Great comments! The view we see when we travel and go into a church are men who are effeminate or "not there" and indifferent to who's coming in and out. And the guys in this article throw the pendulum clear to another realm! Real men are tough and strong, love their wives for better or worse, shed repentant tears over their sins and cry when they hold their babies. What spurs a real man on is whatever spurs God on. They live to bring HIM glory, not prove they are macho. May God bless our REAL men and help them stand strong!
Dorcas, my prayers go up for you, your dear husband and the prodigal in your life; you family, especially your parents are always included! I have a feeling you aren't taking a break to relax; may God sustain you with His power, for when we are weak, He is strong. Be weak sister, and let His light shine all the stronger. God keep you!
Busy, busy season Lady Virtue! While I try to pop in now and again, I just have a lot on my plate; and happily so!
I would also encourage those women who are stressed under the weight of their work, dinner doesn't have to be extravagant, it needs to be nourishing to the soul ("man does not live on bread alone") and body (give us this day our daily bread). If you are stressed about these things, go to God - HE is the Giver and is pleased to give! We all have seasons where life can be stressful, but I would encourage you to take those times to the feet of Him who loves you most and ask Him for wisdom to correctly prioritize and skillfully use whatever you have (be it meager or much) to serve the kingdom in your four walls and bring glory to God. Christ has blessed you with your family and will not just leave it at that; His mercies are new every morning and His strength never fails.
Now that I've stopped laughing... "Therefore, I want younger women to marry, have children, manage their households, and give the adversary no opportunity to accuse us." (?1 Tim? ?5?:?14?)
Maybe, as others have already said, we women have our fingers into more than we can (or, dare say, should) handle. Would that these "stressed out women" allow God's straightforward and realistic command to guide their lives! Unprofitable Servant could have concluded by saying: "Anything apart from our narsasistic desires is stressful!" I would encourage these women to embrace the role God gave them and stop fighting Him, for "[His] yoke is easy and [His] burden is light." (?Matt 11:30)
Barry - you and your wife are doing an awesome job! Keep it up! We pray for your family every day!
Oh, this is far more insidious than a sibling relationship. This evil mans heart overflowed with his true goal. He said: "If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you'd invariably have, they would say it's unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone."
He wants little boys and girls. He's nothing short of a monster. Not a surprise - these types needed to successfully break down marriage between a man and a woman first - which they've done through the homosexual route - and now they want what they were after. There is no bottom to the depth of this kind of sexual depravity.
John UK, the word in question is "chesed" in Hebrew. Look it up because, indeed, one of them is a poorer interpretation than the other. I will not banter back and forth about KJV-only because the God we both serve will guide us into truth through His Spirit. The conversation only brings God down to a humans understanding leaving Him no space but what we prescribe to Him. Again, if He needs me to read only from the KJV I have no doubt He will let me know in no uncertain terms. Until then, He continues to allow me to use those versions which honor Him and do not malign His glory for a shadow of an instance - this case included.
John, I was quoting from the Word of God, actually. I don't exclusively use the "authorized version" for the same reason I do not exclusively sing Psalms. The version I used was Holman Christian Standard Bible, by the way. God has moved mightily in the lives of my husband, myself and our children, revealing Himself through His words from that Book on a multiple-daily basis and caused us to stand in awe of His works toward sinners, such as myself. I do hope you are not suggesting ones relationship is not built on a rock solid foundation if one does not use the KJV. It is between God and the individual and should God be displeased with their Bible selection, I have no doubt He will move in that persons life and bring them to where He wants them. However, instead of praying for my conversion to the KJV, maybe you could ask God to simply give me more grace to run the race I am in! It is what I pray for you and a few others on this board each day. "Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen." (?Jude? ?1?:?24-25? HCSB)
"Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God." (?Micah? ?6?:?8?)
"'In the end time there will be scoffers walking according to their own ungodly desires.' These people create divisions and are unbelievers, not having the Spirit." (?Jude? ?1?:?18-19?)
John Y, take note. We should be praying for God to do His will knowing we are in no way better than our fellow man, save the blood of Christ that HE shed for us, the faith HE imparts and the righteousness we receive FROM Him - through no work of our own LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST. Humility in speech is winsome and of great benefit to the kingdom of God. Your words show you to possess neither of those.
Mike and pennned, there are barter systems alive and well in many regions of the country. The problem is you have to be almost paranoid to keep things from drawing a governmental stink-eye. It only takes one busy body to take down a family who sells milk or eggs that aren't up to "government safety standards" (or the same busy body who just doesn't like their neighbor). I've seen it happen. However, where the system thrives, the people do, too! We like to "help our neighbors" and they reciprocate. It seems to keep everyone happy, for now. But, hey, I am also considered "unemployed" because I stay at home, live for my husband, raise our children and keep the household running smoothly (well, at least in theory, hahaha)!
We have lost the ability (and even desire I dare say) to be involved with anyone on a truly personal basis. I have nothing against social media when used properly, but neither am I sure what "used properly" means to others. As a busy wife and mother to five, I have such full days I don't see how women have time to hang around Facebook and get anything else done! I see them as mostly robbers of time - that time is unredeemable!
"Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction." "Keep me from the way of deceit and graciously give me Your instruction." "Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in Your ways." "I thought about my ways and turned my steps back to Your decrees. I hurried, not hesitating to keep Your commands." "You are good, and You do what is good; teach me Your statutes."
Pe(n to the x)ed, the proverbial "the worlds being flushed down the toilet" scenario... Well, we're done with the bowl and right into the sewer. The slide of humanity into depravity at every level is simply breath taking. We pray that as God gathers His people, those we know and love will be gathered with us! Some days it seems you cannot take a breath without some new crisis, but I take heart in knowing these things are all under the careful, watchful eye of Him who is in complete control. I have never more in my life meant "Give us this day our daily bread... For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!" as I do now days!
"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body." (Heb 13:3). I doubt she is out of danger; these terrorist groups are relentless in their pursuit (Isis anyone?). Her family will most assuredly need continued prayers! But God has allowed them to be together - what joy!
Our little guy is all but little and never stay's in one spot! And sometimes he's "played with" too much by the two-year old! We're all well & keeping our noses to the path God's leading us on! Busy, busy season of life - as you we'll know!
pennned - (mornin'!) it would also do people good to notice that the carrieres of our current vaccination are/were a wheat based product. And all the peanut allergies everyone seems to have nowadays? Our newer shots use a peanut derivative! There's a link, not hard to see. We are setting ourselves up for a failure to thrive from birth!
SF - praying all is well with you! Lovin' that "semi-new" baby? All's well with her? When I read this sisters story, however long it's been, I thought of what I would do in her place... May God grant us all the strength to serve Him first and foremost at any and all costs! My loves goes out to you and your family!
Christopher, this busy season in my life has had me refocus all of my attention on home life, as it should be, but I wanted to let ya know we keep you and many others here in our prayers!