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A blog about the home, children and family and what we deem important in our lives.

Would You Do This For An Enemy? — May 31, 2011

Would You Do This For An Enemy?

During World War II in Europe, one day the medics had brought the wounded in from the front lines to the field hospital. One man was so severely wounded they thought he wasn’t going to make it…so they just let him lie there while they tended to the others.One of the German prisoners of war, the American camp was holding, was helping bring in the gurneys with the wounded men on them. He told the American soldiers that he thought he could help that man. They asked the severely injured man if it would be okay and he was conscious enough to say, “Yeah! Let’s get on with it!”

He lived to relate this story of his near death, and lived until his middle 60’s. This story was related by him to Bobby’s brother. The German prisoner of war reminds me of the Hippocratic oath that doctors have to make and shows how much has changed in our modern times. The modern version of the Hippocratic oath is still very virtuous but is being disparaged in some areas today, especially in the area of deaths of little babies, yet unborn.

 It also reminds me of how Jesus did even more for His enemies….while we were still His enemies.  Grace = Unmerited Favor  (Unearned Favor).
Spiritual Thoughts —

Spiritual Thoughts

Oh my! The spiritual thoughts running through my mind this morning!

My virus software warned me a month ago that it was expiring soon and that it would be automatically renewed and charged to our credit card.

I was going to cancel and change programs but kept putting it off. Now it is too late…but it is a good program and has kept our computer free from spyware and viruses.

Today was the day! I thought maybe a couple more weeks but, it automatically gave me 2 more years for two computers, but I did have to down load it. (I thought it was for just one year) and charged it to us. So it was a better deal than I thought it would be.

The spiritual thoughts: We are warned about losing our souls…and our physical lives will expire someday.  Sin separates us from God. It is worse than the spyware and viruses on our computers. These are in our mind and in our actions. The day will come when the decision is stamped and done, and if we have not made the right decision…the “program” we have will not be good.

We can have heaven instead.  It is free but it wasn’t free for Someone… Jesus paid it all…It was charged to Him before the creation of the world!   Revelation 13: 8-9    “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.”   All of us will worship Him on that day whether we are saved or not.

It is free for us, but we do have to act. (Obey Him) and live faithfully until death. It is very unwise to keep putting off.

Heaven will be more wonderful than we ever thought it could be. God tried to give our human minds a description so we could understand enough to want to go there, but we can not understand just how wonderful! What a sad day it will be if we are unprepared for it and no more chances remain.

In Honor Of All Patriotic Americans. — May 30, 2011

In Honor Of All Patriotic Americans.

THE COLOR OF FREEDOM

We all love Old Glory with its stripes and its stars;

It represents freedom and stands tall in our wars!

Some say the color of freedom is the Red, White and Blue…

But I think that freedom is the color of YOU!

We fight for freedom for others too…

All deserve freedom…this we know is so true!

Whether you go to the service or stay home and pray…

The value of freedom is served either way.

We love our old flag with a love that is true!

But the color of freedom is the color of YOU!

Edna L. Ingram, 04/06/2008

The Old Tree Trunk. — May 29, 2011

The Old Tree Trunk.

  

Bobby cut down this old tree and the trunk was so huge (and kind of attractive) that we just left it hoping that it would deteriorate on its own in a few months. Well, it has been about 3 years and we were needing a place to feed the birds, so I thought the top of that old trunk would be a good smooth place to put their bird seed, since the cats were giving them problems.

I took some birdseed out to spread it around for them and the old trunk is rotting out to the point of no smooth places on top. It will eventually tumble to the ground…because cutting the tree down sucked the life out of the trunk.

  You know, we can damage our homes the same way. No, not the building we live in…but the people we live WITH…that’s our home. We can suck the life out of our homes by neglect.

We may not see the damage we have done until there are no smooth places left and the damage cannot be corrected. Sometimes trying to correct only results in more damage. There are many homes in America today where that has surely happened AND also why our nation is deteriorating. 

 This old trunk looks like it might have been at least three little trees at one time…growing up and not knowing which way to turn. Some families are like that. The way to turn is toward God, the one who instituted families in the first place.

The old adage, “As goes the home so goes the nation” is certainly proven to be true in our country. We need so badly, to wake up and start training our young families.

©Edna L. Ingram

Who Our Children Marry. —

Who Our Children Marry.

The kind of people we associate with, while our children are growing up… is usually the kind of people they will marry into….
2 Chronicles 20:35-37  “…And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber. Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.”

In the beginning of Jehoshaphat’s kingship…this is what the Bible says about him:  “…And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.”
When he made a pact with the king of Israel and associated with him…his family’s downfall started. This is what the Bible says about his son, Jehoram, who became king after him:  “…And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.”
2 Chronicles 21: 6  
This is extremely sad, because Jehoshaphat was a good king until then.
YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL — May 27, 2011

YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL

YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL

There was a man who owned a beautiful yacht and he sailed into a port and heard that a bad storm was coming. He was concerned about his boat and he asked the old-timers what he should tie it to on land to keep it from being damaged.

The old timers advised him to not anchor to anything on land, because his yacht would be destroyed by being battered about by the storm. They advised him to keep it away from the land a ways and drop four large anchors from the boat. That way, when the wind tossed it about, it would not be as apt to be damaged.

