Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jesus...an Audience of One

We have been in Kentucky this week because my husband is preaching a revival.  When we are away from home like this sometimes I have more time to spend on the internet or reading because I don't have a house to clean or daily laundry to do.  Yesterday I wanted a nap with the rest of the family but the baby did not, so I stayed up with him and looked up a few new blogs and sights I had been meaning to visit.  I was hoping to find some encouragement in the Lord (as a supplement to my prayer time and Bible reading). 

NOTHING can take the place of talking to Jesus and reading His Word...and nothing should:)  

Anyway, I found myself looking at this woman's blog who I did not know and coveting and envying what she had, etc.  I thought, "She is so pretty and her family is beautiful and the renovations they have done on their house are gorgeous..."  I did NOT measure up to this Christian family who seemed to have it all and do it all!  Instead of encouragement I found discouragement.  (Now this could just be my own insecurity and jealousy because there was nothing wrong with what she had posted!) 

I compared (which is easy for women to do) her awesome blog to my plain blog.  Then I sat there wondering what awesome thing could I blog about that would draw people?  The Lord spoke to my heart and said "Me".  Jesus.  He was the initial reason I started a blog, to reach out and encourage people from my home. 

Last night at church my husband preached on worship and having an audience of One: Jesus.  He said that we need to wear blinders to the crowd, the critics, and the crown (our reputation).  King David danced before the Lord and was unashamed.  I want to be like that and serve an audience of only One; my Jesus who died and bled for me.  In recent days I have not had on blinders to the crowd.  I didn't want to embarass myself.  When a 78 year old woman and a teenage boy got saved on Tuesday I wanted to jump and shout "Hallelujah!"  but instead I let out a sheepish "Praise God" because I didn't want to be embarrassed.  But, after being in the prescence of Jesus and being reminded of what He did for me I do not want to be ashamed anymore.  God has been soooooo good to my family and I.  He has answered so many prayers and been so faithful and true.  He is always ALWAYS worthy of our worship.  I tell my kids a lot that if we don't worship Him the rocks will cry out!  And then we commence to sing to Jesus!

I challenge you, like my husband challenged me, when was the last time you really worshiped Jesus not caring what anyone else would think? 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Words

Words are powerful.  A lot of times I speak without thinking and my words hurt the person I was speaking to.  Sometimes my words make people angry and sometimes my words encourage people.  The words we choose to say have the power to build up or tear down other people!  Wow.  What an opportunity. 

Yesterday morning I woke up and walked into the living room where my husband was sitting and without thinking I said three things that either bossed him around or were negative!  He pointed it out and said,  "Why didn't you just say 'Good Morning Honey!'"  Haha!  I wake up on the run and want to get the laundry started and breakfast started and the morning chores out of the way before I sit down with tea.  I woke up with my to do list on my mind and blurted it out to my hubby and it made him ill.  If I would have chosen different words, sweet words, happy words then it would have made my hubby happy!

Another problem I have with words is that I say too much!  Can anyone relate?  I accidently share too much information or I (unaccidently) gossip.  Ouch.  I know, it's horrible isn't it!?  I have been praying that God will set a guard over my mouth.  I used to pray that everyday and He did because I did not struggle with my mouth like I have been lately.  Prayer does work!

This morning I read Proverbs 21:23 "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."  This is very true.  If I kept my mouth shut I
 would not 'ensnare myself with words'.  Let us instead practice Ephesians 4:29
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

This includes how we talk to our spouses and children.  They need our encouraging words.  You will reap what you sow, so sow some encouragement!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kombucha Tea

I love things that are healthy and cheap and Kombucha is just that!  What is it?  It is a fizzy tea that you drink cold.  It is refreshing and hydrating.  It is fermented so it puts all that good bacteria in your gut which is the center of your health.  (Yes, your gut!)

