Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
In the YES to GOD Tuesday post I mentioned that I had something to share that has been on my heart. Well, this isn't it. I will share that either this weekend or next week. God had different plans for my post after I was talking via e-mail yesterday with my friend Missy that I had the pleasure of her company at She Speaks this past summer. Missy is the author of a blog that is funny and real all in the same paragraph.
Missy has passion and on one particular subject I told her I would be her guest blogger on the subject anytime. Okay she said...how about Thursday? So I emailed her my story last night and told her to edit it as needed. She left every word alone and posted it on her blog today.
I want you to go read it if you have a minute, but first let me share this that I have learned of our Savior. The One who is the giver of grace. The One who can look at this mess of a life and find beauty in the midst of filth. No matter what we have done in our lives it is never too much for Jesus Christ to handle. Never.
The path to His throne is not a red carpet. Instead, it is a mud trail. My muddy footprints are embedded on the path to grace and mercy and because He welcomed me as is with open arms I am forever changed. Not perfect, only He is worthy of that title, but changed.
So...click here to read my story as well as Missy's beautiful testimony on her blog, "It's Almost Nap Time" and may God use your story as well.
He wants to, He just needs you to cooperate.
So come as is to the throne and let your King lift your chin off your chest and look in your eyes and say "Daughter....I am enthralled by your beauty".
Sin and all.
Junk and all.
Filth and all.
When we come before Him He is taken with us and He washes us white as snow so our trail from the throne looks nothing like the one to it.
Love you much...
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I am honored to be your host of YES to GOD Tuesday's where we are currently discussing the book Self Talk, Soul Talk by Jennifer Rothschild.
Join in anytime and know that the level of participation is up to you. See the FAQ's on the sidebar if you are interested.
I have some things that have been on my heart to share with you and was going to do so today, but instead I will post about it later this week. I didn't want to make this post too long and I really want to get right to discussing this awesome chapter. I think so far Jennifer's 3 for 3 in writing chapters that make you think, desire to change and are just plain awesome. Thank you Ms. Rothschild!
Okay...let's get to it.
CHAPTER 3: CHOOSING WISE WORDS
Remember, anything in blue is a quote from the book.
Oh, let's read that last part again. Out loud.
...our assumptions are the root, and our thoughts are the fruit.
Jennifer goes on to tell us that wrong thinking comes from from faulty assumptions and right thinking is birthed from truth.
You begin to experience freedom when you discover your own root. You learn to choose your own fruit more wisely.
Jennifer is one that has walked this path in front of us. She shares with us the battles that have gone on in her own self talk/soul talk and teaches us how to change our direction and let God speak to us. She tells us to:
1. ) Ask God for wisdom.
2. ) Revere God. To fear the Lord means we reverence Him.
3.) Receive counsel-when we walk with wisdom, it will wear off on us.
4.) Be patient with yourself. Roots are strong, but with wisdom, you are stronger.
Refuse things that are inaccurate, unkind, or unedifying
Replace them with what is good, pure and just
Repeat that process for as long as it takes to bring my thoughts under control.
Now we need to apply what we are learning. This summer I wrote a post called Down to the Roots on this very subject, just click here if you want to read it. God is up to something in each one of us...don't think for a moment you are unusable to your King. He just needs your cooperation.
Have a blessed week my dear friends. I will do my best to come by and visit each of you for the blessings you are to me are more than you know.
Next week...chapter 4: Speaking Truth to Your Issues.
Oh boy...all in favor of skipping this chapter say "I". God never said change would be easy.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Just wanted you all to know how much we love to see women allowing God to do a work through them through his Word.
Friday, January 9, 2009
The stamp on the box said Handmade with Love.
She wrote me a note with a puppy on it. ...
She said Jesus wanted her to give me a scarf!
It's so pretty and soooooo soft!! There are little colored dots all in it.
I LOVE IT!She also sent me lots of other cute things. Thank you Ms. Kelly!!
Okay. What God showed me is that when we obey Him and love Him that if it is good for us then He says "yes" to the desires of our heart. Sometimes He says "no" or "not yet". He didn't give me a Barbie car when I first asked Him for it, but He used my church family to give me one in two years.
I just wanted to tell this to you.
Oh, and my brother Aaron has to walk with me around the block while I ride in my Barbie Jeep. I hope his teenage friends see him!
Thank You Jesus!
I hope you enjoyed this. Have a blessed weekend. This is the verse I shared with Alivia as we were driving to the Williams' home on Christmas Eve day without telling her what was awaiting her.
I think she got it...
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.