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Christopher, I understand what you're saying and am pretty sure most of the sturdy, studied posters who have such sage advise and have taken a break are still watching. However, over the last few weeks, this verse seems to be ringing in a lot of people's ears: "I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone. But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned." (Titus 3:8-11). Because of the words and hearts of those we consider invaluable for their godly views and advice, I don't believe they would err in their decision to remove themselves from the daily comments for a while. I can trust that, at least with a few, their decisions were neither knee jerk responses nor cop-outs; simply, they might have needed a breather! Of course I am not speaking for them but it is certainly how I feel and can understand as they were at the forefront of some of these obnoxious people's attacks. It's wearing and maybe some people are feeling a little thin at this point. I trust
Lurker and Unprofitable Servent, I have just had the opportunity to read through the last half of this string and wanted to say a big thank you for the godly wisdom and patience you've displayed toward the posters here. Your advice should be heeded, but I fear, at least for one, it will fall on deaf ears. But that's God's call, not mine. Again, thanks for speaking the truth in these matters.
Take care of that family GsTexas! They need a happy, peaceful husband and father. God bless! I know many will miss your input and wisdom! But, like you, many of us have better things to invest our efforts in right now.
penny, we've always practiced natural permaculture, at least where we can, so the natural shape of the land helps us avoid many windy issues. We do use tires for growing potatoes and have had amazing results with those for years now. The winds aren't nearly as damaging as the summer afternoon rain/hail storms we frequently get. THOSE have proven to be the proverbial thorn in the gardens' thigh!
I want to start a larger medicinal garden but I think I would quickly kill them through ignorance! Besides, we are zone three, debatably, so many of the plants won't even grow here. Maybe a greenhouse in the future!
Frank, I've lived in huge cities all the way to the middle of nowhere and I honestly prefere closer to the middle of nowhere! We live in this tiny mountain community in Montana (maybe 80-ish people in the summer). What a blessing to be IN God's creation like we are - had a mountain lion make his rounds through the property once and a yearling black bear. We've been able to identify over 18 species of birds from summer to winter. We can take the kids hunting just a few steps out the front door! My husband and I feel just blessed beyond anything we deserve to be able to live where God has placed us. But the winters are harsh and the property takes continual maintenance so, yes, there will come a day...! But for the kids to grow up knowing what it's like to put in a physically hard day; to grow, store and eat our own food, and most importantly to minister to the people who love near us - well, I wouldn't trade it for the world!
Thank you for your prayers! My poor husband get's nervous as we draw to the end of each pregnancy wondering what "surprises" God might have in store or if we'll just have a plain old boring birth. Ha! I truly appreciate the prayers! He reads through anything I post here so I will be sure to let him know! Thanks again and God bless and keep you!
So nice to hear from you Dorcas; and I completely understand. This is the same reason I am doing the same thing. I like to check on the news but the incessant bickering and troll-takeover can too easily shadow the blessings I enjoy with a busy and blessed household. Here in a few weeks I will post somewhere on the new baby; hoping to hear from SF any day - which is why I keep checking back.
At any rate, we will continue to pray for you and your whole family. God keep you in His care and enjoy the peace and rest! I will miss reading your words of wisdom, I must say. I have learned so much from you and Frank and others but know you will continue to be used by God where you are!!
CAB, the world you live in is so pathetically sad - full of bitterness, fear, resentment, arrogance, pridefulness and loathsome heretical beliefs. Normally I wouldn't bother responding to such a community troll as yourself, but it's really so sad! Your ways and words betray the heart within you for all to see and you keep heaping coals on yourself. May God help you!
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." (Galatians 5:22-26)
Good morning Frank! Less than a month to go and we are just so excited! The kids keep coming up with new names and the littlest ones have decided that Smokey Joe is a great name! It's our neighbors horse's name! Hahaha!
My husband started adding our leaders to family worship prayers. I can say it has led to some awfully animated discussions when our current administration has been so agreciously against God's Word. The kids have, we pray, begun to use the Bible to discern any truth. It's been edifying for us and keeps us focused on God's will more than fear of the future.
Regardless of our prayers petitioning God for a revival or not, we are still commanded to pray for our leaders: "First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." (1 Timothy 2:1, 2)
TC, while your desire for health is commendable, you are assuming you have power you do not. As our bodies are the temple of God, let us use them to glorify Him, not in eating and drinking but in using what means He has given us to be used by Him to serve others. The soul is what needs nourishing most!
Have you ever considered a mission trip to a third world country? You might - it is eye opening to watch people scrounge through trash and listen to them ask God to bless and nourish the trash they found to their bodies - and then watch as He miraculously does... The key to life is Christ, the GIVER of all things! (Remember, I am not saying what we eat isn't important! If God has given you the naturopath career to walk, you need only follow Him! But always keep the perspective checked by what God's unchangeable word says.)
"And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Lk12:22, 23, 29-31)
"Accept anyone who is weak in faith, but donâ€™t argue about doubtful issues. One person believes he may eat anything, but one who is weak eats only vegetables. One who eats must not look down on one who does not eat, and one who does not eat must not criticize one who does, because God has accepted him. ... Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, yet he thanks God." (Rom 14:1-3, 6)
"Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." (Prov18:21)
"Trusting an unreliable person in a difficult time is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot. Singing songs to a troubled heart is like taking off clothing on a cold day or like pouring vinegar on soda. A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well." (Proverbs 25:19, 20, 26)
Good morning Delores! Hope you had a restful nights sleep! It is hard to know sometimes whether we stand on solid ground or perceived solid ground. We hold so dearly to our interpreted experiences that we sometimes see them as truth, when in fact, it was maybe dimly truth, mixed with God's saving grace! I am so thankful that He is willing to be patient with us as He gently leads. In my walk, I rely heavily on my husband's guidance (which is fairly young and yet God has made strides with him that, well, frankly I am jealous of!) and on this verse "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Tim1:7). I have found that by running absolutely everything through the lens of Scripture alone, my experiences are better refined to reflect Christ's intent and I certainly see more clearly that there is Christ, the solid rock I stand on - ALL other ground is sinking sand. God bless you sister; may you find His love in a new way today!!
Nesting! Oh how I would love the energy! Usually, by now, I have that 3rd trimester kick- not this time! Hopefully soon! Four and under! . I will be praying for you indeed; it really is the hardest number I think; however, they grow so quickly and before you'll realize it, they will be helping with everything you do! It is such a blessing to see even our 18 month old pulling clothes out of the dryer; they will learn so many skills that they can then turn around to help and bless others with. Our fifth means a range from 7 to newborn, the last three only 18 mo apart or less. I know you're like me and wouldn't trade it, even the hard days, for the world! We also have to be sure to praise our husbands, as without their guidance, support and love, well, personally I would hide out in the bedroom closet with a bag of m&m's and a bottle of Coca-cola! Lol! Get some rest and know I pray often for you that all will go well!