Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
New things to look for while browsing the website:
Solution...multitask! My husband would do one round of reps, then call me in to do mine. I would be in the kitchen washing dishes for a minute the run back in to the other room to do my reps, run back into the kitchen...wash more dishes...run back to do reps....run to wipe down table.....run back to do reps. I was exhausted by the time we were done. But I was able to clean my kitchen and dinning room and work out all at the same time!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Comment: I agree that we are to keep his commandments. I agree that they are His law today, yesterday and forever. I agree that His commandments were not given to us simply to show us that we can not keep them. I believe they serve a dual purpose. One: They are God's law and therefore are commands that are to be obeyed. Two: To show us our sinful nature in light of these commandments. However, saying that we can keep these implies that we can keep them perfectly, which is not true.
Reply: I personally believe that if you purpose to, you can keep the commandments in your outward actions. Where all people fail is keeping the commandments in their hearts. For example you can withstand from committing adultery in your outward actions, pretty simple...you just don't go there. But in the heart is where many people fail. That is where Jesus comes in. When we except His saving Grace, we are given a knew mind and spirit. One that will change our hearts, as we slowly and steadily seek The Fathers ways. We will never reach perfection here on this earth in our hearts and minds. But we can keep the outward desires of The Lords heart, those things He asks us to do.
Comment: For instance... A few years back DH and I came to the conclusion that the whole 'the Sabbath was fulfilled in Christ' saying did not mean that we are not to keep a Sabbath. Therefore we began to study up on it, read and pray about it and we now keep a Saturday Sabbath. We do, however, struggle to learn what it truly means to keep the sabbath. So are we keeping that commandment? We are striving to, but still struggle, therefore we do not keep it perfectly.
Reply: You say that you are struggling with keeping the Sabbath in a perfect way. Remember Jesus's yoke is lite. He never meant for it to be hard to do. Deuteronomy 5:14 says simply this, 1) do no work (except that which is necessary to live, like cooking, cleaning up your dishes after meals) 2) and where it pertains to you, have others do no work. If you purpose to do this you are keeping the Sabbath perfectly. There are many things that people do on the Sabbath as custom, to honor The Lord. These things can be what ever suits your family. Lighting candles, reading the Torah portions, saying blessings over each of your children, a certain dinner, or nothing at all ;-) We are supposed to live our lives everyday seeking The Lord, in prayer, reading the Bible. Sabbath is simply a rest!
Westerners have a tendency to compartmentalize their lives. This box is work, here is family, over here is school, here I put God, hobbies, etc, etc. We need to realize that every aspect and detail of our lives should be lived for the Glory and Praise of The Father. Sunday through Friday should be lived honoring God in all we do. Saturday we Honor God by obeying His command and simply resting.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Then I made this knew Jasmine green tea I received from the bulkherbstore. I asked Devon to taste it. He did, and with a very sober face said, " It tastes like water mixed with the hand soap you have upstairs." Looks like I have a lot of Jasmine green tea to drink, because no one else liked it but me.
This morning I was sitting at the computer with Ava on one knee and Eve on the other, trying to type through their heads......I went to my blog and she saw the pictures to the left and said, "look, my mommy, and my boys" So sweet, her boys.
I love this job!!
Monday, May 21, 2007
Question: I was wondering how you can keep the ten commandments? If you could, what need would you of a savior? I certainly agree that we should be obedient to God's commands. However, saying that we can keep his commandments is saying that we are not sinners. Just wondering if I missed something in translation.
When God revealed Himself to us, he did not give us a systematic theology, creeds, recipes or diagrams. He gave us a legal code. He gave us laws. Yet they were more than just laws intended to tidy up human society. They are actual pieces of godliness. Each commandment is a small revelation of God. More than just a rule for governing human behavior, the laws of Torah are a reflection of the Lawgiver.
Yeshua (Jesus) told us that "the mouth speaks out of it that which fills the heart." Mathew 12:34. When God broke the silence and spoke to His creation on Mt Sinai, the words He spoke were the fullness of His heart. Each law, each commandment no matter how small or seemingly irrelevant, is actually a piece of revelation from God, an overflowing of His heart.
Because Torah is both law and revelation, it functions in a dual capacity. On one hand, it is a rule of conduct by which we are held accountable, On the other hand it is the expression of God in human terms. Torah is more than just legal formulations; it is the revealed person of God dressed in laws and commandments. It is His spoken word written down, His self disclosure to the world.
