Friday, August 28, 2009

Dancing with the Stars

What dance style best describes you?
Slow Waltz * Cha-Cha-Cha * Jitterbug * Ballet * Disco * Square Dancing * Rumba * Swing * Texas Two Step

Whatever beat moves you, motivates you, describes you - it's purposed!
For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb. - Psalm 139:13

God planted passions and dreams in you that only YOU can fill. Only you hear the beat. Only you sense His stirring to dance to your dream. Are you moving to the music or sitting your dream out?

Life's disappointments can drown out the beat. Over time music fades. Dreams die. Maybe you find yourself doing the Hustle to Stayin' Alive by The Bee Gee's
If you are not dancing or just surviving, ask yourself two questions: What did I expect to happen? What longing did I need filled from that expectation?
We long to feel: Significant, Secure, Spiritual, Successful, and Intimate.
In the dance called LIFE we often look to a spouse, friend, child or even career to fulfill those longings that lead and expectations that follow. By doing that, we can be disapointed and lose hope.
Unrelenting disappointment leaves your heartsick; but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. - Proverbs 13:12 The Message/NIV

Life is more purposed when you are DANCING WITH THE STARS - God * Jesus * Holy Spirit
God-given longings are placed in us to connect with God. Let His longings lead.
Expectations will never disappoint us when they are in Jesus. Follow His steps.
Passions move us to the beat of the Holy Spirit. Dance to the music of your God-given dreams.
Remember the day God asked you to dance? You said YES! Don't stop now.
May you always be Dancing with the STARS & your dreams come true!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"PRAYER POWER" Blog Tour with Peter Lundell

Are you hungry for God? Do you have intimacy with God? You can determine your strengths and weaknesses at the end of each chapter in Prayer Power:30 Days to a Stronger Connection with God by Peter Lundell.

In the crazy world around us, our prayers may too often seem ineffective. Do you want to connect with God when you pray and receive more direct answers? PRAYER POWER is the tool you need to build a more powerful and dynamic life of prayer.

Intensely practical and straightforward, PRAYER POWER helps you improve on thirty essential facets of prayer such as passion, routine, fasting, praying with others, listening to God, handling distractions, and spiritual warfare. In each brief chapter you'll be inspired by stories of people whose lives of prayer give us powerful examples.

PRAYER POWER can be used as a month-long devotional, a prayer guide, or a reference for help in specific areas. Whether you're a new believer or think you've heard it all, this book's refreshing and honest insight will guide you to a deeper connection with God.

ASK THE AUTHOR - Peter Lundell
What are some of the things God has taught you about prayer over the years - especially from the perspective of your leadership roles?
It’s good to listen before I talk. If I always dive into prayer and never spend time listening, I only dump my own “give-me list” on God. But his word says in 1 John 5:14–15 that when I seek and pray according to his will, my prayer will be answered. So the key is to first get in sync with God.

We’ve got to have a hunger, or thirst, for God. Without hunger, no program or technique or anything we learn will go anywhere. But with hunger for God, we could know almost nothing and still have a great prayer life. Hunger is singularly important—which is why it’s the first chapter.

When I pray with faith and don’t get what I ask for, God will soon show me why. There is always something to learn in unanswered prayer.

What advice would you give to people who struggle with God when they pray?
True men and women of prayer will sometimes struggle in prayer, as did many figures in the Bible, like Jacob’s symbolic wrestling with the angel and Jesus’ wrestling over his fate in Gethsemane.

Like anyone else, I struggle with unanswered prayer or major decisions to do something by faith, when tragedy strikes, problems of injustice, and healings that take a lot longer than I’d like. The key is to keep struggling—don’t give up and too quickly assume something is God’s will before you know for sure. The angel commended Jacob for not giving up until he got a blessing. God the Father actually sent an angel to help Jesus wrestle in Gethsemane. Sometimes wrestling in prayer is God’s will for us.

Wrestling in prayer is actually a good thing. It draws us closer to God. And it changes us in the process. And that’s what most of us hope for

1. Establish a designated place to pray.
2. Set a designated time of day to pray.
3. Use written prayers or music to help get started.
4. Repent of the things that hinder your prayer.
5. Pray out loud--this clarifies thoughts.
6. Personalize Bible verses when you pray.
7. Let yourself get in a situation where you have to trust God.
8. Seek the Holy Spirit's leading--and listen.
9. Be bold and persistent.

YOU COULD WIN THIS PRAYER BASKET! Leave a comment for an opportunity to win this GRAND PRIZE.
Prayer Power by Peter Lundell
When God Turned off the Lights by Cecil Murphey (Cec is one of Peter's mentors)
Committed but Flawed by Cecil Murphey
Also includes: Prayer Journal, Pen, and Candle