Friday, February 27, 2009

Sons of Korah

I love these guys! I was really bummed that they were doing a local show a while back, but I was interstate. :( Never mind.. .next time.
These guys are fabulous though. They sing the Word of God (Psalms) - just as it is. I love their style and what I love most about these guys, is that their music makes it really easy to "hide God's Word in your heart!"

Enjoy!



In case you want to read along:
Psalm 148 Hallelujah! Praise the LORD from the heavens. Praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels. Praise him, his entire heavenly army.
Praise him, sun and moon. Praise him, all shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heaven and the water above the sky.
Let them praise the name of the LORD because they were created by his command.
He set them in their places forever and ever. He made it a law that no one can break.
Praise the LORD from the earth. Praise him, large sea creatures and all the ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and fog, strong winds that obey his commands, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedar trees, wild animals and all domestic animals, crawling animals and birds, kings of the earth and all its people, officials and all judges on the earth, young men and women, old and young together.
Let them praise the name of the LORD because his name is high above all others. His glory is above heaven and earth.
He has given his people a strong leader, someone praiseworthy for his faithful ones, for the people of Israel, the people who are close to him. Hallelujah!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

What defines you?

I’m breaking my habit
Of asking strangers
“What do you do?”
As if they’re no more than what they do.
I’ve begun asking,
“What are your dreams and your dreads?
What moves you, excites you, alarms you?
What drains you or sustains you?
What interests or bores you, amuses or grieves you?
Where do you go when you’re homesick?
Where do you rest when you’re tired?
Who are you when you’re alone, and whom do you miss?
And who misses you?
But when we’re dealing with questions,
Perhaps its really not what or where or who,
But whose. Whose are you? And whose am I?


Gerhard Frost

I am looking at this poem as part of an assignment. I found it incredibly thought provoking. I still have to listen to the lecture to get full benefit from it, but it's stirred up alot of questions.
What defines me? What I do? Who I am? Or Whose I am?
Does my relationship God define who I am as a person?

Here is one for you: Whose are you?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What's your testimony?




If you could write on a piece of cardboard, where you were and where God has bought you, what would it say?

I would love to hear where God has bought you, and you have the opportunity to share your own story to encourage others. So press that little button that says COMMENT... and tell us your cardboard testimony.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Head down, butt up.

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Do everything without complaining or arguing. (Philipians 2:14)

I don't know what happened over the Christmas holiday, but my children have changed. Once upon a time they played together nicely, they never fought, argued or bickered. They just played nicely. NOW... the second I pick up my daughter from school, she and my son are at each other's throats. It's on for young and old!!They don't see each other ALL DAY LONG, yet they fight the second they see each other. Before we even have left the classroom!

It's my job to teach them about giving, taking, compromise, speaking to each other with respect, asking not telling etc.

My daughter has a very good attitude towards household tasks. You tell her it's job time, and she will mostly complete her jobs without complaint. My son on the other hand whines, whinges and completely refuses to do his job.

It is my job to teach him responsibility and to be responsible with joy.

It's not fun to clean toilets, iron clothes, hang up washing etc. It's not fun to mow lawns, wash the car, do the food shopping. It's easy to say "I did it last time, it's your turn!" or arguments can break out because it feels like an unfair workload is distributed.

But we are to do all this and more without argument and complaint. We are to accept our responsibilities and serve each other without complaint. This takes an awesome shift in attitude. Instead of serving with limitations, God can then use our willingness to serve 100%. If we are only willing to work and serve in areas that we like, God will not use that. We need to be more than willing to do more than our "share".

God is teaching us to be responsible with joy. When we complain and whine about our responsibilities, we rob ourselves of joy that we can experience. Colossians 3:17 Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. It's a joy and a priveledge to be serving God and each other in the name of Christ. When you work, give thanks to God and do all you do for Him.

God wants you to give, to take, to compromise, to be flexible, to ask, not demand and to show respect to each other as we work away down here on earth - in work places, school, the church, the community and in your home. Be at peace with each other, even though your sense of justice rises within you. Remember that all you do, you do it for God - not for yourself.

