Sunday, June 28, 2015

Chosen Vessel ~ Caleb

Welcome to the first Chosen Vessels post! This will be on a person from the Bible, Caleb.

But, before I start into Caleb I want to say that there is one very special person who was chosen...Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. He chose to come to earth in human form to die for our sins. Because He loves us so much! He came to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10 KJV) And he died for us!!!

Note: alot of this came from Dad's sermon a few weeks ago. 



Be Christians all the time. Not only in church.  ~  Joshua 14:6-14 KJV

In verses 8, 9, and 14, we learn that Caleb wholly followed The Lord, his God. 

Verse 8: ...but I wholly followed The Lord my God. 
Verse 9: ...because thou hast wholly followed The Lord my God. 
Verse 14: ...because that he wholly followed The Lord God of Israel. 

Everyone probably knows some of the story of Caleb, right? 12 spies were sent into the land--Joshua, Caleb, and 10 others. The 10 returned and told bad things to try and discourage the people because they were fearful. Joshua and Caleb returned and told a different story, of how beautiful the land was because they had faith in God. They believed that with His help they would conquer. 

-6 things about Caleb- 

1) Caleb was a man of integrity. 

• Integrity means honest in the face of adversity, no matter what the cost. 

• Numbers 13:30 says "And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and posess it; for we are well able to overcome."

• Proverbs 20:7 tells us "The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.


2) Caleb was a man of obedience. 

• Joshua 14:8 says "Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed The Lord my God."

• 1 Samuel 15:22 says "And Samuel said, Hath The Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of The Lord? Behold, to obey is better than to sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.


3) Caleb was a man of faith. 

Joshua 14:9 tells us "And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed The Lord my God.

 Caleb didn't go into the land to see if they could take it, because God had already given it to them. He went so he could return and tell them how grand it was...

 The first 10 had fear. - Joshua and Caleb had faith. 

 Hebrews 11:6 says "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. 

 Romans 8:31 "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?


4) Caleb was a man that had perseverance to overcome obstacles. 

 The Noah Webster Dictionary, 1828 edition, says perseverance is "persistence in any thing undertaken." 

 God promised Caleb he would enter the Promised Land. However...
  -he wandered in the wilderness for 38 years because of the people's sins. 
  - and it took 7 years to conquer the land. 
But through it all Caleb persevered and look what happened!

 Isaiah 40:31 tells us "But they that wait upon The Lord shall renew; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 Psalms 31:23-24 says "O love The Lord all ye His saints; for The Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in The Lord.


5) Caleb was a man of courage. 

 Courage isn't not having fear. It's taking action despite the fear. 

 Isaiah 40:31 from #4 fits here too. 

 Courage is knowing God is with you. He will never lead you somewhere he can't keep you! =) 

6) Caleb was a man of selflessness. 

 Everything we've got belongs to God. 

• Caleb gave Hebron away. 

• We should always be watchful of the needs of others. 



I realized the other day that I never gave y'all the answer to the question concerning the 5th verse of "Amazing Grace". The way I've always known it to be sang is as follows.

1- Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now I'm found was blind but now I see! 

2- 'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved! How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed! 

3- Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come! Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home! 

4- When we've been there ten thousand years bright shining as the sun! We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we first begun! 

5- Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!  Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! Praise God! 


Thank you for reading! Let me know what you think! In a comment or otherwise. :)

Have a blessed day! 
-Faith

Friday, June 19, 2015

To All the Great Dads...

Happy Father's Day! 
Today make sure and tell dad what he means to you. Don't forget Grandpa, after all they're dads too! :)

To my Daddy...
I love you. Thank you for being who you are! :)

I was going to write a poem for Father's Day, but that didn't work out very well. :P
Here's two I found that I especially liked. 

 From Pinterest 
From Pinterest 


And in memory of all the fathers and grandfathers who've gone on before,  a poem by the talented Eve Estelle. Thanks for allowing me to borrow this, Eve. It's truly beautiful. :)

A Different Father's Day
By: Eve Estelle

Last year, this day was just like any other;
You wanted no gifts, no special treatment,
Simply love and relaxation.
A day of calm, we'd enjoy it with you -
We would make you cards,
Hug you and thank you;
Small things to show our adoration.

