Friday, May 28, 2010

I just wanted to share this with others...


1 Corinthians 1:2, "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord..."

Did you know that the early Christians were referred to as those who "call upon the name of the Lord"? You can read more references in Acts 9:14, 21 and 2 Timothy 2:22.

Do you think God's people have this testimony today? Is it such a normal habit of our lives to call upon the Lord that the ungodly see this as our habitual characteristic? Do our neighbors know us as people who call upon the name of the Lord? How many times during the day do we acknowledge the Lord and call upon His name?

It started in the beginning. While the generations of Cain were going after material pursuits and worldly business another godly line was born to Adam and Eve. Genesis 4:25-26 says, "And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord." History says that Enos was the first of eight preachers of righteousness, of whom Noah was the eighth.

This new generation began to call upon the name of the Lord in prayer, thanksgiving. and worship. This is when they began public worship. They became known as people who called upon the Lord.

It is this way of life that distinguishes us as the people of God from the heathen. The ungodly do not call upon the Lord. The godly do. This decides which camp we belong to.

Recently I was challenged by reading Jeremiah 10:25, "Pour thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name." This Scripture is talking about families-not churches, but families. Therefore we had better take notice because it relates to us. It is convicting to realize that families who do not gather together to call upon the name of the Lord are equated with the heathen! Ouch!

How many "Christian" families are actually heathen families? They do not gather together for prayer and worship from one day to the next.. Life is too busy. The program is chock full from morning 'till night. So what distinguishes us from the worldly?

I too find that life is busy from morning until night. Therefore, we have to make times to call upon the Lord. If we don't, it doesn't happen. We have established in our home Morning and Evening devotions where we come together as a family to read the Word and call upon the Lord. We don't allow any interruption to interfere with his habit. For if we do not do it, we cannot confess we are the people of God. God's people call upon His name.

What does this word "call" mean? It is not a mumbling prayer or a quick "God bless our family today" and go on our merry way. The Hebrew word is qara which means, "to cry out, call out loudly, to roar, to summon God's aid."

When we call upon the Lord we show our dependence upon Him. We know we cannot make it in our own strength, as the previous verse, verse 23 says, "the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." We need God to show us the way.

The morals of our nation a deteriorating fast! We stand guilty before God for the murder of 50 million babies since Roe v. Wade. Atheism, immorality and homosexuality, are rife. It may not be long before our nation's financial resources fail. How can we go blindly on while our nation goes down the road of wickedness? Do we not have any heart to cry out to God. The hour is urgent for families to come together and to pray, night and morning. God has promised that when we humble ourselves and cry out to Him that He will hear us and save our land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Will we as families pay the sacrifice to see God's deliverance or will we go blindly on our merry way? (Romans 10:13)


Above Rubies,


"Oh Father, please save me from living like the heathen. Please help us as a family to make specific times to call upon your name for our own salvation and the salvation of this nation. Amen."


We will be known as a family that calls upon the name of the Lord.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Life... God has blessed us once again.
For the next eight months I will be looking forward to meeting our new gift.
All of the other children are so thrilled to have another friend.
The thought of going through all the ups and downs is sometimes overwhelming.
When I was young and before I knew Christ, He had put on my heart to raise up an army to change the world. So my prayer is that our little McQuades become those world changers for Him.
I discovered that trampolines aren't as scary as they used to be.
I put the young ones to bed, and went outside with my Husband to look at the freshly tilled Gardens. On the walk back to the house I hopped on the trampoline and Kevin joined me, then all of a sudden two little's came running towards us and joined our late night jump. I guess we weren't being very quiet! We enjoyed a couple of minutes then off to bed for the little's.
I'm now waiting to hear from our oldest on return from Malaysia. Sitting in Tokyo on her own for 8 hours.... I hope I get a note soon.
We will see her tomorrow. I'm so distracted with being pregnant and tired as well as thinking about Des, that i can't seen to get motivated to do my chores.
I'm sure they'll be there tomorrow!
God is good. I'm thankful for our situation and for His goodness in it all!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Old picture I know but I couldn't load pictures for a while. Us enjoying the mild winter. Thank you God for that.

Ahh Picture posting is back. Here is Aoife at the Above rubies retreat.
The retreat was refreshing and encouraging.
I recommend all women young and aged to come next year. God sure knows how to touch a daughters heart.

Monday, May 3, 2010

May is here. God is good!

Today is full of surprises, We have acquired 5 laying hens! We are now starting to see God answer our prayers for our sustainability dream. Our children are so excited they can't contain it! God please help us to raise these chicken and please make them good at what you made them to do.
Love you!