My Cup Runneth Over!

Today I read a very familiar passage to most of us.
Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Of course the entire passage was a blessing to me, to think of how my Shepard The Lord protects me and provides for all my needs, my mind was fixed on this thought… Not only is it my needs He has provided for me, but many of my wants as well! So much so, that I can truly say that my cup is overflowing!!!
I simply just look around and everything my eyes dropped on was above my needs! All the clothes flung over the couch are way more than I really need! I could completely empty out my living room and I’d still have everything I need! It’s a crazy thought to think of it like that, but realistically it is true.
Today I want to encourage gratification! Be thankful! Don’t worry about all the little things that you think you need, you know those things that you will use a few times and then eventually forget about… Focus on how much you have been blessed!
My entire life, I can honestly look back and say that I have never been in a time where I honestly had NOTHING to eat! On the contrary, I’ve always had my choice pick! God is so good! Even my clothing is stuff I have chosen to wear, you know, my own style. Sure we haven’t been able to afford brand new clothes very often, but somehow my closet and drawers are overflowing! (I’m sure there’s still stuff in there I’ve never worn!)
The bible tell us in 1 Tim 6:8-10 that our main physical needs are those two things; food and clothing.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Just a reminder that we really are blessed!

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A religious and pious person.

Often the words religious and pious are termed in a negative light, but really these are very good qualities to have. It is not a shameful thing to live a life separated unto God, but is rather something we should, and need to embrace.
This is my prayer and my focus for today. I no longer want to be ashamed to stand up for my Lord and to stand against sin. Instead of feeling ashamed when people call me religious or pious, I want to be thankful, because it truthfully is a wonderful thing to please my Heavenly Father! His opinion is what counts!!!

Quick thought provoking post

God laid on my heart a few days ago to begin a word study out of Colossians chapter 3, focussing specifically on the verses that tell us, as a Christian, what we are to “put off” and “put on”. First off I want to share real quickly how I got into word study’s and how I do them.
A long time ago, in fact, back I the very early days of my Christian walk. (About 10 years ago) I heard somewhere how the English Language has evolved over time and has weakened in its definitions. Over time people began to use words without really knowing their meanings and really just lost desire to know what words mean. Upon salvation, I also learned how powerful words can be, specifically the words contained in the word of God. It is by words that we are able to hear and be saved! This thought provoked a passion and love in me to know the true and rich meaning of words.

In my early days I really struggled with reading comprehension and I didn’t understand much. God used these desires to open my eyes to His Word and as well other historical writings.

One tool that has really skyrocketed this passion is called the “Exhausted Strong’s Concordinance.” I was given this tool by my youth pastor when I shared with him at one point what I had been doing. He quickly showed me how to use it and then said I could keep it if I wanted to, so I did.

The other tool I love is the “Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.” I found this on my search for the oldest copy of the English Dictionary I could get my hands on. This has helped tremendously, as the more recent copies just aren’t as descriptive.

So now to share how I conduct this simple study…
First I read my Bible. As I read, God pricks my heart about a verse or passage. I then decide to focus on that portion specifically. Words I don’t really understand, or maybe just want more understanding, I begin to look up.
First I locate the word in my Strong’s, then I locate it’s meaning. (First look up the word in the beginning section, find the number that matches the word in the specific verse, write that number down. (If it’s in the Old Testiment, it’s going to be in the Hebrew Dictionary, if it’s in the New Testiment, it’s going to be I the Hebrew Dictionary.) Locate the number in the dictionary in the back, then write down the definition or portions of the definition that speak to your heart.

After I have completed that task, I take out my Dictionary. Then I look up the word again in my Webster’s and write it down as well. After all this is completed I take a deep breath…. I ponder what I have written as well as the passage, then I write down my thoughts and pray for wisdom.
Today I started my study, focusing on the word “Anger.” As you probably can see, this is the first word listed for the things we are to “put off.” After completing my word study, I was left with this thought…
Anger is a passion or an emotion. When stirred up, we often feel as if we have little or no control over it. You hear that a person is responsible for how they act, more so then how they feel. Usually I have heard that we are to control our response to anger, but this passage says to “put off” the anger itself…
I was left with this thought… How is a person to “put off” anger??

God’s Answer to Prayer!

Yesterday was a rather rough day to say the least. Our home was filled with tired, run down children with lots of discipline issues! Then I showed up 15 minutes late to the church for nursery. Totally didn’t look good! The night was a rather busy one, and that 2 hours flew by! We has 22 children ages 3 and under in one small room. As you can imagine, there were discipline issues there as well. I went home with one thought in my mind! “I cannot wait for my morning cup of coffee!”
I have made it a habit since my pre college days to try to start everyday with a good 30 mins of quiet time with just me, my bible, a good devotional and a yummy cup of coffee! It’s become my sanity!!!
As you can imagine, after a day like that, I slept like a rock! I slept hard and sound until my alarm went off! (Minus the few mins it took for me to grab the baby out of his bed and nurse him and return him sometime around 3 am)
When I awoke, I put a pot of coffee on, and hopped in the shower. Then after getting dressed, I went back to the kitchen to prepare my beloved coffee. As I was doctoring up my joe, my sweet 3 year old daughter (whom was the center of our discipline issues the day before) comes walking into the kitchen. We have established a rule in our home that prior to 8 am is quiet time, and no children are supposed to come out of their beds. So of course I reminded her of this.
She bucked…
She told me, “mom, but I am hungry”
I responded with, ” we will eat breakfast in just a little bit, but for now I need you to go back to your bed and wait for mommy to come.”
She again refused…
That began a 30 minute battle to which I of course won in the end.
I knew they were not going to go back to sleep, but I desperately needed my moment. Especially after a day like I had yesterday. So I went out on the porch to drown out the sound of 3 crying children. I gulped down the remainder of my cold cup of coffee, opened my Bible, read a quick few verses and prayed. My prayer was quick, but heartfelt, as I asked The Lord to help me with the day!
And He did!
The day turned out to be a day of joy and renewal! We decided to start school! I’ve been contemplating it for weeks and felt God saying that today was the day! So I jumped right in without a plan! God really blessed and it excited our hearts! So excited for our new endeavor!!!