Hebrews 12:2

Posted On December 10, 2010

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In the movie, “Steel Magnolias” Shelby Lynn said, “Daddy always said that an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure”. I try to stick by that quote in all things in my life–so even here in the blog I am going to be honest with the things that God is doing in and with my life.

You know in the bible when it says there will be all kind of seasons in your life–I am the reason those bible verses were written. 🙂 In some aspects it just feels like my life has no balance. It is beyond frustrating. Then I remember Jeremiah 31:3 that says “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” There are seasons–that I am so thankful for—that God uses His loving kindness to draw me back into Him.

I loved the Bible Verse Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to Him are radiant”. In my mid 20’s this verse was just written all over my life. I have always struggled with self image problems, but (other than maybe my wedding day) I have NEVER felt more beautiful than in that period in my life. I had 2 ladies in my life that were constantly praying this verse over me. I was in a cooking class/bible study in addition to being in the Beth Moore Bible Study “Jesus the One and Only”. God’s word was saturated into every aspect of my life. I was single, teaching 1st grade and I had so much time to be with Jesus. I loved it. There is no wonder that Hunter fell in love with me — 🙂 — during this time because I literally was RADIANT. I used every spare second memorizing bible verses, reading His word, praying, and just seeking Him. Now even though my life is so much more fast paced, I cherish the time I used when I was single to seek after Him. I lean on so many of the things I learned back then in my every day life. I often wonder who I would be today without that season of my life!

I saw the same radiance coming from a Chinese student that was baptized on Sunday. He said “I just wanted to turn towards the face of Jesus, and live a holy life”. It was exactly what had been on my heart all week. Maybe that is what being truly Radiant is: looking at Him, following Him even though it’s a sacrifice, and wanting to be more like Him.

Hebrews 12:2 says “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.” I know when we keep our eyes on him we are radiant.

What are you doing this week to put on radiance? I got out my trusty “Jesus the One and Only” bible study and I am gleaning through the words I read, highlighted, underlined, prayed over, and memorized. I am praying for a fresh radiance to be on me this week! I also got a new lip gloss–so that might help too! 🙂

Heads up please!

Posted On December 10, 2010

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A few years ago when I taught 1st grade, I had an autistic student. Hunter and I were “just friends” (as I like to call it—he calls it year one of dating) and Hunter loved to hear all the crazy stories about my day with this student. In addition to being autistic, this kid was mean. He cussed at everyone, including me, everyday. Finally we called in behavior specialist. She said it would help him if I wore physical signs on my body that stood for desired behaviors.

I walked around the school like a clown with all these signs on my body.

In addition to his bizarre behavior problems he also had a thing for rubbing/patting my behind when he needed something. (All first graders kind of do this—it’s a height thing). I had to wear 2 signs on my hips that had a stop sign on it and an arrow that pointed up to my face.

I seriously would have graduated this boy to 2nd grade if he had looked up and talked to me. He was so focused in what he wanted that he couldn’t take his eyes and mind off of it for even a second to look at me in the face.

We are a “heads down, plow through it” kind of people.

But what would happen in our lives if we just stopped the plowing. Exodus 33:11 says, “And God to Moses face to face, as neighbors speak to one another.”

Before this “face to face” time, Moses seriously put energy and obedience into physically seeking God. He went to the tent and set apart time to be with God. He understood that to be a leader, he had to know God’s heart in an intimate way. Obedience comes along with discipleship in many ways.

This week I have spoken to God in a fresh way. I have realized the greatness of who God is. I have seen His face. I seriously wanted to be where He was. I wanted to spend time alone with Him, and I wanted to know this kind of God intimately.

Psalm 145 says:

I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King! and I’ll bless your name into eternity. Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; Each one tells stories of your mighty acts. Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.

Could we possible be missing the face of this kind of God because we are consumed in other things?