Loyalty – Hope – and letting go! 

Sounds like a contradiction but in my quest to deeply comprehend godly loyalty I have discovered a truth  about myself that I was not ready for. 

Hope is good! 

Loyalty is good!  

Letting go of things, forgiving on the inside is good. 

 
But when we have a misplaced hope or a distorted view of loyalty. Those truths can stand in our way of Godly loyalty.  And Loyaty To Jehovah God is where life, hope and joy live. 

2 Samuel 22:26 – With someone loyal you act in loyalty;..

 Jehovah knows when to let go of hope. He knows when to show mercy and when to walk away. This summer there will be a 3 day convention held in multiple languages across the globe. 

Remain Loyal To Jehovah

Find a convention Location near you and plan to attend you will not regret it! This I know. 

I personally look forward to readjusting my core beliefs on loyalty since they were formed and  sustained by very unloyal people and others that had misplaced loyalties. This will be a journey of growth for me. But one I will embrace deeply.  

Loyal Love 

Exodus 34:6, “…Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love and truth,”

Hosea 6:6 6 “For in loyal love I delight, not in sacrifice,And in the knowledge of God, rather than in whole burnt offerings.”

Patience

Oxford defines it this way – Patience = 1 the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset:

Jehovah says it is a fruitage of his spirit. – Galatians 5:22 -23 “On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,  mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Hebrews 6:12 “so that you may not become sluggish, but be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Col. 1:11, “and may you be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may endure fully with patience and joy,

How can patience that single quality help us?

Being patient means you know not everything changes in a day, it gives you the time to breathe and make decisions with wisdom rather then hastily trying to fix something.

It reminds me of skilled chess players, although they have to move within an allotted time, they look several steps ahead at the consequences in a single move, it might not be seen with in two moves but perhaps ten.

Patience allows us the time to rely on Jehovah’s wisdom, and not our own.

Why hurry, we have forever and a day!

Hannah part 2

I have learned something from this fine women in the past several months.

When she approached Jehovah in prayer she was deeply misunderstood by the spiritual leader of her day, the high priest. But her knowledge of Jehovah’s was so Real. She did not get stumbled by the human errors of others, she allowed her prayers to be heard by Jehovah knowing in her heart that he and perhaps only he, knew what challenges she truly faced.

We might be misunderstood, even ridiculed harshly for things misunderstood, but we must as women find peace in our hearts with Jehovah! He is the God of the widows and the orphans! Ps. 68:5, James 1:27. He sees the coins of small value as greater then mountains of gold! He sees the many wine bottles of our tears he has stored in his memory as he looks upon us.

He does not look at us!
He sees US! Our inner hearts,
What we truly are and desire to become for him.

Getting back to Hannah, she gives her son to Jehovah at 5 years old, think about that for a moment, today our society would call that “abandonment”. But she did not give him to some stranger, she offered him to Jehovah. When we train our children to seek full time service to Jehovah and not the “things” of this world. We can be accused of abandoning our children, not raising them right, oh the list goes on… But what does this account teach us!

What has it taught me? Jehovah is our future! Do you see it? I do! I train my children to look beyond the smoke and mirrors of this shiny system and see the beauty that lies ahead, Only with Jehovah as our guide. No regrets.

As Jesus said to a well meaning but profoundly wrong brother “Satan get behind me!” As Hannah said to Jehovah in her heart! She knew she was pleasing Jehovah thru her tears! May we all be a faithful and courageous as her.

Hannah is one woman I look forward to talking with, one day soon. It might make her heart happy to know her recorded example has helped me endure today! I thank Jehovah for sharing her story with us.

Loyalty / Jehovah defines

It has been a long time since I have written in here! But I have learned something I feel is worthy of putting down in writing!

Loyalty to people – sticking to someone with love, patience, hope and determination to stay by the side of that one. This loyalty tells others we want them to fell safe with us knowing we truly have there best interests at heart. And this loyalty is displayed by action not mere words.

Jehovah has displayed a deep loyalty to all his loyal servants. For thousands of years, there are hundreds of personal and eyewitness accounts written in the bible that clearly show us his extensive his loyalty is towards his people.

Loyalty created in the union of friends, mates, family is a deep feeling of safety and security. When loyalty is broken safety is gone.

Loyalty is given when loyalty is returned or offered. Many of us grow up with distorted views of loyalty. Being loyal to someone who is not loyal produces pain and fear. Far from Jehovah’s view of loyalty. Jehovah’s described as having loyal love. So godly love and loyalty are closely related.

