my thoughts on modesty, part two

Thanks to God-fearing, Word-believing ladies and mamas, plus some word studies I’ve done, below are my thoughts on modesty, the second part:

First, I will present verses or portions from The inspired, Truth-filled Word (“Thy Word is Truth” — John 17:17b) of YHWH God.

I am so thankful that …
YHWH, The God of Israel, is The Transcendent One, The Most High God, Who cannot lie, and Who can only do good and tell us what is good. Messiah Yeshua is The Way, The Truth and The Life, sent from The Father in Heaven, to provide “the cure” for those who were “dead in their sins and iniquities,” and who had no way to “be made alive.” He willingly shed His innocent, undefiled Blood on the Roman execution stake, to pay the penalty YHWH God had pronounced upon those who were “dead” spiritually, in His Sight.

… oh, how much He has done for us! …

So, if you used to be a sinner, if you have surrendered your life (in all its aspects & ways), to The One Who made you, Who knows all your thoughts, words & attitudes, and all your needs, hopes & plans, choose (in your will) to trust Him.

He is fully able to do for you far beyond what you are able to do, for yourself. And He is fully able to comfort, support & help you. He knows your every need before you are aware of what it is. He knows your deep, inner aches (desires), to be loved (as you’d like to be loved), needed & appreciated.

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Verses related to modesty: (for both gentlemen & ladies, but mainly, I will focus on ladies, since ladies will most likely read what I share, here)

Genesis 3: 1-24
… especially v. 21
One of the results of “the sin of Adam & Eve” is that YHWH God, Elohim, Who made them (& us), had to kill an animal to provide what He’d need to make “coats of skins,” with which to “clothe” Adam & Eve.

A word study on *coats (Strong’s # 3801, Hebrew)* and *clothe(d) (Strong’s #3847, Hebrew)* will help us get a clearer understanding of what our Father in Heaven wants us to know.  This will lead us to doing the right thing, in His Sight.

*coat*  — (koot – to’ – neth;  keth – o’ – neth)

Hebrew 3847 (from Strong’s):  means “to cover;” “a shirt”  (may refer, also, to a garment or robe)

Some places, in The Word, where this particular word is used include:   Genesis 37:3, 23, 31, 32, 33, and Exodus 28:4, 39, and Exodus 29:5, and Leviticus 8:7, 16:4, and I Samuel 2:19, 17:5, 38, and II Samuel 15:32, and Job 30:18, and Song of Songs 5:3, and Matthew 5:40, and Luke 6:29, and John 19:23, 21:7

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*clothe* or *clothed* — (law – bash’)

Hebrew 3847 (from Strong’s):  means wrap around, i.e. (by implication), “to put on a garment” or “clothe (oneself, or another),” literally or figuratively.

(this is incomplete; please, pardon me; I *will* finish this study!)

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Note:  Sorry; more interruptions (of life), again.

I will add more, as soon as I can.  (from early 2011)

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Hi !  It is now June 2, 2011.  It’s now time to add to this “part two” page where I am workin’ on sharing “my thoughts on modesty.”

Here are some more verses, in The Word of YHVH God, which I will use as part of “my thoughts on modesty” —

I Timothy 2:9-10

I believe, as you read through these two verse I have shared, you will see that “the message within the wording” becomes more clear.  (if you do some word studies on the terms in the original language of The Word, and include studies in the Israelite culture at the time Paul wrote this letter to a young “pastor” named Timothy, using an English form of his real name)

In my understanding, these verses seem to clearly indicate that a woman’s (the Scripture, here, assumes that the women being spoken about, in these verses, is what I would call “a true believer in Messiah Yeshua”) adornment should, first, be her heart / soul attitude.  To me, that is a spirit.  If my spirit or attitude is one of love (sincerely, purely) between myself and my Lord Redeemer (Yeshua, God’s Son), then “shamefacedness” and “sobriety” indicate a sort of “bashfulness” and “modesty” or “awe (toward God)” — that’s bashfulness.  Sobriety, to me, indicates an attitude of “soundness of mind,” “sanity,” or “self-control.”  I am also using terms that James Strong uses in his “concordance.”

If any of my readers would like me to also use definitions of these particular words, from the 1828 version, called _Noah Webster’s First Edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language_, … I can do that. (in time)

(Note:  I *have* also studied the words used, as defined by some who seem to have a pretty good grasp of the culture at that time and who compared what they took the words to mean with what God’s standards seem to be, from the Old Covenant / the Tanakh / and The Torah.  There are some wonderfully helpful websites which share a correct view of the standards which YHVH God “set up” for His chosen people to abide by.  When I have re-found those site links I have stored in my “files,” I will share them with you.  If you have some to share, leave me a message or a comment.  All comments are moderated.)

Also, from I Timothy 2:10, the word “godliness,” used in the KJV Bible, I understand to mean, as James Strong shares:  “devoutness, i.e., piety.”  That word comes from another word that means:  “reverent of God, i.e., pious.”

Pious means:  (from “the 1828…”) “Godly; reverencing and honoring The Supreme Being {YHVH} in heart and in the practice of the duties He has enjoined; having due veneration and affection for the character of {YHVH} God, and habitually obeying His commands; ….”

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Speaking of married ladies, Yeshua’s disciple Peter shared, in I Peter 3:3 (and in verses just before that one), thoughts that indicate a realization that one’s behavior (translated, in the KJV, using the word “conversation” — it means “behavior” or “how one lives or conducts oneself”) *does* affect others, including a woman’s husband.

In I Peter 3:3, the word “adorning” is used.  We would do well to learn what we should understand that word to mean for us, from YHVH God’s perspective, in practical terms.  Adorning, according to James Strong’s interpretation of it, means:  “orderly, i.e., decorous,” and is taken to mean “of good behavior,” or “modest.”  It is close to a related word which means:  “to put in (proper) order, i.e., decorate.”  That related words’ “translated meanings” are:  “adorn,” “decorate,” and “trim.”

So, as one would appropriately “decorate” or “adorn” oneself, as a lady who is a true believer in The Son of YHVH God (Yeshua), in a suitable manner, in order to please (only) her Redeemer, one should “adorn” oneself with “modest apparel.”

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In I Timothy 2:9, the word, in KJV, translated as “apparel,” means:  (from “the 1828…”)  clothing, vesture; garments; dress.  It also can refer to one’s “appearance.”  Apparently, in Noah Webster’s time, in early America, with “believers” dressing in what I’d call “modest apparel,” those who were known to be believers, “appear(ed) in the natural apparel of simplicity.”  Nothing fancy, or showy, or worn in an attempt to gain someone’s attention of the opposite sex / gender for the sake of praise or for immoral reasons, by those who were “believers,” at that time.  Those who did “that (dressing immodestly)” were usually shunned, or ignored, or punished by the local authorities, in some manner.

In I Peter 3:3, the word translated “apparel,” is a different word than what is used in I Timothy 2:9.  This word comes from a word that means:  “to put on” and it seems to indicate a “dress (inner or outer).”  It is taken, by James Strong, to indicate:  “apparel, cloke (cloak), clothes, garment, raiment, robe, vesture.”

Those, in the culture at the time of the Apostle Paul’s life, who were known as “true believers” in Messiah Yeshua, were knowledgeable, as Paul was, that “to be clothed” *did* mean that a woman was “covered” from head to foot.  There is no misunderstanding this.  I’ve read enough studies on the culture at that time, to see it this way.  If you disagree, you may share your views in a comment.  All comments are moderated.  I trust you will understand that, if your information can be validated / confirmed through other, trusted believers I am in contact with, who know much more than I know about the culture during Paul’s lifetime and that of Yeshua’s lifetime on earth, … then, I will consider sharing your insights in a future post, on this site.

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The link, below, should take you to a video I believe is good in what it shares, in words on the video screen, about what the idea is, that I have in mind, for what a Godly, virtuous woman, a woman of modesty in character, is like:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtYKQ1prA0Q

The video was shared, in Aug. of 2008, by “aflame4God” as the sharer’s name on you-tube.

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This study could include more insights from The Word.  I figure it will.  At this point, I will take a break and see if anyone “does” want to share a comment with me, before I move on.  If so, I will check those.  If not, I will (soon) continue with more word studies, and share more verses / passages from YHVH God’s Word.

The Torah shares with us the standards for clothing oneself as taught by YHVH God to Moshe / Moses, to write down for God’s chosen people to live by.  Within The Torah, I have recently learned (but have not shared here, yet) some specific verses which state that the directions / instructions (these are the English meanings for the word “Torah”) taught to Moshe / Moses by YHVH God were “the same” for the Gentiles / foreigners living among the Israelites / Hebrews,  those called “strangers” who were living among them or who accompanied them from Egypt.

So, in case some, who read this, believe that Gentiles, or those who believe they have no Hebrew or Jewish “roots” from their own, personal, past generations of “relations,” you were also thought of, lovingly, by YHVH God, when He told Moshe / Moses to write down the “standards” by which He (YHVH God, our ELohim) wanted His children (that’s us, if we are “true believers” who have been engrafted into His Vine!) to abide by, live by.

