Monday, December 3, 2012

when community upholds us and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

It's time to pull up your chair.  Do you know you have one here in this space we call Soli Deo Gloria?  You do.  It's reserved every week only for you.  This place would be different if you weren't here and we miss you when you are gone.  This is a place filled with women who seek to honor your words, you heart, your tears, and your laughter.  Scooch in close.  You won't want to miss a word.
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I sit in my chair after a tough morning and I read through the Soli Deo Gloria posts of the week.  I use these as part of my quiet time for today and God speaks through their words.  I haven't read my Bible yet, but He has met me anyway, knowing that perhaps I need to hear His words through those of my sweet sisters that make SDG what it is.

Through her words and her words, posts that I happen upon one after another, He reminds me that even though I have messed up royally, He still calls me daughter.

Here I find the advice that might have changed my reaction this morning, had I read it in a more timely fashion, but I fight guilt and resolve to put it in practice now.  Better late than never and God never wastes anything, especially our mistakes.

I am reminded about finding joy among the hard and to be grateful, even if I don't feel that way in this moment.

And finally, I breathe a little deeper with the knowledge that there is no perfect Christmas tree, child, marriage, or me.

I sit in my chair, confessing my wrongs and clinging to the forgiveness made possible by the sacrifice on the cross.  I choose surrender because He did, too, and never would I want to cling to something He died to remove.  Somedays, it's easy to receive forgiveness.  Other days, not so much, but I push through anyway because I love Him.  Because it's hard to emulate Him if I don't receive Him and all He offers me.

I hear Colossians 3: 8 whispered in my heart and I open my Bible to see what He has to say.  My eyes fall on these words:
"But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language."
I continue reading, soaking up His wisdom, wanting desperately to be free from these things that cling to me like sticky black tar, filth that slows my movement and blinds my eyes.
"Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.  In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, slave, or free.  Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us." (vs 10-11)
I repeat the words to myself -- Christ is all that matters.  When I hold this to be pinnacle, oh how much easier it is to live in love, to forgive anyone who offends me, to not demand, but to live with joy.  When I hold this to be pinnacle, how much easier it is to surrender that which I hold in my clenched fist...how much easier it is to change my perspective, how much easier it is to just let Him have His way with me.  When I hold this pinnacle, how much easier it is to be free.

If you say to yourself, Christ is all that matters, how does that shift your life?  Your attitude?  Your agenda?  How does it affect your heart?

And can I just say, I am grateful for you?  I am.  Thank you for upholding me.


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26 comments :

  1. Christ is all that matters...a perspective changer. How His Word feeds our hungry souls with truth that strengthens us to live for Him. I see His work in you here and it encourages me. Praying that I too will cling to Him and remember that I am His daughter. www.toshowthemjesus.com

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  2. What a calming and soothing mantra. Thank you, Jen. And thank you also for taking us back through some of those posts. All gems.

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  3. I love how God uses all our blogs to help us minister to each other. You provide such a sweet place to gather, Jen. Thank you. I pray you'll continue to be blessed as you bless us.

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  4. these posts, yes. an important part of my christ walk, too....thank you so much for hosting.

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  5. Christ is all that matters.

    I needed that reminder. Even though I know it deep in my heart, it is far too easy to be distracted by all the things in my life, and forget this important truth.

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  6. It's totally changed my life, this making Christ all that matters. Some days it is so hard. But every day it is so, so beautiful. And thanks for hosting. ♥

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  7. Your words resonate with me. I actually said something similar in the post I linked here. Love the way you included posts of so many in this one. But then, you've seem to live on the side of generosity often.

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  8. There are moments I learned that - when Christ was all there was to hold me together! He knew it would be challenging. He is not surprised - and that amazes me, too! Be blessed dear friend!

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  9. "To live with joy." We're on the same page today, Jen. My post is called "Be joy." His perspective is what matters...you're right on target. Thanks for hosting us here, Jen.

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  10. Those are great words to remind ourselves - Christ is all that matters. This weekend our preacher reminded us to ask ourselves how Jesus would respond to any situation we face. That has put things into major perspective for me! :)

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  11. Jen, I'm really thankful for your heart and willingness to be used by God. I always feel like I've taken a breath of fresh air when I read something you wrote, whether it be a post or a comment. I pray that God continues to bless you and use you in big ways!

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  12. Jen - I just love the depth of your heart here! You ask such poignant questions! I am still mulling over the question you proposed, "How can we get outside our circle." Thanks for taking us on your journey as you sit in His presence as you more fully receive the fullness of Him.

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  13. oh...yes...Christ is all that matters...and I am finding the need to find a bit more quieter place to sit in His presence...thanks for always being honest and real and providing a sweet place to learn and grow~ blessings~

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  14. Perfect phrase for launching advent. love how you invite us to all grow together here. Blessings, Jen!

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  15. I will write "Christ is all that matters" around my house, to.do list etc. today.

    It is a sweet spot ... Thanks for hosting us, Jen.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  16. Oh, my, my. We are hearing such similar things this week. I read several of those same posts, especially Ruth Graham's marital advice and that there is no perfect Christmas tree. I, too, found myself in Colossians 3:10-11 yesterday, but missed v. 8. Thanks for highlighting that one-it's especially pertinent given the post I am currently working on.

    As always, your message is a timely and wonderful one. Have you read C.J. Mahaney's The Cross Centered Life:Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing? I just started it and am just soaking it up. I highly recommend it!

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  17. God never wastes anything, especially our mistakes... that's my favourite. You always have a nice way of stating the not-so-obvious. You simplify the chaos in our hearts. Thanks for this beautiful meander through your morning!

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  18. Yes, Christ is all that matters and then everything else seems manageable, in proper perspective and less unbearable. I like the way you do quiet time. I just love to let hear God wherever He wants to speak to me from...cause it's not always a burning bush, right? Or the devotional I planned and study I am in. He is in everything, and His classroom is available everywhere because He has given us eyes to see and ears to hear that still small voice...Blessings, Jen! ;)

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  19. I love this line, Jen, "I choose surrender because He did, too, and never would I want to cling to something He died to remove." To think of the price He paid, and what He gave up.

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  20. New here. But this is my desire ~ that Christ will be all that matters in all things. Thank you for the warm welcome.

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  21. Christ is all that matters can shift how we see Christmas...and thank you Jen for your love and support of us!

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  22. yes, yes yes, Christ is all that matters. Great mantra and prayer.

    As a blogger, I like how you mentioned other blogs here today. Imagine my surprise to find myself one of them. Thank you!

    You are so special!!

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  23. I am in such process, embracing the truth that Christ is all that matters. I have to say it out loud to myself often--"Lord, no matter what happens in this situation, show me that You are enough."

    And, so thrilled to see you link to Jean's post. That one really spoke to me as well.

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  24. Two things...(1) what happened? and (2) thank you for reminding me of Colossians 3. Good, timely, needed.

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  25. Praise God that He is all we need -- not what he gives us or can do for us -- just Him. Thanks for the beautiful post & for hosting, & God bless!

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  26. "Because it's hard to emulate Him if I don't receive Him and all He offers me." Such truth and power in your statement, Jen...Thank you for showing us how you chose Him, even when it was hard...and Thank you for the honor of knowing my post encouraged you...So grateful, and to Him be the praise...Hugs to you, Jen :)

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