The Best Choice
1Protect me, LORD God!
I run to you for safety,
2and I have said,
“Only you are my Lord!
Every good thing I have
is a gift from you.”
3Your people are wonderful,
and they make me happy, [a] 4but worshipers of other gods
will have much sorrow. [b] I refuse to offer sacrifices
of blood to those gods
or worship in their name.
5You, LORD, are all I want!
You are my choice,
and you keep me safe.
6You make my life pleasant,
and my future is bright.
7I praise you, LORD,
for being my guide.
Even in the darkest night,
your teachings fill my mind.
8I will always look to you,
as you stand beside me
and protect me from fear.
9With all my heart,
I will celebrate,
and I can safely rest.
10I am your chosen one.
You won’t leave me in the grave
or let my body decay.
11You have shown me
the path to life,
and you make me glad
by being near to me.
Sitting at your right side, [c] I will always be joyful.
If we run to God he protects us.
There is only one God and He provides every good thing in my life
Your God are my brothers and sisters. Fellowship with them is beneficial and allows me to grow.
Some people are lost and they worship their own Gods. But this only brings them misery. Like Daniel I refuse to worship their Gods. I wont bow down to their Gods. .
You, LORD, are all I want and need!
I choose You. You keep me safe.
My life is good because of You. I have hope for tomorrow.
I love to praise you, LORD, and sing songs to you.
You lead me through life, directing me.
Even when I am down and sad Your Word brings me back to You.
You remind me to lean on you
You remind me that You are always right there
You remind me that I don’t have to be afraid.
I can lean on You and rest easy knowing You will help me through anything
What a blessing it is to be one of Your chosen ones.
One day You will bring me to live with You in Heaven.
You lead me along the right paths that lead to You
I am glad I am on that road
I am glad that You are right there
One day when I go to live with you I will be truly joyful.
Muzz had the boys today. I attended a training meeting at a church. Those that hold positions at church have to attend these meetings.
We discussed compassion. How we have to forgive ourselves us God does. And how we shouldnt judge but instead get alongside others in need. That by using our past life experiences we can show compassion towards others when they face similar experiences.
We discussed tensions we face in our ministry life and our everyday life. We agreed that we are Christians living in a secur world and that this too can cause tensions.
Lastly after a wonderfully yummy lunch we discussed the divisions there are between Christians. I found this the most interesting as this happened to me several years ago. A close friend belonged to one denomination and I another. He was sure I was making a mistake in where I was attending church. He was quite strong in this opinion. I accepted that He is my brother in Christ and was allowed different views to me. I spent some time alone (I called it a mini retreat I got sick and used the time to study the Word) in this time I decided that we can be different and that I could accept and respect his right to be different. I decided I was in the right place for me at the time and that what it all came down to is that God loved both of us. Our common ground was that we both loved Jesus. I dont feel that denominations should separate and divide sisters and brothers in Christ. We should celebrate the fact that we are all Gods children and He loves us all. I dont remember telling my friend what I had decided maybe I did, maybe I didnt, I had settled it in my own heart. He didnt pester me again about this matter and we are still friends.
I invite anyone who attended this training day and arrived at different conclusions to me to comment. And you may have, I was surprised to learn some of this training even went over the head of one of the assistant priests. I know you guys read my blog 🙂 Comments are welcome they help me learn and understand more about God and my faith.
No laughing!!! Or smiling. Yes I hurt my BIG TOE. But it isnt really funny. Oh, ok 1 minute of laughing… Now you have that under control. I shall tell you all about it.
At about 5pm last night Billy noticed Daniel looking through a hole in our front deck. He decided he would check out what he was looking at intently. Shortly after this he called me. Hed found where all of Daniels bottles had disappeared to. The little rascal had posted them in the hole and they were under the house.
Billy offered to crawl under and get them. He also found some large boards of wood that he thought I would appricate. He pushed them out one by one from under the house. I put one over the holes so we wont lose the bottles, or toys or spoons anymore. As he was pushing the last board out I was standing by the side of the house and the board ran into my foot. “STOP” I cried. It had taken the skin off the end of my toe and cracked the toe nail. I was in P A I N !!!
Billy quickly got out from under the house and came to see what was wrong with me. When he saw the blood dripping out in big drops he apologised heaps. He told me to go and sit on the front door steps. I tried to put my foot down and couldnt. He helped me hop and hobble to the steps where I sat down. He got a cup of water and we poured it over my toe. It wasnt too deep but was soooooo sore and bleeding. I told him to go and get a plaster from our next door neighbour as we didnt have any. (NB I must get some on Thursday when I go shopping). The next door neighbour came to see if I was ok. Bless her. It was so sore. Last night saw me resting it. This morning its a bit better but still a bit sore. I woke several times in the night with it.
Today sees me away from my desk. Im going to a training day at a church. We are required to attend training meetings when we hold positions at church. I praise God because Hes made my toe ok enough to drive. In the middle of the night I decided if it was as sore as it was I wouldnt be able to go. I guess God wants me too. God answers prayer.
This morning when I told Billy
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I have done the last 2 studies but I was kinda shy sharing the answers
From now on I am going to post my responses to the study here – I might even learn a thing or two if you comment and I might also inspire you to join in too, its not too late
I AM – So You Don’t Have To Be – Bible Study Part 3
1. It was stated in the Lesson that God has made you “once, twice, three times a lady.” Where are you in this progression? Obviously we have all been physically born, but are you ‘twice a lady’? Have you been born again spiritually? This may be a private matter you’d like to discuss confidentially. If so, email me. If you have already received this gift, write a brief prayer of thanksgiving or testimony.
I was born again in 1998, 17th of May one day before my 28th birthday. It is a day I will never forget. I committed to the church I was going to at the time in Auckland. I remember the pastor being kind of worried because I stayed under the water longer than most. But upon going under I decided I wanted to see my Lords face before I resurfaced. I was blessed because I did have His face come into my head. I remember a friend at the time sang me a special song “Be still and know that He is God” and I was brought to tears. If I remember well I also shared my testimony and I was very nervous but as I got up to do it the Holy Spirit came over me and I was calm and He took my fears away.
2. Are you three times a lady? Has God given you a stirring deep within your Spirit to be a ‘deliverer’? Do you have a desire or are you already meeting a need in the life of the church, a particular ministry (such as jail ministry, food ministry, etc.) or perhaps individuals who share common issues?
I am a helper at the youth group. I also look after the preschoolers once a month while their parents are in church.
I also see part of my ministry life is at another church where I attend playgroup with my youngest. I am on the committee there. We take turns at doing activities, singing, and telling a story to the children. It has been a place where I am able to share my faith though these activities at times and where I can fellowship with other mothers.
In Auckland I was involved in the Sunday School teaching and was a bible in schools teacher. I also did the morning teas.
3. Do you ever get tired of waiting for that opportunity to do something worthwhile for God? Do you ever feel God is using someone else instead of you?
No. At this time in my life I feel I am doing enough. God has placed me in responsibility of two young boys (my sons).
4. What do you consider ‘worthwhile ministry’? Are you like me and sometimes find yourself mistakenly thinking it has to be Big to be Important?
No I prefer to work in the background.
5. Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts test? If yes, what are yours? If no, here’s a good one from Ephesians 4 Ministry. Will you take it and come back with a response? Knowing some of you like I already do, I can almost pick out what your gift is before you say it. I can’t wait to see if I’m right!
I tookthe test and it came out as Showing Mercy followed by serving
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- I am thankful to my bloggie friends they are so supportive
- I am thankful that Billy has found a good friend at school and spent the day there yesterday (public holiday in New Zealand)
- Daniel had a long nap this afternoon
- A sleep in this morning YAHOOOOOOOOOO we went to the first youth band meeting last night and so it was a late night for Daniel and he slept in this morning so did I YAHOOOOOOOOO
- The opportunity for Billy to be able to learn how the sound desk at church works this could led on to bigger and brighter things
- I am thankful that I have found the time to study using my online bible reading guide again instead of just reading the scriptures. I get more out of it by doing this.
thanks to some inspiration and a photo album I found and hope to scan soon
I have started writing in my other blog
The Chronicles of a New Zealander
This is a blog I started some time ago but havent been writing in much. Im going to try to write more regularly in it now. Prayer Warrior, however, is still my MAIN BLOG. The other one, The Chronicles of a New Zealander, Jenz Chronciles is my life story starting with baby and childhood. My father and cousin are into genelogy and I suppose some of that has rubbed off onto me. I have a tape of my Grandfather speaking about his life and so as Im sure you will agree, especially Val, its good to write these things out for future generations to read.
Recently I read a blog about how beneficial books are for children. I knew they were. What I didnt know was that even if your child isnt at the point at sitting next to you or on your lap reading is still beneficial. Even if that means he walks away in the middle of a story. Daniel is slowly getting better hes always liked books but reading to him wasnt such a hit. Daniel will bring me a book and stay and watch while I read to him. Hes still not at the point where I could read word for word but as long as Im quick hell stay. I point out the things in the book I know will interest him.
The best book I got him from the library was about a train. We have trains running right outside our back yard and they use to scare Daniel. Hed run to Billy and I in terror and need a cuddle. After getting this book out of the library he seems to have conquered his fear now instead of walking fast to get a reassuring hug from me. Hell stand where he can see the train and wave bye and say it too. Such a break through I should have got that book ages ago.
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Some time ago I put a barrier up to keep Daniel out of the kitchen. I dont like toddlers around me when Im cooking. Well the little climber has sussed out how to climb over. So for my Tuesday Tackle this week I made it higher. I might add I did this first thing yesterday (Monday) morning.