3 Ways God’s Word Has Changed My Life

blog-title-template-1Over the summer my husband preached a series of messages based on Andy Stanley’s “TEXT” sermon series. It was a very practical yet very motivating message about the importance of God’s Word.

I think as Christians we know the importance of the Bible. We know this is how God speaks to us in this day and age. He can speak to us through burning bushes or animals if he chooses, but in today’s world He chooses to speak to us through His Word. And the people who were alive during the time of burning bushes and talking donkeys did not have the entire Word of God, wrapped up in a nice leather binder, to read at their convenience.

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The truth is we read what’s important to us – text messages, Facebook, and then maybe the Bible.  Honestly, I know I read my text messages and Facebook more than I read my Bible. I don’t think it’s necessarily about how much we read, but what we read first. And I am guilty of picking up my phone first thing in the morning and checking Facebook to see what’s going on in the world.

I am not here to condemn you, but to help you think about what’s most important.

For this particular series, the Scripture my husband preached on was Psalm 119:97-105.

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I’m a note-taker, so I have my journal with me at church and jot things down as they come to mind. Here’s what I wrote during this particular message:

When I was recovering from depression, I read the Word, applied it, and my whole mindset changed.

This is one of the most honest statements I can make about my battle with depression. I know if it was not for my faith in Jesus, I would have left my family. I remember vividly thinking about how I could run away somewhere by myself, leave my family behind, because they would be better off without me. I also entertained the idea of leaving my husband and taking the kids, because our marriage felt dead to me.

The reasons I did not leave my family are simple: I knew it was not based on truth; I knew leaving them would not solve a thin; and only God’s healing in my life and our marriage would save our family.

When we were struggling financially we chose to follow God’s Word about how we use our finances.

For so long we had used credit to “make us happy”. Someday we will be financially secure but until then let’s just take this vacation on credit. Someday I’ll be able to buy all the clothing I want but until then let’s just let the department store credit cards help us a bit. We used the “someday but for now” mindset when it came to spending our money. Please let me tell you this is terrible!! Our children are probably sick of hearing “no we can’t get that it’s not in our budget” or “we can’t take a vacation this year because we’re saving up for a Disney vacation next year”. I really don’t care if they’re sick of it. In fact, I hope they are!! I want to save them from all the unnecessary misery we created for ourselves.

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When I read and believed God’s Word I learned how much God honestly loves me.

This was one of the things I struggled with the most, and realized it during my time in counseling. You want to know what it took for me to finally believe God’s love for me? Reading and listening to scripture over and over again. Scriptures like:

II Corinthians 5:17-18 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.

Jeremiah 31:3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

And there are so many more. These parts of God’s Word showed me that not only does He love me, but He loves me enough to remind me all. the. time. He loves me enough to not only save me spiritually but to give me a new victorious life on this earth. His love is unfailing and never grows weary and trust me, I’m positive I test His patience every single day.

Sometimes I need a reminder of how good God is to me, and how important – no, life altering being in God’s Word truly is.

How has God’s Word changed your life?

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4 Truths the Book of Proverbs Tells Us About Trusting God

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One of my favorite verses in scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (NLT)

It’s one of those verses in the Bible people choose as their “life verse” – a piece of scripture that really speaks to them and that holds a deep meaning for their relationship with Christ.

When I read scripture, I try to ask “What does this tell me about God?” I really like this question.  It keeps the focus on God, not myself, not what I think, but what the Bible says about who God is.

This verse in the book of Proverbs reveals 4 truths about trusting God.

trust-the-park-bench-1511643-640x480Trusting God means doing it with my whole heart.

This means relying on Him with all of you who you are, leaving nothing behind. I can’t trust God with my family but then choose not trust Him with my own life, or hope in God for my own life but not believe He’ll be there for my children. Trust is all or nothing. Can you imagine what kind of marriage I would have if I trusted Chad with taking care of our children but not with our finances? Or if I allowed him to have complete control of our bank accounts but not discipline our children? I do not want a life like that at all.

Trusting God means not relying on my own judgement.

Oh, how often I rely on my own thoughts and feelings. This was a major area in my life I had to learn to overcome through counseling. As I’ve stated many, many times before, our thoughts and feelings deceive us all the time. They are not always based on truth. I need something or Someone I can consistently look to for honest guidance.

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Trusting God means following His will in everything I do.

If I’m going to trust God with my whole heart it only makes sense to follow Him with everything I am and in everything I do. Again what would happen if I only wanted to be Chad’s wife when times were good and then completely ignore him when I was tired of our marriage or felt like it was getting boring. That is not the kind of relationship I want with anyone.

orientation-1442355-640x480Trusting God means believing He will show me which direction to go.

For me this is where the rubber meets the road. Yes I can trust God with all my heart. I know that my own perspective can be deceiving, and I can follow God in everything I do. But to then take action based on that faith and trust . . . that’s a whole new ball game.

My Father knows me so well. He knows I have a hard time in these areas. And I wish I could say there’s one consistent thing I do every day that helps me completely trust and follow Him. But I can’t. It’s a decision YOU have to make. It’s a decision I have to make. And if you’re like me, it’s a daily choice, a constant prayer. Asking Him to lead me in following, trusting and obeying with all my heart and in everything I do. I cannot rely on my own judgement, but must believe He is leading me in the right path. And when I know what that right path is, I take that first step in faith and follow Him.

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Trusting God to Take Care of My Kids

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I was sitting in church, listening to yet another sermon. This one by our assistant pastor.

He spent 2 weeks preaching on prayer. The first week on why we pray, the second week on why not to pray.

The second week really struck a note with me. He said something that really made me think.

“How do I talk to God? As a slave or as a child? We are not beggars! We are children of God.”

Matthew 6: 26 says “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”

My husband and I have had our share of life tragedies. Divorce of my parents, death of both of our fathers, death of grandparents, financial disaster to the point of almost filing bankruptcy, seriously contemplating suicide, a crumbling and broken marriage, 10 moves within our first 17 years of marriage, people who were our friends leaving not only our church, but our friendship behind, and the list could go on.

meditation-1434899-640x480I know how to pray. I have prayed a lot. Honestly, I pray the most when hardship strikes. But don’t we all? If you don’t then you are simply better than me. 😉

At one point when we were finally on the mend from my depression and working on our marriage I remember telling Chad that I can handle anything that happens to us. What I don’t want is anything happening to our kids. Read More

Daily Routines for Your ADHD Family

Daily Routines for your ADHD FamilyLast week I talked about how to create a back to school routine for your family.

Now this just doesn’t apply to your kids. This applies to you as well.

My husband has told me time and time again that I do my best work, have the best attitude, and become overwhelmed a lot less often when I make a routine for myself and stick to it.

I’m very good at creating routines and schedules. Oh I could spend all day crafting charts, finding cute images to correlate with each task, and displaying them so neatly on my refrigerator. My problem comes with the follow-through. My personality despises doing anything wrong or pretty much “not perfect” in my eyes. I freeze when I can’t or don’t know how to start something just the right way.  Read More