Category Archives: Encouragement

Who’s Whispering What to You!

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it too. Genesis 3:6 (NLT) (my emphasis)

Eve had been whispered too. She had been told there would be no consequences to eating the one thing she had been told not too. And you know what? The same whispers that she heard are still around and they come in all forms, shapes and sizes.whisper

It can be the ‘serpent’…telling you that God doesn’t care, that you’ve messed up and there is no way you can be forgiven. It can come as a Christian brother or sister who has some information that they just need to relate to you. Or maybe a family member who could be telling you something—’for your own good’. How about a friend who can’t help but tell you the latest item of news they have just heard. And believe it or not, the whisperers come in the form of a book or magazine you read, a radio station you might listen too, or a TV show you watch. Actually when you stop and think about it, the whispering doesn’t stop.

How, you might ask, can we tell the difference between what we should ‘listen too’ and what we should ‘ignore’? Are the whispers you hearing—uplifting? Do they encourage you, build up your self-esteem, help you to grow? Could you/would you repeat them to someone else? Proverbs 18:21 (AMP) says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. So no matter what form the whispers come to you…if they are not life-giving they are no good!

Any woman who looks at very much TV, listens to secular music, or looks at the latest magazine on the racks can see how the world is telling us we should act and look and expect to be treated. But we all know what is wrong with that picture. The whispers coming from the world are not encouraging in the right way, they will not enhance your self-esteem and they will not enrich your relationship with Jesus. In my opinion most of the whispering coming from the world makes us less a woman than what our Lord meant for us to be.

I love the Amplified Bibles version of Proverbs 31:30—”Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!” Every woman wants to look good but when we base our lives on what the world is telling us we will find ourselves in trouble. We are all beautiful ladies no matter our size, our shape, our age, our color. We are the daughters of THE KING. How can we even think to use the worlds standards as our measuring stick?

That’s why we need each other in this day and age more than any other. We need to encourage each other…to lift one another up. There should be dialog in the church that creates an atmosphere where self-esteem is allowed to grow and flourish in the right direction. Women who are mature in the Lord need to mentor the younger. We should in all ways keep Jesus in the forefront of all we think and do. He is the one we have to please. He is the one who—in the end—we will be ’married’ too. The whispers of Christ are the only ones we should ever really listen too. They won’t lead us in any direction but the right one.

How’s That ‘Brat’ Attitude Going For You?

1 Kings 21:4 (HCSB) So Ahab went to his palace resentful and angry because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had told him.  He had said, “I will not give you my fathers’ inheritance.”  He lay down on his bed, turned his face away, and didn’t eat any food.
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Question is a tad provocative, don’t you think?

For some being irate is a response when asked the above question and for others it’s a ‘nose in the air’ type of response as if to say – ‘I never get that way!’.

I can say with ALL honesty ~ there are times that I do.  Not pretty…not proud of it…but I know it is something my Lord is still working on.

If you reread the verse above you can just feel the emotion and irritation that Ahab had because he didn’t get what he wanted.  He went to bed.  He wouldn’t talk to anyone.  He didn’t want to eat his supper.  Well BOO HOO!  ☺

I guess my main point is that we, as Christians, get that way with God sometimes.  We ask Him for something – He says no or wait and we get all huffy wanting to throw ourselves on the floor and pitch a fit.  We refuse to listen for His reasoning instead wanting our will not His.  I have to tell you – that can get you into lots of trouble.  (Know from experience.)

Trust!  That’s what it all boils down too.  Trust!  If we don’t get exactly what we want, when we want it, we need to take a step back and allow God to strengthen us in the waiting.  One of the greatest opportunities we have is to draw closer to Jesus when we are in the ‘wait’ mode.  God will definitely never let us down!  That’s His promise!

I am guilty!

Guilty

…of feeling inadequate.

…of wanting to be someone other than who I am.

…of trying to fit in and be like others.

…of not being ME…of not being who God created me to be.

Is there anyone out there who feels this same way?  I really don’t believe I am alone in this.

Some time ago…Jesus began a good work in me.  And as Paul stated, I am sure Jesus will finish what He started.  I just have to learn to get out-of-the-way and allow Him to do it.

I am not inadequate – because I know God loves me and calls me His child.  I am His daughter because I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

I don’t need to be anyone other than who God created me to be.  And you know what – that person is AWESOME because of who He is in my life!

I have to quit trying to fit in, to be ‘somebody’.  By God’s mercy, I am a living sacrifice – holy and acceptable to Him.  I am not supposed to conform to this world but be transformed into what God desires of me.

I just need to be ME!  I am to love the Lord with all my heart, my mind and my soul.  I need to grow my relationship with Jesus each and every moment of each and every day.  It IS no longer I who lives…but Christ who lives in me!  ☺

Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in guilt.  Easy to do, hard habit to break but a worthless emotion.  God is just waiting on each of us to allow Him to grow us as He desires.  He is desiring us to seek Him with our whole hearts and nothing less.  Jesus loves us!  My Bible tells me so!