Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Faith of our Fathers.....and Us

On Monday evenings,
a beautiful group of ladies and myself 
meet for Bible Study.
They are the absolute real.deal.
They LOVE Jesus and want to 
draw closer to Him.

Last night, we studied the life of Abraham.
His faith astounds and amazes me.
Always has.
God told him to go and Scripture tells us simply,
"He went."
He didn't know where he was going,
he just saddled up the donkey,
got the peeps and went.

He was led by God,
and trusted Him.
At one point this leading lead him up 
Mount Moriah with son and knife in hand.
God was going to ask him to slay his son,
the promised son.
Abraham places him on the altar,
bounds him
and with knife in hand,
lifts his hands to do the unthinkable,
and then....
oh but God,
stopped him!
And when He stopped him,
He said,
"Abraham!  Abraham!"
Genesis 22:11b (NLT)
To which Abraham replies,
"Here I am!"  

He could have said a lot of things,
pleaded with the Father,
but he is obedient,
and then in this moment God (through an angel) 
 tells him not to slay his son Isaac.

Abraham was a man of amazing faith.
He believed God and it was accredited to him as righteousness.

Faith is believing when you can't see,
but you know God said it so you are going to hold
on to that Truth regardless of what the circumstances say.
Where are you with that?
Does that find you in an uncomfortable place?
Or in a place of peace?

For me, I have a situation in my life
right now, that God has told me something about,
but has yet to come to fruition,
so I wait.
And believe Him.
And have faith
and know that His timing is best.
So I wait.
Not wringing my hands.
Not crying in tears everyday and a mess (like I used to),
no I wait in peace,
with expectation,
knowing God is who He says He is,
and will do what He says He will do.
He is the Redeemer.

In Christ Alone ~~ dawn

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Stuff of Life

On our best day,
all dressed up,
all ready to go,
you know,
we are not good enough.
Sin separates
Christ unites.
That is Truth.

In our flesh, 
we try to make ourselves good.
We try to clean it up,
dress it up,
always be on.
We just can't.

On our own,
coming to God is impossible.
We could do every good thing,
and still,
apart from Christ,
fail to be able to come to Him,

But, Oh for the Grace of God,
He wants us to know Him.
To be able to come to Him.
So He made a way
through relationship with Jesus Christ.
It is the only Way.
Oh, but when we do that,
come to Him,
accept Him as our Savior,
He is our advocate,
our intercessor,
going to the Father on our behalf.

Amazing Grace
How Sweet the Sound
That Saved a Wretch like ME!
Once lost
Now found
now I see.

I'm so thankful for the Grace of God
to reach down into the mire
to save a wretch,
a total and complete wretch like me.
Thank you never seems enough.

I've started keeping a thankful journal.
3 things a day.
Oh how the Father opens up my heart
in 3 things a day.
I am a work in progress.

In Christ Alone ~~ dawn

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Morning Evening Worship

Good Evening!
I meant to post this morning,
but our little Grandson got sick last night,
so when he got here this morning
we just hung out with him
and watched church online
and have had a day hanging out with
our little man.

He is feeling much better.  
Praise the LORD!

So instead of Sunday Morning Worship,
let's have Sunday Evening Worship.
Any time is a good time to Worship
our God and King.
Let our song join the one that never ends
Because He Lives!

In Christ Alone ~~ dawn

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Weekend Tips

Happy Weekend!

So it is the weekend and I don't know about you,
but our schedule is much different
than through the week.

So I thought I would just give a few 
tips that work for us on the weekend's
of the fast.

1).  Keep things as normal eating wise as
      through the week as you can.

2).  If your family likes to eat out on the weekends,
      then I suggest Chipotle's or Ruby Tuesdays salad bar.

3).  Something you could do instead is plan a little picnic.
      Picnics are always a lot of family fun,
      and you can control what goes into the picnic
      basket to eat =).

4)  Quiet times on the weekend can look different too.
      Between sleeping in and the business
      of the schedule, 
      it can be a challenge.

5).  I suggest keeping at the forefront of your heart
      the reason for the fast is to draw near to God,
      and purpose some quiet time with Him
      somewhere in your weekend days or even evenings.
      Sometimes evenings are good for me on the 
      weekend, as everyone is kind of winding down.
      Also, keeping an attitude and posture of drawing near
      to God as you go about your day, in your thoughts,
      speech and actions.  

6).  A prayer walk is always a good idea too.  It helps destress
      and gets us back in focus.

7).  Most of all, just keep pressing in and pressing on to the mark
      of the high calling in Christ Jesus.  He loves you, is with you
      and is cheering you on!  

In Christ alone ~~ dawn

Friday, August 14, 2015


time with the Father

We need it desperately.

Prayer is vital during the Daniel Fast.
In fact, drawing closer to God
is the reason for the Daniel Fast.

Spending time talking to the Father,
listening for His voice,
being still in His Presence,
it is life-giving indeed.

He sees and knows our heart 
and meets us right where we're at.

I encourage you to spend extra time in prayer
during this season.
Yes the Daniel Fast is challenging,
but drawing close to the Father is truly amazing,
and worth every single second we spend drawing
closer to Him, just to know Him more. 

I love you SO!!

In Christ alone ~~ dawn