Sunday, January 30, 2011

Humilty before honor.

I was just reading another devotional by Os Hillman - this really spoke to me.


Thirsting After God
....second, humility comes before honor. Elisha was known as the "servant of Elijah." How would you like to be known as "the servant of John"? Your name is not even mentioned. This was the preparation of Elisha. It has been the preparation of many men of God. Consider Joseph, the servant of Pharaoh. Consider David, the servant of Saul.


Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

For a while now I've been complaining about being a nobody in my current church. I went from being a prominent member to a nobody. I'm known as Daz's wife. Whenever people introduce me to someone else "This is Daz and Daz's wife..." Daz's wife. I'm happy to be his wife for sure, but my goodness, I have a name people!!!!
Today God has addressed my pride once more.

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Another thing - I have been gifted in photography and creativity. I get asked all the time to take photos and whatnot.... but never what I have been called to do. It has frustrated me, and my attitude has been "Oh well, I suppose I can.." rather than to serve joyfully. Not cool Skipper! NOT cool!
I am encouraged to see people like David, who started out as a shepherd and as the musician of Saul rise to become King - and a man after God's own Heart. What strikes me most is even though he had been anointed by Samuel to be king of Israel, he still served with humility until his time came.

I can serve with this same humility.

MY PRAYER
Forgive me Father for being full of pride and unwilling to serve you in the smaller areas. Thank you for the giftings you have given me and I pray I can use them best for your glory and service. I pray you will continue to speak into my heart and prepare me to serve you in more ways, with a glad and grateful heart. Amen.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I WILL rejoice in the Lord

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign LORD is my strength;  he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Today I feel like rubbish. I am in pain, I don't feel well, mentally I feel drained, emotionally I feel void, I'm irritable, tired, and down right miserable. While I was doing my hair this morning I was thinking internally about how dreadful I feel and having a bit of a sook. Then "Yet will I rejoice in the Lord" popped into my head. Ok so I don't have to be happy with how I'm feeling and my physical state, but it does not effect the way I see my Lord, nor should it detract from my joy in Him. I WILL rejoice in the Lord. I WILL be joyful in God my Saviour. It's a choice that I am deciding to make today. And do you know what? After making that decision, I feel brighter - knowing that today God will be my strength! I will be joyful in God.

On your low days, remember this scripture. Even though it doesn't take the problems away, it certainly helps to get through it. Decide today to not dwell on your circumstances, and your pain, but dwell instead on the goodness of God, and be joyful in Him.

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MY PRAYER
Lord God, my Saviour, my redeemer, my healer, my Daddy, you are so great! Thank you for reminding me of this scripture and showing me I have a choice to make. Thank you for revealing a part of yourself to me, showing me that you will be my strength and help me through the day. I choose to rejoice in you. I choose to be glad and joyful in you today. 
Amen

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Call to me.

A scripture that really spoke to me today:


"Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jer. 33:3). 


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MY PRAYER
Thank you Lord for your promise. I'm so glad that you are only a breath away and I can call on you anytime, anyplace and I'm not restricted by place, phone coverage etc. I can't wait to find out the great things you have to tell me throughout my life. I am glad that when I pray to you, you answer me. I am not crying out to a god who ignores me or has no response for me. Thank you Lord that with you, it's about relationship. Amen

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

All are in God's Likeness

I did my first study and bible reading with Chronological Bible Blog today. I'm a few days behind because of my late start, but I'll catch up. So today I learned about Creation and the fall of humanity. It was good to go over the story of how God created each and every thing, and especially how human beings were made in the image of God.


"So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27 NLT

It's sometimes so hard to remember that, especially in today's day and age where we look in the mirror and can only see the flaws. God made ME in HIS image. I have qualities of God, and those are thing things I should be looking at. Not my hair, my skin, my hips.

Not only am I made in the image of God, but EVERYONE is! Even the people who are criminals, abusers, unkind, hurtful etc. Sometimes it's difficult to remember this when one is so aghast at their behaviour. Even though I don't like what they do and how they behave, they deserve my love and compassion, because they too are a child of God, and have inherited His qualities.

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MY PRAYER
Lord God, Creator of all things, mastermind of the intricate details of all, the artist, the inventor - amazing God!! Lord as I read today's scriptures I was blown away by all you accomplished in Creation. Each living thing is complex and carefully and creatively designed. I appreciate and admire your creative abilities and I'm thankful that I too have inherited some creativity from you.

Lord I ask your forgiveness for the times I forget that each human being is made in your image. I pray that you will help me look beyond their behaviour and actions and enable me to see you in them. I pray that you will fill me with your compassion and your love so that I can give so much more to those around me who don't know you. Thank you for reminding me today that all of us were deliberately and creatively made by you.

Amen

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Step 1

Years ago, I felt God calling me to become a counsellor to be a Godly voice into the lives of the broken hearted, hurting and troubled. He has annointed me to speak goodness, love, and healing into people's hearts. I can't just expect to put a sign on my door saying "counsellor - annointed of God." - I have to study at university so I am qualified to counsel people. I believe God is urging me to think the same about the other callings I have on my life. So this year, in preparation, I am going to be participating in a Chronological Bible Read with Chronological Bible Blog

I have a few days to catch up, but I can't wait to get into this. I really hope that God reveals himself to me in a new way each day as I read his word and learn so much more about him.

2011 is going to be an amazing year!!!

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