In 2009, I attempted a bible read- through in 10 days. It ended up taking 17, but was a very worthwhile experience and He highlighted overarching themes to me during the reading. Recently, He brought one of those themes back to remembrance and when I went back to my blog to find it, He highlighted the idea of a quick read-through to me again.
Today I picked up a silver tray I’ve had sitting out in my home and had a moment of frustration about the tarnish on it. It is very common to hear the analogy drawn of silver being refined in fire, but today as I looked at the tarnish and pondered why God created silver to tarnish – He gave me another analogy that ties in with my previous post Growing Cold. » more »
I love bibles. Even though I tend to use my phone more often than an actual bible I still love having and holding the actual book. It makes me happy even to just see them. As a result I have various translations and study bibles all over the house. Today I picked up one that I used regularly in the early (and desperate) years of my marriage and as I read the notes I’d written in the margins I realized something, I have grown cold.
Too often we view our calls as individual things to be achieved rather than a piece of a Master’s plan to accomplish a greater goal. Ironically our singular focus often ends up hurting ourselves when the Father doesn’t do things the way we expect Him to. The fact is we like to finish things. In part because we really like the sense of achievement and victory that comes when we do. Sometimes our desire to be the one who finishes something actually can hinder the work of the Father. » more »
Today my church got to sow into Haitians Helping Haitians, a ministry led by a dear friend from my previous church. This was our second time supporting HHH, and she was so blessed. Her response back gave me pause to ponder. Part of what she said was, “Your church understands what it means to be the church.” » more »
I’m continuing to meditate on John 15, pondering abiding and bearing fruit. As I considered how one bears fruit, Father reminded me that we are pruned that we might bear more fruit. Then He highlighted verse 3 (AMP): » more »
So much can be learned by seeing how Old Testament verses are quoted in the New Testament! I had an “ah ha” moment early this week that caused me to ponder on something I discovered when I dug a little further into 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV), but first let me start with that verse: » more »
One of the surest ways to pray prayers that will be answered is to pray in accordance with the Word. I did a similar post to this back in 2003 called Standing on His Word – the principle I’m touching on today is the same (spiritual warfare through declaring what is written), but rather than cherry-picking verses, I’m going to demo using a couple chapters. Let me start with some verses: » more »
Last night at Passion for Truth, I got the privilege of sharing on a favorite topic of mine – prayer! My pastor Jim Staley started off the evening via video (including calling a corporate fast), followed by Michael Gregory (one of our deacons and prayer team leaders), then me (starting about 32.5 min in), and wrapping up with Cheryl Staley – my pastor’s wife who has a passion about prayer that is contagious. » more »