Mar 162012
 

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. James 5:16

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 826-28

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. 

   Glory to God in the church! 
   Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! 
   Glory down all the generations! 
   Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! Ephesians 3: 20-21

My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8

and always remember…
 “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. 
      With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. Jeremiah 31:3

Have a blessed weekend and know that God is able

Kim

Jul 152011
 

Have you ever had something you wanted to do, but it seemed like the harder you tried the more it didn’t work out. It could be something in ministry, a job situation, school decision or even trying to plan a vacation.

I know I have and when roadblocks continue to pop up I am quick to try to find another way around to get what I want, or what I think is God’s plan for me.  When in reality I could learn a few lessons from Balaam about interruptions and obstacles that come along my path.

Numbers 22

 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went off with the noblemen from Moab. As he was going, though, God’s anger flared. The angel of God stood in the road to block his way. Balaam was riding his donkey, accompanied by his two servants. When the donkey saw the angel blocking the road and brandishing a sword, she veered off the road into the ditch. Balaam beat the donkey and got her back on the road.

24-25 But as they were going through a vineyard, with a fence on either side, the donkey again saw God’s angel blocking the way and veered into the fence, crushing Balaam’s foot against the fence. Balaam hit her again.

26-27 God’s angel blocked the way yet again—a very narrow passage this time; there was no getting through on the right or left. Seeing the angel, Balaam’s donkey sat down under him. Balaam lost his temper; he beat the donkey with his stick…

31 Then God helped Balaam see what was going on: He saw God’s angel blocking the way, brandishing a sword. Balaam fell to the ground, his face in the dirt…

34 Balaam said to God’s angel, “I have sinned. I had no idea you were standing in the road blocking my way. If you don’t like what I’m doing, I’ll head back.”

What great lessons we can learn from Balaam, the irritating obstacles and interruptions we experience during our day may just be keeping us safe or from making serious mistakes.

The flat tire that makes us late

The slow driver we can’t seem to get around

The line at the grocery that takes longer than it should

These and many other obstacles and irritations may just be from the Lord for our own protection. So, the next time something does not go as we planned instead of getting upset, or trying to find a way around them first go the Lord in prayer and see if He is the one standing in the way.

Kim has been married for twenty-three years, a minister’s wife for more than twenty years. She has eight children and   has been homeschooling for fifteen years. She would like to say she reads travels and does all kinds of wonderful things in her spare time, but the truth is she spends her spare time doing laundry.

A little linkage…

 Posted by on June 17, 2011  3 Responses »
Jun 172011
 

Here is a little  linkage for a few posts I thought were really good.  I hope you will click over and read them.

I also added a link for the upcoming movie by some friends of ours. I can’t wait for it to come out in theaters.

Motherhood as  a Mission Field - If you are a Christian woman who loves the Lord, the gospel is important to you. It is easy to become discouraged, thinking that the work you are doing does not matter much…

I Am Unalarmed -I am convinced that the reason so many young people abandon the church is that they have seen far more hypocrisy than gospel; they have had their emotions stirred but never their souls. This can be true in churches that are full of programs—the kinds of churches where every youth event is big and loud and exciting. This can be true in churches that are quiet and controlled and which exposit the Bible.

God’s Wisdom, Your Relationships - I encounter people everywhere I go who are discouraged and confused about their relationships. I want you to think about your own relationships and look at them through three perspectives derived from biblical wisdom. These mentalities are essential in creating and sustaining a healthy relational lifestyle.

Courageous- Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Kim has been married for twenty-three years, a minister’s wife for more than twenty years. She has eight children and   has been homeschooling for fifteen years. She would like to say she reads travels and does all kinds of wonderful things in her spare time, but the truth is she spends her spare time doing laundry.

the habit of praying the Word

 Posted by on December 18, 2009  2 Responses »
Dec 182009
 

Praying the Word

Do you feel like God does not hear you when you pray? Are you walking through a season of silence from Him?  I cannot say why He may not be answering. Sometimes the answer that we seek is not for our best, or it is not the right time to receive the answer we long for. Then other times we are living a life of disobedience, knowing that we are acting in a way that would not bring honor to Him. Yet we stomp our foot and demand an answer when we are unwilling ourselves to deal with an area He has asked us to change.

