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faith lift fridays ~ olive branch & God’s promises

Friday, March 14th, 2008

 

Noah trusted God.

He built an ark. Can you imagine the ridicule he suffered? I can’t.

He did all the things God told him to do.

When he released that dove to see if there was dry land, God sent him an olive leaf. It was a piece of hope.

It meant that God’s promises were true and the land was going to be dry again.

Can you imagine the stink of the ark full of dirty animals?

I’d be ready for dry land, wouldn’t you?

Would you wonder if the water would subside?

Wouldn’t that olive leaf be a wonderful sight.

I love the olive leaves God sends my way.

I believe His promises.

 

After another forty days, Noah opened the window he had made in the boat and released a raven that flew back and forth until the earth was dry. Then he sent out a dove to see if it could find dry ground. But the dove found no place to land because the water was still too high. So it returned to the boat, and Noah held out his hand and drew the dove back inside. Seven days later, Noah released the dove again. This time, toward evening, the bird returned to him with a fresh olive leaf in its beak. Noah now knew that the water was almost gone. Genesis 8:6-11

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Friday, March 7th, 2008

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Friday, February 29th, 2008

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faith lift fridays ~ i can do all things …

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

 

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

 

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Friday, February 1st, 2008

The Rubber Band Principle

Straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize.
Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

 

 

All rubber bands work on the same principle – they must be stretched to be effective! Anybody who has ever achieved anything of note has been stretched to their limit. There are no exceptions. One of the most common mistakes is thinking that success in life is due to some genius or some ‘special something-or-other’ you don’t possess. Get rid of that thinking!

 

Success comes when you stretch to meet the challenge; failure comes when you shrink back from it. And stretching makes you vulnerable. When a rubber band is taut, it’s much easier to break. Is that why you’re afraid to stretch? To go where you haven’t gone and try what you haven’t tried? Or have you tried and been criticized? You’ll always have critics. Jesus had them. And He said, “No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you, also” (John 15:20 NIV).

 

Dr. Jonas Salk, who invented the polio vaccine, was continually attacked by his peers for his pioneering work in the field. He found that comments came in three stages.

 

First they’ll tell you, “It won’t work!”

 

Then when you begin to succeed they’ll say, “What you’re doing isn’t really important!”

 

Finally, after they see that it’s important they’ll say, “We knew you’d do it all along!”

 

So don’t look at the way things are and ask, why? Look at the way things could be and ask, why not?

 

Through the power of God’s indwelling Spirit, you can make a difference. Just make yourself available to God and let Him show you what He can do with your life.

 

– Bob Gass Ministries

 

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Saturday, January 19th, 2008


Saw this over at Kat’s blog and wanted to share it….

BIKE RIDE WITH GOD
When I first met Christ
It seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride,
But it was a tandem bike,
And I noticed that Christ
Was in the back helping me pedal.

I don’t know just when it was that
He suggested we change places,
But life has not been the same since.
When I had control, I knew the way,
It was rather boring, but predictable…
It was the shortest distance between two points.
But when He took the lead,
He knew delightful long cuts,
Up mountains, and through rocky places, at breakneck speeds,
It was all I could do to hang on!

Even though it looked like madness,
He said, “Pedal”
I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”
He laughed and didn’t answer,
And I started to learn to trust.
I forgot my boring life
And entered into the adventure.
And when I’d say, “I’m scared,
“He’d lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed.
Gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy.
He said, “Give the gifts away;
They’re extra baggage, too much weight.”
So I did, I gave them to the people we met,
And I found that in giving I received, And still our burden was light.
I did not trust Him, at first, In control of my life.
I thought He’d wreck it;
But He knows bike secrets,
Knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners,
Knows how to jump to clear high rocks,
Knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.
And I am learning to shut up
and pedal in the strangest places,
And I’m beginning to enjoy the view
And the cool breeze on my face
With my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.
And when I’m sure I just can’t do anymore,
He just smiles and says…
“Pedal.”
~”Blue Bicycle” by Stephen Bergstrom

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faith lift fridays ~ psalms 84 … valley of weeping

Friday, January 11th, 2008

I wrote this post the other evening, and it was sort of sandwiched between posts… but it has been on my mind so I wanted to share it today for faith lift friday’s post.

Psalms 84:4-6
How happy are those who can live in your house,

always singing your praises.
Happy are those who are strong in the Lord,
who set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs,
where pools of blessing collect after the rains!

To put your strength in God brings immeasurable joy and blessings. While we think we know what we need, God knows how to bless our socks off! When we are walking through the valley the important part is to remember that we shouldn’t set up camp there! Just keep moving and get out of the valley!

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faith lift fridays ~ resolutions?

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.”
Proverbs 4:26

The end of the old year and the beginning of a new one is a great time to take inventory of what has happened in your life and plan for what’s ahead. Some people don’t think it’s good to look back and they certainly don’t think it is good to make New Year’s resolutions. But this passage of scripture tells us to “ponder the path of thy feet.”

Ponder means “to weigh mentally.” You can’t weigh something unless you have something to weigh it against. If you don’t have any goals, there’s no way to evaluate whether or not you’re making progress. We all need something to shoot at. Otherwise, we’ll shoot at nothing and hit everytime.

There are dangers associated with setting goals and making resolutions. If we stretch ourselves too far we are destined to fail. This just adds to our sense of guilt and frustration. The Bible advocates vision and goal setting, but we need to exercise wisdom. We shouldn’t set goals arbitrarily, independent of God. Establishing goals contrary to His will just absorbs all our time and keeps us from Him.

It’s beneficial to look back and remember the good and learn from the bad. In order to plow a straight row, we must fix our eyes on a point far out in front of us. Use this time to see if your life is going in the direction the Lord wants it to. If it’s not, then there needs to be some changes. It’s foolish to keep doing the same things expecting different results. Ponder the path of your feet today, and take appropriate steps!

Andrew Wommack (awmi.net)

Here are some of the goals I’ve been contemplating all week…

1. Spend more time in God’s word. His word is food for my soul. I need to put my spiritual nutrition far above anything else.
2. Get in shape… either join the gym, walk while Izzy is in school, eat healthier, less coke…
3. Take more pictures! I get so busy I forget… but they really do record life!
4. Pray more. Prayer is one of my first and favorite things to do, but I think more is always better in this area!
5. Rest in God’s promises and let go of trying to control things.
6. Make my bed first thing every morning.
7. Drink more water (blech)!

I could go on and on about how I want to be a better mother, wife, friend, and daughter but you get the idea (:

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faith lift fridays ~ You Are Private Property – Reserved for God Alone!

Friday, December 28th, 2007

“(In as much as we) refute arguments and theories and reasonings, and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).

If we are going to give God glory, we must manifest excellence. An excellent life begins with an excellent thought life and excellent attitudes.

All fruit has a root from which it began. The root of all our actions is our thoughts. Words come from thoughts. Attitudes begin with thoughts, and emotions (moods) take root in our thought life.

Choosing excellence in one’s thought life is a private thing. No one but God and the individual knows exactly what is going on in his own mind. I call it “inner purity.” Inner purity is a challenge that Christians should be excited about taking on.

In 2 Corinthians 10:5, the apostle Paul teaches us to cast down all wrong thoughts that disagree with God’s Word. He is, in essence, saying, “Keep your minds reserved for God’s thoughts (His Word) alone.”

God desires truth in the inward parts (Ps. 51:6). I encourage you to begin paying more attention to your thought life. Your words, moods, and attitudes are rooted in it. Dedicate your entire self to God. Live as if you were private property – reserved for God alone!

Say This: “With God’s help, I determine and purpose in my heart to maintain a godly attitude and to speak only godly words.”

by Joyce Meyer

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Friday, December 21st, 2007


But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

My God shall give me whatever I need.
If I ask it of Him it shall be guaranteed.

I know He is rich; what I need He’ll provide.
Whatever I want is already supplied.

I just have to ask, and He gives it to me,
There are no strings attached; it’s given for free.

It can’t be too big, too great, or too grand.
God supplies all my needs, just like He planned.

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