Saturday, June 27, 2015

Acceptable Sin

This week's Supreme Court decision has left my heart heavy with despair at the path our nation is taking.  We, as a nation, have convinced ourselves that there are sins that are acceptable, because in the name of love it must be right.  We've convinced ourselves that our "rights" as human beings are being denied.

It's a bit like taking a broken chair and adding a little paint to it, making it look so nice, but the chair is still broken.  I don't have to stop and examine a slithering snake to know I want no part of it and to quickly call my in-house snake exterminating husband.  We need to be the same way with sin.

We've quit calling sin, sin.  We pretty it up.  Adultery isn't adultery anymore.  It's having an affair.  That sounds so much less offensive.  We don't lie, we simply don't want to hurt someone's feelings so we bend the truth a bit.  We don't call people sodomites anymore.  Now they're gay, lesbian, confused, transgendered and a whole alphabet of other conditions that doesn't change the fact that their sexual identity is not what God created mankind to be.  We work very hard not to be offensive when we speak, so much so that we offend God by trying to justify sin. 

Gay marriage is wrong.  Pretty it up all you want but God says marriage is between one man and one woman, period.  God meant is so much he said it FOUR TIMES in scripture. 

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Mark 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Never does it say that man shall leave his parents and be joined to another man, or woman to another woman.  Sorry.  I think God's pretty clear about His definition of marriage.


God is quite clear with what we're to do with sin when it's recognized.  TURN AWAY, repent, run away as fast as you can.  I think of sin like a huge vortex, churning and spinning trying to suck us in.  The Bible tells us that in the last days these things will happen.  It tells us to look up that our redemption draws nigh. 

In the meantime.....I will follow Jesus.  Anywhere he leads me I will follow on.  Whether my views are popular or I'm ridiculed.  I'm following right behind my Lord. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's a NEW day!

I can not believe I have not written a blog post in years! Not weeks or months but YEARS! I'm sure it wasn't because I had nothing to say but more because I was, as the Bible says, "weary in well-doing." I've undergone many changes over the past months and years and am liking the me I am now. God has changed so much about me from the clothes I wear, the books and television programs I watch up to the way I keep and decorate our home. I am learning the true meaning of Philippians 4:11 "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
 
I think Paul was speaking of many things, including the need to be the person God created us to be and that we need not bend to outside pressures to be anything other. I see so many women trying to be the perfect wife and mother, keep a perfectly organized and spotless home, yet the condition of their soul is black with sin. I see loneliness, unhappiness, bitterness and discontent. It's about the need to have more, do more, know more...but there's never any contentment.

Sometimes I think we've become a generation of lemmings being led off the cliff by the voices that tell us what we have and who we are is not enough. God tells us that's not true! Psalms 139:14 "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." So, the Princess will continue to ponder and hopefully begin to share many of the things I have, and am, still learning and coming to understand as God works in my life. I hope you'll keep checking back!

Monday, June 13, 2011

BEING PERFECT

Is there even such a thing? I don't believe there is, no matter how much we struggle or work being perfect is something we can not accomplish in this life. What I have to remember is that in God's eyes I am already perfect and that should be more than enough to accept myself as I am.

I don't think we should take this to mean that it's okay to laze around and never try to improve or grow in life, but I do think it means that we need to accept ourselves as God's creation and stop nitpicking and cutting ourselves down in our insecurities and doubts.

There's a reason in any bookstore one of the largest sections is Self Help books. I actually think it's rather funny that almost everyone has an opinion on the best way to lose weight, the right exercise program, how to overcome depression, fears or...well you get the idea. People are constantly looking for a way to make their life happier, to be more content, to overcome, ...but I've come to realize the only way to be an overcomer is to be content in the arms of God and to understand that He loves us just as we are...scars and all.

Friday, April 29, 2011

COUPONING!!!

I have discovered the joy of couponing! Not only do you save significant amounts of money on groceries and other items but it's a lot of fun! Yesterday I did my major grocery shopping for the month and saved $98.27! I love BOGO's and thankfully our grocery chain does those weekly and our other local chain has 10 for $10 sales weekly as well.

I'm not as crazy as some of the ladies on extreme couponing, but I do enjoy saving money on what we use. I can't see myself stockpiling three years of toilet paper, in the first place I'm not sure where I'd put it, but I don't see the need for anyone having three years of toilet paper or 150 bottles of body wash. I also do not spend 60 hours each week cutting, planning, plotting and shopping. I spent about an hour cutting, searching and planning and saved almost $100, or 50% of my shopping costs.

When you watch extreme couponing you'll notice they seldom buy big ticket items, fresh vegetables or meats. That's where anyone spends their money. I've started buying my meats at our local grocery store's 5 for $19.99 counter. That generally provides us with almost 2 weeks of meat.

