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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Friday’s Question

Do I live my day for “arriving safely” or “skidding broadside”?

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

1 Timothy 6:17  As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.

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Wild Ride

I can live my day making sure my nails are perfect and my makeup unsmudged or I can enjoy the dirt with my grand babies and work up a bit of a sweat.  I can sit all pretty in a chair watching others serve or I can be the one serving.

Lord, I thank You for allowing me experience life that has taught me the value of hard work and willingness/need to serve others.  Amen!

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Friday’s Question

Do we really have to die to self to be renewed in Him?

20170328_174234 I’m a big perennial flower lover.  Buy them once, plant them once and enjoy the fruits of your labor a lift time.  Sometimes they have to be pruned back, cutting off the dead limbs and trimming the leaves that are weathered and worn from the harsh surroundings.  But they always come back doubled in size and more beautiful than ever. They literally died all the way back and God brought them alive again so they could please those around them with their beauty.

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.—Matthew 16:25, NASB

Have you ever thought of your self as a perennial.  God molded and shaped us once, placed us in our mother’s womb so that once we were born He could enjoy the fruits of His labor for eternity.  But do we always act in ways that brings happiness to our Lord?  Are we working so hard to prove ourselves beautiful in the sight of those on earth that we forget about dying to self for our Lord?

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

So I will consider this the next time I’m trying to prove my point, pave my way, carve out my spot in the lime light and have my say. I must die to self to be renewed and become a more beautiful me.

Lord,I am grateful for your love for me.  I pray that I will let you be my guide. Amen!

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Friday’s Question

Making Great Relationships………..What does that look like to you?  And how does God want it to look like in our lives?

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Love is patient and kind.Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

It takes desire, intentionality, love and time. We choose how each of those things play out in our lives.

Lord, You are the greatest example of what relationship is. Help me learn. Help me be that someone.  That someone that has that desire to have relationships.  That someone that is intentional with my actions to create opportunities.  That someone who loves through the hard as well as the joy.  That someone that gives freely of her time to MAKE GREAT RELATIONSHIPS. I pray that Your love can flow through me.  Amen! signature

Friday’s Question

Hebrews 11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.  biblegateway-com-logo

I’m putting the questions back in your court today.  I found this article and thought it was interesting because it actually doesn’t tell me how to think, it puts that responsibility back on me.  I know these questions may be uncomfortable for some Christians to even contemplate but it’s a necessary process so that we can have a strong and true relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and reap all the promises that He so wants to give us.

Footnote: I am not endorsing this writer in general. I have not read any of his other writings.

13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves

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During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones:

1) What is salvation? What does salvation really mean? When does it happen and is it permanent? Do you choose your own salvation or is it predestined? Is everyone saved or just a select few?

 The idea of salvation is extremely complex, and our concept of it directly influences how we live, evangelize, and interact with the people around us.

2) Do I own my faith?Is your faith the result of a cultural or family tradition — something you were raised with — or because you know it makes your girlfriend happy, or because your seminary scholarship depends on it, or because you live in a religious society where it’s advantageous to be a “Christian?”Deep down, what do you really believe? Is following Jesus your decision, or are you vicariously living out Christianity because of an allegiance to someone — or something — else?

3) Can I trust the Bible?

 This question fleshes out the simplistic “The Bible is from God” answer. How was scripture written, formed, edited, discovered, critiqued, and inspired?

Almost all Christian beliefs and traditions come from the Bible — but where did that come from?

