God’s Thoughts Of Us Are Precious And More Numerous Than The Sand

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Most people have heard the saying God formed you in the womb and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. That is in the Bible, its scriptural, but most don’t read or know the next verses. So here you go.

Psalms 139: 14-18

14) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knows right well.

15) My substance was not hidden from thee, when I was made in secret, and intricately wrought in the womb.

16) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unformed; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

17) How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

18) If I could count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.

It doesn’t matter what others think of you. It doesn’t matter what your spouse says. They may call you names that hurt.
But God formed you in your mothers womb. God, the creator of Heaven and earth fearfully and wonderfully created a marvelous masterpiece.

I mean He did it all. He placed your bellybutton where it is. He knew whether it would be an insy or and outy. He placed all the DNA inside you to be exactly who you should be, the shape you should be, the size you should be. Notice I said should, because anxiety and depression can wreck havoc due to overeating if not dealt with, as can drug addiction and alcoholism.

Here’s what got my attention from these verses. How precious are your thoughts unto me and if I could count them they would outnumber the sand. Probably all of us has played in a sand box at one time or another in our lives. Have you thought about how many grains of sand that is? Now imagine all the sand on earth! That IS how much God thinks about us, about you.

Parents, how many times have you just sat there and watched your children sleep. Spouses, how many times have you laid there and just watched your wife or husband sleep? What were the wonderful thoughts of love and adoration going through your head?

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The same is true of our Heavenly Father! He watches us as we sleep, as we wake, as we go to work, as we do our daily routine, as we worship and as we sin. But His thoughts are of love for us. And oh how precious those thoughts must be!!

So in the morning when you wake up just look around, smile and say good morning God; for He is already there by your side!

I am speaking to myself here as well. I do watch my children sleep and such loving thoughts and memories flood in. One day, God willing, I will be able to watch the woman I love sleep and have amazing thoughts of her. Knowing everything and loving her still.

But it is hard for me sometimes to see God looking down on me, knowing myself and my sins, and smiling with so many wonderful thoughts. Yet He does. He loves me despite myself.

Thanks for reading my thoughts on these verses.

Stu

Are We Holding Our Sons Back Emotionally?

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One of the things, I believe, that held me back emotionally growing up was the saying “Boys Don’t Cry!”

We as a family, were all outside cleaning up the yard…well my parents were…my sister and I were playing. That’s what six and three-year olds do. 

But anyway…as we were playing in the clovers I ended up being stung by a bee. Well, as with most six-year olds that freaking hurt and I yelled. Mom came running to find out what was going on. She pulls the stinger out for me because at that age I didn’t know what to do. 

Here I am crying because it hurt and my dad comes up to me and goes stop crying, “boys don’t cry.” So, I stifled my cry and wipe away the tears because dad said so. 

I heard that saying a lot growing up over the years.

I hear this same saying ALL the time, even now, from parents and you know what? It ticks me off!

You want to know why? Because boys do cry! 

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Boys get their feelings​ hurt, they get their bodies hurt and they have emotions. They have a right to cry because all of these factors are a biological response to what is happening to them at that moment. 

Since rededicating my life to the Lord several years back I actually cry now. Sometimes I even apologize to people for being so emotional now. But you know what? It shows that I care, that I empathize, that I hurt, that I feel sorry when I hurt someone else’s feelings, and that I love. 

I accept my tears now, because I know by trying to stifle them I am also trying to hide how God made me. 

I understand that there are times when tears are just a means to get attention. Heck my son still does it. But please parents do not say to your son that boys don’t cry.

Allow them to have feelings and show their emotions and their hurt. Allow them to be and become who God created them to be.

God, How Can I Apply What I Just Read In Your Word To My Life?

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How do you read your Bible?

Are you one of those who just let that Bible set on a night stand and only read the words Holy Bible on the cover?

Are you one of those only on Sunday readers? You know the ones. Those who take their Bible to church with them, opens it when the preacher says to and then sits on the pew beside them and does not look at it again until it is time to close it to pray at the end of the service.

Do you read a couple of verses a day, but that’s it?

Are you one those who actually reads a chapter at a time using the references to other verses to get a better understanding of what you just read and then re-read it?

I have personally been all of these types of Bible readers in my life. I have been the one allowing God’s Word to just sit there and collect dust while my life was completely unraveling. And I have been the one who prayed and studied and tried to apply it on a daily basis.

Guess which one allowed me to get closer to God? Yeah…you know.

But…I believe there is a better way. One that will take a little more time to do.  The implementation of this will take practice and determination. Yet the overall outcome could be a live changer.

