Saturday, December 29, 2007

"BEST"

Outside of Christmas and summer breaks (I teach at a local college), I really have to work in time to read. I love reading books that help strengthen and motivate me. My goal this Christmas break was to strip the wallpaper in two of our bathrooms and re-paint. It hasn't happen yet. Something always seems to get in the way, whether its the kids schedule or the illnesses we have had to endure. I have taken time out to read this break however, and I picked up Sharon Jaynes new book "The Power of a Women's Words" while shopping the after Christmas sales. I was drawn to the book and hesitant at the same time. I know this a weak area in my life.
Our words build up and/or cut down-we know that all too well. Last night I was reading the chapter 'The power of a women's words to her husband'. I love my husband passionately and we are so blessed in our marriage with each other and with Christ in our relationship. We are able to compliment each other and we cherish what we have found together spiritually, emotionally and physically. Of course I would like to be more perfect for him as I would like to be more perfect for my God. The chapter referenced giving our husbands our "BEST"-to BLESS, to EDIFY, to SHARE, and to TOUCH. Is this not true in all our relationships...with our Lord, our spouses, our children, those we love? Is that not the example Christ gave us in His ministry while here walking this earth?
I want to know Christ better, to share in His power and model His grace and forgiveness. All else is lost-nothing. I want to BLESS, to EDIFY, to SHARE, and to TOUCH the lives He puts in front of me, especially my husband and our girls, our extended family and my faith community and ministry and those whose path I might cross.
I once thought these things were valuable,
but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else,
counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.
I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law;
rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.
For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.
I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another
I will experience the resurrection from the dead! ~Phil. 3:7-11
In what ways do you practice being your "BEST"?
Go out and bless those around you today-live as Christ lived. BEST!
In His Graces~Pamela