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, January 3, 2011

BLESSED BE YOUR NAME... WORTHY OF ESP......

MEDITATION MONDAY
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After a time of prayerfully considering our new blog theme(s) for 2011, I was in a conversation with my husband, Steve, one day in November. He said that he was meditating on his theme for 2011 and had decided on SURRENDER. I paused and smiled. Once again, I could see the Holy Spirit at work. I had determined that a year long focus on the BLESSED LIFE, as articulated for us by Jesus in Matthew 5, 6, & 7, and lived out by His LIFE on earth, would be our blog theme for 2011. According to that scripture, what is the first step to this kind of life?
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  • SURRENDER!

  • HUMILITY!

  • BEING POOR IN SPIRIT!

Each New Year, it's a little harder for me to make New Year's Resolutions because I look back at all those that I have broken in the past. It's discouraging! Oh, the challenges are many... time, focus, roadblocks, rationalization, lack of surrender...

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Steve's sermon yesterday served to get me thinking more along the lines of SURRENDER. This is a topic that is probably not too popular in the USA. We're used to winning... being the best in so many things... Steve said the "most famous surrender in all of history" is the surrender of Jesus Christ... God became a baby... grew up as a child... a teen... became a man... and bottom line is that HE WAS BORN TO DIE! Does that make any earthly sense?

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Steve used two words to describe the paradox: ENDURANCE! SURRENDER!

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  • On one hand, Jesus asks us to keep pressing on. Don't give up! Endure!
  • Yet, on the other hand, Jesus says: Stop! Give it up! Surrender!

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He took us to Philippians, where He showed us the concept more clearly:

ENDURANCE:

  • GOD endured! Philippians 1:6
  • Paul endured! Philippians 1:13-25
  • Christians are to endure! Philippians 1:27-30

SURRENDER:

  • GOD surrendered! Philippians 2:5-11
  • Paul surrendered! Philippians 1:13-25
  • Christians are to surrender! Phillipians 2

I had already posted a memory verse for the month on 1-1-11. Yet, after reading through Philippians and listening to Steve, I changed it to more completely follow our theme for the month: BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT!

Philippians 2:5-11

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He HUMBLED Himself and became OBEDIENT TO DEATH- even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.
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He is worthy of our E.S.P.!

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E-ndurance!

S-urrender!

P-oor spirit!

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~BLESSED~

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