If I were to look for an excuse I figured was valid, even from God’s perspective, … would that indicate that I may be hoping for a reason to disobey Him?  Or would I be showing that I wish He would lower His standards, for me?  Or would I be demonstrating “agape Love” for Yeshua, as He asked Peter about his love for Yeshua, in the Gospel Yochanan / John wrote, in chapter 21:15-17 ?  Peter only seemed to understand that he was able to “phileo” Yeshua, meaning he only understood he could show “love as a friend” to Yeshua.  But Yeshua was clearly asking Peter if Peter would choose to “agape Love” Yeshua!  … now, that’s something to ponder!

So, does the mode of apparel, the type of clothing, and ways I clothe my body, show to my Maker, my Redeemer, my “Best Friend,” how much I “agape Love” Him?  or does it show I do not “agape Love” Him as I suppose I do?  (ouch!)  Let’s examine that, within our own souls.  One day, we must answer for the choices we have made, and those which we were unwilling to let Him change, in us.  I hope to please Him.  I trust you do, also.

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Found what I’d call a “very positive” and “quite truthful,” meaning that (in my humble opinion, this is in agreement with what YHVH God’s Word teaches; remember, this is according to my personal convictions & my personal opinions)  This video was shared on “you-tube” by Bruce Herwig, posted on Nov. 1, 2008, and a link shared in the “more info.” area, below the video “screen” is for Trinity Church, Redlands, CA:  http://www.trinityonline.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbAiyq2cspE&feature=related

I’d say that, even though she does not cite lots of passages or verses from YHVH God’s Word, in her presentation to those to whom she was speaking, she did a very good job of summing up what I also believe has been going on, in churches in America, for one, and also she sums up some of the things women (especially “believers” or those who call themselves “Christians”) need to be aware of, and what those women “need” to do, in obedience to YHVH’s teachings, instructions, commands and His Way of Life, in Truth.

What we wear, men or women, who are believers in Messiah Yeshua, “does” tell others about what is our inner value system, and what is our real relationship with The One in Whom we say we believe and follow / walk with, and what motivates us, including what we want others to think about, when they see us, either at home or in public.

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This video is shared by “aflame4God” on you-tube.  This is part 1 of 2 parts.  The second video part is shared in the second link, below this first one, just below here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCvJgEN2SHA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhph1D4vwng

I believe these two videos, done with tasteful, peaceful music in the background, plus the sound of rain falling, … along with a bit of thunder, … played quietly, plus just words on the video screen, should give any who read the words a good idea of what modesty is, in YHVH God’s view.

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Some other moms have shared about modesty.  Please read what is below here.  I was encouraged and inspired to read what was shared, that I, now, share with you.

A wise, God-honoring mom I know shared her thoughts & verses she’d studied, about modesty, on her blog called This Pilgrimage. She wrote it in five parts.
Parts 1 through 5 can be found at the links, below:

http://thispilgrimage.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-is-modesty.html
http://thispilgrimage.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-is-modesty-part-ii.html
http://thispilgrimage.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-is-modesty-part-iii.html
http://thispilgrimage.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-is-modesty-part-iv.html
http://thispilgrimage.blogspot.com/2009/02/what-is-modesty-part-v.html

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Another perspective, shared by someone else:

Below is a link which should take you to a webpage on which one writer (a believer in Yeshua) has shared with the site owner (who is not the writer of the information on that page; who *is* a believer in Yeshua) … his / her thoughts about “The Bible’s Dress Code,” regarding how “the people of God” should dress modestly.

http://www.momof9splace.com/sermon.html

At the top of this webpage is a disclaimer, which states (I have copied it here for you):   “Disclaimer: As with another page I have on this site. I did not write this article. Keep that in mind when writing me okay?”  (it’s in red)

So, for my readers of this blog of mine, I also am making use of this disclaimer.

I would also guess that the writer of the information (on the webpage I’ve shared a link to) may be from the southern part of the United States, just by the wording used.  In other words, though I am also from the more-southwestern part of the U.S., I would not word what I’d have to say about clothing oneself modestly using the same exact words as this writer has used on the referenced webpage.  However, it is still worth reading!

And by what I said, I do not insult the writer.  I merely mention it because there may be some of you who may read the information shared … and criticize the writer, only because of his or her style of writing or of wording he or she has chosen to use is not like yours.  That would be unjust to do.

So, please read it for what benefit it can bring to your thoughts, when pondering the topic of modesty for both men and women, who claim to be true believers in YHVH God’s Son, Yeshua The Messiah.  This is a serious topic!  All who claim they are on their way to Heaven must consider it.  Why?  Because YHVH God has made His teachings clear on this topic, in The Word He inspired men to write on parchment. (sheepskin, originally)

His Teachings should be considered to be, from His Perspective, on an equal level with His Commands.  He expects and desires for His Children, Who say they have put their trust in Him, to do what He has taught them to do.  So, if you are a true believer in The Lord YHVH, in The True God Who inhabits eternity, Who rides on the clouds, and sits on the circle of the earth, Who made all things in this universe we live in, … then, these teachings “do” apply to you, and to me.

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… a couple of comments to explain …

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As many of you, who have blogs, also have experienced, I just thought I should say that (due to my lack of technical knowledge of computers & “html” and “css”) when you all see what look like “boo-boos” in the spaces between my paragraphs, where I am tryin’ to add simple, but (my version of) decorative touches, … I cannot seem to get them to “show up” after I hit “publish,” as they do look, while I am editing things on my page.

So, if anyone wants to give me some pointers on how I could do this better, to get my simple, “decorative touches” to show up in the right places, … leave me a comment.  Okay?

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The Lord’s been working on my heart

The Lord has really been “working” on my heart! — By the word “heart,” I am referring to my “right” heart (my terminology, again).  It is my “right” heart (in this case, my mind) that He has renewed and is delivering, daily, from its old ways of thinking.

The word “heart,” as used in The Word of God (English translations) usually refers to one’s soul, which includes the mind, will and emotions.  But I am using it, for the sake of this post, to refer only to my mind.

Okay, I’m realizing my terminology contains errors; if you’re still with me, you may read on at your own risk.

(Side Note:  Perhaps Noah Webster may not have appreciated a dictionary I might have put together, had I lived, as he did, in the 1700s to 1800s.  He lived from 1758 to 1843.  He worked as an educator.  He had studied law at Yale University, before that.  And he is known also as America’s first lexicographer.  However, he was also a journalist, a textbook author and a spelling reformer. Do you know what was the year in which Mr. Webster published his first dictionary of the English language (for Americans)? I didn’t realize it for a long while, myself.  But you can do an online search and learn this!  At the time he published the first English dictionary, most students between the ages of 5 and 16 were learning at home, though some were learning in one-room schoolhouses, much like our private schools of today, because the instructors were hired and paid by the parents of the students.  This was the norm, then, and it worked very well.  Farmers could read and understand the U. S. Constitution quite well, back then.  An education and life-skill training done at home or through the help of tutors in some cases, and through apprenticeship, while mastering a life skill, was the norm. That type of education produced good, God-fearing, wise lawyers, merchants, ministers, farmers and laborers. Lawyers were expected to and required to attend Christian seminaries before beginning law school education / training.  That was the norm, for lawyers.)

Back to the main topic, now.

To explain a bit, … I am using the word “heart” (in this post) to mean, in my case, more than just what motivates me to accomplish a task or speak a thought.

A. I would say my use of this word would include the concepts of the believer’s mind.

B. I’d consider my will to be my “choose-r.” (it’s not my heart)

C. And I’d consider my emotions to be my feelings, my impulses, my passions, my affections.

… I’d consider my attitude begins in and comes from my spirit.

However, my attitude, when *you* see it, as seen in actions, or words (or if you see it as an “emotional attitude”), is one that has been affected by my heart( if I allow that).

I believe my spirit should be in control of my “heart.”  If we are to “walk in The Spirit (of The Lord), we must have our physical, mental and emotional parts of ourselves submitted to our spirit, where The Holy Spirit dwells, if we are true believers.

If I let it, my actions, words (if allowed to be tainted by my emotions), will be affected by what my “not right” area of my soul that is motivated to lead, especially in women.

My heart will “compel” me to do things according to what The Truth shares in Jeremiah 17:9-10.  But I should not allow my emotions to lead & affect my “right” heart.  Believers should live by a higher standard.

If you’re still with me, let’s move on to the next thought from my “right” heart. (my mind)

My “right” heart (my mind), when fully submitted to my Lord in Heaven (God Almighty & His Son, Yeshua, and His Holy Spirit, my Teacher), will motivate me to learn more and grow closer to my Lord (Whom I love and am drawn toward, to obey and serve Him).

… this “right” heart  (mind) urges me to focus (as I begin my day) on praising His Name. (sounds more like the spirit of a believer, doesn’t it?)  I enjoy praising YHVH God’s Name, in both song and prayer!  My “right” heart (mind) has been (and is still being) renewed by The Living Word of Adonai YHVH Elohim, Who is all-Wise and knows all things that could be known well beyond human knowledge and understanding.

My “right” heart also urges me to think thoughts that are about things which are “true, … honest, … just, … pure, … lovely, … of good report,” and which are virtuous and worthy of praise. (taken from Philippians 4:8)  But, as you can see, this “right” heart is my renewed mind, governed / controlled by my spirit, which leads my mind.

Right away, as my day begins, I usually become aware that wrong thoughts and wrong motives may try to sidetrack me from reaching God’s best for the day.  I need to examine my “heart.” (my mind, not my spirit; as believers, our spirit is in agreement with The Holy Spirit, Whom our Lord has put in us, to dwell in us, never to leave.  If I let myself show a “wrong attitude,” then I have avoided the work of The Holy Spirit in my spirit and have grieved Him!  ouch!)

As soon as I am aware of those derailing engines, as God has taught me to do, I’m (still learning to be) choosing to speak a Bible verse that my Lord brings to my mind, to resist the wrong thought and replace it with a thought that pleases my Lord.  Thank You, Lord!  It works!  Hallelujah! (spoken with an enthusiastic shout!)

As God works on my “heart,” He keeps tugging at the part of my heart that still wants to motivate me to worry, or become anxious, regarding meeting the demands of a world system with so many things going wrong in our nation and in the world.  There is a way of thinking that proposes that women are the ones who worry more than men (as if it were okay for women to worry, because that is their nature or “that’s just how they are”), or get upset, or anxious, … or fearful.  (Hey, I don’t have to live thinking that way! You don’t, either, if you are “in Messiah!” {in Christ})

But as a true believer in my Lord, my Father in Heaven has given me all I need to live for Him, with Him and “in” Him. God commands me “not” to worry, be anxious, or easily angered, or upset, or fearful !! (see I Corinthians 13:4-7) (see II Timothy 1:7) (see Philippians 4:4-7)

“al tirah” is a Hebrew phrase that is also a command YHVH God has given to His children and to us, as believers whom He has engrafted into His Vine — it means “fear not.” If He asks me to do something, He also gives me the ability (His Grace) to obey Him and fulfill what He has told me to do! I must trust Him!  He rules over the entire universe!  He can carry me and my family through!  He upholds us with His Right Hand!  He delivers us!  He is able!  He is in control of all things! — He is Adonai! (the Controller)

Ephesians 1:3 shares this: “Blessed be The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah), Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ (Messiah):”
(verse 4) “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in Love:”

II Peter 1:3 shares this: “According as His Divine Power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto Life and Godliness, through the Knowledge of Him that hath called us to Glory and Virtue:”

Though there are many good verses related to us noticing things like worry, anxiety or fear trying to creep in to our thoughts, or attitudes, each day, I’m citing these for now.

What I may be tempted to overlook, in those is this:  The verses, just before Ephesians 1:3 and II Peter 1:3 share these two thoughts:  — (Ephesians 1:2) “Grace be to you, and Peace, from God our Father, and from The Lord Jesus Christ.” (Yeshua the Messiah) — (II Peter 1:2) “Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through The Knowledge of God, and of Jesus (Yeshua) our Lord.”

What blessedness, to read these verses, altogether!
I usually read (study) through the Bible reading verses “in order.” But if we were to read Ephesians 1:3 or II Peter 1:3 without first reading the “verse 2’s,” we’ve missed the Power God is ready to give us, each moment of each day, if only we will submit our “right” hearts (minds) to His Holy Spirit’s leading and promptings and thoughts.  He is ever with us!

He “is” Emmanuel! He promised to ever remain with us, to enable us and help us “not” to worry, become anxious or fearful. Emmanuel came and tabernacled (dwelt in a tent, a dwelling place) with us (us, meaning people on earth).  In believers He has put His Holy Spirit into our spirit (of each believer), so we can receive the righteous, honorable thoughts He wants us to receive, and He gives us His mighty Grace to enable us to do what He tells us and compels us to do.  Yeshua (Jesus) says, in John 15:14, that we are His friends, if we do whatsoever He commands us (to do).

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of Power (dunamis), and of Love (agape), and of a sound mind.” (“mind,” here, in the Greek, means discipline, self-control)

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yes, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with The Right Hand of My Righteousness.”
The verse just before this shares: “Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art My servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”

(also, please read & pray, asking God to bless you with what is in Ephesians 3:16 and any verses around that one!)

Seeing that verses we seem to remember are preceded by verses that remind us of more thoughts God thinks toward us (as He mentions in Psalm 139) for our good, He seems to be reminding us that we need not worry, or wonder what next week, or next year, might bring. We need only to rest in Him. (it’s a great study to read through the verses, in God’s Word, that contain the word “rest,” when used in regard to people needing to rest in God, our El Shaddai, our all-Sufficient One).

He may be putting those preceding verses there to remind us He has chosen us and called us to be His, because of His Love for us, ….
Or He might have put those preceding verses there to remind us He has gone before us, to make the way He is asking us to walk in, or travel along.

Since He has “made the way” for us to “walk in,” He surely has worked out things so that our “walk,” along that pathway, be filled with an attitude, a “right” heart, that is able to rest (as fully as we are able, by receiving His enablement, that I call Grace) in The One Who loves us more than we understand.

If He truly has “not” given us a spirit of fear (He hasn’t!), … then do we realize why we are “feeling” fearful? (at times) Have we let ourselves, in the thinking we’ve allowed ourselves to embrace, or to ponder for awhile, slip into a trap that the enemy of our souls (satan) set for us to fall into? Have we let ourselves choose “not” to receive what God has been holding out toward us, in His Gentle, Loving Hand? It’s His Grace and Peace.

Have I begun my day without stopping to thank The One Who made me and to Whom I belong?  Have I put my mind into “the right framework” to be ready for His Grace and Peace I’m receiving, at that moment, … simply because He has offered it to me, to help me to get through that day’s responsibilities (duties)?  My day’s duties will probably include challenges, mess-ups, interruptions, distractions, and struggles.

Have I “heard” His Voice? (as I begin my day)  I can only “hear” His Voice of spiritual Understanding, Wisdom and righteous Knowledge, if I have submitted myself to The Lord & have yielded my “rights” and “expectations” to His Will.

Have I remembered that He is not the one who is trying to get me to think anxious thoughts? or to worry?  My Lord has given me His rest! I must simply accept it! He smiles, I imagine, whenever I just reach forth the hands of my “right” heart (mind) toward His open Hands of agape Love and graciousness, to receive the Grace and Peace He is ready to give to me.
He rejoices! (when we obey and receive the blessings and the help He offers us, each moment)  (see Psalm 46:1 and Exodus 14:13a)

I leave you with these two verses that are separated by at least one chapter, but they have blessed me, and do seem to have a strong connection in the ideas they share:

Isaiah 30:15 “For thus saith The Lord God, The Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:….”
Isaiah 32:17 “And the work of Righteousness shall be Peace, and the effect of Righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”

The Joy of The Lord truly “can be” our strength. (from Nehemiah 8:10c) But will we allow it to be?

My “will” is my “choose-r.” “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is Mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with Joy; He will rest in His Love, He will Joy over thee with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

I close this post with this truth that also inspires me and brings me back to the thinking my Lord wants me to think like:

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou (O Lord) wilt keep him in perfect Peace, whose mind is stayed (focused) on Thee : because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in The Lord for ever: for in The Lord JEHOVAH (YHVH) is everlasting Strength:”
(by the way, please also read through the verses just before and just after these two!)

;o)
hee hee!
Let’s rejoice in our Lord, to Whom nothing gets in the way, nor upsets Him in a way of causing Him to become anxious or worried, … nor slows Him down from reaching His goals, nor makes Him wonder if He will be able to help us when we seem to be in an impossible situation, on earth.

If He is The One Who is re-making us in the image of His dear Son (He is!), then we are becoming more and more confident (in Him alone), “keeping a quiet heart,” instead of a worried one, and trusting (in Him) more, and less and less in ourselves or anyone else on earth.

He is able! He can deliver you! (from anything evil) Evil cannot touch you. (your truest self — your spirit where God’s Holy Spirit indwells your spirit; it is not the same as your soul, in my understanding) (from I John 5:18)

He has all power in heaven and in earth! (see Matthew 28:18)  Nothing is too hard for Him. (Jeremiah 32: 17, 27) He holds all things together, and in Him all things consist. (from Colossians 1:16-17) Since this is true, He is able to alter any circumstance, if it will bring glory to His Holy Name.

If He chooses not to do what we think or hope He will do, then He has a greater reason and a higher purpose for that suffering, or that delay, or that lack of something we thought we had to have, …. He knows.

He is listening to our cries! He is hearing our yearnings! He’s been teaching me that He works when I can’t see “that” with my human eyes, on bringing about the good He has intended, from the beginning, to use to bless His children, to deliver them from evil, to accomplish the salvation of all those who He knows will “love” Him back, willingly, and to heal those whose healing will bring Him glory and praise.

He has given us all the reasons we need to fully trust Him. He has proved Himself to be trustworthy. Then, why don’t I trust Him at all times? Have I received His Grace and Peace, today? He has offered them to me. (ouch!)

(prayer) My Lord, and Redeemer, thank You for offering me your gifts, your blessings, your enabling power and your Loving Might! Help me, today, to receive all that You are giving me, freely! Show me what I have, in my soul, in my thoughts, in my motives, that is blocking me off from receiving Your Grace and Peace, my Father in Heaven! Thank You for hearing my prayer! You are awesome and generous! You love me with Your everlasting Love! Help me keep my mind on Your Truth! Hallelujah! In Yeshua’s Mighty Name. Amen.

(some *end notes*)

Yes, I am aware of the verse that shares this truth: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 That is not “the heart” I am referring to, as the heart (my “right” heart = my mind) that God is renewing day by day, and is re-conforming to His Will! (I sure hope you understand what I mean, here.)

