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Jehovah Nissi

22 May Jehovah Nissi2

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Jehovah Nissi means the Lord is my banner.

Wendy Blight shared in her study I Know His Name so much of the history in the Old Testament about banners and how we are under God’s banner – under the covering and shadow of His wings.  She also shared the first time that term was used after God intervened in the Israelites’ first battle.

We walked  through the story of Abraham and Sarah and how God had promised them a son in spite of their old ages.  In fact, in Genesis 15:1-6 God said to look toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them and so shall your descendants be.  I actually have found myself looking toward heaven and claiming that promise because it has been hard for our family to have children and now grandchildren, but I’m claiming it.  I’m claiming that promise of future generations just like Abraham and Sarah.

We walked with Issac, Rebekah, Esau and Jacob and how Jacob took away Esau’s blessing.  Because of Esau’s threat Jacob had to depart and his father, Issac, prayed a blessing over him that God would bless him and make him fruitful and increase in numbers.  Do you hear that?  Issac prayed a blessing over him?  I’m praying that same blessing over my children and grandchildren that God will make them fruitful and increase in numbers.

We all know the story of Jacob and his wives and how Rachel could not get pregnant and so Rachel but her sister did.  Jealousy overflowed when Leah gave Jacob a son.  Both women competed and Wendy reminded us how we do the very same thing in our lives when we look at someone else’s home, success, wardrobe, career, ministry and ask why we can not have that.  Honestly, I’m long past wanting to compete with other women.  Perhaps years ago I did that.  I am so blessed if God never gives me another thing  because truly I have more than I could ever deserve.  I am so very thankful for all I have.  How about you?  Are you thankful for what you have and all God has blessed you with, or are you resentful or even bitter of what others have?

As we continued to study Jacob there was another promise from God as Jacob says that he is unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness that God has shown him, a servant.  In Genesis 32:10-12 Jacob tells God that he had only his staff when he crossed the Jordan and he said “I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.”  Again, God has promised future generations and I know He has for me too even on those days I get discouraged and start to question just like Jacob did, but just like God had to change Jacob radically perhaps He has to change me radically also.  God had to teach Jacob humility because he had been wrestling all of his life with his brother, Esau, Laban and God.  Jacob had to acknowledge that the blessing he had stolen had to come from God.

PicMonkey CollageExodus 1715Do you remember the story of Moses standing on top of a mountain during the battle  with Amalek?  When he raised his hands holding the staff to heaven the Israelites prevailed.  When he lowered his staff Amalek and his army prevailed.  Aaron and Hur stood on the hill with Moses and held his hands up when Moses could not.  The Amalekites were defeated and Moses built an altar and called it The Lord Is My Banner.  This should be a reminder to us during the times we are in any type of battle to raise our hands toward Heaven and call upon Jehovah Nissi.  He is our banner.  He is our victory.  His banner over us is LOVE!

PicMonkey CollageMascotEver notice how we see banners at all sorts of places like companies plastering them around the stadium at a professional football or basketball game, high school gyms with mascots, and even our flag as it waves over schools and businesses?

This is one of the banners at one of the schools where I sub.  What a sense of pride as I walk into one of the gyms there.  This banner is over the bleachers with love.  What pride we should all feel about our Lord’s banner over us.

In the Old Testament banners referred to family tribal banners.  Each tribe had its own banner.   He is like a banner over us.  Thank about that the next time you see a banner.  I have been the last few weeks as I go to school and sub and see our banners of wildcats and cougars.

If you enjoyed this post, here are my other posts on the Names of God:

El Roi

Elohim

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Between the Lines with Blogger Loves The King

17 May Titus 23-5

Katherine from Catherine’s corner is hosting a blog series called Between The Lines.  I was thrilled when she sent out an invitation to recognize and celebrate bloggers over fifty. Each week she has been hosting different bloggers, and I am honored to be one of them this week.

I retired in 2011 after 43.5 years with the Department of Defense, and shortly after that my life totally changed.  I love retirement, but after being so busy my whole life the slower pace was wonderful.  It gave me time to do things I had only dreamed about like teaching, on-line Bible study, and later blogging.

Retirement

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Shortly after retirement I joined an on-line Bible study.  It was there that  I started blogging with encouragement from our leader, Melissa Taylor who is part of the Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies.  She had a weekly link up on Thursdays where we shared thoughts about the book we were studying.  Eventually, I got the courage to see what it was all about, and actually taught myself through the WordPress free site.

