I will Be Praying For You…

Have you ever been guilty of telling someone you would pray for them but don’t? I know I have told others before that I would be praying for them and it slipped my mind. Maybe it was because I had too much on me that day or I just forgot…I had good intentions. I think most of us do.
I also believe it is the polite thing to say “I will pray for you” and then we say a 10-second half-hearted prayer just so we don’t feel guilty. I had someone message me a few months back asking me to pray for them. I made a mental note to really pray for them, not to just say I would. If someone is in need we should pray wholeheartedly. We need to call out to God on their behalf even if we don’t know the situation. Making a serious mental note helps me to commit to praying for them not just saying I will.
What about the people we think are the cause of their own troubles? I am not going to lie I have thought to myself before “well, you did this to yourself. These are the consequences.” Then it is like God puts me in my place and says “Hey, remember when you messed up and others prayed?” I have had some rough times in life caused by my own doings. During those times I had people really praying for me and my situation. Thank God they prayed for me! Instead of looking our noses down on those we don’t think are worthy we need to have a look at ourselves and realize we aren’t worthy either but God still listens!
We need to pray for those that need it, ask for prayer when we need it. We need to make a commitment to pray for someone who we said we would. Let us not throw “I will pray for you” around loosely. Put our words into action and let God move.

James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”

Psalms 34:17 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”

 

 

Racism and Christianity?

A derogatory term was used by a friend in front of someone else we consider a good friend. I cringed immediately. Looked at the expression on our friends face and the term was used again! I looked at my husband like “oh no!” All I could think of was the possible hurt and anger that it caused. It’s been expressed before that we don’t use those words. We don’t teach our children ugly words. We disagree with racial slurs against any race. People, especially in the south, don’t always care.
We apologized to our friend and his response was how we need to pray for people that don’t understand or agree with us. Prayer is what this man suggested that with one good punch could probably knock another grown man out. This man said to pray for those that hurt you instead of hurting back.
He is a Christian man just like most Christian husbands doing his best to lead his family closer to God. He shows more grace than most would. His gentleness with the situation I say only brings glory to God and to his interracial family.
Christianity and racism do not go hand in hand. If you are a Christian some words shouldn’t come out of your mouth towards any race, any human being. What should come out is love towards others no matter what color they are. I believe it is our job as Christian parents to break the cycle of racism whether you are black, white, Hispanic, or Asian. Are there any prejudices in your home?
Momma’s, whatever color you may be what are you going to teach your babies about? Are you going to allow them to grow up saying derogatory words towards those different than them? As Christians, we need to examine our hearts towards others and what God says about things, not our strong southern opinion.

Growing Pains

2 Chronicles 6:40 “Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”

This morning as I was doing my morning scriptures, my prayer was and usually always is Lord, help me! Especially in being a mother. It can be so easy to read scriptures and all of the inspirational quotes on Pinterest and agree 100% with them but…

It is always hard to live how we should. Hard to not speak in a harsh tone at them babies when you’re having a bad day. To let those spills and broken dishes go. Hard to have patience when your child backtalks and disrespects you. Hard when all they do is fight and fuss. Motherhood is messy by the way.

I think I am in the trenches right now with my kids, and it seems to keep me in prayer. Maybe God is wanting me as deep in prayer as I am in the trenches of motherhood. Maybe I should pray more and it will end sooner! I shouldn’t just say motherhood, parenthood is messy!

Something I am learning is that families go through changes and stages. There are growing pains as we grow together with constantly changing human beings.  As our children go from stage to stage we need wisdom to help them through it. We need to be able to understand them. Adults change and grow through the years as well. Let us hope that it is only for the better.

Our kids need us to be in prayer for God’s guidance to raise them. They need us to lead according to God’s will. To be loving, Christian parents. Prayer for wisdom and understanding is necessary to be the  Christian parents we need to be. Prayer is vital.  I know because right now there is a shift in our family and I don’t like the direction it is going in. To change it, I must first be willing to change myself. I need to be willing to physically get on my knees and call out to the Lord for His direction as a mother. I must pray for my husband as he leads us and for my children’s hearts ready to follow.

