A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

Posts tagged ‘Bible Study’

It’s a New Year

Let's encourage each other to walk with Jesus!

I am sitting in my office with the space heater aimed at my legs, looking out the window at a fresh layer of snow-ice on the sidewalk.  It is a lovely winter scene, God has sent a reminder that He wipes slates clean at any time and any place.

Yesterday my dad would have turned 106 years old, tomorrow my mother in law would be 107.  In a couple of months I will be a year older too, but I am still here.  

This morning I was reading in the book of John, I love John.  It feels like Jesus is still with me on this earth when I read this book.  Jesus prays for his disciples and gives me a great example of how to pray for my children.  Listen to this, “I pray for them.  I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are  yours….Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name.”  Don’t you like this?  This is my prayer for my two little families and for my husband.

Yes, tomorrow is a new year.  What are your plans?  Mine is to have a relationship with Jesus that is deeper than ever and to encourage everyone I know to do the same.

What will the year hold? IDK but lets hold fast to Jesus.

Snake on a Pole

I was renewed at the Minnesota Women’s Retreat with Elizabeth Talbot’s talks on the book of John.  Elizabeth has a way of bringing the Bible alive.  If you ever have a chance to hear her speak don’t pass it up.  Well, you can actually hear her on the Voice of Prophesy every day she is one of the key speakers.  You may also go to www.vop.com and hear Elizabeth.

I know you all are so much more advanced than I am on the Bible but I just never put this together.  Do you remember the story of Moses and the snakes?  The children of Israel were being bitten by snakes and the Lord told Moses to put a snake on a pole and when the Israelites looked on the snake they would be healed.  Take a look at Numbers 21:4-9.  The people of Israel are tired and impatient.  They hate everything.  Venomous snakes start biting the people and many die.  When the people repent they ask Moses to help them.  God told Moses to, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole. . .when he looks at the snake, he will live.”  verse 8

It’s the same with salvation–all be have to do is look upon Jesus and believe–don’t you love that it’s so simple.  John 3:14-17–read it–“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so whoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

There you have it and it’s not complicated is it?

Just to Know Him

I already knew this, why has it taken me so long to really comprehend the idea that if I want to hear from God I have to stay close to Him.  Oh be quiet, I can hear you say right now, “no dah.”  Well, have you thought about it?  I mean really thought about it?

There are two people who I know who really do seem to hear from God on a fairly regular basis.  Both of these ladies have a very close relationship with the Lord.  Close relationship does not mean, saying your usual prayer and reading your usual 2 chapters of the Bible.  It means thinking about Jesus, studying, spending time with Him and praying about everything.  Even more than that it means communicating with Him as your best friend.  Then and only then will we hear directly from Him.

I lost my cell phone on my way home from the Rocky Mountain Retreat, I asked the Lord right then and there to help me find it.  I haven’t heard from Him so I think it’s lost forever. (The first phone I have ever paid extra for)  I wonder if I knew Him better would He have told me where I left the phone.  IDK

My dream is not about finding phones, or even getting rich, it’s about hearing from God.  Making Him my best friend.  I want that, I want Him to trust me to witness for Him.  I want Him to ask me to do odd things, to ask me to stretch my brain, to . . .to. . .well, to do what ever it is that He wants me to do.

Right now I am headed to Sprint to buy a new phone.

Tempus Fugit

So do you  know what Tempus Fugit  means?  Don’t worry I didn’t either until I Googled it.  It means “time flies”–and it sure does.  It seems like yesterday that I was shouting for joy that summer had arrived.  Now I am shouting for joy that it’s time to start piano lessons and time for the women’s retreats.

Have you read about David lately?  You should!  Here David slept with another man’s wife and then had Uriah killed in battle to cover up the mess.  God certainly let David know he was unhappy with him.  God told David, through Nathan, that David had caused the Lord’s enemies to lose all respect for him.  For this reason the son who was born to David and Bathsheba will die.  Sure enough, shortly after the message from Nathan,  the child got sick and died. 

This is the part that comforts me. I Samuel 12:24, “Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife.  He slept with her. . .She became pregnant again and had another son, whom David named Solomon.  The Lord loved Soloman.” 

If the Lord was not the Lord I would guess this story would be different.  Praise the Lord, he is LORD and he certainly does forgive and forget.  God’s complaint against David seems to be over and he gave David a son who was the wisest man who ever lived and was even qualified to build the Lord’s temple.

It’s a wonder to me, I don’t understand but this I know; I am thankful for a merciful Father who loves enough to forgive and forget.

There is No Good Definition of Happiness

The dictionary defines happiness as; Characterized by good luck; fortunate, enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, being especially well-adapted, cheerful. Do you like any of these definitions?

Once I saw a newspaper advertisement That read, “If you are not completely satisfied with your life, give us a call.”  This is a perfect add because who in the world is completely satisfied with their life?

