Sunday, September 19, 2010

P.D. Day 7 & 8

I was off camping on day 7... I had the pleasure of reading out in the beautiful mountains!

Day 7

It's all for Him

For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory. Romans 11:36

Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God's glory?
I can be more positive about life, where I'm living, the blessings that He has given me. Also in the hard times and trials I can trust that God is in control and I can bring glory to Him by the way I handle the situation.

Day 8

I was planned for God's pleasure

The Lord takes pleasure in his people Psalm 149:4a

What common task could I start doing as if I were doing it directly for Jesus?
One reminder I loved from this chapter about worship was, 'Worship isn't for our benefit! We worship for God's benefit. When we worship, our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves.' (pg. 66) It is so easy to get distracted and forget that worship, whether singing, cleaning, playing.... is to bring GLORY TO GOD, not to us.
"so whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" 1 Cor. 10:31
The one thing I am going to do for God's glory is exercise , I have been needing to get into the habit, but reminding myself that it's for God's glory, He gave me this body and I need to honor Him by taking care of it.

Friday, September 17, 2010

P.D. Day 6

Day 6

This world is not my home

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen in temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now?
-In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life-longings that will NEVER be fulfilled on this side of eternity. (pg.50) I love this quote because sometimes I can get caught up in making this life comfortable, but it's not supposed to be. So I think I will want to in a weird way desire being uncomfortable, living for God is not easy, but it is very satisfying. I will accept where I am living and I'll be okay with it. I now seen the bigger purpose!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

P.D. Day 5

Day 5

Life is a test and a trust

Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won't be faithful in large ones. Luke 16:10a

What has happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God? What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?
Being a 'Pastor's Wife', something that I don't ever call myself, is a test though. I need to hold a higher standard in the things I say and the things I do. Whenever hanging with the girlfriends I am careful to watch what I say. That is such an ongoing test.
I believe that some of the greatest things i'm entrusted with is my marriage and my little girl ( and other kiddos when they arrive :) ). How I treat my husband reflects my love for Christ and how present He is in my life. Raising Ella to love Jesus and have good character is such a big deal and a TON of responsibility, that can only be done with the help of Him.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

P.D. Day 4

Day 4

There is more to life than just the here and now

This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever. 1 John 2:17

Since I was made to last forever, what is one thing I should stop doing and one thing I should start doing today?
Ahhhh... that is such a hard question. Giving up something is always hard... while I think I want to share some other things that stood out to me today. Whenever the topic of eternally being with Jesus if you are a believer, the fact that those that don't believe and trust Jesus as their Savior will spend eternity with out Him, in hell, is talked about, it makes me want to scream it from the roof tops. We can joke about it, make light of it, not want to ruin friendships by sharing too much to make them uncomfortable, but at the same time, I don't want to just do nothing, I totally agree with lifestyle evangelism, but am i saying enough?

I have been wanting to hone in better on what my purpose looks like on a daily basis, I want to do everything with a positive attitude, and to the Glory of God. So maybe I'll give up complaining, now i know that i will totally mess up in this area, but if i start making a habit of looking at the positive, and not then negative in every situation, i will be on my way to being a more positive person, this world is temporary, why be negative when i can bless those around me by being positive?
quote i liked from today:
Rather than it [death] being the end of your life, it will be your birthday into eternal life!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

P.D. days 2 & 3

Day 2

I am not an accident

I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born. Isaiah 44:2

I know that God uniquely created me. What areas of my personality, background, and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?
As i sit and ponder this question... i am very thankful that this is something that i don't feel is a hangup in my life.(i am not an accident) Obviously there are things that bug me about myself, but nothing that holds me back from trusting God and serving Him, sometimes i may doubt that i am capable or worry about saying something challenging... or not saying enough. I am very confident in who God had made me and just they way He has made me.

Day 3

Living on purpose is the path to peace

You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you. Isaiah 26:3

What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want to be?
I hope they would say a godly wife and mother, who always wants to grow and change to be more like Christ..... is that the reality though??
I defiantly need to re-focus my purpose and use my time more wisely:

'there is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose'

'never confuse activity with productivity, you can be busy with out a purpose, but what's the point?'

'this is the true joy in life: the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy' -George Bernard Shaw

'living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal. a wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. your weren't put on earth to be remembered. you were put here to prepare for eternity'

points i pondered from day 3

Monday, September 13, 2010

40 Days of Purpose

ok. so i didn't get very far with into the 'Power of a Praying Wife'... my excuse is that i went on vacation and lent my book to a friend.... so i'll have to do a 'take two'... anyway. Our church is doing 40 Days of Purpose in our small groups so i figured i'll journal it on here!

Day One:

It's not about me

Everything got started in Him and finds it's purpose in Him. Colossians 1:16b (msg)

In spite of all the advertising around me, how can i remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?
Lately it seems so easy to get caught up in my purpose at a wife and mother, and not a daughter of Christ. I really need to refocus and start my day in prayer and reading the Bible. What are my goals? Or what would God want me to make top priority? How am i using my time? Is it eternity minded? I will be pondering what i am spending my time doing or not doing this week.