Over the weekend Robert and I were able to see Joyce Meyer in Sacramento during one of her free conference sessions. I’ve seen her TV show and subscribe to her magazine Enjoying Everyday Life, but had not seen her in person yet. The message was how to fight like a Christian. Joyce spoke about having past hurts buried deep down that we usually forget about but they keep bubbling to the surface with our reactions to things. She said we should pray and ask God to reveal these issues to us and help us work through them. I thought it was a great message and was thankful to attend this conference with Robert. However, I didn’t think the message was for me. I didn’t feel like I left the conference with any new information. God had something else planned for me and boy did it hurt!
When we arrived at the conference we had time to look over the resource table at all the books, CD’s and DVD’s she had available to buy. Wow! There was a lot to choose from. I think most of her conferences are put on CD and/or DVD for those who couldn’t attend. I found myself overwhelmed with all of the choices and tempted to say “I’ll take one of each”. Seriously, how do you choose when there are so many wonderful resources to pick from? After looking over all of them and not picking up one, because I was afraid I would find one I liked better, I decided to go back through and pick up the one (two, three or maybe four) that stuck in my head.
These are the items I ended up with:
- Speaking The Truth: Putting God’s Word to Work in Your Everyday Life. It’s a teaching CD and 28 topic cards. Each topic card, (ex: temptation, fear, faith or humility) describes what the topic is and how God would like us to be. It also lists about 9 different scripture passages to go with the topic.
- 8 Ways to Live Conflict free. I’m all about avoiding conflict so I thought this would be perfect for me.
- Embracing a Life of Leadership: Having the Heart of a Leader. I continually find myself in leadership roles having no idea how I got there so I thought this CD set could help me embrace it instead of always wondering what I’m doing.
- The Power of Words: What You Say Can Make All the Difference. I thought this would help me speak God’s Word more confidently.
I’ve been listening to The Power of Words CD’s in my car all week. On disc #2 Joyce is talking about Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The beginning of her talk is about the type of words that should NOT come out of our mouths, the first being complaining. She mentions all the constant complaining the Israelites due regardless of the many miracles God performs on their behalf. Joyce also says “look for the treasure in your trial”.
But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?” Exodus 17:3
I was recently asked to help out with something and obediently said yes. Then complained, a lot, because it’s not what I had planned. There were other things I wanted to do. At the time I didn’t think my complaining was actually complaining. I thought I was just voicing an opinion. After listening to Joyce and her message I realized I was definitely complaining.
When I was first asked to help and said ‘yes’, I knew I had a bad attitude. I had asked God to help me shake the attitude and be grateful I was being asked to help. He did. Isn’t it amazing how God already had given me the resources I needed right when I needed it. He knew I was going to react the way I did and made sure I had the resources needed to help me get past it. God is so good! Recently He has reminded me, over and over again, that he is truly in yesterday, today and tomorrow. Amazing!!!
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30
The moment when I realized I was the complainer Joyce was talking about and my words were dishonoring God I fell on my face and cried out to Him. I thanked God for gently showing me my sinful ways and asked Him to forgive me. I thanked God for the abilities He gave me so I could help. I told God I trusted His plan and timing and believed He would provide a time for me to accomplish the other things I felt I needed to do. I asked God to reveal to me anything on my to-do list that wasn’t His will.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for being kind and gentle with us. Lord, I pray our eyes and heart are open to your teachings, Amen.