The Story Time. (#jammed daily devo, day 237)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 237: Stories are treasures.

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. August 25

 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:3-4

“See you later, alligator….”

At the sound of those story time ending words, little feet padded up to the felt board and stuck the alligator on to wait for his friends.

“Bye, bye, said the fly….” and up when another set of feet, holding the fly in hand.

Storytime at the library is precious time I will never regret carving out of my very first mom-days. Books are a universal. All of life revolves around one Book.

Today’s verse talks about the evil world. I can’t imagine how much more evil it could have been back then compared to what it is now. Yet, when we walk with Christ …though we know we’re immersed in an dangerous millennium, we are able to see Light in all things.

Like the little kids huddled around the librarians at story time, waiting for their turn to walk up proudly and stick their contribution onto the felt board …Christians walk to the ones He needs to love.

The world has a lot of evil in it, but I don’t believe the whole world is evil. I can’t know what I know about God and experience Christ like I have in my life …felt the Holy Spirit move as I have …and believe the whole world is evil.

After everything God created, He declared it “good,” and I believe with all of my heart that the “good” He declared can be seen through His Son.

“Let the little children come to me,” Jesus said.

No wonder. Sitting in a circle with little people reminds us why we are called to have a childlike faith. There is good in everyone, and beauty in everything God created. But we have to believe to see it.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for innocence. Thank You for children, for they remind us to have faith like a child. Forgive us for letting cynical thinking exploit the very real evil in the world over the beauty of God’s creation. Help us to be stronger in faith, and to believe enough to see the good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy

Megs

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The Reader (#jammed day 121)

May #jammed: Growing Grace.

Day 121: It’s in the book.

Because true pleasure will be yours by learning them, living them,
    and being ready to repeat them to others.” Proverbs 22:18 (VOICE)

Life overlooks the quiet ones, sometimes. The ones who love to curl up with a good book. image-121The people that can never quench their thirst to learn, and love the challenge growth provides. Although I love to read, I’ve never been quiet. Can’t bite my tongue, even when I should.

Today’s verse introduces The Words of Wisdom, a section of the book of Proverbs. It lists the benefit of God’s wisdom. Life’s puzzle starts to fit together better when we begin to read what He has to say about it. The more we read, the more we know, indeed.

“They encourage the student to memorize the sayings so that they might be a guide for responding to questions. The students were to know their homework and trust in Yahweh to succeed. The following sayings are molded on the thirty sayings of the Egyptian Amen-em-Opet.” Asbury Bible Commentary

I’ve never been good at remembering the details of conversations …or that they happened in general. I recently  told someone it was “nice to finally meet you,” and they corrected me that we’d met before. I’m not good at memorizing Scripture, either, but I’m trying. #recall12

“True wisdom may bring material reward but its value far exceeds earthly riches. To those who receive it, it opens a path to life and security and equips for leadership and right conduct …It touches the whole person: In Hebrew, the “heart” represents the centre of human personality.”  Dictionary of Bible Themes

I won’t give up because I know it’s valuable. I’ve seen the fruits of time spent in the Word and with God in prayer. My life is a testimony of Jesus taking my hand and guiding me back through lessons I forget about. When we refer to His Word over our scrambled solutions, we experience peace. “True pleasure,” is not found in many words, it’s found in His.

The next thirty days of #jammed, we’ll explore The Words of the Wise. Growing in grace requires an accumulation of wisdom. Christian faith isn’t based on what we do, but what we do is affected by the growth we experience through the wisdom of God’s Word.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for this section of Proverbs, that reminds us of Your wisdom and how to apply it to our lives. Thank You for Your patience, and that You listen to us as we scramble past Your solutions. Forgive us, and bless us with an ear that hears You loudest. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Reading,

Megs

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The Story Time. (#jammed daily devo, day 237)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 237: Stories are treasures.

May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. August 25

 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:3-4

“See you later, alligator….”

At the sound of those story time ending words, little feet padded up to the felt board and stuck the alligator on to wait for his friends.

