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There is no sweeter feeling than the hands of our Potter as He molds us and shapes us. Knowing we are of His design makes the growing pains manageable, doesn't it? Thank you for being so authentic with us, Shelly, so candid. May we all continue to grow to be stronger and finer vessels of honor in service to our King.
Co-leader of Can't Do This On My Own
Co-leader of I Can Do All Things Through Christ
~.~There is nothing we can do to make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. -- Philip Yancey~
Thanks Julie & Bobbie. Together we can lift each other up in christ, and we can pray for one others weakness. Just like the name of this team, Can't do this on my own- we need GOD and we need EaCH OTHER!
Dear Jesus thank you for this beautiful team. I lift each member up and ask you to bless them and encourage them with exercising more, eating better, & spending more time with you. Yes Lord strengthen us all! In Jesus name I pray amen.
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 10/7/2010 (08:34)
Shelly, I too am like that, if I dont do my God time first thing in the morning, like exercising, it gets lost in the maze of time. It is hard for me too because I am the only believer in my home and it is hard to get alone with the Lord. Thats why I take such a big advantage of praying in my heavely prayer language every chance I get and remember.
I'm right there with you Shelly, I will pray for you also. The problems you share about relationship with your DH, we go thru the same stuff. It's both of us that do it in in my relationship, so when I struggle with the little frustrations, I meditate to myself, Holy Spirit, help me with patience, understanding, tolerance, love &compassion. This I'm learning recently has helped tremendously and is usually almost instantanious. Also, THANKing GOD and making a gratitude list works for me as a reminder of just how good GOD is to us and how awesome GOD is. GOD BLESS YOU today, all, AMEN!
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
LOTUSFLOWER, & bobbie thanks for your replies. I am still a work in progress. I always want to be honest with this team and allow them to see my life as it really is. I struggle at times to keep God #1 and spend time with him each day, just like most people. Now this is not a huge struggle, and many days in the week I get my God time in, and do the things which center around God.
But to be honest, my God time doesn't always get completed everyday.
This is what my God time looks like:
2. read the bible
3. read certain things in my spiritual journal
I probably do all three things 2-3 times a week. I might do all three once or twice a week. I always want to be honest with you and let you see me as I really am. I have a way I want to live, and I have to live a certain way ON PURPOSE. If I did not do things on purpose I would go throughout a month only doing one of the things above maybe once a week. Hey, I am being real with you, and that is probably the truth. I know last year I did not do all these things each week, I did not even try to, so my estimation re. my God time is probably pretty close to being true if I did not do them on purpose. Well, gotta go.
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 10/6/2010 (01:17)
Shelly, this is amazing, I'm copying this to refer to later!!!! Thank you!
~ Kathy ~
Walk Leader & Marathoner!
2014: Year of JOY!
In Christ alone I find my strength.
Shelly, this is beautiful, this is a testemony of your walk with FatherGod and Son Jesus and Holy Spirit and how they never, ever fail you. It is truly inspirational to me. You have such a blessed and anointed way of expressing yourself with your relationship with our Lord. Anyways, besides that, the enemy wants to destroy all marriages and families because that are born of God. So, that should make it easier to stay nice and sweet. He will come at you from any and all directions and areas because thats what he does. You know what, you are a winner and an over comer in all that you set your heart and mind to do. I am standing in agreement with you that you are sweet and loving and remaining the same no matter how you het charged up emotionally. In the name of Jesus you are sweet and loving no matter what.
I learned something about myself today. I learned that the way I respond to things that happen in my life on a daily basis needs to change. I am asking whoever reads this to pray for me. Please pray that I become much better seeking God's ways instead of my own ways to respond to little frustrations in life. Pray please that I learn to respond to the frustrations within my marriage, the little things, as I respond to the bigger problems I have had to experience. Thank you for your prayers.
