Tami W: August 2008 Archives

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I wanted to let all of you know that we'll be observing Labor Day on Monday, so you can look for my new video blog right here on Tuesday. If you have the day off, be sure to still take some time for God and His Word. See you on Tuesday. Tami W.

August 28, 2008

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So how are you doing with Powered by 4? You know for the longest time, my Bible reading was coming to the Bible, opening it to wherever and reading whatever. This, of course, was anything but consistent and it wasn't very fulfilling. Then I went through a time when I tried a few "read through the Bible in a year" Bibles or plans. I would start and then miss a day here and there and before I knew it, I'd be a couple weeks behind, a month behind, etc. I'd get discouraged and eventually quit. Again, not fulfilling. Then, it really hit me--until I committed to reading, and I mean really reading, not like before, I was never going to get with the program with God. I realized that I had to be intentional in seeking out God through His Word for my relationship with Him to grow. So I made that commitment and it changed my life. Now I want you to understand that when I made that decision, I didn't suddenly become "Polly Perfect Bible Reader." It was a process--and still is--and if you're wondering, I'm still not perfect. :) If I'm not focused and intentional every day, my Bible reading will start dropping off. And if I allow that to happen, it gets easier and easier to just let it go. (Satan loves that, by the way.)

When we designed Powered by 4, we took a lot of things into consideration because we wanted it to really encourage people to get in and stay in God's Word. So here's what I want to know from you today. First, how are you doing with Powered by 4? But more importantly, how are we doing with Powered by 4? Are you finding it helpful? Is it encouraging? Are we giving you support and providing accountability? Are there things you'd like to see that aren't there? Basically, tell us what you think. I promise we'll look at all the responses and suggestions. We are here for you. Have a good one. Tami W.

August 25, 2008

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Do you ever feel like that necklace I talked about in my video blog today? Like you're kind of a loser, maybe worthless or no one really cares? Well depending on the day or week or whatever, sometimes I feel like that. Once in a while it's justified because I do something stupid. :( But for the most part, it really boils down to me letting my emotions or my circumstances rule the day. That's why it's so important that I (we) have and keep an intimate relationship with God. That only happens through His Word and prayer. The moment I start pushing God aside, my emotions and human thinking take over and that leads nowhere fast.

Remember how I said I treasured that $6 necklace that no one else wanted? Well that's how God is with us. Only the cool thing is, He treasures us so much more than that. There are tons of examples of God's love for us in the Bible, but I landed in Ephesians today. So take a look at Ephesians 2:4-10. I really love verse 10 because it lets me know that "We (that's you and me) are God's masterpiece (NLT) or workmanship (ESV)." There is no doubt that we are valued highly in God's eyes. That is definitely something I want and need to hold onto.

So how about it? Has God's Word changed the way you value your life? I want to hear from you! Tami W.

August 21, 2008

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I talk about paths and look at Psalm 25 and 119 in my video blog today (have you watched it yet??). Well this morning I went back and read those two Psalms as I was finishing my peanut butter toast and coffee for breakfast, and Psalm 25 really spoke to me.Verse 1 says, "O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God!" (You have to say amen to that!) But then add that to verses 4 and 5. They say this, "Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You" (NLT). When it gets right down to it, those verses need to be my heart cry each and every morning. So, I'm going to try something new. I'm going to print out Psalm 25:1, 4 and 5 (I'll probably put it a couple of places like my bathroom mirror and in my Bible) and make it a point to read those verses at least once every morning. Then I'm going to turn them into a prayer for that day.

I'd love it if you'd join me, and I'm also interested to hear if you have any special verses that you read or use frequently to keep you on track. We can all use pointers, so don't be shy. Talk to you next week. Tami W.

P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the picture of my three dachshunds. My husband and I love them to death and, yes, they are just a little spoiled. :-)

August 18, 2008

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My video blog today talks about falling behind in our reading. Well, I regret to inform you that that was me this weekend. I sure didn't plan to fall behind, but Saturday morning right after I got up, my husband and I changed our routine. That caused me to not read my Bible like I usually do in the morning. I was ok with that because my plan was to read that evening. Sounds logical, but as the day went on and I got busy, it never happened. The worst part is I didn't even realize it until my head hit the pillow late Saturday night. At that point, I was tired and I caved. So how did I handle it Sunday?

