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Challenging Words

This psalm has been on my mind lately. I am constantly challenged by it. I want to be this person, but am I seeking The Lord and letting Him teach me to be like this? There are a couple sections in bold that are specifically jumping out at me. What jumps out at you? I hope you are uplifted and challenged by this as well.

Psalm 15 (NIV)

“1 Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
2 He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
3 and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,
4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear The Lord,
who keeps his oath even when it hurts,
5 who lends money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things will never be shaken.”

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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Faith

 

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WORD

Our church is having a series of sermons that are dedicated to God’s Word and specifically getting words from God. I had grand plans to write several blogs today, do housework, and lots of other things. I did end up running a few errands and all of a sudden it was 6pm! Our poor little dog hadn’t gone outside for a decent walk, so I put my shoes on, grabbed my phone and started listening to this morning’s sermon on youtube while we walked. Oh yeah, I slept in and didn’t actually go to church this morning.

Wow, I was definitely getting a word from God. Very clearly, through the voice of my pastor, I heard God saying, “READ YOUR BIBLE!!!! You have no excuse, just do it!!!” So, instead of all the things I could be doing tonight, I am going to spend some time with God’s word. Have a great Sunday night!

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Faith

 

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Watching the Clouds Go By

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This is my view today. I’m just taking in the peace and quiet, wind, sun, clouds and all. When was the last time you sat and just watched the clouds go by? When did you sit and let the wind blow your stress away? How long has it been since you let the sun warm you from the outside in? Take a deep breath, put away the technology, and reconnect with nature, if just for a few minutes. Don’t wait for a retreat or vacation to let God’s beautiful creation calm your soul, let Him do it today, where ever you are. Palm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Faith

 

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Am I flaky?

This is a spur of the moment self reflection post. It’s probably only for me but I just need to work out my thoughts in writing. Lately I’m acting a lot unlike myself, or a lot unlike how I view myself. I’ve been unmotivated, inactive, unable to stick to much of any routine, forgetful and terrible at following through on things. In short, in my I’m mind, flaky, is the best word to describe it.

But that isn’t me, or at least that’s not how I think I normally am. I think I’m consistent, hard working, dedicated, get-the-job done type of person. I can’t figure it out, why these undesirable, uncharacteristic actions seem to be ever present lately.

Sometimes, I get it together and do things the way I want to. I’m pleasant to be around (not crabby/snappy), I actually enjoy life. Maybe it’s my outlook, but I really don’t think I view life negatively. I probably just need more sleep because napping for two hours doesn’t leave much time for anything else I’d like to do in my free time.  Maybe I just need to stop making mental to-do lists, then I wouldn’t feel like I should be doing anything. Yeah, that’s not happening, unless there is a way to blind me and make my brain stop working.

I know the real answer, I just don’t like it. Prayer. Spending time with God. Reading my Bible and actually applying it to my life. Those things take time, effort and sacrificing Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, TV, blog reading and other important meaningless things.  I want to know God, have a close relationship and be confidant I’m living the way He wants me to live but I’m not willing to spend the time it takes to get there and keep it up. I mean, relationships take work, a lot of work to be meaningful.

So, maybe I am flaky, but if I don’t want to be I know the solution. If you think of me, pray that I would desire to spend time with the Lord. Leave a comment and I can pray for you as well, but no commitment on how often I’ll actually do it. I said this is my year of prayer, so Lord, please help me pray.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Faith

 

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What determines your work ethic?

As an American, I am prone to desiring instant gratification, which means I desire to do the smallest amount of work to see the greatest results. This is true in every area of my life. I’d like to think that eating a salad for lunch will translate into “I ate healthy today.” or if I workout once during the week I’ll be in shape by the weekend! Or how about in my spiritual life, I pray a quick prayer in the morning and expect that I will be “set” for the day.

To keep up a relationship with someone, you have to communicate on a regular basis with them. I’m learning as you get older, it is harder to make friends and harder to keep up with relationships because you have to make a big effort to fit people into your schedule. I no longer have class with my friends, live with them in the dorms, work with them on a daily basis or have weekly family dinners. I now schedule phone calls during the week and make quick weekend trips to stay in touch with the people I care about.

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 

So, what determines your work ethic? According the Colossians, it should be our relationship with the Lord. We should do EVERYTHING as we are working for Him. We also should work at everything with all our HEART. To me, that means we are doing everything out of our love for the Lord. If we love the Lord, it should show in all we do. Hm, well that is not true about everything I do in my life. Sometimes I don’t feel like working hard at mundane tasks – I mean really, who wants to scan and upload documents every week? or balance the checkbook? or file paperwork at home? Now, some things I choose to do because not everyone balances the checkbook and some people just throw all their personal paperwork away (crazy, I know). Sometimes, I don’t even feel like doing things I enjoy – running, baking, hanging out with friends, ect. It just seems like too much work at certain times. But that is no excuse. God calls me to do everything as if I am working for Him.

What determines your work ethic? What keeps you motivated to do the undesirable tasks in your life?

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Faith

 

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It’s Thanksgiving Week

It is about time a got on the band wagon and started posting my daily gratitude for the month of November, but actually after going to bible study last night, I was thinking that maybe a better challenge would be daily gratitude for a year. (Thank you to LC for the verse selections below; she did the work to prepare for leading our girls group and I’m using them for my blog post). It’s easier to think of things we are thankful for during this season because it seems that everyone around us is trying to do the same thing. I heard a convicting quote on the radio yesterday morning:

If we don’t give thanks for the things God has already given us (good & bad), how can we expect Him to give us anything else?

It is so easy for me to question God when things aren’t going the way they should, and take the blessings in life for granted, without offering thanks for either one. As Americans we are used to a higher standard of life than almost everyone else in the world, and each day I take those things for granted as well. I don’t mean to write this to cause anyone to feel guilty, myself included, but to call awareness to the great blessing we each have.

Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

After reading the section of Romans 1:21-31, I was getting the idea that if we know God but do not give thanks for his blessings or glorify him by living our lives according to his word, we will be given over to the things of the world and no longer be lights for him. That reason alone is a great motivator for me to start thanking God for all the things I have in my life.

Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

These two verses compound on the Romans verses. To me, this is saying by living in the Lord, being rooted and built up in him, and being strengthened by our faith we will be people who overflow with thankfulness. I can see in my own life how if I am not in the word and not living my life for Christ, I am not a thankful, joyous person. Keeping our minds focused on the Lord gives us the perspective to live a life that is overflowing with thankfulness, no matter what the situation.

Philippians 2:14-15a 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Daily Gratitude Day 1: I am thankful for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, because without His perfect sacrifice, I would not be forgiven of my sins or be able to have assurance of my salvation & eternal life.

What are you thankful for today?

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Faith

 

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