Posts Tagged ‘Christian home’

The Whisper of the Leaves

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  Proverbs 1:8Proverbs 1:8
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8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:

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Our mothers are very important to us. Even though you may not be around your mother on a daily basis, her little voice is constantly in your head and heart. She is always with you.

I found this wonderful description of a mother and her impact on her child’s life. It is from an unknown source.

wb051390“Your mother is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well. She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow; she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, the first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing one earth can separate you – not time, not space . . . not even death.”

My mother has passed away but I feel her influence on my life in everything I say and do. She was gracious and God fearing. Even though she had a physical handicap which limited her mobility, she was an active participant in teaching me to live a Christian life.

Yes, she is the whisper of the leaves as I walk along life’s journey

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May I Be Excused?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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Since my husband is a pastor, we have heard various reasons throughout the years as to why people are not able to attend church on Sunday.  We try to accept their reason as stated and know that in the end God will be the judge of their sundry of excuses.  If their excuse is good enough for God, it is good enough for us! We have noticed that the longer a person misses the easier it becomes to find a reason to continue to skip Sunday services.

Some of the reasons given have been very humorous as you can very well guess. How do you alleviate this problem? Aside from actually going to a person’s home and dragging them to church, there is little a pastor can do. To make it possible for everyone to attend church, I found this humorous listing from an unknown source of the special things a church can make available to accommodate a parishioner:

  1. A cot will be placed in the sanctuary for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep.”
  2. Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV too late on Saturday night.
  3. We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I came to church.”
  4. Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot.
  5. Porta-potties will be placed at the end of each pew for those who say the bathrooms aren’t very accessible.
  6. We will have hearing aids for those who say the pastor speaks too softly and cotton for those who say he speaks too loudly.
  7. Score cards for listing hypocrites present.
  8. One hundred TV dinners for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner also.
  9. A selection of trees and grass for those who like to see God in nature.
  10. A putting green near the altar for those who say “Sunday is my day for golf.”
  11. The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who have never seen the church without them.

church2What does the Bible have to say in Hebrews 10:25Hebrews 10:25
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25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting [one another]; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

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? “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” We are so privileged to have the freedom to join together with fellow Christians to worship and praise God. I love to be encouraged by others and feel their love.

Make a commitment this Sunday to attend the church of your choice.

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Mother Is Love

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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

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states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

What does it mean to train? The dictionary indicates that to train is an order of occurrence leading to some result or an orderly succession. In other words, training is a positive step in rearing a child.

mother & cookiesA godly mother has an integral part in teaching her child all the important things in life.  First of all, she will teach her child to remember God, the Creator, above all things. She will also give her child unique and special love and hope that each one will become a personality all their own and enter into a life filled with possibilities.

The incomparable love a mother feels for her child is priceless. How is this love exemplified? She gives . .

  • Laughter to a complacent child;
  • Optimism to a dubious child;
  • Loving discipline to each small misdeed and
  • Encouragement to be all they can be.

A mother does a lot of things: teacher, nurse, counselor, chauffeur, cook, and friend; just to name a few.  She expects nothing in return. It is difficult to understand how a mother can keep up the non-stop pace in caring for her child but she does because of her love for her child.

Yes, mother is love!

happy mothers day

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My Mother Taught Me

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

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One of the favorite passages of scripture used in counseling with parents in how to rear their children is Proverbs 22:6Proverbs 22:6
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6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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NAS, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

I had a godly mother who taught me many things in life and, most importantly, taught me to love others and to love God. Even as great as my mother was she had those little sayings that sometimes made you stop and think about your behavior.

To celebrate mothers everywhere I am posting these unique quotes. I am sure your mother may have said some of the same things to you. If your mother is still alive, be sure to thank her for all the wonderful things she has done for you or, if she is deceased, let others know how great she was.

The following sayings are from an unknown author:

1.   My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”

2.    My mother taught me RELIGION.  “You better pray that this will come out of the carpet.”

3.   My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

4.   My mother taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so, that’s why.”

5.   My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

6.   My mother taught me FORESIGHT. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

7.   My mother taught me IRONY. “Keep on crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

8.   My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

9.   My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. “You’ll sit there until all that SOUP is gone.”

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER. “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.  “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION. “Stop acting like your father!”

15. My mother taught me about ENVY. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. “Just wait until we get home.”

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING. “You are going to get it when you get home!”

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”

19. My mother taught me ESP.  “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”

20. My mother taught me HUMOR. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.  “You’re just like your father.”

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”

24. My mother taught me WISDOM. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

25. And my favorite:

My mother taught me about JUSTICE. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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“Godly” Goods

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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I have so many pleasant memories of going to my grandmother’s house as a child. I loved going there. She would give me some special treat that I looked forward to. After all, that’s what grandmas do, isn’t it?

