Our Sins Thrown to the Wind…Beth Farley

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She was only six years old when she decided to write, “I hate mom and dad” on her bedroom wall. Have you ever had one of your children do something that infuriated you? I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to just give up!

My now 28-year-old daughter and I joke about the time she wrote on the wall, and it’s usually when she is experiencing difficult situations with her very strong-willed beautiful daughter. When my daughter tells me about something my granddaughter has done wrong, I simply shake my head and think of how much alike they are.

My daughter is the most wonderful, caring, big-hearted woman and the most patient mother. When my granddaughter does something wrong or tells a lie, my daughter does what most parents do; she searches her heart and applies the punishment that best fits the crime. She never gives up on disciplining her and loves her daughter no matter what.

Fear not, O worm Jacob,
O maggot Israel;

I will help you, says the LORD. Isaiah 41:14

Like my struggling granddaughter, the people of Israel repeatedly broke the rules and didn’t keep the promises they made to God. He had every reason to be fed up, but He helped them. He was prepared to stand by them no matter what and He is prepared to stand by us too.

I know for myself, my daughter’s writing on the bedroom wall is nothing compared to the sins I’ve committed throughout my life. I am guilty of being prideful, defiant, rude, hateful, lustful, and jealous. Every time I experience a time of doubt, I become apparent of the enormous love and grace of God.

You will toss them in the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. And the joy of the LORD will fill you to overflowing. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 41:16 NLT

What the Jews were doing was placing the threshing floors.ID-10074611 on the tops of the hills and mountains, where they took the opportunity and advantage of the wind in winnowing their corn. There, a fanning process took place and the chaff was removed. The chaff was the refuse of winnowed corn. It was usually burned. Chaff was also used as a figure of wickedness. (Psalm 1:4) In Matthew 3:12 the chaff is burned up with unquenchable fire.

I would love to be able to toss my sins into the air and have the wind blow them away, however, that is not how it works. I need be alone with my Savior, confess my sins and allow Him to forgive me. They are no more, gone like the wind.

Have you taken the time to sit with God?

Have you allowed Him to remove your sins through the blood of Christ?

Please make sure you take the time today to be alone with God.

As the deer pants for streams of water,

so I long for you, O God.

I thirst for God, the living God,

When can I come and stand before him? Psalm 42:1-2 NLT

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we can stand, kneel, sit or lay down at any time with God. Won’t you visit with Him today?
Dear Gracious God, I turn to you especially during this Advent season, trusting in your perfect love for me and Your abounding grace. Amen

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What Can Result From Your Tears by Beth Farley

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Don’t answer right away without really giving that some thought.

I’ve been stricken with some serious decisions to make over the last year and it’s been one of the hardest times of my life. I’ve been brought to my knees many times in tears of fear and pain; crying out to God for guidance.

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We can see His will for our lives through our tears of pain. When I am sitting in a puddle of tears feeling semi-paralyzed and yet conscious of the uncertainties of my life; God wraps His arms around me and engulfs me with His love. Through drenched eyes, He reveals the bigger picture. I go from feeling foundered and discombobulated to feeling connection and worth.

We were made by God and for God!

If we were made by God and for God, why do we founder? For myself, I know that I become absorbed in myself and the preoccupations of life that I forget how to balance my emotions and enjoy the life God has richly blessed me with. I forget He has a bigger purpose for me.

Like most of you, I have experienced hardships. I have had marriages, lost loved ones, lost homes, lost jobs, lost friends and my have lost my health. I have discovered that in order to survive I have to possess an inner, very deep personal relationship with Jesus. I have to keep my focus on Him.

When I take my eyes off of Jesus and my relationship with Him becomes compromised, I find myself not knowing what to do about any given situation I’m faced with.

Don’t take your eyes off the prize!
eyesI pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14 HCSB

My tears have taught me that although I’ve known much sorrow, my life has great and ultimate meaning if I stay nestled in God and in His love for me.

We are citizens of an imperishable kingdom and have a short tenure on this planet. Are we going to live it in victory of sorrow?

For many of us, this the time of year brings joy while spending time with family and friends but for some, it is the time for much pain, sorrow and emptiness. And for you my friends that are hurting, please know that God will balance the debris of your life and will come to your rescue.

Pour your tears out to Him and allow Him to bring you to Victory.

Matthew 14:14 Amplified
When he went ashore and saw a great throng of people, He had compassion (pity and deep sympathy) for them and cured the sick.

Psalm 30:2 NKVJ O’ LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.

Isaiah 58:8 NKJV Then your light shall break forth like the morning. Your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your right guard.

When was the last time you cried out to God?

Where did your tears take you?

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Connecting the Dots: Beyond I Do Bible Study, Beth Farley

Connecting the Dots

 

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Ruth 4:1-12

I love when God validates His transactions in our lives. When we keep our focus on Him, He connects every dot on your journey of faith. In today’s reading, we will see how God perfectly connects the dots of Ruth’s life.

Let’s connect the Dots:

Dot #1: (vs.3)
Then he said to the closest relative, Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech.

The deal was out in the open, honest, before ten leaders from the town. Boaz presents the offer for the relative to buy the land and at first the man agrees. I can’t imagine how Ruth must have felt knowing she was part of the package deal. I would be scared out of my wits, not having any control over that kind of arrangement; But, this was their custom and she remained faithful.

Dot #2: (vs.6)
When Boaz reminded the relative that in buying the land he would then have to marry Ruth, the Widowed-Moabite Woman!In verse 6 the relative says, “Then I can’t redeem it, because this might endanger my own estate. You redeem the land; I cannot do it.”
I wonder if Ruth went from feeling fear to feeling rejection?

Again, I can’t imagine how she must have felt. First being fearful knowing that she might have to marry someone she didn’t love, then feeling rejected when the relative refused the deal.

In pondering this scripture, I immediately thought about myself; Beth the divorced-Christian. I did experience extreme fear and extreme rejection. Ruth remained faithful to God and waited for all of the dots to be connected. I too have stayed faithful and have seen the dots on my journey with God connected.

Which brings me to the last dot?

Final dot:
This was a sealed covenant; a done deal because sandals were exchanged which publicly validated the transaction. Boaz bought the land. What did this mean for Ruth? The two become married. You will see what transpires after they are married as Jen discusses the final part of this chapter. Please go ahead and read the rest of Chapter 4. Familiarize yourself with the finale of Ruth’s life.

Do you believe Ruth might have been afraid knowing that her life could be given away to a man she didn’t love even though it was their custom?

Do you believe Ruth might have felt rejection when the man didn’t want to marry her?

Have you personally witnessed a time where God strategically connected all of the dots on your road map with Him? If so, how did you feel?

Thank you so much for allowing me to help lead this study with Jennifer. I pray you have been inspired to remain faithful when the journey feels unbearable. I encourage you to go the distance with God because when you do, you will see the dots connect.

Any more thoughts???

beyond I do picture I would personally like the thank Jennifer Slattery for beautifully weaving the words into her novel, Beyond I Do. I loved the scriptures used as well as the real-life-emotional-characters.