"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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MARRIAGE PRAYER CHALLENGE

JOIN US 
OCTOBER 2014

PRAYER CHALLENGE
for
our marriages


{The only way I can do this is to shrink each one after the day and leave that DAY'S in FULL size so we can pray. I think if you click on the image, it opens to a larger image but the best way is to go to Darlene's website: The Time Warp Wife(to enlarge the dinky image, you right click and open image in new tab to get it as large as Darlene made them and has them)} This is a very long post because of the medium images but each one is a beautiful prayer ...


*******

It's BEST to go directly to the Source with
 "Time-Warp Wife" Darlene Schacht
plus that way you can read the excellent article except on weekends

DAY 1 with Darlene Schacht "The Power of the Fervent Prayer"
DAY 2 with Darlene Schacht  "It's Not Over ..."

DAY 3 "Why is it Hard to Apologize" by Darlene Schacht
Day3


DAY 4 
DAY 9 "Prayer for a Good Attitude"
Day 9 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages
DAY 10 "Prayer to be an Encourager"
Day 10 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages
DAY 11 "Prayer for Patience"
Day 11 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages
DAY 13 "Prayer of Thanksgiving"
Day 13 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages

Day 14 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages
Day 15 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages

Day 19 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages


DAY 26 "Appreciate Your Husband" 

{for me, I would have written "appreciate your spouse" because I believe it's mutual and necessary that this goes both ways (just saying) but since this is a challenge to wives praying for their husbands, I guess this will do}



Day 31 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages



October may be over but we don't have to stop praying for our marriages!




All IMAGE CREDITS are also Darlene Schacht's!


* My COMMENTS are CLOSED so that you can Share any comments and read the FULL post from Darlene Schacht over at her "Time-Warp Wife" blog and of course, her book: "Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption ... "(for my review). A BEAUTIFUL sequel to this 31 Days with Darlene is to join her and others at Women Living Well for November Book Club of this book!

Book Club Announcement


"MESSY BEAUTIFUL LOVE... " by Darlene Schacht

The most important part of this title for me comes after the "Messy Beautiful Love... " part with ..."Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages" because as most of us know the "message" comes from the "mess" so believe me when I say that Darlene Schacht (also known by her blog title as "Time-Warp Wife") gives an inspiring message throughout every page of this book and also "challenges" for us, as the reader, at the end of every chapter. I have signed up for her Marriage Prayer Challenge for October, as I read this book and do her study guide ... so I can be filled with more HOPE than ever for the redemptive power in my marriage, because that's what it will take to revive and restore our "mess"; but now I know it's redeemable, beautiful and do-able after reading the wonders of Darlene's testimony to Grace ... and Love in this book, wonderfully written, with an honest portrayal of love and respect in marriage! Darlene and her book show me that "hope and redemption" are still possible with God in:

"MESSY BEAUTIFUL LOVE"

The book description could not be more TRUE:

... "Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God's way, exchanging our ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.


Perhaps you've picked up this book because your marriage is messy already-now is the time to make a change. If your marriage is tidy, thank God-there is no better time to prepare for the future.
Married life is never straightforward or simple for long. But the reality is this: when you surrender your relationship to God; when you lay your marriage at his feet; when you finally cede control; then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as he intended-this is the blessing of obedience.
Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. An invitation to surrender. The cynical world says marriages don't last. God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible-it's inevitable. That's something to be excited about. "

The "Time Warp Wife" does "Keep Christ at the center of their marriage" 
and by her book - ours, too!

OK, true confession, although I did not pick up this book because of my marriage, it is/was a mess, so the challenges that I face will be helped greatly after reading all that Darlene shared in her 15 chapters. The last, of course, was my favorite ... although I certainly need what was shared in Chapter 4 and 7

I learned the most from the example in "Walk in Compassion and Grace" (2) and "Be Content with the Life that You're Given" (13) which I believe is where we both are in our marital relationship and have made unconventional adjustments to continue, but I want to "handle your /our conflicts wisely" with God and "walk in virtue according to wisdom" which has not been Godly and needs to be. For this reason, the most difficult chapter for me is Chapter 6 with much wisdom. "Messy Beautiful Love" is contained in each of these chapters, even though the first's entitled this ... each one is woven and spun showing this love:

