Word: Good News

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.'” Isaiah 52:7

“And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.” Luke 1:19

Hebrew: 2895. tob
Original Word: בָּשַׂר
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-sar’)
Definition: news; bear good news; proclaim good tidings

Greek: 2097. euaggelizó
Original Word: εὐαγγελίζω
Phonetic Spelling: (yoo-ang-ghel-id’-zo)
Definition: bring good news, preach good tidings, with or without an object, expressing either the persons who receive the good news or the good news itself (the good news being sometimes expressed as a person).

Websters Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition
TI’DINGS, noun plural News; advice; information; intelligence; account of what has taken place, and was not before known.

Word: Fall

for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” Proverbs 24:16

“As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” Matthew 13:20-21

Hebrew: 5307. naphal
Original Word: נָפַל
Phonetic Spelling: (naw-fal’)
Definition: A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative) — be accepted, cast (down, self, (lots), out), cease, die, divide (by lot), (let) fail, (cause to, let, make, ready to) fall (away, down, -en, -ing), fell(-ing), fugitive, have (inheritance), inferior, be judged (by mistake for palal), lay (along), (cause to) lie down, light (down), be (X hast) lost, lying, overthrow, overwhelm, perish, present(-ed, -ing), (make to) rot, slay, smite out, X surely, throw down.

Greek: 4624. skandalizó
Original Word: σκανδαλίζω
Phonetic Spelling: (skan-dal-id’-zo)
Definition: cause to stumble, cause to sin, cause to become indignant, shock, offend.
Cognate: 4624 skandalízō – properly, set a snare (“stumbling-block“); (figuratively) “to hinder right conduct or thought; to cause to stumble” – literally, “to fall into a trap” (Abbott-Smith).

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition
FALL, verb intransitive preterit tense fell; participle passive fallen. [Latin fallo, to fail, to deceive, Gr.; Heb. to fall Fail agrees better with Heb., but these words may have had one primitive root, the sense of which was to move, to recede, to pass. See Foul.]

 

*4. To depart from the faith, or from rectitude; to apostatize. Adam fell by eating the forbidden fruit.

*6. To come to an end suddenly; to vanish; to perish.

*7. To be degraded; to sink into disrepute or disgrace; to be plunged into misery; as, to fall from an elevated station, or from a prosperous state.

*8. To decline in power, wealth or glory; to sink into weakness; to be overthrown or ruined. This is the renowned Tyre; but oh, how fallen.

*9. To pass into a worse state than the former; to come; as, to fall into difficulties; to fall under censure of imputation; to fall into error or absurdity; to fall into a snare. In these and similar phrases, the sense of suddenness, accident or ignorance is often implied; but not always.

To seem more examples, click here: Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition

 

Word: Persecution

OT: “The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers, that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows,

that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.” Isaiah 14:5-6

NT: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” Romans 8:35

Hebrew: 4783 murdaph
Original Word: מֻרְדָּף
Phonetic Spelling: (moor-dawf’)
Definition: chase, pursuit; persecution; hunt; suppress, punish.

Greek: 1375 diógmos
Original Word: διωγμός, οῦ, ὁ
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ogue-mos’)
Definition: Persecution
From: 7291 radaph
Original Word: רָדַף
Phonetic Spelling: (raw-daf’)
Definition: pursue, chase, persecute

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition
PERSECU’TION, noun

The act or practice of persecuting; the infliction of pain, punishment or death upon others unjustly, particularly for adhering to a religious creed or mode of worship, either by way of penalty or for compelling them to renounce their principles.

1. The state of being persecuted.

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Word: Covenant

OT: “Consider the covenant [You made with Abraham], For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence. Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.” Psalm 74:20-21

NT: “Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people, And He has raised up a horn of salvation [a mighty and valiant Savior] for us In the house of David His servant— Just as He promised by the mouth of His holy prophets from the most ancient times— Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us; To show mercy [as He promised] to our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant [the promised blessing], The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness [being set apart] and righteousness [being upright] before Him all our days.” Luke 1:68-75

Hebrew: 1285 Berith
Original Word: בְּרִית
Phonetic Spelling: (ber-eeth’)
Definition: covenant, treaty, alliance

Greek: 1242 Diathéké
Original Word: διαθήκη, ης, ἡ
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ath-ay’-kay)
Definition: a covenant, will, testament

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828):
COVENANT, noun [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]

1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.

2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant

3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.

The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.

The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.

4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.

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Blood is Thicker Than Water

“Blood is thicker than water” is actually from the full quote that reads, “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” When quoted correctly, it’s meaning is literally opposite of what it’s been used for.
This explains the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 8:19-21, and Mark 3:31-35 when He stated that those who do the will of the Father are His brothers, sisters, and mother.
It also explains why the Word tells us in Luke 14:26 to be willing to hate (esteem less, love less, willing to denounce) our fathers, mothers, wives, children, brothers, and sisters, and our own lives or we cannot be His disciple. If we consider our family relationships more important than the blood of Christ, how can we fully see the magnitude of what His sacrifice for us means; how can we embrace the reality that Christ is our Savior and that our need for Him is so great that we need to be willing to give everything up for Him?

The Ten Commandments

As I read through this passage of the ten commandments, my heart pondered what God was saying. This is what I saw. ❤

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“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-3

Sacrifice all for the Lord, the One True God.

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6

Worship God and Him alone.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

Speak only what honors God and as He leads us to speak.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11

Rest in His presence and remember the work He’s done for us.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

Enable righteous living for our parents by living an exemplary life in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).

You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13

Do not hate. Love.

You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14

Be faithful. Be Kind.

“You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15

Do not deceive and take. Give cheerfully, receive graciously.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

Speak the truth.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17

Be grateful and content.

 

 

 

 

 

The Rush of Parenting: A Rollercoaster Ride

Parenting is such an interesting journey… it’s new and different with each child and it is constantly changing… because as parents and children, we’re people who are constantly growing and changing. This journey of motherhood, as described by a dear friend of mine, has been like a roller coaster. It has moments of pause where we’re actually slowly ascending up to the top before plummeting down the first hill, taking sharp curves, and sometimes even going upside down… then the pause and we go through it again… expected and yet no way to stop the rush you feel as you experience it.

Yes. A roller coaster! That’s what parenting has been like for me. lol

My oldest daughter just recently started puberty. It’s been an exciting and beautiful journey to be her mom as well as trying and challenging as I learn to be a good mom to meet her needs. She’s my first, so I am learning a lot as we go. I’ve never had a tween before and I had no idea that it was during this age that many girls begin to deal with the woes of hormonal changes and finding out who they are. I thought this would come later… but here we are.

We’ve been going pretty fast through it lately, feeling the rush of stress and emotion as we try to figure each other out – while I try to share a home with a fellow hormonal female. I’m so thankful for women who’ve been there before me and their wisdom to share. I got some great ideas today in ways to help her. Making sure she’s getting nutrients she needs to keep her hormones balanced, staying hydrated, sharing a moment together over some chocolate when the stresses begin to rise, and some time to experience the quiet alone and of course time alone with the Lord.

Coming off a major curve, I’m looking forward to seeing us work through this new moment of pause and see some growth in us both and in our relationship as we bond closer together in friendship during this challenging time. I pray I be the mother and friend she needs me to be; that she can count on and turn to. I’m imperfect and have no clue what I’m doing on some days, but man, did God do such an amazing work when He created this person that He forever changed my life with.

My sweet 11yo daughter… I’m so honored to be living this life with you. ♥