"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

Saturday, August 31, 2013

SOS ~ PEACE

PEACE IN RELATIONSHIPS
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ISAIAH 26:3

"Thou wilt keep him in peace, peace, in perfect peace, inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, under all events; this peace shall he be put into, and kept in the possession of, whose mind is stayed upon God, because it trusts in him. It is the character of every good man that he trusts in God, puts himself under His guidance and government, and depends upon Him that it shall be greatly to his advantage to do so. Those that trust in God must have their minds stayed upon Him, must trust Him at all times, under all events, must firmly and faithfully adhere to Him, with an entire satisfaction in Him; and such as do so God will keep in perpetual peace, and that peace shall keep them. When evil tidings are abroad those shall calmly expect the event, and not be disturbed by frightful apprehensions arising from them, whose hearts are fixed, trusting in the Lord, Ps. 112:7 . It is the matter of a precept " ~ Matthew Henry Complete Commentary(for context)

PRAYING 
that
HIS PERFECT PEACE
keep 
YOU
and that
your minds and hearts 
remain
STEADFAST
as you
TRUST
in
JESUS CHRIST
as 
YOUR
PERFECT
PEACE

There'll be more on 
PEACE
soon after
we walk through
ACTS
for 
the next 30 days
[which means this is my last SOS ~ PEACE for awhile]
*SPECIAL NOTICE*
and also SOS on Sunday evenings of Studies 
since we finished our last one this past week
NO MORE SOS
for now

COMMENTS ARE CLOSED

with hopes that you caught
Pastor Rick Warren
at Saddleback Church Online this past week
"SURRENDER:The Path to Peace"

and then it's
 as if Pastor Rick is reading my mind (or emails) or 
living like a fly on my wall, because
he's redoing a successful series that he already did at his church
on his daily radio program
Daily Hope

"Thrive in your relationships"
Surviving Relationships God's Way

The reason that I am sharing this one here is because his first message (Part 1) of this series is

"Six Steps to PEACE in Relationships"
according to
James 3:13-18

ooo, 
is this so good
check out his pdf

"Those who are PEACEMAKERS plant seeds of peace 
and reap a harvest of goodness.”~ Rick Warren




*same image has been used all of August from Crosscards (dot) com 

Friday, August 30, 2013

FAITH FOCUS FRIDAY ~ LIVE UP, LIVE IN, LIVE OUT Finale

from 
30 Day Faith Dare
The FAITH DARE
by Debbie Alsdorf

This last part, Days 27 - 30, I have done (at least I hope so) in the post comments that I shared earlier this week HERE. (it was August 26th posted at 6pm) or perhaps I did not finish because quite frankly, to LIVE OUT is probably the most difficult yet the most necessary to really being and walking the true life of a Christian. By LIVING it OUT with others; loved ones and ones that have never been loved or given the opportunity to know Jesus and His great love! That's why and when we must LIVE our faith OUT. After all, that's what this DARE brings us.

So today, instead of repeating, I just want us to really FOCUS on where this FAITH DARE has taken us and pray that we continue in FAITH moving forward, trusting God and not stay in the pit of our situations or circumstances as Debbie concludes with Colossians 3:2-3.

That after these 30 days of forming a new habit or fine tuning our old habit if we were established in a UPWARD, INWARD, OUTWARD one... it's time to move FORWARD better in what we began ... (I know I'm trying, 2 steps forward and 0 steps back)

 ... " you began the formation of a new habit of seeking God, processing truth, and finding ways to live out God’s Word. You also practiced dying to self by choosing the right things— ways of doing life that are biblical but might be uncomfortable." ~ Debbie Alsdorf

I believe that Debbie's concluding chapter is filled to the brim with so much and wonderful insights and continued dares for us as she wraps this all UP...

"To look up, focus your attention on what is biblically true rather than on what you are feeling. In the moment of stress, pain, or doubt . . . stop. Choose instead to tell yourself what is true about you, your life in Christ, and God’s love and faithfulness. Take a new position, stand firm in who Christ is and who you are in him. Look up! Look to him! Choose to believe. It starts as a choice, when repeated becomes a new habit, and over time becomes an art. I think looking up has become a lost art in a world in which we look to self, get discouraged, depressed, and defeated. There is a better way, and it starts with the choice to look up! ~ Debbie Alsdorf

Today choose to walk in a new life.

I know that I am inspired!!! to do just that and MORE!

Here are 3 points to do to be new from DEBBIE ALSDORF in her closing chapter of The Faith Dare that I really love:
  1. Start a new morning habit. When you look at yourself in the mirror, thank God for the truth. Say to him, “Thank You, Lord, that I am alive in You. Thank You for the gift of salvation. I am Your work, and You have prepared good works for me to do today, as I live to honor You.” 
  2. Make a list of attitudes you still carry around and live in, attitudes that have always been a part of you. Recognize that Christ can give you new attitudes. 
  3. Get a small gift box. Wrap it up beautifully and place it where you will see it frequently during the next few weeks. Each time you see it, tell yourself the truth. “God’s gift to me is Jesus. In Jesus Christ I have all I need. God has gifted me to be part of his plan.”
Aren't these GREAT ideas???!!! and Debbie goes further and challenges us with MORE Dares!

This is the very best quote among so many written by Debbie:
" ... remember ACKNOWLEDGING where we are is the first step to living in faith and truth" (capitals are mine).

I know I want to live in faith and truth. I know I want my faith to be lived in truth. And the truth is that wherever I am, I am still His Child and He loves me. Beyond that I may be walking on eggshells and uncertain. I have years behind me and hopefully years ahead of me to walk in His aMazing Grace. I will continue in faith and not loose heart as I follow God. I see my weaknesses (yep, those MESSES and MAZES of my life) as means by which God perfects His strength and image in me. I'm definitely a imperfect work in imperfect progress, but each day, I hope to be moving forward. May God be glorified in me and receive all the glory when He moves through me and my weakness with His power. May I stop resisting Him trying to mold me and form me and just comply willingly this clump of clay and broken pieces. May I truly live by faith and not by sight knowing that Christ's aMazing Grace is sufficient for every situation. (this in part is personalizing Debbie's words to myself)

Debbie Alsdorf has really hit home for me day after day and she sums it up in these ...

FAITH STEPS
  • "Do not give up. 
  • Do not allow discouragement to have its way with you; fight it with biblical truth. 
  • Set your focus on faith in God. He will be faithful to the end! 
  • Thank God that strength and ability are not the criteria by which He chooses to use people. 
  • Thank God that His grace renews you daily. 
  • Refuse to loose heart. Instead, focus on the truth: the Lord loves you enough to change you, work in you, and have His way with you."  
... and of course, she has some great closing DARES, the last of 3 which reminds us to

"... make 3 relationships a priority: live up to God; live in, surrendering self; live out in love toward others."

WOW!

30 Day Faith Dare*Most of this is not my material and belongs exclusively to Debbie Alsdorf and the places that I have linked. All credit is hers and the publisher and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of how wonderful it is, hopefully so we can discuss and share together the contents as we challenge one another "to live life to the fullest" in Christ.
©2007-2013 Design4Living Ministries. All rights reserved. 


This is such an excellent book that will and has impacted my life starting anew, "beginning a life of basic faith, one truth at a time, one choice at a time, and one day at a time." (WOW, thanks Debbie, I could not have said this better!) I know I will keep going back in this book often to renew and rekindle MY FAITH and my FAITH WALK!

Debbie has challenged me "to dare to follow after a God who cannot be boxed up or figured out ... " 

May I live my life as FULLY as Debbie has chosen to do despite her recent discovery of cancer this summer (labeling this as a "sacred journey"on her blog). Not too sure I could call it that. I cannot say enough about her faith being lived out in front of us, her ministry and this book(she also has another book I'll be checking out). Also 2 more, Margaret Feinberg (another great author, I've shared) and our precious Alleluiabelle. May we take time to encourage these women of God, dear sisters in Christ.

May I ask you to say a prayer for Debbie (and the others) whenever you can and you're praying for others in this battle, "when you are weak, He is strong" as you face your difficulties, pray for others and remember we are not alone ... "when we walk through the storms, hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the ... "

I'm inspire to ACT! 
(my next month long adventure for Sept.)
Planned before I started 
"The Faith Dare"

followed by another in October
then November's month of "Giving Thanks"
finishing with a month of CAROLING in December
to end 2013 with
JOY
and
PEACE
I'm really
FOCUSED
that
I LIVE
my
FAITH
out
more

Will you continue to 
JOIN me?

