“Fire Yourself and Hire God!”

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How do we have victory and stay victorious in this life?

By staying in the mind of Christ.

By realizing that I’m powerless and I need to invite His power into my situation. 

I think about a 2 year old little boy who is outside with his daddy. He thinks he’s so strong and sees a heavy wheelbarrow his daddy is using to move rocks and wants to move the wheelbarrow.

Daddy sees him struggling with the wheelbarrow and asks him if he wants him to help him move it.

“No!” He says. “I can move it!”

Yet it’s too heavy if a load for him to handle, so daddy just waits there patiently and says to him, “When you’re ready to stop trying, I’ll come pick that up for you.”

How many times do we struggle and strive, like that little boy did, and try to move and change things and circumstances in our lives that we don’t like or understand when God’s just saying, Just put that down, let me come into that situation and do what only my strength can do in that situation.”

So I had to learn a phrase that has really helped remind me of this important truth.

You ready?

“Fire yourself and hire God!”

What?

Yes, I tell myself this. Christy, you make a lousy caretaker of yourself. You were never meant to carry this load or figure this out. Give it to God and He will take care of you.

Our biggest strength is to know our weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

“Fire yourself and hire God!” 🙂 (Am I being redundant? It’s because I have to be like this with myself because I easily forget!)

God can intervene in brokenness. When I get to the point where I realize I can’t do it anymore. Only He can.

If we want to have true success in life, it comes from trusting in Him.

Let God do what only He can do in your life, and trust that His ways are higher and He is the perfect caretaker for your life.

With Love,

Christy Lawson

Love Covers

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Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Proverbs 10:12 (NKJV)

The Hebrew word translated “cover” in this verse is translated kacah, which means “to overwhelm.” 

This means, that when we see shortcomings in others, the solution is to “overwhelm” them with love.

But what is love?

We see the definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NKJV)

This is the true definition of love.

If love’s definition is what we see in the verses’ above, what happens when we put our name in this text?

Christy suffers long and is kind; Christy does not envy; Christy does not parade herself; Christy is not puffed up… (You get the picture. ;-))

Ouch! I think I have some growing to do. 🙂

The best demonstration of the covering of love is found at Calvary when Jesus Christ covered our sins.

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Colossians 2:13,14 (NKJV)

Jesus literally covered and wiped out everything that was against us! This is the ultimate meaning of this verse that says love covers all sin!

Hatred focuses on sin. Love overwhelms it!

As we are learning together from the Bible about what it truly means to love, let’s choose today to be like Christ to those around us, and overwhelm others’ with His love that has been poured out into our hearts!

With Love,

Christy

 

 

 

 

Keeping a Quiet Heart

“Lord, give to me a quiet heart that does not seek to understand, but confident steps forward in the darkness guided by thy hand.” Elisabeth Elliot.                                                                                                        elliot-elisabeth-keep-a-quiet-heart-1024x683

There are so many things we don’t understand that the thought of a quiet (peaceful) heart  can seem impossible.

A few years ago I stumbled upon this book, “Keeping a Quiet Heart,” and it really encouraged me. Elisabeth Elliot’s story of deep trust in her Heavenly Father, despite some of challenging things she experienced, is truly inspiring! And though I don’t agree with everything theologically in this book, there are some incredible truths we can glean from this principle of the importance of keeping a quiet heart.

One of my favorite quotes she says in this book is, “Lord, give to me a quiet heart that does not seek to understand, but confident steps forward in the darkness guided by thy hand.” (Emphasis mine)

And I think this underlined part above is where many of us have missed it. (I know it’s at least where I’ve personally missed it!)

Seeking to understand.

When God’s plan for our lives doesn’t look like we thought it would or isn’t happening in the timing we thought it would, what do we do with that? 

(That’s a lot of “we’s!”)

The Word of God is packed full of promises. More than three thousand! But there are those of us who would say, “My heart is broken and sad. I don’t think the Lord has kept His promise to me. I prayed about it and claimed it but nothing happened to me.”

And thinking this through, I was reminded of one of the father’s of our faith’s stories’ and how He was learning to keep a quiet heart, despite not fully understanding.

Abraham was 75 years old in Genesis 12 when he was told to leave his home and father and go to a new home where God would give him offspring as the stars overhead. Off he went, obeying God, but God’s promise didn’t happen immediately.

Think about that.

God asked you to leave your comfortable home to travel to a new unfamiliar home when you are 75 years old. And though Abraham knew and trusted God, and obeyed what He had asked of him, he didn’t see the promise of his inheritance until a LONG time later.

In fact, it took 25 years!

Here’s a  HUGELY important spiritual principle that needs to be a part of your life when  learning to keep a quiet heart.

“Very often,  there is a gap between the promise and the performance of the promise.”

In Abraham’s case, the gap is 25 years!

I love what it say’s about Abraham in Hebrews 6:15!

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Hebrews 6:15 (NIV)(Emphasis mine)

Waiting patiently...Two words that could definitely be practiced better in my life!

Wait –  to stay where one is. (What?! That’s no fun!! I want to be going forward! I want to be moving!)

Patience – the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. (Oh man! This is worse than wait!)

But this is exactly what Abraham had to do. (Though as we read through Genesis, we see that it wasn’t always an easy thing for him, and that encourages me!)

Remember when your kids we’re newborns and woke up in the middle of the night crying for their bottles? They had to wait for you to finally arise from your sleep, get up and warm up the bottle, and then drag your tired self to them so they could finally eat. Oh, and they let you know they weren’t too happy waiting with their loud screams that you just wanted to stop already! They didn’t know how to patiently wait!

And that’s how a lot of us can be with the promises of God. “Wah, wah!” we cry, “Where’s the promise?” And all along God’s saying, “I’m getting it ready. Just be patient. It’s coming.”

And I think the same is true for us today. God want’s to do things beyond anything we can imagine and for us to receive His Promises. We just need to hang on while the bottle’s getting warm.

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. Hebrews 6:15 (NIV)(Emphasis mine)

I love this! When we patiently wait, we WILL receive what God has promised!

My friend, I just want to encourage you today that when you patiently wait, God WILL come through. It may not be the timing you thought, but as you learn to trust in Him through the process of patiently waiting, He will teach you to have a quiet heart.

In Him,

Christy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus is Enough

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Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” John 5:5-8 (NLT)

I love this verse because it truly teaches us something so valuable as followers of Jesus Christ!

How many times do we truly have a “lame area” (not lame as in lame, but lame as in disabling. Which I guess in itself is lame, LOL!) area in our life that we’re legitimately struggling with, and that we need changed in our life? I know I have had many! It’s so easy for us to get into self-pity where we want and almost expect someone to pick us up and carry us through that moment.

We think we need help from a psychologist, someone at church, or even a pastor. “Where is someone to disciple me, pray for me, study with me?” we cry. And there are times when getting advise can be helpful and we are to receive encouragement from the Body of Christ and leaders. But the scriptures are all-sufficient, for they speak of Christ, point to Christ, and bring us to full dependance on Christ.

But the lame man had a choice to make. He could either obey the words of Christ, or argue that it wouldn’t work for him. 

SO CAN WE.

But when we finally realize no man is going to carry us, (they can help us, but they won’t carry us) we will find that Jesus is all we need all along.

Corrie Ten Boom, one of the heroes of my faith, and a holocaust survivor, made this incredible statement.

“You may never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.”

And even though Jesus isn’t right here with us in the flesh, His Spirit is abiding in us and His Word’s are before us in the Scriptures.

Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come. In the volume of the book it is written of Me.’ Hebrews 10:7 (NKJV)

It’s so important that we’re reading the scriptures and not busy saying, “What clinic is going to assist me? What man is going to help me? What pastor is going to solve the problem for me?”

When we study the Scriptures we see that Jesus says these powerful things…

And because of His glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 2 Peter 1:4 (NLT) (Emphasis mine)

Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24 (NIV) (Emphasis mine)

The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. Psalm 19:7-9 (NLT) (Emphasis mine)

Everything we need to escape the sickness and sadness of this world is found in the Promises of His Word.

How can we be healed emotionally? How can we live in stability? How can we have joy no matter what our circumstances? How can we find truth?

Through His Word.

There may be seasons in our life when we may find someone to help counsel us, encourage us, and point us to what the Word says. I know I’ve personally had many counseling sessions to help point me and encourage me in the right direction. But the goal with the counseling we receive should always be to point us back to what the Word of God says and not to get us to depend on a person as our source.

Let’s study, meditate, speak and make His Word the number one Counselor in our life.

Jesus Is Enough.

With Love,

Christy

 

 

Sibling Rivalry

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(This is a pic of my dog Sunny’s babies playing tug-of-war. So adorbs! I had to share!)

In my last blog, we talked about the crazy “Picture Perfect” cycle it’s so easy for us all to get trapped in from time to time.

So, where can we go wrong that causes this crazy cycle of wrong thinking in our lives?

Two words immediately come to my mind…

Sibling Rivalry.

Why sibling rivalry?

Because the Bible calls us brothers and sisters in Christ. When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, you become a part of the Body of Christ. We are family and called to “do-life” together. And when we are “doing-life” together, because we’re human beings with flaws, it’s easy for us to allow this “sibling rivalry” into our spiritual family.

