Friday, July 9, 2010

Count Your Blessings


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1.  Syd called me to go with her to the school for free summer lunch...I am truly grateful for it and it takes me down memory lane:)


2.  So blessed to see the dedication in which our tween worked on her Sunday School project...she was there with her Bible, dictionary, commentary, and concordance:)

3.  Syd and her tween and   Mami  came over which was a nice surprise for us and with some wheels for our tot!

4.  Visited with FIL and got to see my niece and talk with my SIL, who will be starting school in August God willing...Lord guide them and keep them in You in Jesus' name

5.  Tot started attending Sunday School and was super duper excited...Lord there are no words to thank You for the hunger that You deposit in her for You...I am amazed and humbled by it and give you the glory!

6.  My one and only Nani turned 13 on me!!!!!  I saw the Lord bring her into this world and declare that His purpose and His alone will come to pass in her life in Jesus' name!!!

7.  The work on the girl's room is underway!!!!!

8.  Went to the library to do homeschooling there...enjoyed the ac tremendously!:)

9.  Got to do a little redo in our bedroom and some other little project once it's all done I will try to post pics


10.  Our tot started her green books this week and has been so excited it's contagious:)


Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be dismayed.  Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will.  And I know that I will triumph!
Isaiah 50:7

Thursday, July 8, 2010

BF Homework: Chapter 27

This week we're talking about to "Live Happily Ever After" in Chapter 27.

Beth states that each of us has dreams and the in the Lord, He will surpass all of them.  Glory to God!

Did you have childhood dreams?  I know I did.  They sees a bit funny to me as I recollect them but I can see how God has out done what I dreamed.

My earliest recollections of what I wanted to be when I grew up was a nun.  Yep, me a nun!?  While other little girls played with pillowcases on their heads pretending to be brides, I was pretending to be a nun.  Then, I wanted to be writer.  At the age of 8, I asked for a typewriter to ensue my writing career.  Then I decided to be a teacher and that's what I became.  

What did God make me-His daughter, who blogs, and homeschools!  Yep, my dreamed fulfilled.  But more importantly, they have been surpassed.  There are a whole bunch of other things He's made me, that I can't enumerate but the most important one is-crazy in love with Him!  

Yes, my lover is mine and I am His!

I could have never imagined this kind of love.  Nope, never.  And, yet He's mine and I am His!

This week, we'll be answering all 3 questions on p. 283.

1. Why do some people refuse to give up on their dreams while others do?
2. How has God brought happiness from pain in your life?
3. Why do you suppose we discount the importance of happiness in spiritual circles?



Enjoy your time meditating on the Lord and you'll be surprised to see how He's been there all the way weaving His plan throughout your life to surpass anything you could think, ask, or imagine.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Restored to Service

There are some days that just feel off or maybe that's just me?

I kind of feel like something is there lurking trying to gain a foothold in my life but I can't pinpoint it.  If left undetected, it can gain a foothold in my life if I failed to cover it in prayer.  I don't like that feeling.  It's like I can literally feel the enemy like a prowling lion seeing if he can devour me.  

Imagine having been devoured.  Giving up and giving in to the temptation and living like that for years?

Well, it happened to the Israelites.  Throughout Israel's history, there were obedient and disobedient kings (more disobedient ones though).  They wondered from the One true God to serving idols.  

But (gotta love the but there:), then comes Hezekiah, and although with some issues of his own, he brings about reformation.  I love it that in 2 Chronicles 29:35b it states, 

So the Temple of the LORD was restored to service. (NLT)

That's right, despite years and years of disobedience, sin, and unfaithfulness you can be restored to service.  That's the God we serve.  One of second chances.  One who forgives and restores.  

You didn't get in that pit overnight and you may not get completely out of overnight either. But (have to love that but there) you will come out of it and maybe even quicker than you think.

2 Chronicles 29:36 continues with:

And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced greatly because of what God had done for the people, for everything had been accomplished so quickly.  (NLT)

Don't think about the time wasted or the rebuilding time.  All God wants is for us to turn from the sin (repent) and turn our hearts to Him.  Hezekiah was rebuilding a temple made of human hands.  

Will you allow God to rebuild you-the temple of the Holy Spirit?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ch 26: To Be Fruitful

How does fruitfulness look in your life? If you don't believe your life is fruitful, what do you think is causing it?

The thing with fruitfulness, is that it isn't always so visible, at least not immediately. That being so, the enemy uses this against us.

