Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Think before we speak or type.....

As a Christian we are supposed to be meek and humble and I am a Christian woman who tries her best to be a prayer warrior and friend to others. I try to be humble and I try not to be offended and hurt others but it does happen and when I realize it I try to apologize and not repeat the same mistake.
Just this week I posted a question in a private online community and later read responses and went back and deleted the post because I was hurt over a fellow Christian's comment. We get into this concept that everyone should do things our way and we are the only ones that are right and correct in our lifestyles. In Proverbs 3 there is a wonderful scripture many know:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

So breaking down this scripture I am to trust God and lean not into my understanding-not my thoughts not my wants but what the Lord lays upon my heart and reveals to me through scripture.  Yet he doesn't reveal the same things to all who follow him? Then in verse 6 it says we should acknowledge him in all our ways and that he will direct our paths. Does it say every single child of God is to walk the same path? No it doesn't.  We all are to attempt to follow Christ but He works on each of us differently and we are horrible for passing our own personal convictions onto others when they aren't their convictions, but ones God has laid upon our hearts.

The point I am trying to make here is if someone is praying about something and asks a question we should think about the words we use in answering.  Hurt from other believers is sometimes a very good open door for spiritual mind battles to start, and many Christians hardest battles are ones that started from hurt.  
The path and plans God has for that person could be totally different than what he has for us and we need to acknowledge that in our responses.  As I try to teach my children THINK before you speak.

The person that hurt my feelings probably had absolutely no intent to do so, but she was applying what God had planned for her life to the questions and comments I had placed about my life.  We aren't all the same God has different uses and places for all of us we aren't all meant to walk the same exact path if so we wouldn't have a vivid detail of the body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:
12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14For the body is not one member, but many. 15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19And if they were all one member, where were the body? 20But now are they many members, yet but one body. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

So in closing in this world of social media and freedom of speech I urge you to think about your words and how they appear to others, think about if what you are saying is something that truly applies to the situation or if you are just sharing what God has shown you for your path.  

Friday, July 24, 2015

Remainders of faith

Last summer my son was terrified of the dark. He wouldn't sleep without a night light. If he woke up in a dark place he cried and screamed hysterically. 
He walked away from that fear by giving it to Jesus.
At a youth meeting our youth leader talked about things weighing us down. Things that we were scared of and burdened by and how we could give all these things to Jesus and not worry about them.
I love object lessons and at this meeting sister Elizabeth told us children and adults to write down something we wanted Jesus to take away from us write it on a slip of paper and put in a helium filled balloon to release. Then we could physically release our burdens to Jesus.
Josiah wasn't quite 5 yet but he said "mommy I do not want to be scared of dark anymore. Will you write it on my paper."
I learn a lot of lessons from my kids and this is one. If something has you bound down in fear or anxiety- give it to Jesus.
A little later on nana visited and knew how scared he was of the dark before so She asked if he wanted his night light on when she tucked him in.
His response was "no nana I'm not scared no more I gave my fear of the dark to Jesus. I do not need a light anymore."
We all need to remember we can give all our worries to our savior and he will take them from us. He is the one friend always there to listen.

Friday, February 20, 2015

it's been awhile since I shared anything here

I feel compelled to put my love for God out there for others to see.

I hope I can show his love and let his light shine through me brightly enough to touch someone else.- The first post I published that was my vision, my want, my desire.

I have made leaps in bounds in spiritual growth within the past year and pray that God lets me grow just as much if not more for the rest of my life. So I have been somewhat down about not having anything to share, but, I have set before the computer screen and typed post after post the past few months but haven't published anything because it didn't feel right.  I would put my heart on the screen but I never published it because I didn't feel it was what God wanted.   I have been unsure of where  to turn with this blogging thing.  I don't want it to be about me.  I want it to be about God.  He is the potter I am the clay.

I want to serve him and I know using my words can very well do that.  I have also been convicted from many scriptures to think before I speak and be wise with my words. That could have something to do with my lack of published posts.  I feel like sharing a little about bible study tonight.

In the past year I have tried to learn how to do more than just read the bible.  It is a living word that transforms you when you dig in deep and that is exactly what I have been trying to do.

Dig deeper.
Learn more.
Know God more.

To begin with all I knew was to read and re-read and meditate or think about what I read.  That wasn't enough I wanted more so in the days of technology-I googled it. Online bible studies and how to study the bible,
Cortney Joesph is an author and blogger over at women living well and I stumbled across her proverbs 31 study.  she offered tools called SOAP and an online ebook for proverbs31 study. Cortney updated the method to SOAK in January for a current reading plan. (see her page if your looking for a place to begin and you don't have to do it alone there are tons of accountibility groups out there)
SOAK is Scripture Observations Application Kneel in prayer.

This method has been an amazing tool.  Reading through chapter by chapter in our bible study I am trying to find something I can apply to my life out of every chapter of the bible.  I'm sure there will be some repeats after all money is mentioned numerous times, love, fear, joy, and many other big subjects.  In our current study of exodus I have read multiple times of God wanting the offerings to him to be from WILLING hearts.

God is all powerful but he wants all of us just to choose him and choose his will and if it isn't his will for me to share my thoughts I don't want to share them.  It isn't about me it is about his glory.
I dream of something I say uplifting someone and turning their heart to the Lord but it isn't because I want a gold star.

