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Supplements

Peach says: It is often suggested to read a chapter of Proverbs a day. There are 31 chapters. One for every day of the month. Some refer to the Book of Proverbs, as the Book of Wisdom. But, regardless of what you call it, it IS a book of pure wisdom, from the Maker of Heaven and Earth, so worthwhile it is!

A couple of times through the years, I have made that my practice. I have to say, it truly impacted me for the better. I needed it! I needed that supplement to strengthen my wisdom! We take protein supplements to strengthen our bodies and vitamins to better equip our bodies. So why not supplement our minds, and hearts and spirits with Godly wisdom?

I have been wanting for a few months to get back in the habit of reading a chapter of Proverbs a day, and kept getting side tracked. But, I started again, and thought it would be good to highlight a particular verse from each chapter for meditating on it, you know, letting it go to work in me, so to speak!

I found Proverbs 19 a treasure trove of gems. I picked this particular verse to share today 23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” – Proverbs 19:23. KJV.

The Bible tells us that the Lord has said His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. I find this to be breathtakingly true. I believe if I have any purpose outside of the miracle of being Batman’s wife and our children’s mother, and all the other wonderful family roles I am blessed to have in this thing called life, it is to help equip Christians to have the knowledge they need to THRIVE! He has given us all we need, we just need to be thirsty for it!!

As I am able, I will do my best to share with you, the verse I’m focusing on each day!

I hope you have a God seeking week!! You can’t go wrong with that!!

Love!

Peach

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Sparkling Water!!

7BDB8030-FFA5-4266-BCAC-9F23588A51A6.jpegPeach says: I once had a dream where I was getting water out of the fridge to drink, just like was my habit in my waking. As I pictured myself doing so,  (it was like I was watching myself do so) I heard in my mind The Lord telling me “If you will always drink this water, you will always be with me”.

Was He giving me health tips? Not exactly.  We know clean, clear, ‘sparkling’ water IS healthy and vital for our well being. Both to hydrate our bodies, in order that they will be able to function properly, and also to be clean.

The Hebrew sages taught that ‘as in the natural, so in the spiritual’. That nature is a beautiful thing of function and beauty, pleasure, wonder and necessity, as it is also a living, breathing, teaching tool, an illustration of God’s principles in all kinds of times, in all kinds of ways.

Did you know an adult man’s body is about 55%-60% water? But a newborn infant is about 78% water? Within a year that decreases to about 65%.

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In Ephesians 5, as Paul explained to sacredness of the gift of  marriage, he pointed to the similarities of the relationship between a husband and wife, and the relationship between our Lord and His Church.  In doing so, Paul described how the Lord tenderly cares for the Church, His Body, by ‘the washing of water by the Word.’ 5A5F6710-47DF-4209-BB1D-E6274D0E2576

When Jesus was passing through Samaria, he made sure to be at the communal well, so he could meet a certain woman, a Samaritan, who had a reputation, having had many husbands and currently spending time with a man not her husband. This meant it was best for her to draw her necessary water at a time most other ladies weren’t around. As she worked to draw water, Jesus asked her for water. She was perplexed, as she knew he was a Jew and they had no dealings with her people, the Samaritans, in those days. She asked Him why He would be having anything to do with her, as their people groups did not interact.

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but WHOEVER drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” – John 4:13-15. A76B2027-A669-4A6F-A862-7F478871BBF5

JESUS is the Living Word. The Word made flesh. The Expression of God the Father, in the way we needed Him, a tangible way we could experience Him, and so that we might be saved through His sacrifice. He not only washes us with the water by the Word, He IS the Word, and the Living Water! Not only has He saved us, (if we have put our faith in Him as our Saviour!), but He has also provided the means for us to be sanctified, (set apart for His use) through the ‘washing’ of us with ‘the water’ of His Word. Every time we get in His Word, we are refreshed, cleansed, made lively and fit for His service! Better able to function at our Godly best. I love how He expressed it in John 7. “37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” – John 7:37-39. 

Not only would He GIVE us water, but He would make His home in us, through His Holy Spirit, to be our unending supply!