We also participate in the Angel Food Ministry where you can purchase boxes of restaurant quality food for a limited budget. We purchase the $46 a month box. If you've never tried it, go to www.angelfoodministry.com and check on the menu for May. There are several different price options/box contents. I like the $46 a month box as it has the best variety for the money. May's box even includes 4 New York strip steaks.

This has become a new way of life for me and I find I am truly enjoying it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

LEARNING TO BE FRUGAL

Daddy told my husband when he asked for my hand that I was "high maintenance." He wasn't kidding. I like the finer things in life and if it sparkles I like it. When I go into a jewelery store the piece I choose will always be the most expensive thing in the store. However, I did not marry a billionaire and as the economy has changed I've had to learn to economize and change the way I look at things. I've begun couponing and sale shopping and have truly been enjoying it. Just this past Saturday I bought 5 5# bags of Gold Medal flour, 2 pkgs of Crisco shortening (the sticks), 5 1# bags of brown and confectioners sugar, 5 pkgs yeast, 4 Angel Food cake mixes, 4 large bottles of REAL McCormicks vanilla, 2 bags of coconut, 1 lb bag of walnuts, all for $35.00. That's enough baking products to last me the remainder of the year. We have started purchasing from Angel Food Ministries, restaurant quality food at a minimum price. We buy the $41 box and have enough food for us for a couple of weeks.

I'm learning how to bake my own bread, not with a bread machine. I'm cooking at home more, shopping the meat sales, and using coupons to get things at a very low price and stocking up. I'm learning to buy clothing with pieces so I can mix and match with other things, and figuring out I don't need new clothes every season.

I'm also realizing that we need to take heed to what scripture teaches us about the last days. Yes, I firmly believe we are living in the last of the last days. Scripture teaches
Luk 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
Luk 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
Luk 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

As things change in our world we need to be prepared. I remember a song from my teenage years that said, "a piece of bread will buy a bag of gold." I don't think we should be afraid, but prepared, like the 10 wise virgins were prepared in the book of Matthew 25:1-12. The wise virgins had oil in their lamps and extra, just in case. The foolish virgins were not prepared and the Lord turned them away.

I know I want to be prepared.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

THE WORST DAY OF THE YEAR

Well, it's the worst day of the year for me anyway. The day I sit down and figure out the taxes. I guess it's the worst day because I don't like the way the government spends my money. I don't like the complicated and confusing way they write the forms. I certainly don't like that the middle class and small business men end up carrying the weight while the rich and huge corporations walk away relatively scott free. But hey, that's just my opinion and I can help to change things the next time there's an election, just as I cast my ballot in the last election.

I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, to look on the bright side and to follow the Biblical principle to "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's".

I think I need to keep singing, "O say but I'm glad, I'm glad. O say but I'm glad. Jesus has come and my cup overrun. O Say but I'm glad."
Keeping a positive attitude is everything, I've discovered. I can choose to have a great day or a lousy day and I need to make that choice before I open my eyes and place my feet on the floor in the morning. Before I go to sleep the night before I whisper a prayer and ask God to bless the next day, to help me to be in a good mood, to make it a great day. I have no doubt God does his part, it's up to me to do mine. I need to keep the negative thoughts and comments at bay, I need to keep a song in my mouth, a smile on my face, and God's joy in my heart.

I'd better change the title of this post then....okay, so it's not the worst day of the year, maybe simply one of my most stressful.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BECOMING AN EZER

I teach the ladies Sunday School class in our church. Mainly we study things that help us be better Christian women. A few weeks ago we began studying what it truly means to be an Ezer...or if you don't speak Hebrew, a helpmeet. To understand what the true role of a woman is you must first understand why God created woman. I began searching the internet, which has become a fabulous study tool, and came across another blog which introduced me to a book by Debi Pearl, Created to be His HelpMeet. Talk about an eye-opening book!

First, let me be clear, women were not created to be slaves. Being a submissive woman doesn't mean you are a doormat for your husband to wipe his feet on. In fact, an Ezer (helpmeet) is like a strong right arm, a warrior for your husband, one with whom he is not complete. We are the glue that holds the family together.

I've discovered that many things we modern, liberated women do are actually demeaning and harmful for our husband's mental and physical well being. In the quest to be equal (which we already were created as equal) we attempted instead to be the leader, the head. We forgot that we were the feminine, soft-spoken, gentile half. We all forgot the old adage, which I often hear my mother's voice ringing in my ears saying, "you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar."

I've also learned that in our attempts to be what we were not created to be we've blasphemed the Word of God. I think that bothered me most.

I highly recommend women read Debi Pearl's book. It's an eye-opening, life-changing experience.