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                                 Psalm 139:13

God's gift“For you have formed my inward parts: you have covered me in my mother’s womb.”

Isaiah 44:24

“Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, and he that formed you from the womb, I am the LORD that makes all things; that stretches forth the heavens alone; that spreads abroad the earth by myself;”

One of  the things I’ve been busy with has been assisting my younger sister in her event designing/planning of her best friend’s baby shower. My sister amazes me with how gifted she is in her ability to create crafts and art pieces “out of nothing”  resulting in an entirely beautiful event for her friends. Her artistic abilities confirm the creative qualities God shares as a gift with us to enjoy. However, I am even more in awe at God’s love & creation of a new life. I have yet to experience motherhood or giving birth, yet I cherish the moments I had during medical school of not only assisting natural and C-section births, but also caring for the beautiful newborns in the nursery. I’ll never forget participating in the C-section birth of twins and being trusted to hold them & prepare them for their parents during their first breaths of life.

Psalm 127:3-5

“See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

If it be in God’s Will, I hope to enjoy parenthood with a worthy husband in Christ, as children are truly gifts of Our Loving Creator God. This is my sister’s friend’s second child, and she is looking forward to celebrating his coming. It is interesting how celebrating the anticipation of her son’s birth tomorrow, it reminds me of how Believers in Jesus, the "be fruitful and multiply"Church, is anticipating Christ’s return & celebrated His first arrival, or birth (Luke 2: 10-12; Rev 19: 6-9).

However, I’ve also unfortunately witnessed the frailty of life in the NICU and the brief life of conjoined twins. In knowledge of God’s Word on what a precious gift each new life is, it is crushing to know there are systems in place to destroy God’s most cherished creation. Can anyone on earth or in heaven create a new child from the complexities of genes, cells, and order without God’s creative power?? The ability to bring forth new life, especially in spite of the many assaults on health, is a not a force to  be reckoned with! Yet, just as Satan sought to “devour” Jesus Christ as “the child” of “the woman”, or Church,  in Rev. 12, that same Destroyer seeks to destroy our God-giving ability to procreate in our present day (Rev. 12: 17)

From abortions, contraceptive drugs, to food/environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies, our bodies created with the ability to present new life in our children is constantly being attacked. Father God wants us to understand that His Love created us to then, in love, continue to procreate & be fruitful with joy in the world (Genesis 1: 26-31). Even Christ blessed children as those who have faith as them will inherit God’s Kingdom (Mark 10: 13-16).

Luke 17: 1-2

“Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that temptations to sin will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It would be better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he was cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.”

Therefore, take great care to not only protect and enjoy the children God has blessed you with, but also to nourish your body in order to support new life under the right spiritual circumstances under Christ. Your love & parenting in The Lord will be a blessing to others & reflect God’s Glory.

Christian fathers

Ephesians 6: 4

“And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

  Colossians 3:21

“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged”

Adam to My Eve

As I had mentioned in my previous post concerning my brief bout of insomnia (which I’ve now corrected thanks to God’s wisdom and answered prayers), I have spent the start of this secular new year in great contemplation. It’s clear that the world as we know it is changing so quickly in ways that fit perfectly with the warnings Jesus gave us in Matt 24 and in Revelations, that it is without question a year that will be unlike many others. So many of our freedoms, dreams, pleasures that we used to enjoy are being adulterated and it’s important as Followers of Christ’s Words that we spiritually prepare ourselves to stay “equally yoked” with Jesus to make it through until He takes us home.

waiting 4 loveJust as in Noah’s days, Lot’s days, and Moses’ days, there are circumstances which are not in line with what God had planned for us and we’ll need to prepare to be set apart from so much worldly distraction. This also has profound implications for how and who we choose as our mates. Personally, I find it extremely challenging in this derogatory environment to interact with a suitable Christian man who is fully aware of the secular times and is preparing in The Word and Holy Spirit for what’s to come. It’s hard being a single Christian woman who isn’t willing to compromise when most men can’t wait for an easy “target” to enjoy & disrespect at the same time. It seems like no one is interested in simply spending quality time to learn about each other and grow together in Christ and form a lasting union. We’re so busy trying to keep our financial heads afloat, seeking fulfillment in secular groups that can never keep us warm at night, and forgetting Our Creator who lovingly formed bonds of love for us to enjoy with each other. I often grapple with whom could I trust my heart to share with on this earth when so many relationships fail for lack of honesty, infidelity, abuse, disrespect, and superficiality. The “spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12) that we currently face is so prevalent, I sometimes wonder if it would even be wise to still believe in finding my “better half”….

At the end of the day, I have to keep my heart guarded (Prov 4:23) as the days grow more evil until the end. However, I’m still a woman in Christ and I still have a special place in my heart & soul for “the Adam to my Eve”. No matter how cold the world becomes, I’m still a woman with depth, passions, warmth, and aspirations to share with the right man in Christ. Of course, this is all said knowing that it is completely under God’s Perfect Will for my life, and I am prepared, just as Esther was, for my Bridegroom Jesus, whether an earthly groom is also included in my future. I don’t want to be without oil in 10 Virgins Parablemy lamp as 5 out of the 10 virgin brides were in Jesus’ parable (Matt 25)! Plus, in all honesty, knowing prophecy & how close time is to Christ’s return, it’s not that long left here in this world anyways, lol! Hence, I will press forward in Christ’s strength through the highs and lows of this single season….

But, it would be nice to walk hand-in-hand with a godly man someday…. 😉

Happy New Years…?

2012Why do we celebrate New Years Eve/Day?

While the world parties in drunken bliss, counting down the last seconds of the year, have you ever stopped and wondered why New Years Eve/Day is celebrated? Even if you & your loved ones are resolved to enjoying a more conservative transition into the new year, when was the last time you questioned why is it even in existence? As Christians, we know God reveals so many truths in His Holy Word (Bible) about what His Will is, and surprisingly New Years Day is no exception…

Is December 31-Jan. 1st the ending/beginning of the year for God?

Exodus 12:1-3,11  “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for a house:….(11) And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover.”

Did you know God told us in His Word when He began the year for us, 10 days before Passover?? As a small note, Passover is one of God’s Holy Feast celebrations (Leviticus 23) to commemorate how He utilized the blood of an unblemished lamb to save the Israelites from God’s 1st born plague against the stubborn Pharaoh of Egypt. The literal Passover lamb was a forshadow of Jesus Christ being our final and spiritual Passover Lamb, covering us who believe in Him as Savior in his blood over the cross (lamb covering Israel’s door posts in Egypt). Jesus’ sacrifice saved us from the death of sin just as the lamb’s blood saved the Hebrews from the 1st born plague God sent over the Egyptians. We presently don’t need to sacrifice lambs in honor of Passover as Jesus was the “final sacrifice” for all sins (John 1:29, Hebrews 9:28). However, Jesus did instruct us to remember His Last Supper in honor of how He was to save us through His death & resurrection ( Mark 14:22-25, I Corinthians 11:24-26).

Therefore, God began His New Year when Passover was celebrated in the SPRING season, when nature blossoms anew! This is in complete contrast to Dec. 31st-Jan. 1st in the dead of WINTER! Hence, again, if God told us His year begins 10 days before Passover, where did traditional New Years Eve/Day come from & why are we (especially Christians) celebrating it?!

For more intense study (including historical evidence), I’d invite you to review this video and pray over what is being revealed to you. God loves us too much and sacrificed too much to keep us in the dark about things which are not pure in His sight. Freedom of Choice is a gift from God, however He always provides us wisdom & truth to base decisions on. Let’s be mindful of what we are indirectly celebrating and paying homage to. Why not spend some time meditating on this and resolve this year to live in God’s truth? You’ll be truly blessed as a result!

~Gratitude~

Blessings & a Happy Sabbath to all of you! It’s been a busy last week or so for me, but I wanted to make sure I took the opportunity to THANK YOU all for your visits, comments, follows, and support in this blog! I had no idea that others would appreciate what the Holy Spirit has lead me to share here, and I give Father God all the praise & glory because I believe He wants us all to know He intimately cares about the matters of our hearts & will give us His best.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

In my next post, I will address New Years Eve/Day in a very thought-provoking way & I look forward to your thoughts/comments.

🙂

Attention Present & Future Christian Husbands!

As I was spending time meditating on God’s Word, a particular verse stood out to me:

~1 Peter 3:7  “Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” ~

Now granted, I am not married, therefore I can’t speak on my sentiments of this verse from personal experience, however it  did make me ponder on a few characteristics of a prospective Christian husband that I should consider. Therefore, to the gentlemen out there that will be reading this, please accept my following comments in the love and peace of Christ :)….

“Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge…” Christian love

What does it mean to “dwell with them according to knowledge”? Well, for my future husband to actually be my husband in the first place, the first “knowledge” he would  have to possess is, of course, a knowledge of Jesus Christ. Christ is the Head of the Church, particularly the “covering” (lead) over the man (1 Corinth 11: 3), therefore that prospective man must know who His Lord is. And, how would a man know The Lord? He would need to be actively engaged in a deep relationship with Christ & His Holy Word ; I want a man who will pray for me and with me, to pray over our union and be fully surrendered under Jesus’ Lordship. If my future husband has not put his entire life/mind/body/soul/spirit under Christ’s guidance & blood, who is he serving & what’s guiding him in how to treat me & our relationship (Lk 16:13, Eph 5:25) ??

Additionally, my husband must also have knowledge of me (a man cannot honestly know me if he doesn’t know Christ first!) & of himself as a believer. This may sound like an obvious point that doesn’t need to be made (of course your husband would know you, some might say), but as I mention throughout this blog, being “equally yoked ” goes beyond he & I just being Christian. How many times have we become aware of married partners who go through life never really learning about each other, marrying only to find out afterwards incompatibilities ignored before, or married for years only to end up “growing apart”? Slow down men (& women) & take the time to know the intricacies of a woman’s heart, spirit, hopes,& mind! This way, when we’re married & have to “dwell” together, we’ll be equipped to bear with each other & appreciate each other…

giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel…”

Here, I recognize that a Christian husband should give his wife honor & respect particularly in regards to two reasons: as being the “weaker vessel” and as “being heirs together of the grace of life”.  Under the former reason, I should look forward to a husband who will appreciate & respect me not merely because I’m weaker in physical strength to him (although, that is important to the physical traits God endowed men with as opposed to women for enduring strenuous toil as in Genesis 3: 17-19), but that my feminine emotional nature should be addressed with tenderness and kindness. Husbands should refrain from harshness in speech or treatment, as well as are prohibited from cruelty (Col 3:19).  We are not “1-of-the-boys”, nor are we any “chick” on the street. As Christian wives, we are women/ladies/your sisters in Christ, and therefore are to be regarded on a higher level from other women as Christ loved the Church (Eph 5:29-30) .

and as being heirs together of the grace of life..” Christian Relationships

The 2nd  reason supplied here for a husband to honor his wife is because Christian wives also share in the inheritance & rewards of Christ’s salvation (Eph 1: 3, 14; Phil 4:19). Husband and wives are complements to each other on the same path to Christ’s return. I wouldn’t even venture to say that a married couple is on “parallel” paths to Christ, because that would still denote a level of separateness, when the Bible clearly states that in marriage, both become one (Gen 2:24). Therefore, in Christ we have both received the gift of God’s grace & blessings, in order that we may be ambassadors of Christ to others by way of our union.

“that your prayers be not hindered.”

Now, THIS element is a bombshell! Christian husbands, future husbands…please take heed to this warning, as this strikes to the heart of the result of striving to be “equally yoked”. It is so paramount, Christian men, to regard your wives with such honor that if you fail or fall short of the previous elements in this verse, your prayers to God would be in vain! This is a major responsibility & calling on men (not to say wives don’t have their own responsibilities in respect for their own husbands, which will be discussed in another post), which makes clear sense because an unbeliever could not meet this calling. Hence, how could a man under Jesus pray for God’s blessings when he physically/emotionally/verbally abuses his wife?? How can a man of The Lord expect God to listen to his petitions when God hears the louder cries of the wife at night from disrespect?? How can you face God in prayer with an unrepentant heart constantly degrading your wife?? It simply cannot work! The man would not only be acting “unequally yoked” to his wife, but also unyoked to Christ’s commands. Just as a wife is not independent of her husband, so is a husband not independent of his wife (1 Corinth 11:11-12). Therefore, if a husband treats his wife with disgrace, he is actually treating himself with disgrace (Eph 5: 28-30).   Christian men

Although I didn’t mean for this post to be lengthy, it is with necessity that this snippet of God’s Word be meditated on for the profound life applications it holds for married couples. Christian men & husbands, God has called you to a high state, a “cut above the rest” in this secular world…don’t see it as a burden, but as the distictive honor that it is! As a follower of The Savior, you are a leading example to others for how men can be whole in Christ. You may not be perfect, as none of us are, but as a Christian woman, I can say that there is nothing like the authentic love of a Christian man. When a man is “taped into” the power of Jesus (as well as the wife), that relationship can move mountains and defend against demons!

