Thursday, January 26, 2012

Journey Through Ephesians

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We've begun our "Journey Through Ephesians" and this week has been just what I needed
God is funny that way! He always brings me the exact scripture I need at just the right time. 
Many times He uses people, like you, to encourage me when I need it most. 

Verse 16 from chapter 1 "grabbed me" right off the bat:  
"16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers"

Paul is speaking to the church at Ephesus, and he in this verse he is encouraging them 
to pray for each other- he is telling them how he continually gives thanks for them and 
prays for them, "making mention" of them in his (regular ) prayers. 

I've had a lot of special prayers requests from different ladies in our various groups. 
From the "Pray for Your Spouse" group with Ashley Pichea 
and this "Journey Through Ephesians"  group with Amanda Pelser
and the ladies from  "Good Morning Girls"  

*It has been such a blessing to interact with you - to pray for you - and to be 
encouraged by you! I love how these passages in Ephesians 1 sort of
"bring it all home" for me as it calls  us to live by Paul's example in praising God
through good times and bad- to seek wisdom - to believe that God has the 
answers we seek - and to live like true children of the King - worthy of our inheritance 
all a part of the same family - brothers and sisters in Christ- loving, encouraging, 
and praying for one another! 

There is no "big mystery" to living the way we are called to. . . . 
Walk in LOVE! 
Do that by praying and reading God's word - knowing that we are not our own
We are  bought with a price and we are free to live like 
children of the King - daughters of the Living God! 
It's an exciting concept. We are "whole" we are "pure" and we are 
"free" to walk in Love - 
Love for Christ, Love for our families, Love for others

"18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
 19And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
 20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,"

Whatever your situation today, know that God loves you,  He will grant you wisdom 
and understanding - This same God who raised Jesus from the grave - has called us 
all to be "part of the body" - loving each other - praying for each other- 

I'm a child of the King - now I need to live like it 
by walking in LOVE! 

Are you praying for the body of Christ? Are you walking in love and 
lifting each other up with encouragement? 
Some of you are! Some of you bless me on a regular basis and 
(in the words of Paul) 
"I do not cease to give thanks for you" 

Linking with: 
Mustard Seeds

Good Morning Girls


Jennifer said...

Thank you for the beautiful words of encouragement! I find so much hope and help in Ephesians. I am enjoying reading the insights that are coming out of it!

MomLaur said...

Beautiful! Blessed and encouraged by you and the scriptures, LOVE those words from Ephesians 1:18! Thinking about memorizing the whole book, so much good! Thankful for you! Such a big, wide world becomes so much smaller and intimate through Christ :0)

Susan said...

This is a lovely post with such amazing photographs...thanks!

Leslie said...

This is a great post. It is so easy to say you will pray for someone...and harder to take the time to do it. I'm trying to make a point of stopping right then and praying when I tell someone I will. Good reminders!

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful post! I needed to read this today! :-) The photos are stunning, as well.