Benjamin’s Birthday

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Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

Wow, how fast this first year of Benjamin’s life has flown! It seems just yesterday we were awaiting his arrival, and yet now here he is, already 1 year old! He has been such a delightful baby, always ready to give you his biggest smile.🙂 He sleeps through the nights well, and is rarely fussy unless he really needs something, i.e. nap, food, clean diaper. He hasn’t started walking yet, but that will come soon! He’s already climbing things, roaming the house whenever he gets the chance, and loves his ‘johnny jump-up’ (the thing he’s in on the last picture). One last little note: Benjamin is at the “tongue stage”….where he’s repeatedly sticking out his tongue! You have to admit, it makes him even more adorable😉

Along with pictures taken on his birthday (August 23rd), I’ve also included a few from when he was younger. And for more pictures from his his birthday, visit this link: ‘Benjamin Paul’

To view pictures and the story from when he was born, click here: ‘Welcome, Little Benjamin Paul!’
…And the story and video of when we found out Mom was pregnant with him: ‘Our Christmas Blessing’

Wait, don’t stop here!! There’s more pictures! Click the link below!🙂
‘Benjamin Paul’*Photography credit goes to Mom🙂 *

THSM Why I Support Dr. Ron Paul for President

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | March 26, 2012

Why I Support Dr. Ron Paul for President

Ron Paul is for the liberty and freedoms of American citizens, We the People. His message of liberty speaks to our hearts, it arouses passion and enthusiasm. God gave us liberty, He made us to love freedom and desire it. Ron Paul said “The most basic principle to being a free American is the notion that we as individuals are responsible for our own lives and decisions. We do not have the right to rob our neighbors to make up for our mistakes, neither does our neighbor have any right to tell us how to live, so long as we aren’t infringing on their rights. Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions, we are not really free.”

Ron Paul is a man of integrity. You can trust him. He is consistent. He speaks what he believes, not just whatever will enhance his personal gain. He’s been saying the same thing for decades. Things which he predicted years ago have now come to pass, to the shock of many skeptics. He truly knows what he talks about. He can’t be ‘bought’. He won’t flip flop or compromise.

Ron Paul’s principles which he teaches and lives by are Biblical, Constitutional, and moral. He has been married 55 years, has 5 children (who are all still married to their spouses), and 18 grandchildren. 5 people in his family, including himself, are doctors. As an OBGYN, Ron Paul has delievered over 4000 babies, and not performed a single abortion.

Ron Paul wants to bring our troops home, and have peaceful, non-interventionalist, relationships with all other countries. He wants to build our national defense. So many people don’t understand this foreign policy, and are scared of it. They think of Ron Paul as an isolationist who wants to keep America reclusive/secluded. But his views are constitutional, and in line with our founding fathers. And anyone who really studies this policy can understand and appreciate it. Thomas Jefferson said in his first inaugural address “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with ALL nations– entangling alliances with NONE”. Washington said that “temporary alliances” could be justified for “extraordinary emergencies” but other than that “harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.” (Ibid., p. 235)

Ron Paul is the only veteran presidential candidate- wouldn’t you expect him to know something about what the wars ‘over there’ are really like? And why is it that he gets more donations from active military than all the other candidates and Obama combined? Wouldn’t they understand? Do we really have enough respect for our troops to their voices?

Ron Paul is the tax payer’s friend. He has NEVER voted to increase any taxes. He believes we should be able to keep every penny we earn. He wants to do away with the income tax, which is unconstitutional. He is called ‘Dr. No’ because of all the times he’s voted no on unconstitutional bills.

Ron Paul the only candidate with a plan to substantialy reduce our spending and debt. He has a consistent record of voting to lower or abolish federal taxes, spending, and regulation, and used his House seat to actively promote sending government back to it’s limiting Constitutional levels.

