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Start The Morning

Here we are about to start the month of July already!

If you missed the last blog post you might want to check it out. It includes a free download for calendar pages – July – December 2020

Are you participating in the June and July scripture writing plan?

I hope you will plan to join us for July. Check out the recent blog post for more information including the link to download a copy of the plan.

→→ Scripture Writing Plan

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Lately, I’ve been starting my mornings by opening the blinds of my second-story bedroom window and then stand there looking out toward the sunrise. Praise and thankfulness naturally happen once my gaze is fixed skyward. This is my brief early morning prayer time. Even if it’s only a very few minutes it seems to get my day going in the right direction. Next, I usually have a short time of Bible reading and scripture writing. Then I head downstairs for coffee!

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How about you?

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Please share in the comment section below.

Printables

July – December 2020

Ready or not, Summer is here!

Certainly, none of us know what is around the corner tomorrow or for the remainder of this year but we can choose to put our trust in God and depend on Him to direct our steps each day.

This blog post contains a little gift for you to use for the rest of the year.

Below you will see a link to download a PDF calendar for July – December 2020.

Simply click on the link to download, print, and use these free calendar pages for July – December 2020.

(The pages can also be edited within the PDF and even be used without printing out if you would desire to do that)

Let me know what you think of the calendar pages. I am working on some other printable items to be available soon. What would you like to see available in a printable form? Your feedback and suggestions would be very helpful. Comment below or email me directly– EMAIL

Click on the link below ↓

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Bible

Psalm 119

We are beginning week 3 of scripture writing on the topic of God’s Word.

As you open your Bible to Psalm 119, I hope you will choose to spend plenty of time in this beautiful Psalm. We could have based the entire two month long scripture writing plan on this one Psalm. Please consider writing out more verses from Psalm 119 than what are listed on the plan.

The entire purpose of Psalm 119 is to show the value and greatness of God’s word. It is not only the longest chapter in the book of Psalms but the longest chapter in the entire Bible. Here you will find different words used to refer to God’s word. In the particular translation I am reading (NKJV), I find many different words for God’s word. Here are some of the words.

  • statutes
  • precepts
  • commandments
  • testimonies
  • way

What words do you find for God’s word?

Plan to spend time this week and beyond in this amazing Psalm. Perhaps read it in more than one translation, select some words to do a word study, meditate on the verses and let it guide you in prayer.

The longest chapter in the Bible is proclaiming the greatness of God’s word!

How does that change your perspective on spending time in God’s word and scripture writing.

Open my eyes that I might see wondrous things from Your law.   
~Psalm 119:18
Bible

Pentecost

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   Acts 1:1-8  NKJV

The above portion of Scripture contains the last words Jesus spoke before He returned to heaven. So much is packed into a few precious words.

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In the next chapter of Acts, we read the account of the Holy Spirit’s entrance.

Read Acts 2

It is good to read the account and study the entire book of Acts but are we living it?

We long for Jesus to return.  He is not with us physically at this time but we have the Holy Spirit. We need to stay focused on being witnesses of Jesus. The ability and the power to accomplish this quest is through the Holy Spirit. We have a mission of the highest honor.

As Pentecost approaches this year, spend some prayerful time dwelling on what the Holy Spirit will empower you to do if you are willing. Take Acts 1:8 to heart. Ponder, pray and respond.

Yes, there is much darkness all around us but we have the light! How awful to be keeping it to ourselves instead of sharing.

Let us serve with joy and love.

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Words From Corrie

During this time of Pandemic, the opportunity to attend weekly worship services at church has been taken away. The doors are closed and parking lots empty. As the weeks roll by many are discovering different ways to worship other than in a group setting. The online options are abundant and ever-growing.

The choice of gathering with others has been removed. The option of being with Jesus has not. Some are hearing Jesus knocking now who were not even noticing before.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”     – Revelation 3:20

I pray that you are among those who are now finding an increased interest in developing your own personal relationship with Jesus.


Consider these words from Corrie ten Boom today. Here is an excerpt from her daily devotional book “Each New Day”

We must not be too dependent on meetings.

You and I are what we are when we are alone.

Find your satisfaction in Jesus Christ.

Talk with Him, listen to Him, look at Him.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  – Philippians 4:13

Lord, make me independent of conditions. I thank You that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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Christian Pandemic Response

What is the proper response to the Coronavirus?

Some things are common sense like protecting ourselves and others by following the suggested hygiene practices and social distancing.

But what is our response beyond these actions?


First of all, Christians should not be overcome by fear and panic.

_The Christian need not dread sickness, for he has nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by death._

It’s helpful to look to history for guidance.

Read this short excerpt from Martin Luther’s clear simple response to the bubonic plague in 1527.

We die at our posts. Christian doctors cannot abandon their hospitals, Christian governors cannot flee their districts, Christian pastors cannot abandon their congregations. The plague does not dissolve our duties: It turns them to crosses, on which we must be prepared to die.


Please read one more portion of Luther’s writing for a great balanced view. This is a handy guide to refer to during these days of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shal

Please don’t let this unusual time come and go without squeezing the good from it. Ask God to open your eyes to what He wants you to see. Know that Jesus is constantly with you. You may be isolated from others but not from Him.

