Don’t be Busy with Many Things

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Jesus Christ came to Martha’s house one day

Martha was determined to show Jesus how well she kept her house and what plentiful dishes she could prepare. After all, it wasn’t just for Jesus, but also for the big crew He traveled with. Martha put a lot more on herself that Jesus ever expected from her. She did it because she thought it would please Jesus, but He actually reproved her. She was too intense about what she was doing (“I’ve just got to prepare this…and this….and this… oh, and that too… and that……’ she thought to herself’).

Martha couldn’t just put out a plate of sandwiches and sit with Mary to learn the Word from the Word. She wanted to prepare a Thanksgiving feast…and probably just to impress the visitors.

It’s a common fault, isn’t it?

And how much of this is due to pride? The inordinate care for details, for the extensiveness of it, “cumbered about with much serving”.
Hey, she was serving! Isn’t serving a good thing? Yes, but she was doing too much.
Did she want to impress Jesus? Was she trying to impress Peter, James & John too, along with those women who traveled with them, providing for them out of their own means. Maybe Martha did all this to show those women she could provide for Jesus too. Was she driven with personal ambition to impress others?

Martha did too much.

Whatever her motive, Jesus likely said to her, “Poor Martha, you are getting all upset over doing way too much. You put too much on yourself and now you want Mary to pick up the slack. She wants to listen to Me and that makes you grumpy. Sit down here with Me. Less ado about this meal will be good enough”.
Let’s all of try to remember that. Less ado will be good enough.

“Many things” are going to be stressful.

Our lives are so stressful. We are doing “many things” and probably a lot of it should be cancelled if we are going to keep our relationship with Jesus. How do we have time to sit with Him if we have too much to do for too many others?
The One sitting before us will give us wisdom, comfort, guidance and His love. We need to try to lay down the busy-ness of worldly ambitions and figure out what God’s ONE THING is and do that. Some things are important. “Many things” are not. We can only get all that we need from Him if we give up the ambitious serving that cumbers us and sit down with Him ready to listen and learn.
“Luke 10:38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Do You Have Self-Control?

Self-Control is Rare.

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2 Timothy 3:1-5  

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be… without self-control…have nothing to do with such people.

 

It’s hard to leave comments in social media. People don’t want to discuss much anymore. If you don’t disagree with them, they rant and rave. Their Number One method of discussion involves insults and name-calling and little-to-no exchange of ideas. Just read a political comment thread and you’ll see a ton of comments  showing a huge lack of self-control.

The Bible includes this lack in the renowned list of mis-behavior we can expect in the last days (which is NOW). Those terrible times are upon us and it’s easy to see the words and deeds of the vast majority of people who lack self-control.

We now live in a world where never having your feelings hurt is the highest priority. Wounded emotions rank high on the excuse list of reasons to riot and file lawsuits, even over contrary opinions. “You hurt my feelings because you won’t bake me a cake.”  SUE.

For those who speak and those who listen, a degree of self-control is essential. A contrary opinion is not a “hate crime”. Disagreeing with you does not mean I am a racist xenophobe, bitterly clinging to my guns and religion.

Too many people are perpetually offended and others are unable to express their opinions & points of view without becoming upset ~> angry ~> insulting~> livid ~> threatening ~> violent.

Both the speaker and the listener need to have self-control in order to have any kind of discussion beyond the latest weather report.

And the Bible actually says we are to have nothing to do with people who do not have self-control. If they can’t do anything but argue….and worse….then we are to avoid them.

 

Control Your Speech and Control Your Behavior

Do You have a Filter on Your Mouth?

That *FILTER* used to be known as Self-Control. 

Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.* Of course, if someone is not a Christian, self-control can be very hard to learn. Our culture no longer values working and waiting for something good to happen. Instead, kids are taught immediate gratification by their parents who themselves can’t work, teach and wait for the kids to learn not to scream and misbehave to get what they want.

 

Self-control is: 

…the ability to wait for something to happen instead of demanding instant gratification.

…the ability to deny yourself the pleasure of mouthing off to someone you dislike.

…the ability to deny yourself taking control of another person through anger and intimidation.

 

The Bible says older men, older women, younger men and younger women should be taught self-control. That just about covers everyone.*  Even children should be taught self-control. Children are to be taught how to grow up and be an adult who practices self-control, not fail to learn and just maintain childishness their entire life.

Self control is one form of protection for  your soul (your mind, will and emotions). Just like a city whose walls are broken through.* Or a country with no border protection or wall at the southern border. It is open for invasion and destruction.

 

Guard your mouth. 

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.*

Your mouth can get you into deep trouble. If you don’t learn how to control it, you will live to deeply regret it, sooner or later. Shut it instead of saying the wrong thing.

Shut it instead of saying waaaaaay too much.

 

Maybe what we have to say isn’t worth saying.

First of all, is it unwholesome – corrupt – putrid – rotten – worthless? Do not even let that out of your mouth. It won’t benefit those who listen or build them up.*

Are  you trying to argue with me? Do I return what you say to me with an argument? It is better not to have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, but instead try to calm a quarrel. Only fools (morally deficient people) are quick to quarrel. It is to your honor to avoid strife.* Avoiding strife is practicing self-control.

Are you able to discuss contrary subjects with me without getting upset? Am I able to receive your contrary opinions with getting upset? Yes? Then we both have exhibited self-control. You might have very valid information to give out. Just try to state what you have to say in a matter-of-fact manner.

 

Say it, Listen, Speak Again, Be Silent.

When does a discussion turn into an argument? Maybe the Biblical principal of “two or three” can apply to points shared in a discussion.

Two or three prophets are encouraged to speak before other weigh what is said.*

Paul instructed the Corinthian church to let every matter be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses, the same law that was given to Israel in Deuteronomy.*

Say what you have to say. Listen to the response. If you have set off negative emotions in the other person, consider if you should speak again if you wish.  Pray for a few seconds before giving a 2nd response. That is self-control in action. Then say no more. No matter what.

 

Do You Have Self-Control?

Instead of getting so offended that we “un-friend”, “un-like” someone else, maybe we should just refuse to be so adamant that we would rather turn another human being out of our life. That person could be someone who is reaching out to God and your reaction can be a make-it or break-it moment for them. Being right isn’t worth being obnoxious. There’s no such thing as being a jerk for Jesus.

The tongue has the power of life and death.* Don’t unfriend your friends. Just stop arguing with them.

 

It’s a matter of having self-control.

 

* Galatians 5:23, Proverbs 25:28, James 1:26, Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 15:18, Proverbs 29:22, 1 Corinthians 14:29,  2 Corinthians 13:1, Deuteronomy 19:15, Proverbs 18:21

Trump is the Hail Mary pass.

Are you praying? There is not much time left.

I had a vision in 1987 of the spiritual warfare we are involved in, in the analogy of a football game. I was summoned to the stadium to get in the game. It is as clear in my mind today as it was then.

It was picked back up again a couple weeks ago.

Donald Trump is the Hail Mary pass at the end of the game.

The team that opposes the Body of Christ is not any person or group of people, but the demonic force behind those people, headed up by the spirit of the anti-christ.

In July, 2016, I heard this: “Trump is the Hail Mary pass”.

I was taken back to the 4th Quarter of the game where the rules are determined by the Word of God. So, we are not only in the last days….these are the last seconds.

I have kept everything to myself all these years, sharing with only a couple people. On 10/10/16, I was surprised again by the directive to share the vision and the final pass.

History can take many paths but at this time, the Hail Mary pass is a final attempt to protect LIFE and salvage liberty. Liberty/freedom comes from the Spirit of God. Only liberty will allow the people of God to openly serve Him. The alternative is death and bondage.

What happens in this country is up to the people of God. To fail to discern the times is to sit on the bleachers looking at our stuff. To fail to understand the will of God and fail to act in line with His ways and His thoughts is rebellion against our Commander in Chief. It is aiding and abetting the enemy. There is no option other than to obey God.