So head down, butt up, and get to it! :)

MY PRAYER
Dear Lord,
Help me to remember that all I do is for you. Help me to be a joyful servant and not complain about my work load. Thankyou for giving me opportunities to serve you.
Amen

Silence is golden.

Psa 103:1-2 By David. Praise the LORD, my soul! Praise his holy name, all that is within me. Praise the LORD, my soul, and never forget all the good he has done.

I have completely and utterly lost my voice. I've been voiceless now for 48 hours. It's not fun let me tell you. But... I've learned something... I talk ALOT. Perhaps I talk too much?

I've noticed that since I can't contribute to the conversation as much, my children have been speaking ALOT more. I've been listening to my son prattle on, and I just smile and nod at him. I've been listening to my daughter tell me about her day. I can't ask questions. I can't communicate to her easily because I have no voice. But I have heard more from her today about her school day than I have EVER heard.

It's frustrating too. I can't call my kids to me. I have to clap to get my baby's attention. I can't tell my children to do the right thing, because they don't hear me. I have to get up, go to them, get in their face, and whisper fiercely. By then, they have stopped and moved on to ten other things. I have to bang surfaces to get my husband's attention. I get frustrated because I can't communicate. I cant talk on the phone. I couldn't do my vocal range test last night. I couldn't sing during music practice. I couldn't pray with my music team aloud. I am not going to be able to worship lead this Sunday, because of the risk of straining it. ARRRGHH!!!

When the music is pumping in the car, the stereo pumps out the songs that make my Spirit soar and my heart long to worship, I open my mouth and out comes..... nothing. I can't sing. I can't speak my praises. I can't worship, vocally.

But it seems that even though I have no voice, communication can still exist. I can nod and smile at my son, and encourage him to tell me more, to play with me more. I can tickle him and tackle him and make him laugh. I can grin at my baby girl and do "tiger claws" - because that is a signal to her that I am about to chase her. I can hold out my arms for her to walk into for a cuddle. I can draw my oldest girl into my arms, and stroke her face and head and look at her as she talks to me. I can kiss her forehead and express my love to her non-vocally.

In my heart I can worship my King. As David said "Praise the Lord, my soul" - no vocals needed. My soul can give thanks to God and worship Him, and he can hear my every prayer, my every expression of love. Just as my children can when I am silent. "All that is within me..." There is so much within me - and I can give it all to God. I have to opportunity to Bless God and remember all the good he has done....

Because I can't talk, I have to listen more. I have shut up God.... take the opportunity to talk to me now! :)

MY PRAYER
Dear Lord
Thankyou for the lesson you have taught me - that silence is golden. That I will hear more if I shut up. And that even though I can't vocally praise you, my heart can. Thankyou for teaching me new ways to appreciate you, and new ways to appreciate worship. Thankyou for my voice - I'm sorry I take advantage of it. I pray my voice will continue to be your instrument in worship and in sharing your Word. I pray you will strengthen it and make it a beautiful instrument.
Amen.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Keep your word.

I preached again in church on Sunday morning. I would like to share part of that message with you. I will be uploading this series for you to download and listen to if you like, at a later date.

This series is "LIVE WITH INTEGRITY" - and today's text is Matthew 5:33-37.

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I. KEEP YOUR WORD…EVEN WHEN IT DOESN’T SEEM IMPORTANT.

Let’s look at some common “white lies”.

“I’ll be ready in a minute...” (25 minutes later)

“The cheque is in the mail.”

“If I am elected, I promise to....”

"I've told you a thousand times!!!"

“The fish was THIIIIIIS big!”

“Not tonight dear, I have a headache.”

We have all been guilty of saying phrases of this kind that simply aren’t true. But it’s so easy to justify them, because they don’t really seem that important. It’s a pretty small dishonesty in the grand scheme of things... But it’s the little things that test our integrity. It’s easier on our conscience to tell a “small” lie or break a “small” promise than a big one. We become morally outraged when we think of breaking “big promises” or telling “big lies” – but the little ones... eh they won’t hurt anyone!

Termites by nature don’t make a public announcement when they are munching away on your home. They are easily concealed. And the presence of them are made known basically when the damage is done. They are only small little creatures. They only have small mouths.

Every time a “small” commitment is broken a small amount of damage is done. Think of it as releasing termites into your reputation.

