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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thoughts from the Past – Do We Have Enough?


Here’s a short article I wrote some years ago. 

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Here is a statement that many find difficult if not impossible to believe.  God has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.  ALL THINGS!  Nor has He given them to just us, but they have been available to the saints since Peter wrote this.  We do not need "the second blessing," "something more," nor a "baptism of the Holy Ghost" other than when we're saved. There are not any great secrets that have been hidden through centuries of church history that have now been revealed through some man (Joseph Smith, Michael Pearl, Peter Ruckman, Jimmy Swaggart, etc.)  We lack nothing to live a godly life.  It is all available to us.  Not one thing is lacking or missing, and it has not been for at least 2000 years. How dare modern teachers rise up in these last days and say that "God is doing a new thing" or that people need psychology to really "understand themselves"!  We have all that we need, and always have had it.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Evening Song – Great Is Thy Faithfulness


1 Thessalonians 5:24  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

Revelation 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Sew Happy Saturday - Two Too Cute Apron Patterns


Yes, I like to play with words.  They are some of my favorite toys. :-)

But, that’s not what this post is about.

Tutorial : Simple Ruffled Apron

First off we have a tutorial for a simple, but pretty apron with a ruffle along the bottom edge just for fun.  If you don’t want the ruffle, you can lengthen this apron and make it really simple.  It’s very similar to the style that I most commonly make.

Fat Quarter Apron

Next up is an apron made from fat quarters.  If you ever had a fat quarter set with some pieces in it that you’d just love to wear, here is a way to do just that – make them up into a patchwork apron.  I’m not crazy about the fabrics they used here, but I can imagine it done in others and looking quite nice. :-)  (Btw, you can make conventional ties with some complimenting or matching fabric.  You don’t have to buy cotton webbing especially for this.)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mock Cherry Crispy Treats

Another re-run tonight.  I meant to write up a new post today, but I have not felt well most of the day, so I'm resorting to this again.  This recipe was first published in July 2009. :-)

Here is a recipe for crispy rice treats that I found on the Internet. The person who posted it had made some changes to the original, and I made some changes of my own. One thing I did was to substitute dried cranberries for dried cherries and add almond flavoring instead of vanilla. This makes you think that it really is cherries in the treats. For some reason almond flavoring will fool the taste buds that way when combined with dried cranberries (I use Crainsins® brand which are pre-sweetened). My family liked the results quite well!

Mock Cherry Crispy Treats

3 Tbl. butter
1 (10 oz.) bag of marshmallows
1/4 C. white chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
5 C. crisp rice cereal
1 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. semisweet or 60% cacao chocolate chips
1 Tbl. butter

Line a 9x9 baking pan with aluminum foil leaving excess foil to hang over the edges of the pan. (Thinner treats may be made by using a 9x13 pan). Butter or grease foil.

Melt butter in a large pot over low heat. Add marshmallows, white chocolate chips and salt. Cook, stirring constantly about 8 minutes, or until melted and smooth. Stir in almond flavoring.

Remove from heat and stir in crisp rice cereal and cranberries until well mixed. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and press into the corners with a greased spatula or spoon. (Use the back of the spoon.) Let cool for about 1 hour.

Melt chocolate chips and 1 Tbl. butter over low heat in a sauce pan stirring constantly just until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over the cooled treats. Allow to cool, about 45 minutes. Using foil overhang, lift treats out of pan to a cutting board. Cut into squares. Sever or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thoughts from Hymns – My Saviour First of All


Job 19:25-27  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

This old hymn takes on such a poignant meaning when you think of the lyrics in light of the fact that Fanny Crosby was blind almost from birth.  To think that the first thing she saw when her sightless eyes were healed at death was the face of her Redeemer is a wonderful and moving thought. 

She “longed to see [her] Saviour first of all”!  I think God answered that desire, don’t you?  From stories of other Christian’s deathbed experiences I think it’s quite likely that the Lord would show her His hands and face as the first wonderful thing she ever saw.  It’s hard to imagine for those of us who have always had our sight, or for those who had sight at one time, what it would be like to have our very first sight to be the face of Jesus Christ.

Acts 7:55-56  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

How do you suppose she knew about the “luster of His brightly beaming eye” when she had never seen such a thing as a brightly beaming eye?  She never knew what “spotless white” was either.  Her imagery is touching.

Fanny said she would know Him by the prints of the nails in His hands.  It has been said that the only man-made things in heaven are the prints of the nails in the hands of Jesus Christ and His pierced side.  This is based on John 20:27 - Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  This was His resurrection body, so it’s assumed that He still bears the marks of His death, which is fitting considering how much He accomplished in that! 

How do you think you will feel to meet your Saviour face to face and to actually see the print of the nails in His hand?  What will that mean to you?  What does it mean to you now?  Does that thought give you a desire to live more “with eternities values in view”, as the old chorus says?  It is something I need to think about.  I think we would do well to praise Him more now for His mercy, love and grace!

Psalms 106:1-2  Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? who can shew forth all his praise?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Berry Fun Saturday – DIY Projects for Kids (and You!)


Photo from Kiwi Crate, property of Melissa Allen

Walnut Strawberries

This project makes ordinary walnuts (in the shell) into cute little strawberry décor/play food for kids.

DIY Strawberry Treat Cups

Here is a link to some cute strawberry “baskets” made from red paper cups.  You and/or your kids could make these for a summer birthday party or other event. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Just for Fun - some quotes on food

Another rerun - from March 2009. :-)

Here are some quotes on food.  I don't necessarily agree with them all, but they are humorous or interesting or thought provoking.

"Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish."
Henry Miller, American writer

If you're going to eat a mango you need to wear a raincoat. 
(Attributed to my great-grandfather.)

A cucumber should be well-sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out.  
-Samuel Johnson

Many aspects of my method are based on my feeling and experience. For instance, I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it—and, more important, *I* like to give it.    -Julia Childs

"It's so beautifully arranged on the plate — you know someone's fingers have been all over it."
-Julia Childs

"Never work before breakfast; if you have to work before breakfast, eat your breakfast first."
Josh Billings

Butter vs. Margarine ? I trust cows over scientists.

The only two things I don't eat for breakfast are lunch and dinner.

"How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?"
Julia Child

"I tell kids they should throw away the cereal and eat the box. At least they'd get some fiber."
Richard Holstein, D.D.S.

"To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day."
W. Somerset Maugham

"'When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" 
"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" 
"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. 
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. "It's the same thing," he said.
A. A. Milne,  The House at Pooh Corner

Sunday, June 15, 2014

In Honor of Godly Fathers


Proverbs 17:6  Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Here are a couple links to things I’ve posted on the Home Maker’s Corner in the past about fathers.

In Honor of Fathers

Only A Dad

My dad holding me as a baby.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Evening Song–When the Trumpet of the Lord Shall Sound Medley


Sew Happy Saturday – Make Your Own Design Wall


There are a number of ways to make a design wall for quilting projects.  Some are more expensive than others, some are more labor-intensive than others and some probably work better than others too.

The first method I’m showing here is the easiest, cheapest, and possibly the least satisfactory; but it works.

Quite simply, it’s a vinyl/plastic tablecloth with a fuzzy lining that is tacked to the wall with the fuzzy side out.  You can usually get inexpensive versions of these table cloths at big box stores.  For even better prices shop the clearance after a holiday when they are getting rid of “seasonal” décor.  I recommend that you get one that is not too high contrast because on some the fuzzy lining is so thin that bright colors can show through and be distracting when you’re trying to see how your blocks will look.

This is the type of “design wall” that I have at the moment.  I have had a little trouble with pieces falling off, but not too much.  I put it in our guest room where I had some wall space and I try to keep something pleasant to look at on it when company is staying in there.  Also, the walls in there are already full of tack holes (thanks, former resident), so I wasn’t concerned about adding a few more. (bleh)

Making a Design Wall (for any space!)

Here is another method that involves covering some insulation foam board with quilt batting.  It costs more but is still relatively easy; and you can make them any size you like, take them along when you go somewhere to quilt, or use them to display quilt blocks as art.

How to Build a Design Wall

This version involves the insulation foam, but it is covered with felt and is made more permanent to the wall.  It will cost a little more and take more work to install it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

So you want to start a blog…


2 Corinthians 8:21  Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Some months ago a friend of mine was getting ready to start her first blog and asked for some advice from friends on Facebook.  I gave her some thoughts off the top of my head and then thought I should share them here for any of my own readers that might be interested.

Here’s what I told her with some new thoughts added:

1. Make it so you have to approve all comments. Unless you get a ton of them and it's too much work, you can save yourself the issues of spam, rudeness and foolish comments before they happen. [Further note: Plus you can decide which controversial conversations you want on your blog and which ones you don’t want!]

