“Mommy Don’t Be Angry”

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My sweet friend @bbprep invited me to share a guest piece on her blog. Here are some thoughts on being an angry mommy and the lessons I’m learning about patience!

Originally posted on bbprep:

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She stood on her little stool in the bathroom, pieces of her curly hair bouncing across her forehead as she brushed her teeth. She paused and looked at me with with an earnest expression that comes from a state of deep contemplation. She opened her mouth and the conversation went as follows:

Alex: Mommy, why aren’t you my friend anymore?

Me: Where in the world did you get that idea from? I’m your mom, the first friend you’ve ever known. I love you very much.

Alex: Well, because you get angry at me. Yesterday you got angry at me. You can’t get angry at daddy, me, or Lily Girl. Friends are nice to each other. You have to be nice to us.

Mommy: We all get angry sometimes honey. That doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. Sometimes mama gets frustrated because you’re not a very good…

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Monday Motivation: Behave Like a Christian

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Let us represent Christ in action and deed, not just empty words. Let us honor Him as believers, giving Him the glory in all that we say and do. Time for a heart check…

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭9-21‬ NKJV)

Happy Monday friends!

BE BLESSED!!!

God Will Wipe Away Every Tear

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Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭2-5‬ NKJV)

Oh how I long for this day, but until Jesus returns I will continue on in fervent pray. Not just for Charleston, but for this nation and our fallen world.

Will you join me?

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today I weep with those who weep, as they attempt to process the grief and loss they recently experienced. My heart breaks for those who choose hate over love, and for those who are victims as well as those who do the victimizing.  I pray that we cling to you even more, and that, as believers, we would come together to point the world to the hope that is found through Christ Jesus alone. I pray that even in the darkest hours we never lose sight of forgiveness, empathy, and love, and I pray that hearts are healed, minds are clear, and we can come together to glorify God. Help us Lord, guide us Father, and through it all we will forever give you the glory, honor, and praise.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Be comforted friends, and be blessed!!

On Being Content

I gave the following sermon at church a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share it with you all here. If you’re anything like me, being and staying content can be a struggle. But God! Here are a few thoughts the Lord gave me to share…

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Here’s a story about an adorable baby named Lily:

Since birth she’s had her eyes on her big sister. She tracks her around the room with her eyes, and from the moment she became mobile, all she wants to do is keep up with her. While learning to crawl she would straighten her arms and legs in baby plank position. As she rocked back and forth, making little progress, she’d growl and fuss in frustration. This went on until she learned to crawl, but before she mastered that she was already pulling herself up to stand and perhaps even walk. She barely made it to one stage before she wanted to race to the next one! As I observed her I noticed 3 things:

1. She was frustrated with herself for not being ‘there’ yet.

2. She sees all that her sissy was doing and getting and wants to have those things too.

3. When she eventually did start crawling she was already trying to walk. No pause to embrace the current season.

Granted, in saying all of this I completely acknowledge the fact that she’s a baby, & of course this is normal, but how often do we exhibit the very same behavior when faced with our various circumstances??

Content: a state of satisfaction; desiring no more than what one has

Greek/autarkeia: sufficiency of the necessities of life

Are you content?

If, like me, you find yourself identifying with any of these scenarios, you may need to re-evaluate.:

1. Are you holding yourself to an unrealistic standard?  Stop endlessly striving for perfection. It’s a farce! There was only one perfect person to walk the earth and it wasn’t any of us.

I have to be so mindful about what I say to and around my toddler. As a simple expression I’ve used the word perfect to describe something wonderful or great, but she’s already interpreted that word to mean much more…we can’t do that it’s not perfect, etc. Perfectionism is debilitating.

