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(And look out for an exciting announcement next week… only at www.livenourished.net)

Free Printable!

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Free Journey Journal Printable #1

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
[Psalm 119:105]

Live Nourished has been quiet this week while ironing out some technical issues. Lord-willing, normal posting will resume soon.

In the meantime, I’m happy to share the first of the new ‘Journey Journal‘ printables.

What’s a Journey Journal?

A journal to help you record and reflect on your Christian walk (or ‘journey’). The freebie below is a standard journal page, but look out for a new printable each week, Lord-willing, that you can use at home to compile your very own journey journal. There’ll be all sorts of pages and features to help you grow in Christ as you spend some time meditating on His Word.

Why not start today with the standard journal page, and write a little bit about where you currently are in your walk with Him…

To download (PDF), click the link below:

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First Of All [#3: Psalm 119:133]

First Of All

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Psalm 119:133

Have you learned 1 Thessalonians 5:18 by now?
Click here to find out more about First Of All if you missed the first few posts…

Feel free to comment below and share how you’re getting on!

Look out for a new post on Monday, Lord-willing.

For now, have a great weekend. Here’s this weekend’s memory verse:

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Five Minute Friday: Jump

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Five Minute Friday: Jump

Isn’t it strange how two completely opposite things can make us jump?

We can either jump for joy, or jump in fright.

Every day, there’s a spiritual battle going on for our jumping.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

Who wins?

Overall, Jesus has won the war:

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” [Revelation 1:18]

But these mini battles along the way – we have to fight hard to win them.

Remember, though – we’re not fighting in our own strength (which is good, because we don’t have any).

The key to winning the battle is in the preparation – the source of strength.

“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” [Nehemiah 8:10] 

If we fight in our own (non-existent) strength, we’ll quickly fail.

But if we fight in the strength of the Lord, we’ll win before we even raise our spiritual swords.

We can either jump for joy, or jump in fright.

Which one will you do today?

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Feel free to share your thoughts, prayer requests or praise reports in the comments section.

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The LORD Be Magnified


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The LORD Be Magnified

“Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:
let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.”

[Psalm 40:16]

This is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

That the Lord will be magnified. That He will be glorified.

We spend far too much time looking at ourselves – even in edifying ways – but, the focus needs to be Him and Him alone.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
[John 3:30]

Today, I urge you to focus on Him.

Not on you, not on your troubles or circumstances or sorrows (and I don’t say that lightly, for I know how painful surrender can be).

Lay those things down at the foot of the cross and focus on His holiness, His mercy and His grace.

When we truly see Him and how amazing His grace really is, everything else truly does just fade into the background, and we find ourselves speechless in complete awe of His majesty.

Then, when you find your speech again, say with me: “…The LORD be magnified.”

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True Love


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True Love

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
[1 Corinthians 13:4-7]

Have you ever loved someone?

That might sound like an easy question, but look again at what true love should be from the example above:

  • patient… not impatient
  • kind… not cruel
  • content… not envious
  • gentle… not a show-off
  • humble… not stuck up
  • refined… not rude
  • selfless… not selfish
  • peaceful… not easily provoked
  • gracious… not suspicious
  • loves truth… hates injustice
  • bears all things
  • believes all things
  • hopes all things
  • endures all things

Still seem like an easy question?

The truth is – love is surrender.

That’s something that God has taught me in the past and is reminding me of once again.

Love “seeketh not her own“, as the verse above states. True love is selfless, not selfish.

True love is when you know you love that person, and because you love them more than you love yourself, you can truly surrender all your hopes and dreams to God and say (in all honesty), “Not my will, but Yours, Father. I want what’s best for him, even if it doesn’t include me.”

And you mean it.

That’s surrender. That’s selfless.

That’s true love.

A Titanic Thank You

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A Titanic Thank You

We’ve been learning over the weekend 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Today marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, through which 1,514 men, women and children lost their lives in the icy waters of the Atlantic.

The verse above says to give thanks “in every thing”… does it apply even on days like today?

How do we give thanks in hard times? In very hard times? In national tragedy times?

Ultimately, it depends on how much we trust God and His sovereignty.

He is fully in control – nothing comes to us that He doesn’t either allow or send, and if we’re born again, we have the assurance of knowing that “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” [Romans 8:28]

In our limited human understanding, we question if disasters such as the sinking of the Titanic can still work together for our good.

Can they?

Yes. Ultimately, such disasters remind us of what is still to come.

This life on earth is but a shadow, a whisper. James 4:14 says “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

If we’re born again, we know that:

  • one day all our tears will be wiped away
    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”Revelation 21:4]
  • justice will be served when the King of Kings returns to set things aright
    “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” [2 Corinthians 5:10]

Should this not cause a cry of unspeakable gratitude to burst forth from within us, rendering us unable to do anything but give thanks to the One who has saved our souls? “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” [2 Corinthians 9:15]

We live in a fallen world. Sin is everywhere, so hard times will come, things will decay, die and fall in destruction, but one day none of that will matter anymore, as we stand before the Lamb and declare with a loud voice,“…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” [Revelation 5:12]

If you’ve been born again, allow this reminder of the brevity of life to compel you to share your faith with others, so that they too can be saved on that last day.

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
[Acts 17:30-31]

If you haven’t been born again, please click here to find out more about who Jesus is and the justice He will serve on that last day.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
[2 Peter 3:9]

First Of All [#2: 1 Thessalonians 5:18]

First Of All

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1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Have you learned 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 by now?
Click here for a reminder, and to find out more about First Of All if you missed the post last week.

Feel free to comment below and share how you’re getting on!

Look out for the next post on Monday, Lord-willing.  For now, here’s this weekend’s verse:

 

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Five Minute Friday: Here

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Five Minute Friday: Here

You are here.

We see those words on shopping centre maps and in other big complexes that it’s easy to get lost in. Usually with a big arrow pointing to the spot.

Life can sometimes feel like there’s a big arrow pointing to the spot you’re in right now – where you are right at this moment.

And sometimes we question if we’ll ever get to the place we’d like to go to. When will we be ‘there’ instead of ‘here’?

It’s okay to ask the question. But what’s the answer?

I believe it’s found in Ecclesiastes 3:11

“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart,
so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

We need to focus on God and not on our circumstances. Yes, it’s okay to have hopes and dreams that are honouring to Him, but we have to be careful not to let them take the focus away from Him.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
[Matthew 6:33]

God should be number one. First and foremost. And we need to be seeking His kingdom above our own wants and needs. If we seek Him first, He’ll sort out the rest (even if it doesn’t always turn out the way we’d like).

You are here. In this moment that He has given you. Lift your hands in praise or bow your head in prayer, but seek Him, seek His kingdom, and trust that He will do what is best for all involved.

May we all grow in contentment and surrender, as we learn to truly say:

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things
I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
[Philippians 4:11-13]

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Where’s your ‘here’? Feel free to share your thoughts, prayer requests or praise reports in the comments section.

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