Friday, July 17, 2009

Just Moved!

I have moved my blog to a less cute blog page, but it is multi-purposeful. I have 4 blogs so I have decided to start all over & combine them all together.

You can find me now @ http://danabailey.blogspot.com

Go over & check it out!


Friday, July 10, 2009

Family Friendly Reviews

Do you know what your kids are watching or listening to?  When you take them to the movies, do you know what the movie is about…I mean really about?  Or are you assuming that the commercial trailers are a fairly accurate sampling of the movie?

I have found a few websites that I like to use in reviewing music my kids listen to, TV shows that watch & movies they see.  I have teenagers who go to the movies with friends so I am not always sitting there with them when they see a movie now. But I want to know what they are seeing & if it is appropriate for Believers to see.

SCREEN IT! is a site that I just found and enjoy.  One Million Moms calls it the “best parental resource out there”  The reviews are free, but there is a membership section of the website.

Another site I often check out is Plugged In.  This is a Christian site so the reviews often come from a Biblical Worldview.  I appreciate that you can also get reviews of music & TV shows on Plugged In.

So what is your family seeing this summer?  You have to be very choosy.

 

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a popular movie to see, but do you know what is in it?  See what Plugged In & Screen It have to say.

 

 

 

What about Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen?  This is a big one among the teenagers.  It is rated PG-13, so is it safe?  Read the reviews & decide for yourself.

Plugged In

Screen It!

 

A few weeks ago, Scott & I went to see the movie UP, the Pixar movie that came out in May.  This movie was surprisingly good.  We were impressed and are planning on renting the DVD when it comes out so the kids can see it.  It had a great message to the movie; In the end, our things mean nothing, but our relationships with others will mean a great deal.  Plugged In had a good review that I felt gave a good picture of what the movie was all about. Read their review of UP here.  Here is the review by Screen IT.

Enjoy your summer!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Linky Love Links

I’ve been tagged by Lara.  I don’t normally participate in tags, but this one seemed neat because it helps to share helpful links with others.  If you participate, please link back to me.

Just copy paste THIS and everything below up until my Five links:

I thought it would be cool to have a meme where we post links. We can post up to five. Then we tell five more people to share their links. If we all share who tagged us, our links are sure to be seen!

 

They can be business links, favorite sites, affiliate links, whatever you want…

There are Five Rules:

1. MUST be clean. No R rated sites.
2. Only FIVE links.
3. MUST tell 5 people.
4. A link back to the person who tagged you
5. Lara’s Place is the meme originator.  (an active link is appreciated)

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My favorite links; 

1.  Living on a Dime

2.  Split Decisionz – This is where I have found the best help on creating great blogs!

3.  Selah~Pause.Ponder.Praise – great blog!

4.  Moms the Word-I love to hear.  Great new blog I just found.

5.  Bible Gateway – Favorite online Bible study source.

I’m tagging:

1.  Super_Angel

2.  Paula

3.  Laura Lee

4.  Amy

5.  Jacque

Monday, June 29, 2009

Prayer Challenge Day 28: His Self Image

Chapter 28 is focusing on praying on our husband’s self image.

In today’s society self image is everything isn’t it?  The message out there is that we are to believe in our selves and be true to ourselves.  We are supposed to have a healthy self image and then we will be truly happy.

As my grandfather used to say, “rubbish!”  We don’t not gain a healthy self image by believing in ourselves, that is what caused all the trouble to begin with.  It is only we we believe in God and know who we are in Him that we can have an accurate view of who we are.  We are created in His image, but Satan wants us to believe something different.

Satan want us to believe that our identity comes from what we have done.  But God says our identity comes from what God has done for us.(Romans 8:31-34)

Satan says that our identity comes from what people say about us, but God says that our identity comes from what God says about you.(John 1:2, Eph 1:5)

We can become so washed over by society’s crazy message that we can fall for the lie and “lose” our identity.

If your husband is one of those who is troubled in trying to find his identity, your prayers can be a very powerful part in his journey.  It will not be an over night change.  These things take time.  But the first steps your husband must make in becoming confident in who he is, is knowing who God is.  As believers, our identity is in Christ.

Stormie had this to say;

God says our first steps are to be toward Him: seeking His face, following His laws, putting Him first and self-centered pursuits last.  When we line up with Him, He leads the way and all we have to do is follow.  As we look to Him, the glory of His image gets imprinted upon us.  When our self image gets so wrapped up in God that we lose ourselves in the process, we’re free.  We want that liberty for our husband's as well as ourselves.

You husband will never see who he really is until he sees who God really is.

Stay on your knees for your husband.  Pray the Word and pray specifically.  It can be life changing, for you & for your husband.

Prayer Challenge Day 27: His Obedience

Dear Moms thank you for hanging in there with me as we come to the end of our 30 day challenge to pray for our husbands.  It has been a blessed time as we have been in a concert of prayer for our husbands.

Today’s chapter is praying for our husbands obedience.

I have been reading a small book by Andrew Murray called, The Blessings of Obedience.  It is a short book, but has been packed full of great truth concerning our obedience to God.

He says this concerning obedience…

Obedience is constant dependence on a moment-by-moment fellowship and operation of God,a hearing and seeing of what God speaks, does and shows.

The very essence of salvation is obedience to God.  Christ as the Obedient One saves us as His obedient ones.  Whether in His suffering on earth or in His glory in heaven, Christ’s heart is set on obedience.

Our obedience is a really big deal to God.  He has made it clear that there are blessings in store for the obedient.  In Deuteronomy 11:26-28 the importance of our obedience is summed up in this way…

I set before you…A blessing, if you obey…And a curse, if you will not obey.

Be careful not to pray for the blessing, but to rather to be concerned with obedience.  God will take care of the blessing.  We should be more concerned with how we can obey and please our God than the blessings that follow obedience.

 

If you love me, you will obey what I command (John 14:15)

Jesus is talking to the disciples here in John 14.  The love that is used in this verse is the Greek word Agape.  This is a devoted love.  The same love that is used in Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” This is the same love that Jesus asked Peter if he had for him.(John 21)  It is a devoted love, not a brotherly love.  Matthew Henry calls it a “sincere love”. 

Why am I focusing so much on this word love?  Because if you have this type of love for your God you will want to obey him.  If you have this type of love for him when you don’t obey him you will be in agony over your disobedience, because you will recognize that you have been unfaithful to your God.

In Galatians 5:22, the fruit of the Spirit are listed and this agape love is the first listed as a fruit of the Spirit.  You will be known by your fruit.  When you know your God and you are filled with His Spirit, agape love will be a natural outpouring from you and obedience will follow.

I love what Stormie writes in chapter 27 about how to deal with disobedience in your husband.  She writes;

If you clearly observe your husband walking down a wrong path, should you way something?  If so, how much should you say and when is the right time to say it?  The best way I’ve found to proceed is to take it to God first and weigh it on His scales.  He may instruct you to just be quiet and pray.  But if He does direct you to speak to your husband about the matter, there will be a far greater chance of him hearing God’s voice somewhere in your words if you’ve prayed before you speak. Praying that his eyes be opened to the truth and his heart convicted will be far more effective than you telling him what to do.

This can be a scary thing if you are considering approaching your husband about his disobedience.  Remember to cover it in prayer first.  Don’t let your emotions lead you.  If you have a mentor you can go to, seek her advice and ask her to pray with you about what to do.  As you pray for your husband’s obedience, pray about your own obedience also.   The Lord has shown me many areas of disobedience in my own life as I prayed through this chapter for my husband.

Blessings in your prayers!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Prayer Challenge Day 26; His Deliverance

Today’s prayer for our husband is praying for his deliverance.

Because we are created with a sin nature, we all need to be delivered from that.  Most times we need deliverance from something in our past that we have held on to.  Satan loves nothing more than to use our past to create shame and blame in our lives.  We are held in bondage by strongholds.

Are there any strongholds that your husband is struggling with?  Sometimes we may not think of them as strongholds, but if they keep us from having a close relationship with Christ, then they are strongholds.

My husband has been on a very painful spiritual journey for several years.  It has been very hard for me to watch him go through this time, but I know that it is necessary so that the Lord can break the strongholds my husband had.  The fruit that has come from this time of breaking the spirit is that now he truly leads our home in all ways. He has a deepening love for the Lord that he did not have before.  He has an unquenchable thirst for the wisdom and knowledge of God. Though we still struggle, my husband now feels a freedom that I don’t think he thought he could ever experience.  He now has an unexplainable peace and joy that our family truly benefits from.

What does your husband need deliverance from? 

The prayer in our book was excellent (pg179-180), I would encourage you to use it as a guide in praying for your husband that he will find deliverance.

Part of her prayer…

LORD, You have said to call upon You in the day of trouble and You will deliver us (Ps 50:15).  I call upon You know and ask that You would work deliverance in my husband’s life.  Deliver him from anything that binds him.  Set him free from   (name a specific thing)  .  Deliver him quickly and be a rock of refuge and a fortress of defense to save him (Ps 31:2)  Lift him away from the hands of the enemy(Ps 31:15).

Prayer Challenge day 17 - 25

I am behind in my blog posts on the challenge and can’t get caught up at this time, so I am linking you to Amy’s blog.  She has such wonderful insight and had blessed me through this challenge.

Day 17 – His Relationships

Day 18 – His Fatherhood

Day 19 – His Past

Day 20 – His Attitude

Day 21 – His Marriage

Day 22 – His Emotions

Day 23 – His Walk

Day 24 – His Talk

Day 25 – His Repentance

 

I hope to blog on these later, but just can’t right now like I want to.  Today’s chapter is His Deliverance and I hope to have a post finished & up soon.