Lent Week 6 Day 36

The reading today is talking about the day after Jesus was crucified and how empty and afraid it left the disciples, not to mention their grief. He says we go through the same emptiness and grief at some point in life whether we know Jesus or not. I don’t like to say following Jesus is a way of pain, sorrow and grief because even those who don’t follow experience these things because that’s just how it is in a fallen world. The difference in following Jesus is there is hope at the end of the suffering. If you aren’t a follower, you don’t have hope. There is nowhere to turn. Eventually we find out we aren’t in control of this world. We will be put in a position to see we need Jesus. If you still deny Him, you really have no hope. But the good news to followers is we have hope that there are new mercies every morning and He will make beauty out of our ashes.

Isaiah 61:3, To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”

Lamentations 3:22-23, The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Lent to Repent

Day 36

Scripture for today is 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 and it’s talking about giving. What we sow is what we will get back. We have to give willingly and with a cheerful heart. It has to be what we feel good about giving and God will honor what we give.

Ann says: Today I will crush greed because I’ve been shattered by amazing grace and that abundance is meant to be given.

 

We should be cheerful givers or don’t give at all. When our giving is done with a grudge it isn’t really giving. To give is not to expect anything in return. We shouldn’t give so we get more from God. We give because we sincerely want to help someone otherwise it’s not giving at all and it’s done in vain. When I give I want it to be real and sincere because when I do God is glorified!

 

Day 21- Go about doing good as Jesus did.

Day 22- It’s the sin God hates!

Day 23- True beauty comes from a clean heart that sees God

Day 24- Have faith Jesus is the Truth

Day 25- Fast from your sinful nature

Day 26- Believe Jesus, deny self, walk in the Kingdom

Day 27- Follow the Holy Spirit, return to God

Day 28- True worship connects you to God’s grace

Day 29- You have to follow the Holy Spirit continually to keep fear out

Day 30- Fear is flesh, Faith is spirit

Day 31- Thirst for God and put your hope in Him alone

Day 32- Find God’s light then live in it

Day 33- Live the shape of the cross

Day 34- Stay humble and pray

Day- 35 Don’t be afraid, watch what I say

Day 36- We have a new beginning every morning, give from the heart

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The Changes In Me Four Months Later

WOW! Well, I have really had an awesome past month walking with the Lord! What stands out to me is reading my book from Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts. This book has been the answer to my yearning and longing of wanting something but not really knowing what. I wanted a deeper relationship with God and Jesus and this book has been the answer. Doing and living what she talks about has changed my life! Counting the things I love has caused me to pay attention to my life and realize God’s presence with me. I have discovered new things because of this. I wrote more in-depth about this here. Because of this book and how she talked about taking photos of her world I tried this but it didn’t work for me. What has worked for me is I have rediscovered my ability to color and draw. I had been noticing how people write scripture or sayings along with drawings or the lettering is different. I ordered a Bible called My Creative Bible which has the pictures already drawn for you to color. I discovered there is a new up and coming thing called Bible Journaling. This Creative Bible has 400 drawings and also wide margins to do your own. While waiting for the Bible I got a coloring book with scriptures and pictures to do until I get the Bible. Well the other day I got a suggestion in my e-mail about a book called Whimsical Lettering. I checked it out and discovered that what I have been wanting to do is called Hand Lettering! I got the book and I now have 17 drawings in an art journal I have made! I couldn’t believe I could draw! Joanne Sharpe, the author of Whimsical Lettering, leads you through the beginning stages. She says you have to find your font and I thought that was really neat. I have already found mine! I will post an example of what I have done so far! I am so excited about this discovery that I feel like a kid again about life! Not only that but I got a schedule from the Community College for Spring in the mail and I was lead to see if they had any classes on Hand Lettering and they did! So yesterday I signed up! I am really looking forward to the class and getting better at this art. That is what it is, learning how to make your letters art and I’m doing it for God! This is where I am today, in a happy place! I have been faithful too doing my Lent devotion and now I can’t go without doing it. I am experiencing God all the time like I wanted! He is in everything in my life! It is awesome! Here are a few of my drawings

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The Bible

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I watched this movie in March 2013 on T.V.  I didn’t know God would speak to me all through the beginning of this series. Only in the beginning did He speak. The middle and end I didn’t get anything, but I want to share what came to me from the start. The movie is The Bible come to life. So it begins with the beginning of the Bible naturally. What I’m going to write are short sentences that were spoken to me while watching the movie. Like what I saw translated to what God was saying to me. The beginning is what was said in the movie and I will differentiate it. This is meant to encourage you, it encourages me when I am down.

From the movie: The Bible

God restores humanity to Himself.

The stories define who we are.

ONE Father in Heaven

ONE teacher and He is Jesus Christ

Choices we make, how we live, how we love, how we struggle and overcome.

Here is what came to me while watching The Bible:

When God speaks and gives promises BELIEVE or you will delay your blessing or you may not even get it.

NEVER tell God NO, do not be disobedient, OBEY, never be displeased with what God provides. [ This came to me when Lot’s wife was being displeased with what Abraham was telling them.]

FAITH in what you can not see.

NEVER go against what you know God is telling you to do.

DO NOT come up with your own solutions. FOLLOW GOD ONLY even when it looks like He isn’t working. [ Again watching the story of Lot and his wife].

