Wednesday, April 30, 2008

04/30/08 - Knowing the Word

In our morning devotionals, the boys and I are reading through the New Testament, which we started about a month ago.We don't read too many verses a day, but it's a joy to read through the life of Christ with them.

Do you know that when Jesus was tempted by satan, satan quoted scripture to Him? Jesus quoted scripture right back at him! (Matthew 4: 1-11)

Knowing God's Word...I mean knowing it, not just the stories, but knowing what God's Word says will equip you face temptations. Satan will distort the scripture and may appear as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), but really be out to tempt you.

When I struggled with giving my thoughts over to God (in regards to being married, boys, relationships) I memorized Scripture and used it when my thoughts were out of line with what God wanted me to think upon! How powerful!

Are you bible literate?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

04/29/08 - The Problem

Ever since I saw Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed I've been studying and reading up on Evolution vs. Creationism.

As I read I have come to realize the importance of believing in creationism and denouncing evolution. Believing in the foundation of our faith brings about our biblical worldview.


I saw this photo by Answers in Genesis and had to share:

We Christians are using our energy on fighting some of the topics, which we should. But are we focusing on their foundation and destroying their foundation?

Monday, April 28, 2008

04/28/08 - Dumbing down America

Do you ever feel like at every corner you turn you hear about the same thing? Lately, one topic I've heard a great deal about is the dumbing down of America.

Media only feeds you what tickles your ears. School only teaches you what a non-biblical worldview has to offer. Mom's don't expect much from their young children. Society expects nothing from teenagers....and so on.

Our standard is so low. Not only is our standard low, people are not expected to raise it any. In our Sunday School class one of our classmates shared that he was instructed how to write a proposal for work at a 6th grade level!

Why is this so? Why are we not engaging our minds and thinking? Are we even taught to think...and I mean think critically?

My hope is that you not only have a high standard for yourself, but are challenging yourself with critically thinking through life and world issues (evolution, abortion, homosexuality, divorce, pornography, lawlessness).

Not just thinking through them, but know how to defend your faith and beliefs when challenged (which in this society you will be challenged!!).

What do you do to challenge yourself to think more critically?

Friday, April 25, 2008

04/25/08 - Anti-Authority

At MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) meeting on Wednesday the topic was "Why are kids growing up so fast?"

It was a great topic and well presented. When we broke up into small groups I asked, "Why do we think kids are growing up so fast?" Some of the other moms responded that they felt that parents want to be their kids friends and not parents. That there was little discipline of kids these days, thus causing them to have or get whatever they want.

Then I asked what was driving that mentality?

Instantly the thought: anti-authority, came to me. We live in a society that is anti-authority. Parents don't like to be under the authority of someone, so why would they want to suffocate their kids with a line of authority to come under?

Kids don't obey their parents, students are disrespectful to their teachers, employees don't like their bosses, church members balk at their leadership, wives don't obey their husbands, people make up their own rules when driving...the list is endless, anti-authority attitude is everywhere.

At the core of our human sin nature is a desire to be our own boss. We want to be in charge! We don't want someone telling us what to do or be in "charge" of us! All sin is anti-authority. We believe we know what's best for us, so we don't obey what God says is best for us.

I believe that my greatest freedom comes when I am submitting to the line of authority God has established. My kids know there's a line of authority in our home and my prayer is they will one day be able to easily transfer that attitude of obedience over to God!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

04/24/08 - Emotional Affairs

A lot of visitors come to my site looking for information on how to break free from an emotional affair.

First, that is the first step...realizing you are in an emotional affair. Here are some questions to ask yourself to know if you are in an emotional affair:

1) Do I look for private time with this person (via the phone, Internet, text messaging, or in person).
2) Do I tell this person things I do not talk to my mate about?
3) Do I think about this person more than is normal in a friendship?
4) Would I talk about these things if my mate was with us?
5) Do I keep my friendship with this person a secret from my mate?

Realizing you are in an emotional affair can be the biggest thing you can do. If you are in denial you will not work towards breaking free.

Second, you must cut off the relationship. Stop seeing this person, stop text messaging this person, stop talking to this person via. the Internet!

