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."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

SO LONG SELF... TRANSFORMING THURSDAY...

The first beatitude of Christ's Sermon on the Mount screams, "So long self!"  In the book, Christ of the Mount, the author refers to being poor in spirit as the "renunciation of spirit".  The author, E. Stanley Jones says, "To sum up: The renounced in spirit gain the kingdom of heaven, the mourners gain the kingdom of inner comfort, the meek gain the earth.  So the world above, the world within, and the world around belong to this (wo)man.  Wanting nothing (s)he inherits all worlds.

Then come the next 3 beatitudes:
  • BLESSED are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

  • BLESSED are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

  • BLESSED are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Mr. Jones continues, "While the first 3 beatitudes strike at the aggressive attitudes toward life, they do not end there.  They end, not in a quietism, but in a quest.  And the quest for righteousness can now safely take place, after renunciation in spirit; the righteousness produced will not now be a self- righteousness, for the self has been laid down.  Nothing is more beautiful than righteousness; nothing is more hideous than self-righteousness."

Have you ever observed that many "righteous people" are not merciful towards the shortcomings of others?  Mr. Jones says that, "Righteousness without mercy produces an indigestion countenance... mercy without righteousness is mushy."  Righteousness and mercy put together, as Jesus models, becomes purity of heart. Purity of heart is a passion for righteousness and a compassion for people.

As a believer, how do you love Yourself?   It begins with the first 6 Beatitudes:
  • Be poor in spirit...
  • Be a mourner...
  • Be meek...
  • Be hungry and thirsty for righteousness...
  • Be merciful...
  • Be pure in heart...

~Oh, the JOY!

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