Posts filed under: ‘Humility‘

To Make Him Smile

Colossians 1:16 NASB  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him

16 MSG For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels-everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him

The word invisible here intrigues me. Does it include atoms and all the even tinier particles, the air we breathe,the evil ones we do battle with daily, and the ones who protect us from those evil ones? I assume it does. When they’re invisible they’re mysterious. Should we try to find answers? To an extent we need knowledge about those we battle against. But even more important is the invisible Jesus. Our Pastor said Sunday that to know a counterfeit $100 bill the bank tellers spend time with genuine $100 bills. We need to know every detail possible about our Jesus.

My family just keeps growing. I love every member of my family. Since I found this verse I began to worry a little less. The Lord has rank after rank after rank of angels and bunches of them are guarding my family.

Sometimes, not often I wonder what a single girl’s purpose is. I heard a song that says girls with babies get weary and wonder what their purpose is. Men with jobs that get tiresome wonder what their purpose is. Then the song says as long as we do what ,we do for the glory of God He’s got a smile on His face. I want to make Him smile. I’ve got to work on giving Him the glory in my heart especially because that’s where it begins but with my mouth when called on. So we all find our purpose in Him… To glorify Him. It’ll make Him smile.


Add a comment July 12, 2011

Casual People

But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people. 1 Peter 5:5

It’s wrong for us to snub someone or treat them with coldness. I stand guilty of this at times. God calls that pride and it doesn’t make Him pleased. God must be filled with irritation at us proud people. Whenever I say “I’ve had it” I usually run my hand above my head saying the irritation has filled me.

There’s a way out. It’s to be down to earth. It’s to be a plain person. In the movie, Kate and Leopold, Kate is a business woman in every way. Her job is the world to her. Then she meets Leopold. He’s gentle, he’s relaxed, he’s honest and he has principles that he holds to. Kate begins to fall in love and slows down and humbles a bit. Then something happened to cause her to be angry at Leopold. She almost lost her chance to live a life as a casual person who was down to earth and not proud and haughty. But her eyes were opened and her heart melted and she left her fast-paced competitive business world to marry gentle Leopold.

Sometimes a person will rescue us from our pride. Sometimes our Savior painfully but sweetly humbles us. That’s a good thing though because God gives grace to the humble. Pride is no fun but grace is precious.

2 comments July 7, 2011

Love Each One

Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. 1 Peter 2:17

Every individual is unique. They were created with and still bear the image of God. They’ve had experiences that have shaped them, some shaped into someone we may not approve of, but our God says they deserve dignity from us. We have no right to condemn. John 3:17 says “Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world…” Life has a way of harming all of us and we need to be respectful to each other.

Love your spiritual family…We should pray heartfelt for each other. We should have fun together and learn God’s word together. Common experiences make us one and even the fun helps us grow.

Revere God…Sometimes we want to blame Him for our heartbreaks and mistreatments. Life’s tragedies need to be blamed on someone, we feel. But if we even tentatively trust God He can make a bitter life fill with a little sweetness. That doesn’t make our heartache disappear but like Rod Stewart’s song says “ease my troubles, that’s what you do.”

Respect the government…It can be hard for all of us depending on our political view and who’s in office. In actuality whoever’s in office, whatever our opinion is we should respect the government. We are nowhere near fearing for our lives like Paul was and he respected and even complimented the government officials who were threatening harm to him. The politicians  need and deserve prayer for their safety, for wisdom. For clarity because there’s a lot of blindness on both sides of the camp. And we have to follow the law unless it goes against God’s principles. 

The theme of this verse from 1 Peter is that all people deserve respect. I would say that our Savior would love…other people, our spiritual family, especially our God, and yes even the politicians need someone with a heart praying for them.

2 comments July 2, 2011

God of a Humble Request

And he called the name of that place Beth-el…20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, and Jehovah will be my God, 22 then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. Genesis 28:19-22
Beth – el  = house of God

If You will clothe me and feed me and speak to my heart to love and guide me, I will come back to live near Your Name. 

Jacob left to live in a foreign land. He married a man named Laban’s daughters,tricked by Laban into marrying one of them and was deceived by Laban and mistreated by him for more than seven years. But his God always prospered him which made Laban even more jealous of his son-in-law.

Genesis 31:4 4 So Jacob sent word for Rachel and Leah to meet him out in the field where his flocks were.  And he  told them what the Lord had said…
Genesis 31:12, 13 I know what Laban has done to you… 13 “I’m the God of Bethel where you consecrated a pillar and made a vow to me. Now be on your way, get out of this place, go home to your birthplace.”

“I have seen the way your father-in-law has cheated you. Jacob, I AM the God of Bethel”…

…the God that wants them near His Name and takes care of Those who love Him, those who are humble before Him. 

And the girls agreed, “Jacob, let’s go to your land. Our dad has treated us as deceitfully as he has treated you.” So, Jacob, with a listening ear for his wives and his God, took everything he rightfully owned and went on his way.

1 comment June 17, 2011


O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who delight to fear thy name; and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. Now I was cupbearer to the king.  Nehemiah 1:11

Nehemiah was praying for mercy before the king. But he had first prayed for mercy before his King, the Lord of Israel. He and the people had sinned and before mercy comes on earth mercy is needed from heaven.

