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Yoga vs Biblical Meditation 

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I thought I would look up the meaning of Yoga & found some pretty scary things.  Christians, the meaning itself should send all kinds of warning signals out to you, but Satan will whisper in your ear, “It’s only exercise, you don’t have to be a Buddhist, it’s okay.” Kind of sounds like Eve in the garden, doesn’t it?

Quora definition of “Yoga” is “union”. It is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj,” (pron. “yug”)meaning “to join”, “to unite” but also “to subjugate”, with the meaning also “to control” and “to disciplinate”. The English word “yoke” is also derived from the same Sanskrit (Indo-European) root.  Sanskrit is the ancient language in Hinduism, used as a means of communication and dialogue by the Hindu Celestial Gods, and then by the Indo-Aryans(over 1 billion people speak Indo-Aryan, mostly in southern Asia). Sanskrit is also widely used in Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism.

First of all the words union, join, to unite, I find scary. Become a union, join or unite to what?  Don’t think they mean to God.  But the meaning of subjugate is really frightening; Subjugate | Define Subjugate at dictionary.com subjugate verb (used with object), subjugated, subjugating. 1. to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master. 2. to make submissive or subservient; enslave.

Yoga teaches you to concentrate on yourself not God, putting God & you on the same level, which is contrary to God’s word. You are opening your mind for Satan to step in.  The bible warns us 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” The bible also says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV)  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” I do not believe making yourself a God exactly fits this verse. 

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV) tells us:  But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come  This verse doesn’t mean not to take care of your body because 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us our bodies are temples to the holy ghost given to us by God.  What Timothy meant is don’t fall victim to false religions. Knowing the bible and living the bible are profitable to our lives now and in the future. How do you exercise onto godliness, by studying & meditating on God’s word.  When meditating on God’s word you are learning the ways of the God that created you, that takes care of you and that he is the only true & living God. Yoga on the other hand you empty your mind completely to everything and try to tap into your subconscious, which is supposed to give you knowledge & tranquility, but this leaves your mind open to spiritual darkness.  DON’T make the mistake of making yourself a self acclaimed spiritual god!

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22(KJV)  tells us to; Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. Before you embark on such a thing as yoga, you should pray about it, study the bible & look where it originated, and meditate on it. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the, it’s harmless excuse, just because you want to do it. 1 Timothy 4:1(KJV)  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  From this study I have deduced that yoga is seducing spirits & doctrines of devils.

How is Biblical Meditation different from yoga. The bible tells us to meditate on God’s word.  This is done by reading our bibles & then taking some time just to think about what we read.  This will help us to have a complete understanding of what God is teaching. It does not tell us to put ourselves in a trance (which itself is an abomination to God-side note-study witchcraft). We are just to ponder on his words. Joshua 1:8 (KJV) tells us why we are to meditate,  “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

 Psalm 1:1-3 KJV tells us Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

God also tells us that by meditating we shall gain wisdom & understanding, Psalm 49:3 (KJV) My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

God instructs us to meditate, Psalm 46:10(KJV)  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

I hope this has been helpful to someone.  Let me know your thoughts on this matter. Stay in God’s word & have a blessed day!

Words Can Kill!

WORDS KILL YOU-page-001Sticks & stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt!  No truth in that statement at all.  Sticks & stones will definitely break your bones, but words go much deeper.  Words can break your heart, your spirit or even cause someone physical death.

Proverbs 18:21(KJV)  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Never have we seen such truth demonstrated by these words then we have in recent times.  We have news media & social media that spreads good & bad things (mostly bad anymore). We have people holding up life like decapitated heads, showing fake assassinations, cussing up a storm & issuing death threats.  What’s even worse then this; people cheer them on. I believe this kind of power has led to the shooting of our Congressman Scalise & others in Virginia. This man’s social media showed his outright hatred for a political party, and yes, again some cheered.

