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Inspiring Women (05/17)

Leaving an Intentional Legacy {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Whatever we do, we are urged to do it well. No half-hearted efforts. We are given the opportunity to leave a legacy, while we live as foreigners on this earth.

Whatever you do, do well, for in death, where you are going, there is no working or planning, or knowing, or understanding (Ecc. 9:10; TLB).

This Scripture is one I have never noticed before, but I have seen it in multiple places – as I have initiated my writing break. We are urged to give God our best, and to do our best while we can. All God wants to see is – our best.

What Kind of Legacy?

The legacy I want to leave behind is – a Christ-centered one. I want to make God well pleased with me, which I am given through Christ and His work on the cross. The other goal is to leave behind a life that leaves a pleasing aroma and screams –

“I live for Jesus Christ, because He is worthy.”

Such a legacy is one that will most assuredly lead others to Him with each word {spoken and written} and performed action.

The Life of Joseph

So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt (Gen. 37:28, NLT)

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did (Gen. 39:2-3, NIV).

I am reminded of Joseph. A man with difficult circumstances, but continued to succeed in everything he did. Why did he continually succeed? He was one who sought God’s favor.

When we make our relationship with God through Jesus Christ our top priority, we will want to live a well-intentional life where we do our best. A well-intentioned life means more than half-heartedly pursuing multiple opportunities.

Doing Our Best

We are urged to do well in what we do. It doesn’t mean seizing every opportunity we are offered. There will be times, where we have to decline our opportunities – in order to give our best in what we do say “yes” to (see The Best Yes).

As women, who have been changed by Jesus Christ, we need to be intentional in how we say “yes” to opportunities. In doing so, we can be at our best. This is how we inspire others and maintain a “blessed not stressed” attitude.

Let’s become women of prayer and intentionality, because this is where God wants us to be. After all, every word and action is part of our worship!

What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?

Feature image by Jake Thacker.

In Christ,

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Summer Psalms

{Summer} Psalms – 1

The blessing behind using this blog is – the freedom. My fingers can walk joyfully across my keyboard, and use a different format for this particular journey. Each blog post can short or long. There is joy and freedom, because I can just seek Jesus without borders.

Welcome to Psalms, Chapter 1!!!

What stood out? At the top of my paper, I jotted down very specific Bible references. Tonight, I want to share those with you. Each verse is shared in the NIrV translation. I encourage you to check out these verses in your own Bibles. Highlight them. Write notes in the margins about what God is showing YOU through these verses.

. . . Everything godly people do turns out well (1:3a).

The Lord watches over the lives of godly people. But the lives of sinful people will lead to their death (1:6)

When the Lord judges them, their life will come to an end. Sinners won’t have any place among those who are godly (1:5, see Matthew 25:31-46).

Which Path Will You Take?

Several other things stood out to me too. The descriptive words in the first verse alone are soul stirring. Things like “join in,” “make a habit,” and “follow.” It can be tempting to crave what others are doing, or even just settling for what others are doing. But, we are reminded of these two different worlds.

If we will focus our attention on Jesus Christ, the Bible, and eternity, we will grow by leaps and bounds

. . . and find ourselves intensely joyful as we sit at our Savior’s feet.

This Summer, I want to develop a great joy for our Risen Lord and the Bible. I want to just be able to walk by the Holy Spirit. I want to see the distractions of my life sink into the background completely unnoticed, because I am just sooo full of God and the joy He gives.

In Psalms 16:11, we are reminded that…

You [God] will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore (AMPC).

Featured image by John-Mark Smith.

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Matthew 6: Motives and Motions of Worship

“But when you do these righteous acts, do not do
them in front of spectators
. Don’t do them where
you can be seen, let alone lauded, by others. If
you do, you will have no reward from your
Father in heaven.” – Matthew 6:1, VOICE

Scripture reminds us that we need to be careful how we worship God. A lot of times, we can get caught up in the motions and end up gloating about our “worship practices”. Jesus makes it clear that if we do our righteous acts (praying, fasting, charity, serving) with the intention of receiving praise from others, then that is our reward.

We will have lost our true reward, given to us by God alone!

This may be an intentional act, or perhaps not-so-intentional. It can be “easy” to get caught up in wanting others’ attention, but we lose our reward. Our heavenly reward is why we offer praise and worship to God. We need to guard our hearts, and be careful how we worship.

We need to keep our gaze heavenward, by staying focused on Jesus Christ – the One whom has given us life!

The Difference?

Outwardly, our worship may look the same.
But inwardly, the difference between heart-felt worship and vying for human attention – well, it makes all the difference. Doesn’t it?

Deliberate

We need to get deliberate in how we worship. How is the worship we do for God alone? Be careful not to get caught up in the motions and letting people know what you are doing.

In verse 24, we are reminded that we can’t serve two masters. It doesn’t matter if it is money or something else. Our hearts are still revealed by whom we will serve. Will we become self-seeking/serving, or live for our audience of One?

“For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also (vv. 21).”

Focus

We are called to keep our eyes on God.

Not to our left.
Not to our right.
Nowhere, except for on Jesus Christ and His Word.
Keeping our focus on God alone!

Today’s highlighted passage focuses our attention on considering the kind of worship we offer to God. How will we choose to worship God, and do it solely for Him today? Don’t get caught up in the motions today. Choose God alone, and seek His face.

What Are You Looking At?

Remember, as you focus on the Lord Jesus today, that He loves you. He will provide for you. When we worship, it is about choosing to give to God all that we are, knowing that when we do it for Him – we don’t miss any rewards. And, His rewards – are far better than anything this world could ever offer us.

More than the rewards, it is just about being with our Savior and presenting our offering. It is making the deliberate decision not to become Cain-like and offer our left-overs. It is choosing to glorify God with our minds, hearts, souls, and body. Knowing, God will honor every single sacrifice we bring to Him.

When Jesus speaks of eyes and light, He means all
people should keep their eyes on God because the
eyes are the windows to the soul (VOICE Commentary)…

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and then all these things will be
given to you too. So do not worry about tomorrow.
Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a
large enough task for today (vv. 33-34).