In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God lived in a box (the ark of the covenant). But God said, 'That's not good enough, I have to be closer to my people.' So in His new covenant, He put His Spirit IN US! — Karen Jensen
When it comes to asking God for direction in our lives, sometimes we already have an inkling of what He wants us to do — part of the plan is clear, but other parts are not. We’re willing to step out and obey Him, but we’re just not sure where it will all lead.
Over and over again I’ve seen someone ask God for direction and use their faith to receive it or walk it out—but then they’ll also have certain areas where they’re hanging back. They have conditional limitations that they themselves have set. In other words, there are places in their heart where they aren’t willing.
Isaiah 1:19 says, If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. Notice there are two conditions there – we must only be obedient, but we must also be willing.
Putting a condition on our prayer or our obedience is a mistake that can really keep us from receiving everything God has for us. Maybe it’s time for us to examine our hearts and get willing to do things God’s way!
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JANUARY 2016 Happy New Year to one and all! We were blessed to see our little Dixie girl the first part of January, and take family pictures together. We also traveled to Oregon for my mom's funeral, where I delivered the eulogy. It was an honor to be part of celebrating her wonderful life, and a blessing to see so many family members.
DECEMBER 2015 We spent our Christmas holiday in Tulsa with most of my family -- we had a wonderful time! We didn't actually have our present-opening Christmas until New Year's Day -- lol -- but it just gave us more time to celebrate. We hope your holiday was also filled with peace and joy. This picture was taken at the Rhema lights, a display of over 2 million Christmas lights on the Rhema campus where I used to work. It's always a highlight for us!
NOVEMBER 2015 among other things, we were able to travel to Tulsa twice, once for our grandbaby Dixie's first birthday, and once for Thanksgiving! Dixie is just growing and going -- she is truly the sweetest baby you'd ever want to meet (we're not just saying that, even though we are very biased, yes.). It was a blessing to be with her and family this month - we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
Lots of people have asked me how Bob & I met, so here’s the story:
In June 2012 I was writing Why God Why? and I “just happened” to be writing about the grief process – how there are stages to go through if you’ve suffered loss, but how no one else can dictate how fast or slow, easy or hard, you go through each stage....
We just finished your DVD series "Parenting with Purpose" and it has changed our lives! My husband and I are implementing and learning new things every day! I’m truly enjoying my children for the first time in a really long time -- a lot of the pressure about being a "perfect parent" has been lifted because no such thing exists. I find comfort in knowing that all the answers I need to help me be a better parent are in God’s word! Thank you for sharing this knowledge with us!
L.L. - Wilmington, Ohio
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