Beatitudes | Day 8

Beatitudes | Day 8

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Growing up in a home with a dad who was a police officer this was one of the verses I heard often. It wasn’t until later in life that I understood that my dad had to go into some very dark places and sometimes look evil directly in the face. Being a peacemaker is not always about being calm and docile it is about using all means necessary to bring the situation under control. They do not go in looking for a fight but they are equipped not to back down from one either. 

This also reminds me of our military troops who are sent overseas. They may have a mission to eradicate terrorism in a region, but their overall mission is to bring peace to that region. 

Too many times, I think people see this verse as being a people pleaser verse, and I don’t believe that is what it is saying at all. I believe it is telling us to seek peace and justice in all situations. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this verse. 

Daily DIVAS Challenge: 

  1. What ways do you bring about peace?
  2. What are some other examples of a Peacemaker that you can think of?
  3. Where would you like to see more peace? 
Beatitudes | Day 7

Beatitudes | Day 7

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

When you hear pure in heart, I bet you have a few things that come to mind. Maybe it is someone you see that does amazing things for their neighbors, someone like Mother Teresa. Maybe you think of children with all of their innocence. 

What would it be like to think of the phrase pure of heart and see your face come to mind? Being pure of heart is not for everyone else and something that you strive for. When Jesus was talking about this, he is encouraging you to let you know the type of followers He is looking for. 

So how do we become pure of heart? 

First off by not holding offenses, or better yet living a life where you are unoffended. I know, I know, it is hard today when so many things are thrown your way that you just don’t agree with. But let’s think about it, don’t you think Jesus was faced with things daily that went against the things he agreed with? People were always asking him questions trying to second guess his knowledge and belief system, yet with each answer he remained calm and spoke plainly. 

There are many things that pollute our hearts today, whether it be on the TV, radio, social media, or just driving down the road and some of the billboards. The way we stay pure, is by being mindful of what we allow into our hearts when we encounter these things. Being pure of heart is about asking God to come in and flood your heart with His glory, building up your immunity to the toxic vibes we encounter each day. 

Daily DIVAS Challenge: 

  1. Are you living a life pure of heart? 
  2. What are some things you do to purify your heart?
  3. What areas do you struggle with living a life with a pure heart? 
Beatitudes | Day 6

Beatitudes | Day 6

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7

I remember back several years ago we were attending a small church and like many churches they asked us to take a spiritual gifts assessment. It was no surprise that my assessment showed that I had strong Pastoral, and Exhortation giftings followed closely by and administration gifting. I was satisfied with my assessment because it seemed true to who I was and wanted to be. 

However, when the pastor comes over to you and says, “I was looking over your assessment and I am concerned…..” you start to get nervous, like sitting outside the principal’s office nervous. He then went on to explain that my mercy gifting was the lowest he had ever seen. He just couldn’t see how my pastoral side and my low score in the mercy category would walk hand in hand. He really offered no insight, he was perplexed but I was not bothered by it, or so I thought. 

If I am honest I still struggle with this because there are times, I would like to be the person who helps and takes care of people. I would like to sit with friends who go through their treatments, and hold their hands and be there for them. Yet every time I think I can do it, I get physically ill myself. I also know that my face says all the emotions I feel so it is hard to sit in a room and hide my emotions and put on a brave face for a friend who is struggling. With all that said, it does not decrease, my concern, my empathy, or my desire to be a helpmate to them during this time. My Mercy gifting plays out in other ways. It is reaching out and letting people know I care, it is a note card sent, a text message, taking care of a tangible need for the family. Sometimes it is just stepping back and praying while respecting a friends privacy. 

I would like to say all of these are the right ways, but I am still figuring this out. I am not sure why I still struggle with this, but I am constantly looking for ways to grow personally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The fact that I am still asking the questions means, that I am still looking for the answers. I would love to hear your thoughts on being merciful and what it means to you. 

Daily DIVAS Challenge: 

  1. What does being merciful mean to you? 
  2. How do you show Mercy? 
  3. What ways have you been shown mercy? 
Beatitudes | Day 5

Beatitudes | Day 5

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

As someone who has been victimized before, I get to talk with many other women who have been victimized. Every time, I do, if they know anything about the Bible they know this verse. They are focused on the person(s) who victimized them to be held accountable, and they are looking for righteous justice. I totally get their feelings, but this verse is not talking to those who have done wrong against us, it is talking about seeking out righteousness in our own heart. 

In our organization we talk about the V in DIVAS Impact standing for being VICTORIOUS. Being victorious does not mean we are immune from bad things happening to us, but it does mean that we have ability to hold true to our virtues in spite of them. One thing I have learned on my journey to healing from my attack was that I am responsible for how I choose to live my life after the attack. For me, I carried several things from the attack with me. Fear, anger, bitterness, insecurity, and a self-righteousness. Once I walked thru my healing from my attack, I began to follow my moral compass back to find myself and who I was created to be. As a matter of fact, although I had the dreams of starting DIVAS Impact years earlier, I did not have a clear enough vision for it until I walked through my own journey of healing. 

What was the difference? First it started with a series of forgiveness, of people who I felt had wronged me. Believe it or not, if you have been victimized you not only blame the person who did the act, you start blaming others around the act. As you move forward years down the road, you find it easy to place blame on others for your life not going the way it should. The first step was forgiving myself, and then my attacker. These were both huge for me, have you ever heard the phrase unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies? Here is a sad reality, there were so many times I was so miserable in my own skin, although I never was suicidal, I would not have been upset to merely slip away. 

Why am I telling you all this? Because I feel there is someone out there that needs to hear this. You may have had something terrible happen to you, but you can choose to live a life free from it re-victimizing you every day. You have to seek a righteousness that is more than vindication it is restorative and will re-ignite the passion for life you had before the trauma. 

Daily DIVAS Challenge: 

  1. Choose to forgive those who have done you wrong
  2. Choose to forgive yourself
  3. Reach out to us if you would like to start the journey to be set free from your life’s trauma. (you can reach us at blessed@divasimpact.com)
Beatitudes | Day 1

Beatitudes | Day 1

Matthew 5:1-2 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them…

I often wonder what it would have been like to be in the crowd when Jesus taught on the Beatitudes. I wonder if the people in the audience really picked up on all they were taught. Did some of the things go over their head, plant a seed for later or did it smack them right in the face! Over the next few days we will be digging further into each of these Beatitudes and finding out what they mean. But this is not just a read a post endeavor, this is a lets discuss them together. So as the posts come up comment back, share what each means to you and lets grow together. 

Daily DIVAS Challenge: 

  1. Read Matthew 5: 1-12
  2. Identify the ones that leap out to you and you can truly identify with
  3. Identify the ones you don’t understand and let’s see if we can gain understanding together.