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Whatcha’ up to, Mary?

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING?

Someone has asked me this and so it was time to think…..to remember….just what have I been doing.  There have been no big spring cleaning jobs, no ongoing projects, for me, that is.  But, I am gleeful over Bob’s painting our porch!  He did a super job painting it the color of our house – dark gray and mixing special sand into the paint for the stairs.  I had not even dreamed of having such a nice porch.  I am elated.  He left the clothes line for me, however.  I have two pairs of jeans drying out there now.  Gotta keep the place homey and cozy country chic.

Our backyard continues to be a high definition, huge-screen view of Downy woodpeckers, a resident Red-headed woodpecker, and its many friends and relatives.  Our bird baths ensure laughter each day.  I have seen Chick-a-dees, Wrens, Tufted Titmice pretend to be humming birds.  The Downy woodpeckers “hog” the 5 Humming bird feeders, drinking there for long periods of time.  We are sure of three nests in Bob’s four birdhouses – Wrens, we think.  There will probably be three broods this season since it began so early.

Blueberries are being harvested by Bob and we are thankful they are so good for us, eating them like M & Ms.  Two very full gallons are already in the freezer.  Since we have smoothies every day with blueberries and have them on our oatmeal each morning, we are keen to get as many in the freezer as we can.  They are good for the brain!

I am studying, of course.  “Thoughts on Seed and Birthing” is up to 61 pages and I still haven’t gotten to the big Abraham file and sorted out my notes for deeper study.  I love summer time for this.  I am in the process of making a Bible dictionary from the Bible definitions of its own terms.  This is great fun and I will probably begin with these lessons when Ladies Bible Study begins in August.  Want a sample?

Making your own personal Bible Dictionary:

Let’s consider how to use God’s Word as His Dictionary.  We will learn this by actually doing it.  I have made a “master list.”  These will not be in alphabetical order because we will begin with some rather simple ones to get some practice.  What it boils down to is disciplining ourselves to read in immediate context, first, and then the remote context, which will secure a proper understanding in the whole context.

Let’s begin with the whole context.  What is the Bible only about?  https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/what-the-bible-is-only-about/

Now, let’s get to work on our dictionary.  This is fun.

Peace – Isaiah 26:3,  Mark 4:39; Luke 2:14; John 16:33; Romans 14:17;  Ephesians 2:14-17; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:23;  and the negative of “peace” is Revelation 6:4.  (Now, meditate upon these verses and write your summary Biblical definition.)  

Grace – 2 Corinthians, chapter 8 and chapter 12:1-10

Joy – Hebrews 12:1-3; Psalm 30:5;

Deu_28:47  “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;

Psa_16:11  Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psa_33:1  Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.

Rom_14:17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Rom_15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Gal_5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Jud_1:24  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy

I have not filled in the “meat” all the verses yet.  What you see above is a “brain storm.”

 

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June 8, 2012 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Intermission in “The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord”…

Since November 14th, Bob has had cataract surgery on both eyes. We had not realized that there would be so many doctor appointments after each of the surgeries – which were only two weeks apart. The second one was on November 28th and we still have appointments on the books for his eyes, appointments concerning our feet, and pot-luck Christmas celebrations at church and another with family and friends.

Other “happenings” have been surprising – like a new flat-screen HD tv where a mirror used to be in our den. We had an old, bulky, “out-of-the-way” tv in a back room – on purpose. T. V. was not going to be an “altar to the god of the airways” in any everyday living room – however, I had been heard to say, “that now that tvs were flat and black that hanging where an unused antique mirror had been would be an option to consider if we could afford one. And, it would be nice to see the scores and stats on the screen when watching football.” We couldn’t and didn’t. Until black Friday. I was so totally caught off guard that I was speechless. (I know you do not believe that!) Our kids bought and installed one for us. However, the room had furniture to be rearranged and cords to hide. Yesterday, I made my peace with that room.

We have watched a lot of programs. PBS – “The Fabric of the Universe”. Old movies. We have Amazon Prime on the new DVD Blueray player they bought us, so we have the internet to watch on it. We can choose what we want to see, when we want to see it. Now, may of you have such, but, this is new to us. We do not have HD service with Comcast and the regular programs are a little distorted, but, they were on the old set, also. The remote helps us with different sizes of pictures, and we choose the best one for the program. Even channels broadcast differently – some with very little distortion. HD costs too much a month and we do not watch tv very much, anyway. We like to choose other methods to view and this system lets us and we are enjoying it. The newness will wear off soon and Bob’s eyes will settle down in a couple of months and our reading will continue.