“I, The Lord (YHVH) search the heart, try the reins (inward parts), even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:10

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord (YHVH), and whose hope The Lord is.” Jeremiah 17:7

some thoughts shared by Charles Spurgeon about God’s Love

(below this are some thoughts shared also by me)

This is taken from pages 38 – 41 in a paperback edition of the book Charles Spurgeon wrote, entitled _The Limitless Love of Christ_.
The edition I have was published by Whitaker House, Springdale, PA, in 1996.

(if you see words, below, within what I am quoting from the book, that are “inside parentheses,” those were added by me, and are not in the book)

“Would we have loved God if He had not first give His Son to die for us?  Had there been no redeeming sacrifice, would we have had any love for God?  Unredeemed men, left to go on like fallen angels in their sin, would have had no more love for God than fallen angels have.  How could they? Yet, The Son, given to redeem, is the great foundation of Love.  God gives His son, reveals His own Love, and creates ours.  When we remember Calvary (or Golgotha; or Mt. Moriah, to some; that’s where He died in our place), do we not see His Love as the cause of ours?”

“But imagine that you have never heard of Calvary.  God might have given His Son to die for men; yet because you were not aware of it, you did not love Him.  It is no small grace on God’s part that ‘to you is the Word of this salvation sent’ {Acts 13:26}.  The heathen have never heard the message of salvation, but by His gracious providence you have been favored with The Good News.  You have it in your home in the form of The Holy Scriptures, and you hear it every Sunday from the pulpit.  How would you ever have come to love Him if He had not sent His Gospel to you?”

“The gift of His Son Jesus (Yeshua), and the providence that brings the message of Mercy to the saved (believers), are evident causes of man’s love for God.  However, even more than this, Christ (Messiah) died and The Gospel is preached, and yet some men do not love Him.  Why not?  They do not love Him because of ‘the hardness of their hearts’ {Mark 3:5}.”

“But, are the hearts of those who do love Him naturally better than those who do not?  I dare not say so.  There is no believer who would ask me to trace his own love to any inherent human quality.  Rather, I must trace it to the influence of The Holy Spirit.  The revelation of The Love of God in Christ Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) affects the heart, creating Faith and Love and every Grace in the soul.”

“If you love God, it is with no love of your own, but with The Love that He has planted in your heart.  Unrenewed human nature is a soil in which Love for God will not grow naturally.  There must be a taking away of the rock and a supernatural change of the barren ground into good soil.  Then, as a rare plant from another found there, Love must be planted in your heart and sustained by Divine Power, or else it never will be found there.  No love for God in this world is of the right kind except that which is created and formed in the soul by The Love of God.”

“The Combined Doctrines of Grace”

“Put the two truths together — that The Love of God is first, and that The Love of God is the cause of our love — and I think you will understand what are commonly called the doctrines of Grace.  These doctrines are so consistent with the Christian’s (believer’s) experience that the older a believer becomes and the more deeply he searches into Divine Truth, the more he praises The Grace of God for his salvation.  he is also more inclined to believe in those precious truths that magnify, not the free will of man, but the free Grace of The Ever Blessed (The Lord our God).”

“I want no better statement of my own doctrinal belief than ‘We love Him, because He first loved us.’  I know it has been said that He loved us on the foresight of our faith and love and holiness.  Of course, The Lord had a clear foresight of all these, but He also foresaw our lack of love, our lack of faith, our wanderings and our sins.  Surely His foresight must operate just as well as His foresight in the other direction.”

“God did not foresee any love for Him arising out of ourselves.  He only foresaw that we would believe because He gave us Faith;  He foresaw that we would repent because His Spirit would work repentance in us;  He foresaw that we would love because He created that Love within us.  Is there anything in His foresight that can account for His giving us such things?”

“The case is self-evident:  His foresight of what He means to do cannot be His reason for doing it.  His own eternal purpose has made the gracious difference between the saved and those who willfully perish in (their) sin.  Let us give all the Glory to His Holy Name, for to Him all the Glory belongs.  His preventing Grace must have all the honor.”
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This is inspiring!  Am hoping it might encourage you.  God uses men to explain some concepts to us.  But even if our words are lacking, in being as fully able as God’s Words are, to explain a concept, He is still able to use His Holy Spirit, our Teacher He gave us, … to teach us what He wants us to know.
Just thought this might be encouraging.
I believe God’s Love came first.  I believe He gave me the faith I needed to believe in His Son, as my Lord & Savior / Redeemer, in 1970.
I believe He has given me His Grace, so I would believe.  Hard to explain, but I believe it’s a type of “power” He still uses in my life as a believer, and He did use before I surrendered my life to Him, trusting Him to redeem me, and deliver me from the power, the punishment and the penalty for my sins and iniquities.  Grace still helps us, as the apostle Paul shares, because it is “sufficient” for us, as we go through trials, suffering, temptation or testing.  We do not have to reject His Grace any more, because we are true believers in The Lord Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ).  He gives us the Grace we need to give us the desire and the “power” to do His Will.  We need only surrender, again, daily, in every circumstance, to receive the Grace He is already ready to give to us.
I believe He even gave me the ability to understand how it was that Christ Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) died in my place, to deliver me from eternal damnation / punishment.  By Him taking upon Himself all the sins of all the people who have ever lived, He was paying the debt each of us owed, personally, to our God & Father in Heaven.  By enabling us to understand what He did “for us” (in our place), He was helping us to understand what He had done to make the way for us to live for ever in Heaven with Him, one day.  That’s a concept we may be familiar with, ladies, but if we try to explain “how that could be” to an unregenerated person, … they may look at us with a puzzled look, not really understanding.  See?
… He (Yeshua / Jesus) bore our sins, and our iniquities on “the tree.” (as you know)  And He put our sins as far from us as the east is from the west (another concept that is hard for a non-believer to figure out), … so that, with our lives, our souls, our very selves, under The Blood of The Lamb of God,  you and I would be, then, acceptable and “clean enough” to be allowed to dwell in the very presence of YHVH God, The Almighty, El Elyon (The Most High God).  His Name is Holy.
The Lord did it all!  And Yeshua (Jesus) paid it all — He paid the entire debt we owed to God our Father, because of our sins and iniquities, which cut us off from Him, before.  But He has wooed us to Himself, to His Loving Heart.  And He has been The One Who initiated it, and worked it all out, and though He knew the waywardness, the rebellion, the disobedience, and the lack of real love in our hearts, He still chose to love us, with His everlasting, unconditional Love, until we responded, as a result of Him compelling us, by His Holy Spirit.
It’s all an awesome and amazing bunch of truths to consider.
But it is true, from my understanding.
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At this time of year, and all year long, let’s praise His Holy Name for all that He has done for us!  He has loved us, first!  Let’s praise His Name for ever, as (king) David urges us to do in the Psalms!

meant with agape Love, to you all, … from The Lord, …
and me (Kathy)

my thoughts on modesty, part one

Modesty is a topic that includes several areas to explore, in thought.

I am a lady. I see things from a believing female point of view, and was raised by certain parents, in a certain area of this country, & came to believe in The Lord Yeshua as my own Redeemer & Lord, some years ago, through understanding that I was much in need of a Saviour / Deliverer from the penalty I deserved, from The Lord, for my sins and iniquities.

So, this post is written from what I have learned, so far, in my “walk” (life path) with The Lord, through some side roads I’ve taken, though not knowingly, at the time each ‘turn’ was taken.

This is also written from my own personal convictions which I believe God’s Holy Spirit has given me, to apply to my own life.

This is not written to condemn anyone, or to sound as if I know more than most, or many. It is also not written as if I were some authority on this topic.

It is merely my understanding, from the level of understanding I am at, now, … on the topic that most (in general) call “modesty.”

Modesty is a matter of the heart. Our hearts motivate us. I would generally refer to ‘the term’ *heart* as my mind. It can refer to other areas of my soul, in some cases, but for this article (which may be written in several portions), I am referring to “the mind,” when I used the word “heart.”

Modesty is something most children naturally have. Some demonstrate this in appearing to be somewhat shy, in what they do in public, or among strangers. Some demonstrate it even among their own family members, when they are dressing or … bathing.

Some ways most ladies (and men) demonstrate modesty are seen in:

(1) how they clothe themselves, and

(2) how ladies use “accessories” such as jewelry or make-up, as well as

(3) how they adorn or arrange their hair, including how long it may be worn.

(4) how they speak with others, or with whom they may initiate a conversation, or how they respond to strangers.

Much of the language I will use will refer mainly to ladies, women. That is because this is my focus, for the sake of this article.

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Modesty is something The Lord has been teaching me about over many years. He began when I was around age 5 or 6, when I first became aware that my dresses my mom had sewn for me … as I wore some to the government school I attended, … had to be pulled down, to keep them “long enough” to cover my knees while sitting down. The short length of my dresses and skirts or jumpers made it difficult to sit, for long, in a school-desk type seat (made of hard wood or hard plastic), without feeling like someone was looking in my direction.

I did not realize it, at the time, but these were (I believe) some of the first signs of God’s Holy Spirit making me aware that how I dress does, indeed, have an effect on others. He was making me aware that I should “do something” about making the whole experience “decent” and “honorable” for both them and me.

While young, I was not the one choosing my clothing. (just so you know)

When I was 11, my mom began letting me learn to sew, a little at a time. Soon, I was able to read a sewing pattern well enough to sew some of my own clothes. It became easier, over a few years’ time, so I sewed a good number of clothes for myself, during that time, being allowed by my mom to choose patterns (styles of clothing I liked), fabrics and colors I liked, at the time.

