Happiness Habit · Motivation · Power Thoughts · Rick Warren

POWER THOUGHTS: Happiness Habit: Never Stop Growing

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“I don’t mean to say I’m perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I’m still not all I should be.” (Philippians 3:12-13 LB)

Following Jesus is a decision and then a process for the rest of your life. You can’t follow without walking. You’ve got to have movement!

Philippians 3:12-13 says, “I don’t mean to say I’m perfect. I haven’t learned all I should even yet, but I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be. No, dear brothers, I’m still not all I should be” (LB).

When Paul wrote that verse, he was an older man in prison in Rome. He’s at the end of life. He’s an incredibly mature person. Yet he says he hadn’t arrived. If anybody had the right to say, “I’ve arrived spiritually,” it would be the guy who wrote most of the New Testament. But Paul says, no, I haven’t arrived. I’m still growing. I’m still learning. I’m still becoming more like Christ.

What’s the trap that will keep you from following Paul’s example and continue growing in Christ? Pride.

Pride will keep you from growing, because when you pretend that you’ve got it all together, you won’t make an effort to become more spiritually mature. No one has it all together! Humility leads to happiness because it makes you teachable.

Happy people never stop growing. Happy people never stop discovering, never stop stretching, never stop learning. If you’ve stopped growing, you’re miserable, because you were made to grow.

Happiness and humility go together because humble people are teachable. They are always asking, “How can I be a better husband? How can I be a better friend? How can I be a better boss? How can I be a better follower of Jesus?”

“Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it” (2 Corinthians 13:5 MSG).

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

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Happiness Habit · Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: Happiness Habit: Know What Counts and What Doesn’t Count

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“Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8a NLT)

Every day when you get up, you need to remind yourself what counts and what doesn’t count. Don’t be distracted by what’s inconsequential and petty in life.

Why is this an important habit? Have you noticed how easy it is to lose your joy over some small thing? It’s usually the small irritations that cause you to lose your happiness. Somebody cuts you off in the middle of the road when you’re trying to make a turn, and you lose your happiness. You’re having a bad hair day or the clothes you put on don’t fit anymore, and you lose your happiness. It’s the little things that sometimes affect us the most, and yet they don’t really matter.

Paul says in Philippians 3:7, “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done” (NLT).

What was the most important thing to you before you met Jesus Christ? Work? Career? Making money? Maybe it was getting a date. Maybe it was being popular. Maybe it was having security or being famous.

Paul says all those things don’t matter anymore compared to the joy of knowing Jesus.

The trap that’s going to keep you from developing this habit is pop culture. Every day there are thousands of advertising messages that say, “You aren’t worth anything until you’ve got our product.” Even television news makes every item sound like it’s the most important thing of the day. It’s not! Nothing is as worthless as yesterday’s newspaper. Just because it’s urgent and immediate does not mean it’s important.

You have to ask yourself about everything: How much will this matter in 100 years? How much of what I’m worrying about right now is going to matter tomorrow? It’s probably not going to matter tomorrow, much less for eternity. You need to live in light of eternity.

We’re living for things that don’t really matter. So to be counter culture, you’ve got to focus not on what’s current but what’s eternal. When you live in light of eternity, you realize that the small things you’re worrying about aren’t going to matter in eternity, and instead of stressing out, you can be a happier person.

“Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8a). Every day, remember what matters most.

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Love and joy to you all,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

How To · Prayer · The Bible

HOW TO: BIBLE JOURNALING

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Bible Journaling is a way for us to express for love for our Lord through art. It is journaling or doodling in the margins of your Bible.  What you draw, journal or doodle is inspired by the Word.

All you need: God’s Word & The Holy Spirit guiding you. AMEN.

Getting started

To get you started, I have complied a  list for your guidance. First, some suggestion for Journaling Bible. My favourite version is the ESV.

544408: ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, TruTone, Chestnut with Leaves Design ESV Single Column Journaling Bible

The ESV Single Column Journaling Bible is a complete redesign of the original Journaling Bible. The Bible text is now laid out in an easy-to-follow, single-column format. Ruled lines in the extra-wide margins match up with each line of Bible text, enabling users to more easily align their notes with specific verses. With high-quality Bible paper and cover materials, the Single Column Journaling Bible is a durable edition for anyone who wants to capture notes, prayers, or personal reflections in their Bible.

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For Bible readers who love to add their own notes, references and personal reflections, this journaling Bible with wide margins and ruled lines is perfect..

369564: KJV Journaling Bible, Imitation Leather, Tan/brown KJV Journaling Bible, Imitation Leather, Tan/brown

Your Bible study will never be the same. . .when you record your observations and insights on the actual pages of the KJV Personal Notes Edition of The Holy Bible. Ideal for journaling, this beautiful Bible, featuring the complete text of the beloved King James Version, also includes super-wide margins for you to record your reactions to God’s Word. At approximately 9.00″ x 6.50″, it’s big enough to read and write in—but small enough to carry comfortably.

The KJV Holy Bible: Wide-Margin Personal Notes Edition makes a desirable gift—for others or even yourself!

503863: ESV Journaling Bible, Antique Floral design, Hardcover ESV Journaling Bible, Antique Floral design, Hardcover

With its wide-margin, ruled format, and special outer design, the ESV Journaling Bible encourages your conversations with God and enhances your personal study of the Bible.

49655: ESV Journaling Bible, Natural Leather, Brown, Flap with Strap ESV Journaling Bible, Natural Leather, Brown, Flap with Strap

The one-and-only Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features 2-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.

NLT Inspire Journaling Bible 

Inspire is a new single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible that will be a cherished resource for creative art journaling. It is the first Bible of its kind—with over 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible.

*** COMING SOON MARCH 2016

9780310444268, NIV Beautiful Word Bible NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Imitation Leather

The NIV Beautiful Word Bible in hardcover format is an exquisitely designed, full-color Bible filled with 500 illustrated verses that offers a one-of-kind visual treatment of Scripture, encouraging you to understand and experience God’s Word in a fresh way.

*** COMING SOON FEBRUARY 2016

Pens and Highlighters

These pens and highlighters are my favourite, they don’t bleed and I simply love them.

Micron Assorted Colors Ink Pen Set

 

ACCU-Gel Highlighters Study Kit

Sanford Sharpie Fine Point Pen Stylo, Assorted Colors, 12-Pack

Sanford Sharpie Fine Point Pen Stylo, Assorted Colors, 12-Pack

Copic Markers 9-Piece Multiliner Inking Pen Set B-2, Black (MLB2)

Copic Markers 9-Piece Multiliner Inking Pen Set B-2, Black (MLB2)

Prismacolor Premier Markers 7-Pack, Assorted Tips, Black (1738862)

Staedtler Pigment Liner Bonus Sketch Set of 6 Liners for the Regular Price of 4(2 free), 308SB6P

Staedtler Pigment Liner Bonus Sketch Set of 6 Liners for the Regular Price of 4(2 free), 308SB6P

Project Life Journaling Pen Set 3 Pack-Black

Painting, Draw, Pencils, Pens, Watercolour, Paint

For colouring:

Prismacolor 4066 36 pcs Watercolor Pencil Box

 

Peerless Watercolor Joanne Palette Colors

Bella 2-oz. 24-Count Paint Color Sample (Acrylic Paint)

null 2-oz. 24-Count Paint Color Sample

Sakura XNCW-24N 24-Piece Koi Assorted Water Colors Field Sketch Set with Brush

Faber-Castell FBR770168 FaberCastell Gelatos Set – Pastels

Faber-Castell FBR770168 FaberCastell Gelatos Set - Pastels

For stamping:

Stamping Blocks

Stamping Inks Brand – Stazon, Faber-Castell Mix & Match Stamper’s Big Brush Pen,Tim Holtz

Rubber Stamp Date – if you want to date but of course you can write it out instead too

Others:

Stickers

Washi tapes

Tab punch

 

These are just some suggestion for you to choose from. There are heaps other products that I might not have listed.

Just follow your love and start journaling. You start journaling with basic items like a pen and paper, and possibly a few highlighters.

For ideas, try Pinterest.

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Grace · Happiness Habit · Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: Happiness Habit: Relax in God’s Grace

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“I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.” (Philippians 3:9 NLT)

You can’t earn God’s approval. You can’t earn his love. You can’t earn his recognition. God is love, and he loves you unconditionally. If you want to be a happy person, you need to relax in God’s grace every day.

Philippians 3:3 says, “We Christians glory in what Christ Jesus has done for us and realize that we are helpless to save ourselves” (LB).

One of the things that will rob you of your happiness is legalism. Legalism is the attitude that you have to prove your love to God. Legalism is trusting in what you do for God instead of what Jesus did for you. It’s thinking that you have to follow rules and regulations and restrictions in order to prove yourself worthy.

How do you know when you’re a legalist? It’s when you’re judgmental of other people. How do you know when you’re living by grace? It’s when you’re gracious to others. People who live by grace often find it easier to forgive, because they recognize God continues to forgive them.

Legalism will suck your life dry of happiness. It sucks churches dry of happiness. Ever go to a legalistic church? That church is not happy. There’s no joy in a legalistic church. Everybody’s just there out of duty or guilt.

When you finally realize there’s nothing you can do to make God love you more, it is one of the most liberating feelings in the world. And, it is a key to happiness. Every day, remind yourself of the grace of God, and relax in it.

“I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith” (Philippians 3:9 NLT).

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Be blessed,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: Does What You’re Doing Matter?

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“Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60 TEV)

When you become a follower of Christ, God fills you with his Holy Spirit. The proof of the Holy Spirit in you is not some emotional experience. It’s not speaking in tongues or how high you jump.

The proof that you have God’s Spirit in you is if you are going. Are you telling anybody about the Good News?

Jesus said in Luke 9:60, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God” (TEV).

What in the world does he mean by that statement? It sounds pretty callous. But what he’s saying here is that you need to be indispensible. There are some jobs in life that anybody can do, but there are some jobs that only a believer can do. Only a Christian can tell other people about Christ. Only a Christian can tell other people how to get to Heaven. Only a Christian can show Christ’s compassion the way Christ wants it shown.

God wants you to be indispensible. Let the people who are spiritually dead do the things that anybody can do. You should spend more of your life doing things that only you can do.

There’s a lot of stuff you can spend the rest of your life doing that isn’t going to matter at all when you get to Heaven.

But there is something you can do that will make an eternal difference. Is anybody going to be in Heaven because of you? What kind of legacy are you going to leave? The greatest legacy is having somebody come up to you in Heaven and say, “I’m here because of you.” That’s using your life in a valuable way.

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Be blessed,

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Family · Rick Warren

FAMILY: God Wants You to Join the Party!

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“Go out into the country lanes and out behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I invited first will get even the smallest taste of what I had prepared for them.” (Luke 14:23b-24 TLB)

Jesus told a story to explain the party that God has invited you to: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When all was ready, he sent his servant around to notify the guests that it was time for them to arrive. But they all began making excuses. One said he had just bought a field and wanted to inspect it, and asked to be excused. Another said he had just bought five pair of oxen and wanted to try them out. Another had just been married and for that reason couldn’t come.

“The servant reported to his master what they had said. His master was angry and told him to go quickly into the streets and alleys of the city and to invite the beggars, crippled, lame, and blind. But even then, there was still room.

“‘Well, then,’ said his master, ‘go out into the country lanes and out behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I invited first will get even the smallest taste of what I had prepared for them’” (Luke 14:16-24 TLB).

God has prepared a generous banquet for all of us. It’s a party in Heaven that’s going to go on for eternity! God planned this party because he’s gracious and because he is generous. And he wants a full house!

In the story, the servant is sent out to get all the guests. If you are a servant of God, your job is to bring in the guests.

Are you a servant of God? Are you a child of God? Are you in God’s family? Are you saved? Then this is your job description.

I want you to notice some phrases in this passage: “Notify the guests,” “Go quickly,” “Invite,” “Go into the country lanes,” and “Urge anyone you find to come.”

This is how God wants you to do your job: Go quickly into every part of the world, tell people about God’s invitation to salvation, invite them into the family of God, and do it with urgency.

If you’re in the family of God, that’s your job description for the rest of your life while you’re here on Earth. Go invite the guests. And go in faith!

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God Bless,

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(Source: Rick Warren)

Blogging Thru The Bible · Job · The Bible

BLOGGING THRU THE BIBLE: Speak the Words of Comfort {Job 16&17}

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As in the past weeks, we have been reading how Job was being scrutinized by his friends. We all want friends that are able to help us in times of troubles instead of analysing our faults. Perhaps some time, the way is just to sit with them in sorrow, with our presence, our silence and our tears. Just like what Job’s friends did the first seven days.

Eliphaz reasons sin causes suffering and Job must have somehow sinned. Job felt condemned rather comforted. He needed empathy.

Bildad even on to say further that Job wouldn’t admit his sins, hence that’s why he is suffering. Bildad instead speaking to God for Job, he did the opposite. In all cases of suffering, prayers are more helpful than prescriptions.

And we see Zophar being impatient with Job. He insulted and accused him. Another person suffering is where God is at work. We should always remember James’s teaching:

“Be quick to hear, slow to anger and slow to speak” (James 1:19)

Finally, Job decided that his friends were helping him and took his case straight to God. He concluded that his friends are:

“What a bunch of miserable comforters!” (Job 16:2, MSG)

In compassion, we don’t like to see people suffering. And so our instincts should be aiming to reduce their suffering. We should never make any assumption against their situation.  We should enter by looking at God to help with this mystery. Join hands in prayers.

Christ alone is our hope and glory.

  1. We are to offer a blanket to those who are cold, food to those who are hungry and a cup of cool water to those who are thirsty. To tend to the sick. To visit prisoners. And to do this we need to have compassion heart.
  2. We really don’t understand the full nature of our friend’s problems.
  3. Our friends may not want our advice.
  4. People do not suffer less when they are committed to following God, but more. When these people go through suffering, their lives are often transformed, deepened, marked with beauty and holiness, in a remarkable ways.

Be blessed,

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Blogging Thru The Bible · Job · The Bible

BLOGGING THRU: Resources for Book of Job { Job 16-20}

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Welcome back to Week 4 in the Book of Job!
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If you are new – jump in right where we are and catch up on the weekends.  All are welcome to join anytime – there are no enrollments or sign-ups!

Do join our UK Bible Study group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/724894230988215/

This week we will look at:

Chapter 16 – Job’s plea for sympathy and justice.

Chapter 17 – Job is broken in despair.

Chapter 18 – Bildad’s heartless rebuke.

Chapter 19 – Job is insulted and isolated but he replies: My redeemer lives!

Chapter 20 – Zophar responds: The wicked will suffer.

 Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark

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Please Note: 2 of the days we combined chapters so we can complete the book of Job in 8 weeks.

Here is this week’s Bible Reading Plan:
Week Four

Here are this week’s Group Discussion Questions:

Job 16a

Job 17a

Job 18a

Job 19a

Job 20a

To print the 42 Discussion Questions for Job – click here.

The Verses of the Day:

I encourage you to choose which verse you’d like to memorize or meditate on.  The printable below includes all 5 verses of the day — for the entire week!

Print and cut them out and put them in the bathroom, kitchen, beside your bed and computer and use them for meditation throughout the week.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. – Joshua 1:8

Job 16

Job 17-9

Job 18

Job 19-25

Job 20-5

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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Job 16-20

We use SOAK Method for our study:

 

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I’m so excited you are here!

**WAVES**

Have a wonderful, blessed week and let’s study together.

Peace be with you,

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Motivation · Power Thoughts · Prayer

POWER THOUGHTS: The Unseen Battle Over Your Prayers

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We are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.” (Ephesians 6:12 TEV)

There is an unseen battle going on in a realm that we don’t even understand. We don’t see it. We don’t feel it. But there is a spiritual war in other dimensions between good and evil, between God and Satan, between angels and demons.

And the fact is, you’re caught right in the middle. If you’re a child of God, Satan hates you. And he wants to mess you up.

The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12, “We are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age” (TEV).

When you send up a prayer, there’s often a battle over how it’s going to be answered. While you’re in the waiting room, Satan starts throwing darts at you — the dart of doubt, the dart of discouragement, the dart of disappointment, the dart of delay, the dart of depression. The Bible says to be aware that he’s going to try to get you down.

The truth is, the Bible doesn’t tell us much about the spiritual warfare that’s going on behind your prayers. But we do get a glimpse of it in the book of Daniel.

Daniel had a vision of an angel, who said, “Daniel, don’t be afraid. God has heard your prayers ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in order to gain understanding. I have come in answer to your prayer. The [evil] angel prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief angels, came to help me, because I had been left there alone in Persia” (Daniel 10:12-13).

Are those the wildest verses you’ve ever seen? It says that Daniel had a prayer that wasn’t answered for a while, and he was starting to get discouraged. The angel showed up and said, “I’m here to give you the answer. We heard it from day one, but we’ve been in a battle over this, and it was such an intense battle that Michael the archangel had to come down and help me with this battle so I could come and tell you that the answer is on its way.”

The same thing is sometimes happening when you are waiting on your answer from God. You can’t know what kind of intense battle is going on over your prayer, but you can remember this: A delay is not a denial. When an answer to prayer is delayed, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to be answered. It just means God is fighting for you.

Don’t be discouraged. Keep praying!

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Love and joy to you all,

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Motivate Me · Motivation · Rick Warren

MOTIVATE ME: Five Things to Do While You Wait

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“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NLT, second edition)

When God has you in a waiting period, don’t put your life on hold. Instead, imitate the habits that grow strong faith.

The Bible says there are five things you should keep on doing even in the waiting period.

  1. Keep on praying. The Bible says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NLT, second edition). Keep on praying, and you will get your answer.
  2. Keep on serving. Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Don’t worry about having a significant ministry. Just make your ministry significant.
  3. Keep on going to small group. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together …. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer” (TEV).
  4. Keep on sowing. Ecclesiastes 11:6 says, “Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow —perhaps it all will” (TLB).
  5. Keep on believing. The Bible says, “You must keep on believing the things you have been taught. You know they are true” (2 Timothy 3:14).

The point is this: Stay active. Don’t be passive. God cannot steer a parked car! Don’t tell God you’re waiting on him. Turn on the ignition, and just start driving. Where? Anywhere! Get involved in a ministry. Get involved in service. Get involved with small group. Do the things you know you could be doing to develop your skills and habits and become more like Jesus.

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Be blessed,

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(Source: Rick Warren)