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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
"Self-sufficiency is a myth perpetuated by pride and temporary success." True or False? I'll leave the answer up to the reader. I can tell you this: Our very lack is an opportunity to latch onto the Lord in unashamed dependence. Think about it, when we start our day with inadequate resources, (time, energy, money...) it forces us to live in the present moment. This is where we were meant to live! Awareness of our inadequacy is a rich blessing, training us to rely wholeheartedly on the Lord. Again, we know that health and wealth can disappear instantly, as can life itself. I'll leave you with two verses to ponder before you answer my true or false quiz:
Cor 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
In my Bible study this week we looked at the conversion of Lydia by Paul in the city of Philipi. First of all I really like to read about Paul, he was one of the first missionaries, if not the first, and has such cool stories. In this section of scripture I found a few things interesting; the first couple deal with Paul, the next few with Lydia.
Place of prayer.
I saw that when Paul arrived in Philipi he woke up and headed out to find a "place of prayer." Jesus said in Matthew 21:13 that His house would be a "house of prayer." Seems to me like Paul woke up on Sunday morning, stretched, looked around and headed out for a prayer service. I wonder what it is we wake up on Sunday mornings looking for.
Paul was a missionary
Some of us have been sent to share the gospel in our workplace, some in our own town, but others, like Paul, have been sent to places across the waters. My mind immediately goes to the missionaries our church is partnered with in the country of Senegal. They, just like Paul, rely on other believers to pray for them, to support them and to give to them a place to lay their head and a platform to share the good news while in the area. I wonder how often we as Americans think beyond our borders, how often we lift up those sent "to the ends of the earth" in prayer. Prayer works, read about a cool missionary prayer story here.
Lydia was a seeker.
Did you catch it? Lydia and her girlfriends were hanging out looking for a place of prayer as well; or perhaps they knew where to go in this town to hear the Good News. Either way they were seeking it out. God's Word says "I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me." (emphasis mine) Proverbs 8:17
Lydia was a women of action.
The Lord opened her heart to respond to the message of Jesus. She immediately shared with her family who responded and then they were all baptised. Next Lydia, this beautiful servant of our Lord, went right on ahead and invited everyone over for dinner and a sleepover. She wasted no time, she was a women of action.
Lydia was in a small group.
I also found it interesting that she said "if you [Paul] consider me a believer in the Lord come and stay at my house." As if to say "I'm a believer, your a believer we are to fellowship together. It's what we do." I bet Lydia hosted small groups wherever she was. She understood the importance of community.
Lydia was a servant.
She also understood the responsibility to serve others. In one of my favorite Bible stories Paul and Silas were let out of jail after a crazy earthquake freed them from their chains, only actually they stayed in jail and shared the Good News to everyone there. (read about it here it's worth it) When they were freed from jail, legally, they went to Lydia's house where believers were gathered. She served others by opening her home.
What a wonder example of a women after God's own heart.
Questions to ask yourself?
think back about Paul:
What do you look forward to each Sunday morning?
Pray and ask God to help you develop a desire for prayer time with Him.
How often do you think of and prayer for our missionaries? Is there anything else you can do to support them in their service to the Lord?
Pray and ask God what you could do an ocean away to bless those sent to Senegal.
think about Lydia:
Are you a seeker? How are you actively seeking God?
Are you a women of action? What Biblical action are you putting into practice today?
Are you in a small group?
How are you serving Christ?
How are you serving others in Christ's name?
I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into the life of Paul and Lydia, a women who truly "got it". My prayer for each of you is that you would "get it", that you would be that light of the world, sitting on a stand for all to see (Matt 5:13-15)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Since I have a friend who works at Chick-fil-A I asked her and sure enough if you take an unopened Kids Meal toy back to them you can get a FREE child's ice cream, cone or dish.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Here is what Lifeway says about this study:
Join Beth Moore in a faith-building study of prophecy, and learn how to shine for Christ in our modern culture. Just as the prophet Daniel faced unbelievable pressures—to compromise his faith, to live in a hostile culture, and to confront temptations and threats—today's believers face many of the same trials.
This 12-session study, unique from Beth's previous Bible studies, falls in two parts and can be used as one or two studies. The first portion, from Daniel chapters 1-6, deals with Daniel's life as he faced the kind of pressures and temptations Christians encounter today. Daniel models how to develop enduring integrity in an enticing world. The second portion, chapters 7-12, explores thrillling prophecies from the time of Daniel through the second coming of Christ.
Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy shows how individuals can live with integrity in today's self-absorbed society. Boldly live in our modern-day Babyon without falling prey to its allure.
*childcare is a suggested donation of $2 per child, or free if need be, we just want you to come!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Psalm 16:11 says "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
You know what I find interesting about studying joy. If you look up joy in the Bible, you will see that most of the references to joy have these actions in front of them: SHOUT for joy, SING for joy! Interesting huh?
So here is what I think - when we need a little joy - Shout for it! Sing for it! In the name of Jesus, dance around your home and sing and shout for joy! I know one thing is for sure - Satan will run like crazy & I'm pretty sure if you try this - you'll be filled up with joy in no time! What are you waiting for?!
Friday, April 11, 2008
1. Get a purse, purchase a new one or recycle one of your own (good, clean condition please)
2. Fill it with toiletries, soap, shampoo, razors, make-up, whatever you wish. I would suggest including some femine products!
3. Bring it to the Thursday night women's group or drop it at the church office with a note for Michelle before the end of May.
Purses will be donated through local food banks and homeless ministries.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Today I read a little excerpt that reminded me of a time when I was overseeing Bagel's & Blessings (a division of our Women's Ministry in my church from NJ). I had invited a panel of men from our church to share what they thought a Godly Woman represented (like the Proverbs 31 woman for example). I remember one man saying that one quality he was sure would be in a Godly Woman is quiet confidence. I remember thinking "What?", but of course didn't want to say anything. So, I waited until later that night (this was my best friend's husband who said this - also happened to be the Pastor of our church) I asked him what he meant. "Confident but not boastful, you know, knowing where your confidence comes from." 1 Cor 4:7
"For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?"
Anyway, I am going to share with you what my devotional read today. I hope that you are as blessed as I was.
As you go through this day, trust Me to provide the strength that you need moment by moment. Don't waste energy wondering whether you are adequate for today's journey. My Spirit within you is more than sufficient to handle whatever this day may bring. That is the basis for your confidence! In quietness (spending time alone with Me) and confident trust (relying on My sufficiency) is your strength."
Be blessed as you go about your day confidently knowing where your strength comes from!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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