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Pieces of Discernment

Oftentimes we are given a scripture or thought to spend time figuring out.  Maybe it was easily understandable — but other times, we can’t make heads or tails over the meaning, or if it’s even a message for US.

This is when spiritual discernment steps in.  Find a trusted advisor, someone who is spiritually sound, they do not have to be a minister, sometimes a good friend can help sort it out WITH you, not for you.

As a wise friend recently told me — it’s my seeking/understanding that matters most.  But sometimes we all need a little help!

Proverbs 2:3-5  Yes, if you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you and knowledge of God himself; you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting him.

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Confusing Pieces

Usually at least once a week I am mystified by a situation in my life and confusion sets in.

Our first instinct is to fix it ourselves.  BIG mistake.  The more we try to fix, the bigger the problem becomes.  It’s as if we are taking one small hill and overnight turning it into a mountain.

Philippians 4:8  Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.

Psalm 71:15   I cannot count the times when you have faithfully rescued me from danger. I will tell everyone how good you are, and of your constant, daily care.
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We do best when we don’t go it alone.  Put your faith and circumstances in God, He will never lead you astray.
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Stronger Pieces

Happy 2016!  This year our focus will be on strengthening our faith, looking at challenges with different eyes and learning that God is always, ALWAYS there.  No matter what. 

But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened.
What holds us back on our walk of faith?  Disbelief, fear, anxiety, emotional turmoil?  Feeling abandoned, betrayed, worthless?  Live on the positive, uplifting side of grace.
For Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk along his paths.
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May you walk in faith, grace and the love of Jesus.  He is all you need.
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Pieces of Self Care

We are complicated beings.  If you have faith in God, you have one less stressor than most, and it’s a great comfort when in pain; emotional or physical.

However, it’s important we know when to care for ourselves, by letting others know — hey we need a break, or a nap, or I just require an hour to read.

Other human beings generally can’t read our minds, so if we don’t ask for what we need, they simply will not know.

Be kind to yourself.  Do some deep breathing, stretch, nap, read a book, decompress.

James 2:8 Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey our Lord’s command, “You must love and help your neighbors just as much as you love and take care of yourself.”
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Pieces of Refuge

When we are fearful, feeling alone, unsure or a myriad of other emotions that make us want to crawl into a cave or throw a blanket over our heads, what better time than to seek refuge from your heavenly Father?  He is better than a cold, dark cave, and brings light back into our heart so we can cast off the heavy blanket.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Ruth 2:12  May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
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Pieces of Serenity

We all experience highs and lows in our daily lives.  Praying, meditating on God’s word, being in fellowship with like-minded people, all good for trying times.

I have found that the Serenity Prayer works wonders when I need an easy-to-remember reminder of dealing with only right now.

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2 Corinthians 12:9   But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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The testimony piece

Today I’d like to share part of my testimony with you, which – until this morning, I didn’t realize I had!  God doesn’t really work in mysterious ways, He reveals what we can handle!

The biggest source of healing in my life, has been emotional.  All of my broken pieces have been soldered back together; not at one time, but over a period of many years.  God has restored relationships and even healed memories.

The biggest eye opener for me; is that I left God behind, He never left.  NEVER.  He was always there, available to me if only I had asked.  But I didn’t ask.  Instead I let disappointment fuel my anger towards God.  Some might say that is blasphemy, but I believe more than anything, God wants our honesty, he desires a close relationship with me.  How can it be close if it’s superficial?  God has seen me at my absolute worst, not many of us have gotten that close to another human being.  “Warts and all” a description to sum up what God accepts from me.

Share your testimony, here or with another.  Let the story of your life be a ‘saving piece.’