Saturday, September 27, 2014

A ruby is hard. This means it is a tough job to break one. You can't just toss it on the floor and break it apart. It takes work.
How hard are you? Can the devil just toss you around and make you shatter? Or do you know what the Bible says and stand fast by it no matter what?
A woman should be like a chocolate covered peanut; soft on the outside but hard on the inside. We should be feminine on the outside but hard as a ruby (that is, harder than steel) in our faith in God.
A ruby is brilliant. This doesn't mean it can pass the SAT test with a perfect score, though I do believe we should strive to build our intelligence.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:" [1]
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." [2]
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of The Holy is understanding." [3]
God wants us to use and build on everything He has given us, including our brains.
"...thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." [4]
We should be trying to increase our intelligence by starting with God's Word.
But brilliant in terms of a ruby means it shines out.
We should have the love of God shining out in our every action.
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."  [5]
Jesus should be a light that glows from you out to the world, including the world in your own home.
The rareness of a top quality ruby makes it more valuable than a diamond. It is known as the “King of Gemstones” to many. An 8x6mm (that is much smaller than the tip of your pinky), 1.8 ct stone just sold for $137.07; and God said a virtuous woman is worth MORE than a ruby.
A ruby is made of a combination of aluminum oxide and chrome. This is interesting. These are relatively common minerals, yet when combined under the right conditions, they create this valuable stone.
God made us out of dirt, born to common humans. There is nothing special in our chemical make-up. Yet, like the ruby, we are valuable beyond comparison, if we are virtuous.

[4] Matthew 25:21
[5] Colossians 3:17

Monday, September 22, 2014

Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me – and Our Children | Public Discourse

Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me – and Our Children | Public Discourse: I tried to convince him to stay, to stick it out and fight to save our marriage. But my voice, my desires, my needs—and those of our two young children—no longer mattered to him. We had become disposable, because he had embraced one tiny word that had become his entire identity. Being gay trumped commitment, vows, responsibility, faith, fatherhood, marriage, friendships, and community. All of this was thrown away for the sake of his new identity."

ANYTIME a divorce happens, someone has broken their promise.

Divorce happens because of selfishness.

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The Life and Death of This Baby is Changing The Abortion Debate |

The cost of contraception... | BaylyBlog

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ask RC Jr: What are 7 things our generation has forgotten? — Highlands Ministries

Ask RC Jr: What are 7 things our generation has forgotten? — Highlands Ministries


I would love to have you on my team:-)

Of all the things I have tried (owning a milk cow, chickens, and rabbits, making and selling my own salve, doing mending for other people, mowing lawns, building websites, etc) I have made more in the last six months with LillaRose than all of them put together. Or, to put it more accurately, I have lost less once you figure in what I have spent on my own family. I mean, goodness! I have five daughters with long blonde hair!

No, I am not getting rich. But I am enjoying myself:-)

It cost $50 for the cheapest starter kit and the annual minimum to stay active is $29. I'll meet that with Christmas for my girls alone!

The company is fine with people signing up to just get the consultant discount for what they want to buy for their own family and never selling to anyone else. They call us "casual consultants."

That's why I signed up. I am very broke but have to buy something to control all this hair! These clips work, are sturdy, and are beautiful! What more could I ask for?

How about 30% off any I want to buy?

And the $50 starter kit came with 5 clips, so I started with one for each of us (I bought one before signing up as a consultant).

I have sold a few to other people. In fact, they practically sell themselves. I have heard many stories of women going into Wall-mart to do their weekly shopping and coming out with no clip in their hair (sold it right off their own head!) and a big order to boot!

I, personally, have made enough commission to pay for my starter kit and then some, and I haven't done any shows or home parties. I've just sold to ladies in our church, some family, and the nurses at my mom's chemo treatments.

This is a young company, and they are Christian. Customer service is great, and they are fun people to work with. Why not give it a try?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Anytime you need the music for a "new" song, check the foot tall stack of ole books you have under the piano first. Just sayn'

Chapter 8
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, “Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, ‘Thus saith the LORD, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
2 “‘“And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:
3 “‘“And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:
4 “‘“And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.”‘“
Can you imagine having frogs everywhere? Even hopping into your food? Yuck!
5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, “Say unto Aaron, ‘Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.’ “
6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.
How could they tell Moses’ frogs from the magicians’ frogs? Anyway…
8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, “Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.”
Obviously this “LORD” that Moses is talking about is more powerful than the Egyptian goddess Heqt. She had the head of a frog and because of her, it was illegal to kill frogs (a symbol of fertility and life.)
So, God gives the Egyptians all the frogs they could possibly ever want to worship. Even when the magicians duplicate this plague, they don’t make the frogs go away, but bring forth MORE frogs, (which didn’t really help any.)
9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, “Glory over me: (other translations say “You can have the honor over me.”) when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?”
10 And he said, “Tomorrow.”…
If I were sleeping with frogs, I would want them removed right now. Pharaoh is trying to maintain a sibilance of control.
 …And he said, “Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God.
11 “And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.”
12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.
13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.
14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.
The sudden death of so many “holy” frogs would have been seen by the Egyptians as a very bad omen.
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
16 And the LORD said unto Moses, “Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.”
This time there is no announcement beforehand.
17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
Individuals who were lice-infested were not allowed to worship in any Egyptian temple. Nor were lice-infested sacrifices allowed. God has totally stopped all worship to false gods. If these gods were real, they would have been able to fight back and keep worship going for themselves. Obviously they have no power whatsoever.
18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
Maybe they were too busy scratching to bring forth lice?
I don’t know whether their reproduction of the previous plagues was through “smoke and mirror” slight of hand, or through satanic power, but either way, they have met their match in the LORD God of Israel!
19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God:” and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
The magicians had figured out they were up against the Real Thing. But Pharaoh won’t even listen to them.
20 And the LORD said unto Moses, “Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, ‘Thus saith the LORD, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
21 “‘“Else, if thou wilt not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.
This was probably a mixture of different kinds of biting flies.
As with the lice, fly covered people could not worship, nor could fly covered sacrifices be offered in the Egyptian temples.
They also worshiped the scarab beetle as a god, and had a separate “Lord of the Flies” they worshiped. But obviously they had no control over insects.
Some commentators have translated this as “swarms of animals.” In other words, large numbers of wild, dangerous animals. This would make this plague more distinct from the lice, and Egyptians worshiped many different animals, including ones that would love to have them for supper.
22 “‘“And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which My people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.
23 And I will put a division between My people and thy people: tomorrow shall this sign be.”‘“
The previous plagues had affected Israel also. Now God is making it even more obvious who His people are by not allowing them to be affected by all the remaining plagues.
24 And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants' houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.
There have been similar occurrences to these plagues in history, all following earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. God is telling Moses when to predict each event and then bringing it along just in time to prove He is controlling them.
25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, “Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.”
Pharaoh permitted them to worship their God, but only in their homeland.
26 And Moses said, “It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?
The animals God wanted sacrificed were gods to the Egyptians. They would not be happy to witness this ceremony. Compromise was not possible.
27 “We will go three days' journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as He shall command us.”
28And Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.”
“Whatever! Just get rid of these flies!”
Pharaoh really knew who was in charge.
29 And Moses said, “Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, tomorrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.”
30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD.
31 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and He removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.
32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.
I don’t know if he lied or just changed his mind, but either way, he is setting his people up for more trouble.
Remember, God has already told Moses He will destroy Egypt and kill their firstborns. Since that hasn’t happened yet, Moses must know that they aren’t done, though he can hope Pharaoh will yield and God will change His mind.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Chapter 7
1 And the LORD said unto Moses, “See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.
He doesn’t mean Pharaoh will worship Moses, but that Moses appears mysterious and powerful.
2 “Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
3 “And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.
4 “But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay My hand upon Egypt, and bring forth Mine armies, and My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
If Pharaoh had let them go worship when they first asked, nothing permanent would have been accomplished. Israel would have returned to slavery. Even if they had gone to worship and never come back, there were lessons Egypt and Israel both needed that would not have been learned.
5 “And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth Mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”
God intends to not only free Israel, but to teach Egypt about the One and Only True God.
God has always cared about all nations and wanted them all to serve Him.
6 And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.
7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.
Moses was 80 and Aaron 83 when they begin this mission.
There are some who think Moses’ ages are just round dates. That “forty years” just represents a large span of unknown time. If that were true, this verse would read “And Moses AND AARON were fourscore years old.” Since it is very specific about Aaron’s age, we can assume it is being specific about Moses’ also.
8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
9 “When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, ‘Shew a miracle for you:’ then thou shalt say unto Aaron, ‘Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh,’ and it shall become a serpent.”
They are to repeat the wonders God had Moses do in the desert.
10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
I understand there is a snake in Egypt that can be charmed or drugged to lay straight and stiff like a walking stick, and then released to act like a snake on command. This would have very much appeared to be what Aaron did.
12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
Guess which snake/rod was the most powerful.
13 And He hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
It seems strange to us that God would harden Pharaoh’s heart, but He had a specific lesson He wanted to teach the Egyptians.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, “Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.
15 “Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river's brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.
16 “And thou shalt say unto him, ‘The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness:” and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.
17 “ ‘Thus saith the LORD, “In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD:” behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.
18 “ ‘And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.’ “
The River Nile was the life-blood of the land of Egypt. Now it is going to be literal blood.
This was a direct attack on the Egyptian gods Khnum (the guardian of the Nile), Hapi (the spirit of the Nile), and Osiris (who had the Nile as his bloodstream). They obviously did not have power against the God of Israel.
We got some insight into the physical mechanism God likely used to accomplish this a few years ago. There was an earthquake and volcanic eruption above a small village. The earthquake released iron ore which not only turned the local water the color of blood, its chemical makeup was nearly the exact match to our blood; mostly water with iron and other minerals. It is entirely possible that God caused an earthquake upstream that had this exat same result in the Nile; the river literally, chemically became blood.
19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, “Say unto Aaron, ‘Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.’ “
20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
God timed the earthquake so that the water would turn at the exact moment Aaron lifted his staff.
21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.
I’m not sure what water they would have had left to turn to blood after God’s very thorough job.
23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.
24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.
The dirt would have filtered out the parts of the blood that were undrinkable.
25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.