Be Strong and Keep Your Bible Open!



Sorry about Friday's post. I was traveling and for some reason the script did not come through. I redid it this morning.
 
October 15th tubing!



October 16
Another beautiful Fall day found us out on the water taking our grandsons and some friends tubing; and then we hosted a double baptism.  Two young brothers, who had made professions of their faith, wanted a lake baptism.  Our pastor wore a t-shirt which said, "I have decided."  What a great open ended conversation starter!

The passage our pastor selected for these young men was powerful and filled with wisdom.
Joshua 1: 7 and 9

"In the same way I was with Moses, I'll be with you. I won't give up on you; I won't leave you.
Strength! Courage!...Don't get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you're going.  And don't for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind.  Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it.  Then you'll get where you're going; then you'll succeed.  Haven't I commanded you?  Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take." 

May we take these words to heart ourselves today.
1) Be strong and remember God is with us.
2) Open our Bibles and ponder and meditate what it has to say.

Dwell

I could dwell here in a heartbeat!

October 13
 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." Psalm 133:1

The word stick in my mind...dwell.."Linger, think, speak or write about at length."
What do we dwell upon?
What if we shifted gears and lingered thinking about things of the Lord which are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good report, excellent or praise worthy?  I bet our day would look a lot different!

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."  Philippians 4:8

"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my lie, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."  Psalm 23:6 

Connect




October 12

One of my husband's new jobs is heading up the small group ministry at our church. They are called Connect Groups.  Our group meets once a week in our home.  The encouragement, love, insight and accountability being part of a group like this brings to life is truly valuable.  So many people walk into church Sunday, fill themselves up and walk out, never connecting with the Body of Christ.
That isn't how God intended the church to operate.

Ephesians 4:12-16
"...for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ,
 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love."

Let's evaluate the six days between Sundays and how we exhibit these actions with other individuals (outside our household) who are part of our church.
1) Help equip them for service
2) Build them up, encourage them in some way
3) Have a discussion and be unified over our faith as believers at a time when our world is not like    minded.
4) Impart some knowledge we've unlocked about God in our studying or quiet time.
5) Speak the truth in love to someone discouraged/unable to stand strong or drifting away from their faith.
6) Affirm the spiritual growth we've seen in them.
7) Join forces together in a work for the Lord
8) Make another member of the Body of Christ feel loved and appreciated.



Repaint

Who knows where this is?
October 11

As I was thinking about fall and the need for our sinfulness to fall away the word repent came to mind and then immediately the word repaint!  The best paint jobs (on old items, which I consider myself to be) occur after there has been some prep work of scraping and sanding.  Getting rid of the old!
Repenting isn't painless.  It's a process of honesty before God. It is allowing God to go deep into the surface of our hearts and reveal the ugliness. It's a process we'd rather not have to admit is necessary.  The exposure of my sin makes my stomach hurt, as if I want to throw up the sin I've committed and flush it away! Jesus is the only one who can dispose of it.

Currently, I'm enrolled in Bible Study Fellowship where we are studying the book of Romans.  Paul doesn't mince words in Chapter 1 about the pigpen of sin we can allow ourselves to waller in.  It makes it clear that none of us are without sin and thus we all have a need to repent and turn from our nasty ways.

"But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all My statures and practices justice an righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die."  Ezekiel 18:21

"In awe of God's Glory

That is our daughter in law out on that ledge!
She captioned this photo "In awe of God's glory!" 

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. 
—Psalm 96:6
October 10
Whew! I struggle with seasonal vertigo, so you wouldn't find me out on that ledge!   There have been times I've been driving and gone around a bend to a magnificent view and literally pulled off the road, gotten out of the car and just gazed at God's glory! Some of the greatest blessings in life are ahead of us, but we need to be able to follow the Lord in faith to get to those points. 

The image of this photo is amazing.  Just one of God's small, beautiful, creations standing in His grandeur realizing how HUGE he is and how loved she is by Him.  In one of her posts she wrote encouraging everyone to take time to get away with God out in nature in and rejoice in His Presence!
His creation alone, speaks to who He is!

As Americans, we are so blessed to live in a country with such diverse topography/geography.  From the mountains to the oceans...we see God's majesty and our hearts are stirred to want to know more about God. God was intentional in creating us to desire relationship. To yearn to connect with Him and with one another.

Fall and the changes it brings is such a visual picture of how God is continually at work.  Just as the leaves are falling from the trees, we need attitudes/opinions to fall away from our hearts and accept Christ's cleansing power and allow God do a "new thing" in our hearts!

Let's take time today to stand in awe of God's glory!



Face Tomorrow

The road ahead is an unknown path...
October 9
Being a few days behind in my Jesus Always reading, I went back to last week and was blown away by what I saw on the page.
"I want you to have no FEAR of bad news. The only way to accomplish this feat is to have a steadfast heart, trusting in Me...While things around you or in the world seem to be spinning out of control, come to Me and pour out your heart. Instead of fretting and fuming, put your energy into praying."

"His heat is steadfast, trusting in the Lord."
Psalm 112:7


...but we can face all the obstacles with a smile, because we do not walk alone.

He's SO Big!



God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! 
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, 
traveling across dry and weary deserts. 

October 7-8
There are so many other things I should be doing, but I've just realized...Bible Study is my favorite thing! Walking 1/2 mile up our mountain to the main road to get the mail, I was so happy being outside on such a gorgeous day! Looking up amongst the tall pines, oaks and poplars I said, "God you are so big!"  Just then I looked back down at the gravel road I was walking on there lay the most enormous leaf I've ever seen.  There wasn't another one like it on the entire road.  Beside the leaf were two small leaves.  It was as if God was saying, "Yup! I'm ginormous girl. You can't even imagine!"
Then I came home and opened Jesus Always and there Sarah Young had written these words:
"Train your mind to think great thoughts of Me...Don't let troubles become your primary focus. Remind yourself that I am with you and I have overcome the world. I am nearer than the air your breathe."

Singing "Breathe" with Michael W Smith