So, yes, like many others, I was glued (off and on) to the T.V., taking in the beauty of the royal wedding. I love wedding ceremonies, be they great or small.

I love the godly tradition of man and woman united in holy matrimony, before the very God of life. I am amazed at how God created such an institution, so great, so binding, so blessed, that it is compared to Jesus Christ's relationship with the church. This great mystery, in which the sinless, blameless, Christ is in such love, and is united with a church, a body, full of sinners who realize they are in need of grace. This great mystery in which a man and a woman, from different families, various experiences, now share a bond so sacred, they are more than "family," but they are one flesh. This great mystery! (Ephesians 5:22-31)

I want to share with you a few excerpts from a sermon given today at the royal wedding, by the Right Reverend Dr. Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London. His words on marriage:

"'Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.' So said St. Catherine of Siena whose festival day it is today. Marriage is intended to be a way in which man and woman help each other to become what God meant each one to be, their deepest and truest selves.


Many are full of fear for the future of the prospects of our world but the message of the celebrations in this country and far beyond its shores is the right one – this is a joyful day! It is good that people in every continent are able to share in these celebrations because this is, as every wedding day should be, a day of hope.


In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, making a new life together so that life can flow through them into the future.

William and Catherine, you have chosen to be married in the sight of a generous God who so loved the world that he gave himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ.


And in the Spirit of this generous God, husband and wife are to give themselves to each another.

A spiritual life grows as love finds its centre beyond ourselves. Faithful and committed relationships offer a door into the mystery of spiritual life in which we discover this; the more we give of self, the richer we become in soul; the more we go beyond ourselves in love, the more we become our true selves and our spiritual beauty is more fully revealed. In marriage we are seeking to bring one another into fuller life.


It is of course very hard to wean ourselves away from self-centredness. And people can dream of doing such a thing but the hope should be fulfilled, it is necessary, a solemn decision that, whatever the difficulties, we are committed to the way of generous love. . .


. . . Marriage should transform, as husband and wife make one another their work of art. It is possible to transform as long as we do not harbour ambitions to reform our partner. There must be no coercion if the Spirit is to flow; each must give the other space and freedom. . .

 
. . . As the reality of God has faded from so many lives in the West, there has been a corresponding inflation of expectations that personal relations alone will supply meaning and happiness in life. This is to load our partner with too great a burden. We are all incomplete: we all need the love which is secure, rather than oppressive, we need mutual forgiveness, to thrive.


As we move towards our partner in love, following the example of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is quickened within us and can increasingly fill our lives with light. This leads to a family life which offers the best conditions in which the next generation can practise and exchange those gifts which can overcome fear and division and incubate the coming world of the Spirit, whose fruits are love and joy and peace."

(Click HERE for the full sermon.)

How remarkable, these words, spoken in a time when many take marriage lightly, nothing more than a contract, an arrangement, a matter of convenience. But these words remind us of the great joy, the great love, and the great responsibility marriage brings--this great mystery.

A Blessed Union

by on Friday, April 29, 2011
So, yes, like many others, I was glued (off and on) to the T.V., taking in the beauty of the royal wedding. I love wedding ceremonies, be t...
No Idle Bread
Praise the Lord, for He is risen!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration.

I'm going to share how I feel in song with you today.
 May your hearts be blessed and may God be glorified!

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Praise God that we have hope for tomorrow in Jesus Christ!!

He Lives! (Music Mondays)

by on Monday, April 25, 2011
Praise the Lord, for He is risen!! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration. I'm going to share how I feel in song wi...

"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?". . . And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split" -Matthew 27:45-46, 50-51

Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" . . . And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."
-Mark 15:33-34, 37-38

"Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit." Having said this, He breathed His last."
-Luke 23:44-46

"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit." -John 19:28-30

I'm thanking and praising God for Jesus' sacrifice on the cross,
Praising God that I have access to Him through Jesus, for the veil is no more,
Thanking Jesus for staying right there on that cross for all of my sins,
Thanking Him that He finished it, conquering death and sin, once and for all.

As the song says, "Jesus paid it all! All to Him I owe!"

Good Friday

by on Friday, April 22, 2011
"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a...
No Idle Bread

It is Holy Week, which began yesterday with a celebration of Palm Sunday at church. We read about Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and how the crowds cried out, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9)

As Jesus received their praises, I wonder if He thought of what was to come by the end of the week. When I think back to all those years ago, to a Humble Servant's last week before a cruel and ugly death on a cross, I stand in awe. In awe of a Savior who knew the cost of redemption, and was very much willing to pay the price. He knew that one day, there would be a little girl named Stacie that would need His saving love. He knew that you, Dear Reader, one day would need his saving love. So, He said, "Yes" to the will of the Father and to a horrid death on the cross. I am completely humbled, filled with sorrow and thanksgiving at the same time.

