Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your COMPLETION of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Oh how magnificent is our God that He can hear all of us talking to Him at the same time and understand. How compassionate that He would take the time to listen. How humbling to know that He wants to hear us.
He wants to hear you. I want to encourage you to call on Him this week. Not just daily but moment-by-moment. Please Him.
But I also want to caution you with your words. What words will He hear from you this week? Our words can give life, our words can also kill. We have all been on both ends of that haven't we?
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14
As I sit here now in silence, I wonder if God ever has times of silence. Does He ever crave it like we do? Does He ever need it?
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. ~ Rev 8:1
There will be silence...but for now, may your voice be heard, may your words please Him.
Friday, February 20, 2009
May your adventures this weekend reflect being "in Him"!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This will always be a favorite verse of mine. I received it at the She Speaks conference last summer after praying at the cross. It marks a milestone in my life: no more living in who I was from my past, but living in who I was in Christ, present tense-Secure in Him.
How is it that we can know that we can live securely in Him? Because we are His BELOVED.
"BELOVED" is defined as "greatly loved; dear to the heart."* YOU are greatly loved and dear to our Saviors heart. Rest in that today. Take time to praise Him for this perfect gift-His love. No matter where we are in life, no matter what we have done (good or bad), no matter the attitude of our heart, He loves us (present tense). Notice I didn't say He loved us (past tense). We are His BELOVED.
For more verses to ponder with "ABC's of the Word" go here!
His BELOVED Maidservant~Pamela
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Ahhh...those things that stir our heart, that motivate us, drive us, excite us!! I have outgrown my fascination with Starsky and Hutch (thank God) and my passions have turned to other things. More healthy things. More spiritual things. So how do I show it?
My passion is my faith, my God. I have crosses spread throughout my house. They represent His grace that I know so well. I have framed scripture on my walls, it is my favorite book. Our bookshelves are lined with Christian books and two praying angel figurines are on the mantel above the fireplace...but is that enough?
No. It is how He is reflected in me and through me. It is how I live my life. Do I listen to Him? Do I hear see Him? Do I show Him to others?
20 "Do not be afraid," Samuel replied. "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.
So I had to think tonight about this American Idol show-I am caught up in its energy. What if there was a show like this one that is all about God? How can all that energy be put into a show about our relationship about God? Maybe a show that has it's contestants trying to out beat the other with what God has done in their life? What would that show look like? Would millions watch it, call in and vote for Gods goodness? Would thousands try to get onto it? What would the judges look like-be like?
Who should American's idol be?
Humm....so what are your thoughts?
Energize for God!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This card is now on my bulletin board in my office at the college and I was again drawn to it after reading a comment from a fellow blogger (forgive me I forget where) last week referencing Beth Moore from her Bible study group. She quoted Beth with this statement:
Both this poem and statement is like a fine piece of chocolate wouldn't you say? I feel someone out there needs to read these words this week. Savor it. Indulge in it's thoughts. Let it carry you into this new week!
This week the verse I am praying for all you blogger friends is from Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT)...
but for more insight, read it in The Message version:
I pray Lord, for each of my friends in this blog ministry Lord. I pray that she will press on in her testimony of grace. I pray she will be free of any strongholds that are preventing her from the purity of Your presences in her day. I pray my friend (your name) will be focused on You Jesus in this week. I pray most of all she will be You to others, especially those who do not know You personally. I pray that no matter what my sweet blogger friends have endured or are about to endure this week, that you Lord, will be their strength, that you will carry them when they need to be carried, hold them when they need comforted, and walk or run beside them in this race of life! I pray that each friend fulfills Your purpose and plans in this week. Bless my blogger friends Lord. Amen.
Have a sweet week!! Be blessed!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
You know the story of Jesus in the temple when He showed His righteous anger at what had been occurring in His Father's house-right? You find the story in John 2. In reviewing it I paused to reflect on our own churches. How many out there fit the "cookie-cutter-model"? You know...the same kind of congregation, maybe with the same required dress code, maybe even very similar types of worship styles to the same God on Sunday mornings but with a people so very different or should I say indifferent to each other? Judgemental? Legalistic? Maybe even controlling?
If Jesus walked into your church today...what would He see? What would He hear? What would He experience?
Mark Batterson in his book "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy day" encourages Christians to live more foolishly and with a child-like faith. Has your "caution-alert" siren just gone off? Hang in there with me...
Sometimes being "foolish" in the worlds eyes is just the opposite in God's. Look at David when he danced over the return of the Ark of the Covenant to it's rightful place. His wife found him to be foolish, God called him a man after His own heart. What about Noah and that ark? People laughed at him and called him crazy-they later drowned. Or Sarah pregnant in her 90's? Imagine the talk. What about the wise men following a star, or a man hanging on a cross for the sin of others? All things the world would see as foolish but God sees as faith. "A childlike faith that believes in limitless possibilities" as pen by pastor Batterson. That's the kind of faith I want.
I know you have read and heard John 2:16&17 multiples times but read it in the New Living Translation:
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
Yes. Powerful, deep words. For you see, God's house is not limited to the building we call church. God's house is each and every believer. We each represent a brick that builds His house. We each are vital to His kingdom work. We may claim a different faith denomination but we claim the same God. We may serve in different capacities but we are laborers for the completion of His house.
Do you want to see this project complete? I do and the only way it is going to happen is if we allow a passion for God's house to consume us. Then we follow His lead in His kingdom work. Serve. Minister. Introduce Jesus to others. Live foolishly out of a compassion for the one who hung on that cross and has given you more grace and mercy then you deserve.
Be passionate for God's house friend-foolishly passionate.
I wrote this post last weekend and have been mauling over it all week. Then later in the week I came across a similar topic to what God laid on my heart here at "At the Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2". I encourage you to go visit if you have not been there already.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
So I pray. There is somehow peace when I pray... is that so like our Lord?
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. ~ Psalm 141:2
So I continue to pray. What else am I to do?
Sunday, February 1, 2009
As I sit and try to reflect back on last week and where I saw God I feel blinded. My mind does not allow me to remember well. I know I missed God in some things. Our pastor is encouraging us to stop every hour we are awake to reflect on God and thank Him or Praise Him. It really should not be too much to ask of us considering all God has done for us. Right?
So what might we encounter as we walk through this door into a new week? What adventure awaits us? Is satan on the other side of this door waiting to attack? Have you prepared your heart and mind for that? What is God calling you to do for Him in this new week? How might you grow your faith and lose a little more of the unwanted things in your life?
This week I want to challenge you to continue to look for those God-ordained moments. May you be encouraged in this by John 15: 16&17 (NIV):
God chose you. He picked you for His team. Now play to win this week! Produce fruit-take on the challenge God has set before you to demonstrate Him in your life. Live out your faith in love, not just for your answered prayers but so that you can honor Christ with your life. I challenge you to remember God every hour!
I'm saying it again-this week make your faith active. Act justly (honestly, fairly). Show a little mercy (compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender), and walk humbly (marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful).
How appropriate that with these thoughts ahead of me for this week, I find my my chosen memory scripture in next Sunday's scripture for our adult Sunday school class....
But it's the Message version that really speaks volumes:
I will pray this scripture not only for my life this week but for yours also-that you will remember God each hour and live your faith!!