Thursday, December 8, 2011

NLT Give Away: Great Christmas Opportunity

Check out the following link to join in on the NLT Life Application Study Bible.  Great opportunity!



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Meaning of Love





When I say that I love you it means:

• I am giving you the most excellent of all I have.


• I consider us bound together.


• I will be patient with you.


• I will be kind, caring, and sympathetic towards and with you.


• I will cling to and hold on to what is good in our relationship.


• I will take joy in showing you honor, respect and admiration.


• I will not be jealous, envious, or resentful of you, who you are, what you have, what you do…


• I will not be arrogant, filled with pride or consider myself more important than you.


• I will be forgiving when faults are made.


• I will be genuine, authentic, sincere and real with you. No pretenses.


• I will not be conceited, egotistical, or self-righteous.


• I will not be rude, discourteous, bad-mannered, or impolite to you.


• I will not demand or insist on my own way.


• I will not be bad-tempered, short-tempered, or irritable.


• I will not keep a record of wrongs. I will allow the power of love to cover all offenses.


• I will not rejoice in injustice, unfairness, wrong, or inequality.


• I will rejoice in truth.


• I will never give up on you. I will not suspend my love or relinquish our relationship.


• I will never lose faith in you or our friendship. I will not allow love to be lost, defeated or misplaced.


• I will always be hopeful in our friendship filled with confidence, optimism, positivity and encouragement.


• I will endure through every circumstance. I will not be intolerant or allow love to fade away.


• I am saying I will be here for you without end.


• I will not allow any sort of fears to devastate our relationship because God is love. Love drives out all fear, therefore, in God there is no fear.


• I will not do so perfectly but I can and will love you, in and through Christ, because as we live in Him, the love I have will grow more perfect.



o Proverbs 10:11-13

o Proverbs 17:9

o John 13:34

o Romans 12:9, 10

o 1 Corinthians 13

o 1 Corinthians 14:1

o 1 Corinthians 16:14

o Colossians 3:14

o 1 John 4:8

o 1 John 4:16-19



Monday, October 3, 2011

Prayer based on Philippians 1

Father God, I come before You with thanksgiving in my heart and a soul that is truly seeking more of You. As I read through Philippians 1 this morning, I felt Paul echoing words of my own heart. I pray that the personalization of these Scriptures into my personal prayer will be acceptable. I love you, Lord, and I am longing for that love and trust to deepen putting to death each and every doubt and fear.


Father, I thank You that I do belong to Christ Jesus because of your gracious love and mercies. I pray that the knowledge of whose I am will further develop grace and peace within me that only You can provide.


Lord, I thank You for those in my life who are also seeking You above all. Thank you for their loving-kindness, encouragement, partnership and prayers. My appreciation for these like-minded, God-loving, Christ-following believers deepens each day. I thank You for these relationships and the special places that each of these people has in my heart. Thank You for the ways You have enabled them, Lord, to confirm the Truths of Your Words and to be a continual sense of encouragement to me. I pray that you will allow me to do/be the same for them. Father, I pray that You will continue the good works that You have begun in these friends and within me until all is completed upon Christ’s return.


Lord, I pray that these precious people that You have allowed to be a part of my life know how much I treasure and value each of them. If not, please show me how to express my true gratitude, care and concern for each of them.


I ask that Your Spirit will allow Your love to completely fill me in ways that I cannot even imagine. I pray for the ability, willingness, and commitment to keep growing in the knowledge and understanding of You and for that knowledge and love to spill over into every relationship in my life. I want others to, undoubtedly, see Christ and His love in my life. I want to value what truly matters and to be filled with the righteousness that can only be created through a personal relationship with Christ.


God, I pray that You help me to keep in my mind and heart that You can and will use all things that have happened and all things that will happen to further the cause of Your kingdom. Please forgive me when I doubt that Truth and allow myself to get caught up in fears, doubt, anger, and sadness. Lord, increase my confidence in You and enable me to speak fearlessly of Your name and Your Word.


Lord, I so often get caught up in the selfish desires of my heart, my plans, and my wants. Please forgive me when my intentions are not Godly and in alignment with Your will. Create in me a pure heart filled with genuine love for You and for others.


