Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween and Fear {Link UP}

I want to hear what you guys have to say about this day!
Do you celebrate?
Do you just dress up? 
What emotions does it elicit?
Halloween often brings me to the subject of FEAR.
What are some legitimate fears you have, or have had?
How has God helped you with these fears?
Today, link-up a post that deals with Halloween or the topic of FEAR!
Delve into your archives or write up a new post to link up with our Messy Monday!
I can't wait to hear what you all have to say!
If you're not a blogger, feel free to leave a comment here or on the FB fan page!

Regardless of how you do or do not celebrate, I hope you all have a safe and blessed day!

Each Monday, we host a linkup here at The Evatt's Beautiful Mess!
Fellow bloggers may link up one of their favorite post from the previous week.
Monday's are usually a dreaded day, but our goal is to share encouragement on this seemingly gloomy day, thus making it beautiful!
If you choose to link up, please use the Messy Monday picture, or the Evatt's Beautiful Mess button to link back to our site!
Let's share from the abundance of our hearts and rejoice with one another.
If you do link up, be sure to check out some of the other linked blogs and show some love to fellow bloggers! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Control Struggle

Let me just be honest, and say that this time yesterday, I dreaded the thoughts of writing a Thankful Thursday post!  So I just decided NOT to write one! I was wallowing in self-pity of some of my circumstances, and I could see nothing on the horizon of which to be thankful!

I knew my heart was in the wrong place, yet I didn’t have the courage to ask God to search my heart at the moment, because I didn’t even want to see the mess in there!

After a couple hours of a self-justified pity party, I finally relinquished “my control” of my situations, and cast all of my anxieties on Him(1 Peter 5:7), knowing that He cared for me and what I was going through, no matter how big or small!

He lovingly reminded me that He is in control (Isaiah 45:5-7) of everything, and I just needed to focus my attention on Him, because after all, He is the source of the help that I needed at that moment (Psalm 121).

I meditated on 1 Peter 5:7 for a few moments longer, in awe that He really did care for me and my circumstances!

“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”

 He was gentle with my emotions, just like a loving Father, but then came time for the lesson from the ordeal! He reminded me once more of how selfish I tend to be, even when I am dwelling on my present circumstances. If it is something that I ultimately have no control over, then I cannot allow it to become so much of my constant thoughts. It’s becoming somewhat of an idol! Do I not trust Him to take care of me? YIKES Not the kind of exposition I was looking for, but I DID ask for Him to search me and show me, so He did just that!

1 Peter 5:7 WAS a great verse, but I had to then look at the surrounding verses, (1 Peter 4 – 5).  Though it talked of how to live for God, and suffer for the name of Christ, it all came together and struck a chord with 5:9, “Resist him, standing firm in faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”

That was just it…it seemed the best way I could trust God most, and also be able to resist the enemy most, was to stand firm in my faith, and look to the needs of those around me; they are going through similar things! God spoke directly to my heart at that moment: No matter how big or small I thought MY circumstances were, He had it all under control. I needed to focus my efforts on pleasing Him through meeting the needs of others according to my gifts that I have been blessed with (1 Peter 4:10). LIGHT BULB

I love it when His Word leaps within my spirit! It all clicked at that moment, and it furthered my contentment in “Knowing HIM” “and the fellowship of his sufferings” (Phil. 3:10). For some reason I had it in my mind that fellowship with his sufferings had way more to do with persecution, when in actuality it rang true for my present circumstances! WOW, GOD!

Whatever circumstances you may find yourself in today, I encourage you to relinquish control of them, and acknowledge His sovereignty over ever single situation! 
Have faith! 
Have trust!
Cast all of that anxiety on Him! 

He DOES care for YOU! 

Then, stand firm in that faith and help those in need around you! Use those gifts He gave you to serve others, and administer His grace! He’ll take care of you in the process and give you the wisdom you need to work through your circumstances(sufferings)!

So, put it lightly, I was reminded of all my blessings to be thankful for once more! Here are just a few that I have been reminded of this week:

71.       A roof over my head
72.       Food to eat
73.       Clothes for my growing kids
74.       His Word being so powerful in my life
75.       Gifts I’ve been given to bless others
76.       He has control (instead of me)!
77.       The wisdom of my husband
78.       Fellowship of friends
79.       My crockpot
80.   My son’s humor
81.   My church family
83.   Kari Jobe
84.   The lessons my kids teach me daily
85.   FAMILY :)

What are you thankful for today? 
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
~ Psalm 100:4 (ESV)!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Psalm 121

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

121 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

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