"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Sunday, January 31, 2010


The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted,
"Hosanna to the Son of David!"
"Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
"Hosanna in the highest!"

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Saturday, January 30, 2010


Even though this video looks a little Christmas-y, I believe that the "TREASURE HE IS" lasts, or should be for more than just at CHRISTMAS. HE IS A TREASURE to me all year long!

What can I do
How can I live
To show my world
The treasure of Jesus

What will it take
What could I give
So they can know
The treasure He is

If I can sing
Let my songs be full of His Glory
If I can speak
Let my words be full of His Grace
If I should live or die
Let me be found pursuing this prize
The One that alone satisfies

The Treasure of Jesus (repeat)
Treasure of Jesus by Steven Curtis Chapman from the album All Things New by Steven Curtis Chapman.
© 2004 Sparrow Song / Peach Hill Songs / BMI / Admin. by EMI CMG Publishing.
All rights reserved.

This song was chosen to accompany my series: Identity in Christ, the affirmation for this week was:

You are a treasure to God too!


Keep searching for all the GEMS in His WORD
and TREASURE each Truth
revealed by Him to you

Thank You LORD! Let my songs be full of Your Glory, let my words be full of Your Grace, let me be found pursuing You as my prize, for You alone satisfy and I seek the treasure I have in Jesus! I love You! I adore You! and I long to serve You each day.

If you missed WEDNESDAY WITH BETH MOORE this past week; make the time to GO HERE and HEAR Beth at LightSource. com (about 15 minutes is all of Beth's teaching) followed by great words by James Robison. It spurred me on to seek this song after first seeing a mother and daughter dance to this on another video.

Friday, January 29, 2010


I came across this program to encourage us with Scripture memorization this past week. It's called the "Fighter Verse Program" through Bethlehem Baptist church. Though they are located in MN, it is not my home church but it's a good one and they are serious about Bible memorization! It's available in many different sources from their church to help with accountability and encouragement of one another. That is what I hope to do also if you'd like to memorize along with me, the following are the verses for 2010.

Psalm 119:11

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

Memorize by using the Fighter Verses. Fighter Verses are short passages of Scripture selected to equip the believer in the fight of faith. [Now we ALL need that in these days]
Begin studying each of the verses on the corresponding Mondays mentioned below. And on that Friday we'll check out the verse...like we did with B.I.B.L.E. Memory Verse of the Week. The verses are given from ESV. That's a new one for me, I usually use the NIV and I know many in KJV and that many of you do also. You can memorize in whatever version you are using or comfortable with...some even try the Message, which lengthens the scripture. But whatever version you use, continue in that one and remember to learn the reference because that's important so you can locate the verse.

Fighter Verses

Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;
Daniel 2:20-21
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Matthew 5:3-6
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:7-9
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:10-12
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
Matthew 5:13
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Matthew 5:17-18
Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:19-20
You have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment." But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the
council; and whoever says, "You fool!" will be liable to the hell of fire.
Matthew 5:21-22
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23-24
Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 5:25-26
You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery." But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:27-28
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
Matthew 5:29-30
It was also said, "Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce." But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Matthew 5:31-32
Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn."
Matthew 5:33
But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Matthew 5:34-36
Let what you say be simply "Yes" or "No"; anything more than this comes from evil.
Matthew 5:37
You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
Matthew 5:38-40
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:41-45a
For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Matthew 5:45b-46
And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:47-48
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Matthew 6:1-2
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:3-4
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Matthew 6:5
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6
And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6:7-8
Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 6:9-13
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:14-15
And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Matthew 6:16
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:17-18
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21
The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Matthew 6:22-23
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Mattew 6:24
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew 6:25-26
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:27-29
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:30
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Matthew 6:31-32
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:33-34
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Mattew 7:1-2
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
Matthew 7:3-5
Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
Matthew 7:6
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8
Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:9-12
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:13-14
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:15-16
So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Matthew 7:17-20
Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21
On that day many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?" And then will I declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness."
Matthew 7:22-23
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Matthew 7:24-25
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.
Matthew 7:26-27
And you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Matthew 10:18-20

I'm not sure if the pdf link will work but if it doesn't just copy the verses and save in your file or come back here each week.

Catch up the final week and review what we've learned...

I really LOVE what they wrote for "Why memorize the Bible?" in case you still need to be convinced - here it is:

Why Memorize the Bible?

Memorization works on our hearts to cultivate Christ-like character, it helps us to resist temptation, and it enhances our prayer and worship. Here are a few more reasons—straight from Scripture. Memorizing …
  • Is one of the most effective ways to “meditate” on the Word of God “day and night” (Joshua 1:8).
  • Helps us treasure God’s Word in our hearts that we might not sin against the him (Psalm 119:11).
  • Allows us to meditate on the Lord in the “night watches” (Psalm 63:6) so that we can regard all his ways (Psalm 119:15).
  • Helps us in evangelism making the Word of truth readily available to build our own and others’ faith—since “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).

I don't know if you noticed but for the month of January, they memorized "The Beatitudes". I hope I have the time to squeeze this in also. Maybe at the end when they review because I would love to have this in my mind...plus the verse from Daniel... maybe that last week I'll do the verse from Daniel and then start the following year with The Beatitudes... seems like a good start.

SO, I will be starting with MATTHEW 5:13 on Monday 2/01/2010 and review on that FRIDAY (perhaps share any reflection I may have) and the verse for the following week! Perhaps you'd like to share on the verse also on Fridays & let us now if you were able or how well you memorized the verse. Check point...Fri.???

"You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste,
how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet." (ESV)

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. (NIV)

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. (NKJV)



Let's pick up our SWORD and begin to



We are in a FIGHT for our FAITH and need to PRESS ON!

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Each week I am sharing scripture affirmations alternating between being:
CHOSEN, FORGIVEN, LOVED, VALUABLE, VICTORIOUS and COMPLETE to affirm these truths in Christ that:
This week the focus is:
The scripture verse chosen this week is from:

John 1:12

Personalized (you replace my name with yours)

Peggy is God's daughter.

But Peggy received Him, and to Peggy He gave the right to become God's daughter, because Peggy believes in His name.

To see the rest of the SCRIPTURES that affirm that YOU ARE VALUABLE and that I will be sharing each week one of these verses, you need to go back to TUESDAY'S TRUE IDENTITY in CHRIST.

My reflections on this verse:

When I first think of my value, I will have to admit that as a teen and young adult, I never understood my value. I really had my "value" mixed up completely with what I could do to please someone so that they would think of me as valuable. This is another true confession but one that we can all relate to on some level. We may believe our value is connected to our performance and has nothing to do with WHO WE ARE. Without Jesus Christ and the truth He gives to our life, we may continue throughout all of our lives believing this lie: OUR VALUE is in WHAT we DO not WHO we ARE.

The truth is that Jesus values WHO WE ARE and He alone enables us to DO great things in His Name. All other things have little or no value, unless they are for building the Kingdom of God.

When we hear about VALUABLES...many of our first thoughts are on possessions and usually the possessions we consider valuable are jewelry like diamonds, priceless gems or gold. Some of us may consider photos or family heirlooms or hand me downs. Some of us consider valuables to be the luxuries we enjoy daily.

In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, the California rainstorms causing mudslides, recent high level Hurricanes such as Ike or Katrina, the Tsunami and other horrendous tropical storms in the Pacific...we must clearly realize that VALUABLES are easily taken from us but what we all would agree with is that HUMAN LIFE is what is VALUABLE. That brings me to another issue and instead of me trying to write about it...I would like for you to bookmark and visit these two precious sisters in the Lord often as they speak and stand for the VALUE of HUMAN LIFE:

Lisa Shaw @ His Love Covers Our Sins or Sharing Life with Lisa

Lisa's most recent article HERE


Marsha @ Marsha's Musings

~ most recent article HERE

If I look at this first verse in affirming myself as being valuable, I see that I MUST receive Him and that it takes believing in Him and His Precious Name and in doing this God gives me and each & every HUMAN the right to LIFE and to become a CHILD of GOD. For we are all created by Him and for Him, we are His conception before the actual physical one takes place. God is the true designer and we are from His genes, made in His image. Each of us are so valuable to God as His dearly beloved children.

My value has nothing to do with what I have, or have not

and my value is not in my perfection or imperfection

nor is my value in what I DO or do not DO.

My VALUE is in Christ Jesus and WHO HE made me to BE!


Merriam Webster defines "valuable" as having monetary value; worth a good price...and having desirable or esteemed characteristics or qualities (of great use or service) but in God's Heavenly Kingdom we are esteemed and of great value. Our value is individual. Our value is unique. But our value IS worth the HIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID... the life of Our Precious Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus finds YOU and I highly VALUABLE, PRICELESS, and DESIRABLE!

Isn't this worth passing on?

Lord You are more precious than silver Lord You are more costly than gold Lord You are more beautiful than diamonds And nothing I desire compares with You Who can weigh the value of knowing You Who can judge the world but You alone Lord, who can count the blessing of loving You Who says just how great You are How great You are
IF YOU GET A CHANCE, LISTEN TO #448 UNDERSTANDING YOUR VALUE available for free by clicking there or through iTunes from January 15th, 2010. It even has PRAISE & WORSHIP!
"One of the greatest needs is to feel a sense of self-worth. Deep down we need to know that we're important, that our life matters, and that we have something great to offer. But so often, we base our self-worth on our looks, what we've achieved, what we own, how perfect a life we've lived, or what others say or think of us. The problem with this is those things can change. If you're basing your self-worth on your looks, your accomplishments, or your popularity; then when that goes down, your self-worth will go down. But if you place your value in Almighty God, nothing you or anyone else do can ever change that value. People may reject you, but God accepts you. Other people may overlook you, but God sees you. The One who matters the most chooses you and has equipped you for everything you need in life. The value God put in you is permanent. If you'll learn to receive your value from your Heavenly Father and listen to what He says about you, then you'll go around feeling accepted, approved, redeemed, forgiven, confident and secure. You won't be easily moved by your circumstances and what others may say. You will continually rise to the top because you understand your value in Almighty God!" Original audio source (448-audio-podcast.mp3)
no praise just the teaching [not sure if this will work, copied from my Google Reader]
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this is why I am

To my faithful visitors;
all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
I do appreciate you so much!

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

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