help!

how to be debt free

In the Lord’s Prayer, one of the requests Jesus teaches us to make to our Father is to “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”.  Last week, I got heaps of amazing insights on what everyone thought Jesus meant by this request – see “debt consolidation”.  So this week, I’d like to go to the next step.

What are some tips you could share that have helped you to forgive & be debt free?

I’ll start w an idea & then please, please add your wisdom w a comment to help others & me.

a forgiveness tip:  do it FAST.  I’ve found it easier to forgive quickly than wait & do it later.  Usually by then, whatever has hurt me begins to fester & grow.

Your turn:

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Posted by sarahbowling in Lord's Prayer, 5 comments

in the groove

mommy / bell moment

Does it feel like we’re settling into Fall?  Fall has fresh routines for me & I like it – as long as I cultivate constructive routines.  I probably should drop the swiss cheese & triscuit habit, even though it feels like I’ve gotten back into a bit of a better workout routine.  I also probably ought to stay away from the new donut shop I found on Arapahoe Road, even though they have the best plain glazed. 

As for constructive routines, I need to keep the morning habit w God in full swing.  I’m also working on integrating the Lord’s Prayer into my thinking during the day’s activities – not the rote method, but at a deeper level in honoring His name, welcoming His Kingship, binding my will to His & then doing the sarah requests for daily needs, forgiveness, temptation avoidance & protection.  Another routine I’m working on is studying in the daytime – Greek, Bible work, message prep, etc.  Also, I’m working on making meals on the weekends that can carry us through the week – that’s a great routine & saves money!  Something I haven’t worked out well is an evening routine – need help there. 

What are routines that you have found to be helpful?  Suggestions are always welcome!!

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there’s nothing like prayer!

If you’re reading this, hopefully, you were able to hear tonight’s message.  If not, you can snag it at:

http://www.mymhmin.org/media-super-center

 

Anyways, here are a couple more fuel points to help you with prayer.  First, you can check out the comments below, that answer the question, “why I pray”.  These comments will not only get some fresh ideas about prayer, but also to get some positive reinforcement, which we all need!  Feel free to add your own answer(s) to encourage others as well. Second, you’ll see that I listed some books that I’ve found helpful on the topic of prayer.  Again, feel free to add your own suggestions as well.  🙂

·         The Power of Prayer & Fasting; Marilyn Hickey

·         Rees Howell’s Intercessor; Norman Grubb

·         Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret;

·         Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home;  Richard Foster

·         Power Through Prayer; EM Bounds

·         Intercessory Prayer; Dutch Sheets

·         With Christ in the School of Prayer; Andrew Murray

        The Power of Prayer; R.A. Torrey

 

 

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Posted by sarahbowling in spiritual, wednesday nights, 21 comments

raw

I’ve noticed that I’m not blogging as much as before I left for Ethiopia & I’ve been thinking about this.  Truth be known, I think I have been really rocked by this trip in lots of ways & I still find myself being unraveled from this trip, from time to time.  I find myself processing things a little differently, but I’m also finding myself really hungry for Jesus – more than hungry. I’m finding myself to be very needy – I need Jesus & this trip has done many things, the most blatant to me is exposing my desperation for Jesus in a daily context.  THis trip also showed me some areas where I’ve limited God & offended Him w my arrogance. 

I want this turning to Jesus to become a bend in my heart (bend, inclination, habit, predisposition, proclivity . . . . pick your word), cultivated into a lifestyle of craving Him.  I need Jesus more than I want Him and more than I like Him.

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pressure points

Yesterday felt like one long day of pressure points – pressure with family stuff, pressure with work stuff, pressure with finances, pressure with time, pressure with friendships, pressure with kids, . . . . pressure, and it wasn’t fun.  I often think that pressure isn’t bad because it builds strength.  When I lift weights, I put pressure on my muscles, which makes them fatigued for the moment, but stronger in the long run.  I think Christianity can be like that – its swimming upstream and it makes us stronger.  However, there is also a point where we stop trying to get stronger and we start relying on God – which ultimately creates a greater relationship with Him (2 Cor 1:8-10).  Pressure doesn’t have to be bad or destructive, when you have the right perspective.  I think its when our perspective gets wobbly that things can get dicey.  Maybe pressure is given to us to make us stronger.  Maybe pressure is given to us to deepen our walk with Jesus & improve our trust in Him.  Or maybe pressure is given to us for both purposes.  Whatever the purpose is for the pressure, let’s agree to keep watching Jesus and looking for His truth and work in our lives.

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Posted by sarahbowling in living, 2 comments