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Boundaries In The Bible

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;8484808_s the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

God is a Holy and Righteous God.  Because of his holiness He establishes boundaries throughout Scripture. To accept those boundaries brings joy, peace, and blessing.  To reject those boundaries brings heartache, misery, and death.
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Merlin’s Blade: A Book Review

Merlin’s Blade, written by Robert Treskillard, is the first in a trilogy series._225_350_Book.1021.cover  I usually don’t pick a fictional book as a Christian book review choice, but I found it to be a refreshing change. Being familiar with other Merlin accounts that I read as a child/teenager, I found that this story stayed true to many of the expected elements of tradition, but it also had enough originality to keep me wondering what would happen next.

The characters were many in this book, and sometimes I lost track of who was who, but most of the characters took on vivid personalities that were very believable and often complex.  The main character, Merlin, was easily connected to from the beginning as the reader becomes quickly acquainted with the tragedies of his sufferings and humble, yet courageous spirit. The setting took place in an ancient time where living conditions were harsh, and traumatic events including injury, suffering and death were common place.  The conflicts of right/wrong, good/evil, loyalty/betrayal, honor/power, and Christianity/pagan worship were woven throughout the plot and story development.  Although the style of the author is not necessarily easy reading, I found that at times I could become very engrossed in the reading and not want to put the book down at the end of a chapter.

This type of book genre is not for everyone, but if you enjoy historical and adventurous fiction, then this is sure to be an interesting series to follow.  I personally plan to read the remaining books, and look forward to more of Merlin.

 
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Measuring Up

Wisdom is Realizing The God Given Value Of Being Uniquely YOU!15038359_s

“If I was the only one I wouldn’t be littler or bigger, would I? I’d be just me, wouldn’t I?”
 ― Fynn, Mister God, This Is Anna

It’s back to school time, and unfortunately, that also means the return of many children to an unfair world of comparison and peer pressure.  For those who are not considered one of the “in crowd” this can be a tough time, and the devil uses such opportunities to bring our children into the bondage of insecurity, and possibly even self-hate.  How do we help our children keep the right perspective on their value and keep their God -given potential from being tarnished? Read the rest of this entry

The Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Hi!  It’s Party Time in Blog World Again.  Hope you join in on the fun of meeting new people and exploring new blogs as part of the 7th annual Ultimate Blog Party Celebration.

This is my 2nd year taking part and I really enjoyed all the wonderful blogs I found last year.  I am looking forward to finding even more that inspire and encourage me.UBP-2013_250x250

For those who are new to Grace and Grit….I am a wife, mother, physical therapist, exercise enthusiast, crafter, novice gardener, avid book and blog lover blessed with a great big helping of God’s Sweet Grace and a side-dish of Southern raised Grit to go with it.

I believe that life should be a great adventure as we get to know God better and form a close walk with him.  Hope you will join me on my journey. Read the rest of this entry

Virtue vs Impurity

This is WEEK 48 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!16448808_s

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.  -Marcus Aurelius 

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.  -Plato

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  David Starr Jordan Read the rest of this entry

Tolerance vs Prejudice

This is WEEK 46 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!  7282708_s

Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudiced; you’re taught it.  -
Charles R. Swindoll

In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction.  -Simon Greenleaf

If people are informed they will do the right thing. It’s when they are not informed that they become hostages to prejudice.  -Charlayne Hunter-Gault Read the rest of this entry

Loyalty vs Unfaithfulness

This is WEEK 30 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness. -Edwin Louis Cole

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. – J. R. R. Tolkien

The highest spiritual quality, the noblest property of mind a man can have, is this of loyalty…a man with no loyalty in him, with no sense of love or reverence or devotion due to something outside and above his poor daily life, with its pains and pleasures, profits and losses, is as evil a case as man can be. – Algernon Charles Swinburne Read the rest of this entry

Joyfulness vs Self-pity

This is WEEK 28 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. -
Karl Barth


There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. -
Jean Paul


“Scatter joy!” -― 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes.”- Oswald Chambers Read the rest of this entry

Grieving my Laptop’s Untimely Death

My laptop died from complications that occurred approximately 2 months ago….You see, the laptop’s owner (that’s me) accidentally dropped the laptop on the floor.  Although a little tape and a few tweaks by hubby seemed to have salvaged the laptop to keep cruising on in WI FI land, an unknown problem lurked beneath the surface….a hairline fracture in the mother board.

The hairline fracture grew over time, and finally caused the fatal BLACK SCREEN of impending death.  Luckily, The Geek Squad was able to salvage MOST of the data, pictures, and documents from the old laptop and convert them to a shiny new laptop, but the disruption of life has not yet returned to normal. Please be patient with me while I continue to mourn my laptop and get adjusted to the new one….
Next week’s topic…Humility vs Pride.  Yes, this week has definitely been a lesson in humility as I have had to admit my mistake, and pay dearly for it in many ways.  
But I have learned that God is with me, even when my laptop is not…..He is my true life source, and He has provided an important data and sacred document keeper….HIS WORD …it will never crash, be disrupted, or fail.

Til next week, my prayer for you:
May God bless you this week with the comfort of His unfailing presence and resources.  May you stay connected to Him as the absolute most vital source of your daily life.  May you have a blessed 4th of July!

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Winner of Give-A-Way

For the one year anniversary of Grace & Grit, I offered a give-a-way of the book In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado. I so enjoyed the comments I received about faith building experiences. The winner, by random drawing, was Kathy of christianbookmom.blogspot.com .  Congratulations Kathy!   

 

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