Words to Live by

Okay, so I was thinking about how we as humans look at the miracles and think those are the “greater things” but I was reading Luke 12 this morning

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! (Luke 12:4-5 ESV)

and it reminded me that healing, for example, is just extending our little breath of a life, but conversion for our “everlastin’ soul” is SO much greater.  Jesus talks about the Father living and working in Him.  We also have that priviledge (“will do what I have been doing”) and because of the work that he was yet to do at this point, we get to be a part of converting others. (“greater things”) Maybe miracles really aren’t the topic of this teaching at all.  They are just mentioned.  Jesus only had, what 500 followers when he ascended?  But, the church added thousands daily after He was gone… Greater things?~~ from a good friend P.W.

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“When I only give thanks for some things, aren’t I likely to miss giving God glory in most things?” ~~Ann Voskamp

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Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31 *Wesley’s Notes~~Therefore – To close the present point with a general rule, applicable not only in this, but in all cases, Whatsoever ye do – In all things whatsoever, whether of a religious or civil nature, in all the common, as well as sacred, actions of life, keep the glory of God in view, and steadily pursue in all this one end of your being, the planting or advancing the vital knowledge and love of God, first in your own soul, then in all mankind.*

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“You can’t change what you have or haven’t already done over the past year. Just start where you are, ask the Lord to make you a “joyful mother of children,” pray for grace and wisdom (and strength and patience), and move forward.” ~ Vicki Bentley, HSLDA Early Years Coordinator

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We allow no separation to grow up between the intellectual and ‘spiritual’ life of children, but teach them that the Divine Spirit has constant access to their spirits, and is their Continual Helper in all the interests, duties and joys of life.–Charlotte Mason Vol 1

*See all of Charlotte Mason’s 20 Educational Principles HERE

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I am, I can, I ought, I will

Charlotte Mason’s Student Motto:

I am . . . a child of God, a gift to my parents and my country. I’m a person of great value because God made me.

I can . . . do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God has made me able to do everything required of me.

I will . . . resolve to keep a watch over my thoughts and choose what’s right even if it’s not what I want.

I ought . . . to do my duty to obey God, to submit to my parents and everyone in authority over me, to be of service to others, and to keep myself healthy with proper food and rest so my body is ready to serve.

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A wonderful and so true message from a friend (Thanks Sue) : Phil. 1:21- “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Nothing else better counters the widespread falsehood that if you have faith, your earthly life should be abundant, comfortable and always happy. Jesus lived on this earth as a pauper and then was murdered without cause on a cross. Now, during His earthly life, he could have lived in the …lap of luxury – if, that is, He had followed Satan, who tempted Him with it. Paul, once he came to faith in Jesus, didn’t have many creature comforts either – beatings, shipwrecks, imprisonment, lots of powerful people after his life. Stephen, for being steadfast in his faith received (in this brief part of our lives) death by stoning. Moses trekked for years in the desert, with no more shelter than a tent, never knowing where food or water might be coming from, surrounded by all the people of Israel complaining at him. Mary, bearing the Lord in her own body, along with her husband Joseph, faithful to God, just in the nick of time for her to give birth, were permitted the use of a cave full of animals. Then with nothing but the shirts on their backs, they had to flee to Egypt to prevent Jesus from begin killed. Peter, about whose declaration of faith the Lord said “ On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18) had the earthly reward of being crucified upside down. John got exiled to Patmos, which probably wasn’t a picnic, but at least he was given a vision of heaven, which we can all share. Abraham had to nearly kill his son Isaac. Daniel, faithful to God, had to be thrown in a lion’s den. David had to run for his life from Saul. A couple who are missionaries in India, and friends or a friend of mine, just over the last two weeks, with the 10 orphaned children they adopted, had to move by stealth, with nothing, because they were told that if they were ever know to share the gospel again where they were, they would all be killed. My friend Michele heard from them today. They are in a new place where they are currently safe. But the friend who helped them get there subsequently had his car blown up, and he is dead. I’ve jumped back and forth over a lot of centuries here, but you get the idea. There is absolutely nowhere in scripture that God gives us the message that His Son came to this earth to provide us with physical ease and comfort, or freedom from earthly suffering. It baffles me that so many people are taught that, and then damage other people who will invariably be disappointed, because it isn’t true.Jesus came to save us from the consequence of sin, which is eternal death. When we turn away from sin, He gives us forgiveness – canceling of sin, and eternal life in heaven. Our rewards of no pain, no tears, all joy, and all love are there, not here.This earth, as breathtakingly beautiful as much of it still is, is fallen. There will always be suffering here, until the Lord returns, and this earth passes away. Now, there are great joys, too- joys of love and companionship and children and music and pets and sunsets and pizza and and laughter and rejoicing with friends when they triumph over addictions and ill health. These are a taste of heaven, and they are gifts we can have whether rich or poor, in sickness or in health. Philippians 4:11-13, Paul speaking: “ For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” The fullness of our reward will be in heaven. In this life, our reward is His strength, freely given in the measure that we need it, and His companionship – we never bear our burdens alone. – He did, but we don’t, By His grace. He bears them with us. Our challenge, then, is to help people understand that the REAL treasures Jesus gives us far surpass any and all temporal ones.~~~~~We all need to remember that God is the only one that knows someone’s heart……..‎1 Chronicles 28:9- “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

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