My grandmother’s abode was rather humble by today’s standards but I always sensed love when I entered the door. She was a godly woman and could give the best testimonies at church of what God had done for her (waving her crisp white handkerchief incessantly as she talked). “Worldly” goods were not important to her but “Godly” goods were. Her main focus was on being a good example for her family and others with whom she came in contact with.

One particular thing I remember about her house was that the walls were plastered with calendars. You know . . . the ones you get at the banks, grocery stores and other places around Christmas time with all the pretty pictures for each month. I really don’t know why she had so many on her walls. Perhaps, she enjoyed the beautiful scenes as she changed from month to month or maybe she used them as room decorations. . some were really pretty. In retrospect, I wonder if it was her way of anticipating the new year and what it would hold for her.

We cannot go back and relive the past nor undo the “to dones” but we can flip a calendar page and start the new year by making sure that Christ is the center of everything we do; every thought we think, every gesture, every word we say and every action.  We can make sure we are exemplifying Godly behavior.

So, this year as the calendar page is turned on a monthly basis, enjoy the scene displayed but also reflect on what “Godly” goods we can share with others.

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Counterfeit Christmas

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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A Christ-less Christmas is like counterfeit money. Counterfeit money looks and feels real but to the eye of a trained professional; it can easily be identified as “fake” or “phony”.

God sent to us his indescribable gift on that blessed Christmas day and yet there are many who celebrate but without remembering the true reason.  If you take “Christ” out of Christmas, all you have left is “mas”.  We have replaced some Christian symbols of Christmas, such as manger scenes, with generic decorations that represent the holiday.  We have replaced Jesus with Santa. Is it Santa’s birthday?

It is no longer acceptable to utter the phrase “Merry Christmas” but instead it has been replaced with “Happy Holidays”. We lavish our family and friends with gifts forgetting that God gave us the greatest gift – His Son Jesus Christ. After all, it’s not about “the presents,” it’s about “His presence”.

Thus, it is not the exterior decorations (gifts, parties, family gatherings and church programs) that make the day special. It is Christmas in the heart (recognizing the true meaning) that allows us to celebrate. All the other external factors help create the setting but celebrating the real reason for the season allows us to focus on Christ. Even if you don’t celebrate at all, you should keep the attributes of Christ in focus every day of the year.

I don’t want to have a counterfeit Christmas. Do you? Let’s put Christ back in Christmas. Let’s value Him as the greatest gift we could ever receive.

Just so you know, I am not afraid to put out my nativity scene or say,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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Answered Prayer

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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God does not always answer our prayers the way we expect. It is like the college student who wrote his parents:

“Dear Folks, I feel miserable because I have to keep writing for money. I feel ashamed and unhappy to have to ask for another hundred dollars. Every cell in my body rebels. I beg on bended knee that you forgive me.

Your son, Marvin.

P.S. I felt so terrible I ran after the mailman who picked this up in the mailbox at the corner. I wanted to take this letter and burn it. I prayed that I could get it back, but it was too late.”

A few days later he received a letter from his father. It said: “Your prayers were answered. Your letter never came.!”

While God answers our prayers in different ways, it is important to have a regular prayer life. By faith in Christ, I am a child of God. Therefore, I ask my Heavenly Father according to His will for anything because nothing is impossible with God. There has been times God would remove the mountain, trial, etc., and there are times He gives me strength to climb the mountain.

We are to pray and never give up. this is what Jesus was teaching in Luke 18:1-5Luke 18:1-5
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18 1 And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 saying, There was in a city a judge, who feared not God, and regarded not man: 3 and there was a widow in that city; and she came oft unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she wear me out by her continual coming.

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. “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should pray and not give up. He said. In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town that kept coming to him with the plea. ‘Grant me justice against my adversary’. For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’”  We can take heart that we are praying to a loving and just God. Therefore,we should pray and not give up.

In its early days, Dallas Theological Seminary was in critical need of $10,000 to keep the work going. During a prayer meeting, renowned Bible teacher Harry Ironside, a lecturer at the school, prayed, “Lord, you own the cattle on a thousand hills. Please sell some of those cattle to help us meet this need.” Shortly after the prayer meeting, a check for $10,000 arrived at the school, sent days earlier by a friend who had no idea of the urgent need or of Ironside’s prayer. The man simply said the money came from the sale of some of his cattle! Today in the Word, MBI, January, 1990, p. 36.

So let us pray and never give up because we are praying to our Heavenly Father who loves us.  He has the wisdom and power to answer our requests.

(This blog is by guest contributer, Rev. Richard Fisher)

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What Type of Vessel Are You?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

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There is a common thread in today’s society to ask people what their sign is. I am not too concerned about my astrological sign but this question makes me reflect on what type of vessel I am for God.

The dictionary describes a vessel as a hollow or conclave utensil, as a cup, bowl, pitcher, or vase, used for holding liquids or other contents. Each vessel has a purpose no matter what size, shape, color, condition, beauty or design it is.

