Posted by: the warrioress | May 21, 2015

My Guiding Light

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God is a wonderful Friend, Compadre,’ Father, Comforter, and centering Presence in my life. When my life becomes chaotic, I can always turn to Him to straighten things out and bring peace to disorder and order to chaos. God is not the author of confusion, ever.

I have been given the precious gift of God’s Holy Spirit, whom I can count upon to bring me an inner knowledge of the next right thing to do in my life, every single time. Even if I steer my ship the wrong way, I know beyond any doubt that the Holy Bible, God’s innerant word, promises me that God will turn all things, even the mistakes, for my good. God promises this!

I can step out in faith and real assurance that God has my back. I sincerely believe this, though sometimes I still have an inner anxiety that I have to fight, no matter how much I trust God. I think this is part and parcel of the human experience, of living on a planet that is “fallen.” My fleshly nature does not take well to trusting God; sometimes there is anxiety to contend with, but I am learning confidence in being given peace of mind when I claim it as my right as a child of God.

I look forward to a place with God eventually where there are no more fleshy battles of angst, worry, fear, and sin to contend with. Complete and blessed peace with Him is going to be quite something.

Posted by: the warrioress | May 12, 2015

goodbye

| Night Ranger|

As the sun hides his head

For another night’s rest

And the wind sings

His same old song

And you on the edge

Never close, never far

Always there when I needed a friend

But it’s hard living life

On this memory-go-round

Always up, always down

Spinning ’round and ’round and ’round

All this could be

Just a dream so it seems

I was never much good at goodbye

There once was a time

Never far from my mind

On the beach, on the 4th of July

I remember the sand

How you held out your hand

And we touched for what seemed a lifetime

But it’s hard

Leaving all this behind me now

Like a schoolboy so lost

Never found until now

And all this could be

Just a dream so it seems

I was never much good at goodbye

Yet it’s hard

Living life on this memory-go-round

Always up, always down

Turning ’round and ’round and ’round

And all this could be

Just a dream so it seems

I was never much good at goodbye

And all this could be

Just a dream so it seems

I was never much good at goodbye

Goodbye

Posted by: the warrioress | May 1, 2015

Like a Child

 

I’ve been in the middle of a business-related “learning experience” that I haven’t had to endure quite to this degree ever in the past. It’s been a kind of draining, energy-sapping thing and there’s not been a lot of time or stamina within me to put forth a lot of analysis about it, spiritually speaking; I’ve just been pretty much intent on simply surviving it. Now however, as it continues to drag on and on, and it seems completely out of my control to do much of anything to impact it, I’m attempting to pause and try to see it through the eyes of Jesus. This isn’t often fun, to be honest; in fact, it’s downright humbling and causes me to be still, to seek God.

A man does a fine thing when he endures pain, with a clear conscience towards God, though he knows he is suffering unjustly. After all, it is no credit to you if you are patient in bearing a punishment which you have richly deserved! But if you do your duty and are punished for it and can still accept it patiently, you are doing something worthwhile in God’s sight. Yes, this is your calling. For Christ suffered for you and left you a personal example, so that you might follow in his footsteps. He was guilty of no sin… Yet when he was insulted he offered no insult in return. When he suffered he made no threats of revenge. He simply committed his cause to the One who judges fairly. –1 Pet 2:19-23

“Oh dear…why doesn’t this ever get easier, Lord?”

Yes, that’s just me.

I’m banging my head over here against the nearest wall, or maybe just leaning against it, hoping to hang on to what’s left of my sense of humor (at the very least).

I don’t do well with offering no insult in return! I’m not good at making no threat of revenge! Especially when it hits me right where I live, in ye old pocketbook or threatens my pride.

This means tremendous joy to you, even though at present you may be temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials. This is no accident–it happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold, and gold, as you know, even though it is ultimately perishable, must be purified by fire.  –1 Peter 1:6-7

When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.–James 1:2-4

Endurance, eh?

So God wants me to be patient and offer no insult in return. Don’t throw mud for mud, repay evil for evil, or fret and worry about what’s to come next.

In other words, I’m to accept this terribly degrading matter and welcome it as a friend; it’s purifying me for Christ, and making me more like Jesus.

So okay.

Where am I lacking now, oh God? Show me the way to please You through this difficulty.

Ahh, that’s it, there’s the key!

 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. –Romans 12:12

Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the LORD, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.”–1 Samuel 26:2

 

And the primary thing never to forget:http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.gXtckcG12x8BlCExD2OaOQ&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

Become as a child. Pure of heart, full of joy, and trust.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.… — Matthew 18: 1-3

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful sources for this posting:

http://www.acts17-11.com/tests.html

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-trials-20-scriptures-on-tribulations/#ixzz3Yrj5u7id

Posted by: the warrioress | April 10, 2015

The Heart of Worship

“The Heart Of Worship”

When the music fades
and all is stripped away
and I simply come.
Longing just to bring
something that’s of worth
that will bless Your heart.

