Shouldn’t I?

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God is a God of action. 

If He demonstrates action, shouldn’t I also? 

God is a God of grace.

If He extends grace, shouldn’t I also?

God is a God of love.

If He manifests love outwardly, shouldn’t I also?

God is a God of wisdom, knowledge, insight, and undertstanding. 

If He shows forth all these things, shouldn’t I also?

God is a God of faithfulness.

If He is faithful, shouldn’t I be also?

  

The HOSEA Intensive|Valued

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A Phone Tree Bible Study Series based on HOSEA: Unfailing Love Changes Everything by Jennifer Rothschild     

  

“Because Hosea valued her, she began to feel her own value. She was no longer known as ‘Gomer the prostitute.’ She was known as ‘Gomer, the chosen bride.’ Her identity had changed; her life was changing.”

In Real Time: While no one can ever really know just what Gomer was thinking or telling herself way back when, I’m sure we can each certainly see parts of ourself in her story and experiences. We can see the conflict that existed between choosing to do the right thing versus the wrong thing. We can see the struggle that she may have had to accept her new self when her tendency might have been to find comfort in her old self. On the outside looking in, we can see possibilities and relational strengths where she may have only been able to see unworthiness and shame. 

Moving beyond the negative labels and names that we write on our lives and hearts can be difficult. Changing our mindset and attitude can be a challenge. More than that, accepting that we are worthy, only in Christ, is… (you finish that). 

But what if we did begin to see ourselves as chosen? What if we did begin to see ourselves as valuable? What if we did allow God’s words about us to be written, carved, and etched on our lives?

3 Questions: 

1) What labels or names have you given yourself over the course of your life? Are they positive or negative? (Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: Explore your past and identify what labels or names others have used to define you. Did what they say about you or to you shape the way you think about yourself?)

2) Which is easier, to see yourself as a prostitute or to see yourself as a chosen bride?

3) If you are in Christ, what does the LORD say about who you are in Him? 

Spirit-to-spirit Wisdom Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:17

A Faith and Family Book Review|Jesus Calling for Little Ones

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Title: Jesus Calling for Little Ones

Author: Sarah Young

About the Book: “Jesus Loves You and Is Always With You

From bestselling author Sarah Young, Jesus Calling for Little Ones reassures toddlers and preschoolers of Jesus’ never-ending love. Devotions are written as if Jesus is speaking directly to your child’s heart—showing that Jesus knows us from our head to our toes and is always taking care of us. Along with adorable illustrations and a durable format, this is sure to be a treasure for your precious little ones.”

Phone Tree Review: Jesus Calling for Little Ones was an enchanting book that did much to nourish the tender hearts of God’s special, little angels. I adored the colorful illustrations and found the simple words to be soothing and encouraging. Overall, I thought that the author presented the content in such a way as to draw children closer to the word. 

My children gave a thumbs up with a smile rating to this book. 

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes

Audience: Family 

Status: G (Basic, 2-4)

Read Aloud: Yes

Opportunity to Discuss/Go Further: Yes

A complimentary copy of this title was made available for review in exchange for an honest critique. I was neither compensated nor expected to submit a positive review. 

  

BEWARE|Poison In, Poison Out

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What if we taught this lesson – BEWARE…Poison In, Poison Out – daily to every person we encountered? Do you think their lives would be the better for it? And what of your own life, do you think you would be the better for having to learn this lesson? 

A.M. Scripture Reflection: 1 Thessalonians 5:22

A.M. Spirit-to-spirit Thoughts: What you pour into yourself, what you feed yourself, what you expose yourself to, it all comes out in one way or another. If good goes into your mind and your heart, that is what will come out, but if bad, unfruitful, negative, unedifying things go in, what comes out but that which is unholy. 

Spiritual Life Fitness: Read the entire fifth chapter of 1 Thessalonians. Write down each instructive lesson that you find. 

Spiritual Fitness Challenge: Pray to God and reveal all those things that you need His help to abstain from. Be courageous enough to commit to praying about this matter until it no longer has a hold on you. 

(photo courtesy of blackgate via Google images)

The HOSEA Intensive|Prosperous but Bankrupt

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A Phone Tree Bible Study Series based on HOSEA: Unfailing Love Changes Everything by Jennifer Rothschild    
“…financially prosperous, but…spiritually bankrupt.”

In Real Time: Prosperous and yet bankrupt…those words really resonate. They ring like a mighty gong inside my head. How can one be well off and flourishing while at the same time be lacking and without? 

At one point or another in our lives, we all come face to face with this reality, both in the physical and spiritual sense. On the surface or according to the measure of what man sees as success, we live a life of plenty, of abundance, where we have “all that we need.” Underneath all the pomp, however, many of us struggle. We struggle against that which is based in the carnal within us. Inside, for many, there exists a voracious appetite for more

3 Questions: 

1) Can you honestly say that you are satisfied and content with your life at present?

2)  Can God ever be enough for you or are you searching for something more outside of Him?

3) How do you measure success, prosperity, abundance and satisfaction?

Spirit-to-spirit Wisdom Lesson: Philippians 4

The HOSEA Intensive|Prone to Wander

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“We’re all a lot like Gomer – prone to wander. Maybe not unfaithful in marriage or other relationships, but we are all prone to wander from God and our identity in Him.” 

In Real Time: The words that Jennifer speaks are not foreign to me. I know all too well how easy it is to wander away from the One I desire to be closest too. 

How quickly we tend to lull ourselves into a false sense of intimacy with God. We say we want Him and yet out loud, we shun Him, we reject Him, we choose another over Him. When that dreadful thing happens, we put ourselves at risk. We put ourselves on dangerous ground. As such, we forget who we are in Him. And where there is no identity in Him, there is no sense of trueness. There is only a lost, wandering, wondering soul. 

3 Questions: 

1) Have you ever left God in order to pursue another? 

2) How did you feel when you separated yourself from God?

3) What, if anything, brought you back to God after your season of wandering? (Are you still there, in the place of wandering?)

Spirit-to-spirit Wisdom Lesson: James 4:8

The HOSEA Intensive

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Hi All!

Over the next few days and weeks, I will be engaging in a Bible study intensive. I will be focusing much of my attention and posts on the book of Hosea. I love that story so much! It speaks to life in such a profound way. Profound, in truth, is what I really, really need right now. In fact, I need an intense, deeply penetrating, in-depth, dig-into-the-Word study that allows me to experience God anew and then even beyond that. (#truth15…it’s an accountability thing, y’all)

I invite you to dialogue with me or to comment, as you feel, in response to my #HOSEAintensive shares. Please know that I will be writing in real time and that my posts will come as they need to, meaning that there is no set schedule. 

I send you sincere Christ-love from my heart, and I pray that God will delight you today and every day. Stay close to Him, guys. Don’t stop running! 

Blessings, 

Kim