Nobody’s Perfect

This week’s:

 

The Old Testament is filled with examples of humanity’s complete and utter inability to keep the Law. The Law is perfectly perfect in every way… and WE are not. And because of Jesus, that’s OK. You see, God loves this world so much that He sent a tiny little baby to save it. Isn’t that just about the strangest way imaginable to save humanity? A baby? Really LORD? What can a baby do to help me, to save me?

Ahhhh, but this was no ordinary baby. This baby, conceived with a divinely royal bloodline on all three sides, was born in a manger right beside all the other sacrifices. This baby didn’t come to live, He came so that He could die the most spectacularly amazing death anyone could ever imagine.

In this time of Christmas we celebrate a baby born to die for us… for YOU. The perfect Law was given to show us our sin. The babe from the manger and perfect fulfillment of the Law was given to show us the Love that erases our sin. His loving act of sacrifice erases our sins so completely that according to the promise of Isaiah 54:9, not only is God finished punishing our vast ocean of iniquity and sin, He’s not even angry about them anymore. In the beginning God gave Abraham His word and He fulfilled it and then some. God has done the very same thing for us. He promised us salvation from our sins, and it came in the most perfect Christmas package of a bouncing baby boy wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger – Jesus. This Christmas, I pray that the first present you open is YOUR gift of salvation from a God who’s not angry with you at all. You can unwrap this gift by simply opening up your heart to receive His love for you. To do that, simply say, “yes” to Him.

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

For everyone has sinned, we all fall short of God’s glorious standard; yet God with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus. Romans 3:21-26

 

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My God Will

This week’s:

I’m sitting here in the bedroom attempting to read by Bible and figure out something to write for this week when I get a text from my hubby… from the next room. “Whatcha’ doin?” Several texts later and I’m smiling thinking about our son sitting at the computer positioned between us and the “whistling” text alerts that are flying past his head as he plays his game. And that’s when my eyes came to it, God’s word for us this week: “I have received your message, and I will supply all you need.” 1 Kings 5:8

Christmas is a time of, well, it’s a time of a lot of things. It’s set up to be a time of joy, and hope and giving… but for many, it’s a time to remember someone they don’t have any more. For some it’s a devastating reminder of the small amounts that linger in the dredges of their bank accounts while they attempt to give their children “a good Christmas” (which I feel I MUST point out is not possible to provide with money – but with LOVE ALONE!)

While Christmas is intended to be a time of joy it is often, for many, a time for pain. And yet, like a text message from a loving husband from the next room Our Father send you one of His own, “I have received your message, and I will supply all you need.” It’s a common thread through scripture, perhaps because it’s the message we need to hear often. Paul receives such a message in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

“So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

What’s even more beautiful is how Paul blesses his followers in Philippi with the very same statement God had first blessed him with: “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). He had taken those words that God had spoken over him and absorbed them to the point that he understood them to be true. And they are True words. Not only is God able to meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus, He is willing to as well. It says so right there, it’s the third word into the verse, “My God WILL”.

Yes. My God WILL.

My God WILL ease this pain of loss in my life.

Yes, My God WILL supply my needs according to His riches.

My dear friend, don’t be afraid, your God WILL!

He is able, He is loving, and He is willing too. Fear not Dear One, you are loved.

 

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Week 27: Girl Power

Please note that there is a PDF version of this post here that you can print it out and use it to write all your answers. :D You know, for those who like to do that sort of thing. ;)

This week’s:

If you look up Judges 1:19, 21, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33 what’s the reoccurring theme of these verses?

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“They failed”. Can you relate? What are some ways you feel like you’ve failed lately?

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Look up Judges 3:9 & 15 to find God’s answer to their failure (and ours). ______________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Jesus!!!

There are two repeating themes that flow through today’s Word of the Day. “They failed”, but “the LORD raised up a rescuer to save them.” Isn’t our God great!?! No matter how many times we fail, He is still willing and able to raise up a rescuer to save us from ourselves!

Later in Judges we meet Gideon. In chapter six verse twelve Gideon says something that I think we’ve all at least thought at some point in our Christian walk: “The angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and said, ‘Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!’ ‘Sir,’ Gideon replied, ‘if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

If God is with me, why am I living in such constant turmoil? If God is my rescuer, why do I feel so abandoned? If God is my helper, why do I feel like such a failure?

God didn’t answer Gideon’s question He simply said, “Go.” God doesn’t have to answer our questions, but He does anyway. He often answers them with the same answer He gave Gideon.

“Go. Even in your doubt and frustration. Go in your weakness and fear. Go, and trust in My goodness and wisdom even when you can’t see it or fell it. Go, step out in FAITH – the belief in things unseen. Go, and trust that the advise I’ve given you is sound and the best for you. Go, because I told you to go. Do that thing I told you to do, even if you don’t think it’ll work or that it’s the best idea.”

In spite of all the fear and all the doubt – trust in the Lord your God. Trust.

Just simply, trust.

Re-read Judges chapter seven.

What does verse 22 say happened – due in part to Gideon’s obedience to God’s command to trust Him? ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

Gideon’s “army” of a measly 300 men stood around the enemy ARMY and literally watched the LORD fight for them. God had commanded Gideon to “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you.” (Judges 6:14) Gideon, lacking faith in his own ability to accomplish this monumental task before him was being asked by God Almighty to shift his thinking. While Gideon had no faith in himself or his clan, God had absolute faith in Himself to use Gideon and his clan according to His plan. And by golly, wouldn’t you know it, it worked! Gideon followed God’s direction in his life and he saw the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!

I got about halfway through the week’s readings when I discovered yet another theme, GIRL POWER!!! We don’t even get past the first chapter of Judges before coming across our first girl power moment and one of my personal favorites – Acsah.

Acsah’s is NOT a well-known piece of scripture. In fact, in my Women of Faith Bible where they list all the women of each book in the Bible, Acsah’s not even listed! Her verses are often overlooked, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful! Read them in Judges 1:11-15.

Who is Acsah’s father? Is he someone of importance in the Bible? _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

While the idea of giving his daughter away as a prize can seem a bit cold, as a father, what is Caleb securing for his beloved daughter by giving her to the one who attacks (survives), and captures Kiriath-sepher? _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

Acsah’s father was no small name in Israel’s history books. And by offering her hand in marriage to the one who conquered Kiriath-sepher he was ensuring that his daughter would always be protected and cared for and hopefully treated as the true prize we women all are. We each have such opportunity to bless our husbands as victor’s each and every day, I pray that we take them.

Acsah’s story doesn’t end with a simple “Happily Ever After,” there’s more. It also shares a bit of a peek into her relationship with her father as well. In verse 14 what is it that Caleb notices about Acsah and calls attention to it the moment she pulls into his driveway from the honeymoon and slams the door on her pinto? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Caleb asks, “What’s the matter?”

I’m going to guess that these two have spent some serious time together and he knows her pretty well. Caleb notices and questions her well-being which leads us to believe that he cares for her. Just like your Heavenly Father, He cares for YOU – His daughter. He cares about your well-being and often asks, “What’s the matter?” Take a moment to tell Him here: __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

In verse 15 Acsah explains her problem. According to verse 15 what was Caleb’s original wedding gift to the newlyweds? ___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Considering that the Negev is a desert does Acsah’s request of her father make sense?

So much sense that what is Caleb’s reaction to her request? _____________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Just like our heavenly Father Caleb didn’t just give her a spring and call it done, he gave her the upper and lower springs, making sure that his baby girl had a good strong husband that would protect and value her, a nice big plot of land to live on AND PLENTY of water to PROSPER in that land. Her father, just like Our Father loves her in a way where there was no fear of reprisal in her request. She knew when she asked him that he would say, “yes”. She knew that her father loved her and before we move on to more examples of GIRL POWER we HAVE to fully establish where our power truly comes from. It’s NOT our looks, it’s not our demeanor, or through persuasion or manipulation. It’s not from sex or our bank accounts. Our power isn’t even from our brains. TRUE Girl Power comes from being Daddy’s Girl.

