An Unscripted Journey: Brave Prayers and Bold Praises to my Beloved Jesus. ~ When my heart surrenders and focuses on His Truth, the unexpected happens… a life filled with unlimited possibilities. His love endures forever!
“Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].”HEBREWS 4:16 AMP
“but Christ is faithful as a Son over His [Father’s] house. And we are His house if we hold fast our confidence and sense of triumph in our hope [in Christ].” HEBREWS 3:6 AMP
“O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD? Your faithfulness surrounds You [as an intrinsic, unchangeable part of Your very being].” PSALMS 89:8 AMP
I enjoy meditating on Your Word day and night. The more I reflect on Truth, the closer I am to You, my ABBA Father.
Your never-ending grace, morning mercies, and presence are palpable in time of distress.
The closer I am to You, Lord, the more confident and hopeful I am about the future. You are my only Refuge and Hope until my last breath on earth.
I would like to extend an invitation for the upcoming 120 days Challenge starting on September 1❣️
As you may already know, I love the book of Psalms.
We will complete the entire book of Psalms, 150 chapters, this coming Fall.
Every year during the Holiday season, I’m in touch with personal losses, regrets, loneliness, and grief so I have decided to establish a new tradition this year! I want to read and journal the book of Psalms every Holiday season just like I did when the Lord rescued me from the pit of darkness.
In Christ, there is victory and He is our ABBA Father, Refuge and He is our only Soulmate.
Join our challenge today…
I would love for all of you to come along side of me every year.
We will begin the #120daysBookofPsalmsChallenge on Sunday, September 01, as I mentioned earlier.
“Read the Book of Psalms, 1-2 chapter(s) a day”
Mondays thru Fridays, one chapter a day.
Saturdays & Sundays, two chapters a day.
We will be reading one or two chapters a day, inscribing the verse in 1-2 translations, writing down our observations, inscribing the cross references of the selected verse and journaling daily including Sundays for 120 days.
Yes, it will be quite intense BUT it will be quite enriching… the Holy Spirit will embrace our souls one day at a time.
I will share a fact or two from the commentary BE and if you read a commentary on your own, you are welcome to share with the group. You will then earn an extra ticket to enter the general drawing.
If you choose color coding, you will also earn an extra ticket for the general drawing.
You will enter the general drawing for the following:
* for each day you journal and share,
* extra ticket for sharing commentary,
* extra ticket for color Coding.
The Grand Prize winner of the #120daysBookofPsalmsChallenge will obtain the entire Bible Reading Journal Series for 2020 or seven volumes of your choice in case you want to choose one or two of your favorites, a retail value of $80.00 (this is for the person who journals for 120 days)
Note, if there are more than one winner, these winners will be part of a “special” drawing.
For the second winner prize:
The winner will receive the #120 days challenge tote.
For the third winner prize:
The next 3 winners of the “general“ drawing will win a pencil case, “Rise Up and Journal.”
Who’s counting for the #120daysChallenge?! I am.
To purchase your ’special Edition’ journal today, go to this link:
The Bible Reading Journal Series: The Book of Psalms. Special Edition. https://www.amazon.com/dp/107530251X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_uH2uDb1717R1F
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Closeness with our Lord = Quiet Time + His Word + Self-Examination + fervent Prayer.
Let us explore the daily process for the Bible Reading Journal today. It typically takes me approximately 30 minutes to read a chapter a day and journal. It may seem a long time but our time with the Lord is priceless and memorable!
Once we read the chapter, we highlight and inscribe a selected verse or two in different translations. When I inscribe His Word, I am able to memorize it a lot easier. I then journal ‘how’ I am going to step out in obedience in practical ways.
Later I examine my heart daily so I may repent and forgive, count my blessings and maintain a prayerful lifestyle.
Cross-References allow me to dig deeper into God’s Word and Commentaries enrich my “journaling” experience.
“…but God was working in every detail. He was providing, humbling, sanctifying, forgiving, and drawing their hearts to His in the most necessary and beautiful ways.“ Whitney from Love God Greatly Ministries.
“When I read my journals, I see God’s fingerprints all over. Journals are my stones of remembrance (Joshua 4:23-24)“ Adriana Morales-Spokane.
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Next Video Clip: The Bible Reading Journal Series: Verse Color Coding.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” Ephesians 4:31 NLT
“But now you also put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.” Colossians 3:8, 19 NASB
“that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,” Ephesians 4:22 NASB
“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,” 1 Peter 2:1 NASB
“Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”
For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the LORD your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, so that you may fear the LORD your God forever.” Joshua 4:6-7, 23-24 NASB
Journaling is a way to reflect on God’s Faithfulness.