My first blog was in  December 2013.  We were in the midst of one of those remodeling projects, and well it went on way past when the short time they promised.    I could not decorate for Christmas, I had no time to shop, and we were crawling in our bedroom window some nights to sleep as new tile floors went in.  I had a whole lot to say about In Christ Alone at Christmas.  It is one I will never forget.  We had to hire someone else at the last-minute to get the carpet in the day before our family was arriving.

Who knew I would still be doing this.  How life has changed since my retirement, finding on-line Bible studies, and learning all about Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.  None of that slowed me down because retiring after 43 plus years I was well into the computer world, and I love how blogging and on-line studies have kept me up-to-date in the technology world.  For such a private, shy woman, I have come out of my closet and share most of life now.  Notice I said most.

My main purpose for blogging has always been to leave a legacy for my family and future generations and right now it’s these two precious boys and our son and daughter.  We are praying earnestly for more grandchildren, but if you’ve read my blog (My Most Memorable Christmas Gift – Trust Fund Baby) you will see how hard it’s been for me and our children to have children.  I firmly believe God’s plan is perfect, and I believe because of our faithfulness He will bless us with more grandchildren.  Our family knows first-hand the miracle of babies.

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Katherine asked us to share our feelings about being over fifty and being a blogger over fifty so here goes?

I never feel over fifty.  Honestly, most days I still feel like that young bride, and still in love with my precious man of 46 years.  I am sixty five.  That sounds so old to me, and probably to you also.  I retired primarily to spend time with my Mom knowing her days were numbered.  I spent a lot of time with her reading devotions and taking meals to her.  Sometimes I would watch her sleep and work on my Bible studies just to spend more time with her.

I love life and live it to the fullest.  Hey, I was out pushing a mower today around the pool and the pedometer has over 11,000 steps.   In addition to blogging, I started substitute teaching after retirement too, and I am a volunteer team leader for the on-line Bible studies I mentioned, and I keep my two grandsons running after them because they are one and two.   So I am very active.  I love taking them on long walks and so ready for the pretty weather so I can load them up in that double stroller and roll.

I have joined a group of ladies called His Girls Gather and we meet every couple of months to learn new things about blogging, and to just gather and share.  I traveled recently to Baton Rouge, LA to meet up with the girls.  That trip was about and eight-hour drive for me alone, but I had so much fun and learned a lot.  Our group is growing and as you can see we are all ages.

Many of His Girls Gather share our blogs at a site called Women at The Well, and are featured here.

I don’t feel like being over fifty has hindered me in my blogging world because I truly believe the older we get the more experience we have – trials,  joys and there is so much to write about.  You’ll find much on my blog about my trials of miscarriage, infertility, loss of my Mom, a grandson born with a horrible disease you can read about here and here, and how I have grown through all of my studies.  As Titus 2:3-5 says, I want to be that older woman who teaches and encourages younger mothers and wives so that they may come to love Him moreTitus 23-5

Join us in the “Between the Lines” series and hear from many other bloggers who are over fifty.

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PLANT SEEDS AND GROW

13 May sows

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Every day we make plans and choices.   We are planting seeds as we make choices of who we are going to marry, where we are going to live, having children or not, jobs, schools, what we are going to eat, where we are going to go, what words will come out of our mouth, etc..

How often do we plan and plan and those to-do lists grow and grow because God has a different course and “stuff” happens – good “stuff” and bad “stuff”. Sometimes we make plans and our plans fail, but guess what sometimes those plans fail and we experience  the greatest blessing of our lives.

Ever heard the term “you reap what you sow”?  I’ve been in a study this week called 5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.   One of the things that Nicki Koziarz emphasized in Chapter 7 is that “she gives others what she needs.”  Instead of giving others a piece of our mind, we plant seeds of “emotional generosity”, we give them kind words instead of what we think they deserve.  When we respond with love, God can do a BIG thing in their lives and ours.  Have you ever been there where you had to extend “emotional generosity”?

Plant seeds today.  God makes them grow.  His plan, not ours.  His instruments, not Satan’s.  What is His assignment for you TODAY?  His assignment today may be nothing more than being reverent to Him when we are washing clothes, studying, working, driving to and from work and whatever we are doing.  Our reverence for Him should guide us each day in planting seeds as we prioritize our to-do lists and spend time with Him.  His assignment might be responding in love when you really want to lash out.

