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Work

WorkHave you noticed that God puts things on our heart long before He reveals it to us? I really struggle with this because I have a strong desire (need) to know exactly what is expected of me so I can figure out precisely how I will get done what needs to be done. I like to have a plan, an organized detailed plan.

Thankfully, God is always giving me opportunities to be patient and trust His timing and His plan. Of course I always have dozens of questions for Him as to how He plans for this and when. I also have many, many, many suggestions how He can get things accomplished in ways that I feel would be best. These are the times God is usually quiet, waiting for me to be silent so He can speak through His gentle loving gracious merciful whisper.

In the spring of 2002 my husband and I decided it would be best for me to stay home with the kids and be a Stay-At-Home-Mom. I was thrilled at the idea, mainly because I was bored out of my mind with ‘work’ and needed a change. About 13 years later, while in the midst of Chaplain training, God gave me the desire to ‘work’ again.

What would I possibly do? Go back to Accounting? Work as a Chaplain? Open a business? How would I have time for my family, friends and the church? What? How? When? Why? These are just a few of the questions I asked God while trying to figure it all out myself. So exhausting! The thought of creating a resume after, now 14 yeas of not ‘working’, overwhelmed me. I convinced myself no one would every want to hire me, so why bother.

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.~ Psalm 94:19

Then, the funniest thing happened. A position for an Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper became available at the church I attended. I mentioned I MIGHT apply and the next thing I knew, the job was being offered to me. Why is this so funny? Well, I was currently on Session, an Elder, over Admin and Finances and the CFO. I kind of had an idea about the job that needed to be filled. Of course I would have to step down from Session before being allowed on staff, but easily done.

I was excited to be the bookkeeper but terrified to be responsible for the weekly bulletin. Could I handle representing the ‘church’? What if I messed up? Could I handle having a set schedule every week? I made my own schedule for so long. What if I got bored? My days of sleeping in and getting up whenever would be over. Wait, who was I kidding, I was a mom of three, I almost never slept in or made my own schedule. Suddenly the thought of having a set schedule and a place to go and be organized and detailed sounded glorious.

I know I mess up or forget things all the time, but thankfully I work with an amazing staff and the best volunteers on the planet! I get to see and talk with my church family every day of the week, work with numbers and keep things organized. I’ve now been working for 14 months with no worry of EVER being bored. I never know what the day will bring except God’s goodness! I don’t believe there’s a better job out there for me!

I think I’ve adjusted well to ‘working’. I enjoy what I do and LOVE the people I work with. My family is having a slightly more difficult time adjusting.  When they call to tell me about their day, which is great, I gently remind them I’m at work and will talk with them more when I get off. Well, I’ve been told, in a nice way, how my ‘job’ is sometimes inconvenient for them. I love seeing how God is working on them as He is working on me.

Ask and it will be given to you;

Seek and you will find;

Knock and the door will be opened to you.

If you are in the season of the unknown, maybe with a strong desire for change, ask God your questions about it. He would like to be invited in and can certainly handle your concerns. Don’t stop seeking God’s answers because they are usually better than you could imagine.

My Prayer for us today ~ Thank you Father God for the tender, loving patience you have with us. Lord, I pray for Your wisdom, courage and strength to continually seek Your plan for us. I pray we trust You are at work in all things as we patiently wait upon you, Amen.

Exploring Possibilities

A few years ago, I published a book, In His Way, for the purpose of sharing how God had radically changed my life and my marriage. I was walking around lost and broken, not even realizing it. My perception of the world around me was in 2D and black-n-white, dull and flat. Once I began to open my eyes and heart to God, I could suddenly see the beautiful 3D vibrant world that God created, all around me. The possibilities ahead of me seemed endless and fascinating!

As I’ve said before, and will continue to say, I am not a writer. I like the simplicity of numbers and equations. So when God planted the desire in my heart to write my testimony out in the form of a book, I put it in His hands when I published it. Through people, places and circumstances I realized the importance of sharing what God had done (or is doing), but had no idea how to get this into the hands of others.

