Training Me for Godliness {POTF}

 

But have nothing to do with pointless and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness. For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come (1 Tim. 4:7-8, CSB).

Tonight, I was blessed with the opportunity of attending the women’s Bible study at my home church. It is always a joyous time to be with the girls: to eat dinner, to fellowship, to learn, and to discuss. Only tonight, was a different kind of night for me. While I typically always eat dinner with the girls, tonight I just had to “run away” and eat quietly in one of the classrooms. I just couldn’t see myself eating with the girls in a way that would truly honor the Lord.

How could I say such a thing? I have some profoundly interesting food restrictions, and they were having pizza as one of their meal options. I just didn’t feel strong enough. So, I hid away – where I forced myself to eat my allergen free (and plant based) food.


I want. . . I need to be trained in godliness like Scripture says.

Godliness needs to be a part of every area of my life. Even in eating when it’s hard and I would rather have that slice of pizza – that just might leave me devastatingly weak and in POTS agony for days.

My dear friend, what is the Lord speaking tenderly to your heart about?


While in food isolation, I just soaked up Ecc. 5:1-2. Which was exactly what I needed – and the Holy Spirit knew it was what I needed. The Scripture talks about quietly coming to the Lord’s house, but there’s more to it.

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God (vv. 2a, NIV).”

My problem at Bible study wasn’t so much my words, rather the temptation to hastily put dishonoring things into my mouth (because of the Lord’s direction). My heart likes to hastily act upon things, and I need to be careful. I don’t want to hastily make decisions – neglecting my godliness training.

Oh friend, how we need to fight for our relationship with Jesus! I don’t know what you are facing, but if we don’t fight for this relationship – other stuff will easily get in the way. My desire for allergen food can easily overshadow my desire for more of our Lord Jesus.

Friend, we need our Lord Jesus. We need Him to help us. We need to remember our need to train for godliness. One of my favorite Psalms uses this description: “He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze (Ps. 18:34, ESV).”

God is faithful and will help us, as we continue to draw nearer to Him through our relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. I invite you to join me and keep drawing near. As you draw near through Bible study and prayer, the Lord will fill you with His Holy Spirit and show you what to do!

In Him,

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Love Based Law – Part 2 {POTF}

In order to have the proper lens to view the Bible and God’s law (see yesterday’s post), we need to remember who God is. He is the loving Father to those who choose to believe and follow His Son Jesus Christ.

But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13, CSB).

Allow this truth to soak in your mind. God wants to be your heavenly Father! He wants to guide you on the right path, to help you avoid pitfalls and heartache.

But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately (1 Timothy 1:8). 

Just an earthly father typically sets up rules to protect his children, our heavenly Father is very intent on protecting us and leading His children. Thus, we are given the law.

Our Relationship with God

Furthermore, we had human fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? (Hebrews 12:9)

In Hebrews 12, we learn that – God wants to protect us and lead us into His loving arms, but it require discipline too. Discipline is hard, but every relationship is best operated with proper boundaries in place. Without boundaries in place, things can get messy and destructive.

God sets up rules, out of His love for His children. From the moment we choose to believe and follow Jesus Christ, we have become a part of God’s family. We are not strangers or His enemies, but given a beautifully intimate relationship. This is the reality for believers of Jesus Christ! We have gone from enemies of God to being His beloved children.

Our great God will fight to protect this relationship, but will we?

Called His Children

This new beautiful relationship, where we are called God’s children – cost greatly. Jesus Christ suffered, died, and rose again to save us. Let’s cherish this relationship and enjoy His boundaries.

This is why we can view the law through this lens of God’s role as our Abba Father. Everything is done out of absolute, amazing, breath taking, love that our great God has for us!


The Lord reminds us of our need to deny ourselves, as we continue to follow Him. He reminds us of the great price He paid for us. He chose us. Despite all of our sin, He still chose us! Are you ready to follow Jesus more readily, seeing Him as your Father?

Remember the beauty of Galatians 2:20 –

I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.


