1. What lesson has failure taught you?
Probably the greatest thing failure teaches me is patience with others who don't get it right. I know that God uses failure in my life to make me even more dependant on Him also, but it makes me more understanding and tolerant of others.
2. What decision are you glad you made?
Of course the most important decision I have ever made was when I accepted Jesus as my Savior from sin.
Most other major decisions I've made over the years are ones I just fell into, but I am happy with many of them, such as the decision to go back to school and get my degree in education, the decision to marry again after Don died, the decision to purchase a piece of property on the side of a hill with LOADS of rocks. Of course we pray about the decisions we make, but it does take a step of faith into the unknown and trust that God will lead... and He always has. Every major decision has come with butterflies in the stomach, but if it has been prayed through those will go away.
3. I've been a little bit surprised to see fully lit and decorated Christmas trees popping up for the past several weeks in friend's Instagram feeds. So tell the truth-is your tree up and decorated, and if so when did that happen? If not, when will you be decking the halls?
We don't have an indoor tree, not because we don't want one, but because we have no room. As you can see in the picture at the top of my blog, we have a tiny tree that we could put up, but no room for it... really. Camper living means every nook and crannie is filled with things you need. If it is not needed it goes. I will have an outdoor tree this year since we have the electricity hooked up outside but not till after Thanksgiving.
4. Solitaire-Poker-Rummy-Hearts-Go Fish-Old Maid...which game of cards would you most like to join?
We love playing games. On holidays our family sits around and plays games one after the other... lots of fun and relaxing. Our favorite is the Monopoly card game, the older one, not the newer version. We also like a game we play with Rook cards called "Scum" and my daughters and I like "Dutch Blitz" and a card/board game called "Sequence".
5. This question comes to you courtesy of a Facebook friend, who once upon a time had a blog...When you're feeling stressed do you snack a lot or are you more the 'can't eat' type?
Real stress makes me sick to my stomach, but mild stress such running around trying to get stuff done, makes me eat the wrong kinds of foods. I eat fast foods that are high in fat and sugar and those are things I really should keep away from. If I have plenty of time I like to prepare and eat good foods like fresh veggies and grilled meats with all the fat trimmed off etc.
6. Have you ever reviewed a product or service on line? Was your review favorable or less than favorable?
I haven't done this.
7. What was the best conversation you had yesterday?
The last couple of days have been quiet at our house since Mr. D is preparing a message for Prayer Meeting at church. He works outside during daylight hours and then at night comes in to study. He has been studying a lot which means I either go to the house and work on sewing projects or sit on the little couch and hand stitch or read. We did have quite a discussion at work yesterday about the health insurance changes that are happening.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
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Friday, November 15, 2013
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
When we repent, God is willing to forgive and cleanse. This is a finished work, it’s not a thing we should pick up and examine over and over (I John 1:9).
God does the forgiving of sin. He buries our sins it in the deepest ocean, sends them as far as the east is from the west.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Can we forgive ourselves? I’ve thought about this a while and I’m not sure that is a Biblical concept. We need to know God’s forgiveness.
Just as he has forgiven us, we can forgive others their trespasses against us.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
What if someone asks for forgiveness and we are unwilling to forgive. This is sin and will disrupt our relationship with others and with God.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
What if you need to forgive someone who is no longer alive, or is not able to communicate with you for one reason or another. They may not be able or willing to ask for forgiveness. We can forgive them anyway and this will have an effect in our life. Did the Roman guards ask for forgiveness at the foot of the cross? Look at some Bible examples of forgiveness: Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25,27,32,33)
Joseph forgiveness of his brothers (Genesis 37-50)
David and Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9)
The Prodigal Son (Luke 15)
Some of these asked for forgiveness, others did not, that wasn’t a limiting factor of forgiveness.
What about the woman caught in adultery (John 8) precious words of Jesus…
John 8: 10,11
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more
God forgave us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8)
We could write our own story. What about you when…
As far as “forgiving ourselves”, we should try to remember that God is the one we need to seek forgiveness from if we have sinned against Him. This could be in our attitude. Like I tell my Sunday School class: “Sin is anything we do, say, or think that displeases God”. We need to repent of those things and leave them with the Lord. If we are able to seek forgiveness from someone we have wronged, I think it is good for them and ourselves to go to them and ask for forgiveness and let them know we are sorry. If they are unwilling to forgive, we have done the right thing and before God we are forgiven. Satan would like to make us think we are still condemned, but what does God say about that?
We are no longer condemned…
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Is there anything too hard for God to forgive?
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
When the Bible says “all”, that means all. Reflect again on the story of Corrie Ten Boom who came face-to-face with the SS guard who had murdered so many. Had God truly forgiven him? What about David in the Bible? Did God forgive him when he asked for forgiveness? (Psalm 51)
… he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
I’d say in conclusion here, though I’m sure I will learn many more things on this topic as time goes on, it is easy to see that the world has an entirely different view of what forgiveness means. I’ve looked around the internet and read excerpts from books and magazine articles and the conclusion I make is Forgiveness is of God. Our ability to forgive and forgiveness of our sins… God is the author.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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2. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of yourself at age eighteen?
Hmmm rebellious and headstrong… maybe they are the same thing, not really sure, but that’s what I think I was like. I was always busy doing something or going somewhere and planning for college at that time.
4. What's a scent that takes you back in time, and where does it take you?
Some time ago I bought some Herbal Essence Shampoo and when I used it I was taken back in time. I did use this shampoo exclusively all through high school.
5. November is for Peanut Butter Lovers (National Peanut Butter Lovers Month). Are you a lover or a hater?
I just ate 3 spoonsful of peanut butter. YUM!
6. What do people thank you personally for most often?
For listening and my husband thanks me every time I cook a meal which I do most every day. Glad he can live through my cooking.
7. What event this year are you most thankful for?
I am thankful that Brandon was able to come for the summer and stay with us. He’s getting older now and I’m not sure how many more years he’ll want to come to Grandpa and Grandma’s house for the summer. I am thankful that my 'lil Peanut and his mom live so close and I get to see them most every day. I'm thankful for a great Sweetie who loves me no matter what and is patient with me even when I am crabby. I am thankful for a good harvest and that it is almost all put up (dug beets but they are not put up yet). Thankful for my church family and for God most of all who forgave a rebellious, willful me.
8. Insert your own random thought here.