The other day I shared a few things that stuck out to me from the Book of James. I’m laughing and cringing that some of the things I was challenged with last year are popping up again. It’s been a year since my brain tumor diagnosis and surgery. With my check-up MRI coming up Thursday I find myself worried and anxious again. Looking back on my thoughts from yesterday, it is evident that God is encouraging me through His Word.
I’ll share a few more thoughts, along with more ways that helps me when reading the Bible. (The other day I mentioned prayer, journaling, reminder cards). Now I’ll talk about the idea of talking it out. Yes, ladies, talking….not hard for the majority of us, huh! Guys, yes, you can share what you got out of it by talking too. =) Maybe it’s the teachers in me that likes to share what I’ve learned with people, but it helps me in many ways. A few is that 1- Someone knows where I’m at, what God’s teaching me and then can keep me accountable, challenge me, pray with me. 2- If I say something out loud, I’m more likely to remember it.
Who do I share things with? My husband (good relationship builder too!) A good friend who prays for me and doesn’t talk to others or judge me. Depending on the situation, being able to encourage someone else along the way going through the same thing. Someone that when God gives me that nudge in my heart and the words to say (quite often verses pop into my heart and I get that anxious feeling like I’m going to just explode – that’s how I know that I’m supposed to do / say something. The Holy Spirit is nudging me.)
When I share with my husband Paul, it also brings our relationship closer together (I can’t really share my heart if there’s something between us, so that makes us talk about those silly little things, forgive each other and move onto what God for us individually, as a couple and as a family).
I’m praying that through this challenge and series that lives are changed. Your hearts/lives as well as mine are changed forever by God.
A quick note on sharing with others some of your personal challenges – married women, the only man you need to confide in personally is your husband, and it goes the other way too. It is a slippery relationship slope otherwise.
I came to the 9:30 service this week with our (now) fam of four! It was the first week in the series titled “According to Jimmy” – teachings out of the book of James. In the message Paul challenged us to read through the book of James a few times. Following that challenge, I’ve a few thoughts/reflections so far. Along with sharing a few things I have gleaned, I thought that I’d share some things that I do when I read the Bible. It doesn’t mean that it’s the only way, they are just a few things I do sometimes.
Every time I read the Bible, God shows me different things, there’s always stuff that I need to work on. A few things that I do when I read the Bible is pray that God opens my eyes, shows me what He wants to say, that I don’t just read it, but understand it and do it (huh, there’s a verse in James like this, eh!?) I used to journal all of the time, but that has slipped out of my daily schedule. I miss it, and the importance of it for me. So, I’ll write down a few thoughts for you that would probably be a part of my journal entry. Some things that stuck out to me from the last few chapters of James.
- Don’t judge others. (I can tend to judge family members rather quickly)
- Trust in God, don’t waver. (Do you remember my struggle I shared in “My Story“?)
- Be patient, there will be many trials. Stand firm.
- “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:10)
- PRAY – in every circumstance – healing, etc.
These are just a few short phrases sticking out. We’ll see what else comes from James as the challenge continues. This list above would take me a lifetime to even try to “master,” but thankfully it’s not possible on my own, or else I wouldn’t have to rely on God. I have to PRAY and ask God to help me in these areas. God can change me and my heart.)
A way I can keep these things in front of me is to write them on a card and put it by my kitchen sink/bathroom mirror/car. (These are my key spots.) So, between naps I’ll write these things down. I’ll share some others things I do in another post.
Sorry if this post seems like a bunch of run-on sentences. You can know that I am doing this with two kids and myself crammed in a chair. =) Hey, at least diapers are changed and one out of 3 are out of pajamas!
I missed the service on Sunday serving in the kids’ rooms. I don’t know if I would’ve made it through without crying =) From what I hear, some of you cried for me =)
I’m catching flack (not bad) from my family for not telling them. I guess I should have, but in a way I thought that this was a time to share with my Journey family.
Hopefully being open with my struggle will help some of you.
I’m excited to hear and read other stories as the series continues.
Remember, God’s got our back. We don’t have to worry. It’s His story.
This Sunday we’re starting a new series, My Story, and I’m sharing my story. =)
I don’t like watching myself on video, so I won’t be in there for that. There are more stories that will be shared on paper, as well as on video.
The “My Story” series is coming up. Think about if you would be willing to share your story about how Jesus had changed your life, or how you got through something tough with Jesus. All of us have stories to share – and God gives us our stories to do just that – share Jesus and His love and strength with others! On Sunday they’re going to ask you to nominate yourself or others to share your story during this series. Take a minute and pray about it……………………………..yep, you know that nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach, that might not be lunch, it might be the Holy Spirit nudging you to take this next step and share your story. Think about it, if you shared your story with The Journey, how easy would it be to share with others at work! It’s good practice and God may want to use you and your story to touch somebody you’ll never know at The Journey! Fill out the sheet on Sunday!