According to Jimmy – challenge part 1

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!

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Be Strong…

I have a link for daily Bible readings that comes up on my iCalendar every day.  Today’s reading is from the Old Testament in the book of Joshua Chapter 1;

6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I love it that God is telling Joshua that He’s got His plan and that He wants to use Joshua.  God wants to encourage Joshua to not be afraid, to be strong and courageous….saying it multiple times!   Continue reading