I said YES ~ Secret Prayer Sisters

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This online bible study, the book and Lysa have encouraged me to be a “YES” person.  At the end of our Sunday School year, we were all asked what would you like to see or do for the following year.  Being new to this church, I brought up the idea of the “Secret Prayer Sisters”.  Many had not heard of this and wanted to know more, so I explained how the program worked at my last church.  It appeared to be well received and then I heard the underlying ~ who will take on this role of facilitating.  At the time, I only made the suggestion.

Well, since June, God has been tugging at my heart.  Brenda ~ you can do this program and lead it with success.  You have the means and the knowledge to carry this out and reach members in the church. For reasons I don’t understand,  many ladies of my church have not become involved with our Adult Sunday School Program.  This just might be a small way of connecting these ladies.

Of course, I need to research and be sure I can develop this program.  My goal is to get 50 ladies involved at my church.  Why 50, because we celebrate our 50th Anniversary at church this year and 50 is a magically number.

 

Research:  meaning of secret

secret: not know or seen or not meant to be know or seen by others.

Research: what does the bible say about unseen

Matthew 24:36

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Just as we do not know when Christ will return, the Secret Prayers Sisters will not know who is faithfully praying for them throughout the program period.

Just as the online bible study, brought about many many prayers to many Sisters of who we did or did not know, I believe each and everyone of us were touched in several astounding ways and ways we have yet to comprehend or see.  I want this to happen with my 50 sisters in my congregation.  Just imagine 50 ladies in the same church, praying and encouraging each other in their walk of faith.

I am proud to be a “YES” girl and overjoyed # I said Yes.

 

 

 

Listen you will be #AMAZED !!!

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Last week we discussed how to hear God’s voice by using the 5 filter questions:

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I am still being amazed, how I am hearing God so easily these past few days.  He has touched my heart through prayer, Sunday’s sermon, online bible study and a community of sisters who are sharing and pouring out their words of love and faith.

I continue to use my tools and skills: verse mapping, the 5 filter questions, several versions of the bible, daily devotionals and the online community.

As I was reading my daily devotional and reflecting on my life, I realized how my life was not full.  Sure, I was busy and had many activities to keep me busy but something seemed to be lacking and I could not put my finger on it.  I recall one time saying to a friend, this is it, this is all that there is to life.  I had a husband, a daughter, a home and a good job.  Why did I still feel empty inside?  WOW!  Am I amazed at what I had been missing out on all this time.  I had attended church though-out my youth, as a young mother and again as an older adult.  However, it had been good but not *GREAT*.  Why, I was not listening, I was not reading the word of God, I was not leaning on God, I was not searching for a closer relationship with God. And have I been missing out *BIG* time.  For the first time, I am feeling God’s grace and love being poured out on me.  It’s been there all the time but I just wasn’t truly listening.

As I continue my studies I think of the words: joy, happiness and peace.

joy:  Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.

happiness: Cheerful; willing

peace: Inner contentment; serenity

By listening and hearing God, I am experiencing an intense willingness of serenity.  Praise God!

I searched on: what does the bible say about joy.

Romans 15:13 ESV 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

I searched on: what does the bible say about happiness.

          John 15:1-27 ESV

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. …

I searched on: what does the bible say about peace.

Romans 8:6 ESV

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

For me Romans 8:6 fills my heart and soul, knowing the longing I wanted has been with me all of this time but I just didn’t truly listen with all my heart and soul.  Praise God!

To know God is the vine-dresser and takes away all my troubles, worries, sadness and fear.  Just as I am the gardener, of the tree, which needs to be pruned of the dead leaves, blossoms and dead branches. The tree will grow  more beautiful and stronger.  Just as I will grow stronger knowing God is my strength, my love, my joy, my happiness and my desire.  Praise God!

And finally to sum it all up so clearly to me is:

Isaiah 58:10-11 ESV 

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail

Yes, once again, I am truly AMAZED!

Encouragement ~ YOU can do this!

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It’s Thursday and time to BLOG HOP!!!

As I blog hop this morning, I realize, we all are in need of encouragement.  As a community of sisters, we all need to know a sense of belonging, a sense of being understood and a sense of accomplishment.

With my new study tools, I searched: words of encouragement using the bible.  I read several scriptures and then this stood out to share;

1 THESSALONIANS 5:11 ESV 

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Searched ~ encourage: To inspire with hope, courage, or confidence; hearten.

How as a community of sisters, can we inspire each other and those that touch our lives to “say yes to God”?

Searched ~ build: To increase or strengthen by adding gradually.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 say clearly to me:  Inspire each other gradually just as you (we) are all doing.

What an amazing insight to know God is using each and every one us to inspire each other gradually to say “yes to God”.

Let us hear each other say, “you can do it”, “you are special”, “you belong here” and “you are loved”.

Just as the picture says to me without any words, cross the bridge one step at a time and you can do it.  I (we) and more importantly above all else, God knows “you can do it”.

Want or Need ~ Need or Want ~ Listen to what God is saying

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I find I am the type of person who wants, wants, wants and does not always wait to hear what God is telling me to do.  I am fairly frugal when it comes to my finances but once in awhile, I get struck with “I WANT THIS NOW” attitude.  I can goes months or even years of managing my funds and then BONK over the top; out of no where, I am stuck in the mode of “I WANT THIS NOW”.  On top of it all, once I am in this mode, nothing changes my mind.  BIG mistake as it usually costs me more in the end.  I wonder how many others are like me.  This has really been a struggle and I decided to say, “yes, to God” I am going to listen to you from now on.  So, how am I going to do this, research and use the tools, I now have available.

Research:

need ~ a condition requiring supply or relief

want ~ To desire greatly; wish for

This tells me, a want is a “wish for” and a need is to supply or relief.  This helps some.  I am old enough to know the difference between a wish and to supply my basic needs (food, shelter, warmth, clothes and a form of transportation).  But how do I learn the difference between a wish or want that is not pleasing to God.

More research ~ I used my book understanding the bible from A to Z.  I looked up money, frugal, need, wants and read several scriptures in three different versions of the Bible.  Nothing was giving me the tug needed to say, yes this helps me until I came upon the word ~ prudent.

Proverbs 22:3  A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.    The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.  (New Living Translation)

This pulled at my heart strings.  I know how to be frugal but prudent is a whole new way of looking at wants or wishes.  Here it is, I am being told clearly by the Word of God ~ if I go blindly on a WISH be prepared to suffer the consequences.  Frankly, I don’t think it could be any clearer.

Thank you, God for the tools, I have to understand what you have intended for me.  Let me listen and hear you, when I need to say “yes to God” and “no, I don’t need this, I only want/wish this”.

May I continue to seek out your word and your ways, as I journey through the life you have designed just for me.