In my Beth Moore Devotional tonight I came across so MANY things I'd like to share! I'll only share one tonight & hope it moves you like it moved me.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; 17: pray continually; 18: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
I don't know about ya'll but when I would hear, just pray about it, it didn't quite register with me on how I could pray about everything and sit back a wait. I'm an instant person and waiting isn't a strong trait of mine. For one, I want to just move on to the next and not let my life revolve around that one situation and as I get older, I'm afraid I'll forget what I just prayed about! Well, as I read in my devotional tonight, I read out of Mark 9:14-32 about "The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit"
and how the disciples that were trying to heal the boy couldn't even after Jesus had gave them the power and authority to do so. Why ? Well, Beth Moore had gave several reasons behind it such as their most powerful influences were absent (3 of the leading disciples were with Jesus up on a mountain praying), some of the strongest negative influences were present (those more educated were present) & Prayer is the critical element of faith. Which leads me to what I wanted ya'll to think about. How quickly I tend to forget that Jesus prayed about everything and every situation. The disciples were trying to heal the boy through their strength instead of seeking the greatness and power of God through prayer and asking him to demonstrate His authority. Beth Moore went on to saying: 'You see, without prayer, we return to our own ability rather than to God. True prayer, not just mindless, half hearted petitions, is what digs the well God wants to fill with faith.'
Another food for thought: Our life with God is filled with ups and downs, with passions and problems, and we cannot see the big picture. By the time God answers a prayer, we have forgotten we asked! What seemed as impossible (Genesis 17:19 Abraham & Sarah have a baby late in life) has happened, and we take it for granted rather than receive it as a gift. One of my New Years resolutions is to pay better attention to the gifts I receive from God daily, weekly and month and thank him more and more.
I know I haven't been posting on here lately. I have started posting on facebook a lot. My postings are getting very LENGTHY!! So, I'm going to grab the recent post and post each on here. If you have anything you want to add, feel free to comment or leave words of encouragement. Thanks!
Whew!! I finished week 7 in Beth Moore's "Jesus the One and Only." I still have to listen to my Cd however, that's more of a treat to hear. As I finished the last paragraph on Day 5, I thought back to how deep this week has been trying to dig out of me. Although, I thought I'd never get it and give it up before the end of the week, I'm glad I didn't. I realize that maybe the reason I had to dig deep within this week is because I had some questions on decisions I needed to make that I just didn't know what to do. Some of you may know that Jon is going on his first mission trip in a few weeks over to Russia. He has always had this pull from within to go to Russia and now he gets to go and discover what God has in store for him spiritually. Our oldest went on a mission trip last summer to an orphanage in Honduras and it gave him a different perspective on his own life. He's going again this summer and I have the chance to go. I'm nervous and unsure of going. I have flown and I don't fear others flying. I just prefer to keep my feet on the ground.
"The Cost of Following Jesus" Luke 9:57-62 Touched on my ordeal. Besides the flying, my other hang up is leaving my 4 yr old twins for so long. I've never been apart from them for long. I don't like too be away from any of my children but my twins are my babies. Luke 9: 61- Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-bye to my family." 62- Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." I'm pretty much saying the same thing to Jesus. I want so much to follow Jesus and surrender my life to him but lets wait until the twins are older. With strong drugs, I'll get over my fear of flying for the moment. In researching what the two verses meant. I came across this: To follow Christ is to loosen your grip on the things that normally provide physical and emotional security. Jesus made it clear that He must be the top priority in our lives, even above one's family. "Put his hand to the plow and looks back" means looking over your shoulder while plowing, making it impossible to plow a straight furrow. We must focus on serving Him as we move ahead at His command. My children and husband give me that security. I worry with the up coming decisions I will make on going on the mission trip. Day 2: Luke 12: 22-26 is titled " Do Not Worry"
22- Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. (skip to) 25-"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26-Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?" Just as I was starting the next day, I was getting a little discouraged on what I was suppose to be understanding and learning. Well, the topic was "Keep your Lamps Burning." It's not only so you will be ready when he comes but it's also so you will know him when you see him. In the New testament, it talks of scholars' of the Bible and the law but yet when he was right there in their face, they didn't know who he was. They didn't believe him. They were threatened by him. It reminds me of when Hunter, our oldest was having pain in the lower part of his tummy. I felt there was more to it than what the lead surgeon thought. He made me feel so low on my ability to know there was something wrong with my own child that I almost walked out with Hunter and took him home. I was just a momma and he had the education to KNOW Hunter was ok and I was just being crazy. I'm thankful for the Surgeon's education because 4 hours later, he was the one using his education to remove Hunter's appendix. He might have the knowledge but Hunter was a part of me and I KNEW my son. Jesus wants us to know him like I KNOW my sons, my daughters and my Husband.
How do I know them so well? Because, I spend time with them, I talk to them, I want to know EVERY part of their live, I love them and most of all they are a PART of me and I'm a part of them forever (eternity). I do pray that when the day finally comes for our Savior to come back, I will know him without any doubts.