Faith, prayer, Summer of Prayer Series

Soliloquy

“If you know God’s hidden companionship, your prayer will become a conversation instead of a soliloquy.”    – Corrie ten Boom
Soliloquy is an unfamiliar word that stands out in the above quote. Let’s take a look at the definition to fully understand the point that Corrie ten Boom intended to make.
Soliloquy is a device often used in drama when a character speaks to him or herself relating thoughts and feelings thereby also sharing them with the audience giving off the illusion of being a series of unspoken reflections.
If other characters are present they keep silent and/or are disregarded by the speaker.

Watch the first 45 seconds of this video → Soliloquy 


Andrew Murray also used the word soliloquy when writing on the subject of prayer.

One reason why the discipline of prayer is not attractive is that people do not know how to pray. Their stock of words is soon exhausted, and they do not know what else to say. This happens because they forget that prayer is not a soliloquy where everything comes from one side, but it is a dialogue where God’s child listens to what the Father says, replies to it, and then asks for the things he needs.

Then he gave a suggestion to those who encounter this problem.

Read a few verses from the Bible. Do not concern yourself with the difficult parts in them; you can consider these later. Take what you understand, apply it to yourself, and ask the Father to make His Word light and power in your heart. Thus you will have material enough for prayer from the Word which the Father speaks to you. You will also have the liberty to ask for things you need.

Keep on in this way, and prayer will become at length, not a place where you sigh and struggle, but a place of living fellowship with the Father in heaven. Prayful study of the Bible is indispensable for powerful prayer. The Word prayerfully read and cherished in the heart by faith will, through the Spirit, be both light and life within us.

– Andrew Murray

I challenge you to slowly read the Corrie ten Boom quote again.

Think about it and perhaps ask yourself some questions.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below 

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Bible, Faith, Goals

Simple

Do you feel overwhelmed with   (fill in the blank)  

  • too much information
  • too many choices
  • too much stuff

I could keep adding to the list but I’m sure you get the idea of what I’m talking about. We seem to be drowning in too much everything! It is the cause of a huge amount of the stress people have come to accept as normal.

Recently this overload has been recognized as the cause of terrible stress, resulting in poor physical and mental health. One of the biggest problems is the overload of social media. Are smartphones really a smart idea?

Great that the problem has been identified. Next comes the challenge of what to do about it. It is pretty easy to find some help today. There are books, articles, videos, even entire websites devoted to returning to a simpler lifestyle. You will easily find much on the subject of living better with less, minimalism, and many practical tips to make much-needed changes.


However, I do not think we have explored the problem from the Christian perspective. Many of us are living with an overload in areas like Bible study, prayer, Church activities… There is a constant flood of information, too many choices, and excessive social media options available to the believer today! The availability of all things “Christian” sounds good, but is it all too much? I think so. What do you think? The explosion of instantly available materials, social media and more in the Christian world has contributed to our loss of focus. We begin to drift from the simple basics of our faith.


Here’s what I asked on Facebook this week ↓

Question:
What comes to mind when you think of the word SIMPLE? 

I was writing this post and wondered if SIMPLE was the right word to use. After reading comments that people shared I feel encouraged. I think I’m starting to hear the rumbling of a move toward returning to the simple basics of the Christian life! 🙂


First, let’s define simple

1. easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.

2. not elaborate or artificial; plain:

3. not ornate or luxurious; unadorned:

4. unaffected; unassuming; modest: a simple manner.

5. not complicated: a simple design.
6. not complex or compound; single.

7. occurring or considered alone; mere; bare: the simple truth; a simple fact.

 (Go to Dictionary.com-simple to find more on the definition of simple)
Looking at definitions causes me to wonder why simple has been so undervalued. It seems that it should be especially desirable for followers of Jesus.


 Let’s take a look at a portion of scripture that might be helpful in understanding how we go off track.

Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed.  “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”

 The manna looked like small coriander seeds, and it was pale yellow like gum resin.  The people would go out and gather it from the ground. They made flour by grinding it with hand mills or pounding it in mortars. Then they boiled it in a pot and made it into flat cakes. These cakes tasted like pastries baked with olive oil.  The manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night.

