Friday, April 17, 2015

Everything We Need

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“His divine power has given us everything we need for life
and goodness through our knowledge of him who called us by his glory and goodness.”
2 Peter 1:3(NIV)

               Peter continues his thought. He tells us God has given us everything we need for living the life He wants us to have. He imparts these thoughts to us as we come to know Him as we spend time in prayer, meditation and Bible study.

               As we learn of Him, we become energized by what He gives us. We witness His glory as we experience His goodness. It is my desire to be able to communicate this message to those who struggle with their faith. In order to do this, I have to stay close to Him and learn from Him every day.
               I remember my mother saying, “I learn something every day.” When we walk with the Lord this is especially true. We have to be receptive in order to learn in any setting. But when we read and study God’s Word, He educates us on what He expects of us and the things He will do for us, His children.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review: "Wounded Women of the Bible"

By Dena Dyer and Tina Samples                                                 Product Details

Sub-title: Finding Hope When Life Hurts

Ms. Dyer and Ms. Samples relate stories of Biblical women who underwent some soul-wounding experiences. From the two women in Solomon’s court through Mary and Martha the relating of these stories show us the miracles of God. One chapter deals with women unable to bear children.

               I love the dedication Tina Samples wrote:

To all the women who have been deeply wounded and have no idea
 what to do with the wound—this book is for you. May it touch the
deepest part of your wound and bring healing beyond your understanding.

               Each chapter has at least one scripture reference about the circumstance of the woman or women in the chapter. Interspersed in each chapter are experiences of the authors or people they know.    The authors include a study guide suitable for in depth group study at the end of the book.

 I enjoyed this book because it gave me a better understanding of the Biblical women included in the work and opened my eyes to the issues faced by modern women who have been wounded. I would recommend this book to women who have endured traumatic experiences and Christian therapists who work with them. Also pastors would gain information in ways to help women conquer injuries to their spirits.

               I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications through Book Fun (aka Book Club Network). All they asked me to do was read this book and give an impartial review.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Grace and Peace

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“Grace and peace be yours in abundance 
through the knowledge of God and our Lord Jesus Christ”

 Peter1:2 (NIV)

This is a departure from this month’s  planned topic. I found a section in that writing journal I rediscovered that spoke to my heart. I hope you benefit from these thoughts as much as I have.

               Grace, God’s unmerited love-or receiving something we don’t deserve. It comes to us as a gift when we ask Jesus into our hearts.

               Peace, the presence and experience of a right relationship, a desire, a goal, and a gift from God. True peace belongs to those who turn away from their sin and ask the Father’s forgiveness.

               Peter tells us we can have these gifts in abundance when we have an intimate relationship with God through His Son. I need to possess these qualities in my life as I write for Him and as I communicate with other people. I desire God’s help in the way I present myself especially when I face harsh circumstances not of my choosing.

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