"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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Friday, May 27, 2016

MORE "LONGING IN ME" for SECURITY

Although the "Longing in Me" Online Study with Faith Gateway had their Wrap-up this past week and the final chapter of Sheila Walsh's study guide book was last week, her regular book with this title had more content and chapters. But somewhere throughout this "longing" study, I admitted to myself that I most definitely struggle with my security. Yes, I know I am secure in Christ Jesus but let's face it, I'm not living like I am. So I began this other reading plan when decided that I had a greater "longing" for security than I thought as I read this 12 day devotional from a book written by Anna Light - "In_security: Break Free from what holds you back" ... I think most of us deal with insecurity about something ... so maybe this You Version reading plan or this book is for you. Today, I have decided to share the last of the 12 day one provided at You Version although every one of them was invaluable to me. {I highly recommend}

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John 8:36 ; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 6:10-18
{I guess this fits with Session 2 of the "Longing in Me" to be protected}

as you'll see below in my personal 

"Freedom Fighter"

"People who are free draw others to themselves. They do not compete, compare, or control. When they are no longer bound by insecurities and lies, they are able to be fully present, care-free and joyful. That’s what we all want, isn't it, to be the person God created us to be, unhindered by the doubt, fear and insecurity that holds us back? As you continue to walk in freedom, that is exactly who you can become.

But finding freedom from insecurity is not a destination or an end goal, it is a continual process of taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. Once you overcome one insecurity, there will be another to overcome. We will always be in need of God’s continual power and guidance to walk in freedom.

When you do find that freedom you will know it, you will feel it. But do not be surprised if you run into a few naysayers on this journey—people who are not yet free themselves. They are fighting their own battles and need your love, grace, and acceptance to start their own journey toward freedom.

None of us knows what someone else might go through to overcome their insecurities. No one but the seeker can appreciate the pain, tears, doubts, fears and questions that go into finding one's identity in Christ. It takes work, dedication, faith, and the encouragement of others. So, let’s make a commitment to always encourage one another toward that freedom. This Christian walk is truly a fight. We are all in battle with our common enemy. Let’s become freedom fighters—in our own lives—and in the lives of others.

When you make a commitment to find freedom you will discover a power rising from within like a spiritual adrenaline, giving you the strength to do what you never thought you could do on your own. Old fears will fall away like loosened chains. Apprehension will be swallowed up with faith. His love will free you and fuel your forward action. Nothing will be able to hold you back when you stay connected to His love. You will be motivated to lay down your insecurities and be free. There won't be room for fear and lies because you will fill your heart with truth. Fight for your freedom and you will live free. Free indeed."


The title alone convinced me that this was the right one to share
especially on this Memorial Weekend

"Freedom Fighter"


I actually had another episode to share from my trip home kinda related to this - freedom. It is not one that goes along with this devotional or this weekend, but one that threatened my personal freedom and had others concerned about me until they found out I was alright and it was nothing more than a cruel scam. This episode, however, makes one step back and appreciate our real freedom won for us. 
{I'm thinking it may not be such a good idea to write this publicly or maybe it is and will stop this from happening if someone (me) dares to publicly expose this so I am.}

On the day of my uncle's memorial service, both my home in MN and my rental home in MX received alarming calls. The ones in MN did not realize that the ones in MX were so alarming, except that there were many calls to confirm that I was OK, just to hear from me, which of course, I was totally unaware until late afternoon. The person taking care of my dogs in my rental home received several phone calls demanding a ransom payment for me. The first call, even had a woman screaming, crying and repeating his real name {How?} and then a man came on demanding the payment or I would be killed. My dog's caregiver tried to explain that there was no money or access to any possible from MX and that I was not related to this caregiver in any way. I already had told people that my spouse (like the American government and other nations) would not and could not pay ransom or afford to pay for such incidences or it would just increase the likelihood of more happening. yet this does not deter people from scamming. We have seen countless news' headlines and stories of this throughout the years and how individual families try to negotiate unsuccessfully and at times successfully.
Yet this is the time in which we live. When I called home in between the afternoon, I found out that I had many calls from MX but my husband was not quite sure about what or from whom, yet it had to do with the dog care giver, and the owner (I thought of my house but it was really a dear friend at the corner store who is the owner there and she was calling for my dog care giver to assure that I was alright). There were numerous calls and demands until she told this person just not to answer so when I tried calling - no answer, until I wrote her or called her (I can't remember). Not knowing and no answer at my MX house, I thought perhaps the owner had told my dog care giver that he could not stay there and my dogs were left alone. The real truth was even worse just because I did not know or call until late in the afternoon. But what a cruel interruption to my day and my time with my cousins and their families. I had to asked to be excused of joining them because I had to get home (yes, right in the middle of rush hour and much road construction detours-it was awful not knowing) and if you can imagine, even more alarming for them waiting for my call or just to hear my voice and know it was not me in any danger. 
But the insecurity in me, alerts that fear inside that it could have been or still might happen on my way back. So both sides urgently needed to HEAR that I was OK upon arrival. And, of course, I had to believe that God held me in His hand and was indeed my Protector. No matter what ... God would not choose this for my departure from here or have brought me here or so close to be returning as soon as possible if this was His plan. So question marks flash??? and once again, I see how the enemy loves to rattle everyone's faith and security with cruel, sickening crimes and calls of desperate people in a fallen world filled with more and more evil. 

Scams and the real thing need to be stopped! Crimes of kidnapping, murder and all the other evil have gotten way out of hand. People need to be prosecuted that commit such frauds and they need to be found out. 

I long to be found in_security of Jesus
but not this way.

Working on all my fears and insecurities
shouting out
devil
not a step closer
not one more scheme
not one more devastating event

You're done
and
I'm taking back all that belongs to God

You're finished
and
your cohorts too!
So back off Scammers!


"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

Ephesians 6:12

I am a
Freedom Fighter
on my knees
and
I'm back in my
"War Room"
praying
Fervently
after all, a while back
this was 
FerVent Friday
and
that enemy is
MESSING
with
the wrong person



{by the way, I was able to see "War Room" while home and it's a must see}
Power's rising up in me

it's Friday
and

I got me a 

Battle Plan

of 

Prayers

from another book from the movie

my one in English is at home but I have one in Spanish here
SO
HA-HA-HA
I'm serving ya' notice - Hands off of me, my family and those who care
for me and mine
My GOD is BIGGER
than you
BETTER
than you
and
IN CONTROL

He's already defeated you

and

WON




Thursday, April 21, 2016

"HEARING HIS VOICE" CHALLENGE ~ 17-23

{same post just being moved forward from the 17th to the current day}

To understand this please go back and read 
HERE
April 1 - 6

followed by
April 7April 8April 9
then
April 10-16

I've already changed my plan from the original posting daily to posting once a week for that week. So this one is for -

April 17th - 23rd

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*each day is being moved below so the current one is on top


April 21 - James 4:8

... "Lord, may I know You to that extent in the depths of my being. Work Your heart into the depths of mine, even when no words can describe what You have placed there. Share Your deepest impulses with me." ...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 22 - Isaiah 45:7

... "Lord, bring me through the darkness and into the light. Let seasons of refreshing come. Give me the grace in the darkness to cling to what You spoke to me in the night."... (C.T.) 
Chris Tiegreen 

April 23 - Revelation 1:10

... "Holy Spirit, I offer myself to You - to be "in" You, on that day, and to hear whatever You want to say. Draw me into the closeness of relationship that causes You to want to share Your heart." ...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 


Which prayer speaks to you and your need(s) this week?
or

just chose one

for the

COMMENTS

to make as your prayer


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The one for April 17th (today) is mine

{at least for now}

and then

April 22nd
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* I may try moving this ahead each day ... or every other day. And putting them here below with the current one at the top. I love having these before me as prayer starters so I focus for that day.


