Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Up up and away

Please pray...
This time of year is a challenge for me.

Having PTSD even as far as I have come can bite me when least expected.
I will be out and about traveling in unexplored territories.
Adventure my middle name.


Wonderful peace knowing the family is fine.
Made Steve some of my pinto's and the kids some Cole slaw...

Look forward to telling you all about my adventures.
better go get ready the rest of the way.

Over and out till Monday...
Be blessed and unstressed.

Always remember how much you are loved.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Salt of the earth...my mission

The other night Steve thought aloud about what my blog purpose is all about. I am not a minister or a teacher per intent...although we all learn from each other...

My husband said...
"your just a salt of the earth, that is just who ya are and what your blog becomes about."

So I am going to study on this and see if it fits me. I think in so many ways measuring up to such is a high thing indeed to pursue. A noble thing. It really touched me deeply that my husband called me such. I am a Christian although so many before me have humiliated and shamed that very title. I perhaps among them at times. This blog is not intentionally set to push that however but to just be me in all my faltering weakness and His amazing strength within me.
I find myself favored by the circle of wonderful Christians who purpose their blogs beautifully as a ministry to the body of Christ at large. We have those around us that give us that gift.

My heart is to simply be real...to the folks who may believe as I do or not. It is always my hope that all might see that Gods love for them is far greater than any of us have really come to know. Even those of us who have befriended him.

There is a battle going on in the spirit...it is real. I know that many have been so terribly wounded in the battle under the weapons of false love, false biblical teaching and just plain mean hearted folk that were far too pious to really love ya as they ought. Those are the folk that sadden me the most. For in those acts they have often left many thinking God is far from them or that he is some ogre waiting to pounce on everything wrong that they may do.


He is not like that...at least in my friendship with him I find Him very fair...if we thought about what we really deserve. But there are those things in life that are not fair, some have nothing to do with what we may or may not have done wrong...just hardships that will either give us the ability to love or to turn our hearts to harden. It is unmerited that favor shown us. Simply believing in Jesus is what the word said. To bring those from afar near to God. When were walking close to Him it just makes us want to do whats right from the inside out. It is not Gods way to have us fear him like he is going to punish us for our error or sin. We punish our own self through the consequence of our own choices. We are given that free choice and need to own the results pleasant and not so pleasant. When we do not own them...we blame God. Gravity is a natural law...

"Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? it is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" (Luke 14: 34-35)

"For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another." (Mark 9:49-50) 

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." (NKJV)

"Salt is good [an excellent thing], but if salt has lost its strength and has become saltless (insipid, flat), how shall its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the land nor for the manure heap; men throw it away. He who has ears to hear, let him listen and consider and comprehend by hearing!" (Luke 14:34-35, Amplified Bible)

Salt in the Old Testament

The Hebrew people harvested salt by pouring sea water into pits and letting the water evaporate until only salt was left. They used the mineral for seasoning and as a preservative. In addition, salt was used to disinfect wounds.
Salt also had a significant place in Hebrew worship. Salt was included in the Levitical offerings, since salt was emblematic of permanence or loyalty. In Leviticus 2:13, God commanded that "And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt." Salt was cast on the burnt offering (Ezekiel 43:24) and was part of the incense (Exodus 30:35). Part of the temple offering included salt (Ezra 6:9).
Salt was also used to ratify covenants. In Numbers 18:19, God promises to provide, through the offerings of His people, for His priests forever: "All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you." Salt cannot be burned or destroyed. Perhaps because of salt’s durability, God used it as a metaphor to indicate that as salt keeps its flavor, so the Lord’s covenant with the priesthood was durable. More likely, however, is that the "covenant of salt" (or, in some versions, "inviolable covenant") refers to a practice that rendered contracts irrevocable during the time period in which the Bible was written. In biblical times, men carried pouches of salt on their belts. When a pact, promise, or contract was made, the men from each of the participating parties would intermingle the salt from their own pouches with the salt from the pouches of the other party. This reminded the men that they could not retrieve their own salt from the other pouch, symbolizing the fact that they could not go back on their word.[citation needed]
Another reference to the use of salt to ratify a covenant occurs at 2 Chronicles 13:5. At the beginning of this chapter, Abijah, King of Judah and rightful heir to David’s throne, is at war with King Jeroboam, who has taken control of Israel. Before Jeroboam’s destruction, Abijah speaks of the Davidic Covenant: "Hear me, Jeroboam and all Israel: Should you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, by a covenant of salt?" Here, salt refers to God’s irrevocable pledge and intended loyalty in fulfilling the Davidic covenant and God’s desire for the loyalty of David’s lineage to Him if the people are to enjoy the blessings of the covenant. The preservative quality of salt represents the fidelity or loyalty intended in keeping the covenant.
Newborn babies (because of what the Lord commanded) were rubbed with salt to promote good health. A reference to this practice is in Ezekiel 16:4: "As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths."
In the Book of Genesis, chapter 19 the wife of Lot was turned into a pillar of salt when she disobeyed the command of God and looked back at the city of Sodom whilst fleeing from its destruction. Some Christians see this to mean literal salt whilst some think it refers to rock salt.

