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Justification

Thursday, December 02, 2010

This is a topic I have thought about off and on for several years. I have been told that justification is the process that makes it just as if it didn't happen, usually referring to sin. I had a co-worker, a christian, tell me years ago that a situation wasn't really wrong if you looked at it her way. Just by saying that you knew that she knew it wasn't right. She tried to justify her reason for doing so. If we have to justify what we are doing, then what we have done is sin and we know it is. We were never meant to justify our sin. Our righteousness is to God as filthy menstral rags. Pretty stinky and disgusting! We cannot justify ourselves and remove our own sin. There is only One Who can wash us white as snow and remove all sin. Our attempts will only pale in comparison and lead us to a false security.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/2/2010 7:11PM

    Many years ago, a co-worker and I talked with a fellow co-worker who told us he was homosexual. All three of us were Christians so we asked him how he could justify violating Biblical admonishments against homosexuality and still say he was a Christian. His reply? That he went to a church that supported his sexual orientation. When we showed him passages against his lifestyle he said his church didn't believe in that part of the Bible. Talk about trying to convince himself he was correct! Ah, well. We can't change anyone unless they are willing to listen, can we? -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 12/2/2010 10:43AM

    What a timely subject. I went to Bible study last night at church and the women's group had decorated the church for Christmas. It was all done very beautifully in greenery, etc. What stunned me was the etcetera. Two huge artificial trees were up on the stage no decorated yet, and another big tree in the lobby. I went to this church 10 years ago and was baptized there and they never decorated like that before. When we were in MI, our ladies group did a Bible study on the pagan holidays. I know that most people probably aren't aware of the origins, but I guess I thought our church would have been aware. So I asked our senior evangelist after our lesson. He was very calm in his answer that it didn't change our love for the Lord and that it's only purpose was to be "festive". He was aware of the origin and didn't think that anyone looked at it this way. I admitted that I have a small little tree as decoration in my home also so I guess I was saying the same thing. I don't know why I still feel confused or like I have a bad taste left in my mouth. I guess I better study it more for some sort of justification and make peace with myself. How do you feel?

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Power of Prayer

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

There is no time better spent than the time we spend on our knees. Years ago the Lord told me that we can have whatever we want in life directly proportionate to the time we spend in prayer. We can have the heartache and despair by not taking the time to pray or we can have the joy, and fulfillment we seek by getting on our faces before the throne. This came at a pivotal time in my life. I had no idea what we were about to face as a family. The next few years could have destroyed us just as many others face destruction, but because of constant and fervent prayer my family exists as the first miracle. I could have lost my entire family to suicide, but was spared because of prayer. There is no more powerful force than making a connection with our Heavenly Father. We have not because we do not take the time to ask, plain and simple. We cannot change situations beyond our control in everyday life. We can change everything through the Holy Spirit Who can be where we cannot. We cannot enter a person's dreams, but it is not beyond the scope of things with God. Nothing is Impossible to Him and nothing is impossible to the one who believes in Him. On our own and in our own strength we fail miserably, but He who is with us is far greater than all that we can see and hold. Never underestimate the power of prayer.

  
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3CATSLEP 12/2/2010 10:22AM

    Thank you, Cindy, I needed to hear that today also! emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/1/2010 12:47PM

    That was the reminder I needed today. Thank you very much.

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IUHRYTR 12/1/2010 12:28PM

    To me, it is not difficult to look around us at all of the miracles of earth and not believe there is a master hand at work, one that will reach out to help us if we simply ask. -- Lou

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CADENSNANA 12/1/2010 12:06PM

  Thank you for your post today! I am new to SparkPeople and am delighted to find your blog as well as "I Can Do All Things Through Christ." Have a blessed day, sister.

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As We Think

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As I lay awake from 4:30 to 6:30 this morning my mind wandered. I watched a video yesterday about a convicted general serving time in a prison. He gained the loyalty of the other inmates by changing their thinking. He was able to mobilize them into a revolt that brought down an evil warden. I thought long and hard about the power of our thoughts and their impact on our lives.
Many of us have been told we are fat, ugly or worthless at one time or another in our lives. Words are born of thoughts. They are not harmful until they are spoken to others. Let me take that back, their harm is multiplied when spoken. Our thoughts will control our actions as well. You know when you meet someone in maost cases whether or not they like you. A few will baffle us, but most send off a vibe that betrays their thoughts. Our thoughts will direct our interactions with others.
I also saw a brief part of the Dr. Phill show as I was waiting for the news yesterday. There was a beautiful woman who at one time had been skinny. She called that her Barbie self and indeed she did look like a lifesize Barbie. When she was skinny she felt confident, alive and vibrant. Dr. Phil told her that she was the same person whether she was fat or skinny and she needed to change her thinking. What we look like on the outside is not as important as how we think on the inside now is it?
Gain control of your thoughts and you gain control of your life. Don't allow pessimistic and negative thoughts to make a home in your mind and you will become a positive person as a way of life. Our social class or profession has nothing to do with, nor does our past. We alone detirmine our future by what we do in the present.

  
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CLAIREMZM 12/1/2010 8:39AM

    Well said. Thank you for posting this. The Holy Spirit is speaking through you!

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WCATAP 12/1/2010 8:20AM

    You're preaching from my favorite book.

Proverbs 23:7 "As a man thinks in his heart...so is he."

This is a fabulous blog and so necessary for people to read. Negative words are like a cancer. The ones said to us in the past, hurt yes, but the ones said in the present are today's danger. There are far too many negative words, and pessimistic attitudes flying around. What we say to each other and what we say to ourselves should be words that are "seasoned with grace".

You rock great blog!

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IUHRYTR 12/1/2010 8:04AM

    I still remember being called four-eyes when I first got glasses in elementary school and that was a loooong time ago. The saying that sticks and stones may break our bones but words can never hurt us is so wrong. Words hurt and do stay with us forever. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 11/30/2010 4:49PM

    I wish I had had more control over my mouth yesterday! Thank you for the rainbow - it helped!

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JOYATLAST 11/30/2010 10:18AM

    Amen!

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/30/2010 9:28AM

    Yes!



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Here It Comes

Monday, November 29, 2010

Well I am pleased to announce the holidays were very enjoyable. When I sat still, I fell asleep immediately. Tried hard to watch videos with my son. Didn't expect too much as far as help cleaning up so I was not disappointed :) We also ate early enough that I had time to clean some before dashing off to work making double time. I am going to Roswell with my best friend tomorrow to take my me time. Should be mailing all my packages and cards by the first so I am all set. No cookies to bake, nothing much to do, but clean house. Boy does that sound exciting, I hate cleaning house!
We just got news on my daughter's car too. We were expecting no more than $500 for her car that was about ready to die. Because of the accident we are getting close to $2000 to get her a new one. I thing we only spent $2500 on it when we bought it four years ago. Merry Christmas !! Woohoo, I love Progressive! So now we are shopping for a new old car. Hope to have one found and ready for her to take home after Christmas.
Just when I was getting all bah Humbug for the holidays something had to go and make it Merry and Bright! Now I feel like going out and spending some money. Bye see ya later!

  
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JOYATLAST 11/30/2010 4:38AM

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3CATSLEP 11/29/2010 10:52PM

    I actually spent the morning decorating the apartment. Then went over to my mom's and ended up getting yelled at and told to get out! She was really acting strange like more of the Alzheimer stuff. So it was a crazy day to say the least, but I was glad to get back to my lovely little home. I won't be going over there tomorrow. The one good thing about her dementia is that she will probably forget all about it! Oh, well, say a prayer for her confused mind and a pray of strength for me.

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Thanksgiving etc.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

O got all my cookies done. Still have a few to make for hubby. Probably wouldn't do something like that twice!Hubby had the odacity to ask why he didn't get more of his favorite cookies too! Now I am off to do five days work in one day and go to work tonight. I am going to be so exhausted that I don't expect to enjoy Thanksgiving. I am placing my bets heavier on Christmas. If I exhaust myself early on, maybe I can enjoy it later. I have been grumpy for the last five days and no end is in sight there. My dog ate half a loaf of bread last night and tore through the cardboard box to get at the cans of cat food. Then she spread the trash all over the kitchen floor. Good thing I hadn't mopped the floor yet or we would have one dead dog. There are small blessings in all of this.
My baby comes home some time today. I always look forward to seeing him when he graces us with his presence. He really only comes home to see his friends. We are just his motel that doesn't charge. We will probably take off to Las Cruces to see my daughter on Saturday and assess her car situation. Hope we find a good solution.
I am thankful for my life even though I may not like it at present. My family is, for the most part, happy with their lives as far as I know. We all have jobs and goals for the future. No one is in jail or facing litigation. I know that I am loved even when I may not be liked :). I have my needs met and food to prepare for the holidays when many in the world have only a fraction of what I do if anything at all. My car works well and I have gas to put in it. I love my job and the women and children I serve. I am free and I am forgiven all because of my wonderful Savior. All I have is because of His love for me. I am blessed indeed.

  
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IUHRYTR 11/25/2010 1:51AM

    You have such a good outlook, even with things not being totally satisfying for you now. Keep the faith. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 11/24/2010 8:03PM

    Hope you have a happy and healthy one! BLESSINGS TO YOU!!!
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FRECKALYMC 11/24/2010 2:11PM

    Beautiful rememberance of your blessings. Our needs are met, indeed. May your holiday turn out peaceful after all.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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