Informed, But Not Armed?

Informed but not armed?

We know the drill – we’ve heard the words – we may even have some of the scriptures memorized but have we applied them?

How often do we PUT ON our physical clothing? Daily, right! (Sometimes more than once a day)

 

 

 

Let’s give ourselves a challenge to put on our SPIRITUAL clothing at least once daily  

Our spiritual outfit is listed in Ephesians 6 – New Living Translation  used today: It begins with the WHY we need to wear this spiritual armor:

 Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground,

  1. putting on the belt of truth
  2. and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
  3. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[b]
  4. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[c]1
  5. Put on salvation as your helmet, a
  6. and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

So our daily goal would be that we each prayerfully acknowledge in a personal prayer beginning with however you prefer to address God:  My prayer, for myself, (or for other believers insert their name) goes something like this

Jehovah/Abba Father/Almighty God/ I AM,
today, in your name and power, I put on

Truth – (the belt) — To protect me against all deception (lies) from all sides and directions

Righteousness (Breastplate) -To protect my heart from the temptations we battle

Peace – (the shoes) Choosing to walk in the freedom of Your peace (not to be fearful or anxious) and to deliver your peace to others wherever I go

Faith – (the shield) – with this I affirm I believe in and accept your power to extinguish any darts of evil or threats from the enemy – I specifically trust you, God, to protect me today

Salvation – (the helmet) – To remind me that my mind and every thought is covered with the blood of Christ – cleansed, forgiven and set free. I am no longer a victim.

Bible/God’s Word (the sword)  Thank you, God, for providing the only defensive weapon that is alive and has the power to demolish strongholds.

 

Fully dressed and prepared I also thank you, God the Father, Jesus the Son and Holy Spirit for the reminders that I never fight alone. YOU are wrapping me in protection, from head to foot,guarding and covering me from attacks I might face today – even attacks I cannot see and battles I am not aware of.

In your strength and provision, I commit myself and this day to you, Almighty God.

 

Are you fully dressed today?

 

Additonal resources:

Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame  by Sharon Norris Elliott

The Armor of God Workbook – Priscilla Shirer

 

Happiness is a Choice

This video spoke to me because a lot of times I find myself challenging my emotions.  I foolishly challenged someone else early today to reject those feelings for the lies they feed.  A few hours later I found myself confronted with the same challenge.

Brother Andrew in a little booklet called Practicing the Presence of Christ, teaches that  when I have those feelings, I can tell God (who IS with me) Thank you for using Satan to remind me that these feelings/thoughts/ etc. are not reality and that you have covered this with your blood. When I reject those feelings and draw near to Him and PUT ON the Word (in song or reading out loud) it is like spiritual drano – 🙂

Years back a Navigator conference speaker, Carole Mayhall would say what will it matter in 20 years? 10? 5? to get us to realize that some little things that disturb us aren’t worth our time.  They are a trap from the enemy to get our focus off of pursuing Philippians 4:8 (whatever is good, pure, just, lovely, etc.)

When I came home from errands in a funk today, Ken recognized what was going on (the enemy was baiting me and I was sharing the junk with Ken) and he lovingly challenged me to get back on track. Actually he did not challenge me – he challenged US – he said what are we dealing with here – how are we going to handle it. His calm reaction made me stop and examine the situation, and I thought of a quote I like. It’s been attributed to a well-known author, Mary Engelbreit, Maya Angelou and several others.

— ‘If you don’t like somethingchange it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ‘

What’s going on in your life today?  Is there anything you can change?  If you cannot change it can you change the way you think about it?  Can you find anything in that situation that displays

whatever is true

whatever is honorable

whatever is just

whatever is pure

whatever is lovely

whatever is commendable

if there is any excellence

if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Has the enemy been harassing you too?  Are you trusting your feelings or trusting God? Is there something you have found to think differently about today?

I’d love to hear if you found some treasures in life’s challenging hikes!  Have you seen evidence of the Spirit’s presence?

What have you found that is true, honorable, just, pure lovely commendable, excellence, worthy of praise?

