the power of multiplication

by admin on September 17, 2014

MULTIPLY

God, among all His wonderful attributes, is a mathematician! Imagine that! The One who breathed life into flesh adds and subtracts, multiplies and divides.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken awayBlessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1.21

 

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. Exodus 14.21

 

And, oh my does He ever multiply!

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” Genesis 1.22

 

 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” Genesis 9.1

 

Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. Genesis 35.11

 

There are 45 references to multiply in the NKJV translation according to Bible Gateway. BUT, I think this is my absolute favorite example of God’s multiplication skills:

But He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then He commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties.  And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled.  And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.  Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men. Mark 6.38-44

 

Now, that makes me want to stand up and do the happy hallelujah dance! Five loaves of bread and two fish feed 5,000 men. Talk about the power of multiplication!

God can use our littleness, our small amount and make it big. What is our “little”?  Are we using it for His glory and for His Kingdom? We all have something we can do or share, and when we give to Him, the Multiplier, our five loaves and two fish – He can transform them into something huge for His glory and purposes.

The power of multiplication! It is my hope and prayer, that my words are multiplied for God’s glory today and every day.

 LOVE THIS SONG by “NeedtoBreathe”! Listen and be blessed!

Today’s linkup’s:

Word Filled Wednesday

Coffee for Your Heart

Three Word Wednesday

Jennifer Dukes Lee

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back on track

by admin on September 10, 2014

“We’re not in a race, we are running a marathon and the important thing is that we FINISH.” My husband says that about our business – he didn’t originate the quote but it sure is a good one.

Marathon

In one form or other we are all running a marathon, the marathon of life. Some of us have distinct goals. Some of us are living our lives the best we know, raising kids, keeping up with laundry, planning meals, and just getting through each day with our minds intact and our bodies nourished. I remember being a busy mom of three, every day felt like a race, with no end in sight. Then our home dwindled to one and the goal was to get him through school and instill as many Godly principles as possible in every teenage moment we had together – I called it Life 101 lessons. Then, the race ends and the house is quiet, the nest is empty and all the ‘birdies’ have fledged. But, in reality, the marathon isn’t over, a new lap begins – and each season of life is just that, a new lap.

I’ve never seen a race track with short-cuts. Personally speaking, on my marathon, I’ve taken quite a few turns. I’ve left the marked track and forged out on my own and every single time it got me in trouble. I leaned toward the easy-way, the short-cut.

Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time.

Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention. Matthew 7.13-14 (MSG)

inventory

Today, I want to get back on track. For me, that means doing a spiritual inventory. So, here goes:

[ ] Love

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6.5

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5.13

[ ] Joy

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8.10

[ ] Peace

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16.33

[ ] Hope

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15.13

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil… Hebrews 6.19

[ ] Trust

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9.10

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3.5-6

[ ] Mercy

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3.22-24

[ ] Faith

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Have faith in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42.11

[ ] Selflessness

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2.4

[ ] Patience

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6.9

[ ] Humility

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2.3-4

[ ] Gentleness

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… 1 Peter 3.15

[ ] Self-control

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 1 Peter 4.7

I’m leaving the check marks off, because maybe you’ll want to take inventory too. I want to get back to basics, get back on track and I have to begin with the heart of the matter, and that is my relationship with the Lord – when that isn’t right nothing else works for me. He is my Standard. He is my Guide. He is my Director. In other words, He is my Everything and I need to get back to realizing and living like, it’s all about Him. 

How about you?

Maybe you’ll enjoy listening to this beautiful Matt Redman song.

Today’s linkup’s:

Word Filled Wednesday

Coffee for Your Heart

Three Word Wednesday

Jennifer Dukes Lee

Post Script: So grateful for awesome online research tools such as Bible Gateway!

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hiding

September 3, 2014

Tweet Sometimes a girl just needs to hide. Blessings and Love. xo You, O Lord, are my Hiding Place. Psalm 32.7 Today’s linkup’s: Word Filled Wednesday Coffee for Your Heart Three Word Wednesday Jennifer Dukes Lee

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scared

August 27, 2014

Tweet There’s been a lot of talk about being brave. In fact, Annie Downs just released a book called Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life With Everything You Have.  This past week I was at my daughter’s – she had surgery on the 19th and I was blessed to be able to go and run the […]

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peggy and the potbellied pig

August 20, 2014

Tweet Elsa, the potbellied pig! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.” Psalm 126.2 For many years I laughed but it wasn’t real. It was faked. It was one of the masks I wore…life was good, I was […]

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flip flops

August 13, 2014

Tweet   This post is for me. But, as they say, if the shoe fits… Do you ever feel like the world’s biggest hypocrite? I confess, I do. Do I really believe… that God can heal chronic pain and illness? that God can restore broken marriages? that God can quiet the wind? that God can […]

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a mistake turned to hope

August 8, 2014

Tweet It was a simple necklace I designed and had made – lots of them! The ops manager of the company helped me make a contact in China to have the necklace made and I received the shipment of 500 necklaces and the irony of it was the manufacturer could not assure me they did […]

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practicing grace

August 6, 2014

Tweet In the fourth grade, Mrs. Mayfield (my all-time favorite teacher EVER), taught us a very important principle. Practice does not make PERFECT – PERFECT practice makes perfect.   Think about it. If you keep practicing something incorrectly, you will never be able to do it correctly. Makes sense to me. This post is not about […]

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it’s finally over

July 30, 2014

Tweet Bye-bye July! July, that is. It’s not July’s fault that it is so difficult to get through. After all, a month cannot be blamed for its events, its sadness or grief – but, nevertheless, those things shape it for all time. At least, for me. I have to live July with intention. To plan […]

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summer 2014 soireé

July 23, 2014

Tweet G.I.R.L.F.R.I.E.N.D. That’s what the banner spelled out! It was a mid-summer celebration of girlfriends! About one month ago I sent an email to about 25 women I consider a good friend, asking them to hold July 19th open for a gathering. I received an overwhelming response… “Count me in.” “Marked my calendar.” “What do […]

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