Tuesday, August 30, 2011

serve Him well, dear Christian

Serve Him with all your heart.
Serve Him even if you don't understand.
Serve Him no matter where you are.
Serve Him no matter who you are.
Serve Him no matter what you think or feel.
Serve Him as He sovereignly commands.
Serve Him as He purely instructs.
Serve Him with full obedience and trust.
Serve Him with full honor and praise.
Serve Him in complete fear and love.
Serve Him well, dear Christian...

Serve Him well... and BE WELL!!!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

(Victoria Anderson)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

watching over our household... His household

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31:27)

Mmmm, that wicked bread of idleness can indeed be appetizing, can't it?  We've all tasted it's fattening flavor.  We've all gobbled away our precious time with it's hollow, trivial vanity.  And in the end, here we sit with gained weight... still lacking... still hungry. In fact, our appetites have strangely increased. We are lazily reclined in our worldly ways. A chosen sinful pause. But is this where we'll find true rest and comfort? Are we really relaxed as we munch on this bread?  Absolutely not!

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

Then there is the polar opposite of idleness; The Martha vs. Mary debate of busyness. Ahhhh, we also crave this drug-induced high of pride, don't we? Our self-proclaimed importance of always being necessary - and noticed for it. Our impulsiveness to get the job done. To achieve. To seem irreplaceable, unsubstitutable. But is any credit really ours to take? Rather, isn't the devoted woman's role to"watch over the affairs of her household" best centered around sitting at the Lord's feet and listening to the teachings of our Master?  Should we not surrender to Him the burden of independence and full charge?  What a testimony our hearts could display if we made Him our priority over all other activity!

Yes, how do we properly watch over what God has given us...
If we are to manage the blessings our King has bestowed,
Then how have we performed?

How have we followed through?

Whose glories can we truly claim for ourself? And if not for us... what gives us right to take credit away from our King... the One whom all glory is due?  For aren't we to live as servants under the reign of the Most High?  Aren't we to resemble His image while wearing His family crest... without becoming fattened impostors of His position and authority?


For we are not called to live haughty and selfish in our own name, but rather humbly under His Name - resting obediently under His sovereign grace.

O Lord, forgive us!
For both idleness and busyness have easily distracted our hearts from faithfully serving Christ.
May we no longer forget to eagerly attend to your household.
May we joyfully watch over what you have entrusted to us.
May we strengthen our bones in your peace and serve you with our willingness...

So that we may rest in your pure satisfaction.
So that we may be still in your completeness.
So that we may know and project your full capacity... your grace... your love... your holiness!

Let our lives be pleasing in your eyes.
Let us produce for your purpose...
Because YOU are our purpose!

Yes, teach us to watch over the affairs of our household, Father. Keep us from wandering in our own wilderness of pomp. And let us lift up Your Name in honor and gratefulness... always in thanksgiving of your eternal, esteemed love! We give you all glory and honor and praise and attention! We bow down in total submission and choose to trust your higher ways. We are your servants. We joyfully surrender it all.

So, please come visit our homes.
Teach us.
Rule every facet of our lives each and every day... THIS DAY!

We are devoted.
We are yours!

Friday, August 5, 2011

lunch break

Taking my lunch break right now.
It's been a busy, grueling work day.
Collapsing in a comfy position and elevating my feet up.
Heaving a big sigh and looking around at the many blessings that surround me.
Remembering all God provides.
Refocusing off the temporary of today and pausing to remember all God has sacrificed so that I might live freely in His love.
Mmmmmmmmmm. Yes, I love LOVE!

Opening my Bible and tasting the sweetness of words I know so well...

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

What a comfort!
He's still here.
He's still with me and able to take on all my weights and burdens.
He's still faithfully available to offer me His gift... His LOVE.
How wonderful to know that I am my Beloved's and He is mine!
I'll say it again... Ahhhhhhhhhh!

Isn't life easier with God's assurances to rest upon?
Isn't today better when you realize that Jesus offers peace for your soul?
Yes, Lord... I'll gladly take on Your yoke.
I'll happily learn whatever You want to teach me.
For I want to receive Your rest!
I want to know You more intimately, even in this short lunch break.
Teach me, Lord. I've come to learn.
Teach me and use me for Your glory forever and ever!

How has your day been so far, believer?
Are you weary or burdened?
I encourage you to take a moment to pause in His splendor!
Take on His yoke.
And be mindful to love His LOVE this very hour!

Blog Posting Written By Victoria Anderson

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