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Don’t Stop the Blessing!

January 4th, 2012

Sorry for the long silence!  It’s been busy, as you can imagine, especially since I am preparing for T-Tapp trainer certifications coming up in two weeks!


For those of you who purchased the 4 weeks of the Advent Study, I do intend to finish the last two weeks shortly.  Just didn’t want you to think you were forgotten!



This morning as I was reading in 2 Samuel 6, something that I’ve noticed before came up in a new light.  In this chapter, David is rejoicing and dancing before the ark as they bring it to Jerusalem.


Verse 15:


And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.



Now before we get too harsh with Michal, let’s look at some things that had happened.



Her own father “used” her to be a “snare” to David–whom at one time she truly loved.



And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David:  and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.  And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him…..

~1 Samuel 18:20-21



Thanks, Dad!  :p



Then in 1 Samuel 19:17, King Saul has the audacity to say,



Why hast thou deceived me so, and sent away mine enemy, that he is escaped?





I don’t condone Michal’s lying, but her father certainly put her in a hard spot!



Then when David had to flee for his life, King Saul does this:



But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.

~1 Samuel 25:44



So this poor woman had been used by her father to try to kill David, accused of deceiving her father (which she was backed into doing by his madness–again, I don’t necessarily condone her actions, but let’s face it–we don’t always trust God, either!), then she is given to another man.



Who knows whether she felt anything for this man or not, or whether she still loved David….it didn’t matter.  She was just something to be used for her father’s “vengeance”.   Then as if that isn’t enough:



And David sent messengers to Ishbosheth Saul’s son, saying, Deliver me my wife Michal, which I espoused to me for an hundred foreskins of the Philistines.  And Ishbosheth sent, and took her from her husband, even from Phaltiel the son of Laish. And her husband went with her along weeping behind her to Bahurim. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

~2 Samuel 3:14-16



From this passage it seems as if Phaltiel has some feelings for her.  And by now she is probably tired of being jerked around like a piece of furniture.  Or maybe she does still have feelings for David.  Or maybe she doesn’t really relish the thought of going from being one man’s wife to being one of many of another man.  We don’t know, but put yourself in her place.



On one hand, we almost feel sorry for her and don’t blame her one bit for her reaction.  Her father is dead, her husband has taken other wives, and things just have not turned out the way she thought they would.



Ever been there?



Perhaps you knew God’s plan and purpose for your life.  You were excited to see how it would unfold!   But then people backed you into a corner and you made a few unwise decisions.   Perhaps they accused you.   Then they used you.   And when you’re just getting used to the “new normal” of things, you get jerked around again.



Then of all things, someone you think is responsible for all your pain is actually rejoicing and worshiping God in a way you don’t think appropriate, and all the bitterness and anger come out in a despising thought in your heart.


You nurse that thought until it grows….then when that person comes into your life, you just can’t hold it in any more.  After all, you are right!



You spew out ugly, self-righteous words.



And you stop the blessing cold.



Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

~2 Samuel 6:20



She couldn’t wait to mock him (“came out to meet David”).



He was coming to bless his household.



I wonder, ladies, how many times our husbands are wanting to bless our households, and instead we meet them with expectations, especially maybe of the type of spiritual leader he’s supposed to be!


Look at him! He’s supposed to be dignified and regal, and instead he looks like one of those base fellows!  Jumping and dancing as if he’s at a party!  Honestly!  Doesn’t he know that’s not the way to worship God?!



Perhaps if I put it this way,


Look at him!  He’s supposed to be our spiritual leader!  But he doesn’t have a consistent quiet time every day, I never see him studying things out, and I don’t think he prays.  He’s always Mr. Fun Guy with the kids, but how in the world are the boys ever going to learn responsibility?!  Doesn’t he know that’s not the way to lead our family?






Ladies, I caution you to examine your hearts.   I have one more post on Relationships that I hope to post in the next week, and one thing it will focus on is our penchant for “being right”.  Being right is not the goal.



Being righteous is.



And sometimes, being righteous is shutting our mouths and letting God deal with things.


Nowhere is that harder than in a husband/wife relationship.   We don’t like the way God’s “purpose” has worked out.  We’ve been hurt (even the best of husbands is still a sinner and likely to disappoint you in some way.  Just remember you also are a sinner and you are likely to disappoint him sometimes, too!)   We feel justified in nursing that bitterness.


And one day we cross the line to despising.



Then to saying something cutting.



Please don’t do it.



Because if you see the end result, it’s just not worth it.



Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

2 Samuel 6:23



No fruit.  No life.



Just barrenness.



If you persist in being right and making sure you get your point across, whether to a loved one within your family, a friend or even an enemy, you will invite barrenness into your spiritual life.




God takes honor very seriously.   We don’t always know what He is up to.  Sometimes we think we have things “all figured out” and expect Him to work in certain ways.  But just as you will read in 2 Samuel 5:19-25, God often works in a myriad of ways, and often not what we were expecting (Jericho, anyone?!).



What will be our response?



To despise, mock, “be right”?



Or to trust, honor, and rest in His plan?



I don’t want to be barren and unfruitful in my life.  I want Him to be able to use me, bless others through me, and be a light shining and pointing to the Savior.



So I choose honor.  I choose to NOT hinder the blessing.  And I sure choose to NOT bring a curse on myself by my foolishness in hanging onto my hurts and bitternesses!



I choose LIFE and BLESSING!



Just a Little Light

December 17th, 2011

Our church had a cantata last night for the residents at the nursing home where we meet.  It has been a looonnngggg time since I was part of a choir, and I enjoyed it thoroughly!



Before we actually started I prayed that we would be a blessing to the residents and others who came.  Many of the residents at this facility have brain injuries or mental impairments…in many ways, “the least of these”.   I’ve been challenged lately by a book I’ve been reading where this couple was ministering in the garbage dump, where people actually lived–it was all they had.  Yet Jesus was “always enough”.



As I looked out at the different ones gathering, many familiar faces that come to our services each week, I thought that although I’m not ministering in a war-ravaged African country I can still give to others, and especially to those often forgotten during this time of year.



After the cantata, I asked a resident if he got some cookies that everyone had brought for fellowship time afterwards.   He assured me he did!  Then I asked him, “Did you enjoy it?”




He nodded, smiling, and said,  “Oh yes! I was so blessed!  So blessed!”



And I was, too!  :)



We can all be a light–even just a “little” light–to someone, pointing them to the Light of the World–Jesus!


May you enjoy your most precious blessings–Jesus and your family, and no matter what your situation, remember–He is always enough!




Just a Little Light




Timmy sat in Daddy’s chair, all slouched down and scuffing his feet on the floor. Mama looked at his face which showed he was obviously disappointed and trying not to cry.


“Mama? Why can’t 7 year olds go to the church propi’ty to help clean up today?”


“Timmy, the daddies and big boys are going to be doing more dangerous work today, using chainsaws and other equipment to try to move some of the big trees that fell in the storm. They just want to be extra careful and take no chances on someone getting hurt.”


“But I can help! Daddy even said I’m a big helper!”


Mama smiled. “Yes, you are! But it would be easy for a smaller child to go unseen and perhaps someone would cut a limb or something that would fall where they didn’t think someone was—and then they would be hurt badly.”


“I’d be extra, extra careful and listen to Daddy….” Timmy began.


Mama shook her head. “No, Timmy. It’s best to take no chances.”



“But then I can’t do anything!” Timmy growled and flopped over on his side so he didn’t have to look at Mama.


“Timmy, look at me,” Mama had come over to the recliner and kneeled down in front of it.




“Timothy David, please look at me now.” Mama said quietly.


Timmy knew when Mama got really quiet like that and used his full name, he had better listen!


He turned. “What, Mama.”


“Timmy, sometimes we don’t understand why we can’t do something big, when all along God is just asking us to be faithful in the little things.”


“But Mama! That’s fun and big work! I do all my chores with a happy heart at home!”


“All the time?”


Timmy looked down. “Well, not all the time. But most of the time!”


Mama smiled again. “Timmy, you do a really good job most of the time. I’m not talking so much of doing your chores here at home as looking for opportunities to let your light shine, even if they seem really small.”


Timmy looked puzzled. “Like what?”


“Like visiting with Mrs. Crawson after picking up her sticks and limbs, or raking her leaves. Or how about when you stop at Linley Brothers Hardware to talk to Hardware Jim about your newest project?”


Timmy looked up at Mama. “Mama, those are just little things. That’s not something big like cleaning up big limbs and trees and fixing things that were blown down in a storm.”


“No, Timmy, those are big things in the eyes of those people. Remember when Tina Lewis needed someone to take care of Buddy when they had to leave suddenly because her grandma wasn’t doing well?”


Timmy nodded. “But that was fun, Mama! I liked playing with Buddy!” He smiled.


“I know you did! Again, though, that was a big thing to Tina. If she had had to find a kennel to board Buddy, it would have wasted precious time that she was instead able to spend with her grandma before she went to Heaven.”


Timmy was thoughtful.


“But I still don’t see how that makes Jesus happier than the big things.”


“Well, remember when the lights went out during the storm, and Daddy had a hard time getting the generator going?”


Timmy nodded vigorously. “Yep!”


“What did we do until the generator started?”


“We got our flashlights and camping lanterns and candles!” Timmy was bouncing at the memory of the adventure!


“Yes, but what did we have first before we could find all those other things?”


Timmy laughed. “Jo-Jo’s little baby toy that lights up!” He was giggling at how they used this little baby toy, pushing the button and listening to it “sing” Mary Had a Little Lamb several times while they got the other flashlights and lanterns!


“But wasn’t it a welcome ‘light’, even if it was small?”


“Oh yes! I mean, we could have gotten to our flashlights, but I’ll bet we would have run into stuff on the way!” Timmy laughed.


“That’s right! So we were pretty happy to have Jo-Jo’s little Lambie-Pie, weren’t we?” Mama was laughing, too.


Timmy nodded…..then he stopped smiling.






“I get it! I get it now!” He was bouncing up and down again, smiling.


“You get what, Timmy?” Mama asked.


“I’m like Jo-Jo’s little Lambie-Pie, aren’t I?! I might be just a ‘little’ light, but to someone, I’m like that little toy, helping keep them from stubbing their toe in the dark or falling over something until they get a bigger light!”


Mama couldn’t hide the tears welling up in her eyes. “That’s right, Timmy! You are absolutely right!”


“And…..” he was thoughtful…. “As I practice being a good ‘little’ light, I will be a brighter big light when it’s time! Is that what you meant, Mama?”


She pulled him into a big hug. “Yes, Timmy! That’s exactly what I meant!”


Timmy hugged Mama, and then pulled back and looked up at her.


“Then Mama, I’m going to be the best little light I can, so when I grow up, I’ll be a lighthouse!”


Creative Giving, Life Happens, and a Story!

December 14th, 2011

First, an advertisement!



Cassia has put together an e-book, Creative Giving with Little Money, about how she was able to give 10 Christmas and birthday gifts last year for $17!   And that amount was actually spent on two of the gifts–the rest she got very creative with!   The book is available through the girls’ Etsy shop, Farmgirl Treasures.   If you’re stumped and need some inspiration, I think it would be just the thing.  Sometimes when we read of others’ creativity, it sparks some of our own!






You can tell when bloggers get quite busy–they don’t have time to update their blogs!  My girls have been busy, too, with some Christmas sewing–for others, not just their own!



Then add extra craziness of flooding basements, snowstorms, having some special visitors here for over a week (which we loved much more than having no electric and flooding basements!) and getting sick last week (that’s me)….well, life happening!



On top of all that I had decided to write this Advent Study.  I’m convinced it’s more for me than anyone else!  It’s been challenging and yet a deep joy to study the names of God during this time.  It has consumed me more than I thought it would, taken longer (and grown larger!) than I originally planned, yet, I have learned so much in the research and writing!   Interesting tidbits on Christmas hymn stories, how certain character qualities and even spices all go together with one of the names of Jesus…..just like homeschooling, the teacher often learns more!



Due to getting sick over the end of last week and the weekend, I am behind…again!


But I’ve learned with the Lord, there is never really “behind”, whether it’s your Bible reading or working on a project. Sometimes things beyond your control happen, and it’s better to enjoy the detour and the journey than to fuss about the timetable!



As my gift to you, my blog readers (if you’re still out there!), I wanted to share a few stories from the Advent book, His Name Shall Be Called.   I’m sharing one today, and I will probably share one or two more over the next week before Christmas.



I hope you enjoy the stories, and hopefully in a few weeks I can get back to a “regular” schedule–whatever that is! ;)



A Special Baby



Talia tried to keep busy about her work. Her mind was definitely not on her sweeping and mopping! Today would be the day, her mother had assured her. She could hardly wait! And yet, there was a hint of danger, too. She knew that they must keep the young woman’s identity a secret, for there were those who would want to harm her and her soon-to-be born baby.



She looked up at the sun climbing in the sky. It was a beautiful but brisk fall day, with a crisp coolness in the air. The leaves had turned their bounty of colors, standing against the sky like guards with colorful uniforms. She loved to breathe in the fresh, tangy air—she loved days like this!



Suddenly her mother was calling her name—it was time!



Quickly she ran to make sure the water buckets were full, in case they needed to heat extra water. Then she washed her own hands thoroughly before getting all the cloths together for her mother. She put a small cloth into the cool water and wrung it out, then gently laid it on the young woman’s forehead, just as her mother had done for so many years for the local women. Her mother had said to just pretend this was one of the peasant ladies, so that Talia wouldn’t be nervous and forget what to do.



She was still too young to have a big part, but she could run and fetch things for her mother, get more cool clothes or run to get the other midwife if needed. Thankfully, it was not needed and it wasn’t long before the sweet cry of a newborn baby boy broke the calm afternoon silence.



Talia could do more now, getting broth for the young mother to help strengthen her, get the herbs for her mother as she made a tea for the young woman. She helped clean up and was even privileged to hold the baby for a bit! Ah, life! Whether rich or poor, a newborn baby is such a wondrous thing!



They would keep the young woman and her sweet son there as their guests until it was safe again. Hopefully that would be soon, when the King returned victoriously. Until then, they would keep his son safe and healthy.



As Talia held him, she thought of how this tiny baby would grow up and rule over her someday. She prayed for him, that he would be strong and true as his father, as well as a gentle and caring ruler. Their kingdom had such hope in their present King. They had longed for a just ruler for so long! Now to have his infant son in their care gave her a sense of responsibility along with wonder and awe.



You were born to be a king, little one! I will follow you with all my heart, for I know that you will rule in love and graciousness as your father!”




The Simple Life…

November 30th, 2011

Well, simple with a generator!


We got lots of wet snow yesterday, resulting in our electricity going out for about 4 hours last evening. That was after we found the pressure switch for the well pump went out and we had no water.  Dallas was able to get it working until could put another switch on!  SO grateful for a handy hubby! :)



Then late this morning–no electricity again!  The computers don’t do well with generator surges–I’m doing a few necessary things on the laptop, but that’s it!




We’d appreciate prayers–we’re doing okay, but some of our neighbors don’t have generators and they are having to “bail water” by hand out of their basements!



Hopefully we will all be able to get back up to speed soon!  Although….in some ways it is nice to not have every light in the house on and everyone is not tied to a computer!   But with the girls’ Open House coming up and my needing to get week 2 of the Advent study finished and uploaded…we’re praying to fully get back online soon! :)



“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concering you”!






It’s Here!

November 27th, 2011

This is certainly a family affair!



My oldest two daughters designed and drew the cover page–and it’s beautiful, if I do say so myself! :)






You can get a free download for the Introduction here.




It is available for purchase at Farmgirl Treasures Etsy Shop.




You can purchase just week 1 or all four weeks (future links will be sent to you as they are uploaded).  Half of the proceeds will go to Living Water International.



Whether you purchase the devotional or not, I pray your Advent Season is filled with anticipation and preparing your heart for Him!
































His Name Shall Be Called….

November 26th, 2011





With the help of five of my daughters, helping me redesign the cover (drawn by Jessica and Leah and it’s much more beautiful than the picture I had!), figure out the more technical aspects (thank you, Jessica!), renumbering pages, adding pictures…whew!  This is almost harder than having a baby!  LOL!







The actual study and research for this has been a joy to my heart!  If no one else gets anything out of it–I sure have! :)


This is a study of four names of Jesus over the four weeks of Advent.  The cover and first week’s contents are available at Farmgirl Treasures Etsy Shop.



If you to see the Intro, there is a free download here.



Half of the proceeds will go to Living Water International.



Whether you decide to purchase it or not, I pray your Advent season will be one of anticipation and preparing your heart for Him!




His Name Shall Be Called….

November 26th, 2011

I’m working on an Advent Devotional that will hopefully be ready later today.  I had a few glitches in uploading it!



You can get a free download of the Intro here.    It will be available through my daughters’ Etsy shop, Farmgirl Treasures.




Praying that your heart is full of thanksgiving as you prepare for the celebration of His Coming!






It’s Coming….

November 25th, 2011

Almost done with week 1 of the Advent Devotional, His Name Shall Be Called. Yes, I know, there are four weeks in Advent!  Due to the fact that I can only stay at the computer and type for so long, I will be offering the first week for sale hopefully later today.     The techie side of things is a whole new learning experience!   (Who said homeschooling was for the kids?!  ;)  )



If you would like a sneak peek, click here to download the four page Introduction, free!



Then stay tuned–it will hopefully be in the Farmgirl Treasures Etsy shop by tonight!  (Hopefully before 11:59 p.m.!  :lol: )



By the way, if you haven’t seen this yet, my daughters are planning an open house for next week!



Are you playing Christmas music yet?! :)


November 25th, 2011

I am working on making this a place filled with His grace!


For now I am blogging at Never a Dull Moment.


Full of Grace in Him,

















The Thanksgiving Chair

November 24th, 2011

Found this from Ann Voskamp…..short, beautiful and moving!







May you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!