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Luke 6:40  A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

2 Timothy 3:10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound  teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.

I loved it when my children were toddlers. They were all so hungry to learn some new thing, and could not wait to share it with anyone who came along. My oldest knew all 43 presidents (At the time), the first four chapters of Proverbs, the Lord’s prayer, a scripture to go with every letter of the alphabet and so much more at just the age of four! Because of this, it encouraged me to dig deeper in my own ability to learn and memorize scripture.  As each of my children got older, I started hearing the words, “I know”, a whole lot more. At first, as a parent, I would kind of smile and shake my head, but as time went on, it got pretty aggravating when I knew the truth was they did not know and WOULD not know unless the remained teachable.

In my walk with the Lord I have had times that I knew that I knew, I knew nothing. Know what I mean? Where I was so humbled by His act of mercy and grace on my life that I was eager to learn, and not just learn but share with anyone who came around, WHAT I had just learned. It is rather contagious when you live life this way. But, I have also had the times, when God began to teach me something, and I threw up my chin, and said “I know.” It is quite amazing to me that God does not strike me down during these rebellious times. But being the Everlasting Father who is so good to Deanna Gott, He patiently but firmly lets me know that I don’t know and that I won’t know unless I humble myself and learn.

This is a constant striving for me. When things go wrong, I tend to try to fix them my way, instead of asking Him to lead me into His way. When I come up against a new issue in my life, I tend to think I know what He would have me do, when most of the time His way is so completely opposite from what I am thinking.

I just keep praying that God will teach me, if He has to knock me to my knees then so be it, but Deanna REALLY does want to learn to be teachable.

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Walking It Out

1. Walk in humility.

2. Walk in love for others.

3. Walk wisely.

4. Walk in gentleness.

5. Walk in patience.

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

1 John 2:4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Eph 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Eph 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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My family and I are doing an in-depth study of the life of Joseph. This past week because of special services at our church we took the week and reviewed the things we have learned thus far. This morning I went back and  started reading in Genesis 35 and this is what I found;

“35:1 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. 3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.”

If you have never had the Word jump out at you then you will probably not understand what I am about to share.

Let me give you some background real quick… Jacob was Isaac and Rebekah’s son, his brother was Esau. They were a dysfunctional bunch of folks, let me tell ya! If you have never read their story I would encourage you to go back in Genesis, the first book of the bible and start reading… I find it comforting to know that these people were just like us with all of their issues, and yet not only was God working on their relationship with each other but most importantly, their relationship with Him!

When Jacob left his father-in-law’s house, Rachel, his wife stole some idols from her father. Now, there are so many things I could say about this… #1. She was bound enough to her idols that stealing them became a necessity to her.

#2. She lied about it to keep the idols… something we do as well.

Due to too many words, I will let you read about that in Genesis 31 and see what God has to say directly to you.

So, when I got to Genesis 35 I found something very interesting… God appears to Jacob and tells him to go meet with Him. Jacob immediately knows things are not right in his home and goes directly there to set things straight.

What do we find him saying?

#1. “Put away the foreign gods that are among you.”  Somewhere between chapters 31 and 35 Jacob knew about the idols.However,we don’t see him destroy them or put his foot down about them leaving till chapter 35. You have to ask yourself the question, “Why did he wait?”

#2. “Purify yourselves.”  Obviously this was before the Levitical law was given and yet Jacob understood enough about the holiness of God to know that he and his family stood unclean before a Holy God.

#3. “Change your garments.”  This is where I want to sum it all up…

First we see him tell his family to get rid of the idols… we as christian homes have many idols in lives. I believe the number 1 idol in many homes is the television. We cannot live without it. The thought of not having one is insane to most people and they will make up all kinds of reason on why we must keep it. Other idols are the computer, the video games that fill our children’s minds and unbelievably many adults as well spend the majority of their time on these. Another idol is the “ME” is us. We have to put ourselves first in so many areas, we are encouraged to do this even by many so- called preachers, instead of sacrificial living.

So, you see him say to get rid of the idols, but check out the next thing, “purify yourselves.” When we get rid of the idols in our lives, the first thing we notice is how they have “dirtied” us with their filth. We see how selfish we have become. We see how much time we have wasted. And we have a urgancy to get back into the Word, prayer and worship, purifying ourselves with the washing of the Word.

Then lastly, we see an outer change demanded. There is a lot of resistence in the church when it comes to “being separate” in our clothing and appearance. I am not talking extremes here, but then again, maybe I am. I am constantly challenged by God on the issue of dress, and why I as a woman do certain things. We live in a sick culture. The main reason that people dress is to attract. One question I constantly ask myself is this, “Are you dressing to attract Tony or the attention of others?” I keep myself accountable by doing this. I also don’t allow my children to wear certain things that even people in the “church” deem appropriate. Why? Because after we have rid ourselves of foreign gods, and are in a state of constantly purifying ourselves, an outer change DOES happen. It’s really not an option I think. I think we desire to be different then the world we live in.

I love how Jacob goes in and takes charge, and guess what? His family does it! They don’t buck it, they don’t argue, they gave him all their foreign gods, AND the rings in their ears that were a sign they had blended into the pagan culture around them. They obviously were hungry for leadership. How do I know this? Because of their obedience. As a wife and mother I am in need of leadership. God has given me a husband that is faithful to the Word. He makes a stand, and sticks to it. I would be quite foolish to ignore the protection He has given me through Tony. If you look at verse 5 I think you will see something interesting, “5 And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.”  WOW! What if Jacob had not taken a stand? What if his family had not obeyed? Would God have lifted His hand of protection?

In many of our homes I believe God has lifted His hand of protection due to the disobedience of the men, and then the wives and children. May we go back to the old paths and find the freedom we can have living under the protecting hand of God.

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When I was a young girl hanging out laundry or working in the garden I would pretend and imagine that a young cowboy would come riding over the hills and sweep me off my feet delivering me to never-ending happiness. Does this sound familiar? This morning I was reading in Psalm 146:3 ,4 “Put not your trust in princes’ in a son of man’ in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” Boy did it jump off the page! I was struck by something that has rubbed me the wrong way for a few years; the picture we give our young ladies in this culture that they must always be looking for their own “Prince Charming.” It has left girls and then women feeling confused, helpless, and broken over their search for the perfect man who will fulfill all their dreams and never leave them.

When I was not much older than in the beginning paragraph, I started my journey of “looking for love in all the wrong places.” Not understanding till I was 31 that Christ is my Prince. He is the ONLY one Who brings salvation, the only One who can carry out His Word to its fullest. During this hard but amazing lesson I was able to surrender the desire to find the man who would be everything I needed him to be. Why? Because he does not exist. Not in human flesh anyway. Shortly after I surrendered to Him, He actually gave me a faithful, God seeking, God honoring husband. This doesn’t always work in this way. But for me, I had come to a place where Jesus was my everything. Finally, the Prince I had been looking for rode over the hills where I was looking to for my help, and swept me into a love relationship with Him that was truly never-ending happiness! This is what I want my daughter to learn. She is ten, she is interested in romance, she is excited about her future, but it is my aim to constantly point her to the divine romance that will sweep her off her feet and lead her to the man He has prepared for her. She does not have to look for him, God will bring her to him, and she is to look to Christ period. Trust Him, period. May we as women of God rise up and expose the lie that has been told by the devil to the world and they re-tell to us, we have bought into it FAR too long. It has gone so far that now we will make a “prince” out of anything or anyone, calling “good” what God calls “evil”.  Our lives, the lives of our daughters, the lives of our sons are dependent on us actually standing for truth in such a way that makes a difference!

