Two very special people have graced me with this wonderful award, Gabby and Autumn from Gabrielle Angel and Autumn Sunshine! And coming from them, it is an even more special honor. Please visit their blog and be prepared to be moved. Take the time to read some of the past posts and learn their story. It is well worth your time. God bless them both and all who take the time to read here as well as there!
1) Include the award Logo(s) in a post or in your blog.
2) Answer 10 question about your self.
3) Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.
4) Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
5) Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
What is your Favorite color? Yellow
What is your favorite animal? Cats, although Dogs are a very close second!
What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? hot tea (orange pekoe)
Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? I am on both but I have to admit, I dislike both equally!
What’s your passion? God
What’s your Favorite pattern? I don’t really have one, I tend to choose solids over patterns.
Do you prefer giving or getting presents? Giving!
What’s your favourite number? I don’t have one.
Favourite day of the week? Sunday
Favorite flower? Rose
The Nominees :
- Christian CoffeeShop
- Daily Encouragement
- Embracing God’s Grace
- In Love With the Lord
- life of a female bible warrior
- Lupus Chronicles
- Safe Haven Fellowships Blog
- The White Stone
- Through Him and In Him
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knows the way of righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD.
Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the LORD.
“But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
“I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgement and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the land of Egypt,’
but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”
My heart within me is broken Because of the prophets; All my bones shake. I am like a drunken man And like a man whom wine has overcome, Because of the LORD, And because of His holy words.
For the land is full of adulterers; For because of a curse the land mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, And their might is not right.
“For both the prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the LORD.
“Therefore their way shall be to them Like slippery ways; In the darkness they shall be driven And fall in them; For I will bring disaster on them. The year of their punishment,” says the LORD.
Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets: ‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, And make them drink the water of gall; For from the prophets of Jerusalem Profaneness has gone out into all the land.
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
“Do not listen to the word of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD.
They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You shall have peace” ‘; And to everyone who walks according to the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.’ “
For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it?
Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD has gone forth in fury— A violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to the, yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words,Then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings.
“Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off?
Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD.
“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’
“How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart,
“who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.
“The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the LORD
“Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in peices?
“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor.
“Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’
“Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the LORD.
“So when these people or the prophet or the priest as you, saying ‘What is the oracle of the LORD?’ you shall say to them, ‘What oracle?’ I will even forsake you,” says the LORD.
“And as for the prophet and the priest and the people who say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ I will even punish that man and his house.
“Thus every one of you shall say to his neighbor, and every one to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’
“And the oracle of the LORD you shall mention no more. For every man’s word will be his oracle, for you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.
“Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken’
“But since you say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Because you say this word, “The oracle of the LORD!” and I have sent to you, saying, “Do not say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ “
‘therefore behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you and forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and will cast you out of My presence.
‘And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’ “
But I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Open your doors, O Lebanon, That fire may devour your cedars.
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail O oaks of Bashan, For the thick forest has come down.
There is the sound of wailing shepherds! For their glory is in ruins. There is the sound of roaring lions! For the pride of Jordan is in ruins.
Thus says the Lord my God, “Feed the flock for slaughter,
“whose owners slaughter them and feel no guilt; those who sell them say “Blessed be the Lord, for I am rich’ ; and their shepherds do not pity them.
“For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land,” says the Lord. “But indeed will give everyone his neighbor’s hand and into the hand of his king. They shall attack the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand.”
So I fed the flock for slaughter, in particular the poor of the flock. I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Beauty, and the other I call Bonds; and I fed the flock.
I dismissed the three shepherds in one month. My soul loathed them, and their soul abhorred me.
Then I said, “I will not feed you. Let what is dying die, and what is perishing perish. Let those that are left eat each other’s flesh.”
And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it in two, that I might break the covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
So it was broken on that day. Thus the poor of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord.
Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”— that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord for the potter.
Then I cut in two my other staff, Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
And the Lord said to me, “Next, take for yourself the implements of a foolish shepherd.
“For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces.
“Woe to the worthless shepherd, Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded.”
Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”
And Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.
And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.
“Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?
“How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”
In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me.
“But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.
Please keep this man in your prayers and if you are able to help his mission in anyway, I am sure that would be appreciated as well.
Originally posted on Wayfarer:
Andy Bales was my youth pastor when I was in high school. His impact on my life was immeasurable. More than that, he has quietly “walked the talk” better than any living human being I’ve ever known. I pass this along with hope and a prayer for him.
The Best for Andy Bales
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 9:25 am
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - It’s hard not to feel a range of emotions for Rev. Andy Bales. There’s fear. There’s awe. There’s tremendous respect and tremendous worry on his behalf.
Most of all, there’s hope that he can overcome the hurdles that are in his path.
Los Angeles Downtown News last week reported on the unenviable challenges confronting Bales. The 53-year-old CEO of the Union Rescue Mission is in need of a kidney transplant, though that’s only part of it. His rare blood type, O negative, means there is a limited…
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I want to think Drusilla Mott at On Faith and Writing for nominating me for this award. It is an honor indeed. I will be honest and say that this award is one that I have never heard of before Drusilla was nominated so it is very new for me and I want to thank her again for thinking of me.
For this award I am supposed to share 7 things about me and nominate 7 other blogs for this award.
7 things about me:
- I love my God
- I love to spread His word
- I am a grandmother
- I am a cancer survivor
- I have nearly died 4 times
- I like to solve problems
- I like challenges
I decided to pick some new friends for the nomination! So, my choices for nominations, in no particular order, are:
- Raging Vanity
- Life Along The Way
- Deb’s Blog
- Justification by Grace
- Big B
- Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; The battle bow shall be cut off. He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.’
“As for you also, Because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.
For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”
Then the Lord will be seen over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightening. The Lord God will blow the trumpet, And go with whirlwinds from the south.
The Lord of hosts will defend them; They shall devour and subdue with sling stones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine; They shall be filled with blood like basins, Like the corners of the alter.
The Lord their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land—
For how great is their goodness And how great their beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive, And new wine the young women.
Ask the Lord for rain In the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.
For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.
“My anger is kindled against the shepherds, And I will punish the goatherds. For the Lord of hosts will visit His flock, The house of Judah, And will make them as His royal horse in the battle.
From him comes the cornerstone, From him the tent peg, From him the battle bow, From him every ruler together.
They shall be like might men, Who tread down their enemies In the mire of the streets in the battle. They shall fight because the Lord is with them, And the riders on horses shall be put to shame.
“I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the Lord their God, And I will hear them.
Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And their heart shall rejoice as if wine. Yes, their children shall see it and be glad; Their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.
I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will redeem them; And they shall increase as they once increased.
“I will sow them among the peoples, And they shall remember Me in far countries; They shall live, together with their children, And they shall return.
He shall pass through the sea with affliction, And strike the waves of the sea: All the depths of the River shall dry up. Then the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, And the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
“So I will strengthen them in the Lord, And they shall walk up and down in His name,” Says the Lord.
If we ever get to the point where we let government tell us what, where and how we can practice our faith, our loss will be greater than just here on earth. Sooner or later we will have to face our heavenly Father and explain to Him why we did not stand for Him.
Originally posted on blogsense-by-barb:
We hear a good deal nowadays about “a wall of separation” between church and state in America. To some people’s surprise, this phrase cannot be found in either the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. Actually, the phrase occurs in a letter from Thomas Jefferson, as a candidate for office, to an assembly of Baptists in Connecticut.
The first clause of the First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This clause is followed by guarantees of freedom of speech, of publication, of assembly, and of petitioning. These various aspects of liberty were lumped together in the First Amendment for the sake of convenience; Congress had originally intended to assign “establishment of religion” to a separate amendment because the relationships between state and church are considerably…
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He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. Proverbs 19:16
Life is filled with choices, we make them everyday. Sometimes our choices lead us along the wrong path, but sometimes we are forced to make choices where we know one way is the wrong path, and would lead to willful and knowing disobedience to God‘s will. Such a choice is the HHS mandate on paying for and/or providing the abortifacient.
Obama and many others who have no problem with this, tell up that it is okay, we are deciding this. It isn’t your responsibility and we will even put a hedge between you and it, so that the insurance companies do the actual providing. This is supposed to be salve for our conscience so that we can stand before God and say, “it wasn’t me Lord, it was them.” My friends, you know and I know that God is going to look at us and say take responsibility for your actions as well as your inactions. We are condemning ourselves if we let ourselves be deceived in this way.
There is no middle ground here! You are making the choice for life or for death. And for all those who proclaim their right to make that choice, I would like to remind them that God does not care whether you think that you have a right or not, either way, to Him it is murder. If you are so egotistic to think that for some reason just because it is growing in your body that it is not life, you need to go take some science classes. And if you recognize that it is life and still think that you have the right to end it because it is not human until it reaches a certain point, at which point does it become magically human? It is at the start or it never is.
Or possibly you are one of those who think that you have the right to decide who lives or dies anyway, what makes you different from any other murderer out there? Aren’t they making the same decision? Your selfishness leads to destruction but that truly is your choice to make.
I am not going to try to change anyone’s mind about abortion, if you do not know that it is wrong, you will find out in God’s time. What I am trying to do is remind those who follow Christ, those who accept that he died for our sins that if we make a deliberate choice to condone and promote an evil such as this, we are saying that we accept the evil and we are denying Him. You cannot serve two master’s, and this time is either God’s or it is against Him.
This is not a time to be silent on this issue. This is a turning point! Allowing harm and condoning the death of the least of God’s people is one of the worst violations of His law there is. You know this! It is time for all of Christ’s followers to make it clear that when it comes to choosing, we choose Christ!
The story I have an excerpt from below is an excellent example of other times that God’s people were forced to make a choice. Please read it. God bless
Obama HHS Mandate Wasn’t Just About Contraception
by Michael Stokes Paulsen
An ancient example of resistance to a tyrant’s attempt to coerce violations of religious conscience provides an interesting perspective on resistance to the Obama administration’s recent healthcare coverage mandate.
“Contraception” is not exactly the right term. The HHS mandate implementing Obamacare requires insurance plans of religious employers to provide not just contraception but also sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs–”morning-after” (and even “week-after”) pills designed to cause the death of a conceived human embryo rather than prevent conception. The technical term for such drugs is abortifacient, though they often are called, euphemistically, “emergency contraception.”
“Cram-down”is a perfect term for HHS’s policy, however. The whole point, it seems, is to override religious objections to such a policy to the maximum extent politically possible, out of an intense ideological commitment to contraception and abortion as “preventive health care.” It is vital, the ideologues say, to prevail over religious objections precisely in order to advance, and permanently entrench, this particular ideology and, further, to vindicate the power of government to impose such policies on everyone. Religious objections must be overcome, in part for the sake of overcoming religious objections.
The Obama administration’s HHS policy–and even more so the sham “modification” of it announced on February 10–recalls a memorable story recounted in certain Greek manuscripts traced to the ancient Jewish communities of the Mediterranean, in what is known as the book of Fourth Maccabees. (Some Protestants, like me, treat such inter-testamental religious literature not as scripture, but with respect as part of the “Apocrypha.”)
Read the rest at Life News. com