21 thoughts on “Know Yourself

    1. I am heading into a meeting right now, but quickly, the biblical principles that stand out to me were these: to be wise/discerning (to differentiate our thoughts from the thoughts of God, we must know our own minds and the mind of the Lord); to remember that we are loved fully by Him – so we have no reason to think any less of ourselves; and to remember that we are uniquely made in His image, so we shouldn’t try to be anybody other than who He’s made us to be.

      Verses will follow. Big work project this week and next, so I apologize for not being as timely with my replies I ordinarily would be. 🧡

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      1. As promised, here are the verses that you requested. I am grateful for such wonderful accountability partners here!

        For me, the key takeaway is this: God loves us so much that we should take the time to discipline our minds (requiring conscious mental effort) so we know His ways; to appreciate His love so we can love ourselves well; and to understand His unique design and purpose for us so that we don’t compare ourselves (favorably or unfavorably) to others.

        Again, I am no Bible scholar, so if I’ve missed something, feel free to tell me

        Proverbs 1:5-7 (AMP): The wise will hear and increase their learning, and the person of understanding will acquire wise counsel and the skill [to steer his course wisely and lead others to the truth], to understand a proverb and a figure [of speech] or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their riddles [that require reflection]. The [reverent] fear of the LORD [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.

        Romans 8:38-39 (NASB): For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

        Zephaniah 3:17 (NASB): The LORD your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

        Psalm 139:13-18 (NASB): For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.

        Genesis 1:27 (NASB): God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

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      2. I really enjoy his teaching, too. The Holy Spirit gets ahold of me through his messages – mostly, I think, because they are so deeply anchored in Scripture. I’m teling you – EVERY TIME I listen to Dr. Stanley, the Lord shows me a lesson to learn and reminds me that there is a promise to claim.

        I’m glad that you enjoyed the message, too. 🙂

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      3. Yes, it does for me, too. I feel like any message I listen to needs to have some biblical “meat” to it, so I am grateful for pastors who teach directly from God’s Word (rather than man’s opinion).

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      4. Thank you, Kathy! I am feeling more peaceful about things in general, which is a blessing for sure (I wasn’t feeling that way at the start of the week). How are things going with you, my friend?

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      5. Ah, things are here and there. Dealing with health issues of aging friends and relatives, along with our own. One of our friends was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. 😥 Hard to deal with; in addition to dealing with each other (husband and wife) as we process the new information. Also, I saw your CA storm on the news. Glad you’re okay – do you have power back? We’re getting the midwest part of the storm as it moves east: winter storm warning today, 6-8″ snow with blowing and drifting, as well as sharing in the nation’s cold sweep (down to -5 tonight). But we’re snug and warm, just finished our midday dinner of venison stew. God is so good!
        Thank you for asking. How are you?

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      6. Kathy, please pardon the delay in my getting back to you. 😦 I am so sorry to hear about your friend who was recently diagnosed with stage four cancer. I will add you (and the health issues that you referenced) and your friend to my prayer list. 🧡 How are you doing in response to this news? It must’ve been quite a shock.

        And thankfully, the power was only ever out for about two hours that one day. The rain has continued off and on, but thankfully the power has remained on! I appreciate your asking.

        I am hanging in there, but work continues to be very busy – moreso than usual. I’m trying to strike a healthy balance between work and personal time, but this past week has really tested that resolve! The next couple of weeks will likely be similar.

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      7. Ah, I spend more time than I thought I would on blogging, as we’ve discussed before. I cannot imagine the stress and time it takes to do this AND work! I imagine the stress would come about, trying to devote adequate time to each, and still honor God with your efforts and results. I pray you find God’s rest in each area (Heb 4.8-13).
        We are struggling with the cancer news, and with our friend’s response. He is 85 years old, his wife died just over a month ago, and he cries when he speaks of his results or of her (The Alphabet Prayer story I wrote was loosely based on him). It’s not a bitter cry, more of a realization cry, I think, in addition to being overwhelmed. He holds strongly to his Catholic faith. I’m praying God is working in his heart to realize His Truth, and praying also for opportunity to have a heart-to-heart talk.

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    1. Thank you, TIffany! The work projects will be ongoing until the second week of February. Thank you for your prayer support – it is appreciated.

      How are you feeling? Hopefully you are continuing to rest and feel more at peace each day (Lord willing, that is what I’m trying to do, too!). And how is the person for whom you asked prayer, who was struggling w/an addiction?

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      1. Feeling a little out of element. But God keeps me going. The young man, well towards the end of last year, I spoke to the mom and he hit rock bottom. It was a shock to me. He’s slowly recovering, but I’m praying for him. Actually thank you for reminding and thinking of us. 🙏🏼

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      2. I’m glad to hear that you are relying upon your God-given stamina to keep going, Tiffany. And I’m very sorry to hear about the young man who hit rock bottom. However, as the saying goes, there’s nowhere else to go but up from there, right? I will keep praying. ✝️

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