Dec 12, 2011

Might~ a simple word~ full of Power when God is in it!

This morning as I read this in 1Chronicles 29, it settled in my heart. Funny how that happens. God speaks to us in quiet ways. We need to be tuned in to hear. I heard a lot in this little verse, the ending of the chapter; the ending of the life of King David. This is David who slew Goliath, who was a man after God's own heart (according to God himself) and the man who sinned greatly in adultery and murder.

What stuck in me was verse 30, "...with all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries."  Doesn't seem like much, but think about it, this sums up time. How he lived is here..."his reign" -his kingship. That says what he did.  "His might," that says how he did it.


[mahy-tee] adjective, might·i·er,might·i·est, adverb, noun
having, characterized by, or showing superior power or strength: mighty rulers.
of great size; huge: a mighty oak.
great in amount, extent, degree, or importance; exceptional:a mighty accomplishment.

David was big at heart from the get go. As a shepherd boy in the field he slew a lion and a bear with his hands! He toppled Goliath! A 9 foot tall Philistine. He had the heart to stand before the giant man and go for it! David had the heart of a warrior. A man's man. Or a strong woman...a person who does not quit! Does not back down from adversity, does not run and hide. He was humble before the Lord and others, yet full of might! Strong in the Lord!

Oh that I would be strong in the Lord this day, this week, this new year!  And that the "times that go over" me.. both the good and adversity would be something I get through with might.

And by the way...for those who aren't familiar with the Word of God, David's awful sin shows that God can forgive even the worst sinner when the heart is humbled and broken over the sin... even though the sin still brings consequences.

1 John 1:7-9 "...and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Dec 5, 2011

I Refuse.

I wasn't going to post anything today...too much to do. I need to decorate, order gifts online, make food, clean, etc. You know the routine. High gear...ready, set, go. That's fine, when you're up for it. But, after 10 days of company and being on the go most of it, I am worn down.

So, today I refuse to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. No stress. Deep breaths. Eating ice cream for lunch, because I want to. Decorating the house very casually, with not much fuss. I refuse to get crazy this season.

We have ball games and special occasions to attend, and the day to day things to be done. Lambs are coming now. (Not by choice, well not my choice, more the ram's choice.) But this is a season to focus on others... and I think I will do just that. If my house isn't perfect, that's okay. We may not even put up a tree, after a family meeting of course. The boys and I just don't really care about it. Let this be our special time to share. I want to share hospitality and friendship. To share things we have that someone else may need more. To share time and to give gifts.

 I refuse anything less.