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The Draw

What is it that first drew you to your Savior?  What draws you today to your Savior?   Theses are questions that I found myself reflecting on as Easter approached.    Our answers to these questions may very or they may be the same.  Either way each of us are most likely drawn for a  reason that falls somewhere in the realm of His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, His bountiful fruit (kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, patience, joy, faithfulness, and self-control), or promise of eternity with Him.

Personally, I find that my reasons change with the seasons of my life.  I was first drawn by His kindness to forgive.   As I grow in relationship with the Lord I find myself drawn to Him for ever changing reasons that are determined by my life circumstances.

As we travel the mountains and the valleys of life our needs in our relationship with God change.  It is on this journey that we experience the multi facets of our steadfast faithful creator God.  In this season of my life I am drawn closer to Him by His gentleness as He teaches me how to navigate some very tenacious terrain.  While navigating these uncomfortable unknowns I came across Proverbs 27:21; “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.”   It challenged me to choose to praise the Lord even through the unknown terrain of life.   Psalms is full of examples of David and others who were facing difficulties and chose to praise the Lord no matter their circumstances.   All throughout the New Testament we are called to rejoice, be thankful, be joyful, and be full of praise in all circumstances.

Why is praise so important?  I think it is because when we live a life of praise we raise the curiosity level of those around us.  It also magnifies our example of  living as Christ which in turn increases their draw to our Savior.  It all comes together when “we know and rely on the love God has for us”(1John4:16) to strengthen and teach us to navigate our experiences of life.

The final reflection question for us is~

Do we live our life in a way that causes others to be curious about what draws us to live our lives in Christ?   Does our life draw others to Jesus?

Where has this reflection taken you?  I would love to hear your experience and thoughts.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

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Week #53 Proverbs 16:3

Proverbs 16:3

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Can you believe another year is coming to a close!  The end of the year also means this is  our final weekly verse reflection of the year.   I hope the weekly “Wisdom Wellspring” visits have made you stronger in the Lord.

This personal reflection journey through scripture has increased my strength and knowledge and I am thankful for the opportunity to grow in community.   Proverbs 16:3 is a fitting verse to close our the “Wisdom Wellspring” year.  This verse is a reminder of how we should start and finish each year, day, moment…… committing every part of our lives to the Lord.  The days that I am successful are the days I experience the most peace.  That is what is is like to live  according to his established plan for my life ~ a life of peace with God.   It doesn’t mean everything went smoothly.  A life lived according to his plan keeps my heart, mind, and body at peace with God through the expected and unexpected ups and downs of life.   I need more of God’s peace in my life.  How about you?

My daily peace is directly related to how intentional I am about living moment by moment for the Lord.  It is also directly effected by how intentional I am to redirect myself when I start getting off focus.    It is similar to navigating with a compass either for geocaching or land navigation.  Both require you to follow the plan and walk the correct distance in a pretty exact direction to make it to your desired destination without getting lost or hurt.  That requires what is called a regular azimuth check.  The practice of checking your alignment with the compass every so often to make sure you have not veered off course.   In life we are more likely to arrive at our desired  destination if we develop a regular azimuth check too.

Are you at the destination you set course for at the beginning of the year?  Where will your plans take you this year?  Are they your plans or the Lord’s?

We will get there with; intentional commitment to the Lord, intentional redirecting, and intentional perseverance with God’s peace

What do you think would happen if we close out the  year with a prayerful focus?

A few years ago I put into action the “Prayer Focus Planner” on New Years Eve.  It  helped me start the year with an attitude of gratitude and focused commitment to the Lord.    Are you ready to get started?  Let’s go!

Downloadable resources for the New Year:

Prayer Focus Planner for New Year’s Eve

My Intentional Year

 

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 #48 Psalms 54:4

Psalm 54:4

“Surely God  is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”

On the days when I feel like the mountain before me is too much;  Lord please  help me remember to trust in you.  You alone Lord sustain me in the valley, on the mountain top, and on every road in-between!

Help us keep our eyes fixed on the Lord– the one who sustains us!

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 #38 Isaiah 40:31

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

A life lived with hope in the Lord is one marked by strength and endurance. When our hope is secure in the Lord we are able to see our life from an eagles perspective and recognize the temporary as minor and the eternal as important.

 

Our hope also empowers us as we trust in the Lord in every situation. Let’s live lives marked by strength and endurance as we secure our hope in the Lord.  

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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 #34 Joshua 1:7

Joshua 1:7 “Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”

I wonder, am I the only one who has said this “well that didn’t work out like I planned it.”  How often has that been the case in life for you?   Personally, it’s true more often than I like to admit.  The best failures are the ones that I was honest with myself and chose to learn from.  Maybe you can relate.

Usually my disappointing outcomes have one of these common factors: a lack of focus, not being diligent along the way, or not continuing in strength and courage.  Joshua 1:7 shares the Lord’s advice to Joshua for success as he started his leadership journey of the Israelites.

