A newly added tool against the Enemy :Boy the Enemy is really getting scared of how much progress I’ve been making. This past month has been one rough road. I’ve been reading Gods word and praying on my own but the other night He directed me to this book. I was looking for a video on YouTube and saw a video of Priscilla Shirer speaking and it got me thinking. She says any revival we want starts within us because God put it in and if He put it in than He will see it happen. Thank you God!
Thank you once again for showing me that I need people in my life. I’m sorry for not showing up for so long , I know now that was the enemy doing it not you. You’re way is not hiding away it’s showing up even in the midst of my mess .
Today was just a great example of being wrapped in your mercy. Thank you again
It feels good I’m not alone in my struggles with faith or idols. Here are some books I’m reading that are helping me:
7 by Jen Hatmaker
A Mile Wide by Brandon Hatmaker
Sacred Waiting by David Timms
A Confident Heart Devotional by Renee Swope
And of course my Bible
I just bought The Common Book of Prayer also
A couple of days we were eating dinner at the table and the piece of paneling from my daughters room fell. I noticed what she wrote on a paper: Don’t let your past make you bitter but better. Ok fine I’m all good with that but what happens when the same things keep happening now?
Last week I received a unexpected bill for something that should have been covered by insurance (yeah right), this week I went negative in my bank account due to once again unexpected things. It irratated me that I’ve been extra careful and have been denying myself of things that this would happen now.
Needless to say it was a horrible day and to top it off my hubby came home in a bad mood and I couldn’t cheer him up .
Today I woke up the sun was shining , I pulled my Bible out and started to to God about it . I opened up to the Book of Isiah and He promises that He’s starting something new in me 43:19
From the beginning of the year I’ve been seeing this verse and the reminder to stay calm that He is control Here are some other God notes from the devotional study I’m doing “The Confident Heart” by Renee Swope. It has helped me stay calm and know God sees and knows and LOVES me no matter what. I am not my past , things will improve and the future is hopeful.
How I spent the first day of Advent: we did grocery shopping for the week, laundry and dishes. But in between I read , had tea and knitted. I’m reading “Bittersweet” by Shauna Niequist.She has such a way of writing, she is one I can relate to. I watched a video of her speaking about Psalm 16 and contentment.
Also I watched Ann Voskamps Advent video and finished reading Isiah. I love how God promises restoration in my life.
Some of the Bible studies that have helped me are :
The Book of Acts
Those are by Proverbs 31 Ministries. So far they have been a source of spiritual help.I’ve been reading and and doing online studies with them since May.
My current Bible study is Joshua from Shereadstruth.
I’m looking forward to the holiday season studying The Beatitudes and Advent with them.
This will be my first year observing Advent.
I’m currently reading:
Come with Me by Suzanne Eller
On the launch team for Love Listen and Repeat by Karen Ehman
And rereading One Thousands Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Next week I leave for a trip so I’m taking along:
The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp and Wait and See by Wendy Pope another Bible study by Pr 31.
Earlier today I put this pattern in my Bible because I’ve been asked to knit a pair for a friend. But it seems a I let my passion for knitting slide quite a lot.So I prayed to get it back. So God sent out searches and found a message on passio
He based it on Revelation 2:1-5 (if you don’t know it look it up)! As soon as I read it I felt a spark of passion I haven’t felt in awhile , too bad I don’t have my knitting with me
Confession time I ‘ve struggled with money most of life. The other day a unexpected bill came in so it made me short for another which was double the usual. Instead of letting it get me down I reached for my Bible and read this verse: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me Romans 7:21
I walked my 10000 steps and prayed to God set things right. He didn’t hand me money but something much better His Truth . Another verse popped into my reading , ” Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes” Esphians 6:11
In another words reach for my Word instead of the phone to buy more stuff.
It’s been a minute to minute struggle these past two days but I’ve been knitting on my shawl and reading my Bible for comfort and not the evil invade my thoughts because I know God really has my soul.
Have a great weekend and reach for God
Oh how I didn’t know the power of two books would have in my life. Jesus says to rid yourself of your possessions and follow me, little did I know that He had already had me in His sight long ago. I’ll be posting about the teachers that He sent to help me along my path this month along with my answers to the questions in The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren .