Trade Doubt for Faith and Sitting Among Friends #77

We can say that we believe and trust God but living it out is a very different.  Faith is action. Are you ready to take that step today?  Are you ready to lay aside the doubt and the double-minded way of living? What do you hold onto and try to control in your life?

He who doubts is like a wave tossed in the sea. James teaches us about doubt and faith. He changes our idea of faith by telling us to consider the trials in life pure joy.

How many times in life do we head the advice of James?

Well, let me encourage you today by going back to those verses in James chapter 1. The verses that put our faith in real perspective. The ones that spell out our double-minded faith as unstable and in them we shouldn’t be expecting anything from God.

What does that mean? Double-minded faith?

Let me be honest here. Being double-minded had always been one of my biggest struggles.

If you have read my testimony, you will know that I spent much of my life in rebellion against the rules. Not understanding the true measure of grace that I was granted and gifted by the shed blood of Christ.

I was double-minded. I could play the game, talk the talk, and occasionally walk the walk. Live for myself I did, I could talk out of one side of my mouth like a Christian and like a sailor out of the other (since we are being honest).

Double-minded. I was unstable.

When I had my first child, things were tough, I had severe postpartum depression and never sought any help including help from the Lord.

Why? I doubted. I always doubted. My whole life was about independence and I always doubted that I needed help. I doubted the reality of my desperate situations. I doubted He could help me in my darkest hours.

All my doubts doubled up when they became fears. Fears that were never realized. Fears that I held like a buoy as I was tossed about in the unstable state that I resided in.

All of that eventually came crashing over me. Like the waves, I was being tossed in, I was overwhelmed as they came crashing down on my reality.

Unsettled. Unstable.

What changed?

What began to change my thought processes may seem really strange, but hang in there with me.

I was in the middle of a study of the tabernacle.

Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” Exodus 25:8-9 (NIV)

And the details went on. And On. And On. 

From the design of the table, what furnishings would be in exactly what place, what offerings were acceptable, all the way down to… finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker (Exodus 26:1b NIV)

Why would that matter?

Notice why they were to make a sanctuary for the Lord?

And I will dwell among them.

And I will dwell among them. Not in them. Among them. The plan had to be the exact copy of everything that He told them. The details were perfect and laid out in perfect fashion and God expected them to be perfect for Him to dwell among them.  Friends, that was a building. And I know it was building meant to house the presence of the Lord, but it was perfect.Not in them. Among them. The plan had to be the exact copy of everything that He told them. The details were perfect and laid out in perfect fashion and God expected them to be perfect for Him to dwell among them.

Friends, that was a building. And I know it was building meant to house the presence of the Lord, but it was perfect.

The plans were perfect. He knew every detail. He knew every thread and where He wanted it placed and how He wanted it formed.

I am glad He didn't wait for us to be perfect to dwell in our hearts!

How much more can He carry out the plans for your life? For your days? In perfect fashion. In perfect detail. According to His plan.

You are not a place where God can dwell among you. You are the tabernacle that He will dwell within. Perfect plans He has and perfect plans He will carry out.

It is easy to get wrapped up in the heaviness of this world. It is easy to feel unstable and be double-minded. It is easy to say that we have faith and constantly doubt.

We continually believe that we have the control and the perfect plans in our lives until it all comes crashing down and then we want to be rescued.

We gasp for air as we try to grab some sense of normalcy and self-control.

Let Go.

God has you in His hands. He has a design and perfect plan for your life.
Let go of the doubt. Let go of the worry and fear. If He can direct a skilled laborer to carefully stitch cherubim into the curtain of the tabernacle, He can stitch your needs into your days. 

He can foresee the aching of your heart and send comfort. He can carefully weave His grace and mercy into your life beyond what you can expect, imagine, or do on your very own.

Personal Reflection

We can say that we believe and trust God but living it out is a very different.

