It is GOD who BLESSES and TRANSFORMS...

This is a blog for women who:

(1) Desire to be transformed by JESUS' LOVE, HOLINESS, AND GRACE; (2) Believe that GOD'S WORD is the true Spirit food for HIS HOLY SPIRIT who lives within us; (3) Submit to GOD and walk this journey of life with HIM transforming us more and more into HIS likeness.

It's a blog about the POWER OF TRANSFORMED LIVES. Let's begin with yours and mine and pass it on... 1 + 1 + 1...

Since God's Holy Spirit lives inside a christian, let's choose to be nurtured and transformed by feasting daily on Holy Spirit food - God's Word - The Holy Bible..

Once in a while I take a hiatus from writing, but I have begun again on Easter Sunday 2013. Usually, there will be multiple blog postings each week. You are invited to use it as part of your daily quiet time. Topics may run for several months at a time. The current topic is posted over on the right side bar. Each week, I will try to connect to a song or two that goes with our current topic.

Each day of the week follows a special format: Sunday in the Son; Meditation Monday; GratiTuesday; Women in the Word Wednesday; Transforming Thursday; Family Fellowship Friday; and, Ketchup and Mustard Saturday.

There's a whole lot here! Take your time to browse. Please come back and visit often. Welcome!

Because of Jesus, we can be family,

Patti



TRANSFORMED MOMS:MOMS TRANSFORMED

Romans 12:1-2 "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL - WOMEN IN THE WORD WEDNESDAY


2 Corinthians 4-5 is one of my very favorite scripture reads.  I have focused on themes from this passage like

  • "DO NOT LOSE HEART"
  • "LIGHT SHALL SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS"
  • "TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS"
  • "MOMENTARY LIGHT AFFLICTION/SUFFERING"
  • "LOVE OF CHRIST CONTROLS US"...  
Yet, I have never focused on how the word "MERCY" is foundational to this reading.  Join me in the Word today, as we consider MERCY:


1 Corinthians 4: 
"Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received MERCY, we do not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.  
6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death works in us, but life in you. 13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, 14 knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.  
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.




1 Corinthians 5:
 
 "For we know that if he earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by [c]sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for [d]his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we [e]are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and [i]He has [j]committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL!
 
BLESSED!  OH, THE JOY!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL: GRATITUESDAY

I am eternally grateful that my husband, Steve, has been doing a series of sermons on the many facets of God's MERCY! 

The LORD is also making me more aware, each day, of the plight of homelessness and the MERCY that we must extend. 

1.  I have a friend named Dimitri who lived on the streets, in the Philadelphia area.  He has opened my eyes to the need for MERCY.  Dimitri is an inspiration of persistence and endurance to me. 

I am so grateful for Dimitri Sykes!

2.  I have a friend named Lindsey, who is tower of strength for the homeless population in Nashville, Tennessee.  It is possible that you have seen Lindsey and her work with the homeless, either on the Discovery channel or in media releases.  Lindsey is an inspiration of service and selflessness to me.  Please, please take time to read Lindsey's blogpost here:

http://drybonesrattling.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/11/comment-page-1/#comment-2

I am so grateful for Lindsey Krinks!

3.  I have some newfound "friends", in the last 24 hours:  Adam and Shane.  They have made a video challenge, with the intent of it going "viral".  I hope it does!  They have inspired me with their creativity and enthusiasm to challenge internet users to change from being "selfies" to SELFLESS.   

Their challenge has jumpstarted me to start carrying bags of food/water, in my car, for those standing on the street corners.  I will do this in honor of Jesus Christ, Dimitri Sykes, Lindsey Krinks, Adam, Shane, and all those who have experienced homelessness. 

I am grateful for Adam and Shane's challenge!  Here are 2 of their videoes:







I am eternally grateful that God's MERCIES are new every morning and He is allowing me a fresh look at MERCY... GIGATTAATTGIG!

"BLESSED are the MERCIFUL for they shall receive MERCY!"
 
