From my reading this morning:
From my reading this morning:
I thought I'd post one of the verses I've mapped using the Verse Mapping Bible Study Journal I bought on Amazon. Please excuse the misspelled word, "principals," which should be spelled "principles." (Sigh.)
I'm enjoying this method of Bible study so much that I've put the Elijah Bible study on hold for now. I didn't realize how much time doing both studies would entail, and we've had a snowstorm and power outages, water shortages, etc. to deal with this past week. Thankfully, the weather improved dramatically Saturday and everything has been restored. Our boil water notice was lifted Saturday. Still praying for those whose power is still out or who's water supply is limited. Our grocery stores are pretty empty right now.
But our God is faithful! He is our Helper, our Refuge, and our Strength! He gives us rest and times of refreshing, and He will see us through it all!
Just wanted to quickly share that I've recently discovered verse mapping using Kristy Cambron's model. You can learn about it here. It is a way to study a verse or a passage in the Bible. I was a little hesitant about starting because I'm a perfectionist waiting to happen. I struggle with this constantly.
May the word of Christ dwell in you richly!
After several years of choosing a Read the Bible in a Year plan, I decided this year to do something different. I’m starting with Matthew and am reading a chapter a day. In other plans, you read three to four chapters a day, which doesn’t allow much time to reflect on what you’re reading. So I decided this year to slow it down.
I had just read Matthew 1-2 the week of Christmas, so yesterday I prayed before reading Matthew 1 that the Lord would open my eyes to see something new. While reading about Joseph learning of Mary’s pregnancy and how he planned to divorce her quietly, my eyes caught on the word “righteous,” which was how Joseph was described. A righteous man. And it occurred to me that even though Joseph was righteous, he didn’t pray about his dilemma. He worked it out himself. He “planned” to divorce Mary.
Then I thought that maybe he figured it was a no-brainer and so did not seek the Lord. And I was reminded that even righteous people make mistakes when they view their problems from a purely human perspective. Thinking about this made Joseph seem more like a real person—more like me. And it reminded me that I should pray about everything—even no-brainers.
I thanked God for showing this to me. This is what makes reading the Bible with God at the helm so exciting to me. I look forward to it instead of considering it a chore like I once did.
So many of us are ready for 2020 to end and the new year to begin. But putting our hope in the new year may prove disappointing and depressing because we don't know what lies ahead; and, I'm sorry, but eating blackeye peas isn't going to save us from what has been ordained. Putting our hope in God, on the other hand, who alone knows what 2021 holds--in fact, has already planned it out--will be the source of our hope, strength, and peace. No matter what comes, for those who love and trust Him, He will be their Keeper. (Ps. 121) We've gone through hard times in 2020, so let's make it count. Let's let them prove our faith genuine by drawing nearer to God in 2021. That's my New Year's goal anyway. Going deeper, spending more time with the Lord in His Word and in prayer--listening for His voice more than any other. Because only God can save us. Only God can give us deep-seated joy and peace that will get us through whatever we have to face in the coming year.
Lifeway Women published this on their website. You can click on the link here and get a pdf file of their reading plan for the month of December that focuses on Jesus's birth.
If you’ve been beaten up recently because of your faith, if you’ve been told you’re ignorant, living in a dream world, that you’re not able to face reality (truth) because you believe in God and Jesus Christ; then, you might want to remember what God says about that.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” (Ps. 111:10) “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Pro.1:7) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Pro. 9:10) “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Pro. 2:6)
God’s wisdom triumphs over puny man’s any day of the week. The more we seek Him, the more we can slough off those critical remarks made by people who are miserable without Him, and even sincerely pray for them, that God would open their eyes to the same joy and wonder and love that we've found in Him.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? To him be the glory forever! Amen. ” (Romans 11:33-34;36)
“To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16:27)
Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Matt.6:26-34, ASV
“The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life. Worrying is more harmful than helpful. God doesn’t ignore those who depend on him. Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed with worry.” (Matthew: Life Application Bible Commentary)
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Ps. 9:10, NIV84