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Jesus… our constant encourager

Evening all… Well, it’s Sunday night and I’m only a good sleep away from a new week of work, study.. and all the other things that go with the ‘Mum life’.  

As you can see by the below photo, I was able to pull myself out from under the lazy sunday haze, and head out to the shed for a solid workout tonight.   ūü§ó

As always, I feel super encouraged after having done my session.   I’ve given my body the respect it is due, while also continuing to thank my Lord for His ultimate sacrifice.   Whenever I want to quit, I remind myself that Jesus had nails put thru his wrists & ankles, hung on that cross, suffered a torturous death…. all so that I would have LIFE.. and have it in abundance. (John 10:10b).  The very least I can do is respect the earthly tent he gave me. 

I’ve shared with you all before how I can often struggle with the ‘mind game ‘ of fitness and healthy living.   I can be nowhere near ‘falling off the wagon ‘ but can end up feeling that way due to a comment or situation that has happened.  Now, this weekends occurance shows that it’s not only a negative or nasty comment that the enemy can use as a way to pull you down.  I had a friend over who is on a fitness journey, just like me.  Now all she did was explain her methods, fitness & food choices etc.. and I came away feeling that I was ‘doing it wrong ‘ (which illogically takes me down the train of thought that I’m ‘failing’).

This didn’t bring me low for long at all, Praise God.  It did however remind me that I need to hold my shield up high at all times.   Something so innocent… not ever a comment about me personally.. or my choices.. had me doubting myself.   

I need to constantly remind myself Who I am.. and whos I am !! I do this in the day to day.. but I need to apply this to my fitness journey also.   I’ve said it before… Jesus is my workout buddy… and it’s so true..  He gets me through EVERY workout, soothes every pain… gives me the confidence to lift that extra weight.. and never leaves my side !! 

So that means I actually talk thru every part of the journey with him.  What I’ll eat (or not), how hard I’ll push myself.. etc etc.   I don’t need to doubt my methods and choices.. even when they’re different to someone else’s.. because I made those choices with my Lord !! 

This level of confidence in my journey is beyond awesome !!!!! It makes it very easy to stay on track.. even with the odd temporary ‘down’ period.  

Ok peeps…. enjoy your week & remember that our journeys are all different.  We won’t travel the same path to reach our destination.  ūüėé

Much love & encouragement !! xx

PS.  In my pic tonight I’m wearing my new fav workout singlet.   My super awesome sister brought this home from Hawaii for me yest (That’s why I’m doing the shakaūüėÖ).  As my Mum pointed out today … the words don’t only speak to my fitness journey.. but also to my spiritual journey.  This is so so true…. and I’m constantly under construction in His will !!! LOVE IT !!! 

We’re ALL made in HIS image !!¬†

So, I’m blogging from bed tonight. . this is new for me. What’s been on my mind today? ¬†The journey of struggle to always, 100% of the time, think the absolute best of others… no matter what they’ve done or said to you. ¬†

It can be a challenge. .. but after growing through some friends & family struggles in the last few years, ¬†I’m well able to see the fruitful results of thinking the best of others during & after conflict. ¬†To clarify.. ..I’m referring to the results within me. ¬† When logic tells you this, ¬†that or the other, ¬†but you’re able to see past that and see the likeness of the image of God in all, you know He has done a great work within your heart. ¬† It’s also been really interesting to notice the reactions of others to my approach when it comes to how I think of others I’ve been thru conflict with. ¬† There’s been no resolution. .. and yet I am able to believe the best of them. … even when it defies logic. ¬† I, like many of us, kind of have two different types of friends/family. .. those walking with The Lord.. and those that aren’t. ¬† Prodominently, my friends & family who are walking with Him know that I am making the BEST choices, even when it may not seem the logical choice (the decision you’d make in the flesh). ¬†The flipside of the coin is a large perecent of my unbelieving friends/family think I’m a nutcase when I refuse to think badly of others.

I listen to myself at times and know that it seems crazy.. illogical. . and maybe a tad niave to look past nastiness to the God given gifts & talents that I know are beneath any words said out of hurt, pain, confusion. …. or outright miscommunication, but when you’re witnessed years of a beautiful, kind heart… when you have those memories. .. it’s easy to cling to those, ¬†rather than the negative.

