In His Presence daily Online Bible Study March 28

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Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:16-34

(Seems like a lot , but I believe it all happened the same day.)

*I’m  having trouble getting the Youtube live feed working.  I’ll keep trying and hopefully have that all set up by next week.

In His Presence Online Bible Study March 27

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Today’s Scripture:

Mark 1:1-15

Today we begin reading the book of Mark.  Remember, we are reading through the Gospels to find out more about Jesus’ personality.  So, keep that in mind as you read.  We’ve read through Mark before here on the blog, but since we have a different purpose this time, I didn’t want to skip it as we make our way through the four Gospels.

I’m posting this a few minutes early, so you can JOIN ME LIVE at 6:30 this morning where I will livestream today’s Bible Study on YouTube.  Here’s the link.  The video will be recorded, so you watch later if you miss.

 

 

Suffering and the depth of His love

Experiencing suffering allows us to see the depth of His love for us.  People with no want or trouble never get to see that.

Ephesians 3:17-19, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Ran across this version of Healing is in Your Hands

In His Presence Encouragement and free Scripture card

During Monday night’s In His Presence Family Connection we heard Tim Tebow tell about the  lad who shared his bread and fish. Yesterday, our In His Presence morning Scripture contained that same story.  AND, Lifeway’s Journey Magazine devotional for yesterday was about this same story!

That was no accident.  Just as we heard Tim tell about the repeated number 3.16 during his game, God did this for us. Sometimes He puts things together to remind us He’s very present and involved in our lives.

I want to encourage you to keep going with your In His Presence morning times.  Don’t be discouraged if you’ve fallen behind.  Just read the Scripture for that day.  Each day’s reading is rich all by itself.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Jesus’ character, it’s that He is compassionate.  He understands.

Also, don’t forget about memorizing Scripture (2 per month).  My verse for this first half of February is Ephesians 2:10.  Here’s a card for your kitchen window.

(Tim Tebow said the Greek word for workmanship is poiéma.  Poem is derived from this Greek word.  We are God’s poem.  I wanted our card this month to remind us of that each time we see it in.)

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A Journey of Waiting

(Day 3 of a three part series on Waiting)

This is a long time coming, but I’m hesitant as I type it.  I choose to write it now mostly because I hope that it will help someone else to see God’s goodness in your waiting.  I want you to be encouraged that God is with you and loves you and has purposes for what you’re going through and they are good purposes and not to harm you, but to give you a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

My husband of seventeen years called me into our bedroom in March of 2012 and said two words that pack a punch worse that a sumo wrestler, leaving you doubled over, heaving for breath.  Those words, “I’m done.”  That story is best left for another day.  But, it is the bridge to the testimony I’m about to tell you.

Simply put, our house was in my husband’s name.  I wanted the children and I to stay.  At the time, I was a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom.  There was just no way, in human understanding for us to stay.  So, I prayed.  I walked circles around the house.  Night after night.  God gave me assurances and promises along the way that I held onto for dear life.

God stretched out the time we had in the home is Old Testament style, miraculous ways. One day, maybe I’ll share those with you, because they are amazing.

One quick story was when a friend came to us and asked if we wanted to rent a house they owned.  We were still in “our” house at that time and after fasting and praying, God said, “No.  Wait.”  By God’s grace, I waited.  Month after month went by.  We were able to stay.  I would pray from one milestone to the next.  Lord, let us stay until my daughter’s birthday…and then until Christmas…and then my son’s birthday.  God stretched our time out for over a year!  This was a huge blessing because anyone who has seen a family go through divorce knows how hard it is on the kids especially, since their stability is so tied to the health of the family.  God allowed us to stay and provided for our needs, each and every time.  I have journals upon journals with examples of His provision.

The bank all along had said that I could not buy the house because I was the spouse of the person whose name was on the foreclosure (ex-spouse counted).  They later changed their mind and said that if we moved, we could have a chance to buy it, just like anyone else would.  So we moved, but not far.

In one of the miraculous ways God provided, He told our next-door neighbors to ask us to move into their home while we waited for ours’ to go on the market.  We will forever be grateful for their self-less obedience in demonstrating for us the body of Christ at work.  The things we gleaned from that time are far beyond words to express here.

When the house finally went on the market, the value was high.  The bank had come in to make upgrades and the price they were asking was out of our reach.  Just as this news was unfolding, a For Sale sign popped up on the land across the street.

I was able to take my savings and buy the land. A homeschooling friend’s father is a seasoned contractor in our town.  We began the process of building a home.  When the time came for us to pick a plan, we started looking online.  I asked the kids to list the things they’d like in a house if they could have any feature they wanted.  We listed things like a wrap around porch in front, a screened porch in back, a balcony, an extra room for crafts, etc.  There is a square footage requirement for this neighborhood.  Also, I needed the house to appraise for more than I would build it for because the bank would loan me 80% of the home’s value.  So, with all this rolling around in my head one night, and a deadline to give our builder the plan, I prayed.  And instantly, when I went online I found a house plan that had all of the little things we’d written!  The square footage met the requirement.  When the bank did their appraisal, it was just what we needed it to be, with $5000 to spare.

The payments for our new home are less than I would have paid had I rented.  God gave us the desires of our heart.  We were able to stay in the area we love.  I can see the other side of the waiting now.  And what I learned in the process is the best part of all.  God taught me how to wait, be grateful, pray, hope, and allowed all of this so that I could feel His presence every day, every step.  I knew He was holding my hand.  He has become my very best friend.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

I understand what Paul was saying that we can be glad in the hard times, because His strength is made perfect and visible, to us and others, in our weakness.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Cor. 12:9.

For His glory,

Kathy

If you missed Part 1 of the series on Waiting, you can click here.

If you missed Part 2, you can click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overcoming by the Word of our Testimony

(Day 2 of a three part series on Waiting)

Revelation 12:12 says, “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

The enemy is going to give us a fit.  God told us he would.  And it’s because, praise God, he knows his time is short.  Expect it.  But, don’t stand for it.

Look back one verse and take a look at Revelation 12:11 which says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Did you get that?  They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb (victory has already been secured because of the cross) and the word of their testimony.

I grew up in a small town, southern Baptist church where it was not uncommon for someone to stand up and give a testimony to what God had done for them that week.

When is the last time you did that?  I’m not talking about standing in front of a congregation, but in front of a friend, your computer screen, wherever to whomever and shared what God has done for you.

We can overcome him by the word of our testimony, so let’s do that.

I want to share with you tomorrow a testimony of a time of waiting in my life and something that I’ve been able to see the other side of now.  I pray it will be encouragement to you and I pray that it will help me to overcome the enemy, who loves to bring wrath (vs.12), but whose time is short!