Mustard Seeds Know Who Plans and Who Created

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Mustard Seeds

So, do you remember my word for the year….Simple.

The only way I can keep things simple…is by asking this question about anything I do…each and every moment of the day…

Does this Glorify God?

if the answer is no…then, my response is simple….I will not do it.

Sounds simple, right  - right?  Right…um, NO…that’s only simple for Jesus…he was the only one ever born …and remained perfect.

But, that question is a good place to start.

So, I start each day…with prayer…

and then, a Bible Study with Good Morning Girls. Right now, we are studying Ephesians.  The first morning..I ended up studying Ecclesiastes (wrong part of the Bible)…and what I thought was a mistake was truly the hand of God…

The words of the Teacher,[a] son of David, king in Jerusalem:

 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.”

 3 What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.

What I was supposed to be reading/writing…I found Tuesday morning:

Ephesians 1

 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,   To God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

 

And…that lead me straight to what I am studying with my women’s Discipleship group- the verses I am memorizing this week:

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him (Colossians 1:15-16)

You see…I need a constant reminder (because I am a sheep) that all of my plans are worthless and meaningless if they are not focused on him and truly if they are not from him!  I need to be reminded that he  selected his children….before creation….and that through the One he loves…through his son….all things were created…and I need to remember to always chew the cud!

If I focus on those things…then, I remember the beauty of his love for me….and for you!

Join me and Jennifer Janes, as we share our Seeds for the week. Share your verse(s) with us through linking your blog or a comment. We have no rules….no need to use our button, etc…just share and encourage others….

and if you need more inspiration: You can find it all of the time at Good Morning Girls, Women Living Well,  A Holy Experience,(in)Courage, and iFellowship.

 

 

 




 

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Comments

  1. I am growing so much as a result of blogging. I have always been a Christian, but we didn’t originally begin homeschooling for Christian reasons. Now, through the inspiration of bloggers like you, I am really starting to realize that these values are important to me and important to me to pass on to my girls. Not only that, but I have struggled with NOT working. It was easy when the girls were little, but I had thought that by now I would be working full time. But I am not, I am homeschooling. From a societal perspective, I feel like I fall short. But when asked if I am glorifying God…I think definitely. Would I be if I was working full time? Not necessarily.

    Thank you for helping me in this journey.

    • Theresa, I really appreciate your comments….it is so hard to transform our minds to focus on the riches of Christ and not of this world….I struggle with the working thing, too. I have a little part time job right now…a project…and it’s very time consuming at the moment…but, I’m focusing on the why…and it is something my husband and I have prayed about and discussed together. I have been leaving all decisions of what I do up to him….If he says NO…then, so be it…and if he agrees it glorifies God, then it’s a go… I really enjoyed your post about how you are creating your own Science curriculum…doing what you feel is right for your girls…they are precious! I can’t wait to hear more about what you create!

  2. Thank you, as always, for the reminder to stay focused and keep Him at the center of everything I do. I pray we are both feeling much better soon and can settle in for a long chat!

    • Jennifer, good grief, this is nuts, isn’t it! But, we’re going to keep pushing toward him….focusing on him….I will cal you this week!!! LOVE YOU!

  3. Wonderful verses and inspired message, Rebecca! I have been feeling very much like this as I’ve approached this New Year not wanting to repeat the mistakes of the past and waste more time being busy doing nothing that matters to God. Thanks for sharing!

    • Renee, just remember, we are not perfect. We will make mistakes…and his riches of grace have been lavished upon us!!!!!

      • Hi Rebecca, Thanks for the reply! I am a perfectionist by nature but trust me, I know that’s not the goal (at least, now I know that, ha ha!). However I do hope that I will LEARN from past mistakes so that I don’t repeat them, and in years past I’ve started the year with MY agenda, only to be disappointed when I am not only successful in achieving everything on my list, but also spiritually unsatisfied and distant. My goal this year is to seek HIM first, and all these things shall be added unto me & my family!
        Thanks again for sharing these verses!

  4. “I need a constant reminder (because I am a sheep) that all of my plans are worthless and meaningless if they are not focused on him and truly if they are not from him!” Amen!!

  5. On a morning where I’m dealing with contentment with where we are, this was just perfect. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart!

  6. Isn’t it wonderful that “all Scripture is profitable and useful” as it says in 1 Timothy 3:16? Even when we read something unexpected, He brings fruit from our reading it!

  7. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    Oh my sweet sister friend – have I told you lately that I love you? God is so funny – isn’t He? Sometimes we think we’re in the wrong place or whatever & all along – He was there showing us something – usually the very thing we’ve asked Him to show us? I love that you are digging in – I am digging in like never before (well, since earlier in my life anyway) I’d have never thought that I’d walk “Off” the path He had for me in the first place – but I did and not only did He keep His promise and bring me back home, but He is re-filling my cup, it’s running over! I’m so grateful for you and that we are on this journey. I also need the constant reminders – He’s so FAITHFUL & sends them! I am amazed right now at what He is doing in my life – then I click over here and read about what’s going on with you and get so excited – He is on the move! So many wonderful women right now pouring out their hearts and giving HIM the glory – It’s His – It’s all HIS & I love it. love you – also excited about Ephesians – sharing some of it with my boys!

  8. Sam @ Sam's Noggin says:

    So, um, I thought this Ephesians study started this week on the 15th. sigh. I hate it when that happens, Did it start Monday?

  9. Oh Rebecca, love you and your honesty! You’re so right, “Does this glorify God?” is a question I need to ask myself more often. Working through a lot of things right now too. Too many plans I tried to make without taking into account what God might want me to do instead. Thanks for this!