Feb 3, 2012

Friday SHINE....

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 25

Wow! What a way to end our weekly reading! I want to be as wise as Abigail, anyone else?

Can you believe she had the courage to approach David and ask him to spare his sword on their people? She completely risked her life by doing this. She took the chance because she knew it was the right thing to do, and she was trying to look out for David's future kingship.

Talk about having some guts and some courage.

Anyone else wondering how in the world she ended up with Nabal, the fool? I would really love to know that back-story. I will have to add that to my list of things to ask God when I get to Heaven.

Okay, I'm going to be honest here. This week's reading has really got me thinking about the condition of my heart. I didn't realize that I had so many clogged valves in my heart. Sheesh.

As I thought about the Saul(s) in my life yesterday, I had a terrifying thought.

Am I some one's Saul?

You can bet your bottom dollar that I am, or at least have been in the past. (and will be again in the future,  I'm sure of it)

Yikes.

Sobering thought.

In fact, 4 or 5 days out of every month, my husband would say without a doubt that I am his Saul. He's right, too. I even scare myself those days.

Okay, moving on.

As you know by now, we like to have a challenge on Friday's. I was hesitant about this particular one, but I feel like the Lord is making me do it anyway. (trying to let this obedience thing trump over my flesh is really hard.)

BEWARE: It's not going to be your (or my) favorite challenge. However, if we do it, I know that God will bless it BIG. The fruit that comes forth from this will be well worth the pain.

Here goes....

Today, think of your Saul(s) again. Take a small piece of paper and write their name or names on them.

Okay, here's the hard part....put a heart around their name after you write it.

Ouch!

Are you still with me? Or did you find the closest escape button on your keyboard.

After you do this fold the little piece of paper up and put it in a small bowl, cup, or box. Now, put the little container that holds your Saul(s) name in a place where you will see it every day.

Like, your bathroom, your bedside table, your car, your kitchen....somewhere in your daily path.

Next, start praying for your Saul(s) today.

Every time you see that little box with your Saul(s) name in it, pray.

Don't worry, friends, I am doing this too. I am not thrilled about it either, but I want my heart purified. I want the valves to be unclogged and free to receive and give all that God has prepared for me.

We can do this, girls! If we are serious about heart reconstruction, we must be willing to go under the knife.


"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11


pass the anesthesia,

jill

**If you do this challenge, please consider commenting on this post. Just leave me a little "done" or something to let me know that you are in on this with me. You can post anonymously, or however you feel comfortable. It will help to hold you (and me) accountable on this. We try to make this blog as interactive as possible. So, jump in! :)

35 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/03/2012

    I did it...

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  2. Anonymous2/03/2012

    I will do this today with you all. My heart is in need of repair in a real big way

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  3. Anonymous2/03/2012

    Hard, but I did it. (:

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  4. Okay, let's lighten things up a bit...a good friend just sent me a picture via phone of her bowl overflowing with pieces of paper with the names of her Saul(s).

    Laughing over here!

    healing taking place, girls!!

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    1. i put mine in a pink victoria's secret box, whacky but true! hey, at least when i am praying for these people i see a pretty pink box!! ;)

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    2. Crack me up Lisa but so good! :-)

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  5. oh Jill......My first thought was NO WAY...REALLY!?!?!?! :) But this is truly a great idea, and will keep everything we have read this week in the forefront of our minds so we practice what we were taught this week -

    Thanks for your leadership!!

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    1. Drawing a heart around their names was NOT easy. But I have done it - I am feeling better already!! :)

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  6. Anonymous2/03/2012

    Going against my FLESH on this one!!! LORD, bless us as we are obedient to your will and desire for US! As we pray for these SAULS in our lives, magnify your GRACE and MERCY on our hearts. Forgiveness does not mean excusing their behavior, but forgiveness frees our hearts to LOVE like YOU, LORD!

