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Know Yourself – The Three R’s You Need to Know

Know Yourself – The Three R’s You Need to Know

Know Yourself The Three R's

Can I tell you a little secret? I know it might not be that little and it might not be that much of a secret. Are you ready? Here it is — Life changes. Did you get it, just two words? Life changes.

What does that have to do with setting goals? What does that have to do with knowing yourself? Well, as life changes it can bring about new or different roles, responsibilities, and relationships.

We need to know our roles, responsibilities, and relationships before we write goals for a new year. Knowing this will help us to plan and dream how we will grow.

This is Part Three in Know Yourself which is designed to help you write goals that are achievable. Part One is the foundation for your goals. Part Two is about knowing yourself.  It is important that you do these in order. So go and begin with Part One, the Part Two and came back to Part Three.

The Three R’s that you need to know before writing goals are Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships.

Know Yourself – Roles

Know that God has placed you in the roles that you are in. It might be a season that you are in this role or it might be a lifetime. God has placed you in these roles so that you will know him and glorify him.

Take a few minutes and write down your roles. Don’t confuse roles with responsibilities. Roles would be things like Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, small group leader, neighbor. It could be a long list.

Are there new roles that you have added this year? Are there roles that you have dropped?

Work within the roles that God has placed you in. Learn to grow in your roles.

Know Yourself – Responsibilities

Responsibilities are the things that we need to be doing or supervising because of our role. Not every responsibility means that you have to do it. It might be something that you need to make sure your children do. Just as each of our roles is unique to each of us so are the responsibilities.

On the page that you have written your roles in the next column right some of your responsibilities for that role. The responsibilities might be long but write the first things that you think of.

Knowing your responsibilities that you currently have will help you plan what changes you can make. Your goals should line up with areas that you are responsible for.

Know Yourself – Relationships

Because of your role you have relationships. Your relationships relate to the responsibilities that you have. In this case, we are thinking of the specific people that you relate to because of your roles and responsibilities.

This is still just a Know Yourself phase. We have not gotten into writing goals but this will help us know what goals to write.

For example:

If one of our roles is “student”, then some of the responsibilities might include attending class, do the assignments, study, participate in class. So then the relationships would include the teacher and other students.

As we begin writing goals, we will reference our Three R’s. Have fun doing this. Begin to think of how you would prioritize these. I will tell you another little secret, you can’t do everything.

This process of knowing yourself should help you to write goals that you will be able to achieve.

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The Three R's Roles Responsibilities, and relationships

You need to Know Yourself to Write Achievable Goals

You need to Know Yourself to Write Achievable Goals

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Know Yourself - Things to know to write achievable goals

Do I really know yourself? I think I do. After all, I have lived with me and known me for a long time. But.

I know that if I can’t find something, it usually means that a cleaning spree is about to begin until the item is found. So I know that about myself. Why do I do that? Why is it so important to know where everything is?

I spent some time thinking about why I have to find things when it is lost. A couple of things that I learned about myself. When something is lost, it shakes up the image that I am organized and know where things are. I really didn’t like learning that about myself but it is helpful to know this.

This is Part 2 of a series, Know Yourself. This is designed to assist you to write achievable goals for the new year. You need to start with  Part 1 which is Know what God is calling you to do in the New Year.

Know Yourself – Made by God

God made each of us. Think about that for a minute. We are individually made by God. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (ESV) As you begin, Know Yourself, remember that you are made by God.

Not only did God make each of us but he knows us. He knows the number of hairs on our head. God knows our strengths and our weaknesses. He knows our needs and our desires. Take comfort in that and in all of that he loves us.

The foundational truth of knowing yourself is knowing that you are made by God and that God knows you. Do you believe that to be true?

Do you struggle with an area of your life, wondering why God made you that way? Take some time to just pray or journal about it. Thank God for making you that way.

Know Yourself – Looking at the Heart

To truly know yourself means you need to look at your heart. Be honest with yourself. That can be a challenge. I like to think of myself as a highly disciplined person but the reality is, I am not especially if there are chocolate chip cookies around. Take the challenge and look within.

Look within and search your heart. In Psalm 139 David begins by telling all that God knows about us. He ends with “search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139: 23-24 (ESV)

  • What are the longings of your heart?
  • Are there sins that you struggle with?
  • What are the fears and worries you hold onto?
  • What keeps you awake at night?

Know Yourself – Looking at the heart will take time. Plan time to sit and reflect. Ask God to guide you, search you and show you your heart. Do not rush this.

Know Yourself – Spiritually

God has created us to know him. He desires a relationship with us. How are you doing spiritually? Are you growing in your relationship with God? Do you enjoy spending time with God? I have found this book to be a challenge as I think about the topic of enjoying God. Get a copy and read just a chapter a week.

  • Are there areas that you are struggling to surrender to God?
  • Are there things that God is asking you to do but you are holding back?
  • Do you spend time in the Word regularly? Is that time that you enjoy?
  • Do you have a time of prayer, just communicating with God?

Know Yourself- Spiritually and you will know how to set goals that are where God wants you. You will set goals that please the Lord.

Know Yourself – Physically

God has given each of us a physical body. We are all different some have high energy levels and others need rest and extra sleep. Some had physical challenges — chronic pain, allergies, or numerous other things. Maybe you have ADHD. Do you have a special diet that you need to follow which impacts you? Understand some of the unique ways that God created you.

Those might be your “thorn in the flesh.” Remember that God has promised, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV) May you know God’s strength in your areas of weakness.

God knows our physical strengths and weaknesses. Thank him for how he has created you. Be content. If there are things that you can do to improve yourself, do those things.

  • What is your energy level?
  • Do you need extra sleep?
  • Do you have physical challenges?

Know yourself – physically so that you can write goals that are things that you will be able to achieve. Understanding who you are and what you need physically will help you to know how to write goals that are achievable.

Know Yourself – Emotionally

God created us with emotions. We love;  we are sad at times. Our emotions and feelings impact us in so many ways. Emotions are how we react to things within us and things around us.

  • Do you control your emotions or do your emotions control you?
  • Do your emotions paralyze you?
  • How do you handle stress?

Know Yourself – Emotionally and that will help you to write goals that you will be able to achieve.

Know Yourself – Resources

The resources that we have include our time, finances, house, tools, helpers, and other things. How much time do you have in the week? Do you have limited time, then plans goals that can be done with your limited time? Your finances might be limited. That is fine, you need to know that and plan goals accordingly.

  • How much extra time do you have in a week?
  • Do you have extra money to put towards projects?
  • What keeps you going?
  • What encourages you?

So much could be written on this topic with various areas to consider. Begin the process to know yourself using these different areas. Don’t use who you are as an excuse for not doing what God is calling you to do. Know yourself and grow in Christ.

As you begin to write goals, take the time to know yourself. Work through Part 1 as that gives the foundation for your goals. Take the time now to work through this. This will help you write goals that are achievable. Do not rush this process. This might be difficult but it will help you know yourself and grow in what God is calling you to be and do.

This is a time to just Know Yourself. The next part in the series will deal with Know Yourself Roles, Relationships, and Responsibilities.

What is one thing that you have learned about yourself recently? How will that help you in setting goals? Share that in the comments.

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You need to know yourself to write achievable goals.

Know What God is Calling you to do in the New Year

Know What God is Calling you to do in the New Year

When you make an ice cream sundae, what would happen if you start by putting the cherry on the bottom and then putting everything on top of the cherry? You would not have much of an ice cream sundae.

That is the wrong base for an ice cream sundae. You need ice cream at the bottom and then you put all the other things on top.

The same thing is true with your goals. You need to have the right foundation for your goals. You need to know what God is calling you to do in the New Year.

What is God calling you to do? Foundational truths for setting goals for the new year.

What is the foundation for your goals?

You need to know what God is calling you to do. If we do not have that as our starting point, we will struggle to achieve our goals. Our goals need to be aligned with God’s calling.

The foundation for our goals needs to be what God is calling you us to do. Here are seven things that God is calling each of us to do in the coming year. While we look at these commands generally, we also need to look specifically in our own lives.

