Ephesians 6:10-20 (ESV)
“The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Nothing shines in the dark. It is light which reveals the beauty and splendor of things. However, how exactly does light work, and where does it come from?
In physical science we learn that light comes from the sun by fusion or nuclear reaction. This is when hydrogen atoms from the core of the sun produces an exorbitant amount of heat that travels through the core to the surface of the sun. As it continues into space it creates sunlight.
Happy New Year? Not Without Happy Thoughts!
2017 is behind us now, and a new year is here. So, what are we going to do with the new year?
The answer to that question depends upon what kind of thoughts you will entertain. After all, the year itself does not care how you feel or what you do or don’t do. It’s just days on a calendar, and with or without your permission, time will continue. With each new year, we get another opportunity to repeat the offenses of the previous year or work to be transformed and renewed.
Faith, Hope, and Love
The Wonders of the World
The seven man-made Wonders of the World are:
In the book of Samuel, which can be found in the Old Testament, the story of David and Goliath unfolds. It is about a Philistine man called Goliath who, according to Samuel 17:4 in the King James Version, was “six cubits and one span,” which is nine feet and four inches. Though there are discrepancies as to how tall he really was, with some claiming he was shorter than that, the point of the story is how one who possesses mental strength can overcome one who seems to be dominant in physical strength.
Own it or dump it?
Recently, a friend of mine was explaining to me that someone he knew whom had erred needed to own his mistake. After he said it, he commented that he couldn’t believe he had just made that comment.
I giggled and said that it sounded like social media talking.
I then thought about that idea and wondered, if I have to own every mistake I made, then I most certainly have collected much junk!
Keeping Civil In Civilization.
Merriam Webster defines civil as” polite but not friendly: only as polite as a person needs to be in order to not be rude.” And according to the etymology dictionary the word civil originated from the Latin word civilis, "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen…courteous.” 1
It was not until the late 16 century that the word civil was used in the English language and though the word has been around now for almost a half or century, it may take even longer for it to have a full effect on mankind.
Here in the United States, some gather together on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate thanks to God for all the gifts He so generously bestows upon us.
This American tradition all began when a group of Separatists felt the need to leave England to seek out opportunities for civil and religious freedom. They went from England to the Dutch Netherlands then to America.
On September 6th a ship called the Mayflower carrying 102 Pilgrims traveled over harsh waters for over two months before seeing land on the shores of Massachusetts early in November. Before docking, they searched for a suitable place to begin their new life, so in early December, before disembarking the Mayflower, they signed what is known as the Mayflower Compact. This was the first document to lay the groundwork for civil government and for these people to be self-governed.
Giving Thanks Before Thanksgiving Day
I was taught by my mentor that the best way to get through the feeling of lack is to make a gratitude list. One day when I was challenged with the feeling of despair that I would not be able to overcome my financial struggles, I decided to take the counsel of this wise individual and make a gratitude list.
I purchased a pretty journal, turned on some meditation and spa music, and got to work.
Page after page I found myself writing down the many gifts that God had bestowed upon me which included individuals I dearly loved who had passed, others who left my experience for various reasons, family members, pets, friends, good health, and overall experiences including the ones that were not harmonious because those tried, tested, and refined me.
Mothers; Your Baby Can Hear You!
Doctors used to believe that when a baby is forming in its mother’s womb, it was unable to hear sounds. However, now as science often corrects itself, doctors are aware that, as the baby is developing, it hears.
This knowledge is worth listening to!
It places a much greater responsibility on the mother as to what her baby should hear. Though the uterus is not very quiet with all the varying noises from the mother’s body that that the baby hears, the fact that the baby can hear sounds is the concern. Whatever sounds the mother is subjected to, the baby is subjected to, and when the baby hears loud noises, he or she will move around in the uterus, and the mom might even feel a kick or two. Once the mom gives birth, the baby recognizes the voice of its mother.
Adam or Adamant?
In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explains Adam as follows: “The word Adam is from the Hebrew adamah, signifying the red color of the ground, dust, nothingness. Divide the name Adam into two syllables, and it reads, a dam, or obstruction….Here a dam is not a mere play upon words; it stands for obstruction…” (338:12 XXIX-338:21)
Miriam Webster defines “adamant” as “a stone (as a diamond) formerly believed to be of impenetrable hardness; an unbreakable or extremely hard substance; not willing to change an opinion or decision;... unyielding.” The suffix “ant” signifies “a person or thing that does a specified thing” In this case I’m referring to someone who isn’t willing to change their opinion about something or who is “unyielding.” www.miriamwebster.com
Woman Compass Not Command.
A compass does not peck or prompt; it points out direction.
As my womanhood continues to unfold, I see that there is more refinement that must happen.
I used to think that men were mostly incapable of thinking on their own, that they needed uxorial prompting, but I have come to understand that was an unfair perception, so where did those beliefs come from?
From other women!
Healing the Battle Wounds from Within. Autopilot?
I’ve heard many instances of reenactments of battles from the American Revolution–such as the Battle of Lexington–and Civil War, and have wondered why some people feel the necessity of replaying such terrible times and horrific events.
I understand the historical significance and the honor due to those who served to bring us freedom, which is why we celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, as we should, but reenactment often opens doors to past hurts and memories of grief that resurface and freeze time, making yesterday seem like today.
I used to replay the horrible incidents in my past over and over again in my mind. When I finally decided that I needed help to sort out this disjointed thinking, I was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In other words, it became difficult for me to discern between present day events and past experiences.
Friendship. Not a small idea!
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (ESV)
Merriam-Webster defines friendship as: the state of being friends, the relationship between friends, a friendly feeling or attitude, kindness or help given to someone. The obsolete meaning is “aid.”
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