There are other kinds of lies that destroy our integrity, and it’s not because we go out to tell a lie, it’s just that we can be careless with the truth on a daily basis because we don’t see it as a big deal.

Who has heard this one?
“The dog ate my homework!”

We can mislead to make us look better...
“Oh I never said that EXACTLY like that, I was misunderstood, what I meant was....”

We give false flattery
“You look so nice today! Wow! That outfit looks so good on you” then on the inside we are thinking... actually you look like a giant hotdog.

These are the small insignificant untruths that become like termites in our integrity. Our reputation is then harmed because people learn to not trust fully what we say.

Eph 4:25 So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other

Is this speaking to you right now? Are you feeling a bit of remorse for “insignificant” lies that you may have told in the past? Can you see the damage that “insignificant” untruthfulness can do to your reputation? What do you plan to do about it?

MY PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thankyou for always keeping your word to us all and never backing out on a promise. Thankyou that we can trust every sylable that comes from your mouth and your Word. Thankyou that you will never lie to us, never lead us to believe something that isn't true. I pray that I will adopt this same mindset. That I will be completely honest at all times, and not only that, have the ability to speak the truth in love. Forgive me for my embelishment of stories in the past, I pray you help me deal with my tendencies of over exaggeration.
I pray that I will be a good witness, and that my life will shine with truth and illuminate the way to the truth.
Amen.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Seams and piecing..

I love to quilt. I find great satisfaction in sewing together small pieces of fabric to create a bigger masterpiece. I find it relaxing to bind together the layers of fabric and wadding. I just love quilting.

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But there is one thing that I find difficult. You can't just whip through making a quilt and BINGO - you have a masterpiece. Each piece must be cut exactly to size and shape. Each pieces must be sewn together, allowing an exact seam allowance. If it's slightly to big, or slightly too small, the joins don't line up. If one piece is not correct, the whole quilt will be effected.

This is the same with our Christian walk. If one part of our life is not in line with what God wants, our whole life is effected. If we are not living a life of complete surrender, parts of our lives will be in the right shape, and will put our whole life out of kilter.

Also we can't expect to just arrive, with our life completely in line and each part perfect. Quilting takes an obscene amount of time to do. Hours and hours, weeks and weeks, months and months... sometimes even years. For us, to work on our lives, will take the rest of our days.

Keep aligning your life with the Word of God to create perfect seams. Keep surrendering your life completely so that God can shape every area, so you can pieced into a masterpiece.

I hope you understood that.....
I am sure quilting enthusiasts would have... :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How Great is Our God!

Ever wanted to know why I picked "How great is our God!" for the title of this blog?

The song is awesome! Well done Chris Tomlin! It just expresses beautifully the cry of my heart.

In 2002 my Grandfather - Pops was diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancer. Pops was a handyman and painter and decorator and was exposed to asbestos in his earlier years. He was an active man, always very tanned because he was always out in the garden, or sitting outside in she sunshine, drinking his tea and listening to the cricket.
In 2002, over 6 months he went from a robust, healthy, active man to a skeleton with skin. He was in horrible pain as massive tumors took over his lungs.
But all through this time of pain and sickness, his hearts cry was the same. "How Great is our God!". One day I walked in on a conversation he was having with my husband. Pops was crying! He wasn't crying because he was in pain, or because he was upset he was going to die soon. He was crying because God had been so gracious to him. He was crying because he was overwhelmed with how great our God is!
The week before he died, he attended my brother's wedding. He was in hospital at the time, but arranged to be released for the morning so he could attend. During the hymns, Pops had his arm raised straight in the air, and he worshipped with all his being!
I felt tears prick my eyes. Right then and there I wanted that same heart of worship. I wanted to praise God in ALL circumstances. I wanted to constantly remember the goodness of God, no matter how I was feeling, what circumstances were going on, no matter how bad life got.

Pops died in December 2002. The legacy he left me was incredible.

Monday, February 16, 2009

A tip for a good marriage.

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I read this study yesterday and I really thought it was interesting. Alot of people go into marriage thinking that they are leaving and cleaving when they leave their parents home and move into another with their partner. There is soooo much more to it.

