Sunday, October 23, 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge {Word #22}, Value

Challenge Word #22: Value

Value: relative worth, merit, or importance.

What is it you value? Money, your looks, your children? What do you think it is that God values? The world today values intelligence, good looks, occupation—physical and materials things—but that is not what God values. God is more concerned with our heart than what the world values. What the world values is detestable in God’s sight. Luke 16:15 says “He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.’” And I love what Max Lucado says. He said “What causes us to pamper the skin while we pollute the heart?” Oh as women, I am sure we can all ponder that for a moment.

And what about marriage? God values the sanctity of marriage; the world doesn’t always see it that way. Hebrews 13:4 says “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”

I had the privilege of hearing a divorce lawyer this week. He said that a woman called his office seeking counsel; she wanted to divorce her husband. I am not sure if this woman realized she was calling a Christian lawyer or not but this lawyer prayed with her over the phone, gave her scripture, and encouraged her to seek the Lord before making such a decision. I was in awe, and wowed that a divorce attorney would send away a potential client. How awesome is that! This man knows that God values the sanctity of marriage, and this man was more concerned for that marriage and what is right in God’s sight than the potential money it might have brought to himself. What an example he is to all of us. God speaks to us through His Word concerning all areas of our lives—all not just some. He then confirms it through circumstances and the indwelling Holy Spirit. God will never act contrary to what His Word says. By this particular attorney praying with this woman, sharing truth, and giving her scripture, she can truly seek God’s will in her situation. Praise be to God!

For my page today, I chose to use the scripture I quote above (Luke 16:15 ). I also added Romans 8:31aIf God is for us, who can be against us?” I thought that was so appropriate for this page. You can find that scripture in the ODBD set called Scripture Collection 3. I also used the Mojo Monday 210 sketch for fun. :)

Papers: My Mind's Eye Rosy, Paper Trey Ink cs
Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps: Scripture Collection 3
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink walnut stain
Embellishments: Memory Box classic scallop die, Zva Creative flourishes, flowers and leaves from Wild Orchid Crafts, Basic Grey Kioshi chip alpha, October Afternoon mini market alpha stickers, misc. baker's twine, misc. cross charm
Sketch: Mojo210

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In what area of your life do you need to align your thinking with God’s thinking? How will you replace that “old worldly value” with what God truly values? Let His spiritual values shape you not the worldly values that surround you. You will not only be a witness to your children and grandchildren but to the lost world around you! In all things, put God and His Word first, and the rest will fall into place. Blessings to each of you!



Anonymous said...

Beautiful combination of text, papers, and embellishments. I do love how you can somehow figure out it will coordinate well, and the patterns that contrast without conflicting. Very lovely, and I love the reminder to value what God values. We all need to---Jennifer in Ohio

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 Oct 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Ohio Farmwife said...

Well, Patter, you must be in tune to our church, because yesterday's sermon was basically what do we value in our lives. Thanks for another reminder.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 Oct 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

A-M said...

Blessings to you Patter, for another great teaching and lovely page to inspire us.
Some of what you have shared has gone so well with a Bible Study my husband and I are doing - Biblical Stewardship.

NickelNook said...

Such a pretty page, Patter! Love the colors and all the twine! Also love the Scriptures, of course! Thanks so much for the sharing!...Nancy :o)

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