"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Friday, May 29, 2015


 "Focus on the Promise, not the problem" Joel Osteen
Message #625 

..."If I'm magnifying anything, I'm magnifying the source of my strength. I'm talking about God's greatness. I'm not focusing on how big my problems are. I'm focusing on how big my God is."...Joel Osteen 

God-incidence that occurred yesterday, was when I clicked on Sirius Xm radio and signed up for a free month trial {but it's almost over}, meanwhile I can listen to some of the messages I've enjoyed from Pastor Joel Osteen on their new radio channel available through Sirius XM that I hear about each week, as I watch their weekly services in English and the one in Spanish. It just so happened that the Message above (#625) was the very first one, so how could I not get hooked into listening to one after another {it saves me from being at the keyboard and re-instigating that left arm shoulder problem}. But with that quote now shared, let me move on quickly from this little physical condition of mine to my focus of praying Ephesians for this week {from our "Grace Immersion" study} using that Lenten devotional of "Grace & Peace" and Adam Houge's "The Power of Praying Ephesians from Your Heart" from the verses we are focusing on this past week for Day 31:

Ephesians 2:1-10
[The Voice]
{of course, you can click on this link and read the passage in any version you prefer in the drop down}

Ephesians 2:1-3
"Gracious God. reorient our hearts and lives toward You and our neighbors, not for our own gain but so that all may know Your love." March 12, 2015 Lenten Devotional, p.49
Ephesians 2:4-7
"Holy God, fill us this day with Your Grace beyond measure IJN "March 13, 2015 p. 51
Ephesians 2:8-9
"Humble us, Gracious God, that we exult Your goodness."March 14, 2015 p. 53
Ephesians 2:10
"God of goodness, sing through our lives this day, creating us for good in the places we live and work." March 15, 2015 Lenten Devotional, p. 55

Ephesians 2:10

My favorite *verses:

Ephesians 2:8

" Lord, Increase my faith. I understand this is important because by faith I'm saved; and because You had grace, I could have faith to save me. So while I pray for an increase in faith, I also ask that You would make grace less necessary in my life as You perfect my walk in Your love and Holy Spirit." Adam Houge, "The Power of Praying Ephesians"

Lord, Thank You that by grace I have been saved through faith. I ask for more faith and more grace not only for me, but in me for others; the gift of grace is truly amazing and I desire to be more gracious and share more of Your aMazing Grace from a better understanding after holding it closely before me all this year as My One Word from You. After immersing myself in Your Grace, may I come to realize its beauty, strength, power and such a blessing of favor unmerited and so undeserved yet also one that we have such a hard time allowing others in our daily interactions with them. Help us and guide us to share Your Grace.

***Ephesians 2:10***

"Lord, I surrender to Your will, that Your works can be accomplished in me and through me, Guide me with Your hand and bless the direction You take me. Teach me to submit to Your Spirit, that He may work through me rather than I try to operate in my own wisdom and strength in my attempts to please You. Teach me what it means to walk in Your Holy Spirit moment by moment and decision after decision."Adam Houge

"How have you been diligently seeking to grow your faith lately?"

"How have you been surrendering to His will and sensitizing yourself to His Voice?


* I added this to last Friday's Focus but you may have missed it either here or the actual LIVESTREAM of Jennie Allen, Ann Voskamp and Jeremy Courtney-Preemptive Love Coalition: "Behind the Issue" ISIS  and also on Ann's Holy Experience blog: Update and all the rest I linked last week plus more. This is living Ephesians and GRACE! Grace be with you! ~ Peggy 

Looking ahead to June and summer studies... here's one that Faith Gateway shared with me and others, since I had an audible copy, I now requested a review copy of the new version and probably will join in the 8 week study since I signed up for Jennie Allen's "ANYTHING" ... Project. Hopefully I get my review posted before this starts with the LIVE Kick Off Event on June 15th followed by the study (June 15- Aug.8, 2015). I listened to my audible version when I originally read with GMG in the summer of 2013 and the new book includes a study guide plus updates since the previous version.

Anything Project with Jennie Allen

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NIV "Discover God's Heart" Devotional

You Version 21 Day plan is different from this one for 365 days.
*GENESIS Daily Readings
*EXODUS Daily Readings starts on Jan. 18th (days 18-31)
*LEVITICUS starts Feb. 5th (days 32-40)
*NUMBERS/DEUTERONOMY Feb. 14th (days 41-60)
JOSHUA (days 61-66)
JUDGES (days 67-72)
RUTH (day 73)
1 & 2 SAMUEL (days 74-91)
1 & 2 KINGS (days 92-105)
1 & 2 CHRONICLES (106-120)