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Now is the Time!

Hi readers 🙂

At the beginning of the year, I decided I was going to a 30 before 30 challenge. Yes – I turn 30 this year! One of my challenges was to write 30 blog posts in March.

HA- I just realized March actually has 31 days!

Anyway, I’ve been praying recently and have a strong sense that now is the time to blog again, to start writing again, to share myself again, to write and share about the Word of God again. I had been feeling this way when I suddenly realized that I had planned ahead of time that March would be the month of blogging! God and His perfect timing. Isn’t He fun!? So I thought to stop over here and I was shocked to find that it has been almost 6 months since I wrote a blog post! Admittedly, there was a LOT going on in that time period, and I have no regrets about not writing then, but I truly believe now is the time. 

I’m going to go through March doing a word study on the word “mother” in the Bible.  It’s actually part of a parenting study that I want to do in the Word — well, more like a family study. I want to study words like:

mother
father
child
son
daughter
discipline
teach

I haven’t done a word study in many, many years, so I am excited to start! Actually- I already did start! Last night. And my first finding really jump-started my mind and got me even more intrigued. Praise God. I always think things like, “Well, I already know what this study will show me.” Or “What else could I possibly learn about this?” Oh Jen, you know that you don’t know everything, right? Ha!

So here I am, about to embark on a journey that I pray will be enlightening and awesome and just plain interesting, too.

Psalm 19:7-11
7The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.”

Lord I pray You will teach me through this word study. I pray it will be a blessing to all those who read. I pray You will speak through me and show me beautiful insights into Your grand design.

 

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Hiding

This week I’ve wanted to run away from life. To hide in the shadow of His wings. Please pray for my family.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

I really need some hope.

Praise God for we know that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28).

Conflicting Opinions

Lately I’ve been wrestling with some child rearing opinions. One place says, “Do this! It works!” Another source says, “Oh no! Absolutely NEVER do that to your child!! It might “work” but it will be damaging to their spirit and break their will! It will ruin them!” 

So whose opinion is the “right one”? They sure make it sound like if I decide wrong then I can really hurt my child in the long run! FEAR rules in this kind of warning!!! 

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Turns out there are LOTS of things that people — Christian people — disagree on. (No surprise, really!) 

In John 7, there were so many conflicting views about who Jesus was!

John 7:27, 31, 40-44 —

“But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from…Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”…When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.”  Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee?  Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the offspring of David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him.  Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.”

These people were actually confused! Some thought He was the Christ, others thought that was impossible! They were confused because of what they ‘knew’ about the Scriptures and what they ‘knew’ about Jesus’ earthly origins!

One of the main key words in chapter 7 is “know“. It’s used in v.4,17,26,27,27,28,28,28,29,4910 times! The people argued over who Jesus was – using the word “know” — “but we know!” Like they wanted to believe in Jesus but were confused because of how they had understood the Scriptures. I’ve certainly done that — how about you?

But as the Lord says elsewhere: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me,” (John 5:39). 

So how do we find the right answer in the sea of conflicting opinions? Here is Jesus’ take on it in verse 17 — 

If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.”

He says if our will is to do God’s will then we will know if the teaching is from God or not. While that’s not the easiest answer, it does give us some guidance. Another great reason to pray always and to seek to do God’s will in all things! Psalm 63:8:My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” Cling to the Lord – t’s relationship with Him that will lead us to the truth — not how well we ‘know’ the Words of God! 

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So why is it that having any rules with consequences will damage my children? Maybe it’s the opposite! But as I read in Hebrews 12:10 “For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them,” my only option is to discipline as it seems best to me (and my husband!) as we listen to the Lord Himself. And to remember that discipline is painful, so it may in fact seem damaging, but —

 “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

So for now i’m praying to do the right thing and seek His will in training my own children, remembering to do what seems best to me while I listen to hear what His teaching is. 🙂 And as a friend always reminds me — the Lord can redeem all of my mistakes!

My birthday – #29!