All of my journals are priceless keepsakes and much more like memorial stones that last forever.
I get to look back to where I was and see how God has transformed my life over the course of time.
He is good all the time.
His Word renews my mind every day, strengthens my heart in moments of distress and has transformed my life over the past decade alone!
Allow me to share with you some of the benefits today. Watch today’s video clip: https://youtu.be/2jLr60c8t2c
An opportunity to discover things about yourself,
An opportunity to reflect on our lives in the midst of busyness,
An opportunity to reflect on God’s Truth,
An opportunity to align our lives to His precepts,
An opportunity to discover unconfessed sin(s),
An opportunity to discover negative emotion(s) including anger, bitterness, jealousy or envy, hurts, and disappointment,
An opportunity to count today’s blessings,
An opportunity to guard our hearts from negative emotion(s) including unforgiveness and hatred,
An opportunity to submit our petitions to the Lord,
An opportunity to pray for others,
An opportunity to write down your key points from the Pastor’s sermon,
An opportunity to reflect back and apply what was learned at a conference or bible study,
An opportunity to write Scriptures and explore different Bible versions to grow deeper in our walk with the Lord,
An opportunity to write God’s Word to memorize and hide His Truth in our hearts eternally,
An opportunity to establish and maintain an on-going dialogue with our Creator,
An opportunity to listen attentively when taking notes in the additional lined pages of the journal,
An opportunity to appreciate how faithful God is in our everyday lives,
An opportunity to gain insights and fresh perspective on a given challenge,
An opportunity to reflect on learned lessons,
An opportunity to seek for God’s wisdom and direction,
An opportunity to witness God’s answers to prayers
An opportunity to take notes from your favorite commentaries.
Note, there is no right or wrong way to journal, I would encourage for you to do it. You will grow closer to God and His Word will guard your heart. Everyday stressful or challenging circumstances can lead to worries, anxieties or distress. If we take the time to cast our cares onto the Lord, He will give us rest and peace as soon as we rely on Him for comfort.
Idolatry existed in Biblical times and it still is apparent
in today’s world.
At a social gathering this past weekend, a middle-aged woman
kept telling me how much rest she needed from her ‘crazy schedule’ at work and
home. She appeared exhausted, preoccupied and anxious about her day-to-day
business. Because I am quite familiar
with today’s fast-paced lifestyle and worldly views, I listened attentively and
prayed silently for her to sit at the feet of Jesus more often.
The middle-aged woman who complained about her busy schedule at the social gathering was ‘me’!
As I reflect over the past three weeks of Micah’s bible
study, I soon realized ‘busyness’ is a common distractor for most of us. Our
schedules may be considered as an idol if these activities take priority over
our relationship with Jesus. I tend to drift away from the Lord when life gets
too busy and my schedule is overcrowded with appointments, work meetings,
errands and other demands.
An overcrowded schedule will not allow us to hear the soft
whispers of the Holy Spirit. Our flesh will be vulnerable and we may easily
fall into temptation(s) or be deceived by the enemy’s lies. If we do not make time
for God’s Word, then the Holy Spirit will not have the opportunity to encourage
or counsel our hearts. Our lives will never be transformed.
Lord, help me clear out my daily schedule so I may dig
deeper into your Word one day at a time.
Even though the Israelites sinned by worshipping false gods
in Biblical times, our Lord loved on them and waited patiently for them to
repent. He is still the ‘same’ patient, merciful, compassionate and forgiving
Lord, please forgive me for ‘being too busy’ in life. Help
me worship and glorify You in all I do. I want a heart just like King Hezekiah who
genuinely loved You.
Lord, search my heart and forgive all of my unconfessed sins, help me follow your commandments and love on me today. You pursued me relentlessly until I surrendered my heart at the foot of the Cross.
Please demolish all of the idols in my life today. Help me rest at the feet of Jesus more often.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all of my inmost beings, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all of your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5 NIV
“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good
things.” Psalm 107:9 NIV
“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living
thing.” Psalm 145:16 NIV
He is the One who forgives, heals, redeems, loves and
satisfies the core of our souls. Idolatry or worshipping false gods is just a
temporary fix and will never satisfy us.
King Hezekiah praised and loved God with all of his heart, mind, and soul. Let us pray we have the heart to love God greatly. He is our only hope and security in the midst of confusion, turmoil, and darkness that exist in today’s world.
Let us pray for our daily schedules to allow us to read and reflect on His Word every day. In Jesus’ name, we boldly pray.