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Does the Bible Really Say That? April 10, 2015

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By Milada Vigerova

A couple of times in the last few weeks I have either heard, or read, someone say that the Bible says “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”

By the third time I heard that I needed to look it up because something didn’t sit right with me, since I knew there where many times in my life I had more than I could handle without Jesus.

I believe this is the verse this thought is coming from: The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)

Even in other translations it is talking about temptation not situations. When people “quote” that verse and use the word handle I think of situations such as illness, relationship issues, rebellious children, losing a job, etc. These are things that are done to us and that we don’t have a choice, they just happen.

I couldn’t handle being sexually abused. A child’s mind can not handle, or process, that invasion of body. For years I was under the delusion that  I handled it and my way of handling it without Jesus was to nearly ruin my marriage.

I don’t believe God does give us more than we can handle but I believe He allows things to happen in our lives that are more than we can handle without Him. It’s when we reach that moment of crisis that we have a choice to turn to Him or turn away and it truly will be more than we can handle. If we turn to Him than He will take the burden for us.

Back to this verse though…it is talking about temptation. We do have a choice when it comes to being tempted we can either give in or take the way out that God provides. We never have to give into temptation, we have a choice.

However, if cutbacks are happening at your job and you’re fired you don’t have a choice, you lose your job. But the choice comes in how we handle that situation. Do we become angry at God and turn away, therefore becoming completely overwhelmed? Or do we rest in God’s goodness and know that He has a plan?

Or how about the family that keeps getting the cancer diagnosis? They overcome and then there is more, they overcome again, then there is more. Can they really handle that on their own? No. It is more than they can handle. They need Jesus!!

I believe God does allow us to have more than we can handle so we will turn to Him. So we will see our depravity and our weakness. Our complete and utter need for Him.

That is called crisis and so many people have come to know Him because they have had more than they can handle. I knew Jesus for nine years but it wasn’t until I had more than I could handle that went deeper with Him. I couldn’t do it on my own.

My point is this: the Bible never says God won’t give us more than we can handle. Things will happen to us that seem way beyond us and we can let God handle it or try to handle it ourselves.

We can’t handle most of what life throws at us and when we try to do it in our own strength we will end up tired and depressed. However, God will never leave us or forsake us so we don’t have to handle it on our own. We have a Savior who has already overcome whatever this world tries to throw at us. We just need to keep pressing in and resting in Him. Let Him handle every situation because God won’t give Himself more than He can handle 🙂

 

 

Seeped in His Will January 23, 2015

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cafe-rougeMy prayer this morning was that I would be seeped in God’s will. I stopped on that thought and a visual came to mind. What do you we seep? Teabags.

 

I pictured seeping a teabag in a cup of hot water. What happens to the tea? It starts to mix with the water. But, what happens if you leave the teabag in too long? The tea is too strong, the water gets cold, it’s not good.

 

That is what happens when we impose our will on God’s.

 

If we want to be seeped in His will first we must place ourselves in His hands. He will keep the things in our lives that are His will, it will mix with His. Then we should remove whatever is leftover and throw it away, because what is left isn’t Him, it’s us.

 

Often we ask for His will and then we plop our will in His and we sit there. What happens? His will can’t be done because we are getting in the way, and it tastes bad.

 

If we truly long for His will, even if we don’t know what it is, we must trust Him.

 

We can place ourselves inside His will, even if we don’t know fully what that is and let Him take the things we have that are of His will and mix that with His heart and then we get out of the way. Don’t sit there trying to get what you want, it won’t be good anymore and it won’t ever be His will anymore, it will be ours.

 

One other danger I often see is that we say we want God’s will but we don’t even get in the hot water, we only pay lip service. Getting in the water is uncomfortable, you might have to let go of some things you care for dearly. But God’s plans are so much better than anything we could ever hope to ask for.

 

Pray for God’s will, ask to be seeped in it. Let Him get the perfect mixture and then get out of the way. Sit back and enjoy, it’s sure to be a perfect cup of tea!

 

Try this: Make yourself a cup of tea. Watch the tea mix with the water, as you do pray that God will only take what is pleasing to Him and leave the rest in the bag. As you throw away the teabag picture throwing away your will. Drink the tea and it’s goodness and know that God’s will is good and perfect. Praise Him and thank Him, for He is good.

 
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” Luke 22:42

 

Still, Small Voice October 10, 2014

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By Mr. Marco

Happy Friday everyone!!

Today I wanted to share with you a cool thing that happened to my daughter this week that has reminded me to listen to that still, small voice, otherwise known as the Holy Spirit.

Sunday night my daughter was packing for her volleyball game and she grabbed her shorts. As she did something inside her made her think, Maybe I should pack my extra pair.

She told me later, “Mom, I never take an extra pair with me, but something told me I should. I almost didn’t do it but I packed them anyway.”

The next day as the girls were getting ready for their game another girl groans, “Oh, no. I forgot my shorts.”

My daughter dug out the never-packed-before pair of shorts and gave them to the girl to wear.

Wow.

I realized and shared with her that she heard the Holy Spirit tell her to bring those shorts.

As we talked about this I wondered how many times I (we) don’t listen to that little voice inside of us and we miss the chance to bless someone else?

I know I don’t always listen to that voice. I will think, Oh, that’s a nice thought but I don’t have time for that. Ouch, am I squelching the Holy Spirit when I ignore that voice? Probably and therefore I have missed an opportunity to bless someone else.

My challenge to us all is to be very aware of those odd thoughts that come out of nowhere and be a blessing to someone. You may never know the impact you’ve had on their lives but Jesus does:)

Has this ever happened to you, maybe you listened to that voice, or someone blessed your because they did? We would LOVE to hear your story. Feel free to share in the comments.

 

When I Journal He Speaks by Dr. Michelle Miner June 24, 2014

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The Voice of God Is Just a Journal Entry Away! Experienced therapist, teacher, mentor and one who flows in prophetic insight and wisdom, Dr. Michelle Miner will demonstrate and instruct you both in the value of journaling and how to journal in this interactive book. When I Journal He Speaks shares with you Michelle’s journey of learning how to use journaling to hear the voice of the Lord, so you can embark on that same uplifting, amazing road to a closer relationship with God. Maybe you’ve thought about journaling before, but you don’t think you are a writer, or you worry that you don’t know how to do it correctly. The good news is there is no right or wrong way to journal-and you can start in any way that feels comfortable to you. You will learn to discern the true voice of God and to have confidence in the knowledge that He is speaking to you. Your journal can become a resource upon which you can reflect to remind you of the words that God has given to comfort and inspire you. If you’ve ever heard someone say “God spoke to me” and wondered how that was possible…this book is for you. As you become closer to the Lord, you will begin to hear His voice in your everyday life. God speaks-are you ready to receive the gift of His voice?

My thoughts:

When I first got this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have always journaled a bit but never consistently as an adult. But as soon as I read the first journaling experience and quieted my heart I immediately sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart and words poured forth.

How do I know they are from the Holy Spirit and not my own mind? I ask myself if they line up with what Scripture says. As long as nothing is out of line I feel what I am hearing must be from God.

I really needed this book as I have been struggling with intimacy with my Savior recently and wondered if He still spoke to me. The answer is, yes, He does.

This is a 40-day journey where you will listen for God’s voice regarding intimacy, defeating the enemy, words of encouragement, living in God’s presence, what keeps you from living in His presence, remaining in His presence and safety in God’s presence.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. We all need more of Jesus and this one way you can connect with Him. It was so encouraging to encounter His presence each day and have this book to guide me to ask Him questions and listen for His answer. I know this might be a bit different than what some of you are used to but I challenge you to take the plunge and dive deep into the waters of intimacy.

You can request this copy from local bookstore or grab your copy at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

A copy of this book was given to my by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

Give It All May 2, 2014

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white flowerI wasn’t sure what to post today, or if I would. But I just came out of a journaling time with the LORD, and I feel He wants me to share this with you today. I will just write down exactly what He spoke to me. May you be blessed.

You often sing songs about wanting more of me. Where do you think that desire comes from?

I too, want more of you. I want all of you. Even the parts you think are too ugly to give, even the parts you have given over and over and you think I do nothing with, even the parts you think I can’t change, even the parts you think don’t really matter. Give it all.

I want it all.

I am not selfish, just in love with you.

We cannot obtain true intimacy until you give it all to me. Just as you cannot have true intimacy with your spouse if you don’t give yourself completely…body and mind, the same is true with me.

You try to cover parts from me and you don’t let me touch them.

Give it all.

 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. Mark 10:21-22 NASB

 

 

In The Doorway February 21, 2014

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I wrote this devo several years ago before my son even started school and it was only my daughter leaving the house, but I love the truth in this. Hope you will be blessed.

doorway 2Every morning I stand at my door and watch my daughter walk over to the neighbor’s house. I watch to make sure she gets there safely but I also watch and wait because there’s a chance she’ll turn around and wave at me.

Today was one of those mornings.

As she prepared to open the door and walk into the neighbor’s house she turned toward me smiled and waved. I waved back, happy that I waited so I could be there for her.

Most mornings she doesn’t wave or look for me. She just walks in the house without giving me much thought. But I want to be there for those days when she does need me to be there

As I thought about this God whispered, “I do that for you too.”

How true.

God waits in the doorways our lives, our days, waiting to be invited in. He waits on the wonderful moments when we remember Him and turn to Him.

He watches to make sure we get to where we need to go safely. Most days and moments we forget that He’s there and we keep marching along our merry way.

But that doesn’t mean He isn’t there. He wants to be there so when we do need Him to be He is at the ready, more than willing to wave back and do whatever is necessary for His child.

How sad that we don’t always remember that He stands at the door of our hearts. How sad that we often forget about Him and completely ignore His willingness to love us. I know how my heart smiled when my daughter waved at me today. Can you imagine how much more our Heavenly Father would smile and be pleased if we turned to him always, if we never did anything without realizing that He is with us, always?

Life becomes a great challenge when we go about our own way without taking the time to remember our Father is watching and waiting. He longs to be there for us but He won’t thrust Himself on any of us. He is patient — thank goodness — and loving.

Next time you are running around and feeling alone turn toward your Father, He’s standing in the doorway of your life. Why don’t you invite Him to stay awhile?

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends” Revelation 3:20

What about you? Are you going about life trying to make it without taking time with God? Or are you inviting Him into your life?

 

There’s No I in God…..or is There? January 31, 2014

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hands 2The other day someone approached me and said that all of our worship songs are about “I, me, we, us” and that they like hymns better because they aren’t that way.

I was caught off guard, I told them I would have to mull that over.

As I thought about that comment I realized most hymns contain these same words, “This is MY Story,” “I’LL Fly Away,” “Bless Assurance Jesus is MINE,” “Be Thou MY Vision,” “What can wash away MY sin.” The list can go one but I think you get the hint.

My point here is that I, me, we, us, are in God. I don’t know how to sing about God without me in it because I am in Jesus!!! His word says abide in Me and I will abide in you. He created us for relationship and with relationship comes words like we and us. Without a relationship we just have religion and I don’t want that.

Our ancestors understood that when they were writing hymns, we need to be in Christ and He needs to be in US. Jesus is Mine, and I want His vision to be MY vision.

I don’t want to take me out of Jesus, or Jesus out of me, do you? I would be lost, hopeless.

We aren’t being self-centered in our worship when we sing about how much WE love Jesus, how He saved US. We are being completely God-centered and that is the only way we should be.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV