Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
"7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant.
38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
(Psalm 78: 7-41)
Pay special attention to verses 19-20. "Can God...?" was stated with a great unbelief or mocking of God's ability.
God CAN!!! We need to be found guilty of having tremendous faith. You can actually limit God by your own disbelief.
God wants to help you.
- "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
- "Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men." (Psalm 12:1)
- "But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me." (Psalm 22:19)
- "Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation." (Psalm 27:9)
- "Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield." (Psalm 33:20)
- "Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation." (Psalm 38:22)
- "Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil. Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God." (Psalm 40:13-17)
- "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2)
- "Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings" (Psalm 17:8)
- "For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock." (Psalm 27:5)
- "Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity" (Psalm 64:2)
- "Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me." (Psalm 143:9)
God wants to hold you.
- "Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not." (Psalm 17:5)
"Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great." (Psalm 18:35)
- "Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand." (Psalm 73:23)
- "Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually." (Psalm 119:117)
- "Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." (Psalm 139:10)
**Notes taken from the sermon titled "Christians Who Think God Can't For Me" by Preacher Paul Deal on 01/27/2008
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I received a reality check today. You know when I was talking about, "Well, week one is only walking five minutes followed by alternating jogging for 60 seconds and walking 90 seconds." Yeah, well...that WAS HARD...much harder than I anticipated.
Thank goodness my sweet coach was so patient with me. She encouraged me the entire time. During our routine, I was pretty sure that I was calling off our friendship, but I still love you Deidre so much! Now that I can breathe, I can honestly say "It felt great!"
Tomorrow is a day of rest (Hallelujah!). My legs still feel like spaghetti...but I'm trying to fight off the fears of giving up by telling myself I survived Day 1. That's already better than yesterday and most definitely better than "the person on the couch!" (Thanks Emma!)
Kyle ran it too. We had to take turns since we had both boys with us. I ran while he waited in the car with the boys--they were too busy watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates. After my run was over, Kyle ran with Deidre and her husband. He did amazing! And just hearing Kyle say he was proud of me, made the exhaustion worth it!
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
Friday, May 25, 2012
I have never really had a reason to exercise, so I don't. I can't quite figure out if that makes me lazy or lucky. Maybe a little of both...or a lot of lazy and a little lucky.
I may have lost my mind. I'm willing to start the Couch to 5k. I've printed the schedule. I'm not too intimidated by week 1. "Five minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes." Not too bad, huh? (I'll confess: I haven't looked beyond week 1. Actually, I have no intentions of looking ahead in fear of that I'll quit before I get started.)
I can do this. My sweet friend has offered to train with me. I have several other friends who have said they may join me. I'm trying to convince Kyle to be my partner too. I can do this...right?
My body is a temple to be used to glorify God. In order to glorify God, I have to take care of what He has given me.
I love the way the New Living Translation of the bible puts these verses...This will be my motivation:
"Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize.
You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes
practice strict self-control. Thy do it to win a prize that
will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step."
(1 Corinthians 9:24-26)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I began blogging several years ago in search of new friends who, like me, were having a difficult time getting pregnant. Five years, 2 miscarriages, 4 failed IUI's, and a doctor who told us "It will never happen" later, we are the proud parents of Kade and Kohen. They are each an example of God's absolute perfection. We thank God where medical intervention stops, Divine intervention begins.