Swallowed Up

Psalm 56

Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up;
he fighting daily oppresseth me.

Mine enemies would daily swallow me up:
for they be many that fight against me, O Thou Most High.

What time I am afraid,
I will trust in Thee.

In God I will praise His word,
in God I have put my trust; I will not fear
what flesh can do unto me.

Every day they wrest my words:
all their thoughts are against me for evil.

They gather themselves together, they hide themselves,
they mark my steps,
when they wait for my soul.

Shall they escape by iniquity?
in Thine anger cast down the people, O God.

Thou tellest my wanderings:
put Thou my tears into Thy bottle:
are they not in Thy book?

When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me.

In God will I praise His Word:
in the Lord will I praise His Word.

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid
what man can do unto me.

Thy vows are upon me, O God:
I will render praises unto Thee.

For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

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Do you feel like you are being swallowed up?! I have times like that too. Some days it seems like everything is against me, fighting daily to oppress me?! The devil is always breathing down my back, ready to pounce! What can I do?! Is there anything I can do?! YES!

Psalm 56 tells me just what to do!

1) Ask God for His mercy.

2) Acknowledge my enemy or enemies. Beware that everyday they are out to get me.
Even more so, be fully aware, God is stronger! God is greater!

3) Go straight to the Lord!

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4) When I’m afraid, put my trust in God.

5) Praise God’s Holy Word. Thank Him for my Bible, His promises! Stand on the promises of God my Saviour!

6) Do not be afraid of what (flesh) anyone or anything can do to me.

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7) Remember that God keeps track of me. He is watching over me. He is listening. He knows every tear I cry and my tears are precious to Him. He knows my name!

8) Repeat #4, 5, and 6!

9) Remember that God’s promises are with me and give Him my praise, my thanksgiving!

10) Remember that God has delivered my soul from hell and prepares a place for me in Heaven for eternity! So, of course He will also deliver me here in this life so I am able to walk with Him alive in the light!

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Walking with Jesus,

Please note: The saluting soldier in the photo is, MAJOR Darrell Bowman, Officer Candidate School Manager, Camp Atterbury IGR. That soldier is my Daddy! I love him and I’m so very proud of him!

Please also note: *These photos are the property of my father, Dr. Darrell Bowman, and should not be used without permission. Thank you.

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Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians Study Week 11 ~

Good Morning Girls!

Welcome to our GMG book club where together we have been studying Ephesians! We are midway through week #11 when I share my notes with you for Women in the Word Wednesday! Thank you so much for coming along this study with me! God bless you my friends!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Good morning study partners! This morning we have a good reminder for workers from Eph 6:5-6. We are told to be good workers, obedient, respectful, sincere, not only when the boss is looking, but all the time…pleasing God! I don’t go away from home for a job, I work @home, so my “masters” are God, and my husband. This certainly admonishes me to not be a slacker & to remember that as I work my attitude & my performance is to be honoring to God. We all have our “down” days or days we are sick, but there are those times I give grudgingly, out of duty- that’s not sincere. There are days I’m a slacker, procrastinating- while my hubby fully trusts me to care for our home & our children well. Ouch! With all my heart, I want to give my sincere best each day to my Masters! 🙂

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Good Morning! I need this fresh reminder from Ephesians 6:4. It is fathers who are addressed, I know.
But, I (mother) need to listen & beware, as well!
My words, my tone, my countenance can easily discourage or provoke my children.
Am I being careful with their tender hearts?
Or am I frustrating them or even causing them to be bitter, resentful, or angry? God forbid it.
“O Lord, may I keep a clean heart, pure motives walking with my children, bringing them up in You. Make me conscious, sensitive, aware. Alert me. Stop me. Fill me. Prompt me to be gentle, kind, soft, sweet.”

Monday, March 26, 2012
Good Morning Ephesians bookworms! How wonderful in 6:1-3 in His Word that God especially addresses children! His command for them is to
♥ Obey your parents
♥ Honor your father & mother.
Why? Because it is right and there is a promise, a blessing that goes with this special commandment!
Parents, caregivers, have you heard this?
“It’s much easier to train up the child than to rehabilitate the man.” Let’s train our children lovingly, prayerfully according to God’s Word (& w/His help) so we do not rob them of the precious blessings God has for them! ♥

Friday, March 23, 2012
Good Morning! Today Eph 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” The simple, sweet, good way…
♥ Husband, love your wife like you love yourself.
♥ Wife, make sure you respect your husband.
*Wives, God wants us to love him, too. See what older women should teach the younger in Titus 2:4? “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,”. It’s all about LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Good Morning! Eph 5:31-32…You just can’t improve upon perfection!God’s Word is 100% true; 100% good; 100% timeless. Do you know that God created marriage & it is precious? We can’t attempt to make it what we want it to be & improve upon what God has already created it to be!
*a man shall leave his father & mother
*be joined to his wife, cleave to her
*they are no longer two, but now one flesh
Marriage- it is a beautiful, sweet picture of Jesus & His church. He is the Bridegroom. His church is His bride.