TRUST IN GOD IN ALL THINGS YOU DO!

GOD IS WITH US! [ I noticed they said this a lot and I feel like it gives your spirit confirmation so I do this a lot myself, to remind myself that He is with me just like He was with them].

Do not let PRIDE overtake you.

Do not ever confess: I can’t, I won’t

With God YOU CAN, YOU WILL

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE to believe as long as you are here on this earth.

ALWAYS be willing to help anyone.

NEVER let temptation be so great as to defer you from the thing God has said to do.

Be a warrior against evil because you know God is with you.

When you know you are sent by God NOTHING can stop you from accomplishing what God has willed.

No evil can hinder you.

Do not look back at the past, it is gone, if you do you will die in the moment. [ This was when Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt].

Sometimes God calls us to do emotionally hard things.

To be chosen by God is a blessing and a test. [ When Abraham was asked to sacrifice Issac].

Prove faith again and again.

God wants to be FIRST in our hearts, minds and lives!

When we obey God even if it hurts our heart, we prove we trust Him.

Have faith and when we learn this about ourselves through this test, we have magnificent joy! [ This was when Abraham was going through with what God asked and after he proved his faith God provided the ram. Abraham had enormous joy].

When we know we are in harmony with God’s will it is a joyous experience!

Experience means to see, to hear, to feel with my heart.

To experience God we have to: SEE [ His vision], KNOW [ His will], HEAR [ God’s voice], FEEL [ with my heart].

The Devil wants us to think we are nothing to God because of our sin.

With God’s power we are set free, we can do all things through Christ [ His power].

We are free in God, with God.

Stay in God and you will continually be free! It is on going. Stay free by abiding in THE WORD OF GOD!

DO NOT FORGET GOD!

HE NEVER FORGETS YOU!

NO MAN can conquer God.

NO DEVIL can conquer God.

So who can defeat us? NO ONE.

We have to belong to God to know this. By our faith in Jesus we become a child of God.

Movie said this: God saved me for a purpose.

What came to me:

trust God, do not question His ways, His ways are not our ways. [Which it says this in the Bible].

Confess [ say out loud ] what you believe, what God says is true, IT WILL COME TO PASS!

Rebellion [ telling God no ] ,will lead to evil things you never dreamed of.

Stay with God

Trust God

Faith in God

Do exactly as God tells you to be spared of distress, destruction and trouble.

Our freedom comes with a price.

Jesus paid it on the cross.

The Devil will pay in the end. He will lose for our freedom and victory.

When the Devil thinks he has you in a trap, God will provide the way out. He will outsmart the Devil because He is God! [ This was when Moses had the Red Sea in front of him and the Pharaoh  behind him ]. It also says this in the Bible.

GOD LOVES YOU!

HE IS GOOD!

FOLLOW GOD
TRUST GOD
OBEY GOD

Ask God what to do so He can answer. You have to ask to get the answer! [ It says in the Bible you do not have because you do not ask].

Declare always, God is with me, to overcome evil.

Do not be afraid when your in the hand of God, He’s got you.

He will not let you down in your trouble.

Reach and grab His hand, have faith to reach, then grab hold, now don’t let go of God!

Hurry! The enemy is coming! Come to God while you can!

God doesn’t want any of His children to perish.

Remember [ keep it fresh in your mind] the freedom He gave so as to not fall into sin again and forget God.

Getting free is a long way to come but BECOMING FREE and getting saved is the beginning of the journey. [ This was when the Israelites made it to the other side of the Red Sea].

Movie said this: Trust God, Follow His Path. Be true to God and He will keep His promises.

What was said to me:

One man’s dream is another man’s future. [ When Moses knew He wouldn’t see the promised land but Joshua would].

If you do not fight for yourself at least fight for God.

Love not for yourself, love for God.

Let everything you do be for His glory not your own.

 

 

Simplicity, Discipline

You may wonder how these two words go together. I thought the same thing when I woke up one morning with these words on my mind. I knew God was trying to tell me something like many times before. As I wake up  God puts words or ideas in my mind that I research later on.

I was led to break down the meaning of the words. Simplicity means having a quality of being plain or natural. A synonym could be the word simple. Discipline is the practice of training or teaching.  So the one receiving the discipline could be called a disciple, just as the twelve followers of Jesus were called. They were following the teachings of Jesus.

I felt in my heart God is saying to “simply follow”. Stop making it so hard, it’s not meant to be. Be natural and go with the flow as some people say. Following the Holy Spirit’s direction can be simple if we just listen to what He is saying to us.  By simply following we are living in God’s will for our life. No longer will we be doing “busy” work but our work will have meaning, purpose and eternal value. There is a joy that can not be explained  when we do this.

On the other hand, when we are not listening to God’s voice we won’t have peace in our hearts. Satan tries to distract us from our life’s work through following Jesus. His mission is for us to not accomplish anything of eternal value. He tries to keep us from being saved but if that didn’t work and we become saved then He is after keeping us busy with nothing.

When we become a child of God we don’t need to figure anything out ourselves, God says simply follow and I will do the rest. I want to testify that when you are walking in God’s will there is no place else you would rather be. To feel His presence is heaven on earth.

Simply Follow.