 

 

Three Prayers for Today

As you read this I will be in Tennessee praying with women from across the world. Isaiah’s prayer is a fitting prayer as we discuss and pray about the turmoil in the world today, and as relevant today as when first spoken: How we long for God to open the eyes of the world that they might see Him for who He is!

Isaiah’s Prayer:

[a]Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!
    How the mountains would quake in your presence!
[b]As fire causes wood to burn
    and water to boil,
your coming would make the nations tremble.
    Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!
When you came down long ago,
    you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations.
    And oh, how the mountains quaked!
For since the world began,
    no ear has heard
and no eye has seen a God like you,
    who works for those who wait for him!

Yes, God does

I too love the movies that portray justice over evil and cheer when the “good guy” wins or is vindicated. I like to think of myself as among those good guys, even though scripture teaches that all have sinned and gone astray.  It’s no secret that no one is perfect and the women I am spending time with this week freely acknowledge that and we pray for each other

We write to stir up others to follow after God and that our faith-in-action would bring God glory. The most difficult thing to my mind is to acknowledge  and bow to the sovereignty of God – that Jesus is Lord and has the right to overrule human plans and even hopes.  We believe we are called and set apart to do the writing, speaking, and teaching that we do.   We’ve gathered together to offer thanks and praise for the opportunity to open hearts to activated faith with those gifts we’ve been given.

David’s Prayer of Praise and Worship

10-13 – David blessed God in full view of the entire congregation:
Blessed are you, God of Israel, our father
from of old and forever.
To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might,
the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor;
Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth;
the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all.
Riches and glory come from you,
you’re ruler over all;
You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand
to build up and strengthen all.
And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you,
praising your splendid Name.

And as we wind up our mountain-top time together and head back to our homes, our offices, our computers, and our goals and deadlines – and back to reality where we will once again be challenged

The encouraging words of Moses becomes our prayer for one another – and for you –
Deuteronomy 31:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”


2 Corinthians 1:3-5 The Message (MSG)

Paul and Timothy's Praise and Comfort - The Rescue

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

These prayers and more I will be praying on your behalf. All of us at AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) covet your prayers for us too.

Enough?

It’s true I was raised with demeaning accusations that I was not enough, but now that I am grown and have raised my own children, now that I’ve known Christ, and now that I’ve recognized my gifts and my failings, I wonder why I still have that word in my vocabulary.  Enough.

 

Of course we all have different circumstances when we wonder if we have, if we are, if we will be…enough.

 

There have been financial times of wishing we have enough, enough to pay our debts, enough to wear, enough to share, and even times of longing for enough to eat (particularly at some holidays known for consuming more than enough). And wonderful provisions like our Surprise Us for Dinner, God story – where God showed us He could, and would provide enough.

 

There have been times of wanting to be enough – enough for our children and their children to feel secure and loved. Times of wanting to be enough to meet my spouse’s needs, to qualify for a job, to be able to communicate well enough for someone not only understand it but activate it in their own life.

 

Times of wondering do I know enough, have I submitted enough, learned enough, to be used by God.

And then there are the promises from God – magnified by Webster’s dictionary which shows that sufficient means – enough!

 

2Cor. 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

 

Enough for the provisions – 2Pet. 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

 

John 14:8 Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”

 

“It” means show us the Father is enough for us.

 

He is enough for us.

 

He alone can make us be enough for life’s challenges and circumstances.

 

Now I know why I still have that word enough in my vocabulary. It is a reminder that though I may feel I am not enough – though I may KNOW I am not enough, with Christ in me, I AM is enough.

 

How has Christ shown Himself as enough in your life?

What Happens Day after Diet

Have you seen the joke describing a typical diet day?

BREAKFAST: 1/2 grapefruit 1 slice whole wheat toast 8 oz skim milk

LUNCH: 4 oz lean Broiled chicken breast 1 cup steamed zucchini 1 Oreo Cookie Herb tea

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Rest of package of Oreos, 1 qt. rocky road ice cream, 1 jar hot fudge

And then of course it gets worse…

Nope, I haven’t eaten a 40oz. bag of chips yet. No whole chocolate bars either. I just do not have the craving.

Yippie!

Honestly I’ve had those days or weeks where I ‘tried’ to give up everything that was not good for me, and sometimes I was even successful for hours or days. When successful, I felt I’d earned a binge – a whole bag of chips – the bigger the better, or ice cream or prime rib till I felt sick. Not so smart, huh…

The difference with the detox (I did the Standard Process SP detox), was for 28 days, though I the recipes did not include sugar, dairy, white potatoes, or gluten containing grains, I did not deprive myself of tasty meats, veggies, fruits, GF grains, and even had some yummy treats.

Instead of focusing on what I could not have, the 28 days were focused on what would taste delicious and make my insides feel better. From the time I awoke each day the focus was to PUT ON what was good, what would fill me in a satisfying way. That made for a happy body and soul, and that put OFF the cravings for being lazy or eating junk. I think I am addicted to detoxing now. I still have a couple of rooms to go, but the house is feeling better too!

 

The worst part of the detox were hot flashes and itchy skin. The no-sugar headaches only lasted a few days. The best part, besides feeling better inside and out and a loss of 8#, was the change in attitude about food, my body and my possessions, and 20-30 minutes a day in the sunshine reading.

The new habit of releasing what I no longer need in my body and in the house, has me now clearing out the freezer. I have made some healthy desserts using up the naturally high in sugar foods I avoided during detox (dried fruit), replaced the dairy with coconut or almond milk, and chose healthier sweeteners.  Ken was longing for ice cream so I made some from bananas, strawberries and coconut water. We both loved it.

Switching furniture around created space, I found boxes of books wanted by a specific ministry, started a new filing system so that paperwork is dealt with in minutes and I can find my paperwork for upcoming events. I began setting things aside for granddaughters who were setting up house. Two boxes and some small appliances gone already to happy homes and I have less clutter!

Friends from the Good Battles Tour in Israel will recognize the inspiration for one dessert: I love Meyer lemons, and grate the peel, then freeze the lemons. I can thaw and squeeze them later, or grate the whole frozen lemon into recipes.For dessert, I put one of the frozen (peeled) lemons in the blender, added 2 cups of ice cubes, 1/2 cup of Lakanto sweetener, ½ cup of water and ½ tsp. of crushed mint leaves.

Whirl and voila! Lemon mint ice! – Delicious and refreshing.

T

 

The other dessert using the dried fruit was the dried cherries and pecans sprinkled over a parchment lined pan. Melted chocolate 1-1/2 bars of unsweetened organic 100% chocolate and ¾ cup organic dark chocolate chips, with ½ tsp. olive oil stirred in was poured over the cherries and pecans. On top I sprinkled crushed Chaga mushroom tea. (It’s very mild and does not change the taste of the treat – but it does give calorie free energy!). I’ve sampled delicious marketplace Chaga chocolate bars but the price of $6.00 for a couple ounces, led me to try to make my own.

 

Ever tried a detox? I recommend it.  As many TV commercials say, It can change your life!

1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Annanias and Commitment

This coming Monday will mark the last week of my 28 day detox.  I’ve learned a lot about commitment as I am determined in drinking more, and putting ON much more nutrition – and doing what is right to complete this plan.  Annanias was also determined to complete God’s plan …in the beginning.

Don’t we all agree …in the beginning?

We hope our children can learn from (and hopefully skip) our mistakes.  Studying disobedience (Biblical examples of those who did not listen, would not listen, refused to listen) can lead to our obedience. We can learn from others mistakes by recognizing ourselves.

Titus 3:3 For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

To change and spend our life in pursuing new habits, we need the dreaded “C” word…

Draw Near

         This involves a commitment to read God’s Word; a practice to come away from the cares of the world…. wherever you can draw near to God. Whether outdoors in creation, music, or the quietness of a private spot, all of these forms have a common strand – Worship.

How, in this busy world, can we find time for Worship? The Put-On practice simplifies the practice to focus on the character quality of God that we want to Put ON, while it strengthens us to resist the age-old battle of struggle and striving until “we” conquer the weakness.

