Thursday, May 30, 2019

Humility Leads To Honor

Are you prideful, haughty in your actions and in the way that you talk? Or are you humble?









Proverbs 18:12 NIV 




Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.





According to dictionary.com the word haughty means disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious.





Be Respectful 






The word humble means not proud or arrogant; modest; courteously respectful.




What I am understanding is that I need to seek ways where I courteously respect others. Even with my words. Or better yet, I should say, especially with my words.




So, what does it look like to be humble and respectful with your words?









The words you speak are for: 





1. Worship -  Psalm 143:6, Psalm 95:6




2. Praise -  Psalm 150:6, Psalm 103:1




3. Prayer -  Jeremiah 29:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:17




4. Building others up  - 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Ephesians 4:29




5. Being grateful -  1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 9:1





Prayer: 




Dear Father,  




Thank you for always being with me. Please help me, Father, to remember that a haughty heart comes before a downfall, but humility leads to honor (Proverbs 18:12 NIV). Help me to use my words in ways that honor you. In Jesus' name, Amen.






















Bible Reading Plan, Taming The Tongue


Be Quick To Listen


Guard Your Mouth 
















Are you prideful, haughty in your actions and in the way that you talk?
Or are you humble?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.






























Photo credit: sweetlouise 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bible Reading Plan, Taming The Tongue

Our words matter. Do you stop to think before you speak? Or do you say things as they come into your mind?









Being an introvert, I have to admit that I know a few people that just talk. I have often envied them of their ability to be able to just open their mouths and let words flow.




While I wish that I could be that confident in myself, I am learning that it is better to keep a guard on my mouth. It is also better to listen and to think before actually saying anything.











Let's look at James 3:1-12 NIV 




Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.




According to these verses, our tongue --- a small part of the body ----




1. is a fire




2. is an evil among the parts of our body




3. has the power to corrupt our whole body




4. set the whole course of our life on fire




5. and it is set on fire by hell









You might be wondering how to tame the tongue. I have put together a reading plan on the subject. It starts with praising, crying out to the Lord, singing. I hope that after reading through these verses, you will see the ways in which you can, in fact, control your tongue.













Be Quick To Listen


Guard Your Mouth


Bible Reading Plan, The Names Of God


Healing Bible Reading Plan















Do you stop to think before you speak?
Or do you say things as they come into your mind?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.


































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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Be Quick To Listen

Are you a listener or a talker? Do you believe in controlling your words and what you speak to others?











In this world of of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc our words take on a whole new life. We can feel the pull to constantly be someone who talks; instead of someone who listens.





I am an introvert. 






Period.





End of discussion.





No, seriously, being an introvert makes me come across as being withdrawn. I like to absorb what is going on around me. I pay close attention to what other people are doing. Was that an odd facial expression? Why was that an odd facial expression? Did she just shift away from me? You get the picture.





I also listen. To me, this means that I will sit quietly and let you prattle on about things in your life. As I listen, I am watching your face and your body and trying to read between the lines.



I like to observe things.




In being someone who observes things, like I do, I open myself up to long winded lectures. I open myself up to hearing, "Why don't you talk?" Or "You have to have things that interest you. Share them with me."










Okay, so, yes, I do have interests, but being an introvert, for me, makes it hard to talk about myself. I do not like feeling like I am the center of attention or that I am being put on the spot.





If you try to ask me questions and I feel as though I am being put on the spot, you will more than likely only get a one word response.





I am quick to listen.  






I remember one time, we were visiting with Taylor. We had not seen him for a while. I was asked why I didn't ask him more questions. My response was that I could look at him and see that he was doing okay; I could listen to what he had to say and through that get all of my questions answered.




I believe in controlling my words and what I speak to others and not letting what I "feel" needs to be said control me.









James 1:19 NIV 




My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,




Prayer: 




Dear Father, 




Thank You for all that You do for me. Father, please help me to always be someone who is quick to listen to the things that are being said to me; slow to speak because it gives me time to think and to pray; and slow to become angry. In Jesus' name, Amen.














Guard Your Mouth


Quiet Time, What Is It?


How To Pray Scriptures













Are you a listener or a talker?
Do you believe in controlling your words and what you speak to others?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.


























Photo credit: nastya_gepp on pixabay.com 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Guard Your Mouth

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind? Then, once you have said whatever was blurted out, you regret it instantly?









Think Before You Respond 





I am a thinker. This means that I like to take time to think about my response to something before I ever give a response. In taking this time to think, it also allows me time to pray for the right words and maybe even the right attitude.





However, I have been known to blurt things out. It is few and far between when it happens, but it does happen. It is usually the result of a lot of stress.





Did you know that your words matter? They have the power to give life or death to someone. That is a lot of power. I don't know about you, but it makes me want to constantly keep a guard over my mouth.





Instead Of Lashing Out 





1. Excuse yourself 



Maybe you could go to the bathroom, for a few minutes, by yourself.



2. Calm down 



While you have these few minutes of quiet, spend some time focusing on your breathing until you feel, calm.



3. Think 



What happened? What was it that was said that made you need time to think? Spend time thinking on that subject.








4. Pray 



Ask the Lord to give you the right words and the right attitude.



5. Re-enter the conversation 



After allowing yourself time to calm down, think and pray, you can re-enter the conversation with a better response.





Proverbs 18:21 NIV 





The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.





Prayer:





Dear Father, 





Thank You for always being with me. Father, please help me to remember that my tongue has the power of life and death ( Proverbs 18:21 NIV ). Help me to use my words for good. In Jesus' name, Amen.










Ephesians 4:29 NIV 





Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.





Prayer:





Dear Father, 





Please help me not to allow any unwholesome talk come out of my mouth. Father, let my words be helpful for building others up according to their needs so it may be of benefit to those who listen ( Ephesians 4:29 NIV ). In Jesus' name, Amen. 














Quiet Time, What Is It?


How To Pray Scriptures


Handwriting The Scriptures 















Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind?
Then, once you have said whatever was blurted out, you regret it instantly?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



























Photo credit: gadini on pixabay.com 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Quiet Time, What Is It?

Do you struggle with finding quiet time with the Lord? Do you fully understand exactly what quiet time is all about?










Quiet time is just a period of time that has been set apart for the Lord. It is a time when we get away from the noise (as much as possible), seek the Lord and pray.




What Time Is Best For Quiet Time?





I do not believe that you need to have a particular time of day for your quiet time. I mean, really, you can be folding laundry while communicating with the Lord and that is your quiet time.




For me, there is always noise in the house. I live with 3 dogs and 4 parakeets. I have become a pro at tuning them out, when needed.




My quiet time is in the morning. 




I get up, tend to the dogs, have breakfast, grab my coffee and sit down with the Lord.




If all you can manage is 10-15 minutes, that is great. The Lord is not going to keep tabs on your efforts :). He will just sit patiently and wait.




I just know, that for me, having my quiet time in the morning sets the tone for the whole day. If, for some reason, I miss my time alone with the Lord, I will be able to tell as the day progresses. By starting off my day with Him, it makes Him (and keeps Him) a priority. With Him first, I know that I will be better prepared for the day ahead.











Tips For Successful Quiet Time 






1. Remove yourself from the world. 





Step away from the noise of life. Disconnect from your devices. Be quiet with the Lord.




Romans 12:1-2 NIV 




Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.




2. Be Still; Focus On The Lord 




Once you have accomplished being quiet, focus on being still with the Lord. Your sole focus should be on Him.




Psalm 46:10 NIV 

 


He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”




Lamentations 3:25-28 NIV 




The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord . It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him.











3. Seek The Lord In Prayer 




Communicate with the Lord. Prayer is just a conversation with Him. He wants to know everything about you. He wants to be included in on every detail of your life. So talk to Him.



Matthew 6:6-8 NIV 




But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.




1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV 




Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.




4. Jesus Needed Quiet Time With God 




It is important to remember that even Jesus needed time alone with the Father.



Luke 5:15-16 NIV 

 


Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.




Mark 1:35-37 NIV 




Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”












Bible Reading Plan, The Names Of God


How To Pray Scriptures


Handwriting The Scriptures













Do you struggle with finding quiet time with the Lord?
Do you fully understand exactly what quiet time is all about?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.



























Photo credit: free-photos on pixabay.com 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Praying Scriptures For Pain

What pains do you struggle with in your life? Are you facing down the pain of heartbreak? Or is your pain more of a health issue?










I do not know what pains you are facing, right now, in your life. All I can do is let you know that, no matter what, you are not alone.




As you already know, I suffer with secondary adrenal insufficiency, fibromyalgia, migraines, along with a plethora of other conditions. I have times that I feel like I miss out on so much because of my illnesses.




Better Quality Of Sleep 





I have just recently had a sleep study done. The hope is to try and determine what sleep disorders I suffer with so my rheumatologist knows better how to treat me.




I endured night number one of trying to sleep while being hooked up to wires and while being watched. It was not my best night of sleep ever, however, it has been determined that I sleep apnea. Now, I have to go for night number two of trying to sleep as they fit me to a mask and determine the right pressure for me.









Renew Your Strength 





Another thing that has happened recently is that T has gotten me a wheelchair. It is for the times that we go places that requires a lot of walking. He got the wheelchair to help me so that I can still, hopefully, get out and enjoy some of the things we used to do and still want to do.




Odd isn't it? All of this time, whenever I have seen someone in a wheelchair, I have felt bad for them because I know that they depend on that chair. Although, now, I look at that chair filled with hope. Hope that maybe, just maybe, I will be able to take part in certain outings and know that I have this chair to help me. Maybe, I will be able to manage without getting overly exhausted.




Romans 8:18-28 NIV 



I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.



Prayer:




Dear Father, 



I consider that my present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to me. For I wait in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For I have been subjected to frustration, not by my own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that I, myself, will be liberated from my bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. I know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but I, myself, who has the firstfruit of the Spirit, groan inwardly as I wait eagerly for my adoption to sonship, the redemption of my body. For in this hope I have been saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if I hope for what I do not yet have, I wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps me in my weakness. I do not know what I ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for me through wordless groans. And he who searches my heart knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And I know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:18‭-‬28 NIV). In Jesus' name, Amen.




















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How To Pray Scriptures












What pains do you struggle with in your life?
Are you facing down the pain of heartbreak?
Or is your pain more of a health issue?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it,  I will be happy to help carry your load.





























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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bible Reading Plan, The Names Of God

Do you want to read the Bible, but do not know where to begin?









Here is a Bible Reading Plan for you. It is on the Names of God. He has many names; this is just 30.



It is my hope that as we study through these names, that you will find one that really speaks to you.



You can join me on my OfferingGrace fb fanpage as I will work through these each morning.

















Handwrite Scriptures; 3 Reasons You Should


Handwriting The Scriptures


Healing Bible Reading Plan


Anxiety, What Does The Bible Say?












Do you want to read the Bible, but do not know where to begin?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.












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