Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Word Study Wednesday: Proverbs 31 Woman - Marriage Made in Heaven

Proverbs 31:11 - 12: "The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life." (ESV)

As a wife, I tuck these verses into my heart. I want my husband to trust me and know I love, support, and respect him. Just as I know he works hard to provide for his family, he needs to know I work as well to take care of his family and provisions. We share common goals and dreams, working to accomplish them together.

But as I re-read these verses, I'm also struck with the similarities between my earthly marriage and the heavenly marriage between Jesus - our groom and us, the church - His bride. Can He trust us and know we mean no harm? Are we, the church, the faithful wife caring for our Groom?

Though the heavenly marriage has not occurred yet, shouldn't we still behave as the loving, faithful bride waiting for her love? I know I haven't. I've been unfaithful seeking false idols. I've done harm to His name at times by living a selfish lifestyle, reflecting my interests and not His. I've worked against Him, at times fighting foolishly against my better judgment.

Who wants an unfaithful, rebellious, selfish spouse? Thankfully, Jesus sees past this. He knows we live in a fallen world, fighting even against ourselves. He still loves us - so much so He died for us. How much more can one love a person?

These verses mean more to me now. They serve not only as a reminder for my marriage, but for my relationship with Jesus as well.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Word Study Wednesday: Introduction to the Proverbs 31 Woman

For many years now I have admired - and at times resented - the Proverbs 31 woman. She's described as a woman who fears the Lord as well as an excellent wife worth more than precious jewels. The chapter continues to describe her character and her actions. For the next few Word Study Wednesdays, I want to focus on this virtuous woman - comparing her lifestyle to the way we live today. Though written thousands of years ago, I believe we can learn from her.

I've always enjoyed reading about this woman because it gives me an idea of what a godly woman looks like. Though at times we are given glimpses of other women in the Bible, they seem to remain mysterious. This chapter reveals a godly woman's life, which I find interesting.

As I mentioned earlier, I have also resented this woman. It usually occurs during those times where I feel inadequate. She seems like a superhero, doing everything perfectly. I have days where I can barely get my act together.

I want this study to be encouraging and uplifting. I want to look at the Proverbs 31 woman as a role-model or at least an example of how a godly woman lives her life. I don't want to be intimidated by her anymore, only encouraged.

What are your thoughts about the Proverbs 31 woman? I know I am looking forward to delving into her life and gaining insight that will help me on my journey with the Lord.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Word Study: Healing our Land

Second Chronicles 7:14: "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (ESV)

Let's set the context of this verse: Solomon had finished building the Temple. The Israelites spent 23 days celebrating, feasting, observing the Day of Atonement and the Feast of the Tabernacles to dedicate the temple to Lord. Later, the Lord spoke to Solomon. He told Solomon He had chosen and consecrated the Temple as a "house of sacrifice" and that He would answer the prayers of His people when said in this holy place.

Though these words were spoken thousands of years ago, I believe they still apply today. When I observe our country as a whole, I'm saddened. Vitriol, anger, selfishness, and pride seem to override acts of love, patience, selflessness, and humility. Some degrade themselves by appearing on reality shows requiring them to be humiliated for fame. Others manipulate situations for their own gain. While still others burst into anger when they feel they've been wronged somehow.

I'm just as guilty as the next person. I quickly lose my temper when someone cuts me off in traffic (which is often). I'm sometimes drawn into the spectacle (or is it debacle?) of reality tv. And yes, I'm still guilty of wasting time.

The scary thing is how these shifts in attitudes seemed to have spread. I know greed and pride and other sins have been around since Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden. It just seems to be more intense now. It's like a black fog spreading quickly across the land. Maybe it's because we're not spending our days worshipping the Father.

Which leads me to another point that struck me while reading not only this verse, but the verses prior to it. The Israelites spent 23 days dedicating the Temple. Twenty-three days. That's just over three weeks. I am not aware of anything in this day and age where we as Christians are gathered together worshipping and celebrating the Lord for 23 days. Maybe that's where we have it wrong. I mean, yes, we may do something like that on our own as individuals, but I mean collectively (I know people observe Lent, but not every denomination focuses on the fasting and self-reflection. If you know of anything else, I would like to hear about it).