Forgive me, Father, for the times I’ve backed away in embarrassment and fear at the times I have been questioned to speak up in defense of Christ and the relationship He so lovingly has offered me. I want my life to bring honor to You. I want to be faithful, despite any barriers that may be presented. I want others to see Christ living in me. Please deepen my faith, remove my doubts, destroy my fears and keep me close to Your heart.


Lord, I ask that You keep my heart and mind focused on the Truth that I am a citizen of Heaven and that I will lead a life that is worthy of such. Strengthen me to stand against any one and any circumstance that may attempt to cause me to question the Promises and Truths of Your Word. Thank you for not only allowing me the privilege of trusting in Christ but to also have the privilege of suffering for Him. Please help me to remember that the sufferings are also a privilege. Forgive my unbelief and doubts. Strengthen me through Your Presence, Your Spirit, Your Word and Your Followers.


~AMEN

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Feelings and Faith

Ephesians 6:16: In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.
I John 1:5-7: This is the message He has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spirituall darkness.  We are not living in the truth.  But if we are living in the light of God's presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from every sin.
Isaiah 12:2: See, God has come to save me.  I will trust in Him and not be afraid.  The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.
Dear Lord,

Help me to bring all my feelings to You...even the ones that I wish I didn't have.  Father, you know that fear and anxiety still plague me.  I know that feelings are not sinful but I also know that they can be temptations to sin.  When fiery missiles of fear fly at me day night and night; these attacks from the evil one come at me relentlessly.  Enable me with Your strength and wisdom to use my shield of faith to extinguish these flaming arrows.  Help me to rest in my trust in You, regardless of how I feel.  Dear God, help me to persist until my feelings fall in line with my faith.

Please grant me the strength to be honest with You about these fears.  I do not want to hide or pretend in my relationship with You.  I know that if I hide the anxieties in the recesses of my heart that they will give birth to more fear.  Help me to bring my anxieties out into the Light of Your Presence, where they can be dealt with righteously.  Help me to fully trust in You, Lord, knowing that the fearfulness will gradually lose it foothold with me through Your merciful love and grace.

AMEN.

Personal prayers based on the daily devotional book, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Moments of Amazement Part 2

After that little outburst Friday night, I took a double dose of Nyquil and went to bed.
I woke up extremely early Saturday morning but felt surprisingly rested and alert---not a feeling that has been familiar in quite a while.

I wrapped up and went out to read my Bible but couldn't concentrate on what I was reading and ending up just sitting in the silence. I didn't actually hear God speaking but His words were more audible in my heart than I ever remember them being before. I began to journal what I was 'hearing'.


"I do know your heart. I am not learning anything new through this conversation. The question is 'Are you?' You have been crying from the depths of your heart for someone to just tell you what to do…that in and of itself shows that you are missing the point.  You can't do anything. You don't know how. Despite what you think--- you never have, never will.

BUT I CAN. And I WILL when you not only hear My call but accept it for what it is. I know you don't trust easily. I know you are broken. I know you feel irreparable. I know you have pieced your fragmented self back together---kind of like a warped, peeling, fading, edges torn, jigsaw puzzle. I can make you whole. ONLY I can make you whole.  You don't have to do anything---you can't. I have nothing but time and a love deeper than you can even imagine.

I am the absolute best of what you hoped for in a father, what you desired and longed for from others. Don't let your definitions of those terms keep you from knowing who I am.  I am Creator, Provider, Counselor, Rescuer, Comforter, Safety, Peace, Security, Protector and Redeemer and so much more. I am the beginning and the end.

Allow Me to be your friend---the trust will deepen, the understanding will grow and you will begin to comprehend that I have given you My all to be your all. I will not disappoint, fail, deceive, abuse, or abandon. When you allow Me to be your everything, those conceptual titles won't be threatening. They will become part of an all-encompassing description of love, security, hope, merciful grace, and peace.

NOTHING compare to Me and what I offer. Walk through the door, into My presence---straight into My arms, if you'd like. I will be here. It is not an illusion. I will be here. I won't leave. And you will never be the same again."

I wish I could say that at this point I accepted all and tearfully surrendered. BUT the conversation continued:

(My words    Response from God)

You make it sound easy.
It's not. Dying to self is painful. Wasn't easy for My Son. Won't be easy for you.

What if I fail?
You will. I won't.