They (believers of Christ Jesus) triumphed over him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony ~ Revelation 12:11

I know God has a plan and purpose for this book, my testimony, and has it timed out perfectly. Since I published In His Way, and left it in God’s hands, He has brought many wonderful opportunities to me, with very little effort or thought on my part. God is so wonderfully good isn’t He?

I’ve been featured in a few magazines and newspapers. I’ve also been blessed to participate in a few radio interviews and even a local northern California television show, Love Your Life Ministries.

God has done it again! A few months ago, the 700 Club , a television show on the Christian Broadcasting Network, contacted me. They said they wanted to explore the possibility of doing a segment on my husband and I about our testimony, which they discovered through my book. I was walking on clouds! God continues to amaze me! I don’t know why I’m always so surprised. Probably because I can’t understand how or what I could possibly do to make any kind of impact on any ones life. Thank goodness there is no need to understand what God will do or how He will do it. We must simply be willing to obediently act when He calls upon us and trust He will, in all ways, enable and equip us.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Hebrews 13:20-21

About a week before Christmas, I received the call to schedule the interview. They wanted to come and film for an entire day, in our house. I was excited and felt as though I could barely function. My head was spinning and my to-do list suddenly grew a mile long with the thought of having them over to film in our house. The dusty blinds and cluttered corners were no longer acceptable, but how would I find the time or energy to get my house prepared for such a big event?

Thankfully, not only were we praying, but many others were praying for us as well. So I was warmly comforted by God’s peace and reminded He would give me the time and energy to get done what He desired I attend to and nothing else. I have to confess, we did have a moment of panic, worrying our house needed something to make it look presentable. We found ourselves at the store about to lay down a lot of money for new valances for the front room, which is where we planned to do the interview.

I’m glad God knew we would have this moment of weakness and made sure there wasn’t enough of anything we liked. After we stood around trying to figure out what we were going to do, we came to our senses and left the store, empty handed. We remembered God had it covered and it was going to be exactly what He wanted it to be regardless of what the valances, or lack of, looked like.

The day of the interview has come and gone. It was a beautiful cool Northern California day, perfect for a few shots outside. I enjoyed getting to know the ladies who came to film. I think I might have asked them as many questions as they asked us. They were kind, thoughtful and extremely talented in their field of work. I was sad for them to go. I could have chatted with them for hours. I find their jobs intriguing. They get to travel, meet with people in their homes and hear how God has transformed their lives. Sounds like a slice of heaven to me! I don’t think there are many other jobs as wonderful as that out there.

So stay tuned! I will definitely post a link to the interview after it airs. I’m excited to see what God will do through our testimony. I’m also ecstatic to see what God will do next, for and through my book.

If you haven’t read my book, but would like to, you can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Christianbook.com in paperback and for the kindle.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the testimony you have given to ever believer all across the world. I pray we would obediently and boldly share it with those You place in our lives, Amen.

First Responders

26 first responderI’m thankful for Firefighters, Law Enforcement and Paramedics that come to our aid when we are in need. They see us when we are at our worst, but give their very best. They train long and hard to make sure they are prepared to help, no matter what the situation. They put themselves in harms way to keep us safe. They go toward the problem, while we run away from it.

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. ~ Hebrews 13:17

I’m thankful for the many ways First Responders keep us from harm. I’m thankful for the ways they help when tragedy, of all kinds, hits. How has a First Responder helped you or a loved one this past year?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the wisdom, strength and courage you equip all first responders with. I pray we would show our appreciation and support for their service to the communities, Amen.

Prayer

10 torn curtainI’m thankful for the gift of prayer that was given to us when the veil, that kept us from a direct relationship with God, was torn.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. ~ Matthew 27:51

The more I pray, for myself and others, the calmer and more joyous I feel. You would think this would cause me to pray everyday all the time, but I have to confess, it doesn’t. I let myself get caught up in the circumstance and forget to invite God into it.

