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The Big Break

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps (ESV.)

I had read about some NFL greats, both Hall of Famers and those slated for the accolade. Something I noticed was quite a few started out as “second stringers” or benchwarmers. They weren’t chosen as starters. Many were paid to basically sit there and watch someone else on the field play their position. But, opportunity came-often suddenly. The big break.

A couple of players in particular stood out to me: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. I happen to be a Green Bay Packers fan, so this is especially interesting to me. Brett Favre was an Atlanta Falcon his first year as a backup Quarterback. He was traded after one season to Green Bay. Again, he was a benchwarmer until Don Majkowski was injured. His first completed pass was actually to himself via a tipped pass. He went on to win many awards, a Super Bowl, and be inducted into the Hall of Fame after a long career. Then there’s Aaron Rodgers.

He sat under Brett Favre for a number of seasons. Being Brett was such a sturdy player, he spent his time warming the bench a lot. Rodgers was a 24th round draft pick. In fact, he didn’t initially qualify for an athletic scholarship for college. He later received one. But who knew how great he would become? God did. 

God has a plan. 

Ok, enough football talk. How about Joseph? He had a dream to hold onto. I’ll bet those years in prison were trying. It’s doubtful others were looking at him saying, “He’s destined for greatness. One day I will serve him and he’ll be second in command.” His circumstances seemed pretty hopeless and depressing. But God. When it’s time, it’s time. 

I sense there’s someone reading this that has big dreams in their heart. You’re the benchwarmer with visions of throwing that winning touchdown pass. That album. That book. That mission outreach abroad. Local ministry. Whatever it is. Perhaps you got the word. You saw the vision. But you’re stuck on the sidelines. Maybe you’ve been unjustly treated and in prison. I’ve got a word for you. 

Your “big break” starts with the inner big break. When God has refined you and worked the brokenness He desires, your outward big break will come. 

Timing. Until then, be ready and faithful. You never know when your moment will come. When it does, shine. 

Genesis 50:20 ESV As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Habakkuk 2:3 ESV For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 ESV He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

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Help Meet or Hurt Meet?

Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him (KJV.)

Yesterday my husband mentioned an idea he had. He was excited about it. This wasn’t anything terrible or inconvenient. In fact, it could have great potential. My response was, “Well if God wants it then it’ll work out.” Now, this is a true statement. My husband though was hurt. He felt like I was doubting him. Without realizing it at first (my husband reminded me of this fact) I had said that exact phrase several times recently. To me I was being supportive and a good “help meet.” Simply sharing truth. But I wasn’t at all. 

I hadn’t intended to communicate doubt to my husband. But I did. And I’ve been doing it a long time. Every suggestion, dream, vision, or desire has been met with, “Well if God wants it…” Yes, it’s true. God is ultimately the pilot of our lives and we should seek His will. However, sometimes people just need validation. They want someone to show interest. Understand. Care. I never said, “Tell me more about it” or “that sounds like a great idea. I wonder what God will do with it.” Over time this created some issues. Now my husband is more reluctant to share his heart. Finally he blurted out, “You’re not being a help meet.” 

I saw help meet as cooking and cleaning. Taking care of the children. A little spiritual. But it’s more than that.

Today, I want to challenge the married women out there to be emotional help meets. Don’t just stop at physically taking care of your spouse and children. Emotionally take care of them too. Although male pride can be at play, many husbands will listen to the input of their wives if they feel respected and valued. About a year ago my husband told me that I needed to “let him fail” if need be. How else will he learn to lead? Unless it’s something really dangerous or unscriptural, be supportive. Again, validate.

Are you being a help meet or a hurt meet? Does your husband feel appreciated and honored? Think of ways you can do that and do it. Help meet or hurt meet. Your choice. 

Proverbs 31:10-30 ESV An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. 

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. 

She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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Don’t Give Ammunition

Matthew 12:36-37 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (ESV)

Something God has working with me on is my mouth. My words. What I do and don’t say. I think it’s just as important to learn what not to say and when to keep quiet as it is to say the right things. The Bible touches on both. 

