December 2017

Blessed by The Book!

Blessed

When you allow God’s Word to “dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16), you’ll be blessed and notice that things happen. Wonderful things! Amazing things! Even things you don’t understand and can’t understand or explain.

When you hide God’s Word in your heart, here are ways you will be blessed—

You’ll discover fresh energy, new excitement, and a different—and better—outlook on life.
Your goals will change.
You’ll dream of doing great things for God as you begin to understand what great things He has done for you.

And there are more blessings!—

You will have ideas and wonder, Now where did those come from?
You’ll treat people differently, treat them better.
You’ll find yourself embracing and tackling your responsibilities, ministries, and work with joy!
You won’t even recognize yourself.

The bottom line? You’ll be traveling God’s road to success, tasting and partaking of His brand of achievement and contribution…all because you chose to meditate on The Book—God’s Word—day and night. You chose to breathe, think, ponder, relish, and live God’s book of the law.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it
day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
(Joshua 1:8)

Drawn from Knowing God Through Prayer by Jim George, which shares the keys to meaningful communion with God. We could all benefit from some guidance on how to pray with more fervor and faithfulness. And there are no better prayer mentors than the men and women of the Bible. They talked with God and touched His heart. Get to know them through this great resource!

How Do You Use Your Time?

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God tells us to use our time “not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17). This means take great care in how you live. Live responsibly and wisely. Make the most of every minute by making the best use of your time.

You can’t afford to be reckless with your days and hours, to make poor choices about how you spend time. Your time is your life, and you’re on assignment from God. You have a purpose. You were saved to serve. And you are God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10).

Seek to use your golden, God-given minutes on what really matters, not on worldly pursuits and purposes. An exceptional woman wrote this principle: You can never kill time without injuring eternity.

Drawn from A Woman’s Walk with God by Elizabeth George. This encouraging resource is an invitation to experience the joys of moment-by-moment living in the Lord’s power–and producing the fruit of the Spirit in every circumstance!

How to Serve With a Heart of Joy

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Serving is a simple and noble assignment that pours from our heart. And it is perhaps the most obvious sign of Christ-like maturity. When you are serving others, your heartfelt, Spirit-filled service is a dazzling reflection of the heart of your Savior, the greatest servant who ever lived, the One who set the standard when He…

  • served others whether it was convenient or not
  • served others whether they deserved it or not
  • served others whether they thanked Him or not
  • served others with sacrificial love
  • served you by giving His life as a ransom for your soul

O Lord, give me a heart of joy so I can follow in Your steps and gladly serve others. When my heart tires of serving, remind me of Yourself and Your holy hands washing the disciples’ feet! May I become Your twin in selflessly tending to the needs of others. Amen.

Drawn from The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible by Jim George. This helpful resource highlights key teachings every believer should know. With great clarity and simplicity, this book focuses on the most essential elements of the faith that’ll strengthen and encourage you!

Teen Tuesday—The Right Way to Make Decisions

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Here’s something to think about: Are you making spiritual decisions…or physical decisions? For instance, someone asks you to do something and, if you feel good physically, the answer is yes! But if you don’t feel good or are tired, well, the answer is “No thank you” (while thinking No way!)

You can be thankful that God gives you example after example of Bible heroes who show you the right way to make decisions.

  • King Solomon prayed for wisdom…and rose up from prayer to become the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:5-12).
  • Nehemiah spent time praying “before the God of heaven” after hearing bad news…and rose up knowing what action to take (Nehemiah 1:4-11).
  • Queen Esther fasted three days and nights to prepare to follow God’s will in a life-threatening situation (Esther 4:16)…and rose up to boldly make her request to the king.
  • King David was a man who prayed…and became a man after God’s own heart who fulfilled God’s will (Acts 13:22).
  • The Lord Jesus sought His Father’s direction through prayer…and rose up declaring, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come” (Mark 1:35-39).

How about making a new prayer commitment? “From now on, No decision made without prayer!” This prayer principle will guide your life and help you find God’s will and make right decisions.

Drawn from Beautiful in God’s Eyes for Young Women by Elizabeth George. Surround yourself with inspiring Bible verses and encouraging guidance to discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having with this helpful resource!