As I was choosing patterns to use to sew garments to wear, I was becoming aware of what “covered the body” more and what did not. I believe, though am not sure I was aware of all that The Lord wanted me to learn from this process, that He was teaching me, in it, … to choose more modest clothing, as the years progressed.

After I finished high school, and began some college training, I continued to sew garments for myself. Once I had met my future husband, and our parents gave their consent for us to be married the following year, I decided to sew my own wedding dress. That was fun to do. It cost only about $50 for the entire garment! (I really like “a great deal,” financially speaking. Am a frugal thinker.) Found out it is not very hard to sew a wedding dress. I had chosen a design I liked very much, and yet, I kept things simple, in how I wanted the final wedding gown to look.

So, perhaps others would spend much more in sewing their own wedding dress, nowadays, but I believe I could show a young lady how she could spend much less, and still be happy with what she wanted “after” she’s done with sewing it.  I could even teach her how to sew, to accomplish making her own wedding dress. But the final decision is hers, as it was mine, over 30 years ago. (by the way, my parents gave me permission to make these choices myself)

After some more years went by, and God, each day, was still faithfully teaching me more and more about dressing more modestly, … the styles of clothing I was choosing to wear began to change, again.

I had been raised to think that girls and young ladies wearing “pants” (girls’ style pants, they were called) was okay, even approved. I’d wear dresses, or jumpers, or skirts & blouses to church, or ladies’ style “suits,” with jackets and skirts, plus a blouse, to church, … but we were allowed to wear pants to middle- and high-school. And, we (the under-19 ladies I observed) might wear shorts in hot weather, in public places, or while riding bicycles on neighborhood streets and public roads (for all to see). Yes, I could hear The Holy Spirit talkin’ to me, at times. Did I always listen (?)  and make the right response? No. (… I regret to say)

Though a parent may approve of a certain style of clothing as acceptable, or even okay, or good, or “just fine,” that does not mean that our Heavenly Father fully approves of it. My Lord was building within me a different, set-apart understanding of what “modesty” means.

I have left out a lot of details, so (if you want more details, I plan to write more about this topic in a second article, on this blog / journal / newsletter to ladies) please bear with me.

Am speaking somewhat in general, just to introduce this topic, of modesty, because I must make you aware of at least some of my background, to help you better understand “some things, from my past,” that had an affect on my thinking, and influenced me, even as The Lord was at work, in my spirit, teaching me about modesty, by His Holy Spirit’s methods.

God is able to use most anything to teach us, His children, what important truths He wants us, each, to know, and live by. He knows how to do it in a way that He blesses and will benefit us, by how He does it. He has been amazingly merciful, loving and patient with me!

In my own life, He used my family, my relatives, school “dress codes,” fashions being promoted during my years of life from age 11 to 18+, and the media, as well as my own heart, to let me learn lessons He wanted me to learn.

I must say that not all “those” things I have named had a positive effect on me. Not all of those influences in my life led me to do what glorifies God.

And that is why I write this post, here. To help someone else, so they will make wise decisions, and not have regrets, later in life.

Some would say even my personality profile affected the choices I made, in clothing. But God is so rich in Mercy, and so Patient in teaching us, … He helped me along, on His Path of Life in a Loving and Gentle way, never pushing me, or fussing at me. Just talkin’ with me in my heart and working in my spirit to lead me along to a better “place” of understanding, which has brought me much Peace. Thank You, Lord!!

He wanted me to learn to do things in a way that *He* calls modest, as it relates to how a lady clothes / covers her body, both in public and at home!

He wanted me to learn it well, so I could pass on the truths He was teaching me to my own daughters, after He let me get married.

And He has used the lessons, mistakes, disasters and good examples He provided to guide me, so I would be prepared to help my daughters along, … once they were born.

And He has been faithfully continuing to teach me more lessons, since then.

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* http://helpnotes.blogspot.com/2008/01/modest-clothing-links-from-jan-8-2008.html

The link just above here will take you to an “article” I wrote on a blog (not this one; I copied it here, though) I began before this one, for another purpose — it is meant to benefit moms who home educate their children, for The Lord’s purposes. The dates on it may seem a bit odd, but I had copied it from another blog I had shared this article on, … when I chose to delete that other blog. You may wish to read more using this link, on the topic of modesty, before reading any more here.

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… continuing on, here …

If modesty is, indeed, an issue (a matter) of the heart, then each of us, as ladies, must decide what kind of “heart attitude” we want others to “see” when they see us. This includes our own personal family members.

Our decisions will also be somewhat affected by our age, and our weight, and our body “type.” But I am speaking only of the overall issue, topic, of modesty.

If I wish to give others the impression that I am a happy-I-belong-to-Jesus (The Lord Almighty, God’s Son), then I should dress my body in a way that I truly believe *He* would be pleased to see, with His Pure, Holy Eyes.

That’s my personal belief. No one had taught me this, on earth, while I was growing up. I was, however, taught that when we “are getting ready” to go to our family’s congregation we fellowship with, for worship, each week, we should “dress in our best” for The Lord. Maybe that was one lesson along the road on which my Lord put me.

If modesty is important enough that parents “do” discuss it, and if dads “do” care about what their daughters “dress like,”  then some moms may, before their children reach the age of 12, wish to find  some older, God-honoring, believing moms, and begin to learn from them some reasons “why” those older moms dress more modestly than “some” other, younger moms dress.

I believe the older moms would share some history, from their own lives, or from the lives of other ladies “who regret” wrong decisions they made in the past, which would explain “how” they came to “see modesty” as they now see it.

I believe it is important for moms and dads to consider these issues especially when children are moving from being “little children” to “older children” to becoming “young adults.”  If our children do not gain wisdom from us, as their parents, they will seek it from others. That can be devastating for our children!

This is an important issue! The next generation *will* be affected by our example leading the young ladies to dress in a way that covers them “more modestly,” or in a way that does not.  (we must decide, now, what will we do about this issue)

I was very much affected by all the influences in my life — home life, and standards, friends, “school life,” ladies at churches I attended, and relatives, as well as printed & visual media (including magazines and movies), and images in books I was exposed to or that I chose to read or look at.

What influences do we want our young girls, our older girls, and our young ladies, and single ladies we care about, to have in their lives, as they grow as believers in The Lord Jesus (Yeshua)?

What kinds of thoughts do we want men, young or old, even boys (even our own sons), to be thinking when they see us, in public, at a fellowship meeting of believers, or at home?

Do we realize how men and boys are affected by how women clothe, and cover, themselves?

Do we have to dress like ladies from another century, or like frumps, to be clothing our bodies modestly?  (of course not!)

Do we have to look like we’re wearing sacks, or we’re fat women, or wear loose clothing that looks too large for us, in order to be dressing in a way that pleases The Lord?  (If I clothe myself in clothing that looks that way, it is probably more a problem of my not taking time to work on my physical fitness as I could.)

Does it make sense to study the culture in the time of Yeshua, or before that, to get ideas about what God seemed to approve of, among His people Israel, … as far as what we can find, to learn from?

Would that mean we should dress like women dressed in Bible times? Or can we find ways to adapt that mode of clothing oneself to our day and time?

Are there ways I can clothe myself modestly, without looking “olde-fashioned?” Do I need to fit in with the culture in which I now live?

What will my husband think? — my dad? — my brother(s)? — my friends? (ladies) — my casual acquaintances? (men, if I were single) — my pastor? — his wife? — my neighbors? (yes, they do look at ladies when they are at home and can be seen) — other folks who see me in public? — my business associates? (if I am in business of some kind)

How should I approach changing how I clothe my body? Can I make changes gradually? Will my family think we have to dress like Laura Ingalls and the ladies / girls in her family dressed, in the late 1800s?

How can I wisely discern the best way for me to clothe myself modestly??!

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God does have plenty of answers and wise guidance for us to glean from! Ultimately, each of us must decide how we should clothe ourselves in modest apparel. We will each be held accountable, responsible, for how we did clothe ourselves, when we see Jesus (Yeshua) face to Face.

Therefore, we show wisdom if we choose to learn about ways we can deal with this issue of modesty, so that we can “get on” with our lives, and not be “caught up” in the world’s plan to pull us toward its magnet of “fashion” and “style” and “keeping up with trends.”

Fashions change, according to what fashion designers wish to achieve (often, they are in other countries than our own), and according to styles and trends *they* want to “bring in” or have an affect on. Their designs and styles and trends these influential people develop come from their basic beliefs and values about life, their own standards, and from their beliefs / views about God. What they believe (and how they were raised; and some events / experiences from their own, personal past or childhood) will affect the standards they use as they develop clothing designs, that you may later see in clothing stores in the U.S.

If you do not sew, you will be limited to which pre-made clothing is available in stores in your area, or online. It will help you to learn to sew, first of all. That offers you more choices that will be modest, by design (your design). Even if you use a pattern company’s patterns / styles, for sewing your own clothing, you still have much freedom, with some sewing experience, to alter the style so that your garment will turn out more modest looking.  In this way, your sewn garment will meet the standards you believe The Lord would have you live by.

