Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pass it on!

Yesterday, Mission Arlington came and picked up some things from us. Things that had been a blessing to us (bikes, toys, clothes, etc.) but that could now be a blessing to someone else.

We have been planting God's Word in our own hearts and minds...let's not forget to PASS IT ON!

I want to challenge you to speak one of the verses you have memorized to someone who needs encouraging in the next three days! It may be someone at the grocery store, at the cleaners, at your kid's school, a neighbor...
Be alert and watchful! Ask God to show you clearly where He wants you to PASS IT ON!

Press on friends!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Week #17: Psalm 90:12

Week of April 26-May 2

"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." [Psalm 90:12]

NOTE: We are going to stay in the Psalms one more week! I just couldn't pass this one up!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My Right Hand

I was having my quiet time in the book of Acts (Ch.7) yesterday and I came across the phrase "right hand" in verse 56. It jumped out at me because our verse this week (Psalm 16:7-8) also refers to the "right hand".

Here's what I found when I "dug a little deeper"-

The use of the phrase "right hand" in the Bible may refer to several things depending upon the context in which it is used. Here are a few examples:

The right hand is a place of distinction and favor (Genesis 48:13-19) as opposed to that of judgment or punishment (Matthew 25:33)

The right hand is a place of honor (1 Kings 2:19; Psalm 45:9); because of this, it is raised in swearing

The right hand is the place of power and strength (Psalm 60:5; 63:8; 108:6; 118:15,16; 110:1; Isaiah 28:2; Matthew 22:44; Matthew 20:21,23)

Let me know if you have something to add to this! I would love know your thoughts and what God has impressed on your heart this week regarding these verses.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Week #16: Psalm 16: 7-8

Week of April 19-25

"I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
[Psalm 16:7-8]

For an extra challenge, add the next two verses:
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. [Psalm 16: 9-10]

The Psalms were written by at least seven authors (of which David is the most notable.) The book of Psalms spans one thousand years of Israel's rich history-from the time of Moses to the return from exile in Babylonia. The word psalm comes from a Greek word meaning "a song sung to the accompaniment of a plucked instrument." Used as the Temple hymnbook, the Psalms express the diversity of human emotion-praise to God in good times, fear of enemies in bad times, and an overriding confidence in God's goodness, majesty and power.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Week #15: Job 19:25

Week #15 April 12-18

"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth." [Job 19:25]

NOTE: The events begin in chapter 1 with Satan challenging God that Job only follows Him because of what God gives him. The events then move to earth where Satan causes Job’s world to fall apart and then attacks Job’s health.

God allows Satan to test Job, and Job through his free will eventually demonstrates to Satan that he accepts and trusts God in spite of all his undeserved suffering.

Question to ponder: When I am suffering or under great pressure, am I confident in God’s character—that God is my comforter, strengthener, and restorer?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Running in the Rain

This morning I headed out to run. The clouds were becoming darker and five minutes into my run, it started to rain. Initially, I thought "this is a bummer"! I had geared up to run a couple miles and now there is a rain cloud hanging over me!

God brought to mind the perfect spiritual illustration for my past week or two of scripture memory. The circumstances and events of living life have "clouded" my weeks and I have felt a little overwhelmed with the "rain" of life. Why does it have to rain on me now?

I had to make a choice: keep running or turn back. I chose to keep running. And wouldn't you know...that God turned those raindrops into a sweet time of refreshment! The coolness of the rain on my face and the realization that our faithful God is replenishing the earth with much needed water.

Sometimes we read the WORD and study simply out of the discipline God has called us to. But then, it becomes like a sweet refreshment to our souls and the blessing is ours! Isn't God good?

Press on friends!
(A little wet) Tiffany

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Coffee Time, please!

Hi everyone-
I just posted this week's verse in Esther. Please take a few minutes in the next day or two to read her story and understand the context of this verse. There are only 10 chapters in the book of Esther, so an easy read, right? She has an amazing story!

I will be at Starbucks this Wednesday, April 8, from noon til 1:00. (Park Row/Bowen)
I know things are super busy for everyone, but if you can make it for just a little while, I think you will be encouraged!

This "coffee time" is simply a means to spur each other on. Even if you have fallen behind or have done just a couple of the memory verses, please come! The spiritual nuggets of truth that are shared during this time are wonderful-


Week #14: Esther 4:14b

Week #14: April 5-11

"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" [Esther 4:14b)

NOTE: Esther was a young Jewish woman of wonderful character, intelligence, beauty, and initiative. She understood submission to authority and then how to use authority when she was in a position to do so. She was teachable and also a leader. She waited to take the right action at the right time.

Do I know when to keep silent and when to speak; when to patiently wait and when to act; and how to act when the opportunity arises?