Monday, January 18, 2010

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The Desires of His Heart by Jennifer Erin Valent

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

When I was young, my girlfriends and I used to play a game where we would choose different ideals we had for our lives, from whom we wanted to marry, to what car we wanted to drive. Life seemed so simple then! In just one short game, I could plan my life out from start to finish. Funny thing is, I never did marry Johnny Depp, I don't live in a mansion, and I don't drive a Porsche.

Well, I was young, and it's certainly a blessing that I didn't end up having to live out the life I planned for myself then. But what about now? As an adult, I've had plenty of dreams for my life. I think I'm pretty intuitive about myself, and I've got a good idea how I think things should go. And since Scripture says the Lord will give us the desires of our hearts, shouldn't these things be coming to pass?

Maybe not. The Lord knows a whole lot more than we give Him credit for, and maybe what He has planned for our lives doesn't match up with what we have planned.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'" (NIV).

What a promise! In just a few words, this verse tells us how much God loves us and how much He wants to bless our lives. He wants our short walk on this earth to be worth so much! But then, what about those desires of our hearts? Where do they fit in?

The Hebrew definition of the word delight in Psalm 37:4 is interesting; it involves the idea of being soft and pliable. Makes me think of clay. I've used small blocks of clay before, and in order to be able to work with on e, I need to hold in it my hands and get it warm and soft, ready to be formed into the shape I intend for it to be. Sound familiar? "Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand" (Isaiah 64:8, NIV).

As the Potter forms us, we begin to know Him more. His thoughts become our thoughts. That's when God does more than grant us the desires of our hearts; He actually provides us with those very desires. We no longer want what we want, we want what He wants. And it is most certain that whatever the Lord wishes to bring to pass in our lives, He also desires to freely give us.

We're so often caught up in our own ideas that we forget to listen to His. What a difference it would make if we had God's best intentions at heart. If we could just step out in faith that our Father wants our very best, and that of all things on this earth, we could never have better than what He gives. What peace that would bring to us all. What delight that would bring to our Lord.

And what gifts that would place at our feet when He both provides and fulfills the desires of our hearts!

Dear Lord, help me to see how much You love me and how much You want for me. Take my heart in Your hand and fashion it after Your own heart so that I will know the beauty of what You desire for my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Friday, January 15, 2010

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Let me start off by saying losing weight is like being a Christain. No one can do it for you and you can't do it luke warm.

A few friends and I decided to sign up for Dump your Plump here on post. I was excited to have a reason and a goal for losing weight. Sarah and I went to work out yesterday at our neighborhood gym after the Weigh In. We're off to a great start. However, I know me and I knew that working out there just isn't going to be enough. My best times for doing things are early in the morning, "In Secret" a lot like my face down praying. That's when I know it's me and not because it's just the social thing to do.

Let's face it, if The Biggest Loser had a mini camp I would be all over that and lose 30 pounds in 2 months but most of America is Bigger than me and already obese has a greater desperation to lose weight than on the verge obese. Trust me, I've thought about shoveling in food just to go on there and be forced to lose weight but as soon as I do I would be the first one kicked off the show; up creek with out a paddle and still FAT.

As I got on the treadmil this morning (like I have many times) I searched through my Ipod to find something fitting for my mood. I heard this ...Boom..Boom.. I thought it was Planet Shakers as I kept listening I was pleased to hear Bon Jovi.. Love Him... As the song was playing... It's My Life, It's now or never I ain't gonna live forever.. first I took off running (which I don't usually do) but I started having flash backs of my conversation with AJ last night and having a baby. With him leaving we would have to wait til he got back. I would be over 36 when we had one. I thought about my age and how I'm not getting any younger. The kid thing isn't what got me...The fact of being 1% away from obese got me.. The fact is you should only gain 6 lbs a year and I have gained double that in 6 months. The fact is: I'm not getting any younger and I don't want to die and not see my kids graduated, get married and have kids or become one of tose people who phisically can't get out of their beds. Don't Laugh.. They all started from some where, they weren't born 400 pounds.

I started crying thinking "How did I get this way?" I always wanted to be the fit soccer mom. The friends that I have made in the past 8 years not to mention all my siblings wives/ husbands have all only known me as big.. The deadly "She has a great personality" and I do but I want the outside to look as great as the inside.

My weight has bever been a deep hidden issue . I't's plain and simple. I LIKE FOOD and I don't work out to stay healthy. You never here anyone on the Biggest Loser say.. I like the way it tast so I like to eat it and a Lot of it. Well, like Jon say's "It's My Life, It's Now or Never:"

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Sweet Aroma by Tracie Miles

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness." Galatians 5:22 (NIV)

A sweet thing happened recently. It was Sunday morning at church, and the congregation was standing, singing hymns. My precious little boy was beside me with his arms wrapped around my waist.

Every few minutes, he pressed his face into my shirt. After several times, I finally determined he was sniffing me, so I leaned down and quietly asked why. He stood on his tip toes, put his face close to mine and whispered, "Because you smell like fruit, Mommy! It smells really good!" I smiled and knew what he smelled was one of my favorite perfumes which has a clean, sweet, fruity aroma.

God turned my thoughts to how we're to be a pleasing aroma to Him, through thoughts, actions and behaviors carried out in the Spirit. Ephesians 5:2 encourages us to "…live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God" (NIV).

What does that really mean? How can we offer a fragrant offering that is pleasing to God and be a fragrance to those around us?

There is a Hawaiian saying, "Tiny is the flower, yet it scents the grasses around it." What a great illustration of how the smallest things can have impactful results. The fact that the flower is small and seemingly insignificant, does not keep it from spreading the fragrance it was created to share. In fact, often the smallest flower can have the most potent fragrance!

Sometimes we may feel like a tiny flower. We wonder if we are really capable of doing anything big or important for Christ. Insecurities, feelings of unworthiness or life challenges prevent us from seeing how God can use us to bless Him and impact others. It is not the size of the actions that matter, but the aroma that is created by those actions.

Each time we do something in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness we offer a fragrant offering to God. And we help others learn how to be a little fragrant flower too, in a big world that can be pretty stinky.Each one of us can choose what fragrance we exude. It might be a good idea to ask from time to time, What type of fragrance am I leaving behind? How am I affecting the world around me with the gifts God gave me? Am I exuding a spiritual aroma that is a fragrant offering to Christ?

Our lingering fragrance should be one of love and kindness, not anger and harshness. Patience and faithfulness, not intolerance and selfishness. And lifting people's spirits with joy and peace, not leaving them discouraged and broken. Our fragrance should be sowing seeds that point to the goodness of Christ.

When God created flowers, He intentionally created them to give off a sweet aroma. And He created us just the same. So, what fragrance are you wearing today?

Dear Lord, teach me how to smell like You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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