a question i like to ask myself when faced with what i deem a difficult time is “what’s your measuring stick?”
when opinions or reactions are had, what are they being measured against? what makes something great vs horrible? frustrating or calming? i may look at a situation as infuriating but to another it’s a laugh. or a life changing circumstance for one, may not have the same effect on someone else.
what is good or bad is really left up to our own interpretation, our own perspective, our own situation.
so instead of trying to measure against a world that is undoubtedly lost, here’s a stick we can measure all things against: God is good! (and His love endures forever) does anything else even matter?
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5
You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Psalm 119:68
i may differ than most when i say trials are welcomed in my life. here’s why, i know the Lord is doing a work in me when they occur and He’s molding me into more of the woman He’s designed me to be. more times than i’d like to admit, i fail but that’s exactly how we learn! i like to believe, He is “trial-ing” me because He thinks i’m ready. and if i fail, it just means i’ve got more to learn!
thank you Lord for picking on me!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
are you content in your life? If you can answer yes to this question, then I suggest diving deeper. whether it’s deeper into relationships (especially the one with Christ), deeper into education, or deeper into yourself to figure out what the Lord wants you to do next.
if you are not so content and are unsettled, left wondering what am I to do, pursuing these same things will work well for you also.
I once heard it said, “contentment is the enemy of growth.” i tend to agree!
But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17
the Lord is always transforming us. refining us to become more of the person He created us to be. not unlike iron being shaped. without pressure and heat, the iron would just continue to be a slab of metal: unformed, cold and not useful.
even in the times the pressure is stifling, may He continue to shape and mold me into the woman He intended me to be!
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver;
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
I’m a ‘tell it like it is’ girl. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, even if it makes me look like a putz. there are great advantages to having this strength, like you know you’ll always get 100% from me, you’ll never have to guess what I’m feeling (because, by golly, I’m going to tell you) and you can count on what I’m saying to be brutally honest. but quite frankly this gets me into trouble sometimes. thankfully I serve a God who nudges me to work on the areas in my life that need improvement.
more and more I believe He’s working on this in me. I need to separate the emotional from the realistic. and stop seizing every moment I feel I should. so although I am the silhouette in this picture, there is a time for everything and everything has its place!
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
one of my favorite words is dwell. just the way it rolls off the tongue. … but besides that, to dwell seems peaceful. dwelling in a place where you feel like a better you. can you imagine such a place?
OR having a home where others want to dwell. a place so full of peace, it overcomes those who visit.
when I think of it in terms of my relationship with God:
1. taking the time to dwell in His presence makes me a better version of me. and peace is a natural byproduct.
2. I want my heart to be a place where He feels welcomed to dwell. a place where He would feel at home.
May I dwell with You, so You’ll dwell with me!
I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
Psalm 61:4 NIV
No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
Psalm 101:7 NIV
… have you ever looked at your face in a magnifying mirror? wow!, they certainly do reflect it all! more than we want to see sometimes. every hair, blemish and imperfection. things we are able to turn a blind eye to because we think others can’t see. things we don’t want to deal with because typically we can’t see them or wish weren’t there. but who are we kidding? the reflection doesn’t lie.
instead of picking up the magnifying glass to view others (see 3/17/15 entry) how about taking a look at ourself in the magnifying mirror? asking God to reveal that which needs attention in our own lives.
Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (Matthew 7:5 NLT)
Create in me a pure heart, God, and make my spirit right again. (Psalms 51:10 NCV)
when we judge others, typically we judge them for things we do ourselves. I once read Joyce Meyer describe it like this “we look at ourselves through rose-colored glasses, but we look at everyone else through a magnifying glass.”
we should not makes excuses for our actions yet speak ill of someone else who does the same. bottom line… we should “not concern ourselves with what is wrong with others when we have so much wrong with ourselves.” …
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. (Romans 2:1 NIV)
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. (Matthew 7:5 NIV)
a friend of mine sent this quote to me. this, coupled with a devotional I read by Christine Caine AND a sermon by my pastor, really made me stop and reflect. it’s my brokenness God uses to reach others. it’s my weaknesses, made exactly the opposite by Him, that draw people to relationship. it’s being vulnerable that opens the door and actually creates security in relationship. we live in a world that is completely upside down according to God’s word! it truly is the one with cracks that allows the Light to shine through!
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)
in our formative years, we were taught to not hang with the “wrong” crowd. and as adults we need to be careful who we call friends. why? “because bad company corrupts good character.” we must realize that even though our character may be hard-wired by the time we’ve reached the age we are, our choices need to continue to build-on that character. I, still, never want to be at the wrong place at the wrong time (or any time!)
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV)