Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
"God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death." -- James 1:12-15
Last night at Bible study, we talked about temptation and lust and how it affects our walk with Christ. Temptation being anything from cinnamon rolls (haha!) to the hot guy that walks by work every afternoon. We're tempted everyday, and sometimes it becomes a test of your faith.
Lust is not just a sexual lust, wanting someone. It's desiring... to make everyone happy, to look a certain way, to have something. When does desire become sin? When your desire for that thing becomes stronger than your desire to follow God's will.
We talked about "bait" ... about what lures you away from God, what tempts you. I knew it was bad that I could think of a few things immediately, but I guess, maybe it's good that I realize what "baits" me, because then the problem is easier to fix.
In 1 Corinthians, it says,
Fat fish is the term used last night... when you're fully following God and doing his will. Fat fish don't give in to temptation. Fat fish don't take the bait.
It's not about what I want or need, it's about who God wants me to be and do.
It's God's timing, not our own.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
- "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." -- 1 Corinthians 10:13
"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." -- Proverbs 16:9
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."
was the motto of my day, but really… I need to just listen to this more often.
Today, I learned that I really can not change things or handle everything. I can’t make everything perfect, which is a hard concept for me since I’m a perfectionist. All of my problems, and everything part of His plan is in His hands.
I knew this. Really, I did. But, sometimes I override that fact in my brain and try to solve things anyway. You can’t change people, ever. You can influence them, but you can’t just say a magic word and they be perfect. I saw something on a friend’s Facebook status that I loved: “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them to become what they are capable of being.”
I need to be happier with what I have. Today, I had an appointment with my new diabetes doctor, which went very well. Then, I went to Wal-Mart with one of my best friends and we cooked dinner. (Daily photo is again, a meal.)
We were going to go visit Amanda in Montana next week, but plans fell through. So, since we both already took off work… we decided to go to Dallas. Because I have never been. YES, I have never been to Dallas. Everyone alert the media…. Hahaha. I hung out with April too, tonight. Went to Wal-Mart again, and then watched Catch and Release (had never seen it).