|Posted by Mimi on January 28, 2011 at 1:41 AM||comments (0)|
1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
God's grace is unfathomable. God sent Jesus to give victory to all who accept Him ~ no conditions! Just place your faith in Him, and ask Him to live in your heart! Nothing will diminish the timeless love God has for you. God's love is eternal, and it is for all people. He just asks us to love in return.
Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to love your neighbor. Love the neighbors in your house, down the block, at the store, at the game, on the road, on the job, in the classroom, at the concert, on the street, on vacation, at the conference, in the church... Love others.
Jesus came to show His love for the world, by dying on the cross. He won the victory over death when He rose from the grave! Stand firm in the One who gives you victory over sin and death! He wants to take you higher. God is all that you will ever need...doesn't He deserve all of you?
|Posted by Mimi on January 27, 2011 at 1:31 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Mimi on January 26, 2011 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
John 15:16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
How incredible is it to know that you were chosen for greatness? You were chosen by the Maker of the Stars, to go into the world and produce “lasting fruit”.. spiritual fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. However, Jesus only gives us this directive: Love one another. Why, then, is this such a difficult task? The answer is sin. Sin is selfish, prideful, inconsiderate, and every other feeling that keeps us from our mission: The Great Commission.
Seek to live each day for your Savior, humbling yourself before others, and giving love. Stand up and get moving, for you have a divine appointment ~ with Jesus! Don't allow sin to get in the way of God's plan for you. Instead, seek Him passionately, and ask Him to show His love through you. Rest assured, He is faithful to His faithful. If you earnestly seek these things in you heart, God will hear you, and grant your request!
|Posted by Mimi on January 25, 2011 at 2:43 AM||comments (0)|
Conceit. Thinking highly of myself. Provoking. Angering someone, whether intentional or not. Envy. The green-eyed monster. Lusting after another’s possessions, material or not.
Do not want what they have, nor anger them. Who? Anyone and everyone.
My LORD was betrayed because of envy.
Put On Preferring in Love: Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (NIV)
Philippians 2 is about imitating Christ’s humility - without grumbling! That includes loving one another, even our enemies. Verse 3 is murderous, a real flesh killer. Do nothing. Do nothing of what? Selfish ambition. Vain conceit. Meditate on each part:
Do nothing out of selfishness.
Abolish vanity. Conceit.
Don’t think about what "I can do". I can’t DO anything! I can function. I know how to set an alarm, to get ready to leave my house, to feed myself and my family... However, these are considered survival skills. I need these skills to survive, just as wild animals have intuition on how to scavenge, and how to evade the enemy.
Do nothing out of selfishness. Do nothing for my own gain. That really is a tough pill to swallow. How do I go about my day, seeking to do nothing out of selfishness? How does that affect when I get out of bed? What my first activities are? What I do throughout the day? Who I talk to? How I live?
All of my life I’ve been learning how to take care of myself. I learned how to survive a family, education, jobs, relationships, business. All of these things I have "learned", but no one ever taught me how to be selfless.
There is only one selfless person in my life, that is my LORD Jesus Christ. He humbled Himself to take my sins, my selfishness, my vanity, and my conceit. He took my envy, and replaced it with His love. I can’t believe You did this for me!!
Woo! Deep breath. As the rest of the verse says: be humble, and value others more than myself. I’m still grappling with "nothing selfish". However, being a parent has given me a tiny taste of selflessness. I cannot imagine coming to earth to die. Jesus how did you do it? I am so weak! I hardly take joy in making dinner...
Finally, verse 4: not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Selflessness is hard, but so is valuing others more than myself. Look out for their interests before mine. This is humility. This is what You did for me, LORD.
Oh Jesus please help me handle this one, because I can’t! Thank You for taking this from me, for I am an epic FAIL at humility. I can’t wait to be in heaven, with You, and not thinking about this life in flesh. God, give me compassion, I kill my pride... I loathe it, smh... now I see how ugly it is... Thank You...
|Posted by Mimi on January 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM||comments (0)|
About this time last year, I began feeling like I needed to read the Bible. Cover to cover, I needed the whole story. So I read it, and now I want more… it’s no longer enough just to read the Bible ~ I need to study it. God has more to show me, and I am hungry for it. I am completely in love with Jesus, and seek to glorify Him. This is the first Put Off, Put On post, I’ll admit I’m nervous and not quite surewhat is going to come out. I’ve been mulling over these verses all day, so here goes.
In 2 Timothy, Paul writes to Timothy from prison. Paul encourages Timothy to keep faith in the LORD, and to be a good soldier and worker for Christ. Paul then speaks of the end times, and of his own sufferings for Christ. He warns Timothy of the evils to come, and implores him to stay true to the Word of God, for in the Word is God.