April 17 - 2 Kings 3:15

... "Lord, My emotions, anxious thoughts, mental strategies, and momentary moods often block my listening ear, and music removes the blocks. When I surround myself with the language of instruments and rhythm, let it open my spirit to hear the language of Your heart."
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 


Thank You Lord for the music that removes the blocks of me listening to You. Forgive me for the times I fail to listen to You because of my emotions being up or down, for any anxious thoughts, mental strategies or momentary moods that I allow to pass through my thoughts instead of engaging and focusing on You. May You always be first in my thoughts and my heart. I thank You for the symphony of instruments or sweet song of a dove that alerts me in the morning so my spirit can hear Your Voice as I trust in You. I so desire to hear the 'language of Your heart'. Thank You for these guiding prayers to lead me straight to You.

April 18 - 2 Chronicles 20:14-15

... "Holy Spirit, give me the boldness to take steps of faith. Help me to be discerning without over analyzing - to trust Your ability to lead more than my ability to miss Your leading." ...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 19 - 2 Corinthians 1:25

... "Father, I trust Your will - even when I don't understand it, and even when others might think I'm foolish for following it. I embrace Your wisdom, no matter how it appears" ...(C.T.) 
Chris Tiegreen  


April 20 - Matthew 11:25

... "Father, I want to hear Your Voice in the midst of life's circumstances - just like Jesus did. Bring me to that place of listening. Give me the sensitivity to hear and the boldness to believe." ... (C.T.) 
Chris Tiegreen 


Oh Yes, Father, in the midst of every circumstance
may I clearly hear You and follow Jesus.

“O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank You for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

Keep me seeking Your wisdom like a child.
Keep me sensitive and humble.
Keep me bold in believing
as You bring me
to that place
of
LISTENING
to
You
alone

Sunday, April 10, 2016

"HEARING HIS VOICE" CHALLENGE ~ for this week 10 - 16

To understand this please go back and read 
HERE
April 1 - 6

To read previous ones

April 7
April 8
April 9

This week
April 10-16

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OK, I realize that I did not stick to what I wrote my plan was for this series of doing it on Tues., Thurs. and Sat. because my others days already were committed to other "writings" ... however, I find it easier, if at all possible, to just focus on one prayer a day. Today, however, I've decided to post the entire week since tomorrow is "aMazing Mondays" plus this Mon. another Online Book Study starts with Sheila Walsh. You may find me reposting the prayers later this week again for that day alone, if I have no other "stuff" for that day. Of course, I receive "whispers" twice a week in my emails from LOOP and The Passion Translation and sometimes from other sources, yet I'm working towards "Hearing His Voice" directly and one day being able to write what I hear as I listen. Many "whispers" seem to be personal nudges right now for me ... but the ones that Jennifer Camp shares seem like anyone can be blessed by hers which is my aim. Broad, but specific, as I LISTEN for His Voice. In so many ways, this is just another "Soaking On SONday" (S.O.S.) because I just love "soaking" and "soaring" ... on SONdays. As we "soak" in our day of rest, speak with Him, we can tune in to LISTEN


April 10 - Proverbs 3:5

... "Lord, I don't want to just do whatever seems right. My understanding is limited, but You know what's best. I want to hear You clearly and specifically." ...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 11 - Proverbs 3:6

... "Lord, I'm seeking Your will in everything, just as You instructed me to do. I want to live without regrets, which means living with clear vision
and purpose. I'll wait as long as I have to in order to hear You. Please reward my persistence with direction and a deeper knowledge of You."... Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 


April 12 - Genesis 12:1

... "Lord, I'm listening for You in whatever ways You want to speak, Please draw my attention to the messages You want me to notice. Let me hear Your singular direction from multiple angles so I can believe it's Your will."...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

April 13 - Genesis 12:4
{happy birthday, big brother! 
although I know you won't ever see this here}

... "Lord, I don't want to be paralyzed with uncertainty. Help me to follow Your voice even when I have questions. Please direct me as I move forward, and keep me in the middle of Your will."...Chris Tiegreen

April 14 - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

... "Holy Spirit, use the screen of my imagination to write Your will, impress Your thoughts, and draw Your pictures. Speak into the hearts of Your people through me."...

