Friday, April 16, 2010

I’m listening

"The Bible says Jesus came to earth; He walked around for 33 years; and He experienced every temptation known to man, the same ones we experience.  It is not a sin to be tempted; the sin is when we give in to temptation. 
The Bible says Jesus experienced the greatest temptations ever; yet, He didn't give in.
And that means when you pray -- "Jesus, I'm struggling in this area.  I'm just not making it here.  I keep stumbling.  I keep failing" -- Jesus understands because he's been there. He knows what it's like.
The Bible says we can have "confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it." (Hebrews 4:16, TEV)"

So however dumb this sounds of me, I never thought of the way I choose to treat my husband and kids sometimes is a form of temptation. That puts a new light on it for me. I absolutely have the ability to choose against speaking out of anger, but I do give in to the temptation far too often. I also give in to the temptation to have a pity party way too often! Thanks again daily devotional and thank you to God for speaking to me in this way.


  1. Wow. Don't you just hate it when the reality of the Word slaps you in the face? I do! =) Great thoughts. I have often let me tongue flap in the breeze and reduced my husband to about an inch high when I get angry. Not good. Thanks for the words of wisdom!

  2. Deep thoughts... I'm always amazed how you can read something for years and then one day it's like a light came on and it has an entirely different meaning.

  3. Hello! My friend recommended your blog to me and Im glad she did! Im a new follower!

  4. I too, give into this temptation on a regular basis...grrr...thanks for stopping by :)

  5. I love that you are conscious of your choices. Just remember to forgive yourself as you try to change, Jesus would forgive you too. I never really thought of the fact that Jesus has been through it all like we have. What a beautiful post. Thank you for your words of encouragement and support on my post as well.

  6. By the way...YOU are my 100th follower!!!! Yay!!!

    Because of that, I left you an award on my blog. It won't post until tomorrow, 4/17. =)

  7. Nice post :)

    I deal with these thoughts a lot. I do not want to be stressed out, nor do I want to take that stress out on my children. I want my kids to have a good behavioral role model and losing it, is not something I want them to learn from me. I've prayed for the strength to be a better mom with more patience many times in the past. Not so much anymore :)

    I need to work on avoiding the urge to take part in the pity parties.



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