Loyalty to Jehovah requires much effort we must continue to learn about him, to adjust to his views of right and wrong, to love what he loves and hate what he hates. This loyalty requires exclusive devotion to Jehovah.

May we be loyal to our father Jehovah, his organization and all those choosing to be loyal to him.

Reposting! 

Women’s spirituality part 4 – Hannah

Hannah, one of the quiet women in the bible. We only get a glimpse into her world, but it has a powerful lesson for me personally.

In 1 Samuel we meet Hannah in the first chapter, we learn of her torments and her pleas to Jehovah, we learn the secret to her breaking through a deep depression in verse 18, we see Jehovah bless her for her faith and the in chapter 2 we hear her prayer of thanks to Jehovah in vs 1-10.  In verse 21 of chapter 2 we learn something outstanding about out father Jehovah.

Waiting on Jehovah can be painful when our heart is longing for something it can not or does not have but what helped Hannah to move past her emotions and be content again? while she waited for Jehovah to handle things in his time?

” 1 Samuel 1: 17-18 says “ Then Eli answered and said: “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of him.” 18 To this she said: “Let your maidservant find favor in your eyes.” And the woman proceeded to go on her way and to eat, and her face became self-concerned no more.”

Do you see it,  she truly gave her anxieties to Jehovah and became self concerned no more. She had complete faith in Jehovah and no more did she worry about her own unfulfilled wants.  She fully shifted her inner focus on finding favor in Jehovah’s eyes.

In 1 Samuel 2:21 It amazes me how good Jehovah is to all of us, when he offers a blessing he always comes through beyond our hearts desires.  Hannah prayed for just one child and was willing to give him to Jehovah’s full-time service as long as she had just that one son.  Jehovah filled her heart with 5 more children she got to raise completely, 3 more sons and 2 daughters.

The lesson we learn from Hannah as Women is very beautiful. We need to fully trust Jehovah and wait with a heart that is not-self concerned. Jehovah will take care of us all, now and in the future. That is a promise.  We must learn to obediently wait on Jehovah and seek his favor. We can use our time to help others and be happy now.

Being molded by Jehovah.

Jeremiah shows us the value of allowing Jehovah and his words to mold our hearts and spirit. Jehovahs gently molding should affect our actions, thoughts, and even our desires in every aspect of our daily lives. Jer. 18:1-4

The bible study on Jeremiah this weeks makes an outstanding point. To improve our spiritual heart condition we need to do 3 vital things;

1. Serious personal bible study. Only we can take in his words into our minds and hope they reach deep into our hearts by meditating on the value of what he says to us.

2. Seek insight into how Jehovah works in our own personal life. Take notice of all the things he does for us each day. Some are big, loud and cant be ignored because we needed a wake up call. But most days Jehovah is like a gentle breeze of love surrounding us with pleasant experiences we can enjoy.

3. Application of what we have learned about him. Thus the being molded. If I only read about fitness and never exercise or eat healthy I cannot expect to see healthy results.

To be spiritual healthy it is the same we need to be trained, guided, coached to be useable for Jehovah’s team. We need to be willing to change and grow.

May Jehovah examine our hearts and find us earnest in our efforts to be molded by him for an honorable purpose.

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Women’s spirituality part 3 – Ruth

A sister made an interesting comment at the meeting as we were discussing Ruth, her loyal love and trustworthiness.

Ruth’s loyalty to her husband (Naomi’s son) extended to his mother and to their god, Jehovah! We need to learn that depth of loyalty as women. that loyalty to our families, our congregations, to our sisters and especially to our god and father Jehovah.

After the meeting I talked to this very loyal sister and we discussed how loyalty and trustworthiness, (making out yes mean yes and our no no,) are inter -connected.

Ruth is a profound example of truly trusting in Jehovah. She had no guarantee it would go well with her, she was a foreign women, how would she be received by these people of her mother in laws? What did her husband and his brother teach her about Jehovah? Or did Naomi teach Ruth of Jehovah and his greatness? We really know little about how she came to trust Jehovah. Her actions prove her trust.

What is recorded in the bibles book of Ruth Is an example for us christian women today.

This world is full of betrayal and lack of godly love, but what will we display? What will we choose to teach our daughters?

May we be like Ruth and develop deep love, loyalty, trustworthiness and trust in Jehovah, as we strive to walk with Jehovah.

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