Wonderfully and fearfully made!

Wonderfully and fearfully made!

Psalms 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Wherever I travel on my walk with God, I continue to be forgetful, Jesus has to constantly remind me who I am and who He is. There are miracles to be found in our lives. Why we choose to ignore them or grow numb to them is baffling to me. Instead we focus on the things about ourselves or the world that are wrong ignoring the beauty.

The Hebrew psalmist uses the word fear meaning, “awe” as of awe of one in authority. To think of ourselves as something that is awe inspiring on most days seems like quite a stretch. Looking at my daughter’s beautiful eyes and perfectly formed hands and feet it seems “right”. God made us in His image for glorious and wondrous things. We need to bring our focus from our easily, visible faults to the miracle that is our very bodies and our world. The Lord reminds us to keep our eyes and minds on things of worth and not waste our time on filth. I know I personally need God’s miracles and directions in my life. My wandering eyes and mind need constant shepherding.

Lord Jesus, Help me to stay focused on You and your miracles that are all around us. Help me be like the psalmist and know full well that I am fearful and wonderfully made. Thank you Jesus for the miracles you have given me and the ones you have designed for me before my birth. Help me to stay focused on you and help me to use what you have given me for the kingdom. Thank you, Jesus Amen.

As I concentrated this week on finding beauty I stumbled across Louie Giglio’s work with music. He created music using the music of stars and the songs of whales. It is worth checking out and gives us the proper perspective of awe for God and his creation. It reminds us as the psalmist did that we are created for the purpose of praise of our creator.

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Be still

file0001041149776.jpgWhy is being still such a difficult thing?  Maybe it’s because when God asks us to be still is when we are in crisis and feel the strongest urge to move to do anything except remain a sitting target.  We struggle, push and pull to find our solution to the problem and even find some good solutions.  But ultimately with our limited vision our “fool proof” plans fail and we are left with more wasted time, effort and resources.

I have also been taught time and time again the circumstances that I thought were the “problem” where actually God’s design and solution for what He knows that I need from an eternal perspective.  Knowing all this why am I still so inclined to solve my problems instead of submitting to God?

I need prayer:  Lord help me to submit to You.  Grant me discernment to know the difference between good, bad and best.  I don’t want to do this life without You but I don’t trust my restless heart.  Protect me from myself Lord Jesus.  Grant me a trap in my mind so that when I begin to differ from your path I immediately become aware of it so that I can submit to You.  Lord I need help with my life what is Your plan for me, where do you want me to put my energy, time and effort?  Love you, Heather

Psalm 46:10 (NIV) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.

Pure joy: Abigail (joy of the father)

 

Pure joy:
Joy is most easily seen in contrast to a struggle. Some struggles we create, some exist because of the world we live in but all things will pass. The only constant is the Lord. He reminds us and uplifts up with the scripture. The joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh 8:10b) Joy isn’t something we just hope for joy is something we should seek and expect. It is something the Lord greatly desires to give us, accept it when it comes in all the little moments in life. Choose to not keep your eye on the struggle but look, expect and cherish the Joy.

My children and I pray everyday: Lord Jesus let us find joy in the little things throughout the day. We need your strength which comes from Joy. Thank you Lord Jesus, amen.

This exhausted mothers prayer

I went into the throne room today to see which truth essential to motherhood God wanted to give me a word on today.  Instead I came out with this prayer.

     Lord Jesus, I believe all your Word is true.  My core doesn’t doubt, but could I have some tangible reminder or a trigger in my mind to stop me from trying on my own strength then failing and then having to back track, use more energy and then finally rely on You.  Lord help me to seek Your strength first and stop trying to do it the “faulty, messy, ineffective and often needs to apologize to people my way.”

        Lord I need You!  Please create a trap in my mind that is triggered every time I forget to surrender to you, so that I quickly repent, re-align and receive victory.  I love and trust You God help me to live that out.  I thank you for it. Amen.

 

My confession: I have discovered the more “little everyday problems” that occur, the more I forget to seek first the kingdom of God and the rest will fall into place and I also forget I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  I have a tendency to rely on caffeine and chocolate instead.  Two very beautiful creations ultimately given by God but obviously not a replacement for God.  

Funny or rude or just a little of both?

An elderly woman who had what I believe was only the best of intentions said the most horrible thing to me at church today.   I am 38 weeks+ pregnant and she turns and asks me if I’m having a  boy or girl?  To which I reply I am having a girl and the Lord told me her name at 12 weeks and so I have two confirmations that she is a girl the Lord and the ultrasound.  She with the sweetest smile possible told me her third confirmation, “Oh Honey I knew it was a girl because you know, what they say when you can tell their pregnant from behind it’s a girl!”

That dissolved any delusions I may have had  as to what is happening to all the areas of my body I can’t see.

(For those of you who wanted a good/horrible laugh, to bad I did not include a picture of my third confirmation she is a girl)