A Spring Song of Worship and Praise from Psalm 31 & 68

May God rise up and live vibrantly in your heart.  Be happy before God. Yes, be full of joy. Sing to God. Sing praises to His name. The Lord is His name. Be full of joy before Him.

“Love the Lord, all you who belong to Him! The Lord keeps the faithful safe. Be strong. Be strong in heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

 God is the One Who saves me and sets me free. He carries my heavy loads day by day and shows His strength in my life. He is the One who brings me unspeakable joy and unending happiness.

Honor and thanks be to my Lord and Savior.

God has stored His loving-kindness up for me and showers me with His love as I put my trust in Him. When surrounded by those who did not love Him, God has faithfully shown His great loving favor to me.

Honor and thanks be to my Lord and Savior.

Sing to God, O nations of the earth. Sing praises to the Lord. Sing to Him Who sits upon the heavens. Listen, He sends out His voice, His powerful voice. His great power and His strength are found throughout the sky. We honor Him with fear as He comes from His holy place. 

Honor and thanks be to God!

In Him I have found a safe place. Let me never be ashamed. I am set free because He does what is right and good. He turns His ear to me and is quick to save me. He is my rock of strength, a strong place to keep me safe. For the honor of His name, He leads me and shows me the way. He frees me from the net that they have hidden for me. For He is my strength. I give my spirit into His hands. The God of truth has made me free.

Sing for joy in the Lord! It is right for the pure in heart to praise Him. Give thanks to the Lord with harps.  Sing to Him a new song. Play well with great sounds of joy. For the Word of the Lord is right. He is faithful in all He does. Enjoy this earth that is full of the loving kindness of the Lord. The Word of the Lord made the heavens. The breath of His mouth made all the stars. He gathers the waters of the sea together as in a bag. He places the waters in storehouses. For He speaks with strong words, and it is done.  The Lord brings the plans of nations to nothing. He wrecks the plans of the people. The plans of the Lord stand forever. The plans of His heart stand through the future of all people.

Happy are the people He has chosen for His own.

“Love the Lord, all you who belong to Him! The Lord keeps the faithful safe. Be strong. Be strong in heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

My times are in His hands. He frees me from the hands of those who hate me, and from those who try to hurt me. He makes His face to shine upon me. He saves me in His loving kindness. I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and full of joy in His loving kindness. He has seen my suffering and know the troubles of my soul. He has kept me safe and placed my feet in a large place. As for me, I trust in the Lord. He is my God. 

Honor and thanks be to my Lord and Savior.

 

A Spring Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 81, 87 & 92

It is so good to give thanks and sing praises to God’s holy name, the name above all names. It is so good to tell of His loving kindness each morning, and of His faithfulness each night.

Sing for joy to the God of Jacob, who is my strength! 

Sing a song. Beat the drum. Play the sweet-sounding harps.  Blow the horn.  The praise from each orchestral instrument’s song draws me to Your presence, Oh Lord.

I am so thankful. You have made me happy and have done so much for me; my life is crafted carefully by the works of Your hand. Each day I will be faithful to sing a song of praise.

How great are Your works, O Lord! How deep are Your thoughts.  You rule from Your Heavenly throne forever. You are faithful. My rock.

There is nothing about You, God that is not right and good.

A Spring Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 93 & 99

Jehovah Hamelech– God Is King.

God, You are my King. You rule with great power and strength. Your heavenly throne is set up from long ago and is eternal. You have always been and forever will be.

Strength is found in You, Lord. All honor and glory are Yours, my Lord and my God. I will worship on my knees.  For You alone are holy!

I have stood at the waters edge and watched the fierce tide rush in. I have heard the thunder of the angry sea and felt the power of its relentless waves. But mightier than the violent raging seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— You above are mightier than these! You are Lord on high. You are unshakeable. Your Word is very sure. And Your Kingdom is perfect in every way as it lasts forever.

Strength is found in You, Lord. All honor and glory are Yours, my Lord and my God. I will worship on my knees. For You alone are holy!

I fear Your holy name, the One who sits on His throne above the angels. Let the earth shake! Lord, You are great and to be honored above all people. I will praise Your great name.  I will honor you with fear and respect because You alone are holy!

Strength is found in You, Lord. All honor and glory are Yours, my Lord and my God. I will worship on my knees. For You alone are holy!

I will do as the saints of the Old Testament, who called on Your name. They called upon you, Lord, and You answered them. They kept Your Word and the Law that You gave them. You answered them. You were a forgiving God to them. I will be faithful as the saints of old and honor you, the Lord our God. I will worship lifting up Your Name on high from the mountains tops. You are the Lord our God who is holy!

A Spring Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 97 & 98

Jehovah-Adon Kal Ha’arets  “The Lord of all the Earth” 

The Lord rules.

Jehovah, You are King! Let the earth be full of joy with me. Let the many islands be glad. It is amazing to me that even the clouds and darkness surround You. My strength comes from the foundation of Your throne that is built upon what is right and fair.

