I hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving holiday! God blessed us with a 24 hour pass for Branon and I to spend our anniversary together Wednesday night and, of course, Thanksgiving Day.
Branon and I celebrated our 2nd year of marriage at Kabuki for dinner and saw Catching Fire at the movie theater. Thursday, we just hung out at the house for the most part. We romped around the living room with Isaac, played some Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii, and ate lunch. Those 24 hours flew by, but I am so appreciative of the opportunity God gave me to just hang out with Branon.
For our anniversary, I wanted to make Branon something I thought he would appreciate while he is away from us. I always like to make him stuff because I would rather give him something I put a lot of thought into than something I bought. Thank goodness for pinterest, always there to give me ideas!
I made him a little book out of a deck of cards with 52 reasons why I love him last year. This year, I wrote some bible verses and quotes on blank index cards, matted them on colorful card stock, and printed some pictures. I wrote a letter for 12 different “open when… ______” envelopes to go along with the different pictures, quotes, and bible verses.
It’s cool because last Sunday True Purpose Ministries dedicated their new location to the Lord at their church service, and a few people gave their testimonies. One lady talked about how Satan wants us to believe his lies and accusations. He uses seemingly unchangeable circumstances to cause us to doubt God’s goodness.
The danger in this comes from allowing those lies to become truth to us.
We have to fight the lies with the truth in God’s word; it’s the only offensive weapon in Ephesians 6:13-17,
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
We can’t just stop with believing it though. To take it even further and really overcome the lies, we need to speak the truth. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
That’s why it’s so important for us to stop Satan’s lies when they are thoughts, before we speak death over our lives. 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
The Saturday before thanksgiving, I watched the last Beth Moore video in the series with my small group. She talked about another time we have an opportunity to speak truth: when others negatively impact us.
When others insult us or do something that upsets us, rather than responding the way we naturally want to, we should be full of pity and compassion for those people.We should speak blessings instead, speak truth to them in love. We also can pray truth over them in our prayer life.
This Sunday, I attended church at RIO Revolution; True Purpose Ministries alternates between hosting church on campus one Sunday and taking the guys to RIO Revolution the next.
This week the pastor talked about 2 different acceptable offerings to God, with the focus on the second. First is the living offering.
God desires for us to be truly alive: passionate, enthusiastic, and on fire for him!
Satan desires the opposite, and that is why he desperately tries to stop us from reaching that point however he can.
That leads to the second offering. We don’t enjoy it, but it is so necessary for our walk with God: a refined offering. God wants us to reflect his image, and he puts us in the fire in order for that to happen. He purifies us in our trials.
I learned that when a silversmith makes silver, there are 99% impurities in the rock and only 1% silver. The rock must be crushed and sifted through in order to get that 1% silver.
Before the process is complete, however, the silversmith must place the silver in the fire and let it sit there until he can see his image reflected in it.
I love how God gives us so many analogies to better understand him, yet we never will fully grasp his awesomeness until we reach our eternal inheritance.
If we learn to embrace and appreciate the trials God places us in to perfect our character, and speak truth daily as we encounter the attacks of the enemy, I believe we will find ourselves in a place we didn’t imagine possible.
Have you noticed how much you grow through the difficulties you face in life? Do you have Jesus to walk along with you, the Holy Spirit to guide you?
My heart breaks for those who don’t understand the joy and peace they truly are missing out on from having a relationship with God. I like how the message says it in Hebrews 6:18-20,
18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.
Does life instantly get better when you make him Lord of your life? No. In fact, Jesus promises that earth gives us problems in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Like Jesus promises, I find peace in him. I know he knows what I need, and I trust that whatever circumstance comes my way will be used by God to bring glory to his name. Besides, my life is not my own. It’s ALL about him.
He blesses me more than I can ever imagine through Isaac. Let me share some cute videos I was able to capture of him 🙂
This first one is rotated if you click to watch it on youtube, I don’t know why it wouldn’t update here.
Isn’t my little man awesome for taking those steps in the second video!?