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Warrior Princess or King?

In Scripture Thoughts on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

This week Dirk and I are focused on material for sharing at an upcoming marriage seminar. This is a previous post from March, 2008. Share your thoughts?

The message series at Lifechurch.tv right now is “Warrior”. If you didn’t get a chance to see it last weekend, it’s a “must-see”. Watch it here.

In the message, Craig Groschel says that the Church has emasculated our men, our warriors. I totally agree, but I think we women have had a lot to do with that. Even emasculating our own husbands.

Think about it:

We train them to put the seat DOWN after they use the toilet.

We purchase hair removal products, “encourage” them to pluck their eyebrows, and talk about the “disgusting rugs” on their backs.

We invite them into our frilly, pink, lacy bedrooms (or living rooms—hey! I’ve seen some!)

We relegate “their stuff” (hunting trophies, pictures of the guys, military things) into the garage, their bathroom, the closet.

We “encourage” them to speak nicely (translated: “act like me, a mommy”) to our children, even when they have misbehaved. “Honey, you’ll hurt their little feelings”.
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I don’t know about you, but if the tables were turned, and my guy expected me to be like him….well,…..it makes you think.

Maybe some of us shouldn’t wonder why when he:

Shuts down
Quits trying
Doesn’t want to be at home
Won’t go to church with us

Craig encouraged us girls to be Warrior Princesses, to stand by our Warriors . I’m thinkin’ there are a lot of us that just want to be The Princess, or maybe The King.

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The Word

In Scripture Thoughts on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm

It has the power to save our souls. James 1:21

It is our life. Deuteronomy 32:47 ; Psalm 119:37 ; Proverbs 4:4

It is Truth we can trust. Psalm 33:3 ; John 17:17

It keeps us from sin. Psalm 119:11

It revives and encourages us. Psalm 119:25 ; Psalm 119:28

It is eternal. Psalm 119:89 ; Isaiah 40:8; Isaiah 59:21 ; Matthew 24:35

It is our guide. Psalm 119:105 

It is a source of hope. Psalm 119:74 ; Psalm 119:81 ; Psalm 119:114

His Word is so much more than this!  What is it to you?

 

 

Filled or Flowing?

In Scripture Thoughts on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

A lot of people talk about serving and giving to others “out of the overflow”,  speaking of the overflow of God’s presence and love.

I’ve been thinking about this for some time now.

I’m not sure we really serve or love from an overflow.

That idea conveys that we hang on to something, that we get “filled up” and that we can’t give if we’re not filled.

Maybe it’s only a matter of semantics, but I’m gaining a different perspective.

What if we think of ourselves as a conduit?  A pipe.  Open-ended.  A conduit allows things to flow through from the a source.  It never fills up…..it can’t overflow.

And, what if we see ourselves as connected to The Source….an open-ended pipe with an everlasting supply of  Living Water flowing from our hearts and lives to those around us?

Then we’ll never be  filled up.  If we are, we’re hanging on to something that doesn’t even belong to us.

Love always gives, always serves.  It isn’t selfish enough to stay inside, because….well, then, it isn’t truly love.

 

John 7:37-38– Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” NLT

What do you think? Does that idea give you a different perspective?   Filled or flowing?

How Do You Measure Love?

In Scripture Thoughts on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Ever find yourself measuring how much you are loved? 2932951524_bccb30b904

Maybe your measure is the number of people reading your blog. 

Maybe it’s the number of times your husband or wife tells you they love you.

Maybe it’s whether or not your family cleans up after themselves. 

Maybe it’s when life is going well.

And when those things aren’t happening, we just don’t feel loved.

Why do we do that to ourselves, to our family?

There is only one true measure.  The capacity for how much we are loved is really only measured by the truths and promises of God’s word.  His love for us has no limits!

Why don’t we believe it?  Why do we search in places that will leave us disappointed and let down?

