Monday, June 28, 2010

Though I Struggle, He Will Prevail!

     Today has been one of those days.  You know, those days where you wake up hoping to walk with the Lord perfectly, start to finish;  yet, you find yourself falling face-first into the muck of sin as soon as you plant your feet on the ground. However, it is not ending the same as it began!
     God continues to be long-suffering with me, and for His kindness I am blessed.  I wish I were more like my Heavenly Father, and I know life would not be so stressful for me. Well, as the Good Book says,

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." 
Romans 5:3-5

     So, with that Scripture in mind, I will not give up.  Though, my flesh would like me to do so.  I will keep seeking my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the grace I need: to be who He wants me to be, and do what He wants me to do.
     Alongside all these things, I find I struggle with submitting myself to my husband (which is also me not submitting to Christ).  I find that when he makes decisions I disagree with, I automatically want to buck him.  I know that even if he makes a wrong decision, God will take care of me, but putting submission into practice (which indeed having a meek and quiet spirit will no doubt assist) can be difficult when the flesh is riled.
     I want to be meek and lowly like my Lord, for that is a most beautiful spirit.  I want to be a blessing to God and Dear, as well as all those in my life.  I need to keep His Word hid in my heart, and I know what is in my heart will reflect on the outside.  I know these things, yet putting into practice is my sin.
     I thank the Lord that He shows me my sins, and the solutions to them.  I thank Him that He died for me, and lives!  Even though I still sin and struggle, through Christ is the victory!  I am a most privileged and blessed woman to have Christ in me, with me, and guiding me every step of the way!  I will look forward to His magnification in my life!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Drinking From My Saucer

Drinking From My Saucer

I've never made a fortune, and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much, I'm happy anyhow
And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed..
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough
But I've got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank GOD for his Blessings,
and the Mercies HE's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So LORD, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed..

If GOD gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already Blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads..
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Not in Focus

     When I find myself seeking favor of men (generically-speaking:  family, friends, strangers, etc.), I know I am not right, spiritually.  It usually means I do not feel accepted, and want that acceptance that I feel missing.  However, I should not ever concern myself with man's favor.  Yet, I do.
     God gently reminded me today that my sights were on man, and not Him.  Once I started concerning myself with fitting in with people, I stopped considering Christ in my life.  If I had been considering Christ in my life, I would not have been concerned with "being accepted."
     I am thankful, though, that Christ accepted me all those years ago; knowing who I am and what I would do.  I cringe every time I look back at my life:  the years before salvation, the years after salvation when I backslid, and even today.  I know the only way to be strong in the Lord is to be in His Word, yet it is something I daily struggle with.
     I want more than anything to please God.  If I am pleasing Him and in a right fellowship with Him, I know all else will be well.  I never experience any greater joy than when I am faithfully following Him.  You would think I would have learned better by now.
     So, I am going to strive to seek the Lord earlier in my day, all throughout the day, and into my nights.  I am going to see what He wants to talk to me about, and listen.  I am going to spend more time with the One who loves me most, and strive to love others the way He wants me to.  I am going to strive to seek His approval, and not man's.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Christ My Lord

     I cannot fully express the thankfulness in my heart for God.  He and His Word are so sure; surer than any other thing or person I have ever known.  I never need doubt Him.
     He makes the impossible possible.  He creates beauty where ashes lay.  He restores what was broken.  He makes whole again.
     I know I will be spending an eternity thanking Him for ever loving a sinner like me.  Loving me so much that He was willing to lay aside His glory and die for me.  Loving me so much to not stay dead, but arise from the grave and back into glory.  Loving me so much that He forgives me forever.
     I take Him for granted too much.  Yet, when troubles arise I am ever reminded of the majesty of my Creator and Saviour, and how I ought to stay meek and lowly before Him and all.  What a blessed Best Friend and Father!
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