I hope you are finding more time to be with Jesus and read His Word. Have you been spending more time in prayer? Are you unsure of how to pray? Pray by simply expressing your honest thoughts and feelings. Ask questions and then expect God to answer you in some way. I have found a very simple prayer from the Old Testament to be perfect for this time.

We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.  – 2 Chronicles 20:12

Your comments are always welcome

 

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Daily Meeting

Are you spending some time alone with God each morning? If not, do you make time in the evening or some other time each day?

This post is especially for those who say they don’t have time to meet with God each day.

Surely you will agree that nothing on your agenda could be more important than time with God.

Perhaps you’ve experienced a great struggle to make it happen. Does it seem there are endless interruptions to your plan to have a quiet time with the Lord?

Sometimes expressing something in a different way is very enlightening. So I’m going to list a few different ways to say there isn’t time for meeting with God each day

  • I have more important things to do than spend time with God
  • I’m fully capable and ready to plunge into my day without consulting with the Lord
  • Jesus will have to wait
  • I’ll take the time to meet with God when I’ve done everything else I need/want to do

What do you think about those statements? If you are a follower of Jesus, I know you don’t agree with any of them. However, wouldn’t it be more truthful to say something from the statements above than to claim there isn’t enough time to meet with God?

The undeniable truth is that you will find a way to do what you truly want to do!

When meeting with God each day becomes your top priority you will find a way to make it happen.


What if you lack the desire to devote time to meeting with God? If this is the case, consider asking God to give you the desire to spend time with Him. You may soon be surprised by how quickly your desire can grow.


The next step for most people is simply setting your alarm clock for an earlier time.

NOTE: If you are not accustomed to spending any time with God at the start of your day, you should begin with a little time and add more as you go along. It is better to increase the time gradually than struggle with unreasonable expectations and end up quitting the habit before it can be established.

Day by day you will be investing your time in the best way!

You may want to check out Design Your Daily Quiet Time

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Bible study

Purpose of Bible Study

Before reading this post please take a brief pause to ask yourself one simple but extremely important question:

  • Why do I want to study the Bible?

Why is such a powerful question!

It clears the confusion and brings the truth into focus.

Bible study for me is an activity with one constant goal that doesn’t change regardless of the method used for the study. My why is to know Jesus. I don’t just want to learn and understand about Him but truly actually KNOW JESUS!


(The following is from a post I wrote 2 years ago)

As we enter the season of Fall many of us are excited to be starting new Bible studies!

So, let’s stop and think for a moment about our motivation.

What is the purpose of Bible study?

Choosing to study the Bible is obviously a wise use of your time. You might describe this activity as having eternal value and it’s worth truly priceless.

However, we must always keep in mind the true purpose of studying the scriptures. For those of us who enjoy the process of study, there is the danger of becoming consumed with the study itself. Take a look at what Jesus said in John 5:39-40.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.                -John 5:39-40      

You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me! And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.       John 5:39-40 AMPC

Why do you study the Bible?

This is an important question to ask yourself.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.   – John 17:3 NKJV

And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.   -John 17:3 AMPC

This is eternal life:
that they may know You, the only true God,
and the One You have sent – Jesus Christ.   -John 17:3 HCSB

Surround your Bible study time with prayer and make sure your motive is all about Jesus!

Surround your Bible study time with prayer and make sure your motive is all about Jesus!
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Love to know your thoughts about the purpose of Bible study.

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Disturb Us

 We often want to put out the “do not disturb” sign on our door life. It can be so nice to simply have time alone and not be bothered.

When you become a Christian, you willingly give up your own rights and serve King Jesus. Being a real Christian means living a life of surrender no longer self-focused but Jesus focused. See a recent post  Consider the Cost

Often we need to be disturbed in a way that helps us to grow and flourish spiritually.


The author of the following poem/prayer is unknown. See more about it – Discerning History

Disturb Us, Lord

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.


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Corrie ten Boom

Tapestry

Have you ever found yourself confused and questioning God’s plan for your life? Certainly, God’s ways are often mysterious.

When Corrie ten Boom spoke to audiences, she would often hold up a piece of embroidery with hundreds of tangled threads hanging from it. Many wondered if she was holding up the wrong side by mistake.

As she held up the messy side of the embroidery she would ask “Does God always grant us what we ask for in prayers? Not always. Sometimes He says ‘No’. That is because God knows what we do not know. Look at this piece of embroidery. The wrong side is chaos. But look at the beautiful picture on the other side- the right side.” Then she would flip the cloth over and reveal an elaborately embroidered crown- symbolizing our crown of eternal life. The crown was intricately stitched and had threads of many colors, including gold, silver, and pearls.

“We see now the wrong side; God sees His side all the time. One day we shall see the embroidery from His side, and thank Him for every answered and unanswered prayer.”

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This mysterious tapestry of your life is an intricate combination of events, each added at just the right time and in the right order. You can’t see the pattern but you can trust God to complete the design.


The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lordendures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands. 

 – Psalm 138:8  NKJV

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

-Philippians 1:6  AMPC


Corrie ten Boom often shared the following poem.

The author is unknown. The poem is titled The Tapestry of My Life or The Weaving

My Life is but a weaving between my Lord and me; I cannot choose the colors He worketh steadily. Oft times He weaveth sorrow And

Visit the Corrie ten Boom page to learn about her amazing life of faith.