The most powerful thing we can do, as wives and mothers is to pray for our husbands and our children.  If your family is like mine and going through some growing pains it is time to get serious with our prayers! Complaining is the devil’s way of distracting us from praying. Don’t get caught up, kneel before the One who knows your family best!

Ephesians 4:2 “with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.”

Proverbs 4:5-13

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

“The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Si’-nai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.” Psalm 68:8

There is a place I know. We have been going for the past few years. It is surrounded by beauty. When you look around, you see an open sky and mountains. This morning as I was doing my scripture writing (something new, thank you Heidi ST. John) I wrote Psalm 68:8  I thought about this place we go to and how I love it. You can feel the presence of God there. When you breathe in the mountain air you breathe in the freshness of God’s greatness. He is there. My soul is revived every time I go. I am sure it is because this place is covered in prayer, His will, and full of His people every summer.
Today I thought I want my home. These woods that we live back in to be a place where God dwells all the time. Where His presence is felt, all the time. I want God to be welcomed completely and wholly in our home, not just part-time. I want to breathe God’s Spirit every time I breathe. Every time I wake I want my thoughts on Him. I want my children to know Him! To look out in the field and up at the sky and say I know God dwells with us. To know He is welcomed here every day, not just Sundays. I want a full-time relationship with God. You may be thinking “If you are saved He is always there.” Yes, but isn’t it possible to be sitting right beside your husband on the couch while you both scroll through social media and not be close to one another? You are both focused on things that don’t matter. You are being unintentional in your relationship so you don’t grow closer together? You feel unattached? That is how we can become with God because our focus is not Him. Then our homes are out of sort.
I know that in reality, we will have hard times and Christian struggles where we may fall, but I want God to prevail in our home. When troubles do surface we can fall back on Him. That He is where we go when problems arise. I want my children to see this in action.

How do we do this? How do we allow God to be in our home? How do we show our children that we serve a living God?

We need to consistently work on our relationship with Jesus. Spending time in His presence daily. Being vigilant and not lazy about things in our own spiritual lives and in the lives of our children.

As momma’s we need to pray over our children and our husbands. We need to ask God to be with us and to give us the wisdom to raise them according to His ways, not this world. We need to open our Bibles and say more than a half-hearted prayer.

We need to take them to church. The church is a vital part to our spiritual growth. It is where we can get encouragement to keep moving in this Christian walk.

We need to give grace to the very people we live with. We need to make sure that we aren’t putting unrealistic expectations on those we love. When our loved ones mess up we need to forgive them like God has forgiven us. Our children need to know that when they are having difficulties or they did something wrong that they can run to us. We will be able to lead them back to God; not shame them away.

We need to watch what we allow to come into our homes. Internet sites. Music. Television. If you are doing something in secret from your kids it still isn’t a secret from God. It will hinder His work in your lives.

We need to ask God to be present and when He convicts us we need to be willing to let go and change.

I know it’s hard to stay on track. I know from experience how hard it is to do right when it is so easy to fall away and do wrong. I am dealing right now with opening my Bible every morning and staying faithful to what I know I need to. When we lack a true daily relationship with the Lord, we lack everything spiritually. Let us make sure that we are inviting God into our daily lives from the moment we wake. Praise Him in the mornings. “Even Si’-nai itself was moved at the presence of God.”

