Friday, August 31, 2012

Strength made perfect in weakness

God says in His word that His strength is made perfect in in weakness.  He also says that His grace is sufficient for us.  Oh do I need to experience the truth of this scripture today.  It is hard to be weak.  It is hard to feel like you have nothing to give.  My daughter asked me to play a pizza game with her yesterday around 3pm and I knew it was my last ounce of energy.  I told her that.  I wanted to hold on to at least a little bit of energy.  I didn't want to give out my last little bit, but I know that it's God's will that I give what He has given to me.  So I gave my last ounce of energy by going up to the "play room" and playing with the kids.  But there was still the couple hours I get at night after the kids go to bed to get mental break.  Well lost that yesterday night to because Carson decided he did not want to go to sleep in his crib and wanted to be downstairs with me.  So today I am really clinging to this scripture, because when I don't get a mental break it really makes it hard to be loving to my children and it makes it hard to serve.  I don't feel like myself and all I want to do is escape for a little while.  I pray that as today is starting with a bit of a test, that it will end in a testimony of what God has done.  Here I am God your weak vessel, make a testimony of Your strength in my life today. Something that I can share about this scripture, help me to understand what this truth looks like in my life.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Uncomfortable with good results

Relying on the Lord does not feel good.  Trusting God on a daily basis is very uncomfortable.  As a stay-at-home mom to 2 young children.  My day can go in a variety of directions.  I really never know how it's gonna go and I never know how far spent I'm going to be come 3pm.  But what I do know; is if I commit my day to the Lord and ask Him to order my steps, I have the victory.  I know when I do this, know matter what else happens during the day, at the end of the day I will know for a fact that I gave my family what they needed from me that day.  I don't have to question this because God ordered my steps.  Did you know He is the God of all flesh.  I may not be able to get my flesh in check but God can whip up on my flesh and keep me in order  Everyday we wake up with a space on the inside of us that longs for God to step in.  Some of us fill that space up with other things, we depend on other things to get us started in the right direction for the day or we start our day with no direction at all.  See, everyday I wake up I need to be going somewhere with my life, see I'm a sojourner, a pilgrim here on this earth.  That's how I'm to live on a daily basis.  But only God knows where I should be going on a daily basis on this journey, so I have to seek Him.  He has a place for me to go today with Him.  Get out and go to a place that God wants to show you.  He wants to show you, He desires to lead you, let Him Genesis 12:1.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The chastisement for our peace

Something about sharing the gospel of Christ, causes you to relive your salvation experience all over again.  Something about sharing the gospel causes you to see all over again the amazing work of the cross.  Something about sharing the Gospel causes you to see how awesome God is.  One thing I was reminded of this morning is that Christ also died for us to have peace in a chaotic world.  The bible says that "the chastisment for our peace was upon Him".  Many times I trade in the peace that Christ has given me for the stresses of the world.  Why would I do that after the price He paid for it?  Christ paid a great cost for our peace and we should take full advantage of it.  Stress is cheap and profits nothing.  Why trade something so costly for something that is so cheap.  I'm praying for myself that I can go through this day holding on to the peace that Christ gave me and not trading it for some cheap, useless stress. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

A critical spirit

I felt like the Lord placed 2 things on my heart yesterday.  I heard the following statement:  "Start living your life again"  then I felt the Lord dealing with me about a critical spirit.  It shows me that the Lord doesn't desire to put our lives on hold while He fixes us, but He desires to work in our lives in the different areas of weakness as He continues to bless us and use us in mighty ways for His kingdom.  Sometimes I let my flaws stop me in my tracks.  When my weaknesses show through I get embarrased and I also feel like God might not use me as a result or that God might not want to hear or answer my prayers.  But God is not like that.  He is not critical in that way of us.  The bible says that "He knows our frame and He remembers that we are dust".  But sometimes I think that when we are critical of ourselves, it means we somehow think that we are capable on our own of doing the things we need to do.  We are not, we need God to help us, His strength is made perfect in weakness.  I believe that when we come to the true knowledge of how helpless we really are without God the critical spirit can be broken.  We we realize, I mean REALLY realize "apart from Him we can do nothing".  Sometimes we know it in our minds but we don't really believe it in our hearts because we are still striving to be something we just can't be apart from God.  God does not want us to be uptight do-gooders.  He simple wants us to rest and rely on Him.  Rest and Rely.  If at anytime in our Christian walk the enemy tries to plague us with guilt for not being perfect or doing everything that's right, we should remembe to "rest and rely" on God.  Rest in Him while you wait on your change, because it's coming.  Rely on Him to change you from the inside out because He will do it.  REST AND RELY!

Monday, August 20, 2012

What you thought you wanted. What you didn't know that you had.

As I have started focusing on some goals and desires God has placed on my heart, there is something that has resonated with me.  Could there be a strength a gift that God would reveal to me that I didn't know I had.  Sometimes in our own worldly knowledge we might think we know who we are in Christ.  But God says I know you thought "such and such" but this is who you really are.  What if God could suprise you with some delightful discoveries about yourself that would allow you to walk and govern yourself more freely as a follower of Christ.  There are some certain tasks that give me great joy but I don't think I'm very good at them.  Here is a small example.  Math has always been my favorite subject, but it also been my weakest subject.  I love finding systematic ways to solve problems but I don't feel like I live my life in a very systematic way.  Another thing is that I have always felt so fulfilled after cooking an enjoyable meal at my home for someone else, whether it be family, friends, or strangers.  I feel so full after I do something like that, and I'm not talking about my appetite (lol).  I feel like I have walked so strongly in God's design for my life in those situations.  Another thing I love is watching others walk in God's purpose for their life, I love seeing how God has gifted them and I thourouly enjoy those gifts.  Something about seeing God's hand clearly in somebody else's like makes me so happy and strengthens my faith.  Conveying God's wisdom to others is also something that I get so much enjoyment out of.  His wisdom is so amazing, special and a treasure to me.  His wisdom has helped me heal my children, it has helped me find solutions to everyday problems.  His wisdom can take something that would seem complicated to someone else and convey the answer to you in the simplest of forms. 

How jealous is God?

As a woman I love for the man I love to want me all to himself.  It makes me feel good.  Well, the bible says that God wants us for Himself.  The bible says He is a jealous God.  In the bible God takes out whole nations for the sake of His people.  This is whom we call "Father".  Often times in the world we turn to worldly things to satisfy us and God, the Father wants us to turn to Him and only Him.  Really, it's only Him that can truely satisfy.  Jesus said that those who come to Him will never hunger and those who believe in Him will never thirst.  God also wants to be our ultimate companion.  Since becoming a mom and a wife, I have found out that God has a unique way that He wants our family to conduct our lives, and that requires me to walk alone with Him as times.  I realize I need that, but it's uncomfortable for me.  There is a quiet around me that I've never really been use to.  But I think God really craves those opportunities to walk alone with me.  It is so easy to rely on the "noise" and activity in your life.  Like with newborns, white noise machines are so popular because the baby is so use to the noise in the womb, experts say that silence can be rather disturbing for them.  Sometimes I think it is the same way with adults. We get so use to the "noise" in our lives, the quiet that comes from God at times can be almost disturbing.  We shouldn't need "noise" in our lives in order to feel secure.  We cannot become restless when God invites us into His eternal rest. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

There is more to life!

The overflow comes from God!  As I was being tempted to tear away from my devotional time and get started on the tasks of the day, I was reminded that "the overflow comes from God".  While I do have my chores to do, invoices to do, and kids to tend to; there is something very vital to this day that only God can give me if I want to live in the "overflow of God's blessing"; if I want to have life more abundantly.  To me living in the "overflow" of God's blessing means you get something from Him every morning that helps you start your day with something extra.  Something that you can't get from you cup of coffee.  Something that causes everything you do to prosper and multiply.  I'm coming to Jesus this morning.  The Jesus who said "Take on my yoke and learn of me, my yoke is easy and my burden is light".  This is so I don't get stressed out.  This same Jesus also said "I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst".  This means I won't get burnt out.  This same Jesus said "I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly".  This means that I can live everyday to the full. Thank you Jesus, You are the way, the truth, and the life. Amen

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hope

I believe that God has put something in us that thrives on hope.  In the bible "faith" is defined as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen".  In the bible God's people thrived off  theie hope in the fullfullment of God's promises.  Faith is the substance of hope.  I have started this book called "The Me Project".  It helps you to prayerfully outline 50 goals or desires you have for you life and then to seek God as you pick one to start working towards.   I think this book is going to help me alot in my life right now, because I am a mother to 2 young children and I easily get lost in the busyness of my days only to wake up and start all over again the next day.  One of my ministers tweeted that "Hope that is seen is not hope".  Have you ever wondered why you are never completely satisfied with where you are at in life no matter how much you attain, no matter how much you grow spiritually, no matter how much your ministry grows, no matter how much you recognize the hand of God in your life.  I have noticed.  I believe God has wired us to reside in hope.  I asked myself this morning "Ande, what are you hoping for?".  I asked myself that because I wanted to awaken myself from my reality, because I realize my present day circumstance is not what's going to drive me into a life of fullfillment and destiny; but rather it is my "hope".  I need to live in "hope" of what God has promised to me.  The things you hope for are almost like a target.  As you live your life you need a target, something to aim at, if you will.  This will continue to move you forward because the target is ahead of you, but in front of you; so it keeps you moving forward in it's direction.  God has put somje desires on our hearts, God has given us some goals, some things to hope for.  I need to learn to keep my eyes on what's in front of me and ahead of me.  I am ready to walk to path of destiny, paved in hope and marked with all the desires that God has placed on my heart.  They are positioned in specific places in time and I must just walk forward everyday in faith and hope.  Lord give me a target or goal to set my hope on in the season I'm in right now, in Jesus name I pray.  Amen