May we take this week to reflect on the precious love of Jesus, reflect on His great sacrifice for all man-kind. May we know and accept the love that He has for us. There is none greater.

There is no greater love
No greater love
Than the one You have for me Lord
Your mercy so tender
Erasing my transgressions
There is none greater
There is none greater
Your love for me is forever, Your love for me is forever
To me there is none greater, to me there is none greater
No greater, no greater, no greater, no greater. . . 


This book was very interesting to read. I know that's a pretty vague description, but it was....interesting.

Meg Mosley tells the tale of Miranda Hanford, who is a widowed mother of 6 children, living in the country, back roads of Slades Creek, Georgia. She was wife to a controlling husband, and also belongs to a church with a controlling pastor. She is an extremely conservative, homeschooling mother, who is overly cautious and protective of her children. When her pastor, Mason Chandler, tells the congregation that it is God's will to relocate the church and its members to another state, Miranda is adamant about staying.

The problem, however, is that she feels threatened by what her pastor could do to her, because he knows her darkest secrets. She feels trapped. In her distress she has a terrible accident, and reaches out for help from her estranged, half-brother-in-law, Jack Hanford. Jack comes to her aid and assists with the children. His love and concern about Miranda and her children grows, but is it enough to protect her from the fear of her pastor?

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The story line is intriguing in many ways. For instance, I wanted to know how Miranda was managing 6 children by herself. I wanted to understand how she came to marry someone who wanted to control her. I wanted to find out why she believed the things she does, what her story is. And  of course I wanted to know why on earth she belongs to a church whose pastor is domineering. Many of these answers unfold at a steady pace. Others, however, are painfully slow in being revealed. The author does a great job of developing the characters, including all 6 of the children. I felt like I could see the characters in my mind and that I got to know them while reading this book.

What I'm not too fond of is the misperception this book may unintentionally give. It describes much about Miranda's conservative Christian views, her peculiar dress, her homeschooling practices, etc. While there is much reasoning given for her actions and even some changes in her behaviors, there are people who have such a negative view of conservative and/or homeschooling Christians. This might add fuel to the fire, so to speak. The other thing I was uncomfortable with was the love interest/relationship that develops between Miranda and Jack. There weren't really any inappropriate details given, however, I found it peculiar for a Miranda to fall in love with her brother-in-law.

At any rate, this book held my interest and I really wanted to know what happened in the end.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. All the opinions expressed were my own.

No Idle Bread
Here it is, just a little something I've been wanting to share with my dear readers!!!

One gift God gave me is the gift of song. Yes, the Lord has blessed me with a voice that can carry a tune or two. But what's even better is that music is one of the ways the Lord speaks to me--it might be the words of the song He uses to encourage my heart, or it may be the sound of the instruments that cause me to stop in my tracks to offer praise to the Most High God. Many times, it's a combination of both. At any rate, this verse describes my heart's attitude:

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
         I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
-Psalm 104:33

So, here is today's song. I'm reposting this song from a prior post (found HERE).
I hope you are blessed in some way and that God is glorified.

Introducing Music Mondays!!!!

by on Monday, April 11, 2011
Here it is, just a little something I've been wanting to share with my dear readers!!! One gift God gave me is the gift of song. Ye...

God's Wisdom for Mothers is a compilation of Scriptures on the topic of Wisdom. The Scriptures are categorized into areas that effect a mother's life. Some of the categories include The Crown of an Excellent Mother, God's Wisdom with Children, and God Walks with Mothers. All the Scriptures were taken from The New King Jame's version of the Bible.

My thoughts?
Well, for starters, I judged this book by its cover. . .my favorite color is purple and my favorite flowers are tulips. So, I selected this book, in part, because of its cover; its very pretty.

But, truth be told, I was slightly disappointed because I expecting more of a devotional type of book, something that would provide more of a study framework on wisdom. Instead, it simply lists Scripture after Scripture, with no explanations, stories, or insight. In that regard, I felt like this book was the same as me flipping to the back of my Bible and looking up "wisdom" in the concordance to find the same Scriptures that were complied into this book. It is not a bad book; it's just simply not what I expected.

So, if you are looking for a devotional, this may not be the book for you. However, if you are looking for a neat compilation of Scriptures on the subject of wisdom, then this is a great pick. I would recommend this as a gift book, maybe included in a gift basket for a baby shower or Mother's day. I would also recommend this as a nice accent for the coffee table or nightstand.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review blogger's program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.

**An archived post that is appropriate for
the 31 Days of Love challenge** 
 



"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, being in the form of God,
did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,"

Self relection is good medicine.

