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Spending Time with Jesus

Posted by Amy Spear on February 2, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)
When you think of powerful preaching in the New Testament we naturally think of Jesus. Aside from Jesus we might also think of Paul. What about Peter? He is not one I think of right off-the-bat, after all he was the one who denied Jesus three times and left Him at His most critical moment in life. But listen to these words... "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: 'Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Acts 4:8-12 Talk about BOLD! Peter spoke these words less than 2 months after Jesus was crucified on the cross, standing in front of the same court that accused his Savior. He clearly was a changed man! He no longer wanted to run and hide. He no longer denied who is Master was. He no longer cared about his life or losing it. He no longer cowered away from the scene. He had changed! What was different about this man? What would turn a coward into this bold mighty preacher we read about? I mean these men who he spoke to and accused, had the power to enact the same destiny to him as they did to Jesus, death on a cross! "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13 Had been with Jesus. It was written all over him! Those who were blind to the truth could see clearly that Peter had been with Jesus! Jesus always makes us brave. He gives us strength to do His work, to continue doing good, to preserver in our calling, to help others, to love others, to speak the truth. When all we want to do is run and hide and be a coward, we need to go and be with Jesus. What is it that has you cowering in a corner? Is there something that God has asked you to do that you simple don???t want to? Take it from an expert, you will regret not doing it! I would much rather fail at what the Lord has called me to do in obedience, than not obey and do things my way! Just like Peter was, disobedience leaves us sorrowful and full of regret. Yet when we run to Jesus, and seek Jesus and learn to be with Jesus, He changes us! He provides for our every need and gives us BOLDNESS to accomplish what He has called us to do. No longer do we have to bare the testimony of backing down from the fight, but we can stand strong like Peter, and speak Jesus with Boldness and Love! Jesus makes us Brave! In Him, Amy https://youtu.be/6Hi-VMxT6fc

When you don't know what to say?

Posted by Amy Spear on August 18, 2016 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Speechless. Completely speechless.

That is how my prayer time has been lately. Several people I know have gotten some bad news about their health and have asked for my prayers, but all to often I am left without words. My heart cries out to God, but my voice is left silent.

In moments like these I rely on the truth of this verse,

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father know what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8

It’s not the amount of words that we say to God or how eloquently we say them. God knows our heart and He knows what we need and want before any words approach our lips. When we are left speechless and can’t find the words to say, the Holy Spirit speaks for us, taking our request to God Almighty and interpreting on our behalf.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26

Thank you God for allowing us to come before you with our requests and desires. Thank you that you know what we are going to ask for before a syllable approaches our lips. You are a gracious and giving God who loves to bestow gifts of love on your children. Teach us more about who you are through our pray life and may you strengthen our hearts as we spend time with you today. Amen.

In Him,

Amy

How sharp is your sword?

Posted by Amy Spear on December 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever laughed out loud while reading the Bible?

 

With my stomach still growling after dinner tonight, I did just that, laughed out loud!

 

Matthew 4:2 “After He (Jesus) had fasted 40 days and 40 nights He was hungry.”

 

Ok stop right there. Laughing commence!

It was only after the 40 days that you are saying he was hungry!? Forty!? Well, that is proof enough for this food lover to be persuaded that Jesus is Lord!

I don’t think hungry would be the word you would use for me. It would have to be more like, out of my mind starving and on the verge of dyeing!

 

Clearly, it is fair to say that Jesus was a little more than “hungry” too!

 

Next comes verse 3, “Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

 

Notice the first word is “then”. How long had Satan been lurching in the shadows while Jesus prayed. What was he waiting for and what made him decide to move then? Was Satan so calculated and methodical that he knew the perfect time to act on his devious plans?

 

Could it be that Jesus was at his lowest? That Satan thought he saw a weak moment and then pounced?

 

Yes! Satan attacks at our weakest moment my friend! He doesn’t play by the mercy rule. When life has got us at our most vulnerable, that’s when he makes his move. There is no greater joy for him than when he makes one of Jesus’ sheep fall! He is out to still, kill, and destroy! (John 10:10)

 

He tempted Jesus with a thought he (Satan) already had himself, yet Jesus mustard up whatever strength he had left and, with dry, cracked, and horse voice, strained to say, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

 

Three times Satan tries to destroy Jesus, and three times Jesus refuses Satan with the Sword of God’s Word. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Heb.4:12

 

May we be like Jesus when Satan attacks!