Here are some simple ways you can plant seeds and watch others grow today:

  • Send a text or email to let someone know you are thinking of them.
  • Visit someone in  the nursing home or a hospital or even a neighbor who is shut-in.
  • Call someone on the phone.
  • Carry a meal to someone who needs it.
  • Offer to keep someone’s children so they can go out and enjoy some time with their husband.
  • Let someone go ahead of you that seems in a hurry at the check-out line.
  • Respond in love to someone who offends you today in word or cutting you off on the highway.
  • Tell someone you love them.

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Go plant those seeds or water some that have already been planted.

Being emotionally generous will bring out the best in me and you as children of God.

May we be known for the seeds we plant at home and away from home.

LET’S PLANT!

Joining Kate Matoung and the Five-Minute Friday girls today.  The word is GROW!  Come join us.

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May 2016 Goals and April Recap

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Poof!  It’s May.  It’s not only May but the fourth of May, and it really does feel like the months are speeding by.  Is that as hard for you to believe as it is me?  I love this calendar our kids gave me for Christmas.  Don’t you love May?  I couldn’t wait to turn it over and see the two grandsons with me and their Mommies.

I just read over my April goals.  Some failures and many successes, but I am not a quitter, and I am continuing setting goals because it is working, and learning it is okay to maybe break some of them down into smaller increments.

We had so many wonderful things we got to do in April, that well, I didn’t ever print out my goals and watch them closely.  I think that might have helped, but I was just not at home enough, and when I was there were so many things to do to catch up around here.

So here is how I fared in April with my goals, and I am adding some May goals that are going to happen no matter WHAT.  There I said it so it WILL happen.  Right?

FAITH GOALS

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April: 

Five-Minute daily devotion on Leviticus and Hebrews – First-Five App – Get caught up which will mean finishing this month and starting  new one on the book of Acts. (Done, done, done)

I am finishing I Know His Name by Wendy Blight this week, and start a Bible Study – 5 Habits of a Girl That Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz.  (Done and continuing to stay caught up because I am not going to quit now that I have Nicki’s tools.)  I had great intentions of blogging through both studies and I still haven’t finished blogging on I Know His Name.

May:

Five-Minute daily devotion on Acts – First-Five App – Stay caught up and not get behind.

Complete 5 Habits of a Girl That Doesn’t Quit.

 

FAMILY GOALS  

April:   

Walks in the neighborhood with both the boys and continue snuggling on the sofa and maybe one trip to the deer lease with our son and daughter-in-law and a trip or two to Dairy Queen with my mother-in-law, daughter-in-law and son-in-law. (No walks in the neighborhood – it continues to rain, and rain, and rain so it’s muddy out here in the country but hey May is looking promising at least this coming Thursday.  It’s raining this morning and one grandson is here but we can’t walk.) (We did get to the DQ with our son-in-law, daughter and grandson – WOOHOOO!)  (Snuggling on the sofa is no problem and one trip to the deer lease accomplished.)  (And we had the whole family over for birthday celebrations.)

May:

Walks in the neighborhood with both the boys, and yes continue snuggling on the sofa with my husband.  

HEALTH GOALS

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April:  

Wear pedometer (6,000 steps a day), Exercise 3-4 days a week, walk two Thursdays in the neighborhood, plan at least two weeks of meals.  Lose 3 pounds.  (I have been successful with the pedometer, got to  push the mower twice and several days I hit 10,000 steps.  I am exercising at least 3 days a week, but the Thursday walks again were hampered by the rain.)  (I have not had the time to plan meals, and barely get to buy groceries.) (NO, I haven’t lost those 3 pounds.)

May:

Wear pedometer (7,000 steps a day), Exercise 3-4 days a week, eat healthier, walk the boys at least twice and plan one week of meals.  Lose 2 pounds.

FRIEND GOALS

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April:  

Contact one friend by phone and meet one for lunch.  (Done, and we had some great friends come spend the night and several days with us in April.  Fun times.  I also had the honor of joining my daughter-in-love, her mom, grandma, and aunt on a Saturday for a relaxing lunch, and we went to see a movie together – The Mother’s Day movie.)

May:

Have lunch/coffee with a friend.

HOME GOALS

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April:

Finish Income Tax (Done)

Clean the front flower beds and trim azaleas.  (Keeping it simple sort of – there are at least 14 of these azaleas and the front flower beds are huge.)  (Total failure.  When I am home it’s raining or the grandsons are here, but hey there is May.  Right?)

Tidy up the office book case. (Done)

May:

Clean the front flower beds and mulch them.  Trim azaleas.

              BLOGGING GOALS

May 2016 Goals

 April –

This was the one area which I really didn’t get too much accomplished, but it’s okay.  I got a few things done.

