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 …eternity lives in the little things and a simple life means living holistically with your life’s purpose…

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“Choices will continually be necessary and — let us not forget — possible. Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.”
Elisabeth Elliot (Discipline: The Glad Surrender)
The strength of our feelings come from the desires of our flesh, how much freedom of reign have we allowed our flesh to have over us? The stronger our feelings are the more power we have passively allowed our flesh to have…simply put the stronger our flesh the stronger our feelings.  When our feelings flare up and desire to consume us and toss us to and fro in any given situation we must make a decision… do we trust the way of our feelings or the way of the Spirit living within us? Do we trust in the power of our feelings and give in to them and in turn allow them to take us where they take us which is never where we want to be or do we trust in the power of the  Holy Spirit and give in to Him to take us down a path of peace and righteousness which is where we always desire to be? It’s up to you…

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The sun is up this morning and so am I, reluctantly. I would love to sink back into bed for an hour or so but know that little feet will begin filling the hallway in minutes.  Each morning my husband gets up at 5:20am to spend time in the word before he is forced by the gravities of life and the will of God to head off to work, Eli joins him and they spend some reading/coffee time together. I, already mostly awake after his alarm goes off at 5:20 wait and savor my 25 more minutes to lay beneath the refuge of my covers. At 5:45 when my alarm finally goes off I greet the still dark room with bitterness at first glance and then  slowly apologize and almost litterally fall out of bed, grab my robe, wash my face and head into the kitchen to start breakfast for my man. Sometimes I wonder why am I doing this? I could sleep till 7:00 or so and still have time to have my quiet time with my Savior… but when I walk in the kitchen and I see my husband’s smiling face and hear his sweet “Good morning” I remember… because I SO love him and I long to spend as much time with this man as I can before he departs and is seperated from us from once 8 but now 10 hours. Because he deserves it and  needs that early morning time as much I feel I do, we need eachother. Each morning I hate to see him walk out the door but I know that God has called him to minister to all the men in his workplace and He has called me to minister to all the little children in my workplace, we both have set before us a joyful ministry filled with hours of hard work and hard hearts and we both know with out saying that we need eachother before we head alone into those callings and that we both need Him and so each morning at 5:20 and 5:45 we rise before the sun, we eat and we drink from His blessing and His cup each morning and pray.  

Wives, savor each moment with your beloved husbands, for this is just a momentary marriage, sacred and holy. We are a picture of the most sacred union, between Christ and His church. Each morning we gather together in a holy communion before the dawn of life and trials begin and then we wait for eachother’s reunion. I wait till he comes as we wait for His coming. I am the bride at home anxiously awaiting the arrival of my bridegroom! Let this be a heavenly reminder for us to prepare daily for our Bridegroom to return… He is coming and we do not know the hour, so let us make the best use of our time.

God patterned marriage purposefully after the relationship between His Son and the church, which He planned from eternity. And therefore marriage is a mystery; it contains and conceals a meaning far greater than what we see on the outside. What God has joined together in marriage is to be a reflection of the union between the Son of God and His bride the church. Those of us who are married need to ponder again and again how mysterious and wonderful it is that we are granted by God the privilege to image forth stupendous divine realities infinitely bigger and greater than ourselves. 

John Piper 

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  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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Have you ever opened your eyes to the graces of a new and glorious day only to proclaim deep with in your heart to God that you just don’t know if you can do it again today instead of trusting and submitting to His promise… “my grace is sufficient for you”? Even you my exhausted and overwhelmed child and mother to my precious children. “My burden is light and my yoke is easy” How often do our own children tell us “but momma I can’t do it!” and we reply to their weakness with love “Yes you can, I will help you” only to be saddend by their  unwillingness to allow you the access to their heart, to lift their burden and guide them through their weakness.   I realize now how often I cry out to God in the morning and then reject His help, His guidance, His grace for me through out the day. It is not that He is not supplying me with enough, for God does not lie, it is I who has not trusted in His promise, been humbled before His throne of grace and displayed a broken and contrite heart before the Almighty God who is sufficient for ALL of my needs and is my power in weakness, even in my motherhood inadequacies.  Each morning we are told that “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 and yet we so often live seperated from this reality; from His reality by choice… it is a conscious choice we decide to make with the wakening of the new day.

Grace is not something we can earn, it is a gift. Often times for me I pray for His grace and then I try to earn it somehow through out the day. In order for us to receive His unmerited favor we must choose to become weak, to be humbled. My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in what? In strength? In pride or arrogance? In weakness! His grace is sufficient for those who are willing to make themsleves weak so that His power can be made perfect through them, dispite them, giving all glory and honor to Him. The power to live a ressurected life comes from Him and Him alone… John proclaims this weakness, this humility, this humbleness in John 3:30 when he says “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Listen to this quote by C.H. Spurgeon:

“Observe how weak we are, how strong He is, how proud we are, how condescending He is, how erring we are, and how infallable He is, how changing we are, and how immutable He is; how provoking we are, and how forgiving He is. Observe how in us there is only ill, and how in Him there is only good. Yet our ill but draws His goodness forth, and still He blesseth. Oh! What a rich contrast!

Oh observe! But we don’t observe it often enough how weak we are and how strong He is and that is why I believe for myself I miss out of His boundless supply of grace for each day.

“God opposes the proud, but give grace to the humble.” James 4:6

He will not pour out His grace upon us so long as we feel as though we deserve only good things to come our way. It is very easy to deceive ourselves into thinking we are a humble people but when things are going our way but when our peace is disturbed and challenged by everyday or life changing trials do we become angry? Why? Did we feel in some way an heir of arrogance in that we didn’t deserve for that to just happen to us? In that sliver of a moment did we humble ourselves  and receive His grace? I know that I am tempted all day to believe that I deserve good things to happen to me and so when they are confronted I become quickly irritated and I ask the fist shaking question… why? Why me? I didn’t deserve that! 

Oh to walk the road pathed in grace, to become less for the sake of Him becoming more! To embrace weakness and humility for the glory and power of God to radiate through our broken vessels our broken lives. It is in our brokeness that we find His strength, it is in being humbled before grace that He is made Lord of our lives.

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“I must get down on my knees and own that I am less than nothing, seek God, not joy;

consent to suffer, not cry for relief.” 

Elizabeth Prentiss

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[tired]

This morning I plead with Him for a bright and shining spirit, to be filled with the joy of His Spirit before little feet begin scampering down the hall and little mouths beg to be fed. I am just not feeling it this morning and so must surrender myself into His hands, to be led and consumed by His leading not my own. I am tired.

It feels hard even to breath on my own… the sprint of life has taken my breathe away and find myself grasping for air this morning… but I am reminded to breath slow and simply… inhale… and exhale…

GRACE.

He promises… in red…

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

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