Can God Be Pleased with That?

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A Reflective Poetic Exhalation

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A plate, a portion, given freely from You,
Extended to the masses so that we might all embrace Your Truth.

A Word rightly divided, discerned and applied, You desire to be worshipped,

And yet weary and heavy, many a people come with sleepy eyes.

Sleepy eyes, tired spirits, heavy loads not surrendered at all, merely dressed up in pageantry or nothing at all.

Can God be pleased with that?

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An offering of Spirit, rooted in the holy and the divine, 

Grace-kisses, invitations of intimacy, transformation, such is living in the Life.

Hallelujahs, choruses of amen, but does it reach the heart?

Expectations versus excellency, are any of us ready…or are we not?

First fruit – Abel or Cain, which one are we?

All I desire to know is…

Can God be pleased?

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Glory is not just a word, but it is an expressed truth.

Life changing, transformational, if only we really knew.

Believe, come and follow, be prepared to release.

A head set on freedom and yet a heart not ready to find ease.

Can God be pleased with that?

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Faith talk, world walk.

Moved low, yet head high.

How quickly we lose ourselves in the matter of the nots. 

But God?

But God!

But God… (Dare I say?)

Why?

Can God be pleased with what was offered up by each of us today? (Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: Ask yourself this question daily.)

  


Recommended Reading| Christian Fiction from Betsy St. Amant

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About the Book: “For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.

Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn’t trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to her brokenness so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but always falls short. So she keeps her passion for her secret art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn’t get another job soon, she’ll be stuck living with her parents.

Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancee in a car crash. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he’ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town’s old theater, and is shocked to learn former flame Stella is the designer for the project.

Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and their pasts as they struggle to compromise and come together on a vision for the theater. Chase doesn’t understand why Stella is such a subdued version of herself, while Stella doesn’t get Chase’s constant need for productivity and speed. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness and their unresolved feelings for each other until Chase breaks through Stella’s walls and convinces her to enter her mosaic tile art in a contest.

A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from the broken.”

Praise in the Low Places, Part 3

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What does the Bible say about praise? Psalm 34:1 answers that question perfectly.  
Scripture Study Reference: Genesis 37:19-36, 39:1 ->50:26 

An Abbreviated Character Study: Joseph (post his pit dwelling experience)

Low Place: Genesis 37:23-28, 36 and 39:20 (emphasis on these particular verses)

– He was stripped of a cherished part of his identity by those closest to him.

– He was savagely betrayed and disconnected from all that he knew – family, heritage, etc.

–  He was pushed into a pit, literally and figuratively.

– He was enslaved and sent to Egypt.

– He was sold and bought like a household good, becoming the property of one of Pharaoh’s officers.

Study Tip: Notice the significance of each act, occurrence, and circumstance after such time that Joseph was placed in the pit. Try to see the God-connect. Reflect on why the event was, is, or might be so noteworthy.

Significant Act/Occurrence/Circumstance:
– Joseph was continuously positioned in such a way that he was lowered or rather humbled while at the same time God was elevated or rather made higher in the eyes of others. (Spiritual Enrichment Challenge: Go back to chapter 37 and begin reading up until the end of chapter 50 in order to gain perspective on this point.)

– Joseph was made naked, in a sense, and thrown into an empty cistern. (Spiritual Life Fitness Exercise: Pray to God about what the spiritual significance of what being naked and empty might mean in regard to gaining greater intimacy with the LORD.)

Joseph was not killed. 

– Joseph was sent to Egypt of all places.

– Joseph was sold to Potiphar, an important officer to the Pharaoh himself.

– Joseph was cared for by God in such a way that he became successful in his own right within the house of his Egyptian master. 

– Joseph was used by God to draw attention to His Supremacy.

– Joseph was favored and trusted where he was positioned and became a prominent figure where he stood.

– Joseph was noticed, propositioned, and accused by Potiphar’s wife and as a result, he was jailed. (Spiritual Enrichment Challenge: Begin a log, tracking every account of Joseph’s incarceration. Make note of the who, what, why, when, where and how of it all. What do you notice about the presence and lessons of God and what do you notice about the attitude and heart/mind of Joseph?)

Praise Opportunity (the place where grateful homage could have been rendered to God): Go through the verses as well as the listed significant acts and, in your own words, write down each moment that a praise belongs. 

