Can You Be An Extreme Sacrifice?

walk by faith

This week’s sermon focused on “Can I Be An Extreme Sacrifice”:

John 11:1-4John 11:1-4
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

11 1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.  

WP-Bible plugin

I absolutely love this passage because, with everything that has been going on in my life, it is nice to know that it’s not simply because I pissed God off.  Although I’m quite sure I have, it is not the only answer to the struggles that I have found myself encountering.

How deep is this really?  The fact that Lazarus was allowed to die simply so that God could have the glory is baffling and yet it makes a lot of sense spiritually.  It is yet another testament to Him being the Alpha and Omega and desiring our worship.  One of the main points of this sermon was to remind us that God retains the right to go to any lengths He deems appropriate to have His name glorified.  It’s also a hard pill to swallow for us sometimes.  It’s also a nudge of a reminder that some of the situations that we find ourselves in kinda pale in comparison to being allowed to die in order to prove that God is God.  So, I’ll take my “simple” circumstances of raising my daughter on my own, dealing with inadequate finances, broken marital promises and parents couple with siblings who never loved me in stride!

It’s All For the Glory of God
It is clear from the text that some of us are going through our circumstances NOT because we have done wrong but so that others will take notice and give God the glory when He brings us out and delivers us.

What Faith Really Means
Faith means that we must learn to trust God in advance for  what will only make sense in reverse.  This struck a nerve for me, particularly because I had a revelation a couple of months ago about my current situation.  A friend of mine said, “aren’t you glad that he showed his true colors now as opposed to 10 years from now?”  It was then that I was on my path to realizing many more things.  Sometimes God allows bad things to happen to us for the greater good.  While I do not claim to have all of the answers about why my situation occurred, I will say that so far — it makes sense in reverse.

All in all, the message received was that we should not prematurely judge God because of our circumstances.  If we hang in there, it will eventually become clear to us.  The question is — can God use you to glorify His name?  Can you be an extreme sacrifice?

Can You Handle the Heat?

only god

Sermon from church today “How to Handle the Heat”:

Daniel 3:16-18Daniel 3:16-18
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  

WP-Bible plugin

This sermon lightened my heart, gave me some encouragement and revealed some important truths to my soul.  The important parts that I got from the sermon are:

The devil does not lose your address when you give your life to Christ
On the contrary, life sometimes gets noticeably harder after you are saved and baptized.  It’s as though we Christians believe that the heat will never be turned up when you give your life to Christ.  There is nothing further from the truth.  Somehow, we have allowed others to convince us that when we go through struggles, it is because we did something wrong but in actuality — that is not always true.  This is clearly evidenced by the Scriptual text!  

How we handle the heat is what differentiates us as Christians
Our faith dictates that we are given spiritual tools in which to better manage the heat.  What this does not mean, is that we are perfect and we will accept our circumstances without anger and bitterness.  It does not mean that we are almighty in our responses to adverse situations.  What it does mean is that we are able to use our faith in order to better navigate the situations that we find ourselves in.  Don’t let your doubts get strong enough to strangle your faith!

Others are supposed to see the light of God through our actions
We don’t get to choose WHO is watching our responses to tragedy.  We don’t get to dictate WHEN this occurs.  Our job is to display diligence to the Word of God in all situations BECAUSE people are watching.  Here is where the hypocrisy of Christians enters in — and most of us are guilty of it from time to time.  When you were thrown into the den with poverty, unemployment, relationship troubles, familial strife, and other circumstances — what was your response?  Are people seeing the fact that no matter how high the heat gets turned up in your life that you turn to God and handle your situations with grace and faith?  Or do you “act like a two-year-old at naptime?”  Be careful, because you can either bring someone into the faith or turn them away simply because they watched YOU.

This sermon was a polite reminder to me that I need to continue to lean on God despite my circumstances.

Is This Purgatory?

if you could read my mind

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve been having some bad days.  Days where I have been wondering what purpose my life holds besides the pain that seems to constantly be given to me.  As I have said before, I am not perfect.  I am human and I have flaws.  But even through the storm I find myself in, I will not let the enemy succeed in convincing me that God has forgotten me because I know that He hasn’t.  I know that my suffering is for my own good — even if I don’t like it.

