Monday’s Musings #255 & Never Alone

Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

This week I had lunch with a dear friend. We are in the same season of life. It was a blessing not only to visit but to feel comfortable in sharing what we are going through these days. It’s not anything major but for both of us, it’s taking us on a journey we were not ready for. Yet to know we are not alone in our journey is a precious reassurance. Reminds me of the verse in Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” 

The Lord is so good to give us friends who will walk through life with us. I am ever so grateful for the friends I have in my life. Truly. Be that as it may, I am privy to an even more wonderful relationship that never, ever fails me.

When life gets challenging, the Lord never leaves us. When we hit lows, He is ever present. Our “times are in His hands” it says in Psalm 31, verse 15. If our times are in His hands, we can believe He will help us through whatever we are experiencing. Discouragement, sadness, and any other negative emotion that we might allow to encompass us during any season of life, He removes because He is right there with us. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In addition, all of our sweet precious moments of joy are in His hands as well. Those times that make us smile and rejoice, He orchestrates.

All events that concern us, and the timing of them, belong to Him. They are at God’s disposal. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Psalm 31, states that “David didn’t prescribe to God, he subscribed to Him.” In other words, he agreed with the Lord and accepted God’s design for his life. All of it.

See, we are never alone no matter where we are in life. Our God is a faithful presence. And we can (I will!) rejoice in that! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

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Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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Monday’s Musings #243 & Seeing the Good In the Bad

Seeing the Good In the Bad & Monday's Musings #243 | What Joy Is Mine

Me with Goofy at Disneyland. Not letting what happened steal my joy.

A few of you know I went on vacation this past week. We had a delightful time in California visiting Disneyland and the beach, eating some of our local favorite foods and hanging with our friends. Truly, this trip is one of our favorites of the year! And I am ever so grateful to the Lord for making it happen. He is good!

Yet while in Disneyland, we had our camera bag taken. I left it on a bench by accident but was very hopeful that it would be returned promptly. However, it never was. Whoever picked it up decided to keep it. The contents was my expensive camera gear including a camera body and two lenses plus our video camera. I was so devastated! Mostly, I felt violated. Both the camera and the video had family photos and footage for anyone to view. It’s the main reason I have had such a hard time with this. I didn’t care about the gear as much as I cared that someone had probably thumbed through our family photos and video footage. Okay…it made me mad. I’ll be honest with you.

But as the week has gone by and I have had time to work through my broken heart, sadness and anger, I have come back to this one reminder: God is sovereign and good. This did not take the Lord by surprise. As a matter of fact, He knows who and why. Yes, He is in control and His plan will not be thwarted. Reminding myself that the Lord is good all the time has helped me come to terms with the situation.

Now this may seem trivial to you, a lost camera and video camera, compared to what bigger problems we could be facing but this is still so personal to us. Like I said, it wasn’t so much the gear as much as it was the family info available to the one who now has it. However, despite this happening, I am thankful we were still able to enjoy our time together as a family, make more memories (which the person who has our stuff cannot have!), and witness God’s work in our hearts.

I share this with you because God is still good even when things are sad or hard or heartbreaking. He is the binder of broken hearts. He is the healer of awful situations. He is the lover of our souls and caregiver of our lives. He is to be given praise even when life throws us a curve ball. By His grace, we can see the good in the bad. I believe God will work it out for our good and for His glory. That’s the best message of the day!

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Monday's Musings #243 | What Joy Is Mine

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To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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We Are Greatly Loved

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As children of God, we can know without a doubt that we are a people greatly loved by a good and amazing God. Daniel learned about this great love in a moment of consternation. A hand reached down and touched him setting him to tremble on his hands and knees. Then, the Lord said to Daniel, “O Daniel, a man greatly loved…” (Daniel 10:11) See, how the Lord refers to him?

Daniel was chosen and directed by the Father just as we are chosen and directed by the Father. Can we not appropriate this title as well? A woman/man greatly loved? Do we embrace this great love given to us by the Father?

Once, we rioted in our sin. We were slaves to it. It entertained us and fed us. It also kept us separated from our Father in heaven. Sin does that. It takes our eyes off of our awesome God. But Jesus came. He lived among us. He spoke words of comfort to us. He healed the brokenhearted. He suffered cruelly. He carried and died on a cross. He rose again to sit at the right hand of God. He now reigns forever and ever. This friends, is the great love found in Jesus Christ gifted to us by God, the Father.

And although we know we are greatly loved, we don’t often grab a hold of it wholeheartedly. So, how do we embrace this truth of being greatly loved?

~ We believe without a doubt in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

~ We trust in the written Word of God which we “accepted…not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

~ We have confidence in the certainty that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

~ We are humbled by the fact that when we do sin, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

~ We relish in the reminder that “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

~ We cling to the reassurance that “If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

~ We understand when suffering comes upon us “that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

See, we are greatly loved, Beloved. We need to embrace this love and think on it daily. We ought to hold tight to it and let our hearts focus on this love God gives us.