A lack of leaving and cleaving not only causes major problems in the marriage, but it is also a very common issue.

I liked this study, it was simple, easy to understand and very informative.
Leave and Cleave

So Men of God - RISE UP - Leave and cleave!! It's one of the first instructions given by God for marriage. It will create a deeper and more beautiful intimacy in your marriage.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Don't identify with the sin..

A Pastor's wife told me this story today about something that happened in her church that day.

A lady in her church - (I'll call her Anita for this story) has a severe drug problem. So severe that her brain has been effected and her whole life revolves around drugs. She just won't or isn't able to give up that habit. A complete and utter addict. It's so bad that when someone sleeps with her and gets her pregnant, her babies are taken away from her pretty much as soon as she has them, and put into foster care. The children's services intervene immediately because this woman can barely take care of herself, let alone an infant.

Two weeks ago Anita had another baby. And for a few days she had her baby to cuddle and feed and bond with. Then it was taken away by children's services to go through some sort of detox program and then put into the foster system.

Anita was in church this morning. And she cried and mourned all the way through the service. Afterwards, she went up to the Pastor's wife and asked her to pray that she will get her baby back. The rest of the congregation turned their nose up at her. Judging her. Staring at her dirty clothes, dirty body, smelling her filth... and all giving the impression that they thought the woman deserved every single thing that she got. Ewww a drug addict. She smells. She won't give it up. Serves her right.

The Pastor's wife, with tears in her eyes, pulled Anita into her arms, stroked her greasy hair and tried to comfort her as much as she could. "Anita, I'll pray that you get the help that you need and pray for strength for you." The Pastor's wife ignored the filth, the smell and sin that binds this woman so tightly - and offered her compassion and prayer.

I was blown away by this story. It's a true one by the way.. I was horrified at the actions of some of these "Christians". How does one forget that we don't have to actually identify with the sin, but we have to show compassion to the sinner? How does one think, "I am better than she is, because I don't do drugs etc etc. I am clean, I read my Bible..." How can one forget where God bought us from? How can we all forget that ALL have sinned, and that no one sin is worse than others? The sin of judgement and gossip is just as bad as the sin of child molestation, rape and drug addictions.

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What would Jesus do?? Well let's look at what Jesus DID! - Not once did he identify with the sin. Do you know why? Because Jesus was the Perfect Lamb.
1 Peter 2:22 says, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." 1 John 3:5 says, ". . . And in him is no sin."
Jesus didn't have to identify with the sin, but he showed deep compassion to the sinner. Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them,
He spent time with sinners and showed them love. He healed them. He taught them a better way.

If Jesus was here, he would have pulled Anita into his arms, filth and all, and just loved her.

I want to be like Jesus.

MY PRAYER
Dear Lord, forgive me for the times that I have walked on by someone in need. Help me to show the compassion that you showed to all of us. Thankyou for forgiving me and saving me and showing me compassion when I least deserve it. Help me to do the same to the people around me.
Thankyou for your never ending Grace.
Amen

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Keith Green Story

This amazing guy who took What Would Jesus Do literally!!





You can see the rest of this story on Youtube. - there are 7 parts in all... watch and be really blessed, encouraged, challenged and inspired.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

How to have a long and satisfying life...

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Proverbs 3:1-2

The King James translates it as this: My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

No matter how many self improvement courses you take, no matter how many self help books you read to create and environment of peace - all that is useless if you don't remember God's teachings nor apply them.

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It says "DON'T FORGET" - I personally have an uncanny knack of remembering scripture. I don't always remember WHERE in the Bible it is, but I know what it says. I remember because I meditate on it. Today I will go away from here, and think on what I have read. I will mull over it, chew on it like a cow chews the cud. This is how I remember it, because I go over it - over and over again. If I read it and walked away and didn't think about it again, I wouldn't remember.

Make the effort and make the decision to store God's Word in your heart. NEVER FORGET!!

And if you do this - the promise is that you live a long, satisfying and peaceful life.

Not only will you live long and peacefully:

EVERYTHING we do will prosper!

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law he habitually meditates by day and by night.
And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper and come to maturity.
Psalm 1:2-3

Our children will prosper! Our children will be blessed! Our children will be wealthy! Our children will do good deeds!! Do your kids a favour and obey the commands of the Lord!

