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BRF Matthew 15-18

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OK, so it seems I came out with alot of questions this week…which means I was paying attention. I only read it twice but it was a good twice, if ya know what I mean.

Question 1) when Jesus was talking to the Pharisees and they were chatting about food defiling them and Jesus said this: “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” So does that mean that Isreal was released from that law and were free to eat what they wanted? Just wondering.

2) I don’t think I ever noticed before that Jesus said he was only sent to help the people of Isreal and not the gentiles. Does that mean all the miracles he previously preformed in this book were all for Jews? I didn’t realize that. (ps: great comeback by the gentile woman, she is my new favorite)

3) In chapter 16: 17-19 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.  Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.  And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”  What are the keys to the kingdom of heaven?

4) chapter 16:28 I’ve always wondered what this means. Anyone? “And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”  Is this referring to his ressurection? Or is it referring to His second coming? I’ve heard various explanations.

5)17:11-13  Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist. So does that mean John the Baptist was actaully Elijah returned to Earth?

Alright, that’s enough questions, Feel free to answer them in the comments if you so desire. 

On to some other things that got me thinking. Here’s the biggy for me: 16:2-3 “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!  Ah the signs of the times…I think we should really be paying attention to the signs of the times. every time I hear anything about Wall Street and the economic crisis around the world it reminds me that these are signs of the times. I know our pastor preached a good message a couple weeks ago (which I missed, being in the nursery and all) about some of the prophesy in Revelation that points very much to what is happening in the world. We need to be ready. Jesus is coming people! Oh how I wish I was ready…I would love to be able to say that I’m doing everything I would want Jesus to see me doing when He comes, but, alas, I am not.

What I keep asking myself is, what am I waiting for? why can’t I seem to get my head around it for more than a few minutes at a time? It scares me, I won’t lie.

I should be an example to my family, an example to my friends, out winning souls for the Lord or at least having my heart in the right place all the time. Seriously, it’s important. Erternally important.

Ok, and on that note, I must wake the baby to feed her so I can get a few hours of sleep before she gets hungry again.

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Cute things

1) Baby S has started smiling at us. And it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. She is having some happier moments lately which is really nice. I’ve also heard some very cute little “cooing” noises (that’s for you Melody:))

2) My parents were here for a visit the other day. C ran into her room and brought out her sparkly purple box which contains her sparkly blue star (she likes boxes and sparkly things just like her mother). Anyway, my dad asked her if that was a star for the Christmas tree and with her hand on her hip, she said, “No Grampy, this is my wishing star.”

“What do you wish for?” asked my dad.

“I wish that Jesus would come down, scoop us all up and take us to heaven.”

She’s deep for a three year old 🙂

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Two daughters, same allergy

Poor baby S hasn’t had a great start to life. She has had nearly constant tummy pain for the last week, minus at night time which is awfully merciful for her and for us.

Her face broke out in a big rash which I, at first, thought was baby acne but then when it also started to get flaky, that’s when I put the pieces together. We saw the Dr on Monday and she agrees, baby number 2 also has a milk allergy.

Mike had it when he was little and apparently it’s quite common for him to pass that to a least one of his children, or in our case, both of them. Thanks alot Mike 😉

I seriously didn’t expect for baby S to have it too, I don’t know why I thought that but I did. Anyway, the good news is, we figured it out way sooner than we did with C and we switched her formula Monday night and I can tell you that it is already making a difference. She is having a very peaceful sleepy morning for the first time in a couple weeks. And I totally think her face looks better aleady. So hopefully she works all the milk based stuff out of her system and is a happy baby very soon.

Wow, what will that be like? Even after we figured it out with C, she was a still a colicky baby and never really seemed content, even after the colic went away. She was never a good sleeper either. Even though it’s early with S, I have a feeling that once her tummy stops hurting, she will be a content baby. She’s already a great night sleeper and when she isn’t hurting, sleeps alot during the day, too.

Anyway, just thought I’d update since I don’t feel like pulling out my hair today. It’s been a rough week around here with all the screaming and us feeling helpless.

It’s very much an answer to prayer that S is feeling better, it’s so hard to watch your baby hurting and screaming. It’s also very hard to wait for that prayer to be answered…sorry God! I can’t say I was very patient…oops 😦

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Book Review, uh, Saturday: Matthew 8-11

So, slight improvement on the reading. I actually got through the chapters three times this week. Still not where I should be but better than once, right?

And so there was a major theme in these chapters, eh? Faith. And I’ll be darned if it did’nt make me think of mine all week long. Or my lack of faith for that matter. I kept wondering, if I had been alive when Jesus was walking the Earth doing all those miracles, would I have believed? Would I have been the lady who walked by just to touch the fringe of His robe knowing I’d be healed? Or would I be a skeptic, trying to find another explanation. Every time I read that passage or hear a story about that lady, I get all convicted. Now that is some faith right there to be striving for. We don’t have the opportunity to physically touch His robe. Sometimes I wish I could. I am the type of person who needs to see to believe and that’s pretty much why I struggle with my faith so often.

But at the same time, If I stop and think about all the things the Lord has done for me, I remember that I don’t need to see Him to know He works in my life when I let Him, I just need to see what he does. It’s hard to remember that. Alot hard. So many other things get in the way. Instead of letting God handle daily life, I let life handle me. It’s not really working for me as a matter of fact.

The other story that I really payed attention to was about the blind men. In a sense, they are like us. They couldn’t see Jesus. They heard about what He was doing and believed without seeing. And because of that faith, they were rewarded and able to see what they trusted in; Just like all Christians will someday.

ok, one more thing. In chapter 10 when Jesus is instructing the apostles, there is a verse (10:37) that says “…or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.” Um, so should we take that literally? Because if so, I have some work to do.

As always, I have some work to do. My level of faith needs a kick in the pants. A big ‘ol kick.

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