~Be Strong

~Be Courageous

~Be Careful to Obey

~Do Not Turn to the Right or the Left

What will happen if we follow the advise of the Lord today?  I think like Joshua we too will experience greater success through a strong and courageous relationship with the Lord.  Then He will daily help us to be careful as we follow His commands(Love the Lord above all and love others as yourself.  Matthew 32:36-40)  Then we will be prepared in strength and courage we will remain focused in challenges and not turn to the left or right.

Let’s choose today to apply the Lord’s advice:

Be Strong~  Be Courageous ~ Be Careful ~ Be Focused

In the Lord ~ For the Lord ~ Through the Lord

 

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 #33 Proverbs 1:7

Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

After reading Proverbs 1:7 I’m left with a question for our hearts~ How would the Lord describe my relationship with him?

I believe the honest answer reveals my rate of growth in eternal knowledge and my extent of foolish living in a casual relationship with the Lord.

My desire is to continually live in reverent relationship with the Lord.  One that is characterized by respectful fear that honors His position, His presence, His promises and His priorities.

 

Position~ Above all thing: The King of Kings

Power~ All powerful

Presence~ In heaven & In His children

Promises~ To love, to forgive, to be with, and to provide for His Children

Priorities~ His children are to love Him above all else-obey His commands- & love others as themselves

How does the Lord describe our relationship with Him………….. Committed ~  Casual  ~ Consequential   ?????

Committed:  continual purposeful growth in relationship and eternal knowledge

Casual:  occasional unintentional growth in relationship and knowledge of God

Consequential:   random unsustained grow in relationship and knowledge of God

Will we be purposeful in our relationship with the Lord and grow in the knowledge and experience of His position, power, presence, promises, and priorities for us His children?

Live out your purpose child of the King of Kings!!!

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 # 27 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

2  Corinthians 3:17-18

” Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Happy 4th of July!  As we take time to celebrate the freedoms we have as American citizens let’s also celebrate the freedom we have in Jesus through the Spirit of the Lord.

When we walk in step with the Spirit of the Lord we will experience the freedom he brings through his transforming power.  Think about it.  We are free to love others, offer peace, give forgiveness, give grace,  give praise, give thanks, and ……..  We are free to experience these benefits because of the transforming power of the Spirit.  Who renews our heart from evil desires to pure and holy desires that bring Glory to God.

Let the freedom of the Spirit reign in our lives!!!

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 # 26 Proverbs 29:25

Proverbs 29:25

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

The quote from Lecrae says it all!  Trust in the Lord and live free and safe rather than living for people’s acceptance only to live caged in fear until who you were meant to be dies a slow death.  Live each day free in Christ living out God’s plan for your life!

This has been a personal struggle for me that I shared about in “What will they think?”.  Click here to read more.

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 # 19 James 1: 2-3

James 1: 2-3

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Life + Trials = Pure Joy

How does that add up?  According to the world we live in it doesn’t.  Why would the writer of James even think to suggest pure joy as our response to facing trials that test our faith?  If you have time to read James 1:1-27 you will discover that James recognizes the benefit of the different trials in our life as a way of producing God focused perseverance that will achieve three things; mature us in our faith, make us complete in Christ, and  receivers of the crown of life prepared for those who love the Lord.  Our challenges in life have kingdom purpose even when we can’t see clearly while in the  testing of our faith.  Let’s not miss out on the benefits found in persevering through faith in Christ.

Would you agree that life is full of many kinds of trials?  You might be in the middle of one right now and thinking to yourself this concept is crazy.  I’m supposed to be joyful in this!  You don’t know what is going on in my life…..God can’t really expect me to be joyful!   Your right I don’t know what you are experiencing and I pray that you will find peace and joy in the Lord as we continue to explore this counter-culture call to seek after pure joy even in our storms.

What does it look like to either face a storm that is brewing or walk through a storm with pure joy?  I have a dear friend who I have had the privilege of watching and at times walking with her through a hurricane of life’s trials with her children.  I compare it to a hurricane because the intensity would change based on the winds and how close or far away she was from the eye of the storm.  When I first met her I was drawn to her warm smile and fun and relaxed attitude toward life.  There wasn’t any immediate outward appearance of distress.  She was joyful.  When I became aware of the intensity of her trials with her children I was taken off guard.  It was evident that the Lord was her strength and peace as she weathered the hurricane that was trying to destroy her family.  This storm hit land fall when one of her children began making a few bad choices in friends then it led down a path of disappearances, destruction of property, detention centers, and the waves and storm surge created from those events crashed down on the relationships within the family.   Just as she was able to get up to assess the damages from one wave the next child started  down their own destructive path.  As the storm howled and beat on her family she fought to subdue the storm of emotions within her own heart.  Why God? What did I do?  How did I fail?  Why won’t they stop?  Where are you God?  I should have……  Why didn’t I…….  How can I go on…..  Her only peace was found in her quiet time with the Lord and it was there that she found her pure joy in him that strengthens her as her storm rages on.  Her joyful verse is Nehemiah 8:10b “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

My dear friend has been an inspiration to me to choose the pure joy of Christ to strengthen me and sustain me through my own trials in life.  She continues to preserver through what feels like a never-ending storm.  Her faith and trust in the Lord keep her anchored.  Her joy encourages others to trust and builds their faith and their love for the Lord.  She has defiantly kept her lamp lit and shinning brightly through her storm.  I’m so thankful for her light shining into my life and leading me to the strength of the Lord.

