Proverbs Study Day 6

Lord, we come before You and Your precious word this morning and thank You for Your unwavering and unconditional love. Amen

Today we dive into Proverbs 6, Lessons for daily Life, I can’t wait to see what we hear!


Proverbs 6

Lessons for Daily Life

My child, of you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger – if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said – follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, the labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to the rest – then poverty will ounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars, signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. Their perverted hearts plot evil, and the constantly stir up trouble. But they will destroy suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing. There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. for their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way of life. It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman. Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you. For a prostitute will bring you poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life. Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire? Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished. Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house. But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself. He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased. For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious, he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will accept no compensation, nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.


 

What have I taken away from this chapter today:

As I read through the seven things the Lord detests, I find myself saddened. I was once a person who lived in these seven detestable acts and can once again look back at the wreckage I caused in my own life as well as in those I was around. I pray for forgiveness and healing in these places and am so grateful that Jesus has saved me from that dark place. Infidelity, lying, stealing, disrupting other’s families, these are all common practice around us. If we are not careful, we can be distracted by the darkness around us. This is why the Proverbs continuously repeat that we need to write these words on our hearts and to tie them around our necks. We are to be a light in this world and we can only do that if we are filled with the Spirit. Our battle is not with man, we are in the midst of a spiritual battle. Be in God’s Word, always be in prayer, keep your eyes on the LORD and lead a different life. Be the light that this world so desperately needs.

My prayer for today:

Lord, I thank you for Your words and I pray that they continue to penetrate deeper and deeper as my walk continues. Lord, please remind us that You have provided Your Holy Spirit to guide us and work through us. Only I can get in the way of that and I pray that I can see when that happens. I open myself to You and beg for these bonds of the world to be broken. When I tire, I look to You. Lord, You died for our sins, You have washed away my shame, help me to remember that always. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray these things. Amen

Proverbs Study Day 5

Welcome to day 5. Let us see what God’s Word has for us today! Have you found His Words resonating with you throughout the day? Do you feel His love and kindness deepening in your heart? I hope these things for us all.

 


Proverbs 5

Avoid Immoral Women

My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. Then you will show discernment, and your lips will express what you’ve learned. For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is as bitter as poison, as dangerous as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. For she cares nothing about the path of life. She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it. So now, my sons, listen to me. Never stray from what I am about to say: Stay away from her! Don’t go near the door of her house! If you do, you will lose your honor and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved. Strangers will consume your wealth, and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor. In the end you will groan in anguish when disease consumes your body. You will say, “How I hated discipline! If only I had not ignored all the warnings! Oh, why didn’t I pay attention to my teachers? Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructions? I have come to the brink of utter ruin, and now I must face public disgrace” Drink water from your own well – share your love only with your wife. Why spill the water of your springs in the streets, having sex with just anyone? You should reserve it for yourselves. Never share it with strangers. Let your wife be a fountain o blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman, or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman? For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sin; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.


What have I taken away from this chapter today:

First part to really hit home is the fact that I was that woman once. Before I came to Jesus, I was the woman who was lost in promiscuity and sin. I can look back and see all the wreckage I left in my wake as I walked in that sin and carelessness, and I was clueless. I truly staggered down crooked trailed and didn’t realize it. It breaks my heart to think of all the people in this world that still live in that place. My heart also sings for joy in the fact that my God saves and now shows me the straight path He lies before me. I didn’t deserve to be saved and I still don’t, but Jesus died on that cross for us all in His Love.

Secondly, I am struck with the pains of infidelity in marriage. As Solomon is describing the wickedness of infidelity I am reminded that he is speaking from personal experience. He has known and tasted the pain and the captivity of that sin. I would say that we all listen to his words, inspired by the Almighty, and avoid that experience for ourselves. Unfortunately it seems to have become so much the norm in our culture and that breaks my heart.

Sin is a sneaky captive. If we are not careful, if we do not wrap ourselves up in the knowledge and power that God so freely offers to us, we can easily get wrapped up in sin.