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭14‬ NKJV)

We don’t need to be perfect. God did that already! Do we honestly think we can do it better than Him?‬‬‬‬‬‬

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (‭II Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

Our/my natural inclination is to hide our weaknesses because we wouldn’t dare want our faults to be exposed, but you know what? They’re cool with God. Without them we wouldn’t even need Him. Be kind to yourself. God’s grace is enough! ‬‬‬‬‬‬

2. Do you ever compare your situation to others? Stop that! Comparison is the thief of joy. It’s a trap! Watching others and using what you think they have as a measuring stick is a sure road to misery. Be patient as you press through your own situation. Remember that what others have in no way impacts what God has for you! He has enough to go around. We should be encouraged in knowing that He shows no partiality! You can certainly admire and look up to someone, but you’ll waste all the time in the world looking at ‘Sally’ over there with the better hair, nicer clothes, better-behaved kids, sweeter husband, more fit body…you will ALWAYS find the ‘better’, but little do you know someone is praying to have a fifth of what you have. ALWAYS.

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭30‬ NKJV)‬‬‬

By being envious you’re causing harm to yourself, and I bet that other person is living their life unaware and not caring that whatever they have is vexing you‬‬‬!

Yet and still it’s a struggle. Why? We have too much love for the world and things in the world.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (‭I John‬ ‭2‬:‭15-17‬ NKJV)

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with wanting new and nice things. I do. But when we lust after those things and begin seeking them more than God, that’s a problem! Instead of chasing after the next big thing, how about being more eager to fall in line with the ways of the Lord? Oh but in our flesh dwells no good thing!

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (‭I Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭6-7‬ NKJV)

It’s just stuff, yet stuff gets us in so much trouble sometimes!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬ NKJV)

In other words:

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice(extreme greed or wealth), lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5‬ AMP)

We can hold on so tightly to things, yet nothing we could ever possess could ever compare to God’s hold on us!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

3. Instead of trying to fast forward on your current season, learn what you can from it. I’d prefer to skip past a lot but mostly because they take me out of my comfort zone.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NKJV)‬‬‬‬‬‬

Pitfalls of Being Discontent:

1. You begin seeking ways to experience joy and contentment outside of God.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬ NKJV)‬‬‬‬‬‬

I’m not always happy. I get down and moody and sad, but true joy is lasting. Joy is a choice. Happiness vs joy. Know the difference. Joy is a fruit of the spirit and given by God.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ NKJV)‬‬‬‬‬‬

2. You open yourself up to the root of bitterness which causes division, strife, impatience, entitlement, negativity, and anger, to name a few.

Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭15‬ NKJV)

Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12‬:‭14-17‬ MSG)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Esau gave up his birthright for some food!!!! Seriously? But when you’re discontent, even minor things seem major. He wanted his belly to be full. He was famished and that lentil stew brought him contentment, however brief. (read more starting at Genesis 25)

In closing, remember this:

You may find yourself fighting to keep your peace and joy; fighting to be content where God has you. We don’t have our own place yet, but I can see our home in my mind and I’ve ordered some items here and there to go up in our new home. One of them was a print with this quote “Turn your eyes upon Jesus and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

 

Isn’t that what it’s all about? It all boils down to Jesus and choosing to place Him in the forefront where He belongs, while gaining perspective on the things of this world.

Remember that God sees you. He knows. He loves you right where you are and wants to bring you to that new place; but it’s up to you to trust in His timing and have faith enough to embrace where you are.

I will ask once more.

Are you content?…

BE BLESSED!!!

Monday Motivation: 31 Verses, 31 Days – The May Scripture Challenge is Complete!

Greetings dear friends! Welcome to a new month and a new day!

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Some of you may recall a post I wrote a couple weeks ago, where I shared my involvement with Kristin Schmuker’s May Scripture Challenge.

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At first I was reluctant to declare my involment, because I wasn’t certain I was ready to be committed to such a task. I’m shaking my head as I think about how silly that sounds, but it was the absolute truth! 

31 days later I couldn’t be happier that I got on board. God knew this was exactly what I needed to re-set and re-focus, and nothing can transform or renew your mind more than His Holy Word! 

Have you been feeling down, discouraged, stressed, or overwhelmed? Whether you’re facing great obstacles or you’re in a season of calm, seek Biblical truth to guide and encourage you throughout your days!

Every verse is impactful, but here are a few that stood out to me:

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

And then GOD answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time. (‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2‬:‭2-3‬ MSG)

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭31-32‬ MSG)

 

What are you meditating on today? Let’s inspire one another!

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BE BLESSED!!!