Reach – Five Minute Friday

29 Aug

Today is Five Minute Friday and the word is reach.  I was reminded of a blog I wrote earlier this year when my husband, on my birthday, drove me by a field of sunflowers.  Heres’s that blog and I’m grabbing a few lines from it because it is longer than five minutes (Lessons From Sunflowers).

Look at this sunflower reaching above all the others.

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I got so excited seeing it and a couple of others reaching up taller than the rest of the field.  That is how God wants us to be – different, reaching towards Him with our heads lifted up.

He created us to always turn towards the light – to keep our eyes focused on Him.  All day we should be focused on the light  – just like the sunflowers

Sunflowers need the sun, I need the son.  Walk in the Light!

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I am reminded of that song – Your Love Lord Reaches to the Heavens.

26 Aug

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BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!!!!!!!!!!

 

MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 27 {FREE PRINTABLE}

25 Aug

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I am in a study this week called “Kicking Fear to the Curb”.  This is one of the verses we are learning this week.  I know He is with me whereever  I go.  I know He is able.  It’s time to be strong and courageous knowing His promises.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PRAYER – 2014

24 Aug

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As school starts back tomorrow in Texas, and for you that started in other states last week, here is a prayer to pray for your children, grandchildren, children, nephews and nieces, neighbors, teachers and staff.  I pray that God will be seen in our schools this year like never before.  Sit down tomorrow with your children, join hands, and pray this at breakfast or before you walk out the door, or even in the parking lot as you are about to drop them off.

SCRIPTURE JARS – BIBLE VERSE JARS – BLESSING JARS AND BOXES – WEEK 3 {FREE PRINTABLES}

24 Aug

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I love sharing these printables. School starts Monday and so is my on-line Bible Study.  Can I keep it up? 

See week 2 printables here.

See week 1 printables here.

 

Seven Secrets to Power Praying – Book Review

24 Aug

I loved this book by Jane Glenchur.  I could not wait to turn the next page and get to the next chapter.  It is an easy read book, interesting and containing the seven secrets to praying.  Chapters are short and you can’t wait to see what is in the next one.

Jane has learned to ask God for anything and everything – learning after praying about a carpet stain and the right remover to use.  She provides practical advise we can all use to improve our prayer in all aspects of our lives.  Her stories of answered prayer will inspire anyone who reads this book.

Seven Secrets of Power Praying is broken into three parts. Part 1 is “Partnering with God,” Part 2 is Applying the 7 secrets to Power Praying, and Part 3 is Stepping Up to the Next Level. Her five keys to prayer are Key#1 Petition, Key#2 Passion, Key#3 Presence, Key#4 Preparedness, and Key#5 Perseverance.

There is so much to share that I loved about this book it would be another book if I did.  I loved how she shared scripture in each chapter to drive in her points.

She talked about praying for specific needs, anything and everything, being thankful and praising God in our prayer time, trusting Him to answer, listening and hearing from Him.  In one chapter she mentioned when we feel emotionally unstable to accomplish a task to give it up to Him, asking when she needs patience with her kids for God to be patient through her, or if you are having trouble liking a person to pray that He love that person through her.  She talked about interviews and how she had asked God that when she opened her mouth, that He please fill her with His words.

She reminds us to ask and keep on asking and reminded us with God all things are possible.

One quote I wrote down I love, “Lord I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on You.”

When we are hurting and angry and wondering we need to focus on what He has done in the past.

I loved her clay hand, taking the key to the house of David and her cloaking illustrations.  Yes, you have to read the book to learn about them.

In talking about time with God each morning, she says “No bible, no breakfast.”

She shares a lot about the enemy and his attacks and how to counter them with prayer.

I highly recommend this book.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Chosen Books and Baker Publishing Group for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 26 {FREE PRINTABLE}

23 Aug

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I am so thankful that I can sing and praise my Savior.  Do I sing well?  No!  Wish I did, but I did not get blessed with that gift, but that does not keep me from praising at home, at church, in the car.  May His praise be on my lips daily as I give thanks for all He has done in my life!

 Don’t remember.  Listen here – you will be blessed today!

