P3: Exposed

P3: Psalms, Proverbs, and Prophets

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I have been surprised by what the Lord has laid on my heart to share. I consider myself to be a person who is real and vulnerable with her friends. Yet these words the Lord gave me to share, make me feel naked and exposed.  I am not comfortable.

But, in my experience, when does He do “comfortable” work in my life that produces real fruit? Continue reading “P3: Exposed”

P3: You’ve Got Jesus

P3: Psalms, Proverbs, and Prophets

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The Lord gave me this message:
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
“Oh Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

Jeremiah 1:4-6

At the beginning of summer I was asked to write a post for this blog. But beyond grocery lists and lunch notes, I don’t write much. And like you, I’ve been busy. I’m a working mom with a traveling husband and two little girls. Plus summer. Who was the wisecrack who dubbed it summer “break”? It’s more like “Summer Broken” or “Mostly Sunny Whirlwind Sprint to Labor Day.” Anyway, I postponed the writing opportunity in hopes they’d forget about me. They didn’t. Continue reading “P3: You’ve Got Jesus”

P3: Breathing Space

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This Psalm speaks of the power behind our Creator.

Let this bring a praise to your lips because this Creator loves YOU!

 

O Lord My God, You Are Very Great

104 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
    O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
    stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
    he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
    his ministers a flaming fire.

He set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it should never be moved.
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
    to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow between the hills;
11 they give drink to every beast of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
    they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
    and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
15     and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
    and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
    the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
    the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons;
    the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
    when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar for their prey,
    seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal away
    and lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work
    and to his labor until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
    which teems with creatures innumerable,
    living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

27 These all look to you,
    to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
    when you take away their breath, they die
    and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
    I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
    and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!

Today, just breathe these words in and meditate upon them.  Listen and find your story within the text.

What do these verses say to you?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

Blessings, Peace, Comfort and Strength.

{The Authentic Grace Blog Team}

P3: Unique

P3:  Psalms, Proverbs & Prophets

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Unique – 1.  Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else

Each one of us has a unique gift or talent to share, however, we have gotten caught up with wanting something else another person has.  I know I have been caught up in that cycle and then I never feel good enough or performed enough.  This verse reminds me that God has created me to be unique, to be someone that no one else has been or will be. Continue reading “P3: Unique”

P3: Saturday Sip

Morning Ladies!  Here’s a few words of truth from the heart of our own Lisa Hefner:

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Being Led By God

To think that we can be so close to God, so intimate in understanding of His heart, to be loved so dearly by Him that all we need to do is continually look to Him, and see Him.  His eyes and face are ever towards us.  He knows what we need and when.  He will never fail us.  Always look to Him and see Him guiding your steps, leading by your side.  He is your Father, and you will know what He is thinking, just by His very look.

~Lisa

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How will you be looking to Him today?

 

 

 

 

 

P3: Small Beginnings

P3: Psalms, Proverbs, and Prophets

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Do not despise this small beginning,
for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin,
to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
Zechariah 4:10

Do you ever struggle with despising small beginnings?  I do.

Maybe it’s because we live in the age of instant gratification.

Except, the ancient Jews were annoyed with small beginnings and they certainly didn’t live in the age of instant gratification.

So maybe we despise small beginnings because…we’re human. Continue reading “P3: Small Beginnings”