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Archive for August, 2008

Job 5:17

“Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.

Psalms 94:12

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law,

Proverbs 3:11

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,

Proverbs 6:23

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

Proverbs 12:1

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

 

The other morning I was working out at the gym and a song by Starfield stared playing on my ipod…. The words ” thirst for discipline” jumped out at me. I began thinking about how not everyone has this thirst. And also how at different times in my life I have had more of a thirst than other times.

What is it that give me a thirst for more of God and why?

That same morning I was reading in 1 Timothy 4 and came across this passage….

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,  so that all may see your progress.

 

Now being someone who does go to the gym and understands the importance of discipline and also the excitement of seeing progress in strength, I got this word to my soul! Just as I must practice this discipline of taking care of my body, the temple of God, I must practice the character traits mentioned above. When I don’t feel like it is the the most important time to DO IT!

May I continue to thirst for Him and hunger for things that are deeper…..

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Getting older

Isaiah 46:4

even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.

 

Today I turned thirty two years old. Wow, what a ride for thirty two years! I can look back now and easily remember “20 years ago”, something I thought was so crazy to hear people say just ten years ago.

Today has been spent in a reflective mode, I don’t know if this is good or not, I just know that this is the mood I have been in. I have thought back to as far as three and four years old, and through some trying times as well as the happy moments.

Some of the happiest like  the moment of salvation, the births of my children, my marriage to the love of my life can be times where I can easily see and acknowledge God carrying me through. However, along with these memories are mental slides of  horrible choices, heart wrenching pain, searing loss and days/weeks/months of despair.

I cannot get around the mental pictures that are there even though I may try. I asked myself about thirty minutes ago, “Deanna, what do want to do with these?” You see, I cannot simply go through the files and delete, I cannot go through the old shoe box of memories and decide to throw them out, it just simply isn’t that easy. So, What do I do?

This is what I think I MUST do, look at them square in the face, admit where there is fault and choose to see where God carried me through. If not for His grace I can easily say that Deanna Gott would not be here, if not for His grace, I would have no desire to see Him, if not for His grace, it would all be in vain. Thank you Lord, for carrying me.

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Romans 5:3

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

Romans8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

2 Cor 1:5

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too

Phil 3:10

that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

2 Tim 4:5

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

James 5:13

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

1Peter 4:13

But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

This morning my heart was touched very deeply while watching the interview with the Chapman family on the loss of their sweet little girl, Maria. But what was amazing to me, was to see the depth of their faith in the midst of horrible loss. I have seen this before in others as I am sure you have, but it never fails to grab my heart and challenge my walk with the Lord.

We all despise suffering in our lives at some point or another, none of us relish the idea of pain and grief but yet, when this happens, which it always does, what then do we do with it? Do we dig down deep in the soil of our lives and allow God to strengthen the roots of faith, or do we whine, complain and allow our hearts to become embittered towards the Lord  and people? The latter is the one that is easier to do, but it also stunts our growth and God’s glory is veiled. However, when we are real in our suffering but yet can say, “Blessed be the name of the LORD” in spite of and because of, we have glorified the eternal God of the universe!

If you so choose to watch this interview, I would encoursge it…..

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5524419

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