Endure & Rely

Are you facing temptations or trials? Endure & rely on Christ.

“God doesn’t give us what we can handle, He helps us handle what we are given,” Ronda J. Thomas-Frost.   He wants to help us endure through our hardships.

When my heart is overwhelmed...
Lead us to the Rock, Oh Lord!

I so often hear it said in reference to the trials others are facing, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  But that’s not Bible.

It’s actually a misquote of 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Don't be afraid if you're in a storm!
Trials help us grow stronger.

 

He won’t allow us more TEMPTATION than we can handle, but trials are a different story.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1: 8 & 9 “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia.

We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

He is with us!
He is with us!

Paul was a great man of God.  And He was distressed to the point of death!  Jesus Himself, in His darkest moments before He was betrayed said, “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me from this hour’? No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour.” John 12:27 & Mark 14:34  “‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them.”  Then He went away and prayed, “Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.” Mark 14:35

Are you facing trials?  You’re in good company.   What God desires, through our trials, is for us to rely on Him!  He wants us to endure with His help and allow Him to make us stronger.  Seek Him, and let Him hold you.  He loves you so much.  He sent His only Son to suffer beyond all suffering so you could have relationship with Him.  He will help you.  He will guide you.  He holds you by the hand and says, “Fear not, for I am with You.”  Isaiah 41:13

Do you, “Own it?”

It’s human nature to point the finger.  As kids, we learn early on that if we get caught doing something we shouldn’t be, there will be some form of punishment–maybe a spanking, a time out, a favorite toy taken away, play time cut short, no TV, no Oreos.  (Well, that would be punishment for me!)  You get the point.  As kids, my older sister learned that if she wasn’t the one carrying out the deed, she wouldn’t get in trouble.  So, she would pose questions to our brother (the middle child, poor guy!) to get him to do something she knew would invoke punishment.  My poor, innocent brother would be intrigued by her question, carry out the deed, and then I would tell!  It took him awhile to figure this out and eventually he stopped taking her advice and stopped hearing “Scotty did it!”

  1968.11 Miller family no title(Here is my family, back in the day. I'm the smiley, littlest one, on the left.)

The funny thing is, I don’t remember if we girls ever got in trouble for our part.  Oh, I got in trouble my fair share, and so did my sister, but who wants to own up to their mistakes?  Nobody WANTS to get in trouble & be punished for their wrong doings.

As adults, we still tend to avoid “getting in trouble”, we still don’t want to take the blame, or take responsibility for our actions, unless we did something we think is worthy of another’s praise!  Then we are all over it!  Human nature, human nature is like that.  We do things we regret, we say things we regret, we avoid doing things we should, we avoid saying things we should, and we don’t want to get caught–all because we are afraid of some sort of punishment.  And we like to point the finger so we don’t have to be responsible for our actions.   We say things like, “My parents never taught me any different,” or, “he made me angry,” or, “she started it,” or, “if you hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have had to …” or, “well, if you hadn’t tempted me to…then I would never have…”  The extreme cases are like the person who files a lawsuit  when they spill hot coffee on themselves. (follow the link to see the comic I posted on my Misti’s Jewelry Facebook Page or go to my Pinterest Board.)  “If the coffee hadn’t been so hot, I wouldn’t have burned myself!  It’s YOUR fault for making the coffee hot!” when the truth is, if they had been more careful and not spilled their coffee, then they wouldn’t have gotten burned.  We humans just don’t want to take responsibility for our actions.  We don’t want to be punished, even if that “punishment” is in the form of ridicule or embarrassment.

But God reminds us of how much He loves us and that we need not be afraid of punishment.  “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”  1 John 4:18  He loves us, and although no one WANTS to be punished or disciplined, it is good for us.  “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  Hebrews 12:11  God isn’t into beating us, He is into helping us grow and be healthy.  He wants us to have abundant life, not to live in fear. 

