Saturday, August 29, 2009

God's Sense of Humor :)

We recently saw a sight we had never seen before and I was so glad I had my camera with me. A goat in a tree!! I posted it on face book and thought it was worth posting on our blog. The owners had never seen any of their goats in a tree before so I was even happier I had taken the picture. Since then I went on line and found a sight where there was a picture of a tree full of goats. Apparently there are goats that do this. There are goats that also "faint." I hope the tree climbing goats and the fainting goats don't try and copy each other, ha!

Our God is such an awesome God who would create such extraordinary creatures. And to think He created us in His image is almost too much to comprehend...but it is true! In the Bible Genesis 1:25 says, "And God made the beast of the earth after his kind,... and God saw that it was good." v.27 "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

The picture of the goat in the tree is humorous and at times some of us are too... but to our God it is good!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

INHERITANCE RESPONSIBILITY

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." I Timothy 5:8

Most of us men take great pride in how well we provide for our families. As I look around at the men here at TBC, they are hard working, responsible husbands and fathers. That is, as long as they are alive!

Men, what if God called you home this week? Would your family still be provided for properly? May I suggest a check list of items that men should have ready for their families in the event of your sudden death.

1. A will professionally done by an attorney or try legalzoom.com Considerations when making your will:
A. In your will consider your children (Pr. 19:14)
B. In you will consider your grandchildren (Pr. 13:22)
C. In your will consider your church or other worthy ministries

2.Insurance or savings sufficient to provide for your family needs.
(Consider strongly disability insurance for your working years. According to statistics you are far more likely to be disabled through accident or disease than to die and this insurance helps replace your income and protect your family.)

3. A personal letter giving instruction and important information. This letter might include:
A. Funeral instructions: Where, who, songs, testimony, scripture, burial, etc.
B. Location of all insurance policies, agent names, address, etc.
C. A sample budget for the first year.
D. What's to be done with insurance money?
(Pay off house, where to invest, with whom, etc.)
E. List all investments and other assets. (location of each document)
F. List of employment records and applicable benefits.
G. Words of personal encouragement and vision for your wife and each child.

4. Consider long term care insurance. If you decide not to purchase it then what is the plan so you don’t use up your estate so there is no inheritance and you become a burden to the state?

(note)Long term care insurance covers the expenses for assisted living, nursing home, home health care. These expenses can easily run as high as $40,000 - $60,000 per year which is why you should consider this insurance once you turn about 60.

All of the above should be updated your will every few years. Once per year would be ideal. When updating, you should sit with your wife and go over everything she is to do if you die suddenly.

You should also consider the possibility that both you and your wife could die suddenly. Your will should include a guardian provision for your children. Please don't leave it up to the State to decide the disposition of your children.

Remember, our responsibility is to meet needs, not make wealthy. Few of us would need one million dollars worth of insurance, but most of us would need several hundred thousand, if you plan to provide for many years in your absence.

Men, if you are suddenly called to heaven, your wives will be very grateful you took the time to prepare her and provide for her. Don't put it off any longer, rather remember, "What is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."

PB

Thursday, August 20, 2009

BACK TO SCHOOL

It’s hard to believe the summer is gone and it’s time for our children to go back to school. These school years in the life of your children will fly by just like the summer. Let’s make the most of their new school year. Here are some important reminders to all parents regardless of your educational choice for your children.

1. We are blessed to have the freedom of choice in America. The government doesn’t steal our children or mandate a certain institution that our children must attend. We are free to use the government run school system, a private Christian school, private boarding school, or we can train our children ourselves at home. We should maintain a grateful perspective for this freedom. Training our children is a responsibility and a privilege made even more blessed by the choices we have available to us. Be careful to give praise to God for this freedom that many do not enjoy. Ask Him for wisdom to make the right choice for each child. Pray regularly for our nation and ask God to preserve our freedoms. Those freedoms are constantly under attack by the evil one. Don’t take freedom for granted.

2. We must be totally involved in the education process for each child. I am speaking to both sets of parents. No matter if you use schools or train your children at home it is not mom’s sole responsibility. Dads you must direct, inspect, encourage, and participate in the training process. For those of you who send your children to a school outside your home please remember that’s a choice God has extended to you. (Gal.4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.) The training remains your responsibility and you must insure the teacher(s) you place over your children are doing the job effectively. God has given you the responsibility to direct, guide, assist, and encourage those teachers who train your children for you. God will hold you responsible for your child’s preparation for life. You can delegate some of the training but you can not give away the responsibility. God gave it to you. Take the responsibility seriously.

