It’s Okay

Rejoice in that God has Given

 

A small little girl
Asked her content, waiting mother,
Why do we stay today,
When you said we would go
 
The mother replied
It tis your father’s design
But it is okay to delay
For it is nice to stay
 
While this may seem simple,
The power is ample
For to say okay
Displays character inside
 
By the passing of okay
We say that we are fine
With the way that is ours
Granted by the Father above
 
So next time you are tempted to complain
say that its okay
be content with your day
Grateful for all God’s supply

 

Dealing with Pride

Icy PillarsI was having a good day. Having previously spent some fun time with friends, I went for a short bike ride by myself. After mounting my bike and starting to ride away, my thoughts quickly focused on myself and my bicycling abilities. With these thoughts going through my mind, I started taking a sharp and fast turn. I was on the ground before I knew it. Due to the angle of my turn, my pedal caught on the ground and sent me and my bike to the ground. I had aching and painful reminders of my pride for the next week and a half.

 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

 Satan was cast out of heaven because of his pride. Yet despite seeing the consequences of his and many other’s example, we often forget. Pride spurs an host of other sins. Thankfully, God’s word provides aid on conquering this evil foe.

 By looking at the specific examples of Satan and Nebuchadnezzar, we see that pride is the result of thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought. We have a tendency to claim the good things in our lives, and blame the bad things on others. The opposite is actually true. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Clearly, the faults in our life are not because of God. An additional section of James explains this further. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:13-15)”. To those who have accepted Jesus’ gift, God has given the power to overcome sin (Romans 6-8 and I Corinthians 10:13).

 After looking at these passages, we can determine the following; the good things in our life are from God; the wrong things in our life are from ourselves. While this may seem depressing, it actually gives us greater reason for rejoicing. Instead of rejoicing in ourselves, who are but sinful people, we can rejoice in Christ (see Philippians 4:4) and what He has done for us. I Thessalonians 5:18 says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” This is a powerful solvent for pride. By genuinely expressing our thankfulness to God and others for what they have done in our lives, we can dispel pride through God’s grace.

 Be alert for pride in your life and through the power of God conquer it.

 “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”  – Daniel 4:37

Afternoon Silence

2013 Church Christmas Party

IMG_0901Today, we spent most of the morning at our church Christmas party. We played several games — complete with a white elephant Christmas gift exchange. As usual, there were many unusual items, such as chicken hats. 🙂 Afterwards, since we have about 6 inches of snow, we had a good snow-ball fight. 

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One of the games was a Ginger Bread Decorating competitions for the kids.

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Church Christmas Cantata

IMG_0722Our church did a Christmas Cantata titled “He Gave Everything.” Our family was able to do various parts for the cantata. Andrew, Dad, and Mom sung in the choir and acted in the reader theatre part of the cantata. Christi sang in the choir; Matthew did sound, and I did lighting. The message for the cantata was excellent, as it portrayed how Christians often rationalize their lack of action of what God has commanded them on excuses that actually “sound good.” After practicing for about two months, the cantata went quite well; the actual performance was definitely better than all the practices. I’m really grateful that we were able to help with the cantata

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Thanksgiving Visit with Family

IMG_0666For Thanksgiving, we visited my grandparents in Indiana. My uncle, aunt, and cousin from Seattle came also. It was great to see them again, as we haven’t seen them for a couple years. As usual, Grandma had plenty of food (including cranberry sauce) and a fun time was had by all. Most of the time, we stayed at my Grandparents house and played games such Chess and Dutch Blitz; though we visited the farm also, and had a bonfire to clean up some of the brush.

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Thanksgiving

WIMG_0398e have so much to be thankful for. Most of all, God loved the world enough to send His perfect Son to die for us, His enemies. Now, those who have repented from their sin, and believed in His Son, can have eternal life (John 3:16 and Luke 13:3). What greater thing could we be thankful for? Yet, God continues to give so much more. It reminds me of the hymn, “The Love of God.”

“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.” – Fred­er­ick M. Leh­man

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Now for Autumn

Well, the snow didn’t stay, but what can be expected in October? However, we continue to see a couple snow flakes here and there – now that we are in November. Surprisingly, we still have a good amount of leaves that are yet to come down.We’ve been keeping busy raking/blowing our yard, as well as a couple of friend’s yards.

About a week ago, I visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park with a friend. It is about half an hour south from here, but there were even more leaves on the trees there. We spent a couple hours in the park taking pictures, and had fun doing it.

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Ritchie Ledges