In the midst of going through a really difficult time, have you ever had anyone tell you “thank God for this situation”. Or “God has a purpose for your suffering right now.”
Have you in return wanted to just belt them one? Or simply be just so angry you walk away and think to yourself, “they have no idea what I am going through.”
I can tell you I have been on both sides. I know the feeling of going through something so difficult I thought my world was falling apart. And in that moment, it seems NOTHING anyone says will comfort me.
But I also have been with people suffering through tough things and in the right timing I have stated the above. WHY? How can I be so thoughtless? On the contrary, it is bringing someone to the place that they are not in control and to bring them to the place of Jesus who IS.
The bible tells us, “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to HIS purpose for them. “ Romans 8:28
When looking at this verse and going through trials in our lives, it is important to fall back on the word of the Lord. NOW, if someone I knew was not a follower of Jesus Christ, I would not share such thoughts at that time. They simply would not understand. But for one who has given their heart to Jesus, it is in times of trials we see that God does have a purpose for everything that HE allows.
We of course cannot see it at the time. That is where faith comes in. Hebrews 11:1, “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” We have NO idea what God is up to and all we can fall back on is FAITH…because that is what HE tells us to do and we wait and HOPE.
The Lord promises, Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in HIM.” Psalm 34:8
Do you see that? WE who hang onto to Jesus during a trial are called BLESSED! He is good no matter what. So therefore, now here is the hard part…GIVE THANKS!
Give thanks for this incredible trial! Are you nuts?
Let’s go back to what the Lord says, “give thanks to the Lord for HE is good.” Psalm 136:1
Imagine your in the hospital room with your dying child and your head is bowed, tears flowing, rocking yourself in sadness, and your saying out loud:
“I am giving thanks to you Oh Lord, for YOU alone are good. You alone are Master; You alone are the Great Physician. I give this child to you. Thank you for allowing this as I know you will cause all things to work together for Your good. I will trust in you alone and by faith will wait on You.”
Praying aloud, giving God the glory in the trial will give you peace as you place it all in HIS hands.
Is it easy? We are not promised easy on this side of heaven.
Will all things go away in that trial? Probably not.
Will your faith be stronger? Mine was.
Will you look back on the trial and see God’s GOODNESS and FAITHFULNESS? I did!
Can you share with someone else that same trial you went through to help him or her hold on during their trial? They too will TASTE AND SEE that HE is good!
I believe we all go through trials to share with others who face trials that God fulfills all His promises. It sometimes takes your story and sharing it with another for that person to get through their trial. Don’t be afraid to share.
So many are hurting and need to hear that God is GOOD even when they can’t see it!
God’s blessings upon you.
Love deeper, talk sweeter and share God’s love and HOPE!
August 8, 2017
2 Timothy 2: 15-21
Are you a hard worker? Do you struggle to stay focused while on the job? Have you ever gone on Face book, or “went shopping” online while on work hours?
Are late to work or appointments?
Are you giving your employer 100% of yourself?
The things above you know in your heart would be wrong to do as you know while on your bosses time is work time and not your own.
As I read this scripture today and am looking at my work in ministry, I asked myself a question.
Am I an Approved Worker for our Lord Jesus Christ!
If we are honest, whether you work outside the home for an earthly boss, or are a stay at home worker, we ultimately work for Jesus if we call ourselves believers in Jesus Christ. What we do everyday is ministry! If we are a stay at home mom or dads, work outside the home, volunteer our time, all is “working for Jesus,” our ultimate BOSS.
I have to always make sure I begin my day with prayer, seeking if I am right with the Lord. What I need to repent of and ask for forgiveness. In this passage, I read, “The Lord knows those who are His, and all who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” Verse 18. NLT. Everyday, even throughout the day, we all must do a double check on ourselves. Am I turning away from evil, things that make my faith, Jesus, look bad? Am I being an example of Christ? Am I honoring HIS name in all I do and say?
The passage goes on in verse 20, “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use your for every good work.” Did you catch the last part? A special utensil. Are you a special worker for the Lord Have you cleaned yourself up so HE can use you today? In this verse, Jesus our Master expects that we are to remove our old ways. (The wood and the clay utensils) What habits did you have before you were a believer? Swearing, heavy partier, revengeful, self pity party, late to work, pride. What was the sin you keep falling into? If you want to be that SPECIAL UTENSIL (Gold and Silver) for Jesus today, take this time to repent, ask for forgiveness, and tell Jesus you desire to be HIS, clean, golden, and ready for use!
May Jesus POUR over HIS blessings upon you today!
Love deeper, talk sweeter!
Bible journaling is an exciting way to engage with Scripture. It can transform the way you spend time in the Word and it all begins within the margins of the Bible.
