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Weekly Word 2014 Week 9: Psalm 90:12

As I mentioned last week, things are busy.  We are busy with our jobs.  Busy with ministry.  Busy with marriage.  Busy with life and all that it entails.  There are so many things that can easily consume my time if I’m not careful.  Preacherman and I have been making a dedicated effort to be a better steward of our time- which is the most precious commodity that we have.  If wasted, we never get it back.  Each day, we desire to get closer to fulfilling the purpose God has for our lives.  With that thought, we have this scripture for the week:

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

While I hope to be a good steward of all of the resources that God has given me, it is a sincere prayer that I master my time and that I use it in a way that gives God the glory.

Be encouraged!  Peace and Blessings!

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Weekly Word 2014 Week 8: James 1:12

Our life is busy and filled with work. Good work, but still work. And sometimes in that work, you face challenging situations that can test your faith and can make it difficult to act on what you believe as opposed to how you feel in the moment.  Preacherman and I both faced situations like that, over the past week…which has led me to this memory verse:

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”- James 1:12 (NIV)

Choosing to persevere in a way that God would desire in a trial is not always the easiest.  However, pleasing God is what is most important, and there’s a reward for my obedience and perseverance.  And I have learned that in those difficult situations, God can use us to be conduits of grace, love, and mercy–in the same way that He so freely gives all three of those to us.

Be encouraged! Peace and blessings!

 


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A Higher Definition

In all seriousness, Preacherman is one of the smartest, most gifted people that I’ve ever met. Sometimes we have conversations and I find myself in awe of how his mind works- his ability to make connections and to explain complex things in such a simple way that it’s almost impossible to not understand it.  He does this incredibly well all the time, but it is amazing to watch him do this with the word of God as a preacher and teacher.

In preparation for our next season, Preacherman will preach messages to me- actual messages that he would preach to a church full of people. They are awesome.  And I’m not just saying this as a proud wife.  I’m saying this as a believer who leaves the message having experienced God in a new way, and having learned something that I can apply to my life, making me a better person.

A couple of weeks ago, Preacherman preached this message entitled “A Higher Definition”. It was such a powerful message, based out of 1 John 3:1-3 and 1 Peter 2:9-12.  Here are some of my key takeaways from this message:

  • The world and its systems do not own me.  I belong to God.
  • I am not to be defined by what others say I am: I am CHOSEN, I am HOLY, I am ROYAL, I am a PRIESTHOOD!
  • We are set up to be victorious.
  • Real victory is achieved with real opposition, not just going with the flow of the world.
  • I cannot allow myself to be defined by anything other than Christ.  That’s too low of a definition.
  • Because I am a child of God, I have promise, power, and purpose.
  • If I fail to live a life like Christ, I am allowing others to die in darkness.

This was SUCH a good word, and I hope those snippets above bless you as the message blessed me.  Interested in hearing the message? Let me know and I’ll figure out a way to get it to you!

Be encouraged! Peace and blessings!


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 7: 1 John 3:1

We are still struggling to get back into a regular routine (especially with posting these scriptures), but we had a great week of celebrating our love for each other, and the love that God continues to bestow upon us.  As a result, we have chosen to hold on to that this week by memorizing the following verse:

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…” –1 John 3:1 (NIV)

I am so grateful for God’s love that He provides so lavishly, and that He calls us His children.  The blessings that come as a result of His love and being a part of His family are so amazing.  I pray that each of you see and feel the love of God at work in your life this week.

Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 6- Romans 8:1-2

Just like that, another week has passed!  Getting back into a regular schedule after traveling and following up said travel with a super busy weekend and work week, is tough.  Nevertheless, God is faithful and has sustained us.  We are continuing to believe and see fruit from our prayers during the consecration season, and are excited to see God’s plan unfold this year!

But now, our weekly word:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

How awesome it is to experience the freedom that comes from being in Christ! This has already been a great reminder for me as I’ve encountered some challenging situations that have my mind desiring to condemn me (Side note: don’t let your thoughts do that!). I’ve had to remind myself that I am free to enjoy the abundant life that God has promised me.

Here’s to living and walking in freedom!

Be encouraged!  Peace and blessings!


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 5: Mark 11:24

Due to travel, this week’s weekly word is a little late, but here’s what Preacherman and I are focused on committing to memory this week:

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”- Mark 11:24 (NIV)

This is timely, as we wrap up the end of Consecration 2014 and still find ourselves deep in prayer for things that we are believing God to do.  We must continue in the belief portion, and exercise our faith as if it’s already done- because it is!  Although it may not be done HOW or WHEN we expect, the fact remains that it is still done, and we must act accordingly.

Be encouraged!  Peace and blessings!


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 4: 1 Corinthians 4:20

Here’s what Preacherman and I are committing to memory this week:

“For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” – 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NKJV)

This is such a great reminder of that living for God and being a part of the kingdom of God is not just about words, but also in letting the power of God rest in you and guide you accordingly.

Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 3: Psalm 24:7-8

This week, Preacherman and I find ourselves about to transition into the next phase of our Consecration.  Consecration 2014 has not been easy, especially with our work schedules and what has been required.  Nevertheless, we have been trusting God to sustain us and He has proven himself to be faithful once again.  We have been pressed to allow God to rule and reign in our hearts and to fight battles for us, and have dedicated many goals to Him for this consecration.  Because of that, we are reflecting on this verse for this week:

“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” – Psalm 24:7-8 (NIV)

There are things that we are believing God for that ONLY He can do. There are battles that need to be won, that we cannot do alone. We need Him to make it happen, and we are reminded of His glory, strength, and power in these verses.

Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!


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At Once

Every time I read The Bible, I learn something new, or get a new “takeaway” (as I would say in my teacher language).  For someone like me who loves learning, I love the “aha” moments that come from reading The Bible.  I also like the stinging moments that come when I feel convicted.  I believe that both are necessary to get me where God desires for me to go.

I was reading the following passage from Mark 1:17-20 (NIV) and felt the sting of conviction:

““Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.  When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.”

This passage is where Jesus call his first disciples.  And what really sticks out to me in this passage are two words: “at once”.  Jesus calls out to Simon and Andrew (Mark 1:16 (NIV)), and they leave AT ONCE.

Whew.

How awesome is their faith and obedience? Jesus calls for them, and they stop what they’re doing, and followed him.  There is no delay.  There is no “wait til I’m finished” or “I’m coming, right after I finish this”.  They go immediately.

So many times the Lord has called me to do something, and I’ve hesitated. Instead of placing my faith in Him, and being fully obedient, I have chosen to casually follow the call, but not with the immediacy that the Lord requires (and expects).  I wonder how many missed opportunities are out there because of my lack of faith and my hesitance.  How many things have been delayed, not because of God, but because of me?  How might I have better impacted lives for the Kingdom if I had moved “at once”?

My prayer is that the Lord would give me an “at once” spirit, that I may hear His calling, and have the faith and obedience to move right away.  I’m believing the same for you, as well. I pray that we are never in a position where we feel that our agenda and our autonomy (free will) are more important than God’s authority in our lives.

Here’s to having an “at once” spirit, operating in total faith and obedience in 2014!

Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!

 


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Weekly Word 2014 Week 2: Matthew 5:16

If you missed last week’s weekly word, you can find it here.

Here we are for week two, and our scripture of focus is Matthew 5:16 (Holman Christian Standard Bible):

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 (HCSB)

As Preacherman and I strive to live our lives worthy of the calling for which we have receive, our pray is that God always gets the glory. Anything good in us or about us is because of God. We pray for the boldness and confidence to continue to let our lights shine for God’s glory.

Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!