BLESSED!  OH, THE JOY!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL: SUNDAY IN THE SON - MONDAY MEDITATION

August 14 was the last time I posted.  It's been a little less than a month.  Yet, the time has been full of:
  • miles
  • smiles
  • tears
  • fears
  • faith walking
  • lots of talking
  • love
  • blessings from above
We've moved to a new place... begun a new ministry... it's a time of new beginnings...

What does this mom/grandmom have on her mind?  Right now, my hubby's sermon from this morning:  MERCY CAME A RUNNING!  We need God's mercy! What should our response to God's mercy be?

For now, please join me in meditating on these 2 verses and 2 songs over the next few days.

Romans 12:1-2 also happens to be the theme verses of this blog (as shown above this post):


"Therefore I urge you, brethren,  

by the MERCIES of God,
to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,  
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  
And do not be conformed to this world,  
but be transformed  
by the renewing of your mind,  
so that you may prove what the will of God is,  
that which is good and acceptable and perfect."





 
 
BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL...
 
...FOR THEY SHALL RECEIVE MERCY!!!

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS... WOMEN IN THE WORD WEDNESDAY



Today, as my family and I head for a new chapter in our lives, Jesus gives me a peace that passes understanding.  I am once again encouraged by the words of this verse and the song over on the right sidebar:  "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!"

 

"You need not fight in this battle;
station yourselves,
stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf...
...’ Do not fear or be dismayed;
tomorrow go out to face them,
for the Lord is with you.”
 
2 Chronicles 20:17
 
BLESSED!
 
OH, THE JOY!
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS... GRATITUESDAY

What a group!!! Servant-hearted  "peacemakers" have daily shown up at our house and offices the last month to help us:

  • pack up Steve's office and move it to a storage unit
  • pack up my office and move it to a storage unit
  • clean out the mold that we discovered in our basement and bring it out on the lawn and then back in the house depending on the rain
  • clean out the shed
  • take the things that did not fit in the giant dumpster into a horse trailer
  • move storage unit contents to pod 1
  • pack up each room in our 4 bedroom house
  • load mold-less contents of basement / house onto half of pod 1 and all of pod 2.  (hopefully not putting any mold on the truck)
  • pray
  • fellowship
  • be encouraged
  • maintain peace


I love the peacemaking family of believers at the Pitman Road church of Christ.  To God be the glory... and my gratitude!



BLESSED!
 
OH, THE JOY!

Monday, August 12, 2013

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS - MEDITATION MONDAY

I've had a few discussions with friends / family, in the last few days, about the Proverbs.  Yesterday's post included a scripture from James that connected "wisdom" with "peace":

James 3:17-18

"But the wisdom from above is...Peaceable... 
...And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in PEACE by those who make PEACE."

Looking back, in the Old Testament, at the book of Proverbs, I see that the word PEACE is used 5 times.  You may be an occasional blog reader, a regular, one of my own children, or one of my children in the faith... whoever you are, I ask you to join me today in meditating on these wise words from Proverbs 3:

The Rewards of Wisdom

"My son (daughter), do not forget my teaching,
But let your heart keep my commandments;
For length of days and years of life
And PEACE they will add to you.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart."

BLESSED!
 
OH, THE JOY!


 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS - SUNDAY IN THE SON




SUNDAY IN THE SON





James 3:17-18

"But the wisdom from above is...
  1. first pure, (Beatitude #6)
  2. then PEACEable, (Beatitude #7)
  3. gentle, (Beatitude #3)
  4. reasonable,
  5. full of mercy (Beatitude #5)
  6. and good fruits,
  7. unwavering,
  8. without hypocrisy.
And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in PEACE by those who make PEACE."

BLESSED!
 
OH, THE JOY!

2010 Pitman WOMEN REACHING OUT IN FAITH RETREAT - Cape May, NJ

TRANSFORMED MOM, LISA, REQUESTED PRAYERS FOR HER HUBBY: FULLY RESTORED! FULLY HEALED!