I was given the opportunity to read “I’m Going to Give You A Bear Hug,” by Caroline B. Cooney.
Such a great storytime book that was very much enjoyed by my baby girl Gracie! Out of all the animals in the book, she especially liked the Bear Hug! She loves hugs and always says, “Mommy, squeeze me till I pop! Lol!!!
I recommend this book be added as one of your child(ren) bedtime favorites.
When I received my book, I was also given another to giveaway to someone else, yay!! Sharing is caring!
Please comment on this post and I’ll do a drawing to see who will win the book!
I’ll announce the winner tomorrow 5pm Est in the comment section.
Grace and peace to you all!
To be effective and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have to add to our faith according to 2 Peter 1:5-8:
We need to work on all these qualities all at once, desiring to live out these qualities, for in them there is growth in Christian character. These qualities are empowered by God and He gives us the responsibility to learn and grow from His Word.
Jesus’ finish work on the Cross saved us so that we can grow to resemble His character in us. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth so that we grow as God intended. We get to participate in the divine nature, which helps to keep us from sin, while helping us to live for Him and being of substance to those around us.
Many of us aspire to live the abundant life of God’s grace and peace, but are unwilling to put forth the effort that is needed to produce fruit. The fruit we produce has to back up what we say and how we are living for Him. He is the judge of our words by our actions. We have to “walk it, like we talk it.” People need to see the God in us by living out those seven qualities in 2 Peter 1:5-8.
Just being called a Christian doesn’t do anyone justice if it just stops at the name. People need to see our faith in the way we carry ourselves and care for others. Many words can be spoken, but action has to take form in those words, so that genuineness of our walk with Christ will leave a lasting impression on those who we come in contact with.
Prayer: Abba, Father, we thank You for the truth that You have given us through Your Word. We desire to walk in your ways as we are being led by the Holy Spirit, living out the seven qualities that are written in 2 Peter 1:5-8. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Grace and peace
I’ve learned more about myself in Christ, then I had when I was of the world. My life has not been the same, since I decided to get over myself and let Him take the lead. It has been a very liberating, continual experience. There is never a dull moment with Him! It’s so refreshing to know that I live and move and have my being in Him(Acts 17:28)! I feel so refreshed and free! No longer trapped, but strapped with the written Word of God that is alive and active(Hebrews 4:12). The Word broke through all my addictions, bad habits and misguided behavior and brought me into a steady flow of His grace! As I type this His peace sweeps over me!
Oh, the joy of knowing that you have a purpose and your life is already written out, if only you would attend to His Word and be led by the Holy Spirit, who has been left here on earth to guide us into all truth. We are set up to succeed and live a life of abundance(John 10:10). The life Christ gives is eternal, but it happens immediately in you accepting Him as Lord. We get to go through the process of being a reflection of Christ, as God intended in the very beginning(Genesis 1:27).
My prayer is that we all get back to what was established in the beginning and live out our planned purpose to the fullest. While here on earth may we fix our eyes on the things up above, making heaven priority.
Grace and peace!
A friend and I were talking the other day, about how God promises to bless us in our obedience to His Word. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (check it out) came to mind, which is filled with many of God’s promises to us, if we do just as it is written. Actually the Bible is full of God’s promises! This particular passage of Scripture came to mind as we were in conversation. I use to read these verses quite often and now realize how I have not been persistent in pursuing what He has for me. I wanted to share this with you because I believe that we tend to give up when we don’t see quick results. We expect everything to happen right after it is spoken, something’s take time (His time) and we will have to continue to stand on that Word. I believe that things take place on the inside of us that prepares us for what will be manifested outside. In order to see in the natural what is taking place in the supernatural, we have to be willing to be purged of our old self in order to put on our new self, created in Christ (Ephesians 4:22-24).
