Saturday, September 20, 2014

I can't...

Ugh, it's been a week of realizing my limitations, and I confess again:  I don't like it.  I want to be accomplished and make folks happy, but it's not the job assignment I, this is what God said to me as I choked back the tears of not being able to fix the things I want to...His greatness quiets my heart and brings me back to rejoicing :).

I Can’t

Sep 20, 2014 by 
I Can’t
We moms don’t like that statement.  We tell our children not to say it.  We remind them of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  But we know in our hearts how hard that is to walk out, because there’s a truth motherhood teaches well: we can’t do all we long to do.  God began teaching me that my best is but filthy rags during that first pregnancy.  I did everything ‘right’ when I was pregnant—and ended up in the hospital with complications two months before the delivery date.  Now decades later, as my children are about to ‘fly from the nest,’ I have nearly a daily encounter with the same truth.  As much as I long to, I cannot fix every hurt.  I cannot smooth every trial.  Now, as then, my best is below His best.  The things I want seem good and right.  The things He wills are good and right.
Jesus lovingly told us “…you can do nothing without me.”  In fact, He even said He could nothing without the Father.  Why do we struggle so hard to accept the truth of needing Him?  We struggle because we have a will.  We struggle because trusting His choices is contrary to our nature.  He knows that and patiently instructs us every day!  Our best lies in the heart of our God.  We must seek the very heart of the Father in the face of disappointment and even heartache to arrive at the truth we tell our children.  Indeed, we CAN do all things through Christ but not when our trust lies in ourselves.  Praise Him, the Father allows life to mercifully strip us down to the shield of faith.  Faith in the plans and power of God provide us with the glorious righteousness of God!
As I mulled these concepts, my mind shot back to childhood swimming lessons.  Learning to float frustrated me.  I recall the instructor standing beside me asking, “How are you doing?”  As I floated, I said, “I can’t do it.”  Though she told me I was doing it, it felt like doing nothing—and I did NOT like that feeling.  Forty-five years later, I struggle to float in the arms of Jesus.  I want to do.  I want to feel like I am accomplishing something good.  Slowly I am learning that He works when I rest in Him.  He is always working, but I need to get out of His way.  That is what I will do.  Move aside, so the Creator can bring His purposes to the world around me…so His will will be done and His Kingdom will come!  Hallelujah!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Back Talk

My back has been chatting with me, and it is grumpy.  Here's a little devo on what God showed me from that conversation :).  Hope you enjoy...

Back Talk

Sep 18, 2014 by 
Back Talk
Statistics indicate that 80% of people have trouble with their back at some point in life. Our spine affects every aspect of life, but a healthy back is often taken for granted. Being in the second half of my first century (read that 50+ in age), my back talks to me more frequently and with greater insistence these days. Recently, unable to tie my shoes easily and tired of limping and my gimping my way about, I humbled myself to consult with a physical therapist.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Why is life so hard?

I thought you all might enjoy this site as well.   And if you have a question, you'd like scriptural answers for, zap them my way, please. 

 It is another site I have the joy of writing for...therefore, I can't put the whole post on here, but I can drop the teaser :). 

Why is it so hard to live the Christian life? I try to do the right thing, but I feel like everything is against me.

It is a timeless question…and one that has to be confronted directly. The promise of peace and deliverance is mistaken as a promise to keep us from trouble—in reality, it is a promise to deliver us in difficulties.
There are many aspects to an answer for this, but the first that God lays upon my heart is this:
1 Peter 3:15New International Version (NIV)
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Our troubles are our opportunity to share in the work of Christ: faith in the goodness of God.  It is not faith to live peacefully in comfort.

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