wordfilled wednesday {see and pray} :: live brave

The Word Be firm in your faith. Stay brave and strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 CEV The Prayer Heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to live with firm faith. To stay brave. To stay strong. You call us into our potential. You call us into your best for our lives. Give us courageous faith, Oh Lord, to respond to this calling. In the face of difficulty and trials. As we experience the opposition of this world and the evil one, I pray, Oh Lord, that we would endure as You did on the cross, with firm faith. Brave courage. And strength found in the cross! In Jesus' Strong Name, Amen. The Share If you are joining us today & “Seeing & Praying”  THIS WORD, we’d love to encourage each other on the journey. Part of this experience is to share and see what the Lord reveals to each of us we come together in community to share the Holy Word. We encourage you to journal, create & pray through this verse and share that with our Wednesday with our community by commenting below. We hope that with all of us centering on one verse that the Lord will reveal much.  {Please come by moretobe.com for resources designed to encourage you and equip you to live brave...

See & Pray: Immeasurably More

The Word: Ephesians 3:20-21NIV Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.   The Prayer: Lord God, You are so much more than our human minds can even conceive. Only by faith, as we embrace the truths in Your Word, can we begin to wrap our minds around Your promises. You declare boldly that You, O God, can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within us. Thank You, God! What a promise and gift You offer to those who've put their faith in your son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior. May we now be afraid to seek You and ask of You for those needs and desires tucked away in our hearts.  Father God, we do pray that anything You do in us and through us by Your power will be for Your glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations…forever and ever…and ever. Amen! The Share If you are joining us today & “Seeing & Praying”  THIS WORD, we’d love to encourage each other on the journey. Part of this experience is to share and see what the Lord reveals to each of us we come together in community to share the Holy Word. We encourage you to journal, create & pray through this verse and share that with our Wednesday with our community by commenting below. We hope...

See & Pray: Renew Us

The Word Psalm 51:1-2, 10-12 NIV 1 Have mercy on me, O God,according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassionblot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquityand cleanse me from my sin…  10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11 Do not cast me from your presenceor take your Holy Spirit from me.12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. The Prayer Heavenly Father, thank you that we can come to you in any state. Thank you that you receive us as sinners and do not turn us away. Thank you for your unfailing mercy and willingness to blot out our sins with the blood of Jesus.  Lord, take my heart — my life and all that I am — and make me new. Create in me a clean and pure heart, Oh Lord. Renew a steadfast — a steady on, a stayed on spirit  — within me. Please, Oh God, do not turn me away or take your presence from me. May your Holy Spirit surround my entire life. Restore to me, Oh Lord, the joy of my salvation and give me a willing spirit to follow you. Sustain me, Oh God, because of your love and mercy. In Jesus’ Name,...

{See & Pray} The Path of Trust

The Word Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart     and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him,     and he will make your paths straight. The Prayer Heavenly Father, I am so grateful that we can put our trust in you. When the things of this world fall apart, when our loved ones leave us, when we face rejection and abandoment, when disaister turns our world upside down — in all of this we can trust you. Not just with our mind, but with our hearts. Our whole selves. We don’t need to lean on our own understanding. Actually, Lord, you tell us to NOT do that. We need to trust in you, not in what we think we know, but in knowing what you say is true in your word. In the trouble or trial or blessing alike, we are called to submit to You, O Lord. Forgive us, God, for we so often rebel against submission. Forgive us for not humbling ourselves into submission to you. God enable us to learn how to do that well for with it comes a promise we all want — for You to make our paths straight. Thank you, Lord, for this promise. May we embrace it through living with trusting hearts and submissive lives unto you and for your glory. In Jesus’ Strong Name, Amen. The Share If you are joining us today & “Seeing & Praying”  THIS WORD, we’d love to encourage each other on the journey. Part of this experience is to share and see what the Lord reveals to...

{WFW} Yielding the Heart

Welcome to a brand new year of Word-filled Wednesdays, where we are going to bring you a Scripture graphic along with an opportunity to pray out the word together. There is nothing more powerful than a God's people moving together in prayer.  So as a group of women (and men) on our knees, we're going to take the Word, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, and learn how to intercede for those needs we face every day with the heart of God as our guide. We encourage you to journal the Word along with us and be creatively inspired as we See & Pray in 2013.   The Word… Deuteronomy 6:5-9 ESV 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Now Prayed… Heavenly Father, you tell us in your Word that we should love you, the Lord our God, with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might.   Please forgive us, Lord, when we do not love you this way. Please show us when our love is more powerful...

{Wordfilled Wednesday} Numbered Days

The year end is upon us. Looking back, how would you describe your year? Did the "One Word" you choose twelve months ago, mark your days and hours of the past 365?  Did the lessons you hoped to learn become realized in teachable moments? Did you keep to the boundaries you intended? Did you make time pursue your passions? Or did you simply survive? It was a difficult year for many. And difficult doesn't even begin to describe that reality for some. Mountain top expectations that marked January might have been lost in valley dwelling come September. But in this year end,  I want to leave you with one question: Did you number your days? Lord willing, we are about to close out 2012 and move into 2013. No matter how you lived 2012, are you willing to go forward with a mindset of numbering your days? Are you willing to look at every hour — every moment — with a desire to glorify God as you live a life of impact this year, this day?  To live intentionally does not mean to live perfectly but rather purposefully. I'm asking you these questions, becaues I've experienced the blessing of living intentionally.  Yet you might be surprised by what I count as a blessing. It isn't that everything I hoped for and planned came true. But rather that I had the opportunity to see God at work! Oh my, sisters. As I looked back at the words I penned in my Living Intentionally Life Plan twelve months ago, my jaw gapped open wide as I saw how God answered the...

