Saturday, October 31, 2015

Scripture Saturday - October 31, 2015



In my years battling anxiety, I have always taken great comfort in this promise from our Heavenly Father.  The account of the Apostle Peter becoming frightened when walking on water showcases this promise perfectly.  When Peter cried out, "save me", Jesus was right there, grabbing his hand, pulling him up out of the water.  Jesus is still able to pull us up out of the water when we cry out to Him...

Gill's Exposition of the Bible says the following about Psalm 46:1...

"God is our refuge and strength,.... That is, Christ, who is God as well as man, is the "refuge" for souls to fly unto for safety; as for sensible sinners, in a view of danger, wrath, and misery, so for saints, in every time of distress; typified by the cities of refuge, under the legal dispensation; and he it is from whom they have all their spiritual strength, and every renewal and supply of it, to exercise grace, perform duties, withstand enemies, bear the cross patiently, show a fortitude of mind under the sorest distresses, and hold on and out unto the end: in short, he is the strength of their hearts, under the greatest trials, of their lives, amidst the greatest dangers; and of their salvation, notwithstanding all their enemies; 

a very present help in trouble; whether inward or outward, of soul or body; the Lord helps his people under it to bear it, and he helps them out of it in the most proper and seasonable time: they are poor helpless creatures in themselves; nor can any other help them but the Lord, who made heaven and earth; and he helps presently, speedily, and effectually: in the Hebrew text it is, "he is found an exceeding help in trouble" (t); in all kind of trouble that the saints come into, the Lord has been found, by experience, to be an exceeding great helper of them; moreover, he is easily and always to be come at, and found by them for their help."

I found such great comfort in the above exposition of Psalm 46:1 which unpacked the great encouragement found in those few words...

May our first line of defense always be to run to our Strong Tower...

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Feature Friday - October 30, 2015



My dear, sweet sister-in-the Lord Bekki from Ready to be Offered wrote a beautifully poignant post called, Flying to a Summer Land.  In it she shares about the pain of letting go, obedience to the One who leads, and the one true Home we have with Christ in "that beautiful Summer-land of glory where every tear will be wiped away from our eyes and all the promises in Him are Yes."

Bekki writes in a pleasingly poetic manner drawing beautiful pictures with her words.

Bekki shares on her blog that she writes to encourage herself and other believers to press on to know the Lord Jesus in every aspect of life. She desires to know Him more deeply day by day, learning how to surrender...

I have been blessed by Bekki's friendship for many years.  Her humble and gentle Christ-like manner has been such an inspiration to me.  She is my prayer partner, and has been a mentor to my daughter.

For any of you sensing the Lord's leading, whether it be for a big life change or a small act of obedience, head on over to Ready to be Offered  to read Flying to a Summer Land.   You will be blessed and encouraged.



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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday - October 29, 2015

Welcome to another weekly installment of Thanksgiving Thursday.  :-)

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Psalm 33:1

Counting my blessings one by one:

  • The reassuring words of a co-worker who has gone the tooth extraction/tooth implant route [pun intended!  lol  ;-) ], and her recommendation for me to go to her oral surgeon who is conservative with a great bedside manner, and has a proven successful track record...
  • For a sunny, warm Autumn afternoon on a day that was forecasted to be dreary the whole day through...
  • For a very healthy granddaughter who is reaching so many milestones; this week - crawling!
  • For Bible devotionals that add wonderful insight to Scripture...
  • For the gift of my own copy of my son and daughter-in-law's wedding video...
  • For mornings spent with my granddaughter...

  • For the miracles God has worked in our family's life... 
  • Seeing the fruit of amazing blessings that burst forth from a difficult situation in the past...
  • For enjoying traditions for the first time with my granddaughter, like the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular...




  • For a daughter who enjoys spending time with her momma and daddy...
  • For enjoying other people's creative gifts from the Lord...
  • For kind and encouraging words from those I report to at work...
  • For my Supervisor going to bat for me...
  • For technology that allows me to skype with my mom...
Praising God for His many blessings this past week.

I’ll count my blessings—
Count them o’er and o’er—
I’ll tell my Father’s goodness—
I will love Him more,
I’ll count my blessings, bountiful and free—
Yet I can never count them all—
So good is God to me!

Carrie E. Breck


A joy that is shared is a joy made double.
Proverb


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday Worship - October 28, 2015




Years ago I attended a Reformed Baptist Church.  Even though I had never heard of John Calvin or his teachings, as a new believer, the Holy Spirit revealed those same Reformed truths to me through His Word...

Every year on Reformation weekend, the last weekend in October, a nearby church hosts the Bolton Conference to celebrate the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg.  The conference would always close with everyone singing Martin Luther's A Mighty Fortress is Our God.  The acoustics in the church where the conference was held, made for a Heavenly sound when all the voices in the sanctuary were lifted up singing the hymn known as the Battle Hymn of the Reformation...

Tim Challes writes,

"There are at least 7 documented theories on the time and circumstances in which the hymn was written.  Louis Benson concludes, along with several other historians, that the most likely story is that it was written in October 1527 as the plague was approaching."

Louis Benson also said,

"It was … the Marseillaise of the Reformation. It was sung at Augsburg during the Diet, and in all the churches of Saxony, often against the protest of the priest. It was sung in the streets; and, so heard, comforted the hearts of Melanchthon, Jonas, and Cruciger, as they entered Weimar, when banished from Wittenberg in 1547. It was sung by poor Protestant emigrants on their way into exile, and by martyrs at their death. It is woven into the web of the history of Reformation times, and it became the true national hymn of Protestant Germany." 

Richard Jumper writes from the perspective of a different theory behind the writing of this great hymn,

"Luther put his very life on the line for what he believed--and so did thousands of others! In the Netherlands alone, 50,000 people died because they took their stand with Martin Luther against the Pope and the Church of their day.

It is because of this persecution that Martin Luther penned the words to this hymn. Luther wrote this hymn in order to remind his followers that no matter how bleak the circumstances appeared, they were not to lose hope. The Biblical text that he used for inspiration to write is Psalm 46. Luther, being an Old Testament professor, was most likely aware of the history of this Psalm, and chose it because of its history."

All historians seem to be in agreement that the hymn is based on Psalm 46 in celebration of the Sovereign power of God over all earthly and spiritual forces, and of the certain hope we have in Christ.  It gained immense popularity throughout reformed Europe.

Regardless of the theory, A Mighty Fortress is Our God is known for ushering in the Protestant Reformation.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Martin Luther

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.


Enjoy!



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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts - October 27, 2015

Welcome to Tuesday Thoughts!  So glad you visited!  :-)

I have the blessing of experiencing two separate peak foliage times this year!  Last weekend we took advantage of the peak foliage in Northern New England, and now this weekend, here in Southern New England, the leaves are starting to peak with beautiful reds, oranges and yellows.





In my neighborhood near the water, however,  we are always the last to peak - much of the trees still wearing summer clothes...




This was a very busy week for me, barely having any time to take a walk outside.  I did steal away one warm, sunny afternoon with my daughter and granddaughter to enjoy our local park.

My husband and I enjoyed a spur of the moment visit with my son and daughter-in-law who just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary last weekend.  They surprised us with our own copy of the wedding video which we all sat and watched together during our visit.  My face hurt from smiling so much as I watched the memories play out on the beautifully created video.