And here is something else that is amazing about our Heavenly Father.  Daniel tells us God “holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways.”  (Dan. 5:23)  God owns our ways.  Do our ways reflect the God of love?  Do our ways honor Him?  Do our ways speak of His character?  Are there things you’d rather not own up to?  It’s okay, there is forgiveness through Jesus.  You don’t have to be afraid.  Let’s take responsibility for our ways, since God owns them, and confess our wrong-doings before Him.  He will lovingly forgive and accept us.  He will help us overcome, through His lovingkindness expressed through discipline.  “His rod & staff, they comfort me,” says Psalm 23.  The shepherd uses his rod to correct his sheep, and his staff to direct his sheep, but the sheep aren’t afraid of Him because they know He would never do anything hurtful or harmful to them, but to do them good, only to love & protect & provide for them.  Our Good Shepherd does the same for us.  And sometimes the only way He can speak to us is through pain.  But God is doing a good work through the pain.  Like I say to my chiropractor, “It hurts good.”

I encourage you to not be afraid of personal responsibility.  There is life and peace in it–God is in it.  After all, He owns our ways.  And more than that, He loves us!  He loves us!

Do you ever feel this way?

I had this fabulous weekend at Gem Faire with some really great people.  I did well, and happily paid my fees to Gem Faire. 20140510_093836 I was even blessed by my next door vendor with a hot dog for lunch!  I loved the whole Gem Faire, then had a great day a church the next day, and then visiting my folks & some very dear friends.  #GREATWEEKEND!  (How was yours?  I hope you had a super one, too. )

Monday comes.  Then the swarm of things I have to do hits again.  Are you a big picture person like me?  Do you see a mass of things to do and all the details overwhelm you?  Boy, they do me!  I love what I do, really.  I love all of it.  I love the inspiration of shopping for my projects, I love the creativity of actually making new items, I love the computer art necessary to write a pattern, program a page, make flyers, etc.  I even love sorting my beads! — But I’m no expert juggler.  And I have a lot of balls in the air.  Am I alone in this?

Then here is today’s verse.  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”” –Joshua 1:9 (Did you notice it near the bottom of my home page?  Cool, huh?  It auto-updates!  I love programming!  Thanks, Deb, for encouraging me to go for it!)

Amazing, huh?  God is listening.  I’m so thankful we are HIS workmanship, not our own.  If I had to do this alone, I don’t know how I would handle it.   There’s this song that comes up on Pandora, that has a line, “You make me brave”.  Yes, He does.  What a blessing!

Be strong & courageous today.  =)  And may the blessing of the Lord rest upon all you do.

Delightfully beading away (amongst other things, hee hee),

Misti

The Happy Beader
#The Happy Beader

 

Encouraging words for life…

Good morning, readers!   I hope this finds you stressing less, trusting more, and more at peace than yesterday.  I have been amazed at how much God is listening to me–my prayers, my thoughts, the blog, my talks with my hubby & family–and is responding.  When I’m out and about, I like to listen to KSGN 89.7FM  here in the Inland Empire of sunny Southern California.  When I’m home, I like to listen to Pandora Internet Radio  while I’m working.  Over and over again yesterday songs came up and little messages about letting go, not being afraid, and keeping our focus on Him.  One thing that stuck out to me yesterday was a minister who said our thoughts should be focused on Jesus twice as much as our cares.  Wow!  How much time I have wasted on my cares instead of the One Who cares.  That has really helped me redirect my thoughts and give me peace.  It’s still a battle, but I am finding that I am stopping myself when I start to worry about something,  I redirect my thoughts to Christ and that I don’t have to worry, then I pray.   It really is helping.  Then when I came to my computer this morning to look at Biblegateway.com‘s verse of the day, this was it:

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”  NIV

See how much He loves us?  I feel His love extending out to you through this, too, as I know He wants you to find peace as well.  Jesus cares!  And I’m so thankful!

Blessings on your day and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Misti

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader

 

P.S.  If you live in the area, I’ll be at the OC Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa teaching for the Gem Faire this weekend.  Come find me & please let me know you’re reading my blog!  Thanks!

