"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

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

"REDEEMED... " Starts Today

April 20th through June 1st, 2017
(videos every Thursday at LifeWay)


Redeemed - Bible Study Book
(from the author of this)  AngelaThomas Pharr


"Hey everybody!!
I’m so excited to begin REDEEMED with you this coming Thursday, April 20th. If you don’t already have your member book, I hope you can get your hands on one soon. Check your local LifeWay store, LifeWay online or my website to get your member book.
On Thursday, you’ll receive the link to Video 1. It’s my version of an introductory video to set up the content and style of the study, then we’ll begin the first day of the workbook on Friday.
I’m gonna try my very best to interact with you everyday. I’m not sure I can respond to all your comments or questions, but I’ll do what I can that day! While we’ll be doing this study together, our daughter is expecting our first grandchild, one child will graduate college and three others will finish their spring semester (Read: Will need their mama to help them move home and then help them pack and get to their summer commitments). Just like you, we’ve got a lot going on! And with children, the month of May just seems to cave in on top of you. All the more reason to take a little time with our Redeemer everyday!
Please don’t worry about getting behind, or not staying right with all of us. I’ll try to post my comments with a clear reference to the day of the study I’m referring to.
LifeWay has tried to make this area easy for you to use, so that you can comment to one another, interact and encourage one another, etc. I’ll post my daily comments here and also on all of my social media outlets.
This is my first-time hosting one of my studies online, so I’m excited to walk these next six weeks with you. Please know I’m praying for you. My husband, Scott, is praying for you. My friends who pray for me are praying for you! This is gonna be fun, but more than anything, I’m praying for God’s power as you spend time in His Word and in His presence.
The Redeemer keeps redeeming our lives until we see Him face to face. May we all keep being redeemed.
I love you so.
Angela
{taken from the comments of the sign-up post and also her blog}



I'm not sure how this all will work yet
even though I hold the book in my hands
but the first place 
I believe I need to begin 
(besides reading the Intro and viewing the first video)
is by defining

REDEEMED


  1. 1
    .
    compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something).

    "a disappointing debate redeemed only by an outstanding speech"

    synonyms:save, compensate for the defects of, vindicate 

  2. 2.
    gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.

(but Day 1, gets into this in her book)

And in case, you're not able or convinced yet
 that this is a Bible Study you need and have not signed up

Please look at the rest of the title ...
(or even the book description)

GRACE TO LIVE
EVERY DAY
BETTER
THAN
BEFORE


"The moment you accept Jesus as the Lord over your life, you are redeemed
As the redeemed, we experience a lifelong journey 
of being transformed into His image ..."



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looking forward to the practical side of

REDEMPTION

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After the beautiful two page introduction, Angela begins her book with "Preparing for 40 Days"  - "I CAN'T" ... first let me go back a bit into her Intro ... the words that leaped off the page to this soul thirsting for change and a beautiful, grace-filled walk with Jesus - inspite of the disastrous day-by-day struggles, I want to live a life that's being "redeemed" and changed (her words) "to connect your very real, everyday life with the very, real presence and power of God". Angela continues: 

"Here's all I know: When those two things intersect, lives are going to change. Healing will happen. Prayers will be answered. You will know God even more intimately as Your Redeemer."

See the words that are meant for me or stood out!
I know you do!

"HEALING WILL HAPPEN"

yes
and
that's what I pray
for me, for you
then I read
the page
with
I
CAN'T
{in red, nonetheless}
and the words on that page
resonated over and over
and the last words
on that page

"...Too many years have been wasted
spinning in circles, going nowhere."
(p.7)

"How would you fill in this blank?"
(top of p.8)

"I've given up trying____________________"


Romans 7:15, 18b-19

Romans 7: 24

and on and on

each word sinking deeper

striking nerves

thoughts

right down to the marrow of my bones

in my head, in my heart

page 8 - page 9

"Who will deliver me from my pain?"

"my regret, my habits, my choices, my secrets, my sin?"

