Archives for April 2013

Apr 27

SLL Week 3 ~ Prayer Requests and Praises

Happy Saturday! Hasn’t Stephanie been great this week? I loved the “take a break cards” from day 1. Mine is a bit crumpled and worn but I treasure the way God has used it to quiet me and speak His truths to me this week.

Last Saturday I talked to you about hope. This week while reading He kept bringing to mind a verse from an Aaron Shust song:

I will wait on You
You are my refuge
I will wait on You
You are my refuge

My hope is in You, Lord, all the day long
I won’t be shaken by drought or storm
My hope is in You, Lord
All the day long I won’t be shaken by drought or storm

A peace that passes understanding is my song
And I sing my hope is in You, Lord

Remember our verse from Isaiah this week? Only in returning to ME and waiting for me will you be saved.  Without Him, we are lost in the storm.  Without Him we are left thirsty in the drought.  Because we can place our hope in the God who loves us so much he sacrificed His Son so we could be with Him, we won’t be shaken.  Because He is our strength, and in Him we can find peace!

This week as you are sharing your prayer requests remember that God sees the big picture while we can only see what is before us. Sometimes, we have to wait on Him and let His peace fill us. We truly can “feel joyful and full of peace when this devastating situation is still raging through (our) life like an F4 tornado” as Tracie Miles did. If we return to Him and wait for Him. It is my prayer that you too find yourself able to weather the storm in peace because you have surrendered the situation to the Great Physician.

And if God is filling you with His peace or has already seen you through your tornado, please share that with us so we can rejoice with you too! I love reading about a happy ending!

Trying to catch up?

Melissa
Apr 26

SLL Week 3, Day 5 ~ Take Away and Give Away

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Isaiah 30:15

But you would have none of it…

This is the part we always want to leave off. Myself included. It doesn’t seem very encouraging or something we really want to include on a Pinterest pin. It’s gritty. A little too real. It might make us uncomfortable. But it’s there for a reason. And as we close up our week I want to take a look at this last part of Isaiah 30:15.

To have something.

It’s different than just seeing something. To have something you have to actually choose to pick it up. To take it.

But the Isrealites didn’t want to take it. They didn’t want to listen to what God had to say to them. It didn’t make sense. He was asking them to stay and be still when it made sense to run away. There was a battle impending and the enemy seemed overwhelming. There was no way they could win within their own devices and so they were left with a decision. Be still…trust in the Lord…have confidence in Him, or, trust in themselves.

So what did they do? The next few verses tell us…

You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses. Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! Isaiah 30:16

Horses. And not just any horses, swift horses, but still horses. The Isrealites choose to give into their fear. To choose confidence in themselves over what the Lord was asking them to do. To hop on some horses. Again…it sounds silly! Stay and let God protect me…or try and run away on horse. You would think it would be a no brainer to stick with GOD! The God who parted the Red Sea and set the Isrealites free from captivity. But no…pride got in the way.

And so it gets in the way with all of us too. HE offers us peace. Freedom from stress. Rest and the chance to be confident in Him. Confident that He will take care of things no matter what. And instead we often choose to stress ourselves out, bring the silent killer in a bit closer as we try to take care of it all, and simply place the Lord’s promises on the backburner.

You would have none of it…

Convicting message? Yes. Tough message? Yes. True message? For me…yes. And maybe for you too.

But with God, conviction is never the end of the story. Immediately after the Isrealites choose self-reliance we see this verse:

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18

The Lord longs to be gracious to you. He doesn’t want you to be stressed out, burned out, worked out (except the good kind of work out!), overly tired, and given over to the silent killer. He longs to show you compassion. You don’t have to choose to have none of it. You can have some of it! You can HAVE all of it!

So what is in the way? In the comment section let’s share and encourage each other. What is keeping you from laying down self-reliance, getting off your escape horse, and picking up what the Lord has for you? He offers you salvation, rest, and strength. Freedom from stress. Will you have it?

And before I forget, thank you all so much for commenting throughout the week! The winner of the necklace from The Rusted Chain is Debbie who commented on April 25th at 5:56 AM on the Blog Hop Post. Debbie you can email me at stephkevinryan@hotmail.com with your address and we will get your necklace mailed out!

Any verse mappers out there? Check out Gena Christofferson’s verse map of this week’s reflection verse.

Verse Mapping Gena Group Five-0

On the back of her card, she has a list of verses that cross reference the words “quietness” and “rest.” This is OBS in action and that’s what it’s all about! Bringing God’s Word into your real life! If you’ve been verse mapping, send us your pictures. We might even share it here. Email pics to MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com. Thank you Gena for sharing your verse mapping with us today. We love it!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to share your prayer requests and praises! I have so very much enjoyed spending time with you all this week. It has been an honor! And as I go I want to leave you with this song…one of my favorites!

Love,

Stephanie Clayton

 

***If you missed Sunday and Monday’s post, you can access it here.

***If you missed Tuesday’s post, you can access it here.

***If you missed Wednesday’s post, you can access it here.

***If you missed the Thursday Blog Hop, you can access it here.

 

Melissa
Apr 25

SLL Week 3, Day 4 ~ Stressed-Less Living Blog Hop!

Jumping into our Hop for the first time? CLICK HERE for important instructions and guidelines.

This week’s topics:

1.  Rest. In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. ~ Isaiah 30:15b (NIV)

Haven’t taken the “verse mapping” plunge? Dig into this verse for three days and share with us how your heart responds to His message to you?

2.  Hope From Upstream. Being a parent isn’t always easy and as Tracie shared, it’s even more challenging to follow God’s plan for our kids when you feel like you’re going against the flow. If you are a parent, share some godly advice from upstream on how you help your kids follow God’s will. {Ok, I hope we have LOTS of these since I only have a 3 month old cutie pie, so I’m excited to hear from you!!}

3.  Healthy Tomorrow. Chapter 3. What are some healthy choices you need to make for your life as you deal with stress? OR Share with us the healthy choices you already make!

4.  #Blessed. Add to your #Blessed post, or start one today!

Stress can cause us to overlook the many blessings God has poured out into our lives. Make a list of five things God has blessed you with. Once you have listed five, try for five more…then five more…then five more. You can add to this list whenever you have something new to add. I.E. I am thankful for the dirty laundry because my family is well clothed. OR I am thankful for the beautiful weather we had today. OR Thank You Lord for my family.



Next week’s topics:

1.  Transformed. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2 NIV

Haven’t taken the “verse mapping” plunge? Dig into this verse for three days and share with us how your heart responds to His message to you.

2. Power Surge. We’ve all experienced a power surge, one that brings our appliances into overload, popping circuit breakers, and blowing fuses. Well experiencing God’s presence is a whole other kind of power surge! Share a time when you have felt God’s presence in a profound way, or hear His voice speak directly to your heart.

3. Big Dream, Wee Step. Chapter 4. Is God calling you to make a change? Has He put a dream in your heart that seems just impossible to achieve? What is one little step you can take toward that dream. If you’re not sure, then start by sharing a prayer, asking God to keep your eyes and heart open to His leading.

4.  #Legacy. Ok, we’re doing our #Blessed post a wee bit differently this week in honor of the Proverbs 31 Ministry’s Legacy Campaign! Is there a woman who has impacted your faith and influenced your life with God’s love? Perhaps a friend, sister, mother, grandmother, mentor or pastor’s wife? Check out the link above and share a post lifting up a woman in your life OR add her to your #Blessed post with an explanation.

Previous Stressed-Less Living Blog Hops

Yours in Christ,

Heather Bleier

OBS Executive Team

 

Melissa