The Bible shows us our desperate need for seriously Good News! Our Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior, and He is the One who makes us right with our great God! He sets us in a beautiful place of grace, mercy, and peace (1:2), but He also shows us how to live abundantly!

Running to Jesus,

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Love Based Law – Part 1 {POTF}

Hello friends –

I invite you to join me in a two part blog post, where we will be looking at 1 Timothy 1:8-11 –

But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately. We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for slave traders,liars,perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me (1 Timothy 1:8-11, CSB).

We know the law is good if we use it properly.

The law is holy. . . just, and good. . . [If we] use it for the purpose for which God has given it [then it becomes] a schoolmaster to lead us unto Christ, and Christ is the end of that law for justification to every one that believes (Clarke Commentary).

The Truth About God’s Law

This sacred law of God teaches us about our broken relationship with God. As hard as it is to talk about, this is the truth. This is why the law of God has been given to us.

Admittedly we may think the law of our great God is something horrible, but honestly it isn’t. God has given us His law – His rules to meet and teach us. God teaches us we are sinners. We are not holy, righteous, or close to perfection, but our great God definitely is and has chosen us to be His own people!

Came For the Broken

Just as the law is given to sinners, I am reminded this is why our Lord Jesus came. He came for us, to redeem us!

I am reminded by the Holy Spirit of what it says in the book of Luke.

I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (5:32).
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost (19:10).

Our blessed Savior has come for you and me personally. He didn’t come to call the righteous, but He did call the broken, the lost, people like us who just don’t “have it all together”.

With God’s grace, we don’t have to be perfect people. We just really need our Lord Jesus and to keep drawing near – so we aren’t going through life alone.

Instead of shrinking back, God has wholeheartedly continued pursuing and loving us – and is inviting us to become His own people.

God’s Love

In John 3:16-17, we see the absolute depth of our Creator’s amazing love for us. God wants to be heavily involved in our lives. He loves us and longs to be with us!

16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Friends, our great God’s love for us goes above and beyond anything we could ever imagine! While the law shows we have sinned against God, every one of us, our story doesn’t have to stop there.

Our great God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world! He went on a rescue mission – for you! Will you choose to accept what Jesus has done on your behalf through His suffering, death, and resurrection?

I invite you to join me tomorrow, as we talk specifically about God’s love and role as our Eternal Father.

In Him,

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Struggles | Verse | Faith {POTF}

For the past week and a half, I have found myself in quite a struggle. One that’s harder to attempt explaining, especially with messed up health vitals.

Anyway, today’s quiet time got off to a late start. Several hours late. But, I did get to my #OneGoal, which is to just come nearer to the Lord. To have my purposeful quiet time, where I meet with my Beautiful Savior.

Today, I am addressing a problem I have. I don’t do well with “pouring out my heart” before the Lord. I am not sure why. I mean, He is with me 24/7. He knows me. He sees the hurting going on, behind closed doors.

So today was about my struggles. It was a time of giving voice to my inward struggles – the one I want to pretend is invisible and emotionally painless. But it does hurt. It hurts when I arise, and my heart rate shoots up to mid 100’s with a low blood pressure. It hurts when I stand again and become so dizzy, tricky to stand  without falling over, weak, and wondering if I will make it to the bed in time. It hurts. And, it is life affecting. What’s more, it is soul affecting.


Our Memory Verse –

Earlier this week, my heart just wanted to know how to survive this “flare up”. I just wanted to know how to hang onto my faith during this time of struggling on multiple levels. And today, I found my answer to the “hanging on” part of things.

Which leads me to our memory verse – 1 Timothy 1:19

“You will be faithful and have a clear conscience. Some people have made a mess of their faith because they didn’t listen to their consciences (CEV).”

Friends, let’s keep digging into our Bible’s and pouring out our hearts to our Risen Lord. He is listening. He is waiting for us to open that door, and allow Him to come in.

Keep drawing near, and allowing your faith in Jesus Christ to progress – even when life gets hard. Keep reaching out for His hand, and allow Him to catch you.


