Fall in love with God
~ Isaiah 58:9**
~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
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This is a scarf I made for a very dear online friend for her birthday! I sure hope she likes it! Its my own pattern... I'm kinda proud of it. Its really simple... but the look is what I'm proud of.
I need to write up the pattern.
This is a scarf I made for my Grandma-in-law. She's a RedHatter. I thought this would be a fun scarf to where to her meetings and such. Choose your words carefully today.... and show love instead of criticism.
Wow............. where did the years go? I cant believe my little super hero is 10 yrs old now!
As you may be able to see........... we took our celebration to Chuck E Cheese! This is our favorite Birthday place.
Mommy loves you Michael............ Happy Birthday sweetie!
hugs, love and
**For there will be no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. But if you have been merciful, then God's mercy toward you will win out over His judgment against you.
~ James 2:13,**
This is what it looks like when a Superhero is worn out!
Brave little Michael... got up this morning with his legs in pain. He tried to go to school... but ended up coming right back home. I got him comfy on the couch.... with heating pad under his legs... covered in an afghan my Aunt made many years ago. He sat and did the home work that was sent with him until he couldnt take it anymore... he fell right over .... curled up and went to sleep. I got a pillow under his head and tucked the heating pad on top of his legs. I stood there looking at him... thinking... *thats my little superhero* You cant tell by this picture... but he looks so frail! He has lost alot of water weight and then some. With the relapse he gained 15lbs of water... he lost all that in the last few days... and has now lost about 5 more off his regular weight.
He's tired... his appetite isnt great and his muscles ache. He's still on the high dose of prednizone until his protein levels reach zero.... then we can start the weaning process to get him back into remission.
I stood there looking at my little guy wondering ... If I believe without a doubt in my heart or head that Michael is healed from Nephrotic Syndrome.. yet the lies from satan have come to be seen... What does God want from me? Is there something I'm missing? Have I not done something I should?
What does God want from you and me? I wish that every one of us would make the answer to this question the driving force in our lives. If we would only give it some genuine consideration I believe that we would be changed. I dont want to just go through the motions of serving God. I dont want just a superficial commitment to God. I want to know God is real in my life, and I want Him to know that I mean business. What about you? Do you want to know the answer to that question?
1) God Wants Our Acknowledgement
"Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." Ps. 46:10
* Although we aren't ignorant of God, many choose to simply ignore Him,
**Our lives become so involved with people, events, and things that God is seldom, if ever, considered.
**It is sad to say that many who name the name of Christ get so busy that God is left out of their life, or He is conveniently ignored until some crisis brings us back to Him.
* Some intentionally ignore Him.
** There are many who refuse to acknowledge God even exists,
**God's Word says that they are fools!
**They may deny His existence now, but God declares that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
*When we acknowledge God properly there will be:
a. of sin
Proverbs 28:13, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."
b. of salvation
Romans 10:10, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
c. of the Savior
John 4:15, "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God."
a. of our own weakness in the flesh
b. of our inability to help ourselves
c. of our total dependency upon Jesus Christ
d. Jesus said, "without me ye can do nothing." Jn. 15:5
e. Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13
a. We will commit our ways "In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Pr, 3:6
b. We will commit our life, Paul said, "For me to live is Christ…" Ph. 1:21
c. We will commit our will, Jesus said, "Not my will, but thine." Lk. 22:42
2) God Wants Our Allegiance
* Moses asked, "…Who is on the Lord's side let him come unto me." Ex. 32:26
* Joshua challenged.. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve." Joshua 24:15
*Elijah questioned, "...How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him." I Kings 18:21
*Jesus commanded, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple," Lk. 14:27
** We give our allegiance.
1. to political parties
2. to clubs and organizations
3. to our jobs and employers
4. to schools and colleges
5. to all sorts of community and social projects
6. to family and friends
** But God wants us to give Him our allegiance first!
1. "No servant can serve two masters.,."
2. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God,.."
3. "Why call ye me' Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?"
** Where does our allegiance lie? We will make time for what is most important in our life. Does God have our allegiance?
Colossians 3:2, "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
3) God Wants Our Availability
* He doesn't need to use us!
**Often we mistakenly get the impression that God couldn't get along without us.
** It is an inflated self-evaluation that leads us to this conclusion.
**Ro. 12:3, "For I say.. through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more s highly than he ought to think..."
**The Lord wants to use us, but He can use someone else if we aren't willing.
* He does want to use us!
** Acts 9:1?6 2. Paul had to be willing to be obedient to God before God could use him in such a mighty way.
**God wants us to be obedient to Him so that He might use us in His service.
So... I stand firm.... I believe in my God... I love God.. I trust God..... I have complete faith that God will do what is best for me and my family! Through each and every trial.... my eyes... my heart.. and my mind must stay focused on God! I must rejoice in all things.... even the tough times in my life. If not for the trials... I will not learn and grow. If I dont learn and grow... how will I ever be able to do what God wants!
Huge hugs... lots of love
**No, O people, the Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what He requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
~ Micah 6:8**
In our fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of our true purpose in life - the worship of God. Each believer, in striving to remain focused upon God, has his or her own way of keeping that focus. Each individuals needs are different. One person might memorize a Scripture verse each week; another might have a private Bible study each morning; yet another might have a goal of sharing the Gospel message with at least one person every week. Each of these things keeps Christ at the forefront of one's mind.
Also, each of these activities has something in common. Each is something that believers can do in order to keep their focus where it needs to be. This is surrender—surrender to Jesus Christ, to God. Surrendering one's whole life: needs... worries... pains... joys... praises. Surrendering the physical... the emotional... the mental... and the spiritual.
Consider the following verses:
Romans 12:1 "And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?"
Luke 9:23: "Then he said to the crowd, 'If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.'"
Romans 6:13: "Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God."
A surrendered life is all about trust. It is trusting that God has your best interests at heart. It is trusting that His Word can be believed and taken at face value. It is trusting that all of your needs will be met. Surrender takes the focus off of self and places it upon Christ, and is demonstrated by obedience.
Have a wonderful Focused Day!!!
Hugs and Love.............
**Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find life, godliness, and honor.
~ Proverbs 21:21**