Monday, September 19, 2016

North Texas Giving Day and What God Says About Money

North Texas Giving Day is an annual one-day fundraising event for non-profits in the N. Texas area. Anyone or any organization can donate online to the participating charity of their choice. Our school participates!
It is a wonderful opportunity to let your generosity shine. 

Your donations are MATCHED on a pro-rated basis by The Communities Foundation of Texas.

Did you know that God says more about money including giving and generosity than any other topic in the Bible.  There are more verses in the Bible on the topic of money than any other.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Are You Shocked at the Heinous Murders in Dallas? You Can Help

We watched in horror here in Dallas as a lone sniper carried out his evil attack. Dallas Police were hunted and murdered during a peaceful protest.
People fleeing for their lives were bravely protected by our police putting themselves in harms way. Their bravery and sacrifice is routinely unnoticed. Not this time. 

The world has seen the evil. How will the world respond?
Will we as Americans take heed of our true situation and seek the path of peace that only God can provide?
Hands of Peace*
Read below, a remarkable tweet sent during the attack from our pastor Todd Wagner of Watermark Community Church on the war zone and the broader invisible war. 
How will you respond?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Prayer in America and Prayer Shaming

Prayer is all about love, so what is "prayer shaming". Do Americans seem increasingly intolerant of prayer?

Christian students East Catholic High School in Connecticut take a stand for prayer.  They created this 2 minute video out of love and concern - for our nation and for freedom of prayer.
Watch and feel their emotion.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Top 10 Bible Verses for Mothers Day

Mothers are a gift from GodYou are very blessed indeed to have a mother today...so many people have a different story.
This post is in honor and memory of Sally Sutton Brice.

On this Mother's Day, honor your mother with encouraging and thankful Bible verses. Remember all the ways she tried to do her best for you.  



Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide although on different days and with different traditions. 

It is a time to praise God and give Him thanks for the gift of life He gave you through your mother.


I pray you will use God's word as a blessing for your mother today and throughout the year. 

Find just the right message below in these special Bible verses. 

Honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"- Matthew 19:19

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her -Proverbs 31:28

I thank my God every time I remember you. 
-Philippians 1:3

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. -Psalm 127:3

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”-Proverbs 31:29

Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer 2015

The 64th Annual National Day of Prayer is today, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The theme for 2015 is "Lord, Hear Our Cry" emphasizing the need for us, corporately and individually, to place our faith in God's unfailing love and grace. 
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Disturb Us Lord Prayer by Sir Francis Drake

Disturb Us, Lord, a prayer written in the 15th century by the famous sea captain and explorer Sir Francis Drake, is a striking appeal to God.
Drake, who is famous for circumnavigating the globe wrote this prayer in 1577.

Take time to contemplate the wisdom relected below. 
Ask God to open your heart and mind to the message these words may hold for you. What is true for your life? Ask God for His wisdom and discernment.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Psalm 19:7-14 The Perfect and Trustworthy Law of the Lord

The Bible is a wonderful gift from our loving Father so we may know His heart, His Will and His Way.
It is Gods true word and reveals who He is.

The Bible is God's love letter to His children.
It is our guidebook and following its precepts is wise and life giving to those who know Him.

God loves you and wants a relationship with you.
If you do not know him, see Do You Know God, below.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet,a light to my path"-Psalm 119:105

The heartfelt words of the Psalm below are both beautiful, humble and instructive. I pray you reflect upon this message.
What is it saying to you today?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Into the Darkness, Retinal Detachment and God

Two months ago God provided me with some sudden "down time". I experienced an abrupt detachment of my retina, a rare thing to happen, yet I am used to rare occurrences.
(Perhaps I will post that List some day.)
Through such events God has drawn me to Him in ever increasing closeness. 

Retinal Surgery Recovery down time


Although I was plunged into partial darkness,
I was calm, for I trust God in all things.
For I know I am His and God is good.
His ways are not our ways.
His ways are higher and holy.
See Isaiah 55:8-9

I prayed, thanking Him for the privilege of being His child, saved by His grace
and mercy through 
the atoning blood of Jesus
from the ultimate consequence of my sins,
eternal separation from my Abba Father.

