Favorite Quote

Here is one of my most loved quotes from A. W. Tozer. It inspires me to keep going and remember who it is I live for. I hope  you love it too.

 

Too often, we give God only the tired remnants of our time. If Jesus Christ had given us only the remnant of His time, we would all be on our way to that darkness that knows no morning. Christ gave us not the tattered leftovers of His time; He gave us all the time He had. But some of us give Him only the leftovers of our money and of our talents and never give our time fully to the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us all. Because He gave us all, we have what we have; and He calls us “as He is, so are we in this world.’ -The Crucified Life

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My Moments with God Today

God pursues us

We have all had those times.

You know them.

When you just feel, that you are just not there with God. I am not saying you are not praying or attending church or whatever. It is just a time when you feel less connected.

Those times ( it always takes me a while to realize that I am there) strangely enough, seem to be the times I am actually getting ready to really surround myself with Jesus. Weird right? It seems for myself at least, once I realize I am becoming less connected spiritually to my Creator, that I then spend so much time trying to refocus myself that I end up closer to Him than before I fell short. I do enjoy reigniting that passion of diving into The Word and craving every moment with Him, acknowledging every little blessing He bestows on my unworthy heart!

I have learned that the attacks or trials from the enemy can be joyous! Yes, he can make me feel low, ugly, fat, unlovable, unneeded and more. My God is bigger than that! He can turn all that into good things! Maybe I am fat? I am blessed that God has provided me with enough food to get chubby. Maybe I am ugly? Good! Then I will not be vain. Maybe I am unlovable in man’s world? My God loves me and that is enough. See what I mean? There is joy in every evil and hurtful thing the enemy throws my way. God is so much bigger than any dehumanizing thing evil has in its resources. God’s love puts things into the proper perspective. We run from Him feeling unworthy. He is there wanting us in our imperfection. He sent His perfect Son to die for our unworthy, unneeded, unlovable selves so that we could be with Him! Physical proof that we are wanted by the ultimate power!! He wants us!! As insignificant, unintelligent, undesirable and nonessential as we are, HE WANTS US!!

I am also a firm believer that when you are under attack from the enemy, as dark as it may seem, there is still light. There is someone I know who is under such a huge cloud right now. She is a young mother, pregnant mother, who is looking at not being on this earth much longer. The enemy throws such hurtful things at her.  Painful thoughts of who will raise her children? How will her husband handle this? How will her children not hold this against God? Will she get to hold in her arms this new life she has in her womb? This woman in question inspires me. Yes, she is under constant attack of “Why Me?” yet she still looks to the Lord and calls His plan good! She knows it will all be for His glory no matter what happens here on earth. She yearns to stay and watch her children grow with her husband, yet if it is God’s plan for her to come home to Him she is okay with that too. She is positive that God does what is right for the bigger picture. So she will not worry. She is okay with being confined to her home right now. She is soaking up every minute with her beautiful littles just loving them. She is happy she can share with them how incredible our Creator is everyday! She is delighting in the time she has cuddling up with her husband just watching tv. How amazing is that?! She is thankful for every moment that many of us take for granted. She found joy in her trial. She is sharing that joy too!  Such a beautiful soul she has.

On your journey through life today, if you are far from God or closer than you have ever been, let Him embrace you.

You are worthy, needed, special, wanted, beautiful, loved, necessary, important, amazing, wonderful , cherished, treasured, appreciated and so much more. Do not let anything take that joyful knowledge away from you. God loves you.

Thank you God.

Thank you for loving me.

 

My Moment with Dust

As I was curled up here on the couch early this morning, thinking about the Lord and my conversations with him, the sun began to slowly rise outside. It was beautiful. The sunlight crept up through the darkness and a glow of reds, oranges and golds began its leisurely climb across the sky. It made me smile. The light began to shine through our glass door and progressively a beam of light began to form in the room. Just as a small child, I was drawn to watch the small particles of dust drifting through the light. They just floated here and there with a random dust patterns. The heater  kicked on and the particles began to dance. Here I was witness to such a fascinating show, forgetting that it was happening like this around me every single day at every single moment. I just was not in a place to witness this all the time. It brought me back to Jesus. A message to share with my children today.

It reinforced the fact that the Lord is always with us. Just like the dust in the air, as a metaphor. We do not see the soot in the air. We do not feel the dust flakes in the air most of the time. We breathe in the bits of grime in the air with every life giving breath we take. We know that it is there, all around us every moment of every day,  yet we choose to not think about it. Then when we finally slow down, take a quiet moment of peace, catch a glimpse of the dust in the light and are reminded and amazed at all the little fragments that fill up the space we choose to see as empty. The Lord is always with us, more than their are  cinders in the air, He is with us. He consumes the space around us with His presence and His love! We may not be so privileged as to physically see Him or feel Him every moment, yet that does not take away from the fact that He is there! He is in every breath we take! He is in us and alive! We just have to realize it and look for Him. He never leaves us, ever. We just forget to look for Him sometimes in our lives,that are so filled with the hustle and bustle of keeping up with the “Jones Family”. We forget who and what is truly important. The Lord is the reason for living, not because the alarm clock went off and I have responsibilities. Like, the kids need breakfast, husband needs his laundry clean, I have a bible study to prepare for, oh darn we have to get to MOPS today! No, that is the extra fluff. That is just another opportunity to praise the Lord in a different arena For He will be with me as I make breakfast for the kids. Thank you Jesus for food to nourish my children. He is with me as I wash my loving husbands laundry. Thank you Jesus for such an amazing husband. Thank you for providing my husband with a job that I can wash his clothes for and a way I can serve him. He is with me as I prepare for bible study. Thank you Jesus for Your Word to guide my footfalls in life. He is with me at MOPS. Thank you Jesus for surrounding me with God loving women who want to worship you and raise their children to do the same.

