Be sure to visit the blogs. They have really blessed many and helped them deal with the daily things we face by applying the Word of God. I update it about every day, so just go to Linda's Blogs and the current one for the day will display. You can also go back and read the older ones as well. But these are "hot off the press" things that I'm going through at the moment. I believe they will be of help to someone needing a little encouraging every day. Some of the blogs are teachings, some are revelations, some are insights, but I believe they are all life changing, because they have changed my life.
To give you an idea on what I'm talking about, I'll be sharing the one for March 4th below. This one is called "Understanding with God's Help."
Understanding WIth God's Help
A thought came to me as I awoke one morning, and this is what it was: "Understanding comes when you don't have yourself on your mind all the time." It kinda shocked me actually, hitting me between the eyes because it really told me where I had been! This thought came when I was thanking God for giving me understanding about something that took place the day before. I was able to see clearly and also understand what was really going on because I didn't have myself on my mind.
When we can get ourselves out of our line of sight... we will see clearly, understand clearly, and wisely proceed. There is a passage of scripture that says, "Pure religion is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world." We can come along people's hurts and burdens, and love on them, pray for them, but we aren't to carry it for them. We are to keep ourselves unspotted. Don't take on their offenses. Don't take on their hurts. We can cry with them, we can rejoice with them, but it's theirs to carry and to work through. We have our own stuff to do...
I realized, as a minister, we are going to get a lot of different kinds of things to address in people. And it's been easy for me to minister, because God gives me clear understanding about their situation, and I dont' take anything personal what they say or do. BUT... when it's someone I know, quite a different story. We have some "investment" with that relationship and "fear of man" comes into play. That is sin! We are to think of others more highly than we think of ourselves, especially those we know! This is where humility comes to play. Those we know play an important role in our being humbled, strangers not necessarily because we have nothing to gain or lose from them.
One day I was visiting with a friend. And it occurred to me that everytime we meet it's a strain. It's not enjoyable, it seems like work. THe truth was I felt "less than" when I was around her. It wasn't anything she was doing, quite the contrary, she is very hosptipal and kind. But I was "feeling" something not quite right. For years, and I mean years, I had thought it was me. My self worth, my value, my ability, etc. But just this past week, the Lord was able to finally get through to me that it hasn't been about me. What I was feeling was her hurt, her rejections, her self-worth, her pain. But all I could see was "me." I never saw her! As the Lord began reminding me of her life and the hard things she was going through, and the pain it produced, and even trying to look like she has it all together, she doesn't. Now that my friend is "understanding."
Understanding helps us pray better. It helps us to discern for better choices. If we only have knowledge - it can turn to judgment. But if we have knowledge AND understanding... wow... wisdom then sets in for better choices. So think about it, the next time you "feel" rejection, or don't quite understand what the problem is in your relationship with someone, and you know you haven't done anything wrong, perhaps you are "feeling" them! Step outside of yourself for a moment, and ask God to help you see them as He sees them, then my friends, you will have the understanding you need so that you can be a better friend to that person and you yourself remain in peace. (Now if you have done something to offend another, be sure you reconcile to them, ask forgiveness, and repent to God. But if you have done that, and you still have issues, perhaps it's not you at all, it's them.)
Continue praying for clear understanding in all situations. I know that if I'm going through something and I share it with my husband and he says, "Linda, I understand." It helps me so much, I feel I can get through that thing I'm going through. But if he said, "I just don't get it." Then I get more hurt and even offended and struggle more. Understanding is "key" to really being a good friend, wife, mother, sister/brother, teacher, minister, you name it, understanding is critical! I encourage you to apply understanding to every situation you face. You can do this if you remove yourself from the mix!! And as you do this and pray for clarity, it will come.
I hope you enjoyed this and take the time to read through them, or share them with others. If you have any comments, you can also add them to the blog site.
Looking forward to visiting with you next month. Tom's Tidbits is taking a vacation this month, but check back next month for more exciting things from his wisdom and insight.