Purge

I am lost
I know that because my soul floats outside of this body
Of mine
Searching for a way back in
I am empty
A shell incompatible with fillings
I am desolate — a testament to the deepest sadness as a survivor
Of the trials by fire
I used to think that my life
Was a physical manifestation of hell
But now the idea of purgatory makes more sense
I mean, the episodes of my life are so ridiculously tragic
That one would think
I’ve made it up out of a sincere love for fiction
Maybe I’ve been watching too many of the movies
With a similar theme
One of those times that I came close to death maybe
I really did die
The significance is significant
And the best explanation of why
My accomplishments seem meaningless
Achievements feel like they live less than that of a half life
If this is purgatory indeed
The bright side is that I died in grace
This purge will cleanse all remaining bad deeds.
In the meantime, my insides burn
Leaving my optimism charred beyond recognition
I’m hoping this is another work of fiction
That I will rise, sweating profusely
Panting, mumbling incoherently
In the comfort and sanctuary of my bed.
And I will step onto the floor of a better reality
Where each day is not another battle
Because God, I am so weary.
I pray for death each day
Because this world that I am in is so unbearable
That it makes the idea of the cessation of breathing
That much more attractive
I search for daily reminders of reasons to continue living
I call friends to remind me of what point my existence makes
I pray unceasingly to the Lord above to end my suffering
But then if the measurement of penance in purgatory
Is based on
The amount of suffering on Earth
And this is not purgatory
Then I suppose I shall pray for more suffering.

© Miss Lady

Loosed to Stand Strong

strong

 

I thought that when I finally said “I do” that the only worries in life that I had to face, I had a partner to face them with.  I never anticipated that I would be facing anything alone and even more than that — facing struggles that were placed there by the man I called my soulmate.  It’s only fitting that today’s lesson in the Scriptures is standing strong.  

[Okay, this is the cool part.  Well, I find it cool.  If you hover your mouse over the Scriptural references, you will get a small pop up (friendly, I promise!) that gives you the text from the Scripture!  Simply click anywhere on the white space of the box to get rid of it and move to the next.  If you don’t find that cool, I really don’t have any other tricks for you today.  Try tomorrow : ) ]  If you have been following my blog in sequential order or one after another in this fasting series, you’re probably wondering why I keep this part in.  It’s merely for those who start in random spots and may not know.  Quite nice of me, right?

  • Psalm 31:23, 24Psalm 31:23, 24
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Isaiah 40:29-31Isaiah 40:29-31
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. renew: Heb. change  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Zechariah 10:12Zechariah 10:12
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Ephesians 3:14-19Ephesians 3:14-19
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Ephesians 6:10-13Ephesians 6:10-13
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. flesh...: Gr. blood and flesh spiritual...: or, wicked spirits high: or, heavenly 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. having...: or, having overcome all  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Colossians 2:6, 7Colossians 2:6, 7
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • 2 Peter 1:5-112 Peter 1:5-11
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. barren: Gr. idle 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  

    WP-Bible plugin

My absolute favorite is Isaiah.  I love the parts about the fact that they will “mount up with wings as eagles” and “run and not be weary.”  I got so tired of the struggle that I forgot about God’s promises to us and I needed this week to get back to my foundation.  It doesn’t mean that the struggle is over.  But isn’t it a smart idea to put your armor on before the battle is over?

Loosed to Forgive Others

forgiveness1

Ohhhhh how I needed these lessons today.  My lovely soon-to-be ex husband was supposed to meet me at the marriage counselor’s office today so that we could go over the terms of the divorce.  He did another no-call no-show.  Then had the nerve to email me: “I don’t want to drag it out because the longer it takes the more I want you back.”  I almost lost my lunch when I read that.  Seriously?  If this is how he shows that he wants me back, I’d hate to see what not wanting me back is like.  Basically, I need to find a way to forgive the man who is putting me through this for my own sanity.  What?  How does one do that?

[Okay, this is the cool part.  Well, I find it cool.  If you hover your mouse over the Scriptural references, you will get a small pop up (friendly, I promise!) that gives you the text from the Scripture!  Simply click anywhere on the white space of the box to get rid of it and move to the next.  If you don’t find that cool, I really don’t have any other tricks for you today.  Try tomorrow : ) ]  If you have been following my blog in sequential order or one after another in this fasting series, you’re probably wondering why I keep this part in.  It’s merely for those who start in random spots and may not know.  Quite nice of me, right?

