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, May 9, 2011

ABIDE WITH ME... LET ME SEE YOU, GOD...

MEDITATION MONDAY
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“Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God”
Matthew 5:8


This weekend I had a remarkable view of God through a variety of avenues that included: life, death, sickness, health, music, noise, silence, youth, motherhood, service, sorrow, celebration, and worship. I was able to recognize that I was in the presence of something very extraordinary.... I perceived LOVE.

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HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO OUR BE-ATTITUDE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY? Let's take a look:

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WHAT ABOUT "PURE in heart"?

1. The word "pure" is used 27 times in the New Testament.


2. It is "katharos" in Greek.


3. It means clean or free from contamination.


4. Matthew 27:59 refers to the clean (katharos) cloth that Jesus' body was wrapped in after He was taken off the cross.


5. Matthew 11:5 says, "The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed (katharos), the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor." This is used multiple times in Matthew, Mark, and Luke to refer to the cleansing/purification of lepers.


6. Luke 5:13 is another of those scriptures that I love ... "Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him."


7. Spiritually speaking, we can look at purity to describe the spiritual heart/mind as free from contamination... In Jesus' words, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:34-36


8. In the highest sense, a heart desiring God, as Jesus shares in Mark 12:29-31:


“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:


‘Hear, O Israel:


The Lord our God, the Lord is one.


Love the Lord your God


with all your heart


and with all your soul


and with all your mind


and with all your strength.’


The second is this:


‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'


There is no commandment greater than these.”




WHAT ABOUT "SEE GOD"?


1. It's used 449 times in the New Testament.


2. It's "horao" in Greek.


3. It can mean to physically/literally have a clear viewing of something or to look at something clearly OR it can mean figuratively to perceive, recognize, or experience.


4. On earth, we have the opportunity to see (look straight at) creation as well as the opportunity to see (recognize) the master Creator God through all the wonders of His creation. I think Elizabeth Barrett Browning understood it when she said, "Earth's crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God. And only he who sees takes off his shoes, the rest sit round and pluck blackberries."


5. Then, there's Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus in John 3: “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”


6. Finally, there's the “see” that means to experience something. John 3:36, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life...."


This weekend, I saw LIFE!


This weekend, I saw LOVE!


This weekend, I saw GOD!


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-BLESSED~


(More connections to this post to come throughout the week!)

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