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."

Monday, March 23, 2009

EAST TO WEST...WE SHARED WHAT WE LEARNED BEST...

MEDITATION MONDAY
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I so wanted to post earlier in the day but my teaching job needed my focus until now. What a wonderful, inspiring women's retreat I was a part of this weekend at Cape May, NJ. Before we left yesterday, we did two things. One I'll share with you today and one tomorrow.
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Our weekend theme was "Too Blessed to Be Stressed ", a study of the Be-attitudes. We each wrote an "Aha! Moment or Thought" at the end of each session and then I collected written ones and many came up to me afterwards and said, "Here's one more AHA!" Since we are also talking about the be-attitudes on this blog, I think it would be appropriate to share some of the "Aha's!" that were given to me. If you were not at the retreat and you would like me to expound on any of these, then just leave a comment as to which one(s). Enjoy meditating on one or all of them:
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BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT...
  • AHA 1: "It's all about Jesus, not about us!"
  • AHA 2: "My poor in spirit needed force feeding!"
  • AHA 3: "It takes me pouring myself out at Jesus feet."

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN...

  • AHA 1: "Mourning applies to my sin...my comfort is God's forgiveness..."
  • AHA 2: "I am guilty of not taking sin seriously. I don't mourn over it like I should. I'm too quick to gloss over or excuse sin in my life and others."
  • AHA 3: "Never connected mourning to mourning over (ours and others) sin. I love this perspective. Do we really hate sin enough to really mourn over it? Valuable reminder..."

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BLESSED ARE THE MEEK...

  • AHA 1: "The thought of helplessness...not anymore!" (Meek does not mean weak!)
  • AHA 2: "I am stressed when I focus on the physical and I am blessed when I focus on the spiritual. I need to keep my focus on God and let Him be in control!"
  • AHA 3: "Even though I always knew that 'God is in control'...It has been made much clearer that 'God IS in control!'"

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS...

  • AHA 1: "How long do I go without spiritual food? Can my family tell?"
  • AHA 2: "If you hunger and thirst...you are looking desperately to be filled."
  • AHA 3: "I want to crave to be around righteousness...my church family, God's word, Bible study, devotionals..."

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BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL...

  • AHA 1: "Mercy is not sympathy, it's empathy!"
  • AHA 2: "I need to reach out to our families with special needs more!"
  • AHA 3: "To be known is to be loved; to be loved is to be known!" (warts and all!)
  • AHA 4: "Love covers a multitude of sins!"

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BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART...

  • AHA 1: "Purity is so important to God!"
  • AHA 2: "How do we become pure? I think of struggling with food related health issues. I had to go back to whole foods...foods that were (as my son says) 'the way God made them.' He's 8 and he can explain purity!"
  • AHA 3: "What comes out of the mouth comes from the heart...understanding the unity of the two helps me understand the awesomeness of Jesus!"
  • AHA 4: "I need a heart transplant! Jesus' heart...not mine!"

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BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS...

  • AHA 1: "I've never thought of the different sides of peacemaking!"
  • AHA 2: "Give a cup of water or a bowl of chicken soup in Jesus' name!"
  • AHA 3: "Just like Jesus was the wounded healer, we can help people make their peace..."

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE...

  • AHA 1: "Without testing, there is no testimony!"
  • AHA 2: "We are the body of Christ but often the persecution comes from inside the body just like a cancer."
  • AHA 3: "Wisdom to know whether or not it's the right thing that I am standing for OR to know to say, "It's not right! It's not wrong! It's just different!"

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO REJOICE WHEN PERSECUTED AND LIED ABOUT...

  • AHA 1: "Without testing, there is no testimony!"
  • AHA 2: "I thought that I was a spiritual person until I realized that when my life doesn't go my way I curse before I count my blessings!" (What do you do when you get squeezed?)
  • AHA 3: "Smiling, singing, suffering servant slave!"
  • AHA 4: "2 Chronicles 20 - God told the people to sing and He would fight the battle."

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OTHER AHA'S OVER ALL THE BEATTITUDES AND "SALT" AND "LIGHT" VERSES FOLLOWING:

  • AHA 1: "I have not been seeing the 'big brother Jesus' traits in my family members. I am going to start looking for them and claiming those qualities about them."
  • AHA 2: "I need to listen to God more. After I do that, everything will be better...seek the kingdom first..."
  • AHA 3: "Continue to allow Jesus to transform me through the be-attitudes...then I will be salt and light..."
  • AHA 4: "Christians don't grow fruit...the Holy Spirit does!"
  • AHA 5: "Although we are different with different needs, we each have something to contribute that can be beneficial spiritually."
  • AHA 6: "I must keep praying and never give up!"
  • AHA 7: "We have to keep working through our stresses, keep putting one foot before the other."
  • AHA 8: "Count your blessings, not your troubles!"

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