Lack of knowledge will get us into trouble every time! I've always heard the saying "What you don't know can't hurt you". Well may I tell you that "What you don't know CAN KILL YOU! Satan came for one reason and one reason only...To steel, kill and destroy! (John 10:10) and (1st Peter 5:8-9) If you belong to the most high God then Satan cannot have your soul but I can assure you that he wants your witness, your reputation, your dignity and your character and he will stop at nothing to attain it! All the more reason that we acknowledge Ephesians 6:10-18 and put on the whole armor of God daily! Satan will stop at nothing with his attacks. He watches us, studies us and finds our weaknesses and then he makes his move.
He wants our marriages, our children, our family, our friends and our church. He doesn't care who his prey is and he is just like a sniper! He comes in when you least expect him. He hides quite well. He is constantly looking for his target. He is quiet, still and precise. He gets his victim within range, aims, cocks and shoot! He's deadly!
BE ALERT! Stay in the Word of God. Trust the Word of God and not your heart.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? If we listen to our own selfish desires then Satan will talk us right OUT of our marriage, push those children far away from their parents, tells us family and friends are not important and that we do not need the church! Well Satan is a liar and a thief.
Beware my friends! I see Satan daily tearing marriages apart because if he can get in your home then he feels he has all of you. I see families falling apart over something that was so small and truly insignificant only because one person could not swallow their pride. I've seen children walk away from Christ and follow other roads all because they have witnessed the rocky relationship with Christ that their parents displayed before them. I've seen faithful church members leave the church and wind up becoming dormant all because of a disagreement.
Put on the armor of God and stand firm! Without it...we are dead prey.
I love keepsakes don't you? The definition of the word "Keepsake" is: something that you keep to help you remember a person, place, or event : a memento or souvenir. I am sure you are like me and have many keepsake items. I have quite a few keepsake things that belonged to my great-grandparents and my grandparents. Some in which I have handed down already to my children and some that will be handed down to them one day. I have many keepsake items that my sweet friends has given me over the years. I have things that when I look at it it carries me back to where I was and what I was doing at the time I bought it. I love keepsake items. There is ALWAYS a story or a memory to go with it.
Recently I bought this silver trinket box. Isn't it so pretty? The picture doesn't do it justice because the details are absolutely beautiful.
I purchased it from Things Remembered which is well known for their engraving. I had the cross placed on the left and the scripture "Joshua 24:15" which says, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord". I love that verse and it was my sweet motherinlove's favorite verse.
The cross necklace was part of the purchase with my silver box. I just love it!
I wish you could see it in person. It is truly an pretty piece of jewelry to me.
You could have the back of the cross engraved as long as there wasn't anymore than 12 characters. I wanted the word "motherinlove" engraved on the back of the cross necklace and wouldn't you know it! I had 12 characters exactly!
I didn't need this cross necklace with the trinket box engraved to REMEMBER my motherinlove as I will never forget her. This necklace ONLY means something to me because the Keepsake is mine!
I wear this proudly in her honor as well as in her memory! Keepsakes are precious to us no matter what it is. Whether it be your child's first drawing, a tea cup, a hand written letter, or an old iron skillet, keepsakes are just that...For KEEPING and for REMEMBERING.
Something else comes to mind for me as a Christian when it comes to Keepsakes. (Keeping and Remembering) Keeping the Word of God in my heart.
Psalm 119: 11 says, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Deuteronomy 11:18-25 Therefore
you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul,
and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets
between your eyes. You
shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in
your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you
rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
Psalm 119:15-16 I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word.
These are just a few scriptures that come to mind. There is NOkeepsake that you will ever have that will be of any greater meaning or value than that of Keeping the Word of God in Your Heart! We got to have it to survive in the sinful world in which we live it. We need it to get us through the tough times of life. We "find" it when we need it the most to be tucked away in the crevices of our hearts.
No matter what your keepsakes may be your greatest keepsake will always be the Word of God in your heart.