Faith Of Our Fathers

Moreover God said to Moses,

“Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.

This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’
Exodus 3:15 NKJV

The following lyrics were taken from Google. Our Christian faith is rooted and grounded in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

FAITH OF OUR FATHERS

Faith of our fathers, living still
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious word!

Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!

Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free;
And blest would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them should die for thee:

Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!

Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God
Mankind shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife,
And preach thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.

Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!

Details
Category:The Church
Subcategory:Her Faith
Lyrics:Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)
Music:Henri Frederick Hemy (1818-1888); Adapted by James George Walton (1821-1905)
Key:G Major
Time:3/4
Meter:8.8.8.8.8.8.
Hymn Code:3211712671

It’s A Heart Thing NOT An Organ Thing

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful. It’s a puzzle that no human can figure out.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

When God created man and woman… there was no confusion in God’s mind. Adam and Eve had children who were just like them, the very spirit and image. Genesis 5:3-5

So where is this new war of gender identity and social acceptance coming from? When we were born, a doctor usually declared that we’re male or female based on what our body looked like.

Now, the culture in 2019 is demanding that we don’t assume by looking at a person that we know what pronoun he, she or they may prefer. Did they say “Prefer”? OKAY!

I’m not brilliant enough to fully understand the issues and complications of my hopelessly dark and sick society … nor do I have answers to their ever changing experimental questions…but I know that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God…and God made them male and female.

Humans messing with God’s image by cutting off sexual organs, adding on sexual organs, and forcing others who trust God’s perfect master design to be open minded…is LUDICROUS, PREPOSTEROUS, FOOLISH, STUPID, INSANE AND MORE.

Are we wiser than the One who created us? I shake my head in disbelief.

Oh foolish and godless society, who has put a death curse on us? Have our senses left us and turned us into a shameful and perverse mess?

We will destroyed for a lack of knowledge.

We live in a sin filled world which has negatively affected our lives spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and economically.

Our morals continues to be devalued by the ever changing opinions of the politicians and law makers.

Suicidal rates have sky rocketed. Mental illnesses are on the rise. Abuse of all kinds are committed on innocent victims, our sons, our daughters, and our seniors.

Sexual behavior that is considered abnormal and unacceptable can be viewed in the comfort of our homes, offices, libraries, and on our children’s devices.

Sexting – dirty questions where nothing is off limits have become fun and game for kids as young as maybe eight years old to adults. Porn is easily accessible by the click of a button on our laptops.

God has not given us a spirit of fear or intimidation. Call me close minded and a hater of the LGBTQ Movement or any other movement that messes with God’s plans. God calls me His child and I am cool with that. After death comes judgement by God and no longer man’s opinions will matter.

Remember Sodom and Gomorrah. They were destroyed by God as punishment for the sexual behavior of the people who lived there.

God didn’t hate the people …but He hated the sins.

It wasn’t my idea or my opinion for God to wipe out a whole city… I wasn’t even born back then. But, I know that because of man’s rebelliousness and disobedience…God can do it again.

Yes, I am a Christian. No, I don’t think it makes me better than anyone.

Sin separates man from God. This has nothing to do with hating or being close minded…this only has to do with SIN.

We all have sinned and will continue to err…most definitely…but if another sinner enters your home and murders your entire family …would you be so passive about their sinful act?

God’s love leads us to repentance. Repentance affords us a relationship with God … not a religion to boast about or to force acceptance of what God calls sin.

When we get to the heart of humans…we get to the root of things.

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful. It’s a puzzle that no human can figure out.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

It’s a huge issue for lawmakers to suggest that we cannot look at a person and assume that they are either male or female…but it’s up to the person’s preference to determine their gender.

I conclude that it’s a heart thing not an organ thing.

Jeremiah 17 and 18 are great chapters to read.

Get Up and Try Again

Someone said, “Failure is not final.” But, failure feels like it’s final when you are alone with your own unforgiving thoughts.

No one should ever have to live without the support and love of others. Life is difficult by itself … so don’t hesitate to reach out for help or to look for someone who’s struggling to get back up after a bout of defeat.

Keep in mind that anyone can fall at anytime.

If you say, “That’s none of my business,” will that give us an excuse pass to ignore others?

Looking over someone who is drowning with guilt and shame is everyone’s business. God is certainly not impressed with our weak excuses ‘that’s none of my business’. When we lend a hand to someone who is struggling to stand…we ourselves sleep better at nights.

Regardless of how many times we or anyone else mess up, get back up again.

Don’t laugh or gossip about someone else’s fall…God will see and become very angry, and will turn and have compassion on the fallen.

Let’s encourage each other to try again … without any warning our lives can turn upside down, and who knows how or when it might happen.

Those who trust in God … feels His love and gets back up and try again. Their dependency is on God and His unfailing love. It’s never final until we take our last breath.

When our trust is in God, He snatches us when we stumble and grabs a hold of our hands. We will not be held prisoners of our past. None of us can go back and change our past…so let it go!

We are each other’s keepers!

Cheers To Friday

The secret to being happy is learning to laugh more. We will be as happy as we each decide to be.

I hope you will find at least one of the funny quotes to smile about. I did!

😊😊😊 Men will be men and wives will be wives was my #1 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀

Happy people are the nicest people to be around. Take time to enjoy the amazing people in your life.

Many thanks to each and everyone who made my week of blogging worth the time.

Blessings, peace and love to you and your loved ones.

See you on Monday!!

Choice. Chance. Change.

God calls children our blessings and our gifts. Children are our heritage from the LORD and they are like arrows in our hands. But what happens when our ‘blessings’ step over the threshold to adulthood?

