I finally received! I have been wanting a new bible for quite some time now. (I had a teen bible that I receive back in 2000 or so. I needed something more adult like) I just haven't been to a place that had enough to choose from. We live in a tiny town, so we have to drive 1 hour to get to a decent bookstore. Anyways, I pick out a woman's devotional bible. I started reading Revelations a couple of nights ago. I have read the Left Behind series, which I thought were amazing, but I wanted to read it in His words. So, today's devotional happened to be about the same subject that I also read this morning on Bethanne's blog. It's odd b/c I know it happens to us all, yet most aren't ready to admit it.
The devotional was titled, "Imperfect, yet forgiven." Isn't that the truth, and praise to Him b/c we are. Thanks to Him we are saved by grace and we are able to live eternally with Him. The scripture that relates to this is:
"For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death."
It went on to ask if we are defensive when people accuse us of sin. I know there are many times when I am. Why are we? We are ALL sinners. Everyone knows this. Why defend it? Instead we need to just smile, and say "I am a sinner, but Hallelujah, I am forgiven!"
Sometimes I find myself putting a burden on me that I don't need to. I find myself worrying about why people do the things they do. Randall and I both do this often. We were talking about it last night on the way home, and I was reminded of Tara's post a while back about just holding your hand up and letting Him help you through it all. Why is something so easy, so hard? I need to just ask Him for help, and He will be there. I finally just realized that it isn't my job to worry about why they do the things they do, and I prayed, and prayed hard. I get so stressed out over things that have nothing to do with me. I worry & cry, while all I need to do is lift my hand up and let Him help.