[edit] Salt in the New Testament

The Salt and Light metaphors in the Sermon on the Mount include a direct reference to salt: "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." (Matthew 5:13). This verse is paralleled in Luke 14:34-35: "Salt is good, but if salt itself loses its taste, with what can its flavor be restored? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear." Similarly, in Mark 9:49-50, Jesus says that "Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another."
It is unclear whether Jesus is referring to the use of salt as a seasoning, as a preservative, for sacramental purposes, or some combination of these uses.
Perhaps Jesus is simply saying that everybody has inherent value. Keep God’s gift of inherent worth inside yourself (cherish God's gift) and you will have peace with one another.
The salt that has "lost its taste" or "become insipid" may refer to a type of salt common in the Dead Sea area that is contaminated with gypsum and other minerals. It has a flat taste and is ineffective as a preservative. Such mineral salts were useful for little more than keeping footpaths free of vegetation. That may be why Jesus said that it is good for nothing but to be "trampled underfoot."
Jesus calls his disciples (and, perhaps, the crowds listening to the Sermon on the Mount), "the salt of the earth." He may be exhorting them to usefulness, or to fidelity, or referring to their role in purifying the world.
In Roman times, salt was an important item of trade and was even used as money. Roman soldiers received part of their pay in salt[1]. "Salt of the Earth" may, in this context, refer to the listeners' value.
The reference to his followers being "salted with fire" in Mark 9:49 may refer, in part, to the purifying effect of salt in Jewish liturgical use.
In Colossians 4:6, Paul exhorts, "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you know how you should respond to each one".

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FOR TODAY...October 19th 

Outside my window... is 70's with some of the annuals in the earth and all of the other things planted life is in a hushed cover under the blanket of the fertile soil awaiting the morrow when I'll go out and water.

I am thinking... It was a wonderful thing today to give almost all of my time to my son.

I am thankful for... gratitude in others...it is a beautiful thing to behold.

I am wearing... Tan caprice and a white t shirt with Winnie the poo around the boarder in a fall scene.hair pulled back with no shoes nor jewelery...

I am remembering... my daughters laughter

I am going... to Florida  to re fresh and re charge and have fun!

I am reading...the book of Proverbs

I am hoping... To Relax through the airport



On my mind... packing and the things I yet want to do. A manicure and spa time...Remove the wall boarder from above Doves bed before I go.

From the learning rooms... Planting by moon phase. A study in self compassion.

Noticing that... everything is coming together.

Pondering these words...  wonder what it will be like for me Mom? her first infatuation.

From the kitchen... a mess, Dove did not get her dishes done so the morning will arise with a mess

Around the house... Order...peace and family unity.

One of my favorite things~ being a mother


From my picture journal...

I hear there are hickory nut trees ...
The former monastery where I am staying has them all around it.
There are woods there.
Two more days...

Tackle it Tuesday


I tackled it!

"Send help Scottie"....said the captain (Star trek)

Well now we thought we might just build another wall in the hallway and just enclose all the toys but...I kept hitting my elbows on the wall.

5-6 hours of toy sorting!


Ever single thing was individually touched by me!


This nice stand was found at the good will.
These are the bins I used during the infancy and homeschooling days.
I gathered them from all corners of the house and set them to task


Did you ever see a boy with so many LEGO
My dear friend gave us at least half of them when Dash was 6 years old or so.
Dash builds, and creates this kid is very mechanically minded just like his Mother and Father.



the last of it for tomorrow
The big box is yet to get cleared out of trash and papers.
It has large things I think in it.
The bag is stuff to sort into the other sites that it belongs in.
The plastic bin also things that go else where.

Embraced round the hip "thanks mom for cleaning my room" hugs and humility gratitude gushing like a sweet candy center. Comes he to me after a while...

"O.K. here the deal mom...cause you cleaned my room you ask anything of me..anything mom and it is yours...do you need help with anything I got you covered.."

"Keep it that way is all I ask son...that was a lot of work child...I touched every single thing in all the bins..."

"woe , mom..."


"It's a deal, you got it mom"!!!!!!!

Growing up Mondays

One So Blessed
 
 Tending souls like a garden

Last night my boy so sleepy with his tiny little boy sticky hand resting on mine.
Soil tender ready for the seed.
Your my favorite boy in the whole world...
The earth sucked it up like rain on a tilled furrow.
Satisfied and content in it's rest.

Lying beside my girl...
she giggled with a memory of a scene in a movie where a man drops his bags as his eyes fall upon a beauty a love at first sight infatuation...
" I wonder what it will be like for me Momma?"
I say..."Baby, beyond all of that my wish for you is a man that loves God.
That infatuation stuff fades on those days when your mad at him...if he love God too...then you can go to God and say.."hay God"! ...
 
Tilling the soil tell her I...
 
"funny thing child it often be that God lovingly turn that finger back at me and said 
"yes..but you..."
Then I am soft toward him and loving...
He then often come to me and said 
"I am sorry"
That is what I wish for you daughter...a man that loves God.

She giggled in the sunshine like a flourishing vine...
Well I hope if he drop his bags they don't have glass in them and the bubbling brook then giggles and the bed jiggles...
smile she there in the dark 
Man I hope his bags don't have metal in them cause if they drop on my toes it would really hurt!

Earth tender and the garden thrives...

Ya know life began in a garden.
Till the soil with the understanding that the choice to love goes way beyond that...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

spiritual sunday

I wanted  to post ...son needs attention to go to sleep, he a little stressed mommy leaving soon

daughter stressed over the friendemy issue at school she has to face in the morning.

I am where I am to be...and blessed to get to do so.

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • "HOME IS WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS"
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."

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