Galatians 5

 

I love how THE FATHER will remind you of passages in HIS WORD. This one was going through my head, but when I googled it get the reference, it sent me to the following instead. Coincidence? I think NOT!

Galatians 5

New International Version (NIV)

Freedom in Christ

5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

 

 

FREEDOM IN JESUS! Oh How I TRUST HIM!  And as I rest in this today…I am so loving His provision!

 

 

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I want to be a tree.

 

I do so love trees. Growing up in the desert,they became an anomaly to me.

This morning I took a walk with the Lord. I usually bring my iPod but today I didn’t.  Spending time in Prayer without distraction instead.

We spoke of many things.

I’m constantly having a strange inner dialog of late.

Something like…”Why do i pray that way? He knows “He’s Father God”, so why do I say it over and over?…”

Eventually though, my mind lets go and I just talk to HIM.

Maybe that’s what He’s trying to teach me, to just let go and speak…to commune with HIM.

I prayed that my loved ones would be trees today and that I would be one too.

“Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

I want that.

To be PLANTED, that I Yield Fruit in season, that I do not wither, that I prosper!

And that “just as received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live MY LIFE  in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as I WAS taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

I love how He speaks through His word, don’t you?

“You found a treasure too!” {day 16 of 31 Days of Random JOY!}

We took a walk today. It’s BEAUTIFUL  in the Midwest today. Warmer than we expected, so we walked with coats tied around our waists and hats held to our heads.

The geese are still here as are the ducks, and we just happened to have some old-ish bread (we never feed the ducks old bread because Boo always eats more than she throws).

It rains quite a bit during Fall here, so we didn’t spend much time at the park, taking the long way home instead.

M’Ang walking the Ginger (our “fat dog”), and Boo and I trailing behind.

Have I mentioned that I love trees?

I’ve always loved this season, but in the Midwest it’s sooo beautiful! So many colors that are around for such a short time.

As we walked home today, me reminding M’Ang to walk Ginger and not let Ginger walk her, Boo and I trailed behind.

“Look Mom, a purple one!” Boo says.

“oooh, I’ve never seen a purple one! Look there’s a whole tree full of them!” I reply.

“I think this one came from that tree!” Boo’s cute little voice squeeks.

I smiled.

“Look Boo, this one is perfect!” All orange and red.

“Momma, you found a treasure for the box too!”

I giggle and agree.

“Mom, which way?” M’Ang asks as we reach the corner.

“Tell Ginger to GO HOME! and see.”

They both were so surprised that the dog led us home.

 

🙂 this is my joy for today…my girls and their way of  looking at the world with such wonder!

 

till tomorrow friends.

 

“How fast are we going?”

 

 

 I find myself rushing through my life.

I’ve done it for so long that the second natured-ness of it doesn’t even feel odd anymore.

I do it to my girls. “hurry!” to get to no place.

it saddens me…I loathe it about myself.

Lately my babes have been interested in Miles per Hour. They both love street signs, so maybe that’s why.

“Momma, how fast are you going?” I hear from the back seat.

I look down “I’m going 25 baby.”

“How fast do we walk?” my oldest asks.

“I don’t know. Maybe 5mph.”

They’re curious about speed.

In a world where time is money and the faster you go the more you get, we race.

race the clock

race our co-workers

race ourselves trying to beat the times we tried to beat last time.

I want to live life slower.

To slow down and just walk without a deadline.

They played in the leaves today…i fought the urge to hurry them along…to not give them a time limit..

I wonder how much more JOY would be on their faces if…

…then I saw myself…

 It was only a sticky mess in the bottom of the fridge.

A mess that took a bit of scrubbing and a little time.

Yet that’s not what I in my RAGE saw or showed my darling girls.

There are times  when God allows me to step outside of myself for a moment…to get just a glimpse of what  my girls see.

In those moments where He shows me what they see…they see the enemy win.

Today I had one such moment.

My Sensitive child weeping while I was yelling and blowing a sticky mess WAY OUT OF PROPORTION!

In that small glimpse of me seen through her eyes…I saw UGLY!

My husband says my best trait is my quickness to seek forgiveness. It humbles me that I have such a trait…It sickens me that I have to use it so often.

When they were babies and I rocked them to sleep , many nights were spent weeping and seeking their forgiveness, even when they weren’t aware of my needing it. So many nights…so very VERY many. Even when they didn’t know what Ugly was, they saw it in me.

On Wednesdays nights, my friends are I are doing a book study. One that I didn’t necessarily want to be a part of…one that I know I need to be a part of.  I not only came “unglued” today, I RIPPED MYSELF AWAY FROM ME! I lost it…really really lost it.

But in that God given moment…I saw myself through her tear filled eyes. I saw who I don’t want to be. And in the weeping, embracing, and “I’m SO sorry”s…I saw His mercy.

The depth so deep…His arms so wide and my tears so not enough…and in that MERCY I know Joy will come.

On days like today when I stand in the yard, with tear filled voice whispering “I can’t do this.” When I’m a mess just as sticky as the one in bottom of my fridge…I know He sees more than this mess.

I am humbled that He hasn’t given up on my weaknesses…that His WORD is still true and He still so very good! And that dear one, is JOY.