Sing a brand new song to the Lord.

 I will sing from my heart as I know that You have done great things in my life. I have experienced Your saving power.  You are all that is good and right. Your loving kindness is beautiful to me.

All the earth calls out for joy to the Lord. Join me in song. Sing songs of great joy and praise. Sing praises to the Lord with all that you possess and with your voice.

Fire blazes out before You. Even Your lightning lights up the world. The earth sees and shakes. The mountains melt like a candle before You, the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens tell about how right and good You are. And everyone will see Your shining greatness.

 I will worship the one true God.

 I am full of joy. For You are the Lord Most High over all the earth. You are to be honored above all. I love you, Lord. This love for Your righteousness causes me to hate what is bad. For You keep safe the souls of Your faithful ones. Light is spread like seed for those who are right and good. I will be glad in You, Who is right and good. I will give thanks to Your Holy name today and every day of my life.

Sing a brand new song to the Lord.

 I will sing from my heart as I know that You have done great things in my life. I have experienced Your saving power. You are all that is good and right. Your loving kindness is beautiful to me.

All the earth, call out for joy to the Lord. Join me in song. Sing songs of great joy and praise. Sing praises to the Lord with all that you possess and with your voice.

You are my King and I will continue to sing of your greatness. The world joins with me in praise to You, mighty God. The seas’ waves make a loud noise, the rivers rushing waters clap and the mountains rise to praise You. You will return to put the world, and everyone in it, right.

Shout praises to the Lord.

A Spring Song of Worship and Praise adapted from Psalm 21 & 64

Jehovah-Mephalti – Lord my Deliverer

O Lord, I delight in Your strength! Yes, How great is my joy in Your saving power!

You bless me with the desires of my heart, keeping nothing from me.  For You meet me with gifts of good things, crowning my efforts with success. You give me life, a long life forever and ever. You make me glad with the joy of being with You.

 Please hear my voice when I pour out my heart. Keep my life safe from the fear of those who hate me. Hide me from the secret plans of the sinful and from the noise of those who do bad things. Their tongues are sharp like a sword. They use poison words like darts and shoot at me without blame. They are quick and are not afraid to hurt me.  For their heart and inside thoughts  are deep and pursue sinful things. These things rob me from the joy I feel when I am with You.

Because of Your loving kindness, I will not be shaken. I will pray as written in the book of Isaiah: 

 

“Rain down, you heavens, from above, And let the skies pour down righteousness;

Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness spring up together…”

For Your hand will find all who fight against You. Your right hand will find those who hate You. They will be made to trip and fall. Their own tongue is against them. But for the one who is right and good, they will be glad in You and will give You praise.  

O Lord, our deliverer, Your righteousness will prevail. In Your strength, I am glad! Yes, How great is my joy in Your saving power!

You continue to bless me with the desires of my heart, keeping nothing from me.  For You meet me with gifts of good things, crowning my efforts with success. You give me life, a long life forever and ever.  You make me glad with the joy of being with You.

A Spring Prayer of Petition and Blessing from 82, 83, & 94

 Jehovah-Hashopet – Lord my Judge “The Lord is the Judge. May He decide today” – Judges 11:27

O Lord, the God Who punishes, let Your light shine!prayer-2

God, put an end to evil; please show Your colors! Judge the earth and take Your stand. The evil that comes against me daily surely overwhelms me. As for the wicked, God, they brag and boast. They walk all over Your people. God, they abuse Your precious people. They take out anyone who gets in their way. They know nothing and understand nothing. They walk around in the dark.

Do the right thing for the weak and those without a father. Stand up for the rights of those who are suffering and in need. Save the weak and those in need. Set them free from the hand of the sinful.

Rise up, O God! Say who is guilty or not guilty upon the earth! For all the nations belong to You.

O God, do not keep quiet. Do not be quiet, O God, and do not hold Your peace. See those who hate You and make much noise. Those who fight against You have honored themselves. They make bad plans against Your people. They plan against those for whom You care. They plan together with one mind and make an agreement against You.

O Lord, the God Who punishes, let Your light shine!  God, put an end to evil; please show Your colors! Judge of the earth, take Your stand.

A Spring Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalm 23

 Jehovah-Rohi: The Lord is my Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need.  He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself, which brings honor to His name. 

Yes, even if I walk through devastating dark times, I will not be afraid of anything, because He is with me. He has promised to guide and to help me every step of the way. This comforts me. He provides my every need.

He has poured oil on my head. Yes, I have everything I need.

For sure, He will give me goodness and loving kindness all the days of my life. Then I will live with Him in His house forever.

A Spring Prayer of Petition and Blessing adapted from Psalm 73, 78 & 79

Jehovah-Naheh – Lord who Smites

My eye will show no pity, and I will not let you go without punishment. I will make you pay for your ways, and for the hated sins that are among you. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, Who punishes you. Ezekiel 7:9 (NLV)

Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?

