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Praise the Creator

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Summer sparks my awareness of Creation.

Perhaps it’s the warmer weather, the increased hours of sunlight, or the plethora of color all around me. My senses come alive as I enjoy a cool drink, a creamy cone of ice cream, or cool water against my sun warmed skin. I enjoy taking walks at the park, hikes in the mountains, and the sounds of nature surround me there. I hear birds calling, creeks gurgling, and insects buzzing. That connection to creation makes me even more aware of the myriad ways that our Creator invites us to connect to Him.

HE MAKES HIMSELF KNOWN TO US: He wants us to connect to Him by knowing His thoughts. His creation reflects to us His nature and divine power.

“For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!”
‭‭Amos‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

HE CARES ENOUGH TO OBSERVE US AND WATCH OVER US:

“from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭33:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

HE LOOKS FOR CONNECTION WITH THE HUMBLE HEARTED:

“All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭66:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

HE IS FOUND BY THOSE WHO SEEK HIM:

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:24-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

HIS ULTIMATE CONNECTION TO US IS THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF HIS SON: When we accept Christ as our Savior, His creative power begins to transform us more and more into the likeness of Jesus.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

How blessed we are that the Creator of the Universe cares so much about us. As we enjoy the beauty and pleasures of creation that surround us and fill our senses, may we always remember that true praise and honor belong to the Creator:

“”Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Book Review:Weapons of Spiritual Warfare

Weapons of Spiritual Warfare by Coni Eavenson is formatted to be an 8 week Bible Study that is divided into 5 days of topical study each week. spiritual warfareThe Bible Study offers an in depth discussion and exploration of Ephesians 6:10-18.  In these verses Paul talks about spiritual warfare and putting on “the whole armor of God”.  The book delves into  the background story and agenda of Satan as well as the purposes of God and how the two opposing forces of good and evil impact each other.  The book then discusses each article of weaponry: The Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation,and  the Sword of the Spirit.  The author also includes discussion on Prayer as a Weapon, referring to it as “the Lance of Prayer.”
When reading this book, I found that I liked the way the 8 week study was organized. Each day of each week of the study had great topic exploration, Biblical reference and applications to implement.  I liked the focus on every Christian being impacted and important to the dynamic of spiritual warfare. Christians were encouraged to understand topics of salvation, grace, spiritual maturing/growth and having a personal, growing relationship with Christ. This book serves as a great reference for those who want to be effective spiritual warriors, positively impacting the world and the lives of those around them.  I rate this book:4/5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html&gt; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: One More Heartbeat by Carolyn Carter

In the book, One More Heartbeat, Carolyn Carter declares her purpose for recording her life events in a book.  _240_360_Book.1035.cover She sees God working as the author of a story to be shared: ” He has been writing the chapters of my life in a way that He knew someday would become the events and miracles shared with others through a book. In One More Heartbeat, I share the many ways God has walked beside me and performed miracles that can be explained in no other way.”  The book is her personal testimony to God’s faithfulness to her and her family through the years and ends with a personal life saving miracle that defies any other explanation but God’s intervention.
As I read this book, I found that I had a mixed feelings about the book.  The events portrayed in Carolyn’s life certainly are a wonderful testimony of God working in and through the ordinary events of a praying, believing Christian.  She has her share of trials, challenges and difficulties that many should be able to relate to and she has a great story to share of extraordinary circumstances as well.  My frustration with the book, however, is that the story was typically delivered in a very mundane, matter of fact, reporter -style dialogue. This is often hard reading for me in that I feel like I’m weeding through a lot of facts to find interest and connection in the story.  I never really felt like I had a good idea of the author’s personality or personal deep thoughts and reflections. I’m glad I finished the book, however because I almost missed the amazing story at the end of the book.
Many will find this book written in a format that doesn’t remain consistently interesting, but many will also likely find a great encouragement and testimony of God’s personal involvement in one’s life.  My rating for this book: 4/5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html&gt; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Finding Joy Bible Study

 

Have you ever known the intimacy and growth that can be fostered in a small women’s group that comes together to study God’s Word?   10645057_494454180689726_7232518620216152111_n                                          

