Ho do i measure up?

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”. How do I measure up? That was a way of thinking I struggled with for years in my life and perhaps you have to or still do. Have you ever felt like this—“Do others love me for who I am?” “Discipline feels like punishment,” “Fear of what others think,” well this is just a few examples but you see where I am going! 

How well do you take criticism or correction? For many of us it is something we struggle with and don’t handle very well.  We either get defensive or ignore it. I was one of those people who would get defensive when someone would try and correct me about something. I didn’t understand why but now I do.

 I took it personal. To me, correction was about what I was doing and came across as an attack about who I was as a person! I felt like my identity was being attacked when I was being corrected and I could never do anything right. Ever feel like that?  Now, I have come to realize that way of thinking and reacting was coming from my past and it was a character flaw in my life that needed to be corrected and redefined .God takes these character flaws seriously in our lives and wants to correct them so that we can grow and mature in a healthy way.

Well, I am a prime example of how God can change a life! That is not me today. That timid insecure person is gone. He took a little farm girl, transformed her and called her to himself. That was October 10 1972 and I have never been the same.

 We all have parents who raised us and disciplined us the best way they knew how. Perhaps at times that discipline did not feel very loving but we have all fallen short of doing everything just right. God does not discipline us thought as our earthly parents did, instead, his discipline is always done in love intended for our good, to correct us not punish us. This kind of love can only come from God.

 If you struggle with your value and worth and pull away from God when you fear not measuring up, you are not alone. He is in the business of transforming us into his image not our image. God knows our weaknesses and is patient with us. There is no safer place than in the arms of Jesus, don’t run away, run to Him he will be there waiting!

Blessings and Peace, Dee

 

 

 

A loss for words

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts.’ Thank you for your notes and words of encouragement I so love hearing from you. Have you ever experienced times when no matter what you say or do doesn’t seems to matter or be received well from others? Even with the best of intentions words can appear to fall to the ground bearing no fruit at all in the life of another person.

Well, let me tell you a story! I felt lead to go on a Mission Trip a few years ago to Haiti. I thought I was going to be a part of a Medical team as I had experience in that area. Well, my idea of how that would play out was not what I thought it would look like. As the days rolled by it was becoming more and more clear to me that my mission was not what I thought the Lord had in mind. I was feeling disappointment and began to question why I was on this team at all!.

Getting close to the end of the trip, we were doing a clinical time with the locals and I was helping. There were lots of people coming and receiving help when one of the nurses brought to me an older lady to try and comfort as they could not see an immediate problem.

The only thing they could get from her was, she said, “her heart hurt”. They also told me that she had lost 3 daughters in a very short period of time. Now, at the time I did not have an interpreter, So, I sat down with her and put my arms around her and she laid her head on my chest and  just began crying and talking (of course I could not understand her). I felt so helpless because I did not know what she was saying but the Lord did and he gave me words from the Spirit to pray for her. The more I prayed the  harder she cried. God met her that day and healed her heart of the pain and loss she was carrying. It was a miracle!

My mission field in Haiti was this woman and when I did not know what to do or say the Lord bypassed our language barriers and He touched her in a mighty way. This grieving woman had lost all of her family, she did not have a physical heart issue but a broken heart issue. For me, I stand amazed that a loving God would send me to an unfamiliar land many miles away to  minister to one broken hearted woman who he wanted to show his compassion and love to.

in “my loss for words” God showed me just how far His great compassion and healing reaches others. God always has a plan even when we don't see it. Our prayers and words for others do have meaning and God will use our obedience and willingness to let Him use us make a difference.

Blessing and Love, Dee

Waiting on the green light

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee’s Thought’s. love hearing    from you, thank you for your comments. Waiting is something we all struggle with at times right? We have a busy day with lots of things we need to do and not enough time to do them. Nothing can be more frustrating than long lines of traffic creeping slowly from one light to another.

We see the green light ahead and think I will make this one, then it’s orange and before you know it is Red. Oh no, now I have to wait again before I get another green light!  This is the life we live in these days always waiting for the green light that never seems to come fast enough.

This also applies to our spiritual life! When we find ourselves at a crossroad, we are wise to wait until we get a green light before we move ahead. But it is tempting to run ahead of God isn’t it? Sometimes God just seems to be taking too long to get back to us!