I hear Paul. I am also burdened by scripture. I love to be refreshed by it, but am constantly convicted by it. Apparently that is why I need it. My craving for the Word is insatiable, yet all that I need. I am ready for more. I'm being told to study, to meditate.
Meditate… “to engage in contemplation or reflection; in mental exercise… to focus one’s thought’s on: reflect on or ponder over… to plan or project in the mind” (Merriam-Webster). Also the same as: study, weigh, mull over, deliberate, wrestle with, muse, digest, fixate, obsess, analyze, explore, conceive, ruminate, believe…
I am not crazy. Thank You LORD, for answering my questions! I shall meditate on You! Better to have You on my mind, than a thousand other things, for You are Life. You have saved me from so many temptations, so many trials, you have kept me from drowning. You are drawing me towards Yourself, thank You. I cannot imagine my life without You. I was lost, and dead before I found You.
In Your Word there is rest and peace for my weary soul, for my racing mind. Frustrated with situations that keep me from doing things I think I want to do, there is rest in the promise that in the end, You have everything that I need. You are in control. I surrender, and seek Your will today. Thank You for leading me here, Father.
The value in Your wisdom IS more precious than jewels and gold. This wisdom keeps me searching the Bible, faster and faster… but I need to slow down. I need to meditate…
LORD, thank You for all You have done. You have given me Life. I need You in my life! Enlighten me, as I study Your Word. I want to know You more. I want to bless You more. Help me use the knowledge You have given me, so I may bring You Glory. Thank You, for every day I worry less… I want You to be my focus; please keep the evil one from my mind. I am weak. Meditation on You is the only way to keep my evil mind from wandering. Too often I find myself self-absorbed, doubting, fearing, prideful, calculating, self-confident... LORD, show me what YOU want me to do. I surrender to You. My confidence is in You, and I will boast only in You. I am following You, LORD, wherever Your path leads. My heart longs for the day when we meet in the sky. Please keep me until that day, sweet Jesus, my Savior. Amen.
|Posted by Mimi on January 23, 2011 at 2:12 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Mimi on January 21, 2011 at 10:31 PM||comments (0)|
The last time that you saw me, it might not have been me.
In fact, I hope that is the case, because I'm frightening.
You see, deep down, I'm prideful. I take control of things.
And when things do not go my way, Watch Out! She throwin things!
Like words that cut, down to the core, after I built you up.
Insults, cussin', yell and scream, Get Out My Face! Shut Up!
That's real ya'll, I'm not ashamed, I'm done livin' a lie.
First repented, then moved on, and now focused on God.
When you see me, I hope that you don't see what's really me.
Instead, I hope you see the God that lives inside my being.
A smile, warm and inviting, or kind words to a stranger.
A compliment, encouragement, some time, some funds, or favors.
He loves to help, and pray for you, and I ask Him to use me.
The love you felt, that wasn't me, it came from Him you see.
I pray that when you look at me, His Light is Brightly Shinin'.
My Jesus, Savior, Redeemer, LORD, You alone are purifying!
|Posted by Mimi on January 21, 2011 at 7:18 PM||comments (0)|
John15:18 “If the world hates you,remember that it hated me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
LORD, thank You for choosing me. My life was nothing before You, filled with hurt and despair. I tried so many things to fill the void, to mask the pain, and to no avail. But then I sought You, and I found You. You broke open the sky, and showers of mercy poured down on my life. I was forever changed, and now I can't go back. I will follow You! Even if it means that the world hates me. I will only be here for a time, but I will be with You forever, Jesus. I live for this day.
Jesus keeps me. I do not need approval from the world to know my worth. I was bought at a great price ~ the same price that was paid for you! Can you imagine giving your life for someone you haven't even met? That's what Jesus did. He gave His life, so that you and I might live. He gave His life, so that one day we might see the pearly gates of Heaven! He stepped down from His place in Glory, to save a wretch like me. All that I am desires to bless His name! I am torn, for I wish to spend all of my time right here, writing about my love for my Savior, JESUS CHRIST!
I suppose I am reaching out, too. I feel so pressed to learn and share more about God, to the point that I am considering full time ministry somewhere, somehow. What would I do? I have no idea, but My Father does. Do you ever feel this way? I know I have Salvation, and that I can never repay Christ for HIs time on the cross, but will this urging in the depths of my soul ever relent? Each moment away from my LORD feels like an eternity, and I fail to focus on life matters, for my yearning for Jesus consumes me.
Why is this? Have I lost it? Or have I finally found it? Why do I tire of my life, though I am happy and blessed? I can hardly concentrate, for I find myself daydreaming about Jesus. How can I share more Jesus? How can I reach more souls? I can't... but He can... so I move forward.
I feel alone, but I am not. I do not know what the future holds, save my future in Heaven. I feel my efforts are for nought, though they aren't. God is at work. I trust He is at work in me, and He is at work in you. The world will hate you if you choose to follow Jesus, but when you are in Him, you can only see His light... He will sustain you, and give you joy.
|Posted by Mimi on January 21, 2011 at 5:18 PM||comments (0)|
Wake up in the morning, feeling good about the day.
Got a good night's sleep, I thank God that I'm awake.
Get the kids up off to school, say my morning prayers.
Sit down to read e-votions, and praise the man upstairs.
Think I need to run the dishes, so I start them up real quick.
Then grab the laundry, got to fold before I take a break.
So much work around the house, I don't have time to waste.
Later will be homework too, need more hours in my day.
Wait! What am I doing? I'm supposed to be with God!
Sit back down to focus, I know I need this time.
Oh LORD, the Word is great today, it's always what I need.
Just to be with You, make me feel brand new, any time of day.
Ring! There goes my phone, I wonder who that is...
I say Hello, we chat it up, and now I want a snack.
Go into the kitchen and grab a bite to eat,
Now I'm logging into Facebook, to spend more time on me.
I can't believe I'm doing this! Oh God, how do you stand me!
I put You off, shoved to the side, but still Your grace surrounds me.
I want to seek Your face each day, to see You shine in Glory.
Your Faithfulness, it means so much, I live to tell Your story.
LORD keep me from myself, I pray. I cannot seem to stay -
Straight on this path without Your help, Your Word: it lights my way.
Steady dreaming of the day when that glorious trumpet sounds,
Things of old will pass away, including this dead personality.
Jesus, You are the only way for me. You are Life.
|Posted by Mimi on January 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM||comments (0)|
I just got back from picking up some firewood - mill ends, to be exact. I didn't want to spend the time to drive from Milwaukie to Jantzen Beach to pick up the wood... acquiring firewood is not "my responsibility" in our home, plus I was doing homework, and it's raining, and it's going to be trafficky because it's Friday, and, and, and.....
I finally quit making excuses. I swallowed my pride, squashed selfishness and set out to get the wood. Want to know what I got? Free firewood!!!! Thank You Jesus!!!!! I paid for some, of course, but when the loaders asked how much to load, the guy I paid told them to load more than I was supposed to get. How many of ya'll gone to get something, paid for it, and got more than you paid for? How often to give God the glory for that?
Jesus, You are my everything. I need You in my life, every day, for life is not worth living without You. In the words of Camus, "I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is".
God is real, and if you allow Him to, He will show you. He will shower you with blessings beyond your imagination! He will save you from death, wash away your tears, and fill you with everlasting Joy! In Jesus, there is no pain or sadness. In Jesus there is peace and rest for our weary souls. Come to rest in Him. Count your blessings, for if you have Salvation through Christ Jesus, you are divinely blessed by the Creator of the Universe. You have a home waiting, in your Heavenly Father's house. Jesus is waiting on God's word, the word that says He can bring His children home to live with Him in Paradise.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also... 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
|Posted by Mimi on January 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM||comments (0)|
Who are you? Are you the one who doesn't have to study? Who doesn't have to pray? Who doesn't have to seek guidance? Who doesn't have to repent? Are you the one who doesn't need Jesus?
Who are we to say we do not need any of these things? Who are we to say we don't need to spend more time with God? Who are we to say we don't need to be in regular fellowship with other Believers? Who are we to spit on Jesus sacrifice?
We all need Jesus. We all need more of Him, and less of ourselves. We all need to be humbled, and to remember our Live for Him today. Make a commitment to seek His way in every thought, word, and action. Make a change. Glorify your Creator.
|Posted by Mimi on January 20, 2011 at 2:31 AM||comments (0)|
Mark 2:16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” 17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (NLT)
Dear heart, Jesus paid the price for your sins. He does not want us to live in agony. He wants us to cast off foolish things, to pick up our cross and to follow Him. He wants us to love like He loves us: completely and unconditionally. Love without regard to what you will gain. Love for the sake of giving to someone, who hath less than yourself. Love to give glory, to the One who gave His life for you. You are so loved. You are called to love as such, and to share Jesus message with the world. Seek first His Kingdom, for He has saved you from certain death! All glory, honor and praise to God Almighty! Our God is an Awesome God!
|Posted by Mimi on January 18, 2011 at 3:16 AM||comments (0)|
Psalm 116:1 I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. 2 Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
Heavenly Father, Thank You for your limitless mercy and grace. Thank You for Your infinite love and affection. Thank You for hearing my humble cries, LORD. Words are inadequate to express the gratitude that overflows from my heart. I will praise You every day, as I anxiously await Eternity. You are enough for me. You are all I need. Please keep me in the shadow of Your wing. In Jesus Name, Amen.
|Posted by Mimi on January 18, 2011 at 2:02 AM||comments (0)|
Well, I was supposed to have four relaxing days off to write, but alas, Satan stomped all over my weekend. However, that's OK! Apparently God had other plans for me, other than writing for Him. I'm so confused sometimes, but I just keep praying and seeking and watching and waiting. Satan's stomping days will end soon enough, then it is HIS day that will be ruined! Oh to see the day that sin will be no more, I can hardly STAND IT! I want to go to HEAVEN!!!