Where to Begin
To begin, you’ll need a journaling Bible and supplies to help your journaling be more fun and creative. You can visit your local craft store to find scrapbook paper, markers, colored pencils, stickers, or anything else that you like. To stay cheaper, you can visit a local Dollar Tree to find some of these items at a lower cost. Dollar Tree is always a wonderful place to find great items for any kind of journaling.
Time to Journal
Read and reflect on the Scripture. As a you read, find a verse in your reading and find how it applies with you and your current life.
Find words in the scripture that stand out to you. For example, I will use John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” With this scripture, you may find “loved” or “believes” as keywords that stand out to you.
Think about how to visualize these words. These words can be written in your journal different, maybe cursive or in all CAPs.
Draw or decorate with stickers to show the verse visually and what it means to you. Some people love to draw while others would rather use scrapbooking methods and use stickers. Use these images, however you create them, to bring your page alive.
This is just a straightforward guide to begin your bible journal. There are many wonderful parts to bible journaling. Where you go, depends on your time and what you want to do with your journal. You can find a vast amount of resources online that are helpful for bible journaling. From worksheets, creative tips, and more, it is endless. Pinterest is one of my favorites because of the collections of resources provided by different others.
This bible passage is overwhelming me right now! It’s our son’s 20th and here is why.
Imagine Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue PLEADING with Jesus. A man whom all Jairus co-workers hated. Why was he pleading and pleading fervently my NLT states? Because his daughter was dyeing. He didn’t care what people thought. What consequences would come from him approaching Jesus. He just wanted his daughter well.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever gone before the holy throne Pleading fervently for some hope, answers, rescue?
We have. But sadly at the time I wasn’t a believer. I was only going through the motions. Church on Sunday, pray before meals, doing the church motions when needed, but no REAL relationship with Jesus.
Until I had a crisis. My child was dyeing. My child was in need of healing. I pleaded fervently, but sadly the bible states in John 9:31 “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but He is ready to hear those who worship Him and do his will.”
I was a sinner. I am a sinner now. What is the difference to Him hearing my prayers now verses than? The Lord woke me up during that time. He used this crisis to draw myself closer to Him. He allowed this time of suffering for our son and us to say, “to Whom do you serve?” I was serving only me. No relationship with Jesus. Not admitting I needed a Savior. Not forgiving ones who hurt me or confessing I am nothing without Him.
Our son did get a miracle. He did survive. But I believe it was not because of my prayers. It was because of the many who were believers. The many who sat and pleated fervently before the Lord as they were worshipping Him and doing His will. Jesus says to Jairus, “don’t be afraid, just have faith.”
Faith is believing. Faith is not just doing the motion and never repenting. Going about our own ways not God’s ways. Choosing what is best for us, instead of asking the Lord what is best. That is clear sign of a person not doing God’s will.
Faith is encompassing His word and truth and allowing the truths to make you change not run away, get angry, or worse yet only take what “feels good”.
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1. Another words, faith is trusting full heartily the Lord is in control of the situation and YOU and ME! Faith is letting God do HIS work, HIS way and our job is to let Him and repent.
Jesus healed the young girl just before He met Jairus’ need. Jesus asked for what from the girl? FAITH… that is what made her well.! Now look at what came next. This was huge to me. Jesus asked ONLY Peter, James, and John to go with Him. Not because they were special, but because they had FAITH and believed this girl was not dead and Jesus was in control. The crowds laughed. But in a few minutes only believers witnessed the miracle. She was asked by our Savior to get up and she did!
It is only by grace that it took another 3 years before I was reading my bible and the passage consumed my heart. “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 23 But I will reply, I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws. It was at that moment I fell to my knees, and confessed, and cried out, “no more Jesus. I am yours. I repent of my selfish ways. Make me new, and change me.” THREE years AFTER the crisis. What took so long? PRIDE.
I am thankful to this day for 2 things. ONE that He used such a trial to wake me up. I do thank Him now and then for our son getting sick to the point of near death to save me. (another hard thing to do is thank the Lord for a trial, but realizing He will do something amazing in it)
TWO, for the believers who were praying for a miracle. It was their pleading fervently that the Lord heard. Not mine, not my husband (even though he met Jesus a week later in recovery that saved him. It didn’t take him 3 years) But believers.
I know this may seem hard to understand or even for some to be offended. But I believe the bible is true. The WHOLE bible even the parts that are hard to hear or read. The parts that make us realize who we are in Jesus eyes. A sinner, in need of a Savior! If you’re offended, I get it. I was there. It is good to be offended like the Pharisee’s were. BUT, don’t continue to be a Pharisee like in the passage in Matt. 7:21…You have the choice to change all of that.
Our son is 22 today. It has been 20 YEARS. He was given a second chance. WE ALL WERE! How amazing is our God!
God loves you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter and open your heart to where to go from here,