    Unclogging this messed up heart,

    Another heart patient

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  7. Didn't think I had a Saul...but after much praying and soul searching I know who my Saul is: My Mother! Ouch! :( I'm kinda an open book over here--sorry girls. She's quite negative most of the time...actually 99% of the time, but still a great person deep down (she was a wonderful Mom growing up, but has gotten very negative in her "aging":)! Her negativity really hurts me though...I try to ignore her little negative, snide comments on how to raise my children--save money--we go too much, etc....I guess she thinks she has a right since she's my Mom. God Bless her! I love and respect her, so I usually keep my mouth shut even when she really hurts me. I don't think we can have a converstation without her saying something negative...Where is her joy? I don't believe she has much :( Sad. I know this has caused me to harden my heart towards her. Whew--hard pill to swallow knowing that your own Mother is your Saul :(( Off to pray...

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    1. Wow Michelle! Our moms sound a lot alike! It was sad for me that she was the first person who came to my mind. I also wonder where her joy is and what must have happened to her in her earlier years to make her so negative. I will pray for her, you and your mom as well!! Only God can heal us and them :)

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    2. Amen Joy!!! Done! Will keep You & Your Mother in my daily prayers...it's seem's so much harder when your Saul is a close relative--especially a parent :(

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  8. Anonymous2/03/2012

    I need some STRONG MEDS for this one! I DID IT!!! :-)

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  9. Tough one ... but great idea. I did it! At least my box is not overflowing like the one above. At first, I didn't think I had any Saul's in my life, but after thinking a bit more realized I really do. :) Jill - I am totally with you on being my husband's Saul some days. I hate to think about that, but unfortunatley, it is true. Of course, some days he is mine as well so I guess it's fair game. :)

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  10. Ok, I did it too.
    I'm reminded of Psalm 51:10-12 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
    Also Ephesians 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

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  11. This is a great idea...love it! Done!!!

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  12. Anonymous2/03/2012

    Ok I am doing this, not thrilled but know this is truly what I need to do! I know this will release me of some things i really need to let go of!! ok, God is really talking to me now...I will do this!
    Darla

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  13. Susan Prince2/03/2012

    Hard to do coming right on the cusp of being deeply & wrongfully wounded by someone - Guess this is just what I need so that I can forgive them & truly wish the best for them. Doesn't God know just what we need when we need it?

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  14. Anonymous2/03/2012

    Freeing these chains from my heart. This has been hindering my walk for a long, long time. Putting my saul in a box, and praying for them. And yes my flesh is burning! (:

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  15. Anonymous2/03/2012

    I did it too!! Really hard to think about who it is, because it is someone I love very much, but this person still causes a lot of pain in my heart.

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  16. Heather W2/03/2012

    It may have taken me 5 hours to finally get the courage up...but I did it. I realized just yesterday I have a new Saul in my life so the timing could not be better. Thanks Jill!

    Proverbs 3;5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding."

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  17. Anonymous2/03/2012

    DONE!!! It is hard to forgive people but the Lord will help us do so. We just put our hearts in the Lords hands. He will do the rest.

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  18. Anonymous2/03/2012

    I am feeling a little bit lighter already. Thank you Lord for the gift of forgiveness. Praying for my Sauls today and will continue to.

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  19. Anonymous2/03/2012

    I am joining everyone by praying for the "Sauls" in my life and also praying that if there are people out there that view me as their "Saul," that God will invite them to pray for me in this same way. Thank you, Jill. You are a blessing - more than you know.

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  20. Erin Davis2/03/2012

    done

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  21. Anonymous2/03/2012

    But Jill................i don't wanna, it's gonna hurt!!!!!!!


    GREAT idea my jilly! And just another of the 1,297,487,301 reasons why I love you!

    Love today's post!

    Kim J

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  22. Ok. I did it. Funny because God has been telling me "Love your neighbors.." My friends know the struggle I have with a new boss at work. He has been a continuous sore in my side...well actually he is that to EVERYONE and we are all struggling with him. The LAST thing I wanted to do was put a heart around HIS name. YUCK was my first thought...but I have done it and I am now laughing at it. :) LOVE YOU JILL!! You are a BLESSING to us all.

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  23. Anonymous2/06/2012

    done!!!!

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