“Bye, bye, said the fly….” and up when another set of feet, holding the fly in hand.

Storytime at the library is precious time I will never regret carving out of my very first mom-days. Books are a universal. All of life revolves around one Book.

Today’s verse talks about the evil world. I can’t imagine how much more evil it could have been back then compared to what it is now. Yet, when we walk with Christ …though we know we’re immersed in an dangerous millennium, we are able to see Light in all things.

Like the little kids huddled around the librarians at story time, waiting for their turn to walk up proudly and stick their contribution onto the felt board …Christians walk to the ones He needs to love.

The world has a lot of evil in it, but I don’t believe the whole world is evil. I can’t know what I know about God and experience Christ like I have in my life …felt the Holy Spirit move as I have …and believe the whole world is evil.

After everything God created, He declared it “good,” and I believe with all of my heart that the “good” He declared can be seen through His Son.

“Let the little children come to me,” Jesus said.

No wonder. Sitting in a circle with little people reminds us why we are called to have a childlike faith. There is good in everyone, and beauty in everything God created. But we have to believe to see it.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for innocence. Thank You for children, for they remind us to have faith like a child. Forgive us for letting cynical thinking exploit the very real evil in the world over the beauty of God’s creation. Help us to be stronger in faith, and to believe enough to see the good. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Reader (#jammed day 121)

May #jammed: Growing Grace.

Day 121: It’s in the book.

Because true pleasure will be yours by learning them, living them,
    and being ready to repeat them to others.” Proverbs 22:18 (VOICE)

Life overlooks the quiet ones, sometimes. The ones who love to curl up with a good book. image-121The people that can never quench their thirst to learn, and love the challenge growth provides. Although I love to read, I’ve never been quiet. Can’t bite my tongue, even when I should.

Today’s verse introduces The Words of Wisdom, a section of the book of Proverbs. It lists the benefit of God’s wisdom. Life’s puzzle starts to fit together better when we begin to read what He has to say about it. The more we read, the more we know, indeed.

“They encourage the student to memorize the sayings so that they might be a guide for responding to questions. The students were to know their homework and trust in Yahweh to succeed. The following sayings are molded on the thirty sayings of the Egyptian Amen-em-Opet.” Asbury Bible Commentary

I’ve never been good at remembering the details of conversations …or that they happened in general. I recently  told someone it was “nice to finally meet you,” and they corrected me that we’d met before. I’m not good at memorizing Scripture, either, but I’m trying. #recall12

“True wisdom may bring material reward but its value far exceeds earthly riches. To those who receive it, it opens a path to life and security and equips for leadership and right conduct …It touches the whole person: In Hebrew, the “heart” represents the centre of human personality.”  Dictionary of Bible Themes

I won’t give up because I know it’s valuable. I’ve seen the fruits of time spent in the Word and with God in prayer. My life is a testimony of Jesus taking my hand and guiding me back through lessons I forget about. When we refer to His Word over our scrambled solutions, we experience peace. “True pleasure,” is not found in many words, it’s found in His.

The next thirty days of #jammed, we’ll explore The Words of the Wise. Growing in grace requires an accumulation of wisdom. Christian faith isn’t based on what we do, but what we do is affected by the growth we experience through the wisdom of God’s Word.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for this section of Proverbs, that reminds us of Your wisdom and how to apply it to our lives. Thank You for Your patience, and that You listen to us as we scramble past Your solutions. Forgive us, and bless us with an ear that hears You loudest. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Reading,

Megs

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The Cubes (“Already Amazing,” by Holly Gerth, Book Review)

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Do you ever have those moments with your children where you deliver sage advice, and then feel immediately guilty because you fail to receive and apply the same principles to your own life? (I’m raising my own hand.)

imageHolly Gerth’s gift to sift through the cobwebs of applicable truth catered to the way God created the human psyche is remarkable. In her new, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide, she introduced me to new bits of my own reflection.

