Apostle Paul and Esther. How do they connect?

Okay so… Apostle Paul said this in Colossians 3:5-6

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

I want to be like Paul. I want to put to death anything in me that breaks my Father’s heart, but here’s the kicker, that’s so much easier said than done. Right? How can we do something that’s so completely against our nature?!

Nature vs. Nurture… with a twist.

-Human nature is just an excuse for sinful actions. If you let “the flesh” i.e. human nature take over your life, you’ll be in a world full of hurt. Sure, super bad things may not happen to you, you may be successful and have a family, you may be able to travel the world as you please… but none of that and I mean NONE of that will fulfill you and make you happy.

-We must NURTURE our souls with God’s word in order to combat the sins of “human nature”.

 

You see, everyone deserves to be happy, but happiness has a different definition for everyone. For some people, it’s collecting coins. For others, it’s having their house full of family. Those are great things, but do they compare to a life with your heart knitted with Christ’s?! Absolutely not. Know why?

Because The Lord wants what’s best for you. Does that mean that He’ll give you everything you wish for? No, because not everything you wish for is in your best interest. He is the ultimate parent. He’s the perfect parent. He’s not going to give you things unless it’s the very best! You absolutely have to take your ideas of what’s best for you out of the equation, though. I mean, how well does a student driver vehicle really work when both the student and instructor are pushing on their gas pedal?

You must put to death everything in your mind, heart, body, and soul that will keep you selfish and keep you distant from the Lord. That’s the only way to have your desires match His and have you in full submission to His will for your life. I promise, it’s submission to the best things for you.

Okay, so now you’re scratching your head wondering… How in the world does Esther tie in to this? I have to be honest, this did not come to my mind. I read about it in a devotional this morning.

Esther was a Jewish woman who became queen. The Jewish people prayed for an audience with the king. Through her fasting (submission and focus on the Lord), she gained patience and confidence. She also learned of what God wanted her to do. If she had arrived in to the presence of the king without doing this, Esther may have gone in hot headed and been put to death.

By putting to death her selfishness and her impatience, by submitting to the Lord, He answered the Jewish people’s prayers and blessed them far above their desires; more abundantly so.

He will always blow you away, even if His answer is no. Submit to His will, because He will be honored and you will be blessed.

Wrangler Wednesday

This week’s Wrangler Wednesday has footage riding Kota. We’re still working on cues and learning each other. He’s super responsive but his time as a carousel pony has him stuck in some old habits. Teaching an old horse new tricks isn’t always easy.

A day late and a dollar short.

I wasn’t able to make my Scripture Sunday video yesterday, so here’s a double whammy post!

Scripture Sunday is about 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. I see treating your body as a temple as more than remaining physically pure.

Music Monday is an interesting piano improv I recorded while I was at a family reunion this weekend. I wish I’d recorded what I played beforehand- it was less aggressive!

I wonder…

Are you like me and listen to the lyrics of the songs you listen to? Do you just bee bop down the road and don’t pay attention? Either way, please start listening closely to the lyrics you’re feeding your brain and your soul. These days, it’s really hard for me to listen to music. So many songs are about a guy being drunk and hoping this beautiful girl is drunk, so he can take her home. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 

I’m far from perfect, and I have no place to judge BUT I wouldn’t want to be the girl any of these guys are singing about. I want to be the girl a nice guy gets to know through dating and courtship, not a series of one night stands. That’s not God’s intention for relationships and intimacy, on any level.

Here’s a little more explanation…

Get a second opinion.

If the doctor tells you they don’t know, get a second opinion. I have a gluten allergy, and as far as I know, I’ve had symptoms of it since birth. However, I knew little about food allergies and their symptoms until I was in my teens. I blacked out a few times at age 12-13, was constantly hungry/dizzy beginning around age 4, and the doctor literally told me, “I don’t know. Eat more protein, I guess.” They checked my blood for hypoglycemia and anemia. They had no desire to continue tests. Recently, I relapsed and began eating gluten-filled things again. I literally slept for days. For about two weeks, I didn’t get up before 10am, but would go to sleep at 7:30-8:00 at night. All the while, feeling like there was sand in my eyes ALL… DAY… LONG. Not to mention the elevated body temperature, joint pains, “tummy issues”, migraines, irritability, and extreme hunger. Now I know why I spent much of my life devouring every food in front of me! My body was expending all of its energy combatting gluten, so it wouldn’t absorb proper nutrients- or the lining in my stomach was coated, so nutrition wasn’t absorbed. Either way, I was always hungry! Those cakes, cookies, and breads may be tempting, but they’re so not worth it. Thankfully, gluten free alternatives are as decadent as ever.

Proverbs 31/ Job 29

Proverbs 31 describes a woman who is virtuous. She is hard working, compassionate, gentle in spirit, and more.

Job 29 is Job reflecting on the man he used to be: intimate friends with God, respected when he spoke, eyes to the blind and feet to the lame, a father to the needy, etc.

For a man to strive to be these things and for a woman to strive to be these things is an incredible thing. These people do not fear “what if” scenarios, or the future ahead of them because they know the Lord has them in His embrace. For a man with these attributes and a woman with these attributes to join together would make for a companionship that glorifies God in insurmountable ways.

I have only recently been informed about the qualities listed in Job 29, and I will be fervently praying for my future husband in these areas. I used to pray to have him, out of desperation and being weary of waiting. That was not the way God intends me to pray for him. I am to pray for his heart, his mind, his body, and his soul. He needs to be growing in Christ daily. In doing this, I remind myself of the things I need to be doing to glorify the Lord in my singleness and in preparation for my life as a wife. More importantly, glorifying the Lord in my singleness.