Ephesians 2:10 says that "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, even before we were born God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!"
Are you enough?
god designed us with a purpose and he says that doing his good works and being his poetry (HIs love) is fulfilling our destiny.
but, are you doing that?
are you committing your steps to the lord daily? (Psalm 37:5, 23)
are you renewing your mind to his word daily? (Romans 12:1,2)
are you bringing him glory daily? (1 Chronicles 16:23-29)
on top of that--
are you cleaning up your kitchen?
are you washing clothes? Folding those clothes?
(and lets not leave out putting them up--that my friends, is where i'm sure that even sarah, the great abraham and moses fell short! ha ha)
are you exercising?
are you eating right?
are you calling your mom or dad to check on them? (and tell them you love them)
the list goes on and on--
this week i did not get everything done on my list--ah the horror!
i hate letting myself down--cause i have to deal with me everyday! lol
and i know the excuses i give are not valid, i mean i see right through my own feeble attempt to palliate situations like--" oh i'll just listen to a sermon podcast at work, i don't have enough time to finish my devotional"
Um, Really? How lame am i?
when in reality what happened was I exercised too long this morning--being more than willing to give extra time to my workout--and now i am going to rip god off? and miss what may be very important steps for my day, or words of wisdom, or a new idea, or a verse that my heart, or someone else's heart really needs? selfish! and Stupid!
I know--i just need more of me!
like maybe three or four rebecca's. Yep, that would do it.
just think of all i could accomplish if duplicating myself was possible.
all i honestly need is focus.
to take a minute and focus on my god.
god designed you and I as unique individuals.
even when there are twins or triplets or octuplets (dear god, thank you for not giving me that many babies at once, or that many rebecca's to my mom lol) everyone of them god made differently for a purpose.
god has made you for such a time as this,
you have a mission to fulfill in your life.
you, just you, are enough!
you are specially designed by the creator of this world.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for you and his plan is good to give you a hope and a future!
now go--start working on that beautiful and promising future, but first, don't forget to put up those clothes!
Luke 6:45 "Out of the virtue stored in their hearts... For the overflow of what has been stored in your heart will be seen by your fruit and will be heard in your words."
you ever heard the phrase "you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people?"
It resonates in my head often, reminding me that to be what god has created me to be i have to be real, i have to live with purpose and be passionate about my calling.
my mind is always busy, i honestly have a hard time just relaxing. sometimes that's a good thing because it keeps me focused to finish a task even when i am tired but at other times it keeps me from calling to remembrance Gods word, resting in it and letting god show himself big.
this week my mom and i took a quick trip to my brother paul's house.
we had the best time visiting and just "resting" in each others company.
we recalled funny stories, sang karaoke with my nieces (oh i gave taylor swift and britney a run for their money because i can "shake it off" like no one else, in fact i am available for parties--lol)
we said verbatim my dad's famous phrases that are sure to become a best selling
"raising your kids anthology" book--they most definitely shaped our childhood with his aphorisms--"buy you books, send you to school and all you do is chew the covers off them" or "if it ain't broke don't fix it" and my favorite and part of why you always see me with lipstick whether i have run a marathon or been in the kitchen for 15 hours "even an old barn looks better with some new paint on it".
being around family helped me to relax and refuel.
funny thing is, spending time with them gave me time to store more of god's word in my heart so that my responses to life and hard situations are backed by his word--the bible.
god knew that i would be having more difficult events coming up and he provided a way for me to push through and succeed. you see, i couldn't fool my family, they knew that i had let my joy start to dissipate and they wanted to help fill it back up----here's an even more awesome point to my story today, as much as my family loves me and wants the best for me, my god loves me and you even more! and my friends, that is what We should be having resonate in our head and heart!
Galatians 6:7-10 -Make no mistake about it, God will never be mocked. For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest-the harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted. if you plant corrupt seeds, you harvest corruption. if you plant good seeds, you will reap beautiful fruits of the spirit. take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others.
i was just talking with some friends this week and we were discussing consequences to sins. this stemmed from the most interesting amercement that one friend gave to her son as a penalty for his disobedience.
by the way, she's pretty cunning on punishment hand outs so you may want to call her if your current sanctions are not working on your offspring.
also, i'm super glad she's my friend and not my mom, ha ha.
the weight of sins and mistakes can be so damning, and many times the guilt of our transgressions can sink your mind into depression.
but praise god, when we ask for forgiveness he immediately and readily washes us clean.
in this world though, there are still consequences to our actions.
