Monday, October 24, 2016

For Heaven's Sake~ Put Down Your Stones

I want to share a little story I once heard. This most beautiful young lady was standing with her hands full of rocks following the crowd. She was ready to throw those stones. This person was wicked the crowd said. She had done the most horrible of things. She was guilty and caught in her guilt. After all, she deserved to have stones hurled at her  ~ to hurt her reputation~ cause her to bleed~ kill her soul. This beautiful lady was ready and the stones were heavy in her hands. She raised her hands to cast the stones at this chief of sinners. BUT when the sinner turned to face her~ it was one of her very own. She loved this person. This person shared the blood that ran through her veins.  Her stones fell from her hands and tears streamed from her eyes as she watched the crowd one by one cast their stones.

What if the person others are throwing stones at was your sister, your child~ your mother or brother. You see God does not punish to kill or destroy but to restore His children. Who do we think we are to throw stones? As high and mighty as we may think we are~ we can all look no further than to our own blood to see those who have sinned. Better yet~ we only need to look in the mirror.

1 Timothy 1:15

 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

 I am not saying to overlook wrong. But it is not our place to be judge and jury. It is not our place to kill and destroy. It is not our place to ignore our beam in our own eye.

Luke 6:24
Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

With all the stones flying~I think I need a social and  media detox. This morning~I am heading off to church and turning off the media~ care to join me?

Life Creative ~ Book Review

Our God is an awesome artist with the most beautiful masterpieces of all time. God has blessed us all with artistic flares, talents, and Wendy and Kelli have done a wonderful job encouraging mothers. Being a mother is hard work and time-consuming. These girls have compiled many examples of mothers who have been home decorators, jewelry designers, and authors  along with motherhood. They share how they balanced it all. Being a mother doesn't mean we need to give up our dreams. It really is a good thing to still use our creativity for the glory of God and also be an example to our children to do the same. This is a wonderful read and would be a great gift for any mom especially new moms. 

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pray For America and Be Nice~

The news said over the weekend (not sure I believe much of what they say at this point) that this election has caused severe stress and anxiety. It has divided family and friends. I suppose it is so by watching social media. If I were honest it truly has caused me some worry and concern~ I have even needed to repent of my own anger. This election just has me angry at the whole mess.

Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe we Christians need to be awakened from our slumbering state and spend more time begging God for His mercy and grace on our country.

When I pulled up to church yesterday this is what I read~ Pray for America and Be Nice.   Amen, and Amen! We should be spending all the time we can on our knees. Prayer is the best defense to the hot mess our country currently finds herself.  The be nice part is becoming harder and harder for me. Just keeping it real here. I am still so angry that in our day and age this is the best we can come up with~  somebody say it isn't so.

An unknown poet wrote ~ 
" A careless word may kindle strife;
 a cruel word may wreck a life. 
A bitter word may hate instill;
 a brutal word may smite and kill.
 A gracious word may smooth the way: 
a joyous word may light the day.
 A timely word may lessen stress; 
a loving word may heal and bless."

We all learned this in kindergarten but somewhere along the way we seem to lose our compass especially at election time. God ~ forgive us all. Starting at the top! If nothing more than this lesson we are learning maybe this election can remind us that once words leave our mouths they can never be taken back and all the "I'm sorrys" in the  world can't fix it.

Yesterday our Pastor preached on The Anomaly of a Good King. He reminded us that 1 out of every 5 kings in Isreal in the Bible were good rulers. Are you with me? It gave me a little hope. The message was on King Josiah and what makes a good leader. King Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king. Yet~ he was a great king because his main priority was focusing on God.  The outline below is from our service from Dr. Monty Shinkle.

  • Good leaders are rare. (II Chronicles 34)
  • Good leaders surround themselves with good people. 
  • Good leaders do what is right in the sight of the Lord. (II Chronicles 34:2)
  • Good leaders respect and respond to the Word of God. (II Chronicles 34:18,19)
  • Good leaders are consistent in private and public. (II Chronicles 34:31)
  • Good leaders finish what they start. (II Chronicles  34:33)
  • Good leaders may not ultimately change hearts and people . ( II Chronicles 34:33)

 Let's vow to use our words to be nice. I am going to ask God to help me throughout the rest of this election to just pray and be nice. Care to join me ?

Psalm 39:1

 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me

Friday, October 21, 2016


Oh-my-stars..... I loved this book. I mean from the first word. This is the story of Jacob Hochstetler. It is written by Ervin Stutzman who was born to an Amish family in Kalona, Iowa and spent his days growing up in Hutchison, Kansas. Today he and his wife are members of the Park View Mennonite Church.  This is the third book of the series and now I must go buy those other two books. The book is a product of much research and is based on stories passed down.

Jacob is known as a hero of the faith because he stood firm on his pacifist convictions during the French and Indian War. His family was attacked by the Indians and the account has been passed through many of media forms through the ages.

This book recounts the story of Christian who was Jacob's son. When the family was attacked by  an Indian Tribe his mother, his 19-year-old brother and six-year-old sister were all killed.  He, his father and his brother were taken captive by the Indian tribe who were angry at the white men for lying to them and taking their land. Christian and his brother, Joseph were taken in by the tribe and were adopted into Indian families. Their father escaped and returned home after a few months but the boys were raised in the Indian tribes. When they became men the British government made them return to their Amish families. The book shares Christian's story of hardship being Indian in his thinking and  yet knowing the Amish were his people. This is a true story of love, acceptance, redemption and loving our neighbors. You just don't want to miss this historical story brought to life in this book.

I have never read any of Ervin Stutzman's books but I am hooked.  I loved this book!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Need A Little Love? 66 Ways God Loves You~ Book Review

 Sarah Rothschild shares how her Grandma Sarah gave her a red leather Bible  when she was a young girl. She carried it to church each Sunday. She states, "Something deep within me knew that just like the glue on the binding held its pages together, the truth in its pages would somehow hold me together." Such profound truths for a small girl. And it did hold her together. When she turned 15 she lost her eyesight. She no longer could read her beloved Bible but the truths still held her together. She now listens to her Bible on audio or on apps on her computer or her phone but it still holds her together and  it still makes her feel loved. 

Sarah wants her readers to feel loved too. In her book, she summarizes each book of the Bible and how God records His love to us in His Word from Genisis to Revelation. 

The book starts with chapter one~ Genesis. Chapter one tells us of how God loved us when He fashioned us with his hands. In Leviticus ~ He grants access to Him. In Numbers ~ He shelters us in cities of refuge. 66 ways through 66 books of the Bible~ ending with Revelation sharing how God receives us as His treasured and beloved bride. 

This is a wonderful book of encouragement and love. It truly reminded me just how much God loves me. Thank you, Jennifer! What a wonderful book. 

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. 

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