My Fitness

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

helpful children

Today I was sweeping the kitchen floor. Micah, my 1-year old, came up to me and I gave him a toy broom and asked if he wanted to help me. He was very excited to help me sweep the house. His first stop was to go over to where Caleb was playing and "help" sweep up his toys!

It was not helpful at all and only made a bigger mess. Caleb didn't seem to mind and handled the situation very well.

In light of the last blog post this got me thinking about how we "help" God. If God wasn't omnipotent, whenever we decide to help God we would only make things much, much worse! I think this must be where we get the saying, "Let go and let God!"

Today I am so grateful that God is in control and does not need my help. And when he asks for my "help" it is with the knowledge that I will need his help to complete that "helpful" task. Just like I let my kids help me to let them feel included and knowing that it will only make my job more difficult so I remember that God is my Father treating me as a CHILD. For that is what I am, His Child.

Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me."
(John 8:42 ESV)

He's always taking off all his clothes and grabbing my broom

Saturday, November 17, 2012

children asking questions

My son is two and a half years old. He can recognize candy and cookies from a mile away. From his earliest tastings he recognized that gooey goodness and has not stopped asking for CANDY! He has unreal expectation that if he simply utters the word it functions as a request that he knows MUST be fulfilled. 

Why do children think the deserve what they want? Why do they think that simply by asking they will get it? And when they don't get it, why do they keep asking over and over?

I don't know the answers to those questions but I believe they offer insight into what Jesus was talking about when he said, "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." (Mark 10:15 ESV) and in the book by James that says, "You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2-3 ESV) Earlier in James he wrote that when you pray, pray knowing that you will receive. 

Our children show us what "child-like faith" means. It means that we ask knowing that we will receive. The idea of not receiving is just not fathomable. And what about when we don't get what we want? 

What about when our kids don't get what they want?

Well, our kids keep asking. And so we should keep asking. Jesus shared the parable of two neighbors. One went to bed and the other showed up knocking on his door asking for bread. The first neighbor, Jesus said, is going to get up and give the man bread just so that he will leave him alone! Have you ever done that with your own child? I know I have.

So we should keep asking our Father in heaven. There is power in the prayer of a righteous person. Jesus says, "ask, and it will be given to you" (Luke 11:19). And in the book of John, he says, "whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:23-24

And what does it mean to "ask in Jesus' name"? That means in accordance to his will. A strange thing happens when you give your life and soul over to God. He begins to change your desires. Sometimes is happens very quickly and sometimes it takes a lifetime. But there is always a change. Asking for things in Jesus' name is asking for his will to be done. 

Prayer is a strange thing. The Lord himself taught us how to pray in Matthew 5:

Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
(Matthew 6:9-13 ESV)

The reciting of the prayer is not the important part. Christ does not want an incantation. There's nothing special about these words in this order except to express an outline and guideline. Pray to Jesus' Father, who is also my Father and yours if you choose to believe. Give him glory by acknowledging the holiness of his name. Proclaim your desire for his kingdom to reign and his will to be done. Ask for what you need, both physically and spiritually. Ask for help in forgiving those who have wronged you. Ask for help whenever faced with a difficult situation that God would deliver you from it. Our lives may not always be easy and pleasant. But persistence will produce patience and you will receive your reward in heaven. Do not despair in difficult times because this life is very short and these present sorrows are nothing in comparison to the coming glories!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

the legend of the candy cane

I've recently come across the legend of the candy cane. The first thing I want to mention about it is that there is no legend. Or at least there's no historical record of there being a legend and history actually contradicts this legend. But we can still use the legend to illustrate a story: the Christmas story. So, since we changed December 25 into a Christmas holiday, I don't see why we can't change a simple sugar candy into a Christmas candy!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this legend, here it is:
from and justforkids

With the understanding that no man from Indiana made the candy cane, I believe we can still use the candy cane as a tool to help illustrate the love that God has for us!

The general shape of the cane is "J" that can stand for JESUS! Jesus is the reason for the season as the saying goes. And why is he the reason? Jesus was not born on December 25. Historically, we don't know when he was born. Do a google search to see just how many ideas there are behind this! But why then do we celebrate on December 25? In short, we celebrate then because Catholics wanted a mass to compete with winter solstice and pagan holiday celebrations. Find a complete answer on yahoo answers here.

Jesus is the reason for every season. From the beginning of time, God is love. From the beginning of the earth, God has a plan. From the beginning of seasons, Jesus is our sacrifice for our sins.

God loved the world so much that he sent His Son, Jesus, to die so that we might be saved. And what do we need saving from? As humans we have an innate sinful nature. This sin keeps us apart from God. It is so simple to come before God cleansed though. By simply acknowledging that you need Jesus and that He is God, you can be saved too!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 ESV)

JESUS died when sinful men tortured and hung him. Jesus was perfect. He lived a perfect, sinless life. He is God. He was dead. He was buried in a tomb. But He was raised back to life and is alive to this day. It may seem like something from science fiction, but for those who have truly sought him, he has found them! He sees you now and wants you to welcome him into your life!

Jesus didn't look like this.
Shepherds were in the field with their flocks. Angels came and told them of Christ's birth. (Christ is literally translated as 'The Savior' and refers to how Jesus saved us from our sins.) The shepherds went to where the angels told them and found baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph. You can find the story of the shepherds here in Luke 2.

Later in Jesus' life he refers to himself as the Good Shepherd. There are a myriad of paintings illustrating that Jesus is our shepherd. He guides our hearts and takes care of our spirits. Our souls lie safely in his shadow and are at peace. If you find yourself not at peace or in a constant struggle to maintain your peace, give your cares, even your life and soul, to God and he will give you peace. He has given his life so that you will have eternal life.

And so we can use the candy cane to represent a shepherd's staff and remind us that while shepherds came to Jesus' birth, Jesus is our Good Shepherd!

According to the legend, candy is hard like a rock to show that Jesus is our Rock! Well, he isn't just some piece of earth, but our foundation metaphorically, to build our lives on and around. "and the Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:4 ESV)

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4

The candy cane is white to represent the purity and sinless nature of Jesus. "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV) Jesus knew no sin. He was completely innocent and everything he said was truthful.

And why the red stripes?
When Jesus died, his blood was shed like a sacrificial lamb. "Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God." (Romans 5:9 ESV) While God is loving toward all and gives grace to all of us, He is also just. His righteous nature cannot be in the presence of sin. His wrath will separate himself from all sin, and those who do not repent of their sin. The red stripes represent the torturous nature of Christ's death and remind us that his blood illogically cleanses us and makes us pure for all of us who come to the cross.

Do you believe? Believe that Jesus is God. Believe that he loves you. Believe that he has done everything that needs to be done to unite you to God. Tell someone that you believe, tell me or the next person you see.

What to do next? Pray. Read. Fellowship. Pray to God. Talk to him and ask him to help you understand more and better. Read the Bible. If you don't have one, write to me and I'll send you one. Fellowship at a local church or Bible study. If you don't know which one is good or close, I can help you with that or you can look in a phone book or google for "first church" of whatever city you live in. Some churches believe slightly differently than other churches. This is only because God has given us each different levels of understanding and worship preferences. Some people like very traditional and religious ceremony while other prefer a contemporary and casual setting. Find one that you feel comfortable in and one that you can talk to the pastor or other leader easily. Everything the pastor says should be completely backed up in the Bible. If he says something that is not backed up in the Bible, he is not a Biblical pastor and not a true Christian! Be careful! But remember that there is room for interpretation and there is overall GRACE!

A good sermon to watch is here:
Have You Been Born Again? | Gateway Church

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

what i ate today OR how i lost over 70 pounds one year

I woke up at 9AM still a bit sleepy. It was colder here than normal last night and the babies kept trying to snuggle closer and closer to stay warm. So I didn't sleep extremely well, but it wasn't bad.

I had gone to bed feeling a bit upset with myself for eating some whole grain pasta that night. I had two steaks, two salads, a bit of a pork loin, and I was still hungry. We were visiting my in-laws and my mother-in-law made some pesto that looked amazing. I was so hungry. I couldn't believe how hungry I was. So I ate some. It was soooo good.

But surely I would gain 5 pounds from it...even if it was just water weight.

So, I stepped on the scale this morning.


Awesome. No weight gain. What a relief!

It's hard to imagine that a year and a month ago I weighed 183+ pounds.

For those of you not good at the maths, that's over 70 pounds. This is what I did..

Well, first I gave birth to my son, Micah. That took a lot of the weight. I don't normally count that weight in my weight-loss accomplishment unless I feel I need a confidence booster. Really, about 40 pounds dropped off without me doing much at all. So that left me around 140 pounds.

Then, someone introduced me to The Four-Hour Diet...which has nothing to do with 4 hours. I recommend reading the first 3 chapters and no more of that book. Maybe I'll just give you the Cliff Notes version some time.

Doing that diet, where I ate as much as I wanted, never counted calories, and never exercised, dropped me to the upper 120s. And I stayed there for awhile. I started exercising but my weight still didn't change.

Six weeks ago I weighed 128 pounds. I looked fine and I felt fine. If I didn't lose any weight, it didn't matter to my doctor or my husband or my kids. But I felt insecure about myself and wanted to try to lose some more weight. Some friends started a Weight Loss Challenge/support group on Facebook and I joined them and they really helped me to stay motivated and focussed.

Earlier someone had introduced me to the ketogenic diet. I found an on-line support group of sorts on reddit for keto dieters. Doing this diet has me at 113 lbs with the possibility of even more weight loss.

I am healthy. I exercise several times a week. I'm still lactating. I have plenty of energy. I feel great. I look great. My cholesterol is fine. My heart rate is impeccable, always has been. My blood pressure is perfect, also always has been.

If this diet isn't right for you, that's fine.

Let me show you what I've eaten so far today:

 For breakfast I made four scrambled eggs and three slices of pork bacon. I put a handful of cheese on a plate and covered the cheese with the eggs so it would melt. This is my regular breakfast. I rarely finish it. I always share with my kids. Caleb eats one of the bacon strips and a little egg. Micah eats the egg and cheese. I think I eat 3 eggs and 2 strips of bacon every morning.

Where Caleb put an empty FizzyFuzzy
 This is a new product that I'm trying that has B12 in it. I've also been taking Shaklee supplements which I believe have literally saved my life. Zipfizz, or "fizzy fuzzy" as I call it, has electrolytes in it that ketoers are often deprived of. This has helped me immensely. You just pour this into 16 oz of water. Costs less than $1 a day. The taste is fine, nothing too great or too bad. Comes in three flavors: orange, grape, and something lemonade?

Drinking water is very important to every human being whether or not they are trying to lose weight, but especially if you are trying to lose weight and ESPECIALLY to ketoers. I try to drink at least one glass of water an hour. Usually it's more than that though because I'm thirsty. I heard someone say, "If you wait until you're thirsty to drink water, it's too late." I don't even know what you're late for. If you're thirsty, drink. If you're not thirsty, drinking water is not going to hurt you. So drink-up :)

Today, this how my monkey got served is pretzel bites! It reminded me of a puppy and dog bowl! LOL!

 Keep dreaming. I didn't eat this. I gave this to Caleb when he finished his PBJ at lunch.
Inspired by some ladies in the Facebook weight loss group, I made what I call "omelet pizza"or "egg-crust pizza". Four eggs, scrambled, and left to "fry" (I didn't use any oil or butter, but you can if you want). I flipped it out onto a pizza pan. I put it in the oven at 350 for some unobserved amount of time I will let it stay in for longer though because it wasn't quite crispy-crust-like enough for my preference.
 These are my other ingredients.
 This is my sauce. It's high in carbohydrates. I recommend using something different. I used a scarce amount, but I think next time I will use more of something different. But this did taste really good!
 Before I put it in the oven:
onion, sausage, pepperoni, cheese, cheese, cheese, tomato sauce
 My carnivorous helper:
 Immediately out of the oven!
 And as I said, the crust wasn't very crust-like, so I needed these to eat it.

