Last year, the Lord led me to post readings for each day of passion week from Jesus’ triumphant entry, to His crucifiction, to His resurrection on Sunday. I wanted to post them again for anyone who could benefit from reading/studying the passages. They made great devotionals for me last year this time. I pray they are a blessing once more during this wonderful and sacred time for believers everywhere!
Palm Sunday: Jesus’ Triumphant Entry
Monday: The Fig Tree & Temple Cleansed
Tuesday: Jesus’ Feet Anointed
Maundy Thursday: The Lord’s Supper
Good Friday: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Resurrection Sunday: He Has Risen!
Enjoy your week :)
I have been learning a lot about this lately and am glad the Lord has been very patient with me in this area.
You may have noticed my lack of posts since I haven’t been on here much over the past several months. Some of that is due to work and home duties, but a lot of it is because I’ve mainly been trying to sit at our Lord’s feet, listening to His voice consistently. I spent way too long in the past just talking and going on and on and never really taking the time to just listen to what He was saying. I had to ask forgiveness for that because I was going my own way thinking that the things I was planning to do where great ideas, and didn’t even realize that they weren’t God’s will for me to do! They weren’t necessarily bad, just distracting from what was on His heart for me to focus on.
Thank the Lord who always is faithful in getting us back on to the path He desires for our lives. Now I can honestly see a lot more clearer than I did, just by taking the time to be quiet and listen to Him, instead of worrying, giving into fear, and trying to take matters into my own hands, when I truly don’t know what’s best for me to begin with.
The Lord wants us as His children to trust Him and there will be times in our lives when He will lead us somewhere unfamiliar and different, and it will most likely be a wilderness place. It is in this place where He can get our undivided attention, so we can hear Him and block out the distractions!
He wants a loving and intimate relationship with us and it’s in these places where that usually happens the most. It is a place where we grow and become prepared for whatever season He desires to take us to next and/or for a specific work He has for us to do.
I realize more and more now that I can do NOTHING without Him and how vital it is that I am listening to Him and not just going along with what I desire/think, or what well-meaning people tell me when what they say obviously doesn’t line up with what the Lord has stated/confirmed through His Word, Him speaking to me, prophecy, etc.
I thank Him everyday for His Spirit that guides me and wouldn’t want it any other way. God’s plans are always better and nothing can ever ever top ‘em :)
this week makes four years walking with the King & two years since my baptism. Time passes by so fast & God has done sooo much since then! #forevergrateful
Anonymous asked: Are you with Bill Gothard's teachings? Then do you know of the accusations that are made against him? The harassment of a girl of his staff... I'm not against his teachings, but I'm questioning his actual character. Thanks in advance for an answer.
Sorry if I’m replying late, haven’t been on here in awhile, but no, I don’t follow his teachings. The reason being because I have been focused more on reading the bible mainly, but when I do read other books it is by older contemporaries like Spurgeon, Chambers, Tozer, etc., and very few preachers from our present time. Even when I did follow some of Gothard’s stuff, it was every once and a while, but not consistently. I am becoming more careful and cautious about who I allow to minister to me. But anyways, nope I hadn’t heard about that situation, but I pray everything works out for the girl and those involved that’s been affected by the issue. It’s sad to see stuff like that happen, and I know it grieves the Lord as well. Hopefully many ministries and leaders will learn from situations like this, making sure that they have accountability and that they are keeping themselves under the authority and submission of Christ.
So this is a very recent testimony of God’s faithfulness that He has shown towards me on last week. Hopefully this testimony will encourage all who read this to know that in spite of the economy and financial climate of the nation, God always provides for His children.
Psalm 37:25 is a scripture I memorized by heart after first reading it several years ago when I first came back to the Lord (I can’t believe that the end of this month makes 4 years walking with the King…wow it’s going by so fast!). The Lord always brings that specific scripture back to my remembrance whenever I begin to fret or worry about a need being met. It reads: “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.”
There is so much power just in that one verse! And on December 28th 2012, the Lord made it very clear to me that He was going to once again be faithful to that promise. Here’s the story:
I just wanted to write this short post to let you all know I’m still on here lol, I was just on a much needed hiatus. But now I’m back :)
Since I’ve been gone & have taken some quiet time away with the Lord for awhile, He has been showing & confirming so much to me. It’s amazing how once you get still before God & let go of the distractions & hindrances how you can receive from Him so readily.
So somethings that I’m up to right now are:
• Taking theology courses through Blue Letter Bible (trying to get to the next level when it comes to my Bible comprehension)
• Taking persecution courses through VOM (God is definitely giving me a heart for our persecuted brethren & this will help me to better assist them)
• Taking jewelry courses to improve my accessory design skills
• Lord willing, I’d like to serve at a homeless ministry & anti-human trafficking ministry soon. So we’ll see what happens there
• Taking small biz & nonprofit courses to gain expertise in that area
• Working & trying to save as much as possible, which has been kind of difficult lately since there always seems like there is something that has to be fixed or replaced, but hopefully that’ll slow down soon
So yep, that’s it for now, but I’ll have some posts up soon dealing with several testimonies, one dealing with God showing me the importance of being a good steward over the temple He dwells in & blessing me to get fit & healthy in 2012, & the other talking about how my quest for knowledge ended up hindering my relationship with Christ when I was a new believer. I meant to post that a long time ago but never got the chance
But I pray it encourages someone because I am sadly seeing some starting to go down that path & it will draw you away from Christ if your foundation is not built on Him alone & will cause you to be receptive to false teaching. Also got a book review of Preparing To Be a Helpmeet by Debi Pearl. I must say that is one of the best books I’ve ever read about that subject & the Lord used it to confirm so much to me.
