Happy 2017! Can you believe we are in the year 2017? I am really having a hard time coming to terms with this. =) Well 2016 was a good year, full of learning experiences and rest. God was faithful and a good, good Father and I know He will continue to be this year!
Through prayer, I am starting back up on Periscope again in a more focused and structured manner. I really feel led to broadcast about things that I am passionate about. So I am including my schedule on this post for those of you who would like to join me in the broadcasts that matter to you! periscope-broadcast-sheet
We will begin our study in the Book of Matthew today at 9am p/t. Then, I will teach a vocal class at 11am p/t. Lastly, we will have some casual worship time at 6:30pm p/t where I will lead you in worshipping the Lord through song, with prayer time at the end. It is going to be a good day!
Hope you will be able to join me on Periscope. Here is the link to my Periscope page: https://www.periscope.tv/LaraMarriott/1yNxadnkyBXJj
Blessings to you as you go into this year. It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will draw you closer to Him.
I wanted to share with you the devotion I read this morning from Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost For His Highest” devotional. His writings are so good even for today. This was taken from his May 30th excerpt:
“Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it. What will you do? Will you hold back? If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until the same is true spiritually. Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the true point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender. Yet we tend to say, ‘Yes, but – suppose I do obey God in this matter, what about…?’ Or we say, ‘Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn’t go against my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.’
Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark. In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says. Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.
By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad, but when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God. Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it. We act like pagans in a crisis-only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God.”
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