In my opinion Acsah was Daddy’s Girl. To him she wasn’t just another one of his many possessions – she was a cherished possession. To him, she was special, she was loved, she was his baby girl. And she knew it. That is where her power in this story comes in – she knew her Father’s love for her and it made her powerful. To be a girl with power you must first know the powerful love of Our Father for YOU. It was for YOU that He sent Jesus. It was for YOU that Jesus died. It was for YOU that He couldn’t stay behind the stone, but burst forth in glorious victory to come and claim YOU as His beautiful bride-prize. You are fiercely loved by a God who is more than willing to go to extremes to show you His love for you. And once you take a firm hold of that truth, you will be a girl with REAL power!

What kind of “Girl Power” can we find represented in Judges 4:4-5? ________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Deborah, a married woman, had flocks of men and women coming to her for godly wisdom. That’s Girl Power!

How about Judges 4:17-22, what kind of strength does Jael possess that we too can claim? ____________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

Take a quick peek at Genesis 3:15, what is it that the seed of Eve is said to do to the seed of the snake? Crush his ___________!

Is that not what Jael did? Can we therefore, also do as much to our eternal enemy? _______________

What kind of moxy did the woman in Judges 9:52-53 possess that we can learn from? ______________ ____________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________

What kind of mark did she leave on history? Check out 2 Samuel11:18-21!!!!! ______________________ _________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________

That nameless woman was simply defending herself and loved ones the only way she knew how, with a hundred-pound rock. But the ripples that stone created will last for all of eternity! She and all the other women of Judges taught the men a thing or two when it comes to the true strength of a woman. We know how to get-er-done!

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Life is a Battlefield & We CAN Win!

This week’s

176

26

Joshua 5:1-8:17

Nov 23

177

Joshua 8:18-10:43

Nov 24

178

Joshua 11:1-15:8

Nov 25

179

Joshua 15:9-19:16

Nov 26

180

Joshua 19:17-22:29

Nov 27

181

Joshua 22:30-24:33 & Jude

Nov 28

182

Sabbath

Nov 29

 

“They rested in the camp until they were healed.” Joshua 5:8

Life is full of battles. There are some that we choose or bring upon ourselves, while others are thrust upon us unexpectedly. None-the-less, all must be fought. The book of Joshua contains a great many battles that HAD to be fought in order for the Children of Israel to claim the land that had been promised to them. War is never EASY, however, with God on your side all things are possible for those who believe. Since the Word of God has a marvelous way of bringing rest to a battle-weary soul in need of healing, let’s take a walk through the pages of scripture to get some inspiration for our own battlefields, shall we?

Joshua 8:1 & 10:8 speak words of encouragement: “Do not be afraid or discouraged.” “Do not be afraid of them,” the LORD said to Joshua, “for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you.”

A mere three verses later, the author describes how God gave Joshua the victory over that particular enemy. “The LORD destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.” (Joshua 10:11) “Surely the LORD fought for Israel that day!” (Joshua 10:14)

The LORD our God is eternal. The God that promised them victory on that day is the same God that promises you victory over your enemies on this day. However, it is important to remember that the enemy looks a bit different today than it did back then. For we battle, not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and authorities of this world. It isn’t people that we fight; it’s the demonic forces that hold this world in chains. And yet, just as Joshua 10:19 says, “The LORD your God has given you victory over them.”

If we look at John’s account of the Last Supper in chapter 14 verse 30, we find Jesus saying, “I don’t have much more time to talk to you because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over Me.” Satan is the ruler of this world and yet with all the power he possesses, he still has NO power over Jesus! He didn’t then and he doesn’t now!

In John 16:33 Jesus reminds us of the one most critical Truths in the entire Bible, HE has overcome the world! Yes, this world is full of trouble and tribulation and fear and doubt and frustration and struggle. BUT, we can take heart and have peace and healing when we rest in the overwhelming Truth that Jesus, our Savior, has overcome all those things. And it is through Him that we too can overcome them as well!

Fear, Doubt, Uncertainty, Pride, none of them stand a chance against the LORD our God! And He WILL help us defeat them! You know how I know? In the second to last verse in the book of Jude, he writes: “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.” God is able to keep you from falling away from Him. Isn’t that a glorious Truth for us today!?! We can rest assured in the palm of His firm hand that no one can snatch us away from His grip of True Love. Not even Fear, Doubt, Uncertainty, Pride or Satan.

