REFRESH, RENEW AND REFUEL

EXCELLENCE WITH SIMPLE ELEGANCE

“For most women, the way you look can greatly affect how you feel.”                   p 120 the study

God’s goodness should overflow and shine outwardly from us. God has called us to reflect His image.

But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

It is so important that we women bring the elegance, tenderness, and simplicity of womanhood to our world. We are to be a reflection of the image of God radiating His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.

If the mirror in your home isn’t revealing an image that shines for Jesus and it’s not a true representation of who you really are and want to be then Join me online with The Study at www@bonnieliabenow.com

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Matthew 19:26   with God all things are possible

Philippians 4:13   I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength.

LET YOUR PURSUIT BE EXCELLENCE

REFRESH, RENEW AND REFUEL

Excellence with Simple Elegance

“Many times we women feel like our lives have no purpose or focus. The demands of life leave us feeling unfulfilled–discontented even. We feel that we’re meeting everyone else’s needs–our parents’, our children’s, and our spouse’s–but our own needs aren’t met.” p 33

The only one who can change this lack of fulfillment and contentment in you is You! Today decide to intentionally live with focus and purpose. Make a plan. Arise early. Spend time in God’s Word. Pray for guidance and strength. Exercise. Properly fuel your body with healthy nutritional food.

Then go about your day loving and serving the ones you love with an Overflowing Cup.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.”  Psalm 23:5

 

Let Your Pursuit be Excellence.

A Summer Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalm 119

Jehovah-Chereb – Lord the Sword

 

He is your excellent sword! Deteronomy 33:29

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O, how I love Your Word! It is what I think about all through the day. Your Word makes me wiser. I have a better understanding because I obey Your Word. How sweet is Your Word to my taste! It is sweeter than honey to my mouth! 

 

 

 

 

O Lord, Your Word will never change in heaven. I will never forget Your Word for by it, You have given me new life. I have seen that all things have an end, even if they are perfect, but Your Word is without end. With Your very own hands you formed me; now please breathe Your wisdom over me so I can understand You. I can see now, God, that Your decisions are right; Your testing has taught me what’s true and right. Oh, love me—right now—and hold me tight! Comfort me so I can live, really live; Your revelation is the tune that makes me dance. Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living Your way. Before I learned to answer You, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with Your Word. You are good, and the source of good; train me in Your goodness. 

Your Word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.prayer-bible

Let your love, God, shape my life. Then, I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted Your Word. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever— Your commandments are what I depend on. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what You have revealed to me. Your truth and Your wisdom are precious and I will guard them both forever. I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I cherish Your Word—oh, how I love it—relishing every fragment of Your counsel. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding and I will observe it with my whole heart. Help me walk in the path of righteousness for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way. Establish Your Word in me, for I long for Your precepts. Revive me with Your righteousness.

 Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a Light to my path.

Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your ways. With my lips I have declared all the judgements of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word.

A Summer Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 1, 8 & 9

 

Jehovah-Shammah – Present – Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you or let you be alone.”

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God, brilliant Lord, Yours is a household name. I’m thanking You, God, from a full heart. I’m whistling, laughing and jumping for joy; I’m singing Your song, O Lord. You took over and set everything right; when I needed You, You were there, taking charge.

You hold the high center; You see and set the world’s mess right. You decide what is right for us and will never leave us alone. You are a safe house, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment I arrive in Your sanctuary, I feel safe. I relax and am never sorry I knocked and entered into Your presence.

O Lord, my Lord, how great is Your name in all the earth. You have set Your shining greatness above the heavens. I look up and think about Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in their places. Who am I but an ordinary person? Yet you, the God of heaven, think me worthy of your care and goodness.

Out of the mouths of children and babies; nursing infants sing their choruses to You; toddlers shout their songs. You made us a little less than the angels. You made us to rule over the works of Your hands. You put all things under our feet: all sheep and cattle, all the wild animals, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea and all that pass through the sea.

 O Lord, our Lord, how great is Your name in all the earth. I will shout the songs with the children and praise Your holy name. Your presence in my life brings me great joy.

Continue to be kind to me, God. I’ve been kicked around long enough. You’ve pulled me back from the gates of death and I now have joy. I’ll write the book on hallelujahs on the corner of Main and First. I’ll hold a street meeting; I’ll be the song leader; we’ll fill the air with salvation songs. Genuine happiness comes to the one who does not walk in a sinful way or stand in the path of sinners or sit with those who laugh at the truth. Everlasting joy is in You, Lord, and I am mindful day and night of Your goodness to me. I am like a tree planted by rivers of water, which gives its fruit at the right time. Its leaves never dry up. My household is blessed and I am confident that whatever I do will work out well for me, for You, Lord, have found favor with my household.

 I’m thanking You, God, from a full heart. I’m whistling, laughing and jumping for joy; I’m singing Your song, O Lord.  For You, O Lord, know the way of those who are right with You. And I am thankful. For Your presence in my life brings me great joy.

