The Sticky Stuff Solution: “Into the Word” Week 16

  I hate price tag stickers.  They stick with stubbornness to my new pretty purchases.  I voiced this opinion loudly in sheer frustration last Tuesday evening, and my husband came to my rescue.  He indicated that he had some “stuff” in the garage that would remove the offensive sticker.  I yielded my possession to Him, and off he went into his man cave.  Five minutes later, he returned with the sticker completely gone.  I must admit that I wished I had  invited him into the situation earlier as I had spent a lot of useless energy trying to do the impossible on my own.

As the week has progressed, I found myself thinking about this magical solution that helps remove sticky stuff with such ease.  I longingly wished I could apply this liquid wonder to other situations.  Would it work if applied to a stubborn heart?  Perhaps the “sticky stuff solution” could remove the dross from the stony heart of my “tough cookie” that is so desperately blind to his need of the Savior?  This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,”  I discovered that God does provide a solution — a balm that helps to loosen up a rocky soul: 

Don’t you see

how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you?

Does this mean nothing to you?

Can’t you see

that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Romans 2:4, NLT

Do you see God’s remedy?  I am called to extend God’s kindness to others.  He forgives our sins past, present, and future.  As I mirror His grace to others, stubborn hearts soften to His love and leading.  Rather than striving to knock some sense into the willful, I need to surrender the “sticky situation” to my Jesus.  Softening the stubborn heart is His specialty.

Q4U:  How has God’s kindness helped soften up the stony places in your heart?   Do you have a tough cookie in your life?  I would love to chat with you in the comment section below.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at Faith Filled Friday, Thought Provoking Thursdays, God -Bumps and God-Incidences, Allume, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” 

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Family Reunion: “Into the Word” Week 15

  Last April, my husband and I headed north to re-unite with family around my sister-in-love’s table.  A gracious hostess, she opened up her heart and home for the invasion of her crazy family.  The occasion was a  solemn one — we gathered to honor the life of their mom.   Ms. BJ’s children lovingly placed her next to her husband in the family plot and planted a beautiful blossoming tree to commemorate her life.  Over the last year, the eldest sibling has served as executor of the estate — carrying out her final wishes to bless her family.  Daily, her children honor her legacy by extending to others the generosity and kindness that Mom modeled for them.  I have learned such rich lessons through their example.

This week, as I walked away from Easter, I thought about how I should live my life in light of the resurrection.  How am I to honor Christ — since I am left behind to carry on His name?  What a privilege to be a member of God’s family!  What joy to know that one day we will have a heavenly divine reunion and gather around His table!  As I was digging Into the Word yesterday, I discovered in Zephaniah 3 a spectacular testament full of precious promises.  Each statement begins with our Abba Father saying, “I will”:

  • I will take delight in you with gladness (v. 17).
  • I will calm all your fears.
  • I will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
  • I will gather you who mourn and you will be disgraced no more (v.18).
  • I will deal severely with those all who have oppressed you (v.19).
  • I will save the weak and helpless ones.
  • I will bring together those who were chased away.
  • I will give glory and fame to those who have been mocked and shamed.
  • I will bring you home again (v.20).
  • I will give you a good name, a name of distinction.
  • I will restore your fortune.

Did you see it?  He will bring you home again — a family reunion sitting at His feet.  No matter how far you have wandered, God will lead you back if you seek Him anew. What an inheritance we have to look forward to!  He is mighty to save.

Q4U:  What are you most looking forward to when you get to heaven? How do you seek to honor Christ’s name as a member of His family?  What do you love about sitting at His table?  I am looking forward to chatting with you in the comment section below.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at  Faith Filled Friday, Thought-Provoking Thursday, God -Bumps and God-Incidences, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” 

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Verse 6: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

My husband is collecting water — a gallon per person per day for a two-week supply.   Because I live in Florida, home to hurricanes and strong winds, we must have a reservoir of water for when the storm comes.  Right now, all of his supplies take up much needed space, but one day soon, I will be thankful for his diligent preparation.

In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang explains how our heart is a reservoir where we must hide God’s Word:

“To lead a life in search of wisdom

we must learn Scripture by heart.

Scripture contains half a dozen major treasuries

of practical and spiritual wisdom.

When we store them up in our heart,

we deepen our reservoir of wisdom” (p.34).

How about you?  Are you ready to get your spiritual reserves ready for the storm? Let’s hold each other accountable by Hiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida:

“For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion

nor disregard of religion amounts to anything.

What matters is something far more interior:

faith expressed in love.

Galatians 5:6 (MSG)

Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

“And we know that in all things

God works for the good

of those who love Him,

who have been called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

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