My Lion Hearted ”Weiner” Dog

For those of you that know what Joe Joe looks like, you will find this interesting:

 

 

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Here are pictures of my boy:

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I got the results back today and I have been laughing all day. I love my boy. rescued him from the indian reservation at about 4 months old. He has been a joy ever since.

Just ordered another one for my ‘cockapoo’ and my ‘affenpinscher mix’

http://www.wisdompanel.com/

cheaper here: http://www.amazon.com/

The Rhodesian ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Southern Africa. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi.
In the earlier parts of its history, the Rhodesian ridgeback has also been known as Van Rooyen’s lion dog, the African lion hound or African lion dog—simba inja in Ndebele, shumba imbwa in Shona—because of its ability to keep a lion at bay while awaiting its master to make the kill.

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The Chihuahua’s history is puzzling and there are many theories surrounding the origin of the breed. Both folklore and archaeological finds show that the breed originated in Mexico. The most common and most likely theory is that Chihuahuas are descended from the Techichi, a companion dog favored by the Toltec civilization in Mexico. No records of the Techichi are available prior to the 9th century, although dog pots from Colima, Mexico, buried as part of the western Mexico shaft tomb tradition which date back to 300 BC are thought to depict Techichis. It is probable that earlier ancestors were present prior to the Mayans as dogs approximating the Chihuahua are found in materials from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, predating 1530 and in the ruins of Chichen Itza on the Yucatán Peninsula.

IOWA 2015 ~ My Vacation

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my luggage managed to get lost and I only received it two days til my departure

airport parking lot Micaela and Kristina

Arrival at the airport. I love Iowa and I love my hosts/my friends/my siblings in Christ

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Thrift store shopping is something me and Micaela love to do and this was the find of the century!!

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When I finally got my bags I told Micaela I think the guys brought me the wrong size jeans, mine are too small. MAYbe because Doug got up early and cooked me an apple pie and we ate a piece for breakfast every morning

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I stayed on a farm/bednbreakfast/apple orchard with my friends I met blogging 6 [?] years ago. Been visiting every year ever since.

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Doug put me to work raking up leaves in the orchard so the spores on the dead leaves do not infect the trees. Little did he know, I put a mysterious gift in each pile for him to pick up. {Libby poop}

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This is Libby, resident farm dog. Master pooper and walker. Sometime bunneh killer.

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Had to get a picture at Walmart. Doesn’t everyone?

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We figured out how to put stencils on apple crates. There were over 100 needed to be done but I think I only got to 15 of them.

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Miss Kitty, beautiful calico, resident rodent hunter and snuggle buddy

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my little gourd project. We can’t get gourds to dry here in the PNW, too damp. Pretty excited over this little thing.

My week went by way too fast. I must be a farm girl trapped in a city.

What is your favorite vacation spot? and your favorite thing to do there?

Are You Sure You Are Saved?

At church last Sunday the verses were these below, the Reformation ESV study Bible had a note, so I looked it up:

2 Corinthians 13 English Standard Version (ESV)

Final Warnings
13 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them— 3 since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 7 But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. 10 For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

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TEXT NOTES: 13:5 Examine . . . Test. See 1 Cor. 11:28; Gal. 6:4.

Paul’s words help clarify the doctrine of assurance of faith. Paul asks the Corinthians to examine their own lives for evidence of salvation.

Such evidence would include trust in Christ (Heb. 3:6),

Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later,but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

obedience to God (Matt. 7:21),

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

growth in holiness (Heb. 12:14; 1 John 3:3),

14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23),

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

love for other Christians (1 John 3:14),

14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.

Positive influence on others (Matt. 5:16),

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

adhering to the apostolic teaching (1 John 4:2),

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

and the testimony of the Holy Spirit within them (Rom. 8:15, 16).

12 So then, brothers,[e] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[f] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

 

Do you have all that? Do I have all that? Trust, obedience, growth, fruit, love? Sometimes I think, yes…sometimes, no.

If we don’t think/feel/see these assurances, then how do we know we are saved?

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Mentoring….. What is it? J.M.O.*

I asked my peeps on Facebook what mentoring looked like to them. Here are some answers:

~Encouraging and directing

~Time. You are that person’s source of learning.

~Guess it would depend on the setting/ expectations on both sides going into it, but a biggie would be that you genuinely care, can actively listen, and are @ least one step ahead of the person you are mentoring..doesn’t mean you have life all figured out.

~Walking alongside of them as they travel in life, encourage and support, but not feeling like you are responsible to solve all their problems. Show them what a healthy life looks like following God and allow God to work in them as only He can do.

~Not just hearing their heart but truly listening to it and guiding them towards its calling and passion!

