Thursday, July 26, 2018

WONDERING WHY


Wondering why....

Long time Christian women wear mini skirts and show cleavage (or very tight clothing etc) when most know what the Word says about modest dress and apparel. Most also know that guys are wired differently than we are and are really into "visual". Do they want to be lusted after? Do they want to cause a brother to stumble?

[ Adultery in the Heart ] “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,

Why do long time Christians who are grounded in the Word think it is appropriate to imbibe in alcoholic beverages on a regular basis - write about it on social media for the whole world to see (their under-age children, their unsaved friends etc) while giving all the impression that this is normal and natural?  Most of us who have done any drinking in our lives learn quickly and probably all too well what alcohol does to thought processes, common sense and inhibitions... Why would we hand our enemy a whole arsenal of ammunition to use on us to make us trip, stumble and fall?

Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Why do some seem to want to walk as close to the edge as they can while saying they love Jesus? Why would we choose on a regular basis to do things that are the same things which sent Jesus to the cross to die for on our behalf ~ sin.

1 Corinthians 6:8-10New King James Version (NKJV)
No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Why would a vintage gal, who was not born teething on a Bible, but came the long way around, bring things up like this? When she knows people will react strongly and probably negatively? Well, because time is short ~ all we need to do is look at the evening news and the last chapter of the book to get an idea of how short. God is going to start judgment with His church. We need to be accountable and very serious about things of the Lord. We need to be different and make a difference.

How long has it been since you or I asked the Holy Spirit to "clean our closets"? To go into those places where the door is shut and it might be a mess and talk to us about that which needs to be given to the Lord Jesus? Than which needs to be cleaned up and gotten out? That which needs to be repented of and thrown away?

I am imploring Him to have mercy (He always does) and be gentle (He always is - well, there was one time I remember being told to "shut up" but would I have listened otherwise?) But to show me His way and lead me in the paths which are pleasing to Him.
Why now, why today?

Because, dear ones, TIME IS SHORT, we might not have this opportunity tomorrow. IF there is no difference between us and the world, why would the world want to come to Jesus?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Are You a "Closet" Perfectionist?



I once had a dear friend and neighbor who told me I was a perfectionist (she and I worked together too - she was one of my staff RNs and a Christian gal) I said "Dawn?! Me, a perfectionist? You have seen my dusty house..." (I was working more than 40 hours a week as assistant and then acting director of nurses at a skilled nursing facility - rehab and convalescent hospital).

She said "let me explain - is this you? You want to clean the kitchen and start with the drawers - you need to organize them more - and think about getting a box for your safety pins, another for the pens and pencils, one for paper clips.... and then, "man, there isn't time in my day to do it RIGHT, it will have to wait..." and you go on to something else...

"Well, you are RIGHT, Dawn - that is like the tape recorder in my mind!"

"Marijo, that is exactly how a perfectionist thinks... maybe a frustrated perfectionist but a perfectionist..."

Moving right along - now that I am "retired" and even before...

My closet - yep there are some piles of shoes on the floor. the rest of the closet is organized in the rainbow colors for tops.... we start with beige, then yellow, then orange - so when I am picking a pair of pants or a jumper and want to do a red shirt and shoes – easy-peasy.

I have some folded jeans - a pile of 14s for when I want real loose pants, the 12s that fit are hanging up on pant hangers (the kind that holds about 4 pairs on each hanger in stacked layers) and the slightly smaller 12s? In a stack for when I lose weight. Then in the spare closet I hang up dresses, keep the few "heels" I have left in a shoe organizer. I have a shoe organizer in the main closet too with like colors in the same compartment together.

(We will pause here to take out Kleenex... to laugh or cry as you are inclined. Mrs. Organization has bed linens in the dryer - almonds in the oven roasting and the timer set while typing away to her friend Jean - hey, what do I smell? Oh, no, I left the timer in the KITCHEN... the $19 batch of almonds are slightly over roasted but Mick loves them that way - he says, hope he wasn't just trying to make me feel better the last time I did this, by saying that... not usually his style though.) (BTW at that price we will be switching to some other nut - they began at $14 for 3# and now up to $19 - too high - more than we spend on meat)

In the spare closet - I also have stacks of favorite jeans in size 10L, 8L and even a stray 7 WAITING for that magical day when I LOSE again - only my favorite ones - I gave the rest to the church clothing exchange and rummage sale - honest.

Mick put a vertical shelf stack in our closets and 2 horizontal ones and a top rod and a bottom rod (we do shirts and pants hangers so that is double space and the dreaded dresses are in the WIC (walk in closet) in the computer room as are the off season clothes - mostly mine.

My spices, in the kitchen, are on little plastic lazy Susans - in neat, alphabetical order, of course. Who wants to spend 20 minutes looking for oregano when you can whirl to the "O" section and grab it immediately?

Please do not choke up on the smell of slightly over toasted almonds - I am doing enough choking for both of us...

Friday, July 6, 2018


God of love and So Much More….


Believe and obey were implied in the original language (for the word used for “believe”) AND if we love we will have obedient responses… We become “bond slaves” to Christ Jesus…. (Doulos) and a slave is a slave – when we are a slave to Christ it is our of our love for Him and our devotion to Him… yes, He also calls us friends …. HE is not the seeker friendly love-y dove-y savior portrayed in many churches – yes, He seeks us, yes, He is friendly – he will also judge us and there are many verses which say if you love me then…. (feed my sheep, be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only etc)

HE is love – yes, HE also shows mercy, grace

And he is judge

Preach the Word ] I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:

Many facets to this person we call Lord…

Not sure if this helps but accountability is a part of His love – think toddler…. If mama doesn’t hold the child accountable how loving is that? If mama sees the baby running full tile towards the street should she not do something to make that child realize the danger?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Rare photo (for me) of a baby pronghorn! They usually are moving too fast!