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It’s Got Me Shaking in My Boots

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As I mentioned before, I’ve been working on some Bible study lessons for an upcoming women’s study called Interruptions of the Heart (Jesus’ interactions with women). I forgot to mention that not only did I write part of the study, but I will be presenting a lesson for each of my 3 women. Can I just tell you how I feel about this?

EEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKkkkk!

While I am definitely excited, I’m also decidedly nervous. I have been known to hold my own at a microphone, but I can get a wild hair, making my talks take a turn for the awkward. I would not exactly describe myself as poised. I get off topic too easily and then get flustered, leaving no escape for myself other than to ramble on and on until I can wrap it up in a crinkly bow.

Top that off with the fact that I can’t tell a story to save my life, and you’re in for a real interesting ride! I have this (annoying) habit of needing to tell every detail in the story, leaving my listeners tilting their heads with furrowed brows wondering when I’m going to get to my point. Charming, I’m sure. (My sister tells me it’s endearing, but I personally think it’s because she does it too! hehe)

Obviously I’ve been thinking about these quirky weaknesses of mine as I’ve been writing out my lessons, and this makes me even more nervous. What is more, I’ve learned enough about teaching God’s word to know that one must never take this task lightly. And this makes me tremble in my cute polka dot rain boots way more than the thought of displaying my awkwardness before these ladies.

However, at the end of the day, I find great consolation in the fact that none of this is about me anyway. I get it that God has given me certain gifts that will be used to edify His Church. But this little stone does not get the spotlight. No, it’s always Him. He’s the One who gives the gifts. He’s the One who picks up each little stone and sets her in her place to do the thing He’s designed her to do.

So off I go to teach the Word, praying earnestly for wisdom to know how to do it. And thank God that His Word can get inside of these ladies despite my peculiarities. They must know that every word has been carefully scrutinized, every thought initially well-formed, and every intention well meaning.

I’m so thankful that His Word is alive and active. So even if my thoughts become jumbled or my words lose their way, His Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11)! He accomplishes what He purposes.

Lord, I may be shaking, but I’m steadfast in spirit. Teach me Your Word that I may know You. Help me to teach Your Word so that they may know You.  

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My Sweet Tooth

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A kid in a candy store

 

I’ve been working on a collaborative Bible study for our women’s ministry this fall, and I can’t get over my excitement about it! Even though it has consumed MY ENTIRE SUMMERI keep going back to the three lessons I’ve written to soak it all in. You see, this Bible study is about Jesus’ interactions with women. We’re calling it Interruptions of the Heart.

It’s really true that you never learn as much from a study until you are the one who has to teach the study. I have done hours of research, scanning through articles and through books, reading as many writings as I can get my hands on. I actually prefer to approach my own personal study times in this way which is why it takes me a very loooong time to get through a passage.

I don’t know how you feel about studying God’s word, but for me, it’s like I’m a kid in a candy store! I’ll have 50 of those Psalms and 4 of those Gospels. I really like these spicy prophets. Oh and can I get a Hebrews to go? Better yet, I’ll just buy out the whole store. His word is rich and sweet and satisfies those cravings of my heart.

This is how I feel about reading the Bible. This is me discovering God.

This is how I feel about reading the Bible. This is me discovering God.

But honestly there are days when I’m in His word and nothing exciting happens. No wow factor. I’ve come to terms with those kind of days and see them as me brushing all that sugar off my teeth. It’s a necessary part of my life to be in His word because even if the moments aren’t always fireworks and eye-opening breakthroughs, His word is getting in me. The seed gets planted, it gets watered, and it grows.

I can say I’ve had a “successful” personal study time if for no other reason than the fact that I’ve spent time with my Father.

Perhaps for you, it’s a struggle to get in the word on a daily basis. I get that too. I have 3 boys under the age of 6. Quiet times are rare. This is another thing I’m coming to terms with. There are seasons in life in which personal study comes easily and often. Other seasons feel like hard work or like you’re in the trenches fighting for even a few minutes of Psalms or Hosea or John.

I say keep fighting, sister! It’s how we get in shape and learn the discipline of perseverance in trying times.

You’ve also got to know that God desires to spend this time with you and will give you the desire to seek Him. He delights in you and loves the look you get in your eyes when you find the treasures He intentionally placed in His word for your taking.

So dig in. Mine the diamonds and the gold. Eat the sweets.

Then watch as you go about your day for moments when the Spirit whispers, You remember when I showed you _____… This is how it looks for you in this moment. Walk in it. 

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4

The Apostle John said this about the Church. Imagine how God feels about you and His Church, His Bride.

Dust off that Bible and enjoy!

{Also stay tuned for my posts relating to the Bible study coming in September! The widow of Nain, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene.}