Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Battle Plan for Prayer by Stephen and Alex Kendrick {Book Review}

Hey guys! I'm back with my next book review! :D 

~Book Description~ 
  Prayer can accomplish what God can accomplish. 
  Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers' movie War Room, this exciting resource from the #1 best-selling team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone – of any age – become a powerful person of prayer. 
  Including scriptural examples and personal testimonies, The Battle Plan of Prayer explains the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspires the readers toward a closer relationship with God, and shows them how to develop specific prayer strategies for life. 
  Prayer should become your first plan of attack in all of life's battles, not your last resort. If you want to walk in greater victory while enjoying mightily answered prayer on a regular basis, it's time to engage with God at a deeper level. Then you can discover firsthand that nothing is beyond His reach, and that knowing Him is the greatest reward of all. 

~My Rating~
5 of 5 stars

~My Review~ 
  This book has helped me sooo much! I don't even know where to begin this review. 
  I usually don't enjoy this type of book. Sure, I've read several, but it's usually not a good, enjoyable experience and something that takes me forever to accomplish. That wasn't true with The Battle Plan for Prayer. I'll admit, it did take me awhile to get into this book, but once I did I thoroughly loved it. 
  The book is chock-full of helpful prayer guidelines, amazing Bible verses, and lots of inspirational stories that really grabbed and held my interest. The writing was great; it really kept me wanting to read more. And everything mentioned by the Kendrick brothers is backed up with powerful Scripture references. 
  All in all, this was an amazing book. It has really strengthened my prayer life. I underlined many places and scribbled in the margins. :) If you want to be challenged to grow closer to God, actively seek Him, and strengthen your prayer life, read this book. ;) 

~Favorite Quotes~ 

"Human frailty, joined in communion with divine perfection." 

"Being able to take the hand of God and the hand of man and bring them together, one would need to be heavenly and earthly, as well as, holy and human. And Jesus was." 

" everything we do, in every situation, we need to be ready to share the love of Christ with a lost, dying world." 

***I received this book free from B&H/Lifeway in exchange for my honest review.*** 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

For Us // An Easter Haiku

If you follow my other blog, Stories by Firefly, you may've read some of my feeble attempts at writing poetry. There usually quite bad and, because I can never make the lines rhyme, they're usually written in haiku (a form of Japanese poetry). 

Last night I started this poem and I finished it just now. (It's still thirty minutes before I need to get ready for church. Between the sunrise service and worship I've had plenty of time. :P) I hope you enjoy! 

For Us 
by Firefly 

Today is Easter. 
What does this day mean to us? 
Folks around the world. 

What's it symbolize? 
How do we recognize it? 
This year, again next. 

It's not about bunnies, 
Or fancy dresses and shoes, 
Pastel colored eggs. 

It's about Jesus, 
His death and resurrection, 
The high price He paid. 

Just for us He died. 
For us He was crucified. 
For us He suffered. 

Took death for our sins
By His blood we're forgiven –
Blood He freely gave. 

But it didn't stop there. 
The timeless story goes on. 
Aren't we glad it does? 

He rose from the dead 
On that glorious third day. 
Praise Him, He arose! 

Forever He lives. 
Making intercession for, 
For us His children. 

The pain, the sufferin', 
The scourge, the crown, and the cross. 
It was all for us... 

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 
Isaiah 53:5 KJV 

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 
John 11:25-26 KJV

Below is a beautiful Easter song. It's so powerful and I absolutely love it. <3 Listen to it and be blessed!

Happy Easter everyone! Always remember the sacrifice He made, the blood He gave, to cover the sins of the world. May God bless you all! 

Friday, March 25, 2016

// From My Heart //

  'Ello readers! :) Remember what I said about being better to post here? Yeah, well, it didn't happen in the past couple weeks, did it? That's going to change, because the first Sisters in Christ chat is going up soon. ^_^ 

  How are you on this blessed Good Friday? Today is the day we remember the sacrifice Jesus made, the suffering He went through, to pay the ultimate price so we could be freed from the enslaving bondage of our sins. Isn't that something worthy of celebration?! :) I'm hopefully going to have an Easter poem posted here on Sunday. If that doesn't work out, there will still be some sort of Easter post. :-) 

  Now...on with this post!!! :D 

  This are somethings that have been on my heart a lot the last week and I've decided to share this with y'all. I've throught about it, I've prayed about it, and now I'm writing out my thoughts in this post. (And you all are getting stuck reading it. LOL. xD) 

  A twenty-eight year-old policeman and decorated Marine, veteran of the Iraq war, with a wife, two sons, and a baby on the way was shot and killed last Friday. (More here.) 

  Mom and I were talking about this horrible tragedy the other day. He had been to Iraq, came home, and gets killed here at home where he's supposed to be safe? It just doesn't seem right. 
  On a side note, when he was shot, his fellow lawmen stopped to see what they could do for him instead of pursuing the man who shot him. That says so much for them. 

  Last Sunday, someone at church asked prayer for a friend of their's who's son had committed suicide the day before. 

  It isn't like this was the first suicide I'd heard of, but I've spent a lot of time thinking about it. How could you do that? How could you purposely take your own life? God is the Giver and Taker of life. It's up to Him as to the time we enter this world and when we leave it. That's not up to us. We're mere humans. How can people think they're entitled to make such a decision? 

  I saw a post on someone's blog that said (this wasn't the focus of the post, but it was there) 'I'm a Christian, but I don't necessarily believe in the Bible's idea of God'. Or something of that sort. 

  I've spent a lot of time in thought and prayer over this. It burdens me that there are so many confused and unreached people in the world. It's so saddening that there are still so many people out there who don't know the depths of Christ's love. Don't realize that His way is the only way. My prayer is that someone could come to know Christ through the example I set. And if it's only one soul, then it's all worth it. *smiles* <3 

So that's my ramblings for today. :P I hope you understood what I was trying to say. :) 

Thanks for reading, everyone! Have a blessed Easter celebrating Jesus' resurrection!!! :) 
~ Faith ~ 

  "And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.”
         Mark 16:5-6