"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, September 30, 2011

FRIDAY FEATURE ~ FAITH FOCUS


FAITH FOCUS

Here are the verses from 365 PROMISES this week
Promise #268 - #273
to focus and feature on a verse chosen from these scriptures
2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 23:4; Jude 1:24; Romans 16:20; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Romans 4:20-21

I chose this one
from 
Jude 1:24



"...To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy— "


I need God every day, by His Holy Spirit to keep me from falling and this reminds me of the wonderful result... His glorious Presence and great JOY! There it is "my Word for 2011" ... JOY! At the time I am writing this post, I am reading a really fun and good book to review... "Stumbling into Grace... Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman " by Lisa Harper (I think it would make a really goooood Bible Study, of course I love anything with God's grace)... and stumbling is right up my natural way, although I'm usually not clumsy... I will TRUST God to keep me from stumbling... 

So now it's your turn to choose one of this week's Promises of God from the choices above; share here in the comments or blog about it and link up here. 


Focus your Faith on your chosen verse and share however you would like to feature the Promise. Remember to link the Scripture chosen and than your blog name if it fits


For more FRIDAY FEATURE info. or the beginning of this FAITH FOCUS in God's Promises follow this link.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WFW ~ ABIDE in CHRIST

John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)


I learned so much by "Waiting on God" by Andrew Murray, in August, that I have decided for my birthday month of October, I will be ABIDING with "Abide in Christ" by Andrew Murray. I can't think of any better way for me to celebrate my birthday this year than to ABIDE more in Jesus!


I've decided that this is the perfect way for me to prepare for the season of "Giving Thanks" and "Christmas Love". So once again, I will be doing Andrew Murray's devotional DAILY here on my blog and in my personal quiet time and there's also a copy free online if you'd like to read along with me or ahead of me.


Here are a couple of quotes from the Preface of "Abide in Christ" by Andrew Murray:

"During the life of Jesus on earth, the word He chiefly used when speaking of the relations of the disciples to Himself was: "Follow me." When about to leave for heaven, He gave them a new word, in which their more intimate and spiritual union with Himself in glory should be expressed. That chosen word was:  "Abide in me.""

"In conclusion, I ask to be permitted to give one word of advice to my reader. It is this. It needs time to grow into Jesus the Vine: do not expect to abide in Him unless you will give Him that time

It is not enough to read God's Word, or meditations as here offered, and when we think we have hold of the thoughts, and have asked God for His blessing, to go out in the hope that the blessing will abide. 

No, it needs day by day time with Jesus and with God. We all know the need of time for our meals each day--every workman claims his hour for dinner; the hurried eating of so much food is not enough.

If we are to live through Jesus, we must feed on Him (John 6:57); we must thoroughly take in and assimilate that heavenly food the Father has given us in His life. Therefore, my brother (sisters), who would learn to abide in Jesus, take time each day, ere you read, and while you read, and after you read, to put yourself into living contact with the living Jesus, to yield yourself distinctly and consciously to His blessed influence; so will you give Him the opportunity of taking hold of you, of drawing you up and keeping you safe in His almighty life."

John 15:5-8 (The Message)

"I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. 

Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who He is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. 

 WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY
How are you ABIDING in CHRIST in this season of your life?
Is the fruit showing? Is the fruit being produced?
What does your HARVEST look like this year?

May you remain in Jesus Christ
so that He abides in you,
and
you will bear much fruit
with Him
all things are possible!


from *Christian Wallpapers





Monday, September 26, 2011

WOMAN of WORTH

Did you know that WOMAN of WORTH is W.O.W. but if you flip it upside down it spells M.O.M. and that is exactly what each MOM is: a WOMAN of WORTH!!! WOW MOM!!! Also many times in a week or even a day, we may feel flipped upside down as moms, but whichever way you look at it, God sees worth in you...As you can see, I have flip flopped and moved WOW to MONDAY... (that's when I get it in my email) in place of MOORE 4 Monday... it will be WOW... MOM (moved on Mondays) Moved, because I switched the days but also "MOVED" by how we connect with the women in the Bible, how we are touched, maybe how we are changed. Many of us can relate to different women in the Bible, and this week, she is the one for me besides another in the New Testament. Maybe I should not so readily admit this flaw... but there it is... Woman of Worth Moved On Mondays... 