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I’m thankful God never leaves me, even when I forget to include Him. He’s always there waiting for me to speak, pray, to him. Because He desires me to be in constant fellowship with Him.

God doesn’t want us to pray, as if it’s just another thing to do in our day. We’re also to be watchful; be aware of how He answers our prayer, because He will. We’re to be thankful; be grateful and give God praise for the way He does answer our prayers. We are to shout to the world how awesome, holy and loving He is! How do you see God answering your prayers?

My prayer for us today ~ Lord Jesus, we thank you for tearing the veil that allowed us to be in constant fellowship with God the Father. I pray we would have the desire to be in constant communication with Him, Amen.

 

 

Giving Thanks

open-gateNovember is traditionally the month everyone lists what they’re thankful for. Since I’m not one to do things just because everyone else is, I’m going to close the year by giving thanks each day in December.

This has been a challenging year for me. There have been many overwhelming changes within the church I attend and I’ve been struggling to find peace and balance within my marriage. I believe with all my heart the challenges I’ve faced this year are meant to draw me closer to God.

Within the storm this season of my life has brought, I know there have been, and will continue to be, many blessings. I simply must choose to see them, trusting God is in control of the good, as well as the bad. He is amidst the storm with me offering all I need to get through it, and sometimes the only thing He offers is Himself. I need to accept that and continue moving forward with Him as my shield, because He is all I need.

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Please join me, starting tomorrow, as I go through the month of December, describing why I’m thankful for different things in my life. What are you thankful for? Why?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for loving us, even when we fail you. I pray we would see You and not the storms around us, Amen.

Power

PowerHave you ever had a song stuck in your head that you could not shake? Well, for the past 2-3 weeks I have had ‘There is Power’, by Lincoln Brewster, stuck in my head. Usually, I wouldn’t think much about it, especially since this is an amazing song. It started getting a little weird, when almost every time I got in the car or turned on the radio, that song would be on. I don’t mean somewhere in the middle of the song, no. I mean as soon as I would turn the car or radio on it would be right at ‘There is power in the name of Jesus”. The first few times I thought “oh, that’s that song I have stuck in my head, funny.” Then after it happened about the 4th time I thought, “oh, I better pay attention and figure out what God’s trying to say to me.”

I think God wants to make sure I truly understand the power available to me through His Son, Jesus. I think God is telling me He is waiting patiently for me to take action and call upon this power. I think God would like me to take action NOW, because there are things He desires to put into action and His timing for these things is NOW.

As a believer in Jesus, someone who accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, I have the power of the Holy Spirit, which dwells within me. The Holy Spirit intercedes in prayer for me when I can’t express what’s in my heart. The Holy Spirit can also encourage or convict me when necessary. But as the song says, ‘there is power in the name of Jesus’ too.

The Holy Spirit can’t intercede for us in prayer if we don’t pray. The power of Jesus is available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but it’s up to each of us to call upon the power. God wants us to utilize the power, that’s why He makes it available. This power is what makes the impossible become possible. Most believers call upon the power of Jesus when praying, but their prayer time is scarce.

…those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:14-17

In Romans 8 we are told that those who are led by the Spirit are children of God. As children of God we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, Jesus. When we pick up our cross daily, seek God in everything, regardless of our circumstances, we will share in the glory of God. How exciting is that?!

So how can we seek God daily? One way is by reading the Bible, the Word of God. We are just like the people in the Bible, always looking to ourselves or other things and not God. So we can learn from their mistakes. We can learn from Jesus and how He taught his disciples and the people. I encourage you to pick up the Bible, ask God to speak to you through it, open it up and read a chapter. Then sit in silence and listen for God. I know He will reveal himself to you because God loves you and has so much to say to you.

Another way we can seek God is through prayer. When I say prayer, I don’t mean shooting up wishes or demands to God whenever we find ourselves in a tight spot. I mean participating in a relationship with God. The definition of prayer is a spiritual fellowship with God; sharing of thoughts or emotions; intimate communication. In order to experience these things with God you must pray regularly and passionately. Tell God your inner most thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams or whatever comes to mind. Yes, God already knows all of this, but He is waiting for you to invite Him into them. God will not push himself on you. He patiently waits to be invited in so He can help you and pour out His blessings upon you.

Another way we can seek God is through worship. When I say worship, I don’t mean singing necessarily. Yes, we do worship God through singing, but that’s not the only way to worship. Praising and thanking God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is a way to worship. Giving God the glory for our accomplishments and all we have is a way to praise and thank Him.

A few weeks ago I saw the movie ‘War Room’ with my husband. I enjoyed it so much I went back a few days later with friends to see it again. If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend it. It lit a fire in me! I haven’t started a prayer room, but I have started a prayer journal. I have pages for every part of my life and every one in my life. I spend more time lifting up all the areas in my life to God. I don’t just babble a list of wants and demands. I thank God for what I have and ask for Him to use me for His glory. I pause often while praying so the Holy Spirit can intercede and prompt me. Before moving onto a different area in my life or person, I thank God for His good and perfect plan and His answers to my prayer. I pray with an expectant heart, believing God will answer in a mighty, amazing and bold way.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the power offered to all believers across the world. I pray we would take the time to fellowship with you daily to deepen our relationship with You, Amen.

Armor of God

armor of GodI find it a little funny that some people think being a Christian means your life is easier because God is involved. I’ve been seeking God since November 2008 and have faced more trials since then than before dedicating my life to Jesus. Prior to inviting God into my life, my only enemies were those in the world who opposed me and myself. Now that I have the power of God, the love of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, there’s another enemy that wishes to steal, kill and destroy all God has for me. This new enemy is satan.

Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8

A few weeks ago, I was sharing with a dear sweet friend something I’ve been struggling with. Toward the end of our conversation, she looked at me and said very seriously, “Are you putting on your Armor of God everyday?”. My answer at first was “yes”. Then after a pause, I think I said, “I try to”. Since this conversation, the idea of the armor of God has been rattling around in my brain. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I know what the Bible says about the armor of God and where to find it, Ephesians 6:14-18, but I didn’t understand why God offered this to believers or how it was to help us.

I’ve been reading, thinking (ouch!) and praying about the armor of God and this is what I’ve come up with:

belt of truthBelt of truth ~ The definition of truth is the quality of being genuine, exact, loyal or honest. I believe our belt of truth is the knowledge of who God is, what Jesus has done for us and how the Holy Spirit dwells within us. We can receive this when we read, study and learn God’s Word, the Bible. Are you fining it difficult to call upon God or pray? It’s hard to seek someone who you don’t know. The more we understand God’s almighty power, the more we will desire to call upon Him through good and bad. The easier it will be to trust in His glorious plan and timing of it.

breastplate of righteousnessBreastplate of Righteousness ~ The definition of righteousness is being morally right or justifiable. The point of a breastplate is to protect the heart. I think we are to protect our hearts from satan and the lies he wants us to believe. Satan wants to destroy the fellowship we have with God. God desires for us to do what is right and just, but satan would rather we settle for what is easy. If we believe the lies satan is telling us, it becomes hard to lean on God for His wisdom and strength to do what is right and just. So how do we put on the breastplate of righteousness? I think you’re already wearing it if you take the knowledge of God’s Word and apply it to the way you’re living. Take God’s word and act it out in your daily life. Have you moved the knowledge of God’s Word down into our heart?

