Today’s tip for Amazingness:
Sunday and Every Day
Remember to end with “But you oh God”
I have already written about the fact that my interests are very diverse. I enjoy reading, learning, being green, watercolor, music, computers, technology, numbers, making greeting cards, DIY, home design, cosmetics, photography…the list goes on. To be honest one of my interests that I have largely avoided in this blog is my interest in helping others know the Word of God and grow in a true relationship with God. I have avoided it because it can be such a “hot button” area and I have friends from many faiths and lifestyles and never want to be their weird, preachy Christian friend. The truth is those who know me, know that (here we go again) I really like them being them even when that means they are different from me being me. I believe you can love people as they are, but it means I get to still be who I am; their weird Christian friend and they still love me for who I am. Notice, I dropped the preachy part. Expressing who you are and what you believe is not the same as preachy, not matter what you believe. So, that is out of the way. Today let’s talk about you and God.
I lead a bible study on Tuesday nights and it is a great privilege to walk with these ladies as they, and I, learn about the Word of God. Last week we discussed the book of Jeremiah and learned about how very honest he was about his own emotions and thoughts. As we discussed this I reminded them of Psalms, a book filled with emotion. The bible is about being real, not about being religious. Today, being Sunday, I thought we’d take a look at the real side of life, our emotions. We all have them and it is not a sin to express them. Even when you are mad at God. What?? He’s God, you think he didn’t know??
One of the things I love in Psalms is that is filled with emotion. The Psalms are Psalms of:
- Regarding Zion
- For pilgrimages
- About deliverance
- About provision
In many of the Psalms there are some serious screams and cries of desperation, admissions of failure, fear, envy, greed and hopelessness. I really like to see these expressions of true emotion found in Psalms and the rest of the bible, because it is real. It is human and so are we. Religiosity often says we are to follow God, but to do so by shutting off our humanness. Many will look down on another if they admit to feelings of sadness, depression, hopelessness, anger etc. and they they will be instructed in the “Christian ways”. That is a bunch of garbage! The The next time someone speaks to you that way, just remember that they are no different from you except they lie about it.
One of the differences in relational life with God and religious life with God is the “But you oh God”! If you look at the emotional outbursts in the bible they are real and deep. I kind of like David, he was such a DIVA! He wrote of crying on his bed until he could not cry any more and of his bones wasting away! That’s severe! The important thing to remember is that at the time, that is how David really felt! He was being real and he was telling God about it. As David and others express themselves you will often see the expression “But you oh God (Lord)” and that is where it matters. The victory in our emotions is when we can pour them out to God and admit how we really feel and then end with “but, you oh God”. Meaning that even though we feel what we feel we acknowledge that we trust God in it and that God is good and God is love. Therefore we are stating that we understand that God is not purposefully torturing us, but loves us and feels our pain and we trust Him to work it all out some way or another. Sometimes the work it all out part is not what we expected or wanted, but we can still say “but you, oh God”.
I am reminded of the song “Sometimes he calms the Storm” and the line “sometimes He calms His child”. When we can find peace in our hearts or at least the door to peace we have found the “but you, oh God”. Today I encourage you to cry out to God and be honest and if you can’t find your “but you, oh God” place, then ask Him for it and you will find it. That is a prayer God will always answer, he wants to be found.
Today try reading psalms, but read them to see what the writers are really saying and look for the change of heart. Seeing others find the “but you, oh God” will build your own faith and give you hope.
Here are the lyrics to Sometimes He Calms the Child
All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong
Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control
Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child
He has a reason for each trial
That we pass through in life
And though we’re shaken
We cannot be pulled apart from Christ
No matter how the driving rain beats down
On those who hold to faith
A heart of trust will always
Be a quiet peaceful place
STOKES, BENTON KEVIN / WOOD, TONY W.
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
My journey to amazing:
My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well! In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!
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