Faith is action. Are you ready to take that step today? 
Are you ready to lay aside the doubt and the double-minded way of living? What do you hold onto and try to control in your life? 
What is the first step you can take today? 
Are you ready to confess your doubt and ask God to move you forward in your faith or have you grown too comfortable in your control?

I am glad you are here. I want to introduce to you Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


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Double-Minded Life and Sitting Among Friends #76


I was young when I came to know Christ. I grew up in the church and when I made my decision to trust Christ as my personal Savior, it seemed like an obvious choice. I knew I was a sinner and in need of a rescue.

However, that obvious choice didn’t seem to follow me. When I was a teenager, I began making poor decisions. I didn’t really know how to have an authentic personal relationship with Christ. I knew all the rules and how I was supposed to play by them, which lead in part to my rebellion.  

The older I got, the worse the decisions were that I made. It seemed as if there was no turning back. I had failed to the nth degree and I constantly felt the way I had ended up, tossed in the sea.

It seemed somehow in my upbringing, I missed the grace. I missed that the rules were supposed to point us to Christ but then were free to walk in His grace. We were no longer in rebellion to Him but were truly His children meant to be the inheritors of all that Christ was and has to give us.

I stayed infant in my thinking and as a result didn’t really experience the grace that was gifted to me through the shed blood on the cross.

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Ephesians 4:14

One of my scariest encounters with the ocean was when I was living in Hawaii. The currents were especially strong one afternoon. As the waves came in they literally picked me up off the beach and drug me into the water.

As I was tossed around in a cycle, like in a washing machine, I wasn’t quite sure I was going to get out. The shore break was big and the water kept turning over and over. If I had not been pulled out, I am not sure I would have been able to fight the force of the wave.

My decisions in my life often left me feeling the same way. Living life as an infant Christian, I had never grown to a place where I saw the real rescue. The result was a life feeling tossed back and forth between the things of this world and the convictions I felt deep in my heart.

But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6

Even though I knew in my heart that Jesus was the answer, I believed the lies of the world that I could conquer all things by myself. I guess you would have to say, I doubted God was really capable of fully rescuing me.Even though I knew in my heart that Jesus was the answer, I believed the lies of the world that I could conquer all things by myself. I guess you would have to say, I doubted God was really capable of fully rescuing me.

I knew trusting Him as my personal Savior meant rescuing me from hell and eternal separation from Him, but I never relied on or trusted Him to rescue me from myself or from the situations I had gotten myself into.

The result was always feeling this compulsion to be pulled into the world and all it claims to offer. I felt like I was being tossed like the day at the beach. I felt unstable. As I look back on it, it feels so reckless.

Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:8

Here is the biggest problem with living this way.

That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. James 1:7

Ouch! That one seems to hurt the most.

Living, what James calls, a double-minded life leaves me tossed around in my life. It leaves me unstable.

I can’t say, I have put my faith and trust in God and then never live a day for Him. I was meant for worship. I was meant for fellowship with my King. That is why we were created to be in communion with Him.

Three of the biggest things that I missed out on by living a double-minded life.

Not receiving blessings from God. James 1:7 says I shouldn’t have expected to receive anything from the Lord.

Not giving glory and honor to God.

Not being a light that reflected or pointed people to His kingdom.

While so much time feels like it was lost on myself, I learned a valuable lesson in my dependence on Him. Not to miss another day.

If you feel like this double-minded person or the person that is struggling between choosing the things of this world and things that are eternal. Don’t lose heart.

Make today count. You can turn from those ways. Understand that you are no longer in rebellion to God. You no longer have to live in this world like the sinner you were before you put your trust in Christ. You are free to obey His Word.

Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23.

Christ has come not only to make His dwelling among us but in us. We are the home in which He resides and what we are to reflect is that He is welcome to live and love us there.

It would do us good to regularly remember and thank God for what He did for us at the cross. I think we can be so accustomed to saying it that it loses it awesome ability to transform or hearts and minds.