I would first remove all possible distractions. Wake up a little earlier. Turn off your phone. Even if you a have a Bible app on your phone the notifications from other apps will be a distraction.

Open you Bible to where you want to read. Then before your start reading pray. Ask God to fill your little area with His presence. Yes, I know God is always with us.  But there is a big difference between knowing He is there than asking Him to come sit beside you and actually feeling His presence.

Then read the chapter or verses that you had chosen, taking note of words or names that jump out at you. If you do not know who the person is that is being spoken of look them up and get a brief history lesson. If there is a word you do not understand look it up and get it’s definition. Re-read it a second time if you need too.

Upon completion of reading take a moment to ponder on what you just read and the words that jumped out at you or tugged at your heart. Do you see a correlation between the words and your life or are they missing in your life?

Then thank God for His Word. Tell Him how you feel about it. Trust me, there have been many times where I am like “God, how the heck am I supposed to do this one.”

Ask Him to reveal to you how to apply what you have read into your life. Then sit and listen. He might tell you right then and there or it might be after something happens during the day. Or it might be weeks later and your like “Awe dang, that’s it. That is what that meant.” And then you know and understand. Happens to me a lot.

Now, I understand us being under a time restraint with work, kids and other duties. But I truly believe this way of reading the Word of God will actually allow it to become the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path to guide us, to mold us and to draw us closer to God in our relationship with Him.

Pray, read, dig and apply.

May God bless you all!

Stu

Not All Words Spoken Should Be Paid Attention To

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There have been so many times in my life where this verse should have applied in my life.

By applying this I would have not had so much stress, anger, resentment and self-worth issues.

Somethings we hear should just go through one ear and out the other without stopping in our brain to be processed at all. Now, I’m not saying to ignore someone but some words just do not need to linger. And they sure as heck do not need to be stuck in a box to pondered on later.
 
That was and still is, to a point,  my issue in life. You can affirm me to the point where I’m ecstatic, but if one word in there even remotely references me in any way shape or form in a negative manner I concentrate on that one word and forget all the good stuff you put before it.
 
My girlfriend I had last year would do this to me. Not all the time mind you but enough. And she knew that words of affirmation was one of my love languages since we took the test together.
 
My ex-wife would do it and still does.
 
Friends will do it sometimes.
 
Co-workers do it.
 
Family​ members sneak one in on occasion.
 
These words hurt or make me angry, but if I can get to the point where I do not hear ALL the words spoken I will be better off.
 
What about you? Should you take this verse and heed it your own life? I’m sure there are some words your spouse said or a co-worker said that maybe you should have let just go in one ear and out the other ear without even bothering with them.
 
For our own sake and sanity I believe we should apply this verse in our lives daily. But alas…many times the, be a doer of the Word IS a lot harder than being a hearer of the WORD.
 
As for me, I am going to try my hardest to apply this to my life.

Surrendering A Struggle, Hurt or Habit Can Happen At Any Age

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I shared this the other day on Facebook but I want to share it with you all as well….

Had an amazing night tonight at Richland Celebrate Recovery. During the worship part Brandon, my son, asked what the glass jar full of blue chips were for. So we sat down during one of the songs and I explained to him that the blue chips were there for people who are struggling with something and want to give it to God or they were doing something wrong and wanted to give it to God they could come get a blue chip. The chip then represented giving that struggle, issue or situation to God and the date would remind them of doing that.

So Brandon then says I want a chip. I asked him what for and he told me that he wanted to give his anger up. I told him that that was a valid reason to get a chip and that he could get one. He was a little hesitant at first but he took in a deep breath and heads to the jar and gets a chip, in front of everyone. And of course everyone starts clapping…we do that for everyone that gets a chip.

He comes back to his seat and I give him a hug and just hold him as we sing the last song of worship. After worship he goes to be with the rest of the kids who are working on Mother’s Day presents. 

I go to the stage to give the 8 principles and just stand there for a second. One, it has been over 2 years since I have stood on that stage and two I was looking at that glass jar full of blue chips.

After introducing myself, I ask them to give me a sec, as two of my brothers stay on stage to pray over me because I’m teary eyed. I then let them know that that was my 9 year old son that came and got a chip earlier and that it doesn’t matter if you are 9 or 90, if God is telling you give something to Him then get off your​ rear and get a chip.

What surprised both Brandon and I is that a few people came up to us later, both men and women, and told Brandon that he inspired them to get their blue chip tonight. The look of humbleness was all over him. 

Then of course I get teary eyed again….

God is still an awesome God.