Whenever I have tried to move ahead of God’s perfect timing, I’ve always ended up regretting it. When there is no clear green light, God wants us to wait. David, the man after God’s own heart encouraged us to be patient. “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Only God knows the road that lies ahead. So when we are not sure what to do, let’s choose to wait on the lord in faith and do nothing. As J.I. Packer wrote, “When action is needed, light will come.”  Let’s look at the red lights as a means of testing our patience to wait on the Lord.

All is well, Blessings, Dee

When I feel all alone

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Dee’s Thought’s. Thank you for reading these blogs and please shoot me a line whenever you can I love hearing from you.

I know there are times when we have all felt alone even when we have others around us. Ever feel that way? I think all of us have at one point or another. We find ourselves in a dark place and wonder why do I feel so lost --God where are you?

When we allow circumstances to be the indicator of whether Christ is with us, we may start panicking when the sea starts getting rough. Mark described an incident like that in chapter 4 of his gospel. We know the story of the disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and, tired from a day of teaching, He fell asleep. As the sea became rougher and rougher (like out circumstances), the men began to panic, just like us! They wake up Jesus and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?

In verse 35, we see where the disciples missed what he had said to them, which was, “let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” (together) He didn’t say “let’s get halfway across and drown”. Jesus knew they would survive the stormy sea.

When times are rough we can easily lose sight of the promises of God and doubt that He is with us. The Christian life is a lot like that boat ride. Christ has told us where we are going, but sometimes in the midst of the journey we don’t feel His presence and we can only see the over-whelming storms.

If you are in a storm right now and have lost sight that Jesus is with you, don’t panic!  He is still in the boat with you, He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He will get you to the other side. Storms come and go but remember, He is in the storm!

Peace, Peace

Blessings, Dee

the pollution of noise

Morning Everyone, welcome to ‘Dee’s thoughts.’ Stop for just a moment and just listen. What do you hear? Maybe the neighbor’s lawn mower…a barking dog…a ticking clock…or just the cars on the street.

With all the things going on around us in our busy lives it has become more difficult to just quiet ourselves and listen. Listen to what? I recently took a day trip and visited a friend. When I drive alone I find it easier to hear the voice of God and listen to my own heart. Such was the case in my latest road trip. As I began to talk to God, the quiet around me allowed me to hear His voice.

 My journey was not ultimately about visiting a friend It was clearly about hearing from God. I am reminded of the words Jesus spoke as he was talking to his disciples in John 16. “I’ve told you all this so that you may have peace”. ‘Peace’? Can we have peace and still feel like a war is all around us? In John 15 Jesus turns to John and his disciples and says “you will be persecuted and no longer welcome in places you used to go. Devastating words! Clearly the peace Jesus spoke of is not what we think of at all.

We all encounter trials and hardships and wonder where is this peace that Jesus spoke of? Well, It is found In the quietness of our hearts. Peace is freedom from the war raging around us. Don’t worry I am with you. I will never leave you. I am your peace! No matter what is going on in your life, Know that our loving Lord is with you and with me even when the storm is raging.

Blessings and Peace

dee

Where do you live?

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. Thank you for your comments I so enjoy them. How many of us have become so discouraged with life as it is and desire to go back to the good old days? Or at least we think they were the good old days. Well Judges 6:7-10 addresses this very way of thinking.

When the Israelites cried to the Lord because of Midian, he sent them a prophet, who said, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Eqypt, out of the land of slavery. I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the land of all your oppressors. I drove them from before you and gave you their land. I said to you, I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live. But you have not listened to me.

How does this passage apply to us? First of all, we all have a (Egypt) in our lives. A place where we have come from, a place where for many could have been a place of emotional and or physical slavery. Even slavery can appear to be better than what lies ahead.  He brings us out, literally snatches us out from the power of that land and all of its oppressors and puts us in a new land.

But what does the Lord tell us? He said, “do not worship the gods of this new land, the land in which you now live”. In other words, do not fall into their ways and do not do what they do or believe in their gods, for I have taken you to a new place. Follow me and the freedom I have given you, do not go back to your old ways of thinking and doing as you have in the past.

It is easy at times especially when troubles are present to want to look back at what we thought was better days. But when God is leading us into a new land, it is imperative that we don't look back and worship what was in the past.

Has the Lord brought you out of a land of slavery and have you tasted the sweet fruit of a new land but you now find yourself  asking God “why are these things happening to me”,  and questioning “did not the Lord bring me out of the land of Egypt” verse 13? 

Sometimes we lose out way but the path is still in front of us. God is still leading and He does not abandon us when we are lost. Keep asking, looking and believing, God is still with you, keep walking in the strength you have (verse 14).

Be encouraged and of good cheer God is with you. Dee

 

the shortest way is not always the best way

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". Keep the notes coming i so love to hear from you. How many times have you taken what you thought was a 'short cut' trying to save time when instead of saving time it cost you more time? I know I have, in fact i did just recently trying to take another route bypassing construction backups and long lines. Well, it didn't work well, every direction i took ended up being a dead end and i would have to find another route. The whole process ended up costing me more time in the long run.

We all know more or less the story of the Israelites. it took them 40 years to enter the promise land, in a trip that should have normally only taken them a few weeks Exodus 13:17-18. "Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of Philistines, ALTHOUGH THAT WAS NEAR; for God said... (and hear is the lesson for today) "lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt." 

Don't give up, admitting defeat that is NOT there! if God does not take you straight away to what He has promised for you it is only because HE LOVES YOU. time is not his main concern. his main concern is YOU! it was not His main concern to have the Israelites in the promise land a few weeks earlier. His main concern was THEM. if you look at the passage it is like God is skeptical. God in not a machine, a robot. he is someone that THINKS. thinks about you and your best.

God was concerned about the Israelites that if they went through this shortest way they might see war and thus return back to Egypt! God thinks of us in the same way, the shortest way may have things that you may not be able to handle. have you ever thought that if everything came as you had planned it, would it have been the best? God leads the way and He chooses only the best for us. And the best is to be near to Him, even if the way seems a little bit longer God's purposes is NEVER to short. The path of your life may not be exactly as you had planned it, but i I can tell you, it is as God has planned it. So be encouraged, God has a plan and it is the best plan for you, so stay on the path and let Him lead you to the promise land.

Have a great day, Dee

The Anchor That Holds

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts’.  Belief is a topic that many of us can  be skeptical to talk about as we don’t all believe the same way or in the same things. But we all exercise a level of ‘belief’  even if we don’t think we do. And we all have various levels of belief. We can’t say we don’t ‘believe’ because every day every moment we are exercising choices of belief.

Belief is seen in many ways, we believe that the alarm is going to go off every morning to wake us up for work, or every time we turn a switch on the lights will come on, or water is going to come out every time we turn on the facet. We exercise belief in our lives all day long.

 Hebrews 1:3) says,  By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. So believing is not just a matter of agreeing that we all believe, but what and who do we believe in?

 How important is it to have faith? Where do we find a faith strong enough to make it through the storms of life? Peter (the Apostle) knew how important faith is and he gives us a great picture of faith, a faith that we can go deeper (an anchor for out soul) a faith that will hold us steady during the storms of life. Faith is of the heart (human spirit) and not merely head knowledge (human reason). Simply agreeing that God exists and that his Word is true is not Biblical faith. The definition of ‘Biblical faith’ is  “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.”

Many people will intellectually agree with the facts the Bible declares about Jesus. But knowing those facts to be true is not what the Bible means by “faith.” The biblical definition of faith requires intellectual assent to the facts and trust in the facts. Believing that Jesus is God incarnate who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and was resurrected is not enough. Even the demons “believe” in God and acknowledge those facts (cf. James 2:19). We must personally and fully rely on the death of Christ as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

We all have stormy trials and difficulties that we encounter throughout our life. We can’t escape them but when those times are upon us “who do we cry out to”? In those times when there is nothing we can do or anyone left to turn to we turn to God. We look to Him for deliverance and answers that we cannot find anywhere else. But there is a deeper faith available to us through the person of Jesus Christ who  provides  (an anchor for our soul) . He is the answer! He is our deliverer and helper in times of need.  He loves you!

Blessings, Dee