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SOMEONE IS...A series about facing trouble with eyes and Bible wide open. SOMEONE IS FROZEN: Everyone loves someone who is spiritually frozen...a statue among the pulse of humanity. For all outward appearances, this one you love has given up on God. So how exactly should we pray for this someone?


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Someone is Frozen

Someone is…  A series about facing trouble with eyes and Bible wide open.

SOMEONE IS...A series about facing trouble with eyes and Bible wide open. SOMEONE IS FROZEN: Everyone loves someone who is spiritually frozen...a statue among the pulse of humanity. For all outward appearances, this one you love has given up on God. So how exactly should we pray for this someone?

Do you love someone who is spiritually frozen…a statue among the pulse of humanity?  Unable to move, life zips around their frozen feet, barely stirring a hair on their head.   Fear, depression, illness, or loss can be a culprit.   The speeding of time and the management of it,  can often cause a person’s spark to dim.  Watching one you love slowly melt into the wallpaper is heart wrenching.

For all outward appearances, this one you love has given up on God.   They have no confidence that they can be anything other than paralyzed, so they sit. We pray and plead for this one we love, perhaps for years upon years.

So how exactly should we pray for this someone?

I recently found a scripture in a book that many don’t commonly read…Nehemiah.  As I dug into the Word,  interested in this man who traveled from captivity in Babylon to coordinate the re-building of the wall in Jerusalem, I discovered a phrase that explained what made him move.  Did you perk up at the mention of the word move?  That’s the word that is missing from our frozen friends y’all, M*O*V*E.  What moved Nehemiah can move the ones you love too.  He says it twice, listen to  this…

“…I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem...”  2:12 NIV

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”   So my God put it into my heart to…”  7:5 NIV

I have heard Christians say, “God put it into my heart…,” for years but had no idea it started with Nehemiah.  I think it is important to note that this verse does NOT say, “She nagged me so often that I finally gave in.”  The miraculous moving of the Spirit within someone’s heart can only come from God.  I imagine the frozen heart like the hard earth, unable to hold a seed.  So the sower beats, rakes, and subdues the earth until the soil is ready to receive what the sower has to give, just as the heart receives the Spirit’s plan.  Once planted the roots shoot down to the feet and GLORY to GOD… someone is moving.

So how exactly should we pray for this someone?

That God speak into the heart of stone.

That He speak plainly and with force.

That His voice gives the frozen heart courage to move.

And that those who pray trust in the coming miracle.

Trust the sower y’all.

SOMEONE IS...A series about facing trouble with eyes and Bible wide open. SOMEONE IS FROZEN: Everyone loves someone who is spiritually frozen...a statue among the pulse of humanity. For all outward appearances, this one you love has given up on God. So how exactly should we pray for this someone?

 

 

 

 

 

God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.


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Will Wonders Never Cease? No, Never.

The literal answer to this age old expression is, “No, a thousand times NO!”  God’s wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, an answered prayer, a second chance, and the togetherness of a family.  God’s wonders take us to new heights if the one in the middle of the wondrous decides to catch the kite string and soar into the spiritual.

God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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This summer, my husband and I saw many wondrous things in our month long road trip and I would love to share some of my best pictures with you.  Psalm 148 just seems to fit.

God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family.  This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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God's wonders are in the food we eat, the scenery we take pictures of, in an answered prayer, and in the togetherness of a family. This post is to share a few wonders I captured this summer during our month long road trip, along with Psalm 148.

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This excerpt from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones  captures the childlike simplicity of creation and its response to wonder.

And when God saw them He  was like a new dad.  “You look just like me,” He said.  “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made!”  God loved them with all of His heart.  And they were lovely because He loved them.  And Adam and Eve joined in the song of the stars and the streams and the wind in the trees, the wonderful song of love to the one who made them. 

This post is just a reminder to join the song.

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Pictures:  1)  glacial ice seen on our Alaskan cruise, 2)  hummingbird perched on a branch near her nest in my California son’s yard, 3)  California beach, 4) Oregon coastline,  5) View from a train in Skagway Alaska, 6) More Alaskan beauty, 7) It was a surprise to find Washington Lake Wanapun in the middle of such barren country, 8) My family’s Montana ranch, my favorite place, 9)  Ranch sunset on our last day.  The sky was especially beautiful.  10)  Ranch sunrise  on our last day.  The sky was especially beautiful.

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There is an aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my house. I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings. Find out how I set up my Gratitude corner.


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How I set up a Gratitude Corner

God has blessed me so abundantly, and I have always felt my meager thank yous were just not enough to offer Him, especially when after agonizing in prayer, He comes up with a surprise solution, one much better than I could have ever planned.  Or, when having waited a particularly looooooooong time for God to move, at just the right time He creates a beautiful response.  The Israelites would offer up a gratitude sacrifice to the Lord and then have a feast.  In some ways this really appeals to me, to be able to do something physical for God to show my thankfulness.

There is an aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my house. I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings. Find out how I set up my Gratitude corner.

There is another aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.  After the Israelites were witnesses to many wonders and miracles, their children promptly forgot to talk about it when they were at home and when they were on the road, when they were going to bed and when they were getting up.     By the third generation, the children’s children were lost and worshiping idols.   I take these facts very seriously.  I genuinely  love my descendants, even though they have not been born yet.  I think about them all the time. After the crossing of the Jordan River into the promised land, Joshua had the people set up  memorial stones specifically to remind the generations to come about how God had been with them.

