IF . . . THEN 07-15-2011

 “Now it shall come to pass, if you . . .”  (Deut. 28:1a)

Moses obeyed God and was used as the deliverer of the Children of Isreal out of Egypt (book of Exodus).  He lead them through the wilderness to find the Promised Land.  God set him up as a leader and an example for the Chilren of Israel.  He was their example to follow and to learn how to walk in faith and obedience by watching his actions as a leader.

At the end of Deuteronomy Moses is about to die and getting ready to hand the reigns over to Joshua as God had commanded. [ 1 “Here are the words I spoke to all of the people of Israel. 2 I said, “I am now 120 years old. I’m not able to lead you anymore. The Lord has said to me, ‘You will not go across the Jordan River.’ 3 “The Lord your God himself will go across ahead of you. He’ll destroy the nations that are there in order to make room for you. You will take over their land. Joshua will also go across ahead of you, just as the Lord said he would.  ” – Deut. 31:1-3]  He knows he’s not going to the Promised Land with them, because God had told him so when he disobeyed him in Numbers 20.

As one of his last acts of service to the Children of Israel he gather the elders of the people and he and them together “1 …. commanded the people: “Keep all these commands that I give you today. 2 When you have crossed the Jordan into the land the LORD your God is giving you, set up some large stones and coat them with plaster. 3 Write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed over to enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you. 4 And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on Mount Ebal, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster. 5 Build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. Do not use any iron tool on them. 6 Build the altar of the LORD your God with fieldstones and offer burnt offerings on it to the LORD your God. 7 Sacrifice fellowship offerings there, eating them and rejoicing in the presence of the LORD your God. 8 And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up.” – Deut. 27:1-8  [emphasis mine]

In the rest of chapter 27 he lists cursings for not obeying God.  In chapter 28 he goes on to tell them of blessings for obeying God, with more cursings listed for disobedience at the end.

There are a few points I’d like to make here:

1 – God’s grace covers ALL our sins: past, present, and future.  Though we are completely forgiven, we are not always completely sinless.  We forget the grace that covers us, and begin to dwell on how bad we are capable of being.  (II Peter 1:5-9)  Even though we are forgiven, God does not take disobedience lightly – especially disobedience of the leaders of His people.  Disobedience causes a rift in our relationship with HIM, and makes it difficult for us to hear when HE speaks to us.  (James 3:1)

2 – God wants to bless us, but our obedience is a factor in whether we receive blessing, cursing/discipline or natural consequences for our actions. Scripture is filled with “If . . then” statements regarding obedience/disobedience and the results of each.

3 – WRITE IT DOWN!!! – Learn it, post it on the wall, put it on your bathroom mirror & the visor of your car . . . If you know you have trouble learning God’s principles, or if you know there are certain things God is trying to teach you, “set up some large stones” & “write very clearly” on them as reminders.  Drill it in until it is written “on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 7:3).  I used to be very good at this, but since the brain tumor it has become more of a struggle.  But I’m determined to keep trying.  As I’m learning through the Chronological Bible Discipleship (Iva May), the opposite of “Remember” is not FORGET.  It is “Dis-memeber” – to take apart.  Through CBD I’m learning the WHOLE Story of HIS-story in chronological order, and this is helping me “REMEMBER” better, when I can relate something I’ve learned or am learning to a timeline.  And if I can’t remember the whole thing I know where it fits in the story so I can go back and refresh my memory. CBD has helped me more than any other “Bible Study” I’ve done in my whole Christian life.  Find what works for you then make a life long habit of it.  If you’d like more info on CBD then go to: http://www.ivamay.com/.

 

 

 

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This is an invaluable tool & time-saver for me.

Many times I know what I’m looking for or even generally where to find it, but can’t put my finger on it.

This helps so much.

 

There are also Reading Plans available, including:

a One Year Bible, and a

One Year Chronological Bible – this one is my favorite

for my own personal reading, it gives me a better understanding of the BIG picture.

 

WHO LET THE COW’S OUT? . . . . WHO? WHO? WHO? WHO WHO? 07-14-2011

This past Friday (July 8, 2011) was Chick-fil-A’s annual “Cow Appreciation Day” in our area, and I’m assuming across the world.  If you dressed like a cow you got free food.  A partial costume would get you an entree’; a complete from head to hoof costume would get you a whole meal. 

 

Free food motivates me (WELL, I guess I’d go so far as to say, most any kinda free STUFF motivates me – a penny saved is a penny earned kinda thing I guess) so my children and I undertook the task of making costumes for the four of us.  We also got our neighbor in on the act.

