Archive for February, 2008

Identifying With Others

1 Corinthians 9:22

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

This morning I have been thinking a lot about this idea of identifying with those around me. What this exactly means and how do you do so without at times compromising your beliefs and who you are.

I speak to a lot of people day in and day out. I have a job that requires me to play “mediator” quite a bit which requires many emails/telephone conversations. As I was telling someone last night, this often winds up with me gaining a friend… which is humorous to me considering the amount of stress involved…..

But there are those certain relationships that you just know God has formed for a reason and you try to make sure you walk in this path He as laid out. How though? How can I identify with all to gain some?

Most who read this blog know me and know that I am “passionate” about others knowing my Christ. Not so they can be just like me and think just like me, but so they know the Hope I have.

I so desire to be able to touch the hurting people of this world, the ones who show their pain to me and the ones who guard it. To be able to tell them that there is One who knows all our our pain, sickness, brokenness, and yet He truly reaches out and touches the leper in all of us.

May God grant me the wisdom to be compassionate on all and show Christ no matter the circumstances. There is no high like knowing you just watched God change a heart and nothing more humbling than the idea He used you to do it….

To Him be all the Glory!


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Seeking The Good Of God

Psalms 122:9

 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,I will seek your good.

I was reading and studying in Psalms 122 this morning and the very last verse which I have given above, kind  of stopped me. What does it mean to seek God’s good? I finished going over some other things in the psalm and then I came back to this. Notice it does not say, for the sake of myself, or the sake of my happiness, nor the sake of anything for me, it says       ” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God”.

What does this mean to seek the good of God?

Day after day I am faced with so much of the world. I am spiritually drained by it when I come home form work to my children most days. I work in a field where foul language is the norm, where speech about things that would make my grandmothers pass out if they heard them ,are spoken freely. The scripture that says life and death are in the power of the tongue, is so true. I feel like I am dying most days on my way home. So how do I seek the goodness of God? Can it be done? How can it be done?

For me, when I can I have sermons from preachers I admire and believe speak truth playing in my office, even if I am not 100% focused on them, it makes all the difference in the world! Music…… sometimes this works, to have music that glorifies God playing, but not like the power of the word being preached and spoken. I learned a very powerful lesson this past weekend about the power of the word being read out loud.

I do wish to seek the good of my God, and not just for my benefit but for the body of Christ, the house of God, that they may be edified, and equipped for every good work.

I would love feed back on what my friends think that seeking the good of God means to them and the body of Christ.

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Isaiah 55

 Come, everyone who thirsts,come to the waters;and he who has no money,come, buy and eat!Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,and your labor for that which does not satisfy?Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,and delight yourselves in rich food. 3 Incline your ear, and come to me;hear, that your soul may live;and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,my steadfast, sure love for David. 4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,a leader and commander for the peoples. 5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,for he has glorified you. 6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way,and the unrighteous man his thoughts;let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout,giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;it shall not return to me empty,but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 12 For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace;the mountains and the hills before youshall break forth into singing,and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;and it shall make a name for the Lord,an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

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2 Corinthians 5 :1-9

 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 We live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

Last night my sleep was disturbed several times during the night, not just by bad dreams but by shear evil ones.

In fact the first time I woke up I was pouring sweat and shaking like some scared silly woman. 😉 which in fact I was.

As you know I have been stuck on Psalms 121, so I went ahead and started quoting what I could remember at 11:45 p.m.

This is what I could remember,” I  will lift my eyes to the hills from where my help comes from, He will keep me from all evil, He will keep my life.” Now obviously, I missed quite a bit, but God reminded me of exactly Who He was and What He said He would do. I went back to sleep and dreamed again, three times the same freaky dream….. I blame Kelloggs, completely! 🙂

Anyway, This morning I was of course thinking of this dream and could not shake the feeling of just being perplexed with it. I thought of this passage which a friend and I read Saturday morning and it encouraged me to think of of my heavenly dwelling.  You see, there will be a day, where no evil, no dreams which are evil, no harm, no sin, nothing of satan and this world will be able to harm any of us who are in Christ. We will spend eternity day dreaming about how beautiful He is and the longing I have to be with Him will be satisfied!  I would much rather think of this than any dream straight from the pit.

Have a blessed day my friends and given the chance, open  your bibles and read 2 Corinthians 5. We are going Home!

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Psalms 121 ESV

1 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. 3 He will not let your foot be moved;he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 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. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

I know you are probably thinking I have forgotten I used this same scripture last Thursday, but I haven’t. God has just had me stuck in it….. This morning I read it and it hit me, the Psalmist, wants me to get the fact that God is MY KEEPER! Look at how many times the word keep/keeper is used in this short passage. The same word is the one used Gen 2:15 where God told Adam to “take care” of the garden. He was to be the gardens keeper. God takes care of Deanna Derouen. I may if time allows the next couple of days share the way he took care of me this weekend, but I want you to know my brothers and sisters in Christ that He does not just take care of me, He is your Keeper as well. Bask in the way He has kept you.

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Pouring It Out

Psalms 94:9

He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?

Last night all came crashing down around me. Emotions were tumbling in and through me like the waves of a sea.

The week has been very stressful and unbelievably tiring both on personal level and professional. Yesterday it all climaxed into a night that was so full of despair I felt  absolute hopelessness.

I had a lot of work to do last night on the computer, so I buckled down and did it. However once it was done I felt as if the spirit of hopelessness and despair was sitting right next to me on my couch whispering things into my ear.

I went to bed and tried to sleep but the feeling would not leave. Tried to pray, question, but could not seem to get through a brick wall which seemed to surround me.

I woke up around 4 this morning and just laid in the bed wondering what this was all about. Did God really hear me last night? Did He really see where I was in my emotions last night? I thought of the above scripture, Ps 94 is one of my favorite, seems to be one I run to over and over again so I am familiar with it. I got out my bible and started reading…. Listen to verse 14:

For the Lord will not forsake His people: He will not abandon His heritage.


When I thought, “my foot slips”, Your steadfast love held me up. When the cares of my heart were many, Your consolations cheer my soul.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some things just being by faith. Well, I am here again. I know my Lord. I do. But when I don’t feel as if anything I do matters, it causes me to spiral down until sleep evades me. I must trust. I must. I must remember that He is Worthy of my trust. And He will not forsake me, His own.

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Outlook For Today

Psalms 121

1 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. 3 He will not let your foot be moved;he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 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. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

I did not plan to write this morning but as I read this Psalm this morning, my tears were staining the pages of my bible.

When I read this passage the thought that comes to me is the awesome grace of my God!

 He should not even bother with such a depraved person as I, someone who cannot seem to get her act together,someone who makes decision after decision that is self destructive.

But yet, this passage sings over my spirit with a very different tone.

He tells me that regardless of my feelings His love is steadfast. Regardless of my failings and those who fail me, He does NOT ever fail me. He alone can say this!

Today, regardless of what I shall face, which the challenges are already there, He will be the shade by my right hand.

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