One of my favorite things is to purge my house of any unnecessary things. Clutter really does take over if we let it. We have all heard that the more we have, the more we must maintain. I do not want to be tied down to my possessions. I love a clean house, but I do not like being a slave to my things. It is much easier to clean when there is less to keep up with. I have a friend who has made a business of helping others purge and organize their homes. God does this in our lives. He helps us to identify and remove each sin that has taken up residency in our lives. I am on a mission to permanently remove everything that does not promote holiness. Anything that does not look like Jesus must go. Let’s envision the neighborhood bulky item pick up and toss to the curb anger, bitterness, jealousy, worry, fear, complaining. We have no use for them anymore. If it keeps others from seeing Jesus in you, get rid of it. Ephesians 4:22 “throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception “. Verse 24 tells us to replace those sins with His new nature which looks like Christ. Colossians 3:5 says to “put to death all sins”. Not pack them away for later, just in case you might need them again someday. No! Those old jeans do not fit you anymore. Why are you hanging onto them? Toss them to the curb. 1 Peter 1:14-16 shows us the new way we are to live. Go read this! Be holy because He is holy. Really, is there any other way for us to live our lives in ways that are pleasing to Him? Join me in pursuing holiness 💕
Today our Moms In Prayer group will be prayer-walking around our middle and high schools. I am hosting my weekly Bible study this morning, so I am not able to attend. But I did pray for our high school’s staff and students. I am so thankful that God is Omnipresent. He is with my kids throughout their days. He is present in every classroom, hallway, cafeteria, outside on the playground or football field. His angels stand guard watching over the entire school. Take some time today to pray for your child’s teachers. I have each one written down and pray for them often. Pray for their friends and classmates. Pray over what is allowed to be taught in the schools. And pray for protection over each student and staff member.
Praising God this morning for His wisdom. How grateful I am that He shares with us wisdom for without it we would be truly lost. Imagine trying to find your way without a map or GPS. No internet access. No phone connection. Just wandering aimlessly around with no idea where you are going. God’s Word is our lifeline. To receive His instructions we must stay connected to Him. Father, thank you for guiding us through Your Word. Thank you for speaking truth to our hearts.
My heart is breaking this morning from my husband sharing the news of yet another broken marriage. I have received so many reports of how the enemy is destroying families. This saddens me so much. It also stirs within me a strong desire to bring before The Lord our friends and families to plead for a hedge of protection over them. I specifically pray Colossians 1:9 often. Praying the Word of God is to pray His will over our lives. We stand in agreement with Him. We are assured that He hears us. We bring ourselves into alignment with Him. What a powerful place to be. Join me in praying this today, and everyday. We are in a battle. But we do not stand from a place of defeat. We are victorious in Him.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Lord we are so grateful that You are working out plans that are for our good. We praise You for knowing the deepest desires of our hearts. You are omniscient, all knowing. You know before we do what we will be needing. And You know what ultimately will be best for our lives. I am so thankful for the ways our desires are met. Your plans far surpass our wildest dreams. We may think we know what we are needing or what we want, but in the end when we look back over our lives, we can see Your hand guiding us toward some things and away from others. Oh how grateful we are for this guidance. We are protected from things we had no idea would harm us. You also place in us a desire for following Your will for our lives. You gently lead us as a parent guides their child, holding their hand, walking beside them. May we learn to follow You and not run ahead. May we learn to listen to Your still small voice speaking truth to our hearts.
This verse has come alive to me tonight. I have been wrestling with several things lately, all combined have stirred up inner conflict that is beginning to spill over. It is evident in my thoughts toward my friends, it is coming out in negative words of complaint to my husband, and it is causing me to want to run from several relationships that I have no idea what to do with. I do not like conflict. But tonight these words came gently to me in a way that gave me a new perspective. Instead of continuing to think over all of these things, trying to come up with solutions, or just running around with every possible scenario that could ever happen, I must turn my attention to God. Period. Fixing our thoughts on Him means not allowing our minds to be in charge. We must actively choose to think differently about those situations that are upsetting to us. Did she say something that you took to be rude? Was he not listening to you and assumed you were talking about one thing when you meant something entirely different? What about that slow driver in front of you? Maybe they are distracted by thinking about a serious medical issue in their family. Oh the list goes on and on. For me it has been several different issues with multiple people. By changing my thought pattern I can see things in a new light. I am able to give grace and offer forgiveness. I am more understanding and patient. I can think things through more clearly instead of being driven by fearful thoughts. Tonight pray for God to change your perspective to think on things the way He wants you to.
I don’t often receive a word from God, so when I do I pay careful attention.
Pull up by the roots
Eliminate or destroy completely
We had a large amount of poison ivy pulled up from our yard and a few months ago and we pulled up an area of grass to create a garden. But it is hard to pull up, or eradicate every plant. Sprouts keep coming up. The soil must be thoroughly tilled. Every root must be removed. Every time a new sprout pops up it must be plucked out immediately. This is how we are to tend to the garden of our lives. Daily we need to be bringing our sins before the Lord to eradicate. Only He can remove them completely. It is up to us however to desire for this to be done. If we are still exposing ourselves to the same situations where we are most likely to sin, then we are not fully working with Him to cleanse our lives.
Think of how much time a gardener spends in his garden. He daily waters, prunes his plants, and pulls weeds. Much care is taken to ensure His plants are thriving the best way they can. In much the same way we are to tend to our hearts. Daily we must water our spirits with the Word of God. Soak in His truths. Bathe in His words. Let them go down deep to the roots of our heart. This is where real growth happens. We do not want shallow plants that will wither when hard times come. We want strong lives that can withstand the storms of life. We need to be continuously fed the Word of God like a tree that is growing next to a river. The Bible speaks of this in Jeremiah 17:8 “They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Job 11:14 “Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you.”
Colossians 3:8 “But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.”
James 1:21 “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”
Father, I praise You for being able to provide for us everything we need throughout our lives. Whether it is a physical need (health, safety, financially, nourishment), or spiritually (becoming more like Christ in holiness), You will always provide for us. I pray that my children will be very aware of Your presence working in their lives. May they know that it is You who are working in them, providing for them, and guiding their lives. May they become more like Christ in their words and thoughts. I pray they will abound in every good work, giving You the glory for all they accomplish.
Our Father is more than able to meet every need that we have. His resources are endless. Today let’s praise Him for being fully ABLE. His knowledge of our circumstances far exceeds our limited perspective. Trust in Him for His timing and ways.
Sometimes things are not as they seem. Like a broken car for instance. This weekend my car stopped working. The timing was absolutely perfect, if that can be a thing with a car that does not run. I looked back at the recent trips I had made and thought of the number of places I could have been stranded. Anywhere but my garage would not have been ideal. But through the grace of God my car was parked in my garage when it decided not to start. I am so grateful for that. I am also thankful for my dad living so close to us who has AAA towing. Since the battery was so far gone, it had to be towed. Oh, and our wonderful neighbors who just happen to own a Motorsports company jumped in to connect us with their mechanic. Hurray for awesome neighbors! We trust their guys completely, so there was no worry about it being in good hands. As it turned out, it was not just the battery. You see, if my car hadn’t had a problem that required it to be looked at this weekend, we would not have known about the engine overheating problem that was imminent. Yep. That could have been a much bigger problem. So a thing like a car that won’t start when I am on my way to get food for my hungry teen isn’t such a horrible thing after all. I made this cute wood tag to remind us to Count Our Blessings in every circumstance. Because you just never know what you are being protected from.