{Wordfilled Wednesday} Someone New

  I'm wondering, how are you doing? I mean really doing? As 2012 comes to a close, are you feeling like a recent kill the cat dragged onto the porch? Have the Christmas festivities and jammed packed schedule squeezed every ounce of energy out of you? My guess is that many of you feel like tired out, well-used set of tires. While they are still enabling the car to move, the mileage isn't nearly as good and the ride feels a bit more sluggish. It is time for new tires, but oh, the cost of that investment and the effort it takes to get the job done! {Ahem. I know. We just had ours replaced!}  Fortunately, we're not cars. We're people. We're made in the image of God. And we have the opportunity to experience a radical, life-giving, transforming faith because of Jesus Christ in which we authentically influence the lives around us for the kingdom of God, without needing make an appointment for a new life with our Creator or fork over our bank account. In this very season in which we celebrate Christ's birth, we seem to forget His power at work in each of us who call Him Lord and Savior. We forget that tired and weariness doesn't need to mark our days. We've unintentionally taken our eyes off the Lord and focused to much on our to do lists instead. And so we're living like that old woman, pushing Christ to the back burner and trying to do life on our own. But, oh sisters, it is time to break that habit. Let's live as...

{Living Intentionally} Priority 4: Life Stewardship

It is nearly time to wrap up our year of living intentionally with a thoughtful look at what it means to make life stewardship a priority.  We’ve arrived at this place after carefully considering how we spend our time and resources in investing in our relationship with the Lord followed by looking at how we are engaged with others. In other words, we’ve focused on our relationship with our Creator God, our family, our Christian brothers and sisters, and those who’ve yet to know Christ as Lord. Now it is time to consider stewardship of our own lives. Stewardship is simply defined as: the position and duties of a steward, a person who acts as the surrogate of another or others, especially by managing property, financial affairs, an estate, etc. the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving: New regulatory changes will result in better stewardship of lands that are crucial for open space and wildlife habitat. (dictionary.com) When we consider life stewardship, we’re taking on a mindset that our life belongs to God, accepting the fact that we’ve been given the responsibility of making wise decisions and choosing prudent investments for our time and resources. A steward is expected to be faithful in caring for what is in her charge (1 Corinthians 4:2), specifically the Gospel lived out. In other words, as a steward, we have the opportunity to determine our priorities, arriving at decisions that line up with our core values and looking at ways to practically live out those beliefs. As believers, we ought to do this in such a way that...

{Wordfilled Wednesday} Honoring Christ as Holy

As we approach this holiday season, the Word is gently proding me to remember who Christ is and that implication for my life. Jesus wasn't just a little baby born in a manager. He wasn't only a good man that walked this earth in well-worn sandals. He wasn't a super-hero that died an accidental death. Jesus, the Lord, was and is and always will be holy. He was set apart, by God, created to live and breathe and love in human skin and serve and sacrifice and die for human sin. I want to remember that whole truth especially this Christmas time, living in such a way that I honor Christ in my heart as holy. Have you pondered lately what it means to honor Christ in your heart as holy, especially during the Christmas season? Focusing on Christ's holiness settles my spirit. It redirects my focus away from my holiday to do list and back onto the reason I celebrate Christmas in the first place. This is why I'm revisiting what it means to Bring Holy Back to the Holiday in a short series at elisapulliam.com beginning December 3rd and sharing a free devotional 12 Eternal Gifts, at moretobe.com. Come join me in this thoughtful time of seeking God this month and reflecting on the gift of His son! *************************************************************   {Welcome to WFW!} There are very few rules, in fact the beauty of this ministry is the creative expression that God reveals Himself through. We marvel at the creativity that participants post! It's a blessing! We encourage the ” post behind the picture,” or the reflections that...

{Living Intentionally} Priorities Checkup

At the beginning of this month, we focused on what it meant to focus on two areas of priorities:  how we engage with those within the body of Christ and our family unit, as well as those beyond, in particular, the spiritually, emotionally, and physically needed of this world. Did you have the opportunity to reflect on these priority areas? If not, put aside some time between now and Thanksgiving to prayerfully look at how you are living out your faith in the context of relationships with others, both within your family unit and beyond. Take time to consider: Am I serving beyond myself, caring for the needs of my family and those around me? Am I  getting beyond my comfort zone? What organizations or ministries can I think of that could use a few more hours of service each month? Is my heart lining up with priorities that reflect the heart of God? If you’d like to go deeper into reflection, download these worksheets: Priorities Worksheet Priority One Worksheet Priorities Two & Three Worksheet Feel free to share with us what you’re learning and how you’re growing. We love comments! Leave a link to your post at your blog, if you’d like, too!   Make the most of a collection of free resources available at Passion and Purpose Life Coaching. Click here to learn more about our year long focus on Living Intentionally....