I sure hope so!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

GRATEFUL 2/4 GOD ...

For more about this, go back to here and follow any of these

I'm GRATEFUL 
2(to) GOD 4(for) 
as
my
CORNERSTONE
Ephesians 2:20
1 Peter 2:6
Isaiah 28:16
more verses

Not really knowing what this would mean for me to give thanks to God, for Jesus, as My Cornerstone ... I set out to read and study this, because I chose this Name based on this was the last week of "The Great House of God" study so it only seemed like I should know more about this Cornerstone.  I needed to really understand what it means not just with God, as my Foundation, my Rock, but I need to know how to recognize Jesus as my Cornerstone, what it means, how to pray, praise, and thank Him for being my Cornerstone ... here's some of what
I discovered... as I FOCUS(ed)

So what exactly is the Cornerstone?

"The cornerstone provides the lines, the pattern for all the rest of the building. The cornerstone must be  straight and true, and everything in the entire building lines up in reference to the cornerstone. If the cornerstone is defective in anyway, if the line is off by a tiny angle, the whole building will be wrong."

"In ancient building practices, the cornerstone was the principal stone placed at the corner of the edifice. The cornerstone was usually one of the largest, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed of any in the edifice. Jesus describes Himself as the Cornerstone that His church would be built upon, a unified body of believers, both Jew and Gentile."

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Christ-cornerstone.html#ixzz2d1ykxVBL "Got Questions" gave me a quick understanding ... but the BEST because of its simplicity was the one for Kids ... really well done "Bible Time for Kids" (CCCM) I guess once a teacher of kids that is what appeals most to me! I really did delight in this 5 day lesson plan. It even gives me a "Prayer Time" focus...

PRAYER:

Lord, Thank You for the Foundation that You have provided for me in Jesus Christ. Thank You that I am not building my house in sinking sand but upon the Rock! I ask that if anyone does not know how to build upon the Rock or seek Jesus as their Cornerstone that they may find a solid source and begin construction with Jesus as their Cornerstone. May our lives be COMPLETE and built in the unity of Jesus, who is Our Cornerstone!

***
How have you
experienced God this week?
(or would like to)

F: Focus on a Name of God or one of His attributes; Find a Verse
O: Open His Word~the Bible; allow God to reveal Himself
C: Center on HIM, Come into His Presence; let Him speak
U: Understand God and His Truth in His Word; Unmask your heart to God
S: Saturate and Soak as you Share your GRATITUDE for God to God
***
Just write on being grateful 2 God 4 who He is!
(in a prayer of gratitude)


Please tell us in the comments your response for the week to ...

"I'm grateful to God as my  ... because ...  or  "I'm grateful for God's  ... (quality) because ... (a Scripture would be nice if ya' got one in your head, or just come back, the blog's always here even when I'm not) or better yet you can write a prayer to Him right in my comments of how you experience God as that Name or quality of God

***

NOTE: I will not be formally doing Grateful 2/4 God as a post during Sept. and Oct. but will return for the whole month of November. However, I will be continuously GIVING THANKS during this time and on occasion may pop that into my posts. Yes, as I've said (I think) I have posts daily planned since my 30 day Faith Dare, each month has a FOCUS here. I hope you will come along on my journey through ACTS (Sept), ??? surprise??? (Oct. 31 Days)
Giving Thanks (Nov.) and Caroling (Dec.) ... 

Another NOTEWORTHY event: I have now 1976 posts (some are in draft and some are yet to come) (it will be much more after I set up the last 2 months) but I thought this was a KEY POINT in BLOGGING to mention this, since I graduated in that year, married in that year, and started my first professional teaching job that fall (which was my best year of teaching;my first and my last, years later were my favorite years of teaching) ... anyways, as I near 2000 and go beyond to close out 2013, maybe I'm suppose to lay this old blog aside??? 




