Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Continuous Conversion

"If we trust in our own abilities, instead of God's 
we produce consequences for which God will hold us responsible...

The response of the natural to the spiritual should be continuous conversion, 
but this is where we so often refuse to be obedient...

God holds us accountable every time we refuse to convert ourselves, 
and He sees our refusal as willful disobedience. 
Our natural life must not rule- God must rule in us."

-Oswald Chambers

Thursday, December 15, 2011

30 Days of Torah Parenting

"Are you ready to stretch yourself as a parent??" is how this article begins...

If you're up for this, check out: 

Each day you are given a little project to help you on your parenting journey!! :) 

Fervent Prayer

Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons; the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved.  But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  
Romans 8:23-25

God tells us to pray with hope.  We can easily tell people our needs, but praying to the Lord for our needs is a different story.  Often we don't see how or when or why God would answer our prayers.  It's beyond our comprehension.  But Romans states clearly that our job is to wait patiently with hope for God to answer our prayers.  HE is great and powerful and knows our needs.  HE loves to take care of us.

Let's pray in boldness about our children's lives that they would be holy, that they would be surrounded by peers that would be edifying and encouraging.

Let's pray for our husbands that they will soar in their profession, that they would be blessed and be a blessing to their coworkers.

Let's pray for ourselves, that we will be refreshed each day to be a light to our family and friends, that we would be strong and wise and diligent, that God's love will renew our perspective to live in freedom, with creativity and playfulness in our walk with Christ.

Let's just pour our needs before God.  Focus on God's love! and you will be able to hope and trust and be fervent in your prayer life.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  
Romans 15:13

God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure it enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.  He has become a high priest forever....
Hebrews 6:18-20

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Center Your Life On What's Important

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.
Psalm 104:33-34

When you're having a tough day with the kids, remember to sing.
When you're having a tough week with schedules, remember to praise God.
When you're having a tough month with finances, remember to meditate on Christ and be glad.

Why?  Because we live by faith, and God will honor that.

No eye has seen,
nor ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him
1 Corinthians 2:9