Thursday, April 30, 2009

He Knows Me Inside and Out!

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;You understand my thought afar off.3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.4 For there is not a word on my tongue,But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.9 If I take the wings of the morning,And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea.10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”Even the night shall be light about me;12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. Psalm 139:1-12 NKJ


He knows my thoughts and every word that proceeds out of my mouth. Now that can be scary when I think of that one. Why is it that we think that we can hide things from God? But I know that we do think that some days...I need to keep this passage of scripture in my heart always. I think that would be a great filter for the tongue.

I love it because God knows me so well! He understands my heart and my daydreams! Even in my darkest times God is with me...I don't have to be afraid of the dark because He is there with me. I love it because He knows me inside and out. He is such a great God.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Testing.....

Hello Everyone!

Just a quick note to say that I will be back to my normal blogging in a couple of days. I am in college finals and I am cramming, working and trying to keep my head above water. I want to say PRAY FOR ME! I need it! And in the meantime I will do my part to not to quit in the final stretch of this particular race....I will finish!

Shanin

Friday, April 24, 2009

Deal Or No Deal

I just watched the ending of an episode of Deal Or No Deal. The man was down to two cases. One case had $1.00 in it and the other had $1,000,000.00 in it. The offer was $416,000.00 dollars. The choice was his...Deal or No Deal? His mother was telling him to take the money. Another lady was telling him that he had the million dollar case. He chose NO DEAL! He then had the choice of trading the case that he had picked for the other case and he turned that option down. When Howie opened the case that the man had kept it contained $1.00. How awful. The man had $416,000.00 dollars and he turned it down for the chance of more. His mother was just sick. You could see it in her face.

We all say what we would do in that situation but most of us will never be in such circumstances. But all of will be in a "Deal Or No Deal" situation. It is a salvation or no salvation situation. I have heard so many people say that "As long as you lead a good life or as long as you are a good person you will go to heaven." That is so not true! There will be good people who reject Jesus who will go to hell. You see, people don't go to hell for "doing something bad", they go to hell for rejecting Jesus. No one is deserving of salvation. No one is good! We are all on a level playing field...Jesus died to give us the free choice of salvation...all we have to do is make a decision to accept it or reject it...deal or no deal.

"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live! Deut. 30:19

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Preapproved!

9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.
10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matthew 9:9-13 NKJ


I love this because Jesus wasn't afraid to go anywhere with anyone! He was the same everywhere He went. He looked at the potential in a person. Matthew was a tax collector when He called him. I love it because Jesus knew that relationship with people was important. He ate with tax collectors, sinners, and harlots. He wanted to know them and for them to know Him. He knew that everyone needed a Savior. He didn't select just the elite or the "good" people...He came for everyone! I am so glad! He came for me. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what class you are...He wants to know you and you to know Him. There are no disqualifications, you really are "preapproved!" He loves you just where you are. All you have to do is to accept Him as your Lord and Savior!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Don't Panic, He's Right There With You!

18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.
23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Matthew 8:18;23-27 NKJ


LOL I love this passage. Why? Because it reminds me of me when I took a different look at it today. I used to think, how could they be afraid when Jesus was right there in their boat with them? But you see, just like me, Jesus told them where to go and went with them and when it got rough they thought they were going to die!

How many times has God spoke to your heart about the direction you should go and when times got rough you cried out to Him? He was right there with you! I remembered when God called us to Burley, Idaho. I wasn't thrilled but I was obedient. We came and it wasn't easy. I remember many days when I was praying that I told God, "God, I know that You didn't call me to Burley to die and the rent is due in x amount of days...I need the rent money, Lord." He provided every time. But every time it got tough I was back calling out to Him! He was right there with me the whole time! He was the One who told us to go to Burley...He would see us through...and He has.

After God calmed the sea in verse 27, they marveled at who this Jesus could be that even the seas obeyed Him. I know who He is and even still I marvel at His greatness. He is still in the miracle business today. Do you have a storm brewing in your life? Cry out to Him and He can calm even the roughest storm

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bridge the Gap



I was looking at all of my pictures today for some thing new to place as my computer background and I found this bridge. I love bridges. I like bridges of all kinds, historical, modern, rustic, covered...you name it I like it. I like this bridge because it uses giant stepping stones or rocks as the walkway and it has wooden rails to help you as you cross so you won't slip and fall. It made me think...how am I a bridge? How do I bridge the gap into our community and into people's lives? Jesus is the big bridge but He uses us to be bridges too. We should look like Him! Our churches (our body) needs to bridge the gap into our community.

What type of bridge are you and your church? Are you a big modern one? Are you a nice historical bridge? There are all types and they are all needed but the most important thing is that you are a bridge that helps bring people to Jesus!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Just a Sheep Tender?

7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7

Aren't you glad that God doesn't look at our physical appearance but He looks at our hearts instead? I am so grateful that God doesn't look at just the "pretty" people and say that they are the ones who will minister or be favored! I am so thankful that God sees past what the world sees and values. He loves me for me! He knows my potential that even I don't always see in myself.

David was the youngest brother. He was normally looked down on or "pooed pooed" by his brothers, but God knew David's heart. David worshipped Him when he was alone in the fields tending the sheep. God knew David' potential. God gave David on the job training while he was tending the sheep. He killed the lion and the bear...and one day he would face the giant. God built David's faith while he was in the field tending sheep. God knew that David would be anointed King. His brothers never thought that their little brother, David, would become King...he tended the sheep!

So when you have a job like tending sheep, maybe just maybe, God might be training you for a much bigger purpose. He looks beyond what the world sees and what our eyes see...He sees our heart! Remember He knows our hearts AND our potential! He has great things planned for our future. We need to take the time wherever He places us to worship Him whatever situation we are in and know He has us there for a reason. God taught David important things while he was tending sheep. Where does God have you at the moment? What is He teaching you? I can assure you that it is all part of the plan!

Remember He looks at the heart and He sees your potential!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He is Risen!

Today is the celebration of the ressurection of Jesus. I am so thankful that I serve a God who doesn't "rule" by guilt. He loves us. He desires a real relationship with us.

New life. That is what you can have in Jesus. A fresh start, a clean slate. He already paid the price for anything and everything you and I have ever done or will do. We don't have to be "good enough" you see, He doesn't want a performance based relationship He wants the real you. He already sees us where we are so why not be honest with ourselves and God? He loves us just exactly where we are and who we are. He sees the "gold nuggets" inside of us. After all He made us.

So celebrate with me today! Jesus conquered death for you and me. Join in the celebration of salvation.

Shanin

Friday, April 10, 2009

Listen Up!

1 Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 2 And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, 3 and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle[a] of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 4 that the LORD called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 5 So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”
And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.
6 Then the LORD called yet again, “Samuel!”
So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.)
8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.”
Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
I Samuel 3:1-9 NKJ


Samuel was a boy and God spoke to him. He didn't recognize God's voice at first...he heard Him but didn't "get it". God called his name three times and he still didn't get it. Not until Eli instructed him on what to do did he recognize His voice. The important thing was that Samuel responded!

Now check this out... God did not give up when Samuel didn't recognize His voice or even respond "correctly" not even after three times! God was patient with Samuel! God is patient with us! He knows that we need instruction. He loves us.

God still speaks to us today. He loves us so much and knows when we don't "get it." If we miss His voice the first time He will speak again...just listen. Talk to Him. Ask Him, "What do You want to say to me God? Help me know Your voice." Will you "get it" right everytime? No. But keep practicing...He is patient. He is faithful. He loves His kids!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dedicated to God

18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, “The LORD give you descendants from this woman for the loan that was given to the LORD.” Then they would go to their own home.
21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the LORD. I Samuel 2:18-21 NKJ


When I read this today I cried. I cannot even imagine the love that Hannah had for her son Samuel and for the Lord. She kept her word that she would dedicate her son back to the Lord. It truly must have been a sacrifice. First of all she had been baren and then when God did give her, her baby boy she gave him back to the Lord for service not knowing if she would become pregnant again.

