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I remember when Rachel was an infant. She just had to have her pacifier if she was sleeping. The instant it would fall out of her mouth, the peace in the household would quickly dissipate! Once I would pop it back in for her, a sense of calm would fill the house again, at least for a few more minutes!
You may ask, “What does a pacifier have to do with me?” Well, everything! I looked up the word ‘pacify’ in the Webster’s New World Dictionary, and it says that pacify means “to make peaceful, calm, nonhostile, etc.” Have you ever felt that you needed a ‘pacifier,’ even as an adult? I wish that I could answer no to that question, but the truth is, I need a pacifier on a daily basis, many times I need it on a minute by minute basis.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and sick!” (AMP) Do you ever have times when your heart is causing you to have some terrible thoughts, thoughts that could be considered hostile? Well, you need a pacifier!
Luke 6:45 says that out of the abundance of our heart, our mouth speaks. Do your words ever make the peaceful atmosphere of your home disappear in a matter of seconds? (Ouch, that one really hurt!) Again, you need a pacifier.
Prov. 16:32 says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his own spirit than he who takes a city.” (AMP) When we are quick to anger, we are showing that indeed, we do need a pacifier.
Just as a baby needs a pacifier for comfort when they have fallen down, we often fall ourselves. Not physically, but spiritually. We know what we should be doing, but many times we miss the mark. Paul talked about how he wanted to do good, but evil was right there with him. There was that spiritual struggle, waging war against the law of his mind and trying to make him a prisoner of the law of sin. Paul saw that he, too, needed a pacifier because in the next few verses he says, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Rom. 7:24-25 (AMP)
Jesus came to be our pacifier. He came to forgive us for our sins and to give us life abundantly. Part of that life abundantly is for us to be at peace, to have a sense of calm about us, and to put off those filthy garments of hostility and ill-will.
Why don’t you take those daily struggles which you face (you know which ones), and turn them over to the Lord? He wants to help you, and show you what a wonderful Pacifier that He can be in your life.
© 2004, Stacy R Miller
20 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
When my daughter started to cut teeth, I remember how she constantly wanted to chew on something. Since I was nursing her at the time, I ended up being the one bitten on a couple of occasions! Somehow, chewing on something comforted her and helped to ease her discomfort.
When we study the Word, God wants us to meditate on it. (Psalm 1:2; 119:97) It could be likened to teething. Just as Rachel wanted to constantly chew on something, so should I desire to constantly chew on God’s Word, digesting it.
Another thing I noticed when Rachel was teething is that she drooled a lot. I was constantly changing her bibs because she kept soaking them. Now that we have tasted and seen the Lord is good, we should drool for the Word. (Psalm 34:8) We should crave the Word even more than we crave our favorite dessert. (I Peter 2:2-3)
If you no longer feel like you are ‘teething’ or ‘drooling’ for God’s Word, ask God to open your eyes to see wonderful things in His Word. (Psalm 119:18) Ask Him to consume your soul with longing for His Word. (Psalm 119:20) Before you know it, you will be running in the paths of His commands. (Psalm 119:32) You will begin to delight in reading and meditating on His truths. (Psalm 119:24)
© 2006, Stacy R. Miller
05 Jan 2017 Leave a comment
Supper is Ready!
As a newlywed, I couldn’t wait for husband to get home at the end of the day so that we could be together once again. While at work, I would long for the hour to come when we could see each other. My heart yearned to be with him.
After having Rachel, I still yearned for him to come home for supper. It was important to me to have that meal ready for him at the end of the day. I remember how, in the early months of Rachel’s life, the only way that I could get supper done was to play praise and worship music when it was time to fix supper. She would be in her carrier, sitting on the counter, watching me fix supper, and very quickly, she would dose off long enough for me to get supper ready. Many times Dean would walk in the door to that peaceful, relaxed atmosphere, finding his precious little one, sound asleep. (What he didn’t know was how chaotic life had been prior to that nap!)
As Rachel grew up, I would anxiously await supper time again, wanting to tell Dean about the latest words Rachel said, or something funny that she did. Often, we’d find ourselves at the supper table, having a good laugh over the humorous things Rachel would do.
