Strength By Way Of Weakness

We are having a family pajama day!  Doesn’t that sound like the perfect start to our Thanksgiving break?  It very well would be, except PB has to take the boy cubs to get hair cuts for our family pictures tomorrow.  Also, I am not about to miss our women’s bible study happening tonight.  Plus, PB needs the ingredients to make some of his delicious turkey chili for dinner.  So, it’s not actually going to be the family pajama day that we  were hoping for, but it was a good thought.  I am still laying in bed beside a snoring PB.  He came in late last night from preaching in Long Island, NY yesterday.  We were all eagerly anticipating his return, but Cubs 1, 3, and 4 fell asleep before he arrived.

When PB takes a trip out of state, out of the country, or even just to work each day, sometimes I have to mentally fight to keep fear and worry from consuming me.  Last night was one of those nights.  I am not one of those Christians who claim to have it all together, and if you meet someone who claims that they do, don’t believe them!  Fearing that he will get hurt, fearing that he will get sick, fearing that he could be killed…I can’t raise these cubs by myself!  Fear and worry can take over my mind, but only if I let it!  On evenings like yesterday when I can come up with all types of different scenarios in my mind to make me worry and fear the worst happening, here’s how I fight back:

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1. Recognize that you are weak.  We all have weaknesses.  We all sin.  For some it may be worry, for others pride, and for others it could be overeating.  You have to recognize that whatever it is has control over you that you cannot handle on your own.

2. Recite scripture and pray through your weak moments.  I have several go to scriptures that I repeat to myself when I start to worry.  Yesterday, PB would text me throughout his trip home just to give me updates, and I would have to whisper a prayer and recite scripture to keep me from giving in to the fear of something bad happening in between his text messages.

3. Rest in the assurance that Jesus Christ will make you strong.  I am pitiful when I rely on myself to get me through my bouts with worry, but you would think I was born with the faith the size of a mustard seed when I rely on Jesus Christ instead!  All he asks is that we give everything…EVERYTHING to him!

4. Repeat, when necessary!  Getting through Duane’s trip home last night will not be the last time that I worry.  Fear and worry can pop up anytime and when I least expect it (that’s just how that no good enemy works).  It just means I’ll get to practice relying on Jesus instead of my own strength.  The more I practice, the better I get at relying on Jesus.  The better I get at relying on Jesus, the stronger I become in feeding my faith and trust in him.

So, that’s what gets me through!  What would you add?

Intentionally yours!

 

 

 

 

God Did It

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Yesterday, Cubs 2 and 3 jumped into the truck and said, “We’re going to LFB, of course!”  I quickly corrected them and said, “Don’t say of course, say thank you, Lord.”

At their school, students who have good report cards and good behavior are invited to have a fancy lunch at a local restaurant.  They have to get dressed up and everything.  I am always happy to hear that they are doing their best in the classroom, but I never want them to forget to thank God for everything.  He has given them the ability to learn and retain new material.  He knows all and does all.

In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that his regular peeps couldn’t interpret.  This made him angry and he decided to have all of those people who claimed to be wise killed, including Daniel and his friends.  However, Daniel went to the king and asked for more time to interpret his dreams.  Then, Daniel made the wisest decision ever – he prayed and had his friends pray to God that night for wisdom to interpret the king’s dream.  More importantly, the next morning Daniel praised God for answers before going to the king to tell him about his dreams.  Well, you know the rest of the story from there, right?  If not, read the second chapter of Daniel.  Daniel goes to the king and says, “There are no wise men, enchanters, magicians, or fortune-tellers who can reveal the king’s secret.  But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the future.” (v. 27-28)  Daniel gave God all of the credit for what he was about to reveal to the king.

Today’s lesson was a great reminder that we do not accomplish anything on our own.  The Holy Spirit works through us and we are to give thanks and credit and praise to God for blessing us!

Intentionally Yours!

To Be More Like Him

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“No, you are not getting anymore gum because you keep spitting it out on the floor instead of putting it in the trash.”

“How many times do I have to say turn the light off when you leave a room?”

“No more playing with Play-Doh unless you are sitting at the table with a parent around.  It’s impossible getting this stuff out of the carpet!”

“You keep taking out all of these toys, but you never want to put them back!”

“Are you serious?!  I ordered this gift two weeks ago and it’s supposed to be ready today!  What is taking so long?”

“If I have to hear about how messed up her life is one…more…time…I’m not even going to answer the phone!” 

I’m not always compassionate, not always slow to anger, not always forgiving.  I am so, so thankful that our Lord is all of those things!  When I read Psalm 145:8, I am reminded that I have to make an effort to be more like Christ when interacting with PB, my cubs, and others.  I have to check myself sometimes.  God is always giving us second (third and fourth…and one hundredth) chances to get it right, so we are required to do the same.

Intentionally yours!