gospel of peaceGospel of Peace ~ The definition of peace is freedom from disturbance, quiet & tranquility, serenity and a mental calm. I’ve always thought the word gospel simply meant Word of God or the Bible. Meaning we should know the Bible and it will bring us peace. In Ephesians 6:15 it says ‘with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace’. It’s more than simply knowing. It’s seeking, daily, the will of God. Seeking to know more about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Satan wishes to cause chaos in our lives and to distract us from seeking God’s will and keep us from the peace we can receive in Christ Jesus. How can we become fitted with the gospel of peace? Praise God in all circumstances, good or bad. Give God the glory in all your accomplishments. Thank Him for all you have and trust He will provide for all your needs. This will fill you with a peace only God can give and satan can not touch.

shield of faithShield of Faith ~ The Bible, Ephesians 6:16, says the shield of faith is to ‘extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one’. The Biblical definition of faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, Hebrews 11:1. Our hope comes from believing God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Believing the death and resurrection of Jesus gave us not only access to God the Father, but forgiveness of our sins, so that we do not have to pay the penalty of our sins, which is death. Believing that accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior allows us to have eternal life in heaven, when our life here on earth is done. Believing we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, which dwells in us, as a guide, while we finish our days on earth. I hope for God’s will in my life (if I could only get out of His way, and stay there) and eternity with Jesus. I cannot see God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit, but I am certain they exist and love me more than words can express. Our hope in the trinity protects us from the deception of satan and distractions of the world.

helmet of salvationHelmet of Salvation ~ Salvation is the deliverance from sin. The moment someone accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior they receive salvation. Salvation cannot be lost or taken away, but a believer can certainly stray from the path God has for them. I think the helmet of salvation is referring to always remembering why you gave your life to Christ and drawing closer to Him each day. Don’t let what Jesus did for you become an old fact that’s rattling around in your brain. Learn what it means for you. Praise Jesus for what He did for you on the cross. Give thanks for what He offers you today, tomorrow and eternally. Filling your mind with all that is of God will not leave room for satan to come in and fill it with lies.

sword of the spiritSword of the Spirit ~ In Ephesians 6:17 it says the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. I think carrying the sword of the Spirit with us means to not just know what the Bible says in our minds, but carry it with us in our hearts. Believe the Word of God to be true and boldly use the knowledge of the Bible in our every day lives. This will help us fight the temptations of sin and satan. Proclaim the Word of God and the name of Jesus so you can become victorious against satan.

prayerPray in the Spirit ~ The scriptures are also to be used in prayer. Pray the scriptures over all the details of your life. There is nothing to small or big for us to lift up in prayer to God. We are to be alert and always pray for all.

I know this may seem like a tall order, but you can pray and seek God’s help with a piece of His armor, or even all of it, if you need help putting it on. I’ve been struggling with receiving the peace God has for me. I’ve let my sandals of peace wear out and find myself needing to be fitted for new ones. I need to get back to praising and thanking God, regardless of my circumstances, trusting He is working because God is good….all the time, not just some of the time!

How do you put on your armor of God? How has wearing your armor of God helped you? Do you find a particular part of God’s armor more difficult to put on?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for offering your armor to believers so we may fight the good fight against satan and the world. I pray we would be persistent in wearing your armor so we may boldy and confidently give you all the glory, Amen.

Pondering Proverbs

willow treeOver the past few months I’ve felt a lack of words to write. I’ve drawn a blank over and over again as to what to share. If you know me or have ever had a conversation with me, you know this is odd. 99% of the time I have plenty to say. People usually have a hard time bringing our conversation to a close because I wont shut up. I keep sharing. Why do I keep sharing? Because I love love love sharing. I enjoy getting to know others and learning what makes them who they are and telling others about what makes me, well, me.

I’ve been spending a lot of time praying, ok, maybe complaining, asking God what I should write about. There have been plenty of things going on in my life, which is usually what I write about, but God seems to have something different in mind for me.

