Get the Recipes : Learning to Hear From God

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Get the Recipes {Learning to Hear From God}I text my mom a couple days ago asking for her Pound Cake recipe.
She promptly shared it with me.

Moments later she called me.
Her words to me were: “I needed to call you because there are just some little details that you need to know that can’t be conveyed in a text message.”

The little details were her secrets to ensure that my cake will taste like her cake.

Her next phrase had me thinking about how I call on our Heavenly Father.

“You girls better get these recipes from me while you can.”

My mommy could leave us EVERY sheet of paper that a recipe is written on, but without the intricate details of how every recipe is rightly formed; those secret ways that she wants to tell us, the results aren’t guaranteed.

Her daughters have to HEAR her speak.
Write down and record the things she SAYS.
Remember them each time we bake one of her delicacies!

How am I hearing my Father? How do I go about getting those “recipes”?
We have every ingredient in His text; His Word that we need to live a godly life,
but there are the secret things, the intricate details that He wants to impart to us.

My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1-5 NKJV

Let us take the time to seek Him and learn to hear from Him!

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There Are Marriage Fundamentals

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- There Are Marriage FundamentalsThis isn’t a long post at all. I’m just sharing a quick thought about marriage.

I know that its best to write sometimes when there’s a FULL idea hashed out, and I know that this probably could have sufficed as a Facebook status, but…

There are marriage fundamentals!

Those fundamentals are found in God’s word.

Until we, as wives, dig and learn exactly what God says about our marriages, and become a doer of the Word,
we will live in a world of frustration!

No amount of pity-partying, manipulation, nagging will better our marriages.

Its time to get back to the fundamentals of marriage… of CHRISTIAN marriage!

Be imitators of Jesus, dear Sis. The world’s marriage advice is null of covenant importance.

I speak a lot more about marriage on my Marriage Enrichment page and my Marriage Category.


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You Must Enter to Win

Pursuing What Is Excellent- You Must Enter To Win


*this post was pulled from my archives and repackage just a little bit! Hopefully it blesses you this time ’round!

As I read through the blogs that I follow, I notice so many that host contests and giveaways.
I pass up the opportunity to enter many contests, but for some reason I ask myself, “Why couldn’t I win that?”. DUH, you didn’t enter. How could you win?!!

You must enter to win!!
My mind is racing and my fingers are flipping through my Bible and concordance to find those “enter” verses. Wow! What an overwhelming find.
Hey, I don’t want to be left out; especially not of anything that God has to offer me.
I am by NO MEANS a Bible scholar or anything close to it, but I do know when the Lord is prompting me even more to drink in His Word and to let it have a special revelation for me. He speaks. I listen. I endeavor to obey.
Hebrews 10:19-23 is a heavy hitter. Read for yourself and see what God reveals to you.

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Now that I see what is to be entered; the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, I must have a true heart in full assurance of faith and without wavering in my hope. What do I win? God’s promised faithfulness!!

What a prize! My simple actions pay off with an award that I can never fully collect on.

Father, You know my every thought, every longing and desire. You say in Your word to have boldness to enter the Holiest. Show me everyday how to live and walk in that boldness. In Your wonderfully awesome Name I pray. AMEN.

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The Power of Rest {Let Patience Have Its Perfect Work}

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- The Power of Rest {Let Patience Have Its Perfect Work}


I don’t need extra physical rest.
I don’t have small children to run after,
and even the chauffeuring of the older children isn’t taxing.

I feel that my season of rest is allowing God to orchestrate things in my life.
I’ve put my requests and desires at His feet; surrendered the sin of offense, lust and clamoring for achievement.

There are doors that I could ask to “be behind”, but I would have to prove myself over and over in order to keep myself there.
See!! I would be KEEPING MYSELF and it would have fizzled from lack of anointing.


Pursuing What is Excellent -- A season of rest could be allowing God to orchestrate things in our lives. #thepowerofrest


But now, if its God’s blessing, the timing is perfect, I keep my peace and my body is stress free!

The subtitle of this post, Let Patience Have Its Perfect Work, came to mind as I was reading back through this week’s Hello Mornings Bible reading.

James 1:2-4 is about coming through trials with joy.

Usually when I read that I think of weighty trials that could get me into a lot of trouble and result in devastating consequences…
but oh the trials that I need to come through because of my mind!
Those consequences can be just as devastating!
It could bring lack of trust, murderous thoughts, grief, strife, you name it!

How in the world would I pass the test of faith if I’m self-promoting, using sweet and cunning words, and manipulation?!

That bears NO fruit and its not the way I’d ever want to do things, and thankfully that isn’t my nature!

I’d rather come through it brightly and ordained by God because I rested in HIS timing, letting patience have its perfect work!

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- James 1-2-4

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
knowing that the testing of you faith produces patience.
But let patience have its perfect work,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

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