Archive | October, 2010

Made to Love

28 Oct

This performance of Made to Love by Toby Mac is pretty awesome!

I am just gonna keep going with the love theme 🙂

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Love Poems

27 Oct

Young Man:

You are beautiful, my darling,
beautiful beyond words.
Your eyes are like doves
behind your veil.
Your hair falls in waves,
like a flock of goats winding down the slopes of Gilead.
Your teeth are as white as sheep,
recently shorn and freshly washed.
Your smile is flawless,
each tooth matched with its twin.
Your lips are like scarlet ribbon;
your mouth is inviting.
Your cheeks are like rosy pomegranates
behind your veil.
Your neck is as beautiful as the tower of David,
jeweled with the shields of a thousand heroes. Song of Songs 4:1-4

Young Woman:

My lover is dark and dazzling,
better than ten thousand others!
His head is finest gold,
his wavy hair is black as a raven.
His eyes sparkle like doves
beside springs of water;
they are set like jewels
washed in milk.
His cheeks are like gardens of spices
giving off fragrance.
His lips are like lilies,
perfumed with myrrh.

His arms are like rounded bars of gold,
set with beryl.
His body is like bright ivory,
glowing with lapis lazuli.
His legs are like marble pillars
set in sockets of finest gold.
His posture is stately,
like the noble cedars of Lebanon.
His mouth is sweetness itself;
he is desirable in every way.
Such, O women of Jerusalem,
is my lover, my friend. Song of Songs 5:10-16

Love is in the air 😉

 

My Rock and My Salvation

26 Oct

I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:1-2

Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O Lord.

The Lord is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray. Psalm 25: 4-8

Send out your light and your truth;
let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you live. Psalm 43:3

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.    Psalm 62:5-7

Amen!

Get better quick…

25 Oct

So I had a cold this weekend that came on out of nowhere on Thursday evening and had me very uncomfortable through Saturday. But great thing is I was feeling a lot better by Sunday and today I am almost 100%.  So thought I would share a couple of get-over-your-cold-quick tips.

1. Hot tea. Preferably a Cold & Flu or Detox tea that you can get at most health food stores.  But don’t stop with just putting a tea bag in some hot water.  We make a super potent tea using this recipe:

Ingredients:

fresh ginger

cinnamon sticks (2 0r 3)

fresh lime

honey

Cold & Flu or Detox tea bag

-Cut up fresh ginger into little pieces (about a 1 inch piece of ginger is good).

-Put about 2 cups water in a pot. Add the ginger pieces.

-Cut up the lime and squeeze all the juice into the water

-Drop in the cinnamon sticks

-Add in some honey (I put several tablespoons)

-Bring the water to a low boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes

-Use a strainer to pour the healing mixture into a big cup.

-Add a tea bag, cover, and let steep for ten minutes

2. Neti pot (looks like a little tea pot: You can find them at health food stores usually)

-This little pot does wonders for your sinuses. You heat up some purified water to lukewarm, add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and then put the sea salt water in the pot, lean over the sink, tilt your head to the side and put the spout to one nostril. The water will run through your sinuses and come out of the other nostril  (This does take some practice to get the angle of your head just right, but I figured it out quick the first time). I know, it sounds strange, and it does take some getting use to the first time you do it, but you will heal so much faster because it eliminates any infected mucus from your sinuses and the salt fights off the infection.

Here is a picture of a neti pot:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Emergen-C.

-Vitamin C and other vitamins are what most doctors will tell you is important for boosting your immune system.

 

So, that is my arsenal for colds:  Homemade Super Cold-fighting tea, the Neti pot, and Emergen-C.  Hope that you don’t get sick this winter season, but if you do maybe one or all of these tips will help you get better fast!

Oh, and how could I almost forget to say! My number one illness fighting strategy is prayer for healing.  I ask God for his healing powers to restore my health and thank Him for all he does for me!

Jessica

Sacrifice

21 Oct

Some days it seems like a sacrifice to not eat junk food.  People are always talking about sacrifice. You have to give up something in order to have something else. Even little kids start learning about sacrifice when they are told they must share something that they want all for themselves.  But what is a worthy sacrifice in God’s eyes? A perfect animal offered up on an altar? No, not anymore.  In the Old Testament days, people were obliged to offer up their best livestock if they wanted to offer a pleasing sacrifice to God.  But with the life of Jesus, the New Testament was set into action.  Jesus became the sacrifice before God for all of our sins.  So that now we don’t have to offer up animal and incense sacrifices to God.

Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.
But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God,

“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.
But you have given me a body to offer.
You were not pleased with burnt offerings
or other offerings for sin.
Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God—
as is written about me in the Scriptures.'”

First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.
Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.
And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,

“This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day, says the LORD:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”

Then he says,

“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”

And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. Hebrews 10:1-18

Amen!

Falling on my knees

19 Oct

This week the idea of loving others has been in focus.  I realized last night one person that I was not showing love and had to humble myself before God and ask him to help me.  It is hard to love everyone. This human state is one of imperfections.  I am so far from perfect and I thank God every time he reveals to me another imperfection.  Here are some tips from the Word:

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:3-11

Jesus lived his life putting others before himself, showing love to the least lovable, and died a brutal death to save us. Now that is true love!

Steve Harvey the Comedian introduces Jesus

18 Oct

I watched this video clip this morning and it is great! The famous comedian Steve Harvey introduces the King of Kings.  You gotta watch this! It gets you thinking, “how would I introduce someone so famous and so incredible as Jesus Christ?”  I think that Mr. Harvey does a very good and funny job of it!

Here is the full length version: