Day 423: You Ain’t Lion

I went to my Beth Moore Patriarch’s study Wednesday night (each week is so… transformational and so very, very timely) and she talked a bit about how my God is the same God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The same God has Moses. as Noah. as Daniel.

She brought up that God still does save people from the mouths of lions (and honestly, she does a perfect job of explaining this comparison, so if you ever get a chance to do this study, then grab it)… he saves us from the lion… that roaring lion, Satan.

Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen 1 Peter 5:6-11

And the minute that she brought up that verse 8 (bolded above), I knew exactly what she was talking about. God has used his mighty power to rescue me from the mouth of the roaring lion. And, might I say, he still IS rescuing me from the mouth of the roaring lion.

At first says “humble yourselves”. I think that was the difference between all the other times in my life where Satan has had my head in his vicious gaping mouth of death… this time, I humbled myself. Said, God… I can.not. do this. Said, God… Only. You. can. do. this.

And I’m saying that to Him again now- as that temptation of gluttony and sugar-filled eating stealthily creeps up on me like a lion about to devour its prey, I know that when the lion has me in his reach… just like Daniel… only God can save me.

God, you are The Most High. You are my Shepherd who protects me from the roaring lion for Your Glory. Today God, I feel the lion’s presence. I know he is waiting, hoping, and longing to devour me wholly and completely. Lord God, protect me with your strong arm. Reach down in your mercy and flick that shrewd devil away like the pest that He is and bring me into your Love and Grace. I want to glorify You. I want to bring You Honor. I humble myself under Your Mighty Power. Amen.

Day 421: Oh, Lord.

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Lately, I’ve been realizing that I go to God in prayer like this “Oh, Lord… I just want to know your plan for me.” or “Oh Lord, please just reveal yourself to me.” or whatever, “Oh Lord, blaka blaka blaka blaka…” It doesn’t matter so much WHAT I am saying or asking for… what matters is that I am starting out all my prayers “Oh Lord + Request”. Yeahhhhhhhh, that’s not really what He’s looking for in our relationship.

Heck, that’s not what I’M looking for in our relationship.

So, today, I take a moment to remind myself of the names of God, so that I can go to Him in a prayer that honors Him a little bit more than one that starts off with focusing on me.

Oh Lord, You are…

  • The Most High God
  • Creator
  • The Lord My Banner
  • Provider
  • Peace
  • Lord of Hosts
  • The All-Sufficient One
  • Lord and Master
  • Lord… Yahweh Jehovah
  • The I AM
  • The Everlasting God
  • Jealous
  • My Shepherd
  • The Healer
  • There
  • Our Righteousness
  • The One Who Sanctifies Me

I want to focus my prayers to be about Him, to focus on Him, to honor Him, to worship Him.

And we can deal with me later.

Oh Lord, you are my peace when I’m not sure of the future. You are the One who provides ev.er.y.thing. You are my Lord and Master and I remember right now, God that you are always THERE. You guide me and keep me safe: You are my shepherd. I rely on you, God, to be my righteousness, to be the one that makes me pure and deals with my sins. You are God. You are the I AM. And I worship You. I love You. I adore You. I need You. I bow to You. I acknowledge You as the Most High. Thank you God for letting me speak to You. Thank you God for wanting to interact with me. Thank you God for being my identity and giving me the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome my sins and to glorify You. Thank you God. Amen!

Day 419: Just Jesus

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This past week, I needed a bit of a break from blogging, well… actually, I needed a break from the internet and computers and technology in general… sorry I didn’t give anyone a heads up about it, I sorta didn’t realize I needed a break until Monday night last week when it was time to start thinking of a blog and, well, just the thought of it sorta exhausted me.

Nonetheless, the week was not without tests and triumphs!

But it’s funny… as I sit here wanting to write about one of my tests or triumphs, none of them really jump out at me as write-worthy. I mean, I struggled with a Take5 candy bar that my son (who doesn’t like chocolate) started to eat and then abandoned. I might write about that one later, because it did lead to an epiphany. I overate a lot trying to avoid that Take5 bar before I had my little epiphany. I didn’t eat a cake or cupcake at my husband’s grandfather’s 80th birthday, oh, AND my green skinny-style jeans fit more loosely around the hips/muffin top than they have before. My husband’s grandfather drove past me playing with my sons and their cousins and thought I was my sister-in-law WHO WEARS A SIZE 4! And that sister-in-law told me she was going to let me have some of her old size 6 jeans and was surprised to learn that I was a size 8.

So, yeah, the week has had some good and “meh” stuff.

But, all I want to write about is Jesus.

I’ve been getting frustrated… no, not frustrated… confused lately about the fact that I haven’t lost any more weight in a long time (and, yes, I do have some more weight I could lose). And then I see this verse and although it’s actually about his return, it still reminds me that God sometimes doesn’t answer things right when I expect or want Him to… for a reason.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9

And I go into His Word this morning to remind myself that He. Is. My. Strength. I could commentate on each of these verses, but I think I’m just gonna let the Word of God do its thang this morning.

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:29

I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. 1 Chronicles 16:11

God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. Psalms 18:32

O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! Psalm 22:19

He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:3

(Note: the pic above is from The Action Bible)