Oh, me – I am so wordy – but I have received another Christmas present already – KINDLE FIRE from our CO kids. I am learning to use it. I can sit in the den with Bob and his laptop, with my Fire I can pull up Blue Letter Bible and research and study with him. I can also watch tv programs online as well as movies. I can check my emails from out there and send, also. I can read my books in living color. It is perfect for me and the lifestyle I want to lead. I love these new electronic devises! We do not need iphone4, ipads, or such like. We just do not leave our “vacation” home for anything but doctor appointments and church, and sometimes, for groceries.

I am so content!!

December 2, 2011 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Sticky Notes and Random Thoughts….

I’m rather sure I got around telling all the girls that Ladies Bible Study has been postponed. Just in case I missed somebody – there it is.

Today, I just gotta talk about a “weakness” of mine. Sticky notes. I am always thinking and studying in my mind, so that when I want to “save” the thought, I quickly grab a sticky note. They say our minds work like a computer, but when I “save” a thought, no amount of searching brings it back – usually. A pad of them is every where I light upon, even by me when I sleep. This morning, I was combining them onto a page in my prayer notebook and did that to some of them; but, just couldn’t continue. Sometimes when I look at the note, my memory will recall where I was when I wrote it and where I wanted to go with that thought when I had time to study.

Here are some recent ones. See if you see the trend, or subject matter:

Rm. 7:4 – “fruit unto God”

Daily Light 9/17 evening, “taste”

look up “Christ be formed” & “Christ in you”

2 Sam. 7:12 – “seed of David”

John 12:24 – grain dies

See 9/8 in D. L.

E. E. page 190

Page 859 in NKG

2 Cor. 5:14-15

1 Cor. 15:22, 45

1 Tim. 2:13, 14

The Holy Spirit and believing – Acts 10:43, 44

parable of vineyard – Mt. 21:33-46

the laboring element in sowing and reaping

harvest – John 4:34-36

See D. L. 8/24 evening

harvesting comes in seasons

Now, look those up and put them with your thoughts that come to mind. I also have chores stuck up around my study area and counter in the “hole in the wall.”

do my nails,

finish wash

post

collect house trash

plan meals for week

And here’s a Bible verse stuck on my bookcase on a “Post-it” 3 x 5 card – yep, they make index cards –

Isa 57:15” (NET version) “For this is what the high and exalted says, the One Who rules forever, whose name is Holy: I dwell in an exalted and Holy place, but also with the discouraged and humiliated, in order to cheer up the humiliated and to encourage the discouraged.”

Let’s all stand and sing the “Hallelujah Chorus!”

 

 

 

September 19, 2011 Posted by | "Daily Light", Ladies Bible Study Notes, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal, Sticky notes, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Whew! I just about lost my momentum!

Hold on to your seats –  this could bore you and be too long.  Don’t let that happen!

A young man Bob worked with asked him, “How do you find a woman like that?”  At first I thought Bob was saying he was inquiring about finding a young woman (like me :-)), but in a day or two figured out he meant –How do you find an older woman like that to teach his younger wife?  This is a much more difficult question, I think.  I could make a list on how to choose a “virtuous” young woman, waiting for God to “bring it (her) to pass,” how to be in the proper places to have a choice, etc.  But where are the “older” women? 

First, let me say – There are such women out there today.  I have a FEW friends who qualify for this task.  But, this is a rarity, I admit.  The older woman needs to be one who “practices what she preaches.”  Like Paul, she needs to be able to say:  “Do, say, be, as I am.”  She needs to know, believe, and keep believing Paul’s gospel.    Obeying the Word of God – delivered especially to Paul, but is the theme of the whole Bible – is all-important and necessary.  And this is I think, where the older women fail the younger ones.  They don’t know the “Gospel of the Kingdom” – the coming 1,000 year reign of our Lord and it’s purpose – or don’t believe it, or don’t care, or – – – – whatever.  Actually, it is this doctrine that motivates my whole life.  My goal of desiring a “well done, thou good and full of faith that pleases me servant” at the Judgment Seat of Christ is the motivating force of my thoughts and actions.   And – Titus 2 is in the context of Paul’s gospel and the coming kingdom.  It has to do with HOPE. 

Dear girls, you know what hope is, don’t you?  Surely all of us have hoped – longed for – something, which may or may not happen.  I hope you won’t let your teachers tell you that “hope” and “faith” are the same thing.  They are not – in any language!  Please, be aware of this when listening to anyone.  I hear it over and over that the Blessed Hope is the sure return of our Lord.  It can’t be.  He IS returning -–and that is no hope.  But He has blessed me with the hope of sharing in His coming glory.   I may, or may not.  It is this “carrot” that the Lord dangles before my eyes that keeps me in His Word, desiring to learn what pleases Him.  I don’t know how Christian women – young or old – live without this hope.  There are so many disappointments, trials, drudgeries – even every-day living – we must go through.  I could not go on without this loving kindness of my Lord to give me a HOPE that all is working out for my good in the coming kingdom.  1John 3:3 – “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

So what is “Paul’s Gospel?”- which was also our Lord’s “gospel: – Hebrews 2:3: “ How shall we escape, neglecting so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, … was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him;” and  Rm. 15:8 – “ For I say that … Christ has become a minister of … circumcision for the truth of God, for the confirming of the promises of the fathers” – see also:  Jesus preached the same gospel.  We must agree with Jesus Christ:  (1Tim 6:3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  (Matt 4:17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  (Matt 4:23) And Jesus went about allGalilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”

Are you motivated to do some study on your own, so as to be approved at the Judgment Seat?  I hope so!

Notice in Titus 1, verse 2 the words, “hope of eternal life” and in verse 3, Paul says this is the message with which he was entrusted. So, – hold on to your hats, girls:  See the word “eternal?”  There is no such word in the Greek!  The Greek word means, “having to do with an age – a particular period of time.”  There is no word for “eternal” in the Greek language.  Any student of the Bible can discover this.  I did years ago from The Companion Bible with notes by E. W. Bullinger and have since heard it also from my respected Bible teachers.  The Greek will express eternity with the words “ages upon the ages.”  When you see “eternal life” think “life in the coming age.”  I don’t have a version in my possession that properly translates the passages concerning the hope of life in the coming age.  I am fond of the ASV of 1901, however.  “Paul, a bondservant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge (“epi”) of the truth which is according to godliness, in hope of eternal (age-lasting) life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal; but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour.”        Titus 1:1-3

It behooves us to know and live “Paul’s gospel” because we will be judged by it!  “in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ.”  Romans 2:16   My space is shortening and I certainly want you to do your own studying.  I’ll give you some references to meditate upon and masticate:

 Romans 16:25-27- “my gospel”

Galatians 1:11, 12 – “the gospel preached by me”

All of Ephesians, but especially notice 1:4-14 about the “good news of our salvation” and 3:2-12 – “by revelation” he received this mystery of the “eternal purpose.”

2Cor. 4:3,4 – satan blinds those who do not believe the good news concerning the glory of Christ.

Colossians 1:23, 24 – Paul was made a minister of the “hope of the gospel.”

1 Tim. 1:11 – “according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.”

2 Tim. 2:7-12 – notice v.8, “according to my gospel” and v. 10, “the salvation which in is Christ Jesus with age-lasting glory” and that in v. 11 and 12 He can “deny us ruling and reigning with Him.”

 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Rm. 15:13 NAS

May 14, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", on faith, Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Resurrection is a Birth…

I have an eight page handout concerning the resurrection that I am considering using for our last Ladies Bible Study today.  I am also studying a subject that I named, “God, as Creator of ‘Seed’ after Its Own Kind.”  I have enough prepared already for our study today, also.  However, this subject has 18 pages of notes, with about 16 of those pages without expanded notes on the Scripture references.  I may not begin this study until this coming fall, or I could introduce it today.  It is a life-time study that I will be studying for at least this  spring, summer, and fall. 

Resurrection is a Birth

April 25, 2011 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Precepts you must understand, Thinkin' Out Loud | 1 Comment

Wisdom…..

Been thinkin’ about how rare WISDOM is!  It is rarer than any jewel.  It is even ignored and ridiculed, much less sought after.  Was reading the other day in 1Kings about Solomon asking the Lord for wisdom and the response he got from the Lord.  Do you live by wisdom?  Do you know what it is and long for it, ask for it, look for it?  Would you recognize it if you did find it?  Would you sell all to have it?  What do you think is wisdom’s reward?  Does it even interest you?  What if we had based our daily living on wisdom ALL our lives, would we be where and what we are today?  (Hardly– hindsight is clearer vision than foresight.)

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He stores up sound wisdom for the upright….” (Prov. 2:6, 7a)  Read the 2nd chapter in Proverbs, especially verses 1 – 11  Gaining wisdom is hard work and means being “righteous” to begin with! (“Righteous” means being right with the Lord!  Actually, you can break the word down for its meaning to:  “right wiseness.”) We will never gain wisdom living our own way – only the Lord’s way, according to His Word.

Wisdom is revealed to our spirit, taught by the Holy Spirit in our spirits.  Now, most of you know that you have a spirit, just don’t equate it to your soul. You can have lots of soulical wisdom, and frankly, live rather well – in this age; but in the age to come, only spiritual wisdom will be of value.  It behooves us to discern between spirit wisdom and soulish wisdom!  You must know the doctrine of the separation of your soul and spirit in order to understand God’s wisdom.

