Thessalonians

Week 7: Friday Five (2 Thess. 1)

Originally, I was turned onto this mode of carrying out the “Five Minute Friday,” by a dear friend. Marie faithfully carries out this Friday series, on her own blog. The idea is to offer five bold points, that you may read within five minutes.

Five Truths on 2 Thessalonians 1

(1) As we continue to follow Jesus Christ, we are kept safe (1:1). This is perhaps one of the greatest treasures I have found. As a woman, I crave protection. So to know that my Jesus, my King, is protecting me and keeping me safe – is comforting beyond words! It makes me okay with the difficult days, when I stop long enough to realize I am being protected and kept safe by the King of Kings!

. . . To: The church of Thessalonica—kept safe in God our Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ (1:1, TLB).

(2) We are given rich blessings, which are found through our relationship with Jesus (1:2). In my digital Bible, it is translated a bit differently which helps to understand the Bible more clearly. Because of God the Father and our Lord Jesus, we have been given rich blessings and peace-filled hearts and minds (1:2b, TLB).

Does it get any better? In the world we live in, peace – filled hearts and minds are one of the greatest gifts we can be given. In a day where our minds and hearts run like they are on a treadmill all night long, the peace Jesus gives is enduring and ever-loving!

(3) We have the opportunity to do three specific things based on the knowledge of those God has placed in our path, who continue to be an encouragement to our faith (1:3-4). We can pray for them, share with others about lessons we are learning through their example, and give thanks.

Each of these things are growing points for me. I believe they are for each of us. We live in a “me first” world, which causes us to forget or neglect others, their faith, and the privilege of praying for them or sharing things we learn through their example.

(4) God can use our sufferings to make us ready for His Kingdom (1:5-6). This set of verses will cause us to give James 1 a second chance, where we are urged to count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4, NKJV).

We need to trust that God will use our sufferings for His ultimate good. He is preparing us for something greater. His Kingdom is worthy of our suffering (see Prov. 3:5-6; Rom. 8:18).

(5) As we face suffering, God will provide us with quality rest through Jesus’ second coming (1:7, 10). As we come into His Kingdom, we will forever know God as He honestly is – with no holding back. 

One day, we will stand in His presence and will never again be distracted by the circumstances we are facing or the things of this world. We will stand in His presence in utter awe and overwhelmed with joy. We will be fully satisfied in the Lord.

Walking Into The Light (Ephesians)

Pursuers of Peace {{Week 4}}

Hello friends!

Welcome to the beginning of week 4 for our Ephesians study – Walking into the Light! Today I have a truth to share, as we begin our new week of study. I invite you to break out your Bible and journal (link at end of post, to purchase).

Take a few moments to read Ephesians 4:3-4, and meditate on what God is teaching you about His peace. Then, meet me back here.

Seeking Out Peace

God is teaching us about being pursuers of peace. In Ephesians 4:3-4, we learn that we are called to bind ourselves together with peace. We are not talking about ordinary peace that we can find in earthly things.

We are talking about the actual peace God wants to give, to those who have trusted in Jesus Christ – as their beloved Savior!

In this particular Scripture, we are reminded that we need to put in the effort to be peace-pursuers. Peace with others, doesn’t “just happen”. Peace is something we have to intentionally seek out.

God’s Heart

God wants us to be pursuers of peace and united with the Church. It’s not from our own strength that we can do this, but by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to equip us to be peace pursuers. In Matthew 5, we are reminded that… those who do such are called blessed. They are spiritually happy, because they pursue peace. Let’s get closer to learn what Jesus is teaching us in Matthew 5:9

Blessed are “the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God (AMP).”

Seeking out God’s peace in our relationships, is part of the sanctification process (of being more like Jesus).

Because of the Holy Spirit

… we are given the help we desperately need to become a more peaceful person.

Because of God and His Son Jesus Christ, we can experience peace – regardless of what is going on in our lives.

It is by His strength, that we can choose peace in the most tense of situations (see Phil. 4:. 6-7).

Becoming peace pursuers is part of the package, given to us through Jesus Christ!

Our world is spiraling out of control. But when we come to God through His Son Jesus Christ, peace is made possible. Jesus promises to be our peace. While storms rage, we can have inner peace and work toward relational peace. A Jesus kind of peace (see Isa. 9:6). Knowing His peace changes everything!

How are we intentionally seeking the peace of God in our lives?

While we may face many disheartening situations in our lives, Jesus stands with us and promises to be our peace – if we will repent of our sin and turn to Him. How are we allowing our habitual relationship with Jesus to bring peace into our relationships?

To read more on peace, check out the first entry on our Ephesians study!

 

Walking Into The Light: A Six Week Scripture Writing Experience

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Allergies, Chronic Illness, The Overcomer Life

What the Doctor Said – Part 1

About a month ago, I saw a new cardiologist. He gave some tips, did some rearranging of meds, and all-in-all a visit worthy of being vulnerable to see – yet another – doctor. This doctor is a cardiologist, who is likely the most well educated physician on dysautonomia. At least, for our “neck of the woods”.

The Result of Such a Encouraging Visit…

He is running a couple tests. One of which is to check my adrenal sufficiency (or insufficiency). I haven’t ever had a doctor do this specific test, for my adrenal sufficiency, so obviously very thankful for it. He gave one piece of advice that took me by surprise – “eliminate (or limit) caffeine”. Up until this point, I had already begun to limit my intake of soda (don’t give me too much credit – I had switched to tea). Now, would be the opportunity to breed something new in my life. With caffeine being limited/removed/no-longer-my-best-friend, new possibilities emerged.

The New Thing…

For the past several months, I have thought about giving Whole30 or another clean way of eating – a try. But with where my health was, I obviously wasn’t about to try. Then, God began tucking on my heart a few Sunday’s ago about something.

Whole 30, low-histamine style.

Why this particular eating plan?

God can easily instruct His followers to do things where they have absolutely no idea why they need to do something. Let me explain something: This was not that kind of experience.

One thing I prayed was – “God, let me know if this is honestly You. Because if this is not of You, I am not doing it…” And, then more evidence began to pile up as I researched this diet. The key indicator was the peace God gave to me. It lined up with what Scripture teaches, will happen as a result of God’s leading us. His peace. But, it required me to “lean not on my own understanding” (see Prov. 3:5-6).

This was a very direct – “This is what I am calling you to do my daughter, and you are going to have to just trust Me.”

The Low-Histamine, Thing…

For anyone who has spent any time with me more than once, you know I have food restrictions (they actually weren’t that bad, now that I think about it. Ha Ha). You eat this glorious smelling food, and I bring something “safe” to eat. Safe foods is just a part of my life. I have different food allergies that cause me to caution myself, and not run toward foods like others do. Because I have these food allergies, when I seen the words “histamine intolerance” – I had to check it out. For myself.

And, the pieces just immediately fit. By fitting, I mean, I had the majority of the symptoms.

To learn more on how the symptoms fit, what histamine intolerance is, my experience as I begin this brand new way of eating, and what God is doing in the midst of it all – you are gonna have to just stay tuned!

Until next time, my friends.

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