"Kindness. This pulls right to the front...knowing every type of person, the one that shine outstanding in our memories are the kind ones. We so deeply want you to be tender toward people. Empathizing is key to a wholehearted life. I pray for your kindness more than your success, because the latter without the former is a tragedy. God measures our entire existence by only two things: how we love Him and how we love people. If you get this right, you can get a million others wrong."
Monday, February 22, 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016
He who called you is Holy-be Holy for I am Holy. 1 Peter 1:16
I'm digging into holiness this morning. Holiness to me can either seem unattainable (so give up now right?!) or can feel like a grit your teeth and be a good person mentality. This verse however doesn't elude to either of those extremes.
Holiness in this passage means our lives and characters should right now be in the process of becoming conformed-both inwardly and outwardly to God's standards. (Reading my bible, spending time with Him, praying to Him-taking seriously rom 12:1-2 and begging Him to transform my mind to look more like His.)
Holiness here means being totally devoted and dedicated to God-opening my heart and life up to what He has for me today....remembering that He has plans for me- his hands and feet on earth- to accomplish His purposes today. It also means anything that is pulling me away from my walk with God-anything that distracts me or takes away my focus must be walked away from today.
He is holy and wants me to be holy because I can glorify God best by being like Him. -McArthur
Saturday, January 16, 2016
A friend sent me "A Screwtape Letter for the Unappreciated Mom." When, I read it I was blown away by how well the author identified the lies us moms believe. I decided to write a prayer in response to this Screwtape Letter. Here it is:
A Prayer for the Unappreciated Mom
God, you know, see, and understand all. Today, please protect my heart from feeling over-worked, unappreciated, and discouraged. God, please give me extra energy today. Remind me Jesus, that “the labor I do for you is never ever done in vain and that you are delighted in servant acts done in secret.”
I’m coming to you now and begging for your help. I want to be filled with joy, peace, contentment and a servant heart. I need you Jesus; I know I cannot muster this stuff up on my own.
Lord, protect my marriage, please God. Unify my husband and I on all fronts, and when an issue comes up that threatens to disunite us, make it clear, give us eyes to see the issue for what it is and not see each other as the enemy.
Remind me that my husband is my friend, my best friend. One who has seen my ugliest flaws and loves me anyway. Enable me to look over his faults and love him deeply with “the love that covers a multitude of sins.” Give me the power to easily forget when he wrongs me, liberating my mind to give him “grace upon grace upon grace.”
Oh good Father, rid my heart of bitterness and resentment towards my husband. Instead of bitterness, give me a heart of contentment for the life you have given me. Holy Spirit flood my heart giving me the things of you- joy and sweetness, a calm that seeks to comfort others.
Condition my heart to only see the best in people- especially my husband. To always assume he has good motives, trusting you to take care of him when he doesn’t. Give me eyes to see his strengths and give me the words to encourage him.
Instead of focusing on my pain or trouble today, empower me to think on and pray for others-considering others more important that myself. Help me to apply this truth first and foremost with my family- my husband and children. Give me the heart to joyfully serve them expecting nothing in return.
Please Father, give me the clarity of heart and mind to follow the path you have for me today. “Show me your ways, lead me in your truth, guide me Lord.” Help me not to become so task focused that I don’t see the people you want me to love on today. On the reverse, help me not to be lazy, but give me the diligence I need to complete the tasks before me, no matter how unappealing they seem. I trust you can direct me moment by moment today Lord.
And Jesus my children. Oh Lord, give me eyes to see how much beauty my children add to my life. When I feel absolutely depleted, bring to mind, the eternal value of raising children who love you and want to serve you is priceless. Remind me of how valuable it is to my children that I am available for them when they have a need. Give me small glimpses into the future enabling me to envision what wonderful adults my children have the potential to be with their unique personalities and giftings. Recall to my mind that there is no greater calling than to be a mom.
Today, please Jesus help me to find the affirmation I need from you, in being obedient to the calling you have for me now. Today, please bring to mind scripture and songs that echo the message: “You are enough for me.”
God, I was recently reminded that the most valuable thing in the world is truth. I know as a stay at home mom there are many hours of brain blank space where my mind needs to focus on truth and good or it can go down slippery slope. Help me, no matter what my circumstance, to discipline my mind to dwell on truth. Grant me the discernment to decipher lies thrown my way and equip me to dispel them with your truth.
I need you every second today Jesus and you know it. Thank you for your constant presence and for the beautiful life you with which you have blessed me.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
"By 'wisdom' James is talking not only about knowledge, but the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. We as Christians, do not have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble on answers. We can ask the God who knows everything, for wisdom to guide our choices." -Life Application Bible
I don't know about you, but there are many things vying for my time these days. I desperately need God's wisdom to know how I am to spend my time this year! I'm thankful I serve a God who knows what is best for me, and wants to "show me which path to choose." His path for my life will not only be the best for me, the most fulfilling and the least stressful (because I won't be taking on talks I wasn't supposed to!) His way, His path for my life, will also be most glorifying to Him!
God give me a heart of wisdom this year for your glory alone! Amen!!
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
I am thankful for promises like this tucked away in scripture. At first glance, I thought this promise was strictly for the people of Jerusalem, but with further study I found out it was not only for them but for us!
It's amazing to think about God's Spirit never leaving us and the power of His word from generation to generation.
This morning I couldn't help but think of one of my sets of grandparents with whom I was just able to spend Christmas. As our family went around the room and shared what we were all grateful for this year, many expressed gratefulness in the fact that my grandparents love the Lord and taught us all to love the Lord by their example.
I know my grandparents have had this type of impact because they treasure their relationship with God and His word. I pray when I'm their age, I will be able to sit around at Christmas and looking at my family and be able to claim this precious promise, "His Spirit has not left me and His words are on the lips of my children's children." What a precious promise.