How did I wake up and welcome my 32nd birthday?!! The year is passing by fast and I am aging gracefully….. Can I be just a little transparent with y’all? Every year around my birthday I go through a bit of an internal crisis where I’m going through oh my goodness I’m going to be such and such what have I done with my life?! This year was no different. On September 22nd I sat at my dining room table and cried my eyes out and my husband just listened as I cried about how I felt like a piece of me was lost in the tasks of what I do for everyone else and I no longer recognize myself and I haven’t accomplished much!!! My husband just let me cry and it was full out breakdown, I mean the kind of cry that leads to hyperventilation. He didn’t say much except “I am sorry” coupled with hugging. Last night, at youth He spoke to the youth but it was as if he was finishing our conversation. What I heard was “Tristin, remember Jesus has to completely satisfy you because nothing else in this life will.” He talked about when “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 ESV My breakdown on Tuesday was really about not being satisfied- that was the issue. Every year I make a goal and it doesn’t really change- it just gets a little more intentional. This year I want to be satisfied in Christ alone. I believe in Him and He is Lord of my life so I want to take in the promise I will not be hungry neither will I thirst again! I want to be CONTENT in whatever season I am- right now that is found in throws of motherhood and being a support to my husband while being intentional with others (this will never change- I will always be wife and mother). In whatever season may Jesus be my bread!!! Hello 32 it is so NICE to meet you! #thisis32
“Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, offspring, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth.”
Psalms 127:3-4 CSB
Sweet Boy, we had an incredible weekend celebrating you. As I ponder over the past 2 years of your life outside my womb, I can’t help but think of this passage of scripture. It serves as a reminder that to be your mom is a PRIVILEGE and a DUTY. Being your mom is a gift from God and I also have the job of living out the gospel of Jesus Christ before you. As I consider that task, I realize the weightiness of it and I realize that this task can’t be accomplished without the help of the Holy Spirit. I pray that you would know the love of Christ and just how deep that love is for you. Jesus loves you more than mommy and daddy. I pray that you would personally know him for yourself. I pray that as you continue to grow that you would learn to love the Lord with your WHOLE heart. I pray that you would be a young man centered and grounded in the will of the Lord and that you would never depart from the way of the Lord. I pray that you would be just what your name means a handsome man of God. Mommy and daddy loves you sweet boy and we’re HONORED to carry the title of mommy and daddy. I pray that you enjoyed every part of your SUPER BIRTHDAY!
If I ever want to know the character of God…. I should STUDY His WORD
Psalms 19 focuses on the perfect revelation of the Lord. In it we see the general revelation of himself- God revealed through creation and the special revelation Of Himself- God reveal through His Word. From this passage one can perceive the glory of the Lord and the importance of Scripture.
The Glory of the Lord
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to the whole earth, and their words to the ends of the world.
God’s majesty is revealed in the beauty of his creation for you and I to see. Creation whispers His name and you and I should pause to worship God the creator.
The Importance of Scripture
The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise. The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad; the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous. They are more desirable than gold— than an abundance of pure gold; and sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb. In addition, your servant is warned by them, and in keeping them there is an abundant reward.
If I ever desire to know the character of God I should study his Word. David the writer of this passage takes the time to outline the characteristics of God’s word and the benefits we gain from following His word. God’s word instructs us. It is perfect, trustworthy, right reliable and righteous. It illuminates and warns us. From God’s word we gain renewed strength, wisdom, joy, and understanding. We learn just how valuable the word of God is and how there is an abundance of reward in keeping His Word.
Who perceives his unintentional sins? Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Moreover, keep your servant from willful sins; do not let them rule me. Then I will be blameless and cleansed from blatant rebellion. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, LORD my rock and my Redeemer.
We should be like David , humbled. The weightiness of scripture should humble us and help us to see our need for the Redeemer Jesus Christ.
In light of scripture, do we see our need for Christ and are we turning to him in light of scripture?
It’s amazing to see that as a grown woman, I still find myself battling the lies that Satan spews at me that says “You’re not worthy of love. You’re not beautiful! You’re the lowest of low. You’re not valuable.” In the lies that rang in my head daily lies the insecurities I allow to ring true in my heart over and over again. It’s also amazing to see how God almighty, gives me just what I need from His word to combat the lies being spewed. Today I find truth to combat the lies that Satan spews at me as I park it in Psalm 139. As I read this passage I plugged my name in so that it can be personal for me and I pray Lord give me the faith to hear your word and obey it.
What I gain from God’s word is far more VALUABLE than any lie that Satan tries to make me believe. Here is what the Lord reminds me as I battle my own thoughts. He says, ” Tristin I have searched and I know you. I know when you sit down and when you stand up. I understand your thoughts from afar and observe your travels and when you rest. Tristin I know all your ways and before you even speak I know all about what you’re about to say. Tristin I surround. I am your fortress and I have placed my Hand on you. ” He reminds me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. He tells me that when I was formless He saw me and all my days were written in His book and planned before a single one of them began.
I like David, can’t even began to understand God’s knowledge but I praise Him. I praise Him for his sovereignty. I praise Him because his thoughts about me are so VALUABLE. I praise Him because He is my protector. I also echo what David says when he says “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”
To every lie Satan spews there’s God’s word to combat it! That’s where we find our tactics to fight and I was reminded of that today! Good day people!!!!
Along with the scripture writing challenge, I with the permission from my pastor will be sharing the sermon audio and the devotional resources offered at our church as an encouragement to shape our perspective during this Christmas season. As I listened to this sermon I asked myself the following questions:
1. How do I view Christ in my life?
2. Is Jesus worth my total surrender?
I hope you enjoy this sermon as much as I have. Just click the link below to listen.
Good Morning everyone!!!!! This was supposed to be posted a couple of days ago, but the weekend got away from me. We’ve finished up our 90 day tour through scripture and now we’re preparing for the Christmas season. Christmas is my favorite time of year, not because I get to spend a lot time with family or show love to my family through gift giving, but because I get to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. I get to reflect on what that means for me and what that means for everyone. So to prepare for Christmas we have some passages that we are going to go through. The Scripture writing challenge is simple for 5 minutes a day, You read the bible passage, write it out and reflect on it throughout the day. So today we’re looking at December 3rd. Let’s read, write and Reflect!!!! Have a great day everyone!!
As the Christmas season draws near, here’s something to look forward!!!! The very reason we celebrate Christmas. Get ready to explore the very essence of Christ. This bible reading plan comes with a scripture writing challenge as well!!!!
Hey ya’ll so we’re 29 days into our 90 day tour! How are you enjoying it so far? So far, we’ve explored Creation and the beginning, what the bible has to say about our sin and our rebellion… I know it’s been pretty somber but I promise it gets better as we continue. During this tour, we have to explore the truth about who God is and who we are in God’s sight in pursuit of finding hope in Christ. This month we continue our tour by continuing to look at our rebellion, God’s redemption and restoration. We will do just as we did last month we will use the SOAP method as we explore God’s word.
What is the SOAP method?
Scripture- what passage are you reading?
Observation- In reading the passage, what do you see?
Application- how does what you’ve read apply to you?
Pray- is there anything you need to confess to the Lord or any gratitude to show to him?
As always happy reading I look forward to hearing about how the Lord will transform your heart in the next 31 days