Even now, I still yearn for the hour when my husband will walk in the door. There is a contentment to our whole family when we are all together in the evenings. We feel complete when we are all together. It gives us that time for intimate conversation when we sit down at the supper table. There are even those times when Dean may be here, but yet he’s out working in the garage. Finally, I am able to send Rachel out to tell him, “Supper is ready!” Once again, I’m longing for those supper time moments.
Even with as much as I look forward to supper time, there is another supper that I am even more anxiously awaiting — the Wedding supper of the Lamb. (Rev. 19:9) I used to find myself feeling too attached to this world, but in the last few years as I have developed a much deeper and intimate walk with the Lord, I find myself feeling more like an alien and stranger on this earth. (I Pet. 2:11) I long to go home to that place that my Lord has prepared for me. (Jn. 14:1-3) I’m longing for supper time.
Sister, even in the midst of the daily grind and the myriad of trials that you may be facing right now, I pray that you hear the voice of the Father saying, “Supper is almost ready!”
© 2004, Stacy R Miller
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It never ceases to amaze me when I hear of people who call themselves Christians, yet never read the Word of God. It is often these same people who complain that the pastor is not “feeding” them. They are also the ones who complain that the music is too loud or too soft, too fast or too slow, too contemporary or too old-fashioned. It seems they are just full of complaints.
My own church has gone through some perilous times in recent years. The result is that numerous families left. Of the ones who remained, several continue to voice complaints about things they do not like in the church.
These people do not mind being part of the problem, yet they refuse to become part of the solution. This problem is not isolated to my own church. It is pervasive in thousands of churches.
People attend church like it is a restaurant. They want to place their order, and if things are not to their satisfaction, they will be sure to complain! They view the pastor as the waiter, serving them, instead of ever lifting a finger themselves to help out in the church. As if that were not enough, they expect the pastor to spoon feed them!
There are people who listen to the pastor’s message, not to get something out of it, but to nit pick his methods, his choice of topics, his mannerisms, etc. Over the years, the church has even picked up a very selfish attitude. We have begun to think that it is all about us. How selfish of us to ever think that church is all about us!
Our pastor shared a great insight to this mentality. He is not there to serve us a spiritual dinner every Sunday. Rather, we should view the preaching of the Word as attending a culinary arts class. The pastor shares the ingredients, as well as the steps to put it all together. We are to take it home, make it, and serve it to others.
The next time you go to church, listen to the “recipe” then prepare it for others!
© 2007, Stacy R. Miller
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Struck by Lightning
One day while it was storming, I was talking on the phone to my friend, Brandie. Suddenly, I heard a loud, thunderous boom, seemingly right above our house. Brandie heard me let out a yell – not of fear, but of pain. I had been struck by lightning!
The jolt of the electricity caused me to quickly drop the phone to my side. I could feel a tingling sensation down the left side of my face. Shortly after, I had a ringing in my ear and a pounding headache that lasted for several hours.
Needless to say, it left quite an impression on me. I now understand that when Grandma told me to stay off the phone during a storm, it was not just an old wive’s tale. It was wise advice!
Too often, I think the church takes the attitude of, “Reading the Word is just an old wive’s tale. I can do just fine without it.” We continue doing things our own way, only to feel like we have suddenly been struck by lightning. Because we failed to read the Word and seek God’s counsel, we find that we are jolted, much like when the lightning jolted me. We are shaken to the core of our being. We are left with the excruciating pain of reaping what we have sown. How much better we would have been if only we would have taken time for God and His Word!
I have seen many farm houses that have a lightning rod to protect the house if lightning should strike. As Christians, we have a rod to protect us. God’s rod and His staff are there for us. (Psalm 23:4) When we are faithful to be in His Word, He will use the rod and staff to guide us and correct us if we start to stray from His path. He will use His Word to teach and rebuke us, to correct us, and to train us in righteousness. (II Timothy 3:16)
The result will be that when we face a crisis, it won’t jolt us like a bolt of lightning. Instead, we will quickly look to our Shepherd, finding comfort and direction in the rod and staff.
© 2006, Stacy R. Miller