What have I lingered over this week?
  • Watching a late night football game with my son-in-law, reflecting on how blessed I am to have such a wonderful relationship with him...
  • A warm sunny afternoon out on the deck - there won't be many more warm days to enjoy...
  • The moon lighting up the dark kitchen late at night, remembering when we first brought our daughter home from the hospital, her first night spent sleeping in the swing in the kitchen, the moon shining on her sweet tiny frame...
  • Alone in the house, dusting my espresso colored TV console, suddenly remembering my nana's dark colored, big and fancy TV console that never had a speck of dust on it, letting myself visit every room of my Nana's small apartment, a smile coming to my face as I let the memories take me away...
  • A very rare, leisurely morning to myself, to putter around and take it slow...
  • Holding my granddaughter as she carefully pointed to, studied and played with my necklace, feeling the warmth of her petite body,  so much love in my heart it could burst...
  • Spending time in bed before getting up, cuddling and talking with Lexi, remembering when I would have her momma in bed for such sweet, special morning times together, where did the time go...
  • Taking Lexi for a walk in the mall where she was exercising her vocal skills, quite proud of herself at that, the cashier commenting that our granddaughter sounded like she was warming up for choir...  :-) 
  • The smell of my husband's famous roast chicken cooking in the oven, mouth watering, looking forward to Michael's incredible stuffing that compares to none other...
  • The first roast chicken dinner of the season, enjoyed with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, all of us savoring every bite...

  • The finished product of a project I was working on, appreciating the lay-out and amazed how the Lord brought it together...
  • Carving our pumpkins, a longstanding tradition, scenes of past years in the very same kitchen going through my mind, enjoyment in the present moment, my husband using a carving kit with template for the first time, the finished work of which showed a job well done, watching my son-in-law create an intricately designed pumpkin, my daughter carving with gusto, and my little pumpkin watching with wonder...






What have I pondered this week?

As I reflected upon the leaves in my backyard that are still so green, yet a few towns over, the fall colors are in their full glory, I marveled thinking how quickly seasons change.  In just a couple of weeks, those green leaves will all be gone, revealing the fields behind our house once again...  The same can be said in the spring - bare tree limbs suddenly bursting forth with a canopy of green, shielding the fields from view...  It's a wonder we don't physically see the leaves change and/or grow right before our eyes!

The seasons of life change so quickly as well.  My granddaughter's milestones showcase the passage of time so clearly.  It seems each week she is learning how to do something new, all of it happening so fast.  Newborn turns to seven months to a year to three years, to Kindergarten, to middle school, to high school and then out on their own...  Then come the 20s, whole lives ahead of us...  It seems in a blink of an eye, we are in the Autumn of our lives and find ourselves remembering and reflecting on all the years gone by...

Last January I had made a pact  with myself that I was going to savor everything in life, God's creation, relationships, the small things...  I have tried my best to do so, and this blog has certainly helped to that end.

For it is in the savoring that memories are built which will last a lifetime...

What am I waiting on God for?
  • Answers to prayer in loved ones lives...
  • Clear direction for how to proceed with my tooth
What am I relying on God for?
  • Courage for whatever course of action is needed for my tooth
  • Direction in loved one's lives
  • Wearing my many hats well and for God's Glory
  • Writing blog posts

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Monday, October 26, 2015

October Favorites - To Encourage your Walk of Faith



Thank you for visiting my Monthly Favorites Feature.  Here are my favorites for the month of October!

Focus on the Family App

As a new believer, with young children, I would listen to Focus on the Family every morning at 8 a.m.  It was the perfect way to start my day.  Not only did it help me to focus on my family, but to begin my day hearing testimonies that encouraged my daily walk of obedience.  I recently discovered that Focus on the Family has an app which can be downloaded off of Itunes.

The creator of the app, Brushfire, shares the following description:

  "The Focus on the Family iPhone app is the best way for Parents and Married Couples to find support and encouragement on the go as they seek to live out the vital roles that God has called them to. The app equips and educates users to grow in their marriages and raise godly children. It even includes some of your favorite exclusive kids' content from Focus on the Family like Adventures in Odyssey (AIO), Jelly Telly and Clubhouse. A great way to encourage your friends during the potentially stressful holidays, send the app as a gift today!

