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Woman to Woman…You are Worthy

Welcome back to my Woman to Woman series…Lessons from the women of the bible

Last week I started our women to women series by looking at Abigail. Over the next several weeks I would like to look at five women who are the perfect example of God’s forgiveness and provision. In these five women will see that we to are worthy to call ourselves daughters of God. The enemy loves to fill us with lies. Satan wants us to think that we are not worthy and that God could never use us because of past mistakes.

It is my hope that the women of Matthew 1 will allow you to throw the lies the enemy has feed you out the window. Matthew 1 is a record of the genealogy of Jesus and four of the women are named and the fifth who is not named is said to be the wife of wife of Uriah.

Three of the women where gentiles: Tamar, Rahab and Ruth. I believe the fact that women were listed in the genealogy of Jesus, and that three were gentiles shows Gods love is for all of us. At the time it was written women did not have a lot worth in society. Mathew 1 shows us that God’s grace is not limited to just men or to only the people of Israel. God’s grace is for each of.

Today I am going to ask you to read Matthew 1: 1-17 and make a note of the women listed and dig in a little on your own. Next week we will dig in and look at Tamar. In each of these five women there is a lesson and I am so excited to share with you what God has shown me as I have gotten into his word.

Until next week ladies (and any men who may be reading this), May you be Simply Blessed

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Woman to Woman…Abigail

Today I am starting off my “Woman to Woman” Series. Over the next several weeks I will be looking at women of the bible and what we can learn from them.  Anger and revenge. Two ugly things that can trip us all up and I love this lesson from a very wise woman named Abigail

Abigail (1 Samuel 25) is the wife of Nabal. He was a very wealthy man but he was not very kind. While in the wilderness, David came upon Nabal and he sends his men to greet him and wish him health and a long life. Nabal’s response toward David and his men was very rude and David becomes angry. In his anger, David wants to kill Nabal. Abigail hears from a servant what her husband had done and because she was a wise woman she acts quickly. She gathered bread, wine and other foods. With her servants going before her, Abigail goes to meet David and offer him a proper greeting. When she finds David, she falls to her knees and pleads with David not to get blood on his on his hands. Abigail is explaining to David that she understands his anger but she wisely lets David know that he should not kill her husband because it will leave blood on his hands. She directs him to trust The Lord and to keep his hands clean. David listens to her wisdom and he does not seek revenge. About 10 days later Abigail’s husband, who’s heart was hardened, dies.  We can all learn from Abigail’s example. When anger and the sense of revenge hits us we need to remember that we should not take things into our own hands. Ask God to remove your anger by replacing it with joy. You’re not saying that what was done to you was right or that it should be excused.

Give the pain to God and ask Him to take care of things as he sees fit. Please understand I am not asking you to pray that God will end their life. I am asking you to tell God that you cannot live a life filled with anger no matter how righteous it is. Tell Him that you trust Him to deal with those who hurt you. Keep praying for God to help you let go of the anger because hanging on to it allows what they did to control you.

This is something that you may have to address over and over because the enemy doesn’t want to see you move forward in victory. Take your battle stance and don’t allow him a stronghold. Have a simply blessed day and let Abigail be a reminder to never take revenge into your own hands. If you have time today please read 1 Samuel 25

Shares are welcomed and I would love to hear your thoughts on today’s post. 

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Happy New Beginnings.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

The “steadfast Love” means the…unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unyielding love of the Lord. It is a love that never ceases. His mercies or you could say his forgiveness never comes to an end. They are new every morning and today as we start a new day and a new year, you can hold on to the promise of his word. 

Today is the day when everyone picks their new years resolutions…”I am going to go to the gym and get in shape”, “I am going to read more and learn more”, “I am going to work towards a promotion at work”. The list is long of the new starts and new goals.

Before we move full-steam ahead on our New Years Resolutions, it is my hope that each of us would take a moment to ask God to forgive us of the things we need forgiveness for. By doing so, we can start the new year with a clean slate. Thank God for his steadfast love. Thank him that his mercies never come to an end. Thank him that every morning they are new and they are also new with the start of a new year.

As you think of your New Years resolutions, take some time to think of a scripture for 2018 also.  Mine is Psalm 143:8.

Let the morning (and the New Year) bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8. 

Write your scripture down and place it where you will see it on a regular basis. Feel free to use the same one I did if it speaks to your heart. Please share in the comments what scripture you choose.  Your scripture just might be what someone is looking for.

Happy New Year and Happy New Beginnings. 2018 is here…a new start! 2017, the old is gone.

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Help…Please Water Me!

My poinsettia sits in my kitchen slowly shriveling because I have been so busy that I have forgotten to water it. I noticed it the other morning and felt horrible. I quickly got some water on it and by the end of the day it had come back to life. What a perfect mental note that I needed to slow down and make sure I was filling myself with what was important…the living water.

That beautiful poinsettia was a reminder to me of what we are like on the inside when we are not filling ourselves spiritually. Just as we fill our bodies with food, we need to fill our spirits with prayer, study, fellowship, and worship.

I know this is a busy time of year. All the Christmas fun and celebration followed immediately by New Years can be draining on us. We can’t let the most important things fall to the side in all the hustle and bustle or we will become dry like my poinsettia. The shriveled petals and the leafs that had fallen of the poinsettia were screaming, “Help! Get me some water”.

In no time at all the poinsettia sprung back to life when I gave it a drink. What about you? Are you filling yourself with what you need or are you running on empty…spiritually dry?

Take some time and open your bible today. Refresh yourself with the living water of Jesus and while you are at it double-check your Christmas tree or any plants you have. They may need water too. Jesus is the reason for the season but he should be the living water we fill ourselves with on a daily basis.

May you have a very Merry Christmas.

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Muck Boots

Muck boots.

Muck boots and laughter.

Muck boots, laughter and deep mud.

I can still hear the sound of my daughter and her best friend stomping in the mud on a cold November day. The37363764_s rest of us enjoyed the warmth of the bonfire as we listened to the Apple Cup football game on the radio.

Those two were having so much fun in the deep mud. However, the fun came to an end when they got stuck. The more they panicked trying to get out, the more stuck they got. At the bonfire we could hear the sound of the girls yelling for their dads to help them.

Both of the dads ran quickly to help the girls. They carefully positioned their feet so they would not get stuck themselves. They had to pull as hard as they could to get the girls out of the mud. One of the girls lost her boot because the mud refused to loosen its grip. Their dads were stronger than the mud that had its grip on them.

What started out as fun, led the two girls to be trapped in a place that only their fathers were strong enough to pull them out of. No matter how old we are we may find ourselves playing in the mud in a different way.  Pornography, unhealthy sexual relationships , drugs, and excessive drinking are just a few ways you can find yourself stuck in a mess you never wanted to be in.

If you are stuck in a place you don’t want to be, call out to God. No matter how much mud you may find yourself in, God can pull you out of it and clean you off. Tell Him you need His help and He will be there. He will make you white as snow when you ask Him for forgiveness. Also, ask someone you trust for help. Go to them and be honest about what is going on. Tell them you need prayer and accountability. You might even be surprised to find out that they may have stepped in their fair share of mud too. If you need to speak to a professional or seek treatment do so. There is never any shame in getting the help you need.

Don’t ever think there is no way out of the mud. Cry out for help. Your father in heaven will come running just like the dads did when the girls yelled for help. Psalms 40:2 says, He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.(NIV) Believe He will lift you out of the mud, out of the muck and mire, just like scripture says. Please be honest with God and those you love.

Be careful what you step in, even with your muck books on.

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Don’t Bite Into the Apple

Originally written for Living Better 50 Magazine.

Some of the biggest lies we believe start with a little bit of truth. If you don’t believe me just take a look at Eve. Thanks to the serpent, Eve bit into one of the biggest lies in the history of the world.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He 20800870_ssaid to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. Genesis 3:1-6

The cunning lie began when the serpent said to Eve, “Did God actually say”, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’? He opened the conversation with the truth of what God said. After stating what he knew to be true he went on to say, “you will not surely die, for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil”.

The enemy took the clear instructions that God had given to Adam and Eve and spoke the truth that if they ate of the fruit they would know “good and evil”. He offered them wisdom. Unfortunately for Eve, he left out the part about dying. Instead he got Eve to focus on the fact that she could be like God. He tempted Eve by getting her to look at something God clearly said was off-limits, the forbidden tree, and convinced her it was something she should be allowed to enjoy.

The enemy is the king of deceit. His goal is to get us to believe that “feeling good” is better than the truth found God’s word. God wants me to be happy, right? Certainly, this must be from God. The enemy wants you to begin to think God’s word must be wrong because of how happy you feel after biting into the proverbial apple.

Getting us to doubt God’s word is his mode of operation. He is clearly no match for God so his only way to hurt God is to cause His children pain. Greed, anger, all kinds of sexual sin, and pride are just some of the things he can use to pull us away from the truth of God’s word. When we realize what we have done, we are ashamed and in pain. This hurts God’s heart. Because God is a loving God he hurts when his Children hurt.

If you find yourself in a place where you believe God’s word is wrong as a means of justifying your choices, you have bitten into a lie. In Christ you have the authority to rebuke the enemy. Tell him to take a hike because you are not going to believe the lie he has fed you.

The first thing you need to do is start with a prayer asking God to forgive you for doubting His word and thank Him for loving you so deeply. Now take the lie you have bitten into back to the Word of God to see what it says. As you read the Word and discover the truth, ask God to help you let go of the lie that the enemy has fed you. Ask God to give you the strength to resist the lie when the enemy tries to suck you back in again. Trust me he won’t just walk away, he is going to put up a fight.

He will come at you with things like this: “You know you liked the way it made you feel” or “If God really loved you He would want you to be happy. He would be okay with you doing this”. There is also his famous “God is not fun” approach, “He is always making you give up what you like.”

Everyone is going to be faced with temptation and lies from the enemy. Eve wasn’t the only one to take a bit out of the apple. What the enemy is offering may be pleasing to the eye but all it takes is one bite and you have fallen for the lie. Choose wisely because believing one lie pulls you out of the will of God and onto a path of destruction.