Friday, August 28, 2015

Matters of the Heart

Today I noticed a friend had commented on a meme that I posted and seemingly denied Christ, and her faith.  I was in complete shock.  I had no clue that she had left the faith. That she no longer had the rich, deep faith that I knew in her two years ago. We had led a Bible study together.  We met a couple times when she came to vacation here. I love my friend.  But something happened. Gone was the girl who loved Jesus and a bitter, intolerant person was left in the wake.

It makes me sad. We discussed hot topics present in our society today and one of them was the Confederate flag. See, I live in South Carolina and understandably it is a hot button issue.  But you see, I never said I believed it should still fly.  Never said I was pro-slavery. But I won't judge people who lived 150 years ago for doing something that was legal in that time.  History is just that, history.  Frankly,  I was glad the flag came down. But I would not agree that it should be banned. You see, I'm logical. I'm a history buff.  I know that those who forget history or pretend it never existed are doomed to repeat it and the hatred and bigotry that is in this world isn't caused by a flag. It isn't caused by a rainbow.  It's not caused by a symbol of any kind.  It is caused by the heart.  That is where the seed of bitterness, anger, hatred and strife starts to grow.  It may be watered by outside influences but overall, it all starts in the heart.  All of the hatred and bigotry is a HEART MATTER.  Nothing more.  And if you can't heal the heart, you won't be able to heal the nation.

And that's what we have here in the good ole U. S. of A.  A heart problem.  Jesus tells us in the great commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves.  How can I show hatred to someone if I love them? How can I hate someone if I am following Christ's commands? I can't.

Pray for those that hate you and despitefully use you.  That my dear is tough. Having this conversation with my friend today was tough.  You see, I love her.  I don't hate her.  She's angry.  She's hurt.  She is having a rough time and I get that.  She's lashing out at those who have the faith she has left. I get that.  She even unfriended me on social media.  And although it hurts my heart, I'm okay with that because that's her right and her choice and she is the one who has to live with those choices.  God can heal all wounds.  But this isn't about me. This is about her.

What do I do now?  Nothing.  Frankly, she doesn't want to hear from me and the last thing I want to do is make her any more hurt or angry than she is now.  So I step back, hand it over to the Lord and let Him move.  Let HIM take care of the situation.  To my friend, I love you dear one. To all those out there battling and fighting the good fight, continue to show love.  Continue to show forgiveness. Continue to dig deep into the Word and discern what is right and good.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wondered if  you are loved? Have you ever wondered if you are beautiful? Have you ever wondered if you are doing enough for those around you?

Well, I have.  ALL. THE. TIME.  I think as ladies, we all want to be called beautiful.  We all want to be loved. We all want to know that we are doing a good job being wife, mom, and whatever else goes along with those things.  But it's hard.

Sometimes we just need to hear that we are beautiful. Not from the world.  Who really cares what the world thinks? But from the people who mean something to us.  From our husbands. From our kids. From our friends....ok, maybe not really from our friends so much as from our husband and kids. I want to know that I'm doing good. I want to know that I matter. I want to know that I'm not a failure. I want to know that despite my best efforts that IT IS ENOUGH.

But what does God say about that?  Am I doing enough?  Outside of Christ, I can never do enough. Outside of Jesus, I'm a failure. But with God, I am beautiful.  In God's eyes, I am a princess. I am His child.  I am beautiful.  INSIDE.  I am trying my hardest to be obedient to Him and His calling.  Do I fail miserably?  In my eyes and the worlds eyes, yes I probably do.  But in God's eyes I am being obedient. I am doing what HE called me to do. Yes, I can do better, but He's not finished with me yet.

I know I can do more.  I know that I am in this constant feeling of "I need to do more" but I don't think that's what God wants. He wants to me to also find rest in HIS arms.  To know that I cannot do it all and that it is okay to say "no" sometimes.

We are instructed in 1 Peter 3:4-6  "but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.  For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,  as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening."

I'm to be holy.  I'm to let the adorning be a gentle and quiet spirit. Now before you say "no way could she be quiet" it doesn't say I'm to be quiet but I'm to have a gentle spirit.  Don't be harsh.  Temper my words with love and gentleness.  Show other's God's love.  That's the most important thing I can do.

So what can I do today to touch someone's life?  What kindness can I show?  How can I be beautiful in God's eyes? Men may fail but with God all things are possible.  I am to keep my eyes on HIM and keep my heart pure.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ack. Faith is what it takes

So today I did something that has been on my heart for a while.  I am part of a ministry called "Love God Greatly".  The group I work with translates Bible studies into other languages.  My language : French.  So today, I took a step of faith and started a try to reach ladies who speak French around the world.  Now, I dont speak French fluently, I am still learning.  Thankfully God has given me some helpers in my friends Domoina and Prisca...thank you ladies!!!

Please pray we can grow this part of the ministry.  

I will post more.  For now, the link is http://aimedieugrandement.blogspotcom

The first blog post from LGG has been translated.