Be blessed & praying for all of you :)
So for the past almost 2 years the Lord has really been working in me miraculously when it comes to singleness. This is an issue that I had thought I had given to God a while back, but the Holy Spirit showed me I really hadn’t. Basically, in the beginning of 2011, the Lord really began to press upon my heart that I needed to surrender that area to Him completely. To not focus on marriage and on whether that was His will for me or not, but to simply trust Him regardless. He even led me to Isaiah 54, His promise to me, showing me that He was my Husbandmen and in Him I should be completely devoted to and satisfied with.
That was a really difficult choice for me, which actually surprised me a lot. I had thought that I was over all that, but honestly, I was way too focused on that issue. I mean, as young women, it’s natural for us to desire to be married and to want children. That’s a God-given desire, but it’s something I needed to surrender to God so that I could truly be broken bread and poured out wine like Brother Oswald Chambers always says. If I really was so willing to give my all for Christ, then why couldn’t I sincerely and truthfully let go of this too? I had reasoned within myself that I would wait on God when it came to a relationship/courtship or what-not, but I was still grasping hungrily onto it and making it into an idol, instead of yielding it all to Him and trusting Him whether I married or not.
So I told the Lord: “Okay Lord, I’m yielding this to You & I’m not going to hold on to it.” It was so easy to say at the time, but honestly God knew and I knew too that I was still kind of hesitant when it came to that.
I think that this is one reason why, in all honesty, God has had me in the place He’s had me for almost 2 years. This season I’ve been in has been to make me truly trust in Christ alone and not in my own abilities, resources, knowledge, degrees & career, or anything else. This season has been an unique and life-changing one that I know I will never forget and will always look back on fondly. Honestly, it’s been Godly Womanhood 101! It’s been a time of restoration spiritually and physically (I’m going to be putting up a post about how God has been transforming me in the natural as well. The journey to fitness and health over this past year has been pretty amazing!), and of pruning and growth. I couldn’t say this before, but I thank God for it. He’s used it to really humble me and has built my foundation on Him alone.
3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.
2 Timothy 3:3-9
So, it’s friday night and you’re at home. You took a deep breath because.. maybe you had a long, rough week and you’re just over it.
Then, it’s quiet. You start to hear your thoughts out-loud and then you ask God, “why this.. why that?” “WHEN is my time God?” “Why am I sitting here on a Friday night alone— IS all of this REALLY worth it?”
Sis, you may desire companionship. You may see marriages or relationships and wish that you had one. I know the feeling. I want to encourage YOU tonight. If you have to have anything more than God to be satisfied— Satan will use it against you & have a field day in your life. Meaning, satan will send a boatload of distractions your way. It will be “everything” you want in a man except one thing— he isn’t really saved. That ONE huge thing will pull you so far off the chair you will find yourself in yet another bed as you cry out to God & repent. And you know what I mean— especially if you’re out with a random or a random is at your house right now. It isn’t worth it sis. You’ve come too far. God will fight to have your attention back. He will show you that person isn’t FOR you. They’re for THIER FLESH. Their flesh is their god and their god differs from YOUR God. So send him HOME. He didn’t pay the price for you! Aren’t you TIRED of the SAME thing over & over again?! Praying for “God” to move or help you & but you’ve ignored Him in step ONE.
So, back to the woman at home right now. This season is good. Now, while you’re quietly alone, God can reveal to you your heart. He can show you the things that are going on with you. He can show you areas that need WEANING. Let Him “pluck” out the things that don’t’ look like Him. Let Him remove your ideas and “types” you’ve picked up from the world. LET Him show you what you want! Let HIM show you your heart. Allow yourself to finally be bare before Him. Pour out. Cry out. Tell Him your pains. Tell Him your frustrations. Cry out to Him right now. Stop waiting for some church service to pour out & start NOW.
Don’t let these distractions from this world pull you away from Him. YOU FIGHT FOR THIS WALK. Stand up straight, push your shoulders back. Smile! God has your back!
Love you madly!
Awesome truth from my sister in Jesus Heather Lindsey! Check out her blog: heatherllindsey.blogspot.com and the ministry the Lord has given her: Pinky Promise. There’s some great Godly wisdom on there! The Lord always uses her to speak such encouraging words! Just wanted to post this up for any singles out there who need to be encouraged on tonight. I actually have a testimony to post up later dealing with the issue of singleness and how God has worked miraculously in that area of my life in the past year. I’ll try to post it up asap. Love you all <3
By Bethany Stutzman
If you want to find a godly spouse, you have to first know what a godly spouse looks like. And how would you do that? By understanding where godliness comes from. Everything a godly man or woman does is a reflection of God himself. If you know the Father then you will know…
Made Alive with Christ
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.