Just think, nothing dirty, nothing unclean, can stay that way, being continuously washed over, poured through, with fresh clear water. Though we live in a fallen world, and we were born fallen people, and are surrounded by fallen people, we who believe, are INDEED born again, made fresh and new! He continues His transformative work in us, day by day, experience after experience, and washes away our grime, and the mud of the world, the grit of the parching of life, in what can at times feel like the desert, by washing His Word over our weary souls, our sometimes clouded minds! He lets His Holy Spirit bubble up inside of us, to remind us of the Goodness of Our Father, and our identity as His Son or Daughter, as well as the fact that we are IN the world, but not OF the World. The FACT that the Greater One LIVES IN US!! How great is that? Hard to stay down when we dwell on these life transforming truths!

I like to think as we immerse ourselves in His Word, to learn HIS perspective on life and our purpose and the challenges we face, but also the promises to thrive He has given us, we, a sip at a time, become more hydrated, more like the newborn child, more at 78% water than at 55%-60%! “ 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” – Luke 18:16-17.

Have a great week!

Love!

Peach

 

 

 

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God’s Armor over Me?

Batman says:

Had an experience that just shows the Man upstairs (God you dorks, not your upstairs neighbor) has ways to protect us every day even though we have no idea he is doing so.

Here’s how the picture attached came about, Peach and I have a son (we have two sons to be precise, but since the other wasn’t involved, I only mentioned the one {if I didn’t clarify all God’s available armor couldn’t protect me from Peach reminding me we have two} as the conversation with him led to this.

I like to hunt, some find this horrible and that’s ok, most people have several opinions that don’t match mine. My son (the one I was originally talking about) and I were discussing the possibility of getting together and going hunting next December someplace we had never been. Research led us to decide a muzzle loader hunt would probably suit us best. Now those who are not gun knowledgeable are going “a what Hunt?” and that’s an appropriate question if you’re not gun savvy. So here is the easy version, a muzzle loading gun (black powder gun, smoke pole, musket, and a host of others) is loaded from the muzzle end (the end the bullet comes out) you put an appropriate amount of black powder (or in my case a pellet of synthetic gunpowder) in the muzzle, a projectile (sometimes wrapped in a patch sometimes in a plastic sleeve called a sabot) and push them down the barrel as far as they will go with a rod. The gun is then fitted with a percussion cap or a “shotgun” primer, cocked and fired (this is overly simplified but should give you an idea).

To unload my style muzzle loader, you can shoot it (which means cleaning it after) or you can take off the primer cap or shotgun primer, remove the breech plug, take the same rod u pushed the round and pellets in with and push them farther in till they fall out the open breech, thereby rendering the gun safe. If I plan to hunt later that day or the next morning I will sometimes just remover the primer cap, put the gun in the case until the next day, and so on and so on.

Anyways, this hunting decision being made convinced me to pull out the old “smoke pole” and give it the once over just because. Now I am pretty gun safe but even I do screw up from time to time and freely admit this fact. I haven’t hunted with the old muzzle loader in two years, and it’s been in a hard case in the safe nice and comfy. Once I get the gun out and dusted off I pull the breech plug out and look in the barrel (black powder and pyrodex synthetic pellets are highly corrosive) to see if there were signs of rust or corrosion. Imagine my surprise, I could not see a thing, it was pitch black. Point barrel at bright light coming in window, still black…hmmmm. Whip out ye old push rod and insert into muzzle and out pops two pellets and a bullet and sabot, Ha! just forgot to unload it I suppose, stupid but does happen, like I said I do make mistakes like all humans, and God keeps pushing us back on track. Now with that done I pull the rod out and look down the barrel, still black and I’m totally confused, I put the rod in, and push out two more pellets and another bullet in a sabot.

You could have pushed me over with a feather (not an easy feat I’m not a little guy) from the stunned sensation I had. Some how I had loaded one complete load on top of another during the last time I used it to hunt. Had no idea, but God did, his intervention then by not letting me see any animal worth shooting, and then in not letting me shoot it to unload it at the end of the season, and finally in making me want to give it a look when I did, all equaled to me not blowing the gun up in my face (Peach wouldn’t be happy with me coming home with a barrel stuck in my face).