3. Continually be building character into your children’s lives. Ask any employer these days and they will tell you it’s hard to find good help. Why? Because of a general break down of character in our society. What use to be a fundamental part of the training most children received is no longer the case. We are suffering as a nation as a result. The adults who grow up without discipline suffer too. We should be developing the character of our children in all these areas: Faithfulness, neatness, promptness, diligence, truthfulness, politeness, excellence, and gratefulness. We should insure our children do their work neat and on time. We should see to it that our children honor their elders that include their teachers. “Yes sir” and “Yes Mam” are good and proper responses when a child is spoken to by an adult. Expecting our children to do their best should be a way of life in our homes. Parents please don’t allow your children to grow up to be “whiners.” This world doesn’t need anymore complainers. Work on their attitudes continually. Of course, that means we have to work on our own to, doesn’t it? The world will thank you in about twenty years and so will your child. It’s an old saying but it still holds true. “Attitude determines altitude.”

4. Pray for your children and the training process. Pray for your children’s teachers be that government run public, private, Sunday school, or pray for yourselves who educate at home. We live in dangerous days. Satan hates our children. Bathing them in prayer along with their teachers is more important than their physical baths! Stay on your knees all year.

So here we go – 1, 2, 3, - a, b, c . . . Reading, writing, and arith, aruthmet, aruthmt, MATH, . . . How do you spell arit_______? 


PB

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Random Photos

Just a few shots of some interesting things we see around here :)




Turtles gone! sorry the turtle pictures are not in order:(



Turtles on a stump!



Crane on a drain!



Ducks in a row!



Oh...Really!

Friday, August 7, 2009

All Your Anxiety

A man said on the radio that, “Anyone who doesn’t have high blood pressure theses days simply isn’t paying attention

Two men were talking about this issue of worry and anxiety and one of them said to the other:

I have a mountain of credit card debt.
I have lost my job
My car is being repossessed
Our house is in foreclosure
But, I am not worried about it.

The other man said:

I don’t understand – I would be worried sick if I were you!

The first man said;

Well, I don’t have to worry because I hired a professional worrier and he does all my worrying for me.

The second man said:

That’s fantastic! How much does your professional worrier charge for his services?

First man - $50,000

Second man - $50,000! I thought you said that you were broke. Where are you going to get the money to pay him?

First man; I don’t know. That’s his problem to worry about, not mine – that’s why I hired him.

Quotes

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety “– George Mueller

“Worry pulls tomorrow’s clouds over today’s sunshine.” – Charles Swindoll

“Worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.”

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow – Swedish Proverb


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7


God whispers in our pleasures but shouts in our pain – C. S. Lewis

I seeth that grace groweth best in winter. – Samuel Rutherford

There is no pit deep enough that God is not deeper still. – Corrie Ten Boom

DON'T GIVE UP; KEEP PRESSING ON!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Blessing of Brokenness

“My greatest strength is that I have no weakness.” Famous Tennis player

Contrast that with this:
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: [27] But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; [28] And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: [29] That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Cor. 1:26-29



Brokenness is a requirement of discipleship:

• To be broken, one must be humbled to the point of surrendering me and mine, to the sovereign will of God.

• My will, my life, my ambition, my desire, my possessions, are all laid upon the altar as a living sacrifice.

• One usually comes to this only after seeing God in all His glory and self as it is in contrast.

Jesus Christ is the perfect example of brokennesss:

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philip. 2:5-11

The Bible has many paradoxes that display the need for brokenness

If I want to . . . I must

. . . save my life . . . lose my life –

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. [25] For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? [26] For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. Luke 9:24-26

. . . be lifted up . . . humble myself before the Lord -

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:6-7

. . . be the greatest . . . be a servant_ –

44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:44-45

. . . be first . . . be last –

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Matthew 19:30

. . . rule . . . serve –

But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. [27] For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Luke 22:26-27

. . . live . . . put to death the deeds of the body –

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Romans 8:13

. . . be strong . . . be weak –

If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 2 Cor. 11:30

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Cor.12:9-10

. . . inherit the kingdom . . . be poor in spirit -

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

. . . reproduce . . . die -

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24


God uses Broken things for His glory

1. Broken pitchers (Judges7:18-19) – and the light shone out!

When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. [19] So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. Judges 7:18-19


2. A broken box (Mark 14:3) – and the ointment was poured out!

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. Mark 14:3


3. Broken bread (Matt. 14:19-20) – and the hungry were fed!

And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. [20] And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
Matthew 14:19-20


4. A broken body (1Cor. 11:24) – and the world was made savable!

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 1 Cor. 11:24


Are there areas of my life where I need to be broken before the Lord?
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24

FAMILY DEVOTIONS

"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother." Prov.1:8

Shortly after receiving Christ we began having family devotions. Looking back we can't pinpoint why we did that. Something inside of us just seems to say we were responsible for training our children in the Word of God.

We laughed at those early days; Scott and Sherry sitting on the sofa and dad starting with Genesis and reading them the Bible. It wasn't long before we realized this method was way over their heads. We purchased a Bible for children and began reading through that as a family.

Through the years many things changed, but there was one constant. We met together on a regular basis for Bible study and prayer. In the early years, it worked best at bedtime. In the middle years, we met early in the morning. The later years often found us together, at different times, depending on the schedule of two teenagers and their busy parents.

Parents, your children must hear instructions from your lips. It needs to be a regular part of your family life. God intended it to be the glue that binds your hearts together with each other and The LORD.

How often do you gather the family together so they can hear you explain to them what God has said and telling them what God has taught you? Is it once a day, once a Week, or at all? What is your plan for instructing your children in God's ways? Do you need help in learning how? Do you need accountability to maintain what you've started? Have you asked for help or accountability? "Train up a child in the way he should go....."is not a verse to be placed primarily upon Sunday school teachers, Christian school teachers and grandparents. It's a verse for parents.


PB & J

Work at making your spouse your very best friend in the whole world.

This is my beloved, and this is my friend (Song. 5:16)

“I Take Thee . . . To Be My Lawfully Wedded . . . To Love, Honor, and Cherish . . . In Sickness and in Health . . . For Richer, for Poorer . . . For Better or for Worse . . . Until Death Do Us Part . . With This Ring, I Thee Wed . . . You May Kiss The Bride . . . I Now Present Mr. And Mrs. . . .”

“FRIENDS FOREVER”

Eph. 5:21- 33 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 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. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Being Best Friends is More Important Than:

• Your Career . . . You won’t take that to heaven with you.
• Your Children . . . They will leave and start their own families.
• Your Father & Mother . . . Honor them, leave them, Cleave to your best friend.

Becoming Best Friends Takes Some Work:

• It takes time alone with each other on a regular basis.
• It takes learning to listen to both the spoken and unspoken things your spouse is saying to you.
• It takes complete honesty. No lies, deceit, cover ups, etc.
• It takes openness and transparency. This is only developed in an atmosphere of unconditional love.
• It takes gentleness. Sarcasm is very seldom appropriate and usually harmful.
• It takes learning to admit failure and learning how to say, “I am wrong.”
• It takes learning how to seek true forgiveness.
• It takes learning how to forgive even when you can’t forget.
• It takes learning you don’t always have to have the last say.
• It takes learning what things cause your spouse hurt and purposely avoiding to do so.
• It takes learning to “do things together” for fun, work, and ministry. Building experiences (memories) together.
• It takes learning how to laugh together.
• It takes learning how to cry together.
• It takes learning how to pray together.
• It takes learning 1000 different ways to say, “I Love You.”

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

DEVOTIONAL STUDY FORM

DATE: PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE TO STUDY:

1. PRAYER ( ) CHECK WHEN COMPLETE

2. Read & study context and look to determine the correct Interpretation

3. Check “Study Bible” notes or commentaries to validate interpertation.

What has God said in this passage? (summarize in your own words)

3a. Is there a COMMAND(s) TO OBEY? What are they?

3b. Is there a PROMISE TO CLAIM? What are they?

