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God’s Will – What is it? HopeStreamRadio

God’s Will – What is it? Hope Stream Radio Podcast

As I started a quick study on prayer scriptures my first one brought me to understanding God’s will. I have heard that question many times: “How can I be in God’s will?”. I think I found the answer.

God's Will - what is it?

This week my podcast at Hope Stream Radio answers that question: What is God’s Will?  You can listen to the podcast here.

Here are the show notes:

This past week I have been studying 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

People are always asking: Is what I am doing God’s will or saying: I would like to be in God’s will.

What is God’s Will?

Paul answers this question, doesn’t he?

To be in God’s will we need to have continual joy, continual prayer and continual thanks in all circumstances.

That’s pretty clear. But it is not easy.

Paul encourages us on our spiritual walk. It is a journey, not a step or a marathon, but a walk.

In Thessalonians Paul talks about the second coming of Christ. But he focuses on how we are to live this life her on earth – the now – the present time – with the end in mind, learning to be in the presence of God now and hopeful of being in His Presence later.

In the meantime we can focus here on earth on those three things: Joy, Prayer and Thanks

Joy:

There’s a lot to joy. It is not happiness, which ebbs and flows. Joy is in knowing Christ. We can find joy at all times just in knowing Him.

How to we know Him? By reading the Bible and by prayer. We can actually learn to hear His voice. That’s why God left the Holy Spirit here on earth. I picture the Holy Spirit as a cell phone line to God. The Holy Spirit rings me in the middle of the night to talk to me. He beeps me when I am to watch or be careful. Words on the page of the Bible come alive when I have the right connection.

In sorrow, the joy I feel is comfort and peace in knowing He is with me.
In inspiration, He gives me words to write and pictures to draw to encourage others.
In study, He opens doors of understanding.
In pain, He soothes my spirit and heals me.

Prayer:

Next Paul speaks about prayer. He says to pray continually. At first I wondered how I could do that. Could I talk to God on an on-going basis? After much practice, I think I am getting better at having those minute to minute conversations. Learning to have a close connection to Jesus is the way to be able to pray continually.

Thankfulness:

Finally there is thankfulness. And that’s being thankful in all situations – good and bad.

The best book I have ever read to discover this deep gratefulness is A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It’s a book that needs to be read slowly, as a careful, prayerful and thoughtful study. I read it through 3 times. I started to develop an understanding of giving thanks for everything.

How can I be thankful at all times?

Seek God and know that He has me in the palm of His hands, holding me safe and secure. (click to tweet)

This is a verse worth remembering, so I can stand fast in adverse times, trust God through all things, and show the world the glory and wonder of my God.

Remember these words:

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

God's Will - what is it?May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we live in confusing, sometimes violent times. We don’t understand this world we live in. We are grateful to be a part of Your Kingdom so we can stand firm in Your promises of being with You forever. In the meantime, we will endeavour to be joyful, prayerful and thankful always and in all circumstances because this is living in Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, take time to be with God daily in prayer and in the study of His Word.

Easter Thoughts – Podcast- HSR

Easter Thoughts – Podcast- HSR

During Lent I went through 6 verses from Mark and studied them, asking God to speak to me the words He wanted me to hear. These are my Easter Thoughts. You can listen them at Hope Stream Radio.

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Here are my show notes:

The last passage I studied was Mark 14:66-72. – particularly verse 72.

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.[a] Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice[b] you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

It’s a familiar passage of Peter’s denial of Jesus – three times before the cock crowed twice.

As I heard my grandfather clock chiming the hour as I wrote this I thought of how Peter would have felt hearing that cock crow.

It would have been a piercing sound, bombarding his ears with the voice of Jesus – You denied Me.

It would have overwhelmed Peter to hear that sound – so much that he cried.

My NIV version says: He broke down and wept.

The Message version says: He collapsed in tears.

Peter had been passionate for Jesus, always giving a rallying cry.

Suddenly he feels all is lost. Empty. Alone.

Those 3 days must have been devastating for him. Worry. Fear. Sorrow. Regret.

Then – EASTER. The incredible news that Jesus is alive.

When Peter sees and recognizes Jesus on the shore – He jumps out of the boat to greet Him.

That reminded me of the time before the resurrection when Jesus asked Peter to come out of the boat and to walk on water. And Peter did – for a bit.

Now, and especially after Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit – Peter is again on fire, willing to jump out of the boat and to walk on water, to trust God with everything.

What can I Learn from Peter? What are my Easter Thoughts?

Do not be afraid – Jesus has conquered death. He will always look after me. He has conquered death for me too.

Do what Jesus calls me to do – no matter how impossible it may seem, do it anyway because Jesus can do anything.

Be passionate – When I heard God tell me what to be passionate about it has been like a fire running through me. The words I heard were:

Get all Christians to read their Bibles daily.

That’s my goal. My mission. My purpose.

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That’s what I am passionate about. What about you?

Easter Thoughts: What passion has God put on your hearts? Are you going full out for Him? (click to tweet)

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we know that sometimes we feel we have reached the impossible spot. But nothing is impossible for You. Keep us remembering that and give us courage and passion to do Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, follow the passion the Lord has given you. Do it knowing that we have a great God who will strengthen and guide you. And remember to be in His Word, daily.

Can I do it Afraid? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

Can I do it Afraid? – HopeStreamRadio Podcast

This week on Hope Stream Radio I talk about what I learned from Peter’s Denial. Can I do it afraid?

Can I do it afraid?

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Here are the show notes for this week’s program, Can I do it afraid? for those who would rather read than listen.

As I continued to study Mark for my Lenten study I read about Peter.

Peter reminds me of me. I get passionate and sometimes jump in where I shouldn’t. But I think passion is important. We need to find the heart beat of the purpose for our lives.

Michael Hyatt in his book Living Forward talks about the dangers of drift. (click here to tweet)

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If we keep living day to day without a passion we are drifting. I need something to be passionate about.

Peter was passionate about his relationship with Jesus. He vowed never to forsake Him

Mark 14:29 Peter says:

Even if all fall away, I will not.

And Mark 14:31 he says:

Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.

These are strong words, full of passion.

Then the events unfold and Jesus is arrested. The tables are turned. Reality has happened.

Peter denies knowing Jesus.

In Mark 15:71 Peter makes his 3rd final declaration.

I don’t know this man you are talking about.

Then the cock crowed for the second time.

And Peter remembered the words that Jesus had spoken:

Before the cock crows twice you will disown me three times.

Can I do it afraid?

Watercolour Painting by Janis Cox

As I studied this passage, I kept asking about my following Jesus.

Are there times I hear Him say to do something and I deny Him? (click here to tweet)

Yes

I say: “Oh Jesus doesn’t really want me to do that.”

Or “I can’t do that – I don’t have the skills.”

Or “I’m too old.”

Denial is fear.

Now when I hear His voice and I am faced with a decision I ask myself. What is the fear? Can I name it? What is the worst thing that will happen? Can I trust God to help me through?

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Was I fearful? Oh yes. Did I want to turn away? Yes a number of times.

But my passion was stronger than my fear. So I said, “Can I do it afraid?” (click to tweet this)

When I volunteered to lead a vacation Bible camp at our church I didn’t feel qualified. Did that stop me? No because I had a passion for the children to learn about Jesus. This summer will be my 6th or 7th summer running the camp. Every year, as I pray I wonder, am I getting too old for this. Every year, I do it afraid.

Peter may have denied Jesus but after the Lord’s resurrection Peter became a powerhouse for Him. He broke through his fear and trusted God. He was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Are there things that God has put on your heart but you have held off doing them because of fear?

Grace Fox has written a wonderful book called Moving From Fear to Freedom. She helps the reader see that we can do things afraid when we trust God.

