Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hearts flooded with light

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Do you REALLY  know all that God has for you?  And if so, is this simply head knowledge or do you feel it deep down within your heart?

As our church kicked off a week of prayer last night, the focus scripture was Ephesians 1:3-23.  First, I prayed for understanding.  Then I began slowly reading through the passage.  Then, one small phrase grabbed my attention and I had to stop and meditate on it the rest of the time we had together.

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.   Ephesians 1:18  (NLT)

“…hearts will be flooded with light…”

Simply stated, this is what God was speaking to me through this one verse.  He longs for you and I to clearly and fully know all that we have in Him.  And He didn’t say, “…minds will be flooded with light…”  He specifically chose the word, hearts.  So much more than an awareness of the blessings He has for us, our Father in Heaven wants our hearts to be deeply connected to His!

It’s like this.  After unwrapping a gift you become knowledgable of what the person gave you.  Maybe a gift card or a newly released book.  But the gift takes on an entirely different meaning when the effort, love, and heart behind that gift are revealed.

Today, may your hearts be flooded with light so that ALL of God’s goodness and plans for you can be exposed.

 

 

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Proverbs “Reconstructed,” by Gus Dallas

Screen shot 2013-01-11 at 10.50.06 PMRecently, I read through Proverbs Reconstructed on my iPad.  However, this isn’t a book one would read through from cover to cover.  This is more of a topical quick reference guide.

The author took apart the entire book of Proverbs using ‘key words,’ then alphabetized those key words.  Verses are grouped with those key words, making finding helpful Bible verses very easy.  It similar to a topical verse reference, but limited to Proverbs.

Personally, I was a bit disappointed in the simplicity of this book.  It offers no commentary.  I would not have a need for this book in my own library.

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Are your thoughts out of focus?

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All of us, to varying degrees and at different times, deal with self-doubt.  Here’s one of the best ways to combat this.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.   Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

It all boils down to where we are focusing our thoughts.  Meditating through the day on the ‘things that are excellent and worthy of praise’ can be hard for some of us.  But let me encourage you.  It does get easier the more we train our minds to hear the voice our Father in Heaven over everything else.  Not everything we hear from our spouse, kids, or co-workers is going to be excellent and worthy of praise.

But!!!  There’s a HUGE ‘but’ here.

But everything you will hear from Jesus WILL BE.

Our God only desires for us to grow.  He only wants us to be confident in Him.  And He only wants us to hear His voice…not the enemy’s.   Spend time in His Word today….everyday.  Find something good He is saying for you or about you.  Then, meditate (think deeply) on that one thing all through your day.

May you be convinced of His love and thoughts toward you OVER anyone else.

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No Resolutions – Just One Word!

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After reading my friend’s blog on this ‘One Word’ thing I got really excited.  You see, I’m not one for resolutions.  Like most, I believe those are destined to be broken.  But give me a theme or focus to live by?  Now I can work with that!

Every Thursday our staff gathers for what we call Crave.  It’s an hour of prayer, time in the Word, and reflection.  I dedicated most of my time that day focusing on what my One Word might be for this new year.  Recently, I’ve been making some pretty significant changes in my personal and professional life.  These changes (improvements) started back in November.  But I didn’t want them to fall victim to ‘resolution syndrome’ and gradually wear off by the end of February.  I want (NEED) them to stick!

As I let these thoughts marinate a while, my ‘One Word’ came to me.

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, STRIVE means: to devote serious effort or energy (or) to struggle in opposition.  That’s it…perfect!  And Colossians 3:23 sums it up like this in the HCSB…

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,”

If I look back a bit, I think these might have been my ‘One Words’ in recent years:

2012 – FOCUS

2011 – FORGIVE

2010 – HEAL

Let me ask you, in what way(s) are you hoping for this year to be different than 2012?  And what would your ‘One Word’ be?

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