This inventory check drifted into a crucial life-stretch. My house is quiet for hours at a time …for the first time …in eight years. My injured Achilles heal put an end to the first item on my “kids in school all day” bucket list marathon, so I shifted over to the second… write a book. I’d rather conquer the pain of marathon training than the doubt of exposing my unqualified thoughts for all to pick a part. Holly reminded me, re-grounded me, and urged me forward into who God created me to be …as if we’d known each other a lifetime. Now that’s a gift.
I feel more equipped with wisdom in my calling, confidence, and conversation. The kind of wisdom James illuminates in James 3:17:

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

1. Calling.

“Nothing is more powerful than simple obedience.” -Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide.

James 3:17 wisdom is not your average type of wisdom. It involves obedience to in order to imagereach fruition. The Dictionary of Bible Themes defines James 3:17 wisdom as “given by God alone,” and “resulting in right action.” 

Each session of the Life Growth Guide reset my thoughts to the right caliber of wisdom. It’s easy to get lost in misdirected thoughts, and reset to worldly statutes when my flesh aches. But James 3:17 wisdom requires a purposeful process of understanding who we are built to become before we rationalize anything to anyone. In order to be called we must be listening to the right voice of wisdom. The One that trumps all achievement here on earth.  James 3:17 wisdom requires the right wisdom to fill the space between my ears.

2.Confidence

“Expectations are laws we place on ourselves and each other…What’s God’s answer to those expectations, to those laws we create for ourselves or let others lay down for us? Grace.” Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide

imageIs there anything more aggravating that when our character is called into question? I feel constantly on guard of attack in episodes of doubt. James 3:17 character is “full of mercy.” The Dictionary of Bible Themes dictates that the James 3:17 believer’s character is “to be merciful.” 

A confident calling is no coincidence. God gives us big enough feet to fill our God-sized dreaming shoes, but we have to lace them up. To build confidence to be able to pursue the path God’s laid out for us, we need to set realistic expectations based on what God’s gifted us. The Life Growth Guide did wonders in unraveling who God made me to be. Who knew there was a process that could determine what you were meant to do by what you like to do. #amazing

There’s so many times I make it harder than it has to be. Correctly based confidence is a product of wisdom applied. I love the part in Exodus when Moses’ face is literally lit up after experiencing the presence of God. (Ex. 34:29,35) When we spend time with God in His Word, He will not only illuminate the truth (Matt 5:14), but I believe our flames start to flicker brighter, too. Holley takes such great care to walk through God’s Word as it pertains to unlocking the potential He laid within our framework. That’s what makes it shine so bright.

3.Conversation

“But simply having a full life and experiencing life to the full are two very different things…A purposeful existence never happens by accident. We mush choose it every single day.” -Holley Gerth, You’re Already Amazing Life Growth Guide

The “good fruit” in James 3:17, according to the Dictionary of Bible Themes, is an “image of the church’s mission: a fruitful plant in a fruitless world.”

At the heart of every calling is a confident conversation To testify Jesus as the only way to imagethe Father. That’s what Christianity is all about. That’s the compass of wisdom directing us out of meaningless doubt and conflict and into the mission of spreading the Gospel. It’s imperative to go through a process like which Holley brings us through, so that we can execute the mission we are here on earth to accomplish until God calls us home.

 “True wisdom will go on …to make peace in the world.” -Matthew Henry’s Commentary on James 3:17

I want so badly to grab control of my gifts and squish them into goal sized ice cubes. But frozen fortitude isn’t going to thaw any hearts. It’s an everyday process of sacrifice. Leviticus 1 is all about sacrifice…the specifics of it…it’s really kind of gross…makes me want to be a vegan. But God spoke to me about the type of sacrifice I’m meant to make daily. The cubes. Purified of any particles I may not even have noticed I added to the water.

Walk through this journey with Holley. It was as simple as starting with what I like to do. What am I good at? Who do I drift towards?  God lent His wisdom through her words, to restore old and establish new confidence in my calling. I believe God will help you, through her faithfulness in answering her own calling,to realize that “You’re Already Amazing.” #foreverthankful

Happy Growing…

Megs

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