Archive for November, 2011

November 15, 2011

In Times Like These

The world is too big for us, too much going on, too many crimes,
too much violence and excitement. Try as you will, you get
behind in the race, in spite of yourself It’s an incessant
strain, to keep pace… and still, you lose ground.

Science empties its discoveries on you so fast that you stagger
beneath them in hopeless bewilderment. The political world is
news seen so rapidly, you’re out of breath trying to keep pace
with who’s in and who’s out. Everything is high pressure.
Human nature can’t endure much more!

~Atlantic Journal, June 16, 1833~

In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have
always been times like these”
~Paul Harvey~

November 14, 2011

Quote for Mon November 14, 2011

“Jesus does his best work at such moments. Just when the truth about life sinks in, his truth starts to surface. He takes us by the hand and dares us not to sweep the facts under the rug but to confront them with him at our side.” – Max Lucado in “God Came Near”
#Bible http://j.mp/tIvB9i

I love how this is worded. It is so true. When truth sinks in it will be confirmed by God’s Word & His love to carry us through. God is good all the time!

November 11, 2011

Quote

“Why do so many people have struggles when it comes to prayer … Men and women were originally created to desire communion with God. But the effects of sin have dulled most of that original human desire. Sin turned a natural activity into an unnatural funciton.” – Gordon McDonald in “Ordering Your Private World”
#Bible http://j.mp/ueztGd

November 9, 2011

Stay Alert

Place Your Life Before God

Romans 12
1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Stay Alert & Walk it out, faith is action!

November 9, 2011

What’s my worth?

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When at Rise and Shine Women’s Retreat we were asked to sit quietly with the Lord during a song and ask the Lord what He wanted to deal with in our lives. Then we were to write it on a little brown piece of paper and bring it crumpled, to the front of the room and leave it on the floor. Time to let go… I thought I knew what the Lord was going to say to me because I had recently been dealing with a few things, but to my surprise He went straight for the root of many of my issues. Why would He deal with the symptoms when He could rip out the root, right?

WORTH

It’s the reason for my insecurity, my anxiety, my fear of inadequacy, what stops me from trying something out of my comfort zone….

WORTH

I don’t tell my story very often but it haunts me. Not that I think about it all the time but the habits that I formed as a child and into my teen age years still happen at my core level and at some deep inner place, where I believe the enemies lies about me.

This core level would be what our speaker Susie Larson spoke of when she said:

“Our body and mind is amazingly made by God. If we do something over and over and over, our body starts to pave the road for us to continue and if we continue that same direction the body and mind will put up fences and plant flowers along it.”

To me this means – the longer we do something, the deeper the layers there are to deal with because in our minds, heart and body we have created a way of being. Then when we accept God into our lives, He comes to correct us and bring us to a better way. He comes to make all our crooked paths, straight. 

Isaiah 42:16
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.

WORTH

See, I saw many times of rejection as a kid. I got the sense that I was abandoned and alone. I was told a few times that I couldn’t do something because I wasn’t good. I know now that these things are lies of the enemy and have there basis on believing in man and not God, well sadly I grew up without God. I have had to learn how to trust Him. I didn’t trust my parents. They were volatile and unpredictable. They were drug users and alcoholics. They were selfish and godless. By the time I was 10 they divorced. I was told by a relative that my dad was not my real dad when I was 13. That sent me into a tale spin. I had always felt I was not fitted correctly into this family and then the truth was coming out. My real dad opted out of my life. The dad I knew as dad had a DNA test done on me to prove I wasn’t his. And many other things. Can you see my issue….

WORTH

I felt not worth keeping…

not worth loving…

not worth much.

So to counter-act how I felt deep deep down, I set out to PROVE my worth. This does not work out very well….it creates a prison of disappointment, fear, anger and misplace beliefs…and a laundry list of other side effect.

I accepted Christ when I was 19 years old. Over the years the Lord has slowly showed me my sin and errors. He has dealt with me tenderly, patiently, lovingly. Just like a Father should. Proving to me that I can trust Him. That He is not like man. He is GOD. He is LOVE. As I have allowed Him into these areas of my life He has pulled off leaves of this PLANT called WORTH in the center of my garden soul. Teaching me about it. Showing me these troubles and triggers. Showing me what causes me to be “stirred up” and reactive, running for fear or fighting for Self.   At Rise and Shine that day Susie’s message was a Holy Spirit Shovel load. It was time to dig up the tree. Rip it up from the roots.

