Monthly Archives: August 2012

Aside

Good Morning Everybody!! It’s Labor Day weekend, which mean, it’s going to be a long weekend!!! I Just want to share a devotion that i read this morning. Hope this will empower your day today 🙂 28 Hast thou not known? … Continue reading

Belonging to the Right Hour

Good Morning All!!

This morning during my time in the Word, I was reading Acts 3.  I came across this passage and found it both insightful and encouraging, so I am sharing it with you all!  Enjoy.

Acts 3:1-10

“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried , whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said , Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said , Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk . And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up : and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength . And he leaping up stood , and walked , and entered with them into the temple, walking , and leaping , and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.”

When reading these verses, it really jumped out at me that this man had been lame from his mother’s womb and, therefore, had been laid DAILY at that gate called Beautiful.  If you look up the meaning of the word Beautiful here, it means Belonging to the right hour or season.  It was like each day that they laid him down there, they were hoping and expecting that this day would be that right hour or season for him to receive his healing. 

Are there areas in your life that you have been struggling with?  Struggling for years even?  Or maybe there is a healing that you have been hoping for?  Well, I am seeing that there is a right hour and season for all of these things.  How do we get to that?  Well, by positioning yourself at the “door” for that right hour to descend upon you.  This man had been at that gate that was the right hour for years on a daily basis.  But it took one whom would be obedient to the leading of His Spirit to walk by and fasten his eyes upon him.  To see that he was waiting, expecting God to unleash His healing power.  Peter had to fasten his eyes upon the man – upon his assignment that brought him into function.

You see, I believe the answer to our needs may sometimes be two-fold:

1. We have to position ourselves.  That means, we need to maintain our relationship with Him, we need to be in the Word and in prayer.  Sometimes this is all it takes.  If we are faithful and standing believing God, He will pour out answers, healing, blessing, etc over us.  Sometimes, there is a second component.

2. Another believer being willing to step into their function to release the answer.  Sometimes, the healing or answer or blessing will only come by another believer stepping in a releasing it.  This is what Peter did.

So, I encourage you this day to make sure that you are in relationship with the Lord.  Pour out your heart to Him – let Him know what you are in need of, or just what the dreams of your heart are.  He will hear you and answer – or send the answer!

God Bless!

~Crystal

 

Great Back to School Braid Idea

If you are anything like me, you love stunningly simple hairstyles.  Those that look like they took hours, but most likely only took minutes.  I found this beautiful Waterfall Braid and thought it was a must share. 

Here’s a quick, four-step tutorial on how to accomplish this great look!
1. Lightly mist a texture spray, such as Shu Uemura Liquid Fabric, from midlengths to ends for hold. Using a 1 ¼-inch curling iron, wrap 1-inch sections starting at the nape. Leave out the ends for a beach-y effect. Alternate the direction of the curl for more texture.
2. Mist more texture spray from midlengths to ends, using a scrunching technique to disperse the product.
3. Create the waterfall braid. Starting at the temple, take two strands of hair and twist once to start the braid. Drop the bottom piece and pick up a piece from underneath. Wrap the new section with the previous and repeat until you reach the center crown. Clip to hold in place then repeat on the other side.
4. Take both rope braids and twist them together, securing with a few bobby pins. Finish with your favorite hair spray for hold.

This is a great braid for your kids going back to school, or for yourself!  Experiment and enjoy!

~Crystal

Think Differently

Please enjoy this devotional I came across today.  I found it to be very timely and insightful, as many times our prayer life is too self-centered and not God-centered.  Take this time to allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and renew your mind in order to come into alignment with His Word.  If you do, I know that you will see awesome changes in your life, your prayers and how you perceive God is answering those prayers!

Be encouraged!

~Crystal

Think Differently, By Emme Stanley

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2, KJV)

What does it really take to see our prayers answered? Without a doubt we have all seen those times when (to our surprise!) God just moves quickly and miraculously, and we know He has heard our request. However, there are other times when it just seems like nothing is happening and we just keep bumping into the same old problem.

I have found that this concept of “renewing our minds” is a major key to seeing answers to many of these issues. Often the main reason we are having a problem is because we are out of alignment with God’s way of doing something, and we are simply reaping what we are sowing.

This could relate to anything from marriage issues, to farming, to running a country! Maybe you don’t really need a miracle; maybe you just need to see from a different perspective. In other words, we could be angry and asking God why He doesn’t do something, and He could be asking us the same question.

The word of God is an instruction book for life, and you can find instruction there on pretty much anything if you take the time to look. Not only do we need to find out what the word says on a given subject, but we need to get our minds so soaked in it that we literally have a change of thinking that becomes our “new normal.” This leads to new behaviors, which leads to answered prayer as we sow good seed and prove true the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.

 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV)

Lord, I thank-you that your word is a light to my path and that it will continue to renew my mind as I meditate on it. I ask that you would align me under your perfect will and understanding of my life. I trust you and commit my own understanding into your loving care. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

Everyday i’m thankful

I found this at another blogger site, and i thought it really fits to what Crystal just shared 🙂

Have a blessed week!

~Sisie

Disipline of Thanksgiving

 

Recently, my husband and I were reminiscing about our trip to Indonesia a few years ago.  He reminded me of a “ritual” that we saw constantly while in Bali.  Each time we would visit a shop and purchase something, the shop owner would stop everything to thank god for that income.  It was a very humbling sight, as many times in the USA we forget to thank our Provider for these “small things”.  We were chatting about this because there are many disciplines that the hindu religion practice that we Christians could learn from.  It is easy to expect that God will provide, but to actually acknowledge His provision as it comes is a discipline of the heart that will forever change our outlook!  So, my challenge to you today is to take the time to thank God for His provision and His gifts to us as they come.  I would say to allow this to really become a part of you, allow your heart to be in a continual state of thanksgiving.  Be blessed.

~Crystal

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

A house full of the Word of the Lord

Hello All!

We have implemented something in our household this week that I wanted to share with you all!  We were discussing holiness during a recent ministry conference.  There had been a video by Leonard Ravenhill where he said that if you expect your children to walk in holiness, you must first do the same.  A very simple, yet powerful truth – lead by example.  And thus began the wheels a-turnin’ in my brain.  How can we, as a family, grow closer to Him and the holy lifestyle that He has called us to?  Well, since our daughter is a mere 3 years old I decided we should start “small”.  Gaining wisdom from Proverbs 22, where it says:

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

So, we are learning scripture together!  We have decided to find “simple” scriptures each week to learn.  We write them on our chalkboard in our kitchen and recite them and use them as reminders for how to live our lives.

When we see the scripture for that week, we are parents are reminded to uphold His Word AND to speak it over our daughter and teach her His Words.  This has been a great reminder to never lose sight of His glorious and wonderful Word that He has given us.  What an honor it is to be able to read and understand His Word AND to be able to teach it to our children!

 

Have a blessed evening!

~Crystal