This was the CLUE I gave you to guess WHO the WOMAN of WORTH would be this week with Bible Gateway (BG).
CLUE:
  • she was a woman a great beauty
  • she committed adultery and murder
  • she came from a God fearing family
  • she became a mother of a writer in the Bible
  • she had a repentant heart along with her lover
  • she is listed in the genealogy of Jesus (that narrows it down)

The Woman Whose Beauty Resulted in Adultery and Murder

Scripture References — 
2 Samuel 11:2,312:24;1 Kings 1:11-31; 2:13-19; 1 Chronicles 3:5
This BG devotional does not break down the life of this WOMAN as the previous ones. But there are 10 paragraphs after her meaning of her name and family connections. 
  1. Paragraph 1... sacred record
  2. P2... sad story
  3. P3... "lazing around..."
  4. P4... sent for by the King
  5. P5... added insult
  6. P6... period of mourning
  7. P7... Divinely instructed
  8. P8... What about...
  9. P9... after her lapse, recovery and birth...
  10. P10... lesson learned
This is a deeply personal story of great meaning for me and different situations in my own life. I have focused my questions on what was the content of the 4th paragraph, then on the paragraph on MOURNING and lastly on Paragraph 8.

Questions to ponder or answer in the comments (if you choose) not mine but from the Bible Gateway reading:

Do you agree or disagree with this statement in P4 and why?
 "...had she been a true wife and a woman of principle she should have refused to obey the king’s summons."
 What is your view of the mourning of their child and as punishment?


What about.... our women of worth? 
"...was she made conscious of her share in the iniquitous transaction of the past? did her tears of repentance mingle with those of her husband’s? 
Why was not such a son given to one of the other wives?"
General Focus Questions for Bible Stories
1. What are the most interesting moments in the story? Why do these particular moments appeal to me?  
2. In the story, who speaks and who listens? Who acts? Who gets what they want? If you were in the story, which person would you want to be friends with? Which person would you want to avoid? 
3. What is God's interaction with the main characters? What does this tell you about the narrator's image of God? Do you agree with this image? 
4. What is happening on either side of the story, in the chapters before and after it? Does this help you understand what is happening? 
5. The narrator/editor has chosen to tell some things and leave other things out. What has been left out of the story that you would like to know? 
6. Are the characteristics and actions of the people in the story still present in the world? How is the story relevant to modern life, especially your own?  

CLUE for the next WOMAN of WORTH:

  • known as the woman who gave her all
  • she was a widow
  • she touches our hearts with her giving
  • Jesus noticed her and preserves her story, though without a name
She is a WOMAN of WORTH without a name, but known by a title/role

*NOTE:
This will be the last woman that I will be doing here each week but you can continue with Bible Gateway. During the month of October, I will be doing another book devotion by Andrew Murray,"Abiding in Christ" so I have decided to let this one go and return to it again later. I also am doing the wonderful study with Internet Cafe Devotions "PURE EMOTION" with Susan Lawrence, and need to focus. Hope you understand (to the two of my devoted WOW participants in this). Thanks!







Sunday, September 25, 2011

SOAKING ON SONDAY (S.O.S.) ~ CARRY ME

WELCOME
to

SOAKING On SON DAY

I don't try to do this too often but I could not resist sharing two videos today.

The first one, is a CARRY over from my FAITH FOCUS this week, which was also the 49th anniversary of FROM THE HEART and her husband (isn't that awesomeso I want to dedicate the second song to them... Although it's about the LOVE of Our Precious Father, it also is the love He has given to these two that celebrate 49 years together (I'm sure not always easy to love unconditionally as Our Father) but strong enough to last and stay committed to their Promise and His to them. So, you may choose whichever video you'd like, because they both will bless your time soaking in the LOVE of Our Lord! The second one is also my prayer for this week... Happy Anniversary Alice and Leo!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMZj0520v0g

Isaiah 40:11

Thank You LORD, that You promise that You will carry us... 


and for the many times You DO carry us


"I'm in LOVE with You"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQbYNrx_Yxg

"Can I sing You a song
Can I pour out my heart
To say Your love is healing me
Just a glimpse of Your grace
And my whole world is changed
Forever and completely
I’m in love with You (4xs)
Redeemed, made whole
By the love that You have poured out over my soul
Restored, I am made new
Father You only You"
from Klaus and Kari Jobe night of worship album 
"Prepare the Way"


JOIN US
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  sharing 
scene, song or scripture  
(or any combination)
 just keep it simple! 

