Under His Wings

As women we hold many roles in today’s society that define who we are, such as a mother, a wife, a student, an employer, an employee and many more. There are many adjectives in society that are given to women that are good and bad, such as beautiful, plain Jane, thin, ugly, assertive, and many more. One of the roles of modern women is to have it all – to have a career, make a lot of money, wear perfect clothes and have on perfect make-up and hair.

Recently I found myself in this perfect storm of the world’s expectations on women. I lamented on how I was a failure. I was trapped in my thoughts, overwhelmed with negative thoughts of self-worth. Thoughts that I could not get further in my career, my body image was of an ugly being, intellectually – I could never achieve the top of the pinnacle of success in society. The worse thoughts were spiritual- that I could not understand His word, He wasn’t using me in ministry, etc.

My mind was in a battlefield of lies from the enemy, until I read Psalm 61:1-2 “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to you, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

This was my answer, to cry out to God. He will hear my prayer wherever I am at, when I am overwhelmed He will lead me to the rock that is higher than I. You see, when I take my thoughts off of ME/I and look to HIM, he will lead me to a higher place.

He lovingly reminded me “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”, “You understand my thoughts afar off” “How precious also are Your thoughts to me O God, Psalm 139.” Psalm 61: 3-4 says “For you have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.

We are to abide and trust in Him, to find shelter in Him when we are in the battlefield, whatever they are.

Elsa D.

Choosing the Best thing…

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Choices, choices, choices…between good, better and best! According to a post on the web, on the human brain and how many decisions we make each day, a person makes an average of 35,000 decisions per day. We make decisions on a daily basis, about what time we are going to get up; are we going to hit the snooze button? Am I going to read the Word? What am I going to wear? What am I going eat? What are my appointments for the day? Am I going to work-out? When do I feed the dogs? Do I need to put gas in my car? What deadlines for work, school assignments, or paying bills to I have today? Do I need to take vitamins, medication or allergy pills? These are just a few of the many decisions we make just in the first few hours of our day, the list goes on and on and on…

The Lord has really been encouraging me about making decisions that have eternal value. Even as Jesus said to Martha, “That Mary had chosen the better part!” Luke 10: 38-42. There is always something competing for our attention ladies. We need to be deliberate and intentional about what, and when we take on another commitment. Making sure that what I’m choosing is what the Lord has for me in this season. It is okay to say not now or no to people or opportunities when it interferes with what God wants to do in the moment. However; it’s important to be mindful and sensitive to what the Holy Spirit may want to do and be quick to respond in obedience.

“When the will of God crosses the will of woman, somebody has to die.” Elizabeth Elliott..

My prayer is that we would truly desire and obey our Lord’s will over ours in all the decisions that we make from day to day. When we make godly and temperate choices we leave a legacy for our future generations.…

We have examples of men and women in the bible that were given choices, and how some made godly choices and the fruit of their obedience and we also see those that didn’t and the consequences of their sin. God tells us to choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19 this day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

7 Movies That Entertain And Edify

Who doesn’t enjoy a good movie.  It’s a great way to unwind and relax. 

Here is a list of a few movies that entertain and also edify.  Enjoy Smile

  1. God Of Wonders
  2. October Baby
  3. Fire Proof
  4. The Case For Faith (or any of the Lee Strobel videos)
  5. Faith Like Potatoes
  6. End Of The Spear
  7. Thou Shalt Laugh ( Christian Stand Up Comedy)

Check back next Friday for a devotion by our women’s ministry team. We are calling this series of devotions, “Treasures for a woman’s  heart” from Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” We pray that you are blessed and encouraged by these short devotions.

Thou Shalt Not Covet….

I have severe myopia and had an early onset of night blindness. This has impacted what I am able to do during dark hours and has made me somewhat dependent on others for driving after dark. I have been (lovingly I am sure) referred to as “Driving Miss Daisy” on numerous occasions by friends and family. This week-end, I experienced bleeding in my left eye that I had been warned about for many years. Thankfully, it was not anything serious, but it was a scare none the less. I was reminded of how precious and delicate my eye sight is.

So in praying before seeing the doctor, the Lord spoke to my heart about what I am seeing. This gift of sight can be taken for granted. I felt a certain conviction and pondered on what God was speaking to me through this episode. The words from a children’s song (the Sunday school teacher in me is not completely dormant) “Oh be careful little eyes what you see….for the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little eyes what you see”.

