Monday, March 31, 2008

His Strength, My Weakness

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Cor 12:9

Since the Retreat, I have been thinking about the verse Nancy shared with us in her session. The translation she used said "My gracious favor is all you need". I loved that because what could we possibly want more than His favor??? I want to make Him smile. I have always been so sad about the time in Noah's day when He was "grieved" He made man. I don't want to grieve Him, I want to delight Him.

So I ended up reading those verses again this morning. I was thinking about how I want so badly to turn my weaknesses into strengths for Him. But is that even what He wants from me? Do I decide what needs to be changed and fixed in my life, or does He? Now, He has changed a LOT of stuff about me (you can ask my husband or my sister if you want to be sure) but there are things in my life I am very frustrated about because I feel like I am weaker than I should be.

So then I am wondering, do all of us do that? Spend tons of energy trying to change our weaknesses into strengths for God's glory when He never even asked us to? Maybe doesn't even want us to? Maybe we are supposed to be boasting about our weaknesses, instead of trying to hide them? Maybe even rejoicing because God's power works through our weakness?

Father, teach me what all of this means!!!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Ok, this blogging stuff is weird. Some people seem to write to interact and some people write just to write. Is that right?

Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

I am going to check and see if my husband is really reading my blog, because he told me he would.....(he is working swing shift this week)

So last night I stayed up way to late, on the computer of course. It was 11:00 and I usually go to bed at 9:00. When I was about to fall off my chair or throw up, one or the other, I stumbled to bed. And my dog had pooped ON THE BED. The bed wasn't made. It was on my husbands side. But it was down towards the bottom and very solid (there wasn't even that oily stuff that is sometimes left behind when you carefully pick it up and flush it down the toilet) and we had just put fresh sheets on 2 days before.

Those of you who know me well can guess what I did or did not do. :)

Did I mention I hate changing sheets by myself????

**Update: I was feeling guilty and wanted Jason to change our sheets so I told him "You better read my blog". I was a little nervous but he laughed so I am alright. And he did change the sheets. He probably will get me back later though. I will tell you about it if I can. ;)

Monday, March 17, 2008

My Grandma died this morning. I was more sad than I expected to be. I had a feeling when I saw her last week that I wouldn't see her again. I think she is in Heaven. I asked her if she was afraid and she said no. I trust God with it all. I am so thankful Jesus saved that thief on the cross, it gives me so much hope when people wait til the last minute to believe in Him. I used to hate that parable about the guy who paid the people who only worked an hour the same as the ones who worked all day. Now I am so thankful. So thankful God knows that some day we will just love and not be so greedy for reward and recognition. I am just rambling. Her funeral is Thursday and my Birthday is Saturday and Easter is Sunday. What a week..........I think I am going to go take a nap.

Thank You

For everything comes from Him; everything exists by His power and is intended for His glory. To Him be glory evermore. Amen.—Romans 11:36

He is good and faithful and full of love and compassion. I can't believe how much God loves us and wants us to be with Him.

The Retreat was good.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Are You Sure, Lord????

What is it about getting up in front of people and talking that makes us question everything about ourselves?

I suppose if one did it all the time it wouldn't be a big deal. I only do it a couple times a year and it is such a big deal to me. I just feel so unworthy.

Probably because I am so unworthy. Who am I to lead any of God's people? I am amazed He loves me, let alone gives me any responsibility in His kingdom.

It seems like He would clean me up and make me better if He wanted to use me. I guess that is the whole "His strength is sufficient in our weakness" thing.

I am so thankful Life is about His glory and goodness, nothing else.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quote For The Day

What harm can happen to him who knows that God does everything, and who loves beforehand everything God does? ~Madame Switchine

I don't think God does everything but I do believe He allows everything, for our good. So I still find this quote very cool.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

How Christ Loves His Church

I LOVE how Jesus feels about the Church. God not only cares about us individually (He knows when we sit down and when we rise up, how many hairs are on our heads) but He also cares very much about the Church (all of His people joined together, all over this planet in way He orchestrates and sometimes only He understands). I love how He said “Saul why do you persecute ME”, not “my people” not even “my body” but ME.

And of course, He calls us His body. He couldn’t take us more personally. We have to believe He cares and He has the power to make His body what He wants it to be. I am not saying we shouldn't do our part to make a difference if He gives us a passion for something (we just have to be sure HE gave us the passion).

All this to say, we don’t have to worry about the Church, we just need to follow the Head. That’s what I think we need to learn to do better. Anyone who is part of the body needs to learn to recognize when we are being directed to do something.

Sometimes I think we are too busy watching each other and trying to figure it all out and we never learn to really follow Him.

I don’t know how follow Him like that yet, but it is my goal. In my personal life and in the Church. We shouldn’t be able to separate them.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Internal mess that I am......

