A Misinterpreted Verse

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This weekend my husband and I are in New Hampshire visiting family. Being out here reminds me of how the Lord has worked in my heart to make His desires my desires

Psalm 37:4 is one of the most misinterpreted verses in the Bible. The verse says:

 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

We often take that to mean that if we are delighting ourselves in Him – aka loving and following Him – then He will give us what we want.

No. That is not what it means. It does not mean that you get whatever you want. Delighting yourself in the Lord is not some means of manipulation to get God to give you what you want.

Delighting yourself in the Lord is submitting yourself to God’s will. And when you submit yourself to the Lord He often changes what you want to be what He wants. So He does give you what you want. But because you have delighted in Him and submitted your will to Him, His desires become your desires.

So delight yourself in the Lord by submitting to His Word and loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and He will give you the desires of your heart by conforming them to His will.

Happy Lord’s Day!

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Yeah Write // How-to and Tips for Journaling

ImageI don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who always had a hard time journaling. I can’t even tell you how many journals over the years I have started – with good intentions and high aspirations – only to give up a couple of weeks later. So if you had told me that eventually I would be a consistent at journaling, I would have said, “Yeah write.” (Like what I did there!? 😉 ).

But over the years it has been a habit that I have developed. I believe that journaling is important for a couple of reasons:

  • It helps you recall what God has done in your life.
  • You can capture memories that you might be likely to forget or that you would have forgotten the details of.
  • It is a place to keep track of prayer requests.
  • It can be filled with quotes and passages of Scripture that you want to remember.
  • It is an excellent way to expand your devotion time beyond just reading Scripture. You can write out your meditations on Scripture or your prayers.

I encourage you to use a journal to remember things and to enhance your walk with the Lord. Here are some tips that will, Lord willing, help you journal:

  1. Start small  – If you start off with huge goals of journaling every day or journaling two pages at a time, you probably won’t keep that. Start off by committing to writing a line a day or a page a week. Once you get it down, you can expand that. It is like excerising – we don’t start off with running a marathon. We have to work up to that.
  2. Don’t be discouraged – Who says that you have to do it every day? Journal when you can. If you miss a couple of days, it doesn’t matter! There are no rules. It’s your journal!
  3. Make it a part of your routine – Usually it is easier to do something when it fits in your schedule. Do it as a part of your devotions in the morning or keep it by your bed and write a few lines at night.
  4. Keep it visible – The old saying “Out of sight, out of mind” can apply to journaling. If you keep it on your nightstand or with you Bible where you will see it everyday, I promise you will be more likely to pick it up and write in it.
  5. Use a real journal – There is just something about writing by hand and being able to flip through the pages. If you use a real journal, you can easily tape in ticket stubs or other memorabilia. You can also sketch or personalize your journal. Writing by hand allows you more creativity, helps you remember more, and helps you connect more with what you are writing.

Many a blog post have come directly from the pages of my journal. I have a theory that a lot of bloggers are also journalers. Try journaling. I think you will like it!

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Countering Selfishness

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When I am tempted to fuss and fret,

Because all my “needs” have not been met,

Or when I am prone to great despair,

Despite working hard life isn’t fair.

I realize I’ve come to believe the lie,

That the most important person in the world is, I.

My anger or my wallowing sorrow,

Results from the selfish attitude that I borrow.

When I let self my conscience cloud,

Fleshly rule has been allowed.

But to counter my naturally sinful bent,

I have a help that’s heaven-sent.

I dwell on His most precious blood,

And to my heart the joy does flood.

How can I help but praise and sing,

When dwelling on the selfless King?

 

 

For Your Husband’s Eyes Only // Modesty Pt. III

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Am I dressing in a way that is honoring my {future} husband and Heavenly bridegroom?

Modesty.  We always hear the argument for modesty from the perspective that immodest dressing causes men to stumble. And while I do believe that is true, this week I am taking a look at why we have a biblical command to be modest aside from the fact that immodest clothing causes men to stumble. Here is a summary of what we have looked at so far:

1. God created clothes to cover nakedness – God symbolized our need for Christ to cover our sins by making clothes out of animal skin. This was the first sacrifice. Genesis 3:21

2. God created us to be worshippers – God intended that we dress in such a way that reflects that we are His worshippers and that we are not distracting others from worship. 1 Timothy 2:9

“Clothing is an outward symbol of an inward spiritual reality.” ~ Mary Kassian

And last, but not least, we will look at the final principle:

3. God created us to be temples of the Holy Spirit and we are not our own. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

As a Christian, you have heard this principle many times. You know that when you were saved that you relinquished your life to the Lord’s control and that you are to live for Him. But do you think about the fact that you are to dress for Him? I know that when you get dressed in the morning it feels like you are in control of what you do, but you are not. You are under the divine control of the Holy Spirit and you have to submit to the standards that He calls you to. To disregard God’s call for modesty is to disobey Him. You are not your own.

Think about this. When you get married, Scripture tells us that your body is now your husband’s and your husband’s body is yours. Do you want everyone seeing what should be for your husband’s eyes only? How would your husband feel about that?

“But I am not married!” You might protest. It does not matter! Proverbs 31:12 says that the wise woman does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life. All the days of your life start before you are married and before you have even met your husband. Are you doing your future husband good by saving your body for his eyes only?

Likewise, when you become a Christian you are the bride of Christ. You are to dress in a pure manner that pleases the Bridegroom. You are to dress in a way that says that you are His.

Ladies, I am so passionate about this because I want to see you live holy lives before the Lord.  Matters of straps and hemlines and cultural modesty expectations are secondary. Those things do not deal with the heart issue. Let me end with this quote from the book Disciplines of a Godly Woman; 

“So there’s the challenge – to dress in a way that is feminine, appropriate, and modest. We gospel women must begin with our hearts, allowing God’s Word to search out the thoughts and intentions that influence our wardrobe. We must also turn our attention to the beauties that God values most in us – beauties that have little to do with clothing.”

I beg you ladies to think critically today about what priorities you are screaming, what beauties you are drawing attention to, and what clothing honors your husband.

For further study, here are a few resources that you might enjoy: 

“Modesty” a sermon by Pastor Rick Holland 

God’s High Calling for Women, Part 1″ a sermon by Pastor John MacArthur

“The Naked Truth about Clothing” a video blog by Mary Kassian 

Screaming Your Priorities // Modesty pt. II

Yesterday, I wrote about what gets me fired up. I do not want to see the Gospel distorted and God’s principles negated. It makes me very frustrated. This week I am taking a look at the biblical principles for modesty. … Continue reading