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Is God for You? WordofGodspeakLinkup

Is God for You?

I read a short devotional from UCB devotional the other day. The author was able to unpack Romans 8:31 to make sense for me. Is God for you? I love the way that the author took each word from Scripture and looked at it. In order to make it clearer in my mind, I have taken that idea and put it below.

God for you

First of all look at this passage:

If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31, NIV)? (click to tweet)

Now let’s look at each word.

God –

The Creator of the Heavens and the earth (Ps 146:6), the One who formed me in my mother’s womb (Ps 139:13, the One who is Eternal (Ps 102:12).

Is –

At the present time, now; no matter what is happening to me on earth, God “is” in it. God said: “I am (Exodus 3:14).” We know that right now He knows what is happening and is involved in it.

For –

God works when we allow Him to. Stop struggling. Let God be for you. In our weakness He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

You –

That means me and God is for me. He is working in my life. He listens to my prayers. He is interested in my trials, my struggles and my accomplishments. God want a relationship with me – little ‘ole me.

Enjoy worshipping our God with this song by Chris Tomlin – Our God. You can click on this link as well. Click here. 

Therefore, we believe God is for you.

 

Say this: God is for me.

As a result, we can thank Him and prepare to represent Him for today.

A quote to remember:

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things (Oswald Chambers). (click to tweet)

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What’s happening this fall?

What’s happening this fall?

Where should I start in my new posts for this year? I think I will start with an update of what will be happening this fall.

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What’s happening in my writer’s life?

I fly out to Calgary, Alberta, the week of September 19 to partake in my first book tour. Colleen McCubbin my publisher of Siretona Creative is setting up places for us to visit with my books.. Then we will both travel to Edmonton for the Inscribe Conference. At the end of that we will return to Calgary and do two more days of touring. I am very excited to see where God will lead us in this venture. (click to tweet)

What’s happening in my guest post blogging?

Over the summer I have jotted down a few ideas of what to post on two blogs that I belong.

Moms on a Mission

A Beautiful Life

What’s happening with The Kingdom of Thrim?

I have a back-to-school special offer for The Kingdom of Thrim. You can receive the 5-pak extension activities for free ($2.99 value) when you purchase a copy of my book. (click to tweet)

happening this fall

 If you buy through Amazon please send me a receipt and I will send you the activities. If you buy here I will know and send you the package.




What’s happening during my prayer life?

During the summer I had much time to think and pray. I have found out that I need to be focused on one thing at a time. For some reason my brain likes to flit from one thing to another. I am learning to focus and do one task – until it is finished. Then on to the next. It has helped me to make a list of tasks and try to tick them off as they are done.

I read an amazing blog about 50 ways to improve my life. (click to tweet)

I have started 3 of them:

  1. Don’t use social media, blogging, or texting until 60 minutes or more has gone past since you woke up. This has been a big one for me. Now I can relax and focus on what God is teaching me.
  2. Do something that terrifies you – it says to do this each day. Well I have been trying to do it at least once a week. I spoke in front of the church on Sunday without notes. I am planning my first ever book tour.
  3. Replace warm showers with cold ones. Again I am slowly working into this. I have a short cool down shower after my hot one. And I mean cool not cold. I can’t go cold yet.

Those are just 3 new ones I am trying. Check out the list. I do the no sugar, and go to bed early and rise early. I am working on another three and will share another time.

Would love to hear what’s happening in your life. How can I pray for you?

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Why I Like Quotes

Why I like quotes

I find myself liking quotes more and more. When they really hit me I like jotting them down and looking at them throughout the day. I like quotes. Christian quotes make me think.

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I read from a devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, most mornings. Oswald Chambers always makes me think.

Here are some recent ones:

God works where He sends us to wait.

He [God] never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson because He is producing the finished product.

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Do we live with God, or set Him aside?

Is the Son of God praying in me or am I dictating to Him?

Then we have AW Tozer – who makes such deep statements. These are from a chapter called The Self-Sufficient God in The Knowledge of the Holy.

[God] needs no one but when faith is present He works through anyone. (click to tweet)

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God cannot be elevated. Nothing is above Him, nothing beyond Him.

What are your thoughts about quotes other than from the Bible? Do they make you think? Why or why not? (click to tweet)

 

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How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

I wonder how often we say the phrase, “I will do it”, or “what if you”? How often do we think we have the answers?

will do it

I am starting to do the Bible study about Daniel by Laura Davis, Unlocking the Truth of Daniel. I helped her do some of the editing and working through the questions but now it is time to let God speak to me through this study. I read Daniel 2 this morning.

I stopped at Daniel 2:4. Those words really spoke volumes to me this morning.

 Then the astrologers answered the king,“May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it (Daniel 2:4, NIV). (emphasis mine)

For some reason this morning those words spoke so clearly of arrogance. We will interpret. We can do it. We are wise. We are wonderful. We can do anything.

Then I thought, how often do I do that? When someone tells me their troubles, how often do I try to fix them? How often do I say, “What if you…?”

I need to stop that right now – as of today. I need to instead say:

‘Let’s ask God for a solution to your troubles.”

Praying is a much better solution for everything. Asking Him can sidestep our weakling human ideas. God may give us some human ideas but it will come from Him, not me. Taking things into our own hands can go against all that Jesus taught us.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

Doesn’t that say it all.

Self-reliance can be debilitating.
Spirit-reliance can be freeing. (tweet this)

Freedom is giving over everything to Jesus so we can live in peace. (tweet this)

The battle is fought “in the domain of the will before God.” (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Himself? (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Prayer:

Help us, Lord, to overcome ourselves. Help us to get so close to You that our hearts beat as one. Guide us each minute of our days. In faith and trust we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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Does money control you? WOGSlinkup

Does Money Control You?

This is a very important question – Does money control you? Or do you control money? Where are you in the “love of money” question?

money control

 

Do you come to the end of the month and wonder where the money went? Are you in debt? Do you feel stressed about money?

God doesn’t say money is evil. Actually it is amoral. It has no feelings and isn’t able to “do” anything by itself. God does say,

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10, NIV).

Notice it is the “love of money” that can bring evil.

My hubby and I have taken the Dave Ramsey course a few times and watched the videos. If you are near a church sponsoring this course I would suggest you look into it. We can’t get it in Canada, so we are preparing our own course based on what we learned. We are calling it a Money Management Course with the slogan, Do you control your money or does money control you?

For those who live locally in the Haliburton Highlands we are offering it on Thursday nights at the Lighthouse Pentecostal church from 7-9pm, starting September 8. For the others I would ask you to pray for us for these 10 weeks, that God may send those who would benefit from this learning, that our words would speak His thoughts, and we would all benefit from the discussions. If you want to find out more and live in the Highlands or surrounding area, email me at Janis.

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10 Tips to Life and Peace

10 Tips to Life and Peace

How do we find life and peace? I have been reading a devotional every morning from UCB Canada written by Bob and Debby Gass. Today’s thoughts were great and have been setting the tone for my sabbatical this summer and I felt a need to share them.

Life and peace

  1. Have a true faith: On Sunday the sermon was all about faith, taking words from Hebrews 11. Faith is more than belief. Faith is built on a firm foundation and in things we can’t see.
  2. Be with others of our faith: Stir each other on.
  3. Watch your thoughts: Remember the “whatevers” as they mean a lot. See Philippians 4:8.
  4. Be thankful: As you go to sleep and when you wake up – don’t forget to thank God. My favourite book about this is Ann Voskamps’ One Thousand Gifts.
  5. Watch out for the world: What is keeping you away from God?  What books do you read? TV? Media? What fills your thoughts and mind? Maybe you need to take a sabbatical from all things that turn your mind away from God.
  6. Be merciful: Remember God is merciful to us. Don’t harden your hearts against anyone.
  7. Don’t judge: That means everyone who doesn’t believe but we are called to judge our brothers, those of our faith who are straying away from the truth – Read 1 Corinthians 5. But the rest of the folks – only God is to judge them. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?  God will judge those outside.”
  8. Forgive: To me this is the top one for peace. God forgives us and calls on us to forgive others. You don’t have to like the person but you do have to forgive them. If you have problems, ask God for help.
  9. Love your enemies: Do you have people you disagree with? Pray for them. Love them. You don’t have to agree with them to love them. And don’t forget to pray for those in authority.
  10. Tell others the truth about the Gospel: This is something we all need to do more. Speak your faith story. Be specific. What is God doing in your life? Tell others about the saving grace of Jesus.

I am grateful to have read this today. I am keeping a copy of it for myself. Feel free to save the photo and post it on your bulletin board or share anywhere.

life and peace

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