Well friends – i have decided to start blogging again. Writing has recently been creeping up on me again…ha! What i really mean is that i’ve missed writing a lot and am just now coming bac.

Unfortunately my ridiculous eyboard is struggling.

if you haven’t noticed i have some serious typos already in this post – and i hate that!!

My comma and my cays and my i’s and my number eight do not wor.

it’s driving me nuts. But in all future posts i will simply fix the errors before i actually post. i have to go to other websites and copy/paste the letter or number that i need. it taes forever! Right now i have the “i” copied so i “ctrl v” every.single.time. that i need an i.

——(below this line all errors are fixed)—–

Today is my brthday! Last night after midnight  decided to read Psalm 29 and Proverbs 29. Proverbs 29 really blessed me. The Lord has been teaching me some of these things so t was very pertinent to my life right now!

Proverbs 29:15
The rod and reproof give wisdom,
    but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.” 

Proverbs 29:17

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
    he will give delight to your heart.”

Up until recently i have been attempting to ignore Benny’s (my almost 2 year old son) screaming. i simply hoped and prayed it would go away. Unless i reached my breaking point of annoyance and irritation. At that point i would simply scream back at him and threaten something insignificant. 

But apparently what he’s been searching for — and what is apparently the Word of the Lord — is discipline for his screaming! About two weeks ago – around the same time that I started praying and declaring God’s Word over him at night — I decided that when he screamed, he would get one warning and then I would bring him into his bedroom, lay him down on his sister’s bed and leave the room for ten seconds. I had always avoided doing something like this because I didn’t want to leave him there for too long or do it out of anger. But it seems that ten seconds is the perfect amount of time for him! I go back in to him, remind him not to scream and pick him. He is usually still angry and attempting to kick me or hit me at this point, but when I take him in my arms and remind him that I love him, he calms down almost immediately! This is such a difference! It’s amazing! I am so happy that I am reproving him and teaching him this way. I’ve been so reluctant because I’ve heard time out is too “harsh” or something, but it’s working for our family — and it prevents ME from getting so angry that I want to harm him! Praise God thank You Lord! 

That’s all for now, folks! Have a lovely blessed God-filled day!

Romans 8:3-4

While reading the Word this evening, these words struck me as amazing. What a gracious God, to fulfill the requirement of the Law for us.

“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of  sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

Faith & Love & Works

I spent some time with the Lord the other day, and He sure had a lot to say! This is some of what I recorded as I spent time in His presence. It’s amazing how He speaks when we listen.  I would love to hear your thoughts. What is in bold is what I heard Him speak. Some of this might be a little…haphazard, but I hope you can understand it! 🙂

I want you to give of yourself and give of yourself. Don’t let up. Keep giving, keep giving. That’s love. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:7, 8
Love “bears all things.” “Love never fails.”
You keep at it!

Prophecy fails (ends)
Tongues will have an end.
Knowledge will also have an end.

But LOVE….love goes on and on and on! It never fails! It never doesn’t come through!

Heard: “the unceasing love of the Lord.”

Your loving-kindness reaches to the heavens.

Thought of song lyrics: “Your love, it never fails, it never gives up. It never lets go of me.”

“Consider the interests of others as more important than yourselves.” (from Phil 2)

You have so much more of yourself to give. Your giving muscles are weak, I will help you strengthen them. You have more to give than you know.

Remember that I know the hearts of all men.”

“But Jesus, knowing their hearts…”

1 John 3:20
“God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.”

Heard: “Don’t be exhausted. Cast all your cares on Me. Cease from dead works. You can do all things through Me because I strengthen you.”

[Quickened eye glance] (this is when I see something out of the corner of my eye and the Lord says something along the lines of, “This is important! Pay attention” before I actually read it.)

1 John 3:16-18
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay our lives down for the brethren. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed & truth.”
But whoever has the world’s gods, and sees his brother in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”

[heard:] “faith working itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)

I think of all the Compassion children and World Vision requests for money. My heart is toward toward them—I am not closed toward them.

