Hello girlfriends!(Here's some of what I've been doing...playing in my yard! )
I am sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. Summer has been a bit crazy- but wonderful! I'm on my way out to the lake today with the kids and my Mom so I won't be around much this week (but I do have a post set to post on Two shall become One ~ Tuesday!)
I am gulity of being on Facebook more than my blog because I can pop in and out and keep in touch with you all. If you haven't added me yet, please do! :)
I had a Praise and Coffee Night this past week and it was so much fun. I really thought it would be a low turn-out because of summer and all, but you blew me away! You all wanted some girlfriend time out!
It was a great evening, we had lots of laughs and then some tears in our small groups. I'm so looking forward to October 8th when we meet again :) My one regret- I forgot my camera so I have no pictures of you beautiful women!
One of the things I shared that night was out of the book of James. I think it holds a very simple yet profound truth for us. The main part I shared was:
Come near to God and He will come near to you.
Really, so simple. It doesn't matter where you are, or what you've done...if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.
I want you to read the rest of the verse because it is all so powerful:
"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.
10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.
I love, love, love this!
In fact a friend sent me a message today with this verse in it and she added..."we are not called to run from the devil, but to resist him."
Think about it.
We are not to flee when trials and struggles come (as is so often our natural response) but we are to stand-resist-and fight! Then the devil will flee from US.
Girls, fight that good fight- don't back down. Don't give up. Don't run away from the battle. Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power and fight-resist until he flees.
This is no time to be double-minded. The enemy is not double-minded, he is determined to take you down, so stand and take back the things he's stolen from you...hope, joy, peace- those are promises to God's children, they are rightfully yours.
We start by drawing near to Him with a humble heart...I promise He'll walk you through each step after that if you trust Him to!
It really is that simple!
I'll try to keep in touch this week if I have service at the lake!