Husbands, continue loving your wives… A man who loves his wife loves himself,
for no man ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cherishes it…
On the other hand, the wife should have deep respect for her husband.
Ephesians 5:25-29, 33
This advice for husbands and wives is not just helpful words. It’s psychologically sound counsel from the Originator of marriage, the Designer of the human race. Who better to ask about the invention than the Inventor? There’s a lovely scripture that says, “Taste and see that Jehovah is good.” (Psalm 34:8) How do you know what something tastes like? So try out this counsel for yourself and see what you think.
What I find fascinating about it is that wives are not counselled to love their husbands. In a wonderful Bible discourse on marriage that I remember from many years ago, the speaker made the point that women are naturally good at being loving. They also deeply appreciate feeling loved and cherished by their husbands. Do you feel that way? Do you feel that your husband could maybe improve his skills in that area? Then you’ll appreciate the scriptural advice given to him in the Bible!
After that discourse on marriage, myself and one of my girlfriends had a conversation with a man who was new to studying the Bible. He said he would love to follow that advice, but didn’t know what he could do to make his wife feel loved. We looked at each other and then chorused, “We’ll make you a list!” Because of course, as women we know how we would like to be treated, what translates to us as FEELING loved.
The blinding realization for us as women was, well then, what about us? Jehovah’s counsel for us is to show respect to our husbands. So we were able to ask in our turn for the male perspective. Over the next few days, myself and my friend asked several happily married men what translates to them as FEELING respected. The answers were very interesting. It was a real eye-opener to me, and showed me that we as women can benefit just as much as we know that men can benefit from the counsel given to them. I trust Jehovah’s advice with all my heart, but the specifics of it in this instance really, really impressed me.
(For more information on How to Make Your Family Life Happy, please visit HERE)
I couldn’t think of a card design that would incorporate this scripture, so I came up with the idea of two printable pictures, His n Hers. These could be printed out and framed and might make a nice little wedding present. Alternatively, you could incorporate them into a Double Gatefold Card. (just do a Google Image search using that term and you’ll see what I mean)
The pictures were made using juno Marshmallow, a free Digital Kit.
Papers 2 available from Juno’s Place shortly.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time;
while you throw all your anxiety upon him,
because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6,7
(To review the earlier parts of this discussion, please see;
One of the horrible lies that is told about God is that he doesn’t care – or that he kind of cares, but at a distance so that he is remote from all the painful things we have to face. But today’s scripture shows the truth. Notice that it doesn’t just say that Jehovah cares. It says, he cares FOR YOU! He watches out for each one of us individually as we keep our integrity and are obedient to his loving commands. That’s why Jehovah says at Psalm 32:8, “I will make you have insight and instruct you in the way you should go. I will give you advice with my eye upon you.”
You may be told that you need a blood transfusion to solve your health problems, or even to save your life. But if you are in a dangerous situation, who do you trust to lead you to true safety? The person who can see only what’s in front of them, or the person with the binoculars, who can see the roadblocks and land slides on the proposed route, but who also sees a clear route to safe haven along a more difficult path?
There’s a reason why the Bible uses the eagle with its long-sighted vision as a symbol of Jehovah’s wisdom. Will you allow him to help you navigate the dangerous last days of Satan’s system? The safe haven of everlasting life in God’s new world under his Kingdom is just ahead. The blood shed by Jesus in furnishing the Ransom is the blood that saves our lives forever.
What about right now? Is there any help for those who face this difficult issue? If you go to JW.ORG and type in “transfusion alternatives” in the search bar, you’ll find several videos of outstanding quality, and many articles to read with lots of help and advice to help you understand your options. Jehovah’s Witnesses also have the support of a special Hospital Liaison Committee, available 24 hours a day, to help them in their medical emergencies, a really loving provision. Because Jehovah cares for me and you.
…and drew inspiration from The Shabby Teashop Sketch 255a…
…and Retro Sketch 172
Then he went on to say to all: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself
and pick up his torture stake day after day and keep following me.
The “Imitate Jesus!” Convention
is taking place in Ireland this weekend from
Friday, July 10 to Sunday July 12, 2015
(Please see my previous post for details of venue)
We warmly invite you to attend this year’s three-day convention presented by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
A moving two-part theatrical production will portray significant events in Jesus’ life.
Interviews and demonstrations will feature practical ways to imitate Jesus today.
The special Bible discourse entitled “Jesus Christ, World Conqueror—How and When?” will be presented on Sunday morning.
WHO MAY ATTEND?
Everyone. You won’t be charged admission, and no collection will be taken.
Today’s card is made using juno Melissavena…
…and this card sketch from CASe This Sketch
The Tag Cluster is included in the card download.
leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.
1 Peter 2:21
Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
To Save the World?
To Rule the World?
To Conquer the World?
Hear the answer at a free public talk at the “Imitate Jesus” Bible Convention.
You are warmly invited to attend.
