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Tips/Things I’ve learned and applied to make my life better.

A Line In The Sand/An Open (anonymous) Letter

 

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
– Psalms 34:18

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
– Psalms 147:3

“…My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9

God is “close to the brokenhearted”… That is a promise. “It’s not a feeling, it is a fact,” as a friend of mine put it.

How does one exercise faith? Having faith in God means believing that He is who He is, and that He has done what He has done. But what about when having faith means letting go and trusting God? I know, from both experience as well as observation that this step can often seem more difficult than initially accepting God to begin with.

In my experience, it has been similar to a line in the sand; On one side, I have my faith in God in the sense of saying, “I believe.” On the other side of the line is my faith on a whole different level where suddenly that line becomes a canyon. It requires so much more of me. It requires–well–a leap of faith. I have to not only work up the courage to know that I am making the right choice and know that when I land, God will be there to catch me, whether is be at the bottom of the canyon or at the other side of the line… I also have to be able to deny myself and my wants and my earthly needs, which can be a completely separate task in itself. But what did Jesus tell us? In Mark 8:34, he said…Line

“If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.”

The thing that often prevents us from doing that very thing is fear. Often that fear is that things won’t turn out the way that we want or “need” them to turn out. But…

“…God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7

That line in the sand can be complicated, and once you make that jump, odds are that you will land with another just ahead of you.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33

When facing another line in the sand, I am always reminded of the words of 2 Corinthians 12:9 (above) and 10

“That is why I take pleasure in my weakness, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Building Blocks for Life, Life in General

 

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Why We Give: Fragmentary Answer

I’ve been working (in my mind) on how to best build the case for why it is important to help others for someone who is having a difficult time grasping the “point” of it. This morning my reading has once again coincidentally brought me upon more basis for this discussion I’ve been constructing.

bigstockphoto_risk_1072402The argument that I am facing (more or less) is “I can’t give to others because I am trying to take care of my family.”

I’d like to point out that I have more thought out than is involved in this blog, however if you have anything you think would benefit being added for the purpose of sharing the importance of the need to do this, I would more than welcome it.

If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lent to other sinners for a full return.” – Luke 6:32-34

Life is not a matter of taking care of yourself and your family to simply “make it through”, but it is more a matter of showing Gods love to people in need and to people who have not heard or felt the power of Christ in their lives. The goal is  to show them what they are missing by not having the Savior in their lives; to show them “this is what His love can do”, and “if this is possible, how much greater must His love be?”

We are not trying to be “better” than the lost but we are supposed to be different. How is your life with God different from that of the unbeliever?

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Building Blocks for Life, Life in General

 

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Fearing Evil

There is so much evil in the world today. My first instinct is to ask God “Why?”, but if I were honest, I’d have to say that I probably know the answer. Either way, it’s not for me to question. However, being prone to anxiety and fear on a daily basis, all of the recent tragedies have only added new layers. The past few days have been difficult for me, as they have been for many people. My first glance at media this morning was met by the “Breaking News” of a church about a mile from the Connecticut school having been evacuated this morning after a bomb threat. First a movie theater shooting, then another school, a hospital in Alabama and now this? The heaviness of my heart had finally weakened me to the point of collapse. I didn’t fight it. No, instead I just gave in. I collapsed right into Gods arms, into His Word.

The truth is, I could no longer simply “remember” the words that I needed to give me strength. I needed something to refresh me, and as it turns out-God gave me (and everyone) just the thing to remind us what we need to know.
I sat down and looked up every verse that dealt with fear, be it the fear of God, the fear of man, or the fear of anything else. After reading a few, I came across the verse that brought me peace.

“Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor the onslaught of wicked when it comes.”
– Proverbs 3:25

The reminder that God told me not to be afraid of wicked when it comes just resonated with me. After all, what are all of these things that are going on if not “wicked?” “Do not be afraid”, He says. That is enough for me. To know that the Father has said this is one thing, but to be able to read it over and over in a letter written to me and all of His children has a profound power that little else can compare to.

If you have fear in your heart, turn to God. You may not find what you’re expecting, but if you seek it with all your heart, He will give you peace.

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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Building Blocks for Life

 

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Love: Biblical vs Worldly

Biblical Love and Worldly Love.
I often forget that there’s a difference, but there is and it is no small distinction.

Growing up in the world, we are often taught to love our families, our friends and perhaps a few select people whom we grow to admire.
We all hear the “golden rule”, to “love your neighbor” and “treat others as you want to be treated.” That’s all well and good, but what about everybody else? What about the people who’ve hurt us or have wronged us in some way? After all, we also hear “an eye for an eye.”

But what about all of the lessons in between. The ones between the aforementioned that have been tweaked to the worlds liking and are tossed about in daily conversations? What about Luke 6:32-33?
      “If you love those who
        Love you, what credit
        Is that to you? For
        Even sinners love those
        Who love them. If you
        Do good to those who
        Do good to you, what
        Credit is that to you?
        Even sinners do the
        Same”

I try my best to follow Gods law, but I’ll be the first to acknowledge that my best, is far from Gods best. I have to admit that this is one specific area where I am often all too worldly.
As I was reading today, I came across 1 Peter 4:8. I read it, made a note of it, and went about my day.

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My focus has changed, and my daily duties were progressing, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that verse. “Love will cover a multitude of sins.” That short phrase speaks so much truth.