I'm terrified.
I know. Go back to the beginning. Remember the little girl who literally ran down the hall to Bible Class to meet Me there. Remember the young girl who would sit for hours, under the stars, simply talking with Me and singing 'devotional songs'. Remember the insatiable appetite you once had for learning more of My Word. Child-like faith: BIG MOVE…little steps.
What's if what I offer is not enough?
It won't be. That is why I gave My Son to stand in the gap.

Still sounds terrifying.
What more could you want? I am everything. I am the all in all. I am love and My love does not and will not disappoint.

But I will be a disappointment. What then?
Yes, you will---guaranteed. Then I will comfort. I'll love. I'll guide and you will learn from Me.

I know this sounds pathetic but I can't remember a time in life when there wasn't a strong element of fear, self-preservation and self-protection. That is who I am. I am the strong one. I am the survivor.
And how has holding onto that illusion been working for you? You survived because of My mercies, My plans. Put down your sinful pride. It has never served you well and it never will.

You promise?
Yes. Already have. Christ was My sacrifice. He is not only your gift but your guarantee.

I am so tired.
I know. That doesn't have to remain the case. All that you must do is come to Me. Among the many things I will give to You is rest. Lay the burdens down. Don't worry if you collapse from the sheer relief of being free from the weight. I am here. I will catch you. I will bring you to Me and you will be safe. I know of your every regret, your every disappointment, your every fear, your every sin, your every smile, your every tear.

Nothing you fear that I will see will cause me to turn away and leave. There is nothing new for me to see. I've been here all along. I am loyal. I am compassionate. I am loving. I am steadfast.

The table has been prepared with all you've ever wanted; all you'll ever need. There is no better offer. I am sitting right here looking at your empty chair truly hoping that you will choose to occupy the place reserved for you. The choice is yours and yours alone. The door has already been opened. All you have to do is walk over the threshold. I WILL BE HERE.

THEN…the tears began and surrendering happened. And once again, I am amazed!

Moments of Amazement Part 1

Well, I know I have to be on the right path or else Satan wouldn't be so hard at work in his attempts to throw me off track.
    What began 2 weeks ago as a conscious effort to study the characteristic of God as presented in Scripture alone has taken a few twists and turns. After about 5 days into that proposed study, I began to struggle with recalling old memories ---nothing new surfacing, just kind of "re-living" some of my life's hardest moments. Night time became especially difficult, regardless of being asleep or awake.
    The emotions and such that occurred during that time shifted my focus on the study of God. Once I recognized Satan's attacks, I decided to 'outfit' myself in God's Word with the hopes that those Words would contradict what I felt like Satan was trying to make me believe. I was and remain amazed at how verses I've repeatedly read took on new meaning which included a huge sense of hope. I was loving the light that wasn't simply flickering in the dark distance but producing a steady stream of light.
    After meeting with Jim on Wednesday, I became painfully aware that I still wasn't willing to fully trust God and be done with my arrogant, sinful sense of control. Mind shifted back to becoming Scripturally aware of who God claims to be.
    I'm thinking it would be nice if all of this were truly as sequential as it seems to be in writing. There hasn't been an opening or ending chapter---more like overlapping events, thoughts, emotions, and actions in a difficult on-going process.
    Early Thursday morning, I awoke to the sound of my own screams. Upon fully waking up, I realized that, once again, I was "remembering" past events in fragmented pieces of reality. Despite attempting to go into work at ½ day, a migraine kept me home for the day.
    When feeling better, I continued reading through the Bible, noting the attributes of God. With each notation, I was feeling more like an open wound and truly saddened at my realization that I did not believe many of the "good" descriptions that I was reading. I know enough to know that one can't pick up the Bible and freely pick and choose what is true and what isn't. Accepting Scripture as Truth is an either/or option. Thursday night was filled with a lot of questions, doubts, and attempts at rationalizing but very little rest even though sleeping time was, thankfully, uneventful.
    The smallest things at work on Friday served to increase my annoyances, agitations, and anger. By Friday night, I felt as if I were an emotional time-bomb and felt as if I allowed the valve to even slightly open, that I would explode and there would be no turning back. The main emotions were anger and resentment. I stubbornly refused to let a single tear surface.
    Late that night, I sat and watched the movements of the night sky. I have no idea how long I spent outside. During this time, I began a conversation with God that went something along the lines of the following:
"Okay, You say You know my heart so You won't be shocked when I admit that 'No, I don't completely trust You.' I want to. I want to believe what I'm reading and am being told but I don't. A large part of my heart does not want to take the risk of getting deeply hurt ever again.
The concept of 'Father' isn't appealing for obvious reasons. Other concepts don't feel me with great feelings of warmth either.
Too much has been taken away. Seems like too little remains to risk being lost. I don't want to die but the idea of continuing to live like this makes death an enviable position.
I am reading about Your goodness but anger filled with why-and-if-based-thinking surfaces much more easily than adoration.
I don't know how to move beyond that. I don't know what to say or do to make that not be true. Regardless of supposing to feel embarrassed at even saying so doesn't lessen the fact.
I don't want to feel this way. I don't want that to be the end of the story. I am tired of the sadness, the fears, the guilt, the shame, the anger, the wavering emotions, the hiding, the pretending, etc.
I don't know how to do this and that in and of itself fills me with embarrassment, shame and anger. Even now as tears form, anger towards me and toward You overrides all. I am not shedding another tear in frustration over this.
This is it. This is where I am at. And I'm guessing that this is where I'll be and stay because not knowing what else to do leaves me still. After all, what I've been doing obviously isn't working so well.
I can hear the ducks over at the lake---how ironic. I feeling like a sitting duck---guess I'll be shot, captured, or set free." 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Times of Wondering may also lead to Times of Wandering

