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Monday, September 1, 2014

Godly Woman Daily Calendar - September 2014 - Printable Version

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Verse Of the Month : I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. ~  JESUS (John 15:11 )

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Godly Woman Daily Calendar - August 2014 - Printable Version

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Verse Of the Month : For if you forgive others their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. - Matthew 
6:14
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8 Bible verses When Your Compassion Run Low

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Psalm 86:15 - "But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth." 

Like all of God’s attributes, His compassion is infinite and eternal. His compassion never fail; they are new every morning. Compassion is Total Acceptance towards one another. 

Do you feel you lose your compassion sometime?

Sometimes its so difficult to admit. I recently found myself retorting with annoyance and indigence to the tiniest of questions or requests. My split-second first reaction to one of my family members or friends getting (mildly) hurt was not one of concern or compassion but of rolled-eye-annoyance.

I felt awful. My awful attitude was dragging my whole family or the people around down with me, with the woe-is-me-orchestra playing to the very end. 

Upon deep introspection, I realized I was the one to blame for the disappearance of my compassion. I found that I was becoming increasingly self-absorbed and most of my annoyance and lack of tenderness stemmed from my own agenda being interrupted.

Recognizing the source of the issue is great – your source may be different. You may be running on empty having over committed yourself to outside obligations. What really matters is what steps we take to help remedy the situation.

So, let me share with you 8 Verses for When Your Compassion is Running Low:

For me, the first stop must be Scripture. I need to get into the Word and let it do the cleansing work only the Word of God can do.

1) "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

2) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

3) Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.” Psalm 119:77

4) Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6

5) A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

6) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14

 7"Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy,  brotherly love,  a tender heart, and  a humble mind." 1 Peter 3:8

8) "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:" 1 Peter 4:10  

What Bible verses help you when your Compassion Tank is low? 

Here is a Short story I read awhile ago - "Between a rock and the Love of God"  A story sweetly captured between a husband and wife exhibiting the total acceptance of Compassion.


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Obedience by faith

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Obedience, Faith, Baptism of the Spirit  -  Steve Wickham




DECEMBER 18, 2003, was a special day. Late morning I strolled to a nearby park and began running laps. It was a hot day, but I cannot recall feeling hot. At one point, as I was praying, I was brought to a standstill and then I was dropped to my knees; tears of replete joy streaming down my face, a giant goose bump consumed my entire being. The experience lasted a minute or two with full intensity, but the rest of my day, and indeed the weeks ahead, were characterised by this abiding sense of God's power, joy and peace - the Holy Spirit's encouragement. Importantly, four days beforehand I had confessed a lifetime of sins - five hours it took before a trusted mentor, as part of a 12-Step program to speak about nearly twenty years of sin as an adult, before both him and God.
It is no coincidence, in my mind, that my obedience - to confess my sin and need for forgiveness - on December 14 was the precursor to God's blessing of an experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit four days hence.
MY EXPERIENCE OF BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
I would like to capture the experience in words:
In the obedience of confession,
We may transcend our cataclysm,
Because of faith's session,
We may receive the Spirit's baptism.
By the obedience of confessing our sin we gain the sense of God's peace and Presence so we are released from the spiritual burden of our calamity, though it doesn't change the consequences. Perhaps the ultimate of experiences, for obedience, is the Spirit's baptism - immersed in a torrent of holy joy all over us.
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Obedience connects to blessing,
Where faith gains traction by hope,
Such is a blessing when we are confessing,
Our sins in ways where God helps us cope.
The above poem is explained:
1. Obedience is reason God blesses us, not that by obeying we can command God's blessing. It doesn't work that way. But God rewards obedience, ultimately.
2. Obedience is the product of faith, and we would have no faith unless we had hope - even though true hope is invisible and intangible.
3. The confession of our sins is the only way God can help us cope by drawing us into his Presence. Such confession of vital truths will set us free. Nothing else will; not blaming others or being hurt or disappointed.
The value in obedience is underscored by our enjoyment of closeness with God. And there is no better experience of such closeness than baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Obedience by faith is the way to intimacy with God; the experience of his Presence closely with us.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham. Steve Wickham is a Baptist Pastor who holds Degrees in Science, Divinity, and Counselling. Steve writes at: http://epitemnein-epitomic.blogspot.com.au/ and http://tribework.blogspot.com.au/ Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Steve_Wickham  Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/8041401

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