We can't change the world. Only God can. We can be the salt He has asked us to be though. We can live our lives worshipping Him and showing love and patience at all times. We can come together and pray for our country. There is hope when we humble ourselves before the Lord, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. He will hear us and He will heal our land.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Word Study Wednesday: Knowledge

Hosea 4:6a: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

As I grew up, I watched my mom sit down at the kitchen table with her Bible (sometimes with more than one version), concordance, dictionary, commentary, and a notebook and pour through scripture. Later, these skills I learned from my Mom were reinforced by my church. I'm grateful because my mom and my church provided me with tools to gain Godly knowledge.

Why is it important for us to know the Word of the Lord? To begin with, it leads to truth. There are so many misconceptions in the world regarding what the Bible has to say. For example, many believe the saying "God helps those who help themselves" is in the Bible. It's not - this quote is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. How can we truly follow the Lord if we do not know what His word says? If I lived my life trying to help myself, then it would be a flawed endeavor because I am human.

Next, it's important to have Godly knowledge so that we are not misled by the good or bad intentions of others. Hosea 4:6 originally applied to the Israelite priests (God was admonishing them for leading His people astray), but I feel it applies to all of us now. How many people have been led astray because they lacked knowledge and followed those who claimed to have knowledge? In Luke 11:52, Jesus admonishes the lawyers (according to my footnote in my ESV Bible, it is another phrase for the "scribes of the pharisees") who have taken the "key of knowledge" away from others. According to the Matthew Henry Commentary, these lawyers perverted the scriptures by adding their own interpretations.

Finally, knowledge is a supplement to our faith. Second Peter 2:5-7 says: "For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love." Peter continues in verse 8 explaining that these virtues keep us from being "unfruitful in the knowledge" of Jesus. I know I want to live a fruitful life (see my previous post about The Pruning Season) and knowing and living the way God wants me to will help me accomplish this.

He gives us knowledge and wisdom when we seek Him (Proverbs 2), but we have to be active participants. It makes us wise to those who may try to lead us astray and it adds to our faith. It keeps us fruitful and it brings us closer to the Lord. I pray we gain knowledge so that we are not destroyed.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Word Study Wednesday: Wasting Time

I recently started reading Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz. I haven't read that much yet, but so far it is an interesting read. One part though has stood out because it seems to apply to me: wasting time. Miller claims it's the devil's greatest way of derailing us from our purpose. I agree. I quickly lose focus on my purpose because I get distracted by little things that have no eternal value. I'm talking about checking email when I should be folding laundry (folding laundry is a service to my family) or watching tv instead of writing. Think about it - if my purpose is to write and glorify God with my writing and I'm watching television instead, is God glorified?

Paul warned the Ephesians about wasting time as well. In Ephesians 5:14b - 16, it says: "'Awake, o sleeper, and arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.' Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil." (ESV)

I like the way Matthew Henry's Commentary explains it: "Our time is a talent given us by God for some good end, and it is misspent and lost when it is not employed according to his design." (Matthew Henry's Commentary; pg. 1856) That brings me more than a twinge of guilt for all of the time I have wasted. We must take advantage of the time the Lord has given us.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I got stuck in a routine that did not include my full purpose. After our move, I truly understood the meaning of "Awake o sleeper..." I felt as if I had been sleepwalking through life. That is not how the Lord wants us to live. He wants us to worship Him, fellowship with Him and others, walk with Him, with purpose and intent. He wants us awake to enjoy the grace He has bestowed upon us and to share it with others. He wants us to see the hurt others carry and do something to alleviate their burdens. He wants us to laugh and play with our children. He wants our hearts and our full attention.

The enemy wants to distract us from our true purpose. Let us be wise to his ways and be prepared for battle. Let us also be awake - no battles are won while sleeping.

Finally Settled and Chasing Discipline

Boxes are unpacked and items are put away - finally! Our house is looking more like a home now. This move has been an enlightening experience and I admit to feeling overwhelmed a few times.

