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Eat a Cookie and Take a Breath

Do you ever have one of those days when you see yourself acting like a wackadoodle?

You see this person that doesn’t seem to be you but in fact it is you, and this person is acting crazy. The other slightly more stable person inside of you is watching the crazy person in utter disbelief saying, “this is not who you are!”

Your crazy self knows the right thing to do, but instead your wackiness continues, you know deep inside you need to calm down, eat a cookie and take a breath.

I knew this “person” was creeping up earlier today but I wasn’t sure what the problem was or the “why” behind it. I even went to the bathroom and prayed, “Lord, help me, just help me, I know I need help”… and that was before the mini melt down.

Part of it is my personality, personalities have strengths and weaknesses.

Me overreacting and making a mountain out of a molehill is a weakness in my particular personality.

I don’t like that part of myself.

Especially when “it” comes out at the most inopportune times. it can be embarrassing and then you have this mess to clean up.  You know, sending apology texts/emails etc. so everyone does not think you have completely fallen off the deep end.

Then the condemning starts from the enemy. “Lindsay people can obviously tell you don’t trust God, how can you think that God could possibly use you when you fly off the handle, God is looking for people of peace, that is so not you, Lindsay you are so ungrateful”

And the lies go on and on in your head.

How do I find myself wondering out of this unbecoming state?

1. This writing thing, it helps, it’s like getting all the thoughts that are stirring around in my head, OUT, onto paper, out of my head. Would I post all of them, of course not, but do I post some, YEPPERS.

2. Pulling out my scripture verses (yes some of which are on little white note cards). I know the enemy wants you to think that this is so old school or so stupid but God’s Word is living and active and indeed has power!

3. Look beside you and realize that God is with you, He is right beside you and His grace truly is sufficient even if your “feelings” want to tell you different!

Sometimes the very person you think might just agree with the enemy on how you are losing your marbles might be the one who encourages you with a verse from the Bible just like this…

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard time are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the thing we can’t see now will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 MSG (thanks Ash)

Have you ever thought about getting out a sheet of paper or opening up a word document and just telling God everything?

If not, I suggest you try it, it has helped me through numerous hard times over the past 5 years. I pray it helps you as well!

Oct
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Wisdom and Knowledge

Lately I have been seeing a lot of verses on wisdom and knowledge. When I say I have been seeing them, I mean seeing them everywhere. From sermons I hear to podcasts I listen to, and the mornings I have gotten up early enough to open my Bible this week, these two words are jumping out everywhere. It’s like they are after me or something.

When I ask God what to pray, I hear these two words again, wisdom and knowledge, when I pray and ask God for wisdom and knowledge, I hear Him say “I am with you”

That’s it?

I don’t mean to take that lightly, as that is a BIG, HUGE deal. The God of the universe, the One who created us all is with us? I know in my head this is true, but I wonder why He keeps reminding me.

I wonder a lot of things to be honest and sometimes I wonder if the amazement of God tries to sneak by me? Or maybe I should say that I let it sneak by me!

God is so kind, first to send His son Jesus to earth, to die on a cross to save us all from our humanness, our sins and frankly the wrath of Himself (God). He is so kind, yet so many don’t believe He has anything to do with their daily lives. That makes me sad.

God is with us, for heavens sake He is IN us. His Spirit, the Holy Spirit that Jesus taught would come to dwell in us once Jesus ascended up with the Father. The very Spirit of God lives in us.

That’s pretty much amazing.

I heard a great story today of a co-worker who said she was having a really really bad day a few months ago and as she was driving down the road, she wiped everything off her front seat, literally moved it to the back seat and patted her hand on the passenger seat whispering the words, “Jesus, I need you to sit beside me today.”

I love that story.

Isn’t it true for all of us? Some days or everyday for that matter, we need to know that someone is there for us, that someone is indeed with us and that someone created us. WHAT! love it..

The Bible clearly talks about God being FOR us. In Romans 8:31 it says, “if God is for us, who can be against us”?

Psalm 46 talks about God being with us. Check it out, it’s so very beautiful. If nothing else, sit on your couch, turn your head and see Jesus sitting beside you. He is indeed with you and that IS a big deal.

 

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Why do people hate Jesus?

I get not knowing Him, I never really knew Him, well I knew of Him, but honestly I didn’t understand that Jesus was a real person who walked on this earth.

Don’t ask me why! I don’t know.

The past couple of weeks, I had been slacking on my Bible reading. Then I was wondering why I felt so distant from God (hmmm Lindsay- not brain surgery)

Here is the thing, God through His Holy Spirit penned the Bible through 40 different authors, the Bible is literally the Word of God. The God who created the universe.

I use to think the Bible was a special book, one you adored, maybe you would hold it or pet it (is that weird) you know what I mean.

I didn’t know people read it.

I didn’t. Serious.

Then I learned that God wrote it divinely and He didn’t do it for Himself, He did it for us.

Here is the other thing- when I first discovered God’s real love for me, I was shocked and excited. I wanted to learn all I could about living the way He the One who knows everything tells us to live. It just seemed logical to me. He created everything, He probably knows the best way to do things. Wouldn’t you think?

Plus I had tried it my way for 31 years and although I don’t regret those years, they were a complete disaster especially on the inside. I don’t even know if anyone really knew what was going on inside my soul. It was ugly.

The enemy will lie to you…. oh he will lie.

BUT Jesus came to SET US FREE!!!! AMEN AMEN.. The Truth will set you free.

I learned the Word of God is TRUTH and everything else, lies… Lies set out to steal from you, steal life from you.

31 years had been stolen from me and when I found out, I was kinda ticked off, not at Jesus, He was the One who came to show me the Truth. Jesus is the Truth, the Bible says He is the Word made flesh, WHAT. SO awesome!!!!!

I was ticked at the enemy of my soul. He comes to kill, steal and destroy. He doesn’t have any real power, but the Bible refers to him as the Father of Lies, so that is that.

He wants you to think I am a nut case, he wants you to think this is a bunch of crap, he wants you as believers to think “you have got this”, he wants you to think you have read the Bible and you are good, he wants you to think that reading your Bible daily is legalistic or over spiritual.

Jesus, He said it is the bread of life. The Bible says the Word is Jesus and Jesus is the Word.

I surely don’t know all the answers, but I do believe sticking close to God and the Bible, all the while knowing there is grace for “those days”, is probably a wise thing to do!

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