INTIMACY WITH GOD JOURNAL
BY LINDA SCHREURS
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Linda with her mom, Dellrose (2/13) Linda with her spiritual mentor, Ruth Ann Polston (9/14)
In This Issue: Who's watching you?
In the above photos are pictures of two of the most influential women in my life: my mother ‘Rosie’ and my spiritual mother/mentor in the Lord, Ruth Ann Polston. Their impact has been immense and immeasurable. I watched them through the years - my mother for all she’d endured as a child, but determined to make her own life along with my late father and her three children, one that would be positive and supportive and quite different from her own upbringing. And Ruth Ann’s life, along with her late husband, Pastor Don Polston, who has guided me from spiritual rebirth into depths with the Lord I never knew were possible! Watching their lives up close and personal has impacted my own considerably and for that I’m eternally indebted to them. There have been many others of course, including my mother-in-law Mary Schreurs, but these stand out because I’m the closest to them watching, observing, and drinking in their wisdom.
So what does this have to do with you? What you behold is what you become. Job 31:1 says, “I have made a covenant with my eyes.” Have we done this? Have we made a covenant with our eyes? What or who are you and I watching? Are there times our eyes are wandering aimlessly turning inward on our own situations, or some inappropriate TV program, or movie or coveting for whatever reasons? As believers of the Lord Jesus, we are to live above the flimsy, failing standards of the world and are called to make this holy covenant with our eyes not looking inward or outward, but upward! Ponder Hebrews 12:1b-2, “…Let us lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” [My emphasis]
Who’s watching you and I?
We must also consider just as importantly those who are watching us! What do those around us see in our lives? Let’s consider a few things in this regard.
No doubt many of you like me sang this Christmas song about ‘you better watch out, you better not pout, ‘cause Santa Claus is coming to town’ and it meant we’d better behave. Apparently he’d know if we were naughty or nice and that would determine what may or may not be under the tree for us. Oh man, I really believed that ‘back in the day’! I tried hard to be very good so that I could get my full share of presents when the holiday rolled around. Childish things of course gave way to grown up things and realizing that the ‘Santa’ part was really mom and dad! Certainly they’d know if I was being a good girl or not. Nevertheless, I grew up knowing I was always loved and cared for by wonderful nurturing parents. I realize not everyone has had that blessing in their life. But when one gives their heart in full measure to the One celebrated during CHRISTmas, you come to know that you are being watched and cared for by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life for us that we could spend an eternity with Him. How wonderful is that?!
The perfect gift and fruit
James 1:16-17 says: “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Everything given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.” [My emphasis] The question is - are we bearing fruit and is it good or bad? My dear mother was born into a childhood of very bad fruit. A book and movie could be made about her life. Nevertheless, she and my father determined to make their lives as opposite of that as they could get. They succeeded. It came by much effort and commitment to God and to one another. Likewise, my spiritual mentor, Ruth Ann and her late husband displayed and lived out before our very eyes, the power and anointing of God to the point that it affected many, many lives near and far for generations. What a legacy! Our own children are yielding their own godly spiritual fruits as a result of their ministry. The fact of the matter is that our own lives, whether we realize it or not, are currently, and will continue to effect, the hearts of those around us even long after our bodies are laid aside for the incorruptible. [1 Cor. 15:42]
The joy of the Lord is our strength
Who is watching you and I? Certainly we know it’s not only Jesus, but all those around us – our spouse, our kids, grandkids, siblings, co-workers, neighbors, people at the stores, restaurants, gas stations and probably more closely - people in our church! Their watching us whether we know it or not, either consciously or unconsciously, our lives are speaking louder than we realize. What do these dear people see in our face? What is our countenance? Do we carry a scowl or a smile? And by the way, which one is more attractive?! Are we complaining, criticizing, bickering more times than not? Or does our stature display peace, joy, gratefulness, praise and adoration to God Most High? Could it be that our shoulders are hunched over, seemingly cowering because of depression, oppression, anger, resentment, unforgiveness, bitterness, anxiety, doubts, fears and a host of other things we’re not meant to carry? Or are we standing straight and tall, not in pride or arrogance, but in the confidence given us by the Lord that we are indeed a conqueror through His Name? “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” [Rom. 8:37] Do we carry the world on our shoulders or do we carry the Presence of God?! Let’s choose the latter. “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” [Neh. 8:10c, my emphasis] People are watching us one way or the other so let’s show them the love and power of our Holy Savior so they’ll want what we have, just as I have been inspired by these and many other awesome men and women of God.
You can bet someone, somewhere has watched how you’ve weathered a storm, what you’re doing in a certain situation. Little children especially are vulnerable to how their parents, teachers, coaches, etc. carry themselves either in honor or dishonor. What do they see? Are you inspiring others or are you so beaten down by life you can’t see beyond your own little world? Let’s live the life the Lord has meant us to have. As God’s Holy Word says, we are definitely more than conquerors. It’s not just that we should try to get through a day, but that we WIN over it victoriously through Him who first loved us and died for us that we would know victory day in and day out.
As of late, I’ve felt that ‘watching’ has captivated me knowing the Lord has His eyes on me day and night. He is mindful of every part of my life, every hour of it and if His eye is on the sparrow, how much more so you and I?! [Matt.10:21] His eyes are not trying to catch us doing something wrong, but to show us the right way, to encourage and strengthen us, to keep us doing the righteous things as we’ve been called to do through His Name. We haven’t much strength in and of our own selves, but keeping our eyes upward on Him, we can conquer anything! “And they overcame him [the enemy] because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” [Rev. 12:11, my emphasis]
Now that’s pure love!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord; In You I take refuge.” Psalm 141:8.
Women of Fire Fellowship – Holding ARMAGEDDON BRIDE PRAYER MEETINGS, Saturdays 10-11:30 AM on Feb. 14th,28th, March 14th, 28th , concluding April 11th. Held at the Ziebell home, 8401 Ridgemont Dr., Urbandale, Ia. 50322. Confirm your participation by contacting Mary Lou at 515-554-5461 or Linda at 515-270-0231.
Linda’s Books: These can be purchased on the website or ordered directly from the address below:
- Armageddon Bride
- Word’s Aptly Spoken
- Holy Communion! Holy Invasion!
- Linda’s CD: Holy Communion! Holy Invasion! (Spiritually intimate prayers set to music)
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