God always keeps His Word. He is faithful to His Word (Hebrews 10:23). From the very beginning we have been giving up. Take for example Sarah and Abraham being promised a child, but went and took matters in their own hands, by allowing Abraham to lay with another woman to have a baby that God promised to Sarah. Because they didn’t stand on what God had promised to them in His time, they experienced pain in the promise. Deception can get in the way of the promises as well, like the serpent deceiving Adam and Eve in the garden, which resulted to the fall of man. God knew from the very beginning that we would always need Him for guidance so that we can live a life of obedience and hold tight to His promises. We have to seek the Word of God and find out what is ours and believe He will do just what He said He will do no matter what it looks like or how long it takes. Don’t stop in the middle, keep pushing through by speaking what is written. I have decided since talking with my friend to get back to speaking Deuteronomy 28:1-14 over my life, believing to see it come from the inside out.
I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who constantly reminds us of the things of God, even when we don’t take heed. He is doing His job, we are the ones who have to stay in tune and take God at His Word and watch it become real in our lives. I encourage you to search out God’s promises and the ones that you let slip pass you or have given up on, start speaking them again and believing that He promises those things to us through our obedience to His Word.
Grace and peace to you!
Scripture shows us that what was promised in the Old Testament was fulfilled in the New Testament. From the very beginning God had a plan and it was going to be fulfilled whether man participated or not. All things were spoken beforehand and seen later in life. God speaks and acts, promises and fulfills. He does not lie or change His mind. God showed us His love by giving us what He has promised, love is something that you do. John 3:16, shows God’s true love for us, by giving His One and Only Son. With a planned purpose, Isaiah 46:11 shows us that a man would fulfill God’s purpose, “and what I have planned, that I will do.”
Jesus was the long waited Messiah, He came to save the world, that God so loves. The nations were given a mission to serve God and failed, Jesus came and fulfilled! Moral and ceremonial laws were given for people to love God with all their hearts and minds. The misuse and handling of the law became confusing and built strife among the nations. Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Jesus came to put things back in its original state.
Jeremiah 33, tells us of the promise of restoration, the Lord declared that the day would come when He would fulfill the gracious promise that He made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. Verse 15 is Christ as the righteous Branch sprouting from David, the man after God’s own heart. Jesus came to do what was right and just in the land. Jesus announced in Luke 4:21, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled (Isaiah 61:1-2) in your hearing.” He showed Himself to be the One who would bring the good news, being the world’s way to God.
Love is the fulfillment of the law, love supersedes any moral or ceremonial laws. Jesus fulfilled the law so that we could love God, love our neighbors and love sharing God with the world. The Bible is trustworthy; it brings the Truth (Jesus) to light for the world to see. The Bible in its entirety is the truth and nothing can be added or taken away from it. When we walk in the truth, we get to live as Jesus lived, the King who came to fulfill.
Grace and Peace
I never want to leave someone, without giving them some love. God is love, He displays so many times throughout Scripture, Him giving out of love even in our disobedience. He demonstrated great love for us, when He gave His Only Son Jesus, so that we be reconciled to Him. I believe that we were created to give and keep giving. He gave His Son, His Son turned around and gave up His life and even after that gave us the most important person on the earth now, the Holy Spirit. Now, that’s love! We have what we need, along with the Word of God to live a life, loving to give.
Giving shows our true priority as Kingdom citizen. We should have the attitude of, “as Jesus did, so will I.” The Kingdom way is far greater then the ways of the world. The world tell us to be go-getters, accumulating everything for ourselves, being a receiver and not a giver. We know that according to the Word, it is more blessed to give than receive(Acts 20:35). We have to live up to the standard of the Word. I believe the when we take the Word of God in it’s entirety and desire, apply and share it, it benefits not just us, but those that we come in contact with as well. The Word is powerful , it is living, it is life-changing and dynamic as it works. The Word helps us to come into the knowledge of who we are and who we are not.
We can give many good gifts, and grow out of them, longer fit them, the gift may have just been for that season. The greatest gift to give is the Word of God which displays His love, it is lasting, it endures through tough times, it doesn’t go stale and it keeps giving!
Love on someone today, with the Word of God!
Grace and Peace