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My Little Chats With God

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Aug 20, 2015
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In this collection of short Bible meditations, Lynn B Fowler takes verses from the Bible and applies them to everyday life, chatting to God about them as if He were sitting right across the breakfast table, a cup of coffee in one hand and a slice of toast in the other. She does not presume to respond on behalf of God, but allows her own musings to draw out the application of each verse. Addressing situations as diverse as joy in the beauty of nature and anger over the failings of an employee, she demonstrates that the Bible is not merely a dry and dull textbook, but rather a living and very relevant communication from God to His people.

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Lynn Fowler cannot remember a time when she did not write. Her father, who was a poet and freelance writer, instilled in her a love for the written word, and from her earliest years she was putting thoughts on paper.After a difficult childhood and an early marriage, Lynn became caught up in spiritualism, from which she was dramatically saved in December 1974. The day she was saved the Lord called her to preach, and within six weeks she had started studying at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Her full salvation testimony can be found at her web site, http://lynnbfowler.com/testimonyFrom that point on most of Lynn's writing was focused on Christian life, and she had a number of articles and poems published in Christian magazines in Australia, and a few overseas. In 1990 her children's book, A Crazy Alphabet, was published in Australia and the USA, and was nominated for the Children's Book of the Year Award in Australia. She has published two other Christian books: My Little Chats With God, a collection of Bible meditations; and Called To Battle, a manual of spiritual warfare.First ordained in 1983, Lynn briefly laid down her credentials in the mid-90s due to personal circumstances. She was re-ordained in 1998. Over the years she has been involved in various pioneering situations and itinerant ministry, and since 1989 had made numerous short-term missions trips.Lynn holds two diplomas and a Bachelor of Theology degree, and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Ministry from St Andrews Theological College and Seminary, India, in recognition of 38 years of ministry.With a passion to see people “set on fire” for Jesus Christ and for His Kingdom, Lynn likes to refer to herself as a “spiritual pyromaniac.”Lynn has two adult sons and five grandchildren. She lives alone in a tiny country town in Victoria, Australia.

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My Little Chats With God - Lynn B Fowler

BATTLE

INTRODUCTION

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night ...

Joshua 1:8

One of the most important spiritual disciplines we can develop in our Christian walk is that of Bible meditation. Quite different from New Age meditation, which seeks to make the mind blank, Bible meditation takes a verse of Scripture and chews upon it, seeking to draw out as much of the message it contains as possible.

A good way to do that is to talk about it, to ask questions, to seek insights. Of course, you could do this with other people in a group, or just by yourself in private. To me, it makes sense, if one is asking questions about a book and the author is present, to address those questions to the author. So, the questions and conversation in this book are addressed to the Lord.

The language of this book is deliberately informal. It is not intended to be an academic study, but rather a personal journey. I have chosen to picture God sitting just across the breakfast table from me, a cup of coffee in one hand and a slice of toast in the other, as I chat to Him about the issues of ordinary, day-to-day life and their relationship to His Word.

I do not presume to speak for God, but I believe that His Spirit has led me to the conclusions I have drawn. Those conclusions are often challenging, confronting the areas that I see in my own life and in the Body of Christ that maybe don't quite line up with the Word.

These meditations are only brief, but don't rush through them. To get the most out of this book, sit down with a pen and paper and record your own thoughts about each meditation. Does the situation to which it speaks apply in your own life? What conclusions does the Holy Spirit bring to you from this verse? How can you apply it?

I pray that this book will be a blessing to you, and will draw you into your own little chats with God allowing the Word to shed its light on your own life and experiences.

BIND UP THE BROKENHEARTED

The Lord Yahweh’s Spirit is on me; ...

He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted

Isaiah 61:1

There's a tree down the back of our block that groans terribly in the wind, Lord. It got damaged in a storm a year ago - split vertically half way down its trunk. Now whenever there's a reasonably strong wind, the broken bit sways back and forth, pulling away from the remaining tree then swinging back to it, ever so slowly extending the crack further down its length. One of these days there will be an almighty crack and crash, and that will be the end of it. Meanwhile, it groans: a most horrible, mournful sound, like a wounded animal.

That tree reminds me of some people, Lord. They have been so badly wounded that it is as if they are split from themselves, and they sway in the wind, all the while making their misery known to anyone who has ears to listen. One day, everyone around them knows, they will crack completely. Meanwhile they suffer, and not in silence.

Yet it occurred to me, Lord, that if it were possible for someone to get up that tree and somehow bind the broken bit back to the remaining trunk, then in time the tree would grow new layers covering both sections and binding them together. There would probably be a scar where it happened, but the tree would be essentially whole.

It seems to me such a good illustration of what You were talking about when You said that You came to bind up the broken-hearted If we will allow You, You bring the broken pieces of our lives back together and wrap them up in Your Spirit until they are knitted back into a whole. Yes, there will probably be a scar from the process, a reminder of where we have been and how Your grace has brought us through, but we end up as whole people.

Thank You, Lord, that You do that for us. But Lord, we are Your Body. If You, the Head, were anointed to bind up the broken-hearted, then surely Your Body is, too.

Help me, Lord, to be one who would bind the cords of Your love around the wounds of others, so that they too may heal and become strong, whole people.

QUIT GRIZZLING!

Do all things without murmurings and disputes...