  • Matthew 6:14, 15Matthew 6:14, 15
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Matthew 18:21-35Matthew 18:21-35
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. talents: a talent is ounces of silver, at a hundred and eleven cents the ounce 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. worshipped him: or, besought him 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. pence: the Roman penny is the eighth part of an ounce, which after five shillings the ounce is seven pence halfpenny; about fourteen cents 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Mark 11:25, 26Mark 11:25, 26
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Luke 6:37Luke 6:37
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Luke 17:3, 4Luke 17:3, 4
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Ephesians 4:31, 32Ephesians 4:31, 32
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Colossians 3:12, 13Colossians 3:12, 13
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. quarrel: or, complaint  

    WP-Bible plugin

I hate this part.  I hate that it is a Biblical requirement that I forgive someone who not only HAS wronged me but CONTINUES to wrong me.  I understand the concept, it’s just not my favorite part.  But, I have also lived with bitterness against my immediate family members for the same reason.  I learned that not forgiving and moving forward causes long-term damage that it is very hard to recover from.  So I have started praying for my soon-to-be ex husband, every night.  I pray for his soul.  I pray that God will open his heart so that he can hear God’s message.  This just solidifies the fact that I have to keep doing it.

forgiveness

Loosed from Financial Stress

thou art loosed 

When you are drowning in a sea of unpaid bills and not enough revenue to cover the bills your husband decided not to pay when he abandoned you — it is imperative that you find some sort of solace where you can.

[Okay, this is the cool part.  Well, I find it cool.  If you hover your mouse over the Scriptural references, you will get a small pop up (friendly, I promise!) that gives you the text from the Scripture!  Simply click anywhere on the white space of the box to get rid of it and move to the next.  If you don’t find that cool, I really don’t have any other tricks for you today.  Try tomorrow : ) ]  If you have been following my blog in sequential order or one after another in this fasting series, you’re probably wondering why I keep this part in.  It’s merely for those who start in random spots and may not know.  Quite nice of me, right?

I’ll admit that even in the face of the Scriptures, I’m having a hard time with this Financial topic.  I understand that my heavenly Father knows that I have need of all these things and I should seek Him before I seek things.  But…I have termination notices piling up and seriously don’t know how easy it is supposed to be to fulfill this part.  I’m not even that concerned about myself, I’m more concerned about my daughter and her life not significantly changing for the worst because of this unfortunate situation.  Romans helped me out a lot when I hit this point.  After all, God gave His son to save us, He gave us promises as well.

My fast, thus far, has been a wonderful cleansing for me, it has reignited that spiritual flame that had so briefly gone out.

Loosed from Marital Problems

breakthrough

Wow.  Just wow.  I’d probably know all of this if I had the Scriptures memorized but…I don’t.  I could not for the life of me understand how the God that I serve could leave me in a situation that left me in spiritual bondage.  Divorce is not good.  But my husband is not willing in the least to reconcile.  So why am I being punished for the rest of my life for something I have no control over?  This was running through my mind before today.  Today, I found the single most important passage that ensures my victory even in this mess.

[Okay, this is the cool part.  Well, I find it cool.  If you hover your mouse over the Scriptural references, you will get a small pop up (friendly, I promise!) that gives you the text from the Scripture!  Simply click anywhere on the white space of the box to get rid of it and move to the next.  If you don’t find that cool, I really don’t have any other tricks for you today.  Try tomorrow : ) ]  If you have been following my blog in sequential order or one after another in this fasting series, you’re probably wondering why I keep this part in.  It’s merely for those who start in random spots and may not know.  Quite nice of me, right?

