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The Great Life

Psalm 81:10

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt.  Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

If we open ourselves up to Him fully, He will fill us.  HE WILL FILL US.  We just have to say yes to Him.  It’s a pretty simple request.  So why does it seem so hard sometimes?

One thing that I struggle with is feeling inadequate.  I don’t know where this comes from – past incidents or just human nature or just part of the way my brain works.  But I need to remember that every mistake does not define me, and every weak moment is a chance to become stronger in Him.  To open myself up fully to Him means not only to let Him work through me to help others and glorify Him and all that stuff.  It also means to accept His grace.  If I don’t accept His grace when I repent – if I dwell on it and continue to beat myself up over things – then all that Jesus did for us means nothing.  NOTHING!!!!  He died to close the gap between us and God.  It is not a good witness to treat myself like poop.

I know I struggle with guilt when I screw up because I don’t want people to leave me.  This is just based on my past and has nothing to do with what my life on earth looks like right now.  God will NEVER LEAVE ME.  Jesus is right here with me, peering over my shoulder and whispering in my ear what He wants me to write next.  I don’t have to pray for forgiveness 16 times for that one thing I did.  Repent and reset.  He has forgiven me.  If I ask Him to keep changing my heart to be more like His, HE WILL.  PERIOD.  End of story.  I say this all the time, but it’s the easiest and most difficult thing in the world.

Psalm 81:16

You would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.

What does temporary satisfaction look like versus real satisfaction?

That’s a tough one to explain.  The best way I can muster is, real satisfaction is an investment.  If we do the work – rest in His Word every day, develop a meaningful prayer life with Him, say yes to Him and let Him change our hearts – the ROI (Return On Investment – and not to go off on a tangent but I am SO GLAD I don’t live a life where I have to hear, decipher, and then use acronyms like that anymore!!!!) is going to be more amazing than we could ever imagine for ourselves.

Temporary satisfaction is like, “Oh, if I buy that dress I will look so cool and everyone will think I look awesome and when I go out to the bar to get my drink on people want to know where I got it and think I am so with it and together because I am in this hip place with my hip dress and hip friends WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”

(Not that I did it.)

1 John 3:18-19

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence.

How do I apply this verse to my life?  It’s not what I wear or do or look like or watch or listen or even say that defines me…unless I am speaking from my changed heart about His truth.  To set our hearts at rest in his presence (which is such a beautiful phrase) means that when I do that, HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST.  That is ALL HE WANTS.  When we say YES to Him, when we REST in Him, when we listen to Him when He speaks to us, we are living in His truth.  Example:

On Saturday morning,  I was reading my Bible.  Sometimes I just flip through and scan the pages until something jumps out at me and then I kind of roll with it.  Somehow, I ended up on Psalm 139:23-24 and I loved it.  I circled it, highlighted it, drew my famous squiggles on it.

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

So, then I wrote down the key words on the back of my Bible:

SEARCH

KNOW

TEST

SEE

LEAD

A few minutes later, I popped on Facebook on my phone and was reading the comments of one of the Proverbs 31 posts, and what did I see?  THAT SAME VERSE.  This is how God speaks to us.  He was telling me to pay attention to that verse.

So, that is my challenge today.  To let Him search my heart and really listen to Him so I can say yes to the challenges before me.  Maybe you would like to do the same.

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I found that leaf in a Bible at church a few weeks ago.  I opened it up and it fell out and it was such a perfect leaf…I wonder how long it’s been in there, and who put it there…I just love stuff like that.

All I need to know

The “Final Four” chapters of Mark are obviously the most intense; therefore, there is so much to cling to, isn’t there?This will be my last post before I start the online study! this will also be the last time I urge you to sign up and join me. All you need to buy is the book (at this point on an e-reader if you don’t want to miss out on the beginning of study).

Mark, chapters 13-16:

Jesus knows every detail of the future and His totally trustworthy words will be fulfilled literally.

In an attitude of belief, one may always bring his questions to Jesus.

Jesus wants His people informed concerning the future so as not to be misled or fearful.

Opposition is inevitable, but God’s Holy Spirit will empower and sustain the believer to the end.

Jesus has told me all I need to know about the future in order to prepare myself, warn others, and trust Him.

Christ’s disciples are to know His word so that they are prepared for the future and for His coming.

I don’t need to know when Christ will return, but I do need to work faithfully at what He has assigned me until then.

No expression of love for Christ is too extravagant.

Greed and hate can lead to betrayal of Jesus.

We can trust God’s guidance to be His best plan for us.

I can hide sin from others but not from God.

It is easy to pledge loyalty until actual persecution comes.

Only in prayer can I draw strength and submerge my will into the Father’s will in my crisis.

Because God is so sovereign and Hid Word will be fulfilled, I do not need to panic in persecution.

Following Jesus may result in persecution and humiliation.

Those who aim to condemn will condemn regardless of the evidence.

The pressure of circumstance will reveal my weakness, which is no surprise to Jesus.

After the truth has been stated, silence speaks louder than words.

Sometimes a burden that is forced upon me becomes the channel of God’s richest blessing.

The darkness of sin bring separation from God.

Love for Christ gives courage and boldness to do what is right in difficult situations.

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In the midst

In the last post I discussed my journey through the Gospel of Mark and what truths really resonated with me. That was this morning. Since then I stepped in cat poop, the washing machine broke, the kids refused to nap AGAIN, I worked really hard on 2 homemade healthy pizzas (like, I made the dough myself and harvested ingredients from our garden and EVERYTHING) and they probably tasted worse than the cat poop I stepped in…

But you know what? I kept Jesus close throughout the day and remembered some of those truths I typed this morning. And I didn’t lose it or yell (well, not too much) or eat chocolate to (inexplicably) make myself feel better. I just held onto His Word and He held onto me. So yeah…pretty good day.

Okay, more truth to cling to in those broken washer-filled, cat-poop-steppin’ days…from Mark, chapters 5-8:

Jesus always meets an individual’s need even in the midst of a crowd.

Believing Jesus’ words without fear will bring new life into any apparent hopeless situation.

The hardest place to minister is in one’s hometown.

Jesus equips and instructs those He sends out to minister in His name.

Unconfessed sin multiplies and affects others.

Small things offered to Jesus will be used by Him to bless many.

Being in the will of God does not guarantee easy circumstances but does guarantee Jesus’ presence.

Jesus has power to heal anyone who reaches out to Him.

Sometimes Jesus delays answering prayers so that faith in Him can grow.

Jesus responds to needs in uniquely individual ways.

Jesus can use a little to accomplish a lot.

Jesus reveals Himself to honest seekers but will not be manipulated.

Preoccupation with physical needs hinders spiritual perception and growth.

Jesus may lead one away from familiar surroundings to give progressive new sight.

Again, please read these chapters for yourself to gain your own perspectives and application to your own life. It is such a gift! There is such freedom in Christ!

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