The need for discpline has hit me again. By nature, I procrastinate. I set things aside and tell myself I will handle them later. This is not news to me. As we cleaned closets, drawers, and cabinets before putting our home on the market, I realized how my procrastination has spun out of control. Several times I wanted to quit and melt into a puddle instead of dealing with the mountain of junk. If I had been disciplined in dealing with my stuff at the time, instead of putting it aside, I wouldn't have stressed myself out (moving is stressful enough without adding to it).

This past year has been a lesson in discipline and how I lack it. I'll be honest - my undisciplined life has led me to unhappiness and unnecessary stress. My lack of discipline with eating and exercise has led me to being overweight and lacking energy. My lack of discipline in managing my household has led to a cluttered home offering no respite from the world, but only more stress. The worst part is, my lack of discipline not only affects me, but my family as well.

Hebrews 12:11 says: "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (ESV) I admit I do not like exercising and I do not like cleaning. But I know if I do these things then I will be healthy and my home will be a comfortable home, offering rest not stress.

Discipline is not elusive, but rather challenging since it requires discpline to practice discipline. So here is my action plan - pray, pray, pray. If the Lord wants me to have discipline, then I will have it. All it requires on my part is a daily surrender of my self and faith in Him.

Are there any areas in your life requiring discipline? Or, are you one of those who practices discipline? If so, could you share some of your ideas and tips to help those of us lacking discipline?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Little Disconnected

Well, I've done it again. I've let life's changes interrupt my spiritual life. Don't get me wrong - I've prayed and thanked God for several things, but I still feel disconnected. And it shows. I am quickly angered by little things. My patience level is low. The words out of my mouth are not loving, but rather snippy. My thoughts consist more of to-do lists instead of meditations on the Lord.

Throughout scripture, we are reminded to remember the Lord - His deeds, miracles, commands, and words. When I've read these scriptures in the past, I've thought to myself, "well, of course, who could forget the Lord?" Now I know from experience. It's not that I've forgotten about Him, but I've neglected Him. Through my negligence though, I have forgotten to praise Him when times are tough and to pray to Him through a difficult situation. At one point this week, I even asked myself "what's wrong with me?" That's when the Spirit reminded me - "You haven't been seeking the Lord."

In Numbers 15:38 - 40, the Israelites are commanded to "make tassels on the corners of your garments with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the LORD, that you may obey them...(NIV)" That gives me an idea - make something to physically remind me of the LORD and his commands and to stay connected.

Staying connected requires more than just a reminder though, it requires work on my part. I need to set apart time for prayer and worship, meditation on the LORD and His words, and reflection. I need to do what Brother Lawrence did - practice the presence of God. I need to seek the Lord.

I can't wait for my life to settle down before practicing His presence because life may never settle down. In fact, as the past few weeks have shown me, I need to stay connected to the Lord at all times. Otherwise it's not pretty.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Turned Upside Down

Two and a half years ago, my family and I relocated to another state. This was a difficult move during a difficult time. Of course, like most people, I questioned the wisdom of this move. Two and a half years later, I thank the Lord for His wisdom.

When I decided to stay home and raise my children (two years before the move), I stopped writing. Actually, I was burned out. I figured writing was something I did before kids and I was fine with that conclusion. Looking back, I realize I slipped into a rut. I got stuck in the daily routine. Running errands, doing chores around the house, paying bills, and so on. I didn't notice this though until we moved.

Relocating to Colorado in December 2007 definitely shook me out of my routine. It forced me to leave my comfort zone and meet new people. I no longer had extended family nearby to help me with the kids. I also had to learn how to drive in snow and find new routes. I had to find new places to shop for groceries and clothes. Most importantly, I realized, through lots of prayer, that I wasn't living my entire purpose. Yes, God made me to be a wife and a mother, but He also created me to write. That is the talent He gave me. When reviewing Proverbs 31, I noticed the woman completed her purpose. She was a wife and a mom, but she also used her talents to help her family (see Proverbs 31:16 and 24).

