"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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Showing posts with label Prayer. Show all posts

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.
{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


  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)


"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



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!


that's what I pray
for me, for you
then I read
the page
{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."

"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


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


Romans 7:25

followed by

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


 page 10

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

page 11


this I believe and really need to see

especially because I already knew

"I Can't"




this is not all

there is still so much more

like page 14


Angela Thomas-Pharr
(need an image for this one)


{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


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

Friday, January 13, 2017

2nd Week of "40 DAYS OF PRAYER"

LifeWay Women


40 Days of Prayer 

Content for the 40 Days of Prayer reading plan is taken directly from "Redeemed" by Angela Thomas-Pharr (sign up for download)

Redeemed | Bible Study

What is the Redeemed Bible Study?

Although the One Word I think God has given me for 2017 is "Healing", you'd think with so much on "Redeemed"(and other words that are surfacing, yet somewhat connected to "healing") ... that perhaps I chose too quickly or incorrectly. However, I believe that part of being redeemed involves "healing". For me, they are interconnected. I'm sure I'm redeemed but there's still a need for healing. 

Since last week, Day 6 ... we have prayed through and covered Psalms 16 - 36  and this is Day 13. I love the Prayers given daily and the images although I'm not sharing all of them this week, just the one that I've chosen from Day 11 (Psalms 28-30) for Psalm 30 ... in fact, it may be the one for my One Word. I know there will be many verses in God's Word for "healing" but this struck me personally on the day it came ... guess this is why I need "healing" and will see God move mightily in 2017, I pray for me and others with "healing" ... 

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... but I also like this
Prayer image from Day 8

[image credit: Lifeway]

may I pray this one for each of you

My Prayer for You:

"Father, keep this dear one in the center of Your love. Even in the darkest room. Even in the loneliest places. Even in the mundane routines of her day. Flood her soul with the assurance of Your presence and Your power. Keep singing Your eternal love songs over her. Let her feel what it feels like to be securely loved, and eternally desired. In Your Son's saving name, amen. "

... if you have not signed up for this, I hope this encourages you to do so ...
[I'll be starting the Online Bible Study on January 22nd, 2017]
"The Broken Way"
Ann Voskamp
for 6 weeks
... and next week January 20th is a special day for someone dear ...
{not the Inauguration}
{so I may not post, unless I can come up with a special tribute}

Friday, January 6, 2017


I am continuing with Fridays offline

special day set apart


GOD & me

(no prayer requests for me or the many with needs for just this day, they're put on hold)

to GOD alone

*(actually they're suppose to be REPENT and ACCESS)


40 Days of Prayer
[not mine - image credit: LifeWay Women]

I love starting out the new year with PRAYER and LIFEWAY came up with a really wonderful plan ... love these images that they share in my emails with the daily prayer ...

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And I love reading the

Psalms and Prayers


(even better the download they sent just for signing up)
"Redeemed" by Angela Thomas-Pharr
{I believe you can also purchase this}

so even though I am not online
I have today's


Reading: Psalms 13-15

Prayer for you (and me)

"God, I pray for my sweet friend, that chains of disobedience will be broken today. She has been created to declare Your glory with her life. I hope she can see that knowing You more is the way to trusting You more. That obedience by faith is the path of blessing. Peace. Grace. Rest. Father, will You give her a greater confidence about the truth of the Bible? Send the Holy Spirit to show her how to trust You more. Will You help her rearrange her life around the truth of who You are, and then, Lord, will You bless every act of her obedience? In Jesus' name ..."

Respond in prayer ... 

"When Jesus described the intimacy He wants with us, He talked about joining us for dinner." Revelation 3:20

Just to give you a sample

Friday, May 27, 2016


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}


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
not a step closer
not one more scheme
not one more devastating event

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

You're finished
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
I'm back in my
"War Room"
after all, a while back
this was 
FerVent Friday
that enemy is
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

I got me a 

Battle Plan



from another book from the movie

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

He's already defeated you



Thursday, April 21, 2016


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

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

followed by
April 7April 8April 9
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?

just chose one

for the


to make as your prayer


The one for April 17th (today) is mine

{at least for now}

and then

April 22nd

* 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

Sunday, April 10, 2016

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

To understand this please go back and read 
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.)

{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

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