Monday, October 13, 2008

"Better than Wine"

During my clinical training in nursing school I learned a lot about the benefits of what we would consider as non traditional medicine. After I got my nursing degree and met all the requirements to pass the Texas State Board Exams, I received my license to begin my nursing practice. But, after working awhile I wanted to get a promotion and a financial increase by practicing in a specialized area prior to going into OB nursing. To do this, further training had to take place. I took and passed a ten week course in pharmacology at our local college. It was there that I found out some of the benefits of an ocassional glass of red wine. With Geriatrics (the elderly) wine therapy would sometime stimulate the appetite. Wine can also be instrumental in raising your CBC (red blood count) when you are suffering with anemia. The Doctor would actually write an order for it to be given at a certain time to the patient in the hospital. A written prescription for the wine was required from the Doctor in order to administer the dose. Wine in moderation can even be used to eliminate certain stomach ailments and parasites. I wondered why no one could guess the REAL reason I wanted my CBC checked all the time with hopes of it being a little low. (LOL).

The first time I tasted wine I was a newly wed. A good friend came by our apartment to toast our new marriage with a bottle of sweet cheap red wine. I'd never tasted anything so good before. To me it was like drinking kool-aid with a kick. I couldn't drink it fast enough. I thought it was the greatest invention since the wheel. Our friend left about an hour later. What a difference a couple of hours make. I was so sick and I vowed to the Lord, "if you heal me and don't let me die", "I will never do this again". no more wine for me. Well....I kept most of the promise, I didn't do it THAT WAY again. Until I got it out of my system, I thought wine (in moderation) was pretty good. What could be better than a great refreshment that gives joy at the same time?

Nothing gives the believer more joy than being loved by Jesus Christ. Like others we enjoy the good things of life plus the added benefits of the gifts and works of God. There is nothing equal to the delight found in our Lord. I would prefer one mouthful of Christ's love and one sip of His fellowship than a whole world of carnal delights.

Speaking of carnal, all earthly pleasures are earthy, but the comforts of Christ's presence is heavenly. There is no emptiness with Jesus. There is no dregs (sediment) in His wine. The joy of the Lord is solid and enduring. The joy of the Lord in time and in eternity will be worthy to be called "the only true delight"

For nourishment, comfort, exhilaration, and refreshment, no wine can rival the love of Jesus.


"For your love is better than wine"
__Song of Solomon 1:2b__


"we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee"
__Song of Solomon 1:4b__



Drink Deeply Today!


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Mom, this is a wonderful and encouraging post. I like you have at one time in my life over indulged in that tricky libation. Thank God for His grace and mercy.
Thank God that in Him we can truly get the high, joy and satisfaction that nothing else in this world can offer.
Your spirit is matchless.

Keep on blogging.

Be Encouraged.

Tony R.

Fitts said...

WoW!!! This is so refreshing! To wake up and read this post does something wonderful for my soul. I totally agree with you, that nothing brings me more joy then knowing I am loved by the Lord. This knowledge of God's love is growing in my heart every single day. Thank you for this post!

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Eph 3:14-21 NIV

Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

What ya say!!!!! Well put mother. I'm going to get drunk right now. (LOL)

Rev.Aaron Holcombe said...

Well put my sister! GOd bless you!!

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

I agree with Dr. McGhee, show me where I can get a little drunk myself, LOL. Mother, great post again. Preach momma.

Lance

Vietta P's two cents said...

ALL YOU FELLAS ARE OUT TO GET DRUNK???? GREAT!!

Well thank God in this case you don't have to choose a designated driver. EVERYBODY can indulge.

Drink enough for me. On second thought, I'll do my own drinking with great pleasure. LOL.

Enjoy,
Mother

Keith D. Witherspoon said...

I was speaking to the mis spelling of my name by one of the commenters! Doc Spoon is great that's what everyone calls me, Mother. By the way Excellent post!!! Thanks!!!

Fitts said...

Thank you for the comment on my post Mother Pullam, very insightful! I always enjoy healthy dialogue on subjects like that. God bless!

Keith D. Witherspoon said...

I'm fine, Mother. I dont like to be insulted for having a difference of opinion

HALLELUJAH said...

You seem to have really enjoyed the profession that GOD Blessed you with (Nursing).

I got so sick from drinking liquor at my cousins wedding. After that experience I made a vow to GOD that I would never drink again. He said in his word - Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay (Ecclesiastes 5:5).


Brother in Christ JESUS!!!

Pastor Kevin L. Pullam said...

Great thought, wonderful insight, and encouraging reminder. I always enjoy and appreciate your posts.

Kevin

Clinton Smith said...

When I read this post I started thinking about my childhood communion days. I attended a church as a child and we loved every Sunday night because we had communion with, yes you got it, RED WINE. As children, we tried to get served at least 3 three times, One for the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. LOL

Fitts said...

Mother Pullam, great comment on my post, in Christian love!

Thanks for how you care for those who come in contact with this blog community.

God bless!

Reginald C. Payne said...

Didn't Peter say be ye SOBER and vigilant, LOL this is a wonderful post.

NAVAL LANGA said...

To Ms. Viatta P.

I read your thoughts about wine. To my mind, the people of the countries where there is no severe cold weather should avoid consuming wine. In hot country, say India, the consumption of wine, in form other than the medicine, can result in several disease leading to death.

Naval Langa.

Pastor W.L. Pullam said...

God bless you my sister. This is a very good,insightful,fun and thought provoking post. Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! He that drinks from this cup shall never thirst again.