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Buckle Up Buttercup!
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My waist hasn’t seen a belt in over a decade. Mostly because putting a belt around my waist would create muffin tops and bottoms. But thankfully, when Paul was writing to the Ephesians in chapter six about the armor of God, the belt had a much greater purpose. Let’s dig into this Roman soldier’s belt and see why we need to buckle up (muffin tops excluded).

Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-11, 14, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God SO THAT YOU CAN TAKE YOUR STAND AGAINST THE DEVIL’S SCHEMES.” He goes on to remind us that our battles are not with things of earth, but against the evil one’s world. We must stand our ground and “stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.”

 This belt wasn’t ornamental or meant to impress the cowgirls. This belt served a purpose for the Roman soldier. His belt held the scabbard (the thingamajiggy that holds the sword) and the actual sword. Without it, the armor wouldn’t be able to stay on him. That’s why we are instructed to put on the belt of truth FIRST, it girded (or surrounded) the waist and was used to wear other pieces of armor.  Of all the pieces of armor - righteousness, faith, salvation, Gospel, Spirit - the belt of truth held the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

 Truth holds us together as Christ followers, preparing us for battle and keeps Scripture locked in place and us secure in our faith.  Truth helps us avoid danger by being a light in the darkness.

 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

 It provides the best path to take in life. By being girded in Truth we are protected from going off the path.  Like the Belt of Truth that provided a home for the sword and it’s carrying case, when we put on the full Armor of God, we are safe. We are free from the burden of sin and able to remain on the path God has set before us.

As you buckle your belt, preparing for battle, know you’re going with the Lord. Jesus is “the way, the TRUTH, and the life.” John 14:6.

Shea Rocheleau

 

Marching Orders on Dark Days

sd Lord I read Your promises…I believe Your words…

A bruised reed He will not break Mt. 12:20

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit – a shattered heart placed before You – these You will not despise. Ps 51:17

He heals the wounds of every shattered heart – binds up their broken hearts. Ps 147:3

I’ll go after the lost, I’ll collect the strays, I’ll doctor the injured, I’ll build up the weak ones and oversee the strong ones so they’re not exploited.  Ezek 34:16

So be made strong even in your weakness by lifting up your tired hands in prayer and worship…strengthen your weak knees for as you keep walking forward on God’s paths as all your stumbling ways will be divinely healed.  Heb 12:12-13

God is here, right here…He’s on His way…He will save you.  Isa 35:4

Promises made…promises kept.

Be still , and know that I am GodStep out of the traffic!  Take a long loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything. Ps 46:10

Keep your mouth shut and let your heart do the talking.  Isa 30:15

Let me sit in Your stillness and soak in Your love and dwell in Your words of promise.

The comfort we are so desperate for, especially in times of suffering, is not found in answers.  It is found in the abiding presence of God.

 Don’t stop marching on.

Lovingyougood…sd

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"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"

This week, I’d like to introduce you to Hannah Nelson. First, she’s awesome (read more below to get a glimpse of the awesomeness). Second, she’s one of my heroes. A woman of great faith, and fearless resolve, Hannah speaks to my tender heart, and I hope she’ll speak to yours, too. She says below that she hopes her experience is relevant to each of us and where we are in life. I’m betting it will be. I know it’s true for me.

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Hannah

Realizing how much I have grown in the last couple of years accompanies the knowing that I still have so far to go. Two years ago, I was a very different person. You may not be able to see it, but I can certainly feel it. My faith, which I would have considered strong at the time, felt like it was barely enough to keep my head above the rising flood that is infertility. I try to talk openly about this struggle because I think it is so underdiscussed and because I know how immense the impact this toll can have.

For me, infertility is the great storm that I experienced that required me to ask a lot of questions of God. Maybe you think that you can’t relate to my experience, but I think that my experience is very relevant to yours. For you, it might be finding a spouse, experiencing divorce, struggling with addiction, losing a loved one, battling health issues... A variety of experiences pose the opportunity for us to question God. This might bring us closer, or it might pull us away. How could God let this happen? Where is God now? Why me?

Even though I thought I had put my faith in God, I really didn’t believe that God had my best interest in mind if He didn’t provide me with the blessing of children when He saw how much pain I was in without them. It was through this experience that God illustrated the growth that can come through suffering. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Even though life’s struggles may threaten to weaken us, our weakness makes us strong in Christ! I have been made completely dependent on God in my journey, because I sought Him for peace, strength, and hope. And I found it! Although I don’t believe that God sends suffering our way, I do believe that he can use these things for His glory and that His miracles often bring us through to the other side. Whether that answer to prayer looks as we hoped, or whether it looks a bit different, that is up to my Father in Heaven who is much wiser than I and He who has good, good plans for me.

I have spent a lot of time in the bible looking for answers to these questions, and some of the questions are still left unanswered, but I found many things I wasn’t looking for. I found hope, peace, confidence, and much more! I no longer wait in discouragement or in defeat, but with hope and expectation!

While I continue to wait for the blessing of children, I have received so many blessings that I didn’t ask for, such as a strengthened marriage, a positive attitude, and amazing friendships. Many of these amazing friendships came from an amazing group of women that are a part of the Moms in the Making small group in Whitsett, NC. Each week we laugh together, support one another, and participate in a bible study that allows us to lessen the burden of infertility and focus on our God that provides the ultimate comfort, hope, and guidance from His many promises that He has left in His word for us to uncover.

If you or someone you know is walking through infertility, please share this group with them so they might also be blessed by this amazing group of women. Reach out by email to hannahdnelson94@gmail.com for more information, or go to exploresmc.org to register (look for it under Groups, then Women, then Current Women’s Groups).  Regardless, I hope that whatever you are waiting on God for, that you can wait with expectation of God’s good plan for you and in fellowship with your community that loves you so much!

MOMS

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We lift you up, dear Reader, in whatever waiting you are in (or will be in). Amen.

~Jessica