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Yesterday was a strange day. We woke up on schedule, tired, but on schedule. Had our time with the LORD, woke up the kids and began to run. It was already 78 degrees at 7:00 when we started running, an hour later, we were melting. We came in, exercised with weights, Tony got ready for the day while I made breakfast… all according to plan. When Tony left, I went out to water the garden, fought with the ridiculously long hose, got it all situated, turned the water on and that’s when things went down hill. At first I thought I had a kink in my hose, walked it out, nothing. Then it hit me. The water was off! Periodically the district we live in will shut the water off to flush out lines and the like, but this time what usually takes about 45 min, was still going on 3 hours later! There really is not a whole lot that you can do without water. I needed it to wash my dishes. I needed it to water my garden. I needed it to wash laundry. I needed it to drink! But, at that time of the day, I was so needy to just have a shower! I had run, remember? I had worked with weights, remember? I was miserable! I straightened my house, cleaned out my purse, checked the boys school work, hung up clothes, swept, checked my mail, balanced the checkbook, but was still so miserable! I flat out stunk! I was venting to my husband, and a close friend over texting, when she offered for me to use her shower, as much as I stomped my foot, and just wanted the water on here, I conceded that this was a good idea. I drove 25 minutes just to shower… but, boy oh boy, it has never felt SO good to be clean! On my way home Nekoda (my 16-year-old) told me that the water people had called and said that a line had been broken, and they didn’t know when it would be back on. We were already 2 hours past schedule, dishes were still dirty, things that needed water were still waiting (which is a big deal to me), but I still decided to go and visit family 45 min away. While we were on the way, God spoke so clearly to me, I felt a tightness in my chest. “Deanna, do you ever feel like you MUST shower the stinky filth that comes from rubbing elbows with the world and your own sin nature, as strongly as you felt the need to shower today? Do you come to My Word, and to ME seeking cleansing?” I don’t need to tell you how this hit me. My whole day had been thrown off. My desperate need had taken me even more out of schedule to accomplish the satisfaction of it. He got me. Last night the truth still lingered, and this verse came to mind, “That He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water by the word.” Eph 5:26

My heart longs to long for a cleansing of soul more than my body longed to be cleansed! May you work this in me Lord even today!

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 When I didn’t know His name

 He was still there.

 Before I called upon the same,

 He was still there.

 

 The very first time my heart felt fear,

 He was still there.

All I had to do was to draw near,

 He was still there.

 

 When I was by another, betrayed

 He was still there.

 His loyalty never strayed!

He was still there.

 

When my sons I lowered into the grave,

 He was still there.

 His grace He so freely gave,

 He was still there.

 

Through the losses of life,

My sinful choices

 The pain and the strife,

The confusing loud voices;

 

I can look back and see

Through it all,

Your Spirit guiding me

Helping me, even when I would fall.

 

You have a plan, yes, greater than mine,

Your ways, Your thoughts

Are about Your glory, divine!

 

 May my hand cling tightly to Yours

 My heart calmed by Your touch

Not because of me, O Lord,

 But because You have loved me, this much!

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Gracious

Numbers 6:25 The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.

 

When my heart is broken and sad,

You are so gracious.

Your Word speaks to me, it is not just a fad,

You are so gracious.

 

When my soul is dry and brittle,

You are so gracious.

When my faith is, just a little,

You are so gracious.

 

When I lay my head down at night

You are so gracious,

When I finally give up the fight,

You are so gracious.

 

When my reality does not line up with Your Word,

You are so gracious.

You remind me that You are The LORD.

You are so gracious.

 

When I question what You are up to,

You are so gracious.

You tell me that You will see me through,

You are so gracious.

 

Your grace never changes,

It’s always the same

In all of the good times,

And yes, even my pain!

 

My heart cannot comprehend

This grace so great

It truly is “greater than all my sin!”

 

To say, “Thank You” for this grace,

Seems shallow and Oh so small!

So LORD,  instead of saying it,

I aim to give You my all!

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