REMEMBER THE THINGS GOD HAS DONE

Hebrews 10:32 tells us Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering.

I remember. It was July 4, 1976, my fifteenth birthday. It happened to have fallen on Sunday. A neighbor boy and his mom kept inviting me to go to church with them. I kept saying “I can’t.” You see, at the time, my mother had a boyfriend living with us, who was abusive and controlling. He had an anger issue as well. Whenever there was something we had to ask his permission for, we had to time it right or it was a “No” with yelling and possible punishment. So the request had to be important to us. He also had bad experiences with a church as a boy, therefore he hated God, church, and church people. I was not interested in possibly making him mad for days to attend church.

well I had to walk past his house every time I went to the neighborhood store or to catch the city bus somewhere. I finally relented and told them I would ask. I to,d God, “If you want me to go to church you’re going to have to get him to say yes”. So I asked and surprisingly he said yes. He didn’t ask a lot of questions or make any stipulations. It was God!

I don’t remember what the message was about. I do remember the joy, peace, and love I felt. The Pastor invited anyone who wanted salvation to come forth. I told the young man and his mom that I would go up next time. I didn’t quite understand what going up meant nor what would happen. They didn’t relent so I gave in. Thank God they didn’t relent. I remember being at home later that day and feeling at peace. My ho e was still filled with anger, abuse,and fear but I didn’t care. I had God. I remained faithful to God and what I understood of Him at the time, even though it meant terrible suffering.

early on the Lord revealed to me that my suffering wasn’t just for me. Someone needed to know that suffering may endure through the night but oh what joy when the morning comes.

Isaiah 46:9 Remeber the things I (the Lord) have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.

Can I encourage you to take some time this weekend to remember some of the great things God has done for you. Lets tell someone about them so they will know how great God is.

 

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It’s Time to change my “Self talk”.

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As I was getting ready this morning, fixing my hair, looking in the mirror, I caught myself talking critically to myself. More like thinking critical, judgemental thoughts of myself. “Why can’t you be friendlier?” “You need to be nicer to your husband.” “You need to….” “Why don’t you…..?” On and on and on it went. Then I caught myself. Wow! I am not very nice to myself. It’s time to reject the lies and speak what God has said about me.

Denetta, you are blessed. God was watching over you as you were being formed in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:15). Based on what God said after each day of creation, “It is good.” I believe God said the same after your birth. God chose you to be like his Son. According to Romans 8:30 God has given you right standing with himself. And having given you right standing, he has given you his glory. His favor is on you. His glory is in you. His glory is his essence, his Spirit. It’s time to choose truth over lies. It’s time to change my self talk.

I know that from this point on I have to be intentional with what talk I allow myself to speak to myself. (Sounds funny huh?) Each morning I need to remind myself of what God has said about me. I have to declare that I am loved by God. I love God. I love my husband. I am blessed to be his wife. God has blessed me so I can bless others.

I also have to completely release everyone in my past who may have hurt me, rejected me, or neglected me, and allow the Lord to use the experiances for His Glory. Use it to help me be empathetic toward others. Lord, thank you for allowing me to experience what others have and showing me how I can encourage them.

Then every evening I need to reflect on the day and thank God for His blessings, provisions, protection, and favor.

Lord, I’m asking You to remind me, throughout the day, to think good thoughts of myself, my husband and my life. You are good.

My husband has been kind enough to let me know that although I may say things are fine, my actions don’t necessarily reflect those words. That’s because no matter how hard I try to hide what I think, my thoughts are exposed through my attitude and actions. I’m sure there have been times when you’ve asked someone how they’re doing and they said, “I’m fine” but you knew otherwise. Our self talk will reveal themselves.

You were created in the image of God. That image is “good”. You have been chosen by God to become like his son Jesus. God has given you right standing with Him. He has also given you his glory.

Reject the lies that our enemy has tried to present as truth. Chose to think on what is true.

Sorry I’ve been absent.

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I’m still trying to figure out what I want to accomplish here. What does God want me to do here? My life is not all that exciting. My circle is not that many. How can I add value to someone?

I used to think I had nothing of value to offer the world. But then I realized I was rejecting God’s creation. I had to ask the Lord to forgive me. God created male and female in His image. Then He blessed them. (Gen 1:27-28). God’s assignment to every human being is to be fruitful and multiply.  Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fruitful as abundantly productive. Not just producing offsprings but living a productive life. A life that reflects the obedience of the most important commandments in Matt 22:36-39, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.

Lord, I need and ask you to help me to love myself in a balanced way, so I can love my neighbors. Help me to be patient with myself. Help me show mercy to myself. Teach me how to set myself free of expectations. Then I can be patient with others. Then I can extend mercy to others. Then I can free others from expectations and love them the way You have loved me.

I will start out sharing this journey here. How the Lord changes my heart and opportunities I have to demonstrate God’s love to others.

Let me know if you can relate to my challenge. If you’ve already walked this path please share your experiences. I would love to hear from you.