Numbers 11:4-9  NLT

 How could it be that God’s provision of daily bread from heaven was not satisfying to the people? Manna was not good enough? These verses seem to indicate an influence from other people and a looking back at the world they left behind. God set these people apart but instead of praising God for His care they craved something more… Simple manna didn’t seem like enough.
Today there is a call from the world to join in a quest for the latest new thing. The push is for constant updating. The result of this influence causes us to think we need to read the latest book, use the newest prayer model, follow the latest Christian social media, join multiple Bible studies… Meanwhile, maybe you never got around to just sitting down with Jesus and reading His word for you today.
Sometimes what we need is to let some things go and cling to what truly matters. Is Jesus enough for you_
In 2 Corinthians 11:3 Paul warned against drifting from the simplicity that is in Christ.
God’s word is never outdated.
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The Holy Spirit has a training course that is perfectly designed for you!
We have the written word = Bible

                         Living Word = Jesus

Jesus said

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30  J.B. Phillips New Testament


Let’s listen to someone who never seemed to forget the power of the simple basics.

Click on one of the links below to watch ↓
Apparently, some are now debating if Billy Graham’s theology was too simpleWhat do you think? Who wants to join me in a return to the simple basics?
Please comment below ♥
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Bible, Faith, Jesus

He Lives!

He Lives!

Jesus is Victor

Now and Forever

King of kings

Lord of lords

Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.   – Mark 16:6

He lives!

Who is He to you?

Watch this short, powerful clip from Priscilla Shirer as she appeared in the Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed A Study of David.


Matt Maher – Because He Lives

Let our song join the one that never ends! 

AMEN

Bible, Faith, prayer

Steps to Victory

What do you do when trouble knocks on your door?

There is no doubt that difficulties will come into your life.

What is important is how you choose to respond.

Would you like to be prepared in advance?

Please read the following chapter from 2 Chronicles for a great plan.

2 Chronicles 20

This chapter contains a powerful formula, that if followed today, will produce the same results that it did for Jehoshaphat, so long ago. This chapter shows us the steps to conquer problems, and enable us to live in victory with joy!

Note: To respond as Jehoshaphat did, we need to be choosing to spend time alone with God on a daily basis. Walking and talking with the King needs to be our way of life.

Follow Jehoshaphat’s steps to victory

  1. Seek the Lord.  (prayer and fasting)   verse 3
  2. Stand on the Word of God. Hold onto the promises and remember what God has done before.   verses 6-9
  3. Give the whole problem to God. Depending on Him completely. (submitting to God’s will, trusting in the Lord)   verses 10-13
  4.  Listen to God. Respond to His instructions.   verses 15-20
  5. Praise the Lord. (while people are praising, God is moving)  verses 21-22
  6. See what God has done. Rejoice!  verses 26-28
  7. The power of God becomes known by others.  verse 29

These are steps that I found while studying the chapter. I remind myself of them when difficulties come my way. I pray that you will find it helpful also. I am very certain that you will discover more treasure in the chapter if you study and pray to see. Please take a moment to comment below. I would love to read what God shows you.

Blessings,

Lynn 🙂

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Book Reviews, books, Faith

Fall Reading

I have just finished reading Lynn Austin’s new book “Waves of Mercy”.  I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers. I’m thrilled to be on the launch team for “Waves of Mercy”. Released on October 4th this book immediately became #1 on Christianbook and Amazon in the category of Christian Historical Fiction.

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The book is set in Holland Michigan in the year 1897, as the town is preparing to celebrate it’s 50 year anniversary. Geesje begins writing a memoir of her experience emigrating from the Netherlands to Michigan. At the same time, a young woman from Chicago is seeking direction in her life after a broken engagement. The stories of these two very different women are woven together with masterful skill.

Captured from the first chapter, I gobbled the pages during every spare moment and hated putting the book down. Lynn Austin is a gifted writer who does extensive research to ensure historical accuracy. It was great to learn about the Dutch immigrants who came seeking religious freedom. “Waves of Mercy” is bursting with rich wisdom and inspiration for real life.

If you enjoy reading Christian Historical Fiction, you will like this book. My only caution is that you may want to keep tissues within reach.

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Learn more about Lynn Austin

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Do you want Lynn Austin to make “Waves of Mercy” into a series?

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Find “Waves of Mercy” at your local bookstore or order online.

Available in Hardcover, Paperback, e-Book and Audio formats.

 

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Bible, Corrie ten Boom, Faith, prayer

One Way Door

Corrie ten Boom spoke to many groups of people all over the world. Sometimes she visited and shared her story in prisons. She made a video especially for prisoners. Even if you are not living in a prison building, you may find that you are a prisoner. She had this in mind as she spoke on the video. Do you feel trapped in your life today?  Do you feel like things can never change? Perhaps you are just discouraged and tired. Do you long to be free from whatever is holding you down? There is a way to be free.

The video is in 3 parts below. Each segment is about 10 minutes long.

The first 3 1/2 minutes is a great introduction showing scenes from “The Hiding Place” movie. Some of Corrie’s best illustrations are in this video. She was 85 years old when “One Way Door” was made.