(if you do not know Him read How to Receive Eternal Salvation)

I also thanked God that I lived in America where I could receive excellent medical care and I asked for healing, if that was God's will.
See Romans 12:2 

Before this incident my eyesight was perfect. I had no need of reading glasses.
Based upon my symptoms including the abrupt appearance of a gigantic black floater,
I suspected a detached retina was possible though not probable.
Quick research on the internet had provided the clues.
I contacted an eye doctor, described the craziness happening in my eye, and 2 hours later
I was in their office. Within 24 hours I had retinal detachment surgery with vitrectomy
In a later post I will describe what is looks and feels like to have a detached retina and then the healing process. 

Although I faced an uncertain outcome, God gave me PEACE.
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord,
the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal"-Isaiah 26:3-4

Thursday, December 25, 2014

CHRISTMAS PRINCE of PEACE

Do you desire Peace in your life? I cannot imagine anyone wants the opposite (chaos, stress, sadness, emptiness).
My life, like yours, has an ebb and flow but we all yearn for peace- a lasting inner peace.

What robs you of peace?
Whether we lead ourselves astray by our choices or tragedy strikes, one path to true peace does exist. 
Read below how you can finally have real PEACE. 

Jesus is the Prince of PEACE!  

Read this Christmas Devotional from Dr. Charles Stanley based on Isaiah 9:6-7 and may it bless you. 
"Today’s Bible passage is a Christmas favorite. We love that a child was born in a stable, and that God’s Son was given from heaven. 
We also derive great comfort from His names—“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (v. 6). 

But now and then we may wonder why the world is so chaotic and unstable if Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Although this verse is ultimately a prediction of Christ’s future kingdom, the title also reflects His reason for coming to earth 2,000 years ago and His present ministry to us today.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Iranian BIBLE Launched As God Is At Work in Iran

Elam Ministries has unveiled a new Persian (Farsi) translation of the Bible. It is the culmination of a meticulous 20 year translation project.
I was so joyful as I read the email I received from Elam celebrating the London dedication of their new Bible, known as the 'New Millennium Version'.


According to an article by Evangelical Alliance, "Elam's goal is to print 300,000 copies of this new Bible in the next three years, helping to evangelize and disciple hundreds of thousands in Iran."

This is welcome news. 

According to the Operation World website, Iran has the fastest growing Evangelical population in the entire world! (Afghanistan is 2nd)
Iran Alive's website states, "more Persians have come to Christ in the 33 years since the Islamic revolution of 1979, than in the 1400 prior years…combined! 
The majority of these have come in the last 10 years, since the launch of Christian satellite TV broadcasts."  
By some estimates there are at least 350,000 believers in Iran as compared to 500 in 1979.

You may ask "how has this happened?"
In my view, clearly God is at work in Iran.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

God is Always with You For All Eternity

We just took our oldest son Alexander to college, an oftentimes unsettling change for parents and their children. In transitions such as this, God comforts each of us in different ways.
When you drop off your child and give them the "see ya later" hug,
each of us experiences that moment in our own personal way. I am so thankful that through God's grace and mercy I am His child. 
As believers, you and I can trust that God is Good and He is always with our children near or far.

On the 4 hour drive back home, I opened my email to find the devotional below. It was no coincidence. God was at work to remind and assure me and my family that we are His forever and He is always at our side.

I quickly forwarded the email to my husband and our boys. God put it on my heart to share it with You...
In a rare move, I am posting that Jesus Calling devotional. May you be blessed by this post and may God give you His peace!

I am Yours for All Eternity.

I am the Alpha and the Omega: the One who is and was and is to come. 

The world you inhabit is a place of constant changes—more than your mind can absorb without going into shock.

Even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly, in spite of modern science’s attempts to prolong youth and life indefinitely

I, however, am the Same yesterday and Today and Forever.

Because I never change, your relationship with Me provides a Rock-Solid foundation for your life.
I will Never Leave Your Side. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

God's Blessings Are Available

God desires to bless us. Today I read this prayer and had to share it. Candid, thankful and hopeful, it represents what I believe and seek. May you be blessed.

Dear God,
"Thank you for a new day. I know that everything I am and everything I have is a result of what you have allowed in my life. Sometimes life is very hard;
other times it is full of happiness.

I know you are always there and your blessing is available...if only I will listen and obey.

Please help me to recognize the gifts you send and the doors you open each and every day.
Give me wisdom to see and do your Will.
Thank you for the spiritual gifts you have given,also.
I pray that you will use those gifts to work in and through me to minister to the world and draw people to you.
In Jesus' name I pray and give you praise." Amen.

You may wonder, what is a "blessing" according to the Bible?
Click here for a further explanation from a post on the Aaronic Blessing.

Gods primary and greatest blessing is His forgiveness given only to those who believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Read How to Receive Eternal Salvation - Say YES to God

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 
 he Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
-Numbers 6:24-26 

Have a Christ centered day - Julie

Resources
GotQuestons.org offers a good explanation of the Biblical meaning of "blessings". Click here to read it .

Source of the Prayer:
Os Hillman with Ephesians Four Ministries from their daily devotional, TGIF - Today God is First

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day The American Soldier and Jesus

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul and both died for your freedom.
On this Memorial Day let us give thanks in remembrance of all the brave men and women who died while serving in our Armed Forces. And let us thank God for Jesus who died for all mankind to free us from sin, judgment and eternal separation from God.


To learn more about Jesus read How to Receive Eternal Salvation

If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, you will have eternal life.

"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:40

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

The good news is the God loves us and wants a relationship with us. God in his mercy sent Jesus to live a life free of sin and die on the cross for our sins, so we may freely approach the throne of our Holy God.

Jesus is the way to God. 
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Abba Father I Pray

Abba Father as I watch a cloudless sky begin to awaken,
the bunnies hop, the birds' chirp mixed with crickets' song.
It is serene. It is lovely. It is good.
The sun innocently breaks the horizon, softly lighting the hilltop. 
A summer breeze is cool, not hinting at the heat to come,
yet there are no birds in flight.
The morning innocent and calm.

I lift my eyes skyward. I seek your face and pray.
Father of all mercy and tenderness, patient and kind
You have been good to me thy servant. 
All the years of my life you have guided me, although I was often unaware.
You saved me from harms way so many times.
I see your hand in all things.

I don't deserve your love yet you lavish it upon me.
Forgive me and cleanse me with the precious blood of Jesus. 
Use me as a vessel through which You bless others.

Light my path. 
Teach me Your ways, for I am prone to selfishness. 
Give me Your wisdom for surely my own is riddled with flaws.
Show me Your will, for I desire to do it

I want to serve you well, according to your plans for me. 
I am yours, yet sadly I am prone to wander.
I allow myself to be enticed away.
Keep me on the straight and narrow path to you.

Open my heart fully to you. 
Open the hearts & minds of those I love who are far from you,
so they may know You and accept Jesus as Lord.
Let me be about your business.

Here I am. Send me! 
* * * * *
What does ABBA mean? It is an Aramaic word. Jesus used it 3 times in the New Testament of the Bible. Most notably in the  garden of Gethsemane.
"Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." - Mark 14:36
´Abbā´ is an intimate word like "daddy", a term of endearment used by Jesus, the only son of God to his Father.
The Jews of the time would not have addressed God in such an informal way for their relationship with Him was not the same as the Son of God.
Today through Jesus, all Christians can have a deep, personal relationship with God. As a child of God, I love to pray Abba, Father. It warms my heart and I feel such joy and peace. 
If you do not know God and want to know him, love him and be his child
read How To Receive Eternal Life

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Real Truth Real Quick Biblical Answers to Everyday Questions

Do you have questions about life, our culture in America, parenting, the Bible, leadership, God, faith etc?
Your good questions have good answers.

