Monday, October 17, 2011

What are your idols?

This question has been ringing in my mind for the past few weeks after hearing a song by Forever Jones that simply touched my heart. One of the lines in the song proclaims "Bow down, let go of your idols. He wants it all today." One thing I do realize is that God does not want to ever share our hearts. He wants it all!

Idol can be defined as
a. An image used as an object of worship.
b. A false god.
2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
3. Something visible but without substance.
 
Idoletry, in a nutshell, is anything that comes before God. The bible tells us that we are to destroy those things that dare challenge or replace God in our lives. 
 
2 Corinthians 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..."
 
I dare you to search your heart and ask the Lord to reveal what idols you have in your life that keep you from giving Him your all.
A doctor can save your life. A lawyer can defend your life. A friend can give you a meaningful life. But only GOD can give you an everlasting life (John 17:3). ~Ate Lenlen

Friday, September 23, 2011

Are you who you say you are?

"And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said,  Jacob."  Genesis 32:25-27

This story never ceases to intrigue me. Jacob (which means trickster) was one of those people who always struggled yet never yielded. From the womb he and his brother wrestled to be first born! In this particular part of Jacob's life, Jacob was on the run from his brother Esau whom he schemed against for his birthright (blessing from his father, Isaac). On this night, the Angel of the Lord came to Jacob and they wrestled all night long. When the morning came the Angel pulled Jacob's thigh out of joint where the hip is. Inspite of his injury, Jacob pursued the struggle with all that he had. He was frustrated. He knew he was in trouble. His life full of scheming and plotting was catching up with him and he needed a real move of God. This didn't require God to change, but rather Jacob to change. It was time he became real with himself.

The angel of the Lord asked Jacob what his name was."Jacob," he said. Now, let me note that God already knew who Jacob was. But Jacob didn't know who he was. All the wrestling in the world wouldn't make a difference if Jacob wasn't willing to come to terms with himself. The Angel could have clearly overcome Jacob, but there was something that had to grow inside of Jacob that could only come from the struggle before God could bless him. He needed to see just how wrong his way was and just how much he needed to yield to the will of the Lord in his life.

28And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.... 29And he blessed him there."

When we deny our faults and short comings, we are lying to God and ourselves about who we really are. When we are really REAL with ourselves, we choose to lay aside all the shame and guilt of our past and present and lay it before the Father. This puts us into position to become blessed because humility comes before a blessing. God already knows who we are, but we must know it for ourselves so that like Jacob we can recieved the fullness of what God has for our lives.

Blessings to you!

"I can only begin to be a blessing to others when I am true to myself." A. Mills

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Think pretty!

My husband and I are reading a new book together, and one of the highlighted scriptures was Phillipians 4:9 which said

 
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (NIV)

 
Beautiful!!! Simply a gorgeous scripture! Paul tells us to concentrate, to intently consider the good in life, the inspirational beauty that we overlook from time to time.
  • Truth
  • Nobility
  • Purity
  • Lovely
  • Admirable
  • Excellent
  • Praiseworthy
Think about them! THINK PRETTY!

 
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his brother.--Khalil Gibran

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beautiful Weekend for the hubby and I

I had such a beautiful weekend with my husband. He had been away for 6 weeks due to his job, and it just felt good being around the person I love the most. We both really enjoy community events and festivals, so we went out to the Indiana State Fair on Saturday, which so happened to be our first date exactly 2 years ago(we were wed on year later)! So to celebrate our one year anniversary we spent the evening at the fairgrounds. We rode on the ferris wheel, which was also the only ride we rode on our first date. My husband always laughs at me because I was a lil scared when it stopped at the top! I'm not the biggest fan of fair rides... but I love me a good coaster!
Here are a few pics...

Belgian Junior Driving Cart Competition

And what's a day at the fair without plenty of food?

Cheese Fries

 Chicken Philly

                                         
Doughnut Bacon Cheese Burger with Fried Egg
(Beautifully delicious, might I add!)

           You read that right, DEEP FRIED BUTTER along with every other cardiac arresting treat you can think of!

Slushy Bar

                                                                     Raspberry Lemon Shake Up
                                     Hubby eating our cotton candy trying to look non chalant!

And of course, I couldn't leave without eating an elephant ear! Good times and good eats!
How was your weekend?

