Just letting people know on here that I have set up a sewing Facebook page called Katie's Kreations where you can see all my patterns and rates for sewing. Also i have just completed a music CD of live recordings of hymns I have sung at my church. If you'd like a copy of it please let me know.
" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I often struggle with allowing my thoughts to become worrisome of things I can not change or control. I was reading a devotional this evening and it struck me that it was dealing with that very topic and I wanted to share.
"Be careful for nothing; but in everthing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)
Many of us know those types of precious people who seem to thrive on making sure the details are right. They keep us careful, insure our safety, and strengthen our plans, and yet that same strength can lead to anxiety, troubling our souls and dominating our lives. Our verse today warns us about this facet.
Our Lord gently admonished in Luke 10:41: "Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things." Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazurus were longtime associates of the Lord Jesus. He had spent many hours in their home and had come to love them as close friends. No doubt Martha had often "given thought" to Christ's visits and had been "in turmoil" over the details many times. But our gracious Lord saw the circumstances controlling Martha, and He softly insisted that she not lose the thing of greatest value by sacrificing the permanent on the altar of the immediate.
And that is the admonition in our text. Nothing should absorb us so much that we attempt to solve things on our own before submitting our requests to our Lord. Jesus made it pretty clear: "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall put on" (Matthew 6:25). Look around, our Lord insisted. The birds and the flowers can't be altered by our "thoughts."
After all that Job's friends did to "encourage" him, our great Creator reminded Job of the many wonders that he could see if he paid attention. Nothing is beyond the care of our Lord. Sometimes, we need reminding too.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Sorry folks. Seems I get slack when it comes to these long studies...
Every nation stumbles and falls when its people lose proper reverence for God. While He condescends to redeem fallen man, we should never fail to own Him as "the High and Lofty One."
1) Read Psalms 31:19; Psalms 111:10; Psalms 112:1; Psalms 147:11; and Proverbs 8:13 and then write a paragraph defining the fear of the Lord.
2) Next to the following life situations write "p" if you have battled them in the past or "c" if you are battling them currently. For those in the past, how did God grant the victory?
children or lack of them
relatives or in-laws
lack of ability
spouse or lack of one
station in life
death of a loved one
3) How did Job, the righteous man who suffered innocently, respond to his trials (Job 23:1-12)? What result came out of his suffering (Job 42:12)?
4) Sometimes God uses suffering to deal with His children who are not following Him or fearing Him. Why does he allow trial in the case of disobedient believers (Jeremiah 24: 5-7; 29:11-14; 31:10-14)?
5) In each of the following situations, explain how trials can result in God's glory, our benefit and the benefit of others:
grief 2Corinthians 1:3-4
trials James 1:2-4
troubles 2Corinthians 4:16-18
illness 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
persecutions 1 Peter 4:12-14
6) Write of an incident in your life where personal difficulty brought about special glory to the Lord.