2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kinder Than Necessary

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“Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” ~ Anonymous

Have you ever had to deal with someone that you just didn't like?  Have you ever had to deal with someone that you couldn't stand to be around?  Someone with an attitude.  Someone who is always ugly to you.  Someone that your couldn't possibly see any good in.

The other day I had to deal with a person that I didn't like very much.   Someone who has a history of being rude and obnoxious to me. I was  prepared and ready to deal with them.  Then when I saw that person I was humbled, for a moment my heart actually went out to them.  It is almost as if God had me see them through his eyes.  I felt an overwhelming need to just be as kind as I could to them, regardless of our past.

Sometimes people are mean for a reason.  Sometimes it is their only way of dealing with a situation, a situation that they cannot control.  Sometimes people take their feelings out on other people.  Sometimes our situations define us and make us someone we don't want to be.

In everything that we do, we should always try to be kind.  With all of the battles that we deal with daily, we need to remember that we are not the only ones.  Everyone has their battles. But through our kindness, through our humility maybe they can see something more.

I'm not saying that we should be push overs but sometimes we just need to be kinder than necessary

Colossians 3:12 (NIV, ©2010) 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

This Much

When my son was younger we used to the play the "I love you this much" game.  While I would tell him that I loved him to the moon and back a million times he would use his arms.  When asked how much he loved his grammy, papa, daddy, nanny and babu, he would stretch his arms out as wide as he possibly could saying "this much".  When I asked how much he loved his mommy, he would lift up his pinkie finger half way with a huge grin across his face and  said "this much".  I would be over dramatic (joking of course) acting like it was so little, like I was devasted,  but the grin on his face said more than his little pinkie finger.  He knew, that I knew that he loved me much more than that.  And it didn't matter what he said or did, because I knew better.

How many of us really know how much God loves us?  When the bad things keep staking up and despair consumes us.  Do we really know how much God loves us?  When all we see is half of a pinkie finger, do we really think that that is all there is?  We should know better, we should know how much God loves us.  Just like my son knew that no matter what he said or did that I knew better.  We should know that no matter what happens in our lives that God loves us so much more than that. Through heartaches and heartbreaks, in the depths of despair,  through the worst of time and in the best God is always there.

How much does God love us??  So much that He gave us His ONLY begotten SON !!!!

So that no matter what you see, no matter what happens in your life, you will know better.

Romans 8:37-39 (NIV, ©2010)  37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I Will Not Be Moved

Lamentation of the solitudeImage by ` TheDreamSky 꿈꾸는 하늘 via Flickr
A little over a year ago, some people at church has a little get together.  The flyer that was passed about asked no children please.  I didn't think much of it, it being a Sunday night I might as well stay home anyway.  But then my husband was approached and personally invited  and was told to bring my oldest one.  When my husband asked about me and the little one, nothing was said. An indication to me that we were excluded.

I kind of blew it off not thinking much of it, the little one can be a bit rowdy sometimes.  Maybe they just wanted an adult evening with no children.  But after the fact, I found out that other couples went and brought their children.  Everyone talked about how much fun it was and posted pictures.

It really bothered me, never in my life had I felt so rejected, so singled out.  For satan to attack me where it mattered most.  For him to seclude me in the one place that I felt like I belonged.  I felt like an outsider, like I belonged nowhere. It changed me and my perception of things.

To say that I have fully recovered from the blow would be a lie.  It is different now and the fire that once burned so strong has somewhat faded.  I have been ousted so many times in my life that I was used to it, but this was different, this was supposed to be the one place I couldn't be touched. I no longer had a place of refuge, I no longer had a home. This was the point that shook my world, tested my faith and bruised my spirit all the same time. Through everything that I had been through in my past, through everything I had been through with my dad's illness, my church, my God was where I ran too when things got more than I could bear.  It was where I felt safe, where I felt accepted. But now it was different.

And if you think satan stopped there, he didn't.  Since then every fiber of my being has been tested and tested over and over.  Through family, work, church and them some.  I think he is trying to break me, and I think he almost did.

As "Christians"  we are literally targets.  Satan will do absolutely anything to try to drive us away from God.  If we let him, he will succeed.  I choose not to let him.  We are not perfect and sometimes we hurt people without intending to do so.  But whether they like me or not, I am not there for them,  I am in my Father's house, and I will follow HIM.

Through it all God's grasp on me has remained solid.  My path clear.  I will not be moved.  Yes, the path gets cloudy to the point I can barely see it, but I know it is there.  I know it still remains.  That is why I walk by faith, because a lot of times I just can't see.

