Jan 13, 2012

Friday SHINE...

Good Friday morning, SHINE girls! I am so proud of each of you! You are shining so bright, I can literally feel the warmth from the comfort of my couch this morning!


Just a little reminder...today we will have the drawing from our weekday give away! See post here...http://shinegirlsshine.blogspot.com/2012/01/weekday-shine-give-away.html 


I will draw a name sometime this afternoon. My kids cannot wait for this, so it will be sometime after they get home from school. 


I will announce the winner soon after. So, check the blog on the regular today! :-)


Also, a BIG surprise announced last night...our FIRST SHINE GIRL PARTY! See post below and rsvp if you can come!


Prayer requests are pouring in too, so please visit the prayer request post http://shinegirlsshine.blogspot.com/2012/01/prayer-requestspraises-week-2.html to review and lift your fellow SHINE girls up. 


If you do not check the blog regularly and are just receiving emails, you will miss a whole lot. We have a lot of commenting going on and so forth...you will be blessed by visiting throughout your day.


Today's reading can be found in 1 Samuel Ch. 10: 
http://www.youversion.com/bible/msg/1sam/10/1


My friend, Rebekah, will be guest blogging today. 


I am a visual person...so here ya go...this is me on the left and rebekah on the right.
isn't she lovely? :-)


I could do an entire blog about my love for this friend. She has been a rock to me during this past year. 

In the Fall of this past year, I was in a very dark season...or as I like to call it, "The wilderness."

Rebekah was my go-to girl to lift me up out of that dark pit. She would pray for me, encourage me, and send me scriptures in the mail with her perfect penmanship. 

God has used this friend to be a bright light when I was fumbling around looking for a flashlight in the darkest of darkness.

Without further adieu, be blessed by her message today:

 If I were honest...

Honestly, when my friend, Jill's, idea for SHINE girls took shape, I wasn't feeling very shiny at all. Which is such a shame. I am a real believer in reflecting the love of Christ and my goal is to make a genuine effort to shine in my daily life. But, on December 28th, when this idea was first taking shape, I had just learned (within the hour) that my friend's death was imminent and I was overwhelmed. A Bible reading plan? Huh? I can't think about that today...

(Two weeks later and still stuck---) This past Wednesday night, at our couples' weekly small group meeting, a friend said,
"pray for me, my quiet time stinks. I am not making it a priority and I am missing it and missing out."

Ahem, really? (There is nothing quite like when Christians openly admit struggle, we should all do it more often, it's awesome.) Shazam, she was in a funk like me! Wooooeeewwwweeee... There was so much freedom and realness in her admission. I was so glad I was not the only one feeling funky about getting back in the Word and serious about my quiet time with God. And, all of the sudden, neutral wasn't OK anymore. 
 Since early December, my quiet time has consisted of sleeping through my quiet time window. Yep. Totally. Not exactly the kind of "quiet time" I was going for. But, I willingly made sleeping in a little longer my quiet time. I have kicked through Samuel a little, following the reading plan.  But, something hasn't been clicking for me. I'm stuck in neutral. Still praying and talking to God, but not digging into God's word. Meanwhile, reading my Bible is where I want to be.

It's the New Year, time for resolutions and discipline and I haven't been able to shake my greyness. And, it makes me feel so much better to admit that! So many times, I have felt compelled to pick up my Bible and be enlightened and spoken to, but I hesitate and get distracted. But, it's because I am not making time, in the quiet of my morning. (The time of day that works best for me.)

I am praying for the desire, routine and hunger for quiet time with Christ. I pray for all of our desire, routine and hunger for quiet time with Christ to manifest in reality. In the admission of a funk, I hope we can all hoist ourselves out of the pit and back into active, growing relationship with Christ, which happens so beautifully in God's word.

Like Jill mentioned in her last post, it's back to basics. Plain and simple. It's just about reading the Bible and we can watch God take care of the rest.

No matter where we are, we can start by starting.  Let's do it, let's get started, or restarted or jumpstarted or fresh started,

Rebekah



35 comments:

  1. p.s..i just have to say that this shows me that we all have dips and drops and highs and lows. it's part of our walk with Christ.

    we are not perfect, our lives are not perfect. only the Father is perfect.

