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A daily Bible study for ladies called Chocolate & God.

Esther 2:21-23
In those days, as Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.  And this came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai. When the affair was investigated and found to be so, the men were both hanged on the gallows. And it was recorded in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.

Nothing in your life just happens by chance. Mordecai was just following his routine doing what he needed to do and he overheard these men that wanted to kill the king. You may not save someone’s life but every detail of your life is important. You never know when that seemingly forgotten good deed you did will come back to open a door for God to use you on an even bigger level.
Don’t underestimate God’s plan for your life. God isn’t finished yet and He will bring to pass all that He has planned if you will just remain faithful and cling to Him when it seems nothing else is moving forward. Mordecai was just a quiet man who was faithful in his testimony even when he was hated for it and one day it all came together and God’s blessings overflowed beyond what Mordecai could have even dreamed of. Is that you? Does God have so much more planned for you than you can imagine but right now you are discouraged just trying to figure out how to make it through another day?

Hang on and just stay faithful to all you know God has called you to today. Don’t look so far ahead that you get more discouraged, God will take care of it one day at a time, just focus on today and be all you can be for Him today by just being faithful. God has equipped you with all you need to do what you are called to do but sometimes just like in Mordecai’s case there are things that need to happen before it all just falls into place. Pictures aren’t painted by the painter just pouring the paint on the canvas, it is one stroke at a time.

When I was a child we had a pastor whose wife was an amazing chalk artist, she would stand in front of church and would draw amazing pictures but the part I could hardly wait for was the end when she would turn on special lights on her picture and you would see a whole other depth to her picture that you couldn’t see without the light. Our lives are like that; it may look like all it is, is a simple drawing but when the light of God shines on our lives and we allow all that He is doing in the background shine through, just like this situation with Mordecai, we will see how much more there is to what He is doing in and through us! God isn’t finished with you yet and there is so much more to what He is doing in your life than what you can see or feel right now so don’t get discouraged, take hope today that where He is taking you is beyond what you could have planned for yourself if you let Him! Your circumstances may be painful or just plain difficult but trust me if you allow God to use your circumstances He will make you stronger and better able to serve Him.

Quote:
“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take…. integrity is taking it.” M.H. McKee

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Are you so caught up in your own burdens that you can’t see to help anyone else? It can be easy at times to get so consumed with what you are dealing with yourself that you don’t have “time” to help anyone else. That is seriously the biggest mistake we often make because that means we are too focused on our problem and not focused enough on God. Often the best answer to your problems and stress is to focus on someone else other than just yourself!

If you find you are getting overwhelmed with all that you are facing today I would suggest that you do what you must today and then drop it for the day and totally focus on “being there” for someone else. Take someone you know that is hurting to lunch and instead of telling them all you are facing allow them to pour their heart out to you telling you what they are struggling with. It may sound crazy but it will bless your heart and give you a new perspective on your own problems.

When we focus on helping and loving on others it refreshes our mind so we can more clearly focus when we get back to working on our own issues. Often the best way for us to allow God to work on our problems is for us to focus on being used by Him to help someone else for a while and leaving our “stuff” at the cross for a while until He tells us what we need to do.

If you are Christ centered instead of Self centered it will allow you to “bear one another’s burdens”. If we are only focused on ourselves we can’t see what is going on around us. God has called us to love one another and to bear each other’s burdens. As you help bear someone else’s burdens God will bring the right people into your life to lighten your load as well if they are needed. Bearing each other’s burdens is not merely a suggestion it is a command so let’s get started today by praying and asking God to show us what we need to do in our own situation but also to show us when and how to lay it down long enough to show His love to someone else and help bear their burdens.

Quote:
“It’s one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let It Go!

October 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Acts 7:60
And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

That was Stephen’s comment as the Jews were stoning him for his testimony. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I have quite reached the point spiritually where I am that forgiving sad to say. What about you? Do you forgive easily or are you a grudge holder? Maybe you don’t hold grudges and you do forgive easily but someone has hurt you to the level of your not being able to find it within yourself to forgive them yet.

