Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Are You an ANP or NANP?

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When I worked as a private caregiver, family members often interviewed me to see if I was the right person to care for their mom or dad. When answering their questions about my training, I often explained, “I’m not a CNA (certified nursing assistant), or a RN (registered nurse)., but I am an ‘ANP.’” I paused to allow them to search their memory banks. Then I solved the riddle, “a nice person.”

They chuckled with relief because that’s what they were looking for: a nice person to care for their loved ones. Although I actually had Sheryl H. Boldt, ANP on my nametag, it was much more of an icebreaker than a true testimony of my personality trait. Because if it wasn’t for the work of God in my heart, I would be a NANP. (not a nice person) more often.

On the days when I don’t meditate on God’s Word (and allow His Word to indwell my innermost being and personality), I am really “wearing” the NANP name tag – which is another reason I believe in hiding God’s Word in my heart.

I love Ephesians 3:16-20! For however long it takes, I have chosen to meditate on (with the intent on memorizing) each verse, using the Amplified Bible.

My objective on focusing on these five powerful verses is not just to meditate on (and eventually memorize these verses). My greater goal is to grow in my understanding of them and, perhaps most importantly, to apply the verses in my everyday life.  If you would like to join me in meditating/memorizing these verses, but would prefer a different translation, click on the Biblegateway link on the sidebar.

Here is our first verse: Ephesians 3: 16 (Amplified)
May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

Try to take each section and consider how it applies to your life. For instance, if we begin with just the first four words, we can glean so much:

May He grant you: Think about Who He is: (God Almighty, King of Kings, Creator of all things, etc. and etc.!). And consider how He graciously and constantly presents us with all we need to be the person He has designed us to be. Think about those few words and see what else the Holy Spirit will open up to you.

The more you practice meditating on each section, the more you will fall in love with God! Plus, you will find yourself becoming more thankful for all He has done in (and for!) you.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for all You do for me! Help me to be aware of how much I need Your mighty power to indwell my innermost being and personality to be person you have designed me to be in every area of my life.

This week’s goal:
This week, I will meditate on each section of Ephesians 3:16. I will try to remember to journal the changes I experience in my thinking and behavior as yield to His power that dwells within me.

Please share (via the comment link) your thoughts as you meditate on this week's verse!

Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Verse That Zings Me!

Photo by Bill Chesney (Flickr)
Philippians 2:3 (NASB)
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.
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“Congratulations, Peggy, on your sales today.” I had to force myself to say those words, and it was even harder to be sincere with my intentions. However, I went back to my office knowing I had taken a step toward obeying God. For weeks during my quiet times, I’ve been begging God to help me regard others (including their goals and successes) more important than my own – and do it with humility, no less.

Having been extremely performance based during that season of my life, I could barely function when my name didn’t appear first on the sales board at the radio station I worked for back then. That kind of attitude was destructive to my soul, and to those around me at the office. Many year later, when I returned to radio sales, I firmly resolved to do it differently – to rejoice when others succeeded, too.

In addition, I am considering what if I treated my husband with Philippians 2:3 in mind? How would that change our marriage? Also, in what other areas of my life would hiding this verse in my heart change me?
 
I don’t know about you, but this is one of those scriptures that really zings me. Read it in the Amplified Bible (below) for a real zingy affect:
 
Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].

Prayer:
Father, I repent of my selfish ways, especially when I put my needs ahead of others. I ask You to continue working in my heart so that I will more consistently consider others needs as more important than my own.
 
This week's goal:
This week, I will meditate on (and try to memorize) Philippians 2:3. And at least one time each day, I will make a conscious effort to put someone else's need ahead of mine.
 
Does this verse challenge you?
 
  • In what ways have you acted selfishly this past week?

  • What does “humility of mind” mean to you and how does one achieve it?

Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)
  
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