Sunday, January 23, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Moody Publishing blog

I just found out about Moody Publishers new blog, Inside Pages, on Faith, Publishing and Literary Culture. Sounds like a great way to keep up with all the new books that come out each year!

I remember more than 20 years ago a new Moody Broadcast station began transmitting down in South Alabama. What a blessing it was then. I am glad to see that Moody is still putting out the truth!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Romans 1:1-7

1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— 2 the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures 3 regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, 4 and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake. 6 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

I (and Paul) am a servant of Christ Jesus
I (and Paul) am called and set apart for the gospel of God
The gospel goes all the way back to the beginning of the OT
Jesus fulfilled the OT prophecy
His power is shown in His resurrection
It is thru this fulfillment and power that I (and Paul) received grace and calling
I am called to obedience
That obedience comes from faith
Faith is for the sake of Christ
I am called to belong to Christ

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

This book of Romans was written to me as well…
I am loved by God
I am called to be part of His holy people
Grace and peace come from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ
and I can pronounce it on others, just as Paul pronounced it to me.


As I said in a previous post, I am spending a lot of time in Romans these days.

I am going to start posting my random thoughts as I go thru it...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another year gone...

Well, 2010 is gone. And yes, I know I am a couple of weeks late with that realization! What a great illustration of how 2010 was... a blur of activity and barely hanging on to get the necessities done. Not much writing happened, there was just very little emotional or creative energy available for that.

I was operating at (maybe even beyond) the limit of my abilities, but isn't it great to know that God wasn't? That He is not stressed, He has plenty of time to do His work, and He knows exactly how things are going to turn out? All the time? And it will all be for His glory and my good in the end. He continues to ask me, "Becky, do you trust me? Then do what I ask you to do." So this is my motto for this new year: "Lord, I trust You. What do You want me to do? Do it in me."

You may recall that a year ago my kids gave me a GoBible for Christmas... basically an audio Bible loaded on an mp3 player. I came up with a somewhat random plan to listen to the entire Bible, hoping I would finish in a year. My schedule is too odd to have a strict plan that was sure to work. So this is what I did. On days when I went to town (and I wasn't listening to something with my kids) I listened to a Proverb, actually it was usually 2 of them, I tried to keep up with the day of the month, so I listened to the whole book every month. Then I listened to a Psalm, or 2. Then I spent the rest of the trip into town listening straight through from Genesis to Revelation. This plan varied from day to week to season... depending on motorcycle weather and books on tape and staying home all together. Well, on the last day of the year I finished Revelation. How cool is that? So, I listened to Proverbs 12 times, Psalms 2-3 times, and everything else once last year. All during time that was normally wasted in driving. I was pumped. I love the big picture that gives me. I had to really work not to stop and relisten to something... my tendency is to look at the details. But that particular time of driving was not for picking things apart; there would have to be other times for that.

So, what about 2011?
Pretty much the same plan. But this year I am not focusing on Proverbs, but on Romans. I started out memorizing the book of Romans last year, and had to set it aside. This year I decided I would listen to all 16 chapters pretty much straight through (did that on the way home from TX), and then listen to 1 chapter several times for a week, then the next week ch 2, etc. In 16 weeks I will finish and begin the whole cycle over again. Hopefully by the end of the year I will have it more or less memorized. Again, all during time that would have been wasted.

Oh yeah, and as a point of interest, on my way home from town each trip I listened to audio books or history, or occasionally music. Very cool.

"Lord, I trust you." He is trustworthy.
"What do you want me to do?" It's in scripture.
"Do it in me." His strength, my weakness.