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What Does God Look LIke?

I love passages in scripture where we see a glimpse of God’s glory. I like to just ponder his glory and attempt to imagine what it must be like to be in heaven with God. Meditating on these passages spur my prayer life to repentance and to remember that when I pray I have access to a HUGE God!

So the next time you pray, I want to encourage you first to ponder these verses in Ezekiel and then go before his throne with your confessions, praises and prayer requests. I think it might just change your prayer life!

In Ezekiel 1:25-28, Ezekiel writes: “Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings(when you have a minute read about these angels that surround the throne in chapter 1 – they are magnificent!). Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell face down.”

Does that not stir your soul! Wow! Who is this God we serve – can we even imagine how awesome he truly is???
Trust and rest in this Almighty God’s arms. This is my prayer for the Good Morning Girls today:

 

” To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy - to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and foreveer more! Amen.” Jude 24

Walk with the King!

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Women In The Word Wednesday – Come Link Up or Share!

If you are a blogger we invite you to blog about what you are learning in your walk with God and then link up below (this includes devotionals you have written).  If you are not a blogger, we invite you to weekly share in the comments section what God is teaching you in his word.

So let’s get started!

I am in a small group Bible study with about 25 other women from church.  We are using the book “I Saw the Lord” by Anne Graham Lotz as our study guide.   Last week we were studying Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34 and here is a little of what I learned:

1.  The state of our churches are suffering for lack of role models. Josiah was a role model.

2.  The state of our churches are suffering because believers are addicted to activity. We think we are okay because we go to church, pray out loud, teach Sunday School, and are baptized but all the activity is simply masking the pain of our lack of intimacy with God.  Josiah treasured God’s word.

3.  The state of our churches are suffering  because of our lack of repentance. We have misplaced priorities and focus far too much on our outward activities rather than our inward heart.  Solution: Repent and retreat to silence.  Josiah removed all the idols in the temple and as long as he lived and reigned as King, Israel followed the Lord.

I learned…I/we  must be willing to step up and be role models to women and children who desperately need them.  Rock stars, actresses and fashion models are filling that gap and it should not be so.  I/we must not mistake activity we do FOR God as intimacy WITH God.  We must get alone in his word to be intimate with him.  And finally,  I/we must repent and turn from our sins and follow God all the days of our lives.

Your turn – what is God teaching you in your quiet times this week?

Walk with the King!

Who is your Prince Charming?

Challenge Week 2: Memorize 1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.” This week try to view Jesus as your Prince Charming. How does that change how you view your time with Him? Remember back when you first started dating your husband. Remember how excited you were each time you saw him. How you treasured each moment together. Remember how you would read and re-read the letters he wrote to you. Try and approach your time with Jesus this week with the same kind of excitement and enthusiasm.

I recently went to Disney World with my husband and two daughters who are 3 and 4. My girls are at the age where they love Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, so of course our Disney trip focused around the princess characters. As little girls, we dream of our Prince Charming. Who is he? Where does he live? What is he like? We love to watch movies like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty where the princes either save the princesses from a bad home environment or a terrible situation. Isn’t that what we still expect out of our Prince Charmings? We expect them to save us and make our life perfect so we can “live happily ever after.”

While we were on our trip I began thinking I really should start teaching my girls that Jesus is really the one and only Prince Charming. Jesus has all the characteristics of a Prince Charming. He is:

Kind

Loving

Powerful

Good

Generous

Courageous

Trustworthy

and Brave

But Jesus is way better than any Prince Charming!

He is always there for you, every time you need Him.

He is always listening

He is always loving

He is self-sacrificing- He sacrificed it all for you……His life for yours!

We should teach our girls to fall in love with the real Prince Charming, the only one who sacrificed it all for them and for us…..laying down His life for theirs and ours!

Do you view Him as your real Prince Charming? Do you realize that HE truly is the one and only one who “completes you?” Do you realize that He longs to spend time with you each and everyday? One way you can do that is by being in His Word. Allow Him to make all your dreams come true by submitting your life and your will to His. He is good, He is loving and He is trustworthy. Make Him your Prince Charming today!

Love God Greatly!

Is the Bible Really God’s Word?

I struggle at times. I know that the only word we have from God on this planet earth is contained within this leather bound book that lies on my desk day and night. Yet the computer, television, a busy schedule, to-do list or even serving God – woo me away from hearing God’s voice in his word.

I long to sit down and just drink from the living waters of God’s word and be refreshed. I long for a still moment of prayer and time in God’s word. But for some unknown reason, I regularly try to satisfy this need in other places!


What makes the Bible so special? What makes it the number one best seller of all time?


The Bible is God’s revealed Word to us. It was written by men who were moved by God to write.

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
 

2 Peter 1:21 says “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Scripture is God-breathed. Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. This is a huge and magnificent claim. Do you believe it to be true?
One reason Josh McDowell gives to explain the difference of the Bible to other books is its UNITY.

Josh McDowell explains: Imagine if you asked 10 different people from your local area, with similar educational backgrounds and culture to write on one controversial subject such as the meaning of life. Do you think they would all agree and have perfect unity? Of course not.

This is what makes the Bible marvelous! The Bible doesn’t have 10 authors it has 40! It’s not from one local area or culture or time frame. It was written over a 1,500 year time period, in different cultures, languages, with men from vastly different education (Joshua was a military general, Luke was a doctor, David a shepherd boy poet turned King, Peter a fisherman, Paul in prison, and Moses in the wilderness), 3 different continents and on hundreds of topics. And yet the Bible has perfect unity!

The unity of the Bible is a strong argument for its divine inspiration. And when you look further into archaeological evidence and the fulfillment of prophecy - your jaw will drop. We serve an amazing God and indeed - the Bible you are opening daily to read – is THE VERY WORD OF GOD to you.

Teach the above truths to your children so they are able to defend their faith. Memorize the above passages so you can defend your faith. And as you open your Bible in your quiet time, remember the authority that is in the Bible. And remember the love that God has for you that he would choose to reveal himself to you in his Word.

Hebrews 4:12 says “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.”

The Bible is not like other books – that lay lifeless. The Bible is living and active! He loves you so. Enjoy your precious time alone with God the Almighty creator of the heavens and the earth. Wow – does that not floor you!

Walk with the King!

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And the Winnner IS…

The winner of the Anne Graham Lotz book titled Magnificent Obsession is…

Entry (and lucky number lol!) 13! Amanda

Amanda please email me (courtney(at)womenlivingwell(dot)org) your home address so I can send you the book!

Congratulations!!!

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