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Welcome to our community. Here are some nice links to visit if you're looking for something to occupy your time:

http://purposedrivenlife.com
http://maxlucado.com
http://biblegateway.com

if you can suggest any other links that you think other would enjoy, please post them in an entry and i'll add them to this list.. :)

many blessings,
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Sep. 9th, 2006 @ 07:27 pm (no subject)
There is this family in A LOT of finanical trouble from around the New Orleans area, around the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Please if you are able, click below and send a small donation.

This family has nothing, and is a really good family, husband, wife, and 9 year old. They barely have money to put food on the table and often go to bed hungry.






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fathfulonly2him:
Sep. 3rd, 2006 @ 08:54 am Thoughts from 2 Samuel
Current Location: home
Current Mood: pensivepensive
I've been reading through the Old Testament, and most recently through 2 Samuel. I found 16:5-14 very interesting.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2016:5-14&version=31
(Go read, then come back to my thoughts.)

Shimei believed God had told him to curse David, and David accepted it as if it truly was from God. But I know that later God restored the kingdom to David.

So here's David, who truly doesn't know what God is planning, and look at his attitude in verse 12: "It may be that the Lord will see my distress and repay me wtih good for the cursing I am receiving today."

What an attitude! He looked beyond the immediate discomfort, and saw God's ultimate desire for good for him. Too many times all I can see is the discomfort, the unfairness, the difficulty.

May God help us all to look beyond that, and have the same attitude as David. Humility to accept that perhaps this cursing has been sent from (or at least allowed by) God, and trust in God's goodness.
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33shadow:
Aug. 27th, 2006 @ 08:55 am My verse...
Current Location: Mumsy's house
Current Mood: pensivepensive
I wish I had more to post; this week I missed a few mornings due to running late, and the other mornings my studies were very short.

Still, I really found interesting the passage in 2 Samuel 16:1-4.

When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.

The king asked Ziba, "Why have you brought these?"

Ziba answered, "The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the desert."

The king then asked, "Where is your master's grandson?"

Ziba said to him, "He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, 'Today the house of Israel will give me back my grandfather's kingdom.' "

Then the king said to Ziba, "All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours."

"I humbly bow," Ziba said. "May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king."



Absolom, David's son, was in Jerusalem taking over the city. King David was trying to get far enough away to raise an army and then take it back. And here is Jonathan's old steward, now serving Jonathan's grandon Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth had been given all of Jonathan's lands because of the vow David made to Jonathan. But Mephibosheth turned against the King, and forgot all the King had done for him. David needed to punish such disloyalty.

And then there was Ziba, still loyal to God's annointed King, even though his master had betrayed him. David wanted to reward Ziba's loyalty. And now, the servant has become a master; the steward has become the owner!

Are we loyal to God's annointed, God's chosen leader? God rewards loyalty to His Kingdom, and to the leaders appointed over us. Be a good steward of what God has placed in your hands, and who knows what your reward might be!


Edit: Some friends commented in my journal with "the rest of the story," which I feel needed to be said. Please go read the comments:
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/191422.html
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33shadow:
Aug. 20th, 2006 @ 07:26 am My chapter...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: pensivepensive
2 Samuel 14:1-33
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2014&version=31

First a little background. In the previous few chapters, King David's son Amnon fell in love with his half-sister Tamar, and when he couldn't seduce her, he raped her.

Tamar's full-brother Absolom was very angry with Amnon, but held it in for 2 years. Then he murdered him. Amnon was then afraid for his own life as a murderer, so he fled.

Now, two more years have passed...

Joab is a very wise person. He knows that Absolom belongs back in Jerusalem with his father, King David, in spite of his crime. But he knows David will never bring him back if Joab just suggests it. So Joab tells this wise woman how to act and what to say.

Look at verse 14, where he tells her to say, "But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him."

She could not have spoken a greater truth! And I'm sure neither she nor Joab knew just how prophetic that would be.

God has indeed devised a way that no banished person will remain estranged from him - if they choose to return.

See, Absolom didn't have to go back to Jerusalem. He could have stayed in Geshur, and lived out the rest of his days there, eaten up with guilt and shame. Or perhaps he was proud of what he did, and was still angry at his father for not defending Tamar's honor.

But the truth is that Absolom loved his father, and wanted to return. He wanted to see his father's face, and so he accepted the invitation, and returned.

