Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Morning Moments with God-Day 27

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Day 27: False Prophets are Real

Please read the Bible verse for today:
Matthew 7:15-20

True and False Prophets

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
At the end of chapter six in the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us, "Do not worry" -to trust Him. In chapter seven in the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us to, "Ask, seek, knock and also about entering the narrow gate. Jesus has set out the truth for us to know Him. In today's reading, He prepares us for what could happen on the narrow road.
"Watch out for false prophets." Jesus could not have been more clear, "Watch out for false prophets." I remember I was sitting in my Bible study class, a few years ago, and this Scripture came up. The ladies were talking with one another about how there are no longer 'false prophets' in our day to worry about. I was shocked. How can anyone read this verse, "Watch out for false prophets," and think that Jesus was only talking about way back in His own day? Nowhere in this verse does He say to stop watching for false prophets. Read the Scripture with your eyes open. Read it and hear what Jesus is saying- "Watch out!"
After arguing with them some, they moved onto the next verse: "They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." One lady said, "What in the world does that mean?" So, I explained that a false prophet will come into the church or your life or work place looking like a Christian, a holy and God fearing person, but in their hearts they are there to deceive you. I couldn't convince one person. So, I told them my story of how I met, in 1991, a false prophet. 
She, the false prophet, came into our church, with her husband, two children and best friend. She looked normal. She mingled and talked with the other women and was accepted by most. She attended every prayer meeting and prayed Scriptures. On Sunday mornings she would stand up and hail out a prophecy. She looked like a, 'sheep.' She acted like a, 'sheep.' She was accepted as a, 'sheep.' But she a ferocious wolf. She was a leader of a cult. She came into our church looking to destroy it and win over the members for herself. Although she did not take over the church, she did win a few members. My family and I were some of them. 
One day I will write out the whole story, but for today I will share that the day I tried to escape the cult, she took off her sheep costume and revealed the wolf that she is. She turned my own family against me and planned my murder. 
The Scripture is true for today. Don't think that it cannot happen. Don't change the Scripture to give yourself a false sense of safety. Pray to be wise. Pray for eyes to see what Jesus would have us to see- the wolf. Pray to be the one who stands on the wall and watches over the church. 
"By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." Before I said, "she was accepted by most." Those that didn't accept her, later said, "She was weird." Some said, "There was something about her that scared me." Some people sensed the wolf, but didn't do anything. They were noticing her, the false prophet of our church, fruit. They didn't investigate, they just stayed away from her. 
Pray with me:
Jesus thank you for your Word that is true today, tomorrow and into eternity. Thank you for your warning. Help me to be on guard. Help me to resist passivity. Help me to have a heart for others to protect them. Help me to stand and pray. Jesus, help me to not be over taken by the 'sheep in wolves clothing.' Help me, Holy Spirit to discern your truth. In Jesus' name, Amen.

To read more about how the, 'sheep in wolves clothing' pierced my life: 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Morning Moments with God- Day 26

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Day 26: "Enter..." You are Invited 
Please read the Bible verse for today:
Matthew 7: 13-14

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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First, I'd like to say, I love Jesus' invitation- "Enter through the narrow gate." On the road of life there is a sign, placed by Jesus, that reads, "Enter." He is calling us to enter. Enter and be with Him. Enter and find forgiveness, unconditional love and healing. His invitation is to enter,  but it is our decision to do it or not. It may be hard, it may even be scary, but His advice is to do it- "Enter the narrow gate." If you have ever taken advice from anyone you respect, admire, or deem wise, than you know to take the advice of Jesus. 
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The above image is what I would envision whenever I thought of the 'narrow gate.' A wall with a slender door. I didn't know what was on the other side and it felt scary. It felt lonely. "...only a few find it." But I believe the true image is more like the picture below.

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I saw this picture for the first time when I was twenty-one years old. I had already 'chosen the narrow road,' but boy, how it all made sense. There is only one way to God the Father and that is through Jesus Christ. He IS the Savior of the world. He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. If we accept Jesus, we will know God and have eternal life.

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And just as there was an 'Enter' sign on the path, Jesus also places a 'DANGER- Do NOT Enter' sign.

Remember, we are invited to 'Enter' the narrow gate, but we can say no. We can go our own way. "For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it." (Matthew 7:14) We can choose the world. We can choose other religions. We can worship other gods. We can, but it will lead to destruction. It will lead to death, and not just physical death, but also eternal death.

Jesus doesn't make it very complicated: Enter here. Do not enter over there. He even tells us that many will go the wrong way, but to be mindful that, just because everyone you know is going down the wide path,  it doesn't make it right- it makes it sad.

We have a decision: Believe in Jesus, (small is the gate) or don't believe (the wide gate). What will you decide?

My last thought is...'narrow is the road that leads to life.' Once we 'Enter' the gate, are we walking on the narrow road? Are we walking down the path that God has for us or are we running to back to the exit, through the small gate and headed towards the wide road? Once we enter the small and narrow gate are we staying on the narrow path as well? God is calling us to follow Him and what He has for us. To live a righteous life, not one of lying, gossip, cheating, stealing, coveting, jealousy, slander, anger, addictions, adultery. The path is narrow.

