Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Friday, December 12, 2008

~The Love Dare~

So if any of you have seen the movie Fireproof, you have heard of 'The Love Dare.' If you have not seen the movie (shame on you!) you may have, it is something that is sweeping the nation in the Christian circles. Well, I loved the movie, and the idea of 'The Love Dare.' So, when I pre-ordered our DVD (coming out Jan. 26th!) I also ordered a copy of The Love Dare. Now before anyone starts thinking J & I are in trouble...DON'T! But I do have to say that any time is a good time to strengthen your marriage, especially during difficult times!

Anyway, received the book in the mail yesterday and now as the little Pumpkins from the Patch are all sleeping, I just sat down with my green tea to read 'Day 1.' And of course, I had already broken the lesson to be learned from today...but my decision is to work at it for the remainder of Friday December 12th...patience!

"With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love," Ephesians 4:2"

The final paragraph for the day says: "This Love Dare journey is a process, and the first thing you must resolve to posses is patience. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint. But it's a race worth running."

Now for those of you that are not familiar with the Love Dare concept. In the movie the couple is on the brink of divorce and Caleb (the husband) and his dad have a chat. His Dad asks him if he would be willing to take 40 days and WORK at trying to save his marriage. Caleb agrees (reluctantly) and his dad sends him this journal of a different aspect of loving your spouse for every one of the 40 days. The idea is to take one aspect (ex. day 1 = patience) each day, build upon them every day, and not leave out what you have learned the days before. I am not going to go into too much detail of the movie because you MUST SEE IT! But from today, December 12th 2008, I am starting day 1 and looking forward to seeing what the next 40 days has in store. While we are not even close to the brink of divorce (actually we are best friends and have a strong relationship) I think this can help me to understand and love my wonderful husband more. My challenge to each of you, buy the book! If you are unable to buy the book, check with me...I will be sharing many of the days challenges here on my blog. I will not go into detail like the book does, but I will share.

Here starts my journey!

"See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone." I Thessalonians 5:18
***Just so everyone knows...I am in no way being paid by anyone for trying to sell movie tickets, DVDs, or copies of the Love Dare. I just suggest that you check them out because they are all useful resources for a biblical way to work at strengthening your marriage...and who couldn't use that every once in a while!***