This reminds me of what God advises us to do. Don’t anchor your beautiful soul to things of this world that are only temporary. Anchor it to the Rock (Jesus Christ) and use big anchors! 

Hebrews 6: 19-20: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  –

©Edna L. Ingram

FAMILY TIES AND MORE… — May 26, 2011

FAMILY TIES AND MORE…

Ok, so people who read my blog know I am big on family….my own and my in-laws too. But lest you believe I think too highly of them all, I want to post an article of Dave Miller’s that I think is such a good article on where MUST we place our top affections.

Water is Thicker than Blood

By Dave Miller, Ph.D.

The human relationships that exist between individuals who are physically kin to each other can, indeed, be precious and beautiful. In fact, God was responsible for creating the family framework (Genesis 2:24). Ideally, He intends for people to experience the warm, tender ties of blood kin and the multiple blessings associated with such ties. Perspective is lost, however, when physical ties are permitted to interfere with obedience to God. God’s point is missed when a higher premium is placed on physical family than on spiritual family, when a Christian fails to relish to a greater degree association with the family of God—the church.

The Bible teaches that Christians should not hesitate for a moment to relinquish fleshly relationships if it becomes necessary to do so in order to put God first (Luke 14:20,24). Commenting on the status of His own blood relatives, Jesus declared: “Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:50). He recognized that the stringency of His teaching would disrupt family relationships, and so He stated that “a man’s foes will be those of his own household” (Matthew 10:36).

He even went so far as to relegate physical ties to the comparative level of hatred when contrasted to the priority of spiritual ties: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). [For a discussion of the meaning of “hate” in this verse, see Butt, 2003.]

Such explains why, during the Mosaic period of Bible history, Aaron was not permitted to mourn the deaths of his two sons (Leviticus 10:6). Such explains why the wives, and even some children, perished along with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, as they apparently were unwilling to oppose the blood ties of kinfolk who sinned (Numbers 16:27,32-33). Such explains why the people were to show no pity for their relatives who promoted false teaching, but were to lead the way in the execution process (Deuteronomy 13:6-11).

Yes, the family ties of blood kin can be extremely wonderful, providing unending security and acceptance, and frequently fulfill an important, divinely intended function. But these same blood ties can be the very thing that diverts a Christian from the strait and narrow, discouraging one from standing strongly and firmly on the solid bedrock of truth and right. Itis imperative that God’s church be put first—even above family (Matthew 6:33).

First allegiance and loyalty must be given to those who have been cleansed by the blood of Christ by passing through the waters of baptism (Ephesians 5:6; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 10:22). For with God, water is thicker than blood.

By Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Copyright © 2010 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.apologeticspress.org/

Note: It’s such a wonderful thing when your physical family is also part of your spiritual family.

SHARING… —

SHARING…

 I pressed ‘share’ on one of my friend’s links this morning, so it would be on my profile page…her little eleven year old niece singing Amazing Grace.

It is so beautiful and if I had not pressed ‘share’ soon, it would have been so far back on her page that I would not have been able to find it. This way I can share the little girl’s singing with my friends on Facebook also.

So much like family life and Christianity. There’s something good that we have and if we don’t share it with our children while we can…someday, when we are gone, it will be so far back in their past, they are not aware that they can have it too…Or maybe they will just forget it and not be interested any more.  What a tragedy!

The beautiful thing about sharing Christianity with our children, is that it will be shared by them too, on down to generations that we may never see. Now that is a thought I can dwell on.

Proverbs 22:6…”Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

-Written August 25, 2010 

 

Jezebel and her faith in her god. — May 24, 2011

Jezebel and her faith in her god.

If we had as much faith in our true God as Jezebel had in her idol, there is no telling what we could accomplish in our Christian lives and in our families. Jezebel managed to raise her children up to have her values, or rather lack of them and all she had was faith in a false god named Ba’al, a man-made god.

Her husband, Ahab was an evil person too and  even wanted a vineyard that belonged to Naboth but Naboth would not sell it to him because it was part of his inheritance in Israel and it would have been wrong for him to sell it. When Jezebel asked Ahab why he was sad, he told her that Naboth would not sell him the vineyard.  She asked, “Aren’t you the king of Israel?”  Jezebel went out and had Naboth killed and gave the vineyard to her husband.  1 Kings 21: 1-15

Her daughter Athaliah, grew up, and had all the royal seed killed, except Joash, and that only because he was hidden by his nurse. Jezebel was very wicked but she trusted in the false god, Ba’al and she raised her daughter up to be like herself.     2 Kings 11: 1-2.   Like Mother…Like Daughter.

As Christians today, how much more faith should we have in a God that we KNOW exists.  If we had as much faith in our true God of heaven, that Jezebel had in her false god,  would things be different in our lives and in our nation…and in our families?

THE WORDS WE SPEAK — May 23, 2011

THE WORDS WE SPEAK

We must be careful of the words we speak…

They reach out much farther than our fist!

– E. L. Ingram

Your fist can only go as far as my nose…but your words…Oohhhhh…they can go in all directions. They can go forward just like a sword…right into my heart. They can go upward…God can hear them. They can go sideways…depending upon who else was standing by and heard them and were also hurt because of them. They can go downward and cause turmoil and stress in the very bowels of my being. They can go backward and come forward from my past…to haunt me in my future. Your words and mine…they can be very, very powerful!

 Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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