Naw.... we'll have to see what the Boss says! I think I heard Him this past week speak to me about my new ONE WORD for 2014 or maybe I confused it with a suggestion for a book title... yeah, that'll be the day ... well, actually that is kinda what my blog is ... a book, a continual book in progress, hmmmm


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"RESTORED to Wholeness by GRACE"

by
Pastor Joseph Prince

Restored To Wholeness By Grace

As I draw near to the end of "The Faith Dare", when I saw and listened to this from Pastor Joseph Prince, I knew that this was the reason and right message for a blog named "aMazing Grace ... Mazes, Messes and Miracles" and what I hope as I progress on this faith journey (even though these 30 days may be ending, I have been encouraged to continue in this FAITH dare and journey) seeking to be "restored to wholeness" by HIS GRACE!

"Whatever your weakness, God wants to restore you to wholeness by His grace! Joseph Prince expounds on Jesus’ healing of the leper, and shows you how our Lord comes down to where we are—hiding alone in our sickness, lack and rejection—to touch, heal and restore us to wholeness. See how it is only God’s grace, not the law, that is both willing and able to cleanse us of our sins, deliver us from our weaknesses and restore us to better-than-before. Hear this message and be greatly encouraged to come to Jesus and receive His touch and complete restoration! "


Joseph Prince 

"Be part of the grace revolution as Joseph Prince unleashes the amazing beauty and glory of the gospel of grace from where the apostle Paul began his missionary journeys—Caesarea Maritima. See how grace  is the truth that sets you free from any bondage, and begin to build every area of your life on the unshakable, rock-solid foundation of God’s glorious grace. Encounter the incomparable person of Jesus as you listen to this liberating message, and let a revelation of His gift of righteousness usher in the healing, resurrection, peace and fruitfulness you want to see in your life!" Grace Revolution with Joseph Prince

*This message is also available in the DVD box set, Live In Israel—A TBN Special

Joseph Prince's (2nd) message at Hillsong 2012 was also more GRACE that super abounds; another Hillsong Conference video on GRACE (maybe the 1st)
"Revisit the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar with fresh eyes! Join Joseph Prince in this video excerpt as he reveals the drama, characters and events as typologies in this in-depth study of grace versus law. Catch a glimpse of why we must cast out "Hagar" (the law) in our lives and make "Sarah" (grace) the principal thing. See also Jesus' heart of love in choosing to deal with us based on grace, and begin to experience a greater and greater measure of the freedom and victory you have in Christ!"  "Make Grace the Principal Thing! Cast out Hagar!" http://josephprince.com/

When I found this video and listened to the various teachings on GRACE, indeed I believed even more in God's Grace. So, I looked for an open place to add this where it may benefit us and bless each one of us on this FAITH JOURNEY without interrupting the process. I hope this fits well in your FAITH journey as we finish this DARE yet continue FOCUSED on our FAITH (or in our FAITH) and begin putting this to ACTS of faith.


REFRESHED by Grace from 2012

God’s refreshment and restoration hinge upon our repentance. 
"Learn this lesson: not to trust Christ because you repent, but trust Christ to make you repent; not to come to Christ because you have a broken heart but to come to Him that He may give you a broken heart; not to come to Him because you are fit to come, but to come to Him because you are unfit to come. Your fitness is your unfitness. Your qualification is your lack of qualification." C.H. Spurgeon

"Beloved, whatever your weakness, God wants to restore you to wholeness by His grace. Come to Jesus and receive His healing and complete restoration today!"~ Joseph Prince ... 

and me  ... God's Beloved Restored By Grace ... Peggy

REFINED, RESTORED, REFRESHED, RENEWED



* other resources from Joseph Prince (all images and videos are his; no copyright infringement intended):


every year since 2008, Joseph Prince Ministries has 4 volumes of Grace Revolution that you can download or preview


GRACE FLOWS IN WORRY FREE AREAS of your life (preview online) (volume 1, issue 3) "When you see God's GRACE, He sees your faith" 

SET FREE from sin through GRACE

OVERSUPPLYING GRACE (volume 4, issue 1)

GRACE FAVOR SEMINAR




Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TRUTHS ON TUESDAY (TOT)

I was sure that once upon a time on this blog, I shared Truths On Tuesday, a day set aside for me to share Teachings or Truths I've been learning or listening to in online sermons or radio programs, but when I looked for a label with (TOT) I did not find one ... so ... I guess I'm launching TOT today with Pastor Rick Warren's series - Part 4 of ...

