when someone deems themselves fit to judge you, consider the source and remember only One opinion matters! perhaps the worst kind of ignorance is someone who thinks they know your situation even though they haven’t walked a day in your shoes.
don’t let anyone, other than The One, dictate your worth!
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
from Christine Caine, and i quote…
“… fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you (Romans 12:2 MSG).
We are called to be.
A cycle of listening to an inspirational message, doing the right thing for a week then falling back into old patterns of behavior happens when we try to act our way to a good, Christian life.
But we are called to be.
Cycles like the one I just described can continue for years because we have not allowed Jesus to permeate the very core of our being and true transformation hasn’t occurred. We haven’t really undergone conversion, just a partial behavior modification. Essentially, we’ve become actors in a drama rather than pilgrims on a journey.
So today, allow God to work in you from the inside out. Allow Him to perform that heart-work so He can work through you in awesome ways and you can just be!”
truth be told, some days i just don’t want to move. i’m so tired. beaten down by the every day things while still trying to deal with the fringe that seems to constantly cover me.
i was woken up out of a sound sleep the other night with 3 words ringing in my ear. no significance to me but i was not able to go back to sleep until i wrestled with them for a little bit … “shaken not stirred” … hmmm … this is what i came up with:
sometimes i think i am shaken. everything jumbled, harshly mixed up, no order, choppy. comes with a headache and a wondering of what goes where, nothing is in order, nothing makes sense.
on the other hand, i am stirred. smoothly mixed, with purpose and with an Instrument not under my control. designed to be mixed and smoothed out, for Him. everything blended into one while the whirling takes place. no headache but dizzy from the ride.
He has a purpose for everything. i will gladly choose to be stirred not shaken, any day!
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Let Him In
I love this quote by Albert Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
as a parent, when one of my children compares themselves to another sibling as to belittle themselves because they aren’t as talented in a certain area, my heart cries. I just want to swoop them up and give them a big hug (and knock some sense into them lol) assuring them God made them with abilities and qualities all their own. how much more does God (THE Creator) look at His children and is saddened when we look at ourselves as less because we may not look or act or be like others. we each have likenesses and abilities that are uniquely ours. own who He has made you to be, there is no one else like you!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
His LOVE bound Him to the cross, not the spikes! talk about boundless LOVE!
thank you Jesus for the ultimate demonstration of LOVE!
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
you had to know it was coming… LOVE is a feeling. I once heard it described, “true love is a feeling, neither defined nor described but is experienced!”
believe me, I understand the harm in letting your feelings rule your decisions, because we can be fickle and wish-washy. what is truth this moment may not be the next. so we must be careful when love is a feeling. but if this ‘feeling’ repeatedly shows up, could it be truth? in my experience: it’s truth enough to take a look. God speaks to us all, and most times about things we don’t quite understand. (that’s when His wisdom is imparted if we are seeking Him) He has purpose behind every feeling, every emotion, every thought, every action. we may not trust ourselves to feel what we are feeling, but we can trust the One who put it there, who made us, who knows all and trust Him to explain. but we first have to let ourselves feel it and stop denying it.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
combative people frighten me. I literally feel like my back is against the wall. I tend to clam up. I don’t fight fair because I don’t know how to fight.
most of the time I’ll just take it on the chin as tears well up but sometimes I have to admit, the proverbial gloves come back at’cha, words spewing not knowing what I’m saying until it’s too late to take it back. I suck at fighting and quite honesty, I don’t want to be a good at it!
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:17-18 NIV
Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14 NLT
you want raw…here’s raw: I compromise who I am because I want something so badly. sometimes my actions contradict the person I claim to be. please don’t get me wrong, I am a woman of faith, who clings to my Father in all circumstances and always finds refuge under His wings! I know beyond the shadow of a doubt He guides and protects me and loves me with an undying love! and ultimately I only want His will in my life! but with all that said, I’m human. and I will never claim to be more than that. I’m so so glad my salvation isn’t dependent on me, but His grace and love for me!
friends, don’t want something so badly that you compromise who God made you to be!
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 NIV
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Ephesians 2:8 NIV
although hanging with others who bring out the worst in me is not a goal in life, sometimes it is unavoidable. I’d even go so far as to call them a blessing. hear me out…if someone brings out the worst, then that means there is “the worst” to be brought out.
take the opportunity to work on yourself. get to the bottom of the trigger point. allow God to work from the inside out, pushing all the garbage out as He fills you with all that is good!
make the best of every situation in order to be the best version you!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
James 1:2 NIV
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18 NIV
do you ever care so much about something that words escape you when praying about it/them? it happens for me. maybe it’s because I don’t trust myself to pray the correct words or fear of praying about it from an incorrect perspective or I don’t know if I can make a difference or I just feel like I’m praying the same thing over and over. whatever the reason, I still know prayer is extremely important!
I hold steadfastly to the knowledge that the Spirit intercedes on my behalf but now I also write out my prayers. my main area of concern, my kids! I take scripture and personalize it to them. this blows the door off prayer. you can be as general or specific as you’d like.
take for instance Ephesians 3:16-19, one of my prayers looks like this:
I pray that out of Your glorious riches You strengthen them with power through Your Spirit in their being. so that You dwell in their hearts… I pray that they grasp how wide and long and high and deep Your love is. and to know Your love that surpasses knowledge- that they may be filled to measure [and beyond] of all Your fullness!
the possibilities are endless!
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
Romans 8:26 NLT
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV