Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jehovah M'Kaddesh - The Lord makes me holy

by Debi baker

"Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. 
Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy."
Leviticus 20:7-8 NIV

"Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them:
'Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.'"
Leviticus 19:2 NIV

Jehovah M'Kaddesh - The Lord makes me holy.  

To sanctify means to 'set apart.'  To set apart means to 'make holy.'  God is holy and He calls us to be holy as He is.  Now, there is not one of us that is 'holy.'  But in God we can strive for that holiness.  It's impossible for us as a human to be holy, but that in itself should cause us to run straight to the arms of God, the Holy One!  

I know that in myself there is nothing holy!  That frightens me and makes me WANT to run to my Father in Heaven...for it is in His arms that I will find that holiness that only He is!

Today, I challenge you to run to the Father for He alone is holy!!

Have a blessed day,

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Obedience - No Matter the Cost

By: Shari A. Miller

Have you ever been at the point in your life when you knew it was time for a change?

Have you ever known that it was time to take the next step into the unknown, all for the glory of Christ?

Have you ever heard God say, "It's time for obedience - no matter the cost?"

Sister's we're at that point in our study, in chapter 3 of, "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God," by Lysa Terkeurst

In this chapter Lysa talks about God wanting all of us, not just part, not just on Sundays, not just when we feel like it....he wants our body, mind, and soul, 100% of the time. This requires radical obedience on our part. It requires us to obey God, even when we may not want to; even when it means that we may have to let go of things that we think are very important to us.

Why you may ask?

"God is not interested in half our heart. He wants it all, and He wants to remove the things that stand in the way of that." - Lysa Terkeurst

Before I started reading this book, God had been speaking to me about some television shows that I needed to stop watching. I kept reasoning with God, saying, "Surely they aren't that bad, surely it won't matter if I watch it God?"


I even said, "God if you really want me to stop watching them, please confirm this to me somehow." Well, low and behold he did, through the process of reading this book. I just love how God works.

In this chapter Lysa told the story of how God had asked her to give up watching television, and to put her house up for sale. She thought she had heard God wrong, did he really want her to do this? Could it really matter if she stopped watching television? How could she put up her families beloved house up for sale? What would her husband think? It turned out that, yes, God did want her to obey him in these areas. It was all for the purpose of being put through the refiners fire so that she could learn how to serve him fully with her whole heart.

Times like these, are usually not easy. The times when God wants us to dig down deep and strip off anything that would get in the way of serving him.

"God wants us to know if we're willing to give up what we love to Him who wants us more. He desires for us to open our fists and trust Him with absolutely everything." - Lysa Terkeurst

"God's readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God- honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness." Titus 2:11-14 (MSG)

"One thing you can be assured of is that God has already worked out all the details of what your obedience will accomplish-and it is good. We need not fear what our obedience will cause to happen in our life. We should only fear what our disobedience will cause us to miss. The sooner this truth resonates in your heart, the quicker you can make peace with a command from God that you don't fully understand." - Lysa Terkeurst 

This is all part of a process friends. All part of a process of being made more and more in his image for the purpose of becoming a child of God that is completely and full sold out for Christ. God has spoken to my heart during this new year that he has blessed us with. He wants me to make my relationship with him the most important thing in my life. He wants me to get rid of anything that will hinder me from serving him. He wants me to obey him, no matter what. He wants me to focus on him and all that he has called me to do. He doesn't want apathy anymore. He wants me to have a deep passion and love for serving him. I am excited for life and where this journey will lead and I know that I can fully trust this adventure in the hands of our creator.

What about you? Has God called you to give up anything that may get in the way of serving him? 

"Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." John 15:4 (NIV)

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It is time for our Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. We desire to connect women of God with one another and encourage each other in Christ. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use the hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday! 

Three rules to this link up:
1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. You must link back to W2W somewhere in your post.
3. You must visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

What Do Razors, Sharpies and Sticky Notes Have in Common?

By: Jenifer Metzger

What do razors, sharpies and sticky notes have in common?

What do razors, sharpies and sticky notes have in common?   #marriage #womansministry

My marriage.

Sometimes my husband and I argue have growth opportunities over the silliest things. Let me explain. In our home, I am the one who does the shopping. If we need something, everyone tells me and I put it on my list.

My husband cannot stand to use a dull razor to shave his face. We all know if a razor is dull, it doesn't do it's job and can even be painful. He always argues that he told me he needed new razor heads. I argue that he did not. Considering my husband only shaves on Sunday morning, twenty minutes before we need to leave for church, that is a recipe for a bad Sunday morning, just let me tell you!

This razor discussion is a bad one for us. He gets angry that I "forget" to get what he needs and I get angry that he blames me for forgetting when I know he hasn't told me.

Two years ago we had a horrible razor discussion. Sisters, it was bad! It lasted all day Sunday and followed into Monday. He mumbled about it all day and I was cranky because of it. As I said, my husband only shaves on Sunday morning. So I told him I would get new razor heads when I went to the store at the end of the week. But that didn't stop his grumbling. I finally got so frustrated I left the house in a huff and headed to Walmart.

I left intending to buy 1 package of razor heads. But when I got there I was so upset that I went overboard. I bought 4 packages, which gave him 16 razor heads. Without a word to him, I walked in the door, went straight to my desk and took out my sharpie and sticky notes. I took the first 3 packages and numbered them with the sharpie, 1, 2, and 3. Then I took a sticky note and wrote the following: "I am your LAST package of razor heads. Please remove me from my box and put me INSIDE your loving wife's purse so that she KNOWS you are low on razor heads and she can purchase some more of my friends when she goes to the store next," and taped the note to the 4th box.

The note and razor heads were never mentioned. About 12 months later I opened my purse to find the note I wrote. I smiled. For 12 months we hadn't argued about razors. And he followed the note to ask me to get him more and I did, putting a fresh note on the new box. Razor problem solved! We have now have a system that works and keeps everyone happy.

Your marriage issue is probably not razors. And no, not all marriage issues can be solved with sharpie markers and sticky notes. But you can find your solution. You can find a way to work out problems.

Find what it is you and your husband argue about, sit down and work out a solution. Maybe it's a dry erase board posted where you can write reminders and notes to each other. Possibly sitting down together for 5 minutes each day to discuss family activities. Or maybe it is planning date nights more often. There is a solution. It's just waiting to be found!

What is your razor, sharpie and sticky note situation? What solution do you think you can find?

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Well-Oiled Machine

The Well-Oiled Machine Part 1: The Importance of Order

I used to sit in amazement at our local MOPS meetings as I would listen to the speakers talk about their families’ lives.  They would talk about how Sally Sue would wash the dishes while Jim Bob would take out the trash.  Even baby Martha, who was only 18 months was putting away her own toys and laundry!  I was lucky to get my kids to not eat off the floors and take a bath once every 4 days (which was like bathing a cat, by the way).   Clothesbasket?  Wasn’t that what you used to put the toys in when unexpected people showed up at your house to drop off your Girl Scout cookies?   I secretly dreamed that my family was like these ladies and was run like a well oiled machine.  Although my blog might be better suited to head in the direction of why we should not play the comparison rat race (I promise to leave that subject for another day), I would like to talk about that well-oiled machine and what I learned by the time my household held 6 children and desperation became the catalyst for improvement in this area.  Because, after all, we all could improve upon ourselves, right?

The Importance of Order

Since the beginning, God has shown that His creation was set in order.  We find order from the smallest divination of God’s creation in the DNA of our very cells.  We were made for order!  There is something within each one of us that seeks out stability, structure, and order.  From the time a baby enters this world, it has a need for security.  Security is found in a world of schedule, routine, seasoned with love and patience.  Providing this for your children allows them to grow strong, stable, and independent as they blossom into thriving children of God.

Although keeping a schedule is not always easy, especially for the weary mom that has been up all night with a growing, crying baby, it is absolutely essential to meet the needs of a child.  Creating a routine allows a baby to build expectations that their needs are going to be met.  Then, when their needs are met, bonding takes place between the child and parent and trust is well on its way to being built.

Here’s my little caveat: This is not a death sentence to those new moms out there that have just had a baby and is just trying to figure out what that baby’s routine is going to be.  I mean, think about it.  That little baby has just entered a new world outside of mom’s warm body that provided every comfort that was needed.   Food was needed?  Bam!  There it was!  Exercise was needed?  Bam!  Just push that gas peddle, aka bladder, one time!  Mommy’s soothing voice lulled baby to sleep and that loud beating heart muffled out any noise that would startle baby out of her peaceful slumber.  But now!  Now there are overwhelming stimuli that are over-circuiting the brain.  Now baby must figure out how to tell momma she’s hungry.  And quiet environment?  Have you heard that two year old scream???  So, mommas need not feel condemned if they’re still figuring all this out.  Schedules will come as the baby becomes familiar with their environment.

As you provide order and predictability to your child’s day, they will thrive in the environment.  As your child grows older, there will always be opportunity to define your expectations of your children.  Let them know the boundaries that you have set and what consequences there will be if those boundaries are broken.  Provide charts and incentives that will visually give a child boundaries, responsibilities, and rewards that can be earned.  This not only helps them know what is expected, but also teaches them delayed gratification.  It also teaches that we DO need to work for those things that are worth having.

Once order is established, you should naturally fall into the next topic,   The Importance of Chores.  But we’ll save that for another week.  Join me next Friday as we learn to become a Well-Oiled Machine.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jehovah Shammah - The Lord is There

by Debi Baker

"35 The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles. 
And from that day the name of the city will be 'The Lord is There.'"
Ezekiel 48:35 NLT

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God is an encourager and in Ezekiel 40 through 48 He is encouraging the exiled Israelites as He gave Ezekiel an amazing vision of the future.  This vision showed a beautiful temple where God would return and bring along His Glory.  It also showed a new holy city.  God even told Ezekiel what the name of the city would be...Jehovah Shammah - The Lord is There.

This tells me something special.  We can say 'the Lord is here' and it means the 'here and now - the present.  But it doesn't necessarily imply that God is in the past or in the future.  Jeshovah Shammah - The Lord is There says to me that God is a yesterday, today and forever kind of God.  It tells me that He will be with me no matter the time or place.  He is THERE - everywhere, all the time, not just HERE and now.

If you are struggling doesn't matter the cause...take comfort in knowing that Jehovah Shammah - The Lord is There is with you.  He desires to always be with His creation...and you are created by Him.  Rest in knowing that your Creator desires to be with you.  Rest in His arms and He shall comfort you.

Have a blessed day,