“Triple T”

You know how so many of the Old Testament books
of the Bible seem to be filled with gloom & doom?
But there’s actually SO much more.

Here’s a quick example:

God was pointing out how so many of His people
had stopped tithing,
stopped obeying,
stopped caring about God altogether.

Then He says this…

Malachi 3:16 (another great “3:16” verse)
“Then those who feared the LORD spoke with each other,
and the LORD listened to what they said.
In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written
to record the names of those who feared him
and always thought about the honor of his name.”

Did you notice that?

1. God was listening to the conversations between
people who served Him.
He was LISTENING! And they weren’t even praying!

2. They purposely kept a record of the people who
obeyed God and always THOUGHT about honoring
His name.

So I need to remember…

A. God is listening!
Stop complaining!

B. Think thoughts that honor Him!
He makes note of it.

C. Thinking about God will quickly make me thankful.

So… this little verse tucked away in the last book
of the Old Testament tells me to
THINK THANKFUL THOUGHTS!

Those are three “T’s” that I need to write on some sticky
notes and post them everywhere in my face,
and phone,
and mirror
and heart!

THINK THANKFUL THOUGHTS!

Two Questions

You WANT to read the BIBLE!
You’ve TRIED to read it!
You make plans & commitments to do it!
But then… you open it and stare…
um… “Now what?” you say.

TRY THIS…

– Pick one of the gospels
(Matthew, Mark, Luke or John).
– Read part or all of a chapter.
– Ask yourself these two questions:

1. What does this tell me about GOD?

2. What does this tell me about ME?

– Jot down your answers.
– Praise God for the answer to #1
– Talk with Him about answer #2

Now you’ve just read The Word and prayed.
It’ll grown.
Time with Jesus becomes super personal
and incredibly addicting!!!! 🙂
But YOU have to take the time to spend
with Him.
He already made the time
to become human,
die a torturous death,
come back to life and
give you HIS Word
for encouragement & guidance.
He started it.

Now you get to enjoy it.
Your relationship can grown.
So get your
BIBLE
Notebook/Journal
Pen
and ask yourself these TWO QUESTIONS!

(Note: I don’t remember where I first heard
these questions; I’ve been sharing this idea
for over 20 years! It helps!
Now TRY it!)

Accomplished Plans & Smiling Hearts

“I hep ya, Mama?”-
A direct quote from all 5 of my kids…
over the last 20 years.

I have pictures of them standing on chairs or little stepstools
in the kitchen, wearing an apron, stirring, mixing or just watching
with great interest. Now, back then I didn’t really need their help,
but I loved being with them, and they loved being a part of the action.

One time our oldest, Mariah, (about 5 yrs old at the time) was setting
the table. Her little sister Courtney was about 18 months old
and wanted to help, too. So Courtney proceeded to take a can of pop
from a box of 12, and one by one with your little toddler hands,
took EVERY single can to the dinner table… where all FOUR of us
would be eating! Her “help” may have added a little extra work on my
part, but she was so stinking’ cute and felt so happy to be doing her part
that it made my heart smile! 🙂

On Friday when I opened my Bible, God said I should just make everything
I read my prayer. I’ve been reading in Isaiah, so I picked up at Chapter 25.
Verse one says…

“O LORD, I will honor and praise your name,
for you are my God.
You do such wonderful things!
You planned them long ago,
and now you have accomplished them.”

I started praising His name and thanking Him for all He’s done
and accomplished in Detroit and Courage Church.
Then He quietly said,
“My plans for you being in Detroit have been accomplished.”
Before I could even finish a nice sigh of relief
I stopped short & said,
“Lord I’ve made so many mistakes, how could it all be accomplished?”

He smiled at me ( yes, He does that) and said,
“Yes of course you made mistakes.
You’re a human child, but my plans have still been accomplished.”

Then I read on until this verse …
Isaiah 26:12
“LORD, you will grant us peace;
all we have accomplished is really from you.”

