Apr 1, 2015

Push through....

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There are some days that are just indescribable. A longing for something else. A soul craving.

Many times I have told the Lord, "I just don't belong here. My soul craves for Home."

Y'all know what I mean?

I was having one of those days recently. I even texted my people and [hesitantly] asked them for prayer. Not even sure of what I was asking them to pray about, I just told them to just please pray for me.

That same afternoon, I turned on the radio in my car. This song by Laura Story was playing:

I've been living like an orphan
Trying to belong here
But it's just not my home
I've been holding on so tightly
To all the things that I think
That satisfy my soul
But I'm letting go

So be my Father, my mighty Warrior
Be my King
‘Cause I can be scattered, frail and shattered
Lord, I need You now to be
Be my God so I can just be me


Can you relate?

Have you ever felt different? Or that you didn't belong?

I think that's the point.

"You do not belong to this world" John 15:18

Our souls were made for Heaven, and our flesh remains here on Earth until that sweet day.

As I think about Jesus this week, the week before His death and resurrection, I know He must have had similar feelings.

In  His anguish He prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Luke 22:42

He knew what was ahead. He knew the good that was coming. Yet, He had to endure the pain here on Earth until it came. He knew every detail of his crucifixion that was coming. Can you even imagine?

We are spared that kind of knowing. We don't have the kind of insight Jesus had. Thank goodness.

However, we do have the same Hope that He had. Yes, we do have Hope.

Hope pushes us through those days when we feel like we don't belong. Or that we just cannot see or feel the good.

Jesus pushed through the week before His death. He pushed through the pain, the hurt, the grief, the suffering.

His Hope carried Him to the cross. His Hope carried him as He was crucified.

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34

Hope arose from the dead three days later.

Hope was fulfilled.

We have this Hope. Every single day of our lives.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

When you find yourself lacking hope, push through. Push through some more. Hope is always there to carry you through.

Everything will be well in the end.

He promises us this.


pushing through,


jill



Mar 31, 2015

Go Low....

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When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

As we observe Holy Week, the week before Easter, I am always exceptionally emotional. More so than usual if you can believe that.

This year, the thing glaring at me when I study the life of Jesus, is His humility.

Humility.

We don't  really like this word, do we?

It makes us cringe sometimes.

Every decision I make, I have to remember to ask God to filter out any and all pride related to the decision.  If I see an ounce of pride, I have to re-think the decision. Pride is not our friend and never will be.

Pride is the exact opposite of humility. Pride haunts and hovers over everything we do if we are not careful. It's the poison that can become our downfall.

"Pride goes before destruction. A haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:8

Whew, that verse will keep things in check, won't it?

We think a lot of ourselves. Too much actually. And we tend to think the world revolves us at times. What a dizzying concoction of misery--this thing called pride. It will never be good for us. So, why do we keep falling in it and all over it?

Pride ruins and destroys relationships. Pride keeps us from forgiveness. Pride keeps us from true fellowship with others. Pride keeps us from fulfilling our God-given purpose if we are not careful.

Humility creates fellowship. Humility attracts others to us. Humility is forgiving. Humility is not self-seeking. Humility shows grace where no grace can seem to be mustered up. Humility brings life where pride has brought death. Humility brings us to our knees in thankfulness.

Humility is hard to understand. It goes against our human nature. We want to be noticed. We want to be acknowledged. We want to be known. We like that pat on the back when we have done something well. We like to be seen with the "right" people. It makes us look good to others.

Jesus wanted none of these things. He hung out with all the "wrong" people. The people that were unnoticed. Not popular and certainly not sought after.

My ten year old daughter struggles with the this very thing at times.  Just the other night, with tears in her blue eyes, she asked me to pray that she "would not care what others thought of her." My insides flipped a little. Boy, oh boy. I needed to pray that same prayer for myself.

I told her we were going to pray for humble hearts--for both of us. Instead of caring what others think of us, caring more about others.

As I study the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, just days before his death,  we see humility played out in his life. Once again.

He chose to ride a small horse, a colt, into town.

Why not a full-grown white or black horse? Why not a huge parade with chariots?

That wasn't His way.

He was not doing this for a show. He was doing this out of love. His love for us.

He wept for this town. He wept for us.

