Happy Saturday and welcome to day seventeen of the Rooted in Hope online study! Today is a day to rest and be grateful. Take a few moments to read this week’s Scripture memory verse, committing it to your heart. When we commit God’s words to our hearts, we have them wherever we go, and can use them to talk back to the negative voices that might echo in our heads.
“The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.” Luke 1:49-50
May you all have a blessed weekend, friends. 💗
Don’t let the possibility of failure keep you from stepping out on faith. When you start walking, God starts rolling. You’ve got an undefeated partner. @sarahjakesroberts
Ridiculing and condemning will never bring someone closer to Christ. 💭
Typically, people have had experiences with some of those who call themselves Christians but act in a way that says otherwise. So, the unbeliever isn’t looking for you to judge them, they’re hoping that you will listen.
I would find it really difficult to respect or listen to someone who I knew would find my beliefs repulsive. 💭
We have to ask to be guarded from self-righteousness. 💭
We were once lost, too. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Last night I was showing my babygirl my study/journaling Bible and sharing with her about a lesson on parenting. Told her that I want her and her brother to have my Bibles as their inheritance... Little did I know she was Snapchatting about it! Just saw it this morning. Sorry about the low-quality pictures but I took them from her Snapchats... #biblejournaling#journaling#biblestudy#journalingbible
The story I am about to tell you is true. Here is a photo of me from when I was around 15 years old. This photo was taken by a member of the cult I was in. Yes you read that correctly, I was in a cult. No way! Right? This is what you're thinking. Unfortunately, this cult has had lasting effects on my life so far. It took me years of deprogramming to get where I am today. And I still have a long way to go. I spent the majority of my formative years in this cult. From age 3 or 4 until 18 years later when I left the cult at just about age 22. I think a few months before my 22nd birthday.
How to know if you're in a cult? I found some questions online and here are MY answers.
1) "Did you grow up in a secluded environment?” Not like an apocalyptic cult, where I lived with other cult members, but my family definitely stayed to itself. I spent most of my childhood locked in the attic with my brother.
2) "Were you under the influence of a charismatic leader?” Yes my whole church was. His name was Kip McKean and he was revered as being chosen by god to spread "God's word" to every nation.
3)"Were you coerced to recruit members to your group?” Absolutely. We were encouraged to "share our faith" with others and try to convert them to our church, the "one and only real church, the one true way to heaven"
4)"Were you taught that the outside world was a forbidden place, and did you feel guilty for wanting to leave?” Yes! "The world" was told to be "full of sinners" and we were advised not to associate with people not from the church lest we "fall away" from god and lose our future seat in heaven. "Worldly" people were "lost" and it was our job to "save them". I was told I was special by the church because I was a child of god. But I was also told I was inherently evil and was host to the devil many times if I did not follow the rules of my mother or of the church to an exact T.
My mother and father both went to this church when I was really young. I was age 10 or 11 when my dad stopped going to church with us. Long story short: My mother ended up divorcing him over it, he wound up with PTSD. To this day my mom is still in denial that she was in a cult.
Marriage & Family Bible Devotional
Only by pride cometh contention
- Proverbs 13:10
This powerful proverb brings arguments to a sweet conclusion, lost tempers to a cool self-examination, and finger pointing to a swift end.
Only by pride is there contention, or conflict. Arguments and strife do not come because one person is right and another is wrong. They only come by way of pride.
No matter how loudly we may declare our innocence, no matter how cleverly we may defend our cause, no matter how furiously we may justify our position -- only by pride comes contention. Do you pretend that you are free of pride? Can you honestly argue that the problems in your family are all because of other people's pride?
As C.S. Lewis observed, "[Pride] is one vice of which no man in the world is free." For this reason, every conflict in every home requires strenuous and honest self-examination, from husbands, wives, parents, and children alike.
What have you done to contribute to the current tension in the home? What could you have said differently to avoid giving offense? How have you allowed your pride to escalate what could have been a productive discussion or honest disagreement? How have you disregarded God's role for you in the home?
If each member of the family spends concerted time and sincere energy in searching his or her own heart and motive and conduct, the confession of pride will be universal within the home. No one is guiltless; everyone has pride.