(yes, god forgives completely--i'm not talking about the common catty forgiveness we give others,
as in "oh I forgive you but i am not going to trust you and i am not forgetting what you did".
no, my god makes it clear that there is no record of your sin at the point of his forgiveness.)
when god clears your slate, that is where you have to dig deeper into his word--
don't stop just because the offense is gone with him.
galatians reminds us to start again and plant good seeds, ones that god can use to bless the work of your hands--
because of our previous sins, there may be seasons that we go through that seem as if others will never get past what you did, but don't get disheartened--
god says "the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you've planted is coming!
and let me tell you that when my god speaks--he means every word and it will come to pass.
**there's a pic of my family on this post because, well, family is usually the ones we hurt the most with our blunders in life.
i'm so thankful for my family and that they love me--too bad i can't reprogram their minds to forget my 2 or 3 mistakes-lol
A giving of a tenth of personal income.
Malachi 3:8 says
Will a man rob God? Yes In tithes and offerings.
ON a side note-- I’ll further add that I know I have robbed God with my time, love and serving Him.
After that question and conviction-God gives a promise of blessing-
He says to Bring your tithe to him, again it’s defined as a whole tenth of your income-
(Your “offering” is what you decide to give above and beyond that 10%)
And he says to watch and see, that he will open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
In Malachi 3:11 God also states that he will rebuke the devourer for our sake.
I know when God speaks that it’s not with a flippant attitude that we sometimes have, he speaks with purpose ALWAYS-- and I’ll further add he speaks because he loves us.
Let’s put this all together in a short summary:
God requires us to tithe--
He also says that he will reprimand the devourer and
He states he will pour out blessings.
Steps to being blessed,
They sound simple right?
All of this requires FAITH
I have held back on stating Many of my beliefs for years because I was afraid -
Not that God would not do what he says but that I was the one not upholding my end.
I didn’t want to embarrass Or be a bad witness for God.
God has reminded me that the largest men of Faith in the Bible were risk takers who messed up big time!
They failed on their own, then turned to God in faith for redemption and he blessed mightily.
So here it is-another Weekend where I’m giving you my thoughts, pouring my heart out to God, and praying that you grow your faith so that God can bless you “Brobdingnagian” style --
(My impressive word for the day-meaning giant, large 😜)
on wednesday morning i hastened to my workout which was a simple 3 mile run in my neighborhood that i had done dozens of times. but this midweek run was a tad different, i was off schedule and needed to be faster to complete the rest of my days goals.
i started my run route thinking about the next chore that i needed to do, my mind started racing- with a quickened semi panic- along with my legs---and thats not a great combination like you would think for a run, lol.
midway into running i realized i had not started my running app or my music, so instead of stopping for a few seconds to pull my phone out (because you know that would've burnt up a whole 20 seconds of my precious schedule) i kept sprinting and began to pull the app up at the same time.
very bad idea.
a very clumsy, non graceful fall ensued.
my phone went flying, headphones, sweat rag, and i could not control my legs from their cartoon like scramble towards the pavement.
that left me with some ridiculous scratches on my arms and legs--picture a 3 year old who fell off of the swing and then the jungle gym and then their bike, yep, that's me today.
Hebrews 12:1 says "to Let go of the sin that easily entangles us and to run life's marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us".
the more i let my emotions get out of control, i get further away from gods will.
that wednesday morning i had let my mind wander, i was overwhelmed as to how to accomplish all of the days tasks and that turned into worry, which caused me not pay attention. plain and simple, i did not pay attention and let fear creep in.
i poured my heart out to god after that run , asking him to lead me and bless the work of my hands that day. i shifted my care and concern to him and laid them at his feet.
i did not accomplish everything that my 3am fast paced and scatterbrained mind had wanted to, but, i did complete the rest of the days ventures with the freedom from oppressive emotions--PEACE.
she was good to my family, Worked hard, vigorously, and without complaining. She strove for perfection and even in the common things gave the same attention to detail as she would in the fancy ones. she was as beautiful in her outward appearance as she was inward--she was my red, front loading, high efficiency washing machine and she served my family tirelessly for 12 years.
on tuesday night, tyler asked me to come look at the washer-said the door wouldn't open. i played around with the controls, then googled for answers. the common response was the motherboard was out and would need replacing. i knew that a 12 year old washer was not worth putting that kind of money into and so my search for a new washer began.
i started at a store in monroe that has new appliances but they have been reduced in price because of paint scratches or dents.
as i entered the store i immediately ran up to the newest and coolest looking frontloaders with pull out drawers, sleek design and sexy colors (don't lie-you know some of those new washing machines are super sexy looking, lol)
i quickly scanned the new, but older looking, top loading, plain old white machines with very few bells and whistles- and ran past them!
