sharing from my heart to yours
I just wanted to share a few thoughts of some others today. These are some quotes from the book 'Lies Women Believe' that I have talked about before. Today I was reading about marriage, and more specifically, submission. Here are a few excerpts from the chapter on marriage. These really struck me, so I thought maybe some of you would be in a similar place and would benefit from them as well.
"Satan knows that if we could see the Truth about biblical submission- one of the most liberating principles in God's Word- we would joyfully embrace it." NLD (Nancy Leigh DeMoss)
"I cannot give logical arguments for submission. It defies logic that Jesus would release all the glories of heaven so He could give us the glory of heaven. Submission is not about logic; it is about love.
Jesus loved us so much that He voluntarily submitted to death on a cross. His command is that wives are to submit to their husbands. It is a gift that we voluntarily give to the man we have vowed to love in obedience to the Savior we love...
God said that man needs a helper. The true woman celebrates this calling and becomes affirming rather than adversarial, compassionate rather than controlling, a partner rather than a protagonist. She becomes substantively rather than superficially submissive.
The true woman is not afraid to place herself in a position of submission. She does not have to grasp; she does not have to control. Her fear dissolves in the light of God's covenant promise to be her God and to live within her. Submission is simply a demonstration of her confidence in the sovereign power of the Lord God. Submission is a reflection of her redemption."
- Susan Hunt
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1
"Most men hate "scenes". They despise confusion and disorder. They will go to almost any length to have peace in their homes. They will let a woman have her way rather than argue and quarrel. But the price a man has to pay is the price of his manhood. Before you complain that your husband won't take the leadership of your home, search your heart carefully. Do you really rely on his judgment? Are you willing to commit yourself to his decisions? If not, don't complain that he will not lead. For the sake of peace, he may not fight for his authority."
-Elizabeth Rice Handford
"You must be willing to let him fail- believing that ultimately, your security is not in your husband but in a sovereign God who is not going to fail you." NLD
"What can free us from the drive to control the men in our lives? We must learn to wait upon the Lord; in His time, and in His way, He will act on behalf of those who wait for Him." NLD
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
May God bless you
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There is so much happening right now... I guess I'll just throw it all into one random post and you can dig through it to your heart's content.
First of all, don't forget that today is the last day you can sign up for the Perfect Paci Set!! It's been neat to see all of you who have signed up. Winner will be announced tomorrow!
Next, I'm super excited to share some photos with you:
Clara saw my post about the mobile I created for my son and decided to do one for her coming baby. I LOVE how it turned out!! She used wooden stars, which I'm sure makes it look much more professional :) And she also used glow in the dark paint! Awesome idea!! And I like how she used the different fibers and ribbons to hang, as well as the tulle material around it! Thanks so much for sharing this, Clara!
(PS... I also just learned that she had her baby, a little boy, this morning! Got done just in time! Congratulations Clara!)
I was also thinking about how she painted her mobile yellow, and that people probably thought black was a strange color for me to paint mine! It will all come together when I finally post the details of Sky's room, once I finish it! Come back to check on my progress on that!
Whisper of Joy:
The patterns God plans for our days are always changing... rearranging... and each design is unique...graced with His own special beauty.
I'm also excited (is it an exciting day or what?!) that my cleaning is nearly done!! Maybe a few new products will be coming when that is finally completed! And best of all, I got my office/craft room organized. Or at least to the 'good enough for me' point! Here's a few pics
I had a fun lunch/shopping date with a friend yesterday and we went to Home Goods. It was my first time. Sweet. That's about it. :) Had to share one of my finds. The picture above is my new fabric organizer, for the time being. It's actually one of those closet things to put clothes or shoes in, but for now it works nicely for my fabric! I've been contemplating either splurging to buy a nice cube shelf set (someday) or seeing if my hubby will make me one. He would have...but we don't have the right tools. SO I was... yup... excited to find this! :) I think I need a new word!
Thanks for stopping by to share all my excitement! God bless
So I was organizing my office/sewing room last night. Yay!! I got the bug... and kept going until after 10:00! But it's done for now, other than the basic cleaning. While doing that I discovered something buried in the middle of my fabric pile...
Whispers of Joy!! It's a daily encouragement book for women... with some really neat quotes, poems, and verses in it for 365 day! I should have taken a picture of it BEFORE I opened it! It was wrapped so cute! Any guesses who it was from??
My dear, sweet mother! :) THANKS MOM!! She's always doing neat things like this. After a visit from my family around Easter time last year, I found Cadbury Carmel Eggs in my cupboards for weeks... Mom knows how much I love them!
So I plan to randomly posts some 'Whispers of Joy' when I see a neat one... so look for those on here!
Here's my first one:
This one is actually hand-written in the book... yes, from my dear mother!
"Just a thought...
Whispers are good and fine... but sometimes we NEED to shout!!
But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice; let them ever shout for joy!"
