Saturday, December 29, 2012

What I learned

In reviewing for Sunday School, I was reminded of an amazing lesson from Beth Moore through the James Bible study. This study has been "IN MY BUSINESS" and has been one of the most life-changing studies for my personal walk. This lesson was on Forgiveness, and who doesn't need to revisit that lesson daily? I know that I do!

In Matthew 27:50 (NASB): "Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and "yielded up" His Spirit". According to the study, the Greek word "aphiemi" means "to send forth" and is the same word used in the Lord's Prayer. In her teaching, Beth Moore explained that "forgiving" is "yielding up". Committing the betrayal to God. Not "giving up" but "giving it over". And, she reminded us that we yield out of wisdom from "above" not because of fear of someone or something on earth. We aren't to be bullied.

AMEN! Forgiveness is hard and yielding can be too, but I know in real life that when my car "yields" the right of way that I'm a WHOLE lot safer than when I "barge through". Same way with God: Yielding the right of way to Him is soooo much better and definitely safer!

1,000 gifts. . .I'm only on 56!

56.  Gorgeous white snow that hasn't been trampled by man
57.  Children who love to giggle and are a little crazy at times
58.  God's instruction to care for the widow and orphan. I have been blessed the most by this new connection with our son's orphanage. Can't wait to meet the staff who have cared for my son.
59.  Christmas with family. It is my favorite time of year
60.  Electricity and heat! I am always cold and love when I can turn up the furnace or run really warm water
61.  Healthy children
62.  A husband who provides. . .a husband who doesn't mind shoveling snow (several days this week)
63.  College friends who remain close. They are a great joy to me!