Monday, February 20, 2017

Morning Has Broken II

I jumped on here to post my blackbird pictures and remembered I'd posted some last year, so I looked it up and would you believe I posted blackbird pictures on this day last year? Is that not something?
I think so. Anyway, I wanted to share these pictures I took this morning. I never knew red-wing blackbirds were multi-colored--other than on their wings. God surely does love variety.






Thursday, February 9, 2017

Goldfinch Sighting

God is still delighting me with the birds He sends to my backyard.




Monday, February 6, 2017

Books, Bible Studies, DVDs, CDs

Here's a list of materials I've used that proved helpful in my walk with the Lord.

Books
Telling Myself the Truth,  & his workbook, Learning to Tell Myself the Truth,by Dr. William Backus
Praying God's Word, by Beth Moore
My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers
Hind's Feet on High Places, by Hannah Hurnard
Jesus, the One and Only, by Beth Moore
Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer
Streams in the Desert, by L. B. Cowman
The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer
Eat This Book, by Eugene Peterson
How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth, by Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart
Boundaries, by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster
Intimacy with the Almighty, by Charles Swindoll

Bible studies by Beth Moore:
Believing God
Breaking Free
Living Free
To Live is Christ
A Woman's Heart, God's Dwelling Place
Jesus, the One and Only
The Patriarchs
Beloved Disciple
David: A Heart Like His
Esther
When Godly People Do Ungodly Things

Bible Studies by Kay Arthur
Lord, Teach Me to Pray
Ephesians

DVDs
The Inheritance, Beth Moore
He Is, by Beth Moore
The Renewed Mind, by Beth Moore
Be Still
Faith Lessons by Ray Vander Laan

CDs
Life-altering Works of the Holy Spirit, by Beth Moore
Hearts Set on Pilgrimage, by Beth Moore
Delight in Him, by Beth Moore

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Defeating Fearful and Anxious Thoughts



Eph. 4:23 tells us to be made new in the attitude of our minds; Col. 3:2 says, Set your mind on things above; Phil. 4:8 says Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy, think on these things. Eph. 5:18 says be filled with the Spirit. Gal. 5:16 says walk by the Spirit; Gal. 5:25 says live by the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit. Romans 8:6 says the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace (NIV84)

To defeat fearful and anxious thoughts, our minds need to be reprogrammed so that we think rightly and walk by the Spirit.  This comes by reading and meditating on God's Word and through praying to our heavenly Father about everything that concerns us. We need to listen to our thoughts and see if they are in alignment with God's Word. If not, we need to take our thoughts "captive to Christ" (2 Cor. 10:4-5). With our minds under the Holy Spirit's control we can be Spirit-filled and live productive godly lives.  Prov. 23:7 says “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (KJV)

If we’re caught in a stronghold of fear and anxiety, it’s because for too long we’ve fallen for Satan’s trap, seeing other things high and lifted up in our minds and thinking they are greater than God. Obstacles too hard for God to remove. We think fearful thoughts which produce fear in us. When we do that for a long time, it upsets our brain chemistry and wreaks havoc in us.  But Luke 1:37 says nothing is impossible with God. Mark 10:27 says all things are possible with God. Mark 9:23 says all things are possible for one who believes. We need to saturate our minds in God’s Word and in prayer so we can tear down the lies that hold our strongholds together. Faith-filled thoughts puts an end to fearful and anxious thoughts. I'm living proof that you can change the way you think--with God's help and with His Word. I am not perfect but I am a far cry from what I was back in 2002! I lean on God and His strength and His Word every single day. And He is faithful to keep His promises.
 
Romans 8:6 "The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace."

My NIV LIfe Application Bible discussed the above verse, and this is the shortened version: To set the mind on the Spirit means--A mind directed toward truth (the Scriptures), aware of the Spirit's presence (John 14:17), a mind seeking to please the Holy Spirit (Gal. 6:8), and a mind active in memorizing and meditating on the words of Christ (John 14:2).

Sounds like a great plan of action to join with Jesus to take back what the Enemy has stolen--peace of mind, heart, and soul.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

2017 Scripture Memory

Beth Moore's 2017 Siesta Scripture Memory Team started Jan. 1. Here's my Scriptures I'm memorizing for this month:

"For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has given us a spirit not of fear but of power, and love, and self-control." 2 Tim. 1:6-7, ESV


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First Post for 2017

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were busier than most, and I've been sick for two weeks. But God works all things for our good (Romans 8), and my husband and I were blessed to be able to spend the holidays with our families. God even blessed my period of illness. I had time to reflect on my spiritual walk and to ponder how to draw even closer to Jesus in 2017. During the last days of December the Lord led me in His Word to read 2 Timothy. These verses were impressed upon my heart, and I share them in the hopes they will encourage someone else.

"...fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. (2 Tim.1:6-14, ESV)


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Loaves and Fish and the Presidential Election



Reading about the miracle of the loaves and fish in the Gospel of John in my quiet time and v. 11 struck me: "Jesus took the loaves, GAVE THANKS, and distributed to those...." Looked up the words "gave thanks" in Greek dictionary (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Bible) is "eucharisteo" and means to show oneself grateful, be thankful, give thanks. And it occurred to me that Jesus, the Son of God, was truly grateful to God for those five small barley loaves and two small fish. He didn't just give lip service. Jesus couldn't pray half-heartedly. For the first time I had the slightest insight into that moment when He prayed--thankfully, gratefully. And it made me think, "Am I thankful for the small amounts that I have? That anything God provides will be more than enough when I give thanks from my heart? And then I thought about our elections today. No matter who wins the Presidential election, God has provided, and I can be thankful for what little they have to give, and I can pray that God will multiply that so it makes a difference for our country and for His kingdom and His glory. This gives me peace this morning.