Saturday, November 14, 2015

Knowing God by Name

What does that name mean to you?
How do you see God?
There are so many names of God. But what do those names mean? Each name of God conveys something about who God is and it reveals something about His character.
One name I see that is common yet it does not get its full due of understand is Lord.
Lord means master.
When I call out Lord, I am calling for my master. But do I really see God as the master of my life? Because to say that God is the Lord of my life means that I fully relinquish control of my life to HIM. That means that I no longer try to control the situations and experiences I find myself in, instead calling on the Lord, my master, to intervene and provide direction.

So now I think back on the last 24 hours of my life. And in the last 24 hours, I see so many instances where the Lord, my master, was prodding me to do something and even gave me the exact words to say but I didn't listen out of fear of the outcome. I see an instance where the Lord was trying to guide not only my steps but my mouth and I did not obey. So I see that I have been disobedient to the Lord, my master, and in that disobedience I dealt with a boat load of strife and negative confrontation two things I seriously try to avoid at all costs. Yet ALL of this could have been avoided IF I had stopped and heeded the Lord, my master's, guidance.

The reason I am covering this is because this is what I've been studying in preparation for the new Knowing God by Name study that the Be Made Whole community will be starting on Monday 11/16/15.

And I want to invite you all to join me there.
There will be blog posts on in relation to the study as well as some posts here too. The study guide itself was emailed to registered members of Be Made Whole however the general public will be able to purchase a copy online as well soon (I'll come back here and update this post when the study guide is available for purchase).

Till next time!

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”

(Numbers 6:24-26)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A new devotional!!

As an adult, how many of us have benefitted greatly from Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life?
I mean everyone, right? I remember my mom reading this book back in the late 90s, early 2000s then passing it along to my aunt so she could benefit from the book as well. And now here I am at least 15 years later, reading the same book and recommending it to my friends.
When a book is like that, that's when you know you've stumbled upon something transformational!
So imagine my joy when I get the option to read and review:
As a mom, I am overjoyed because Rick Warren's foundational teaching is now available to my children to read and understand. They won't have to wait until they are older and can understand the language and context to read the original book.
And let me tell you, our oldest daughter (who is now 8 years old) really enjoys the book. She's an avid reader (wonder where she gets that from, lol). And she loves to get her hands on anything that will help her understand God and her relationship with Him!
I love that the book is set up in the format of a daily devotional, meaning it is in bite sized chunks where each devotion is barely a page long. Long enough to get across knowledge, short enough not to bore children. I also like that the pages are not dated, which means we can pick up the book at any day of the year and start in from the first page if we wanted. We have a hardback copy, which I think is absolutely necessary in a house full of tiny hands.
I definitely recommend this to parents with curious readers who want to deepen their relationship with God. I recommend this to parents who want a devotional they can read over breakfast or dinner with the kiddos. A great addition to the family library. And definitely get the hardback so it lasts several years (a definite plus with three soon to be four children in this house ranging from 8 years old to 18 months old and a newborn coming in the spring).
{FYI: I received this book as a member of BookLookBloggers, in which I exchange free books for my honest opinion of the book!}

Beginner's Bible Bedtime Collection

This is a collection of Bible Stories for Bedtime Stories. So instead of the Mother Goose rhymes or other books for bedtime stories, we...