Pouring out my heart
in worship
of  the 
ONE
who
carries 
me

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Friday, September 23, 2011

FRIDAY FEATURE ~ FAITH FOCUS

FAITH FOCUS

The verses from 365 PROMISES for this week
can be found at their site or in the September video 
in my post God's Promises ~ Part III
Promises #244-273 (all of Septembers)
to focus and feature a chosen verse 


1st week; end of August 28 thru September 1-3
Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-25; Zephaniah 3:17; 
2nd week; September 4-9
Psalm 139:17-18; Psalm 139:16; Deuteronomy 1:31; Isaiah 61:7; Ephesians 2:4-5; Hebrews 8:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17;
3rd week; September 11-16
Acts 17:27; Isaiah 65:24; Isaiah 30:21; Psalm 18:34-35; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 68:19; 
4th week; September 18-23
1 Peter 3:9; Proverbs 3:9-10; Isaiah 58:7-8; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 4:8; Psalm 103:5; Psalm51:17; 
5th week; September 25-30
2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 23:4; Jude 1:24; Romans 16:20; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Romans 4:20-21.

My FAITH FOCUS for my FRIDAY FEATURE of God's Promises is from 
Isaiah 40:31
Promise #264
"If you wait for Me, I will renew your strength."
"...but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint."

If you know me at all, you know that this is my verse by now. And after doing the entire month of August with Andrew Murray's "Waiting on God", I knew this was the one I needed. In case, you do not know why this is my verse, let me just share that it is the passage that the spirit gave me as I had the honor to read at my youngest brother's funeral, after we sang "On Eagle's Wings" and the selected reading of my brother from Kahil Gibran, The Prophet. Now years later, I am so much more thankful for the strength that God renews in me, the hope that keeps me soaring... God's spirit enabling me to run when I may be weary and walk even if I feel faint. He will carry me. 

I clearly have a song or two for this; the one linked above and another special song for the Smiths (Selah) with Audrey Caroline... but this is the one I choose
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp569dzQVfQ

Yes, HE WILL and does CARRY ME and YOU!

So now it's your turn to choose one of this week's Promises of God from the choices above; share here in the comments or blog about it and link up here.

Focus your Faith on your chosen verse and share however you would like to feature the Promise. Remember to link the Scripture chosen and than your blog name if it fits. For more FRIDAY FEATURE info. or the beginning of this.


If you don't see the Linky, please just add your title or link in the comments.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

WOMAN of WORTH

This was the only CLUE I gave you to guess WHO the WOMAN of WORTH would be this week with Bible Gateway.
CLUE:
she is a New Testament woman...
her name means “primitive,” hence, “worthy, or venerable,” as belonging to the good old time
she is usually named along with her spouse because ... 

  • They Were One in Marital Bliss, 
  • They Were One in the Lord, 
  • They Were One in Secular Occupation(tent makers), 
  • They Were One in Their Friendship for Paul, 
  • They Were One in Their Profound Knowledge of Scripture, 
  • They Were One in the Service of the Church 
READ here to see if you were right.



Questions to ponder or answer in the comments:

How did this affect her life TO BE ONE with her spouse in these? 
How would this change your life if YOU WERE ONE in all these things with your spouse?  or which ones are you ONE with HIM? 

CLUE for the next WOMAN of WORTH:
  • she was a woman a great beauty
  • she committed adultery and murder
  • she came from a God fearing family
  • she became a mother of writer in the Bible
  • she had a repentant heart along with her lover
  • she is listed in the genealogy of Jesus
General Focus Questions for Bible Stories
1. What are the most interesting moments in the story? Why do these particular moments appeal to me?  
2. In the story, who speaks and who listens? Who acts? Who gets what they want? If you were in the story, which person would you want to be friends with? Which person would you want to avoid? 
3. What is God's interaction with the main characters? What does this tell you about the narrator's image of God? Do you agree with this image? 
4. What is happening on either side of the story, in the chapters before and after it? Does this help you understand what is happening? 
5. The narrator/editor has chosen to tell some things and leave other things out. What has been left out of the story that you would like to know? 
6. Are the characteristics and actions of the people in the story still present in the world? How is the story relevant to modern life, especially your own?  

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WFW ~ GATEKEEPERS


John 10:3

Are you a Gatekeeper?

* "The Lord showed me by His Spirit that His gatekeepers are the intercessors"  
and trust me, there is a great need and many burdens, for immediate gate keepers. I kept seeing this WORD, 'gatekeeper' in the book of Nehemiah (my WFW from last week). So, Gatekeepers, let's build... hand me another brick... or a post or a rod...

For more
 WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY


* great resource on this and where the above quote comes from:
THE GATEKEEPER: THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERCESSOR


Monday, September 19, 2011

MOORE On MONDAY ~ SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT continued

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDmxeKBTtbc

Last Monday, I shared two other videos of this teaching by Beth Moore. Then, I wrote a 7 point GPS to go along with it... and it just must not have been that good. So I'm refraining this time from making any further demonstration of what I may lack... in GSD... (you'll have to go back and read it to find out).

For the FULL teaching(with Light Source):
Spiritual Discernment (part 1)
Spiritual Discernment (part 2)
Spiritual Discernment (part 3)
Spiritual Discernment (part 4) January 18, 2012
Spiritual Discernment (part 5) January 25, 2012
Spiritual Discernment (part 6) Feb. 15, 2012 
Beth delves into the difficulties of trusting people in relationships

When things aren't as they seem:

1. RUN

2. Take a STEP BACK 
(not about feelings, can't shake it)
Proverbs 4:23

3. Ask questions of the person/group face to face.

4. 



One Place is currently sharing "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things" with Beth Moore, since the middle of August. Before that they shared "The Inheritance"(in which I really learned alot).  Bible Cafe for Women just started doing "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things" this Sept. and other great ones, so check them out also. 

So, today, I'm thinking about... Godly People... and some of the ungodly things and people, too.

Hoping that you are encountering Godly people doing godly things and better yet, that you are being one of those Godly people. Using all the spiritual discernment, I can muster up for another week... of following Jesus and being Jesus to those I encounter.


Other sources: 
RBT (Relevant Bible Teaching)
Power 2 Serve (War & Freedom) 


Saturday, September 17, 2011

SOAKING ON SONDAY (S.O.S.) ~ WRAP ME IN YOUR ARMS



SOAKING On SON DAY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOVm2A0Pa4U

This goes with the verse I chose this week for Friday Feature Faith Focus...

God promises
that 
"You will find safety in My everlasting arms."
Deuteronomy 33:27

May you be embraced as 
YOU SOAK
[artist: Danny Hahlbohm]

JOIN US
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Friday, September 16, 2011

FRIDAY FEATURE ~ FAITH FOCUS


FAITH FOCUS


The verses from 365 PROMISES for this week
can be found at their site or in their September video 
or in my post God's Promises ~ Part III
#244-#273 (all of Septembers)
to focus and feature a chosen verse 


1st week; end of August 28 thru September 1-3
Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-25; Zephaniah 3:17; 
2nd week; September 4-9
Psalm 139:17-18; Psalm 139:16; Deuteronomy 1:31; Isaiah 61:7; Ephesians 2:4-5; Hebrews 8:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17;
3rd week; September 11-16
Acts 17:27; Isaiah 65:24; Isaiah 30:21; Psalm 18:34-35; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 68:19; 
4th week; September 18-23
1 Peter 3:9; Proverbs 3:9-10; Isaiah 58:7-8; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 4:8; Psalm 103:5; Psalm 51:17; 
5th week; September 25-30
2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 23:4; Jude 1:24; Romans 16:20; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Romans 4:20-21.


My FAITH FOCUS for my FRIDAY FEATURE of God's Promises is from 
Deuteronomy 33:27
Promise #259
"You will find safety in My everlasting arms."
Although each verse for this week as they appeared, I said "Yeah, this is the one." But when I came upon this one, I claimed it and also I have seen this in my life especially in this last decade, so I knew that this was it. I love to look forward to the security I have in this Promise from God and the thought of finding myself in His everlasting arms. 


Though other's arms may have failed you (friend, spouse, parent), forgive them and treasure being in the arms of One who will never fail you. He also has arms that are strong but gentle; secure but scarred; outstretched yet wrapped around you... have you felt those arms that are like this and ever so lasting? If you haven't, reach for Him today and let Him touch you and enclose you in His powerful, loving embrace... and allow me the privilege to send a virtual hug and someday the actual REAL hug of someone who knows this HUG. 
*******
So now it's your turn to choose one of this week's Promises of God from the choices above; share here in the comments or blog about it and link up here.

Focus your Faith on your chosen verse and share however you would like to feature the Promise. Remember to link the Scripture chosen and than your blog name if it fits. For more FRIDAY FEATURE info. or the beginning of this.


If you don't see the Linky, please just add your title or link in the comments.



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