Tuesday, March 28, 2017

God's Will

"What is it that God is purposing where I am?"

"Once I know what God is doing, then I will know what I need to do."

"The focus need to be on GOD, not MY LIFE."

I had never thought about this difference. But it really is an interesting and important point! I've always been so intent on my life and the choices I have to choose, and being careful to live a Christian life to represent me... when really, I need to examine CHRIST'S life, and follow Him and his example, so that I am better able to represent Jesus in the way I live as His child. To GOD be the glory forever!!! Amen.

"To know and do the will of God, you must deny self and return to a God-centered life." Focusing on one's own self-worth and what we have, is a self-centered view on life. But focusing on the Lord's power and what He has given us is a God-centered view on life. It's not about us or what makes us look good; it's about God's Will and what glorifies HIS name. As a servant of the Lord, I have been realizing that I need to remember this key understanding.

It's so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you need to make yourself good enough in order to be called and looked upon as a good Christian. Yes, we need to follow God's rules and keep His commandments. We have to strive to live a Godly and Christian life-style. BUT... we can never be "good enough". EVER. That's why we will fail if we compare ourselves to other Christians or to what we imagine to be the "perfect Christian". Even our most righteous deeds or thoughts are like filthy rags to the Lord. We can never be clean enough, let alone "good enough". Instead, we have to compare ourselves to Jesus. And we must live our lives for Him; to live for anything else would be worthless. When we try our best to live like Christ lived, then our focus can better be centered upon The Lord's Will. And our strivings to a better obedience for our God will be more pleasing to Him, because when we look to Christ, we look to God. Therefore, with our lives, we can serve our Heavenly King. Not because we are accomplishing any great thing... but because we are allowing the Lord to accomplish great things in and through us. Our Father in Heaven has beautiful stories for each and every one of us; but our stories are only stories within His own. The whole purpose of this life, is to see the Will of God in everything. This is His World and His masterpiece. We are His beloved children. HIS WILL is perfect, and it is the whole centerpiece for our entire futures.

Give your heart, your life, and your desires to God. In His timing and in His way, His work will be done. We are His servants.

"Lord, whatever I know to be Your Will, I will do it. Regardless of the cost and regardless of the adjustment, as best I know my heart, I commit myself to follow Your Will ahead of time. Lord, no matter what Your Will looks like, I will do it!"

God has been working in your life since your birth. He was working out His purposes for your life prior to your birth. When God gets ready for you to take a new step or direction in His activity, it will be in sequence with what He already has been doing in your life. He builds your character in an orderly fashion with a divine purpose in mind. Give Him your life, and through it He will be glorified. Because when we make "God's Will" our focus, the Will He has for our lives with shine through and be beautiful. We must desire His Will, for us, for HIM. For us :) What a treasure His plan is!!

Now I'm not saying it's easy... living for God's Will can often mean dying to your own desires. It can hurt to draw closer to the Lord, when many times He will ask you to pull away from things you love the most. It will be difficult at times to understand why God asks you to make certain adjustments in your life, and you may not always be so willing. But when you obey, even when it's the hardest... God rewards you and in the end it is always best. His gifts are perfect. Our desires are sinful and selfish. His will is eternal and forever beautiful. Our own will is temporary and fades away with the world.

"What is God's Will for my life?"
"What is God's Will?"

It's not about ME and what I want, It's about GOD and what HE wants.

Lord, give me understanding on interpreting Your Will as the main key in living my life for YOU, instead of concentrating so hard on what your will is for MY life and ME. Amen

Thoughts and words inspired by "Experiencing God" by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring!

As today is the first day of Spring, and March is nearing a close, I figured I should write a new post!!

Life has been so busy for me... filled with ups and downs, laughs and tears, goodness and struggles. But through everything, God is wonderful, and His mercies endure forever. I praise Him for the happy times, but I thank Him for the sad times as well. Because in every situation, pleasant or bitter, I know He uses it for His purposes. All things work together for the good of those who love Him, and every good and perfect gift is from the Lord. What a comfort that has been to me recently!!

So anyway... Happy Spring everybody!!! As a new season arrives for us in this world, it reminds me of all the different seasons we have come through, and will go through, in our own lives. Whether you are going through a difficult season right now, or a beautiful season, just remember to hold on to hope, peace, and joy, no matter what. We should have hope in the promises of God, peace that He knows what He is doing and that the treasures He has waiting for us are worth waiting to see someday, and joy... because we are commanded to consider it ALL joy.

James 1:2-3 (NKJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.
Praise God and enjoy this new season! Both in the Springtime, and in whatever present time you are in with your own personal life. God has a purpose for this "Springtime" under heaven. Be encouraged and have faith in the Love of our Heavenly Father!
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And now I would like to share a poem that I had saved on my computer. I wrote it last year :)
The Meaning of a virtuous woman
A beautiful white Lilly, always trying to remain pure,
A loving dove, ready to show kindness and compassion for to bad things cure,
An obedient servant, trying forever to remain faithful to her master,
A struggling soul, never ending in her fight against the evil tester;
These are of which describe a true woman desiring virtue.

To be a woman whose truths and graces never end,
Is to anxiously be ready for whenever God might call to send,
Is a fervent prayer and plea for an enemy’s soul,
It is a life to live and a heart to guard in commitment to your role;
It is to be a daughter of God filled with wisdom and willingness.

A rocker meant to cuddle close her children at night,
A fresh smile to send her husband off at dawns first light,
Eager hands to prepare a meal for her family each day,
Wisdom and encouragement with kind words to say;
Are the tools needed to be a devoted woman of Christ.

A gown of solid knowledge edged with humble lace,
Shoes fitting perfectly as to lead a straight and sure pace,
A flowing crown of rich locks to show the beauty God gave,
And above all, the words that adorn her tongue to heartache save,
These are of which a godly woman is to be clothed.

Smiles in which reflections cause her eyes to shine,
Laughter that brushes her cheeks to make them rosy and fine,
Words of wisdom and kindness decorating her lips to attraction,
Love for her Heavenly Father brightening her face above a fraction,
This is what makes a most lovely face ever longed to be seen.
A woman of virtue and honesty and love,
Is a gift of a wonderful and awesome power above,
Her heart is filled with a desire to serve and to obey,
Her soul is not easily fallen to the ground and left there to lay,
This is what I believe to be a woman, one that loves and honors the Lord Almighty.

By: Hannah Piotraschke