How joyful are those who fear the LORD
and delight in obeying his commands.
Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
Psalm 112:1-3

These are the promises of God. Claim them! IT IS WRITTEN!!!

MY PRAYER
Dear Lord,
Thankyou for the promises you have made. I claim those promises as I remember your Word and LIVE your Word. I want to be obedient to you in every way. I will live FOR you.
I pray you will continue to show me and guide me and teach me how to live my life in complete surrender to you.

Amen

Sunday, February 8, 2009

What happens when we surrender to God?

This morning, I was worship leading. And this is what I shared:

What we sing are not just songs. They are powerful words that have the ability to create waves in the spiritual rhelm. When we sing and worship God, we should actually think about what we are singing and make it the cry of our heart.
This morning we sang "The Stand" - and some of those words were:
"I'll stand with arms high and heart abandoned"
"I'll stand, my soul Lord to you surrendered, all I have is yours."

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Surrendering to God completely is very risky. I used a guy from the front row. He surrendered his arm to me and I had complete control of it. I was able to move it out, I could make it rest on his stomach. I could make it tap his head. I could do anything with him. And he had to trust me. He was even tempted to take his watch off that arm, just in case I took it.. :) Hmmm... not full surrender then.. because he wasn't willing to surrender his possesions to me. LOL

This is what happens when we are in full surrender to God - He can do ANYTHING with us. Because we are offering him our very all. God can't work 100% in us if he doesn't have 100% of our lives.

What's more is that when we give God 100% of us, and he can move fully and completely, we are going to start shaking the very foundations that Satan has built his kingdom of darkness of. He relies on Christian's to not reach their full potential because they are not in complete surrender.

So how about it?
Ready to give God complete control? Are you ready to see the power of God move in such an awesome and real way? Are you ready for God to to have 100% of YOU?? Are you ready to see Satan's work begin to crumble?

MY PRAYER
Dear Father, All I have is yours. I commit my life to you again, completely. You reign in my life, you reign in my circumstances, you reign in my World. I want to give it all to you so I can reach my full potential and purpose in this life.
In your name, Amen.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Teach your kids.

Memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you're at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

As parents it's our job to teach our kids God's Word. And not just the "Obey your parents" and "Honor thy Mother and thy Father" :)

So what happens when a parent teaches their kids God's Word?



They are equipped to minister to others.

Don't hold your kids back by keeping God's Word to yourself. Share, talk about it, teach your kids the way they should live. Show them. Read it together. Don't leave it up to your school and Sunday school to teach your children God's Word. Sing songs to them that tell of God's greatness and goodness. It's never too early to lay the foundations to lead them to Salvation.



Isn't this kid cute???

My guess is that her Mummy has been teaching her God's Word, and singing to her songs of praise and developing a heart of worship.


MY PRAYER
Dear God,
I have been so slack in teaching my kids your Word. Please help me talk about You to my kids, and show me ways I can minister to my children and lead them to you. Thankyou for the gift of my children, and I pray for help as teaching them about you and talking about You becomes a priority.
Thankyou Lord, Amen.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Make the effort.

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

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I have a group of friends who are trying to lose weight together. One of my lovely friends is wanting to try and conceive soon and so wants to shift a little bit of weight in preparation for that. Another friend was told if she didn't lose some weight, serious health consequences would follow. Other's are joining in to be healthier for this New Year. These friends know that it's going to take some effort to lose this weight. The friend who was told that her health would suffer if she didn't lose weight has been a real inspiration. She slogs away at the gym, she eats healthily and intuitively. She is getting stronger and fitter and slimmer. She is doing so well! But that doesn't come by sitting on her backside and wishing the weight would disappear. She isn't getting healthier and fitter by watching TV, playing computer games and eating chocolate cake.

Losing weight is an effort. It takes effort. Some more than others. But for this group of women it's a big effort.