When Everyone Is Looking for You

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Do you ever feel by the end of most days that everyone is looking for you? Well, in a small way, you are getting an idea of how Jesus may have felt on one particular day that is described in Mark 1:29-39. No matter how tired Jesus was,

  • He reached out and healed Peter’s mother-in-law in the house (verse 31).
  • He reached out and healed all who were waiting outside the house (verse 32).
  • He reached out to the rest of the city to help them (verses 33-34).
  • He reached out to all Galilee, to those in other towns in the area (verses 35-39).

How do you decide who gets—and truly needs—your attention and care? Here’s one way Jesus answers this question. The day after the super busy day just described, He prepared Himself for another people-packed day by getting up early before everyone else, disappearing to a quiet spot, and praying (verse 35).

The results? Prayer refreshed God’s Son for what would be expected of Him during the new day in front of Him. Prayer also gave Him direction for the day. And prayer can do the same for you. Like Jesus, check in with the Father for His lead. Then begin at home by being available to your family.

Drawn from Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials by Elizabeth George. In this helpful resource, Elizabeth discusses the hard times we all face and reveals how people can “count it all joy.” 

Give Yourself Grace

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It’s an understatement to say that the Christian life is not easy. In fact, you could say that it is impossible. Like so many believers before you, you will experience weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecution, and difficulties. That’s why it’s important we give ourselves grace.

God promises that the grace that saved you will also be the grace that keeps you—a grace that will give the strength and power you need to live the Christian life. No matter what your situation, you can approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that you may receive mercy and find grace to help you in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

What part can you play in putting God’s G-R-A-C-E to work in your life?

G -ive thanks to God that you are under grace and not the law.

R -espond in love and obedience to the gift of God’s grace in your life.

A -sk God for wisdom to understand what His grace means in your life.

C -ommune with other believers in church where you receive instruction in God’s gracious ways.

E -xtend God’s grace to others by sharing the gospel, showing forgiveness, and helping them to shoulder their burdens.

Drawn from A Woman’s Walk with God. This wonderful book is an invitation to experience the joys of moment-by-moment living in the Lord’s power–and producing the fruit of the Spirit in every circumstance!

Welcome Your Tests

Tests

When Jim and I first married, we lived on a honeymooner’s budget, which means we did most of our furniture shopping at the local flea market. One day we discovered a wonderful antique brass bed. Orangey and almost black from the oxidation of the metal, its dismantled pieces leaned against the wall of a dingy booth behind other sparkling, more desirable items. But the price was right for us.

That old bed instantly became a treasure to us. But it had to be cleaned before we could use it. So we hauled our find home, set it up, and Jim went to work on it to see what he could do about the discoloration.

When I checked on his progress later, I was alarmed that Jim was laboring away with steel wool and caustic cleaner! And he rubbed and rubbed and rubbed. But the harder he rubbed, the brighter the brass shone. It came alive and was even more outstanding than we’d dreamed!

God’s tests of you through trials has a similar effect on your faith in Him. His trials are good for you. Tests bring out the best in you. They prove what you are made of and what you’ve learned—or not learned—as a Christian. Welcome the tests God sends your way. That way you will shine as a trophy of His grace!

“You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
James 1:3

Drawn from The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible by Jim George. This helpful resource highlights key teachings every believer should know. With great clarity and simplicity, this book focuses on the most essential elements of the faith that’ll strengthen and encourage you!

Being a Member of the Family of God

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Hopefully you are already actively involved in your local church. And living out this scripture, “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” Hebrews 10:25). Being a member of a church is important to God. You can demonstrate that church is important in your life in these ways:

  • Attend faithfully—You can worship God anywhere and at any time. But as you worship God with other Christians, you also have the opportunity to serve and fellowship with them.
  • Give generously—When you invest your “treasure” in God’s church and God’s people, you have a greater “heart” interest in the well-being of others. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
  • Pray regularly—The apostle Paul urged believers to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). Pray regularly, not only for your family, but also for your church family, its leaders, and its ministries.
  • Serve joyfully—Follow Christ’s example of serving others. Jesus said that “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). If you have received Christ, you can joyfully serve others! And when you do, you are serving the Lord Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:24)!

Drawn from A Woman’s Daily Walk with God, a devotional filled with practical wisdom and encouragement, sure to bring direction and stability to your day. These daily reminders will help you draw near to the Lord so that you find the strength, peace, and confidence.

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Elizabeth & Jim George


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