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 13:3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

For me, as an ENFP and someone whose love language is words, my struggle is saying too much. Too much of the wrong stuff (complaining, too many details, rabbit trails on conversations etc.) I also used to do something I called venting. I still do, but in a healthy way now. My venting used to be, albeit unintentionally, lashon hara or evil speech/gossip. Sometimes we need to say nothing. I was tested on this recently. 

Someone was spreading some slander about me. It was very distorted, very much a half truth that made me look bad. I really wanted to just say a little something to set it straight. But, I knew God was leading me to be still in Him and let Him vindicate. This was hard for me but I stayed totally quiet. I told absolutely no one and kept it to prayer. Eventually, when only side is talking long enough, that in itself speaks volumes. Let the fruit of your life speak for you. Be wise where you keep your focus.

Today, I challenge you to use your words with wisdom and love. And be silent when the Ruach (Spirit) leads. What we say will either build up or tear down. They will either bring us rewards someday, be burned up, or judge us. I say burned up because as in 1 Corinthians 3:15, we can suffer loss but be saved “through fire.” Testing. Sometimes we can also say or do the right things but with wrong motives. God knows the intentions of the heart. 

Let God vindicate. There’s a place to clarify, but don’t waste your time on the opinion of others. God’s opinion is what really matters. Don’t be critical of others either. Use your speech to encourage, inspire, and give glory to YHVH.

Love. Don’t give ammunition for the enemy. 

Psalm 19:14 ESV Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 34:13 ESV Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

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When People Only See a Caterpillar

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty (KJV.)

I recently shared a video on social media titled You ARE Called to be a Butterfly. This is regarding the process of change, refining, and strengthening. It is often painful. You may know with everything in your being that you are called to be a butterfly. But you don’t look like it. And others don’t see it. 

Perhaps you’ve shared what God has revealed to you, only to be rejected. 

“You can’t do that. You’re just a caterpillar. That’s for those who are beautiful and can fly.”

God really wants someone reading this to know 3 things: you are called to be a butterfly, forgive others who only see the caterpillar, and God is especially close to you right now. He is creating something wonderful in you. 

It is frustrating and painful when those throw an incorrect label on you. Maybe some of you have had people walk out on you. They see a caterpillar in the cocoon (official term Chrysalis.) From a distance someone sees a mess. You were a caterpillar. Now you’re in this dark confined space. It seems like you’re going nowhere-maybe even getting worse. And yet you’re seeking God wholeheartedly. 

They don’t know you’re a butterfly that will break free and soar far above where you’ve been. 

People may see a caterpillar. And that’s ok. They aren’t you and don’t walk in your shoes. 

My challenge and encouragement today is to not let labels or perceived labels from others get you down. How many times have you…have I…had it wrong about someone else? More times than we realize I’m sure. 

You’re getting there. One moment at a time. When others see a caterpillar, remember, God sees the butterfly. That’s all that matters. 

1 Samuel 16:7 KJV But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Romans 5:3-4 KJV And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope.

2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

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Hold the Applause

Matthew 24:12 And because of the increased mufkarut (lawlessness, anarchy–Mt 7:23), the agape (love) of many will become cold (OJB.)

“Agape is total love, the love that devours those that experience it. Whoever knows and experiences Agape sees that nothing else in this world is of any importance, only loving. This was the love that Jesus felt for humanity, and it was so great that it shook the stars and changed the course of man’s history.” -Paulo Coehlo

I want to share a scene from a dream I had almost a year ago. I don’t too often remember my dreams, but this one was piercing and stuck with me. One particular part I feel led to write on. 

As I was walking down a hallway at a church I saw a room, with the door wide open. I stopped to see church leaders and members clapping and applauding something. People were smiling and rejoicing. I felt a strong knowing it wasn’t actually positive. I sensed a grief from the Holy Spirit. God was not pleased. But, they thought He was. I then kept walking. 

God has a clear message today He wants me to share. May those who need to and are meant to read this see, hear, understand, and do.