"Who will deliver us from ourselves?"

of course, most of us, know the answer

but do we really?

all the other questions and words from Angela are just as

POWERFUL

Romans 7:25

followed by

... We have a Redeemer! And we shall be 

Redeemed!

 page 10

is just as powerful, reading Romans 7:15 to the end and Romans 8:1

page 11

GOD CAN

this I believe and really need to see

especially because I already knew

"I Can't"

but

"HE CAN"

or

this is not all

there is still so much more

like page 14

"When MY GREAT NEED accepts GOD'S GREAT LOVE,
REDEMPTION BEGINS

I CAN'T, HE CAN"
Angela Thomas-Pharr
 
(need an image for this one)

WEEK 1: WHEN LOVE MAKES A PROMISE

{yep, this one is a study meant for me}

video link

sample of book

and also

You Version has a 5 day reading plan of

"Redeemed"


{not to be confused with LGG's "Broken and Redeemed", which just finished}


Friday, May 13, 2016

"LONGING for GOD'S GRACE" continues with "In HONOR of a GREAT MAN"

"Grandpa Wally" (yes, my Uncle Jack) and Great Grandpa Wally {from Wallraff}

I found it curiously interesting this week in our "LONGING" Online Bible Study of Sheila Walsh's book "The Longing in Me" ... that this week's "longing" was for "God's GRACE" (only God) ... and since we celebrated that aMazing GRACE in the 'home going' of my dear Uncle Jack on May 5th, which was also the National Day of Prayer (appropriately) as well as a little bit of spice from me with "5 de Mayo" bringing us to this past Monday, gathering to worship and remember how truly aMazing God's GRACE is ... in fact, as his immediate family gathered with him in his final hours joined later by my oldest sister and her husband ... they were praying and even sang this dear old hymn of "Amazing Grace" and it's pretty awesome and special that his latest new edition to the family (great grand daughter in the 1st photo) was named "Grace". So, so much GRACE ... when his heart stopped and the tears flowed graciously and freely with joy and heavy hearts ... when they all believed it was finished ...  my uncle came back once again momentarily {I just happen to believe, since I was not there to witness this resurrection with them, that this was my Uncle Jack returning briefly to let them all know how beautiful, wonderful and peaceful he was and it is so that they can let go and know ...

GRACE
and where

"HEAVEN is a WONDERFUL PLACE

FILLED WITH GLORY and GRACE

'cuz Heaven is a wonderful place"
{I wanna go there}

[this is actually a little children's song, my 2 sang this to my mom before she passed away]


And so I will only briefly add the "LONGING" part of the study this week and the link,
because as far as I'm concerned
His aMazing GRACE
and
any LONGING I have
was glorified
in 
LIFE after DEATH
(even for a split second)

to give us
HOPE
in all we believe
in our
ETERNAL LIFE
in and through
Jesus Christ

testified
by the life lived
and
the last breath of my Uncle Jack
followed by yet another
(ahhh) (sigh)

who knew the
Father's love
and reassured affirmingly
his fatherly love once more given to my
4 cousins and their children
expresses our own
"Longing for God's Grace"
beautifully exemplified 
this past week

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SO

this week's
Online Bible Study
at
Faith Gateway
{and also via a YouVersion 6 day reading plan for each of the 6 sessions/weeks}
of
Sheila Walsh's
new book
"The Longing in Me"
{there's a study guide and the book, which is optional with FaithGateway, but not really because it's so vital to what Sheila has to share}


"THE LONGING FOR GOD'S GRACE"

{Day 5 of 6 with You Version Bible reading plan}

Psalm 17:7-8 MSG


6-7 I call to You, God, because I’m sure of an answer. So—answer! bend Your ear! listen sharp! Paint grace-graffiti on the fences; take in Your frightened children who Are running from the neighborhood bullies straight to You. 8-9 Keep Your eye on me;


{You cannot imagine how perfect these words fit my past week}

longing-for-gods-grace-video
{a short snippet of this video is an unlisted You Version one at You Tube }

