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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

From an older woman...

3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled  Titus 2:3-5

I am officially an older woman.
And I take this exhortation seriously.
So I want to share my heart on how I see these principles applied in the lives of women today...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Is it a chore or a privilege ?

Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men
Colossians 3:23

What a great verse .
What a great reminder.
What will obedience to that look like in my life?
Let's look at it this way...

If Jesus were to invite Himself to my home and if He asked me to cook and clean and wash His tunic, how would I most likely respond ?

1.  Enthusiastically - without complaining 
2.  Gladly - cheerfully 
3.  Grateful for the opportunity - not drudgery or a burden nor an inconvenience 
4.  With excellence - the best I have to offer 
5.  Motivated to please Him - my joy and satisfaction would come from seeing Him pleased

Hmmmm I think that's how He wants me to serve His people.... Just as if I were serving Him .

Something to think about.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Is that your final answer?

I love stories with happy endings. Especially those where things are headed for ruin, all hope seems lost, but then God changes the direction.  Victory.  Dreams fulfilled...exceeded!  Hallelujah!

Like Hannah, who longed for a baby.  Years of disappointment, devastation.  And then God's plan Samuel.

Like Joseph, despised by his brothers.  Wrongly accused.  Forgotten in jail.  And then God's plan unfolds...elevated to second in command and family relationships restored.

Like Peter, bold, opinionated Peter, who falls prey to fear and cowardice.  And then shame and self-doubt.  And then God's plan unfolds...bravery, leadership, loyalty to Christ to the point of ultimate self-denial.

I love these stories.

And so we all should.

But if we're not careful, we're prone to develop a fantasy approach to God's plan for our lives.  One where we write the script.  One where we propose our plans - careful to include some disappointment, of course - but ultimately, one where we expect God to sign on to the ending we've envisioned. Where we expect that setbacks and defeats are only temporary and that, eventually, we are entitled for our personal dreams to come true.

I was experiencing a "no" from God recently and I was really disappointed.  I searched His Word for some reassurance that this was not His "final answer". 

To be honest, I don't know if He gave me an answer to that question.  Maybe this is only a brief obstacle.  But it might indeed be His "final answer".

I'd like to share the passage He took me to....

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Judge not?

One of the most cited verses in all of Scripture, to be sure.

And that's exactly what it says - Judge not, that you be not judged.  Matthew 7:1

What does it mean?