Jesus knew what was coming, yet He didn't scream from the rooftops how wrong the people were. How they would be sorry for their lack of belief.

Instead, He wept for them.

Humility.

Do we love people enough to weep for them? Or are we to too loudly judging and condemning them for their behavior. Or just plain choose to ignore them because they are not worth our breath or our presence.

It's a strange thing, humility.

In order to truly be humble, we must think of others instead of ourselves. We must put their needs before ours. We must want more for them than we want for ourselves.

How is this possible?

By the Holy Spirit acting within us. This is the only way.

Humility any other way is not authentic.

It's a risky prayer, isn't it? To pray for humility?

Oh, but it's what we need.

Desperately.

Jesus is our example.

Let's follow His way, shall we?

going low,


jill

Mar 25, 2015

Have Mercy....

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 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

Oh boy, oh boy. When God gets a hold of your heart, He means it.

He has been showing me scripture after scripture, story after story on His Mercy.

Sometimes it is hard to wrap our human minds around. Humans seek justice. We can be very black and white.

God seeks justice. In His own perfect way. He says this in Isaiah 55:9, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

His justice comes wrapped up in a soft down blanket of Mercy. Every single time

We love this blanket of Mercy when we are the one's receiving it. However, often we struggle when we see mercy given to someone who does not seem to deserve it. Know what I mean?

My marriage is so important to me. I think it is the number one thing I pray for each day. Of course, prayers for my children are right on up there neck and neck.

However, when my marriage is out of whack, it affects the whole family unit. The imbalance slides right on down to my kids. Shoot.

The thing about marriage is that it requires a LOT of mercy. I mean a LOT.

It's easy to show mercy to our children. They share our genes. They are a part of us. Even if adopted, they are OURS. Forever.

We don't see our husbands the same way, do we?

We seek justice in our marriage. An eye for an eye kind of thing.

If I have heard it once, I have heard it a million times..."marriage is 50/50"

Says who?

God says in Mark 10:8, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

That looks like a whole to me. 100%. Not split down the middle.

Why is mercy so hard in our marriages?

I think it's because we are law craving, justice seeking people.

Not that this is a bad thing, but Jesus came to mess with all that law stuff. The same law that we are reading about in the book of Numbers. The rules, regulations, ordinances. All of the things that help us feel "fair", and "safe".  Jesus ripped apart all of this law by His death on the Cross.

When Jesus showed us His Mercy for us by dying for us, our relationship status changed with God. We were suddenly covered in an ocean of Mercy. Completely undeserving. That's Mercy for you, my friends.

So, back to marriage.

Sometimes we forget that me must also show mercy to others. Even and especially our husbands. We get all black and white and justice seeking, and forget that we are alive because of God's Mercy.

What would happen in our marriages if we practiced mercy day in and day out?

When hour husbands are late coming home, without calling.

When our husbands spend too much money on that gun he has been eyeing.

When our husbands come home, plop down and turn on ESPN before even uttering a hello to us.

I am not saying our husbands always deserve our mercy, but we sure don't deserve God's mercy either.

This verse just rocks my world in the mercy department. Listen to this:

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:12-13

Mercy triumphs over judgement. Lets chew on that today.


drowning in His Mercy,


jill








Mar 24, 2015

Who the heck am I?

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I remember it so vividly. It was snowing outside, and we were all at home enjoying a fun snow day.

The day before, I had bought a bottle of  dark brown color for my hair. I was tired of being blonde. It felt boring. And old.

As the kids and Lem were outside playing, I snuck into the bathroom and painted that dark dye all over my blonde hair.

Immediately, my hair sucked the color right up. My hair must have been parched and thirsty because it was drinking up this brown gooey dye faster than I could slop it on!

My heart skipped a beat for a minute. What in the world was I doing??

Oh my. Too late now. I had to finish the process or I would look like a really weird skunk.

The color sat on my hair for about 20 minutes and I hopped in the shower to wash my hair.

My shower turned dark brown and stayed that way for days. And days. Maybe even a month. Oops.

When I got out of the shower I got a glimpse of a brunette in the mirror. I almost jumped out of my skin!

Oh! It's me! The brunette in the mirror.

