Friday’s Question

How should I react?

I know that we’re all faced with situations that immediately make us want to react in a negative way but how successful are we at holding that “negative reaction” back?

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Read the below scriptures:

 

James 3:13

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

Galatians 5:16-18 

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Matthew 18:15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Things I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Lord, I pray that I will continue to learn how to be more like Your image. Amen!

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Friday’s Question

What’s your perspective?

Colossians 1:28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

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Some insights from Rick Warren:

The Bible says that unbelievers have no spiritual perspective (1 Corinthians 2:14). Likewise a lack of perspective is a mark of spiritual immaturity (1 Corinthians 3:1-2, 13:1114:20). In contrast, having perspective is evidence of spiritual maturity. Hebrews 5:14 (NASB) says, “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”

There are many benefits of learning to see everything from God’s perspective:

Perspective causes us to love God more. The better we understand the nature and ways of God, the more we love him. Paul prayed “May you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is” (Ephesians 3:18 LB).

Perspective helps us resist temptation. When we look at a situation from God’s viewpoint, we realize the long-term consequences of sin are greater than any short-term pleasure sin might provide. Without perspective we follow our own natural inclinations. “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12 NIV).

Perspective helps us handle trials. When we have God’s perspective on life we realize that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28) and that “the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:3). Perspective was one of the reasons Jesus was able to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2). He looked past the pain to the joy that was set before him.

Perspective protects us from error. If there was ever a time that Christians need to be grounded in the truth, it is today. Pluralism has created a very confused culture. The problem is not that our culture believes nothing but that it believes everything. Perspective is the antidote.

When believers, new and mature, are given both knowledge and perspective, the result is rock solid: “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth” (Ephesians 4:14 LB).

I pray that I will grow to have a clear God perspective on things that I’m faced with in life. Amen!

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Friday’s Question

Do you believe this statement?

God cares more about our presence than our performance!

ref: You are Free by Rebekah Lyons

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Give Him your presence and you will be filled with Him.

Lord I pray that my actions will only be motivated by the desire to be close to You. Amen!

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Friday’s Question

How important is family?

Psalm 115:12-15

The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great. May the Lord give you increase, you and your children! May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

Psalm 127:3-5

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 83:18

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Family is important! There are times that family are the only ones that will fill in for God to be that human touch, that listening ear and that loving voice and will say “it will be okay”. Family can come in many shapes, sizes, colors and nationalities.  Family can be blood or not.  Their only  specification is that they love you unconditionally! No strings attached, just unconditional love!

Thank you Lord for putting those people in my life that I would gladly call “FAMILY”! Love and blessings to them all! Amen!

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Friday’s Question

Am I doing too much or too little?

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “WOW”! What a ride!  – Anonymous

Ecclesiastes 5:18 

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.

Matthew 25:35-40 

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

Matthew 25:45

 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Help me Lord have the wisdom to serve when I need to serve and to rest when I need to rest.  Help me feel your nudges and hear your voice. Amen!

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TRUST

How do you trust, when it feels like your life is out of control?

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

 

I love swinging high!  The freedom of floating through the air and the smells of my surroundings rushing past me.  But if I go too high or too fast and the swing takes a turn of twisting and swaying then it can feel a bit out of control.  But with swing, I always have the option of putting my feet firm on the ground and the out of control feelings vanish.  Life is not like that.  My feet have been as firm as they could be on the ground beneath me and my life was still OUT OF MY CONTROL!

I’ve learned how to TRUST, when my life is out of my control!  STOP!  TAKE A DEEP BREATH IN! CLOSE MY EYES AND SEE “HIM” STANDING NEXT TO ME! SCREAM! BE SILENT! REST! What ever my emotions are telling me through this out of control-ness, I do it!  But I do it with HIM!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Lord, thank your for being my firm ground. Amen!

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Friday’s Question

Has God hit me upside the head to move and I stood still?

Job 33:14 For God does speak—now one way, now another—   though no one perceives it.

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Matthew 7:24  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

John 16:13  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Isaiah 30:21   Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

I know that there have been certain things that I’ve said “If God wants me to do that (whatever it is) then he is going to have to knock me down, kick me around and hit me upside the head.”  But generally He does not work like that.  Man it would be so much easier if he did.  We must stay connected to HIM daily and pray to be FULLY ALERT to the callings of the Holy Spirit who dwells inside us.  Most likely it’s going to be a gentle voice that’s talking to us from within.  Sometimes He may even talk through other people.  You have to be ware of this though because it’s not always the Spirit talking through others.   The Holy Spirit will give us nudges, if we ignore them, he will nudge again.  Eventually we can’t ignore them any longer but we can make a conscious decision not to move.  Are we connected with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and do we move when He nudges?

Lord, help me to hear your voice guiding me. Amen

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Friday’s Question

What do you need?

Recently a group of women were asked this question.  I loved the answers and even added my need in there.   What needs do you have and do any of the below ring true for you too!

HAVE – I feel like I constantly need things.  Striving for more. – Our true need is to be content with what God has entrusted us with.

Philippians 4:19 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:31-32 

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

James 4:1-2 

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

Hebrews 13:5 

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

BEAUTY – I have the need to feel beautiful or feel like others think I’m beautiful – Forgetting that I am beautiful from the inside which makes me beautiful on the outside.

Song of Solomon 4:7 

You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

1 Peter 3:3-4 

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

Proverbs 31:30 

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

APPRECIATION – I have the need to feel appreciated.  Running constantly for others. – I need to remember that all the appreciation that I need is the fulfillment from doing for others as Christ did.

Colossians 3:16 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Ruth 2:12 

The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

1 Timothy 2:1-2 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

INTIMACY – I have the need for intimacy, a simple touch, hug, quiet whisper of “Love  you”. Just knowing someone deeply cares.  –  Sometimes we’re looking for that intimacy from those who just don’t have it to give as we need it but if we spend more time with God in prayers and grow in intimacy with Him, even sharing our need for it here on earth, He will provide it.  

Hebrews 13:4 

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

1 John 4:7-8 

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Galatians 5:13 

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

John 15:15 

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

REST – I need rest.  In the craziness of this world, we are in charge of how much we rest.  –  We have to learn how to say “NO” or at least be realistic about what we should say “YES” to.  There are times when only the Lord can give us rest in our soul.

Matthew 11:28-30 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Exodus 33:14 

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Psalm 37:7 

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Jeremiah 31:25 

For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”

Psalm 46:10 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

 

BALANCE – I need Balance! In this world there is anything but balance. The world tells me that I need to “have” but Jesus tells me to be content and he will give me what I need. The world tells me that I need to be beautiful but Jesus tells me that it’s not what’s on the outside but that He is shining on the inside. The world tells me that I need “power” to make it but Jesus tells me that He is my power and as long as I trust in him, follow his instructions, seek his guidance that I will make it. I have to live in this world but I don’t find my Balance in this world, I find it in Jesus.

God is all I needLord help me to be content.  To not worry about what I have or don’t have.  Help me to stop putting pressure on myself and those I love to meet the need to have.  I know Lord that You knit me to be perfect in Your sight and I ask for You to help me be comfortable in who I am, knowing that You don’t make Junk!  Lord give me a heart to freely give of myself without the need to get back.  Freely giving as Your son gave for me.  I pray Lord that I will take the time needed to draw closer to You.  Allowing You to fill that space in my soul that is missing intimacy.  I have others around me but that is a space that only you can fill.  Lord, give me the courage to say “NO”, help me to be aware of my limitations and be okay with taking time for me sometimes.  Help me to be bold with my Yes’ , giving my best because I’m not stretched too far with all the things I should have said No to.  Ultimately even in my sometimes craziness, help me to find rest in You.  Help me to find the Balance I need in my daily walk so that I can be who I need to be with You. Amen!

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Friday’s Question

Do we spend more time anticipating the miraculous that we miss the day to day joys?

Psalm 23:1-4

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The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a dreamer.  I love to dream about the possibilities if………………..  We each dream about the future for different reasons.  I think for me, I dream because I feel my past was so heavily consumed with the evils of life that I didn’t have the knowledge of the good He was doing.  But what if my dreams are coming true right here/right now and I’m missing them because I am dreaming about what ever I have conjured  up in my head for the future.  Whatever I think will heavily consume my past.  And I’m not watching for how God is blessing me today.   So for me, I’m not going to STOP dreaming of the possibilities if………………  but the possibilities are going to be filled with the expected dreams of what God is doing right here/right now.  I can now see that even in the evils of my past, God was walking through them with me, marking out my path and watching me grow stronger in Him.

My dreams can never out shine the dreams that God has for me.

Lord Jesus, You are my dream come true today! Amen!

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Friday’s Question

How do you know when God is pushing you to move?

Exodus 29:19-21

“Now take the other ram, and have Aaron and his sons lay their hands on its head.  Then slaughter it, and apply some of its blood to the right earlobes of Aaron and his sons. Also put it on the thumbs of their right hands and the big toes of their right feet. Splatter the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.  Then take some of the blood from the altar and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his sons and on their garments. In this way, they and their garments will be set apart as holy.

I found out tonight!  He showed me that I’m listening to him but he wants me to listen a bit closer, stretch a bit further and move a bit beyond.  Opening myself up to NEW. Opening myself up to UNCOMFORTABLE. Opening myself up to feelings of UNQUALIFIED. Just to remind me that I’M HIS, I’M WORTHY and I’M CAPABLE.  He will never push me to move into an area without going on the ride with me.

In the first step tonight I learned……

It’s okay to remember

There is satisfaction to be found

Even in the ugly

God is close

Change and freedom is mine

New life

Welcomed

Serving

God is Close

Blessed

Who am I

The possibilities

Singing and Surprises

Some joy Some hard

Write to show who you are

Write because Jesus made right, all the wrongs

With his hands on me

My past was killed

And I was made right in his eyes

His blood was sprinkled on my soul

My hollowed was filled.

Thank you Lord for Stretching me.  I pray that others will feel your tugs and move where you lead. Amen!

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