God’s Word

open your bibleI have always studied the Bible either in a class or by use of a study book. There have been times in my life when I just did word studies. Recently, in a study that I am doing (Open Your Bible by: Rachel Myers & Amanda Bible Williams),  I was encouraged to read through a book from beginning to end in one sitting (praying before and after). I did that this morning with the book of Ephesians. I also read up on the who, when, and where. I reread some of the passages again after a couple of hours. Already I am feeling the scriptures speaking to me in a mighty way. There is so much meat in Ephesians.

 

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If you need direction and want to know God’s will for you read, read, and reread while praying for the Holy Spirit to teach you. God’s will for our lives is not hidden from us.

Ephesians 5:1-2 teaches us that we need to be imitators of God. How can we be imitators of God if we don’t take the time to get to know Him? The only way you can really know God is to study Him. We do that through studying His Word.

I have had so many days of great intentions to study His Word. But…there is always a but, isn’t there? That “but” usually means something that we made more important. I am so guilty. I just want to encourage you today to put God in your schedule. He put you in His.

 

 

Together, let us approach His Word daily and learn more about Him. Let us be imitators of Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Your Sister in Christ,

Momma Birdy

Strengthened by His Word

I’m exhausted. Doing spiritual warfare is hard work. Praying, praying, praying…Salvation. Healing. Discernment. Jobs. The list goes on.

Do you ever feel like there are seasons in your life when everything seems to be messed up? Death. Cancer diagnosis. Everything lost in a fire. Shot, but stable…in critical condition. These are a glimpse of what I have been praying over for family members. All of it happening this year.

It says in the Bible (Isaiah 41:10),  “fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Reading His Word everyday is the way to be strengthened by the Lord. We need Him to pour into us through His Word and His Holy Spirit so that we can have the strength to pour ourselves out for others. If I am empty, what shall I pour out? image

I’m hungry for the Lord; hungry to feed upon His Words. His Word is a chest full of treasure.

Have you received a gem from His Word today? What was it? It is so encouraging to see the Lord at work, so please share your gem in the comments or with someone you know. These gems are meant to be shared.

Thank you for sharing,

Momma Birdy

 

The Struggle Is Real

Are there things that you hide or keep to yourself because you don’t like these things about yourself or because it isn’t acceptable by the people you surround yourself with? Show you my moments of weakness? Um, no thank you.

We hide things like depression. You know, the kind of depression where that voice in your head says that everybody would be better off without us. We hide our thoughts about our bodies, thinking that we are fat when in fact we are anorexic. We hide things like addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, etc. We don’t like to share our struggles, afraid that it makes us look weak (as Christians appearing to be ungodly).

As a parent we don’t share how a little one drove us so crazy late one night that it caused us to shut the door (leaving them screaming in their room) then bang our head against the wall, gritting our teeth in anger (hating that we felt angry in the first place), sliding down the wall in the hallway crying uncontrollably. This is a true story by the way; I did this 18 years ago. Did I share it with anyone at the time? No way! I didn’t want anyone to think that I was a bad mom or that I couldn’t handle motherhood.

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What if we began to be more transparent with each other? In the Bible it says in Proverbs 28:13, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” (ESV)

Not all things hidden are transgressions or sins. For example, I don’t think depression is a sin. I have fought depression for years. My depression was caused by a hormonal imbalance. For a long time I didn’t want anyone to know how sad I truly felt. I am a woman of faith with a loving husband and three beautiful children. We are blessed financially. I was living my dream of being a stay at home mom and homeschooling our children. People would think that I was crazy for being sad. So, I put on a face for them. That “face” exhausted me. I began to withdraw from people because it took too much energy to be around them, to appear happy, trying to be like the old me.

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My point in all of this is that we need help; help from God, from our friends and family, maybe even medical help. I needed help to get me through my depression. I take an anti-anxiety medication and I am on bio-identical hormones to replace the hormones that my body quit making, and a thyroid medication because that too wasn’t functioning properly. I openly confess my battle with depression because I want to help others who struggle as well. I praise the Lord for pulling me out of the miry clay, out of the pit. The reason why I am doing so well now is because it is not hidden anymore. In the Bible it says in James 5:13-16, “ Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (ESV)

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I participate with a group of homeschool moms who expressed that they would like to have an open group discussion about the struggles that we face each day. Bravo moms! I am so glad that instead of hiding behind a facade of “I am Superwoman”, these moms want to be transparent and share their weaknesses. This group of women are going to grow stronger and closer. Their whole families will benefit from it because they will take the encouragement they receive, pay it forward and use what they learn to better their homeschool, life, or marriages. I am so blessed to be a part of this group. I am going to share my current struggle (homeschooling a male teenager) with these moms; I know that they will encourage me, critique my work constructively, and will lovingly support me.

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If you are struggling with something, find someone you trust (preferably a godly person) to share and talk about the issues you face. Seek godly council from someone or find a support group. Reach out. Reach up. God cares about your well-being.

Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that we should wear it all out on our sleeves, or air out our dirty laundry. I am speaking about being open and sharing with those whom we enjoy a close relationship.

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May the Lord bless you!

~Momma Birdy

Hurry up and Wait!

We have all been there. Wait in traffic. Wait in line. Wait for the doctor. Wait for test results. Wait to see if you got the job. Wait. Wait. Wait. Sometimes the waiting can be aggravating. Road rage anyone? Sometimes, anxiety in the waiting can get the best of us. Is there a way to wait well? Is there a right way and a wrong way to wait?

Right now, my daughter is waiting to hear back after having a job interview. She is so antsy. Here is my advice to her (are you listening, Kaitlyn?). Put it at the feet of Jesus. Take a deep breath. Let peace fill your lungs. God has never let you down. If you get the job, praise God. If you don’t get the job, praise God. He has your back, girlfriend. He knows what is best for you.

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I believe that every time we are given the opportunity to wait, we are being given an opportunity to trust God. We are definitely given an opportunity to practice patience. And there it is. That is how we wait well. That is the right way to wait. Trust God, and be patient. He gives us so many opportunities to grow in this area. We wait everyday, don’t we? But do you wait on Him? Be honest with yourself. If we are waiting on Him, then we are trusting that He will help us. If we are growing aggravated or anxious in the situation then we are not waiting on Him. During your waiting: pray, breath, praise God.

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I don’t share this because I wait well. I share this because I am learning how to wait well. When I do wait well it is such a great feeling. I pray that you will learn to wait well and grow in your faith. Trusting God is always a great blessing.

Join me this week. Let’s practice waiting on the Lord together.

~Momma Birdy


 

Psalm 62:1-2 “For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (ESV)

Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.” (ESV)

Psalm 62:8 “Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah” (ESV)

Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.” (ESV)

Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.” (ESV)

Psalm 9:10 “And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (ESV)

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (ESV)