Good morning, beloved,
It is a quiet morning around here. Wait for it…oh, well, nobody paraded out while I was typing this. I hope and pray that all are sleeping well in my household. We have many issues with sleep around these parts, and to have them all still asleep is golden. Ella went to the orthopedic doctor yesterday and the x-ray is normal. Yet for the amount of pain she has and her inability to walk, the doctor does wonder if she broke her leg and it is just a very small break undetected by x-ray. So she had a wonderful day of Grandpa and Mommy pushing her around Rush Med all afternoon in a wheelchair. She got to meet a therapy dog. She had a yummy lunch out. She was quite happy. My Dad was happy because everyone kept assuming he was Ella’s dad, talk about robbing the cradle…sheesh. Dad made this time so much easier on both of us, driving us there, taking good care of his girls.
Do you make a list of what you are grateful for to God? How about the three a day plan suggested by Ann Voskamp? Nothing like a new month to get you started on a new habit..Joy Dare for August. Join me? Print that out and put it on your fridge and start a revolution in your house. :)
So we start Sermon on the Mount today..2 weeks left. And then onto 1 Peter. I hope you’ll join me for this as well. This week is on Treasures, Worry and Judging. Oh, I have no problems with those things, maybe I’ll just skip. Ahem. Now for the truth! You all know it. This is a good week to dig on in. Let’s go!
19 Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.
20 But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.
23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!
24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).
25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries andanxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
So as you can see, I colored a certain phrase repeated several times. Do not worry or be anxious…
Where can we find hope? The treasures of God are eternal. The hope can only be in finding Jesus. The things of this earth will perish, fade away and wilt. Yet, God promises us all things in Him.
Let’s look at the word: treasures (thēsauros). :) “a treasure,” Mat 6:19-21; 13:44; Luk 12:33, 34; Hbr 11:26; “treasure” (in heaven or the heavens), Mat 19:21;Mar 10:21; Luk 18:22; in these expressions (which are virtually equivalent to that in Mat 6:1, “with your Father which is in Heaven”) the promise does not simply refer to the present life, but looks likewise to the hereafter; in 2Cr 4:7 it is used of “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” descriptive of the Gospel, as deposited in the earthen vessels of the persons who proclaim it (cp. ver. 4); in Col 2:3, of the wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ.
Treasures of this earth
- Moth and rust destroy
- Thieves break in and steal
- Eye bad? WHOLE body full of darkness
Treasures of heaven
- No moths or rust destroying
- Thieves do not break in and steal
- Eye will be clear and WHOLE body full of light
Where you have your treasures…there your heart will be also. Where do we want our treasures? Oh, friends, lets hold the treasures of heaven. Eternal. You cannot serve God and wealth. Ponder this friends. Hold tight to this. Part of me always wishes that we didn’t struggle with living paycheck to paycheck. Part of me wishes that I could buy the kids the latest and greatest. Yet, when I look back at each crisis as we look to Jesus to provide for our every need, we look more and more like Him. He is so close to us. Out of his hand, we are delivered. And quite honestly, I need Him to be close. I need Him to breathe through me. If I had riches, I don’t think I would hold so tightly. It would be so easy to put my faith in that provision. Instead, I stay where God has me. It has the greatest blessing because I have Jesus. And He is enough. He’s never, ever let us go. He has never deserted us. Money comes and goes. But My God has never forsaken us. I’ll stick with Him, thank you very much.
What are we not to worry about?
- Our lives
- What we will eat
- What we will drink
Your heavenly Father knows you need all those things…Pray on, friends. Pray on.
- “Why are you anxious?” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Worry (waltbrite.wordpress.com)
- The Birds of Heaven (brakeman1.com)
- Eight Reasons Why My Anxiety Is Pointless and Foolish (renewingthoughts.wordpress.com)
Good morning, beloved,
We had a park day yesterday: meaning: we all went to the park to meet up with friends. :) It is a semi-organized event as other homeschoolers come and play as well and we never know who is going to show. Yesterday, a new family came to the park and sat down. They just had moved to the area from Atlanta…they were here because of a job transfer.
Now, they were starting over. New friends, new church, new life…and I could see myself in her eyes two years earlier almost to the day. The past two years danced before my eyes and I was just so grateful. It has been two years. Amazing. Many days of pain, yet I am not the woman who moved here two years ago.
Kickball games sprung up. Girls were sitting sharing stories. It was a sunshiny, beautiful, warm day.
We took the kids to see a movie last night and we were all loud. We were laughing and loud and yelling at all the right parts. And I looked around and realized that nobody was interacting like we were…that we were “those people”. We sat in the theatre til the end. ;) The whole ride home everyone was talking over each other in excitement and saying all the lines to each other and having fun laughing…I pause, and I give thanks for this moment.
5 As you know not what is the way of the wind, or how the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you know not the work of God, Who does all.
6 In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hands, for you know not which shall prosper, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
The mysteries of the workings of God…amazes me to ponder. These verses are so very reflective and if you think on who wrote, Ecclesiastes, (Solomon) this does make sense. We are never meant to understand God. We were meant to worship!
Jesus spoke of this verse…
8 The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
Jesus uses word pictures so when we see what He describes we remember. So the next time the wind blows on your beautiful, God created face you will remember how the one who is born of the Spirit moves…
14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].
Reverence…in awe of what we do not understand, yet are not meant to comprehend.
5 The shades of the dead tremble underneath the waters and their inhabitants.
6 Sheol (the place of the dead) is naked before God, and Abaddon (the place of destruction) has no covering [from His eyes].
7 He it is Who spreads out the northern skies over emptiness and [a]hangs the earth upon or over nothing.
8 He holds the waters bound in His clouds [which otherwise would spill on earth all at once], and the cloud is not rent under them.
9 He covers the face of His throne and spreads over it His cloud.
4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare to Me, if you have and know understanding.
5 Who determined the measures of the earth, if you know? Or who stretched the measuring line upon it?
6 Upon what were the foundations of it fastened, or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors when it broke forth andissued out of the womb?—
Pray on, beloved. Pray on..