Archive | March, 2013

Sound of Silence ~ Soul Control ~ What-EVER

6 Mar

We are now into week five of the Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Study titled, Let.It.Go. by Karen Ehman. This week, I chose to write about all three blog choices since God spoke to my heart about all three of them. I am amazed by how much I continue to learn in this bible study about myself and how God will continue to help me grow in my future. I wanted to thank everyone for dropping by to read my post this week. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! 🙂
 
psalm 621
 
Sound of Silence
Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. ~ Psalm 62:1 Many people describe their daily time with God as “Quiet Time.” I tend to refer to it as my quiet time or prayer time with God. I cannot think of a more meaningful way to spend my time each day than with God. He deserves our undivided attention each day because it helps us draw closer to Him and His word. How can anything be more powerful and meaningful than spending time with Him today? The primary objective of this time should be intimate fellowship with God. I do like to start my day with a cup of coffee and reading my Bible as it gives me a perfect opportunity to spend time alone with Him. By spending quality time with Him each day, we are getting to know Him better and are developing a closer relationship with Him. It has become routine for me to wake up hearing His voice first thing and the last thing I hear when I go to bed at night. Prayer is a very powerful tool in my life so I take advantage of it frequently throughout the day because I like to feel God’s presence around me all the time. I always have to have that quiet time with God when it is quiet since it allows me to fully focus on Him. What I value most about my prayer time with God is I am able to cast my burdens at His feet so I can walk away filled with peace and hope. Over the years, I have found that prayer time in the morning is essential for me because it helps me have a more peaceful heart throughout the day since I always ask God for wisdom and spiritual guidance in my daily walk with Him. But, I also feel it is just as vital for me to end my day in prayer time because it helps me lay any troubles on my heart that happened throughout the day at God’s feet. Throughout the day, I constantly pray to God when I want to talk to Him or share something with Him that is heavy on my heart. My primary place to pray at home is in my bedroom, but I find other places work too if I need to talk to Him whether I am driving my car or taking a walk. We are never promised tomorrow, so I want to be sure I spend my final waking moments the night before with God. When I first started making an effort to spend more time in His word, I made a commitment to spend quiet time with Him at the same time every day. In order to have prayer time with the Lord every day, you have to make it a priority in your life. In conclusion, when you choose to have quiet time is not as vitally important as it is to actually set aside the time for God. God loves each and every one of us and He desires to have a close relationship with us.
 
There is a QUIET PLACE
Far from the rapid pace,
Where God can soothe my troubled mind.
Sheltered by tree and flow’r,
There in my quiet hour,
With Him, my cares are left behind.
Whether a garden small
Or on a mountain tall
New strength and courage there I find;
Then from this quiet place,
I go prepared to face
A new day with love for all mankind
-Ralph Carmichael
 
Quiet Time with God by Ray Matthews

 
 
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Soul Control (Chapter 9)
In this chapter, we learned the five controlling methods used to exert control and leverage over people and situations in our lives. These five methods include outright action, subtle mood swings, guilt-laying trips, cloaked concern, and pulling the God card. Out of these five methods, I most identify with the subtle mood swings because I have felt the need to play the martyr when things do not go my way. Those closest to me see this side of me the most rather than strangers or acquaintances in my life. Lucky for me, I have been able to pinpoint the areas of this problem in my life as I have gotten older and continue to work on it. This is the person who knows how to control with their moods (a pout, cold shoulder, a temper tantrum, or play the victim through silent communication). To be honest, I can be a rather sensitive person at times since I know I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am not the type of person who can always hide their emotions easily. In order for me to get soul control in the future, I know I need to learn to keep my emotions more in check so I don’t feel the need to control the outcome. Also, I need to learn to better express myself through words rather than use my emotions as a crutch. Generally, I tend to be a serious-minded person, so I need to learn to laugh at myself more and not take things to heart. I look forward to enhancing my soul control in the future, but realize I will have to be patient in the Lord and His timing for my life.