So, how'd it taste?
oh man, it was so good. I shared with Micah and he liked it too. Micah likes everything though. I think next time, I'll try using only 2-3 eggs.

That's pretty much it. It's only 3PM so I haven't had dinner yet. It'll probably be chicken teriyaki and salad, or salmon teriyaki and salad...or both, I suppose. Leave me a question and I'll answer it as soon as I see it. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

somebody's hero

I have thoroughly enjoyed going to church recently.

We've been going through a six-week long sermon series about Heroes. From the very first sermon I could only think of one person, Jennifer Erwin. And I hope she doesn't mind me sharing with all 3 of my readers why.

The first sermon was on John the Baptizer (also known as John the Baptist, but I would hate for people to think he was a member of some popular denomination of the same name). The points were made that he was created rather uniquely. If you're unfamiliar with his story, he was born to a barren, post-menopaus woman and he was filled with the Spirit of God since the womb. Rather unique! He was given a unique purpose to go be the forerunner (the person who came before Christ) of Jesus to prepare people of the day for Jesus' coming.

The pastor took this moment to remind each of us that we are all uniquely created and we all have a divine purpose on our lives.

Think about that.

God created you. He didn't just let you happen. He knew that he wanted you to be born and so he used your parents activities to let you be conceived. He shaped you and molded you. He didn't just let science take over. He used science and he used the natural order of things to bring you into this world. He wanted you to be born.

Why do any of us exist? Why did John exist? He was to prepare people for Jesus. He was to draw them in. He was to leave this place better off than when he entered it. That is all of our purposes. We need to leave things in better shape than what we found them in.

And that's what Jennifer is doing. And that's why Jennifer is my hero.

Hero: ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They inspire us. They believe in their calling.

In Ephesians 2:10, the Bible says, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." We are created for good works. God prepared us to do those good deeds. We are not defined by our good deeds. Rather because we find our definition in Christ, we are compelled to do good deeds.

Our preacher went on to point out that John the Baptizer was called. He had a very specific calling on his life. Because he was called to be the forerunner, he was qualified and divinely equipped to fulfill that calling.

Jesus said that no one was ever greater than John right before John died, but he said for all those entering the kingdom of heaven, John would be the least. If John was so great, and I am in the kingdom of heaven then I am great. But what is that greatness for? It is for those good deeds God has prepared me for.

Salvation is for more than just having sin forgiven. It is to do good works, it is to reach lost people, and it is to change people's lives. We are ministers, those of us who have entered forgiveness. How can I not share the greatest thing that ever happened in my life? I can effect eternity!

How do I do that? Right now my ministry may seem small and unimportant because it is a very small and focussed group: my family. My children and my husband. I may not be their hero, but I will hopefully be able to minister to them so they can find their True Hero in Christ.

How does Jennifer do that? Well, you don't know Jennifer. She is a single, godly woman. Age 25. Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies working as a middle school teacher in a rather scary ISD. And she loves Russia. She loves the Russian people. She loves them so much that despite being rather ordinary she is attempting the extraordinary. She is going to adopt a couple of boys from Russia in the face of opposition of many who mean well.

Jennifer is the very definition of hero. She is ordinary. If you were to meet her, you might not actually think "how ordinary" you'd probably more likely think "how fun! how happy! how godly!" But she is definitely trying the extraordinary. She definitely inspires. I often think, "I want to be able to draw others to Christ the way Jennifer does." And she believes in her calling so much so that she is willing to put the opinions of many well-meaing "mature" Christians on the line. These well-meaning friends have a social stigma against single people adopting. But what they don't realize is that Jennifer's calling is what qualifies her, not a husband. What they don't understand is that the Spirit will equip her, not a wedding band. Besides all that, the Bible very clearly teaches to take care of the orphans. And it never says that single people shouldn't adopt.

Our preacher's last point was that John the Baptizer was consumed. He had one thought, "Glorify Christ." At one point his own disciples even showed concern that everyone was leaving them to follow Jesus instead, and all John said was, "Yes, of course" (paraphrased) because he wanted people to follow Christ.

And that's Jennifer. Jesus Christ consumes Jennifer's thought, mind, and soul. She wants to adopt children just as she was adopted into Jesus' family. She wants to save those children physically so she can hopefully point them to Christ so he can save them spiritually.

That was Sunday 1. Remember there are 6 of these sermons. But I am only going through 3 here.

Sunday 2: Noah was crazy.
Remember that a hero is an ordinary person...and they're crazy. Maybe not clinically.

God called Noah to build an Ark. What's an Ark? Well, Noah didn't even know. It was just going to be this big, huge thing to hold a bunch of animals while it rained...a concept that was new since it had not rained in this fashion ever. Flooding had never taken place in the span from Adam to Noah (which we find out from scientific archaeological evidence is true). So Noah is probably thinking, "Um, ok..? Big boat? Here goes nothing." And that's Jennifer too. When you meet her, you'll think "how lovely! and crazy!"

And quite frankly, it is crazy to try to adopt children and raise them when you have no help.

"Crazy" is the term people use to describe people filled with faith. Even Jesus was called crazy. When there's a calling on your life, you're going to look crazy. Don't let the scrutiny of the uninformed majority deter you from the will of God.

One point of this message that I really needed to hear was about God closing doors. We've heard is said, "When God closes a door, he opens a window." And personally, I've not found that to be true. But what Noah demonstrates, and I can confirm retrospectively, is that when God closes a door, it's to keep you, and me, from drowning.

