Friday, 28 August 2015

B - Bible



My first thought when thinking of the letter "B" was my bible.  As I look around my home I see that over the years I have collected quite a few.  I love my bibles.  Some are pristine, barely touched.  Others are so highlighted and written in that I am sure they are thicker now than when I originally bought them.

I love my bible(s).  They mean so much to me.  I do have a favourite for studying, a favourite for highlighting, and a favourite for just looking things up in.  I especially love my "go to" bible.  Its an amplified version and it is where I don't mind making notes.  Where I add stuff I've learnt or make marks to remind me of things I need to follow up on.


Its not only what the bible means to me as a book, it is also what it represents:
  • It is God's word
  • Its His "how to" manual for us
  • It holds a multitude of wise words
  • It reveals to us God's Father heart, His love for us
  • It reveals to us His plan and purpose for us
  • It holds the keys to many situations we find ourselves in
  • It teaches us about God and about man
  • It teaches us about ourselves.

Without God I am lost.  But I think if I did not have access to my bible I would also be lost.  Just walking into my home and seeing a bible lying here, one over there, another waiting on my bag for church... gives me a sense of peace.  I can only imagine how much more difficult it would be not having access to God's word.  We would have to memorize way more efficiently than we do now.  We would have to memorize huge chunks of scripture so that in times of emotional distress and need we could bring God's word to mind.  We are currently very blessed to have open and free access to the bible and I hope and pray that will never change.  

1 Peter 1 v 25:  But the word of the Lord endures for ever.  And this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you.

Heb 4 v 12:  For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

I encourage you today to keep the word close to you.  If you have a smart phone, no doubt you have a bible app on it.  Check it out often, inhale and absorb God's word.  The bible is a great gift to us.  

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe that the Lord is reminding me that His word, in my bible is a great gift.  One that I should not take lightly and one I should hang onto tightly.  I need to get more of His word into my head and heart too, so should I ever not have access to a bible, His word is in me already.

Friday, 21 August 2015

A-Z Challenge! AAAAAAAAA

I think it is time for a challenge.  To get the word mill working in my mind again.  I have been going through a very dry patch with regards to blogging and I think its time to get back into the groove.  So I am challenging myself with a weekly alphabetical challenge.  Not too much pressure you understand (insert stressed woman here).

Seriously though, I love blogging and for some reason I am just stumped!  There is lots to blog about and much has gone on in my life in the last year, but there seems to be a big disconnect when I want to get the words out into a blog post!

Oh well, there is no time like the present!



ACCEPTANCE

I think we all battle with acceptance at one time or another in our lives.  I believe that there was once a "thing" in my heart where I felt I was not good enough.  Its something I believe the devil used in my relationships with those closest to me, in order to make that "thing" grow into a belief that I was not good enough, or not acceptable the way I was.

However, there came a moment, a time, where it dawned on me that, "hey, wait a minute, if I am good enough for God, if He accepts me right here, right now, the way I am, then who are you (or me) to not accept me?"  Now, my feeling that I was not acceptable to others was in part circumstances and situations, and part my wrongful belief that I was not acceptable.

Romans 10v10:  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.


It is amazing how you determine your interactions by how you feel about yourself.  It took me a long time to get to the point where that "thing" in my heart was eradicated and replaced with the knowledge that I am loved, as is, by God!  Now, knowing that I am acceptable to Christ does not mean I stay in that place.  But it did free me to start trying to better myself and be more of who God created me to be.  In feeling the Lord's acceptance, or rather, in acknowledging His acceptance of me, I was free to grow.  Does that make sense to you?  Because before "knowing" and acknowledging that acceptance, I was in that place where you think "why bother trying?  No one will find value in me anyway, right?!"

Romans 8v31:  What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?

So, knowing and acknowledging God's acceptance, eventually leads to "feeling" that acceptance and also sets you on a path of relating differently to others because now, you know your worth, which is in Christ and not in what others think, or what we perceive others think of us, or frankly what we perceive and think about ourselves.

My encouragement to you this week is to affirm in your heart that you are well loved and fully accepted by our Lord!  That we are chosen, personally, by Him.  And that He loved us at our darkest.
 To me this just reeks of grace and mercy and as undeserving as we are, He never changes and what He says is the truth!  He loves us!  End of story!

Eph 1v4:  Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe that the Lord is reminding me that acceptance, true acceptance, is in Him.  Its in the realization that our everything comes from Him, is managed by Him, is loved by Him.  We are truly rooted and firmly accepted by His love.  We are His, and in that there is no rejection.  Just pure love....

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