Remember Samson?

● Samson was set apart from birth with a gift of supernatural strength to do a humongous work for God.

● He went down to the city where he saw a Philistine woman

● He returns home and informed his parents that he met his wife

● His parents tried to discourage him from marrying this strange woman

● He insisted that she was the only one he wanted and he married her

● One evening as he slept, his newly wed wife cuts his hair and called in the enemies who gouged his eyes out and held him captive.

Samson’s strength is gone after making one choice, he took a chance that changed his life forever.

God gives us free choices:

  • He did not put the forbidden tree to the back of the Garden of Eden. It was right in the middle. He told them “Don’t eat”. Period.
  • He knows our cravings will cause us to do wrong when we become desensitized to making God our number one priority

It’s traumatic to watch our children walk away from the truth…but like God, we must leave them up to their own free will… they are adults.

  • They hang out with the wrong crowd
  • They are misguided
  • They enter business transactions with their blindfolds on
  • They have fatal attractions episodes

Who has put a spell on our generation?

Something has happened and it’s unfortunate that our children may have lost their vision, hearing, and mind….out of rebelliousness like Samson did.

  • What does light have to do with darkness?
  • It’s disturbing that a segment of the millennium generation who grew up with Christian values no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in their lives.
  • They have stepped over to an unmanned border and have adopted values that are foreign to them.

The. Saddest. Moment. In. Any. Parent’s. Life. Is. To. Witness. A. Child. Walk. Away. From. The. Truth.

Okay, my mistake…it’s more painful to try and understand their reasoning when they think that going to church on Sundays will demonstrate that they still have a right standing with God. Someone once said that if you sit in your garage – that doesn’t make you a car.

  • Does Jesus Christ go strolling with the Devil?
  • Trust and mistrust do not hold hands

Our body is the temple where God lives. Would we dare turn the temple into a graveyard where anyone can come in and sleep?

God says to all of us …leave the compromising for good.

Nothing will stand in our way if we choose to walk wisely….we will stumble but will not fall.

We Would Laugh Again

There’s purpose in our struggles. Everything and everyone that ever tried to stop us from moving forward, God will actually use any means necessary to move us ahead with greater purpose.

Don’t be afraid when others plan evil against you, God will use those same plans for your good. Easy now… you will have nothing to fear. You will laugh again.

If Daniel wasn’t thrown into the lions den, he may not have known whether God could actually close the mouths of the lions.

There are times when we are thrown into some really difficult situations and it looks like there’s no way we are coming out alive. Don’t feel sorry for yourself. The trouble you are in should not be looked at as punishment.

At the appointed time God will turn things in our favor. Now, we see everything through a glass with an imperfect vision …but one day it will make a lot more sense.

One thing is true – our thoughts determine how we stand. Choosing to be happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfectly fine…it means that you have a new chapter to write and you will not allow your current situation to determine your next level.

Someone once said, “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.”

Everything you’ve been through will make you stronger. It’s working in your favor. You were born a WINNER.

God will say, “Love everyone, no matter how much they have hurt you. Because everyone is fighting their own insecurities so never stop praying for the best for everyone.”

And then God clothed us with strength and dignity…and we will laugh at the days to come.

The Tree With Strong Roots Do Not Fear The Storm

We can trust God to put every piece of our lives together. Growing up in a large family was absolutely the MOST memorable experience in my life… especially when 99% of my siblings were older than me. 😊

I looked forward to going on evening walks with my Mom and my siblings as there were many teaching moments as we slowly walked through the neighborhood.

My Mom was our first teacher in every way…she did not leave that responsibility to anyone else. She was a wise, god-fearing woman who learned from her Mother. She never missed an opportunity to teach us…the third generation of our godly legacy.

My Mom talked about everything. She played an active role in our upbringing. She talked to us when we were sitting at home, walking the streets, she talked with us from the time we got up in the morning, when we got home from school, and when it was bedtime.

Her voice was the first and last thing we heard every day. She kept abreast with all that was happening in our lives and knew how to pray for us through the different stages.

She knew the intricacies of raising a large family which we as children were completely oblivious to…thanks to her godly wisdom.

Growing up we ate all our meals together, attended the same schools, learned the same principles of life ….and yet there were no guarantee that some of her children will get through life running through red lights, ending up as casualties …and becoming survivors.

All families have dysfunctions but my Mom handled our dysfunctions like a skilled architect who designed and supervised her family aiming for well rounded healthy adults.

My Mom most certainly had her large share of disappointments and discouragement as she watched her kids maneuver their way into adulthood.

Imagine if my Mom was here what would she say: “Hi, my name is Bernice Ruth. By an act of faith I blessed each of my children. Blessing them with God’s blessing, not my own.

I died not yet seeing what God had promised to do in my children’s lives, but I still believed. I taught my children to turn disadvantages into opportunities.

I taught them to win battles that were designed to destroy their confidence. We had stories that will place us in the House of Shame but the LORD stood with us and gave us strength.

Our pain was our learning curve…but we didn’t go quiet in our faith. I fought a good fight and I passed on the torch from my Mother to the next generation.”

MY AHA MOMENT:

THE TREE WITH STRONG ROOTS DO NOT FEAR THE STORMS.

That precious memory triggered the rich faith that was handed down from my grandmother Dorothy to my mother Bernice Ruth then to me, and now to my children!

Jesus said that Satan has demanded the right to test each one of us, but He has prayed that our faith will be strong. And when we have come back to God, we must strengthen others.

I thank God for my praying Grandmother and my Mother.