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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.

 

 

 

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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

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

 

Living With Hope not Fear

We can also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance,

and perseverance proven character, and proven character, hope.

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out

within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

This pregnancy has been a practice of faith and trust in God, from the very beginning. It continues to be so now. Lemme tell you why…

My blood pressure has started to do wonky things, like being higher than we’d like. It’s no longer a cuff issue, as at home we get the same numbers the Dr. office and hospital have been getting. So now, all MY plans are tossed out and I’m on my knees in prayer to keep Jeremiah in until 36-37wks. I pray for His peace every day, many times a day. I KNOW He has a perfect plan. I’ve been praying to know that plan, and submit my heart and mind to it. The last place I want to be is outside the plan. He has been faithful to us up til now, He will continue to do so.

So now, our thoughts are on being prepared every week for it to be THE week we meet Jeremiah. It’s a practice in faith, trust and peace. We have thought about the outcome, talked about how we’d handle the details, all the while pouring out our fears and hopes at His feet, and receiving grace and peace in return.

We have also been dealing with the emotional fallout of this birth being similar to Michaels. All the fears of the unknown, yet known are present. No way around them, but to again lay them at His feet, over and over again until they stay there.

Many thoughts come back to me, in this time. Who am I that I might have special treatment? Who are we to expect a pain free, fear free life while here? What have I done, that is special enough to grant me ease all the days of my life?

Nothing.

Not one thing.

Yet…

I have hope. I’m reminded again and again that I have hope. I have a God who is much bigger, and much more than I can imagine. I trusted Him in those days after Michael. I can trust Him with Jeremiah now. Jeremiah is, after all, His child first. I’m just borrowing him for a time.

Nights are the hardest for me, it’s when my fears are unleashed and try to rob me of my precious little sleep. Last night, I poured out my fears to God, and suddenly felt so much peace and hope. I immediately feel asleep. While I’m not 100% rested this morning, I still feel the presence of God, the peace and hope He gave me.

With all my heart, I rejoice today, for the hope and peace I have in Christ. No matter the outcome, I will continue to rejoice in His mercy and love.

In His hands,

Peggy

 

 

 

Rest, Trust and Know

Rest: To cease action, putting to rest, repose, relief, peace, refresh, be still.

The meaning can vary, according to your source, and your aim. But this is more of a spiritual rest. A spiritual rest that causes my mind to be at ease, and full of His peace. To not be anxious for anything.

Trust: to have confidence, to hope.

My soul longs to trust Christ and His promises. To trust without fault.

Know: recognize, understand, to see, discover.

I must know my God, fully and truthfully.

 

Right now, He’s been pressing these words (actions) on my heart. To REST in Him. To TRUST Him. To KNOW Him. In the knowing of Him, the trust and rest will come. How can I not trust the God of my faith, when He’s held me up during the darkest times of my life? His word is faithful, He will again hold me up and give me strength. Give me the measure of faith for each day.

Oh, but the hardest part is to trust, isn’t it? Even when you have a recent example of His faithfulness to encourage you. But I’ve come to realize that everyday is a choice, every movement of faith is a choice. Every step along the way, is a step of faith, a step of choice.

Step, choices. You decide and move, yet He is there the whole way. Even when it’s not according to His plans, or His path for you. He is there.

I must choose to know Him, trust Him and rest in Him. To know that His plan is perfect in every way.  To choose faith over fear or anxiety.

 

Father God, help me to grow in the knowledge of You. To hold your truth close to my heart, and nothing else. No room for fear or anything not of You.

 

In His hands,

 

Peggy

I Remember Too

This week, a friend of mine is facing her 1 year heaven date for her little angel boy. In a month, another friend faces hers.  I remember how I felt when I faced mine, all those emotions you thought you’d dealt with, come rushing back. All the memories of how you found out, what you experiences, the smells, sounds, etc. As I remember with them, I ask that you keep these two wonderful ladies, mothers, in your thoughts and prayers. They need the little extra loving right now.

 

Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD. Psalms 31:24

 

My heart is heavy, but my spirit is hopeful. I know that the day will be hard, but I pray that it will also have a peace, a simpleness.

I’m at a loss for words right now, so I will leave this post simple in it’s purpose.

Remember.

Pray.

Love.

Hope.

Peace.

 

 

Remembering with you,

Peggy