I released  – Trying to be something that people can love. Trying to be WORTH love.

Scripture:

Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Ephesians 3:17-18 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

I release the need to be WORTHY.

HE IS WORTHY!

The One who is WORHTY……loves me! I am rooted in this love.

I released…and yet a week and a half later I find I am still doing it. Its that habit Susie was talking about…So what to do? I remind myself of what He told me that day. I have it…because she also had us write a letter to ourselves from God, listen to His voice within.  If I do not do this reminding….well I slip right back into striving….only I noticed I have gotten better at concealing it from myself. But God is good…His promises are true.

Psalm 18:28 
For You will light my lamp;
The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

It never stays hidden, He always comes to shine a light on my crooked way and call me into His love. I thank God for that!

And I thank the Ladies of Rise and Shine and Susie Larson. That retreat was God breathed for me.

Starla

~Friendships of Love

November 8, 2011

Deliberate Deceptions

Proverbs 26:18-19
People who shrug off deliberate deceptions,
saying, “I didn’t mean it, I was only joking,”
Are worse than careless campers
who walk away from smoldering campfires.

Good Morning!

I read the all of Proverbs 26 this morning & was amazed at what I saw. I was told by a lady mentor & Pastor that I should read a Proverb a day. I did & learned so much. This year I was told to read the Message Bible instead of what I had been reading to get more insight. To my surprise it is very insightful! It gave me even more to thing about.

The verses above really stuck with me this morning. If someone says they are only joking & didn’t mean it that IS a deliberate deception.

That was the icing on the cake with many thoughts I was having this morning. I don’t know about you but when someone says they are just kidding/ I didn’t mean it to me. I feel hurt & angry.

When the negative feelings arise within you the person making the comments notices & all of a sudden they think you are the problem. Oh, you can’t take a joke can you they say or something like that. There are times that has happened to me & I walk away feeling almost guilty even though I know I did no wrong. While the other person feels they have done no wrong & they don’t have the problem I do. I would have after thoughts like I so want to just tell them off! What a jerk! Why did they say that? I suppress what was said & done along with all my feelings. So wait a minute here. Now I am deceiving myself by repeating what was done to me! Reality smack! That is one of my biggest challenges. Holding something in when I know I did no wrong & am being wrongly accused even though I was not the one running my mouth. Tough stuff! The verse above is so true. When we suppress the issue & leave it undone it is a smoldering fire waiting to ignite. It is left unattended. It says that is worse than a careless camper who walks away from a smoldering fire. Wow! I thought that is dangerous!

So if I shrug off a deliberate deception that is worse! That tells me a lot more then what I usually allow myself to think about a situation like that. Not good & must be dealt with. Even if I am the only willing participant it must be done. I can only control me, myself & I.

Words that are spoken or even unspoken are very powerful and they matter. They are alive. We get disturb by such words because it is deliberate & wrong. Careless words have the power to kill & destroy self confidence, love, trust, harmony & so on. We must love ourselves enough to take care of ourselves by dealing with our thoughts, feelings & actions that may need to be taken. Sometimes that means tough love & sometimes it may mean tears along with some vulnerability. All situations & circumstances are not the same. I don’t think there is some formula 1 2 3 its done. But, I do believe that God says the truth is what sets us free & we can be free indeed. That means facing it & through ally dealing with it. Not shrugging it off like it is no big deal & pretending all is well. Lies & deception are a big deal. With God’s “WORD” we can defeat anything & everything if we are willing. His words are powerful. He says they are more powerful than a two edged sword. That has the power to put out all the smoldering thoughts & feelings. If we care enough about ourselves we will tell those that hurt us when it hurts. By doing that we are teaching them how to treat us. Actually whether we do or don’t we are teaching them how to treat us. They both are hard but one has more rewards than the other. Our choice! Mountain experience continue being the victim or choose victory & be victorious!

That power is ours through Him, Christ Jesus! Amen!

Happy Tuesday to YOU!!!!

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