Apr 29, 2013

Monday SHINE....

Reading Plan for the week of 4/29-5/5:


  • Monday 4/29: Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32
  • Tuesday 4/30: Deuteronomy 12,13
  • Wednesday 5/1: Deuteronomy: 14,15
  • Thursday 5/2: Deuteronomy: 16,17
  • Friday 5/3: Deuteronomy: 18,19
  • Saturday 5/4: Deuteronomy: 20,21
  • Sunday 5/5: Deuteronomy: 22,23

Happy Monday, SHINE girls! Are you ready for a brand new week of scripture memorizing and soaking up God's Word? Me too!

I love our routine we have going on here. I love doing this with you. I love seeing your excitement over studying God's Word together. Nothing melts my heart more than to hear YOU talk about what He's showing you! 

Thank you to all of you that sent me pictures of your 10 commandments from our Fun Friday Challenge last week! I was smiling from ear to ear all day on Friday!

Is He speaking to you about a few of those commandments? Oh, He is me. Big time. 

One of the ones that He keeps speaking to me about is: "Keep the Sabbath Holy, and do not work on the Sabbath."

First of all, let me just say, that I know many of us have to work on Sunday. It's inevitable. God knows your situation, and He is well aware of your heart to serve Him and obey.

However, He is really speaking to me in my very own life about this one. I have used Sundays as a day to catch up on "work at home", run errands, and many other things that can be done during the week for me.

Work, work, work. Sunday has kind of been my "catch all" day from things that I didn't get done in the weekdays.

He has been really, really, showing me that I need to rest more on Sundays. It's a hard lesson for me. Resting is not my favorite past time. 

So, this past Sunday, I really sought Him and asked Him to show me and to help me to be aware of this commandment. He did.

It rained yesterday, so it was a perfect day for resting and just soaking up not doing much of anything--in the way of work, anyway.

I think I could get used to resting on Sunday. 

I kept hearing Him say this: "I provided these commandments to protect you, Jill. To give you boundaries, and to keep you in my will, and in my protection. My ways are higher than your ways."

We need to trust Him in these commandments He has given us. Like, really, really trust Him.

As I searched for our scripture for this week, this particular one kept showing up. 

It pretty much sums it all up.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
 and with all your soul, and with all your strength."
Deuteronomy 6:5


Enjoy your week with Him, girls. Love the mess out of Him as you seek Him, and obey His commandments. Nothing shows love like action. 

Love is a verb, after all.

all my heart, soul, and strength,

jill

Apr 26, 2013

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 7
Saturday: Deuteronomy 8
Sunday" Deuteronomy 9:1-10:11

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls!

I've loved getting back into the Old Testament this week! There are so many treasures in our reading. I find myself underlining and highlighting almost every sentence I've read this week. Can you relate?

As I was reading in Chapter 6 yesterday, I got mesmerized in Verses 5-9.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."

Did you girls get the same rush of emotion reading this? I read it several times to let it sink deeply into this heart of mine.

I want to take this passage seriously. For the rest of my life. 

Our Fun Friday Challenge:

Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Write out the 10 commandments. Yes, all ten.

Or, type them up and print them out. Whichever suits your fancy.

Now, find a place in your house to tape them. Somewhere you will see them a lot.

My children will be doing this as well. They are going to hang them in their rooms. On their door frames.

I can't think of a better visual for our hungry eyes to see each day. Not just our eyes, but the eyes of our neighbors, family and friends who will come into our homes.

We want the world to know who we belong to. Who we serve.

If you have children, talk to them about these commandments. Teach them. 

I cannot believe how these commandments come to life each time I read them. Seriously, it leaves my mouth open wide in awe. 

We serve a Mighty God. 

I'm so in love with Him today. Even more than yesterday if that's even possible. 

Email me a picture of this challenge if you can. I would love to see. shinegirlsshine@gmail.com


decorating my door frames with His Word,

jill

Apr 25, 2013

Thursday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 6

Happy Thursday, SHINE girls!

I'm typing to you from my son's very small {tiny} laptop. My fingers just cannot get used to this smaller than small keyboard. My laptop is in the shop getting repaired. {please say a prayer that she lives!}

Anyway, I will keep this short and sweet due to my over sized fingers cramping up on this undersized keyboard. :)

Go back to our reading from yesterday, Deuteronomy 5.

Once there, re-read the 10 commandments. Out loud if possible.

After reading, ask the Lord to show you if you need to work on any of these. You may be surprised at what He shows you.

He keeps reminding me of one in particular that I need to work on. {yikes}

Ask the Lord to make very clear which commandment that you may not be taking very seriously. Oh, He will.

I'm just astonished at what He shows us and teaches us when we read His Word then have a heart to heart with Him. Goodness gracious.

I'll let you get back to your reading and praying. And I will get back to praying for my laptop to be saved. ;)


go, read, pray,

jill

Apr 23, 2013

Tuesday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 4

Happy Tuesday, SHINE girls!

So, we landed right back into the time of Moses, didn't we? Literally, we dived right back in.

Here's what  jumped right out and hit me square in my make-up wearing face yesterday: Moses' prayer to the Lord.

Oh, how I could relate to that desperate, heart-wrenching prayer that Moses offered up to God.

In Verses 24-25, Moses pleads with the Lord to let him cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. If you remember in our reading, God had forbidden Moses to go to the Promise Land because Moses had disobeyed him.

Let's get a grasp on this real quick. Moses led those complaining, whining, ungrateful Israelites for FORTY years. Forty years, leading them to the Promise Land.

Moses was so obedient, so devoted, and so loyal to God during this time.

Except for that one instance when he disobeyed God.

His punishment was that he would not be allowed to go to the Promise Land. Joshua, would now be the one to lead the people into this new land of milk and honey.

So, back to our reading from yesterday. Moses pleaded with the Lord to let him cross the Jordan river into the Promise Land.

God stuck to His Word, and told him no. Not just "no", but God said: "Do not even speak to me about this matter again."

My emotional female heart aches for Moses. It does not seem fair.

Oh, but it is.

Here's why this is so good. So so good.

God cannot lie. He just cannot.

He never goes back on His Word.

Yes, that can be a very sobering thought.

Oh, but here's the flip side....we can believe Him. Every single word.

Yes, every single Promise He's given us in His Word. He will fulfill. Every singe promise.

Let's look at this on a smaller, more Earthly scale. When we discipline our children, we must stick to what we say, right? What happens if we don't?

Our children won't believe us. They will never do the "right" thing because they will know that the consequences are hollow.

A promise is only as good as the One making the Promise. In this case, it's God.

Whew. I just got chills.

Even though Moses had done so much, he still had to suffer the consequence of his sin.

The same goes for us, friends. No matter who we are in this world....we are all His Kingdom daughters. We are all the apple of His glorious eye.

He holds us all to the same standards of obedience.

He's a fair and just God. We know this, and yet we still test Him at times, don't we?

We think we can get away with a small act of disobedience. He will understand. We've done so much for His Kingdom! Surely, He will overlook this small offense.

Oh, that's where we are wrong.

Girls, the Promises stand true. For better or for worse.

His Word remains. Unshakable and Unmovable.

Praise Him for this.


 "Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments."
Deuteronomy: 7:9
 
 
 
 
overwhelmed by His faithfulness,
 
jill

Apr 22, 2013

Monday SHINE....

Reading Plan for the week of 4/22-4/28:

  • Monday 4/22: Deuteronomy 3
  • Tuesday 4/23: Deuteronomy 4:1-40
  • Wednesday 4/24: Deuteronomy 4:41-5:33
  • Thursday 4/25: Deuteronomy 6
  • Friday 4/26: Deuteronomy 7
  • Saturday 4/27: Deuteronomy 8
  • Sunday 4/28: 9:1-10:11

Happy Monday, SHINE sisters!

Can I just tell you how loved you all are? Seriously.