Walking with Jesus,

Good Morning Girls ~ Ephesians ~ Week 10

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Good morning,

What gorgeous weather we are enjoying in Indiana! Praise the Lord ~ God controls the weather! There’s no such thing as “mother nature”. I’m so grateful for our living, loving God Who is a genuis designer and Creator of all things! By Him all things exist! He is worthy of all credit, all praise!

Here are our notes from the past week of studying Ephesians every morning. May you be blessed and changed as you have been and continue to study God’s Word! Can you believe there are only two and a half weeks left in the book of Ephesians?! I can hardly wait to see what book we will be walking through for the next 12 week study, can you?! Have a precious day, my friends! Love to you all!

~Walking with Jesus,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Good Morning!:) Today in Eph 5:28-30 a great encouragement for husbands & wives is this…Just as the church is part of Jesus’ body, the wife is part of her husband’s body. I like this in the notes from my KJV Nelson study Bible: “The husband who loves his wife brings much profit to himself.” God’s ways are always true, always wonderful, always good, always blessed! 🙂

Monday & Tuesday, March 19 & 20, 2012
Good Morning! Eph 5:21-24 & 25-27 (I’m a doubling up today) Did you know that marriage is a symbol or picture of the church? No pressure, right? But God has it all in perfect order. His way is THE way! The joyful way! The happy way! The Heavenly way! O taste & see that He is good! His way is puzzling to the world, even maddening. But to the Christian, God through His Son Jesus Christ, has proven Himself, His love. I want to enjoy God’s gift of marriage! I want my home to reflect Jesus and His love…a bit of Heaven on earth!

Friday, March 16, 2012
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for all things.
Give thanks always for broken glass on my counter, for dirty clothes on the floor, for little girls arguing, for whining 1st grader who doesn’t want to read, for daughter crying tears because she doesn’t want to help her little sister (really?)…
Give thanks always for all things.
Help me, LORD, help me to be under Your influence, help me just follow these verses, & help me thank You for all of these things in Jesus’ name!
(Eph 5:18-20)

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Good Morning Girls! 🙂 Eph 5:15-17 is such a great encouragement! See to it/Make sure you live carefully, wise; not as a fool! Because? These days are evil! Make the most of the time & the opportunities we have & understand or be clear about the Lord’s will…that NO ONE perish; that all believe on the Lord Jesus; that ALL will be saved! Amen!

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Links you might like:
Amazima Ministries
Under His Wings
Women Living Well
A Holy Experience
Bible Study Tools
Bible Gateway blog

Good Morning ~ Ephesians Week 9

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Good Morning! Here are my notes for the tail end of week 8 and so far in week 9. Do you want to compare notes? I love seeing what you see! It encourages & strengthens my faith when another believer shares what God has given them through Scripture! Isn’t it so good to have those “ah-ha” moments?!!! I know!

Wed, March 7, 2012
Good morning:)! These next 3 days in our Ephesians study we see 5 steps or guidelines to live by as a new creation in Christ. The first 2 are in our passage today, Eph 4:25-27:
#1) no more lying; tell the truth
#2) no more sinful anger; brief righteous indignation so we don’t give the devil opportunities
Being angry is not always sin. There is much sin and evil that a Christian can and should be angry about. But God is specific that we should not be angry and sin. We need to have self control, take the issue to the Lord, & prevent bitterness, etc by coming to a resolution before the days end. Don’t go to bed angry.

Fri, March 9, 2012 *notes for Thursday and Friday…
[Prayers & sleep comments are here after a long night/week of 8 very sick children!]

Good Morning! Thank you for your prayers! We all finally had a good night’s sleep! Yay!
Continuing from Wednesday’s theme this portion of Scripture (Eph 4:28-32) gives us 5 guidelines now that we are a new creation in Christ:
#3) Replace theft with honest, good, hard work so that you can help others in need.
# 4) Replace foul, & ugly language w/grace filled communication that edifies & doesn’t grieve the Holy Spirit.
#5) Replace resentment & wrath w/kindness & forgive just the same as God has forgiven you.
Words to live by!:)

Mon, March 12, 2012
Good Morning!:) Eph 5:1-4 is clear on what is appropriate for a follower of God and what is inappropriate.
It’s appropriate to walk as dear children, in love, like Christ in complete sweet surrender, giving thanks.
What is inappropriate? Fooling around outside of marriage, all things impure, coveting, being dirty/filthy, foolish talking, harsh/crude joking. This is NOT suitable, fitting, proper, or anything like a follower of God. It is wrong. Being this way, doing these things is in direct opposition to The Lord & as His followers we must stay away from all forms of it. He says, rather than these awful things being named & part of our conversation or conduct… Just give thanks instead! How simple is that!