I will spare you the rest of the details. The shocking looks on my kids and my husband's face are still hard to forget. I will just leave you with this thought....my 5 year old daughter cried her ever-lovin' eyes out. And they weren't tears of joy.

This is just one episode of Jill trying to be anyone but Jill.

Can you relate?

Have you ever thought that if only you could be different, you would be a better version of you?

Thankfully, the Word of God brings wisdom.

I laugh and shudder at the same time over the many times I tried to change who I was.

Really, I had no idea who I really was. Nor did I want to know.

Thankfully, I found my identity in Christ. OH, and what an identity it is!

He has shown me who I am countless times, and I still can hardly believe His love for me!

He tells me, "I am His treasured possession" in Deuteronomy 7:6.

He tells me, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made", in Psalm 139:14.

He tells me, "I am the apple of His eye", in Psalm 17:8.

Over and over again in His Word I am reminded of who I really am.

You see, who I thought I was, was a big fat lie. A lie brought on by a seething enemy who wants nothing more than for me to be anything than what I was created to be.

For so many years, I wanted to be different. I wanted to be wittier, funnier, cuter, smaller, smarter...

Just to name a few.

I remember standing in the mirror pressing my fingers in my cheeks so that I could have dimples like the popular girl down the street when I was in the fourth grade.

I remember in my early twenties deciding I wanted to have a more "hippy" and "natural look". I decided to go without makeup, less combed hair and a new pair of Birkenstocks to work that day. After about 100 times of being asked if I was "sick", I went home and decided that look didn't suit me after all.

Story after story I could tell you of the many times I tried to change my looks, my personality, my everything.

However, when I began to study and ready God's Word it changed my life. Forever.

Slowly, day by day, God and I peeled back the layers upon layers of insecurities, masks, ad lies that had been collected over the years.

Some days, I would have to repeat scriptures over and over in order to change my thought pattern. This is when I began to memorize scripture. I would keep scripture with me at all times--my pockets, my purse, my car...everywhere! This was before the bible app was created! :)

I literally had to "take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" as the Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5.

Soon after my thoughts were captured by His Word and Truth, my behavior started to catch on.

Where the mind goes the man [or woman] follows.

My mind had to be saturated with Truth before my insecure behavior could change.

Can I just tell you about the freedom that has come since surrendering all of this junk to Christ?

Joy replaced anxiety.

Confidence replaced insecurity.

Assurance replaced doubt.

Faith replaced fear.

Today, I want you to know this:

It is possible to love who God created you to be.

Everything is possible with God. Matthew 9:26

If you have convinced yourself that you are not special, loved, or desired just the way you are....

Please go to His Word.

Start with Psalm 139. Read the whole thing. Several times. Also, check out this post and be encouraged by His love for you.

You can ask my husband, my mom, my dad, my sister...those that know me the best. They will tell you. They have seen the proof of what God can do in the heart of a fearful insecure girl.

When I began to not just believe in God, but to believe God.....everything changed.


so long insecurity,


jill


Mar 23, 2015

Hooker....

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As I read the book of Numbers, I am fascinated by the detail in God's Word. Oh.My.Gosh.

For a girl who is not big on details, just give me the big picture please, I am blown away by the intricacy woven into the pages of God's Word. I never cease to be amazed. My mind cannot comprehend His Magnitude.

Along with reading the book of Numbers here with you all on SHINE, I am doing another bible study with some friends. I wasn't thrilled with the book we chose to study this go around, but I bought it anyway. You know, why not.

However, a few weeks ago, I fell onto some words in this bible study that rocked my little world.

The author encouraged us to "let the world, the people we love, and ourselves off the hook."

Let me repeat this again: "Let people off the hook."

When I read those words, immediately I thought of my husband. Conviction washed over me as I thought of the many times I blamed him for circumstances around us.

For example: The behavior of our children. You know, specifically when they don't mind. Somehow I have convinced myself that it is my husband's fault. If he were around more, helped me more, or read the Bible more--our kids would be so much better. On the hook he goes.

OR, when we are crunching numbers on a budget. I somehow think it is because of his poor choices, or not managing our money well that made us be in this situation. Again, I put him right back on that hook.