Called to Love God and our Neighbors

Love God. It sounds so simple. We get pulled into the world’s idea of love. The world says, “love yourself” or “do what you love.” The world’s love is about pleasing yourself but the love that God has shown is about the other person. God loved us and there is so much action in his love. Our loving should not be what we get but what we give.

Jesus summed up all the law with one command, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind”. (Matthew 22:37) What does it mean to love God? We love people that we know. The people that we love we want to spend time with. God is calling us to love God and others. Read this about why we are commanded to love.

Specifically – How can you grow in loving God and loving your neighbor? Is there someone that you need to love more?

Called to Deny yourself

That is not something that is on the top of the list for goals but it is one of the things that God calls us to do. The world says that we are entitled to a list of things but Jesus calls us to deny ourselves. Are we willing to give things up so we can follow Christ? (Luke 9:23-27)

Specifically – How would our goals and life look if denying ourselves would be included in that list? What areas might God be calling you to deny yourself?

Called to Be Content

The world around us tells us to go for it, get more of whatever, don’t settle. The Bible teaches us to be content. Paul writes,” I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11) As we are content, we are trusting God and our hearts are at peace.  Take what God has given you, be thankful to him and then make it beautiful. God is calling us to be content. Contentment is a Discipline of Success.

Specifically – What situations or circumstances has God placed in your life? List some of your unique ones then consider how content you are in those circumstances.

Called to Grow in Grace and Knowledge

A tree doesn’t decide one year that it just isn’t going to grow this year. The tree does not say, “I think I will take a year off growing.” A healthy tree grows because that is what it does. So to should we as Christians be growing every year. Strive to grow in understanding God’s grace. As we are growing in grace we should be growing in our knowledge of God. (2 Peter 3:18) Growing is a sign of health. Make this a year of growth.

Specifically – What are some ways that you can grow in grace and knowledge this year? Is there a specific area of your life that you need to grow in knowing God?

Called to Walk with the Spirit

Walking is slower and gives us time to talk. As we walk are able to look at this around us. We are to be walking in the Spirit. So we are talking with the Spirit as we go through our day. Listening to the Spirit. Looking at the world around and asking how can I help, what is God asking me to do. Learn to walk with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-25)

How can you strive this year to walk in the Spirit?

Called to Trust God

What does it mean to trust God? Trusting God means that you realize who God and who you are. Trusting God means we understand that all we have comes from him. The provision, the strength, the wisdom comes from God. Learn to trust God in deeper ways this coming year. (Proverbs 3:5)

Specifically – Are there areas in your life that you are struggling to trust God?

Called to Glorify God

We often do things to make ourselves look good or hoping that we will hear the praise of others. Learning to glorify God requires that we humble ourselves and understand that it is not about us but about God We recognize that it is God working and we give him the praise. In everything we do, we are to glorify God. We are called to live differently and that means to glorify God in all we do. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Specifically – How would your goals be different if you set them to glorify God with each goal?

How would your goals look if these were the foundation?

These seven things are what God has called us to do each day and each year. A challenge in these is we grow in these areas but it is not something that we have complete while here on earth. As we grow, we learn again how much we need to grow and so we continue.

My challenge to you and myself is that as we create goals that we will write them remembering what God has called us to do each year. With these areas as a foundation for our goals, we will be on the way to set goals that will be achievable.

This is part 1 of a series, Know Yourself, designed to assist you to write achievable goals for the new year. A critical component of goal setting it to know yourself so that the goals you set are ones that you will be able to achieve.

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7 Things God is calling you to do in the new year. Learn these foundational truths for a successful year.

Who Wears the Jeans?

Who Wears the Jeans?

Years ago I worked in international manufacturing. Once we had some suppliers from Asia visiting our office in the USA. My friend took some of them out shopping one evening. Edwin bought jeans for his wife. My friend asked him how he knew what size to buy. He said, “We wear the same size.”

We got a good laugh out of that. Wondering who wears the jeans? Meaning who is in control.

Who is in control of your life?

Life is out of control.

We fight for control.

Everything is under control.

We try to control the radio control car and it works until the battery dies or we get out of range. Then we lose control.

We try to control things but fail. To be in control is to feel that you have power but reality is we don’t have power.

So who is in control of your life?

If you could give control of your life to someone, who could you give it to? Someone who knows you, who is good, who is powerful.

Give control to the one who created you. God as your creator knows you. He made you. He knows your struggles. God knit you together. Give the control to one who knows you.

Give control to the someone who is powerful and mighty. God is all powerful. He is able to control nature, he sets kings on the throne. He is God and is in control of all things.

Give control to someone who is loving. God uses his power but in all this he is loving. God is good.

So why do we keep trying to control things when there is one that is qualified and ultimately is in control. Can you submit that God is control? Do you find that comforting? When you know God and who he is, you can submit and allow him the control that he already has. Don’t fight him.

Can you trust that God is in control when it feels like life is out of control? Remember who it is that is in control, the creator, all powerful, and loving God. Trust him that even when it doesn’t feel like he is control he is still there.

We want love being able to control our environment. We like the temperature to be at the comfortable degree where we are not too hot or too cold. God controls things but is it not always for our ease and comfort but for our good and for his glory. So just because it might not be comfortable doesn’t mean that he is not in control.

Are you trying to control things that you cannot control? Other people, circumstances. When we try to do this, we end up frustrated, exhausted, and angry. Submit to God’s control. Learn to trust him in all of life.

There are some things that we need to control. That is a topic that we will discuss in another post. That leads us to the topic of self-control which is next fruit of the Spirit.

So who wears the jeans? Is God in control or are you fighting him for control? Give him control and rest knowing that the creator who is all powerful and loving is in control.

Beth

Who is struggling between words and culture. I really wanted to say, “Who wears the pants?” as that is how it would be said in the USA but 4.5 years of living in the UK has taught me to say trousers as pants refer to a different garment, underwear. It didn’t seem right to say, “Who wears the trousers?” So I changed it to jeans and it was jeans that were purchased that time.

Give control to the one who knows you.

 

September – Back to Routine

September – Back to Routine

September is back to school and back to routine. September is a month of anniversaries — our wedding anniversary and the anniversary of meeting our son. The days are beginning to get shorter, the air is crisp, and it is time to get out quilts to wrap up in the evenings.

Miss K began a new school. She was excited. It was the school she wanted to go to. We were thankful that God worked out all the details. It was a bit last minute, the last week of school in July we learned she had a place at a local secondary school. The school put a great schedule together for her. Now four weeks in she has had a few wobbles as it is a big school, long days, and lots of new things. Tuesdays she goes to a city farm and works there. We hear about Sid the goat and Broccoli the pig as well as other animals and jobs she has done. God provided a place for her.

What else happened in September?

I finished 2 Corinthians Journal and Doodle Bible study. I did that in preparation for studying 2 Corinthians in small group this autumn. As I reflect a bit on that study, one of the truths that came from the study was understanding the two meanings of comfort. One is parakaleo meaning to call by the side and the other is parokiesis meaning strengthening and establishing faith. Both of these provide what today we term comfort.

My reading stack this month was a bit varied. Honestly, if you want the truth, that is most months. One theme this month was reading some books on disability and the Bible. If I were to recommend one of the books I read, it would be Disability and the Gospel. I found this book easy to read as it was not too academic but it was helpful in thinking through this topic.

I read some Christian fiction. That is light and easy to read while I am waiting for school pick-up.

I have been thinking and pondering a bit how to reach our neighbours after reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key. I was challenged to have margin in my day to be able to meet needs. I want to take steps to getting to know my neighbours more. I am looking for practical ways and also praying for my neighbours.

Have you ever heard of a Commonplace Book? I learned about that for the first time this month. I had been thinking about starting something like that but didn’t know it had a name. I wanted a place to just reflect and record quotes, information, things I learn. I wanted one place to keep it. I used a notebook that I have and just started writing some notes from a book I read, added some notes from a blog. I began my Commonplace Book.

On the Blog in September

I wrote a bit about Special Needs, Seeing Special Needs Around Us and Special Needs Parents.