[Quickened eye glance]
James 2:14-17
“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or a sister in without clothing and in need of daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what good is that? Even so, faith, if it has works, is dead, being by itself.”

Hmmm…
works are proof of faith. Faith is the proof of the unseen and what’s to come. (see Hebrews 11:1)

So, works, prove faith and faith proves the unseen.
But works do not prove the unseen or what’s to come.

Lol! I heard the Lord say : “The proof is in the pudding.
The proof of your faith is your works—

  • Meeting others’ needs
  • Persistently asking God until He gives
  • Obedience to the Lord and His word
  • Giving of yourself and giving of yourself to others
  • Giving of money

Works are the only part of your faith that can be seen by men—

HEARD: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

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[Another quickened eye glance] Whoa, I never understood this before:

James 5:1-3
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure!

But now I get it, totally.
Their clothes, and money that might have been given to the poor…they are WASTED! Their clothes and money –stored up treasures—now just wasted, destoryed, worthless, when many might have been helped, none were.

How terribly sad!

[And how many of us are living like this? Buying things just to buy them, but storing them…doing nothing with them, not using them? Give what you have that you do not use before it becomes unusable! ]

Oh Lord I pray that we will not waste our money on needless things when children are starving or when they need clothing! Father, help us all give away our extra clothes and money for the hungry!!


So in summary, You’ve said that my ‘work’ (good deeds) that is the proof of my faith (faith that You will provide for us no matter what jobs we have or don’t have) is to not stockpile treasure (money, stuff) here on earth, but giving away our extra, having proof (our faith) that You will absolutely provide for whatever need comes up!
I will not worry about tomorrow!

Wow! What a word from Your throne!

Heard: “Now share it.”

Matthew 5:42 “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”

Matthew 6:24 “(you cannot serve God and wealth”)
Matthew 6:24b- 34
(I’m seeing this in light of giving what you have today, and God will provide for tomorrow!)
Particularly:
v.30-31 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry, then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself.”

That is quite the “risk”–living by faith, giving up what you have today when you are asked to, trusting that God will give you what you will need for tomorrow!

Now those works are definitely proof of your faith in God!

I think of this, when Jesus sent the disciples out to preach: “He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money…” (Mark 6:8)
All by faith, risking having no food! Instead trusting God to provide for them through whatever means were available.

God Can Never Exhaust His Resources!

I heard that quote yesterday from Priscilla Shirer at our church’s women’s Bible study. Think about it…God’s resources will never run out! God can never have too much on His plate!! I guess that’s why Jesus said this:

” Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
-Matthew 11:28-29

Jesus, I come to You will all that weighs on me, whether it’s something as simple as going to the grocery store or something as serious as watching someone go through a painful divorce. Oh Jesus, I pray for restoration of families, husbands & wives. I know You can do it!! It is not too hard for You, God!! You restore, You deliver, You make whole. Father, I lay my hopes & desires at Your feet.  I know You desire unity in Your children…may it be so, in Jesus’ Name! Thank You Lord that You never run out! Your living water never runs dry but keeps overflowing. Bless the Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

I’ve really been feeling close to the Lord the past two days. It’s not that I’ve spent more time in prayer or Bible study…but I’ve just felt a closeness to Him that I haven’t experienced very frequently in recent times. Thank You Jesus! I feel an overflowing thankfulness and joy knowing that He knows every one of my thoughts and He rejoices in who I am! How cool is that?

I love You, Jesus! Holy Spirit, I pray that Your presence will be with all of Your children today. Thank You for Your love, be manifest today. Reveal to us what is on Your heart, God. Thank You Lord for Your patience and overflowing love that never ever runs out! Thank You God! I love You, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Edited to Add:

I just went to my email and read this!!
http://www.thequickenedword.com/rhema/SpiritualDNA.htm

Amazing confirmation. Thank You God!!

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