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Thi is the second time I have been reminded of the Lord's strength.
God is so good!!!
I shall take this mountain
ROMANS 8:18 FOR I RECKON THAT THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE COMPARED WITH THE GLORY WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED IN US!
BOY HOWDY DOES THAT NOT SOUND WONDERFUL?
Keep looking UP!!
Jesus is coming soon! :o)
8/13/11 from "God's Keeping Power"
God doesn't slumber or sleep. He keeps us safe. He doesn't allow our foot to slip. He won't let you stumble. He never loses focus; He always pays attention. He protects us from the enemy, He keeps our soul safe. He guards us in every part of our journey.
Our rest flows out of our confidence in God and what He wants to be for us. When we worry, it's a sign that we don't fully trust God to keep us. Our low threshold of faith often takes us out of God's care because we think we have to do everything ourselves. We run all over creation trying to get help even though God Himself wants to keep us. He loves to protect us.
Instead of giving in to our soul -- our mind, will and emotions -- we must lean on His everlasting arms. The first place we should go when we're in trouble is the heart of God. When we live under that umbrella of His keeping power, we no longer have to pray for His presence to come. It's already with us.
We can have this same type of relationship with one another. Just as God has made a covenant to keep us, so we can be Christ-like in our friendships and keep others. All too often, Christians have Kleenex relationships, using a person once or twice and then throwing them away. This was not the model Jesus taught. It cuts Him deeply when men and women use and abuse one another. We are not called to look for reasons not to love each other.
"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him." Nahum 1:7
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
I am reading "God's Keeping Power" Learning to put your Trust in God as your "Keeper" by Graham Cooke so I have decided to share from that at the moment -- If anyone in the group would like to take over the daily devotional or share in the duties of that with me that would be great.
"One person, with God, is always in the majority. One person, with God, has all of the power and authority." Graham Cooke 2004
Who do you want to stand next to when life goes astray? A thousand people who can't defeat one, or one who can defeat a thousand?
I want to stand next to my keeper -- the person who gave Himself for me, the one who wants me to be more then i ever thought possible (more then I even know now).
Jacob experienced this when he feel asleep in the wilderness and God came to him. Gen. 28:13-22. He allowed God to become his keeper and he was a changed man. Because Jacob stepped into this relationship with God his life was changed forever and he became the father of many nations.
When God is our keeper, we can rest. We never have to fear or fret, we can confidently put everything into His hands and trust Him. Jacob did just that.
Who is your keeper today? What steps do you need to take to make God your keeper?
I encourage you all to click on this link to read "What's on God's Mind?" This is another devotion from "The Dieter's Prayer Book." This particular devotion and prayer goes right along with what we've been discussing; part of the prayer says, "Forgive me if I have focused on my body and eating to the exclusion of more important things."
I was surprised to google a line from this devotional and find the book online! It looks like most of the chapters from the book are here. I really like "The Dieter's Prayer Book" and you might too!
Here's the link:
Edited by: GAILCC at: 5/30/2011 (11:09)
I really like that poem Gail. It would be so nice not to have to obsess so much about a "diet". I guess if we would ever stick to it, it would be a habit, and we wouldn't think of it so much! Yes, let's all pray that we can finally over come this battle and be healthy. :)
Jennifer from Indianapolis, IN
I have had times of great success, but now is not one of them. Here I am a mentor and an encourager in other areas of my life. I feel like a 'FAKE'. I have been such a martyr about something painful, but, try as I might (and I pray as much as I can), the truth is the wounds go deep and I fight to keep depression on the outside of the door. I started standing on God's promises and began writing my prayers back to God. Then I took a deep breath and began blogging my prayers. I figured, if I need God's intervention, maybe there is one more person somewhere who needs whatever it is God is teaching me. Thanks for coming by my page.
'I'm Not Alone Ministries'
"A good name is more desirable than great
riches; to be esteemed is better than silver
or gold." (Proverbs 22:1 NIV)
Jesus is grace and truth.
His grace and truth will do all
"if only I could put less importance on this area and more on the things that will affect the world for Christ."
Oh Pam, I agree wholeheartedly!
If I could JUST DO IT, and quit letting food, and food choices, and stress and guilt about food rule my life!
I know people who just eat healthy most of the time, make good food choices most of the time, enjoy whatever they want to eat part of the time, exercise some of the time, and they are slim!
But we all have our issues, our Achilles Heels, so to speak. Our thorn in the flesh.
Thank you. You are right that what is important to us is important to God. if only I could put less importance on this area and more on the things that will affect the world for Christ. Pam
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine"
I could have written this prayer if I could write that well! It is the first prayer in the Dieter's Prayer Book, and such a good one for those who are starting over again.
The word "diet" does represent hope for change to me, but even more, "FAILURE AHEAD!"
And that sure is not thinking of this venture in positive terms. So I need to pray this prayer, and let the words imprint themselves on my heart. Give all this dieting business to the Lord and let Him direct my paths, to put it simply.
Sometimes it seems to me that praying about losing weight is too trivial to bother the Lord with, but I angst about dieting so much, have struggled all my adult life with dieting, and all that does affect my mental well being! "Cast ALL your cares on Him..." Well, dieting sure qualifies as a care in my book.
In other words, "If it matters to you, it matters to God."
Excerpted from The Dieter's Prayer Book. Copyright 2000 by Heather Harpham Kopp.
I admit that I have come to both love
and hate the word "diet."
On the one hand, it represents hope for change.
On the other hand, it's like a sign flashing "Failure ahead!"
I don't want to simply embark on another faulty plan, Lord.
I want to embark on a journey with You
that is led by You and depends on Your power.
I can do nothing on my own!
Show me the right path that will enable me to change.
Show me, as only You, who knows me so intimately, can
what works for me, what is healthy for me.
I want to think of this venture in positive terms, Lord--
not that I am signing up to be miserable or in want.
I want to learn to redirect my thinking, to feed my body
what it truly needs when it truly needs it.
And to feed my soul with the Bread of Life--You!
Today I place my future, my failures, my setbacks,
all of my hopes and plans into Your hands.
There alone will I find meaning
and true success in my life.