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"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The LORD is with you, mighty warrior

I love the Old Testament. There are so many great lessons to be learned. Don't get me wrong, the New Testament is wonderful, but there is something that I enjoy about the old. I know the entire Bible leads right back to Jesus. One of my favorite stories from the Old Testament is the story of Gideon. The Israelites had been invaded by the Midianites and Amalekites for a while, due to their evil in the sight of the Lord. For seven years this went on, and seemed to have lost hope. They had to hide in mountain clefts and hide food. They finally cried out to the Lord for help. The Angel of the Lord came to Gideon and told him "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior" Gideon could not understand this since his tribe was the least and he was the smallest in his tribe. But the Lord equipped him and told him that he would be with him, not to be afraid. Gideon defeated the Midianites and the Amalekites with a small army, with the Lords help.

God can equip any of us. We have to be obedient. There is no telling what He can do through us if we just allow Him. Judges 6:12 I have adopted as one of our family verses. "The Lord is with you mighty warrior." My boys have grown up playing baseball at our local park. Our mascot is a Warrior. To me a warrior is someone that knows defeats and victories. They have the scars to prove their fight. I have read them to story of Gideon. My oldest use to write Judges 6:12 in the bill of his hat. Yes the verse doesn't literally mean our Acworth Warriors, but it reminds my boys that no matter what they do the Lord is with them. What ever battle they are fighting, a spiritual, physical or even just a competitive baseball game. He will equip and we need to acknowledge where our talent and ability comes from and give Him all the glory, no matter what we do.

The Victory has already been won.

pj

Monday, March 5, 2012

Courageous

I finally got to see the movie "Courageous" with my family this weekend. I highly recommend it. It is a very inspiring movie. I am amazed how God has worked through Sherwood Baptist Church to bring the Lord's message to the big screen. This movie really made me think. Really got my wheels turning.

While the message in the movie is about father's standing up to be the leaders in their family, it also has a message for mothers. After seeing this movie my heart was drawn to
Matthew 24:14-30.
The Parable of the Three Servants. "“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.  So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.  But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.  “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’  “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

What are we doing with the young lives that the Lord has bestowed upon us? What kind of investments are we making with their young impressionable lives? I am guilty of being careless with what I have. I am convicted to teach my children more about the Lord, more about who He is and not just sweet little Bible stories. I am a creature of influence and my children are watching me. What I say and do, how I act at church and at home. Does it coincide?

I know how challenging it is to try to do all the things that we need to do as mothers. We worry about dinner, laundry, bills, schedules, just to name a few. I am in the same boat. But today I am going to strive better to be the mother and woman my Lord has called me to be. I encourage you to do the same. I promise you will not regret it.

" Be sure that you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds" Proverbs 27:23

-pg



Friday, March 2, 2012

Whatchamacallit

The past month has been a literal roller coaster. Emotionally, spiritually, you name it everything else. I really can't explain my feelings right now. It isn't a storm, it is almost like that eerie feeling it is outside right before a storm comes, but sometimes it doesn't hit but it comes awfully close. You might experience a drop or two, but the climate outside is almost dangerous.

I have learned so much this past month, about friends, family, faith, truth, and that people are just plain crazy. No joke, there is no other word to describe it. As I get older I realize more and more how sin sick we as humans are. God still initiates the relationship, he doesn't want us to live the lives we are living. So many people run from our Lord, when in doubt he is the only thing that can give us peace. I have failed him so many times. I keep going back to the saying, "I can't brag about my love for Christ, but I can brag about his love for me." I do love my Savior, I don't always show it, but he will never fail me.

I say the above from experience. I have been there. I have ran from God. Knowing in my heart what is right, but continue to do wrong. I have been the betrayer. I have been paranoid, scared, guilty. Until one day the Lord got a hold of me. When He gets a hold of you, you have no choice but to surrender. One day I will share my story when God allows it. Right now I can tell you that I know what it feels like to be an outcast, to be ridiculed and to be a Judas. I can tell you, that Jesus is the reason I am who I am today. I have experience the greatest forgiveness, mercy and love. I can not go back to who I once was.

I will have several post here in a couple of days. So much going through my mind right now, I thought if I could just write it down it might help, I will let you know if it does.

I do know that my Jesus loves me, the victory has been won, and all of this is just temporary....

"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing" Zephaniah 3:17