Well first off, I was feeling like a loser because I didn't meet with God on Saturday. And, there was even a little temptation to not read again Sunday morning because, after all, I was a loser yesterday so maybe I still am today (you know that old mind game, right?). But I didn't give in. I pulled out my Bible and read first thing in the morning. It was so refreshing and I felt great afterwards. Sure glad I didn't give in to Satan trying to convince me about that loser thing. :) So I messed up but didn't lose sight of the fact that every day is a new day. So if I stumble or completely fall down, I can start fresh anytime. How freeing.

So how are doing? Have you been able to stick with your plan? Whatever the case, remember there's still time to read today and the whole week is ahead of you. You can do it. Make this your best week yet. Tami W.

August 14, 2008

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So, if you watched my video blog for today you know I'm asking you to respond to an informal poll of sorts about how you're doing this week? Now I know that sometimes it's hard to look at what's going on in your life and even harder to put it in print for others to see. So I'm going to respond to my blog first to all of you and then hopefully, you'll feel comfortable. Sound like a deal? Here goes.

My hang up this week has been discouragement. I tend to be a perfectionist (big time) and this week, I let that be my downfall. Satan knows that, by the way, and it feels like he has just been slugging away. So are you wondering how I responded? Well the first day I came home, and that evening I just read a bunch of my Bible and had a good prayer time. It was good and I went to bed at peace. Next morning, though, Satan was waiting--again--and I allowed him--again--to get me discouraged. When I got home the second night I read some more, but it was more of a struggle. I was tempted to not read and just sulk, but I didn't give in. As I write this today, I'm on the upswing. :) And I'm so glad I stuck with my reading and even ended up reading extra. I definitely felt more connected with God. Plus, I finally let go and let Him carry the load.

Ok--it's your turn. Tami W.

August 11, 2008

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Ok, all this week (and part of last) we're reading in Exodus--laws, tabernacle details, Ark of the Covenant, festivals, etc. Some pretty heavy stuff. So how are you holding up? Are you liking the history, or are you getting bogged down? Well as much as I like reading in the Old Testament (OT), there are still times when I get a little weary or feel overloaded with details. So if that's you today, how about a little "pick me up"? After you finish reading today's passage, try jumping over to the Psalms or maybe a passage from the New Testament for a read. Check out Psalm 8 about God's majesty or maybe Psalm 27, 33 or 111? How about one of my favorites--Philippians 4:4-7?

Hang in there on the OT readings and let us all know how you're doing--remember, we're all doing this together! And if you read something extra as a little break and like it, let us know that too. Tami W.

August 7, 2008

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Hey have you had a chance to consider if temptation is getting in the way of your Bible reading yet (my blog question from Monday)? We've gotten some awesome responses so far (make sure and check those out) but I'd still like to hear from you. Speaking of temptation, don't miss today's reading in Exodus 20. It's the Ten Commandments. A perfect tie in with temptation don't you think? And a great reminder to help us deal with some of the things that tempt us most. I actually have a little bookmark that lists the Ten Commandments stuck up on my refrigerator. I don't read it every day, but more often than not, I find myself reading it over as I close the fridge door.

Alright, I'll be reading with you over the weekend so hang in there. In the meantime, I still want your responses to my Monday blog question--"do you think temptation might be getting you off course in your Bible reading, and how?" Tami W.

August 4, 2008

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In my video blog today I ask the question "do you think temptation might be getting you off course with your Bible reading?" Now when that question was first posed to me, my mind immediately jumped to the "big" temptations and my response was "no." A little later, though, I realized that my answer had to be "yes." Why? Well I started thinking about when I don't read my Bible and what keeps from it. Wanna know what I came up with? They're pretty lame but here goes--watching television, sleeping in, doing e-mail, sometimes even doing "work" for church. These are obviously temptations to me because I'm choosing to do them over reading God's Word. :(

Alright, I shared some things that I can let hinder my reading, so how about you? I'm curious to hear what gets in the way of your Bible reading. Now don't worry. No one is perfect. So take a look. I think you'll be glad you did. Tami W.

P.S. Here are a couple of Scripture passages that you might find helpful. Psalm 119:11; 2 Cor. 10:3-6; James 1:19-25.

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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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