What Is God Asking You?

What Is God Asking You?

by Rebekah Beene

Danny decided to clean out my coffee mug collection. Only I didn’t know he had that plan until I arrived home and mugs were all over the kitchen counter. Those mugs have been stored in an entire corner of our kitchen cabinets for as long as we’ve lived here. He just decided that we didn’t need that many mugs in the cabinet. He’s right.
But within that mug set were many precious memories. Some of them are my parent’s coffee mugs from long ago. Some are gifts. Some are my favorites to drink from. There are scripture mugs and church mugs and funny mugs. I didn’t really want that corner of my kitchen to change. But I didn’t need dozens of coffee mugs in the cabinet. After I got over my shock I sorted through those precious memories on the counter tops and let them go. A couple of those mugs had been glued back together, never to be useful for drinking from again. Why was I keeping broken mugs? Danny wasn’t trying to hurt my feelings, he was trying to help. And it did help. It spurred me on to get rid of more “stuff’ in the cabinets. When you’ve lived somewhere for over 20 years there tends to be too much excess. So we laughed about all those mugs and I let them go.
Oh beloved, what is God asking you to let go of? Is He saying it’s time to de-clutter your life? Are you willing to let Him decide what stays and what goes? It’s tough isn’t it? As I looked at the mugs in the box headed for elsewhere I thought of my whole life. The things I’ve tried to hang onto and the things I’ve held dear that either slipped through my fingers or were torn from me. God wants us free of entanglements. Whether it’s memorabilia or memories, He wants to set us free to live an uncluttered life. He’s not trying to hurt our feelings. He’s not allowing sorrow to become our focus. He will use even the broken places, the shattered dreams and the unusable stuff of our lives to show us where we need to un-clutter.
He says to you this morning trust Me. When the relationships are broken and you’ve prayed to keep them intact, trust Him. When the heart is sorrowful over things long gone and you just want them back, trust Him. When you feel empty inside, trust Him. He’s got so much more ahead for you. And beloved, what He removes He replaces. Only He replaces the removed with His presence, His peace, and His better.
God loves you and He’s for you. Let Him clean things out for you. Let Him manifest His presence in the broken, empty and precious places. God is trustworthy, faithful and true. You may not know what He’s doing now, but it’s all for your good and His glory. Jesus sealed that deal on the cross and Holy Spirit within you will walk you out of the stuff and into the best as you live a free life letting God choose what goes, what stays and what returns. It’s all good in the Light of His Glory and Grace.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. AMP
Psalm 84:12 O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in You.
Daniel 6:23 Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
Comfort Level

Comfort Level

by Ruth Donner O’Neil

Ephesians 5:3-7   

 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient (Ephesians 5:6). 

I had an interesting job. I worked in a call center and I don’t know who entertained me more, the people I called every night or the people with whom I worked. Even though I was a supervisor and didn’t usually get on the phone, occasionally I did need to make a few calls myself.

One such time we had extra calling to do on top of all our regular work. We were calling hotels to find out if they offered adult movies for their patrons to watch. The company we were doing the calling for was going to set up a website so Christian families can be prepared when they went on vacation.

At first, I was embarrassed asking about adult movies. I certainly didn’t want any of those hotel workers thinking I actually wanted to watch them! I had to keep saying over and over in my head, “They don’t know me. They don’t know me. They don’t know me.” On the other hand, I wasn’t naïve to the fact that plenty of these types of movies existed. I was thirty-something years old and had been married for quite a while; I didn’t understand why it was so awkward for me to ask the question, “Do you offer adult movies in your rooms?”

Then as I thought about it, I realized adult movies were cram-packed with sin. The Bible tells us to stay away from all immorality. Adult movies clearly fall into that category. If we are truly saved, what is sinful ought to bother us and ought to make us uncomfortable.

Does sin make you feel uncomfortable?

Dear Heavenly Father, When I am around blatant sin, I feel out of sorts. I pray that I never lose this quality. I don’t want to get so used to sin that I am immune to it. Keep my heart and mind pure. In Jesus name, Amen.

Originally published in Whispers From God.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

Usable

Usable

by Sherry Chamblee

Am I usable for God? Not am I good enough, or smart enough, or talented enough. But am I usable?

What does being usable mean?

Colossians 2:20-23

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

This passage struck me today. We know from other passages that God does expect us to be obedient children, so these verses aren’t telling us to be lawless, or to go ahead and live in sin.  But I’m seeing this passage as referring to being caught up in following ritual, obsessed with doing things just right to the point where we forget who we’re serving. Instead we really wind up serving the rules. We’ve let them become our master.

If the law is our master, then we aren’t usable to God anymore. We’re ignoring Him.

God is our Master. What He says, goes… yes?  It might be a subtle difference, but I think it’s important.

God doesn’t give us the law so that we’ll follow it blindly and forget all about Him. He wants us to be in a relationship with Himself, so that following His laws becomes a natural outcome of that relationship.

And once we see it that way, we see how God can truly use us.

It no longer is a matter of “merely” loving my neighbor and haphazardly figuring out how to show that. It’s now a matter of listening for God’s guidance in how to show that particular person what God’s love looks like.

So if I let God be my master, and not just the law, than God’s the one using the law in my life to do His will in the world.

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

 

 

Book Spotlight: Devotions for Moms – 37 Devotionals for Moms

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Devotions for Moms – Thirty-Seven Devotionals for Christian Moms

By Heather Bixler

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About the Book:

Journey with us as we encourage the Christian mom through Biblical devotions.

These 37 devotions were originally posted on the Devotions for Moms website but have now been converted to this eBook. A Kindle countdown deal.

LINK to KINDLE

 

Heather BixlerHello, My name is Heather! I am a mom of three, married to a firefighter, and I am a writer. In 2005 I ventured into the online world to simply start an online community for moms. Little did I know the adventure God had in store for me. It has been a roller coaster with many ups and downs, but each step has led me to where I am today. My heart is to share God’s word with you in a loving and practical way. If you are looking to find a way to connect then please check out my upcoming online Bible Studies here: http://heatherbixler.com/online-bible-study/

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Traveling Light

Traveling Light

“Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light.” 
We’ve got a job to do. The Bible refers to it as running “the race that is set before us.” Heb. 12:1

But how can we run if we’re pulling a u-haul behind us? It’s time to dump “all that can be spared.”

There are the obvious weights: fear, worthlessness, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, addiction, toxic relationships, etc.

But what about things we see as “good.” Perhaps these are even God-given gifts that have shifted over the years until they weigh us down and get our eyes off running our race with passion and focus.
Peter Marshall Jr, son of acclaimed author Catherine Marshall, used to give this wonderful definition of idolatry in his years of ministry:

“Whatever you think about the most, whatever you talk about the most, whatever controls your emotions—that is your god.”

Does this mean we should have nothing precious in our lives? Far from it. It simply means nothing should eclipse the passion for Christ.

Jesus is our greatest example of running the race with unswerving passion and focus. As we “fix our eyes on Jesus” other things fall into their proper order. It’s not a one-time thing either. Re-fixing our focus in this fallen world is ongoing.

Pause right now for a course correction. Eyes on the prize—Jesus.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:1-2)
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Chana Keefer is a wife, mom of four and author. Her novel THE FALL (Rapha Chronicles #1) hit Amazon bestseller status in three categories: Scifi/Fantasy, OT/Hebrew & Science/Religion.
Watch for her new release, One Night With a Rock Star, coming May 2013.