When one realizes that Torah is Gods self-disclosure to the world, one must also recognize the enormous gravity of declaring parts of that same Torah null and void. Even the smallest commandment of the Torah is suffused with godliness. To declare any commandment as irrelevant or obsolete is to deny the eternal and unchanging nature of God.
As soon as we begin to discard commandments, we have begun editing God. We have started reshaping God into an image we deem more appropriate. The Torah is given to us as both law and revelation. As such, we live our lives according to its commandments, we are living out a revelation of godliness. Outside observers should be able to look at the Torah-observant life and discern in it several truths of godliness. Deuteronomy 4: 5-8 says that when Israel lives out the Torah the world will see God.
Unfortunately, neither Israel nor any other group of people has ever lived out Gods Torah in its fullness. Even when the people of Israel have been Torah observant on the whole, the hearts of men and woman are still errant and disobedient. There is considerable disparity between Gods law, our notions of natural law, and our behavior.The Torah is the substance of which our deficient Natural Law is only a shadow.There remains a great divorce between Gods Law and human beings.
This is why Messiah is necessary. In Messiah, the perfect revelation of godliness is fully realized. Living in complete accordance with Gods Law, Messiah is a tangibel and intimately knowable representation of the unknowable God. He is the Torah lived out.
One of the purposes of Messiahs redemption is to reconcile the human race to Gods Torah. The ultimate completion of His work will be when the natural law of human society is identical to the revealed law of Torah. A day is coming when the Torah will be written on the hearts of men and women in vivid detail. Jeremiah 31:33 says, "I will put my law within them and on their heart I will write it." This is the very promise of the new covenant.
D. Thomas lancaster
I was listening to a radio show a while back and the person speaking said "God gave us the ten commandments to prove to us that we can not keep them" As you may have determined from the passage above, I believe we should strive not only for just the ten commandments, but all of Gods instruction (Torah)
Let me ask you this, have/would you ever give your child a rule/instruction, just to show them that they could not uphold it? That is foolish in my eyes. Not only does it sound foolish to me it is not scriptural. Christ Himself says time and time again that those who love My Father will keep His commandments. That to me implies that we can.
Let me ask you something else. Can you go your whole life without telling a lie? Yes! I have told my boys that even unto death, you must tell the truth! Can you go your whole life with out steeling? Yes! Can you not commit adultery? Yes! These are things that are doable.
Lastly, I am a sinner. Daily I struggle with matters of the heart. Yet I know that through the Holy Spirit given by Yeshua (Salvation), that lives inside of me, can cover my sins, make me a new person, righteous and holy, white as snow. The old is gone and the new has come!
Today, I and my children are going to purpose not say one unkind word or use any unkind tone in the house. It seems that bickering between the oldest three boys has become heavy on my nerves these past few weeks. I presume that this will take more patience than I have stored up in myself, so I am off to pray for bushels and boat loads of that precious commodity, patience!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
The best part of the whole day was the hay ride around the farm. The owners Mr & Mrs Hutchins and their 12 children showed us around their farm to see the animals and answered many questions. Yet, the best part was the scenery. I could have gotten lost in those rolling hills, covered in all colors of wildflowers, with butterflies dancing to and fro. I feel absolutely perfect when I am out under those trees feeling the cool breeze of the spring day on my face. So, this is Heaven on Earth!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
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I have been following Mary sense she got sick about 6 months ago. It looked very much (in my eyes) that Mary was not going to make it. Yet we continued to pray for her daily. My children pray for her and have drawn her get well cards. She is doing better now, but she still can not breath on her own and will need a lung transplant. She is so beautiful, and sweet. You can read more on Carepages.com. You will need to create a user name and password, her page name is maryzander. If you can help them in buying some bracelets or if your prayer group or church family would like to get involved, that would be wonderful. Please add Mary to your prayers and her family as well.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The chickens are doing well. Growing quickly. I suppose they are halfway to being their full size. The breed I chose definitely grows slower than birds bought specifically for meat. They are about 5-6 weeks old now. Meat birds are ready to butcher at 4 weeks. These just aren't big enough to process anytime soon. We plan to keep these gals simply for eggs though, so they are safe. We will have to build another tractor, as it looks like 5 (full grown) chickens will fit comfortably in each one.
There is one anomaly that has me stumped. All of the chickens have pale pink feet, except one who's feet are very orange. I'm not sure what this means. Perhaps its a rooster. Is it sick? Not sure. Can you see the difference?
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Edited Later: after a few hours on the computer, sigh....I have fixed it, yay! I can now access my layout page and change the things that need to be changed! Now back to my house and children.
The weather has been beautiful here, so we are spending much time outside. Rob took the oldest boys fishing on Saturday and they all caught fish. Fun, Fun, Fun! I remember how much fun I had as a child going fishing with my dad. Don't tell anyone, but I love to take Devon to the pond so that I can toss a few lines in myself ;-)
I love seeing the pictures of folks whose blogs I read. It is great to put a face with a name (and life) Isn't it funny how we can read the daily goings on of someone and get to know them very well, yet not know what they look like. There's one or two pictures of me somewhere in the archives. Here is one from this morning, my son was playing around with my digital camera.
I would love to put it in the profile section of my blog, but apparently I am no longer aloud to change anything on my page in the layout section. Links are outdated, and others I would love to add, but beta blogger isn't letting me. Yes, if I knew anything about HTML I could fix it myself, but I don't. So I am either going to have to move my blog or get BlueBird Blogs to create me a knew one. I really wish it would just fix itself, so that I would not have to do either. Or I guess I could get an HTML book and learn how to get it done myself. Sigh!
Edited Later: Yep I figured out how to get my picture on my sidebar, and The Father is so good, because what I wanted to happen happened. My blog problem just fixed itself...YAY!
Monday, May 14, 2007
The name alfalfa means "Father of all Foods." It has been called the King of plants because it is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements. A good source of carotene (Vitamin A) and a little known vitamin – Vitamin K, the blood clotting vitamin which has been known to help peptic ulcers. Has eight of the essential amino acids and the highest chlorophyll content of any plant. Prevents tooth decay and helps rebuild decayed teeth, contains natural fluorides.
The fresh leaves, rubbed on the teeth, will cleanse them and strengthen the gums.
St John Wort
Priest & Priest tell us that it is a sedative nervine for muscular twitching and uncontrolled movements, being especially indicated for nerve injuries to the extremities and teeth/gums.
Used for babies and young children for colic, stomach pains, teething and fevers. Helps clean out mucus in the body.
Extract is good to rub on gums of teething baby.
Is an excelent source of the major minerals, which help strengthen bones and teeth.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
1) I am half Cherokee Indian (my Mamee was full blood)
2) I met my mother when I was 20.
3) I moved out on my own when I was 14.
4) I had horses when I was younger and miss having them.
5) I have 4 siblings yet all are half and one I have never met.
6) I believe in Saturday Shabbat and that we should (and can) follow The Fathers Commandments (all of them ;-)
7) I would love to live far away from civilization, totally off the land and off the grid.
8) When I grow up I want to be a midwife
Your next, let me know in the comments that you are also joining in on our fun!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
…does not compete for equality with men or chafe at God’s design for male and female, but delights in and understands the importance of her calling to complement man’s role. (1 Timothy 2:11-12, Ephesians 5:22-24)
…values the cultivation of her mind and diligently seeks after wisdom and knowledge. (Proverbs 22:17-21, 2:2-6)
…realizes her imperative need to allow the Holy Spirit to control her emotions and expressions of them. (James 1:19-20)
…does not wallow in self-pity or make a habit of voicing complaints, but radiates cheerfulness and joy. (Proverbs 15:15, Proverbs 17:22)
A real woman . . .
…appreciates her father’s protection, and respects and submits to his authority. In so doing, she is preparing herself to exercise the Biblical role in her relationship with a possible future husband. (Ephesians 5:33-6:3, 1 Peter 3:1-2)
…is trustworthy and gains the respect of those around her. (Proverbs 31:11)
…restrains herself from listening to, or participating in gossip, but instead speaks with wisdom and discretion. (Proverbs 11:12-13, 22, 20:19, 3:11)
…encourages and builds up those around her instead of criticizing and tearing them down. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Ephesians 4:29)
...does not have a nagging, contentious or manipulative manner in which she deals with others. (Judges 16:16, Proverbs 21:9, 19, 26:21)
…is not boisterous or loud in her speech or actions but is characterized by a gentle and quiet spirit. (Proverbs 9:13, 1 Peter 3:4)
A real woman . . .
…portrays chastity, modesty and reverence in her manner, and wears the ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is her true beauty. (1 Peter 3:3-4, Titus 2:4-5)
…is not offended by respect shown her through gentlemanly courtesies (opening doors, etc.) but cultivates the differences between the sexes that make her worthy of this deference. (1 Peter 3:7, Mark 10:6)
…seeks to make God her number one desire and the Lover of her soul, knowing that only He can fully satisfy. (Psalm 73:25, Psalm 63:1)
…uses her years of singleness to seek and serve God without distraction, and is content to leave the details of her future to Him. (Psalm 73:25, Philippians 4:11)
A real woman . . .