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MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 25 {FREE PRINTABLE)

22 Aug

 All the promises of God are YES with God!  Jesus fulfills the promise of God!  I learned many years ago that the word amen means “so be it”.   When we say amen at the end of a prayer, we are saying to God, “so be it.”

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SEASONS CHANGE – GOD DOES NOT!

22 Aug

“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.”  Daniel 2:21 KJV

Seasons change.  We change. 

I love living in Texas where we do have seasons, and I love the fact that we don’t have a lot of winter, most years.  It’s summer now and in the hundreds – but this year so far an unusual summer of only 13 days to date over 100. I’ll take sunshine any day over those drab, freezing cold, icy road type days, but I love fall.

Our lives are just like the seasons:

Seasons of summer sunshine and drought        Blog - Matthew 136Blog - Hebrews 13.8

,seasons of spring rain, butterflies, tears and new birth, 

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seasons of winter that are cold and barren,  blog-genesis 822

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seasons of fall – full of vibrancy, life and color .  Ecclesiastes 31-22blog-isaiah 408

Seasons are ever changing and in God’s hands.  Some seasons sad, some seasons happy.  The seasons come and go and even they change – some years there is more heat, some more snow, some more rain, some more heat.  We are in a drought right now in Texas and waiting for a new season that will fill up the lakes and lift the bans on watering.

God is in control of the seasons of our lives just like He is in control of the seasons.  We change, He does not. 

Malachi 3:6 – “I the Lord, do not change…”

Join me on Five Minute Friday – Today’s blog word is “change”.  

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MY FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES – DAY 24 {FREE PRINTABLES}

21 Aug

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Do you ever let worry overwhelm you?  I do.  It has always been a problem for me.  It is better now that I  spend so much time in His Word, but some days Satan just seems to be lurking and thoughts come and I have to go to my knees.

There are scriptures that say that even Jesus “was deeply moved in spirit and troubled”.  Yes He was troubled, but He did not dwell on it and let it overwhelm and consume Him like we can at times.  

This verse tells us what to do when storms hit.  Have you ever asked, “is it going to get better” or “why me” or “why did this happen”?  It is hard not to worry because life is tough and we all go through storms or seasons that we do not understand. Think about it – school issues, people issues, work issues, money issues, health issues, etc.!  Sometimes it is hard, life is hard, and anxiety sits in and we let it consume us.  Christ tells us to present our requests to God, and as we do the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.  

Sometimes we are in so much pain it is hard to pray.  I know, I’ve been there during a horrible storm in my life.  I honestly was so angry I could not pray, and angry that God would allow this to happen to me, a child of God, who loved Him with all my heart and soul – and then as I walked through that painful valley, I saw I did not love Him like I thought I did, I did not trust Him to see me through, I did not have peace that He was in control.  All I could do for a time was sob and wonder WHY!  As I walked that path, and as I made my requests known, I began to see my Father do a mighty work – it took time – but the more faithful I was in my prayer and requests, the more faithful He was in answering the desires of my heart.

As I broke down this verse these were my thoughts for today anyway.  I hope to dwell on it another day and gain new insights from the Father.

Be anxious for NOTHING instead of worrying.  Be anxious for NOTHING, no thing.  When we worry, we are saying we don’t trust God.  OUCH!  We need to come to a place where we never worry, but always pray.  Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

But in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication – EVERYTHING – ALL THINGS.  Pray about the big things, pray about the small things – our Abba is waiting to hear from you.  Supplication is “the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly” (google definition).

With THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known – Are you truly THANKFUL when you bow to your knees and pray? Thank Him first for being there, for listening and answering.  Let your requests be made known.  He already knows them, but He’s waiting for you to come before Him.  

And the PEACE of God that passeth all understanding.  1 Peter 5:10 – “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”  

I end with this verse I found this morning during my study time.  Today was the day that God brought this nugget to life for me.  I’ll ponder, verse map it and blog about it later, but it fit so well this morning and truly blessed me as I was reading it:

2 Corinthians 1:20 – “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”

So today what is your biggest worry?  

 

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