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His Mercy Reigns on me October 30, 2008

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God is so many things. Today, I am remembering and praising Him for His mercy. It’s unmerited, undeserved, and for our good. As I reflect over this past year, I find myself drenched by His mercy… reigning on me.

It was last October when I started this blog. The reason behind the desire to blog was a trial that I was enduring. I had encountered several people telling me of my bad luck, and having pity on me. God showed me that this was a perfect opportunity to give Him the glory, lean not on my own understanding, and boast in the cross (Rev 14:7, Prov 3:5, Gal 6:14). And so, that’s what I did. Getting my thoughts typed out here has been a tremendous blessing for me. I haven’t blogged as much as I thought I would…but when I took the time, God revealed so much to me. He drenched me with His mercy, by allowing me to grow, learn, repent, forgive, and rest.

His mercy is still reigning on me. Over this past year, it seems like it’s been one trial after the other…sometimes with the previous trial going unresolved. So many times I have wondered, God what are you teaching me? I struggled with weakness, frustration, impatience, and lack of trust. Then I would pray for help. Help me to be patient Lord…help me to be thankful. Draw near to me as I draw near to You. Help me to trust Your perfect sovereignty. Show me that when I am weak, You are strong (2 Cor 12:10). Remind me that Your Word is true when it says, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor 12:9). As you can imagine, as I prayed for help in each of these areas, God would allow a trial to come my way that challenged me to be patient, trusting, kind, leaning on Him and not my own understanding. He has even used my 3-year old to sanctify me by pruning out my unthankful heart. Wow God, I am drenched by Your mercy.

This year I have learned much from my Lord. He’s pruned out sinned and brought it into the light (Job 12:22). He has equipped me on how to proclaim the gospel as a true disciple, unashamed and to please Him, not man (Mark 16:15). He has shown me what is asked of me as a Christian wife and mother (Eph 5, Col 3, 1 Tim 3:11, 1Pet 3:1-7). He has reminded me how important compassion is in our Christian daily lives. He has proven to me that this life IS just a vapor, our bodies will fail us, relationships will fail us, the world we live in will fail us…..but HE will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5). He has guided me to so many awesome and life changing passages to meditate on throughout my day to day life. He’s kept me faced down at His feet, surrendering, submiting and trusting. He’s reminded me that He’s the one in control, He chooses who’s to be in His kingdom, not man (Selected Scriptures-“Sovereign Election”). Today, I am thankful for my trials and tribulations, for I know it has all been for my good, to Him be the glory! ( Jam 1)

 What a God we serve….His mercy reigns on us!!!!

Living what I Believe,

Lauren

So long self… October 14, 2008

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Well if I come across a little bit distant
It’s just because I am
Things just seem to feel a little bit different
You understand
Believe it or not but life is not apparently
About me anyways
But I have met the One who really is worthy
So let me say
So long, self
Well, it’s been fun, but I have found somebody else
So long, self
There’s just no room for two
So you are gonna have to move
So long, self
Don’t take this wrong but you are wrong for me, farewell
Oh well, goodbye, don’t cry
So long, self
Stop right there because I know what you’re thinking
But no we can’t be friends
And even though I know your heart is breaking
This has to end
And come to think of it the blame for all of this
Simply falls on me
For wanting something more in life than all of this
Can’t you see

Don’t feel so bad
There’ll be better days

 

 

Don’t go away mad (but by all means)
Just go away, go away

 **Mercy Me**

I love these lyrics. It’s like they watched my life before I was saved, and snuck inside my heart since I’ve been saved to understand my new desires. But that’s the amazing thing about the power of God’s transformation in our lives….it’s always radical like this! We are all different people, and diversity throughout the Christian faith is a certainty….but old self dying and new self being born is alike. It’s awesome. It’s humbling. It’s exciting. I am singing at the top of my lungs today…so long self!

Applying His Word October 12, 2008

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This passage has been running through my heart and mind ever since a dear friend shared it with me. It’s incredibly applicable to my life. Today, I am meditating, and resting in this passage of His Word. Hope you are too!

The context of this passage is Paul writing to the Thessalonians, after he had sent Timothy to report on how their church (which was infancy in stage), was doing. The news was mostly encouraging, however there were some important misunderstandings concerning his teaching’s of Christianity. Paul devotes part of the letter to correcting these errors, and exhorts the Thessalonians to purity of life, reminding them that their sanctification is God’s will for their lives.

 

“But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed— God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.” (1 Thess 2:4-12)

Applying His Word,

Lauren