Not just loved whole heartily by me, but by a Big, Living God! Our Father in Heaven takes such delight in you! Yes, you!

This weekend I had the sweet pleasure of meeting with our SHINE prayer girls. We prayed, we laughed, we ate {of course!}, and we shared our hearts.

Is there anything better with some fellowship with godly women? Really, it does a heart good.

I long for the day to be able to fellowship with ALL of you sweet and precious souls. My hearts desire is to bring us all together under one roof for some worship, prayer, and good ole girl time!

Until that day, we will continue to meet screen to screen. ;)

Speaking of "hearts desire", we have a new memory verse!

We have been waist high in the beatitudes for the last 8 weeks--and it's been awesome. However, we are moving on in our scripture memory.

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"
Psalm 37:4



When I looked up the Hebrew origin of the word "delight" this is what I found: "to bend towards, to be inclined to, soft, pliable, able to mold".

Whoa! Hold up. Now, read the verse again with this definition in mind.

Did you catch that?

For our hearts to take delight in Him, they must be soft and pliable towards Him. To be "bent towards and inclined" to Him.

Does this change your view of this verse? Yes, me too.

So, bottom line: When we are truly taking delight in Him, our hearts are being molded into His heart.

The desires of His heart become the desires of OUR hearts.

For many years, I would pray my desires to Him only hoping that He would consider them and let them be His desires for me.

How wrong I was.

For our desires to truly be matched to His, we must be bent towards Him. We must be soft, pliable in The Potter's Hands.

This week, let's pray to have hearts that truly delight in Him. Hearts bent towards His desires for us, and not ours.

Imagine how our prayers, our lives, our perspective will change!

Lord, show us. Teach us. Mold us. Let Your desires become our desires in all that we do. Take our will away and replace it with Your perfect will. In Jesus Name, Amen.


taking delight in Him,

jill

Apr 17, 2013

Wednesday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Mark 8:27-38

Happy Worship Wednesday, SHINE girls! Turn up the praise music and sing to the Lord today! Give Him ALL your praises, in ALL you do today!

I sing praises, although I am sad. I sing praises, although I do not understand why people do such evil things. I sing praises, although suffering is happening all around me. I sing praises because He Is, and He forever will be...King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

We weren't made for this world, that is why we don't understand it, girls. We were made for Heaven.


"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself."
Philippians: 3:20-21

I often struggle with this earthly fleshly body that He has encased me in. It's true.

I struggle with the flesh on a daily basis. Many days, the flesh wins. 

This past weekend was one of those times.

I've shared with you girls a million times in the past that I struggle with fear from time to time. This struggle has drawn me close to the Lord. On my knees, face to the floor, close to the Lord.

He knows fear can be a struggle for me. 

He's taught me to stay away from certain "trap doors", as I like to call them. 

Everyone has a trap door. It looks different for each of us, but we all have them. 

Trap doors for me are things that draw me in and make my mind more fearful. Certain books, news programs, TV shows, Internet surfing, certain conversations with friends....the list goes on.

The Lord has clearly  told me {like, a million times} to stay away from these particular trap doors that only lead to despair and fearful thinking.

You would think that by now I would have learned my lesson. Yeah, not so much.

Sometimes, we get curious. We think that just a little peek into that trap door will not hurt us. We are strong! We can handle what we see! We are mature enough spiritually to fight off any temptation to suck us into that trap door.

Let me just say for the record? When you peek into that trap door, you fall.....way down. Down, down, down. 

This is what happened to me on Sunday.

I knew to stay away from the "trap door", but I didn't obey Him. I wanted to see for myself. I wanted just a little taste just to make sure it was REALLY  a trap door. I mean, how bad could it be? I was curious.

After my fall into the trap door, I was angry. Angry at myself for allowing that temptation of curiosity to get the best of me and make me fall. Again.

This is the absolute truth: As soon as I got those old familiar fearful feelings, I pictured Eve in the Garden of Eden. I pictured her contemplating that apple. She was curious. She wanted to see for herself if it was really that big of a deal. Surely, she could handle it. She was strong. She was God's first daughter, for goodness sake! 