Feeling torn between two places. The choice may seem obvious from these verses but life doesn’t always appear that easy. It is a real conscience decision that you must make.

One way to learn the best ways to follow Christ is to earnestly seek Him through His Word. There is nothing that will be more life transformational.

In lieu of having a featured friend this week, I want to introduce to you Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest, and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


While we are still getting final details underway, I hope you will join us in preparation for this group. You can find it by clicking HERE! Simply Hit the Join button and your requests will be sent. 

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Too Early To Harvest and Sitting Among Friends #75

I am very excited that we got our garden planted. You can see Our Little Garden Here. We had trouble growing things in the past because our soil isn't that great for growing so we made a raised bed. We use composted dirt to fill it.

There is something about the prospects of a good harvest that makes the time and energy worth it. 

What kind of harvest are you reaping?

Maybe yours is the regular garden variety. Maybe you're going for a more lasting harvest that has eternal
perspective.

Jesus talked about a harvest on several occasions. Farming and growing crops would have been terms the people understood. Being grocery shoppers we don't always understand the work that goes into planting and harvesting.

Growing up in the Midwest, I have always seen the endless hours farmers put in to get a get a field ready for planting and them harvesting. 

In Luke 10:2, Jesus tells His disciples the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 

In John 4, Christ tells the people the fields are ripe for the picking.

I am not a farmer but we can look at this as farmers, the way Jesus first described them.

Plant in rich soil.
To plant, you have to start with good soil. Jesus tells the parable about the seed falling on every kind of ground. On the rocks and among the thorns they do not grow. The seeds grow when planted in the rich soil where they can grow roots and stay firm when the wind and storms blow.

As a parent, one thing you can do for your children is creating rich soil. There you can teach them how-to-pray, study God's Word and worship Him in the everyday. That is rich soil they can become rooted in so when storms start to blow, they can more easily stay rooted in Christ.

Water Daily
Plants need nourishment. I like plants that are not that finicky or needy. I like to trust God to water them. He does and He will but often times they die. In Luke 10 Jesus says Go! This means we have to take action.

Just as important as it is to start with good soil and plant in a firm foundation, if we are not intentional about continuing to feed our children, how can we expect them to grow.

Maybe you find yourself busy and life is speeding by and you skip all the things that help keep your kids planted. Study. Prayer. Worship. Be intentional. If you don't, the enemy will find someone who will. 

Harvest
Waiting to harvest may be the hardest part. You are anxious for the final result and sometimes now isn't soon enough. Good news for you. If you are waiting to work in Jesus' fields, He says they are ready to be picked. 

Maybe you are ready but not willing. Maybe you have a list of reasons why you can't get your hands dirty in the fields. 

The harvest is ready means there are plenty of opportunities and options for you to show up to work. Maybe your field is no longer you homefront. 

Maybe something like fear, resources, knowledge, confidence in who you are and what you believe is keeping you from moving g forward. I know personally these have been my stumbling blocks.

In Hebrews and Timothy, Paul encouraging words tell us God will equip you for every good work. 

We don't have to come to the field with all the best. God will supply and equip us when we get there. He has the resources. We have to be willing to get to the field.

Personal Reflectons:
What is keeping out of the field? Are you willing to lay that down before God and trust Him for the provision?

How do you use your home for a mission field? Are you planting for harvest time?

Do you plant a garden? What is your favorite thing to grow?



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A Mother's Sincere Faith and Sitting Among Friends #74

Happy Mother's Day from Seeking God


Here is a bouquet of flowers for all the mom’s that are visiting. Happy Mother’s Day!

If we were sitting down together face-to-face we could talk about being moms and how it is a tough role but one that is always rewarding. We could talk about the joys, the struggles, and all the in-betweens.

I would want you to know how vital your role is and how being the godly influence to your children is going to be life-sustaining. I would want you to know and feel that you are an important person in their lives and in their hearts.

We want to do it well. We want to do it right. What is right? If only those little bundles of joy came with a manual and one that didn’t make you feel like you were doing it all wrong. One that was simple and maybe had checklists.

