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Cheering For Us

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Are there  days you would like to stay in bed and sleep, shut the blinds, not answer the telephone and wish your problems away?  I think if we are honest, we have all had those days.  I even had one this morning when the telephone rang at 4:15 AM with a weather message that high winds and large hail were coming.  So I’m up, drinking my coffee, and writing this.

Are there days you need encouragement or times your plate is too full and you need help, but you are just too stubborn to admit it or ask for help?   I can raise my hand to that one.  We have to remember that even on those days we have a best friend, we have a cheerleader, we have a daddy that we can go to and be filled with His promises. He is ALWAYS cheering for us.

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Suzanne Eller Live-Free Thursday, Uncategorized

Here To Worship Him

 

PicMonkey Collage turn your eyesWhat is worship?  The Dictionary defines it as the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity, but I wanted to go further.  Worship for each of us is different, it is  a holy act to Him, it is not comparison, it is not a sense of obligation but a sense of love and reverence.

How do I personally worship:

Worship in Prayer –   I love lifting up my friends, my family, my country and anything else that is on my heart.  I love being on my knees in worship with my Father.  I don’t love the tears sometimes when I am praying for loved ones who are hurting and sick.  I love bowing down to worship Him.  I love lifting my palms up to him. PicMonkey Collage Psalm 956

Worship in Music – Let me tell you I love worshipping with music.  I love listening to music and praising and sometimes I can be found lifting my hands at a red light.  I am not much of a hand lifter at church yet.  We are in the more conservative early service, but I know if the time comes it will be an act of the Holy Spirit.   Some do raise their hands, but I can get distracted by that if I turn my eyes on others who are, and right now for me it would distract me in worship to raise my hands, and it would be because others are doing it and that would be wrong.  It is all about singing to God because He is God. It’s about letting the words penetrate my heart as I reflect on Him.  It’s not about raising my hands out of a sense of obligation, but rather an act of worship of Him with every word that comes out of my mouth.

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Worship in Neighborhood Prayer walks – I made a walk before church on Sunday morning.  It was 6:00 AM and the sun had just risen and it was a beautiful morning in the sixties here in Texas.   I walked around the neighborhood praying for my neighbors.  I love doing that but we are on acreage so we are spread out and by the time I have walked thirty minutes I do not know those neighbors, so Sunday I had my music on a Christian radio station and as I was listening and worshiping I sang specific phrases of some of the songs over my neighbors.

No where in the New Testament are there any references to a house of worship or churches as we find them today.  The early Christians met for Bible study, fellowship and prayer.  We worship God because He is God.  Real worship is the priority we place on God.  We were all created to worship Him.

I could not help but think about a couple of songs. The first called The Heart of Worship by Matt Redman.  Matt wrote the song at  time when his church in England was struggling about their music.  His pastor made a decision to rid the services of a sound system and their band leaving only their voices.  Pastor Pilavachi asked his congregation what were they bringing to the services when they walked through the doors.

Listen to Matt’s song.  It’s all really about Jesus – not the songs, not the band, not the piano.  It’s about coming as worshipers and delighting and honoring .  As Matt sings, “I’m coming back to the heart of worship.  I’m sorry for the thing I’ve made it.”

But there is one more song I love about worship and that is Michael W. Smith’s Here I Am To Worship. Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you are my God.  It’s not about me.  It’s ALL about Him.

I’m joining Suzie Eller today in Live Free Thursday.  Come join us.

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Inspiration, Uncategorized

Jehovah Nissi

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Jehovah Nissi means the Lord is my banner.

Wendy Blight shared in her study I Know His Name so much of the history in the Old Testament about banners and how we are under God’s banner – under the covering and shadow of His wings.  She also shared the first time that term was used after God intervened in the Israelites’ first battle.

We walked  through the story of Abraham and Sarah and how God had promised them a son in spite of their old ages.  In fact, in Genesis 15:1-6 God said to look toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them and so shall your descendants be.  I actually have found myself looking toward heaven and claiming that promise because it has been hard for our family to have children and now grandchildren, but I’m claiming it.  I’m claiming that promise of future generations just like Abraham and Sarah.

We walked with Issac, Rebekah, Esau and Jacob and how Jacob took away Esau’s blessing.  Because of Esau’s threat Jacob had to depart and his father, Issac, prayed a blessing over him that God would bless him and make him fruitful and increase in numbers.  Do you hear that?  Issac prayed a blessing over him?  I’m praying that same blessing over my children and grandchildren that God will make them fruitful and increase in numbers.