Proverbs 16:27-29(KJV) rings so true in today’s society; An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. 29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

Has this type of thing been going on for 100’s & 1,000’s of years?  Yes, if you don’t believe me check out your bible there are all kinds of verses that support this.  The only difference is we now have the social power to spread it like a wildfire. The bible warns us about one of the littlest member of your body.  It might be little but can start all kinds of trouble. James 3:5(KJV)  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

What do you do to keep a fire going?  You heap wood upon it to keep the coals burning.  Today the contentious man just keeps stirring the pot, with half truths, racial baiting, and categorizing people  Proverbs 26:21(KJV) As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

Does this mean God’s people should be completely silent?  No, but it means exercise wisdom.  You can refute words with truth.
Proverbs 12:18K(KJV)  There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
Proverbs 11:9(KJV) An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
But to be truthful with you the hardest thing is to realize when to be silent & when to speak. I personally believe the time is now to speak, our world has become so evil.  People are influencing the weak who are not grounded in God’s word. Ecclesiastes 3:7(KJV) A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

 

DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS

 I had the best dad on earth.  He taught me so much, important things like how to love and stand on my own two feet.  When I married we never asked mom and dad for anything.  We tried very hard to be like our parents & make it 100% on our own. It wasn’t until I was ready to deliver our 3rd child that I learn, dad had wished I leaned on him more. At this time my husband worked night shift. I thought maybe I was in labor so I called my parents and drove to their house. It subsided so I laid down for a little while and it came back with a vengeance.  Dad was thrilled to death to take me to the hospital.  On the way dad told me he thought he made me a little too independent.  I asked why, and he said he wished I needed him a little more.  Until that night I never knew he felt that way. That night I learned I would always be Daddy’s little girl.  Hope you enjoy this poem I wrote for dad. Even though dad is in heaven I still know I am his little girl.

DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS!

Dad always wanted a son, or so he said,
But God blessed him with five daughters instead.
Dad never dwelled much on not having a son;
How could he, we always kept him on the run.
Never for a moment do I think he was sorry,
He was our protector and we never had to worry.

After a long day’s work, home he would come,
His little girls would climb on his lap,
and practice their reading on him some.
He would tell tall tales about wrestling alligators.
To us he was a big strong, loveable Gladiator.

Little girls they say wrap their daddy around their little finger.
Let me tell you, looking back I think it is true,
And yet today I’m sure, in his heart Daddy’s little girls still linger.

Dad had patience of a saint;
Especially when fishing his little girls, he would take.
One such time a water snake we saw,
And almost caused mom who couldn’t swim in the lake to fall.
In a hurry to get away, poles still in hand,
where we were going we did not look;
Poor dad in the seat of the pants we did hook.
Many a funny tale, I’m sure dad could tell.

Dad we love you so much!
We will always be Daddy’s little girls.
We are so thankful and glad,
That God made you our DAD.

–Debbie    Gladwell–                                                                                                                                 December 30, 1999

I wish each and every father a Happy Fathers Day!

Let your fathers know how much you love them because time is shorter than you think. Love them, spend time with them and be part of their lives.

Misconception #2 You are owed free stuff!

Some people, not really familiar with the bible, often get things a little confused.  They think that love is giving someone who doesn’t WANT to work a free ride. Did you know that even Jesus worked for a living? He was a carpenter apprentice as a child.  Jesus said he worked as well as his father-“John 5:17(KJV)But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”  We all know Jesus taught by example.

When God created man he put him immediately to work; Genesis 2:15 (KJV)  And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

 Does this mean no one will ever need assistance? No, people will lose their jobs, but it means not to make an excuse for you, your family & your family families to make a career out of this assistance.

Now, I ask you if Jesus worked; why do some feel they should not have to work?  They believe we should take from the working man & give their fruits to people who just plain do not want to work? WRONG!!! See what the bible tells us:
2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV) For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Psalm 128:2 (KJV) For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Do you see the pattern here? If you do not work, you do not eat.  Is the bible saying that if you are handicap or if you are ill, you won’t get fed if you do not work?  No, it’s talking about the majority of the people that are perfectly fit & able, but have gotten too used to handouts. We are not doing them any favors with handouts, but are hindering them from the fruits of their own labor.

