ROUND-UP FRIDAYS & FAVES…
ROUND UP FRIDAYS & FAVES…
I follow blogs on cooking, recipes, DIY’s, homemaking, homeschooling, motherhood, parenting, lifestyle and business. But my fave blogs are those that are spiritual in nature, but share everyday goings on with a mix of tips and inspirations.
Blogs that encourages one to desire a better and deeper relationship with God, maintain a balance between our Christian values and other aspects of living.
Instead of writing my own post today and other Fridays, I’m going to share some of my fave reads this week that really inspired and challenged me to desire intimacy with God and make use of what God has given me here on earth.
I hope they Bless you to.
This Week on the Blog:
In case you missed any of my posts this week, hop over these links to have a read:
Is God Lost? Have you ever had to ask this question, why God seems distant? Why you don’t feel God anymore? Read this post to get the answer to this question and read what other amazing bloggers have to say. Don’t forget to leave a comment too.
5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh : You have probably heard or played her music. Now this is one of her books. And it’s a devotional, an amazing one at that. Stop by and read this review to find out why you need to buy this book or gift it to a friend.
Ok! That’s all for this week on my blog. I told you I will be writing twice a week and a round-up on Fridays remember?
Fave Blogger of the Week:
If you happen to be an avid reader of Christian blogs, or you are a blogger yourself you will know that coming up with one favourite blogger is hard. I mean it’s really hard to just pick one out of the thousands great Christian bloggers (both men and women, young and old) we have in the blogging world. Thank God is post is weekly favourites not all time favourites as that would be harder.
My fave bloggers are those that write spiritual based posts. Posts that encourages, inspires, challenges you to desire a deeper relationship with God, and spur you into quick action. Posts that witnesses to the unsaved.
So this week, the blogger whose posts fits that criteria is Donna Reidland at Soul Survival This doesn’t mean that other post I read this week didn’t fit. You always get to love and choose one out many good right?
Donna is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, and Biblical counselor who loves sharing God’s truth, hopefully in ways that will help you in your walk with God. She’s certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, but mostly She says she is just a sister in Christ.
I love this woman. I love her writings. Her post her deep, concise, straight to the point, inspirational, soul lifting and all. She is one blogger I look forward to reading from everyday. She also hosts a Monday Linkup where other great bloggers and writers share weekly.
You should stop over at her blog to have a good read at her posts. I pray you find encouragement in one or all of her writings.
Fave Posts of the Week:
As I have said before, these are posts that encourages one to have a better deeper relationship with God. All or some of this post shines a light on certain areas of your life and encourages you in some way to want something deeper. Don’t forget to stop by this blogs. They are just great
1. The Jesus code– “Don’t be among the 9” Have you ever asked God for something you needed so badly, He does it and then you excitedly go about your life without returning to say ‘thank you’? I have! several times, I don’t know about you. This short inspiring post by Donna Reiland is a beautiful reminder of our need to develop an attitude of gratitude. Remember the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed in the Bible and only one returned to say ‘thank you’? Sure you. This post is based on that story. Don’t be among the 9. Hop over and have a read. And don’t forget to encourage the writer with your comment.
2. You were not called to be Jesus: How easy it is for us Christians to play God to the world around us. Yes, we are called to be imitators of Christ. But we are NOT called to BE Jesus. We are not Judge, we aren’t even the jury; we are His hands and His feet, spreading the Good News of His death, burial and resurrection. We are to remind the lost that He came to seek and to save them, to give them hope and life more abundantly. Read more at Nannette’s blog. This post encourages we Christians to stop playing God and just trust God to do what He said He will do. Policing others in the church, policing the unbeliever on the street is not our job. Read, share, connect and comment.
3. Do you have only a ‘prayer life’: the Bible encourages us to pray without ceasing. Prayer to us should be as natural and continual as breathing. Think about this question: “Do you ‘have a prayer life’—or are you living a praying life?” Think about the difference. This post by inspirational Christian blogs talks about the difference between having a prayer life and living a prayer life. And encourages us to live a prayer life. You should go over to the blog and be inspired by this post. And don’t forget to comment, it’s a way of encouraging the blogger.
4. Sin in the Congregation: When your brother in Christ, whether in the church or outside sin, what do you do? Personally, I have seen the way we Christians handle the sin, mistakes, shortcoming of other believers and sometimes its disheartening and completely not Biblical in so many ways. People gossip about it, they mock, condemn the person, sometimes we end up isolating or benching the person. And sometimes I ponder in my fearful heart. Are we really doing it right? Jesus gave us a command in Matthew 18:15-17 sometimes I wonder how many of us remember that Scripture in dealing with the sin of our brethren. This post by Helene at Maid Servants of Christ is a great eye opener. Talks about dealing with the sins of the brethren based on Matthew 18:15-17, If you are a leader in any christian group, church or just a Chrsitian sister like me, this post is a must read.
5. Drawing Closer to Jesus: Have you ever gone so far and so long from God that you feel scared about returning to Him? Most times in your precious dear heart, you want to return to God, but you don’t just know where or how to start, because you feel so much time has passed, so much have been lost. You are not alone my dear sister and brother. I have! Several times. Many brethren have. Mary Hill of Mary-andering Creativity shares her experience of being far from God for 2 years and how God called her back. She also shared 5 helpful activities you can start right now to that will help you draw closer to Jesus. This post really blessed my heart. Actually, there where two of the same post, written by two bloggers. The other is at Jann Cobb‘s blog. The post is titled: Cycling withdrawals. You should stop over and read the post.
OK! That is that for this week’s fave posts. Be sure to visit, read, share, and connect with these bloggers. Leave your comments on their post, it’s a way of encouraging them. We all need encouragement, don’t we?
Fave Quotes of the week:
These are quotes from either a book I have read, a blog post and most times a sermon I heard. I hope they inspire, challenge or encourage you in some way.
Books I recommend this week:
Maybe you’ve never been a reader or you think you don’t have time to read. I just want to say that no one has extra time these days. And many people I know were not readers growing up, but once they saw the value of reading materials that would help them grow in their relationships with Christ, have better marriages, and be better, more godly parents, better at their jobs or business, they became readers.
It’s been attributed to a couple of different people, but it’s true no matter who first said it, “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years, except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.”
The person who reads is not easily deceived.
The Great Exchange helps believers see how the Old Testament practices tie in with the New Testament discussion of Christ’s great work of salvation.
As believers work through these principles, they will begin to recognize that even though we deserve condemnation and punishment from a holy God, he has given us the opportunity to experience his great riches through his Son, Jesus Christ. The clear gospel message presented throughout the entire book offers a great appreciation of Christ for believers and an opportunity for salvation for unbelievers.
The Kneeling Christian: In its 12 chapters, this classic book on prayer by An Unknown Christian answers the most basic and often–asked questions about prayer, such as: *What is prayer? *Who may pray? *How shall I pray? *Must I agonize? *Does God always answer prayer? “The majority of Christian men and women who pray to a Living God know very little about real prevailing prayer. Yet prayer is the key that unlocks the door of God’s treasure–house. It is not too much to say that all real growth in the spiritual life―all victory over temptation, all confidence and peace in the presence of difficulties and dangers, all repose of spirit in times of great disappointment or loss, all habitual communion with God―depends upon the practice of secret prayer.”
OK! friends, that is all for this weeks round up Fridays and faves.. I hope you enjoy your read. Don’t forget to leave a comment, email or feedbacks, they encourage me a great deal.
I’ll be sharing this post with these amazing bloggers.
Have a great Weekend…