YOU HEAR, O LORD, THE DESIRE OF THE AFFLICTED

The Lord sets His face against the proud, but He is for the humble, the outcast, the afflicted. I’ve seen it again and again. This is my just born granddaughter, Sadie. She is a gift of God to my daughter Sally and her husband Phil. She was a much prayed for baby. (Many of you know Sally through her Aslan painting which you can see through this link: http://deebrestin.wpengine.com/products/aslan-posters-prints/ Sally was led to paint Aslan because she wanted to try to get an answer to why a good God allowed so much suffering. He did give her a surprising answer. Often we don’t know why He allows suffering, and we are called to accept the mystery of suffering, but we do know God is good. We also know, according to the psalms we will be studying this week, that “He […]

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HOW WE CHANGE

Worship comes from an old English word “worth-shape.” In other words, whatever we worship shapes us. Every single one of us struggles with idols of the heart. Idols cannot be destroyed, but they can be replaced. May the Lord replace our longing for human approval, or junk food, or control with Himself. The psalms will lead us to worship Christ, and in worshiping Him, we will find, to our amazement, our idols will be pushed off the throne, and we will find that we are shaped by Him, changed, conformed not to the ugly idols of this world, but to His image. We become beautiful, like Him. Filled with peace, joy, self-control, wisdom, and love. This week we’ll be looking at an overview of some psalms that help us worship Christ and we’ll use what has become one of the […]

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How Have You Sensed God’s Presence Today?

Hi Friends! This is my first blog and I want this to be meaningful, fun, and and, more than anything, get your heart hot for Jesus. Who wants to live a lukewarm boring life? May this be the summer of increasing awareness of His presence in our lives. I want to be like my grand-daughter Ana who said, “Grandma – take my picture rejoicing in front of the sunset. Jesus loves me! Tell me how you’ve been aware of His presence today! Love Dee

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