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Job 28:28
And he said to man, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”

We can never have too much wisdom! I find myself constantly praying for more wisdom because there are constantly situations that arise that need more wisdom and understanding than what I would have in the natural. How about you ladies? Do you ever wish that you had handled something differently after the fact or do you ever look at your children or marriage and wish you had more wisdom to be a better Mom or Wife? Maybe it’s your finances or your job – whatever it is, we all have areas that we can use more wisdom.

The “fear” of the Lord does not mean we walk around quaking in our shoes, it is to have an overwhelming respect and constant consciousness of who God is and what He can do. If we really stop before we face a problem, temptation, or situation that could get tense just pray and think about who He is and how mighty He is to work in your circumstances we would find we would have more wisdom and integrity in those areas.

Once we have the wisdom to know what to do and say this verse is clear that good understanding of that wisdom will help us walk away from saying and doing the wrong things.

I have been reading the book of Job and I am going to go back through and read it again and this time I am going to focus on all Job has to say about who God is because he truly had a grasp on knowing God. God is so amazing and so far beyond our comprehension that I think at times we become a bit complacent when it comes to thinking about who He is and that is not only a disservice to Him and who He is but it means we also miss out on all that He can do in our lives because we lack faith at that point.

Spend some time today and focus on all that we know God is and allow your mind to really soak it all up. Dwell on Him instead of what you are facing. Ask Him to give you wisdom in and for all things. Allow His peace to cover you today knowing the best is yet to come!

“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take, integrity is taking it!”

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Psalm 18:1-2
I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I think everyone I know right now is looking for ‘a fortress, or someone to deliver them, a rock and a place of refuge, a shield from everything coming at them, salvation from all they have had to face and all the mistakes they have made and a stronghold to secure them’. We all have difficulties and sometimes tragedies that we face and the only one we will truly find all we need in is God.

God wants to be all of this and more to you just as He was for David. David trusted God to the degree when he had the opportunity to take things in his own hands and kill Saul he didn’t, he trusted God to take care of Saul and keep His promises that He had made to David.

Are you fully trusting God with what you are facing today? I know I can leave a lot of things in God’s hands but there are certain things, like financial stuff, that I will give to Him and then take it back so I can worry about it for a while until I can’t take it any more and then I give it back to Him. How much more could He do if I would just give it up and leave it with Him. We need to give it to Him and stop wasting our energy worrying about something we can do nothing about. Do what you can and leave the rest to Him.

My prayer for all of us today is that we will take one day at a time and that we will determine to allow God to be all of this to us. That we will be able to give Him all we are burdened with and leave it there. That God will give us the strength to hold on one more day as He works to bring all that He has promised to us. That God will bless us and give us all the faith we need. Trust Him today, what have you got to lose to give it all to Him and leave it there if you can’t fix it on your own? Give it to Him and spend your day getting what you need to do done, don’t waste another moment worrying. Let us all pray for victory today in each others lives!

“Real optimism is aware of problems but recognizes solutions; knows about difficulties but believes they can be overcome; sees the negatives, but accentuates the positives; is exposed to the worst but expects the best; has reason to complain, but chooses to smile.” William Arthur Ward

Some Left Over…..

January 30, 2015 — Leave a comment

2 Kings 4:43
But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred men?” So he repeated, “Give them to the men, that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left.’”

Are you looking for God to just meet your needs or are you believing for “some left over”? When Elisha saw the widow woman and her sons he told her to borrow pots from her neighbors and fill the pots with the little bit of oil she had left. When she had done that he told her to go sell the oil and pay her debts and then she and her sons could live on the rest because there would be “some left over”.

God is a God of abundance and His goal is to provide for you! God loves you and He is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can think or ask. Once again I will clarify that I am not talking about prosperity thinking here. I think we are so worried about “Prosperity thinking” that sometimes we limit our faith because we don’t want to be accused of that! I have told this story before but I know there are some of you who are new and haven’t heard it: when my son was about 18 months old or so my husband was in Bible school. We had a pretty steady diet of Mac & Cheese and we came home from church one Sunday night and I told my husband I just couldn’t eat Mac & Cheese but we had nothing else in the cupboard. I told him I wanted Pizza and we needed to pray for it so we sat down at the table and I prayed and then told my son that we needed to hurry and get his bath because after the pizza came he would need to be ready for bed. After his bath we went to the window and I asked him if he saw anyone with pizza – we didn’t. A few minutes later there was a knock at the door and it was my sister and her husband. We sat and visited for a little bit and then she said, “you all may think we are strange but we were going to cook this frozen pizza and eat it but we thought we should bring it over here and share it with you!” I wanted to cry – first time I ever thought about crying over frozen pizza, but we shared the story with them and I have to admit it was the best frozen pizza I have ever had!

I shared that story to say this; God cares about the details of what you need and want! God loves you and He wants to be obvious in your life, not just to you but to others as well. Don’t believe Satan’s lies when he tries to tell you otherwise. If you are lacking in faith today then ask God for more faith and believe His promises. If God has said it he will do it!

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t ….. you’re right.” Henry Ford

Matthew 6:14-15
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
We have all experienced a wounded heart! Some have experienced those wounds to the point of feeling as though your heart is so scarred from the wounds you don’t know if you can or will ever “feel” anything again! I understand your pain, I have been there but more importantly so has Jesus and there is HOPE!

God wants desperately to heal your hurts even more than you would be eager to heal the hurts of a child. Isaiah 61:3 says:To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. God is glorified in your healing and He is also glorified when you allow Him to help you forgive.

Forgiveness is a choice – that is right, it is your option to forgive or not to forgive but according to this verse you could be choosing to not be forgiven as well if you choose not to forgive. Why do you really want to hang onto unforgiveness? Is it helping you along in life? Is it somehow making you more successful? No? I didn’t think so! Forgiveness brings healing and unforgiveness brings self destruction. Families are often torn apart because someone refuses to forgive. Even poor health can be associated with some unforgiveness because the stress level that comes with hanging onto that anger and grudge takes it’s toll on your body.

I’ll say it again; Holding a grudge and choosing to not forgive is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die!

It’s time…… let it go and give it all to God. Choose to forgive – that doesn’t mean you choose to trust or even allow that person to be a part of your life, but you can choose to forgive and then ask God to begin healing your heart.

So often we want healing but we want to just hang onto that pain and anger and maybe even a bit of a grudge just a little longer because we don’t think they deserve to be forgiven. Guess what….. forgiveness is for you not them! They really couldn’t probably care less if you forgive them or not they will move on and that is between them and God, but forgiveness will set YOU free! It will be such a weight off your shoulders you will be amazed! It stops the hurt from continuing! It starts by making the decision to pray and tell God that you choose to forgive them and ask Him for the strength and guidance to move forward.

Strange as it may seem I have had times that in order to heal I had to ask the one I thought did me wrong to forgive me if they felt that I had in any way done them wrong! No, to answer your question, it wasn’t easy, but the relief I felt after the whole thing was over was so freeing and the blessing of feeling God’s presence and love through it all made it all worth it. The real crazy thing about that too was that it healed the relationship – that is a God thing! Not all relationships are healed through forgiveness and sometimes that is really ok. Sometimes we are better off severing some relationships but the “severing” also begins with forgiveness. You can do this and the peace you will find on the other side will amaze you!

“How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it? Marcus Aurelius