"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, June 23, 2017

FRIDAY's FAITHGATEWAY

OBS
"The Daniel Prayer"
by
Anne Graham Lotz

Anne Graham Lotz

... as promised ...

{my side note: actually I'm not too sure its Faith Gateway's OBS, since it's not on their website like the previous ones, under STUDIES, but is a separate link to Study Gateway (which I'm subscribed to) and this particular study, if you signed up like I did before I knew about so many being available; otherwise, it doesn't look like you can access it. Of course, these two are one in the same-kinda ... with Bible Gateway too (I think) Partners :) }

so
this week was
WEEK TWO

"PREPARING FOR PRAYER"

Scriptures this Week
This week we are reading Matthew 6:5-18 using the steps we learned in the Bible Study Workshop (session one). Some of you may want to do these all at once, others may decide to separate them for your daily quiet time --- one per day over five days. If you don't have your copy of the study guide yet, you can also write your responses in a personal journal or notebook. Here is the individual break-down:

Study 1: Matthew 6:5 (pgs 28-29 in study guide)
Study 2: Matthew 6:6 (pgs 30-31)
Study 3: Matthew 6:7-8 (pgs 32-33)
Study 4: Matthew 6:9-13 (pgs 34-35)
Study 5: Matthew 6:14-18 (pgs 36-37) 


{I imagine all of this is a little late, since it'd be best to break it down throughout the week, so you take a bite and receive nourishment each day from God's Word, this Study and Prayer} Since I am more focused elsewhere ... this is how it has to be for me. 

"This week we’re learning (ed) what the Bible says about preparing for prayer. Yes, we can pray any time and any place. While running, taking the train into work, picking up kids from school, sitting in a coffee shop with a friend, washing the dishes or folding laundry at the end of a long day — these are all great times to pray. But, having a prepared place and a prepared time set aside only for Jesus is so important in order to build a solid relationship with Him… which is what we need! If we want to be powerful in prayer, first we need to know Jesus. And, in order to know Him, we need to set aside a time and a place for Him. Let’s do it this week and see what God does!"

Part One: Preparing to Pray 
(hard bound copy rather than *study guide)

1. Committed to pray
2. Compelled to pray
3. Centered in prayer

*it's the Study Guide that this Study is using that accompanies the DVDs and the book, but there is much more available in the actual book by Anne Graham Lotz, as often happens, most can't afford both. So it's Part One in the book but Session Two in the Study Guide and Session Three-Prompting in Prayer - I know I'm just confusing this.

I am and have been committed, compelled and centered!

Anne's video is a little over 17 minutes long
but packed with points

WE CAN PRAY
that
Heaven is moved and our Nation is changed
 (in my case, I need to start with my family first)

Daniel 6:10-

4 characteristics of Daniel's habit of prayer

-meet the Lord in my "prepared place
with all my materials gathered

-Daniel also prepared the time set aside
(he did so 3 times a day)

-create an atmosphere of reverence, respect
a prepared attitude focused on God

-cultivate an attitude of gratitude
look at our circumstances through the lens of God's love
and purpose, an attitude of worship and thanksgiving

PREPARE 
for the
Daniel Prayer
a place, a time, the atmosphere, the attitude

May I pray like Daniel:

Daniel 9: 4-19

I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:

“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land.
“Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, Lord, because we have sinned against you. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the Lord our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you.
“Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing on us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come on us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
15 “Now, Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong.16 Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill.Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
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my favorite podcast this week and prayer Focus for Friday
great devotional on Prayer via this song
from another new site "More Than a Song" I found and love

is the most current
perfect for
"Whispers of Rest"

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    {I hate to voice my opinion here, but I've put off writing anything about this for some time, and although this Study is not the only one (3 of mine) that is this way, I guess I've had my fill of this, and want to speak out.

    Many of these "Studies" take place in private (closed) groups on Facebook (which is great if you do Facebook and if you are a participant, because it protects your privacy somewhat). However, if you choose not to ... or have not succumbed to "joining" yet another social media site like Facebook, this 'tool' is excluding you from participating without having Facebook. I have stayed clear this far from completely being a Facebook member (?) but these type of groups are almost soliciting in a way to be part of Facebook, even though many speak about "shutting down" social media to spend time with God or family etc., this seems to be promoting being part of yet another social media. I will take this to PRAYER once again but I don't hear God calling me to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. yet I do hear others inviting us in ... which is even more concern for me, to stay away and resist being a part. I am far from a saint but I firmly see this as following the popular crowd of society and I know that alot of good probably happens because of this however, I have a real check about this just like expecting "followers" on my blog ... clearly I could write much more and many of you might wish to "defend" or point out in a Christian way the good of this, yet I am not open to debate here and thus, am closing comments. This was not at all the purpose of this post and it now may seem like it is/was due to the length. My apologies to this Study and you, if you do FB}


    COMMENTS CLOSED



    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    THURSDAY "enTRUSTING" ~ 2

    LIFEWAY
    Online Bible Study
    of
    2 Timothy
    with
    Beth Moore
    and her book
    "ENTRUSTING"
     

    Session 2
    {publishing at noon so I can link up hopefully and attempt to at least do today's}
    of course, if I'm caught up, it's Session 2's video with Beth today -yeah!
    otherwise I have some reading to do

    -the video offers a glimpse of Paul's first letter to Timothy
    -establishes the concept captured in the title of this 6 week study
    ENTRUSTED

    WEEK 2
    PURPOSE and GRACE

    Day 1: "A Clear Conscience"
    Timothy, the Corinthians and Paul's way of life in Christ (next level with Melissa)
    Day 2: "I Remember"
    Day 3: "His Own"
    Day 4: "Because I Know the One"
    Let No One Despise Him (next level with Melissa)
    Day 5: "Left and Found"

    Each day starts with a 
    FLASH FORWARD
    (day one of week 2)
    2 Timothy 1:3a
    (of scripture)

    {sampling of the questions interspersed in Day One}

    Compare 2 Timothy 1:2 to 1 Timothy 1:2
    Do you sense any intensification in the second letter?
    If so, in what way?

    How did Paul serve according to 2 Timothy 1:3?

    1 Timothy 1:13-15

    Paul had been the believing recipient of a work described in
    Hebrews 10:19-23
    Read this passage and record the basis of 
    "a true heart in full assurance of faith."

    (then the study goes into a guilty conscience and more from)
    Hebrews 9:11-22; Hebrews 9:18-20 (Exodus 24:1-11)
    flip back to Hebrews 10:19-23
    Focus on Hebrews 10:22 (circle 'sprinkled' and 'washed')
    To make the connection with Hebrews 10:22, you need only read two verses. Record the act of consecration taken in each:
    Exodus 29:4
    Exodus 29:21

    {of course, there is wonderful information written as well}

    "He gave His life not only as our sin offering but our guilt offering."


    this is just day one, pages 47-52, glimpse

    Beth Moore
    always
    brings depth
    and
    understanding
    (and Melissa Moore takes us another step deeper- with level 4 & 5)




    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    15 - 20 ~ WOW "DREAMING as the BELOVED"

    WHISPERS ON WEDS.

    from

    Bonnie Gray's book
    "Whispers of Rest"
    Book Club

    [image credit:Bonnie Gray]

    for my

    Walk On Weds.

    I'm really in need of walk and some whispers this day from Our Lord and His
    Word

    how 'bout you?

    "I have loved you with an everlasting love

    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness"

    Jeremiah 31:3

    Bonnie's Part 3 is about

    DREAMING

    God breathed dreams

    "the dream you dare to whisper...God hears"

    I can only dream about dreaming

    and these days up until today

    have brought tears to my eyes every day

    as I read and try to believe God's Whispers:

    to

    "Rejuvenate Passion for Life"

    as I "make choices that reflect my self-worth"

    I am being bombarded by negative words of someone dear of

    "You're worthless"

    just a few hours ago

    and

    I wish I could say that those words are rarely spoken, 
    even in anger at me, but that is not my reality

    I had a most difficult time even getting away so I could write
    what I had hoped to share for a beautiful
    WALK ON WEDS.
    on
    DREAMING

    as my eyes read the precious words once again
    to remind me that 

    "I am His Beloved"

    they fill up so much with tears 
    fought back that they
    blur what I really
    need to
    HEAR

    today
    (day 17)
    and
    every day

    God-created dreams

    "My Presence will go with you. I will CARRY you."

    I choked up as I read Bonnie's words today. Not just tears as the previous days welled up, but I literally felt choked up as I read each word that landed me at "dreams deferred" so I had to pause, wanting to read on ... knowing I too, had been in that place that she described however Bonnie continues on with such wisdom ... and then she lovingly shares God's story, alongside my story and this precious WHISPER:


    "Beloved,
    Next time you feel overwhelmed by areas in your life that appear dark and formless - remember I am faithful

    to create something beautiful in you,
    to carry you to safety,
    to make a way you cannot see,
    to put you back together again, 
    to return laughter where you taste sorrow,
    to give you courage to start over (again and again),
    and use every loss and every triumph for My love for you.

    My Presence is with you. I will give you rest.
    I know your name. I will carry you."


    HE HAS
    and
    I must believe
    HE WILL
    yet
    in this moment
    in this promise
    in this truth
    I can only cling to this
    DREAM
    that
    will see me beyond
    today
    I can only
    hope and continue
    praying

    (as I read Bonnie's prayer in "A Prayer for Today")

    "When you need God to carry you"

    Isaiah 46:4

    Exodus 33:14, 17

    {I wrestle to make the words my own}

    "Dear Jesus,

    I'm weary by my dreams deferred so long."...

    (ten more lines to this prayers)

    and so I continue to

    "Reflect On Your Story" 
    (3 questions as usual)

    "PRAY & REST"

    "TODAY'S BELOVED CHALLENGE"

    Hug someone.

    ...then it dawns on me - sadly so - that I no longer feel like being hugged, but I loved hugging my daughter the other day. As I recluse myself in my room, I hear a bang on the door, from that dear one ... and a note is slid under the door. It's not a hug, nor is it a real apology, but it's the closest I'm going to get to one "of things said in anger" and I know that my God, prodded and shoved that prideful one to let down his guard even this much to write me a "note" (both sides of a paper) yet mostly it's confirming what he wants me to hear, except for those words in quotes ... and the tears trickle down my face, not because of what this dear one wrote (oh, no) but that God cares enough for me, to move him to write his message that should help me heal rather than guard the hurts in my heart and forgive once again. I wish I could say that this is all part of dementia or Alzheimer, but it's not, I'm finding out more and more, that others believe he's doing fine - yet I see this different side, and I know ... and it hurts so much. So I dream ... and I listen for His Whisper of love (somewhere hidden in this note, I search for some of that love there, too) and I have to believe that God is at work even when I can't see it or feel it or experience that "hug" - God just wrapped His arms around me and I knew that's His HUG for me today to HEAL, to soothe, to calm my aching heart and head, to take me beyond the confines of this reality to a place that I can only "dream" about but pray that one day soon, I'll see and others will see and behold - loved ones that finally accept that without Jesus, we are nothing and have nothing to offer and give - for God is love, and Jesus, the full expression of that love, hung on that cross for everyone of us, imperfect people in need of a Savior, because we are not and cannot ever pay the price He paid, nor know our worth. I am not "worthless" in His eyes, the worth He gave me, is worth so much more. He carried and bore my sins, He carries me through each hurt to healing, He knows me and cares for me, far beyond what I can dream - He is more than enough! I will bow to no other. I am His beloved!

    {if you don't know me, or any of my story, this may not make much sense, however, I am sending each of you a (((HUG))) wrapped in God's love} Forgive me, if this seems off-track but thank you if you read all the way through this ... 

    PART THREE: DREAMING as the Beloved
    Day 15: Gather
    Day 16: Guide
    Day 17: Carry
    Day 18: Small
    Day 19: Plant
    Day 20: Shelter

    "Letting go of every single dream
    I lay each one down at Your feet

    Every moment of my wandering
    Never changes what You see
    I try to win this war
    I confess, my hands are weary, I need Your rest
    Mighty warrior, king of the fight
    No matter what I face You're by my side
    When You don't move the mountains
    I'm needing You to move
    When You don't part the waters
    I wish I could walk through
    When You don't give the answers
    As I cry out to You
    I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You" ...


    TRUST IN YOU

    Hold on to God-created
    DREAMS

    let go of all others

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Your WORTH


    6 Bible Verses from Romans About Your Worth
    from
    Dr. Michelle Bengston
    linked to her website
    {she has Facebook, YouTube and other places to connect}

    Very worthwhile!



    Monday, June 19, 2017

    MOORE On Monday (MOM)

    with one of two of the newest
    LIFEWAY WOMEN
    Online Bible Study

    "ENTRUSTED"
    {which I shared last Thurs. and promised to update on Mon.}
    by
    Beth Moore

    "...and a promise is a promise"

    Even if I am not at all caught up with this "Entrusted" study, I've already missed publishing SOS (which I'm saving to post about either P31's OBS "Me, Myself and Lies" or Faith Gateway's "Daniel Prayer") and nothing else has been done either like my book review long overdue (so much so, that I have now been deactivated-sigh) yet I'm still loving Faith Barista Bonnie Gray daily with "Whispers of Rest" (which I have set aside my Weds. to share, but I'd really love to do them daily online but it's enough for me to just take time to do them first thing in the morning and 'breathe ...just breathe' ... yes, I 'bit off more than I could chew' but ... I just did not want to miss out on any of these, they are so good!!! And ENTRUSTED is as I thought, packed with so many details, in its thin study guide of 179 [large 8 1/2 by 11] pages filled to the brim, no matter which of the 5 levels you choose to do, just check out the outline of Week 1. 


    Day One: "A Trail of Two Cities"
    On Reading Scripture
    Day 2 (Sat. or Sun.) "Meet the Teacher"
    Day 3 (Mon.) "Where Was He When"
    Day 4 (Tues.) "A Beeline to City Three"
    Theology: A Collective Struggle
    Day 5 (Weds.) "A New Son and A Circumcision"

    according to my own plan, I should be on

    Day 3
    "Where Was He When"

    FLASH FORWARD: 1 Corinthians 2:2

     Job 38:4
    who asked the question, who was addressed and what was the occasion for the
    "where were you when ______________"?
    the glaring event for the early church
    "where were you when they crucified Jesus?"

    Acts 20:16
    "why didn't Saul of Tarsus stay in Ephesus?"

    (this is just the first 2 pages of this day with much background information)

    2 more pages packed
    and then Day 3 ends with this:


    "On the high road of that rabid zeal we land our lesson. Read Acts 9:1-9 and, if you've read it many times, try to read it with new eyes. If you're like me, (Beth Moore) some responsive thoughts are rolling around in your head as you raise your chin from that page. Record two of them as your conclusion today~"Entrusted" by Beth & Melissa Moore
    1 Corinthians 15:8

    Since this is my first Beth Moore actual study, I don't want to miss anything! I can tell it'd be so,much better in a church group or sitting in the group as Beth instructs us - but for now the videos will do just fine. And I'm thrilled to be able to view them online without having to purchase them right now. 

    SESSION ONE
    for
    WEEK 1

    Lots to think about and this is just the background and introduction
    This Thursday we'll be in WEEK 2 when we actually start with

    2 TIMOTHY

    but all this preparation is so good

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    In "WHISPERS of REST" today's
    DAY 15
    in Part 3 "Dreaming as the Beloved"
    Rejuvenate Your Passion for Life12

    {oh yeah}

    "GATHER"

    {more on my Weds. WOW}

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    I apologize for not posting anything for SOS from those two wonderful studies mentioned above ... so I may go back and add a post on SONday 6pm for P31 and perhaps Faith Gateway's Ann Graham Lotz "Daniel Prayer" OBS on Friday {if I can do it ahead of time to publish on Friday and sum up this week rather than look ahead to the next, but she also is such an excellent teacher and guide for "praying"} 

    Perhaps if you read 
    Acts 9:1-9
    you might share with me
    your thoughts that
    "are rolling around in your head"
    from what it said
    to you


    Sunday, June 18, 2017

    SOS

    Study On SONday

    WEEK TWO
    with
    P31 OBS
    of
    Jennifer Rothschild's book
    "Me, Myself, and Lies"

    "CHOOSING and SPEAKING TRUTH"


    Proverbs 16:23 (NIV84) | "A wise man's heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction." | Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies | Week 2 Verse | #NoMoreLies #P31OBS
    [image credit: P31]

    "...  Jennifer gives us a battle plan to help shut the door to those negative thoughts:
    The three R’s — Recognize, Refuse and Replace
    I know I find it hard to Refuse the “lie.” That’s the one “R” I want to work on this week. What’s the most difficult “R” for you? What can you do to shut the door on your negative thoughts?"
    - See more at: P31 OBS and Jennifer Rothschild's book, "Me, Myself and Lies"
    I am only highlighting this so you can link up or follow along with
    Proverbs 31 OBS
    who already do an exceptionally wonderful weekly discussion
    but there's quite often so many "comments"
    it's hard for me to connect
    but I love them, their choices for book studies and their team
    No reason for me to reinvent what they do so well

    however

    you are certainly welcome to comment here rather or in addition to there
    because I have so few comments, you're guaranteed that I won't miss it

    I'll Repeat the questions (and that's not even one of the "R") here:
    What’s the most difficult “R” for you? 
    What can you do to shut the door on your negative thoughts?"

    For me,
    I'm sure I struggle with all 3 of the "R's"
    but initially it has to be
    "RECOGNIZE"

    because often I don't realize that and recognize it as a lie
    but receive the lie as truth
    usually spoken by another but rehearsed and replayed
    in my mind without recognizing it as a lie
    or device of the enemy to mess me up
    but I am getting better at discerning a lie spoken to me

    and I guess
    that if I knew the answer to the 2nd part of this ?
    I would have written JR's book and not be struggling with this,
    hoping I will learn from this book how to shut the door
    especially when the negative thoughts are mine or 
    spoken by me to others (but I sure hope not)

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    Going to try to do Fridays for
    Faith Gateway's OBS
    of
    "The Daniel Prayer"
    by
    Anne Graham Lotz
    [Kick-off]
    but I will share on
    SOS
    that week's link

    Session 2
    "Preparing for Prayer"

    What are some areas you need to work on to better 
    prepare your heart to pray as Daniel did?

    {but this is for Friday for me here, if I get to it before then; 
    if not, this will have to do-sorry}

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    This blog is ALL about HIM, for HIM, not about me!
    I hope that is what you see
    this is why I am



    To my faithful visitors;
    all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
    I do appreciate you so much!

    Thank you for taking your time to visit!

    Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

    DIOS TE BENDIGA
    GOD BLESS YOU

    always

    Peggy