My prayer today:

Almighty God, today I come before You and pray that this heart be opened to Your light, love, power and wisdom. You are my strength and I can trust You in all things. I pray that You shine Your loving light on the places I need to let You into. The place that I am unaware of that hold me captive. The sins that I have chosen to ignore and that have been holding me back. I want to accept the freedom You offer. I have tasted of the freedom and love you bestow upon Your children and I want more. I pray for these things in your Son’s Holy and precious name for myself and for all reading this today. Amen

Proverbs Study Day 4

Day 4, how has God’s word been speaking to you lately? One of the things I truly enjoy is the fact that 2 people can be reading the same exact portion of scripture and have completely different experiences based on where they are in their walk. I hope this study is a blessing for all who are reading it.


Proverbs 4

A Father’s Wise Advice

My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment, for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions.  For I, too, was once a father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s only child. My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from the. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you. She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown.” My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life. Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving. For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for that day. They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble. They eat the food of wickedness and drink the wine of violence! The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines even brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they stumble over. My child, pay attention to what I say. Listed carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.


What have I taken away from this chapter today:

What struck me today was how frequently it is repeated that we need to pay attention, listen, not to forget these words, over and over. Our God knows us and knows our tendencies. I know that I can very often get wrapped up in the ways of this world and become distracted quite easily. It does not take much to knock me off-kilter and cause me to become annoyed or angry. It can be very difficult in these times to pause, take a breath and pray to God for His wisdom and peace to replace my feelings. I can struggle with choosing the appropriate response when anger is burning bright within. I become tempted to go against good judgment and to lash out.

God desires for us to lead good lives. He desires for us to posses the peace and wisdom He offers. We need to be in His word, we need to write it deep in our hearts. I am reminded of when you are carving your initials in a tree, you must go over those letters again and again until they are deep in the trunk. This is how you ensure they last and do not fade. I think it’s similar with God’s word. If I don’t take care to carve his promises and commandments deep into my heart, they will fade. If I don’t consistently ask our Lord and Creator to soften my heart, it will harden. Jesus loves me, He died for me and I need to remember these truths so that I can walk the straight paths He lies before me and to have the strength to walk away from the darkness that is always looking to consume me.

My prayer today:

Mighty God, I thank You for Your love, wisdom, grace, and mercy. I ask that You continue to soften this heart that has been so hardened by this world. I pray that I stay focused and continue to carve Your word deep into my heart. I pray that all who read this are inspired by Your word and that they too look for their hearts to be softened. I pray for Your wisdom, guidance, and peace to flow out from this life for as long as You allow me to walk this planet. I pray that I keep my eyes on the eternal and on You always. Thank You for all You have done, are doing, and will be doing in this life You have granted. In the name of Jesus I pray.

Proverbs Study Day 3

Day 3! I hope you all are feeling as inspired as I am! I love when God’s Word really hit deep and speaks to me in ways I would never have thought possible.


Proverbs 3

Trusting in the LORD

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. My child, don’t reject the LORD’S discipline, and don’t be upset when He correct you. For the LORD corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding He created the heavens. By His knowledge the deep fountains of earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky. My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD but He offers His friendship to the godly. The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the upright. The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but the fools are put to shame!


What have I taken away from this chapter today:

Today was a rough day for me in general and all day I was reminding myself that God has me right where He wants me to be. This chapter reminds me to grip onto His Word and His promises always. In order to have true satisfaction, I must store His commands in my heart. God’s wisdom surpasses all, this I tell me heart daily. Again I am reminded of when I correct my children and the fact that they often do not like it. I know it is for their own good and that I have their best interest at heart and I know that they will see it that way as they get older. I think the same is true for God and myself. I am often not comfortable with the correction and convictions I feel, nor do I understand the reasoning behind everything. The good news is that I don’t have to. All I really have to know is that my God is for me and has my best interest at heart, therefore I can trust Him in all things.

Another lesson I have been learning this year is in regards to honoring the Lord with the best parts of what I produce. My husband and I decided that we really needed to tithe regularly. Previously it was not so consistent and not the first thing we would think about. Finally we got to the point where it was just time to do so. I punched it into the budget and it was great, until we experienced a loss of income soon after. We prayed and were loyal to His commands and God just had been blowing us away with His provision. Every single time we look at our budget and struggle with how we’re going to make ends meet, we just do. The funds we need cone through in various ways and all I can do is sit back in amazement. I’ve heard people testify to this type of work being done in their lives before and I’ve read the promises God gives in this area many times. To live it and see it happening weekly has blown my mind. God is so good.

When my soul needs regreshing, all I need to do is remember. Remember His promises, remember how He’s delivered me before and know in my heart that He will again. Remember to trust Him in all things, to write His very words on my heart and wear them around my neck as the jewels they are. To let go of my need to understand and to give all control over to my Lord knowing that He will show my the way. To know that I am a child of God and that He offers His friendship to me is so much more than I ever imagined it could be.

My prayer today:

Father, today I ask that you continue to work on my heart and to deepen my knowledge of Your ways. I thank you for the perspective and wisdom You have already bestowed upon me and expectantly await for more. I know that You are a loving God who cares for His children and I pray that I remember that always. In Your Son’s precious name I pray these things. Amen.

 

Proverbs Study Day 2

God morning! Here we are on day 2! Keep praying and commenting, I love to hear from you all. The more we all share the wider each of our perspectives will become. God uses His people, will you allow Him to use you today?


Proverbs 2

The Benefits of Wisdom

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.  Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Wisdom will save you from evil people, from those whose words are twisted. These men turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil. Their actions are crooked, and their ways are wrong. Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman, from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman. She has abandoned her husband and ignores the covenant she made before God. Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to the grave. The man who visits her is doomed. He will never reach the paths of life. Follow the step of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted.


What have I taken away from this chapter today:

As I was typing this chapter, I was struck again with the reminder of our free will and that walking with God or walking away from God, is a personal choice we all make. You cannot make the choice for anyone other than yourself. We can pray for others and hope that they will open their eyes to the Holy Spirit and accept Jesus into their lives, but the choice is all theirs. This is why I think so many turn away from those that try to manipulate people into choosing. If Jesus is not forcing humanity to follow Him, then why would I think that I can? Who am I to try and force others to do anything at all? It is my job to let them know about Christ and that He is the way, the truth and the light. I am here to proclaim all that He has done and is doing in my life. I am a witness to the saving grace bestowed upon me. I am not to judge others or condemn them for anything. I uphold law as is required by me and that is all. I know that I am guilty of trying to push too hard at times. Sharing and pressuring are not the same thing. I must be sure to keep my intentions pure and to slow down in order to allow the Spirit to work through me. Again, I need to not get in the way!

God is telling me to treasure His commands. I love that. He is telling us to treasure His words, that they are truly that important. More important than any other treasure you can find here on earth. When I was first saved, I would think people were nuts when they would say stuff like that. As I have grown in Christ and my relationship deepens, I get it! As The Spirit has been opening my heart, these words written speak to me in a way I never thought possible. Sounds corny right? Well it is and it’s true!

God protects His children. That does not mean that we will lead lives free of pain or suffering. The problem is that we are so focused on the here and now. I know that I am really just beginning to grasp the concept of an eternal life. That this is not our permanent home, that the  moment my short time on this earth ends, I will instantly be in my Lord’s presence. In the past, when I thought of death, I was terrified and envisioned darkness. Now, I am beginning to see it as a continuation into eternity and I love it! Be anxious for nothing.

Today we are reminded that our Lord loves us so. He is our protector and we must truly concentrate on what He is telling us. I think of when I tell my own children to listen closely because I am telling them something that is important and that I am always coming from a place of wanting to protect them. How much more so is our Great Creator? I do not want to be the wicked that will be removed from the earth, I do not want to be the one that walks in sin away from the paths of life. I want to understand and follow my God in all things. I want to remember that perfection is impossible, but that I will forever be in a state of learning and growing in Christ. I am grateful that I have this choice and that God is patient and gracious enough to allow me the free will I have.

My prayer today:

Father, I come before You in humility and ask for You to grant me wisdom. I praise You and thank You for always protecting Your children and for the great words You have given us. I pray that my knowledge and understanding will continue to deepen as I walk with You. I pray for all that are reading this right now and ask that You wrap them in Your loving, protective light. I pray that You speak to them Lord and that they listen. I continue to pray that You soften this heart of mine and that Your  love will flow out of this life I am living. I pray that I bring peace, joy, love and kindness to all of those You put in my path. Above all else, I just pray for Your will to be done Father. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things.

Proverbs Study Day 1

I am beginning a study in Proverbs and invite you all to join me! I don’t know about you but I sure could use words of wisdom and this is the perfect book to find them! God’s Word is great and I am excited to jump into this book today. I ask that you pray for me, this study and I will be praying for all of you. I hope you enjoy this time and I look forward to hearing from you. I would like to encourage you all to post a comment with any thoughts, prayer request and insights you may have.

 


Proverbs 1

The Purpose of Proverbs

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insight of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.  

A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom

My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck. My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent! Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death. Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with the stuff we take. Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.” My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths. They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder. If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away. But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.

Wisdom shouts in the streets.

Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front on the city gate: “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge? Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you – when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you. When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD. They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes. For simpletons turn away from me – to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency. But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear and harm”


What I have taken away from this chapter today:

Our Lord is telling me that in this book I will  receive insight, knowledge, discernment, wisdom and understanding. He invites me to explore and tells me that I will find words of the wise and riddles to explore. This excites me! Our Father had given us this book to equip us for this journey. That is the very purpose of this book we are embarking upon today. He purposely created this so that we can acquire the things listed here. This reminds me that Jesus wants us to live successful lives. We have the Creator of all life on our side. He sent His only Son to die for us and we have the Helper dwelling within us so that we can have these things. How exciting is that?!? Can I get an Amen?! 🙂

Our Lord wants all good things for us. He wants to teach us wisdom and discipline. He wants to help us understand. His desire is for us to live disciplined and successful lives. He gives His children His Word and His Spirit to accomplish His desires. These words are also commandments from our Lord and He commands all to fear Him and warns that only fools despise these things. God IS wisdom. God loves His children and warns of the consequences of sin. The Trinity shouts wisdom to all who are willing to hear. Our Lord calls out to all of humanity. Jesus is always calling, I need to pause long enough to hear Him.

Sin is all around us and I need to remember that. God is telling me to avoid those that seek to live outside of His commandments. Those who purposely set out to harm others and lay traps are actually trapping themselves and setting themselves up for a desolate existence that will cause their own death. Sin separates us from God and willingly choosing to live in sin will forever separate us from God’s presence. There is no need for this. God has made a way for us to receive His forgiveness and can deliver us from this eternal separation. All we have to do is accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I remember who I was before I found Christ and the emptiness that was there. I am reminded of the fact that I was not even aware of just how empty my life way until it was full. 

I am also reminded that I can so often be foolish. I can get wrapped up in myself and the world around me and I disregard the wisdom God gives us so freely. When I turn away from the word of God and the discipline He bestows, I am essentially telling him that I despise all good things He offers. This is not meant to be harsh and I am smiling as I write this. God knows my heart and He knows His creation. These words are here to remind me of where I need to be and of the death that occurs when I choose to follow any other path. This is a reminder of my free will and how careful I must be to not stray. I can have a fruitful life when I am living in the Spirit.

My heart aches for those who live complacent and comfortable lives. A lack of difficulty in life can cause one to be comfortable living in a place of emptiness and separation from God. I find it interesting how people can easily turn pain and suffering against God just as easily as some can use a life full of comforts.

No matter how far I may feel that I have fallen, I am reminded that Jesus is right there, ready to take my hand. All I have to do is ask. My Father is a loving Creator and I can rest in that. He does not wish for life to be difficult and quite frankly, I am the one who gets in the way and makes things so much more difficult than they have to be.

I get in the way of God’s work when I don’t heed His Word. I must remember the infinite wisdom handed down to us and write it on my heart.

My prayer today:

Father, today I come before you and pray that you melt this heart of stone and still this wandering spirit. I ask that you penetrate my very core and to break the chains of foolishness I wrap myself in. Open my eyes, pierce my heart, and remind me of who You are each moment of each day. I thank You in Your Son’s precious name. Amen.

 

 

Why should I share?

These past few months have been flying by! Work, family, fun, lots of fun. Often I have found myself contemplating various ideas and thinking that I should come on here to share with all of you, and then I talk myself out of it. I begin to think that maybe it’s not important to share that particular idea.

Today I am on here to remind myself and all of you that we need to share. Sharing our struggles, triumphs and questions helps us all grow. I love to be reminded that I am not alone in my wanderings. To let all of you know that you are not alone has always been my wish.

To be open and honest with our imperfections. To allow ourselves to be vulnerable with each other. To accept and love each other in the midst of it all. These are my hopes for us.