“let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant” I listen sometimes with a thought of me. I’m not really caring or feeling the other person’s story. Nehemiah is asking God to hear with all His heart.  Focus, please Lord, on what I’m really saying. We need a plan but mostly we need mercy.

Nehemiah was cupbearer. He tasted the king’s wine before the king drank to make sure there was no poison in what the king drank. What a scary job but it gave him nearness to the king. Nehemiah prayed for days turned into weeks turned into months for mercy from the king. He finally found it at the perfect time.

Nehemiah prayed and fasted for days.  He kept praying for months. He focused with a purpose in mind. I need that kind of fervor. I need a hunger for God’s mercy in my life. I need to pray.

1 comment June 1, 2011

Inherent Purpose

Philippians 2:2-4 …make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. 

We were talking in Singles the other night about unity of the Spirit. Here’s one description of unity. We count others as better than ourselves looking out to the things of others.  

 Looking out to the things of others is not so much watching  their material goods as watching their situations to see if you can help by praying or in some other more tangible way. It’s being available for other people’s troubles and giving the appropriate assistance. Sometimes all a sick person needs is your prescence to give them a smile. It goes a long way in helping them to heal.

Everyone with no exception was born with pleasure in God’s heart and a purpose for their lives…a fresh, new little person. Sometimes someone ruins their purpose nevertheless the image of God remains. So all people deserve respect and should be looked up to so their purpose can be realized or fulfilled. My brother who is a policeman treats with respect all his juveniles who get into trouble. Each situation is different but he tries to sit at their level and discuss with them their issue. He listens and  solves it with the least amount of punishment and the greatest benefit for the youth. That should be the attitude of all of us: how can we better the other person’s life so they grow and fulfill their purpose.

These don’t come easy. But I’d love to grow in this area…treating everyone from leaders to children with respect and helping them to realize their purpose

Add a comment May 25, 2011

That Dark Afternoon

But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children: even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 1:7, 8

 Jesus said, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!  Luke 13:34, 35

When we deal with each other there’s a lot of room for kindness. Maybe I don’t like what you’ve done. I can still speak to you with gentleness. And it shouldn’t be a smiling facade. The people who wrote 1 Thessalonians gave love to them with their very own souls.
Jesus gave His life that dark afternoon not for us to quibble over the choices we make, not for us to cause each other embarrassment, not for us to be condemning.  He gave His life for grace to be shown, for us to feel loved, for forgiveness to be born and freely given.

 Jesus wanted to take the Israelites under His wings. Our love should be like that for each other. Giving of ourselves to protect those we are near to so that they’ll know we are Christians by our love.  

Add a comment April 27, 2011

Our Weak Words

owNow our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; 1 Thessalonians 1:5

When I pray sometimes it seems like sleepy words. When I speak words of encouragement sometimes they come from a weary, empty heart. When I speak words of firm knowledge, they actually come from an unsure, timid person. 

I don’t have a charismatic personality or a confident, forceful demeanor. I didn’t come made with music or art talent inherent in me.

But, thank the Lord He gives power to sleepy words. What would we do with each other if He didn’t work through us when we were weary and empty? I’m so grateful the words are firm when I may not be.

What gives our words power? Who is the authority behind our simple prayers and words of faith?

There is a God who made friends with a humble man on earth. This man and this God spoke to each other face to face, intimately. The remarkable thing about this is that this God caused mountains to quake and smoke to pour forth when others tried to speak with Him. but for some reason God and His friend Moses were intimate friends.

We can have that relationship with God. He will hear our every word and defend what we speak in faith, however timidly or wearily, with the power that shook mountains and poured forth smoke. He even defends our holy words with the power that took our Savior from the depths of hell and defeated death not just for Himself but for the world.

Add a comment April 25, 2011


 Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;  withal praying for us also. Colossians 4:2,3

Stedfast is faithful whether seen or unseen.   It remains instead of giving  up. It’s pouring out of a heart  rather than empty words. Prayer is a wonderful thing. It takes work but it is a rewarding, beautiful time.ddffftt

Those on the front lines of iife need our prayer most of all. They may be leaders in the church, or fighting a spiritual battle or  maybe an officer in the public eye. They need our fervent prayer.

The fervent prayer of a person bearing Jesus’ righteousness will cause God to move in a powerful meaningful way. May we not lose out on that privilege.

Add a comment April 22, 2011

Good and Fruitful

…being fruitful in every good work.Colossians 1:10 There must be good works that are unfruitful. Such as the good work is that I do to get attention or honor. There’s a good work that’s unfruitful when I do it out of displeasure with someone.. There is a good work like speaking Scriopture when I’m  really angry and not speaking in love. But there are good works that are fruitful.. That’s what I want my works to be.. Fruitful…Done in love, done in wisdom, for the sake of the other person and to glorify God.  That’s a heavy request but we can tell it’s a necessary one or our works just don’t  count. Paul prayed this for the Colossians because it was important. We need to be praying this for others and for ourselves that what we do would really matter for the Kingdom It would be a warm hearted, holy gift to God.

Add a comment April 9, 2011

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