I tried to write a recap of last week's study but my computer (which is acting out) just erased it all. So, I'm going to quickly publish our reading plan for this week and hopefully I can fix my computer issues and post a recap from last week. :)
Monday- I Corinthians 4
Tuesday - I Corinthians 5
Wednesday - I Corinthians 6
Thursday - I Corinthians 7
Friday - I Corinthians 8
Keep reading God's word!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Have you enjoyed reading God's word this week? Has it made a difference in your life? Has it brought you closer to Him? Are you yearning for more? I have soaked up Scripture this week and have been touched by the words in Ecclesiastes. God has spoken to me and I have tried to listen. Quickly, I want to share a few verses that have echoed through my heart this past week.
"Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless - like chasing the wind. Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there is no use arguing with God about your destiny." ~ Ecclesiastes 6:9-10
Chapter 7 was full of good "bits" of knowledge. Verses 1-14 reminds us of the importance of a good reputation, finishing what we start, patience, self-control, and looking forward not backwards.
Chapter 9, verse 9, tells us to live happily in our marriage, and the first five words of verse 10, speak volumes.
"Whatever you do, do well...." ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10
And chapter 10 did two things: gave good advice and taught us how to spot a fool.
*(verse 1) " a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor."
*(Verse 2) "A wise person chooses the right road..."
*(verse 4) "A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes."
*(verse 10) "That's the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed."
*(verse 12) "Wise words bring approval..."
How to spot a fool....
*(verse 2) takes the wrong road
*(verse 3) daily foolish actions
*(verse 12) talks foolishly and is destroyed by their own words
*(verse 13) assumes foolishness, concludes wickedness, and chatters on and on
*(verse 15 & 18) lazy
What verses stood out to you this week?
How is God working in your life?
This week we will finish our journey with Ecclesiastes and begin in I Corinthians. Here is our reading plan for the week:
Monday - Ecclesiastes 11
Tuesday - Ecclesiastes 12
Wednesday - I Corinthians 1
Thursday - I Corinthians 2
Friday - I Corinthians 3
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Whew! Has Ecclesiastes affected you the way it has affected me? It's been somewhat of a hard read, but so full of exactly what my family has needed from God's Word, right now. I think, for me, it's been a hard read because Solomon seems a bit pessimistic. That's not my personality. I am "Ms. Let's always look at the good in everything." That point of view works for me. Positive, positive, positive! However, I do understand why he felt this way.
"The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow." ~ Ecclesiastes 1:18
Solomon was the wisest man. He asked God for wisdom, and God granted his request. But truly wisdom can bring grief. The more we know, the harder life seems. Have you ever been enlightened with information you wished you had not received? There are just some things I don't want to know about. Wisdom can become overwhelming. I think that is what set Solomon's tone. However, he learned much and with that, he wanted to share what he knew.
I want to share a few verses that spoke to me through last week's verses. Our family has been offered a big opportunity but with it comes a BIG decision. As we have made our decision on this opportunity God has used many of these verses to speak to us.
"So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from Him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please Him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who pleases Him. This too, is meaningless - like chasing the wind." ~ Ecclesiastes 2:24-26
"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose is that people should fear Him." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11-14
"It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice." ~ Ecclesiastes 4:13
"It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it." ~ Ecclesiastes 5:5
"And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life - this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past." ~ Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
How did God speak to you, this week? Share your thoughts and prayers in the comments!
Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Ecclesiastes 6
Tuesday - Ecclesiastes 7
Wednesday - Ecclesiastes 8
Thursday - Ecclesiastes 9
Friday - Ecclesiastes 10
Keep reading God's Word!
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
It feels so good to be back in the swing of a "normal" routine! As we begin our new year, I am sure most of us have goals we want to accomplish this year, and I hope one of them is to draw closer to our Almighty God. That's why I'm here: to encourage each of you and to hold myself accountable to purposefully fill each day with God and His Word. I am so glad that you have come to join me in reading the Bible and strengthening our relationship with Jesus, by spending time each day with Him. Today, we begin our winter study and I am so excited to jump into Scripture and hear all that God has for us. We will begin in Ecclesiastes and then finish up with I & II Corinthians.
For those of you who may be new to Redeeming Elegance, our concept is quite simple. We read through the Bible one book at a time, reading one chapter a day. Each Monday I will post our weekly reading plan for Monday - Friday, this way we have the weekend to catch up if life happens and we miss a day or two. During the week I may post a recap of what we read, and this year I also hope to post weekly or bi-weekly; an encouragement piece. Check back here through the week for new posts or simply join the RSS feed on the sidebar to receive notice of new posts. I want this to be a safe and encouraging place for us to read through Scripture together, so please comment on how God speaks to you through His Word or leave a prayer request in the comments so that we can lift each other up in prayer. Lastly, please share this with all the ladies you know. Every single one of us, can only benefit from reading God's Word every day. In fact, God calls us to do it. Spending daily time with God, listening to Him and talking to Him will strengthen our faith, mold our attitudes into gratitude and overflow the joy and love He has placed within us. Let's come together and encourage one another to draw closer to Him.
So, without further delay, here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Ecclesiastes 1
Tuesday - Ecclesiastes 2
Wednesday - Ecclesiastes 3
Thursday - Ecclesiastes 4
Friday - Ecclesiastes 5
I'm praying for each of you and I am so excited to be studying God's Word with you!
Keep reading, Sweet Sisters!
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.