July 18, 2018 2 Kings 15,16; 2 Chronicles 26; 1 Timothy 5:3-15

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Pride | Kim Chipman

S~ But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 2 Chronicles 26:16 (NIV)

O~ Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

A~ Pride is easy. It is my default unless I purpose against it. I know it can be my undoing, but the blinding nature of it is exactly what makes it so incredibly toxic.

I’m struck today with how much I need Your help. I need You. Left to myself I’m a hot mess. Please humble me. However YOu need to. This is a bit of a scary thing to ask for, but I trust YOu. I know YOu will work things together for my good. Humility is for my good, and Your glory, for sure. Please guide me to that heart place.

P~ Lord, I need You. Please keep me humble. Remind me who I am and who You are. I love You!

Finish Strong | Tara Wiley

S~ She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers and served other believers humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good? 1 Timothy 5:10 (NLT)

O~ Oh boy. It’s another one of those- lists. You know the ones. Proverbs 31 immediately comes to mind. The ones that make you look at your own life and think, how can I ever live up to this?!

A~ I’m encouraged that in this instance, at least, Paul is describing a woman who has lived a long life of faith. She has walked with Jesus, and over the years, He has transformed and used her in multiple ways. She has become His image-bearer.

Well, the fact that she’s a mature woman used to encourage me. Now that I’m in the second half of my life, now that other women come to me for advice as the ‘older’ woman… oh yeah. This is hitting more squarely between the eyes. It’s still an aspiration, but I put a higher standard on myself, because truth be told, I have walked with Jesus for decades now. He should show up all over my life. I should live a life of deeper transformation with each passing day.

I am so grateful for journaling over the years. Reading back over those journals is a source of encouragement to me, because I can see that, although I have a long way to go, I have made it a long way already. I am grateful for what God has already managed to do in stubborn ol’ me. I am looking forward to what the next several decades will bring… and this verse motivates me like never before. I want to FINISH STRONG. I don’t want to be a woman who gets into her silver years and decides it’s time to sit back and let everyone else serve her. I want to love Jesus and love others and live out this God life to the very end. I want to KEEP ON growing, KEEP ON changing, KEEP ON transforming.

P~ Lord, thank You for never giving up on me! Thank You for the work You’ve already done in my life – nothing I’ve done, but only what YOU have done, God. Help me to continue to submit to Your refining work…. to never shut You out or shut down… to always be growing and learning and becoming. I want to be that woman who shines out Jesus in every aspect of my life. Help me get one step closer to that today.

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