With this confession, with this realization, however, comes great hope. There is a solution! As each one in the home humbles themselves before God, the strife in the home will slowly but surely dissipate. When pride is gone, the tension will be gone.
Let it then begin with you.
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Look at all you’ve been through, look at all you’ve done. You’re the kind of girl that doesn’t settle, keep not settling.
The Lord is for you, He is with you, He has equipped you, He will never leave you or forsake you. He will empower you, encourage, strengthen, and counsel you. Lean fully into Him!
Happy Saturday friends, fight on⚔️
Tag a friend who you know is strong! 💪🏼 #walkingreflections
Beautiful Tea With Jesus.
Have you seen the hand of God in the past? Have you tasted of the beautiful works of the Lord in the past? Have you heard of what and what he did and has done?
Then like Prophet Habakkuk, I admonish you to ask of the Lord what it is that you want him to do in your time. Do not continue to live in the experience of the past or what you heard happened in the past. Like I said yesterday, there is a wave and please get caught up in it. The year is gradually winding up, we have an on time God. So go ahead and ask him what you want before the year ends. It’s just a prayer away because He is a merciful God.
God bless you.
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God's Word is always relevant. I was talking to a new, sweet friend @heretherela the other day about how I had decided to pick a book of the Bible to fully transcribe as I read it (this idea was wholly inspired by @saltandlightblog_ ). During our chat, I decided to read + write the book of Ruth. I knew it was short, powerful, and deserved more attention than I had given it before.
Ruth 1:21+22 hit me like a ton of bricks this morning. In Naomi's emptiness, a harvest was beginning. A floodgate of metaphors came rushing in when I read that. In March, I was struggling so badly I knew the only way to process, in that moment, was to write + blog it out. When I was ready to post, I re-read it and my own words filled me with sadness: "I'm the girl who survived the breakup and the move, but am now simply the girl with the broken heart and the dead dog."
As I was transcribing Ruth this morning, I was firmly reminded that my identity is in God ONLY, not in what happens in this life. This morning, I opened my Bible seeking guidance and, not coincidentally, I came face to face with a woman I felt instantly connected to. She said, "I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty." Literally the very next verse states, "...harvest is beginning." I'm not even kidding when I say the light bulb turned on and I was immediately full of hopeful expectation.
For the past several months, I began to backslide into feeling like Pittsburgh is inadequate in the shadow of how much I love + miss LA. As a result, I stopped taking care of myself and turned a blind eye to all of the incredible things (harvests) that happened after I moved back. Dogs, careers, bank accounts, IG accounts, relationships, cities, foods, and bikini bodies are all things of this world. And as believers, we know that things of this world are not real treasures. They are not inherently bad, but like anything in life, humans can choose to use them for either good (tools to point people to God) or evil (idols + addictions used to de-throne God). The harvest is coming and if we're not empty (hungry) for God, then we're probably too full of ourselves.
Good stuff this morning from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 📖
Every time a friend or family member thinks my beliefs are ridiculous, this passage comes to mind and I pray for them immediately. If they think it's foolishness it's because they are perishing. 😔 #prayforthelost#biblestudy#devotional
This is what I know:
The most revolutionary thing a woman can do is not let anything but the Cross explain her life.
Nothing could be more revolutionary. The Cross has been the crux and the axle and the lynch pin of history for the last 2,000 years and pull out the Cross or belittle it to a footnote in the explanation of your life, and this begins the fragmentation of your life.
This is the key, the Truth, that every one of us needs to pass on:
A woman’s most sacred responsibility is to be so comfortable not just only in her own skin, but in being in Christ, in being shaped and formed like Christ, like the Cross, being cruciform, becoming the gospel, that she becomes more interested in the ways of Christ, than in what others think of her — or what she thinks she wants.
Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s all about you, when you could be all about the world.
And the world always begins where your feet are, and the next need is.
A life focused on self-fulfillment is to your self-detriment.
Live cruciform — shaped like the self-giving of the cross — and your life forms into fulfillment.
This is the Truth.
And the thing is? If your Truth isn’t HisTruth — then it isn’t the Truth.
The truth you get to live, is, thank God, more than your own finite, fallible one — you could live the fullest, realest Truth.
Living His truth bravely — is enough.
Living His truth is everything.