Matthew 24:12 is the verse God put in my spirit today. Many miss that the word love here is actually a specific type-godly. There’s three main types of love represented in the Greek language regarding the New Testament: 

Eros (sexual, romantic)

Philos (brotherly, platonic)

Agape (godly, full and consuming)

There are others beyond the three above, but these are the main ones. Matthew 24:12 is not speaking of a love the world or unbelievers possess. Agape is a love found in God that believers possess (or should.) This indicates the love in the Church-believers or professing believers-will grow cold. Why? Lawlessness. What is lawlessness according to scripture? 

1 John 3:4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness (ESV.)

Sin.

I don’t have the time or space to type out all the sins that are sadly prevelant in the churches. I’ve witnessed many. This obviously should not be. There are wheat and there are tares (weeds) according to scripture (see Matthew 13.) The bottom line is agenda is trumping Bible. Self promotion is trumping humility. Comfort is trumping inconvenience. And this is DEEPLY grieving the Father. Many believers and churches are patting themselves on the back for their knowledge and proper theology. They are proudly displaying their shiny doctrine. Beautiful and well presented. But, sadly, this is a cubic zirconia. It looks like a diamond but lacks the substance and strength. It lacks true love. It is sin. It was not formed from brokenness and refinement. 

The cubic zirconia church system is a stench in the nostrils of God. It misses the heart of God completely. 

 We need to get back to our first love. 

I’m going to close with this. One of my earliest Facebook friends on my current account a few days ago was murdered by her boyfriend. She was in an abusive relationship. Her name is Tammy Avery Lefebvre. I say is vs was as her soul lives on. She knew Jesus intimately but had some struggles. I regularly receive messages from hurting people. Many like Tammy have little support. Churches don’t help. Hurting people are treated as barriers to furthering their ministry when in fact they ARE ministry. 

Today, will you join me in praying for Tammy’s family and living out the greatest commandment? 

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

My flesh cringes in saying this. We need to get back to sackcloth and ashes. Repentance that is an affliction of the soul, not just at Yom Kippur (which Christians usually don’t observe.) Repentance beyond thinking of Jesus (Yeshua) at Christmas and Easter. A repentance, teshuvah, that is supplication for us to love God and love others. Crying out for our first love.

For Tammy. For my family. For others who have needed support and ever been turned away. The Father knows and He is grieved. Let’s hold the applause and seek brokenness. Let’s really love. Get our hands dirty. Get inconvenienced. There’s many more Tammys out there. Do it for them. 

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Matthew 23:23 ESV “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.


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ASD and the Baseball Bat Situation 

For those who have a disability or love someone that does, you know how frustrating going places can be. I’ve compiled a checklist of my family looks at before taking my 8 yr old low functioning ASD son anywhere. And I’m serious…

  • Get up extra early
  • Nope, doesn’t matter. He pooped himself 1 minute before it’s time to leave. Bonus points if he smeared

Things to check:

  • Does this place have bright lights
  • Does this place have strong smells 
  • Does this place have loud noises
  • Will there be children
  •  Did I pack diapers and wipes (he still has accidents)
  • Is there a room or small confined space for him to play in
  • Will there be a lot of knicknacks
  • Is it childproof
  • Is there a fenced in yard
  • Do we have a game plan if a meltdown happens
  • Have we prayed yet
  • Have we prayed some more

Finding a PCA for my son is challenging. We lack a strong budget and he’s super fast and not for everyone. Recently my family talked about going to church together. Only one church we’ve found can accommodate him…maybe. But it’s a large church that would be sensory overwhelming. I reached out to a smaller church and was turned away. Attending church means going separately. Not to mention getting no vacations. My husband and I are each other’s respite. 

Some days I want to pull out my hair and scream. Really loud. Or just be in a room where I can have a baseball bat and hit out my frustrations. Just for a few minutes. In the end though, my reality is still there. And I’m dealing with it.

