Faith

What the Bible Says About Itself

I shared in an earlier post about my new Bible.   (See here)

This Bible is the New Living Translation from Tyndale House Publishers.  There are many different translations of the Bible, and there are many that are critical of many of them.  There are those who will not use anything but the Kings James Version.  Don’t get me wrong,  I do love my King James Bible.  But I have really liked reading this version of the Bible.  Most would agree that some of the readings from the King James are hard or impossible to understand, many times due to the out-dated language and sentence structure.  I have found this New Living Translation very helpful in understanding the original intent of the writers, and in explaining what the scriptures mean.

Included in this Bible is a yearly Bible reading schedule, and a large section on life topics, that I have found very helpful and interesting.

The one draw back and something that I always like, is that there is no pronunciation helps of Bible names and places.

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What the Bible Says Abut Itself

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Psalm 19:7-8

The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul .

The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 

The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.

The commands of the LORD are clear giving insight for living.

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2 Timothy 3:16

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.

  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

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Psalm 18:30

The Bible is perfect.

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The Bible is true.

Psalm 33:4

For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything He does.

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The Bible will last forever.

Psalm 119:89

Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven.

 

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The Bible gives wisdom.

Psalm 119:99

Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws.

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The Bible can be trusted.

Psalm 119:138

Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy.

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The Bible contains God’s promises.

Romans 1:2

God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.

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The Bible is authoritative.

Galatians 3:10

But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”

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The Bible is a Christian’s spiritual weapon.

Ephesians 6:17

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

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The Bible judges our life.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and powerful. 

It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between the soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.

  It exposed our innermost thoughts and desires.

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The Bible helps us grow spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.

  Cry out for this nourishment.

If you want to hear from God, and if you are seeking direction in your life,  read the Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family

The Christmas Pajamas

Christmas Pajama Sewing

This is just a short up-date post.  Different ones have always been curious and have asked about the Christmas pajama sewing that I do every year for the grand kids.  And, YES, I did do sewing this year.  But we changed things up a little bit this year. Things that were different this year-

  • I did not go to M & L Fabrics in Buena Park, CA this year.  This is where I am able to buy the large quantities of fabric at a reasonable price needed for all those pajamas. This years fabric was bought at our local JoAnn Fabrics store. (They do run some good sales on flannel before Christmas.)  I bought 2 full bolts to make the jammies for the girls and choose a different print for the little boys.
  • I did not make pajamas for the 4 oldest grandchildren.  It takes a huge amount of fabric for the larger sizes and for the big boys bottoms.  I was also informed that some of the older ones did not like to wear them anymore and were embarrassed….That was fine with me,  I was not hurt, and was glad the Moms were honest with me.
  • I also did not make a pair for the youngest, Miss Adeline.  The sleeping gown may have been cute on her, but it is rather impractical for a baby, so we skipped her.  She is cute just the way she is!

So here is a blurry photo of the grands in their jammies…uhh, you will notice little Charley, in front, not in jammies-he drenched himself and had to be changed!  The girls said that they liked these pajamas the best-the flannel was a very pretty grey sprigged with red flowers, and red buttons.  They looked cute.  But…with that many jammies, some of them got mixed up-Kiera is wearing Lexi’s and vice versa, so one was too long and one too short.  Their names are inside and hopefully they get it straightened out when at home!

When I was done with the pajama sewing, I proclaimed, as I do every year, “I am not doing this again!”  So… we shall see….

We celebrated our family Christmas on New Year’s Day this year-we have to share our kids with their other families and they switch off every other year.   Oh, how we love our family and spending time with us all together!

Daniel, in his Rudolph nose-I couldn’t seem to snap the photo while his nose was lit up!

I trust that you all had a blessed Christmas!

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Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 

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Christmas Bibles

 

My husband and I are not much into giving each other gifts at Christmas time.  During the Christmas season we concentrate more on our children and grandchildren, and that is a big enough chore in and of itself to find appropriate gifts for each of them.

We never feel left out-our children gift us with way too many lovely gifts.  I do not need gifts from him to feel much loved, and the same with him. We try to be loving and giving all through the year to each other.   I do get bothered when useless, frivolous, unneeded gifts are given. I would rather that the gift giver saved the money.  I do not need a gift to feel a persons love, and I hope that others feel my love for them without the giving of gifts.