Now.. ¬†is it like a switch where you conplete your growth journey and you never struggle to always see the best? ¬†Um, NO !! I so wish it was. .. but sadly, there’s an enemy that loves to pull us down at every opportunity. ¬†We can know that we need to hold our shield high.. but sometimes LIFE gets hectic, stressful… or generally just full-on… It’s at those times that we may get a little distracted and have an arrow make contact. ¬†Solution – Sword of the Spirit. ¬†KNOW IT… MEMORIZE IT… SPEAK IT OUT !! & do that even when you don’t feel like doing it. ¬†Actually. . do it ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like doing it.

Seems simple right. .. well it looks like it on paper.. but it does take strength, ¬†perserverence, patience, persistence, determination . .. and lots of other strong qualities. ¬†Good thing for us God gave us all those things… we just have to use them. ¬† They’re kinda like muscels at times (yes, I did need to bring a fitness element into this. ¬†Ha ha). .. if you use them a lot, they work well… get a little slothful, and it’ll be a tad more difficult for you.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Maybe the conflict I’ve experienced will never be repaired… who knows. . But I know it can only be beneficial to my heart for me¬†to have this mindset.

Philippians 4 : 8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

You know what else is imperative. .. seeking & then listening to Godly counsel. ¬†It takes humility, ¬†but it’s something I’ve grown to know is extremely important. ¬† Because guess what, ¬†we can’t always trust our own emotions. ¬† Another interest thing. .. God doesn’t just use our believing friends to impart wisdom to us. ¬† I’ve recieved fresh insight and wise cousel on many occasions from my unsaved friends & family.

Proverbs 1 : 7 РThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Well, It’s now morning. . And no, ¬†I didn’t blog all night. … but I do like to write and then sit on something thru the night. . Just in case I’ve used my own fleshy thoughts and logic and not discerned correctly what it is The Lord has for me to publish.

Enjoy this new day peeps !! Seek His counsel in all things. .. and see others as He sees them. .. in every situation. ¬†At work today, ¬†with your family, ¬†at school, ¬†out socializing… whatever it might be, look for the best in all !! It might not always be easy, ¬†but man, ¬†you’ll feel better in yourself then giving into what our emotions sometimes say we have ‘the right’ to feel. ¬† We all know what’s best. . It’s the enemy that comes in and feeds us the Genesis 3 : 1 line. . “Did He really say…” As it says, he’s crafty. ¬†He often doesn’t outright tell us things, ¬†but makes us question the sound judgement we have within us from The Lord.

Don’t listen to Him !!

Soak in the scriptures. . And use those swords to tell the enemy where to go when you feel yourself thinking badly of others,  or maybe justifying poor decisions.

And as Lisa Bevere says in ‘Girls with Sword’… STRIKE TRUE !!

Blessings peeps !!

Life is continuing….

Oh my goodness, if I’d left it another two days, it would have been an entire month between blogs…that’s downright SLACK !!!

So much has been going on.. which does help to explain my slackness in the blogging department.

The highlights are –

  • Baby Boy Lucas is now HOME and powering on like the little warrior he has proven himself to be. ¬†He’s settling in at home, putting on weight, getting to know his big brother, and is having his first immunisations today.

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  • I scored myself a not very pleasant intercostal injury about a month ago and am actually still suffering from that. ¬†However, it IS improving (PRAISE GOD !!) so things ARE on the up & up. ¬†I think I did it because I did either too many sit ups, or did sit ups incorrectly. ¬†I had both an ultrasound and an X-ray on my right side chest/ribs etc but it didn’t show anything. ¬†As a result, I’ve had to change my exercise routine … ¬†for the first two weeks, I couldn’t do ANYTHING. ¬†I am pleased to say though that I must have been doing just enough to keep the weight loss train going as the number has continued to drop slowly each Tuesday morning for my weigh-in.
  • We are now down to only two weeks and two days until we sail far far away across the sea !!! ¬†Our renewed passports finally arrived so this is a relief. ¬†I cannot even tell you how excited & humbled I am to know that I get to enjoy two weeks ‘off the job’. ¬†No cleaning, cooking, washing…. ¬†Thank you Jesus !!!
  • Sadly there is ups and downs (more downs) ¬†in family over the last few weeks that look to be continuing for a while. ¬†However, God is teaching me a lot throughout. ¬†It’s so easy to see someone’s actions as selfishness on the surface, but when looking deeper, you can expose emotional issues that deserve additional care. ¬†Also, sadly, it is human nature to ‘arc up’ when someone does something to upset you, when in fact, we’ve been commissioned to Love thy neighbour, repay bad with GOOD, do all we can to expand God’s Kingdom, and most importantly, be the LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS !!!
  • DH is really enjoying having his aeroplane and being able to go up to the airfield whenever he can and go for a fly IN HIS OWN PLANE. ¬†He’s been waiting a very long time for this and is LOVING IT !! ¬†He’s also made a nice group of friends up there, which is just as much a part of the whole ‘scene’ he’s been wanting to be apart of for so long. They sit around with their drinks and discuss all things ‘planes’. ¬†I’m really really happy for him. ¬†& as you can see, the kids are enjoying it too.

