What to Expect This Summer…

Hey all!

BSF is over and for many of us that means the accumulation of dust on our Bibles begins!

Hence, I’ve been brainstorming what I can do to keep you and me in the Word (short of a full-blown Bible study as I need a break too!).

Here’s what to expect:

I will continue my devotionals on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.  Like last year, these will be short and to the point, meant to be read and digested in a couple of minutes, leaving time for personal prayer and application on your life and circumstances.

My poetry contributor extraordinare, Lissette Trahan, has agreed to share short prayers with us that she has collected over many, many years.  These will appear on Tuesday and Thursday.  For those of you who struggle to know what to pray (I know I do!), I am praying these will give you a starting point!

Saturday will continue to be inspiring quotes on my heart at the moment.

Prayer requests will be on hiatus until the Fall but if you have something, please email it to me (atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com).  If I get enough response, I will post these once a month or so depending on volume.

Book reviews will appear as I get them done and when I find those worthy of recommending.

Finally, I am asking that you please pray about donating to my blog (the donation button is in the sidebar to the right).  I am only working part-time and would like to continue to do so in order to devote time to this forum, which I feel is an important endeavor and calling, and my other writings.  If you’ve been helped this year by my studies and if you’re led to give and are able, please consider doing so.  I would be eternally grateful.  If not, no worries!  I still love you all!!!

God bless, and I hope you have a fun, warm, and God-led summer!

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One Defining Moment

One Defining Moment

One defining moment in each of our lives
That make our life have purpose, that make us feel alive
One defining moment which way before our birth,
God has a plan for each of us so we may feel our worth

One defining moment we fit into his plan, the one we were
created for, there’s one for each born man…

Sometimes when we are open, we may be truly blessed,
To know that one small moment, that brings us happiness
One defining moment and sometimes there may be more
If you’re open to the master’s call, help me Lord, not to ignore

Sometimes we may be open and sometimes if we are not
God uses us to help another fill their special spot
So on the days you wonder, why you have been brought here,
That one defining moment will help to make it clear.

By :
Marcie Wert

Comment on One Defining Moment
I remember my one defining moment. I had opened a Bible for the first
time when I was living in Belize. I remember becoming interested but I
was still a skeptic. My first prayer was to ask God “I want out of this
jungle, help me find a way back to the U.S.” That was my first tour in
Belize.                          .

He answered my prayer, we came back to a beautiful home, I started a
ladies accessory shop. I was living the American dream. I kept reading the
Bible, seeking, knowing that there was so much that I needed to learn.
I was frustrated but I kept seeking.

One day, something happened. It is hard to put into words. I didn’t hear his
voice, I didn’t feel him touch me but I felt his presence. I felt his love.
A silent voice said “I am with you always”. Silent because the words I
heard did not come from me, I did not know that the verse was in the
Bible. The other thing that happened, all at the same time was that my
heart leaped. All was unexpected.

That was my defining moment. I have since had many moments with the
Lord, but that was the first. I became a believer, after feeling that presence,
that love, my whole life changed.

Do I still sin? Yes, but that voice that I heard “I am with you always”
makes me run back and confess. That was almost 50 years ago. In all that
time he has been faithful even when I wasn’t.

You will seek me and find me
when you seek me with all your heart
–Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

Unforgiveness

Unforgiveness

What is unforgiveness? It’s heavy and it’s cold
The damage that it does to us is like a rock we hold
What matters if we keep the rock? Who cares how much we hate?
The wrong that has been done to me, it wasn’t a mistake…!!!

It isn’t for that person that forgiveness needs to be
It’s for your inner spirit and the way to set you free
If you don’t let go of this, it will bring you down
You will not grow, you cannot love, your spirit will be bound

So anyone you can’t forgive, just give them all to Him
He will take the hurt you feel and heal you from within
I promise you’ll feel better if you do this from the start
Love and peace will fill the space of hatred in your heart…

The action that you need to take is simple and it’s clear
Write the names, say a prayer and leave them all right here…
The fireplace is a perfect way to take the step you need
To rid yourself of the rock you hold and set your spirit free…

By
Marcie Wert

Comments on Unforgiveness

I can relate to this poem. I remember the hateful thoughts, the torture
that I put myself through. I could feel it ruining my health and yet I
wouldn’t let go. I could not do it on my own. But…when I turned and
asked God to help me I was able to forgive and even apologize for
how I had been acting. The actual act was not easy, never excusing
myself or asking for explanations. My flesh screamed to tell her how
she had hurt me. But that would not have been forgiveness.

Was it worth it? The feeling of release and freedom that I felt was an act
of God. That poison that was eating away at me, the bitterness and
resentment disappeared. It was replaced with peace, that peace that
God promises in His Word.

 

The Father will not forgive my sins unless I forgive others. When I let
that sink in I was ready to forgive. I sin everyday, the thought of God
not  listening to me, not forgiving me, that I could not bear.
After that experience I am quick to forgive. It isn’t easy, it hurts, but the
benefits are tremendous.

Forgiveness is an act of obedience.

Like Marcie says in her poem, don’t carry that rock, let it go.