As a result, I joined a writer's group, started a year-long review of the creative writing process, started this blog, and even submitted an article for publication (though it wasn't accepted). I even joined the madness of NaNoWriMo and tried to write a 50,000-word novel in a month.

Now, we have moved back to where we were originally. The past few months have been a bit chaotic, and I look forward to setting a routine. I know routine is a good thing (particularly with kids), but I need to be awake for the process. I even need to shake it up now and then to avoid settling. I carry the lessons I learned in Colorado and am excited about applying them here. I feel my passion for writing again. It took a move to another state to shake up my life and I'm grateful for it.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm Back - For A Little Bit

I wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten about you. We are in the process of relocating from one state to another and it has taken more of my time than I thought it would. We are out of one house and waiting to move into another. Meanwhile, we are staying with family. Prayerfully, the process will be complete by mid-June.

I am thankful for this move. It brings us much closer to family and old friends. I'm also sad though as I had to leave new friends. It's moments like these that I'm thankful for our current technology. Though I can not meet my friends face-to-face for coffee, I can use Skype and drink coffee while web-chatting. It's almost the same thing - just missing the hugs.

I plan on posting a few more times before the move into the new house. I've missed blogging (and writing in general) and hearing from you quite a bit. Just a head's up though - I will probably take a couple of weeks off when we move so I can focus on bringing order to my house. Please be patient with me.

Thanks for your understanding!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tending to Personal Issues

I have decided to take a break from posting for awhile. We have had some stuff come up that needs my attention. It's nothing major like illness or anything, but it still requires a lot of my time. I hope to be blogging again within the next month, so please check back soon.

God bless you,

Friday, February 19, 2010

Road to Health, Part 2: Health Food vs. Diet Food

Throughout the twists and turns of my journey to health, I hit a fork in my road. Do I want to just be skinny or do I want to be healthy?

A couple of years ago, I joined a weight-loss support group. This certain group also sold their own food in grocery stores. My favorite was their snack cakes. If I ate really well, I could eat two or three snack cakes. One day, I decided to read the ingredients in these tasty morsels and was shocked at what they contained. Sugar, partially hydrogenated oils, enriched, bleached flour, and so on. This seemed to contradict the information they were teaching in their meetings. It also contradicted what a lot of nutritionists were teaching as well.

Too much sugar can lead to diabetes. Partially hydrogenated oils clog arteries and raise cholesterol levels. Enriched, bleached flour has no nutritional value and can also lead to diabetes. Were these little snack cakes worth my health?

That's when I made my decision to be healthy. I've been far from perfect, but now I'm conscious of it. I've been looking at different ways of eating - low-carb, high-protein, vegetarian, and so on. I think I've come across a way of eating that will benefit myself as well as my family. It's called "clean eating." Basically, you eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and lean meats. They should be minimally processed and no artificial anything added. It's a new way of eating and like I said, I'm not perfect. It's a slow process, but I have seen results when I do stick to the clean eating plan. I lost weight and my skin cleared up. I had more energy and was ready to start the day, instead of waking up groggy. Now that I'm feeling better, I plan to resume this plan.

What's your opinion regarding health food and diet food? I'd love to hear it.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Road to Health Part 1: What Health is to Me

After being sick for the past two and a half weeks, I've had plenty of time to think about health. In times of frustration, I even thought about bargaining with God: "If you make me well, I will do more to be healthy." I stopped short of making the bargain because I fear failure. Maybe it's not really a fear, I just know from my past that I usually fail at this task.

And that's where my problem is: I depend upon myself and not the Lord. I'm learning that health has to do more with my total package: spirit, mind, and body. I am an emotional eater. I eat when I'm stressed, angry, and depressed. A vicious pattern occurs when I emotionally eat. I feel some emotion, so I eat to numb myself. Then I feel guilty for eating, and eat again. What's wrong with this picture? Aren't I, as a Christian, supposed to depend on the Lord for my strength and comfort? Instead, I take matters into my own hands, with disastrous results.

Here is what it looks like to depend on the Lord: Once I relay my feelings to the Lord, my mental state will change because my spirit feels peace. Once I feel peace, then I will no longer feel anxious and want to eat. I may still have some of the emotional energy left, but that is when I should go for a walk and pray.

