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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

2 Kings 6:6
Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float.

Elisha was the man of God in this verse and one of the prophets while cutting trees to build a house dropped the head of his axe in the water and told Elisha that it was borrowed and he needed to get it back. Now the miracles that Elisha performed over the years were much greater than getting an axe head out of the river but as you know those miracles were God, not Elisha. Elisha loved and followed God with his whole heart which made him available for God to use him to the fullest extent that he intended.

Elisha was just a man that wanted to be used by God and God placed within him all he needed, to be all that he was called to be. Elisha wasn’t made of some sort of special mud, he was obedient and he loved God more than anything or anyone else. God has placed within you all that you need, to be all that he has called you to be. Your part is to be fully open to the will of God and to use the talents and gifts God has placed within you to serve him. God has not wasted your talents on you He has a purpose for them if you are willing and if you are willing to give Him all the glory.

Sometimes God’s answers for how we are to serve Him come in the most unusual ways. There are times He will ask you to do something that you will want to stop and scratch your head and say, “really”? Bill and I were doing youth ministry when I felt God was asking me to start writing Ladies Bible Studies. I remember thinking, “me God, you want me to write Ladies Devotions?” Hmmmmmm, that was not something I grew up thinking ‘when I grow up I am going to write ladies devotions’, I thought I was going to work with teens. Just like Elisha though, it is God who works within us to do what He has called any of us to do and once you get that concept embedded in your mind it frees you up to do anything He calls you to do. Part of the reason God does that is so you will fully rely on Him to do what you are called to do. He wants to be needed in your life and He wants to show Himself mighty through you as you do what He calls you to do.

So, if there is something you feel called to do and you are afraid of the opposition or afraid that you aren’t really “qualified” you are probably called to do it. Let go of your fears and put your faith in God and ask Him to open doors as He sees fit and guide you into all you are called to do! Don’t miss out on the best that God has for you! He has placed within you all you need and if you reach a point that you need more He will give you all you need to accomplish His will.

Quote:
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

Psalm 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

I love this verse for some reason. There is just something about this verse that brings great comfort to me, that may sound odd because there are no great promises or blessings that jump out at us telling us everything is going to be all right but there is great comfort in the fact that we are allowed to enter His gates and courts and be in the presence of God! Wow! That just puts me in awe to think He cares that much that He will personally listen to our petitions and that He cares about every little detail of each of our lives.

Just think, when Queen Esther had to go before the king she was concerned that if he wasn’t in a good mood he could have her killed right there on the spot for entering his presence without being sent for and yet we are told to come boldly before the throne of God’s grace! (Hebrews 4:16) There is great comfort to be found in this! God is so loving and so good that He wants to hear from us, how can we take that lightly? Just that thought alone is worth entering His gates with Thanksgiving and praising Him in His courts! He truly is beyond worthy of our praise and He deserves to hear it on a regular basis, it ought to flow out of our mouths.

I would challenge you today to look around and think of all the many things you can thank God for and all the things you can praise Him for. The more you do this the more you will find. I have seen that post on facebook several times asking what you would have this morning if all you had left was what you thanked God for yesterday and I have to admit there is a part of me that doesn’t care for that because I feel as though it carries a burden and negative note instead of the positive message of thankfulness, but the meaning behind it is great – we need to always remind ourselves of all the good God does in our lives, it makes the other stuff bearable and we should always be in a state of mind that is thankful and honoring to God for all He does and will do in our lives.

Quote:
“Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.” Mildred Barthel

episode LOSS LISTEN

Ladies,

Wow, this is a real as it gets.  Bill and I have dwelt with the loss of a number of family members over the last few years.  This is an honest look at how we made it through to the other side and the challenges they faced along the way.

Perhaps you are broken hearted today and need some encouragement on how to make it through the hurt you are facing with the loss of someone you loved.  Take time to listen and share this podcast.

Bill and and I will share the 5 stages of grief and how to cope with grief and loss.

God bless,

Janet Scott

Psalm 127:1
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.

God needs to be at the center of all of our relationships in order for them to be all they can be. Marriage is a lot of work as it is but if God is not the first priority of both spouses it is even more work. If your children do not see that God is number one to you and a priority in your life why would He ever be a priority in theirs? Children learn what they live and if they see that their parents take their relationship with God half heartedly then nine times out of ten they won’t see a reason to have one.

If you want a truly successful marriage then you must both start with your focus on God, not each other. Marriage is not always going to have that warm, fuzzy, romantic love for each other. Marriage can be messy with hurt feelings and habits that have grown to annoy you greatly that never bothered you when you were dating. Marriage is work so therefore why would you try to go it alone and leave God out of the forefront. The best marriages happen when both of you are willing to be led by God in all that you do. When two people are working toward becoming all they can be for Him the way you treat each other and the way you respond to hurts and frustrations will be totally different.

If you are struggling today in your relationship with your husband maybe it is time to ask him to start having devotions with you if you aren’t already. Start praying together every day. Pray for each other, and I don’t mean that you pray that God will slap a knot on his head for all the things you see your husband needs to change. Don’t pray for God’s wrath on each other, what are you thinking? If God’s wrath comes down on your spouse it is coming down on your household so pray for God’s grace and mercy for each other and pray for God to gently move in each other’s hearts and lives to a degree that will honor and please Him! Pray for your husbands spiritual growth, pray for his love for God to increase. Whatever area you feel your husband is lacking in showing love for you pray that that love will grow in him for God because when it does it will overflow to you but it begins with God.

If you are the only one who is interested in focusing on God this is obviously going to be more difficult but the key in that case is to focus on being all you are supposed to be.  Allow God to work in you and to guide you.  Often your spouse will be won over by seeing God move in your life but if he isn’t you will at least have the reassurance that you have followed God and you have done all you can in that relationship to make it work and you can leave the results to God.
If you have children and you want them to grow up and love God and serve Him the only way they will truly understand the importance of that is to see it in you! If your walk with God is questionable trust me there are a lot of people who have really strong wrong beliefs out there that will be happy to influence them for you. We live in a very corrupt day and age and there are a lot of people who have been misled about God and the sad thing is they seem more determined to live out those false beliefs than a lot of Christians I know. Don’t allow your children to wonder what you believe or wonder how important God is to you. Take a strong stand and show them in all that you do that God is the first focus of all that you do! Lead them in their walk with God don’t just leave it to chance or even the church! Show them the way they should take by living a godly life in front of them!

I would encourage you today to ask God how you can improve your relationships even if they are not seemingly struggling. Our walk with God can always improve and so can our walk with each other. We can always improve our example to others so keep pushing forward and keep focusing on Him! The best is yet to come!

Quote:
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs

Focus On Him

September 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

2 Chronicles 20:12b
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.

Where do you turn when you don’t know what to do? Who do you ask for advice? When you are facing overwhelming odds do you look for someone else for the answer or do you truly set your eyes on God? If we know that God has all of the answers then why do we look elsewhere?

Verse 15 in this chapter says: “Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” I don’t know what you are facing today but God does and He says the battle is His so let go! Give it all to Him and trust Him to take care of it! Keep your eyes on Him, don’t let them wander looking for the quick fix.

When you don’t know what to do remember He does! God sees the whole picture and He has a plan – the best plan ever! When you are at the end of yourself you are really in the best position you can be in! God loves you and cares about all that you are facing. Keep your eyes on Him!

Verse 20:And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.” Do you feel as though you are in the “wilderness”? Let me encourage you to believe that God is telling you that the battle is His – trust Him to do what is best for you and you will be established! He cares more about your future than you do yourself.

Verse 22: “And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.” Don’t wait, start praising God now for His goodness and answers for your situation! He knows the plans He has for you, plans to give you a hope and a future! Praise Him for it and watch Him move in your life! Trust Him today and keep your eyes on Him!

Quote:
“Faith is taking the first step when you don’t see the whole staircase.”