Be Renewed

An wise man translated the spiritual battle of the “old man” and the “new man” described in Ephesians 4 as two dogs. Asked which dog wins the battle, he quickly responded – whichever one gets fed the most. Similarly, if we think on our weakness, that will become our focus as we unknowingly “feed” and strengthen the very characteristic we wish to overcome. Rather, we need to focus upon – and commit to “feed” our thirsty souls with the Word of God, focusing daily on a different strength. Every situation can be tested with the EIGHT AREAS OF PHILLIPIANS 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. (NASB)

So God’s Word says we can succeed by filling our minds and meditating on the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (The Message)

Put ON

This phrase obviously indicates an application. This requires moving desire into action. That also takes commitment. It is interesting that ALL the “Put Ons” imply acts of doing or being that are incompatible opposites of passive results of being controlled – as Ephesians 4 describes as the “deceitful lusts” we want to put-OFF.

Put OFF

As we focus on the qualities of God, allow (let) Him infuse your life with His character. When we Put ON the character of Christ He will “put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and (you will) be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (because you) put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 [bold emphasis added]

The Pattern:

Draw Near        Desire it         Meditate on it 

Meditate on God’s words, for they will produce Godly actions.

 Be Renewed        Think on it       Activate it

Activate Godly actions, for they will become Godly habits.

Put ON             Purpose it        Practice it

Practice Godly habits, for they will become Godly character

Put OFF            Repel the old     Replace it 

and Godly character will Repel and Replace the former conduct

These short challenges helps us to activate the characteristics of Christ.

One is to try to memorize the 8 qualities in Philippians 4:8. Remind yourself in each situation – to look for whatever is

True

Honorable

Right

Pure

Lovely

Reputable (respectable / trust-worthy)

Excellence (quality)

Praiseworthy

Have you ever been in that situation where you had to ask – is there anything good about this? Can you give an example of some common situation where looking for these qualities could change the course of events and as part of de-escalating a situation what can we put on to bring about change (usually in us and then in others)?

The Detox – Put ON so you can Put OFF

The Detox

Have you heard of the Put On – Put Off principle?

I am doing a (physical) detox and noticed how closely the plan/methodology of the detox is to the spiritual principle.

The plan lasts 28 days and increasingly adds good things to the body to dispel the toxins, and to rebuild a healthier system.

To some this seems impossible or backward, and some would quickly say we need to repent of sin before we can put on the new. Do we ever come

to the place of repentance without God’s help? I certainly haven’t and James 4:7 directs us to understand why putting on the new puts off the old.   Rather than sloughing-off the external symptoms of inner decay – to “try” to break the old habit or mask its symptoms hoping to make room for the new, God’s Word directs us to the formula in James 4:7: “Submit, therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

  1. Submit to God. (Put ON)
  2. Resist the devil (Put OFF)
  3. and he will flee from you.

 

In scripture to Put Off is not so much to take off or discard as in take off a sweater, but more so to repel or repulse; and Put ON is not merely to cover, to clothe oneself with; as to put on a coat, but to apply; activate: put on the brakes. If you have had to confront any habit at all, you know what I am talking about…the first step is to recognize the need and turn to the creator for help.

Similarly with my health detox, I first bought fresh foods to build up and replenish the body so it could be strong to resist the toxins and send them on their way. I’m only in my 4th day, and am feeling both sides of the battle. On one hand my body is headachy and grouchy (due to lack of the usual sugar or white potato chip crunch I’m sure).

On the other hand, I am not craving a particular thing, because I have nutritious happy food like the zucchini avocado guacamole, the pina-colada date balls and a filet for dinner! {sorry no picture it was gobbled up too quickly!} It was fun to find that tiny filet in the freezer, and fun to remove a couple of other things to share- instead of eating it all myself!  Each day I plan or make another treat from my special healthy recipe collection because the more good I put in the sooner I can take back control over my tastebuds.

I’ve tried it before – to cold turkey off of chocolate, or potato chips, or white potatoes in any form.

Doesn’t work.

So this time, I preceded the detox with a week of practice taking in extra water, forcing myself to consume 3 meals and 2 fruits a day and, voila! I found by the end of that week that my body really preferred the healthier choices.

