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Corner Anyone?   2 comments

Posted May 15, 2008 by Lana G! in Books, Photo, Photography, Quotes, Reading

Easter Monday – Remember…   2 comments

 Remember…

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And he said to all, If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Luke 9:23

Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.

Jennie Evelyn Hussey

May I never lose the wonder, the wonder of the cross
May I see it like the first time,
Standing as a sinner lost.
Undone by mercy and left speechless,
Watching wide-eyed at the cost.
May I never lose the wonder the wonder of the cross.

Vicky Beeching

Posted March 24, 2008 by Lana G! in Bible, Christianity, Easter, Flowers, Photography, Quotes, Worship

Tuesday In Other Words   8 comments

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This week, Michelle is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” at her site, Because I Love You. She has chosen a quote from “A Glimpse of Grace” by Mary Forsythe (with Beth Clark).

“No matter how many good friends I had, there were aspects of my life I needed to deal with alone – heart issues and attitudes that could not be wrestled with in a Bible study…They had to be confronted by the Holy Spirit in the privacy of my own soul.”

I must be honest. I struggled with this quote.  I agree with it but, I think I just would have re-worded it.  When we are in community with other believers, there is accountability and it is the “faithful wounds of a friend” that lead us to the confrontation by the Holy Spirit in the privacy of our souls. 

It is the “Nathan” (2 Samuel 12) in our lives who opens our eyes to our sinful self.  Conviction brings clarity. Clarity leads to confession.  Usually, it is someone pointing out the issue in our lives before we go deal with it in private.  The pointing out can come from a sermon we hear that convicts us or in a more direct fashion, a “wound of a friend”.  It depends on how blind we have become to our condition and how direct the Holy Spirit will have to be in getting us back on the right path.

In the privacy of our souls, we can then pray the prayer of David:

Psalm 51 

1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight-
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart-
These, O God, You will not despise.

Create in me a clean heart – Amen!

Such an appropriate quote for the Holy week.  Thanks Michelle! For more thoughts on this week’s quote, head on over to  Because I Love You.

Posted March 18, 2008 by Lana G! in Christianity, In Other Words, Psalm, Quotes, Verse

Loving God With All Your Mind   2 comments

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 I thought I would share this quote from the book Loving God With All Your Mind by Elizabeth George…

If we are to love God with all our mind, we need to be sure our ideas about God are accurate, biblical, and true. Inaccurate and unbiblical thoughts about God can block His power in our life.  Another crucial step toward loving God with all our mind is determining to place the Bible’s truths above everything we think or feel.  We must guard against allowing our thoughts or feelings to override the great truths of Scripture.

First John 1:9, for instance, sets forth the important truth that, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Although this statement guarantees that God forgives our sins, I have been guilty of saying, after a time of confession, “But I don’t feel forgiven.” When I do this, I am allowing my feelings to take precendence over the rock-solid doctrinal truth of the forgiveness of  sins available to us through Christ.  On other occasions I say, “But I don’t think God could really forgive me.”  Again, I’m allowing my thoughts to take precedence over the Word of God. 

You and I are forgiven, regardless of our feelings and thoughts.  To think we are not forgiven is to think a lie. When my feelings and thoughts are counter to what Scripture teaches, I need to stop and ask…what is true?  The answer is always the same:  The Bible is true, not my feelings or thoughts.  Having reminded myself of that, I then choose to “think forgiven.”

Begs the question, do my thoughts and feelings take precedence over the rock-solid Word of God? 

Lord, may I rely on your Word and not on my feelings and thoughts.

Posted March 10, 2008 by Lana G! in Bible, Flowers, Forgiveness, Photography, Quotes, Truth

Love is   Leave a comment

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Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
~Mother Teresa~

Posted March 6, 2008 by Lana G! in Love, Photography, Quotes

Tuesday In Other Words   10 comments

 

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This week, Heather is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” at her site, Mommy Monk. She has chosen the following quote by Hellen Keller: 

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

There have been so many times in my own spiritual walk that this quote described me perfectly.  It all happens when we take our eyes off our Savior.  If you are lacking vision in your own life or know of someone who is lacking it in their own life, I challenge you to pray the following scripture for yourself or for someone needing some vision…

Ephesians 1:15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

So this is what I would pray starting at verse 17:

Lord Jesus Christ, my glorious Father, please give me the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that I may know you better. I pray also that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me, the riches of your glorious inheritance in the saints (me included), and your incomparable great power for me as a believer. Amen.

Ask God to open the eyes of your heart today and then continue to focus on Jesus.

For more In Other Words posts, head on over to Mommy Monk.

 

Posted March 3, 2008 by Lana G! in In Other Words, Prayer, Quotes

Tuesday In Other Words   12 comments

 

This week, Heather is hosting “In ‘Other’ Words” at her site, Titus 2 Woman. She has chosen a quote by Jeremiah Olson:

“Momma prayed, momma cried, momma laid awake at night.
She would fight my battles while I slept away
Cause momma knew life is hard
without somebody on your side
I don’t know how, but there is power in the way,
The way my momma prayed.”

Words and music by Jeremiah Olson of 40milesNorth

The words of this song remind me of the story of Samuel and Hannah in the Old Testament.  Hannah is Samuel’s mother and through the faithful, fervent prayers of Hannah, the Lord answers her prayer and her closed womb is opened and she bears a son – Samuel.  Hannah made a vow to God that if He would provide a son, she would give him to the Lord’s service and she did just that.

Hannah continued to pray for the boy and saw him once a year when they would come to offer the yearly sacrifice. Could you imagine!  You know this woman prayed for her boy every minute of the day and her prayers were answered.

1 Samuel 3:19 Thus Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fail.

Wow, what a testimony of sacrifice, dedication and faithfulness. I see that in my own parents as well.  There were so many times that I would walk by their bedroom and there they were on their knees praying.  They prayed for each and everyone of us kids and we knew it. 

Now, that is not to say that we were all angelic little prophets – far from it!  We were brats! But, today all eight of us kids can say that it was through the faithful prayers of our parents that we all know Jesus. 

My parents were not ashamed to pray with their bedroom door open so that we could see them.  They were bold in their prayers and they wanted to instill in each of us the importance of prayer.  We are a pretty close knit family and that is one of the things I so appreciate – we pray for each other. Here’s a picture of my mom and dad:

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So, pray for your kids. Let them see you praying for them and pray with them. 

For more In Other Words, head on over to Titus 2 Woman.

Posted February 18, 2008 by Lana G! in Faith, Family, In Other Words, Prayer, Quotes, Thoughts