I'm ready to cash in my chips... ready for Game Over. I feel like I have a lot more rounds to go, but at the end of this game I will be a part of the monopoly... I am an heir to the Kingdom of Heaven! I am a Princess! And if you have put your faith in the One True Light, JESUS CHRIST, then you are a Prince or Princess too! How exciting is that! I can't stop using exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!
Satan you are going dooowwwwnnnnnnn, down da hole (what movie is that from?) and there's nothing you can do to stop it! Bwahahaha. I'm smiling just thinking about being on the winning team. Oh Victory in Jesus! My Savior Forever! He sought me, and He BOUGHT ME, with His Redeeming Blood!!!!! What a promise!!! I can hardly stand it still!!!!!!!!! JESUS, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LORD, thank You for loving us, and saving us from ourselves. May Your children continue to shine brightly for You, so that the world will know Your name: Jesus.
|Posted by Mimi on January 18, 2011 at 1:28 AM||comments (0)|
1 Samuel 17:48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.
The same God that was with David as he killed the giant, is with you today, as you face your giants. God promises never to leave us or forsake us. He will guide us through every trial, every struggle, and every temptation, to keep us close to His heart. Satan makes things to seem like giants in our lives, but when we put our trust in God, our giants will be defeated. Jesus made this possible, when He gave His life for us on the cross. Jesus resurrection means that Satan will not prevail; he does not win! But it is you and I who win, through Jesus Christ, for when we believe in Him, He sets us free!
|Posted by Mimi on January 18, 2011 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
I am not alone
I was drowning
But He reached down
And rescued me
Only He can keep me clean
Only He can comfort
Only He can keep me from
Succumbing to Toxicity
He is my Joy, my Shield, and Shepherd
He gives me victory
He builds me from the inside out
Jesus: My Recovery
|Posted by Mimi on January 18, 2011 at 12:48 AM||comments (0)|
Head is pounding
Waves of nausea
Make it stop
Before I collapse
How did I get here
Where will I go
I only know backwards
I need to move forward
Toxic is no way to live
How can I stay clean
There is One who paid the price
Through Him I’ve been Redeemed
|Posted by Mimi on January 18, 2011 at 12:26 AM||comments (0)|
Thoughts, words, actions
Permeating my temple
Filling my soul
With violent waste
Clean shell outside
Burning death inside
Purge this filth
That eats me alive
I am Toxic
|Posted by Mimi on January 17, 2011 at 2:09 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Mimi on January 16, 2011 at 3:14 AM||comments (0)|
I can't really help it. I write what I feel. Sometimes that feeling is for myself, sometimes the feeling is associated with a person. Most of the time it includes me. That's how God speaks to you. He is using me, because everything I write about, I go through too. I am not creative at all, but I have emotions, and I can express them in writing. I'm pretty sad, actually, because I can hardly say the things I write about... I mean, if I were in conversation and tried to say the things I'm able to write here, I would barely get a word out!
I'm not that way though. God gives some people the ability to speak well. He gave me the ability to write. He also gave me a personality for what I do. I study life. I am a puzzler; a builder. I take information and catalogue it. I make observations wherever I am, and whatever I'm doing. I pay attention to who plays Farmville or Cityville on Facebook. I can't really help it, so don't get paranoid, lol. It's just me.
I also like to help people. God gave me this too, though I didn't know it was from Him. I always wanted to be a counselor when I was a kid. I liked the idea of relating to people, and since I had a pretty messed up childhood, I felt I had something to offer people who were struggling with the same hurts I had suffered. I gave up on counseling until last year, when I read The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson. I suggest you read it. The book reminded me of my wish to be a counselor, and showed me how it was God's desire for me to relate to people - not my own.
So that is that. I have to write in this blog, because someone out there has gone through the same thing. And the message I am here to share, is that it all comes down to Jesus. That's why all the posts have a similar theme - cause it all comes down to JESUS!
All that I ask of Him is that someone be blessed through my obedience. I cannot even say my effort, because a half hour ago I was in bed saying Good night and Thank You to Jesus, and He got me up to write a poem. Then this post. Now I'm out of words again, so it's back to bed.