My spirit reacts the same…

I’ve tried to overcome attitudes by pasting on a fake smile, and forging through. Doing the action before getting the strength is backward, and…

Backward doesn’t work.

Instead, when going to the Master first, listening (to the Word or to music) I found my focus and my attitude changing.

So that’s the start of my detox.

 

Have you done a detox?

Spiritually or physically?

What has been your experience?

Summer — a time of rest?

A recent conversation with a young pastor about rest revealed how seldom we take Jesus’ commands about rest to heart.

In our crazy multi-tasking world, some look at resting as being lazy, but God created us with the need for rest.  LIke a car needs fuel, like a phone needs a re-charge, like a computer needs an occasional reboot, we need rest. We need refreshing – body, soul, and spirit.

I remember a pastor asking the congregation one Sunday if anyone got so busy they forgot to eat.  When I raised the only, lonely hand to a bit of laughter, he amended – except for her.  It is an unusual thing in our circles, but Mark 6:31 tells us it does happen and did happen to Jesus and the disciples…
” And He *said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)”

I love searching out the original meaning of words and several of the uses of the word rest in Hebrew have varied, but similar descriptors:

a cessation, a pause, a quiet, a rest:

 a giving of rest:—holiday

a resting place, state or condition of rest:—place(1), rest(2), rested(1), resting place(2), security(1).

to lead or guide to a watering place, bring to a place of rest, refresh

The New Testament verses I checked with Greek commands to rest had identical meanings with the additions of

to refresh, rest upon: —rely upon, rest upon.

 rest: —repose rest.

to cause to cease, to rest: —given rest, rested, restrained.

—and for my young pastoral friend who enjoys naps:

 to lie down to rest with, fig. to be refreshed in spirit with: —find rest

Family and friends have told me they find rest in ways as varied as their personalities: some by gardening which seems like work to me, but is restful for them.  Others by going into nature, and seeing God’s creation – getting away from the hustle and bustle of work and life’s many demands.  Some by opening God’s Word, or by playing soothing music, and still others by taking a short nap.

Are you a goal maker like I am?  I long for summer, and always make goals to find time to rest, but it doesn’t happen as often as I like, so I’ve made a new goal: a 15-20 minute rest in the sunshine, (or fresh air on alternate WI days), usually reading fiction or affirming non-fiction that allows my heart and mind to relax.  I am still working on developing a sufficient sleep schedule because we know the many ways our resistance is lowered from insufficient sleep.  I used to regularly work through the night (free from interruptions), with little to no repercussions physically, but find each year it takes longer to recover from such events.  I know I’ve experienced some of those side-effects from lack of physical rest and in addition to some probable poor decisions, slower than healthy reactions, and  close calls that probably required a legion of (exhausted) angels watching over me, I wonder what I have missed spiritually.

Now you know why I have “rest” in my daily and weekly goals this year.

How do you find rest? Is rest one of your goals for today, or at minimum for each week?

Delores

Lev. 16:31 “It is to be a sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may humble your souls; it is a permanent statute.

Interesting supplemental reading is found here on the biological Shabbat clock in our bodies

Of course we don’t keep Shabbat because we are biologically attuned for it, but it’s nice to know that the One who created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh, gave us the Shabbat not only as a commemoration of His work, but as a perfectly timed rest from ours.

Reading Between the Lines

My Aunt Angie explained how Uncle Tony sent her messages during war-time, and how she was motivated to read “between the lines,” to look in secret places (like under the postage stamp), and to understand and savor things that other readers did not see.

 

That prompted me to consider if I read, savored, and searched my letters from God in such a consistent and detailed manner.

 

How do I read God’s Word?

 

Like a newspaper?

Like a billboard ad?

Like a love letter?

Like a history story?

Like a call to action?

Like a cookbook?

Like a foreign language to interpret?

Like an instruction manual?

Like a treasure map with clues?

Like a living and active supernatural living Word?

 

Although I’ve read my Bible every one of those ways, my favorite way to Read (look at, comprehend the meaning of, pore over, be absorbed in, interpret, understand) is wearing my spiritual ‘headset,’ and listen to God.