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  • The biggest homeschool excursion (78 people) I have ever organised went off without a hitch (or any drownings)… Woot Woot !!

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  • Miss 14’s dance comps all went very well. ¬†Now to enjoy the break before it all starts again in Feb 2016.
  • The 2016 homeschool journey has been decided on which is also a weight off my shoulders. ¬†The older two kiddos are currently working through diagnostic testing for next year and are doing very well with them.

So there you go, that basically brings you up to speed, to a degree, on our lives.

Even amongst the ups and downs of ‘life’ I love how God makes ‘lessons’ out of all situations, good & bad. ¬†I’ve also been reading Jefferson Bethke’s Jesus>Religion which is really opening up my view on things.

Blessings xox

Having an educated opinion goes a long long way.

So, as my 17 (nearly 18) year old niece is a vegetarian recently changed to Vegan, I decided to do some serious research into the subject after she expressed disappointment and frustration at the response she gets from people on this topic. ¬†Now, I’ll admit, my initial response was similar to many… ¬†“What, you can seriously go without eating a perfectly cooked steak, or a delicious chicken breast?” ¬†I love my meat and enjoy cooking with nice meat.

I didn’t want to just give her the same response that many do, without it being an educated opinion… so this is what prompted the research journey.

I must admit, I do stick to those two main meats listed above.. chicken & steak. ¬†The are really the only ‘healthy’ ones that i like to eat. ¬†I’m not a big fan of fish and only really eat it very rarely as I do acknowledge that it’s good for me. ¬†I do have some sort of mince dish once a fortnight or so, but I’d prefer to stay away form it, as well as sausages, as you just can’t always be sure exactly what’s in them. ¬†So, what I’m saying is that I don’t eat a huge range of meat. ¬†My eyesight has always made it difficult to cut up anything with a bone in it, so I’ve stayed away from chops, t-bone etc.

During a conversation with Miss 17 this week, she questioned my biblical standpoint on the topic of meat eating, as I must admit I’d fallen back to those verses about dominion over animals when talking to her at other times etc. ¬†Also, the one thing I’ve clung to is the ‘God gave us meat to eat’ argument. ¬†Something prompted me to look into that and verify that I was in fact speaking correctly. ¬†My research tells me that I WASN’T !! ¬†(Whoopsie)

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Gene:29-30 … And God said, ‚ÄúBehold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.‚ÄĚ And it was so.¬†

Let’s also look at Genesis 2:9¬†..And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. ¬†and vs 16 –¬†And the Lord God commanded the man (Adam), saying, ‚ÄúYou may surely eat of every tree of the garden (God’s first form of food for us was in fact grown from the ground….. maybe significant, maybe not, but an interesting point nonetheless.)

In vs 18 God decided that Adam should not be alone and that He would make him a helper, so the animals which God had created out of the dust back in Gen 1:20, were paraded past Adam, and he named each one. ¬†A suitable helper had not been found, so it was then that God created Eve. ¬†I think it’s very interesting that animals were first seen as Adam’s HELPER, ¬†there is no mention or even hint at them created for his food.

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In Chapter 3 vs 18, after the fall has occurred, God speaks of Adam eating the plants of the field, and bread.. but still no mention of eating meat. ¬†(& so the plot thickens… who else is starting to think the Vegetarians maybe aren’t the crazy ones??)

However, in vs 20 & 21 of Chapter 3, it says this… ¬†the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. ¬†And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. ¬† So, where did these ‘skins’ come from? ¬†Several commentaries look at whether this was skin from an animal, which of course would have had to die in order for him to have the skin, or did God simply create the skin Himself?

