Sunday, October 20, 2013

50 Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of October 20, 2013

October 20, 2013:

Galatians 4-6; Psalms 98 & 103

Today ends the 50 Day Adventure Scripture readings.  I hope you enjoyed reading from God’s Word each day; if you got behind—don’t give up keep reading from where you are currently.  I encourage you to keep reading God’s Word each day.  The Bible is God’s love letter to you!

From my heart to yours, Kim

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Power of Story

“At that time Jesus full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes Father, for this was your good pleasure.’”  (Luke 10:21 KJV)

What do you most strongly remember from your childhood?   What stories did you find particularly fascinating and wanted read over and over?  For me, I’ve been told that I loved Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.  We learn so much from stories—those written, as well as the stories of lives of others told to us orally.  Even our personal stories can instruct.  Learning to listen—with rapt attention (like small children listening to a book being read)—to the stories of faithful believers can aid our own walk.  It’s humbling to realize that our own testimony can inspire others.

Growing up in the church I listened to many Bible stories.  Through those stories I learned about Bible heroes and the faith that I’d return to in a more complete and powerful way as an adult. 

For those who grew up in church, what stories were the most fascinating to you?  My favorite was when Jesus healed the man who was paralyzed (Matt. 9:2-7 see here; Mark 2:3-12 [a different type of healing] see here; Luke 5:18-25 see here).  Today, as an adult, I still find the stories where Jesus (and His apostles) healed others to be fascinating.  There is such amazing power in God’s Word!      

Romans 10:17 (KJV) states: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Listening seems to imply that a response of some sort is needed.  The response is up to each individual listening.  In this case, it’s responding to Jesus and His desire to be our Savior and Lord.  The question is:  Will we say “yes” to Jesus and eternal life that is truly worth living or will we say “no” and spend an eternity separated from the One who loves more deeply than we can begin to understand?  This is one question that can only be answered by each person for himself/herself.  What will your answer be? 

Heart-warming is a good way to describe what many of us feel when children or adults make the decision to invite Jesus into their heart—becoming born again.  Their lives are completely different.  Salvation changes us from inside out.    

The effect of stories on our lives is powerful—it is through stories that learning takes place on a more personal level.  Stories bring life and color to issues that could otherwise remain dull and lifeless.  Who can you share the stories of Jesus with in the coming days?   

Dear Father, I lift up to You each person who reads this blog—reveal Yourself to them in the way they need to experience You.  Draw them to You.  Lift any condemnation they may be under that is hindering them from hearing You, may they surrender their life to You.  Thank you for the openness and receptiveness of little children—may we be more childlike in how we respond to You and Your Word.  .  Help us to teach them the Truth about Jesus and His love.  Instill in us a childlike faith and openness to You.  Open our hearts to truly hear what children say to us about You.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

From my heart to yours,


Sunday, October 13, 2013

50 Day Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of October 13, 2013

Week of October 13, 2013:

Sunday: Ephesians 3-4; Psalms 77

Monday: Ephesians 5-6; Psalms 78

Tuesday: Philippians 1-2; Psalms 90

Wednesday: Philippians 3-4; Psalms 91

Thursday: Colossians 1-2; Psalms 92

Friday: Colossians 3-4; Psalms 95

Saturday: Galatians 1-3; Psalms 96

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Wait Upon the LORD

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)

Wait.  Wait.  Wait.  I take much comfort in the verse from Isaiah (see above).  It seems to me that if we wait and are still, God is able to work in us much better than if we try to “help” Him.  After all, we know that when we’re physically tired we must rest—be still—to regain our strength.  The same can be said for our spiritual strength.  By being still both physically and spiritually, God can work within us; bring the healing that we most need.  It is when we get our strength from God that we can find that energy and strength to fly like an eagle and run the race to completion without wearing out. 

One definition of the word wait states this: “To rest in expectation and patience” (see here).  This definition seems to fit how “wait” is used in the verse from Isaiah—waiting on the LORD renews our strength.  Therefore, during seasons of waiting, we can rest with expectation and patience that God is working things out in places and realms that we can’t see.  God’s plans are far greater than ours.    

What things are you waiting for or to happen?

  A new ministry opportunity

·         Salvation of a loved one

·         A new job

·         A house to buy or sell?

·         A husband/wife? 

  Being accepted into the college/university or a specialized program of your dreams?  

As difficult as periods of waiting can be (I’m in an extended season of waiting), in the end we’ll find the wait worth it.  It’s when you or I get ahead of the Lord that we get in trouble and find that rest really doesn't happen.  Learning to wait doesn't happen overnight—it’s a slow process.  Thankfully our Lord is patient with us and gives us many chances to get things correct.        

Dear Heavenly Father, how we long for meaningful rest; how we long to be renewed.  Our spirits cry out for this—to be able to get through this life without fainting.  Help us to rest in you while we wait—particularly when we find ourselves in extended periods of waiting.  We know that without you, Father, none of this is possible. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

From my heart to yours,


Sunday, October 6, 2013

50 Day Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of October 6, 2013

Week of October 6, 2013:

Sunday: Acts 17-18; Psalms 51

Monday: Acts 19-20; Psalms 55

Tuesday: Acts 21-22; Psalms 61

Wednesday: Acts 23-24; Psalms 62

Thursday: Acts 25-26; Psalms 63

Friday: Acts 27-28; Psalms 67

Saturday: Ephesians 1-2; Psalms 73