Archive | May 2011

Strength Building 101

Strength Building 101:

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“Because He is at my right hand, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 16:8

The right hand = strength in the Bible.

So, if I want to build spiritual muscle, I need to make sure the Lord is my strength.

“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

“The Lord is my strength and my shield.  My heart trusts in Him and I am helped.”  Psalm 28:7

How do I make sure the Lord is my strength? I do these simple exercises:

1. Deep knee bends, humbling myself before the Lord in prayer.

2.  Lifting my Bible every day and crunching through some verses.

 Like with all exercises, repetition is key, so I try to practice obeying what I read over and over again.  The more I do it, the easier it gets to do.

Here’s a great starter verse to practice every day, several times a day:

“Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” ~~ Psalm 62:8

Doing these simple exercises every day builds strong faith, and helps me to do the first part of that verse:

“Trust in Him at all times….” Psalm 62:8

“Trust…”

Trust who?

Him.

When?

at ALL times.

good

and

bad

when I’m scared

and when I’m sad

when things are awesome

and when I’m mad.

Trust

in

Him.

Get it?

Got it.

Good. 🙂

Let’s Pray:

Father, thank you for loving me.

Thank you for being my Personal Trainer Who teaches me how to be strong faith-wise, and all other  -wises!

With your help, I can learn to trust in you AT ALL TIMES.

Help me to exercise my faith every day by lifting my Bible, crunching through some verses, and bending my knees to pray.   

Jesus, you are my personal trainer, my life coach, my savior, redeemer, and friend.  In Your name I pray, Amen!

Do you want to join Jesus’ gym?  Click on the pic below to see about getting a free pass. 🙂

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Lamentations and Martha Graham’s 117th Birthday

Lamentations and Martha Graham’s 117th Birthday

Did you see the Google’s doodle-ific doodle  in honor of Martha Graham, “the mother of modern dance”?

One of Ms. Graham’s most haunting performances was “Lamentation”.  Here’s a shortened version.  Writhing in agony within an all-encompassing garment, she seems to seek an escape until,  finally, she gives in, consumed by sorrow…

Been there?  Done that? Lamented?

Lament:  “to mourn aloud, wail…synonym: grief” (Merriam -Webster)

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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

Do you know “the God of all Comfort”(2 Corinthians 1:3)?

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Martha Graham photo from:  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/Martha_Graham_1948.jpg/144px-Martha_Graham_1948.jpg

Clean Up Your Choir: Lessons from Nehemiah 13

Clean Up Your Choir: Lessons from Nehemiah

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There were two kinds of Temple cleaning going on in Nehemiah 13. (You can read about it HERE,or listen to it HERE.)

The Israelites got rid of:

1. friendly contaminants  — those nice, friendly foreigners welcomed into the choir.

2. the outright enemy — Tobiah, who had not only been welcomed in, but given a room!

     Since we are God’s temple now — “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; You were bought with a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body.”  1 Corinthians 6:19)  — we can learn a lesson from this.

Today we’ll focus on the choir, tomorrow we’ll tackle the Temple.

FIRST things first —  clean out your choir, i.e, the friendly, entertaining voices that sing all around you through the day. Media comes to mind.  Some of those voices sound SO nice, but actually wreak havoc on your faith.    Chip Ingram recommends turning off TV, computers, i-pads, etc for 3 days/5 days/7 days/3 weeks at a time to reset your moral gauge.

It’s important, ’cause as goes our morals, so goes our faith.  They walk hand in hand.  They’re buddies.

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Let’s pray! 

Father, thank you for loving me and setting me free.

Give me ears to hear, eyes to see what voices I need to boot out of my choir.

And help me to not be afraid to turn off the TV, computer, ipad, etc, for awhile so I can turn on my faith and tune in to Your voice.

You did not give us a spirit of fear, but of boldness, power, and sound mind. (1 Timothy 1:7) So help me to be so bold as to do whatever it takes to have more of Your power and sound mind directing things between my ears and in my heart. Be my choir director! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Sing with me! —

♫ ♪ ♪“Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” ♫ ♪ ♪