Saturday Ease : I Will Be the Worshiper

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Saturday Ease

 

At least for this week I’m bringing back “Saturday Ease”.
Just moments that I take to share the thoughts and goings on
in my life!

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d During discussion time in a Bible Study group, I mentioned arresting ourselves in our thought life;
not going too far into the negative.
My friend said that it reminded her of 2 Corinthians 10:5!
Conclusion: Arrested = taking things into captivity (namely our thoughts).

d The online Everyday Hope Bible Study that I’ve been doing for the last 4 weeks has
come to an end. Read more about it: Hope Holds Fast and An Invitation to Hopefulness.

d Its time for me to personally facilitate a Bible study.
I’ve been thinking about doing it since….forever!
What has stopped me (and what do I still need to figure out)?

  • fear of looking/sounding dumb (I’m not as knowledgeable as others that are leading)
  • comparison (see the fear reason)
  • what to study
  • debating of going face to face or online
  • time/timing

d This is a verse that Brian and I have been meditating on for about a week.

What does our life say? Will we be found faithful?

When the Son of Man comes,
d I’m reading Worship Changes Everything by Darlene Zschech.
God has been impressing on me to learn more about worshiping Him.

You and I have been

 

My friends Larry and Jackie Christopherson wrote a song, I Will Be the Worshiper, that
has greatly impacted my attitude.

“Wont let the rocks cry out in my place.
Wont let the rocks cry out in my place.
I will be the worshiper today.”

No matter what I have going on I MUST stop and be mindful that no thing should EVER
be more grateful and worshipful that I am!

 

When you get comfortable

I will end this post with a Psalm of worship! Until next time, be awesomely blessed, my friends!!

 

Praise the Lord!For it is good to sing praises

 

With Sword and Coffee,
Kela

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An Invitation to Hopefulness

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- An Invitation to Hopefulness

“That the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened;
that you may know what is the hope of His calling…”
Ephesians 1:18

You and I have been

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“You and I have been invited to experience God now and for all eternity. The only response required is for us to say yes.”
– Darlene Zschech, Worship Changes Everything

There’s no hope like Gospel hope!

Am I right, or what?!

There is so much more to our hope of salvation.
Its also the hope of knowing God’s will; to be enlightened to understand!

“that our hearts may receive the brightness of hope resulting in
the wealth of God’s investment in you is understood.” –Jack Hayford

It would take all of us our lifetime to unpack all of that!

How are you doing with that invitation to do so?

Almost 6 years ago, my husband and I started learning what it means to accept God’s
invitation to be enlightened and were grandly introduced to the Holy Spirit.

Our hearts were unveiled and we allowed Scripture to penetrate our lives; thus
giving us understanding and a firm ground to stand on.

We were once again hopeful for our future!

There are so many “aha!” moments for us as
we daily accept His invitation to hopefulness.

With the light of God’s Word shining through our lives, we have a hope that is unexplainable.
It’s just a knowing that everything is so right in our life with Him!

There’s no need for a downcast soul because our hope has been put in God alone.

We have a blessed assurance!

There is a great purpose we have been given,
and our days are to be filled with
the hope-filled calling of the gospel.
-Katie Orr, Everyday Hope

 

During week 2, the focus of the Everyday Hope Bible study was Ephesians 1:15-21
(click on the link to be taken to Katie Orr’s video).

the power to transform

 

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With Sword and Coffee,
Kela

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Simply. Deeply. God’s Word :: Matthew 12:33-37

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Simply. Deeply. God's Word -- Matthew 12-33-37

 

Either make the tree good and its fruit good,
or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad;
for a tree is known by its fruit.
Brood of vipers! How can you,
being evil, speak good things?
For out of the abundance of the
heart the mouth speaks.
A good man out of the good treasure
of his heart brings forth good things,
and an evil man out of the evil treasure
brings forth evil things.
But I say to you that for every idle word
men may speak they will give
account of it in the day of judgment.

Matthew 12:33-37 (NKJV)

With Sword and Coffee,
Kela

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Hope Holds Fast {Everyday Hope Bible Study}

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Hope Holds Fast

I heard a minister say recently, “Have Bible hope!”
It sounds great, but what does that look like?

HaveBibleHope

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Hope isn’t a word that I use often.
That will change!

Hope is about so much more that wishing something good will happen!
It is weightier than a wish.
It’s an expectancy just as faith is.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
both sure and steadfast,
and which enters the
Presence behind the veil.
Hebrews 6:19

I learned recently that Katie Orr had written a series of books (Everyday Faith, Everyday Hope, and Everyday Love).
She took a survey to see what people would most like to study first in the series.

Overwhelmingly, it was a vote for HOPE.

This world can be very disparaging at times and hopelessness abounds, but hope in Christ is like
NOTHING this world could ever offer!

I’m starting the Everyday Hope Bible study and wanted to share the opportunity with you.

We’re in community and I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the FOCUS method (#FOCUSed15) that Katie walks us through to thoroughly get the most of out of our time of study.

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I purchased the Kindle Version so that I could dive right into the study.
I grabbed a new notebook to start taking notes,
answer questions and write out Scripture.

 

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ABOUT EVERYDAY HOPE
In as few as 15 minutes a day, explore hope that fills the Scriptures and the same hope God
intends to fill your life. You’ll learn more about His promises as they apply to your everyday life.
Let’s be honest, we all experience moments, even long seasons, of hopelessness. Everyday Hope,
an easy to use, four week study, will help you discover how to hold fast to His promises amidst
feelings of hopelessness.

Designed for women who are pressed for time, yet crave depth from their Bible study, Everyday
Hope offers a relevant and lasting approach for reading and understanding scripture.

 

Katie-Orr-

 

Katie Orr is passionate about equipping women to walk with God for a lifetime. An enthusiastic
and dedicated teacher and speaker, she has blogged for well known groups such as the Mothers of Boys (MOB) Society, flourish.me, missionalwomen.com, inspiredtoaction.com, as well as
other high subscriber blog sites. A former Campus Crusade for Christ staff member, and mother to three young children, she and pastor husband, Chris, are part of the church revitalization movement where they call Harrodsburg, Kentucky, home. Learn more about Katie and the FOCUSed15 study method at katieorr.me .

With Sword and Coffee,
Kela

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Stress Makes Us a Loser

Pursuing What Is Excellent - Stress Makes Us A Loser

 

The stress of the time crunch was starting to get to me!

Too much to do in the span of two days and my mind was crushing under the weight.

It’s Christmas time and there’s more to do than usual.

You can relate! I know you can!

I had to make myself sit and talk to Jesus.

Now I know the meaning of having a “come to Jesus” meeting!

I prayed. He spoke. I wrote.
and I hope this will speak to you also.

There is no need for you to stress about getting it all done. The day will be new if you make the most of it or not.
What do you gain by stressing? NOTHING!
You actually lose a lot..a lot of peace, joy and satisfaction.
My child, read My words and settle your mind on it:
”Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:27.

Simply. Fully. Deeply. God’s Word.
Direction. Peace. Comfort.
Strength. Purpose. Intentional.

Merry Christmas, y’all!!!

With Sword and Coffee,
Kela

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