Saturday, February 15, 2014

The test

"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty" -Job 5:17 (NASB)

You ever feel like God is testing you?  Even taking things and people you love from you?   That's not God, just the opposite actually.  That's the enemy, Satan.  And why does God allow this to happen to us?  To draw us closer to make us open our eyes and look up.  Some may think your suffering is because you did something wrong or because you weren't living right but that's not necessarily the case.  Ever heard the saying "He's got the patience of Job!"  Well Job is a real dude...a blameless, God fearing dude according to the Bible and guess what...he suffered.  A lot.  Our God is a God of grace.  He just wants a relationship with us.  So when you are suffering just know that he see you.  He is with you.  Just look up.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Feeling Like I'm Failing...LOOK UP!

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will council you with my eye upon you."  - Psalms 32:8 NASB

Lately I feel like I've been failing.  A lot.  Feeling like despite my best efforts I'm just not...well enough.
Feeling like that as a wife, mother, homemaker and business woman.  I feel like I should be more.  Doing more.  Handling more.  But is "more" really better?  I keep trying to better maximize my time, organize and plan.  I just keep finding myself defeated.
But maybe God doesn't want me to do "more".  Maybe he doesn't even care ho much I get done.
God just wants our faithfulness.  Quality, not quantity.  He wants us to be smart with what he has given us.  That means being smart with our hearts and with our relationships and with everything we choose to do.  So when I find myself needing to be "MORE"...I need only look up!  He will council me with his eye upon me!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Make Peace...

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God" - Matthew 5:9 NASB

This morning our pastor did an amazing sermon on being intentional with our lives, our relationships, our interactions and communications. This resonated with me. This is something I've been working on diligently over the last year and I've found great fulfillment in it when I realized that I was indeed shutting people out. I was blocking out people. Not just on views I didn't want to hear and people I didn't want to deal with but just blocking out people in general because I was afraid that I'll be shut down emotionally. Recently I got to a point where rather than shut people out I wanted to meet them head on and be intentional with my interactions and see how I could be of use. See how God wanted to use me. How I could pour out in others lives and the craziest thing happened, I was happy. I was being filled. So why the verse I picked to go with this story? Well because often times we don't want to make peace. We like the war we have waged. We want to stir the pot and stand back and see the pieces fly. But what happens when they land? Are you happy? Are you fulfilled? It's on to the next war for a short lived victory. God tells us blessed are the peacemakers and it's true. We wage a war against humanity when we are afraid to face it. When we are afraid of rejection. Or perhaps we are afraid of what's in the mirror. Whatever the reason, we need to make peace. We need to be the peacemakers God has called us to be.