“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” Jn 14:20
So, as you know I’ve been involved in an online bible study via the Proverbs 31 Ministry. We are using the book, “What Happens When A Woman Says Yes To God” by Lysa TerKeurst .
As it happens, we have just ended week 4 of the study and the facilitators of the study posted a YouTube video that I find truly humbling.
Just go ahead and fast forward to start watching at approximately 5 mins 20 seconds. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Is it really okay for me to pray for myself Lord? Is that being selfish? It seems that I think about and pray for everyone I know, but I never seem to ask for help for myself… except for the occasional “Lord Help Me Now” exclamation.
I don’t know that I’ve really ever sat down and said to God… okay God… here’s me… and here’s what I need your help fixing. ( I would hope I wouldn’t be that blase’) I just feel like I get so wrapped up in everyone around me that I have such little time for me. I come from a large family and an even larger “framily”… add to that the in-laws and their framily and yes… you’ve got lots of people around. And with lots of people comes lots of crazy drama and lots of real issues.
And then there’s times that I get so wrapped up in “other thoughts”. Human thoughts… worldly thoughts… just pure real people thoughts. So how do I re-adjust my thinking? How do I re-adjust my perspective?
I started re-reading a book today. “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George. In chapter 1, the author talks about this in the story or Mary and Martha.
Luke 10:41-42 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I wish I could take credit for this, but I found this list in my bible some years ago, and when I’m feeling out of sorts, this is a strong reminder of who I am in Christ.
I am justified and declared “not guilty” of sin.
“All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” Romans 3:24
No condemnation awaits me
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
I am set free from the law of sin and death
“Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
I am sanctified and made acceptable in Jesus Christ
“Those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Cor 1:2 Continue reading
About a month ago, things at Mike’s work started getting really crazy. There was talk of layoffs, people getting fired, etc . It made things around here very tense and I don’t do well when there is tension in the house. As Mike would leave each day for work, I would pray Lord just be with him today… keep him focused. Late one night after a particularly stressfull shift at work… well… I sort of lost my cool.
Now keep in mind that Mike is a wonderful God-fearing man. But… the “old” mike shows up from time to time. I didn’t know him then, but from what I hear I wouldn’t have liked him very much. As asked him straight out if he believed in God, he said yes you know I do. Do you believe in the Bible as the word of God… again, yes of course I do. So then I started spouting out scripture about being anxious and that he needed to stand on that scripture and believe. I could see that he was thinking about what I had said.
So then next day he heads off to work and I have a thought.
I decided that I was going to put up the scripture on the bathroom mirror. Well needless to say, he laughed at what he saw. Then he stood there and read it over and over. As you can see from the picture, there have been so many scriptures added to our bathroom mirror. Continue reading
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Oh if it were only that easy…
I have these anxious thoughts. They are stupid thoughts. Yet, it seems that I have let them rule my life in the last year. So I decided to do a little research about this stupid problem of mine on my favorite website: What Christians Want To Know… www.WhatChristiansWantToKnow.com . (If you’ve never visited it, I urge you to go there, those folks have blessed my heart more than once.
I found an article written by Derek Hill. What does the Bible say about anxiety, a biblical study. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-anxiety-a-biblical-study/
It’s true. Every one of us at some point in our lives has experienced anxiety. In the last 7 years, I’ve had plenty. Continue reading
I was reminded today about an article that I read some years back about a mom and a wayward son. The mom talked about how each day she would “carry her son to the Foot of the Cross” and pray “Lord fix my son”… “Lord fix my son”. And then she would dutifully pick up her son and walk away.
The Lord spoke to her one day as she once again carried her son to the Foot of the Cross… “I can’t fix him if you keep taking him away”. Continue reading
My thoughts from today’s Bible Reading:
Gen 1:1 – 3:24 – The Creation Story
Gen 3:11 – 3:14 “And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? The man said, “The woman YOU put here with me – SHE gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (emphasis mine)
That just struck a cord with me. Even all the way back then, man makes a mistake, goes against the “rules” and he blames someone else. Not only did he blame “the woman”, but he also blamed God. Like a whiny child… I can almost hear the whining… “It’s not my fault. It’s your fault, YOU made her…YOU put her here with me, if YOU hadn’t put her here, I wouldn’t be in this mess.”
I haven’t lived on this earth for 56 years and not made mistakes. Some huge whoppers for sure. But one thing I’ve learned… I made the mistake. I reap the consequences. I can’t blame my bad decisions on anyone but me.
Then I read this passage:
Gen 3:21 – The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
Even after they broke the one single rule that God had for them. Even after the whining and crying and blaming, He still loved them enough to take care of them. To provide for them. Isn’t that just the truth. We sin… we fall down… But the Lord our God still loves us. He still cares for us. He still provides for us. That, to me, is Grace – undeserved, yet freely given.