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Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Frank Talk to Women by Bettie Need

This is an article that has truly blessed me. I am reprinting it with the permission of Bettie Need, the author. I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me! ~Heather

A Frank Talk to Women

By Bettie Need

Our family believes in the power of prayer. My mother and father prayed for us each day. As a child, I saw my parents on their knees daily in their room, praying for me, for my siblings, for the church, and for the world. It is good to pray for our children— this we should do. In a passage about praying for others, the Bible says in James 5:13-20: The effectual fer­vent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

A good example of a father praying for his children is found in the book of Job, chapter 1:1-5: Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job con­tinually.

It is our privilege to pray. But does God always hear our prayers? I John 5:14-21: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

But in Psalm 66:18, David says. If I regard iniq­uity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me. This is also the Word of God!

When we pray, we pray in vain if we regard iniq­uity or sin in our hearts. God will not hear us. Perhaps you will say, “But we are all sinners!” Psalm 66:18 does not say, If I have sin... David himself was a man who sinned many times, but he did not hide his sin. He repented, confessed his sin, and God forgave him. David states: If I regard iniquity…

The dictionary defines: “regard: v. 1 consider in a particular way. 2 gaze at in a specified fashion. 3 ar­chaic pay attention to. n. I heed or concern: she res­cued him without regard for herself. 2 high opinion; esteem. - (regards) best wishes (used especially at the end of letters). 3 a steady look.”

Spurgeon comments on Verse 18:

If I regard iniquity in my heart. If, having seen it to be there, I continue to gaze upon it without aversion; if I cherish it, have a side glance of love toward it, excuse it, and palliate it;

The Lord will not hear me. How can he? Can I desire him to connive at my sin, and accept me while I wil­lfully cling to any evil way? Nothing hinders prayer like iniquity harboured in the breast; as with Cain, so with us, sin lieth at the door, and blocks the passage. If thou listen to the devil, God will not listen to thee. If you refuse to hear God’s commands, he will surely refuse to hear thy prayers. An imperfect petition God will hear for Christ’s sake, but not one which is will­fully miswritten by a traitor’s hand. For God to ac­cept our devotions, while we are delighting in sin, would be to make himself the God of hypocrites, which is a fitter name for Satan than for the Holy One of Israel.

How do we regard something? Do we put it in a special place of honor? Do we hide it so no one will see it? Do we refuse to let it go? What is that secret sin we cherish so dearly? Is there an area of disobe­dience that is hindering our prayers? What idols do we excuse in our lives?

There are many areas of disobedience in all of us, but I would like to point out one particular area that seems insignificant— childbearing. God’s first com­mand to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and multiply. How many times have we heard even Chris­tians saying this about their children: “Oh, that one was not planned; that one was a mistake.” How do our children feel when they hear that? They were not wanted. Their parents did not plan to have them. Oh, they were not aborted, but they are nevertheless an inconvenience.

Because our hearts are idolatrous, we are not obedient to God’s commands. We prefer to obey God partly: have one or two children, but plan when it is convenient, and stop when it is convenient to us. (In Brazil, even the newspapers point out the over­whelming number of Caesarian births, due to a woman’s desire to have a baby when she wants it, without the labor pains! And it was also reported that women limited the number of babies because they were concerned about their figures being ruined by pregnancy.)

Brazil is not the only country where women are afraid of having babies— a young mother I overheard told her friend she would never have another baby because she could not stand to go through labor again. Others have used inadequate finances to justify limit­ing children. Many limit their children because they want more time to do things without the encumbrances of children— “It’s so hard to find a decent babysitter!” Basically, we are selfish to the core!

Many Christians speak out against abortion, many pray that God would put a stop to it; yet Christians are setting examples of disobedience in limiting their families. The world is watching to see if they can find an honest person, a person who lives what he speaks. Our own children do not hear what we say because they know, more than others, that we live a lie: our God is not the God of creation, but the god of our own desires. We know God’s commands, but we do not obey them, because to obey would cost us things we cherish and regard. Will God answer our prayers for our nation to stop abortion, if we regard the sin of selfishness and lack of trust in God’s provision for families?

The Lord himself tells us:

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psalms 127:3.) Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall he as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. (Psalms 128:6.)

Let us believe and obey God, that we may see godly offspring in our land and our prayers be heard.

1 comment:

motherofmany said...

Dear Heather, please post this note as it ia testimony to the faithfulness of friends who we may have never met, but who are closer than a brother when we both belong to Christ!!!!


Thank you, thank you, thank you for the prayers. We had our trial today, and it went a lot better than I thought it would. The judge was interested in the charts I put together about gardening from recycled materials and that the items in question were not junk. He was also sympathetic when I started to cry when questioned as to why the lot had been untouched for 18 months (my dad is my gardening partner on that, hopefully one day building a house on that very spot, and he was injured in an industrial explosion in September 2005. He was life-flighted to a burn unit and spent considerable time there. Then we got the notices from zoning that they were taking us to court, so we thought we weren't allowed to touch anything because it was evidence, then my dad had an emergency triple bypass. Having to talk about that just broke me). I went through the photos the prosecutor provided and explained what each items was going to be used for. And the judge decided to have another conference in August so I could show that the items were being used, since I now know I can go down there and work. It wasn't a 'win' for anyone because it is not over yet, but the trustees were completely sure they were going to be given permission today to go down there and haul out everything they deemed to be junk (and Mr. Mc- said "Everything down here is junk. Every last bit of it has to be removed"). But mostly my prayers were answered, that

1. The name of God was not tarnished by my presence. I felt God guiding me and giving me the words to say (Mark 13:11),

2. I did not embarrass my husband. It worried me that I would give the impression that I was running the family, but because the lot is in my name and I was working it with my dad, it seemed reasonable for me to present the case

3. God did not allow these men, who have openly ridiculed Christians, to gain a victory over me that they could use to further slander the name of Jesus (Psalm 35:19-20)

Afterward, even as I was embarrassed for crying and knowing that it still wasn't over, I was able to rejoice in the Lord and his faithfulness to me.

Now that this struggle is out of the spotlight until August, I can concentrate on getting myself taken care of. I am considering getting a second opinion on the breast mass rather than just go right to surgery, especially since I did not feel this surgeon took my wishes seriously when I asked for a specific test because of my own concerns about the extent of the painful area. And because so many have been praying for me and are confident that I will be healed, I do not want to go get so drastic so fast, as the surgery feels to be.

And then we get to concentrate on the blessed adoption of our littlest two. God has carried me through this month of horrors, even though I couldn't feel Him at times.

And now may I return the favor and pray for you, friend?

Mighty and merciful Father, thank you that I may call you Father. I praise you for the gift of salvation, the unearned forgiveness, and the constant care and blessings that I so often take for granted. I praise you for the victory you gave today, not in matters that concern men, but in the obvious dwelling of your Spirit in my heart, mind, and mouth, and the visible embodiment of YOUR power that unbelieving men witnessed.

Father, I want to praise you right now for Heather, a true and faithful friend. Lord, she has been vigilant in her remembrance of me, as well as so many others who needed intercession. She has placed her trust in you in the big matters and the smaller matters, as you know even the hairs on our heads. Father, Heather believes in this truth and walks in faith of it. I ask you to bless her, bless her family, give them the joy of serving you by lifting up the needs of others. Lay upon them blessing after blessing for a reward of their faithfulness.

I offer these words to you through the name of Jesus Christ, the most powerful name on earth! Amen.