I haven’t done a nugget in a long time, but the thing about nuggets is that they don’t have to be an all the time thing. Nuggets are sweet little God drops that hit your spirit for such a time as this. I like to share my nuggets with you all because the other thing about nuggets is most of the time, they are just what someone is needing to hear.
As I was driving the other day I saw a newly planted tree. It wasn’t yet big or strong enough to support itself so it had stakes around it with strings wrapped around the trunk for extra support. Eventually the tree will grow stronger, it’s trunk will be thicker, and it will be able to weather any wind or storm that comes along all on its own.
I realized that newly planted Christians are the same way. These brothers and sisters in Christ are fresh and weak and most of the time can’t stand on their own. For the first little while, they will need extra support and strength from older, wiser, “been there/done that” men and women of God. With the prayers and guidance from “tough, sturdy, mighty oaks,” new Christians will begin to flourish and thrive. Then they’ll be able to turn around and do the same thing —– offer extra support to yet another fresh “tree” in the kingdom.
If you’re a little bit of a weaker Christian needing to become established and firmly planted, surround yourself with Godly saints who not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk. And if you’ve been there, done that and bought the t-shirt, then step up and be an encourager to those who are young in the Lord.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Understanding would be nice (or would it???) but it is not always feasible. However, peace is. Peace is always feasible!
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”- John 14:27
While I may never fully understand every situation and I may not have all the answers, I can rest assured in His peace. It might not be an easy road, but I stand on the promises of His word!
Lately, I have noticed a recurring theme in my prayer life involving the armor of God and His calling/equipping us to be soldiers in His army. In July we had “Bible Boot Camp” VBS at church and in August we are having a “Women of War” Women’s Conference. I believe God is trying to tell us something! Especially since I was looking through some of my notes today and found the following that I jotted down on 07-17-2011:
“We are soldiers in God’s army. As His soldiers, we are always on duty. However, we still need to report for training. We can’t just skip out on our church services because we’re busy and we assume we already know everything there is to know. There is always something new for us to learn from the soldier’s handbook (aka-the Bible). Soldiers still have to report to higher leadership and they can’t just go out to operate on their own. Soldiers are to work together in unity in order for their tactics to work. And most importantly, a soldier cannot go AWOL!”
I encourage you study the weapons God has given us in Ephesians 6 and learn how to use them. He gave them to us so that as His soldiers, we will always be protected. If we don’t use His armor properly, we can get seriously wounded in the battle. The war may be rough and rocky, but here’s a hint: The back of the book says who wins! 😉
Feeling gloomy, lately? Or a little down? Or maybe you feel drained of all your energy? I get that way sometimes. Believe me, it’s not fun. Not only is it not fun, but I don’t have time for it! I usually wake up every morning quoting (more like declaring) Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” However, sometimes life just happens and gets you off kilter. I’ve found a few scriptures to share that are bound to help turn the gloomy situations around.
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”- Proverbs 17:22. Surround yourself with happy, positive people. Laughter really is the best medicine.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”- Proverbs 16:24. Once again, surround yourself with only the positive. And don’t forget to remain positive yourself. Being encouraged is great and helps so much, but remember to also be an encourager.
Did you know that God has lots of gifts for you? He really does. He’s got them for me, too. You know what else? Sometimes we have to fight for those gifts. Fight to get them, fight to use them. And it’s a spiritual fight, not that of flesh and blood. But even though the fight is hard and sometimes hurts, we cannot allow ourselves to give up on the gifts. Why? Because they are well worth the fight. On birthdays and Christmases I may have gotten a paper cut from the wrapping, but that certainly didn’t stop me from opening the present. Never let the paper cuts keep you from enjoying the gifts of God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”- James 1:17
I’m not even really sure what the situation was that was going on in our lives at the time, but I haven’t forgotten the conversation my husband and I had. I was sitting in the chair and as he walked by, he said something along the lines of, “Don’t worry about it. It’ll all get better eventually.” And my immediate response came in a mock whiny voice, “But how long does ‘eventually’ taaaaaakkkkkkeeee???”
I’ve thought back on that question several times, because although I asked it in silliness, I honestly wanted to know. I have lots of “eventuallies” in my life and I know that I’m not the only one. So while you’re waiting on your eventually to come to pass and wondering how long eventually will take (just like I am), I leave you with a couple of verses to keep in mind. And don’t worry-It’ll all get better eventually.
“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”- Psalm 27:14
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”- Galatians 6:9