(I added the underlining!)

oh, Duh, Netta! Of course!
Everything is accomplished because HE did it!
Such a merciful God who lets us “help” Him carry out His plans!

Thank you, Daddy God, for allowing me to “help” you!
Perhaps I made your heart smile, too! 🙂

We Put Away the Bible Story Book

We did.
We put away the boys’ Bible Story books.
Don’t panic.
We needed to mix it up a little.
My youngest children are 8yr & 10 yr old boys,
and since we’d read & reread all the
Bible Story Books in the house,
we went for something new at bedtime.

Enter YouVersion.
Bible app

We chose a “family” reading plan that has some
devotion ideas to make it interactive for kids.
But actually, we don’t do the devotional things.

My boys love looking up the scripture verses
in their own Bibles and reading them out loud.
That search is so satisfying for them, and it
helps them remember the order of the Books of the Bible…
(we may or may not be occassionaly sing a quirky
song to remember them.)

Then I ask them several questions about the verses.
Things like these:
“What does this tell us about God?”
“Why did Jesus say this?”
“What does He want us to learn from this?”
“What are some situations in our lives where we
would need to remember and apply this?”

I like to make the questions more personal and specific
than the above list, but you get the idea.
Either way, my boys are loving this hands-on time
in God’s Word, and the discussion afterwards easily
leads into prayer time that deals with real situations
that relate to the scripture.

Actually, just about anything can come up in
these conversations since they know that I’ve
set aside this time JUST for them and I will listen
carefully. Their depth and understanding
astounds me sometimes.

As a parent I’m continually trying to reevaluate the
way I go about life. I ask God specific questions
and want always to be willing to switch things around
– big or small- to help my kids grow into the people
He has designed for them to be. And… in the process
I grow a smidgen every now & then, too! 🙂

Delighted

This morning, while using a prayer guide that Chilly posted yesterday, I was stopped in my tracks by a verse I’ve read many times. To keep it short, I’ll use bullet points to share what God’s Truth spoke to me.

Psalm 27:4
“The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

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DELIGHTING!

– The Hebrew word means “Bold. To see.”
– Also means “To look intensely with gratification”

Gratification?

– in English, “gratification” means “to give pleasure or to
have desires satisfied”

Oh my word!

– If I look intensely at Jesus my desires will be satisfied.
– This is because He IS my satisfaction!!!!
– He
– IS
– my
– satisfaction!

He is more than ENOUGH!

-When I’m intensely focused on Jesus, my heart
remembers that HE is all I need.

-When I let my mind get distracted from this
one thing then I easily forget.

HE
IS
ENOUGH

Savvy?

When I was growing up my Dad would often explain
something to me and then ask, “Savvy?” This means,
“Get it? Do you understand the whole of it?”

Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the LORD,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

God promises to TAKE CARE of us when we fling
our
assignments back onto Him.
(In previous posts I discussed these Words.) In this case,
TAKE CARE implies that God will sustain, provide or to
comprehend. COMPREHEND?

YES! God not only provides, but He provides
in a way that keeps the whole picture in mind.
He gets it! I certainly do NOT!
He sees the future. I only see the now.
He understands what is unseen. I can’t even
understand what’s smack in my face.

Jesus asks me to stop trying to “handle” my life…
He most certainly is “savvy!”
Me… not so much…um, not AT ALL!

Your comments are welcome

Meat Platters on the Floor

If you thought yesterday had some unusual analogies in it,
this post will probably leaving you thinking more of the same.

“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Psalm 55:22 NLT

The word “GIVE” was yesterday.
Today… “BURDENS.”

BURDENS in this case means “a lot” or “what is assigned or given,”
Wait! WHAT? God has assigned burdens for me? Not the bright
encouragement I’d hoped to find. Hmm, then God gave me the mind
picture of a child & parent situation. (I’ve experienced a few
of those situations before.. ha!) If I, the parent, asked a toddler
to help me put dinner on the table I’d certainly have EVERY inte
ntion
of helping that little one complete this assignment! I would not
want my child to grab the heavy platter of meat and zip around
towards the table. That meat would splat right on the floor and the
child would be crying because I gave him a super hard job.

