April 2, 2015

An Easter Gift from My Heart to Yours

Easter Quiet Time

Guided Abiding Time with Jesus 

 

Easter is such a precious time in our faith. One of my favorite ways to celebrate is to simply sit and soak in God’s Word. Below please find a guided quite time that I pray tenderly leads you to a sacred meeting place with Jesus in the Holy of Holies tucked inside your heart. There are no rules…you can do it in one sitting or over several days.

Hear the Word of the Lord

Psalm 33:1-11

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Praise our Abba Father…

a. Psalm 27:4

 

b. Psalm 84

 

c. Psalm 90:1-2

 

d. Psalm 145, especially 14, 17-20

 

e. Isaiah 43:1-7

 

Do you know He has called you by name, created you for His glory? Do you know He and He alone is your dwelling place? Journal your thoughts.

 

See how great is the love of God…

a. Isaiah 1:18 and Isaiah 53:1-12

 

b. Psalm 51

 

c. Psalm 139

 

d. John 8:36

 

e. Romans 8:1

 

f. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

g. 1 John 1:8-9

 

 Spend a few moments praising God and receive the unfailing love of our awesome God.  Journal your thoughts.

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Our Savior’s sacrifice…

Jesus Christ… the Son of God…the Author of Life…the Anointed, Chosen One, stepped out of heaven and into our earthly realm, choosing to leave His honored place in heaven.  He was born into poverty.  He learned obedience.  He was hated by His own people, ridiculed and persecuted.  His own creation arrested Him, stripped Him naked, and forced a crown of thorns into His head.  They beat Him and knelt before Him, mocking: “Hail, King of the Jews.”

When He was so weak He could barely stand, they forced Him to the ground and onto the cross.  They stretched out His arms and drove nails into His hands and feet.  His blood poured forth onto the ground.  Upon crucifying Him, they divided His clothes and kept watch over Him through the night. As He hang dying, many stood at the base of the cross hurling insults at Him, mocking Him.

After hours of agony, darkness fell over the land.  Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me!”  At that moment, the curtain of the Temple ripped in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, rocks split.  Tombs broke open.  Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands, I commit my Spirit.”  Upon speaking these words, our Lord and Savior breathed His last breath.

God could have stopped this scene. Jesus could have lifted Himself off the cross, but He chose not to because He saw my name.  He saw your name.  He saw my sin.  He saw your sin.  He knew the only price to pay for that sin was death.

Jeremiah 31:3

 

Romans 8:38-39

 

Pray this prayer:  Lord, Your Word says the sacrifices You desire are a broken and contrite spirit, and a contrite heart You will not despise. Today, I confess my sin, especially _______________. Thank You that Your Word promises that when I confess my sin, You are faithful and just and will forgive my sin and purify me from all unrighteousness. Thank You that Your blood, the blood You shed on the cross sets me free and Your Word promises that when You set me free, I am free indeed! Thank You that according to Your Word there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Thank You that You see me through the blood of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that all things old are gone and the new has come. Thank You that You have washed me white as snow and that my sins are as far away as the east is from the west! Today I receive Your forgiveness and cannot wait to live in the fullness of all You have to offer. AMEN.

Do you understand the depth of this love God has for you, the depth of the sacrifice He made for you and for me?  Tell Him so now.

 

The gift of new life…

As if forgiveness of sins was not enough, God gave us another gift.

The Resurrection

Three days later, an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, His appearance like lightning, His clothes white as snow.  He rolled back the stone at the tomb.  The tomb was empty!  The angel said, “Jesus of Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen!  He is not here.”  After Jesus appeared to His friends, He was taken up to heaven to sit at the right hand of God, His father.

Because of this gift, you and I receive the opportunity for new life and the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.

Read these powerful words from the Lord:

a. Ezekiel 36:26-27

 

b. John 14:16-21

 

c. John 16:13-15

 

d. Galatians 5:22-23

 

e. 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Do you know the joy of having the power and presence of the living God residing within you?  Speak to the Spirit and ask Him to fill you with the fullness of God at this moment, to receive all God has for you.

 

Spend time with the Lord and draw near to His heart…

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a. Proverbs 2:1-15

 

b. Proverbs 4:20-27

 

c. Isaiah 55:1-3, 6

 

d. Hebrews 10:19-25

 

e. Phil 3:7-10

 

What do you need to consider loss, what do you cling to that keeps you from fully surrendering to Christ?  Ask Him to take it from you now.

 

Sit and soak in God’s presence…just you and His Word…

Scripture teaches that one day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

a. Joshua 1:8-9

 

b. Psalm 1:1-6

 

c. Psalm 63:1-8

 

d. Isaiah 30:15-18

 

e. Isaiah 40:28-31

 

f. Exodus 33:14

 

Close in prayer…

 Thank you, Father, for this precious time to be still and know that You are God.  Father, take this time, bless it, take what I have offered to You, and continually remind me of what You have taught me and spoken to my heart.  To You alone I give all glory, majesty, power, and authority now and forevermore.  Amen

 

My heart fills with gratitude as I thank God for you! You are the most amazing community of women. Thank you for your prayers and your sweet words of encouragement through the years. I pray that each one of you will experience God in very deep, rich and personal ways as you sit at His feet during this Holy week.

If you feel led to share how the Lord speaks to you through your time alone with Him, I would love to hear from you!

Blessings,

December 19, 2014

“Read thru the Word” in 2015 {with Giveaway}

Today, I am SO excited for you to meet one of my dearest friends, Wendy Pope. At our Proverbs 31 office, we are famously known as “the Wendys.” We have worked together for years and share a common love for God’s Word and a great passion to get women into His Word. We enjoy watching God’s Word come alive in their lives and begin huge life transformation.

For the past 7 years, Wendy has come alongside thousands of women from all across the world and walked through the Bible with them. God has blessed and grown her ministry, and I want to invite you to join her this year.

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Below please find a message from Wendy’s heart to yours.

The Bible that Changed My Life

“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instruction.”

Psalm 119:18 (NLT)        

In my mind I was not a “good” Christian because I had not read the entire Bible. I read the Bible to fill in my blanks for Bible study or to look up the verses listed in my devotional. Seriously? What kind of Christian was I?

I was the kind of Christian who suppressed the voice inside that whispered, “Read it. You know you want to” but listened to the voice that shouted, “You aren’t smart enough to understand all that stuff so don’t even try. You are doing fine with what you know.”

I was a changed Christian in 2007 when I made the decision to read the entire Bible. With an anxious heart, I went to my local Christian bookstore thinking: If I’m going to read the whole Bible, certainly I need a new Bible. After spending what seemed like hours previewing various types of Bibles in an array of colors, styles and formats. I pulled the One Year Chronological Bible from the shelf. I remember reading the word chronological and saying to myself, out loud, “The Bible I take to church isn’t in order of how events happened? No wonder it is confusing. No wonder I don’t understand it.”

The format of the Chronological Bible intrigued me. Short readings. (This was my favorite part because I am not big reader.) An easy-to-follow daily plan. An attractive cover. The best part to me was knowing I would read the Bible in the order the events occurred. 

That year I read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I stumbled some, but I also learned a lot. I learned Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy really are difficult to read. They are full of laws, actual numbers and more laws. But through those books and the rest of the Old Testament, I learned to really appreciate the wonderful sacrifice Jesus made for me (because there’s no way any human on the planet could keep all of those laws).

I learned it’s okay if I don’t understand the everything.

I learned God’s Word is full of rich life application written to produce God’s best in my life. It is meant to be read and digested on a daily basis.

My mind wanted my heart to love God’s Word but it didn’t, not at first. My love for His Word has developed and deepened over the time. As we read it, we learn it. As we learn it, we live it. As we live it, we love it.

2015 will mark the eighth year of my Read Thru the Word online Bible study class. It would be a great honor to have you as a part of this amazing class! Women and men of all ages, from all walks of life, and all over the globe have satisfied a deep longing of reading through the Bible by participating in Read Thru the Word. My 84-year friend, Teeny from North Carolina is just one of thousands who finally read through the entire Bible with Read Thru the Word.

Have you always wanted to read through the Bible? Will join our class today? You will have the support and accountability of Christian friends to help you keep the course on the amazing journey. Yes. Today decide to read the Bible that WILL change your life.

Follow this link to my blog for a free sample of a Read Thru the Word video and sample journal.

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Thank you for sharing your heart with us today, Wendy. I pray God’s rich blessings over you and your study this year. I pray His living and active Word will come alive just as He promises and do a mighty life-transforming work in and through every heart that participates. I love you, friend!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! Wendy has been gracious enough to give away one class membership (valued at $19.99). Please leave a comment by Monday, December 21st and share YOUR favorite Bible verse for a chance to win a membership to her class. Check back here (at the end of the comments) for the winner next week!

And the winner of Tracie’s book, Your Life Still Counts, is Jennifer who posted on 12/16 at 1:11 p.m. Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and address by Monday, December 21st so we can send you your book.

Blessings,

December 3, 2014

Closing Message & InScribed Studies GRAND Giveaway!

Bible study girlfriends, we have reached the end of our study! Thank you from the depths of my heart for the time you have invested with me these past weeks. Walking through its pages, seeing the work I spent many months writing come alive with you has been a beautiful gift.

I will miss our  God appointments here. so please stop by when you have time and let me know how you are and what God is doing in your life.

And we can stay connected in a really fun way this next week! Beginning this Sunday (12/7) through Saturday (12/13), I will be hosting our InScribed Studies Facebook page. Now the fun part. In celebration of the birth of Jesus, InScribed Studies is having a 25 Days of Christmas giveaway! Each day between now and December 25th, you can enter to win lots of fun gifts, including our books, DIY crafts, jewelry, and special presents picked out by our authors (that includes me!). All you need to do is stop by and leave a comment. Click here to get all the details.

Short Closing Message from My Heart

Our Final Call to Action

We have learned much. Please don’t let your time in the Word end here. Stay in God’s Word. Continue your search for more “so that’s.” And most importantly, follow through with your “Calls to Action.”

I’ll close with our call to action verse from Matthew 5:14, 16:

“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, [so] that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Share Your Final Call to Action:

After spending the last five weeks with God and the call to “Living So That…,” what is your final call to action?  Choose one GIANT step of obedience you want to take for God. Share your step with us today so we can be praying for you!

***The Winner of the Christmas ornament and the copy of Living So That is Cynthia who posted on 11/25 at 7:32 am. Please e-mail me at Deuteronomysix@aol.com so that I can send you your gifts.***

Blessings,