Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, after Ehud died. So the Lord sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim. Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly twenty years.
"At that time Deborah, a prophetess, wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel."
A prophet was a man and a prophetess was a woman. Other than that, their specific calling was the same; that is, to receive direct revelation from God (usually about future events) and to pass that along to others.(www.learnthebible.org)
Judge(biblical)- the position is more one of unelected non-hereditary leadership than that of legal pronouncement. In accordance with the needs of the time, their functions were primarily martial and judicial, comparable to a king (but not anointed).(wikipedia) In English the term "judge" generally means to "render judicial decision", however the Hebrew word "sopet" means to "rule" or "exercise lordship."
She used to sit under the palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim; and the Israelites came up to her for judgment. She sent and summoned Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, 'The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you, "Go, take position at Mount Tabor, bringing ten thousand from the tribe of Naphtali and the tribe of Zebulun. I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the Wadi Kishon with his chariots and his troops; and I will give him into your hand."'Barak said to her, 'If you will go with me, I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.' And she said, "I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.' Then Deborah got up and went with Barak to Kedesh. Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and ten thousand warriors went up behind him; and Deborah went up with him."
The thing that I find most amazing in this scripture is the fact that Deborah is the judge of all of Gods people. I have often heard that God only uses women when men are not doing the work that needed to be done. In the passage it speaks of how Barak did not want to go to Mount Tabot. It almost seems like Barak was not sure of his own ability to follow Gods command.
Judges 4:11- 15
Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the other Kenites, that is, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had encamped as far away as Elon-bezaanannim, which is near Kedesh.When Sisera was told that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, Sisera called out all his chariots, nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the troops who were with him, from Harosheth-ha-goiim to the Wadi Kishon. Then Deborah said to Barak, 'Up! For this is the day on which the Lord has given Sisera into your hand. The Lord is indeed going out before you.' So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand warriors following him."
Judges 5:1-2: Then Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying: 'When locks are long in Israel, when the people offer themselves willingly--bless the Lord!'" Judges 5:6-7: Judges 5:12-13:
In the days of Shamgar son of Anath, in the days of Jael, caravans ceased and travelers kept to the byways. The peasantry prospered in Israel, they grew fat on plunder, because you arose, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel."
Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, utter a song! Arise, Barak, lead away your captives, O son of Abinoam. Then down marched the remnant of the noble; the people of the Lord marched down for him against the mighty."
Then Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying: 'When locks are long in Israel, when the people offer themselves willingly--bless the Lord!'"
I love that Deborah shows just how strange a women can be for God. Even though men are Gods choosen leaders, he will call upon us if and when he needs us.
One great resource I have found for information on Deborah is http://www.alabaster-jars.com/biblewomen-r.html#rahab This website breaks down the many scripturs that focus on Deborah.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Friday, September 11, 2009
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Thursday, September 3, 2009
C.J is currently in Seattle. He went on a trip with a few of his guy friends.(with my blessing) He is due back on Saturday and I can't wait to have an anniversary date with him. I'm hoping I will get a clothesline for my anniversary gift.
Left to Right: Jason, C.J., Adam, and Mitch
Friday, August 28, 2009
I recently attended a conference called Women of Faith. At this conference Lisa Harper spoke about the different women who were in Jesus's lineage. It amazed me that I had never given these women a second though. These thoughts encouraged me to dig dipper and find out more about the different women of the Bible.
Each week I plan on focusing on a different women of the Bible during my quiet time. I plan on sharing the information that I find with my readers. If you have any information you would like to share, please fill free to do so.
This week I have been looking into the life of Rahab. Joshua 2:1-21, Joshua 6:22-25 Matthew 15, Hebrews 11:31, James 2:24-26
Rahab's story is a story of faith. This women is a great example of a women who trusted God even though she had no real reason to. She was a harlet, a women who had to sell herself to make a living. Just like today harlets (prostitutes) were seen as the lowest and dirtiest of people. The kind of person most people try to avoid.
To most people a life such as Rahabs would be intolerable. In such a situation many of us would give up on God. Rehabs faith not only saved her own life but also the members of her family. I hope that someday I can acheive this kind of faith.
One great resource I have found for information on Rahab is http://www.alabaster-jars.com/biblewomen-r.html#rahab This website breaks down the many scripturs that focus on Rahab.
Another resource for Rahab is Women of the Bible "Rahab's Story" by Ann Burton. Though this is a fictional verson of the story of Rahab it is very informative. I hope that this story might spark you interest in Rahabs story like it did for me.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today is my little girls 1st birthday. Its hard for me to believe that this time last year I was in the hospital filling the pains of her birth. I have to say that all of the pain I felt that day was well worth the blessings that little girl has brought into me and C.J.'s life.
Since Baby Boo is no longer a baby I am going to start calling her Boo instead. It really makes me sad the older she gets, because I love babies so much. She is starting to say new words. From time to time she repeats things that other people say. A few weeks ago she said, "Tickle Spot." (We call the spot where she is ticklish her tickle spot) I have added some of the pictures that we just got done on Monday, I hope you enjoy them.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I have made this bread with and without honey (because my little girl was to little for honey) The bread seems to stay together better with honey.
A slightly sweet, healthy half-whole-wheat bread (also includes instructions for making this a 100% whole wheat loaf!)
1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (see additional notes for a 100% whole wheat version)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
1. *Combine first 6 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir.
2. Add flours and yeast, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
3. Punch dough down; knead for a few minutes until smooth and then form into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pan and cover. Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. If loaf starts browning too soon, lightly lay a piece of foil on top of the loaf to prevent too much darkening.
5. Remove bread from oven and allow to rest in pan for a few minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cover with a cloth. Slice and enjoy while still warm! Leftover bread can be stored in an airtight bag or frozen until needed.
We use only wheat flour most of the time. If we are having guest we use half wheat and half all-purpose flour. I also like to add wheat grem in, I substitue 1/2 cup of wheat germ for 1/2 cup of flour.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I hope you like it, it made me laugh.
This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.
If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.
This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.
This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!
This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)
This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man.. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here – This is true, unless she says ‘Thanks a lot’ – that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say ‘you’re welcome’ . That will bring on a ‘whatever’).
Is a woman’s way of flipping you off!
(9)Don’t worry about it, I got it
Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to # 3.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Yesterday Baby Boo managed to move the gate and tried to escape, but found herself stuck instead.
(not really sure how this happened)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to tag along on my parents vacation to Georgia. While we were their my mom and I thought it would be a great chance to let Baby Boo see Babyland General Hospital herself. SHE LOVED IT! She wanted to pick up and hold all of the babies. The cool thing is that she had never show interest in baby dolls before this. Her mamaw did a great job taking pictures for us. Since Baby Boo's first birthday is coming up this month mamaw and I decieded that Baby Boo needed her first Cabbage Patch.(Baby Boo's rubberband broke right when we got out of the car)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We have been remodeling for many weeks and its really starting to look good(a week and a half without a toilet). Right now we are just putting on the finishing touches and we hope to be done soon. Tonight Chief was staining our new door. Since he was busy doing that, I thought I would mop the floor while Baby Boo was laying down. When I was in the middle of mopping the floor Chief let out a huge cry(I was sure he was hurt). As soon as I walked onto the front porch I saw the problem. He had spilt half of the stain out on to our concrete porch! HA! It was a complete mess. It was one of those times in life were you just have to laugh.
3 1/2 Cups Flour
2 2/3 Cups Sugar
1 tsp. Cloves
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
2/3 Cup Shortening
3/4 Cup Water
3 Cups Zucchini
Soften the Shortening and cream with sugar. Beat in eggs and mix in vanilla. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients into first bowl. Add water* and Zucchini and mix well. Pour batter equally into three loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes. Test the loafs with a toothpick to be sure they are done.
*If you are using frozen Zucchini only add water if the batter is not runny like cake batter
Monday, July 20, 2009
In my blog I hope to share uplifting stories and scriptures, in the hopes of of giving the gifts of posies to you. I also hope to share helpful tips and recipes to my friends. I love reading others blogs so always feel free to send me your blog address so that I will be able to take a look.
I plan on adding giveaways to my blog so check back frequently so that you can enter them. I will also add links to other peoples blogs so that you can enter their blogs also. Thanks for reading, I hope you come back soon to see my additional post.