What are you thinking about?

I have been hanging out in a hotel for almost two weeks now while my husband is in training. Being just the two of us has been wonderful. Our conversations have been deep and fruitful. We are working on a project right now (I will spill the beans about that in a future blog), and the time here, without any of the day to day distractions, has leant itself to much planning and actually getting some things accomplished. With that said, I have had enough. I am so ready to go home. I miss my little birds. I know that they aren’t little anymore, but they will always be my little birds. I miss my nest, and my daily routine of keeping my nest. I miss my two fur-babies, too.

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For ten hours a day over the last two weeks (weekends excluded) I have been sitting in this hotel room, as I mentioned before. That is a lot of time on my hands. What I have learned about myself is that I can waste a day better than anybody else I know. Ha!

Let me tell you something that has been pressing on me though. With all that time to just think, I became very aware of the direction that my thinking went in. A couple of times I became sad because I was keeping my focus on something that I have no control over. A couple of times I became anxious, thinking about all the things that could go wrong with our project. Each time this stinking thinking occurred the Lord would gently nudge me to stop. I would then pace the hotel room praying out loud. People walking down the hall probably thought I was a nut. I don’t even care. It was healing balm for my soul.

Philippians 4:8 says,“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”(ESV)

This is where my thinking is now; instead of being sad because I have no control over a situation, I am giving it to God and trusting Him with it; instead of being anxious about things that haven’t even happened I am focusing on the things that are happening, and I can see the blessing in how it is coming together like it is. When I began to align my thinking with what the Word tells me to think about I began to see the beauty in my life again.

We are surrounded by stinking thinking. It is on the t.v. in the news, episodes, and movies that we watch. It is in the books that we read and the music that we listen to. I see it in the tweets and the posts on Facebook.

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What are you thinking about? Is it true? Is it honorable or just? Is is pure, lovely, or commendable? Is there any excellence in it? Is there anything worthy of praise in what you are thinking about? If the answer is no. Pray. And when you pray, use the Word of God as a model for your prayers. This has strengthened my prayer life tremendously.

Here is an example of a prayer that I wrote out the other day after the Lord nudged me to quit my stinking thinking. “I trust in you, Lord Jesus. I delight myself in you. Let the desires of my heart be to do your will. I commit my way to you, Jesus; I trust in you, that in my life you will act. You will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. I will be still before you and wait patiently for you; I will not fret.” This prayer was modeled after verses from Psalm 37:3-9. His word is powerful. Healing balm for my soul.

Remember what it says in Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”(ESV)  We keep our hearts by guarding what we think on.

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Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (ESV)

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

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Community by Twilight

“But what has been truly transformative, has been my friendship with my girls — friends who know all the crap and baggage I have from my past, and love me anyway.”-BeautyBeyondBones

Living in community with people who truly know you, the good, the bad, and the ugly, is a blessing from God. I am so thankful for my friends and family who know me, who get me, and who love me anyway. Read BeautyBeyondBones’ blog about community and ponder the community that you are in. Do you have transparency in your community? Do you feel free to be you? If not, then why? May God bless you with a beautiful community.
By His Grace,
Momma Birdy

BeautyBeyondBones

I was recently babysitting on a Friday night.

It was late. Midnight. And the apartment has these beautiful bay windows with plush window seats. Perfect to peer down onto the streets below. The cobblestone street, dotted with cafes, where people dine alfresco on the sidewalks outside. Or you look across the street at various rooftop parties, bustling underneath twinkle lights — NYC’s stand in for the stars we cannot see amid the bright city lights.


This spot is a people watcher’s paradise.

Now, don’t get thewrong idea. I am not some creeper.

I’m not some Pee-Wee Herman, fun house wacko.

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But I frankly love to just watch the lights twinkle in the buildings and the waiters pop from table to table delivering drinks, friends gathering to celebrate birthdays, toast with margaritas, chat, laugh, and justbe with one another.

In community.

In relationship.

And as I was watching all the…

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Bend or Break

Be flexible. Our children grow up too fast. I have graduated two and have one more to go. I am reminded daily how fast they have grown and that being flexible allows for a more enjoyable day. I learned through some stressful situations that I need to write my schedule out in pencil; this way I can adjust my schedule to the circumstances going on and daily search out the teachable moments and capitalize on those. Praise Jesus for pencils. 😉

A Homeschool Mom

Bend_BreakAs I glanced at my alarm clock, I could tell this was going to be a fun day. I was already running two hours behind and the day hadn’t even started yet! In addition to our late start, the kids were already beginning to squabble at each other and I had a long list of things which needed to get done.