  • Genesis 2:18, 21-25Genesis 2:18, 21-25
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. meet...: Heb. as before him 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. made: Heb. builded 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Woman: Heb. Isha Man: Heb. Ish 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Proverbs 10:12Proverbs 10:12
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Proverbs 31:10-31Proverbs 31:10-31
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. buyeth: Heb. taketh 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She...: Heb. She tasteth 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She...: Heb. She spreadeth 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. scarlet: or, double garments 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. have...: or, have gotten riches 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • 1 Corinthians 7:2-5, 10, 111 Corinthians 7:2-5, 10, 11
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • Ephesians 5:22-28, 33Ephesians 5:22-28, 33
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • 1 Peter 1:221 Peter 1:22
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  

    WP-Bible plugin
  • 1 Peter 3:1, 2, 71 Peter 3:1, 2, 7
    English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

    3 1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.  

    WP-Bible plugin

Obviously, you know my favorite and the one that gave me peace.  Today was definitely a good day.  1 Corinthians 7:131 Corinthians 7:13
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  

WP-Bible plugin
is the reason I never got my answer last year.  1 Corinthians 7:151 Corinthians 7:15
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. to peace: Gr. in peace  

WP-Bible plugin
is the reason I now realize that I am free from the bondage.   A weight has been lifted off of my chest and I have been in celebration today.  I am no longer feeling trapped because I now realize that when my husband left, he freed me.  So regardless of how this plays out or how long he decides to prolong this situation — my freedom cannot be taken away.

Loosed from Depression

  thou art loosed

I cried everyday for a week after he left.  I spent the time after that putting my brave face on mainly because my eyes were getting red and puffy — hard to explain that to clients.  I actually had to place cold washcloths over my eyes to normalize their appearance.  I thought to myself — this can’t be good.

[Okay, this is the cool part.  Well, I find it cool.  If you hover your mouse over the Scriptural references, you will get a small pop up (friendly, I promise!) that gives you the text from the Scripture!  Simply click anywhere on the white space of the box to get rid of it and move to the next.  If you don’t find that cool, I really don’t have any other tricks for you today.  Try tomorrow : ) ]  If you have been following my blog in sequential order or one after another in this fasting series, you’re probably wondering why I keep this part in.  It’s merely for those who start in random spots and may not know.  Quite nice of me, right?

I’m clinging to the promises found in the Scriptures.  That the Lord will hear me and deliver me from my problems.  That my weary soul will be satiated and my sorrowful soul will be replenished.  That God will exalt His children in due time.  I need these truths to expand the meaning in my life.  In my suffering.

My fast, thus far, has been a wonderful cleansing for me, it has reignited that spiritual flame that had so briefly gone out.

Loosed from Discouragement

thou art loosed

Discouraged is a feeling that I most certainly have been encountering since this whole thing began.  Again, I am travelling through T.D. Jakes’ Holy Bible Woman Thou Art Loosed during this fast.

[Okay, this is the cool part.  Well, I find it cool.  If you hover your mouse over the Scriptural references, you will get a small pop up (friendly, I promise!) that gives you the text from the Scripture!  Simply click anywhere on the white space of the box to get rid of it and move to the next.  If you don’t find that cool, I really don’t have any other tricks for you today.  Try tomorrow : ) ]

My favorites are Galatians and Hebrews.  I feel like I have been trying to do the “right thing” and never getting anything but pain for my efforts.  This passage in Galatians reminds me that even though I may be weary, not to be!  As long as you continue to fight your way through the storm, you WILL reap in the season that God chooses for you.  Hebrews reminds me that doing the will of God is necessary in order to receive the promise fulfillment.

Loosed from Anger

Ohhhhhhhh I’m angry.  Very angry.  So angry that I feel the seeds of bitterness being watered and cared for so they can grow strong within me.  Bitterness is a bitter feeling.  It was only appropriate that I begin with Anger as my first Scriptual lesson. Again, I am travelling through T.D. Jakes’ Holy Bible Woman Thou Art Loosed during this fast.

Okay, this is the cool part.  Well, I find it cool.  If you hover your mouse over the Scriptural references, you will get a small pop up (friendly, I promise!) that gives you the text from the Scripture!  Simply click anywhere on the white space of the box to get rid of it and move to the next.  If you don’t find that cool, I really don’t have any other tricks for you today.  Try tomorrow : )

The passages that spoke to me, really spoke to me — were Psalms and James.  I keep asking God for some hints on what to do next and He keeps His silence.  Knowing that my job is to be patient in my awaiting His answers is helping me.  It also helps that even though it appears as though other people get away with doing evil, they will eventually be cut off.