God gave all His Love when He sent His Son, His only Son, into this world to die for sinful man. He doesn’t ask us to die for Him, He died for us. By the blood of the Lamb of God the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, I’m made clean. I didn’t clean myself up so I could go to Him. He came for me. He cleaned me up and then He drew me to Himself. Now He calls me His child. I am in the Family of God Almighty. I’m humbled and I’m grateful. I’m loved. And that is enough for me.
What would I wish for Christmas? That love would mean more. That God would come first and family second. That hearts would be tender to the needs of others – not just financial needs, but social and spiritual needs. That people would seek to pull together instead of tear apart. That Christ Jesus would be welcomed into every heart.
Yet, I know that evil still exist in the world and many don’t know the Love of God, so they are lost in a world of darkness. I wish it were not so, but that is the result of sin. For the most part, man does not accept the idea of sin, so he sees no need of a Savior. Yet without a Savior, sin keeps us buried in the darkness. We wallow in evil. We call evil good and good evil. We can’t help it because we can not see clearly. Oh, how sad! The saddest thing of all is that it’s so unnecessary. Because a Savior has come. A Savior has bleed and died for all this sin we wallow in. A Savior lives to give us victory over the darkness of this world. A Savior cries out to us, “This is the way, walk in it.” We don’t heed His voice and suffer loss. This breaks His heart. It really does.
Today, would you stop a moment and think what you would truly wish for Christmas? Is what you wish for out of your reach? Is it important? Is it lasting? Is it a Savior?
September is an exciting month for me this year. First on the list in the very first Proverbs 31 OBS Retreat being held September 19-21 at The Cove in Asheville, NC. I actually get to go to this!! Then to top off the month Proverbs 31 OBS will begin a new study. This one will use a new book by Lysa TerKeurst called The Best Yes Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. I’ve have the privilege to read this book already and I was very impressed!
So, if you’ve never attempted an Bible Study, I recommend this one. Don’t worry about time. Proverbs 31 OBS are made to fit your schedule. That’s one of the great thing about this organization. We say “Your life is crazy. Your Bible Study doesn’t have to be.”
So here your chance. We want to invite you to join our next OBS if you haven’t already. It’s The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst, already a best-seller on The New York Times list! That study begins September 22 and Lysa and I hope you’ll join us! We have a lot of great stuff planned for this study! You can sign up here. – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/current-study/#sthash.WM0Ii3iY.dpuf
I love what Julie wrote.
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So….I turn 30 today. And I should have published this entry a week ago but haven’t gotten around to it. I decided that if I’m starting this new year and new decade on track, I need to post this.
So every March, I think I’m going to cook a Purim Feast. And then I read the list of dishes and ingredients and chicken out. Well, maybe someday when I have a larger kitchen…ten years from now perhaps?
But it doesn’t keep me from fascinating over the book of Esther. While God is never mentioned, His presence is very real. The entire book reads like a story and with all good stories, I wish that the Bible would elaborate on a few details. Like the extravagance of the banquets, the judging of the beauty pageant, the full twelve months of beauty treatment, and so much more. Persia was the most powerful…
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I totally get this. I too am looking at ways to “Be Intentional” in my life. I want to make changes for the better. I’m setting short-term and longer-term goals in the areas of: putting God first, maintaining healthier eating habits, being faithful in exercise, and feeding my mind good food daily. These are all things that will not only make my life better, but will enable me to serve other better.
Originally posted on faithonwaves:
I have been hearing God whisper to my heart: “Be Intentional”. It has been a few months and that whisper continues. I have looked at each piece of my life and I see somethings that I really need to focus on. Primarily, I am taking steps to focus on God. I have been making myself busy…trying not to think…trying not to feel. God created us to feel and think. He created us to draw close to Him.
Help me to draw close to you. Help me to be intentional in my relationship with you. Keep my eyes on you…focused only on you. Fill me with your love and peace. Help me to grow in you. I desire to go deeper…for you to search every part of me. I long to feel your grace in my soul. May you help me to be intentional in everything you call…
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This is a great song to go with Jeanie’s blog and the whole idea of #MovingForward. Yes, Jesus Christ is a true Hero!
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Today I am going to talk about moving forward. Moving forward from the past hurts and things that have hit me upside the head. I guess, to say, I like to stay in a rut always running the little wheel in the hamster cage, but I had to make up my mind that I could not do that. I needed to let go of the past and move on. So I am going to give a few examples of my moving forward.
First one is that I am moving forward from my dad passing in 2009. This has been hard on me and with this month coming I dread it, but I have to carry on. Granted I would love to run and hide in bed all day after this month is over with. But I know that I cannot do that. I need to face it head on and…
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Yes, I’ve determined to #StickWithIt. The hope of the world is Jesus and He is my hope, my strength, and my life. Yes, sometimes it seems hard and I can feel hopeless, but what I feel is not reality. Only the Word of God will prove true in the end. I’m saying #YestoGod.
Originally posted on Blogger Loves The King:
This week during our study of What Happens When Women Say Yes To God by Lysa TerKeurst, one of the blog topics is #StickWithIt, and for us to share moments when we felt like we could not do it anymore.
I absolutely love leading a facebook group for these studies. Of all my ministry life and all I’ve done, this is the one thing that brings me great joy not only in my group but also in our leadership group. So much love, honor and respect for one another and talking about sisters – you bet – I have lots of them and can share anything with them. When they tell me they are going to pray for me, I know they will.
Two weeks ago, God blessed us with our first grandchild, a son. Colt was born with a very rare skin disease called EB. That day as…
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Read this blog and then join us and Say Yes To God.
Jamy always has such great insight. I love her blogs.
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As I returned home from the She Speaks Conference and looked out the window, the view was simply breathtaking. Due to the numerous incredible experiences of the weekend, my heart was soaring. I would love to share some of these God moments with you.
Simply being able to come to the conference and serve the Proverbs 31 Ministries was such an honor. I didn’t really expect any additional blessings in return. However, I have discovered that my God can do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). In a conference with over 700 women plus leaders, God did not just show up to She Speaks, but showed off.
As the Director of the Prayer Warrior Team for the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, I have had the privilege of praying for and following up via email with hundreds of women around the world. Never did I…
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I would love you to join us at Online Bible Study on this journey of Saying Yes to God!
Originally posted on Blogger Loves The King:
Are YOU ready to say YES to God?
Are you tired of experiencing life in agonizing ways?
The upcoming study already has over 17,000 women signed up. There are already 106 countries represented. Are you ready to join? Are you ready to see what happens? I am when that many women say “YES”.
I am – I am joining MelissaTaylor.Org in this awesome study beginning July 28th and I hope you will too.
Need help – leave me a comment!