Day Of Silence

April 30, 2007

One Day Blog Silence

Testing – Why?

April 24, 2007

I did this to test Israel—to see whether or not they would follow the ways of the Lord as their ancestors did.”
Judges 2:22

These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle.
Judges 3:1-2

These people were left to test the Israelites—to see whether they would obey the commands the Lord had given to their ancestors through Moses.
Judges 3:4

But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
Job 23:10

However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.
2 Chronicles 32:31

Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me.Test my motives and my heart.
Psalm 26:2

For everyone will be tested with fire.
Mark 9:49

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.
2 Corinthians 13:5

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 1:6-7

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
James 1:3

I’m so glad that he tests me!

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Forgotten Past

April 20, 2007

Well, I made it through the first bible study that I have ever done in my life as a teacher. Thank you so much for praying for me and the other young lady. Please keep us in your prayers!

Our evening was interesting!

We started on my front porch. I am doing the study on my front porch for two reasons: 1) I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and 2) since her children are young she needed to be accessible to them. The first thing we did after getting settled was pray. Each time we meet for this study together we will ask God to lead, guide and direct us into what He wants to say. We are doing this just as Daniel and his friends did while in Babylon. Can’t you tell I’m doing the Beth Moore study, “Daniel“?

Then we began the bible study and, of course, had many interruptions. But that is OKAY! God knew that this would happen.

Did I tell you how strong this feeling is in my heart this is what I am supposed to do for God — to teach and disciple others?

The time spent together went well. We didn’t finish the entire CD because of the interruptions, but we didn’t close without filling in all of the blanks for the session. I gave her the CD with a CD player (with headphones) so that she could listen to it in its entirety during a time when her children were asleep. I explained to her how important it would be to listen to it again so that she could grasp all that was said. I pray that her ears will hear all that the Spirit is saying.

I realized last night that once upon a time, I was where she was at…the beginning. I didn’t realize until the study that I was with a BABY Christian. One who was just beginning. Oh Lord, that you will give me a teachable spirit. May I only say only what the Spirit says and not my flesh. May she seek you with her whole heart.

What I learned last night:

  • I actually do have patience!
  • God was and is doing a great work and will complete that which He started.
  • He is in control.

God has shown me so much in the past 6 years! I am so thankful to where God has brought me to today. Ah, to know that God has shown me so much in His word and keeps giving me new revelation (rhema word).

What a wonderful journey he has me on.


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Pray for Me

April 19, 2007

Tonight I will be beginning a bible study with the lady next door to me. She has been through a rough time with a husband that has left her with two small children (under the age of 6). She needs to identify herself as the child of God that she is.

I will be going through Beth Moore’s bible study, “Believing God”. I ask that you pray for me that God will give me His wisdom and understanding and that I speak His words of truth. For her, I pray that she sees God in a new light. One that seeks after Him with her whole heart, soul, mind and strength.

Thank you!

In His Service,

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I read Luke 19:26 today. I have read this several times over the past couple of years, but fresh light has shined upon it. Here is the verse:

“‘Yes! the king replied, ‘but to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.'”
Luke 19:26 (NLT)

I wrote in my journal:

Lord – do I use well that which you have given me? Help me be a person who can give it to you ten or five times back. Show me how to do it!

I believe that God will show me or is showing me right now. I want to be one that God says — “well done my good and faithful servant”.

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Pancakes & God

April 17, 2007

A friend of mine sent this email to me and thought I would share.

Have a God filled day!

Making Pancakes

Six year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor.

He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.

Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad.

He didn’t know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven or on the stove and he didn’t know how the stove worked!. Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.

And just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon ‘s eyes. All he’d wanted to do was something good, but he’d made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking. But his father just watched him.

Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process!

That’s how God deals with us.. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or we can’t stand our job, or our health goes sour.

Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can’t think of anything else to do. That’s when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him.

But just because we might mess up, we can’t stop trying to “make pancakes” for God or for others. Sooner or later we’ll get it right, and then they’ll be glad we tried…

I was thinking. and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that need rekindling or three words needing to be said, sometimes, “I love you” can heal & bless! Remind every one of your friends that you love them.. Even if you think they don’t love back, you would be amazed at what those three little words, a smile, and a reminder like this can do.

Just in case I haven’t told you lately… I LOVE YA!!!

Suppose one morning you were called to God; do all your friends know you love them?

Never stop “making pancakes.”

Purity of Heart

April 17, 2007

Psalm 86
A prayer of David.

1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
4 Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.

8 No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
None can do what you do!
9 All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.[a]

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
a violent gang is trying to kill me.
You mean nothing to them.
15 But you, O Lord,
are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant;
save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

(New Living Translation)

I pray today that God will give you purity of heart, so that you may honor Him!

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I Surrender

April 12, 2007

“So no one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me.”
Luke 14:33 (NLT)

I read this yesterday and this is what I wrote in my journal:

When we give up everything for Jesus He returns it back to us in this life and in the life to come. It is the act of surrendering that Jesus is interested in. When we surrender we place our entire existence into that person’s hand. Because God is a loving God He is well able to return to us those things which are good for us. It doesn’t always have to be possessions. Many times it is a new perspective on things. God is so gracious and kind.

Surrender –

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