Thirsty Thursdays – Time in a Bottle

Time.  It’s a funny thing.  One time I can look at the clock and it seems like every minute is an hour and another time it’s like the hour hands on the clock are spinning out of control ( ok I’m old – I’m talking about the old fashioned non-digital ones).  Like just now.  I had 15 minutes before leaving for work.  I sat down at the computer to start this post and wham, time was gone. Sometimes I wish I could bottle up time.

When we think of being good stewards with what God has given us, we tend to think of money.  But really, time is our most valuable resource.  No amount of money can make up for time lost. Time spent with loved ones is priceless.

Time is an equalizer because we all have the same amount in a day.  Some people are just better managers of time than others.  How well do we allocate our time to what is really important? If we judge what is important to us based on the time we spend on it, what would be at the top of our list?  Most certainly time with God is absolutely necessary if we are to be in obedience to Him.

Are we making the best use of the precious time God has allotted to us, whatever that will be?  We aren’t promised tomorrow so let’s choose today how our hours will be spent for the purpose for which He created us and to His glory.  After all it’s really His time, not ours.  If we could put our time in a bottle and offer it up to God would it have a sweet aroma to Him?

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

Psalm 90:12 Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.

Good Works Prepared For Me

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Prayer Monday

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.  Eph. 3:14-18

I like to use my name in these verses as I pray.  Example – verse 16&17 – I pray that out of His glorious riches that HE may strengthen ‘Marie’ with power through his Spirit in ‘Marie’s’  inner being. So that Christ may dwell in ‘Marie’s’ heart through ‘Marie’s’ faith.  And I pray that Marie be rooted and established in love.  By doing this I feel like the power is going to be within me.   I feel like the Spirit is brought alive within me.  I feel so much more Christ centered when I make my prayers and scripture more personal!

Do you have any ways that help you in your personal walk and prayer time??  Would love to hear your ideas!!!

Pray for our Bible studies today!!

Pray for Deanna and Meredith!!

Pray for our life guides!!

Pray for our new monthly financial goal of $1000!!!!!

Pray for ladies to be saved !!!

 

 

 

What’s Trending in Anderson

image Among all the restaurants in Anderson one stands out in our minds that makes it worthy of today’s “What’s Trending”. Doolittle’s Restaurant has a great location, a cozy atmosphere, and some amazing food. We’ll let them tell you more:

Doolittle’s invites you to rediscover beautiful downtown Anderson with local cuisine made fresh and in house.
John and Shandra Doolittle know you will enjoy a warm atmosphere with great food and genuine hospitality.
You can find everything from great sandwiches and juicy burgers to fresh seafood and hand cut steaks.
Everything you crave with an experience that has a personal touch that
you can only get from a local business that cares.
Come downtown and break the chain.

We love the owners who have opened their banquet room to us so generously to use for our AM Bibles study the last few years. Stop in and see them, dine with them, and tell them thanks for partnering with WLF!

Check out their website for more information!

Thirsty Thursdays – Holy Bible

I was saved as a child and grew up going to church every Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening.  The first bible I can remember having was a white leather-covered King James small print version.  I’m not sure whether I was directly taught this but it seemed like my bible was to be a sacred book.  It was to be read but it was disrespectful to write in it except on the page in the front that says “Presented to: (fill in the name), “From” (fill in the name) and “On” (fill in the date).  I think that was probably the conventional thinking when I young.

Growing up I memorized the books of the bible and was very competitive in our Girls in Auxiliary (a Baptist church program for young girls with a focus on missions) where I won several Sword drills (a competition to see who can look up bible verses the quickest).  I’m kind of competitive even in church.  :)  But I never wrote in my bible until recent years. Somehow, my bible has come alive now and God’s word isn’t just a sacred book to be viewed when needed but a living handbook that is personalized with God’s words to me.

Exactly when people started writing in their bibles, I don’t know.  Maybe when they made a bible with wide enough margins to write on?  I wonder who the first person was to go against the grain and write in their bible?  Did they get flogged? Were they kicked out of the church? I digress.

