"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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

TRUSTING ...

"ENTRUSTED" 
by
Beth Moore

A Study of 2 Timothy


starts today with

LIFEWAY
Online Bible Study"Entrusted"

SESSION 1
(videos up until August 15, 2017)

Are you ready?
for 6 weeks

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Lifeway and Beth Moore

{if I share anything, it'll be either Thurs. like Lifeway OBS or back to MOORE ON MONDAY like I had}

This week, complete Week 1
Divine Triangulation (pages 12-43) 
in your Bible study book

I thought it was just the Introduction, but we're digging right in to the
5 days of material this week already

ACTS 14

So today, I am watching the video
and filling in the
Viewer's Guide

Friday is my day offline so either Fri. or Sat. 
I will be doing Day One: "A Trail of Two Cities"
On Reading Scripture

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

{interesting titles for background introduction of Paul and Timothy}

2 Timothy begins in
WEEK TWO


I am so enjoying Bonnie's Book Club of "Whispers of Rest" and would love to be reading "Me, Myself and Lies" by Jennifer Rothschild with P31 OBS but I've had this study since the beginning of 2017 when I purchased "Redeemed" and my first real book by Beth Moore (though I have many in my Kindle) but was disappointed when I opened the book and realized that I didn't get the DVDs so I could listen and watch Beth Moore teaching this and NOW I have the opportunity to do this at LIFEWAY so I can't miss out on this, nor should you. The Study videos are long, approximately 65 minutes so they are well worth setting time aside to at least watch these ... if you can't get the "Entrusted" Bible Study book right now. 

Often when I start a Bible Study, I need to define the title or understand why the author entitles their study with that title, so

Entrusted: 1. To give over (something) to another for care, protection, or performance 2. To give as a trust to someone

I needed to see if there is a correlation between "trust" and "entrust" and 2 Timothy! 

{I did not realize this was focused on MENTORING, but it seems so from this opening session. How I know I would have grown spiritually if I had a mentor and by now should be mentoring someone but as Beth points out we feel inadequate and need to get over that. How true.}

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

8 -14 ~ WOW "CHOOSE JOY, REST, QUIET LOVE ..."

I took a very short 
WALK ON WEDS.
this week to take a photo
for today's
WHISPER
because since SOnday when I posted
"BELOVED"
with this upcoming week's
"Whispers of Rest"
being on
"CHOOSING"
whether it's
Joy, Rest, Help (tomorrow's choice), 
Comfort, Peace, Grace or
today's
QUIET LOVE
and I start out each day with declaring
"I will choose joy" or "I will choose rest"
when my day gets into full swing or even half
quite the opposite is what takes place
so I am bombarded with the struggle of choosing the good when all I see, or worse, feel is not what I declare
then
I know that the enemy is at full throttle
so it's my choice to return to remind myself 
of all that Jesus (God)
Whisper(ed)
that very morning
but
I am so frustrated and that leads 
to more of making this the devil's heyday
which I certainly don't want or choose

all this makes me even more weary
when I'm being called to
"...REST..."
in Him

I decide to gather 2 of my 4 fur babies and go out for a Walk amidst the strewn branches, pine cones, leaves and wet path to snap a photo of some lilac flowers on the largest bush instead of purchasing flowers as suggested (after all its Weds. and this was Today's Beloved Challenge) ... but they were all dried up and dead (sigh) perhaps an indication of my drooping and burdened spirit. Bonnie's "Soul Care Trail Notes" point out that "simply looking at flowers improves emotional health" (and boy, could I use that) - from Rutgers University behavioral research.

Add to other life and family's problems, I get online finally to share a bit about this 10th day's theme, and I am further frustrated by Blogger (or my laptop or maybe it's both) that the photos I have posted in my blogs aren't even showing up, (sometimes do, sometimes don't) so "what's the use?" comes into my head ... (sigh...grrr) ... thoughts not from God ... then I have to laugh, as I reread today's words from Bonnie about "quiet" and how God, in His infinite wisdom, had decided last night in the hours of the storm, to allow us to loose power ... that's certainly one way to take the noise away from your surroundings and force you in the quietness to seek God (which I must do often to stay away from other conflicts and problems), just give myself permission to step away from the outside world - yet whether I can or can't turn off those situations, they somehow seem to follow me in my thoughts, into the "quiet" breaks and moments I choose to recluse, interruptions even when I lay down to sleep but can't turn off my mind from all those situations and thoughts replaying when all I really desire is to choose God's 

"Quiet Love"

"... Choose instead to be loved. Let God love you. Choose quiet love." ... Bonnie Gray
God's Story
Day 10
Matthew 6:26-29

“The Lord is with you. He will quiet you with His love.” 
Zephaniah 3:17
Isaiah 49:15-16

Bonnie writes:

..."Quiet is intimacy where God whispers ..."

... "Quiet can be brief or long. Just intentional. 
Quiet isn't the absence of movement.
Quiet is a movement to trust you were meant for more than striving. You were meant to be fully alive. When you give yourself permission to just breathe, you can just be."

"In turn, quietness brings what really matters into focus and propel you toward rest and activity that is meaningful, authentic to your true self, and energizing to your soul."

God's Whispers to you
{after all this is WOW}
I lean in to hear 
His Whisper
(through Bonnie's words)

"Beloved,
In quietness, you don' have to be strong. You can be loved.  

You don't have to know the way ahead. I do. Hold on to Me. I'm holding on to you." ... {and there's more in Bonnie Gray's book, p.81}

we all need this reassurance
often I know I am not strong
someone dear to me has had to be strong
for so long and as always
we need God and His miracles
so
the
Prayer for Today
is
When You Need God's Quiet Love
I pray Bonnie's prayer
asking Jesus to
"bring calm and peace"
only He can and does
so I do choose
the
QUIET
to let Him love me
instead of
filling any time with
performing, pleasing or disappearing
or
wasting it with being frustrated,
burdened, weary or restless
living a life with disunity
conflict or continuous
turmoil of others
affecting me
robbing
of
JOY
REST
PEACE
etc.


Sadly this post has many thoughts and no images, so I thank you if you made it this far and hope that somehow you heard God Whisper something special for you ... if not, grab a copy of Bonnie Gray's "Whispers of Rest" or sign up for her Book Club.

I need healing but I'm pretty sure we all have areas that do and this week's video "Reclaim your self-worth" is so refreshing and helpful; so true and needed! Thankful to God for Bonnie and this book! I would have loved to continue for all 40 days as I did daily last week but this is Bonnie's book, not mine, so I don't want to infringe on her copyright.

For the rest of part two, this week, I will "Choose Help, Comfort, Peace and Grace." My, how we all need HIS GRACE and all of these choices just aMazing!!! as His Beloved! in His Quiet Love (on a not so quiet day) ... hold on, stop and smell a flower or two and finish this prayer from "Pray and Rest" in Bonnie's book

"Dear God, after spending time walking in silence with You, I feel ..."

I treasure
His Whispers!

(and you)



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