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The grind

My last post I felt the Holy Spirit urge me to consider my ways; and in continuing in that, I reflect on the scripture from today: I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  What am I pressing towards throughout the day.  Am I looking for something else as a "prize", if you will?  As I go about my day do I engage in the tasks with the prize of the upward call in mind or do I do what I do to please "man"?  Lord I am praying for my mind to be renewed in this area and I pray would see clearly the riches that are in the "upward call of You in Christ Jesus".  I pray that when I take care of my children it is for the "prize of the upward call of You in Christ Jesus".  I pray that when I'm spending time with my husband it is for the "prize of the upward call of You in Christ Jesus".  I pray that when I do my other daily tasks throughout the day that it is for "the prize of the upward call of You in Christ Jesus"  I pray the all I do is for the "prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus"".

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Consider my ways????

My minister shared a scripture with me last night.  Haggai 1:5-11.  God has really been using her to speak to my life.  See that is the great thing about God; He speaks to your life.  Matter-a-fact I'll go one better; He speaks life into your life.  Because sometimes your very life is in fact "dead". What stood out to me in those scripture is God asking me to "Consider my ways." and God saying "Build the temple that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified."  So I have to ask God "Am I not doing that???"If I'm not buidling the temple, what am I doing?  Am I building something else?  Something that God does not take pleasure in, something that will not glorify Him? Sure I have alot of responsibilities being the mother of 2 young children and a wife to a great husband.  We also have a thriving business.  But what's missing with what I'm doing and how I'm doing it? I heard a song today; "Speak Lord", as I listened to that song I asked myself do I enjoy hearing God's voice anymore.  Do I seek God's voice?  Now I remember how I loved to hear a word from the Lord.  I just needed to hear His voice.  His voice was the source of my joy and happiness.  His voice was my everything. I could take His voice, and chew on it all day.  It would keep me satisfied.  With all that considered I ask again: "Do I hunger for His voice"  The answer is a sad "no".  It's a confession.  So I ask God forgiveness and I ask Him to place a renewed hunger in me to hear His voice.  A hunger where I just love to hear His voice, no matter what He says; Just happy it's Him.  I pray that while I'm taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, cooking dinner, doing my work and spending time with my husband that I would be enjoying my eagerness to meet with Him.  I pray that I would run to my quiet place to be with Him at the end of the night, just to hear His voice.  I pray that I would allow His words to fill me and satisfy me.  I use to love the Word.  I would bathe in His word.  It was good and still is.  I wanna be rich Lord!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Joy

As a mom to 2 young children and a wife I am definitely learning that there will not be much joy in life if the source of your joy does not reside within you.  If your joy depends upon what you are doing and what your circumstances are at any given time, chances are, you are a very unhappy person.  Our pastor talked about 2 scriptures that caught me attention from Wed bible study.  It is giving me something to meditate on in terms of finding my source of joy in the right places instead of in the wrong places.  Psalm 1 says that the man who is blessed delights himself in the law of the Lord.  Now the word delight indicates happiness, joy, satisfaction, deep contentment.  In Luke 17:21 Jesus says "the kingdom of God is within you".

What must we do to have true joy in the mundaneness of everyday life.  Study the word of God to give you delight and realize that every blessing in the Kingdom of God resides in you.  Jesus expresses His life through his followers.  Don't look for your children, your spouse, material things, your work, or your friends to make you happy.  Look to the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night.  See that's what you have to do to start delighting in it.  It's not gonna just happen.  The bible says you have to meditate on it day and night. 

Don't look at the Kingdom of God as a destination, it resides in you.  That means your power, your healing, your strength, your peace, self-control, love, longsuffering............etc.  Everything you need to be more than a conquerer in this life is already in you.  Just yield to Jesus and the Holy spirit so He can express His life through you.  Lean on Him as you go about the work of your day.  Remember leaning doesn't mean to stop work.  It is a posture that you remain in as you work.  Be Blessed!!!

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