I don’t want to get on here to vent and bash my life. I want to embrace this life, dig deep and grow. I want to share my wrongs and how God has healed this wounded soul. I want to take ownership and I want you all to be here with me in it. I want to hear from all of you and learn from your experiences. I want my perspective to continue to grow. I want us all to be open, honest and true in front of one another. How frightening and how liberating it can be.

This culture I live in tells me to be strong, put on a happy face, judge those that are different and cover the not so pretty parts of me. I don’t want to anymore.

Today I choose to be happy with who I am at this very moment. I choose to stop and just be comfortable in my own skin. Today I choose to love what God created in me. When I tell myself that I am not good enough, I am essentially telling God that He made a mistake. When I tear myself apart for not measuring up to some standard I have set, I am telling God that I am the one in control.

God gave me this life. Jesus died so that I can have a relationship with Him. Right now is when I am looking to God and telling Him that I give up. I give up the illusion of control that keeps me captive. Isn’t that the kicker? That when we get down to it, I am the only one allowing myself to be held captive. I am the one listening to the lies whispered in the background, I am the one not bringing these uncertainties before the Holy One that I know can deliver me. I keep myself tucked away in the dark, afraid to step out in the light.

Today I encourage you all to take that leap of faith. Step out into the Glorious Light that Jesus provides. Our Lord will never force anything on us, even if He knows just how beautiful that outcome will be. It is up to each of us to decide to let the garbage go and walk out of our self created cells. We are not imprisoned by some unseeing force that holds us captive. We allow it to happen when we live in the shame that has already been paid for by Jesus.

Have faith my friends. Don’t allow the shame to keep you from the freedom that is so much closer that you realize. Bring all your pain, sorrow, shame and guilt before the Great Healer and you will be blown away by the work He is aching to do in you.

Love you all and pray that we all give up the things that keep us back so that we would live fuller lives.

Questioning

I question everything and am unsure about most things. Often people will tell me how sure I always seem to be, I do not feel that way and am surprised that I present that way. I do not look to deceive anyone and have put some thought into why I would seem so sure to those I come into contact with when I feel so uncertain inside.

The answer is Jesus, He is the only one I have ever been truly certain of. I know that He is by my side in all things, I know that He has me right where I need to be for His Glory and I know that He will never turn away from me. This is the only certainty I hold in this life.

I know that no matter how unsure I am, Jesus is sure and has given my The Holy Spirit to guide me through this life. I know that no matter how unqualified I may feel for a task at hand, Jesus shows me the way through it. My faith has grown and I have learned to trust in our Lord in all things. I don’t need to feel comfortable and I don’t need to understand in order to do the work He lays before me. I just need to pray and discern His will and His direction in all things and I know that it will all be ok. This brings me such peace and calm.

I still worry and battle anxiety often. This is something that I know The Spirit is working on in me and I know that it does not help me through any situations. I also accept that I am human and cannot deny my human nature. As my faith grows, so does my ability to remain calm and patient. I have a long way to go, but I can also look back and see that I have already come such a long way already.

Lord, I come before You today with my anxious heart and I ask that you remind me that You are in control of all things and I need not fear the unknown. I pray that my heart remembers all that You have delivered me from in the short time I have been walking with You. I pray that my patience and peace continue to grow and deepen as I learn to trust You, for I know that my worry and angst are clues that I am not trusting in You completely. You are true Love and true Hope. You walk with me always and are working in all things. I give my emotions over to You Lord and ask that You teach me to slow down, sit quietly and to bask in You presence.

I thank You for this life You have given to me. I thank You for Your kindness, Your Love, Your Light and Your patience. I thank You and praise You for Your goodness and pray that I learn to appreciate You more each day. You are good, You are kind and I hope to be more like You each day.

Today I challenge myself and I challenge all of you to stop and take inventory of the blessings in your life. Turn away from the things you do not have and choose to count all that you are fortunate to have. Praise Him for the roof over your head, the food in your home, the relationships, etc. These things have been given to you by our Mighty King and we are His stewards. Take care of even the smallest of things put in your care and tend to all you are given with tender love and kindness.

I am exactly where I am meant to be and need to keep the proper perspective. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the stress, the frustrations and the anxieties of this world, but I know there is a higher purpose and I choose to maintain that perspective. I also ask that each of you remind me of this should we cross paths and you see me struggling. I will do the same for you. We are in this together!