LSOF: Because of Him, things became…Because of Him, they remain.( Scripture memory #20)

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I decided to title this post in the way it was spoken to my heart of on Monday morning, as it was written in my prayer journal:)

God has just been speaking to my heart a lot lately, well, He does everyday, but I guess its clearer to my heart now, more than ever:)

You see, the thing to realize as I have realized. There are two timelines to our lives.
We have an earthly timeline, but we often forget about the other: Spiritual timeline.

This time last year, I was stuck in the middle of a cult. I was lost, hurt, and so alone. I had plenty of people around me
every sunday, tues morning, thursday morning, and thursday night. Those were the times I studied and went to kingdom hall meetings.

There is something desperately wrong when you see people everyday, and you still feel alone.
My heart knew something wasn’t right, but I ignored it.

I don’t want to get into the whole story again here, but I’ll just tell you some of the vital things I have learned from that experience.

While I was have all those feelings, and while I felt like I wasn’t sure if my faith was the faith I believed in, or the people in my life if they were to be trusted..
While I was in such a financial crunch, barely being able to afford the rent on my own, and going to sleep instead of eating to save the little bit I had…
While I was standing at the beach looking into the ocean, wondering if there was really a Savior…my heart became weak to believe it…

Oh I could go on, but the point I am making is that was my earthly timeline…that is what I could see going on in front of me at the time.

There was all along as much more impressive timeline that I was going through too. The spiritual one.

I don’t regret anything that happened in that timeframe, because I can see the timeline, I can see the results.

I am going to visit my friend Nicole in Savannah in a few days.
I have known her since 2001.

Its a crazy story though. It is regarding the timeline that I’m talking about. I was unaware at the time, but can look back and see all of it.

I was around my friends Scott and Lisa from Z88.3, Who are now on KLOVE; I was with my friend Ashley the first night, but the second I was by myself. So I decided to go knowing at least they would be there.
I hung out with them, and other radio staff for a good while, and then it was time to go backstage with Michael W. Smith,
and I wasn’t allowed to go backstage of course.

So that was it, I was alone, in a crowd of people.

I decided to go to another concert that was playing, it was Rebecca St. James. I got talking to some girls up front as we all danced to RSJ singing. It was Lori, Shannon, and a girl named Nicole.

Little did I know at the time, it was another part of the timeline starting. Lisa would soon move away, and come back again,
but that friendship would soon clearly end and a new friendship would begin.

Nicole and I didn’t talk for a good 5 yrs, and she is the only one I kept in touch with, interesting enough wasn’t even a Christian. She’s a dear friend. She’s seen me through a lot since then.

I would soon later see where my purpose in her life was about. My mom has Chron’s disease, and her mom got it a few years ago, and died of it last year. I was able to see that God brought me to her life, because I would be the one that would understand every part that she had to deal with.

I get to see her in 3 days, I am so excited…it is a friendship that is a lasting one, and I am moving up to Savannah sometime in 2010; God’s leading the way completely.

That is what true evidence of the timeline can look like.

Whatever your life has been like, whether its been the last few days, weeks, years…know this, He is in charge of all of it,
and there is a bigger picture that you cannot see just yet.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7
” For God who said, ” Let light shine out of the darkness, ” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Christ.”

And here is a promise that makes this timeline so real for us from the Word.

2 Corinthians 4:8-10
” We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

Earthly timeline versus Spiritual timeline…

2 Corinthians 4:13
” It is written: I believe; therefore I have spoken.” With the same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.”

Regardless of what we go through, He still is in charge, we don’t even speak about Him without His help.

Daniel 2:20-22
” He changes times and seasons,
he sets us kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning,
He reveals deep and hidden things,
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.”

He changes the times and seasons: this means that He also is aware of the timeline we are going through, and He is waiting to see the point to step in and cross over into the earthly timeline.
I was removed from a place I was living, and job I had, plus a very bad group of people…physically moved by God.

I also had a few very cool things happen over the last two months that have blown my mind, and didn’t know God would ever intervene in that way.

He sets up kings and deposes of them; this means that in doesn’t matter who is in charge, whether its the President of the United States, a parent, a boss, or a teacher etc.
God is above all of this, He can MAKE them have a change of heart.
Again, I have seen this happen to me personally, and again, BLOWN away by Him:)

He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to the discerning; Its important to remember that every message at church, every wise person you know, or watch on tv, or whatever the case may be…
God spoke to them first.

He knows what is hidden in darkness and light dwells in him; okay, again, evidence of the spiritual timeline.

2 Corinthians 5:1
” Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed we have a building from God, and eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

2 Corinthians 5:16
” So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view, Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”

We must realize that within our earthly timeline that even though the stuff is going on with us, with other people;
we must see them not as how they appear in front of us, but we must remember to look at them like Jesus would,
regarding the spiritual timeline, what can be learned..

2 Corinthians 7:1
” Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates the body, and the spirit perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

Also, we need to focus on the spiritual timeline with the decisions we make. We have to realize how they may affect us down the road.

2 Corinthians 7:4(second part)

” I am greatly encouraged in all my troubles, my joy knows no bounds.”
We know deep down that there surely is a deeper bigger meaning in everything, we just have to focus on it.

2 Corinthians 4:18
” For we fix our eyes on not what is seen, but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.”

So I will leave you with this thought today. Remember as soon as you walk away from your computer, or as soon as you speak to someone for the first time today…whatever it may be…focus on the best of this day. God is totally here with you,
and He is leading you through both sets of time.

