Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Being gracious is the most extravagant gift of all.
Sometimes people are just plain mean. No matter how nice you've been, no matter how many times you have happily endured their behavior....
So at what point does Jesus say "Ok, that's enough you don't have to be gracious any more."
You and I both know the answer.....seventy times seven.....:-o.....seriously God?
On paper, it sounds possible. I am here to tell you my patients get tried in this area more that I care to expound on.
People who accuse, say hurtful things both to your face and behind your back.....
How do we have extravagant grace toward those people?
First, a reality check. If it weren't for God's extravagant grace I would be as lost as a goose and have no hope on my own. He is my everything, my breath, my sanity, my Redeemer, the Lover of my soul, my Rock my Hiding Place! Woe, He is so good.
Second, it's not our grace we are extending, but rather sharing the grace of God. It's what He wants.
Grace is the age in which we live, it's is supposed to be the word that defines us as Christians.
Truthful.....absolutely......gracious......you better believe it!
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
but let your moderation be known to all men....
Why in the world would we want to be known as "the one who freaks out"? LOL, still somehow that often seems to be our first reaction!
Can't you just hear Jesus as we meet Him at the pearly gates...."man you really needed to chill out a little bit."
In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ for you!
Hey, let's define moderation: restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperate.
I don't know, maybe that just doesn't sound exciting enough for some. I tend to thing life has enough excitement without me adding to the chaos.
Let's try this.... breathe. Let God have his perfect work as we continue to do our work.
It will all be ok. He promised us it would!!
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Monday, May 13, 2019
Proverbs 14:1,2,3 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. He that walketh in uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Without thinking things through to the end, sometimes I begin the process of tearing down.....
every cutting word
every negative attitude
every thought of superiority
every lazy motive
every time I am discontent with the life God has created for me and my family
every time I am positive I can do better than my husband....
Without thinking things through to the end, I tear down the very ones I love the most! It is so important to keep my thoughts under control, which is hard to do in this emotional female body!
It takes great determination to keep my mind on Christ and His kingdom, and His Word, and remembering the rewards that come from building my family up.
The things that help me as a wife, and mother are:
fellowship with godly women
Maybe you have some different things that help you keep your mind under control and focused on Christ....
Thursday, May 2, 2019
My husband is so good about following directions! He doesn't seem to struggle with "doing things by the book".
I however, struggle with following directions or rules even after I have read them....
It just goes against my nature to be "law" abiding :-o
So how in the world can a person like me ever please God, when the Word of God clearly says in
John 15:10 "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my
Fathers commandments, and abide in his love."
Well, the answer is found in John 3:16 and Mark 12:28-30
"For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
"And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well asked him, which is the first commandment of all?
Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is.....The Lord our God is one Lord:
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all they strength. And the second is like namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
These are the verses I cling to....
and God loves you so much with a selfless, generous love! He spared not even His own Son to purchase you, now you no longer need to be a slave to sin and flesh but have been freed to love Him with all your life and freed to love those around you no matter who they are or what they have done.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Gospels are filled with stories of how Jesus interacted with people who didn't really fit in. Not just regular stories, amazing stories of how HE treated them in such a way that was empowering and sometimes culturally offensive to everyone of that time period. Jesus interacted with people that were of a different race, different genders, had known sin, or disease, and of every occupation (as well as religious leaders).
Surely Jesus desired that all of these people would embrace the truth.
So WHAT DID JESUS DO?
*He healed the sick
*He fed the hungry
*He delivered the oppressed
*He told people to tell others what God had done for them
*He praised people for their great faith
*He Humbly obeyed God
What didn't He do?
* hold to prejudicial norms
It maybe that you are the one who feels like you don't fit in.....remember this, Jesus wants to be your Savior. You need only call upon His name to be saved, and you will for ever belong to the family of God! And that, my dear one, is a very amazing relationship!
Monday, January 7, 2019
Spiritual growth plan?
Seek God’s will above all, don’t presume you know it!
If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that…….
I know the plans I have for you…..
Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If God is the center of your New Year, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution! If it goes directly against His Word, it is NOT HIS WILL.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
There are some memories from childhood that make us laugh, some that we will never forget even if they seem insignificant.
There is one memory in particular that makes me smile.
When I was very young, maybe 6, one day I made the decision to run away from home to "The Big Rock" (only God remembers why). Everyone who ran in my circle knew the big rock:-)
So, anyway I went there and sat for what I thought was all day, only to give up when no one came looking for me. When I went home, dinner was on and life was as usual. Nothing lost, nothing changed.
As children of God we can make the decision to escape the cares of this life by running to the "Big Rock" who is always there and always faithful, even if what we face isn't earth shattering, He is there.
We find peace and comfort when we make the decision to run to Him above any other thing....
Even above any other person
"He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved."
This year, I pray you make God the rock you run to every day!
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Life is generally not a bed of roses.
We are thankful and say God is good when things are going our way. The truth is, God is always good.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says
"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you".
The will of God is that we give thanks all the time in all things. We live in gratitude! Thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude
A critical spirit, or a spirit of complaining, a heavy-hardheartedness, envyings, or strife's, have no other choice but to leave our presence when presented with the goodness of God....
This holiday, let's determine to live thankful! Find what is good, and lovely, and of good report!
Make a list of all God has done for you! Look for them, seek them as the precious treasure they are!
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Satan is like the magician who shows us what is in his one hand to distract us, while in the other is he is performing his "magic" trick. He will do whatever it takes to distract us from seeing what is most important!
I am easily distracted these days. It seems I constantly have things trying to get my attention; phones ringing and beeping, work, traffic, TV, our crazy dog barking....... I have to take time to stop and sit in quiet and focus on God and His Word because I know that is how I keep my heart and mind sane in an insane world.
What is it that easily distracts you from spending time with God?
are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep they heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of they feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand not to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
It's not a bad thing I guess. It depends on how I choose to use it. I can look in the mirror and work on myself or I can look in the mirror and obsess....obsess and be sad or obsess and try to make myself beautiful for HOURS! LOL
We sure know how to overthink don't we?
Why I do what I do....
Why I respond like I respond....
Why I can't seem to control my thoughts....
Let me say prayer is good and listening to good music is good, but what is best is surrendering to God through His Word, and letting Him SPEAK to you there.
His love will change and inspire you. It will fulfill you and give you peace and love that cannot be natural but rather supernatural..
does that mean we will never be upset?
It means when the Spirit of God whispers to you, You know His voice and you follow.
You can rest.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Tangled! I picture barbed wire wrapping around my brain entrapping me in pain. (not a cute Disney cartoon)
I feel pain , the pain of being unable to free my thoughts and heart....when I have this state of mind I feel desperate, sad, angry, lonely.
Bondage! The state of being enslaved by another person or situation, whether physical or mental.
IN Christ I have freedom! Freedom that cannot be taken away. Freedom to think good thoughts. Freedom to rise above any bondage no matter the power someone or thing has over ME OR YOU! Freedom to not be moved or detoured from the plan God has for me.
Let Jesus take your bondage! He has already paid for any punishment or blame, and your right to be free.
In Christ we can breathe.
In Christ we can have joy.
In Christ we can "decide" to not be upset.
In Christ we can understand His Word which brings more freedom....
Let God free you!
If the Son therefore shall make you free you shall be free indeed. John 8:36