 I want to touch others so they can know God like I am getting to know him.  To feel his peace when things aren't going well.  To day by day grow more.  I'm not perfect I fail daily but I can see how God has grown me.  I want others to feel that and know our heavenly father and put their trust in him.

So many are against the churches and Christians because they view many of us as hypocrites and think we are judgemental and I am striving to find that beautiful place where I can reach out to the world and not point out anyone's flaws and not pass on judgements but give them love like Jesus did and let him convict and change them as he has me.

I'm not perfect-I am forgiven and anyone else can be if they trust their life to Jesus and welcome him in and let him change them, but it goes back to God's want from the Israelites-he wants a willing heart.  Just this week I have gotten that message loud and clear from chapters 25, 26, and 35 in the book of Exodus.  God can't change what doesn't want to change and for many years I went to church and was satisfied just knowing Jesus saved but I am now a willing heart wanting to do something for God.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Being a light

Sometimes this world is dark.
Sometimes its not quite beautiful.
Sometimes those around you know Jesus.
Sometimes you are the only jesus they will know.

I've read a quote about that before and can't count the times I've fallen short of living like Jesus.  But the bible tells us we all fall short but it also tells us to stand apart.

The world around us sees many church goers as hypocrites not  for what we need to show.

We need to show grace, love, joy, empathy, humility,  & boldness for others. It needs to be true and from the heart not just for show. 

We don't have to wallow in sin or agree with others choices yet we are to love. I try.

Some of my hardest conversations are when I feel called to explain my convictions. I don't want to hurt others or make them feel unloved.  I want to show God's love to others. Yet we cannot  continue as we were once we dedicate our lives to Christ. Sometimes the line feels thin as to when to speak and when to keep silent. But if we pray and let the spirit lead us we won't go astray.

I hope others bear with me as I try to let my light shine and I hope many join me sharing a love for Christ with those around them.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dreaming big

I don't really have a format for what I type here because I truly try to only put things I feel God has placed on my heart. I have spent hours in front of the computer screen praying God would give me words to help some one to touch someone else.

 That is my dream. To let the light of God shine out, to be a living testimony, to touch someone who hasn't given their heart to Christ, and inspire them to pursue God.  That is my hearts desire.

It hasn't always been. For years I was satisfied attending services sitting in a church pew keeping my mouth shut and just listening but one day he moved me to want to read more of his word, to do more for him, to be more like him. I called myself a christian when I should have just been a believer because a true christian is Christ-Like.  Jesus never set back in a pew and kept quiet.  Even as a boy he spoke up and taught others. Luke 2 tells the story of when he stayed behind at the temple.

I can look back over the past several years and see that he has changed me he has helped teach me to improve who I am.  I can also humble myself like I frequently must and say he isn't finished with me yet.  I have been convicted over a lot of things and cut out a lot of bad behaviors but I am better than I was and God is still working on me. 
The first step is giving your heart to him and truly saying you are willing to lay down yourself and live a life for him.  At first things that you do that aren't right will be hard to let go, but I know for me know when I get convicted over things it is a joy to change them because it means I am closer to the one that died on a cross for me. 
God convicts those he loves, it is correction just as we have to correct our children here on earth if we love them.  I want to be about my father's business just as Jesus was.  As many mistakes as were made from the garden to now God has shown so much mercy to us all.  He gave the Israelites chance after chanceHis chosen people fell short time and time again then he sent his son whom was rejected and died so we may have eternal life.  All we have to do is accept that life but he doesn't force it on us it is a choice we all have to make no one can get salvation for anyone else.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Phillipians 2:12

It is a relationship no one can build for you. It is personal and has to be.  No matter how bad you want to you cannot get your friends or family into heaven, it is a all about the personal choice they make to give Jesus their filthy sinful lives and be reborn into something better something that strives to grow and be more for him.  We can't earn salvation.  It is freely given but when we make that choice it makes a change in us those around us should be able to see.  I know looking back I can defiantly see the changes in myself and I look forward to how God will continue to mold me!

I want to be different

I have spent my entire life wanting to fit in.

I have always felt like an outsider.

An annoyance someone people just tolerate because they have to.

I always went overboard trying to do things to please others.

I get hurt a lot when I let people in because I love and care too much.  

I don't want to be that girl anymore.  I decided one Sunday morning at the alter at church I don't have to be.
  It truly doesn't matter to me if anyone likes me anymore

My people pleasing days are over. I will now be living my life to please God!

 I am not going to be mean or hurtful because that isn't how God wants any of us to truly be but my eyes are no longer on trying to please family and friends or anyone in the world around me.  I want to live to please God. I want to do what his will is for my life.  Others will be disappointed sometimes but that is part of life. I will walk in what I feel is God's will in my life. 

Two bible verses that have really laid on my heart since God spoke to my spirit:
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Peter 2:9 - But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Those who do not have Christ and many that do can't understand this concept that we aren't all meant to fit into this cookie cutter mold that some want us in. I don't agree with what some others choose to do but they answer for their choices and I answer for mine.  I am merely working out my own salvation for no one else can do that for me. When I feel God lay it on my heart to speak up or reach out to someone else I will and I am going to use what wisdom he gives me to show his love to others.