Be Still and Know that I am God

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Probably like many of you, I love photography. I am a little obsessed with taking pictures. In the early years of motherhood, after leaving my corporate job to stay home with my babies while my husband traveling most of the time (supporting our family well), I had lots of moments without adults to talk to! It could have been lonely, but I took it all in. And in the moments when my babies wanted me there close by to play, or while I fed them, changed their diapers, and rocked them to sleep, I prayed…a lot.

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And I took in all the sights, feelings, (smells even) in. I can’t tell you how much I loved being able to be outside in the backyard with the sun shining down through the trees while my babies played, and I thanked God. I thanked Him often, for my husband, for these babies, for our house, and I said I’d never take it for granted, that I get to enjoy all of these precious gifts!

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

Realize God’s Sovereignty

I had a camera that I wore out, and then my sweet husband surprised me with an upgraded camera for Mother’s day one year…it is still one of my favorite all-time gifts. Because I get to take in the whole scene in my lens, and capture that moment, forever. During those quiet times with God, my prayers began to get deeper, and my quiet times longer, and it was a season of God saturating me with His Word. I am so thankful for that time, and now, for those pictures I took, that remind me of what that season was like.

Be Still

Because now, it’s incredibly busy. I never thought I’d say that with two in school but it is!! Our involvement and responsibilities are just that much more, and there’s so much at stake with kids! I have to remind myself to be still, and take it all in. When I do, I realize God’s infinite wisdom and sovereignty and trustworthiness. When I don’t, I doubt, fear, and want to grab back my control over my life, instead of giving it to Him where it belongs. I don’t know about you, but being still is where we find peace, and joy, and faith, and hope, and love, and all of the other good fruits of the Spirit.

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

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Good Friday 2017

He was pierced...Mom's Priority verse of the week

He was pierced for our transgressions…Isaiah 53:5- God’s sovereignty over time- Mom’s Priority

Every year, a fresh reminder of His Grace and ultimate sacrifice is offered on Good Friday.  As I look around at my life and others, I see His Sovereignty.  His Sovereignty is weaved through our disappointments, our heartaches, and our joys.  Only He knows the full story, and it is Good.  I am thankful, so thankful, for this sacrifice over 2,000 years ago that gives me the Hope I need for each day.  To know that by His wounds we are healed.  I am so thankful for His grace and sacrifice, for Good Friday.

I posted this verse on Monday, and have literally had the song “By His Wounds” by Steven Curtis Chapman, Mac Powell, and Brian Littrell in my head ALL week.  Thank goodness, because I needed it!  Where would I be without Jesus, and the forgiveness, grace, and love he bought with His ultimate sacrifice over 2,000 years ago?  I can’t even imagine.  I reread Luke 23 this morning, and it hurts, to think about the pain and agony Jesus went through so that we could feel His Comfort and HOPE when a loved one passes away or even in the day to day life when we sin and desperately need forgiveness.  We praise God today and always for having the love and foresight to send His Son for us; in humble adoration, we lift up our praises.

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Refiner of Silver

“AMom's Prioritylthough the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; your own eyes will see them.  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ ” – Isaiah 30:20-21

For sure, this past week has been one of trials.  I dare call it “adversity” because I know so many people who have REAL adversity going on in their lives, and I do count my blessings.  But things like your computer crashing, jury duty, surgery, an abundance of commitments all crammed into one week, and a favorite family pet passing on…it seems like a little adversity, so I’m trying to learn from it.

Adversity seems to test us in our character, and to refine us into what is more becoming of His Character and image.  This past week was one of those where you feel like, ‘yes!  I’ve made it through that!’, and then another issue comes up!  At our church also, we are going through a season of adversity; hopefully, and prayerfully, God’s purpose is refinement. 

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.  They will call on my name and I will answer them.” – Zechariah 13:9

So, I pray, if you are going through a season of adversity, that you can see the good that is coming out of it, and not let the negatives bring you down.  “Press on toward the goal” like Philippians 3:14 says, and be confident, as you face your trials, that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6 

 

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GOOD FRIDAY

He was pierced...Mom's Priority verse of the week

He was pierced for our transgressions…Isaiah 53:5- God’s sovereignty over time- Mom’s Priority

I posted this verse on Monday, and have literally had the song “By His Wounds” by Steven Curtis Chapman, Mac Powell, and Brian Littrell in my head ALL week.  Thank goodness, because I needed it!  Where would I be without Jesus, and the forgiveness, grace, and love he bought with His ultimate sacrifice over 2,000 years ago?  I can’t even imagine.  I reread Luke 23 this morning, and it hurts, to think about the pain and agony Jesus went through so that we could feel His Comfort and HOPE when a loved one passes away or even in the day to day life when we sin and desperately need forgiveness.  We praise God today and always for having the love and foresight to send His Son for us; in humble adoration, we lift up our praises.

The Great Encourager

I have been told that I am an encourager. I probably see this unmet need in others because I myself need a ton of encouragement to keep moving forward.  We can find that encouragement in friends, in our spouses, but more than anywhere else, in Jesus Christ.  Because He knows just what we’re going through, and He knows just what we need at that moment to continue on the path.  Just as I have, you also can have the Great Encourager speak to you and give you courage, to face your dreams, your fears, and your next steps.  I know for me, the verses, “I tell you, Look at the fields!  They are ripe for harvest!” (John 4:35) and “Cast your bread upon the waters” (Eccl 11:1) and “Whatever you do, work at it with all your might” speak to me especially right now as I’m venturing out on the waters of the unknown.  No person can know exactly what to tell this complicated person that I am, only my Maker can speak perfectly to me.

Jesus speaks powerful words to me each day as I spend time with him through reading the Bible, praying constantly, and making decisions based upon obedience to His truths. If you are confused, or unsure, or looking for the right path, for today or for the future, I encourage you to spend time with Jesus.  He wants you to seek Him more than anything, and you will find satisfaction and peace when you come to Him.

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