Lady Lampstand

She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness 

~Proverbs 31:27

1 3/4 eyes,  3/4 of my mind,  3/4 of my heart.  Is not true obedience.

To fully be in obedience to the command to watch over the ways of my household, I need two eyes, a full mind and heart fully engaged.  Free of distraction.  Fixed here.  Committed to this call.  Nothing else takes priority over this call in this specific season of life.

For me this season, includes:  the honor of serving my husband, two sons, and  mother-in-law in our home.

Recently recognizing God was calling us to order again.  He convicted me to tend to first the order needed in my life.

With my soul I have desired You in the night,
Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
~Isaiah 26:9

So I sought Him.  In His word.  In prayer.  Removing distraction.  Shutting off the screens.  Facebook.  Stopped looking at what others were doing.  Cutting out everything in my mind except the yielding of my mind to obey His commands in His Word.

Actively seeking God for how He wants to transform me in particular areas of my life.  Seeking the well being of my family.

God calls me to LOOK DEEP, DEEP, DEEP, and seek Him for the needs of this home.  The caring of this home is not just the physical needs.  But caring for the emotional, spiritual, needs of this home.  I must be present with not just my physical but with my whole heart and mind.  Undivided.  Fully committed.

This watching over the ways of my household, looking to see the needs, isn’t like a quick surface cleaning that I can do to make my actual house “appear” lovely, yet leaving the hidden and deeper places of the home left in disarray.  This is a deep, attentiveness, that requires time, tenderness, patience, a listening ear, and more.

It can be advocating biblically for order again in the areas of life and relationships that are in disarray.   Advocating in fervent prayer.  Bringing in the word to stand up for truth and light.  Speak when I ought.  Be still and quiet when I ought. Leave it in the hands of God.  Trust His will, will indeed be done.  Waiting and trusting God that He will produce the order.

Jesus says:

you are the light of the world…they do not light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand and it gives light to all who are in the

HOUSE!

~Matthew 5:14-15

I cannot help but see the correlation of “she looks over the ways of her HOUSEHOLD”  and how much I do desperately want to be a light in this world.  I am a spiritual lampstand in this very HOUSE.  I am called to

Let your light so shine before men,  that they may see your good works

and glorify your Father in heaven

~Matthew 5:16

So the Lord gives us women Titus 2.  Which again ties in so beautifully.  Called to love my husband, children, and for me, my mother-in-law in this HOME.

Physically, mentally, spiritually, investing all of myself as a spiritual lamp stand.

 to love their husbands, to love their children,  to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed

~Titus 2:4-5

For certainly to be opposite with my investments, ambitions, time, energy, out there, everywhere else, attempting to make a difference…  My very light inside this home would be snuffed out quickly.

Glorify God in being a keeper at home in Titus,  let your light shine… that God may be glorified in Matthew.

God provides many opportunities to share his truth and love, encouragement through the natural flow of friendships, fellowship with Believers, and everyday out and about.  He provides ways for me to be out serving together with our sons as well.

However, the very mentoring that should be the focal point and consuming my days should be foremost the mentoring of  our sons.

I want to keep the priority of my existence in this season of life as a lamp stand shining bright in this home as I serve my family.  I want to renounce those temptations, the lies of thinking too highly of myself, trying to do more than I should in all the wrong places.  I want to forbid myself day after day to allow my mind to be too busy about everything else so that I don’t have the focus, energy, ability, to do that which is my foremost call.

Beware, lest I  fall in mixing up the call…making disciples in the mentoring of my children, IS INDEED following Jesus.  This is the Proverbs 31 woman God has made me to be for this season.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

~Ecclesiastes 3:1

There are ways to bless without becoming obsessed with trying to reach out to the world while losing the very world and souls inside this home.  I am called to love under the command of the Almighty One Above.

Bless are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

~Matthew 5:3

This week I knew I was bankrupt in my ability to transform myself, and truly live in the ways God calls me to live here in this place.  God says in the very recognition of my inability, I would be blessed.  So this brought me hope and joy in the process.