James 4:1-2 (AMP) says, “What leads to [the unending] quarrels and conflicts among you? Do they not come from your desires that wage war in your [bodily] members [fighting for control over you]? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your lust goes unfulfilled; so you murder. You are envious and cannot obtain [the object of your envy]; so you fight and battle.”

Envy and jealousy, the cause of this rivalry, grow as by-products of comparisons with others.

One of the best known examples of sibling rivalry would probably be the story of Cain and Abel. In Genesis 2, Cain is shown as a “tiller of soil” while Abel becomes the “keeper of sheep.” Cain brought an offering of “fruit of the soil” (most likely an offering of crops), and Abel brought the healthiest, choicest firstling of his flock of sheep as his offering. The story goes on to show that God is very pleased with Abel’s offering, but ultimately rejects Cain’s.

 Genesis 4:6 (AMP) – Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

Instead of striving to “do right” like God told him, Cain took the “easier road” and tried to eliminate his competition.

Cain was looking at what God did in Abel’s life and compared it to his life.

Comparison (Compari-SIN) – to examine in order to note similarities and differences.

Being frustrated and even jealous with a sibling for “outshining” you is something a lot of people can relate to. We see in this story that jealousy and envy was the driving source of this sibling rivalry.

The end result is that it led to someone’s death. When we allow envy and jealousy in our lives because of “Compari-SIN,” it results in death in our lives. Death of a relationship, death to a friendship, death to our own growth progress.

This is serious business friends.

We can learn so much from Cain’s life. I love how God says to Cain, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?”

Each of us individually is called to walk in obedience to what God has asked us personally to do. To do what is right in our own lives.

  • Maybe the season of obedience you’re in is managing and caring for your home. Loving on your husband and children. Speaking the Word over them daily.
  • Maybe it’s being a light in your workplace and letting the love of Jesus shine through your life.
  • Maybe it’s leading a small group at your local church or serving in the kids ministry.

We can get our eyes on someone who looks like they have a “BIG” ministry or are doing “BIG” things for God and we want what they have, but then we can’t even take care of our laundry or take care of our home that God has entrusted to us with a happy and thankful heart. (I’m talking to myself right now!)

I’ve been learning so much the past few years about the importance of truly valuing what God has personally entrusted to me, and learning to obey Him and not look at what anyone else has as better than what I have. We are all so truly blessed!

So let’s put to death envy and jealousy before it puts to death something we love or value in our lives.

With Love,

Christy

 

 

 

Picture Perfect…(NOT!)

You Were Born To Be Real, Not Perfect.

Some of our family’s favorite memories’ are of us getting photos taken together! One reason why I enjoy photos so much is because we are blessed with great photographers who make us look good! (Truth! yes, I said, “make us look good.”) Yes, they truly do… but this is after lighting changes and lots of editing by our photographers, and me choosing the ones’ I like the best and ditching the ones I don’t 😉 LOL!

Seriously!

It’s so easy for us all to look at each other’s pics and think that the other person has a “picture perfect” life. A life that we want. That’s because all we see is the edited version pic they put on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. What we DON’T see, is all the messiness and imperfections of their lives.  Let me tell what you didn’t see that happened the hours before the “Picture Perfect” moment you see in this (edited) pic … (and let’s see how many of you can relate to this.)

-You didn’t see the several arguments my daughters’ and I had trying to figure out what we were going to wear because we needed to look good and wanted to make sure we were coordinating. (And it needed to be a skinny outfit as well)

-You didn’t see my “great parenting” as I stressed the whole family out by being impatient and unkind to them trying to get a soup made so I could be a good wife and mom and feed my family a healthy meal. A meal that I ended up messing up and having to throw out.

– You didn’t see the stressful work situation we were trying to navigate and Erik and I were arguing over.

All you saw in these “Picture Perfect” photos is the Lawson’s smiling happily like we didn’t have a care in this world.

I wanted to address the struggles we have as women to be “Picture Perfect” by sharing some personal things I’ve went through in this area and showing you how God is helping set me free from this wrong mentality.

I want to help us see how this area can be such an entanglement in our lives as women, that it can keep us from what God has called us to do as His daughters.

In my next blog, I’ll talk about where we go wrong that can start this cycle of          “Compara -SIN.”

Yes, I spelled this wrong intentionally to point out the word SIN. Because that’s what it is when we look at others lives and want what they have and try to live a “picture perfect” life so we can look good to others. (I’ve been guilty of this so many times!) My hope, is that these blogs I post this week will help set someone free from the “Compara-SIN” trap.  I know I need to continually remind myself of this on a weekly and sometimes daily basis!

Christ-Esteem NOT Self-Esteem…

More to come soon…

With Love,

Christy Lawson