 

Run to the truth of The Word. Don’t give up! Satan isn’t the only one who knows our every weakness. Jesus knows, and He is there along side you! “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin.” Heb 4:10

 

God isn’t just watching you like a hovering parent waiting to see if you will make the right choice, he says in Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

 

He is there my friend, holding your hand and helping you! How can Satan stand up to that! The God of the universe and you, hand in hand, fighting Satan word for word with His piercing sword!

 

I pray that you find hope today and strength to press through whatever struggle you are facing. That you turn to His word and proclaim the truth and watch the tempter flee like the scum bag he truly is!

Love in Him,

Amy

 

Changing my Heart one Dinner Conversation at a time.

Posted by Amy Spear on October 20, 2015 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Is there a part of your day that you look forward to the most?

My favorite part of the day is dinner time. It’s time for me to catch up with my kids and husband and spend some quality time with each other. Telling stories and sharing in the exciting things that took place in our day brings blessings to my soul.

We play a game called High/Low. Everyone has to share their favorite part of the day, their High, then they share their saddest part of the day, their Low. I started to notice that one of my little ones wanted to share their low with everyone first before sharing their high. Then it turned into sharing two lows while trying to think of a high for the day. This new habit sat uneasy in my heart. I began to see my own dissatisfaction in the day’s happenings through my child’s attitude.

Am I seeing the blessing in my entire day or only clinging to one good thing. Will dwelling on the negative bring about good things or bad things in my life?

God began to prompt my heart with scripture:

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:18

“A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

All these verse added up to us needing a change of heart. Instead of dwelling on the negative we needed to thank God for all the things in our day no matter what the circumstance. I still want to hear about the things that hurt their hearts but I want to develop an attitude of gratitude within my children while they are young so it will become second nature to them.

Now when we sit down for dinner, I ask them to name two Highs from their day. And boy do I get some sweet quality time with my babies! I get so much more information from them as they think about the good things that happened and the excitement to share those blessings with the whole family.

What about you? Do you need a change of heart like me? Do you tend to dwell on the “lows” of your day instead of your “highs”. Ask God to give you awareness of your attitude so you may recall the verses above and give thanks in all your circumstances! It will be a worthy pursuit for your day my friend!

 

 

I Can't Buzz and Slower

Posted by Amy Spear on September 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

“A bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower.” Kin Hubbard

Not a week goes by that I don’t complain about being too busy. But I know I’m not alone because the minute I start grumbling, others chime in as if it’s a competition to see who is the busiest. Our society sounds like a swarm of bees needing somewhere to nest and give it a rest!

Rest and renewal are essential; in fact they are a blessing. God set the example for all of us busy bees in Genesis 2:1-3, “So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested from all His work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation.”

God did not need to rest…He does not get tired, but it must be important because He made it part of creation. In fact rest is so special that God calls it Holy. You know, that makes sense to me. When I finally sit down and get alone with God it is striking how it renews me and fills me with His presence. Time in God’s word, time listening for His voice, and time in prayer changes me. I’m a different person than I was before I took that time to be still.

We need to rest. We need a day of rest (such as Sunday) and we need daily rest. For some that means we have to be deliberate and set time in our busy schedule to not be scheduled. God is calling us to participate in a holy experience; what are we waiting for?

M


 

The Olive Tree

Posted by Amy Spear on September 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know there are over 40,000 types of olive trees! Crazy isn’t it!

“The olive tree, Olea europaea, is very hardy: drought-, disease- and fire-resistant, it can live to a great age. Its root system is robust and capable of regenerating the tree even if the above-ground structure is destroyed. The older the olive tree, the broader and more gnarled the trunk becomes. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be hundreds of years old, while an age of 2,000 years is claimed for a number of individual trees; in some cases, this has been scientifically verified.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive)

“Blessed are those who fear the Lord,…your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.” Psalm 128

Seems odd to say that your children are like olive shoots until you know a little something about the olive tree. To know that the olive tree grows well in dry soil means my children can with stand hard times, that they can still thrive and produce spiritual fruit while being tested by the sinful world around them, that as a parent who fears the Lord I can strengthen the roots of my children for generations to come. Not just my grandchildren but my great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren!