Tues, March 13, 2012
Good morning! Further urgent warnings today from Eph 5:5-7. Those who do wicked things, impure persons cannot inherit the kingdom of God. (Also see I Cor 6:9-11, Eph 2:8-10)
Wicked living makes God angry w/the children of disobedience. Do not be any part of it! This should remind us that God gave His dear Son. Jesus willingly endured death on the cross to wash away our wickedness. How can we play w/sin knowing how He gave His life to make us clean?! Follow only Jesus. Be set free from sin for good! It is not a game. You cannot serve God and the world!

Wed, March 14, 2012
Good morning! Today in Eph 5:8-14, CHRISTIANS, we’re reminded of our past & present CONDITION: We used to be darkness. Now we are light in the Lord.
Look @ our COMMANDS:
*Walk like children of light.
* Do not fellowship with dark/evil works.
* Shed light on the truth of evil & the danger, warning that it’s a shame to even talk about it, let alone be a part of it.
And for those who aren’t followers yet:
* Wake up. You are asleep.
* Get up from the dead. Turn from your sin.
* Christ promises to give you enlightment!!!
HE is reaching for you! Reach back. Follow HIM & never turn back!!!:) Be FOREVER changed!!!
HOPE! HELP! Jesus is the HOPE & HELP of ALL!

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No matter what pace you are walking through Ephesians you are doing wonderful! Can you believe we only have a few more weeks left in the book of Ephesians?! I already can hardly wait to hear from Good Morning Girls what book we are studying next time!!! If you are on a different schedule it’s ok! Take your time finishing up. You will be soooo glad you did! There is usually a break of several weeks before beginning a new study with GMG, so you can also use those weeks to finish up. Then we can start fresh together!

The LORD is good! HE will bless any and all time spent in His Word!!! I’m so glad you are walking through Ephesians beside me! Thank you!:)

Walking with Jesus,

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Women in the Word ~ Ephesians Study Week 8

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Each morning I post a brief Ephesians note on facebook & twitter. But if you are not a “facebooker” or you don’t “tweet” (lol!) then you don’t see these daily notes. I thought I might begin passing these along to my subscribers as many of you are reading along in our Bible study, as well. I’m sorry I just thought of it now that we are already into week 8 of our Bible study!

Monday’s passage in Eph 4:17-19:
Oh my, what a sadness we see here and what a warning for us! Christians, now that we belong to Jesus, and have a new life in Christ, from now on, do not walk like unbelievers walk! They live with empty purpose, purpose with no value. They live in the dark & because of the hardness of their will they walk, live, think, conduct themselves completely separated from, detached from the life God intends for them. They even become calloused and insensitive to morality and the difference between what is right and wrong, good and evil.
Studying this, my heart is so broken for the precious ones who are walking as unbelievers! I’m brokenhearted for the life with Jesus they are stealing from themselves, the blessings, the riches of His goodness & grace they could enjoy right here on earth! Not to mention the treasures awaiting them in Heaven to lay at the Saviour’s feet, the One Who paid for all their sin & redeemed them!
Christians, our walk, our testimony is vital to ministering to unbelievers & believers alike! People NEED the LORD! People need to see Jesus!

Tuesday’s passage:
~”A wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart!” ~
That is the theme of Eph 4:20-24. I have heard Christ, I’ve been taught The Truth in Jesus. I must continually choose to renounce my old self, the old sin-lead life which will always lead me astray, and choose new thinking, a fresh renewed mind! I get to choose to take after my Father! I want to resemble Him, be recognized as His daughter! You know: “Like Father~like daughter”; “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”! Who is this new person? She/He is created in righteousness and in true (genuine) holiness…they are just like their Father!!!!

Today’s passage:
Good morning:)! These next 3 days in our Ephesians study we see 5 steps or guidelines to live by as a new creation in Christ. The first 2 are in our passage today, Eph 4:25-27:
1) no more lying; tell the truth
2) no more sinful anger; brief righteous indignation so we don’t give the devil opportunities
Being angry is not always sin. There is much sin and evil that a Christian can and should be angry about. But God is specific that we should not be angry and sin. We need to have self control, take the issue to the Lord, & prevent bitterness, etc by coming to a resolution before the days end. Don’t go to bed angry.

On Thursday in Eph 4:28-29 look for guidelines # 3 & 4, and on Friday in Eph 4:30-32 see #4 continued & also find #5.

Have a wonderful week!

Walking with Jesus,

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