I have begun work on another A-Z prayer guide. I wrote A-Z praying for missionaries the other year. Now I am thinking about A-Z prayer for teens.

Looking Forward

I will read some more books on my reading stack. I need to find some time to finish some unfinished projects. I want to take the principles from Journal and Doodle and read through Luke. Enjoy autumn which means candles, coffee, and a warm quilt.

What are you looking forward to in October? Tell me what you are working on in the comments.

Beth

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And the Fruit of the Spirit is . . . gentleness

And the Fruit of the Spirit is . . . gentleness

What is the image that comes to your mind when you hear the word, gentleness? Is it the picture of a mother and a newborn child tenderly cuddled in her arms? Maybe it is the gentle soap that has no fragrance and harsh chemicals. Is it a setting on the washer? Does that help to define and explain gentleness as included in the Fruit of the Spirit?

The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness. Learn more about gentleness and how this can help you grow and get things done.

The dictionary defines gentleness as kindly; amiable, a gentle manner, no severe, rough, or violet; mind, moderate.

The Bible dictionary has this definition – Sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior, founded on strength and prompted by love.

Founded on strength

When I think of gentleness I don’t necessarily think of strength. When I pause and ponder gentleness has strength. Gentleness is knowing how to use the strength. Knowing God’s strength and seeing the gentleness we so much more that God is gentle with us.

Prompted by love

It is because of love that we are gentle. We love the person and understand that because of that we need to be gentle.

If there is no strength, then it is not gentleness but rather weakness. Love guides our actions and so we then understand that gentleness is needed.

God’s Gentleness

I think we understand God’s gentleness when we understand that he is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24) When we understand that characteristic of God, then we can begin to understand his gentleness. If we go back to the definition of gentleness and look at God’s gentleness. We know that God is powerful. God has the strength so his gentleness is founded on strength. God’s gentleness is prompted by his love.

So why is God gentle with us? He loves us. God wants a relationship with us and knows that gentleness is needed.

So if that is true with God would it not be true for us that we need to be gentle with those around us. Ephesians 4:1-3 says that we are to walk with all humility and gentleness. Interesting that humility is listed with gentleness. Humility is how we consider ourselves and how we consider others. If we are humble, it will result in gentleness. Walk in gentleness.

As God’s chosen ones, we are to put on gentleness or meekness. (Colossians 3:12) Clothing is either one of two things. It is either the foundational garments. You know the garments that help to hold us all together. The other kind of clothing is the garments that we wear that people see. Gentleness is both of these — the foundational garment and the outer garment. When we have gentleness as a foundational it impacts how we wear our other clothing.

Reflections on Gentleness

Gentleness is an attitude. The attitude of gentleness impacts how we relate. When we have the attitude it will be easier for the actions to follow.

Gentleness is an action. Our words and our actions should be gentle. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” That gives us an example of how gentle action can change a situation.

Let’s grow in gentleness. Learn about God’s gentleness and reflect that in your own life.

This has been a characteristic that I have struggled with writing. Hence the reason that we are halfway through the month and I am just now posting. I do feel it is important. I was tempted to just skip it but knew I really couldn’t. Here are my beginning thoughts. Give me your thoughts about gentleness.

Exercise What your body needs

Exercise What your body needs

Everyone wants a healthy body. We want our body functioning as best it can. We want strong muscles. Our bodies need to be able to perform.

Exercise

Let me just say this, “I do not like to exercise.” I told you last week that this is written for me as much as anyone else. That continues with the topic of exercise. There is a long list of things that I would rather do than exercise.

I challenged us to think about sleep here. I reminded us that what we eat is important. Now it is time to look at the last element that helps our body — Exercise.

I was tempted to just skip this topic but I do think it is important.

There are three things that work together for a healthy body. I recently read that our health is maintained by

  • 20 percent in the gym/exercise
  • 40 percent in the kitchen
  • 40 percent in deep restful sleep

So if we want a healthy body, exercise needs to be part of our routine.

Why Should we Exercise?

This goes in hand with the truth about eating. Our bodies are the temple of God. We need to care for that temple. Exercise helps to care for our body and keep our muscles strong.

We want our bodies to be strong. We need our bodies to be healthy and strong so we can serve God and others.

In addition to helping us physically exercise helps us mentally. Our mood is impacted by exercise.

Exercise helps our immune system. It helps with weight lose. Exercise gives us more energy. Exercise helps us sleep better and we know sleep is important.

Why do we skip exercise?

Exercise requires discipline, self-control, and diligence. It requires the discipline to do it. The self-control to say no to other things and yes to exercise. You really need to do it more than just once a month.

I don’t have time. My suggestion is work it into something you already do. Yes, it does take time but instead of driving, walk. That is my plan for getting my daughter from school I walk/run to the school and then we ride the bus home.

Exercise costs money. I am not saying you need a gym membership or even a treadmill in your house. Get out and walk. For that all you need is a good pair of shoes. Do a workout from Youtube. Charity Shops and thrift stores often have workout DVD’s cheap.

I realise that there are people that have a physical challenge that makes exercise difficult. I would challenge you to do see what you are able to do and do that. See if that little bit will make a difference. Do what you can.

So after writing this, I still don’t like to exercise but I know it is good. For me it is a combination of making the time to exercise and knowing  that it is important. Hopefully my goal of walking to get my daughter from school will give me the exercise I need. Ask me in a month if I am exercising.

Do you exercise regularly?

What is your excuse?

Caring for our Physical Body

Caring for our Physical Body

I think this post is written to me. It is an area where I am struggling and need to encouragement and am challenging myself to keep going. Maybe you are feeling the same way. If so, I hope this will be a challenge and encouragement to you.

Caring for our physical body

Last week I wrote about sleep and a bit of how that is caring for our body. I do a good job most of the time getting sleep but this is my challenge. So keeping with the theme of caring for our physical body, this week we will consider the topic of nutrition.

If we are not caring for our physical body, can we really be and do what God has called us to do? We need to care for our physical body.

Are you like me and at times tired on the endless debates about whether a food is good for you or not good for you? There is research on both sides of each debate. It seems that for each article for a specific food or diet there is an article saying why that is not good.

I am not going to tell you what is good nutrition. I think each of us know what is healthy or can do the research. Each of us needs to know our bodies and what is good for our bodies.

Why is it important?

Our bodies are God’s temple. When we have company, we clean our house and keep it clean. Why do we allow our bodies to be run down? Pause and think about the fact that as a Christian our bodies are God’s temple. That should impact how we care for our body.  Let’s care for God’s temple. (I Corinthians 3:16-17)

Whatever we do needs to be done for God’s glory. I Corinthians 10:31 is specific in referencing eating and drinking. In eating and drinking we are to glorify God. That means that what we are eating and drinking should glorify God. If we consider this truth, how would our eating and drinking change?

There is some value to bodily training. (I Timothy 4:8) interesting that Paul uses the word training. Training gives the idea of learning, discipline, and practice. Training tells us that this is not easy but it something we need to keep working on.

How we can for our body shows gratitude. When we value something, we take care of it. When your favourite skirt gets a stain, we get out the stain remover to care for it. Do we really value our bodies? Let’s value our bodies and show God our gratitude.

Two of the passages above are from I Corinthians. Corinth in Paul’s time was a prominent centre of commence. I Corinthians also deals with the question of eating meat offered to idols. I am guessing that food was available and enjoyed there. It is also in I Corinthians that Paul gives instructions that now we refer to as The Lord’s Supper and discusses how they should not defile that with there eating and drinking.

I think our world today is like Corinth in Paul’s time. We live in a world with plenty of food and a wide variety. (I know there are places and individuals that do not have enough.) We splurge and enjoy food. Each of us has what we consider comfort food. We do need food but we need to be glorifying God in our eating.

Questions about caring for our bodies

Does good nutrition guarantee that we will be healthy? We life in a fallen world and have disease and sickness. So no, that does not guarantee health but it is the right thing do so. It honours God.

What is the goal of nutrition? Our goal should be to honour God. Each of us knows what that looks like for us.

What is your excuse? That is my question for you and me. Write them down and see what God says about those excuses.