In verse 18 it says, "But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child." To me that is so awesome. I have said this before and i will say it again, you are never too young to minister.

God honored His Word and God honored Hannah too. It says in verse 21 that the Lord gave Hannah three more sons and two daughters! Then it adds that "Meanwhile the child Samuel grew before the Lord."

Hannah gave her first born son, Samuel to serve in the temple where Eli raised his wicked sons in the temple yet Hannah trusted her son to the Lord. God took care of Samuel too. In the middle of the chapter describing the wicked things that Eli's sons did and prophecy against them there is one verse placed :26 And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the LORD and men. That speaks volumes!!! God took care of the young man that was dedicated to His service. Hannah trusted God to take care of Samuel and He did. God is good.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Becoming Immune to the Stink

Today at my work they evacuated my half of the building while I was gone to school. The reason was that the owner had sprayed the pesticide on the outside of the building but the fumes came inside. The reports on the effects were different depending who you spoke to but the manager decided to move our office temporarily to a different location until the fumes cleared. I guess one of the warnings said that if you can smell it then it is harmful. I guess that some of the people had gotten used to the smell and hadn't thought of it being that loud until they left the building got into some fresh air and then re-entered the building.

Isn't that how sin is? If you aren't careful you can become so desensitized to it that it doesn't bother you anymore. We need to go before the Lord daily so we can get our dose of "fresh air" so we can live in a sinful world but not become desensitized to it.

Lord help me to never to get accustomed to sin but to be sensitive to Your voice.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Don't Give Up!

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[a] being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Cor 4:16-18 NLT

Everything here is temporary. We need to remember that when things are going the wrong way. If we keep it all in perspective, (that this is only temporary) and our long term goal is eternal life with Jesus then we can maintain our focus! We need to take advantage of our time here! We have Kingdom business to do and accomplish! We need not to get distracted or wrapped up things that keep us from growing in the Lord! Remember we fix our gaze on things that can't be seen. Thank You Lord that even when our physical bodies get tired and worn our spiritual lives can increase and grow! So don't quit! Keep up the good fight!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

He is my Rock!

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the LORD shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him. Psalm 37:39-40

It doesn't say that we won't have times of trouble but it does say that He is our strength when those times come. He wil help us and deliver from the wicked and save them....and here are the key words for me...because they trust Him.

In order to trust someone you have to have relationship with them. It is easier to trust Him when you have that relationship with Him!

We need to trust Him when those tough and scary times come. We have to trust in Jesus to take care of us and not to run ahead of Him to take care of ourselves. When we keep our focus on Him the other things aren't as scary or as big! He is sooooo big!

Who else do we have to trust? There is a scripture that says, some may trust in horses and some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the Name of our Lord!

I am glad that when things get tough I can run to Him. He has my back and my front...He loves me!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Satisfaction's Secret...

Tonight I thought I would share from our Wednesday night class notes. It was a great lesson...credit to my Jason, my hubby. Thanks Babe for letting me glean from your teaching!

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me. Phil 4:10-13 NKJV

What is contentment? It's not apathy, laziness or complacency. It is independant from circumstance. You do not base your happiness on the situation around you. Happiness comes from within.

How to experience real contentment:
I. Learn to avoid comparisons!
Paul said that he learned to be content! That means we can learn to be content too!

Misconceptions about happiness are: I must have what others have to be happy...I must be liked by everyone in order to be happy...Having more will make me more happy.

The root problem: Comparing myselt to others.

II. Learn to adjust to change!
In verse 12 it says that I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound...

Types of circumstances:
-Those we can control and do control
-Those we can control and don't control
-Those we can't control

Key to adjusting: A sense of humor!!!!! Man, laughter is an awesome tool...the joy of the Lord is our strength! Don't take yourself so seriously and life will be so much better.

III. Learn to rely on Christ's power
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. vs 13

The Jerusalem Bible says it like this: There is nothing I cannot master with the help of one who gives me strength.

What do you need to master? Your attitude? Your mouth or temper?

IV. Learn to trust God to meet my needs.
Phil 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:31-33