"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 Scripture. Show all posts

Saturday, July 9, 2016

S.O.S. ~ "Perfect Peace"

"PERFECT PEACE"

... "Stay close by my side ..."

we've heard these Words earlier in  
W.O.W.

This is the theme of this week's online study with
Faith Gateway and Laura Story
Week 3

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[image credit: faithgateway]

Prayer for the Week
"Oh, God, we love You! In the face of our most confusing, painful, crushing times, even if we have to say so crumpled in a pile on the floor, we say we believe in You and we know that You are good and Your plan is good. When You don’t answer our prayers the way we want You to, we wobble, we have questions, we may be angry, and we are so hurt that it’s hard to breathe. But, we still call You Lord and we trust that You lean down so close to kiss our tears away, weathering the storm with us, and giving us Your indescribable, inexplicable peace. Help us to cling to You even in our pain and to be glued to You until the day we see You face-to-Face. Help us to praise Your name even when You don’t fix it because we love You and You are our God. Our good and gracious and loving Yahweh. Thank You for never leaving our side, Jesus. We need You and we love You. Amen."Laurie McClure

* Laurie McClure actually shares this song in her blog this week 
and the lyrics too.

It's
PERFECT

God's PERFECT Peace

 "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!" (NLT) Isaiah 26:3

I actually had this song for next week's SOS but switched with the one I had for this week so I'd be in sync. God's Voice will comfort and bring peace. When you don't listen to God's voice, peace alludes you ... and I've heard or read this so frequently it has become part of a fundamental belief I hold dear to my heart:

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and
I so want to
KNOW
and
believe that I do
as I

Soak On Sat./SONday

resting in His
PEACE

I will dwell and cling to 
God's Peace
especially for this week
that is why I had it for next week
but perhaps God wants me
to focus and fix all my
thoughts ahead of
time to remain
and trust in 
His Peace
{not remembering what was before, but on what God gives fully always}
Perfectly
in Him

"Deep within every heart is a longing for peace!"

{I know I just read and saved something somewhere related to peace 
that I hoped to add to this "perfect peace", but at the moment remains hidden}

"... ruminating on your my blessings to bring peace and calm to your my mind"
JCBC #18


[image credit: Jesus Always, Sarah Young]

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once again, this is a timely post that  
I moved it up to this week with the tragic events
once more from LA to MN to Dallas, TX


Let's us PRAY, which also means ACT in peace and unity!
{in case you have not heard this or visit Jennie Allen's blog and/or 
Tasha Morrison "Be a Bridge Builder"  View this video "A Unity Conversation"}

and also read Faith Gateway's
"Peace Treaty"


I'm sure that there are many articles around on this, please share in comments any that bring glory and honor to God with dignity for ALL! 

A MUST READ
as always
Ann Voskamp
at
"A Holy Experience"
sums up our heartache

 "The world weeps.

The world weeps, needing peacemakers who let the broken bits of their heart fill in all the cracked pieces & places in the world, us all becoming bridges."Ann V.



Sunday, May 29, 2016

S.O.S. ~ Reflecting as I Soak

Perfect photo of a Scene for "Reflecting ..." of the
Scripture found in Isaiah 54:10

[image credit: BibleinPhotos.com]
from my new YouVersion Bible reading plan:" 7 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know" - the word for this one: "Hesed = love"
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When I posted a song earlier this week
from Audrey Assad
I ran across this
and
decided
that it is perfect
for
S.O.S.


"Even unto Death"
{it's the scenery that caught me as well as the sweet words and voice}
"...with every breath I will love You..."
{the lyrics are given in the video, but if you'd like to read them altogether, 
click on this link of this line above}
frequently every breath whispers "Lord, I love You so much!"
followed by this plea


"Abide with Me"

I have other songs besides, but just stop for a moment 
and listen to these as you

Soak On SONday

as we
remember those we love
and our God who loved us first


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"BY HIS WOUNDS, WE ARE HEALED"

Do you really believe this?

Isaiah 53:5

Last week, in the midst of Holy Week, I stumbled upon this and quickly copied and pasted the info in the box below, thinking I'd get back to watch, read, listen to some or all of them ... but it was I who jotted down that question as it pierced my heart.