I can hear some of you now, "But I work with this person." Or "I have to have contact with this person because of our ministry."

If you have to have contact with that person it doesn't mean you need to talk about things that are not appropriate. Keep the conversation about the topic at hand. If they try to talk to you about things you shared in the past, just tell them that you need to not talk about such issues with them because you realize it is not appropriate!

Third, find accountability! A friend or a co-worker can help you keep in line with this friendship. I knew one gal who was starting an emotional affair with a young man who worked at the gym she went to. She learned to take a friend along with her to workout so she could not engage in any conversation that was not appropriate!

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

04/23/08 - 37 I's

From Ecclesiastes 1:12 to 2:26 King Solomon uses "I" 37 times. 37!! In these verses is a long list of everything he did, from seeking wisdom to building houses.

Have you ever tried to take the word "I" out of your vocabulary? Try it for a day.

Monday, April 21, 2008

04/21/08 - Craft Idea

Are you looking for a craft to help your pre-teen or young teen understand the concept of emotional purity?

Yesterday, I taught the 7th grade girls at our church. I knew I needed a good visual aid for them and this craft idea came to me.

I gave them each a heart with the words: emotions, feelings, dreams, goals, respect, trust, hopes, passions, and devotion written all over the heart.

Then I gave them a black piece of construction paper with boyfriends written on the top of it. I explained that emotional purity is about guarding your heart, saving it for your mate.

Then I glued their heart to their "high school sweet heart". I explained that our hearts have the ability to stick to boys, I call it heart glue. About five minutes laters we tore the heart off of the boyfriend.

They didn't like how much black they took on their heart and how much red was left on the black paper. I told them that their hearts are left with who ever they date and don't marry.

Then we glued their hearts to their "college boyfriend". He stayed put for about 10 minutes, which allowed it to really dry. When the girls "broke-up" with him, a lot of their hearts tore or ripped.

Then I glued a third boyfriend to their black paper. By this time, most of their hearts were thin, ripped and far from well put together.

As I was sharing more of the concept of emotional purity the girls started picking at the red paper that was left behind on the other two boyfriends. As they were picking I said, "See you're trying to get your heart back, but it's stuck with that boyfriend."

Finally, they ripped their heart off one last time.

At that time I pulled out a white piece of paper with husband written on the top of it. I went around and glued their ripped, thinned hearts on to their husbands.

Here are pictures of the one I tried at home before class:


I finally gave them a piece of paper with a perfect heart glued on to a paper that said husband. I wrote these two verses: Prov. 31:12: She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. And Prov. 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.

I heald up the ripped up heart on one husband and the perfect heart of the second paper. I explained that these are their choices, to save their heart or not.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

04/19/08 - Expelled

Last night we went to see Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed!

Okay, you have to go see this movie! Do whatever you have to: get a sitter, cancel plans..this movie is a must! Show your support for an Intelligence Designer!

I will tell you this that it takes more faith to believe in Darwinism than it does to believe that there was a Creator. The two Darwinist who actually shared where we came from had these two theories: we were created on the backs of crystals and we were "seeded" here from an alien planet. WHAT! That takes more faith to believe that then God created us!

You'll be surprised at how angry darwinist are at anyone who dares to believe in ID.

You'll laugh at the end when the Richard Dawkins, author of many books debunking God, and Ben Stein have a discussion in which Dawkins himself says, "Well, if there was a God then where did He come from. He can't come from nothing!" WHAT! Isn't this what he believes we came from. Also, he says that these aliens that seeded planet earth must have been created by something.

Oh and the main video they recommend Ben Stein to watch pretty much says that we were started by: "lighting or something". Or something!!

One Darwinist said: Evolution is a fact!

Well, if it is a fact then why do two top evolutionist have two different theories from where we began.

Two things happened at the end of watching this movie, which I've not ever seen before:
1) The audience clapped (this has not happened in a long time)
2) Everyone gathered in the lobby to talk about the movie

Ok, I'll stop, hopefully this whets your appetite to go see this movie!

Friday, April 18, 2008

04/18/08 - Back from "Sicksville"

Do you know when I was single I was hardly ever sick? I guess I should say before I had kids I was hardly ever sick! They seem to pick up stuff, then I get it...phew!

Anyway, today we're all healthy, we're just praying Miles doesn't get sick.

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The other day Miles was singing, "I got peas like a river, I got peas like a rivers, I got peas like a river in my soul."

As I listened to him sing with all his might, I prayed that as he grows in the Lord that He always feels God's "peas".

It also was a good reminder to me that one of the greatest benefits of knowing the Lord intimately is that we have His peace, peace that surpasses our finite, human understanding.

Do you have peace right now? Remember God is not the god of confusion, but the God of peace.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

04/16/08 - Puke

Yes, the title of this blog is puke!

My mom took my boys to the mall while I ran errands yesterday. We met up for lunch and we were dancing, playing, and laughing in our booth...when all the sudden Luke started throwing up! All over him, all over me, all over the table, all over the booth!

Now this was not gross to me at all. It was more alarming than disgusting. Had this been another other child I would have started to throw up myself, but it was my flesh and blood, my son, my sick son. I wanted nothing more than to hold him and comfort him.

God is our parent in heaven. As I reflected on my reaction to this very gross bodily function, I realized how God loves us in our "puke". Not only loves us, but desires to comfort us and care for us at the lowest point in our life.

Luke's first reaction was to run to my arms. Is that our reaction: To run to the arms of our heavenly Father when life turns sour?

Luke is feeling better, but did have some interesting diapers last night...I'll leave it at that!

Monday, April 14, 2008

04/13/07 - Indulging

As I flipped open my bible today I stopped in Ephesians 2:3 "Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest."

I had underlined in my bible: indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind.

What are you indulging in your thought life? Are you allowing yourself to over think situations? What is the attitude of your mind and thought life? When you indulge the desires of your mind, do you find contentment? Do you allow yourself to have pity parties about not having "someone"?

We, in our old nature, indulged the mind! We have the Spirit to help us keep our mind on the things God would want us to think about.

We must keep our thoughts obedient to Christ! (2 Cor. 10:5) We need to think on those things that are pure, lovely, right, excellent, of good repute. (Phil. 4:8)

Friday, April 11, 2008

04/11/08 - Romans 12:2

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This is our theme verse for Meant For More.

How I pray that these young women catch a vision for being transformed by renewing their minds. I pray that the speakers, worship, and fellowship draw them closer to the heart of God.

Thank you for all your prayer and support! I'll let you know how the conference goes!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

04/10/08 - Tonight and this weekend

Tonight Women of Worth has their main spa night. I ask you to pray for them as they reach out to the women at Northwestern. Pray also for their safety as they have been up against some angry protesters!

Also, this weekend is the young women's conference I have been helping plan since November!

If you are a young woman, grades 6 to 12, join us for a powerful weekend.

I also ask that you pray for this conference as well. Our main speaker is flying in on American Airlines and the airline has had over 2000 cancellation in the last two days alone. Pray that her flight does not get cancelled.

Thank you for all your support and love!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

04/09/08 - Psalm 37

I've not been able to stop thinking about the college culture I witnessed on Monday night.

Also, my heart has been praying for the Women of Worth group, whose flyers were covered up with very vulgure "mock" flyers, making fun of them and their purpose.

This morning I read Psalms 37 and thought of them and the battle they are fighting. I'll just let the verses speak for themselves! (italics and bold mine)

Psalm 37
1 Do not fret because of evil men
or be envious of those who do wrong;

2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great PEACE.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;

13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

04/08/08 - Sex Week

DISCLAIMER: This post is not for younger readers!

Last night I was asked to speak at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where the students pay over 50,000 dollars per year to attend the college. The group that invited me to speak is: Women of Worth (WoW).

The feminists at Northwestern sponsor an event called: Sex Week (please enter their site with caution!). A week long event with conversations from: The truth about being a Porn Star to Sexual Positions. (There are other events, but I don't even feel comfortable sharing them on my blog!) Yes, parents are spending over 50K to send their kids to learn the truth of what it means to be a porn star!

Their flyer's were plastered all over the campus! Everywhere read: SEX WEEK: The birds and the bees were never this hot!

A young woman, Chelsea Thompon, was sickened to learn about this Sex Week and decided to offer an alternative called: Women of Worth. She offered a free spa night last year and received donations and services from Christians all over this area. This year she has over 120 women pre-registered for her event!

This year she has added more events, one being me to come speak about Emotional Purity. There were 12 women who showed up to my event and over 400 who went to the Sex Week workshop last night. Twelve beautiful women seeking God's best for their life! Pray that God will use those women to shine His light to those around them!

We are in the minority, we are swimming up stream, we are to be counter cultural!

What if Women of Worth posters were plastered everywhere with some type of "religious" message, do you think the campus staff would allow that?

How this was so sad to me...this whole Sex Week! Women are selling themselves short, thinking the cheap sex will somehow offer the satisfaction they are looking for. When only God can bring them self worth, love, and honor.

EDIT: Please read the Women of Worth blog and here what they are up against! We're praying for you ladies!

Monday, April 7, 2008

04/07/08 - Meaningless Talk

The other night I felt compelled to read 1 Timothy. It's not that long, so I was able to read the entire book in one sitting (of course the boys were in bed and the house was quiet ;-) )

There were a few things that jumped out at me, one verse was 1:6 said, "For some men....have turned aside to fruitless discussion." NAS

In NIV it states: Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk.

(I am not going to do a commentary on the entire first chapter or even put this verse in context, but this is the truth I took from the Word that night as I read.)

How often do we end up in these types of conversations. They're gibberish chatter, unedifying, not God honoring, and do nothing to further God's kingdom.

Our speech is so important. Our mouths are so important. The words we use bring life and blessing or death and curses. We can waste a great deal of time on words that need not be spoken!

I'll admit my mouth is my greatest weakness (UGRRR), but when it is under God's control has the power to be my greatest strength. I am reminded to make sure my words are always "full of grace, seasoned with salt" (Gal. 4:6).

Friday, April 4, 2008

04/04/08 - Marriage

Yesterday, when John was home for lunch, I looked over at him and began thinking about the mystery of marriage. He must have known I was thinking something because he said, "What?"

I said, "Isn't marriage a strange thing really? Just a few years ago we were total strangers. We knew nothing about each other. Now we've been married five years, we are accountable to each other, we always know what the other is up to, we know where we are spiritually, we check in with each daily, we share our most private moments with each other, we have two kids together, we've walked through the darkest season of our life (our miscarriage of our first baby), and we're best friends. Now we're one. It's definitely a God thing. Only God can cause us to have a oneness feeling in our marriage."

Becoming one in marriage is a mystery indeed. How two total strangers become one.

Then we began talking about marriage without God. I said it would be like a shot in the dark. Like, "Hum...I guess I'll pick this person and just hope it works out!" What fear would be involved.

Praise God, if you are faithfully following Him, He'll point and guide you. Know you'd rather be in marriage that is God ordained, than in a marriage just for the sake of being married!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

04/03/08 - Two blogs

I want to direct you to two other blogs of people who need your prayers:

CF HUSBAND

AUDREY CAROLINE

Both of these families are under an enormous amount of stress and struggles. There is pain and joy. Both of these families are glorifying God in the midst of their struggles.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

04/02/03 - Complaining and Arguing

This past Sunday the message at church was based off of Philippians 2:14, 15

"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe"

Do you want to shine God's light in your life? Then don't complain or argue! WOW!

How often do we spent our time complaining? We complain about the weather, our parents, our teachers, our bosses, our family, lack of clothes, bad tasting food, being uncomfortable, not getting our way, having to do load after load of laundry, cleaning up after people, loud people, quiet people, being cold, being hot, grades, unfair situations, not having a large enough house, not getting enough sleep, the pastor, the music at church, homework, not having the computer when you want it, doing chores, tithing, lack of money, the President, the Presidential race, the school system, unreliable cars, being single, being married, having no kids, having kids...the list is endless.

Our society is a bunch of complainers!

Now to shine like the stars for God's kingdom, Paul states: Do everything without complaining or arguing!

How simple!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008