BF 2 CM

People are in for war over these sales...totally desperate, It's ridiculous. I'm staying inside as much as possible. I don't want 2 literally get killed for the sake of a 2 dollar kettle. No thank you... this is sad.

A Scriptural Model

Christian Prayer

A model for Christian prayer is found in the Gospel of MatthewJesus Christ himself gave all of us a pattern for prayer:

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen" (Matthew 6:9-13, KJV).

Christian Prayer: An Interpretation For All Of Us
The model for Christian prayer in Matthew 6 is known as the Lord's Prayer. Many of us have recited this prayer for years, but have never truly meditated on its meaning. The following are spiritual snippets based on the Lord's Prayer that can help deepen your prayer life with God:

"Our Father" - God wants us to approach Him as "Daddy" (Aramaic: Abba). He wants to take care of us and protect us. God desires intimacy. Remember, He has infinite love and grace. God wants us to be secure in His family as adopted children and heirs.

"Which Art in Heaven" -- Look up to God. Fear Him and revere Him. He is all-powerful and can deal with all our problems, even the big ones. But He loves us so much that He doesn't stay up there.

"Hallowed be Thy Name" -- Holy, holy, holy. Approach God with awe and wonder. Save the word "awesome" for God. Live a life that honors Him.

"Thy Kingdom Come" - "Take this job and love it!" Working on behalf of God's kingdom is the ultimate joy. Bloom where you're planted. Do everything as unto the Lord. Find your gifts and use them. Be open to God's leading each day.

"Thy Will Be Done" - God is the potter; we are the clay. God keeps us spinning on His potter's wheel, shaping and reshaping us as He bathes our lives in tears to make us more Christ-like so He can use us for His will. Surrender daily. Keep your clay moist through daily prayer.

"On Earth as it is in Heaven" -- Thy will be done - not my will be done!

"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" - Trust! God will provide for our needs. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He cares for me.

"Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors" -- Forgiveness = Surrender. Don't carry your own backpack - surrender it to Him. Revealing the feeling is the beginning of healing. Act as if you have forgiven and the feeling will follow. In our weakness, God sends His strength and peace.

"Lead Us Not Into Temptation" - Watch for unrecognized temptation. Pray, so you won't fall. We are tempted every day. It deepens our walk and strengthens our faith - but be careful of spiritual blindness. Open my eyes, Lord, to my blind spots - use honest friends and family.

"Deliver Us From Evil" -- The Evil One, Satan. We are saved from death to life. Jesus is more powerful than Satan - God is greater!

"For Thine Is the Kingdom (obedience), and the Power (confidence) and the Glory (joy),Forever" -- This is our Father's world. Everything we have is His. He is the ruler! 

NBA - Updates GSW 16-0


Warriors make NBA history as first team to start season 16-0. The defending champion Golden State Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0.

read more - http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2015/11/24/9796588/warriors-beat-lakers-set-nba-record-16-0-2015

Sunday Song - You Are My Joy



godiz - There is no such music that touches your heart, as much as gospel does... nada, nope nothing. It's on another level.

Early Bright


godizI heart George <3 one of my fave cartoons and monkey.

Generous Ginger

Ginger is an ancient wonder spice and is given the status of a "natural medicine chest" in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits.

Try some fresh ginger just before a meal to stoke your digestive fire and support a health gut! You can grate it up and squeeze it into a hot tea, add it to juices, baked goods, smoothies and more... experiment and have fun.

 Let’s give this knobbly root a closer look...

10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger:

  1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat a little fresh ginger just before a meal to inspire your appetite and activate your digestive juices. 
  2. Eating ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the clearing your sinuses that can flare up seasonally or during colder months. 
  3. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Ginger can help, preferably tossed in a little honey. 
  4. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence! 
  5. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger. 
  6. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. 
  7. Float some ginger essential oil in your bath to help aching muscles and joints. 
  8. Just had surgery? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea. 
  9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming and healing benefits of this tasty tea are even greater! 
  10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Psst...the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)


Ginger Benefits Summary – Ginger is Great for:

  • Cancer protection
  • Heartburn/acid reflux/GERD
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Pain
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy Nose or Nasal Congestion
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Toothache
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling
  • Diseases caused by or fueled by inflammation such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, numerous cancer types, cardiovascular disease, and more
— As the world’s most widely cultivated spice, ginger may also be the world’s most versatile, evidence-based natural health remedy. Numerous studies have been conducted on the medicinal benefits of this wonder spice for over 100 health conditions. It has a long history of use, and as a testimony to its numerous benefits, it remains a component of more than 50% of all traditional herbal remedies.