Ron Paul is the only one who truly wants to get rid of abortion. Being an OBGYN doctor, he has delievered over 4000 babies, and never once murdered a baby. He has submitted bill after bill, in attempts to restrict and outlaw it. He’s fought to repeal Roe Vs. Wade. You can’t be for liberty without being for life. To quote Ron Paul on the issue, “Those who seek a pro-life culture must accept that we will never persuade all 300 million Americans to agree with us. A pro-life culture can be built only from the ground up, person by person. For too long we have viewed the battle as purely political, but no political victory can change a degraded society. No Supreme Court ruling by itself can instill greater respect for life. And no Supreme Court justice can save our freedoms if we don’t fight for them ourselves.”

Ron Paul is the only candidate who talks about the true role of government, and it’s limits under the Constitution. His principles are largely founded on the 10th amendment; limiting the Federal government to it’s strict confines, and leaving the states free to do as they choose. Many people are unfamiliar with the principle, due to lies spread by the media, polititians, etc. Because of that, they misunderstand and fear Ron Paul’s ‘stance’ on things such as drugs, homosexuality, prostitution, abortion, schooling etc. However, Ron Paul actually wants to allow the STATES to excercise their Constitutional right choose for THEMSELVES what their laws will be–NOT letting the Federal government do such!

Ron Paul the only one that can really beat Obama. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum all have pasts with well known flaws. They’re flip floppers and in the race for power. Obama would have plenty to attack them on, and destroy them. Ron Paul has a clean, consistent record, with no ‘skeletons in the closet’. Ron Paul can appeal to the left on numerous issues, such as anti-war, anti-drug war, ending the Fed, civil liberties, ending corporate welfare and opting out of Socialism Security. He won’t try to dominate Congress or the states. He’s the only GOP candidate who is strong where Obama is strong. He polls best among young people, Democrats, blacks, independents and voters in the Northeast where Obama won every single state. “

If not Ron Paul, what other option do we have? More progressives, power hungry men who will further enslave our nation? More war, more debt, more laws, less liberty. We have to put someone we can trust up there. Ron Paul can’t work miracles and suddenly fix everything, but he is dedicated and determined, and will do whatever he possibly can towards liberty.

So many of those who don’t like Ron Paul simply misunderstand him. They don’t know what he really believes and wants. They listen to the mainstream media and either don’t hear at all about him, or hear negative twisted things about him. One reason his most enthusiastic supporters are the youth is because they are on the internet so much. These youth are worried about the future of our generation, and they do research online to find the truth. They don’t just listen to the regular biased media and make descisions based on what they are told. So if you don’t like Ron Paul, please, research him on youtube, google, etc and give him a chance! You might be glad you did!

For liberty,

Madelyn Stanley

*Script originally written and given as a speech for a local Tea Party gathering

 

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THSM Words of Wisdom ~ Joy In the Lord

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | September 3, 2011

Words of Wisdom ~ Joy In the Lord


Have you ever asked yourself “Does God really care whether or not I’m joyful?”. If you have, you’re not alone! In fact, most people have probably asked it at one point or another when life gets rough. So what is the answer?

First of all, what does joyful mean? Is it the same as happy? Some may use the terms synonymously, but I believe joy is much deeper, related with spiritual/eternal things. Joy is an attitude, not emotion. Happiness would be the temporal, excited emotion of something good happening, i.e. receiving a gift, or a fun get-together. Once the “thing” leaves, so do the associated emotions.

On the other hand, with joy being an attitude, we can choose our reaction to circumstances. For example, someone gets a great job. They are so happy! But then they lose that job. Are they still happy? Hard times and tragedy in life are inevitable. But there is always the choice to decide to be joyful anyway, trusting that God will work things out for the best. Actually, Christian history has proved that the greatest joys can result from the most painful experiences.

Joyfulness is of the Lord, not of ourselves. We should always choose to be joyful, but only through the Holy Spirit can we do this.Those who do not know Christ cannot experience true joy. Those who do know Christ and His joy refuse to exchange it for anything. To add, faked joy isn’t real joy at all. We can pretend we’re joyful, pretend we’re trusting for the best, but deep inside we know it’s just hypocrisy. No, true joy is pure, effortless joy!

So why is it so important that we rejoice? The answer is simple; our rejoicing brings glory to Christ! And isn’t that our main purpose as Christians? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” When we are sad, discouraged, complaining etc, that doesn’t bring glory to God. It says “look at me, God isn’t taking care of me like He should”. We want to honor Christ, not dishonor Him.

Do I claim to “rejoice evermore”? Nay, far from it. I’m still but a mere baby in Christ, I’m only beginning to learn. There are plenty of times I feel like it’s not even possible to rejoice during such a trying time. But I know His Word is true, and by His grace I will continue to grow in this God-given joy!

As always, please don’t just take my word for these ideas…or dismiss my words as impossible. Look at the Scriptures to find out for yourself! Below I’ve listed merely a few of the numerous verses found on the subject, from the Old and New Testament. I pray you will be encouraged and blessed by them!

Old Testament:
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Nehemiah 8:10
…for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for thejoy of the LORD is your strength.
Job 41:22
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…
Psalms:

5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
30:5 …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

New Testament:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

John

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

Romans

14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter

1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

~~~~~Soli Deo Gloria! ~~~~~

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THSM Liberty, the Pillar of America’s Greatness

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | September 18, 2011

~Liberty, the Pillar of America’s Greatness ~ My first speech ever!

*speech given at a local Tea Party rally on Constitution Day, September 17th*

Hello Everyone!

I’d like to start by thanking our Tea Party leaders for giving me the opportunity to speak today in honor of America, the greatest nation on earth.

Liberty is what makes America so great. It is what our forefathers fought to achieve and pass on to future generations. Today those hard-earned freedoms are in grave danger. The future of America’s greatness depends on us uniting together and returning to the founding principles on which all our liberties stand. Our government would have us to believe that some liberties are unimportant when it comes to national security and modern convenience. Yet it is these so called “small liberties” which set us apart from all other nations!

In order to protect American liberty, it helps to first understand the foundation for it. This foundation lies in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, both of which are largely influenced by the main source of liberty, the Bible. To start with the Bible, Galatians 5:1 tells us to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ” We are promised in 2 Corinthians that “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Seeing therefore that true liberty comes from Christ, how can it survive without Him? America was made great because we had freedom to worship the God of the Bible. We had freedom to serve Him, preach His word, and to speak of Him in public WITH OUT FEAR. Because we honored God, He blessed us abundantly.

Now, however, we’ve allowed the government to take Christ out of our society. We are not allowed to speak of Him in public schools, politics, etc. Biblical standards of morality and virtue are rapidly disappearing, being replaced by crime, immorality and corruption. God hates evil. Until we as a nation return again to Christ, He cannot freely bless us.

Another foundation for our liberty is The Declaration of Independence. It states that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights, given to us by God. It tells us that when the government body continually abuses and usurps it’s authority (the Constitution), it is our right and DUTY to overthrow that government, providing new leaders who will be more faithful to our future liberties. We must exercise that duty when necessary, or else the tyranny we and our future generations face will destroy America.

In order to secure American liberty, our founding fathers formed one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, political documents in history, our Constitution . What makes it unique is the idea that personal liberty is given directly from God, NOT the government. Perhaps this is best explained by Jefferson when he said “When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.” According to the Preamble, the Constitution was made to ensure that government would: “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

So why does our Constitution not seem to be working now? The answer is simple: Our current government no longer respects the Constitution. It is ignored, trampled on, and called inadequate by those who desire dictatorial, criminal powers. Seldom do our elected officials consider whether a bill they are trying to pass is Constitutional or not. Jefferson prophesied this downfall when he warned “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” In order to regain liberty we must study the Constitution ourselves, and re-chain our elected officials by holding them accountable to it.

Two great weapons we have in defending liberty are truth and knowledge. In the gospel of John, Jesus promises us “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The Bible also warns in Hosea that nations are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Knowledge is power and truth can set one at liberty. Doesn’t it make sense then that the more knowledgeable we are and the more we walk in truth, the stronger we are in our fight for liberty? In a world of lies, truth can be hard to discern, but the more diligent we are, the better we will be able to recognize truth and use it to our advantage.

To conclude, in Psalms the Lord presents a challenge for us by asking “Who will rise up for me against the evil doers and Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”

If only we would unite together and answer with Patrick Henry, when he so bravely proclaimed the following combined quotes: “”It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so clearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and to provide for it.””… So why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Thank you for listening, and may God bless our efforts in uniting for liberty!

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THSM Trip to Mt. Nebo

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Posted by: Madelyn (Starlie) | August 22, 2011

Trip to Mt. Nebo ~ Pictures!

“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.” ~ Psalm 36:6

Last month my family and I took a little trip and visited Mt. Nebo. Mt. Nebo is a beautiful mountain in Arkansas, rising 1,850 feet high! The view from the main lookout was breathtaking…an amazing example of God’s magnificent creation!

Though no camera could capture the complete beauty, we (Mom, Christopher (age 16), and I) tried anyway. Below are some of the results!🙂 You can click on each one to see it clearer. And if you’d like to see more pictures of the outing, go here:Trip to Mt. Nebo

Soli Deo Gloria!

“Up in the horizon” all of us except the youngest

“I’m sitting on top of the world” ~ My four younger sisters

 

“1…2…3…” ~ Want to guess?😀

“Testing. Mom’s. Nerves…” ~ Yes, the backdrop is real!🙂

“Now What?!” ~ Note: he survived!
“For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies”
~ panoramic shot

“Oh say, Can you see…”

“From the mountain, to the prairie…”
“O’re the land of the free,
and the home of the brave”
“Sisters!” ~ The five of us at a town park

“Sisters…In Christ!” ~ Me and a dear friend on top of Nimrod Dam

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THSM Words of Wisdom

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(6) Words of Wisdom

Here I will be archiving my “Words Of Wisdom” posts, so check back every now and then to see new posts!

In Christ,

Madelyn (Starlie)

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Have you ever asked yourself “Does God really care whether or not I’m joyful?”. If you have, you’re not alone! In fact, most people have probably asked it at one point or another when life gets rough. So what is the answer?

First of all, what does joyful mean? Is it the same as happy? Some may use the terms synonymously, but I believe joy is much deeper, related with spiritual/eternal things. Joy is an attitude, not emotion. Happiness would be the temporal, excited emotion of something good happening, i.e. receiving a gift, or a fun get-together. Once the “thing” leaves, so do the associated emotions.

On the other hand, with joy being an attitude, we can choose our reaction to circumstances. For example, someone gets a great job. They are so happy! But then they lose that job. Are they still happy? Hard times and tragedy in life are inevitable. But there is always the choice to decide to be joyful anyway, trusting that God will work things out for the best. Actually, Christian history has proved that the greatest joys can result from the most painful experiences.

Joyfulness is of the Lord, not of ourselves. We should always choose to be joyful, but only through the Holy Spirit can we do this.Those who do not know Christ cannot experience true joy. Those who do know Christ and His joy refuse to exchange it for anything. To add, faked joy isn’t real joy at all. We can pretend we’re joyful, pretend we’re trusting for the best, but deep inside we know it’s just hypocrisy. No, true joy is pure, effortless joy!

So why is it so important that we rejoice? The answer is simple; our rejoicing brings glory to Christ! And isn’t that our main purpose as Christians? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” When we are sad, discouraged, complaining etc, that doesn’t bring glory to God. It says “look at me, God isn’t taking care of me like He should”. We want to honor Christ, not dishonor Him.

Do I claim to “rejoice evermore”? Nay, far from it. I’m still but a mere baby in Christ, I’m only beginning to learn. There are plenty of times I feel like it’s not even possible to rejoice during such a trying time. But I know His Word is true, and by His grace I will continue to grow in this God-given joy!

As always, please don’t just take my word for these ideas…or dismiss my words as impossible. Look at the Scriptures to find out for yourself! Below I’ve listed merely a few of the numerous verses found on the subject, from the Old and New Testament. I pray you will be encouraged and blessed by them!

Old Testament:
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Nehemiah 8:10
…for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for thejoy of the LORD is your strength.
Job 41:22
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…
Psalms:

5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
30:5 …weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

New Testament:
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

John

15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

Romans

14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter

1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