Our Mini – Study

I invite you to join me in 1 Timothy. We will be reading 1:1-7. After my time of “collapsing” at our Savior’s feet, I opted to do a bit of bullet point note taking. As we start 1 Timothy, we are met with key points from Titus. The Lord is boldly speaking to us, friends.

Nuggets of Truth –

(A) Friends, Jesus Christ is our Savior and place of hope. Let’s choose to really know and experience Him for ourselves! Because, Jesus Christ – our Beloved Savior is what makes the difference in our lives. Remember His planted grace, mercy, and peace!

More than better circumstances, we desperately need to draw nearer and enter into this beautiful relationship we can have with our Savior Jesus Christ! He alone is what makes the difference.

(B) Remain obedient to the Lord, wherever He sends you. Trust God, knowing He’s working, and choose to obey Him. Teach His Bible based truth. Spread the Gospel and the love only He can give! Keep on loving others. This is our ultimate goal!

(C) Avoid controversies, and promote the Lord and His Work – not what is “trending” in your environment or social media feeds.

[Don’t] pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These promote empty speculations rather than God’s plan, which operates by faith (1 Tim. 1:4, CSB).

Friends, it’s all worship. Even if we can’t open our Bible’s, even if we struggle to move, let’s just keep making movement toward our Risen Lord. Even if it’s imperfect and seems infantile compared to where we were two years ago. Just keep reaching out for Him and spend your heart in worship. It’s all meaningful. Time spent (energy too) with our Lord Jesus is never wasted!

Our eight week journal is still available on Amazon (& other online stores) for $6.25! Along with many other Bible study journals ranging from Ephesians to Matthew 4-7 to the beautiful Psalms of Ascent. Be sure to check ’em out, and help support Gracefully Overcoming.

Learning with you,

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My Gospel – Filled Story {{POTF}}

Ohh friends, let’s dive into the heart of God! I know, it is so easy to feel unwanted. Unwanted by our employers, friends, family, neighbors, online contacts, I mean you name it. It is easy to feel out of place and unwanted. But friends, the Lord wants us. Even if it feels like the entire alphabet doesn’t seem to want us (way further than just A, B, C, etc), the God of the Universe wants YOU! He has handpicked you to be His child. He wants us. He loves us.

I have been thinking about the movie, “Mom’s Night Out,” lately. this scene is what comes to mind tonight.

You Are WANTED!

We are invited to come before the Lord. Friends, let’s just come before the Lord Jesus and choose to follow Him as we are. Let’s choose to have our precious gift that is a relationship with the Lord.

Friends, I encourage you to join me – as we look at Titus 3:3-6.

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. But— When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior (NLT).

Several years ago, I was met with a Holy Spirit driven comment. This person pointed me the Word of God and showed me my sin. I was someone with a lot of anger and not much love. But today, I could see how the Lord is transforming me into the woman He has designed me to be! Which leaves me awe struck and abundantly thankful for God given miracles!


I was all those evil things, yet the Lord still chose to pursue and draw me nearer to Him. My Lord stepped into my mess – radically changing me from the inside out! He has chosen to love me and make me spiritually alive – and renew me by the strength of the Holy Spirit.

. . . I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you (Jer. 31:3, AMP).”

We can become such messes, when we try to live apart from Christ. It is only when I have laid everything else down and focus on this relationship, that the transformation occurred.


This Sacred Rescue

Our Lord Jesus is the One who has saved me. It is nothing I could ever do on my own. It is this union with Jesus Christ that has literally changed my life!

I need to remember my need to keep running toward our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, because I want the old me to stay buried. So that, I may keep following our Lord Jesus.

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin (Rom. 6:6, NLT).

Truly Wanted!

The Lord is the One who wants us! We never have to worry about being truly unwanted, because our Creator is the One who wants us. He is recklessly pursuing you, seriously loves you, and acts on it. I pray you will realize just how much He wants to be with you, and will pursue us – no matter what it takes.

Our God has poured out His love for us through the gift of His Son – Jesus! Our great God has loved us and taken care of us in such abundance. This is my story to live out and share. As He reveals this transformation, it makes this road of suffering worth traveling.

Walking willfully with Jesus,

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