The Lord is good to us, He listens and answers prayers, warms our hearts, comforts our soul, and is our constant Lord and Savior. His promise to always hear us is true and profound. His Word takes His direction and spells it out for us stubborn ones, providing the refinement and direction we need to take our walk to the next level, to gain the ability to claim and act on our God Filled Power. Example are the verses below. Suggesting our prayers should start with coming to Him with all of ourselves, then praising Him with our deepest points of our souls, and a pure heart. AND - people you really can not do that with a myriad of irritations in your head, hate, rage, recruitment, forgiveness. No matter what adjective you choose, extreme or on the more soft side - it is all the same thing - we need to embrace His Promise, Forgive our Transgressors, and Ask God to Forgive Us!!
So let's get started - shall we -
We find ourselves asking to we guard our hearts or do we forgive? The answer is both - they are very different!
Yesterday, I was blessed and sat in church with a wonderful Man God has blessed me with, and listened intently to the message that sure did hit home. I entered church angry and I didn't even realize it - and - as much as I have been in denial about it, it is true, there was a lot I needed to forgive. Different people and many different circumstances, both old and recent. It is as if the past hurts just kept serving up new injuries. Yes, this is on the heals of Thanksgiving. What happened, other peoples choices, choices they had the right to make, I simply allowed them to hurt me.
So here is where you Forgive, you forgive the person, pray over it and get through it. Knowing all the while Our Father has your back!! Then, you guard your heart from further hurt stemming from that same person, or from that same behavior. Therefore, taking yourself off the roller coaster that hurt, circumstance, or person(s) caused. Instead embrace your healing through Christ, and through forgiveness. It is truly a way to thrive in life verses just survive.
I can't say I want to be immune to hurt, nor saying that is what God wants for us. Not at all, each of our pains are for us to grow. Grow in the Lord, not to grow in anger or resentment. So yes, I was convicted, prayed as we sang, cried and boy oh boy am I thankful! Thank you Lord.
I want to call attention to the Women Readers - Our Call is to be the "Helper", to be the "Nurturer" among many others vast and broad callings on women. To which BTW you can find in Proverbs 31 for starters. No where will you find that we are supposed to just sit at home, sit at work, dominate our man, or be dominated, control everything, be perfect, or worse be the victim and stay suffering in the garbage the enemy sends our way. Doesn't say that at all!
Myself in particular the past decade, well a little more than that was a nightmare! Starting three years ago God Woke Me Up - Big Time Rocked My World. It was a mess and needing rocking BTW. Post that an awakening began, I began personally examining my life, dealing with the pain, forgiving and now blessed with redefining so many elements and relationships. I pondered where did I forget to guard my heart, where did I open it too much or not at all. Some of you may know right now I am redefining my life. I am divorced, and that wasn't pretty. I had put my career on hold, totally given it to the Lord. Which was scary, risky, and humbling. My Mother was sick, went home to the Lord, my Father who I found out isn't; completely threw all of our memories away and instantly remarried in just a couple of months. I had spent my life in a trap of performance based love, parents, x-husband, his family, co-workers... I am not complaining, nor a victim. I am merely setting my stage. I know there are so many of us women that are in similar spaces. We survive in those states, and frankly that is a barely surviving. Certainly not living, and most certainly not Thriving! How did we get here? If I may suggest, ask a different set of questions.
How do I thrive? How do I get a better outlook?
- First, You humble yourself to the Lord and ask for His Forgiveness,
- Consistently, honor Him in prayer,
- Ask for His guidance, then Choose to Believe He is There Guiding You!!
In other words, stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because it will. Difference is, you have not given it any power. Instead you have chosen Faith, and God rewards by providing us with REAL POWER ! TYL PTL
Well Listen All You Gal's - I sure would like you to join me. Let's change this!!
I believe it starts with getting right with God - so drop your pride, drop your extreme need for independence, to be right, to control, to avoid being controlled. Whatever it is that is under your skin. Give it to God the Father. Let's start over for heaven's sake - push the do over button.
Next verse is a little reminder, if your thoughts are filled with sin, it is sin you wish for or want, it is still sin even before you have acted on it. Iniquities are the thought of the sin, the coveting, wishing and wanting of that sin. Transgressions are sins we actually acted on. Hear you see the power of your thoughts, in that those lusts are causing your voice to be silenced. Your voice to the Lord, or rather His ears. So in the warning the Word is also instructing to humble ourselves, and repent in our prayers before we start listing off the areas of wants and needs.
So guard your hearts, stay pure of heart, mind and actions! Of course repent when you fall, because we are human and we are living in grace, Thank You Lord, He forgives us and washes us of our sins past, present and future. There is still the need however to repent, moreover the need to guard your heart and strive for pure thoughts and actions. It is hear where we are truly blessed. Make no mistake this isn't performances based love, we are His children He loves us regardless; as The Father He also wants the best for us, so see this as positive guidance, His words instructing and advising on the best path forward!! Thank you Lord, Hallelujah !!!!
“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” Psalms 66:16-20 KJV
DOES OUR STATE OF MIND SET THE TONE EACH DAY - FOR OURSELVES AND THOSE AROUND US?
YES - OH YES IT DOES AND MORE IMPORTANT THAT STATE HAS A LONG TERM AND LASTING IMPACT!
Well today is my Mother's Birthday, she went home to be with the Lord July 26, 2015. Gosh I miss her! She was a royal pain most of the time; a royal pain Setting The Tone. Setting a State of Mind. She may not have been as successful at this in her own life, but darn it she made sure all of her loved ones had this FOCUS! Thank You Mother for this lesson... Thank You Lord for sending her to me, and to all of those that she impacted! I pray each day that I have learned from her good example, as well as her failures so that I can grow and set a tone, a state of mind that is the next level the Lord wants us. Certainly, He doesn't want us to stay babies.
There is an interesting concept I would like to challenge you to explore today, TO CHANGE TODAY. All of us don't really want to admit or talk about these little secrets, they are our parachutes. The concept is well I know I'm not perfect, so I know I will fall, and I know I can repent and be forgiven once again by His grace. Literally this kind of thinking grieves His Spirit! And is seriously short changing you in all walks of YOUR life and everyone around you!!!
Why, it is simple we are giving ourselves the permission to sin! Yep, this is not different than telling someone, okay I will TRY to do that. Verses say, Yes I will do it, consider it done. The first example is giving yourself an out, and NOT committing at all. The second is an absolute commitment, a promise that it is done (whatever it is).
What is the difference. I believe it is a state of mind, a state of faith verses a state of insecurity or wanting to play it safe. Why do we want to play it safe? It is easy fear of failure, embarrassment, potential damage to our pride or egos. Holy Cow Right, Yes Sam just put the big IT on the table. Turned the lights on. Of course I did !-)
Fact is God knows this already, see the verses below. Among a myriad of passages specifically saying, hey people you can't keep secrets from your creator! He as usual gives us ways and means to be saved through Grace, He always has our backs. Thank You Lord!! He also warns and instructs on how to have a more fulfilled life, reap His immensely amazing and powerful promises. It is simple change our mindset... Yes that is us making a choice. Our wills, each moment, each day, every day. That is what makes it so powerful.
So try this; realize and say it out loud a minimum of 21 times today. The definition of failure is no longer "a failed attempt", it is NOW STARTING TODAY... The Definition of Failure is Not Trying w Your Full Commitment to Begin with!!! It is Not result based, it is INTENT based!!! You see if you dive in, give it your all, truly commitment, without all those little parachutes (easy out buttons which erode your true intent) .... No matter what the result you have WON, you have SUCCEEDED!!! Great example: how many times did it take for Thomas Edison to get it right? You see if he had the fear of failure he would have never succeeded. Instead he gave himself permission to really go for it, no matter the result, his INTENT was to figure it out and get it done!! I believe that is the attitude God wants us to have for everything, all the time, and for all of His children to be winners, to be succeeding in all walks of our lives.
As for sin, treat it the same way, don't give in, be weak, or have permission to fail on your mind. Focus on your walk, your daily efforts, be in the Word, in Prayer, have Him in your hearts... Find it that new state of mind, Keep it, Share it!!!
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:1-4 NIV
“For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Romans 6:5-7 NIV
Mother's Day - hummm. Normally a day everyone expresses their appreciation for all of the love we have poured into them their entire lives. Well - I have been reflecting this entire week about this concept of being a Mother. Not just having given birth and subsequently you are a Mother by definition. The Real Deal - Actively Being a Mother.
Of course you all know I am a Mother; I am blessed with three wonderful adult children, and more three wonderful grandchildren. I am very blessed. It is a transition that I wasn't expecting, maybe wanting but not really putting my head around it. Meaning, wow they are adults and they do not need me anymore. Additionally, followed by the thoughts of okay, I did that right (long list of memories) and okay Lord can I somehow do these things over (another long list of memories). First, let me say this. Do Not Get Down on yourself, judge yourself, and certainly do NOT get in those Mommy competition things at school or whatever. Yikes. No Good.
What are our Jobs, How are we to be, do, act - all of it? Our jobs are so critical, literally one of the most important jobs in our lifetimes - being parents. As Mothers, Wives, Woman in our community we are responsible for setting the tone. Often setting the standards, the boundaries, food and health, personal high-gene, integrity, work and study habits - the list is long. Whereas our counter parts are to enforce it. In our modern world satan has created quite a problem, by turning parenting into a fight, keeping score with each other verses enjoying the roller coaster together. You can't predict it, control it, most of the time you can't even manage it. So you certainly can NOT keep score!!!
In an ideal world, certainly as God intended we work as partners. That said there is that connection that Mothers have with their children, in most cases it is a bit more extreme that connections Fathers have with their children. Not more important just different. Today, I want to address the Mother Side - So Women - Let's Get Better At this Important Job! Think about it, if your favorite sports star, singer, actor, or race driver didn't practice, study and work hard to improve you would be pretty at at them. So why are we not doing the same - after all this is real and real important!!!
How about you examine the beginning of Luke. Talk about a job, how would you even contemplate having an Angel tell you, You (miss teenager) are going to be the Mother of God. Right. Wow.
What can we learn from her, the Mother of God. Nearly a child herself. Not Married. I mean how does that conversation go; Joseph honey, well you and I know we have not been together intimately. But, I have some thing wonderful to tell you. An angel came down and explained it, but okay I am pregnant and I am giving birth to God. We are to call Him Jesus. Okay. Think about that.
First, the love of her life could have thrown her out. Humiliated her, even to her own family, stoned her in fact. She could have said hum, maybe I need to seduce Joseph and tell him later. If she was in our society even without the risk of complete humiliation and stoning; I think it is likely that is the choice most young woman would act upon.
So right now, this moment ask yourself what would you do. Seriously, what would you do. Right, us Mother's need to work on ourselves, and each other. Support, build, and make darn sure we are always willing to do whatever it takes. Not the easy roads, not flip on the TV, or give them their handhelds while we only take care of ourselves - NO - we do what ever it takes. That is our job - in fact that is our blessing!
I am thinking first steps to Mother's recovering our roles, our rightful selves.
If we all start making those little changes, WOW, what a positive affect we can all bring to this world. Think of the wonderfully empowered and positive little people. Think of how many LESS broken and medicated children there will be! This is a Call To Action. Let's get serious, it is after all much more important than a new diet.
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