Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Awaiting The Rainbow & Link Up #16

The storm is still raging, but we are prayerfully awaiting the rainbow.
Before you link up,
please continue to remember Connie and her family in prayer.  She is still in ICU. 

Here are the top posts from last week.



Wow! Two featured posts!

I hope each of you have a very blessed week!  Thank you for the prayers and for linking up!

Please share my button so others can know where to link up.

So Much At Home

A Day in Pictures

 Today was another weekly Clean Up Day for the chicken barn.
Since it has been several weeks since I've posted pictures of my chickens, I figured it was about time.

Remember Sassafras, she hatched while I was making a Feed Bag Tote? That was her in the cute pictures below.  Now she's one of the flock!  That's her up front and on the left in the picture above.

 My hanging water can will not hang anymore.  It's time to buy a new one.

Laying us some large brown eggs !

Check out the spurs on Fonzie!
Vivien , photo bomb!

Olivia and Vivien are looking so much healthier that when I first got them.
 Having bright red combs and wattles is a sign of healthy chickens!
This is Miss. Ginger.

Clean Coop= Happy Chickens
They still enjoy their dust bath and hanging salad basket.

After I clean the coop, I wash and sanitize my Chicken Boots!

Here are my "Chicken Littles". They will be ready for the Chicken Barn soon.

Here's Cuddles again!

Minnie Mae is always so photogenic!

Cali likes to rest near Minnie Mae. 

The Chicken Barn sure has come a long way since we first began working on it.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Is The Lamp Light Burning

I have been studying in 1 Samuel for a couple of weeks.  I began looking at 1 Samuel after the Lord led me to it during an evening of prayer.  As I was praying, I asked the Lord to let me know, without a shadow of doubt, that my prayers were reaching Him.  Moreover, I wanted my prayer to be a conversation with the Lord and not just to the Lord.
I began to hear the Lord call, "Samuel", and I heard Samuel answered, "Here I am." I recalled the story of Eli and Samuel, and how God spoke to Samuel. 
After my prayer, I opened my Bible to 1 Samuel:3
I knew the Lord was letting me know (speaking to me) that He had indeed heard my every word. I went on to read
....and Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
Again, God and I were having a conversation!
He reaffirmed that He would not let my words just fall to the ground. He clearly spoke to me through His Word!
It was a precious word.

Now on to the topic of this post.

I have been brooding over a few issues for several days, and today I was drawn to 1 Samuel:3 again.  

...Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was... 1 Sam. 3:2-3

I wondered about the light of this lamp going out. I then found this verse:
...And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. Exodus 27:20

Now back to 1 Samuel:3...
Because of Eli's failure, Israel had no open vision. The 
word of God was rare and no prophet had spoken in 
Israel for a long time. 
Eli let the light go out!

How did Eli let the light go out? 
I suppose he neglected to labor for the oil that fueled the lamp.
Was he lazy?
 I suppose that could be said by reading this.
Furthermore, He did not discipline, correct, or train his own sons.
 Carelessly,  he swept the issue under the rug instead of dealing with it.
Eli allowed his sons to be exalted above God. He honored his sons above the Lord.
He turned a deaf ear to what he knew was wrong.
Was he afraid that he would offend his sons?

For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 1 Sam. 3:13

When people become careless with the things of God,
 it is certain
 that the Lamp of God will become dim or 
completely go out.

Now to the issues that I have been brooding over...

Are our lamps burning?  
If so, are they dim or burning bright?
Do we turn a deaf ear to things our children do that we know are just plain wrong?
Do we not want to offend our children?
Do we honor them above God?
God forbid!
I believe lamps have gone out in so many homes today.
I see kids mesmerized with cell phones.
Do parents not know that pornography is just a click away on smart phones and other devices? Kids can text, snap chat, picture message, or search anything they can imagine.

Very young children have unlimited access to the world-wide web!

"Well, I trust my kid.  I know they wont look at anything that they are not suppose to."  
Yea Right!
Keep on believing that!  It pleases Satan for parents to be so
blind.  It happens.  Even "good" kids are not immune to the cunning schemes of the devil.  Children have no business having the world-wide web at their fingertips!
Sweep it under the rug as Eli did.

Dare I mention Facebook? Facebook is full of drama. 
Almost every moment and event from the day is announced on Facebook.  Kids and adults want to please others with their "status" instead of their "status" pleasing God.
It's an addiction!

Heartbreaks, disappointments, relationship statuses, insults, put-downs, left-handed comments, vindictive gossip, hate, anger, love, boastful quotes, pictures, locations, and pure dribble are announced throughout the day to hundreds of "friends".  
Instead of spending the day talking with God.  So many are telling their hundreds of FB "friends"(some they have never even met) all about their day-to-day or minute-to-minute life. 
What does it mean to a child to be accepted as a friend or receive a friend request on FB? 
It's a FALSE sense of acceptance or rejection.  It's FAKEbook.