I have a King James, an NIV, an American Standard, a Holman Christian Standard Student Edition and several other versions – in print.  But thanks to technology, I now have a bible downloaded on my computer and a bible app on my phone and my notebook with no less than 39 versions in over a 100 languages.  Some versions are a word for word translation, some are thought for thought, and some paraphrased.  I try to make sure that if I read a paraphrased or a thought for thought version, that I also read a word for word version.  I really like my New King James version Jeremiah Study Bible that I got at the recent David Jeremiah event in Greenville.

Here is a link to more information about bible versions http://visualunit.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/translation_comparison3.jpg

I love writing in my bibles now. God’s word is sacred but the bible is meant to be studied and used.  And that means you can write in it.  Kind of liberating, isn’t it

How about you.  Do you have a favorite translation?  Do you write in your bible?

Get in Focus

How To Serve Others

I witnessed the most touching random act of kindness today. As I was standing in line to pay for my groceries, an older lady a few people in front of me was getting ready to pay. She realized that she did not have what she needed to pay and was obviously upset. The cashier told her to just take a good look at what she purchased as the lady had expressed concern over not being able to remember everything she had shopped for when she came back the next day. As there was nothing else to do, she left with her head down. A young mother with two small children stepped over to the cashier, asked how much the grocery bill was, and paid for them. An employee ran out to the parking lot to catch the lady and the lady returned in tears. She was able to hug the lady that paid for her groceries and they took a few minutes to chat.

I know that mother was busy with her own small children and was probably anxious to get home herself. But, she noticed someone in need and took action. What a great way to serve others.

In light of that, here’s a short idea list/random acts of kindness list to aid you in serving others. (I know there are so many more, but these are actual things that other people, both friends and strangers, have done for me. Comment and add your own ideas.

1. Mow someone’s yard
2. Give someone’s child change for their piggy bank
3. Fix someone a meal
4. Give someone behind you in line a coupon for the store
5. Give someone the benefit of the doubt

Prayer Monday

Father, I come before You in the Name of Jesus! I will walk in faith and not in fear. Because the Lord is on my side I will not fear any life circumstance.  Father, in the Name of Jesus, I ask You to open my eyes to any hidden areas of fear in my life.

Lord, Your Word says faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and I will build up my faith today by reading Your Word and acting upon it. Thank You, Father, for the hedge of protection that You bring in response to my faith. Thank You that through the righteousness of Jesus I can confidently trust in Your peace and safety for my life and home knowing that Your angels are always on guard. I believe today! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Pray for Women’s Life Fellowship. Pray for a hedge of protection to be around this Ministry!

What’s Trending at WLF

Thirsty Thursdays- Peace

It’s really true you know.  That peace.  That sweet peace in the middle of a storm.  I speak from experience. Many hours of my life have been squandered away on worry, anxiety, what ifs and even fear. Needlessly.

Over this last year or so I have been in the midst of an ongoing difficult situation where someone has deeply hurt my family and me.  I’ve had cause to fear for our safety.  I’ve had lots of reasons to be angry because of the lies aimed at us.  There is a lot of hurt.  I am sometimes in disbelief that another human being can be so callous and cold.

But God, in His great plan and infinite wisdom started preparing me for this “storm” by placing me squarely at the doorstep of Women’s Life Fellowship in 2011 and thus I began my intense time of bible study.

Little did I know that God was using each of the studies to prepare me for what was coming.

My most powerful breakthrough came during Beth Moore’s Believing God study and right before my storm.  I learned I must believe God when he says:

God is who he says he is
God does what he says he will do
I am who God says I am
I can do all things through Christ
His word is alive and active in me

Even from the beginning of this storm, during the intense time of fear, during the lies, during the pain, I made a conscious choice daily to believe God.

Just last week, we got a definitive answer on something related to this difficult situation. It wasn’t really the news I wanted to hear. I can honestly tell you that in years past I would have had a serious emotional reaction to the news. My body would have reacted with a shaky feeling and my mind would have dwelt upon it all day and night. However, I have prayed and prayed and studied God’s word and have chosen to believe God when he says He is in control, that His plans are to prosper not harm us and that He will get the glory -and it is making all the difference.  Because HE is faithful, I could be that little bird, whistling away while the storm around me raged. It is certainly better than worry, or anxiety, or anger or fear.  I think I will believe Him more. Peace, sweet peace.  Thank you Jesus for giving me your peace.

What’s your story of peace in the storm because of God?