Blessed are the meek (controlled strength), merciful,  pure in heart, peace makers…

“Heavenly Father,

You’ve been merciful to me.  I want to be merciful to others.  Help me to be a peacemaker.  I pray that my light would shine before men-first and foremost in the heart of my home. May my light shine for my husband, children, mother-in-law.  Father show me what these good works are you are calling me to.  May my conduct be honorable in my heart, speech, and actions.  That I would walk in the fullness of all the fruits of Your Spirit.  I pray I be lovely, gracious, excellent.  Pure.  That I would be meek.  Oh Lord enable me to walk confidently in You in truth and love. Father in heaven I desperately want to be “watching over the ways of my household” not be idle, complacent, distracted.  I want to see the need.  Whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual.  I want to recognize things that need to be put in order.  Whether it be the literal caring of the home in cleaning and organizing or it be the recognizing the need for proper order in my own ways and attitude.  Help me to see the order needed relationally, communicate effectively the concerns of my heart, submit myself under the leadership of my husband, commit to prayer over all, in order that we would  all   flow and dwell together in unity by Your will.  I need Your help.  I am desperate to break out of the immature mindsets and live more Godly with a more Christ like character.  Help Lord I pray.  I know that You will.  In Jesus name, Amen.”

This was the prayer I prayed one day.  Situations came.  Issues to be addressed.  Relational needs in need of fine tuning, and so much more need.  I saw, saw, saw, so much need to greater degree.  I was blessed to be here.  Amazed at every opportunity that displayed itself.  Boldness in truth and love.  Meeting sweet needs of my boys. The Lord heard my cry.  As I was able to address even the more challenging details of life with everything I asked for – the fruits of His Spirit. It was a totally different and wonderful experience this time deep within my own being, addressing some specific matters at hand. My husband and I  together in unity to do that what God calls us to do.     It was truly the Lord at work all the way around.

What a wonderful next morning to wake up, flip to the Psalms and read this:

I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name
For Your loving kindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.   In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.
~Psalm 138:2-3
Along with this morning scriptures,  notations sent me to another scripture related because it coincides with David’s heart cry for the HOUSE the LORD PROMISED TO BUILD:

For You, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You.

 “And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant.  Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”

~2 Samuel 7:27-29

 

“May Your blessings Lord, be upon this house, and my friends house who is reading this today… blessings today, and forevermore.  In Jesus Name, AMEN”

 

Who am I without your grace
another smile, another face
another breathe, a grain of sand
passing quickly through your hand
Id give my life, I’m not afraid
take it all, take everything
Let them see you, in me
let them hear you, when I speak
let them feel you, when I sing
let them see you,
let them see you, In me
with every breathe I breathe

 

 

 

 

To Give A Reason

 

 

These two go together rather perfectly…. and really hit me.
“Abstain from every form of evil.”

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…” (Is. 5:20, 1 Thess. 5:22)

 

I’ve been prayerfully sifting through how to approach this writing.  In fact, I actually had to do a bit of digging, research, and detective work to compile my conclusions to share.

 

We have never read the Harry Potter books and never seen the Harry Potter movies.  We never will.  My children have never really asked much about seeing them.  I had heard this and that, and knew there was an element of magic in them.  We simply detoured away and have never really given a solid reason to our children of why we have made that decision.  I am thankful they have simply trusted our decision.

 

Others have asked.  Have you seen Harry Potter?  I felt that I should educate myself enough in order to share with our children, so that they could understand our reason.   I guess I could say, I already had a conviction just from the small snippit of understanding I had of the books, but wanted an overall better and more biblical answer for them.  So they could learn and grow, and understand the reality of the need to be on guard.  To be discerners.  And hopefully for them to be able to then share, if  they choose, should another time come when their peers ask them – “why not?”.

 

I confess, I have not done this well at times in the programs they have viewed.  I have spent time repenting, asking their forgiveness, and we have all grown.  After researching Harry Potter, it has led me to being on guard and even more prayerful about the choices we make overall.  Realizing a level of ignorance on my part at times, in not digging enough before really thinking about what we are allowing our minds to be entertained with.

