30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; COURAGE, DAY 28

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; courage!

Welcome to day 28!

I am so excited about today’s topic, COURAGE…….

As we are nearing the end of our journey, I want to encourage us all to be courageous, especially for Jesus! Over the last few weeks you have received lots of my thoughts, but today want to share a fresh perspective! 

This is so good I had to pass it on to you! These thoughts and the Lion-Chaser’s Manifesto are not my own. They come from Mark Batterson, author of In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. You can learn more about him, his work, and books here! Another great read!

COURAGEOUSLY CHASING LIONS

His thought comes from 2 Samuel 23:20-23. Benaniah’s life is summed up in three scriptures. These three scriptures tell us enough to know that He was courageous. He didn’t run, but chased a Lion!

I love the idea of chasing lions, because it’s scary, a bit crazy, and for sure uncomfortable. I think it is safe to say, chasing lions is way out of all our comfort zones. Right? However, as I look back on my life, some of my biggest regrets are the things I ran from because I didn’t have enough courage. This story and Batterson’s thoughts on chasing Lions really spoke to me, which is why I am sharing it with you! 

A bit from his book, GUTSINESS AND GODLINESS

This may not sound very academic, but I believe that one of the most under-appreciated dimensions of spiritual maturity is good old-fashioned guts. Gutsiness, which manifests in different ways, is a big part of following Christ. It’s challenging the status quo. Daring to be different. Refusing to play things safe. Think about it: no one was more gutsy than Jesus. He wasn’t afraid of offending powerful religious leaders. He defied social mores by reaching out to touch lepers-some of society’s  most reviled outcasts-and restored their dignity. Unconcerned about His reputation, He boldly befriended and defended prostitutes, tax collectors, and outsiders who came to Him looking for a new life.

 

It takes courage to step out in faith. It take courage to say YES to Jesus. The things He places on our hearts and calls us to do are not always easy. Not always comfortable. They require trust. They require great courage!

A Lion-Chaser’s MANIFESTO, by Mark Batterson.

  1. I WILL quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
  2. I WILL quit focusing on self-preservation and be willing to take risks.
  3. I WILL quit trying to be who I’m not and start being myself.
  4. I WILL quit holding out or holding back.
  5. I WILL quit running away.
  6. I WILL burn new bridges and blaze new trails.
  7. I WILL NOT let what’s wrong with me keep me from worshiping what’s right about God.
  8. I WILL go after the dream He’s given me that’s “God-sized” enough to fail without Him.
  9. I WILL stop complaining and find creative ways to become part of the solution.
  10. I WILL step out of my comfort zone and value every experience-even the difficult ones.
  11. I WILL worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.
  12. I WILL follow Him wherever He leads me.

AMAZINGNESS, RIGHT!

Dear friends together let’s live bold lives for ourselves, those closest to us, & mostly for our Savior, Jesus Christ! 

Thinking of you all & praying that God would not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind! 

xoxoxoxo

Missy

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; PURSUIT, DAY 27

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; pursuit.

Welcome to day 27!

Yesterday we talked about blessing. Jesus blesses us, we bless others, and the blessing comes back. Our hope is that as we bless others, they get a glimpse of Christ’s goodness,  and enter into a deeper relationship with Him. As they become changed the blessing flows out, and God’s blessing never stops!

We get to be part of the growth, God’s eternal plan for man! How exciting! It’s the greatest work that can be done, and the main reason we are here on this earth!

Today I want to talk about…..

Pursuit……

I want to look at blessing in the light of God’s pursuit for us! We are blessed because He pursues us. We pursue others because He first pursued us. Lastly, let’s look at who Christ loved (pursued), and who He desire us to love!

Verse of the day!

Luke 15:4

 

My thoughts today come from Luke chapter 15: 1-10. This is so good! I encourage to read it!

If you were the only one standing on earth, Christ would have died for you! Jesus doesn’t pursue us because we do everything right. He doesn’t seek after us because we have properly repented from our sins and we recognize that we need Him (although that is a vital part of our relationship with Him). Rather, He searches for me and you because we are His. He loves us, and wants us to live forever with Him. 

We are the lost sheep, each one of us. It doesn’t matter how battered or torn we are. It doesn’t matter what we have done. He still seeks us out, just as the shepherd looks for the lost sheep!

We do not repent in order that God may love us, but He reveals to us His love in order that we might repent. (Steps to Christ, pg. 188)

Christ looks for us; beckons us to Him when are broken, ugly, and lost. He brings us back to the fold. Then He restores us. As He changes us, who does He ask us to search for? The lost, and the broken, just like you and me. 

It’s easy to go to church every week and listen to great message. It’s easy to encourage and be there for those that we invite into our lives because we enjoy them. 

But as I look at Christ’s life here on earth, I see a common theme. He constantly disadvantaged Himself for the advantage of others. Serving others is not always easy or convenient, but He did it. He desire to change us, so that we too have that desire!

 

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me ( Matthew 25:45).

The Lord keeps placing this verse on my heart. This is the change I desire, the change I’m asking for. This is what I believe Jesus desires for us all!

Together let’s lift each other up in prayer, and pray that God would change us, make us more like Him, and daily reveal to us how we can love the least of these. For that is exactly what He has done for us!