Chris Tiegreen 

April 15 - Isaiah 44:22

"From the Heart of God"
{I noticed that when it is these, my favorites, 
that they are most often from Isaiah. 
I love Isaiah too! So this makes sense.}

... "Lord, may I never let my own insecurities come between us. You have invited me freely into Your presence; any hindrances are my own doing. Help me to come to You freely."...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 


{how often I tend to not realize this - "any hindrances are of my own doing" even that my own insecurities most likely are also. How I need to think on this when my insecurities surface or show up.}

Maybe I should end here with the 15th, a Friday ... because as you know, I'm away ... and I could really do these all on Sat. (6 p.m.) for the next week. Oh, and I also may choose to type out the entire "From the Heart" devotional for the 15th.

But just in case ...


April 16 - Exodus 3:2


... "Lord, I know the costs of hearing You are high, but I still want to encounter You. I am willing to face the responsibility of knowing Your will." ...
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 


... "Yearn for God's Voice,
but make no mistake about what the yearning will lead to:
greater hearing and therefore, much greater responsibility.
An exceptional encounter with God demands
stepping into an exceptional destiny." (C.T.)



YEARNING = LONGING
{that fits this week real well with Sheila Walsh's new book}
"The Longing in Me"

 actually starts today with
Faith Gateway (I think on Facebook too)
Sheila Walsh
Live Mon. Webcast




Saturday, April 9, 2016

"HEARING HIS VOICE" CHALLENGE ~ 9

To understand this please go back and read 
HERE
April 1 - 6
April 7
April 8

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April 9 
Acts 21:9

... "Holy Spirit, Let me hear You. I seek the gift of hearing and telling about what I've heard. This is Your promise to us.
I accept it wholeheartedly."

Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 






Friday, April 8, 2016

"HEARING HIS VOICE" CHALLENGE ~ 8

To understand this please go back and read 
HERE
April 1 - 6

April 7

Today's is below

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April 8 - Isaiah 44:3
another one
"From the Heart of God"
{my favorite devotionals in this book}

... "Lord, Pour out Your Spirit in me. Saturate me in the ways of Your Kingdom, the sound of Your Voice, in the beat of Your heart. Fill me as You promised."

Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

Perfect 
for my Friday away

"Many cry out for an outpouring of My Spirit, but few are willing for Me to do that in whatever I please. Do you understand what it means when you ask this? You are asking for an experience with Me ...

Do you long for this? ... You will experience My Spirit abundantly. 

Ask for this, I told you to seek first My Kingdom, and this is the highest priority in that search. The Kingdom must come in you before it comes through you. Don't look for the Kingdom around you without looking for it deep inside. I will pour out My Spirit - My Perspectives, My thoughts, My Power, My heart - within you. Only believe. And then be open to whatever I do."



and 
the webcast of
Sheila Walsh
April 10th
with the new online study of
"The Longing in Me"
at
Faith Gateway
starting this
coming up
Mon.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"HEARING HIS VOICE" CHALLENGE ~ 7

To understand this please go back and read 
HERE
April 1 - 6

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April 7 - Matthew 5:13 

... "Lord, Lead me into the middle of what You're doing, even if it's in unexpected places. Give me an ear for Your surprising and unconven-tional voice. Use me to bear fruit in Your world."
Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) 

{moved April 8 to April 8}




Friday, April 1, 2016

FerVent Friday ~ 8, 9, 10

"FerVent"
by
Priscilla Shirer

(in)courage Book Club 
during March
{but because of Good Friday, I waited until today to post the final week}

Strategy 8:
Your Pressures
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[image credit: (in)courage) March 21, 2016]



Strategy 9:
Your Hurts

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[image credit: (in)courage) March 23rd, 2016]



Strategy 10:
Your Relationships
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[image credit: (in)courage) March 25th, 2016]


...