Biblical Love.

It’s more than just a warm and fuzzy feeling. It’s a choice.
It is a choice that each one of us must make to extend the grace that the Father has shown to us, by choosing to love those who have hurt us, who’ve lied to us. A choice to love all people regardless of the past and regardless of whether or not they “deserve” it.
Remember, God doesn’t give us what we deserve. And we certainly didn’t “deserve” for Him to send His own Son to die for us.

     “He will not always strive
       With us, nor will He keep
       His anger forever. He has
       Not health with us
       According to our sins, nor
       Rewarded us according to
       Our iniquities. For as high
       As the heavens are from
       The earth, so great is His
       Lovingkindness toward
       Those who fear Him.”
                        – Psalm 103:9-11

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Building Blocks for Life

 

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A Plan

I have been feeling a clear presence of idolatry for the past couple of months. I have been feeling God urging me to get rid of the things that are somehow being kept a priority over Him. It’s hard to think that it’s even possible, but somehow things such as dvd collections hold some sort of importance to my husband and I. We are both fully aware that it is senseless but for some reason things like that still matter. Over the past two months, I’ve been praying over this frequently and talking to my husband about it, and we haven’t really been able to come up with an agreement on the situation. I keep getting confirmations that this is what God wants me to do-for whatever reasons I may or may not know right now-but now it seems that perhaps Someone decided to give one last push to get my husband and I on the same page, and to make it very clear that this is what we are supposed to do.

I keep thinking that it isn’t going to make sense to people…but then I quickly remember that it doesn’t have to. It isn’t supposed to. I keep remembering “they left everything and followed Jesus” – Luke 5:11. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can see a huge difference between what Luke was writing about, and what is happening to my family, but the verse has been speaking to me, and that’s not something that I can or will ignore. Maybe this is the next step that God needs me to take to continue growing in my relationship with Him. Maybe it’s just something that I need to do. The point is, that I don’t have any doubt about it. I don’t have any fear.

My living room is currently packed into two boxes. Those two boxes and a small television set are the only things from this room that will be leaving this house with us.

A friend asked me this morning if we have other options, if we “have a plan.” The only thought that came into my mind was this, “I have no plan, but I know that He does.” That’s enough. It’s enough for my family and it’s enough for me. It got me thinking about another Friend. Someone I’ve been pretty close to for a while. He hasn’t let me down yet, and I strongly believe that He won’t let me down in the future. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen with this, but I know that I have no doubts, and no worries about this decision. God knows what He’s doing. Who am I to stand in the way?

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in Building Blocks for Life

 

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The True Treasure

 

I’m currently reading “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God”. It is touching my heart in a special way. A way that I’m becoming quite familiar with. I believe it was “Crazy Love” that talked about feeling God pulling at your heart, directing you to do certain things. Either “Made to Crave” or “Becoming More Than Just A Bible Study Girl” also spoke about the same thing. Nearly everything that I have been reading keeps bringing me back to this same place; “release [your] grip on all that [you] love and offer it back to Him, who loves us more” (Lysa TerKeurst).

This seems to be Gods confirmation that this is what He wants me to do. God has been teaching me about greed and selfishness and He is moving me to change myself, to change my heart. My fulfilment, my “treasure” is not of this world and it is time that I start living a life that reflects that. My true treasure can’t be bought, nor can it be put on a shelf in my home. Yet so often I find myself saying that I “don’t have enough”, so I add another object to another shelf, and remain still unfulfilled. Why? Because God is the only One who can truly fulfil me. Another reminder of a previous blog, in which I wrote about the fact that trying to be complete in anything other than God is a form of idolatry. An easy trap to fall into.

Another day, another opportunity to commit myself fully to the Lord.

 

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Building Blocks for Life

 

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For He Is Worthy

As I sit here “alone” for the first time in weeks, reading my new Lysa TerKeurst book, I find my mind roaming wildly. I’m trying to learn about God, but right now my mind is stuck. Stuck on thanksgiving. Not the rapidly approaching November holiday, but the thanksgiving that occurs daily from the acknowledgement of all of the blessings that God has rained down on such an undeserving sinner.

I’m thinking of so many worldly situations that have been consuming me recently. I’m thinking about the way my worldly circumstances have interrupted what I would consider to be a two-month-long conversation with my Saviour. After getting my priorities back in order, I’m thinking of how this quiet time “alone” with God truly feels like I am getting back to being myself. “Myself” isn’t me, or simply something that I enjoy doing. “Myself” is a child passionately worshipping a God who created me for just this purpose. I’m thinking of how beautiful it is to be able to return into the loving arms of my Father, regardless of the mistakes I’ve made or how my focus may have temporarily shifted.

Suddenly all of these all-consuming worldly circumstances have simply faded into the background of my life and shine through, not as “problems” that I have been “dealing with”, but as the blessings that my Father has shown me.
My only real problem all this time has been that I allowed for my focus to stray from the One who deserves and is fully worthy of receiving such attention.

My mind is overflowing with love and gratitude toward the One who loves me like no other.
Rather than trying to focus on my reading, I am choosing to focus on my Lord! I am basking in the time and the opportunity to just thank Him, and to love Him, and glorify Him.
For He is worthy!

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Building Blocks for Life

 

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