But this year we each got a gift…It really wasn’t a gift from me, as he purchased them both, and surprised me with the gift.  But we used them as our Christmas gifts to each other!

Our Christmas gifts to each other this year were new Bibles.  These are New Living Translations, from Tyndale House Publishers.

I am loving my new Bible!

Happy is the man who possess a Bible!

Happier still is he who reads it!

Happiest of all is he who reads it and obeys it!

J.C. Ryle

 

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A Christmas Prayer

Loving Father,

Help us remember

The birth of Jesus,

That we may share

In the song of angels,

The gladness of the shepherds,

And the worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate

And open the door of love

All over the world.

Let kindness come

With every gift

And good desires

With every greeting.

Deliver us from evil

By the blessing which Christ brings,

And teach us to be merry

With clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning

Make us happy to be Thy children,

And the Christmas evening

Bring us to our beds

With grateful thoughts

Forgiving and forgiven,

For Jesus sake,

Amen

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Welcome Winter

WINTER….a lingering season.

It’s a time to gather golden moments,

Embark on a sentimental journey,

And enjoy every idle hour.

John Boswell

We have arrived at the winter of the year.

The winter solstice-and the beginning of winter- is here.

It is the longest night of the year. and the shortest day of the year.

The sun is at it’s lowest point, and our shadows are at their longest.

I wonder, what is our long shadow casting in our world?

May we cast the joy and happiness of our Lord on others in this season of the year.

And God is with us in this season time.

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Psalm 121:3

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved;

He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

PS; Enjoy all your idle time!

 

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Learning New Things

 

Notice-there may be a lack of blog posts in the near future….I am doing something new for awhile.

I need to be studying to pass a test to sell health insurance….And I am not sure how much of my time this will gobble up.

So, I will be back at the end of this,,,maybe sooner.

Am wondering if I can even do this!  It is all a little overwhelming at the moment!

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1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him;

for he careth for you.

 

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Redeeming Love

His Redeeming Love and Grace

photo by Esther Clyde

 

 

His Redeeming Love and Grace,

Oh how sweet the sound!

For this lost and unworthy soul,

His love did much abound.

 

His Redeeming Love is more,

More than just a sweet sound.

But oh the touch of His Love,

Freeing the soul that was bound!

 

His Redeeming Love reaches me,

Reaches the failures of yesterday,

Extends into the problems of tomorrow,

Yet, is sufficient for the battles of today!

 

Redeeming Love so undeserved,

Yet, so freely given to everyone,

Who open the door of their heart

And believe on the only Begotten Son.

By H James Pinkerton, Jr.

 

 

 

Faith

Vote!

Let’s Vote!

“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin,

is eligible within herself,

not without…..

Always inform yourself;

always do the best you can;

always vote.”

Walt Whitman, 150 years ago

Tomorrow is the day you can have a say in our government.  Our government is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people- you are the people of this country, so don’t let others decide for you.  Don’t let this opportunity pass-get out and vote. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Vote your conscience, vote for the right, become informed so you can make a good decision.

The over riding force for me in voting is said so well by Elizabeth Worden Bixby-

First and foremost I vote for life.

Without the right to life any other liberties

are meaningless. 

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I always vote pro-life.

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Are you planning to vote?

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Psalm 139:13-16

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous-

how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born….

 

 

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The Time Change

It’s that time of year….

photo credit-Life’s Daily Treasures

This winding down,

this descent into

shorter days and longer nights,

this preparation for an autumn austerity,

reminds me of my ongoing emptying,

once so full of fruit and seed,

now clinging to what is left me-

the joys, the tears,

the eyes of my brimming heart.

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It is time to turn the clocks back 1 hour.

And that means a change, a change in the light, not only dark so soon in the evening, but brighter in the morning.  Maybe this is a looked forward to change, or maybe not.

I find the light of the setting sun the most beautiful light of the year.

More changes of this season-the beautiful colors of fall will too soon be fading to the dull grey, chill of winter, the too soon ending of gardening chores as the day shortens, the too soon lengthening of the night that bring stillness…

The coming of the holidays-Thanksgiving and Christmas, with all of their special activities-will soon fill these short days and long nights.

Are you looking forward to the busyness of the holiday season, or to the quietness of the stillness of winter coming?

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Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord:

be of good courage,

and He shall strengthen thine heart.