04.09.14 Philippians 4:5 Gentleness

Thursday, April 9, 2recently-updated1015 – I was scrolling through things on Facebook just now and came across this.  I always love reading Proverbs 31 Ministries’ devotions, etc.  They are always so spot on. This one especially spoke to me after the recent doctor’s experience.  These are the type of words that God speaks to his children (those who are saved and follow him as their Lord and Savior) and it’s usually always at just the right moment.

Unless you know him as your Lord and Savior you will never know this comfort and support that comes from His Love.  On and there’s that thing about getting to live in His presence in Heaven ETERNALLY!!!

Please know as you read this that while I did say some things to the doctor that I normally wouldn’t I was able to (while I was in the doctor’s presence) able to not hit or slap him or say something truly terrible that I might otherwise have said nor did I totally fall apart.  I was only able to do this because I strongly believe in gentleness being a quality that makes it obvious you are a Christian.  I haven’t always been gentle but try very hard in my older age to do that.

I hope you will check out Proverbs 31 Ministries through the links I’m providing near the end.

  purple flower divider“We all have them. Weak places. Places inside us that make us wonder if we’ll ever get it together like the together people. Places that make us feel “less than” the next girl.

One of those weak places for me has always been my tendency to let my emotions boss me around, especially in conflict.

My deepest desire is to let my “gentleness be evident to all” like Philippians 4:5 says … but the truth is my reactions haven’t always reflected my desire for gentleness. I really think I was born with firecrackers in my blood.

But when my relationships began to suffer due to my emotionally driven tirades, I found myself crying out to the Lord for help. He prompted my heart to pause and let the Holy Spirit intervene on my behalf when my emotions rallied to be right.

Honestly, I wasn’t totally convinced that this whole “giving it over to God” thing really worked. Until one day I saw the beginnings of my imperfect progress and I realized how crucial it is to always be aware of God’s preparation in our lives.

One way to be more discerning of this is to commit to exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world every day. Before you check your cell phone or scroll through social media, spend time with Him. Listen for Him. And then go look for rich evidence of Him at work in your life.

Because God stands in our yesterday, today and tomorrow, He sees all. And He knows the perfect way to prepare our hearts for every situation.

When we embrace His preparations, even a girl with firecrackers in her blood like me can have reactions that honor God and breathe life into relationships.” – Lysa TerKeurst

purple flower dividerProverbs 31 Ministries’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Prov31Ministries?fref=photo

Their web page is at http://www.proverbs31.org/

If you want to know more about Proverbs 31 Ministries before going there, here’s a little about them:

Who they are

Proverbs 31 Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian ministry that seeks to lead women into a personal relationship with Christ. With Proverbs 31:10-31 as a guide, Proverbs 31 Ministries reaches women in the middle of their busy days through free devotions, daily radio message, speaking events, conferences, resources, online Bible studies, and training in the call to write, speak and lead others. We are real women offering real-life solutions to those striving to maintain life’s balance, in spite of today’s hectic pace and cultural pull away from godly principles. Wherever a woman may be on her spiritual journey, Proverbs 31 Ministries exists to be a trusted friend who understands the challenges she faces, walks by her side, encouraging her as she walks toward the heart of God.

What They Believe In

  • One God in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • Jesus Christ’s deity, virgin birth, sinless humanity, substitutionary death, atoning blood, bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven
  • The entire Bible is God’s infallible revelation to man
  • Salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone
  • The resurrection of the body: eternal glory for believers in heaven and everlasting punishment for unbelievers in hell
  • The one true church, the body of Christ, consisting of all believers
  • Obedience to our Lord’s command to lead people of all nations to faith in Christ and to grow in Christ-likeness
  • Christ’s personal return to establish His Kingdom on earth
  • The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers believers and is given as a seal and a pledge of our inheritance in Christ Jesus

purple flower dividerI don’t want to close without saying Thank You to my friend Becky for the wonderful response she just sent me.  Your comments and feedback were deeply appreciated.  I always want to hear from each of you about what is going on in your life and if in any way my blog has reached you on whatever level. If you don’t agree or like something I write, go for it, I’m a big girl and can handle bad feedback as well! How else will I grow in what I do? Anytime, any of you want to write please do.  I get very excited and even more inspired to write.

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One thought on “04.09.14 Philippians 4:5 Gentleness

  1. I feel that as we get older we tend to mellow a lot. We take God more seriously, not that I really haven’t, but you start to slow down your life and begin to really allow the Holy Spirit to guide your steps. I’m like you “the firecracker”, but I have gotten a lot better with my emotions. I enjoy reading your blogs. Keep up the great work. It does touch our hearts. Thanks for sharing.

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