So, if I’d assign the job to the toddler & as he reaches for the platter
I’d say, “Give it back to me now. Let me help you. Give it back to me!”
If he lets me help he’ll find excitement, joy and satisfaction
from his assigned “burden.”

Uh… ouch, Lord!
How many times does God place an assignment in front of me,
totally wanting me to give it right back to you. He’s saying,
“Give it back. Give it back.” But I often
scoop it up & attempt it alone. I need to work on my “giving
back” skills. Flinging it back to JESUS.

“Oh, Lord, I’m so sorry for grabbing the meat platters you’ve
assigned to me and failing to wait for your help. Then I’ve
become frustrated & angry that “You did that to me!” (Sigh)
Please help me to quickly fling my thoughts onto you
and wait for your assistance!”

(the next part of this verse is here)

Just Standin’ there, Confused

It’s there… in the Bible… and it seemed like
such a sad thing to say about the disciples/friends of Jesus.

Jesus hung dying on the cross,
“But Jesus’ friends, including the women who
had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.”
(Luke 23:49 NLT)

It was a BIG deal. A huge moment.
An event that would forever change their lives.
And they kept their distance, watching.

These were not just casual observers who had heard of Jesus,
these were His close friends. The Greek word used in the
text means those who had a close experience with Him;
someone who knew Him first-hand. Someone like…
ME!

That’s exactly what I said to Jesus as I read this.
“Lord, I’m like these disciples. I know You first-hand
and understand that You’re doing something hugely
significant right in front of me, and yet I’m standing
off at a distance, rather dumb founded, just watching.”

Then God silently spoke: “You ARE just like those friends.
But what ELSE are they doing?”

Me: Umm.. we’ll they were probably…
Uneasy
Confused
Scared
Unsure

But they…
Stayed
Waited
Watched
Were Loyal
Kept eyes glued on Jesus

Oh… Yes… Thank you, Jesus.
I get it!
(Big relieved sigh!)
I will keep my eyes – heart- glued on YOU!

Chasing after the One who loves me

In Equip (the weekly Bible Study at Courage Church) we’ve been reading/studying the wonderful, timeless book…
The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer. (pictured below)

Just a few quick, basic comments about classic book…

– It’s written in the 1948 so the language is worded differently than
we’d use today, but it makes me stop & think about the real meaning

– It’s been translated into 19 languages.

– Tozer wrote the entire book on an over-night train trip.

– It’s words line up with with scripture.

– The more its truths stir my passion to know God,
the more distractions I face… usually a good
sign, if you know what I mean.

– I read a chapter a week in the hard copy…
Yes, I really like holding a “real” book in my hands
and high-lighting, understanding and making notes
like a crazy woman!

– I also listen to the weekly chapter on on audiobook.
It’s kinda strange sounding, but I’ve learned to
just focus on the words, not the voice.

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Currently Reading “The Pursuit of God”
by A.W. Tozer

Click HERE for a free Audio book

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I Love & Hate that Word!

“Patience…” the word we hate putting into practice, but
certainly love it when others “have a little” when dealing
with us. Right?

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Peter speaks of PATIENCE in the 1 Peter chapters 1 & 2.
Here’s a few thoughts I jotted down in my journal recently.

————————————————————–
The PATIENCE that Peter speaks of
in 1st Peter 1 & 2 is the kind of Patience that…

– doesn’t need to understand in order to obey God

– loves others, even when their behavior is unfair &
uncalled for (and is OK with “loving from far away”
if that helps keep peace)

– prays for authorities instead of spouting off about them

– trusts God & knows that He sees everything and
handles everything perfectly
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Nothing profoundly new… but horribly challenging to do.
The more I spend time with our patient, compassionate God
the easier this list becomes!