Hidden Spaces

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Colossians 3:1-25

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:   (click for FULL CHAPTER)

Hidden spaces in our soul.  Most of us know what this space is.  Most of us live with spaces that we don’t want to come into the light.  Out in the open for the world to see. Most of us live in the darkness of our sin or the sin committed against us. The darkness can overtake us, keeping us in the shadows of fear and shame.  The pain of that sin can over take us, Keeping us Hidden.

But there is a way out of that darkness, those Hidden Spaces. And His name is Jesus.

No longer living under the weight of the sin and no longer living in the Hidden.  Asking Jesus to come into our presence.  Inviting Him into our heart, our soul, allows Him to envelope us. Covering our darkness with His light.  Never to be hidden in darkness again.

Lord, I’m grateful. Grateful that You have shown me a way out of my hidden-ness. Helping me feel the shame, guilt, and pain but not allowing it to over take me.  Not letting the sin cover up Your Goodness but allowing Your Goodness to cover up the sin.  I’m grateful!  I pray Lord that You will guide me to others that need Your light.  Give me the courage and fearlessness through knowing You to show others the way out of their Hidden.  Help me be bold in You and in You alone.  Amen!

signature

Our Sin is a Symptom

Have  you ever asked yourself “Why”?  Why do I act this way?  Why do things keep happening to me? Why ……………………?

Maybe, just maybe, the answers are easier to find then we think.  The answers are within us!

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust.

Matthew 5:8  Happy are the pure in heart.

But it’s not easy or I would go as far as saying “it’s impossible” to go it alone.

Do I _____________________?

live in denial

justify my behaviors

continually repeat bad behaviors even though I’m convicted to stop

live more concerned about others thoughts

withdraw within my own 4 walls

self seek

or

Do I ______________________?

seek out Jesus’s love and guidance and insight

admit when I have done wrong

ask others to help hold me accountable

wait for God to show me my weakness

search out lasting, strong relationships with others

serve others

My sin is a symptom of my choices.  The unseen things that are harboring in my heart. Things I haven’t given over to God.  So I’m choosing to seek out God to help me make better ones.

Lord, Where would I be without you?  I shutter to even think.  I am grateful for your steady hand in my life.  Help me to look beyond myself and be that hand for others.  Amen!

signature

 

 

 

Can you Imagine?

Luke 24:32  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scripture to us?

“I can only imagine” by Mercy Me (click to listen)

As I’ve gone through this week, with the resurrection of Jesus Christ heavily on my mind, I wonder if I had been born in those days of Jesus, would I have believed?  Or would I have been one of those that doubted?

The same questions can be asked today.  As He works in my life, as I see His love carry me through, as I see His great miracles of this century, do I believe?  I sit in quiet places, asking Him to speak to me and guide my steps, and He does.  He still speaks!  His scriptures are available to us now. And is my “heart burning within me while He talks?”

I can only imagine the pain that they must have felt as the man, Jesus, hung on that cross.  The loss of HOPE that they must have had.  But to walk into the tomb 3 days later to find Him gone. Was there immediate response fear? Or was there great anticipation?

Luke 24:45-49 click to read on  bb0426db8457b4301c6e9ab4fc778351

He rose again to show us that we can still have the Hope of Salvation in Him.  And He has given us the Holy Spirit to walk us through our days.

Lord, I so look forward to the day that I can stop imagining and see you FACE TO FACE. Amen!

signature

 

 

 

 

Set us Free

Isaiah 44:22

I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.

“In this life there will be pain”.

John 16:33 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Jesus paid the price for us and He has overcome the world but we must take action to change our circumstances.  We can turn to him, accepting that he is our Lord and Savior and commit to seek and follow His will, but believing takes action.  We have to recognize our sins, we have to recognize our situation for what it is, we have to want to turn it over to Him.  Understanding that the change may bring some additional pain but staying in the mess only promises more. Once we turn it over, it’s the beginning of our freedom.

Philippians 1:6

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Renewing of the soul, with His Spirit leading us and the truth will set us free!

Just take ‘ONE DAY AT A TIME” seeking Him fully.

