Volume 6 Issue 2
Article by Tammy Vincent
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the LORD's great love I am not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, "the LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him." The LORD is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:21-26 NIV
I am given several jobs in this passage... and for me this is good news because I am always wanting to do something to help, or something that at least seems helpful in my mind. I am to call to mind something. And if I do call it to mind, I get to have hope.... what is it? THE LORD'S GREAT LOVE!!! Call it to mind, Tammy and you will not be consumed. Consumed by what? Well, for me it is consumed by myself, by worry, or wondering should I have or should I not have? For you it might be something different.
So what am I to do first? Call to mind God's great love (FOR ME!) and realize that I will not be consumed whether I 'deserve' to be or not. Wait, what does that mean? Whether I have fallen into the same sin trap again or whether it is just because of my own human weakness... I am not consumed (by sin, by my past, by my flesh, by my current weaknesses) but by His love. WHY? Because His COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL!
Mind boggling ... but certainly true and where I can get hope! He loves me and He has compassion on me all the time. He, unlike me, never tires and never gives up or in. I praise You God! You are truly amazing and I am thankful for You!
The word/phrase that is jumping out at me today is, "The LORD is my portion." My LORD, my MASTER, my SAVIOR, my BOSS is my portion. Portion? What does that mean exactly?
Whether I have fallen into the same sin trap again or whether it is just because of my own human weakness... I am not consumed (by sin, by my past, by my flesh, by my current weaknesses) but by His love. WHY? Because His COMPASSIONS NEVER FAIL!
Let's look at what my favorite commentator, Warren Wiersbe, says: "If the Lord is 'our portion' (Psalm 73:26 - My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever); Ps. 142:5 - I cried out to You, O LORD; I said, 'You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.'"), then we are strengthened by that which cannot be used up or destroyed. God is our eternal source of strength, hope, and blessing (Ps. 46:1 - GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.) Our circumstances change, and so do our feelings about them, but God is always good, loving, merciful, and kind, and He never changes. 'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever' (Hebrews 13:8). To build life on that which is always changing is to invite constant unrest and disappointment, but to build on the changeless and the eternal is to have peace and confidence."
So it isn't IF the Lord is my portion; I get to say, "THE LORD IS MY PORTION!" There is a huge difference in this. I have all I need in Him to have hope and here is the kicker...to wait, and not only that, but to WAIT QUIETLY! For what? The salvation of the LORD. This is not referring to the eternal salvation of my soul, but to my everyday life and 'salvation' or rescue or help. Oh my, again such a challenge for me, but He is my portion and I can obey when I allow Him to give me the strength to do so! I am so thankful that He does what is right and good despite what I may or may not do or feel.
Father God, I thank You that You are my portion and that You allow me to call to mind Your love/mercies, Your faithfulness, Your goodness and that through this recalling You allow me to have hope. Hope not in my own self or my own strength, which fails every time and often, but hope in You that You will work, and that You are in charge! I have so much to be grateful for, LORD. Forgive me for often being anything but quiet and not being willing to even be quiet much less wait for You to work. Thank You that You are working anyway! Thank You that You never change! Thank You that You will never ever give up on me! What a great and mighty God You are! Thank You for allowing me to have relationship with You, Father, through Your wonderful Son, Jesus! May You have Your way and when I get in the way may I listen to Your gentle reminders and repent, move and be quiet and wait! Thank You again for what You are doing in me and for me! I love You...May I love You more with each passing day!
Connect Through Fellowship
Our February gathering will be Thursday, February 15, at 6:30pm at the home of Sherri Peercy, 5006 Mt. Holyoke Drive, 40216.
Hearts and Homes is a casual gathering of women each month in the cozy atmosphere of someone's home. Everyone brings a finger food, appetizer or dessert and we share a meal together. If you'd like to connect with other women for fellowship, devotion, and prayer, this is the place!
Connect to God in Prayer
We invite you to join our Women's Prayer Meeting on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00-11:30 am in Room 204 at church.
Do you ever wish you were better at prayer? Each month is a little different, but this is a perfect place to flex your prayer muscles. We take time to bring our personal, church and community needs to God. We also celebrate as God answers prayers. You will be so blessed that you'll bring a friend next month!
Connect Through Study
Living Life Together is so important because others help us fulfill our purpose, grow in our faith, and serve others every day.
Part of our faith@home strategy is to lead all generations in studying God’s Word together. On March 5, we began a Unified Bible Study using the Gospel Project. We invite you to join us on this journey through the Bible by starting or joining a group. Learn more at vvchurch.org/lifegroups/
Annual Women's Retreat March 15-17, 2018
GUEST SPEAKER KAREN HARPER
Leader, speaker, and author of three published Bible studies for children, Karen frequently speaks at conferences and women’s events including the Women’s Advance, an annual women’s conference held in Louisville. She teaches biblical apologetics to the student members of Truth Advocates Speech & Debate Club. She also serves on the Executive Board of Scarlet Hope, a local outreach ministry to women in the adult entertainment industry.
Karen is a wife of 25 years to her husband Tom. Together they embrace the exciting and rewarding adventure of homeschooling their children: Matthew (18 – a 2017 graduate), Chase (15) and Kate (9). The Harpers are active and involved members of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Have you met that person that just exudes Jesus? It's all over her face, in her body language, how you feel around her. Thinking back 25 years, there was a girl in high school who was always smiling and gracious. She was a grade ahead of me so she came out of several classes as I was going in. I really only knew her name and that she was happy all the time. What made her smile so much? Years later, I learned it was Jesus!
How are you showing Jesus to those around you? In class, at work, at the doctor's office or in line at the grocery. Do others feel His Love coming from you? Sometimes it's hard when you're having a tough day, week, or month. Jesus is still with you. You can share His Love in a small way with just a smile and a greeting, or by holding a door, or paying for the person's meal behind you in the drive thru. When we love others in big or small ways, our Father in heaven is glorified!