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In ‘Other’ Words: Harvest Time ~ Join us on Tuesday!

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or the month of October, Karen has been hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  

This Tuesday is her last series post and the topic is Harvest Time.  She is writing thoughts from the following quote:

“The harvest will not self-reap
but the harvest will self-destruct
if it’s not reaped.

by Wayne Corderio 

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Harvest Time.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Watering, Weeding & Nourishing ~ Join us Tuesday!

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or the month of October, Karen is hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  

This Tuesday, the topic is Watering, Weeding & Nourishing and she is writing thoughts from the following quote:

“We need to process our life to find the thorns. We have to give God permission to step in and step in hard to do what needs to be done to get rid of the thorns and prepare our field. The secret of growing fruit is the pruning, the cutting out what doesn’t need to be in order for the fruit to grow. We need to write things down we need to do and then check ourselves frequently.”

by Wayne Corderio 

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Watering, Weeding & Nourishing.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Planting Seeds ~ Join Us on Tuesday!

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or the moth of October, Karen is hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  

This Tuesday, the topic is Planting Seeds and she is writing thoughts from Galatians 6:7: 

  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Galatians 6:7

In ‘Other’ Words,
in the end we may not like what we reaped
but it’s what we sowed.
We need to start out right,
picking the correct seeds.

 

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Planting Seeds.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Preparing the Soil ~ Tuesday’s Quote ~ Join Us!

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or the rest of October, Karen will be hosting In Other Words on her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus.  This Tuesday, the topic is Preparing the Soil.

The quote she has chosen is: 

The condition of our soil makes a difference in the outcome of what we produce.
We need to prepare well and then we will have abundant fruit.
To prepare sometimes you have plow the ground under,
burn last year’s stubbles left over.
God will not sow seeds on a field that is not prepared,
it’s a waste of seed.
If we do our part God will do His part.

by Wayne Corderio   

Think about the above quote and how it relates to Preparing the Soil.  Write about it on your blog on Tuesday, and link up with Karen.

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In ‘Other’ Words: He’s ALIVE!

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  “The greatest distinction between Christianity and other religions is that the death of its founder did not mark the termination of His life and ministry. . . . . The Resurrection is the hinge on which the truth of our faith turns, and without it nothing else would really matter. . . . The dynamic joy of our faith would turn into speculation, and Christianity would be simply one of many human philosophies and religious theories.”

Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
 by John MacArthur

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aturday was a crazy busy day, starting out with a bridal shower brunch for my daughter who is marrying  next month. In the early afternoon I did some grocery shopping with our youngest and got in and out of the store fairly quickly.  I was anxious to get home and relax, and sew.  Sewing and quilting is a great stress reliever for me.  My little guy and I got to the van and I could not find my phone.  I looked back in the grocery cart.  Not there.  Went to the Courtesy Desk in the store.  Not there.  Looked around some in the store.  No finding it.  Ugh.  Went back to the van one more time and as I sat down on my seat I whispered, “Please help me find it, Jesus”.  Within a minute, I looked under some papers that had fallen to the floor on the passenger’s side and there it was.  It must’ve slipped out of my purse. I said aloud “Thank you Jesus!”  My 5 year old said “Did Jesus show you where it is?”  I told him, He helped me look in the right place. 

Was it just coincidence?  It passed through my mind . . . would God really care about my phone . . . until a few hours later.  I was then looking for my rotary cutter to cut my quilting squares.  I remembered seeing it somewhere just the day before in an unusual place, but could not remember where.  I was looking all over.  Remembering how I prayed for help in finding the phone, I did again.  Within seconds, I found it – like less than five seconds!  It was like Jesus saying to me, “yes, I care about the small things, your anxieties, your having peace , trust Me.  I AM always here.”

Why does my faith waiver so many times?  Why do I not trust?  But, it was renewed.  As I read the above quote, I thought, if God did not rise again, where would my trust me?  A dead god cannot heal, give strength, get me through a day, put joy in my heart, help me find my keys, phone, rotary cutter or most of all, give me hope and peace for my future eternity and those that I love who have gone on before me who have trusted in Him.  I cannot imagine getting through life, especially after burying two children, to have the hope and peace to know I will see them again.  What would life be, with no hope, no faith?  A dead god?

It’s easy to get sucked into things of what people believe or do not believe (when one should be baptized and how, predestination, election, what Bible version to use, etc) BUT, there’s no wavering on my part, that Jesus is indeed risen and ALIVE, preparing a home for me in the new earth that will be revealed some day!  

 Nina is hosting on her blogMama’s Little Treasures.
Join in with us on today’s In Other Words.

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In ‘Other’ Words: Tuesday’s New Quote ~ Join us?

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oin us on TUESDAY for our weekly In Other Words.  Just write about the quote below on your blog and then link up with our hostess on Tuesday.  This week’s hostess is Nina on her blogMama’s Little Treasures.

The quote she has chosen is: 

  “The greatest distinction between Christianity and other religions is that the death of its founder did not mark the termination of His life and ministry. . . . . The Resurrection is the hinge on which the truth of our faith turns, and without it nothing else would really matter. . . . The dynamic joy of our faith would turn into speculation, and Christianity would be simply one of many human philosophies and religious theories.”

Nothing But the Truth: Upholding the Gospel in a Doubting Age
 by John MacArthur

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In ‘Other’ Words: What is God asking you to believe?

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 Jesus said to her,
“Woman, believe me . . .

John  4:21a (ESV)

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e are visiting this verse above again this week.  Actually, shouldn’t we everyday?!?!?  Isn’t God asking us everyday to believe Him?  Not just the initial act of faith that we believe He is our Savior and we accept Him into our lives (though the most important decision we will ever make) but everyday there are things, people, circumstances, and life dramas we have to release to Him (sometimes many times over and over again) and fully trust and believe Him that He is in control.  

I think one of the hardest things can be with my children.  I can over direct, over control, over worry, etc. to the point of major panic at times.  What if . . .  where is . . .  etc.  Ugh!  I forget Jesus loves my children even more than I do – that He holds them in the palm of His hand.

I can worry and think of the worst – decisions my kids may be making (or not making).  I want the best for them, but doesn’t God even want more of them?

Sunday our pastor referred to this verse, and I claimed it for my children, specifically one – but it fit for things I am fearing at the time.

There is hope for your future,
declares the Lord,
and your children shall come back to their own country.
Jeremiah 31:17

My side note I wrote was “and to God” and dated it.

Then I read this in The Message

Again, God’s Message:
“Listen to this! Laments coming out of Ramah,
wild and bitter weeping.
It’s Rachel weeping for her children,
Rachel refusing all solace.
Her children are gone,
gone—long gone into exile.”
But God says, “Stop your incessant weeping,
hold back your tears.
Collect wages from your grief work.” God’s Decree.
“They’ll be coming back home!
There’s hope for your children.” God’s Decree.
Jeremiah 31:21  The Message

Though my concerns of a prodigal child are nothing like what several friends are facing with their children.  I know the ache of losing a child to death which is deep, deep grief, but to not know a child’s eternal future would be unbearable.  To trust God even with a wayward child would be quite a release, yet, I know it comes to a point, there is really nothing “I” can do.  It’s between the child and God.  And I can imagine God putting His arm around me saying, “He’ll be coming back home.  There’s hope for him.”

What is God showing you in His word to reach out to you and ask you to claim – whispering to you, “Woman, believe me. . . ” ?

Will you share your thoughts?  Either write a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comment section, or just leave a note what God is whispering for you to believe.   This is something I am thinking of expanding more on later.  Might you join in?