The Wardrobe: “Into the Word” Week 27

  In preparation for my wedding three years ago, I spent an outrageous amount of time, energy, and money to secure the perfect dress for the occasion.  Then, I sat through several alteration sessions to get the fit just right.  All of this for a dress I wore only one day!

This week as I was digging “Into the Word,” I came across a passage that reminded me that God desires to clothe me — it’s a peaceful process as long as I cooperate and lean into Him.  His wardrobe always fits perfectly:

So, chosen by God for this new life of love,

dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:

compassion, kindness, humility,

quiet strength, discipline.

Be even-tempered, content with second place,

quick to forgive an offense.

Forgive as quickly and completely

as the Master forgave you.

And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.

It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.

Never be without it.

Colossians 3:12-14 (MSG)

So, this coming week, I am going to pray that God’s love will be my best outfit — the one I grab from the closet when I want to look my best.  The one I want others to notice.   The one that makes me look like a million dollars.

Q4U:  How do you daily choose to wear God’s wardrobe?

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at Faith Filled Friday, Thought Provoking Thursdays, Life in Bloom,Good Morning Girls, God -Bumps and God-Incidences, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven, Playdates with God and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!”

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When God Calls: “Into the Word” Week 26

  In a couple of weeks, I will be celebrating my third wedding anniversary.  I still remember vividly how God spoke to me during the season of dating my husband.  Just a few short days after our first date, a ladies’ Bible study speaker admonished me to “abide in Christ” — her illustration about Alaska struck a nerve as my beloved and I had chatted about Alaska on our outing.  God was calling me to abide in Him during our courting.  Of this, I was sure.

Have you ever felt God calling you to do something specific?  This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I read a story in Acts 10 where God specifically called Peter to do something outrageous.  He also clearly spoke to a Gentile named Cornelius.  What did both of these men have in common that brought them to God’s attention and made their paths intersect?  The key was in verse 4 when an angel explained:

“Your prayers and neighborly acts

have brought you to God’s attention” (MSG).

Both Peter and Cornelius were seeking God fervently through prayer, and their devotion to God and service to others lead to their being selected for a monumental moment in history.  This is a reminder to me that prayer is the work of the church — as we pray, God calls us, gives us marching orders, and His work is advanced in and through us.

Q4U:  How has God spoken to you and called you out to do His work?

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at  Faith Filled Friday, Thought Provoking Thursdays, Good Morning Girls, God -Bumps and God-Incidences, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven, Playdates with God and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!”

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Verse 11: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

I have so much respect for our men and women in uniform — they risk their lives every day to defend our freedoms.  Their sacrifice makes my cozy life possible.  May I never take that for granted.

I also must remember that I myself am a soldier engaged in a daily battle between good and evil.  In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang explains how daily Scripture memorization strengthens the heart for spiritual warfare:

“Courage doesn’t mean

that a person has no fear.

Rather, it’s a response:

keep on advancing

in spite of the fear…

The words you commit to memory

will sustain you” (p56).

How about you?  Are you ready to arm yourself for spiritual battle?  Let’s hold each other accountable by Hiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida:

“Happy is the one

whose help is

the God of Jacob,

whose hope is

the Lord His God.”

Psalms 146:5  (HCSB)

Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

“Do not fear,

for I am with you,

do not be afraid,

for I am your God:

I will strengthen you,

I will help you,

I will uphold you

with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41: 10, NRSV

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