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.

Godly Women Part 5 – Abigail

Abigail is one of the women in the bible that has personally taught me much thru the years.

Her story is one we can read about in 1 Samuel chapter 25. David and his men had protected Nabals fields for a long time and when thier provisions grew thin David sent some of his men to ask Nabal for help.

How will he respond? The name Nabal means Senseless, stupid, let’s just add there is nothing nice said about him in the bible. When asked to help reacted in a violent and cruel manner insulting David. When David hears of this his emotions run high and he plans on taking 400 men and wiping out Nabal and his all he owns.

Now we have Abigail who is married to Nabal, how will she react when she hears that the actions of her husband have threatened her whole household. Does she go to him in a panic and beg him to change, does she react with equal anger and call him a fool? Does she bring out the scriptures to show him he is wrong? What does she do?

She takes provisions to David, the anointed of Jehovah, and trys to apease him and make peace with him to protect and save her family and all the workers that are with them and their families. In the heat of all that emotion and fear She does what is peaceable. Despite knowing it might cause her great ramifications with her spouse. The bible shows us she had great respect for Jehovahs Headship arrangement by recognizing David place as future king of Israel.

I think for me the amazing part is what she does after she makes peace with David. So she saved her family from davids wrath, what does she go home and do? Declare her superior understanding of Human relationships and his ignorance and cruelty?

She goes home and trys to make peace with her husband by telling him the truth of what she has done. He was drunk when she first went to approach him and her discernment told her to wait for him to be sober to have this conversation. So she waited quietly. Until the next day she gently spoke respectfully to him and let Jehovah handle the rest. Which in this case he quickly did.

How many times in our lives when emotions are high do we need to use discernment and thinking ability before we speak. Also being wise in when we choose to talk about certain issues. choosing a time when the person will be more likely to really hear. Not demanding to talk now. I deeply admire how she did not act disrespectful to him despite the fact that he behaved very badly so badly Jehovah as the account goes on gave Nabal a paralysis and died 10 days later.

Ultimately Jehovah gave Abigail Peace from that abusive man.

There is much more to learn from Abigail please Read on.

http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2009489

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.

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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Women’s Spirituality Part 2 Lemuel’s Mother.

I just finished reading Proverbs in my personal bible reading. Chapter 31 reminded me again of the women in the bible, and what we can learn from them. So here’s part 2.

The Mother of Lemuel

We don’t know who Lemuel was exactly, some have speculated it might have been another name for Solomon. (See footnote in large reference bible, NWT and si book) if so the words of wisdom captured here could have been Bathsheba’s.

Why did the writer of Proverbs decide to included the source of this proverb? A mothers words to her son, for she desired Her son to find a Real wife and be a Real man for her. (Using the thoughts in the article about What is a real man? since the principle applies to women too)

If this was Bathsheba talking to her son Solomon, she definitely would want her son to be spared the pains her husband had by some of his bad choices in mates. Perhaps she spoke to Abigail about her life with Nabal, We don’t know at what point this was written so we don’t know if she was trying to correct him from his bad choices in spouses or just trying to get him to make good ones to start off. And perhaps it was written by another mother, but there is much to us women can glean either way.

So what can we learn as women today,

Spiritual women need to be hardworking, industrious, frugal, thankful, caring and kind in words and deeds. Spiritual women are tired but happy for they know at the end of the day Jehovah values them. Spiritual women are priceless to Jehovah no matter what there marital state is.

If we are married, we must focus on our part, of the union and be diligent in doing the work of a wife. Society has warped this today, but what matters is that as a united couple you both understand your roles, and work together to bring honor to Jehovah.

Also if we are single and would like a mate, Jehovah tells us what we need to wait for, a Spiritual Man! Proverbs tells use where they will be found. Not at single gatherings, but in the trenches of Jehovah’s work, they will make a good name for themselves for Jehovah!

Nonetheless, we want to strive hard to be real spiritual women, married or single and wait on Jehovah in all things. – Micah 7:7

“For he is … the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.” – Heb. 11:6

For more information read this article, A Mothers Wise Counsel. it contain much more insight into this proverb from our father Jehovah!