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100 Things I have Done -Redux

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Totally had to re-post this from Feb 2009 to see if there was any improvements….

improvements in red
Well, you’re supposed to bold the things you’ve done so readers can find out how you’ve led an awesome life so far.
Here’s what I have done:
1. Started your own blog [January 2007]
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii [honeymoon 1998]
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity [many times]
7. Been to Disneyland [march 1998]
8. Climbed a mountain [not a serious climb, just walking up Mt. Rainer]
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch [knitting]
15. Adopted a child [if taking care my sons friends count, then I’m in]
16.Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables [growing own veggies rules!]
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill [heck yea, who hasn’t?]
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb [oh I only wish, but i petted a pig and held a 6 foot snake]
26. Gone skinny dipping [ah, in my youth]
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise [Disneyworld about 10 years ago]
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community [in Iowa!]
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke [at my wedding]
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight [in Mexico]
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing [black bass, in alaska]
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling [Itried it, was totally freaked out by it]
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater [worked at a drive-in theater]
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business [SQUEAL, i get to mark this! 2011, my pet sitting business]
58. Taken a martial arts class [attended one class then quit]
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies [I was a Camp Fire Girl]
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason [just recently from my friend Leslie]
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt [i’m going to say yes to this one, i helped someone with cutting squares for my quilt]
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job [1 time, for stealing, which i didn’t do]
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone [funny how I never had broken bones until my son was born]
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle [i love the thrill of it! someday, someday]
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car [well, hubby bought it for me]
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper [yes, 5 years old, holding mushrooms]
85. Read the entire Bible [I have listened to the entire bible on CD]
86. Visited the White House [the outside, many years ago]
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous {Alton Brown]
92. Joined a book club [long time ago, a craft book club]
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Well, there you have it. Still boring. Peace!

How to Fiercely Love and Protect Someone in Difficult Times

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Remember you cannot control anyone else. Just YOURself.

1. Cry with them

2. Laugh with them

3. Listen to them

4. Keep your mouth shut.

a. Seriously. Unless they specifically ask for opinion, advice, help. Keep it zipped.

b. Be prepared to have kind, good and sane advice for them.

5. Follow this easy guide…

1 Corinthians 13  (NIV)

4 Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

6. Keep in touch. Send a note, a card, encourage. Keep doing it. Especially with a death, people forget that the survivor still lives and has to go on. Fiercely loving them means being in it for the long haul.

7. Empathy: : the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this.

8. Take into consideration [empathy] what they are going through. Emotions run high and they are scared, sad, mad, depressed, sometimes in a chokingly exhausting way.

9. Offer to help [and only help them in #5 ways] Bring a meal, babysit, run errands, go to mtgs with them, sit in mourning with them, forgive the people they forgive, love the people they choose to love.

10. Keep your mouth shut. Keep your hands and feet close. Delete all distractions from your life that interfere with fiercely loving your friend/family member.

11. You can only control YOURself.

12. Last but never ever least. Pray. If you are not a praying person. Do whatever, meditate, light candles, etc. Just do it.

Please feel free to comment below if you have any other advice for fiercely loving others in difficult times.

*Dedicated to those who have suffered loss. I love you.

Musings on…… Home Church/Bible Study

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Thinking about having a little bible study here at the house using these books:

http://store.precept.org/By-Series/40-minute-no-homework/

Read somewhere that these should be the points to follow for a ‘home church’

(Acts 2:42;42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

1 Corinthians 16:2;On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.

1 Timothy 4:13; Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.

2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.).

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and this paragraph stood out to me:

When we think of three core things any group — small or big are doing — things that are inward (with our relationships), things that are outward (in the area of evangelism) and things that are upward (toward God), the house church situation provides several advantages over the larger church. Notably, one of them is that it’s not a cultural shift for an unbelieving neighbour or friend of yours to accept your invitation to a gathering that meets in your home, unlike the culture shock of stepping into many of our church buildings for a Sunday morning meeting.

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Oh, I like this article, wraps it up in a  pretty bow: http://www.allaboutgod.com/house-church.htm, this one too,

http://www.compellingtruth.org/simple-church.html

http://homechurchhelp.com/how-not-to-meet and http://homechurchhelp.com/how-to-meet

http://www.smallgroups.com/articles/2008/how-to-start-house-church.html?paging=off

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Orderly Worship
1 Corin 14:

26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 27 If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. 30 If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. 33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

Acts 17:11
11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

romans 16:3

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. 5 Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert 2 to Christ in Asia.

colossians 4
15 Give my greetings to the brothers 2 at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

Hebrews 10:24:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
1 Peter 4:10:

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

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Would be nice to get people gathered together to worship, even newbies. If it grew and became more permanent, we could use one weekend devoted to outreach. Questions about tithing, songs, outreach, growth and inverted focus all show up on the interwebs. Far too early to think about that.

My husband and I praying about it and asking others to pray also.

The Home Engineer sign

Yearn for the Day

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The New Heaven and the New Earth

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for  the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city,new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Do you yearn for this day?

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Great Is Your Steadfast Love

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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.

Joy and Equality

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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 unasked for demands on them?

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

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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 righteousness 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.