Moments to Refresh & Renew

Ephesians 4:23
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Every so often, maybe even a few times a day, take a moment to renew your mind
and recommit it to whatever God’s plan for you may be.

Re-focus on Him, take your mind of the junk of the world, the messy living
room, the dishes in the sink, the pile of work or whatever is stealing your
time.
Wipe the slate clean of any frustration or anxiety and start fresh from that
moment on.

For me it is a quiet room, a sip of iced tea and 5 minutes of prayer. For you
it could be reading the Bible, singing a song of praise or encouragement, or
even a prayer and a nap with your little ones. Whatever it is, take the time to do it as
often as needed to keep your focus on living the Word.

© 2003 Homeschool Blessings

The Lion and the Bunny

A friend of mine shared with me this story of a lion and a bunny. I did a little Biblical research and added to it. This short study is the condensed version of what I found.

The adversary is a lion. How does a lion attack?
He roars and startles the prey. He has to do this because the lion is slow, and startling the prey gives him time to catch him. But while he is roaring you have time to act. Don’t just stand there….pray for guidance and follow it.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Jeremiah 4:7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way;

1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

We have freedom for all attacks of the adversary. When we notice the attack coming on…. it is just the roar of the lion. Hope is not lost. We have the opportunity to pray for guidance and follow through with God’s Will.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

I thank God for victory in all your lives!

© 2003 Homeschool Blessings

Lack of Knowledge

The Buzzard, the Bat and the Bee

If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, despite his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet. Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that the answer is right there “above” them.

–Author Unknown

Hosea 4:6a (KJV) “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:”

We all have situations or environments we flourish in, but we also have areas in our lives that we just can’t seem to get right. We struggle and fight our way, with 100% honorable and good intentions, but still do not succeed. Why is that?

God always provides a way out. Sometimes we chose not to see it, other times we can’t see it. But in every case, the Word can free us. By going to the Word for all our answers we gain the knowledge and insight God has provided for us so we can overcome any obstacle.

We have no reason to be like the buzzard, the bat or the bee. We have been given all the tools needed to break free from our prisons whether they be situations, habits or relationships.

Reading the Bible may not hand over the money you need to pay the bills, nor will it tell you flat out which job to take. However it will give you the foundations you need to make decisions and guide your walk so that God can speak to you and put you in the right place at the right time to receive your rewards and meet your needs.

Hardhearted

Ezekiel 34:16 (AMP)
I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled and will strengthen the weak and the
sick, but I will destroy the fat and the strong [who have become hardhearted and perverse]; I will feed them with judgment and punishment.

No matter who you are, God will take care of you. Whatever our needs, they will be met. In Him, we have all sufficiency.

We need to concern ourselves with making sure others get what they”deserve”. Who are we to know what that might be? But God does know. He will
determine what should be done to/for whom.

No matter the ways you are being tried or attacked, God has already planned to meet your needs. Our focus and concern needs to stay on living His Word.

It is important to understand that looking to get even is wrong. Letting someone know they have behaved off the Word is an act of love. When you are attacked by people, we need to remember they are influenced by the adversary. It is ok to be angry, it is even ok to protect yourself. But they are in need of God’s love

If you feel you are under an attack from the adversary, read Ezekiel 34. Let it bring you peace and understanding in this area. I believe that this chapter holds much understanding as to the “why’s”. It has always been easier for me to do something when I’ve understood the reasons behind it. I hope that it does the same for you.

Giving Of Ourselves To Others

Our calling of service is explained in 2 Corinthians 9 (King James Version).

2 Corinthians 9 (King James Version)
King James Version (KJV)

1For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:

2For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.

3Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:

4Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.

5Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

6But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

9(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

12For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;

13Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;

14And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.

15Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

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Vicki
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