November 2008 Archives

November 27, 2008

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I asked you in my Monday blog to tell us some things you were thankful for. (BTW, thanks to all of you that have replied so far). I also told you that I would share a few things of my own in this blog. I thought about this a bunch and finally landed on a couple of big things and then a couple of smaller ones. Here goes. First, and most importantly, I am thankful that I have a personal relationship with Christ. I've been a Christian for a lot of years and I don't want to overlook this incredible gift from God. Next, I'm so thankful for my husband, Jeff. He's my best friend and my number one supporter. Also an awesome gift from the Lord. Ok, those were my two big ones and now here are a couple smaller ones. I am thankful that God gave me a singing voice and a love for music. I absolutely love all things music and especially singing. I lead worship at my church and sing whenever the opportunity arises. It is truly a joy for me. Lastly, I am thankful for the last few days at my house. This week I've had the privilege of having my sister and her husband and their two sons at my house for Thanksgiving week. It has been awesome. I rarely get to see any of them because they all live in different states and in my sister's case in a different country (Africa). So this week has been a special and sweet time for all of us.

I leave you with this: God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. That's true you know. So if you haven't thought about God's goodness for a while, now would be a great time. And I'd still like to know what you're thankful for. Send me a blog!

Tami W.

P.S. We're starting Amos today (Thursday) in our readings. If you want a little overview/preview of the book, check out my video blog. Talk with you again on Monday.

November 24, 2008

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Well, we're officially heading into holidays this week and although holidays are good, they can be tough times for many people. So as you head into Thanksgiving week today, do you feel like you could use a little pick me up or a little hope? I love Thanksgiving but honestly, as I head into this one, I'm feeling overwhelmed and a little stressed. My schedule has been packed full for the last month (and, yes, I've done this to myself). I've been traveling, doing extra projects for church, projects at work, projects at home, I've been sick (wow, I hear a pretty good whine here). Anyway, I've crammed so much into the last month that as I'm coming into this week, I kind of feel out of it.

So as I'm having all these feelings and concerns last night, I got out my Bible to read ahead on our Powered by 4 readings for the week and think about my blog for today (Monday). As you know, we're reading in the Psalms. When I got to Psalm 46, God really spoke to me. Right off in verse 1 He gave me a great reminder that He is my refuge and strength--not me. That was definitely something I needed to read. But as I read on, it was verse 10 that jumped off the page at me. I've read and heard this verse tons of times, but I sure needed it last night. Here it is. "Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" All I could do was stare at those words and say Sorry, Lord. I haven't been doing a very good job lately of being still before You. Please help me be more focused on You and You alone this week. So here I go, heading into a week filled with lots of family staying at my house, cooking for Thanksgiving day, etc. and I need to make sure that I seek God and put Him first before all of the holiday busyness and stuff. I'm determined to do it.

Have a great Thanksgiving. I'd love to hear what you are thanking God for this week. I'll tell you some things I'm thankful for when I blog again on Thanksgiving Day so if you get a chance to slip away from all the holiday craziness, check it out. In the meantime, though, how about joining me in asking God to help you focus on Him all this week? Holidays can be tough for lots of reasons, so let God be your strength, refuge and helper this week. Tami W.

November 20, 2008

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As we turn to the weekend we're heading back into the Psalms. For Saturday, we're reading Psalm 42. I'm guessing you're familiar with Psalm 42 because of the first verse that talks about the deer panting for water. But I'm going to focus on another part of this chapter. I want to talk about verses 5 and 11 that say, "Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?"

I don't always like letting people know that I'm downcast, struggling or depressed. I think that's because I convince myself that after all, I am a Christian and that means I should be great all the time and then I feel like I need to put on the "happy face" for the world. That's why I like Psalm 42 so much. Because it shows me that I'm going to struggle--and then clearly lays out that the Lord is always my answer. Both verse 5 and 11 tell us to put our hope in God. So if you're feeling down today, remember that the Lord is there and you can draw on Him. Command your soul to put your hope in God!

God is so good but sometimes when we're in the middle of a tough time we focus so much on the thing that's got us down that we forget to draw on God. So here's my challenge for you today. Take out a piece of paper and list the good things God has done for you over the years--not just the big things, but the small ones too. (I think you'll be surprised at just how long that list is.) Then, use that list as a reminder that God is your Rock and your Hope. One more thing, if you're up for it, how about sharing a few of those good things from God with us? I'd sure like to hear from you. Tami W.

November 17, 2008

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We read in 1 John 5 that as Christians we can overcome the world. Sounds good, but how do we do that? Well, we can only accomplish that by staying in relationship with God. The best way to do that is to be in the Word. If you watched my video blog you heard me sign off talking about winning the day (spiritually). Do you think about your relationship with God and your Christian walk that way? As a daily accomplishment? Because it really is. When you think about it, it's kind of like an exercise routine or a diet. You need to focus on one day at a time, and the most important day is the one you're living out. So for you and for me that means today is really important. If you've already read today, good job! You are on your way to winning your day. If you haven't read yet, there's still time so make the most of it!

