The two most important things on this earth to me! They are true blessings from my Father above! Happy Valentines day to my love and my Muppin.
Who is your blessing today?
God has really been talking to me lately. As I shared in a previous post He has been talking to be about getting clean. What I shared was about my eating and how God wants to clean that up. Tonight though I am going to talk briefly about my faith… and how I am going to clean that up or make sure my priorities are right.
I don’t know if you know who Nick Vujicic is but he is an amazing man of God, he is a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker from Australia. He happened to be born without arms or legs but you wouldn’t know it by his power in the Holy Spirit, his heart to please God and his love for Jesus Christ. The true love and true faith and true power he holds because of his belief in Jesus Christ is awe inspiring and makes me long for more of what he has with the Lord. It shows me that even though I have come so far in my life and my walk with God I have so far to go. Thank goodness I have a patient and loving God right?!
I watched one of his sermons lately (he has many on Youtube) and I was struck by many things but in particular two different things he said really stood out to me. First, we need to know the answers to three questions and if we don’t know those answers then we are literally disabled. Disabled meaning that we are unable to do what we need to do. Those three questions are this:
- Do you know who you are?
- Do you know why you are here?
- And do you know where you are going when you are not here?
Do you know the answers to these three questions? I do, even if I don’t want to admit it sometimes because those answers can be intimidating. I am a daughter of the King and I have been bought for a price and my life is about the business of my Father! For now the business of my Father is raising a Godly young woman so that she grows up loving the Lord even more than I do, following Him all the days of her life! My business is loving my husband the way God intended for me to, and helping him in all he is asked to do by our Father. My business is showing the people around me His love, helping them any way that He leads me to. My business is helping my church when I feel so lead by the Spirit, though that is not my main priority right now, it is my family. I also know that on the day that I die or am caught up in the clouds when Jesus returns I will be with HIM in heaven… I long for that day.
The answer to that third question is what brings me to the second thing that Nick said that dug deep into my soul and spirit… On the day you meet the Lord Nick believes He is going to ask two questions:
- Do you know me?
- And… Who’d you bring with you?
I don’t want to answer no to those questions. Can you say yes for sure without a shadow of a doubt to the first one? Because if you can’t there is something in your heart you need to take care of. If you can, what is your answer for number two? Who did you bring???
Very powerful food for thought. So powerful in fact it could be something satan can use to make you feel even more useless, pathetic and powerless than you might already feel. Don’t let him!!! Let those questions be the Holy Spirit gently tugging at your heart, bringing you closer to HIM! You were fearfully and wonderfully made for a purpose. God has YOU in HIS sights and has a beautiful plan for you and all your wounds. I would love to talk to you about your answers to those questions. I am placing Nick’s video below. I encourage you to watch it, then I encourage you to ask yourself truthfully those questions again, but not with self condemnation but with hope in your future!
God bless you my friends!
Writing prompt ~ It’s after midnight. You find yourself in an eerie yet, magical swamp. You hear whispering and see flashes of light…what happens?
Long after the sun goes down I spend my time wandering, searching, looking for what always alludes me. As I wander the voices keep coming, soft and gentle, luring me further in to the depths of the swamp. What do they want with me and why do they keep calling? Why do I keep following?
I can hear them now, their sound so gentle it almost lures me into believing I am so safe and so loved that nothing else matters. Warmth flows over me, filling me with such joy I can’t believe there is anything sinister in their calling. It is almost as if sweet romance is in the air, calling and beckoning me to take a leap of faith and just fall all in… all into the peace and serenity and soft comfort of their words.
Their words are not all that leads me deeper into the forest, but the words give light! It is a pure light, one can not fully explain but one that can only be felt. It is a light that gives warmth and satisfaction every time you glimpse it. It is a light that gives hope in the midst of the darkness. It is a light that makes you feel safe and whole and free, one that never leaves you alone or forsakes you.