Do you wish that you could be part of a study group but you have limited time, or you have a busy schedule that conflicts with local group gatherings?
If so, then an internet study group may be a great place for you to connect and grow in your faith and knowledge.
I have been part of several Bible Study opportunities on the internet, and I have enjoyed them all.  The group I have most grown to feel a part of, however is a group called Women In The Word.  This group is a ministry of The T2 Women.  Please check out their blog and fb page. If you go to the fb page, scroll down until you see the pic above and it will have a link to join Women In The Word. From there scroll down until you see a post that lists the links to the groups.  If you would like to join us, you have picked a perfect time.  A new study is beginning Sept 8, and this growing group of women is breaking in to smaller, more intimate groups.
I would love for you to join Group C where I am one of the moderators.  We are the smallest group so far, with only a few members, but we are looking for God to grow our numbers and in the mean time, we will be enjoying the close ties that can form with small beginnings.  If God leads you otherwise, there are also 2 other groups with more established numbers, led by the original founders of the T2 Women.  Pray about it and see how God directs you.  No matter which group you join, you will be blessed.  I know I have been.

The New Study begins Sept 8
Title: Finding Joy
A study of Philippians.
All materials provided.

 

Pause For Construction

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Please excuse the interruption in my current series on Boundaries!

I am pausing to clean up my blog and make way for new directions.  So excited to see God at work in my life!

The series on Boundaries will resume in Sept.

Boundaries In The Bible

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;8484808_s the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

God is a Holy and Righteous God.  Because of his holiness He establishes boundaries throughout Scripture. To accept those boundaries brings joy, peace, and blessing.  To reject those boundaries brings heartache, misery, and death.
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Merlin’s Blade: A Book Review

Merlin’s Blade, written by Robert Treskillard, is the first in a trilogy series._225_350_Book.1021.cover  I usually don’t pick a fictional book as a Christian book review choice, but I found it to be a refreshing change. Being familiar with other Merlin accounts that I read as a child/teenager, I found that this story stayed true to many of the expected elements of tradition, but it also had enough originality to keep me wondering what would happen next.

The characters were many in this book, and sometimes I lost track of who was who, but most of the characters took on vivid personalities that were very believable and often complex.  The main character, Merlin, was easily connected to from the beginning as the reader becomes quickly acquainted with the tragedies of his sufferings and humble, yet courageous spirit. The setting took place in an ancient time where living conditions were harsh, and traumatic events including injury, suffering and death were common place.  The conflicts of right/wrong, good/evil, loyalty/betrayal, honor/power, and Christianity/pagan worship were woven throughout the plot and story development.  Although the style of the author is not necessarily easy reading, I found that at times I could become very engrossed in the reading and not want to put the book down at the end of a chapter.

This type of book genre is not for everyone, but if you enjoy historical and adventurous fiction, then this is sure to be an interesting series to follow.  I personally plan to read the remaining books, and look forward to more of Merlin.

 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Measuring Up

Wisdom is Realizing The God Given Value Of Being Uniquely YOU!15038359_s

“If I was the only one I wouldn’t be littler or bigger, would I? I’d be just me, wouldn’t I?”
 ― Fynn, Mister God, This Is Anna

It’s back to school time, and unfortunately, that also means the return of many children to an unfair world of comparison and peer pressure.  For those who are not considered one of the “in crowd” this can be a tough time, and the devil uses such opportunities to bring our children into the bondage of insecurity, and possibly even self-hate.  How do we help our children keep the right perspective on their value and keep their God -given potential from being tarnished? Read the rest of this entry

The Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Hi!  It’s Party Time in Blog World Again.  Hope you join in on the fun of meeting new people and exploring new blogs as part of the 7th annual Ultimate Blog Party Celebration.

This is my 2nd year taking part and I really enjoyed all the wonderful blogs I found last year.  I am looking forward to finding even more that inspire and encourage me.UBP-2013_250x250

For those who are new to Grace and Grit….I am a wife, mother, physical therapist, exercise enthusiast, crafter, novice gardener, avid book and blog lover blessed with a great big helping of God’s Sweet Grace and a side-dish of Southern raised Grit to go with it.

I believe that life should be a great adventure as we get to know God better and form a close walk with him.  Hope you will join me on my journey. Read the rest of this entry

Virtue vs Impurity

This is WEEK 48 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!16448808_s

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.  -Marcus Aurelius 

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.  –Plato

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  David Starr Jordan Read the rest of this entry

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