Tuesday, January 19

The Joy of Early Morning Bible Time





Ahhhhh sleep!  It's a glorious thing!  I love it!  I want more of it!  There's nothing like the sleep that comes after hitting snooze.  But here's the thing, Psalm 5:3 says,

"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."

I guess everyone's "in the morning" time is different.  For some it's 5:30.  For others it's not until 10:00.  The point is, God wants to spend time with you in the morning.  And when you go to Him and lay your requests before Him, you can wait EXPECTANTLY for an answer.  Not just hoping or wishing but EXPECTING!

But sleep...oh soft, glorious, warm, cozy bed...how I love thee...let me count the ways!

Well here's a beautiful thing God told me just last week: "Thirty extra minutes in The Word is going to do so much more for you than thirty extra minutes in bed ever could!" 

WOW!

That was truly one of those times where I knew it was God.  I mean, the devil certainly isn't going to tell me to read the Bible, and honestly I don't think my flesh is going to tell me to get out of bed any earlier, so it HAD to be God.

So I have been trying to get up earlier.  I will not lie to you...it has been hard!  Most days I hit the snooze button but I have still been consistently getting up about 15-20 minutes earlier.  I'm a work in progress.  The point here is not to be perfect but to look to The One who is.

Here are 3 things I have learned about spending early morning time with The Father:

1. The Joy Of The Lord Is My Strength (Nehemiah 8:10)

Some days are harder than others, there's no way around that.  I have found that even on the harder days, if I will start off with extra time in the Word then my attitude about the hardships is so much better.  Soaking in God's word gives me the strength I need to face whatever the devil throws my way.  A lot of times the situation is only as bad as my attitude so having that extra dose of Jesus really helps!

2. I Can Do All Thing Through Christ Who Strengthens Me (Philippians 4:13)

My days are full!  I homeschool 3 girls and have one in public school high school (who's not yet driving herself around).  That takes a lot of time.  Add in all the normal housework, meal planning and grocery shopping, laundry, bill paying, self-care...the list is long.   On days when I feel like I. JUST. CAN'T. I am reminded that I actually CAN do ALL things as long as I do them through Christ who gives me the strength I need.

3. God Is For Me (Romans 8:31)

Do you ever feel like the whole world is against you?  Like everything you say and do that day is wrong and you just want to crawl back in bed?  I find that when I consistently spend time with Jesus in His Word that I have those kinds of days a lot less.  If a day like that happens to sneak up on me, I can look to the One who is for me.  It is comforting to know that the One who created the heavens and the earth is on my side.  It's also nice to know that His mercies are new every morning so if today was hard then I can start over tomorrow.

Dear one, the Lord loves you so!  He wants to be your friend!  Run to Him early and often!  Your life will never be the same!!

Let's chat!  What are some of the ways you spend time in the Word?






Monday, October 27

Why We Don't Celebrate Halloween


When I was little I didn't celebrate Halloween.  I was allowed to dress up for school but that's about as far as it went.  I did not feel cheated.  I did not feel left out.  I did not feel like I was missing out.  I knew in my heart that Jesus didn't want me to celebrate this holiday.  From as far back as I can remember I was ok with that.

I have four girls now ages 13-6.  We still don't celebrate Halloween.  They know why and they agree.

I recently read an article about Kirk Cameron in which he told why Christians SHOULD celebrate Halloween.  I think that Christians that agree with this article are looking for a way to justify this holiday.  Having a pretty prominent member of the Christian community condoning Halloween might sway many people.

Instead of going into the history of Halloween (of which we may never know the exact origin) or going into detail of why I think Kirk Cameron is wrong, I am simply going to explain FROM THE BIBLE why I believe Halloween should NOT be celebrated by Christians. 

Please know that there is no condemnation in this post.  There may be conviction, if that's what the Lord lays on your heart, but I am not judging you if you have decided that Halloween is ok for your family.

Why My Family Doesn't Celebrate Halloween

1. Trick or Treat
  • Words are very powerful.  God created EVERYTHING with words.  Genesis 1:3-26 has the words, "And God Said," eight times as he was speaking things into life. 
  • John 1:1-2, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning."  Jesus is powerful.  Jesus is called the Word.  Words are powerful.
  • Matthew 12:36, "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken."  I feel like having children say that they will play a trick on someone if they don't get a treat is very careless.  People think that it means nothing but we have already established that words are powerful and important.  When you get to Heaven you will have to explain the careless phrase, "Trick or Treat!"
2. Your Attitude
  • Philippians 2:5, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus."  Going back to the old W.W.J.D~What Would Jesus Do?  Would he dress up as a devil or a monster and go around asking people for a treat but saying he would give them a trick if they didn't pay up?  Maybe your little one dresses up as something cute and innocent.  I bet they still say trick or treat.
3. Evil
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:22, "Abstain from all appearance of evil." (KJV)  This is probably the biggest one for me.  Maybe you dress your child up as an angel, take them to the sweet grandma across the street, and she just smiles sweetly and sticks her bucket out without a word.  Halloween is still mostly about evil.  Walk down any costume aisle and you will see monsters, blood, gore, and evil.  People put ghosts and mummies as decorations in their yards.  People dress up as vampires and zombies.  That my friends is the appearance of evil and my Bible, the absolute true Word of God, told me to stay away from it!
So there you have it.  That's why I don't celebrate Halloween.  Not because of where it started, but because of what the Bible says about what Halloween is today. 

If you choose not to celebrate Halloween but are afraid of what people will think or say just tell them this, "We don't celebrate Halloween because Jesus told us not to."  If they ask why you can give them any of the reasons above.  When you take a stand for Christ he will make sure you have the right words when you need them.

Ashley <><

Friday, October 24

Got Faith?

It is simply not enough to believe that God CAN.  You must only believe that He WILL.

Saturday, October 4

GOD'S NOT DEAD!!

GND
 
Sometimes satan allows us to live a life free from trouble so that we will NOT turn to God.
 
~God's Not Dead

Thursday, January 30

Thursday's Thought





A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't. 
 (something I saw on a sign outside of a local church.)

Sunday, January 5

SOAP~Because You Say So



Scripture~

Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets." ~Luke 5:5

Observation~

In Simon's mind he had done everything he could do to catch fish and nothing had worked.  In his mind the fish just weren't there.  In his mind it didn't make sense to drop the nets again.  He had fished all night.  He had brought in his nets, paddled to shore, cleaned his nets, then even rowed Jesus out a little ways and listened to a sermon.  He was tired.  I'm sure he just wanted to hop on his donkey and go home.  But no.  Even though it made no sense in the natural to throw the nets out again, he did it, just because Jesus said so.

Application~

How many things in my life would go differently if I just listened to Jesus?  What would happen to my life if I read the Bible and applied it just because Jesus said so?  I need to get into a better habit of seeking the Lord first.  I could save myself a lot of trouble if I just did things His way first.

Prayer~

Sweet Jesus, thank you for your Word.  Thank you for this simple, much needed lesson.  Father please help me hear you.  Open my ears to hear and my eyes to see your will for my life.  Help me to know for sure when it's your voice instructing me so I can step out in faith and do what you have called me to do.  I love you.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

I'm sure many of us feel the same as Peter did during this busy Christmas season.  First Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Year's...  You might feel like you have just worked and worked and worked and now you just want to rest.  Can I just say that if you will do what Jesus tells you to do then he will provide the restful feeling that you need.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30

Thursday, December 26

Thursday's Thought


Obedience is the biggest key to releasing all of God's ability in my life.

~Creflo Dollar


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