The Proverbs 31 Woman

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An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels. Proverbs 31:10

So many women say they think that she is not attainable, but she is. In fact, as a believer, God sees you as an excellent wife and mother, friend, daughter or whatever the case, He calls forth life, joy and peace and the many blessings He would give us.

As a believer we do have an enemy to our soul, but he is a defeated foe because of Jesus, he’s not even a giant, really, he’s a fallen angel. It was was King Lemuel or Solomon’s father, David, who took out out Goliath, but it was actually God who directed the stone, and Jesus has defeated the works of the enemy. Once and for all who believe but He will be on the throne of David forever very soon, the enemy is short on time.

Bathsheeba gives advice to Solomon, whatever she did wrong, she was an instrument in making sure Solomon recalled the wisdom he was taught. The chapter begins with advice as to the wrong kind of women, and wine, how to treat the poor and then we get to the Proverbs 31 woman.

While she keeps her house in order, and manages money, sews bedding and clothes. And rises early. That is not going to be all of us, and this woman probably had help, servants, handmaidens or daughters. What she does have though is faith and wisdom.

Many women get up to read the Bible early, stay up late to finish laundry. Many of us feel we can’t compete with this excellent woman, we don’t have to. It is not competition, it is Christ. Stop the comparison, blaming and shaming. Just let the Spirit lead you into being who He wants you to be. And remember, He gives the beloved sleep. Psalm127:2

We are not spinning or weaving, nor are we bringing in our food from afar. We get to go to the store, and you can even order it these days. We are not all fashion designers, but we should look like we reflect the Lord, not sweat pants and pony tails every day. Scarlet and purple imply prosperity, wealth, she is like Lydia in the New Testament or Dorcas in a way. While wealth is implied and God does prosper us, He looks at hearts not money.

Lydia was wealthy and made royal garments and Dorcas or Tabitha did as well, giving to the poor. Like I said, we may not sew but can donate clothing, or give to someone who can sew. This woman was also hospitable, opening her home. Sometimes, I hate to open the front door, l have to clean a lot, why can’t people be as neat as me?

She doesn’t worry about winter, though Jerusalem doesn’t have a lot of snow, they do have it. Deserts can be scorching in the day and cool at night. She doesn’t let her oil run out, and we know oil is a type of the Spirit. Sometimes, we let our oil run low, and we are drained. While we don’t have to get up early and stay up late, we do need to rest, refresh and Jesus has made a way for us to do that in the Spirit. That is why He offers rest and gifts of the Spirit.

Her husband is known to people and he trusts her, she is not a trophy wife but an excellent one, she knows how to treat people, demands respect and deserves it. She is kind, giving and open but manages for her family, then helps others. She has it altogether, because of the one who is altogether lovely, Jesus.

He will help you with any problem large or small, just make it a point to talk to Him during your day and He will give you rest, and you can be a Proverbs 31 woman, or at least a reasonable facsimile of one. She had to have been tough to survive those days, like a pioneer.  And then there is the Titus two woman, the older or more experienced one who is to help and instruct younger mothers and girls in their path to Christ. Just ask the Lord to help you be who He wants you to be. It is my prayer, so I hope He could consider me a Proverbs 31, I may not be perfect, He is and His love is.

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Oh, My Stars!

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, and thanks to all our servicemen and women. And if you are not reading in the States,  we celebrate the day with cookouts and look forward to summer as we remember those who have fought for freedom.

” Oh, my stars! ” is a very southern saying and perfect for our study. Psalm 33:6 tells us that God simply breathed the stars into existence. While it is an expression of surprise, or even of concern, God is never caught off guard or surprised, and He always loves us and is concerned for us as believers.

I have recently gone back over some Hebrew studies and the word for star is kokavah, just like it sounds and the plural, kokavim. God even refers to the angels as stars, as they were there at creation.

I have written a lot about stars, I love how they blanket the night with their peaceful presence. While Nimrod corrupted astronomy into astrology, God was using them as a calendar for signs and seasons. While many went astray, God had a plan of redemption, and we know the wise men followed a star, a star that was so very bright as to be the very glory of God shining over the beloved Prince of Peace at His birth. Wise people still seek Him.

What do you think about when you see a star? I am always happy to step out and marvel at His wonders and they call to mind some of these verses, I hope you will enjoy them too, and make them a part of a peaceful family gathering or just to remind you that like the stars, He knows your name, and wants you to shine for His glory.

He counts the stars and calls them all by name. Psalm 147:4

I have called you by your name. You are mine.  Isaiah 43:1

He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15:5

The LORD your God has multiplied you, so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Deuteronomy 1:10

Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars! Job 22:12

It is the LORD who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what He says. Jeremiah 31:35

Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing. Isaiah 46:26

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:3,4

The moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:9 NLT

The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. 1 Corinthians  15:41

And while there can be confusion and controversy of the study of stars, God will help you discern, I always warn people against occult practices, not only are they deceptive but dangerous. while good and evil are in all stories, we have to know the difference between what is harmless and harmful, choosing a lifestyle that goes against God is never wise.

And look at what Daniel writes about the wise, when He returns.

And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3

So praise Him, Oh, my stars!

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon,
praise Him, all you shining stars! Psalm 148:3

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Finding Your Happy Place In God

How do we find our happy place? Even face or space? I would have to say in the Secret Place of the Most High God. As a believer, He loves us so much to send His Son and is not withholding any good thing from us, though He may have a better time and place.

All of my sayings are not necessarily southern, some are not even what we say, though our parents and grandparents may have. This a fairly common one, finding your happy or joy, so let me add verses that will help us find joy and remember not to let people take it because they will and the enemy will.

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

Many people forget to read the ” do not grieve ” half and it is the Lord’s joy that is our strength not our own, we will always lose battles in our own strength, let Him fight them. Exodus 14:14 I relate this to Communion, and everyday should be one we can rejoice in, Psalm 118:24, but better is one day in His court. Psalm 84:10

And we don’t want to grieve continually over circumstances and not the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30

You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. Psalm 16:11

For You grant him blessings forever; You cheer him with joy in Your presence. Psalm 21:17

Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

By remaining in His love…..These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11

Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. John 16:24

But now I am coming to You, and I am saying these things while I am in the world, so that they may have My joy fulfilled within them. John 17:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

As for happy, here is what the Bible says…

Happy are the people whose God is the LORD. Psalm 114:15

Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. Proverbs 3:18

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

Did you know that the word blessed is also translated happy? So you might be happy to check out more verses on Bible Hub.

I take great joy and encouragement in your love. 2 Corinthians 7:4

Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people. Philemon 1:7

Did you catch that, love, and especially His love because that is what God is, brings joy. I hope you find your happy in Him.

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That Don’t Cut No Mustard!

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That don’t cut the mustard! Or cut no mustard with me! That is definitely a southern statement. You might hear it rarely or even never these days. Dating back centuries that is a description of extracting seeds, making spices, and meaning to measure up to a high standard, supposedly it was heard first in Texas and migrated across the south, a description of a European process.

There are several variations in old quotes. Apparently, mustard plant were tall and from tiny seed, they were hard to cut. The mustard produced a pungent spice. So to pass mustard is to measure up, meet an expectation, to be excellent. Now, how do I get the Bible into that southernism, I will tell you because I measure up with words. By grace we can all measure up to Jesus. Let’s look at just what Jesus had to say about it and how were can measure up.

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” Matthew 13:31,32

Jesus tells us that with the faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains, the smallest seed. Have you ever seen one? Now, Jesus has explained the parable of the sower. Of course, Jesus is really the sower, sowing His words, the devil comes behind to steal them from the hearts of people. Of all the people, those that are good ground, receive. Others, are happy but have it choked out with worry or fear, some seeds fall among thorns or rocks, these people don’t receive. So it is clear that Jesus wants us to be good ground and not let the enemy have His words from our hearts or mouths.

How does he get the words, by what we say or not, worry, fear, cares of the world, lust or wanting to do other things than what we should be doing, studying or being a doer of the Word. And if we don’t understand it or the spiritual implications or that we don’t apply them or pray them over our lives. That is why I try to simplify it for my readers. What you say is important, it gives a voice to faith.

Jesus explains that the mustard seed may be small but grows tall and the birds come and lodge, there are robins in the front yard but while in the natural birds may be building nests, this is a reference to the demonic, these are evil birds, they will peck away at your faith, disappoint you, wear you out, trouble your heart and mind.

These birds aren’t bluebirds, cardinals or sparrows. They are lies of the enemy, fear, terror and torment, they are worry, anger, jealousy, hatred, and so many more. That is why many who would be healed lose heart, many are so weary, God is merciful.

These devices of the wicked one don’t cut the mustard. Oh, he has perfected his craftiness, and deceit, but they are the same old lies, and Jesus is coming to destroy him completely and soon. The sooner the better for me. But I want to see people saved and healed and delivered and I want to be as excellent with His words as possible.

While believers may sin, we are not ruled by it and if you keep a repentant heart you are forgiven and under grace, so here’s a good verse to take note of, watch out for people who keep sinning, they might say they are believers but Jesus tells you about good and bad fruit, and this is what true believers can expect.

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 1 John 5:18

And He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. Mark 4:24

About Jesus…..For He whom God has sent utters the words of God, for He gives the Spirit without measure. John 3:34

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:7

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3

And now, you know what this southern expression means, but you aren’t obligated to use it, just be the kind of perfect God wants you to be. So you can have as much of Jesus as you want, here is Paul’s prayer.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family  in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:15-19

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If You Can’t Say Something Nice…..

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She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26

While I am saving the Proverbs 31 woman for out last day in May, our Mother’s Day month, this verse is perfect for our study. How many times have we heard the line, ” If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. “

You would think this one so repeated, and so often, would stick, but it doesn’t always, does it? I have usually been pretty good at it. I can do well at saying what I mean in a nice way most of the time, but once there was only a few who ever saw me lose my temper. Lately, or more recently, I should say when confronted with some serious problems I had to be more adamant.  Firm and then let go. First, I was standing up for myself and then I was back to His rest.

If I am looking like the people I dislike, and I hate their behavior, I have decided it wasn’t going to be mine, and walked away. I avoid toxic people if at all possible. Pray and walk away. It is not easy when you see them a lot, but you can do it.

I have found out I don’t have to show up for every argument, to prove myself or to defend my beliefs. God defends me and I depend on Him to, truly, I would be lost without Him, I need Him every moment of the day.

I have learned to curb even righteous anger, Jesus did that when He stopped to cord a whip before turning over the money changers tables. It doesn’t say he beat them. It was He who was cruelly beaten and crucified. He was angry and did not sin. This is a must in marriage and most every relationship.

While I am not braiding a whip, and I hate counting that is ignored by a lot of children, by the time I run through the fruit of the Spirit a couple of times, I can hush, but be firm.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, and self control. Galatians 5:22  There is no law against these. I have found myself being immersed in these and gentleness is a lost art to a lot of people, it is the one thing that some used against me. I always tell my readers that it starts with love and ends in self control. When the word is out of control, and so many are without self control. It is much better to be in control by letting Him be in control.

So enough about me keeping my words, so the wicked one doesn’t get them, let’s look at some verses that will help us remember to say something nice and sincere, or not at all.

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

Bright eyes encourage the heart; good news nourishes the body. Proverbs 15:30

The words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace, like gold purified sevenfold. Psalm 12:6

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

So the LORD spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who was speaking with me. Zechariah 1:13

For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:34-37

This is My command to you: Love one another. John 15:17

If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29 Don’t grieve the Spirit is next.

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:6

Therefore encourage and build one another up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

There are plenty more to read, study and meditate on, to soak in and speak, even to pray. So let’s be that virtuous woman with kindness and wisdom, and if we can’t say something nice… say nothing at all.

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Bushel And A Peck

I chose a bushel of peaches being from Georgia. While others love you to the moon and back, a southern mother saying is I love you, a bushel and a peck and hug around the neck, meaning a kiss on the cheek. I used to tell the little boys and girls I kept, ” I love you this much. ” I would start with just an inch or so, and they would laugh as I made it a bigger amount until I had open arms to embrace them.  Older mothers, can remember the Doris Day song.

We can just study on light let’s talk about what Jesus says about light, and work it a bushel, and He does love us that much.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:14-16

Jesus does not want our light to be hidden away, He wants the world to see it. I may not have always shone the way He wanted me to, but He had blessed me to shine still. He had it all set in His beautiful time. Many people shy away from public speaking, but the Spirit will give you the words to say, many feel unworthy, Jesus makes you worthy. others let fear rule instead of His love, but that extreme fear is a lie from the enemy, not caution or concern, but fear, torment and terror.

So we are the light of the world, even salt and light. We should be a lamp shining on a stand instead of hidden under a basket, there will be times He may keep your light hidden from the enemy, and our new life is hidden in Him, but He wants our hope in Him so we can shine and never be ashamed.

As for a peck, it is a fourth of a bushel, like a quart would be a fourth of a gallon. Just a figure of speech or and a unit of measurement. God’s love is eternal, without limits or measure, it is we who often limit Him.  His love is everlasting, but He expects to be obeyed.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15 / To love God and one another.

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14:23

We should also remember the parable of the virgins and not let the oil of the Spirit run out of our lamps. We can be filled again and again, and remain in love and in His rest until the beloved comes. He loves us more than our mothers and I can’t wait to hug Him, may the Holy Spirit hug you today in a tender embrace, and kiss you with His peace.

I love those who love me, and those who seek me early shall find me. He loves you more than a bushel or a peck.

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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

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This is definitely a mother saying and a southernism, whether meaning to cry literally about spilled milk, or what is the past, water under the bridge, more or less, this saying has a lot to say about some verse from the Word.

And while we desire the sincere milk of the Word, today we are focused more on that God keeps our tears in a bottle. Did you know that? What if our tears fill all kinds of bottles or vases, colored or bejeweled or milky white, like an alabaster box?

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 NLT

If you knew me, you would know that that is one of my favorite stories, Mary of Bethany, her tears and her alabaster box broke to anoint Jesus against the opposition of others, including Judas. He called it a beautiful thing, and she would be remembered forever. Like the perfume, her tears mixed with it, she was at His feet and dried them with her hair. A woman’s hair is like her crowning glory and also authority, as she is submissive to the Lord.

The line from the song about her says, ” You don’t know what’s in this oil, in my alabaster box. ” Oh, sure we know it was an expensive spice or perfume, but what we don’t know is what is in her heart or soul, only that she adores Jesus. While she was called a sinner, we are not told why. Mary of Bethany knew Jesus as a friend of her brother, Lazarus. She saw him raised, and she was serving Him, and was sitting at His feet when her sister wanted her to help. She is not as some mistakenly believe, Mary Magdalene.

We don’t know what her tears were for. I don’t know about yours and you don’t mine. Bu God does, and He has them in a bottle, and has a lot to say about tears. So let’s look at some and be reminded how God views tears, the sincere, heartfelt ones, that allows His love to warm and console the brokenhearted He is so very close to.

I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. Psalm 6:6

For His anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. Psalm 39:12

My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “ Where is your God? ” Psalm 42:3

You fed them with the bread of tears and made them drink the full measure of their tears. Psalm 80:5

My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD; I lift my hands to you for mercy. Psalm 88:9

My eyes shed streams of tears because Your law is not obeyed. Psalm 119:136

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! Psalm 126:5

( In Ramah, figuratively, Rachel weeping for her children. ) Thus says the LORD: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the LORD, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. Jeremiah 31:16

…..cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. Malachi 2:13

Jesus wept. John 11:35

For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. Phillipians 3:8

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

Of course, there are other instances. Jesus wept, about Lazarus, over Jerusalem, and Mary Magdalene on the Resurrection morning, and Peter’s bitter tears of denial. Maybe, we shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, or a past we cannot change, just let God do what He wants to in our lives, and remember our tears are in His bottle.

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Goodness Gracious, Gracious Me!

Now, goodness gracious is probably a saying lots of places, adding the gracious me is more southern, but what about our study this month. Well, God is gracious, isn’t He? And He extends it toward us daily, and John 1:16, He gives us grace upon grace.

The crucifixion of Jesus brought in grace and truth, and we are under grace as he fulfilled the law and the prophets, we are to be in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Grace is favor, something we don’t deserve but are given because we have believed in Jesus, and His name, He gave us His life while we were sinners. And it is amazing grace that saves us, and allows us to be both beloved nd righteous, nothing that we do, though He has plans for us.

The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. Numbers 6:25

So let’s get into our verses about grace, being gracious, and goodness is a fruit, from Galatians 5:22, one the nine we are to walk in, but today we will look at grace and know He is good.

Turn to me and be gracious, for I am lonely and afflicted. Psalm 25:16

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8

Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. Psalm 119:132

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Psalm 145:8

Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. Isaiah 30:18

O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. Isaiah 33:2

And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” Luke 4:22

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV

There are many more, that God is gracious, merciful and slow to anger is repeated from Moses day, through the Psalms, He wants to be gracious to us and love us, so let’s believe and respect and honor Him in obedience and love. The words for gracious, chanan and charis, tell us He is not dealing with us according to what we have done, not done or deserve, no, He forgives and loves, but looks at hearts and is never deceived or mocked.

Grace is a word all on its own, but here are more verses to study. It  can be overwhelming but you will get it, and taste His goodness, goodness gracious, gracious me!

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You Think Too Much!

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This is one I hear sometimes and heard and took to heart, because it was true. I read that a woman has 60,000 thoughts a day somewhere, when oppression or depression sets in, I know it can double or triple, I am sure of it. I get so many prayer requests about anxiety, and just fear and worry. And many of these women are knowledgeable about the Word, even prayer warriors. The righteous and we are only righteous through Jesus, are under spiritual attacks.

So what is it all about? I believe the enemy’s time is short, shorter than ever and the return of Christ or the Rapture, the catching away of the church, is imminent. The Second Coming is after that, but without focusing on end of the age events, let’s talk about thoughts.

Jesus tells us not to take them in Matthew 6. concerning what we will eat or drink or wear. We are not to worry, worry will choke the Word out of our hearts. Mark 4, the parable of the sower. And then we are to take them captive into the obedience of Christ.

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ… 2 Corinthians 10:5

We are taking them captive into the obedience of Christ, His obedience, His finished work on the cross. He is not depending on us, we are depending on Him and obeying by taking thoughts captive, we tear down the arguments.

Example: ” I never see any peace. ”  Thought:  Jesus left me His peace.  John 14:27

Example: ” I can’t pay that. ”   Thought: He supplies my needs according to His riches. Phillipians 4:7

Example: ” My health is so bad. ”  Thought: By His wounds, I am healed. Isaiah 53:5

I challenge you to do your own list, in faith and speaking the truth in love. I replace thoughts everyday and I am nowhere near as bombarded I was earlier in life. Even in ministry, or as an intercessor, prayer warrior, pastor’s wife, parent, it will work.

And it is not the power of positive thinking, psychiatric exercises. even behavior or anger management. Though some things work and some medicines, this is the love of God at work in the mind of a believer, and we are to have the mind of Christ and to renew it, daily, not just on Sunday. Don’t limit the holy one. Psalm 78:41

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Finally, brothers, ( or sisters ) whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phillipians 4:8

So there you have it, what to think about and what not to. It can be difficult to quiet a racing mind, but it is not impossible with God, so let ‘s try it but being quiet and still, see what works for you, ask Him to help you, give you wisdom, relief and release, I pray that for you, so receive His peace. And one final thought for this post, remember He hates fear and the enemies lies, for the hearts of His children to be troubled.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV and a link to other translation, they are good too.

He gives His beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2 Sleep and His rest from Hebrews 4 is key to a healthy mind and body. So let Him help you, give Him charge of your health. And don’t worry or think too much.

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God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise

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This is a southern saying, and I will explain it in our month of mother sayings and fun ones. This is something people still say in the south, even if they only cut it down to God willin’, For willing. we drop a lot of g’s y’all.

You might hear someone say, “See you at church next week, God willin’. ” Or I’ll meet you for dinner  on Saturday, or be at your cookout, God willin’. But the original phrase dates way to the late 18th and early 19th century. Many people lived in rural towns or villages and there were no highways and few streets, man people had access to footbridges and that is how they got to town or a neighbor’s house. If the creek rose, well they could not. One of my great, great, about four great uncle’s didn’t make it across one, he was an Irish immigrant.

You see all those lovely paintings of guardian angels watching children, that is why. They were prominent fixtures in schools and churches and became popular in homes as well, so that is the story, behind the saying. But what is God’s will, many people have trouble discerning that, but the Holy Spirit will help you discern. Let’s look at the Word.

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22

For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:35

If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. John 7:17

( submitting to authority ) For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 1 Peter 2:15

For it is better to suffer for doing good, if the will of God wills it, than doing evil. 1 Peter 3:17

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality. 1 Thessalonians 4:3

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. Hebrews 10:36

Now, there are verses that mention suffering for Christ, and often we do as believers, but it is better to suffer what is right because He knows and is just, but there are also ,am who don’t believe He answers prays or says no, but people who truly believe are not going to ask anything against His will, the only perfect prayers are prayed in the Spirit. And He intercedes for us. Romans 8:26

We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will. John 9:31

But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you. John 11:22

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, He will give it to you. John 16:33

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. 1 John 5:14

I hope this helps clarify the will of God, sometimes, He answers prayers in a better way than we understand and will explain it if you ask, there are a lot of things we don’t know but He does, His plans for us are good, the best, we may not always see that but they are and He will answer all questions someday, but we can expect good and give Him glory and it will be beautiful in His time.

Be back tomorrow, God willin’, and He is.

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