~~~~~Soli Deo Gloria! ~~~~~

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1 John 4:16-18 “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Hebrews 13:6 “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Psalm 37 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…….”

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Psalm 56:2-3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

~Jesus will keep you from fear, fear will keep you from Jesus.~
~Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, no one was there.~

For sermon by Dad on this topic, click here: How To Overcome Fear

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For today’s issue of “Words of Wisdom” (I’ve decided to use the title “Words of Wisdom” instead of “Words of the Wise” which I used previously:) I would like to share the following Scriptures which lay out the Biblical standards for ladies/women. As daughters of the King of Kings, we should embrace these standards, practice them, and mold them to our lives so that we may better glorify our Heavenly Father.
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

1 Timothy 5:14 “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion for the adversary to speak reproachfully.”

Titus 2:3-5 “The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient, to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

Proverbs 12:4“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.”

Proverb’s 31:10-12 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

Proverb’s 31:26-31 “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

Proverbs 31:13-25 “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

Ephesians 5:22-24“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”

Ephesians 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

1 Peter 3:1“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;”

For more blogs I’ve written on this topic, visit these links:

“Honoring Motherhood”
“Dear Mothers”
“Biblical Fatherhood

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Have you ever seen these statements? Who hasn’t? “Get rich quick” schemes such as gambling or lottery where you “pay a little to *hopefully* get a lot” are everywhere we look, trying to catch our attention. Being made in the image of God, we naturally desire to be like him. To be unlimited, free and in control. And as money seems to be the key to this, it can be easy to fall in the trap of lusting after “millions”. But do these schemes work? What does the Bible say about them? And are there other ways to obtain what we really need? Take a look at the answers given by our Lord!

Proverbs 23:5 “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”

Proverbs 28:22 “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.”Proverbs 13:11 ” Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity”Proverbs 10:22 “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Luke 12:21 “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Hebrews 13:5-6 ” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

1 Timothy 6:9-10 “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

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Words of The Wise to Ponder….

James 1:22-25 ” But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”

James 17-26 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

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ALL of mankind suffer, including true believers. Yes, even Christ suffered, perfect though he absolutely was. We are to look to Christ for strength and comfort. During times of suffering the followers of Jesus have a promise of everlasting glory to look forward to. Suffering should bring us closer to the Lord, building our faith in him. It enables us to help others in their trials, as we have been through similar testings. Read through these verses to see the promises and truth for yourself!

2 Timothy 3:12 “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

James 1:3 “ Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

2 Corinthians 1:5-7“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”

Colossians 1:11&24 “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church”

1 Timothy 1:16 “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

1 Peter 1:11“Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.”

1 Peter 2:19-21 “ For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

1 Peter 4:13 “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

Philippians 3:8“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ”

Romans 8:18“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Psalm 30:5“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

Revelation 21:4&7 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

“I cannot work my soul to save
For that my Lord has done
But I can work like any slave
For love of God’s Dear Son.”
~Unknown~

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Words of the wise to ponder….

Ecclesiastes 7:12&19“For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it. Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten rulers of the city.”

Ecclesiastes 9: 16-19 “Then I said: “wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Words of the wise, spoken quietly, should be heard rather than the shout of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good.”

(NKJ)

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