We all know the story of Jacob and his wives and how Rachel could not get pregnant and so Rachel but her sister did.  Jealousy overflowed when Leah gave Jacob a son.  Both women competed and Wendy reminded us how we do the very same thing in our lives when we look at someone else’s home, success, wardrobe, career, ministry and ask why we can not have that.  Honestly, I’m long past wanting to compete with other women.  Perhaps years ago I did that.  I am so blessed if God never gives me another thing  because truly I have more than I could ever deserve.  I am so very thankful for all I have.  How about you?  Are you thankful for what you have and all God has blessed you with, or are you resentful or even bitter of what others have?

As we continued to study Jacob there was another promise from God as Jacob says that he is unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness that God has shown him, a servant.  In Genesis 32:10-12 Jacob tells God that he had only his staff when he crossed the Jordan and he said “I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.”  Again, God has promised future generations and I know He has for me too even on those days I get discouraged and start to question just like Jacob did, but just like God had to change Jacob radically perhaps He has to change me radically also.  God had to teach Jacob humility because he had been wrestling all of his life with his brother, Esau, Laban and God.  Jacob had to acknowledge that the blessing he had stolen had to come from God.

PicMonkey CollageExodus 1715Do you remember the story of Moses standing on top of a mountain during the battle  with Amalek?  When he raised his hands holding the staff to heaven the Israelites prevailed.  When he lowered his staff Amalek and his army prevailed.  Aaron and Hur stood on the hill with Moses and held his hands up when Moses could not.  The Amalekites were defeated and Moses built an altar and called it The Lord Is My Banner.  This should be a reminder to us during the times we are in any type of battle to raise our hands toward Heaven and call upon Jehovah Nissi.  He is our banner.  He is our victory.  His banner over us is LOVE!

PicMonkey CollageMascotEver notice how we see banners at all sorts of places like companies plastering them around the stadium at a professional football or basketball game, high school gyms with mascots, and even our flag as it waves over schools and businesses?

This is one of the banners at one of the schools where I sub.  What a sense of pride as I walk into one of the gyms there.  This banner is over the bleachers with love.  What pride we should all feel about our Lord’s banner over us.

In the Old Testament banners referred to family tribal banners.  Each tribe had its own banner.   He is like a banner over us.  Thank about that the next time you see a banner.  I have been the last few weeks as I go to school and sub and see our banners of wildcats and cougars.

If you enjoyed this post, here are my other posts on the Names of God:

El Roi

Elohim

Over Fifty, Uncategorized

Between the Lines with Blogger Loves The King

Katherine from Catherine’s corner is hosting a blog series called Between The Lines.  I was thrilled when she sent out an invitation to recognize and celebrate bloggers over fifty. Each week she has been hosting different bloggers, and I am honored to be one of them this week.

I retired in 2011 after 43.5 years with the Department of Defense, and shortly after that my life totally changed.  I love retirement, but after being so busy my whole life the slower pace was wonderful.  It gave me time to do things I had only dreamed about like teaching, on-line Bible study, and later blogging.

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Shortly after retirement I joined an on-line Bible study.  It was there that  I started blogging with encouragement from our leader, Melissa Taylor who is part of the Proverbs 31 On-Line Bible Studies.  She had a weekly link up on Thursdays where we shared thoughts about the book we were studying.  Eventually, I got the courage to see what it was all about, and actually taught myself through the WordPress free site.

My first blog was in  December 2013.  We were in the midst of one of those remodeling projects, and well it went on way past when the short time they promised.    I could not decorate for Christmas, I had no time to shop, and we were crawling in our bedroom window some nights to sleep as new tile floors went in.  I had a whole lot to say about In Christ Alone at Christmas.  It is one I will never forget.  We had to hire someone else at the last-minute to get the carpet in the day before our family was arriving.

Who knew I would still be doing this.  How life has changed since my retirement, finding on-line Bible studies, and learning all about Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.  None of that slowed me down because retiring after 43 plus years I was well into the computer world, and I love how blogging and on-line studies have kept me up-to-date in the technology world.  For such a private, shy woman, I have come out of my closet and share most of life now.  Notice I said most.

