Month: June 2016

Thirsty Thursday: Haggai 1:6-9

“You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.” Haggai 1:6-9   Possibly, you’ve been married a year, maybe 20. In either case, have you felt you planted much while harvested little? There was a time we lived with extended family because we couldn’t afford to do so on our own. It was trying for all involved. During that time, I never recall waking up thanking God for a nice warm shelter for our family nor for the ones willing to have us. All I could think about was having a place of our own while bitter with myself and my husband for being in that position. To look back now, I couldn’t be more grateful for...

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Victim or Vessel? (Part 2)

  The very same battle from the last post…with a brand new perspective becomes our Thirsty Thursday encouragement. David came as a vessel when it made sense to be a victim. David was the youngest of 8 sons. He was a shepherd over his father’s sheep, known for striking and killing any lion or bear that ever came after his father’s sheep…by hand. As David was sent by his father to check the condition of his brothers at war, he witnessed Goliath as he presented himself yet again. Same words. Different day. “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”…Then, David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him, your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:26, 32 Saul tried assuring him he was only a youth and this, a mature man well equipped for war. Moreover David said, “The Lord delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine. And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 1 Samuel 17:37 As I was reading this story to my children one night before bed, I knew God was speaking directly to me. “Meaghan, take a close look at all I have spared you. The times...

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Victim or Vessel? (Part 1)

  Have you ever experienced whiplash in your marriage? What only minutes ago was smooth sailing now rapidly becomes a monstrous monsoon. Your husband, who just prior had you head over heels is now the man who has you gritting your teeth and shaken in your faith. Whiplash. Was it possibly a financial dispute? Opposing opinions in child rearing? Stress from work exploded upon the other? A misunderstanding? Let’s explore some truth together, shall we? In 1 Samuel Chapter 17, the Israelites were at war with the Philistines. A giant, named Goliath challenged the Israelites by asking them to send one man to fight him and the victor would then take the other as their own. And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening…And all of the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid. 1 Samuel 17:16, 24 Hmm…sound familiar? I know there have been seasons where my marital battles were similar to a giant. Even if they were small battles, they were so repetitious, the constant strife became the giant. And yes, I have tried to flee at times greatly afraid I would never see victory. I have fallen victim to the enemy losing sight of the true Victor. I’m going to pause here with the story as some of you already know the final...

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Frazzled Friday: Hebrews 11:8-10

  Are you ever left speechless, friend? Where the words just leave you? You’re tired. Overwhelmed. Confused. Whatever it may be, there comes a point we have to silence the words running through our minds that we may take time to simply rest and wait for a word from the Lord to move you, revive you, and reassure you. Words have me beat today. God is stretching me in some areas that aren’t so comfy and cozy. He’s laying words on my heart that I’m struggling to swallow because they seem too hard. The calling seems beyond someone like me and my capabilities. The enemy’s attack of fear has been laid thick. A calling that seems even more trying than marriage. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:8-10 Have you felt the nudging of God in your life to make a change in one area or another? Have you been called to something but you’ve kind of been trying...

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Trash Talk

For a family of seven, we accumulate quite a bit of trash throughout the week. For a mom of 5 under the ages of 10 and a wife of a man working two jobs, from time to time trash day will slip up on me, on us. It doesn’t happen frequently, but I admit, it happens. Fast forward through week two of trash accumulation. By this point, I want to cry. The trash truck can’t hit that curve soon enough. It bothers me to the point of anxiety. Early one morning, I had just taken the overflowing trash cans to the road for pickup. There was a sense of relief just having it placed and ready to go knowing today was the day of empty trash cans…I recall walking into the house consumed in thought over how this one aspect of life had weighed me down. Crazy, I know. Do you have any trash in your life weighing you down? I had no idea actual trash would have a place of anxiety in my world. That scenario pushed me to consider other areas of my life. Is social media bringing trash of comparison to your world? Are you comparing your reality to the good in life people choose to showcase in pictures and posts? Rarely one will post their child throwing a tantrum over a new song they learned...

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