Let’s give it away this weekend!!! xoxoxoxoxoxxo
Going to our FAMILY FARM this weekend. It’s an annual event:)
Here’s a little Doodle before I go:)
Be Safe, and give out lots of love this 4th!
Today’s Keyring Tags are on Abiding in Christ.
Download the PDF below, print on paper or card stock and laminate for durability.
I’ve had quite a few requests for these, and because they are part of my New Bible Journaling Study they are in the password protected files…but, I’m happy to share them with you, even if you’re not doing the study:)
Print them on paper or card stock and laminate them for durability:)
What an incredible blessing it is to watch your children, train up their children…it is a gift I NEVER take for granted…praise you Father for your faithfulness!
This weekend, my Son and Daughter (in love:) ) shared with me that although their son is rarely fussy, at night, when they say prayers with him…he is restless and a bit grumbly.
My sweet Daughter (in love) said that my son told HIS son…”look, the Lord has given you the gift of life…you are HIS MIRACLE, the least you could do is give him a couple of minutes.”
Those of you who have been following my blog, know that my precious Grandson fought for his life for almost 9months in the hospital, and God’s provision never ceased to amaze us all.
We all squirm and grumble a little when we commit to obedience. It’s not something we naturally want to do. Thankfully, we have each other to speak truth in love…to encourage…to spur us on when we least feel like surrendering our stubborn pride.
God has given each of us the miracle of life, and with Jesus as our example, the least we can do is get out of bed to thank Him:)
Thank you Father, for the conviction of your Holy Spirit,
I believe that our first responsibility is ALWAYS TO LOVE.
I am often emotionally “stirred” when I see so many focused on judgement for judgement’s sake.
I know that I have a big plank in my own eye, and I’m in a constant process of allowing the Lord to whittle it down.
I recently read this below from a writer named John Hagenbuch…
“But what does it mean to judge with righteous judgment? Jesus revealed this earlier in John 5:30: Jesus spoke, saying, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
If we seek and follow the true will of God, which can only be found in His word, then when it comes time for us to help people discern between right and wrong, then we will not judge with our opinions or what we think is right, but just like the mind that Christ had, (1 Cor 2) we will only seek to do the will of the Father. Following the limitations for judgment that are taught throughout the scriptures, all we are to do in order to judge righteous judgment is to hear God’s word, and judge using His standard.
Jesus didn’t shy away from calling sin sin…but His message was love & redemption, not condemnation.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17
Speaking truth in love is not about judgement…it’s about redemption.
It should always come wrapped up in a pure motivation that can only come through Christ.
Jesus was all about LOVE, but He IS TRUTH….and the world says we can make our own truth.
We all know what that means…all truth is then lost. There is either one truth, or no truth.
Just praying through Oswalds post for the day.
…I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. —Jeremiah 1:8
“If we look for justice (for ourselves), we will only begin to complain and to indulge ourselves in the discontent of self-pity, as if to say, “Why should I be treated like this?” ( Oswald is speaking of that nasty word, PRIDE) If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.”
Praying that God would keep our eyes fixed on Him…that we would seek to do only His will…loving others however He calls us to do it.
God will make ALL THINGS RIGHT.
What do you think?
Processing grief and trials of all kinds, requires an open heart…one that is willing to allow God entrance, at the very time we often want to deny Him…because of the fire we are in.
I love yesterday’s (June 25) journal entry from
Oswald Chamber’s “My Utmost for His Highest.”
“As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the fire of sorrow. He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.
We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we have to accept and receive ourselves in its fires. If we try to evade sorrow, refusing to deal with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life, and there is no use in saying it should not be. Sin, sorrow, and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them.
Sorrow removes a great deal of a person’s shallowness, but it does not always make that person better. Suffering either gives me to myself or it destroys me. You cannot find or receive yourself through success, because you lose your head over pride. And you cannot receive yourself through the monotony of your daily life, because you give in to complaining. The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be this way is immaterial. The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you can go to him in your moment of trouble and find that he has plenty of time for you. But if a person has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, having no respect or time for you, only turning you away. If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people.”
Yes, we will have sorrow…and the Lord doesn’t ask that we deny those feelings. But, what are we to do with them? I want to choose to allow my Father to “use them as nourishment for others” It is then that they will not be in vain.
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22
But not only will He sustain you, He will be GLORIFIED through you as you “pay that blessing forward.” Be someone’s nourishment today:)
Even when it’s sunny, it can feel like rain…circumstances can bring about a storm that feels like it’s coming from the inside out… But, we can know that there is a home in our hearts for Christ to dwell & our circumstances don’t change our God, but He can change us…starting with our hearts.
Some days we may need to take cover…and our God will be our refuge. It’s His promise and He has been and will always be faithful.