Hard (Deceitful)

Psalms 101:7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.

Being honest and living with integrity seems to be a practice that is hard to do and a thing of the past.  Where there is deceitfulness there also lies a person that is living for self.

Definition:

de·ceit·ful -1. given to deceiving: A deceitful person cannot keep friends for long.

  1. intended to deceive; misleading; fraudulent: a deceitful action.

Synonyms:

  1. insincere, disingenuous, false, hollow, designing, tricky, wily. 2. illusory, fallacious.

Antonyms :

  1. honest. 2. genuine

A deceitful person will end up alone because they are unable to foster relationships.  To dwell in the house of the Lord we must be honest and genuine.  Ugg…….to do that we must let others inside our head, allowing them to see our thoughts, open up our hidden boxes of skeletons, feel our fears and see our failures.  But being honest and genuine with a friend (God) also allows them to balance out of thoughts, burn those skeletons, protect  us from our fears and give us grace from our failures.  God made us for relationship, He made us so that we would one day dwell with Him and He made us to care for others before ourselves.  We can’t do that if we’re not in open relationship.  Try it today.  Be honest, hiding nothing, being genuine in your relationships and see that the Lord knew what He was doing.

Lord Father, I come to you today with a full heart.  Desiring to be honest and genuine with You.  Allowing You to dwell inside me.  Directing my every move.  I know Lord that even if I didn’t verbally tell You about me, You still would know.  But the act of me opening up to You is more for me than You.  Talking to You is what brings me peace to my soul.  I am grateful Lord that You have placed in my life friends and family that I can be “REAL” with.  Never feeling that I have to hide from the truth about who I am.  I pray today Lord, that my family and friends will also understand the need for relationship with You.  Will be willing to be honest and genuine with You and they will be able to discern those that You have placed in their lives whom they can be “REAL” with.  I thank You with every fiber of my being.  Amen!

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Time

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Only God knows what is planned for our tomorrow.  It’s not my job to plan it out, it’s only my job to follow His lead.  Take the time for relationships, love, old and new.  Cherish the time today and live with the excitement of what comes tomorrow.  Thank Him for the friendships that He has given and Thank them for loving us as we are.  Living not for what is in the past but for what is in the future.  Where there is Hope there is God.

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Thank you Lord for putting MORE in my life.  Amen!

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ONE THING I LOVE

Psalm 145:5 [Full Chapter]

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

One thing I love is WATER.  Water of  any kind that is in it’s natural setting.  Water running in a ditch way, rocky creek on a path,  streams flowing out of the rocky cliff, water fall gushing down a mountain top, babbling creek running along the road side, a lake and the ocean.  Yes, I even love the rain.    I love my fountain in my back yard making beautiful music with my wind chimes.  Natural waters, I love!
My husband knows that full well.  It just puts me in a peace that is un-explainable.  So when he takes me for a ride on our bike, we must seek out any form of water there is. God did that for me.  He placed those things on this earth to give me a place of peace.  He placed them here to create joy in my heart.  He placed them here so that I would be able to meditate on His wonderful works.
Along those rides I also experience other beautiful sights.  The glorious splendor of His Majesty.  I’d like to share that with you.  And I pray that peace will also be with you.
Giving Him glory for His love. Amen!

LEGACY

Deuteronomy 6:6-9   These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

BibleGateway.com-LogoDeuteronomy 6:1-25 (click for full chapter)

I never thought much about “Legacy” until I had grand children. It just wasn’t something that I was taught.  Never living in a close geographical location to my own grand parents, there just wasn’t that time of “sitting around the table” talking about our family history and laughing about the memories.  That is a sad realization.  And honestly when I was raising my children, even though we went to church as a family and were involved, I’m not sure that I did my part of making God part of our home life too.  I was JUST trying to make it through the day, as most young families are today.  But as I age I realize that I missed out on some rich conversations as I was growing up and as I was raising my children.  Some conversations that would have told me a lot about who I am as a person in my earthly life and in my spiritual life.  And told my children a lot about who they are and increased their desire to be with God.

Maybe if I’d had those conversations then it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to see who I am to God.

So now I start with my grand children.  Spending time with them.  Talking with them about important events in our lives, sharing with them who I am, showing them their value as a person, laughing with them, crying with them, helping them and letting them help me.  But mostly sharing with them the wonders of a God who is ever lasting, loving and wants to give them their hearts desires (ref:  Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart).

So today I’m going to share with you a little from yesterday’s  sermon at church.  Take the time to have those conversations with the people in your life.  It’s never too late to start!

Leave a Legacy:

  1. Starts with You  Deut 6:1-3
  2. Move towards your family  Deut 6:2 – No IMPACT without CONTACT
  3. Connect with your local church Deut 6:6
  4. Broaden your reach to the community  Deut 6:9

Here are a couple of resources to get started with.

LEGACY QUESTIONSFAMILY TREE

The ordinary Christian family is simply ordinary Christian people, living in the ordinary circumstances of life, out of the extraordinary grace of the gospel. ref: Tedd Tripp from “The Ordinary Christian Family” Click for full article

Lord, help me start today to make a more beautiful tomorrow for those I love. Amen

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Distractions

1 Corinthians 7:35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.BibleGateway.com-Logo

Get up, watch the news, jump in the shower, put make up on, drive to work listening to the radio, rush into work, sit down and don’t look up for 8+ hours, leave work, pick up kids, run to the ball field, do the work you brought home or talk on the phone to job or volunteer related person, game over, run to grocery store, get home, get dinner prepared while catching up with stats on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and throwing some laundry on, get dinner served, rush everyone along, clean up kitchen, tend to laundry, sweep the floor, play a little angry bird as you’re pushing the kids to finish homework, turn on your favorite weekly show, fold laundry, catch up on your weekly bible study, play some candy crush and scan your social media again, wash face, brush teeth, jump in the bed and YOU’RE OUT!  What an exhausting day then you get up the next morning and doing it again.   Where does this get you? Do we ever not have something to do?  Can we just sit and be still? Do we seek out time in our day to talk to the Lord without distractions?  Do we embrace the time that we can listen to HIS calling and grasp what He’s telling us? How? All this stuff has to be done! Distractions………..whatever they may be can consume us! If we desire relationships we must invest time into them, the same goes for our relationship with the Lord. But how? Evaluate our time spent and truly see the things we fill our time with and ask………..do I spend just as much time the Lord as I do with the distractions?

Lord, today I thank you for the silence in my head. I search my life to make time for You.  Lord I don’t want You to be a fleeting moment in my day.  You are the greatest relationship that I seek and I pray that You will show me how to slow down and be at rest with You.  Without Your intervention in my life I will be worn out heading in 2,3,4 or 5 places through out my day.  Thank You Lord for being my steady force to calm my soul. Amen!

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GOD in my LIFE

Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.

Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?

There is only one God and HE loves me.   I can’t even count how many people that I have come across in my life time.  How many that I have invested time in.  How many I have loved.  How many that I have probably hurt a time or two.  How many who have hurt me.  How many who have come and gone.  How many?  But there is only ONE who can be everything to me.  Only ONE who has invested in me unconditionally.  Only ONE who promises will never fail me.  Only ONE!  GOD!

Lord, I love and I’m grateful! Amen!

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Baptism

Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Oh so many years ago, when I was baptized into Christ, did I really know what that meant for my life?  Was it a miraculous transformation of mind and body?  I wish I could say it was.  Now, was I more aware of my sin once I made that decision? Yes!  But it didn’t keep my humanness from showing its true colors at times.  Deciding to honor my Lord through baptism and working towards that transformation, for me, has been a work in progress.  Everyday over the last almost 40 years I have taken baby steps towards finding my way to Him.   I also have taken more than a few steps backwards.  But that is okay, not okay that I sometimes consciously take them, but okay because I know my Lord will forgive me when I admit the error of my ways and go to Him with humility and sorrow.  No one is perfect once they step foot out of the pool of water from baptism and He knows that but it is the 1st baby step towards seeking Him to fill your life with love and wonderment!  Honor Him with this decision and walk in the newness of life forever.  I know that today I will be a little closer to being that person that He has designed me to be.

Lord Father, thank You for being my Father. For understanding me, for who You have made me and not for who I portray at times.  Be with me today during my walk with You, helping me straighten up when I curve off Your path.  Amen!

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Investing

1 Thessalonians 2:8   so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.   BibleGateway.com-Logo

Invest………….  we each will have a different thought when we’re asked “What do we invest in?”.  Most would say is 1st a financial thought.  Stocks, bonds, IRA , whatever form we need to get a financial return is what we invest in. We might move to our careers. Which school, academic grades, job choices,  whatever is going to make us the most successful in the career arena is what we invest in. Some invest in their hobbies,  health, religious knowledge, our homes and our churches.

I invest alot of time in my hobby. I love to have a beautiful yard and it takes time, sweat and sometimes tears of pain but it’s worth it for me to have a beautiful yard so I INVEST IN IT.

In Thessalonians, he is talking about people.  Investing in people.   Unlike my yard and my flowers, I can plant it and most of the time it will grow without me doing 1 other thing to it. But sometimes I have to fertilize it, nurture it and feed it so that the roots will take hold and grow strong.  People are the same in that way.  I can’t say “HI” to someone and they automatically become my best friend.  I can’t quote a scripture to them on God’s love and they automatically become a follower of Jesus.  I can’t invite them for dinner, feed them a meal and think they will put down roots and grow strong.  I have to invest my time with them.  Generally that means a life time, theirs and mine.

I have had many people over the years invest in me.  Help me through the rocky mountains and pull me up from deep deep valleys.  They have nurtured me , feed me and walked with me as my roots became deeper and my heart became stronger.

1 Thessalonians 2:8   so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

We must invest. Just as we invest in our finances, careers, hobbies, homes and churches, we must invest in people.  We 1st must invest in the people we live with.  Be delighted to share the gospel of God with everyone you meet. Invest for a life time and you’ll be invested for an eternity.

Lord, You know me better than I know myself.  You know my areas of weakness and you know what I need to become deep rooted in You and fully invested in others.  Help me! Amen.

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Experience

When I was young, I had a dream of being a marriage counselor.  I don’t know why that was the profession I thought I wanted but somehow God must have been working on me even then.   Once I graduated from HS, I headed up to college after already falling in love with what I believed to be the man God designed for me.  He wasn’t quite ready to settle but once I was away for 1 semester, he changed his mind.  I still wanted to be a marriage counselor but being a wife and mother was absolutely my #1 desire.   So off to be married I went and out the window went my degree.

10 years and a failed marriage, 2 children and a 24 year 2nd marriage later, I’m finding out that God did have a plan for me to be a counselor (lending ear).  His plans are fulfilled even if they look a bit different than in the traditional sense.  I may not have that piece of paper but I have a lot of experience.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm youplans to give you hope and a future.

1 Corinthians 1:30 

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Proverbs 19:20 

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 16:16 

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

I have learned a lot over the last 45 years of adulthood.  I’ve learned that no matter how much you love a person, if that person is not following God’s will then your love is not counted as great.  I’ve learned that raising children is hard.  They’re cute when they’re born and they hang on your every word but eventually they grow up, get a mind of their own and might stray from your instructions.  I’ve learned that marriage is a challenge, regardless of how devoted you are to each other.  I’ve learned that even though I think I’m right, more than likely I’m not.  I’ve learned that it’s hard to let go when your children create their own families but it’s necessary and the sooner I start, the easier it is for everyone.   I’ve learned that it can be more blissful to keep my mouth shut than it is to prove my point.  I’ve learned that loving someone is always important but it may have to be from a far.  I’ve learned that I must forgive myself for my sins before I will even think about forgiving others for theirs.   I’ve learned that it’s not my expectations of others that need to be fulfilled, it’s what God wants for them that’s most important.  I’ve learned that hanging in there may seem impossible but God will give me the strength and bless my efforts.  Most important lesson I’ve learned is, God has my back, I could not make it through 1 day without him by my side and whenever in doubt, ask Him and wait for His answer.

Experience can be used to fulfill God’s plans!

“Jesus is the only thing that we pursue that doesn’t leave us more empty.” By Jennie Allen

So, at 55 years old, I REALLY didn’t know “ME” until the last few years and I’m still becoming acquainted.  What’s changed?  My relationship with God has changed.  He has allowed me to go through my experiences, which has drawn me closer to him and through the process I found out how important I am to Him.  I found out that I’m His, a loved, forgiven, blessed and redeemed child of God.

Growing my relationship with the Lord has changed me.

Now how has that affected me as a wife, mom and grandma “Lollie”.  If it wasn’t for my love for the Lord and His devotion to me, I would not be that “MOM” that I need to be.  His has been my constant and unconditional love, which has taught me how to do that with my family.  He has taught me how to forgive by forgiving.  He has taught me boundaries by showing me boundaries and not sheltering me from my choice but loving me through them. He has taught me determination by sticking by my side and giving me the strength to endure the tough times.  He has taught me compassion by providing people around me that as shown me compassion.  He has taught me how to weather through the storms of relationships by freely giving me grace when I was stubborn and wanted to pull away.   And more…… All these things have made me a better wife, mother and grandmother.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Such confidence we have through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

He molded me in my mother’s womb and knew what his plan was and waited patiently for me to figure it out. To reach to Him for a firm relationship.  He taught me how to be in relationship.  And I’m still learning.  And making me better each day, only because of Him.

Just like me, working the ground, planting my flower, tending to the care by giving them the nourishment they need, waiting for the blooms and being amazed at the beauty.  The Lord does the same for me.  He sets the plan in motion, laying the pathway, plants in me the gifts and courage, feeds me His words and strength, waits patiently for me to grow and loves me forever.

4 years of Waiting patiently for the growth…. involved experience that will be valuable!

Lord, I thank you for loving me and teaching me to hang on, look for what your trying to teach me, learn from my experiences and put it into practice .

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Control or Injustice

1 Peter 2:23 While being reviled and insulted, He did not revile or insult in return; while suffering, He made no threats [of vengeance], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges fairly.

I’m not going to type much about this subject but I am going to attach the link from church service yesterday morning.  I cried through most of it.  I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has been dealt a hand of injustices.  I’m also sure that I’m not the only one who has dealt the injustice out.  In the false sense of being in control we say and do things that are harmful to others, without even blinking an eye.  We want so badly to get what we want, have that sense of self security, find pleasure where it’s not ours to have and firm up our place in a certain position that we forget that there are other people around with needs and desires of their own.  We are also sometimes put in the position of receiving the injustices.  Those injustices may be minor in the scheme of life but some can be detrimental to the self worth of the other person.   Some injustices follow a person their entire life.

As you will hear in the attached sermon, a false sense of control and the injustices done always come with consequences.

Those consequences may be here on earth and then maybe not!  

Click on the blue link below:

Providence and Peripety -“Control” by Mike McCormick @ Calvary Christian Church

Esther 2:21-3:6

Romans 8:28

Philippians 3:10

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

We must live a life in a way that we show love to others and sometimes that means taking ourselves out of the equation.

Lord, thank you for being my protector and defender.  I honestly don’t know where I would be Lord if I had never been told about you.  Daily I am thankful!  Please help me walk a life each day being aware of the hearts of others, the needs of others and the hurts of others.   Help me stop before I speak, think before I act and pray before I judge.  I pray Lord for those that also find it hard to not jump into control mode before looking to You for direction.  I love you and thank You for always being my best guide. Amen!

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