Do you have a baseball bat situation? You know, one where you just want to beat the stress out of it. You’re frustrated. It’s unfair. You wanted better. You didn’t ask for this. Let me tell you something that’s helped me. Life isn’t about us. There’s a world full of pain and unfairness. And I know Jesus (Yeshua.) They don’t. 

What if our struggles isn’t even about us? What if what we go through is part of a tapestry more intricately woven than we realize? Maybe my situation, no for certain, my situation has made me more compassionate and broken. I can relate to those many others can’t. 

Whatever your baseball bat situation is, remember it’s temporary. Appreciate the little things. This too shall pass…quicker than we expect. 

Philippians 4:13 ESV I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

 

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Able and Willing

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” (ESV)

This morning I was in prayer before I read from the Bible and did my official devotions. Usually I don’t do it in that order but I was especially praying to hear God’s voice in my scripture reading. Genesis 18:14 stood out to me, particularly the first part of the verse:

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Obviously the answer is a resounding no. I was meditating on that thought. Nothing is too hard for Abba. But, do I live like it? Is there anything I am not fully trusting God in? Is there something I’m not trusting God on? 

In what situation are you struggling to trust God? Do you really believe nothing is impossible for Him? Do you believe He’s willing?

Luke 1:37 ESV For nothing will be impossible with God.

Mark 11:24 ESV Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

1 John 5:14-15 ESV And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Ok, so what’s the problem? The Word is pretty clear that God is able and willing (with conditions.) We are human and we look at and process life through limited eyes. Simply put, we are not as smart or as strong as Elohim. We don’t see the spiritual realm. An answer to prayer may be obvious in the spiritual but not the physical. This takes faith. 

Today, I want to ask you what is holding you back (if anything) from believing God is able and willing to meet your needs (and desires that line up with His will?) Is it discouragement because of past disappointments? Have you built up walls because of pain? I don’t have all the answers but I do know God loves you and is faithful. Trials are a part of life. He knows where you’re at. Keep seeking Him.

I may not know why, but I know He does. And He doesn’t change. I know what it’s like to feel as though nothing goes your way. We can go through life in doubt or in faith. Without faith it’s impossible to please Him (see Hebrews 11:6.) 

Choose faith. 

Mark 11:22-25 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

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What I Believe

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful (ESV.)

These past few days have been rough. Our family car needs many immediate repairs. My autistic son broke things in our home we can’t easily replace right now. My 1 year old still isn’t sleeping through the night. We have bills. We’re doing our best without support or family. There’s health concerns too. Some days it’s overwhelming. In the midst of all this I received several texts and Facebook messages. 

One text was from a friend so ill she is often bedridden. She’s feeling low. Two others had their husbands walk out on them. Both have children, with one having debilitating strokes and migraines. She’s often weak, out of breath, with slurred speech. She’s still trying to get on disability after her unsuccessful heart surgery. Another’s husband does drugs and is unreliable, spending money they don’t have. Yet one more has two autistic children with no breaks and no help. On top of that, I lost a close friend who decided to walk away from their faith. 

I  have been digging deep in prayer and thought. What can I even give right now? I know Bible verses and I gave them as needed. But, this got me thinking. What do I really know?  When the crap hits the fan and life is painful and tough, what do I profess? What do I live? Really, what do I believe?

I have learned not to give pat answers. Canned responses make the hurt worsen. I think it all comes down to this:

God is good, this life sometimes isn’t. God is fair and just, this life isn’t. God is love, this world is cold. 

Eternity. 

God sees from an eternal perspective. There are things we just don’t understand. We may never. That’s life, like it or not. 

I’ll end this with what I know. It isn’t much, but it’s what I know is true. 

  • God is love. 
  • God is faithful though people sometimes aren’t.
  • God is merciful
  • God blesses but sometimes it’s not money and it’s not just about this life
  • God is real but someone I don’t fully comprehend
  • He sees our tears and knows our pain
  • His ways aren’t ours
  • He gives good gifts
  • God isn’t the cause of bad but He allows it
  • God desires the glory
  • God is Creator and deserves praise 

When life gets hard, people desert us, and we’re left alone brokenhearted He knows. He cares. But answers aren’t always quick. The greatest work is often in us, not our situation around us.