I would suggest that you get comfortable with a glass of ice tea. Have paper & pen handy in case you want to take some notes. Sit back and enjoy this time with Corrie. If you are not familiar with Corrie and her amazing life, this is a perfect way to meet her.

Corrie ten Boom – One Way Door

 

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.    Matthew 11:28-30 

Jesus is the answer 

Thanks for watching Corrie ten Boom’s “One Way Door”

I pray that Jesus is speaking to your heart and you experience the new life that only He can give you.

Blessings,

Lynn

Be sure to visit the Corrie ten Boom page

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Bible, Corrie ten Boom, Faith

Mentor

What is a mentor?

  • a wise and trusted counselor or teacher
  • a person who trains and guides someone
  • an experienced and trusted adviser

A good Christian mentor will always be directing your focus to Jesus. They will live out what they teach. Their guidance will be Bible-based.

It was at the very start of my faith journey that I found Corrie ten Boom.  I got to know Corrie while reading her book “The Hiding Place.” Many years have passed since she became a mentor to me through her writings. I’ve received a wealth of practical guidance for my life.  Today I continue to be richly blessed because I’m able to access so much of what she shared through her books and video recordings.

Corrie was a living example of

  • the life of faith
  • true forgiveness
  • how to help others
  • prayer
  • humility
“God takes our sins – the past, present, and future, and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says NO FISHING ALLOWED.”
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”
“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.”  ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom said faith is a    Adobe Spark (5)

Fantastic

Adventure

In

Trusting

Him

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I have a page on this website just about Corrie ten Boom including quotes, videos, audio and general information.

To go to Corrie’s page

click here  Corrie ten Boom  and enjoy.

This is a perfect time to become acquainted with Corrie ten Boom. The 35th Anniversary paperback Edition of The Hiding Place is available right now for 50% off the regular price.

Great time to buy for yourself or share with someone else.

Click on the link below ↓

The Hiding Place

Would you like to share about someone who has been a mentor to you?

Please leave a comment below.

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Corrie ten Boom  (1892 – 1983)

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Bible, Faith

Faith Quest

Are you on a quest for more faith?

A quest for faith often involves searching, studying and prayer to find the faith supply that seems hidden. The truth is that this is not necessary. It is like someone leaving their home and going on a journey in search of a treasure that is waiting back at home. The answer to the faith quest is simply this      ~  God’s Word 

“I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.”       ~Dwight L. Moody

Romans 10:17

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 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  – KJV

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.    – NKJV

 (Belief you see, can only come from hearing the message, and the message is the word of Christ.)      – J.B. Phillips 

 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.    -NASB

 So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).  -AMPC

So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.   -AMP

This verse is certainly telling us that the Bible is all we need to acquire more faith. If you look at this verse in different versions it becomes more noticeable that the particular part of God’s word that is needed is the gospels. It is clear that the words of Jesus are the key.

Let’s take a look at what happened in John 4:4 -30 and John 4:39-43  This is the portion of scripture about the Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus. However for the purpose of our topic today, I want to focus on the group of people that hear about Jesus through the Samaritan woman.

Jesus talked to the Samaritan woman and she then shared with others. John 4:39 tells us that the people believed in Jesus because of hearing what the woman said. Those people then invited Jesus to stay with them and He did. It would be great if you could get your Bible out and read this portion of scripture now, but in case that isn’t possible, I have included it below in a couple of versions.

 From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed because of His word;  and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” After the two days He went forth from there into Galilee.  -John 4:39-43 NASB

 Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked Him to remain with them; and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed in Him [with a deep, abiding trust] because of His word [His personal message to them];  and they told the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; for [now] we have heard Him for ourselves and know [with confident assurance] that this One is truly the Savior of [all] the world.” After the two days He went on from there into Galilee.  – John 4:39-43  AMP

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We don’t believe any longer now because of what you said. We have heard him with our own ears. We know now that this must be the man who will save the world!                                            John 4:42 J.B. Phillips

The people believe after hearing the words of Jesus from the Samaritan woman. So this is an example of faith coming by hearing the word of God as Romans 10:17 says. But we also clearly see that another level of faith is reached when these people have their very own personal encounter with Jesus and hear Him for themselves.

Compare the Samaritan’s experience with your own faith experience. When you first believed you had faith to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Later you moved to another level of faith after spending time with Jesus. I hope that you have come to know Jesus personally, yourself and not just second hand through other people’s testimonies. I pray that all who read this will have the desire to get to know the Lord Jesus Christ. The Samaritans had two special days with Jesus. We can have every day with Jesus. Open the Bible to hear Him speak to you ♥

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