Thursday, March 14, 2013

Moving Day!

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Today is my last post here.

I'm moving my Bible devotions to my main blog: 



I hope you'll join me there. I will continue to share my devotional readings and reflections there, along with posts about cooking, writing, books, my dogs, my love for snow, and life in the mountains.

And I've just posted today's devotional on trusting God.

For those of you who have been with me during the past year of Bible study, thank you!

Our journey continues at....


http://www.suzanneanderson.net


See you there!







Monday, March 4, 2013

WANTED 20 REVIEWERS - FREE EBOOK!





Today is launch day for Waiting with God!

As you know, reviews are the life blood of every book's early days, especially for indie-authors.

So, I'm looking for 20 readers who would be interested in reading Waiting with God and placing reviews on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com.

It's a quick, inspiring read, that I honestly believe you'll enjoy.

If you're interested, send me an email at: HenryandGeorgePress [at] gmail [dot] com with the email address associated with your ebook reader and I will gift you a FREE ebook of Waiting with God!

Thank you for your help!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Don't Limit God 26 February 2013




Today's Verse:

Mark 8: 31- 33

Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.

As he [Jesus] talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.

Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. "Get away from me, Satan!" he said. "You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God's."


Reflection:

Don't limit God!

How often are we like Peter and as God is leading us to try to step out of our usual view of our limits, we stop Him and say, 'I can't do that, it's too big for me.'

While God is saying, 'You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God's.'

Don't put limits on what God wants to do in your life today.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Release Fear 12 February 2013





Today's Verse:

We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround
us Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.

Psalm 33:20-22


Reflections:

When we can release our own fear about the outcomes of today and tomorrow, we can open our hearts to place our hope in God.

We we release the overwhelming emotion of fear,
we can make space in our hearts for God's unfailing love, which as this psalm promises, will surround us.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Trusting God - 8 February 2013




But I am trusting you, O Lord,
saying "You are my God!"
My future is in your hands.

~Psalm 31: 14 - 15


Reflection:

Do we trust God enough to not only say:

 "You are my God, my future is in your hands!"

But to believe it and live it?

This is my personal challenge today. I want to be able to say, God you're in charge of my writing business, my finances, my life.

For the past 50 years, I've tried to do it all myself. With mixed results.

Now I declare that I am asking for God's blessing on my future and trust in Him to work it out for the best.

Will you join me to trust God with your present and your future?

Amen.


Monday, February 4, 2013

God's Strength 4 February 2013





Today's Verse:

The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled
with joy.
I burst out in songs of
thanksgiving.


Reflections:

No, I'm not trying to be sacrilegious by including a picture of my dog Henry with today's verse.

I'm trying to make a point.

I love Henry very deeply, in fact, at this moment he's asleep and gently snoring on the rug behind my chair. This is where he is every day while I'm at work at my computer.

I can count on Henry always being there.

So why is it that I sometimes find it so difficult to believe that God, my Savior, the Creator of the universe, will always be there for me?

Why is it that when I feel alone, when I'm struggling with God's silence when I really need an answer to prayer, it's easier for me to hug Henry and feel comforted than it is to turn to God in prayer and feel the same?

In my head, I know God is ever-present, that He loves me without end.

The more difficult leap is to feel that same truth in my heart.

To feel the love of God deep in our hearts is to truly understand that He is with us,
and we have nothing to fear.

That's what I'm working toward each day.

Amen.


Monday, January 28, 2013

God's Joy 28 January 2013







Today's Verse:


Nehemiah 8:8-10

New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
All of those Levites read parts of the Scroll of the Law of God to the people. They made it clear to them. They told them what it meant. So the people were able to understand what was being read.
Then Nehemiah and Ezra spoke up. So did the Levites who were teaching the people. All of those men said to the people, “This day is set apart to honor the Lord your God. So don’t sob. Don’t be sad.” All of the people had been sobbing as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah was governor. Ezra was a priest and a teacher of the law.
10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy some good food and sweet drinks. Send some of it to those who don’t have any. This day is set apart to honor our Lord. So don’t be sad. The joy of the Lord makes you strong.


Reflections:

When we are waiting for an answer to prayer, it's easy to get discouraged. We don't see an end to our anxiety, our wondering if things will turn out okay.

The worst thing, during these times of waiting, is that our anxiety can snowball until it becomes all consuming and we are so full of worry that we are unable to find joy in any other area of our life. 

The first time I heard this short, sweet, verse from Nehemiah it took my breath away. I was actually sitting in church, feeling discouraged about a prayer that I was waiting to be answered. And then, when I heard this voice read it just put everything in perspective. 

When we are in  a period of waiting, we can't change our circumstances or hurry the outcome, but that doesn't mean that it should steal our joy...because as this verse assures us: The joy of the Lord makes us strong.

We don't have to rely on our own strength, God's strength is more than enough to sustain us. And His joy can fill our days with gladness until we receive the answer we are waiting for.

Amen!