So You Will Know

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I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
— 1 John 5:13

When my children were young I learned to scrap book.  I learned this on our first family vacation.  We went to Homer, Alaska to visit some friends.

Every time I pick up that scrapbook, I find things about our vacation that I had forgotten.  Seeing the pages of the very memorable vacation reminds me of the wonderful time we had together!

On our very first day there, a bear came up the porch steps and… well, I digress!

All throughout scripture we are told to write this on your heart so that… you may tell your children, you may remember or so you will know!

In first John, John wrote things to you and I, so we would know we have eternal life.  Read it to be reminded how you’ve been bought with a price.  Jesus loves you and cares for you.  He is active daily in all areas of our lives.

One way we can remind ourselves of what great things Christ has done for us is to keep a prayer journal.

Simply put a date and your prayer request.  Then a date and the answer, even if the answer is no.  Over time, you will be reminded of God’s great faithfulness!

Blessings,

 

Feel free to use my printable.

Quiet Time

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Photo by .Artem Anokhin.

What is a quiet-time?  A quiet time is a set time that you choose to be alone with God.  You pray and read scripture meditating on it and journal what He has spoken to you.  That’s my definition.

Why is a quiet-time so important?  A quiet-time is important because that’s when you “hear” from your Savior.  This is an intimate time with our Lord.  This is where our faith and relationship grows!  So how do I “do” a quiet-time?

Choose a time of day that you can set aside 30 minutes to an hour. Starting out, it may be 15 minutes. I prefer the morning because then I think about what I’ve read all day.

Pray confessing your sin and asking God to show you something in His Word; maybe a sin that you aren’t even aware of that you need to confess or guidance in a particular area of your life.

Then start reading.  I like to pick a book of the Bible and read a section of verses or chapter each day until I have read that book of the Bible.  Read for as long as you have OR until the Holy Spirit speaks to you.

Journal about what you read.  Write down something that caught your attention in the passage.  Then consider how that applies to you.  Write that down.  It may be something like this, for example, I label where I’m reading –(Acts 4 chapter and verse), This is what caught my eye- (Peter and John were filled with the Holy Spirit and went out speaking in boldness.)  How it applies to me-(As a Christian, I am filled with the Holy Spirit so I, too, should be speaking in boldness.) 

Pray about how the Holy Spirit spoke to you.  I write my prayer in my journal- (Dear Father, Draw me close to You so that I will seek Your ways and not my own.  Have full control over me by Your Holy Spirit so that I, too, may go out in boldness like Peter and John. In Jesus Name, Amen)   You will be amazed at how you will grow in your walk with the Lord by having a quiet time with Him every day.

Be still and know that I am God... Psalm 46:10

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Excellent Love

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I Corinthians 13
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails;
but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 
13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

 

God our Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit; ONE God showed us perfect love.  He created mankind knowing we would fail him.  He knew that in that failure, most of His creation would not choose to surrender to Him, yet He gave us the freedom to choose anyway.

God knew that those of us who would choose to surrender to Him would fall often.  Many times knowing the right thing but choosing sin instead.  But in His perfect love, He offers forgiveness as soon as we repent. 

He is patient, not wanting any to perish, and offers hope to all who believe.

How I want to demonstrate my Father’s love to others.  May I be patient, kind, not jealous, not a braggart or arrogant, not acting unbecomingly, not easily provoked, not taking into account wrong suffered and not rejoicing in unrighteousness but rather rejoicing in truth, bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things and enduring all things. Why?  Because my Father’s love NEVER fails.

Does my love fail?  Yes! But does my Father’s love fail? Never!

May I choose to deny myself daily and take up my cross and follow Him so He receives all the glory and I might just be one of the vessels He chooses to use.

What if...

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Am I thankful?  I like to think that I am, but every now and then I get caught up in comparing myself to others. 

Well, I ran across the question above and it stopped me in my tracks.  I mean, think about it. 

What IF you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?

What would you have and what would you miss?  Or the better question, who would you have and who would you miss?

When we get caught up in that “comparison game” or the “woe is me pity party”, we lose sight of all that we have to be thankful!  We begin to lose sight of how BIG and AWESOME our God is!

I have found that when I start getting the mulligrubs, I need to look up and thank God for all the ways He has blessed me.  After being thankful for my salvation, I’m thankful for people!  That list can get pretty long…family, friends, acquaintances and more.

Then the praise starts!  After all, what a God who desires a relationship with us!  How awesome is that?  When mankind, you and I, could have cared less, He cared for us.  And He proved it by sending Jesus to pay a debt we could never pay so that we might become His sons and daughters! Hallelujah!

So today, take a few minutes and consider the question.

What IF you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?

Grace and Peace to you as you count your blessings,

 

“Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father”  Ephesians 5:20