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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beauty for Ashes

Isaiah 61 : 1 - 3
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
1The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,a
2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor. 

I know that you, like me, have ashes in your life. The areas or situations that need to be restored, redeemed. The areas that need the touch of the Master's hand.
I ran across this verse tongiht. 
Often God will give me a verse to lift my heart when I am burdened for one of those areas that need His redemption. Not long ago, it was the Book of Daniel. What an awesome God we serve!
He gave me this tonight and I just wanted to share it with you. 
God is so good.
He IS our Redeemer!
Praise Him with me!

You know the areas of my life that are weighing my heart down. Thank You that You are God. Thank You that You have the power to bring beauty from ashes! Please do that in those areas of my life and in the life of my family. You have proven that You are faithful. Thank You for helping my heart to remember!
I love You, Lord!

Revive Your Marriage

For the month of September, I am participating in a Revive Your Marriage Series. Throughout the month, there will be one thing to pray for in your marriage on a weekly basis.

For the first week, the challenge is to Revive Your Prayers for your Husband. The basis of this challenge is James 5:17. The verse says, "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."(KJV)

In the book by Stormie OMartian - The Power of a Praying Wife, she gives several examples of how we can pray for our husbands. Be sure and ask your husband if he has any special requests and include those. Here are a few others to include:

    • His Wife -that’s a good place to start right? lol!
    • His Work
    • His Finances
    • His Affections
    • His Temptations
    • His Fears
    • His Purpose
    • His Health
    • His Trials
    • His Integrity
    • His Priorities
    • His Fatherhood
    • His Past
    • His Attitude

One of my favorite verses on prayer is Philippians 4: 6 -7, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. "

You can participate too! I can't get this button to go to the correct date on the blog, but there is a link on the side of the blog where recent posts are listed. Or you may copy and paste the link below the button.

Rubber Meets the Road

I have been thinking of raising money for missions. I need to stop thinking and start doing. I found a couple of deserving organizations on this blog post by Ashlee B Lucas.  If you are looking for a way to serve God where you are or somewhere to go, this may be for you.

Restoration Hope-Whatever…Whenever….Just do it!!!

Do you know anyone who said Yes to God before they got the question? Would you be willing to do that?
Yes God! Whatever? Whenever?
I do…Jason and Brandy Hester! Restoration Hope!
One of the values we hold dear at Restoration Hope is that we only work through strong South African organizations with whom we share a common vision and passion. We are honored to serve alongside our two primary partners, Tabitha and iThemba.
TABITHA MINISTRIES Tabitha Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization providing care for people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. Based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, they care for adults and children in the community with a major focus on “child-headed households.” Tabitha also operates an orphanage and school focused on caring for, ministering to and develop the next generation of leaders.
iTHEMBA PROJECTS iThemba exists to serve the people of Mpumuza and to give them a hope for the future through education, empowerment and new skills. They are particularly passionate about the new generation — the children and youth.
Their passion extends into two areas — the moral fibre of the youth and their education. They believe that if a new generation of men and women can step into adulthood with a high level of education and strong moral convictions, the community of Mpumuza will experience a new hope for a much brighter future.
What does God say about orphans and our responsibility?
Blog by Tim Davis:
  1. God calls Himself the Father of the  fatherless.
·        Psalm 68:5, “A father of the fatherless and a  judge for the widows, is God in His holy  habitation.”

  1. God considers spiritual service the  purest when His people are taking care of orphans.  (and)  A religion that does not care for orphans is no  religion at all.
·        James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father  accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their  distress.”

  1. God’s people are commanded to care for  orphans.  To see an orphan afflicted, and to turn a deaf ear,  is sin, even rebellion.
·        Exodus 22:22, “You shall not afflict any widow or  orphan.”
·        Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove  the ruthless, Defend the orphan, plead for the  widow.”
·        Isaiah 1:23, “Your rulers are rebellious, and  companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes, and follows after  rewards.  They do not defend the  fatherless.”

  1. We can be the hands and love of Christ  Himself by providing practical care.
·        Deuteronomy 10:18, “He executes justice for the  orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and  clothing.”
·        Psalm 10:14, “But You, O God, do see trouble and  grief; you consider it to take it in hand.  The victim commits  himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.”
·        Matthew 18:5, “Whoever receives a child in My name,  receives Me.”
·        Matthew 25: 45, “Truly I say to you, to the  extent that you did it to one of the least of these, you did it unto  Me.”

  1. Orphans are to be taken care of with  the same honor and provision as a Pastor or Priest.
·        Deuteronomy 14:28-30, “The Levite (priest),  because he has not portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan  and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in  order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which  you do.”

  1. A portion of all that we possess is  sacred and belongs to the orphan.
·        Deuteronomy 26:12-14, “You shall say before the  Lord your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have  given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all  Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or  forgotten any of Your commandments.”
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I am not sure what God is calling you to do. It could be to go. It could be to give. It could be a different ministry.It could be to adopt or foster a child. It could be you don’t know you have never asked.
Say yes to God!!! Whatever it is…One person can make a difference!!!!

Number Our Days

Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

I struggle.
There is so much to do that I want to bury my head in freestyle on the computer.
Freestyle is so easy to organize. I can almost always win.
And I don't feel like I am winning when it seems that as soon as I get something done, it is undone.

Do you struggle with that?

If I do the dishes and clean the kitchen, it will be undone by the time we eat our next meal.
If I pick up the den and sweep the floor, the baby will eat, and she's a messy eater, and  the floor need to be cleaned again. 
If I do the laundry, we wear the clothes and they are dirty again.
I know that I am preventing another layer of messy by continuing in the the struggle for order, but I never seem to get there.

Nonetheless, freestyle is not a wise use of my time.
I want every hour to count.

Matthew 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."

I want to be a laborer in His harvest. If I am wasting my time, who is perishing because I didn't use my time wisely and labor in the harvest?

Many are perishing! So many!

Oh Lord, burden our hearts for the lost! Teach us to labor fruitfully in Your harvest and lead others to You!
Let us be mindful of every hour that we could use laboring in Your harvest! Let us love each of these perishing ones as You do.

Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your mercy and patience. Thank You for the opportunity to work as Your laborer in Your harvest. Help me to see the opportunities that are before me and take advantage of those. Give me the opportunity to do Your work.
I love You so, Lord.
In Jesus Name,