[You need to create a free account with Study Gateway to have temporary access to view the 20 minute one]


"God's love is never based on our behavior, good or bad. It's always been based on His nature. Understanding that kind of grace is the work of God in our lives, and we each walk our own journey to understanding it. In my own life, I realized I'd been coming to God with hands full of things I'd done for him for years. It was an exhausting, punishing way to live. Ultimately, it became clear to me that I had no rights as a believer. I was a sinner saved by grace, called to live a surrendered life.
It's amazing how sometimes God takes you through a dark, confining place before you are able to be set free by seeing the light. I'm talking about seeing reality and accepting the consequences of the impact of your actions on those around you. King David experienced this. He was by now a powerful king, and he had carried out the sin he had committed against Uriah and Bathsheba mostly in secret.
Yet David's sin had clouded who he was. He was no longer the one who sat under the stars praising God for divine protection in dark and lonely places. This king was a liar playing damage control with his life and the lives of others. But what was really going on inside his heart? We find out almost a year later when the prophet Nathan confronts David by telling a story that helps the king confront his sin. David finally acknowledged his sin and was heartbroken over what he had done.
After Nathan reminded David of the lavish kindness and faithfulness God had shown, he described the drastic consequences of David's sin. David's response? "I have sinned against the Lord" (2 Samuel 12:13 ESV). That's it. That's his whole response. No rationalizing or trying to blame others. David understood the one he had greatly sinned against was the Lord. Had he wronged others? Absolutely. But God felt the weight of his sin most acutely.
There were serious consequences for David's sin. The baby born to David and Bathsheba would die. David shed many tears over this loss, but eventually redemption bloomed with the birth of his son Solomon.
In this we see it is the mercy of God that allows us to feel the impact of our sin. Until we fully understand the weight of our sin, we can't truly celebrate the beauty of our costly redemption through God's grace. Until we feel that weight, we hold onto sin. Grace is amazing, as the song goes, but it doesn't erase the effects of our deliberate sin. Yet the pain of these consequences serves a purpose when we turn to God in repentance. We have real hope and wisdom to offer to those who come after us.
God is so much bigger than our past. He is so much more merciful than our sin. He is so much stronger than our weakest moment. His plans for us are so much greater than our failures. He is for us. Always for us! He restores us so you can walk from that renewed place and share our story with others who are broken. It's a message this world is longing to hear. And when we've been shown that kind of grace, we can't wait to share it with others." from the YouVersion

This is GRACE!

This is what's so
aMAZING!

Since we have been shown this kind of GRACE
and since people like my
Uncle Jack
extend that "grace" so that others may know
and receive
we truly become overwhelmed
in just trying to grasp

like the song my cousin Carrie's husband Dale and their son Grant sang so beautifully, touching me with just a glimpse of the glory that I know my Uncle Jack entered into ...

"I can only imagine ..."


{hey cousins, did anyone record that day's songs and words spoken?}

Back to the rest of the "online bible study" for Week 5 and You Version Day 5 ... I'm sure that you can see some parallels in my week between what's happening being "home", my dear Uncle Jack, his story and my cousins ... and much of my own with this
"Longing for God's Grace" and receiving GRACE!

"Respond
How would you describe the beginning of your journey to understand grace-the point at which you knew grace was for you and you needed it? How would you characterize the condition of grace in your life right now?
How would you characterize the heart that embraces grace versus the heart that refuses it? In what relationships, circumstances, or struggles are you most aware of your need for God to bring about or enable you to do something you cannot do on your own?
How would you describe what it means that God is for you? How has God shown His compassion and loving faithfulness specifically to you?

