Living So That – Week – God Spoke SO THAT

19 Apr

So we finished week 2 of Living So That by Wendy Blight on Good Friday.  WOW!  Perfect timing.  This was our memory verse this week.

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ALL scripture is God-breathed, not just some of it, not just a verse here or a verse there, but ALL of it – EVERY word, every sentence, every paragraph.

ALL scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.  It doesn’t say some verses, it says ALL!

ALL scripture thoroughly equips the servant of God for EVERY good work!

In Chapter 2 we began with praying scripture.  Here are some of the beautiful verses that Wendy shared for us to adapt and pray truths from God’s Word and I will begin with my favorite and the one that spoke to me the most:

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A couple of others Wendy shared changed so we could pray them were:

Help me to keep my way pure by living according to Your Word.  Psalm 119:9

Thank You that Your way is perfect and Your Word is flawless. (2 Samuel 22:31; Proverbs 30:5)

Help me not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive myself.  Enable me to do what it says. (James 1:22)

Wendy talked about how God’s Word is sacred and we should treat it as such.  I can remember when even as a small child the Bible was treasured, churches were revered, seeing a nun was an awesome thing to me as we lived next door to a Catholic church and so much respect.  Wendy talked about a Dr. Livingston that treked along through Africa carrying many books and as they traveled further and further they had to dispose of all of them.  In the end the only one remaining was his Bible.

The Word is sacred and holy.

Part 2 -Established in Truth

 

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In Part 2 we studied Colossians 2:7 – “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.  Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Spend time in the Word – read and study!  It is more than church and Bible Study – it is commitment to read and study.

“God’s deepest longing is for His creation to know Him, love Him, believe Him, and obey Him.” (Pg 55)

“The call to spread the gospel did not end with the disciples.  We, too, are called to go and make disciples of all nations.  But the spreading of the gospel will never occur, let alone be effective, with out people who have a deeply rooted faith, firmly established in the Word.” (Pg 57)

Part 3 – The Word as Spoken Thru Luke

“Whenever you doubt a promise or a truth because of something going on in your life, ask the Lord to bring this verse to mind.  He will use it to comfort you and remind you that His Word is truth, written for you today, to speak specifically into your life and your circumstances.”  (Pg 58) 2 Tim 3:16-17

Jesus told his disciples that there were secrets that not everyone knows in the Kingdom of God. If we are to know those secrets we have to go deeper.

In this chapter Wendy talked about the parable of the seeds and how the farmer planted seeds and some of them traveled along a dirt path that was well traveled and the seeds would lie on top until eaten by birds.  Some fell among rock where there was soil to allow them to take root but not deep roots, others fell among thorns and some fell in rich, good soil and that produced a good crop.  Those seeds falling on the good soil represented people with noble and good hearts who hear and receive the Word.

“God’s Word makes it very clear that the state of our hearts determines the quality of our “listening ears.” (Pg 63)

Part 4 – The Word As Spoken Through John

John – the disciple that Jesus loved (John 13:23).  “Oh that we would have that confidence to unabashedly speak those same words: “I am the girl Jesus loves!” No matter my actions, no matter my words, no matter my mistakes, no matter my exploding emotions, “I am the girl Jesus loves!” (Pg 68)

“In the midst of our everyday living, we must believe Christ for who He is and what He promises He will do.  Even when our circumsances scream otherwise because our physical eyes cannot see and our emotions cannot feel, we must believe.  Even when all seems hopeless, we must believe.” (Pg 69)

Part 5 – The Word As Spoken Through Paul

“Paul knew the one and only way to overcome Satan was through God’s Word and prayer.” (Pg 82)

“We are rich in the One who is our All in all.

He is our Sufficiency.

He is our Portion.

He is Wisdom.

He is Truth.

He is enough.

He is all we need!

 

 

 

 

 

Easter – How Glorious The Cross

18 Apr

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May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

The Easter season in Texas comes with all the spring rains and even storms with hail and tornadoes.  We got our first hail storm last week, and that’s the only part of Spring I don’t like – the storms.  My first tulips have bloomed and they have a special meaning for me because my Dad planted them many years ago so he’s always on my mind when they start blooming.   The days are now longer and the mornings a little darker.  The birds are singing and over the years our two doves have become about ten and I so enjoy listening to them coo.  The first dove at our house arrived the day we got home from a funeral for our precious nephew, and he was sitting at the entrance as we walked up to the porch.  I think about both my nephews who have gone home to the Lord each time I look outside and see all the doves in our bird baths and feeders.  The grass is turning green and we mowed last week for the first time in 2014.  Spring has sprung and new life has sprung.

