A Living Hope

Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In His great mercy He has given us
new birth into a living hope
through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance
that can never perish, spoil or fade.
This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
who through faith are shielded by God’s power
until the coming of the salvation
that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

I Peter 1:3-5, NIV

 

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Photo Credit:  Mario Trejo, via freeimages

 

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Bring a Bucket (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

 

Bring a BucketPhoto Credit: PDP, via Pixabay

I think we’re sometimes in the habit of seeing only thimblefuls of God’s activity occurring in our lives–and considering that to be normal.  We think small things are all that God is capable of doing because that’s all we’ve ever seen Him do.  So we walk down to the shoreline of His ability, carrying our little cups and containers, dipping our little thimbles of expectation into the ocean of His vast greatness.  We think that’s all that we can expect, so that’s all we bring.  Then we’re disappointed and discouraged when we experience only a thimble’s worth of God’s activity in our circumstances.  That’s usually when we accuse and blame Him: ‘God, You must not really be able.  God, You must not really be good.’  But honestly, we got exactly what we came expecting.  He doesn’t give us more than the capacity we bring Him will allow.

Bring a thimble?

Fill a thimble.

But if we would come to the ocean of God’s measureless power bringing our wheelbarrows and five-gallon buckets, that’s exactly how much of Him we’d get to experience.

Bring a bucket?  Fill a bucket.

God is Able, Priscilla Shirer, pp. 124-125

Something to think about…

Psst… I am giving away a copy of this awesome book this week.  To enter the giveaway, head on over here.

I am sharing “Bring a Bucket” and joining like-minded sisters at Still Saturday, The Weekend Brew, Spiritual Sundays, Recommendation Saturday, Faith-Filled Friday, Essential Fridays, Thriving Thursday.

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Confessions of a Book Addict: God is Able (Giveaway)

God is able

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  

I am happy to report that I finally managed to finish reading one book from cover to cover this year, so today, I am sharing my insights on this great read.

God is ablePhoto Credit: Going Beyond Ministries

 

God is Able by Priscilla Shirer unpacks the beautiful promise of Ephesians 3:20-21 phrase by phrase.  Each chapter delves deeply into the nuances of Paul’s words written while in prison and under inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Shirer challenges her readers to place their hope and focus firmly on the One for whom nothing is impossible.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

God allows us to go through seemingly impossible situations to draw us into greater intimacy with Him:  “As soon as you connect your current circumstances to your God, He raises a banner of hope in your heart and mind.  As soon as you believe He can do this–that He is able–something called abundant life actually shows up, right in the middle of the dreariness” (p. 36).

In difficult times, I must believe that God is good and trust in His sovereign hand:  “Just because you can’t see it or feel it or tell your friends about it right now means only one thing: not that He’s unable, but that His sovereign love is acting right this moment out of sight and without your knowledge” (p. 65). 

My God cares about the nitty gritty of my life:  “Nothing escapes His attention” (p. 104).  “The same God who is saving you from hell is also willing and able to save what’s left of your nerves and your workweek” (p. 107). 

I should rejoice that my life is a display case for His glory:  “…everything He restores, rekindles, and resurrects in our lives is specifically designed to exhibit His power, to bring Him glory” (p. 141).  “Relax in the hope infused into you by God’s power, no matter what your today or tomorrow looks like” (p. 157).

I loved this book.  We are in a valley season right now at my house, and looking at the details of this powerhouse promise truly encouraged my spirit.  Priscilla melded personal examples and sound doctrine together to weave an encouraging message for the Body of Christ.  Here is a little video inspiration from Priscilla’s Going Beyond Ministries to whet your appetite a bit:

#GodisAble from Going Beyond on Vimeo.

 

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below and then click on the Rafflecopter to be entered in a Giveaway of Priscilla’s book.

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I am sharing “God is Able” and joining like-minded sisters at Three-Word WednesdayWords of Life Wednesdays, Tell His Story, A Little R and R, Testimony Tuesday, Soli Deo Gloria, Rich-Faith Rising, Sharing His Beauty, Playdates with God, and Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday.

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A Lasting Mark

Lasting Mark

May God, who puts all things together,
makes all things whole,
Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus,
the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant,
Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd,
up and alive from the dead,
Now put you together, provide you
with everything you need to please Him,
Make us into what gives Him most pleasure,
by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.
All glory to Jesus forever and always!
Oh, yes, yes, yes.

Hebrews 13:19-21, MSG

 

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Lessons Learned in 3-D: Resignation

Resignation

This week has been gut wrenchingly hard.   My pastor’s resignation has left my whole church grieving.  I’ve experienced so many emotions — heartbreak, confusion, despair, and anger.  When someone you love and respect disappoints you, I think it’s easy to become callous and bitter.  If you don’t turn to Jesus, you tend to “resign” yourself to defeat.

This week, I was reminded that God is sovereign.  No matter what happens — my foundation is sure.  As I lean into Him, I can move forward with hope and confidence because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Here are 5 lessons I learned this week through the sadness:

1.  I am called to live a crucified life.  Bob Franquiz reminded me that “You are only accountable as you want to be… No amount of accountability can replace a heart that is right with God.”

2.  I should be grateful for my disillusionment with man and move toward greater intimacy with Christ.  I need to understand that my brothers and sisters are human.  I love how Sarah Bessey explained this:

It’s freedom for the disillusioned because now we get to enjoy the richness of relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit without any intermediary or filter. I get to follow Jesus, not you. I get to be part of community that is rich and full.”

3.  Rob Hoskins encouraged me to always walk in grace:

However justifying or soothing that feeling of condescension might be as it wells up within you, I urge you to identify it and dismiss it for what it is—a Satanic ploy to destroy you and the body of Christ. Any joyful inclination that one might feel in the failure of another is in itself a moral failure.

4.  I don’t need to know the details of someone else’s sin — even if that person is a public figure.  Pat Seiler said it well:

It’s a good time to examine your conversations and desire for information.

We don’t need to know details; we don’t need to spread what we know. If you do, are you gossiping? Consider this verse: “He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.”

5.  The enemy is subtle and patient.  I need to put my armor on daily.  Ron Edmonson explained:

Stand guard. If we ever believe we are above temptation we have opened the door for the enemies prowl to be effective. Most of the time it begins subtly. No one wakes up in a single day and thinks about destroying their personal life. It happens gradually over time.

Q4U:  What did you learn this week?

I am sharing “Resignation” and joining like-minded sisters this weekend at Saturday Linky LoveThe Weekend BrewWhatever is Lovely, Five on Friday, Random Five Fridays, Friday Finds, Women of Worship and The Friday Five.  

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