Thursday, April 30, 2009

2 Realizations Tests and Words

Ok, so I have been thinking much about tests/trials that God has us go through. My daughter Katie was talking to me about something to do with school--the specifics slip my mind right now. I was explaining to her that she would not have anything on her tests that I had not already taught her. That's not the purpose of tests---to introduce new material---then it hit me---the Lord may do the same. I would only be tested on the things He has already tried to teach me. Somehow, that relieves me of is now my responsibility to be a good student of the Lord and not to predict new material or know the test material beforehand. So, as He teaches, I want to learn. I don't have to learn during the test, but before the test.

2nd realization
Last night, I was explaining a situation to a couple of friends of how I do not like to commit to something unless I really really mean to do it! My life parable is the story in the Bible of the two sons of one sons commits to do work for his father, but doesn't, and the other one says he won't , but then in the end, he does the work. In my life, I would rather say no, then do it if I can. In my opinion, your word is your life--your reputation. I was reading in Jeremiah today---and Jeremiah 1:12 b says "I am watching over my word to perform it." So, that's where I get it! My heavenly father!!! He doesn't commit to anything that He doesn't remember to do! How awesome is this. I love it when I see a physical resemblance in me or my kids to my parents and/or brothers. Somehow, it makes me feel a very strong connection to them---that I am part of something bigger, that I belong in their family. Here, I see that some things that are really strong in me, really came from Him! Cool! I want there to be more of that in my life that resembles Him.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

An idea for you to try

I am often reminded that we need more of God in our daily lives. in our friendships. in, well, everything! So, why not read a book of the Bible together with a friend, a mom or a dad? I got this idea from my friend Bekah who meets on Skype with her friend every Tuesday for Bible Study! How cool is that? They are dedicated! I think they meet in the early, early morning too! Since I am in Russia, I have this privilege of sharing the word online when I cannot in person.

I first asked my friend Sarah to do this and we read Galatians together. Now, I am reading Colossians with my mom and friend Abby. We just write our thoughts down in an email and share. It's fun seeing a new perspective. I had done this a long time ago just before getting married. I read a book with my dad--it was one of the Pauline letters---but which one I can't recall. So, will you do the same? What are you reading right now? Are you almost ready to start a new book---if so, here's your chance!!

We should be reading the Word why not simultaneously read with a friend---even though not in the same room! Our friendships should always have a spiritual aspect to them. One should disciple and the other learn or both of you should be sharpening each other. If our friendships ever have zero growth toward God, you might consider adding that aspect to it. It can only improve it---when you both are growing or giving of the Lord!