I was driving home from our small group last night feeling like a complete idiot because of something I said. (If you were there, it wasn't what I said at the beginning but at the end about the Passion of the Christ movie).

New discovery......I think I hate being embarrassed more than any other emotion. I remembered when I would have to lay a book down and put something over the top of it if I read something embarrassing when I was little. Are we all like that, or is it me?

Anyway, I was trying to figure out my motivation for saying what I did, am I trying to show off, Lord? Prove something? I moved on from there and told Him if I need to embarrass myself for some reason, I am willing, but please Lord, don't ever let me embarrass you!!! I think He laughed at me because He is much bigger than all this self-focused mumbo~jumbo.

Which brought up all my fears for the retreat, time to start figuring out what's going on in my heart about that. "No, Lord I am not afraid You won't be there, that was my fear last year and You so corrected my thinking about that! These are Your ladies, You will meet us there..........another gasp of discovery......... I am afraid You won't show up in me! Then I will have to be embarrassed again." (Especially because I don't really prepare for these things. I tried to a couple years and it didn't do any good, just made my sister extremely nervous when I would practice on her).

And then my heart relaxed and I said, "This retreat is all about You and if you don't choose to reveal Yourself in me, I am ok with that." And I know He doesn't need my permission to be who He is and do what He wants but I feel so much better when I give it to Him (my version of surrender :)

And then I came home and read Beth's blog (because I am addicted) and this is how she ended it:

Bad day, Dear Siesta? Well, at least you can know tomorrow's gonna be better.

"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over." Isaiah 60:1,2.

It's gonna get better. And I'm talking about more than your hair. The Son's just about to rise upon you.

I am not sure if this is a word just for me (probably not, God is very good at multi-tasking) and hopefully none of you will be disappointed if I don't start glowing at the retreat or something, but it sure made me cry. And go put on the necklace my sisters gave me that say "Arise and Shine" in Hebrew that came with a little reference card with those verses on it.

May Your glory arise among all Your people Lord. We are nothing without You!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

War and Hope

I dreamt last night that I was fighting in a war. People shooting all around me, the enemy falling out of the sky, bombs going off and it ended with some of us running away from this weird heat wave thing. I was just starting to melt when I woke up. I don't recall ever having a dream quite like that, even when I was in the Army. So now I am wondering, what was that all about, Lord? Him and I work things out with my dreams sometimes. Mostly they make me aware of some emotion that wasn't quite close enough to the surface for me to bring it to Him. If it isn't too embarrassing, I will let you know what I figure out. :)

In hope that I will get to go to work today, I am going to go get ready. After I leave you with my favorite anti-depression verse:

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Rom 15:13

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Beginning of the Blogging

This is a good example of how impulsive I am. I have been reading Beth Moore's blog since Christmas and just found out normal people have blogs on Friday and I am making one on Sunday afternoon.

I thought I would tell you why I called my blog learning to live. Beth asked us to share what God has set us free from and I thought maybe I would put it on here too. I think it will help show where I am coming from.....

God has set me free from hating myself. From feeling completely worthless and hopeless. One day when I was reading about the crucifixion, I told Him "Well at least you weren't suffering for you own stupid sin Lord" and I felt like He said, "No child, I was suffering for yours, so you wouldn't have to." That hit me so hard and I knew I could no longer beat myself up for my sin and mistakes. He paid the price already. I am free to say I am sorry and move on, I don't have to hate myself. He knew what I would be and do and chose me and loved me anyway.

My life is about Him, not me. That is incredibly freeing. If He wants me to grow in an area and I am willing, I will grow. If I still have something to learn from making the same mistake over and over, I will stay there until I learn. I trust He has the power to change me and make me exactly what He wants me to be. I am willing for whatever He wants for me, whether it be painful or joyful~that is enough for Him.

I believe we have to want Him more than victory, more than godliness, more than righteousness. He wants to be our life, our hope, our delight. Seek Him, He will take care of the rest.

All that being said, I am still not very good at the everyday part of life. I LOVE my quiet time, it is my favorite time of the day. That is easy for me. Trying to make my family dinner every night is very, very hard for me.

I want to have a clean house and healthy meals for my family and get enough exercise and be healthy and do all the "right" stuff but it is so tedious and boring and time consuming and never ending. I love to talk to my husband and kids and play with them I just hate all the WORK. I don't think I am lazy, I just hate the redundant stuff.

BUT, it has only been the last three years that I haven't struggled with severe depression, so I am hoping I am almost healthy enough to be able to take care of the boring stuff so that I can take good care of my family's (and my) physical needs.

So I guess what I am trying to say is I love emotional, spiritual stuff, and needs some serious help on the physical stuff. I know everything is spiritual and God cares about all of our lives, I am just trying to figure out how to make it all work. And it has to be through the Spirit anyway so it will be full of light and life and love, not yelling, exasperation and irritation. Not that any of us will ever be perfect, OF COURSE. :)