Thanks for that Mom!
Also, I need some feedback. I've been playing with fonts and such on my computer, but for some reason they don't seem to be showing up on other computers. I've changed most of my site pages to have cool fonts, including a few blog entries and the side bar 'about me' section. Do you see it?? I'm wondering if I was just wasting my time! I love fonts! :)
Anyhow...back to my cleaning brigade! Working on our bedroom now...feels great! Only a few more rooms and I'm done! Score!
So I've been reading the book 'Lies Women Believe' by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and the last section I read really struck me. It is talking about believing the lie that we should not have unfulfilled longings. I am just going to quote a few parts from the section, maybe they will reveal things in your heart as they did in mine.
"I Should Not Have to Live with Unfulfilled Longings"
"This is another lie that has worked its way into the warp and woof of the way we think and live. Our society has bought into the philosophy that there is (or ought to be) a remedy (preferably quick and easy) for every unfulfilled longing.
We are encouraged to identify our longings and do whatever is necessary to get those "needs" met. Therefore... if you're hungry, eat. If you want something you can't afford, charge it. If you crave romance, dress or act in a way that will get men to notice you. If you're lonely, share your heart with that married man at work."
Isn't that so true? It seems society today pushes that we have the right to whatever we want, whenever we want it. I pray we can have a change of heart and flee from this mentality!
"At best, this way of thinking has left many women still unfulfilled, still groping, still searching for something to fill the inner emptiness."
"What is the Truth that sets us free from the bondage of this deception?
First, we have to recognize that we will always have unfulfilled longings this side of heaven. (Romans 8:23). In fact, if we could have all our longings fulfilled down here, we would easily be satisfied with staying here, and our hearts would never long for a better place.
It is important to understand that our inner longings are not necessarily sinful in and of themselves. What is wrong is demanding that those longings be fulfilled here and now, or insisting on meeting those longings in illegitmate ways."
"The second Truth is that the deepest longings of our hearts cannot be filled by any created person or thing."
"The Truth is, every created thing is guaranteed to disappoint us. Things can burn or break or be stolen or get lost. People can move or change or fail or die."
"I have talked with many single young women-some of them godly, committed believers-who have shared with me their struggle with loneliness. I remind them that marriage is not necessarily a cure for loneliness-I have met plenty of married women who struggle with a deep sense of loneliness and isolation. The fact is, there is not man on the face of the earth who can satisfy the deepest longings of a woman's heart-God has made us in such a way that we can never be truly satisfied with anything or anyone less than Himself. (Psalms 16:11; 34:8-10)
Whether married or single, we must recognize that it is not wrong to have unfulfilled longings-they do not make us any less spiritual. We must learn to accept those longings, surrender them to God, and look to Him to meet the deepest needs of our hearts."
More Verses to go along with this topic:
I hope you will benefit from these words, and will remember that only God can fulfill those deep longings of your hearts. May God give you a peace and comfort as you journey toward that eternal home of fulfillment!
So I’m not completely sure I’m supposed to be writing anything today as I attempted twice now and my computer keeps doing funny things on me and closing out! Grr. Computers can be so irritating. Especially since you KNOW it’s ALL the computers’ fault! J
Oh and also, if any of you have subscribed to this blog with the RSS Feed, or have linked or added this blog as a favorite, you may need to re-do it. I renamed the page ‘Whispers of MJ’ instead of ‘Blog by MJ’ and realized this may have caused some technical problems for some of you! Sorry about that! Guess that’s what I get for trying to be more creative! J
So… on to my intended post…
Luke Chapter 2 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Life is crazy hey!? You know that feeling you get when the events you have planned, anticipated, and scheduled around come and go and you didn’t even realize it? With Christmas looming before us, I can’t help but feel that way.
It seems every year we pack our days full of activity and rushing around. And every year, when the holiday season is over, we say… “Did that just happen?!”. That sinking feeling of letting moments that should be treasured slip through your fingers unnoticed has been clear to me these days. I can hear myself already talking about how I can’t believe it’s already 2010!! Why is that?
We know full well the date each day, and somehow we let those days slip by without a thought. This week, as you get caught up in Christmas activity, pause… no wait… STOP. Stop and consciously decide to give each moment, each conversation, each loved one, each memory the attention it deserves. Don’t let the rush of Christmas sweep you away as it has in years past.
Don’t you think that we are losing our focus? Do you think that when our Holy God sent His precious Son to us that first Christmas so long ago He intended us to celebrate in this way? The meaning of Christmas is Jesus. It is love, celebration, awe, humbleness, thankfulness, and giving. May you and yours remember that this Christmas season. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays steal away those precious moments. Don’t let this week go by without thanking our God for His Gift, without reading the Christmas Story, without connecting to those we love. Remember what truly matters.
Merry Christmas to each of you from the deepest part of my heart.