God bless.

Angie

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LSOF: Scripture Memory Verse #19!!!

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UPDATE: PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK, A CALL TO PRAY!…Beth Moore and Living Proof

My number #19 verse came out of the blue late last night. It was a totally different memory verse, but after a series of events, I just felt it clear to my heart that this one needed to be about memorizing the ” shield of faith”

Last night, we prayed on twitter against spiritual warfare.

Along with this verse I just want to add this; because its the only thing I could remember last night in praying:

1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God’s Word is alive and active in me.

Read this verse people, memorize it, meditate on it…we need to remember how to stop the fiery darts of the evil one,
he is very real, and he wants to mess with our lives…we need to be prepared!

Be Blessed:)

Angie

LSOF: Scripture Memorization #18

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I chose this verse, because I have been learning a lot of what it is to be the ” branch” within the ” vine” which
can be found in John 15. But more so it was just so important that I found a scripture that repeated the same sort of tone to my heart.

This is the verse meant for us 20 somethings who are almost 30 somethings:) Because a couple verses below sort of start out,
” Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.” YEA, I no longer fit into that verse:)

So anyway, as I was saying it is really important once you know that you are bearing fruit, that you learn how to keep it growing and flourishing.

I got to meet with a very special friend I haven’t seen in almost 2 yrs today. And in conversation, I had realized how much of a jump God has taken me since my falling into the pit about a year ago.

I remember very much what Priscilla Shirer was saying about God, ” Sometimes He speaks, but we don’t know it until after.”
OH that is So true!

I love this verse though because it speaks first about training ourselves to be Godly and not going by any other avenue. Things such as ” new age” stuff. While this stuff may make us feel ” enlightened” for a few days, it DOES where off and the issue that we had before within in ourselves, or around us comes back with more force then before.

I have been on a roundabout with this. ” Self-help” should be a warning to you when you go into that book section;
think of it as saying, ” You can help yourself before ever turning to this section for help.” Self- help deals with the status quo,
how things have always been ” known” to be done. The message is usually always close to the same.

” You can have a better life if you do this, You can have a better job if you do this, You can have the love of your life walk through your door if you do this…”

Something you should know, something that makes faith so much different from ” Self-help”…God doesn’t have any conditions in place for us.

You will never hear Him say, ” I will love you if you do this..” He already loves us, He already knows the plans He has for us.
I am very certain of that.

Its important to always be real with yourself. Who cares what kind of ” issues” you have.

Embrace your imperfections, because it means that God is still working on you.

He is our gardner, He is lifting us up bit by bit out of our pits, and setting us on a better foundation to grow.

I’d rather Him be the one in charge of how I ” should” grow then myself.

Besides, I don’t think I could ever create the world in 7 days…probably if given the choice I would mess it up at the first try!

And I am okay in saying that!

Grow to love Him more!

LSOF: Scripture Memory Verse #17! and also included #16…

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I moved away from the NIV for this verse:) I used NKJ 🙂

There is a song, ” Let my words be few” that is such a favorite:)
I am moved so much by music, and I am so excited when I find the lyrics used
from scripture:)

Have a fabulous day:)

Angie

Scripture Memory Verse #16
(Sorry I didn’t realize it wasn’t posted!)

Numbers 6:24-26

“The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.

15 memorization verses SO FAR…in order:)

#1- Psalm 18:1-3
” I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. My God
is my rock in whom I take refuge; He is my shield and horn of my salvation; my stronghold.
I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise and I am saved from my enemies.”

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#2- Psalm 73:26
” My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.”

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#3- Isaiah 40:26
” Lift your eyes and look to the heavens; who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls them each by name; Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

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#4- Hebrews 6:1-3(The Message)
” So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it! “
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#5- 1 Thessalonians 5:8
” But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation, as a helmet.”

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#6- Isaiah 43:2
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. “

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#7-Hebrews 11:6
” And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone that comes to him must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

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#8- Psalm 16:8-11
” I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

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#9-2 Chronicals 7:14
” If my people who are called by name would seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then I would hear from heaven and heal their land.”

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#10- 1 John 4:4
” You dear children, are from God and have overcame them, because greater is the one this is in you then the one who is in the world.”

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#11- 1 Corinthians 13:9-12
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.”

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#12- Psalm 16:5-6
” Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places, surely I have a delightful inheritance.”

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#13- Micah 6:8
” He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

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#14- Psalm 46:1-3
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Selah”

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#15- 2 Peter 1:1-9
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. “
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LSOF: ” Can I get a whoop, whoop!!!”

Okay so, the LPM announcement was AMAZING, but I’m not telling why here:-)
Its a secret that I have to see if I can meet the challenge to be apart of…
I’ll let you know more later…I got some work to do:)

I AM doing pretty well at memorizing my verses:) it was encouraging that some of my siestas
are memorizing the same ones:) JENNY!🙂

But I thought I would share my verses I have been memorizing 🙂

#1 Psalm 18:1-2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.

#2 Psalm 73:26
” My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.”

#3 Isaiah 40:26
” Lift your eyes and look to the heavens, who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them by name, because of His great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing.”

#4 Hebrews 6:1-3
(The Message)

So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!”

#5 1 Thessalonians 5:8

But since we belong to the day,
let us be self-controlled,
putting on faith and love as a breastplate,
and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

#6 Isaiah 43:2
” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you, and when you walk through fire, you will not burn: the flames will not set you ablaze.”