Luke 19:40 ” And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Don’t Be Consumed

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1

If you can’t step away from everything for a few moments you will be taken over by it. Our souls are not meant to be consumed by things other than God. When it is I believe things like depression, anxiety, and discontentment seep into our lives. I am not against social media I think it can be used for good. Even though we mean well sometimes we get lost in it all. We get lost in this life and not the healthy kind of lost.
If you are overwhelmed and can’t figure out why. If you are unhappy and have every reason to be, then take a step away from everything except God and the people who are closest to your heart.
Get off of social media for a few days to refresh your mind and rid it of all the negativity. Instead of scrolling online scroll through your Bible and see what God shows you. Pray more. Get outside. Nature does one good. In nature, we find the beauty of God’s creation. Allow yourself to grow closer to Jesus and further from the things that take us away from Him. I promise that Facebook won’t notice if you are gone for a few days. Everyone on Facebook doesn’t care if you announce to them you are taking a break. God notices when we are consumed.  He notices when you don’t open your Bible or pray. He misses you when you are far from Him. Acceptance by God is far more important than acceptance by anyone else.

In the Arms of My Saviour

Have you ever been so happy just to finally fall into the arms of your husband at the end of a rough day? His arms wrap around you tightly and you melt knowing that life will be okay because you have one another, even if you have no one else. Even though your husband can’t fix the problems just knowing he is there makes you feel better. Maybe there isn’t anything detrimental going on and maybe there is. The comfort that I get knowing that he loves me makes me feel secure. My husband though it may be the smallest upset in life is always there for me and I for him.
In the difficult moments of trying to navigate life, when I am laying in the arms of my husband, the person who loves me most on this earth; my thoughts to turn to Jesus.
Why Jesus? Because my husband is so perfect? No, because if an imperfect man can love me so much then I can only imagine how deep the Saviours love for me runs. My thoughts turn to the day when I will meet Jesus in person. When I get to fall into the arms of Christ and He wraps His loving arms around me! When all of the problems, pain, insecurities, doubts, and sufferings melt away the moment of His embrace. What we go through on earth may heal but they heal leaving scars. When we get to Heaven there will be no more scars. I think maybe all the burdens we carry when we see Him will flow out of our eyes in tears and be gone once and for all. I feel like what is embedded deep within my soul that only my Saviour knows about will vanish when my eyes lock with His. He will understand. He will know. He will say it’s okay. It’s over. It’s done.
A Christian’s hope is founded on our relationship with Christ. We know we can count on Him in this life and after. He always gives us what we need to get through our troubles. We find our comfort in Him.

Psalm 91:1-2 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

Life, unfortunately, will not be pain-free. We can find relief in God. Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you accepted Him in your heart? Do you, Christian, dwell in the secret place with Him? Or do you just run aimlessly? Do you have hope knowing that in the end, it will come out alright?
Yes, I feel safe and get comfort in the arms of my husband. It is one of the best feelings. I am so thankful I have him. It does make life better having him by my side. But I only get peace from Jesus. Peace, knowing who Jesus is. I get peace knowing one day we will meet. Though, I may not be able to physically rest in the arms of Jesus I get peace knowing that he has me in His. When you are struggling, go find your place with Him. Seek Him. Dwell with Him. No other gives peace like He does. No other loves us like He loves us.

Saying Too Much?

Discretion: the quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid causing offense or revealing private information.

Proverbs 2:11 “Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”

Proverbs 5:2 “That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.”

Proverbs 11:22 “As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.”

Titus 2:3-5 “The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”

There have been times when I have opened my mouth and it was far from discreet. Out poured my thoughts or opinion at that moment. How many times have we reminded our children to think before they speak? Sometimes I am really chatty and will just talk and talk. Only afterward wondering if I had said something out of line, given too much information, or too loudly stated my opinion. Other times I am quiet and won’t say but a few words. Honestly, that’s probably not too often. As women of God, we should speak discreetly about all things. We can still have a voice. Yes, there are times to speak honestly but we should pray for God to guard our lips against saying the wrong things against others. We need to make sure we are trustworthy in our relationships. Not everyone needs to know everything and not everyone has the best interest for you. Not everyone is discreet as they ought to be. Let us make sure that we are practice discretion in our daily lives.