Wonderstruck

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 Isaiah 29: 13-14

Therefore the Lord said:

“In as much as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
14 Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work
Among this people,
A marvelous work and a wonder…

I came across this quote on a friend’s (Wynnel) Facebook page. I delightfully borrowed it:

“I have a hunch I’m not the only one who misplaced the marvel of a life lived with God. . . . I needed God to awaken me from my sleep. And so I prayed for wonder.” —Margaret Feinberg

The line, “I prayed for wonder” gripped me.  It seemed as if my spirit cried out…THAT IS IT, That is what I’ve been missing; WONDER.

So I looked up Ms. Margaret Feinberg and found she has a blog and several books.  I thought I would share this with you my dear readers.

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(you can click on the pic and visit her website).

In Isaiah 29, God recognized that there were (and still are) a people who are practicing religion rather than relationship.  He didn’t condemn them, rather He said, “I will do a marvelous work…”

God, please awaken me with Your wonder once again.  Amen

#livewonderstruck

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Nelson Mandela

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We are watching  “Invictus” tonight  so I thought I would post some great quotes from Nelson Mandela whom I greatly admire.
 
Opening of the movie, a newspaper headline reads “He can win an election but can he run a country”, His body guard responds, “One day on the job…”  He responds, “It’s a valid question”.    (Not that whole conversation really happened….it’s a movie)  😀
 
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. “
 
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. “
“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. ”

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ”

“There is no such thing as part freedom. “

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered”

Shine!

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One of my favorite quotes of all times.  This one is for the ladies in my Bible Study small group; Erica, Elizabeth and Erin (how did I end up in a group with all “E” names except for me?? I am always the odd one…that’s okay, I’ll just SHINE). 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Ladies, today I give you permission today to Shine!  Be Powerful!

On Revival

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“You are your own revival. You don’t need to wait for anything. You need to learn how to live from the inside to the outside. Revival is not about thousand of people getting saved. That’s reformation.

Revival happens when you and I start living in the way that God wants us to live. You can’t revive something that’s never been alive.

So revival is not about unbelievers. Revival is about believers coming back to the place they should never have left. It’s about believers coming to live in the place, living the way that God intended them to live. And when that happens, you are your own revival.

Something flows out of you that starts to connect with humanity in a big way and nothing and no one can stop it. Because nothing can stop goodness..except fear.”

-Graham Cooke

He Is…

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A couple of weeks ago at our Women’s Bible Study, Priscilla Shirer quoted the lyrics to this song, one of my all time favorites.  Quiet a few years ago, Randy Phillips and John Ragsdale sang this at Promiseland in Austin.  They are my favorite version of it, but Aaron Jeoffreys does a good job with it too. 

He is everything you need.  He is everything.  These lyrics represent only a few of the descriptions the Bible reveals about who God is. 

Enjoy!

A \ Aaron Jeoffrey \ He Is

In Genesis, He’s the breath of life
In Exodus, the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He’s our High Priest
Numbers, The fire by night
Deuteronomy, He’s Moses’ voice
In Joshua, He is salvation’s choice
Judges, law giver
In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer
First and second Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles, He’s sovereign

Ezra, true and faithful scribe
Nehemiah, He’s the rebuilder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms, He is our morning song

In Proverbs, wisdom’s cry
Ecclesiastes, the time and season
In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover’s dream

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Isaiah, He’s Prince of Peace
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
In Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, He’s the call from sin
In Daniel, the stranger in the fire

In Hosea, He is forever faithful
In Joel, He’s the Spirits power
In Amos, the arms that carry us
In Obadiah, He’s the Lord our Savior
In Jonah, He’s the great missionary

In Micah, the promise of peace
In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He’s pleading for revival
In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage
In Zechariah, our fountain

In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah
In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven
In Romans, He’s the grace of God
In Corinthians, the power of love
In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin

Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servants heart
In Colossians, He’s the Godhead Trinity
Thessalonians, our coming King
In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He’s our mediator and our faithful Pastor

In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant
In James, the one who heals the sick.
In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd
In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride
In the Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords

He is, He is, HE IS!

The prince of peace
The Son of man
The Lamb of God
The great I AM

He’s the alpha and omega
Our God and our Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord
and when time is no more
He is, HE IS!

Equip

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Last night I received a text from Charlie Lujan via Twitter (www.twitter.com–  great way to keep in touch with people!) that Bishop Phillips was preaching (what he does is definitely PREACHING as opposed to speaking) in Alexandria, LA and the service was available on-line.  So we tuned in. 

We didn’t get to hear the entire service but at the end a man stood up and spoke and said, “It is time time for the church to stop entertaining and start equipping.” This statement struck me.  It is time that Christians begin to use their God-given gifts for the Kingdom.  It’s time…