Doodle 101 / Butterfly / Christ in ME!

As we have come to the close of our Women’s Bible Study “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer I am revisiting so many “ah-ha” moments the Lord has spoken into my heart. Re-recording many, in hopes that I won’t forget them!

Priscilla asks the question…”If salvation was only meant to give us a ticket to eternity, what good would it do us now while we are still on earth? Do we just sit around waiting?”

“Receiving salvation is not the same as applying salvation. The first redeems us; the second restores, protects, and shields us daily from the attacks of the enemy.”

I love how she breaks down these aspects of salvation:

Justification : past

Glorification : future

Sanctification : daily

“Sanctification is a process by which we are continually delivered from the wrath of God on earth, fortified against the enemy’s attacks, and molded into the image of Christ as our minds are renewed.”

-Priscilla Shirer.

Is change happening daily? Are we growing to be more like Christ each day or are we stuck in our cocoon?

This is an awesome definition of salvation from the Lexham Theological Workbook:

“Salvation is the rescue from a state of danger and the restoration to wholeness and prosperity.”

We have been rescued from the danger of death to be restored to wholeness and prosperity! We were meant to fly with the power of Christ to accomplish/ overcome anything.

Applying salvation is not a passive assignment. It requires a daily strategy. It is the process of “renewing our human mind” plaqued with “wrong thinking”…limited by a sinful perspective.

Paul instructs us to “take every thought captive” -an ongoing action.

It is a lifestyle, a moment by moment strategy of abiding in Christ.

We must continually replace our sinful thinking (fueled by satan’s attacks) with God’s thinking. Righteous thoughts fueled by truth.

As believers, we have the DNA of CHrist within us! Our responsibility is to rely on Him, resisting our tendency to fall back to our human patterns of thought that take us on a daily emotional roller coaster.

Every piece of armor is rooted in God’s Word, which is TRUTH, which is Christ Jesus.

KNOW IT.  BELIEVE IT. REMAIN IN IT… AND THEN GO!

LIVE every day with your crown on.

One day after Bible study, my dear friend’s daughter (5 years old) walked in wearing a princess crown. She had just come from school, and had worn it there all morning.  What a precious reminder of truth she was for me that morning!

She loves her crown, and is not embarrassed to wear it anywhere!

I want sweet Mya to remember this forever.

We have an a rich inheritance we share with Christ ….

We can be secure, confident, and hopeful when we have it on.

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2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Take every thought captive. Replace negative thoughts with truth. Post it on your door posts…speak of it as you wake, as you walk and as you lie down. God’s perspective sees beyond all circumstance to the great hope He has prepared for those who believe.

Bless you,

sue

Doodle 101 / Pickles & Ice Cream/ Have my tastebuds changed????

I am continuing in the study The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.

This week Priscilla talks about her tastes.

Isn’t it funny how our tastes change?

When my husband and I were first married, I’d say my tastes were simple “arts and craft country,”  We often laugh, when we look back at our first home…mauve colored walls…did we really like those? Eek.

As a child, I used to marvel at the onion, tomato, and mustard sandwiches my Mom would eat. GROSS MOM.  Blue cheese, yuk. Creamed Spinach,…double yuk.  All tastes I now enjoy.  My tastes have changed.

Priscilla mentions that during one of her pregnancies, she had the overwhelming craving to eat pickles and ice cream…at the same time….something she had not had a taste for before this season of change…this time when a  precious little life was growing from within in her, creating a change in her “tastes.”

What a vivid example and picture of the change that takes place in our heart when we intentionally put on our breastplate of Righteousness…the very armor that protects our most vital organ.

CHANGE happens. It must, or we are not growing to be more like Christ.

No change = no armor.

No armor means no protection and no weapon to fight, allowing cracks to ensue….inviting the enemy in.

If my tastes aren’t changing, well…then “Houston, there is a problem.”

In the study, we are pointed to Ephesians for guidance. (Ephesians 4 and 5.)

Paul urges us to put away old tastes for new.

Put away anger…don’t let the sun go down on it. (Do I harbor anger towards my friends, co-workers, spouse?)

Put away destruction and use your hands to help, not hurt…to work honestly in order to have something to share with others. (Do I work for myself, or do I work to SHARE what God provides)

Put away corrupt talk…do not speak unless it is to build up others…not tear down, but extend grace. (Do I speak harsh words to others, forgetting the grace that has been extended to me?)

Put away bitterness, wrath, anger, slander and malice. (Do I hold on to bitterness and wish others ill will? Do I say unkind things to or about someone?)

Put away sexual impurity, immorality, or covetousness. Do not allow foolishness or crude talking. (Do I allow sin before my eyes and ears, do I covet what I do not have? Do I listen to foolishness or crude talk?)

The above tastes originate in sin.

Righteousness comes from right standing with God…as we develop new tastes that are in alignment with His tastes.

This is where true peace, joy, and contentment reside…in our obedience to truth.

Every day, I must check my taste buds!

Such a great study.

I pray that we are each reminded of our need for changing tastes.  That we will put away the old and allow the change to begin.

Blessings,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doodle 101 / Whose Birthday is it Anyway?

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A favorite story I like to tell to my “kids” at church is this…

There once was a boy named Billy.  He was SOOOO excited for his birthday party and invited all of his friends from school.

The day of the party arrived, and Billy sat by his front window, waiting with great anticipation.

One by one, each of his friends walked towards his house with a beautifully wrapped gift…but as he waited to greet them, the doorbell never rang.

Puzzled, he ran back to the window to find that each of his friends walked right by his house, without stopping to even glance his way.

Where were they going? Why did they carry a gift if not for him?

Billy sat an waited all afternoon, but not one friend came to celebrate his birthday with him. He realized that it wasn’t the gifts he didn’t receive that made him sad, it was watching his friends pass by his house without even a thought…that broke his heart.

This Christmas…Whose Birthday is it anyway? Might Jesus feel like Billy, as He watches us celebrate with each other without even glancing His way?

Celebrate Jesus Birthday this Christmas.

Give Him EVERY glance…

in the way that you share

in the way that you serve

love others in His name

extend the gift He gave to you:)

I had buttons made for all our “kid’s church” leaders to wear, and I get them out and put one on to this day!  I am always in need of this reminder!

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Bless you,

sue

 

The Virtue of Contentment / WK 3 / Day 3

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Check Your Gauge!

You probably check the fuel gauge in your car every time you start the engine. It’s a habit…but, do you check your spiritual tank?

We certainly know what happens when we run out of gas in our car…

or when we fill up with bad gas…

failure to start, rough noisy ride, low mileage, unable to move forward.

Isn’t that what happens with our spiritual tank?

We “run out of fruit” – lack of joy, patience, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and SELF-CONTROL.

When our “fuel level” is down, we see clear symptoms.

If we look at our second scripture study this week we can see that one of these symptoms is an anxious heart.

5 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

-Matthew 6:26-34

Most of us suffer from this symptom quite often.  Worry, fear, anxiety.  As if we have control over everyone & everything that happens to us. Not.

IF WE STOP FOR DAILY FUEL, WE WILL ALLEVIATE THE SYMPTOMS.

Priscilla Shirer shared this truth in her “SEEDS” study…

When going to the market, (during Jesus’ time on the earth) the cheapest purchase was a Sparrow.  In fact, they were so cheap that you could buy 2 for 1 and the shop keeper would often throw in a 3rd for FREE!

So, that 3rd sparrow had a value of zero.

BUT WE JUST READ…

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

Our God takes care of a sparrow that has zero value?

Did I read that right?

So, I guess He cares even more about me…He did DIE for me…for you…

for  US.

He is making this point so clear here…so “in your face” clear.

“Look, kids, I care about this little “worthless” bird…of course I care for YOU…my daughter…my son.”

Our God promises to take care of us…to provide all we need.  But, He is gentle and has great patience…He does not force us to LIVE  the full life He has promised us.

The Virtue of Contentment / WK 3 / Day 3 / Sue Carroll

WE GET TO CHOOSE.

THE QUESTION IS…WHAT DO WE CHOOSE?

Choosing requires action…something we do.

Getting the FUEL we need…

FUEL STATIONS BELOW

…talk to God in prayer, listen, have personal Bible study time, sit under biblical preaching and teaching, “fellowship” with biblically-based authors and friends by reading sound theology and discussing the Bible with others…pray continually

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:33

BEFORE WE DRIVE, WE HAVE TO “FILL’ER UP!”

Then…”all these THINGS (the very “things” that cause us to be anxious and fearful) will be added to you.”

AN ANXIOUS HEART LACKS CONTENTMENT.

Spend some time asking the Lord what “things” you are anxious or fearful about…listen to what the Holy Spirit teaches you.

Take whatever ACTION the Lord is requiring for you to take

AND

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FUEL LEVEL.

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FILL’ER UP!

(make sure you get good gas)

in Him,

Sue

 

 

 

 

 

Doodle / Bed

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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.

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Ethan:pm 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:)

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Thank you Father, for the conviction of your Holy Spirit,

Blessings,

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Doodle 101 / God’s Provision / for Trina:)

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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:)

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Bless you,

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Doodle 101 / Bullseye Focus

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Before there was “Jesus Calling” there was Oswald…

I was introduced to “My Utmost for His Highest” almost 20 years ago. It is a beautifully written devotional that was first published in 1935.

Biddy Chambers, Oswald’s wife, took on the incredible task of  transcribing her husband’s sermons and lectures in shorthand, and then typed them…creating a daily reading…often from 2-3 different messages.  It took her 3 years to complete the book.

“My Utmost for His Highest” was published 18 years after Oswald’s death.

“Whatsoever ye shalt ask in My name, that I will do.” -John 14:13

How sweet that the Lord has drawn me to this passage of scripture at such a time as this.

I continue to feel a wave of emotions as I take each step forward, missing my Mom.

But look at what the Lord spoke to me today as He led me here through Oswald Chambers

(John 14:1-14)

1“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;a believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know the way to where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.d From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

“The Disciple who abides in Jesus IS the WILL of God…his choices are God’s choices” (O.Chambers)

When our heart aligns with our Lord’s heart, His desires become our desires.

“Mysterious”…Oswald says, and I agree!

“Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint.”

-Oswald Chambers

Lord, cause my heart to yearn for a “Bullseye Focus”…set my eyes on you…not just for 1 minute of 60…but every moment.  Grow my desire to ABIDE in you.

I know then, that much fruit will be the result…for Your Glory.

*This reading comes from June 7th / “My Utmost for His Highest” -by Oswald Chambers

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(there are two versions…the Original Language & the Updated Version)

Sweet readers, I am grateful for your encouraging words and prayers.  Thank you for sharing your hearts with me, and for caring enough to take the time to reach out to me.  You have been a huge blessing.  Much love,

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