I’ll bring You more than a song,
for a song in itself
is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within,
through the way things appear,
You’re looking into my heart.

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.

King of endless worth,
no one could express
how much you deserve.
Though I’m weak and poor,
all I have is Yours,
every single breath!

I’ll bring You more than a song,
for a song in itself
is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within,
through the way things appear,
You’re looking into my heart.

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.

Matt Redman – The Heart of Worship: https://youtu.be/P-Zp586pvZg

Posted by: the warrioress | April 5, 2015

The Third Day

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“After Jesus was crucified, Joseph of Arimathea had Christ’s body placed in his own tomb. A large stone covered the entrance and soldiers guarded the sealed tomb. On the third day, a Sunday, several women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna and Salome are all mentioned in the gospel accounts) went to the tomb at dawn to anoint the body of Jesus.

A violent earthquake took place as an angel from heaven rolled back the stone. The guards shook in fear as the angel, dressed in bright white, sat upon the stone. The angel announced to the women that Jesus who was crucified was no longer in the tomb, “He is risen, just as he said.” Then he instructed the women to inspect the tomb and see for themselves. Next he told them to go inform the disciples. With a mixture of fear and joy they ran to obey the angel’s command, but suddenly Jesus met them on their way. They fell at his feet and worshiped him. Jesus then said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see me.”

When the guards reported what had happened to the chief priests, they bribed the soldiers with a large sum of money, telling them to lie and say that the disciples had stolen the body in the night. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the women near the tomb and later at least twice to the disciples while they were gathered at a house in prayer. He visited two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus and he also appeared at the Sea of Galilee while several of the disciples were fishing.

Points of Interest from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Story:

• There are at least 12 different appearances of Christ in the resurrection accounts, beginning with Mary and ending with Paul. They were physical, tangible experiences with Christ eating, speaking and allowing himself to be touched.

• Jesus’ resurrected body was different from his physical body. It was no longer subject to the same laws of nature. He could transcend locked doors, and yet he could still be touched and he could eat.

• Before Jesus ascended into heaven he gave the Great Commission, telling his followers to go and make disciples of all nations.

• The stone was not rolled away from the tomb so Jesus could get out. He was able to walk through walls (John 20:19) in his resurrected body. The stone was rolled away so that everyone could see that he was risen.”

Sources & further informative reading:

Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Bible Story Summary
What the Bible Tells Us About the Resurrection
By Mary Fairchild, Christianity Expert
Scripture References: Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25.
Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Story Summary:

http://abt.cm/1c38g9

http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/theresurrection.html

http://christianity.about.com/od/easter/a/7-Proofs-Of-The-Resurrection.htm

 

Posted by: the warrioress | April 3, 2015

Good Friday

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Our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified for the sins of the world, according to the Holy Bible, specifically the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. There are also countless other passages within the New Testament and even the Old Testament, that collaborate the events that took place on the day of Christ’s crucifixion.

We celebrate Jesus’ death on the cross with gratitude and sorrow at the same time; it’s a catch-22. While we mourn what occurred and why, we are thankful that Jesus, as the son of God, took upon Himself our sin, our trespasses, our inability to measure up to a holy god. Jesus made it possible for us to cross the sin barrier and stand up with Him in front of His father and now ours…

We are adopted children now, (if we so choose to believe and thus agree), of our Father in Heaven. We give thanks on Good Friday for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that paid the price so that we can call God, “Abba,” or “our Father,” as Jesus does.

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To the thief on the cross nearby, Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And after he said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

What, in detail, did Jesus do for us on this day, “Good Friday?”

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2Corinthians 5:2

“In His sinless and perfect human body—prepared especially as a perfect blood sacrifice for the sins of the world—Jesus suffered terribly in body, soul, and spirit during the long night of His trial. That suffering began with the agony in the garden of Gethsemane and in all the humiliating events of His trial and cruel torture prior to His morning journey to Golgotha. The worst was yet to come. Death by crucifixion is an especially painful and terrible death. It was common in Roman times for crucified men in good health to hang dying on a cross sometimes for days, yet Scripture records that Jesus died within six hours’ clock time. Even if He only suffered normal human pain in this ordeal it would have been incredibly severe.

All this pain, however, was but the prelude to His real suffering, which involved being cut off from the Father’s love and presence and consigned to carry our sins out of the universe, to hell as it were, like the scapegoat sacrifice of Israel of which he, Christ, is the antitype.” (see this source)

This intense, incredible sacrifice of Christ Jesus’ is our hope, our faith, our strong belief, culminating in the celebration of Easter Sunday and the Resurrection, in which Jesus rises from the dead, or “the empty tomb.”