 O Lord, the God Who punishes, let Your Light shine! Truly You are good to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. They seemed to live such painless lives; their bodies were so healthy and strong. They didn’t have troubles like other people; they weren’t plagued with problems like everyone else. These fat cats had everything their hearts could ever wish for! They boasted against the very heavens, and their words strutted throughout the earth. Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiplied.

Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?

I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Then I realized that my heart was bitter and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—yet even today, I still belong to You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. My health may fail and my spirit may grow weak, but You remain the strength of my heart; You are mine forever. How good it is to be near You! I have made You my shelter and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do.

O Lord, I am a sheep of Your pasture, I will thank You forever and ever, praising Your greatness from generation to generation. Help me, O God of my salvation! Help me for the glory of Your name. Save me and forgive my sins for the honor of Your name. Demonstrate Your great power by saving those condemned to die. And I will not hide these truths from my children; I will tell the next generation about Your glorious deeds, Your power and Your mighty wonders.

COMMUNITY: Lesson 8 Bonus Content

The Great Commission

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16: 15Public domain image, royalty free stock photo from www.public-domain-image.com

Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20

Your career and community service can be your outreach or mission field that will give you a platform to put your faith foundation into action. Having a job affords you room to challenge yourself, to exercise your God-given talents, and to share God’s love.  The commitment to community is the third step in building the foundation at leads to a life of excellence.

Scripture Memorization

“Love your neighbor”

As a woman of faith, community should matter to you.  Jesus said to the scribes in the passage of Mark 12: 28-34, “The first of all the commandments is: Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.  And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Why should community matter to you? Because Jesus said there is no other commandment greater than loving the Lord your God and loving your neighbor. In obedience to our heavenly Father, we are compelled to love others. And so this is why we serve in our community.

 

The Study

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Become a mentor page 45 in The Study.

“God did not call us to have lots of friends, but to be a friend” Dr. Bill Anderson

As a mentor and a life coach for 20 years, I am totally convinced that we can positively affect our community one person at a time.  We  must first realize our need to have a lifestyle that reflects the excellence of God. We must actually live out our faith putting God first in all areas of our life. It is imperative that the actions of life model the words spoken.

 

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
―    Mother Teresa

Mentoring is defined in the Merriam-Webster as “a trusted counselor or guide”.  A mentor is a coach, a tutor, or an advisor. One who speaks encouragement and wisdom to the one being mentored.  A mentor is an individual, usually older, always more experienced, who helps and guides another individual’s development. This guidance is not done for personal gain. To mentor, you must be sincerely interested in someone else’s growth assisting in goals setting and holding them accountable.

Be mentored page 45 in The Study,

Women’s ways of mentoring in the business world call it “wo-mentoring”.  It is a refreshing new approach that’s more about commitment and learning.  Women’s mentoring is about personal growth and development. You should pair with someone who, by her very nature, will challenge you.

New Rule of Mentoring: Everyone needs mentors. The old school taught that mentoring was for the young. The new style adamantly rejects such an antiquated notion.

The most important lesson that the women’s approach to mentoring has to teach: It’s not about a mentoring relationship. It’s about a mentoring mentality. You don’t need a single mentor. God can use different mentors during a lifetime.  You need is a mind-set that allows you to learn from those around you. My husband’s saying is “you are the average of the people you hang with” so with that in mind choose mentors who will challenge you, who are passionate about life, and foremost women who are in pursuit of living God’s way.

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Our pursuit of excellence demands that we have a routine of sharing our faith.  We have been called to share the biblical truth  about eternity with those we love. It is wonderful that we have the certainty of heaven but how much more joy we would experience  knowing that we are taking our family and friends.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matthew 28:19

I believe we are not bold when it comes to sharing the Good News, the plan of salvation. Why? Is it a possibility that we truly don’t believe that hell is for real or that a loving God would condemn good people to a life of eternal damnation. And if there is hell, an eternal separation from God, than it must only be a mere annoyance and mild displeasure. It certainly cannot be fire!

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” Rev 20:15

When we truly understand the nature of the Holiness of God, we then will understand how unrighteousness and unrepentant violates His Holiness, insults His justice and be littles His grace. Jonathan Edwards is known for the most famous sermon preached in America titled, ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’. In that sermon he says,” almost every natural man who hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it; he depends upon himself for his own security; he flatters himself in what he has done, in what he is doing, or what he intends to do. Every one lays out matters in his own mind how he shall avoid damnation, and flatters himself that he contrives well for himself, and that his schemes will not fail.” God’s wrath is divine, fierce and everlasting. But God provided a way to escape His wrath by way of the cross.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9.

In your pursuit of excellence, make a routine that includes sharing this good news with your community.  Women of faith your community’s eternal fate should matter because Heaven is real and so is Hell.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16  
 

Promise

“love never fails”

Blessing 

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.”