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10 Baby Must-Haves from a First-Time Mom

Before our baby girl arrived I spent hours scouring Pinterest reading articles about how to prepare for this incredibly life-changing event called motherhood – that you can’t fully be prepared for anyways.

Now that my daughter is 6 months old, I’d like to offer my own personal list of top 10 baby must-haves that I’ve used the most since we brought her home – without mentioning diapers and wipes.

Some of these items I almost didn’t include on my registry since I’d heard from others that they weren’t necessary! But, what may be a life-saver for someone, may hardly used by someone else.

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A New Year. A New Addition.

At the end of 2014, I was basically on an unannounced blogging hiatus. My reason for posting so infrequently is because my husband and I welcomed a new addition to our family!

Needless to say, I spent the first 10 or so months of 2014 being pregnant and the last 2 months of 2014 enjoying new parenthood. Instead of blogging, I spent my time reading books on pregnancy and labor and delivery, having my fair share of morning sickness, attending childbirth classes, creating baby registries, having a baby shower, preparing for maternity leave, and listening to parenthood stories and unsolicited advice.

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Watchman Nee and Witness Lee Recognized by Congress

I enjoy reading Christian ministry. Especially when it’s directly taken from and backed up by the Bible, leads me into the experience of Christ, and stirs up my spiritual appetite to pursue Him and know Him. This has been my experience in reading the ministry Watchman Nee - Witness Leeof Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. So, when I heard that these Christian ministers were recognized by Congress, I was elated. Both of their lives were given to Christ and His church. Contrary to what some may think, they were two ministers of the same one ministry. Witness Lee was Watchman Nee’s closest co-worker who continued and built upon Nee’s ministry. In fact, he was the main factor in bringing this ministry to the United States.

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The Effects of Seeing the Heavenly Vision

Vision gives us purpose. Vision provides direction. Vision grants us a goal. Without a strong vision, we are left aimless and wandering

The phrase “the heavenly vision” comes from Acts 26:19 when Paul says to King Agrippa,

“I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”

Paul was referring to the vision he saw on the way to Damascus. It’s note-worthy that Paul referred to it as THE heavenly vision, not A heavenly vision. Why?

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The Way to Grow in the Christian Life

The Way to Grow in the Christian Life (3)

To survive as human beings, we have 3 basic necessities: breathing, drinking, and eating. It is the same for the maintenance of our spiritual life.

“Our physical eating is not an occasional activity or organized movement but a daily life necessity. Eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping are not special activities but legalities, or necessities, of our daily living. Reading the Bible is our spiritual eating.”
– The Recovery of Christ as Everything in the Church, chapter 7

Just as our physical life needs the proper sustenance to survive and grow, so also our spiritual life needs the proper sustenance to survive and grow.

It is by continually receiving the proper sustenance that we gradually grow.

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Crockpot Sloppy Joe’s

This Crockpot Sloppy Joe recipe is great for potlucks, BBQ’s, or if you just need to feed a lot of people. Crockpot recipes are always great anytime you want to fix it and forget it. When I made this recipe, I doubled it to feed 12 -14 people using a 7-quart Crockpot. Enjoy!

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The Way to Grow in the Christian Life

The Way to Grow in the Christian Life (2)

In order to be a normal, healthy Christian we must pay attention to vital life matters such as breathing, drinking, and eating. Just as our physical life is dependent upon such practices, so is our spiritual life. These are practical keys to living the Christian life and the way to grow in the Christian life.

 What IS OUR spiritual DRINK?

The following verses show us that we drink Christ and we also drink the Spirit. Actually, 1 Corinthians 15:45 tells us that in resurrection, the Lord Jesus became a life-giving Spirit. And according to 2 Corinthians 3:17, the Lord is the Spirit.

When the Lord became the Spirit, He became drinkable! Today we drink Him as the Spirit.

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The Way to Grow in the Christian Life

The Way to Grow in the Christian Life (1)

What’s the secret to Christian growth? How do we grow in our spiritual life?

Practical Keys to Living the Christian Life, touched on simple yet crucial practices for a normal, healthy Christian life. It is by daily practicing these keys that we can grow and advance in our Christian life.  These keys are spiritual breathing, drinking, and eating.

Bibles for America mentioned spiritual oxygen in one of their recent blog posts:

Our human spirit is our deepest part. As we contact the Spirit with our spirit in prayer, we “breathe” Him in and receive Him as the divine life, breath. He is our spiritual oxygen.

How Do We Breathe Spiritually?

Calling on the name of the Lord Jesus is the most simple way. It can be done anytime, anyplace, anywhere. In fact, Enosh, the son of Seth, was the first person recorded in the Bible to call on Jehovah. In addition, the psalmists in the Old Testament practiced this. And when Saul of Tarsus went from house to house to arrest Christians, he knew who they were by their calling.

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Gospel Patterns in Acts 8

I love lists. Don’t you? They make me feel organized and help me see the big picture. So, as I was going through my Bible reading in Acts, coupled with the Life-Study of Acts, I decided to make a list of some of the patterns of the gospel seen in Acts chapter 8.

Spreading the Gospel through Migration

The first pattern in Acts 8 is the gospel spreading through the scattering of the believers. 

They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word.
Acts 8:4

The fact that the believers were scattered implies migration – moving to various regions, continents, or countries for the sake of and spread of the gospel. If the gospel preaching at that time continued to be carried out solely by the apostles, the gospel would have been limited.Through the believers’ migration, the gospel isn’t limited and God is able to reach people of all tribes, tongues, and nations. 

The Lord may give us a burden to move to a particular city or country for the sake of the gospel. We may not be the next Hudson Taylor (the first missionary to the interior of China and founder of the China Inland Mission). However, the Lord still has a way to spread the gospel through each of us wherever we are if we simply cooperate with Him to give Him the way.

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The Antidote to Anxiety

Human life is full of anxiety. None of us can escape it.

It shows up in our jobs, our schooling, our finances, or our plans for the future.

In fact, Huffington Post recently said that 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety and panic disorders.

But how can we manage anxiety? What is the antidote to anxiety?

I personally recommend a new book called A Life Full of Forbearance but without Anxiety. It’s now available from Bibles for America for FREE and is an excerpt of Witness Lee’s Life-Study of the Bible. Having recently read it, I’d like to share the main points that I gleaned from it.

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