Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Psalm 139 - Kingdom Woman Bloghop

Crack open your Bible somewhere close to the middle, and you'll find the book of Psalms. Towards the end of the book of Psalms, you will find Psalm 139, and there you will find some very awesome verses about the God who loves you.

As part of the Kingdom Woman One Month Journey, we were challenged to focus on this Psalm over the past week. As I read through this Psalm for the 3rd or 4th time, I wrote down some insights, and I figured I'd share them with you. And, I'd love it if you'd leave a comment sharing some of what you've drawn from this passage, as well.

First, here's a link to Psalm 139, in case you don't have your Bible handy.

And here's what has really spoken to me this week:

Verse 4: God knows what we're going to say before we say it. This means that He can help us control our tongue, our words, if we just ask Him to. As someone who is really trying to do a better job of honoring God in what I say, and how I say it, this verse definitely hit home.

Verse 6 (and 1 - 6): God is always with us, wherever we go. And knowing that should fill us with wonder and awe. The God that created the sun, moon, and stars, goes with me everywhere I go, and even lays His hand upon me (vs 5) in gentle reassurance. How awesome is that?!

Verse 12: Even in our darkest times, His light is still there. The darkness is not dark to God. We can look to Him to shine His light into the darkest places we may find ourselves.

Verse 13: He formed us in our mother's womb. He's been involved in my life since day one, since I was conceived. Before I even drew breath He was with me, and He knew then what the days ahead would bring (vs 16).

Verse 17: God's word reveals to us God's thoughts. We can know God's thoughts! This should make the Bible precious to us. It reminds me of when my husband was in boot camp. Every letter he would send to me was precious. I anxiously awaited each one. I couldn't wait to read his thoughts as they were written down on paper, so that I could feel close to him when he was so far away. Shouldn't we have that same anticipation to read God's word? The God who made us, who goes with us always, who died for us - shouldn't we get excited to hold His precious thoughts in our hands so that we can know Him better and feel close to Him?

Verse 23-24: We should ask God to search out our innermost thoughts and show us anything in us that displeases Him. When we surrender our way to Him, He will lead us in His way, which is everlasting!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Awesome Blog Design

After hours of hard tedious work, I've finally created a blog layout that I think is pretty awesome. I still need to tweak the layout by adding some content to the sidebar, maybe creating a button/icon. and a coming up with a post signature to match the new design. BUT, in the meantime, I think what I've got is pretty awesome, and best of all - I did it myself!

Of course, now I want to create more and more blog layouts. Designing the layout and header was a lot of fun. Working the new layout and header into the blog design so that it actually looks good, not so fun. So, I may make a few more so I'll be ready for all the upcoming seasonal holidays. But for now, I hope you like this one, because I'm done playing with HTML coding for awhile!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Radical Obedience



On Aug 4th, I began an online Bible study hosted by Proverbs 31 ministries. We are using the book "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa TerKeurst. This week, we've read Chapters 2 and 3 - Hearing God's Voice and When Obedience Becomes Radical.


What is radical obedience?


Radical is defined as "affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough" and obedience is defined as "compliance with someone's wishes or orders or acknowledgment of their authority."


So, radical obedience is compliance with God's wishes, in acknowledgement of His authority, in a far-reaching way that affects our fundamental nature.


So, what does that look like in my life?


This week, it looks like giving up a few of my favorite television programs. Doesn't seem too radical, huh? Well, nowhere does it say that radical obedience has to take the shape of selling your house and becoming a missionary in Africa or quitting your job to preach on the street corners. Now, it may, for some people, mean just that. But for me, in this moment, God is telling me to give up these shows. So, in order to please God and acknowledge His authority over all areas of my life, I am giving them up.


And really, radical obedience, for most of us, will probably start with a small step. God will ask us to do or say or give up something that will cost us only a little bit of comfort. Once we learn how to say yes to small things, He can begin to get us ready to say YES to big things, in big ways, that may require big sacrifice. I hope we're all ready for that, because once He begins a good work in us, He will see it through to the finish. (Phil 1:6).