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Missed Opportunities

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Literally speaking, to sin means “to miss the mark.” It may also be described as failing to be and do what God commands and doing what God forbids (1 John 3:4). Sin is not an action against an impersonal set of rules. Rather, it is a rebellion against God’s personal desires and requirements.

 This is true even when our thoughts, words, or actions are not consciously directed against God himself. Even seemingly small wrongs against other people are serious in God’s eyes, because every wrong is a violation of his will.

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict

Food for Thought

When you reflect on sin in your life, do you consistently characterize it by something you do? Or have you also considered something you haven’t done?

For most of us, our daily (perhaps hourly) confessions frequently revolve around us telling God how sorry we are for something we have done–a “sin of commission.” This type of confession is indeed necessary, but can quickly become mere repetition–we know we’ve done something to offend God and so we confess it, almost flippantly, to restore right relationship. This indicates a level of immaturity in our walk with Christ.

However, there should come a time in our spiritual walk when we become aware of the things we should be doing but aren’t–the “sins of omission.” They are no less serious in their nature. Many of these are in the form of missed opportunities.

Did you ever have a chance to tell somebody about a great thing God has done in your life but you said nothing? What about failing to apologize or to reach out in forgiveness related to an offense God brought to memory? While these may not seem like “confessionable” sins, if God was truly prompting you and you ignored that prompt, then they are characterized as rebellion against God, and therefore do require confession.

Think about the righteous things you may have failed to do, particularly in a conflict you may be facing today. Don’t walk away without realizing they are sins of omission rather than mere missed opportunities. It’s not always what you do, it’s frequently what you haven’t done. Yet if your heart is repentant and you confess, Jesus stands ready to forgive and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4:17

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Have you ever had a chance to tell someone about our great God, something He has done for us?

And then not tell them?

Have you ever failed to apologize to someone knowing full well you needed to?                                           And it chipped away at your conscience for days?

I have failed many times in this area.

I often use my hubby as a sounding board for when i think someone has offended me and i think i need to be apologized to.

More often than not, it’s me who has the bad attitude and needs to apologize to them.

Thanks, Hubby!

~~upcoming on Musings of a Home Engineer:

Review of The Shack

A to Z meme

Post on Salvation

plus other things brewing in my crazy brain.

Also my blood pressure has been way up the past few days. Its freaking me out. I’ve been taking my pressure 3 times a day. Took a Xanax a few nights ago, thinking it might be a panic attack. Didn’t help.

Nothing has changed in my schedule, except hubby going on 3rd shift for 5 months.

Maybe that’s it, except for the fact, i am loving sleeping in the bed, the whole bed, without any elbows or feet flying near me. 🙂 (it’s the little things that make me happy)

Got a new camera too. Its our anniversary present to each other. August 15th will be 10 years. (but we have been together 16 years)

Went to hubbys 30 years at work lunch celebration thingy today. Talk about weird being around grown-ups. I mean, like, grown-ups that live in the world, working and stuff.

Got my garage cleaned out just in time for 20 cases of bibles to take up residence there.

And a trip to IKEA is in the works, cuz really, can one ever have enough IKEA crap in their house?!?!?

ok, gotta finish up the bulletin, work on bible study and take my puppy for a walk.

Awww, the life of a Home Engineer 🙂

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.18Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”19(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21

 

 

 

Who Owns the Rain?

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Hands off that rain – it’s state property
Published: July 24th, 2008 01:00 AM | Updated: July 24th, 2008 05:59 AM

The question wouldn’t have occurred to most of us: Who owns the rain? You’d think some phenomena of nature would be exempt from mundane property laws. But rain isn’t one of them.

As it turns out, the State of Washington holds title to the April showers. That’s what the creators of 21 Acres – an experimental farm in Woodinville – found out when they set out to irrigate dozens of garden plots with rainwater rather than paying for city water.

Without a permit from the Department of Ecology, that’s illegal. So, technically, is using a barrel beneath a downspout to collect water from the gutter. (guess I’m in BIG trouble)

This is disillusioning. There’s the whole idea that the rain belongs to the government. And there’s the dismal thought that – even in Western Washington – the drizzle is scarce enough that someone might make a fuss about watering gardens with what falls on your property.

If we were talking Yakima County, it would be one thing. But this is the land of mildew, pineapple expresses, 60-day spells of damp cruddy skies, and cold, wet Junes.

We’re afraid to ask: Who owns the clouds? The wind? The birds? The magma? The northern lights?

 

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Well, we know who owns the clouds, the birds, the wind: God.
Because everything we have is given to us by The Lord and Master.

Ge 2:5Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. Ge 7:4“For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.”

De 11:14that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. 1Sa 12:18So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. Job 5:10“He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,

Job 38:28“Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? Ps 135:7He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries. Ps 147:8Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. Isa 55:10

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; Jer 5:24‘They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest.” Jer 14:22Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.

Zec 10:1Ask rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain— The LORD who makes the storm clouds; And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to {each} man. Heb 6:7For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;

I love these verses about rain……..Whatcha think?   Kristina

Shaken, Not Stirred

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let
your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14.27

Through Jesus you can also experience genuine peace within yourself. Internal peace is a sense of wholeness, contentment, tranquility, order, rest, and security.

Although nearly everyone longs for this kind of peace, it eludes most people. Genuine internal peace cannot be directly obtained through our own efforts; it is a gift that God gives only to those who believe in his Son and obey his commands (I John 3:21-24). In other words, internal peace is a by-product of righteousness….

Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 46

Food for Thought
When it comes to peace, whose definition are you using?
The world defines peace as the absence of conflict. No more war, no more injustice, no more _____ — you fill in the blank. Jesus defines peace as the presence of the Comforter, right in the middle of wars and rumors of wars. Remember? His peace is not as the world gives/defines.
As Jesus speaks to his disciples in John 14, notice his target: “Do not let your hearts…” He is speaking about their internals, if you will. Ken’s emphasis in this passage from The Peacemaker is also on an internal peace, not necessarily an external one. Miss that difference and you miss an important peace.

Jesus’ desire is that those hearts not be troubled. A little investigation into that word troubled and you’ll find that one of the primary meanings is to be stirred. Imagine a huge pitcher of sugar-induced, southern iced tea. Now picture mama’s hand coming up with a long wooden spoon, sticking it down in the middle of that pitcher, and swirling it around. That’s the image here.

Jesus does not want their hearts to be stirred, as in something coming in and stirring them internally.

Jesus was well aware of what was to come, and he was trying to relay that to his friends.

Phrases like, “the world will not see me anymore,” “the world will hate you,” and “anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God,” no doubt shook the disciples. It wasn’t just about to get hot in the kitchen; the whole house was about to burn down.

The peace that Jesus was giving to his disciples was internal, not external. He wasn’t trying to keep them from being shaken, but rather from being stirred. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” (John 17.15).

Placing our trust in him and his goodness and his righteousness allows us to “keep on keepin’ on” even when the earth’s foundations are shaking.

Who would pretty much give a body part to have the peace Jesus talks about?

Its not about not ever having troubles, its about how you react to the troubles that get sent your way.

Notice the verse at the top;

Do not let your heart be trouble. Do not be afraid.

Looks like a command to me. “Just Do It”

Don’t give up an appendage, just ask Jesus for the peace that surpasses all understanding and then take and rest in it!!

Kristina

 

Home Remedies For Hound Dogs

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From This Site:

(I’m thinking of using the first item on Anna Bella for her paw, she is still limping and the vet wants to put her on Tramadol. Any one ever used any of these on their own sweet children companion animals?) 

Having home remedies on hand to treat your dogs’ minor mishaps will allow you to give them quick relief while also saving money on vet bills and, in some cases, avoiding harsh medications. Just be sure to seek professional veterinary help if the home remedy isn’t effective within a reasonable time period.

Arnica Montana: If I were on a desert island and could have only one natural remedy with me, it would be arnica. Homeopathic arnica is perfect for any traumatic injury, large or small. If I see one of my dogs limping, out comes the arnica. Ditto if someone takes a tumble. Arnica speeds healing big-time. You can bet that Rowdy got arnica several times a day after his recent surgery. The only tricky thing about arnica is that as a homeopathic remedy, it’s very fragile energetically, so you can’t touch it with your fingers―you have to get it into your dog’s mouth via the lid of the container or a spoon. Homeopathic remedies are supposed to dissolve in your mouth, so unless you have arnica in a granular form, you’ll need to crush the small tablets between two spoons and then just dump the powder into your dog’s mouth, holding it shut for a second so that the remedy gets moistened and sticks to your dog’s tongue. (Homeopathic remedies don’t taste bad, so there’s no problem there.) You also have to avoid giving homeopathic remedies within 15 minutes of a meal (because of their fragility). If all this sounds like voodoo, then please just suspend your disbelief―once you’ve seen how effective homeopathic remedies can be, you’ll be a believer.

Calendula: This gentle herb is great for any type of skin rash or irritation. You can get it in liquid form or as an ointment.

Coconut Oil: Luscious coconut oil can be eaten as food or used topically―either way, its secret ingredient, caprylic acid, is going to do battle with yeast. This would be a good thing to feed to dogs with yeasty ears or a yeast overgrowth on their skin. The dosage is 1 teaspoonful per 10 pounds of bodyweight per day. It’s pretty fattening, though, so you would need to cut back somewhere else in the diet.

Colloidal Silver: One health-care provider told me that colloidal silver can actually purify sewage. I believe it. It kills bacteria, so it’s great to put on small cuts and wounds. Just make sure that you get a reputable brand.

Eyebright (aka Euphrasia): This aptly named herb is great for irritated, red eyes. You can give it to your dogs orally in capsule form and also topically as a popular form of homeopathic eye drops known as Similasan. This double whammy will clear up most garden-variety cases of red eyes without having to resort to antibiotics.

Hydrogen Peroxide: If you see your dog eat something that you know is going to be harmful, such as chewing gum containing xylitol or a hunk of plastic, you want to induce vomiting ASAP. The best way, in my view, is to administer hydrogen peroxide. A tablespoonful for a large dog, less for a smaller dog. It will take up to 10 minutes before your dog actually vomits―just wait for it.

Melatonin: For dogs with thunderstorm anxiety, nothing beats melatonin, which is a synthetic version of a natural hormone that regulates sleep. It can really take the edge off the fear of thunderstorms and calm dogs right down. The dosage is 6 mg for 100+-lb. dogs; 3 mg for 50-lb. dogs; 1.5 mg for 30-lb. dogs; and 0.5 mg for 10-lb. dogs. A very small percentage of dogs might have the opposite reaction (excitement) when given melatonin, so test it out when there is no sign of a thunderstorm in sight.

Pet Calm: This classic combination of herbs, homeopathic remedies, vitamins, and minerals can be used in any situation that is going to evoke anxiety, whether it’s a car trip, a trip to the vet, or construction workers on the roof. Give it 20 minutes prior to the stress-inducing event.

Slippery Elm: The herb to reach for at the onset of intestinal distress, such as diarrhea, slippery elm soothes and coats the intestinal walls. I have Rowdy on this right now for his inflammatory bowel disease.

Stinging Nettles: For dogs with that summertime itch, stinging nettles are just the ticket. They have a natural anti-histamine effect, similar to Benedryl but without the drowsiness. I give Dexter two capsules every morning and evening, but for small dogs, like Theresa, who also suffers from the itchies, you can just open up a capsule and pour a small amount into their food. Stinging nettles are also a very nutritious plant loaded with calcium.

Styptic Powder: An essential grooming accessory, this is a must-have for anyone who trims dogs’ nails, no matter how good at it they are. When a nail accidentally gets trimmed too close and bleeds, styptic powder can staunch the bleeding very quickly, so it’s good to keep it on hand, just in case.

Vanilla Soy Ice Cream: Something I learned recently, when researching seizures after Chihuahua Theresa’s recent seizure episode, is that in the aftermath of a seizure, a dog is at risk for a second one because his or her blood sugar drops so dramatically during the initial one. The best way to prevent a second seizure is to immediately offer something sweet and fatty―like ice cream.

Veterinarian’s Best Hot Spot Spray: I like this product for sudden hotspots or other skin irritations. It contains aloe vera, tea tree oil, and chamomile; soothes the skin with an anti-itch effect; smells great; and, best of all, isn’t tested on animals!

Yellow Dock: This herb will kill ear mites while having a gentler effect on the ear tissue than the standard ear ointment administered by veterinarians, which can sting inflamed ear canals. Before applying the yellow dock, fill a small dropper bottle with olive oil and the contents of one 400 I.U. capsule of vitamin E, and apply a half-dropperful of this mixture into the ears every other day for three treatments. This will smother the adult mites and soothe the ear tissue. Then, as the remaining eggs hatch, apply a tincture of yellow dock into the ear canals every three days for four weeks to kill the “newborn” mites.

Good luck and good health to you and your pups!

Holy Halitosis?

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And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20.22

Peacemakers are people who breathe grace. They draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ, and then they bring his love, mercy, forgiveness, strength, and wisdom to the conflicts of daily life. God delights to breathe his grace through peacemakers and use them to dissipate anger, improve understanding, promote justice, and encourage repentance and reconciliation.

Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 11

 

Food for Thought
When it comes to the believer’s breath on others, it’s usually one of two aromas — life or death.

 What does your breath smell like?
Have you ever been around someone with halitosis (bad breath)? Unless you have the patience of Job, most of us back up a little and suddenly remember an urgent appointment.

Those with Job’s fortitude stick it out, digging around in their pockets for a mint. Now consider the phrase, holy halitosis. Have you ever been around someone with that?                                                                       Everything from their denominational wardrobe to their Christian reading list screams HOLINESS.

But when they open their mouths, it’s anything but grace they breathe; in fact, it’s usually some variation on the theme of condemnation.
Halitosis, of the natural kind, is usually connected in some way to what we’re taking in. A steady diet of onions or feta cheese and voila! — bad breath.

A similar principle applies to the spiritual realm. As Ken writes, we must draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ. Drawing in, or breathing in, Christ’s goodness fills our spiritual lungs with the breath of Holy Spirit filled, lifesaving grace.

Then our tanks are full, so to speak, to breathe out that same grace on and in the lives of others.
We’re as much peacebreathers as we are peacemakers. There’s a rhythm there as ancient as creation itself. Inhale and exhale. Breathe in and breathe out. Grace in and grace out.

Do a little spiritual diagnosis on yourself, first, and then on others around you. If you find that you rarely breathe grace, it’s a red flag that you’re not taking any in. The same goes for people around you. The only difference is that if it’s you, then some time feasting on the riches of God’s grace is in order.

Take. Eat. If it’s your neighbor, then you may be the vessel that God wants to use to bring grace and peace to a troubled soul, marriage, or household. Breathe on us, breath of God!

So, how is your breath? Are you breathing in God’s grace into your life so you can breathe out the grace of life onto others? 

Are there times when you just stink of wretchedness?

Or had halitosis blown your way?

Do We Deserve to be Happy?

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Kevin and I were discussing if  ‘we deserve to be happy’. (click on his name to see his post about it)

We are in a bit of a disagreement but I think its just  a matter of semantics. Then again, maybe not.

Here is what I found:

Sidenote: this is so cool, had to give you a link to the Online Etymology Dictionary , its a guide to what words used to mean or originally meant.

Lets dissect the word deserve first, it means:

 

verb (used with object) 1. to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to (reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation: to deserve exile; to deserve charity; a theory that deserves consideration.
-verb (used without object) 2. to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, recompense, etc.: to reward him as he deserves; an idea deserving of study.

and the etymology dictionary states it as:

1292, from O.Fr. deservir, from L. deservire “serve well,” from de- “completely” + servire “to serve.” From “be entitled to because of good service” (s sense found in L.L.), meaning generalized c.1300 to “be worthy of.”

Happy means:

adjective, -pi·er, -pi·est. 1. delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
2. characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
3. favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
4. apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
5. obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.

-Synonyms 1. joyous, joyful, blithe, cheerful, merry, contented, gay, blissful, satisfied. 3. favorable, propitious; successful, prosperous. See fortunate. 4. appropriate, fitting, opportune, pertinent.
-Antonyms 1. sad.

and from the etymology dictionary:

1340, “lucky,” from hap “chance, fortune” (see haphazard), sense of “very glad” first recorded c.1390. Ousted O.E. eadig (from ead “wealth, riches”) and gesælig, which has become silly. O.E. bliðe “happy” survives as blithe. From Gk. to Ir., a great majority of the European words for “happy” at first meant “lucky.” An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant “wise.” Used in World War II and after as a suffix (e.g. bomb-happy, flak-happy) expressing “dazed or frazzled from stress.” Happiness is first recorded 1530. Happy hour “early evening period of discount drinks and free hors-d’oeuvres at a bar” is first recorded 1961. Happy-go-lucky is from 1672. Happy as a clam (1636) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can’t be dug up and eaten.

Happy in the bible is translated as blessed, joyful, joyous, happy, to be glad, to be well placed, mirth, gladness.

I spotted several articles on the web about deserving happiness, Simple Tips to Achieve It ( I agree with points 1, 4, 7, 8 )

Breathing for Meditation, excerpt: it is important to reflect on what true happiness is and where it can be found.

From this blog:You know when you are aligned with source and purpose when you feel joy in what you are thinking and doing! ”  (I guess my source would be God)

30 Happiness Tips: #16, realize you deserve happiness.

From Happiness.co.uk: The key to happiness is, you don’t deserve to be happy, you decide to be happy. and To be happy, choose happiness. To be peaceful, choose peace. To be free, choose freedom. Deserving is guilt in another guise, and therefore is useless. So, wipe the word “deserve” from your vocabulary. And teach no one that they deserve happiness or anything else. And when you are happy, think not, “What did I do to deserve this?” Pray, rather, “Dear God, thank you!” Gratitude enables receiving – effortless receiving. Gratitude is an affirmation – it attracts what it focuses on. Gratitude is enough.

From Applying the Secret: the About page.

From Wikipedia.this caught my eye from the religious and spiritual views section:

As an example, according to Augustine‘s Confessions, he lived much of his life without God. He sinned much and recognized his sinfulness. As a youth, he sinned for its own sake, and later, in the pursuit of a perceived good. When he lost a dear friend to death, it troubled him a lot, and he turned to God for answers. He turned to God to find true happiness and was converted to Christianity. He found that true happiness can only come from a relationship with God and appreciating God’s creation for His sake, and not its own.

Ok a bunch of worldly or secular examples, now on to the Word of God.

Just looking at scripture references to the word happy and happiness leads me to believe that people that were happy in the bible were pleasing God, were doing right, were walking in the way of the Lord

Happiness of the Saints in this life

and happiness of the wicked is here.

So what can we conclude from all this?

Do we deserve to be happy?

Do we merit, qualify for, or have claim to, or even worthy of happiness?

I guess we would have to decide what our ‘happiness’ is, huh? Something indicative of pleasure, joy, contentment.

Is God your happiness? Is serving/obeying/glorifying God your joy, contentment, pleasure?

If my happiness is laying on the couch, eating, drinking and being lazy, do I have a clam to that? Am i worthy of that?

If my happiness is making others happy, do i merit that, or qualify for that kind of happiness?

Kevin said God wants us to be happy.

I say God wants us to obey/worship/love and honor Him.

We should be happy doing just that.

Your heart is what your eyes focus on. Focus your loving gaze on your Faithful Creator.

Thoughts? Blessings, Kristina 

De 24:5 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew] “When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken.  Ec 9:7 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew] Go {then,} eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.  Isa 52:7 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew] How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, {And} says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”  La 3:17 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]My soul has been rejected from peace; I have forgotten happiness.