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Following God One Step at a Time

Jesus said…

I have not noticed this Scripture before.

The Bible study author Jennifer Dukes Lee called attention to it, and I wanted to share it with you.

Mark 6:30-31 Jesus said… “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

I hope when I really need a break, I can remember,

to just find a quiet place to spend some time with Jesus.

How about you?

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Is there a reason?

Is there a reason God wants us to obey Him?

Maybe it’s because obeying shows our love and respect for God.

Listening to a Bible study today, I was struck by this question —

Can you Follow Jesus, and Not Obey God’s commands?

Wow, that made me stop and think!

If I answer that honestly, my answer is —

NO, I cannot follow Jesus unless I am obeying God.

Jesus obeyed God.

So I need to be at least trying to obey God’s commands.

I know that God will forgive my shortcomings, because you and I both know —

I won’t always obey God. Why?

Because I’m weak. Sometimes I’m afraid. Sometimes I’m confused.

Sometimes it’s not fun or pleasant to obey.

Then I had this thought —

“The devil wants to stop you from obeying God.”

OK, so now that makes this a question of faith.

So maybe I should want to obey God, because He loves me,

and He forgives me, and He provides for my needs.

So, yeah, I really do need to obey God.

My next step then is to brush up on God’s commands.

Starting with the 10 commandments —

Matthew 19:17
“Why do you ask Me about what is good?” Jesus replied.

“There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

You will find them in –>Deuteronomy 5:6-21 <–Just click

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Can you…?

Can you do me a favor?

Does that make you cringe? Don’t worry, I don’t need a favor.

How many of us can say “yes” without knowing what the favor is?

Yeah, I usually say something like, “well, maybe. What is it?”

Well, that’s what I fear about surrendering to God!

It’s not easy to say “yes” to whatever God asks.

In fact, it’s not easy to know what God is asking you to do!

Well, I am doing a Bible study called “It’s All Under Control” by Jennifer Dukes Lee.

There is a “junk in the trunk” exercise to help you identify what to let go —

all the stuff that you can’t do anything about.

There is a decision tree, to help you decide what is yours to handle, and what is not.

I found these two exercises so helpful!

I got rid of a bunch of stuff I didn’t need to worry about!

There are free videos too. I love free videos.

Take a look at “It’s all under control” if you’ve got too much to do. Maybe it’s not yours to do.

–>Click here to see the Bible study

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Got time?

I was listening to a Tony Evans’ sermon online, and I realized I need God every day.

I need God just like I need food, just like I need friendly faces.

One day each week is not enough.

So I pray every morning. It helps my day be focused on God. It changes my outlook for each day.

Maybe you have time in the morning, or maybe during lunch.

Write it on your calendar so you remember.

Make it a habit to turn your attention to God every day.

I have more peace, more direction, more positive thoughts, when I pray in the morning.

It doesn’t have to be much time.

God will give back so much more than a little time.

Try it this week.

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The Listening Road

I just finished this unusual memoir….

The Listening Road is about a special project that was a dream of one man, the author Neil Tomba.

He wanted to ride a bicycle across the country (USA) and talk to people about life and faith.

This simple idea grew into an ocean to ocean cross-country ride with two vans of support people, and 3 people who rode all the way — Neil, Wes, and Caroline.

Neil tells the story about their experiences riding through wind and rain and hot sun, and about all the people they met, and the interesting conversations they had. They talked with a wide array of people, and almost everyone had something interesting to say!

This was an interesting read. I really liked Neil’s attitude of listening to what people had to say, and not arguing with them. It’s a great way to make friends!

Hey, take a look at this book! –->The Listening Road

It’s an enjoyable summer read!

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Mother’s Day Gift Arrives

I just popped on to pass on what I think would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

Does your Mom have some time on her hands? Does she need some encouragement?

Well, I am a Mom in that situation, and I have been really enjoying reading…

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional

The short devotionals each stand alone, so she can start reading anytime and get the fullness of God’s love for her in every devotional. The author, Sandra Byrd, is a gentle soul, with keen insight into living a life filled with spirit. I highly recommend this book!

If your Mom enjoys gardening, then you may want to send her this book instead…

The One Year Home and Garden Devotions

This is another good devotional by Sandra Byrd.

Don’t think your Mom would want a devotional? Then how about an Historical Mystery Novel?

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

This book pulled me into the mysteries of the art world of 1860’s England.

It was haunting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

(In fact, I just looked on Amazon, and it is on sale now! The Kindle version is only $1.99 !!)

Pick one or two books, and I’m sure your Mom would love them!

They can be delivered by Mother’s Day too! Awesome! Just click any of the book titles and order!

You can see more of the books by Sandra Byrd HERE.

(Just so you know, I do NOT get any compensation for these links. I am honestly making a recommendation for you.)

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What Will Save Us?

A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

The world is in chaos.

There are military attacks on people. Governments being replaced.

Covid-19 is still killing thousands of people every day.

What will save us?

Only the mercy of God.

Only the blood of Jesus Christ.

We have no other hope.

Celebrate Easter.

And pray like you never have before!

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Surviving Savannah

I totally loved this new book! — Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan

It tells the story of a ship that left Savannah, Georgia in 1838, and sunk due to an on board explosion.

It tells the stories of the people on the ship who died, and those who survived.

Such an interesting story! I learned about diving on sunken ships, and collecting the valuables and the clues they offer. I also learned about the ways people used to survive the sinking. (You never know, it could be very useful information if ever on a sinking boat.)

The survivors coped with their trauma very differently. In the end, all their lives were changed dramatically.

Patti Callahan has crafted a very good piece of historical fiction!

It is on a fresh subject, with a compelling drama — a sunken ship.

–>Click to get your own copy of Surviving Savannah!

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Centered, NFL player leaves

This is a very refreshing look at living the good life! The author, Jason Brown, was a talented professional football player.  He played college football at North Carolina and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. 

BUT he left behind all the money and fame to become a farmer in 2012. That’s right, a farmer!

Why? Because he believes God wanted him to be a farmer and give food to the needy.

I am astounded that his wife went along with this plan!

They plan to follow God and raise their children on a farm. It is amazing how the author follows God through each step. Jason prays and puts the outcome in God’s hands.  And God delivers!

Through his First Fruits Farm, he and his family have given over a million pounds of food to the poor.

I love that Jason writes specific examples about the problems that come up, what he prays, and how God answers.

This is an awesome true-life story that will inspire you, and challenge you to follow God in your life too!

–>Click here to see the book

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Hallelujah Banquet on Revelation

New book just out on the Book of Revelation !

The book is Eugene Peterson’s simplified description of the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

The messages from God to the main 7 churches in Revelation are what is discussed in the book. The rest of Revelation is not covered.

I found this book refreshing and enlightening.

Revelation is a difficult Book to understand, and Peterson has made it easy to follow!

It is available now! —

–>Click to purchase or look through it.

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