Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Maintain Your Life With God-Standing Tall

Our pastor asked us to read Jude this week to help reinforce his message to us. One part of Jude really stood out to me in my reading. Here are the verses from The Message:

20-21But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
22-23Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.
24-25And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes
. (Jude 1:20-25)

The heading caught my eye first. In my Bible (The Message-NKJV Parallel Bible) the heading says "Maintain Your Life With God." This has been an issue with me. Working in the church as the nursery director means that I have been to church in the last year less than 10 times and I can see that this has a huge effect upon my relationship with God. I tell people that I am okay and that I can keep my relationship fresh by studying about Him at home, but it is not the same thing. I can tell a difference in my walk and life with Him.

The first thing that struck me in these verses is "build yourselves up." Jude didn't say that life with God would be easy. He said we have to build ourselves up in our faith by praying. How is my prayer life? Pretty non-existent for the most part.

The next part that hit me is "staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready..." Do I stand ready? Are my arms open and outstretched, ready for Him? I would like to think so, but I imagine that my arms are crossed and I am running around trying to do everything, rather than standing and waiting on Him.

"This is the unending life, the real life!" Do I live as if loving God is my main purpose? I show love to others, but that is not all there is to it. I once heard a preacher say, "Keep the main thing the main thing." Do I live as if God is first in my life?

"Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven." How many times do I turn away from sinners? I am called to love them. Not their sin, but them. Am I tender toward them?

"And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating..." Only God can keep me standing. Many times I put my faith in self, rather than in Him. He can keep me not only standing, but also standing tall, fresh, and celebrating. Who wouldn't want to describe their life in that way?

What hit you about these verses? Do you do everything possible to maintain your life with God? If not, you are in luck. God's mercies are new every single day. What could be better than that?

Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you*,

*Jude 1:2 NKJV

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Simple Woman Daybook September 22, 2008

For Today...

Outside my Window... I see beautiful green trees, grass, and bright sunshine.

I am thinking...that I need to make a schedule, so that I can get everything done in a day.

I am thankful for...doctors that will listen to you and take your symptoms seriously.

From the kitchen...tonight I am making Chicken Tettrazini. I want to make my husband his favorite cookies, but it will depend upon how my back feels later today.

I am wearing...blue jean capris and forest green top. Barefeet.

I am reading...a Tracey Bateman book that I got from the library.

I am hoping...that my husband will get to be off tomorrow and that we can find a laptop that fits our budget and needs.

I am creating...a plan for my life.

I am hearing...the television playing "Greenovate."

Around the house...much needs to be done. Maybe the kids will help me some when they get home, since I can't do a lot with my back.

One of my favorite things...chocolate

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...buying a laptop, paying off my van, writing articles, and letting my back rest.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

I would love to be laying on my beach chair watching this view. Love the beach!

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Weekend Word

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Juggling Life and Pressing On

Where have I been? Summer flew by with great fun and enjoyment. Here is a summary of what I have been up to.

June-We went on vacation with my parents and my brother. We enjoyed watching the dolphins from the balcony and feeling the little bitty fish nibble our feet and legs. I really enjoyed myself and am looking forward to the next one.

July-I turned 37 on the 15th. It was a normal type day, except that my hubby got me a cookie cake (my favorite). We went to the Station House for dinner with my friend who has a birthday on the 13th over the weekend.

August-My baby started pre-K. It took me a few weeks to get over the fact that she was gone and the house was quiet, but I have started settling in now and am beginning to enjoy it. School started for me on the 20th.

September-Work, school, and back pain. My back is known for "going out" at the most unusual times. Buttoning my pants, putting on deoderant, getting koolaid off the shelf, and bending over are just a few of the activities that can set it off. It went out near the end of August and I went to the doctor only to find that my back was s-shaped. I did some physical therapy to strengthen the muscles and was feeling better, when...it went out again. So, I am dealing with it again. My desk chair is the only chair that I can get out of without a great deal of pain, sooo.....anyways, I am trying to take it easy. At least the muscle spasms haven't come with this back attack.

What has been up with you?

Here is my verse for today (it is quite fitting for where I am at today):

Pressing On,

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook September 10, 2008

For Today...

Outside my Window...Sun trying to peek through the clouds, freshly mowed yard

I am thinking..."I finally finished those last two articles!"

From the kitchen...Had boring Oats and Honey granola bar for breakfast...about to go fix me a couple of eggs for lunch

I am wearing...Jean capris, gray Lee University t-shirt

I am reading..."Isolation" by Travis Thrasher...more info on The Nearsighted Bookworm

I am hoping...that my back continues healing and that I can get some homework done later today

I am creating...Not in the mood to create lately

I am hearing...television playing "Army Wives" that I DVRed

Around the house...My house needs to be cleaned, but I am afraid I will mess up my back again. I will do some laundry in a bit and will stack the dishes for J (my son) to work on later.

One of my favorite things...is sitting at the beach reading a book. I hope I get to do that in October with my husband!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...cleaning some, two midterms, trying to get all of the information from my classes organized, working on more articles
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Smiles and Loves,


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