Reflecting upon my attitude as a wife, I think there is definitely room for growth. So, I prayed about being meek at heart and I am asking God to help me with this. The answer He gave me was in Philipians. Over and over I heard the prompting of the Holy Spirit, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (verse 5). So I asked, Lord, what is the mind of Christ and how does that apply to my marriage? God began to answer my question with verse 6: "who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,"

Do I consider my equality with my Husband as a type of "robbery," something that I should steal from him, something that I'm "getting away with"? My equality with my Husband should not be viewed as something I am competing over or that I covet; it is already there! Remember:

So God created man in His own image;
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them. -Genesis 1:28


The equality is already there, especially in the eyes of God. Sure, my Husband and I are very different, with very different God-given roles. Different is not inequality. . who told us wives that it was? (I have a few ideas, but I'll have to save that for another post!) Why did I take on that belief--that if I submit to God's Word by submitting to my Husband that I am somehow unequal? What am I trying to prove to my Husband any time I usurp his authority? That I'm equal to him? That is not the mind of Christ.

Here's a closer look. . .

My Bible's study notes offered the following explantion:
"robbery: Because Christ was God, He did not look on sharing God's nature as robbery, that is, as "a thing to be seized," as though He did not already possess it, or as "a thing to be retained," as though He might lose it.
equal: As used in this verse, this word speaks of equality of existence. Christ was fully God, but He limited Himself in such a way that He could also be completely human. In Christ, God became man."

Quite simply, trying to control things in my marriage in an effort to seize power, gain equality, or to be sure that I am still equal, is not the mind of Christ. God has already made me equal in my existence alone, in my person, in who I am in Christ.

Oh, I thank God for the truth of His Word!!
I have more studying to do (Philippians 2:7-8), more prayers to pray, and more growing ahead. There's nothing like being molded by the Lord!

I encourage you all to seek the mind of Christ.
God bless you, Ladies!


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An Equal Wife

by on Tuesday, April 05, 2011
**An archived post that is appropriate for the 31 Days of Love challenge**     "Let this mind be in you which was also in...


Me and SJ (summer 2010)
So, I was reading about the Passover to my children yesterday and how it commemorates the events leading up to the Israelites' exodus out of Egypt (Exodus 12).

SJ looks up and says, "Wait a minute; are we Jewish?!" I told her no and went on to explain how Hebrew/Jewish culture is found in the Bible.

A bit disappointed, she said, "Oh. I wanted to celebrate a Passover dinner, too!"

LOL!! It can be so hard to maintain composure and a straight face sometimes! My kids CRACK ME UP!

I guess I'll have to learn to cook lamb and unleavened bread!

A Passover Dinner?

by on Sunday, April 03, 2011
 Me and SJ (summer 2010) So, I was reading about the Passover to my children yesterday and how it commemorates the events leading up ...
Ultimate Blog Party 2011

My good blogging friend over at God... it's me, Gertha!! told me about a blog party going on.

Susan and Janice are hosting The Ultimate Blog Party at http://www.fiveminutesformom.com/ as a way to meet other bloggers, create friendships, and of course find new blogs to read!!! (I'm #247 under "Christian and Religious Blogs")

I'm supposed to give new readers a bit of an idea of what my blog is about. Here we go!

I am a daughter of the Most-High God and am blessed to have Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am a wife of almost 10 years to a wonderful man God called to be my Husband. We have 3 wonderful blessings we call our children, SJ (8), TM (6), and JR (3). This blog is a place were I share my joys, my struggles, my triumphs, my blessings, my goals; the things I've learned and the things I have to go back and study again (and again!). It is my hope that my blog is a place were other Christian wives and mothers are encouraged and will share some of their wisdom with me.

Have fun at the party!!!!

I'm Joining the Party!!!!

by on Friday, April 01, 2011
My good blogging friend over at God... it's me, Gertha!! told me about a blog party going on. Susan and Janice are hosting The Ulti...

So I celebrated a birthday this week and I am so grateful to God for His kindness toward me!

My children asked me, "Mommy, how old are you now? What's your number?" Which, of course, is a question children are asked all the time. Why wouldn't they ask me the same?! So, I shared with them "my number" which they thought was so big! Let's just say I think I'm still pretty young! LOL


The "older" me!

On my birthday, I was showered with lots of love, lots of hugs and kisses. My younger daughter wrote me a special note in her sweet, kindergarten penmanship! Throughout the day, my son kept coming up to me with imaginary birthday presents; he'd say, "Here you go Mommy! It's a present! Happy birthday!" My oldest daughter and Husband got together birthday cards for me, which were really funny!! What a sense of humor! Husband took me out to dinner for a small family celebration; the fried catfish hit the spot!

I received such loving phone calls from my family and from a great friend of mine. Also, such sweet messages from friends and family online. I think my face ached from smiling so much and my throat was sore from talking and laughing all day! Thanks to my family and friends for a sweet birthday!

Thank You Lord for all You've done for me!
Still counting my blessings . . .

Another Year

by on Friday, April 01, 2011
So I celebrated a birthday this week and I am so grateful to God for His kindness toward me! My children asked me, "Mommy, how old a...
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