The Bible speaks of vessels in II Timothy 2:21, “Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” After we have purged (cleansed) ourselves we can become a vessel suitable for the Master’s use.

Here are some types of vessels to consider:

A chipped vessel: A life marred by bitterness, jealousy, and pride; needing the touch of the Master to make it whole. With the touch of God’s hand upon this vessel it can be repaired.

A broken vessel: A life hurt and crushed by things of this world; needing the touch of the Master to make it whole. God can help this vessel overcome the hurt and pain.

An unclean vessel: A life full of sin; useless to the Master; needing cleansing. However, a simple request to the Master can make this vessel whole again and then become of great use to God.

A very small vessel: Symbolic of a young person who loves the Lord. As this young vessel matures in Christ, they can accomplish much for the Kingdom of God.

A large vessel: An adult who is committed to serving the Lord. That should be our first priority in life.

An unfinished vessel: A life yet in need of God’s great love and salvation. A simple prayer of forgiveness can be the start to transforming a life from unfinished to finished.

A useful decorative vessel: A life adorned with the Master’s beauty. This type of vessel may be used by God for service in areas where the reflective beauty of the Master is most needed.

A clean, full vessel: A life that shines for the Master through witnessing, sharing and caring. This type of vessel is very useful.

We should all strive to be a clean vessel that is full of honor for the Master’s use. That is the type of vessel I want to be.

What type of vessel are you?

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The Advice Column

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

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Most of you are familiar with the advice columns that appear regularly in newspapers. As I read the most recent one in my local newspaper, I began to think about what kind of advice I would give a young lady new in her walk with the Lord. This is how I would write the advice column.

Young lady’s question:

Dear Older Woman in Christ:

I am a new Christian. What kind of advice can you give me on how to mature in my Christian life?

Signed, Young Christian Lady

Advice Columnist’s response:

Dear Young Christian Lady:

First of all, there is a passage of scripture found in Titus 2:3-5Titus 2:3-5
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3 that aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to much wine, teachers of that which is good; 4 that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 [to be] sober-minded, chaste, workers at home, kind, being in subjection to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed:

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that adequately gives me guidance on how I should respond to this question. It admonishes me (as an older woman) to instruct you to do the following:

  1. To be sober (quiet or sedate in demeanor)
  2. To love your husband;
  3. To love your children;
  4. To be discreet (judicious in one’s conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature);
  5. Chaste (undefiled, pure);
  6. Keepers at home (taking care of your household);
  7. Good; and
  8. Obedient to their own husbands.

These steps to godly living will not ensure that everything will always go as you expect, but as long as you strive to follow the instructions found in this passage, you will become a mature Christian woman.

Signed, Older Christian Woman

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Melody of Life

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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(Musical terms are in bold type.)

I envision my life as a “melody of life” touching others each day. If I knew I only had one more day to live, would I play a different tune? Would I conduct this exclusive day with a little more expression?

On this unique day, I want to be sharpSharp to hear the hurting cries of people around me. Sharp to notice individuals discouraged and depressed. I will respond quickly with a smile, hug or encouraging word.

Middle C (mediocre) will not be adequate. I intend to reach out above the norm and lend a helping hand. Many lives have struck a flat note and are complacently strumming a monotonous jingle. Why have I not seen these hurting ones before or at least heard a faint cry for assistance?

Mrs. Elderly is lonely today. I will visit her. I will bring her cookies. Her eyesight has failed. I will read to her. Mother Children-at-Home is so busy with routine duties. I will volunteer to babysit while she does an activity she enjoys or runs some errands. Mr. and Mrs. Poverty have nothing to eat. I will bring them some food.

Why did I wait so long to aid these hurting ones? I could have filled in the gaps of loneliness with grace notes (ornamental notes and embellishments) of “helps”. I could have brought better harmony to their lives but I was too busy! Can I make up for this neglect in one day?

The orchestral postlude (concluding musical piece) to my final day will be presenting to others the drum-beat of my heart. What has made my life so fulfilled? Yes, I will most assuredly tell them about Jesus Christ! Tell them how He can bring beautiful music to their lives with a simple payer of forgiveness and faith. Previously I have neglected telling others. Today, the determination in my proclaiming will crescendo (increasing power of tone). I knew I should have shared the “good news”. Why did I wait so long?

My greatest fear is going through this tearful twenty four hours unaccompanied. I want all my family and friends to improvise with me in singing that final song. I want to be perfect in playing that last interlude before that inevitable funeral dirge (musical composition designed for a funeral).

How was the performance of my life? Will there be a forceful applause for an encore? Will I be remembered? Would someone’s life have been made better because I lived? Did I play that perfect hymn of praise and adoration to my King? “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (Philippians 3:7Philippians 3:7
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7 Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.

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NAS).

It takes effort to hear all the noise of those around me crying out. Let me hear their cries, Lord.

Would I share a different melody of life? Yes!  It’s never too late! I will endeavor to play “a different tune” today.

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