For if you forgive men when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father
will not forgive your sins
–Matthew 6:14-16 (NIV)

 

The Resurrection

THE RESURRECTION

Those three words “He is Risen”
Gives hope to a world, all is forgiven
Some call it a mystery, I call it history
It is the greatest of all victories

It is written, the proof is there
Appearing to hundreds, witnesses declared

Jesus was sent to complete a mission
A mission of love, a mission of mercy
To die a death by crucifixion
Lord, help me to live a life that is worthy

The Crucifixion, the Resurrection
It opened the way into God’s Kingdom

“I am the Resurrection and the Life”

He is my Savior
He is alive

By :
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON THE RESURRECTION

As I was fumbling around trying to decide if there really
was this all powerful God, one thing brought
me to attention. The disciples. They were surprised.
Even though Jesus had told them, they were surprised.

It caused them their death. They were human like you
and me. They were tortured, they were martyred. That
made me take another hard look at the evidence.

After the resurrection the scared disciples that were
hiding behind closed doors, came out completely
changed. They finally knew the truth.

The resurrection is the foundation of Christianity. It
was foretold hundreds of years before He was born.
If I don’t believe in the resurrection, I don’t believe
in God. The Bible says, He created the universe,
He created life. If not God,who did?

I am sure that He who created life, created the universe,
has the power to resurrect.

The resurrection proved who Jesus was. If we listen and
look the proof is all around us. The Holy Spirit has
changed millions of lives.

John 11:25
“I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will
live even though they die.”

Sacrifice

SACRIFICE

As I awake each morning
My first thoughts are of you
I am so filled with gratitude
So much I want to do

You proved how much You loved me
A sacrifice so huge
The one thing I can give thee
My life in gratitude

A life so full of flaws and sin
And yet You paid the price
The gift I have living within
Your Son You sacrificed

The Holy Spirit in me
You shed your blood, You set it free
Your sacrifice was not in vain
I live to glorify your name

No power on earth could keep You down
Jesus Christ, My Lord and Savior
Crucified and Risen!

By:
Lissette Trahan

Comments on Sacrifice

The Bible says “The law is only a shadow
of the good things that are coming not the
realities themselves—it is impossible for
the blood of bull and goats to take away sins”

Animal sacrifices were a foreshadowing of
our savior, Jesus, who was going to come
as a human, having all my same weaknesses
and temptations, yet He never sinned.

The sacrifice had to be sinless. Only He,
as the Lamb of God, could save me.

He was whipped, He was crucified. He could
have stopped it at anytime. He was human.
He felt every lash, every nail, just like
I would have.

He became the mediator between God and man,
His sacrifice offered once and for all
never to be repeated.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, He lives within
me. When I invited Him into my life. it
changed me. I am found not guilty.

When I stand before God, in judgment
I have an advocate.

Hebrews 9:12 ESV
He entered once for all into the holy places,
not by means of the blood of goats and calves
but by means of His own blood, thus securing
an eternal redemption

Abiding in Me

ABIDING IN ME

An amazing event happened on the cross
It is the reason Christ abides in me.
A gift so great it makes me pause
To think what happened on that tree.

The life I now live is Christ in me
A marvel hard to understand
God knew what He had to achieve
His love for us, He had it planned.

I am the branch, He is the vine
Apart from the vine I cannot be.
Bearing much fruit is to obey
Lord, please guide me along the way.

The way to glorify God is to bear fruit
Showing my love in gratitude

Abiding in me
Glorifying you Lord.

By:
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON ABIDING IN ME

I ask myself, when did I know for sure that I had the
spirit abiding in me? According to the Word it was when
I surrendered my life to Jesus. At the time I didn’t feel
any different but I knew in my heart something had
happened.

Months later when I was troubled and seeking was when
I actually felt His presence. After that I was guided to
start “Feed My Sheep”. I knew I was doing God’s will.

Doors opened at every turn. I would take one step
forward in faith and the impossible would happen.

I am so impressed with the many who have incredible
faith and act without having any spiritual experience,
but have that deep belief that shows how they live
their lives.

In John, Jesus said,
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet
have believed”.

God in His grace treats all of us differently. He had a
plan for me, and knew I needed His presence to
accomplish it.

John 20:29
Then Jesus told him,”Because you have seen me,
you have believed; blessed are those who have
not seen and yet have believed

Attitude

ATTITUDE

My attitude determines what my day will be like.
When awakening in the morning if my first thought is of Christ,
No matter what lays ahead I know He’ll make it right.
At times it is not easy, life can be such a fight.
My attitude determines what my day will be like.

This life is a journey where I am learning how to trust
My attitude will determine, will I adjust or disrupt?
When my life goes into chaos, as it so often does,
Will I say Your will be done, or will I say enough?

I know when I am tested God is working in my life
Maturity and growth will come about with strife.
Attitude is the key, it changes life from dark to bright
God will take care of the rest, if my attitude is right.

By:

Lissette Trahan

Comment on Attitude

Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent
how we react to it.

My attitude determines so much of what happens
everyday. Anyone that I come in contact with can be
changed by my attitude.

Winston Churchill said
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”

If I develop an attitude of thanks, giving thanks to
God knowing that He is working always for my good,
I learn to trust Him and that brings peace and joy.

I have talked about and read about trusting God.
It wasn’t until the trials came that I really knew what
it meant. Trusting to me was peace when everything
was falling apart. An attitude of patience while you
wait.

This verse says it all, this is the attitude that God
wants for me.

Galatians 5:22 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.