The truth is we are completely satisfied with nothing.

The reason is human nature. What ever we want–love, money, attention, pleasure, food, security–cannot be supplied to completely satisfy.  I think our human nature is the biggest obstacle to happiness. 

I have a friend who is never happy, in my eyes she has everything, a lovely home, a loving husband and plenty of money.  It isn’t enough, she still has a problem with happiness.

Could it be that our brain can determine our happiness.  When my little grand kids get cranky their mother always tells them that it’s up to them to decide to be happy.  I think she is on to something that we all need to do.  Decide to be happy.  We can decide to be satisfied with what we have.  A poor person who decides to be happy with what little they have is much happier than the wealthy person who is unhappy because they want more.

If we are not satisfied with what we have, will we allow that to make us unhappy?  For sure dissatisfaction does not have to make us unhappy.  Oh I know I’m not making sense out of this but this is what I know.  Someone my age (young) has terminal cancer–I don’t know her well enough to know if she has been satisfied with her life.  I do know as I look at my life, I don’t want to wasted any time being unhappy with life.  There are things I can be dissatisfied about but I want with all my heart to be happy from the inside-out.

I have noticed, I really am much happier and satisfied when I have spent a good amount of time in the WORD.  It just stands to reason that the Lord fills my needs, my heart, my longings with gems from His WORD.

A Giving Heart

Do you know the Bible tells us that’s it’s important to give?  I think we should give because it is our role.  As women God certainly created us to be givers.  We give a smile, a hug, a compliment, encouragement.  I mean that’s us, we are natural givers.

The New Testament tells us to give generously.  Galatians 6:7 says, “What ever a mother sows, that she will also reap.” That’s a scary thought.  As I consider the principle of sowing and reaping, I realize that what I put into my family on a daily basis will be what I get back in the years to come.  When I really think about that I could gasp for air, wish I had thought about this sooner.

Give expecting nothing in return.  Really we serve our family because God says to do it. Luke 6:35  We don’t give love to get praise, and if we do there is something really wrong.  Read Titus 2:4 it is pretty clear on just how we are to love our children.

I think we need to have fun, I think visiting grandma’s house should be the most fun a kid has.  Or what about a child’s home? It should be a ball for every family member.  We need to develop a good sense of humor, laugh easily.  When my daughter was dating I would usually wait up for her and when she would come in the door, usually with a girl friend, we would put on the water make some mac and cheese and talk it all over.  We had some really good laughs and lots of fun talking about the evening.

IDK–I certainly don’t have all the answers but let’s make life fun.  Lighten up a little and bring a sparkle to the eyes of the people we love.

There is a Lesson to Be Learned

That’s what my mom would always say, “there’s a lesson here some place.”  I say my lesson is to be happy with what I have or I should say had.  I just got a new phone, I hate it.  I want my old one back!  Why didn’t I just keep what I was familiar with IDK. Why do we always want the newest, the biggest the best?

I was reading about Ruth and Naomi, what a pair they were.  A daughter in law who would not leave her ML and  ML who helped Ruth find a husband.  It seems to me Ruth was a woman who knew what she had a was not interested in bigger, better or new.

I love a good romantic story and the Bible is full of them.  Really the Bible has wonderful stories, exciting stories, romantic stories, dramatic stories, sad and scary stories.  What a book.

How can I be excited about soup this time of year?  I just do really love soup and this is an especially great dish.  Again this is from the cookbook, The 30-day Diabetes Miracle Cookbook.

THREE SISTERS STEW

Makes 8 1/2 Cups

1 1/2 Tbs. Smart Balance                                              1 Cup whole kernel corn

1 1/2 Cups Morningstar Crumbles                            2 Cups 3/4 inch cubed peeled butternut squash

3/4 chopped green bell pepper                                  2 Tb. McKay’s Beef broth

1 Cup chopped onion                                                       3/4 tsp. dried basil

2 cloves minced garlic                                                   1/16 tsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups water                                                                       1/2 tsp. salt-I omitted

1 can pinto beans, drained                                           1 can diced tomatoes

1 can kidney beans, drained                                        2 Tb. water

1 Tb. cornstarch

I added 2 envelopes of Sazon Seasoning–find this in a Mexican store but it’s not in the recipe.

Melt the margarine in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the crumbles, pepper, onion, garlic and saute until vegetables are tender, 4-5 minutes.  Add all the remaining ingredients, except the 2 Tb. water and cornstarch.  Cover and simmer until the vegetables are almost tender, about 20 minutes.  Whisk the cornstarch and water together, and stir into the stew.  Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and serve.

I have to admit I doubled almost all the ingredients except the corn,  kidney beans and tomatoes.  I used GW Broth 6 envelopes because I didn’t have any McKay’s Beef Style Broth.

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