But this year is different -
Tears fall with our smiles.
We can no longer see you,
And we can no longer hug you.
We can't hear you laugh,
We can't see you smile -
It's sad to think,
You've been gone a while.

Despite these things,
I know you're still here -
We can't see you,
But we can still thank you.
We can't hear you,
But we remember your laugh.
It's different now -
But that doesn't mean over.
Thanks for being there for us -
Thanks for being you.
I'll just leave this card here -
Hope you enjoy it, too.

Happy Father's Day everyone!
Thanks for reading!
-Faith 

Meet My Dogs

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely day. According to the calendar it's been nearly a week since I last posted. How did that happen? We went camping this past week at a wonderful place. We had a blast! And this week was also VBS, so that was great. 

This is going to be a random post in which I will introduce our two dogs.....*da-da-da-da!*
  
                                Biskit and Bullet say hi!


Biskit is my dog. Yes, I know I spelled Biskit wrong, but that's how I spell his name. He's white with green eyes and weighs over 100 pounds. He loves giving kisses! Also he will eat anything in sight. (Not kidding!) 

Bullet is my brother's. He's much darker in color and smaller than Biskit. He has brown eyes and weighs about 85 pounds. He will give kisses but he isn't as 'affectionate' as Biskit. He will play tennis ball and swim in the creek or our neighbor's pond all day if you'll let him. If he finds a tennis ball he will stare at it and bark until someone throws it for him. Spoiled dog! :)

They are both yellow Labrador Retrievers. They are happy dogs and are good...well, most of the time...

                   Biskit on an old couch. This is an old picture. 

         Bulet staring at a tennis ball...and me!

   Biskit in our front yard. Among the clover! *smiles*

                Bullet acting silly on the porch steps. 

So now you've met our boys! (You'll be seeing more of them later!:)

Thanks for reading! 
-Faith-

P.S. To all the girls out there who, like me, forget Father's Day until late the night before- Sunday is the day reserved for dads! Let Dad know his special! :)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Everyone is a Chosen Vessel // Song

 Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely and blessed day! 

  I want to start by saying everyone is a chosen vessel. God chose each and every one of us for a special purpose. Whether we choose to accept what God has for us and follow His Perfect Will is up to us.
 Acts 9:15 says, "Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake." 
 He must suffer for my name's sake... It isn't always easy to follow God, is it? Sometimes it's hard...sometimes it's painful...sometimes it causes you to ask 'why'. But it's always for the better. God can see the end, we can't. He knows what the future holds and he's got your entire life already worked out. Isn't that amazing?!


 I'll end by saying, We are all Chosen. We are all perfectly made. How could we not be? After all, we are made in the image of God. 
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him." (Genesis 1:27 KJV)

 I had a song on mind about the clay and the Potter. It was sang at church last week. 


For a little something fun, I have a question for y'all. I'm curious to see how many people will know this one. You can leave your answer in the comments. 

What is the 5th verse of Amazing Grace?

Coming up soon ('soon' meaning when I find the notes on it) : a post on the Clay (us) and the Potter (God).

Thanks for reading! 
~Faith

P.S. If you'd like to read part 1 of a story I wrote, click here:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Welcome!

 Hello! My name is Faith. Welcome to Chosen Vessels! I hope you'll like what you see here and are inspired by my posts. 


Why Chosen Vessels?  
The name of this blog comes from Acts 9:15-

 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. 

What will I post?
Once a week there will be a post on a 'chosen vessel', someone God used in a special way, for a special purpose. Either from history, the Bible, or even someone living at present. I plan to do these on Friday or Saturday, but that may fluctuate depending on the week!:) 
Also there will be other things. What I've been doing lately, special posts for holidays, a few random posts, etc. 

If you have any questions or suggestions for posts that I should do, leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! 

May Christ have the glory through it all! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a blessed day! 

--Faith--

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8 KJV

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