I have tried to regain momentum in blogging a couple times before. The problem is I think I took on too much, too fast. This time around I want to keep things simple. I want to share what is on my heart and mind. I want to encourage you. I just don’t want to drain myself in the process. So for now I will just be posting once a week.
I would also like to invite you to join me in prayer as I begin writing my very first bible study. This will be a study on obedience and seeking the Lord. This idea is one that has been a seed planted in my heart for awhile now. It was only yesterday though I began to see what that seed was growing into.
It has really grown out of my desire to find a study to help guide and teach my young children what it looks like to obey. See we can tell them we want them to obey ourselves or God all we want, but unless we reach their hearts and show them what healthy God-fearing obedience looks like they will fall short.
So if you are here today reading this I thank you. I thank you that you haven’t completely given up on me. I thank you for your patience, as I seemingly disappeared and got myself together.
Ephesians 1: 16-17
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
As I read through this several things stand out to me. One is that God is thankful for us. Granted Paul is the author of this book but the bible is also God’s love letter to us. Keeping with the idea that Paul was the author I also took note of somethings about Paul’s behavior. He was prayerful, thankful, and used prayer to express his gratitude to God. Paul also used prayer to request wisdom and revelation for those he was thankful for.
These observations led me to some personal revelations, revelations that I pray will bring a greater peace, contentment, and thankfulness to my life. Daily I need to remember to thank God for my family, friends, home, garden, animals, the sunshine, and the rain. Expanding on that idea even just a little further I am going to start a gratitude journal. The beauty of such journal is that is looks differently for different people, but I highly recommend everyone start one. I also need to actively pray for those I love to be drawn closer to God.
Thank you for loving me. Seeking me and never giving up on me. Help me to see everyone in my life the way you do. As I pray for those around me to have wisdom, revelation, and a closer walk with you so then may I grow in those areas too.
In your name I pray,
Ephesians 1: 15- 16
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
As I read through this verse I found it important to not Paul is grateful that the Ephesians have faith in God and that they love the Lord’s workers. It is important to note that Paul thanks God for them, and is praying for them.
After reading through these verses I feel convicted that it is important that I need to spend time praying for those in my life who love God’s people and for those who are discovering their faith in you. I also feel led to befriend more people who love the Lord and who are serving him.
I just pray you would reveal to me who in my life really loves you and loves your people. Help me to see them so that I may surround them with prayer.
In your name I pray,
*** What are some of your takeaways from reading these couple verses? How could you apply what you are seeing/ learning?***
If you have joined me in the past you know I am no theologian. I am a simple house wife and mother who loves the Lord and desires to follow his leading. So as I begin this new series of posts, devotionals really, I want you to know I am still learning and growing in my understanding of scripture.
What you will be seeing is my observations, and practical ways I hope to apply what I am seeing to my life. That said you might see somwthing I don’t or would apply something differently than I would. I welcome your feedback/ insights. Leave them in the comment section below.
I don’t have a catchy name for this series. It was born simply from trying to lead a group of ladies through daily devotionals. This way I hope to help others grow in the word, but at a pace that works with the busy lives of mothers.
So I am not quite ready to give you my book review just yet, but for those of you interested in learning what it is I am reviewing I will tell you. I recently was selected to receive an advance copy of Courtney Joseph’s book Women Living Well, so that I could review it and share my insights from it with you. I will let you know that so far I am finding the book inspirational, in fact it is the book that inspired today’s post.
The view from my favorite spot for my quiet time with the Lord, my front porch.
I want to joint together with other women and have our own bible study/ quiet time. The beauty of this bible study is that this will not occur at a set time or location, but rather when you can find 10 or so quiet minutes to yourself each day. I know each of you lead such very different lives. Some of you may work outside the home and feel as if you are busy from the moment your kids wake up to the moment you go to bed. Others of you may be a college student with a part-time job, and free time that I could only dream of for the last four years.
What these differences mean is that your quiet time will look different depending on your stage in life, and your circumstances in life. For example I have finally found I am able to rise before my children and that is the best time in my day to carve out 10-20 minutes quietly with the Lord. Although some mornings the children still rise within minutes of me, on those mornings they crawl in my lap and we quietly read a chapter of the bible together and pray to start our day. Maybe your quiet time occurs in a stairwell at work over your lunch break, because that is the only quiet spot in your whole office. Or perhaps your quiet time occurs during nap time or maybe it happens after everyone else has gone to bed.
Together we will have our own private Facebook group and we will email each other. It is in those forums we will ask questions of each other, hold each other accountable, learn more about one another, and dive deeper into the word with one another. So if this sort of bible study appeals to you message me on Facebook, email me, leave me a comment, or in some way, just contact me and we can get the ball rolling on developing a deeper relationship with the Lord, and with one another.