Jun 24, 2013

Monday SHINE.....

Reading Plan for the Week of 6/24-6/30:

  • Monday 6/24: 1 Peter 5
  • Tuesday 6/25: Ruth 1, 2
  • Wednesday 6/26: Ruth 3, 4
  • Thursday 6/27: 1 Samuel 1
  • Friday 6/28: 1 Samuel 2:1-11
  • Saturday 6/29:  1 Samuel 2:12-36
  • Sunday 6/30: 1 Samuel 3:1-3-41a

Good  morning, SHINE girls! Are you ready for another week in the Living, Breathing, Active Word of God? 

Me too!  

Girls, let me just shoot it straight as an arrow....I am so lost without the Lord.

 I mean, truly, I am an utter catastrophe.

He's made me realize just what a mess I am without Him time after time.

I can mess up. BIG time.

Just when I think I am going along great, in a good place, and not so dependent on Him or His Word....BAM!! 

I fall back down hard on my face. 

So many times I have failed. So many times I have forgotten just how weak I am without Him. 

However, He never gives up on me! Ever!

I remember recently something happening {again} and I just went straight to Him and told Him this: 

"Lord, I cannot live without You. I know you made us to depend on You, but I think I need You the MOST! Why did You make me so helpless without You?"

As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I knew the answer. 

He made me weak, so that I would be strong through Him, and Him alone. 

"But he said to me, 
“My grace is sufficient for you, 
for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

He made me a big ball of flesh, so that I would always remember that He's the only One that can heal me and save me. 

He's allowed me to be hurt and disappointed at times, so that I would rely on HIM and HIM alone. 

Do you see what I mean?

Girls, we need Him. More than we need the air in our lungs. 

We are hopeless, helpless, and down right messed up without Him.

Our memory verse this week is very personal to me. It is also found in our reading from yesterday. :)

"Above all, love each other deeply,
 because love covers a multitude of sins."
1 Peter 4:8
This verse is powerful because we can look at it in the way of God's Love for us, and also in the way that we are to love others. 

When I mess up, I ask Him to forgive me and cover my sin so that others will not be hurt from it. 

I can remember many, many, many conversations that I have had with others and then thinking back upon them I would shudder. Like shut my eyes, shake my head, and shudder loudly. Yikes.

I would quickly say to the Lord, "Lord, cover that, please. You know my heart, and you know that my words did not come out right. Please allow your Love to cover all that mess I just left behind."

I have also had to use this verse when I am in a situation of needing to forgive.

"Lord, do I really have to love and forgive like this? Really??"

Yes, Jill. You do.

What if the Father chose to hold a grudge and chose not to forgive us when He have messed up?

Oh, my. We would be in a heap of trouble, wouldn't we?

Oh, and let's not forget that I have many times been the one needing the forgiveness. Oh, how I love that verse in times like these! I would pray that the person I had wronged would love me enough to forgive me. 

We must take this verse to heart, girls.

Memorize it.

Practice it.

Live it. 

Once and for all.

Lord, let us love others like You love us. There's no telling the thickness of the walls among all of our hearts that need a giant slam of the forgiveness hammer. Your Love truly covers our mess-ups, and our sins. Help us to receive Your forgiveness, as well as to administer forgiveness to others. Help us to love each other deeply, and to cover each other and our giant messes. Just like You do for us. In Jesus name. Amen.


Anonymous said...

I so needed to hear this today! Going through a time that makes it super hard to forgive. God is showing me the right thing to do, but I am having a hard time doing it. Praying for strength to forgive once and for all. I needed this verse. Even though it is really hard

Anonymous said...

Amen!! Amen!!! The Lord has been pressing on me with this. Everywhere I turn everything I do. I want to learn to include people that are not like me. As Jesus did. I pray for the right word to include not judge to forgive as he forgives. He has covered my sins with love so that I can cover others with love. GRACE GRACE GRACE. In me through me and on to others.pray for me girls!!! It is solo hard.
Kelly G

Women Who Pray said...

Amen to the two above...I needed this today! Forgiving myself is often hard to do...when I have stumbled...or fell-out in ambush...allowing myself to be comforted...

We are all in this together...and the further we go the tighter the tunnel...or more narrow the road...and sometimes we are scraping our arms and whatever else is not tucked in and under...

Listening to you today, Jill, and hearing the two comments...and knowing what I've been going through...reminds me of the Word that warns us that our enemy is as a roaring lion...and that he is looking for the weak...to devour.

In my weakness, He is strong!! I love that!!! And, I know that my escape is always through not out...I must go through in order to get to the other side...remember the dot-to-dot...that I shared at your house?

If we skip a dot...or go to the wrong dot...the picture is not the same...so when the LORD our GOD maps it out...we have to focus on the numbers...1-2, 2-3, 3-4, and so on...not seeing the end...until we get above to look...

I'm really not rattling on...just needed to say ... that I'm older...been in this a long time...and the road still gets merky and all...I am more dependent today than when I first began...not because I like it...but because I can do nothing without Him...not one second.

Reminded of a picture He showed me a long time ago...there was a flood...and I saw myself giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (sp?) to those around me...and suddenly...I began to drown...

The WORD of the LORD came upon me saying, "You can't give out more than you are taking in."

Makes much more sense today...years later...even though I just had it happen...began to drown...giving out more than I was taking in!

You'd think that with the amount I pray in a week's time...I couldn't have that happen...but I minister as prayer minister on conference line and skype and facebook and website and telephone...and I minister in person daily, as wife, mother, grandmother...and sometimes as sister and much as sister in Christ...

I put on my wall a couple of days ago..."June has been slap full!!" and it has been...for most of us if not all of us!! :D

Glad to know that we are in this together, little sister!!

Glad to know...but ever more mindful to lift you up...and the 2 commenters above...and all our Shine Girl friends and prayer warriors...and all my Women Who Pray by fb, conf line, skype, website...all our tent!!! Glory!!!

Love you ever so much!!! As Beka and Mary always say,

Love you more!!!! <3

Jill Hill said...

thank you aunt T! i sure love you back!!

Jill Hill said...

Grace...i LOVE that word! praying for you, sweet friend.

Jill Hill said...

it IS hard...but you CAN do it through Christ and Christ alone! praying for you, anon. God is just waiting to bless you, girlie.