The greatest gift any of us can give to the world is more than our true self — it’s our self hidden in Christ who is The Truth.
Humans don’t most flourish when they follow their desires — but when they follow God’s.
No one gets to be their own God — and still say they love God.
There’s only one Who’s died and been made the King of everything; the one who came to be born to die-THAT is what CHTISTmas is all about.
Genesis 6:6And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
The Lord has sworn; he will not repent: “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
And Ezekiel 24:14 says,
I, the Lord, have spoken; it shall come to pass, I will do it, I will not go back, I will not spare, I will not repent; according to your ways and your doings I will judge you, says the Lord God.” (See Jeremiah 4:27-28.) But even more important than these are the texts that say God would be like a man if he repented. In other words, God’s freedom from a need to repent is based on his deity. Being God means that he cannot repent.
Numbers 23:19 — God is not a man that he should lie, or a son of man that he should repent.
1 Samuel 15:29 — The Glory of Israel will not lie or repent; for he is not a man, that he should repent. What does it mean for God to say “I regret”? Can God change his mind? Can we prevent God’s plans? Is God ignorant about the future? Is God just like us in that he makes honest mistakes and sometimes look back at his decisions and says, “Golly, I wish I could do that one over again”? It seems like God makes mistakes and is forced to change course... @king_dawayne4515 #king_dawayne4515#kjv#bible#knowledge#biblestudy
There are times wherein our dreams, just like the stars, seem so far from our reach.
In Mark 9:23, Jesus reminds us that "Anything is possible to a person who believes." - to someone who puts their faith in the Father. He reminds us that nothing is impossible to Him.
The Bible holds many examples of simple men and women who was transformed by God's presence in their lives. These men and women could not even fathom how they could accomplish all the things that God had promised and foretold. They doubted their ability to fulfill God's plan.
But that is because they were thinking about themselves - about their own limits. They forgot that God can do anything by working within us.
Many of us hope to see that same power in our lives. We want to be moved by God just like He did with Moses, David, and the great men and women in the Bible. But we fail to see that we must first seek HIS will above our own.
His plans are far greater than what we could ever hope to achieve for ourselves. So, we must put our faith in Him that He will lead us to greatness so that we can live to glorify Him and not just for our own personal gain.
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I've been so abundantly blessed lately and in such a season of thanksgiving to God the father of all things. I know with much given much is expected and that these blessings aren't specifically for me but so that I can further do his good works and bring others to know Jesus and his unrelenting love, his generosity and heart of Grace, and the healing he brings to a broken world. I don't know what plans God is setting up for me to use my blessings for others just yet but I know he will reveal it to me over time and I will be faithful to the calling he lays on my heart. I have been blessed with so much and others around me with so little which only means it is my job to share in my blessings with others through Christ who gave it All for me, and you, and all on this earth that we may learn to be good neighbors unto each other And seek relationship with the one who have placed us on this beautiful remarkable earth. "On the mountains I will vow my life to the one who set me there, in the valleys I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there. When I'm standing on the mountain I didn't get there on my own, when I'm walking in the valleys I know I am not alone. You're a God of the hills and valleys- and I am not alone"
Daniel faced a choice. Either he could take the king’s food and be conformed to the ways of the Babylonian Empire, or he could refuse to defile his body and stay true to his values.
Daniel stayed strong. He never forgot who he was. He said, “You can change my address. You can change my clothing. You can change my name. But you’re not going to change my heart. I won’t be conformed to the ways of this society.” Too many of us choose differently than Daniel did. Instead of sticking to our values, we live like everyone else. We conform.
But the Bible reminds us, “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God” (Romans 12:2a GNT). #beunbreakable#scripture#biblestudy#wordsofwisdom#saturday#vibes#encourage#uplift#spiritual#inspired#empower#God#pray#foodforthought
There’s SO much to do at Christmas Village! We’ve loved seeing everyone the past few days, and it’s NOT over yet! Join us all day today from 1 to NOW LATER at 9 pm! #mbcchristmasvillage#MBCWomen
Every good and perfect gift is from above. Some of my best gifts are my children. I want to give them my best, and have decided that while in their presence I’m not going to look at my phone.😳 This is going to be tough, for sure! ❤️ #devotion#Biblestudy#hanukkah#day4#Fatheroflights