2. Learn to pre-schedule your posts so that you can have stuff going up regularly without having to think about it all the time. (You probably will anyway, but you won't *have* to. ) This is handy for being away too. I did this for the 3.5 weeks we were in Australia. I have almost all of March scheduled at the moment. Ahh...freedom - and a blog at the same time. [When you schedule your posts ahead of time you can choose your time stamp for when you want it to go up.  I recommend using the same time every time for continuity.  When you’re writing and posting immediately it doesn’t matter.]

3. If you pre-schedule posts be sure to make a back up copy of each one on your computer so that you don't lose all your efforts due to a glitch. I save mine in HTML format in a Notepad file.

4. Read and comment on other blogs that are pertinent to your own and make sure you have your ID set so that your name links back to your blog. This helps bring legit traffic to your own blog. Also, be a follower on similar blogs. [Please make sure you comments are appropriate, intelligent and not just spammy blabber for the sake of getting traffic at your own blog.]

5. Watch your stats. They will tell you which subjects are most interesting to your readers - how many readers on certain days, where they're from, which posts had the most hits, etc.

6. Don't post too often or too little. Too little is a no-brainer, but I've actually dropped blogs I followed where the blogger just made way too many posts – sometimes several in a day. It felt almost intrusive. I've had to work up to several posts a week, but I am trying not to over-do it either.  [Readers, are my two posts on Saturday too much?  I like the evening song idea, but maybe it’s too much with the sewing and strawberry posts? – Leave a comment.]

7. If you struggle to make your quota of posts give yourself an easy option to resort to. This is why I just post photos with little to no text on Thursdays. Readers get some eye candy, but it's super easy for me! I schedule those posts 6 months in advance sometimes. It feels good to know I have at least one post a week taken care of for months to come. [Also, if you have something you’re writing that is getting long, think about dividing it into “parts” to spread out the content.  I should have don’t that with this one, I think!]

8. Make sure your pre-scheduled posts go up. I have had Blogger fail to post one or more times and I had to go post “by hand”. Keep track, if you can, even when you've written them ahead. [One way to keep track is to have your posts sent to you via email.  That way if one doesn’t go up automatically hopefully you’ll notice.]

9. Always include an image if you can - your own photos are probably best, otherwise find free places online such as Wikimedia Commons where you can get illustrations for your posts. I started doing this consistently when I realized that I prefer posts with illustrations myself. You may want to find a free spot online to store your own images so that you don't use up your blog account space with those. I think Flicker might be one? I have a paid account at Smugmug.com, so I can't advise on that one.  [Another place you can find free illustrating material is at WikiArt.  User discretion required.  Also, some bloggers are happy to let you use one of their own illustrations if you are posting a recipe or article from their blog, giving clear credit and linking back to them.]


A few more thoughts:

10. Try to pick subjects that will interest readers but don’t overwork them if you can help it.  I know your kitchen remodel may be a huge event in your life but don’t blog about only that for weeks and weeks giving a play-by-play of every little step and detail.  Really.  We’re not all that interested.  Your wedding or your daughter’s wedding may be the most wonderful thing that has happened to you in years, but it probably won’t be the best idea to only write about that for 6 months.  Just sayin’…

11. Don’t try to push through writer’s block.  Come back and write later or find a quick easy post to put up that doesn’t require too much work – a recipe, a poem, a special photo, a favorite web site, etc.  Another easy one is to look up quotes on a specific subject and just put in half a dozen or so that you particularly like.

12. Learn to add YouTube videos directly on your page so people don’t have leave your page to view it.  With all the distracting extra videos on YouTube’s side bar your readers might get distracted and forget to come back!  Plus, this is one of those easy posts that you can add as in no. 11.

13.  “Variety is the very spice of life.”  I think Samuel Johnson said that.  Anyway, if you feel like your blog is becoming too one subject oriented or that you’re developing a hobby horse, consider where you could branch out and add some content that is similar but different enough to add some interest – recipes, poems, educational information, etc.  I know some blogs are dedicated to specific subjects – autism, cooking, healthy living, etc. – but these can be many faceted things and dwelling on just one aspect isn’t useful content after awhile.