Gaining wisdom or "knowledge of God" is exactly the same. It takes effort. You can't expect wisdom to come by flipping open your Bible and glazing over the Words. Listen to what the Proverbs say:
"Tune your ears"
"Cry out for insight"
"Ask for understanding"
"Search for them as you would silver"
"Seek them like hidden treasure"

These will all take effort on your part. But I really want to focus on the last two - Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

We have all seen movies, we have all seen how much work it takes to find buried treasure. The Pirates of the Caribean didn't waltz on in and grab treasure that was laying around where their ship was. They had to travel, they had to fight bad guys, elements, weather etc. When you go treasure hunting, you have to study the map, you have to work out how to get to the place you suspect treasure lies. You will have to prepare to dig deep, getting hot, dirty and sweaty to find that treasure. Silver mining back in the days before machinery was a hard slog. Sifting through dirt, digging mines with shovels, sweaty and hot. Silver rarely is laying around just on the surface for you to pick up. It takes effort to find treasures.

Just as it takes effort to find treasure in the Word of God. We can't just scratch around on the surface and expect wisdom. We need to dig, search whole heartedly - spend time, spend energy, turn off the TV and just concentrate on what we are reading. Glazing over the Bible does not benefit anyone. Claiming "I don't understand it" will not benefit anyone. How can you speak the Word of God into people's lives if you don't take the time to dig deep? Really read and make the time and the effort to dig up treasures? Research, read studies that have been done on these scriptures if you have trouble. There are so many ways that you can find treasures in God's Word - but you have to make the effort to do them.

Then when you do find treasure in God's Word - remember to listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.

MY PRAYER
Thankyou Lord for showing us how precious your Word is to us. Thankyou for giving me the ability to read and the provision of a Bible so I can grow and learn from you. I pray that you will continue to direct me to where the treasure lay, so I can grow in you. I pray that I will remember that if no effort was put in, no treasure will be found.
Thankyou for you Grace and provision in my life.

In your name, Amen

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

God-breathed Words

I'm sorry about the lack of posting. Something vital on my PC died and some replacement parts had to be ordered and installed.

But I am back now and ready to go again.

Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds. 2 Timothy 3:16-17


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I love book shops. Love em! Totally and completely love em! That is why I don't go to them very often. I have such a love for books, that if my finances allowed, I would come out with an armload full of wonderful books. I like to read biographies, some fiction, craft books, cook books. I love to read and I love books.
When I walk past the "self improvement" aisle of books, I see lots and lots of books on how to "help yourself". How to get better self esteem. How to love your partner when he is emotionally unavailable. How to forgive. Dealing with depression. How to be happy. Those kinds of books. There are loads of them out there.

I have a self help book of my own sitting here. It's called a Bible. I like how the Message translates this verse:
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

I love when life is going topsy turvey, that I can turn to the Word of God for help. I can get wisdom. I can get instruction on how to behave, and most importantly, if it's my behaviour that is causing strife, I can get discipline and teaching to modify that behaviour.

The Word of God is literally the Word of God. God breathed. When I think of that I think of words coming from his heart and out of his mouth. Breathing to me sounds alot more deeper than just speaking. Air comes from the lungs, which encases the heart.

God gave us His Word so we have guidelines. So we can live the life God wants us to live and live His way. We still have choices of course - but the Bible helps us make those choices.

Like self help books teach you to change your behaviour to have better self esteem. Change your thinking so you can cope with a certain issue in life - the Bible teaches us how we should be behaving and what our attitude should be like. It's a training manual to live God's way. The way he intended us all to live.

So today, look at your Bible in a new way. See it as God-breathed. Words straight from God's heart - that will go straight into yours if you are open to it.
If you are not a Bible reader, I encourage you to change that aspect in your life. Read God's Words to YOU. Instead of investing in self help books to help you be happy, get into the Word of God. Obedience to God is a source of joy. Knowing God intimately is a source of Joy. Delighting yourself in God is a source of Joy. You get your hearts desires when you do that.

MY PRAYER

Dear Lord
I pray that your Word will go out and strike deep into the hearts of those who read this and also into my heart. Thankyou for your Word to us and thankyou for inspiring people to write it and record what sort of life we should be leading. I pray that I will "hide your word in my heart" so when the right moment comes, I can share it with those who need to hear it. I pray for fresh revelation as I read and that I will be courageous enough to face and deal with my flaws and sins.

Thankyou Lord
Amen


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