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Week #23 2 Peter 1: 3-4

The low power flashes across the screen on our electronics,  the change oil light, low fuel, and check engine light flash and chime on our vehicle dashboard, and the low water light flashes on our coffee maker.  All of these signs are built in to help us maintain the effective and uninterrupted performance of, in some cases, the necessities of daily life in our modern world.  What happens if we ignore the initial flash and put off attending to the warning signs?  Immediately  nothing.  But if neglecting to respond becomes a habit we might find our self in distress trying to remedy the issue in a rush and frustration.  I’m sure I am not the only one with a story or two of delayed response.  As our experiences flow through our minds I’d like us to consider what low power lights flash for us personally in our spiritual life.

I imagine that most of us have a cell phone that we use on a regular basis.  So let’s consider what happens if we don’t plan to recharge it’s battery regularly.   If we neglect to be purposeful we have a greater potential for a power crisis.  Can  anyone relate?  Similarly, we must plan to recharge our spiritual life to live a godly life that honors the Lord.  Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of our need to stay charged with the divine power that God has given to us to live a godly life with Him.   Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1: 3-4 that God has given us everything we need.  The days that it feels like we don’t have everything we need to live a God honoring life are the days we need a super charge of His divine power.

This first week of June puts us right on the edge of Summer and all it’s activity.  For me it will be full of moving vans, visiting family, unpacking, setting up a new home, and prepping to send kids to college.  I know if I don’t plan for personal spiritual power charging it is not going to happen.   What do I mean by spiritual power charging?  In basic terms it is daily devoting time to build my relationship with Christ and allow Him to empower my day.  These daily connection points  will look different from time to time but are centered around constantly building my knowledge of Him and His precious and great promises for me, as His child.  I plan to have each morning begin with prayer and a minimum of reading a daily verse that is sent to my email just to help me start out focused on God being my everything.   Also, to help keep my heart focused on Him, during busy times, I will listen to worship music throughout the day.  Bonus charge sessions in the Summer are when I get to pull out my Bible, read a section of scripture, and record my thoughts in my journal.  I’m praying for many bonus charging sessions this season because life is so much more fun and abundant when lived on a full spiritual charge!

We have to remember God gave us all the divine power we need to live a godly life for Him.  We just need to stay connected to Him, our power source, to live out the  fully charged and abundant godly life He has purposed for each of us.

What is your charging plan?

How are you staying connected?

 

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #22 Romans 8:28

Pause with me this Memorial weekend to remember those in our Military that have died sacrificially in service for our nation’s freedom and the protection of those in pursuit of freedom.  I’m personally very thankful for the bravery and sacrifice of our fallen Heroes and their precious loved ones left to carry forward their legacy.  May we never forget their sacrifice as we live lives with honor and integrity in the freedom we have been given.

Am I the only one challenged by the statement by Paul that “in all things” the Lord works for the good of his people?   Really, all things in my life from the crazy, hurtful, disobedient, lovely, confusing, and …… he uses them all for good?  When I run into word challenges within scripture like this weeks, all and good, it leads me to dig deeper.  I will either do a word study, looking into the original language or compare translations.  I decided that we will look at this verse in multiple Bible translations to make sure we don’t lose or miss any truth that Paul is passing on to us.  So take a moment and read through the following translations and make not of common phrases and truth that runs through and we will meet again on the other side.

New International Version

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

King James Version

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

New Living Translation

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

New American Standard Bible

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

The Message

Verses 26-28 “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along.  If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t mater. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.  He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.  That is why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Did you see it?  I think it is pretty evident that Paul truly meant “all things” in God’s hands will be worked out into good for those who love him.  Does that settle it in your mind?  Or are you still challenged?  Let’s dig a little deeper because we are looking at this concept of truth with the backdrop of what is happening in our own lives and this world.  Part of my backdrop today is the aftermath of the Manchester Terrorist attack on their precious children.  How does that work out for good?  I don’t know!  I don’t understand it!   But I do know that when I don’t know and I don’t know how or what to pray the Lord has provided his Spirit to help me and pray for me, so that in the Lord’s timing and way I will find peace and even sometimes understanding.

Have you ever been encouraged that the Spirit was filling in your prayer gaps? Just incase you can’t recall a time I want to share a precious experience of a sweet friend who was facing many “why God experiences”.  In the middle of her circumstances she found herself one Sunday without her dear husband who had to remain home as he continued to recover for a series of unexpected and complicated surgeries.  Once again she was missing him by her side. Then, to prick at her heart even more it was announced that we would be celebrating communion.  She found herself overcome with the desire for her husband to be able to celebrate it too.  From the quietness of her heart she cried out her wish.  As she recalls it was just a thought— not a prayer.   She knew he would be missing it as he watched the service live from home.  Following church she gathered her children and they headed home.  As they shared lunch she shared with her husband her wish that he could have celebrated communion with her today.  With a big smile, he said “I did!”  She was speechless.  Then came the question, “but how can that be?”  Through his grin he shared with the family how their neighbor, a minister, stopped by to visit with him and serve him communion.  And he said, “If that wasn’t amazing enough he was serving me at the same time as you were having it at church.  I could see it on the screen behind him!”  She was overjoyed and full of amazement that the Lord would answer her wish.  Let’s just say when she shared her experience with me her face was beaming with gratitude and joy.  There was not doubt that she was refreshed by the Lord’s goodness and love He had showered over her family.    Sometimes we get to see and experience the good in all things and other times we continue to persevere believing that God has something good He is still working on.

Does her answered wish encourage you like it does me?  I’m so thankful for friends of the faith that share their faith builder moments with me.   I hope you have a few family or friends like this.  If not, pray and ask Him for some and keep your eyes open because the Lord will answer your prayer.  He didn’t design us to walk alone but in relationship with Him and fellow believers.

Each of us are responding to the truth Paul shared in Romans 8:28 through  different lenses of life based on two factors:  1. Our spiritual heart condition. 2. Our trust relationship with God.    If either of these factors are out of focus our experiences in life will also be out of focus according to how God sees them. Whether we are in a season of why God experiences like my friend, where are you God experiences, or wow God experiences, we have opportunity to look at them with clarity, confusion, or despair.    Clarity comes from looking through clear lenses of a spiritual heart full of love for God and His people and a trusting daily relationship with Him too.  It’s kind of like Night Vision Goggles(NVG).  When we find ourself in the darkness of this world we need to strap on our NVG’s to help us clearly see the Lord at work and keep trusting that He does and will work all things for good!

Let me know how you see the Lord working in your life this week!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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