Easter is the oldest Christian holiday, and probably the most important day of the church year, or at least it has always been so at our churches as they fill to capacity and more nursery workers are called in to help that day.  It’s a beautiful time of the year as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ three days after his death.

At this time of the year I think about our new creation in Christ – our “new life“.  In 2 Cor 5:17 it says, The old has gone, the new is here for each of us if we are in Christ.  Easter is all about new life. Christ died for our sins and He rose on Easter.  Every sin nailed Him to the cross.

This week we began a new study called Living So That.  We talked about from the grave to grace.  How awesome is that?  One of our ladies shared how she could picture a mummy with all those rags labeled with things like fear, doubt, etc. being torn off.  I could picture that mummy with all the words and all the rags of our life being torn off.  On my best day I am NOTHING but filthy rags.

At church last Sunday our pastor talked about the cross and what a horrible meaning it had back in Jesus’ time, and how beautiful we portray it today with our decorations and jewelry we wear.  In those days when Jesus was crucified, the cross meant horror, it meant torture being nailed to a cross, nails driven thru the wrists most likely, but possibly through the palms, and Luke depicts Jesus’s sweat becoming as blood.  He was spat upon, struck, scourged with a whip, ultimately with the skin of the back in ribbons, and a crown of thorns pressed upon his head, stumbling and falling as he was forced to carry his cross, nails driven through his feet, being unable to get a fresh breath of air and that’s only a small part of what the agony and pain our Chirst suffered on that cross for each one of us for six long hours.

This week as we prepare for Easter ponder right now on all that He has done for you.   Do you realize that he died humbly, willingly and lovingly for us?  I am overwhelmed as I think how God sent His only begotten son to die for my sin.

In the shadow of his glorious cross how can we forget?

 

 

Living So That – Week 1

17 Apr

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This week has been absolutely amazing studying Living So That by Wendy Blight (LST).  If you want to go deep in Bible Study this one is perfect, but even if you don’t there is so much in the book to make you fall more in love with our Savior.  I have never delved so deeply.

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Here are just a few nuggets from the first week of Living So That:

CHAPTER 1 – JESUS CAME SO THAT – “God’s Word is my most cherished possession” (Wendy Blight) – Is God’s Word your most cherished possession?  It took me a long time to get that.  We have to study God’s Word if we want it to work on our hearts.  Wendy talked about how we can so easily memorize songs and movie lines, but we don’t memorize the Word.  Some months back I wanted to make that a practice for me.  I bought this plaque from Mary and Martha and put it in my kitchen.

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I also print out our memory verses from our Proverbs31.Org Bible Studies and put them on a simple picture holder in my kitchen window sill as well as one in my bathroom and on my computer table.

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I keep a chalkboard in my laundry room.

Our memory verse this week was one most of us know, but this week I got to know it better.  I changed the plaque and put our names on it.  Try inserting yours in this one where it is underlined

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Part 1 – “Our lives should not be self centered and static; rather, they should be others-centered and active, making a difference for the kingdom of God.” (Wendy)  One of my favorite parts of this chapter was when Wendy said, “Life is messy, and God knows that.  One of the reasons He gave us the Bible is to equip out our faith in the midst of our messy lives………We can choose to make faith-filled choices, or we can make “faith-less” choices.”

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Part 2 – The LawIn part 2 of Ch.1, Wendy shares a quote by Dr. David Jeremiah: “…because of our sinful nature, when something is forbidden, the law makes us aware of it and we desire to do it all the more.”   Are you desiring to do something forbidden?  Do laws and rules bother you? Not me, I have always been one of those that like following the rules.  Wendy told us the “Spirit of life frees us from being held captive by the laws of sin and death. Because of God’s GRACE we are no longer bound by the law of sin and death.”

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One of my favorite things she said was “No matter how often we read the Word of God, we receive something fresh and new each time.”   This is so true and even though we may have read a verse years ago, and it did not speak to us, today is a new day.  I find over and over that I skipped over or did not understand verses, but now because I am older or more mature in the Word, they mean so much more than they did when I read them at some other time.

