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Monday, April 26, 2010

My King, I Need To Hear From You

Taken from , "Prayers to My King," by Sheri Rose Shepherd...

My Lord, I let so many things drown out Your voice, things that don't make any difference in the story of my eternal life with You. Forgive me for the times I interrupt and even ignore You when You are wanting to speak to me. By Your Holy Spirit, convict me of the distractions I give in to & point out those people who take me away from You. Help me be quiet so that I can hear Your Spirit speak to me. Please help me be still & rest in Your Holy presence so that I might know what You are saying to me.

Let Your Word penetrate my soul so deeply that it speaks louder than the world, so that I will recognize Your voice above all the chaos & busyness of my days.

In Jesus Name...
Love,
Your girl who is ready to listen

Thursday, April 22, 2010

30 Good Names to Call Your God

From "The Power of a Praying Woman" by Stormie Omartian

1. Healer (Psalm 103:3)

2. Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20)

3. Deliverer (Psalm 70:5)

4. My Stronghold (Psalm 43:2)

5. Refuge (Joel 3:16)

6. Friend (John 15:15)

7. The Righteous One (I John 2:1)

8. Restorer (Psalm 23:3)

9. Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)

10. Love (I John 4:16)

11. Mediator (I Timothy 2:5-6)

12. Good (Nahum 1:7)

13. Bread of Life (John 6:35)

14. Hiding Place (Psalm 32:7)

15. Everlasting Light (Isaiah 60:20)

16. Strong Tower (Proverbs 18:10)

17. Resting Place (Jeremiah 50:6)

18. Spirit of Truth (John 16:13)

19. Shelter from the Storm (Isaiah 25:4)

20. Eternal Life (I John 5:20)

21. The Lord Who Provides (Gen. 22:14)

22. Lord of Peace (2 Thess. 3:16)

23. Living Water (John 4:10)

24. My Shield (Psalm 144:2)

25. Husband (Isaiah 54:5)

26. Helper (Hebrews 13:6)

27. Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)

28. The Lord Who Heals (Exodus 15:26)

29. Hope (Psalm 71:5)

30. God Who Gives Endurance (Romans 15:5)


Thanks so much to Denise Dunlap for sharing this and the valuable lesson to us. Denise suggested that we take one of these names each day of the month, claim this about God in our own life, and speak to God all through the day using this name. As Denise said, He is longing for us to have "pet" names of adoration for Him as the love of our life! What a great analogy! What are the special names that you and God have for each other in your relationship?

Enjoy your day falling in love with HIM!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Identity In the King

Taken from the book, "Prayers to My King," by Sheri Rose Shepherd...

Lord, set me free from trying to fit in to a world that so easily grabs hold of & twists my identity. I want you to fashion my character & make me a reflection of you.

So, by Your Holy Spirit, warn me when I'm walking in the ways of the world & renew in me a heart that's right with You. Give me the passion to bless people so that I will stop wasting my life trying to merely impress them.

I believe that You can deliver me from the temptation to let others shape my identity & from my desire to please everyone around me. Lord, help me care more about what You think than what others think.

In Jesus name...

"Now glory be to God who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of-infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes." Ephesians 3:20 TLB

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Website for Bible Reading

Thanks to Samantha Brannan for sending us this link. It is a tool to help us with daily Bible reading.

http://bible-reading.com/bible-plan.html


"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Little Girl, God is NOT Santa!

A daddy tucks his little girl into bed and they say their nightly prayers. The little girl begins, “Dear God, Thank you for this day, thank you for the yummy hamburgers daddy made, and thank you SO much for me eating all of my dinner so I could have chocolate ice cream for dessert. I LOVE chocolate ice cream! Now God, I have been really good to my brother even when he is mean to me, so I would really like some new clothes, longer hair, and a new bed spread. Even though mom and dad said they couldn’t afford it, I know that you can do anything! Amen”

Her father sighs and looks into her innocent little face and says, “Little girl, God is NOT Santa Claus and today is not Christmas morning. He doesn’t give you things just because you are good, and take things away just because you are bad.”

20 years later I still smile when I remember having this conversation with my dad. “God is not Santa!” I look around at people that have this Santa view of God. When they find lumps of coal in their lives they think God must be punishing them for their “ungodliness” and the unexpected blessings must be because they have been on fire for the Lord. I have several people in my family with that view of God. The problem is if you treat God like Santa, when the coal keeps coming you wake up to see Daddy in a red suit and lose your faith. Or at least that is what you think you see. Going to church and praying when life is good, and when things take a turn for the worse you get angry and blame God. “God, why did this happen? I don’t understand! I am faithful to you! I spread the word about your love! Then you turn around and give me a stinking lump of coal!!! Why? I don’t deserve that! I deserve your blessings and your gifts! Why are you allowing this to happen to me?”

In my short years on this earth I have come to know God not as a present bringer but more as a gardener and we are His seeds. He gently tills the earth and prepares it for our arrival; He places us in the ground and shelters us with soil. He gives us nourishment, fertilizer (which doesn’t always smell nice but sure does make us grow), He waters us, and when the frost and strong winds come he covers us with a sheet of protection. That doesn’t mean that a little coldness doesn’t make it through, but without that how can He know how hearty we are? He battles tirelessly against weeds to keep them at bay, and when one gets in our garden He destroys it and pulls it out. He knows what we need to thrive. Some of us are vines and we need a trellis to cling too until we are strong enough to branch out on our own. Some of us are sunflowers and there is no stopping our growth, people can see us from far off and if you aren’t careful we can overshadow others, some of us are shade loving plants, we don’t need as much attention to grow and bloom, and we just need love and water. And then there is the beautiful rose that you have to wear gloves and battle thorns before you can get to the sweet smelling and gorgeous bloom. Through the painful pruning, and long winter months we face it is always our gardener that ensures our survival. We depend on Him for everything. And even though the clouds must come and occasionally cover up the Son, we know that the Son is still there waiting to break through the storm and smile down on us with His warmth.

Julia Ekpo

Sunday, April 4, 2010

In Love With God

Am I in Love? We all need it, even God looks for it.

II Chronicles 16:9 tells us that "God searches all the earth for people who have given themselves completely to Him." How do you know if you are in love...with God?

This Monday we are going to talk about 5 ways to know if we are in love. Come join us and be blessed.

Denise Dunlap