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When Our Life Feels Out of Focus

Sometimes we need to be reminded of our focus, at least I know I do.

I love how God speaks to us from His Word, meeting us right where we are at….hurting, confused, tired and lonely. He is with us.

To be honest with you, I’m tired tonight. Tired from traveling with 3 little girls, tired of living out of suitcases for a week and a half, tired from not seeming to have enough time in the day to get everything done, tired from not getting enough sleep……for more nights than I’d like to admit. Tonight, I’m just tired.

But part of the reason I’m so tired is because I’ve allow my eyes to get off of my Lord and onto the “world.” My problem is, I’m a people pleaser…….and I hate to disappoint. For some reason I continue to believe the lie that I’m “super woman” and I can get more accomplished in a day than is humanly possible. I have forgotten Colossians 3:23…..I work for The Lord….not “men.”

Over the last few months, God has been speaking to me…..quietly…..and I’ve been listening but not acting. Ever been there? Instead of listening and obeying, I’ve been listening and then delaying my obedience with excuses. “Wait until this is over, Lord” or “I’ll do that once I have this finished.” The “things” I’ve been doing aren’t bad. To many people they would appear to be really good “things.” They all involved “serving” God, but unfortunately delayed obedience is not obedience at all, but rather disobedience.

This past weekend, God used human voices to confirm what He has been saying in my heart. The messages weren’t new, I’ve been hearing them for months…..but sometimes I need to hear a message over and over again to take action. I dislike that about me, but it’s the truth. I love how even in our disobedience, God can be gentle with us though. God was gentle with me when He used some of my favorite bloggers/authors to speak the same words to me that I’ve been listening to for months.

God always uses Sally Clarkson, my favorite parenting author/blogger, to speak directly to my heart. This past weekend, at the Allume conference, she reminded me to live as Jesus lived. To live a life that is personal and local, that can be a challenge in today’s online world. She challenged me not to substitute real life for online life! If you’re a blogger, you know first hand the battle of balancing online ministry with real life ministry.

The Nester, one of my favorite decorating bloggers, challenged us to say “No” more often than “Yes” when different opportunities come around.
“Don’t say ‘yes’ to a stranger and ‘no’ to your husband or children!”- The Nester

The conference came to a close with the final keynote from Ann Voskamp. I just love her because she always speaks truth with God’s heartbeat mixed between her words. She said, “God’s call is not that you do more for God, but that you do more with Him.” How many times have I made decisions or said “yes” to opportunities without truly praying about it and seeking His face? Saying “yes” to even “good” opportunities is still wrong if it isn’t what God wants for my life. That’s why Colossians 3:23 is so important to remember! Who am I working for? Who am I serving? The “Who” in our lives is so important because when we know the “Who” then we can understand the “Why?”

(Having breakfast with Courtney, from WomenLivngWell.Org, during our Good Morning Girls meet-up)

This past weekend I was challenged to keep my eyes on Jesus, to serve Him where He has placed me. I was reminded that my days are numbered, to make every day count. That’s why it’s so important to pray and seek God’s wisdom in knowing what to say “Yes” to and what to say “No” to….making sure my priorities are God-pleasing not people pleasing. God, family then ministry. When we are living out Colossians 3:23, we no longer seek man’s approval but God’s approval. We turn from seeking the applause of this world to seeking the only applause that matters…..the applause of the One.

Seeking His face tonight for wisdom to know what I need to say “No” to so that I can say “Yes” to the right things in my life.

 

How about you? Is God whispering in your heart too?

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 



{Week 7}… Working for the Lord ~ Colossians 3:15-25

 

Week 7 of  Colossians is here!!!  Have you noticed throughout our study how one verse builds on another, and then another?!  I am so thankful that God’s Word is complete and without error, and that every word is inspired by Him.  What a powerful tool God has given us, applicable to all of life!

 

This week’s verses: Colossians 3:15-25

 

{If you cannot see this video, click here to view it.}

 

Want to dig deeper this week?  Check out these resources that go along with our study:

 

DIG DEEPER RESOURCES:

John Piper:

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/lord-focused-living-at-work

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/boiling-for-christ

 

John MacArthur:

http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/2148/putting-on-the-new-man-part-2

http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/2149/the-new-man-makes-a-new-home

 

 

Weekly Challenge:  Does your perspective need to change regarding how you view a certain task in your life?  Choose one task, and purpose this week to do it with joy and gratitude, as unto the Lord.  Need reminded throughout the week?  Write out Colossians 3:17 and post it where you can see it often!

 

At His feet,

The Battle with Sin


Last week we ended with a serious command from Paul to put to death those things which are worldly in us. This week he continues to show us what some of those things are and what we are to replace them with.

