Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, 
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalm 1:1-3

This picture was taken about 5 years ago. Husband is standing next to a tree he planted in our front yard. He and the kids named it Ziggy. I thank God for him--a man of Faith and love-- who has his roots planted in the Word. May God water my husband well and bring about good fruit in his life.

Scripture and Snapshot

Like A Tree

by on Sunday, March 29, 2015
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners,  Nor sits in the seat of the...

We hear it everywhere, sometimes lightly, other times more seriously: Don't judge me! We're not supposed to judge, you know? I can do what I want, don't judge! *SIGH*

If I may, let me air my frustrations. . .
I'm so tired of this concept of "not judging" to be used as an excuse to go on sinning. I'm so tired of crooked politicians, self-proclaimed non-Christians, and any other "Joe Shmoe" of the culture all of a sudden becoming the authorities on Christian living.

My Pastor spoke on this a few weeks ago, from Matthew 7:1-5:
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye."

Society has twisted this Scripture so much that even believers walk away scratching their heads, wondering if "judging" is wrong, hoping they won't be labeled a "judger" because they voiced their disagreement over an issue. Here are a few things to think through. . .

Calling sin what is is, which is sin, is not judging.
Wanting to not be involved in sin, in any way, is not judging.
Pointing out that there is forgiveness for sin through Jesus Christ, is not judging.
Sharing that salvation and righteousness are available, which is the opposite of sin, is not judging.

We are called, as God's people, to judge things, situations, people and the "spirit" that may be at work in them, otherwise we would have no use of discernment through the Holy Spirit. As believers, we are to discern what is the truth from a lie, right from wrong, what is holy from what is sinful. Consider these passages. . .

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." -1 John 4:1-6

"Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name.
"They shall be Mine," says the Lord of hosts,
"On the day that I make them My jewels.
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him."
Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him."
-Malachi 3:16-18

So, what about Matthew 7?
First, it does not mean we NEVER judge, but that we should NOT have an attitude that delights in looking for fault in others, as though we aren't sinners saved by His grace. Secondly, whatever judgements we do make will be the same standards used for our own actions (vs. 1-2).

Next, if there is a sin we are currently struggling with or immersed in, we can't see clearly on how to help another out of the same judging and condemning another for the same thing we're doing wrong makes no sense--we both need help in that area (vs. 3-4). Finally, we are to effectively deal with the sin in our own lives, in order to see clearly, so we can help someone else with the sin they are dealing with (v. 5). This, my friends, is judging.

We also must remember to see Matthew 7:1-5 as one part of a whole. In other words, studying and reading other Scriptures will shed light on the one. For example, if we only look at the character of Jesus based only on His interaction with the money-changers in the temple (Matthew 21:12-13), we might mistake His love, His compassion, or His forgiveness. Thus, we must study His character in its totality, as given to us in His Word. Same thing goes for judging, folks.

A Word on Judging

by on Thursday, March 26, 2015
We hear it everywhere, sometimes lightly, other times more seriously: Don't judge me! We're not supposed to judge, you know? I c...

I haven't been in my writing space lately. For me, that usually means a couple things: either I'm pregnant or I've been really busy.
Well, there's no baby news to report, so that's not it.
I could say it's a busy season, but truthfully, life with 6 children and a husband IS busy. Some times overwhelmingly so, other times it's just the day to day. No complaints because I'm called to be busy at home, rejecting the bread of idleness....

But this wasn't just busy, this was a battle.
I realize that I've often mislabeled battle times as busyness. Battling over what? Consider these verses...

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . ."-2 Corinthians 10:3-5

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."-Ephesians 6:11-14

I have been engaged in battle. There are times when the Lord has gone before me and fought for me and has given victory into my hands. Then there are other times when I have to suit up and fight, and run this race.

The truth is when we commit to being godly women, commit to honoring and loving our husbands, commit to raising up our children for the Lord, we become super targets, because the evil one doesn't want any of that to work out. Period.

The awesome thing though is that the fight is fixed, satan is already defeated, and I am victorious because I have the Lord of Hosts on my side.

"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." -2 Corinthians 4:8-10 

"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 8:37-39

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

So, I've been thirsting, seeking, searching, chasing after my Savior in this fight. Instead of me sitting at His feet, it's been more like clinging to His ankles with a death grip. . .on my knees in prayer--battling, literally crying out loud in the midnight hour, literally--battling, tears streaming down my face--battling, asking for wisdom and discernment--battling. . . Lord, may Your will be done.

My walk with Christ, my marriage, raising our kids, this home life, decisions for the future--they all need to be sheltered, kept safe from opposition, naysayers, things that seek to destroy, influences that threaten to tear down. They are worth fighting for. They are worth every single battle.

Ladies, be encouraged if you find yourselves in the midst of a battle in your family life. They are sure to come; we will have them. My husband says it is when we're striving to do what is right that satan tries to hit us the hardest. The blessing in the battle is that God always wins! Don't be discouraged, don't give up! Hold fast to God.

But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you." -Isaiah 43:1-3


by on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I haven't been in my writing space lately. For me, that usually means a couple things: either I'm pregnant or I've been real...
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