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I went to a new Bible study group today.

Really didn’t think I wanted to go.

But I was invited by someone who thought I should join in.

(Thank you, by the way)

 

It was replete with all of the introductory stuff.

You know.

Who are you?

Why did you come?

What do you hope to learn?

 

It was all good.

I don’t mind answering questions.

I certainly don’t mind hearing other people’s answers.

I never expected that God would get much expansion (http://wp.me/p1Deai-i9) through a list of

“Suggestions to get the most out of this study”.

Expanded I was.

 

Here’s the list;

  • Be prayerful   (Pray)
  • Be biblical   (Reference scriptures)
  • Be confidential   (Shhhh)
  • Be respectful   (Of others views and don’t interrupt)
  • Be discrete   (Don’t tell ALL the details, keep some to yourself. Don’t tell someone else’s story)
  • Be kind   (Don’t be rude)
  • Be mindful   (Be on time.  Be prepared)

There are seven items here.

Two I’m really good at.

Three I’m ok with.

One I work on daily.

One I’m terrible at.

I won’t say which is which,

I’ll keep that detail to myself.

 

Now I am well aware that this list is for this Bible study class,

but I believe that the principles carry over into just about any area of life we choose to apply it to.

 I’ve noted, as I’m quite sure that you have, the lack of these things in the daily world we live in, when I think about it at all.

 

Be prayerful?

Prayer to a lot of us in the general populace is an uncomfortable concept.

Many feel like they are speaking to the air, or just wishful thinking that someone is really out there to listen to them.

A strange, stuffy, legalistic notion that there is a strange, stuffy, legalistic God out there listening for us to speak to Him.

Psalm 6:9  The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.

James 5:13 [The Prayer of Faith ] Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.

 

Be biblical? 

Quote a stuffy old book of rules written by men?

Who cares what that old book says anyway?

Proverbs 4:4 he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

 

Be confidential?

Why?  When everything we know, whether we want to or not, is broadcast on social media 24/7.

Some things should just be private.

 Jeremiah 37:17 Then King Zedekiah sent for him and had him brought to the palace, where he asked him privately, “Is there any word from the LORD?” “Yes,” Jeremiah replied, “you will be handed over to the king of Babylon.”

Luke 9:18 [Peter’s Confession of Christ] Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

 

Be respectful?

We get everyone’s opinion it seems, whether we want to know it or not.

We talk and talk and let no one else get a word in edge wyes.    We don’t even take a breath.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 [Final Instructions ] Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.

1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

 

Be discreet?

The dirtier, the better. 

Inquiring minds want to know.

    Details of private lives are broadcast during primetime.  Our Grandmothers would have fainted dead away if

they heard some of these scandalous things.       

    There seems to be no more “Behind closed doors”.

 Proverbs 12:13 An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.

Proverbs 20:19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.

 

Be kind?

Have you been to shopping lately?

Have you seen how people treat their children?  Their spouses?  Their parents?

Ephesians 4:32   Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

 

Be mindful?

Employees unprepared, come in late, leave early.

They grumble because they are passed over for a raise.

In our churches, we do the same thing.

Then we grumble because the outcome isn’t to our liking, our lives are no different for our efforts.

2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,

a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

My personal prayer is that I will begin to honor God more in not just some of these ways, but all of them.

I also pray that you will consider these principles with me.

We can’t do anything about the entire world,

but we can do something about ourselves and our immediate surroundings.

Expand with me!

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Buzz Words and Real People

English: Look deeper in to your friends person...

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All around the internet I’ve heard people asking one question;

“What is your word for the year?”

I tried to ignore the tug of that question, but it simply would not go away.

My original answer was another “Buzz word”.

It was the word “Relationship”.

But God’s point was that He wanted to expand my heart.

I know what touches my heart, and I am certain it touches His as well.

Truth is, I can escape that expansion here on the net if I choose to.   

If I choose not to be around pain, I don’t have to be.

But that’s not real is it?  Real people really hurt.

You’re a real person, with real pain, with real problems, real questions.

So what is the word? 

What is the one word that I could spend a year on?

The word is “EXPANSION”.

The English Thesaurus that lives on my Word program says these words are synonyms of expansion;

growth, development, increase, extension, spreading out, opening out.

 

When I read God’s word, my understanding of Him is expanded.

When I study on the internet, my world is expanded.

When I spend time doing the things that God has gifted me to do, my talent is expanded.

When I go out of my way to talk to those I do not know, my understanding of human nature is expanded.

When I share my story, your heart is expanded.

When I hear your story, my heart is expanded.

Through our stories, we are knit together in a unique way,

which only God our creator knows how to do.

Through our stories,

we are expanded together in the knowledge of God’s purpose for our lives.

Every problem, with its provision, gives an expanded view of what God thinks of us.

So I’m asking you to join me.

Don’t be afraid any more.

Don’t just read.

Activate your expansion.

Leave a comment.

Share your story, in part or in full.

Let your Significant Encounter begin here.  http://wp.me/P1Deai-s

 

Did you know that there is a Significant Encounter Page on Facebook?

You can even message me there if you’d like to keep it more private.

Blessings on your expansion.

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Psalm 139 (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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I’m Just Sayin’…………….

What will the New Year bring?

Well that all depends.

 

Depends largely on what you’re saying about yourself.

What your internal dialogue sounds like.

 

Don’t believe me?

Here’s what scripture has to say about it;

James 3:6 (NASB)  6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

 

You see?

We need to know that the words on our tongues are fueled by what is in our mind.

We can set our lives on fire. Or we can have healing in our bones.

God is quite clear concerning our thoughts.

For example, in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB) It states that 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

In plain speech, this simply means that we only believe what God our Heavenly father says about us and no one else. 

 

We should only be thinking His thoughts about ourselves.

Isaiah 55:8 (NIV) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

He thinks you’re special.

He thinks you’re amazing.

He thinks you are one of a kind.

Isn’t it time to agree with Him?

The following verses will give you a head start to finding out exactly what

His thoughts are concerning you, and what you should be saying about yourself.

Psalm 139   (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.  23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Just The Right Time

       You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,

                     Christ died for the ungodly.  Romans 5:6

 

That was me.

Ungodly.

From the date of my birth.

I did not know it then.

 

That is you.

Ungodly.

From the date of your birth.

You did not even know it.

 

We are powerless against everything that surrounds us.

And at just the right time God shows us.

That He had us in mind from the beginning.

That He loved us enough to send His only Son.

That we might be delivered from the not knowing.

 

The emptiness, the hopelessness.

         The worthlessness, the insignificance.

                The powerlessness of not knowing.

  

Erased by the love of God.

                                        And the blood of His Son.

 

Replaced by the fullness of joy and hope.

                Replaced by the worth and significance of the Son.

Replaced by the power of knowing that the Son of God lives on the inside of us.

Replaced by the cleansing that is only available by the blood of the lamb, Jesus.

 

I was … empty, hopeless,

           Worthless, insignificant,

                          Powerless, clueless.

 

I once was lost but now I’m found.

Blind but now I see.

 

Can you say the same for yourself?

Have you had a Significant Encounter with God?

Have you had an internal transaction with Him?

 

You are SO important to Him.

He chose you.

Won’t you choose Him back?

 

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“Rescue” tab at the top of this page.

 

 

 

Psalm 139   (NIV)

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.  7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.  23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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What You Need To Know

In this last post for 2011, there are a few things I wanted you to know.

  • I am so grateful that you have chosen to join me on this journey, journeys are often better with company.
  • I only know where it began, but like Abraham, I do not know where it will go, only that I will follow where ever it is that God leads.
  • I’m quite sure it will not always be easy, but He will always give us a quiet place to rest together.
  • God has more for YOU than you can ever imagine!

I long for you to know the following by heart, to call it your personal prayer.  It is chock full of what God thinks of you. 

Even on our best best days, we could never have this much love.

All you have to do, is BELIEVE it!

Psalm 139 (NIV1984)

1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Begin this year with a Significant Encounter of your own.

If you need help with this, you can click on the “Rescue” tab at the top of the page.

With love and prayers,

Deborah

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Prince of Peace

“100% Human – 100% God”

“Waiting for a Savior”

“Wonderful Counselor”

“Mighty God”

“Prince of Peace”

“There is nothing more

Captivating than a prince for a Princess.”

 

Words I heard during three services at church this weekend.

Sticky words.  Words requiring pondering. Careful consideration.

Resounding words to my heart.

 

100% Human – Jesus came to us as 100% human

                In order that HE should know what being human was like.

                He gave up His God-ness to share in our humanity.

 

100% God – Jesus came and remained 100% God-

                In order that He could save us from our sin.

                He laid aside His God-ness for our benefit.

 

The Jews were awaiting a Savior –

One to release them from the control the Roman Empire.

What they got for their waiting was an innocent, helpless baby.

 

This Baby Savior, this helpless innocent –

                Turned out to be a Mighty King.

                The powerful ruler of a heavenly kingdom.

 

He is the Prince of Peace –

                Not peace as the world gives,

                But peace that can only be experienced a heavenly realm.

 

Jesus IS the Prince of Peace-

                Calling on us, to be His Princess.

                                On the day we receive Him,

                                                We become His spotless Bride.

 

If you would like to find out more about this “Proposal”,

Please click on the “Rescue” tab at the top of this page.

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Yet

Romans 4:18  Against all hope Abraham believed and so he became father of many nations, just as it had been said to him.

Romans 4:20  YET he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,

Romans 8:25  But if we hope for what we do not YET have, we wait for it patiently.  

Abraham did not have anything but Gods word to him.  

He didn’t see the answer, nor could he see even how this word could possibly be accomplished. 

How could he possibly be the father of many nations when he and his wife were so up in their ages?

Abrahams hope was in the YET.

He had not seen the answer YET.

YET really says –

It’s on the way.  Don’t give up.  Wait for it.  Only believe.

 

In this Christmas season we see the stark difference of the greed/poverty mind-set, and the giving/lavish lifestyle of some.

We hear the clamor and the noise, all for want of more stuff and dig our selves deeper into debt and despair.

We have not received that which we are seeking.

Our souls desire the peace of an “O Holy Night”. 

Unencumbered by all the entanglements.

 

God makes many promises to those who believe on His name.

Many promises if we follow Him.

If we believe in Him. 

If we have hope in the YET.

 

God promises peace.

Regardless of circumstance.

His promise is peace that passes all understanding.

Don’t despair if you believe on Him, but don’t seem to have it YET.

It’s on the way.  Don’t give up.  Wait for it.  Only believe.

Your hope is in the YET.

And so.  

Fill in the blanks with whatever fits your life today.

Make it your prayer.

Then believe for the YET;

I don’t see ___________________ YET.

YET, I do not waver in my belief.

And so _______________________.

My hope is in the promise You made to me about _______________________________.

My hope is in the YET.

If you want to know peace,

You need to know God.

    If you would like help with that, please click on the “Rescue” tab at the top of this page.

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