Monthly Archives: November 2007

Lord, Your Grace is Sufficient for me

      Our days have been long and trying…way too many decisions, way too many tears, and way too many directions to be pulled in.  These last couple of days, HE has truly been my comforter, and my strength.  HE has reminded me so beautifully that HIS grace is sufficient for me.  And not only for me, but for those who have been on my heart.  See, I can’t fix anyone, and I can’t cause some one to want HIM, I can’t stop children from growing up, I can’t protect or keep anyone totally safe…and I am not in control of anything.  Surrender, I do…surrender.  Hands up first in frustration, and then in pleading to the only One who knows and can truly do anything.

        The King is so very sweet and quick to respond when we just surrender it to HIM, and just cry and let it all out to HIM.  My weakness…that is what it is, and that is when HIS power is made perfect in me.  This morning I went through a ton of verses looking for a “word” from HIM that I just felt I desperately needed..and HE gave me Truth that at first was just so familiar I over looked it, then HE spoke it to my heart…and then HE spoke it to my heart again….so I went to look at it.  II Corinthians 12:9  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (NIV) I remember how HE taught about HIS grace and the joy that overcame me when I grasped it, and realized we are swimming in it!  Oh how very awesome this is to me.  YES HIS grace is sufficient for me.  As for the others that I can’t fix or the children that are growing…HIS grace is sufficient for them too.  HE goes before them as well as me, and HE hems them in, and HE knew them before they knit in their mothers wombs..HE knows what is best, and someday I will see things as HE does and I will understand.  But for this moment-HIS grace is sufficient for me.

       My King, my secret keeper, my healer, my comforter…You alone are the Way the Truth and the Life, your grace is sufficient, and instead of fighting what is happening, I choose to surrender it to you, and go swimming in you grace.  You are capable of all that I am not, and You love us, You are good.  As the night moves in, I will just stay here in your very strong very loving arms.  There is none like you.  Thank you for pulling your children together in prayer, and for being the same yesterday today and tomorrow..forever.  Thank you for bringing me back to the faith of a child…I need my Abba and it is all part of the plan.  Your princess who just surrenders to whatever Your plan is…I love you.

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Undefiled Religion?

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, andto keep oneself unstained by the world.  James 1:26,27(NASB)

This has been on my heart for some time, and amazingly while looking for one or the other in the Word, I found them together! Isn’t God good?  I have been working on my tongue for many years and have been asking the Lord for HIS help in this area.  I am making progress, and I am aware of the importance of bridling the tongue.  It has the power to build up or tear down, and the words just don’t go back in a mouth as easy as they come out. 😉  Sometimes one persons humor becomes someones stumbling block.  Oh Lord help us to get some control over our tongues!  I think of Jesus beaten, and nailed to a cross and not one mean word came from HIS mouth.  HE surely didn’t deserve anything that HE recieved.  So it really holds no water to decide “they had it coming to them”.  My mind also goes to the other angle-what must non-believers think when someone who has openly stated their faith in God and then the mouth opens and anything BUT God comes out!  Makes me feel sick!  Princess, do you think we could make an conscientious effort to be aware of the things we are saying, and how it may hurt someone else, or make them walk away from God?  I am going to really put out the effort to step up Godly speech.

As thanksgiving approaches, my heart is pulled to those less fortunate.  I think of the single moms who really want to have thanksgiving but have no money to get the extra things, I think of the widows who are going to miss their husbands, and the orphans who have no idea what a family is or how awesome to be with family for Thanksgiving.  I often wonder why God puts that so heavy on my heart!  But it is clearly in HIS Word. The NIV says ‘look after the widows and orphans’…we so often say “I am just wanting to know God’s will in these things” and honestly it is right there.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if each professing Christian would find just one person to help with Thanksgiving, and just stretch the hand of Jesus every where? 

I find it interesting that the Lord found it appropiate to end that verse with “Keeping ones self from being polluted by the world (NIV), or stained by the world(NASB).  It appears to me that the less we are part of the world the more we are like HIM.  In the sense that our speech will reflect HIM and not the world.  Our hearts will want to help some one else, just to show our Jesus to someone else.

Do you love the Word?  I am so amazed over and over how everything we will think about or wonder..HE has already mapped out for us.  God is so good, and HE never changes.  I think the most awesome thing about God today that moves my heart is-HIS motives are pure, and HE really is showing us the way to go.  In the words of Rich Mullens…”why do I fight so hard for things I really don’t want, than to take what YOU give me freely”? 

Father God, My King, My strong tower, so often we find ourselves struggling, and sometimes it is at the hand of someone else, and sometimes it is at our own hand.  You are so good to lift us up and put us back on our feet.  Then you guide us again in the way that is Holy, but we run off to what sparkles.  Oh Lord be what sparkles in our hearts and sight, don’t let us fall to deception, tame our tongues.  Give us the hearts we need to help others, and to not feel so blessed that we turn from the less fortunate. But more than these-give us hearts that desire you so greatly that the world would have nothing for us.  YOU are and there is no other.  You are the only One worthy of our praise. Abba, have we thanked you today for how very good you are to us?  Thank you.

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Out do one another in showing honor?

“Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 (HCSB)

As Americans we seem to always have a competition of some sort.  We even teach our children very young to compete and to do well, and try to be the best.  When was the last time we actually thought, we need to honor that person more than he honors me?  This is God’s word and it will stand the test of time.  I believe it is true, and not just something that someone made up out of boredom or out of thinking he was a good writer.

In the body we are to show affection to one another, and honor each other to the extent of honoring the other more than they honor us.  Our normal thought process, is totally opposite.  Thank you Jesus for the restoration and transformation of our minds. In loving one another, and showing this kind of honor, we truly show a picture of Jesus to the world.  So many times I see the body shooting itself…and it is troubling.  What kind of picture are we showing to the world?  It’s not to late to begin.  It’s not to late to put others before ourself, and remember what we are called to.  First we are called to love, not only other believers but non-believers as well.  “While we were still sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8  How will we be able to show the lost that we have found such an awesome thing if we do not follow the first call?  I am praying that we all will have a fresh spiritual awakening to the Word, and a deeper hunger for the things of God.  This world is so easy to fall into.  Please don’t ever think that you are beyond falling in this life.  The Lord opposes pride…that is probably the scariest thing to me, that my own pride could cause my creator to oppose me.  I know full well that I am know match for HIM.  That my friend is holy fear.  Very healthy, and very needed to remember my place with HIM.  I am HIS daughter, and I love the love, but never forgeting to tremble in the presence of our Holy God.  HE is worthy of all our praise, and HE is faithful, and just.  But HE is also God and not one to be lowered in any way, in our arrogance, or in the knowledge we think we have obtained.  HE gets all the glory for that as well.  HE gives wisdom, and understanding.

I love that HIS ways are not ours!  The transforming of our minds is work on our part, to take in HIS ways and make them ours.  Out do one another in showing honor?  We have some work ahead of us in this area.  Glad that HE can handle that too, and we only have to surrender to HIM.  Surrendering is actually easier than trying to do these things on our own. 

Jesus prayed for us in John 17, and I am sure HE gets  what HE prays for. One of the things HE prayed was for our unity.  Maybe this is a step in that direction.  Does it thrill you that Jesus prays for us?  It thrills me! Trying to honor you more than you honor me 😉

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