 

“…whatever they do prospers”

As I endeavor to build my business, wanting it to grow and flourish–to prosper–is always on my mind.  I want to do my best.   I want to give my best to and for my customers, in whatever way I can & whatever that means, without worrying about “the money”.  But reality says, “Count the cost.  Consider what ends will be produced.  Is this where I want to go with my business?  Will this bless my customers?  Is this worth the time and effort I’m putting into it?” All these questions swim around in my head.

And then there are the myriad of other things to do behind the scenes, other than the fun of designing & making jewelry & patterns, etc.  There’s my website, emails, shows, working with vendors… then there’s the BOOK KEEPING–bluh!  I actually don’t mind it, but it seems like such a mountain to keep on top of!  And of course there are the daily chores around the house, and the TLC of a husband, 2012-08-25_15-19-09_5431211101503162 cats & a dog to consider. Snickers is hungry There’s family and friends to spend time with, and church–these are the easier occupations of life, at least.  But there are just so many good things to occupy my time that sometimes it is all so overwhelming.  AND in there somewhere, I have to take care of myself!  Do you ever feel that way about your life?  Do the details of life swim around in your head too, or am I alone in this?  And you want to be successful/prosper in your endeavors, too, right?   So why does it seem so difficult?  And why am I stressing about it all?  Why is it so hard to decide what project or task I should tackle next?

Fear is such a nasty thing.  It grabs you by the heart, and infects your mind, and if you’re like me, affects your body!  (I’m keeping my massage therapist and chiropractor in business, at least.  LOL)  For me, it’s the biggest mountain in all of this to overcome.  But what am I really afraid of?  Failing, failing myself, failing my husband, failing my customers, failing my Heavenly Father.  That last one is the hardest one.  But everyday He reminds me how much He loves me, that He delights in who He made me to be and that He is not a hard task master with a javelin in His hand, waiting for me to mess up so He can pass judgment on me.  Wow!  Where do we get such awful images of God?  He keeps on reminding me that it is He who is at work in me, that I am His workmanship (not my own workmanship), created for good works in Christ, that I should walk in them (not stress or scurry through them).  I don’t need to worry about failing.  He is as at work in me.  So, stop it, would you, Misti?!

Okay, so where does the title come in?  Yesterday morning, as I have been weighing what truly matters, what truly is important, the Lord reminded me that I really do need to spend time with Him in His Word for my well-being.  If you’re like me, reading the Bible can seem daunting–the big picture that I see is a huge book that I could never possibly read in entirety, and even if I did, how could I possibly remember any of it.   But I know I “should”; rather, that I need to.  But where do I begin?  So, I went to www.BibleGateway.com and thought I would see what they had to offer for Bible Study and reading.  I saw, “Scripture Engagement” and that sounded intriguing.  So, I started reading it.  It was refreshing and encouraging, as the Bible always is.  And in it was this verse:  “Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.”  Ps. 1:2  I didn’t stop reading there. The next verse really stood out to me.  “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither–whatever they do prospers.”  Prospers… there is that word.  I knew that verse, I read it many times.  But there is my answer!   If I truly want to prosper, I NEED to meditate on the Scriptures, for in them are the words of life.   I want to be that tree planted by streams of water so that I will never thirst or run dry!  I want to yield my fruit in season, and I certainly don’t want my leaves to wither.  LOL  (I don’t think that is referring to aging, though.  LOL)  And YES, I WANT TO PROSPER!  So my answer is “Scripture Engagement”.   (Here is the link to that page, in case you are interested:  https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/scripture-engagement/)  The cool thing about this is that I love to write–obviously.  And writing my meditations on the Word help me remember what I read.   And hopefully, it will be an encouragement to you.  I really do want to be a blessing to you.  So, I hope my meditations help you.  And if you ever need prayer, please feel free to email me.  Okay?

I look forward to your comments!

Hoping your day “prospers” and your mountains seem more like an adventurous hike!

Misti

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader