God’s Perfections

Sunday Psalms 30/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms.  May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.

30-52

Psalm 36:5-9

New International Version (NIV)

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

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Parenting at its best ~ Weakness vs. Strength

The world’s definition of “strength” is much different from God’s. For example, our culture defines strength as having one or more of the attributes it values most — money, power, beauty and fame. Images from the media deluge our children and us with the idea that a successful person is one who is strong in these qualities.  Wouldn’t you agree?

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Yet Christ valued none of these attributes. He came to serve, rather than be served, and to give His life for us. The Corinthians did not understand that kind of strength. I wonder whether we are really all that much different.

1 Corinthians 1:25-27  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

 Now we have to be careful here.  By “foolish” and “weak” God is not calling us down in this verse to make us feel bad.  He’s simply pointing out that the humble are of more use to him than the proud.  That He will use the things that don’t seem the “usual” or “rational” in our mindset.  We are not called to do God’s work because of who we are or what we’ve done, but simply because He loves us and wants a relationship with us.  No matter where we come from, or what we’ve done, God’s love for us is never-ending.  We are called to be different… UN-usual, not the norm.

Reading the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) reminds us who the strong really are — those who do not rely on their own strength, but rather depend on God to supply the power.

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Teach your children God’s concept of a strong person — one who surrenders.

Matthew 9:35  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Exerts taken from the Parenting by Design Devotional on YouVersion

Gluten Free Banana Crumble Muffins

These banana muffins I made this morning came out incredibly moist, soft and delicious. I really like nuts in my muffins, but with a nut allergy in the house I opted not to add any.  So if you feel so inclined you can also add 1/3 cup of chopped nuts too.   You can also use all-purpose flour if you’re not in need of the gluten free option.

I have to say these were one of the best banana muffins I’ve had.  Perfect for my sweet tooth!  If you make them, I would love to hear your opinion.

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Gluten Free Banana Crumb Muffins

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted (or 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

3. In a small bowl, mix together remaining brown sugar, 2 tablespoons gluten free all-purpose baking mix/flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

 

A Call to Worship

Sunday Psalms 9/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms. May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.

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New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

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God Is Speaking to You.

God Is Speaking to You

It sounds like a pretty foundational point, but I believe there are many who still question whether God really talks to people. Have you ever wondered about this? Do you ask yourself if God would ever speak to you? You’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes.

Toward the end of His time on earth, Jesus told His disciples,

“I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or take them upon you or to grasp them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth)”  John 16:12-13

When Jesus spoke these words, He was talking to men with whom He had spent the previous three years, yet He still had more to teach them. This is surprising, because I would think that if Jesus was with me personally for three years, day and night, I would have learned everything there is to know.

But Jesus always has more to say because we will always be facing new situations in life that He wants to guide us through. That’s why we’ve been given the Holy Spirit – so that we can hear God speak, even though He may not be physically in front of us.

Through Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, God wants to speak to you on a One-to-one basis every day. He wants to lead you step-by-step to the good things He has in store for you.

The Father will give the gift of His Spirit to all who ask for Him (see Luke 11:13). I want to say again emphatically that each of us can hear from God and be led by the Holy Spirit daily. Are you listening?

Prayer Starter: God fill me with your Hold Spirit right now.  I surrender all of me to you and I hold nothing back.  Take my life, fill every part of it and do what you want to do with me.  I thank you Father for the Holy Ghost;  He baptizes us with fire and the Holy Ghost.  God we are hungry for your full power.  We refuse to live a weak, wimpy, pitiful life.  We are so hungry for more of you.  We pray right now, in the name of Jesus, that you would fill every hungry person that prays now, in Jesus’ name.  We refuse to be denied.  We’re not going to do without you.  Thank you Lord!  Hallelujah!  Thank you for the Holy Spirit.  Thank you God…

Exerts taken from the Promises for Your Everyday Life Devotional on YouVersion.

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The Lord a Fortress in Adversity

Sunday Psalms 8/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms. May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.

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Psalm 31:1-5

New King James Version (NKJV)

In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.

For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

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Let them rejoice…

Sunday Psalms 7/52

Join me each week for an encouraging look into the book of Psalms.  May these words bless your heart, feed your soul, and make your day.

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Psalm 5:11-12

Amplified Bible (AMP)

But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.

For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).

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