Happy Birthday To Me

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I was born-again ten years ago today. Yes, on April Fool’s Day 2001. My plans for the day are as follows: Give thanks to the Lord for saving a wretch like me.

God bless,

-gh

 P.S. Thank you, my sweet hubby, for taking the time you did to add the birthday song and cake. ILYMTYK.

Where Are You?

 

When I’ve done something that I know I shouldn’t have done, my typical response has been to “feel” unworthy for a period of time; even after acknowledging it was wrong. In the past, I’ve bought into the devil’s lie that penance was needed, and he would establish the duration. My self-punishment could last anywhere from a day to a couple of days. Granted, I still talked to the Lord during those times, but my conversation was prefaced with, “I know I don’t deserve to ask for Your advice, or help, but….”

Last night during my quiet time with the Lord, He reminded me of Adam and Eve and how they hid when they went against His will. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9. He was not asking because He didn’t know where Adam was, but because He wanted Adam to come to Him, and the same is true today.

One of the tools the enemy used in my bouts of disobedience was condemnation; he had me convinced the Lord was mad at me. In turn, I would walk around thinking, “I’m a bad person. I’m never going to change. God has to be sick and tired of dealing with me.” Last night, I recalled my answer to a question… As a kid, what was worse, a whipping or knowing your parents were disappointed? My response has always been, “When I was a kid, I would rather a whipping than have my parents look me in the eyes and say, ‘I’m disappointed.’”

In the case of a whipping I would end up sulking (condemnation). “I’m a bad person. I’m never going to change. My parents must be sick and tired of dealing with me.” In the case of my parents sharing their disappointment, I would genuinely become apologetic (convicted). “I’m sorry. I don’t know why I did what I did. I want to do it differently, but I keep making mistakes. I need help.”

God, who called to Adam, is the same God who calls to us, and He is the same God who saves us.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. — Romans 7:15-25

God bless,

-gh ; )

Thank You For Listening

 

Over the past couple days I’ve had a recurring conversation, which has led to this post. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that God is always speaking to us—the question is are we listening, or are we waiting to hear the answer(s) we want to hear?  If we are earnestly seeking the way our Heavenly Father would have us go and prayerfully petition His will; how arrogant it is for us to think He would be silent, or that He would send a confusing response. The Bible says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” — Matthew 7:7 Continue reading

Making Adjustments

 

I read this earlier and thought, how often do we allow the cares of the day to steal our joy, or for that matter, God’s plan for our day? Sometimes we have to make adjustments, which may mean we have to say no to the things God has not chosen for us, but in doing so, we are freed to fulfill His purpose.

“The little cares which fretted me
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play,
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fear of what might happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the husking of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod
Where ill thoughts die and good are born-
Out in the fields with God.

 –Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Your eyes will see the King in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar. –Isaiah 33:17

 God bless,

gh ;) 

 

Lord – What Do You Want Me To Do Today?

I raced through a prayer this morning, which included that question, “Lord, what do you want me to do today?” even though my agenda was etched in stone.

Father, I apologize for that hurried prayer. Thankfully, You got my attention as You always do. As I tried to type faster than my fingers would permit. I knew that I knew…I needed to step away from the computer. I needed to slow down and listen to the birds chirping in my backyard. Why do I often race ahead without You when that’s not my intent? I guess the answer is not as important as the awareness. Thank you for getting my attention. Continue reading