Whatever God calls you to do will seem bigger than creating an ark. But also, whatever you give up will pale in comparison to what God gives. You may not know where God is moving you, but if you start to move, God will guide. As an old proverb says, "It's easier to steer a moving ship."

What if God has not given you a blueprint? Which is what I was thinking through the entire sermon. I don't feel there is anything crazy in my life so I eagerly waited the answer. "Find someone who does have blueprints and help them."

Jennifer has blueprints. That day was confirmation (not that I needed any) that I needed to help Jennifer. I don't know how. I don't have money. I don't have space or much of anything. But what I do have I offered to her. If she's single, then she will most likely need to send her kids to school. But I offered her the option to let me teach them alongside my own children. That's my small way I can help. Plus I can pray and be a friend.

End of Sunday 2..

Sunday 3: Nehemiah, Rebuilder of the Broken.

Can you think of a better title for what Jennifer is attempting? She wants to rebuild those broken children! If you don't think they are broken, go read a bit about Russian statistics on orphaned Russians.

Heroes actions change lives without consideration to the personal risk.

Can you think of a better description of Jennifer? She's changing the lives of children who would end up dead or worse without considering that she might not be desired by many men because she decided to take children into her home. She's had to break off relationships because of this desire. She might be considered foolish for "losing" a man over these children who aren't even her own yet.

But remember, she's called...and she's crazy. And she's consumed. She's consumed with God and she can't turn her back on those children because God never turned his back on her.

To be like you know Nehemiah? He was a cupbearer for the King of Babylon when Jerusalem was broken and destroyed. He then lead a great rescue and rebuilt Jerusalem with the blessing and help of the Babylonian King.

So to be like Nehemiah, he first asked, "How are they?" How was Jerusalem? Not well. How are the Russian children? Not well. He then had faith to urge a response and ask the King for leave, which he gave along with protection and equipment to rebuild Jerusalem. And Jesus is giving Jennifer all the leave, protection and equipment she needs to rebuild the children of Russia. Finally, Nehemiah has faithfulness even when others tried to harm him and when he met resistance he did not turn to complacency. Jennifer has met more than her share of resistance and it's inspiring to see her resolve and unwavering faithfulness to God in this endeavor.

Sunday 4: Ruth, it's more about the journey than you think

A hero is an ordinary person doing extraordinary things and is a man or woman admired for achievements and qualities.

The one main point from this sermon that made me think of Jennifer was her similar trait to Ruth...they were/are both bull-headed! Ruth refused to accept no from Naomi and Jennifer refuses to accept no from her circumstances. They both know that God has called them and they are both pursuing God and allowing him to direct their paths.

But, I said only 3 days. So I must stop. I will end with this:

It is more about the journey than you think. Abraham was going to kill his son when God asked him to sacrifice him. God didn't let Abraham kill his son, but the sacrifice was still made in his heart. Abraham took that journey and sacrificed his son metaphorically and allowed God to have complete control of his life. This then allowed Abraham to be called the Father of many. Jews, Christians, and even Muslims. All because Abraham took a journey with God.

Now God has not forgotten Jennifer. While Jennifer had to sacrifice relationships to pursue what God has called her to do, God has something better in store for Jennifer.

Just when things seem to be lining up for Jennifer to take this giant leap of faith in her adoption process, God throws her a curve ball to challenge her acceptance of his will. Are those Russian children an idol in her life? If God suddenly said, "wait a minute, I want you to do something else first," would she listen? What if all this time on Jennifer's journey, God's been preparing her for someone special? What if all these trials and triumphs have been sanctifying her for Jeremy?

Who is Jeremy? I can't tell you that, yet, because I don't know. But one day (I hope) I will be able to tell you that he's her husband. And on another day (I hope) I'll be able to tell you that they just adopted a couple of kids from Russia together. And on any day (I know) I will tell you that they are both children of God in pursuit of Him and His will. And every day (I know) I can tell you that Jennifer is my hero.


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Felipe is better than the TARDIS

...and the Doctor for that matter. Of course, my opinion may be a bit biased! I watch a lot of Dr Who and I was imagining how I might react if a man showed up to take me away in a blue box that was bigger on the inside. I just wouldn't care. I have all that I want right here.

So then I had to pretend that I didn't have Felipe and the kids. Where would I want to go? I can think of very few times and places in history worth visiting. First on my list would be the birth of Jesus. I want to see those angels singing and possibly help deliver my Savior...too cool to think about. Then I would want to visit him as an adult and ask him a bunch of questions. Then I'd go to 1983 and visit baby me...oh wait, that's not allowed. Well, I would visit young Mom and Dad and encourage them to buy into Apple stock...lots of Apple stock. and then?

But if given the choice between the secrets of the universe and sharing a life with Felipe, I'd choose Felipe every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

I really appreciate my husband. I came across this admonition earlier:
Some women take their husband's career for granted, and they show it in many ways. Do you "dump" on your husband at the end of the workday, or do you strengthen and encourage him with your words? A wise wife will make her husband feel that she values and appreciates his work. Let him know that you are glad he is a hard worker. Take opportunities to praise his diligence and resourcefulness to others. 

I'm not sure what that second sentence means. So I'm going to ignore it. I try to strengthen and encourage my husband with my words both to his face and in speaking about him to others. Felipe, if you read this, I very much value and appreciate that you work to feed and clothe this small family of ours. I am daily impressed by your diligence and self-sacrificing lifestyle you've embraced in the name of God to care for what He's given you - your wife and children.

It's a silly comparison, Felipe and the Doctor, real and fiction. But a fun one for a silly blog! Just like Rose Tyler loves her Doctor, I love my Felipe. Again, she's fictional, but I don't fault her for loving him. I don't want any other woman loving my man, after all!

