Saturday, January 26, 2013

The B.I.B.L.E, yes that's the Word for me.......

   This evening I thought I would get back on here and post something I submitted for a class I am taking. For those of you that don’t know; I attend a Bible college online and am hoping to finish on a campus when I am done with these first 30 classes that are available online. At the end of this term I will have 20 done and have thoroughly loved each one.

   The question for my response was, “The word of God has power to change peoples lives.  What scriptures have been particularly powerful in your life and why?”

The answer I sent in was as follows.

Jeremiah 1:5     “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
     My father drank alcohol in excess on and off and you never knew when the “on” time was going to hit, and he was in the military so we moved quite a bit. I enjoyed moving and meeting new people, but not having much stability at home as alcohol consumption always brought upheaval, and then never being anywhere very long at one time; I never had roots anywhere. I never knew what to say as an adult when asked where I was from. I loved life and was called a “dreamer” by most of my family, close and extended. One day a few years ago while at work, God brought to my mind the verse in Jeremiah 1:5. I simply could not shake it off to do my job so I went to the chapel our organization offered. In the less than 10 minutes I was in there God began to minister one on one to me, in that precious, stable quiet, that He had a plan for my life. This plan would take all of the empty wishes I had as little girl and all the dreams I had as a young woman, and all the daydreams I had at the time and call me out, use those things, and glorify Himself through me, if I would just trust Him and put my dreams and hopes in Him. He ministered to me how pleased He was with my heart and that His love for me was unconditional and an everlasting love. 
     The first part was a revelation to me right then, and it is as clear to me today as if it happened today. Oddly enough, I never really noticed the second half at that time.  As I press in and as I continue in these classes; that second portion of the verse is beginning to bear witness in me.

John 17:4     "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do."     
     This verse initially changed my life years before the one above became revelation to me. Of all the prayers Jesus prayed to the Father, this is the one that penetrated my spirit and locked itself in there. This verse in that prayer is the goal, action plan and mission for my life. It is a short verse but taken apart is hours of meditating. Just start with “glorifying” God on the earth; that alone took me into years of studying God’s character, the fruit of the Spirit, so that I could walk His nature out before men. I still seek out what it means to operate in that fruit. I never grow tired of learning about it and the things I discover seem to be endless. To this very day and regularly, I will be studying a verse and God will show me how that is a part of one of the fruit. I suspect that will be the case the rest of the whole of my life. John 17:4 is all I really care about having said about me when my life here is over, unless of course the rapture comes first!

Psalm 46:10     "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth!"     
     By nature I am a type A personality and in the supernatural I am the apple of God’s eye but He will be exalted without my trying to be Holy Ghost, Jr. In fact, in my letting God be God the stress was off of me and more and more I began to see people ask me about Him. The rocks will cry out if need be, all I need to do is walk in love and be that love letter God gave us so His light will shine and can be seen and read before all men in me. I have found this is usually done peacefully, quietly and orderly.

Matthew 14:14     "And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”             
together with...
Matthew 12:15     "But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all."
Settled that right there!

God's Word truly is alive and active and does change lives. I have seen where inmates in prison read God's Word and though they were physically incarcerated, they were reborn in their spirit and set free in their soul. The Word works! How has God's Word ministered to and changed you?

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Beginnings

UPDATE:  Please feel free to read this post. I have however decided I really don't want to leave Honeycomb Cottage parked and gathering dust in cyber space. I will not be using the blog referred to at the end of this post I wrote back in January 2013. I pen this on September 19, 2013, and plan to stay right here where I was for over six years. This feels like home. The other blog I created and worked part of this year never felt like home. I have transferred the posts I did there over here. It is so good to be back, and thank you for stopping by, and I hope you visit often!   

I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but aside from a few changes I made to this blog a few years ago I really don’t make changes here. I am like that in general; I hold out until I have something  the way I want it before I make any changes. I just don’t do fickle well and there are things that I do that require research and focus which make it all the easier to just get things where I want them and then leave them alone. Well, that is about to well, change, here at least.

   I started this blog as a result of searching for creative cards ideas. It was then I discovered Kim and her wonderfully fresh and candid blog. I related to her and now am thrilled to say we are friends. I enjoyed teaching Sunday School and Bible Studies so I thought a blog might be a good way to share things I was learning in my walk with, God. So April 2007 I finally stepped out and began blogging. I read and enjoyed other blogs and met many lovely people, two I now have as dear friends. I began to share card making, family events, my dog, book reviews, cake decorating, baking, recipes, nutritional tid~bits... and the list goes on, oh and occasionally some of my walk with God and/or just Bible. Through the years I have enjoyed this blog and certainly enjoyed those I follow. However, I always felt I was not using Honeycomb the way I should have; sharing Jesus and my walk with God.