My main purpose for blogging has always been to leave a legacy for my family and future generations and right now it’s these two precious boys and our son and daughter.  We are praying earnestly for more grandchildren, but if you’ve read my blog (My Most Memorable Christmas Gift – Trust Fund Baby) you will see how hard it’s been for me and our children to have children.  I firmly believe God’s plan is perfect, and I believe because of our faithfulness He will bless us with more grandchildren.  Our family knows first-hand the miracle of babies.

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Katherine asked us to share our feelings about being over fifty and being a blogger over fifty so here goes?

I never feel over fifty.  Honestly, most days I still feel like that young bride, and still in love with my precious man of 46 years.  I am sixty five.  That sounds so old to me, and probably to you also.  I retired primarily to spend time with my Mom knowing her days were numbered.  I spent a lot of time with her reading devotions and taking meals to her.  Sometimes I would watch her sleep and work on my Bible studies just to spend more time with her.

I love life and live it to the fullest.  Hey, I was out pushing a mower today around the pool and the pedometer has over 11,000 steps.   In addition to blogging, I started substitute teaching after retirement too, and I am a volunteer team leader for the on-line Bible studies I mentioned, and I keep my two grandsons running after them because they are one and two.   So I am very active.  I love taking them on long walks and so ready for the pretty weather so I can load them up in that double stroller and roll.

I have joined a group of ladies called His Girls Gather and we meet every couple of months to learn new things about blogging, and to just gather and share.  I traveled recently to Baton Rouge, LA to meet up with the girls.  That trip was about and eight-hour drive for me alone, but I had so much fun and learned a lot.  Our group is growing and as you can see we are all ages.

Many of His Girls Gather share our blogs at a site called Women at The Well, and are featured here.

I don’t feel like being over fifty has hindered me in my blogging world because I truly believe the older we get the more experience we have – trials,  joys and there is so much to write about.  You’ll find much on my blog about my trials of miscarriage, infertility, loss of my Mom, a grandson born with a horrible disease you can read about here and here, and how I have grown through all of my studies.  As Titus 2:3-5 says, I want to be that older woman who teaches and encourages younger mothers and wives so that they may come to love Him more.

Join us in the “Between the Lines” series and hear from many other bloggers who are over fifty.

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PLANT SEEDS AND GROW

Every day we make plans and choices.   We are planting seeds as we make choices of who we are going to marry, where we are going to live, having children or not, jobs, schools, what we are going to eat, where we are going to go, what words will come out of our mouth, etc..

How often do we plan and plan and those to-do lists grow and grow because God has a different course and “stuff” happens – good “stuff” and bad “stuff”. Sometimes we make plans and our plans fail, but guess what sometimes those plans fail and we experience  the greatest blessing of our lives.

Ever heard the term “you reap what you sow”?  I’ve been in a study this week called 5 Habits of A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.   One of the things that Nicki Koziarz emphasized in Chapter 7 is that “she gives others what she needs.”  Instead of giving others a piece of our mind, we plant seeds of “emotional generosity”, we give them kind words instead of what we think they deserve.  When we respond with love, God can do a BIG thing in their lives and ours.  Have you ever been there where you had to extend “emotional generosity”?

Plant seeds today.  God makes them grow.  His plan, not ours.  His instruments, not Satan’s.  What is His assignment for you TODAY?  His assignment today may be nothing more than being reverent to Him when we are washing clothes, studying, working, driving to and from work and whatever we are doing.  Our reverence for Him should guide us each day in planting seeds as we prioritize our to-do lists and spend time with Him.  His assignment might be responding in love when you really want to lash out.

Here are some simple ways you can plant seeds and watch others grow today:

  • Send a text or email to let someone know you are thinking of them.
  • Visit someone in  the nursing home or a hospital or even a neighbor who is shut-in.
  • Call someone on the phone.
  • Carry a meal to someone who needs it.
  • Offer to keep someone’s children so they can go out and enjoy some time with their husband.
  • Let someone go ahead of you that seems in a hurry at the check-out line.
  • Respond in love to someone who offends you today in word or cutting you off on the highway.
  • Tell someone you love them.

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Go plant those seeds or water some that have already been planted.

Being emotionally generous will bring out the best in me and you as children of God.

May we be known for the seeds we plant at home and away from home.

LET’S PLANT!

Joining Kate Matoung and the Five-Minute Friday girls today.  The word is GROW!  Come join us.