4. What is/are the IMPLICATION(s) because of what God has said in my text of study?

5. What are some APPLICATIONS as a result of understanding what God has said in my text of study?

6. MEDITATION: This is my personalized paraphrase of the text

4. MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION VERSE:

MEDITATION

1. PICTURE THE TRUTH IN THE VERSE

2. PRONOUNCE THE VERSE

3. PARAPHRAES THE VERSE

4. PERSONALIZE THE VERSE

5. PRAY THE VERSE

HOW TO SPEND AN HOUR ALONE WITH GOD

1. THE PROPER PLACE: (It’s special because it’s where you and God meet)

It must be Private and free from distractions

It must be Practical and easily accessible



2. THE PROPER PARCHMENT(S): ( Tools for the Task)

It might include but not be limited to: Bible, notebook, pen, prayer list(s),
Bible memory cards, Bible reference books, song book, calendar, blank to do list.

A good study Bible is very helpful along with access to some commentaries will enrich your study time.

3. THE PROPER PREPARATION(S): (Get ready for a wonderful experience)

Get comfortable; get a cup of coffee, tea, water, etc.

Have the proper lighting for your mood

Ask God to meet with you

Promise God you will obey Him

Tell God you love Him and thank Him for what he is going to do, spend this hour with you !


4. THE PROPER PLAN(S): (Have a normal routine such as)

Prayer for wisdom and insights

Reviewing your walk with the Lord from yesterday and recording lessons learned, failures, actions that need to be taken, confessions, etc. in your notebook.

Bible reading as part of a systemic approach such as: read through N.T. in a year, The O.T. & N.T. in a year, A topical study on every verse that deals with Prayer, or Love, or Anger, etc.

Learn to study in an expositional or inductive way such that you are seeking to understand “what God has said” (Interpretation) so that you can accurately apply it to your life.

Writing down the interpretation and applications in your note book

Writing out a key verse then rewriting it but personalize it.

Memorize this verse, write it on a card, carry it with you and make it your meditation of the day.

Conclude with a season of prayer. ( Out Loud )




5. THE PROPER PERSPECTIVE: (Share what I’ve Experienced!)

As you go out into your day look for opportunities to share what you learned, or what you are meditating on, or what you prayed about, or who you prayed for, as often as possible.

This should include, on a regular basis, your spouse and children.

This is an excellent approach with neighbors and those you work with.

I recommend it also include an accountability partner. (male/male, female/female)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's Only 9:15 AM?






Kids keep you busy! They have volumes of energy packed in their little bodies. Add to that their inquisitiveness and maybe that's the reason they need to get started so early in the morning. Recently three of our younger grandchildren spent a few days with us. I was already tired the first day when I glanced at the clock and it was only 9:15 AM. Let me assure you, I am not complaining because I really do love my grandchildren's visits. The energy level I possessed as a young mother is long gone.

Since kids like to earn money I had them busy cleaning windows to earn money for the anticipated trip to the Dollar Store. One of my grandsons purchased a gun and handcuffs. He had lots of fun playing with them and learned it was very difficult opening the refrigerator door while wearing them.

Sometime later this particular grandson decided to set two mugs of iced tea on our lazy susan and spin them very fast. In the words of his sister, "It was spinning around one hundred miles an hour." Next I had the job of hurrying to clean up all those tea spots on our "off white" colored carpet which looked more like a Dalmatian carpet. While down on my hands and knees cleaning the carpet before it stained my grandson asked, "Nanny, can we have a tea party sometime?" Talk about poor timing! You just have to chuckle at their innocent little statements. The same dear, sweet boy enquired to my going swimming. I replied that if I did it wouldn't be in the Lake Vista pool and his response was, "I've seen other old people swim there before." (Very funny! Where are those handcuffs?)

Kids do the funniest things. My husband and I took them to a restaurant for lunch. My little granddaughter asked me what she should order for lunch, the happy face pancake with the whipped cream smile or the chicken strips. Answering from a fifty-five year old perspective I thought the chicken strips would be best. Her younger brother asked the same question of my husband. We all know he is a kid at heart. You should have seen her face when the order came and she had chicken while he had a dream come true! But all is well that ends well. Her brother could only eat about half of his adorable pancake and she hadn't finished her chicken so they just happily switched places. And my husband was out of the dog house :)

Well, I'm planning on some new adventures next week when we have a visit from two more grandchildren for several days. I have a feeling I'll be exhausted by 9:15 AM again but more memorable chapters will be added to our life story... and maybe more material for another article so stay tuned.

"When I was a child, I spake as a child..." I Corinthians 13:11


Written July 27,2005


PB&J