Pray with me:
Father God, I am a sinner, and I ask you to forgive me. I believe your son, Christ Jesus died and then rose to live again so I might be forgiven. I now receive and confess him as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and be Lord of my life. I am answering your call to enter the narrow gate and to walk on the narrow path. Come Holy Spirit and guide me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Father, I have walked through the narrow gate, but I am not walking the narrow path. Forgive me and help me to walk on the path you have for me. I want to live for you. I want to live in your freedom, and joy! I love you, Jesus. Amen.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Remodeling a Doll House

As a child, all I ever wanted for Christmas was a baby doll and or a doll house. The 'Dear Santa' letter always looked the same. When I was nine years old my dream came true. I received my very first doll house! I loved it and played with it as often as I could, but sadly, a few months later,  I woke up to flames. My bedroom was on fire. By the mercy of God we all got out safely, but my beloved doll house was gone. 

I had not had my dollhouse for six months before it was devoured by flames. So, each year after that I begged for another doll house. I thought for sure I would get one, but it wasn't until my sixteenth birthday that my request was answered. It was a doll house kit-not exactly a doll house, but close enough for me to be quite content. 

If you know anything about dollhouse kits they are daunting. Hundreds of miniature wooden pieces with numbers on them and all having to go together in a very specific order. I fell in love. I worked on the house each day. It was my new love and hobby. I built it, wall papered it, carpeted it and filled it with lots of furniture!

Since then I have made several dollhouses either for the mere joy of it or to present it to my daughters on their birthdays.

This house was GIVEN to me by my precious G.G.
G.G. was my husbands grandmother. She passed away this past March.
She gave this dollhouse to me twenty years ago. It was the dollhouse her mother made and she had been storing it in the attic. I remodeled it and put in electricity!
I will never forget her face when she saw the 'home improvement!'
On the outside: I added the wooden shingles and painted it.
 Wallpaper, flooring, and electricity were all added.
Some of the curtains are original to the house!

This house I made from a kit.

This house has wallpapering in each room, carpeting or hardwood flooring, but no electricity =(
One day I hope to add it to her house!
(The windows even go up and down!)

Well, a tradition had started and I knew I needed to make another dollhouse for my youngest daughter. I desired to make the doll house so that each of my girls would have their very own miniature doll house, but they are quite expensive and I wasn't entirely sure that I would have the time to devote to creating another one.

A few months ago I was driving home and saw this doll house on the side of the road. I stopped the car, jumped out and claimed it! Here was my chance to share my love of remodeling a doll house with my children.It is not what I am used to working with, but I was up for the challenge! My children couldn't wait either. It, as you can see, was painted pink and black! Painting it white was a must!

First, came the painting.
They loved it!

His first time using a roller!

The transformation has begun!
(My daughter couldn't wait to see if her 'Calico Critters' van would fit in the garage!)

After painting comes wall papering!
We had gone to Hobby Lobby and chosen miniature doll house wall paper and a few sheets of paper from the 'scrapbooking' section that seemed to be of the right scale to this dollhouse and it's family. 

Flooring came next.
We chose carpeting, and hardwood flooring.
Some of the carpeting I purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric!

We used our quilting shears and tools to cut everything perfectly.
My daughter is thrilled with the outcome.

My son fitted and cut the carpet for the den.

My other daughter is working on making a 
framed map, chalk board and bulletin board for the 'classroom!'

Making a way for Electricity!!
Drilling holes for the wires to run through
 before putting in the flooring.

My 12 year old girl took her hand at drilling!
We put the flooring in and you can no longer see
the holes! 

We put heavy candles on the upstairs bathroom floor as weights to 
keep it down while the glue dried.

Here is the kitchen before the flooring is put in...

We used wood glue for to install all the flooring.

Kitchen flooring after!

The girls are working on installing the wallpaper in each room.

Flooring- Wall-to-wall capeting in the attic
Flooring - Hard wood flooring in the Master bedroom
and down the hall.
My oldest and youngest working on filling the house
with furniture!

I couldn't forget the electricity!!!
All of my children were excited to learn how to 
put electricity into a doll house!

The first lamp is up and working!

The doll house is complete! My little daughter wasted no time in decorating each room.

Here is the bottom floor:
To the left is the living room, in the middle is the kitchen and to the right is the garage.
My middle daughter MADE the kitchen table and benches for my youngest daughter!

The living room: 
I use true miniature to scale furniture for the Calico Critters. 
(I bricked the fireplace!)
It's still Christmas time for the dolls!

The second floor:
To the left is the parent's room, the middle room is the bathroom and to the right is the classroom!

The parents room-My middle daughter made the two white beds!

What is a home without a HOME SCHOOL Classroom?
My oldest daughter MADE the chalk board, bulletin board and MAP!
The desks and chairs, puppet show, and hamsters cage are from Playmobil.

The top floor:
The children's room is to the left, the nursery is in the middle and the PLAYROOM is to the right!
This a treehouse from Calico Critters.
Why not have a treehouse IN the house!???

The Nursery- my daughters favorite room of the house!SIX CRIBS!!!

And at last, the children's room!
Eight BEDS!

I love working on our hobbies together.
The children learned so much and we had fun!
I cannot wait to do it again =)