But Then God 

Spiritual Warfare!

Wow, does God get His point across, when He wants to?!?  I have been going along fine (or so I thought), until going away to spend some quiet time with God.  He made me aware of some Spiritual Warfare going on in my life.  This is a two edged sword.  1) I am a pacifist by nature, I never want to do battle! 2) I am a believer that wants, even needs, to be where God wants me to be.

The process of seeing a small glimpse of the battle going on around me is a little frightening until I remember (which I need to be reminded many times a day) that I am on the winning team.  Ephesians 6:10 says “A Final word. Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (NLT)

You might be saying, wait, didn’t I hear that on Sunday-well, yes you did (so did I).  Here’s part of the weirdness of God showing up.  We are studying EXODUS, not Ephesians.  How on earth did the Spirit speak through Ryan to bring up this Spiritual Warfare right at the exact time that I needed to hear it?  It may sound selfish, but I believe that God orchestrated all of that so that I would know and remember that I am His and on His team.  Cool, right?

Here’s another thing that I got from yesterday’s sermon: This putting on of the armor is NOT an instant fix. It’s a process.  I had not heard that before.  I needed to hear that.  I would love to end the war instantly, but that isn’t the way it works.  I am God’s and I trust Him in this process.

So this week I am working on re-memorizing Ephesians 6:10-17.  If you are interested in doing this with me, click here, maybe we can keep each other accountable.

Answered prayer

My prayers were answered and my daughter, got a job at Sport Chalet in La Canada!

Thank God for grandmothers!

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image3193937I just want to praise God for grandmothers and mine in particular.  When my grandmother realizied that my parents were not going to go to church and take me along, she stepped up to the plate and said she would take me to Sunday School.  I was about three years old and can still remember going to Sunday School and learning and singing all the Bible songs.  Every week I couldn’t wait to go back to Sunday School.  Then I remember in our neighborhood we had some Jewish neighbors who had a yard mart selling swings, slides, gliders, etc.  I would get on one of their gliders and start singing Jesus loves me at the top of my lungs.  Sometimes when their relatives were coming over they would give me a quarter to start singing Jesus Loves Me.  They thought that it was funny, a gentile girl singing Christian songs in a Jewish store. My grandmother thought it was very cute.
Thanks for letting me share a good memory.

God loves me . . . really!?!

I have been a Christian a very long time (decades), and even a pretty good person.  I knew all along that God loves the world and everyone in it, I even thought I knew that He loved me too, I talked the talk, I walked the walk.  The thing is I was doubting if God really loved me, ME? Does He know what ugliness I have inside of me?  Well, yes as a matter of fact He does.

Anyway, as I was well into middle age, I started to become severely, clinically depressed (to the point of considering suicide).  This was depressing to be depressed because my life was so perfect!  What on earth could this be about?  Bottom line. . .I truly didn’t believe that God loved ME.  I felt so unloveable and unworthy of His or anyone else’s love.

Steadfast Love Church Web SidebarBUT Then God revealed Himself to me through His Word (studying the Psalms and highlighting every passage that talks about His unfailing love-it’s a lot!!!) and through my sister sharing with me a Bible study that walked me through the process of seeing that God’s love has EVERYTHING to do with His character and NOTHING to do with my character. Whew! What a relief!  This revelation was solidified in Zephaniah 3:17 for me.

KNOWING, really knowing that God’s love is real and true and perfect and personal for ME, has changed my life!  I used to live in fear (of so many things), I know longer am a slave to those fears (Psalm 56:3). God has given me a peace that defies logic.  He can do this for you too.  If you think you are alone in your unloveliness, please know that you are not!