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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.

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Saturday
Mar072009

Stability of Your Times, Wealth of Salvation, Impregnable Rock, King in Beauty

Friends,

I can truly say there is no greater joy than knowing my Lord. When I was 17 and prayed Philippians 3:7-8, that I KNOW Christ and the POWER of HIS Resurrection, I had no idea God was setting me on a life long journey. However, that's why today, 39 years later, my spirit still soars as if it were Christ's and my first date.

As I read saiah 33 today, I circled in purple (which I always do) each of the ways in which the Lord reveals Himself. Celebrate with me!

Isaiah 33:

2 Gracious, Salvation

5 eXalted, Dwells on High, Justice, Righteousness

6 Stability of Your Times, Wealth of Salvation, Wisdom, and Knowledge

16 Impregnable Rock

17 King in Beauty

21 Majestic One

22 Judge, Lawgiver, King

24 Forgiver of My Iniquity

Go back and meditate on each of God's depictions of Himself. Let me know which one most blesses or encourages you today. My favorite for today? Stability of Your Times. Is that not cool? As I read that depiction of God in Isaiah 33:6, my mind immediately raced to yesterday's paper. "Lifeless Dow slides below 7000 points." "Stock prices in the U.S. are at their lowest in 12 years as worldwide conditions worsen."

Yes, friends, our economy may not be stable, BUT OUR GOD IS. All praise to Him! Can I hear a shout of "Amens" on that?

Love,

Debbie

Friday
Mar062009

Deity, Firstborn, Head, Image, Master, Rewarder, Treasure, Triumphant

Friends,

My heart is bouncing in joy all over the place. Here's why...This morning Moody Broadcasting is calling me for a radio interview for the release of my new Bible study, If God Is In Control, Why Am I A Basket Case? In preparation for it, I reread Colossians, which is what the Bible study is based on. Were my eyes ever filled with ALL the ways God talks about Jesus, His Son! In case you're interested, re-read Colossians. It's such a short book, it doesn't take much time. If you were in the pilot study, your heart will be refreshed because each passage will hold in-depth meaning from your prior study.

Now, to the exciting part....drumroll please.... We have 10 more names, titles, and attributes to add to our already 200 Names booklet! Yes, I said 10!Here we go. Grab your booklet or prayer journal and list these with the Scripture reference. I'm going to give them to you in alphabetical order because that's how I filled them in my 200 A-Z Names, Attributes, and Titles of God book. I then also added them under Friday's first column, which I label "Lord," in the Week at a Glance section of my Prayers of My Heart Prayer Journal. Yes, I overflowed the Friday and "Lord" columns. Guess what...that's okay. It really is. The sooner you release yourself from trying to have "perfect columns" and just use your journal in your way with a few messy columns, the sooner God can use you to record His heart, words, and prayers.

DEITY, Col 2:9

FIRSTBORN FR/THE DEAD, Col 1:18

HEAD OVER THE BODY, THE CHURCH, Col 1:18

HEAD OVER ALL RULE & AUTHORITY, Col 2:10

IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, Col 1:15 (This has always been one of my favorite. Can't believe I left it out.)

MASTER, Col 4:1 (Why haven't you been commenting and telling me names I needed to have in here. Heh...give me a shout sometime. :)

REWARDER, Col 3:24

TREASURE OF WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE, Col 2:3

TRIUMPHANT, Col 2:15

My dear friends, in these days of economic turmoil, job insecurity, challenges raising kids, financial fear, do we who are believers not have a responsibility to wear on our chests...or at least countenances who we know holds our future? Join me in using the above to praise God. Then repent. I did. I confessed I do not always honor Christ as Deity nor my Head. I confessed that tho Christ is Master, I do not listen to His voice or heeds His commands as I should. I repented that though He is the Treasure of Wisdom and Knowledge, I often seek answers from other sources before Him. I confessed that at times my mind wanders in fear and faithlessness rather than rejoices in faith that Christ is already Triumphant over that for which I've prayed.

Remember, prasie God, but then go on and repent of any way in which you fall short in light of His divinity. Then, ask God to help you in those areas. As He prompts you to walk in those ways throughout the day, practice Yielding to Him! This is how God conforms us to the image of His beloved Son. This is how we move from being basket cases to living an extraordinary life for God. All praise to Him.

Love you,

Debbie

P.S. I've posted this on http://www.yougogirlforgod.blogspot.com/, too. Some of you have let me know you like one blog, rather than separate ones. Let me hear from the rest of you.

Thursday
Mar052009

Baptizer

Good morning friends,

I'm posting both here and on http://www.yougogirlforgod.blogspot.com/ this morning. Let me know if you like having separate blogs; this one that focuses on prayer, journaling, and God's attributes and the other for a variety of topics. OR...if you like all my posts on one blog. Also, pass the word that my blog(s) are back up. Forward them. I missed you during the months it was down and want us to get back in touch with other.

This morning in Isaiah 32, God stirred my heart to recognize yet another divine attribute that is not listed in my 200 Names, Attributes, and Titles of God. I've referred to this booklet numerous times and it's just that; a listing of God's attributes, the Scripture references, and a box to check or date when you've looked up and prayed each. The exciting thing is, it started out as 175 Names, Attributes, and Titles. It then went to 200. However, God keeps showing me more ways He's revealed in Scripture so I keep adding to the list. The next publication will be 225. If you want a copy, let my Administrator, Cynthia, know. Her email is hcm@hillcountryministries.org or you can order online.

The name you need to add to your booklet today if you already have a copy? Baptizer. That's right. It's not in there. Most of the time, when we think of someone in the Bible who baptized, we think of "John the Baptist." That's what he's called in Matthew 3:1. However, in my study this morning of Isaiah 32, my eyes fell on verses 13-17 and my heart was quickened to both Christ the Baptizer and the need for Him to pour out His Spirit on our spiritually dry nation. Read the following with me.

"For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city. Because the palace has been abandoned, the populated city forsaken. Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever, A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks; Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field. And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever."

Friends, Isaiah is talking about the millennial blessings of the Spirit in these verses. However, the application is all too true for today. Our land is dry. Where I live, in Texas, the earth is literally scorched. We pray daily for rain. In Sunday School, our class prays weekly for rain. We look heavenward at the sky every day to see if rain clouds might be forming. Yet, are we as hungry for the heavens to pour forth the Spirit as we are the heavens to pour forth rain?

Think with me for a moment. We are dry. Little spiritual fruit is born from weekly church goers. What our nation needs is spiritual revival. What we don't need is man made emotion. We need Jesus Christ to pour forth His Spirit in a mighty way upon our land. He is the only One who can do it. HE is the BAPTIZER. In John 1:33 John the Baptist explains, "I did not recognize Him (Jesus), but He (God) who sent me to baptize in water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.' I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God."

John the Baptist, who baptized with water, explained that the Son of God would be the One to baptize people not with water, but with the Holy Spirit. Jesus affirmed this repeatedly throughout His ministry. "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water," John 7:37-38. Jesus doesn't baptize us on the outside. He baptizes us on the inside with the Living Water of His Holy Spirit. See also, John 14:15-17. In Romans 5:5, Paul reaffirms and explains that what happened at Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit, was not just for a select few. It is for all who believe in Jesus Christ. "...the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Note the "poured out" and "within" us.

Friends, we need revival. If the Holy Spirit who is in us was not grieved (Eph 4:30) and quenched, (1 Thes 5:19) there would be a mighty rushing of His power in and through each of us. Our nation would be flooded with righteousness and truth. The problem in our nation is not that there aren't Christians. The problem is that there aren't Spirit filled Christians. Oh, that we would look on our own hearts and see ourselves as parched. Oh, that we would look on our limbs and confess there is only shriveled, spiritual fruit, if any. Oh, that we would look at the heavens and pray not just for rain for our parched earth, but for the Spirit to rouse Himself and bring forth a mighty flood to clean the debris from our lives. Only when we who have been saved and baptized by Christ confess our sins and are filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18) will we look heavenward and our hearts beat wildly for spiritual revival in our land.

Will you join me in prayer?
Debbie

Tuesday
Mar032009

Knowing God, Teacher, Rock of Israel, Voice of Authority

Friends,

There is no greater joy than knowing God and serving Him. If you've heard me speak or teach you know a significant time in my life was when God directed my heart to understand that there is nothing in and of my old self that He can use. All that is good and glorious pours from HIS Holy nature. Since that time, my prayer and life mission has been to increasingly know God and the power of His resurrection. (Phil 3:7-8)

Whether you recently received your journal or have been journaling for years, I'd like to encourage you to use the first column in the Week at a Glance section for the Lord. Yes, title the first column "Lord." Then, each day when you pray, select a different attribute for which to praise Him. For those of you who also ordered the 200 A-Z Names, Attributes, and Titles of God, you may be checking the boxes beside each attribute on which you focus. Others of you may simply be prayerfully focusing on different attributes of God for which you praise Him. I have already added 20 more attributes to the 200! The list keeps growing and it is such a delight to increasingly know and love my Lord!

Here's how to do it. This morning, when I rose, I went to my study and knelt as I always do. Truly, as Isaiah 39:15b says, "In quietness and trust is your strength." I find that beginning each day in quietness before God is the key to walking by His Spirit the rest of the day. In addition to beginning each day on my knees, God's Word is the powerful sword that clears the clutter from my mind and sharpens me to His Words and ways. Lately I've been reading through Isaiah. Today, I read Isaiah 30. And, guess what? I added to my list of 200 Names, 3 more names. It's so much fun! I pray you have your Bible open beside your journal every day. I pray as God reveals Himself to you through the Word, that becomes a springboard from which you broaden your prayers for others and yourself.

The 3 names I added and you can add?
Isaiah 30:20 Teacher. Yes...can you believe I left "Teacher" off the 200 Names list? What was I thinking???
Isaiah 30:29 Rock of Israel. We already have "Rock," but I like the addition of "of Israel."
Isaiah 30:30 Voice of Authority. Oh, friends, if we ever need to be reminded of this attritubute of God, it is now. HE is the Voice of Authority. When other voices in our heads tell us to turn to the right or left, we need to remember God is our Teacher. We need to heed HIS VOICE of AUTHORITY in all areas of our lives.

Consider Isaiah 30:20-21 in conjunction with verse 30 as the springboard for your prayers today. "Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left."

Although these verses are a reference to the glories of the Millennium, they hold true for believers today. God speaks to us the way, the right and left, through the Bible and through the voice of His Holy Spirit. The question is, are we listening?

Today, dear one, focus your prayers by beginning your prayer time praising God as your Teacher, Rock, and Voice of Authority. Then repent. Yes, too often we forget this part. However, it's an important part of P.R.A.Y. (praise, repent, ask, yield) We need to repent where we've fallen away from the image of the One who created us and called us into conformity with Him.

"Father, forgive me. You are my Teacher, yet I've ignored your teaching in this area: ______. You are the Rock of Israel and my Rock, yet I've chosen to totter in this sin, _____________.
You are the Voice of Authority, yet I've listened to other voices that have lured me from pure devotion to You. Forgive me."

Yes, friends. Let us praise God each morning for who He is. But let us not forget to repent where we have sinned. Praising God should not only direct our hearts to the glory of who God is, but should also serve as a reminder of ways in which He wants to conform us to His beloved Son.

Rejoice with me today, loved one. We have a Teacher. We have a Rock. We have a Voice of Authority. And, as you rejoice, remember to pray for others that they will learn from the Teacher, stand on the Rock, and heed the Voice of Authority.

Love,
Debbie

Monday
Feb162009

Getting Started

Sisters,

I can't tell you how happy I am that you're interested in journaling your prayers. When people ask me, "Why journal?" my heart immediately goes to the Bible. Do you realize all the prayers that are journaled in the Bible? Any conversations you read between God and Adam, God and Moses, God and anyone....are prayers He ordained be journaled. We learn from reading those prayers what is on God's heart and mind. In addition, it gives us reason to praise Him when we read God's Words to man, then we see His will accomplished.

Not only is the Bible a journal of God's words to man, but also men and women's words to God. Read Hannah's words and learn about faith. Read Mary's and Elizabeth's songs of praise and better learn how to praise God.

Journaling is a way to quiet our hearts before God. Instead of dashing through our prayers, we slow down as we write key requests in the Week at A Glance section. At other times we pour out our hearts in the Meditations, Notes, and Prayer section. And, if you've not used it yet, the Month at A Glance is the place to record prayer requests that come to you for friend's or family member's doctor's appointments, surgery dates, court summons, counseling sessions, job interviews, school tests, anything on the calendar. As a matter of fact, I have my prayer journal beside me now and am getting ready to update it with a friend's ministry calendar so I can pray for her when she's speaking at events.

THE HARD PART ABOUT JOURNALING : GETTING STARTED

If you're like me, often the hardest part of a task is getting started. That's why I want to encourage you today....right now....to get your journal and sit down with me. Let's go through this together. If you do, you may wind up like our sister who wrote me a few days ago. Read what she emailed me.

Hey, Debbie! I got it!! I was jumping up and down at the mailbox--I know my neighbors thought I was crazy!! But, it's here! I have never used a prayer journal for an entire year until this one! It is a wonderful tool that helps us to remember who and what to pray for and to follow up on those prayers--to see that God does listen and heal and speak to us--even today! Hugs! Susan

Yes, that could be YOU saying those words in a year. So, why not give it a try? One of the biggest blessings and opportunities, is having your prayers recorded so you don't forget to thank God for all the ways He's answering your prayers. We often can pray so many prayers that we forget the many ones He's answered. I recall with startling vividness, when God convicted me of the need to go back and thank Him for prayers He had answered. It was when I was studying Luke 17:11-18. Go back and read that passage. Consider the difference it would make in your relationship with Jesus if you began recording your requests and thanking Him for each time He answers.

Blessings to you.....love,
Debbie

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