"Be careful or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap" Luke 21:34 NIV
This is the verse in my devotion today then it says If you truly believe "No weapon formed against you shall prosper" then you shouldn't waste time worrying about unforeseen tragedies. God's got you covered. I like that phrase "God's got you covered" you know we tend to say that to our friends hey I got you covered and it tends to make us feel better but to know that God's got you covered does it get any better than that. Lastly my devotion reads Worry never changed anything, but God's word always does.
Praise God there is freedom in Christ.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This morning God awoke me to spend time with him at 4:10am so I got up made my coffee and sat down with my bible, Journal/devotional and God. I was really excited that it was 4:10am since he woke me at 3:30am Friday morning to spend time with him, I feel like I got to sleep in I was very happy. Before I read my devotional I prayed about some issues I was dealing with and asking God to speak to me and help me. Well I opened my devotion and it has II John 1:5-6 "...I ask that we Love one another.....that we walk in obedience to his commands" Then as I continued to read the writer writes "You need to obey what you know" WOW! Love and walk in obedience watch what you pray for you just might get it. At the end of my devotional it say Draw close to the fire of His Word, and your life will light up. Warm yourself at the scripture, just as you'd seek the heat of a fireplace. I want my life to light up so as I continue to "Inquire" of the Lord he continues to show me my ugly heart, gently discipline me and then encourage me. The word "Inquire" was meant for me it's going to help me grow.
Friday, September 21, 2007
In my devotion this morning the verse "Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 So I decided to do an inductive study on this verse. I ask myself 1)Do I go to Christ when I am weary and burdened? 2) Do I rest in him? then came the questions 1)Why don't I go to Christ? and 2)Do I know how to rest in him? As I thought about these questions I got stuck on Do I know how to rest in Jesus? This should be simple but yet I struggled with it, as I continued to read in my journal it said "Resting in Jesus means: feeling secure in Him and allowing His peace to fill your soul" it then said to start by mediatating on the Lord's promises and His everlasting love for you. There it is again meditate "Selah" that word Julie spoke of from retreat. I am so busy that it is so hard for me to just sit and listen and meditate but it is a pattern in my lessons from the Lord lately. As I think about resting in the Lord what an amazing thing feeling secure in Jesus, letting him fill our soul. It's what he wants for us he is just waiting for us to ask him. We miss out on so much the Lord wants to give us because we just don't ask. (I guess you could also say Inquire of the Lord there is my word Inquire) I pray we all find our rest and security in our Lord. There is no better place to be. Thank you Lord for meeting me this morning.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Having Brian gone is very hard for me. When he is gone I feel lost. Natalia I don't know how you did it for 6 months I am stuggling and it's been 2 days. In our 9 years of marriage we have hardly ever been apart. As I sit here and think about him I ask myself do I long for time with Jesus as much as I do my earthly husband? WOW! that's a tough question I would love to say oh yes even more but God knows that's not the truth. I know God allows us times like these for us to reconnect with him to learn to rely on him because he will meet our every need. Lord I am sorry for not always measuring up. I do want this to be a special time for you and I this week. Brian even emailed me and told me to spend time with you. You have given me such a gift in Brian and as amazing as he is you gave me something even more amazing you gave me my salvation. Thank you Lord. I am looking foward to our time this week. Thank you for gently reminding me you are waiting to spend time with me. I will meet you in the mornign with my bible and my coffee.
Well let's see Brian has a business trip to Monterrey this week and when he is gone things just go wrong. So he left Monday morning at 4am and at 7am I sat at my computer pulled back the curtains only to see an injured coyote sleeping in my back yard,(now my back yard is surrounded by a 6ft wall) I began to laugh because it had only been 3 hours since my husband left and I saw this as only the beginning of a long week. I called Brian and told him he saw it as a sign he should by season tickets to see the Coyotes play hockey. I called the police and they came out to get it. Then last night Hannah comes out of the bathroom to tell me that she had just gone potty and Joshua threw a kazoo in the toilet before she could flush (let me tell you she didn't go pee) I go in the bathroom to check this out only to find out my daughter used 3/4 of a double roll of toilet paper and the toilet was filled with toilet paper. I called Brian and he told me to use my tongs take out the paper and the kazoo and put them in a plastic bag then throw it away so I could flush the toilet, well you need to know that this was not my idea of fun and now I need to go buy me some new tongs. So day one is over and I am INQUIRING (my word) of the Lord the lesson in all of this. So as Tuesday begins I am very cautiously waiting to see what it holds. I will keep you all posted.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Well the retreat is over God has spoken and what will we do with what he has told us? It is so easy to get on a high at retreat but when we come back to reality Satan is waiting to trip us up and steal our joy. Let us remember the convictions we felt at retreat and the promises we made to our Lord. We need to remeber what Julie M shared with us "The Lord is our treasure" also remeber the the key she gave us to unlock the treasure "Spend time in the Word " sounds so simple but why don't I always do it? Well today I took my first step in spending more time with God we turned the TV off at 9:30am and it did not come back on until 6pm WOW! It was a great feeling and my son is learning with me. (It's never too early to teach them good habits) I realy liked what she said about the word "Selah" and how we need to stop and meditate on what we just read you see God has already been working on me to be still and know that he is God and what better way than to read his word then just "Selah" Well as I with the help of our Lord start my journey of walking closer to him and growing into the woman of God he desires for me to be I ask for your prayers and encouragement. In closing may we all have gems, jewels and gold piled high and very little wood, hay and stuble. What a great retreat! Thank you Lord for loving me and for pouring out grace and mercy on me. Don't give up on me Lord with your help I will triumph.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Every year at retreat we get words to study for the next year this is a fun and challenging thing to do. Last year I received the word "Fight" wow I wasn't too excited about that word but after studying fight it made it easier to fight the battles set before me when I had the word of God behind me. Well then I went on a retreat in April and got another word "Joy" my first thought was cool I love "Joy" well then God reminded me that Joy comes in the morning and is a result of various trials. Joy is an amazing thing but it usually follows a trial (and in case you are wondering it is true even though I have Joy it came at the end of many of trials.) We used to sing a song when I was a kid "Joy Joy this is what it means Jesus first Yourself last and Others in between" Oh so true. So with this said I am somewhat hesitant to get my word this year but I do know that it will make a great study and it will be great to have scripture to hold onto when I encouter various trials. So stay posted to find out what word God thinks I need to study this next year.