You can say what you want, luck, fate, whatever, but to me it was only the hand of God and his Armor of protection that helped me avert a bad day.

…no worries Peach…

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Outside

Batman says:

Outside, the place not inside, not in your house, car, office, tent, bus, camper…you get the idea (if not, leave now, you’ll be bored). God created us outside, we have always been apart of the outside world, and most people, if they are honest, will admit they are happier when outside enjoying Gods creations.

When I was young (go on, make the jokes, but I was actually young, of course that was before cell phones and more than 3 channels on the tele) I spent every waking moment outdoors, traipsing through the woods, running barefoot everywhere, doing fun stuff. I actually had working trap-line before the hunters with dogs whined and got steel leg hold traps outlawed (if u can’t kill a deer without chasing it with dogs till it’s exhausted, then shoot it, maybe you need to rethink your hunting prowess).We kids ran all day, outside and pitched a fit when it was dark and Mom called us home to get a bath and go to bed. Never in our wildest dreams could we imagine sitting in front of a television screen and ‘playing’ games all day (we had Clue, Sorry, Monopoly board games and others for rainy days). Video games, even had they been around back then, I’m willing to bet would not have done as well with us as this last couple generations. The problem is the parents, they allow the television to be a fix all baby sitter. Parents do not take responsibility for their kids (I’ll give you the few rare ones that do, but in my job I see it daily) actions, they don’t set firm limits and when their kids act out they blame everyone else but themselves. Read a quote from an actor, don’t remember who but it goes “Respect is taught at home,If a child is disrespectful, it’s your fault, It’s not societies fault or a video games fault, it’s Yours”We were taught respect or we got a belt period. Think we grew up ok getting a spanking that we deserved. Anyways I got off on another post for later, this was headed in the right direction then a squirrel ran by and I was distracted.Outside, anyways back to that, I cannot imagine a more harsh punishment to a child of my time than to be told he or she could not go outside and play. It was as if the world turned upside down. Today, and today’s parents, their punishment consists of repeatedly telling their kids over and over not to do the same thing they keep doing. When the punishment is much simpler. Make them go outside and play, not to a friends to play videos, but outside in your yard or park and actually spend time outside in God’s masterpiece creation. I’m willing to bet that if you do this enough, video games will become second fiddle to being outside and physically having fun with their friends. As for the adults, don’t care what you say or do, you to need to get outdoors as much as possible, to rejuvenate your soul. God made this planet not only to live on, he made it for us to enjoy being out on. I am a firm believer that every time I go outside, even for a short period, that it takes worry and stress off my mind and body. If this were Peach’s post she could find a scripture instantly to match this ramble, sorry if have to look for one it will take a week.I will leave you all with this thought, think back, when you were young, on a trip or walk with your parents. Then think where you were when you had the most exciting and interesting fun together, I’m betting you were outside someplace. Folks, God made it for us, don’t waste it by staying inside looking out, go Outside and experience it.

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Once More for the Win

Peach says: I follow some awesome diabetic people on IG, to learn, to expand my mind and keep mindful that there are SO many smart, focused, disciplined people, who have gone before me and are positively #SLAYING this beast. I was diagnosed 15 April 2016. I. Have. NOT. Slayed.

YET. I do believe, however, it’s in the works. As a person who doesn’t do ANYTHING without considering things from a faith viewpoint, I have never doubted His Grace is sufficient for me. He has impressed me with this verse from the beginning, over and over, oh, so faithfully. What I doubt, for good reason is ME. I know in theory when I am weak, He is strong. But, in practice, I am not only weak, but hardheaded, willful, and can I say, I really, really LIKE my sweets? 😟 I also like my fancy coffee. My occasional Mountain Dew. (It’s been a long, long time😭😭!). I also have a serious problem with self sabotage. For real! I have a tendency to take things right up to the Verrrrryyyy edge, just so I can come back from it. It’s awful. Like, I figured out how to navigate my calories and insulin and carbs and protein to be able to have my fancy coffee (NOT from Starbucks!) on my way to work, because, hey, I’m going to work, I ‘deserve’ it! Except, I really don’t buy into that. Life isn’t about what we deserve. It’s about grace, it’s also about hard work and good results, it’s a complicated, and yet simple combination that varies at times. I feel like it’s the dance of life. I GET to make wise and healthy choices, through His Grace at work in me, THEN I will see better results!