 

Listening to God

“Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God.” – John 8:47 NLT

 

When we listen with intention we ask God to make us gladly willing to hear and obey what His words say.

We read with the intention to find what will make us more Christ-like, and to make an accountable plan to fulfill that application

 

Application is desiring change

 

When we listen we observe:

  • What was the situation for the people this passage was written to?
  • What can I learn from their response (or lack of it)?
  • What new thing did I read about God-Father-Son-Spirit, or other thing or person?
  • Did I read anything I should stop doing or start doing?
  • Was there a go or a do – a specific charge/command to go or do or be something?
  • How can I let God’s word activate in me what I read and learned?

 

I don’t know about you, but I often tend to list for God what I cannot do, and honestly, I think he’s been waiting to hear it J, so he can laugh, and say, “I know.”

 

 

Activating Faith –is my call (charge to go and do or be)

 

Every go includes a do (an act of obedience)

And

Every do has a promise of provision

 

What did you read yesterday?

What did you hear yesterday?

Were you challenged to follow a command or did you learn something new?

What If?

I stood in the grocery line behind a man 20 or more years my senior. The bent arch of his shoulders spoke of defeat and sadness. His dull eyes turned toward me, showing little hope. “Go ahead,” he said, “I’m retired and have nothing to do when I get home but watch TV.”

I was approaching my retirement with great anticipation and told him how I was eager to visit mission fields, to read all I could and to write about how God rescued me from myself.

What if those few words meant as much as they seemed? Did that little man actually stand straighter, as he shook his head at my enthusiasm while promising to read the little booklet I handed him?

What if God had me in that store, at that moment, not just to speak to this dear lonely man, but to hear him, and to hear God’s message for me in that moment to write this story for you?

 

What if is a question we should never stop asking. What if you write your stories too? You know you have had some strange, some wonderful, some tender, and some frightening experiences. What if you were to publish them in those free magazines available locally, and reach those who cannot afford to buy books?

What if you were to share them at your library? What if you wrote your stories electronically on a blog similar to this one? Or, what if, like Moses, (in Exodus 4:1) you cringed in fear and whined, “What if they will not believe me, or listen to what I say?” What if you let fear stop you from writing your stories? What blessings could you miss?

 

What if is a question I like to ask every morning. What if God’s Word is true? What if God wants to make a difference in someone’s life through me today?

 

Go ahead – Be the Miracle! Write your stories. Be God’s hands and feet as you live out His story of The Good Samaritan. Be the voice from heaven as you share the difference His words and His love have made in your life.

 

“ So, go now and write all this down. Put it in a book…So that the record will be there to instruct the coming generations” Isaiah 30:8 (The Message)

 

God has placed you in a sphere of people that you can influence as I never could. As you go about your day today, I challenge you to wonder about the stories people have to tell…the clerk at the grocery store, the gas station attendant, the nurse’s assistant, the neighbor leaning over the fence or stoically shoveling mounds of snow. What if a story could give them hope?

What if a simple offer of a cool or warm drink could free their hearts to share their stories with you or to ask what is your story?

 

What if?

How a Cow increased My Faith

Would you believe a cow turned me into a miracle-believing lady? Though I’d always known about Jesus dying on the cross, and the Bible being God’s words, it took a couple of amazing and unexplainable events for me to understand miracles could happen to me and through me!

 

Not realizing we were risk-taking, hubby and I hopped in the car and headed for Colorado. Youthful and ignorant in the ways of the world, we’d learned the night before that the Navigator’s who produced the Bible studies our friend had given us were having a conference so we packed up and went! When a startled young man answered our phone call, made when we were already halfway across the country, where we got to thinking maybe we should have told them we were coming (!)

The conference was full, but separate rooms across campus were found for us. Consequently we only sat by each other during meetings and meals, so we didn’t compare notes until on the way home. When we both started sharing the identical leading—to give a certain amount to a specific missionary for 6 months—we knew God was at work. The only amount in our budget that matched the leading was for food. Would God ask us to give up food? We said we would, and God surprised us with every meal in a most unexpected way.

