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Happiness is…

I won my first “bloggy award”!!!  (Fireworks, Horns, Hoots, Confetti!!!!!!)

Bloggy Awards are little awards that bloggers pass on to one another to boost morale, show support, say thanks.

I received the Happiness 101 Award from a blogger that happens to make me very

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happy whenever I read one of her current post on  BloggingEverAfter.

Click the name to see one of my favorite BloggingEverAfter Posts.  (Bookmark it for later, if you don’t have time to read it now.)

Ok, part of getting the award is passing it on to another blog (see bottom of post. I’ll be awarding one a day for 3 days) AND sharing 10 things that make me happy.

First, TEN THINGS THAT MAKE GLORIS HAPPY (the music builds…)

I’ll share a few each day, starting with (drums rolling…)

1. —JESUS/GOD/HOLY SPIRIT!!!

It wasn’t always that way, of course.  God hasn’t always been at the top of my happiness list, and I’m praying that it will be more and more that way every day.

Here’s BETH MOORE, author/Bible teacher, encouraging us from Psalm 63 to love God.  ( :)Beth Moore makes me happy, so that’s my #2 )

Doing her Bible studies is a faith shot directly into my heart!  Here’s one of my favorites:

🙂 BELIEVING GOD is another happy thing for me, so it’s #3.

Click on the pic to see about signing up for the it online version if you’re interested.  It’s great to do online studies in the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas, even.  They’re so convenient.

Ok, Let’s pray that God will be “ours”, like Beth Moore suggested:

:)prayer makes me happy, so that’s #4.

love you, Oh, Lord my strength.  You are my Rock, my Fortress, and My Deliverer.  You are my God, Rock in whom I can take refuge; my Stronghold.  I can call to you and be saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:1-2), from my powerful enemies who are too strong for me. (i.e. Satan and his cohorts)

Oh, Father in Heaven, You are love! (1John 4:8), and you love me more than I could ever love myself.  Show me how deep and wide, how high and deep your love is for me.  I want to be rooted and grounded in that love. (Ephesians 3:17-18)

And I want to believe with all my heart that it’s true, that, in fact,  you do love me.

Increase my faith!

In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

( 🙂 Now that’s a happy verse! # 5 )

And the receiver of the first Happy 101 Award from Gloriadelia is … envelope, please… MutteringsfromtheMoor!

Click on the blog name to see the first post of “Mrs. Mutterer’s” that I read.  It about a little wooly lamb named, Annie, that grabbed my heart and made me very happy. (:) #6) The blog is “mutterings” from the moors of England.

Check back in tomorrow for other Happy things and Award #2!

Quirky Turkeys!

A gang of  leaf shufflers caught my eye through the window this morning as I was heading for the kitchen to grab some grub. 

Which is what this “gang” of turkeys was doing, only they were looking for real grubs (and worms and tiny insects)

 As they kicked up the leaves, they filled the woods with their shuffling sounds.  shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.

Now, this “posse” knew (another name for a gang of turkeys) that to find the best food they’d have to dig for it.  The good stuff doesn’t just hang out on the surface.

We could learn a lesson from the turkey (Melegris Gallopavo).  To be properly fed, we need to dig.

How often do we try to fill up on surface stuff?  All we  end up with is an empty soul and skinny faith!

Sometimes we have to go deep, make some shuffling sounds flippin’ through the Bible for wisdom. 

Beth Moore

Beth Moore (Bible Teacher Excellentus) observed that one of her favorite sounds in church is flipping Bible pages.

She said it reminds her of what angels’ wings must sound like. 🙂

Well, speaking of flipping Bible pages, there’s another lesson we can learn from the turkey, and that is to hang with a posse. 

It’s not only funner to dig through the Bible with friends, sometimes it’s more effective.  Kicking through the leaves with a gang exposes worms for more than one turkey.  We can feed off each other’s finds.

So join a study group or, if you’d rather, an online group, and start digging deep.  Here’s one of Beth Moore’s online studies you might like:

Click on the picture below to get started filling your soul and fattening your faith!

“Oh the depths of the riches of both the wisdom and knowledge of God.  How unsearchable are his judgements and unfathomable His ways.”  Romans 11:33

Are YOU believing God?  He could use another quirky turkey in His posse. Click on the pic below to learn how to join! 

 

Believing God

Quick note: I clarified some things in yesterday’s post.  I didn’t make it clear that you were to read Psalms 18 out loud to the Lord.  That’s why I inserted the You’s for His’s, etc.,  in the text. 

Someone said lament is a recurring theme in the psalms, illustrated most frequently by drowning.  You can see that in psalm 18 — “The cords of death entangled me, the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me…” 

Feeling overwhelmed?  Drowning?  Please take the time to pray through Psalm 18 in yesterday’s post.

Ok.  Now for today’s… 7_lightning_protection_1w475h3581Someone asked, “Will we love the Lord only for His stuff?”  His blessings, etc?  Will we still love Him when, like Job, it’s all been stripped away? 

