Sunday, January 29, 2023

SUNDAY PRAISE -- ADAM, EVE, AND THE FALL


 

Hello, friends!  Happy Sunday.  Hope you had a good day.  Mine wasn't all that good.  Joe and I went to church but I felt sicker and sicker.  After about 30 minutes I left and Joe stayed because we were having our annual meeting after church and since he's an elder he had a part in it.  Once I got home, I ate some crackers to settle my stomach and took my medicine.  Then I turned on the TV for some background noise, laid down on the sofa and halfway through "Leave It to Beaver" I fell asleep.  When I woke up I was feeling better.   That's when I turned on YouTube and watched Pastor Jesse's message from Paradise Bible Fellowship Church.  Pastor Jesse is a gifted speaker.  I had my Bible on my Kindle and followed along.  That was my church for today.

There was a luncheon after the business meeting.  Joe had made a beautiful green salad last night for it.  I had gotten four bottles of soda.  That was our contribution.  My friend Kathy brought potato salad and sent some home for me.  I was very hungry when Joe got home and ate it.  I didn't get sick, but had to run to the bathroom, so I guess I'm not out of the woods yet.

In any case, here is the Sunday Praise lesson for today.  And I'm sure you're all familiar with the story -- Adam, Eve, and the Fall.

The Garden of Eden was a beautiful place.  Adam and Eve enjoyed everything God had made.  One day, when Eve was walking through the garden she heard a snake calling her.  It was Satan in disguise.

Satan convinced Eve to try the fruit God warned them not to eat.  Eve thought the fruit was tasty, so she called Adam to taste it.  Adam liked the fruit and thought that it was good.

But then Adam and Eve began to feel unhappy.  They were ashamed.  They knew they had done something very bad.  When God came to speak to them, they hid from Him.

They covered themselves with leaves to hide their shame.  But they still felt sad.  They told God what happened.  God said that they would have to leave the perfect garden.  But God promised someone would come to save them.

Of course these stories I share with you are meant for children so they are very simplistic.  But we can still learn from them.  Think back to when God created the world.  He said over and over that things were good.  Then He made this beautiful garden and put man there.  It was perfect and Adam and Eve were happy there.  Best of all God came and walked and talked with them in the cool of the evening.  This could have gone on forever.  But then things changed.

The important thing we need to learn from this lesson is the consequences of the choices we make.  God did not make a bunch of robots.  We don't love and obey God because we have no choice.  God gave Adam and Eve a choice.  They could eat anything in the garden except for the fruit of one tree.  They could obey God or turn their backs on Him and disobey.

There are always consequences for our actions.  Everything we do will have either a good or bad consequence.

But even though God disciplined them, He did not stop loving them.  Just as we discipline our children but continue to love them.  In fact, God loved them so much that He promised to send a Savior.  This is the first promise in the Bible of the coming of Jesus.  Accepting Jesus as our Savior is the only way we can restore our relationship with God.

And that's the lesson for this week.  A lot to think about.

Have a great evening.  I'm going to get some more sleep.

Until later...

Kathy

Saturday, January 28, 2023

JUST WONDERING -- WHY DO WOMEN AND MEN BUTTON THEIR TOPS DIFFERENTLY?


 Hello, friends!  Hope you are enjoying your Saturday.  I have been fighting a stomach virus for the last three days, but I am feeling much better this morning.  Hope I've seen the last of it.

Today I am starting a new series called "Just Wondering."  I realized the other day that there are a lot of things I wonder about. I thought, "I'll bet other people wonder about these things too."  So I thought I would do this series -- at least for awhile.  Please let me know if there is anything you are wondering about and I will try to find out for you.  Today I'm going to begin with something that hit me the other day.  Joe had a bunch of sweaters he didn't want any more.  They fit me, so I took them to wear around the house.  They button the opposite to the way I am used to and that made me wonder about why this is.  So here is the answer.

Look at men's and women's shirts.  Women's have buttons on the left side and buttonholes on the right.  Men's have buttons on the right side and buttonholes on the left.  The reason is historical.  

Buttons were invented in the 13th century and only wealthy people could afford them.  It was new technology (imagine that).  Before then clothes were pulled over the head and held together with cords or sashes.

Back then wealthy women did not dress themselves.  They had a lady's maid to do this.  Since most people were right- handed, it made it easier for someone standing across from you to button your dress if the buttons were on the left.  The tradition stuck and so we have this today.

As for men's shirts, there are several theories as to why the buttons are on the right side.  Most people think that this dates back to the military.  Again, because most people are right-handed, and access to your weapon was paramount, a firearm tucked into your shirt or worn under your jacket would be easier to reach from the dominant side.

An interesting note from history:  In the 1880s it was fashionable for women's clothing to look masculine.  But it was illegal in many places for women to wear men's clothing in public.  So having the buttons on a different side proved that the women were indeed wearing feminine clothing.

Now I know.  And so do you.  Hope you found this interesting.  See you next time.

Kathy