A few days after drinking it my intestines hurt and it cleaned and detoxed my body easily.  After that I felt SSSSSOOOOOO GOOD!  I had bursts of energy and just wanted to jump up and exercise (which is unusual these days!)  I felt like I was on the verge of another sinus infection but drinking kombucha kept it away.  It is like a probiotic drink.  When you take antibiotics it kills ALL the bacteria, even the good.  We must have good bacteria in us to fight off sickness and be healthy.

How do you make it?
Either buy (for under $5 some places) a mushroom (sounds weird but you don't drink the shroom) or use on from a friend who makes kombucha.

Then all you need is apple cider vinegar, sugar and 8 green tea bags.
You can carefully follow the directions that come with your mushroom.  Basically all you do is brew the tea and add 1 1/2 cups of white sugar.  Then once it has cooled you add the vinegar and the mushroom to a glass gallon jar and let it sit and ferment for 7-10 days.  In the meantime it has grown a new mushroom to make your second batch of tea. 

My boys and I LOVE it.  It might taste bad or vinegary to you at first and you can add juice to your cup while drinking.  It can be an aquired taste but your body will LOVE it.  It is so easy.  It slows the process of aging as well...look younger for cheaper and make it in your home!  Go try kombucha:)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Books

I looooove to read.   My Mom loves to read.  She always has different books on the end table beside a comfy chair.  When I'm visiting I always catch myself in her books.  I find myself reading labels of things if there is no book in sight!  I am usually always reading several things at one time.  I only read books that help me in my walk with the Lord or teach me things like health, nutrition, parenting, etc.  Although sometimes if a fashion magazine is in my mailbox for some odd reason I may glance through it...but it usually is a waste of my time and makes me feel unattractive!  lol! 

I have found that reading godly, scriptural books along with the Bible help me to grow as a Christian woman.  I want to share some of my favorites with you so they can help you too.  Always compare what you read to the Bible to make sure it is correct teaching.  I bought most of these books online as they can be hard to find.  (Or you can get your bookstore to order them for you.)

1. Parenting from the Heart  by Marilyn Boyer
This book changed my whole perspective on parenting!  It will make you love and cherish and enjoy your children.  It also gives creative homeschooling activities.

2.  Beautiful in God's Eyes  by Elizabeth George  (all her books are good)
This book goes through Proverbs 31 and does a chapter on each verse explaining how to practically live out this passage of Scripture!  Wow!

3.  Passionate Housewives Desperate for God  by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald   This book does give you a "fresh vision for the hopeful homemaker" in a real and honest way.  These ladies have a lot of wisdom!

4.  Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel  (I haven't finished it yet)
It has great ideas for child training and discipline.

5.  The 4:8 Principle by Tommy Newberry  (I haven't finished it)
He takes Philippians 4:8 and shows you how to think biblically to change your life and your attitude.

6.  Created to be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl
This is challenging and convicting but it works!  If you do what this book says you will have a great marriage!


Those are just a few to get you started!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Cleaning

The pretty weather makes me want to stay out in the yard and clean the porch and everything else in sight that had been forgotten during the winter.  I LOVE Spring and everything that comes with it!  It is so refreshing to feel the sunshine after the snow.  God always knows what we need. 

Just like we spring clean our homes, we need to spring clean our hearts.  Normally, I would never let my porch stay that cluttered and messy for so long...BUT (fill in your blank here) I was sick or tired or lazy. 

Normally in my Christian life I would never watch that kind of movie...or gossip...or yell at my children...BUT I did!  It is time to spring clean my heart!  So, recently I have cleaned out a few things that were getting my life and heart dirty and sinful.  Is there something or some things in your life that you need to clean out?  Magazines?  Movies?  Books?  Gossip?  Complaining?  Stubborness?  Bitterness?  (Bitterness is like mold...it is HARD to clean and it can make you sick!)

I challenge you to take a look at your life through God's eyes and see what needs to be cleaned.  You will feel soooo much better!