“What fills our hearts determines our choices.” (Wendy)

“Grace is underserved.”  Just as Jesus forgave the thief hanging on the cross beside Him that day, we are forgiven.  “What a wonderful, beautiful reminder that you and I do not have to do anything to earn God’s grace.  It’s a free gift.  Grace does ot depend on what we have done, but on what God has done for us.” (Wendy)

Part 3 – New Life

This chapter was so awesome.  It talked about Romans 6:4 and how we can walk confidently out of the grave into a new life.  This is not talking about a grave as you think of it, but rather as we are buried with Him through baptism we walk into a new life.  At the moment of our salvation we die to our sins, and know a new life.  We walk in the “freedom of the cross.”  “Our flesh is weak.  The Holy Spirit is strong.  We can feed one nature or the other.  The one we feed most will be the one to gain power.”

So my friends do you live in God’s freedom, or are you bound up in grave clothes?  Are you held captive by anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, fear, doubt, etc.”  Jesus is calling us to live and walk in the freedom of that cross.   Jesus wants you to live and walk in the freedom of the cross.”

What has you bound up today? Give those burdens to your Father and walk in the freedom of the cross!

Part 4 – Holy Living 

“God’s holy spirit convicts us to know that we have not pleased him.  He then speaks truth into our hearts and empowers  us to change SO THAT we can do what is pleasing to Him.”

“Holiness becomes a reality when we surrender our hearts and minds to God.  We must turn away from our old ways and old habits.”

Part 5 – Prayer I just love how she describes  prayer as a “precious gift” (pg 33). It is a gift to us showing us how Jesus communicated with His Father while He was here on earth. Jesus began and ended His ministry with prayer. We need to follow Jesus’ example and remember that we can petition the Father on our own behalf. 

Here is Wendy Blight’s prayer for us during Living So That.  I wanted to remember it so designed this little picture.  I am praying this for each of my family and friends each morning during this study.

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Made to Crave Action Plan – Week 5 – God is Love

3 Apr

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God is LOVE  and we can love because He first loved us.  (1 John 4:19) !  Have you been reminded of that lately.  I am daily and I believe it with all my heart.   This week we were asked to share a creative way that God had shared His love as we look and listen in our surroundings. During our Made to Crave Study by Lysa TerKeurst, I was honored to attend the Women of Faith Conference in Lubbock with my daughter and her mother-in-law in January – a Christmas gift from my daughter and son-in-law.  On the way to the conference on Saturday morning they stopped at a local coffee shop called Yellow House Coffee and here is one of our cups of latte they designed.

As I look at any heart I am reminded of His constant love.  I am reminded of that beautiful weekend spent with the kids and how they took the time to share with us this lovely creation, how they loved enough to give a special gift at Christmas knowing how much I love Proverbs 31 and Lysa TerKeurst and I am so reminded and thankful of a time when I had a tiny baby girl 9 weeks early who was not supposed to live and she did and has gloriously honoring and serving God.  When I look at that cup of latte I give thanks for all He has done in my life each and EVERY day.

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 So how about you, have you seen God this week or recently in a design along your busy days?  If not I hope you will – a heart-shaped cloud, rock, leaf.  I would love to hear how you have seen God recently.

Made to Crave Action Plan – Week 5 – Bridging the Gap

3 Apr

Sadly, this is our final week of our Bible Study called  Made to Crave Action Plan by Lysa TerKeurst and Dr. Ski Chilton  with Proverbs 31,Org.  During our study this week we talked about “bridging the gap” between trials and blessings.  Can you think back to times when you were in a gut-wrenching trial, and then later to see how God blessed you when it was over, or used it even years later to bless your heart?  Perseverance through the trial is the key!

 

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“Between every trial and every blessing is a path we must walk and the path is perseverance.”
~Lysa TerKeurst

Here are a few pictures of the bridges and roads we travel from our home to get to Llano, Texas.  The last picture shows a bridge over the river in downtown Llano.

For me these will be reminders each time we drive down to Llano of how I am becoming mature and complete in Him!  Blog-2 Thess 35

I hope you will join us in our next amazing Bible Study by Wendy Blight called Living So That. lst

Head over the proverbs31.org and sign up.

 

 

Made to Crave Action Plan – Week 4 – Maximize

27 Mar

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Our memory verse this week was Ephesians 6:16 –  “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  Lysa talked about her own struggles and how she uses her shield of faith and biblical truths to have a “take-me-up-attitude”.  The above are my biblical truths – my four corners of my shield of faith.