i found the most wonderful new front loading washers, three that fit my standards and were going to be awesome additions to our home. then, i looked at the prices. even with the small dents in them they were much more than what i needed to spend. i had money with me (that i had saved for extra bill paying--all about reducing that debt load) and that was what i had asked god to help me find a washer within that monetary range.
so here was the defining moment---
was i going to spend within my means, and what i had asked and told god i would do, or
was i going to treat myself (oh and of course my family, lol) to a glorious and magnificent laundry work of art?
and then i was reminded:
titus 2:11/12 Gods marvelous grace has manifested in person, bringing salvation to everyone. this same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles and it equips us to live "self controlled", upright, godly lives in this present age.
so, here it is saturday and my new, white, top loading washer is installed, working and cleaning our clothes like a champ.
she is younger than her predecessor, full of energy and ready to tackle what we put into her-lol
she is the washer that i asked god for and i look at her differently than the first time i ran past her at the store-
i see her as gods manifested love in tangible form. yes, you read that right.
you see, i asked god for her- i told him my monetary range and was determined not to spend more than that-and with that measure of faith, he provided.
wherever your level of faith is--god will meet you.
i told tyler that i grew up a little that day--seeing as how i made a quality decision,
it only took me 43 years! lol
Are you running on Empty?
Need to refuel?
Earlier this week someone posted a reminder on Facebook that the trials we go through, we should share and perhaps it will help others through theirs.
With all the negativity of social media/networking -there is some good that can come of it.
It is all in the content, intent and how you, the recipient takes it.
2 Corinthians 9:8
Yes, God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything at every moment and in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.
When God helps you at just the right time, heals your heart, gives you wisdom-share that.
God extends his grace to you and when you are willing to open yourself up to succor another,
(not be a sucker- lol—succor, to assist another in hardship)
You are exhibiting love to others, bearing witness, testifying in truth and giving God glory.
That’s what we were created for folks-
Gods glory and loving our neighbor.
Your hurts, hang ups, and mistakes don’t have to be shameful and keep hurting you-
give them to God and let him use you to be the one that brings hope to another, and
in doing so, it will refuel you to face your next obstacle.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens and influences another through discussion.
I finally got to catch up with a dear friend a week ago.
We had made plans to eat a few days before and I anticipated with much excitement our visit.
Throughout the work day I sang songs of some of our best home karaoke performances--
Oh, we rock, well mainly me, she’s an ok sidekick 😜--
Reminisced in my head funny texts we have sent each other --
We are the best comedians and I wish I could share with you our hilarious and witty humor but she’s all into being a “professional” or something 😒
Laying aside the jocoseness for a moment—which is also exactly what we did for a portion of our visit--
We talked deeply about different events in life and how we were both dealing, even brought up some of the ugly stuff —the kind of things that are pushed way deep down and then percolates back up, usually at the wrong time. Lol
(little known fact, I’m a PRO at storing away and covering with humor uncomfortable things)
Our visit was great. She’s a true blessing in my life.
God has given me such favor to have friends that love me-especially after they get to know the real Rebecca.
We all know the verse that says a friend loveth at all times (Proverbs 17:17)--
What hit me this past week is that a friend CHOOSES to be a part of your life.
They willingly decide to invest time in and with you- and that speaks volumes.
Praise God for the friends in your life who love YOU-
and stop wasting time on the people you are afraid to be yourself around.
If you aren’t sure of what to look for/or how you are to be in a relationship, well,
The perfect model of being a friend is Jesus.
1 Chronicles 29:11
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.
Sometimes I just get fed up with problems that won’t go away or change.
I start with repeating my problem to God,
usually out of desperation, you know- in case he doesn’t see it or he’s forgotten-lol
Then I try to focus and dive into God’s word to find a verse that pertains to my situation to use against the problem.
I find the answer,
start getting my head filled with his word
and then it happens-
All of a sudden my head starts to think about my problem:
Again, my thoughts turn into how I am going to get out of this?
What will I do?
I need a backup plan.
It’s never going to work- the money won’t be there,
things won’t get better, people still talk, you can’t stop this, you haven’t been healed, etc
I turn back to feeling defeated quickly.
I magnified my problem—Not my God.
You see, something That God has been reminding me lately is how big He is—not my “katzenjammer”.
(uh huh-look that up—it’s uneasiness, anguish or distress-
Now you are impressed, Aren’t you? Lol)
When I focus and put all my energy into worry,
then I have let fear creep in, and that makes God small.
The Veggie tales show has a song “God is bigger than the boogeyman”
Yep, he is.
Remind yourself and the devil of that every chance you get.