That One Compliment {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.

In high school, a teacher called me something that I have never forgotten. It was one of the greatest compliments I could ever receive in my life back then. I was awkward, detail obseessed, and a passionate worker when solo. Yet, all that stood out was one word – conscientious.

The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge, and the ear of the wise is ever seeking (inquiring for and craving) knowledge (Proverbs 18:15, AMPC).

Conscientious. It continues to be something I think on, and encourages me in my endeavors. I want to work well. While I can work well with giving less, I want to become a woman of God who strives to give Him her best.

As women seeking to inspire, let’s become prudent women who love Jesus and continue to pursue Him.

As women who understand what is right, we need to make knowledge of God and His Word our highest priority. For the conscientious woman, she will want to not only gain the knowledge but seek to apply it to her life as well.

Nearly three years ago, we learned the value of prudence. For the God fearing, we need be careful, not careless, in order to avoid pitfalls.  Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is worthy of all required efforts to live a lifestyle – where our decisions are significant; we know and do “what would glorify God,” and have a lifestyle where “God would be honored.”

Those who do what is right, will seek to better themselves. They will look to the Proverbs and other books of the Bible to learn and grow in their relationship with our risen Lord.

While each had their failures as they were human, Abigail and David were seen as a couple who both displayed prudence before they got together.

  • Abigail was a prudent woman who was quick to soften the conflict, possible disaster against her imprudent husband.
  • David was seen as prudent in words long before his reign as king. It was right up there, with his musical capabilities.

Friends, let’s become prudent people. This characteristic will affect not only our own lives, but the lives of others around us. It can become tempting to consider and overwhelm ourselves with all the changes we need to make, but let us focus solely on the most important change we need to make – which is to have a heart desire to listen to and act upon God’s instructions for our lives.

We need a heart’s desire for Jesus, friends.

It has been several years ago since I received my conscientious compliment, but I hold it dear to this very day.

I want to be known as the girl who loves Jesus and gives Him her best. That is a legacy worth having!

In Christ,

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Giving Our Best {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!

Dear friend, you are important. You are important to those within your community of family and friends, but most importantly you are soo much more important in the eyes of our generous God! This is why God sent His Son Jesus Christ, to redeem us! God has poured out His love, and shown us how much we mean to Him.

As God pours out His love into our lives, through His Son Jesus Christ, He is inviting us to join Him in inspiring those around us. We get the opportunity to share God’s amazing good news with others and love them as He does.

We have been offered the opportunity to influence others, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By the power of God, lives are changed.

God is taking all the necessary steps, to ensure you are equipped to inspire other women who are in your midst. Sometimes it feels like our best isn’t enough to inspire others, but it is – because of the power of God. In a variety of circumstances, God is pointing others to His love through our lives. It is all coming together, and for His glory!

Whatever work you do, do your best. This is because you are going to the grave. There is no working, no planning, no knowledge and no wisdom there (Ecc. 9:10, ICB).

As we follow Jesus Christ, we are invited and even urged to give God our best. We can give God our best in many areas. Our relationship with Him is the most important of all areas, though.

God wants for us to give ourselves fully to Him. He has held nothing back from us. In our lives, every single choice allows us the opportunity to worship and grow more deeply in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We make decisions every day. Let’s consider how we can give God our best. Instead of settling, let’s dig deeper and give Him our best! He will lead us on and impact many others in their response to His pursuit of them.

As those who have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, let’s be willing to fight to give God our best. May we resolve to fight in this battle, so we can give God our best in whatever we do.

The best part is seeing how God allows our inspiring moments, to touch lives in a memorable way. These things last long after we got up the courage to love and inspire other women in our lives.

While God is infusing our bodies with His supernatural power, there is no limits to how we can inspire others and help them to seek after Christ. Each decision to give our best, can draw others to Himself in the process.

1 Samuel 4-8 (Part 3)

“The Lord is a holy God. Who can stand in front of Him? Where can the ark go up to from here (6:20)?”

God set apart Eleazer to guard the Ark. This was his primary purpose aside from knowing God, because God had a specific task for this man.

God is declaring to the world that He is holy. God is not simply one of their buddies, but He is absolutely holy and cannot even look upon sin.

Before we are in the battle, we need to learn that God is absolutely holy. God is far smarter than we are. And, God is all-powerful. When we step into battle, we are not the first one to see what we will experience. God goes before us.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deut. 31:8).

When Life is Good. . .

For twenty years, the Ark remained at Kiriath Jearim and life was good. The people of Israel turned back to the Lord – which is the most important indicator of “life is good”.

Samuel’s honest wisdom applies to us too.

If we really want to return to God, we need to do so with all of our hearts and seek Him alone (see 7:3-4).

The people of Israel gathered together, fasted from food, and repented before the Lord that they had sinned against Him (see 7:6). This is something profound, but we often don’t see this anywhere in our culture – today.

How often do we see our loved ones coming together, fasting together, and being prayed over as we truly repent?

Worship in the Battle

Israel’s hearts were changed from that day. You can sense it, as you read their heartfelt plea to Samuel – one of God’s prophets. “Don’t stop crying out to the Lord our God to help us. Keep praying that he’ll save us from the power of the Philistines (7:8).”

Worship guarded their hearts. As they worshipped God in the midst of their battles, God answered them (see 7:9). He did not abandon them, but He answered their prayer. Worship was their weapon against the enemy. As they worship, God acted with a mighty hand – displaying His power before the enemy.

The Illustration of Pursuing Worship

Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel (1 Sam. 7:10a).

This is a powerful verse, that we need to remember in our daily lives. Many of us face great battles. What are we doing in those moments, when we could be worshiping the Lord our God?

The Lord has helped us every step of the way (7:12b).

Godly Leader

Samuel was a leader we should seek to learn from. He was an incredibly leader who stood for God with unwavering faith and a heart for worship (see 7:15-17).

Week 8: 2 Thess. 2:15 {Stand Firm, My Friends}

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15, NIV). 

I have this week’s memory verse posted in several places of our home. It has continued to serve me with the needed reminder to stand firm and hold fast to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Even though I finished week 8 many weeks ago, I haven’t been able to take it down.

It has provided necessary encouragement, throughout the difficult days, when giving up seems tempting.

Stand firm literally means to keep one standing. In order to stand our ground, we must remember the hope we have found in Jesus Christ. We cannot allow circumstances to cause us to waiver either to the left or right, if God has called us to a specific thing. Let’s trust Him and obey Him in that specific thing.

In order to persist, we need to remember Jesus Christ’s word – which has lovingly been given to us. While in the Bible we are taught many things about God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the life He is lovingly calling us too, this is where the Holy Spirit steps in. In many different scenarios I cannot tell you what God is calling you to do, but God definitely is able to do exceedingly more than you could ever ask Him to do.

He promises us wisdom when we ask for it, gives us the resolve to stand strong, and helps us to continue on. A message we all, including me, need to hear – because we can get weary at times. God is calling us to stand strong in our faith. It is impossible to do this, when we are not allowing ourselves the necessary time spent in His presence and reading our Bible.

Keep listening for His voice, as you persevere and seek Him above all things.

This is definitely one truth we need to hold close to our heart, as we seek to live out the truths we learn in the Thessalonians.

See Psalm 46:1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Eph. 3:20; James 1:5

Job 38-39; Psalms 33-35

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Assigned Reading: Job 38-39; Psalms 33-35

Psalms –

Chapter 33 – God speaks and does what is true, and we can trust Him. In this psalm, we are reminded who God is. God is mighty and observing His creation. In Him, we find our hope and help. Even in a world of trouble, we are not without hope or help. God even promises to be our shield. God offers us everything we have been seeking. And, He pours out His unfailing love on us too.

How could we not submit to God – when we know He is a God like this?

Chapter 34 – We can praise the Lord at all times. God hears our prayers, and answers them. He saves us from our troubles. He may not answer our prayers the way we expect, but He is awesome, trustworthy, and our Protector. Let’s praise God, submitting to His Will, and remember His good deeds.

Chapter 35 – David specifically prays for his enemies to be put to shame. He knows there is none like God. God can take up our circumstances, and will provide. He isn’t afraid to say that his prayer hadn’t been answered, and he is anxiously waiting wondering “how long, Lord?” Even so, he resolves to praise God. While some of our prayers don’t seem to be answered, let’s keep praising Him and drawing near to Him.

Job –

In chapter 38-39, we are met with the beginning of God’s long-awaited response to Job. All of this waiting, and now we are here to see what God says.

In short, God is holy and full of wisdom. As humans, we need to remember exactly who God is.

The biggest truth to stand out is – Job wasn’t God’s equal. The sooner we recognize God’s holiness and submit to Him, the better our relationship with God (through our Savior Jesus) will be. It requires knowledge of God’s character and submission to Him. We won’t have much of a relationship without those two key ingredients.

Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me (Job 38:2-3).

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand ( vv. 4).

Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years! (vv. 21)

Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south? Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high? (Job 39:26-27)

God, who is all together holy and worthy of our attention, respect, and worship, willfully answers Job. As I sit, read, and reflect, I am reminded that God doesn’t have to answer us. God doesn’t have to do anything. God chose: to create us, to make us relational beings who crave God, giving us free will, again choosing to send His Son Jesus Christ to call us His people – restoring our relationship with Himself. We are dearly loved, but we can’t forget about the holiness of God. This is how we become proud and arrogant, thinking we are God or His equal – asking for trouble.