“We All Make Mistakes”
Porch lights. They mark the night with their white-yellow glow. Some beckon. Some warn. Some burn to protect those on the inside from the shadows that lurk on the edges of the darkness.
For some, their porch lights shine like the star of hope against a cobalt sky. They bathe the night with their light and wash the sleeping home with quiet. All is well. All is bright.
There are a handful of porch lights that will never go out. They can’t. They went on one evening when that son or daughter stormed out into the thickness and blackness of the cold. The door slammed. The feet pounded across the wooden planks of the porch and then disappeared beyond the light’s half circle.
It’s been a long time. For some, months. Others, years. There are a few who have put a decade of running between them and that porch light. The prayers on the inside haven’t stopped. The hope might have fainted and faltered a few times, but it’s still there.
That’s why the light still burns…….and will keep burning. It’s a God thing. It’s a Redeemer thing. Grace-based homes are not homes without sin or regrets. They are just homes where, no matter what, you can’t be written off. They are homes where young and restless hearts are free to be different, vulnerable, and candid. They’re allowed to make mistakes. Huge ones sometimes. But because grace is inside, the front porch light will always glow outside.
Regardless of why they left, they can always come back. Regardless of where they went, they can always come home. And regardless of what they did, they can always come in.”
“Grace Based Parenting” by Dr. Tim Kimmel
How to Attain Excellence
Yesterday, I talked about the Definition of Excellence and How it is Measured by the world, the church and by others and perhaps even by you, but also how God measures it.
To Fail Repeatedly, is how we learn and how we succeed !
So in reality while you think you are a failure, you are learning and learning is not something we fail at. You may not have met up to someone else’s standard… but who’s standard are we really needing to meet up to ? God’s….and yet we pressure our selves or allow others to pressure us to the point we give up or we become ill physically, emotionally or mentally.
“Stress” what happens when we allow things to trouble us…
So how do we attain or excel in “Excellence” ?
Consider the following verses…
Romans 12:1-2, tells us we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice , holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable and perfect ,will of God.
James 1:27, tells us that Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
I John 2: 15-17, tells us Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust of thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Wow, that sort of simplified things , can you see it ?
How can we know God’s Will, unless we follow the ways in which he says to life !
The Bible is a great instruction manual !!!
We will reserve discussing roles in the Family & Home for another day….
Let’s look again at Ruth and see how she attained ” Excellence” and why she was considered ” A Woman of Excellence”.
In Ruth 3:11 these are the character traits I personally see in her…
She has strength, She is worthy, She is brave and She is capable. She was also Bold, unafraid or fearless and the important part is she waited upon the Lord to show her what to do and for Him to provide for her.
Proverbs 12:4 Tells us, A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.
Virtuous : having or showing high moral standards.
synonyms: righteous, good, pure, whiter than white, saintly, angelic, moral, ethical, upright,upstanding, high-minded, principled, exemplary; law-abiding, irreproachable,blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, immaculate, honest, honorable, reputable,laudable, decent, respectable, noble, worthy, meritorious;
informal squeaky clean “they were entirely virtuous in their endeavors”
( I like looking at words and definitions as it gives us a better view of knowing what things mean and who we should be )
Proverbs 31:10 says ” Who can find a virtuous woman ? for her price is far above rubies.
She displays all those noble characteristics and this makes her of great value !
Who are you trying to please anyway ?
I Corinthians 10: 31 says ” Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do , do all to the glory of God”.
Philippians 1: 9-11 says ” And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgement; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.”
Philippians 4:8 says ” Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. “
We are to be pleasing God !
You might not get all your To Do List Done…
Your day may not have gone perfectly, but that is perfectly normal !
You should be redeeming the Time, not wasting it . This past year I started using a planner. For Home & Business, it has helped me greatly to see what I am doing and how much time I am spending on doing things. I am a Keeper at Home, Wife of a Man who is Disabled , I Homeschool my 3 children , Have this blog and Run an At Home Business ! I also Write and I am working on a book !
What are your duties ? On a daily basis there is a lot to do !
We will talk about Planners, Scheduling and Doing all things well another day !
Stop Feeling Worthless !
Proverbs 31:30-31 says “But a woman that feareth the Lord , She shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
If you are known for those good things y0u do or say that are virtuous
You are Worthy and Honorable !
Join Me Tomorrow , Lord willing as we look at
The Character of God
~ Linda Marie ~
Have you ever allowed your circumstances in life to hold you back ? Thinking you could never measure up to those women in the bible… or maybe those around you…
As I was studying The Word this morning and reading from a devotional I was sent, It finally dawned on me that ” Becoming A Woman of Excellence ” had nothing to do with my circumstances or what status I was born into or how many times I failed at something in life.
Ruth was a widow, a foreigner and she was out gleaning the grain from fields where those who harvested , had missed some. So she was not known there only by her actions… If others watched you, would they see you as a woman of excellence ? Ruth was not of high estate or well to do ! She merely followed what the Lord had put in her heart to do , Go with and care for her mother in law Naomi.
Reading the book of Ruth , I would say she was ready for a change in life… She chose adventure over remaining the same and she was a loyal friend and daughter ! She had a tender heart and was a very caring woman ! She was a woman of noble character, she was selfless in doing those things that were excellent, she was strong and did those things she found a worthy pursuit in life.
I would suppose that many women would not have been so brave to follow someone to a land they had never been to… Have you ever done that ? Picked up and moved to a land (state) you have never been to ? I have… not knowing what awaited us there but following what the Lord showed us to do at the time.
Excellence is measured by Success in Life for the most part today. In what we attain or what we accomplish. Many times we feel like failures in life as we don’t have the finest things, we have not made it to that position in our career, business or as a stay at home mom we feel that we have not attained some status in caring for our children , home or spouse. Something is lacking in our lives !!!
What is that ?
For we dare not make ourselves of the number , or compare ourselves wit some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10: 12
I am here to tell you that you don’t have to allow your circumstances or your current position to keep you from “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” !
Fame, Success, Materialism and Popularity are fading… Today the church has become so much like the world that its hard to tell your brothers and sisters apart from those in the world who follow after such things. Its no wonder so many find “Christians” to be hypocrites ! They see no difference in those who say they follow Christ, then they do in the world !
As I share this devotional and God’s Word with you, I am hearing the Lord speaking to be as well in the areas I need to change things in my heart and my life…
Becoming A Woman Of Excellence even from the first chapter is a very thought provoking study of areas that can be life changing ! I need to be totally honest with you here… though I read my bible and I take notes, I am a list person ! I have never been good at writing in a devotional or journaling, blogging or following through in some ways. But I am going to try to change that, as I wish to be an encouragement as I seek to follow the Lord and the changes he wants me to make in my own life and the life of my family.
Think on this…
Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice , holy acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12: 1&2
~ Linda Marie ~
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