|Posted on 1 January, 2018 at 7:55||comments (5506)|
As I sit here looking out the window on a very cold Jan 1st morning, I am contemplating the year ahead. The sky is transitioning from black to dark gray to light gray with streaks of orange from the rising sun. Transition. A word the Lord spoke over me last year and I believe is an important part of this year as well. My life has been and continues to transition from black, to dark gray, to light gray and finally to the vibrant colors of orange and red and yellow, and finally into the blinding sunshine that is God's plan and purpose for my life. A song comes to mind and I sing it slowly and worshipfully, meditating on every word, and adding a few for emphasis.
"The sun comes up, it's a new year dawning. It's time to sing my song again. Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, may I be singing when the evening comes. BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL, O MY SOUL. WORSHIP HIS HOLY NAME. SING (all year) LIKE NEVER (never ever) BEFORE, O MY SOUL, I WORSHIP YOUR (Jesus) HOLY NAME!"
Oh I'm praying for a year that will be experienced like never before. The my soul will reach new heights of worship and intimacy with the Lover of my soul, Jesus. I'm praying for a saturation of the Oil of Anointing of the manifest Presence of God ike never before. I'm praying for RESTORATION of all things broken, unfinished, diseased and stolen from my life. I declare a year of RESTORATION for me and all attached to me. If you come near me this year, it's likely I'll lay hands on you and pray for restoration in your life.
Enough about me, I'm getting carried away here, now back to YOU! Are you taking some time to write down RESOLUTIONS, goals, plans, wishes, dreams, prayers? It's easy to make that list in the same manner you have before. 1. Lose weight, 2. Exercise more, 3. Eat healthy, 4. Pray more, 5. Read Bible more ... or whatever your list looks like. But may I suggest a different approach because sometimes, that old way didn't prove to be very effective.
Instead of writing the things that YOU are going to attempt to do, how about writing a prayer about it. Instead of lose weight, eat right and exercise more; write, "Lord Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit that is within me, give me the desire to do all of the things that I need to do to be more healthy. Change my 'want to,' change my heart in such a way that it will give me the courage and the steadfastness to make those changes."
If you want to pray more, read the Bible more, don't just make a resolve to do so, ask the Lord to create a hunger for Him and for His Word in such a way that you MUST have time with Him. And that the Word would come alive in ways you've never known, thus creating an excitment for His Word that you've never known.
If you think that you want to be a more kind, generous and benevolent person, don't just make a plan for giving, but ask Jesus to do a work in your heart that causes you to see others as He does. Ask Him to increase the compassion in your heart.
I think you get the picture. Making a list of resolves, changes or goals is great, but the reason most of us don't follow through for long is that our hearts just are in the change. We are trying to will ourselves to make changes and let's face it, our wills change on a whim. But when we get the Holy Spirit involoved in changing our hearts, then our deep desires (the thing that really drives us in our core) change. When we are changed at the heart level, our thoughts and actions are changed, really changed. We will see the results that we desire to see. We are changed for the better. And, most importantly, God gets the glory!
I pray for you and happy, healthy, transformed and restored 2018! In Jesus' Name!
|Posted on 13 November, 2017 at 18:40||comments (1783)|
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|Posted on 29 October, 2017 at 16:55||comments (3697)|
Here is the link for the teaching video for week 4 of Priscilla Shirer's "Discerning the Voice of God"
Remember, anyone is welcomed to join the online study. It is self-paced, so watch the videos when you are ready. God has much to say to you! If you feel you are behind schedule, don't worry. Trust God's timing in where you are in the study.
Feel free to comment here in the blog about anything God is teaching you.
Keep studying and praying!
|Posted on 22 October, 2017 at 16:20||comments (1774)|
Backing up a little, I realized I didn't post the link for week 2 here on the blog. The Bible Study participants recieve the links in their email. Just in case you are following the Bible Study and not on the mailing list here is the link for week 2.
I hope you are enjoying this study. Feel free to leave comments here. What is God teaching you?
|Posted on 22 October, 2017 at 16:15||comments (2738)|
For those following the Online Bible Study but not on the mailing list, here is the link to week 3 teaching.
To be added to the mailing list, please go to the "Online Bible Study" tab and fill out the form.
Feel free to make any comments here on your experiences with this study. What is God showing you?
|Posted on 7 October, 2017 at 9:25||comments (3854)|
Please comment on any or all questions.
1- What drew you to participate in this study?
2-What first comes to mind when you think of hearing from God?
3-Does hearing from God come easily or is it a struggle?
4- John 5:30 AMP- "I can do nothing on my own initiative or authority. Just as I hear, I judge, and My judgement is just (fair, righteous, unbiased), because I do not seek My own will, but only the will of Him who sent Me."
What might submission to the Father's will look like in our everyday lives? Does this come easily to most of us? Why or why not?
5-How do you struggle with stillness and prayer? What can you do to intentionally practice stillness?
6-Have you even been reluctant to obey something you felt God was telling you to do because you didn't think God would 'work" in that way? If you feel comfortable, please share that story.
Thanks for sharing and please comment on each other's posts to encourage one another.
|Posted on 7 October, 2017 at 8:40||comments (2800)|
Welcome to Week one of our study!
I hope you've had a chance to complete Week one of your study. Whew! Priscilla started us out with a bang! I hope you've been wearing your steel-toed stilletos! I know I've needed them.
Here is this week's video link.
Please come back here and comment on any or all of the questions that will be posted individually on the blog.
Also, please "friend me" on FaceBook so I can add you to the private Bible Study page where the same questions will be posted for discussion for those who may desire more privacy. https://www.facebook.com/dana.b.stout.9" target="_blank">http://https://www.facebook.com/dana.b.stout.9
Have a great week in the Lord working on Week 2!
|Posted on 18 August, 2017 at 9:30||comments (2115)|
With joy and sadness I present the last video of our Finding I Am study. I hope that this has been as sweet a study in communion with Jesus for you as it has been for me. It's been a learning curve for me, for sure. Especially in the area of technology, video, video editing, uploading, downloading, transferring large files, lighting, sound etc. A thousand frustrations, a thousand victories; all for the glory of God. Thank you for hanging in there with me and with the study. The Lord rewards those who diligently seek Him. If you are still here, you are one that diligently seeks Him.
Here is the link for the final video. I think it's the boest one yet. I've got a GOOD WORD for you!!!!
Be Blessed Women of God!
|Posted on 7 August, 2017 at 20:20||comments (2189)|
Here we are Ladies, the last chapter of our study. Week 5, Days 1 & 2, my favorite verses from John 15.
Here is the video for the week.
Enjoy! I pray the Lord speaks to you and blesses you this week!