July 29, 2018 Ezra 5,6; Psalm 138; Titus 2

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God isn’t finished with me yet | guest post

S~ The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:8 (NIV)

O~ This psalm is written by David.  The first sentence is such confidence: the Lord WILL fulfill His purpose for me.  The rest of the psalm is a prayer for God.  You last forever, don’t abandon what You are doing in my life!

A~ When I get to heaven, I’m going to find King David and give him a hug and tell him thanks for understanding me.  I can be one minute out from serving and loving people, knowing exactly what God has called me to, and then I forget and ask God to not forget about me and what He has for my life. Crazy isn’t it?!

I’m in another transition, this one for work.  I’m so excited for my new job.  Seriously excited.  But seriously sad about leaving the holy work I was doing with families.  Do I believe that I can do as much kingdom things in my new job?  Do I believe that the Lord will fulfill His purpose for me?  I don’t know. (Of course, my head knows that the Lord will fulfill His purpose for me, but does my heart?)

What do I know for sure?  My Father’s love endures forever.  His love for me is beyond all measure.  He isn’t counting the things I do for Him, my religious works are dirty to Him.  He has prepared me for my next season of work.  He has opened up my eyes that every single person matters.  Every person has a story, and He wants to be a part of that person’s life.  And to be a part of a person’s story takes time and relationship building.  Maybe that’s what this new season is about.  Relationship building and loving those right around me.

P~ Father, I have no idea……but I trust that You will fulfill Your purpose for me!  Do not abandon the works of Your hands!  I love You!

Not Today!!! | Kelley Deases

S~ Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.  Titus 2:3-5 (NIV)

O~ This is a popular passage and one to which I have referred many time. Especially because I am probably the eldest member of our ladies’ fellowship which meets in my home and have definitely been parenting the longest, as my first son is 22, married and living out of state.

A~ But why did I have to read this particular passage on this particular day?! After I have just screwed up royally in this precise area?!  You see, there was a very minor incident that occurred the other day, a misunderstanding really, between a young mom in my Bible study and me. In my knee-jerk annoyance over the situation as I read it, I made the “righteous” decision to text her my feelings on the matter! Not gentle and not self–controlled, to be sure. Within 24 hours, I realized my cause was not all that righteous and my response had been anything but exemplary. I have since addressed her face to face and apologized for being out of line.

I have heard it said that Scripture can be like a mirror. Well, today I did not like the distorted reflection I saw looking back at me, in light of who God has called me to be.

P~ God, I am always in need of Your grace but most especially today. You offer me grace upon grace. And where I have felt the sting of conviction, allow that to lead me to repentance.

Living Godly | Marisa Hartman

S~ It (the grace of God) teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. Titus 2:12 (NIV)

O~ Paul is reminding Titus, a leader in the early church, that it is his job to admonish those who follow Christ and are not striving to be holy. God’s grace allows for mistakes. it does not permit purposeful sin that is unrepentant.

A~ Self-controlled and upright is sometimes a struggle. my selfish desires, controlling tendencies, and judgmental attitude creep in more than I’d like to admit. Currently, I’m needed by two important people to me in two places hundreds of miles apart. I cannot be there for both of them. it feels like an impossible situation. Either way, I’m disappointing one of them. My selfish heart wants to to hide away and not have to make any decisions, but that is not what God would want. I want to make the right choice and support them both, but that seems impossible. Thankfully, I have a God that loves me, will guide me, and hears me. As I seek His guidance, I am comforted by the fact that He loves them more than I. Living Godly means trusting that He will take care of everything.

P~ Lord, I feel stuck and I desperately need Your peace. I feel like I’m merely handling damage control rather than being invested in helping my people. Lead me Lord and I will listen. I feel lost. My heart wants to be one place but my head knows its smarter to be in the other. Thank you for being there for those I love also.

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