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Sampson loved Delilah

Sampson loved Delilah, she asked him repeatedly for the secret to his strength... 3 times he tricked her. Delilah means languish, keep that in mind as you continue... 
Finally she says, "...How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;" Judges 16:15-16
She did this & brought him to his death for money. He was so blinded by his own love that he couldn't see her 1st three attempts to weaken and hand him over to the enemy. After continually manipulating him, he caved; inevitably costing him his life. (Read Judges 16 for the whole story)
True love doesn't have a secret agenda, doesn't put "self" over the other, it's not jealous but is kind. For a genuine definition of love, read 1 Corinthians 13. Her love was of her own, and…

Condemnation or conviction?

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1
Conviction or condemnation... 
Are you walking after the flesh - "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:8
OR walking after the spirit - "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Galatians 5:16-17
Condemnation is a guilt trip granted by Satan. Conviction is correction given by God to keep us in line with His Will. Who are you aiming to please? Self or Christ... Receiving condemnation or conviction... Feeding into fleshly desires or spiritually growing in grace?

Tis the season to celebrate... Parallels!

A few interesting tidbits... Maybe even unnoticed connections!?! 
Winter solstice is where the sun is closest to us. It's also around Christmas time, when the Son of God, who came to earth in HUMAN form. 
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14
During this time, NOT at His birth, He was met by the wise men as a young child; who bowed down and worshipped the Messiah; also bringing Him gifts! (Matthew 2:10-11).  
Think about that! God's perfect gift given to us, His only begotten Son (John 3:16) Hanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish holiday (One of Jehovah's Holy Days) or the Feast of Lights. Jesus IS the Light of the world!   
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:4
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:…

Perfecting Patience

"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:3-4
Ahhh, the testing of patience! Seems to be one of the many lessons for me lately. If you're asking The Lord for an increase of patience, know it comes by experience... Patience is good-natured TOLERANCE of delay or incompetence. 
Nearly every "short" appointment for me this month has ended up taking double or triple anticipated time, affecting nearly every aspect of my life... dealing with non-understanding people and short attention spanned children with high energy levels (lol). Such as life, right?
While I do not understand the "why's" to these just yet, I do KNOW my God is using these things to create me to be who He desires me to be instead of my fleshly knee-jerk reactions and attitudes. 
There are countless things we must wait for in life. The question is, where's our focus i…

Antagonizing & Answers...

Last night my kids were antagonizing each other. Lol, yeap, they're normal! 
Anyway, my daughter kept coming to me with, "Mom, he's doing it again. Please make him stop!" The only problem is, each time she came and told me something as I would begin to say something, she would cut me off and attempt to correct her little brother herself. 
After several times, I stopped my daughter and said, "If you want me to correct him, let me be the Mom." After a bewildered stare I told her, "it doesn't do any good to come to me if you were going to keep trying to handle it on your own."
Bam! As I though about this a lil while ago, The Lord brought this scene to my memory again. Kinda like a condensed mental replay of last night. He gently whispered to me, "When you take things into your own hands, you are saying "I can do better than you" only to repeat and repeat. When you're ready to let Me step in, simply let go and trust Me."
Ok, ho…

Vain efforts & great lessons!

Have you ever tried your absolute best at something, completely applying yourself with all diligence only to find out you didn't NEED to do it at all!?! 
While hooking up my computer (Yes, PRAISE GOD I got it back! \o/) I noticed a cord that I thought needed plugged into it. After going great lengths to "make it work", I realized it wasn't even necessary! 
The Lord used this tiny adventure to speak to my heart. He said, "My child, this is precisely what so many people do everyday. They try so hard in their own efforts to please Me, yet reject My Son. He is My PERFECT GIFT; My gift of Grace. If only they could see such Love I have for them through Him, and BELIEVE, they would not exhaust themselves by vain human effort. Apart from My Son, there is much rejection, displeasure and heartache."
Simple, yet profound! Jesus said, "...The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Mark 1:15
Religion exhausts but …

Fading Fancy or Robes of Righteousness?

Fading fancy verses robes of Righteousness ... Choices made now, endure for eternity!
Dolce & Gabanna, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Armani, Bertelli and the like with all their riches & desired high end fashions and quested designs ain't got nothin' on them Holy robes of Righteousness granted only in Christ! 
Think about this a moment... "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6
There ain't no amount of worldly riches that can compare to what Heavenly royal grandeur awaits those who willingly lay down the sensuous desires of self for a cross of sacrifice and life of humility above worldly glitz, glam and fading glory!
"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himsel…

3 Sisters mountains and my full plate

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(Photo curtesy Oregonkiaking.net)
When I was younger my Dad took me sight seeing through the beautiful state of Oregon. He was very well educated. As we journeyed on our trip he pointed out these mountains. "Those over there are known as the 3 sisters", he said. I thought to myself, well they aren't very big. Especially after seeing Mt. Rainier flying in and Mt. Hood from his residence. 
Truth is, if we were to endeavor to climb these 3 sisters, my perspective would've changed drastically. 
Considering all I have to do today, I've asked The Lord to order my steps for what could easily become overwhelming & discouraging. He reminded me of this trip with my dad. There are things we go through in life that others may see as "no big deal" but could seem treacherous to us. 
Let us be reminded of these truths whether The Lord grant our life's mountains to be removed or we be granted strength to climb them... 
Cast away doubt and believe! Jesus said, "…