Philippians 2:14

How great it would be if everyone followed this word, Lord! Sometimes it seems that no matter what people are asked to do -- and no matter how much it fits within their job description -- there is always a grizzle about it. It's too hard, or it's silly, or they're too busy at the moment, or it really should be done some other way ... On and on it goes. Often you feel it would be easier simply to do the job yourself!

Then there are the shop assistants who don't complain or argue: they simply ignore you. They are far too busy talking on the phone, or stacking shelves, or reading a magazine, to take time out to attend to those pesky customers!

Of course, You get it all the time, don't You Lord. Throughout history, most of the time when You have told Your people to do something they have grumbled and griped and carried on like a pork chop in a synagogue. Even when they do finally obey You, You must wonder sometimes whether the whole process is really worth it.

The same applies on a personal level. You tell us individually to do something, and so often You have to drag us kicking and screaming all the way to actually get it done. Even when we don't blatantly resist You, we put it off; we pretend we haven't heard; we find excuses. Why You persist in trying to work with us, I really don't know.

And, being honest, I have to say that I am pretty much like everyone else. But, Lord, I really don't want to be like that. When You speak, I want to respond willingly and without complaint. Change my heart, Lord.

CHILD'S PLAY

... unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 18:3

Lord, I can't imagine that when You spoke these words You were suggesting that immaturity is something to be desired. Or that it is good to be uneducated. Or that we should all go back to playing with cars in the dirt.

And I'm sure You weren't so naive as to suggest that children are perfect little angels. You, who know all things, surely knew that every child has within him the capacity to be an obnoxious little brat (usually at precisely the time when his parents are trying to impress somebody.) You would have known that no child has to be taught to be naughty: rather, they have to be trained to conform to the standards of Your Word, their parents, and society at large.

So what were You getting at, Lord? What do kids have that is so important that the lack of it could keep someone from entering Your kingdom?

When I think of all the qualities that kids have, the one that seems to fit best is their trust. If a grown-up tells them something, they simply accept it. Or at least they do up to a certain age (which sadly is becoming younger and younger!) Up to that certain age they also believe that big people are invincible. That as long as Mummy and Daddy are around, they are safe. And that my Daddy can beat your Daddy.

I guess that's how You want us to come to You. Simply trusting that what You say is right. Trusting that You are invincible, that in You we are safe, and that You not only can beat anything that attacks us, but already have.

DON'T BE GREEDY

He said to them, Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses.

Luke 12:15

They had a DVD sale at the department store today, Lord. I picked up a movie that I had seen and loved. Then I thought, This is ridiculous. I have DVDs at home that I never watch. If I buy this, it will be just for the sake of having it. I really don't need it. So I put it back. I was so proud of myself, Lord!

It did make me think, though. How often do we buy something just because it's there? I've always thought of myself as not particularly materialistic - I can quite happily survive without a great deal of stuff - yet I still fall into this trap.

How easy it is to get caught up with things! Sometimes we are just like little kids let loose in a candy shop - we just want to grab and grab and grab.

Not that I believe it's Your purpose for people to live in poverty, Lord. I see too much in Your Word that says You want to supply all our needs, and to do so not in a just-barely-scrape-by sort of way, but abundantly.

On the other hand, I have seen far too much of people who don't have a choice but to live in poverty - children begging in streets; families crowded into bamboo and rice sack homes smaller than my bedroom; people spending their lives using a household hammer to chip big rocks into gravel, and earning less than $2 per day for their effort - to ever be able to justify extravagance for myself.

I think of Paul, who said that he had learned to be content with either plenty or lack. His focus was on You, Lord. I guess that's what it's all about. The possessions are nice when we have them, as long as we can remember to share what we have and not hold anything too tightly. But there is no need for us to keep accumulating stuff just for the sake of having it. If we do, then there is the danger that the stuff could become central, instead of You.

On the other hand, even if we lose all the stuff, as long as we have You we are rich.

DON'T LIE TO ME!

Lying lips are an abomination to Yahweh,

but those who do the truth are his delight.

Proverbs 12:22

Lord, I'm really ticked off! I just quit from one of the volunteer organisations in which I had been involved. Very simply, they lied to me - or at least, the leader did.

I'm sure he did it because he thought he was protecting me from a truth that may have been a bit hurtful, but it was totally unnecessary, not to mention insulting. I'm a big girl, and perfectly capable of looking after my own feelings. By protecting me he was saying that he thought I was too weak and pathetic to be able to handle the situation. By his lies he prevented me from having an input into the decision, and offering an alternative which could have been acceptable to all concerned.

Why is it, Lord, that people sometimes have such an aversion to the truth? Surely they know that sooner or later the lie is bound to be found out? Do they imagine that people will not care that they have lied? Do they like it when other people lie to them? It wouldn't be so bad if the lie were about something important - protecting secrets of state or the like - but most of the time when people lie it is about things which, if the truth were told, would be easily remedied satisfactorily.

Then I think about the times we try to lie to You, Lord. We make promises to You that we know we are never going to keep. We make excuses that we know are not really valid. We try to convince ourselves, as if by convincing ourselves we will also convince You. Boy, is that ever dumb! How can we imagine that You, who know all things, will not know the truth of our hearts?

But how does it make You feel, Lord? Do you get as ticked off when we lie to You as I did when this guy lied to me? I guess even more so, huh? After all, I'm only a human, with the same weaknesses as the guy who lied, but You are Truth.

Help me to walk in Your truth, Lord, both in my words and my lifestyle. Most of all, help me to be honest in my relationship with You.

FOLLOW ME

Be imitators of me, even as I also

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