Week 2 of Thankfulness is here! I am praying for each of you as you study God's Word this week.
Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Psalm 47:1-4
Tuesday - Psalm 92:1-5
Wednesday - Psalm 95:1-4
Thursday - Psalm 95:5-7
Friday - Psalm 100:1-5
Soak up the Word this week, Sweet Sisters, journal each verse and count your blessings, big and small!
I am so enjoying our study of Thankful Scriptures! I hope that you are too! I am going to try to post often with my favorite verses from this study and something I am thankful for. Please join me in the comments. And don't forget to share this site with other women. I know that we all can benefit from taking time to read God's Word and develop an attitude of gratitude!
"The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." ~ Psalm 28:7
Thank you, my Father, for a voice to sing to You. Help me to see You, God, in the little things as well as the big things and let a song of thanksgiving always be on my heart. In the sweet name of Jesus, amen.
Sing a song of Thanksgiving to the Lord today!
"You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for."
"Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we're falling before Your throne"
"Wonderful, Merciful Savior"
Rejoice in God's strength today, Sweet Sisters!
This week, we are starting our second study together! :) I am so excited to be focusing on thankfulness for the next 6 weeks. First, I want to apologize for not getting my study notes up last week for Galatians. Although I did read through every chapter, life got a little crazy over here and I was unable to post my notes.
Our holiday study will be slightly different than our usual chapter by chapter reading plan. For the next six weeks, we will read a few verses each day. I encourage you to write these Scriptures down each day and journal a few thankful thoughts along with your verses. It doesn't have to be complicated, just read the verses, write them down, pray, and jot down something you are thankful for. Remember to be still and listen to the Lord. This time we spend on being thankful will grow our relationships with Jesus and with those whom He has placed in our lives.
So, without further ado, here is this week's reading schedule:
Monday - I Chronicles 29:11-13
Tuesday - Psalm 9:1-2
Wednesday - Psalm 28:6-7
Thursday - Psalm 30:11-12
Friday - Psalm 34:1-3
Don't forget to check back here through the week and let's share our favorite verse from the week and something we are thankful for! Let's cultivate an attitude of gratitude together! Share this site with your friends and ask them to join this "thanksgiving" journey along with you. I promise you will be blessed through God's Word!
Read the Word, and focus on God today!
Our final week of our first Fall Study is here! Last week we finished Joshua and started our reading in Galatians.
This week we will be reading, Galatians, chapters 2-6.
Read just one chapter a day and check back here at the end of the week for study notes. And don't forget, next week we will begin our Holiday Study on thanksgiving!
I'm praying for each of you!
Well, Ladies, we did it! We have finished our first book of the Bible together! I am so proud of each of you. :)
The last four chapters of Joshua brought us promises fulfilled and simple instructions. All through the Bible, we see God's promises fulfilled. God keeps His promises. All that He promised the Israelites, came to pass. They took the land that God promised them and settled themselves there. He gave them rest from war and because of their obedience to Him, no enemy could stand against them.
"Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfilled; everything He had spoken came true." ~ Joshua 21:45
God is a man of His Word, Sweet Sisters. Everything He says is true. You can believe every Word. He is full of love, grace and mercy, and He is a just God!
I have learned so much from Joshua these past 5 weeks. He certainly found favor with the Lord! Joshua's character has impacted me deeply. It all comes down to this: obedience. Joshua was an obedient man. He sought the Lord's direction, he trusted Him and he obeyed Him. Not only did Joshua obey God, but he encouraged and urged the people to do the same.
"But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, obey His commands, hold firmly to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and soul." ~Joshua 22:5
Written out these instructions seem simple, but they are not always easy to live out.
Love the Lord your God - Do you love Him? Does your heart overflow with deep intimate love for God, knowing all He has done for you and through you?
Walk in all His ways- Are you walking in the Spirit, trusting the Lord's direction for your life? Are you living by God's Word? Are you reading it, studying it and living it out?
Obey His commands- Do you know God's commands? Do you strive to obey His Word? Are you living life God's way or the world's way?
