Monthly Archives: January 2011

Some Thoughts to Ponder

This past December I had the privilege to attend a Deeper Still conference in Alabama.

The  speakers for this weekend conference were Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer.

I know!!!  Wow!!!

It was an awesome weekend. A really great treat for me during this time of year. A break from the stressful life of retail.

A few days ago I decided to look over my notes from that weekend and reflect back on what I felt  the Lord was speaking to me through these three beautiful women.

Words cannot be put to paper concerning all that took place in my heart during those two days. It was such an honor to worship the Lord with over thirteen thousand women.

I think it is pretty neat how God can gather that many ladies together, in one place, to  hear one message, and each lady can receive that one  message in a different way that is applicable to her own life.

I would like to share with you some statements that I jotted down in my journal that weekend. Some of the statements and questions are from the different speakers that spoke. Others are some thoughts that  I jotted down, as I allowed my heart to be opened to hear God that weekend.

Some thoughts to ponder:

Are you ready and willing to hear from God?  If so, are you willing to obey?

You have no idea what can happen when one person is obedient.

Do we know what He really expects from us?

Do we understand what it means to follow God?

What would happen if we all did what He asked us to do?

What are you doing with your life that you shouldn’t be doing?

Do you live and order your life by instruction from the word?

Christianity is not adding Jesus to your life.  If you’re a christian – Jesus is your life!!  Not an add-on.

Christianity is a change of mind that embraces Christ.

He is going to be the Supreme ruler of this earth one day- so why is He not the Supreme ruler of our lives?

Quite a bit to ponder……………………don’t you think?

Why are you Downhearted?

I wrote the following post in November. I had never published it. Today as I was reading over it  I felt very impressed to share it.

I can say, that the condition of my heart is very different today, than it was the day that I wrote this post..

I am so fortunate that I serve a God who restores our heart. A God of  hope.

Here is the post that I wrote in November:

Today as I was reading in I Samuel chapter 1 these words  “Why are you downhearted ?” caught my attention. This question was asked to Hannah by her husband Elkanah.

This past weekend I was  feeling  really  “downhearted”.

On Saturday afternoon I went out to eat with some of my family members.

They were laughing and talking. As I surveyed the other people in the restaurant, they were also laughing, talking and seemed to be having a good ol time enjoying one another’s company.

 I have to admit I wasn’t enjoying anything. I resented hearing all of the laughter and seeing everyone smiling.

 Why were they afforded the privilege of being so happy?  When I was feeling so “downhearted”?

 Now, I have to admit the circumstances causing my feelings were  nothing in comparison to what was causing Hannah to feel so downhearted.

In this particular passage Hannah is faced with the reality that she was unable to conceive a child. In Old Testament times if a woman could not conceive a child she was considered a failure.  It was ancient Middle Eastern custom for the wife to give one of her maid servants to her husband to bear children for her if  she could not conceive  a child.

Hannah was  married to Elkanah who was also married to Peninnah. Peninnah had children. Peninnah constantly provoked and taunted  Hannah concerning the fact that she could not bare children.  Thus, causing Hannah to have feelings of unworthiness.

According to customs Elkanah could have left his barren wife. But Elkanah loved Hannah and remained devoted to her  even in the midst of social criticism.  Elkanah tried to encourage Hannah but his kind words and actions were not enough to heal Hannah’s pain.

The symptoms for my feeling downhearted and Hannah’s were completely different. But the solution to overcome this present state of mind is the same.

Hannah had good reason to be bitter and sad.

She was constantly taunted and put down by Peninnah. Eli, the high priest did not understand her motives. Elkanah, her devoted, loving husband could not solve her problem for her.

Hannah had a choice to make.

She could strike back at the people in anger,using ugly words and continue to live with the fact that she would never have children.  She could have turned away from everyone and everything and became a bitter lost soul.

But Hannah chose to turn to the Lord and pray.

In this passage in I Samuel 1:15-16, listen to Hannah’s response to Eli,who thinks she has been drinking.

” Not so my lord,”  Hannah replied,” I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer, I have been pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

Hannah was pouring out her soul to God.  She was praying out of great  anguish and  pain.

I am sure that all of us have been in a  similar situation like Hannah’s  before. Where we have felt there wasn’t a solution to the problem.  Maybe no one understands what you are going through.  Maybe we have felt that there was no one who could fix things for us.

Today you may be going through a difficult circumstance in your life. You may feel that there is nowhere to turn.

Hannah’s story is a story of hope. This story allows us to  see the faithfulness of God.

Where will you turn?

Will you choose to turn away from God? 

Or will you choose to turn to God and pour out your heart to Him?

 

 HEART VERSES

Psalm 117:2
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.