On your bed…

Psalm 4: 5-6
Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

Reading my devotional today.

This passage struck me as important.

In the devotional it points out that the word BED is key in this passage. I usually focus on the word meditate or the words be still…

But today I am focusing on the word BED. WHY?

Our bed represents the place where we are most vulnerable. It is a place of the private life. It is where we leave off the clothing that we think says “this is me, my style.” It is the place we are most real. It is just – ME. It is also the place where we are still in body, and where the heart and mind have full voice. We hear the clamor within. The stress, the worry, the anxiety, the fears. We feel the swirl going on and on and on as we lay there opening our eyes to see the ceiling. No matter what it is we hear while on our beds….it is us. It is our inner workings revealing.

Then it says to us OFFER THE SACRIFICES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! How do I do that?? I thought.
The next verse : and put your trust in the Lord.

The righteous sacrifice all those worries, fears, feelings, thinking….

Sacrifice: to give up something valued

Wow!! that is something…isn’t it true that we can think of our worries, and fears, our feelings and thoughts as valuable.

But here in this passage of scripture it says that they are our sacrifice. We are the righteousness of God is Christ Jesus!!

The RIGHTEOUS sacrifice those valuables…those chosen treasures and instead we take us that righteousness by faith…

and WE TRUST IN THE LORD!!

No amount of worry will stop ruin, mishap or destruction.

No amount of fear will propel us to great heights.

No amount of feeling will let us touch God.

No amount of thinking will teach us His way.

BUT TRUSTING IN LORD….that can do anything!!! Nothing is impossible for God.

Lord,
Today I choose with all my heart, mind and soul to Trust You!! I let go of all my worries, fears, my feelings, and thoughts and I choose to believe that You will supply my needs, be my courage, comfort me and direct my way. Help me to use the time while I am in my bed to meditate and be still in trust of you.

Thanks for Listening
Starla

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Today over at Friendships of Love  we are talking about ” when we hide who we are and our feelings” 

I wrote a post called STUFF AND SMILE

Proverbs 27:7 When you’ve stuffed yourself, you refuse dessert; when you’re starved, you could eat a horse.

 The word STUFF means to stop or cram, choke back. In an emotional sense this is when we don’t tell how we feel. We don’t rebuke when we should. We don’t communicate our hearts and minds. We are STUFFED. It says here when you stuff yourself you also refuse dessert. We often think of dessert as a sweet at the end of our meal but the original meaning comes from the root words Dis-serve and means TO CLEAR THE TABLE.  If you are STUFFING your emotions then you also are refusing dessert (clearing the table) you are not allowing……To continue reading click here:   http://friendshipsoflove.blogspot.com/2010/09/stuff-and-smile.html

Tina wrote a poem concerning the same issues, a telling and revealing poem of a heart hidden.

http://friendshipsoflove.blogspot.com/2010/09/revealing-of-concealing.html

Thanks for joining us today as F of L

Have a great day

Starla

The things we do…

Thursday (Book I'm Reading) THOUGHTS

Reading: Days of Deepening Friendship by Vinita Hampton Wright 

Her site and to buy this book : http://deepeningfriendship.loyolapress.com/

Hello I am Back…doing my Thursday Thoughts….I find it really interesting that the chapter I am choosing to do is RIGHT WHERE I AM!! I havent read ahead in this book I am just going along…I took a break and laid the book down and during that break I have been thinking about the very things Vinita addresses in this chapter.. God is good at that if we are listening…so lets get right to it shall we?? :0)

Chapter 19 : How do you get in your own way?

The first sentence or I should say clip of a sentence that stood out to me when reading this chapter is  –  Simple Self-Respect – When you break it down it really is SIMPLE…but we complicate things –don’t we??  (What If I say to so and so that they are walking on me they may stop talking to me all together ) We’re did we get the idea that keeping people who don’t care about us is a good thing???!!! Its simple – respect yourself. You are of worth!!

Vinita says we have to learn to understand what hurts us and what helps us. Something as simple as make up can make a big difference to two people as Vinita tells us. To one make up may give them too much attention and it becomes a hinderance to their being, giving off the appearance of too confident or too flashy whatever the issue this person may be seen as someone to not take seriously. To another no make up may let them hide like blending into the wallpaper and they don’t get to share their gifts or they simply get ignored.

Vinita asks the question : What hurts your progress in life? Our attitudes and beliefs held since childhood really do have to have their stinky little fingers pried from the steering wheel of life. I use to be scared to death to tell the truth in an emotional situation. One childhood experience caused me to be afraid to speak the truth when some one was emotionally charged. I was always in fear that if I told the truth it would come right back and smack me in the face. I would be wrong no matter what. This belief caused me to hide and give over my self-respect and integrity for years. I simple was afraid to stand up for myself and speak MY TRUTH….I have learned that what I KNOW is all I KNOW and that TRUTH is the only way to go!! ~ until I KNOW different. These things that are hanging on us keep us STUCK…in the Muck of FEARing to be real…with others and God…and ourself.

Vinita goes on to talk about hanging around people who are not good for you…do you know who those people are in your life?? OH I KNOW we are Christians we aren’t suppose to judge or be UNLOVING!! RIGHT??!! We take it for granted that God gave us DISCERNMENT. We know when someone is not right for us, for where we are, for were they are….WE CANT FIX PEOPLE! God can!! We will help no one if we can not control ourselves around certain people. You know what I am talking about — the person who makes you feel like you are wrong about everything and so you agree with them (even if it is just a tiny bit with your silence)…or the person who you just can’t stay out of the gossip corner with…or the person who comes around and they lay all this garbage in your mind and you always feel terrible and drained  after they leave…or the person who disrespects your time and you waste a whole week cause they think they live at your house. DONT FEEL GUILTY and tell yourself that you aren’t good enough, strong enough, or loving enough Christian…repent and stand with your DISCERNMENT of these things. Give yourself permission to respect yourself. YOU are one person you can DO SOMETHING about –so DO IT! You KNOW in your KNOWER if someone is NOT FOR YOU!! If they are dragging your down you cant help or do them good and they aren’t doing you good…they need the person who can help them up and so do you.

Taking inventory of the things that harm us and help us is a good thing to do …novel idea anyway…so I will give it a whirl —

Things that harm me :

My ability to blame others for my attitude problem, My need to have things in my kitchen right and so if it is not I get pissy, My ability to whisk myself away when I am hurt causing me to ignore issues and prolonging the situation. My need to deal with it NOW while not allowing others to process their way ( wow those two are opposites )  So naturally next should be my ability to swing from one extreme to the other making me feel Bi-polar.

Things that are helpful:

Being willing to see the reality of the situation in front of me no matter how painful or upsetting, Being willing to speak the truth that is in me so that I do not stuff and smile and turn into a volcano, Being kind to myself within my mind and heart, Resting when my body asks me too instead of pushing myself.

Can you make your own list? Do you know what is good for you and what is not…and who is not?

Have a great THURSDAY!! Blessings

Starla

What are WORDS???

Words are words…

They spell out what you think

They form a poem out of a feeling

They sing to us the sweet songs we sing

The words we use are powerful but that is not just all

The words you use are the thoughts from in and out of mind

They help us understand where a feeling  hides, where it resides

While words may form a picture of our feelings and our thoughts

They only point to where the soul is sitting

Not to who we are or who we are not

For who we are is not formed with words, it seems at all

Who we are is attached to our actions

Which speak loudly for who “we think”  we are.

-Starla Smith