Friday, May 29, 2015

Dazzle Me

If you are looking for the posts about
God's Amazing Blessing
Announcement—I'm moving!
here's the link to the first Part: 
Then follow the arrows at the bottom of each post to the next Part.

There are 10 parts in all. 

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This post is the continuation of my Study of Colossians. 
See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy andintellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah). Colossians 2:8 (AMP)
Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. (Col 2:8 MSG). 
Again Paul warns the believers to not be caught up with what men are saying (see, Col 2:4). I like how the Message translated it: "dazzle you with big words." This is ever so present in our World today. Men are saying that the "Bible needs to be re-written because times have changed." Men changing the text of the Bible or ignoring parts of the Bible, because it doesn't fit their ideas. 

On the surface ideas may sound good. But remember, it's not about what SOUNDS GOOD, it's about GOD'S TRUTH. And no matter how much "times change" or how much we "like what we hear"—the fact remains that God does not change and He is the standard by which Truth is determined—for HE is TRUTH. 

It's easy to justify sin and actions by ignoring the Truth and "re-writing" the Truth so that it fits a specific agenda. However, disregarding the Truth does not change the fact the Truth remains! There are consequences for ignoring the Truth. There are consequences for sin. 

How do I know what is Truth and what just "sounds good"? Study God's Word—all of it, not just a verse you find that you can "make fit" your idea. Compare Scripture with Scripture. Learn. Ask God to teach you and show you His Truth as you study HIS WORD. 

If I want to guard against believing those who dazzle me with good sounding words, I must be permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31; MSG). 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Deep Roots

If you are looking for the posts about
God's Amazing Blessing
Announcement—I'm moving!

here's the link to the first Part: 

Then follow the arrows at the bottom of each post to the next Part.
There are 10 parts in all. 

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This post is the continuation of my Study of Colossians. 

Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7 (AMP)

This is a continuation of verse 6. Walking in unity with Christ, will result in roots deeply planted—a solid foundation. That solid foundation is vital for when the winds of sin blow, and Satan tries to destroy the unity with Christ—one can remain unwavering.
Firmly and deeply planted—that means one must continue to intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God (Colossians 2:3).

It's vital that Christians develop deep roots—before the storms begin. Think for a moment of the images you see of people preparing for Hurricanes. Before the storm arrives, it's easier to secure the plywood to the windows. But once those winds begin to blow, it's almost impossible to hold onto, let along secure the plywood to protect one's property. 
In order to withstand Satan's attacks, the foundation must be secure. Therefore, Paul continues to explain how to make sure that foundation and root system runs deep. 
Becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith—just as you were taught. (Colossians 2:6)
What are some ways to become increasingly established? First, read and study God's Word. Secondly, find good Bible teachers from whom you can learn. Thirdly, find good friends from whom you can share what you are learning and can discuss the truth of God's Word. And lastly, read and study God's Word. (Yes, this one needs repeating!)

But Paul as more to say about this root system. "Abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving." Thanksgiving.

The way to have the benefit and comfort of God’s grace is to be much in giving thanks for it. We must join thanksgiving to all our improvements, and be sensible of the mercy of all our privileges and attainments. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete)
Sometimes growing is painful. There are things which I enjoy! However, if those things are not in agreement with God and His Word, then I must change. Growing in Christ means that I must be willing to learn and change. I must be willing to say "NO" to Rhonda and my wishes, desires, anything that is not in alignment with Christ and His Word. Remember God is the constant, holy, steadfast standard. If my desires are not in alignment with His standards, then I must change—period. 
And being thankful for learning and growing and developing that intimate knowledge of God Almighty! 

To be deeply rooted and established in faith, I must have a heart that is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31; MSG). 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Announcement Part 10—I'm moving!

Announcement Part 10—I'm moving!


Announcement Part 5— I'm moving! Announcement Part 6— I'm moving!



The Inspection report was reviewed. A few things needed to be addressed in the near future (exterior painting, etc) but overall the house was fine. 

Stop. Pause. What? Does that mean that I'm a homeowner? I have responsibility? YES!!! Closing is scheduled for June 16! 


Remember how I said that
God is a God of details? 

Here's my list from Part 4: 

  • 3 Bedrooms — a need. A bedroom for me, and one for my parents and the 3rd would be a study for my Dad. 
  • Walk in shower — a need. As my parents age, it is safer for them. And in the years to come, it will be easier for me too, with my back and leg injury. 
  • Location — a need. Within my driving distance to Church, Drs, and grocery stores. 
  • No or very small step at the entrances — need
  • Pool — a need, no make that a want. The pool is great therapy for my back/leg. But there are other resources for a pool, such as the local YMCAs.
God provided a home with the following:
  • 2 Bedrooms and a study
  • A walk-in shower
  • Location—perfect! Very close to Church and still close enough to my doctors.
  • Very small step at the entrances.
  • And those wants: wood floors and a lanai, not to mention the fireplace! 

BUT.......

God also provided something else. 


This is a picture of what will be my home, after June 16th. 

See that fence to the left of my home? 

Behind that fence is the HOA ..........pool! 

Yes, that is correct! God not only gave me a wonderful home beyond ANYTHING I could have ever imagined.... He in His graciousness gave me a pool too. And not just a pool, a pool LITERALLY right next door! 

God didn't miss a single detail!
He is so awesome! 

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!



I will post pictures of the inside of MY HOME, after June 16th.
Please pray with me as I prepare to move and take care of the arrangements that go into owning a home. 
Excited.
By the end of June,
this Princess will be living
in her very own Castle
given to her by the King of kings
located on Kings Crossing! 

Announcement Part 9—I'm moving!

Announcement Part 9—I'm moving!


Announcement Part 5— I'm moving! Announcement Part 6— I'm moving!



After leaving the "new King" home, a bid price was decided. A call to the realtor with the offer. Then the waiting began. 

There are multiple offers, want to raise your bid? Yes, this is my highest offer. And more waiting. 
Then word came that a meeting was going to take place to review the bids. More waiting. 

In my mind, I kept going over the details. Compared to the other houses I THOUGHT were perfect.... this one was BEYOND perfection! 

But I knew that although I saw PERFECTION, God knows the details of the house, the details of my future, and He knows if this house is  "The One." I had to simply wait upon Him. 

Then word came..... you are the high bidder... BUT. 
My heart sank. Another "BUT"! However, I listened to the words AFTER the BUT. There was a request of the homeowner, would I allow it? 
Yes, it would be allowed—with a condition. Would the homeowner accept the condition? 

More waiting. 
No, the homeowner would NOT accept the condition, rather she is dropping her request. Therefore, you are high bidder—Period! 

My heart was about to burst! BUT... there was still the inspection. So more waiting and more talking with God about this house. 

The Inspection day arrived. As the inspector was checking things out, he shared some knowledge with me about various things to look for and how to save money on future repairs, etc. Very helpful and great to learn new things. But what I REALLY wanted to know was there anything "wrong" that would prevent the sale of the home?

More waiting.... then the report arrived. And not just a "It's fine or No, it's not fine" report — there was 44 pages of report! That takes a while to read and decipher..... so more waiting. 

Announcement Part 8—I'm moving!

Announcement Part 8—I'm moving!


Announcement Part 5— I'm moving! Announcement Part 6— I'm moving!



I arrived at this new "King" street home ahead of my scheduled appointment time, but the Realtor was there too, so we went into the house.

The first thing I saw was the beautiful wood floors. And not dark wood like the Kingfish house. This was light wood, which I like much better.  
Then I saw it. A beautiful fireplace. Brick and wood all the way up to the vaulted ceiling. Beautiful. 
I looked at the kitchen. A nice breakfast bar, which would provide a nice place for me to stand for my meals while enjoying the company of those in the dinning area. 
Looked out the sliding doors off the kitchen and saw a large beautiful lanai facing a wooded area. 
Walked down the hallway, bath-check. Bedroom-check. 
Walked over to the Master bedroom. Nice and the bathroom had a walk-in shower-check. 

Ok. Stop for a second.......
Bedrooms— 2
Walk-in Shower —yes
Small entrance step —yes
Close to church, Drs, grocery stores — yes
Wood floors (a wish) — yes (and light wood floors!)
Lanai (a wish) — yes
A fireplace (a wish; that I never dreamed possible in FL) — yes

Oh, but remember God is a God of details... NOTHING escapes Him. 
There is also a study in this house! Yes, 2 bedrooms and a study! 

As I'm standing in the middle of this home... my Dream is interrupted.... another realtor has arrived with more people to look at this home. (Remember, how I arrived early? God knew that I'd need more time to look around! His timing is always perfect.) 

I left the home... thinking that this was THE PERFECT HOUSE... but I knew from the lessons learned on the other two "King" homes, that I had to wait upon God for what He would do.
Rhonda saw PERFECT—BUT what did God think?