So, y’all might have noticed that I haven’t been around quite as much. And that’s been deliberate. I have felt like I need to step back a bit to get a fresh perspective on my priorities. How I spend my time, my energy.
How I spend my self. Because, whether we want to believe it or not, we are spending ourselves every moment of every day on something.
God is really working on me. And as I’ve hinted at before, I’m not quite sure what He’s up to. But I want to share this with y’all because it’s so much more than a destination. It’s a journey.
At the beginning of summer, we joined our neighbors and a few other couples to study not a fan. It was eye-opening to say the least. It’s a study unlike any other I’ve done and it forced me to see more clearly how much more I need to lean into my relationship with Jesus. If you are looking for a study to push you, convict you and encourage you, this is one to consider.
And of course, I love me some Beth Moore. This is the third study of hers I’ve done with my sister – we have a weekly over-the-phone study – each one has been such a blessing. Right now we are studying Daniel. We chose it since we both continue to do our best to follow the Daniel Plan and what an encouragement it has been. Daniel was a man of courage, integrity and wisdom – I am convicted and inspired by his walk with God. I have learned so much more about this book of the Bible than I’d ever known before and it’s awesome. And, well… Beth Moore always makes me smile.
I’m also reading a book by Matt Chandler. He is my favorite-y favorite pastor. One of my bffs, Colleen, encouraged me to listen to his podcasts a few years ago and I think I’ve listened and re-listened (is that even a word?) to almost all of his sermons. He is that good. He wrote a book called the Explicit Gospel and, naturally, I got it. I’m about 1/4 into it and he gives you just as many nuggets to chew on as he does in his sermons. Beautiful, powerful, transforming truth. I’m sort of savoring it, as I don’t often buy myself books, and I don’t want to rush through it. But I’ll give y’all my full review once I’ve finished it.
And, for the third time, I’m working through Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. This was one of the first Bible studies I ever did, back when Dalton was a baby. And it changed my life. Truly. I am quite certain that we would have missed the blessing of adoption if God had not used this study to open my heart to surrendering my will and trading it for His. A few years later I went through it again with my sister and now I’m doing it again with Victoria. We are only into the second week, but there is no doubt that I am going to learn just as much as my daughter in this study. God’s word is always fresh and no matter where I am in my relationship with the Lord, there is so much more for me to hear, to see and to learn. Can’t wait to see what He does through this study. If you’ve never done a Bible study, this is a wonderful place to start. And even if you’ve done a hundred studies, this is still one to consider.
My walk with Jesus has weathered many seasons. Some where I have felt so close to Him I could almost feel His breath on me. And other times I have feared that He just wasn’t there. It’s a journey, and it seems that the more I surrender myself and seek Him, the more He reveals Himself to me. Through studies and sermons, but most of all through His word.
Are you currently reading or studying the Bible? I’d love it if you’d share what He is teaching you in the comment section.
And if you’re not? I encourage you to simply dive in. There is nothing like it.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12
P.S. Also consider joining the prayer that is going on over at my sweet friend Linny’s blog. You can ask for prayer and join in to pray for the needs of others. The community of believers joined in prayer is a powerful thing.