Springtime – A Time for Renewal

Happy Spring!

With spring we think about cleaning, new birth, renewal
and the Resurrection of Jesus!

 

Spring is the perfect time to change your batteries in your smoke detectors as you set your clocks forward, deep clean the house, weed the garden and perhaps clean out your closets. BUT what about your mind, body and spirit?

When was the last time you paused and took a look at your life and the busyness around you?

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Our example as Christian Women

I love when we can use our life experiences to build upon the “who we are in Christ.” Don’t you?

This past weekend we were challenged by some house guests, Christians, that hurt my heart.

You see I come from a background of abuse (verbal, physical) and I saw in them things that triggered memories that were not so pleasant. I was okay during this exposure, however my heart broke for them. My spirit was troubled for them. And my heart was reminded how powerful our behaviors, words and actions can impact others.

 

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Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
Colossians 3:18-19

You see this weekend the couple disrespected each other openly in public. As he belittled her in the middle of the restaurant she became defensive and responded back. Then it turned into being annoyed with anything in the restaurant from the cheese on the meal to an autistic child making noises.

Others heard and witnessed their actions and words… 😥

This was on their last night here, so I had heard enough and gently stepped in to silence both. Awkward!

I did learn a valuable lesson this weekend…one of how I NEVER want my marriage to reflect!

Our example is IMPORTANT!

We never know who we might be impacting by our words and actions. If we are to call our selves Christians we need to be a Christian 24/7 not just in public to impress folks how righteous we think we are.

Ladies we should never talk negatively about our husbands in public, that creates an image of them that may not be true. We need to be praying for our men, supporting them and lifting them up. You see girls if we “act” like we are taught in the bible it will benefit our entire home and our own life!

 

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“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”
Proverbs 12:4

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“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.”
Proverbs 18:22

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“Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.”
Proverbs 19:14

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“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”
Proverbs 31:10

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Ladies, how we act, speak and respond will impact those around us. Will they see Jesus in you OR the world in you?

What example are you putting out there in your world today? One of Jesus OR one of the world?

You are called to be light and salt in this world…are you?

Our example is important.

Be aware.

What is your Hope in?

Woman in praise

During my devotion time this morning the question kept coming up, what is your hope in?

These days it seems like so many are placing their hope in elected officials, other people or things. That kind of hope is false and uncertain. Things change, emotions flow and next thing you know you are left feeling hopeless and possibly wanting to just give up.

 

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24

Why are we not placing our hope in the Lord as Christian women?

What is pulling us to trust man more than an unchanging God?

Why are we so determined to follow the world’s perspective before pressing into God?

What hope is NOT:

Hope is not, “I hope my team wins the Super Bowl” or “I hope I get a raise.” Biblical hope is not a hope-so but it is a know-so.  It isn’t wishing for the best.  It isn’t waiting to see what happens and hope that it turns out well. Hope is not a feeling or an emotion.  Hope is the knowledge of facts.  If someone says to you that “I hope you have a good day,” there is no guarantee that the day will go well.  To have a biblical hope is to have a sure anchor of the soul, not hoping for rain because the forecast says that there is a 60% chance of rain and you hope that you get your garden watered.  That is not hope…that is wishful thinking and it is utterly undependable and has no power to bring anything to pass. Human hope pales in comparison to biblical hope.

What hope is from a Christian perspective:

A Christian’s definition of hope is far superior to that of the world.  Instead of wishing or hoping for something to happen, a believer knows that their hope is solid, concrete evidence because it is grounded in the Word of God and we know that God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18; Numbers 23:19).  The Christian has a hope that is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  It is a hope that is like faith…a faith that cannot be moved by circumstances or what the eyes see because an unseen God is seen in His faithfulness.

What are you placing your hope in?

So what are you placing your hope in…God or what the world has to offer?

It does not matter who is in office God is still the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

Time to press into Jesus and stop moving and acting like we are His daughters.

Finding Rest During the Busyness!

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“…But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken from her.”
Luke 10:42

The holiday’s are here and along with them comes the hustle and bustle we add to our days.

Many times we forget to pause and take in what the Lord has for us all in the name of our task lists.

Life can be filled with busyness and uncertainty which can lead us into a place of stress and being nervous. And in some cases even lead us into illness.

As women we tend to want to know all the plans, the details and have a plan B for the just in case. Instead of allowing God to take the lead we are jumping out front and in many case tripping over our own feet!

“The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in
green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshed my soul.”
Psalm 23:1-3

God calls us to leave the details up to Him and rest in Him.

Do you feel guilty if you rest?

Are you a stubborn sheep not willing to rest in Him?

The Lord knows us and desires that we lay down in His green pastures and refresh our souls by the quiet waters, He wants us to know peace that only comes through Him and Him alone.

Rest is really not an option in our walk as a Woman of God, it is a Spiritual discipline we need to help us create a habit in our life. We need to understand that busyness is NOT productive! Busyness will actually break us down. There is no need to fill every waking moment with something to do, maybe it is time to evaluate your day and see if you are filling it with busyness or productivity.

What are your daily priorities?

Are you exhausted at the end of each day because you have been trying to do it on your own? You are just too busy to seek God to guide you through your day. Time for a change in mindset! 

If you make God, your time with the Lord a priority you will find that the day is productive, you can manage the day and you are not exhausted at the end of each day.

It is time to press in on God and THRIVE daily!

What is the Lord showing you today that needs to shift?