    (who wants perfect anyway?...rather boring, I'd say.) :)

    embracing my (many) imperfections,

    jill

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  2. I love your transparency, Bek. We all struggle, especially as we grieve. We question, we lament and we sometimes turn inward. I've been in the same boat.
    Thankful that He wants right in the middle of that. We can tell Him exactly where we are (he already knows) and that sweet unconditional love can draw us back into fellowship with a friend that sticks closer than a sister. ;)

    Much love to you SHINING women of faith!

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  3. What a great way to get out of any funk! 1 Samuel is very enlightening. We know more about David...and his love for Jonathan...and his run from Saul...yep, this same Saul. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to us..His Church. Saul in today's chapter, received the word of the prophet, Samuel, who told him what was to happen. By him following the instruction of the man of God..the spokesman for God...God did what He said He would and gave Saul "another heart". After which...the Spirit of God came upon Saul and he prophesied. Samuel, as He told the people gathered at Mizpah what God was saying, " I brought you out of Egypt...delivered you from the hand of all the kingdoms ...all who oppressed you..you have today rejected your God who Himself saed you from all your adversities and your tribulations...saying, "Set a king over us!" Then, choosing from the tribe of Benjamin...Jacob's 12th son..Saul as king. God is soo amazing...that He will let us get what we ask for even as we reject Him and His WORD about the matter...I can hear the Spirit speaking to our hearts today...whewwwww!!!

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  4. Thank you for your honesty Bekah. It was just what I needed this Friday morning as I have been really struggling lately. My struggle, however, has not been "doing" my quiet time, it has been feeling like it is ineffective. I can't explain but I feel distanced from God right now. I KNOW that isn't really the case, but I am experiencing some kind of inner turmoil that is keeping me from grasping God's word and from finding peace in it. Reading your entry made me decide to voice what is going on in hopes that this will be the first step to coming out of this funk and to not buy in to Satan's lies that my quiet time is ineffective. I tend to internalize EVERYTHING and I know that delights Satan so I am taking this step to SHINE the light on this darkness I am currently struggling with so that it will stop manifesting in my head and in my spirit. Typing these words is an accomplishment in itself as, unlike my beloved sister, I just am not one to talk about "things" but I have to say that this load I have been carrying seems a little lighter already. I truly believe this "confession" will be the start of breaking down some of the walls I put up. Whewwww, ok, enough already :) This is sooo not me....all spilling my guts! haha! Much Love to all the SHINE girls, Angela Crowe~

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    1. Sending lots of hugs your way. Miss you!! We still need to plan our dinner date!! Your are always a shining girl in my book!! love you!! Christi

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  5. Anonymous1/13/2012

    Angela, You are definitely not alone in feeling this. I feel the same way right now and THANK YOU so much for sharing this!! Abeni

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  6. Thank you Rebekah for posting. It hit me hard. I try to stop everyday to read, but when it comes to push to shove I will say ohhh I can skip reading today. I always feel better when I start my day off right, but the devil likes to but up lots of road blocks. I am so thankful that Jill created this blog it is helping me get back on track. Glad to know that is other women out there that struggle with time but giving that extra few minutes to God we can feel so much better about our walk with him. Also my sweet friend Angela you are such a kind spirted person, without you even trying you shine for Jesus. I will say an extra prayer for you. =) Much love to all Shine girls!! Christi Greene <3

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  7. SO blessed by all of u!! Beka-I was in the same boat the whole month of December 4 some reason... Really needed this to get me back on track with the lord! He has showed me so much the past 2 weeks! I yearn for his word! Love y'all!

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  8. I was literally squirming to get it out, y'all. But at the same time, it's hard to admit. It's weird because I struggle with struggling. :( I know that is not of God. Satan wants me defeated before I even start. One more thing... Very humbly, Jill has whacked through the jungle ahead of me in my relationship with Christ. I can be courageous in my faith, because she has been courageous in her own faith-first. This blog is another example of this. I love how God can turn a funk into a good thing as we encourage each other to forge on...

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  9. great post. love the transparency. being truly real is incredibly underrated...for goodness sake! ;) XOXO, Lisa

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement. It means SO much to me. :)

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  10. bringing our hurts into the Light of the Father is the first step.

    the enemy loves darkness. he loves when we bury our hurts and pain into those dark places.

    satan wants nothing more than for us to crawl into a hole and die. literally.

    but, guess what?

    when we open those wounds and bring them to the Light of the Father, we are healed.