In Genesis 4:4, the first specific mention of killing an animal occurs….Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. ¬†

When we get to Gen 8 vs 20… ¬†the flood waters have subsided and Noah comes out of the ark and offers a sacrifice to The Lord and He finds the aroma ‘pleasing’. ¬†Now, would this indicate that God was ok with the sacrifice of animals? ¬† It had been made clear prior to this that a sacrifice was made of an innocent animal, to atone for our sins… all being a prelude to the ultimate innocent, Jesus, who would make the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross… taking the penalty for our sin. ¬†A commentary I read on this verse and others relating to it suggests that it wasn’t the aroma of animal blood and burnt flesh that God found appealing, but the repentant attitude of Noah which prompted him to do the sacrifice in the first place. ¬†(Remembering we are fallen man.)

Gen 9:1-4 gets rather interesting… *remembering that man’s diet to this point has been only vegetarian…¬†¬†And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‚ÄúBe fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

This paragraph from the same commentary mentioned above suggest this of Gen 9: 1-4…

This whole passage is a concession from God and does not express the will of God. God recognizes the evilness of the human heart and is allowing humankind to live in a state of being that is less than His desire or ideal.

The same commentary goes on to say…

However, upon the ark there was once again no death, and apparent obedience to the Lord. But following the Flood, when there was supposed to be another Edenic way of peaceful living and obedience to God, Noah and his family sacrificed innocent animals, because they supposedly recognized themselves as not pure, and needed to repent. This brings about the mixed feelings of God, as expressed in Genesis 8:21.

Apparently, it is easier to kill an innocent animal than it is to be obedient to the Lord our God. Or, perhaps there is more to this corrupted state of being. Are humans expressing their dominance and power over the animals by killing and eating those who are weaker than themselves (The sin of the boastful pride of life)? Are humans expressing their sins of the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes (1 John 2:16), by eating the flesh that had been denied them as poor people who looked upon the eating of flesh as a status symbol? I believe the answer to both questions is, “Yes!”

I particularly liked this following paragraph as it relates back to Gen 2:18 where animals were to be helpers.

For nearly a year, the animals upon the ark had lived in close confinement with Noah and his human family. It must have been as though these animals were also part of Noah’s family. The killing of the innocent animals for the sacrifice was a betrayal of the pre-existing peaceful state, and brought fear and terror to the heart and soul of every animal upon the ark. This is the key point that God emphasizes and expands upon in Genesis 9:2. Not only had the humans lost their perfect state of being with God, but now they had lost the companionship and fellowship of most of the animal kingdom.

God, knowing the evilness of the human heart, further grants the concession of eating the animals, for He acknowledges that the humans are not ready to repent of their evil nature.

Once again, a topic that requires some time with God to process. ¬†I can’t honestly say that I’ll be changing to a vegetarian lifestyle tomorrow , but I can definitely tell you that my opinion on it has done a 180 from where I was a few days back.

It’s knowledge awesome !!! ¬†I’ve chosen in this blog to look at this biblical side of the topic, but there is actually a complete other side to it also in regards to agricultural farming and the harm it causes to the environment. ¬†I’m still researching that angle, so will fill you all in once I feel more equipped to do so.

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Blessings xox

Being in good company

I’m gonna be honest. .¬† I’m struggling tonight.¬†
I want to be walking the right path.. I NEED to be walking the right path as I have little eyes watching me and little ears listening to me.  (and some big eyes & ears too)
However these very encouraging facts don’t make the path any easier.¬† The bumps are still there,¬† the ‘stones’ are still thrown, the misconceptions of me by others are still there.¬†
I solidly believe that I not only witness to my children through things that I say,¬† but possibly even more so by things that I DON’T.¬† When I’m abused by a family member and I don’t respond in like tone or with harsh words.¬† When I’m treated like a ‘goodie-two-shoes’ but choose to stay silent and not ‘defend myself’.
When I’m outright verbally attacked,¬† but refuse to take the bait and retaliate. .. they see that.¬†¬† & you know what else they see… the frustration on the person’s face when I won’t lower myself to their level.¬†
Isn’t it interesting (& frustrating) that we can KNOW that God’s opinion is the only one that matters and yet the darts fired by others still hurt.  I often wish that I was impervious to these comments etc but I also know that I am taught a lesson through everything single dig at me,  every single comment made. .. and every single not-so-subtle insult on Facebook. 
I actually started this blog last night but the fact that I stopped part way through turned out to be a blessing in itself as I actually needed to be reminded of my own words when dealing with someone today.  
Praise The Lord it was actually a really great day today spent at the beach with Miss 14 & niece 17 (well great day except for the sunburnt back of the legs. .. what on earth).  Lots of time to think and talk to Jesus while the girls were out paddle boarding.  Something about being at the beach (I think it’s actually in any natural setting) that gets me closer to God.

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I am constantly blown away of late with the relevance of each mornings devotion and how it has been speaking directly into current situations & struggles. If you don’t do a morning devotion,  I’d really encourage you to as it is just the BEST way to start the day. 
So, getting back to my title. .. with all that I’ve been dealing with in days of late… I am comforted knowing that Jesus was hated,  he was ridiculed,  he was treated as a fool… so when I feel treated like this. . I know I’m in good company. 
Blessings peeps xox

Fi’s ‘War Room’ Review… spoiler alert… IT’S AWESOME !!

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After 6wks of waiting(Yes, I truly purchased my tickets that long ago)… Aug 29 finally rolled around and our group of 14 were off to see ‘War Room’. ¬†I’m still under the weather a tad so that made the outing not quite as exciting as I would have liked, but I could have been half dead… I was not going to miss this movie!!

I will admit that I went with very high expectation, as I have loved the Kendrick brothers movies for years.  We have their triple play of Flywheel, Facing the Giants and Fireproof, as well as Courageous, on DVD and watch them regularly as a family.  They are just fantastic wholesome movies with great messages to ponder, no matter how many time you watch them.  So, going along to War Room with this high standard in mind, I was not surprised, but also very pleased to come away thinking that God had once again used these two men to produce a 1st class message.

The atmosphere within the cinemas was fantastic from the moment you walked in. ¬†The crowd was clearly expectant for the message they were about to sit under. ¬†The ages varied.. even within our own group, we had a Nanna, 2 Dads, 4 Mums, 3 kids and 2 young adults. ¬†and so… we settled in with our movie snacks and prepared to just soak in all that God had for us in the next 2hrs.

Now, I LOVE Priscilla Shirer.. I have for a few years now. ¬†I love her heart for the Word of God, I love her style of teaching … I love that she is REAL !! ¬†I love that her teaching challengers me and encouragers me to get into the scriptures. ¬†So, with this respect for Priscilla already in play, I was keen to see how she portrayed the character of Elizabeth Jordan in War Room. ¬†Let’s just say she did not disappoint. ¬†Seriously, you would never know she hadn’t formerly acted before, but I guess her public speaking for many years would have certainly given her the confidence to take on such a role.

War Room certainly is one of those movies where you really did know all that is was going to be about prior to going… well, that’s if you’re a crazy researcher like I am. ¬†I knew it was predominantly about spiritual warfare. ¬†Fighting the REAL enemy in our situations. ¬†Getting ourselves, and our plans out of the way so that we leave God the room to fight for us, in the way that HE knows is best. ¬†We all know that can be hard at times, to hand it all over and say ‘Lord, it’s yours, do what you want with it, I can’t do it on my own strength.’

The humility it requires is also huge. ¬†There’s a particular scene in the movie where Elizabeth has received a txt from a friend saying that she’s just seen Tony (Elizabeth’s husband) at a restaurant with another woman. ¬† Her reaction shows her to be tortured by this information.. ¬†feelings of hurt, frustration, disbelief, fear, anger would surely have been present. ¬†The humility it takes to get in your War Room and hand over that situation to The Lord. .. to fight for your marriage, for your husband, for your family. ¬†Believe me, I’ve been right there… as in basically right there… ¬†I’ve known that my DH was in a tempting situation and that his heart was not right with The Lord, and it wasn’t right with me either. ¬†I remember my first thoughts were to make phonecalls, to somehow interfere with the situation to prevent anything bad happening…. to use whatever power I had to intervene. ¬†But Praise God, I had reached a point in my walk with The Lord where I knew my fighting had to be done in my War Room.. ¬†I had to hand it over to God and leave HIM in control.

I had to learn to pray for my DH, even when I felt hurt, angry, unloved and unappreciated. ¬†It’s amazing what God can do with these situations. ¬†Years back, when I was first learning these skills, I used to wonder ‘will I have to always do this, will it get easier?’ etc etc, but God has done amazing work within my DH. ¬†Is he 100% walking with The Lord? ¬†No. ¬†but I have had no reason to feel insecure, question his actions when it comes to the respect of our relationship, or feel unloved for quite a long time now.

So, while I still need to be in my War Room and fight for my husband on a daily basis, it’s not over those topics that tear at my heart and cause hurt and insecurity. ¬†I’m fighting for him because I know that who he is today is just one of the stages along the road to becoming the man that God created him to be. ¬†I no longer whine and gripe about what he isn’t, or ask God why he chose a non-believer for me 21yrs ago, but pray into his POTENTIAL. ¬†He has done nothing but flourish under this prayer method.