 

Recently God has been convicting me, through a study of Peter.  Jesus challenging Peter to examine his heart, in not casually or ignorantly claiming “I love you Lord”.  But examining do “I really love him?”  Am I really ready to forsake all of this world and my affections to follow Him?  Also reading through the rich young ruler again, I was captivated by the question… “Lord what do I lack?”  Jesus informed him what he lacked, challenged him, and  he failed to surrender every aspect of his life to the Lord.  He held onto the things that were dear to him.  So I am learning to ask the Lord, “what do I lack?” and be ready as God gives me the answer, to receive what the Lord may show me I am lacking.  And ready to forsake all, let go of the comfortable, complacent living and really be willing to “come follow Jesus”.

 

And so as I share with my children my findings on Harry Potter,  I think of the scripture…

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”  1 Peter 3:15-17

 

The first point I want to make right off the start!  

What I’ve found that seem to all match up in resources is that the many of the statements, practices in these movies is not simply pretend.  This is real!  Active and being used in forms and ways and practiced at this very moment in real life.

 

Keeping in mind I have not seen the Harry Potter movie.  I am going off the findings that seem to be common among the many websites and a friend I chatted with as well on this matter.

 

What I have discovered is Harry Potter is a clever vice of the enemy to lure children/others into a seemingly innocent and fun movie using very real practices of real wiccans today.

From one source:

“One of the easiest ways to know whether a fantasy book or film has real world magic in it is to just ask a simple question: “Can my child find information in a library or bookstore that will enable them to replicate what they are seeing in the film or the book?”   If you go to something like Harry Potter, you can find references to astrology, clairvoyance, and numerology. You can actually replicate these exact things in real life.  And witches do.  It takes seconds to go into a bookstore or library and get books on that and start investigating it, researching it, and doing it. In fact, that’s why real Wiccans, real witches, and real occultists are using the popularity of Harry Potter to lure kids toward real world occultism. They actually have advertisements for their own books that use Harry Potter as their appeal.”

 

I spoke with a Sister in Christ the other day, who actually confirms  this.  Within her local church years ago, a video was shared with real wiccans claiming they hoped others would watch Harry Potter so they would be captivated into the magic and witchcraft.  It was a tool they were thrilled to use!

 

We know that children are copy cats.  And imitate, perform, practice, and quote the things they’ve seen and heard.  We may say we can walk and talk our children through these things.  Our children are mature enough to handle it.  Is that what the bible says?  “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” 1 cor. 10:12

 

What about being a stumbling block?  And what about:? “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

 

More things I’ve read:

” We might see some symbolism in the Harry Potter books that might be able to be interpreted — if you pushed it — in some sort of Christian way, but these same symbols also have occult and pagan meanings to them. Within the framework and the context of Harry Potter we see that this is probably what she is dealing with.

There is this whole movement within Christianity where people are trying to say that the Harry Potter books are Christian novels. And that is just untrue. You can’t interpret it that way. That is not the context of the story. That’s not what Rowling is in her real life and what she is trying to put across. And what is interesting is that these people who are saying that the Harry Potter books are Christian, are interpreting all these symbols in a Christian way, but in the exact opposite way that J.K. Rowling has herself explained. So they are contradicting the author herself, which is sort of silly.

Parents are unaware at how easy it is to get books on witchcraft and spells, many of which are located right next to the Harry Potter books at bookstores.   Parents don’t seem to understand first of all what is in Harry Potter.  I don’t think parents understand how closely what is in Harry Potter mirrors what is in the real world, and then how the real world books are being sold right up next to the Harry Potter books. There is this crossover where the Wiccans know it, the occultists know, the practitioners of all these things know it, and they are using that curiosity that kids have for all of this stuff now through Harry Potter to attract readers to their real world how-to manuals.”

 

This is serious business. We would do well to remember Jesus’ sobering words: “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:5-6

 

I actually found an article from an ex-witch.  Who is now a professing Christian saved and set free!  Shares of the dangers of Harry Potter.  Confirming the practices within Harry Potter is very much real, alive and active in this world today.  That there is a deceptive reason these books and movies are being produced.  “be on guard the devil seeks who he may devour”.

 

In the name of fun and pretend….

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”  2 Cor. 11:14

 

I visited our local library today.  It was an eerie feeling.  AS I prayed my way to the shelves for witch craft, and more.  I guess I just wanted to see the real deal books in non-fiction after seeing the Harry Potter books on the shelf in the children’s fiction.  Supposedly pretend and yet very much real.  Not only did I see the witchcraft books, but sitting the next book over was the satanic bible.  I’d had enough and prayed my way out of this place.

 

Deuteronomy 18: 9-11 gives us some  crystal clear guidance. “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire (human sacrifice), or that useth divination (fortune telling such as using a sorting hat), or an observer of times (charting your life by astronomy or the stars), or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer (a person who uses information, music or physical items like jewelry to seduce another person), or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.”

 

Acts 19:18-19  “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.”

 

A  serious matter.

 

While Harry Potter is not one we have put before our children’s eyes, I am reminded of how important it is to cry out to the Lord, and ask him to search and examine me “See if there is any offensive way in me,  and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:24

 

The apostles were called to “come Follow Me”.  Leave behind everything that was near, familiar, and dear to them. Deny themselves.

 

“do not be conformed to the patterns of this world..”  Romans 12:2

 

Our comfy cushy lives with entertainment can often go to our heads.  The disciples were leaving behind families, occupations, everything… and we grit our teeth when we have to say “no” to entertainment?  Oh my.

 

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”  1 John 2:17

 

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Eph. 5:15-17

 

Blessed On a Drive by A Radio Talk Show Host

By Isaac: A child of the King – Fearfully and wonderfully made by God!

GOD  KNEW the ENCOURAGEMENT I NEEDED AS HE PROVIDED THROUGH A RADIO TALK SHOW HOST.
ASPERGERS. The autism spectrum. The truth of socially awkwardness. Trying to fit in. With seemingly random, quirks, and the world that they navigate with wired brains to absorb in the special interest God has placed within them. We find balance of embracing “they are fearfully and wonderfully made” with the other truth of the God of our salvation calling us to not “think about ourselves… but the other person”.

So as this Christian man, walking the walk with the life of Jesus and the unique way in which He is created, he shared this same truth for his life!!!! Exact scripture and perspective! IT is hard, hard work. He must be intentional and learn to set aside his own “interests” (that he could easily talk non stop on) at times to simply inquire of another. And grace. He having grace on the one who may not want to listen to his topic for hours on end, and the other talk show host chiming in to explain how grace is important for the typical person as well to exercise. Grace to recognize the effort one is putting forth to ask “how are you doing…” and so forth and make that effort to respond in kind. Grace to look at the person as God does… not to focus in on their random, or impulsive moments, and deem them as “random”, “odd”, “out there”.

Truth is, there isn’t anything random about what they are thinking. Their minds are full of inquisitiveness, curiosity, exploration, and taking in so much.

And this is what I found when I came home on their website by this same man:
“I’m a radio host and a writer. It turns out radio is wonderful for me because I don’t have to worry about anyone’s body language… but mostly I’m a radio host because I’m convinced God makes us the way we are for a reason. He even tells us why – it’s so HE can be glorified. It’s funny, because all the years that I went through difficulty trying to understand social life at school… and I could never quite fit in… all those experiences have helped me… You may not realize it, but the very things that make you stick out right now can be wonderful things later. I never thought it would be so, but a look back now on my life and I say, “Thank God.” Thank God for the difficulties I’ve gone through and thank God for autism.”

I’m so grateful for the life God has given us. Meaningful Monday was a “class” I taught here in the headquarters of Schooling on the Rock of Jesus (but not only on Mondays, but everyday). Relational skills. In varying settings of at home. Outside these walls. Varying situations. And for many years that was focused primarily at home between one another. Varying between the relating with young ones to old ones. All the ways we relate in communication. Helping. Serving. Hugging. Who, when. This is hard, hard work. This desperate need has only pointed and forces us into being more intentional than we would have been apart from this “life”. Recognizing a deeper awareness of our need for Jesus and relationship with Him. It has forced us to work REALLY, REALLY, hard to do that which God calls us all to do as His followers, in the tiny, simplistic, everyday living of life with one another.

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 … and we are definitely a work in progress.

Thankfully He Who has begun a good work will be faithful to complete it.