This week we have been studying polyphenols which are found in the skin around grapes and other fruits and vegetables – things like apples, berries, grapes, cabbage, sweet potatoes, nuts, beans, etc..  We have also talked about catechins which are found in green tea.

Here are some things I tried this week.  First was a sort of tapioca made from chia seed and coconut milk and I added vanilla and several bags of pure via.  It was good.  When I got ready to serve I added my polyphenols – strawberries.  Chia seed has lots of calcium, omega 3s and fiber.

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RECIPE for Chia Tapioca:

I used 2 cups of coconut milk (could use the chocolate or the almond)

I used 1/4 cup of chia seed

I used a tsp of vanilla

I used 3 individual packets of pure via sweetener.

Let it set overnight and add some fruit.

I don’t care for green tea so I improvised and added green tea bags to my regular decaf tea and I added some polyphenols like limes, oranges,  and lemons and this was my final product – tasted good!

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Made to Crave Action Plan – Week 3 – EXERCISE

20 Mar

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This week in the Made to Crave Action Plan study the topic is exercise.  Exercise is not my thing.  REALLY I DO NOT like to exercise.  Do you?

I put on my shoes.  shoes

But I have pulled out my pedometer.  This is how it looked last night when I got ready for my shower.  blog-pedometer

WOOHOO!

Today I am headed to school to sub but I should be finished by noon unless, unless someone gets sick or has to leave school and I am called to another class.  But if I am finished by noon I am heading out to our school track and see if I can get this pedometer up a bit more.  

I am embracing the challenges that have been given us.  It is truly time to head North.

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Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful

13 Mar

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Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful quotes from Page 36 of the Made to Crave Action Plan by Lysa Terkeurst and Dr. Ski Chilton.DSC02210

Daily we should be finding joy in whatever is happening in our lives.  Daily we should be prayerful bringing our struggles to Him. Daily we should be thankful because it moves the heart of God.

Made to Crave – Action Plan – Week 2

13 Mar


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This is only week 2 at Proverbs 31.Org in the Made to Crave Action Plan Study by Lysa TerKeurst and Dr. Ski Chilton,  and it has been quite a journey.  We are learning all about fiber and fish and all they do for our bodies to flight inflammation, reduce heart disease, fight depression and slow down our aging process.  Dr. Ski even reminded us this week about Jesus feeding the 5,000 with fish and barley loaves.   There you see it right in the Bible – fiber and fish and JESUS.

I made a big skillet of veggies and served them with grilled  shrimp for dinner one evening this week with fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, and brussel sprouts cooked in olive oil, and yesterday a wonderful lunch of guacamole salad made of avocado, red onion, tomato and seasonings with black beans on a bed of lettuce, and later one of my favorite snacks – these oven roasted chocolate-flavored almonds.  For dinner well it was a big pot of homemade soup with loads of veggies and all sorts of beans and a little hamburger meat.  This salad was delicious and satisfying.  DSC03175

Today I am heading to Costco to buy some of the healthy things that we heard about on the video this week and read about in the Action Plan – lots of Omega 3s and fiber.  For fish I’m buying wild-Alaskan frozen salmon, some canned pink salmon to try old-fashioned patties like my Mom used to make and more albacore canned tuna and frozen Ahi Tuna (one of my favorites) to get in my Omega 3s.  I can’t wait to try out new recipes I found on Dr. Chilton’s website tonight for dinner and have already made a menu for next week because planning and Bible study is the key to healthy bodies and weight loss.

And during my planning this week I designed a little menu planning page for my meals.  Feel free and enjoy for your own purposes.

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Our verse of the week – one of my favorites.  May He find us joyful, thankful and prayerful each and every day.  One word that has really struck out to me during this week’s study is BE!

BE JOYFUL!

BE THANKFUL!

BE PRAYERFUL!

BE!

Made to Crave Action Plan – Week 1 – Action Verse

6 Mar

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I had to choose two action verses for this study.  This one touched my heart.  Lysa TerKeurst told us  “…if we are really going to stop circling the mountain and head north toward lasting changes, we have to empty ourselves of the lie that other people or things can ever fill our hearts to the full.”  People can not fill us.  Things like food, alcohol, sex, gambling or whatever your sin is, can not fill us.  Only Jesus can do that!

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