Feb 24, 2012

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Romans 9

Happy Friday, SHINE girls! I'm gonna make this short and sweet so that you can get on with your fun Friday.

Today's Friday challenge:

Jump for Joy. Yes, you heard me right, jump for joy.


For starters, our sins are washed clean by the Grace of God and the death of His son, Jesus, on a cross. If that doesn't make you want to jump, nothing will.

So, wherever you are and whatever you are doing....get up and JUMP for JOY!

If you have health problems and are not able to jump do this: raise your hands high with JOY!

Let's show the world that regardless of our circumstances, our HOPE and our JOY is in the LORD!

(Lem, Presley, Me, and Joseph)

"The Joy of the Lord is my Strength." Nehemiah 8:10

still jumping,



Anonymous said...

**Toe Touch***
love you! thanks for reminding me to jump for joy! erin spinks:)

Anonymous said...

Luv the picture! :) Sarah

Terri Abbott said...

Jumping for JOY in Madison. The JOY of the LORD is my STRENGTH. Thank you Jesus that you give me more than I need to live my life in each and every circumstance. All I need to do is get out of the boat (like Peter) and walk on water to you. I will look neither to the right or left but I will keep my eyes on you. You paid it all for ME!

Women Who Pray said...

I tried to post a picture of us jumping for joy!!! I'll send you another way...:)

Neodesha Hendley said...

Wow! I'd fallen behind reading this week 0 of all weeks too since we're out of school. Anyway, I just read Thursday's blog and it hit home big time for me. Last night I had some long overdue quiet, meditative time with the Lord - scripture, tears, worship music (Point of Grace: In the Calm), and my heart crying out to Him. I've been yearning to reconnect with my Lord, but have been caught up in the busyness of life! I have been in spiritual turmoil over the chaos in my home. Rebecca V. is correct in her post yesterday satan plants many seeds of doubt in my mind about being "wife, mother, and CEO of my home".

You see ladies, I've been spiritually absent from my home and family for a few years. Now I'm back because God wants me to invest in my ministry here. But the truth is it's hard. Now I consider myself a hard worker, but this mother thing provides me with no tangible grade. I mean, I've done well in school and in most things that I've endeavored to do. But I frequently questions if I'm the right one to be the wife of Tracey and the mother to Tracey, II, Trevon, and Tristan? God has given me stewardship over my husband and family and for the last few years, my focus has been elsewhere - coaching cheerleading and attending school. Last August, my principal "removed" (aka fired) me as head cheer coach for vague and nebulous reasons. While I was outraged that I did not have the opportunity to defend myself against parent complaints, I did realize that God found a way to get my attention and to get me to let go of this distraction. Not that what I was doing was bad, it was just taking my attention away from my home and family.

He has shown me the error of my ways and how selfish I was being. My dad has a saying "everything that's good to you is not good for you". This is true of my coaching. After God opened my eyes, I talked with my family and asked for their forgiveness for my dogged pursuit of my selfish desires. This included my parents who have watched my boys after school since the beginning, my husband who took on the majority of the parenting role, my mother-in-law who supported us and watched kids, etc. and my 3 precious gifts from God, my boys. I could not believe what I had done. I've always been a 'good girl', a rule follower, but God has shown me the haughtiness of my heart and through this study in Romans, I am learning to release myself from the bondage of the law.

Although my current ministry of wife and mother are the hardest I will ever do, God has equipped me to finish the job. I love my husband and my children and I am thankful every day for them. I don't always get it right, but His grace is sufficient. As I was completing my homework for school (I'm at Liberty University, a Christian college.), I came across some great scriptures, especially Luke 12:48 "...For everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked." (New English Translation NET) He has entrusted me with submitting to my husband and being his help mate, with nurturing my children and providing a strong Godly foundation on which they can build. He has given me everything that I need to end the chaos in my home and to bring about peace, prayer, and prosperity. Now I just have to relax in Him, stop looking for the easy way and allow Him to complete the work that He began in me.

I'm sorry for rambling, but I felt led to share with you all. ~Neodesha H.

"24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen." Jude 1:24-25 (KJV)

Jill Hill said...

thank you for this, Neodesha. i am so grateful for your complete transparency and honesty.

i LOVE your dad's quote. writing that one down.:)

i read the book, The Help Meet, a few years ago. it literally changed my life. i had been pursuing everything and anything except what God has "called" me to pursue--my husband and my family. because i am a stay at home momma, i felt i always needed to "prove" my worth to everyone. so crazy, but true.

after reading that book, God showed me and taught me that their is so much JOY in His calling for me. it is such an honor to submit to my husband and raise my children in a nurturing environment. it is HIS will for me.

i am so grateful that He showed me this early in my motherhood, and not far down the road. i now try to engage completely in the moments with them. it can be so easy to be there--but not really be there in my head and my heart.

we serve a God that KNOWS what is best for us, and exactly what we need. how awesome is that?

thank you so much for sharing your heart!! i KNOW a lot of us can relate to your journey.

God bless you as you dig in and dig deeper, friend. there is a whole lot of water under the soil just waiting to be discovered!

much love,