   In the last few weeks I pondered that very thing that wore on me. I decided to start using Honeycomb Cottage at the beginning of the year as a way to share those things and only share the odd card, quiche, cake and all the rest as the exception and not the common post. So I began doing just that on January 1.

   I have done Facebook as a way to see pictures of my grand children and stay in touch with a few friends I do not live close to. I am not an avid poster there, but do like to see what friends are doing. Facebook is becoming a privacy nightmare laced with tons of ridiculous “apps”. I have considered shutting it down and have decided to whittle it WAY back with the definite eye on shutting down soon. So I decide to take a dormant Google+ account my husband talked me into some time ago and make it more active. I can keep in touch there with friends without the hype and vulnerability Facebook brings with it. I stumbled into “Photos” and found tons of photos already in that Google+ account. I had no idea how that happened and really did not care; they did not need to be there so I deleted them. Now I go to this blog and notice what you no doubt noticed as soon as you landed on this page. NO PICCIES!!!!  I do a little research only to discover all those piccies we post, at least on Blogger, go to some Picasaweb thingy I never signed up for. When I deleted them in Google+ they all went away out of that Picasa thing and automatically deleted them for this blog. Yep! The piccies I posted for five and a half years, gone. And so I am, basically. I have all of those photos in my iPhoto, but I am not reconstructing them here. So, since I really had been leaning toward just starting a new blog and doing the odd cake, card and such post here ~ that is precisely what I have done.

   I will continue to follow those blogs I enjoy so much through Honeycomb Cottage. And I might post an odd card, recipe or family event here, but my focus will be the new blog, just as my focus would have been about Jesus and my walk with God here had I maintained this as my only blog.

Please visit me at Living life loving, God.

Be blessed, 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Be Blessed This Year!

   For those of us that have made Jesus the Lord of our life; we stand to inherit all of the promises of the Word if we will just receive them. For those that do not have Jesus in their life, there is absolutely no reason for you to remain poor in your spirit because if you will receive Jesus, the Kingdom of Heaven is also yours. Having said that I want to wish everyone, everywhere a Blessed 2013 that is full of peace and prosperity in every area of your life!

    Christmas is such a time of excitement and wonder. That night when the angels praised God saying “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”, they were announcing the greatest gift ever given. We like to give gifts at Christmas to celebrate that amazing gift. But, soon after the gifts are opened, the food is eaten and eventually the trees and decorations come down and are all properly tucked away for next year we get geared up for the new year and the resolutions made, Valentine’s Day is all over the retail world even before New Year’s Day, vacation plans for the year are discussed, our Life Plan’s are revisited for tweaking and we transfer events to our Day Planner’s and off we go into another year. The wonder of that day is exchanged for the rote of another year. I would like to suggest here that we take the message of that day and make it our priority for the year. Write that into your Life Plan and daily into your Day Planner. Spend time with the Lord and walk in a really close and intimate relationship with Him everyday. Christmas should not be a holiday, everyday should be Christmas. Talk about Jesus like you do your children, or your dog, or your next vacation. Share Him as easily as you do those things. Give the gift that keeps on giving, Jesus.

   There is a quote of questionable origin, but I really like it. I am a “Word” girl and believe in the power of the tongue but this quote has its merit. The quote is, “Preach the Gospel, use words if necessary.” I do think words are always a powerful tool to be used, but people tend to watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. That being the case I think the best way to start to give Jesus to the world is to show love to others. In the last recorded thing we have that Jesus prayed before He was betrayed He asked God that not only His disciples walk in love and unity, but that all future believers would do the same. Can I just say Jesus was not talking about denominational quasi tolerance for each other or some of the fake fellowship that can be seen in a church? No, He was talking about the kind of oneness in the body of Christ that would be passed down through all generations, the kind of oneness that would manifest God on earth, bringing glory to God in that others through the visible love of God would believe on Jesus and make Him Lord and Savior. Here is what Jesus prayed.

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me."  John 17:20-23 (NLT) 

   The song “Go Tell it on the Mountain” has been on my heart this Christmas season. It has never been on of my favorites and I honestly do not even think of it even at Christmas. Be that as it may, God has put that tune and that song in my heart for weeks now. “Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere, go tell it on the mountain, our Jesus Christ is born!”

    Let’s start to be a blessing by walking in the love and perfect unity Jesus asked the Father for us to walk in so that we can give the gift of Jesus to others ~ everyday.

 Where is your mountain? Where can you tell others about Jesus?