Just like so many other people there are many things I could worry about. I could spend the rest of my life worrying about my eyes. I could think, " Are my eyes going to get worse as I get older? Maybe I won't be able to get my driver's licence in a few years. What is going to happen after my mom dies? Will things be a complete mess since she won't listen to me about making a will, or tell us what we should do with her body, and everything else that has to do with her death? "
God gives me peace. I have been through so much in my life. Because of the things I have been through such as long suffering due to health problems, I know that no matter what happens to me in my life God will be right there by my side. No matter what happens I will be victorious through God! I used to worry about my husband dying before me. It did not keep me up at night, but when I thought about it I become fearful, to the point I started to pray to God that he would take us both at the same time! Now, we don't have kids, if we did I would not pray such a thing. But, still, who am I to request such a thing? A few years ago I came to realize that even if John would die tomorrow I would still be ok. God would give me what I needed to make it through it. I would honor and praise God through my loss.
There are many things that have happened in my life. While trusting, relying completely on Him, and praying to God, seeking His will for my life, asking Him to show me His ways so that I can live it, and asking Him to tell me how I should act in the current situation. Doing all these things have brought such peace in my life. When we rely on God there is no need to worry. God will supply ALL of your needs, every single time.
I could write about financial issues, health problems, relationship problems, being attacked by a male church member, I have lived through a lot of experiences. God has been there with me through each one. He has given me peace and grace like I never knew existed. As we seek him, REALLY seek Him ,(His face and not His hand) as we develop our relationship with Him, he completes us. He brings us to a better place than we could ever reached through walking on our own. He brings joy into our lives, and a way of living we know not. He will make your life rich in every area imaginable. I am living proof of this statement.
Your life will never be perfect, no matter how many blessings, no matter how close you get to God. But I will tell you this, you will be happier than you have ever been before! You see, as you bring God into your life, as you make Him 1st in your life, you change, and so does your life. Not only this, the way you respond to your circumstances change as well. If you abide in God and in His word you will feel peace, and joy within your pain. These are not just merely words written, this is not just something I thought up. I am not wishing something like this was possible. I have lived through it, and I have experienced it many times. Financial issues, health problems, relationship problems, & being attacked by a male church member, are just a few things I have experienced in my life. I know I am not alone, these things are part of life. I am not a super person, or a super christian. I am an ordinary person. As I experience fear, frustration, and pain, confusion, & anger, along with all the other emotions people feel. I feel them just like everyone else does. As I feel these emotions I turn to God, and doing so makes ALL the difference. Each one of the experiences I mentioned above I have felt peace, and joy within my pain.
How do you experience peace & grace through pain, long suffering, rejection from someone you love, like a family member? You experience grace and peace by abiding in God and in His word. You tell God, tell me what to do and I will do it. Then you wait to react to a situation until you hear from God. You ask God to show you verses in the bible so that you can read them. You tell God, please give me grace, help me to give this to you, I need your help. Then you try harder than you have ever tried before to give it to God. You seek peace not as the world has taught you, but by relying on God for everything. You must be intimate with God and desire to have Him in your life.
It is harder for me to feel peace when someone upsets me, like when I wait for my husband to do something he has told me that he would do 20 times before. I feel this feeling inside, and sometimes I want to rant, to just go off on him! Sometimes I do just that. I know the same principle applies as above. Go to God and wait on him. For some reason the big issues in life are easier for me to handle in this way. However, these mini battles are the ones that can take away our peace on a daily basis. I have prayed about this issue with my husband. It is hard to wait for him to change. It is small, and I feel, really I shouldn't complain. The honey do list is one that nearly all wives have. My husband works hard, then comes home and works doing stuff around the house many times during the week. I am just sharing. I am saying, this is the area I need to work on. This is an important area that effects us, and we need to give things like this over to God as well.
Doing all of the above takes time. God has been in my life since I was a little girl. I have been talking to Him since I was ten years old. I continue to try to get closer and closer to Him. Your relationship with God has no boundaries. As I said doing the things I wrote about above takes time, but it will be the best use of your time ever spent. What can I say....your life will be blessing beyond anything you ever knew was possible!
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 10/6/2010 (00:54)