The olive tree is slow to produce fruit. In fact it can take any where between 10-15 years to produce solid fruit. Some times our children are slow to produce the fruit we long for, but in time the fruit will come. It takes diligent pruning and excellent attention but when it is all said and done the harvest will be well worth the wait!

God is good. He blesses those who fear Him and walk in his ways beyond what we could imagine!

Keep on pruning moms! God has a special seat at the banquet table just for you!

In Him,

Amy

Heed the Warning of the Whisper

Posted by Amy Spear on August 24, 2015 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

5 pages into Lysa Terkeurst’s book “The Best Yes” and I am hooked, and caught all at once. I will be honest reading is a past time I miss. So if I indulge in a book it must captivate me quickly. Well by page 5 this quote grabbed me, “We said yes to so much that we MISSED what I call our “Best Yes” assignments- simply because we didn’t heed the warning in the whispers within the subtle space.”

I am only on page 23 of the book so I cannot spoil the end. However the Holy Spirit is turning that over in my heart, “listen to the whisper.”

11 Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.”

At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11- 13 (HCSB)

The Sarah rendition might go something like this: The alarm clanked and the children fussed. Lunches packed, teeth brushed and please oh please find the keys. One boy at school the other one lonely and ready to play. A block city built and cars crashing about. Now can momma get to the” to do list” yet? A call or two or three, snack and lunch and snack again. Finally evening arrives and dinner and homework and siblings fight. The fire is raging and momma is hiding. A story, a glass of water, a second potty break, one song then two and finally, finally silence. And then in the moment of silence, a whisper. What are you doing, Sarah?

Elijah gushes out his feelings. His own words, “I alone am left.” In his activity to be “zealous for the Lord,” Elijah forgets God. My feelings in the moment of that whisper are Lord I do, do, do, but am I really doing anything?

Lysa’s has written a whole book on finding your “best yes,” making time for that desire you have, yet never get to do. It will prove to be a worthwhile read. But before I can finish her book, because let’s face it that might be forever away, I need to heed the warning of the whisper.

Can any of your days be described by stormy moments? Don’t we jump from one “crisis” to the next via jobs, family, or friend’s. And lets be honest small crisis or big we still get all worked up. The noise of our daily routine can be frantically chaotic or monotonously deafening. Either way we are tempted to lose focus.

God is at work. He has a plan for you today. Within that routine of your day whether stormy or peaceful he is whispering. Can you hear Him?

Elijah told God he felt alone. In the whisper God told Elijah to go get Elisha. God heard his honest need. He gave him a protégé. A friend, a colleague to carry the burden. He whispers so that we can advance his kingdom and mysteriously when we do that we are made complete. If we go all day without heeding the warning of the whisper. We will not want to answer when God asks, “What are you doing?”

Heed the warning, listen for His whisper. Your day will be absolutely captivating! - Sarah 

 

Good Ol'Mrs. Howard by Ginger Gann

Posted by Amy Spear on August 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Good ol’ Mrs. Howard. If you lived outside the city limits, as a child, chances are you rode a bus to school. Even with an age difference of almost seven years, my sister and I knew only one bus driver. You could set your watch by the arrival of Ms. Howard’s bus. For miles the approaching sound of churning gravel, accompanied by a trail of chalk white smoke, predictably announced her impending arrival. Grabbing our sack-nasties and throwing them into our backpack; we ran breathless to meet Mrs. Howard where our drive-way and the gravel rocks mingled. Waiting for tardy students is not acceptable. Even before the folding yellow door is completely closed we are off. I sway and stagger from side to side down the aisle, then fall soundly (but safely) into my seat on the back row. Thinking back...traveling with Mrs. Howard is most likely what prompted me, even at a young age, to begin and appreciate the value of a personal (fervent) prayer time. Each morning while I prayed hard, as my stomach performed summersaults, Mrs. Howard sped over hills so high the entire road disappeared. I hold my breath and wait for the bus to reach the summit... knuckles clinched white to the seat back in front of me. With my bottom-end defying gravity, my neck stretched out to capacity, I dart from side to side seeking a clear path through the bobbling heads in front of me. I p e e k over the hood while begging my breakfast to stay in it’s place and find (with a sigh of relief) the black- top faithfully return and lay securely in its place. It frightened me to see the road along the way vanish as we rolled up onto one large hill after another. As ridiculous as it may seem to an adult -an experienced driver, I desperately wanted that bus to travel a different way, or better yet… to just stop! Stop and allow me to sneak slowly up to the peak-top and lean ever so gently forward to verify, with my own eyes, the security of the road that lie ahead.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us - Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and that He rewards those who come seeking.