Can I do it afraid

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we want to be passionate in our following of You. Sometimes we hear Your call but are fearful. Help us to push past that fear and press on to do what You have called us to do, even if we do it afraid. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, as you read His Word and hear His voice, listen to His call on your life. Don’t be afraid. Or even if you are afraid – do what He calls you to do.

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My Emphasis – Where is yours?

My Emphasis – Where is yours? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

The reading this week for Lent led me to look at where I put my emphasis. You can either listen to the podcast or read the show notes. Either way I would love to hear your thoughts.

My emphasis

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My emphasis

Here are the show notes for this week’s program for those who would rather read than listen.

What is Your Emphasis?

I was studying a familiar passage in the Bible the other day and God changed the emphasis of the words.

Mark 12:41-44 where Jesus is watching the people give to the treasury of the temple. I looked at verse 44.

They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.

My eyes had always looked at live and poverty. Totally poor, the widow was giving way more than the rich who gave such a small percentage of their wealth.

This time however I saw the words, Put In Everything. I know that at this point Jesus has been watching all the people give to the treasury – in 13 upside-down trumpet shaped vessels.

Put in Everything

This time God took me away from looking at the money aspect and made me look at the words “put in everything she had”. She had not much but she put it all in for God. Now she has only God left. She had emptied herself completely.

We have so much – and not just in money but in time, inspiration, creativity, family, love and education to name a few.

And the next week what passage came next in my Lenten study but Mark 14:1-9. In this story we read about the anointing of Jesus by a woman at the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany.

This time I focused on the verses 8-9. Jesus says:

She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.

Reading these two passages gave me a double look at whole-hearted worship.

Giving it all to Jesus. Where is my Emphasis?

My question is: Are we investing it ALL to His glory?

I see Michael Hyatt’s book, Living Forward  through God’s eyes.

When Michael says to take a long careful look at our lives – investigate, think, pray and ponder He is talking about our WHOLE lives.

Michael chooses what he calls LIFE ACCOUNTS and gives these examples:

You, faith, health, spouse, kids, finances, friends, work and hobbies. But you may choose any accounts you want.

To give everything to God we need to see our every thing. In order to give every thing I need to know where to put my emphasis.

I’m reminded of Micah 6:8

What does the LORD require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Listen to 1 Samuel 15:22:

Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as obeying the voice of the LORD?

And Hosea 6:6

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.

And Isaiah 1:16-17

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right. Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

All those verbs are needed to be added to my life profile.

Act, love, obey, acknowledge, seek, encourage, defend, plead.

And the nouns:

Justice, mercy, humility, God, the Voice, oppressed, fatherless, widows.

I made the word art to remind myself of the emphasis I need in my life.

I haven’t started my formal written life plan yet but God is giving me Scriptures and words to help me when I do. Those words will be my emphasis.

Do you have a life plan? Or are you on autopilot with no plan but drift? (click to tweet)

What are your thoughts?

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His Hands – Put everything there

His Hands – Put everything there – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

During this 4th week of Lent I have been studying Mark 12:41-44. I have come to the conclusion I need to put everything in His Hands.

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I have written out the show notes for those who would rather read than listen.

Show Notes for Putting it in His Hands

 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on (Mark 12:41-44, NIV).

I noticed that Jesus sat down at a particular spot so He could see the offerings. He sat down to watch what people were doing – specifically how they gave to God.

I read that the offerings were collected in containers that looked like upside down trumpets. As Jesus watched I am sure He thought about all the people as they came into the temple. It says there was a crowd.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God will judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

I try to think – what did Jesus see and hear?

He saw a crowd, which is a large number of people.

I wonder what their thoughts were?

I can hear the mental arguments as they tossed in their coins:

Oh I wish I could keep this. I could really do with a new pair of sandals instead of giving this money to the temple.

Oh I think these priests are greedy expecting me to give to them – why don’t they work like I do?

Or I could hear and see the wealthy saying to themselves:

Look everyone. Look at my fine clothes. I am helping the treasury more than anyone else here. Look how much I give.

Or we look at the woman with the two small coins and we hear:

Thank You Lord for all You are. I willingly give to You what You require of me.

Are these the thoughts that Jesus hears? If so, I have to look at myself.

What am I saying when I give? What are you saying? (click to tweet)

And let’s look at our lives – not just the offering – the money part.

Jesus asks us to give Him everything – that means our whole lives. (click to tweet)

Is there anything you are trying to keep for yourself? Are you afraid to give that to Him? Maybe He will know you a little more if you give it up. That way you are giving yourself to Him and putting your life in His Hands.

Psalm 55:22 says

Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

I love the word “cast”. I can see myself throwing my cares over to Him. Hence the picture at the top of the fly fisherman. Can you cast away your cares and let the Lord deal with them?

On a personal note, I have been trying to give up control of my hubby for the Lenten season. I don’t always succeed. I think it’s because of habit and because I care about him and want the best for him. But it sounds like nagging when I do it. So once again I am laying it down and asking Jesus to help me not want to run my husband’s life.

May I pray for you and me?

Father, what we know and what we do are two different things. We know we need to give it all to you but it’s hard when we want to be in control. So today we lay down ourselves and take You up Jesus. We ask You to be the leader, Our Shepherd. We will follow You. In Your name. Amen.

Until next time, what can you learn from God’s Word. Make sure You keep reading and keep studying and of course, keep praying and listen to what God has to say. It will be life-changing.

Are you putting everything into His Hands?

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Life Plan – Do you have one?

Life Plan – Do you have one? Hope Stream Radio

This has been an interesting week. Lots happening. I have a new children’s book in the last stages before printing. The Kingdom of Thrim is coming. I have been focusing more on my life plan thanks to Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s book, Living Forward.

 

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I podcast every Tuesday on Hope Stream Radio. This week I spoke about a Life Plan. Here are my show notes. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

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The word that I chose to focus on for this year is ABOUND. From a Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 9:8.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things and at all times, you will abound in every good work.

I read the verse again in The Message:

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything more than just ready to do what needs to be done.

That sounds like planning to me. A life plan. Ready for anything and everything. (click to tweet)

Think about that. We don’t know what the next moment will bring. We keep moving forward but need to be READY for anything and everything.

How?

I am on the launch team for a new book that came out yesterday called Living Forward. Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy are the authors.

This book fits in well with my word ABOUND. The book walks us through a plan to take a close look at our lives and plan forward. I believe by prayer and planning we can accomplish more than we ever believed possible.

God has a plan and purpose for each life. We need to take the time to look at our lives and listen to God how we can move forward in that plan.

Listen to Psalm 90:12

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12 says TEACH us. That means listening and planning. A life plan. (click to tweet)

Jeanne Whittaker, is the founder of The Tabernacle Experience, This is a travelling exhibit to explain and show the Tabernacle from time of Moses right through to resurrection of Jesus. Jeanne heard God’s call. She didn’t only hear it – she acted on it. It was a big undertaking. But God is the God of the impossible.

Life Plan Tabernacle Came Alive

Our own story is similar. My husband read an article in an Arizonan paper about a charity that helped single parents further their education past high school. He felt God’s call. In our small town, a year later, we started HASP – Haliburton Assistance for Single Parents. Our first client is set to graduate this spring.

Our world expands when God is in control. (click to tweet)

Have you found the purpose for your life?

Thomas Carlyle said:

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.

The book Living Forward has three aims:

  1. It will heighten your senses of what’s truly possible for you in life.
  2. It will equip you to make better decisions in your life.
  3. It will position you to make the most significant contribution in this world that you can add the most value to those around you.

God wants us to be ready for anything and everything. I believe a Life Plan is necessary to accomplish this.

Whether you look at this book or not, we all need to look at our lives.

What is your life plan? I plan to be in prayer about this very thing.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, you have a purpose for our lives. We seek you to help us see where we’ve been, where we are and how you want us to live forward. We want to be ready for life – whatever happens. Help us to be full of Your Spirit so we can abound in every good work.

Until next time, seek God and specifically ask Him to show you His purpose and plan for Your life.

Remember the verse from Colossians 1:17

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

The Tabernacle Came Alive – Podcast

I love how God puts experiences in our paths – just at the right time, too. Read how I saw the Tabernacle come alive – right out of the Old Testament.

The Tabernacle Came Alive

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The Show Notes for The Tabernacle Came Alive

A couple of weeks ago I had read in Exodus 25 the instructions for building the Tabernacle. The reason I had decided to read that particular passage on that particular date is all God.

Over the next 2 years I plan to study God’s Word by going through a 2-year Reading Plan. On February 14 the passage to read was Exodus 25.

I have always been fascinated with the depiction of the Tabernacle. I look closely at the drawings in my Study Bible. But I never could feel the experience.

Until now.

On February 14, the same day I had read Exodus 25, my hubby and I signed up to visit the  experience which is an interactive display that is setup for a few weeks in one area and then moves on to another area.

Churches are asked to volunteer. They the church invites everyone in the community. For the small sum of $5.00 per person we are given an amazing experience. I found it particularly meaning as we are in a desert in Arizona and the dry, desert heat and sun reminded me of what the weather might have been like in the Sinai Desert at the time of Moses.

After being given a brochure to read about the Scripture and the tabernacle, we were given audio connections. We were linked together in twos.

Tabernacle - Reading the Scriptures

Walking through the experience tied together to my husband was very moving. As we stood at each station my connection to God and my hubby felt powerful.

We learned about the white linen garments that were worn by the priests.

We tossed wood on the fire at the Altar of the Burnt Offering.

Tabernacle - Altar of Burnt Offering

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We cleansed our hands in the Laver.

Tabernacle - The Laver

Once inside the tent, after our eyes adjusted to the lower light, we stood in front of the Lampstand, blew out a candle and relit with a prayer.

Tabernacle - through the curtain

Tabernacle - Lampstand

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At the table of the Bread of the Presence we took communion together.

Tabernacle - Bread of the Presence

Standing in front of the Incense Altar we breathed in the aroma and watched the smoke curl upwards.

Tabernacle - Incense Altar

Then with a stick of incense in our hands we entered the Holy of Holies that housed the Ark of the Covenant. We stood. We thought. We experienced.

Tabernacle - Art of the Covenant

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Everything was done in silence while listening to the audio recording. In every word we heard Christ was exalted and the explanation given of how He became the offering to God for our salvation.

As we exited the tent, which had been very hot, we felt a beautiful breeze.

I felt a freedom from all the old trappings that had been necessary for God’s people – until Jesus. (click to Tweet)

I felt elated. As I smiled up to the Heavens, I thanked God for Jesus, for His sacrifice that opened the doors to my relationship with God.

If you ever have a chance to take this Tabernacle experience I would love to hear your thoughts.

May I pray for you and me,

Lord Jesus. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for your determination to walk towards Jerusalem to certain suffering and death. May we be as bold as You were in going where God leads us. As we walk these weeks of Lent with You, help us to learn more about You and get closer to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Until next time, read through the chapters in Exodus and Mark. Learn about each journey following God’s people and obeying Him fully.

I love the words from Mark 9:28,

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

And let us follow the words from Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee though no one pursues,
         but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Here is a YouTube video of the experience.

 

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Pictures Can you see them in Scripture?

Pictures Can you see them in Scripture? – Hope Stream Radio Podcast

I see the Bible as pictures more and more. Because I have been making colouring pages and painting in my Bible, scripture is coming alive. I’m able to memorize passages.