I’m sure we’ve all had mornings like this one. Mornings, days, weeks, or months when things just don’t seem to gel. For whatever reason, our well-planned, organized life went haywire and we are struggling to catch up; setting our world to rights.

As home schoolers, this problem can cross over into all areas of our lives. Not only do we feel challenged to keep our households together, but our children’s education also needs to remain somewhat on track. While we don’t subscribe to a rigid form of learning, our children…

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God, Where is My Burning Bush So I Can Believe?

Dax gives us a good word here about how doubt can be a good thing. Read and see what he has to say.

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I am truly an infected saint. I doubt that God exists more than I care to admit. I have preached through much of the Scriptures. I have been through more schooling than should be allowed. I have dedicated my life to following Christ. Yet, I have times of doubt. Times where I wonder if it is real. “Is there anything beyond this life?,” is a question that whispers to me sometimes.

Honestly, I don’t like living by faith. I can see your face right now. It’s a look of disappointment. A pastor that doesn’t want to live by faith?! Shame on you, Dax. Yet, I really would like to know by visible signs. Not just trust and hope. I’d like for the Spirit to descend like a dove from the clouds and talk to me.Or a burning bush to start speaking to me in a divine voice and tell me…

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Don’t settle for empty carbs

 

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” -Matthew 23:27-28 (ESV)

When God dwelt among us, robbed in the flesh as Jesus Christ (John 1:14), He spent time rebuking the religious people. Why? I believe the answer lies in what He says to them. He said that they were like whitewashed tombs full of dead people’s bones. Many equate religion with God. To them it is the same thing. To be religious is to be godly and follow God. But, we see in the Bible that that is just simply not true.

6″Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”-John 14:6 (ESV)

25″Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,”-John 11:25 (ESV)

If being in a religion is following God and He is life, then why were the religious people likened to a whitewashed tomb full of dead people’s bones? The answer is that they made too much of religion. To them is was the following of the law that saved them.

God saves us.

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Let me put it to you this way: Religion is to empty carbs as Jesus is to food with nutritional value. Religion leaves you hungry for more, and lacking in sufficient nutrients. With Jesus you will never hunger or thirst again, because your soul is being fed what God created you to be fed with.

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Since I met Jesus and became a disciple I have had periods where I was thirsty and hungry for Him. It was during those times that I had not nurtured my relationship with Him. I was homesick and just needed to spend time with Him. So, when I say that you will never hunger or thirst again I am saying that as long as you are nurturing your relationship with Him you will not. The thing with religion is that you hunger and thirst and try to fill it with works of service and what not all, but you eventually become weary and feeling dried up inside (dead people’s bones, hello). You act right, you do all the right things, but it is never good enough. You never find that point of satisfaction and peace; that only comes from Jesus.

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With Jesus, I am enough, just as I am. He loves me and gently corrects me. He blesses me when I walk in obedience; when I stumble and fall, He picks me up and washes me off. When I spend time with Him, He fills my soul with good nutrition. With that nutrition I am able to do good works and pour out my life into the lives of others.

Can you be in a relationship with Jesus and be religious? Yes. I am not saying that being religious is wrong. We need to be in community; together with other disciples of Christ we make up the body of Christ, with Him as our head. We should gather together to spur one another on, and to lift one another up. What I am saying is that you need to evaluate yourself. Are you trying to reach God through your religion; or are you joining yourself to other Christians, as the body of believers, because Jesus reached you with His atoning power? There is a difference. Check to see if there is any Pharisee in you and then repent.

Don’t settle for empty carbs. Go for the good stuff.

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

Four Keys to Manifesting Your Purpose

This has been a word in season for me. I hope that it brings encouragement and direction to you as well.
By His Grace,
Momma Birdy

prayer & practice

Four Keys

“There is no difference between my humanness and your humanness, the only thing is if you’re trying to get there, you cannot stop believing.”- Tyler Perry

Focus, Hard Work, Believing & Grace

Pick one and start there; to get anything done successfully you will need to engage them all!

I started with grace. Grace has been defined as unmerited favor; goodness or gifts that are bestowed upon us that we have no reason to expect.

The challenge lies not in the lack of grace in our lives but lies in our inability to recognize and acknowledge it.  Acts of grace are abundant and are all around us. Here are a few gifts of grace that you may have lost sight of;

It is by God’s grace that:

  • We can ponder the idea of a life of greater purpose.
  • We desire right and not wrong.
  • We have this day, this…

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