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Nancy Leigh DeMoss: Some people seem to exude self-confidence, but real security comes from putting all our confidence in God. The Bible tells us about a man named David who seemed to have it all together. He was an incredible warrior and battle commander; he killed a lion, a bear, and even a giant. If anyone had the right to be self-confident, it would seem to be David.
But David knew that everything he had came from God. A song he wrote, Psalm 86, gives us some examples of the way David leaned on God. He said, “Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. . . . Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. . . . Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace."
Just like David, you and I need God’s grace for everything we do. Have you cried out to Him for help today?
Need some spiritual refreshing? Open your Bibles! Another way I often use is to listen to Nancy Leigh DeMoss for some wonderful advice on everything from being a wife and mother, to living with meekness, to what it means to be a true woman for God. On www.reviveourhearts.com you can check it out and listen. I borrowed this blog article, posted Oct 14th, to share with all of you:
God Your Purpose posted on 10.14.09 by Holly Elliff
The following post is actually a letter Holly Elliff wrote to a frustrated mom who can’t seem to find time to spend with God. Can you relate?
Let me give you a little peek into my life. I have eight children and two in heaven I never got to meet. My kids are currently 32, 30, 27, 23, 21, 18, 15 and 13. I also take care of my mom who has Alzheimers and have four grandchildren age 2 and under! Although I'm not exactly in your shoes right at this moment, I do know what it feels like and I so understand what "tired" means.
When my first four or five kids were all young, I had to focus so much on survival (for me and everyone else), that there were very few holes in my day to focus on time with the Lord. I wish I could tell you that I handled that like a spiritual giant and breezed through without struggle, but then I would just have to confess it the next time Nancy teaches on honesty!
I wish we could sit down together someplace peaceful and visit for a while. Since that's probably not going to happen, I would love to share a few insights that come as a result of years of living where you live and from the perspective of being a little further down the road.
God declares in His Word that your kids are a blessing and a gift. They are not an interruption, a mistake, or a hindrance to God's will in your life; they are God's will for your life.
Since these kids, at the ages they are at this moment, are God's will for your life, does He intend to speak to you in the next decade or so when you don't have free time? Of course He does. So how is that going to happen when you have so little time you can control?
Here are some practical tips on creating space to hear from the Lord:
1. First, think through the last 48 hrs. Any time-stealers come to mind? Facebook, Twitter, TV, email, Internet, phone calls, or texts? Make sure the enemy isn't robbing you of God-moments by offering a "harmless" substitute.
2. Time with the Lord takes intentional planning when you have a full, noisy, busy house. Some days, gather your kids around and read a passage to them. If you can make it interesting to listen to, you might get through several verses. Write a few verses out and leave them in the kitchen, laundry room, or car so you can contemplate as you cook, fold, or wait for your kids.
3. Place Bibles in several spots around your house so anytime you do get to sit down you can snatch a verse or two to ponder.
4. Use the first few minutes of nap time to get rest for your spirit. You probably won't be reading chapters or books at one sitting, but the Lord can use even snippets to instruct and encourage your heart. If you have kids who no longer nap, make a quiet zone where they can read or color while the little ones sleep and you get refreshed. Occasionally, this will actually work!!
5. Escape for a few minutes if you can after your husband gets home or right after dinner. I have had quiet times on picnic tables at the park, in my car at Sonic, on my driveway sitting in my car, and in my laundry room or closet.
6. Practice God's presence "in the midst" of your crazy days. He doesn't leave because your life is hectic. He can minister grace to your heart as you comfort that child or chop veggies for dinner or sort dirty socks. Christ knew what it was like to wash dirty feet. He is not absent when we are surrounded by lots of them! Remember that the Lord had many moments when He sought to draw apart to seek the Father. Sometimes that happened, sometimes He was moved with compassion and returned to the multitudes. His heart was to do the will of His Father every moment of every day, but He didn't live apart, He lived in the midst.
7. Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and discernment as you discover what will work for your family. Since it is God's will for you to know Him, ask Him to enable you to creatively pursue that in this season of your life. God's Word is eternal. The lives of those who come to know Him are eternal. Houses, stuff, and even time will all pass away. We won't regret time invested in His Word and in raising our kids to love Christ.
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
(revised from blog to KJV)
I hope this helps,
Whisper A Prayer
Whisper a prayer in the morning.
Whisper a prayer at noon.
Whisper a prayer in the evening,
Will keep your heart in tune!
Down in my Heart
I have a joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,
down in my heart, down in my heart!
I have a joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,
down in my heart to stay!
And I'm so happy, so very happy,
I have the love of Jesus in my heart!
And I'm so happy, so very happy,
I have the love of Jesus in my heart!
Remember these songs from Sunday School? Kids songs have the easiest tunes but often the deepest, most true messages! The 'Whispers of Joy' brought these sweet songs to mind and I thought I would share them with you. Sing them in your heart throughout the day!
Hello and Welcome!