Happy Tuesday! A special welcome if you are new here! It’s an honor and a privilege to connect with so many Sisters in Christ ❤ Today, I’m beginning with a bit of a confession… Lately, I have been “focusing” on improving my watercolor techniques. I […]
Day 26 / John Study / She Reads Truth
THE ASCENDED LORD
“In this last chapter of John’s Gospel, we see the risen Christ doing more of what He’d done all along: love and serve, invite and forgive. In fact, John ends his account of Jesus’ life by stating there were so many more things that Jesus did, “if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). Volume after volume of love and service. Book after book of invitation and forgiveness.” -ERIN DAVIS
I really love the story Erin shared about her Jammie breakfast. What a sweet act of service her sister from church extended! But something else touched me about that story…the fact that Erin accepted that unusual request. Like she admitted, it is so often difficult for any of us to accept help…it means being honest about the fact that we actually NEED help. This IS NOT a SHAMEFUL revelation! We ALL DO need help. We need more than help, we need a SAVIOR.
Isn’t it so hard to believe that our GOD, our KING, our SAVIOR and LORD, chooses to SERVE Us?!!!!!! Time and time again, I have to remind myself of this…like pinching myself to wake up, because something is just too good to be true. It would be like one of us showing up at the house of someone who had hurt and betrayed us, to clean their house and make them dinner. I haven’t done that lately:)
How can we accept the precious gift of life and do any less?
The only way that we can serve unselfishly, is through the power of Christ in us. We have to intentionally set aside our STUBBORN will to ASK for it out of love and thanksgiving.
Jesus doesn’t ask us to do anything He hasn’t already done before us.
MAN, DO I NEED THIS “SMACK” ON A DAILY BASIS! WAKE UP SUE!!
In serving, we model Jesus, and grow to be more like Him…moving towards the FULLNESS of Joy, He intended for us to experience.
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 […]
HAPPY DAY 3 OF WEEK 5!
(We are in Wk 5 in our book, but it is the 6th Wk of our study together!)
As we continue to spend time with the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts, it is my prayer that the Lord will increase your confidence in knowing WHO HE IS, and WHO YOU ARE IN HIM. I am prayerful, that the truth that He has deposited in your hearts over the course of this study, will penetrate deeply…and will bring about change in your life!
Read from Isaiah 55
10″For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
12“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the LORD,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”
As we studied 2 Corinthians 12 : 8-10 we learned that the Lord’s POWER is made PERFECT in our weakness.
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
My summary…my biggest “take away” from week 2 is below:)
LET’s LET GO of the quest to achieve perfection. Why do we want to work so hard to achieve so much less than what our God has prepared for us?
IN EXPOSING (NOT HIDING) MY WEAKNESS FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, I CAN FIND CONTENTMENT IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
That sounds really GOOD to me!
I’m not saying that we should unleash our weaknesses on everyone around us:) BUT, as we confess them to our God (who already knows them) we will BRING THEM OUT of the dark cave they have been “festering in” and OUT INTO THE LIGHT for the LORD to penetrate and illuminate…then we will have victory over them…and “His power will be made perfect in us” displaying His Glory, as we EXPERIENCE HIS FAITHFULNESS!
I can’t draw a straight line. I don’t even try! Instead, I look for ways to create “imperfection.” I letter with varying styles and shapes with the intention of NOT creating a perfectly spaced, perfectly ordered “piece.” I surrender my weaknesses, allowing them to be transformed into something beautifully imperfect.
If everything :”looked perfect” we would quickly be bored and uninspired! God created us to be unique. NO ONE IS QUITE LIKE YOU! Are you questioning God’s workmanship as you see yourself as “less than?”
Celebrate your weakness as you allow the Lord’s POWER, to be made perfect within you! Celebrate your uniqueness…smile at your style! It’s all your own…and God sees you as BEAUTIFUL…and so do I:)
As we let go of our “need to achieve” perfection, we will find contentment in His.
I am continuing to add support files that I feel would be helpful to others through the course of this study. I have to admit, I have a bit of trouble with my keys…I misplace then quite often:)
Sooooo, I invest in very large key rings! I thought it would be doubly helpful to add scripture cards that “kill two birds.” I can have God’s Word handy & present, AND it’s one more BIG thing to add to my ring….easier to spot in the refrigerator:)
These cards are in a pdf file that can be printed and laminated for durability.
I really love them…hope you do to!