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My Heart’s Wreck {Trials Tuesday}

Today was the original day for our “Trials Tuesday” post, but something happened. My heart and mind were filled with many thoughts and emotions. Ever been there?

My heart was a wreck. And it took some untangling, before writing could begin.

Over the years, I have learned of my inability to emotionally handle certain kinds of trials. Most of the trials I have encountered have required me to emotionally mature. With each trial, I am required to adapt and grow through the trial. Like most growing, it hurts. . . 


Today, I am reminded we can control our attitudes in trials – even if we cannot control anything else. I may not be able to control how much of my week is devoted to resting. But, I can control my attitude about spending that time resting.

While resting may not be my favorite thing to do when dishes and laundry are piling up, I can celebrate the Lord God and this comfortable bed. Or, I can celebrate having online friends who love having conversations as much as I do. Or, having the ability to read my Bible or blog through the “stuff of my life” – much like I am doing now.

While there are many things I cannot control, I can control a few things such as: What I eat, if I read my Bible, and my attitude.


In James 1 and Romans 5, we are reminded about our attitude in trials. In both of these passages, we are reminded that God can work out some very amazingly good things for us – even when we are being pressed on all sides through a trial.

Dear brothers and sisters,a when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

James 1:2, New Living Translation

It can seem like the impossible. However, in our lives, we can literally fight through our trials with the joy of the Lord as our strength! We don’t have to complain or become bitter, because we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us – if we have chosen to repent and follow Jesus Christ as our Lord. With the Holy Spirit comes certain characteristics we see in God, things like self control, love, kindness, and gentleness,  But, here is the key ingredient: We need this relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ!

This relationship with our Lord Jesus can be the defining moment for our attitudes. I know, it has been for me.

We need our Lord Jesus! He is absolutely essential in our lives, and as we try to learn how to live despite trials.

There is no one like our God.
Amazing things occur when our Lord Jesus becomes the foundation for our lives.

We cannot control many things, but can choose to seek our Lord Jesus Christ on a daily basis – and seek to have His attitude as we live for His glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. . .

Romans 5:3

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In Christ,

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POTF {Titus // Tim}

A Light in All Circumstances {POTF}

Welcome, friends! I invite you to join me, as we walk through Titus 2. Today, we will be looking at verses 1-5. I invite you to open your personal Bible and turn with me to this passage. If you don’t have yours nearby, I have included it below –

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled (Titus 2:1-5, ESV).

Ohhh friends, the Lord loves us soo much!

The Lord wants certain things from His followers. Like most families have set standards and norms, we are part of God’s family – where He will teach us how to act. What encourages me the most is – how God expects things from us regardless of our ages. Age or circumstances don’t limit God! This section is on older men, older women, and yes the young women too!

We are given the abundant privilege to love God with all ourselves, including our character and actions. As we learn His character, He is giving us the opportunity to become more like Him as Scripture teaches us (Eph. 5:1).

In our lives, we will be given many opportunities to teach and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is not reserved strictly for the wife and mother, ladies. And this is the power of the Gospel, that we can be changed by the Lord despite our circumstances. Our ages, relationship status, finances, among other things – do not determine how much of the Gospel we can hold inside or share! Do you hear me on this? 

The power of our Mighty God declares that we can live unashamed and be His light – because we belong to Him. Having a resting identity in our Lord Jesus Christ is all that matters. Once we are His, we are in the exact place we need to be!

We can live openly, without having to hide in the shadows – because our circumstances are “less than glamorous”. I am not a mom or wife. Instead, I have chronic illness as my “vessel” of influence.

Yet, God allows me to speak His name in this place. My faith and the way I carry it out in my daily life is important. Even in the simplest actions, I am able to reveal Christ through the way I live.

Chronic illness isn’t glamorous in the least bit, yet this is the place where the Lord will use me to shine His very important light and hope for the watching world to see! This doesn’t mean I never get depressed, but it helps to remember why I am in this position. It helps me to remember that it is for the sake of the Gospel – and God can use every single “loss” in my life for a heavenly “gain” to build up His Kingdom.

You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16, CSB, emphasis mine).”

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In Him,

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Ambitions Goals

December Goals

It is a little late, but “better late than never”.

Do {Daily}

  • Continue to work on choosing allergy free vegetarian dishes.
  • Exercise, while listening to limitations.
  • Keep reading and studying the Word of God (Bible).
  • Welcome silence, to create a prayerful environment.

Learn

This month, my heart’s goal is set on Titus. I need to learn and apply Titus 2:5.

In the book of Titus, we are reminded of God’s greatness and how He wants us to live out our faith in our lives (see 2:3-5).

For this month, I want to lean on the Lord and learn how to serve within the walls of my family’s home. This is done as I keep up on housework (dishes, laundry, picking up, decluttering) – trying to give God my best in this area.

“These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God (Titus 2:4-5, NLT).”

Read

My hope is to keep reading each day. While I have many books to choose from, I am going to limit my goal to a few specific books.

  • In the Middle of the Mess (Sheila Walsh)
  • Loved Baby (Sarah Philpott)
  • Connected (Erin Davis)

Also, I want to keep reading and soaking up the truths from the book of Psalms.

Be

If there was one word for this month, it would be “effective”. I want my life to count. Through eating better, exercising, and trying to stay focused on the Lord by living out His Word, I want to make a difference in my health, family, and life.

Dear friend, what are some of the things you hope to focus on doing or being for the month of December?

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In Christ,

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Walking Into The Light (Ephesians)

Speaking to Destroy {{Week 2}}

Jesus teaches us that our words can sting. He could say a number of things about our words, or why we need to be careful how we use them. But, He says something in Galatians that… just stings.

Read Ephesians 2:11-13. And, meet me back here.

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The Outsider

Today, I am reminded of the person I use to be. I haven’t always been the Jesus-girl that I am today. In fact, I remember a young woman far different in character. Everything about her, was different. She used her words like a knife, and would pick a fight with anyone within a 50 mile radius (or internet connection).

I wrote this as part of my prayer for today –

“I am Your prodigal daughter who runs and whose character was more like the Devil in John 10:10 than I would ever care to admit.”

Why Share?

We need to know that others fight their old selves too. We need to know how far God can take us. Part of Saul’s testimony (see Acts 9) is how God can turn him around. Saul (now Paul) had his heart radically changed. And, it changed his entire life.

When he allowed Jesus Christ to come into his life, everything began to change. It wasn’t an instant Clark Kent kind of change. But, it doesn’t make it any less powerful.

In fact, I would argue that it just makes it much more powerful.

We know the heartache of who we used to be.

Some of us even cringe at the thought of things we have said and done, while running from God.

But when Jesus becomes our Savior and Lord… When we allow the power of God to step into our lives, He can begin to transform our hearts.

We go from…

  • His enemy to His beloved child.
  • people approval to experiencing the love of God that sent His Son Jesus to earth, the crowds, the cross, and yes – the Resurrection.
  • reflecting the Devil to allowing Jesus to be reflected in our heart and character.

When we turn our lives over to Jesus Christ, there is no area in our lives that He cannot touch!

The Truth of God’s Word

I am a writer. I use words. Words are my friend. Words are my sidekick. But, the Bible teaches us something I can testify to on a personal level.

Our words can be just as potent, as they are lovely.

What are those words in Ephesians, that leave such an impact on this Jesus-girl’s spirit?

“If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other (Galatians 5:15).”

I have had more than my fair share of biting and devouring one another. I have had more than enough regrets in how I have destroyed others. In how I attempted to destroy myself. I once was led away by internal desires and passions to follow after godless pursuits.

But, God.

This is a phrase I have grown to love. Because, I know it’s meaning. When God steps into our lives, nothing is impossible. With God by our side, we can overcome anything. We can overcome every ounce of our old selves that remains.

While He can help us become better, we need to not forget what God has done in our hearts and lives.

Jesus teaches us to not forget.

How have you forgotten who you used to be, before Jesus Christ scooped in and began to change you from the inside-out?

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MMS – Ready

MMSFor the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “ready.”

I am ready.

Finally ready.

It has taken a few months, to reach this point. What point is that? I finally realize the spiritual fruit of a long trial.

While trials are never easy…

While one is never ready for any kind of trial…

They do have their purpose.

Scripture teaches us that trials have value to them. We don’t like to read that, or hear this piece of truth. But, it is truth. It doesn’t matter if we are “ready” to hear it. It’s the complete truth.

God will use our trials to build us up.

In Romans 5:3-4, we read these words.

 [Not only this, but] We also ·have joy [rejoice; boast] ·with our troubles[through suffering/trials/persecution], because we know that ·these troubles[suffering; trials; persecution] produce ·patience [endurance]. And ·patience[endurance] produces [tested and proven] character, and [tested and proven]character produces hope (EXB).

Endurance

Proven Character

Hope in Jesus Christ.

Might I add one more thing? Trials produce faith in Jesus. Trials show us exactly where we stand spiritually. There is no hiding it. Trials show us how ready we are for Christ’s return.

Christ’s Return

We know Jesus is coming back! God is waiting, to give us an opportunity to recognize our need for Him. We need to repent of sin, and turn fully to God. Salvation is a free gift from God, but we must accept it.

We need to:

Acknowledge our need for God – “All have sinned.”

Believe Jesus Christ took your sins to the cross, dying for your sins, and rose to new life – to bring salvation to all mankind – including you.

Confess your sins to God and choose to follow Jesus.

“Lord, I repent of my sins. I have turned to everything, but You. Please forgive me, and give me Your new life. Help me to begin a relationship with You. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, becoming my Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Reflection

How confident are you in the kind of trust you have in Jesus Christ? Would others know you are a Christ-follower, by the way you respond to your trials? Something to consider.