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Are you in a battle? Stuggling for victory? Is it too big for you? Don’t know where to turn? Have you exhausted all of your resources? Have no one to rely on? No one to fight with or for you?

Let’s look at a “too big battle” for the Israelites.

II Chronicles 20. The people came against the Children of God, in so much that they feared they could not gain the victory.

From the English Standard Version, vr 12.

O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Step 1 when facing a battle you know you can’t win, is to seek God. Keep your eyes on him.

Vr 15-17, And he said,

“Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”

When they sought his face, God said, “don’t be afraid, I will fight for you.” That is step 2. But he didn’t give them an excuse to not show up. He gave instruction to face the battle. To show up. To be present. We can’t run and hide or stay home or remove ourselves from the situation. We have to face it.

But we don’t have to fight it.

God wants his batle back. The “too big fights” are for him to gain the victory. They are God’s to fight, not ours.

Let go and give the battle back to him.

Vr 20-23.

And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.” And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord , for his steadfast love endures forever.” And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.

Step 3. When they obeyed with worship and praise, the enemy was defeated. The Children of God didn’t raise a finger against the enemy and there was great victory! The spoils took them 4 days to gathers. The provisions and blessings were immense.

Our job when facing the “too big battles” is to leave it to God and worship. Give thanks from the heart.

Vr 29 expresses that the fear of God was on the kingdoms around them, for they knew the hand of God had been shown.

When we leave the battle to him. (It’s his anyways.) And we let him do the fighting, his power is shown. He gets the victory. He gets the credit. Those around will know that there is a God that can fight and win the “too big battles.”

Give him back his fight so that others might know who stands in the ring for them.

You can’t start something new until you stop the old.

  • Habits
  • Ideas
  • Songs
  • Books
  • Motives
  • Service to

While many may argue, I can read multiple books; I can do what I want and please God too; I can have good and bad habits. It’s difficult to fully make a change, to give your heart completely, until you are done with the old.

You can only give all and focus on one direction at a time. You will either move forward, be stagnant or reverse course. You can’t move in all 3 directions at once.

The scripture says “ANY” that belong to God will be a new creature. There is a crisis point, a defining moment when one becomes new. At this time, the old has to go. You can’t be half new and half old. It’s all or nothing. And it’s available to everyone!

Finding yourself at a loss as we close out a year. Start fresh. Start new. Not just for a moment, a day, a month… but all time.

God has the power to sustain your newness as you belong to him.

Seek him. He will be found. You too can have a new life in Christ.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May you he blessed and be a blessing this year.

Existing – continued survival

Living – the pursuit of a lifestyle of the specified type.

There is a difference between just existing and truly living.

We need daily food to exist, to continue on this earth. But the pursuit of just continuing on this earth isn’t truly living.

One begins living when one shifts the focus from living how I want to living how God would have me. When our motives and desires are no longer self-based but God-based we can have life.

Life from above is a joy filled.

We need to be full, filled with the word of God to truly live. To have a life of purpose that is worth living. It gives life a hope, an expected end of good. A live not lived in vain.

5 Minute Thought

Who am I? That the Creator, the I AM, the Word, Love, Being, would be mindful of me?

Would want a deep, personal, intimate relationship with me?

How do I count as someone special?

One that has messed up countless times, has taken advantage of mercy, has failed…why me? Why does He care about me?

This I will never know. Only, that He does. He cares about me. About those things I care about. This is one of those times when faith is needed. And it is put into evidence in that he does all, to have that relationship.

I am but nothing, yet he thinks about me. He created me, knowing about my battles , weaknesses, strengths, stubbornness, desires, loves, the ins and outs of my heart and motives. He put the combination of me together. Wow! He must of thought this combo could do some good.

What gave I done with it? Have I lived to my full potential? Have I done all the good? Have I neglected to be a blessing? Am I allowing him to use me?

This time of year is often a time of reflection. I don’t want to, just out of form, but with a true sincerity of heart.

Search me. Try me. See if there be anything unlike You.

That I might be worthy of your affection.

Who am I? – Castibg Crowns

https://youtu.be/C53GgUJ6y-Y

I started listening to Ann Voskamp’s book ONE THOUSAND GIFTS again tonight. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone over it in the past, and yet it still speaks to me.

With her words rolling once again on my mind I sit in bed tonight thinking of goals, life, how I have struggled a lot recently. And I hear this voice, “struggling is a choice”.

Now I know there can be various circumstances, physical, mental, and external, causes for personal struggle. And I don’t want to condemn or judge anyone. But there comes a time when we choose to continue to struggle instead of pursuing a better way.

It was as if a load was lifted.

I can choose to say, “I’m struggling” and that is why I can’t or don’t do those things I want to do. Those habits I want to create. Those goals I want to crush. And by doing so I am hindering my progress when I hide behind my struggle. Or I can make the choice to stop struggling.

It’s all a choice.

I can choose joy, gratitude, victory. I can choose to live a fuller life, better than I was yesterday and still reaching for a greater version of myself.

I take my notebook in hand, one that is filled with thanks, goals, wishes from a friend, memories and yet, has blank pages left to fill. With pen in hand I start to list my goals. I break them down in to categories, spiritual, physical, financial and relational.

In her book Ann casually mentions her “prayer bench”. And everytime I have heard this, I want one. Not a bench specific, but a special place for prayer. I have never created this place. This place of medition, of prayer, of quiet. A place where God and I meet. This is a goal I am going to actively seek. I will find a place, a chair, a corner of my home that is my “bench”.

I have a goal to be fit. To me, this is toned muscles, not big, but toned. To have physical endurance and the strength to handle what is necessary. (Not sure how to quantify that)

Debt free is my financial goal. A new vehicle with cash? Add ons to the house. Paying off overdue school lunch cards and random monetary acts of kindness with out thought of my bank account.

And relationally, I want to be an exceptional wife, a friend that listens, is aware of needs and makes the load a little lighter. Not too busy and caught up in my own life.

Big goals that are possible. They create responsibility, especially since they are now spoken. Goals that can become reality starting with one choice. The choice to stop struggling. To stop using that excuse to remain unfulfilled. And instead, to choose to live, to conquer, to acheive, to have joy, to worship, to learn, to grow, to give thanks for each step of the way, to give myself grace, to accept God’s help. For it is only with his help, these choices can be made.

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