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Walking in the Word

Plant City's First Baptist Church

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That’s the word I say in my mind or even out loud when I have random thoughts, one after the other. After about three minutes of reading James 1:21, I thought, “squirrel”. I would read this verse (and the verses surrounding it) in one translation, and a scenario would visualize in my mind. Then I’d read it again in another translation, and another scene would come to the forefront after reading just one variation of a word. Welcome to my world. Yai-yai-yai! See for yourself…

It was late at night, and I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything since lunch.   A bowl of cereal is my go-to-late-night-meal. I poured the milk on top of the cereal, and noticed that there was a faint odor. As soon as the spoonful of milk and cereal settled on my tongue, I knew that I should have obeyed my instinct. Let’s just say that the spoiled milk found its way down the garbage disposal.

“Throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” James 1:21 (MSG)

You should have seen this garage before!  Now it's ready for action...and so was I.

You should have seen this garage before! Now it’s ready for action…and so was I.

This past week my mom and I took a road trip to Georgia. My oldest brother has purchased a home which has been vacant for the past twelve years. Graffiti and dried chemicals were all over the walls. The ceiling and walls had been punctured. Windows had been broken. So, with years of neglect, it was time for this home to be sanitized. We got rid of any mildew and unwanted critters that had claimed residence in the home. Getting rid of the filth felt and smelt satisfying! This once vandalized home is being saved from any more devastation.

“Get rid of filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James 1:21 (NLT)

“Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:21 (NIV)

Listen, my Christian brother and sister, God’s word is planted in you! See…follow these verses with me:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.  Colossians 3:16

The word planted in you is God…His Son, Jesus Christ…the Word is full of truth and grace…it is a guiding light…the word is glorious…the word is alive and active…it is our “god-conscious” …the word is fulfilling and gives wisdom. ALL THIS IS PLANTED IN YOU.

You have no filth in your life that is too dirty for God to make clean.

I pray that you will allow the word of God, and all its fruitfulness, fill your life. Rid yourself of anything that doesn’t put a smile on God’s face. Grant The Gardner to pull the weeds in your life out and create a beautiful landscape in your heart. He will!

Okay… No matter how many times (and trust me…my mind is still running and going deep) I may have to say “squirrel”, my focus is always on Jesus and allowing Him to teach me lessons in my life through everyday moments. Now, I’ve applied this verse diverse ways from my life (also click here to see another entry titled Weeds in My Life.) I would love to hear an interruption from you as you permit God to reveal Himself to you.

Blessings to you and yours. Love, Stephanie

Click here for more on James 1:21



No filter needed.  God's sunrise shining bright over Duck Key this past weekend.

No filter needed. God’s sunrise shining bright over Duck Key this past weekend.

Good morning, Sunshine!

Rise and shine, because today is a new day.

Do you sometimes feel that you just need a fresh start?

Here are more than a few truths I jotted down while reading Psalm 19 this morning. I pray that you find them refreshing and encouraging as you begin your day.

  • Each day is NEW.
  • Each day is a gift from God.
  • We learn more about God and His power every day.
  • Sometimes His words are inaudible, yet are still commanding, and is far reaching.
  • Joy comes with each new day.
  • Each day brings a sense of eagerness.
  • Each day finishes, so it can begin again.
  • His ways are beyond compare.
  • God’s ways are strength giving, trustworthy, right, give insight, and make you happy.
  • His ways teach us the right way to live, even when we are acting like a fool.
  • Be respectful to the Lord. Reverence for the Lord is pure and lasts forever.
  • God’s ways are true and fair to and for all.
  • His teachings are priceless.
  • When you obey His word, great is your reward.
  • God can and will cleanse you from ALL your sins, even those you didn’t realize were sins. Just call out to Him.
  • Pray that your words and thoughts and deeds are pleasing to the Lord.
  • The Lord will rescue you in times of trouble.

Go ahead and read Psalm 19 for yourself. See what insight you learn from His words.

The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies announce what His hands have made. Each new day tells more of the story, and each night reveals more and more about God’s power. You cannot hear them say anything. They don’t make any sound we can hear. But their message goes throughout the world. Their teaching reaches the ends of the earth. The sun’s tent is set up in the heavens. It comes out like a happy bridegroom from his bedroom. It begins its path across the sky like an athlete eager to run a race. It starts at one end of the sky and runs all the way to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. The LORD’s teachings are perfect. They give strength to His people. The LORD’s rules can be trusted. They help even the foolish become wise. The LORD’s laws are right. They make people happy. They LORD’s commands are good. They show people the right way to live. Learning respect for the LORD is good. It will last forever. The LORD’s judgments are right. They are completely fair. His teachings are worth more than pure gold. They are sweeter than the best honey dropping from the honeycomb. His teachings warn his servants, and good things come to those who obey them. People cannot see their own mistakes, so don’t let me commit secret sins. Don’t let me do what I know is wrong. Don’t let sin control me. If you help me, I can be pure and free from sin. May my words and thoughts please you. LORD, you are my Rock, the one who rescues me. Psalm 19

I am praying for you now to be joyful in all circumstances, have an unquenchable thirst for God, and to know that He will right your every wrong. I am praying that you will be refreshed by His truths and promises. I am praying that you will stand firm in His love and power today. Remember…each day is a clean slate. Yes, we get down, make mistakes, and feel lonely at times, but…trust in Him and hold your head up high because God loves and cares for you.

Enjoy soaking up The Son each day, wherever you are. Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

God, you are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.Psalm 63:1