Monday, July 31, 2017

From Hot Mess to Bless by Julie K. Gillies (my review)

My Review

I am so glad I got a chance to read this book. It was fantastic! The author uses her own personal life experiences, scripture, and tips to help us go from a Hot Mess to Blessed. I love books like this, where the author is so real with you. The author definitely did not have the best childhood, and has come a long way. I appreciate the honesty of the author and it was amazing to see the healing that has taken place throughout the book. The author gives us lots of examples from the Bible and scripture references to help us in finding our true self in Christ. 

I highly recommend this book and it gets 5***** from me.

*I was given a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions stated are solely my own*

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sold Out, A Love God Greatly Bible Study (my SOAP for 6/13/17)

Sold Out: Following Christ, No Matter What The Cost (A Love God Greatly Bible Study)
Week 1, Day 2, Tuesday, 6/13/17
Read: Luke 5:1-11
SOAP: Luke 5:10-11

“James and John, who were Zebedee’s sons and Simon’s partners, were also amazed. Jesus told Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will catch people instead of fish.” Simon and his partners brought the boats to the shore, left everything, and followed Jesus.” (God’s Word)

Peter, James and John couldn’t believe all the fish they caught after a night of catching nothing. They must have recognized this as a miracle because they left their jobs, left everything! And went with Jesus. This was huge! This is how they made their living and for them to just up and leave…I just can’t imagine.

Am I willing to be obedient to Jesus wherever he calls me to go or whatever he calls me to do? I would hope that this would be an obvious yes! I want to say yes to Jesus whatever he tells me. I have not yet experienced anything like this as of yet, however, he has answered a few of my prayers right there on the spot!

Dear Lord Jesus,
I want to do your will. I want to always say yes to you. Please help me to get quiet so I can hear your gentle whisper. Please Jesus take away any fear or anxiety I may have about saying yes to you. I do not like how I get so nervous sometimes to talk about you to others. Or to stand up for someone who is being treated wrong. Help me to be more bold in my faith. I love you Jesus, Amen.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sold Out, A Love God Greatly Bible Study (my SOAP for 6/12/17)

Sold Out: Following Christ, No Matter What The Cost (A Love God Greatly Bible Study) Week 1, Day 1, Monday, 6/12/17
Read: John 18:10; John 13:5-9
SOAP: John 13:8-9

“Peter told Jesus, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus replies to Peter, “If I don’t wash you, you don’t belong to me.” Simon Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, don’t wash only my feet. Wash my hands and my head too!” (God’s Word)

At first, Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet…He was actually telling Jesus what to do here in these verses. It didn’t seem like anyone else objected though. Peter felt that Jesus was stooping too lowly by washing his feet, because he didn’t understand the real meaning behind it. Once Jesus said that he wouldn’t belong to him if he didn’t wash his feet, then Peter tried to tell Jesus what to do again by saying, “wash my hands and my head too”

I think Peter meant well, but he was really telling Jesus what to do. Do I tell Jesus what I want him to do? Or do I just accept what he does without question? I think this is a fine line that can be easily crossed. Even when I’m praying, I need to be careful that I’m not telling God what to do. It’s ok that I ask but just make sure that’s what I’m doing. Jesus is my example of what I need to do for others. Have a servant-like attitude.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for all you have done for us/done for me. Thank you for taking the attitude and position of a servant by washing the feet of your disciples. Thank you for dying a criminals death on the cross in order for me to be saved from my sins and for me to have eternal life. Thank you Jesus for saving me so many times over and over. I love you Jesus so much. In your name I pray, Amen
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