Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Simple conviction.

The kids are actually napping together and I'm preparing for our bible study tonight that my husband and I lead at our house. We have about 15-18 people here each Tuesday evening and it's awesome. Some go to our church, and a few don't. We all gather to talk and study and it's fabulous. Did I already mention that? lol. 

We are currently studying the book of John at my church.

We even end some nights busting out the juicer and making random concoctions!! Oh I have to post about the juicer soon!!!  Fresh carrot-apple juice... YUM!

Anyways, I was studying.. and a few verses literally jumped off the page at me.

Maybe they will bring someone some comfort today... 

"If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world." John 12:47 ESV 

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27 ESV

I know that this first one really spoke to me. Judgement is something that I think we all struggle with if we are being completely honest. If Jesus didn't even come to judge the world, why do we?

I've definitely learned to love people more and more, but at times my old self will rear it's ugly head and I'll get that feeling in me, "why would she post that??" or "why would she do that?" 

I think even checking out new blogs I am measuring them up at times and I hate it. I'm sure people do it to me as well.

How dare I judge someone. 

But the simple conviction I feel actually encourages me... 

Just makes me get on my knees and thank the Lord. 
He is not done with me
There is still a lot of work in my heart and He will not finish that work in me until my last day.


{Linking up here, here, and here}


  1. Hi Heather,

    I'm visiting and now following you from the link up. This is such a beautifully written post and one that I really needed to read today. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    I am also really intrigued by your decision to go without Facebook! You are SO right, it is a huge time waster and one that I think many of us can stand to disconnect from every now and then (although I have found that I spend less time on Facebook now but more time reading other blogs...same thing?). I think the most important thing is to just find a healthy balance between life and online time.

    Looking forward to reading along on your blog - nice to "meet" you! :)


  2. You are so beautiful-- inside & out! Thank you for this beautiful reminder!!!!!!

  3. Can I just say that I love that you aren't doing facebook for a year? Totally inspiring. Love it.

  4. LOVE the first one!!! So true and such a great reminder :)

  5. Thank you for being open with your heart and teaching us what your being taught! Hope you had a great study last night.

  6. I've been creeping on your blog for the last few {we encourage} Tuesdays. I'm making the plunge to follow because I love a woman who can boldly speak truth. Looking forward to reading consistently...without judgement. ;)

  7. I am a new follower and love your post today! Simply amazing and encouraging. Thank you for sharing your heart and the wonderful truth God has given us :)

  8. let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid... oh man what a good reminder!! :)

  9. I love this post! Thank you for sharing!! Also, I'm not a facebooker either. I just can't find the time in my day to post ever mundane thing I'm doing. However, ALL of my friends are way into it, and if I have to hear one more time how fun "Words with Friends" is or how so-and-so got "stuck in traffic without a diet coke again" I think I'll scream. I'm all about journaling and keeping records of our lives (obviously, I blog, lol) but there's got to be a limit somewhere. In 20 years, I don't think I'll care what I had to drink or how many times I got stuck in traffic. LOL... ok.. enough of my ranting in your comments. Thanks again for the post!

    Digger ~xoxo~

  10. oh heather... thank you for this post... just what i needed to read today. it's true... the conviction IS encouraging... so thankful He is always working on us. thanks for linking up!


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