Wondering why some days hurt like hell and other days just glide on by.
Today is one of those hellish days.

I know that my hormones are probably the main cause behind the stream of tears but the hurt still hurts regardless of the cause. I am tired of feeling like I am living on an emotional roller-coaster.

I am not living up to anyone’s standards---much less my own. I feel as if I am caught in a perpetual circle of grief and before I find closure/healing on one thing, something else comes along to bury whatever was the main concern. I feel as if I am made up of layers of anguish, doubt, terror, & anger.
Most days I can go on and live normally and other days I come grinding to a halt.


Today I am halting.
Reminding myself that it is okay to breathe. God has taken care of the shame.
Reminding myself that I am not alone. I have friends and family who love me, despite my in-adequateness, and most importantly,
I have a Lord whose love never changes.

I do find comfort in those facts.
I do find hope knowing that God is in control.
But in control of what?
The chaos?
The brokenness?
The seemingly inability to build and maintain healthy relationships?
The underlying fear that remains in knowing that anything and anyone can be lost at a moment and there isn’t a damn thing I can do about it.

I am angry.
I am hurt.
I want to scream, curse, kick, hit and collapse.
I want someone to simply hold me without need for explanation or justification.

I want to know for certain that I will survive what frequently feels un-survivable.
Nothing is as I thought it would be.
Letting go of the dreams is harder than I ever imagined.

I am tired of the fitful nights,
the tear-filled days,
the anguish in knowing or at least fearing that there is something terribly, intrinsically wrong with me.

Facing the ugliness hasn’t diminished the pain.
The shame is lessening
but seems to only be overtaken by other emotions like rage, insecurity, fear.

This is only a moment in time. 
I KNOW that there will be other moments where peace will reign.

Reminding myself that "This is My Father's World".

This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker's praise.

This is my Father's world:
he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!



Monday, January 17, 2011

Made to Crave...1

As I am contemplating the upcoming start of the online study, Made to Crave: written by Lysa Terkhurst, I am asking myself what do I crave most in my life? What does my heart long for? In my weakest moments, what brings the tears, the anguish, the fears?


Upon my prayerful attempts to form an answer, one thing kept coming to mind.  I so want to say that my utmost desire is for a deeper relationship with God.  But saying that doesn't make it true.  I do desire a deeper relationship yet I realized that when I am struggling, my deepest, most profound desire is relational.  I want a "best friend".  I am beyond blessed by the number of people in my life that genuinely care for me and I for them.  I have been blessed with the privilege of having an abundance of Godly, loving, kind people in my life.  If there is a need of any sort, I've no doubt that there are those in my life and most importantly, in my heart that would "step up" and be there in more ways than I could imagine.  They have done so on numerous occasions.  I am filled with awe and gratitude towards these relationships.


Throughout the past several years of counseling, I've come to realize the power of grief and the ways in which my life, at times, has been saturated with some sort of loss.  I don't recount these facts in a moment of self-pity or in seeking out attention.  I want to 'see' it realistically and deal with it honestly.


I've learned that I had never really allowed myself to grieve and until that happened, I would most likely remain in a state of fear, sadness, and emotional limbo.  I hated the label "depression" and refused to accept the truth with all sorts of honorable cliches, rationales, and excuses.  But the truth was I was depressed.  The simplistic explanation of depression loosened the grips of shame of such.  Being depressed didn't mean I had failed at life. It didn't mean things couldn't get any better.  It didn't mean I was useless and at fault.


Someone lovingly used the following analogy in regards to depression: '...if one placed heavy pressure/force of some sort upon one's skin for a lengthy amount of time, the skin would depress...it would be pushed down with the weight, and dependent how long the force stayed, the skin would still have a reaction even after the pressure had been removed.  The reaction could vary from a concave dimpling of the skin, a paling or reddening irritation, a bruise or maybe damage well below the surface of the skin that only the passage of time and/or treatment could restore/heal...'  I know this isn't a medical, scientific explanation but it helped loosen the shame I felt.


The feelings of significant loss began early in my life with a longing for a family connection that simply didn't seem to be present within my own family.  The loss deepened when my dad was sent to prison when I was 9 years old.  I learned early on to not truly depend on others nor allow others to know how you truly felt.  My 1st experience with death was the loss of my beloved granddaddy when I was 13.  Between the ages of 16-21, I experienced the deaths of 7 friends in 7 separate scenarios along with losing 2 significant relationships in my life due to conflict & dysfunction.  Between the ages of 28 and my current age of 40, 7 more friends passed away in untimely manners, not including the deaths of 4 grandparents and my dad.


Looking at these losses in a terms of an equation equals 21 heartbreaking events within a 31 year time frame.  I can see now how I allowed these situations to be my rationale for keeping most people at a distance.  Doesn't make it right but it is what it is.  I didn't allow God or anyone else to comfort me.  Food did become an emotional crutch---some stages it was in the denial of food and in other stages it was in excessive intakes of food.  Food was my friend, my comfort, my support, my hide-out.


I miss having the sort of friendships that are based on the mutual sharing of each other's lives based on common interests, etc.  Relationships that aren't necessarily based upon some sort of need being met but in just simply being with one another and enjoying/experiencing all sorts of life's moments. 


I crave to not live in fear of loss, hurt, and abandonment.  I crave meaningful relationships that are based on authenticity and genuineness.  I crave security in knowing who I am in Christ and knowing that NOTHING or NO ONE can take that away.  I crave "realness" in the relationships I have.  I am tired of the masks, the pretenses, the games, the guilt.  I crave LIFE and life to its fullest. 


This is the starting point of the journey I am on through this upcoming Bible Study.  I can't wait to see what God has in store.  His ways never cease to amaze me and my prayer is for an open, receptive heart to whatever He calls me to.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday Fill-Ins, 2011 #2



1. Right now I need motivation.  Just want to stay curled up in a warm blanket with a good book.

2. Diet Dr. Pepper is what's in my glass; as if there is anything else to drink :).

3. A copy of this letter regularly reminds me that I am loved by a dear friend for always and by my God for an eternity.

4. Chocolate frosting is best with a spoon.

5. The best movie I've seen lately is an oldie but a goodie...really enjoy The Sound Of Music.

6. ONE day of snow like; WARMTH of the sun love.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to meeting with a physical therapist in hopes that this IS the answer to the chronic uncomfortableness, tomorrow my plans include taking down the Christmas tree...CANNOT believe I am now "one of those people" who still has their tree up in January...ha! and Sunday, I want to visit worship services at Grace Community.  Hungering for a new church home and praying that God will make His will known; all is murky in that area.

Hope all have a wonderfully, amazing and warm weekend!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Shattered but Healing...

How do you go about repairing your heart when it’s shattered?
Much of what I have held in my heart needed to be destroyed.
A “beauty from ashes” type of destruction.
To be rid of things that held me back from experiencing the goodness of God and His amazing love for me.
Why does feeling love so deeply also open you up to feeling pain more deeply?
I know it’s not “bad” but it’s far from enjoyable and beyond tiresome.

But how do you pick up the pieces and put it back together again?
Is that the point? There is no repair. There is no putting it back together.
Is it about beginning again?
Is it renewal rather than rebuilding?
Is it about just accepting the pain, the sorrow, the heartbreak and allowing God to heal and begin again?
But how do you begin again when you don’t feel as if there is room for anything more---good or bad?

Not only shattered, but exhausted.
Reminding yourself to breathe.
Counting your blessings.
Truly seeking an attitude of gratitude,
yet the pain shadows the gratitude by fear.

Fear of the pain to come if relying on what seems to be worthwhile…what seems to be good.
Realizing that this too shall pass but to what end…only to come again in another fashion or form?
Fearful that if the tears come, they may never stop.
Fear that the weakness is stronger than anything within.
Fear that letting go means giving up.
Fear that moving forward only means eventually opening up myself to more heartbreak.

Tired of hurting but not tired of living.
Tired of pain but not tired of love.
Tired of abandonment through death, rejection, and simple changes in life but not tired of the relationships.

Does anything ever truly last?
So many questions…too many thoughts.
Simply praying for peace, comfort, healing and acceptance.

(Song by Linda Ronstadt)
“Shattered”
written by Jimmy Webb

Shattered
Like a windowpane
Broken by a stone
Each tiny piece of me lies alone

And scattered
Far beyond repair
All my shiny dreams
Just lying there

I'm broken, but I'm laughing
It's the sound of falling glass
I hope that you won't mind if I should cry,
In public, while I wait for this to pass

'Cause sweet darling I'm shattered
Into fragments cold and gray
Sweep the pieces all away
Then no one will ever know how much it mattered

Something deep inside of me
Shattered

Beauty of a Bird



SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:20: "And God said, 'Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind."

OBSERVATION: Just recently, I felt such gratitude for the creation of birds.  On Christmas Eve, a beautifully bright red cardinal sought shelter from the rains on the interior of our front porch.  Wayne said that the bird had been there a few times before but this was my 1st sighting of the fellow.  Christmas Eve was especially awkward this year because not only did it mark the 1 year date of my dad's death but was also the first Christmas Eve ever that Wayne did not spend the time with his family due to an ongoing conflict that occurred several months ago.

APPLICATION: The red of the bird reminded me how I am covered by the blood of Christ. The peacefulness of the bird in its shelter reminded me that I too have a shelter available at all and in all times. I don't have to struggle in the chills, winds, and storms of life.  I, as the bird did, can choose to seek and accept refuge.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to be mindful of the promises of Scripture:
  • Matthew 6: 26, 27: "Look at the birds.  They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your Heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to Him than they are.  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not."
  • Psalm 36: 7: "How precious is Your unfailing love, O God!  All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings."

1 YEAR BIBLE LIFE JOURNAL



I recently began a “Bible Reading Plan” using the “Life Journal” from http://www.lifejournall.cc/
A local congregation; Grace Community is supporting this plan via their blog and a mentoring program. I am looking forward to the participation and the readings.

One of the most appealing things regarding this particular plan was how it includes passages from the Old Testament and the New Testament in each daily plan. I am not doing so well, thus far, sticking with the scheduled readings because of staying focused and dealing with the thoughts and questions that are generated along the way.


The recommended steps include:
  1. Read the suggested passages with an open heart.
  2. Record your reactions, etc. in your journal specifically noting the Scripture that “spoke to you”.
  3. Write down any effects that this ‘new knowledge/perception’ may lead.
  4. Create a table of contents in your journal which includes a dated entry, noted Scripture, topic, title and page references.
The introduction of the Life Journal included an acronym that I was not familiar with but like:

Scripture
Observation
Application
Prayer

I am scribbling my thoughts throughout my journey but as time allows, I’d like to recap the study within my blog for reinforcement, clarity, and readability. Feel free to join me on this journey through reading of these particular posts or by creating your own journey through the links above. Can hardly wait to see what God has in store!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New On-Line Bible Study...YAY!!




WHERE?  Here on the Write From My Heart blog
WHEN?  Starts Tuesday, January 18th and every Tuesday through Feb. 28th
WHY?: It's time to learn how to desire God...not food!
Who: ANYONE!
Go to Made to Crave website for more info & how to get the book/workbook.