OR, when I am in a funk. I blame him for not praying for me enough. Or not being what I need him to be for me. I compare him to other fellas who seem to be doing it better. Even if I don't verbalize the comparisons, you can bet that I compare in my head. If only he were like so-and-so. So-and-so seems to pray for their wife and lead his wife in bible reading on the back porch as they sip their morning coffee out of a perfect Christian bookstore mug!

Why do I make everything Lem's fault and keep him hanging on this imaginary hook?

I immediately prayed for God to forgive me for ever putting Lem on that hook. I also prayed that Lem would forgive me for being a "hooker". [giggle giggle]

Lem is not the only person I have left high and dangling on that big silver hook.

There have been friends that I  thought didn't support me enough in things that I was going through. Or they didn't seem to encourage me enough, or show up enough, or were not thoughtful enough.
I would keep them on the hook until I felt the punishment had been long enough. Or, I would just keep them on the hook and move on. They just weren't able to meet my high expectations. I deserved to be treated better than that. So, I would just move on along. Pride in tact. Never looking back.

Along with putting others on a hook, I have put myself on a hook too many times to count. I have had severe bouts of self-condemnation, which lead to low self-worth and low self-esteem. When I could not live up to the expectations that I had for myself, I would plunge into a pit of self-loathing. Falling right down onto that hook. Perhaps this hook is the one I have used the most. I would keep it polished and ready. Waiting for the next plunge.

Here is the problem..

Our husbands are not meant to be our saviors.

Our friends are not meant to be our saviors.

And...

We cannot save ourselves.

So, who does that leave to save us?

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12


"We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." 1 John 4:14

Most of the time, we are so busy licking our wounds that we forget to look to Him, our one true Savior. The Savior that is able to save us....Jesus Christ.

When we are looking to Him, our vision is restored. Our perspective is made crystal clear.

When our faith and trust is in Him, we let others off the hook. HE is the One we need. He is the One our hearts truly crave.

No person or thing will ever be enough for us. He is the only Perfect One to meet our every need.

"I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God  He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he" Deuteronomy 32:3-4


"Let people off the hook". Yeah, I need this tattooed on my wrist. Both wrists, actually.

Friend, if we want to live in God's will for our lives, we have to look to Him alone to fulfill us. He is the only One that can live up to Perfection. Because, He is Perfect.

"His Way is Perfect" Psalm 18:30

Jesus took us off the hook when He died on the cross for us.  All of our sins, every last one of them, nailed to that cross. Gone.

Since we have been freed from the hook, we must do the same for others.

Fill in this blank today. Pray it until you feel the release. Oh, the freedom from setting another free.

"Father God, today I am letting __________ off the hook. I release them, and I ask that You forgive me for putting them on that hook, Lord."


Praying, breathing, exhaling, and releasing,


jill



Mar 16, 2015

Stepping away...

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This past weekend I had the absolute pleasure of visiting The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina. If you are not familiar, it is a spiritual training and retreat center that Billy Graham developed years ago.

Words cannot describe the Presence of God that was wafting through the cool mountain air. The second we pulled into the gate, His Presence overwhelmed me.

I had been looking forward to this trip my mom and my sister since my sister told me about it back in January. It was her birthday gift to me. Her love language is gifts...can you tell? She is amazing.

We had the pleasure of watching the band Selah perform. If you have never heard of this group, google them now for heaven's sakes. You are missing out in a big way. No, you are missing out in a HUGE way.

However, it wasn't the band that moved my soul. It wasn't the incredible food, the wonderful staff, or even the perfect company.

It was the Presence of God that moved my soul. God was Present in every conceivable aspect of this trip.

He is always Present. There are moments, though, when your eyes are opened to Him more. The distractions of daily life pull us away most days and we miss out on seeing Him, feeling Him, and hearing Him.

Not this trip.

My eyes were wide open to Him. My spirit was in a drought and in need of refreshment.

The day after the concert, we went shopping in Asheville. Yes, we had to find a mall. It's just not a proper girl's trip without a shopping trip. At least that's our motto.

My sister and I decided we wanted to play at the makeup counter at Belk. We both received make-overs and met two precious people.

God allowed us to talk to them about Jesus and share the Hope of Christ. Their hearts were open and receiving and it was a beautiful moment. Right there at the Bobbi Brown make-up counter we experienced the Grace of God.

I have always loved makeup, and now I love it even more because of this moment. [I knew God loved makeup too!!]