In the end, no matter what happens or fails to happen – God IS IN CONTROL.

You can understand why I will not allow comments here. Every demon that sees this will mock and curse. If you agree, pray and obey. If you disagree, God bless you. Go your own way and do as you wish. I have no need to argue about anything. You answer to Him, not me.

About that pass: Tennessee Vols beat Georgia 34-31 on Oct. 1, 2016. Hail Mary touchdown catch by wide receiver Jauan Jennings. Video clip from USAToday.

The name of the instrumental in this video is appropriately titled “Last Stand”. Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Ephesians 6:10-19
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and WATCHING thereunto with all perseverance and supplication FOR ALL SAINTS;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth BOLDLY, to make known the mystery of the gospel…

I woke up with a sore throat this morning…

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I don’t need OTC drugs for a sore throat!

I’m turning to my toolbox of essential oils. After 4 years of using them, I know what they can do and how they will help me!

Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in plants. Yes, that means they are “herbal”! They have so many health beneficial properties.

So when I woke up feeling a little bit scratchy in my throat and knew my immune system needed help to fight off this attack.

OnGuard” is a combo of 5 essential oils: Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus & Wild Orange. I keep those throat drops in my purse, so I started taking them. They calm down the scratchiness. OnGuard helps your respiratory system too. I feel like I might be a little stuffy too, so I know it will handle that as well.

I’m going to take OnGuard + for a couple of days. Probably 3 or 4 of them per day for a real zap of whatever germs are trying to bring me down. It has additional oils in it – like Black Pepper, another heavy hitter.

Then I took a 2 oz. spray bottle and filled it with 10 drops of Oregano, 10 drops of OnGuard and purified water. I’m going to spray this into my mouth to get rid of what is causing the sore throat. Oregano is a “hot” essential oil and it really feels good on my throat. It is full of powerful antioxidants and acts as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent.

Rule ONE

The best rule to follow when you are trying to knock out an attack is to hit it hard and hit it often! Don’t ignore it and wait for 4 days until you are miserable and end up in the ER on Sunday afternoon! Using essential oils is not like taking prescription medicine. Small doses more often are far better than a lot all at once. Spray your throat, roll on your roller ball combo, take beadlets or lozenges, healing salve…..whatever you are doing…every 2-3 hours, and in some cases, every 10-15 minutes if you can! Keep it up!

YOU CAN learn to use essential oils! You will gain a sense of what your body needs, what your family needs and you will have confidence to treat yourself – for much less than a doctor visit and a prescription!

There are other EO combos I could use, but I know this will work for me because it has before.

I’m sure I’ll kick that sore throat in no time!

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Hayfield diffuser blend

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Do you have a diffuser? It’s not the same as a humidifier. Run your humidifier in the other corner of your room to add moisture into the air and run an essential oil diffuser in the room along with it. Here’s why: All about essential oil diffusers

The Arborvitae, Cinnamon & Clove in this blend will inhibit viruses, bacteria, mold and other pathogens in the air. If you live in the country or if you ever did, like me, it will bring back warm memories of long summer days with children playing outside, hay bales out in the field with white tailed deer gathering at the edges of the woods waiting till dusk to come and graze in the field of fresh cut hay. It reminds me of the early fall garden harvest, home cooked meals with canned green beans and apple pies, fall craft festivals and thoughts of Christmas around the corner.

All this from a diffuser! How does that work? When you put essential oils into the air, they travel to the limbic center in the brain and cause relaxing neurochemicals to be released. We all need more of that, huh?

Do you need a diffuser?  You can purchase one HERE.

If you do, email me and I’ll help you get started with essential oils and I’ll send you some essential oil blends for your new diffuser!

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God Can Be Trusted

2 Corinthians 5:, 6, 7, 8 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (FOR WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT).  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. “And though God is here with us, by His Spirit, yet we are not with Him as we hope to be. Faith is for this world, and sight is for the other world. It will be our duty and it will be our interest, to… more…