"GET THROUGH"


I know that I have been sharing this series here and there because it has been and is such a wonderful series showing us by Kay and Rick Warren's example and experience, through the tragic loss this year of their dear son, Matthew, how we too can get through whatever we're going through ... I know that it is really ministering to me personally (way beyond any teaching I have ever received on loss and grief). 

I am truly benefiting! So this is why I try to share with you and pass on this rich blessing and teaching. If not for you, it may be for you to use with someone you know that is in the midst of some heavy issues and needs you and that you know how to relate and help! This is a tool that will last a lifetime as you learn what Pastor Rick is teaching ...  

This is PART 4: "SURRENDER:The Path to Peace" (these are the Message Notes or Outline for the sermon available in pdf)

from August 24-25, 2013 Message 

PART 4: "SURRENDER:The Path to Peace"

"REVIEW (of previous parts)

Part 1.

IN SHOCK
- Cry out to God
- Let others help me.

Part 2.
IN SORROW
- You go through it, not around it
- List the losses I’ve never grieved
- Identify what I’ve really lost
- Ask Jesus to heal my broken heart

Part 3.
IN STRUGGLE
- Learn to lament in the Biblical way
Complain: Tell God what I think is unfair or painful
Appeal to God’s nature
Remind God of what he has said (promises)
Express my total trust in God

Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, 
in order that we might have hope...” Rom.15:4 (TEV)

SURRENDER

David’s Loss Of A Child - 1 Samuel 12:16-24

David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. The leaders of the nation pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused. Then on the seventh day the baby died. David's advisers were afraid to tell him. ‘He was so broken up about the baby being sick,’ they said. ‘What will he do to himself when we tell him the child is dead?’ But when David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. ‘Is the baby dead?’ he asked. ‘Yes,’ they replied.” 2 Sam. 12:16-19 (NLT)

STEPS OF SURRENDER

1. ___________________________________________
David said, ‘I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I 
thought perhaps the Lord would be gracious and let the child live. 
But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back 
again?’” 2 Sam. 12:22-23 (NLT)

2. ___________________________________________
“I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”
2 Sam. 12:23b

3. ___________________________________________
Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes.” 2 Sam. 12:20a

4. ___________________________________________
“Then he went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord.”
2 Sam. 12:20b

“I tried to understand all this, but it was too hard for me to see until I went to the Temple of God. Then I understood...”
Psalm 73:16-17(NCV)

5. ____________________________________________
After that, he returned to the palace and ate.” 2 Sam. 12:20c

6. ____________________________________________
Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. 
She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and they named him 
Solomon.” 2 Sam. 12:24

We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. 
So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
1 John 3:16 (NLT)

(usually there are discussion questions here but at the time I was
putting this together, they still were not available)

UPDATE: It's now linked to Talk It Over discussion questions & video

You can see an archived video of the sermon also at
Saddleback Online 
Archived Services
or any of the past ones in this series or others
In fact, you can even join an online small group


Since PEACE is "my one word" for 2013 this teaching on SURRENDER is a MUST for me to grasp and hold on to ... for I desire a Path of Peace in my journey and this is my year to walk in PEACE, learn of PEACE, and live in PEACE anew. 

If you recall, I shared Pastor Rick's acrostic of PEACE for their PEACE Plan... back here. Each SONday (posted on Sat. evening at 6pm) I have shared SOS ~ PEACE and started this year with Elaine Olsen's "Peace for the Journey". I think it's time for me to take a trip back to those posts and reflect on the PEACE!

I SURRENDER ALL
MIGHTY TO SAVE

*******

LISTEN TO THE PREVIOUS MESSAGES IN THIS SERIES:


“Getting Through What You’re Going Through”

Introduction: 
“How We’re Getting Through It” (Rick & Kay Warren) July 28
*******

I tear up so easily as I listen to these
and
even when
Pastor Rick spoke about falling
"in the pit"
I could relate
and
instead of laugh
the tears welled up

Have you been in a pit lately?

Most of the times, he said
we can't get out
on our own

How very true!