A new 5 minute weekly podcast called Real Truth Real Quick 
provides just such a resource for you.



Get quick and insightful Biblically based answers for topics
you are discussing at home, in the office, with your friends or at school.
Ask anything that is on your mind.There are no wrong questions.

Watermark Community Church produces the podcasts. Senior Pastor Todd Wagner answers your questions one topic at a time. Their website states:
"On Real Truth Real Quick we're committed to answering your questions not based on people's opinions, but from God's Word"

In the inaugural podcast,Todd Wagner's prays for this endeavor and it's audience including the following 2 quotes: 

..."Be noble minded and listen to it objectively and then study God's word to see if it is so….hold it up to the test of reality. Does this fit?
Is it congruent with the world that I really live in?"....Todd Wagner

"If it ain't in The Word you forget what you heard" -Todd Wagner

Prior Podcast Topics have included:
Is Christian Hip-Hop UnChristian? 
(Updated June 8, 2015)

The Website = Real Truth Real Quick  You can Submit your questions on the website or via Twitter @RealTruthRQ , Facebook or email.

Subscribe on iTunes to the weekly 5 minutes podcast. 
Learn more at their website.

Learn about The Bible and great Bible Resources

BLOG and Further Resources
Real Truth Real Quick also has a Blog so you can dig further into these topics.
You will find Notes from each podcast and Links to Resouces for your further study.

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, as well as the final authority in doctrine and practice.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 17:17)"

Podcast ARCHIVES  

To God Be The Glory- Julie

Friday, December 20, 2013

Top 10 Christmas Bible Verses and the Christmas Story

Celebrate, cherish and share the story of Jesus birth at Christmas. 
Choose from the most beautiful Christmas Bible Verses listed below. Use for Christmas cards, Bible study, meditation, teaching or memorizing. 

Tell the wonder and truth of Jesus Birth. The Messiah. King of Kings and Lord of LordsImmanuel.

I pray these Bible verses followed by the Christmas Story will bless you- and that you may know the source of all true Peace, Love and Joy-- JESUS


1- For God so LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Eternal life. 
-John 3:16 

2- 
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son,
and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with Us”).
-Matthew 1:23,
 fulfilling Isaiah's prophesy- see Isaiah 7:14 

3- But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you are to call him JESUS.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
-Luke 1:30-32,  see also Luke 1:35

4- And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news
that will cause great JOY for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to Youhe is the Messiah, the Lord-Luke 2:8-11

5- And suddenly there was with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth PEACE among those with whom he is pleased.” - Luke 2:13-14

6- For to Us a child is born, to Us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. 
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
-Isaiah 9:6 

7- She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name JESUS,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
-Matthew 1:21
(note - Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.

8- This is how God showed his LOVE among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might Live through Him.
This is Love: not that we loved God, but that He Loved Us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
-1 John 4:9-10

9- Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
-John 1:12

10) The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you:
the Lord turn his face forward you 
and give you peace-Numbers 6:24-26

Additional Bible verses:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Sonborn of woman, born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our heartscrying, “Abba! Father!” -Galatians 4:4-6

May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace 
as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit-Romans 15:13

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.”-1 Corinthians 2:9

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. -1 John 5:11

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind….
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 
-John 1:1-4, 14

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory. -1 Timothy 3:16

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
-Psalm 105:1

And being found in human form, he humbled himself 
by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
-Philippians 2:8-10

Do you not know? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God.
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
-Isaiah 40:28-29

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with JOY in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand. -Psalm 16:11

If you don't know Jesus but you are ready to learn more 
or if you desire to have a relationship with him but you don't know  where to begin, then read

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

The story of Jesus birth, the Christmas story, can be found Luke 2:1-21 and again in Matthew 1:18-25, both typed below. 
Read this to your children, study it for yourself. May God bless the reading of His Word. 

Luke 2:1-21
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Matthew 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son.
And he gave him the name Jesus.

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THE BIBLE
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
--2 Timothy 3:16-17

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
-2 Peter 1:21

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth- John 17:17