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Obediance

Obey.

Whom do you obey? Your sinful self? Or God’s Word?

Romans 6:16Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

 

Oh, how easy it is to obey our human urges, to give into our desires without thought. But Paul warns us it leads to death. Separation from God. Bondage to the Father of Lies. Doesn’t that sound…heart-warming?

Paul goes on to say that God has given us the gift of His son…

Romans 6:17-23  “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves ofrighteousness for holiness.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Delivered. Set free. Slaves of righteousness for holiness. Set free. Slave of God. Holiness as fruit. Everlasting life. Gift of God: Eternal life.

 

He has a plan for me, for you. He is faithful to complete it. In His plan, we are delivered. Not just from our past sins, but our current ones, our future ones. We are delivered from that which binds us, holding us captive. Lusts, temptations, addictions, distractions, sins of all types. In being set free, we are free to obey Him. Be slaves to His Word, to righteousness. Receivers of eternal life.

 

Oh, how wonderful my God is…I am humbled that He would seek me out, number my days and hold me in His hands. Cherishing me. Loving me.

Obey.

I will obey, and give thanks.

I will say yes, even when it’s hard.

I will submit, though I may not see why.

 

 

 

Marriage

I have long known that my beliefs are not those of most of my family, friends and acquaintances.  I know this for many reasons, but mostly because Christ told me so, “If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18 

Lately marriage has been on my mind. My own. Others. Generally and specifically. I’m a newlywed, you might say, so I have a lot to learn still. But I’m searching and looking for God’s will for marriage. He breaks it down fairly simply. (albeit, not what us women love to hear.) Eph 5:22-29; “22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.”

Submit. That lovely word that many women run screaming from. But my husband is the head of my family. He is the leader, not me.  Read just a little further, and God also commands husbands to love their wives as their own flesh. Nourishing it. Cherishing it. Give of himself for her. Sanctifying her.  So much for a man to do, and we as women have to allow our husbands to lead us, guide us, as Christ does the Church.

And further, He commands, 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Eph 5:33 

Men, love your wives.

Women, respect your husbands.

Is it that simple?

Can all the relational problems be fixed if men and women just did those two things?

Well…God says so.

Think about it.

As women, our biggest need is to feel loved, cherished.

Men need to feel respected, accepted.

So it must be so.

Combine all the commandments He’s given us, with those two above, and it’s a possibility.

I am a newlywed, but I strive to keep these commandments close to my heart.

What are your thoughts on marriage?

Book recommendations:

Resolution for Women, Love & Respect, How to Pray For Your Husband

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Welcome, 2012!!

The new year as rolled over, and as we change out our calenders, update our files and put away our party fun, I’m sure some of us are also reflecting.

Reflecting on last year, (which was just yesterday), reflecting on this year. Many of us make resolutions, and most of us has tossed them to the side before January is even over. So I challenge you, those of you who’ve made some promise to yourself, that this year…you’ll stick to at least one resolution. I’ve made plenty of them, but I’ll consider a success if just one lasts until December 31, 2012. I know I know…life gets in the way, right?  Well you bet it does, but we can still accomplish so much, when a mind is set to it. So get to settin!

I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for my family and I. I ask you to join us on our journey, by following along via my blog, or facebook page. Both of which I aim to keep up with more often!

In His Hands,

Peggy

 

John 14:1-3

 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

I wasn’t going to…but here it is – 2012 Goals!

I wasn’t going to join the Goal club, but I in the end, couldn’t resist writing out a few of my 2012 goals.

In no particular order:

1. Blog/write more frequently

2. Be more active and become fit

3. Organize our home so that everything has a place

4. Make, follow and stick to a budget

5. Work on loving Christs way, starting at home with my family

6. Study my Bible daily

7. Make a dent in our debt

8. Making my Scentsy business pay for itself and then some

9. Keep up on Jeremiah’s scrapbook

10. Make great memories!

Some of those are frivolous, some are not. Every list should have some fun, frivolous type ‘To Dos’ on it!!!

What is on your list?!

In His Hands,

Peggy

PS. I thought of a few more!

Take more photographs

Take my camera with me everywhere

Make something from my pinterest weekly!

Things I’ve learned from 2011

The things I’ve learned from 2011, could also be said to have been learned from 2010. So here goes:

God is in control

I can handle a lot more than I thought…only because God is my strength

Family and true friends are priceless

Be thankful, even in grief

Sometimes, when confronted with a mirror, I’m surprised at what/who I’ve become

Having faith is an action, not a lofty thought

Life is way too short to hold grudges

Life is also too short to not forgive our ‘enemies’

All our best plans, pale in comparison to Gods perfect ones

Learning to let go takes more faith than holding on

What are somethings you’ve learned in 2011?! I’d love to know.