Clearly I heard the Lord say to my heart: "Just like Eve, you didn't listen to Me. You knew to stay away, but you just couldn't resist the temptation. Just like Eve, you believed the enemy's lie that knowledge is power. I set up these boundaries to protect you. When you stay inside of them you are safe."

I played the part of Eve and I played it well that day.

 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it."

Genesis 3:4-6


The Lord told me as I was mopping my floor yesterday to share this story with you. I struggled with Him, because it's personal. It's humiliating. I know better than to go near those trap doors, but yet---I opened it anyway. 

After falling down deep into that trap door, I looked up and saw His hand stretched out to mine. I knew I could wallow in my sorrows with regret and self-pity for being so dumb. However, I knew I didn't belong there. 

I got up, wiped the dirt, dust and mud off of my heart, and walked away from the trap.

Will this be the last time I fall into that trap door? Not likely. Time will pass, and I will soon forget the lesson of this once again. Or maybe, the next trap door will be so well hidden that I don't even see it coming. 

This is why we need to hang on tightly to the Father's hand. Letting Him lead. Obeying Him when He tells us to stay away from danger. When He walks before us, we are safe. When we run in front of Him, we are not.

"But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."
Galatians 5:16

What's your trap door, sweet friend?

fear?
loneliness?
shopping/spending addiction?
sexual sin and/or temptation?
anger?
sadness?
discontentment?
worry?
food addictions?
people pleasing?

Every sin and struggle has a trap door. Something tempting us to just take a peek. 

Be aware of it. Look out for it. 

It's the enemy, loud and clear. 

If you happen to fall in {like me}, get right back up and grab the Lord's hand. He's always there waiting.


still wiping off the dust,

jill



Apr 15, 2013

Monday SHINE.....


Reading Plan for the week of 4/15-4/21:


  • Monday 4/15: Mark 7:24-37
  • Tuesday 4/16: Mark 8:1-26
  • Wednesday 4/17: Mark 8:27-38
  • Thursday 4/18: Mark 9:1-29
  • Friday 4/19: Mark 9:30-50
  • Saturday 4/20: Deuteronomy 1
  • Sunday 4/21:  Deuteronomy 2
Happy Monday, SHINE girls! Sure hope your weekend was wonderful!

We continue on in our reading of Mark this week. By the weekend, we will be starting in Deuteronomy. We will actually not go back and finish the book of Mark until May.{this is just the way the reading plan we follow works!} :)

This week we will memorize our very last of the 8 Beatitudes. How exciting! We are just growing and growing in His Word! 

If you have been with us since January of this year, you have already memorized a LOT of scripture! I am so proud of you! Of all the things we memorize in our lifetime--songs, poems, movie lines, important dates, etc.--scripture is the ONE thing that will actually bear fruit in our lives!

Here's our Memory Verse:

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven."
Matthew 5:10


Get to memorizing, girls!

honored to memorize scripture with all of my friends,

jill


Apr 12, 2013

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading:  Mark 6:6b-30

Happy Fun Friday SHINE girls!

So, we mentioned a while back that we were wanting to get ALL OF US together and participate in a 5K. Remember? :)

The time is here! 

Mark your calendars, and more importantly go online and register for this beautiful 5K in Madison, Ga on Saturday May 11th.

Let me just be clear: I will not be running it. My 8 year old daughter will be with me, so I will be walking at her pace. Which is slow. :-)

This is NOT about running fast, or finishing first...but about the FELLOWSHIP of being with each other and encouraging each other to do something possibly out of your comfort zone.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."
 I Thess. 5:11

If you can walk, you can do this. :-)

I know many of you live out of town, and this is just not possible. If this is the case...I encourage you to get your own SHINE group together and find one in your area of town. :) Make sure to take pictures and share them with us though!

Here's the fun part: Those of you that can make it--wear YELLOW-and LOTS of it!

I'll be sporting a yellow tank top, some yellow ribbons and some yellow nail polish I found at Walmart! :)

We picked this color because it SHINES! :)

The cost is very reasonable: It's $17.00 and included a t-shirt! Yippee!

Your Fun Friday Challenge:

Register for this 5K today! Don't procrastinate...just do it! Here's the link:

http://www.active.com/running/madison-ga/12th-annual-madison-in-may-5k-102k-1-mile-2013

The race starts at 7:30 am.....but try to get there at 7:00 am for some SHINE girl pictures!

If you have a daughter, a sister, a momma, a best friend, a hubby, a boyfriend, whoever--bring them too!

"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."
 Proverbs 27:17

Let's show our SHINE in Madison!

Madison in May 5K 2011 {pre-SHINE girls}
{from left: Mary, Kristi, Ashley, Me, Kelly, Vicky, Stephanie, Denise, and Erin}


Email me or comment if you are planning on doing this with us!

I want to see YOUR pretty faces!!

looking for my yellow,

jill


Apr 10, 2013

Wednesday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Mark 4:35-5:20

Happy Worship Wednesday sweet SHINE girls!

Isn't it funny how our memory scripture for the week always seem to apply at some point in your week? It never ceases to amaze me at how God does this! :)

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

Just this very week, I had the opportunity to decide to be a peace maker, or not to be.

This can get tricky, girls.

Sometimes we think we set out to make peace in a certain situation, and many times it ends up bringing anything but peace.

We have to make sure that our peace-meter is set on Truth. And His Word.

This is when all of those seeds that we have been planting from being in His Word come into play.

Peace is not for the weak.

Peace is for the strong in Christ.

"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 5:13

It takes a whole lot of Holy Spirit power to bring peace in a situation.

Many times, it is at the cost of our flailing emotions and unpredictable feelings.

Fighting our flesh to receive the ultimate gift---PEACE.

"Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
 there is a future for the man of peace."
 Psalm 37:37

Often times, I just talk to the Lord very frankly about a certain situation. It goes something like this:

 "Lord, I need you to bring me peace in this. I need to abide in You, and trust You above all of these circumstances. I will keep my big mouth shut, even though my flesh is screaming in agony at the injustice. HELP!"

When I truly give the situation to Him, is when He truly begins to work. Not just work in the situation, but He works on my "fleshy" heart.

Every single time, I end up growing. I end up seeing things through His eyes, because I chose to give it to Him. Less of me, more of Him. 

The verse that He always shows me when I get in these sticky "lacking peace" situations is:

"Make it your goal to live a quiet life, 
minding your own business and working with your hands,
 just as we instructed you before."
 1 Thessalonians 4:11


God showed me this verse a year and a half ago during one of the biggest stormy seasons of my life.

I could not for the life of me understand what He meant by showing me this--over and over.

What did this have to do with this storm that I was in??

Suddenly, it hit me like a ton of bricks.

I had stirred the eye of the storm, and it was getting bigger by the minute. Instead of trusting Him in the storm, I tried my best to fix it from my highly incapable hands. Big mistake. Huge.

He was telling me to be quiet, be still, and go about my business. He had this in His Big Capable Hands.

Trust Him, Jill. Trust Him.

Peace flows like a river when we trust Him.

Peace comes when we are still. 

We can only be true peacemakers, when we have True Peace residing in us. 

seeking stillness,

jill


Apr 8, 2013

Monday SHINE....

Reading Plan for the week of 4/8-4/13:


  • Monday 4/8: Mark 4:1-20
  • Tuesday 4/9: Mark 4:21-34
  • Wednesday 4/10: Mark 4:35-5:20
  • Thursday 4/11: Mark 5:21-6:6a
  • Friday 4/12: Mark 6:6b-30
  • Saturday 4/13: Mark 6:31-56
  • Sunday 4/14: Mark 7:1-23


Happy Monday, SHINE girls!

We are still treading our way through the book of Mark this week. So much goodness in this book. It never, ever gets old.

Also, we have our new memory verse for this week! Are you amazed at how much scripture that little pretty brain of yours can memorize?

I love that we are hiding His Word in our hearts week by week, day by day. It will always be planted there, girls. I tell my children all the time that these memory scriptures are seeds and they will bear fruit in their lives.

The most beautiful fruit.

The same truth goes for us. These little scriptures that we memorize are creating a delectable garden in your heart that will never cease bearing fruit. God's Word makes us stronger and wiser. The more of it we digest, the bigger our garden. The bigger our garden, the more strength and wisdom we have.

I'll take all the strength and wisdom I can get. How about you? :)

Here's our verse for this week:

"Blessed are the peacemakers, 
for they will be called sons of God." 
Matthew 5:9


peace making in progress,

jill


Apr 5, 2013

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Mark 2:13-3:6
Saturday: Mark 3:7-3:19a
Sunday: Mark 3:19b-35

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls!

I'll make this short and sweet so that you can move on with your fabulous Friday. :)

Our Fun Friday Challenge:

Go to the Father today, and talk to Him about any impurities going on in your life. Ask Him to show you, and He will.

We may not be aware of some things that have clogged up our spiritual filter because they have been there for so long. Sometimes we get kind of used to the dirt, unfortunately.

The next thing I urge us to do is to find a solitary place sometime this weekend to withdraw for a few minutes. As I read in Mark this morning, I discovered that Jesus was constantly withdrawing to a solitary place. He often rose early, left His disciples, and went to hear from God.

Perhaps that's why He heard so clearly from God? He had to separate Himself from the world for a bit to be able to hear Him.

I also noticed from our previous reading, that Moses often withdrew when He would meet with God. He withdrew all the way up to the top of a mountain to hear from Him. The crowds around him were often a distraction. They were yelling at him to go one way, while Moses was desperately trying to filter out the noise and listen to the direction God was calling them.

A very wise friend told me recently: When a big crowd of people are walking one way, more than likely  Jesus will be found walking the other way.

I have found this statement to be so true.

Withdraw and meet with your Father this weekend.

Let Him purify that filter of yours.


a heart seeking purity,

jill

"But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.
 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray."
 Luke 5:15-16

Apr 4, 2013

Thursday SHINE....

Today's Reading: Mark 1:35-2:12

Good morning, SHINE sisters. I hope you have been seeking the Lord this week on what exactly it means to have a "pure heart".

I have intentionally laid low this week here on SHINE because I have been earnestly seeking Him about this very thing. Truly.

I've asked Him to show me several areas in my own life that could use some "shining" up in the purity department. We ask, we receive. :)

In the midst of all of this seeking of Him, He gave me some visuals of how we as fleshly humans have an innate desire and craving for purity.

Let me explain....

Our lives revolve around wanting the purest possible form of a substance. Like, water.

We drink water out of a bottle, because it has been filtered to it's purest form. We put filters on our tap water at home, to filter out all of the impurities.

We also try to eat pure. We wash our fruits and veggies and scrub the impurities off. We look for food with no pesticides or hormones added.

Most of the cosmetics in the stores have labels that read: Pure and Natural.

Even when we travel, we look for destinations that have clear, pure, blue water, and white (pure) sand.

We are attracted to a beautiful snow fall because of the white blanket of purity spread over the Earth.

Do you see how our spirits have this craving for purity?

However, we often neglect the greatest purity of all....

Purity of the heart.

The kind of pure that nobody else can see--except for God.

The bible says: "Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." Matthew 12:34

If there is impurity going on in our hearts, you can be sure that it will be overflowing from our mouths.

So, the question is: How do we maintain a pure heart in a world that is anything but pure?

I imagine it like this...

As soon as we roll out of bed, we need our spiritual filter on. We need  our hearts, our minds, and our bodies armored with this filter.

The dust, filth and impurities of this world will fall straight on our hearts and bodies if we are not covered with  our spiritual filters.

What is our spiritual filter? His Word.

Knowing Truth sets us free and sets us apart.