 

We began by selecting one of our recently purchased white Brawney garbage bags for each of the two boys. (Then we helped the neighbor with theirs as well.)

1) Drew cow spots with black permanent markers and colored them in

2) Cut a head hole and reinforced edges with scotch tape so it wouldn’t tear

3) Cut arm holes and reinforced edges w/ tape as well

4) Added “Eat Mor Chikin” sign printed from their website http://www.cowappreciationday.com/assets/external/pdf/CowParts.pdf

5) Then we cut out the ears and nose also from the above link.

. . . . but regretfully we forgot to make a tail – will remember for next year however

 

(Aaron – “Transformer Cow”)

 6)Aaron added his nose and ears to his Optimus Prime – Transformers halloween mask.

 
 

(Micah – “UDDERLY Incognito”)

6) Micah added his nose to Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D Glasses and stapled his ears to his camo hat.

7) And as you can see – as Aaron so aptly put it, Micah added “GUTTERS” to his 😉

We had a great time making our costumes, and even more fun eating free food because of our efforts.  Any retail market that has the audacity to give away free stuff is gonna make boo-coo’s of money – because people associate ‘FREE’ with: 1) good times, 2) good value, and 3) good feelings.  All of which make for REPEAT cutomers, and that’s always good for business.

If you would like to see our other photos, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/motherof2angie?sk=photos#!/media/set/?set=a.1810180020916.2088448.1432441977.  Dad, however, opted out of the photo shoot, so there are none of him in the album.

Testing Technology

I’m testing out a new thing today. I’ve borrowed a friend’s Surface, and I’m using it to type this blog. I’m used to real keys and a larger keyboard. I’m having a hard time with the space bar and the keys I hit with my ring fingers. I really like the portability though.

 

I like to use DropBox for storing my work. It was fairly easy to find and download the app – though it’s not the full version. Once we got it downloaded it’s not as user friendly as the full version. It took a bit for my friend to help me figure out that you can’t save something directly in the DropBox App. You have to save it to the device first, then upload it to the app. I bit tedious, but do-able for the portability.

 

What are your favorite writing tools, and why? What devices, apps, utensils, spaces, methods, music, coffee, atmospheres, are most important to your creativity/productivity?

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Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson,

Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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BibleGateway

Search the Bible

for what you need:

http://www.biblegateway.com/

.

This is an invaluable tool & time-saver for me.

Many times I know what I’m looking for or even generally where to find it, but can’t put my finger on it.

This helps so much.

There are also Reading Plans available, including:

a One Year Bible, and a

One Year Chronological Bible I’ – this one is my favorite

for my own personal reading, it gives me a better understanding of the BIG picture.

 

 

FIRE INSURANCE 07-13-2011

Repost from previous blog: Posted 07/13/2011

 

Previously posted in my FaceBook NOTES

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So many want “fire insurance”. “Sure I don’t wanna go to hell, but don’t make me change my life. I like doin’ this stuff.”

 

You can’t have a little Jesus, like you’re adding salt to your favorite meal. He’s ALL or NOTHING!!! You can’t have a Savior without a LORD. As I explained to my kids, He’s gotta be the “boss” of your life if you’re gonna have a relationship with Him.

 

JESUS DIED to pay for your sins, so you don’t have to pay for them yourself by going to HELL when you die. He has your best interests at heart, I think He proved that by dying for us all while we were still sinners. He’s CRAZY about you and wants you to feel the same way about Him.

 

Francis Chan said, “If your momma don’t know that you’re saved, then your not.” Don’t put this off. You’re not promised your next breath, much less tomorrow. You’re gonna spend eternity somewhere. It’s your choice where. What’s it gonna be Heaven or HELL? If you choose to not choose, you’re choosing HELL.

 

Jesus died for you. You want a savior? Then accept what He did to pay for your sins, ask for forgiveness, and ask Him to take over and be LORD of your life. Join a local Bible believing, Bible teaching church and learn all you can about the ONE WHO loves you so much that HE died for you.

 

Go back and look at Yesterday’s Blog post for more information on SALVATION

Angie

 

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From Victim to Survivor to OVERCOMER 07-12-2011

Repost from previous blog: Posted 07/12/2011

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We have to get out of “VICTIM” mode.  It can only lead to defeat – weighed down, burdened, depressed, and in constant fear.  I can say “we”, because I lived it for so long.  I learned it growing up, and in recent years have learned a new name for it – “ENTITLEMENT” mentality – i.e. “the world owes me something! – AND IT BETTER PAY UP!” or “I DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS!” And in the past few years I’ve learned, I deserve NOTHING except DEATH and HELL.

