Leaving an Intentional Legacy {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Whatever we do, we are urged to do it well. No half-hearted efforts. We are given the opportunity to leave a legacy, while we live as foreigners on this earth.

Whatever you do, do well, for in death, where you are going, there is no working or planning, or knowing, or understanding (Ecc. 9:10; TLB).

This Scripture is one I have never noticed before, but I have seen it in multiple places – as I have initiated my writing break. We are urged to give God our best, and to do our best while we can. All God wants to see is – our best.

What Kind of Legacy?

The legacy I want to leave behind is – a Christ-centered one. I want to make God well pleased with me, which I am given through Christ and His work on the cross. The other goal is to leave behind a life that leaves a pleasing aroma and screams –

“I live for Jesus Christ, because He is worthy.”

Such a legacy is one that will most assuredly lead others to Him with each word {spoken and written} and performed action.

The Life of Joseph

So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt (Gen. 37:28, NLT)

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did (Gen. 39:2-3, NIV).

I am reminded of Joseph. A man with difficult circumstances, but continued to succeed in everything he did. Why did he continually succeed? He was one who sought God’s favor.

When we make our relationship with God through Jesus Christ our top priority, we will want to live a well-intentional life where we do our best. A well-intentioned life means more than half-heartedly pursuing multiple opportunities.

Doing Our Best

We are urged to do well in what we do. It doesn’t mean seizing every opportunity we are offered. There will be times, where we have to decline our opportunities – in order to give our best in what we do say “yes” to (see The Best Yes).

As women, who have been changed by Jesus Christ, we need to be intentional in how we say “yes” to opportunities. In doing so, we can be at our best. This is how we inspire others and maintain a “blessed not stressed” attitude.

Let’s become women of prayer and intentionality, because this is where God wants us to be. After all, every word and action is part of our worship!

What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?

In Christ,

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Working for Jesus {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the month of May, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As daughters of God who follow Him faithfully, God wants to empower us in our acts of service. He wants to turn the simplest acts, into meaningful worship. Because we have the Holy Spirit, this is made possible.

Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men (Col. 3:23, AMP).

Whatever task we find ourselves doing, it needs to be for the glory of God. While we may be tackling a typical “to do list,” we can live our lives in such a way – that people are drawn to Jesus Christ because we chose to live for Him (see Phil. 1:21). Even if we are simply washing a dish, we can allow God to be the One we are doing it for, focusing solely on Him.

A few days ago, we talked about being guided by the Holy Spirit. When we are walking by the Spirit, everything else fades into the background. We are consumed by our Maker, and living only for Him! As we enter this new life, the Holy Spirit will cause on-lookers to take notice and glorify our great God!

God is the One who will reward us. When we make God our focus, we are –

  • Creating investing in our relationship with Jesus.
  • Freeing up our minds to focus solely on Him.
  • Pointing others to Him.

Best Efforts

We can easily become consumed in the act of doing. We are modern-day Martha’s (see Luke 10:38-42), where it is easier to perform tasks versus sit at Jesus’ feet. This is why we check our hearts, because we all have tasks to do.

While we may not love our jobs (or lack of) and daily tasks, we will have a different attitude when we realize we can worship God through it.

As someone with sickness, I can honestly say I want to have the opportunity to complete tasks. While circumstances often limit how I can serve, I am not given a pass on this verse. I have a passion to serve, and have small efforts to give.

The beauty in this arrangement of working for God is – we are still God’s daughter, even on the days when our best efforts are small.

We have a relationship with the King of Kings, and His love is unconditional. This drives us to serve God, rather than man. In Romans 12:1-2, we are reminded of the concept that our best efforts are a living sacrifice – a worship offering to our great God!

When we allow our Lord, our King, to be the object of our tasks, something happens! We need to remember that our God is –

  • the Source of our strength.
  • more than enough.
  • our Hope, Inheritance, and the One holding us together (see Col. 1:17).
  • the One equipping us to live out our faith in our tasks.

Choosing New Clothes {Inspiring Women}

Hi friends! For the month of May, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

We all know we can influence others with the clothes we wear, but how are we willing to make a bigger impact? Take a moment and read our verse for today – 1 Timothy 2:9-10.

Assuming you have read today’s verse (1 Tim. 2:9-10), let’s proceed to why what we wear matters. He has set us apart, which means our dress should also be set apart. Following Jesus has made us daughters of the Most High God. We have been called His own and bought with a precious price (Jesus Christ – see 1 Cor. 6:19-20).

But you are not like that, for you have been chosen by God himself—you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own—all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9, TLB).

We have been set apart by God. That is how valuable we are – as a human being and daughter of the Most High God. God is to be our treasure, rather than our clothes. A lot of times, we can fall into the trap of letting our physical clothes matter more than our spiritual clothes.

Point #1: We need to be concerned about how we dress, and make sure it reflects who we are as a daughter of God. We can allow what we wear, reflect the change Jesus is doing in our hearts.

If we want to be able to follow Jesus and minister to others, we need to come into realization that others will look at our clothes – before they get close enough to look at our hearts.