Originally, ginger was mostly used in China and India. These days, there are many plantations across the globe — particularly in East Africa and the Caribbean. This is why many branches of natural health care like herbal therapy, aroma therapy, ayurveda and naturopathy depend on the multiple gigner benefits.
People have been experiencing the many health benefits of ginger for ages; it is time that you see it as more than just an ingredient for your dishes, but also as a powerful natural remedy.
Ginger provides a variety of vitamins and minerals:
  • Carbohydrate - 17.77 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Protein - 1.82 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 1.7 g
  • Sodium - 13 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.16 mg
  • Calcium - 16 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5 mg
  • Potassium - 415 mg
  • Magnesium - 43 mg
  • Phosphorus - 34 mg
  • Zinc - 0.34 mg
  • Folate - 11 mcg
  • Riboflavin - 0.034 mg
  • Niacin - 0.75 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Figures above are per 100g of ginger.
Ginger truly does top the list of effective natural home remedies. Being used throughout history by different cultures around the world, ginger harnesses an incredible healing power proven for a host of ailments. The spice is packed with essential nutrients and rejuvenating compounds. While ginger has been shown to help countless ‘minor’ problems such as an upset stomach, amazingly the health benefits of ginger also include combating cancer more effectively than pharmaceutical cancer drugs.

Tiny Tomatoes

home grown

Life & Suffering

Bible Study - The Paradox Of Life And Suffering: Suffering covers a wide spectrum of human experiences. My suffering may not be yours, but we share a common bond since a human's life is inextricably tied to suffering. Suffering is a experience of desolation and aloneness. You might feel separated from God, from people, and from the act of living. Suffering is an experience of desperation - a longing for life as we once knew it, yet understanding that life will never be the same. Suffering is life threatening. It threatens our souls, our minds, and our hearts. The disappointment and disillusionment of life poisons our thinking, our feelings, and threatens our ability to live an abundant life. Just like Jesus experienced suffering, we do as well. Although a person may suffer, the sovereignty of God prevails. God is able to bring meaning into the worst situations of suffering. Suffering causes one to withdraw. We become disheartened as we search for understanding. We question and cry out in great despair only to discover a (self) we may have not known before - an angry self, a hateful self, a vengeful self, but a true self. We discover a weak self, a humble self, a needful self, a dependent self, and a longing self. In our suffering, we discover a self who understands that without God, there is no life. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus understood that unless He died, we would not have life (Matt. 2:36-46). Until His hands and feet were nailed to the cross, until He hung, bled, and died, we would not have life. His death brought life. He is the Resurrection and the Life. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow in my suffering. Because He lives, we may be "troubled on every side, yet not distressed" (1 Cor. 4:8). Because He lives, we may be "perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. Because He lives, we are "always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you" (2 Cor. 4:10-12). The thread that maintains a sense of balance between life and suffering is our faith. Faith becomes the hinge to the door of life, or the vein that carries life to the soul. Our suffering comes as a test of our profession of faith in God through Christ Jesus. It comes as a unique opportunity to glorify God. Our suffering is our testament that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor thins present, nor things to come, nor heights, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Yeshua our Lord as Savior" (rom. 8:38-39). Yes, the paradox of life and suffering is one that humanity cannot answer. Also, the Bible does not provide any easy answers for suffering, but "we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28). Read Matthew 26:36-46; see also 2 Corinthians 4:7-12.

Place Of Purpose

From Pain 2 Passion
The "5 Ps" They may help you get through tough times:
1)  Pain
It starts when we acknowledge our pain and turn to God.
2)  Passion
God begins changing that pain into passion.
3)  Process
It doesn’t happen overnight, and it can’t be rushed.
4)  Productivity
Sitting and worrying is torture. When we let God use us, we find healing in activity.
5)  Purpose
Finally, as we build on what we’ve experienced, we find purpose.
Look beyond yourself, make a difference in your life and the lives of others. If you let Him, God will take our pain and lead us to a place of purpose. I hope that everyone will experience such a transformation. We are all in working P-rogress...