For those who do not sew clothing for themselves, take heart. God has provided modest clothing through others who sell it at consignment shops and at thrift stores, as well as through church clothing giveaways, and yard sales. (in the U.S.)  (note:  our family has found, through frequenting these types of places, that many others do take good care of their clothing, and then, they share it with those of us who cannot, otherwise, afford to buy the garments “at retail prices” in some department store or similar retail outlet)

Rest assured: God has your best benefit in mind! He knows you! He knows what you want, and what you like! (in clothing)

He also knows what He wants and likes. He will guide you. He won’t take anything good from you! He will offer you more options than you may have imagined, when you began pondering this topic! Just follow Him. You can trust Him. He is the first clothing designer — in the Garden of Eden. He made clothing for Adam and Eve (out of sheep’s skins, which YHVH God, Himself, must have killed, … unless He had Adam do the killing part), when that became necessary, due to their rebellion against what He had told them both He wanted them to do.

I will continue this in the second part of “my thoughts on modesty.”

(for those who were hoping I would share Bible verses to support what I am, or will, share, those will be shared in the second part)

encouraging posts you might like

Below are website links to take you to two “posts” on the site known as Stablishing Hearts.

I must say both of these “posts” support modesty and moderation, both in matters of clothing and in spiritual matters.

You may reach your own conclusion, but I happen to agree with what is shared by the posts’ author.

“An Evaluation of Culottes”

http://sh.obeyingthetruth.com/2009/11/an-evaluation-of-culottes/

“The Christmas Spirit”

http://sh.obeyingthetruth.com/2009/12/the-christmas-spirit/

The Lord wants an attitude of moderation, a pure heart and Biblical (worldview) attitude & spirit, working in each of His true children. Philippians 4:4-5

If I allow a worldly attitude any open door into my soul (mind, in this case), I will be affected by what “comes in.” I must stop the enemy at the door, & resist the temptation to follow the way of least resistance (from the world, or friends, or relatives who do not walk closely with The Lord, and who do not understand that a worldly attitude can turn our hearts from The Lord, before we realize it has happened, if we are not vigilant and alert and attentive “enough.”).

If we “work” (not a works-based religious attitude; but if we “make an effort”) to follow The Lord as closely as we can, though we do make mistakes in life, The Lord will give us the spiritual Discernment He wants us to have, to keep us from building up satan’s kingdom, though we would (in our will) desire to build up God’s Kingdom of His Son, Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah).

By “work” I also mean we lie down at night (and awaken) thinking about The Lord, verses we are learning from His Word, and in a prayerful attitude. The Lord’s Spirit dwells in those who are YHVH God’s true children, through faith (belief & trust) in The Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua), by Grace. He is our Teacher! He guides us (believers) into all Truth; He is The Spirit of Truth. — John 16:13 The Holy Spirit uses the Bible verses we are studying, reading, learning, to teach us what our Father in Heaven wants us to know, to guide us and help us “along” on our journey on earth, until we come Home to Heaven.

It is good to read posts in which other believers share truths that all believers need to think over seriously. These are not preferences. In my case, they are convictions, personal beliefs.

May The Lord richly bless you as you walk with Him each new day!

more recent information about vaccines

We all live very busy lives. We do want to make good, wise decisions.
Regarding vaccinations, and “the swine flu scare,” we all need to know the facts.
Below are a few more website links, and several videos, which should help you in decisions you will need to make.
These websites were shared by folks who are very well informed about this area of information and knowledge. This has to do with American vaccines. If you are in another country, I do not know what is being done in your country. These may help you, but these should be of interest to people in America (the United States, for as long as we may continue to call it that).

Not sure who else is very much aware already of the various medical personnel who are strongly against vaccinating, but … thought you may want to know about the first link (below) to a webpage with several videos on it.
Some of you may already be aware of this. For those who had not yet become aware of this information, am sharing it in hopes it will help someone make a wise, informed decision.

http://www.alfalaq.webs.com/vaccinemedicaldangers.htm

Below is another link with a video which is quite informative.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTgyakGAddM

(yes, I do realize the subtitles are in Spanish. But the speakers on the video do speak in English.)

Below are links for two pages on the website of an organization (Natural Solutions Foundation) that has been sharing very helpful, accurate medical information, keeping many informed about the swine flu “scare.”

http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=3901

http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?page_id=219

Please read what you can benefit from on these, for your better health and for the protection of your children.

Some of these sites contain information you or I would not endorse. Please overlook what you disagree with (with regard to requests for money you don’t have, or are not able to send; they are only trying to defend each person’s legal right, under our U. S. Constitution, to choose whether or not to be vaccinated. It is not legally necessary for anyone to receive any vaccination, even those which are supposedly “the law” in many, or most, U. S. states. This is true. The videos will explain this, I trust. I have seen them and I believe some doctors did share this fact.)
For the most part, what is shared (medically and regarding informed consent for medical patients, and regarding making one’s own medical decisions oneself, or parents making these decisions for their own children) on these websites has been proven by other evidence, from others, to be accurate and truthful.

Just wanting to help you and your family.

There are many other informative websites & youtube videos on this topic. These were recent ones.
Those who disagree (on this “issue”), please take it to The Lord on your knees. He alone has all the wisdom any of us needs, to do the right thing.

May God bless you in all you do for His glory!

Knowing the truth will only help you to make a decision you will not regret.
Thinking you have no “other” options, when someone tells you you “need” to be vaccinated, is not the truth.
Please do all you can, by using all available resources you trust, to do what you believe is right, about your and your family’s health decisions.

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update, as of Dec. 5, 2009:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26714

The link above takes you to a webpage entitled:

“Educating the Senate: Do Not Supress Organic and Small Farmers and Ranchers; Natural Food Products”

Please stay informed!

http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?page_id=183

This link, just above here, takes you to a webpage sharing with you recommendations for what you can do, to continue to learn more about the information I have tried to share with you, through sharing links to other webpages, friends.

This information is both URGENT and IMPERATIVE! If we, as U.S. citizens, do nothing, as former generations have done, our children and grandchildren, one day, will ask us “why didn’t you …?”

And we will stand before Almighty God and be expected to give an account of our lives.

We may find we are “wanting.” Not lose our salvation. But we may be in tears over things others made us aware of, yet we did not do anything effective, or practical, or d0-able, that would benefit and bless the lives of others. Is that the legacy we want to leave? Are those the kinds of memories we want our children to have? (in the future)

Please take this information quite seriously, my friends!

God bless you, beloved of The Lord!

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This is URGENT, friends! Please read …

This is an urgent plea to you all, to go to the sites I’m sharing links to, below:

http://www.globalhealthfreedom.org/

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27275

These two sites contain some urgent, and very important, information that I leave with you, to sort through, to study, to learn more about, and … make your own conclusions!

I believe that Self Shielding, some call Self Quarantine-ing, may be the only way to protect our children and our selves from the government forcing all Americans to receive “regular flu” *and* “swine flu” vaccinations, beginning very soon.

I believe these websites will tell you all you need to know.

I highly recommend you view the video by Dr. Rima E. Laibow, about Self Shielding.

There is a page, on the Health Freedom USA website, that offers a full explanation of what “this issue” I am writing about … covers:
You can read that article at this link, below:

http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=3170

As I look back over the information, I am not finding the video by Dr. Laibow so easy to locate, friends at the link above.   I did save the link to it, elsewhere.  I can find it, and will include it in my next post, below here, for those who want to hear what Rima E. Laibow, M.D., shared, not long ago. (from Italy, while at a medical conference, there, regarding such issues as this — our health and our national leaders’ attempts to cut our lives short)

*update:  I found it and the link to the video is shown below*

Please take this seriously, friends!
It might mean the difference between life and death for some of your, or my, children… or you (or me).

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re: my URGENT plea …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swHUfACaRN8

The link above is the one with Dr. Rima E. Laibow sharing her thoughts about the upcoming “push” to get Americans vaccinated, which is against the will of quite a few Americans.

If I were you, I’d watch this now, and think about it, pray about what to do, and … then do something without delay. This is “urgent,” ladies and gentlemen!!!


http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?cat=28

This link above should take you to a blog of the Natural Solutions Foundation, which should also help you learn more about what is “in the works” for us, as Americans.

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God bless you and give you His Wisdom, as you intend to do the right thing, under God, Who is still alive, and well, and is acting on behalf of His own children & His people, who trust in Him alone! (through their belief in His Son, Yeshua the Messiah / Jesus Christ)

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… what God hath done …

YHVH God hath done marvelous things!
He is clothed with majesty!

His LovingKindness is everlasting!
His Mercy endureth forever!

… what hath God wrought … in your life recently? ….

He has been teaching me some truths, that are being used by Him to mold my character in the way He desires me to “go.”

It is like a path on which He has placed me, … that is a bit different from paths He has had me on, earlier in my life.
The Lord knows all things.
He knows what is best. He only does what is best.
From our perspective, life (at times) does not go the way we wish it would, or think it should.

But God is at work, doing us much Good, that we may not yet see (in its fullness) with our human eyes. In our spirit, with the spiritual Understanding He is giving us, bit by bit, … as we follow in His Way, … He is opening up doors, and … putting us in(to) a “large place,” as David calls it in the Psalms.
He continues to do works, in us, and for us, that our human eyes do not yet behold. But He is still at work doing them, for His glory and for our good, and for the good of those whose lives will be, or have been, touched by ours, because He has arranged it to be so.