"BY HIS WOUNDS, WE ARE HEALED"
Video MESSAGES from

The cross of Christ is a beautiful symbol for you as a Christian. Though it was an instrument of tor…
The violence Jesus suffered ended violence eternally. It was this lack of peace for our Savior that…
Jesus was crowned with thorns so that we could be crowned with glory. By his wounds, we are healed&m…
Because of Jesus, you are declared not guilty in God's courtroom. Jesus' condemnation sets ... "

I could not remember why or how I came upon these messages from "Time of Grace Ministry" because I do not know them, or the pastor or anything about them; so I figure it was from one of the You Version reading plans I was looking through for Holy Week. Yet having asked myself that initial question, it lingered with me throughout the events of Holy Week ... and I recalled when I memorized this verse, claimed this verse and so wanted to see the truth in these words. It actually was on two separate occasions with two very dear people to me, both in my family. One, my youngest brother, did not receive his healing on this side of eternity, but I do believe he received the ultimate healing in heaven by Jesus Himself ... because once we leave here and arrive in heaven, those who believe and have placed their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we spiritually arrive at a heavenly place of no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering... {it's really "no more nights" ...}. And the precious other one, well, she's still here ... and so for the time I prayed, and prayed claiming this verse for her, she was healed. It does not mean that she has had "no more" health issues however, she was healed and I gave thanks to God, for her healing and I thought she had also. 

So do I believe that "by His stripes, we are healed" ... a most definite "yes" ... however, the healing may not look like what we think it should and it may not be this side of eternity. 

I have felt and seen Jesus bring healing to me when He knows that I am in pain, suffering or not trusting to see any medical person here and God goes to work, He does His Healing and I truly know that He's touched me and saved me quite often, by me just laying my hand on the 'spot' and asking in Jesus' name. I also realize that there is some deep healing going on in me and needed in me ... but I do believe that I am in a process of that healing. All healing is not for physical issues, sometimes the healing that's needed is emotional or spiritual. Sometimes, I believe that we are a complicated 'mess' and one is connected to the other; so the healing that we need seems like a complete overhaul ... 

As I mentioned recently, I am reading a few books, and in some ways, each one is dealing with healing that I need, but one stands out that I strongly believe I need ... for emotional healing ... referred to in the book as "EA - emotional abundance" and I am sure as I cling to every word in this book, it will BE life CHANGING for me ... not just for "Peace for a Lifetime ..." but for the rest of the title "... Embracing a Life of Hope, Wholeness and Harmony through Emotional Abundance" by Lisa Murray. WOW! Not only is that a mouthful, but it's power-packed with so much that is needed by me. 

Now, the book by Holley Gerth that I am sharing on Mondays with Holley's Book Club is also dealing with some "healing" issues in me and for me but not like this book but the two certainly make this an awesome, on-going process, somewhat overwhelming at times. As you work through the LifeGrowth, Holley has parts from Your Life Coach ...and I already feel like she is ... aMazing as Holley is, and I was or am becoming again.

So, even though, I am not currently in need of "healing", God is doing a "healing work". Not physical ones that can be seen or felt as in lessening the pain ... but spiritual ones, and mostly emotional ones that are surfacing. Usually unseen when they are spiritual or emotional but they manifest in other ways.

I just happen to have gotten Lisa Murray's book, through a recommendation of a new special blog friend, Lori Schumaker, {can't wait to tell you about why she is special} through Kindle Unlimited ... but have since found out that if I do not continue Kindle Unlimited, I will loose all the books I found and have added from there to my collection. As you can tell, I don't want to loose Lisa Murray's book, so I have added it to the top of my wish list for when I get my new April shower funds :). 

UPDATE: (special from God and Amazon, maybe Lisa too): yesterday, I was blessed to get this book and you still can too at a really great deal (March 28 and 29th, 2016). Now I considered just deleting the above but I so wanted to show how GREAT God is and how He hears us and answers!!! I'm WOWed by this, really!

I ended up at Lori's blog for a giveaway that she was having on Holley's book ... and Lori graciously has sent me both books of Holley's, via DHL from Amazon {never knew they would do that, she must have a special connection. Well, I'm sure she does - a heavenly one, as evident in her writing.} and I wasn't even the winner!!! Because I did not think I could get both and had to decide/choose one or the other, I had asked Holley, and maybe even Lisa "which one is best for me to get?"; Life Growth Guide (needs to be written in, so Kindle would not do for that) - lol - or the original "You're Already Amazing". I am so thankful that Lori, without even knowing me, responded in love and I received them just in time. in separate packages, so I never even expected the second. What a wonderful blessing!

Maybe Lori sensed or saw my 'need' or a wound in my comment and she was sensitive to the Holy Spirit and responded. I certainly was not looking for this ... but I so wanted to join Holley's Book Club and now I can with REAL books in my hands.

