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Jesus, John


Yesterday I took a break from the world.  Well, social media at least.  And this morning I have a confession to make:

It was AMAZING!

My heart feels so free and light after taking the whole day away to seek Jesus with every free second that I had.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t have the day off from the daily grind.  I still homeschooled my kids, trained for my triathlon, did housework, dinner, the whole sha-bang. But the whole time, I was conversing with Him.  I was grabbing my scripture cards and reading one verse at a time instead of picking up my phone for a quick check.

I even got AHEAD on my bible reading plan.  (I listened to John chapter 7 from my bible app while I put clean sheets on our bed.)

Jesus was at the Festival of Shelters, and at the climax, the point in the festival where everyone was hyped up and excited and ready to hear the most important word of the entire festival, on the last day, Jesus stood up in front of the crowd and said this:

 

“If you believe in me, come and drink!  For the scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”  John 7:38

Drink- to receive into the soul what serves to refresh and strengthen, nourish it into LIFE eternal.

What are you drinking today?  Are you taking in your recommended eight glasses of water a day, but failing to quench the thirst in your soul that can be nourished by Christ alone?

I know many days I am guilty of this.  I will drink in lots of mindless “water” that is not replenishing me in my soul. What is crazy about this, is that if you are a believer in Christ, the living water is right there, inside of you. You don’t have to go anywhere.  Jesus is so good, that he gave us his Holy Spirit to be that perpetual spring inside of us that will never run dry.

Are you thirsty?

More Jesus, less ______________________.

More prayer, less_____________________.

More scripture, less____________________.

Fill in the blank.

Here were mine:

More Jesus, less me.

More prayer, less writing.

More scripture, less phone.

Take the Living Water challenge after you fill in the blanks for ONE DAY.  Just one day.  I promise you will feel so replenished that you will not want to go back!

Walk with Life Himself today!

This post correlates with the ALIVE! Book of John Journey, found here:

http://refocusedbiblestudy.com/2016/02/27/alivebook-of-john-journey-for-march/

Life-Giving Words, Beautiful Gardens

Jesus, John

I have never planted flower bulbs in the fall that push through the ground with budding brilliance in the spring.

But I know the drill. The school kids have come by with their fundraiser sheets to purchase the bulbs and I always kindly reply, “Sorry, I don’t garden.” (I can’t even keep a cactus alive). But to be honest, I don’t have the good patience to spend the money and do the work to have to wait until the spring to see the flowers.

I was reminded of this when I read about the Life-giving power of our God in John 5 today:


The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.” John 5:26

In the amplified bible the phrase “self-existent” is added. How amazing to think about the self-sustaining power of God!
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The Father freely gave that same life-giving power to Jesus, and then he freely gave the same life-giving power to us, who believe in Him.

My question to you today is:

Are you passing on this life giving power to anyone else? 

Are you speaking the life-giving words of truth to the people closest to you? Those in your own home?

Sometimes at home is where speaking kind, loving, life-giving, graceful words is the hardest. These people we love the most can receive the most life-killing words from us if we aren’t careful. Because we are our real selves at home, the daily frustrations can make life-giving words hard to find.

But these are the people who need to hear them from us the most.

The Lord has convicted me lately about the way I correct my kids.  Jesus brought life-giving conviction, pointing them to himself as the way to eternal life.  This is the kind of correction and judgement I want to speak into my kids’ lives.

I want to correct my kids in a way that points them to life-giving repentance and dependence on Life Himself.  I don’t want them to stay siting in a puddle of sin.  I want them to rise up out of the mud and take hold of the Life-giver.

I want to plant life-giving  seeds of truth in their hearts that will create a beautiful garden of eternal worth later.  

“God sees you and loves you right now.”

“I forgive you, let’s try again.” 

“I have to give you a consequence because I love you.”

<<<And we all know what life-giving words can do in our marriages.  They can move you closer together or farther apart from each other.  >>>>>

For your husband:

“Thank you.” (seed planted)

“I’m sorry.”  (seed watered)

“You are right.”  Ouch, that one hurts sometimes, right?! (seed fertilized)

“You are the best husband ever.”  (sunshine on the seed)

All these words add up to a robust, vibrant garden of new life in the spring time.

I explained it to my girls like this when I heard them arguing in  the backseat on the way home today:

“Girls, you are just tearing up each other’s gardens instead of planting beautiful flowers for each other.  Let’s talk nice.”

Let’s ask the Life Giver to gives us the words to build beautiful gardens for each other, one word at a time.  🙂

If you missed the Alive! Book of John Plan, you can find it here:

http://refocusedbiblestudy.com/2016/02/27/alivebook-of-john-journey-for-march/

My Alive Journal Page:

 

Can I Really Change?

John

“Yes!  I do have that many emails.  You read correctly– 6,149.”  My blood starting boiling about the same temperature as the steaming iron I was holding in my hand.

My husband was grinning and picking on me in a light hearted way, but inside I was feeling heavier than light hearted.  I was feeling like a dense, sinking failure. I was thinking, “how can you expect to keep up with anything if you have thousands of emails and a computer that has so many files on it, it could crash at any moment?” I let my mind go places that no one walking in newness of life should be hanging out.  In a place spiritually that felt dark, hopeless for change…stuck.

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I just wanted to say:

I’m never going to change.

I can’t.  This is who I am.

