Thursday, August 20, 2015

70 x 7

Matthew 18:21-35New Living Translation (NLT)

Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

I read this story of the unforgiving debtor this morning in my time with the Lord. I have been working through or better said struggling with forgiving an individual. 

Forgiveness is so hard isn't it?! But what struck my heart this morning was the line "I forgave you a tremendous debt because you pleaded with me." 

It's almost as if the Lord put up a mirror to my face and said "that's you." The very person and sin I am struggling to forgive, I have committed in much worse form. Ouch! 

I have to find the practical application in scripture so I asked myself, "what does this mean you need to do practically today?!" 

And the Lord led me to Matthew Henry's commentary on this passage. He says, "We do not forgive our offending brother aright, if we do not forgive from the heart. Yet this is not enough; we must seek the welfare even of those who offend us. How justly will those be condemned, who, though they bear the Christian name, persist in unmerciful treatment of their brethren! The humbled sinner relies only on free, abounding mercy, through the ransom of the death of Christ. Let us seek more and more for the renewing grace of God, to teach us to forgive others as we hope for forgiveness from him."

And that is me right now, in my flesh I want to punish the one who I am having trouble forgiving. I must instead seek their welfare-praying for them because I know when I began to pray for those who hurt me it might not change the situation but it changes my heart and I think that's what God's after anyway.

Oh God give me more and more grace to learn to forgive- to set others free of the debt they owe me- to let.it.go-not up in the air but into your hands! Thank you for your never ending undeserved forgiveness. Amen. 

Can you relate? Are you struggling with forgiveness? I would love to pray for you. Comment below or e-mail me at ashley.e.a.fisher@gmail.com. 



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This summer we......




 went to Overton Square to eat at Belly Acres
 and then to muddy's when Lala came to visit!
 We ate way to much ice cream
 and visited the children's museum.
 Abraham decided to dress like his Marmie
 and loved us some VBS's.
 Adam made me a cake!


 And we spent lots of time at the sand park!!
 The girls and I got to visit Paint a Piece
 and Adam and I went on weekly date nights!
Annabelle asked Jesus to come into her heart!!!

 and we spent some quality time at the Lakehouse!


 A and A took Ballet lessons
 did lots of crafts..
 and we frequented Mama D's!

 We had a fantastic and interesting trip to the beach this year
 in which we got to see the famous airplane show (the name of it escapes me...you can tell I'm super into planes..."





 We spent tons of good time with our extended family,




 We celebrated my 31st birthday
 and Annabelle and Adelyn won a talent competition with a song about sister Annabelle sang on the spot!


 Adam took me to a fancy restaurant for my birthday and we got to play our annual mini golf...


 I enjoyed some girls nights!
 Adelyn had her 5 year check-up and I officially lost control of picking out her clothes.
 We got lice and indian meal moths... (don't ask)


 and topped off our summer with one last visit to the Children's Museum and the beloved Memphis Botanic Garden's My Big Backyard!!

I'm incredibly thankful for the wonderful summer we had! We were able to do so many exciting things; I just love having the kiddos home with me and not having to get everybody up and ready every morning!

We are full blown back into school mode now but it's good to change things up a bit for us too. It makes the summers all the more exciting!

Until next summer...

Spirit filled living

"It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely."

These verses from Galatians 5 in the message are challenging and convicting for me this morning. I can see when I live in the flesh- I act out things like accumulating mental and emotional garbage and de personalizing everyone into a rival. But, when I live in the spirit, I act out things that in me would be impossible like: yielding to others, and I have the ability to marshall and direct my energy wisely! 

Lord help us live in the Spirit today- living guided and directed by what you want for us- true abundant life in you! Amen! 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kindergarten & First Grade



















We have had an exciting week with Adelyn entering kindergarten and Annabelle starting first grade! Adelyn only had to go one day this week and we were all thankful for that! Both of the girls picked out their own clothes for their first day and they loved being able to do that! And of course we enjoyed cookies after school!

Annabelle has been to first grade all week; she has been tired but has seemed to adjust well! I think me and Abraham are having the hardest time knowing the girls are not home to play with us!

I'm super excited about this year! The girls both have wonderful wonderful teachers and are going to have a great year!!