14. If you do tend toward hobby horse rants, stop and think about what you are doing with your life.  Is it something that will actually count for eternity and make a difference, or do you just get a thrill from blowing off steam publically?  Are you wasting your time?  Just because you get a lot of traffic on that stuff doesn’t prove that it’s useful or worthy.  Really.  The world is more attracted to the bizarre, sensational and ludicrous than to wisdom, justice and truth.  Yellow journalism is not a Christian ministry. 
2 Corinthians 5:18-19  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

15. Don’t assume you can’t blog because you’re not a “good writer”.  People don’t become better writers by thinking that, they only improve by writing.  Give it a go if it’s something you want to do.  Just one tip (among too many to mention here): try writing as if you were writing a letter to or talking to a dear friend who understands you well.  Just be sure to explain “inside information” where necessary.  You might be surprised at how much easier that makes writing, and how well your readers respond. :-)

16.  It’s ok to have a small presence on the web.  If you are helping a few people you are still helping.  If you are staying connected with family and friends, you are still doing something worthwhile.  We can’t all have thousands of followers and get interview offers.  Be content to make a difference, even if it’s small.  Zechariah 4:10a  For who hath despised the day of small things?…  There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.” – D.L. Moody

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Life of the Soul


Life of the Soul

When sins and fears prevailing rise,
And fainting hope almost expires;
Jesus, to Thee I lift mine eyes,
To Thee I breathe my soul's desires.

Art Thou not mine, my living Lord;
And can my hope, my comfort die,
Fixed on Thy everlasting word,
That word which built the earth and sky?

Since my immortal Saviour lives,
Then my immortal life is sure;
His word a firm foundation gives -
Here let me build, and rest secure.

Here let my faith unshaken dwell;
Immovable the promise stands;
Not all the powers of earth or hell
Can e'er dissolve the sacred bands.

Here, O my soul, thy trust repose;
Since Jesus is for ever mine,
Not death itself, that last of foes,
Shall break a union so divine.

Anne Steele, 1760
No. 623 in "Our Own Hymnbook"

2Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Evening Song – Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us


John 10:27-28  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Berry Fun Saturday – Strawberry Protectors


Here are some instructions for making strawberry protectors from rocks.  After painting these little pretties, the idea is to place them in your strawberry beds around the plants so that they look like real berries.  The writer didn’t know why they would work, but I’m thinking that with birds, at least, the trick is that when they try to take a bite they realize that it’s fake and then leave the rest of the berries – real and fake – alone.  I’m not sure it would discourage the pests that eat our strawberries, which seem to be primarily bugs.

However, I thought this idea would work equally well for decorating.  If you can find some nice strawberry shaped rocks and you have some craft paint on hand it would be a fun and inexpensive summer project.  Just make sure you don’t take someone’s paid-for rocks without permission!  Perhaps you could make fridge magnets or a rustic basketful of “berries”.  :-)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hard Questions – Are You Violating Your Conscience?


The “Evening Song” that I posted last night was a sober reminder of the consequences of sin.  The verses with it are an important warning.  James 1:14-16  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Some years ago I had a friend who decided to do something that she knew was contrary to scripture.  I still remember when she told me her plans.  If I understood her correctly, she said to me, “I know that isn’t what the Bible says, but [I’m] going to do it anyway.”  I can’t express the sense of dread that came over me.  I turned the conversation in another direction around that point, as I recall.

In retrospect I wish I had been a better friend to her and called her down on that statement at the moment.  I don’t think it would have done any good, but she still needed to hear a warning.  Sometimes we need to speak up, even when a person won’t listen, simply to remind them that there are others watching who know they’ve made a bad choice.  I did pray for her, but I should have rebuked her.  Proverbs 27:6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend…  Sometimes I think we are so afraid of “judging others” or causing “contention” that we fail in our biblical duties to our friends.

Now I realize that God doesn’t always bring direct and immediate chastening for sin or faults.  There are people who are saved who are not walking according the the scriptures who seemingly “get away with it.”  I can think of several reasons for this.

  • One is that they are not really God’s, as we’re told in Hebrews 12:8,  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons
  • Another reason can be that they are ignorant of that specific problem and God is merciful.  All of us have blind areas where we have not yet seen that we are disobedient.
  • Sometimes God is just plain longsuffering with us, knowing in His foreknowledge that we will in time listen to His word.
  • Sometimes a person is stuck in a situation where they have no choice but to do something that they know is biblically wrong or doubtful.  A wife may find in necessary to do something for an unsaved or other-wise-minded husband in order to be in submission to his wishes.  A husband may bear with certain things as well when his wife refuses to see his perspective on some things.