Ps. 103:11 – How great is God’s love for all who worship him?  Greater than the distance between heaven and earth!

Eph. 3:17-19 – Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

YOU are loved more than you’ll ever understand.  Believe it!

 ~Robin

Faith and Sight

In Scripture Thoughts on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

What are you looking at? 

Your checkbook?

Your health?

Your disobedient children (or spouse)?

Your fading hope in dreams that may never come true?

All the pieces of your life that seem scattered and disconnected and falling apart? 

Stop right now!

Faith believes God no matter what….it doesn’t go by sight or discouraging reports.  Faith = taking hold of Christ, keeping hold, and not letting go.  It’s putting your hope and trust in the truth of His Word, and then walking it out.

Whatever the circumstances of your life, keep praying, keep holding on.

Pray prevailing…He’s listening even when it doesn’t seem like it.

He knows.

~Robin

God’s Thoughts on Our Thoughts

In Scripture Thoughts on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

“I think if I sat down with a psychologist and told him my thoughts, he’d say there is something really wrong with me”.

I’ve heard this statement more than once recently.  It just makes me smile. See?  I think we all feel this way at one time or another, or maybe even quite often.  We think our thoughts are weird and “off-the-wall”.  We think we’re extreme.  We think we’re losing it.

Here are a few of God’s thoughts on our thoughts:

for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts        I Chronicles 28:9

No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. II Cor 2:11-12

You will keep in perfect peace
      all who trust in you,
      all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 

It looks to me that as our thoughts mesh with His thoughts our minds will be healthy and secure.

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Robin

God, You Know

In Family, Scripture Thoughts on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Last Thursday, Erin came over to show me her rash.  “Mom, I think I have chicken pox.” 

Now, that’s not a normal thing to hear from your 30-year-old child.  Even if she is the oldest of our seven children AND NONE OF THEM EVER HAD CHICKEN POX! 

Yes, they all were exposed plenty of times.  And when the immunization came out later in the 1990’s, the three youngest had the immunization. 

Here’s the hard part….Erin is 12-13 weeks pregnant.  She gets her blood results back today telling us for sure whether or not she has chicken pox.  Her doctor was honest and clinical about the risks to the baby from the virus.  And Web MD isn’t favorable at all.

It has my mother-heart wondering, why now?

But, Erin shared with me yesterday that she took a long walk and cried and prayed.  The only prayer she could pray was “God, You know,  You know.”

 And she rests in that.  

 Her hope and faith is not in what the doctor says or doesn’t say, and it certainly isn’t in Web MD.

 Her hope is in God alone.  He knows.

 Whatever you are facing, no matter what anyone says…..God knows.  Take a lesson from Erin’s faith today……I am.  ~Robin

 

She sent me this post this evening:

 

You know those times when you are going through something super hard and you just don’t know what to do?  Your mind won’t settle down, you know you should be in the Word and praying like crazy, but frankly you can hardly make yourself function.  What do you do at times like this?
 
I had moments like this over the weekend as I was faced with hard and bizarre circumstances.  I kept thinking where’s that book that tells me step-by-step how to act and what to do when you possibly have the chicken pox (at 30 years old, pregnant with my third child, of all things), and the chance that my unborn child may come into this world scarred, handicapped, or with mental retardation.  Where in the heck am I supposed to get answers?
 
Well, for me, when my mind won’t settle down I need to get my endorphins going and this means some sort of exercise for me.  I went on a 4-mile power/prayer walk and even though I tried hard to pray, about all I could get to was, “God . . . you know.”  And really I kept repeating that phrase over and over for the 45 minutes that I walked.
 
I came home and sat down with my Bible and just chose a Proverb.  I really wasn’t getting anything out of it until I read Proverbs 16:20b “Things work out when you trust in God”. (The Message)  I closed my Bible.  That is all I need to know.  I prayed that God would keep that verse in my head all day, and He did.
 
He was able to calm my mind by me just praying, “God . . . you know.”  And He would answer, “Things work out when you trust in Me.”  And that’s all I needed.  I truly believe this.
 
What do you do when things seem out of control?

Erin

When a Lion or Bear Comes…

In Scripture Thoughts on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm

lion-roaring-in-the-wild-photographic-print-c12197429_ivhjI Sam 17:34  “…when a lion or bear comes”

David conquered a lion and a bear before he ever met Goliath, before he was ever chosen as King of Israel. 

 

Just imagine the initial fear David must have had.  And maybe he missed with those stones a few times, only injuring the animal.  Maybe he even failed a few times.

I wonder…did God send that lion?  And the bear? 

I think so.

David needed to know he could conquer a lion, by God’s power, before he would ever presume he could conquer Goliath.

And so, the lion was a blessing.  It was God’s opportunity.

Every difficult and hard thing that comes along in our life is God’s opportunity to show us we can do things far beyond our own limitations.

May God open our eyes to see His blessings beneath the coverings of our troubles, trials and temptations. 

 

What is your lion right now?  By God’s strength and power, are you conquering it, or is it conquering you?

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Robin

Weary

In Scripture Thoughts on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm
Read this in a very whiney frustrated voice:

 

I often find myself so dang weary from life.  Sometimes I just want to screw it all (can I say that on the ManyMeadows’ blog?) and just give up on all the striving.  I mean, does everything in life have to be so hard???  There’s nothing I do that just comes easy. 

 

I’m so tired of having to eat healthy to stay thin, having to workout to have a good body, having to save money to buy a house I can actually afford, having to cook good-tasting-affordable-healthy meals (all with less than the best quality of products and/or utensils -due to saving money), having to hold myself in check with my kids since I am with them ALL THE TIME, having to meet my husband’s needs so many times when I’m just too tired and ready to wind down, having to clean the SAME things in the house DAY after DAY, having to wash, dry and fold the EXACT same laundry I do WEEK after WEEK, having to read my Bible OVER and OVER because I just don’t get it, blah, blah, blah.

 

And then, look at all these other people in life…. just floating by…. no worries, and yet, doesn’t it seem like things come so easy for them, that they have it all together?  That is so not fair!  I work my butt off to get everything I have, and make sure I do it the right way!  Why can’t I just throw my hands up and forget about it like so many others seem to? 

 

Whew!  OK….I’m done. 

 

But, this is where I find myself many a time if I am striving to do these things with my own will and for myself.  All of these things that I complained about above are things that God has called me to and to have excellence for in my life.  These are good things, things that God calls many a righteous woman to do.  But, with the wrong attitude they are for nothing! 

 

A scripture I hold very close to my heart is, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal. 6:9.  When I start to feel weariness, comparisons with other people, moaning, whining, etc. coming into my attitude, God holds me in check.  It’s not that He doesn’t want me to strive for excellence in these areas; He wants me to do them unto Him and for all His glory, only worrying about what He has called ME to do.

 

Maybe you have other areas you grow weary in or strive for.  What are those areas and how do you stay focused on doing it unto Him?

 

 

 

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Erin

When Just Enough Hell Breaks Loose

In Homeschooling, Moms, Scripture Thoughts on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

Yesterday was one of those days when just enough hell broke loose to make me doubt just about everything I was doing. 

No need for details.  We home educate two teen boys….enough said?

After a hard day of trying to press through, I finally had time to do my Bible reading.  I know.  It’s supposed to be the first thing you do…but it didn’t happen.  And even if it had, I’m not sure I would have heard the same message that I heard later in the day. 

Ps. 94:18-19

I cried out, “I am slipping!”
  but your unfailing love, O Lord , supported me.
 When doubts filled my mind,
  your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

 

My doubts didn’t go away, and my feelings didn’t exactly change, but I’m hanging on to His Truth….His unfailing Love will support me.  I can have renewed hope and cheer, because

 

HE IS IN CONTROL

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Robin