Sick for LYFE

… as cool as the 90’s were they had nothing on this week. With in only 7 days we had 1 ear infection, 2 pink eyes (2 different kids that is), 3 people with lice and 2 headcolds… this was one only a weeks span. 

I have been pretty angry this week. I know that I am doing God’s will. Our lives have been changing immencly. Hubs has joined a mens group that goes DEEP and i have been doing a small group that goes DEEP. In the midst of that i started a new job at my church, aaron started doing sound, we have been getting our finances in order so we can be better prepared for our future and i think because of that someone is not happy about it. 

My pastor’s wife gave the staff a verse to dwell on this week because illness and financial burdens have been ‘plauging’ all of the staff these past few weeks:

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:1-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

While my anger has come and gone this week, i keep coming back to this verse. Joy. I find joy in that this is a season. I find joy that my kids and my husband and I are ok. I find joy in the fact and we are on the correct path, the tough, sicko, financially draining, but so worth it path. 
I hope that if any of you are struggling this week with anger, hopelessness and/or depression that you find this passage encouraging. 
tlainey

The Humble Brag

1 Peter 5:6

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

being humble is pretty hard.. with instagram, facebook and so many other social media outlets we can constantly show everyone how great you are.

BUT then I think of the mighty power of God. that power that created the earth, that formed a human being inside me, that made the perfect clouds and the scent of roses.

I live in a place where poor means you have a cell phone, internet, a roof over your head and food to eat, but you dont have the newest vehicle and you cant get the best smart tv.  I have nothing to worry about, my children are taken care of, my husband and I have good jobs, and while it feels tight in our finances at times, we can afford to live in our rich culture.  I am humbled by that. I am humbled by the fact that Jesus chose me to live in 2017 in america. I am humbled that i’m not pulling salt out of the bottom of a lake for $10 a day, or that i dont have think about what my children and I are going to eat or where we will sleep at night. I’m humbled that I grew up in a christian family where they taught me how to love people.  I’m humbled that I am loved, that I am given what I dont deserve, that I live a life that some dream of having.

 

I have been complaining a lot… about my finances, about my husband working too much and me being too busy, that my kids have been too stir crazy in the cold, that im not losing weight and i’m so tired all the time.  Jesus remind me of your MIGHTY POWER. remind me that in my weakness you are strong.  That you provide for my family, keep us healthy and so many other amazing things. I’m sorry for forgetting your goodness. You are amazing.

 

and now a challenge. someone told me they try to walk into a place and see something new every day. walk into a room and see something something new. a new face, a new decoration something new.  And pray for someone.

pray for anyone. just pray for someone other than yourself.

 

tlainey

Peace

“Submit to God, and you will have peace;  then things will go well for you.”

Job 22:21

 

It’s funny that this verse is used at all as an example of submission. Eliphaz was talking to Job and accusing him of all of these sinful things he MUST have done to deserve all the hardship that Job encountered when the opposite was true. Job was a righteous man. God says he was. Job didn’t deserve what happened to him, but it still happened.  While submitting to God will bring us peace and things might go well for us it will not always be true. Submitting to God does not automatically mean we will have all of these wonderful things happen to us it just means we are being obedient without the expectation of reward.

it’s a lot like a mom. I don’t do the dishes, laundry and multitude of chores that pile up every day for a reward… i do them because they need to be done. i do them out of obedience to my household. God loves me when i’m lazy and I don’t do house work and he loves me when i’m motivated and do do housework. Good things happen in my house when it’s clean, but bad things happen in my house when it’s clean too…

It never quiet explained the ‘moral to the story’ in Job but so many lessons about doubt, honor, obedience, strength, submission and lesson upon lesson can be learned in Job.

 

I hope you all have a great week.

tlainey

My word of the year

Submit.

2016 was crazy. We did a lot. not only did we do a lot but it was a year with more changes.. there are always changes!! I guess by now I would be used to them, but i’m not and it throws me off and I feel like 2016 turned into the year of no time for God.

no time for God.

that breaks my heart. My heart is for Jesus, He is my number one, my life, my strength.. but something happened this year and it’s like I just had no motivation any more.

I want motivation back. I want conviction, yearning, hunger.. i want those back.

I realized I can’t make those come back. I can’t force motivation, hunger, conviction.. those are all natural tendencies and if those are going to come back I have to submit.

I have to submit to God, to a relationship with Him, submit to what He is telling me, to where He wants me to go and what He wants me to do.

SUBMIT

I don’t know how to do this. I’m the most controlling person I know. I continually fail at submitting to my husband, myself, my kids.. I am a mess at submitting, but thats what makes it beautiful I guess… to not know… because that’s what submitting is.. letting go.

Googled “Definition of Submit”:

sub·mit
səbˈmit/
verb
  1. accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.
     synonyms:
     – give in/way, yield, back down, cave in, capitulate;  surrender, knuckle under

                         “she submitted under duress”
     – be governed by, abide by, be regulated by, comply with, accept, adhere to, be subject to, agree to, consent to, conform to
                         “he refused to submit to their authority”

so i’m starting with bible studying.. here I go.

Psalms 2:9-11:

You will break them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’”
Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.

some translations say  in verse 9 “dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” usually when the potter is referenced in the bible it’s talking about ‘the maker’ or God.  I see this particular verse and while it looks like God is just going to destroy all the nations I just looks to me like he’s going to break them, as in break their hearts, and put them together in His image.

Verse 10 & 11 are a little more straight forward, God wants the kings/rulers/leaders of the nations to turn to Him, respect Him, fear Him.. I mean could you imagine the world submitting to God. what a beautiful world.

I thought this was a pretty fitting passage for the new year (which was randomly just at the top of 56 verses about submitting).  One, it teaches me that one way to submit is to respect God and know that He is in charge of this world no matter what leaders are. Two, because of our new president. Our country is so divided.. understandably. there are 2 much different views in this country right now. But I have hope and I pray desperately that our new ruler of our country reads this verse and serves the Lord with reverent fear and rejoices with trembling. in the mean time I’m going to try to do that too.

excuse my misspellings and horrible horrible grammar, but it’s my thing and my blog.

love tlainey