One: Messy, Beautiful Love
Two: Walk in Compassion and Grace
Three: Be Patient and Kind When the Going Gets Tough
Four: Give Up Your Right to Be Right
Five: Appreciate Him for Who He Truly Is
Six: Step Back and Allow Him to Lead
Seven: Handle Your Conflict Wisely
Eight: Communicate with Loving Respect
Nine: Be the Woman Your Husband Needs You to Be
Ten: Be Affectionate in Ways That Are Pleasing to God
Eleven: Seize the Day and Capture the Joy
Twelve: Build a Strong Friendship
Thirteen: Be Content with the Life That You’re Given
Fourteen: Walk in Virtue According to Wisdom
Fifteen: Pray for Your Marriage  

Each chapter is informative, encouraging, challenging and inspiring with Darlene's down-to-earth honesty of the realities of struggles, trials, tests and triumphs from her own personal experience and also those of others, who had written to her on her blog/ministry. I am motivated to tackle my "mess" once again applying the insights I gained reading this. I have one more obstacle added to my marriage of both needing to be believers first before we can make our marriage Christ centered, but I can do my part and will continue to pray. 

I'm looking forward to being able to try the challenges, hoping that I'll notice a difference when I can step back and allow him to lead. I don't think it matters if your marriage is Christian or not, because each marriage has struggles with love and messes ... which are real, however, having Christ in your marriage will make all the difference and really help in resolving issues by asking Him for His guidance, love and focus. Christ in the center will bring balance and harmony to that beautiful love, changing the bad, sad and ugly parts into His glory through His redemption power. I especially love how Darlene shows AGAPE love through 1 Corinthians 13 --- my favorite part! Much can be applied to all of our relationships to be better and filled with Christ's love. I recommend this book for married and yet to be married, to tune in and make your love beautiful even if it seems a "mess" --- there's HOPE, "it's not only possible but inevitable!"


Disclosure of material connection:
I received this book free from the publisher Thomas P. Nelson through the BookLook Bloggers.com book review blogger's program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

This book review is the right way to begin my month of prayer and my other fun series

first and foremost
I will spend time in October and focus on my marriage in prayer
{since I'm not at home with my spouse to apply it}
then on to my giving thanks which follows in November
for my next 30 days starting with
Day 1 ~ Love
November 1st

HOWEVER
DAY 1
of my
"special fun series"
for 
31 Days
starting
OCT. 1
that's tomorrow
right here

{oh, and did you know that the 31 day Challenge has its own blog this year, check it out; maybe you'll try blogging for 31 days or just come along with me!
or others that may have a great topic that interests you}

I had this at the end of October but finished the book sooner so I moved it ahead in case something reads out of order still.




"THE ONE YEAR HEARING HIS VOICE DEVOTIONAL" by CHRIS TIEGREEN


"THE ONE YEAR HEARING HIS VOICE DEVOTIONAL" by CHRIS TIEGREEN, is his newest devotional just released in September of 2014. A dear friend of mine used another one of his devotionals, so since then I have been wanting to get one of his devotionals from an excellent choice of at least 8, and this is a perfect fit for the upcoming year. I can't wait to take my time each day to better hear and recognize the voice of God and what He is saying through the insightful and thought provoking devotions of one page, that start out with a Scripture verse or two (usually exploring the questions we have about hearing God's Voice and what He says and how we hear) followed by a 3-4 paragraphs of a brief devotion, ending with a prayer to lead the reader into communicating with God and listening for His Voice in response. Clearly, we need to take more time to listen for God to speak to us as we know throughout the Bible that God speaks to His people. "Throughout the pages of Scripture, time after time, He guides, instructs, corrects, inspires, encourages, and reveals. Inspired writers even call Him “the Word.” He has always been vocal, and He always will be."

"Chris Tiegreen will help you discover patterns and practices you can adopt to hear God better. Listening to God is a process, a journey, and an adventure. He promises that those who seek Him will be rewarded with His presence and His voice. And the words of the living God are powerful and life-changing."

From the very front cover of this devotional, with its beautiful scene of a lighthouse perched high above the waters on a sturdy Rock ... I was drawn into to each page of every month with that lighthouse at the top as a guiding source. This book is not a page by page, step by step program for hearing God's Voice, rather I found it will be an invaluable way to draw near to God in a more intimate relationship. There is no set pattern or approach to hear God's Voice but this devotional will help you position yourself to hear Him better. Simply turning your attention to hearing each day from God by using this devotional, will stir up God's Voice within you and in His Word, the Bible. As you proceed daily for a year, according to the author, you'll start knowing what God is saying intuitively, even if you don't know how you know. Those who hunger for Him, as I do, will be satisfied. (paraphrased by me of what the author himself says in his introduction and continues with the following description):

"There are 365 devotional readings in this book, and they cover many issues related to hearing God. 

One devotion each week is based on a story or a post-biblical example, some from Christian history and some from Chris Tiegreen's own experience and acquaintances.

Another is a "first person" devotional from the heart of God - things that Chris has heard Him say and he believes God wants to share with others who are listening."

I really enjoyed this variation and the balance, but I looked forward to my favorite style yet found the others helped my learning and understanding too.

My favorite devotionals were the ones from the heart of God, yet all are precious and I especially love that each devotion ends with these brief prayers, seeing that there is a point to them and not skipping them but using them to help you in asking God daily to hear Him better, an invaluable practice --- asking and persisting until God answers. The first "from the heart of God" was on January 7th ... and I truly needed to hear the Words from Isaiah 30:15 and God's sweet invitation to be still to hear Him as He trains my spirit to hear. In October, one devotion gives "a divine parallel" that gave me a glimpse into God's heart and helped me recognize His thoughts and feelings with hope for more and what I need to know as I go forward with hopes to hear His distinctive voice. 

"Listening to God is a process, a journey and an adventure. This can take time, but it's well worth the effort."

For me, starting out with John 1:1 for New Year's Day is the perfect verse to begin this journey, inviting the Living Word to speak. I am not only looking forward to reading this every day but eagerly pursuing to hear God's Voice better. I desire to be tuned in to One Voice only, in the depths of my spirit, I want to learn to recognize that voice and distinguish it from all others. I can't wait! With an expectant heart and ears to hear, I will hear and know the Voice of the Shepherd calling to me as one of His sheep. I recommend this for light reading but for much personal growth in your intimacy with God and hearing Him. I will look forward to reading other devotionals and books written by Chris Tiegreen, now that I have had such a great first taste with this book choice offered to me by Tyndale's Blog Network program.



CHRIS TIEGREEN
BLOG
post about this devotional
excerpt and more from this book
Chris Tiegreen also has a "Writer's Blog" with tips to become a better writer.
Other links:

Chris Tiegreen

Insightful and thought-provoking, Chris Tiegreen has inspired thousands of people through his popular One Year devotionals including The One Year Walk with God DevotionalThe One Year At His Feet Devotional, and The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional. He is also the author of Unburdened and several other books. His experiences as a missionary, pastor, journalist, and university instructor bring a unique perspective to his writing. He is currently an editor at Walk Thru the Bible.
- See more at: http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/1_title/author-bio.php?authorID=658#sthash.ZiefHrmg.dpuf

Disclosure of material connection:
I received this book free from the publisher Tyndale through the book review blogger's program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

* I wanted to share this when it was released but since the book has to be sent to my USA address and then they, in kind, mail it to me, it took a while to get and read enough to review. Then I had to squeeze it in between these month long series. But I'm sure it's in time for choosing your devotional for next year, and I believe this is an excellent choice or actually any of his. 


TRANSFORMING MY LIFE ~ BEING SIGNIFICANT: Day 30

Day 30

I am Significant
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"I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me."
 Philippians 4:13



"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! "


"1. Begin each day asking God to reveal how He sees you … simply because you are His child. 

2.  Concentrate on the initial statement concerning you and on the corresponding scripture.

3.  Read the practical commentary and {this one you won't be able to do in my 30 days, unless you have her book too or another commentary or book but you still can... 

Pray that the Lord’s heavenly view of you would penetrate your heart. 

4.  Look up any additional Scripture passages in your Bible, then personalize and paraphrase them, putting them into your own words. 

