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Monday
Aug182014

John - Week 8

Hi Ladies!

Here is Lesson 8 in our study of John.  We are going to see a blind man healed (and address some of the reasons behind suffering), Jesus as the Good Shepherd, and Lazarus raised from the dead.  What a week!  There is so much to see in these passages.  May your eyes - and more importantly, the eyes of your heart - be open to what the Lord wants to show you this week.

John Lesson 8

All glory be to God,

Stephanie


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Wednesday
Aug132014

Blueberries

We went blueberry picking the other day with one of our neighbors. We had a strategy, and part of it was to go early before it got too hot. We strapped the old coffee cans with string around our necks and let the empty cans dangle while we picked berries...two, three, four, and handfuls at a time. 'The reddish-blue ones are o.k....' I recall telling the kids, 'because they will ripen in time. The white ones are not. They aren't ripe yet.'
 
I started to think about blueberry picking and how it relates to reading the Bible. There are new truths that are ripe and ready for consumption each and every day. Missing days means missing fruit that was at its peak for that particular day. But going often and early yields delicious, healthy fruit that benefits the body and mind.
 
Some Berry to Bible pickings:
 
1. Go early before you sweat your face off. 
There's much to be said for Bible reading in the morning when nothing else distracts or crowds out the priority. You can always pick verses and berries again later in the day, but those first minutes and hours of the day are often the coolest, easiest, and best.
 
2. Bring a hands-free bucket. 
AKA...don't multi-task. Give your Bible your full attention so you can collect Truth with both hands. If needed, write down what you are learning and the verses God is using in a simple journal. This is spiritual fruit that freezes and cans well, to be savored in winter's seasons of the soul.
 
3. Expect jaggers. 
Anything that hinders the process of picking blueberries like prickles, weeds, and bugs can become distractions from what you're really after. Expect there to be forces at work against your seeking of Truth through reading of the Word. There is power in the Word of the Lord. Wear garden gloves. Be persistent! Ask the Holy Sprit to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7), and go for the best berries of the day. They are sweeter than the honeycomb and soothing for the soul.
 
4. Pick with friends and share with your neighbors. 
My favorite way to pick is with my family and friends. It makes a sometimes slow, hot process fun and enjoyable. My kids sometimes get into competitive picking mode. Bring it on, baby! More berries!! Later, we often share them with others in baked goods or just in a bowl. No neighbor has ever refused, because they know the goodness of blueberries and that they take effort to pick. Don't be shy about sprinkling your conversations with the Word of God even with people who don't know Jesus. It is good and profitable, and the Word never returns void. *Isaiah 55:11
 
5. Savor the benefits. 
Blueberries naturally contain antioxidants that are excellent for the mind and body. The same is true of the word of God. Storing up the word of God is healthy for the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) and for the health of your body. The key is regular and consistent eating of the fruit of Truth.
 
 
Psalm 19:7-10
 
"The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The decrees of the LORD are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb."
 
(*emphasis mine.)

Beth

Monday
Aug112014

John - Week 7

Hi Ladies!! 
Welcome to our 7th lesson!  You are just over halfway through this study of John - I hope you are thoroughly enjoying and have been blessed by the Word of God.  There are so many applications for our lives in this next lesson.  It's worth the time of investing in His Word - keep pressing on!  As always, please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or comments along the way.

John lesson 7

Love you all!
Stephanie

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Wednesday
Aug062014

Holiness

I have been sitting in front of this word all week.  Staring at it as though I cannot seem to grasp it with my hands, but realizing God is highlighting this word in my soul as I read passage after passage calling us to live as a Holy people, set apart for Jesus Christ. 

Questions flood my mind as I dive into the countless Bible Studies on Holiness and wonder if I even know what the word means, much less follow Christ’s call on my life to live as a Holy Child of The Most High God.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

Holiness
-in the highest sense belongs to God (Isaiah 6:3; Rev. 15:4),
-and to Christians as consecrated to God's service, and in so far as they are conformed in all things to the will of God (Rom. 6:19, 22; Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:15).
-Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer, and perseverance (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:23, 24).
(See SANCTIFICATION)  http://www.bible-dictionary.org/Holiness

I am challenged. 

Holiness is an act of worship to God…but we also reap the benefit of living a life that is void of much inner conflict.   The inner conflict and turmoil we invite when we are not living Holy lives is excruciating. Thus, Holiness seems more like a gift (for me) than a sacrifice (for Him). 

Braelene

 

Monday
Aug042014

John - Week 6

Hi ladies!

What a journey we are on in the Word of God!  Today we will see Jesus heal and study the contexts around those miracles.  What an amazing Savior we have!

You can download the lesson here.

I'm praying for you!
Stephanie

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