Will we believe then?  — that He is who He says He is….that He can do what He says He can do…That we are who He says we are…that we can do all things through Christ …and that His Word is living and active and working in us?

That’s the list of core beliefs reinforced in this Beth Moore study,   I love on-line studies. You do them when you can in the comfort of my your own home, even in your pajamas if you want! 🙂  And, even though you’ll be meeting people from around the world (through the forums), you don’t have to fuss with your hair — Niiiiiiiice, as my son would say. 🙂

Check it out by clicking on the picture above.  I hope you’ll sign up for it.  Why? Because, the truths of the Bible, and the prayer support and discussions on the  forums will support your faith and help it grow.  Even in the storm….praying_hands_bible

p.s. Have you done this study before?  Please comment on your experience.  AND if anyone would like prayer for a particular struggle, please let me know.  I’d love to pray for you and so would others who read Gloriadelia. 

Dynamite! Psalm 18

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” Acts 1:8  

Beth Moore, author, Bible teacher, and rock star in Christian women circles, has said that praying scripture is like strapping two sticks of dynamite together.  Kaboom!!   

 It causes an explosion in the spiritual realms and an explosion of faith for the Christian.  Why???  

Because Scripture is powerful —  “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12  

And so is prayer —“The effective, earnest prayer of a righteous man is powerfully effective.”  James 5:16b HNV  

Psalm 18 is one of my favorite psalms.  It shows God’s mighty power to save us out of deep despair. 

King David wrote Psalm 18 after God miraculously saved him from an enemy that had trapped and completely overwhelmed him — King Saul.   

  

  

Most of us don’t have King Sauls trying to kill us , but we have doubts,  

fears and  

anxieties breathing down our necks,   

threatening to destroy our faith — sometimes on a daily basis.  It can be a little overwhelming, and scare us into hiding, like David.   

This picture shows Engedi, in Israel, where David his from his enemy…  Where David hid from King SaulDo you find yourself hiding from yours?   

Well, get up and blast the enemy of your soul with these two sticks of dynamite — Prayer and Scripture…  

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Read Psalm 18 out loud to the Lord — note:  I inserted You’s for He’s, etc   

  ” I love you, O Lord, my strength.  [You] are my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. [You] are my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to [You] Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.  The cords of [fear] entangled me; the torrents of [worry] overwhelmed me.  The cords of the grave  coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.  In my distress I called to [You]; I cried to my God for help…[You] heard my voice; my cry [came] before [You], into [Your] ears.  The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because [You] were angry.  Smoke rose from [Your] nostrils; consuming fire came from [Your] mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.  [You] parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under [Your] feet.  [You] mounted the cherubim and flew; [You] soared on the wings of the wind.    

[You] made darkness [Your] covering, [Your] canopy around [You]– the dark rain clouds of the sky.  Out of the brightness of [Your] presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning.    

The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.  [You] shot [Your] arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them.  [You] reached down from on high and took hold of me; [You] drew me out of deep waters.  [You] rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.  [You] brought me out into a spacious place; [You] rescued me because [You] delighted in me.  Psalm 18  

You brought me out into a spacious place.  You rescued me because You delighted in me.
You brought me out into a spacious place. You rescued me because You delighted in me.

Thank you, Father, for loving me and saving me.  In Jesus’ name, amen!”  

Here’s some great verses to pray for yourself and others:  

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Ephesians 1:18-19  

And speaking of Beth Moore…  click on Book Recommendations on the right for more details about this awesome book of hers.    

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Yesterday I introduced you to my missionary friend from Brazil, Joanne Reutter.  I asked her for something to put on Gloriadelia in Portuguese, something Christians say to each other in the Amazon.  “Fique fiel”, she said.  (Feekee fee-ELL)  It means, “Remain faithful”.  

How do we remain faithful?  We must dispel our doubts. Doubts to a Christian are as viruses to a computer, they can crash our faith.  How do we dispel our doubts?  We must remain in Scripture.  And add to that —  prayer! 

Here’s one of my favorite Bible teachers, Beth Moore.  That’s not the most flattering picture of her, I know, but it shows how passionate she is about the Bible.  And see how she’s holding her hands, like  brandishing guns, picking off the bad guys in two different directions?  I’m sure, in spite of her petite stature, that that’s her true identity in the spiritual realm — a double shootin’ gun slinger, picking off the enemy right and left with the truth of God’s Word! This is where she’d say, “Halelujah!”, if she were writing this.  Here’s a better picture:And here’s something  she said about prayer: (read with a sweet Texas drawl) “Some people say, ‘I don’t know how to pray.’  Do you know how to bawl and complain? — Do it!  Pour out your heart, because He cares for you!”  

“…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7  

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”  Romans 8:26

Are you feeling weak, caught in a storm of doubt?  Listen:

  Thunder may crash, and rain beat down, but the lightning flashes reveal His presence, and you know you are not alone.  “Though my heart is torn, I will praise you in the storm…”

 Fique Fiel!!