    He is always waiting for us.

    i picture Him, arms stretched out, brightness enveloping Him...

    let's walk girls, let's walk to Him....and SHINE. <3

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  11. When giving praise for this work God is doing thru SHINE, I had occasion to speak with my 'sister', Gloria Hudgins and then with my daughter, Sarah A Frachiseur and we picked so many God highlights (this suffering is all a part of the work God has for us, Christ who suffered for us is our example, be glad, it partners us with Christ) and we exposed the enemy in so many places (Satan likes for you to feel you are the ONLY one with weaknesses, then he can move in to 'kill, steal & destroy'). And then the Lord led me this morning to my old 'Bethel' -"BALCONY PEOPLE by Joyce Landorf". (If you want gold nuggets, get the book and read it every five years). She says 'when balcony people love, the DO take extraordinay delight in honoring each other, they are NOT in competition and do NOT keep score' I got peace right there right away... Then she reflects 'long ago, even before God made the world, He chose US to be His very own >Paul said it<. Father, I pray the YOU open our eyes to see YOU at work in us AND to see ALL these balcony women in our lives giving each of us back and forth the gift of AFFIRMATION. Affirmation cancels the lies of the enemy. It frees us once again to receive from God. OK, Jill, lets DO walk to Him, hand in hand, take each other's hand Beka & Michelle, realism IS incredible 'Sweet Inlow' and ALL of you, let's keep on prefering one another before ourselfs, it comes back to bless us all.... GOD IS SO LIKE THAT! I love you all. OK, I'm done for now. Sorry so long, my heart is overflowing and the Spirit of God is overflowing on the hearts of all these SHINE GIRLS.

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  12. Anonymous1/13/2012

    Amen!

    No quiet time = bad day for me.

    Although I have found that having mine in the quiet still of the night after everyone is settled in works much better for me. I am not a morning person at all. And our mornings can get hectic. I have a better environment to enjoy myself at night and truly absorb God's word...no time limit and I can ease off the days events while getting into Scripture. It also prepares me for the next day and I sleep So much better. I look at it like I'm turning chapter on the day and starting anew in preparation for the next day.

    I must admit that Scripture in the old testament is a bit harder for me to get into. So many names of people and places that I cannot even pronounce much less locate on a map.

    So for me.....it takes digging deeper! I sit with my Bible and some sort of electronic device. When I hit a bump in my reading I simply visit Google.
    TWO WARNINGS:
    1. Be sure you on a reliable website that is aligned with Scripture.
    2. If the temptation to text, email, Facebook, pinterest, or whatever will be an issue then it may best to leave those gadgets in another room so You are not distracted.

    Often times I not only find the answers I seek but end up coming across something really cool like the website I found with the 50 Bible verses on fear.

    I also like to see other versions of the Scripture. Biblegateway.com is a great resource for this. It amazes me how one simple word change turns my lightbulb on and Gods word becomes clearer.

    My motto: "You will get out of something exactly what you put into it!" So give God your all so you can shine for him.

    Much Love and big hugs...Happy weekend
    Kim Jaynes

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  13. Anonymous1/13/2012

    And. .great post Bekah!!!!
    Kim J

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  14. Oh and I love the pic and yes she (yall) 'is lovely'. Thanks Beka for speaking from your heart as always, it's always a good thing.

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  15. Love it. So true that we often think our "quiet" time is a failure if we are not hit over the head or land on a verse that seems so perfect. It is unbelievable when it happens but God just wants us to come to him. Spend time, be obedient. Knowing we are pleasing Him is moving enough! Love this ministry by the way!

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  16. My favorite thing is that He will continue to poke at you and remind you that He is still here, just waiting. :) I, too, have struggled to make time for Him...and time for anything else. I went through A LOT the past couple of years and now that I have less to complain about, I am finding it harder to get up and go and make a great day out of what is just ok. I love the end of your post- all those starts! Today is a new day and it's His! I'm starting over (again) today :) and I'm so incredibly blessed by what He gives me every day to help me through. I need to be more out loud with it and tell everyone what He has done for me. I've needed to change the batteries in my Shine light for a while... :D So this is my new excuse- it's a day to Shine so, I AM!! <3 y'all!

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