Blessed Are and Blog Hopping

As I’ve mentioned recently, I am joining in an Online Bible Study through Proverbs 31 Ministries. As part of my participation in this study, I am going to be joining in their Thursday BlogHop.

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Each Thursday I’ll choose one of the topics they provide and blog about it.
I see future Thursday coffee times spent cruising the blogs of the other blog hoppers.
I am looking forward to it. 🙂

For my first bloghop post, I have decided to share with you some of my Favorite Scripture.
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I remember this scripture was on a wooden plaque in my grandma’s house. The versus were engraved in the wood, and so as soon as I learned how to read, I would read them. I also remember my grandma helping me memorize these versus for church.

If I’m completely honest with you, that would be part of the reason this is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. The woman who taught me about Jesus, and prayed every night with me, was the same woman who had this scripture hung on her wall for all to see when they came into her home.

The more I mature in my faith, the more precious these versus are to me. I remember a time when I focused in on the “Blessed are” part, because it was about me. If I do THIS, then I will be blessed. I didn’t think about what that blessing might look like, or how the blessing might work. It was about “me getting blessed” for doing or being x,y,z.

Now I read over these versus and see so much more.
I see the call to be humble before God almighty. It is in humility we see God’s power, His sovereignty, His incredible love and grace.  He freely gives us the kingdom of heaven as we humble ourselves before the cross, understanding only Christ could take on God’s wrath for sin, that we may be brought before Him blameless.

I see in our storms, our grief, our darkness, those who have faith and know Christ know a comfort that is truly living hope. His Holy Spirit comforts us, helps us, takes all of our hurt, pain, and anger, and breathes His own spirit into us that we may know a comfort and peace that transcends this world. A comfort and peace that gives us rest and perseverance as we wait out the storm. He holds us tightly until the seas die back down, and through this, we see and know His glory and righteousness.

I see that as we learn to bring our strengths under the authority of God, submitting them to be used according to the will of God, we are blessed through His provision in our lives. We become co-heirs with our Lord and belong fully to a God who loves us.

I see that as we seek His wisdom and His will above our own, He is faithful to fill us with Himself. He gives to those who seek and answers those who ask. He makes us whole within Himself, giving us a new mind and heart that transforms us to look more like His son, our Savior, who shows us love in the most perfect of ways.

I see as we come to realize we all fall short of God’s glory, as we come to realize who we are in comparison to who He is, we find ourselves able to forgive and show His love, His grace, His mercy to others. What a blessing as we experience giving this in our lives, we experience more deeply drinking it in, into our very souls His mercy, His grace, and His love.

I see as we strive for unity with one another, encouraging, uplifting, and holding one another accountable, we step into our roles as being adopted by our heavenly Father. We shine His light and become His salt, pointing not to ourselves, instead pointing to His Glory. We become children who love our Father so deeply, so truly, we not only run to the door to see Him, we bring our friends so they may see Him too, knowing our Father’s love is grand enough and great enough for everyone

I see that faith, trusting in God to be who He says He is, stands up against all this world may throw at us. This temporary time and place is exactly that in light of our eternal hope, our living hope, found in Christ. I see the reality that whatever others may do to me, however badly others may try to treat me, or hurt me, all because of who I am in the one true living God, is nothing in comparison to what God gives me. How He loves me. How He has saved me and cares for me and transforms me. I see that when others may turn against me, or shun me, or intentionally try to tare me down, I’m not alone in this. I see it’s not an attack against me, it’s an attack against my Father, as many have been attacked before because of who my Father is. I know my Father is victorious. I am called to rejoice in such dark times because my eternity is not to be spent in darkness, my eternity is to be spent in light with my Lord and Savior. Darkness here is only temporary, and as I follow Christ, even in dark moments I have within me a light that can not be put out.

As I grow to know the Lord more and find myself Craving God more, I read these versus that have been stored up in my heart since childhood, and see it’s more than about me getting blessed. I see my Savior, His Glory, His Sovereignty, and I begin to glimpse that it is He who is my blessing, and I find myself so thankful for that.

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In Love & Faith,

Capturing My Thoughts, Capturing His Truth

Last week was busy, I had no time for blogging! Praise the Lord for all the opportunities He gave to spend with family and friends!
I am taking one more week before writing the next Mark study post because I’m still in the process of completing the study myself and catching up on my One Year reading plan of the Bible.

I did want to share some thoughts I’ve been having recently, so this morning’s Devotional blog will focus on that. My thoughts? Capturing Thoughts, What and How to Capture for Christ. 