Love, Elle

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

Found this in my fortune cookie Monday. I thought it had a lot of meaning so I wanted to share. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Removing hinderances

This year I committed myself to long distance running. Yes, running. I have never been a runner, but it has always been a goal of mine. Not only is it such a great workout, it reaps great rewards on your long term health. I started training in January and each and everytime I get on a treadmill or a track- it is a mental battle! And if I let myself, I will use every excuse to keep me from reaching my athletic goal. But one thing that I have learned in running is that you have to keep focused on your goal, and you have to get rid of anything that will keep you from that goal such as excess body weight, poor eating and improper running attire.

Last night I was reading in Galations 5...

"7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty... 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free."

It is so easy to lose sight and focus on the prize of Christ. Paul uses the illustration that we're all running in this lifelong race. Sometimes along the way we allow people and situations to cut in front of us and keep us from winning. And it doesn't take much to get us off track. It doesn't have to be anything "major" to make an impact. Whether it be my own attitude, the opinions of other people or a dissappointing situation- I never want to stop winning in this race of life. I want to always be in a position where letting go of those hinderances isn't a problem. I want to grasp onto my prize like the race has already been won and I'm holding the trophy in hand!With Jesus having gone before us, He made it known that we all can make it!

Let us all run without allowing the hinderances of life to hold us back. They'll always be there, but it's up to us to keep our focus on God.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Make me over

Have you ever felt like it was time for a change? Not a new hairstyle, or a new wardrobe. I'm talking about something on the inside. Those old stale habits. A bad attitude. Or maybe more courage. Oh, and let's not forget healing. Maybe someone did you wrong, or you did someone wrong and you need forgiveness to activate in your life. I confidently raise my own hand because that's where I am now. As I grow and learn more and more about Christ, I also learn more about myself. But I understand it takes a lifetime to complete a journey of self awareness as we change from day to day. That's why I am so happy that my Lord and Saviour never changes- He's the one constant we can always depend on. His consistency is the perfect measuring tape for perfecting our lives in Him.

My prayer is that I push past myself to do what it takes to mature spiritually. "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."  1 Corinthians 13:11 Growing takes responsibility to make the proper Godly adjustments as needed by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Paul knew this as he uses the anology of childlike behavior. When we mature, we leave behind the old ways, the old habits, the old person to become a new creature in Christ. We never stop- we do it over and over again.

Today as you live, will you make the decision to allow God to do His perfect work within you? Let Him heal you, mend you and make you over again.



“The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.” Psalm 138:8

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hello Fear- Kirk Franklin

If you've ever been trapped by fear, this is a good song for you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My words and my thoughts

The mouth. So powerful and so precious. My spirit has been made aware to be very cautious of the things that come out of my mouth. Often times I forget just how much power it really has.

Think on this: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." -Psalm 19:14

The Bible also says in Proverbs 18:21 that "the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Remember the saying you are what you eat? Well, our words are the same. They are a mere reflection of your thought life. Your thoughts are a reflection of what is in your spirit as your spirit identifies you. Good or bad, whichever we choose to speak, ultimately becomes who we are. Our words move the atmosphere and shifts and shapes our world because we are part flesh and part spirit. God gave us this power to use for His glory.

The Bible warns us to be mindful of what we say. Ecclessiastes 10:20 tells us not to be mindful of our thoughts and words "because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say."

Take the time to carefully choose your words. Ask yourself, do my words give God glory?
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

But the greatest of these is love

Recently, my husband and I had some troubling news. Never would we have ever thought we'd have to face a situation like this that could potentially effect the rest of our lives. As the news came to us my heart sank with so much dispair. What's going to happen next? Is there something we could have done? How will this go away? These were just a few of the questions that came to mind. But through this all God is showing me how to love my husband in a deeper, more devoted way. God wants us to love freely- that means all inhibitions totally removed. At the last supper, Jesus began to wash the disciples' feet. This was such a moving, powerful act by the Master. He showed His followers that to love is to serve. I am learning this. I am learning how to be obedient to the voice of God even if I don't understand it, and to love even when it hurts or I simply don't want to. We WILL get through this. I have faith to believe that our lives are in God's hands. My hope is in His will for our lives. I am thankful for this. In return there is peace in knowing that the Father is pleased, and that my heart is growing with each passing day. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13:13

Monday, March 28, 2011

He leads me beside quiet waters- Psalm 23:2

This morning I had a dream that I was searching for someone. Tired and weary in heart I was led to still waters. The waters were dark and murky, but there was something mysteriously beautiful about it. I wanted to get in so I did, but became overwhelmed when the waters came up over me. There was a presence there so strong that a reverence came over me. When I got out of the water I took in the scene before me. There were acres and acres of lucious green grass covering mountains and hills in the distance. A thick, dewy fog hovered the view before me. This scripture came to mind. "Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains." -Psalms 147:8 Three things are made clear to me. 1) This dream took place in the morning