If Felipe were a Time Lord, I think his name would be The Comforter because of how comforting and loving he is. He always makes people feel better. If I were a Time Lord, I think my name would be The Supporter because I like to think of myself as supporting others to fulfill what their calling is. What would your name be? Maybe it's silly, but it's fun!
Felipe and Micah discovering that it doesn't take much to get hired at Kroger's. "mutch"? really?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Felipe is so nice :)

Love is patient and kind; 
(1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV)

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:19 ESV)

Felipe loves me so much. He was at work just now and texted me to see if he could go to the store for me. I need sponges. So he offered to pick them up for me and he gave me the choice to either let him just get it on his way home or let me get out of the house and do it after he got home. He really is very kind to give me the choice. 

Felipe is so kind. 

God is kind too. kind [adj]: Having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature. 
God is friendly You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:14 ESV), and Felipe is my best friend. God is generous in giving his own life to save mine (and everyone else's too). Felipe is generous. I'm reminded of him letting me buy supplies worth over $100 to make baby Mei Tais that are selling very slowly. But he still encourages me and is very generous in his praise of me. I know I don't deserve him or his praise. God is considerate in his thoughts toward me. Oh how he loves me! The proof is in his gift of Felipe to me. Felipe is considerate. He considers me in his decisions. He considers my needs and desires. And he's always asking how he can better serve me. He's a good husband.

God is Felipe's example. Felipe sacrifices his life on a daily basis. He puts aside his own desires to sit around doing nothing and considers his family. He takes care of us. He works hard at a stressful job so we can eat, drink, and be merry! 

I am constantly reminded of God when I think of Felipe. His love is true and overwhelming. What a great life!

Caleb as Batman...has nothing to do with the post.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Felipe is such an encouragement

through love serve one another.
(Galatians 5:13 ESV)

I have never heard of a person meeting my husband and not liking him right away. There's something about my husband that everyone seems to be drawn toward. I believe it is his loving disposition. He can't help but love everyone. 

Because of his salvation story happening later (I mean, he was still young, so not that late in life), he feels the weight of grace more so than many of us who started our Christ-fearing life at a very young age. Realizing what grace has been extended to him and feeling the love of God on his life fills him with love for God which overflows to love for others. 

He leads through love. He is not judgmental. He goes past people's sins and loves as God loves. When I first met him and heard that he had only been a Christian for a couple of years I was surprised because of how much he had already taught me about the love of Christ. I really didn't think that someone who was so spiritually young would have much to offer me who had been a Christian for a couple of decades already.

By his example he taught me that loving others is more important than any theological position or argument. Loving is deeper and more godly than knowing hermeneutics on eschatology or TULIP or any other "Christian-ese" doctrine. After all, what has been consistently and constantly shown to me by those closest to me is that knowledge fills people with pride and makes them look down on others but love builds each other up. By loving I make you feel better and I make me feel better. Knowledge doesn't do that. 
This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. (1 Corinthians 8:1 ESV)

My husband is very knowledgable too though. But his foundation is love. He teaches me a lot. More than most "mature" Christians I know. 

But I digress. All this wasn't even what I intended to write about today.

What I wanted to write about was how loving and encouraging my husband is TO ME. He equips me to be all that God wants me to be.

Specifically, he insisted that I go to yoga tonight. I've been missing due to sickness, pulled muscles, and  car sharing difficulties. I was feeling lazy and didn't want to go but Felipe equipped me by getting home early so I could get there early. And once I was there, I felt great. It was good to use my muscles again.

My husband loves me enough to not let me be lazy. My husband loves me enough to equip me to be more loving and generally a better person than I would be on my own. I am a better person because of him.

I have said before that my husband and I have "true love" but that love is not between us. The love that is between us is an overflow of that true love we have each found with our Savior God. God loves us. Because he loves us, we are even capable of loving him back. God is our foundation and our marriage is built on it.

My husband loves me.
I hope its okay that I put a pic of him sleeping...look how Caleb loves his dada!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Felipe is a Gift from God

The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
(Proverbs 31:11-12 ESV)

Felipe has a very stressful job. It's a good job. We praise God that he even has a job. I'm so grateful that God has given me a husband who is not afraid to work hard, who doesn't slack off, who takes his responsibility of husband and father seriously, and who is loving and kind on top of it all. I just wish there was some way that I could help him with his stress.

So we were lying in bed and he was just exhausted. I had a baby in my arms and was telling my husband how much I love and appreciate him. He is such a good man. I reached over and stroked his hair. And he says, "You are so comforting. Just having you touch me relieves so much of my stress." So while I'm lying there thinking about how I can help I was actually already helping. 

I'm so grateful I'm his wife. I really lucked out.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

what it must be like to be a non-Christian

This is an attempt to be humorous. So don't be offended.

Driving down the road the other day I realized what it must feel like for so many non-Christians to live in the buckle of the Bible belt here in Texas. 

I used to think, "Why are non-Christians so upset about Christian billboards and bumper stickers? It's not like we're making them pull over and read them. Or forcing them to go to church." Even though there are churches on every corner. 

But then something happened...

It was here:

Then it was there: 

These vehicles were everywhere. I couldn't escape the Scentsy gospel of good smelling candles. Why were they shoving their dogma down my throat like this?! It was outrageous. On a quarter mile drive, I passed, or was passed by, three Scentsy cars. I verbally complained about it to my husband. I wasn't being forced to read their silly bumper stickers telling me that my candles were inferior. I wasn't being forced to a selling event and being told that my scent was hideous. I wasn't being forced to their website and being forced to read how they were so much better than me and that I stank. 

But it felt that way.

And no, I won't convert. I am Ascentsiest. I don't need Scentsy. Scentsy is just a crutch for people who already smell fine. Scentsy tells its followers to put unrealistic expectations on scent and then tells you to pay them to answer that need that you didn't even know you had. Scentsy uses peer pressure to get more followers. Scentsy followers are brainwashed, I tell you! And I wish everyone could be free from the binds and confines that Scentsy restricts its participants to. Be free! Be stinky! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Good News

When I come across a product that really works, I eagerly share it with those I love. I want them to experience the same joy and happiness that I have experienced with the product. Some friends and family think I'm trying to "sell them something" as if I gain by their purchase. But I don't get anything out of it other than an increased joy in knowing that I contributed to someone's betterment and increased quality of life. If I share something with you, it's because I love you. I'm not trying to offend you. I'm not asking for your money. I don't get anything out of it.

