Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day 27 not going anywhere...

November 27, 2013
John 6:37 All that the father gives me will come to me and whoever comes I will never cast out

If my salvation depended on my worthiness I would have lost it several times over. I am so very thankful that Jesus keeps and holds me in salvation based on who He is and not me. I would fail. I would and am not good enough to do so on my own. Again, this is an area that is easy to get tripped up because we never see ourselves as bad as we really are. I mean we aren’t, “That bad…” right? However, if we take a moment and just think about yesterday, just what we did or didn’t do yesterday we would see that we are “That bad…!”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 26 even in the yelling, screaming and anxiety...

November 26, 2013
Deuteronomy 32:2 May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass and like showers upon the herb

This verse is my “verse” for our school year this year. I have a love hate relationship with home school. Yet, if I were told that for some reason I couldn’t home school I would be so very sad. I have loved the time I have spent with my children in our little upstairs schoolroom, and I look forward to the few years we have left before they reenter public school. I have learned so much about myself. I have grown so much and actually learned many things about the various subjects I have taught my kids. Wait…I thought the purpose of home school was to teach the children; it is, the things I have learned both in subject areas and about me are just by-products. I have never experienced any fear like the fear of discovering that I have failed to prepare my kids for school outside our home. I have, no lie, woken up at night in a sweat because I had dreamed that my kids weren’t ready for school. They will be I know, but still to be solely responsible for something so vast will weigh on your soul. I have had so many people tell me they wouldn’t have the patience to home school and the fact is that some days I don’t either, but I would never want to do things differently!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 25 always enough for what you need...

November 25, 2013
 Day 23 God’s Good Things
Psalm 84:10-11 “…the Lord bestows favor and honor, no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly”

Day 24 God’s Protection
Isaiah 49:15-16 “…Even those may forget but I will not forget you – Behold I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands”

Day 25 Matthew 17:20 “…if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there, and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you.”

I don’t know what comes to mind when you read this verse. Once upon a time, I would read this verse and automatically think of some physical action that I wanted to do, but couldn’t for some reason like running a marathon or whatever. Yet, now today after the things I have walked through lately in my life I read this verse and look at it differently. I read it and think of the things I can NOT do. For instance, I cannot worry because of this verse. I cannot react emotionally because of this verse I can wait patiently upon the Lord because of this verse. I can KNOW that His will is best because of this verse Sometimes the hardest things to do are the simplest. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Day 22 belonging...

November 22, 2013
Song of Solomon 2:16 “My beloved is mine and I am my his…”

My marriage isn’t perfect of course because it’s made up of two imperfect people, but it is pretty close. I read a lot, a whole lot, and my marriage could fit into any love story. I have one of those husbands who sacrifice for me, who shows me he loves me by the little things he does, by the words he uses when he speaks to me. He treats me like I’m a queen. I really had no idea how marriage was supposed to work when we walked up that isle 16 years ago. I had no idea what to do or how to do it, but when I put my hand in his and he lead me up that isle we began our journey together. We learned together through all the ups and downs, of which there have been many. We have a very close relationship. We do everything together. More importantly we want to do everything together.  Our lives have been filled with so much joy it can barely be contained; even in the midst of hard circumstances. There have been hard roads we have traveled. We have experienced ups and downs that are common to any marriage but we weathered them hand in hand; never allowing any thoughts of giving up to enter our minds. I love him with all my heart and I go to bed knowing that he loves me just the same. All I have written is absolute truth but it isn’t because Terry and me are anything special. It’s because God is the something special in our marriage. He leads us. He guides us. He keeps us.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 21 not living in confusion but clarity...

November 21, 2013
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace

The will of God is not hard to see or know. True we do have to look for it in His word or we have to pray about it, but we can find it. He wants us to lead lives of joy and contentment found only in following Him. So, if that’s the case, and it is, then logically His will would be something that we would be able to find. He tells us in the book of Jeremiah “you will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” What sometimes clouds the issue is when God’s will doesn’t line up with what “we” want for our lives. When we have to choose what or who to follow our flesh or God’s will.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 20 never leaving us stranded...

November 20, 2013
Exodus 13:21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give the light so that they could travel by day or night

This is always on my list of favorite verses. Mainly I guess because it reveals, assures, shows me, and everybody else who believes the bible is truth, that God will guide you where He leads you. What greater comfort is that? He lead the Children of Israel, His chosen people, out of Egypt. True they had been enslaved there; treated poorly, but Egypt was their home. The only home they knew, and God didn’t just lead them from this familiar area to a foreign land and leave them stranded. Nope He guided them by pillars of fire and cloud. His guidance was so big no one can miss it they just had to look. He also preformed a few miracles along the way. Same as today; God still guides His chosen people. He still lights their way. Maybe not with pillars of fire and cloud but in ways that are impossible not to see if you simply look for them and if we look closely along our journey we will see that He probably preforms some miracles for us too.