…does not relate to members of the opposite sex in a flirtatious or forward manner, but instead saves all her passion for her future husband. (Thessalonians 4:3-8, Proverbs 6:25, 1 Corinthians 7:1)
…holds her virginity before marriage sacred and will not compromise it for anything. (This one goes for guys too)(1 Timothy 5:22)
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Should we have Children........
Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, Yeshua Messiah, with eternal glory.
"You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.
2 Timothy 2: 10
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, Yeshua Messiah ,with eternal glory.
Monday, May 07, 2007
It has been an ever increasing thorn in my side to go places and get such poor customer service. Do you remember the days of old when the customer was always right, no matter the cause. If it meant a loss to the establishment, they took it. After all it is our money we are spending right?
Perhaps we are so dependant on those establishments that we have to put up with the lack therein?
Today I went to the post office to simply drop off a package that was already stamped and ready to go. I sent my oldest in to stand in line and hand the package to the attendant to be mailed. My son comes out about 5 minute later with package in hand saying that he was told there was not enough postage. So I take the package in myself and stand in line, hand the box to the post office employee and say "My son was told there was not enough postage on this?....I weighed it at home and checked postage online and was given this amount due" He weighs it looks at the box and starts to try and count the 6, 39 cent stamps. Finally he pulls out his "chart" which I guess tells him how much 6, 39 cent stamps amounts to. Then says "oh, well I guess there is enough"
Grrrr, I say inside my head and quickly walk out to my waiting children.
This experience has left me thirsty so I decide to treat myself to a drink at Sonic. I tell the glowing sign that I want the Hot Fudge Shake (what, this doesn't technically count as a drink? Its in a cup!) We wait and out comes my shake, but its missing the whip cream and crumpled up oreos on top? Gasp! "Hello, big glowing sign....this seems to be missing the goodies on top!" Oh the sign says, we will correct the problem and send out another shake. Sigh, finally someone standing behind my dh hard earned $2.36....................................
..........................................................10 minutes later I drive away in disgust having been forgotten about, with a shake that has been measured and found wanting.
Friday, May 04, 2007
MARY IS ON THE TRANSPLANT LIST!
Mary is officially on the transplant list!! They have all the forms and orders in place for all procedures, so if an organ becomes available, everything and everybody should be immediately ready to go. Mary has been wide awake and alert the past two days, staying awake for hours on end. She is doing fine with being awake, and tolerating all her daily procedures, even suctioning. Her vent setting is still at 40, with oxygen saturation between 95-98, but her peaks are down to 21. This is a very big improvement, and as low as they have been since she’s been on the vent. Heidi was very excited this morning. Mary had reached out for a ball and grabbed, then smiled and threw the ball at Heidi! It didn’t go very far, landing on the bed, but it was a deliberate movement with eye contact. She did that several times. Then Heidi gave her a little stuffed lamb, and she threw that. When Heidi retrieved it and gave it to her again, she took both hands and squeezed it hard, trying to get it to “baa,” as she remembered from before she was in the coma. She also grabbed the string of a balloon that was floating in the room, and handed the string to Heidi. She is making a lot of purposeful and accurate movements. Grandma Meador called and was telling Mary a story over the phone. Mary had the phone lying beside her ear, but was holding onto the phone so she could hear. This morning, she started to try to sit up! Heidi elevated the head of the bed so Mary could be in a more upright position to watch a video with Cynthia. Pray that Mary will remain stable, and that she can continue to interact with her family. Pray for the family whose child will give Mary new lungs - for comfort in their grief, peace in their distress, and above all, salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I can eat semi solid foods now, which is exciting! I lost 6 pounds last week, just from eating jello and pudding LOL.
The chickens are doing well, except the ones Maverick has eaten, so far that's three. He gets smart sometimes and talks Franklin (the 160 lb mastiff) into helping him push the cage around. He really must talk him into it, because Franky otherwise ignores the chickens. Devon got into the cage the other day and the chicks swarmed him, it was really funny. He reminded me of those pigeon people you see in the movies. While I was taking this picture Devon said "look mom I'm a chick magnet" what is great is he probably heard that on TV somewhere and really thought they were talking about chickens. I love how naive my boys are.