I told you this is written for me as much as you. This is what I need. I need to write down my excuses and review what God has to say. I need to make some changes in this area. My goal is to lose weight. I have a renewed focus. What about you?

God is Faithful – Six verses reminding us of this

God is Faithful – Six verses reminding us of this

Yesterday was a bank holiday. My husband had planned a walk for international students. My daughter and I met them for lunch. It was great to see so many students enjoying their time together. Walking gives time for conversations.

I want to wrap up the faithfulness focus this month by looking at some verses on God’s faithfulness. These are verses to read when you are discouraged. Reading these will help you know God more. These are great to have posted where you can see them regularly.

Reminders of God’s Faithfulness

I think if you were to ask me right now what is my favourite book in the Bible, I would say, “Exodus.” I love reading it and seeing how God works, God keeps his promise. This passage is when Moses is up on the mountain the second time getting the ten commandments. This is what the Lord proclaims.

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7

Look at what the Lord says about himself. He says abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. I love the word abounding is describes big and full so much faithfulness.

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9

God’s faithfulness is seen in that he keeps covenant. Again faithfulness is paired with steadfast love.

“All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Psalm 25:10

I find comfort in knowing that the path of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness. Again steadfast love and faithfulness are seen together.

“The steadfast love the of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Great is your faithfulness. This has a great reminder that God’s mercies never end and they are new. We cannot exhaust God’s mercy. He is faithful.

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” I Corinthians 1:9

Three words but such a deep truth to cling to. God is faithful. So simple but so deep, such a comfort for us.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13

These are just a few verses reminding us of God’s faithfulness. Copy these and put them someplace where you can be reminded of God’s faithfulness. God is faithful.

The Psalms are fill of so many verses that speak of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Read through Psalms and be encouraged.

What verse do you cling to reminding you of this truth?

Questions about Faithfulness

Questions about Faithfulness

Live a life of faithfulness

Do you have questions about living a life of faithfulness? Maybe these are some of the questions that you have. If you have other questions, leave them in the comments and we will discuss them.

How do I live a life of faithfulness?

One day at a time. Seeking to love and serve God. Listen to God. Confessing when you fail and know that God forgives. Start your day seeking God, ask Him what he has for you today.

Does faithfulness mean I will be safe?

Depends how you define safe. As a believer we are safe in Christ but that safety might come in eternity. Think about Daniel. He was faithful in praying and remaining faithful landed him in the middle of a lion’s den. But there he was safe as God shut the mouths of the lions. Paul faithfully preached Christ but he was not always safe. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 Paul gives a list of things that have happened to him as a result of preaching Christ. We are safe in Christ but that might not mean that we will be physically safe.

Does faithfulness mean I will be successful?

Are you being faithful because God calls us to be faithful or are you being faithful to get some reward? We need to be faithful because God has called us to be faithful. We should not think that faithfulness will guarantee that we will get what we want. Faithfulness might not always looks like success but it can be faithfulness.

About 20 years ago I was leading a Bible study in the Asia. People were busy working long hours. I remember a few times there would only be one or maybe two people at the Bible study. That was a time that I began to realise that I needed to be faithful – faithful to prepare, faithful to be there. God was calling me to be faithful.

Does faithfulness mean I can never quit?

I am assuming that you are asking that you are doing something faithfully and now you want to quit but feel that if you do that you will not be faithful. We need to be faithful to what God is calling us to do. At times God leads us to do something else so yes, we can quit and still be faithful. We are still being faithful to what God has called us. We need to be sure that we are following God and not our doing this means I am faithful mindset.

When is faithfulness difficult?

I think that varies for each of us. There might be some areas of life that are easy for some but for others are difficult. I will say that I struggle when I am looking for results and that doesn’t happen. It is at those times that I need to remind myself that I need to be faithful. It might be difficult when others don’t understand why we are doing what we are doing.

When if faithfulness difficult for you? How do you keep going when it is difficult?

What is God calling you to do today? I pray that you will have the strength to live a faithful life today.

Other posts about faithfulness include Fruit of the Spirit – Faithfulness and The Foundation of Faithfulness.