In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 NIV
I can only imagine what the earth would look like formless, empty, and dark. As the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters of the deep, He set the first boundary in history. He spoke light into the world and then separated it. He said, "Let there be light" and after He saw that it was good, He separated it from darkness. He also separated water and sky, He told the ground to be gathered to one place and separated it also from the water. He told Adam that he could eat from any tree in the garden, EXCEPT the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. On and on throughout the entire reading of scripture, it is evident that our God is a God of boundaries, or conditions if you will. His love is unconditional, that's undeniable, but if we are to have a deep, intimate relationship with Him, we must understand that there is a give and take and God cannot be the only one giving.
From the beginning, God set boundaries in order to protect and to ensure our safety. It is so amazing to think about how much thought He put into creating the world, or how much thought He put into creating us. Think about every organ in your body. He was mindful of how you would be formed. We are very special to Him. If you thought otherwise, you would be believing a lie.
There are some things that I would like to go over with you these next few weeks. God is calling us to set boundaries in our personal lives and it's not going to be easy. There are certain habits that we've formed and ways of thinking that need to be addressed. Believe me, going through this journey myself has been pretty painful but it's so worth it.
If you feel like your life is out of control and you keep saying yes when you really want to say no or you give in to those temptations when you really know you shouldn't, embark with me on this journey to freedom!
Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you!
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8
If most of us were honest with ourselves, we would admit to having the habit of going through the motions of life more often than not. Days turn into weeks...weeks turn into months and then out of nowhere, we have that occasional "light bulb" moment. We gain a new perspective at life and then strive to do better, only to find ourselves back in the place of just going through the motions. It takes great strength to live life. We aren't promised that the ups and downs will stop. One day we could be on an all time high and the very next day we've lost someone very dear to us, or we get a phone call from the school about our child's behavior and in floods the worries and the cares of life.
Just the other day, I was reading in Ecclesiastes about the vanity of life. As depressing as that sounds, it gave me a new and fresh perspective about my life. Matter of fact, it was very sobering to read. King Solomon had everything he could ever want and more. In the end-- he knew that nothing could satisfy him, EXCEPT God! Even wisdom did not satisfy him and King Solomon was the wisest man on the earth. At the very end of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 12 He writes, "Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!" Why? Because without God, this up and down thing would be so exhausting and meaningless.
See, life isn't all bad. There are so many gifts and blessings that come our way. Just breathing and waking up each morning is a miracle.
The point that I want to make is this:
If we will keep our eyes focused on the Lord at all times...acknowledging He is right beside us every step of the way, we will not be shaken when faced with all of the many surprises along the way.
it all began when...
I became a mom. The experience of having my first child was exhilarating . I remember all of the emotions that flooded me the day when I had my daughter. I thought to myself, "she's perfect!" Almost 15 months later, I had that same experience with my son. In my eyes, they couldn't be more perfect!
Almost 10 years later...
I am seeing that even though I see them as perfect (in my eyes) there is no such thing as a perfect kid. They each come with amazing talents, skills, and abilities that are God-given and unique to them. They also come into this world with a sinful nature and have to be taught right from wrong.
Maybe you're a better mom than I am, but I do find myself at times tempted to judge my own flesh and blood. It's hard when I see things that don't measure up to "my" standard of "perfection"... of what I think they should be, look, and act like.
The standard for our children should be that of the two greatest commandments. They should grow up loving God and loving people. You see, their personality, the traits and characteristics that are unique to them may make us feel uncomfortable at times, but that doesn't mean that they are wrong for being "who" they are, unless what they are doing is out of disrespect and out of character.
If steward and channeled correctly, the things that make us parents feel uncomfortable about our child's personality can become a major strength in their years to come. It is up to us to teach them.
My daughter is a very loving and compassionate girl. At times, it is very difficult for me when she is compelled to do something that is out of the ordinary, like going up to hug someone who she doesn't know. She is being taught that even though that is a wonderful gift to have, she can't just walk up to complete strangers and hug them. Why? Because it is dangerous. We have had plenty of different talks on how to channel that gifting. I say this to share an example. I have other examples that involve my son, but for the purposes of keeping this short, you get the point.
God does not look at the outer appearance.
He looks at the heart. We nurture our kids with material things...food, water, clothing, toys, games, entertainment, you name it; but are we nurturing their spiritual walk with their Creator? Are we nurturing their heart? We are called to help them learn, and grow. How are we doing?
Tonight, I am finally doing what I know God has been calling me to do. That is to write to those who are suffering with many different things and desperately need to hear God's truth. With that said, I pray that my words are only what God through His Holy Spirit gives me to write and not out of my flesh (my own thoughts and ideologies). I never want to use those who I am ministering to, to be my personal sounding board. This ministry is not my own, and I want to do everything so that God gets the glory. My only intention is to pour hope into my readers.
So what is women finding Hope?
About two years ago, God got a hold of me one morning and made it very clear to me that I needed to step down from leading worship at my church. It was when I stepped down that I began this blog, but it didn't last because it was "my way" of telling others that God had called me to step down from one thing to step into another. I remember feeling like a floater in my church. I floated from children's, to infants, to sometimes playing keyboard, to helping sing on Sunday night prayer nights. It got to the point that I had to quit singing and playing just so that I could re-evaluate who I was in Christ. I ended up going back to college to finish my degree and during that process, I ministered to so many different women in my church and the community that I live in. It was in that time that I saw my true gifting. I am supposed to give hope to the women around me and if I can reach the world for Christ, that's what I want more than anything. I want to know Him and to make Him known to those who are broken, lost, confused, abused, angry, bitter, jealous, etc. I didn't go through the things I went through to live through the motions of just getting up each morning only to go to bed each night. There is world out there full of people who are in desperate need of Jesus. They are crying out, but they have no one they can trust to talk to because their trust has been violated. My prayer is for those who are seeking truth and want to be restored, as well as grow in their relationship with God. That is why this blog exists. I pray that you, my friends, are encouraged as often as I am able to write and vlog (video blog). I want to thank you for visiting. I will have a way for you to subscribe in a few days, so please look for that update, and I hope that whoever reads this will subscribe so that I can be a blessing to you.