“Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a stone when he asks for bread? Or would you give him a snake when he asks for a fish? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7-11 GNT
I only began to really understand what it is saying here in Matthew after I became a mother. When my oldest was about 3 and asked me for something, usually in his sweet baby voice, I would swoon, then understand how true Matthew’s words really are. I know how to give good things to my children and I know God loves me more than I could ever love my children. So how much more does He want to give to me? To us?
Today I want to talk about how the Holy Spirit works and what He has been up to with me.
Let’s look at Romans for some insight into one way the Holy Spirit works. Specifically how he helps us. In Romans 8:26-27 it says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
Last time I posted I covered 5 ways to take back your joy. If you missed it, click here. But today I want to explore how to handle situations when it’s very difficult (seemingly impossible) to take back your own joy. Continue reading “Joy through perseverance”
Have you ever been around one of those people that is just always happy? You know the type. They’re always smiling, always kind and uplifting. They don’t let bad moments ruin their day. They know how to turn the other cheek and keep on going. I don’t think having that kind of attitude is just luck. It’s not like we’re destined to either be happy or not. We get to choose.
I know you.
I know more about you than you do.
I get you.
I understand you.
I know what you mean when you try to explain yourself.
I know how you really feel when you can’t show it right.
I love you.
I love you unconditionally.
I loved you before you were.
I have had you in my heart from the beginning of creation.
You are mine.
I sent my son to die for you!
I desire to be with you in heaven for all of eternity.
– Love, God
It’s been an emotional week but as I sit here now, I’m on the upswing. I don’t know if it was JC starting to school or some other hormonal thing going on, but for some reason I’ve been moody for a solid week. Unfortunately my birthday was smashed right in the middle of that week so it was not enjoyable. I was so irritable and couldn’t even stand myself to the point that it made me sick (which perpetuated it)… 😦
Where am I today?
Last weekend we finally got to work on the yard. It had been sitting idle with half finished projects, plants that needed to be moved, weeds that needed pulling and/or spraying, storage buildings that needed some rearranging… the usual. We got the itch to work outside and I have to say, I’m very pleased with it. We got some new patio chairs and after cleaning off the porch and putting some things in storage, it now looks tidy and clean.
I think the devil uses my Type A, technical personality to trip me up on this one. I am really black and white about things and prefer to have clear, concise steps, rules and regulations. I have often struggled with the different between knowing God and knowing about God because it can feel like knowing Him is an abstract reaching for the wind.
“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3
How many times have we heard this verse? But how many times have we really stopped to wonder what this verse means? I feel like every time I turn around I am in a predicament that ends up landing me in the valley of “what to do?”