I can see that many women may not warm to the movie storyline… the submissive role as a wife that Elizabeth took on when she handed it all over to God. ¬†I think a lot of that stems from the misunderstanding that many people have of being a submissive wife. ¬†I proudly tell people I am a submissive wife…. ¬†sometimes just to get the reaction out of them so that I then have the opportunity to clarify it for them. ¬†& once again, I’m submitting to the man God created my DH to be, not so much to the man he is right now. ¬†I make it a daily choice to always see him through that lens… God’s lens… rather than society’s lens, who would probably label him with all sorts of unpleasantness.

Candace Cameron Bure’s book ‘Balancing it all’ opened up lots of debate about being a submissive wife. ¬†I think Candace did a fantastic job in many many interviews when asked about this topic. ¬†Feel free to YouTube search some of those.

Back to the movie…. the music was also fantastic… so good in fact that I bought the soundtrack on PlayStore on the way home. ¬†:0)

The atmosphere that I spoke of when we first walked into the cinema only increased throughout the showing. ¬†There’s something pretty downright cool about hearing an ‘Amen’ or a ‘Hallelujah’ called out in the middle of a cinema. ¬†Add to that rounds of applause throughout the movie, but particularly at the close of the final scene.

Heading out into the foyer of the cinemas, we were met by the HUGE and I mean HUGE crowd heading into the next War Room session. ¬†We knew so many people waiting to go in, from our church family, the young adults group, old neighbours, friends from way back… ¬†it was just so encouraging after having seen the fantastic movie, to then come out and see so many that mean so much to us going along to see it too.

As part of our movie going plans, we had offered to others to go out for dinner with us after the movie. ¬†I thought it would be the type of movie you’d want to chat about after. ¬†While most had to get home to their families, one family who we actually haven’t seen for years took us up on the offer. ¬†It was ¬†great time of fellowship, blessed conversation and yummy food. ¬†(I had pesto chicken on a bed of mashed potato, served with Brocolini and a creamy pesto sauce… ¬†not exactly the healthiest meal ever… but it was to die for… and heck, it’s Saturday night… that’s splurge night.)

And so now it’s Sunday, the memories of the movie are still fresh, I’d go again in a heartbeat, but what’s been going around my head today is that I don’t want it to simply speak to people (me included) and us all SAY that this is how we need to live and fight our battles, but not actually put it into effect. ¬†One of the first things Ms Clara talks about in the movie is putting a strategy in place. ¬†Soldiers don’t just head out and wing it. ¬†They study the enemy, examine their tactics and preferred weapons, and then plan accordingly.

This makes me think of Sun Tzu and his quote ;

‚ÄúIf you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.‚ÄĚ

It also reminds me of the other thing we need to know.. the Word of God… sharper than a two edged sword. ¬†Our best weapon in any battle… and that leads me into what I LOVE to talk about… Bible Study. ¬†I LOVE to do them, LOVE to tell¬†people¬†about them, LOVE to recommend them to others, LOVE to research them… well, you get the idea. ¬†It’s fine and¬†dandy¬†to have¬†scripture up in your prayer close/War Room walls as Ms Clara does and as Elizabeth did in the movie (& I do too), but it’s also invaluable to KNOW your bible so well that you can pull on a scripture when needed, no matter where you are.

Personally, I find Bible Study the best way to do this, so below I’ll fill you in on the following which describes my Bible Study plan… and yes, it’s a Priscilla Shirer plan, so I’m taking no credit for it, but I’m more than happy to lap up God’s Word using her methods. ¬†I know you will be blessed by it also.

5 Ps of bible study

Position yourself to hear from God (War Room/Prayer Closet)

I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Habakkuk 2;1

Pour over the passage and paraphrase the major principals.  Mediate on them.  Put yourself in the scenario .  

Pull out the spiritual principals within that scripture.  Is there a command or a promise that you are ignoring?  Is there a character trait or attribute of God that he is trying to show you?

Pose the question.  Turn the spiritual principals back on yourself.  Am I heeding these commands or claiming these promises.

Plan obedience and pin down a date to obey. Strategise how you are going to obey.

Open Book

Remember, The Bible is ALIVE .. it’s not just black print on a white page. ¬†The Holy Spirit causes it to jump off the page and speak right into our own situations. ¬† Let’s You & I dive into it today and every day. ¬† Let’s get strategising.

Blessings xox

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