My top 5 style Beanies

godiz - My favorite thing about winter-time is, all the different head-wear to chose from. From pom pom's to flap-ears. Don't be afraid to try different styles... Keep it stylish, keep it warm. 

Back 2 Business

Truth

People who LOVE you, will bring you closer to GOD.

Miscarriage

A miscarriage is the emotional roller coaster of riding high on the expectancy of a new baby to the lowest depths of pain from loss. Miscarriages can come without warning or time to prepare your heart to cope. Well-meaning people try to comfort with words of advice and encouragement, but the brokenness remains. Even though the emptiness may seem to consume your heart, there is hope in Christ. The book of Psalms offers words of comfort that can seep through your hurting heart to bring truth and peace.

My heart hurts “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” (Psalm 119:50). No one escapes pain. It’s a part of living in a fallen world. Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit to be your Comforter during this difficult time of your life. The Holy Spirit is always available day or night when you need Him. You can pour out your frustration, confusion, and anger before God because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) Year after year Hannah was unable to have children and this brought her unimaginable anguish so that she couldn’t eat. It was after Hannah poured out her soul to God that her faith was renewed and refreshed in the Lord. (1 Samuel 1:2-20) Healing from deep hurt is possible when submitting your heart to God for healing.

My hope is lost “Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.” (Psalm 119:116) When the storm suddenly hit their boat, the disciples lost all hope of survival. They woke Jesus up in a panic in which he calmed the raging storm with a few words. Afterwards he asked “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:22-25) Jesus still asks that questions of us. Where is our faith when our painful times come without warning? Hope that was lost can be found through faith in God’s word.We hope our prayers will be answered in the way we desire, but it doesn’t always happen. It becomes difficult to hope because we are afraid of disappointment. Yet our hope can be built up again one faith step at a time.

My mind is troubled “Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;” (Psalm 55:2) A troubled mind can’t rest in peace and quietness. It will keep you up at night and hassle you all day long. Worrying about your future isn’t God’s will for your life. He’s in control when you aren’t. You can trust Him in the dark days to keep your mind when you focus on Him and not your situation. Hagar found herself out in the wilderness with her son and no water. Her thoughts were troubled and she cried in her distress. God heard her son, Ishmael, also crying and sent an angel to lead her to a well. (Genesis 21:14-21) Our troubled thoughts can be refreshed through the living waters of the Holy Spirit. He will lead you to think on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)

My strength is gone “For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.” (Psalm 31:10) A miscarriage can sap your spiritual, emotional, and physical strength. After a time of recovery, you may need to enter into a deeper rest of spiritual solitude. In this time of prayer and meditation you will find your peace to move forward with your life. In quietness and confidence, you will find strength. (Isaiah 30:15) After running from Jezebel, Elijah became so exhausted that he wanted to die. He lost the strength to move on until an angel appeared with food. Elijah didn’t find God in the wind, earthquake or fire, but rather in a gentle whisper. (1 Kings 19:13) Be still before God and listen to His voice speak to you through His Word. (Psalm 46:10) You will find strength in the bread of life flowing from God.

My joy is depleted “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6). After the loss of your baby, your joy may seem elusive. Joy from the Lord is deeper than happiness. It’s the reassurance that God is still on the throne and has a plan for your life. Joy is replenished with patience and time spent with God. (Ecclesiastes 2:26) Sarah must have wept many nights for the promised child. She didn’t give birth to her son, Isaac, until her nineties. Isaac’s name meant “laughter” as she knew that many women would laugh with her in joy of God’s grace over their lives. (Genesis 21:6) Your joy will be stirred up again as you turn to the Heavenly Father for wisdom and direction in your life. His joy remains in you no matter your circumstances.

Truth: Not everyone can clearly understand what it’s like to lose a baby. Some who have had lost babies may have moved past the pain and have forgotten the great significance you are going through. Yet God is able to make all grace come on your life to endure. You must not give up on your Lord; He knows your suffering and longs for your surrender to His purposes. God will hold you through this. Just trust Him.

Let us praise the Father of mercies,
the God of all consolation.
Blessed be God for ever.
For those who trust in God,
in the pain of sorrow there is consolation,
in the face of despair there is hope,
in the midst of death there is life.
As we mourn the death of your child,
we place ourselves in the hands of God
and ask for strength, for healing, and for love.
May God give us peace in our sorrow,
consolation in our grief, and strength
to accept His will in all things

In Jesus Name
Amen. 

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/coping-with-a-miscarriage-biblical-words-of-encouragement/#ixzz3qbUiO2eF 

godiz -took down the post about me becoming an aunt. Unfortunately my lil sis <3 had an early stage miscarriage... even though it's sad we are keeping our hopes up for another child in the future, What is meant to be is meant to be when it's meant to be. We gotta find the the positive in the negative. God knows the best. I will puthe post back up, when the timing is right.

Because

To Sandy G. - From Jason S.

Small Bodies With Big Hearts

Hello, I'm Selina and i work as a primary school teacher at a school in Stockholm. My students are in 3'd grade.

It is not just the adults who are touched by the huge refugee crisis going on right now. My students wonder why the world is so unfair. Why can't everyone just live in peace? One early morning i paused and stood still for a while... math lesson on the schedule had to wait... I  told the kids, we are going to have a lesson on an very important topic, more important than Swedish, English and Math. We will have a lesson on empathy.

I personally believe that children are very pure at heart.. I think they have a peaceful spirit about them. There is no intentional harm in them. As we continued our lesson we talked a lot about the crisis in the world and how to show empathy. I allowed them to speak and express themselves freely. Someone talked with a disappointed voice, another was a little angry, one shed a tear, and some sat in silence thinking. Several of them could relate to what is happening right now.. as they have relatives from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on. A student in the class said...

- Mama told me...

There was a family, and it was very cold .. and it was raining. It was a mother and her little son. It rained really hard and they where freezing, but they had nothing to cover themselves with. As looking around they found a door.. they used it as a roof to protect themselves from the rain. Then said the little boy to his mother... 

- Look mom how rich we are now! we have a roof over our heads.

More children shared stories that they had heard from their friends and relatives.
After we talked for a good while the class felt that they wanted to do something to help. They learned that everyone can do a little something that can mean so much to someone else (like a door).

For many of us It's normal to come home, take a hot bath, put on some clean clothes, eat dinner and to then crawl into a warm bed. But unfortunately in reality it is not like that, for everyone.

So, my class decided to help out.
Instead of collecting money to our class-bank, for a change we will help other children in need. The class said. We have now started something called "Children helping Children". We have over the last few weeks collected money, clothes, toys and other things to give away. We have arranged a flea market and a bake sale at school. All the money we have received and all the things we have collected will go to other children who are less fortunate and in need.

- We care! said the class.

I am so proud to be a teacher of children who knows and have learned and is learning, what empathy is. Note, that this is not to brag but to inspire. We will continue to work with our project "Children helping Children". In the hopes to teach children in an early stage how to show empathy toward others. I believe that our world can grow with people who provides, care, respect, love and security for one and other, because we need each other. And we must never stop fighting to make the world a better place. A peaceful place were everyone deserves to feel at home, as long as we are here.

Besides reading, writing, other subjects and things we learn at school... There are more important lessons to be taught that aren't a part of the school programs. Such as... how to be a human being and have empathy and compassion for others.



Unfortunately (a few days earlier) before we got a chance to have our bake sale, somebody had broken into our classroom and had tossed around and stolen half the things we had collected. It broke my heart and saddened me to see how excited the kids had been and how devastated they got. We pep-talked each other continued to collect more things. We sold most our things with success and ended our day with a bunch of very happy children. We came up with the conclusion to help and collect things 2-4 times a year to other Children in need. As we continue with our project "Children helps Children".

By Selina

Law VS Grace

The renewing...


The law of death: Wanting, advocating and actualizing physical and/or material obsessions/consumptions. Hebrews 10:1-4

The law of life: Wanting, advocating and actualizing Godly values and being consumed with His truth. Hebrews 10:14-18

(Nominal Christianity is obsessed with many mixtures of the two and/or the traditions of men making void genuine worship. Matthew 15:10; 1 Peter 1:18-21)

Body of Adam in the death - Body of Christ in the life