Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Let Us Draw Near

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Drawing near with a true heart is the first condition of acceptable approach to God for true worship. We can honor God with our lips, but we can worship Him with our heart. True worship is heart worship.

This is where it all starts.

May we remove the distractions of life from our minds and take the time to worship our Father. And why should we do this? Because He is our God, our praise, and our joy.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Love & Loyalty

Our bible study is going through the book of Jude. We finished 1 & 2 Peter and it is so rich with great truths.

Steve Lawson wrote a quote that made a huge impact on me.

"The deeper we dig into the word, the higher we will rise in worship and the longer we will preserve in trials."

I thought this is so true. As our bible study is going through Peter and Jude, we are learning about the false teachers, that we are called, we need to preserve in trials, we need to stand firm for truth, His word is all we need, He will judge the wicked, He will come again, and we could continue with the great truths in these books.

The more I thought of these things the more I saw I don't dig into His word enough. The world is getting darker or maybe sin and evil is more blatant. I have to admit the things I see on the news are a tad scary. Yikes! But I also know the Lord is in control.

We need to know God's word and give a defense to those around why we believe what we believe. We need to give people the truth of Scripture because there are so many lies that people want to believe.

Where am I going? There is so much pressing on my heart but this I know for sure and I hope it will encourage you too.

As we dig deeper into His word, may our love and loyalty to Christ be evident to those around us. I pray that it is our desire to grow in wisdom and knowledge of our Lord and may our joy always reside in Him.

How about you? Are you being loyal to the Lord or to the world? You can't have both.

Let us stand firm for truth and not waver because our King is coming.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Resting in the Lord

Last night was hard and nothing bad happened. My husband had to go back to work. He flew in for the weekend and we enjoyed our time together.

I have to admit it gets harder each time he leaves. My heart ached as we drove to the airport and the the girls got a bit quieter too. He tries to make the issue light but I know it crushes him every time he has to leave. It saddens him that he misses the little things such as the laughter in the morning, the pitter patter of feet stomping on the floors, the touch of your wife holding your hand, driving in the car together to get groceries.

He sees the kids getting bigger and changing. It's hard.

On  the way down to the airport, I just started to thank the Lord for His goodness and mercy. Even though it is difficult, I must keep my eyes fixed on eternal things and the truth of His word. I remind the girls how faithful our Lord is to provide daddy with a job. It isn't the norm but that is what God has given us and we have to trust Him. 

God is good.

When he landed he told me they had a bit of a hairy landing. The pilot flew by the airport once, then gained altitude very steep and very fast. He tried it again and landed. He said, "God is so sovereign." He mentioned that there were some OMG when they were climbing at a 45 degree angle and he was revving the engines and the seats were creaking. He laughed, then said, "No atheists in foxholes."

I have to admit those things worry me and the Lord knows this. What if something happens to him when he is away? But my husband said it well, "God is in control."

I can rest in His sovereignty. So even though we miss him, I'm glad I can trust my Savior each day. He is always good and teaching me to cling to Him so I can grow in His likeness. 

Let our soul find rest in God alone. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A quote

Note: You may not be a mom but you can encourage those around you who are. We never want to dismiss something because it doesn't pertain to us. We want to build the body of Christ in all areas. Never think we can't say or help that person because we haven't experienced it. We have God's word and you point them to Him. 

I usually write my posts the day of and there is the rare occasion that I right it the night before. However, I had only accomplished that once.

Last night I struggled on what to write about as I had nothing pressing on my heart to say. Then I skimmed through Instagram and a friend had taken a picture of this quote.

"Mothers need to study their own role, and begin to see them, not as boring and inconsequential, but as home, the headwaters of missions. At the very heart of the gospel is sacrifice, and there is perhaps no occupation in the world so intrinsically sacrificial as motherhood. Motherhood is a wonderful opportunity to live the gospel. Jim Elliot famously said, 'He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he can not lose.' Motherhood provides you with an opportunity to lay down the things that you cannot keep on behalf of the souls that you cannot lose. They are eternal souls, they are your children, they are your mission field." Mom Enough by Rachel Jankovic

This is such a beautiful reminder of what God has called us to do as mothers. The job isn't easy and it takes time and care. There are days that are harder than others as we walk down this road and it can seem endless and it does get tiresome.  Changing diapers, breaking up an argument,  cleaning up things from the floor you wish you didn't have to, screaming babies,  and sleep deprivation can make us think we signed up for the wrong job. But we need to focus our attention on the one who gives us help. We need to remember what God has called us to do. We need to remember to stay faithful. We need to remember to encourage other moms when they are tired and discouraged and finally we need to remember that they are our MOST important work.

We only have these precious gems for a certain amount of time.  Let us be good stewards of what the Lord has given us.