" "

{those blank squares are for if I come back and share}

which I really need to do or should



For more from my previous
"FerVent Fridays
Intro, 1
2,3,4
5,6,7
with or without
(in)courage Book Club
my Fridays tend to
BE
FerVent


Thursday, March 31, 2016

HODGEPODGE HEARING

There's something special happening in 2016: inside me, all around me, hopefully back home in MN, and also for you. I'm leaning in, like never before in my entire life (although I'm sure I needed to do so frequently) to hear what God is saying ... not just those 'special whispers' I share ... but in everything and everywhere ... I really want to HEAR Him! {no, not 'necessarily' audibly}


I don't think it's because my One Year (real book) devotional just happens to be "Hearing His Voice" by Chris Tiegreen {mine's blue, not maroon} (even though I purposefully chose, ordered, received and brought it with me from last fall when I was home) ... but it certainly helps. That's also when I was thinking that the One Word for me for 2016 might have to do with HEAR or LISTEN or even VOICE (but all of these were dealing with really BEing open to HEAR God in all ways like never before, I want to be in-tune and not miss a thing. Do you ever feel that way? like you just want to get off the world for awhile and all that's happening (especially the horrible atrocities and LIFE) just to "sit at His Feet".  Well, I do ... more and more ... and thankfully, my current lifestyle affords me this luxury, somewhat better than any other time in my life and most likely than your busy life. Sometimes deep inside me, I have this urgency to HEAR God ... to sit back or lay back and really LISTEN!  This hit me hard last week and compelled me to break away and then drew me into sharing this here. Then I just happened to choose this to read. 

I'm not sure, besides the guidance of my devotional and I pray, the Holy Spirit, if this intense desire welling up in me, has something to do with what may lie ahead for me (or us), or perhaps if it's due to CHANGES (that other One Word) that I will be facing, or the CHANGES God wants to do in me and on and on my mind wanders. But then I came upon a voice within my head, encouraging me "why not share about this?" followed by "why not at least share the prayers in your devotional?" {there can't be that much to violate copyright, at least I hope I do not} ... it's just that many times as I read, I just want to say ..."hey, did you HEAR that?", "did you see how this prayer speaks to my or your situation or circumstance?" SPOT ON ... of course, the devotional and the chosen scripture are just as beneficial ... but it's those 'prayers'  and I want to share the ones that I was journaling at that moment (back in March) and then I think ... well, look ahead to next week's or April's ... and I fall upon this for March 31st:

"...Lord, there is no limit to the ways You can speak. Help me notice "coincidences" that apply Your general Word to my specific situations. Point me to Your long-ago truths that address my right-now needs."Chris Tiegreen(C.T.)

You see, there it is ... but I don't see "coincidences" what I see are "God-incidences" (my word, or perhaps you've seen it used or used it yourself to express "only by God" could this come about ... "but God").  Then I decide that I've just got to share more (even if I have to type out each word ... no copy and paste allowed when you're 'borrowing someone else's words' from a real book, which means that I might just have to draft this one after it publishes, because I most certainly don't want to infringe on copyright-but there's gotta be some leeway, oh, probably not- just wishful thinking. Dare I? God help me and have mercy?) {so, I venture over to Chris Tiegreen's blog, just in case, he's already shared this there ... and I can link to him? naw} Forgive me Chris and Tyndale.

It really does take more effort this way ... at least it's in reverse order from the actual book, which has Scripture, devotional, prayer and as you can see, I have prayer, devotional, Scripture ... and my comments intermingled like I sometimes do in my books (but not this one, I have a b-day journal gift from my cousin that I use for this).

"Besieged. That was the word that kept coming to mind as I faced enormous crises on several fronts. At least three situations of major concern for me were turning drastically worse. I felt as if the whole world were against me, as if I had vicious enemies who had conspired to strike at my most vulnerable points at the same time."...(C.T.)

I think we all can relate to this at some time in our life, or maybe now, 
or in the near past or future. But I'm sure, we're not alone in this.