So reach out and get help
because
you will have to
GET THROUGH THIS

one valley at a time
This valley is just north of where I am from in MN
and of course, a beautiful fall excursion
along the St. Croix River Valley
right down to where it joins
the mighty 
Mississippi River

(sigh)
Valleys do seem beautiful
when you live there
far too long

Mountain tops or cliffs
just seem too far above

Sitting in my comfort place
reminds me of His love

He takes me through each journey
as I listen for His song

A melody of peace within
surges from the wrong
and
echoes
of a
dove
above
His love
the wrong
too long
His song
soothes me
with His gentle
PEACE



Monday, August 26, 2013

LIVE OUT! ~ 3 ... continuation ...

from 
Part 4: LIVE OUT!
IN RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS

By no means do these blog posts encompass all that Debbie Alsdorf has written and shared. I have tried to capture in my daily format the key components but Debbie, of course, goes Deeper, much deeper with insights we can apply to us.

deeperTo begin each day with PRAISE, read His Word, digest what stands out to us as she has and then the principal Dare, followed by others. On to a prayer to spur us on and a declaration of belief. Never have I had such a thorough 30 days in my Faith, worth repeating and going Deeper in many areas (so I'll have to return to this again) or perhaps her other book "Deeper" in 2014 (but that book preceded this one, so maybe not, cuz I have so many others floating around waitin', started or wishin' for)    [2014? Can you believe I'm already thinking that far ahead? and it's not as far as we'd hope or think, even when each day may be a "drudge", a trial, a tribulation, a test, may we persevere and go deeper with God and what He's speaking to us as we remember to Focus our Faith on Jesus Christ, rising above each day, giving praise and thanks for one more chance, one more day, one more moment ...] 

There are even more DARES within each day's dare( which I have tried to add in the comments), where Debbie specifically breaks it down into other piece meals, perhaps more DO-able for you. Her daily devotional words on the Truths are beautifully illustrated through her own particular experiences as I'm sure each of us have also and can relate to easily. Her prayers speak simple words from the heart at the end of each day. 


30 Day Faith Dare
The FAITH DARE
by Debbie Alsdorf

posting this the night before for Day 27-Day 30
which brings us to the end or maybe a new beginning
in LIVING up, in and out our FAITH

Day 27
"Measure Out Goodness"
2 Corinthians 8:7

Today’s Praise/ Prayer: Psalm 41:1-2
Today’s Truth: Luke 6:38; Galatians 6:7, 9-10
Today’s Dare:Be generous in love and practical kindness 
Today I Believe: It is God's good plan for me to bless others, give to others, and find ways to show God's love in tangible ways to the people in my life.

Day 28
"Live Unselfishly"
Hebrews 3:13

Today’s Praise/ Prayer: Psalm 25:6-10
Today’s Truth: Luke 6:27-31
Today’s Dare: Seek another's best
Today I Believe: I need to quit being selfish and be open to God when He sends me out to encourage and bless someone else.

Day 29
"Having All We Need"
Matthew 6:32

Today’s Praise/ Prayer: Psalm 18:30-33, 35
Today’s Truth: Philippians 4:4-8, 11-13, 19
Today’s Dare:Choose contentment in your relationships
Today I Believe: God is aware of my need for His strength to be accepting of and content with people who are different from me, upset me, annoy me or otherwise push my buttons.***(and thus upset me)

Day 30
"When It Depends on You"
Romans 12:21

Today’s Praise/ PrayerPsalm 141:3-5
Today’s TruthRomans 12:18-21
Today’s Dare: Be the first one to change
Today I Believe: God will provide my heart's desire and every need. Through Him I can live up, delighting in God; live in, surrendered to His love; and live out, showing that love to others. 


30 Day Faith Dare*Most of this is not my material and belongs exclusively to Debbie Alsdorf and the places that I have linked. All credit is hers and the publisher and to God be the glory. No copyright infringement intended. I have added it here for my own personal use; to hopefully make others aware of how wonderful it is, hopefully so we can discuss and share together the contents as we challenge one another "to live life to the fullest" in Christ.
©2007-2013 Design4Living Ministries. All rights reserved. 

MAP
My Application Part

JournalAcknowledging where we are is the first step to living in faith and truth. 
Today’s truth is speaking to me . . . 
God is asking me to . . . 
My challenge is to . . .
or
YAP
Your Application Part

By choosing one of the days above and completing the 
JOURNAL part for you in the comments
between now and FRIDAY
when I will move this FORWARD and FOCUS with you
Looking forward to reading how this
FAITH DARE
has furthered your faith
in relationship to
OTHERS
and
LIVING OUT!