Complete  one lesson of my  blogging course.  (Failed – too busy, and I’m not sure I can do it in May because it’s a long lesson.  I am supposed to clean up all my old blogs and getting through hundreds of them may take all summer, but you know what I’m adding it again to try, and I did start that second lesson so maybe I’ll break it down by numbers of blogs.)

Clean up the linky page.  (Started and got two days worth done, and it will also go to the May goals and may not get finished again, but two days will be an accomplishment.)

Continue to pray about where my emphasis should be.  So many questions on my heart right now as to how I should proceed.  (Still no firm answers)

May:

Lesson 2 – Blogging Course.   Review and clean-up my first 15 blogs.

Linky Page – Complete cleaning it up.

Attend Blogging Gathering with friends in Louisiana.

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy this one from March and this one from April.

 

 

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Pass It On

29 Apr Family-Walking with words and bloggerlovestheking

 

Pass It On

HOW ARE YOU INFLUENCING YOUR KIDS, GRANDCHILDREN, AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN?

I’m joining Kate Motaung at #FiveMinuteFriday today.  The prompt is pass and we are to write five minutes.  GO!  Let’s pass it on.

How are you influencing future generations?  Do you drag your kids to church?  Some parents say they don’t want to force their kids to church, yet I see them dragging them or forcing them to go to school, gymnastics, piano lessons, sports, dance and on and on.  We took our kids to church.  We allowed them to do all the other stuff, but allowed them to drop out of dance, piano, and sports once they completed their year commitment.

We are the blueprint for generations now and to come of what is important in life.  Do your children and grandchildren see a real Christ in you?  If we aren’t teaching them, the world certainly is going to teach them not about Christ, but about things I don’t even want to mention.

IF CHRIST IS NOT IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE HE WON’T BE IMPORTANT IN THEIR LIVES.

I watch our two-year old and one-year old grandsons copying our lives.  I don’t remember seeing how much we influence those little ones when my kids were that age.  Both of the grandsons are saying thank you and please and the older one bless you when you sneeze.  He even sneezed in bed the other morning, and I heard him say “bless you”.   Those are simple things and beautiful, but if we are cursing, talking negative, whining, drinking and doing worldly things they surely pick up on it so early.  They are watching and learning from our blueprint.  What we are teaching them today, we will surely reap in their teenage years and their adult lives.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)

I find myself walking with the grandsons and telling them that God created the horses and cows as we walk by them.  If we see a butterfly I tell them about the wonders of His creation and how God made them and the flowers and trees, the moon, and the stars.  I sit outside with one a few weeks back when we were out-of-town watching the billowy clouds.  Many times I will say I love you so much and Jesus does too.

We are to impress on them when we walk, wherever we go as we are riding or walking and sitting.

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We are to write His commandments on our door frames.  I have things all over the house reminding not only them but me of whose I am.  I have a fruit of the spirit huge plaque on the fireplace, verses I’m memorizing in my bathrooms and kitchen, and a beautiful wreath on our second fireplace that says, ”

Tie them as symbols on your hands.  Wear some jewelry reflecting Him.

Have you ever shared your testimony with your kids?  Our pastor reminded us that it is the greatest thing that ever happened to us and yet we don’t share it.  He says when someone dies and he asks how they were saved, the family usually does not know.  So for me it was in the fifth grade when God spoke to me and I walked down the aisle, but yet I was afraid to follow through with baptism until I was in the tenth grade.  I was at a revival at our church I attended all the time and finally walked down the aisle and asked to be baptized.  Best thing ever – my good friend Mary was there with me.

I will never, ever forget our two kids and their salvation stories.  Our son was at school and heard a story and he walked down the aisle that very week at a revival.  Our daughter was at home and one day came to me.  Our son came in the house.  I don’t remember if I called to him or he just came and asked what was going on and I told him she had just asked Jesus in her heart.  He threw off his cap and said, “Let’s pray.”  Precious stories of how God touched their tender little hearts.

Share you salvation story, share the miracles you’ve seen, share the wonders of God, share the Bible stories about Daniel, Moses, and Baby Jesus, share how He has answered prayers.

One generation influences the next.  Will you be that generation?  How will you influence your family?

Psalm 78

My people, hear my teaching;
    listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with a parable;
    I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
things we have heard and known,
    things our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
    we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
    his power, and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statutes for Jacob
    and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
    to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them,
    even the children yet to be born,
    and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
    and would not forget his deeds
    but would keep his commands.
They would not be like their ancestors—
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
    whose spirits were not faithful to him.

Psalm 78:1-8 (NIV)

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