Wednesday, May 16, 2012
"See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." Hebrews 12:15 NIV What causes us to sin and how to cure it? Bitterness was only one of three areas on which I'd like to focus on at the moment (because I'm a bit overwhelmed now!). For BITTERNESS is the one that touched my heart deeply. I had to look within to see what was causing my anger and critical spirit. Why was I not trusting that God's plan is best? Sin is what you do when you don't believe God's plan is adequate or best, is what I heard ringing in my ears. The cure for the sin sickened heart is THANKSGIVING, was emphasized. In Ephesians 5:3-4 we learn, that Paul told us the way to not sin is to give thanks instead. Also Psalm 103:2; Jeremiah 31:14; and Psalm 107:8. So I list my thankfulness within my heart and brain! These last six months I have allowed bitterness to grab hold of my heart. I knew the Lord was speaking to me but little did I know that He would call on me today to let go of the hurt and pain and focus on the joys. When conversations were misunderstood today or when hurtful words were hurled into the air, I recalled this THANKSGIVING and asked for the Holy Spirit's help. I'd love to tell you I passed with excellent obedience and flying colors but that would be the biggest lie ever. I failed miserably and will probably fail again. However, the Lord nudges me "dear child O' mine, I created you and with My help and My love this will be conquered also." (big sigh) Okay Lord, tomorrow ... My heart and brain reflects upon all the blessings (so many to recount!!) for God is good to me, even in my failings. Noting that tomorrow God's grace will light my way and with Him I can do all things (Phil. 4:13). 2 ears ... to help me listen twice as much and definately MORE than my mouth moves!!
Well, we are here. On the other coast now. Unpacked, doing life, found a great church, go to the library weekly with baby, ... and life goes on in Floor E Da!! Had to put a few things in storage and haven't even touched all of THAT stuff yet. Sooooooo much to do and ... you know how it goes relocating. Different location, different dynamics ... and I remind myself to B R E A T H E