Monday, April 11, 2011

Reflecting

image of a sunset on L.I. taken by my daughter on 4/9

I have been thinking about this post and the comments that were left. I was surprised by some of the comments, but glad that people spoke their minds.


I have been thinking about what I wrote and even thought of deleting the whole post, so I wouldn't have to.


And though, I still believe in what I wrote, I have been thinking about judging others and what role I play in that.


I also started to take a look at myself. Alcohol is something I do not partake in, but how would I feel if someone were to look in my window and see what I watch on TV or what I eat. Or how much for that matter (something I have been working on). Would I want them to judge me?


So, I will work more on myself and less on what other people are doing.


Yesterday in Sunday school, our teacher told us to "get an arsenal of verses and saturate yourself with them."


So, here is my "arsenal" for the things I am working on, and praying about:


"Draw Me" Song of Solomon 1:4aKJV


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6NIV


"Parents, don't come down too hard on your children or you'll crush their spirits." Colossians 3:21 (the message)


"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 NIV


"(19) Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (20) you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 1Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV


“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. " Luke 6:37 NIV


"A Fool's mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul." Proverbs 18:7 NIV



What are some things you think on to get where you need to be? Helpful scriptures? What's in your "arsenal"?


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2 comments:

  1. Hi Chatty Mommy! Thanks for your open-ness here. I have to admit, I was unsettled after I left my comment on that particular post. Why? Well, because you are one of the people I've 'met' through blogging who I especially feel like I can connect to and relate to on so many different levels. And, here was an area where our thoughts differed. And, I didn't want you to think less of me. I think specifically my thoughts were something like, "Oh no. Maybe Chatty Mommy won't like me anymore."

    But, I had to let go of that 'stinkin thinkin'. The beauty of the body of Christ, the Church, is that we are made up of many different types of people. We may not always agree on different issues. There are sometimes that loving admonition is required...absolutely. But, there are other times that our differences can become a source of division in the church and take our eyes and our focus off of God.

    And, I absolutely hear you on the whole issue of judging others. I am right there with you and struggling with that. When is it loving admonition and when is it judging? I have friends who we used to go to church with who are going through some pretty rough stuff right now. They are headed toward divorce and I know each of them have made some bad choices. I'm upset. I'm disappointed. They should know better. I also know God still loves them and that I need to continue to love them. It's hard not to let judgement creep in when I know they are headed down the wrong path.

    Anyway, sorry for this uber-long response. You also asked about our scripture arsenal. First is one that I have carried with me ever since I memorized it in junior high. It is my reminder that God is never giving up on me and continues to work on me.

    Philippians (1:3?) "Being confident of this: that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

    The other types of verses I've been drawn to lately are ones that remind me of God's supreme power, authority, and holiness. I feel so weak so often. Knowing that I don't have to rely on my own strength but have the power of the Almighty in me is a huge encouragement. Here's one of those...

    Isaiah 51:14-16 "For I am the Lord your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves roar-the Lord Almighty is his name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand-I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, 'You are my people'."

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  2. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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