The road we travel is often times frightening, and we may not be able to see what lies ahead. Along the journey, like me, you may be tempted to stop the bus and just get off, or at the very least, request a new driver. Instead, stretch your faith… stretch it to capacity, and dare to peek bravely over the hood of your trouble. I promise, though right now you may not see it, you’ll find (with a sigh of relief) the road home is still securely in its place. So... pray hard when summersaults threaten! Keep traveling forward with steadfast white-knuckle faith knowing with God, in the driver’s seat, you are right on coarse and right on time. Just as surely as the churning gravel and chalk-white smoke from Mrs. Howard’s bus guarantee arrival - I urge you to grab your backpack and run out to where your faith and life journey mingle … He’ll meet you there!

Blessings abound~

G.

 

I Wept and Wept

Posted by Amy Spear on August 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)


It’s odd the things that capture your attention. But as I read Revelation, I became intrigued by this verse. “I wept and wept because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look inside.” John had been given an astonishing vision of the throne room of God.

The item that captivated John was a scroll, held in the strong right hand of none other than God Almighty. He somehow knew the scroll contained infinite wisdom, blessing for believers and that by opening it eternal life would be ushered in and the end of Satan’s rule on earth would commence. Understanding the perils of a world ruled by Satan, John longed for Christ to return and set the world right again. His hopes were dashed when it appeared no one was qualified to open the scroll and so he wept.

The thought came to me, what if a Bible lay in front of me, I knew it contained the wisdom of God, absolute truth… but I couldn’t open it? What would life be like without flawless advice for marriage, parenting, friendships, physical & mental health, government, finances, and morals? How would I discover God’s instruction for finding joy, peace, patience, love, kindness and purpose in life? Some people have helpful advice, but man’s perspective is flawed and falls short. In the end, there can only be one source of absolute truth, or it would not be absolute.

 If the Bible was sealed in front of my eyes and I could not access its wisdom, I believe I would weep just as John did. I am so thankful God’s written word is available and we are free to read it. I can’t imagine life without it.

What about you? If the Bible was locked and you could not read its pages, how would your life change?

M

Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction. Since I am a stranger on the earth, do not hide your commands from me. My soul is consumed with longing for your decrees at all times. Psalms 119:18-19

Donald Trump And Straighttalk

Posted by Amy Spear on August 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)
According to a survey done my NBC using survey monkey Donald Trump is leading in the polls by 23% for republican nominee. The numbers are shocking all major media outlets. Several talk radio hosts are suggesting that Americans are ready for a candidate who talks plain and doesn't play the game of political correctness. I am not endorsing or critiquing any political candidate. I am more interested if Americans really do want straightforward answers that don't hedge under political pressure. If so then why do Americans have such a problem with a biblical worldview? The bible does not play politics or yield under pressure. The bible is straight forward. Jesus says, "I am the way the truth and the light no one comes to the father but through me.' Jesus is the only way to heaven. It also says, "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will be one flesh. Marriage is between a man and a women. The bible also plainly says, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb." Life begins at conception. Again a straightforward answer, "A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance." Christ came to protect and rescue. His rules aren't meant to harm, his agenda is not self serving. In fact he ultimately died to show his love for us. His campaign was controversial. His plan still stirs up debate, but I have no doubt that in the end he is the victor. Make sure your vote for eternity is cast. America, if we want straightforward answers for life we need only open the bible. And the good news is, it actually has the power to do what it promises. "So my word that comes from My mouth will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do." Isaiah 55:11

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