God Has Helped

February 11, 2019: 1 Chronicles 12, 14; Psalms 133; 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13

I decided to share my great discovery from “Battlefield of the Mind” with David. (I think I got ahead of God.)

2 Samuel 5:24, “When you hear the sound of shuffling in the trees, get ready to move out. It’s a signal that God is going ahead of you…” The Message

I got out the paper with the negative version of the event. I started reading it to David and he stopped me.

“I see where this is going and I don’t care…”

I didn’t let him finish. I wadded up the piece of paper and threw it away. Now, I wonder what the rest of that sentence was?

I don’t care…

  • to talk about this now?
  • to fight?
  • to rehash an event that was painful for you?
  • to read about this in a blog post?

Pastor Monte Knudsen’s sermon series this month is “Love Like You Mean It.” He shared about a couple he counseled.

The man was living with his wife part-time and a mistress on the other days. He advised the wife to cook his favorite meal and dress up the next time he came home.

I didn’t like this story! The man was being a jerk! But, her actions saved their marriage.

Then Pastor challenged us to show love to someone who is hard to love. You know – that difficult coworker, or your grouchy neighbor.

I went back to my office. I never thought the hard-to-love person would be my husband. I felt like he was being a jerk!

God nudged me, “Feed him.”

That was the last thing I wanted to hear. But I obeyed and made him pancakes. Sigh.

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God worked on my heart all day. He was working on David’s heart, too, because he offered to pick up dinner. I was up to my ears preparing for our tax appointment. He couldn’t have picked a better day.

2 Samuel 12:18, “…All is well, yes, all is well with you, …Yes, for your God has helped and does help you.” The Message

All is well.

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God Replied, “Count on Me.”

February 10, 2019: 2 Samuel 4, 5; 1 Chronicles 11

“I look at these books and keep going back to the same one,” Melinda observed. “It’s called the ‘Battlefield of the Mind.’ “

“That’s a good one.” I replied, “I should read it again.” We agreed to read it at the same time and hold each other accountable. I got out my copy and found my bookmark in the first few pages. I never finished it!

Everything changed after one chapter! I realized, I choose how I remember events. I can record things in a negative light or a positive light.

I wrote the negative version of an event on a sheet of paper. Then recorded only the positive in my journal. It was a battle!

2 Samuel 4:9, “…As surely as God lives – the One who got me out of every trouble I’ve ever been in…” The Message

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2 Samuel 5:19, “…God replied, ‘Count on me. I’ll help you beat them.’ ” The Message

With God’s help, I can win this battle!

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