I want to bask in my moments of sunshine with the Lord. They are just a tiny glimpse of what the Lord has in store for us in heaven. A reminder of the warmth of His love that was bought at a price, for me and you. Thank you Jesus for being with me always, even when I forget you are there. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being my light.

How prayers are like your closet.

Aimee was talking to me today about how boring prayers can be.

 

“I always say the same thing mom.”

 

She has a point if you look at it at surface value.

Yes then prayers can be boring.

 

“Thank you God for…Please bless…Help me with…Amen.”

 

Yeah, that can be pretty repetitious, very true.

Here is the thing,

I thought the same thing when I was younger.

God heard my prayer, knows what I want/need so He is not in need of my constant badgering.

 

Hmmm….yes He knows our prayers, yet He does not want to just grant us what we ask for. He wants for us to do our part as well.

Magazines self help sections often tell their readers to write down their affirmations and stick them on the bathroom mirror. That way it is the first thing seen in the morning and is repeated while looking in the  mirror. Eventually due to self-fulfilling prophesy, the person will begin to do or become what ever they are positively affirming every day.

 It is the same with prayer.

If everyday I pray to become closer to God, then I am bringing that to the forefront of my thoughts everyday. Next thing you know I am bored and grabbing my bible, getting closer to God. I am finding bible studies to join, better churches to affiliate with, new friends that are challenging me to become a better christian! Is that God answering my prayers? Yes! I believe that

God helps those who help themselves.

-Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac 1757

 I read this from 2 Thessalonians 3:10 to support that thought..

 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

That said, yes I believe we need to work toward our prayers.

 

Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest.Galations 6:7

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

She got that.

Prayers need to be worked on. They are not just magical gifts that appear suddenly and solve our problems. They are tools to get you where you need to be.

I could see she still thought it was boring.

Yes, the science (and our God loves science) of it makes sense.


You see it.

You do it.

You become it.

All great and wonderful words but not teen enough.

Okay,

lets try this again.

Think of your closet.

 You go to your closet every single day.

There are the same clothes in there every time you open the doors.

Now then, there are days when you add more clothes to your collection.

There are days when you clear out clothes to donate to others from your clothing options. 

You still always have your same basic closet with clothes, just now and then the ensembles change.

Prayers are the same way.

We pray similarly every day.

Eventually as life goes on things happen and we add to our prayers.

Friends and family with sickness, death, birth, heart break and celebrations change our prayers or add to them.

Then there are days when we “clean out” our prayers.

Prayers have been answered.

Loved ones died peacefully, babies born perfectly, goals achieved, hearts surrendered and life goes on as was intended. 

We now have different things/people/situations to pray for.

Yet everyday,

the same basic prayers flow from our hearts.

“Thank you God.”

So my prayers are my closet

and my intentions are the outfits.

Aimee liked this analogy.

Homeschool:

I recently gave my kids an assignment.

Creation vs. evolution…convince me.

For the Christian child this is not that hard of an assignment.

Our family believes in the truth of the Bible, God’s word and base it all on faith.

So number one for us is Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Then Genesis 1:2

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The arguments they gave me were as expected and following along those guidelines.

It is still good to keep them on their toes regarding their faith.

Help them when they are questioned by others to be prepared to back their faith with solid answers.

They were doing great and then I gave them this question that stumped all of them.

Me: Okay guys, now do we agree that there was a great flood?

Kids: Yes.

Me: Is it true that other religions and cultures also believe in a great flood that covered the earth? Just not all of them believe that it was Noah but some one and their family survived correct?

Kids: Yes.

Me: Okay, then where did all the water come from to flood the ENTIRE earth?

Kids: (nothing)

Me: I know some will say that is where the ice in the north came from. When it all melts it could flood the earth. What do you think?

Kids:  (nothing)

Me: Only answer I can come up with is from God.

Kids: That makes sense. Maybe all the water was in the clouds Mom?

Me: That sounds like a good point. Here is my question back, was not the sky blue before the time of the flood?

Kids: I guess so.

Me: Then how could so much water be trapped in the clouds to flood the entire earth? Would the skies not have been so black to have poured down enough rain for 40 days and nights flooding the earth? How would the sun have ever shown through?

Kids: Hmmm.

Me: Now lets take it further, where did the water go? It took 2 years to disappear. Where did it go?

Kids: Maybe it sunk back into the earth?

Me: Good idea! It could have! Lets think about that. Now if it sunk back into the earth, that is a ton of water remember, where would it go? Would we not have huge lakes maybe  even oceans beneath the surface of the earth? Is not the core of the earth a type of lava?  What would happen if all that water eventually sank all the way down to that lava? I see tons of steam happening. What would happen if all that water hit our core? Would it have happened already? The flood was over 2000 years ago and took only 2 years to recede back the depths of the mountains. Would we not be still receding back if the water fell into the earth? Would we not be a water barren planet? There was not enough ice in Iceland to still be keeping all our oceans, lakes and rivers full. The only answer to these questions for me that make sense is God. He is the one who brought the water and He alone is the one who took it away. He made it appear and disappear.

Kids: (pause) Wow mom, you are right. It could only be God.

Me: Amen.