Psalm 16:8-11 (King James Version) 8I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Natalie Grant - I Will Not Be Moved

I will stumble

I will fall down
But I will not be moved
I will make mistakes
I will face heartache
But I will not be moved

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Just One

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Just one doesn't seem like a lot, but it is a lot when it comes to God.  He would have come for just one, He would have died for just one.

We are so obsessed with numbers, that more is better.  Even as Christians we are consumed with how many.  But if we live our life right, if we follow God.  If only one person is changed by our actions, then it is more than enough.

Jesus was just one, Moses was just one, Noah was just one.  They were each just one, whose impact are still talked about today.   For you are just one, but God has big plans for you.  To God just one means the world to Him.

If just one person walks through the door of your church you should rejoice as if it were a thousand.  For just one can change the world. Don't be consumed with the ones who didn't come around, rejoice in the one who did.

Never underestimate the impact of just one.

Luke 15:3-10 (NIV, ©2010)

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Share

Everyone has his burden.Image by Spiritless Visionary via Flickr
We have all had our share of the bad things.  Some even more than their share.  Share of misery, pain, neglect.  Burdens more than anyone should have to bear.  Sometimes it feels like it will never end, like the sun will never shine again.  Sometimes our pain just feels endless.  Bad things just keep happening and happening over and over with no relief in sight. How much can one person bear?

I once heard a sermon from a very wise but young pastor that spoke about just how much one person can bear.  He went on to say that  we all have a threshold of how much we can bear.  Some more than others.  We are each made uniquely some stronger in some areas, others stronger in other areas.  But all have our  limit in which we can't take anymore.

He then spoke about one Person who bore the sins of the world.  On top of that He bore all of our pain, sadness, sorrow, grief.  He bore our limit and more.  He carried it all.  He took each and every one of our limits and bore them all.  On His shoulders, on His nail pierced hands, He carried it all.

How much can one Person bear?  Jesus bore it all.

There is nothing that He hasn't been through, nothing that He can't see you through.  For His strength is ours to have and our burdens are His to bear.

We each have had our share, but just remember that Jesus had way more than His. He has surpassed your limit and then some. Our faith and our hope endures!!

Isaiah 46:4 (NIV, ©2010) 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Raging Sea

Alone Above a Raging SeaImage by justingaynor via Flickr
"LET THE WATERS RISE" by Mikeschair
There's a raging sea
Right in front of me
Wants to pull me in
Bring me to my knees
So let the waters rise
If You want them to
I will follow You

Sometimes the problems in our life feel like a raging sea ready to pull us in.  There is nothing we can do to stop it, it wants to bring us down, begging for mercy, gasping for air.  Where do we go?  How do we get out of this? Sometimes we are so consumed all we can see is that rogue wave about to come crashing down on us.  Will we drown?  Sure feels like it.

But you can survive, there is hope, because God has promised to see us through the storm. He has promised not to leave our side and He will not abandon us if we only follow Him.

There is always going to be a raging sea in front of us.  there will always be an obstacle, a burden.  There will always be something in the way to build our character.  But only God, can calm those seas.  Only God can give us strength to endure. He will not allow us to drown.

I will follow God to the depths of the sea, wherever He wants me to be.  Anywhere He lead me.  Let those waters rise, I am ready.  I am following Him, and He has the power to calm those raging seas.  He will not leave me.

Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV, ©2010)1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Throw Me Back Again

A battery of 1,000 and 2,000 pound furnaces ro...Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr
Today was another throw me back into the fire days.  I have the feeling that I will be posting about these days often. Why is that?  Because I have attitiude, I want things my way,  I want the last word, I don't want people to think they can walk all over me.  I certainly don't want people thinking they are better then me.

I make comments under my breath, fake a smile and pretend everything is fine.  I bite my tougue. It's better that way.  But if I just pretend and still think the same way, is it really helping me? Is it really changing my charater?
Lord, will you ever see Your reflection in me?

I don't want the little things to bother me.  I don't want stupid things to bother me.  Most of the time they don't, but sometimes on a bad day they do, they really do.

How do you change your way of thinking?  How do you focus on things above when all you see is here?  How do you truly become a reflection of God?

My answer is simple, the task, not so much. The answer is to pray about it.  You get on your knees and pray.  You put your faith and your trust in God.  You have to want to change not because it is the right thing to do, but because you truly want to be that better person, that reflection of God.  It is really hard to surrender yourself, believe me it is one of the hardest things that I have had to do. (yes I am that bad, was that is).  It is a daily task, but I want to be that reflection, I want to be thrown back into the fire again and again till I am pure silver.

Philippians 2:3-11 (NIV, ©2010) 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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