It is time to let it go! I forgive easily but I have had a time or two in my life where I was just so overwhelmed with hurt that I found it difficult to forgive. When you get to that point the thing to remember is that forgiveness doesn’t set the other person free, it sets you free! You are not excusing wrong, you are choosing to let it go and choosing to forgive, it doesn’t mean you aren’t hurting and it doesn’t mean you have to trust that person but it means you are choosing to let it go and move forward so you can be healed and so can they as they get their hearts right with God. I have said time and time again; “holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Let it go, the other person probably either doesn’t even know you are still upset or maybe they don’t care so just choose today to release yourself from those frustrated feelings and choose to ask God to help you to forgive and give it all to Him!

Healing comes only after we make the decision to let it go and forgive. You will never find healing in the midst of unforgiveness, it just cannot happen, that is like expecting clothes to dry outside on a line in the middle of a rainstorm. It is a choice to forgive and until you do you are bound in chains right where you are in life, you cannot move forward. If you are divorced and still holding onto bitterness do not move forward in another relationship because it will not be a healthy one. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you won’t remember all the hurts, it means those past hurts don’t rule your days. God wants to heal your heart but you have to give it all to Him! Don’t let another day go by allowing that hurtful past ruin your present and your future, you have too much potential in your future for that! Choose God’s grace and forgiveness today, both for yourself and for anyone else in your life you may need to forgive!

Quote:
“You can’t have rosy thoughts about the future when your mind is full of blues about the past.” Tidbits

Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Vain stupid useless powerless negative words grieve God!  Do you ever just have those days where you realize that your mouth is stuck in a rut and all it is doing is spewing out negative garbage and you aren’t too sure how to stop it?  I have had those moments where I knew that I was doing it, but I just kept going and at the same time wondering why I wouldn’t or couldn’t stop.  I didn’t need anyone else around to beat me up because I was the heavy weight champion that day, knocking myself out!

Don’t ever say, I’m too fat, I’ll never lose this weight,  I never do anything right, I’m not pretty, I’ll never get that job!  Words are a container for power!!  There’s more power in your words than you realize! Be careful what you are speaking over yourself and your family! Be careful what you say and the thoughts you dwell on where your spouse is concerned as well! Don’t sit around all day allowing the negative consume you because it will eat away at whatever good there is. Focus on the positive things about your spouse and pray for God to work on whatever He sees that needs to be worked on in your life, your spouses life and your children’s lives. Be careful that your words aren’t tearing them down.

Ephesians 4:29-30
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is
helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit
those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you
were sealed for the day of redemption.

According to the Bible we will give an answer for every idle, powerless, useless word we speak!  If you are struggling with negativity get in your Bible more and talk to God about it then speak it!  God has promised Healing for our mouths if we give Him control!

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Quote:
“The core problem is not that we are too passionate about bad things, but that we are not passionate enough about good things.”  –  Larry Crabb

Psalm 100:4
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

I love going to church and I love the atmosphere that is so full of worship and praise! I grew up in the church so I guess I feel a certain sense of comfort and joy to just take in all that Sunday morning in church has to offer. I love to serve in the church too and I have missed out on that for quite a few years because of the ministry and this last year due to illness, but I am looking for new opportunities to get involved again.

There are so many people who are frustrated and disgruntled with the church today and my question for them would be; then what are you doing to change it? Complaining and fussing doesn’t honor God – Jesus saw what was wrong with the “church” when He saw the money changers and He didn’t just run around whining about it, He threw them out! It is time for each of us to rise up and do what we can to make our churches reflect Christ! We need to be sure that the message that is given is one that honors God, His love and His restoration and His grace and mercy shown to us in the Gospel. If we, the body of Christ – the church, would focus more on the “gospel” of Christ and His desire for each of us to become all we can be in Him we would be more forgiving, loving and merciful to others, correcting in love where correction is needed with the desire to bring everyone to God so we can all serve Him in the capacity He created us to serve. Pray for one another and serve one another so we can each be a part of helping each other become all we can be for Him.

Now, since we know that the “church” isn’t just a building then we need to be a part of reflecting Christ every day, not just on Sunday! The blessing of attending church is assembling together with other believers and having time together to worship God and to become more like Him in the process, we each need that fellowship. How do you spend the rest of the week? Are you counting on that one day a week to fill you up and then you can coast through until the next Sunday or are you filling up every day in His word and with time each day to praise Him for all He has done and all He is? You don’t have to wait for Sunday to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, do it every day.

Quote:
“Life begins when you do.” Hugh Downs