But this is a LIE.  And I just know someone else needs to hear this.  Someone else is believing lies that they can never be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In John 3, Nicodemus came to Jesus in the dark of night, ready to profess that he believed Jesus was the one they had been waiting for.  This is what Jesus said to him:

“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus was so puzzled.  How can a grown man (or woman 🙂 be born again?  Jesus said,

“The Holy Spirit gives NEW LIFE from heaven.”

How do we walk in dark situations like we can see the light of new life peeking through?  How can I stay the old me and walk forward with Jesus?

The answer is that every moment you are living a surrendered life to Jesus, his Spirit inside of you is transforming you.  From beauty to new beauty.  From old self to new you in Christ. Sometimes it will be awkward or painful, but it should always be

~HOPEFUL.~

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“For I am about to do something NEW. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19

New. Brand spanking new.  I can just smell a new baby smell.  A new car smell.  A new book smell.

I can see new.  I can see my mailbox with a number like 5.  Maybe 10.:)

Picture where you need to Believe He can make”NEW.”

<<<<<Now, here’s a few steps to get there>>>>>

1.Know he sees you right there, and he loves you perfectly, right there.

2.  Believe he wants to transform you into a new person instead of conforming to the old.

3. Trust only in His power and help to change, not in your own.

4.  Hear hope instead of condemnation.

Last year spring, my daughters and I visited a butterfly farm and marveled at the hundreds of beautifully fluttering wings all around us.  When they showed her the cocoons, my daughter couldn’t believe that something so beautiful came out of something so plain.  She didn’t see any intricate design or bright colors on the outside.  But inside, the creatures were being transformed, into something even more beautiful than what they once were.

It’s the same with what God does in us.  If we allow him to, we can have new life in every bleak and dark situation. Because He is our God. And through his Spirit he makes all things new.

Even an email account gone completely unruly! (If you want to contact me, I will see and respond, no worries, I just have problems with the delete button 😉

<<<SOMETHING FUN!  IF BY ANY CHANCE, YOU HAVE MORE THAN 6, 149 EMAILS, COMMENT BELOW, AND I WILL SEND YOU A COPY OF MY “LOVE LETTERS FROM GOD” STUDY FOR FREE.  🙂 >>>

Walk with Life Himself into new life today!

*This post correlates with Alive! Book of John Study.  See link below for details:

http://refocusedbiblestudy.com/2016/02/27/alivebook-of-john-journey-for-march/

Here’s my Write It Out:

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Here’s my AlIVE Journal page:

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ALIVE! A Bible Study Method

Bible Study, John

Happy first day of March!  Spring is on its way and new LIFE is soon to be seen springing up all around us.  I love how God gives us this reminder every year that he makes all things new.  Things that were dead will be coming back to life, just like Life Himself did!

God’s word gives us the opportunity to experience hope of new life every singe day.  Old, dead or hopeless situations in our lives can blossom when truth is breathed on them.  This is my prayer for everyone taking part in this bible reading and study plan for March!  Today we embark on a life giving journey through the book of John, using a simple pattern to read a chapter a day and write out and apply one verse from that chapter a day using the method in the video below.  If you missed the plan and journal, you can find them here:

http://refocusedbiblestudy.com/2016/02/27/alivebook-of-john-journey-for-march/

The video below walks you through the Alive bible study method:

 

Here is my #Write It Out verse for today:

 

Here is my ALIVE! Journal page for today:

 I pray you stay connected to the Source of Life and Light today as we start this new month and look forward to Easter!

ALIVE!~BOOK OF JOHN JOURNEY for March!

Easter, John

I don’t know about you, but I want Easter to be MEANINGFUL this year.  I want to spend these next few weeks leading up to the most pinnacle point in my faith preparing  my heart.

There is no one else who has ever died for me.

 There is no one else who has ever come back to life on this earth…

except for the few that Life Himself resurrected.  

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”

John 1:4

Join me on a journey through the book of John to bring the LIFE within Jesus alone to permeate every area of your life.  When we let his word work in our hearts, he transforms and brings new hope, power, and breath to every situation, every day, every relationship.

There are a few options to join in #REFOCUSED Bible Study for the month of March:

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This journal includes a reading plan, #WriteItOut verse of the day page, and a guided “Quiet Time Reflection Page,” to lead us up to a very meaningful Easter!  I’ll be blogging here 2-3 times per week, and posting one video per week to encourage you and give you more insight through this journey.  Your purchase helps to support this ministry as I continue to spend lots of time spreading hope of encountering God’s word in a personal way!

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  We start on Tuesday, March 1st reading one chapter a day in the book of John, and then writing out one verse centered around the LIFE inside of Jesus!

 **FOR THOSE IN AN EXTREMELY  BUSY season of life**

You may only have time to WRITE OUT the #WriteItOut verse and think on that one verse all day, or even just read and think on th one verse a day, and that is OK!  Jesus knows, he has you in a season where you can meditate on one verse a day and talk to him in prayer as you walk through your busy day.

My prayer is that everyone reading this will join in and prepare their hearts for a

***{VERY MEANINGFUL EASTER!!!}***

in whatever capacity their life at the moment allows!

So decided which option is best for you, and join in this

>>ALIVE!~LIFE-GIVING Journey through the book of John!>>>

I cannot wait to see the new life his Word will bring to our lives!