Profess your faith, and live it, without wavering. One moment at a time. Somehow, He’ll see us all through. 

Psalm 111 ESV Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. 

He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. 

He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!


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His Glory

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus (ESV.)

This verse above has been in my spirit. Just the other day I casually said to someone that I feel misjudged and that, “If they only knew… ” I wasn’t trying to be prideful. But I was. That darn pride. We all battle it. The important thing is to beat it. The person responded to my statement like a pin to a full balloon. She said, “What matters is how they see Him in you.” I know that. Wait, do I really? Hmm. Maybe not as I should. No, not at all. 

Let’s be honest, it’s human nature to want people to praise you and think you’re awesome. We don’t really want people to say (unless we’re broken spiritually) that we must have been with Jesus (Yeshua) because we’re weak and common. The flesh craves attention. Secretly we want people to say, “she’s so talented” or “he’s so smart etc.” But God demands the glory. We are nothing without Him and can do nothing without Him (as it’s by His will we are still breathing.) 

Acts 17:28a In Him we live and move and have our being…

When people put the glory on themselves instead it can end very badly. 

Acts 12:21-24 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last. But the word of God increased and multiplied.

The challenge I want to leave you with today is to give God the glory. Make a conscious, deliberate decision to realize that you are living and possess what you do by His desire and grace. Any talent or spiritual gifting you have is only because of Elohim, Creator. If you happened to be born to a wealthy family and was raised with love, thank God but remember you’re no better for it. The person from poverty and dysfunction is also created by Him. God gives us our value and we all can inherit eternal life if we choose through Yeshua (Jesus.) 

It’s OK for people to see your flaws and weaknesses. Really. What matters is that others, especially the world, sees Christ in you. Maybe they see you as weak and talentless. Not smart enough or good enough. Not educated enough. Not good looking enough. Not young enough. Maybe they don’t think any of those things and it’s the enemy lying. What matters is God gets the glory, nothing else. 

Prayer I pray: Father, may you be glorified in my thoughts, words, and actions every day. Be strong in my weakness and help me love as you do. 

Psalm 96:8 ESV Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!

John 15:5 ESV I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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Transformation vs Information

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (ESV.)

I read a great post by Tyler Dawn Rosenquist on Facebook this morning after reading a chapter from Luke, Genesis, and Psalms. She was writing about Adam and Eve being created to be image bearers. Their pursuit of knowledge, and ours, have no bearing on our call to reflect the Creator. Knowledge isn’t character. This got me thinking.

We are in a time where I can look up anything via Google in seconds. Granted one must learn to sift as there’s a lot of incorrect information out there. But knowledge is abounding and as easily accessible as ever. What’s the height of this? The origin of that? The creator of such and such? All easily answered questions now. I still remember calling the library when I was young to ask the help desk to look up information. Now it’s all on my smartphone. But with all this knowledge I ask, “Are we any smarter (and wiser) really? And, most importantly, are we emulating Messiah?”

I spent many years as a mainstream believer. When I learned more about the Jewish roots of my faith I was excited. My husband is Jewish. Meeting him and discussing the Hebraic perspective of the Bible was very refreshing for my spirit. I always felt there was something more. Sadly though, what I discovered was many Torah observants thinking they were smarter and better without any love or emphasis on the weightier matters of the heart. They were still bitter. Easily offended. Prideful. Divorcing at secular world paces. The focus was learning not transforming. 

Today I want to both encourage and challenge you. First, I want to encourage you to keep learning and searching the scriptures. Second, and where the emphasis is, I want to challenge you to seek brokenness. Spiritual brokenness that is. Commit to being an image bearer of Yeshua (Jesus.) Grow in knowledge and understanding, yes. But mostly, grow in character and love. This is what being a believer is all about.

In line with my previous blog, be committed to grow. Then, be a laborer and image bearer in your world. The harvest is many.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 ESV The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

1 Timothy 6:9-12 ESV But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.