I never (at least I don't think I ever did) envision to live the life I am living now. In the world, I classified fruitfulness by the things I accomplished. In Christ, I pray that He would deliver me from returning to this mentality. And even so, the enemy tempts me to think I could do more, I should do more, I must do more. Otherwise, I may become "barren karen" or so the devil would want me to think.

But God has been dealing with me to see fruitfulness in a different way.

Fruitfulness in my life is not so much about what I do in as much as it's about who I am becoming. For I no longer live but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)

Maybe fruitfulness in my life is not really what I do but what I don't do anymore. Not my will Father but Yours. (Luke 22:42)

Fruitfulness is not about doing but how it gets done. Do everything without complaining and arguing. (Philippians 2:14)

Fruitfulness is not about what I am doing but who am I doing it for. Do everything to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Yes, I think I would have to agree that indeed fruitfulness in my life is not what you see but who you see in me.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fruit


Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
Matthew 3:8 (NIV)

I don't know how many times I have quoted this to my husband (both in English and Spanish), trying to make him understand that "sorry" isn't Biblical. And while it's true that "sorry" isn't Biblical, forgiveness is.

And it has to be enough.

Enough that it is asked even if not shown.

Lord help me!

As were studying Paul in To Live is Christ, I am being reminded and convicted how easy is it for us to want to add to God's Word and demanding things He doesn't. That's when we become legalistic. And what I mean about legalistic is when man made rules out weigh God's Word. When we're more interested in imposing our thoughts, ideas, and interpretations to God's Word to justify our carnality.

If we look at the verse above, it does not say show fruit in keeping with repentance and it doesn't give the offended party the right to demand visible results of this production. It is simply a call to repent from our sin. This repentance will be evident through a change of mentality, attitude, and action. Sometimes immediately, sometimes not so immediately, but it should be produced.

Let's be careful not to demand from others and ourselves what the Word of God doesn't.


18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Revelation 22:18-19 (NIV)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Count Your Blessings

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1.  Hubby got two of these


2.  I got one of these for free


3.  Received  2 of these samples in the mail


4.  Look forward to using this one soon


5.  Blessed to have my nephew and nieces over for an impromptu visit

6.  Spent some time with my other two nieces which I love to pieces

7.  Hubby had 3 days with us home this week

8.  Enjoyed Hubby's last day with us (for now) in a round of miniature golf and he won!!!!


9.  We have been really blessed by the Bible study we began this week

10.  God has been ministering in a particular area in which I have often denied Him access but through obedience I am surrendering it to Him and seeing the benefits...freedom from fear!!!!

11.  Visited Syd & fam and praise the Lord for all He's doing in them!

12.  Got to make and give these to the children at church:)


13.  Mami started listening to Brannon Howse with us yesterday and was really challenged by what she heard...look was you started Co-P:)

14.  The Pastor's teaching and preaching this week have really ministered me 

15.  I've started a cleaning project (a tiny one though) due to the upcoming renovations in the girls' room...there's usually something that can get out of the house like shoes I haven't worn in a long time:)


Knowledge puffs up but love builds up.
1 Corinthians 8:1b (NIV)


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Scripture Memorization #13

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Deuteronomy 4:9

BF Homework: Chapter 26

God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.

We have the same commandment from the Lord today to go out and make disciples.  So we'll be looking at fruitfulness through a spiritual perspective.  And I think it's an area where satan attacks HARD.

He wants to deceive us into thinking we're barren spiritually, our lives don't produce good fruit that remains, that we're useless.  And he employs many tactics to achieve his goal.  He may instill a fear of failure, a discontented heart, an unteachable spirit.  His goal is to divide, destroy, and kill.  He does not want God's purpose to come to pass in our lives--and one of those purposes is a fruitful life.

Now that fruitfulness may look very different in each life, but it should be there.  

This week we'll be considering exactly that:

How does fruitfulness look in your life?  If you don't believe your life is fruitful, what do you think is causing it?  

Truly, this study has been a blessing to me, as I hope for you.  I have been challenged to re-visit areas of my life that I thought were "done" and look at other areas of my life with fresh eyes.  During the process, Holy Spirit has uncovered lies or residue of lies in my life and has replaced them with God's Truth.  And that's the point--for our lives to be changed.

The enemy would want nothing more than to see us give up but we are not women of that caliber.  We won't accept defeat!  We will press on, knowing that His plans for us are good, his thoughts concerning us are high, and his love for us is great!