Point #2: We need to ask Jesus for the spiritual clothes He says we need. When we look at the Word of God, especially Galatians 5 and Colossians 3, we are given a picture of how our lives can change.

We can become a woman of God, who fully knows her identity rests in being a daughter of God, and live changed lives.

Point #3: We can allow seeking Jesus to become bigger than fascination with clothes that fade or get ruined by that cup of coffee. Let Jesus show us His Designer spiritual clothes. Become consumed with the clothes your soul wears.

We have been made new, and can become anyone we want – far better than we could ever imagine. This is the hope we have found in Jesus Christ. We can be someone who has a heart that is passionately for Him, His Church, Salvation, and even loves our enemies!

Point #4: We are given a vision of how we can be changed by the power of our great God. Take a look at these bullet points on Col. 3:12-15.

  • Know your value in God! He loves and chose you as His own daughter.
  • Clothe yourself in the fruit of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22-23).
  • Forgive others, as Christ forgave you.
  • Love others, and seek His peace to guide your decision making.
  • Choose thankfulness.

A Day at the Hospital {The Prayer Offering}

Last night, I wrote about the goal in trials. My goal, during hard times, is to remember I am a daughter of the Most High God and allow this crucial identity to shape my thoughts, words, and actions.

Today, I was given the opportunity to put this into practice. I had an appointment at the county hospital. Things went right. Things went wrong. But, the biggest achievement? It was simply remaining as quiet as possible, as Trigeminal Neuralgia talked to Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

As long as I stay quieter on the rough days, I can avoid saying things that might hurt, rather than help, someone. My ability to control the kind of words – becomes harder, as the symptoms become more intense. The temptation to use hurtful words is definitely there.

The Heart-Felt Prayer

Today was a day of praying for God’s peace and presence. In my life, I have little control over how I feel on a given day (with the exception of my attitude).

What I can do is control how I respond to trials. So I responded, by “trying” to stay quiet. This was both easy and difficult. It was easy, until the moment of leaving the hospital to go home. Then, the overwhelming symptoms and impatience kicked into gear.

The good news is – I survived my long hospital day. I am preparing to have surgery in about 1.5 weeks. We had appointments scheduled for today and Friday, but by God’s grace and faithful prayers of others – I was able to get it all done today.

What We Need

The truth is. . . We need to pray over our souls for His peace and presence. This is what we need more than anything.

We can survive many things, but only with Jesus Christ leading the way. I don’t know about you, but nothing soothes my anxiety quite like the peace and presence of our great Savior, King Jesus, can.

If you are finding yourself in a rough spot tonight, begin praying over your souls for His peace and presence to overwhelm you. When we are overwhelmed by God, His presence, and unimaginable peace, we are in the best place possible to overcome our trials. They will not overcome us, but we will be able to overwhelm them with our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, overwhelm our souls with Your peace and presence. We live in a difficult world. You remind us in John 16:33 that we will face troubles in this life, but You offer to us a peace that is nothing like this world’s. Overwhelm us with Your peace and presence. Thank You, Lord! Amen.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7, TLB).

I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Until next time,

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Week 6: 1 Thess. 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus – 1 Thess. 5:16-18

This past week, God has been doing amazing miracles left and right. While I hold these miracles sacred, I can say this: It is things that have been a long time needed. These days, Jesus is showing me what it looks like to pray, have community with Him, pursue reconciliation, and how to have the faith to remove distractions from my midst.

Rejoicing.

Praying.

Giving thanks.

. . . on a continual basis and in all circumstance.

Memorizing and  Meditating Upon Scripture

As we memorize this Scripture, let’s take it to heart. I hope as you study, you take time to know the truth and learning how to put it into your life (I need to, as well). If we read the Bible as though it is a secular book, we will miss Jesus’ resurrection power!  As we study, let’s be willing to ask ourselves –

 

How do I take God at His Word, and allow Him to bring me healing as I submit all areas of my life to Him?

Today’s Scripture

. . . shows us how to live a godly life. This Scripture teaches us how to have the kind of attitude that makes us run toward Jesus. If we applied this Scripture to our lives, we would make drastic choices. We would notice distractions and remove them by His power, giving Him our daily habits.

Coming Away

Becoming prayerful, joyful, and thankful are three commands all rolled into one, as we think about what it means to come away with King Jesus. If we try to do these things on our own, they will seem impossible.(For me too!)

While our attitudes are called to reflect Jesus’, I know most of us struggle with our attitude. Just as we have to watch the tone of our voice with our community of friends, we have to watch the tone of our hearts.

Jesus wants to help us to get rid of the dirty parts of our hearts. The tone of our hearts, our attitude, can turn into something beautiful beyond words when we allow Jesus to come in.

Jesus is knocking at my door. He wants to come into my life, and commune with me. Jesus wants to hang out with me on a personal level. He doesn’t just want to see or talk with me on a Sunday morning, although He certainly takes joy in those Sunday mornings.

Jesus wants to spend today with us. He wants us to come away with Him. The intimacy we seek with our favorite person, is the kind of thing Jesus wants to have with us on a growing scale. He is our community, and loves to commune with us.

Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. – John 15:4a, The Message