..."As I drove down the road-on my way to deal with one of the crises-I cried out to God. "Lord, I feel besieged. I'm overwhelmed. I don't know what You're doing and why these disasters are happening. Please, please help."

"Stopped at a traffic light to turn left, I noticed the cars passing in the right lane. The number of the license plate of one was 273. Then another passed with the same number on its license plate:273. Coincidence? Possibly. But when I see "coincidental" repetitions of numbers, I often look up the closest possible biblical reference, usually from the Psalms. As soon as I could, I pulled up the Bible app on my phone and looked up Psalm 27:3: "Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident." "

"Immediately I felt confident. The situations wouldn't change for some time - in fact, some of them still look bad - but I had heard from God. I knew He was with me. I could rest in the fact that I wasn't suffering from random events or experiencing God's discipline. He knew I was surrounded by hostile forces, or at least felt that way. And He reminded me, somehow, through divinely orchestrated passing traffic, that I had every reason to be confident in Him."Chris Tiegreen

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I don't know what you may be facing or if for any reason, you feel overwhelmed by circumstances or in the midst of a battle (or two) or if there may be a "war" being waged against you or at least that's how this attack feels ... or having so much to deal with or cope with at once ... but I do know that we have been armed and now encouraged by this word from Chris Tiegreen for whatever or whoever.

I'm also learning from reading "FerVent" by Priscilla Shirer and being part of the (in)courage book club that finished up last Fri. that even though it often seems like "others" are waging war against us (Ephesians 6:12) and we get caught up or off guard waging war in the flesh against the "other", it's most often not 'them' but the enemy working against us. I've also heard it said that when the battle seems to be coming at you from all sides that's when you are nearing the victory or the enemy is feeling most threatened by you, so get your praise shoes on and start dancin' or do a war dance/stomp ... because hallelujah ... Jesus is alive!!! and lives in you, so since "greater is HE that is in you..." {that's if/when you are in Christ Jesus and know Him so well} 1 John 4:4 

I'm fortunate right now that I'm not in a battle or in multiple circumstances tearing me apart, yet I know I have seen those days, and know dear ones that are facing times like this ... but my whole reason for sharing this message from Chris is not just because of what we're facing and that God's in this with us but because I want us to fully appreciate that and how we can HEAR God speak in such simple but God-incidences, that He cares so much about us that He will speak even in ways that we may not BE leaning into ... like numbers or license plates ...
or whatever and whoever, but we gotta open our eyes and open our ears to LISTEN, Hear God ... and WATCH ... BE on alert! Stay awake! Pray!  (Mark 13: 33-37) yes, pray and keep praying! Let's not fall asleep like the poor disciples in the Garden ... (Mark 14:37; Matthew 26:40; Luke 22:45 - actually 39-46 for the full story) ... we never know. But I have heard the alarm sounding ... I've read or listened to Anne Graham Lotz and others ... I've looked around at all that's happening and I pray. Yes, I felt compelled to share ... 

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... and while I am at it ... and I already have a "FerVent Friday" occupying tomorrow's spot on my Blog, but I'd like to share two more things for April 1st (and no, it has nothing to do with "fools") ... 

First of all, some of you may know her and others of you may not, and that's O.K. but you still can drop over to her blog (although she's not blogging much, just use the most recent one) and wish Cathy, a "Happy Birthday"!!! or email if you do know her or her Facebook page!!!

The 2nd one is the prayer and scripture (Isaiah 43:19) from this same devotional - tomorrow's is one of my favorite kind - they're called "From the Heart of God" (where Chris writes to us as if God is speaking to us from His heart) and these devotionals are my favorites, HEARing HIS Voice {how I would love to share all of these!!!}


... "Lord, open my eyes to see at least the next step, if not the whole path. I grow weary and wonder if I'm stuck where I am. But You put adventure in my heart. Lead me into every place You've prepared for me. As I'm faithful with the old, open my eyes to something new."Chris Tiegreen (C.T.) Amen Hallelujah


Oh, and by the way,
LOOP
in my Thurs. email was on
"New Beginnings"



{remember if you do Facebook, you can read LOOP and so much more there with Jennifer J. Camp. Since I don't do Facebook, I get these in my email and love every one of them. Be blessed}



Friday, March 11, 2016

"FerVent Friday" ~ 2, 3, 4

{Strategy 2 from Priscilla's book "FerVent"}
shared at (in)courage Book Club on March 7th, 2016 
{follow the links for more}

Back on "FerVent Friday" Intro & 1
I included the schedule and I go back each time they post and link to (in) courage
This book club study meets M, W, F and seems to be going very quickly for me
for such a deep and much needed topic of strategies against the enemy in 
PRAYER 
tactics and strategies

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STRATEGIES COVERED
this week

Strategy 2
Monday's: Your Focus

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Now this is exactly what my PRAYERS need!

It's no surprise to me that our Enemy would choose
distractions, etc. to keep us off our
FOCUS

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Strategy 3

Weds.: Your Identity

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[image credit: (in)courage March 9th, 2016]

loads and loads on our identity
which needs to be in
Christ only
and
who He's made each of us to
BE
created in His image with a unique purpose


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Strategy 4

Fri.: Your Family 
plus Live Chat at Blab

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[image credit: (in)courage (March 9, 2016)]

"Fortifying the lives of those you love"

Isn't this the most needed and yet the most difficult area to pray? This chapter in Priscilla's "FerVent..." book is loaded with great insight and wisdom along with many Scriptures. And this chapter in my ebook is highlighted so much that I can't even choose the best quote to share here. So as I mentioned in my book review (I think), I enjoy how Priscilla begins each chapter with "If I were your enemy..." like this:

"If I were you, I'd seek to disintegrate your family and destroy every member of it. I'd want to tear away at your trust and unity and turn everyone's love inward on themselves. I would make sure your family didn't look anything like it's supposed to. Because then people would look at your Christian marriage, your Christian kids, and see you're no different, no stronger than anybody else - that God, underneath it all, really doesn't change anything. "~Priscilla Shirer, "FerVent", p.71
Now aren't these fightin' words  that stir up a fighting spirit in you to take back and stand your ground against this enemy for those you love?

They most definitely are for me, as each chapter does this.
I know you have seen the enemy come at you full force in your family.
Our entire society has had a full blown attack on the family 
for the longest of time and our enemy is not backing down. Oh no.
In fact, he's pulling out all of his ammunition against us on this front.
Our battle is not against the ones we love
but for them and against the enemy
taking them captive
seizing them
causing
division, rebellion, disrespect
discouragement
destruction, despair
conflicts galore
he's after
our souls, our kid's
our brothers and sisters
our spouses
us

the enemy will try anything and everything

isn't this enough
to make you
go to war?

on your knees
in your war room
everywhere

PRAY
FERVENTLY
{Click on the link for each day under the image and read more  at
(in) Courage book club}


As you probably can tell, these
FerVent Fridays
are mostly just to keep you
linked to
(in) courage
for the
Book Club

{not much discussion going on here due to closed comments-lol}

and
I'm not even adding my 2 cents much
either

Hopefully
sometime I will come back to these blog posts or post more
with at least the scriptures 
but better yet, would be if I added some actual
PRAYERS
for 
each of these strategies

[this is what I would have liked to see more of in the book and with the book club, but maybe the Facebook group is doing that. You know how I like books with prayer starters!]

{making this one my prayer though it isn't by me}

"Abba Father, please save me from casual, comfortable times of prayer. Thank you for calling me to a deeper level of intercession and prayer journey with You. May Your Spirit lead me where I have never gone before as I wait before You and see You move in mighty ways, In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!" AMEN! ~Peggy

Remember the conversations are taking place over at (in) courage and a Facebook group as well as Blab (Live Chats) on Fridays, because as you know Comments are closed here. But I always appreciate you clicking on a Reaction, so I know you stopped by ... 


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Peggy