Tuesday, May 11

Look out... here she comes!

Psalm 42:5
'Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  HOPE in God:  For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God'.

Sometimes as a woman my emotions can get the better of me... one minute I may be happy and jumping around with joy and then only minutes later I can start feeling a bit sad and a little depressed... but to top it all off, sometimes I don't even know why???!!  WHY are you case down my soul?  Sound familiar...lol!

Cast down means to sink or depress... And then there's the other side of the coin - disquieted... to make a loud sound, to be in great commotion or tumult, to rage, war, moan, clamour: clamorous, concourse, cry aloud, be disquieted, loud, mourn, be moved, make a noise, rage, roar, sound, be troubled, make in tumult, tumultuous, be in an uproar!  My goodness there are a lot more descriptive words for that emotion!  Definately the opposite end of the scale compared to 'cast down'.

But as women, that is sometimes what our emotions can be like - up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down.  I also know for myself that when my emotions are like this, I can take it out on those who are closest to me and unfortunately at this point of my life, it is usually my poor husband!  It has nothing to do with him at all or what he might have said or done but at the slightest push of my button...look out... my weaknesses begin to show and I don't like them at all!!

Our emotions are what we are made of and reflect the awesomeness of being made in the image of our God.  However, we must learn to take control of our emotions so that they are submitted to God.  They need to be expressed in a way that is godly and not like an uncontrolable freak!

'Lord, please help me in my weaknesses'...

Monday, May 3

Grace like a diamond...

I just love the movie 'How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days'... and this morning while I was reading my Bible I got the coolest picture in my mind and I just wanted to share it...

Proverbs 3:21-22 says 'My son, (or daughter) let them not depart from your eyes - keep sound wisdom and discretion; so they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck'.

Grace to your neck...  just like the Isadora diamond in the movie right??!!  Absolutely!  When Andie (Kate Hudson) walks out in her gorgeous yellow cocktail dress she looks nothing but beautiful... however when they place the Isadora around her neck she becomes the object of everyone's attention... she instantly grows two inches taller, walking around proudly displaying those huge sparkling diamonds and everyone turns their heads to take a look... she is just stunning!

A little while later into the evening she goes quickly running out of the building with the Isadora around her neck and when everyone suddenly realises she is still wearing it... all they care about is chasing after that diamonds and the pursuit is on!

We need to chase after sound wisdom and discretion in our lives and never let it out of our sight just as though it is the huge Isadora diamond necklace.  Wisdom and discretion will become that amazing 'Grace to our neck'.  

The word Grace in this instance means - kindness, favour, gracious, pleasant, precious and well-favoured... who as a woman doesn't want all of that in our lives??  I know I certainly do!

We can shine and sparkle as we keep our eyes focussed on sound wisdom and discretion.