Hallelujah!

 

Next week’s

183

27

Judges 1:1-3:31

Nov 30

184

Judges 4:1-6:40

Dec 1

185

Judges 7:1-9:41

Dec 2

186

Judges 9:42-13:14

Dec 3

187

Judges 13:15-16:31

Dec 4

188

Judges 17:1-20:17

Dec 5

189

Sabbath

Dec 6

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Seeds & Gates

This week’s readings:

Day #:

Week #:

Bible Reading:

Date:

169

25

John 11:38-14:14

Nov 16

170

John 14:15-18:18

Nov 17

171

John 18:19-21:25

Nov 18

172

1 John 1:1-5:21

Nov 19

173

2 John & 3 John & Jonah

Nov 20

174

Joshua 1:1-4:24

Nov 21

175

Sabbath

Nov 22

 

Click here to download this week’s message about Seeds & Gates. It is in a Power Point presentation so to best view it I recommend opening it in Power Point so that you can read my presentation notes as well. However if that’s not possible, you can click here for the PDF version of the slides. :D Enjoy!!!

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Day #:

Week #:

Bible Reading:

Date:

176

26

Joshua 5:1-8:17

Nov 23

177

Joshua 8:18-10:43

Nov 24

178

Joshua 11:1-15:8

Nov 25

179

Joshua 15:9-19:16

Nov 26

180

Joshua 19:17-22:29

Nov 27

181

Joshua 22:30-24:33 & Jude

Nov 28

182

Sabbath

Nov 29

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Abundance, Destruction, Resurrection

OK, so through this week of blissful preparation for this post I’ve come to realize that this new weekly format is to be more of a Bible Study format than a devotional format. This was news that I was VERY excited about!!! :D so I hope you like the new format too, because I’m LOVING IT! Also, I will be posting last week’s sermon notes as the Bible study for next week, mostly because I just could NOT pass this lesson by without telling you about it!!! :D I pray that it encourages you, wherever you are in the pattern today. ;) There is ALWAYS hope in Christ! Be blessed this week my friends! I cherish you! -Tamar

Last week’s readings:

Day #: 

Week #: 

Bible Reading: 

Date: 

162 

24 

Job 39:1-42:17

Nov 9

163 

Joel 1:1-3:21

Nov 10 

164 

John 1:1-3:36

Nov 11 

165 

John 4:1-6:21

Nov 12 

166 

John 6:22-8:30

Nov 13 

167 

John 8:31-11:37

Nov 14 

168 

Sabbath

Nov 15 

 

“For I know the plans I have for you”, says the LORD, “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you.” Says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:11-14

This week’s readings were… sigh… encouraging! We started in Job where we meet a man who has been as faithful and obedient to the LORD as anyone can be. He was wealthy beyond the normal means, and comfortable in every way possible. And then disaster struck his entire household. In one day he had servant after servant presenting themselves to him in order to report that they had been the lone survivor of the attack that had just occurred on his family.

Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever felt like Disaster was chasing your house and leaving you the sole survivor in order that you would retell the tale to someone else? And maybe, perhaps, that’s why you survived. To tell the tale of your SURVIVAL.

What have you been through? What have you survived that needs retelling? What’s your story my friend?

Job’s story started out in abundance and surplus but quickly turned to disaster and the loss of everything including his own health. BUT that wasn’t the end of his story, it was only the middle! My Dearest One, no matter where you are in your story, you’re not to the end yet! If you were, well, then you wouldn’t be reading this then would you?

Take a few seconds right now and review the end of Job’s story in: Job 42:10-17.

Words like, “the LORD restored his fortunes, in fact He gave him twice as much as before” and “So the LORD blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning”, are kinda hard to argue with. While Job HAD endured a very difficult season in his life, it hadn’t ruined him. In fact, quite the opposite had occurred. It had shaped him. I’m guessing that while God did physically bless him with double portions of all his physical assets, I doubt that that is why Job went to the grave a happy man. I’m guessing that he was happy because he had achieved a newfound appreciation for all the things that he might have been taking for granted before the destruction came.

The story of Job establishes for us a pattern that the rest of our reading’s this week end up following as well. Which I see as no small coincidence! Job begins his story with obedience and abundance. Then he moves to complete destruction. And finishes with a renewal that is better and more abundant than before the story began.

This theme is taken up next in the prophecy of Joel, with but a small variation. While Job was amazingly dedicated to God in his obedience, the people in Joel’s story were not. Their story is one of disobedience and abundance that moves to a destruction of discipline. While Job’s troubles moved from a place of proving his obedience to God, the troubles of the people in the book of Joel were from a place of proving their disobedience to God in order to move them back into a place of obedience once more.

When destruction hits, it doesn’t matter if you’re obeying God or disobeying God, it will still hit. And when it hits it will show YOU your standing with God. Right now you are either looking to God, or away from Him. If you’re looking to Him, then this shaking will prove that. If you’re looking away from Him, then this shaking will prove that and cause you to look to Him again. That’s how this works. And the really amazing part is, that when the shaking is finished there is still a common thread – blessing!!!

Look at these verses in Joel for your confirmation of blessings after the destruction:

Joel 2:3 – How does the LORD describe the land that lies ahead?

Joel 2:25 – What are those first two words that God says in this promise? WHO is responsible for carrying out the results of this promise? You or God?

Joel 3:1 – In this verse, does the LORD say “if”? How would that little two letter word change the meaning of this verse? Isn’t it great that “if” isn’t the word He uses? What word does He use instead?

And here’s one from Isaiah just for good measure, don’t leave it out!

Isaiah 40:27

God is NOT ignoring you!!! He sees your troubles. He see’s what you’ve been going through – ALL of it! He knows your pain and frustration. He knows and He CARES about it. Read Joel 3:21 to see what He has to say about it. Or perhaps John 3:16-18 might be a more familiar way to explain.

You see, the theme that started in our readings of Job and continued into Joel concludes in John!!! While there is destruction, it’s not the end! The end of Joel presents us with a prophecy, a promise, of THE coming pardon, the fulfillment of the FULL pardoning of all our sins past, present and future. John 1:1-5 helps us to understand how Jesus – the fulfillment of the promise – is our answer to the destruction around us.

1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
    and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
    and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Who is “the Word”? Jesus! And what does this verse say about Jesus that is the key to our renewal from destruction? His life brought LIGHT to EVERYONE.

Why is that a big deal? BECAUSE! The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can NEVER extinguish it!!!

Boy, if that’s not good news today then I don’t know what is! That darkness that’s trying to destroy you from the inside out can NEVER destroy the light that shines from a heart that believes!

Read John 10:10, what is Satan’s purpose? And what is Jesus’?

To wrap up a week of stories of renewal after destruction God put this great bow on the package that I simply can not leave out! Take a moment to re-read John 11 here.

Take a special look at the wording of verse 4, “This sickness will not END in death.” Yes, Lazarus died and lay in a cold DEAD grave for FOUR days and that STILL wasn’t the END! So don’t you dare tell me that you’re at the end of your story and that there’s no hope left for your dream to find its way to fruition! Look at verse 4 and 14, what was the purpose of Lazarus’ sickness?

Could your “sickness” have the same purpose?

Have you been lying cold and dead for four days in a rock hard tomb waiting for the Savior of the World to come and roll away your stone and say, “Lazarus, come out!” Is it time for your resurrection? How about today you appeal to, as Paul calls Him in Ephesians 3:20, the One who can do exceedingly abundantly above all that you could ask or imagine. Let’s follow Martha and Mary’s eloquent lead and send HIM a message, “LORD, the one You love is sick.”

There may have been some destruction in your life as of late, but take heart my friend! For you time of resurrection is just around the corner!!!

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Day #:

Week #:

Bible Reading:

Date:

169

25

John 11:38-14:14

Nov 16

170

John 14:15-18:18

Nov 17

171

John 18:19-21:25

Nov 18

172

1 John 1:1-5:21

Nov 19

173

2 John & 3 John & Jonah

Nov 20

174

Joshua 1:1-4:24

Nov 21

175

Sabbath

Nov 22

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Shockwave Speech

Next week’s

162

24

Job 39:1-42:17

Nov 9

163

Joel 1:1-3:21

Nov 10

164

John 1:1-3:36

Nov 11

165

John 4:1-6:21

Nov 12

166

John 6:22-8:30

Nov 13

167

John 8:31-11:37

Nov 14

168

Sabbath

Nov 15

 

This week’s Devotional:

“Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth?” Job 38:33

I was immediately taken with this verse. We’ve finally reached my favorite part of Job, the part where God speaks of all the things that He has done. I love reading about the majesty and power of our Father!

Something clicked in my brain today when I read God’s words to Job asking if he knows the laws of the universe. Hey! There are laws of the universe! Which, OK, that isn’t that big of a shocker. But the part that came next was. Can you use them to regulate the earth? Wait, what!?! CAN we use them? It was a thought that wouldn’t leave me alone. It chased me down and tackled me with possibility. So I asked Him, “LORD, can we use the laws of the universe to regulate the earth?”

His answer blew me away. “Sure you can!”

“Ummmm…. What?! How? Will you teach me? Should you teach me?”

He showed me a picture of me simply speaking. Not all fancy-like on a stage to a crowd, but in my home, or on the street simply speaking His words. His example was our upcoming trip to Disney. Earlier that morning I had a friend remind me to take my anointing oil because hotels are a Petri-dish of collected spirits. God showed me a picture of me walking into the Lobby of the Resort and speaking the very words Jesus instructed His disciples to speak when they entered a hospitable home in a new city:

“God’s Peace to this home” (Luke 10:5).

And the moment I spoke them a shockwave burst from me into all directions out through the ENTIRE resort bringing the Peace of God to the entire place.

I was amazed. But then what was more amazing was later that afternoon I was hanging laundry out on the line marveling at the FLOCK of very noisy birds in my neighbor’s trees. They were chattering like crazy. While I was enjoying their gleeful chattering I was very curious about them. There had to have been 100 of them. What were they doing there? Why were they only in my neighbor’s trees and no one else’s? It was perplexing to me. So naturally I asked God. This time I got no direct answer, which was fine.

My mind switched to thinking about other things as the birds chattered on and I continued snapping clips onto my husband’s shirts. Slowly a phrase I never would’ve come up with on my own started forming in the back of my head. It kept building like waters behind a dam pushing to emerge forth as speech. When I could bear it no longer I spoke the words. IMMEDIATELY every bird was silent. And a moment later they flew from their perches in the tree and landed silently in another tree farther from me.

Here, I hadn’t meant to try out this new concept of shockwave speech, but I’m pretty sure I had done it all the same. Through this, God pointed three things out to me, 1) speak HIS words, no matter how strange they may feel to your tongue. 2) The words you speak DO have power… serious power. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying. 3) The laws of the universe are hidden in God’s Word and all we need to do to seek them out is to seek Him out.

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Change is in the Wind


Job 26:1-30:31

“I will teach you about God’s power. I will not conceal anything concerning the Almighty.” Job27:11

My dear readers. I have come to a very difficult realization. I have too many irons in the fire. I feel God moving me in a (slightly) different direction. I have unfinished projects that MUST be finished. I would prefer for them to be finished by the beginning of December but I really don’t expect that to happen. With vacation and the holiday season at work these next two months are looking to be quite busy for me. From the beginning of this third Season of writing through the Bible in a Year my husband has been urging me to blog weekly rather than daily. I rebelled. The daily blog has been my passion for a very long time now and I have no plans of stopping any time soon. However, with everything that seems to be staring me in the calendar right now I’m having trouble figuring out how to get everything done in the 24/7 that God’s given me – and still retain my sanity and grace.

After the book signing on my birthday I’ve felt the importance of finishing, really FINISHING, the 365 Life project that He gave me. In the technical sense, it is finished. I wrote through the Bible in a year. However, there were enough people that seemed VERY interested in the materials that I did have there that it made me seriously consider the importance of providing them with the entire set of books and not half of one.

I only have so many hours a day to write and they’re quickly dwindling with the addition of a job outside the home. I feel that God’s been telling me lately to take a closer look at a) my writing and b) those who are interested in consuming it for a price. While blogging has been extremely profitable for my soul (and I pray yours) it has become more of a responsibility than a pleasure. You’ve been getting what’s left of my energy after everyone else has taken what they needed and that’s just not what I want in my writing. That’s not what I want for YOU. You deserve more than that. The message I bring is so important and I want to treat it that way. I want to be producing a quality product, not something that’s second rate. (I’m actually tearing up right now. This is a REALLY big deal to me.) I want to make sure that you’re getting steak, not spam.

So. Here’s the conclusion that I’ve come to. I need to be spending my time concentrating on producing this quality product for you. Rather than mass producing long-winded, rambling, pieces that I’ve heard many of you are backlogged on. (And God bless you for reading every word you saints!) Like my wise husband suggested at the beginning of the season (and I didn’t listen to him. ;) I will be posting a weekly blog rather than daily. It will contain the Bible readings for the week and a devotional reading about the past week’s readings… you know, kind of like an actual BIBLE STUDY! LOL!!!

I will also be working on finishing what I started. I’ll be filling you in on things as I go along; keeping you abreast of all the new additions to the ever expanding resource list on the website. You’ve come this far on this journey with me and I HATE to cut you out of it now!!! Things are growing and expanding, and that’s GREAT! But it also means that we need to grow and expand with them and be prepared to handle the changes as they come along.

I am SUPER excited at the thought of diving into another in depth book project. I SO loved the writing process with True Intimacy and I’ve been longing to get back to that again. And I believe now is that time. I would GREATLY appreciate your prayers in all this, they mean the world to me! God bless you my eternal friends!

Oh! And so that I don’t forget! Please be praying for me this week. I have been asked to return to Hills Baptist Church in Sheridan to give their Sunday message again. I am praying for God’s words to His people to pour forth from my mouth like a balm to their soul. His word is a powerful double-edged sword dividing between bone and marrow and I am praying that it cuts away the very things that have been plaguing them for years and leaves only the God’s honest Truth that “My Redeemer LIVES!” (That’s the message title.) I’m going to be speaking on the critical part of the crucifixion, the Truth that Jesus walked OUT of that tomb. I’ll most likely be sharing the message with you when I get it done with it. ;)

Here are the readings for the rest of the week. I will post next week’s readings and my thoughts on this week’s readings on Friday night/Saturday morning.

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Where to Find God


Job 21:1-25:6

“If only I knew where to find god. I would go to His court. I would lay out my case and present my arguments. Then I would listen to His reply and understand what He says to me.” Job 23:3-5

Ahhh… if only I knew where to find God…

My God doesn’t live in one place or another. Oh no. He lives in all places. He lives in all situations and circumstances. He’s in every drop of rain, every ray of sun, every blade of grass bears His name. His voice is the bird’s song and His laugh bubbles like a brook. His clap is in thunder and His breath is in the wind.

My God is an awesome God. One who is just and good and willing to listen to us when we call. Actually, His ear is trained to our cry just like a new mother to her infant… only more. His eye is on you. He knows what you need and when you need it. He is faithful in hearing our case before Him. He is a good God.

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Mediator


Job 16:1-20:29

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and He will stand upon the earth at last.” Job 19:25

There have been several places in the book of Job where Job has cried out, “I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends.” Job 16:21 He was begging for the very thing that we have in Christ – a mediator. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul writes, “For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the man Christ Jesus. He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone.” (2:5-6) What does that mean to you? Why is having a mediator important to you personally today? What does being reconciled to God mean to you? You have a person who mediates between you and God as a person who mediates between friends. Are you taking full advantage of this mediator we have been blessed with?

Jesus paid it all in blood that runs red and makes things white. What does this, “all” mean to you? The very thing Job begged for, is the very thing we take for granted every day. Today, let’s bask in the blessing of a purified relationship with our Creator God who adores us.

Jesus loves you my friend… He REALLY REALLY loves you.

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