Thursday, July 3, 2014

Facing Facts


Life. 



There are times when so much comes our way it can sometimes be overwhelming. 



Although we’ve learned to place our trust in God and understand the importance of taking our concerns to Him in prayer often we find ourselves stuck and wondering exactly what we should be asking Him for. 


Rahab found herself in such a circumstance. Her land was about to suffer defeat and death seemed imminent for them. 



“I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror.  For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. Joshua 2: 9,10 NLT


However, Rahab had a clear understanding of what she needed to ask for. And ask she did;



“Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” Joshua 2:12-13 NLT


Usually the reason we are stuck in what to pray for is that we fail to have a clear understanding of circumstance.

Once we have a clear understanding, as Rahab did, it helps to guide us in what we should be praying and asking for. 


We think we need more money, a better relationship, another car... The fact is we failed to be good stewards with what we were blessed with. 


The fact is, we've had quite a few relationships and none of them have worked out. Could there be another issue that needs to be resolved? 



Every circumstance we face will often affect the lives of another. The importance of being concerned about someone other than ourselves shows a level of unselfishness and maturity that Rahab showed by not asking only for her life to be spared but others as well. 


Taking the time to think about our individual circumstances is crucial. Nothing should be decided upon in a fast paced, got to do it now mindset. When we do we could very well be asking God for the wrong thing instead of what’s really needed. 



Taking the time to contemplate and commune with God provides an atmosphere of peace in which The Holy Spirit can begin to make clear what you truly need. He alone knows the facts. 



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Does Your Heart Break


When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. Matthew 9:36 The Message Bible

There is a difference between experience and knowledge.

A firm grasp of this concept will be very helpful when circumstances become subjective.

Things we will all experience; anxiety, weariness and sadness to name a few. The experience of which combined with knowledge can equip us with a level of compassion. 

Knowledge without experience can leave us in denial. Hindering our ability to understand the depths of circumstance. It is difficult to perceive what we have not experienced even when we have knowledge.

On the other hand, experience without knowledge may cause us to hastily dismiss the emotional element. Seriously hampering any tendency toward empathy. 

Today, I am more thankful for every tear and moment of despair. 

Allowing myself the experience of going through without succumbing to the knowledge.

These encounters with life will enhance your credibility when encouraging another.

So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 The Message Bible

Everyone enjoy your day.

Sonja

Monday, December 16, 2013

Give Unselfishly, Receive Graciously



Great expectations. No appreciation.

By the time the feelings and emotions from this are expressed they are a cry from a weary and worn out soul.

There seems to be no limit to all that is expected of an individual these days. Long gone seem to be the times of genuine gratitude. Regardless of the magnitude of tasks performed.

Unfortunately, we have become a society of takers unwilling to offer even a token of thanks in return.

The result? Many worn out and weary souls.

Is there a cure?

Yes there is.

Give unselfishly, receive graciously. 

During this Holiday Season and at all times make sure that all you do for others is done from a heart of gratitude unto God.

Gratitude that says I commit all I do for the God that sees and knows all.

Every gift given or task performed. Do them unselfishly. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 
Colossians 3:23a

This will guard your heart from the effects of unappreciated expectations for whatever you do.

Most of us will have to relearn the art of receiving with a thankful heart and as importantly the expression of gratitude. Let someone know they are appreciated. In word as well as deed.

Everyone enjoy your day.

Sonja