I Desire to Live a Fearless Life

With my heart pounding and reluctance in my fingertips, I turned back to 2 Kings 5:1-14.  I read the story of God healing a prideful foreigner.  The reluctance was because I knew God wanted to change my heart.  There are certain things I just want to ignore and tuck away in hidden places.  Nothing is hidden from the Lord and the more I seek Him, the more He drags out those things I tuck away.  There was a yucky place in my heart that did not want to know about this foreigner and I certainly did not want to write about Him.  Lord, please forgive me.

I just wanted to study the life of our Savior this morning.  I picked up where I left off and began reading in Luke 4:14.  While reading about Jesus being rejected in Nazareth the Lord abruptly stopped me at verses 25-27 and rerouted my study.

“And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭4:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Needless to say, I spent the rest of the morning reading about a Syrian commander, a forgeigner,  who did not know the one true God.  His story was many years before Jesus spoke the words of Luke 4:27 but Jesus wanted us to recall this story.

I encourage you to read 2 Kings 5:1-14.

Why would God heal a prideful foreigner who did not believe in Him?  There are probably many reasons why God healed him.  But, I spent most of the morning dwelling on this one. Through a young slave girl who knew God (there is much to learn from this fearless one), Naaman, all his company and even Israel (God’s people) would know there is one true God.  God healed Naaman so all around him might know Him!

Here’s Naaman words,

“Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him. And he said, “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.””
‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭5:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God wants all to know Him.  He has a giant heart for all of us, even foreigners.

This issue of opening our hearts to foreigners scares me.  Don’t throw stones, I am just trying to be honest.  I wrestle with this.  I want to ignore it and tuck it away.  But, I take comfort in knowing that this does not scare Jesus.  There are many accounts of Jesus opening his arms to foreigners.  I desire to live a fearless life trusting completely in our Lord God Almighty.  This is my prayer. This is all I know how to do today.

I don’t know the answers to our immigration problems today.  I don’t even know where I stand on all that.  The Lord has appointed President Trump and other leaders to do their best for all people.

What I know I can do is,

seek the Lord’s guidance through His Word,

pray for missionaries and the people they are trying to reach, and the leaders of our country,

and give to support those loving foreigners in Jesus’ name.

“Whatever we do we must not treat the Great Commission like it’s the great suggestion.”  ~Charles R. Swindoll

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Beautiful Hearts

Besides my family, I couldn’t think of a better group of women to share our home with first.  We had a great lunch and even better fellowship.  I thank the Lord for these precious souls.

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These beautiful hearts

love Jesus,

are always looking to serve,

do things right,

pay attention to detail,

cook from scratch,

check on their friends (oh, how I want to be a better friend),

faithfully attend church,

are faithful to their commitments to the church,

diligent to study the Word,

and diligent to pray.

Some may wonder why I am a part of WMU (Women on Mission), that’s a pretty good list of why.  I gain so much from these ladies that are ahead of me in age and knowledge.

I have learned you can be steadfast and faithful after your husband passes away.  There is kingdom work being done when you bake a cake or casserole for a meeting where someone hears the name of Jesus.  Praying for our missionaries, our church and our community matters.  When someone is in need, serve and serve them well.  Lives are eternally changed when we pray, give and go. They make me want to put my phone down and go follow Jesus.

I encourage all of you to find women like this in your life and hang out with them.  It is refreshing to the soul.  The Lord is so good and patient with me.  I read and study quite a bit and I often wonder, how do I do this Lord? How am I to be a part of the great commission?  As I have watched these godly women, He has gently whispered to my heart, “This is how, love and serve where I have placed you.”

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We are Women on Mission in Holdenville, Oklahoma.  Our mission is to know Christ and to share Christ.  I pray for God’s guidance this year for WMU.  There is much work to be done.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭AMP‬‬

We will go!

Let Your Mind Wander in Truth

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2017!  Awww, my kids are off to school, my hubby is off to check things on the ranch (I know he wonders what I do with my spare time at home 😉 ).  I have just a bit to reflect and write.  I could write about the good and bad of 2016 or a wonderful Christmas break but that is not what excites my heart this morning.

As some of you, I begin this year wondering what to study.  I looked at the stack of books I someday want to read.  I went through the old study books that are on my shelf.  All of which looked appealing.  Then the Lord prompted me to study on in Luke.

I have spent some time in the Old Testament discovering some of the great accounts of God’s faithfulness, pointing us to Jesus our Redeemer the last few years.  I also have spent time with my family this Christmas season reading through and reflecting on Luke 1-2:20 (Jesus’ birth).  So, it only seems fitting that I would have a desire to start 2017 with learning more about Jesus, the One I call Lord!

What happens after the shepherds leave?  What will this baby Jesus do?  Who is He?  What else does the Lord share with us through this writer Luke?  These are the questions that linger and cause me to seek our Savior through the pages of the Bible.

Luke begins the book of Luke with, Most honorable Theophilus.

According to Women’s Evangelical Commentary New Testament, “Most honorable Theophilus (transliteration from Greek, “lover of God”) was probably a person of distinction, possibly a statesman or Roman official or perhaps even a religious leader.  His exact identity is unknown.  The name may also have served as a literary device for addressing all believers, who would be “lovers of God” by virtue of their commitment to Christ” (p. 138).

This address is intriguing to me.  I am going to go with, he is addressing all lovers of God.  That’s me!  That’s us! I am excited to dive into Luke’s accurate account of the life of Jesus. I am eager to know Jesus more. 🙂 He is so much more than a baby in a manger.

Wherever you find yourself in the Bible this year, let your mind wander and question as you study and hear the Word of God.  Ask Him to reveal truth to you.

“so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught [that is, the history and doctrine of the faith].”
‭‭LUKE‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Lord, I pray that You reveal truth to us. Show us who You are.