~Depends on what it is.

All these are true. Yet does not even begin to encompass all that there is to mentoring.

When I was first asked to be a mentor, and subsequently, when I asked others to be mentors, there was a resounding feeling that we were not ‘good enough’ to mentor another.

The thought of putting yourself out there and caring for another person is scary, unknown, overwhelming. We feel we put so much time into other things, like work, home, family….but do we? Do we really put our time into a worthy cause or are we just making sure we have time to watch our favorite shows/games/internet?

Being a mentor brings up emotions, good and bad. Am I ‘good enough’, do I have enough time, do I have enough energy, do I have enough knowledge? Will I get a ‘good’ student? Will we have things in common? What is it in for me?

Yes, on all accounts. God will give you all these things and more. You will be blessed.

My heart is a bit too soft and I care a bit too much and get hurt a bit too much by others. I really didn’t want all the baggage that came with mentoring another broken soul.

But I am that broken soul. I may not have done the exact things/sins/roadblocks that my student has, but I have done enough to be able to turn ‘my mess into a message’ of hope for someone else.

Mentors are not present to fix another person. We are there to walk alongside another, get into their lives, speak truth in love, network, to listen.

If you are feeling inspired, be a mentor, give and receive the Love of Christ. You won’t be sorry.

http://www.loveincpiercecounty.org/jobs-for-life/

*J.M.O. = Just My Opinion

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Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

86 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

…but a breath in his nostrils

Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he? — Isaiah 2:22

Thought

How many times have you been disappointed by someone for whom you voted, betrayed by a friend, been abandoned by a loved one, or let down by a church leader? While we love others and care about them, every other person in our world is just like us — a flawed human being who breathes the same air and walks the same ground as we do. Only One is worthy of our ultimate trust. He showed us by sacrificing what was most precious to him so we could know his love. Let’s not put our hope in other mere mortals; only God can safeguard our trust. Let’s put our hope in him!

Prayer

Father, you know the broken places in my heart that were caused by the failure of people in my life. I confess that I have sometimes become disillusioned with your way because of the failures and inconsistencies in your people. Deep down I know, dear Father, that their failures do not mean your failure, but it is hard for it not to feel that way. Call me close to you. Give me a more gracious heart toward those who fail me. Establish my faith, strong and firm in you, O LORD. In you I put my trust. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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Joy and Equality

http://rcsprouljr.com/blog/kingdom-note-nunc-dimittis/

 

As I read this, I wonder if a person finds true joy when he/she has let go of worldly things and finally can say ‘I’m ready to be with My Lord”

I often say, I am ready to go, but am I really? Am I ready to give up all the world  gives to me?

Does the pain and suffering have to be more than the happy of life to want to go Home?

Some days was worse than others. I must admit, most of the bad days are my own doing. I am blessed beyond belief, yet things/people do not meet my ‘expectations’ .

Most days I wake up weepy and sad lately. Probably because of the disconnect I have with some of my best friends. And with my church. But again, it’s because I have set too high of expectations for them and they have disappointed me. but alas, who am I but a sinner beyond help without the King, and so are they. Why should I put unwanted and un asked for demands on them?

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Equality. a human thing really. Im not quite sure God believes in equality for all. Well, my preconceived notion came from this group of verses:

English Standard Version
God’s Sovereign Choice

1I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,a my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

14What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16So then it depends not on human will or exertion,b but on God, who has mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

19You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? 25As indeed he says in Hosea,

“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
26“And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

27And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israelc be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, 28for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.” 29And as Isaiah predicted,

“If the Lord of hosts had not left us offspring,
we would have been like Sodom
and become like Gomorrah.”

Israel’s Unbelief

30What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; 31but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousnessd did not succeed in reaching that law. 32Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33as it is written,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

http://biblehub.com/esv/romans/9.htm

but it seems that is only about election/predestination, where these verses are all about equality:

http://www.openbible.info/topics/equality

http://www.openbible.info/topics/equal_rights

http://www.gotquestions.org/human-rights.html

so if we follow the logic to the end, if we say we are for the bible, then we are for equality of man, if we are for equality, then we are for equal rights for all men….regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, geographical location, etc.

Even if we say, well sexual orientation is not like color or gender equality because it is a sin.

Well, so then follow that out and we have  no equality for the addict, the pedophile, the porn star, the drunk, the pharisee, etc.

And regardless of what you may think of a particular sin, all man should be treated equal, right?

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In this world we should treat all men equal, it is our responsibility, our job, our right and our expectation for our Lord.

In the next world, God will be the judge and the equalizer. We need not to worry but to love.

 

 

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