Friday, May 25, 2012

05/25/12 - The Voice of God

Yesterday I started Discerning the Voice of God, by Priscilla Shirer. As I read it reminded me of advice I've given young women who are single.

I am often asked, "How do you know God's will in regard to marriage?"

Lately my reply has been, "Learn to hear and know the 'voice' of God in your life. He speaks to each of us differently and when you can hear His voice, that assurance will be the guide to follow the green light or stop if there's a red light (or red flags!)."

This book is what I'd recommend if you want to know the different ways that God "speaks". 

If you are single you have a chance to get to know God with an undivided heart and attention. Take FULL advantage of that! When life gets busier, and noisier (with kids ;-) ) you'll know how He gets your attention and you'll be able to hear His voice over the noise of life! 

Cultivate a deep, intimate relationship with your Creator! Ask Him to make Himself known to you in a new, fresh, powerful way today! 

Praying for you today! Hugs!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

05/22/12 - Audience of One

Lately that phrase "audience of One" has played over and over in my head.

Being misunderstood, criticized, words twisted, mistreated, or slandered for speaking the truth can be painful. We may want to retreat. We may want to defend. We may want to clarify.

But those are all reactions to having the fear of man.

We must not worry what others think of us.

Yes, we should engage and dialog but our goal isn't to satisfy their tickling ears, but please the One that really matters.

Galatians 1:10 For am I seeking the approval of man or of God?

Live, breathe, and move for the audience of One!

Monday, May 21, 2012

05/21/12 - Clinging

What are you clinging too?
Are you clinging to rules to keep your way pure?
Are you clinging to fear?
Are you clinging to control?
Are you clinging to pride?

We can cling to all of those things in the mask of being "pure".

But we should be clinging to the cross. Looking to the self-sacrificing work of Jesus on the cross.

Anytime we try to put man-made rules on being "righteous" we will fail!

We're warned about this in Colossians 2:20-23

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21  “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they areof no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

If you have no heart for purity and are "following" the rules, although they may appear wise, they will not address the idols of your heart!

Get the heart of purity. Where Christ is!

Monday, May 14, 2012

05/14/12 - It's a LIE!

Friends, have we bought the lie?

The lie that says that in order to be happy we have to focus on self? We have to become a better us? We have to seek our own identity. 

See our culture breeds this mindset. It says we have to get for ourselves that which no one else will give us! 

This is simply NOT TRUE!

As believers in God we are called to lay it all down at the foot of the cross. We are called to let God direct our steps. We are called to live our lives crucified with Christ. We're called to deny self! We are called to be God-centered, not me-centered. 

But too many of us believers have bought the lie. Thus we spin our wheels, seeking to make us happy, and to maintain our own personal identity! 

Friends this is a lie!

We are called to seek the cross, to live for Him, to develop for His glory, to reflect Him in EVERYTHING we do, and to not be self-seeking at all!

And want to know what's amazing? That when we seek to please Him above all: He gives us the deepest desires of our heart! He gives us our identity. He brings us deep joy and happiness!

Beloved friends please don't listen to the lie! 

Friday, May 11, 2012

05/11/12 - Slammed Door

As I reflect back over the years of walking with Christ I've realized I've had a few slammed doors. 

The first one I can really remember was in 1997. I had applied for a job with Focus on the Family. It was a perfect fit for me and on paper I had everything they would have been looking for. But I didn't even get an interview! Slam!

My other option, at the time, was to move back home with my parents. It was from my time at home that I had the time and freedom to write Emotional Purity.

As the saying goes, "hindsight is 20/20"!

I've had other slammed doors along the way, but every time those slammed doors lead to an open door that is FAR better than had I walked or pushed my way through the slammed door.

I am thankful for slammed doors...they are normally a sign that God has something much better for me than I could have thought or imagined.

Maybe you've had a slammed door recently: a job, a relationship, a college acceptance, a ministry opportunity, or a host of other things could have slammed in your face. Maybe you're reeling with frustration and lots of questions!  

But keep obey God, keep your heart pure, keep seeking Him above, keep reflecting His glory, and watch how His plan, His open door is far better than that slammed door in your past!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

05/09/12 - Facebook Page

I've been trying to interact with my readers on a more daily basis on the Emotional Purity Facebook page. I'd love if you'd join me over there and interact with me as we run hard after Christ together!

I will still blog, but these days...with homeschooling the boys, being a wife, the newlywed ministry we're doing, hospitality, and other ministry opportunities...I just don't have as much time to blog.