Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Sharing: The Connection Between Scripture and My Life

I think it's really cool when God gives me scripture that coincides with what is going on in my life at the moment. After spending several months reading John and Acts which contain accounts of things that happened in people's lives, I began reading I Peter last week. This is a book written by Peter about Christian living.

Here are my highlights:

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

--I Peter 3:7 (read 6/12) (NIV)
Count it a blessing when you suffer for being a Christian. This shows that God's glorious Spirit is with you. Don't be ashamed to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God that you belong to Him.

--I Peter 4:14, 16 (read 6/15)

I finished reading The Blood of Lambs--A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption by Kamal Saleem and my husband is reading it this week. Both of the above verses reminded me of this book. The first because it is so different than from how Muslim law says women should be treated. Women are not respected at all but looked on as baby incubators, sinful, and just as a toy for her husband's pleasure. Koranic scholars teach that if a wife refuses to make herself beautiful for her husband, or if she refuses to have sex with him, to pray, or leaves the house without a good excuse, he should beat her. pg. 214

We hear the verse so often about how wives should respect their husbands, but in I Peter 3:7, husbands are told to respect their wives!

Secondly, when I read about suffering for being a Christian, again, The Blood of the Lambs came to mind. It told how the Jahid made a group of Christians line up, kneel down and then get their heads shot off. The Koran teaches to kill and hate anyone who is not a Muslim, but especially Jews and Christians. The more I read, the more I learned about how terrorists operate, their beliefs and the Muslim religion. The more I learned, the more I wondered how the author ever got out and became a Christian. It was through the love of Christ that particularly three Christians showed to him in practical ways and the Spirit of God speaking to his heart.

Tonight at 9 p.m. EST/PT on CNN a documentary about nine girls in nine developing countries featuring two World Vision sponsored girls called "Girl Rising" will be shown.  Click the link to view the trailer from it. 

Most importantly, love each other deeply. Love has a way of not looking at others sins.
--I Peter 4:8 (read 6/14)

This is the verse I came across that coincided not only with reading about Kamal Saleem's conversion to Christianity because he was shown Christian love, but also with the book I was currently reading, Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock about prohibition during the great depression.  This was the verse that Eve's father taught her and her sister and which he reminded them of often. 

We wish all fathers a happy Father's Day today and hope this post is a reminder to respect your wife!  Our furkids will show what they gave Gerard for father's day in tomorrow's post.

In honor of Father's Day, I am doing a giveaway of the book I wrote in memory of my dad, My Funny Dad, Harry over on our book blog.  Hope you will enter in in the U.S.!

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Unknown said...

I praise God every day for caring for me in times of need. Like you said, He seems to know the exact time to send something or someone my way. I would enjoy the book you just read and may have to order it. Have a wonderful Lord's Day.

Mrs4444 said...

I very much look forward to watching Girl Rising; thanks for sharing it!

The world needs all kinds of fathers. Happy Fathers Day to Gerard :)

Sandee said...

In many circles being a Christian is looked down upon. I'm not liking that either. There are those that are trying to take God out of absolutely everything. It shows too.

Have a terrific day. :)

BeadedTail said...

Everyone should certainly respect each other no matter what religion or sex they are. The world would be a much better place!

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