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at a good friends house trying to catch up on emails and visit a few of my favorite blogs that i have been missing while the computer at the house is down…hang in there, I will be back
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John is working ont he problem, hope to be back up completely by the weekend.
The last defining statement I have from merriam-webster.com is: to put in a proper state of mind.
I think if you have been reading along with me, this really makes sense. And it ties all the other posts together nicely. I encourage you to go back through the month and look up the other posts if you haven’t already.
PREPARE It is both mental and physical. Getting ready and then doing. Plan and execute. Think/ponder and act. I LOVE IT!
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This verse just jumped into my heart as soon as I read this definition. It is so important that we start the day, and any project, with the Word of God. When I PREPARE in this way, I am better able to handle whatever I face that day. I don’t always react in a positive way, but I can regroup, or get in a proper state of mind, and correct a mistake I made, and go on to the next part of my day.
I’m excited to think about my three areas with this definition.
Filed under: Devotion
Pastor opened today with a call to worship from Psalm:100 (NIV)
1 Shout for joy to the Lord , all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his
and not we ourselves;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
This week the EPIC adventure continues with a deeper look at how we worship. Pastor reminded us that EPIC is not a tangible thing that can be summed up in a few words, it is a desire and attitude to experience all that God has in plan for us this year.
We reviewed our thoughts on worship from last week, and asking What is Worship/ Is is what we see in the Scriptures? Is it what we will experience in Heaven? Is it a set of habits we repeat week after week?
Reading from 1 Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Worship is honoring one who is worthy due to a rank or position above us.
Revelation 4:9-11 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
Worship is declaring that God is worthy. It is giving God our affection and devotion. Honoring God with our whole heart. Our coming together on Sundays should be a celebration together of worship. We should drop our baggage of the week at the door, and enter with a heart passionate for worship.
In previous days this month I have written about the first two definitions of the word and a list of synonyms. Here is the third part of the definition from merriam-webster.com:
– to make or create (something) so that it is ready for use
Let’s look quickly at what I have outlined for my three areas:
spiritually; membership class and consider joining church, focused devotion, witness, memorizing a verse a month
external; get out more, dress better, maybe find a part-time job
and internal; diet & exercise to lower cholesterol, prepare emergency kit
Taking today’s definition, I think I can say that spiritually, to…create (something) so this it is ready for use is happening. We started the family Bible Study on Friday night, and I was challenged to know what I believe, why I believe, and to be able to defend it Biblically. So I am digging deep to remind myself of my foundation. A few ladies are also reading a book together about David and will be meeting for tea/coffee to talk about it together. And we still plan on attending the membership class. I haven’t really pushed my kids to learn the verse of the month, and I am disappointed in myself for that. I really need to make it a priority!
externally, to make (something) so that it is ready for use is a little harder to apply. I have been doing some of the online consignment, but I haven’t really cleaned out my closet and gotten serious about it. I have been sending out resumes and applications to many area businesses, without responses. I’m not sure what I am supposed to do.
internally, to make or create (something) so that it is ready for use is in between the other two. I had to buy water last week when pipes were freezing and bursting all over town. That is my first real purchase for an emergency kit. I am reading two books from the library about what to put in a kit and why to do it. I don’t look at the end of the world scenarios, because I expect to be whooshed up in the sky when Jesus returns, but I do think that it is prudent to have some food, water, and warm clothes on hand in case of a car sliding off the road in the snow, or a power outtage due to ice on the lines.
And, I have found an accountability partner for my health-style change. She is on me about my eating schedule right now. And I need that.
This week has been hard for me to get into the One Word. I’m not sure if the winter blues are setting in, the New Year’s rush is wearing off, we are just too busy as a family with activities outside the home, or a combination of all the above are distracting me. I have one more day of defining posts, then the real meat of it will come. Actual steps towards each goal. Thanks for following along with me on this discovery in 2014.
And on a side note, I was in the High School last night, and the announcements were all about the halfway point. The kids are on the downside of the school year now. Hard to believe. I found it fascinating that it coincides with the halfway point of the month. “Small things amuse small minds.” – unknown