Insomnia is NOT my Friend!

Insomnia… aka disambiguation… Wikipedia defines it: Insomnia is most often caused by sleep disorders, but other causes include fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs and caffeine. An overactive mind or physical pain may also be a cause. Finding the underlying cause of insomnia is usually necessary to cure it.
Disambiguation…that’s what I had last night. It sounds like a really cool song title…but it’s anything from cool. It’s frustrating not to be able to shut your mind off and go to bed. I’m usually in bed by 10 or 11p.m. to get up with my husband for work at 4:30 or 5 am…not last night. 12:00….awake on the computer 12:40….awake lying in the bed reading 1:15…….awake getting a drink 1:30……awake and back on the computer 1:43……awake and changing Abby’s blowout of a diaper (why do kids do that in the MIDDLE of the night?) 2:10…..awake and back in bed with all the lights off, staring at the shadows on the ceiling. 3:15…..sneak peek at the clock…if I don’t get some sleep tonight, I’m going to be SO tired…sigh. 6:00…..woke up…hey did I actually fall asleep? wow! I can’t believe it!
Disamgibuation It’s keeping me awake Making me crazy Making me o l d
Did you know that a consistent lack of sleep (according to German scientists) makes you fat, stupid and sick? Well, that’s encouraging to know!
I know what the problem is, though. My husband was out of town for business overnight. I don’t sleep well when he’s not here. I’m not a scaredy-cat, no I’m not. It’s just that he’s a part of me….kind of like my right arm. An extension of me. If you’re right handed, can you write without your right hand there? I miss him when he’s gone. But he’s coming home tonight…yea! Insomnia is NOT my friend….but he is…the BEST!

The Long Way Home

I taught our Women’s Sunday School class today. I do that whenever our pastor’s wife is away…I really like doing it because it stretches me and keeps me reading my Bible, because I never know when she’s going to ask. The lesson was on Being a Woman of Strength…not a he-man woman…all muscled up…but flexing your Spiritual muscles. My key verse was in Proverbs 31 – (what we should all strive to be!) – but somehow I got a little off track….
I was in the process of explaining the different ways you can find your spiritual strength (ie – reading your Bible, daily prayer, kids, etc) when I came across a page that my husband had inscribed to me. About 3 years ago when my husband gave me a new Ryrie KJV Bible and he had inscribed in the front, “If a crown makes a man a King, then Proverbs 12:4a certifies my status as royalty.” I read that to the class and almost started crying (look the verse up!) and began to discuss openly how important it is to be on the same page as our husbands as far as our future goes.
I’m not talking about just following them in faith. You have to be an active participant. Think of it this way… Say you and your husband are going on a long trip together. You’re both on the same highway, going in the same direction, you are being obedient by following him, but you happen to be driving different cars…somewhere along the way, you take a wrong turn (of course, men are more prone to doing this, but let’s just SUPPOSE it was us)…now you’re lost and he’s in the other car…there’s no communication, no way to get back to where you were when you got lost — you are now SEPARATED, because you are in a different car . OR….say you’re driving behind him and you have a blowout…or run out of gas…or a million other things that can happen in our daily lives. Where did you go wrong? Was it when you took the wrong turn? NO! Instead of driving a separate car, you should have ridden WITH HIM. See, as couples, we are supposed to be one, at least that’s how God sees it and what His word says. If you had been riding with him in the same car, you’d have been together when the wrong turn happened, or the blowout or whatever it was…you could work together to fix the problem instead of trying to work alone or against each other. I think it is SO SO SO important to support our spouses and be their co-pilots, navigators, cheerleaders, partners, etc. etc. etc… and if we are married to God-honoring men, they will do the same for us.
As for my husband and I, we have had our share of difficulties – he was a bachelor until he was 28…I had already been married and had a child. The thing I LOVE about us is that we struggle TOGETHER to figure out the answers to our difficulties. We both want to do what is the best thing for our family and for each other…sometimes we might lose our way, but since we are both in the same car, we get lost together and learn something new from the side trips!

What We Believe

The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Bible, as it is in truth, the Word of God… (I Thessalonians 2:13). We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration in the original writings, and God’s preservation of His pure words to every generation (II Timothy 3:16, Psalms 12:6-8). The Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) are those texts of the original languages we accept and use; the King James Version of the Bible is the only English version we accept and use. The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.

The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14).

The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24, 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayer of believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).

Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and is mindful of him, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every individual possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. (Psalm 8:4-9; Colossians 3:9-11).

The Way of Salvation
We believe that the clear message of salvation is “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing minus nothing. We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19)

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5; Jude 1, 2).

The Church
We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age which began with Christ and the Apostles, was empowered at Pentecost, and will be caught up to be with Christ at the Rapture (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:9, 16, 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).

The Ordinances of the Church
We recognize the ordinances of baptism by immersion in water and the Lord’s Supper as a Scriptural means of testimony for the Local Church in this age (Matthew. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

Biblical Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2, 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

The Return of Christ
We believe the “Blessed Hope” of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational. He will rapture His Church prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6; Psalm 89:3-4)

Our Eternal State
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28, 29, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).

If you have questions or would like to talk to me regarding my beliefs, you may email me at simplyamusingblog{at}gmail{dot}com.

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