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Destruction or Honor?

The last few days we have had rain, rain, and more rain! Yesterday the ditch behind out house which is about 5 ft deep filled to overflowing and as I was making supper, I watched the water flow into the yard and garden knowing there was nothing I could do about it.

I was inspired this morning from another blog about “husband bashing.” I had read the following scriptures yesterday and shuddered to think about all the times I may have been guilty of this sin.

Proverbs 27:15 A continual dripping on a rainy day
and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind
or to grasp oil in one’s right hand.

Just like the flooding of my yard, my words and my attitude can be destructive to not only my marriage but also to the marriages of my friends.
I love my husband completely and respect who he is in Christ. He has triumphed in Christ over many things that if he did not have the Spirit of God, would have surely killed him.

When I think about how popular “husband bashing” is, I feel ill. I really dis-like jokes about men or women. I don’t think they are funny and if you have ever told one in my presence you have most likely seen my dis-approval. But, I have decided to be more pro-active in my thoughts and feelings. I have decided if I don’t want to be a part of bashing, I will instead be a part of showing honor. If you are married I want to encourage you to take the following few verses and apply them to your wife or husband. Yes, even if you don’t want to. Even if the thought of them causes you to have negative emotions. You may be surprised what changing your attitude about your marriage does FOR your marriage.

Romans 12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

What are ways you can honor your spouse today outwardly?  We are all too familiar with outward bashing. Lets become outward in our honor. We did make a vow to do so. Remember those?

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I love it when God reveals His word! I love it when I have a moment of “AH-HA!”, when I am reading it, and I have to smile and maybe even laugh out loud! This morning was one of those times.

Not too long ago my family and I did a one day study on Psalm 119. Did you know that in 176 verses the Word of God is referred to 171 of them?! Amazing! This morning I was reading in Psalm 19 and came across a passage that has significant meaning for me and for my husband. For me, it is a passage the Lord used after a trial period in my life  a few years back in which He had rebuked me and let some things happen that were rather painful.

For my husband, this passage was read to him as a child and he and his brother and sister would laugh at the “honeycomb” reference, never really understanding that years later God would use this passage to create a hunger for the sweet honey of the Word!

Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

If you have a bible handy I would encourage you to circle every reference to the Word (ie. law, testimony, precepts).

I am amazed once again at what the Word does for Deanna. I have had times in my life that were horrible and I would not wish them on anyone, but those were the times I saw the Word revive my soul, give me wisdom, make my heart rejoice, give enlightenment to my eyes, it was the only thing that endured, and it left me with a desire for MORE!

Read Psalm 19 and Psalm 119 today. Look at what the Word does for you! And may you and Deanna hold fast to the Word! (1 Cor 15:2)

Copyright Deanna Gott 2010

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I hesitate to write this but yet feel that I must. First to use my pastor’s words, “I must give a disclaimer before I say this”.

I believe in living a holy and sanctified life. I believe that we are to look different then the world. I believe that there are things activities that are off-limits to us as Christians if we are to live a whole and complete life in Christ. I believe that there are standards that the Word teaches us to have and to teach to our children.

Now that I have that out-of-the-way I feel like I can move on to what I am going to share.

We as believers get so caught up in the “DO’S and DON’T’S” of the  walk, don’t we? I do. I may feel like I have to do things a certain way to please God but honestly when I am doing this, my goal is usually selfish. I want others to think highly of me. UGH! This is hard. this is painful, but this is me.

As I was reading in 1Corinthians this morning, I got once again the feeling that Paul was really quite ticked with the church at Corinth. They were a carnal church where sexual perversity was not only accepted but encouraged. There was stealing going on, dis-respect for the things that are holy, and yet there was legalism involved everywhere!

I see this tendency not only in the church, but in Deanna. When I forget the grace that has been lavished on me, I become a “doer”. I want to have all the right condemning words for people, I want to be puffed up in my knowledge, instead of seeing the holiness of God, and falling on my face in gratefulness that Deanna is not consumed by Him!

I hate legalism. I have a history with it. People adding to the Word to fulfill a lacking of relationship with God. I hate what I have seen it do to others. I hate what I have done with it to others.

But yet, I can slide there really quick, just give me a few fleshly thoughts!

This morning I stopped at the end of 1 Corinthians 4 but, look at verse 6;

“I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.”

These are very strong words! But look at verse 7;

“For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?”

WOW! Why does Deanna boast as if I have not received the grace of God freely? Ouch!

I desire to live a holy, sanctified life. I desire to bring God glory. But OH Lord help me if I go beyond what is written and start writing my own bible!

Copyright 2010 Deanna Gott

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 Seems like not too far back

In which my days were long

Because of the sleep I did lack.

Seems like just this morning

I woke to you beside me

Cuddling and with your baby voice, snoring.

Seems like just yesterday

In which I could not turn away

Because in the toilet paper

You would certainly eat and play!

Oh the fun you and I had!

I was so young,

 And you made my heart glad!

Your sweet and trusting smile,

Made me know I would go the extra mile!

Your brother came along

You just showed him that

 Our love was strong!

And “strong” you knew all about!

After all you were superman!

You would never let me doubt!

Along came your sister

Your sweet little bit

For hours upon hours

In your lap she would sit.

Wanting to do something “fun”

Was your daily desire

Even when your enthusiasm

Almost set the kitchen on fire!

Days went by, then the years

They too, did fly!

Changes came and our life got crazy.

But you showed your self to be dependable

You refused to be lazy.

Your heart started calling out to the One and only Way!

You couldn’t let it go, Your soul demanded more!

Oh! But my son, you had no idea what God has in store!

Do you remember the day?

 Your soul was washed new?

Oh, I know I don’t have to ask,

Because the answer is “Yes, I do!”

We have seen a new you, Nekoda Lee.

The One who has saved you,

Has given you a joy so complete!

Of you this proverb is true

“A wise son makes his mothers

heart glad.”

Keep seeking the Lord

Keep studying His ways.

Not stopping for anything or anyone

All of your days!

We love you!

Copyright 2010 Deanna Gott

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Pursued or Pursuing??

There is a movie that I have only seen once because it scared the wits out of me.  Ghost in the Darkness. No, it’s not about ghosts, it’s a true story about man eating lions. There are two HUGE lions in the movie that pursue the people to devour them.

This morning, I am sitting in the quiet of my living room reading my bible, my husband is in the dining room not 30 ft from me reading his bible, the rest of the house is silent. As I came across this verse it sent chills down my spine just like that movie I watched nearly 13 years ago. Proverbs 13:21 Disaster pursues sinners,but the righteous are rewarded with good. The thought of “disaster” pursuing me is a horrible thought! I think of the lions stalking the camp until they found a weak spot where they could get in and literal disaster fell on all who were there. There is a horrible truth that the Word teaches us, our enemy is just like one of these lions. 1Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. “Seeking SOMEONE.” That is some upsetting news isn’t it? I have been in the very mouth of him at times in my life and the hand of Jesus has reached in and rescued me from certain spiritual and physical death!

But at the same time, we see the word “pursue” in other portions of scripture where WE are told to be the pursuers!

Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

1Timothy 6:11b Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

How do I pursue peace, righteousness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness? How can I be the one pursuing?

  If I am not in the Word making an effort to “let it read me” and listening to it, I cannot possibly say I am pursuing all these things. If I am not in prayer for people who I love OR who are hard to love, I cannot possibly say I am pursuing all these things. I want peace in my day-to-day life. I want to pursue a righteous life, I need God to continue to build my faith and make me steadfast, I need gentleness in my words and actions. So, I must pursue. I must pursue with the tenacity of a lion. I must pursue daily for my hunger to be met. I want to be know as a “pursuer”, not as the “pursued”.

Copyright 2010 by Deanna Gott

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July 7, 2010  |  By: Jon Bloom  |  Category: Commentary

 

One night a rock sunk slowly. And when he did, Jesus had some profound things to teach us.1

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The day had been another mind-blower for the disciples. As they rowed toward Capernaum it was hard to stop talking about what they had seen. 5,000 men, plus women and children, and Jesus had fed them all! With one boy’s lunch! The power Jesus seemed to command both thrilled and unnerved them.

But it had all ended strangely. They had felt excited when the massive picnic turned into a “Jesus for king” rally. The people were beginning to understand! But Jesus had been visibly disturbed by this enthusiasm and moved quickly to douse it. That was confusing.

And why had he been in such a hurry for them to get to Capernaum that he had them sail by night—and without him? Theirs had been the last boat on the shore. If he intended to be there by morning, Capernaum was going to be one whale of a walk.

Then the wind picked up and the waves grew stronger, pushing back against every pull of the oars. This was going to add hours to the trip. Messianic excitement turned into tired irritability. Someone commented that at this rate, Jesus would probably beat them there on foot.

Just then another shouted, “What’s that?” They all looked back. It was a person! Or it had the shape of a person. Someone was walking—or floating—across the sea! An unearthly fear seized them. “It is a ghost!”

But a familiar voice called to them, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Jesus? It sure sounded like Jesus. But he was walking on top the water! Maybe a spirit could do that, but people can’t! Everyone was speechless.

Except Peter. “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Every astonished face turned back to Peter. Jesus responded, “Come.” Peter swung his legs over the side and started walking toward Jesus.

Things were getting more surreal by the moment.

But after taking a few steps Peter froze. Then he began to sink, as if into mud. He reached toward Jesus and cried, “Lord, save me!” Jesus reached back, grabbed him, and pulled him up. And with affectionate firmness said, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

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Peter actually showed remarkable faith in following Jesus out on to the water. I wonder if the thought even occurred to the others? I wonder if it would have occurred to me?

Now, if we’re not thinking carefully, we might assume that what held Peter up was his faith. But that’s not accurate. It wasn’t Peter’s faith keeping him afloat. It was Jesus. Peter knew that. That’s why he didn’t just leap out of the boat on his own. He asked Jesus to command him to come. What Jesus did was honor Peter’s faith by commanding the water to bear his weight.

Lesson #1: faith is not faith in our faith in Jesus, it’s faith in Jesus’ word.

But once Peter was outside the safety and familiarity of the boat, out in (or on) uncharted waters, everything started feeling precarious. Why? Well, people don’t actually walk on water. We may be so used to the story that the ridiculousness of walking on water doesn’t hit us. But it sure hit Peter at that moment.

And he started to sink.

Have you ever noticed that Peter the Rock didn’t sink like a rock? The last time you jumped into a pool, how gradually did you sink? There’s something profound going on here.

Peter began to sink when his faith shifted from the firmness of Jesus’ word to the instability of his circumstance. And when he did, it was Jesus letting him sink—slowly. And for Peter that was a grace.

Why? Because Peter’s sinking produced his cry to Jesus. It quickly got Peter to stop looking to the world or himself as the source of truth and salvation and instead cry out to his Savior. When he did that Jesus pulled him back up.

Lesson #2: Jesus’ word is truer and stronger than what we see or feel, and when we doubt that, sometimes he graciously lets us sink to help us refocus.

Trusting in Jesus and his word over our perceptions is difficult to learn. That’s why the Lord takes us through so many different faith-trying, faith-building experiences.

And when he does, it is never for just our own benefit. He’s displaying his power so others’ faith will be strengthened too. And, like the disciples in the boat, we end up saying together, “Truly you are the Son of God” (Matthew 14:33). 

1 This meditation is taken from Matthew 14:13-33 and John 6:1-21.

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Psalm 138:3

On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

Last week was a hard week for the Gott family. Though we did not know we were expecting a child, Tuesday of last week we were made aware of it as I miscarried the baby. I will never forget that day. When I realized what was happening, I called my husband and then hit the bathroom floor, crying out to God, “I don’t want to question You or Your ways, but this one has me baffled!”

All afternoon, evening, and the next couple of days I spent crying and trying to heal. If you have ever been through this, you know that it takes some time to be able to speak of it without tears filling your eyes. I am not there yet. However, God is strengthening my soul. This morning as I read the Word, I felt hugged by it. Ever have the experience? Psalm 138:7a says, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life.” Psalm 23:4 says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

I am here. I would imagine that everyone who reads this is having some sort of trial or can identify.  As I continued to read I saw this, Psalm 138:8 “The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me, Your steadfast love, O LORD endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands.”

I am so comforted to know that He has a purpose in this and that He will fulfill it!

Going into Psalm 139 blessed me to the deepest parts. God knew and knows our baby even though we did not know they were being formed. Look at vs 15 and 16.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

Oh what joy to know that the loving Father that He is knew every day of this childs life and delighted in it! Our Giver of life knew the moment this lil baby existed. Praise His name! As I read the next 2 verses I knew it was time to share what had happened and how God has sustained us through it.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

Thank Him for walking beside us during this time and holding our hands. One day we will know His reasons for His ways, until then I am choosing to sing!

Copyright 2010 by Deanna Gott

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