Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Two More Books!

I finished two more books this weekend -

1. Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough To Protect It
by Jerry B. Jenkins.

Jason and I received this book from Jason's parents as a gift and I just got around to reading it. It was great practical advice on how to form boundaries around your marriage in order to protect it. Practical examples were given on how to relate with others in the proper settings, physically, emotionally ect... I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to married couples of all ages!

2. Praying Hyde: Missionary to India
by Basil Miller
Mission books aren't typically what I enjoy reading - but I had been encouraged by Pastors Rick & Cindy Stone to read this when I was trying to understand more what it meant to be gifted with intercessory prayer. Even though the missions part was completely fascinating and inspiring, it was the details on his prayer life that I really connected to. It reawakened a desire to pray more - and not the loud crazy ranting & raving type prayer I'm used to - but personal, heart-seeking prayer-closet type prayer. I highly recommend this book and its actually a quick read, I finished it in two days.

Matthew 6: 1-8

"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

"So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

"But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.

"So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."


Katrina Hope said...

I love it- this verse has been in my head and heart the last 2 weeks...I didn't know the reference directly, the Holy Spirit had just pin-pointed it in my heart- doing good in secret, not flaunting my spiritual life, and announcing every time I seek Him. I want to set an example, and I want to create a culture around me of seeking God and being excited about all He is doing- but I want to find the balance where it is so deep and intimate first, and then just the overflow that people see... There's this song I gotta show you!!! You will LOVE it.

Kim, God has seen your heart, and your response to soooo much, and I know he has already blessed you lots for it....but he has many more stored up for you! You are such an example to me of seeking him and interceding in the secret hours of the night, of being interuptable.

I love u big sis!!

- your most loyal reader ;)
aka "Little One"

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