 

That is from Surprise Us for Dinner, God, the first story in my 31-day personal-challenge devotional, Be The Miracle! When God did that miracle (delivered a cow when we asked Him to surprise us for dinner!) at the beginning of our Christian life, we knew He was real, and that He dealt with people on a personal level. If God could do this, we figured He could do anything, and our faith grew with every story.

 

Each of the true incidents tells how God led me to bless someone else (often a stranger), or how others brought us an unexpected answer to prayer. Often when I share my stories, some women are excited to tell stories of miracles in their own lives. Others wonder if God would do miracles through them too.

 

I always share that God is not a get-your-prayers-answered-here vending machine. But God does call all of His followers to put our hands and feet (and less often our voice) to our faith to be what I call a delivery-girl for God. Just as we represent our spouses with our children, and our supervisors with the public because we know them so well, and can anticipate their response to a situation, we can know God in such a personal way that we can represent Him to others too.

 

That takes time. In Be The Miracle! the life changing lesson, verse and challenge for each story will help you get in God’s Word and be the miracle—the messenger delivering an answer to someone’s prayer.

 

Now, Be the Miracle 2nd edition has scripture guided journal pages so you can record your own adventures in faith!

 

If you have a miracle story, or want to know more about my book come visit my blog at http://deloresliesner.com

 

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June 7 – 7-8 pm CST –

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It’s a Party and You are Invited!

Celebrating the Launch of the 2nd edition of my book Be the Miracle!

Join me on Thursday evening to chat with Delores Liesner, my friend, mentor and fellow Wisconsin author, as she introduces the 2nd edition of her book, “Be the Miracle.” Delores is a blessing to me, and I think you will be touched by her writings and testimony.
And she has some fun prizes to give away! 😀

TOMORROW AT 7 PM – click below or just go to my Facebook author page and click on events on the list on the left side
Here is the

Press Release

 

**For Immediate Release**

 

CONTACT:

Deb Haggerty, Publisher

Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

508-746-1734

Deb@ElkLakePublishingInc.com 

Activating Faith

Plymouth, MA/ April 2, 2018—Elk Lake Publishing Inc. is pleased to announce the release in paperback format of the second edition of Be the Miracle by Delores Christian Liesner, Racine, Wisconsin.

My time with God in the morning is the most precious part of my day. Be The Miracle is a devotional filled with wonderful personal stories that will build your faith and stir your heart to receive fresh grace from God and be on the lookout for new ways to serve Him each day.

—Dan Walsh, bestselling author, The Unfinished Gift, Remembering Christmas, and The Dance

Second Edition: Now includes Scripture-guided journal pages, more about how to know God, Guide for group studies. Whether we title these unexplainable happenings miracles, God-sightings, or some other name, people love to hear of such occurrences. Why? They increase our faith by providing evidence of the miraculous in our everyday lives and heighten awareness of God’s desire to minister personally to us and through us. Unique connecting verses, defining thought, key words, and personal challenges will help the readers go beyond the “good for her” feeling and bring each story’s teaching to life in their own daily walk. Discover how you can put hands and feet to your faith and Be The Miracle for someone else!

[Be the Miracle (ISBN 978-1-948888-00-4 (POD), 978-1-948888-01-1 (trade).

Paperback, 324 pages. $12.99, Christian Living; from Elk Lake Publishing, Inc, is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book (first edition only).

About the Author:  email deloresbethemiracle@gmail.com

Writing, speaking or as one of God’s delivery girls, Delores’s life of activating faith often humorously reveals a dynamic hope and confidence found in the heritage of our personal God. Delores has published hundreds of stories, devotionals and articles as columnist, writer and teacher, and supports Fullness of Life Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ—providing treatment funding for children with life-threatening illness.

represented by Agent Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency—linda@hartlineliterary.com

About the Publisher:

Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. is a traditional Christian publishing company based in Plymouth, MA. Elk Lake publishes a variety of fiction of all genres as well as nonfiction with a twist. For more information, visit ElkLakePublishingInc.com

Come to the Party – June 7, 2018 – 7-8 p.m.CST

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Be the Miracle – 2nd edition book launch!

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