Friday Joy: Peace for Our World

“i have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. in this world you will have trouble. but take heart! i have overcome the world.” john 16_33

Let’s lift up our world’s troubles to Jesus today my sweet friend.  Let’s give Him our fears and doubts, for I just know in my heart that He is a loving, forgiving, and saving God who has overcome this world.

Love and peace to you this weekend friend.  I will be posting on Wednesdays in February and as March rolls in like a lion, Living Joy Today will be rolling in with a new look and a new series on Jesus, The Lion and the Lamb!

 

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

God’s Word Brought To You Today By The Holy Spirit

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As I sit here this morning thinking about 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and writing this devotional I am looking out my front window at new fallen snow.  Fluffy, fresh, pure white snow, lightly covering the roof tops and yards.  Tree branches are glistening with the soft white powder.  I start thinking about God’s breath and imagine it being fresh and pure like the new snow.  God’s fresh, pure life being breathed into each line of scripture.

God communicated to individuals the specific truth of scripture through his breath of life, the Holy Spirit.  The Hebrew word for Spirit is rauch which means “air in motion”.  This is the same word in Hebrew for breath and life.  Super cool, right. The Greek word for “God Breathed” is theopneustos, theo meaning God pneo meaning breath.” (Click the link to go the The Blue Letter Bible to hear the pronunciation of theopneustos.  I thought this would be a fun little addition to this week’s blog and to share one of my favorite on-line study tools! Blue letter Bible pronunciation)close-up-dandelion-dandelion-seeds-39669

My Woman’s Study Bible says, “The Holy Spirit Superintended” , or oversaw the process in the writing of scripture so there were no errors in the original writings.

2 Peter 1:20-21 tells us, “ Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  

Peter is addressing the false teachers who argued the reliability of the Christian message.  They believed that the apostles were making up the stories they were about Jesus.  Peter contended that the Old Testament was recorded by men who were moved, or carried by the Holy Spirit.

And if we go to the very beginning, Genesis 1:2 the Spirit of God was there, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Peter was right!

God chose these precious Prophets of Old and Apostles of New, ok well some of them not so precious but I think that was to get some very special points across to us,  anyway he chose them to breathe His Holy spirit into them to carry His life to us.

I have to believe that all of this connection of scripture from Old to New Testament, and my friend this is just a simple example, the Bible is a seamless story from beginning to end,  that when I need to hear from God for a word of encouragement, discipline, training, or teaching I can turn to scripture and without a doubt know I can rely on His word.  It so much more pure and fresh than new fallen snow outside my window, it is LIFE!

Heavenly Father, Thank you today for sending your Holy Spirit to this world to live in your believers.  Lead us Father to your word when we are confused, need a little discipline and guidance or just need a word of encouragement because we know it is true and trustworthy.  In your Son Jesus’ name, Amen.

Motivation for Your Monday: The Holy Spirit Is With Us

for prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from god as they were carried along by the holy spirit. 2 peter 1_21 (1)

Well friends it’s a cold Monday in the “Ville” and I would love to be curled up on the couch in front of the fire in my blanket.  But off to work I go and so grateful I have the Holy Spirit to come along for my daily journey!

My prayer is the Holy Spirit will lead us today in all we do!

Wednesday I will bring you another video devotional about why we can rely on God’s Word in all areas of our lives!

Until then

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Friday Joy: Three Bible Verses To Pray When You Need to Hear From God

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Glorious Friday, Friend!  I pray  God blesses us today and throughout the weekend.  Here are three verses we can take along with us to pray when we need to hear from Jesus. There are so many many more, this is just a start. I know they have given me peace, wisdom, discernment, and guidance I pray they will do the same for you!

We can pray Hebrews 4:16 when we need mercy and grace:  “Heavenly Father, I come confidently to your throne, I need your mercy and grace in my life”

When we need to see with a different perspective we can pray Psalm 119:18: “God, open my eyes so I can see the amazing truths in your instructions”

Pray Psalm 29:11 for strength and peace: “Lord, today I need your strength.  I come to you today and ask for your blessing of peace.”

And the Winner is:  Marian H.  Congrats Marian

I will be sending you a copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s Book, “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way, Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.”9780718039851

It’s not too late to sign up for this amazing study taking place at Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies.  Here’s the link to sign up. Sign Up  The study begins Monday, January 21st!  The small groups are full, but never fear, you can still participate through the Community Facebook Group and the Teaching Series.  Both links available when you sign up.

Oh, just FYI, I do not get any kick backs from Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, I just want you to sign up because I know this is going to be a life changing study!!  Hope you will join me and the over 91,000 who have already signed up!  Let’s get that number up to 100,000.  Share my blog with a friend and invite them to join the study!

 

Until Monday, Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Hearing God Through Prayer 10 Bible Verses To Pray

_call to me, and i will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know._ jeremiah 33_3

I don’t know about you friend, but one of my favorite times of the day is right when I roll out of bed.  Yes, first thing in the morning. I am totally a morning person, love it!!! Let me fill you in on a little secret why, I get to wake up another day.  Now your guess is as good as mine as to the outcomes of each day, but God let me wake up another day and for that I am ever so blessed!

Over the years to celebrate, and I love a celebration, this blessing of a new day I take the first hour of it with Jesus.  As I continue to grow in my faith that time has looked different over the years and for sure, my prayers have definitely changed.  Early on I would pray quite selfishly.  My prayers often sounded like, ” God, why don’t teachers make enough money, I pray God for a better job, will you please bring me one that makes more money”  Or this is a good one, “Heavenly father, everyone around me drives a much nicer car than I do, so when you bring me that better job with more money, can I also have a bigger, better car?”

Let me tell you friend, from my own experience, the title of this blog is “Hearing God Through Prayer”, but watch out for what you ask for in prayer, because He is listening.  I got that better job, it caused me to travel and be away from my family days at a time. No more two weeks off at Christmas or summers off with my son.  Oh and did I get the car!  Yes indeed I did.  A brand new X Type Jaguar, (which didn’t get hit just once, first time by a deer on the highway and a second time by a man having a medical emergency.)  Be careful what you pray for friend!  God is listening, and the grass isn’t always greener on the other side either.  grass

There are numerous methods out there on how to pray and in a minute I am going to share a super easy one with you and some verses you can actually pray. So that’s really two methods of prayer right there. Usually when I follow a method of prayer it takes the selfishness out, most of the time because I can always slip a little selfish in because I am still on this journey growing to be more like Christ every day.

Let’s talk a minute about hearing from God when we pray.  I personally have never heard His voice audibly in my life or have I come across a cloud or burning bush that have spoken to me.  Super cool, I would love to experience all three, however I know when I pray God answers when I am still, when I wait for His timing, and when I am paying attention to my circumstances and surroundings.  He answers.

Psalm 91:15 reassures us of this, “He will call upon Me (says the Lord), and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”  _he will call upon me, and i will answer him; i will be with him in trouble; i will rescue him and honor him._ psalm 91_15

So here is one method I have used to help my prayers stay focused as I can be a squirrel in traffic when I start praying.  It’s called the ACTS method.  Doing a little research I found this method goes back to the 1880’s!  (ACTS Method of Prayer’s first use).  I have included bible verses to pray for each type of prayer.

A: Adoration: Pray to God with Adoration, Give him praise and honor. Pray Psalm 145:14, 17-20, Psalm 84, and Psalm 27:4

C: Confession: Confess your sins to God.  Be open and honest with him.  Pray Psalm 32:5-7, Psalm 69:5

T: Thanksgiving: Tell God what you are thankful for in your life and in the lives of others. Pray Psalm 9:1, Psalm 86:12, Psalm 30:1, 11-12

S: Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and then yourself. Pray Psalm 143, Matthew 6:11.

Be still, be patient friend, I have to tell myself this daily.  God will answers our prayers according to His Will not our’s and in His perfect time.

Just keep praying!

I hope this series has been as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me as I have studied God’s word to share these devotionals with you.  I will finish it up next week with hearing God through the teachings of Jesus.

I will be taking a little break for the month of February to make a few changes here at Living Joy Today.  I will still be posting a short devotional once a week. And then just as March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, I will be writing a series about Jesus as The Lion and The Lamb.

Today I will be giving away a copy of Lysa Terkeurst’s latest book, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way, Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.”

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Just leave a comment with a bible verse about Jesus as the lion and the lamb to be entered to win.  And I will use your verse in my upcoming blogs!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

 

Motivation for Your Monday! Take It To The Lord In Prayer

the lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. psalm 145_18

It’s Monday and that means its time for some motivation to get us going and to be the best we can be today!

I say we take it to the Lord in prayer and see what His Will is for us.

Jeremiah 42:3 reminds us: “that the LORD your God may tell us the way in which we should walk and the thing that we should do.”

What are you praying for today?  I’d love to pray for you.  Leave a prayer request in the comments.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

Friday Joy!

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Whatever you are searching for today friend, cry out to Jesus. Ask him for understanding, wisdom, forgiveness, discernment, peace, hope, healing and He will answer. Set aside some quiet time this weekend  just for Jesus.  Be still and Know.

Next week I will be focusing on hearing from God through prayer.  Have a blessed weekend friend!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann