Thursday, January 2, 2014

OBEDIENCE for 2014.

Over the past several starts of the New Year, I feel like God has given me a word to cling to.  In 2012, the word was EMBRACE.  Last year, that word was HOPE.  And what a year of hope that 2013 turned out to be!

We started the 2013 year just clinging to the Lord and the hope that this would be the year that our daughter would come home!  Little did we know that at that very moment our daughter was at Hannah's HOPE in Ethiopia waiting for us.  Then a few months later, on May 23, 2013, while sitting in a restaurant in FairHOPE, Alabama, we got our long-awaited referral call for our precious daughter!  Then we hoped and prayed to get to her before the rainy season, and God was so faithful to get us to her!  And she was finally HOME this past September.

2013 is a year we will never forget and always cherish!

Yesterday, I began to ask the Lord what His word for me this year of 2014 would be.  I was thinking of words like peace, faith, love, etc., which are all great things, and I pray that 2014 holds much of these for us as well.  But suddenly, the Lord pressed upon my heart the word OBEDIENCE, and He continued to confirm this.

Wow.  I have to admit that the word obedience at first kind of scared me a little. Will God ask us to do something big this year?  Or will this just be a year of surrender and daily walking in obedience?  But I soon realized that as a follower of Christ, there should be no fear in obedience.  There is actually much peace and freedom in obedience to God because we know as believers that He is with us and we are fulfilling HIS purpose for our lives.

Life is very full at our house right now with 3 active elementary age kids and a sweet little Ethiopian toddler!  I am loving every second of it, but I don't have as much time as I would like to write and blog.  However, in obedience, I am going to try to keep writing as much as possible to journal about our family milestones and how God is moving in our hearts and lives!  There is always something to give God praise and glory for!

Jody and I are starting to read together another book by Mark Batterson titled, "All In".  Most of ya'll know how much his book, The Circle Maker, totally changed the way I prayed for Caroline Faith during our adoption journey!  I am only 2 chapters in, and already God is using to to challenge my faith so much!

I hope to be able to catch up on posts about Christmas and New Years in the next few days too!  It was very special and memorable finally having Caroline Faith home to join us!  I tried to just soak it all in!  God is good!!!  Excited to see all that He will do in this new year of 2014!

Here's a sneak peek of our crew on NYE night doing fireworks in the back yard...

So thankful for these precious ones, and can't wait to watch them grow in 2014!!!

"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in OBEDIENCE to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul."
Deuteronomy 10:12

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

WASHING OF WATER? EPHESIANS 5:26 BY STEVE FINNELL

What does the washing of water found in Ephesians 5:26 mean? Should you, as a believer in Christ, look to creed books and Bible commentaries for the answer to that question or should you look to translations of the Bible for truth? Do you want to trust men or do you want to trust God's written word?

Ephesians 5:25-26...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (NKJV)

How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church? The church is the body of Christ. The church is comprised of Christians. How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church?

Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word;(The Living Bible- Paraphrased)

Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, (KJV)

Ephesians 5:26 in order to make her holy, cleaning her with the baptismal water by the Word. (Weymouth New testament)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make her holy by washing her in a bath of water with the word. (Common English Bible)

Ephesians 5:26 He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.(Contemporary English Version)

Ephesians 5:26 In order that he might sanctify it, purifying [it] by the washing of water by [the] word, (Darby Translation)

Ephesians 5:26 He died to make the church holy. He used the telling of the Good News to make the church clean by washing it with water. (ERV-Easy-to-Read-Version)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleaning it, washing it using water along with the spoken words. (God's Word Translation)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to dedicate the church to God by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water, (Good News Translation)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water alone with the spoken words. (Names of God Bible)

Ephesians 5:26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (New American Standard Bible)

Ephesians 5:26 He did that so that he might make the church people holy, when they were washed with water by God's word. (World English N.T.)

Do you really want leave the interpretation of Ephesians 5:26 to others,why would you not read it and believe what it says?

Is God smart enough to guide men to accurately translate the Bible?

Two choices: 1. Trust God's written word, the BIBLE. or 2. Trust preachers, priests, pastors, Bible commentators, the man on the street, your friends and relatives or creed books, for the truth and nothing but the truth.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV)


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