Hot Topic: Successful Outcomes!!

” . . . . and the Lord brought about a great victory.” 2Samuel 23:12
I read this morning about some dude, Shammah, defending a field of lentils. Initially, a lentil field doesn’t sound like something to get really upset about, let alone turn into a major military engagement. But alas, Shammah picked the lentil field & that was his “line in the sand.” This verse also says that Shammah took his stand in the field, defended it & struck down the Philistines. After Shammah’s three actions, taking his stand, defending the field & striking the Philistines, God gave him a great victory.
It seems like we often want to know that God will give us a great victory before we make the commitment to a lentil field or put out the effort to fight for something.
Sometimes I think that God waits for us to be fully engaged & committed before giving us a great victory.
Might there be a few areas in your life to which you could increase your commitment so that God would provide a great victory? This is something worth considering today!

The Easy Button

like easy: microwave popcorn, premade salads, automatic transmission, Siri, natural talents / giftings, automated emails & lots more. I’m very attracted to easy breezy. But I’m also finding that things I value & find important aren’t always easy. For example, I’m recovering from shoulder surgery & this means physical therapy, not so easy breezy. Furthermore, my relationships with my kids & husband require work & effort if they’re going to have any depth, texture & bonding. 

In some respects, this is also true in my relationship with God. While I’m very much the full time recipient of outrageous & inexplainable grace, I’m also keenly aware that my desire to be crazy intimate with God doesn’t happen entirely by osmosis & the lack of intention or attention. Becoming increasingly intimate with God requires my surrender, cooperation & commitment. But what always takes my breath away with God is that any effort I make is overwhelmingly outmatched with opulent, genuine & astounding divine love – way better than the easy button ,)

On making change

Have you ever been short changed, only to make this discovery when it was too late? This used to really big me, so I would do my best to remember to stay & count my change the moment I received it. The important part was to STAY & count the change.
I’ve been thinking lately about making some important changes in my life & I’ve come to the conclusion that commitment precedes change. A person who doesn’t commit often never changes but they will frequently change their surroundings to avoid commitments that would require them to change. I know that sounds convoluted, but simply put: change is often a consequence of commitment & a lack of growth & maturity is often a reflection of non-commitment.
If you want to avoid being short changed, be sure to hang around & count your change ,)