The news in recent weeks has been an emotional driving force I believe for the country as a whole. I think part of the reason for this is because of social media. You can’t cruise Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram at this point without it somehow being present. Opinion columns, editorials, blogs, tweets, and pictures saturate the screen and keep some of us on edge and tense without any release or rest.

I can’t count how many times I’ve started to voice my opinion in a comment, then cleared it and moved on. Sometimes my opinion stemmed from frustration. Sometimes from anger. Neither of which I could honestly say was covered in love and pointing back to Christ. I confess, sometimes I cleared it because I didn’t want to face any backlash from the opposing viewpoint.
I’m praying to the Lord about that one. About having courage submerged in humility and love. Speaking truth with a humble heart that is focused on His Glory, spoken in the way He has taught.

In a world that seems to be growing in hostility towards Christianity (not surprising because Christ told us this would happen, our Father God allowing it) I found myself restless last night trying to sleep. I kept thinking and wondering “How God? How do you want me to respond to things? Do you want my response? What focus do you want me to have? What are you looking for from me? Do I ignore it? Do I engage in it?”

It’s the age old battle of walking with Christ while living surrounded by the world’s culture. To think we walk with Christ without being affected by the culture we live in is to leave ourselves open to subtle yet devastating attacks by the enemy. This morning these were the answers I felt He lead me to.

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My focused thoughts must be on whatever is true. God’s truths. His Word, His promises, and His commands. In my personal walk, the only way I can keep my main focus on these things is to study them. To submerge myself in His Word every day and meditate on His Truths. To keep my eyes open to seeing His Work in the world, because God is working today, right now, in grand and glorious ways.

It also means protecting my thoughts from becoming consumed by whatever is false, whatever is dishonorable, unjust, impure, not lovely, not commendable, and anything that is not worthy of praise. I think this part is harder. Having discernment to know the difference and to know when I am not balanced appropriately in this area. For myself personally, this isn’t just about the news. It’s deeper than that. It’s the thoughts I entertain about my husband, my children, my friends, my neighbors. It’s having to face my own pride and sinfulness. Needing to bow my head in confession and repentance this morning because my attitude in a conversation with my husband was not submerged in love and humility, yet, stemmed on some level from my own agenda and frustration.

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Maybe this is how discernment is grown. Realizing my conversation this morning did not come from a place of God’s wisdom, yet from a deadly mix of His Word and my own Opinion.
Transformation comes by renewing my mind. Being in His Word and in Prayer as He tests me, learning more about His will versus my own.

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Ultimately, I must seek Christ in all things. I must seek eternal truths over temporal lies. Far easier said than done and I’ll never do this in perfection while living in this world, however, that is what will keep me humbled before Christ. Realizing His Glory over my humanity.

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Being slow to speak, or at times, slow to type, is what I am called to do in the midst of my frustration and anger I believe. To speak my opinion in the deadly combination of my frustration while using His Word is a dangerous testimony to leave people with, both believer and non-believer. It makes my belief worthless.
I need to be on guard against my frustration and anger, constantly checking it against scriptures because my anger can easily be directed at a person I am offended by instead of being focused on the offense it is to God. I get angry at a person, yet do not pray for them. Christ tells me to forgive others that I may be forgiven, and sometimes in my flesh I want to skip over that command entirely and try to take the seat of Judge myself.

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It’s not only about capturing my thoughts to focus on His Will and His Truths, it’s also about asking for His help to clothe myself according to His Will.
It’s the difficult and often painful process of transformation to look more like Him, putting aside myself and the culture and making His Will and His commands my focus.
Confessing to myself it’s not about me and my opinion – it’s about His Truths and His Glory. I step all over my own toes constantly. Thank you Lord Jesus for your continued testing and revealing of my depth of sinfulness. 

At the end of my prayers and thoughts this morning, I found the verse that sums up what I want to strive for this upcoming week. Not only in my online interactions, also in my face to face interactions, especially with my husband and my son.

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Last week was busy. This week is busy, however, it also has free moments. I can choose to spend those free moments playing games, knitting, or watching TV, or I can choose to use some of those moments to refresh my spirit in His Word and His Teachings. He leaves the choice to me, and I’m praying for His help to choose more time with Him this week. To step on my own toes and the toes of those around me because of my own agenda a little less, and point to His Glory, His Goodness, and His Will a lot more.

If you too have found yourself struggling with discouragement, frustration, worry, confusion, or anger with life or the current events surrounding us, I would like to encourage you to join me this week in making His word a lamp unto our feet and  light unto our path.

In Love & Faith,