Now, to be clear here, I’m not speaking about obviously sinful living.  This is not adultery, fornication, pornography viewing, thefts, murder, child abuse, etc.  Those are things that frankly cannot be justified or excused in any situation.  We are speaking of what might be considered the less obvious things in life.  Things that the Bible speaks to, but over which there is not always complete agreement among Christians as to how that is to be played out in daily life – dress, women working outside the home, music styles, methods of schooling, movies and T.V., reading material, definition of profanity, debt, use of alcohol, college education, regularity of church attendance, food and much, much more.  I’m also not speaking of those occasional stumbles over things we know are wrong.  This is about willfully entering into a continual state – a life choice, as it were – to do something that our own conscience before God tells us is wrong.

Getting back to my friend – she had viewed what she chose to do as wrong for a long time, and she frankly admitted that she knew the Bible taught otherwise, yet she chose to go ahead with it anyway.  This is a real “danger zone” for the believer.  You know, “Beware of falling judgment” and that sort of thing.  When we go into sin or error of our own free will, with full knowledge that we are doing wrong in our own conscience, we are tempting God.  We are tempting Him to show His righteousness and to give us justice.  This is a very scary position in which to be!  Luke 4:12  And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

I don’t know how long it was before my friend began to have physical problems, but she did.  The Lord seemed, from my perspective, to be putting up road blocks to try to get her to turn back.  Despite the difficulties this imposed upon her, she eagerly pressed forward in her own way to the best of her ability.  (It still makes me feel sick to think about it.)  Eventually she developed an incurable disease and, though the dates have escaped me, I think she was dead within about two years or less of when she first told me what she intended to do.

Dear ones for Christ’s sake, this is not a place you want to go.  Please, if you are toying with anything like this – something you KNOW is biblically wrong in your conscience – please, Don’t Go There.  If you are already into “the doing” stage and you are reading this now, it is not too late.  You can still turn back into the right ways.  Even if you feel you are already experiencing the chastening hand of God, if you confess your sin He will forgive your sin and help you pick up the pieces.  It may not turn out as neat and tidy as you’d like, but it would be so much better than perusing your own way to the end.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Proverbs 16:25  There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

When we refuse to listen to our conscience, as my friend did, we are putting ourselves in a position of great peril.  The conscience was given to us for the express purpose of keeping us in the right way.  The Bible speaks of a seared conscience in 1 Timothy 4:2 as a very grave thing.  This is something we want to avoid!  When we are convinced in our own conscience that a thing is wrong and we go willfully ahead and do it anyway, this can bring us to that terrible state.  Generally, I think, it is something that has to be repeated a number of times, or it is something that we force upon our conscience very purposefully – something that burns and sears and leaves the “nerve” without normal feeling.

Scripture also speaks of having a good conscience:

1 Timothy 1:19  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

And it speaks of a pure conscience:

1 Timothy 3:9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

This is what we should strive for by keeping it in good working order – listening to it when God pricks us there.  (By the way, it’s important to always listen to our conscience in the context of God’s word.  The flesh and the devil can and will try to use our conscience to try to mess us up or cause unnecessary guilt.)

Speaking on the food subject, which is a big deal with many today, Paul wrote, Romans 14:22  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

When my friend told me that she knew it was wrong, but she was going to “do it anyway”, she condemned herself.  She was allowing herself to do something that was against her conscience before God and which she knew was contrary to scripture.  More than that, she boldly spoke it outright.  Jesus warned us, For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37

In speaking of the manner in which they took the Lord’s Supper, Paul wrote to the Corinthians,  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.  For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 1 Corinthians 11:29-30  As with the Romans 14 passage, I don’t believe this damnation is damnation to hell, but a death sentence as it were.  There are things that we can do as Christians which will bring us to the point where God will take our lives in order to remove us from that sin or error.  He will take us out of this life to heaven so that we cannot go on sinning in the face of His holiness. 

So, listen to the Lord as He speaks through your conscience.  Do not willfully go in a direction that you know to be clearly against the word of God.  You will reap what you sow.  It may be great sorrow, lifelong damage and scars, inescapable consequences, or even death.  Galatians 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

God is just as well as merciful.  Do not tempt Him to show you His justice.

…and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Luke 17:32  Remember Lot's wife.