Hold firmly to Him- Where does your strength come from? Do you start your day with Him and end it resting peacefully in His arms? When times are tough, is He the first One you cling to? Do you trust Him even when it seems like you can't feel or see Him?
Serve Him with all your heart and soul - Are you serving Him? Do you seek His will for your life each and every day? Is every action, every word you speak, every attitude you display, bringing Him glory? Are you seeing others and loving them the way He does?
I look at this verse and I grieve at my shortcomings. I am not perfect and I give into my flesh, a lot. But I want to live like this for God. I am striving to be obedient to Him, to serve Him and oh how I love Him! I fail on a daily basis, but I won't give up! I have too much on the line. My children are watching and I want them to love Jesus more than any thing else. It starts with me. If I want my children to know God, they have to see me serve Him. They have to see my relationship with God as top priority in my life. Joshua understood this.
Joshua's final words to the Israelites was a charge to serve the Lord with their whole hearts. These next verses are words many of us know by heart.
"So fear the Lord and serve Him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord." ~ Joshua 24:14-15 (Bold emphasis is mine.)
So what about you? Will you choose to serve God wholeheartedly and serve Him alone?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
Good Morning, Sweet Sisters,
Welcome to Week 5! Our time in Joshua is coming to an end. I am so proud of your perseverance through our first study together! Keep up the good work!
This week we are reading:
Joshua, chapters 21-24
Galatians, chapter 1
My prayer for each of you is that God strengthens you in His Word and that your relationship with Him is growing. May He bless your commitment to spend time with Him each day!
This past week of chapters, was a separation of the promised land to the tribes of Israel. We are given in detail, the area and the cities that were assigned to each tribe. Last week we saw that Joshua was completely obedient to the Lord. I have learned so much from Joshua's character, and I love how he handled the division of the land. He didn't just divide it and assign it according to what he thought was best; he took the matter to the Lord.
In chapter 18, we see that seven tribes were awaiting their land assignment. Joshua set up a plan for the remaining tribes to send 3 men from each tribe to go out, explore and map the land. He told them to divide the land in 7 sections and return to him for their land allotments. When they returned, Joshua did this:
"And there at Shiloh, Joshua cast sacred lots in the presence of the Lord to determine which tribe should have each section." ~ Joshua 18:10
Casting "sacred lots" was a means God used to reveal His will to His people. Joshua did not just obey the Lord, but He fervently and consistently sought God's direction. Oh, how I want to live my life like that! Sometimes, I try to decide things on my own when I think that the answer is within my control, but I am learning that God knows best. We can make our own plans, but without seeking direction from the Lord we will fall short of His will, every time.
Today, let's purpose to seek God's direction in every area of our lives, big or small. Pray about everything and patiently wait for Him to lead you.
" We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer." ~ Proverbs 16:1
" We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall." ~Proverbs 16:33
We are halfway through Joshua and our cup is full of all we are learning from God's Word. I hope it excites you as much as it does me! :)
This week we will be reading Joshua, chapters 16-20. Don't forget to check back here throughout the week for study notes or you can subscribe to the RSS feed in the sidebar to receive notice of new posts. And please remember to comment what you are learning too!
We are now halfway through our fall study. The purpose of Redeeming Elegance is to encourage each of you to read the Bible daily. We want to stand beside you, support you and empower you to draw closer to the Lord each day. Because of this, I do not want to take a long break from our studies. I know the holidays are quickly approaching and that means we ladies are going to be extra busy, but that doesn't mean we don't have time to be in God's Word. In fact, I am certain, that by continuing our daily reading, we will be strengthened and renewed for the busyness that lies ahead. :)
With that being said, I want to announce our Holiday Study! For six weeks, we are going to immerse ourselves in Scripture that focuses on Giving Thanks to God! We will look at thanksgiving Scriptures from different books of the Bible, just a few verses a day. I am so excited about taking this time to reflect on all God has given, and I'm thrilled to be on this journey with you!
Thank you for meeting me here each week!
Keep studying, 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.