He is at work. You (or I) may be going through what we view as painful times, emotionally, physically, or even mentally.
Life may not be going as we think it should, under His justice.
But we lack enough Understanding to see the “picture” He is painting as fully as we will, one day. (in Heaven)

Soon, our Dear, precious Lord Yeshua (Jesus) will call for us to meet Him in “the air” … in the clouds! We will be so thrilled, over-joyed (from our human viewpoint), so filled with awe and … getting to see (fully) His majesty, His glory, … and His blessed Face! Hallelujah!

He will change us, on the way “up,” … to meet Him in the clouds … into our immortal bodies!
He will do such things as would over-fill us, if we could now see what will “be,” that we might feel like bursting, … but then, it will all work out as He has wanted it to, from the beginning.

When He made, created, all things (yes, Yeshua / Jesus was there at the Creation; He was creating, at God’s command, what was being made / formed / created … at the beginning of time, at the time when God was making / setting up / creating the universe as we know it), He was thinking of you (and me)! He has us in mind!

He knew when He would choose to have you (and me) come upon this earth … being born, then growing up, … with things going on in our lives that we would not have chosen, but they occurred, and … in ways we may not now understand fully, He allowed them to occur because He knew “the greater good” He could use those to bring about. Then, He let us learn of Him, at the time He appointed, … because He chose you (and me) from the foundation of the world! Hallelujah! What a blessed thought! He thought of you (and me) from before He made all things, … including the stars in this vast universe of His! wow! He is awesome!

He knew when He would let us (if you’re an adult, or an older young person) become more fully grown, physically, mentally, emotionally, … and He is still maturing you (and me) (if you are a true believer in The Lord Yeshua haMashiach / Jesus Christ) “in Him,” day by day. As you (and I) continue to follow in the footsteps of Yeshua (Jesus), He continues to open more doors of His Understanding to you (and me). That is also a blessed thought! The Lord, Who made all things, and Who holds all things in His Hand, … and Who directs all the events of history, even using the horrible evil done by those who hate Him, and reject His Love, to bring about Good, and to use it draw more men and women into His sheepfold, into His Loving Arms, into His Kingdom of Light, Love and eternal Life! Isn’t it odd?

We think of evil as being so horrible, or so unjust, or so awful and unfair. But God does not approve of evil. He may allow it to occur, since evil is a result of the sins and iniquities of people God has made, who have rejected His abundant, limitless Love, who have thought more of themselves or of something they desire (that will harm them, or someone, on earth, they love) than they have thought of God, … because He knows He can use it / turn it … to produce Good for all.

The Lord is ever thinking about you (and me)!
He has you, if you are truly His child, and have believed on YHVH God (The Almighty God, The One, True God; The Lord Jehovah / YHWH, The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob; The Holy One of Israel; there is no other!), and in His only-begotten Son, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), … then He has you in the palm of His Loving Hand. He cannot lose you. Yeshua said that those whom The Father hath given to Him, He will in no wise cast out.
Hallelujah!

Yeshua (Jesus) accepts you!
No matter what your past is, what you’ve done — if you have surrendered your life to Him, then you belong to The One Who made you, Who designed you to bring glory to His Name, Who loves you much, much more than you know!
If you believe The Lord Yeshua (Jesus) died in your place to pay the penalty, the debt you (and I) owed to God, our Father in Heaven, … for our sins and iniquities, then you have put your trust in The Lord Yeshua (Jesus). And … you are His! If you have repented (as part of trusting Him),
and you know Him to be your Lord (Master) and Saviour (Deliverer, Atonement-Maker, Your Kinsman Redeemer), then He has accepted you already! If you have repented of your sins (turned away from them, rejecting them as evil, and turning toward The Lord Yeshua / Jesus, for deliverance from the punishment for your sins, which is eternal destruction, damnation, sentenced to living for ever — never dying, but forever suffering, burning — in the lake of fire), then you are His! And He is yours!

When life does not go as we wish it would, … and when things go wrong, … even for good people (people who are true believers, who “are” doing good, at His urging, being compelled by His Holy Spirit to do what they believe He is prompting them to do, for His glory, especially in sharing The Gospel message of how one can find “eternal Life” in God’s Son, Yeshua {Jesus}), please … (please!) remember … the story of Job’s life, … and David’s life, … and Joseph’s life (who was taken to Egypt against his will, and yet, God used him, and the things he chose to do, and the things he chose not to do, to turn to good what would have, otherwise, been used against the people of Israel … and they would have perished in the famine … in the land of Israel, during Joseph’s lifetime), … and Daniel’s life, … and …
… you will be encouraged, that God uses evil rulers, and other people who hate us, … to keep us walking … on His pathWay, … along with our Dear, precious Lord Yeshua (Jesus), Who loves us with His everlasting Love!
And nothing can separate us from The Love of God, which is in Yeshua the Messiah (Christ Jesus), our Lord.

He is King!
But He is also our best Friend!
And He (Yeshua) calls us His “friends” if we do whatsoever He commands us to do.

If you are wondering “what” He wants you to do, please visit
http://iblp.org/iblp/discipleship/dailysuccess/commands/

You will gain something that, on earth, is “free,” but … as you go through your days, it will bless your soul, benefit your life, and will help you get through the hard times … full of (His) Joy!

He wants to strengthen you!
He has been comforting (strengthening) me!
He has been healing me! Hallelujah!
He has been filling me with more of His Shalom Peace!
He has restored my soul!

He wants to fill you with His fullness of Joy!
So, … keep trusting Him (if you already do), to be with you, to show you how to abide in Yeshua, … and how to walk His pathWay … with Him!
His yoke is easy (it fits well, and will not chafe your skin, because you are yoked together with The One Who bears all the weight of it), and His burden is light!
… lay down your burdens at His Feet! He will carry them “for” you!

… I am not done with this race (of life on earth) yet.
But He is so patient to continue to teach me more lessons of life.
I praise His Name for His patient, kind-hearted Love for me!
He has made my life full of Joy! and full of His glory!
Not because I do much that is good.
But because He does much more than I know … that is Good in a perfect (complete) way.

Trust Him! He cannot break His promises! He cannot lie! He cannot change!
He is ever Merciful, Good, Joyful, Loving, Kind, Meek, Humble, (full of) Shalom Peace, … and has Grace to give us, for each new day, to enable you (and me) to do the things He would choose / desire us to do, … that will (in the end) bless us much more than what we wish we could do.
The results are “out of this world” (if we obey what He commands us to do)!!!

Hallelujah!
Praise His Name for ever!
Baruch haShem Adonai Elohenu!
Baruch haShem Adonai Yeshua!
He is Melech ha Olam! — The King eternal.
Hallelujah!
I am so glad I know Him!
I am so glad He chose me to know Him!
He is my first Love!

Do you know Him?
If you want some advice on how to know Yeshua (Jesus), you may visit: http://www.lifeinthebible.org/ or
http://www.utmostway.com/ and look for information on those sites about how you can find deliverance from the bondage to sin (which is a form of rejecting God’s free gift of Love and of eternal Life in His Son, Yeshua / Jesus). If you need help, just leave the site owner a comment or message, through the means provided for that. He will respond to your questions. And God will answer your cries! All who call upon The Name of The Lord “will be” saved (delivered from the power and the punishment of sin)! — from Acts 16: 31 and Romans 10: 8 – 13

… as we travel this road …

Life continues to surprise me!

Does it surprise you, thrilling your heart, when YHVH God does something you can only describe as amazing, or awesome, or wonderful, on your behalf?

Well, I must share with those of you who read this blog that The Lord Adonai YHVH God has chosen, in His mercy, and in working through those who are true believers, to do some amazing things on behalf of our family, as we continue to support other ministries, … day by day, from week to week.

He has chosen to use an anonymous donor to donate a good-quality automobile to our family ministry (!). We praise God for His merciful, loving, kind-hearted, and patient Spirit! We thank The Good Lord for showing Himself strong on our behalf as we have kept trusting He would remedy a situation that has been one version of spiritual warfare, involving more than one believer in the community. But God is faithful! He is able to overcome any obstacle! Hallelujah! Let’s praise His Name together, and rejoice that He will provide, as He has promised, … when we continue to show Him we are willing to serve, as He opens the doors.

Our ministry includes the teaching / apologetics ministry done by our Life in the Bible Institute … to enable us to “get around” to places where we already go –

two nursing homes (each week),

soul winning,

choir,

youth projects,

Bible classes (someone in our family can be found teaching one, or the other, of two classes, each Sunday),

puppet ministry (done mostly by our children who are under age 18),

one, in our family, having a willing heart to bless, encourage and uplift the lives of others by playing piano in church, for God’s glory (at our church, or at another church, in an area where this member of our family now lives and works at an international ministry, full time) and, when possible, at nursing homes we visit,

and one, or more, of us singing, in church, or … “on the mission field” (as one did as part of a missions trip to the Philippines, as happened earlier this year — 2009); … or 2 or 3 in our family, singing as part of a group of 5 to 6 young people, harmonizing together for God’s glory, to encourage believers in The Lord,

singing as a family of 8 … wherever someone asks us to come sing,

opportunities to help others by writing quotes or names in calligraphy, for specific individuals,

and more — one of our adult family members ministers to a lady in a nursing home.

… we’ll see if The Lord lets me help lead some monthly meetings / fellowship / learning times with some young ladies in this community.

… and perhaps He will allow me, with others helping, begin some monthly fellowship opportunities with moms who teach their own children at home, and older ladies (some who are widows; some are not).

… and a group of families in this area may soon get to meet regularly to share knowledge in quite a few *skill areas* with a group of young people.

Ladies’ teas are a delightful way to encourage women, especially widows, and those who would like their daughters to learn some of the Christian social graces, that build Godly character, and … uplift the soul. They serve as blessed times of fellowship, for ladies, also. I look forward to working with The Lord to encourage hearts!

Only He knows how to work out all the details, but “as we travel this road” (on earth), we can make ourselves available to The One Who knows best how to reach hearts, for Him, … and, so, am just wanting to “be available” to my Lord. As I submit, and as I allow Him to become more and more, and me to become less and less, He can use me to do the good He desires to do, “in the corner where I live.”

… we also see God opening a door to help us, and some others, pass on some “free food” that is becoming available to do this with, … for those who are very poor in our area. We’ve “been there,” and so we have a reason to pass on the help that is now being made available to those who have lost their jobs, own businesses but do not have sufficient income to pay bills *plus* all the other things their families do need, as basic needs, … or who have no real savings, or … who have not been able to get food stamps. We want to help others! And this will be, Lord willing, a good way to be of service to local folks among these Appalachian Mountains of TN.

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We stay quite busy, being asked to help with a ministry here or there, or else we’re teaching … or helping with someone else who is, ….

But, without a real car for over 2 months, now (a car that works / runs), it has been quite a challenge to find ways to get to places we’ve been asked to get to, around the community where we’ve been living for just over a year, now.

There will be many opportunities to use this car. We do pray it will be used to bring God glory to His Name, because it’s His car! All that we ‘own’ actually belongs to God! We give all our ‘things’ to God, so He is The One Who watches over them, and takes Good care of His things!! Amen!

He is The One from Whom all Good things come, … He made all the metals (from where they were mined, from the ground, and then refined) and plastic (from petroleum), and leather (thank you, dear cows!, designed by God in Heaven), plus the rest of the materials that go into the making of a car, as well as the man hours, the labor, and … the effort and energy they must do, to produce a car that runs well, and is made well, ….

The next time you drive your car, please praise The Lord our Maker, Creator, Who designs all things perfectly. Praise Him for Who He is (YHVH; El Shaddai; El Elyon; YHVH Yireh / Jehovah Jireh), and praise Him for His mighty Power to turn things that seem to go wrong, into things that produce Good!

He is perfect! He is Almighty! He is El Elyon — The Most High God! He is our Provider, our Protector, our Hope, our Strength, and our Joy! He does all things excellently, and uses all circumstances to produce / bring about Good, for those who are “the called” according to His purpose. — for the glory that is “due” to His Name!

While we awaited His Help, with regard to providing a car for our family, He was building in us a more humble, more meek, attitude. I pray He will continue to develop that attitude in my own heart, as He teaches me more about “abiding in Messiah Yeshua.” (abiding in Christ)

One day, all people of all nations will bow their knees, and admit / acknowledge the Truth that He is Lord of all! — YHVH God, and His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, The Anointed One of God, the Holy One of Israel. (see Romans 14: 11 and Philippians 2: 10)

And … please praise The Lord Adonai YHVH God, Who has seen fit to give us a car to be used in service that will bring praise and thanks to His precious Son’s Name — Yeshua haMashiach (Jesus Christ)!

And … please thank Him for what He has done in providing food and water for you, as well as clothing you need, each day! He promises no more, but He does provide much more … than just food and clothing!

We have waited, and … have hoped in Him alone Who is able to do all things well! And He has kept His promise to hear the prayers of His true children — you all, and us.

We are not special (compared to other believers) or better than anyone else on this earth. We are merely “forgiven” by The Lord God Almighty, because of our belief in, and trust in, His only-begotten Son, Yeshua (Jesus), Who gave His Life in our place, to pay the penalty for sins we committed, thereby redeeming us. As The innocent Lamb of God, Yeshua took upon Himself the sins of all the people who have ever lived on this earth! He paid it all! — by willingly sacrificing His precious Body and Blood on the Roman execution stake, outside the gates of the city of Jerusalem. Why? Because He loved us … long before we knew or loved Him! That is how much He loves you and me! Hallelujah!

But in God’s eyes, we are His children, because He has engrafted us into His Vine, and has delivered us out of the power of darkness and into The Kingdom of His Dear Son (Yeshua)! (the Kingdom of Light, eternal Life and Love) (see Colossians 1: 13) Yeshua says He calls us His friends, if we do whatsoever He has commanded us (to do). (see John 15: 14)

(below is my version of Matthew 7: 7-8):

Ask, and keep asking, and it shall be given to you.

Seek, and keep seeking, and you shall find.

Knock, and keep knocking, and it shall be opened unto you.

For each one that asks receives, and the one that seeks finds; and to the one knocking, it will be opened.

We are not special people, you all! … just forgiven much by The One Who loves us more than we know!

We are just people who have been workin’ for The Lord, as you all are, who are true believers in The Lord, and in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), who sometimes work also for companies, or individuals, … to earn income, and then, we get to serve pastors or missionaries, … or encourage other believers, by singing, or teaching, or sharing, or helping with some project they’re working on. ;o)

Life can get challenging!

I believe God is opening the door for more ministry, by providing a car with which we can “do it.”

If you are reading this, and if you believe in The Lord Adonai YHVH God, as we do, and (especially) if you believe in and trust in His Son, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), for deliverance from eternal damnation, and into His Kingdom of Light, Life and Love (of YHVH God; agape Love — His unconditional Love He showed us when His Son voluntarily chose to come to earth, be born here, live, suffer and die, to pay the penalty for sins we committed, though He was entirely innocent of those sins, … and God raised Him up on the third day, according to The Scriptures, as prophesied by the Old Covenant / Old Testament prophets, and now, He is alive, and sits at the Right Hand of God the Father Almighty, in His Throne!), please pray for us — all 8 of us.    ;o)

We do appreciate your prayers!

God is at work! In us, in you, for us, for you, through us, through you! That, by itself, is amazing! He accomplishes it by His Holy Spirit! Bless His Name!

God is so generous! And He is teaching us to show generosity to others! When He uses another believer to show us His generous Spirit and Love, we are so thrilled! (in our emotions) … and we are joyful! (in our spirits) … and we are built up in our Christian walk, in Him, Who is our All in all, to tell others and to share more about The Love of His Son, Yeshua, so others can ”gain” eternal Life!

Let’s praise The Name of The Lord together, for ever and ever! … beginning now ….

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Update: as of August 19, 2010

We have seen The Lord bring us through several changes in what He is allowing us to do, to serve others and Him, but we still do most of what is listed above.

However, you may wish to know that we have had to stop going to one nursing home, due to lack of money plus a change in work schedule, for our castle’s king (Dad, to the children; husband, to me).

So, now we go to one nursing home, twice a month, because the other nursing home where we sing, … “said” they only needed us to come twice a month.

The other two times a month, on that same “nursing home day,” two men in our household (and two other men from our church) go to a town about 45 minutes’ drive away, to pick up “food” for the food pantry our church maintains.  Our family delivers food boxes from the church’s food pantry, to folks in our area.  We know of no other food pantry that brings the food “to a family’s door,” but we are able to, thanks to The Good Lord’s provision.

Wednesdays, for us, are busy days!  (4 times a month!)

Now, the 5 – 6 young people, who sang together, in harmony, … are now no longer able to all sing together in the same place where they used to sing.  So, I pray The Lord will make a way for them to sing elsewhere, for God’s glory, according to His Will.
Will you join me in praying about this?
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One “big” youth project, for 2010, was one in which two, in our family, under age 18, were given the opportunity by The Lord to go out west, with 13 others from our local believers’ congregation, to pass out Bibles and to share in the soul-winning efforts of this missions team, to Native American Indians on (at least) six (6) reservations in the states of South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona.
We have seen The Lord’s amazing provision for this trip, and His wonderful blessing, in bringing 20 more souls into The Kingdom of His Dear Son, as mentioned in Colossians 1:12-14, especially v. 13!
The Lord protected this group of 15 believers from storms, from bear attacks (reports from within a week, after they returned home to east TN, told of one who was killed by a bear in the national park where “our team” had been camping in tents!), and from other dangers.
We thank and praise The Lord for His awesome Love and amazing Grace!
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The older lady, to whom one in our family was ministering, in a nursing home, has now been promoted to Heaven, to our true Home!  However, that one is, again, serving, giving & loving others, as our Lord has used so many others to do.
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Soon, I will be teaching some calligraphy workshops to some young people and adults, so I ask for your prayers for what I do to give glory to God, my Father in Heaven.
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Soon, The Lord’s ladies in our local congregation of believers, will enjoy a ladies’ tea.  Several ladies will help us to hostess this tea for all the ladies in our congregation.  Please pray those who come will be encouraged by coming, and will give glory and thanks to God for a special time of fellowship!
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Soon, Lord willing, a local group of young ladies who stitch (by hand and by machine), and who are taught at home, will begin meeting.
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Soon, Lord willing, a local group of home-educated young ladies will be learning some healthy cooking skills (and lacto-fermentation food preparation skills) and drawing skills, and art history, and music appreciation, … as time allows for each of these areas of training and knowledge to be shared with those who want to learn.
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