Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bible and Journaling

Well, as I mentioned, Jeff and I can only go to church every other Sunday. So, on the Sundays that we can not go, Luke, Melanie and I are listening to Pastor Springer on the computer. This Sunday we listen to a sermon about "Bibles and journals." So here is the site if you would like to listen.

Pastor Springer talked about reading our bibles every day, figuring out a time in that day to read. While we are reading the word, have a journal near by and write down parts of the scripture that really touches us. I do journal, but honestly, I did not think about this. This is a new twist on journals. I always just write my feelings or things that I am going through. I will have to try this.

Pastor Springer took us to Colossians 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

The word Let in this scripture refers to opportunity. As we spend that time in the word, it will bless our lives and we will change in circumstances, not us trying to change the circumstance.

I was really blessed by this and I believe that it is time to really get back into the word. I have struggled lately with complaining and falling back into bad habits. The word, I know, will set me free. God bless all of you and I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Witness, Disciple and Plant

Yesterday, Jeff and I took the kids to a new church in Council Bluffs. We had really been praying for direction since Jeff really wants to be in a church full of the King James Texts. We seen this church online and decided to go. The people were so wonderful and we sang from hymnals. I so missed that from the church I attended in High School. And when we got there, we were told that the orignal Pastor was in Sioux City preaching, but his son would preach the sermon. Pastor Chad Springer stood up and gave a wonderful sermon.

Pastor Springer directed us to the book of Acts. We read the passage of the conversion of Paul. Pastor reminded us that way before Paul was converted, God used him. While Paul was persecuting the church, the church split apart and scattered, which caused them to create more churches and also multiply those churches. Then God got a hold of Paul and converted him to do the good works of God withing those churches.

So, Pastor Springer talked about us as the church, going out and witnessing to the lost, then disciplining then. While multiplying and building new churches in our areas and other towns. This really spoke to Jeff and I. I am not sure where God is going to use us. But I was so reminded about fellowship with others, about witnessing and disciplining. It has been a while since I have broke out of my comfort zone. Any group activity is usually with other Christians that I know. I do not extend myself out much. But, I need to, I need to pray for those Devinne appointments again and let my God lead me.

So, it looks like we have a church home for now, we will only be able to go every other weekend, because of Jeff's job. But that is okay, because it will give me something to look forward to. Thanks for all of your prayers and I feel really blessed today. Also, really excited to get back into the word. Love Tanya

Sunday, August 8, 2010

So, lately Jeff and I have been praying and talking about a new direction. Jeff really loves the King James Bible and frankly there are no churches in our area that teaches from it. So Jeff and his dad felt lead to start a home church. It was a great experience and I do believe that God used it in many ways. But lately, I have had it so heavy on my heart to get back into a church and have worship and fellowship with other women. I also would like the kids to meet new friends. So Jeff and I talked and then we took it to God.

Jeff then asked me to look for a church that teaches from the King James Bible. And God did provide, we found a church in Council Bluffs called the Open Door Baptist. We have not gone yet, Jeff has to work every other weekend and he wants me to wait so he can go with us. But this morning I listened to one of the sermons on the website. Pastor Springer delivered an awesome sermon on Generating Faith.

It really spoke to me and I again was reminded about Faith is by hearing and only by the word of God. Here is the site if you would like to listen to it. Heather , when he talked about Gideon, I thought of you. So keep praying for our family. I love all of you.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I have been praying lately to God about this new change to lose weight. I wondered why it has been different. The way I look at food or the lack of running to food every time something bad, good, or indifferent happens to me. But I will be honest, it has been different, is it my age, is it all the healing that God has done? I could not pin point it, then this morning while thinking on it, I had a revelation. Faith, my faith has taken a first gear, I got it.

The scripture talks in so many passages about faith healing, faith making you strong. My faith believes that Jesus is the healer and that God is my soverity. I can not go through life with out Him. I could try, but frankly, why? Faith healed the women with the issue of blood, the man who was blind and even the centurion's slave. And for me to sit here and drill faith down your throat is preposterous. You just have to get there on your own. I could never make you see what I see, I just wanted to share what God has shown me.

Faith is just knowing, like the women reaching out for Jesus' robe. She knew that she would be healed. It is amazing what God reveals when you are ready. And it is not just knowledge, it is penetrating the heart. It is awesome.