Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday Proverbs 31:26

Word filled Wednesday is here again, this time I picked a verse that speaks volumes to me as a woman. Women are known for their gift of gab. Yeah, I love to chat. I am learning to listen more too, and I pray I am getting better at that. My words can bring good or harm, wisdom or foolishness, encouragement or destruction and the list goes on.

There is one thing that I am so grateful to God for and that is his word. Through reading his word I am armed with his wisdom. I was at work the other day and a coworker was telling me about what her frustrations were regarding her soon to be fiance. I got all giddy inside as I listened to her and was able to unfold the words written in my heart the Lord has given me. It is amazing to see the light bulb in her eyes with me sharing my weekness in the same area and how my sin was revealed and now I have a different mindset with God's word written on my heart about it.

I got to share my weekness in sin in the same area and how through God's strength I can change it. I revealed how that sin looks in God's eyes. But all this wasn't done with finger pointing, it was done in a quiet, gentle and faithful way with God using his wisdom and putting them on my tongue. She later approached me and said she learned so much from me. I was so honored that God used me in that moment.

Now if I could just slow down enough in every circumstance to apply this to my life with my daughters, husband, siblings, etc. Not that I don't mind you, but in those trying moments when you feel the heat rising in your raw emotions. That moment is when I need to recite the verse the most. I pray God can use me more for his vessel for his glory and his infinite wisdom!

I pray you find this verse written in your heart forever more.
Blessings, Angie

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Completing him Summer Challenge hosted by Women Living Well

I am a firm believer in doing all you can to improve your marriage. In fact, since my studying the Word more intimately and spending time with God, I must say it has transformed me on a daily basis. I want to honor God in every aspect of my life and marriage along with being a mother, friend, employee, coworker, etc. My marriage is important to be and I want to glorify and serve my heavenly father through the wife I am to my husband.

I am a huge fan of Women Living Well Blog. Here you will find a summer long "Completing him Challenge June 7 - August 9. Here is a video that tells more about it~

Let's see what awesome changes we can make with ourselves with God's help that can transform our marriage!

Blessings, Angie

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Proverbs 22-24

Today I read Proverbs 22-24. I am just amazed at how much information is in Proverbs. I need to get some flash cards and write some down that I have highlighted and underlined.
Yesterday I had found a verse that I could relate to a lot. It wasn't until today's reading that my "aha" moment came when I read in Proverbs 24 a verse that struck home.

Yesterdays verse:

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.

Today's verse:

Proverbs 24:17
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.

I have fallen so guilty in the second verse. Here I think I am glorifying God by celebrating someone getting their due and in reality I am self gloating so to speak.

How often do we fall prey to this when someone has been fired from a job, or their hours cut from work? Do you feel this when a your child made the team and another hasn't? You could make the list longer with anything in your life.

How awful I must seem to God when I do this. Reading this truly changed my whole mind set and it convicted me on so many levels. Would I want someone to gloat and feel malicious pleasure in God taking care of my wrongs? Absolutely not. My heart has officially changed, it definitely wasn't in the right place in those circumstances. I don't want God disapproving of my actions and heart. I will rejoice in the Good that God does and thank him for being there, and not in my enemy's stumblings. There may be a day I may need that person for help, or they need mine.
So today I am grateful for God is his almighty wisdom that he shares with me. His words are the true bread of life, I surely need them every day. The One Year Chronological Bible journey has truly been a blessing in my life. May your day be filled with peace knowing God is always there!

Blessings, Angie

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday

The women at Internet Cafe Devotions has a great new way of sharing scripture through photos! Please stop over at their site if you would like to participate!
The scripture for this Wednesday is ~
Proverbs 27:19
As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.
I talked a little about the heart a couple posts ago so this is so neat to be able to tie this together. God wants you to store wisdom, love and his words in our hearts. So let all those things that you store in your heart reflect out to the world to see! Glorify our Father showing who you are through him by reflecting what is inside your heart.
Do you want others to know who God is who may not know him well? Let them see through you in your actions and words who your loving Father is. Do I reflect God every day? Nope, not by my power for sure, but with God's help I surely can. I pray that if someone needs Jesus today, they can see him through me. I want to be his vessel and I pray that I die to self and submit to God so that I can reflect more of his ways than mine.
Look in the mirror... who do you see? Do you see yourself or do you see Jesus? I know I need to work on that one for sure! Thank you God I can rely on you to do more work on my heart and spirit, because everyday I certainly fall short doing it alone.
blessings, Angie

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Proverbs 16-19

I have read Proverbs 16-19 today. In this past year I have reflected I have a marriage that I see is in great need of work, or should I say I need work. Communication is our down fall. I have no problem communicating, it is the way I communicate. I am an overall happy person, very optimistic, married to a glass half full man. I guess I get irritated when he doesn't see things my way ( ya'll can laugh here). So God has put strongly on my heart that he is in charge of changing and teaching my husband not me, and I need to concentrate how I react to circumstances. I didn't realize this before but I put higher standards on my family than I do myself. This is so painful to realize. Therefore I tend to nag. Ugh, I hate that word, it is not a part of my character. At least not the character trait I want to show blue ribbon prize in!

Proverbs 19:13
... and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.

Proverbs 17:14
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Proverbs 18:2
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.

Proverbs 18:13
He who answers before listening-that is his folly and his shame.

So this is how I look to my husband and my daughters at times when I think I am right all the time, when "I think" I know why he said or why he did... I feel so awful. I want to be the wife that supports, loves, understands and makes him a better man, not bring him down and point out his faults on a daily basis. And the same for my daughters as well. So here are some Proverbs that I am trying to be a more of a reflection of...

Proverbs 15:13
A happy heart makes the face cheerful....

Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 17: 27
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is eventemptered.

Proverbs 31:11-12
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

I pray that God not only writes these on my heart but carves them with his strongest tool for this very hard clay pot! There are so many other verses out that that relate to the tongue and thoughts so feel free to share yours that are written on your heart in times of weakness!

Blessings, Angie