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, November 29, 2010

LET MY WORDS BE FEW... GIGATTAATTGIG...

MEDITATION MONDAY

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This month, our scripture memory has been a constant reminder to me that a "transformed mom":
  • rejoices in suffering
  • suffers while persevering
  • allows perseverance to develop character
  • gets hope through character
  • knows that hope does not disappoint

I've thought a lot about how hard it is to go down this path of life, full of enormous challenges, and not let myself say, "If only..." OR to look to the future and not be discouraged. I went to, my daughter-in-love, Jacqueline's blog the other day and she had changed the words in her header to read, "Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path to joy." Ah, yes! That sounds like another take on "Keep rejoicing as you persevere in your suffering!"

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Dan, had another take on this concept yesterday morning. Steve always begins his sermons with "God Is Good All The Time..." and the congregation responds "...And All The Time God Is Good." Yesterday, was Dan's turn to preach (they each preach half the sermons each year at our Sunday morning church services). Dan began his sermon the way that Steve usually does. In fact, Dan's whole sermon was about G.I.G.A.T.T.A.A.T.T.G.I.G.

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Dan listed a bunch of really rough stuff that the people in our church family have gone through... deaths, divorce, chronic illness, cancer, loss of finances, loss of homes... he confessed the times that he could not say GIGATTAATTGIG. He kept us focused on Romans 8:28

  • "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. "

Dan emphasized that God is good ALL the time, it doesn't say that everything in a christian's life is good. In fact, if we connect this verse with our scipture for this month, we can see that for those who love God, it is in the journey of suffering and perseverance and character building that the working for good and hope prevails.

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One of Dan's illustrations was a ruler and a yardstick. We get discouraged because we only see things from our perspective and not from God's. The ruler represented a person's life from birth to physical death. The yardstick (with infinite arrows on both ends) represented God's life/perspective.

Today, as I consider God's good and much bigger perspective, I recommit to joyfully persevere in suffering as I believe that GIGATTAATTGIG. I imagine myself standing at the foot of the cross as I let His blood drip down on me. I sing "I stand in awe of You, Jesus. I stand in awe of You! I'll let my words be few... Jesus, I am so in love with You."

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Thank you, Jesus for:

  • counting it great joy to suffer for me
  • persevering through sneers, tauntings, floggings, crucifiction...
  • displaying the depth of your character by not giving in to the evil one
  • desiring for things to work out for good for my family and me...
  • living so that I can have a hope and a future
  • loving me, in spite of me




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