As I go deeper, wandering into the forest I am greeted nightly by this beautiful light and melodic voice and each night the outcome is the same. I find myself lying softly in a bed of moss staring eagerly into the sky waiting for them, knowing they are there because they beckoned me there this night, just like every other night. I close my eyes and they surround me filling me with love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… I have felt them before, and they are a welcome guest.
My spirit leaps with excitement and expectation, because they are there… bringing with them all I need and all I will ever want. Without them I am nothing and never will be. Each night I go with expectation, and each night I am embarrassed because my expectation is never high enough to match the the moments that happen deep in the darkness of those swamp. My expectations are always so small compared to the gift lavished upon me.
Long after the sun goes down… the world quiets and only then am I free to go wandering, searching and looking for my true desires… only then do I find them.
(What am I talking about?? Who are “them”???) 🙂
Keeping our kid’s way pure is difficult at best. We are in a spiritual battle. “Many of us live each day as if we are in natural circumstances, when in reality – the trying circumstance that appears in the natural is a war being waged in the supernatural.” (Tammy Wollner) The fight for us and our children and our purity is supernatural.
I loved reading this book and Tammy makes it clear that, “We as Christians need to wake up each morning, put on the armor of God mentally and spiritually, and be ready to do battle with Satan at any point in our day. Most of all, we need to train our children to practice this.” (Tammy Wollner) I could not agree more. We have a difficult enough time doing the right thing without a war raging around us. Add to our own weaknesses and disillusioned desires, plus the desires of the enemy, and we can never go without our armor. His Word needs to be buried deep within our hearts so we have the ammunition needed to fight the sworn enemy of our soul.
Keeping His Way Pure addresses how this can be done with a great four step plan. Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” That is where Tammy’s four steps come in. The steps are easily laid out and give great pictures through experiences of what each step would look like. I also like that these things are not just her thoughts on what needs to be done, but that scripture is pulled in many times to show that it is God’s word not hers that shows us how to live a pure life.
Along with the four steps Tammy offers sections for when the steps are not working and spiritual warfare. We all know that even if we do all the things that are right by God’s standards, things can still go wrong. Our kids have a mind of their own and a will of their own. And this book doesn’t forget about that and leave you hanging if the four steps don’t work.
What I like most is that while this is written specifically for son’s, it can be used for our daughters and for our own lives. Everyone is called to live a pure life and all of the things taught in this book are excellent things to do for ourselves as well as our daughters and sons.
This book was a great blessing and wonderful surprise. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to make sure their children grow in the Lord and live a life of purity in all things.
I was asked to do this review and though I was given this book I was not paid anything for my review. This review is truthful and honest and given freely. Thank you so much for the opportunity grow and learn while reading this book. It was a pure blessing, God Bless.
Many things have happened in my life that would not necessarily warrant the word Gratitude. I have spent many days working, healing, praying and changing from the woman I once was to the woman I now am, yet not yet the woman I hope to be. As with anyone I have seen my fair share of trials, puzzles and literal nightmares.
I have also seen joy, relief, happiness, freedom, love, miracles and success.
As Thanksgiving slowly moves into the background and Christmas pounces forward I do not want to forget what it is I have to be thankful for, I want to continue with a heart of Gratitude.
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I am married to an amazing man who loves me!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because my husband is my best friend!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I am a mother to the most precious little girl in the world!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I am allowed to homeschool my daughter and see how she flourishes because of it, not in spite of it!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I have never had to sleep on the streets or eat from garbage cans!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I have never had to lay in bed suffering from a cancer that cannot be cured!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I have never had to suffer a loss so deep that I couldn’t not recover from!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I have friends and a church who truly cares!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because I live in a country where I am free to worship the God of my choice without the penalty of death!
I will have a heart of Gratitude because the Son of God came down to earth and died for my sins giving me a way to still dwell with the Father for all of eternity!
Without Gratitude… there would be no life… all would be lost… It is because of Gratitude I am free no matter what trials, puzzles or nightmares come my way.
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…” Hebrews 12:28