Thinking of, & praying for you all,

xoxoxoxoxo

Missy

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30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth; Blessing!

Welcome to day 26!

Blessing……more specifically, blessing others!

I am so excited to talk about this topic and look at some quotes and scriptures with you! In the begging of this journey I shared with you that I had become a little complacent in my walk with Jesus! Together we have made that change, by showing up at His feet and asking for more!

I have also felt the Lord asking me to reach out and bless others with my time and service. This is something the Lord has been placing on my heart for a while now.

What have I done about it?…….given it a bit of thought…….only to make excuses, like: I am a  mom, I have a two year old, there’s not enough time.

But now is the time for me to say YES, to what God is placing on my heart! I don’t have to commit every night of my week. I can start with one day a month or 2 days a month to give to another my time, my service!  This is what the Lord has been placing on my heart. He may be speaking to you about something different. Whatever that is…….

My hope is that you will do the same! Say YES! What has God been placing on your heart that you want to do, but have been a bit hesitant about? 

Verse of the day!

PROVERBS 11:25

Together, let’s look at two quotes by others that have experienced the blessing of blessing others!

“The greatest blessing in the whole world is being a blessing.”  Jack Hyles

“God blesses us, so that we might bless others.” Charles Stanley

The 4 laws of God’s blessing by Rick Warren! Read his full thought here!

1. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).

This is the first law of lesson, it must flow outwardly.

2. So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life (Luke 18: 29-30).

When we bless others, God takes care of our needs. 

3. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38).

Our blessings to others will come back to us. 

4. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked (Luke 12:48).

The more we are blessed by God, the more he expects us to bless others.

It’s so exciting to know that God has specific plans for the blessings He gives us! Together, let’s pray that He would show us how He wants us to share the blessing so it keeps on blessing!

xoxoxoxoxoxo,

Missy

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; PRAYER, DAY 25

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; prayer.

Welcome to day 25!

This is a topic that will bless you! There is so much power in prayer! When we come to the Father and ask, He is faithful! When we come to the Father and praise Him our spirits are lifted!  As we give thanks for all He is and does, it puts a smile on our face and deep love in our hearts!

Prayer…….

Today I want to look at some verses on prayer, when to pray, and one of my favorite prayers in the Bible!

Verse of the day!

BIBLE VERSE

What a beautiful thing it is, to know that we can come to the Christ in open communication any time we want to!

The Bible says,

Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you (Jeremiah 29:12).

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:24).

 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14).

I read about men like John Wesley and Martin Luther. They would prayer for hours in the morning. What a blessing that must of been to them. What an honor to spend that kind of time in prayer each day before the Lord. 

Although prayer can look like that, it doesn’t have to. We can enter into prayer with Jesus anytime & anywhere! Together let’s look at when we can pray! And then we close with a few prayers in the Bible!

When is a good time to pray? According to the verse above, continuously!

  • when we exercise
  • while driving
  • standing in line
  • the moment our eyes open, ask God to go before you, and guide your day!
  • before bed, thank Him for another day and all the blessings!
  • waiting at the Doctor’s office
  • while you clean

We can fill our day with communication with the Lord. He desires for us to talk with Him like a friend, all day long, and about everything!  

There are many prayers you can pray. You pray the Psalms, Scriptures, or the Lord’s prayer. Today I share with you one of my favorites!

The Prayer of Jabez!  

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request ( 1 Chronicles 4:10).

Keep sending up those prayers, keep asking, be sure to keep those line of communication open. The Lord loves to hear your voice!

Love you all, & praying for you!

xoxoxoxox,

Missy

Together let’s spend quiet time alone with our Savior, learn to listen to still small voice. Let’s think on Him, and how awesome He is!

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; GODS GIFTS, DAY 24

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; God’s gifts.

Welcome to day 24! 

Gods gifts…….

Let’s jump on in! Verse of the day!

2 Corinthians 3:5

Oh man you guys, I am so excited about today’s topic! Today, I want to share a quote. This one thrills my heart! Here’s why………

quote

As we get to know Christ and become more like Him we discover our true identity. He reveals to us the person He created us to be; the gifts He has given us. In Christ we are a new being, the old person begins to fade. The things the world has told us about ourselves melts away in light of who we are in Christ. We become what we behold. As we behold Christ our true identity is revealed because we were created to bear His image, not that of the world.

If we truly want to know ourselves, our gifts, our specific purpose and identity, it is found in Christ alone!

All the scriptures we are going to look at today tell us, that the God we serve is an intimate God. These verses show us that He cares for you in me in a very specific way. He created us unique, special, and for a purpose!

God’s word says,

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).

It doesn’t get more intimate than that!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

This verse tells me God is specific!

Romans 12 tell us that we are all given special gifts!

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,  so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;  he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Why does God give each one of us special gifts?

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all ( 1 Corinthians 12:7).

Christ draws us, changes us, and reveals to us our true identity in Him. He asks,

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:10).

There is no greater adventure than to find our true identity in Christ. There is nothing more thrilling to man’s heart, than to let God lead. 

One of my favorite promises!

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6).

xoxoxoxox,

Missy

Together, let’s press in. Let’s sit quietly before the Lord. He longs to reveal Himself. He longs to fill us up!

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