Don't miss the link to Faith Gateway and all Laurie McClure shares
ending with this prayer

"Lord, create in us clean hearts, repentant hearts. Thank You for giving us David’s example of taking full responsibility for our sins and humbling ourselves before You when we’ve done wrong against You and against those around us. Help us to hear the Nathans in our lives and pierce our hearts, Holy Spirit, when we need rebuke.  We love you, we trust You, and we want to be men and women after Your own heart. Amen. "

{I am sure that I am not yet finished with "...Honor of a Great Man" ... I'm just getting my second wind, which means I'm just getting started. Let me assure you that I am not trying to make (or canonize) my Uncle Jack as a saint because God's Word has already done that and declared that "we are saints in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 1:1-3) not of our own doing, but because of all Jesus is and has done for us. This is part of our identity in Christ (see the "Bell" below with Scriptures as you scroll way down this blog page) and know that an ordinary man becomes extraordinary when you make Jesus, Lord of your life {and mean it in every way} Although in many ways, my Uncle Jack was not all that ordinary, as a father (and a mother) as he put his life on hold to raise 4 children, ages 3-10 alone at first for 9 years, until he started over. But I'd like to add, that my oldest sister was there to care for our aunt and then help with their kids that first summer in August, back in 1965. So you see that is why my story, or his story, and His story in my Uncle Jack's life is so important to share as a testimony and a tribute "In Honor of a Great Man". But clearly this is meant for another blog post here on aMazing Grace ... maybe on "aMazing Monday" (we'll have to see).

A Blessed and Grace filled weekend to you all in Jesus' peace, comfort and love ~ Peggy

Friday, February 26, 2016

MORE PASSION ... "GRACE and HOPE"

If I have this figured out correctly or have not fallen behind in my Lent devotionals, we are already on Day 15 of 40 days. {at the time I am writing this Dr. Alicia Britt Chole posted Day 11 from her "40 Days of Decrease"}. 

It was at this time, I discovered when perusing through my emails of the day, that TPT (The Passion Translation) sent me one from the following book, that I had forgotten I had ... and should have been enjoying or reading along during this Lent:

"GRACE and HOPE"

Isn't this what we look forward to at the end of this journey?

I know I do!

Both of these Words were "My One Word" for previous years
2015 and 2014
{each year until this one, I knew for sure what One Word God was speaking 
to me for me}
however I am content with
"BE" and "CHANGE"
{for the "change" is for me "to be" not do}

Yet thanks to these TPT "Whispers" twice a week, I am intently listening to HEAR God (which I also thought was a One Word at one time) ... so this is what I heard/ actually read in this 'whisper' 

"Jesus became one of us and lived our life in order to experience our death, so that he could break the power of death and our chains of sin. This is what we reflect upon and celebrate during the season of Lent and Easter. This is the HOPE we have! 

We hope this "whisper" helps bring you into the Easter season, a time of to personally reflect upon Christ's sacrifice for us and celebrate the the victorious king come again to put the world to rights! Keep reading for a great new The Passion Translation.
"

 Brian Simmons and Your TPT team 

I HEAR HIS WHISPER...

"Hope"


"I am the One who gives you hope in your darkest hour. The victory of your soul will be found as you hope in Me. Come to the fountain of hope and drink this day. For the days to come require that your eyes are washed with my hope and mercy. Many see a storm cloud on the horizon and lose their way. But you will see the storm cloud that Ezekiel saw, bringing you hope for a new day.

Within the storm you will find Me, living and breathing out hope. In the midst of the fire I will stand and you will see Me with new eyes. You are an overcomer. I have seen you stand up when others have fallen. Hope has sustained you, and My love has carried you. I am breathing My breath of hope into your soul this day.

You will never carry your burdens alone. I am with you always and I will lift from your soul what troubles you. Come and look upon My face and you will see the birth of hope within you. When you feel you are in a battle with no place to turn, I am your Captain, the Warrior-King who will fight for you. There is hope waiting for you, even in the heat of battle.

Hope is like a bright light to illuminate your way. In your darkness, hope shines until it has consumed your fears. I will always be faithful to you, My child. As I look into your future I see victory, joy, and promises fulfilled. What do you see when you look into the days ahead? Wash your eyes in my fountain of hope and you will see what I see.


Now you have risen into the next level of hope. Keep stirring the fires of expectation within your soul. I will never disappoint those who hope in Me. Even as you have opened your heart to Me I too open My heart to you. Come into your resting place, O prisoner of hope, and I will show you many things you have never even imagined. I AM the God of hope, and soon, very soon, your every enemy will be defeated. Still your soul, rest in Me, and hope will be birthed within you. "


"Romans 15:13 The Passion Translation

"Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in Him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with his super-abundance until you radiate with hope!"

I got caught up on the readings from this beautiful book "Grace and Hope" of each daily reading right up until the current day, and not any of the other ones I'm reading or have shared here, as much as I am enjoying each one of these Lenten devotional, touched me and spoke to my heart like "Grace and Hope".

Brian Simmons certainly has a gift of flowing in God's Spirit and much compassion and Passion as he writes or gives us a modern day translation that grips us at the core. So far in this devotional, which gives me an over-all sense of the different books of the Bible that Brian has finished translating, I have read from the following passages now in The Passion Translation and find such depth of God's love in each one:

Psalm 51:1-14
John 1:14-17
John 1:29-34
John 1:35-42
Psalm 80:3-7
Hebrews 2:14-18
Hebrews 3:12-15
Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 9:11-15
Hebrews 10:11-18
Psalm 65:1-5
Romans 1:16-20
Romans 3:21-26
Romans 4:18-25
Romans 5:1-2, 6-10

... and the titles of the devotionals are just as inspirational ...
 {the one given above is not in this 40 days of "Grace and Hope"}

My favorite part, as you know by now with me, is the:

 Prayer

Lenten Prayer
"... to help guide you through this Holy season of 
self-reflection and self-denial,
prayer and fasting,
repentance
and
remembrance 
all to prepare you for the hopeful words 
"It is finished!
and the even more wondrous words
"He is risen!"
..."

at the end of each day's reading like this one for Day 12


"Jesus, as I consider the bad news of my story, I am comforted by the good news of Yours. This day I stand in the power of Your gospel, knowing that through it, 
I am loved, forgiven, liberated and at peace! Amen!

[image credit: TPT]



[although this is not an official book review, I highly recommend this Lent and Easter devotional book or any of Brian Simmons' books, for you or anyone wanting to kindle a burning passionate desire for Him and His heart with this modern version of God's Word while impacting the Church for years to come. I have found reading this version "from the passion of God's heart to the passion of my own  heart" to trigger an overwhelming response to the truth of the Bible. Although the "Whispers of His Heart" so far is my favorite, I have not read one that I have not liked and heard God's passion in every Word!] I got mine through Amazon in ebooks at a really great price! {for last Christmas} I should have focused on just this one for this Lent!

But I'm still enjoying "Love Expressed"!

"Decrease"
is a little bit harder

and
for now
"AHA"
has been put aside on hold
{yes, it's another "change" challenge but at this time,
it has not captured my devoted attention like others}
maybe I am balking at the AHA CHANGE
Day 9 "Redeeming the Pain", however, caught my attention 
but sent me off on a tangent
in another direction with another book cited that I have in waiting

Too many books
(naw, that can never be, says the children librarian in me)
not enough time
(perhaps, though I'm hardly as busy as I should be)
not enough stamina anymore
(that's for sure or is it reading from a screen that gets me?)


Must just 
BE
that scatter brain me
here and there
in every direction

[credit image: Gettyimages]
HOME

"there's no place like home"

"home is where the heart is"


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

GRACE WINS


I could not think of any better way to end this year with 
MY ONE WORD 
for 2015
than sharing this:

"GRACE WINS"

Matthew West
Live on James Robison


In my weakest moment I see you
Shaking your head in disgrace
I can read the disappointment
Written all over your face

Here comes those whispers in my ear
Saying who do you think you are
Looks like you're on your own from here
Cause grace could never reach that far

But, in the shadow of that shame
Beat down by all the blame
I hear you call my name sayin
it's not over
And my heart starts to beat
So loud now, drowning out the doubt
I'm down but I'm not out

There's a war between guilt and grace
And they're fighting for a sacred space
But I'm living proof
Grace wins every time

No more lying down in death's defeat
Now I'm rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time

Words can't describe the way it feels
When mercy floods a thirsty soul
A broken side begins to heal
And grace returns what guilt has stole

And, in the shadow of that shame
Beat down by all the blame
I hear you call my name sayin
it's not over
And my heart starts to beat
So loud now, drowning out the doubt
I'm down but I'm not out

:There's a war between guilt and grace
And they're fighting for a sacred space
But I'm living proof
Grace wins every time

No more lying down in death's defeat
Now I'm rising up in victory
Singing hallelujah
Grace wins every time:

For the prodigal son, grace wins
For the woman at the well, grace wins
For the blind man and the beggar, grace wins
For always and forever, grace wins
For the lost out on the street, grace wins
For the worst part of you and me, grace wins
For the thief on the cross, grace wins
For a world that it lost


{repeats between the : and ends with}

Every time
I'm living proof 
grace wins
 every time
for Behind the Song click on this

Isn't this the good news we all cling to believing?


With all that I have pieced together this past year on
GRACE
from books, songs, sermons, videos, and scripture
I am without a doubt just tapping the immense
power and magnitude 
of all
GRACE 
is and means and has
with so much more
to learn and understand
about
GRACE

Yet I am convinced that
GRACE WINS
(just look at the part of the song in bold that confirms this)
and
the immense impact
GRACE
has and covers

It truly is
aMazing!

We can never earn it - God gives us freely
We don't deserve it - God gives us mercifully
We have yet to merit it - God pours it out generously

GRACE
is more than
our human capacity
can behold or imagine

God's
GRACE
will never change
nor can we change all
Grace 
encompasses

His Grace
is 
more than enough

His Grace
covers
a multitude of sin
sinners and 
situations

His Grace
is endless
just as HE is

and
although
GRACE
is freely given 
to us
by God
it cost Him a great deal
and
didn't come easily

Isn't it time that we begin to extend that
GRACE
to others and show them as He has with us?

[image credit: unknown but looks like Radical Arts]

"Good habits are not made on birthdays,
nor Christian character at the New Year.
The workshop of character is everyday life.
The uneventful and commonplace hour is
where the battle is lost or won."
~Radical Art~


There's so much yet to learn of
GRACE
and
grow in
GRACE
I recall a book review I did back in 2011 and wonder if I'm still
"Stumbling into Grace"
or
perhaps
just perhaps
there has been some
REAL CHANGE
if I've gotten beyond the REAL LIFE
through the REAL GIFT to
some REAL GROWTH happening
{a part of me thinks I should have re-read this book this year}
However
there are many books on
GRACE
and
I truly believe
GRACE IMMERSION
was the very best start for me
in seeing
GRACE
in God's Word afresh by
"Rediscovering Grace" (1) in the Gospels
"Fighting for Grace" (2) in Acts and Galatians
then looking at Romans and asking
"Why Grace?" (3)
being honest with
"The Tensions of Grace"(4)
allowing Ephesians to bring
"Grace-Inspired Change" (5)
as I learned to watch the
"Ripple Effects of Grace"(6)
and of course, delight in the
"Wonders of Grace"(7)
I am totally
IMMERSED
in
GOD'S GRACE

So much 
GRACE 
and
I'm sure it's not over
1 Timothy 1:14 and 2 Corinthians 12:9
My 2016 One Word Bible Verses among so many
tell me how God has poured out
HIS GRACE
ABUNDANTLY
in Christ Jesus
which is
"more than sufficient"
***

Here's one more singer that captures
GRACE
in an album entitled
"The Sum of Grace"
by Mindy Gledhill
(and even still, I don't think it covers all of GRACE)

***

I dare say that I am quite inadequate to sum up
GRACE

however
GRACE WINS
most certainly is the best conclusion
for 2015 for me or anyone to know
and
I cannot end on a better note

"God is good"
and
GRACE
wins
has been marked indelibly
on my heart this year
{and I hope on yours}

~Peggy~

[image credit: Hope Center]



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