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Thrim Week6 Blog Holiday

Thrim Week6 Blog Holiday

I would recommend that if you are having a book launch don’t have one in June. The summer is not the time to be marketing a new book. However saying that I am going to put up a few memes about The Kingdom of Thrim that I hope you consider sharing.

I had a couple of interviews last week. Please check them out on my Interview Page.

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While on this blogging holiday I have been learning much from Oswald Chambers and a study by Kay Arthur called Lord, Only You Can Change Me. I hope to write some of my thoughts on what God is teaching me when I return in September.

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How Can I Stop from Being a Rich Fool?

How Can I Stop from Being a Rich Fool?

by Patricia Day

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How Can We Be Good Stewards?

A rich man was blessed with a huge harvest.  His first thoughts were NOT to thank God.  NOT to help others but how can I store all this and keep it safe for myself (based on Luke 12:15).

I will build larger barns and then I will have plenty for the months and years ahead.  So he built new storage facilities and packed his harvest inside.

Little did he know that it would be one of the last things he would do.  His wealth was not taken from him – his soul was.

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:16-21, NIV).

But God said to him, “You fool!  Tonight you will die.  Then who will get what you have stored up?”

This is what happens to people who store up everything for themselves, but are poor in the sight of God.

There was no thought of helping others; only to provide for himself.

We all have a tendency to want material things.  Some are necessary for our everyday lives, while others are not.  They are simply desires for more stuff.  Stuff can give us a certain stature in society.

We overlook the fact, that everything belongs to God – we are only caretakers and are expected to share our blessings with the less fortunate or needy.

The rich man lost everything including his soul, because he put material wealth before spiritual health.

Let us remain aware that our job here on earth, is to lean upon God and His provision.  Not gather and keep all that we gain for our own use.

Thought for the day:

You can’t have everything, where would you keep it all?

Let’s pray that we use the resources that God gives us to bless others. (click to tweet)

Prayer:

Abba, help us to help others, as You bless us with our needs each day.  Amen

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

LESSONS FROM GOOSIE

Lessons From Goosie

by T. L Wiens

A few years ago, my husband rescued a baby jack rabbit from a hawk. He brought it home. For the next year, “Goosie” was a part of our lives.

I always thought rabbits (technically a jack rabbit is a hare) were scared little creatures that spent the majority of their time hiding. What I discovered was that Goosie liked to sit at the highest point he could attain and see what was going on around him. He needed to see and smell his enemies. He taught me a lesson that has stuck with me.

In my church background, I was taught to hide. But that left me in the dark when the enemy came over the horizon. Nobody talked about their needs. Everyone came to church hidden in his or her own troubles or triumphs.

Today, I take a different approach. I ask if people don’t talk. I do my best to stand on the highest peak and see the enemy so that my prayers are launched as directed missiles instead of scattered fire in hopes of hitting the target.

An effective prayer life involves sharing with fellow believers. That’s a leap of faith and trust that will free believers from many bondages and avoid many surprise attacks.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  (Hebrews 4:16 King James)

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:13-16 King James Version)

LORD, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN PRAYING

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

by Janice Keats

We all know that God answers prayer. All Christians ought to have an experience of answered prayer. But do we, His children, come together often enough to “share” together in prayer? Do we encourage one another by sharing answers to our personal prayers?

Every Tuesday morning a prayer meeting is held in our church. About 20 people come together to share various needs and concerns or intercede on behalf of others. Once a hearty list is detailed, we begin to intercede on account of those individual needs. Through praise and prayer, we lift up the names by those who have activated their faith and voiced their requests. We close our eyes in prayer and we hardly realize that there is a person sitting next to us. Are we really sharing together? Is there power in numbers in a prayer meeting? Are we really agreeing together or do we simply mouth our needs to the Lord?

Sundays is also another specific allocated time and place for prayer. Before the church service begins God’s people are praying for a stirring and a mighty outpouring of His love. Do we believe that God is going to do something? Do we believe that God will actually stir the hearts of His people to come to repentance? Do we labour and wait upon the Lord? Or do we sit at leisure and wonder if God heeded our prayers?

Are these moments of prayer time producing encouragement to continually seek God in times of deepest need? Maybe we are forgetting something. If God is an answering prayer God why doesn’t someone say something? Perhaps we need to implement various ideas and approaches to prayer to keep our faith stimulated and active. There are various ways of enlightening prayer meetings. During one Tuesday morning prayer, I felt strongly to restructure the format just a little. We began by sharing the concerns followed by prayer and singing the appropriate songs in between. Then we had a personal sharing time of reflection. The group began to share openly about their initial encounter with Jesus.

The sharing time proved to be very positive and uplifting. One by one people began to open up and express their answered prayers. It was somewhat reminiscent and it brought about a fresh flood of wonderful memories of God’s wonder working power. The love of God saturated the very hearts of those that spoke and listened. It was so good to hear each other’s  “faith” stories. It was good that the knowledge and grace of God was shared. Many times following the initial conversion the first love somehow fades away for a time. Christians who have been serving the Lord for years need to reflect upon His love and leadings of life. We ought to keep our faith firm and fresh. As a result, prayer, praise and “answers” will all complement each other.

The strength is not only in the praying but also in the willingness to share the Gospel message of hope confidently. When we submit to God’s will, others will see that He is truth and life. Acknowledging and sharing answers to prayer in ones’ Christian walk gives encouragement and increases the faith of the body of Christ. May the beauty of Jesus be seen in each of us!