In His Hands,

Peggy

Trusting God?

Growing up in the church atmosphere, I didn’t give much thought to God, or searching the scriptures for myself really. I was blessed enough to have a Mom who taught me and gave me a firm foundation, even though I didn’t know it at the time.  It wasn’t until we lost Michael that I saw how firm that foundation had grown.

In the days and months after, I grew to knew this Lord and Master I believed in. Even knowing that somethings wouldn’t be answered, and something would be really difficult to accept, I loved Him to more I knew of Him. I pressed into Him more in that time than I even had before. But I needed the pressing in. We all need the pressing in.

The more I learn and talk to others, the more thankful I am for the trials in life. Those trials have given me Christ. Shown to me the character of God. Given me peace that my hope isn’t misplaced or unfounded.

How do I trust God?

By learning who He is. Searching the scriptures for His own words about Himself. Watching and waiting for His character to reveal itself.  Asking Him to show me the who, how and what of Himself.

Then the next hardest step…accepting that He IS just who He says He is. Just who I find in the scriptures. Accepting is where faith steps in.

 

 

Can you trust and accept? What’s holding you back from believing? Is it because you don’t know what He says about Himself? If so, I urge you to pour over the Word of Life. Seeking Him honestly, asking Him to show your heart and mind the truth of Him. Praying to replace the lies and unknowns with perfect knowledge and wisdom in Him. He will meet you there, right there in that moment.

 

In His Hands,

 

Peggy

I Gotta Be Honest About Money

…I’m not perfect! *gasp* No one is, Peggy!

 Our finances are a disaster. Royal quagmire. A sink hole.

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture.

As children of God, our money matters shouldn’t look like the way of the rest of the worlds. They should be in order, and under a good steward. Yet how many of us believers struggle with what to do, daily?

In Matthew 25:14-30, Christ tells the parable of the talents. *Talents where a weight of money, so it could be gold, silver etc, not a specific amount.

Three servants are given according to their abilities, first one receives 5, second receives 2, third receives 1. The first two go out and double their talents. The third buries his 1. When the Master returns, he rewards the first two, according to their faithfulness. The third one has his taken away and is banished for laziness.

We are to be diligent, and faithful with our resources. Not hiding it away, or wasting it. But using it for it’s purposes. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to submit all our ways to Him and He will make our ways straight. Submit ALL our ways, including and most especially our money.

These past few years God’s been teaching my husband and I a lot about Himself.  But the one thing that keeps ringing in my head the most, is obedience to His Word.  Obeying shows faith, and faith brings obedience. Obey, obey obey. So, if I’m to obey, what am I to obey Him about, regarding money? Like the Matthew parable shows, I must be diligent to be found faithful with that which is given to me. Money, personal talents/callings, relationships are given to us. All this we must be faithful with. God’s Word shows us and tells us just what to do with all of it:

Be a good steward.

Be faithful.

Be sober.

Be loving.

Be generous.

Be hopeful.

So, if you’re like me, money makes you stress out at times. Even to the point of staying up at nights, or waking up at night. *Like I am now, at the typing of this post. But, as His children, we are not to worry either! Oh Lord, that is so very hard not to do.  But worry does not trust He will do what He promises us. Stressing over anything, be it money or relationships, does not bring us the peace He’d like to give us.

So, what then?

We must be diligent, to be found faithful with that which has been given to us, and with joy and thanksgiving, wait upon the Lords grace and mercy. He will provide what we need, as we need it. He will give to those who are faithful, and not take away.

So today, we, my husband and I, will submit our money tangling ways to the Lord, our Beloved Master. And ask Him for His help and guidance.  We will walk the path of diligence and practice our obedience to His Word. As believers, we can do no less than obey. Even to the point of personal sacrifice.

1 Peter 4:1-2, ” Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”

Pray for us, as we practice obedience, faith and trust in God in these matters. It’s not easy to submit habitual matters to Him, but it is what we’re called to do. And if we profess to believe Him and His Word, we can do no less, than follow His Word. I have great hope, full of assurance, that He will be faithful to us. That our money handling skills will grow and stretch, teaching us much more about His character (and ours!) than we thought possible. For with every act of faith and willingness to obey, He shows through to be that which He has said.

I’m excited to see what He will teach us, and show us. I am not fearful, but joyful. Knowing that His ways are good and perfect.

In His Hands,

Peggy