God continues to teach me about patience in my life since this is an area I have struggled with all my life. Maybe one day, with God’s help I can have this area more perfected for His glory, and then my life will look a whole lot brighter. I will continue to seek wisdom and spiritual guidance from the Lord and spend more time in His word in regard to my soul control because I am aware of the changes I need to make in my life. In the end, I always turn to some of my favorite Bible verses when I get discouraged in life and that tends to help me along the way. It is my prayer that God will continue to work on me and allow me to give Him control over all situations. I am reminded every day that is the best way for me to show Him I fully trust Him in everything I do in my life since it is already planned out by Him. He teaches us such valuable lessons in life and that is the reason why we must learn to let Him be in control…always!
 
Galatians 5:22-24 (NIV) ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
 
Patience is a Virtue

Patience is a virtue
and waiting can be burdensome.
Minutes seem like hours
and hours seem like days.
They say good things come to those who wait.
Sometimes waiting can be time consuming.
It angers the mind
and complicates the wait.
Patience is a virtue
and is often compromised.
Patience should be practiced in all we do.
Troubles will cease in time.
By Kay Hillery ~ 2012
 
 
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What-EVER (Chapter 10)
Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV): I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 has always been my favorite Bible verse because it reminds me that there is nothing I can’t do in this world as long as I do it through Him. As long as I know He is by my side, I have more confidence and motivation to do the things I want to do in my life. This chapter really spoke to me this week when it comes to comparing ourselves to other people and/or when we are envious of what others have in relation to what we have in life. As I was reading this chapter, God spoke to me about how I need to always be thankful for what I have in life rather than focus on what I want or who I want to be more like in life. Comparing ourselves to others can really cause major damage control by affecting our self-esteem and self-confidence if we harp on it too much. We need to remember that every person comes into our life for a reason and everything happens for His purpose. I am learning that life is much easier when we learn to be grateful for everything in life regardless of our circumstances. I know that truth is much easier to grasp at certain times than it is at other times. But, this is something God desires for us to strive for in our heart because He wants us to be the person He created us to be in life.

Honestly, I can say that what God was trying to teach me did help me understand something that happened in the past and will definitely better equip me for the future. As I have gotten older in life, I have definitely gained more wisdom and learned from my past mistakes. I realize I have compared myself to others and been envious of what others have in life since my life has not quite turned out the way I envisioned it would years ago. But, I need to remember there is a reason behind why my life has turned out the way it has and still find a way to be grateful regardless of my past circumstances. It is sometimes hard to face that reality, but God is always there for us and to listen to us when we digress in this direction. God uniquely made each and every one of us special in His own way and already has our life planned out for us. Through the years, I am learning to accept the fact that I will likely not get everything in life that my heart desires since I am now living a rather simple life. When we learn to accept our life for what it is and realize it is the life God intended for us, then we are able to learn how to be more grateful for who we are and what we have in life. “It’s our job to obey God today, in our current lot in life. It’s God’s job to grow our careers or our families or our home businesses – if he wishes. It’s his job to orchestrate the details. It’s our job to watch them fall into place and then move when and where he tells us. It’s or job to pray until we get a clear direction. It’s God’s job to answer our deepest, heartfelt wishes with a resounding “Yes!” if that’s his will. Our job is obedience. God’s job is results.” (pg. 193)

In conclusion, we can start asking ourselves some questions when we may seem tempted to compare or when we try to find a way out of life’s circumstances.

*What is God trying to teach me that I may never learn if He removed me from a situation?

*What Godly character traits is He trying to instill in me ~ faith, compassion, patience, trust, etc.?

*Is someone watching me and detecting what God is like through my reactions and actions while facing a particular situation in my life?

*How likely is my compassion for others to strengthen as I go through my tribulation with mercy and acceptance?

*What is God trying to tell me concerning the voyage of the situation rather than the outcome?

“Learn to be thankful in the midst of your unique “whatever” rather than trying to control something you were never meant to control in the first place.” (pg. 192) I thank God for his mercy and look forward to the day when we will come face-to-face in Heaven. It is my hope that He can continue to work on me to develop more Christ-like character traits until the day comes when He calls me home. I will do my best to embrace Philippians 4:11-13 in my heart and soul as I tackle my daily circumstances and am tempted by comparison in my life.