Personally, I am so very thankful that God allowed Jesus to stand in the place He did for my sins. From birth there was the inability to measure up to the holiness of God, as I was born into an unholy world and thus became a part of it. I acknowledge the intense suffering Jesus endured for me, and I am grateful for it. I believe. I accept His sacrifice. I want to be holy in the eyes of God. Thank you, Jesus.


Further interesting reading:

http://ldolphin.org/sixhours.html

https://bible.org/article/where-was-jesus-spirit-when-his-body-was-tomb

http://www.gotquestions.org/where-was-Jesus.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html

Posted by: the warrioress | March 29, 2015

The Teachings of Jesus Christ

 

 

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Posted by: the warrioress | March 21, 2015

NOT Walking Away (the sequel)

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It’s been a long time since I wrote the posting, “Walking Away.” In the interim between that posting and this, a faithful prayer warrior sister of mine has often prayed for me; I’m sure many others have been in prayer as well over the years, and for this I am so grateful.

I’m not sure of why, because I know I am not a perfect Christian by any means, but it seems that God has allowed circumstances to occur in such a way that something wonderful has happened. Someone that God placed into my brother’s path took an interest in him, and contacted me when he really needed his family’s help back in late December of last year.

The timing was perfect; God’s timing not my own, of course. I needed my brother’s help badly and I didn’t even realize it. Our best friend, Uncle Don, had just died before that in June. My teen daughter and I were on our own and struggling a bit with so many things, primarily emotional. We were lonely, tired, and just kind of beaten down, really. We didn’t say it, but we were feeling less than hopeful.

My brother arrived because he needed a drama-free, quiet place to stay and recuperate from his own troubles; I needed my tiny trailer worked on. A tenant I had rented to for six years had pretty much demolished the trailer. My brother began to work his handyman magic and with the two of us brainstorming, the trailer has turned out absolutely cozy and attractive, not to mention, “unique!”

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Who would have thought that the daily work on this tiny trailer would bring us back together as it has? My daughter doted on her blood uncle, my brother, and is so relieved to have him back in our lives. She looks at him like she can’t believe he’s really here with us.

Sincerely, it could not have happened at a better time. We’ve now completed work on the trailer and are starting on repairing the barn; we are also putting a garden together. I am chauffeuring my brother back and forth to work in exchange for all of this help and he is renting a cabin unit from me on the property, to stay in for the time being.

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Our separate lives are coming together as a real “family.” It hasn’t been like this since we were young together as lost and scattered children. It’s hard to believe this and scary on some level. I haven’t had this much hope in a long time that things could be really happy, family wise, in our lives. God is blessing me/us/our home and property! My brother’s trials have brought him back to us and he seems to be enjoying being with us too!

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There are other events occurring outside, but all around us. These events are very exciting. My child has inherited unexpected property, way out in the country, a few hours from us. We’re going to have a look at the old house (picture above this paragraph) on that property and the acreage located there, soon. There’s a huge metal building on the acreage, with lots of wood inside, and the old house looks like a fixer upper from the pictures.

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Though my teen-aged daughter is still terribly challenged by her Bipolar Mood Disorder and a never-ending stream of psychiatric drugs to control it, we are all feeling grateful, and again, just so hopeful! I’m peeping around the corner of the future and experiencing inner excitement and a stirring up of wonder.

What will be next? With God at the helm there is just no way of knowing! I never would have expected all of this to happen, but who can know the mind of God?

Posted by: the warrioress | March 20, 2015

Insanity

 

How is it possible that there are people politically involved in running for high office, who think like this? These kinds of beliefs and thoughts are archaic and out of touch with reality. “Righteous people are blessed with good health? The immoral are not?” This is black and white thinking to the extreme that is completely inaccurate.

It is disconcerting to me that a man who really believes and publicly spouts these kinds of things has any credibility whatsoever! His religious opinions are based upon obvious erroneous interpretation of the Holy Bible. How can anyone who is of sound mind consider that he could make decisions for others when he thinks in such radical, controversial fashion?

It’s honestly quite scary that delusional individuals like this could actually be taken seriously and legitimately placed in a position to credibly run for president of the United States of America; it’s a frightening thought….

Posted by: the warrioress | February 25, 2015

The Tweet Of God

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 I thought this was amusing initially, but once I stopped laughing I began to really think about it;

people may disagree but I have no doubt that this is true ….

Let that sink in for just a minute.

What about your choices, behavior, and the way you treat others, online and off?

Seriously, what do you think God thinks about it?

Are you mean, self righteous, arrogant, proud, or haughty? Do you think you know it all?

Judgmental much? Feel like God’s gift to Christian brethren, mankind, and the unsaved?

Seriously, what do you think God thinks about how you love your neighbors, etc.?

Maybe it’s easier not to reflect on it, or maybe when you do,

you vow to try harder to be better, but like a New Years resolution,

change doesn’t come to fruition.

I care a lot about what God thinks about me.

Do you?

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