I know, easier said than done. This is my thought though: Just as my vicious pattern of emotional eating became a habit, then after some conscious effort and lots of prayer, the new spiritual pattern should become a habit as well. The Word of God offers me hope: "Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established," (Proverbs 16:3). Also, Proverbs 16:9 says "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." You see, if I dedicate myself and my plans to the Lord, He will establish my path for me. One more bit of encouragment comes from Psalm 118:7: "The LORD is on my side as my helper."

Health to me is no longer the idea of looking great in a pair of skinny jeans. Rather it is being physically, mentally, and most importantly spiritually healthy in the Lord. It is allowing myself to feel my emotions and handle them in a spiritually mature manner. A mountainous journey lies ahead, but I know the Lord will not only set my path for me, He will be there every step of the way, helping me overcome my obstacles.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Road to Health: A New Series

I am starting a new series about health. I've been researching topics regarding health and food and am trying to apply some of these principals to my family's way of life. I want to explore the responsibilities, if any, a Christian has in taking care of her body. I also want to discuss preventative healthcare vs. our current way of looking at healthcare.

I've battled with my weight for numerous years. When I was younger, I wanted to lose weight so I would look like the skinny models in the fashion magazines. Now I want to lose weight for other reasons - health, energy, and obedience. I also want to model healthy eating habits for my children so they won't grow up with the same issues.

I look forward to sharing this information with you. I also look forward to hearing your thoughts as well.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Word Study: Jealous

Exodus 34:14 "(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.)"

Jealous: from the Hebrew word "qana" meaning "zealous or jealous" (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance).

This is one of those instances where it is important to understand the original meaning of the word in order to fully comprehend its context. I've heard some people (including a famous talk show host) say that verses like this mean God is jealous of us. Really? I sincerely want to ask "Why? Why would our Creator be jealous of us?"

The answer is He is not jealous of us, but rather for us. He loves us so much that He wants to be number one in our heart just as we are in His. He loves us so much, He sent His Son to die for us.

I find it interesting that the Hebrew word also connotates "zealous." According to, zealous means "ardently active, devoted." Synonyms include enthusiastic, eager, and passionate. God is passionate for us. He is devoted to us. Of everything I know about the LORD (and trust me, I have plenty to learn still), this explanation of His jealousy is in tune with who He is.

This is just an example of why it is important to learn the original context of scripture before dismissing it. More people would live in truth and know who God truly is instead of a misconception.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I Know I Haven't Been Posting Much

I'd like to apologize for not posting very many posts lately. I've been writing, but it's been more personal, causing me to reflect more upon myself than anything. I'm saying good-bye to strongholds, which is hard to do to at times. I relate to Paul's dilemma in Romans 7:15 "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate." Thankfully, it is not hopeless, because he writes in Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, 'Abba! Father!'" Amen! to that is all I can say.

Anyway, I do plan on resuming my Word Studies this week. Thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope you are all doing well.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Praying for Haiti

As most of you know, a major earthquake devastated Haiti this past week. Thousands perished, and many more are left with limited food, water, and medical attention. My prayer for Haiti is for these conditions to be remedied quickly. I also pray more survivors are found.

The generosity inspired by this tragedy is heartwarming. Just when you think the world is a dark, lonely place, people come through with giving - either of themselves, with supplies or financially.

This is a time to pray for Haiti, not a time to curse it. A time to put the spotlight on the suffering and poverty enveloping this country. This is a time to live Christ's example - not with condemnation, but with love. And not with self-congratulatory giving, but with love.

Enough said.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Word Study: Discipline and Correction

Proverbs 3:11 - 12: "My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction; For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he
delighteth." (KJV)

The Hebrew word for "chastening" in verse 11 is muwcar (pronounced moo-sawr). It means "chastisement, warning, instruction, discipline, and rebuke" (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance).

In verse 12, the Hebrew word for "correcteth" is yakach (pronounced yaw-kahh) and it means "chasten, correct, rebuke."

My son stood there, arms crossed with a defiant look on his face. "No!" he yelled.

"Excuse me? You don't tell me no," I said sternly.

"No!" he shouted again.

"Get in the corner," I said, trying to maintain my sense of calm.


I picked him up, as he started kicking and screaming, and placed him in the corner. If only he would listen to me and do what I say, life would be easier.

Then God reminded me of the many times I've thrown a tantrum and screamed "No!" Yes, if only I would listen to God and do what He says, then my life would be easier.

I want my children to grow up with a sense of right and wrong. I want them to respect my authority as a parent. I have only the best interests of my children at heart. This is true for God as well. He is our Abba - our Heavenly Father - who knows what is best for us. Yet, there are times I still refuse to listen and go my own way, which only leads to trouble.

Another part of verse 11 may be hard to take - "neither be weary of his correction." In essence, do not despise his correction, ignore it, or complain about it. I like the following explanation:

"...we must not be weary of it, for he knows our frame, both what we need and what we can bear. A fatherly correction comes not from his vindictive justice as a Judge, but his wise affection of a Father."*

His discipline comes from the heart of a parent, not a judge, and for that I am grateful. If his discipline came from the heart of a judge, then I would receive justice - which would be separation from God and mostly likely death. But since his discipline comes from the heart of a parent, then I am shown grace and compassion.

Next time my son throws a tantrum, I'm sure I'll be reminded of God's grace through discipline. I'll also thank him for loving me as his child.

* Matthew Henry's Commentary, copyright 1961 Zondervan

Sunday, January 10, 2010

So, How's Your New Year Going?

I'll admit, I've been sluggish this past week. I went from two weeks of entertaining, celebrating, and relaxing to teaching, exercising, chauffering, and so on. Yes, I've been doing a lot, but my mind hasn't been focused on it. I've had to force myself to do some things (like exercise). I'm sure it doesn't help that I'm writing a blog post late at night, but here I am.

My weekend has been nice so far. My hubby and I spent some time together last night playing games. Today included great conversation with a friend, cuddle time with my kids, and a bit of peace and quiet for myself. Tomorrow begins another week of busy-ness, but I've decided to use prayer to help me through it. After thinking about this past week, I realized I tried to do everything on my own. Why must I learn this lesson over and over and over?

So, that's my new year so far. What about you? I pray all is well.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Word Study: Steadfast

2 Chronicles 27:6 "Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God."

I read this verse in a book I'm currently studying. I stopped and made a note of the word "steadfastly," because I wanted to know the Biblical application of this word and apply it to my life. Granted, I'm not looking to become powerful enough to rule a nation, but I would like to be powerful in areas of my life. defines "steadfast" as "firm in purpose, resolution, or faith. Unwavering."

The KJV of this verse uses the phrase "prepared his ways" in place of "steadfast." The Hebrew word for "prepared" is "kuwn" and it means "establish, fix, set, prepare, apply," (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance).

The Hebrew word for "ways" is "derek" and it means "a course of life or mode of action; a journey."

When read together, these definitions become powerful to me. I am steadfast when I establish my journey before the LORD. It is an action I do with purpose. I may not know what the LORD has planned for me, but I can set my course of life according to His purpose.

As a result of standing firm in my faithful journey, I will become powerful in Him. The Hebrew word for powerful is "chazaq" and it means "strong, courageous." So, though I may encounter challenging, fearful times, if I choose to walk steadfastly with the LORD, He will make me strong and courageous.

This is encouraging. Another encouraging verse is Proverbs 3:6. It says "In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." I need to leave my ego behind and acknowledge the LORD in all my "ways" (the same definition applies). I have issues in my life that I've held onto because I figure I can handle them. Yet, here I am, years later, still battling these issues - without success. I need to acknowledge the LORD in every way, remain steadfast in my faith, and He will make me powerful and courageous enough to overcome these strongholds.

What about you? Do you have areas in your life where you need to acknowledge the LORD? Are you walking steadfastly before the LORD? What's holding you back?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! May "the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you," (Numbers 6:25). I pray we all grow closer to the Lord and experience His presence daily.