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I’ve been plodding my way through, trying to memorize Ephesians.  I am about half-way through chapter two.  When I think about how long it took me to get there, I get discouraged.  Part of the problem is that I’m not really understanding some of what I am trying to memorize.  My Sunday School is using the Wiersbe BE commentary series when we go through a specific book of the Bible.  It dawned on me one day as I was asking the Lord for that “spirit of wisdom and revelation” that I should get the one for Ephesians.  Be Rich (Ephesians): Gaining the Things That Money Can’t Buy has been so helpful!!!!  I wish I had thought of it earlier.  Here are a few quotes for you to think about today:

“We inherit the wealth by faith and invest the wealth by works.  Without this balance, our spiritual riches do us no good.”

“…election is always unto something.  It is a privilege that carries a great responsibility.”

“…the better we know Him, the more satisfying our spiritual lives will be.”

Let’s pray for one another the words of Ephesians 1:17-23.

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

The Snow is Coming…

…to my part of the south.

IMG_3647The library book is checked out.

craftA craft is in progress.

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I’m ready!

Who knew…

Taste for Truth

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Day 3:  I’ll Start Tomorrow

“Why do you suppose we keep putting it off until tomorrow? Here’s my theory: We do it because a) we don’t really want to follow our boundaries and b) it’s a wonderful opportunity to eat without guilt. Because after all, we’ll be so good tomorrow!”

“Here’s what we’ll need to do if we want to break free from the control of food: develop a mindset of always following the boundaries. In other words, ban the phrase ‘I’ll start tomorrow’ from our vocabulary.”*

What the Bible has to say:

Proverbs 25: 16, “Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.”

Romans 13: 14, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

1 Corinthians 10: 31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

1 Peter 2: 11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”

Although this study is geared for weight loss, the principles that it contains apply to any lasting change that you want to see in your life.  The first verse mentioned is about food, but if you will notice, the others are for anything that we lust after, whether it be food, drink, worldly entertainment, etc.  Anything that we turn to instead of God is an idol.  The Bible is very clear about what God thinks of idolatry.  As I have worked through this study, I have realized many things that I turn to when I should be turning to my Lord.  I’m praying that the Lord will change me as I work through this study.  Not just in the area of food, but in any area that He sees fit!

*Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study (p. 16). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

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Come Away

Mark 6:31

Mark 6:31

I just finished listening to a wonderful series on Revive Our Hearts.  I needed to be reminded of the truths that were in it.  I hope you’ll take the time to listen and that your heart will be encouraged as mine was.

Come Away and Rest with Carrie Gaul-This is the title page for the series.  It contains links for the sessions below.

The Ball and Chain of Condemnation

Freedom from the Ball and Chain

Receiving the Gift of Suffering

 

Cottage Love

I love cottages.  Lsat week, I was running errands on the other side of town.  When I parked my car and looked ahead, this is what I saw.

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 I adore this cute little cottage/house!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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