 

When I got Saved at age twenty, I had begun to learn to live as a SURVIVOR.  But that was just it, I was just surviving, just getting by, mediocre, enduring.  But many days would default back to Entitlement.  I soon learned, and am still learning that as Christians we are never called to just exist and endure.  I can’t say it’s something that comes naturally.  I still fall back in the victim and survivor modes, more often than I’d like to admit.

 

We are called to be OVERCOMERS – Victorious.  Powerful not pitiful.  We can’t be both at the same time.  We are either one or the other.  AND when we are being pitiful, there’s no way for GOD’s POWER to do it’s perfect work in us.  Yes with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.  But we have to keep this in context.  When we are being pitiful, we are NOT Trusting/Believing God.  The whole verse says, “23  

 

Jesus said,”33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

 

John wrote, “4  5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (I John 5:4-5) 

 

He also wrote, “3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.  4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.” (I John 4:3-5)

 

If you are Saved, you are a child of the KING of KINGs, and HE has already defeated the law of sin and death. (Romans 8)  Don’t live a defeated life any longer.  Stand up and live the life that HE died to give you.

 

If you don’t know what I mean by Saved, or you do and wanna be.  Let me explain further.  

-* Jesus (God in the Flesh – or God with skin on, if you will) was born of a virgin

-* He lived a sinless life.

-* Then was crucified on the cross to die and pay for your sins and mine

-* He died for our sins because we couldn’t pay for our own, the sacrifice had to be INNOCENT,

-* And Jesus was the only one INNOCENT that coul pay the price for all

-* So something/someone had to die because the LAW of sin and death says, “22  

-* So Jesus died on the cross, but HE rose on the third day.  Jesus said, “17  18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”  (John 10:17-18)  Remember He is all God while at the same time all man.  I know it’s hard to grasp, but we are not called to understand everything, just believe to HIM.

-* SALVATION comes by believing WHO Jesus is and WHAT He did for you. 

-* If you do, and would like to be saved, pray and ask Him to forgive your sins, come into your heart, and be your LORD and SAVIOR (You can’t have one without the other – my FIRE INSURANCE Blog will post tomorrow, also go back and read the one from yesterday YOU CAN’T JUST ADD A LITTLE GOD TO YOUR LIFE).

-* If you don’t know how to pray, it’s just like talking to someone.  If you don’t know what to say, say something like this, “God, I know I’m a sinner.  Please forgive me.  Come into my heart and life and be my LORD and Savior.  I surrender my life to YOU.”  – The only catch is you have to mean it.  There’s nothing magical about these words or the way you say it; it’s what you mean that matters.

Also, if you’re in these areas check out these websites for help finding a church:

Also, if you’re in these areas check out these websites for help finding a church:

FLORIDA

* Wellington, FL www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

MISSISSIPPI

* DeSoto County, MS area www.MyLifeFellowship.com

* Tate county, MS area www.LifePointSenatobia.com

NEW YORK

* Albany, NY  www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

OKLAHOMA

* Edmond, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* Midwest City, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* Oklahoma City, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* NW Oklahoma City, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* South Oklahoma City, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* Owasso, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* Tulsa, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* South Tulsa, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* Stillwater, OK www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* Yukon, Ok www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

TENNESSEE

* Hendersonville, TN www.LifeChurch.tv click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

* Memphis, TN area you can check out www.TheLifeChurch.com

TEXAS

* Ft. Worth, TX www.LifeChurch.tv  click on “locations & time” then click choose campus from pulldown

VIRGINIA

Alexandria, VA www.theaterchurch.com

Arlington, VA www.theaterchurch.com

WASHINGTON, DC

* Washington, DC www.theaterchurch.com

 

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Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

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Alexandria, VA www.theaterchurch.com

Arlington, VA www.theaterchurch.com

WASHINGTON, DC

 

 

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“Scripture taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. 

Used by permission.  All rights reserved.” 

 

I Wanna Be Buried with My Fork TOOOOOO!!!!! 07-11-2011

Repost from previous blog: Posted 07/11/2011
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Previously posted in my FaceBook notes
by Angie Fleener Walthall on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 7:59pm

This it not my words; I received it in an email. I thought it too sweet not to share.
Mine’ll be in my left hand. 😀

emailed to me: 01/03/2010
Woman and a Fork

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

‘There’s one more thing,’ she said excitedly …

‘What’s that?’ came the Pastor’s reply.

‘This is very important,’ the young woman continued. ‘I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.’

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn’t it?’ the young woman asked.

‘Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,’ said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. ‘My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!’

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in
my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: ‘Keep your fork … the best is yet to come.’

The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand … Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, ‘What’s with the fork?’ And over and over he smiled …

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.
And just remember … keep your fork !

-Author Unknown

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“Scripture taken from the New King James Version.
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

You Can’t Just Add a Little Bit of God to Your Life 07-10-2011

I will be slowly but surely reposting/transferring my previous posts from my old blog to this one.  I will be in between doing some new posts as well. Please bear with me.

07/10/11 Post

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Also, prev. posted in my FB notes by Angie Fleener Walthall on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 8:20pm 

Some additional notes have been added here.

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After reading the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan, my whole idea of the Christian life was turned upside down. I have since then been on a quest to down-size and simplify my life in order to focus on the ONE important thing in my life – obeying God in all things – the rest will find its place.

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read Forgotten God, also by Francis Chan, but I ran across this quote that really struck a chord with what I desire to be – totally and completely sold out to the God of the Universe.

“Nowhere in Scripture do I see a “balanced life with a little bit of God added in” as an ideal for us to immulate. Yet when I look at our churches, this is exactly what I see: a lot of people who have added Jesus to their lives. People who have, in a sense, asked Him to join them on ‘their’ life journey, to follow ‘them’ wherever… ‘they’ feel they should go, rather than following Him as we are commanded. The God of the universe is not something we can just add to our lives and keep on as we did before. The Spirit who raised Christ from the dead is not someone we can just call on when we want a little extra power in our lives. Jesus Christ did not die in order to follow ‘us’. He died and rose again so that we could forget everything else and follow him to the cross, to true Life.”

– Francis Chan from his book Forgotten God

God’s Grace 2009 07-09-2011

This is my first blog post on WORDPRESS.  I had some issues with my previous blog and am going to be slowly transferring previous post from my old blog to this one, as well as publishing some new posts along the way.  Please bear with me if you have read these before.  

I’d love to have your feedback along the way.

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God’s Grace 2009 – previous Blogger post 07/09/2011

In July 2009 I had a brain tumor removed. Neurosurgeon said it was probably caused by radiation I had gotten when I had leukemia as a child. It was a major scare for us all, b/c initially NS said it was prob. cancer & may require chemo & more radiation (duh? what caused it in the first place?) Turned out not to be CA. Wasn’t even brain tissue. When neurosurgeon removed it, it wasn’t even attached, except to one (smelling) nerve.

NS was dumbfounded at the # of people at the hospital the day of surgery. He sent me home 48 hrs after surgery. Initially said I’d be in 4-7 days min. I had NO swelling & only 2 tiny little bruises. Said he’d never had a patient that wasn’t so swollen & bruised they couldn’t see. When all was said & done he stood at foot of my hospital bed the day after surgery & just stared at me.

WOW GOD IS SOOOOOO GOOD!

Initially I’d put off going to dr b/c I KNEW it was an ear infection (dizzy when I changed positions, etc). Finally went to dr. & to get med for ear inf. Dr said there’s nothing wrong w/ your ears. I was insistent, so she pretty well said, when this doesn’t work, go to an ear dr. Needless to say it didn’t, & I put off going again, b/c I was sure it was my ears & would clear on its own.

After talking to dad (a PA in neuro at VA), he told me of relatives that have recurring tiny ear tumors that in one led to seizures. So I gave in – dizziness I could deal with; seizures was another story.

Went to ENT, & he also said there’s nothing wrong w/ your ears. He decided to do hearing test, & found a little hearing loss, but no cause so he ordered an MRI.

I went the next Tuesday for the MRI, & by that same afternoon the dr’s office called w/an appt for following afternoon to come in & get results. I thought, no big deal, Andrew (husband) can meet me there & get boys & take them to church & I’ll just come when I get done. So he met me there, & I went to appt alone.

DR: Well, we found a mass.

I thought: Well duh? I know that.

I a-matter-of-factly: Ok, how big?

DR: ??mm x ??mm.

I don’t speak metric, so

ME: How big is that? (thinking, maybe the size of a pea – tiny)

DR: Bout the size of a lemon.

I thought: Well, that’s probably NOT in my ear.

So,

ME: Where?

DR: In the left frontal lobe of your brain, pressing on the back of your eye.

Still not shaken,

ME: Ok then, what now?

He told me they’d made an appointment for me w/a neurosurgeon to schedule surgery.

When I got to the parking lot, Andrew was still out there w/ the boys, eating Krystal burgers. I relayed the news, & he was in shock. We called my family & his & my BFF, & by the evening after church had several thousand people praying w/ each asking others to pray. Only God knows how many were praying by surgery day.

HE IS SO GOOD!!!