Posts Tagged ‘lotions’

Life Goes On

May 12

by Victoria Robinson

What can one do to overcome insurmountable obstacles and face going on in life? There comes a point when we must go on with life despite what we have been through. King David not only faced having to go on with life after the death of his child, but also had to live with the knowledge this precious child’s death was his fault. As soon as David’s child became ill, he fasted and pleaded with God to have mercy and heal his son. The Lord chose not to bring this about and one would think this king could not go on. Yet David knew this was not the end for him. He got up, washed, put on clean clothes and had food brought to him. Girlfriends, I do not know about you, but food is the last thing I want in times of grief.

It is interesting to note that following this tragic event, King David and his wife Bathsheba, who herself was not entirely blameless, gave birth to a son named Solomon. Solomon gives us this wisdom in the book if Ecclesiastes, “Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!” Here is what we can take from this—if you are reading this, you are alive and therefore have hope!

Dearest girlfriends, whatever problems you are facing, please take heart that you have ultimate hope through our Lord.

On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.” David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. His servants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’  But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me. ~ 2 Samuel 12:18-23 NIV
 
Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! ~ Ecclesiastes 9:14 NIV
  
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. ~ Psalm 27:13-14 NIV
 
But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. ~ Psalm 39:7 NIV

A Lady of Refinement

Jan 19

by Victoria Robinson

What are the requirements to be considered a lady of refinement? Is it wealth … a noble heritage … good breeding? All of these are essential to be a refined lady. So what if you did not have a pedigreed upbringing? First, recognize your heavenly Father has all the wealth in this world and the world to come. Who else could afford streets of gold? Second, understand you are part of a royal lineage. Third, good breeding is available at all times through the greatest finishing school of all time—the Word of God.

Do not assume that if you grew up with all these assets, you are guaranteed to be a refined lady. In the book of Amos we see some who relied on their earthly riches and lifestyles and yet were not considered to be refined because of the condition of their hearts. A true lady of refinement has the character qualities of her heavenly Father.

Do you desire to be a lady of refinement? If so, accept that you have been adopted into royalty and immerse yourself in the words of your heavenly Father and allow Him to purify your heart. Your heavenly Father desires you to live a life of refinement worthy of His calling.

Dearest girlfriends, let us become ladies of refinement who live up to our noble heritage.

You lie on beds inlaid with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves. You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments. You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions, but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph. Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile; your feasting and lounging will end. ~ Amos 6:4-7 NIV
  
You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. ~ Revelation 3:17-18 NIV
 
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. ~ Revelation 21:21 NIV
 
Silver and gold are purified by fire, but God purifies hearts. ~ Proverbs 17:3 TLB
 
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the spiritual blessings that Christ has brought us from heaven! Before the world was created, God had Christ choose us to live with him and to be his holy and innocent and loving people. God was kind  and decided that Christ would choose us to be God’s own adopted children. ~ Ephesians 1:3-5 CEV
 
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 NIV
 
.. live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. ~ 1 Thessalonians 2:12 NIV