Monday, December 17, 2012

PRAISE before the harvest!

Mulitply Reading Plan
Psalm 67

This is a very short chapter.  Its only 7 verses long.  I actually read it two times today.  First at 5:30 am. I didn't get much out of it because I was really tired!  But then I looked back at it tonight.  And I am so glad that I did!

In 7 verses "praise" is mentioned 4 times!  That is a lot!  I think that means we have to look at the word praise

Praise:  The act of expressing approval or admiration
            Offering of greatful homage in words or song
            Praise comes from the word prize.
Prize: To value or esteem highly

In verse 4 it says be glad and sing for joy!
What does that look like? 
glad=happy 
sing  means to shout enthusiastically! (of course it means those pretty or not so pretty noises you make with your mouth too)

Ok, so now we have praise 4 times plus a be glad and shout for joy!  Oh My Gosh!!! Doesn't that just sound like fun to you!?!  It certainly does to me!  It gets even better.  What do you think happens after you do all that?

Verse 6 tells us.  Then the land will yield its harvest, and God will bless us!

Simply put Praise has to come before the Harvest!  What are you waiting on to harvest?  I tell you what I'm waiting on...people!  And I'm ready for the harvest! 
I'm waiting on People I love and care about. 
People I know intimately. 
People I barely know. 
People I've never met before.
People that live beside me. 
People that live on the other side of the world. 
People that I work with. 
People that I go to church with.

Let me just say that I plan on partying in heaven and I want to see everyone I know and don't know there! Haven't you ever heard the saying, The more the merrier? So lets get our praising shoes on and get to it!  Some of ya'll are going to have to get out of your comfort zone on this one.  You should praise God everywhere you go.  Here's one tip to get you started at church, close your eyes and pretend like your the only one in the room!  Seriously it works and one day you will be able to do it with your eyes open :)



Friday, December 14, 2012

Even God Likes A Hot Shower!

While I was taking a shower the other day I had an epiphany!  I had the unfortunate luck to take a shower after my husband.  Who uses ALL the hot water!  I take that back, not all of it just enough so that I think there is hot water left.  If I had known that there wasn't any hot water I would have waited to take my shower.

I had HOT water for about 10 seconds then it made its way to being lukewarm.  Have you ever taken a lukewarm shower?  How about a lukewarm shower after getting a quick blast of hot (it makes luke warm feel cold)  Or how about a lukewarm shower after getting a quick blast of hot on a cold winters day?  Can you see where I'm going with this?  It was torture!  It was such a tease!  No matter how much I turned the handle the water just wouldn't warm up.

Why is lukewarm so awful?
Because it is warm enough to remind you of just how great a hot shower is!  The whole time you're in a luke warm shower you're just thinking about how you wished there was just a little bit more hot water! It's absolutely maddening!

I always hold out hope that my hot water heater is going to start magically producing more water but it never does.  I would have rather had a cold shower because I would get done what I need to get done and get out! Instead of pining away for more hot water while wasting precious shower time trying to get that durn hot water to come on.

Now I get why God doesn't like lukewarm Christians!

Revelations 3:16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

I used all these words just to describe a shower: Miserable, Torturous, Teasing, Maddening (and I meant every one!)  Imagine how much more miserable, torturous, teasing and maddening it is for God to watch his most beloved creations not live up to their potential.
Lord help me to always be HOT!  And never lukewarm!

Love and Joy to you all!
Amber


Friday, December 7, 2012

Lights, Camera, Action!

francis chan's multiply reading plan

Day 25
Ephesians 4

Stick out verse of the day:
Ephesians 4:22
throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.

After reading chapter 4 of Ephesians it got me to thinking about another verse that talks about becoming a new person.  It is often quoted so you may have heard it before.

2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Sometimes we think that God is going to do it all for us.  That he will wave a magic wand and fix everything in our lives.  Or we feel like if things are hard then it must be a sign from God that I'm not supposed to do whatever.  However if you take both of these verses you will see that God gives us a new life but then we also have to take action!  God doesn't just take over when you become a Christian.  We don't become robots taking orders from some unseen motherboard.  We have a responsibility.  Part of our responsibility is to throw off our sinful natures!  That is not a passive statement.  Throwing is anything but passive!

Throw:  hurl or project (like a missile), as a gun does    

I did not make this definition up!  This whole definition, missile and gun included, I got from dictionary.com!  How fast does a missile go?  How far?  How much recoil does it cause? Throwing off our old nature is by no means a passive statement!

So what are we supposed to throw at  missile speed off of us?  It tells us later in the chapter in verses 25-31.

Old life:

  • lying
  • stealing
  • controlling anger
  • foul language
  • bitterness
  • anger (2nd time its mentioned must mean its important!)
  • rage
  • harsh words
  • slander
  • all types of evil behavior


What should our new life have?

New Life:

  • say only good and helpful things
  • use your hands for good hard work
  • give generously to those in need
  • encourage those around you
  • be kind
  • tenderhearted
  • forgiving


Seriously, which kind of person would you rather be?  Which kind of person would you rather be friends with?  My vote is for the new life person.

God gives us a new life.  He gives us the strength and ability to walk in our new lives.  Our part is to start the walking.  Am I saying I'm perfect and don't do anything from the old life list? No, I know I'm a work in progress!  And God loves me anyway!  I do try to stay away from the old and reach for the new.  What do you need to throw off?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

High, Long, Wide, Deep


Ephesians 3:18
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 

I am currently reading multiply by francis chan.  (he doesn't capitalize his name  that wasn't just me being lazy!) It is an awesome book and I totally recommend it!  My Bible app has a daily reading plan to go along with it which is great!  I don't know about you guys but if I want to keep up with reading the Bible I have to have a focus or else I end up just drifting.

You may starting see a lot more of my spiritual thoughts here on my blog.  I was trying to keep my spiritual life separate from painting life but to be honest I am one person and you get what you get whether you like it or not!  

Tuesday I read Ephesians 3. And the verse 18 stuck out to me.  I don't know why it did.  I do believe that is one way that God talks to us so if you have a verse that sticks out you should think about it. 


Ephesians 3:18
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 

I've read this verse many times. I've heard many times.  It never really carried any weight.  I never thought WOW that is awesome information.  But this week I decided maybe I should look up the words long, high, wide and deep.  Boy was I surprised!  Each one had about 20 definitions!  I always think of these words as being confined.  Measurements that are limiting defining the edges of an object. I usually think in inches because I work with canvas.  So my long, wide, deep, high was very small.  Take a look at these definitions and then tell me what you think about God's love!

  • Long- reaching well into the past; forward looking; intense; higher or taller than usual; having considerable duration in time


  • Wide- having considerable or great extent from side to side; extensive; vast;spacious; open to the full or great extent; full; ample; roomy


  • High- great or considerable extent or reach upward; lofty; situated above the ground; elevated;exceeding the common degree or measure; strong; intense; expensive; costly; dear; exalted in rank/station; eminence


  • Deep- extending far down from the top of surface; extending far in or back from the front or edge; broad; ranging far from the earth and sun; covered or immersed; cutting far down; situated far down; in or back; heavily covered in; profound not superficial/ serious; heartfelt; sincere; engrossing; intense; extreme


First of all WOW  that is some awesome information!  God's love is 4D!  It extends up down all around plus time is thrown in there!  Notice that intense was highlighted.  I think it needs to be since it is in 75% of the definitions of love!  Now to throw another definition at you:

  • Intense- existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree; acute; strong; very great as in strength; having a characteristic quality in a high degree; strenuous or earnest as activity, exertion, diligence or thought.
He loves us regardless of who we are!  He knows us in 4D and loves us in 4D! He knows the past and the future.  He knows what we keep hidden deep down inside and still he loves us.  And not only just loves us but loves us INTENSELY! I don't know about you but my day is off to a great start!

Now what do you think about God's love being long, wide, high and deep?