Monthly Archives: January 2010

Future Glory

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18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

Romans 8:18-22

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What are your present sufferings?

Do you wait in eager expectation for Christs return?

Are you groaning over some frustration right now in this present time?

What does Romans say after this?

31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

This makes me feel secure in my faith, in my God and in my salvation. Because Christ Himself secured all these for me.

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The Right Kind of Gains in the New Year

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A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11

When we overlook the wrongs of others, we are imitating God’s extraordinary forgiveness toward us: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Ps. 103:8-10).

Adapted from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 82.

Food for Thought

Want to experience some gains, fast? Well, you probably experienced some gains over the holidays as the candies, cookies, and festive meals took their toll. But that’s not what we’re talking about. Instead, try this no-fail exercise.

You’ve seen lists of New Year’s Resolutions, right? You’ve probably even crafted a few yourself. Have you ever seen this one on anyone’s list? “I resolve this New Year to overlook more offenses.” Yeah, that’s a rare one.

But the writer of Proverbs indicates that when we overlook an offense, it adds directly to our glory. We experience a gain. And since the only glory we will ever have is a reflection of God’s, those overlooked offenses are adding to the glory of the Most High. God experiences a “gain.”

“What kind of gain?” you ask. By exercising our patience and overlooking offenses, we are increasing His Name and Fame throughout the land. We are drawing the eyes of men and women to Him. We are imitating his compassion. We are being peacemakers, getting in shape for the Kingdom that is coming!

10 Questions of the New Year: Q & A’s 5 through 8

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from this post:

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

Facebook/computer/blogging, Facebook time will decrease, I have 2 blogs and may have a third when my pet business gets started.

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

Listen, not gossip, pray for hurting families, not tithe more but tithe specific. Give to certain ministries I really care about. I.E the food pantry and local missionaries.

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

My families, I am but 2 of my side of the family that are Christian. My brother and his family,  my mom and her 3 siblings and their families are not Christian. My other aunt, Carol, and her family, including kids are Christians.

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

I will try not to let my circumstances run my life. I will try not to place such power in things, times, people and feelings. To put power where it belongs, Gods Will and what He has promised me from the beginning of time.

to be continued….

10 Questions of the New Year…. 1st 4

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From this post:

10-questions-to-ask-at-the-start-of-a-new-year

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

The first thing I could do to enjoy my Lord more is obey Him.

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

Get me through this most tumultuous time in my life with the least amount of collateral damage.

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

Stand back and let my husband lead his family. Keep my mouth shut and my ears and heart open.

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

{I knew I would get off-track here somewhere, but I didn’t know exactly what the spiritual disciplines were}

A. DEFINITION OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE...
      1. In general terms, discipline means:
         a. "any training intended to develop moral character, or
            produce a pattern of behavior."
            -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discipline
         b. "training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental
            faculties or moral character - Merriam-Webster
      2. Regarding spiritual disciplines in particular:
         a. "A spiritual discipline is, when practiced faithfully and
            regularly, a habit or regular pattern in your life that
            repeatedly brings you back to God and opens you up to what
            God is saying to you."
            - http://www.spirithome.com/spirdisc.html
         b. "Spiritual disciplines can be described as behaviors that
            facilitate spiritual growth."
            - http://www.wcg.org/lit/spiritual/group/discip1.htm
      -- Spiritual disciplines, then, are spiritual exercises that one
         engages in habitually which bring one closer to God and thus
         become more godly in character and behavior

   B. EXAMPLES OF SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES...
      1. Prayer - in which one spends time talking to God - e.g., Dan
         6:10; Col 4:2
      2. Meditation - in which one contemplates on God's Word, or other
         things worthy of such attention - cf. Ps 1:1-2; Php 4:8
      3. Fasting - usually accompanied with prayer, in which one
         abstains from food - e.g., Neh 1:4; Ac 13:2-3; 14:23
      4. Singing - through which one can praise God and be edified
         - e.g., Ps 71:23; Ac 16:25
      5. Giving - by which we can please God and be blessed - cf. He
         13:16; Ac 20:35
      6. Assembling - where we can exhort one another - cf. Ps 122:1;
         He 10:24-25
      7. Hospitality - showing kindness to strangers, which often
         results in a blessing - cf. He 13:2
      8. Teaching - which usually benefits the teacher more than the
         student - cf. He 5:12-14
      -- Such spiritual activities help to discipline or train one to be
         more godly

ok, so after reading this above statement, I would have to answer #4 with Meditation, giving, teaching and
hospitality.
Meditation: listen more, talk less and really know what the Great I Am is telling me.
Giving: getting money from my guinea pig study and dog walking, love to give it away.
Teaching: the one other joy I seem to have right now is teaching the 4/5th graders sunday school at church.
would also love to lead another Precept Study this summer.
Hospitality: I stay at home far too much and my hubby loves to entertain, so even tho the company might not be
strangers, we would at least be fellowshipping.
to be continued.......

 



Home Engineer PLUS Pet Sitter/Walker

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This week I started a dog walking job. I walk three pups in the middle of the day for their mommy, who is a school teacher.

Chester is a long hair jack russell mix, Gus and Gizmo are papillons. They are sweet dogs.

I so enjoying being outside, walking and being with mans best friends. Even when it’s raining.

It feels so good to be out of the house and minding someone else’s business for a change.

I’m seriously considering a pet sitting/walking business, so if you know of anyone [within a 5 mile radius of my house]

who needs pets fed/walked, mail picked up while on vacation, etc., let me know.

I’m hunting around, checking others businesses prices and figuring out how much time and money I want to invest in this.

This past week, the only 2 times I felt actual joy was 1. the second day I was walking the pups and 2. when I was ironing and my dog was chewing on a bone on the floor beside me and my cat was playing with a sweatshirt string on the bed.

Ps 20:5 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Wewillsingforjoy over your victory ,  And in the name of our God we will set up ourbanners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

Ps 27:6 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shoutsof joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

Ps 32:11 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.Ps 33:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.

Ps 35:27 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The LORD bemagnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”Ps 84:2 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

Ps 92:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.Ps 95:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

Ps 98:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

10 Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year

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{I will answer these questions myself in the future, but for now, have at it!}

Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.

Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

In addition to these ten questions, here are twenty-one more to help you “Consider your ways.” Think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.

11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?

12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?

13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?

14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?

15. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?

16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?

17. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?

18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?

19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?

20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?

21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?

22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?

23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?

25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?

26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?

27. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?

28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?

29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?

30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?

31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question.

If you’ve found these questions helpful, you might want to put them someplace—in a day planner, PDA, calendar, bulletin board, etc.—where you can review them more frequently than once a year.

So let’s evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence, remembering that, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” (Proverbs 21:5). But in all things let’s also remember our dependence on our King who said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Copyright © 2003 Donald S. Whitney.