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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Beginning

Today was the first day of our study and I was definitely nervous. Thankfully it was just opening jitters and they passed quickly. It is good for me to remember Who it is really all about.

It can be difficult to brake that barrier of unfamiliarity but I pray the Lord will bond us supernaturally and quickly, so we can bypass all the awkwardness and jump straight into growing friendships. I hope to lead the way in this by example. True to form I shed a quick tear after reading scripture! WOW you can always count on me for that.... I think the Lord likes to keep me humble by making me look like a fool in front of people constantly! Oh well, He knows best!

Isaiah 55 has held my attention for about a month now and last night the Lord just infused my mind with new appreciation for those words. I don't know about anyone else, but I am a woman without spiritual currency of my own and the thought of buying without cost is liberating to me! I also LOVE verse 11 which reminds me of Jeremiah 29;11- 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." We can trust His Word to accomplish His will for us and what good plans He has!

Isaiah 55:
1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor." 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.13 Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."

Monday, January 29, 2007

Believing God for BIG things

So my first blog..... am i really doing this? i am so not techno savvy! i gave Dustin a hard time about buying a DVD player once upon a time. SAD I KNOW!!!! "Hey Dust this VHS player is totally fine, it's still gonna be around for a while....... what about the kids starving in Africa"...( can't you just hear me saying that!?)

i have no clue what i will write on this here blog, but be assured that most of it will just be whatever runs through my brain on any given day (which, often times, can be a LOT of random junk) and whatever i feel the Lord is pointing me to at that moment.

My intention for this blog is to chart the adventure i believe God is about to take me on. i am sooo excited about all the amazing work he has been doing in me and i know that it's all for one reason: To create in me the ability to pour it all back out for His glory and for the benefit of others. i am super stoked to get to work. God is doing SO MUCH at Palm Valley Church (you will hear more about all that soon) and in our friends lives, He is moving all around us. i could write on and on and on about all the work he has been doing within me and all the grace he has lavished upon our family recently but i want to get to the purpose of this blog.

i have committed the women's study which will be meeting in my house beginning Wed the 31st over to Him and there is this bubbling anticipation in me which is eagerly looking forward to and expecting great things from the Lord!

i want to share the verses which are constantly swirling around in my brain and the foundation for my actions as I move forward facilitating this study of the Patriarchs by Beth Moore (by the way, i am so glad there is a study like this for people severely lacking in OT understanding! This one should rock!!!)

Prov. 16:3- Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

James 1:22- Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. DO WHAT IT SAYS (emphasis mine)

1Peter 1:13- Therefore prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

i have been praying for the members of this study and am so excited to discover the uniqueness each of them brings to this group. i look forward to getting to know these women and learning from them. i look forward to collectively believing God for BIG things.

With all things being said i need not say anything. It's really not about me, is it? i don't want it to be either. If i can serve others on this journey to grow more intimate with my creator than I'd love to, but all i really know is that i want Him so much! i want to be where He is. i want to know His heart and share in His passion. Let's buckle in for a wild ride! YEAH!!!