Features:

+ Get the latest Focus on the Family headlines and breaking news for parents and couples

+ Play interactive games to spice up your family dinner table and date nights

+ Let your children play with your phone, while knowing they are engaging with spiritually uplifting content

+ Share tips and words of encouragement with your spouse and on Facebook and Twitter

+ Listen to Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) episodes

+ Watch Jelly Telly on your phone

+ Get craft and activity ideas from Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr."

An interesting side note, the Lord used a particular episode of Adventures in Odyssey to be one of the first tugs on my husband's heart toward the calling of Pastor...  :-)

Conversation Starters - Make Every Day Count App

This is another Focus on the Family app that I have recently discovered.

Description:

"Tired of having the same conversation with your kids? Try the Make Every Day Count app. Filled with conversation starters for parents and kids, this Focus on the Family product is designed to strengthen family talk time with a fun and easy way to communicate with kids.

Whether your kid is in elementary school or attending college, any parent can use Make Every Day Count for ideas on how to engage in conversation and build relationships.

Personalize the app by creating profiles for everyone in your family and filter questions by gender or age, allowing for complete control of the content you see.

Conversation topics include:
-Activities
-Character
-Dating
-Enemies
-Entertainment
-Faith
-Family
-Friends
-Money
-And More"

This would have been a wonderful app to have back when I was homeschooling my children.  :-)  It's not always easy to talk to our children.  The Make Every Day Count app is a wonderful resource to help parents engage with their children.

The Autobiography of George Muller
George Mueller

Early in my Christian walk, I was blessed to attend a church that had an extensive library of books chronicling the great men and women of faith.  A book that profoundly changed my prayer life was The Autobiography of George Muller.  I share about how the Lord used this book to enrich my prayer life in my post called Prayer and a Piano which you can read here.

Amazon shares the following intro for the Autobiography of George Muller:

"What can be accomplished in an ordinary man who trusts in an extraordinary God? George Muller discovered the endless possibilities! These excerpts from his diary allow Muller to tell his own story. Join him on his journey from a life of sin and rebellion to his glorious conversion. Share his struggles and triumphs as he establishes orphan homes to care for thousands of English children, depending on God's response to his prayer of faith to supply all things. Muller's unwavering, childlike dependence upon his heavenly Father will inspire you to confidently trust the God of the impossible in every area of your life."

How to Ascertain the Will of God
George Muller

George Muller's rich prayer life was in large part due to how He approached the throne of Grace to find the will of God.

The following mission statements by George Muller showcase how he sought to Glorify God in all that he did.

“The orphan houses exist to display that God can be trusted and to encourage believers to take him at his word.”

“The first and primary object of the Institute was…that God might be magnified by the fact that the orphans under my care were, and are, provided with all they need only by prayer and faith, without anyone being asked by me or my fellow-laborers, whereby it might be seen that God is faithful still and hears prayer still.”

He shares the following insights for ascertaining the will of God:

"1.—I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord's Will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.

2.—Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.

3.—I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.

4.—Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God's Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

5.—I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.

6.—Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective."

from Answers to Prayer from George Müller's Narratives compiled by A. E. C. Brooks. Chicago.: Moody Press, ca. 1897.

I used to keep George Muller's six points on discerning the will of God in my Bible, but unfortunately, I had lost the list.  With the possibility of a big life change decision on the horizon, I sought to find this information again.  I am so happy I did!  There is so much wisdom to be gained from George Muller's thoughts on how to ascertain the will of God.

L'Abri
Edith Schaeffer

I LOVED this book!  I read it to my children when we homeschooled many years ago.  I was recently reminded of the book again and want to re-read it.   To see the Schaeffer's faith and obedience, and God's hand and His provision play out for the Schaeffer's encouraged my walk of faith.

Amazon shares the following intro:

"In 1955 an American family moved into a chalet on the side of a steep Swiss alp. They did not know exactly why God had brought them there, what He wanted them to do, or even where the money to live on would come from. But He began opening doors, and people with questions about life's meaning began finding the way to their home.

Edith Schaeffer, wife of Dr. Francis Schaeffer, tells the remarkable story of how God led them step by step, as that one small chalet grew into a whole community. It took the name L'Abri (French for shelter). Day by day, God faithfully provided for their family, and eventually for the entire community."


I hope this offering of favorites will be a blessing to you.  :-)

Blessed to be a blessing
Blessed to live Your love
Blessed to share with others every blessing from above.

A stanza from a song written for St. John's Lutheran School in Napa, California to be their theme song for the 2001-2002 school year.  

If you missed last week's daily features, you can visit them below.  :-)







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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Scripture Saturday - October 24, 2015


After coming off of some recent "wrestlings with God", I just happened to read the account of Jacob wrestling with God which was part of my First 5 daily devotions.  {We, of course, know that there are no "just happened to's" with God and that He redeems ALL situations and speaks to us in the midst of them or in reflection of them...}

Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.  When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”  So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”  He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but [n]Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there.  So Jacob named the place [o]Peniel, for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my [p]life has been preserved.”  Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh.  Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because he touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew of the hip.
Genesis 32:24-32

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary says the following about these verses:

A great while before day, Jacob being alone, more fully spread his fears before God in prayer. While thus employed, One in the likeness of a man wrestled with him. When the spirit helpeth our infirmities, and our earnest and vast desires can scarcely find words to utter them, and we still mean more than we can express, then prayer is indeed wrestling with God. However tried or discouraged, we shall prevail; and prevailing with Him in prayer, we shall prevail against all enemies that strive with us. Nothing requires more vigour and unceasing exertion than wrestling. It is an emblem of the true spirit of faith and prayer. Jacob kept his ground; though the struggle continued long, this did not shake his faith, nor silence his prayer. He will have a blessing, and had rather have all his bone put out of joint than go away without one. Those who would have the blessing of Christ, must resolve to take no denial. The fervent prayer is the effectual prayer. The Angel puts a lasting mark of honour upon him, by changing his name. Jacob signifies a supplanter. From henceforth he shall be celebrated, not for craft and artful management, but for true valour. Thou shalt be called Israel, a prince with God, a name greater than those of the great men of the earth. He is a prince indeed that is a prince with God; those are truly honourable that are mighty in prayer. Having power with God, he shall have power with men too; he shall prevail, and gain Esau's favour. Jacob gives a new name to the place. He calls it Peniel, the face of God, because there he had seen the appearance of God, and obtained the favour of God. It becomes those whom God honours, to admire his grace towards them. The Angel who wrestled with Jacob was the second Person in the sacred Trinity, who was afterwards God manifest in the flesh, and who, dwelling in human nature, is called Immanuel, Ho 12:4,5. Jacob halted on his thigh. It might serve to keep him from being lifted up with the abundance of the revelations. The sun rose on Jacob: it is sun-rise with that soul, which has had communion with God.

In a segment from Life Today, Beth Moore shares an encouraging word about our wrestlings with God. Please watch below.  You will find hope for your ongoing fervent prayers...


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Feature Friday - October 23, 2015



The past couple of weeks, the Lord seems to have laid the subject of anxiety on the hearts of many bloggers who have written encouraging posts to spur their readers on to cast {their} cares upon Him and to remember to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let {their} requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard {their} hearts and {their} minds in Christ Jesus.

I personally was most struck by a post written by Melissa from the maidservantsofchrist blog who wrote 5 Ways to Combat Sinful Anxiety.  I found Melissa's insights about anxiety humble, sensitive and full of wisdom.  She gives practical steps backed by the Word of God in a manner that speaks in simple, but profound terms.

Melissa has been married for ten years and has three children.  She loves being a stay at home mom. Melissa shares the following about contributing to a blog.  "It has forced me to read and study as I haven't done since college. I am learning so much about being a godly woman, and I hope we can all grow together."  

Please head on over to maidservantsofchrist.blogspot.com to read 5 Ways to Combat Sinful Anxiety.  Your anxious heart will be encouraged.


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