Thursday, April 9, 2009

ABC's of the WORD..."I"

I have gotten the most joy out of these Thursdays-solely because of this blog activity "ABC's of the Word". I cannot express enough how blessed I am each time I travel to another bloggers site to see what scripture God has laid on their heart to post. It's like Christmas-like a birthday, unwrapping gift after gift! There is always something-something!- and the verses I read always contain a word or a thought or instruction for my life at that moment. Thank you so much Pam from Grey Like Snuffie for hosting it and thank you so much ladies for participating. I cannot get enough!! Be sure to spread the word about this activity. To read other postings click on the flower icon above!

I thought I would have a hard time finding just the right "I" word but it didn't take long. I have been in a painful journey with my oldest. It has caused me to pulled away, become blinded at times to the TRUTH (Jesus), and to my own spiritual well-being in this situation. I have doubted myself, God, and His grace. I have been angry, frustrated, and defeated. Yet my memory (which seems to be failing me already) pulled out a statement from a sermon or devotional from my past. I wish I could remember the scripture it came from...I know it is marked somewhere in my Bible and I will find it! It referenced the two most powerful words in the bible. Remembering these two words washed over me and helped me to look at TRUTH (Jesus) and not satan in my pain.... the two words? Ahhh....."BUT GOD!". No matter what we are going through, the pain, the "what ifs", the rejection, the condemnation, the loss....follow it with "BUT GOD". Tell me it doesn't work!!

So as I reflect on my family situation I am struggling with, God gave me this scripture with the word INCLINE:

Oh, that their hearts would be INCLINE to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! Deut. 5:29

The Thesaurus defines INCLINE as to "to dispose in mind, habit". Webster defines it as "to lean, to tend, or become drawn toward an opinion or course of conduct". Other words by Webster included to bow, to influence, to bend, and to persuade. Do not these bolded words speak of a parents role in a child's life-words that reflect passing on a legacy to the next generation? Do these words also not reflect a christian women's' role to another...are you following me? Do you see it?

Yes, I want so much more for my daughter, for my family, for my ministries and it starts with me-I have to
INCLINE! Then when I am INCLINED, I can influence others in that same disposition, course or conduct.

I hope you have been blessed to

His Maidservant~Pamela


grey like snuffie said...

I'm so glad this is blessing you. Describing it like receiving a gift. Each week I read scriptures that I haven't read for a while and it sends me to my Bible to read more surrounding the one shared. And I LOVE to hear others thoughts about their shared scripture. So I say thank you for taking part. reminds me of abiding with wonderful, so necessary

Blessings of all His best Pamela...hope your Easter is wonderful!

Cori G. said...

Hi Pamela,
I'm sorry to hear your having trouble with your daughter. That must be the most heartbreaking thing for a mother. I have no children so I have no words of wisdom, but I will keep you all in prayer.
I'm on my way to inclining now :).

God Bless and never doubt! God IS Faithful through every situation.

xoxo Cori

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I am inclined to say, Pamela, that this is a good post. I love how you have been so blessed by this Thursday habit.

ellen b. said...

Good morning Pamela! Oh I do pray that my body mind and soul will be incline to hear, see and obey! Blessings on your tough journey with your child. May God give you strength, comfort and trust in Him...
The But God verse I love is Ephesians 2:4
But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive with Christ - by grace you have been saved...

LisaShaw said...

Pam, this says it all for me:

"Yes, I want so much more for my daughter, for my family, for my ministries and it starts with me-I have to INCLINE! Then when I am INCLINED, I can influence others in that same disposition, course or conduct."

Thank you dear friend for as you are blessed you bless us.

grey like snuffie said...

I saw your comment on my sun post. We're getting the rain also...I LOVE the sound of rain.

Sue said...

I agree with you about reading others' passages they find for the letter, but I've been not taking advantage of that the last couple or so weeks. I'm missing it, and hope to get back into the routine.