Praise Proof (tested and approved): Personalize this message. Relate what you have discovered to your life. (Example: If God has allowed you to be positioned in a place that you may not have expected but that He needed His glory to be revealed through, where might your praise go up? If God has shown you much favor despite the negativity, wrongs, or injustices that you have had to face, where might your praise go up? If God has given you a more defined role in His Kingdom plan, where might your praise go up?)

What is the overall lesson that you learned from this study?

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Lessons in Unexpected Places

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Over the past couple of days, I have been blessed to receive two very powerful and very beautiful lessons. One came by way of Kathy Lee Gifford’s video tribute to her now deceased husband and the other came by way of a picture quote from Christine Caine. I am truly overwhelmed with gladness that I was able to learn something in both instances. I praise God for the lessons that are all around us. I pray that we may appreciate the simplicity and depth of the messages. 

Link to KLG’s tribute video:

  
Question: What powerful and/or beautiful lessons have you learned today?

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones

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About the Book:

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Toddlers is perfect for young children. Now toddlers have a padded board book edition designed just for them, with simple text, bright art, and a padded cover. This cute and durable edition provides an overview of the Bible with ten stories from the Old and New Testaments, that follows the Bear family as they explore Scripture. The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Toddlers is fun and enlightening for kids and a great resource for parents and educators.

Phone Tree Review:

The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones was such a treat. With colorful illustrations, simple wording and great Bible story selections, this book came to life in a magical way. I thought that the author presented just enough information to get a good conversation started between parents and their children. Well done!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Praise in the Low Places, Part 2

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What does the Bible say about praise? Psalm 34:1 answers that question perfectly.

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Scripture Study Reference: Exodus 2:11-4:31

An Abbreviated Character Study: Moses (after he fled Egypt)

Low Place: Verses 11-15

  • He killed an Egyptian.
  • He hid the body of the Egyptian.
  • He was afraid and fled.

Study Tip: Notice the significance of each act, occurrence, and circumstance after such time that Moses fled from Egypt. Try to see the God-connect. Reflect on why the event is or might be so noteworthy.

Significant Act/Occurrence/Circumstance:

  • Moses took refuge in the land of Midian. (Spiritual Enrichment Challenge: Do a geographical study on this place. As part of your study, make sure to note the Biblical references associated with this region.)
  • Moses aided the seven daughters of Jethro at the well.
  • Moses was invited into the presence and home of Jethro and his family.
  • Moses was given the daughter of the priest and became a father. (Spiritual Enrichment Challenge: Complete a word study on the following: sojourner, pilgrim, and stranger, as it relates to Bible ->”stranger in a foreign land”.)
  • Moses remained where he was for an extended period. (Notice what the Bible says about the Israelites during this time.)
  • Moses was tasked with shepherding.
  • Moses had a supernatural encounter at the mountain of God. (Spiritual Life Fitness Exercise: Write your thoughts to the LORD about your understanding and/or need of His holiness.) 
  • Moses was schooled on who he was in relation to God.
  • Moses was afforded a chance to witness God in His I AM-ness.
  • Moses was shown the vision of God, told what He would do to realize that vision, and given a picture of the gift that was to come.
  • Moses was given a godly position and very specific role to play.
  • Moses was given a response and resolution to every perceived problem and equipped to deal with said problems.
  • Moses was given a direct teaching by God and was also shown much grace when the anger of the LORD blazed against him.
  • Moses was allowed a family reunion with his sibling and his people.
  • Moses was trained on how to handle his special tool – the rod of God.
  • Moses was shown a courtesy by his in-law.
  • Moses served as the mouthpiece for God.
  • Moses (and the people) believed.

Praise Opportunity (the place where grateful homage could have been rendered to God): Go through the verses as well as the listed significant acts and, in your own words, write down each moment that a praise belongs. 

Praise Proof (tested and approved)Personalize this message. Relate what you discovered to your life. (Example: If God has placed you in a certain position or presented you to a certain people, where might your praise go up? If God has removed something – a person, exposure to an idol – from your life, where might your praise go up? If God has given you a more defined role in His Kingdom plan, where might your praise go up?)

What is the overall lesson that you learned from this study?