Lately, His new verse to me, to help me and Batman, together, get to a new place in this, is Philippians 4:13. I know, it’s everywhere in social media, so it can be annoying. But, when HE, Whose Word it is, takes the time from sustaining the Universe, to impress this verse on your heart and mind, OVER, and OVER, it takes on brand new and shiny significance. I will #listen when He speaks, when He cares enough to 👉🏻👉🏻 point the way #forward and 👆🏻👆🏻 #up the 🏔. So, Sunday night we threw out any carbs leftover from a family 4th of July get together. And just flipped the switch cold turkey. About 2-3 weeks ago the Lord had put it on my heart, to let up, walk away from the fancy coffees, do myself a favor and quit being foolishly ‘edgy’, just because I can. Why not see how much better results I can get without that totally unnecessary thing.

Yesterday was one of my very best eating days ever, as a person fighting the sugar/insulin battle. Today is day 3 of yet another turn around the mulberry bush, to try to find Batman’s and my healthy place in eating. Today I did hit a low, but I brought it back WITH proteins and fats! NO carbs! That’s a great success! 🎉🎉🙌🏻👌🏻

I don’t usually talk about this part of my life, because I’m a novice, and haven’t found my stride just yet, and I realllllly do not enjoy simple platitudes, judgy and condescending people, and people who are, (I’m sorry) talking out of their behinds! 🤣🤚🏻🤚🏻🤐 🚫 Lol! I might not have dealt with this long, but, I have had all sorts entertaining and annoying advice given me! Can’t take it personal. It’s just people being people, bless their hearts!

I’m deciding to talk about it now, because maybe my awfulness at this, followed by His redemptive work in me through this, will help somebody. And that is worth it all!

I CAN do ALL things, THROUGH Christ who STRENGTHENS me!!

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Hospitality

Peach says: How do you feel about a word we don’t hear so much of these days? While it is certainly practiced, I wonder if the intentions, the generosity and mindfulness that makes it best, is eroding? What word is this you ask? Hospitality: “The act or practice of receiving and entertaining strangers or guests without reward, or with kind and generous liberality.“, according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary.

From the poorest to the richest, hospitality is something we are all called upon to provide and are able to do so. Whether all are willing to perform, or wise in the ability to live ready to do so, is another thing entirely!

From the homeless person sharing their meal or spare jacket, to the co-worker bringing left over pizza to share with you at lunch, to Aunt Vivian, who makes fruit cake at every Christmas season, to your husband who makes an outstanding low country boil, and your dear, sweet little grandson who wants to give you a pinch off his fresh, hot and soft cinnamon muffin, which he’s currently savoring, there are seemingly unending ways hospitality occurs. It could also be the young gentleman who offers you his seat on the subway, because he’s young and healthy, and you’re…healthy! 😉 Or the person in front of you in the grocery line who waves you ahead because you have 5-6 things and they have a half a buggy full!

You begin to get the idea! For my part, I see the thread of hospitality throughout the Bible, in specific ways. I believe, as God’s people, without question, we are called to live in a hospitable fashion, as individuals. We are not called upon to expect it of others. We are called upon, each of our own selves, as individuals to do so and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, so that the result of His leadership and influence in our lives comes forth.

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” — Romans 12:10 NKJV. I appreciate so much this verse in The Passion Translation: “Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another.”. — Romans 12:10.

What ways come easy for you to show hospitality? What is an area that is more challenging for you? I’d say my challenging area? Parking lots. Ugh! Help me, Jesus! Lol! We are not to let others influence us in a bad way, when we have the Greater One living within us, making us able. An area that’s easy for me? Baking, cooking, sharing books or clothes or dental floss, (don’t ask!! 🤣🤣 in my defense I will say it was brand new and unopened!) 😝

Just some thoughts on a lovely, and temporarily rainy summer afternoon!