 

 

A Summer Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalm 37

Be happy in the Lord. And He will give you the desires of your heart.

 I will trust in the Lord, and will seek His goodness daily. His promises I will embrace. I will enjoy living well in His beautiful land and I will be well fed. I am happy living His way for He knows my every desire.

 Oh sweet friend, give your way over to the Lord. Do not be like those who do wrong, for they will soon dry up like the grass. Like the green plant, they will soon die. But God and His promises are forever. Trust in Him and He will make you as the light and your wise actions as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and be willing to wait for Him. Do not trouble yourself when all goes well with the one who carries out his sinful plans.  Stop being angry. Turn away from fighting. It leads only to wrongdoing.  For those who do wrong will be cut off. But those who wait for the Lord will be given the desire of their hearts.  A little while and the sinful one will be no more. You will look for their place and they will not be there. But those who put their trust in God will enjoy eternal happiness and have much more than they could ever need.

I will trust in the Lord and seek His goodness. I will enjoy His beautiful land. I will be happy living God’s way and will take comfort that He knows the desires within my heart. I will find peace resting and waiting. I have given my ways over to the Lord and trust Him. My being right and good is shown as the light and my wise actions as the noonday. The few belongings of those right with God is surely better than the riches of the ungodly. For the Lord guides each step I take and I willingly follow. In this obedience, I experience all His love, goodness and kindness.

Oh sweet friend, turn from sin and do good so you will live forever and experience the true joy of your salvation. For the Lord loves what is fair and right. He does not leave the people alone who belong to Him. They are kept forever. The mouth of the one who is right with God speaks wisdom. And their tongue speaks what is fair and good. The Law of his God is in their heart. His steps do not leave it. Wait for the Lord. Keep His way. He will give you a high place and you will find strength in Him during times of trouble.

 I will trust in the Lord, and will seek His goodness daily. His promises I will embrace. I will enjoy living well in His beautiful land and I will be well fed. I am happy living His way for He knows my every desire.

A Summer Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 46 & 104

Jehovah-Bara – The Everlasting God, the Lord, Creator of the ends of the earth

Come and see the works of the Lord. Be quiet and know that I am God.  I will be honored in the earth. The Lord of All is with us.

 

Praise the Lord, O my soul!Come and see the works of the Lord. Be quiet and know that He is God. He will be honored among the nations. He will be honored in the earth. The Lord of All is with me.

God has set the earth in its place so that it will stay that way forever. He covered it with the sea and made the waters stand above the mountains. The waters left at His strong words. They dispersed quickly at the sound of His thunder. The mountains rose up and the valleys came down to the place that He made for them. God set a place that they may not pass over. The waters will never cover the earth again and God made this promise for me.

God sent rivers into the valleys to flow between the mountains, giving water to all the animals of the field and the birds of the sky. He waters the mountains from His heavenly home and the earth is filled with the fruit of His works. And He did this all for me.

Come and see the works of the Lord. Be quiet and know that He is God.  He will be honored in the earth. The Lord of All is with me.

Oh yes, God brings grain from the land and wine to make people happy. As their faces glow with health, they are a people well fed and hearty. God’s trees are well watered. Birds build their nests in those trees; mountain goats climb about the cliffs; badgers burrow among the rocks. The moon keeps track of the seasons and the sun is in charge of each day. God makes darkness and it becomes night so all the wild animals among the trees can venture out. The deep, wide sea is brimming with fish past counting, and He did this all for me.

Come and see the works of the Lord. Be quiet and know that He is God.  He will be honored in the earth. The Lord of All is with me.

What a wildly wonderful world God has made!  He made it all for me, with wisdom at His side.  May His shining greatness last forever. I will sing to the Lord all my life. I will sing praise to Him as long as I live.  May the words of my heart be pleasing to Him. As for me, I will be glad in the Lord and I am so thankful. Let everything inside me Praise the Lord for He did this all for me.

A Summer Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from 63 & 109

Jehovah-Rophe – Healer

He was wounded for our transgressions, The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Lord my God, be kind to me because of Your name. For Your loving kindness is better than life.

 

Take me out of this trouble. For I am in need and my heart is hurting.  My knees are weak for I have not eaten for days and my body has lost weight. No one understands my trouble. People laugh at me. They look at me and shake their heads. They think there is no hope for me.

Lord my God, be kind to me because of Your name. For Your loving kindness is better than life.

Help me! Save me! Let those who speak against me know that my help is from Your hand alone. Let this bring hope to them. When bad things happen to them, they will know that You are the One that makes good things happen. I will look for You with all my heart and strength. My soul is thirsty for You. My flesh is weak, wanting You in a dry and tired land where there is no water.

I have seen You in the holy place. I have seen Your power and Your shining greatness. 

I will be full of joy for the goodness that You have shown me. I will give thanks to You in a loud voice and I will praise You. My lips will praise You because Your loving kindness is better than life.

I will give honor to You as long as I live. I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul will be filled as with rich foods and my mouth will praise You with lips of joy.