4) How do biblical texts apply to modern society?The cultural traditions of the Bible are radically different than today’s social norms, so how do you use scripture to address current issues such as gender roles, gay marriage, abortion, immigration reform, and gun control?
5) Who is God?  We use the generic term ‘God’ all the time, but have we stopped to ask ourselves who we believe God really is? What are God’s powers, characteristics, and attributes? How do you define the Holy Spirit? A million different people have a million different definitions of God — what’s yours?
6) Why does God allow bad things to happen? Many Christians feel secure in their faith until something bad happens; then this question becomes painfully relevant. Why do cancer, famine, war, and murder occur? Eventually, all believers must tackle the paradox of how an all-powerful and all-loving God allows extraordinary amounts of pain, hurt, and evil to exist.
7) Why is God so morbidly violent in the Old Testament?Christians are great at promoting the loving Jesus of the New Testament, but very few can convincingly explain the horrific portrayal of God in the Old Testament — how do you explain it?
8) How does free will affect my faith?Believers eventually encounter the age-old question that continues to be debated today: Do I choose God or does God choose me? The discussion of free will usually devolves into a Calvinism vs. Arminianism vs. Open Theism discussion — all of which talk about how faith relates to choice, intellect, and controlling our destiny.  This question strikes at the heart of how our actions, communication, and relationship with God is structured.
9) How can you believe in something that can’t be scientifically proven?How do you explain a God that isn’t quantifiable or palpable? As the secular world often mocks people of faith, Christians must deal with some frustrating questions: Why doesn’t God obviously manifest God’s self? If God is real why doesn’t God audibly or visibly reveal God’s self to us? Why does the God in the Bible seem so completely different than today’s God?Miracles and supernatural events seemingly don’t happen as often today. Where are the miracles, signs and wonders? Why doesn’t God physically appear to us and tell us what to do?Behind these questions lies this deeper inquiry: If God loves everyone and wants everyone to believe in God, why doesn’t God simply physically manifest God’s self to the entire world?
10) What makes Christianity different than any other religion?A virgin birth, morals, ethics, rules, laws, and miracles … other religions have had similar things. So what’s so unique about Christianity? Many faiths have questions that look extremely similar to the ones listed here — why should you trust Christianity over any other religion?
11) How has my faith been influenced? How has your upbringing, life experiences, culture, and environment molded your faith? Whether we want to admit it, everything we believe has been filtered through these life variables. How have they affected your faith and theology?
12) Am I using my faith to serve another agenda?Has your faith become something it wasn’t originally meant to be? Is it being used as a tool to serve other agendas? Are you using Christianity to impress someone, increase your social status, promote a political party, get money, buttress a moral belief, or fill intellectual, emotional, and relational voids?The Christian faith can quickly morph into something it was never originally intended to become — take time to cleanse your spirituality from the things that hijack it.
13) What is the point of following Christ? What is your purpose and motivation for following Christ? Sure, it’s full of good morals, standards, and ethics, but why do you do it? It’s amazing how many times we’ve floated through our faith without asking ourselves this most basic question.

Overall, we’re continually faced with questions that challenge our belief systems. This isn’t a bad thing, and much of Jesus’s ministry revolved around asking questions. In the end, thoughtfully examining our faith promotes a spirituality that is healthy, honest, genuine, and mature.

I have questioned and You have answered me Lord. I Trust You with all my heart. Amen!

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Fridays Question

How do I reconcile?

I’ve heard it said , “You can never reconcile what you do not recognize”.  That make perfectly good sense.  How am I going to reconcile a relationship with someone if I don’t recognize that there is an issue?  Whether the issue is with me or with them.  I must recognize the problem before I can even consider reconciling with them.  And then there is the part that the other person must join in that recognition process.  We all have a PART to play.

P – Permission to pursue

A- Accountability, Authenticity and Action

R- Remembering the gifts

T- Truth to Power, Transform each other and Trust

Now it’s time to reconcile. But remember, to reconcile means to forgive and reunite with that person.  If doing that, puts you in harms way,God does not want that for you.

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Lord help me recognize and be lead to reconcile. Amen

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Friday’s Question

What does it mean for me to me “MOVED TO ACTION”?

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But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

In our homes, our jobs, our church and our communities this “Moved to Action” could look very differently.  But in the context of what is said in James, what is he speaking of?

Our Lord gives us very specific examples of doers of the word.  Our challenge is to be one.

Our Lord gives us very specific talents that serve well in His kingdom. Our challenge is to use them.

Our Lord gives us the strength and courage needed to step out into the world and people around us and show them who He is. Our challenge is to DO IT!

Don’t simply study and memorize and sit still. Let it Move you to Action!

Lord help me discern Your voice and be willing to move when You say Move! Amen!

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