When I first became a mother, what I wanted for my child was happiness, safety and for him to feel loved beyond measure. I wanted him to be confident and to grow up to be successful at whatever he did.

Since I have had children, God has taught me so many things about what is important. While all those things are important, none of them can be surpassed by my desire for my children to know and love God with a sincere faith.

Although we may often think of the Bible as a manual for life we sometimes miss the small details that can really offer the guidance we are seeking.

2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am convinced is in you as well. (BSB)

Timothy. He was the recipient of this letter. When Paul was leaving Ephesus, he left Timothy in charge over the church. As Paul writes this letter from prison, he points out something that is vital to not only moms but parents.

As parents, we can sometimes desire our children to have and be many things. Happiness, however, is usually at the top of our lists.

Paul, however, is looking at the big picture in Timothy’s life and he is not saying, Timothy, you had a great upbringing. Your mother and grandmother always strived to make you really happy and I can see it paid off.

Timothy’s mother and grandmother had given Timothy a greater gift than any worldly thing they could have possibly offer him. They had passed on their sincere faith.

Later in 2 Timothy we see why Timothy has this sincere faith. From infancy, you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15

Timothy had a Jewish mother and a Greek father (Acts 16:1). If any of you grew up in a house where parents had two different belief systems, you may know this kind of tension.

While Paul was on his mission trip, he had clearly met these two women, Eunice and Lois. He knew them and their heart for the Lord. He knew that they were Jewish women who had raised Timothy and taught him what they had of the Old Testament Scriptures.

They knew it well. They instilled it in Timothy. When the opportunity arose, they were ready to accept the Messiah they had spent their lives worshipping.

While teaching our children about God and the Bible can be fundamental in their deciding to trust God as their personal Savior, we cannot make the decision for them. They do not automatically receive their faith because we have faith.

That shouldn’t intimidate us. That should motivate us. The hope that we have in us is a hope that we should want for our children. It should be our greatest desire and it should motivate us to make the commitment to teach them the Scriptures so when they grow up they don’t depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
What can we learn from Eunice and Lois.

One of my favorite verses encourages us how-to Seek the Lord and His Scriptures with our children and is found in Deuteronomy 11:19-20 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
     Put God first in your own life. Paul knew these women and it was obvious to Him what they believed. He called their faith sincere. 

      Teach your children scripture. Make sure they know it well because it will make them wise to receive salvation. 

          Your “name” doesn’t have to be great to make an impact. Eunice and Lois are only mentioned by name one time, yet their role was so vital in the church because they raised a man to know the scriptures. Paul would “pass the baton” to Timothy after his death and Timothy would play a major role in the early church. 

         Your ministry role as mom or parent is a gift, it should be your first priority because it has an eternal impact. 

     You are the first Jesus your children will see. Follow Him well so they, too, can follow in His footsteps. Seek Him in all you do.

One of my favorite verses encourages us how-to Seek the Lord and His Scriptures with our children and is found in Deuteronomy 11:19-20
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Personal Reflections:

As a parent, what do you or did you do to influence your children to have a love for the Lord?

What decisions in your life do you feel were good decisions to help your children come to know Jesus as their personal Savior? Be specific.

If you could mentor a younger family, what advice would you give them?

What things in your life do you need to re-prioritize to make room for God or to make Him first in your life?


Please, share your thoughts and answers to these questions in the comments below and encourage the mother's and parents here.

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This week's featured friend is Liz Giertz from My Messy Desk. After serving in the military and becoming a mom, Liz began to share her creativity through crafting, writing, and sharing her passion for the Lord. Thank you, Liz and husband, Matt for your dedication and service to our country. We do appreciate you. You can find Liz and her story here. 


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Be Still

Be Still
Be Still My Friends! You can rest assure that God is in Control.

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Hope In Him Alone!

Hope In Him Alone!
Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7

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