Tuesday, December 13, 2011

mantel, snowman, encouragement

Christmas mantel 2011

Snowman sundae. I'm going to call him Pinocchio :)

The Christmas season seems like a whirlwind this year! A busy, happy, wonderful whirlwind. I have been so blessed with songs and church services lately. My heart is full and encouraged. Monday was a grumpy day...seems like after a great Sunday, it is easy to get discouraged- might be the devil trying to take that joy away. I was so discouraged...thankful in a way that God has been showing me soooo many areas in my life that need changing. I was thinking - well that is it! I can never live this Christian life victoriously- I am too selfish for this! But, God--He always encourages. Today I heard someone say on the radio (can't remember who) that God does not call us to perfection- but He is looking for the direction we are going in... That was so encouraging for my heart to hear! I smiled and said, "yes, God! You know which direction I am trying to go in! You know my hearts desire and You will help me!"

I have also been reminded of Romans 12. I need this chapter. I need to read this every day. I kept telling Dave about Romans 12- how this is the chapter the kids (and me!) need to memorize next.....when it struck me- Romans 12 would be a perfect chapter for 2012! It is official! Romans 12 for 2012!!

Romans 12:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,

so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;

if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly, Never be wise in your own sight.

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head."

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Kellie said...

Praise the Lord for Romans! Rebuking, encouraging, step on your toes and then build you up!
As unfaithful as we are... God is sooooo very faithful and His marvelous mercy is new every morning! Lam 3:21-26 Every day we can start with a clean slate!

Lydia said...

Love Romans 12!!! It's the one chapter I turn to when I know I am sliding in my walk, I try to live by it always (but fall short often). I may memorize it with you!!!

Mark and Tricia said...

Very good! thanks for sharing :)