He showed me that He is bigger. Bigger than my fears. Bigger than my lack of ability. Bigger than my flesh that wants to remind me that I have a big mouth that needs to stay shut because I talk too much about Jesus.

He showed me that even in the things that I would have never looked for Him in, like make-up, He is there.

An opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus is always available when our eyes are opened.

Something changed me that day. I am not quite sure yet what it is, but I am praying for God to peel my eyes open every single day for opportunities.

One of the friends we were able to talk to about Jesus loved music. He told me that he loves to sing and that he feels God through music.

I just about burst into tears.

In my purse, I had purchased a Selah CD from the night before. It was even signed by the band.

There was no hesitation, I knew what God was asking.

I gave it to my new friend, Mario.

In turn, my sister gave her signed CD to Courtney, our other new friend.

I don't know if we will ever see Mario again here on Earth, but I do believe we will meet again.

Meeting Mario that day taught me about grace. The Grace of Jesus that covers all sins and all wrongs. The Grace that is hard to wrap our minds around because we just don't understand it. We cannot rationalize His Grace. It doesn't make sense to our "law craving" minds.

We want to shut ourselves off from those that we don't understand, or don't agree with at times.

Then, we get a glimpse of His Grace. Oh my, it will knock your socks off.


His greatest act of grace is the gift of salvation that is available for all people through faith. Ephesians 2:8-9

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14

There are so many things that I want to talk to God about regarding this past weekend. My mind needs answers to some questions. I need clarity on some things.

However, trusting Him with the details is all I need to do.

Trusting Him with the rest of the story.

I really want the chance to soak in what He is teaching me. The things He has opened my eyes to these past few weeks.

Will you pray with me as I take a break from writing for a bit?

My soul is stirred for a world that is beyond lost. My stomach churns and turns for those in our midst that have no idea the Hope of Jesus.

Many around us are walking around DEAD. Dead in their sin. Dead in their souls.

Jesus didn't come to make bad people good, He came to bring the dead back to life.

We are a part of His plan! Yes, us. You and me.

He is in the very midst of our moments.

Can we shake off the dust that has settled on our hearts and our spirits? Can we wake up and see world that needs a Savior? A dying world needs a LIVING God.

It is just not enough that we live a comfortable little life. We must RISE up and and free ourselves from the chains of complacency, lack of compassion, lack of love, and lack of grace for our fellow brothers and sisters.

Jesus came to heal the sick, not the well.

We must look for the sick around us. The broken. The lost. The destitute. The rich, the poor, the average. We are ALL in need of a Savior. Every last one of us.

One day, "the Lord will bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God." Isaiah 52:10

What if we introduced those in our midst to the salvation of God before this time comes? What if we chose to open our eyes and seek out the lost before it is too late for them?

Let me just get one thing really straight. I am not an expert at leading the lost. In fact, I get shaky just thinking about it. I feel insecure, unequipped scared at times.

But! I remember this scripture when I want to back away, forget, and turn my eyes away from a soul in need of Jesus.

Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
    together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
    they will see it with their own eyes.
 Burst into songs of joy together,
    you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord will lay bare his holy arm
    in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see

    the salvation of our God.


Let's be the ones bringing the good news of Christ, shall we?

Let's point the way to Jesus for all that we encounter. 

It is not easy. No one ever said it would be. 

However, the good news is that God will do the rest. 

We just have to choose to obey, step out, and speak. He will take care of the rest of the story. 

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13

Shew. That's good to know. 

So, where do we start?

Let's pray. And pray some more. 

We must be equipped with prayer before we take another step. 

Then, we run. 

Run to wherever He sends us. 



stepping away to pray,


jill

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Mar 11, 2015

Walk the Line....

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Well, hello Leviticus.

I love God's Word. However, you, my dear Leviticus, are not my favorite. [no offense]

How's it going out there? Are you still with me? [please say yes]

I have to drink two cups of coffee so that I can concentrate on what I am reading in this chapter. However, because it is in God's Word, it is important. So, we trudge through. Law by ever-lovin' law. [did I just say that out loud?]

This chapter reminds me just how blessed we are on this side of the Cross. These laws, rules, regulations, and sacrifices are incredibly daunting.