So remember to
LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST
by
LIVING UP
LIVING IN
and
LIVING OUT
as we continue to
FOCUS OUR FAITH
catch you this
FRIDAY
when we share or finalize 
this FAITH journey


Sunday, August 25, 2013

STUDY ON SUNDAY ~ OUR FATHER ... 14 & 15

... for this week ...
the final parts

Chapter 14 & 15
from our
 FULL HOUSE PLAN

earliest memories of me still found inspite of the ashes of our old house
others have been just guarded in my heart and mind
This has been somewhat of a melancholic journey for us through all these rooms ...



Let's see all the places we have been in this "Great House of God" ... 

1. The Great House of God: A Home for Your Heart 
2. The Living Room: When Your Heart Needs a Father 
3. The Foundation: Where Trust Begins 
4. The Observatory: A Heavenly Affection 
5. The Chapel: Where Man Covers His Mouth 
6. The Throne: Touching the King’s Heart
7. The Study: How God Reveals His Will 
8. The Furnace: Because Someone Prayed 
9. The Kitchen: God’s Abundant Table 
10. The Roof: Beneath God’s Grace 
11. The Hallway: Grace Received, Grace Given 
12. The Family Room: Learning to Live Together 
13. The Walls: Satan, God’s Servant 

Closing with these:
14. The Chapel: Relying on God’s Power 
15. A Home for Your Heart

so we're
back to
The Chapel 
once again and the
HOME
for our heart
in

"The Great House of God"
A Home for Your Heart
by Max Lucado

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Matthew 6:9-13
as we looked at the prayer known as the
"OUR FATHER"

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." (KJV) 

what better place can our hearts be at home than with
OUR FATHER
ABBA
Papa
what better Father can we confidently place 
our hearts, our thoughts
our cares, our woees,
all of our trust than

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
who makes a
home for our hearts
if you make room in your heart
for Him

Are you ready to 
RELY
on God's power?


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Let's come back throughout the week and share HERE 
in the comments as we read

 Let's Ponder & Let's Prepare
Chapter 14
for Mon.
"The chapel is the only room in the house of God we visit twice . . . . It does us twice as much good to think about God as it does to think about anyone or anything else. God wants us to begin and end our prayers thinking of Him."~ Max Lucado

Please choose and share in comments one of the following questions:
Question #1 from Steve Halliday's study guide based on above quote ... or your own thoughts

A. Why would God have us visit the chapel, and no other room, twice? What is so special about the chapel? B. Do you usually begin and end your prayers by thinking of God? If not, how can you change your normal practice? And why should you?

for Question #2 below

"As long as our eyes are on His majesty, there is a bounce in our step. But let our eyes focus on the dirt beneath us, and we will grumble about every rock and crevice we have to cross."~Max Lucado

#2. 
A. Why is there a bounce in our step when we gaze upon His majesty? Why does this energize us? 
B. What does it mean to “focus on the dirt beneath us”? Why is this so easy to do? How can we prompt ourselves to quit looking at dirt and start gazing at God? 

#3. "You were not made to run a kingdom, nor are you expected to be all-powerful. And you certainly can’t handle all the glory."~Max Lucado 

A. How do we sometimes act as if we were made to run a kingdom? As if we were all-powerful? 
B. Why aren’t we equipped to handle all the glory? If we’re not, who is? And what makes him so different from us?

#4. "As you confess that God is in charge, you admit that you aren’t."Max Lucado

A. How easy is it for you to admit that God is in charge and you aren’t? Explain. 
B. What are some practical ways to admit we’re not in charge and to confess that God is?

These are the LET'S PONDER for Chapter 14 (that I am just sharing for your benefit, unless you prefer these to the previous for your comments)

1. Consider the phrase “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen.” 
A. In what way is this an appropriate ending to the Lord’s Prayer? 
B. How do each of the three main terms—kingdom, power, and glory—focus our attention once more on God? What do each of these terms convey to you?

2. Read Colossians 3:1–4.
A. On what things are we to set our minds, according to this passage? 
B. What is the reason for doing so? 
C. What promise is given in verse 4?

3. Read Hebrews 12:2–3. 
A. On what are we to fix our eyes, according to this passage? Why? 
B. What happens when we don’t comply with this command, according to verse 3? Have you ever experienced such consequences? Explain. 

4. Read 1 Corinthians 2:9. 
A. What kind of God do we serve, according to this verse?


Let's Ponder & Let's Prepare
Chapter 15
for Weds.

1. "If you could ask God for one thing, what would you request? "~Max Lucado
A. Answer Max’s question above. Why would you ask for this thing? 
B. How different would your answer have been ten years ago? Explain.

I have only included the first question of "Let's Ponder" of 3 and also from "Let's Prepare" from 4. If you have the book and prefer to share another one, you are more than welcome.

1. In what way is God “a home for your heart”? How does the Lord’s Prayer help you to live in that home?

The other Bible readings for "Let's Prepare"(2-4) and questions are from Psalm 27:1-5 (learning from David's example); John 14:23 (of what is required of us to make our home with God); and Acts 17:28 (a fitting summary of "The Great House of God")

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 Let's Pray
Friday
Chapter 14 & 15

I have focused on Chapter 15 for this ending prayer time

(Chapter 14 has you focus on the "Hallelujah" chorus of Handel's Messiah as you soak in this powerful piece, praise God for who He is - which we do on Grateful 2/4 God on Thurs. "Thank Him that He will continue to be a powerful, glorious King in your life and that one day His power and glory and kingdom will be apparent for the entire universe to see.")

Read through the entire Lord’s Prayer one more time (Matt. 6:9–13). As you read, think through the various “rooms” that exist there. Then pray through the prayer, entering each room and relating each one to the events and challenges and triumphs of your life. Begin with praise, end with praise, and in between make your most urgent requests known to God, both for yourself and for others.

"Could I make a suggestion for your life in God’s Great House? Each day, as you awaken in His presence, remember the blueprint. And as you talk to your Father, trace the floor plan in your mind. It’s a helpful way to enter His presence. Use the Lord's Prayer to guide your prayers."~Max Lucado

like this example of Max Lucado

"Our Father Thank you for adopting me into your family. who is Thank you, my Lord, for being a God of the present tense: my Jehovah-jireh (the God who provides), my Jehovah-raah (the caring Shepherd), my Jehovah-shalom (the Lord is peace), my Jehovah-rophe (the God who heals), and my Jehovah-nissi (Lord, my banner). in heaven, Your workshop of creation reminds me: If you can make the skies, you can make sense out of my struggles. Hallowed be your name. Be holy in my heart. You are “a cut above” all else. Enable me to set my sights on you. Your kingdom come. Come, kingdom! Be present, Lord Jesus! Have free reign in every corner of my life. Your will be done, Reveal your heart to me, dear Father. Show me my role in your passion. Grant me guidance in the following decisions . . . 
On earth as it is in heaven. Thank you that you silence heaven to hear my prayer. On my heart are the ones you love. I pray for . . . 
Give us this day our daily bread. I accept your portion for my life today. I surrender the following concerns regarding my well-being . . And forgive us our debts, I thank you for the roof of grace over my head, bound together with the timbers and nails of Calvary. There is nothing I can do to earn or add to your mercy. I confess my sins to you . . . as we also have forgiven our debtors. Treat me, Father, as I treat others. Have mercy on the following friends who have wounded me . . . And do not lead us into temptation . . . Let my small hand be engulfed in yours. Hold me, lest I fall. But deliver us from evil. I ask for special strength regarding . . . Our Father . . . give us . . . forgive us . . . lead us . . . Let your kindness be on all your church. I pray especially for ministers near and missionaries far away. For Yoursnot mine—is the kingdom I lay my plans at your feet. Yoursnot mineis the power I come to you for strength. Yoursnot mineis the glory I give you all the credit. forever. Amen."~Max Lucado

GOD'S WAITING

why not pickup the phone and

CALL HOME
or 
better yet
COME HOME

His arms are outstretched

His heart is always open
and
pours out love
into
yours
into your brokenness
into your circumstance
into your journey of life


He'd like to take 
your hand and walk
with
YOU
if
you
let
Him
in

* Be sure to check back in the comments throughout all the studies I do, because often I add there (even anonymously) and others share really wonderful insights as well, worth coming back for or subscribe to comments when you leave one (it's in blue to the right hand corner if you're signed into a Google account).This completes our Study on Sonday from The Great House of God, now onto ACTS, but this will be for every day of the week for the month of September.

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