Fierce love repels rocks

Holding a rock.jpg“Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”  So the saying goes.  The meaning of this phrase is that people shouldn’t criticize or judge another person for a flaw when they struggle with the same thing.  I would take that definition one step further and say that none of us should ever stand in an attitude of prideful judgment over another human being seeing as we have SO many flaws in our own lives.  I may not struggle with the issues you do, but I’ve got a lifetime’s worth of my own issues I should be focused on. And so do you, by the way!

Let’s look at a version of this life lesson as told by the disciple John in the Gospel of John chapter 8, verses 3-14.

Jesus is just minding his own business when the Pharisees and teachers of the law drag a woman over to Jesus and throw her at his feet.  These men were always trying to trap Jesus and make him do something they could accuse him for.  When they threw her at Jesus’ feet, they wanted him to condemn her because she had been caught in the act of adultery. (Does anyone think it’s weird that they all knew where this woman would be and what she would be doing? How did they all appear at the scene of the crime at the same time? The Bible doesn’t go into those details, but I watch too many crime dramas not to be suspicious of a set-up!)

But anyway, these Pharisees say that their Jewish law demands that this woman be stoned and they ask Jesus, “What do you say?”

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Lord, what do you have to say about this?

Sotmr clouds over the road

What do you when your world is falling apart and there’s no rewind button?

I’ll tell you what I do…I run to the Lord.  I wish I could say that it’s a neat, tidy, faith-filled, hallelujah chorus type of run.  It’s not.  I’m usually crying a messy cry – you know, the ugly cry – feeling sorry for myself, sad beyond words, overwhelmed, and wondering why ONE MORE piece of my life is under attack or getting flushed down the toilet.  I wish I could say that I come up with Bible verses right away to encourage myself in the Lord.  But I don’t always.  Sometimes it takes a while to find my way out of the paper bag.

But I have developed a good habit over the past few years, thanks to a dear friend of mine who practices this all the time.  I write down all of my fears, concerns, worries, stresses, and disappointments in my journal.  Then I ask Jesus what he thinks about it all.  And then…I wait.

My pen is poised and I wait upon the Lord to answer me. I pray and ask Him to make my heart open to hear his voice and then I start writing.  I don’t critique my writing. I just write until I am done.

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No template for this

Sewing-pattern

2 Kings 5:26 Amplified Bible (AMP)

26 Elisha said to him, “Did my heart not go with you, when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a [proper] time to accept money and clothing and olive orchards and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants?

God doesn’t use a template for our lives. This frustrates me sometimes.  I like to have things all figured out.  Give me the program, the plan, the template, or the pattern and I will learn it and follow it as if my life depends on it.

But I’ve noticed in my journey with God that when I try to react to a situation with yesterday’s strategy, I often run into a wall.  I often don’t have the success and breakthrough that I anticipated I would, especially since I used the method that brought great breakthrough the last time!

In 2 Kings 5:26, we read the story of when a powerful warrior named Naaman, who had been struck with leprosy, came to Elisha the prophet to be healed.  Elisha told him to dip in a nearby river 7 times.   On the 7th time, Naaman arose from the water totally healed.  He was so grateful to get his life back that he offered Elisha money, clothing and many other things that he had brought with him as a huge “Thank You”. But Elisha declined the gifts and sent Naaman back home with his donkeys still laden down with goods. But Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, was not in agreement with this decision and didn’t want to see that wealth ride off into the Israeli sunset; so Gehazi snuck away and chased Naaman down.  After a brief chat about how his master had changed his mind, Gehazi, the servant returned to his tent with some of the booty.

But one thing every servant of a prophet should know is that your boss hears from God and you’re not going  to get away with sneaking around. Elisha confronted Gehazi and said to him, “Is it a proper time to accept money and clothing and olive orchards and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants?” (Is it striking you how MUCH stuff Naaman bequeathed to Gehazi on Elisha’s behalf??)

Elisha said, “Is it the proper time…?” to which the answer was No. It was not the proper time.  Why? Because God’s desire was to show His goodness to Naaman and to show this wealthy man that He is Almighty, the only true God.  He can’t be bought with trinkets or gifts.  God works in His own way, for His own purposes.

What caught my attention was the flip side of that question, “Is it the proper time…?” The flip side of Elisha’s question is as follows: If there is an improper time to do something, then there is a proper time as well.

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Birthing a Move of God

  • Do you have dreams on the inside of you that seem to be stagnating?
  • Do you have gifts and talents that always drive what you choose to do, who you befriend, and how you spend your free time?
  • Do you feel dis-satisfied with your life as it is because you feel like you are called to much more?

Here’s a video of a message I taught a few years ago regarding birthing a move of God.  Just found it in my archives!

This video will encourage you to understand the four seasons of birthing, or bringing forth, a move of God and what that term means. God created you for a purpose!

What’s the code?

Barcode_LabelI hate grocery shopping.  I really do.  I love eating and I love cooking.  But I hate the process of getting the food into my house. So thankfully, my husband goes to the store with me (and sometimes, for me!) and we divide and conquer.

We’ve got a system so we get to the checkout line in great time every Saturday.

While in the checkout line, I marvel at the patience of the cashier as she dutifully drags every item across the barcode scanner.  I think I would throw myself into traffic if I had to do that for more than 30 minutes.  So THANK YOU to the patient cashiers of the world!

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