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Sabbath Sunday: Not Shaken

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“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

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As wars and rumors of war increase, as disease spreads and division multiplies,

you’re going to notice something.

The ones who call on the name of the Lord will not be shaken.

It doesn’t mean the north winds don’t knock them over.

It does mean they know the Creator of the wind has their backs.

They don’t fear the nightly news, although grieved by it.

They trust in the Word of God.

They call on the blood of Christ.

And they don’t wither.

Grow in Him today.

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Sabbath Sunday: Not Shaken

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“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

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As wars and rumors of war increase, as disease spreads and division multiplies,

you’re going to notice something.

The ones who call on the name of the Lord will not be shaken.

It doesn’t mean the north winds don’t knock them over.

It does mean they know the Creator of the wind has their backs.

They don’t fear the nightly news, although grieved by it.

They trust in the Word of God.

They call on the blood of Christ.

And they don’t wither.

Grow in Him today.

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Don’t Be Discouraged or Afraid by Jennifer Slattery

Posted by Julie on September 5, 2014 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

It started with a burning passion, an urge to do, that arose so strong, you felt you’d explode. So, with heart-felt surrender, you knelt at His alter and responded, “Here I am, Lord! Send me!”

But then life hit with its obstacles and setbacks and suddenly that clear call began to grow dim, muddled by fears and insecurities and all the what-ifs that come from living in a fallen world.

Questions like:

What if I never make it?

Did God really call me, or was I merely justifying my selfish ambitions?

What if I pour everything I am and have into this thing and end my life with nothing to show for it?

Seriously, if God’s really in this thing, shouldn’t it be easy?

Ha. Right. If that were the case, a good chunk of the Bible wouldn’t exist, for I believe the pursuit of every dream comes after a great deal of struggle. In fact, chances are, the moment you took that first step of obedience, trials and troubles started raining down. Whether this was by God’s design in His efforts to strengthen and mold you for the path ahead or the forces of evil bearing down upon you in an attempt to thwart God’s plans, I don’t know. But either way, we know God’s sovereign, faithful, and true, so…

Consider Solomon, King David’s son. As his father was coming to the end of his life, the political waters started swirling. You can read the full account here, but to paraphrase, his brother, who had not been raised to fear or love the Lord, decided he wanted to be king, and he planned to take it by force.

This created a ripple of fear and chaos that soon had the entire palace in an uproar.

Fearing for her life, Solomon’s mother Bathsheba approached his father with trembling and tears. “If you do not act,” she said, “my son Solomon and I will be treated as criminals as soon as my lord the king has died.”

So King David immediately crowned Solomon, his God-chosen successor, king. He then gathered all the officials of Israel to Jerusalem—the leaders of the tribes, army commanders, generals, mighty men, and warriors…

And began a ferocious military campaign, right?

Wrong. Once all these powerful military men had been gathered, David turned to his son. Knowing he would soon die, knowing all the pressure and responsibility his son would soon shoulder, he proceeded to instruct him in the most important thing—loving and honoring God with all his heart and completing the task God had given him. (1 Chron. 28:8-10)

That task was huge! God wanted Solomon to build the first permanent temple, one designed to mirror that which stood in heaven.

No pressure there.

I can’t imagine the stress—the terror—this situation would’ve sparked, to which David  replied, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly. … Others with skills of every kind will volunteer, and the officials and the entire nation are at your command” (1 Chron. 29:20-21).

To paraphrase:

Do not be afraid.

God will help you. He will complete the job He has assigned to you, and He will complete it well. He will never fail you or forsake you.

You don’t have to do this alone. He will bring others to come alongside to help you.

I believe God is saying the same to you. So do not fear. Do not grow discouraged. Simply keep walking, keep trusting, whether the journey takes you five or twenty years.

He will perfect that which concerns you.

We all have God-given dreams. Maybe it’s to see our children or grandchildren come to Christ, to climb out of debt, or to start or join a new ministry. What passion has God stirred within you? Are you pursuing it with courage, strength, determination, and surrender?

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headshot2013Jennifer Slattery writes Missional Romance for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. Her debut novel, Beyond I Do, is currently available for preorder at a 26% off discount. You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-I-Do-Jennifer-Slattery/dp/1596694173/

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.

 

Beyond I Do:BeyondIDocover

 Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more. Ainsley Meadow’s encounter with a woman, her child, and their abuser sparks a passion that threatens her engagement. Will seeing beyond the present unite her and her fiancé or tear them apart? Raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

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Sabbath Sunday: Promise Fulfilled

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Remember the polar vortex?

For us, the dozen days off of school because of weather?

I remember asking, Lord, are you sure this will end?

If He’s given you a promise, don’t lose sight.

He is not a liar.

Not sure there are any promises over your life?

I triple-dog-dare you to find a Bible reading app or open up your Good Book and find them.

If He said it, it will come to pass.

He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

-Daniel 3:21

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Sabbath Sunday: Promise Fulfilled

Aprilblooms2014

Remember the polar vortex?

For us, the dozen days off of school because of weather?

I remember asking, Lord, are you sure this will end?

If He’s given you a promise, don’t lose sight.

He is not a liar.

Not sure there are any promises over your life?

I triple-dog-dare you to find a Bible reading app or open up your Good Book and find them.

If He said it, it will come to pass.

He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

-Daniel 3:21

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Book Review: Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore

Posted by Julie on January 17, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Book Description:

Scripture tells us to pray without ceasing, but how in the world do we do that? In fact, how should we effectively pray to begin with?

Best-selling author Beth Moore addresses these practical and pervasive matters in Whispers of Hope by walking readers through an easy to remember and apply method of prayer, coupled with seventy daily devotionals and followed by prompts to put this prayer method into practice.

Indeed, Whispers of Hope teaches the manifestation process of powerful Word-saturated prayer in response to a daily Bible reading. In turn, you will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.

Beth Moore is called “America’s Bible Teacher” and it’s for good reason. Whispers of Hope contains 70 devotions that are easy to relate to and start with a Bible reading. Each day there is room for you to journal your P.R.A.I.S.E., Beth’s acronym for prayer.

  • Praise
  • Repentence
  • Acknowledgement
  • Intercession
  • Supplication for Self
  • Equipping

As always, Whispers of Hope is as beautiful to hold as it is to read. The pages are ornate and the cover contains a sold, built in bookmark. At the end there are notes on how to use the book for group study.

Whispers of Hope is a perfect devotional for your day to help you grow in your relationship with God and learn more about His word.

To purchase Whispers of Hope, click here.

I received a copy of Whispers of Hope from Icon Media Group in exchange for an honest review.



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