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The Battle with Perfect

Peach says: I struggle with all or nothing thinking. If I can’t get it juuuuussstt right, at this moment, then I trick myself into wait for a better moment in time. 🤦‍♀️ I often think I have whooped it, then look around and take inventory and realize it’s still an issue!! 🤷‍♀️

We live in a fallen, imperfect world, we are born fallen and imperfect people! There’s not going to be a ‘perfect’ circumstance 98% of the time. That does not excuse us from action! There’s not going to be a perfect time 98% of the time, yet we are obligated, have purpose and responsibility to act and do the best we can!

I am most effective in God’s purpose for me, when I just hit the ground in prayer and action, trusting Him to be my grace, my favor, my wisdom, provision and timing! When I think about it from what the Lord shares with us in His Word, I would rather trade perfection, for momentum!!

20 So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD.’

24 Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I WAS AFRAID, AND WENT AND HID your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” – Matthew 25:20-30

I don’t want to reach my finish line with the regrets that I wish I had done more with my time, my opportunities, the grace He gives me every day.

I also want to be focused, as an important part of this! I feel like as in a dramatic action movie moment, where the hero urgently tells the heroine “Look at me”, in other words don’t look down, don’t look around, whatever you do, don’t look behind you! Look at Jesus! How? Pick a verse and chew on it, pray, practice gratitude throughout your day!! This gives you a focus that will cause you to ‘seek first’ His kingdom, and His righteousness. When we are measuring our words and actions against that standard, we will make our best choices! And even when we flub it up, He is EVEN MORE there with His grace to choose forward and upward momentum!

Don’t be paralyzed by the desire of perfect into inaction and frozen thinking. Let His GRACE propel you into forward MOMENTUM!!

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Bluffing

Peach says: last week Batman and I were doing our thing of sitting in our lawn chairs and enjoying the evening light and summer sounds. We had certain birds coming ’round that were so fun to watch!

In watching the birds, Batman told me about mockingbirds and how they will fluff up their wings to make a shadow on the ground to scare up critters. It reminded me of a verse I had heard the previous day, with regards to how the enemy of our souls will work to put us off our game. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.

A Bible teacher that has been a great blessing to me is Joseph Prince, and he will often remind us that the devil may sound like a lion…but Jesus has made him toothless!! It is good to remember to be strong in the Lord and to be CONFIDENT in Him as well! He has indeed crushed the enemy! “13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” – Colossians 2:13-15.

And while the enemy of our souls seeks to whisper condemnation in our ears, oh so subtly, and then when that doesn’t work, will roar fearful thoughts in the middle of the night or on the job, in traffic, or just about anytime, and then! Then the cares of life can come rushing in, squeezing our peace out. Crowding out our thoughts of gratitude and praise, suffocating our logic, our wisdom and even our joy.

I would say one of our enemy’s primary mantras would be “Distract, Divide, Destroy”. Tonight we are considering his efforts to distract, to BLUFF, if you will.

It brings to mind a trite saying, but, trite sayings are often a ‘thing’ because there’s so much truth there, “FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real”. On several occasions I have talked with my friends in the faith, about how most things we dread NEVER happen, and nothing we dread is ever as bad or often, very often, not even bad at all. We waste essential time and emotional energy torturing ourselves for no reason. Not to say bad things don’t happen in this life. On the contrary, they will, and He will bring us all the way through, and better than we went in. In the meantime, as good soldiers in faith, in this thing called life and the here and now, we are to remember He is not the author of confusion, and also — For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7. In Him we live an move and have our being, He is never far from us, what have we to fear?

Trust me, I have these talks with myself often! It’s just recently He has been highlighting certain verses for me to point out that we unnecessarily fall for the bluff at times, and as Ephesians 5 reminds us, we are to ‘redeem the times, for the days are evil‘. I like to think of that as doing double time, making the most of our opportunities, and not falling for the toothless bluffer, or the cares of this world! Instead, I want to run this race of faith and life, side by side with my Batman!! –> “…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.” –– Hebrews 12:1b-4.

How about it? Wanna come?