There are times when my five-year-old wants something and I have already asked her several times to do a chore or task for me. Many times I will tell her she may not have the special something until she has done as I have asked. Oh, how she delays what is awaiting her because she would rather stomp her foot and whine, which brings consequences that I would rather not administer. How much more pleasant would it have been if she had just obeyed the first time? The words “slow obedience is no obedience” have been said more times than I can count in our home. Many times I find myself, just like my five year old, wanting something when I am not walking in obedience in a specific area.

If we are walking with God and find no area of rebellion in our lives, then we must walk each day being content with what He has given us for that day and we must continue to pray.  Praying the Word back to God is a wonderful way to learn so much about the One who made us and wants good things for us.

Scripture says the Word does not return void. So, how do we pray the Scripture?  Use a resource like biblegateway.com to look up scripture that applies to where you are in life.  Replace your name in the Scripture and pray it back to God.  Here is an example.

Psalms 43:3 O God, send forth Your light and Your truth to my life; let them bring me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You dwell.

If you are praying for someone else, put their name in the verse and pray it for them.

Here are a few other Scriptures you can use. Remember, put your name or the person you are praying for in the verse.

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2

“Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, Colossians 3:23

Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

“And has He not given you rest on every side?” 1 Chronicles 22:18

Pray Scripture for your children

Desiring the pure milk of the Word that they may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2

Their conduct is without covetousness, and they are content with what they have. Hebrews 13:5

They do not forget to do what is right and to share. Hebrews 13:16

I pray that they grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord 2 Peter 3:18

Scripture for encouragement

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16

“You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you…” Job 22:27

These are just a few I found. There are so many more just waiting for you to find them.

Here are a few quotes and resources that I hope will also help you as they have me over the years.

How often have we prayed something like, “O Lord, be with Cousin Billy now in a special way”? Have we stopped to consider what it is we’re requesting? Imagine that you are a parent who is preparing to leave your children with a babysitter. Would you dream of saying, “O Betsy, I ask you now that you would be with my children in a special way?” No way. You would say, “Betsy, the kids need to be in bed by 9 pm. They can have one snack before their baths, and please make sure they finish their homework. You can reach us at this number if there’s any problem. Any questions before we go?” We are very specific with our requests and instructions for our babysitters. We want them to know specifics. It should be no different with prayer. – David Jeremiah

He who lives without prayer, he who lives with little prayer, he who seldom reads the Word, and he who seldom looks up to heaven for a fresh influence from on high—he will be the man whose heart will become dry and barren. However, he who falls in secret on his God, who spends much time in holy retirement, who delights to meditate on the words of the Most High, and whose soul is given up to Christ—such a man must have an overflowing heart. As his heart is, such will his life be. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Online devotional Lord Teach Us to Pray by Kay Arthur.

Make it a habit to pray.

Nov 202009
 

The summer of  2008 I participated in a bible study which focused on the little gods we allow into our lives.  After this study I began not only to evaluate my own life, but I  also began to re-evaluating things I allow in my home and my childrens lives such as what they view, read, listen and participate. I think there has to be a balance in our lives when doing this. I don’t think my children should be so isolated  that they are ingnorant of the culture  in which they live.

The apostle Paul  had a good understanding of the false gods of his time; he was knowledgeable enough to go toe to toe with those who believed falsely. He was not unaware of their beliefs, but he was also saturated with God’s Word. Many times in our grasp to live a “good life” before God we tend to become out of balance, swinging either too far in one direction or the other.

Finding balance is sometimes a struggle. True balance can only be found in a relationship with God and the study of His Word.

One area I try to be cautious about with our children is to be careful not to make celebrities into idols. Something we felt convicted about early on was that we would not allow posters of celebrities on the walls of our home. To us it seemed the same as carving a graven image and exalting another human above the Lord. I want to make sure my children know more about our Lord than the lives of the current, popular group, star, or sports personality. Once again, balance for me is the key. It is not that they cannot enjoy certain music or personalities, but when they begin to focus on those things, above all else I believe an invisible line perhaps has been crossed.

I know I do the same thing in areas of my own life. It is a constant struggle to identify little gods. I have known many who make good things a god in their life. I have seen many a homeschooler fall into the trap of spending more time pouring over homeschool catalogs than the Word itself. It appears that homeshooling has become a little god in their life. I know I have been there.

There are others who pour their whole self into the raising of their children exalting them to a god status all the while worshiping the created instead of the creator. Jobs, sports, education all good things that can easily become a little god.

Perhaps that is why the first of the big 10 states, “You shall have no other Gods before me.”

I have definitely not arrived in these areas of my life, but I am constantly evaluating to take down the high places.