So, to my future husband, if it be God’s Will and you are preserved out there in it, I am waiting & preparing  for you!

May not your prayers be hindered! 🙂

Love & Rest

Despite having and enjoying another delightful Sabbath Saturday, I find myself extremely exhausted as my hopes to complete some tasks tonight slipping away. When I go through my day struggling to maintain my energy, I know it’s the result of my slowly recovering Adrenal Fatigue. This is a condition that I’ve struggled with since the chaotic stresses of medical school and working without replenishing my soul, body, & spirit. Conventional medical schools don’t teach nor truly encourage medical students (or resident doctors) to properly take care of their holistic wellbeing, especially under the immensely brutal work load & schedule. Therefore, when my labwork earlier this year confirmed it, I was not surprised as I had researched it  for some years already.

However, when I feel the fatigue flow over and permeate my body, I know that my body is telling me to rest and recoup before going any further. As a single Christian woman, I admit that there are times when it would be nice to come home to a caring husband whom I can just rest my weary head on his shoulders and be nourished by his tender words. Nonetheless, I appreciate the single season God has maintained me in, because it has revealed to me that I already have a spiritual husband in Christ that DOES care for me, DOES allow me to rest on his shoulders, and DOES replenish my spirit with his tender words!

Isaiah 54:5 “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called”

Matt 11:28 “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Jeremiah 31:25 “For I have fully satisfied the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”

Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.”

Hosea 2:14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.”

Therefore, I will listen to my body’s need for extended rest and know that I am not resting alone, but in the safe arms of My Lord Jesus.

Psalm 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only make me dwell in safety.”

 

I’m so glad to be loved by a Lord like that!

 

 

 

 

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Marriage & Health

Can Health Be A Reflection of Your Marriage?

I read an intriguing article online yesterday that I thought deserved commenting on (article linked below for review). It gave an overview of a few research studies on the affect of marriage on health, highlighting the notion that married individuals enjoy a better state of health. Some of the factors they reviewed were lowered antisocial behavior for young males who married later on, lower risk of colon cancer and an improved survival rate for even coronary heart bypass surgery. As a medical doctor, I’m always interested in research that seeks to provide better insight on the relationship between matters of the heart and health, as I believe many health ailments are a result of issues born in the heart, mind, and spirit that is oftentimes overlooked. More importantly, as a child of the Heavenly Father and Great Physician, I know from Scripture that God created us with the intention to enjoy an abundant life overflowing with joy, health, and love. He created the first loving relationship by simply creating us! Then, He created the first marriage and couple in Adam & Eve. When God saw that Adam was not as content as could be despite the surrounding wildlife and nature, God created Eve out of Adam’s rib to fashion a partner after his own heart to enjoy life with…

  • Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
  • Genesis 2:22-23 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Notice how in Gen 2:18 God said that is was NOT good for man to be alone, but to be in a partnership with someone suitable for him to enjoy life with. Being in a marriage ordained by the Living God is a good  thing, and is a blessing to be cherished and nurtured.

  • Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
  • Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

On an earthly level, some of us have been fortunate enough to experience how being in a secure, loving marriage uplifts your quality of life and feeds your soul. When you know you have a partner that has dedicated their life to being with you , who will bear with you through “thick and thin”, support you and defend your union, who will remain faithful to you through all trials and be your team-player in life, there is no better feeling. You have truly found a “home” in that marriage.

That is not to say that marriage is easy; of course it requires dedication and hard work to bring two lives together to become “one” as the Lord says. You have both HIS-tory and HER-story to meander and work through to create a new life as a family. However, when Jesus Christ is the center of your marriage, and its foundation is on solid Biblical truths, the marital path carved for the two is much smoother as you are “equally yoked”. As a result, you are in complete union in mind, heart, body, and spirit. There is less strife, strain, resentment, depression, and warring of spirits since you are both under Christ and agree on moral values. Therefore, both partners would enjoy improved health and well-being, as God blessed marriage to be.

On a spiritual level, a godly marriage also reflects on earth the heavenly marriage we entered into with God through Jesus Christ as our Savior. Just as in an earthly marriage, fidelity, faith, love, and honor are essential to upholding our marriage to God in Jesus:

  • Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
  • Hosea 2:19-20 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
Therefore, a healthy & godly marriage can bring forth blessings in physical, emotional, and spiritual health for both partners and their children. It’s nice to see that earthly science is revealing what God already showcased in His Living Word!