Pictures - in scripture

On Hope Stream Radio yesterday I talked about this. You can see the show notes below or listen to the podcast How I see Pictures in Scriptures.

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Here are the show notes:

Hope Stream Radio How I See Pictures in Scripture.

The three scriptures we reviewed last week on Word of God Speak were 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Isaiah 40:8; Hebrews 1:10-12.

All three point to eternity with God. They remind us how temporary our lives are here in this world.

Being an artist I see pictures in scriptures. (Tweet this)

Listen to this one:

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I see light and momentary troubles as balloons. (click to tweet)

They will be gong – either float away, deflate or be punctured.

Pictures

As I picture what I see as troubles I put them in balloons, I can release them – and watch them go. If they are worries I can stab the balloons with a pin.

Peace comes when I can see all earthly things as temporary. (click to tweet)

To fix my eyes on the unseen – on Jesus – helps me to remain in this peace even when the seen feels powerful and unyielding. The peace of Jesus can overpower the troubles.

Isaiah 40:8 talks about how grass withers and flower fall. I can picture the seasons – the grass withering in winter, and the flowers falling. But I also know that spring comes next and with it new life. I see this and I know it. And the new life will in me and it will never end when I trust in Jesus.

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Hebrews 1:10-12 talks about creation. But it says that all that all will perish but God will remain and His years will never end.

I see creation as formed by God. I see God’s work. But I know that this will change too. God will always be the same but He will wrap creation up like a robe and then bring forth a new creation, like He did with me. God will remain the same but He will change you and me.

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Where do you need to change? Ask the Lord to show you.

I have loved reviewing these passages and painting pictures and making colouring pages to help me memorize God’s Word. Join me on Facebook Called Word of God Speak Community.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, we know we need to change in order to be more like You. In each of the areas we need change, please show us so we can work and pray to make ourselves have a closer connection to You. Thank You for being unchangeable. You are our Rock. We are eternally grateful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next time, bask in the thought of God’s promises, and how His Word will never change and never fail us. Be in the Word.

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Joy and Peace – Hope Stream Radio

Joy and Peace – Hope Stream Radio

This week on Word of God Speak I looked at three scriptures in review. One about joy and peace, kept surrounding me. Joy and peace. Lovely words. I called my podcast How God’s Word Can Fill You and Overflow to Others.

Joy and Peace - Romans 15:13

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You can listen to my podcast at Hope Stream Radio. Or if you want to read instead of listen, my show notes can be found below.

Here are my show notes for Joy and Peace:

As I study God’s Word and work on memorizing verses I am astounded how God uses this to bless others. This morning I came across a fellow believer who felt weighed down in grief. One of my memorized verses came to mind. I wrote her to give her God’s Word:

From Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This became a healing balm to her troubled spirit and a starting point for recovery. That’s one little verse. Such a powerful impact with God behind it.

Can you picture this verse? As we read His Word and pray, God pours out joy and peace into our hearts. Then that joy and peace continue to fill us, and we overflow so others may see God in us. The Holy Spirit works in our lives, for us and for others.

God is able to work in our lives if we allow Him to. (tweet this)

Listen to Philippians 2:13

For it is God who works in you to will and act in order to fulfill His good purpose. 

I see God working in my life. I study the scriptures; He fills me; He sends me to those in need; He fills them with the Scriptures and they overflow. Others are filled.

Or I stumble; He sends His Word from others who read the scriptures; I take them to my heart; I heal; I overflow and give to others.

Is God calling you? What have you learned from His Word this week? I would love if you shared your journey with God with me. Drop over to janiscox.com and send me a note.

Two songs spoke powerfully to me in church this Sunday. The words come from the Scriptures:

In Christ Alone

by Natalie Grant

He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

Here is the music for In Christ Alone by In Christ Alone…Passion 2013..Singer : Kristian Stanfill

This is the way we sang it on Sunday. Even with the oh oh ohs.