Lord, You are my Hope! Amen!

signature

Numbers

Jeremiah 29:11 BibleGateway.com-Logo

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

When I was young, all I really wanted to be was a wife and a mom,  married, to stay married, white picket fence, all living in the same country town and sitting on the church pew together on Sunday mornings.  Well 2 out of 6 ain’t bad.   And even 1 of those 2 doesn’t look like the plan I had in mind.  Don’t we all do that?  Aren’t we taught at an early age that we need to plan for our futures?  But all the best made plans don’t always end up like WE planned them.  Nope, they end up EVEN BETTER!

Divorce just simply was not in my plans yet it happened.  But God’s used those messed up plans and started preparing the best man for me long before I needed him.

Being a mom was a lot harder than I could have even imagined. But God used those experiences to expose in me my weaknesses and help me to be a better mom when my kids are becoming parents.

The white picket fence has changed into black pasture fencing that is surrounded by beauty of the quiet calm of the farm life. So God gave me a place for serenity right outside my door.

Nope, we don’t all live in the same country town but God has given us all blessings of the country life and teaching us to be independent and cherish the time we have together.

And “sitting on the church pew together” only happens once in a while . So God is working on us all individually, growing our faith in Him alone and allowing us to find our own way to him.

The Lord knows best!  Yes, I’m a wife and a mom, a mother in law and a “Lollie” to 5. Yes, I said 5.  The Lord’s plans are the best laid out plans.  My plans were limited to what I could imagine but God’s plans blessed me in #’s that I never dreamed of.IMG_0153IMG_0108

Lord, thank you for taking my messed up plans and making them beautiful! I pray I will always turn to You when I’m planning out my tomorrows. Amen!

signature

A fool or wise….which is it?

Proverbs 29:11  BibleGateway.com-Logo

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Ever wondered which one you are?  I know that I’ve fallen onto the side of “fool gives full vent” way too many times.  But the Lord is teaching me. Teaching me to listen to Him. Teaching me to shut my mouth when is necessary and showing me when to speak when needed.

I encourage  you to listen to Him.  He will NOT steer you wrong.

Lord, I thank You for your patience with me.  I ask You to continue molding my heart so that it knows exactly what You desire. Amen!

signature

Be the Gift

“The cells that only benefits themselves are known as cancer” Ann Voskamp – The Broken Way    #bethegift

From Ann Voskamp’s new book there is this quote. The jest of the book is about being broken and even through our brokenness we find a way to “be the gift” to others. We have an option, you know.  We can either stay buried in the muck of the brokenness or we can rise above with the help of the Lord.  We all have brokenness of some variety which stems from some past experiences. This quote is saying that we are the cells, we can make decisions that only benefits  our self and cause harm or pain to others  or we can find ways to break out of our brokenness through helping others.  Cancer cells live solely to feed themselves for their benefit of survival. Are we going to live as cancer cells or are we going to “be the gift”?

Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

3 John 1:11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

I am not unfamiliar with brokenness and I have done my share of burying myself in the muck.  The only thing  that has gotten me out of that muck is actively working to have a true and strong relationship with Jesus.  Knowing Him as a loving friend.  Understand God as the Father that loves and never causes harm. Allowing His Spirit to guide my steps and my thoughts.  Without that I would still be in the muck. Because of my relationship with Him, I choose to “be the gift” and not the cancer.

So I challenge you to actively work on relationship with Him. Let Him pull you through the muck to a fabulous life of peace and love.

Lord, I thank You for being my all.  I thank You for loving me more than I knew I could be loved.  For being a firm foundation for my steps and for guiding me through the fire and bringing me to the other side even better then before.  I pray for You to help me remember my purpose here and I ask You to give me the words I need when I need them.  Wrap Your arms around those that don’t know You yet.  Amen!

signature

Friday’s Question

Am I using the gifts that God has given me?  Or am I squandering them away?

1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;

Full chapter – 1 Corin 12:4-11  BibleGateway.com-Logo

I’m a firm believer in spending enough time with God and being willing to step out in faith to figure out what gifts He has given you.  It wasn’t till I stepped out there in my fear and trusted Him to guide my steps that I truly understood who I am in Him.  Did my human side mess up some……. absolutely!  Do I still mess up some………absolutely!  But the difference now is I don’t get all stressed out over it.  I trust in my loving, grace giving, mercy abounding God to prepare my next step.  He has provided for me a path way to living a full-filling life here on earth and in great anticipation for when I’m with Him for eternity.

So don’t squander your gifts!  You have them, you know.  They are built into the mold that He cut you from. All you have to do is start stepping out there. Even if you have a little or a lot of fear, know this………… He will provide the way and He will teach you something new with every new step.  Don’t fear only trust!

Lord, thank You for giving me gifts that I can use to better your kingdom and helping me get over my fear of failure. Amen!

signature

 

RENEW

How am I doing after 3 months?

Psalm 51:10 BibleGateway.com-Logo

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:12 BibleGateway.com-Logo

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

2016 was an interesting year for me.  Started out dealing with a past hurt, then it lead me to an old hurt that is now intersecting with the new and then right into meshing the past with the present. Maybe one day I will be more specific but for now that’s it.

But how did that lead me to 2017 word being Renew?  And how am I doing with that process in the first 3 months?  It’s really not that easy.  30 year old hurts may be a thing of the past and God definitely has a way of healing but he doesn’t choose to wipe those memories away. So creating new memories to heal those old ones is where He can heal me. The renewing of the mind.  40 year old hurts that intersect with the new life can be messy and hard.  That’s when seeking His guidance in how to mesh them together, allowing the old to not control the new. Renewing of the soul.  And then we come to the 50 year old past meshing with the present and allowing forgiveness and love which God has given me so freely be my guide for the future. Renewing of the heart.  So how have I done?  I’ve sought a lot of guidance from God and the Godly people in my life and I’m learning and still leaning on Him.  The renewal of my life. There is still more for me in 2017 but I’m reminded that it’s not what is of this world that controls me.  It’s my love for the Lord and His love for me that creates in me a clean heart, renews my spirit, restores my joy and holds me up.

So with that I’m still working on the “Renew”.  Still seeking and listening to His small words and gentle nudges.  Still trusting that through all of this mess and change, He has a plan for me.

He has the same plan for you.  Your journey most likely doesn’t look like mine but His promises to you are the same. Just trust, seek and listen.

Lord, I trust.  Each day even through my tears, fears, laughter and joys, I trust!  I am grateful that You are always there for me, for us and for all the hurting and lost in the world.  Help me to continue to seek you.  Help me to feel your presence in my life.  Help me to always trust.  Amen!

#rhondagouldonline

signature

True Friendship with Him

Hebrews 5:12-14   For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Sitting idly by!  Satisfied with the status quo! Think you’ve arrived! Have the whole bible stoBibleGateway.com-Logored in your memory! Go to church every time the door is open! Feed the poor every Saturday!  But you don’t have a relationship with Christ! A relationship is more than simply being present, more than being satisfied where you are, more than being able to quote scripture, more than going to church and more than serving those less fortunate than you.  RELATIONSHIP……the way in which two people talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other, successful long-term relationships involve ongoing effort and compromise by both, the most meaningful element in their lives and can seem like a lot of work until you sit back and realize just how much you’ve been given.  It seems easy to have a relationship with someone here, someone that we can touch, feel and enjoy life with, some that we can see but that someone also has the ability to cause the most pain for us.  We put so much effort into relationships on earth and think nothing of the time it takes but do we put as much or more time on our God.  Just because we can’t touch him, we can’t physically feel his touch, we can’t see him or plainly hear him speak doesn’t mean that he’s not there for us.  Once we realize that he is all around us, working for our good and providing our needs, knowing that all he desires from us is to spend our time with him, we will be able to feel the gentle breeze of His Spirit, hear Him in our hearts and see His work in our lives.  Don’t be satisfied with sitting idly by, never striving for more relationship with him.  Don’t believe the lies that we should be satisfied with the knowledge we have today.  Searching to know more of His love for me, more of His sacrifices He made for me, more of what He works in my life and more about a true relationship with Him.  #rhondagouldonline

Dear Lord, I pray that today I won’t be satisfied with my relationship with You.  That my urges to know You will be greater than my urges to please people of this world. I know that You gave everything for me because of Your love so I pray that I will give everything to You.  Amen!

signature