God takes this stuff very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that we are to kill ungodly attitudes and actions in our lives.  The word “kill” or “put to death” is very strong and violent language and something we should not read over lightly.

We are called to wage a major war against those things and everything else that is ungodly in us. But how is this possible?

The New You

Every believer is a new creation (2 Cor 5:17, Cor. 3:3). Paul says it this way in our passage: you have to put on the new self, and put off the old self. And the new you is being continually renewed by the grace of God. Because of this reality – you are now something new: you can wage this war!

Killing our Corruption

“put away  anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self…”

Do you ever feel anger? Does your temper get the better of your? Does it lead to you saying hasty and unkind things?  Are you filled with rage even though you don’t show it on the outside? What about malice? Do you ever hold a grudge or nurse bitterness in your heart against another person, wishing someone harm or reveling in their unfortunate circumstances? Do you lie? You can lie by not saying a word, by pretending everything is fine where really it is not. Do you lie to your children in order to get them to do what you want?

But this is only one part of overcoming our sin. We must replace our sins with grace-given virtues.

Growing in Grace

“Put on… compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love ..”

Paul lists a few for us : “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other.”

How are we doing with these? Do we show kindness to our children when they are pushing our buttons? Do we respond with patience to our husband at the end of a long day? Do we display true compassion towards others that leads us to act?

Our Secret Weapon

These objectives of “putting off” and “putting on” are important, but to carry out these war plans we need a secret weapon. Our secret weapon is the gospel.

This work of putting off and putting on can only happen as we look to the life and death of Jesus. we must look to Jesus’ life because there we see the God-man love, play and life perfectly so he could give that righteous life to us as a gift. We look to his death was killed for our sins so we never have to worry about being judged by God and

We have been made new and have experienced the forgiveness of God, therefore we can and should live differently. We are to live in a way that is fitting for a child of a king and a creature of God.

The Heidelberg catechism states this so beautifully.

Question: What is thy only comfort in life and death?
Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death,  am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life,  and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

Continuing the Battle

As we move forward in this violent spiritual work it’s important to remember what Paul said in Ephesians. We need to wear the armor of God for this war (Eph. 6) otherwise we will fail. And let me encourage you specifically with one piece of the armor. We must use the sword of truth which is God’s word to eradicate and annihilate the sin that seems to grow faster than weeds. We must fill our minds with what is right and good and honorable (Phil 4) through meditation, memorization, good conversation and lots of prayer.

Your sins are real, but they have lost the power to defeat you. They will try, but as you follow Jesus they will fail and you will come out as “more than a conqueror.”

Looking to Jesus,

{New Video} The Importance of What You Wear…Each Day!

 

 

As women, we spend so much time focusing on what we wear yet I wonder what our lives would look like if we focused and prayed about what we spiritually put on each day? Paul in Colossians 3 encourages us to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (vs 12)

What would our homes look like if we put as much effort into clothing ourselves spiritually, as we do physically, each morning?

 

 

 

Colossians Memory Song Links:

Week 1:

Week 4:

Week 5:

http://www.wisdomandrighteousness.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Colossians-2.16-3.6.mp3

Week 6:

http://www.wisdomandrighteousness.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Colossians-3.8-17.mp3

 

 

Love God Greatly!

 

 

 

 

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

 

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org



{Week 6}… Putting Off and Putting On ~ Colossians 3:7-14

Good Morning Girls, and welcome to Week 6 of our Colossians study!!  Can you believe that it’s Week 6 already?!  Hang in there, sweet friends… with just three weeks left, there’s still so much to learn from this incredible book of the Bible!  We hope you’ll continue to dig into God’s Word with us, and know you’ll be encouraged by this rich, daily nourishment.

 

 

 

This week we find ourselves in Colossians 3:7-14.  Grab your Bibles and let’s get started!

 

{If you cannot see this video, click here to view it.}

 

Want to dig deeper this week?  Check out these resources that go along with our study:

 

DIG DEEPER RESOURCES:

John Piper:
http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/class-culture-and-ethnic-identity-in-christ

John MacArthur:
http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/2147/putting-on-the-new-man-part-1

http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/2148/putting-on-the-new-man-part-2

 

Weekly Challenge:  Choose just one area in your life where you need to “put off” your sin nature, and instead “put on” Christ.  Look up Bible verses that can help you to pursue godliness in this area, and write those verses on 3×5 cards to help remind you of God’s Truth throughout this week!

 

**For those joining us for the very first time – we encourage you to subscribe to GoodMorningGirls to receive the free Colossians daily Bible reading plan and eStudy Guide!

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At His Feet,

 

 

 

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