Archive | June 2013

The Three Occupations – Part 1

2 Timothy 2:4 – “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.”

In 2 Timothy, there are 3 examples of occupations and how they relate to the service of Christ. I want to look at the first one today.

A soldier. There are several times throughout the Scripture where followers of Christ are called soldiers. We are His soldiers – called to battle the forces of the devil and the darkness. We are the light in a darkened world.

Here in 2 Timothy, we are reminded that a soldier desires to serve his commanding officer. Our commanding officer is Jesus. It should be our desire to serve Him.

A soldier does not desire to get involved in civilian affairs. In relation to our service to Christ, we are not to have the desire to get involved in the world. Oh, how difficult that is. We want to be part of the world. But we have to remain focused. Focused on the One who gave His life for ours.

So today, princess, try to remember, as you go through your royal day, that you are also a soldier for Christ. Be focused. Be prepared. Be ready to serve.

Common threads

Ecclesiastes 4:12 – “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

This verse has so many applications. You can apply it easily to marriage. But today I want to look at it in the terms of family. Maybe another day I will look at marriage and this verse.

I had the opportunity to spend some time with my brother and his wife and children last night. It made me think about common threads.

I can sit at my mom’s kitchen table and be surrounded with a multitude of pictures. I see ones of me as a child, of my brother as a child, of mine and his children as babies. And even though we really look nothing alike, you can see a common thread of physical attributes. My brother and I always laugh that we have our daddy’s knees.

But more than a physical thread, we have a common spiritual thread – Jesus. We are a blessed family, in deed. We all faithfully attend church and we all serve. Jesus is the center of our marriages. Oh, we are far from perfect – far, far away from perfect! But we desire to have Christ at the center of it all.

When we were growing up, our strand of three was ourself and our parents and Christ. Without Him, we would have surely failed. I could not have made it through some of the things in my life without Him. And I know my parents would say that He gave them the strength not to strangle us sometimes!

Now my strand of three is myself, my husband and my Savior. Without them, I would curl up in a ball and hide.

I am so thankful for the reminder in Ecclesiastes of the strand of three and for the reminders that I see all over my mom’s house that family is so important. But without Christ at the center of our family, I know that things would have been so much different. Thank you, momma and daddy, for showing me the strongest strand that has ever been and ever will be – Jesus.

The shark attack

1 Peter 5:8 – “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

My son was watching old shark week episodes the other day. Let me just say for the record, some of those people are CRAZY! Anyway, this guy was standing in the water with about 8-10 great white sharks swimming around him. He was shocked when one came up and bit him on the leg (hello?). The shark didn’t just nibble and swim away. The shark grabbed him by the leg and planned to take him out to deeper water to finish him off.

Ok, my point with all that gore is this: the devil is swimming around out there looking for the opportunity to snatch us by the leg and drag us out to sea to finish us off – if we are foolish enough to stand in the water and think we will not get bitten. God gave us a brain and the ability to think and reason for a purpose. He also gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us where we need to go. This Holy Spirit is the One saying – “don’t think that the devil won’t bite you. Stand in that water and bad things will happen.”

But we just want to put our toe in. It feels nice, so we wade in a little deeper and a little deeper until we are waist deep and ready for a shark attack. Use your brain and listen to Him. Let Him guide you in all things – especially when the water looks so tempting.

To my children

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

This is my prayer for my children. They accepted Christ as their Savior at a very young age. They have gone to a Christian school all their life. They have been active in church since they were in the womb. Needless to say, they have a head start.

Be that as it may, some will look down on them because they are young. Oh, they are young now but as they age and grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God, people will still see them as young.

But they are a beautiful example of Christ even at this age. They are obedient (for the most part – no one is perfect). Couldn’t we all use a brush up on that? They are kind to everyone. Jesus was considered the “friend of sinners.” They love unconditionally. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8)

I could go on and on. My children are not perfect. But they are the most wonderful children I know.

I want them to grow up to more and more like Christ so that when they get ready to fly, God will take them higher than I could ever have imagined.

Today, princess, look at the children around you. Think and pray for them. Pray that God will give you a passion to make them better than yourself. And help them to be an example to the people around them. That their youth will not hinder their testimony for Him.

The Prudent Wife

Proverbs 19:14 – “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.”

There are some things in life that you just can’t buy – like a good wife. How does that make you feel? Me, humbled and a bit scared. What if I’m not that good wife? What if my outspoken nature messes things up? What if in my desire to do something good I mess it all up?

Do you know what prudent means? It means knowing what to say or do and when to say or do it. Um, most times, that is not me. I’m working on it with help from above. But left to my own devices, disaster!

Solomon says here that this prudent wife is from The Lord. This is the kind of wife I strive to be on an hourly basis. I say hourly because I think that daily leaves too much room for error.

Husbands should not have to worry that their wife is out blabbing her mouth (and consequently, the opposite is true as well). As followers of Christ, princess, it is our duty to strive to be that prudent wife.

Now, don’t get all stressed out. You will fail. But my dear, that is what grace and mercy is all about. Ask The Lord to help you in this endeavor. Let Him lead you down this path. Don’t go at it alone. The Lord will provide all you need to be successful.

Get off the throne!

2 Thessalonians 3:10 – “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule : ‘If a man will not work, he shall not eat.'”

Whoa, harsh.

We have people living in this country who totally disagree with this statement. But remember, they are not disagreeing with me. They are disagreeing with the Bible.

We have people living around us who do not want to work. We also have people who can’t find jobs. We have some that don’t want to do work that they feel is “beneath” them.

It’s a hard thing. We go to college for all those years and then get out with a $30k piece of paper and can’t find employment with it. What then? Paul doesn’t tell us to only work in the field we have studied. He said work. Maybe that means getting out of your comfort zone and doing something different. Maybe that means finding something in the mean time until what you really want comes available.

Paul also tells us this: 1 Thessalonians 4:11,12 – “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”

“Not be dependent on anybody.” When you choose not to work at all, you are required to be dependent on someone to take care of your needs – food, shelter and clothing. Those are the basics. Every thing else is fluff. We make think it a need, but when push comes to shove, it is not necessary for survival.

This has been somewhat of a soapbox entry for me. But I do feel passionate about it. I do feel that we all have a purpose on this earth – to serve God- but I also feel that we have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and not rely on others to see to our needs. Princess, God will provide you every thing you need but He does expect you to get off your throne and work for it.

Another Southern saying…

Proverbs 21:9 – “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.”

Have you ever heard this saying: If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t no body happy. How true, how true!

Our attitude affects our family greatly. It can make or break the situation.

The other night I was having one of those “not so glorious” moments. We all have them – you know, the ones where everything that everyone says gets on every nerve you have. Yep, you know where I’m coming from, sister.

Sometimes your family just has to bear with you through those moments. Other times, you need to get your panties out of a wad and move on. You need to adjust your attitude. You don’t want your family on the corner of the roof just to find sanctuary in your tirade!

Today princess, watch that attitude of yours. Keep it in check and in line with the Holy Spirit. Let God give you the peace that allows you to be tolerable. And remember, sometimes momma bear needs to come out of the cave and sometimes she needs to hibernate a bit longer.