I’m sounding dogmatic, aren’t I?  Well, no more dogmatic than God is in Hebrews 4:12“For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge (discern = tracing out & passing judgments on the mind) the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

April 19, 2011 Posted by | "Word of God", Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | 1 Comment

Politics is in the Bible…

Every once in a while, politics, as a topic of conversation, comes up in our household – at a family gathering, mostly. I am uncomfortable with any topic not Biblical. That seems strange, even to me, but ALL topics are essentially Biblical to me and one in which I am most thoughtful and at ease. (No need to quote a lot of Scripture here, you know what I mean.) Therefore, my “stories” usually take to the stage of entertainment. Thanks to my birth family, where only God could have placed me, there are LOTS of “stories.”

(Something, you may not know about me: I was one of the two founders of the Chattanooga Storytellers Association in Chattanooga, in 1989.)

Politics is in the Bible – only one time, essentially. Transliterated: “politeuma.” (Note that our word for “polite” is contained in the word!) Here’s what it means: “the seat of the government of which we are citizens, and of which we have both rights and responsibilities.” Where is it found?

Phillipians 3:20, For our conversation is in heaven(s); from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Which one of these words is “politics?” “conversation.” And, the verbs are in the present tense. This government has only one ruling party whose government is eagerly awaiting its Savior- the soon-coming time when the government will be on His shoulders!

So, go ahead. Talk politics! Talk in one spirit, however, not factious.

There is a verb form of this word: Phillipians 1:27, Only behave as heavenly citizens worthily of the gospel of Christ: in order that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear the things concerning you, in order that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the substance of things believed of the gospel;

The gospel of Christ involves politics!

March 26, 2011 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

A Speed Bump in our Race of Faith…or…running in slow motion…

…..or,  an injury in the race….or, running numb…..or, running scared!

I have a new body part to name. 

An Invader.

An Adversary? 

A Stranger. 

So, I shall call him, “Darth.”

He has gathered his army together in my lower left abdomen – perhaps about at my left ovary (the only organ remaining there 30 years after surgery).

I have seen his shape from the spyglass of a CT scan.

Appropriately, it’s about the size of an egg.

I have no plan of attack, as yet; so, he is safe for now.  His hideout was discovered too late yesterday to gather my army.

Will keep you posted.

Keep The Faith.

Keep Running.

Keep Seeking!

Keep loving my husband – only more intensely!

“COUNT IT ALL JOY!”

February 19, 2011 Posted by | Counting Joy, Health Crises, on faith, Pages from my journal, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

My Friend, Rocky…

My Friend – uh, Enemy, Rocky…

My kidney stone’s name is “Rocky.”  He is a worthy opponent and very skilled at avoiding my punches while punching and jabbing me right out of my mind, as well as my back –  about my waist line on my left side.  Today, he has been resting up for the big fight; although he took some practice shots for a couple of hours this afternoon.  If he would just tell me when he was planning to hit, I would hit the pain pill bottle.  Mostly, I just bear with him.  He forces me to have multiple urine checks daily, refusing to make his appearance.  I am attempting to drown him.  It’s the only weapon I’ve got.  He doesn’t know, however, that Friday, we are going to the doctor.  Surely hope we don’t have to force him out or go in after him!

February 15, 2011 Posted by | Kidney stone, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

My living Soul…

 Saturday, February 12, 2011

I am being sorely tested in the strength of my body, soul, and spirit. The Lord desires that I be preserved completely in these areas: 1Th 5:23 ¶ Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved (same as “hold fast” in Rev. 3:3 complete, – “to be kept entire”) without blame (“unblamable”) at (“en” – a fixed position) the coming (the arrival and presence) of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NAS) The whole person of me is called, “a living soul” by God in Genesis2:7, And the LORD God formed [as a potter] man [Adam] of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath that is life; and man became a living soul. And, again in 1 Cor. 15:45, So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

These three entities of me (this living soul that I am collectively) will be affected by any one of them. My body has limitations, pains, sickness. It needs food, exercise, and rest, and sometimes, medicine. My soul anguishes as my body suffers.

My spirit, on the other hand, can be in a continual position of renewal, bringing to mind all that is stored there by the LORD with my studying and trusting in Him.

For me, it is a no-brainer! Trust and obey – and Rm. 9:20, Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why didst thou make me thus? He and His Word is the first place I run. Isaiah 26: 3, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee ; because he trusteth in thee. 4, Trust ye in Jehovah for ever; for in Jehovah, even Jehovah, is an everlasting rock.

How can I help but to love Him, for Whom my soul (every living part of me) craves?!

February 12, 2011 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

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