encouragement

The “Baccy” doesn’t have to be Wacky!

Yes, I know there are bigger and more important spiritual issues that I could be talking about; and no, I don’t mean to sound picky, or like the government, or even like your parents when you were a teenager – but I do mean to sound like a friend when I say, “If you smoke, kick the habit!”

As someone who has witnessed the awful effects of emphysema and cancer first hand, and as someone (if I personally know you) who may have to sit beside your hospital bed while you cough up one or both of your lungs in the future, I’m telling you that you can’t go wrong by snipping that stick right in butt.

Smoking is just plain awful for your health, and for the health of those around you. Most people think smoking causes them to relax, but in reality it makes it harder for you to breathe, raises your blood pressure and alters your ability to function normally without it. Nicotine is not a therapist who cares about you!

As Christians, our body is God’s temple on both the outside and the inside:

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – NKJV)

And don’t forget, the smoke that filled and glorified the old temple didn’t come from ashtrays.

I don’t say any of this to belittle, shame or make fun of anyone – I say what I say because I care and because the “baccy” doesn’t have to be wacky for it to be bad stuff. EA

Let everything which has breath give praise to the Lord. Let the Lord be praised.” (Psalm 150:6 – BBE)

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Help for the weary, worn, troubled and tired…

There are moments in life when it seems as if we can become so weary, worn, troubled and tired that no amount of sleep can bring the refreshment and relief that we desire; that is, if sleep is even possible. Once when David was dealing with a particular personal struggle he prayed to God saying, “I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.” (Psalm 6:6)

The fact is that some troubles are brought our way by others, but at other times the fact that we bring our own problems to our door can be seen in David’s life. Whatever the case may be, the weariness and worn feelings that come our way from time to time mean that we are human.

People need help. We are all in need of help at one point or another. Whether we are dealing with family issues, financial problems, job scares, health woes, sinful weaknesses or any of the emotional hardships that can come along with those and many other troublesome situations, God can help. He is our help – “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) Even the man who took out Goliath knew where his help came from. (more…)

Liebster Award

I can honestly say I was not expecting anyone to send something like this my way but I would like to thank the director and the producers and all the stage handlers…wait a second, that doesn’t sound right. Let’s try again and I hope I’m doing this right. Thanks to http://lifereference.wordpress.com/ for nominating me. When I first got his post about him receiving the award and the blogs that he mentioned I completely read over mine without realizing at first. If you’re looking for a blog that talks about Bible scripture but mixes in a little bit of history and odd’s and in’s here and there check him out. I’ve been reading his post for about as long as I’ve been on WordPress. Thanks for the pat on the back Don. (more…)