Can you imagine having to do all of these things in order to speak to God? Oh my heavens. I would have never made it. I would have ended up just like Aaron's sons. They were killed on the spot for lighting the wrong incense. Yep, that sounds just like something my goofy blonde head would do.

God is teaching us through these chapters something huge though, girls. He is teaching us about His Holiness.

Do you see it? These rules, these laws, these ordinances....they were in place because they had nothing good to offer God. They had to walk a very narrow line in order to even approach the tabernacle of God.

Praise Jesus, we cannot relate this side of the Cross. Jesus' death on the cross tore down that law. It bridged the gap between us and God. His death was our sin offering paid in full. For eternity.

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes." Romans 10:4

Can I get a big fat amen?

Sometimes though we get confused. We think we have to follow a long set of rules to impress God or for Him to love us.

This is a lie.

We get all out of whack when we feel like we haven't been good enough, or holy enough, or prayed enough, or spent 2 hours the Bible. We think we have to clean ourselves up real good before approaching God.

It is in fact the opposite.

In our brokenness, He is able to make us whole.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says this, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

The enemy wants to tell us that we will never be enough. We will never be pure enough. Good enough. Holy enough. Kind enough. Gentle enough. Humble enough.

Oh, but that's where we tell that old lying enemy this scripture from 2 Corinthians 5:21...

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Wait, what?

We are the righteousness of God?

Me? In my sin, in my mess, in my filthiness, in my brokenness?

Yes.

And, we don't have to do anything to earn this?

No.

No amount of rules and legalism can make us holy.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

So, as we turn the pages in Leviticus, let's rejoice in our freedom. The freedom that came through Christ.

It is finished. Once and for all.

We just get to be swallowed up in His Grace, Mercy, and unfailing Love.

I think this awesome reminder will sail us right through Leviticus.


down with the law,


jill




Mar 4, 2015

Where you go, I'll go....

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Moses said something to God that has not left me. I actually came across this scripture a few months ago when I was praying for God to lead me in something that I was doing. 

I had specifically asked Him to show me the way I should go and to make it very clear which way to go. 

Then, I came across this verse: Then Moses said to Him, "If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here." Exodus 33:14

Bam. 

In other words, if you are not with me in this endeavor, I am not budging. I will sit here until the cows come home unless you go with me, Lord. 

Wow!

What if we had this same mindset? What if we refused to budge until we had God's peace in moving forward in our plan?

I'm impatient. I admit it. 

Even when I feel like God is leading me a certain way, I often RUN to the next step instead of listening for directions. 

I don't like details or directions. Just get me to the end result, please. 

However, when we skip the details of the journey, we get to our destination unprepared. 

Waiting for God, and being patient in the journey creates a dependency in our spirits on God. 

It took 40 years for the Israelites to finally reach the Promised Land. God had some serious work to do in their hearts before they could be trusted with the treasure ahead of them. He could not trust them with this new place unless He knew they were serious about leaving their "pagan-minds" behind. He was not going to settle for half-hearted children. 

In the journey, we must begin to enjoy where we are. Not always  rushing ahead to the next thing. God has something wonderful right where we are if we choose to see it. 

The journey for the Israelites proved to be one of the most MIRACLE laden times in the entire Word of God. The miracles occurred on the journey. Isn't that encouraging?

Yesterday, at my morning bible study, I told the girls that I often chased after God's blessings instead of chasing God. I wanted what He could give me, more than I wanted Him. 

My desire for the Promise Land was greater than my desire for Him. 

Yikes. That is so hard to say. 

Listen to the scripture that changed my desire, "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple." Psalm 27:4

I began to pray this prayer every single day. I wanted desperately for Him to be my only desire. 

He answered this prayer. Of course He did. 

He knows what we need. 

We need Him, and Him alone. 

Are you on a journey that seems like will never end? Are you struggling to see the Promise Land in all of it? 

Or maybe you see the Promise Land, but have no idea how to get there. 

Lend me your precious ear if you will...

Let Him be your only desire. 

The journey will NEVER be mundane or fruitless if He is what you desire the most. He will show you things on your journey that will leave you speechless and in awe. 

Trust Him with every twist and turn, never looking back. 

The journey will prepare you for your destination. You can be sure of that. 


You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 
Psalm 16:11


where You go I will go,


jill