The good news of today's post is just that, the Good News. The Gospel. "Gospel" literally means "good news". But why are so many offended by it? People are offended because it implies they were wrong. Our pride often stops up our ears and refuses to allow us to admit that perhaps we're not perfect. People often accuse Christians of believing they are the only ones with Truth. It's a common misconception. Christians believe that God holds Truth and has revealed it in the Bible. This is why there are so many sects of Christianity. We all believe the Bible, but some hold one aspect more firmly than others. But all Christians believe some fundamental Truths. Thanks to Martin Luther and the reformation, we have the Bible written in common language and is available for all to read. Read the Bible for yourself to find the Truth.

Allow me to practice the Roman Road to Salvation...

I am eager to preach the gospel to you...

God’s power can make us secure...
What is God's power? The GOSPEL is God's power for salvation! Who is it for? Everyone! "First to the Jews" means God came to mankind through the Israeli nation. "Greek" is reference to all non-Jews, not necessarily someone from Greece. This is great news because it means you do not need to be one type of person or another. All people are the same! All need God and God is available to all!

This power, the power of God, results in change.

Repentance means to change direction. Being content with one course of action, repentance changes your course. Contrition and humility (not humiliation), acknowledging error in ones life choices and choosing a different direction is repentance. But why do we even need to change?

It is because of sin that we need to change.

What does it mean to fall short of the glory of God? You can imagine a target at one side of the Grand Canyon while everyone stands at the opposite side with bows and arrows drawn. The target is perfect glory, the glory of God. Each person tries to hit the target. They are each given one arrow. And no person no matter what natural talent he has will ever hit that perfect target on their turn. Their arrows fall short.

Even though we are separated from God because of our sin, He still loves us. 
He made the ultimate sacrifice and died in our place. This is good news! Even though we hadn't earned his gift in any way, he still gives it to us. With God we don't need to be good enough. He just graciously shares himself with us!

Sin earns death, but God gives life to those who want it.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. If you knew this Truth, out of love for your friends, wouldn't you feel obliged to share it with them? Can you fault me for wanting to save you from death when all you must do to be saved is take the free gift of Jesus? You are loved. 

What can you do to take this gift?

Confess that you are a sinner in need of God’s grace, repent and turn away from your sinful lifestyle, believe in Jesus, and call out to Him! 
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 
(Romans 10:9-10 ESV)
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
(Romans 10:13 ESV)

The words aren't important. The action of genuinely committing one's life to Christ is what matters most.
Only you and God can truly know your heart and intentions. 

We now have hope!
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39 ESV)

Faith means a life for God
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1 ESV)

Jesus himself said that he gives salvation and no one can take it from those to whom he gave it.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
(John 10:28 ESV)

There are some similar explanations here and here

Monday, June 11, 2012

What a Wonderful Life

I start this post not know exactly what it is I'm trying to say.

All I know is that my heart is filled with joy!

I have a sleeping baby in my lap. He is so precious! I can't imagine my life without him.

I hear my oldest in the room next to me playing with a toy. I have tears of joy thinking of what a blessing he's been in his two short years.

I can hear my husband watching TV. And I have to brag about him. He works from 10 to 7 at his new job. At our local gym, there's a 9:30AM and a 7:30PM yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So he asked his boss if he could leave early to watch the kids just so I can make it to yoga on Tue/Thursdays! I felt so loved that he even asked! And his boss said yes.

For me yoga is a worshipful experience. The lady who runs the class is a Christian too. Being able to worship with one's entire body is so fulfilling. This is the way life should have been. We should wake up and worship. Worship God with our entire beings.

For awhile I was feeling depressed and sad. So my husband bought me a gym pass and encouraged me to get out of the house occasionally. This has made all the difference! I listen to a sermon through my earbuds and sweat away. And now I'll get to do yoga with my favorite instructor, Virginia. My husband truly has my best interests at heart. He loves me. He cares for me.

What a wonderful life we lead! We don't have much but what we do have we cherish. We cherish each other.

I've started selling baby slings! It makes me smile thinking of babies being held close to their mother's heart! What a beautiful analogy to the way Christ holds us! So peaceful and comforting! Felipe always encourages me to pursue my interests. He's interested in building me up and letting me express myself through this simple business venture. My heart really lies in midwifery, which I put on hold to marry him. He's been encouraging me to continue pursuing it even now with babies in tow! To raise money for school, I've decided to sell the baby slings and nursing capes. I hope that they provide mother's with a stylish and budget-friendly alternative to most other options out there! Just another way I can brag about my husband! Bragging about one's husband is a healthy exercise that I encourage all wives to do daily to warm their hearts, forget the bad, and remember the good!

Well, this isn't much of a post, and whenever I get my new computer later this month, I'll happily post more and more!

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Dreaded Birth Control Discussion

First, if you're not a Christian, this absolutely does not pertain to you. And you will think the whole issue is ridiculous. This is not a fun post, but I'm still happy :) lol!

Second, I want to reiterate that I absolutely do not condemn anyone for any decision. And I mean just that.

Third, my personal beliefs are that all forms of birth control, including barriers, are sinful. What is sin? As far as I can tell, sin is anything that is not directly intended for the glory of God. Is it sinful to go to church if you are going for the wrong reason, yes. Is there a right reason to use birth control, no. What about health? Don't I care about sick mothers? I do, and God does too. But He knows how to care for sick mothers. He isn't going to produce a life that He didn't want. Even if it means I must die, I want my children to live. If I were in the position to choose spacing my children or face health issues, I pray that my faith would be firm enough to handle making the right decision. But because I know I am a weak and fallible human, I don't condemn anyone who has made a bad choice.