And Cornerstone
from Hill song

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

Here is the music for Christ Alone Cornerstone by Hillsong

We can hear God Speak if we listen to His Word. If you haven’t asked Him to reveal His Word to you – first open your Bible, then pray for God to open His Word to you. Then read and listen. It’s that simple.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, in all we do, say and think, in all our lives, we ask you to fill us with Your hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. As we open our hearts to you, worship You and read Your Word, may we not only be filled but may we overflow with Your hope so others may come to know You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Until next week, may Christ be Your Cornerstone. May you have a week filled with His love, mercy and power. May you open His Word and let Him speak to you.

blessings,

Janis

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Review is Important – Take the Time

Review is Important – Take the Time

This week on Hope Stream Radio my podcast is called Make Sure to Review. Review is important.

Review is Important

 

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Since October 31, I have studied one scripture each week using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.  I have tried to memorize that scripture. I think we have done 11 scriptures. I needed to stop and take stock.

Which ones did I study? Where did I study them from? Can I remember?

Honestly the scriptures kept coming. God kept bringing them to me. They came from Hebrews, Luke, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Isaiah, 1 Peter.

To remember. It’s important. God talks about that in scripture. (tweet this)

Of course the best example is what we now call communion – to remember to obey Christ at all times. “This do in remembrance of me (Luke 22:19)

Chuck Swindoll wrote,

I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

Here are the show notes from my broadcast on Hope Stream Radio.

Review is Important - Hope Stream Radio

Make Sure to Review  (this is my 45th podcast)

Click here to listen to the podcast.

This has been quite a week. I’m sure you’ve had them too. I am grateful that God showed me how to slow down my pace this week as other things have filled up my time.

Listening to God has become my top priority. Before taking on any additional projects I sit with Him and hear what He says. If I sense a strong YES I will say yes too. If I sense a hesitancy in my spirit – then I say, maybe. If I sense a big NO, then I will say no.

On my blog this week I knew I had to stop studying and memorizing a new verse for this week. I knew it was time for a review.

Review is important in our lives.

Whether we sit down and review what we are to do today; or look at our year and see what were the challenges and what were the successes; or before we go to bed review what went on during the day – review is important.

God talks about remembering many times in Scriptures. This year I have begun a two-year study of reading through the Bible. I am thoroughly enjoying reading through Genesis. Those stories are starting to become more real to me every time I read them. I also noted that Abraham in his travels always erected a remembrance to God, and named each one.

This week there are three scriptures I am reviewing from my study:

John 1:14 I believe this scripture is crucial to our understanding of the incarnation.

And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

I wanted to commit this to memory so that I could say – He made His dwelling among us. And because of His sacrifice He made His dwelling in us when we have said Yes to following Him.

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “No one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

I know personally how I felt when I accepted Jesus. Certainly His Spirit worked in me. And when I was baptized I felt a different elation, a joy of submission and acceptance.

The third one I am reviewing this week is:

2 Corinthians 9:8 This is also my verse for this year.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that you may in all things and at all times and having everything you need, you will abound in every good work.

My Word for this year is abound. This verse reminds me that God is behind everything. He will give me everything I need for His purposes.

In order for God to be known I must break free of my wall of insecurity – the introvert me. I must allow Him to let me burst forth – ABOUND- to show His Light to the world.

Podcasting for Hope Stream Radio has allowed me to do some breaking forth. I thank you for listening to my podcast.

Have you taken time to review your year, your week, your day? If not, stop now and see where you are headed. Is there something you need to change? Are you heading in the direction that God is calling you?

May I pray for you and me?

Father, we need time to review and remember. Help us to stop, and take stock of our lives. Help us to review our days, our weeks and our years. As we review help us to hear Your words to us. Are we to move forward, stay still or change direction? Help us too learn Your Word – help us to dig into scripture, ask You questions, and hear You speak. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Until next time take a look at your life, your day, your week, your year – review, talk to God and be in the Word.