Monthly Archives: October 2016

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Houses and/or Barns


In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with Houses and Barns topic

Old and beautiful

Old and beautiful

in the cemetery

in the cemetery

 

 

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The Weekly Photo Challenges – Transmogrify


In response to The Weekly Photo Challenges with the Transmorgrify theme

changing

changing

indigo blue

…lost one leg

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge


In response to Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge for the week #43

Bear and heart

Bear and heart

 

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When I call on Jesus


 

Never underestimate the power of His Name

He is here for you

and He will be always beside you

no matter what circumstances you are going through.

Happy Sabbath!

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Chris Tomlin – Never lose sight


“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11, NIV

Names are powerful. From birth, they give us our identity. They immediately tell others who we are. Throughout the Bible, names are important to Jesus. In fact, He was notorious for changing people’s names and then helping them live up to the name He gave them. Yet no name wields more power than that of Jesus Himself. Emmanuel, God with us. And through the ages, the names of the Father have become a source of strength for His children:

Shepherd.
Friend.
Savior.
Messiah.
Jesus.

Ask any longtime Christ follower, and they can likely tell you the name of the Lord that means the most to them and where they were when they learned the meaning and value of that particular name of God. The name of Jesus evokes a peace and a power like no other.

It’s through the name of Jesus that we find everlasting life. Romans 10:13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

In His name we find salvation, freedom, and ultimate healing. It’s His name that we call in times of despair. It’s His name that we celebrate and revere in wonder and praise.

There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages
He is Jesus, Jesus

So much is wrapped up in that one name, and the longer we follow Christ, the more we discover that so much of ourselves is wrapped up in those five letters. He is the only one who can tell us who we are because we are His.

Yet culture will relentlessly try to redefine us, calling us names like:

Stupid.
Small.
Ugly.
Insignificant.
Not enough.

But culture holds no power over anyone who belongs to Jesus. The One who stills the wind and the waves knows your rightful name, and He calls you:

Precious.
Beloved.
Beautiful.
Priceless.
Mine.

Read: Philippians 2:9-11

Romans 10:13

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Chris Tomlin – Never Lose Sight Devotional (day 2)

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Prayer – the most important in the morning and before bed time… and all the time


Devotional

My day planner was bursting at the seams. Each small square on the calendar was crammed with conflicting responsibilities: children’s music lessons or play practice, church meetings, work deadlines. Even brief moments of social life required budgeting well in advance. I was so busy that I resented the time I had to spend sleeping. And in the midst of my over-scheduled life, God continued to call me to spend daily quiet time with Him.

How could I fit in one more thing? Didn’t He understand how important all my activities were? The work of the day insisted on its own urgency, so I often rushed through a token devotion and hurried prayer.

Reading through the Gospels, I discovered that Scripture mentions many times how Jesus went away to pray—sometimes early in the morning, sometimes overnight.

When life is overwhelming, setting aside time for prayer feels counter-intuitive. Surely diving into the work of the day will bring more progress than stepping aside for prayer. Jesus understood the pressure of time. His brief years of ministry were limited, and there were so many people who needed truth, forgiveness, healing. His disciples needed to be taught. The Father’s plan needed to be carried out. Yet He made prayer a priority.

As busy as my life might be, I will never carry the weight of responsibility that Jesus did. He came to redeem the entire human race. Yet instead of frantic urgency, He consistently modeled a life of prayer, of retreat, of seeking a quiet place.

Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” That level of commitment, along with the consistent example of Jesus, inspires me to find my own solitary space and time each day to spend time in prayer.

Faith Step: If your day feels too full, take a risk and schedule some extra prayer first, trusting Jesus to provide what you need for all the other responsibilities.

Read: Mark 1:35

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Mornings with Jesus – Guideposts – 30 Day Sample (day 3)

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