Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone and I have fallen behind on my goal to post more on my blog. Hmm–not surprising! BUT, with another year comes another list of things I would like to work on and this is on my “To-Do” list in BIG letters!

There are so many things I want to do this year and it seems as if a lot of it starts TOMORROW!!!!!  EEEEKKKKKK!!!! So, here goes!

Of course I’m on the “bandwagon” about eating healthier, exercising more, losing weight, saving money, getting organized and all the typical things that people want to start again in the New Year. But, I’ve also added some additional things that are important to me to this list! I would like to blog more, read more and read my Bible more–so spending more time in God’s Word is part of that.

I am involved in 2 online Reading Through the Bible studies–1 is in a year and 1 is in 90 days! Yes, I said 90 days to read the Bible from front to back! I’m sticking with both because the one that takes a year is different sections of the Bible….every day you read something different, but it refers back to the chapter you read the week before on the same day. We have a private Facebook group for discussion & prayer requests.

The other one you can find more information HERE! Candace has created a private FB for us to introduce ourselves and also for discussion with each day’s reading. This is gonna be great!

I’m also joining something I did a couple of years ago with Beth Moore’s SSMT (Siesta Scripture Memory Team). You choose a verse twice a month (the 1st and 15th) and memorize that verse. By the end of the year you have put 24 verses to memory!

I’m also wanting to get more scheduled….I love having a schedule and sometimes I can’t get everything in if I don’t have some guidelines!

So, here’s to a brand NEW year! I hope you will have a great one and I can’t wait to hear what you’re goals are for 2015!

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Delighting in Obedience

Delight

For the Proverbs 31 Made to Crave Blog Hop today, I chose the topic “Delighting in Obedience”.
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I’m going to throw this out there–I have not been completely obedient even in this study. Currently, I am behind in my reading, but I am trying to catch up! 🙂 I’ve also had a few weak moments in this study of eating healthy and craving God. Maybe you can relate to me today?! That doesn’t mean that it’s over or I (or you) have failed! It just means we need to press on and be OBEDIENT!

So, here’s my take on this subject.

The definition for Delight(ing) is: Great pleasure with synonyms of happiness, joy, glee and gladness.

The definition for Obedience is: Compliance with an order, request or law or submission to another’s authority.

Oh boy, there’s that word SUBMISSION!!!! I don’t say “bad words” on my blog, so I can assure you that submission is NOT a bad word!  We must be happy & joyful about submitting to Jesus’ authority and comply with his request. The way I look at is this–Yes, the Bible is full of laws. As is the world we live in. I slow down when I come near a red light camera because I don’t want to get a ticket in the mail {I’ve never had one and my family would enjoy that too much!}. I know the “danger” ahead of me, so I respond to it. BUT–that is not a CHANGE in my behavior. Why? Because I don’t always drive the speed limit at other times. Basically, I am conditioned to knowing where the cameras are, so I slow down. But if I truly changed I would drive the speed limit ALL THE TIME!

What does this have to do with Made to Crave? EVERYTHING! If I changed my behavior I would not have an issue with eating. Let me just ask you this……Have you ever eaten a salad when you went out with your girlfriends (because they know you are trying to watch what you eat and be healthier), then gone home and eaten potato chips or pulled out that can of frosting in the fridge or bag of cookies from the shelf? It’s the same thing. You are conditioned to being a certain way around others, but still never really changing.

I LOVE the way The Message puts this verse:  “So, since we’re out from under the old tyranny, does that mean we can live any old way we want? Since we’re free in the freedom of God, can we do anything that comes to mind? Hardly. You know well enough from your own experience that there are some acts of so-called freedom that destroy freedom. Offer yourselves to sin, for instance, and it’s your last free act. But offer yourselves to the ways of God and the freedom never quits. All your lives you’ve let sin tell you what to do. But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!” Romans 6:16

I don’t want to “live any old way I want”! I want to live how God wants me to live. I want to be Delighting in Obedience to Him. 1 John 2:3 says “We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” WOW! That is a powerful verse! If we KNOW God then we KEEP His commands (which means we OBEY him)!  Do I want to please my friends or do I want to please God? Oh friend, this took me a LONG time to figure out! And I have to tell you that I’m okay now with pleasing God, not people. I am far from perfect though.  In Galatians 1:10 it says “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” So according to this I can’t be a servant of Christ if I want to please people!

I must delight in obedience to please the Lord and follow His commands! This means with EVERY area of my life…..even the chocolate, bread, pasta, sugar loving areas (which makes up a WHOLE lot of me if you know what I mean!). I must be willing to follow Him not only when it’s easy {for me}–like being faithful to my husband, but when it’s hard like not eating that brownie or pizza. Although it is horrible & difficult for me to admit–I struggle WAY more with food than with most other areas of my life. I know that my struggle is not secret because the world can see what I look like on the outside, but if God sees what I look like on the inside then He can help me fix what you see on the outside! 🙂 The number on the scale doesn’t define me. The person who looks at me funny when I walk into the gym doesn’t define me. The mom across the street who runs 10 miles a day {and is a size 0} doesn’t define me. God defines me! Oh precious Sister in Christ–let God define you!

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Hope in the Struggle

HOPEToday I am reminded of so many people who are struggling–health concerns, jobs, finances, marriages, relationships, parenting, or a plethora of other issues that may be plaguing them.  Please take the time to pray with me today for these people and those you know.

You or someone you know may be weary, tired, struggling, or trying to just put one foot in front of the other. I have been there many times! Our Pastor said on Sunday that you are in 1 of 3 places: You are coming out of a storm, in the middle of a storm, or getting ready to go into a storm.  Praying is one of the hardest things to do when you are in the middle of the storm. I’m not really sure why this is, but it is true for me. I can pray for others, but not myself. So today, I’m dedicating my little corner of the Internet to pray for you. If you want to share a request, feel free. If you only want to share your name or the first name of someone who needs prayer, you can do that to. And if you don’t want to share at all, that is perfectly ok. God knows your need and if you have stumbled on my little blip of a blog, then He wants you to know that you are being prayed for today.

Here are some words from Sidewalk Prophets song “The Words I Would Say” that I love:

“from one simple life to another
I will say…come find peace in the Father”

May you find your Peace today and may your burden be lighter!

 

Rebecca

 

Good Friday

Good Friday…..it may seem strange to some people that we call the day Christ was crucified “good”. I liken it to the fact that the end result is good, great even, for you & me!

Yes, on Friday Jesus was mocked, beaten & hung on a cross to die for sin–EVERYONE’S sin–whether they believe it or not. Yes, He had the power to get down off the cross and prove to everyone there who He really was and what power He had. No, He did not do that.

Why, you ask? There could be many reasons argued. One reason I believe it happened that way is because people would be shown more who Jesus was if He died and was resurrected than just if He climbed down off the cross and said “told ya so”.

When He was confirmed dead and was buried and then when His grave was being visited a stone that no one man could have moved had been moved and His tomb was empty–oh, that made much more of a statement!

I can’t imagine the pain that God went through on that “Good Friday” even though He knew the outcome! I know that I am thankful that He was thinking of ME and how MY life would be changed by His sacrifice! I pray that your life has been changed by it as well. If you are unsure or need someone to explain to you what God has done for you, please leave me a comment!

I will leave you with 2 things! 1 is words to a song that I feel like explain it all about MY part in why Jesus had to die.

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulder
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

The other is a video about the HOPE of Sunday (Easter) after the crucifixion on Friday. Click on the following link to watch it!
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!

New Year/New Me

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013! I never really want those years to go by because the older I get the more I realize that time goes by too quickly as it is.

2013 is going to be a new year for me. I have a friend who blogs (much better and more often than I) who spoke about a book she had read and put to practice choosing One Word each year. During that year you study about and try to live out the word you choose. This was something new to me, but sounded like it would be a great idea to start the new year out with. So, after thinking about the things I wanted to change and all the other years I have wanted to change the same things, I chose the word FOCUSED.

Now, that may mean nothing much to you at first glance, but this is my tale on the word I chose. I sometimes try to be “super mom” and do too many things at once. I have lots of changes I want to make, but I know if I go about them the same way I always have I won’t succeed. I have the propensity to flutter from thing to thing…meaning nothing really gets finished or completely accomplished. I also don’t do things for long periods of time. I am real good about it for a while and then just quit. That is why FOCUSED is the word for me!

I want to be focused on God and His Word, focused on my family, focused on our finances, focused on being healthy and continuing on my weight loss journey, basically focused on all those things that are important to me. That is going to take some sacrifice. I will be giving up some things in order to spend my time where it is best spent. I also know I will be met with disagreement on my choices or struggles that use up time I have carved out for specific things. The enemy doesn’t like people to be focused, he wants them to be running crazy and confused. I will not be easily confused this year!

I am also partnering with Beth Moore and her Siesta Scripture Memory Team. This is a year long journey to memorize 24 verses of your choosing from the Bible. I am choosing verses that, in my thinking, go along with my word focused.

I have SO much to say and I know that sometimes Facebook isn’t necessarily the best avenue for that to happen, so I am going to try and be more focused on keeping up with this blog.

Thank you for reading and please check back to see my progress for this New Year/New Me!

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