5.  Write a personal prayer and complete the phrase, 


“Father, through Your eyes I can see that I ____

6.  Repeat to yourself the truth printed at the bottom of the page. With a grateful heart, acknowledge that you have infinite worth in the eyes of your heavenly Father."~June Hunt


I am significant because ...

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Please stay tuned for my next 31 days of FUN!!!
(and also the marriage prayer challenge)

I do hope you'll join me



Monday, September 29, 2014

TRANSFORMING MY LIFE ~ BEING SIGNIFICANT: Day 29

Day 29

I am Significant
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"I may approach God with freedom 
and confidence."
Ephesians 3:12



"In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence."


"1. Begin each day asking God to reveal how He sees you … simply because you are His child. 

2.  Concentrate on the initial statement concerning you and on the corresponding scripture.

3.  Read the practical commentary and {this one you won't be able to do in my 30 days, unless you have her book too or another commentary or book but you still can... 
Pray that the Lord’s heavenly view of you would penetrate your heart. 

4.  Look up any additional Scripture passages in your Bible, then personalize and paraphrase them, putting them into your own words. 

5.  Write a personal prayer and complete the phrase, 


“Father, through Your eyes I can see that I ____

6.  Repeat to yourself the truth printed at the bottom of the page. With a grateful heart, acknowledge that you have infinite worth in the eyes of your heavenly Father."~June Hunt


I am significant because ...

I can approach with faith the throne of grace 
to God
with freedom and confidence


Sunday, September 28, 2014

TRANSFORMING MY LIFE ~ BEING SIGNIFICANT: Day 28

Day 28

I am Significant
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"I am God's workmanship."
Ephesians 2:10



"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."


"1. Begin each day asking God to reveal how He sees you … simply because you are His child. 

2.  Concentrate on the initial statement concerning you and on the corresponding scripture.

3.  Read the practical commentary and {this one you won't be able to do in my 30 days, unless you have her book too or another commentary or book but you still can... 
Pray that the Lord’s heavenly view of you would penetrate your heart. 

4.  Look up any additional Scripture passages in your Bible, then personalize and paraphrase them, putting them into your own words. 

5.  Write a personal prayer and complete the phrase, 


“Father, through Your eyes I can see that I ____

6.  Repeat to yourself the truth printed at the bottom of the page. With a grateful heart, acknowledge that you have infinite worth in the eyes of your heavenly Father."~June Hunt


I am significant because ...
I am created as God's handiwork, 
in Christ Jesus
to do good works
prepared by God for me to do


Father, through Your eyes I can see that I am Your workmanship!
I'm still being transformed
but seeing myself more clearly as You see me
today

and
better still I am seeing others as
Your workmanship
so that
I can accept that they too are a 
"work in progress"
which helps me give them the same
Grace
I am given by
You.

Thank You that I am Your handiwork
and
I can see Your hand on me,
on them
in
Christ


Father
On this special day, could You look for my dad
give him a hug, 
tell him how much I love him,
miss all of them (mom, brother, aunts, etc.) and then
celebrate his birthday like we all use to at home
{since he is now past the 100 mark, it should be grand}
well, everything in heaven IS, right?

Happy Birthday Dad!!!
I love you!
Thanks for everything!


So in honor of my dad and what would be his 105th b-day,
COMMENTS ARE CLOSED
so you can give yourself a treat too!

{my dad liked my mom's German chocolate cake and he's not even German}


Saturday, September 27, 2014

TRANSFORMING MY LIFE ~ BEING SIGNIFICANT: Day 27

Day 27

I am Significant
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"I am seated with Christ in the
heavenly realm."
Ephesians 2:6



"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, ... "


"1. Begin each day asking God to reveal how He sees you … simply because you are His child. 

2.  Concentrate on the initial statement concerning you and on the corresponding scripture.

3.  Read the practical commentary and {this one you won't be able to do in my 30 days, unless you have her book too or another commentary or book but you still can... 

Pray that the Lord’s heavenly view of you would penetrate your heart. 

4.  Look up any additional Scripture passages in your Bible, then personalize and paraphrase them, putting them into your own words. 

5.  Write a personal prayer and complete the phrase, 


“Father, through Your eyes I can see that I ____

6.  Repeat to yourself the truth printed at the bottom of the page. With a grateful heart, acknowledge that you have infinite worth in the eyes of your heavenly Father."~June Hunt


I am significant because ...



Friday, September 26, 2014

"BEFORE AMEN" by Max Lucado and a PRAYER CHALLENGE

{this is not a book review}
VIMEO "BEFORE AMEN"

See full article at Faith Gateway"The Power of the Pocket Prayer" from Mon.9/22/14

Session 1 Small Group Bible Study (video link)

"Do you want to know the keys to moving from a prayer wimp to a prayer warrior?

Register for this author chat with Max Lucado, author of Before Amen, and you will learn a simple, easy-to-remember “pocket prayer” and 5 practical ways to improve your prayer life.
In this exclusive author chat:
  • Experience a heart connection with God instead of settling for a prayer wish list for God.
  • Release your prayer wimp self-image and discover confidence in your God-given prayer strength.
  • Overcome disappointment from unanswered prayers and trust that God hears you.
You'll also have the opportunity to ask Max your questions LIVE!
Make sure to Tweet your questions using #BeforeAmen
Plus, get Max Lucado’s  free Pocket Prayers eBook with your registration after you share this event with a friend on social media! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!"
About Max
Annie Downs
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

After reading at Faith Gateway, "The Power of the Pocket Prayer" 
you can answer this in their comments:

Your Turn

Are you a Prayer Wimp? Do you fall asleep when you pray? Do you struggle to pray? 

"You are in good company! Pause today and memorize Max’s Pocket Prayer. Take it with you throughout the day and pray this simple prayer.
Father, You are good.
I need help. Heal me and forgive me.
They need help.
Thank You.
In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Come join the conversation on our blog! We would love to hear from you about the power of the pocket prayer!"~FaithGateway & Max Lucado

"Join Max Lucado and thousands of others around the world, praying every day for four weeks! The Before Amen Prayer Challenge is simple: 4 minutes praying every day, for 4 weeks, and it will change your life forever.
When you sign up you’ll receive the FREE eBook, Pocket Prayers: 40 Simple Prayers That Bring Peace and Rest by Max and Andrea Lucado."

I received this ebook with a 4 week Prayer Challenge! and will also be getting emails for the next 4 weeks about this prayer challenge.

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 Bookmark this date
Tuesday, October 7th
2:00 PM EST / 1:00 PM CST
EVENT: LIVE AUTHOR CHAT
Webinar:
Author Chat with Max Lucado


This is my 2nd PRAYER CHALLENGE!



I have always loved books by Max Lucado ... yet truthfully I never gave much thought as to whether I am a prayer warrior or a wimp. I just am concerned that I am praying and God is listening (however, I'm almost wondering more about whether I am listening and hearing God --- but that's for another upcoming blog post via a book review). So then I pondered the title of Max's new book "Before Amen" ... and without having read his book yet, I guess I'd say that before the amen, actually is the crux of the entire prayer ... the meat.

I do have some of the problems that Max notes ... wandering, drifting, maybe even falling asleep (usually that's because I'm hoping and praying about doing just that: falling asleep, please help me sleep and He does) ... however, I don't think that makes me a "wimp" and when I need that warrior spirit to pray, I am sure to find that strength. 

Because I respect Max Lucado, I am most interested and looking forward to all he might share in his chat and I also found the "Session 1 Bible Study video" that I linked up above to be very informative and insightful, so Max has peaked my interest in PRAYER and I accepted his challenge and believe that I can blend both this challenge and the much needed one from last week on marriage together. 

I appreciate that by just signing up that I received his "40 Simple Prayers" and have already started to read and use this great ebook as an added bonus. Since Friday is my day away ... I have CLOSED COMMENTS for you too so take that minute or 4 and send God a prayer to see if you should join me in this prayer challenge of 4 minutes for 4 weeks, every day ... God will be happy if I break my down to a solid 4 from the lengthy ones He gets now ... these 4 will be with a greater purpose and focus on my marital relationship is top priority (after all I accepted Darlene's Marriage Prayer Challenge first)... 

*note: Prayer PAGE (tab) for more on this and updates as I begin this (you only need to read the top portion of this PAGE). 




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