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, December 27, 2010

GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN...IN ME... ENDURANCE...


MEDITATION MONDAY
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In January of this year, I began adding a theme for every 3 months on this blog - as well as a scripture memory for each month. I asked God to guide my decision making as we went along. What I did not expect was that each Sunday morning either something said in Bible class, the communion talk, song selections, or the sermon would connect with what we were discussing on the blog. It has been wonderful to see God's Spirit at work in that way.
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Yesterday, was no exception! I knew that there would be part of this week that I would spend some time looking back at 2010 on the blog. What I didn't know was that Dan would get us started! Dan's scripture focus for yesterday's sermon was listed on our handouts in this way:
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  • Run With Endurance...How?...Text: Hebrews 12:1-3
That was our scripture memory for January 2010! We began the year with these verses on this blog!
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Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded
by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us.
Let us FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS,
the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before Him
endured the cross,
scorning its shame,
and sat down
at the right hand of the throne of God.
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Consider Him who endured
such opposition from sinful men,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
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Dan's handout had 3 points. Then, on each of those 3 points he gave us an assignment~
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1. Be INSPIRED by those who have GONE BEFORE!
  • Write down the name of a faith hero of yours. Who is someone who has inspired you to be faithful in your walk?

2. Be PREPARED for the STRUGGLES!

  • Write down a temptation that has overwhelmed you in the last year. Our elders want to pray over you and with you, that that sin will not entangle you again in 2011!

3. Be FOCUSED on JESUS!

  • Write down one way that satan tempted you to grow weary and to lose heart in 2010.

As is common for me, I had a multiplicity of answers for each! As I've meditated on these 3 concepts, I see GOD'S GRACE all through them. No matter how much I mess up, I can come to Him in repentance and He says

  1. God has graced us with a book full of wonderful heroes and heroines of faith! Most of us have some modern day ones, too.
  2. God has graced us with the a church family who are designed to give us support, encouragement, and guidance for the journey. What a wonderful plan for each body of believers to have shepherds who are prayer warriors!
  3. God has graced us with JESUS! Focusing on the nature of who Jesus is and what He has done for us gives us strength for the journey.

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As you meditate on Jesus and His journey and relate it to your own journey and your endurance, maybe one of the pictures above will encourage you.

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I've also added a few more pics that will help you keep endurance on your mind:




NOTE: When I GOOGLED to find some pictures on endurance, I GOOGLED the words, Jesus Endurance. I was totally shocked when I went to the second page of the images to find the picture of my family as an image for JESUS ENDURANCE. It has certainly given me some time to pause and meditate deeply on that concept. This is Steve and me a little over 20 years ago with our four children. Life has thrown us some very tough curve balls along the way. Understanding that God extends us His GRACE (IN JESUS) TO ENDURE is key!!!

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