Friday, November 2, 2012

He got me!

Goodness.....what a kind bunch of people the Internet can be. Y'all have been so kind when it comes to my sweet dad and his battle with cancer. You just ooze genuine care and concern whether it be here, facebook, or twitter. Beyond thankful for each of you. A prayer is returned to our Father on your behalf. I hope He is so good, full of love and grace, to you and your families. My dad finished his 2nd treatment a week ago and has battle the "post-chemo crud" this past week and hopefully turning the corner this weekend. We hold tightly to God during this time....trusting Him every step of the way. Thank you for caring for us.

 This fall season has been a challenging one and you know what? Satan LOVES to take that season and wreck some havoc. He is so stupid. I fell for it so I guess that makes him the sneaky devil that he is. Dern.

One way he has messed with me is in the area of self confidence. So many of us suffer from self esteem issues and I raise my hand with this one. Another dern. I walk around day in and day out questioning everything from the food I'm buying at the grocery store and if its good enough for the family (yes, stupid) to the ways I'm being a wife and a mom and friend and a daughter and a woman after God. Another dern. I can question and doubt every stinking aspect of the day. That adds up to a lot of stinking aspects girls. I'm so irritated and disappointed and frustrated and KNOW BETTER. But....Satan likes to do his thing when we are overwhelmed with life and feeling afraid. DERN DERN DERN!!!

 I let him win for some time and now it's time, sisters....I'm claiming my ground and my identity back and walking every single day holding onto the Word and what the bible says about who I am in Him!!!! Amen?? Amen!! You might have paralyzed me for a bit Satan....but I know your tricks and next time I will be ready...quicker.

 "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in HIM." Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

Let me hear your memory verse! Can you seriously believe there are only 3 more to go?

 I truly can't imagine not knowing Him or His word....this life is full of trials and I can only walk through them with Him. Whew. Not my power, but His. Thank ya Jesus...



beckyjomama said...

I have SERIOUSLY fallen of the wagon on this one this year. SO ... going back to the basics. Y'all I ZIPPED through chapter 1 of James and then crashed. So, I am going to spend the next three verses cementing what I have learned thus far and then my goal for the SSMT 2013 is to get through the rest of the book ... and then some! AMEN?!

For this time I am going to be reviewing chapter 1, so I am about to type it out without looking. Please don't judge if I get it all mussed up...

(ESV version)
James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the 12 tribes in the dispersion, Greetings!
Count it all joy my brothers when you face trials of various kinds. For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it's full effect that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously without reproach. Because the one who doubts is like a wave of the ocean, driven and tossed by the wind. That man must not suppose that he will receive anything from God, for he is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways.

***havin to think, give me a sec***

Let the lowly brother boast in his exhaltation and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass, he too shall pass away. For the sun rises, with it's scorching heat, and withers the grass. It's flowers fall and it's beauty perishes. So too will the rich man fade away in the pursuit of his __________ (***drawing a blank***)
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test of time, he shall receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those that love Him. Let no one who is being tempted say "I am being tempted by God", for God cannot be tempted by evil and He Himself tempts no one. Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. For desire, when it is conceived, gives birth to sin. And sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived my beloved brothers, for we know that every good and perfect gives is from above. Coming down from the Father of Lights, in whom there is no shadow or variation due to change. Of His own free will, He has brought us forth to be a kind of first fruits of His creation.

Now, let every one be quick to hear, slow to answer and slow to anger. For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefor, let us put away all __________________________ (***another blank, something about malice***) and receive instead the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.
But let us not be hearers of the word, but doers. For the one who hears the word but is not a doer is like a man who looks intently at his natural image in the mirror and goes away, at once forgetting what he looks like. But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty, being no hearer who forgets, but a doer who acts, shall be Blessed in His doing. (*** I totally just massacred that passage, I know I did***)
If anyone who thinks he is religious but does not bridle his tongue, deceives his heart and his religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God is this - to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from this world.

OK, I shall now go review this, cause CLEARLY, I have messed it up!

Love y'all!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly S. said...

Ps. 118: 28-29 ESV
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; You are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Unknown said...

Oh Fran! First I want you to know I have been really praying for you. I know God is with your dad and with you.

Am I going to post my verse now? YES!

No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
I John 3:6 (NIV)

Anonymous said...

Fran, I came across your blog through Twitter. I loved your honesty. When you ever doubt yourself again, just remember Ephesians 2:10, "For we are God's workmanship; created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which god prepared in advance for us to do." You are a work of God, Fran!! The enemy just wants to mess with you to prevent you from doing what you've been called to accomplish! May God bless your ministry!

Suni Heflin said...

I'm with Becky Jo and have fallen off big time .... but I'm hoppin' back on, if even for 3 more verses to end this year!

"My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Cameron VSJ said...


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