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God’s Words

“… my words remain in you …”
 
~Jesus
 
 
During this first month of 2013, I have been talking to my children about ways that we can keep more of God’s words in our hearts and minds.  We have also been talking about why it is important to do so.  My goal for my family is this: each day we will hear or read one or more verses from the Bible.  The phrase from John 15:7, “my words remain in you,” has shaped this goal.  To reach our goal, we have to make deliberate behavioral choices.  Ideally, I would like to read my children a Bible story each day, but often (for various reasons) it doesn’t happen.  However, I try to create a climate where hearing God’s word is natural part of our day.  We talk about different verses throughout the day, and when we are in the car, we sometimes listen to a recording of the book of Psalms.  After dinner, sometimes we read from one of the gospels or from the book of Proverbs.  I try to provide a variety of ways for my kids to interact with scripture so they won’t feel like it is a burden or boring.  If we have had an extremely busy day and they haven’t heard any of God’s words during the day, I like to add a scripture to our traditional bedtime song and prayer.  Having this goal of hearing and reading God’s word each day helps me keep my children, and as well as myself, receiving daily spiritual nourishment.
 
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourself to be my disciples. John 15:7
 
 
Dedicated to my mom, Charlotte on her 70th birthday.  I have wonderful memories of my mom reading me Bible stories, reading me Little Visits with God at breakfast, and reading family devotionals after dinner.  As I was growing up, my mom helped me hear God’s words every day. 
 

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God’s Eyes

 
For the eyes of the Lord range
 throughout the earth to strengthen those
whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9
 
 
When we are fully committed, the gaze of God finds us and strengthens us.  When we are not fully committed, we miss the extra strength that could be ours.  One way I believe this strengthening occurs is by God sending his words to us. 
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God
Our part is making ourselves available to receive God’s words by listening and by purifying ourselves.  Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).  May He strengthen our hearts so that we will be blameless and holy in the presence of God our Father (1 Thessalonians 3:13).
 
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
Strengthen me according to your word.
Psalm 18:1 and 119:28
 

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Living and Active

  
For the Word of God
 
 is Living and Active. 
 
Hebrews 4:12
 
 
There was a time in my life when the Bible was the last thing that I wanted to read.  I felt that it was boring and dry, so I began to pray that God would help me want to read the Bible.  That is the kind of prayer God loves to answer!  Over time, I have become excited about reading the Bible, and I continually find treasures that inspire, encourage, and challenge me.  God’s word is my lifeline.
 
Throughout 2012, I will be reading The Daily Bible.  It is the NIV Bible, in chronological order with 365 daily readings.  My mother-in-law shared her copy with me while we were in Missouri for Christmas.  She has been reading it for the past eight years.  In return, I gave her a copy of The Message, a version that I love.  I invite you to join us as we read through the Bible this year.
 
I hope this will be a wonderful year for you.  I am looking forward to discovering on an even deeper level what it means for God’s words to be “living and active” in my life.
 
NOTE: If you are new to Bible reading I suggest you start in the gospel of Mark or in Psalms or Proverbs.  Also, listening to the Bible on CD is a great way to experience the Bible.
 

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we feast

We feast on the abundance of your house;
you give us drink from your
river of delights.
Psalm 36:8
 
 
~ Gracious God ~
Please show us how to feast on your abundance.
Please give us drinks from your river of delights.
In a time of fasting help us to grow closer to you
and to be more aware of your presence.
Help us to see this time not as a time of self-denial,
but as a time of celebrating you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
 
 
Last year while I was fasting, I read an article by Leslie Royalty from  Christian Healing Ministries.  She introduced me to the idea of viewing a fast as a time to feast on the word of God.
~ Daniel Fast

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Glory

… the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
1 Peter 4:14
 
  
One of the gifts that Jesus gives us is His glory.  Jesus gives us the glory that God gave Him (John 17:22).  As with any gift, this gift has to be accepted.  Jesus’ glory is accepted by believing with all of our hearts, souls, and minds that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31).  When we believe in this way and accept Jesus’ glory, we act differently and our lives become radically transformed.
 
How do you define the word glory?  My favorite definition for glory is “majestic beauty”.  The dictionary definition of glory is:
  
glo·ry (glôr, glr)  
n. pl. glo·ries
1. Great honor, praise, or distinction accorded by common consent; renown.
2. Something conferring honor or renown.
3. A highly praiseworthy asset.
4. Adoration, praise, and thanksgiving offered in worship.
5. Majestic beauty and splendor; resplendence.
6. The splendor and bliss of heaven; perfect happiness.
7. A height of achievement, enjoyment, or prosperity.
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May the glory we have been given draw many people to have life in Jesus’ name (John 22:31). 
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For my family and friends in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Door of Hope

 
In the desert prepare the way for the Lord;
Make straight in the wilderness
A highway for our God.
Isaiah 40:3
 
 
 
For those who are in:
 
 
 
 
 
E)  all of the above
 
Look for the Door of Hope! 
 
 
I will make the Valley of Trouble a Door of Hope.
(based on Hosea 2:15) 
 

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the desert

 
Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert and speak
tenderly to her.  There I will give her
back her vineyards, and will make the
Valley of Achor a Door of Hope.
Hosea 2:14-15
 
 
Imagine standing in a valley named “Trouble” (Achor means trouble) and in the far distance you see a doorway labeled “Hope”.  What do you hope is on the other side of that door?  From where you stand in the valley, what lies between you and the door?  What steps must you take to go through the Valley of Trouble and walk through the door into renewal?  How can focusing on God’s intimate, committed love deliver, heal and transform you?

 

For Piotr, Michelle, and Dana, who work with those who are in the desert of chronic pain. 

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