A Consuming Fire

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Apparently, God is a bit of a pyromanic.   Last week, I read in Hebrews 12 that He is “a consuming fire,” and I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.  My Holy God is using the flame to refine my life — removing all that is not holy, all that will harm me.   This forging is a painful process, but one that results in greater growth and beauty.

May I never resist the flame.

Consume me, Lord.

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“So be truly glad.

There is wonderful joy ahead,

even though you have to endure

many trials for a little while.

These trials will show

that your faith is genuine.

It is being tested

as fire tests and purifies gold—

though your faith is far more precious

than mere gold.

So when your faith remains strong

through many trials,

it will bring you much praise and glory and honor

on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

I Peter 1:6-7, NLT

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Q4U:  How has God used the flame to refine your life?

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Lessons Learned in 3D — The Procrastinator’s Edition

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A while back, I decided that each Friday on the blog I would share what I am learning in the form of a top 10 list.

And then, life decided to get a little crazy.

So, I am just a tad bit behind.

Actually, I am three months behind.

Oops!  How did that happen?

Obviously, I have some catching up to do.

Here in no particular order are 10 things I have learned over the last 12 weeks:

1.  A home-cooked meal during a stressful week can be a game changer and help lighten the mood.  I suggest you pull out your crock pot and try Carolina Hot Pot.  (I added an extra jar of mild salsa at the end to cut the heat a bit.)

2.  A two-week vacation away from internet and cell phones will refresh your spirit (until you get back to civilization and discover that you have 300 e-mails). We had a wonderful time in Alaska.

vacation3.  Beth Moore reminded me that these “4 words resound in your mind, leap from your mouth, and strengthen your step this day” — THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Name the name.

4.  Writing a blog post every day for 31 days is not an impossible task.   (Remind me to send The Nester a thank you card.)

5.  Pinterest is packed full of fun ideas for Thanksgiving.

6. Biggest take-away about relationships from Beth Moore’s Sacred Secrets study:

  • Authenticity with All
  • Transparency with Most
  • Intimacy with Some

7.  Kevin DeYoung taught me a new framework for praying using Scripture — The 3R’s. 

8.  Praise and worship is a great prescription for a heavy heart. 

9.  I am clinging to this truth:

“And The Lord is faithful,

and He will strengthen

and protect you from the evil one”

(II Thessalonians 3:3, NASB).

10.  Cowboys make great theologians.  I snapped a picture of this sign when we had dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse earlier this week:

Courage

Q4U:  What have you learned lately?  I would love to hear about it.
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Walls Come Down

walls come down

My husband dropped me off at church last Wednesday night, and then he took quite a while to join me in the sanctuary.  I played Words with Friends on my phone and checked twitter as I waited.   We had arrived early, so there was “time to kill.”

When my husband finally appeared, I asked him if he had stopped to chat to Jon.  Because He always runs into Jon in the parking lot, and Jon is a talker.

“No,” he said.”  And then he proceeded to tell me about a horrifying voice message he’d listened to as he sat alone in the car.  He had no idea that the message would be an emotional bomb.  The news exploded  while I sat in the sanctuary blissfully unaware that my husband’s heart was breaking into a million little pieces.

I grabbed my husband’s hand, and I prayed.    There was nothing else we could do.

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The next day, as I sat at work, I wanted to encourage my husband’s heart, so I sent him a quick text.   His response made me smile.

Spiritual Warfare

We are going to shout loud.  Loud until the walls come down.  We win.

What walls are you facing today?  Is the enemy trying to tell you that there is no hope?  Don’t believe it, my friend.

Walls are meant to come down.  Keep shouting.

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“But you, God, shield me on all sides;

You ground my feet, you lift my head high;

With all my might I shout up to God,

His answers thunder from the holy mountain.”

Psalms 3:3-4, MSG

Q4U:  Have you seen a wall come down in your life?  I would love to hear your God story.

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Be a Light

Be a Light  

My husband and I decided to take a big step of faith a few weeks ago.  We prayed a rainbow prayer.  We moved forward believing that God is able to do the impossible.

But, sometimes the pathway to a  miracle is filled with potholes and roadblocks.  The road is unpaved and seemingly un-safe.

So, I started to wonder, “Does God really want me to go this way?”  Surely, it would be smoother sailing if God had appointed this journey.  Maybe this is a “me” thing, and not a “God thing.”

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On Monday, God wanted me to know without a doubt He had divinely called me to walk this road.  So, He sent me a very clear message.

I found my confirmation in the most unlikeliest of places.   I was sitting on a toilet in the ladies’ restroom at work.  I looked straight in front of me and saw  my sign.   It was literally hanging on the inside of the bathroom stall door staring back at me.

Be a Light

Be a light in the darkness.

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Lord, did you really just tell me to “go for it” while I am sitting in a public restroom?

Indeed, He did.

Be a light, Lyli.  I will give you the fuel. 

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“…let your light shine before people,

so that they can see your good deeds

and give honor to your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16, NET

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Q4U:  Is God calling you to take a step of faith and “Be a Light” in a dark place?  I would love to hear your story.

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I am linking up with like-minded sisters at Women Living Well, Thriving ThursdaysTell His Story,  Wednesdays in the WordThree-Word Wednesday, A Little R and RSoli Deo GloriaRich-Faith Rising, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays and Faith-Filled Friday
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Photo Credit 2:  Mihai Tamasila