The Habit of Daily Bible Enrichment

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Jan 072014
 

We always feel closer to God when we are in the Word on a daily basis.  So, why do we struggle to finish reading plans or complete daily scheduled devotionals at times?  I have learned a few things over the years that have helped me to be more successful when it comes to daily Bible commitments.  I hope these tips will encourage you  in your daily Bible commitments. 015

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Joshua 1:8

 

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A Day in Your Prayer Life

 Posted by on August 20, 2012  No Responses »
Aug 202012
 

“Knock, Knock, Who’s There?”

I have written about our little friend the squirrel before. I’ve told you how it comes right up to the door, looks in and waits for us to get up and get it some bread.  Well you will never believe what happened the other day. We had been gone from the house for a couple of hours, doing the grocery thing.  This day we did the big three: Wal-Mart, Publix and Kroger.  You can imagine how tired we were.

We came in the back door and were busy putting everything away. All of a sudden I hear this sound, like something hit the front door.  I didn’t really think anything about it and went back to putting away the groceries.  It hadn’t been more than a minute and I heard the noise again. So I asked Bob what it could be.  He started looking around and when he opened the front door, there was the squirrel just waiting for us to open the door and give it some food. He came expecting and he was going to keep on knocking till he got what he came for.

How persistent are you, when it comes to prayer?  Matthew 7:7-8 encourages us to…

“…Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds.  And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

The key words there are “keep on.”   Sometimes our prayers are answered right away, but most of the time the answer seems to be delayed.  It seems to be delayed because we don’t immediately see anything happening in the physical realm. I believe that as soon as you make your request, God begins the process of answering you.  You may never know what keeps the answer from coming right away, but God always has a reason.

Sometimes it is to make us exercise our faith so that it will grow.  Sometimes God has to move people and situations around to fulfill what we need. Sometimes the answer is “no,” because God knows it would not be good for us. But sometimes the answer is delayed because of warfare that is going on in the spirit realm (check out Daniel 10).  When we pray, God moves. So let me encourage you to be like our little squirrel, “keep on knocking.”

Whatever your need is today, don’t give up. Your answer is on the way. It may be a long wait or it may be just a heartbeat away.  Remember the promise: the one who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds and when you knock, the door will be opened.

~ Written by Beth, “My husband of 46 years and I recently retired from full time ministry and we are looking forward to discovering what God has in store for the next part of our journey.  I am a very proud mother and grandmother and I love to encourage others through the word and my life experiences.  My life verse is Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it.”

WHY? A Psalm 51 Prayer

 Posted by on July 9, 2012  1 Response »
Jul 092012
 

Why do I do what I don’t want to do?

Why do I say what I don’t want to say?

Why don’t I do more of what I should do?

Why do I say NO more than I say YES?

Why don’t I look them in the eye and give them my full attention?

Why is making plans more important than carrying them out?

Why is this happening?

Why do moments like this and days like that come so often?

Why does the cyber world have such a hold on me?

Why do I sit when I need to get up and move?

Why do I struggle with following through?

Why am I unsure?

Why do I feel like I have failed?

Why have I stopped doing things I meant to do?

Why do I struggle?

Why am I busy with so much of what is not the most important?

Why do I waste time?

Why am I selfish when I should be selfless?

Why don’t I really get it?

Why do I question?

Why am I disappointed?

Why do I expect so much more than I see?

Why do I wonder?

Why am I not who and what I want to be?

Why, Oh LORD do You put up with me?

Lord I pray Psalm 51 to YOU with sincere heart. I pray it over my entire life; my relationship with You, the one with my husband, the one with my boys, as a wife, a parent, a homeschool teacher, a daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, fellow homeschooler, fellow church member and even as a stranger.

Oh, Lord, may all my WHYs be answered according to your grace, power, and plan. I need You Lord, Your word, Your guidance, Your power. I need all that You offer! I thank YOU for a new heart, a right spirit, a new moment, day and season in this life You have given me! I thank YOU that when I am so very weak You are amazingly strong!

Oh, Lord, love abundantly through me, work powerfully in me so that I do, say and act according to Your plan, not mine!

Psalm 51…Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned…Behold, you delight in truth in  the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart...Let me hear joy and gladness;  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a  clean heart, O God, and  renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not  your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit…..

~By Angie, The One Thing

May 122011
 

Our Sunday School class is doing a study called “Peace Maker”. It’s mainly about conflict resolution and taking the Biblical approach to solving relational issues in the home, church, and workplace. It is really great! A lot of good Truth!
A couple of weeks ago the speaker (via video) was talking about one of his conflict resolution techniques in his counseling sessions. He had the two people he was counseling go home and read Philippians 4:8. Then he instructed them to make a list of good, honorable, excellent things about the other person. He then had them share their list with each other during their next session.
He said it was like what Proverbs says about “heaping burning coals”. Thinking well about the other person made a breakthrough in their argument. It helped them remember the reasons that made them go in to business together in the first place.

So it got me thinking tangibly. I thought this was a great idea especially for husbands and wives! Then, I had another idea: to make a board where I can list good qualities about my husband or anyone I might be in conflict with, throughout the week. This helps consciously and continually think well about the other person or persons in my life.
I also thought it would be good to list “good qualities” about a difficulty situation you are going through too.
Here’s how I made mine:
Start with a cheap picture frame with a glass or plastic front. I got this one from Goodwill for a couple dollars.

Then cut some scrapbook paper to size. I got a little creative with mine : ) Continue reading »

Apr 282011
 

Have you ever known a woman like that? It’s going to be done her way or no way at all.
In this world, this selfish world we live in, we all want what we want when we want it and want things done in the way we want them done. Our children are born selfish and pitch temper tantrums when they don’t get what they want. It’s part of our sinful human nature.

 

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the commercial world starts pumping out ideas on how to honor mothers. Cards. Flowers. Jewelry. Perfume. Chocolate. Meals at restaurants. Breakfast in bed. The list goes on and on. If your family doesn’t know what you want or have a clue what to get you, the world will make sure and tell them what it thinks you should have. Continue reading »