I’ve recently noticed how God continues to put the book of Proverbs out in front of me and how it’s 31 verses are perfect to be covered in a month. I, of course, make sure He is aware of the fact that I’m in the middle of studying Joshua and will be studying Revelation at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) in the fall. Yes, I know He already knows all this, but I was building up to the questions I had for Him….

  1. When do I have time to fit this into my schedule?
  2. How will this help me with my blog?
  3. Why should I cover Proverbs, I haven’t even read all of Proverbs?

Have you heard, or read, that if you pray, you will receive an answer? Well, it’s true!

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I can’t say I received the answer I was hoping for, but I did get a very clear answer.

  1. You will have the time that I give you
  2. It’s not meant to help your blog, it’s to grow closer to Me.
  3. Because I’m asking you to & then you wont be able to say you haven’t read it.

God then continued to reveal His plan for me covering Proverbs. One day at a time, reading and reflecting on His word. Then sharing, with you the readers, my thoughts. To be perfectly honest, I tried to ignore what I felt God was asking, or telling, me to do. I went to my computer and started typing about one of the many things going on in my world. About 2-3 paragraphs down, I would draw a blank. I couldn’t complete it. It would seem irrelevant and pointless. I now have 3 incomplete posts. Maybe someday God will give me the ability to finish them.

Please join me on this journey as I ponder the Proverbs. Starting tomorrow, July 1, I will list and reflect on a different verse from the book of Proverbs each day. Starting with verse 1 and ending with verse 31 on July 31st. At least that is my hope. I could use your daily prayers as I walk through this with God. Prayers that I would seek Him first each day, and have an open heart to hear what He wishes me to share with you. I will pray for you, the reader. I will pray that God gives me the words to write that will draw you closer to Him.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for drawing us closer to you. I pray we act promptly when feeling your gentle nudge, Amen

Arguing With God

obey GodA few months ago I was sharing with a group of ladies a conversation I had with God. It was how God continued to put something on my heart that made me uncomfortable, so I continually told God I wasn’t the one for the job and tried to ignore the feeling down deep inside. I explained how God continued to put this situation on my heart and placed certain people and circumstances in front of me. God just wouldn’t leave it alone. He was determined I take care of something, even though I had absolutely no desire to be involved. Then I told them how amazing God was when I finally gave in to His Will. He calmed my heart, gave me the words to speak and created the situation for me to do it. When I finished telling my story, one of the ladies in the group commented that I always argue with God. At the time I laughed and agreed.

Over the next few months, what was said, “You always argue with God” ran over and over in my head. I could clearly see that I did indeed argue with God whenever He put something in front of me. At first I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that. I felt it was just how I processed things. Then, one day, when one of my kids wouldn’t stop arguing with me about something I wanted them to do and they didn’t, I realized how frustrating it must be for God every time I argued with Him.

I began praying, asking God to forgive me for being so disobedient. I recalled the story of Mary and how she reacted when an angel told her she would carry the Son of God. She asked a question, how it was possible, and then accepted the answer and His plan for her.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

            And Mary said to the angel, “how will this be, since I am a virgin?”

            And the angel answered her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. ~ Luke 1:26-38

I wish I could be more like Mary, and simply accept what God brings before me. Why do I always feel the need to argue? There must be a better way to process Gods plan than arguing and ignoring Him, as if I knew what was better.

Honestly, I drive myself, and I’m sure all those around me, crazy! I pray for God to be the center of my life. I pray for God to reveal His will for me in mighty and bold ways, holding nothing back. I pray for God to stretch me and grow me as He sees fit. If you recall, this time last year, I told God to ‘bring it!’ Then when He brought it, what did I do? I argued with Him about it. Then my prayers were ‘are You sure?’ or ‘if You are sure, then please show me, again’. How pathetic! Thankfully God treats us with unending love and grace and has immeasurable patience with us. I now wake up each morning and pray that I remember God knows where I’m going, what I will come up against and how to get me through it.