To a child, being without their phone for some reason would be most tragical.
Their whole life would be turned upside down because they would only be left with reality!
  I keep referring to children, but this is true for adults too. 
I'm not saying that cell phones, in the right hands, don't have some good points, but it's gone way beyond needing one in case of an emergency.
 So much time is spent texting, snap chatting, and talking on these devices that the still small voice of God can not be heard.

When do parents and children give God their full attention?
When will parents wake up and take these devices away from children who aren't old enough to blow the foam off of sarsaparilla?~Nels Olson

Think on this...
Samuel was a child. Some say he was under 12 years of age. Samuel heard God speak to him.
Children today need to hear God!
However, the lamps are out or dim.
The words of God are rare in the homes and hearts of so many families today, even church-going families.
Samuel's mother prayed for him. 
 Samuel's mother offered him back to God.
She did not offer him to a pagan society!

Okay, now I am really going to step on some toes!
I may need to filter my comments after this.
Think for a moment.
Government funded(controlled) public schools are roughly only 200 years old in the USA.
What was education like before?
Were people just ignorant before government schools?  
Definitely not!

Why on earth do Christians allow their children to be educated in a pagan system that
 does not allow the word of God to be read, degrades Christian values, and tries to demoralize their children?

After watching this video, many parents may question
 why they are sending their child or children to public school.
Watch this. 
Pause music player at top right of blog.

Where in the Bible does it say that it is okay for God fearing people to send their kids off to be educated by those who are not?
The children of Israel were not sent to the Romans or the Philistines for their "learning".
 In fact, the Old Testament record indicates repeatedly that the success of the Hebrew community and the continuity of its culture were conditioned by the knowledge of and obedience to God's revealed law (Joshua 1:6-8). Thus, to ensure their prosperity, growth, and longevity as the people of God, Israel's mandate was one of diligently teaching their children to love God, and to know and obey his statues and ordinances Deut. 6:1-9. Likewise, the New Testament record links the success of the church of Jesus Christ, as a worshiping community of "salt and light" reaching out to a dark world, to the teaching of sound doctrine ( John 13:34-35 ; Eph 4:14 ; 1 Tim 1:10 ; Titus 2:1 ).
Christian children are not to be educated by the dark world that they are to reach out to. They are to be taught sound doctrine!

This is just one book read to primary students in the USA that promotes homosexuality.

This is a Satanic activity book that is being passed out to school children in Florida.

This book is being handed out to students in public schools to persuade them that the Holy Bible is a terrible book!

Look how the word Creationism is defined in this school text.
A Myth!

Planned Parenthood Federation is allowed inside the public schools to instruct kids on contraceptives and abortions, while parental rights are being taken away from the parents.

Many protest to have God in public schools.  However, religious freedom in public schools has only opened the door for other religions to be taught in public school. 
Yes, children need the right to pray and the right to sound doctrine, BUT they WILL NOT and are NOT ALLOWED to get that in public schools! 

How likely do you think it is that children can be the salt and light in a school system where it is not allowed today?  
Even the teachers and staff or forbidden to be salt and light, and they are grown!  
How much light and salt do you give at work or outside of your home? It's foolish for Christian parents to think that their impressionable children will not be effected, in a negative way, being thrown into such a pagan environment as the public school system today.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1

I have written another post Sound Doctrine that I would like for you to read.
1 Timothy 6:3-6 tells us to withdraw from anyone who does not teach sound doctrine. That would include PUBLIC SCHOOLS! 

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
(Here's an added note of caution.  Did you know that some versions of the bible, other than the KJV, leave out the "withdraw thyself" part from this scripture?  Some Bible versions remove crucial and insightful information in several verses throughout the Bible. Some versions leave out entire verses! Look it up.)

Simply stated, Christian children need Christian education NOT the opposite!
So, why are we sending Christian children off to Caesar?
Here is a video that I have uploaded before.

Never more so than today, Christian families should not consider public education! Education apart from the word of God creates fools.
What is the answer?
I believe the answer would be for Christian families to stop accepting this pagan, anti-Christian form of education.  Homeschool is a wonderful option.  I thank God for enabling me to homeschool my kids.  Now more than ever, online learning, dvds and other programs have made it simpler to homeschool.
 There are only a few Christian schools around.  I think every church should be involved with developing Christian education. 
What is the church?  Who are the church?
Train up your child in they way he or she should go.  Proverbs 22:6
Not in the opposite way!
 Even very small churches with limited funds could start schools such as 
  Many churches could pull together to fund a larger school. I suppose building gymnasiums and such would be a more appropriate way to further the kingdom. Sorry for the sarcasm, but I feel so strongly about the needs of our Christian children and families.

But, too many are brain-washed by a governmental system of anti-Christian education, and they feel like their children would "miss out". Well, I would say, "Praise God for that!" I thank God for all my kids "missed out" on.  I wish they could have "missed out" on even more, but we live in a fallen society.  
Many parents are scared that any other form of education would damage their child's future. 
Oh, the irony in that!
What is more damaging that spending the majority of their childhood under the influence of anti-Christian agenda and bias worldly curriculum? 
Moreover, there are many parents like Eli who are complacent, careless, and they just want to believe that everything is good.

  Many think their public school is the exception to all the others. 
The lamps are going out all over!
  Wake up, Christians. 
 Go labor for the oil!  Get your lamps burning!
Don't be like Eli!  His children didn't know God. 
Train your children.
Correct your children.
Don't worry about hurting their feelings by setting new rules and standards!
Look at the rapid rate that demoralization and evil is spreading. It isn't happening over a span of years any longer.  It is happening day to day.
The adversary is out to kill, steal, and destroy; and he is doing just that!
So why aren't more Christian parents concerned about this?
I know this may rub some the wrong way, but
#1 I think people need to pray, fast, and seek the Lord's will wholeheartedly.
#2 I believe the Bible needs to be studied in-depth!
#3  Christians need to stop being complacent in their spiritual growth, or lack thereof.
#4 Christians are desensitized because of the ungodly influences allowed in the home through such things  as television or music.
#5 Churches need to stop sugar-coating sermons! Ouch!
Born again Christians don't need a sermon preached entirely about salvation Sunday after Sunday! Don't misinterpret that! I think the message of salvation should be included in all sermons.  We have to get the message of salvation to the world, but there is more to the gospel. We don't need to leave church carefree, jolly, and ready to eat every Sunday! We need to be shaken and awakened.  We need to see the need!  Spiritual growth is expected from the ministers as well as the congregation!

Are we satisfied with the milk or do we hunger for the meat?
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Matthew 5:6

It's time to sound the alarm! 

 It's time to reclaim our Christian families!
It's time to go to the enemy's camp and take back what has been stolen!
Can't you see that today,
The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Joel 1:10

 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. Joel 1:17

And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 1Chronicles 21:16

Can we see a sword stretched out over America today?

Study these verses in
Romans 1:18-32.  This is the world today!  
This ungodliness is being taught as something that needs to be accepted in public schools and in all of society. Through deception, kids and adults are being taught to accept and have tolerance for unrighteousness of every form.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Above I mentioned how Christians are becoming desensitized.  Every federal, state, and local system or facet in our society has corruption and ungodliness.

 People are just so use to the way things are, and they are not noticing the rapid wave of demonic destruction.
Satan has gradually deceived the world through television shows, movies, and music.
Why do Christians watch The Walking Dead, Twilight, and similar shows? 
The Bible says,
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Psalm 101:3

There is such a desensitization that so many Christians argue about what is really evil, as if there is a "real" evil and a "pretend" evil. 
I think it is sad when "Christians" are not disturbed by the sight of putrid, repulsive, and demonic looking zombies walking around trying to eat people, or vampires and other "forms" that look like they crawled up out of the pits of hell. 
The Bible also says, Abstain from ALL appearance of evil. 1 Thess. 5:22
Well, I could go on and on about television and movies, but I will stop here.

So what happened to Eli?

A messenger told Eli...
...Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he(Eli) fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died... 1Sam. 4:17-18
Eli's daughter-in-law died after childbirth, and she named her child Ichabod and said, "The glory is departed from Israel." 

Dear Lord,
Let us not be conformed to this world. Let us not send our children off to be conformed to this world.  Lord, give us a vision,  so we do not perish.  Renew a right spirit within us. Let a clean heart be created within us.  Give us the courage to stand up to an ungodly system. Protect our children and give your angles charge over them to keep them in all their ways.
Lord, help us to guard our families against the schemes of the devil.  Let us glimpse into eternity and see what is most important.  Remove the film from over our eyes and ears that we can clearly see and know the works of evil. Guide us to live according to your perfect will.  In Jesus' name, Amen.   

My other related posts

Great DVD!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Prayers Appreciated & Link Up #15

I would like to thank everyone who prayed for Connie last week.  She went to the hospital September 14th with
a severe case of pancreatitis caused by triglycerides >7800! She remains in ICU.  Her condition is critical, but she is stable with improvements each day. Doctors say that it always takes a while for the pancreas to heal.  I pray that we will see remarkable progress each day this week. Her husband remains by her side at a hospital a couple hours away.  He needs your prayers as well. Her two teen daughters have been staying with our family.  They are in great spirits, and we are enjoying having them with us.  However, I know that they miss their normal family life. 
Please pray, if it be in His will, that God's mighty hand of healing would intervene in a powerful way this week.  
Your prayers mean so much!

With that in mind, I will feature the top read posts from last week by starting with
So many prayers have reached the throne for Baby Obed and the Brown Family.
Please visit Homespun Devotions because Mrs. Cheryl has so many wonderful Christian posts and urgent prayer requests. We are INSTRUCTED to pray, fellow Christians. 

Visit Mrs. Abella and let her know that you are praying for her.

#1 Most Read

I thank you again for your prayers.
Please grab my button and share it so others will know where to link up.

Now, on with the link up!

So Much At Home

link within

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...