When we know Truth, we don't willingly play in the mud, because we know better. His Word warns us.

When we know Truth, we are armed with Power to fight off the dust that longs to settle on us daily as we live in this fallen world.

Girls, we must filter out what we see, what we read, what we listen to, and what we choose to participate in.

We need to pray and ask God to give us sensitivity to these things that are saturating our pretty little hearts.

It's not an easy thing to separate ourselves from what "everybody else seems to be doing."

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it." Matthew 7:13

Friends, maintaining a pure heart is taking that narrow road. It's standing out when the world is calling us to camouflage ourselves into it.

Purity looks different. It doesn't conform to the world. It conforms to God.

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."Romans 12:2

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Matthew 5:8

I'm not sure about you, but I desperately want to "see God".

On the less crowded path to purity, our eyes will behold the greatest sight of all....the sight of God.

Are you up for a life long journey on the narrow path of purity?

Let's go.


putting on my filter,

jill


Apr 3, 2013

Wednesday SHINE...

Today's reading: Mark 1:16-34

How will it all turn out?

Good Morning SHINE family! :) This is Rebekah and I am writing to you in this ripe season of Easter.

We are now within the 50 days, post resurrection, that the early church recognized as a time of feast and celebration. The 50 days after Christ was raised. Amen!

During the Easter season, I am always struck by one thing. It seems to be a different thing-- every year.

...This year, I greatly grieved with Jesus as He knew His fate.

Wait a second... Did you hear me? No, really. If you can, let's go there for just a second...

He knew it ALL. He knew who would deny Him, who would betray Him, who would try Him, who would fight for His death by crucifixion, how horrible and painful His death would be. He walked constantly with the weight of His own omniscience. 

For the first time in my life, I was so grateful for my own humanity and for knowing absolutely "diddly squat" about what my future holds.

I realize that this causes us or forces us to really turn up the volume on faith and trust. But to me, that's OK, because if I knew the future, I can say definitely that I could not handle it. It also causes us to be faithful in our decisions and choices even when our lives are terribly difficult. Jesus understands. He has been in those darkest moments as well.

For example: Things like walking with Judas, sharing life with him in ministry and washing his feet just before he turns me over for 30 pieces of silver? I don't know. It's just a small part of the weight of knowing everything.

Jesus knew his whole future and I am grateful for my ignorance.

We crave knowledge or glimpses into the future, but that can be way too much for us to handle.


"And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’" 
John 13:3-7

As Jesus got up from the table and began to wash the dusty, dirty feet of the disciples, imagine the heaviness of His spirit. It was an incredibly difficult road that was just about to get horrific. He lived an incredibly hard life for us.

The future is a secret to us and that's a blessing, girls. 

Rest in Him today. When we know Him, and knowing Him is all we need to know.

With faith and trust, 
Rebekah


Apr 2, 2013

Prayer Requests and Praises for April 2013....




Prayer is...
"Prayer is the most aggressive, pro-active, offensive, invasive action one can take in any situation. Prayer reaches into the spiritual realm and accesses all the power of heaven for the circumstances of earth."  -Jennifer Kennedy Dean
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”     2 Cor. 10:4-5
Please post your specific prayer requests and praises here for the month of April!! We are praying with you and for you, daily, through the ministry of SHINE. 

We love you!!

Apr 1, 2013

Monday SHINE.....

Reading Plan for the week of 4/1-4/7:


  • Monday 4/1: Numbers 33-35
  • Tuesday 4/2: Mark 1:1-15
  • Wednesday 4/3: Mark 1:16-34
  • Thursday 4/4: Mark 1:35-2:12
  • Friday 4/5: Mark 2:13-3:6
  • Saturday 4/6: Mark 3:7-19a
  • Sunday 4/7: Mark 3:19b-35

Happy Monday, SHINE girls! I sure hope your Easter was wonderful and blessed! 

We are continuing on in our Beatitude Memory Verse this week. 

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God"
Matthew 5:8



Be blessed this week, sweet friends.

seeking a pure heart,

jill