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Entanglements of Life.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Hebrews 12:1 (NAS)
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Hello guys and gals,
I have had a long day today. I got home at 7:20 am (because I had to go get some milk) and was able to get a couple hours of sleep before I had to get up with Asher. We sat down to eat some breakfast, and I decided to spend some time in prayer while we were sitting there. I want my son to see me praying to God even when we are not at church. I don't want him growing up thinking that speaking to God is only allowed in church. Anyways, I added my track to my spark page if any of you are interested what I eat, its there to be seen. My calorie intake is a bit higher than most but after doing some studying I found that my size requires it.

I want to take time once again to thank all of you that read my blogs. I have thought about shortening my blogs, because I have read some other blogs and they are not as long as mine, but I find that my mind is full of thoughts and words and I need to let them out. I was trying to avoid a comment on my blog from yesterday but it just keeps eating at me so I figured I would address it here. Survivor61 posted the verse I had on my blog in the King James Version of the bible, mine was in New American Standard, she stated " And shame on man for changing the Holy Written words..." I have a problem with this comment, the King James Version is not the first translation, and it is not the last. My bible is the same as yours, it is translated from the original text which by the way are written in Hebrew, Arabic, and Greek. 1 Timothy was Greek. The King James was translated from Latin. But I beg of you Survivor61, continue to seek out what I write about and make sure my words are true. If you find in any way I am wrong please send me a mail. I will answer and look at my direction.

Sorry I had to get that off my chest. I hope we can now move forward. This is the end of this discussion, any comment posted about translations will be deleted.

Any ways back to my day, I have really been trying to kick this sore throat. Been taking various different medicines but it has not helped much. I pulled out my guitar today and played a few praise and worship songs, and watched my son dance to them. He especially loves me to play "This Little Light of Mine". He dances around with his light and hides it under the bushel. He is so cute sometimes and I can not imagine my life without him. A little later on I took my wife, Tamie, an iced tea, and bought myself some raw almonds. I figured since I haven't had a soft drink in 5 days I deserved some sort of snack I would enjoy, and I love almonds.

I hoping to that I start feeling better soon. I have not felt like trying to do any workouts. I found a few good videos here on sparkpeople that I cant wait to try. I bet I will have some good progress once I start.

Now on to the verse I found. We are surrounded by believers, and yet we stumble on some of the most stupid things. Church splitting decisions like what color the carpet in the new sanctuary will be, a Pastor's wife getting a tattoo. We should lay these aside and focus the run that is set before us. We easily get caught up in the stupidest things that don't matter about our salvation. Things like translations, raising your hands during worship, worrying about someone else's sin, etc. All these things become stumbling blocks and causes us to sin. We can look at our exercise and life changes the same. We need to focus on the race at hand and not the things that cause us to stumble. The more we think about those things the more we want them and then we find ourselves devouring the whole cake in the fridge and just giving up. I was having a talk with a co-worker, and he said he was trying to quit smoking and five minutes later he went outside to smoke. If you are thinking about doing it you are going to do it. Its time to start thinking about doing the opposite of our addictions. If its drinking soft drinks, lets start thinking of the water we need to drink. If its food cravings lets find another thing to turn to. Jesus is a good start. phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength."

My Father up in heaven, I come to you right now thanking you for your word. I thank you for your blessings and I pray that you let us focus on the race and not the entanglements in the way. Please Lord go with us and keep us safe. In Jesus' precious name. Amen!
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    awesome testimony Wallhalla, It is amazing how God can move in our lives, If we just trust and let Him.
    1935 days ago
    I love your statement about wanting your son to see you praying outside your Church. Way to train up your child! My son is a young teen. A few years back, we were having terrible mornings before school. I quit going in and waking him up for school. Instead, I began to stand at the end of his bed and pray over him. Immediately things changed in our house. No more morning arguments or fussing. Peace. Talk about amazing grace! It is the best habit I ever taught myself.
    1935 days ago
    You guys are such a blessing, to hear the support is awesome.. I am battling this cold but still going to church.. emoticon

    praise the Lord for his strength
    1935 days ago
    I agree. You can worship/pray/talk to God no matter where you are. I don't think it was fair of that fellow sparker to call you out for using a different version of the bible. What matters is that you are serving God and living his word. I also liked what you wrote about setting aside things that cause us to lose our focus. I think a lot of people forget that it's not their job to judge others.

    On another note, write as much as you want. A lot of people do write very short & simple blogs but you never know when something you write is going to resonate with someone or inspire them!

    Good luck in your journey!

    1936 days ago
    emoticon emoticon

    (Just on the side, I utilize several versions of the Bible for an increase in learning and understanding. Thank you for your views.)

    I sure hope that you get to feeling better. I haven't had a sore throat in a long time, but I remember them as a child. emoticon

    I have numerous disabilities that I have to deal with on a daily basis, but I do try to get some emoticon emoticon when I can.

    emoticon on choosing the almonds.

    Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

    Paula emoticon

    1936 days ago
    If each one of us will press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, as Paul did, the things that others do around us will have no affect on us. Our time will be consumed with pleasing the Father and doing all that He has created and called us to do; not being concerned about what others are or are not doing or how they feel about what we are doing. We are just focused on what God cares about what we are doing.

    Keep up the good work. You will achieve the prize if you continue in doing the things that God has asked of you.
    1936 days ago
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