Jan 12, 2012

Thursday SHINE...

Good morning, SHINE girls!

Here is today's reading: http://bible.us/1Sam9.1.MSG

Whew, is 1 Samuel getting juicy or what?!

I am finding myself sneaking ahead to the next chapter to see what happens next!

Before reading our daily scripture, I review the chapter from the day before. My brain is not what it used to be, (which wasn't much to begin with), so I have to refresh my memory on where the chapter left off.

As I read yesterday's passage of 1 Samuel 8 again, I was struck by something. It was as if the Lord had colored these words with a big yellow highlighter marker so that I would not miss them:

'It is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king." 1 Samuel 8:7

As I read this over and over, letting it fully sink into this little heart of mine...my eyes welled up with tears.

I could hear the Lord speaking to me through this verse.

You see, my whole life I have struggled with the fear of being rejected. It has been a struggle trying to overcome this in my adult life. (did i just say this out loud?)

When you have a fear of being rejected, you guard your heart. No, not just guard your heart, but you barricade your heart.

As a Christian woman, I often have felt rejected...many times. When this happens, insecurity creeps in, and the enemy whispers in my ear that I am  just not good enough...not smart enough...not pretty enough.

Girls! Are you getting this?

God is showing us, as SHINE girls, as women who long to serve Christ....that we are not the ones they are rejecting...it is HIM.

I am fiercely loyal to my loved ones, so this doesn't make me feel any better. However, it changes my perspective. It's really not about me....but about Him.

My barricade is breaking down day by day.

It may take a life time, but it is definitely a work in progress.

For this, I rejoice.

What about you?

Where is your barricade?

Maybe your barricade is around your pride, your children, your husband, your job....your heart?

I encourage my fellow SHINE girls...break it down, brick by brick. Let the soothing balm of the Savior heal that old festering wound that is being barricaded.

It's really not about us, girls.

It's about Him.

Aren't you glad?

brick by brick,


**we encourage your comments, girls. we LOVE to hear about what the Lord is showing you each day. won't you share with us by commenting? if you are having trouble leaving a comment...email me at lemandjill@gmail.com. i will do my best to walk you through it. :-)


  1. I believe that we all have a deep need to be validated and if we aren't (even just a little bit, like hearing someone say, "I see your point") then, we feel like we're failing somehow. We all want to blend in, not make too many waves - that's our flesh.

    However, being in Christ we are new creations ("old things have passed away and look all things have become new." 2 Cor 5:17) and He calls us to stand up and step out. How can we be Lights, a city on a hill if we aren't SHINING for Him.
    Matthew 5:14
    14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

    I definitely have a fear of rejection. With God's help, I can love freely with reckless abandon and use all of the spiritual gifts to drown out my flesh. (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

    The enemy would have me believe that I'm too broken, too scarred, too honest and too messed up to be any good in His Kingdom but the reality is that He doesn't love me any less - just like we don't love our messy kids any less with their trail of crumbs and dirt. They are ours and we revel in that deep love.

    I loved today's reading, too. Especially this part - http://www.youversion.com/bible/msg/1sam/9/19 How cool that Saul finally made it to Samuel and he knew exactly who he was, what he was looking and even that his donkeys had been found. I LOVED THAT. God had given him the ability to prophecy with great knowledge. How often are we in the middle of a mess and we feel the Master call us out - - knowing exactly where we are. He gently reminds us that we are His after all. Pretty amazing.

    Bless you SHINE girls. xo!

  2. I shared yesterday that my weakness was that fear of rejection...wanting all to love me...wanting all to want to be with me...to share...not to turn anyone off...yet, He called me to speak the Truth and when I obey...obedience being better than sacrifice...He floods me with His blessings! Learning to tell the Truth...and nothing but the Truth...and I don't mean my opinion...I mean the Word on the issue...has been a lifetime of one step at a time...often not seeing the benefits for what seems like eternity...and then, oh, that's why You had me share that, LORD!! Now I SEE!

    Mar, I loved the fact that Samuel not only sees (a seer, a prohphet) but that He had ears to hear the voice of his Shepherd! He was not taken by surprise by Samuel, and even lets us know that in the next chapter...tomorrow's reading...that he will tell Saul all that is in his heart..and what the word of the God is for Saul...juicy yes, Jill...amazed at first that we started studying the Word ...the whole Bible..but beginning in 1 Samuel...I've read Genesis many times...can't say the same about all of Samuel..1st and 2nd...I'm excited about the days to come...glad to have so many of my own friends and family participating and all the new ones for me...Love you all! Teddi

  3. Anonymous1/12/2012

    "but the voice of Truth...tells me a different story...the voice of Truths says do not be afraid."

    This song says it all to me. No matter what our barricades are..we have the Voice of Truth. :)

  4. I have learned to allow God to orchestrate and set the time for happenings in my life. We're a fast paced disposable society and we want what we want quicker/better/faster on our time. When we force this to happen we abort the system of God and we get literally 'left out' of all that He has for us. We need to allow His timing to implement 'sew' in us that which He desires so it is a complete work. It equips us for His Army. This morning in my reading of Psl 139 we see how he knows every fiber of our making and He is always with us. Hallelujah! So it's good to see that as Saul journeyed he kept walking in faith until He was just where God wanted him to be to receive what God had for him. LOVE IT! Thank you Lord. Open our eyes to see you and our ears (yes, Teddi) to hear you. Let you anointing rest on our hearts that we are open to walk by faith in your light and trusting you. And yes, Mar, give us YOUR love Father, which is unconditional love, that we will love with reckless abandonment as you love us. Much Love, Terri

  5. Kimberlee Blazina1/12/2012

    Saw this today on a FB page I follow: "Fear not" doesn't mean you won't feel fear, it means when you feel fear, don't run. Do it afraid! (2 Chron. 20:15)

    1. I once heard Joyce Meyer say "Do it afraid. That is being brave." I've always lik
      ed that. P.S I just read this chapter to my son. He asked, "Is this from the Bible? This is interesting! "


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