed with the burning. He wanted Moses to go back to Egypt and lead His chosen people to a land that He had promised to their fathers before them.

Amram and Jochebed, I hope you lived long enough to know that the training that you gave Moses in those few years really paid off for him. He went back to Egypt on the Lord’s bidding and led God’s people out of slavery and toward a new land that was promised years before to His people. If you could have known that, Amram and Jochebed….How did you handle your pride?

We prayed…Edna, we prayed!

Today in this time and age, we mothers sometimes feel overwhelmed with our responsibility of rearing our children…but prayer is still very powerful and if we pray, believing…it can help so much in bridging the gap between our failures and what we desire for our precious offspring.

-Edna Ingram, 01-19-2009

DOING WHAT WE WERE LEFT ON EARTH TO DO.

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Everyday in our yard there are lots of activities that go on unnoticed by human eyes. One that almost escaped our attention was a lowly earthworm being picked out of the ground by a mockingbird.

The bird had the worm about half way out of the ground and was still tugging on it when we left. We didn’t linger long to see what happened, but later I began to think about how the earthworm must be at the bottom of the heap in God’s creations.

But still…. think how important the earthworm is in the ecology of the earth. Its importance is seen in the breakdown or decomposition of matter. If that process didn’t happen continually…nothing would ever go back to the dust…and think of the putrefying odor that would be constant. It would be unbearable I can imagine.

One of its most valuable attributes is in the garden or flower bed. If a little cornmeal or other similar edible material is added to the soil, it will attract earth worms and you will have a great source of aeration and loosening of the earth around the growing things.

This all started me wondering if God sees us like the earth worm. I know He loves us more than that….because He says we are more valuable than the birds of the air, but He is so great, does he see us like we see the earthworms?

We, mankind in general, are so self focused at times that we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think and think we are so self sufficient and yet at other times, we feel that we can’t accomplish anything worthwhile.

The birds, earthworms and other big and little creatures go about doing the things that God put them here to do.

We human beings are the only creatures that can think and reason well enough to decide if we are going to do the things we were put here to do. And many times we reason that we are not going to do it. What a tragedy!

One of the things we reason is in the area of teaching someone the gospel and it seems so hard to even bring it up in a conversation with some of our dearest loved ones and friends whom we know are lost unless they change their ways.

Someone very dear to me once gave the example (by his actions) of how to do this effectively. A dear friend was visiting and the question was simply asked, “Monica”, (not her real name) ‘How is your spiritual life?”

Now that is a question that could be asked of anyone and it is virtually inoffensive, but very thought provoking. Even a strong faithful Christian would hesitate to say: “Just great!” So it is not a conversation stopper like some of the things we usually say.

There are many other things we were put on earth to do that we sometimes decide by our actions that we simply are not going to do.