Saturday, March 31, 2012

Judges 1:1-3:30

In these verses I can plainly see the importance of obedience to God. I need to just be quiet, still, patient, and listen to what He is telling me. He has a plan and a purpose for me, and the result will be more magnificent then what I could ever imagine or fulfill on my own. When left to my own accord it is easy to become anxious and frustrated when all I need to do is ....." let go, and let God!" 
In this day and age it is so easy for us to serve other Gods, but He has promised never to forsake us if you obey His voice...
Deuteronomy 4:27-31
27 And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you. 28 And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. 29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

I am a work in progress, and God accepts me and loves me despite all of my flaws. He considers me His masterpiece...Wow!
Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)
Everything I am is all shaped by the master as part of His plan. The only opinion that matters is God’s. The only opinion of me that truly is significant is not what people say about me, or what I see in the mirror, it is how God sees me.
You my friend, are also a masterpiece as we were both created in the very image of God.....
Genesis 1:27
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Our God is so good!

Hope your day is blessed!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Joshua 22:1-24:33

This is my first attempt at blogging, so please be kind and remember... "patience is a virtue"! :)
I was recently visiting family in my hometown when I ran into an old dear friend named Deby while at church with my sister. She asked if I would be interested in blogging through The Word with her and others. I was immediately intrigued as I am currently taking a hiatus from a 23 year career as an R.N. with 30years in health care altogether. I definitely knew I would have the time, and have never NOT worked so.....I'm thinking, what better way to spend my time but to be in His Word with friends! 
BTW, thanks Deby for the invite, so here goes my first blog impression of the verses from today...

When Israel sent Phinehas and rulers from the ten tribes to the land of Gilead, they jumped to conclusions about Joshua and the Reubenites and judged them without knowing the full story. Because Joshua and the Reubenites were steadfast in their faithfulness to God, did what he commanded, and spoke up for what was true and right things turned out well at the end of this story. 
People are quick to jump to conclusions and judge people, and I used to worry about what others thought of me, but I am so thankful I have a God that loves me unconditionally. There will always be people who judge us and fail us but how awesome is it that He will never leave or forsake us, and He gave His only Son for us! Our God is an awesome God!

 Not all of the stories in the bible have happy endings, and many people had there faith tested until their last breath. I then ask myself.......could I ever be as faithful as those who have given their lives and who are now daily placing their lives and the lives of their families in jeopardy to stand up for God's Word? It is been on my heart lately to pray for those that are doing just that, and I am asking you to join me in prayer for our missionaries and those subjected to regimes that do not allow praying to God, and reading or speaking God's Word. Thank you for sharing His Word with me today!

Wishing each of you a blessed day!

Hopefully I am doing this correctly, and as this blog continues I will get the hang of it, but for're just going to have to deal with it! LOL! :)