So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my home.  I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings.  There are many ways to represent our blessings, and I might decide to create something different later, but for now, I have decided to focus on different fonts of the alphabet, each letter representing the beginning word of something meaningful to our family.

There is an aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my house. I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings. Find out how I set up my Gratitude corner.

I mounted each letter on a 8×10 canvas found in packs of four at Hobby Lobby using a glue stick.  These turned out really big, so I will use the smaller sizes for additional letters. On the back of each letter will be a detailed description of the way God moved.  I am still working on this part of my project.

There is an aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my house. I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings. Find out how I set up my Gratitude corner.

There is an aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my house. I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings. Find out how I set up my Gratitude corner.

There is an aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my house. I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings. Find out how I set up my Gratitude corner.

The scripture canvas on top of my gratitude corner was first created on the free photo editor, PicMonkey using a black 8×10 design.  I added our family name into the scripture to make it more personal.  The white fonts I used were Black Jack and De Walpergen Pica.  Next I saved my JPG design on my computer.  I made sure there was plenty of margin all the way around for when the canvas was wrapped.  I ordered the 11×14 canvas from Walgreens and picked it up the same day at my local store.  With a coupon code it was around $20.

There is an aspect to gratitude that I have been contemplating and that is the remembering of the blessing to others.So using this train of thought, I set up a gratitude corner in my house. I cleared off the knickknacks from my corner cabinet, and replaced them with reminders of our family blessings. Find out how I set up my Gratitude corner.

I hope I have given you inspiration to make your own gratitude corner.  Be creative and make it reflect your family.

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Bible Journaling has become a part of my private worship time with God. This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20...it was the word GO. It's time to MOVE y'all.


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It’s Hard to Make the Bed if Someone is Still Sleeping in it.

This title is an exact quote of what I said to my husband the other day when he slept in.  I thought it would be perfect for this post.  🙂

Bible Journaling has become a part of my  private worship time with God.  It gives me a moment to really focus in on the scripture I am illustrating…to closely listen to God speak as I lovingly caress the Word of God with my pencils and pens.

Bible Journaling has become a part of my private worship time with God. This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20...it was the word GO. It's time to MOVE y'all.

This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20…it was the word GO.  It’s time to get out of the bed you sleeper.  Put your feet on the floor.  Splash the sleep from your eyes and GO!    If not to the world, then at least to your world.  It’s time to MOVE y’all.

Bible Journaling has become a part of my private worship time with God. This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20...it was the word GO. It's time to MOVE y'all.

This is one reason I write… to encourage movement among the church, physically and spiritually.  It is hard to GO when your body and your mind is overweight and sluggish from poor eating choices, and from lack of exercise.   Inactivity causes thoughts of sleep.  Why even bother making the bed?

Let Jesus energize you O sleeper.  Awake and Go. Baptize and Teach.

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Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.


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Good Book: SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

Who he was, what he did, why it matters

The more I understand scripture, the more the Holy Spirit sends me to the Jews… to the Old Testament…to the history behind it all.  How else can I truly understand the sacrifice Jesus made until I understand the sacrificial system he lived under at the time.

I am corresponding with a very kind atheist who lets me share scripture with her.  The gospel message is not just a literal death on a cross.  I can’t say,  “Jesus died for your sins”…that just doesn’t make sense to someone from another country who is struggling to understand this Jesus person.  “How exactly does God dying save people?”  she might wonder.  We are very proficient in telling His  story, but not so well in conveying the symbolism behind it all.  We are guilty of dumbing it down for our children too.   Basically we tell them, “Just trust me, He died and rose.”  Then they grow up reciting, but not really understanding the immense beauty and richness of what exactly God did for His chosen people.     Maybe it’s time you delve into the history and prophesy of the Jews and develop a complete picture of the  Messiah.  If you are ready to be schooled by a professor of the New Testament and Early Christianity, then this is the book for you.

This book is full of imagery and metaphorical pictures, not just from scriptures, but from Wright too by using the analogy of a storm throughout the book.    We meet the Roman and Jewish people through the eyes of the culture of the time.  Wondered what happened in between the books of Malachi and Matthew?  We are introduced to the men who “could have been” the Messiah, but only disappointed in the end:  Judah Maccabee, Simon the Star, Herod the Great, and Simon bar-Giora.  We discover fascinating meanings behind what Jesus said and did, hidden to those of us who have been skimming the surface of scriptures, staying safely within the confines of the New Testament.   Wright uses the seven themes of the Exodus:  tyrant, leader, divine victory, sacrifice, vocation, divine presence, and promised inheritance to compare with the coming, the life, death and reign of the King of the Jews.  Finally Professor Wright discusses the enthroned Jesus and how he works with the church today through the Spirit.

I won’t kid you y’all, this is not an easy book to read, but SO worth your time and energy.  Here is how Tom Wright organizes his book:

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

 

I am including a quote from Professor Wright on heaven and earth.

“They (heaven and earth) are not merely contagious, like two next-door houses.  Heaven permeates earth.  If Jesus is now in ‘heaven’, he is present to every place on earth.  Had he remained on earth, he wouldn’t have been present anywhere except the one place where he was.  The ascension enables him to be present everywhere.

Tom Wright also writes under the name of N.T. Wright.  There are many videos of his discussions on YouTube.   Get your boots on y’all, he goes deep!

 

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