In Ireland this event is taking place next weekend, Friday, July 10 to Sunday July 12, 2015
at the Citywest Hotel International Event and Conference Centre
Saggart, Co. Dublin
Each morning’s program begins at 9.20am
To find your nearest venue, please visit jw.org HERE
and scroll down to
Today’s card is made using juno Melissavena…
…and retrosketch 170
The Tulip Cluster is included in the card download.
Two sparrows sell for a coin of small value, do they not?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
So have no fear; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Does the command to abstain from blood extend to blood transfusions? Yes. The classic illustration for this is: Suppose a doctor were to tell you to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Would that simply mean that you should not drink alcohol but that you could have it injected into your veins?
What if it’s a “life or death situation”? Does that mean it’s alright to take blood to stay alive a little longer in this system? What did Jesus say about this?
“If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and keep following me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Really, what good will it do a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? (Matthew 16:24-26)
We value our lives and the lives of our loved ones. When we wisely accept Jehovah’s direction even in serious medical situations, then we truly treasure life as Jehovah does. That life can stretch out before us into a perfect future, free from pain and suffering, sickness and death. Even if you should face death, you can be happy in the knowledge that those who die doing God’s will have a sure place in the resurrection.
The next question is, “Are there any high-quality alternatives to blood transfusions? And what is the only blood that is truly lifesaving? Please see my next post for Part 3.
Today’s card is made using juno Melissavena…
…and retrosketch 167
The Sparrows Cluster is included in the card download.
Stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over,
so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The metamorphosis of a land-bound caterpillar into a fluttering butterfly that dances through the air is one of life’s everyday miracles. One thing I didn’t know about this process until recently is that it is hard work! It involves lots of effort over a period of time until the butterfly emerges and is ready to fly off.
The phrase “be transformed” in the scripture above uses a form of the word “metamorphosis” in the original Greek text. For us to become beautiful in God’s eyes, we may need to make serious changes to our way of thinking and acting, and these changes take time and effort. But the good news is that “the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” is provable. When it comes to considering the use of blood, let’s prove what God’s will is by using God’s word.
As we’ve been examining since March, the Source of Life is Jehovah God. He shares the gift of life with us and we are precious in his eyes. We show our gratitude and respect for him by valuing our lives and the lives of others as he does. In the first book of the Bible, Cain takes the life of his brother Abel, and Jehovah tells Cain: “Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10) This shows the important link between life and blood in the mind of God.
He reinforces this by telling us the same thing multiple times throughout human history. So after the Flood, Jehovah tells Noah and his family, “Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you.” However, God set this restriction: “Only flesh with its life—its blood—you must not eat.” (Genesis 1:29; 9:3, 4) Again, this clearly shows the link between life and blood.
800 years later under the Law of Moses, the prohibition on blood was again plainly stated, ‘You must not eat the blood of any sort of flesh.’” (Leviticus 17:13, 14) and this was once more distinctly repeated in the first century for Christians, “…keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols, from blood… and from sexual immorality.” (Acts 15:28, 29)
Does this apply to blood transfusions? What happens if it’s a life or death situation? How do Jesus’ words help us? Are there any alternatives to blood transfusions? Please see my next post for Part 2.
To read or listen to more on this topic, please visit, “A Godly View of Life”.
Today’s card is made using my new kit, Melissavena, which will be posted shortly on Juno’s Place. My son, Killian, took this photo for me of the printed card. I made two cards from one sheet of A4 card and so I had a little, white border on the bottom. To soften this edge and harmonize it with the rest of the card, I inked the edges with a combination of Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress Inks. A small detail scissors and a decoupage snips were very helpful for cutting around the butterfly shape. Using a Uni Pin fine liner, I coloured in the white tips of the butterfly’s wings and extended the lines into the body to blend. Finally, I inked the cut edge of the butterfly and the inside of the card with the Distress Inks, extending the colour towards the centre of the card inner so that when the card is closed you can see pretty colours instead of plain white.
The 4 in Butterfly is included in today’s card download.
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The next day, which was after the Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together before Pilate, saying: “Sir, we recall what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I am to be raised up.’ Therefore, command that the grave be made secure until the third day, so that his disciples may not come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He was raised up from the dead!’ Then this last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them: “You may have a guard. Go make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone and posting a guard.
And look! a great earthquake had taken place, for Jehovah’s angel had descended from heaven and had come and rolled away the stone, and he was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. Yes, out of their fear of him, the watchmen trembled and became as dead men.
The chief priests and the Pharisees make Jesus’ grave secure by rolling a big stone in front of the tomb and posting Roman soldiers as guards. But early on the morning following the Sabbath, the guards are gone and the tomb is empty. Jesus is alive!
For 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus shows himself alive to his disciples and he continues to instruct them about the work he wants them to continue, preaching and teaching the good news of God’s Kingdom. (Matt 24:14; 28:19,20) In obedience and appreciation for what Jehovah and Jesus have done to make a personal relationship with God possible, and to have the hope of living forever in Paradise under God’s kingdom, we want to strive to keep doing what Jesus asked. We invite all to learn more about the wonderful things in God’s Word, the Bible.
The Vintage Butterfly Postage Stamps are available from Juno’s Place.
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