Monthly Archives: March 2013

vindication

“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord – Romans 12:19
For we know him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” Hebrews 10:30

It is His job to repay others or compensate. When we are angry, hurt, lost, we tend to want revenge – vindication. Do you see? Vindictive. We become vindictive. The very thing that we are hurt by, we now use to hurt others.

“He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; and He put garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.” – Isaiah 59:17

These are God’s clothes. They do not fit us. Vengeance is not easily bore. It is a heavy burden that we do not know the weight until it is upon us. It will crush the life out of us.
God tells us in Leviticus “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I AM THE LORD.” And in Deuteronomy “Vengeance is Mine, and retribution. In due time their foot will slip; for the day of their calamity is near. And the impending things are hastening upon them.”

As we watch our world crumble in sin and we watch friends take revenge with their own hands, we pray for them. God has designed specially made clothes for us to wear every day. Not just any clothes, ARMOR! He tells us in Ephesians 6 to put on the full armor of God, so we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. We are to be robed in truth, righteousness, peace, faith. And most importantly, He has given us the Helmet of Salvation and the sword of the Spirit – His Word. We are to share these with others that they might also have armor to protect them, that they might not need to take vengeance on themselves. And then remember to PRAY! Verses 18-20 tell us to be diligent in our prayers for each other, persistently, at all times.

Today is God’s Vindication! He has won! It doesn’t matter what else happened. God has won the battle. He is victorious. We can be with Him for all eternity if we want to. His going to the cross, His beating, His murder. In today’s story, He is victorious and sin holds no power. He has taken revenge and redeemed His creation. We now have a choice to turn back to Him because of what He went thru in taking our sin upon Himself. We have the option of walking in His victory with Him because he has been vindicated.

Today i pray that we would take His armor upon ourselves and share the story of God’s vengeance upon sin! I pray we would take on the clothing that God has provided us and put off the vengeance that belongs to Him. I pray that we would give our heaviness to Him and allow Him to take our anger, our hurt, our pain. Allow Him to vindicate for us.

Today i pray that we would remember to put on the clothes designed for us by the One who loves us everyday.

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Today is my hubby’s birthday! Our plan was to go hang with family in Los Angeles for Easter with our extended family, but as he just got a new job the other day (YAY!), he decided to stay home to work. My sweet cousin remembered his birthday and made sure his cupcake had the Easter bunny ring AND the Happy Birthday signage.

My husband is a hard-working man of God, devoted husband, and an awesome daddy to our 3 boys. I am so blessed that God brought him into my life and am thankful everyday for his hard work, his loving spirit, his laughter, and his sweet caring for us all.

Today i prayed for my hubby and all the husbands and daddy’s that work into the wee hours to provide for their families. I pray that God would bless them abundantly. I pray that they would feel respected and loved and appreciated today. Today I thank God for my hubby and my boys daddy and pray that he is blessed beyond his wildest imagination!


broken

Joining with LisaJo Baker for FMF today. Today’s word is broken.

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt: “Broken” with no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

He was broken
beaten for us
for our sin
the daily stuff we do that separates us from Him
the stuff we do that causes chasms between friends and family members
the things we do that cause us heartache & pain
the things that we do that cause us to be broken

He chose to be broken for our brokenness
He chose to be broken so that He might fix the relationship between us
He chose to be broken to bring us back home

He chose us
in our broken state
and longs for you to choose Him

Today i pray that you would choose Him
that you would accept His payment for your sin
that we would turn from our unrighteousness and to His open, loving arms
Today i prayed that you would choose to be broken for Him and allow Him to lift you up and mend you


Pray like never before

Pray like never before.

Found this little picture over at Faith.Hope.Love. and just thought it was a powerful reminder for us all.

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Days are numbered and there is so much left to be done.

As I face my giants, I have to keep praying that things will overcome.

Today we will pray in such a way that it will scare what is scared within us.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7


remember

Well, it’s been a while. I have been praying every day, but haven’t really posted the prayers. We are in deep at our home. My hubby has not worked for a while. He is a very hard working man, but hasn’t been able to secure the paying contracts. We are struggling.

Have we been forgotten?

Where is God when we are feeling so lost?

We have to go back and remember. Remember God’s promises. Our feelings should not be guiding our faith.

“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.” Ephesians 4:14

This verse falls on the heels of teaching to be unified in God, being mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Yes, it is about not following false teaching. But it should also be a statement that our feelings should not guide our faith.

James tells us that when trouble comes our way, we should consider it an opportunity for great joy. WHAT? Joy?! He goes on to tell us that we know that when our faith is tested, our ENDURANCE has a chance to grow. Growing is H A R D! But this is where we are: in a season of GROWING – and sometimes, some days, it is a season of groaning. We have been struggling this past week. Buffeted on all sides by fear. Sometimes we feel that God has abandoned us in the wilderness. Is this what the children of Moses felt? We’ve been floundering for 2 months and they were wandering for 40 years. Not quite a comparison, but yet in our time, banks, power companies, debts don’t wait. They don’t like to be told that we’ll make it up as soon as the money starts rolling again.

In the meantime, we will remember God.

“He remembered His covenant with them and relented because of His unfailing love.” Psalm 106:45

Psalm 106 is a beautiful psalm of remembering for the Israelites. It is a testimony of God’s love in the midst of their disobedience and brokenness. A way of remembering what they had done and what He has done because of His love, not theirs. So, as they have done, so we should.

We will remember our sin. We will remember what He has done for us. We will remember how He guided us to this home, this place, kept us together as a family. We will remember how He saved our son, how He loves and guides them each day. We will remember how He brought us into our church family home, how He brought each person into our lives. We will remember all the people that He has surrounded us with. We will remember that others are in worse positions. We will remember to pray. We will remember to draw close to Him. We will ask daily that He remembers us. And we will ask daily that He remembers YOU.

Today i pray for all the people who are looking for work. I pray that the employment you have been so faithfully seeking comes thru. I pray for courage in the roughest parts of the day. I pray that your faith is strengthened and you are fortified in His word. I pray that you would press on toward the goal. Today i prayed that God would remember you, turn His face toward you, answer your most persistent & desperate prayers  …


So much truth in this blog post by Mustard Seed Budget.
today i prayed that we would tame our tongue, give our problems and concerns to the only One that can help. That we would cry out to Him in our trouble, our sadness, our anger and not to others. Today i pray that we would not self destruct, but pray thru every hard moment.

Mustard Seed Budget

images-1The tongue is a rudder and a bit, according to James 3. Though a small member of the body, it sets the direction of your life. It defines reality. Worse than being bombarded by negative thoughts is giving “air time” to them on your tongue. It takes it up to a higher level. It makes mere thoughts

materialize. Cutting yourself down in your own mind is bad but worse is cutting yourself down with your tongue. It’s legitimizes something that should be simply dismissed as rubbish.

This warning turns into a promise for blessing. Don’t brush off the power of your tongue to pronounce good for your life. Like a rudder that turns around a huge freighter, like a bit that turns around an unwieldy beast, the tongue can turn around your life. Prayer, then, is doubly good. Not only does it involve positive confession, it involves God! Discount God…

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