Have you accepted God's invitation to return to Him?
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33shadow:
Aug. 12th, 2006 @ 08:43 pm All about Colombia!
Current Location: home
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
I kept a diary during the mission trip to Colombia, and then typed it up to LJ. I've posted it in my own journal, and since it's so long I'll just post here the links to each entry.

http://33shadow.livejournal.com/183543.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/183602.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/183815.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/184222.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/184429.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/184777.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/185057.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/185335.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/185444.html
http://33shadow.livejournal.com/185757.html


Yes, I know it's a lot of entries. It's an entry per day, since each day's entry was so long. Feel free to comment here or on my journal. Feel free to 'friend' me to keep reading about what God is doing in my life! God bless.
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33shadow:
Aug. 12th, 2006 @ 02:53 pm Is the community dead?
Current Location: home
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
I'm seriously thinking about leaving this community. Since last October ('05), I've been the only person who has posted, and I have not gotten any replies to my posts.

If you want me to stay, please comment and make posts. I don't do this for myself, I do it for you. And if you're not taking what I'm giving, I'll take it elsewhere.

I'll give it about a month, but if I haven't gotten any response by then, I'm gone.
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33shadow:
Aug. 8th, 2006 @ 09:23 am My verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Psalm 41:1
"Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers him in times of trouble."


Wow! If anyone needs incentive to "have regard" for the weak, just look at this promise! And it goes on in verse 2-3:

"The Lord will protect im and preserve his life;
he will bless im in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness."


So, to claim that promise, we must "have regard" for the weak. But what does that mean? How do we do that?

So I went to dictionary.com, and looked up the noun form:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/regard
n.
1. A look or gaze.
2. Careful thought or attention; heed: She gives little regard to her sister's teasing.
3. a. Respect, affection, or esteem: He has high regard for your work.
b. regards Good wishes expressing such sentiment: Give the family my best regards.
4. A particular point or aspect; respect: She was lucky in that regard.
5. Basis for action; motive.
6. Obsolete. Appearance or aspect.

I think the most relevant are definitions 2 and 3.a. We must give careful thought and attention to the week, and heed them. We should show them respect, affection and esteem.

Who are the weak that we need to treat in such a way? I believe this applies to many kinds of weakness.

There is physical weakness. Elderly people are often weak, and the Bible also says to respect our elders. Sick people frequently are weak also, due to the illness they are suffering from. In the N.T. we are told to visit the sick, lay hands on them and annoint them with oil, and the prayer of faith will heal them.

There is also spiritual weakness. Paul talked a lot about how to behave toward our weak brother in the faith. We should avoid showing off our freedom in Christ to a brother who is weak in that area. We have freedom to drink, for example, but do not drink around an alcoholic. That is a way to show regard to our spiritually weak brothers.

There is also emotional weakness. People who have been abused need special care. They've been hurt so badly, that they no longer feel they deserve any love at all. When we give careful thought and attention to them in the name of Christ, and heed their needs, they will begin to grow. When they are shown respect, affection and esteem, their low self-esteem will begin to evolve into high Christ-esteem.

Look around you today, and see if you can identify the people around you who are weak in some way. Go out of your way to give careful thought and attention to them, to heed them, and to show them respect, affection and esteem, all in Christ's name. And see if God doesn't reward you like He promised!
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33shadow:
Aug. 6th, 2006 @ 08:04 am My verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Psalm 39:6
"Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
he bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it."


But thanks to Jesus, my going to & fro and bustling about has purpose: to spread and strengthen God's Kingdom. I don't want to heap up wealth. I want to be debt-free so we can give more. Dave does want to have money set aside for emergencies, for our children's education, and for retirement. I don't think that's excessive.

Thank You, Father, for purpose in my life!
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33shadow:
Jul. 20th, 2006 @ 10:12 am Today's verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Lifehouse - Empty Space
Psalm 37:25, 32-33
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives;
33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.


Father, King David said he had "never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread." Yet only a few days ago I met a man who said he knew You, and was beggging for money for his supper. King David also said, "the LORD will not leave [the righteous] in [the wicked's] power or let them be condemned when brought to trial." Yet missionaries have been brought to trial and condemned to death for preaching Your Word.

What's up with that? Is what he observed no longer true? Did he miss somehting? You never change; do parts of your Word change? Are parts of it only true for a season?
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33shadow:
Jul. 18th, 2006 @ 02:22 pm My verse...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Leslie Phillips - Enough For Me
Psalm 37:4
"Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart."


God wants me to delight in Him. To be joyful because I know Him, to enjoy His presence & company. when I do that, I will find that the desires of my heart are being given to me. Some of those desires will be new, and will come from my delight in God. Others will be old ones that He grants because He loves me, His child.

Priase God for already giving me some of my heart's desires! Praise Him that if I keep delighting in Him, I will receive others as well. \o/
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