Last week we had a group of friends over after church. We sat around our fire pit watching the flames spit embers upwards and the smoke billow into the night sky. Then to get the group talking, my husband suggested we play a game called, Two Truths and a Lie. Each person has to come up with two truths about themselves that others might not know, and then throw a lie in there somewhere. We were to guess which one was the Continue reading “Four Lies You May Be Believing About Your Family”
This is just a screenshot of my favorite verse. A friend sent this to me, knowing it is my verse. Do you ever hear somebody reading a verse that is special to you, and you think to yourself,
“Wait!! That’s my verse!”
That is the way I feel when I hear someone quote or read Psalm 73:25 and 26. God gave me this verse the morning of our daughter, Ashley’s funeral, so many years ago . I learned that day that God is my portion; He is enough for me, even in the hardest times.
When I want to comfort someone else who is going through a trial, I share this verse because I know what a comfort it was to my own heart. I remind them that just as we portion out a piece of pie that is suitable for each person at our table, in a much greater sense, God gives to us the amount of grace that we need for that moment.
It is always enough.
He is always enough.
He will strengthen the very core of who you are when you turn to Him.
If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time, feel free to share my verse, or claim it as your own. 😊
It’s my normal Sunday night or Monday routine. I get home from church and people’s faces begin to pop into my mind. Oh, not the ones that were there – the ones that were missing. I call to my husband – Continue reading “You Thought It Wouldn’t Matter”
If there has been one request that has been repeated in my prayers it has been, “God use my life!” I truly desire that my days and years count for Christ. I want treasures to lay at His feet. I want to make a difference in others’ lives for the sake of eternity. But the means in which God will accomplish that request has not been part of my request. You see, God’s school is often through hardship, trials and difficulties. Who wants that?
Did Jonah enjoy the fish’s belly?
Was the widow woman excited about having only one more portion of food left for her and her son?
Did Moses relish being berated by his own people?
Did Elijah’s bucket list include being chased by a wicked queen?
Was Paul looking for people to persecute him?
The answer to all of these situations is, “Of course not!” But the result of every one of those trials was that God used them in mighty ways! It came after. After what?
After a mess.
After being frighteningly low on daily provision.
After ugly threats.
Then blessing came. Then provision. Then nearness to God. Then usefulness. Then their stories were written in Scripture for our encouragement. Then they became our examples, our heroes!
If you’re in a difficult time right now, let me share a truth with you that I heard Sunday night from one of our dear missionaries –
The most important thing that God wants to accomplish
through you might still be in your future!
What if our Bible heroes had quit during their hardship? We wouldn’t have their example, and God couldn’t have used them to encourage us and bring glory to Himself. What if you and I quit in the midst of our trial? We, too, could miss out on the most important thing God wants to do in our lives.
An absolutely wonderful week took a turn yesterday when I got hit with the stomach flu. Today has me staring from my bed at Ginger Ale and crackers sitting on the bedside table.
While it’s not my preference to be sick, I’m striving to fill my heart with God’s Word via the audio Bible app, as well as podcasts of sermons or biblical teaching while I rest. Not because I’m so saintly, but because of the word I’ve chosen for 2018…
We are bombarded on every side with the world and its views and it can make us cynical or even depressed! I’m choosing to SATURATE my heart and life with God’s Truth so I can think, act and respond in a biblical manner instead. I obviously can’t do that without His Word. So along with my morning study in God’s Word, I’m using moments throughout the day to put Truth in my heart. I’m reading, listening, memorizing and reviewing. Its been such a blessing!
I’ve heard some great things during the last two days of sickness! It would be great if I could look back on the stomach flu and think on all I learned, instead of just remembering ginger ale and crackers!😏 I believe SATURATION will help!
How are you saturating your heart with Truth today? It’s the only thing that will refresh your heart forever!
Have a great weekend, and stay well!!❤
Because my husband had a birthday this week, we took a couple of days to go on a trip to Hot Springs, Virginia to celebrate! Oh, the blessing this change of view has given our busy lives! We loved the gorgeous setting of the Homestead Resort, sitting in sun-filled lobbies, window seats, and also the love seat in our own room. The change of view has been a blessing.
There are times that our spiritual eyes need a change of view, too. Discouragements come to all of us. It’s part of living in a sinful world with sinful words, responses and actions. Sometimes those all belong to our own heart; sometimes they come from others. I’m never surprised at my own wrong actions/reactions, but though I shouldn’t be surprised when it comes from others (because others are sinners, just like me), it does come as a blow.
Have you been there?
Someone does or says something that you just weren’t expectitng and it’s a hard pill to swallow. But as a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are reminded that we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world. My enemy is deeper than the person from whom the blow came. Ephesians 6 reminds of this truth. It’s no surprise to me that after having recently hearing my husband preach on these verses, and after having taught this passage afterwards in my Adult Bible Fellowship, that soon after the battle became very apparent. Then, oh, the wrestling in my own heart through the night! The “Why?” “How could they” thoughts pierced my sleep, leaving me to toss and turn in the darkness of the room and also in my mind.
But when morning came, I went to that very passage in Ephesians 6 and repeated the armor that I wear –
- The Belt of Truth – What Truth would I meditate on today?
- The Breastplate of Righteousness – How would I respond towards this that would show a righteous heart?
- Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace – Would I be ready today to share the Gospel, or will I dwell on the war around me instead?
- The Shield of Faith – What promises of God’s Word could I claim today?
- The Helmet of Salvation – Will I remember all I am in Christ because I’m His child? How will this change the way I respond?
- The Sword of the Spirit – What verses will I meditate on to remind myself (and my enemy, Satan) of the victory Christ has won for me?
Choosing to meditate on that passage gave me a whole different view! It was like the sunshine that was pouring into the library in which I was blessed to sit! It refreshed me in the battle because I was dressed properly to fight it!
If discouragement is your view today, do yourself the blessing of changing your view to all that is yours if you are a child of God. It will give you an eternal perspective that will equip you to live in victory today!