 

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Your Life Is Just Right For You

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The Apostle Paul was an amazing preacher. And he was a straight to the point kind of teacher. I am making my way through the book of Acts and Paul’s love for the Lord is one to implement in our daily living. He doesn’t beat around the bush about who God is and what He did through His son, Jesus. For instance, in chapter 17, Paul was addressing the Aeropagus because he had been brought before them for preaching “something new.” This something new was Jesus and the resurrection.

To prove his point, Paul shared 14 glorious things of God. These he shared to encourage those listening to serve God. Some of the things he mentioned was that God made the world and everything in it, God does not live in temples made by man, God is not served by human hands as though He needed anything, and God created man that they should seek Him and find Him. Paul shared so much goodness about our Lord but I want to focus one of the points he made.

Verse 26 says, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”

Paul shared three very important reminders in this one verse. First, from one man every nation would exist. God created Adam, the first man, and all the nations stem from him. Because God created man and all the nations, we “should not look upon one another with contempt.” (Matthew Henry Commentary) The Lord gave each man his breath to breathe from the “meanest of men to the greatest of philosophers.” (MHC) “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. (Proverbs 16:4)  No man lives or exists without God. “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?(Lamentations 3:37)

Second, God has determined “allotted periods” for each person. This means every activity, event and happening in the lives of men are designed by Him. “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created by him and for him.(Colossians 1:16)  His design of things cannot be contested or disputed. “The determinations of the Eternal Mind are not sudden resolves, but an eternal counsel.” (MHC) Our lives have eternal purpose. We don’t exist to exist. Looking ahead at verse 27, we read we are “created to seek God.” “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.(Proverbs 8:17) So we can deduct that everything we experience in our life ought to always draw us to the Lord.

Psalm 31:15 reminds us that our times are in the hands of God. Whether they be prosperous times or times of calamity, it is our heavenly Father who determined them. He says who, when, how, where and what. This is His sovereignty in full form.

The last part of verse 26, Paul shared how God set the boundaries of our dwelling place. This part points out that God has determined where each person will reside on this earth. He has resolutely placed us right where he wants us. The country, the city, the neighborhood, the house — our particular habitations in which we live are the Lord’s appointing. In knowing this, we ought to make the best of where God has planted us. Where we are rooted is where we are to live out the gospel and find joy in God’s design for our life.

This verse gives us such important insight on a sovereign God. He created man and all the nations. He has determined the lives of men in what they experience and their hearts are to seek His face. And finally, He planted each person right where He wanted them at any given time. Through Paul’s teaching, we see this: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)

Let’s rejoice in being created for God. Let’s remember that each experience in our life is purpose-filled and should always cause us to look to the Lord. And let’s be grateful for where God has planted us. Most importantly, let’s cling to the love God has for us in everything. “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psalm 36:5) Our lives are just right for us by God’s design.

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Monday’s Musings #201 & God’s Love For Lydia

Monday's Musings #201 & God's Love For Lydia | What Joy Is Mine

Lydia can be found in Acts 16. I am journaling my way through the book of Acts and loved the message found in Lydia’s story.

Lydia, a woman from Thyatira, was a seller of purple goods. She was a worshiper of God and one of the women who gathered to pray by the riverside on the Sabbath. This is where Paul meets Lydia. And this is where she hears the gospel and is saved.

Paul and Silas were instructed by the Lord to go to Macedonia. It is possible, in hearing the prayers of the women, that God sent Paul and Silas to share the knowledge of Christ in response to their prayers. God is purposeful in all He does.

Lydia, one the women present at the riverside, was a worshiper of God according to the knowledge she had of Him. I say this because upon hearing the gospel from Paul, she was baptized. So it is probably safe to say she worshiped God by what she had learned. God is working in the hearts of His people before they are called by Him. We see this in Lydia as she knew about God before becoming a believer.

As Paul was sharing the gospel of Jesus with the women, Lydia was blessed in that God opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. It was time for her to truly understand what Jesus did for her and her household. Remember it is not enough to worship God, we must be believers in Jesus as our Savior. This is where true life begins and Lydia grasps this. She was baptized along with her household. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.(Romans 10:17)

In Lydia’s testimony, we saw the perfect will of God in her life. He was working in her heart before bringing her to Himself. She was privvy to know about Him and all He had done before Paul even came along. We also see that it was God’s doing that she would receive him into her heart. He “opened her heart” to hear the gospel and accept Jesus. Not just her but her household as well. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.(John 6:44)

After she was baptized, Lydia invites Paul and Silas to her home. Her hospitable act gives us reason to believe she is overjoyed and in turn blesses the apostles. “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them…..that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.(Ezekiel 11:19a, 20)

Lydia’s conversion reminds us that God knows the sinner’s need of Him and He reaches down and saves.

I hope you all had a wonderful week. Thank you for sharing good encouragement last week. What have you to share this week?

Monday's Musings #201 |What Joy Is Mine

 Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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