Finally, I read in "Respectable Sins" many good things and I suggest you read it for yourself. One line reads, "We don't become saints by our actions." (page 14) Another, which I can't find at the moment, says something along the lines of, "I think I'm right, but I'm willing to admit that I'm not God and I'll only know for 100% certainty once I'm in heaven." -obviously Jerry Bridges is not this inarticulate. Read it yourself and be convicted. (Another good book is Randy Alcorn's Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? I haven't read the revised edition yet.)

Ok, finally finally, this is the real "finally", there are two issues that I'm going to bring up. The first is on abortifacients, and the second on other forms of control.

Abortifacients are substances that induce an abortion. What is an abortion? An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. What is pregnancy? Pregnancy is when an egg and a sperm meet. What's wrong with ending a pregnancy? With the beginning of new DNA is personhood. This life is a creation of God. God has called us to choose life. Ending a pregnancy is murder. Is it ever ok to end a pregnancy? This is a-whole-nother topic and I refuse to give it justice here.

Most American Christians agree that abortions are wrong. My European Christian friends, do not though. Some of my friends believe that life beings with synapsis or blood. In biology (my major at UTA) we learned new DNA = new life. So, I just can't argue with some a faulty premise. But for most of you reading this their opinions aren't important. Randy Alcorn's book shows how hormonal birth control leads to abortions at least some of the time. Not every time, surely. But maybe only once. So maybe a pill user has only killed one person. What's one life?

So on the first issue, I believe Randy's got it covered. On the second one, that of control, I diverge from my Brother. The first (and only essay because apparently I accidentally deleted the other) essay below is written to a dear friend after I found Yasmin in her bathroom. She was engaged and I know that she waited to have sex until marriage. And I know her to be a professing Christian. Here is that letter:

Dear Friend,
This has been troubling me for the past few weeks. One night it got so bad that I couldn’t go to sleep and stayed up crying and praying for you and your fiancé and some others. I want you to know that I don’t go into this with “lightness of heart”. In fact, I don’t want to go into this at all. But I believe that God wants to use me to give you some information that I have recently become aware of. 
I’m not perfect, as you know very well. But I want to try to be a loving sister to you. Most importantly I want to be an obedient child though. And my obedience to God is more important to me than my friendships or my reputation (as is true for you and your fiancé, I think, too). 
John Vandervelde [a lay minister friend of mine] once said to me that we all believe our own personal heresies. When he said that, it shocked me. Why would I willfully believe something that wasn’t true? But his point was that as we journey with Christ, He will slowly open our eyes and enlighten us as He sees fit. None of us will reach perfection until we’re in heaven and we know just as we are known (I Cor 13:12). 
I mention this because I don’t want you to feel I’m attacking you. But as my friend and sister in Christ I ask you for the respect to read all the way through this letter. Don’t skim it. This means a lot to me. I spent many nights and days reading and researching. I’ve spent money and tears, and all I ask is that you read. Then, maybe if you’re up to it, we could talk all about it. I’ll be your loving friend at the end of this no matter what you decide.
Also, feel free to share this with your fiancé, especially with him, and anyone else you want to share it with. I realize that I’m putting myself out there to sound stupid, legalistic, preachy, etc, but I know this comes from a broken heart with lots of love. And I don’t think it originated with me but rather with God.
About all of this, I think that if we sincerely pray Psalm 139:23-24, and try to humbly reason together (Is 1:18-20), we’ll be alright!
There’s been a debate going around Christian circles for the past 40-50 years about the moral and ethical issue of birth control. Many Christians believe it to be just fine, and never thought of anything else. Other Christians believe it to be ungodly and even sinful.
I’m writing about the ethical side or the motive behind using birth control (aka contraceptives). I came across a book entitled Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? In which Randy Alcorn shows scientifically not only that it does but that the manufacturers know that it does. I hope you read it. I also went to the public library and read in the Physician’s Desk Reference that Yasmin is one of those pills. 
I want to let you know that there are just as effective ways to avoid pregnancy without causing a risk to yourself or causing an abortion. And Randy Alcorn mentions them toward the back of his book. I also want to mention that he and I don’t share the same opinion on birth control. He thinks the Pill is bad because it causes abortions, while I think birth control is wrong because it puts oneself above God.
Now, I hope you don’t lose interest. I’ll get to my point now. 
Some have looked at John 1:13 as God saying that it is alright to use birth control. They say that since this verse states “these” have not been born of the will of man, then others have been born by the will of man. Thus, it is alright to have or not have children based on one’s own desire and will: God gave us free will, why not use it? 
Of course, that is as long as our liberty does not become an opportunity for the flesh (Gal 5:13). And we remember that with Christians all things are lawful (I Cor 6:12). However, remember that the Bible also says that our own hearts are evil (Jer 17:9) and we are warned not to trust it (Prov 28:26) but to acknowledge God in all things (Prov 3:5-6). We are told to let our faith show through our actions (James 2:17-20) and to trust God (Psalm 37:3-4) and we are shown by the very example of Christ to esteem the Lord’s will over our own (Matt 26:39, 42; John 5:30; Rom 12:2 etc).
First, I want to point out the obvious flaw with thinking that since we have our own will we should do whatever we wish. As Christians, we have been called to be set apart (Ps 4:3) and to submit our wills to that of the Father’s. If we did what our own deceitfully wicked hearts told us to do, we would not be in the will of the Father; Which is why I challenge you to show where the Bible states that taking control of one’s own life is Godly. This isn’t a homework assignment; this is something that as an obedient child of God you should want to do.
Of course, as children of God, we want to submit our will to His. Sometimes it’s hard. And sometimes we don’t understand. But always we are called to have faith that He won’t leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5). He will give us grace and strength for every circumstance. He won’t say “This child is a blessing from Me.” And then not provide for that child. You are a child of God and He has always taken care of you and provided for you (Mt 6:8; Mt 6:25-34; Mt 7:11). And He will continue to do so for you and your child (Deu 7:9).
I want to address the John 1:13 argument. Simply put: some people die naturally (by the will of God, old age etc) and some by the will of man (murder, war etc). But we would never think of pointing a loaded gun at someone and think, “I can pull this trigger and if God wants this person to live, he will. If he dies, obviously it was meant to be”. An argument like that would never hold up in court. My point here is that just because we are capable of doing something doesn’t mean we should do that thing. Taking birth control is playing Russian Roulette with a child’s life. 
I heard someone from the ballet company pose the argument that if they were called to dance for God then they would need to use birth control so that they could continue doing the will of God. [I also heard some missionaries use the same argument, and I think they are not hearing God’s voice at all.] But God is the One who opens and closes the womb (i.e. I Sam 1:5) and HE is the giver of life (Acts 17:25). Satan’s power is only to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10); he cannot give life, even if it is unwanted. So if life is given, it is given by the will and desire of God. My conclusion is then that either, God would not give someone a child who would hinder His work, or they mislead themselves into thinking that God has called them there. 
Someone has said they don’t have the money for a child. But just as we trust God for ourselves, we must always trust God for our children as well. We can never think that we are secure in our own provision (I Tim 6:17); For it is God who provides for all our needs (Phil 4:19). Be sure to note that He provides according to His riches in glory, and His riches are eternal and heavenly (Mt 6:20), not of this world. But that doesn’t mean we won’t have riches in this world.
Some people just don’t want kids. To them I ask, “Why get married?” What is the purpose of marriage? Malachi 2:15 says: He seeks godly offspring. What is the motive behind wanting a spouse without children? It is true that once you have children, less time will be spent with your spouse; your time will be divided. Perhaps it is the desire to have fun; who’s to say you won’t have fun with kids around too? But maybe it’s the desire to have a “Hollywood” lifestyle, where you can kick back, have sex, no responsibilities, no hindrances, but still appease Christians by having a marriage license. The best of both worlds! (Luke 16:13)
Don’t fall to what the world says (Col 2:8). Children are a blessing (Ps 127:3-5), not a burden. God will give you the grace you need to accomplish His will (James 4:6). If He were to open your womb and give you a child, He will also give you all the grace and provisions you’d need for that child. The world says children are bad, but God says they are good. Who are you going to believe?
I heard someone say that since her husband wanted her to use birth control therefore she must. She wanted to be submissive (Rom 13:1-7; Eph 5:22-33). But to whom is the greater submission required? To her husband (Col 3:18) or to God (James 4:7a, Acts 5:29)? “As is fitting in the Lord” We are also called to submit to one another (I Peter 5:5). Her husband should not lead her into an area of disobedience (Mt 18:6). And he should seek her well-being (I Cor 10:24); (telling her to take a drug that lists, among other things, heart diseases and stroke as side affects is not looking out for her and definitely not “fitting in the Lord”). Beyond that, telling her that she should trust him rather than God is placing himself above God (Deu 11:16); and wicked. Thankfully, there is mercy, but that mercy is not given to empower our sinning (Rom 6:1-4). 
Someone once told me that they prayed about it and felt peace so they knew it was alright for them to use birth control. I also had a friend once whose mother prayed about it and felt peace so she knew it was alright that she have an extra-marital affair. I think that if someone is already set on doing something, then God will allow them to sin. We do have free will. What caused my friend’s mom to even think about praying about something that is so obviously sinful to the rest of us? It was the hardness in her heart. She willfully blinded herself from the righteousness of God so she could practice her lawlessness. (2 Thes 2:7-12; Eph 4:17-24; Mt 19:8). 
Finally, I want to share some examples of families who did not use birth control. One such family is my aunt and uncle. My aunt told me that people always assume that they had used birth control because they only have three children. But they never used anything. The youngest is a teenager now. I visited a church once in Pensacola where no one used birth control. The average family there only had 5 children. I think there’s a fear that there’ll be more than that, which is possible. But there’s also a possibility that there’ll be less. One family in that church only had two children! 
What it all comes down to is this: who do you trust more to plan your family? Yourself or the infinite in wisdom, all-knowing, merciful and kind God of the universe who is the Author of life. 
Summarizing: God says He should have control. He knows best. We should submit first to Him. We should let our faith and trust in Him be shown through our actions. 
As I’ve already stated, I’m not going to ostracize you if you don’t choose what I want you to choose, which is life (in case I hadn’t made my point ). I will continue to pray for you always. I love you. And I hope that you can receive this as from a sister in the Lord. And again I’m sorry for not having told you about the Pill sooner.
PS -Let’s remember also that it is the Lord’s command that we multiply (Gen 1:28; Gen 9:1). Some have said that this is an Old Testament command not meant for us today. But what other parts of covenant would you leave behind? I know we’ve both done Covenant Study and know how important covenant is. And unlike the food laws, God never retracted this command. 
Also, two people having just two children is not multiplying. They just replace the parents. 2parents+2kids-2parents=2kids Starting with two and ending with two.
I Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
Psalm139: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
                         Try me, and know my anxieties;
                  24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
                         And lead me in the way everlasting.
Isaiah 1:18 “ Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.  19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
John 1:13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
I Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Prov 28:26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
Jeremiah 17:9 “ The heart is deceitful above all things,And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Prov 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
James 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Matthew 26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
John 5:30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matthew 6:8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him
Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Deut 7:9 “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
I Samuel 1:5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the LORD had closed her womb.
Acts 17:25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
I Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
Phil 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Matthew 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Romans 1:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities...
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Acts 5:29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men
I Peter 5:5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Matthew 18:6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
I Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
II Thes 2: 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Eph 4:17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Matthew 19:8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 9:1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.