Friday, July 12, 2013

opening jars

I love how God speaks to me through what people say, whether it's in person, or in a book or magazine I'm reading, or some other type of media. Yesterday was no exception. Except yesterday it was me.

Here's a little background:

It seems whenever I'm struggling to open a jar, which is fairly often, I ask my great and mighty kid to help me open it. Then as soon as the words are out of my mouth, oops! There goes the lid. So I then tell him, "Nevermind. I got it."  It has happened so often that I've told him that whenever I'm struggling to open a jar, I'm just going to ask him if he can open it for me because whenever I do, it opens. There has been very VERY few times that he's actually had to open a jar after I've asked.



So yesterday I was struggling with yet another jar. This time it was paint. I know, I know.....why would I put paint in a jar? My kid asked me the same question, and I'll give you the same answer I gave him: "Because it was the only container with a lid I could find when I was mixing the paint."

Anyway, I was struggling to open my jar of chartreuse paint. I tried twisting the lid with my right hand. I tried with my left hand. I tried tapping the side of the lid on something. All my usual jar-opening rituals--to no avail. So I went into the house (I was painting outside) and yelled to my great and mighty kid, "Can you open this jar for me?"  I gave the lid one more twist. Then oops! There goes the lid!  "Nevermind. I got it."  As he walked away I told him, "See? All I need to do is ask."

YES! That was it. Did you miss it?  "All I need to do is ask."

God spoke loud and clear on that one!  All I need to do is ask. Whatever need I have, all I need to do is ask.

Peace?  All I need to do is ask.
Healing? All I need to do is ask.
Strength?  All I need to do is ask.
Provision? All I need to do is ask.
Grace?  All I need to do is ask.
Boldness?  All I need to do is ask.
Confidence? All I need to do is ask.
Love?  All I need to do is ask.
Hope?  ....you get the picture.

Wow!









Thank You, Lord, for this reminder. I don't have to try to do things on my own. I don't have to worry about the things I need. I don't have to do anything to get these things from You. All I need to do is ask.

Oh my! Even now my heart is bursting with joy because of this revelation. Bursting with gratitude and thankfulness at His awesome goodness.

But why does it take my head and heart so long to realize this, when there is verse after verse that tells me this?  It was definitely an "Aha!" moment.  More like an "Ah God!" moment. I just love it!

Here are some verses to help me to remember:

*Matthew 6:8  ...for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

*Matthew 7:7-11  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or is he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!

*Matthew 18:19  Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.

*Matthew 21:22  If you believe (this seems to be the only prerequisite to my asking), you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

*Luke 11:13  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

*John 14:13-14  And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.

*John 15:7  If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be given you.

*John 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

*John 16:23-24,26  In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. Very truly I tell you, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.... In that day you will ask in My name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.  (Wow! If you can't find any others, these few verses sure have this asking thing covered)

*James 1:5-6  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

*James 4:2-3  You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

*1 John 5:14-15  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.

And here's one unrelated to asking, but I thought it was pretty appropriate for the jar thing:

*2 Corinthians 4:7  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  (I think I found a treasure in my jar yesterday!)


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just 40 days!

Over the next few posts I will be writing about things I've journaled about in the past.  They are entries that I wrote after reading God's Word and what it revealed to me at that time.  Although I originally wrote them a few years ago, I think they still all apply to today. 

Just 40 Days!


 
Let's start with Exodus.  It's where Moses went up to Mount Sinai and left the Israelites for 40 days and nights. 

Then Moses climbed the mountain. The Cloud covered the mountain. The Glory of God settled over Mount Sinai. The Cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day he called out of the Cloud to Moses. In the view of the Israelites below, the Glory of God looked like a raging fire at the top of the mountain.  Moses entered the middle of the Cloud and climbed the mountain. Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.   ~Exodus 24:15-18

While he was gone, the Israelites built a golden calf to worship, and started sinning against God.  It only took a short time for them to be led astray--just 40 days!  That is not a long time in the big picture. 

When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?”
So Aaron told them, “Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.” They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool.  The people responded with enthusiasm: “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!” 
~Exodus 32:1-4

If it only took the Israelites 40 days when God was just a few short steps away from them at the top of the mountain, how much sooner will we be led astray when we can't even see Him with our natural eyes?!

When we aren't continually in His Word, it doesn't take very long before we start to sin and stop following and trusting Him.  The Israelites were depending on Moses, a mere human, to lead them.  Even though God was in their presence, showing Himself thru a cloud of smoke during the day and a pillar of fire at night, they still would not listen to Him. Nor would they trust Him. 

The moment Moses, the one they were really following, left their site, they became afraid and felt the need to look to other things to put their trust in. Things they could see. Things they could touch.  They began worshiping something they created. They sinned in every way against the One in whom they SHOULD HAVE BEEN following and trusting.

I am also guilty of this sin.  I have been trusting in things I've created for myself. Things I can see and touch.  I have been relying on others as my source....my job, my family, my friends, my income, etc....things I have or could have.  I have not been trusting the One and only Source of EVERYTHING I could ever possibly want or need.  HE is the Source of my DESIRE.  He IS my desire!

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. ~Psalm 27:4

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. ~Psalm 145:9

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. ~Psalm 73:25

When Moses came back down the mountain and saw the golden calf, he displayed an emotion that God was feeling at the same time--anger.  So in his anger, Moses ground the golden calf into dust and made them drink it in another of their sources....their water. 

God spoke to Moses, “Go! Get down there! Your people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt have fallen to pieces. In no time at all they’ve turned away from the way I commanded them: They made a molten calf and worshiped it....I look at this people—oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them. But I’ll make a great nation out of you.”   ~Exodus 32:7, 9-10

All that I have been "worshiping" can also be destroyed.  Although I am covered by the Blood of Jesus and so graciously forgiven, I could very easily be destroyed (and all that I have) if God so chooses to do so.  But in His mercy and grace, He chooses not to. What a amazing thing that is!

This is where I live every.single.day.....

My Prayer:

Father God, please forgive me for worshiping "things" and not You.  Please forgive me for not trusting You and please help me to trust You more.  JESUS is my Source. Show me just how BIG my Source is. Relieve me of my "things" and help me to come to You for my every need and desire. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

opening jars

I love how God speaks to me through what people say, whether it's in person, or in a book or magazine I'm reading, or some other type of media. Yesterday was no exception. Except yesterday it was me.

Here's a little background:

It seems whenever I'm struggling to open a jar, which is fairly often, I ask my great and mighty kid to help me open it. Then as soon as the words are out of my mouth, oops! There goes the lid. So I then tell him, "Nevermind. I got it."  It has happened so often that I've told him that whenever I'm struggling to open a jar, I'm just going to ask him if he can open it for me because whenever I do, it opens. There has been very VERY few times that he's actually had to open a jar after I've asked.



So yesterday I was struggling with yet another jar. This time it was paint. I know, I know.....why would I put paint in a jar? My kid asked me the same question, and I'll give you the same answer I gave him: "Because it was the only container with a lid I could find when I was mixing the paint."

Anyway, I was struggling to open my jar of chartreuse paint. I tried twisting the lid with my right hand. I tried with my left hand. I tried tapping the side of the lid on something. All my usual jar-opening rituals--to no avail. So I went into the house (I was painting outside) and yelled to my great and mighty kid, "Can you open this jar for me?"  I gave the lid one more twist. Then oops! There goes the lid!  "Nevermind. I got it."  As he walked away I told him, "See? All I need to do is ask."

YES! That was it. Did you miss it?  "All I need to do is ask."

God spoke loud and clear on that one!  All I need to do is ask. Whatever need I have, all I need to do is ask.

Peace?  All I need to do is ask.
Healing? All I need to do is ask.
Strength?  All I need to do is ask.
Provision? All I need to do is ask.
Grace?  All I need to do is ask.
Boldness?  All I need to do is ask.
Confidence? All I need to do is ask.
Love?  All I need to do is ask.
Hope?  ....you get the picture.

Wow!









Thank You, Lord, for this reminder. I don't have to try to do things on my own. I don't have to worry about the things I need. I don't have to do anything to get these things from You. All I need to do is ask.

Oh my! Even now my heart is bursting with joy because of this revelation. Bursting with gratitude and thankfulness at His awesome goodness.

But why does it take my head and heart so long to realize this, when there is verse after verse that tells me this?  It was definitely an "Aha!" moment.  More like an "Ah God!" moment. I just love it!

Here are some verses to help me to remember:

*Matthew 6:8  ...for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

*Matthew 7:7-11  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or is he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!

*Matthew 18:19  Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven.

*Matthew 21:22  If you believe (this seems to be the only prerequisite to my asking), you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

*Luke 11:13  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

*John 14:13-14  And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.

*John 15:7  If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be given you.

*John 15:16  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

*John 16:23-24,26  In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. Very truly I tell you, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.... In that day you will ask in My name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.  (Wow! If you can't find any others, these few verses sure have this asking thing covered)

*James 1:5-6  If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

*James 4:2-3  You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

*1 John 5:14-15  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.

And here's one unrelated to asking, but I thought it was pretty appropriate for the jar thing:

*2 Corinthians 4:7  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  (I think I found a treasure in my jar yesterday!)


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just 40 days!

Over the next few posts I will be writing about things I've journaled about in the past.  They are entries that I wrote after reading God's Word and what it revealed to me at that time.  Although I originally wrote them a few years ago, I think they still all apply to today. 

Just 40 Days!


 
Let's start with Exodus.  It's where Moses went up to Mount Sinai and left the Israelites for 40 days and nights. 

Then Moses climbed the mountain. The Cloud covered the mountain. The Glory of God settled over Mount Sinai. The Cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day he called out of the Cloud to Moses. In the view of the Israelites below, the Glory of God looked like a raging fire at the top of the mountain.  Moses entered the middle of the Cloud and climbed the mountain. Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.   ~Exodus 24:15-18

While he was gone, the Israelites built a golden calf to worship, and started sinning against God.  It only took a short time for them to be led astray--just 40 days!  That is not a long time in the big picture. 

When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?”
So Aaron told them, “Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.” They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool.  The people responded with enthusiasm: “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!” 
~Exodus 32:1-4

If it only took the Israelites 40 days when God was just a few short steps away from them at the top of the mountain, how much sooner will we be led astray when we can't even see Him with our natural eyes?!

When we aren't continually in His Word, it doesn't take very long before we start to sin and stop following and trusting Him.  The Israelites were depending on Moses, a mere human, to lead them.  Even though God was in their presence, showing Himself thru a cloud of smoke during the day and a pillar of fire at night, they still would not listen to Him. Nor would they trust Him. 

The moment Moses, the one they were really following, left their site, they became afraid and felt the need to look to other things to put their trust in. Things they could see. Things they could touch.  They began worshiping something they created. They sinned in every way against the One in whom they SHOULD HAVE BEEN following and trusting.

I am also guilty of this sin.  I have been trusting in things I've created for myself. Things I can see and touch.  I have been relying on others as my source....my job, my family, my friends, my income, etc....things I have or could have.  I have not been trusting the One and only Source of EVERYTHING I could ever possibly want or need.  HE is the Source of my DESIRE.  He IS my desire!

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. ~Psalm 27:4

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. ~Psalm 145:9

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. ~Psalm 73:25

When Moses came back down the mountain and saw the golden calf, he displayed an emotion that God was feeling at the same time--anger.  So in his anger, Moses ground the golden calf into dust and made them drink it in another of their sources....their water. 

God spoke to Moses, “Go! Get down there! Your people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt have fallen to pieces. In no time at all they’ve turned away from the way I commanded them: They made a molten calf and worshiped it....I look at this people—oh! what a stubborn, hard-headed people! Let me alone now, give my anger free reign to burst into flames and incinerate them. But I’ll make a great nation out of you.”   ~Exodus 32:7, 9-10

All that I have been "worshiping" can also be destroyed.  Although I am covered by the Blood of Jesus and so graciously forgiven, I could very easily be destroyed (and all that I have) if God so chooses to do so.  But in His mercy and grace, He chooses not to. What a amazing thing that is!

This is where I live every.single.day.....

My Prayer:

Father God, please forgive me for worshiping "things" and not You.  Please forgive me for not trusting You and please help me to trust You more.  JESUS is my Source. Show me just how BIG my Source is. Relieve me of my "things" and help me to come to You for my every need and desire.