I mentioned a few months ago that I’ve decided to go back through some of my old Bible study workbooks as part of my morning Quiet Time. In the past, I’ve gone through a study, gotten all WooHoo! and Gung Ho!, then when it’s over, I forget all about it.
That’s not going to cut it, folks.
I want to absorb God’s truths like a sponge, but I want them to STAY PUT, not get squeezed out the next week (or day or hour). And I want to APPLY them. And SHARE them. And remind myself of where I’ve been and where God has taken me and all that.
I started with Beth Moore’s A Woman’s Heart. I did the study at our old church from 9/08 to 11/08. Then I went back through it (with a black pen instead of purple) from 11/08 to 2/09. It was amazing. I looked up all the verses and circled and underlined and scribbled all over. The Holy Spirit just reinforced all kinds of stuff I’d already learned. And illuminated a whole slew of new stuff. And I hope and pray that I’m putting it into practice.
Two weeks ago I started my review of Stepping Up (I’m pretty sure this is my favorite study I’ve ever done). I first did the study in June/July of last year. And oh, my goodness. God’s getting me again. Convicting. Compelling. Ouch.
Psalm 30:6-7 talks of David “somewhere along the way mistakenly placing his security in the blessing of God rather than God Himself.” I have a tendency to do that.
Listen to this–“Even if our security is in something God has given us–our gifts, talents, loved ones, church family, consistent victory, passion for His Word–our seemingly secure mountain ultimately will fall into the sea.” And my favorite two sentences–“We can grow secure in the favor God has shown us, but God’s favor and His person are not synonymous. If our trust is in manifestations of God’s favor rather than God Himself, we will crumble like dry clay when He calls us to walk a distance of our journeys entirely by faith and not by sight.” (Stepping Up, 69)
I just need to stop and breathe for a minute.
Do you do this? I do this. I equate God’s favor with who He is. Is He blessing me? Then He’s my loving Father. Do I feel all alone, like He’s not answering a single blessed prayer I’m praying? Then He must not love me. Or I’m a worthless sinner undeserving of blessing.
God is God is God. He never changes. Sure, He blesses His kiddos. But not all the time. And especially not when there’s something eternally valuable they can learn during a time of not-blessing. But blessing or no, His love for me never changes. Not a lick.
Much to think about.
Now, about yesterday. THANK YOU, friends! The Books 4 Cambodia Campaign was heaps of fun! I didn’t sell a single book for the longest time, and I really dreaded telling all of you it was a bust. But then I sold one. Then another one. Then three more. Then another one. And another one. And I’m meeting a local gal (who I don’t know) in the Target parking lot tomorrow with three more books. She wanted to save me shipping/paypal fees. Sweet, huh?
Here’s the BEST part though! Two darling gals asked if they could contribute money directly to the orphanage without buying books. OF COURSE! That’s even better! So, with very little help from me, we’re going to have over $100 to send to these sweet kids. I’ll let you know the final amount tomorrow.
So, thank you! (especially those of you who worked so hard to get the word out) And if you didn’t get a chance to watch it yesterday, here’s a 5-minute video of the kids introducing themselves and singing a little song. It is beyond precious.
Have a Wonderful Wednesday! And if you think about it, please pray for me. Tonight I’m speaking to several engaged/just-about-engaged couples about why it’s so important to not have sex before they’re married and then why it’s so important to have a whole lot of it all the days (months, years) thereafter. Whew. Should be a hoot!