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i’ve been reading some awesome posts today and thought i would share them with you….
Who Won The Battle? over at Mental Reflection…. challenging and inspiring post…. ““For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” If that doesn’t describe prayer, I don’t know what does. Have you ever tried to hold something above your head for any length of time? After a very short time, the lactic acid builds up, the bloodflow decreases, and it’s really hard to hold your hands up. I can’t imagine how it would have felt after hours and hours. Moses did his best by himself, but it wasn’t enough. You can imagine the shock he, Aaron and Hur would have felt when Moses felt he’d done enough and needed a rest. As soon as he lowered the staff, the battle favoured the Amalekites. But how to continue when you’re exhausted?” go on – go and read the rest!
The Proverbs 32 Woman – no you didnt read wrong… a fanastic encouraging post to make you smile and to inspire you and encouage you to draw near to our God…. “I think God finds the woman of excellence. She may not be excellent when He finds her but she will become new. The bible tells us, “…If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come”(2 Cor 5:17) Every day and I venture to say moment by moment, I notice parts of my character and personality that have been affected by years in a dysfunctional relational culture. Bit by bit the Holy Spirit brings something to mind that requires tweaking and my eyes open and I think “Ohhhh, so that’s it”. Its quite fascinating yet extremely slow and remedial. Sometimes I feel like a piece of clay that He was forming into a particular vessel. As I refused to bend to His touch, I developed irreparable flaws. Flaws so destructive that He had to completely tear down what had been shaped and start over with me as a lump on the potter’s wheel. In this condition I am much more pliable and moldable in His hands. I don’t cling to any former shape or structure. The old has gone, the new has come.” go read the rest… her description of the prov 32 woman is hairlarious!
My Dreams over at God Songs is a fantastic post that inspires me… “Broken homes, mended. Broken hearts, whole. Broken lives, restored. Broken marriages and broken families reconciled. It is my passion in life to carry on the work of Jesus Christ and see the lost find their way home.The life of a worshiper. There’s no life like it. Read Isaiah 61 below. This is what Jesus lived His life doing and in turn we can do the same.”
if you havent checked out sound of a soft breath yet – well you just must. Jesus Identified With Us is a recent post that i really loved. “Christianity is all about identification. Calling oneself a Christian is saying to all that you have identified yourself with Christ Jesus, the very Son of God. I follow Christ. I worship Christ.” “Jesus was “numbered” with us. Jesus bore our sin. He took the weight of our failure and rebellion on himself. He identified our sin with himself. He took our punishment. Because Jesus identified himself with me and my failures. Because he paid the price for my wrongs I can be called a co-heir, a heir, a child, a son of God. God identifies with me.”
i also really love reading Larry Who’s blog… he has this great series at the mo on the prophetic – its real and relevant. “If you want, you, too, can give prophetic words to unbelievers, believers and whosoever as you journey through life. The Lord is looking for willing vessels to speak for Him.”
Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.
you have a testimony! you have a story! you have a story of faith! even if you are IN the great fight and IN the great test and IN the great trial you have a testimony of who God is and how he is working in your life. Testimonies are not just victory stories post the fight or when we get over the mountain – t hey are the declarations of faith we make as we are in battle and as we are climbing to the summit.
your testimony is your declaration that God makes springs to flow in the desert. your testimony is i was blind but i will see! that God is my healer. that by Christ we can do all things and that in him is the victory.
in hebrews we read about those that overcame and by faith made decisions and won the day… and we read about those that held onto the promise that God is our deliverer and the Almighty God even in the midst of their great persecution and sorrows.
our testimony is that we continue to have faith.
dont give up.
God doesnt give up on us.
he will not quit until he sees his purposes and plans unfolded and fulfilled in our life. and that includes our transformation into the character and likeness of his son Jesus Christ.
have faith. keep taking one step at a time. you have a testimony!
listening to: the new hillsong cd (faith + hope + love) – just brought yesterday so not much comment yet except “yeah i like it!” – borrowed (long term) coldplay and a neil diamond cd from my dad. cool. i am serious. i really like neil diamond!
on the box: well right now it is a cute kids programme made here in NZ called the Wot Wots about these fuzzy otherworld creatures who come to the zoo and find out about our animals… but other things i have watched is August Rush – really lovely musical sweet movie with the kid from finding neverland and kerri russell and jonathan rhys myers (the tudors), and some coronation street (i was on holiday staying with my parents) which is bizzare! lost has finished here in NZ and so i dont have any firm fav at the mo. oh and watched hancock (with will smith and jason bateman) on dvd with my hubby the other night. such a good movie. funny. good twist that i hadnt seen coming or hadnt been publised. i like that element.
coming up: well i am working on our church mag (quarterly) and i edit and format it and write for it… have to write my editorial and finish formatting ready for print in a few weeks. not rostered on anything for church as yet as our young adult service isnt rostered for next month. have something brewing though for a preach. coming up at housegroup we have a worship prayer night next week and then a connection week (which is waht i call a teaching night) also at the end of august we’re having a young adults retreat which will rock!
highlights: saw transformers 2 with my brother on holiday. was awesome. lots of transforming though (such a girl thing to say eh!)- and on holiday caught up with 3 of my friends from when i became a christian from youth group. soooo good!
in the bible: reading in deuteronomy, 2 chronicles, isaiah, zechariah and revelation. contemplating buying my first NIV soon. have a NKJV which i have had since becoming a chrsitian 16 years ago and the last few years have been enjoying a CEV.
reading: a david gemmell book – we have a few – i like his stories – they have a hero, usually flawed, and a bad guy, and a obstacle. hero usually wins the day and there is the good old theme of sacrifice and overcoming. i respond to stories. its my language.
weather: cold. well okay where we live isnt as cold as where we holidayed! but cold still. have the fire on. yay God for the fire and the provision of wood we keep getting given!
oh did i mention it is school holidays – so enjoying having the kids home and the imagination games they are into. were away last week down visiting my parents and sister. i am a real social person, so love to be around people, that includes my kids and family, but balance that out by also been a person that needs lots of me time, time to myself or alone. so havent had a lot of that yet. next week. school goes back.
haircuts (not the same as the above)
confidence in the salvation of God
berry panchetta (sp) chocolate
making necklaces with the kids
warm gloves on a cold day
colds and flus
watching for measles
letting people down
crime and injustice