I often try to present myself as all-together (huh?) Not anymore {are any of us?} I wonder ... usually I look around Blog land or online and see so many in my estimation that seem to BE.(sigh) I use to BE! or I thought I was (double ha) but I also use to BE very needy and broken. So out of that neediness and brokenness comes some mighty fine healing. As a result comes a willing heart to help others find healing in Jesus' arms. I was hoping that my 'wounds' were no longer so apparent or showing ... but I guess not. I thought my 'wounds' had become scars and almost had forgotten about many that seem to be surfacing now. 

So you can be sure that not only will I continue with my new Life Coach, Holley Gerth but I will be with Lisa Murray also {and will be acquiring that book by the time my Kindle Unlimited trial ends, because it's a definite keeper} And this isn't even a book review book. As you can tell, I am highly impressed and inspired by Lisa, Lori and Holley ... to name a few, but I know some pretty aMazing other sisters in Christ that have continued to encourage me after all these blogging years ... Sharon, Karen, Denise, Cathy, and you (whoever you may be, reading these words) ... you see, that's all it takes to start the 'healing' in someone. You never know what weight your words or prayers carry. But ... no matter what, believe ...

By His Wounds

I am healed

... then hold on and watch as God begins a new work and a continual healing that will one day be finished for eternity ... 


“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
David Richo ...



{I had so many highlighted quotes from Lisa Murray that I could not choose}
so this will have to do

Lisa's Book Trailer


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oh and the series of messages from "Time of Grace"
I haven't gotten to them yet
I'm busy healing
but
they'll be here when I do
I will remember that they were the impetus for me 
to search my heart and seek 
His Healing Touch

yet
without a doubt
I believe
and
have found
healing in books
and
sisters in Christ that care

Thank You Lord!

Thank You
readers
and
SISTERS


Monday, March 28, 2016

YOU'RE ALREADY AMAZING LIFEGROWTH ~ 1

{from now on, for the next 8 weeks, these will be called "aMazing Mondays"}

So this is
aMazing Monday ~ 1

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Last week, Holley Gerth launched her Book Club
with an 
Introduction
to

LifeGrowth Book Club

This Week's

Session 1

"Who God Created Us To Be" 
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I was just going to link you to Holley's Vimeo for Session 1
but this is even better



Holley has made the Session available online and at her site

{linked to The Voice, Message &NLT}

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it." (NLT)


I was thinking since Holley plans to post each Monday ... that I should choose another day, so I can share what Holley shares ... perhaps I will just move my post publishing time to a later time (either 12 pm or 6 pm even better) ... I'm not even sure about what we should have read for this week yet ... if you just have the "LifeGrowth Guide" clearly you'll need to read through Session 1 (p.9-27) {my pages may be different from yours} It's also recommended to read Chapters 1 and 2 of the original "You're Already Amazing" ... I'll have to wait to see what Holley comes up with ...  please be sure to read Holley's prayer in the Intro and consider her words as our prayer too!

Question 1
"How are you really doing?"

{according to Holley's LG book you can always "pass" but you are safe place; well, being here online it's not the same as a live group, I don't think we're ever safe online, even on Facebook or other social media sites. Since we're here online, every ? is optional}

Question 2 in "LifeGrowth"

"What do you think makes it hard for women to believe they're already amazing?"

Check out the definition of "Strength" (p.15)
under the section
"Find Your Strengths"
{at least 3 from her given list but if you already have your own that's OK}

I love the "Strength" acronym test to check them

Question 3 deals with those top 3 strengths and example

Question 4 is more for personal reflection on what you may
perceive as weakness may really be used as a strength

Now look at the definition of "Skill" (p.18)

Question 5 is about your top 3 skills
and how God uses them

Question 6 comes under the section
"Connecting Your Strengths and Skills"
after drawing your strength circles with skills surrounding each
decide who God has placed in your life during this season
for you to serve or how you are already doing so

Holley's Blog today focuses
on
STRENGTHS




*Most likely I won't be able to share this much each week from her book(s) so if you have them, or either one, or Holley posts one, it will work better; so I may just say refer to which question(s) we can share in the comments or you can just comment in general about that Week's topic. If Holley shares the Questions on her Book Club, we can just answer there or here (you don't have to do both). K?


Saturday, March 19, 2016

S.O.S. with a W.O.W.

And yet another WHISPER this week ... trading my usual
S.O.S. for another W.O.W.
this gorgeous weekend
gazing on this



[I am sure that by the time this publishes, I will have received more really stirring "whispers" in my emails from God's Spirit through Jennifer Camp, Brian Simmons and other sources, like my daily devotional book (which, by the way, had a couple already this week that stood out, but it's too difficult for me to share those - no copy & paste or share button in a real book) that seem to be so alive and in tune with God. I had to share these before Holy Week starts with the hope that God will speak to your heart through these words from ...]


"I Hear His Whisper"

"Our Lord does not start a faith journey in us just to abandon us in the middle." from
Brian Simmons and the TPT team 

"After this 'whisper' be sure to read the verse twice" from Philippians 1:6 (TPT) and perhaps other versions as well to compare! "Such a powerful and hope-filled promise bears repeating until it is rooted deep in our hearts!" The Passion Translation (TPT) --- Amen! and amen!


...I HEAR HIS WHISPER...
"The Great Outpouring"


"Today you stand at the threshold of a new beginning. All that is around you will change and all that I have planted within you will now grow and bear fruit. For I have great things in store for you, things no one has ever proclaimed to you. Many speak of the rain that will soon fall, but I say, it will be a DOWNPOUR on you! Many speak of the fire, but they have never been consumed. But with you, My fire will rage and not be contained by the structures and theories of men.

There are many who wish for a new day, but you will be lifted suddenly into a season beyond your imagination or your dreams. For it will be MY dream that will be fulfilled in your life. Many scoffers will be swept into My presence and become believers in one day. Many doubters of My power will leave their limitations and pursue ME as never before. The time of the great OUTPOURING upon the nations is near. It will be a day of repentance and a day of gathering. Those who ignore My truth will be ignored. Those who refuse to gather themselves together will be scattered even further. For I will be worshiped in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.

So stand firm in Me until I have become your confidence. Set your eyes upon Me and don't be worried about your future and your calling, for I am the God begins and completes, the Alpha and the Omega. You have seen many times as the Beginning, now you will see me as the Finisher! "
Brian Simmons & TPT


[image credit: Angie Knight]

"Philippians 1:6 The Passion Translation
"I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious expression of grace in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you through your union with Him and will complete it at the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!"




I just love that this aligns with my You Version readings also
in this past week, being drawn to the book of Philippians.
God is like that when you search with all your heart,
you will hear Him Whisper ever so sweetly


Here is how You Version shared this as
the Verse of the Day 3/14/16
{so Angie created that verse image above}

"Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." (MSG)

This is how I want to just burst forth and proclaim this
JOYOUSLY

"Here’s what I pray for you (and me):
Father, may their love grow more and more in wisdom and insight—  so they will be able to examine and determine the best from everything else. And on the day of the Anointed One, the day of His judgment, let them stand pure and blameless,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that ripens through Jesus the Anointed.
All this I pray, with a view to God’s ultimate praise and glory."
taken directly from (The Voice) for the verses that follow v.6
{click on The Voice to read all of Philippians 1 from there - 
it's really wonderful! Especially verse 6}
I just love reading from these new translation versions!
and

Hearing God's Voice

but

mostly

His Heart



My weekend S.O.S. (either "Soaking On ... Sat. or SONday) usually have a Scene, Scriptures and/or a Song ... and my W.O.W. now stand for "Whisper On Weds." instead of "Walk On Weds." but I guess for today, it's "Whisper On the Weekend" :) and trust me I do have a Song in mind but I really want us to focus on His Word being Whispered to our hearts.

Monday, September 21, 2015

MEMORY ON MONDAY ~ 4

with
MAX On MON.
Image result for Max Lucado with Glory Days

Be sure to see my previous Mondays starting as far back as HERE
to catch all our 
Scripture Memory Challenge(s)
1  2 3

Our VERSE for
#4
is from
Joshua 21:43-45

..."So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there.   44 The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. 45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled."...

"These are the Glory Days"
Max Lucado over at Faith Gateway



"Personalize that promise. Put your name in the blank.


"The Lord gave to __________ all the life He had sworn to give. And __________ took possession of it and dwelt in it. The Lord gave __________ rest all around and not an enemy stood. Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to __________. All came to pass."

This is God’s vision for your life. Imagine the thought. You at full throttle. You as you were intended. You as victor over the Jerichos and giants.

You and your Promised Land life.
It is yours for the taking. "~Max's Blog, "Your Promised Land Life"



This will be the last one on Memory but be sure to go back
and
review all the verses
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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