God never tells us to do something without instructions.  Did you ever wonder why there are so many different animals, insects, birds etc.?  I know, some are here for us to eat, but did you ever consider, why God made humans curious by nature? Answer is to observe.  For instance take the ant, every ant has a job.  It is said that ants can carry 5,000 times their own weight.  The bible tells us to observe the ant & their work ethics.Proverbs 6:6-9 (KJV) Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?”  Did you notice they have no guide, boss or ruler, but yet they work & gather food for the harvest? (by the way sluggard is a lazy person & the bible has a lot to say about the sluggard)

The bible also tells us it is good for our souls to work & that work is from the hand of God.  Ecclesiastes 2:24 (KJV)There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

HOW LONG SHOULD WE WORK?  You are not going to like the biblical answer.  We should work all our lives! Genesis 3:19 (KJV)  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

 In conclusion, if we follow biblical rules there would be a whole lot less freeloading & a whole lot more happier people.

Misconception #1 You are stuck where you are!

I’m going to give you a little information from the bible & a short testimony.

People are so mentally & spiritually messed up.  They believe the lack of family money or where they live means they must live in poverty all their life. Not saying money doesn’t help, but so does work ethics and ambition.  God only promises us food and clothing, the rest is up to YOU!  Matthew KJV 6:30-33 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The bible also tells us why some people are in poverty & some are not; Proverbs 20:13 (KJV)  Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.” Oh my goodness, you mean if you sleep and lay around your home you will live in poverty? Exactly right!  Does it mean if you work you will be rich?  Not necessarily, but you will have enough to feed you & your family.

Growing up my family never had much in terms of money, but I had a rich childhood. My parents married young, dad worked seasonal road construction (back then the pay wasn’t great), and mom became a wonderful house wife.  They soon had five daughters to feed and clothe.  Mom made every dime stretch.  They often went without things for themselves.

I don’t consider my family as living in poverty, but we were far from rich. I can remember at times of having only three school dresses, which meant wearing two of them twice a week until you outgrew them and then pass them down to one of your sisters.  We each had one pair of shoes that we wore until they wore out or we out grew them.  Other times mom made us some fantastic outfits, or found great deals at rummage sales etc. Mom could look at anything & make it.  She crocheted and sewed things for our home. My parents always found a way to provide our needs, we were so loved.

I watched my parents work hard, they never looked-for handouts.  I watched their work ethics and was a witness to it paying off.  Dad eventually went from a drill helper to a Drilling & Blasting Superintendent, and companies began seeking him.

There is so much more I could say about my wonderful parents, but I want to stress my early childhood was not rich according to financial standards.  I never went hungry or lacked anything to wear.  I was almost 12 when I got my first job, (and for the record my parents didn’t make me).  I babysat for my cousins while my aunt & uncle worked.  I can still remember the feeling of pride when I bought my first dress with my own money. We moved at the end of that summer and as a young teen, I soon found out I could make money babysitting for other people.  Often on the weekends & an occasional school night, I would babysit in the evenings.  I thought the money was great .50 cents an hour, but there was one couple who paid a whole .75 cents an hour. I even found a lady who worked for IBM that wanted someone to help her clean twice a week (I think she paid $1.00/hr and I worked 2 hrs).  Mom and dad still provided all my needs, but I had a new-found pride in supplementing my clothing. 

In my late teens, I worked as a waitress (now that is hard work & you should always treat them with respect).  Here is where most of the young people mess up.  They think flipping a burger or being a waitress is beneath them.  Get over yourself, you have to start someplace. My first waitress job I made $1.00/hr and quit it for a job that paid .85 cents/hr but you got tips.  I was almost 19 before I got my first break as an office clerk for a road construction company.  When the job was completed I was offered an office manager job with the same company, but I would have to move.  Of course, I was in love with my husband to be and did not want to move.  I became a receptionist/accts receivable clerk for a lumber company.  I worked hard and became an Executive Secretary for the same company, which also had grown into a very large lumber, dimension & export business.

I have been happily married to the most wonderful man on earth for forty years.  We have a home, a family and a good life.  Neither one of us got where we are by being lazy.  It may not be your dream, but it’s mine.

What I am trying to say is, NOTHING is keeping you from doing the same.  You want something, work for it (there is plenty of work out there).  You appreciate life more and there is no better feeling of accomplishment in the world. God didn’t make us to sit on our bottoms with our hands out and watch someone else work.  He expects us to work to eat.  Do a study someday on a slothful man (lazy man) God has no pity on them.