A few months ago, during a BSF lecture, the teaching leader said ‘Good or bad, everything is filtered through the hands of God’. Hearing it brought a calmness about me. It’s comforting. It’s also important to remember that God does know about everything going on in the world. Nothing is to evil/good, small/large or irrelevant for God to know about. We must trust He does know, even if we don’t understand, and believe He will guide us through it. God only wants to help, not hurt.

When you trust and follow God obediently, without arguing, amazing things happen. I hope to have more stories about amazing things God does and less stupid things I do.

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for patiently loving us. Please forgive us for not trusting your provisions by hesitating to act when You call us into action. I pray to step out in faith without hesitation, Amen

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” ~ Luke 1:45

He Is Holy

sunrise‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy’ ~ Leviticus 19:2

This statement, among a few others, have been stuck in my head for several weeks now. It’s convicting. It made me realize I don’t treat God as a holy God. I always see Him as a healer, a loving God, a God of grace and mercy. I see Him as a God with the perfect plan and timing. He is a God of detail and perfection. He is almighty and powerful. I can go on and on.

It’s weird, now that I think about it, how I never really thought of Him as a holy God. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it makes Him seem unreachable. Like I could never measure up to a holy God. It’s easier to think of God as a friend, teacher or Father, than holy.

In Exodus 31:13, One of the many things God tells Moses to tell the Israelites is, ‘I am the Lord, who makes you holy.’

There is nothing I can do to make myself holy. God desires me to be holy and God alone can make me holy. How does God make me holy?

Over the past few weeks in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) I’ve been reading and learning about the many sacrifices the Israelites had to make daily and The Day of Atonement sacrifices that needed to be made yearly. I’ve also learned how they all pointed to the one sacrifice made on our behalf by God’s Son, Jesus Christ. He was the perfect lamb, sinless, who died for our sins.

So how does this help us to be holy? This made a way for us to have direct access to God. Jesus, the Son of God, interceded on our behalf. Because God is holy, we as sinners could not have direct access to God. Only the High Priest, once a year, could go before God, after several sacrifices were made. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for me and for you, for everyone!

Now that we have direct access to God we can go before him day and night. We can call upon him 24/7. As we do this, He will change our hearts. He will fill us with His desires. He will equip us to do His will. This is how He begins to make us holy. Reading his Word, the Bible, and studying His Word with others will also help us become more holy. The Bible is the living word of God. Reading and studying it will help us understand His heart and His love for us.

During the lecture last week at BSF, the teaching leader said something that completely changed the way I pray throughout the day. She said “You can’t just saunter up to God, you must do things His way.” After hearing this, I could hear God saying to me ‘because I am holy’.

Many times throughout my day, while driving, getting ready for the day or cleaning, I would start praying for people, places or circumstances. I would put thought into who or what I was praying for and try to be as detailed as possible. I figure, the more detailed I am the easier it will be to see when a prayer is or isn’t answered. I never gave any thought, really, about who God was. I simply started praying, believing prayers would be answered and He was listening. I didn’t think about what God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit did for me so that I could have the relationship with them that I had. I had completely taken it for granted.holy holy holy

I no longer wish to saunter up to God. I want to go before God clearly understanding how Holy He is. I want to go before God with a grateful heart. Grateful to be in a close relationship with Him. Grateful to have Jesus who continues to intercede on my behalf. Grateful for the Holy Spirit that lives within me and guides me throughout my days. I wish to go before God praising and thanking Him for all He has done, before bringing my requests to Him. Even if I only have a few minutes to pray, praise and thanksgiving should come first.

We will never be as holy as God, but God can begin to make us holy by us first remembering He is a Holy God and treat Him as so. This is a choice we must each make in our heart. What does your heart say?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, you are holy. You are the maker of heaven and earth, our creator and provider. Thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, who You sent to intercede on our behalf. I pray Lord, we remember, throughout our days, how holy you are. I pray this transforms our hearts and minds so that we may be holy, as you wish us to be, Amen.

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