With the media being what it is, we can be exposed to so much garbage and negativity on a daily basis. The commercials on television use sex to sell everything from cars to hamburgers. News cameras are at deadly scenes of crime, war and natural disasters exposing us to visions that in years past we merely would get words of or in a delayed fashion where they could be edited and filtered rather than being so raw and graphic. This led me to further explore the 10th commandment: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, or wife, or maid servant, donkey or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” The key word here is “covet”.

The definition of “covet” is a strong desire, delight, dear, precious. These can be seen as “positive” definitions. The “negative” definition would be: a strong desire for something that I have no right to have. You see, God is not forbidding desire in general, but when it crosses to a strong desire, it is crossing the line. Genesis 2:9 describes the trees in Eden as delightful and pleasant. Genesis 3:6 describe the tree of knowledge of good and evil as desirable to the Eve even though God had told her it was off limits. Hence Eve crossed the line to covet what God had put as off limits to her.

Coveting can be seen as a “hidden sin”. It begins with seeing something you cannot have and then we want it with our heart. These wants are close to home, (hence the 10th commandment states your neighbor’s this and that….close to home) the shops on the way to work have pretty things to look at and desire, the TV commercials, offering adventure and bigger and better things. Again, the “beautiful things” themselves are not wrong; it is when we cross that line into desiring what is not to be ours. When we covet something we are trying to improve God’s plan for us.

So what can we do to “be careful little eyes what you see?” Matthew 6:33 reminds us to “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I pray this for each of us as we continue to face a world of increasingly beautiful, easily accessible “things”. May this be an encouragement as we are bombarded by pleasant visions in our daily walk.

Alex B.

I Long For You

I love worship!  There are songs I love because they express the joy and hope I have in God and then there are songs that I love because they put into words emotions and thoughts that I just don’t know how to speak out.  I’ve been so blessed to be reading through the Psalms these past few weeks.  For the past few days I’ve had the song “I Long For You” on repeat and when I’m not listening to it I’m singing or humming it.  The song comes right out of Psalm 61.  Since I’m loving this song that means I’ve also been loving this Psalm, the words go like this:

Hear my cry oh God give heed to my prayer from the ends of the earth I cry out. When my heart is faint lead me to the rock the is higher than I, Let me dwell with you forever in the shelter of your wings, Hold me, Hold me in your presence never let me go. I long for you.

In the first few verses you can sense that David is going through something difficult, some kind of trial.  He is calling out to God asking Him to hear his prayer. He says his heart is faint.  Is your heart faint? What difficulty are you going through?

David knew the answer to a weary heart. Psalm 61:2b, “when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I”.  When we are overwhelmed the psalmist reminds us to look up towards God for His leading and guidance. Verse 4 tells us “I long to dwell with you forever in the shelter of your wings.” I love this verse because it keeps me mindful of my heart.  I’ve found that many times when my heart is overwhelmed and weary it’s because I’m longing for the wrong things. 

When I’ve found myself in that place of longing after the wrong things that’s when I need to start at the beginning and once again cry out to the Lord.  Follow David’s example: Cry out to God, Pray to Him, Pour out your heart and Long for only Him.

Kim S.

Where does your help come from?

Psalm 121:1-2“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Earlier this week, I received a phone call from someone I didn’t know. It was a lady contacting me regarding foreclosure notices on her home. She was referred to me hoping I could help save her home. She began to tell me how hard everything had been this last year with her husband passing away, then three weeks later her 4-year-old grandchild passing, and most recently losing her job. I listened to her entire situation, answered her questions then proceeded to explain her options for her home. She began to sob and cry out loud. My heart went out to her. Then I stopped and asked her if she was a believer. She said, “yes". So I asked her if I could pray for her and I did. I reminded her of how God is still in control and will work this situation out for good. She was very thankful. There’s no doubt that this dear lady has been going through some very difficult trials. She was in great despair and quite focused on the present problems.

Understandingly, sometimes in the midst of our trials we might feel hopeless and overwhelmed. I know I have felt that way before. But we need to remember where our help comes from. We need to get our eyes and our thoughts off the temporary situation and look up to the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Our God is the creator of all things and if He says not to worry, then we need to trust Him. That’s where our help comes from. That’s where our hope comes from. Remember, these trials and hardships are only temporary. God offers us eternal glory and salvation in Him to look forward to. 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” He cares for you and hasn’t abandoned you. Lift up your eyes to Him.

Jeanine B.