Friday, September 19, 2014

How To Make Unexpected Decisions?


From time to time we will face difficult decisions that come out of the blue and leave us breathless. We don't know what to do, or even if we are capable of choosing the right way.

This is when we need to stop...and pray.

Sometimes it is better not to move too fast, just slow down and seek God's will and direction.

Take a moment, or a day, or a week, to sit back and just exhale and trust that our answer is on the way.

Turn to God in prayer. Seek His wisdom through reading the Bible. Sit quietly and listen for His gentle voice to lead us to the right decision.

And fill our hearts with these profound truths:

Trust that God loves you.

Believe that He has a perfect plan for your life.

Deep in your heart, embed the knowledge that whatever
you are currently going through is no surprise to God.

He is with you every step of the way.

He will bring you through it stronger and better than before.

God loves you immeasurably.

The passage below is from the book of Ephesians.

It is my prayer for you, and for me....

Love xo,

Suzanne





 My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. 
I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. 
And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. 
Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! 
He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!

Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!


Ephesians 3:16-21The Message (MSG)

The Message (MSG)






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Map of Heaven Preview : Chapter 1






Chapter One

The Linear Nature of Time and the Deep End of the Pool

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


Friday, September 12, 2014

What to Do When You're Feeling Confused and Alone



"But the fruit of the Sprit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." - Galatians 5:22-23


I didn't sleep well last night. I tossed and turned throughout the night, worrying about my career and everything related to that.

SO

When I began my devotions this morning, I read the verse above from Galatians. 

Oh, how I long for that peace.

Then, a snippet from the verse from 1 Corinthians popped into my head and I had to go look it up to get the words just right.

It was an important reminder that what I'm going through may have many reasons, but it's not a punishment from God. 

God is not a God of confusion.

He is the Source of our Peace.

The most valuable lesson I've learned this year is that when I make time to turn to God through the pages of the Bible, and through prayer, I can find peace no matter what I'm facing. 

By reading the Bible, I am learning to see things from God's perspective.

When I was searching for the verse from 1 Corinthians, I came across this passage from the September 12th reading for My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. I beautifully explains what how God may be at work in our lives when we are facing a period of confusion that has us feeling alone, scared, or frustrated...

There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it is only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.


I hope you turn to God today, and everyday. Make time each day to spend quiet time with God in the Holy Bible and in prayer. I promise, that no matter what you are facing, you will find strength and the knowledge that you are not alone, but that God is with you every step of the way.

Love xo,

Suzanne

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Map of Heaven Preview: Prologue Two







Prologue Two

The First Dream: In the Gardens of Versailles, Passion Has Its Price

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears,
not to oust them.

–Vincent McNabb



Monday, September 8, 2014

Aloha! Best Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread



Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup turbinado sugar
2 egs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 medium)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:


  1. Cream together the coconut oil and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs, one by one, then the vanilla, and the buttermilk.
  2. Add in the self-rising flour. Then fold in the bananas, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut.
  3. Pour batter into a greased 9 X 5 loaf pan and bake at 350F for 45 - 55 minutes. The bread will be done with a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Cut a slice, slather it with cream cheese, kefir cheese, or creme fraiche...yum!


Enjoy!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

How to Find Your Calling?







Ephesians 1:17-19The Message (MSG)

 I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Need a Fresh Start? Here's Some Good Advice from an Ancient Source...




Psalm 51 The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm, After He Was Confronted by Nathan About the Affair with Bathsheba

51 1-3 Generous in love—God, give grace!
    Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
    soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
    my sins are staring me down.
4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
    it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
    whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
    in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
    Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
    scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
    set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
    give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
    shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
    or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
    put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
    so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
    and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
    I’ll let loose with your praise.
16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
    a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
    when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
    don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.
18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
    repair Jerusalem’s broken-down walls.
Then you’ll get real worship from us,
    acts of worship small and large,
Including all the bulls
    they can heave onto your altar!
The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

photo credit: mornguefile.com