Sunday, April 25, 2010

An easy read

Just read this book by Noel Piper-Treasuring God in your Traditions. It was a VERY easy and enjoyable read and also brought out some great thoughts on developing traditions, why we have them, and what they should be all about!

She even includes some recipes and different ideas of what her family does for "everyday" and "especially" traditions!

Definitely encourage you to read it!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

meaning behind the words...

life lover...the title comes from something huge that God is working in my heart to make me into a life lover!

I have been struggling through issues of control for the past few weeks...actually it has been a struggle in my life for many years but God is just now bringing it to a place where I am dealing with it and being freedom from the bondage it brings. One day while sitting in class (obviously not paying attetion to what was going on) I "stumbled" across 1 Peter 3:10-11. Do you ever have those times where you think "Where has this passage been all my life?" Like you knew it had to have been there, you must have read it before, but this seems like it is the first time you have ever seen it? This was one of those times for me! My prayer had been that God would set me free from the bondage and enable me to really be able to ENJOY life rather than be in constant worry about it! This passage is actually referring back to a passage in Psalms and the words seemed to jump off of the page-


That was me! I want to love life! It goes on to tell you HOW you can love life! Basically it is living a life of repentance (turning from evil to good) and not believing, dwelling on, or speaking lies! Lies are the foundation of all fear and bondage! It is what Satan uses to trap us and keep us trapped! I was believing lies that kept me in the battle of needing to be in control of all aspects of life and this passage was telling me that if I want to LOVE LIFE I need to stop speaking those lies (or believing them, because you know you must believe something before you speak it) and turn from the evil of those lies and turn to the good God who holds TRUTH!

It was such an encouragement to me and I hope it is to you as well! We don't have to remain in bondage-we can be FREE to love life through Jesus Christ!

My goal is to continue to love life and write all about it!

That is the meaning behind the words.
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