When you are empty

“Bring the Lord your empty pitcher! Surely His well will fill it. Quickly gather your emptiness, your wants, your troubles and your needs together. Remember – the river of God is your source of supply. What could you possibly desire that it cannot provide? Go forth, dear soul – in His might – knowing the eternal God is your helper!”  Charles Spurgeon

Isaiah 41:10 contains a wonderful promise from God: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.”

Whenever you feel empty, turn your attentions completely to the Lord and let Him fill you up – to the brim.

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Published in: on September 25, 2011 at 8:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

Isaiah 26:3

This verse says that God will keep you in peace (not just plant you there one time, but keep you there continually) if you focus (stay) your mind on him.

Why?

Because He alone is trustworthy.

We get ourselves into trouble when we focus on other things – the mortgage payment is due, the constant threat of job loss, a health scare – can all rob us of our peace.

It is possible to have God’s peace in the midst of trials.

The secret is to focus not on the burden, but the burden-bearer, God Himself.

When we discipline ourselves to do that, our problems start to seem really small.

Published in: on September 18, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  
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Great Reads from around the blogosphere

First up, I think WordPress may be having some technical difficulties.

No, in fact I know they must be.

I posted yesterday morning about my son, the nameless cat and a home remedy for said nameless cat and it’s completely disappeared. As in, (Poof!) gone. Nowhere to be seen. I also had worked for quite a while on creating a page so you can tour our home and all my changes are nonexistent. Darn.

So I thought maybe I would try to post a couple of links I thought were really great reads today instead.

Without further adieu (yes, I had to look that word up!), here are two of my recent must-read favorites:

Simplicity from Kristen @ theFrugal Girl

A Childhood Dream from Emily @ Jones Design Company

Both of them are very, very inspiring.

Published in: on September 16, 2011 at 7:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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He will never give up on you

Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”

I’m so thankful that God never gives up on us. If we belong to Him, He is constantly working in and through us, conforming us into the image of Christ Jesus Himself.

That gives me tremendous comfort. My hope is that it does the same for you.

Published in: on September 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Count your blessings

My sweet friend gave me a blessing jar.

It’s just a simple canning jar dressed up with ribbon and scrapbook paper, but it’s a beautiful reminder of that old, old hymn.

Do you remember it?

Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God hath done!

The hymn may be old, but the truth is timeless.

Inside that jar are little pieces of scrapbook paper. My friend asked me and another friend to write down what we’re thankful for and she will do the same.

The simple act of writing down my blessings has caused me to be a lot more grateful – and a lot less grumpy!

Since Thursday, I’ve written that I’m thankful…

  • for a new kitten friend (who almost has a name, btw)
  • that we didn’t have to buy a new dryer on credit
  • for a handy husband that is able to repair a fence damaged by a storm (saving us hundreds)
  • Tom received a clean bill of health from his yearly checkup
  • Tom had some unexpected paid time off, and he still has a job

What I’m learning is that when we focus, not on our problems, but on all of our blessings, life looks a whole lot better. When we focus, not on what we don’t have, but on all that we do have, we see how very much we’ve been given.

Could you try this for just one week?

If a jar isn’t your thing, what about using a small notebook instead. (You can get really cute ones in the dollar sections of Target or Michaels).

 

What are you thankful for?

Published in: on September 4, 2011 at 7:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Work or worship?

Most people would say that work and worship are two different things.

But are they?

There is a Latin saying, “Laborare est orare; orare est laborare.” Translated into English, it reads, “To work is to worship; to worship is to work.”

Let that sink in for a moment.

“To work is to worship; to worship is to work.”

No matter what type of work you do – changing diapers, washing dishes, cleaning houses, waiting tables or meeting with a client – let it be done with an attitude of worship. The Bible says it this way:

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:17

 Whatever you do, do it for the Lord. And be thankful.

Later on in the same chapter, Paul repeats himself when he says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Col 3:24.

Why are we to work heartily (or diligently)? Look at the last part of the verse…“for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Let that be our motivation when our days are a series of seemingly menial tasks strung together.

As a side note:  It’s taken me more than one hour to write these very few words. Even as I type I can’t count the times I’ve been interrupted…I’ve cut my son’s wayward toenail, made breakfast, cleaned up some spilled orange juice, made a list for what I need to do for school that starts tomorrow, corrected unkind words between brothers, etc., etc., and with each interruption, I feel myself getting more and more frustrated.

Then I come back and see what I’ve been writing about – and I am convicted. I need to look at those very things not as interruptions, but as worship, because this is the work that God has given me during this season of life.

I hope that these words encourage you and give you a fresh view of ALL work.

Published in: on August 28, 2011 at 8:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Words

Words matter.

What you say and how you say it really matter.

Before you speak, ask yourself three questions:

Are my words kind?

Are my words true?

Are my words necessary?

Amy Carmichael, a missionary that served orphans in India for more than half a century, reportedly asked herself those three questions before she spoke.

Wow.

The Bible has much to say about our words. Proverbs 18:21a has this to say about words:

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Before you speak today, stop and ask yourself if your words are kind, true and necessary.

Published in: on August 21, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)  

Hope for the weary

 

 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galations 6:9

I don’t know about you, but I feel weary sometimes (truth be told, I feel weary more often than not these days). In all my roles as a Christian woman, wife, mother, teacher, employee, volunteer, friend, etc., I get weary and weighted down.

But God’s Word offers us encouragement like nothing else. The Lord always keeps His promises. And He promises us a harvest if we keep going and don’t give up. The trick is to keep going with what HE has asked each of us to do. Oftentimes we get discouraged and weak because we are trying to do things He has not asked of us.

Is there anything in your life you need to surrender? What area could you give up or do less in so you will be energized for all your responsibilities?  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

As we are gearing up for our second year of homeschooling, that is the question on my mind.

 

Published in: on August 14, 2011 at 5:30 am  Comments (1)  
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Thoughts On Peace

 

“Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”

Psalm 119:165

How I want to be a woman characterized by peace in this crazy busy, non-stop, frantic and searching modern world. This verse tells us that the way to get peace is to love God’s law, found only in His precious Word.

Father, help me to love your law more and more with each passing day. Please grant me Your peace and keep me from stumbling. Amen.

Published in: on August 7, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  

The Cure for Anxiety…

…is found God’s Word.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Both the New Living Translation (NLT) and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) translate “be anxious for nothing” this way:  “Do not worry.”

The next time you hear some bad news or are faced with a challenging situation, remember not to worry because the God of the universe has promised to give us His peace.

Published in: on July 31, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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