Posts Tagged With: Scripture

get rich in Him.

Have you ever read a passage of scripture in the Bible and  interpreted it a certain way? All this time you thought you were correct in your understanding on that scripture but it turns out maybe you didn’t see it as clearly as you thought? I can say I thought I understood the story in Matthew 19:16-22.

A rich young man came to Jesus and asked the question, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus goes on to tell the man he must keep the commandments. The young man replied that he has kept all these commandments, but he still feels empty and unhappy inside. What else must he do?

Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this he went away very sad, for he had many possessions. ~Matthew 19:21-22 NLT

After reading this text many times I have always felt Jesus wasn’t just talking to this young rich man; He was talking to the “every man”. He was saying that these earthly possessions that you love and worship will bring you nothing. You can’t take it with you; and it will not gain you favor in heaven. So, letting go of your desire for money and following Jesus is the only why to have a fulfilling life, and ultimately enter the kingdom of heaven.

But, is there more than one way to interpret this scripture? Could it be that I didn’t see the full picture?

I was listening to K-Love(fm) on the way home from work the other night. They are airing a series called “Made to Crave”. To kick off this series of mini-sermons, Lysa TerKeurst was talking about this very scripture. It was an “Aha moment” right there in the middle of rush-hour traffic. The young man’s vice was money or possessions. Jesus saw right through him and called him out on it. Jesus could see through to the young man’s soul. Jesus knew the young man’s weakness. (He knows all of our weaknesses too, you know.) The man’s riches made him weak…and unhappy. The man was putting his trust in his money instead of putting his trust in God.

Every man/woman is born an idolizer. Everyone has a vice, a hang-up, an obsession. Food. Sex. Pornography. Gambling. Fame. Power. Jealousy. Anger. Whatever the vice, the message still applies. Give up what does not make you happy. Give up what doesn’t make you whole. Give up what makes you weak. Give up what is bankrupting your soul. Give it up to Jesus. Give it all to Him.

Let go of YOUR vice and follow Him and you will be truly rich. Big aha.

So, what’s your vice? What is stopping you from following Jesus?

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You can read more about this series on K-Love’s blog here. Made to Crave by Lysa is here. I highly recommend it. To nourish  your soul.

Related scripture: Luke 9:22-34

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advent begins…hope, preparation, joy, love

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Today marks the beginning of the Christian celebration of Advent. Advent is a time of spiritual reflection and celebration leading up to the birth of Christ on December 25th.  Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin word “Adventus,” which means “coming.” It is more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth and the Word of God. It is the spiritual journey of us all, as we affirm that Christ, our Savior, has come, that He is ever-present in our world today, and that He will reign again.

Part of the tradition is reading scriptures from the Bible that tell the story of Jesus’ birth day.  Skip on over at Life, Family, Faith, Culture and… there Michael has a great daily Bible reading list. His selected readings tell the story of events leading up to Jesus’ birth and should take less than 3 minutes a night to read. The girls and I also went to the library yesterday and picked up books to read during Advent. I think these books will make it easier for the girls to comprehend the story. They deliver the message from the Bible in simpler terms, but still staying true to the Gospels.

Books: The Nativity, Hear the Angels Sing, Celebrate Christmas, and The Christmas Story.

Along with scripture reading, there is the tradition of lighting the Advent candles.

The candles are traditionally lit in the following order: purple, purple, pink, purple, white. The first is called the “Candle of Hope.” It symbolizes faith in God keeping his promises to humanity. The second is called the “Candle of Preparation,” reminding Christians to “get ready” to receive God. The third candle is the “Candle of Joy.” It recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ. The fourth candle, the “Candle of Love,” reminds Christians that God loves them enough to send his only Son to Earth. The “Christ Candle,” the white candle in the center, stands for Jesus Christ himself. {Source: ehow.com}

In last few years we, as a family, have celebrated Advent by attending church every Sunday leading up to Christmas. There, the Advent candles are lit. And then there is the girls’ favorite, the Advent chocolate calendar to count down to Christmas. The girls love the chocolate treat everyday. Who wouldn’t? But I have found myself asking, “Is that enough?” The resounding answer is: NO.
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So, this year we are celebrating for 25 days “The Reason for the Season”…the real meaning of Christmas. It’s not the gifts, they will be forgotten in a few weeks. It’s not the decorations, those will be boxed up on December 26th. It’s not about finding the “prefect” present, that is too stressful. It’s not about spend too much money and maxing out credit cards. It’s not even the holiday parties, although fun, they don’t last long. Through the Word we can learn the reason for the season. The Lord Jesus Christ was born to show us love, hope and give us everlasting life. That is truly a reason to celebrate! How will you celebrate?
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
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micah 6:8

“He’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously.”

Micah 6:8 ♥

Have you ever said something and wished you could take it back? Wished you had said it differently or more eloquently? Wished you knew the right thing to say at that very moment? I had a conversation with a client today. He asked, “If you could change one thing or do just one thing in this country that would carry throughout the whole country, what would it be.” Well, about 5 things came to mind. He pressed me to say one or two things. I said, “education is high on my list of things to change and God or faith of the country.” Anyhoo, I am not very articulate when put on the spot so it came out kind of haphazardly.

Our school system is a mess, our country has turned away from faith in God, we are more divided than ever before, liars and cheats are being turned into celebrities, and everyone is looking out for “number 1” and forgetting to love thy neighbor. That was what I wanted to say anyway.

Then, tonight, as I was blog-hopping, I read this verse from Micah 6:8. That is what I would have said, if I could take it back. It is everything that I am feeling right now. What our country needs right now: compassion, love, justness.

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who are you going to listen to?

According to them…I should be model-thin, have zero body fat, starve myself to achieve unrealistic body standards, and happiness will be mine if I just lose 30, 50, or 80 pounds.

According to Him…I am beautiful, unique & perfect whether I wear as size 20 or size 2, I was created by a master artist (the same artist who created everything in this world), happiness isn’t found in a can of Slimfast or a bottle of Xenadrin; it’s found in His grace.

According to them…My face has wrinkles, my hips are too wide & I have stretch marks, I should nip it, tuck it, plump it, lift it, lipo it, and/or fill it to obtain your idea of beauty.

According to Him…He is more concerned about the beauty in my heart & spirit rather than my body, He took special care to create me…so handle His creation with care, He wants me to be unique, original, myself and to be real.

According to them…My body is a sexual object, it can be used to sell anything from clothes, to cars, to coffee, to shampoo, my breasts are for your sexual enjoyment and fantasies therefore, you don’t want to see me feeding may baby in public with them, even if that is what they were created for!

Today little girls as young as 7 are on diets… Today young girls are “sexing it up” to sell their pop albums… Today young women never feel good enough in their own skin because they are trying to live up to the perfect airbrushed images on the cover of a magazine…

Today I want my daughters to know that they are perfect just the way they are…they are who they were meant to be.

“We have been formed by His loving hands.” Isaiah 64:8

Trying to be something we are not is telling Him that He didn’t do a good job creating us to begin with. In the end His opinion is the only one that matters. Girls, you are beautiful & bright & strong, no matter what “they” say. Because He says so. In the end I would rather my girls listen to Him rather than them. I wish I had been listening a long time ago.

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rejoice today

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mama said there would be days like these.

There is a blood-wrenching scream coming from the other room. I know that scream. The girls are at it again. My youngest is in my oldest daughters bedroom getting to something she shouldn’t and the oldest isn’t having any of that!

It seems all these two do these days is torment each other. And my girls are only 2 and 7 years old. If they are not picking on each other, they are throwing some sort of fit, whining about something not being fair or giving me attitude. These two are trying my patience and I feel I am on the express train to crazy town.

I have a picture on my desk at work of my youngest in her first days of life in the hospital. She is lovingly cradled in my oldest daughters arms; she was so proud to be a big sister. Those first days at home, she was the ultimate little helper. She was so over-protective of her baby sister, attending to her every need, wanting to help mommy. Those days are long since a fond memory and the lovingness that they once shared has turned to selfishness and hatefulness toward one another. At least that is how it seems most days.

There is no doubt that I am not alone in my feelings. Every mom has had “days like these”. There are days of never-ending whining that wear me down. There are days of unrelenting fights. Days where I feel like a referee caught in the middle of a hockey fight. If only I had a penalty box to put the girls in.

 “This too shall pass.”

This is actually an old Jewish fable about King Soloman and a ring engraved with the above inscription. But it has great meaning.

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven….A time to cry and a time to laugh…A time to embrace and a time to turn away…”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NLT

Nothing in time stays consistent. Our lives are ever changing with different stages. I only pray that this time shall pass soon…very soon. As hard as it is to believe, one day I will miss this. The house will be quiet, with no bickering, screaming, whining or crying. And I will wonder what to do next. Until that day, what’s a hair-pulling mother to do?

Breathe. Then repeat after me. “This shall pass.” Ride out the moment. Then separate the kids and have a cup of coffee.

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