Alright, as I sign off here's what I want to know. What are some things in addition to or besides Bible reading that help you win your day spiritually? I've got several but want to hear what you do.

Tami W (sent from my cell phone)

P.S. I'm headed out traveling again this week. That always makes it a challenge to stay in the Word. So if you'd pray for me, I'd really appreciate it and I'll be praying for you too.

November 13, 2008

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Hey everyone! In our reading for today (Thursday) the scripture passage tells us to "abide in him" (Christ). I talk about that in my video blog (please check it out if you haven't watched it already). So I'm going to keep the blog short and sweet today :) and simply ask you a couple of questions. Here goes. How do you abide in Christ? What does that look like in your life? And if you need to make some adjustments, what are they? Think about it. Then go for it and send me a blog. I'd love to hear from you. Tami W.

P.S. When you watch my video blog today you might be wondering why I sound a little funny--you guessed it--I'm sick. I haven't had much of a voice for quite a few days. So I'd sure appreciate it if you'd pray for my voice and that I'd get well. Thanks!

November 10, 2008

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This week we start a new book, 1 John. It's short, but packed with important things. Monday and Tuesday's readings focus on "walking in the light." In chapter 1, John plainly sets out that God is light (truth and righteousness) and that there is no darkness (sin) in Him at all. Then he goes on to tell us that we need to walk in the light, too. Now maybe you're thinking How can I possibly accomplish that? Well, you can't on your own. But God had a plan to take care of that. He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to live with us, then die on the cross for our sins (every single one of them) and be raised from the dead so that we can be victorious over sin.

John hits really hard that we shouldn't be sinning. So does that mean that you'll never sin again, or that if you do you're not really saved? No. First John 2:1 says, "But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." Only Christ was and is perfect. We're human and we will still sin. Here's the thing, though, when we come to know Christ as our Savior, our lifestyle and actions should change. People should notice a difference and we definitely should.

So be encouraged today that you can "walk in the light." We all struggle with temptation and sin--every day. But God knows exactly what you're going through (Hebrews 2:18) so remember to ask for His help. Think about it. What are you asking God for today? Tami W.

November 6, 2008

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Well by Monday we'll be done with 1 Samuel and Saul. Did you enjoy reading this action packed book? In today's reading (1 Sam. 28) we see Saul in a sad and completely desperate state. He wants to hear from God, and when he doesn't, he takes things into his own hands by visiting a medium, taking part in a séance and calling up Samuel from the dead. All I can say is--wow. Kind of reminds me of what I see in the world today. So many attempting to seek God but on our own terms and in our own ways instead of the way God has laid out for us. Then, when God doesn't respond or answer or bless according to how we think He should, we're disillusioned with or mad at Him. It really boils down to us not wanting to give up control to God.

In our reading today, Saul receives bad news that he and his sons will die the next day because of his disobedience to God. So does he respond with repentance or sadness about his heart and actions? No. Verse 20 tells us he was filled with fear, but there's no indication at all that Saul was remorseful or repentant. So how could Saul have slipped so far? Well, he slipped just like any of us can and do. Typically it starts slowly, with little steps. Maybe we compromise on something small that we know isn't right but it's "just this once" or we make a "one time exception." But then before we know it we've accepted that compromise and begin adding to it little by little. At some point, we've moved a long ways down the road away from God and we aren't even tuned into it. That's dangerous.

Ok, I know the blog today is a little heavy. But I don't want us to miss how important it is to seek God and follow Him on His terms and not ours. The great thing is, no matter where you're at today, you can say, "I love you Lord and I want You in control. Help me follow and seek You completely." God loves you and has a plan for your life. If you haven't spoken with Him today, now's a great time.

Hey thanks for being part of P4. I love getting to talk with you and I especially like hearing from you. So have you blogged lately? :) Tami W.

November 3, 2008

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Well today we see a lot of action in our reading in 1 Samuel 25. We're introduced to Abigail, a very wise and discerning woman (you've got to love that ladies). Plus we learn about Nabal and, of course, more about David. As I read the account in 1 Samuel 25, I had to ask myself, did I identify with any of the key players? Well you guessed it. I sure did. In fact, I could recall quite a number of circumstances where I acted like David (responding rashly out of anger), like Nabal (acting selfishly and rudely to someone's acceptable request) and Abigail (responding quickly and wisely when others around me did not). Would that be your experience as well?

I asked in my video blog today if you've had an Abigail type person in your life. I still want to know that, but I'd also like to know if you've ever been an Abigail to someone else? Think about that a bit because now that it's after the fact, you might be surprised at what comes to light or what you remember. Or, just tell us how God used today's reading to maybe open your eyes to something in your life. (By the way, if you haven't watched it yet, check out my video blog. It's all about 1 Samuel 25 and the significance of Abigail and her actions.)

Gotta go. Keep reading and we'll talk again on Thursday. Tami W.

About Me

Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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