Many times the trials of life leave us feeling alone and in the dark.  When that happens we can turn the light on and strengthen our faith by remembering to turn to the truth of God’s word for encouragement.  Psalm 119: 105 reminds us that the word of the Lord is a lamp that shines on our path as we walk with the Lord through life.  So if we choose to keep our eyes on how big and faithful the Lord is then our circumstances will return to their proper perspective, small in the hands of God.  We are then able to consider life and it’s challenges through the lens of pure joy.  Don’t let your light burn out stay connected to the light of the world and our faith builder, Christ, and preserver as you shine brightly for him.  Does this mean we will be beaming with a smile all the time as we weather our storms?  No, it means that we can remain steady in the storm, anchored in our hope, able to trust we are secure in our heavenly Father’s care and able to be real with those who genuinely seek to come along side us.  When we are steady in our relationship with Christ it shines through when we find it hard to smile.

Even in the storms of life a rainbow can emerge if  His light is shining through the rain or the tears.  Keep a look out for His rainbows in your life!

Life + Trials = Pure Joy~ Make it true in your life!

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 # 17 Psalm 103:11-12

His love crescendos with his forgiveness of his people; those who fear him.  Our minds struggle to comprehend the vastness of the universe and the complexity of the heavens so no wonder we are left awe struck by the love of God for us.  I personally wander between the solid foundation of my belief in the Lord’s love for me and a slippery foundation muddied by my worldly doubts.  It is my thoughts that take me between the two and make me feel unworthy, undesirable, and unlovable to anyone let alone the King of Kings.  Maybe you can relate to having some of these feeling too.  What are we to do in the times of our life when we question if God really loves us or even wants us?

I have learned over the years that my feelings and emotions are not effective measurements of reality.  More times than I would like to admit my feelings and emotions have guided me to the wrong conclusion and clouded my judgement.  So I’m striving to become better at recognizing my emotional tendencies.  With the intent that I will then choose to redirect myself by asking “what is the truth in this situation?” and looking for the truth.  Often times my search begins with a little prayer to help me focus on seeking the truth over seeking to feel better in my situation.  Philippians 4:8 is a verse I turn to many times for redirection.  It is a great reminder for when we are feeling anxious or confused.  It tells us to think on things that are true, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.   So when I catch myself questioning my worth to God I have to think on the truth of these two questions:

 Why do I think I’m unworthy?

 What has he told me about his love for me?

Answering these questions will set us back on our solid foundation with God. In most circumstances our feeling of unworthiness stem from some form of sin, confusing circumstances, or painful situation in life.   What is the truth about either of these possibilities?  Are they the answer to the first question?— Why do I think I’m unworthy?

  • Sin:  1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
  • Confusing Circumstances:  Romans 8:28 ” 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.”
  • Painful Situation in Life:  Hebrew 12: 7-8  & 11 :  7- “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children.  For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—- and everyone undergoes discipline— then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.”   11- “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Each of these foundational truths of how the Lord interacts with his people will help bring clarity to our situation and remind us of the truth of Christ’s love.  This weeks verse describes his love as being “as high as the heavens are above the earth”.  So that brings to question just how far is that? According to a quick google search I found the following distances, at www.space.com, to get our minds going:

  • Earth to the Moon- 238,900 Miles
  • Earth to the Sun- 92.96 Million Miles
  • Earth to  the Andromedia Galaxy- 2.537 Million Light Years

Wow!  Let that sink in!  Just from those figures we should be able to say that the truth is ~ God is out of this world crazy in love with us!  So why do we struggle so much with believing him?   I believe it is because the Lord has an enemy, one of his own beloved creations, satan a fallen angel, who doesn’t want us to believe in God’s love for us.  When we believe and are secure in the depth of God’s love for us the enemy loses his power over us.  Satan will do all he can to minimize our relationship with Christ so he works overtime in the department of clouding our view of the truth about the Lord’s love and forgiveness.  He promotes his lies to get us to buy into his accusations against us leaving us feeling condemned and helpless.  Many times we are left feeling unworthy of  forgiveness from ourselves let alone from God.  That is when we need to address the second question— What has he told me about his love for me?

All throughout scripture the Lord has revealed through his people that his love is enduring and never ending.   Just last week we celebrated Easter the ultimate display of sacrificial forever love.  So what is your answer to this second question?  How do you know he loves you?  One of the many truths that comes to my mind is Romans 8: 31-39.  This amazing section of scripture is entitled “More Than Conquerors” in my Bible.  It is spells out these truths of our relationship of love and forgiveness with the Lord.

Who is the one who condemns?

No one, because Jesus intercedes for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of God?

No one and no circumstances, because we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.

His love is higher than the nearest galaxy, 2.537 Million Light years, for you and his forgiveness stretches farther than the east is from the west,24,874 miles, on earth alone.  Will you receive it today and for all eternity?

 

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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