  • This implies to me that God wants us to seek Him early. It is important to give God the first fruits of our day so that He can deposit the necessary before we engage into the routine of the day. There are things he wishes to share with us before the voice of the world attempts to compete over our minds and hearts.
2) The waters were deep

  • The depth of the rest of the Lord is so far beyond what our minds can comprehend. If we fully understood just how powerful His arms of rest truly are we wouldn't worry and carry on so. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Phillipians 4:7 He wants to litereally overtake us with his peace.
3) The grass was lucious and wet

  • Grass- life. Lucious and green- health. Wet- Nourishment. There is prosperity to our souls when we abide in his peace.
The presence of the Lord comes to saturate our lives. He never wants to intrude, but to be included in daily living. The waters of the Lord offer the weary drink for a thirsty soul. He comes to bring peace and rest, and to end our search for empty, temporary relief. There is truth and strength in His love. His rest never ending.
Won't you rise early to bathe in His quiet waters and nourish your soul? "Ah! dear brethren, have you ever tasted this blessedness? There is greater rest and solace to be found in the presence of God for one hour, than in an eternity of the presence of man." -Robert Murray McCheyne

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gentleness, Quietness

There are times in life when the loudest sound we should make is silence.

It is powerful, meaningful, and has just as much impact as any speach or proclamation. When I steal away to the quietness in my soul, I find rest for my weary mind and ease to my spirit. It is then that I announce ever so quietly that in this moment my being has taken on the assignment of peace even if there is total chaos surrounding me. You can find that quiet place in your heart.

Remember to frequently take yourselves off your own back burner. Get all the love, attention and rest you need to carry on. Shut the phone off, go for a walk, meditate on a scripture. Whatever it takes, retain those moments of gentleness and quietness.


You deserve it and so do I.

"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." -Psalms 23:2

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Be good to you, be true to you

Have you ever sat back and looked at the world around you? I mean, really sit and intently consider what makes us who we are? What molds us, motivates, and changes us? The patterns we create called daily living, and the habits we hold on to both the good and bad.

I am gaining the realization that being me is the best way to live my life and that nothing in this world makes me happy unless I am true to myself. I am far from arrival, but I do sincerely try to keep this vantage for my journey. Even physically with exercise, eating healthy, good wholesome conversation, and deep reflection and down time to recharge. I must always be in tune with myself before I can ever be a blessing to others.


Being good to me, true to me means loving me. Really embracing all that is treasured inside of me, accepting the things that I can't change, and working on the things that I can. It also means getting rid of the things that bring negative energy. the things that hurt and harm me.

Today, I choose to love me for everything that I am and everything that I am not.

This life is a journey. Grab a hold of yourself and give you all the love you can!


"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." -Hecato, Greek philosopher

Grow

I have tried, several times, to sit and write a bunch of goals for 2011. I've been doing this every year since I was just a kid. And in most cases, I meet most of my goals. Resolutions are always a little on the "eh, I could've done a little better" side, but then again I have been known to be my worst critic. This year the only thing that consistently resonates in my heart is Growth. To grow and blossom into a bigger and better me. To become, to learn, to indulge, to prune, to plant. To bring Kingdom to earth, and to establish who I am in this world. This year I want to grow like never before. There are many seasons a person has in a lifetime- and after being still, it feels good to stretch out my arms and say "Today I want to be big!" "Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life." -Herbert Otto

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What I'm taking from 2010

Another year over, a new ones begun!

Here are some of the golden nuggets of wisdom I'm taken with me from last year. (in no particular order)


  1. Be happy. It's one way of being wise (found that in a fortune cookie!)
  2. True forgiveness is for yourself. You have 7 x 77 times to get it right! (Matthew 18:21-22)
  3. Goals CAN be met. Slow and steady wins the race.
  4. Take charge of my life and make my own life long investments. No one will do it for you.
  5. Everyone's journey is different.
  6. Hardwork and sacrifices of today take away the headaches of tomorrow.
  7. Know my own limits.
  8. Never be afraid to admit where you are at. Problems are easier to fix when they are achnowleged.
  9. There is room to adjust for others.
  10. Silence can be louder than words.
  11. At the end of the day we aren't all that different afterall.

12. Happiness is perspective, peace and joy is internal.

and finally...

13. God NEVER fails to keep His end of the bargain. A promise is a promise!