Monthly Archives: June 2015

James 1:19

I sure love the still, quiet mornings when I can read God’s Word in preparation for a busy day!  Here are my notes from today’s reading in James 1:19.  (See previous post for our summer reading plan.)  Although, this verse is one I memorized a while ago, it still gets to me every time!  Maybe because it is so practical and something I can relate to in every season of my life.  I have heard it said that God gave us two ears and only one mouth because He wants to listen more than we speak.  I think that’s what James is trying to say here.  Thankfully, God has given us the Holy Spirit as one of His good and perfect gifts (James 1:17) and when you allow the Holy Spirit to work within you, one of the outcomes is self-control.  Self-control is what allows us to be slow to speak and slow to become angry.

 

James 1  19

I pray you and I, both, will have this verse actively working in our lives today, so don’t be surprised if you have an opportunity to practice!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Summer Bible Reading

It’s that time of year again . . . Woo hoo – summertime! Summer is my absolute favorite season, for many reasons: my birthday, it’s warm, pedicures, family road trips, making jam, etc. . .

Usually, as a family, we make an intentional plan to get into God’s Word. This year, my husband and I decided to share our summer reading plan with our church family as well. I am looking forward to seeing growth in both my family and church family.

I thought it would be fun to share it here on the blog as well, in case any of you would like to join us. We’re reading through the book of James and the reading plan goes through the middle of September. The thing I love about this plan is that there are only 1-4 verses to read each day, which allows you to dig deep into what each verse is saying. We’ve also included some cross-reference verses that go along with the theme of certain verses.

The first day’s reading was June 7th, so it’s not too late to join us.

June July verses

Also, we are encouraging people to grow a little deeper in God’s Word by using a SOAP or TIME method to interact/study the Bible a little more than reading alone would allow.

SOAP TIME

To use the TIME method, you will need to use Blue Letter Bible, which you can find online at blueletterbible.org or you can down load the free app. To use the app do the following:

Find the verse you are looking for:

Bible Verse ESV

Then click (by touching your screen) the verse your important word is in. For example, my important word is “generously” in James 1:5. When you click on the verse, this screen pops up:

Interlinear

Click on Interlinear, which is the first option. It will take you to a screen with all the words of that verse. Scroll down to find your important word. When you find it, click on it to find its definition. The Greek definition of the word “generously” is simply, openly, frankly, sincerely.

Meaning of Word

Write down that definition under the “M” part of TIME.

I know this can sound rather complicated, but once you learn to navigate through the Blue Letter Bible app, it is really quite simple. If you get overwhelmed, find a person younger than age 27 and ask them to help you!

Below, I’ve included a few of my journal entries to show you how simple, yet effective, “TIME” in God’s Word can be.

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If you don’t already have a plan for reading the Bible this summer, consider joining me. To encourage you, I may post some of my journal entries from time to time, but don’t let the word I’ve gotten from the Lord be left-overs for you. He wants to give you your own!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Listening to Lies

Have you been listening to lies lately? I’m not talking about just hearing lies, but listening to them. There’s a difference between hearing and listening. Hearing is the physical act of sound coming into your ears (or thoughts coming into your head), but listening is when you take what you hear and act upon it. For example, when you tell your child to do something, you expect them to “listen” to you and do what you asked.

Listening is a good thing, unless you are listening to lies.

There are many lies that you may hear during any given day. Lies about who you are, your value or worth, your future, the future of your children, etc . . . Most often, I find these lies come through my thoughts, but sometimes these lies are spoken by others as well.

The thing about lies is that they always lead to discouragement and defeat.

In John 8:44, Jesus tells us where lies come from. . . . When he (the devil) speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false. (Amplified Version)

It is important to recognize where lies come from . . . straight from the pit of hell! Refuse to listen to lies. Do not let the discouragement and defeat that lies bring grip your heart. Counteract the lies that enter your mind (and try to work their way into your heart) with Truth. Notice Truth is capitalized! Whereas the devil is the father of lies, Jesus is the Voice of Truth! When a lie comes, you defeat it by finding a truth to counteract it.

For example:

  • When you’ve made some mistakes and feel like a failure, remember the Truth that Jesus thinks you were valuable enough to give His life for. Mistakes don’t define you, but, rather, they can keep you humbly reliant upon God.
  • When you are going through a hard season and you wake up listening to the lies that nothing is ever going to change, remember the Truth found in Lamentations 3:21-24, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”
  • When someone you love is making poor choices, remember the Truth that God is faithful and this is not the end of their story. He who began a good work in them will be faithful to complete it! Phil. 1:6

The Voice of Truth is LOUDER than the father of lies.

Don’t listen to lies, let faith arise by listening to the Voice of Truth!

Thank you, God, that you sent your Son into this world to be Truth. Thank you, too, for the Holy Spirit who is the Revealer of Truth. Train my mind to tune out lies and tune in to Your Voice of Truth. When I am tempted to listen to a lie, show me the Truth to counteract it. Give me faith to believe your Voice of Truth and help me to live like I believe it. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen

Believing Truth with and for you, Your Friend in Ministry,

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