When You Finally Give It to God

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By: Roslyn Maglione

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:2)

There is a lot going on in our lives every day.  And as strong women we are, we want to handle our own problems and resolve everyone else’s also.  We have a tendency to worry, say yes to too many projects, and take on more than we can handle.  It is exhausting and unproductive!  While we are running around trying to make sure everything goes just right, circumstances change or the person you are trying to “fix” is doing their own thing and no one is making any progress and there is just frustration and a feeling of failure.

No matter how much we want to make the things in our lives perfect, right, or even just normal; it will only happen with God’s help.  When you try to act independently from God, it shows your pride in yourself and lack of faith in entrusting all to God.  We need to depend on God in all situations.  Although we have free will, God loves us too much to take that away, but expects us to work in partnership with Him constantly by asking Him in all circumstances for His guidance.

When you finally give it all up to God, there will be peace!

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8)

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Some Doubted 

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By:  Shannon Chambers

A couple of months ago, much of the United States experienced an eclipse. A friend posted something online that really resonated with me. He said, “If you were in the path of totality and thought the eclipse was overrated, I hate to say it, but you may never get anything out of life.”

His post was humorous but so true.

It’s been said that we don’t see the world as it is, but that we see it as we are.

Admittedly, from where I watched in Concord that day, everything around me looked pretty normal. It didn’t get discernibly darker outside. If I hadn’t been aware of what to look for, I probably wouldn’t have even noticed anything unusual.  But, I knew what to look for. I knew that we are the only planet in our solar system that sees this phenomenon. I  knew that Jupiter has 69 known moons, but an eclipse like we saw never happens there. I knew that the USA was the only country on this planet where you could see it. I knew about the path of totality, and even though I wasn’t there in person, I knew how to share in the experience of those who were there through the miracle of television and FB Live. I knew to use eclipse glasses, so that even though the dark images I saw through them looked small and insignificant, I knew the sun was 93,000,000 miles away. I understood HOW to see it, and therefore, comprehended the wow factor of it.

In other words, until you know HOW to see, you never get the full benefit of vision or of the “observer effect” (see Quantum Physics). You might be looking right at a miracle, and not even know how to recognize what you’re seeing!

In Matthew 28:17 it says that after the resurrection, many people saw Jesus in His glorified body and worshipped Him, but that “some doubted”. “SOME DOUBTED?” How is that even possible? That Scripture has always amazed me. The Christ in all His glory stood before man and folks missed it!

Wayne Dyer said that when we change the way we SEE things, the things we see change…

I wanted the eclipse to be amazing and for me, it was. I am glad that I was alive to see it! But every single day is full of amazing. The miraculous still abounds. Chose to see!

Parable of the Hired Laborers

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By: Hannah Schelling

Jesus aims at what is at the center of things. I’m sure you’ve heard a million times, “look at the bigger picture” or “this is part of a bigger plan”. These are true statements, although sometimes hard to see. We often find ourselves in situations where we feel tested/stretched and wonder if we are strong enough to make it.  God doesn’t cause our struggles but he sure does use them to develop things in us if we allow him.  Do you find yourself in a situation or with a person today where you feel things like, jealousy, anger, frustration, sadness, or confusion. In the book of Matthew, the hired laborers can most definitely testify to God’s way of testing us, and how to receive his blessings.

In Matthew chapter 20, a landowner hired workers early in the morning and these workers agreed to work for a penny a day. These group of men had been working hard labor since the sun came up, then comes the middle of the day and the landowner hired a second set of workers. These men also agreed to work for a penny a day. As the working day comes to an end, the landowner lines up all of his men and pays them from the amount of work done from least to most. If the landowner had paid the men who have been there since the sun came up first, would they leave as soon as they got their money?  I know I would. Who would want to wait around any moment longer after receiving what you have worked all day long? But the landowner wanted the first set of men to watch as the second set of men got paid first. This is because God is seeking people who can be entrusted with a “hundred times as much”.

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:29)

To be trusted with anything, we have to show we are trustworthy and often there are things in us that need to be developed and areas we need to grow.  Maybe God might be allowing you or I to walk through a situation where our buttons are being pushed, maybe jeleousy,   to see if we can actually rejoice in somebody else’s breakthrough.

The first set of men were not treated unjustly, they were paid for their work, the second set of men were just treated with abundant grace. How often do you and I get these abundant grace from God in our own life that we don’t deserve?  Yet it was hard for these  first set of workers to celebrate and rejoice in the second set of workers being treated with such grace.  I mean they did work half the hours and  paid the same.

The Lord gives us these moments as opportunities to see our character.  Maybe He wants to see  if we are capable of rejoicing in others moments of grace. Can we  handle the promotion that he wants to give he might need to see some of the fruit of our character displayed.  He wants to make sure we are ready.  This doesn’t have to be portrayed in just working conditions. What about in school? Have you ever studied all week and all night before a big test the next day, and your friend who didn’t study at all makes the same grade as you? How annoying right! You worked so hard for that good grade, and someone who didn’t try half as hard got the same good reward. Or maybe you’ve been working extra long hours, picking up shifts to save for a new car, and another one of your friends gets it handed to them. These are just a few examples that can be related to the parable of the hired laborers. It may seem unfair and frustrating, but our God never puts us in situations like this to shame, condemn, or belittle us, rather to grow us and give us an opportunity to show our character and our maturity.  Maybe he is working to prepare us for our promotion or our blessing.  God is  looking for people that he can trust with everything, every situation, and every emotion.

To be used by God, we are to be molded. To be transformed, to be changed and made in his image. If we do not walk through tough situations and grow then how can we ever learn how to receive grace as well as to give grace unto others? We cannot be molded, if we are not moldable. If we are not ready to say, “Here I am Lord, use me.” It takes a lot from a person to be able to stand back and watch someone else get credit, or be rewarded for something that is so near to your own heart or something that you yourself have waited and worked so long and hard for. But it is all about the promises God has given us, it is all about the bigger picture,. Jesus. He says that he will reward us with everlasting life, those who have left things near to their heart. (Matthew 19:29) That although you have waited and watched others before you receive so much, you will receive a hundred times more.