Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Simple Recipes

I love how God has so many great answers for us, all laid out in His Word, and it is there for the taking; we just have to dig in!

Here's what I found today: Psalm 4:
4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say, "Who will show us any good?" Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. 7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased. 8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Okay, so no more sinning in my anger. I wonder what that really means in regards to my children. Probably that I need to be active in my discipline towards them. It is wrong for me to ask them to obey and then not require it of them. I should not let them sin by letting them get away with disobedience again and again... and that only makes me more angry anyway! So I have a key point for myself to work on today: enforce first-time obedience in my children so I don't get angry and yell more than I should!

What else has God said? "meditate on your bed" Oooohh! That sounds like nap-time! What better way to become refreshed than to lay down while the kids are having quiet-time and naps, and spend time meditating on the goodness of God! Refreshment for body, mind and spirit! I love it!

Another part of this passage that really stands out to me is "Lord lift up your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart" I need this so badly. I need to have God's light shining on me. And I certainly need His gladness in my heart. I find that I am generally not a very joyful person - but if God's very countenance is covering me... I'll take some of that!

I like how this passage ends with a wonderful night-time prayer. "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep" He gives a recipe to make my day go better, and He says that He will keep my family as we sleep. We will be safe. Things are going to be okay.

So maybe I don't need happy-pills, I just need injections of scripture, and God's presence in my life. Fill me up God... I surely do need it!


Anonymous said...

You did the right thing, turning to God and His word for your strategy.
Kids are REALLY smart, and if they can find a way to push the envelope, they will.
Way to go in holding your ground with discipline. You may get some flack at first, but it will pay off. Consequences also work really well.
You are right about the rest issue. I always have said that rest is a weapon. It puts us in a place of peace, and His word says that He ministers to us while we sleep.
You have heard well......... be encouraged to keep pressing in.

redeemed diva said...

Ah, Lisa. I loved this post. Wow...I love how God's word is always so relevant and always so "for the moment". I never thought of God's Word as a recipe, but yeah, you're right.
I'm standing with you in faith believing that God is going to reform you and create in you a more splendid picture of Himself.
Can't wait to read more.

Rhonda said...

I used to yell at my children more than I would care to admit, when they were small. I had to take my weakness to the cross and allow God take care of it.

Bless you for admitting. I encourage you as you persevere. Continue to hold on to your support system.

Cheryl is an amazing leader.

Amy said...

Thanks for your honesty...
I think most moms are right along side of you when frustration sets in and the yelling starts...you aren't alone...
Scripture and prayer is the only way...God bless you as you continue this walk...one that I too am walking daily.