Friday, September 30, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Encouragment From Others & Great Ideas

Since I stayed home from church with sick children, I had some time to get somewhat caught up on my emails. I wanted to share some good posts with you.

Teaching Love at New Generation Cedar

Praying for our Children at Raising Mighty Arrows which links to a prayer schedule at Our Family for His Glory

Standing in the Gap for God at Proverbs 31 Ministries

My Prayer Today

“I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before  You now, day and night, for [my family] . . .I have sinned. We have acted . . . corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. . . O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray and grant him mercy . . .”
~ Nehemiah 1:5-11
As much as we try, there is no way we can keep all of God's commands. What a blessing it is to be able to come to His feet and cry out and know we will receive His mercy as long as we are truly repentant. Repentance means to turn away. We must turn away from our sin and no longer live in it. We must make an active effort to stop doing what is wrong. We can not continue to sin with the expectation we can just ask forgiveness later because that means we aren't truly sorry for committing the sin in the first place.

If you are living in sin (whether it be lying, gossiping, adultery, lust, etc.), please turn from it today and go to Your Father's feet and ask for His mercy. If you don't know the Lord as your personal Savior, you can do that today as well!

Romans 10: 9-10 says, "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

In addition to my prayer today for myself and my family, I pray that those who do not know Him as Savior come to His feet today!

God Bless!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Mercies!

Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"Therefore I hope in Him!"

~ Lamentations 3:22-24

What a blessing it was to read this section of scripture this morning! I have been lax in spending time with the Lord lately and of course once we stop spending time with Him, it makes it easier and easier to not spend time with Him. What a refreshing moment to read that He shows me mercy even when I wander for a short time. Every morning I get another shot at doing things right!

What a reminder to how we are to live our lives. When someone hurts us, we need to show mercy and give them a "do-over". When our children don't listen, we need to love them anyway and give them another chance. When our husband irritates us, we need to forgive and forget.

We can have hope for our future because of God's mercies and we need to extend that hope to our family and friends by showing them the mercy that God shows us.

I also want to share some links to posts that blessed me yesterday.

The Importance of Handiwork

There are Rats in My Cellar

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Proverbs 31 Ministries

I receive daily devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I highly suggest subscribing to them yourself, but I also wanted to share two recent ones with you.

Faith Over Feelings

When My Mean Girl Wants to Come Out