I pray you have great success in achieving a better life for yourself.  Keep in mind though, sometimes you don’t get exactly what you want, but most of the time what God provides for you is better than what you plan. You just need to be willing to work and let God do the rest. 

Remember the Dead, BUT Do Not Idolized Them!

I was going to write a blog on honoring the dead, but when researching I found we shouldn’t in the typical ways some do.  What I mean is, make it a day of remembrance but not idolatry. We should not make our deceased loved ones into idols. We should remember their lives, but not put them above God. 

Should we miss the deceased? Yes, of course we should, after all they were a very important part of our lives. What we should NOT do is:
1).  Exalt them (Idolatry) 
Exodus 34:14 (KJV)  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
2).  Cut or Mark your skin
Leviticus 19:28 (KJV)  Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.
3).  Pray to them or use medians to reach them.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (KJV There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God  doth drive them out from before thee.

People are human and we have a human outlook on life.  Death hurts, but Paul says; to live, you live IN Christ, but to die is gain (you live WITH Christ) Philippians 1:20-21 (KJV)  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gainThis is important for Christians to remember because, if your loved one is saved, they are with Christ.

I find it a great comfort that death has no victory over us.  Why do I say that?  Because if you are saved you will live with Jesus forever.  Death has no sting or victory over us, because Jesus died, was buried & rose again.  The bible (God’s word) promises us that we have this victory over death in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 (KJV) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 This Memorial Day, remember the Great Men & Women who fought for our Country; who died for our freedom. Put flowers & decorate your loved ones graves, honor their lives, but keep it a day of remembrance.

Even Heaven has walls! But, maybe not for the reason you think!

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Walls have many functions.  They keep trespassers out, keep animals in or are decorative.  In bible times, they surrounded cities and were used for protection from rivals or enemies.

Protection-Everyone has heard of the bible story about the walls of Jericho.  The walls of Jericho were massive.  I never knew until now, that the dimensions actually included 3 tiers of walls (http://www.israel-a-history-of.com/walls-of-jericho.html) .  I always imagined it was called the walls of Jericho because it had 4 sides.  Very interesting, but a study for another time. This new information just makes the story even more meaningful to me, because God allowed Joshua to bring them tumbling down. Wow!  Even though the walls were extremely thick & tall, they could not protect the people from God.

Keep animals in– John 10:1 you will see a reference to the sheepfold.  The sheepfold is where they kept the sheep at night to protect them from thieves and predators.  You are probably familiar with this passage: John 10:1 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber..

Sheepfold walls are interesting and I found that there were different types of sheepfolds, but for the most part they consisted of loosely stacked stones. http://www.bible-history.com/sketches/ancient/sheep-fold.html

 Decorative-This is the category I believe the New Jerusalem (Heaven) falls into. The bible tells us we will not need the sun or moon for light.  God’s glory will provide all the light we need.  Revelation 21:23-25 (KJV)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Now with this in mind let’s look at the walls of heaven, which gates are open all the time.  If they are opened all the time, then the walls were not built for protection, but for beauty.

I personally believe that God’s glory shines through the precious stones of the wall & magnifies outwards all the beautiful colors of the wall.  Just imagine God’s glory shining through the precious stones of walls that are 200 feet thick.  Remember Heaven will be made of pure elements, so go with the pure colors

LIST OF THE PRECIOUS STONES OF HEAVEN’S WALLS

1).   Jasper-Dark green

2).   Sapphire-in biblical times it was said to be blue of the sky, shining brightly with gold specks

3).   Chalcedony- milky white, light gray, blue and yellowish brown

4).   Emerald-Grassy green

5).   Sardonyx-has alternating bands of reddish-brown and white

6).   Sardius- orangish red

7).   Chrysolyte-Yellow/green

8).   Beryl-Blue/green often likened to the color of the sea

9).   Topaz-golden colored

10). Chrysoprasus-translucent, bright apple green

11). Jacinth-diluted blue/violet color

12). Amethyst-rich, violet-purple color

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing all these beautiful colors shining everywhere. They will be more beautiful than anything we have seen on earth

 Do you agree with me that the walls of Heaven are for beauty?  Are you looking forward to seeing them? Comment below & shine some light on this subject.  Look forward to hearing from you. Hope you have a blessed week.