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Just As I Am

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!

Who came up with this stupid saying?

Do you believe it?

Of course not!

Why not?

No one believes it, every human on God’s Earth….

Knows the “hurt” that comes as a result of careless… mean… and impatient words.

Some are used to hearing hateful and self-centered words.

Some are used to speaking harsh and impatient words.

Some are hurt people… Looking for someone to hurt.

Most… Speak without thinking.

Most… Are clueless as to the words they speak.

What truly slays me, is hearing such words escape the mouths of my brother’s and sister’s in Christ.

We are to be the salt and the light…. Right???

Is it just me…

Do I have high expectations?

Am I overly sensitive?

How often do I speak careless words that damage souls?

Are we too busy to take time to fellowship with other believers?

Do we run in circles, frantically stressing about life, and failing to show grace to our brother’s and sister’s?

Are we too busy to stick around and fellowship with those we are called to encourage?

How many people enter the church doors, only to be ignored, and as a result never enter God’s house again?

I find hope in my relationship with Christ!

He speaks to my heart… The word’s I need to hear.

In the ways… I need to hear it.

He may temporarily allow me to broken… Only to grow my dependence upon Him.

He never speaks careless and hurtful words.

Although, people, brother’s and sister’s in Christ, family members, and strangers will continue to be human and speak in their humanness rather than through the love of Christ.

Christ will {never} speak careless and hurtful words.
Christ {will} always have time to talk with me.
Christ is {always} waiting for me to communicate with him.
Christ {always} thinks before he speaks.

Christ {will} encourage my weary soul.
Christ {will} speaks words of affirmation into my heart… When other’s word’s hurt me.
Christ {never} impatiently waits for me to finish my sentences.
Christ {loves} me, understands me, and accepts me.

Thank God… I have a Father in Heaven who loves me… And accepts me “Just As I Am”..

Just As I Am

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

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Society’s Rules “or” The Maker of Society

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Today’s societal norms regarding life, love, and marriage have forced me to ponder, “When is the {right} time to get married, When is the {right} time to have a baby?” Today the world tells us we have to have all our T’s crossed and our I’s dotted before we can consider marriage or having a child. We should be a size 2 and wear all name brands. The world says we have to have graduated college, we have to own a home, and drive a new car. I have seen family’s in uproars over these issues. I especially find it interesting when such {issues} arise within Christian homes. The world tells us that we should only have one or two children. I have four children and I get those “holy smokes” looks quite often, sometimes people say, “Are they all yours?” And I reply, “Yep, and I love it!” Who made up these rules?

What do you think?

Christian’s would you agree with me that our focus has gotten off track… I think we often focus more on what society tells us we {should} do and less on what God is telling us we {should} do.

In an ideal world, society’s rules make sense. Quite possibly they are goals we should aim toward. However, the God I know and read about in the Bible doesn’t give a {hoot} about societal norms. For example… Noah building an ark. Say what? How {normal} is that? I’m sure all that wood was hard to come by and who knows how many animals he went into {debt} for to acquire all the wood he needed to build. I’m certain he had to quit his day job to find time to build {the boat that saved the world}.

Don’t misunderstand me… I think it is {wise} to be smart when making decisions. We shouldn’t just run out and get married the day after we meet someone {unless} we absolutely know that’s what God is calling us to do. We shouldn’t take out loans we’ll {never} be able to pay back, just so that we can have the world’s largest home or hottest sports car. We should take our time when making big decisions.

What point am I trying to make?

{Christian’s} we need to {stop} focusing solely on society’s norms, and begin consulting with the {maker of society}!

Guess what? God made each and everyone of us and He speaks directly to our hearts.

{Maybe}… Just {maybe} we should put down our defenses and the world’s rules… And get into the word… And truly ask God to speak to our hearts about His will for our lives, our children’s life’s, and His will for our family’s.

Folks… If I spent my life focusing on {society’s} norms… I would have missed out on so many blessings. If I would have listened to every well intentioned person’s advice, I wouldn’t have gotten married at 22… I wouldn’t have {any} of my children {and my children are the greatest [four] things I’ve ever accomplished}, my husband wouldn’t have gone back to school to become a successful business professor, and I wouldn’t be following God’s will in becoming a counselor. Had I missed out on all these blessings… Guess what? I might be debt free… With lots of money in the bank… But guess what? I would be completely unhappy… lonely… and out of obedience to God.

Are societal norms more important than {seeking} God’s will for our lives?