Good morning, Ladies!
Once again, I am a week behind. I apologize. For those of you who have already read ahead, that's great! Keep reading! But, if like me you find yourself lagging behind, we will jump right back in this week.
Here is our reading plan for this week:
Monday - Exodus 15
Tuesday - Exodus 16
Wednesday - Exodus 17
Thursday - Exodus 18
Friday - Exodus 19
I'm praying for each of you this week. Keep reading God's Word!
As I finished reading in Romans, I realized how many verses I had highlighted and notes I had taken, because so much of it began convicting my heart. I would love to share each one of those with you today, but I know that would result in a super long post and may take away from the Word itself, so instead I am just focusing on one chapter. After reading this particular chapter and taking many notes, I wrote in the margin: "whole chapter is convicting and worth memorizing". It's true. This one chapter spoke volumes to me because I am certainly not living up to it and yet, it is the very essence of how I want to live my life for God.
Take the time to reread Romans 12. Read it, soak it in, and pray for God to give you the ability to live by it. Memorize it and act upon it.
This entire chapter gives us detailed instructions on how to live a sacrificial life to God:
~ Give your whole body to God as a living sacrifice (heart, body, mind and soul). Verse 1
~ Don't copy the behavior of this world, instead, change the way we think. Verse 2
~ Be honest in your self-evaluation. Measure yourself by your faith. Verse 3
~ Each one of us have been given different gifts. Find your gift and use it well. Verses 4-8
~ Really love others.
Hate wrong and hold on to what is good.
Love and honor each other.
Don't be lazy, instead, work hard and serve God enthusiastically.
Help the needy.
Bless those who persecute you.
Be happy with those who are joyful and weep with the weary.
Live in harmony and peace.
Don't be proud.
Never pay back evil with evil.
Do all things honorably.
Don't let evil conquer you, instead, conquer evil by doing good. Verses 9-21
If you are a believer, you already know every one of these directions. You may even say to yourself, "Duh, of course, this is how a Christian is supposed to live!" Yes, it is. But......how many of us are living this way?
Am I giving my whole body to God, or am I serving someone with my hands and feeling bitter about it in my heart?
Am I living by the ways of this world, following the culture and it's modern advances; or am I living according to God's Word, even when it seems outdated?
Am I being honest as I evaluate myself and the way I am living?
Have I prayed and asked God to clearly show me the gifts and talents He has given me so that I can use them efficiently to bring Him glory?
Do I love others? Do I really, truly love others, even when it seems difficult to do?
Do I hate what is wrong and hold on to good? Do I turn off the TV or radio when evil begins to play? Do I monitor the things that come into my home so that only things that are good and pure and holy are present in my house?
Do I love, honor, and respect other people, starting with the ones God has placed in my home?
Am I lazy? Do I work hard? Am I serving God enthusiastically?
Am I patient? Do I hold my tongue? Do I show grace to others?
Am I helping others who are in need?
Do I bless those those who persecute me? Am I praying for them? Do I show them kindness?
Am I supportive of others? Do I rejoice with those who are happy and weep with those who are hurt and struggling?
Do I live a life that promotes harmony and peace; or am I grumbling and complaining as I work and serve?
Am I proud? Do I live selfishly and pridefully;or do I put others interests before my own?
Are my actions honorable?
Do I let evil conquer me and decide to retaliate; or do I conquer evil by doing good even when others don't deserve it?
How about you? How has your self-evaluation turned out? As I ask my self these questions, my heart aches. I know I am falling short. However, I also know what I need to work on. So, that is my prayer. That God will make me strong in the areas that I am weak and that He will keep me always aware of the way I am living.
These are just my thoughts. Please reread Romans 12 and ask God to open your eyes to the things He wants you to work on, then follow His lead.
I'm praying for each of you. May we each strive to live our lives as a true sacrifice to God.
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
We are working our way through Exodus over the next few weeks and so far it has been an exciting journey. Action, drama, and suspense in every turn. History is amazing and seeing God work in and through His people is even more incredible!
Somehow, I have made it on time this week! :)
Here is our reading plan for week 6:
Monday - Exodus 10
Tuesday - Exodus 11
Wednesday - Exodus 12
Thursday - Exodus 13
Friday - Exodus 14
I'm praying for each of you this week as we spend time in God's word.
So..... BEHIND is the word of my life right now. But that's okay because I know that this is just a season of busyness for our family, at this time. Because I'm already a day behind with your reading plan, I'll just jump right to it!
Tuesday - Exodus 5
Wednesday - Exodus 6
Thursday - Exodus 7
Friday - Exodus 8
Saturday - Exodus 9
I'm praying for you this week, my Sweet Sisters.
Keep reading God's word!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Somehow, I am a week behind. Last week started as normal but by the end of the week I had: 3 sick kids, a hubby with a back injury, a teenager with a broken bone and a water leak. My sweet hubby and I joke, that with all the trouble that seems to be wreaking havoc in our little world right now- we must be doing something right- right? So, please keep my family in your prayers this week. Pray for complete and quick healing, no surgery for our broken bone, provision , strength and a strong faith as we walk through these minor struggles.
This will be week 4 of our fall study. We will finish up with Romans today, and jump straight into Exodus tomorrow. Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday- Romans 16
Tuesday - Exodus 1
Wednesday - Exodus 2
Thursday - Exodus 3
Friday - Exodus 4
I'm praying for each of you this week. May God open our hearts, eyes, and minds to all that He wants us to know.
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Sweet Friends!
I am so sorry that I am a day behind on our reading schedule. A large home project yesterday kept me extra busy and time got away from me. So, today I will get right to our reading plan for the week, one day off schedule. :)
Tuesday - Romans 11
Wednesday - Romans 12
Thursday - Romans 13
Friday - Romans 14
Saturday - Romans 15
Yes, I have thrown a Saturday in this week to keep us on schedule, but the great thing about this study is our flexibility. Make the reading plan work for your schedule. If you need to read two chapters in one day, that's fine. whatever works for you!
I'm praying for each of you this week!
Good morning, Ladies!
Fall is officially here! It is warm and beautiful, but terribly dry here. I hope that each of you have learned from last week's reading and are eager to grow in God's grace even more. I will keep things sweet and short here today and get straight to our weekly reading plan:
Monday - Romans 6
Tuesday - Romans 7
Wednesday - Romans 8
Thursday - Romans 9
Friday - Romans 10
I'm praying for each of you this week as you are spending daily time, with God .
Hello Sweet Sisters!
I hope each of you have taken so much treasure from our Scripture reading this week. Many of you may have come to salvation by reading Romans. Many times it is said to be the "Romans Road", because it tells us simply, how to accept Jesus as our Savior through faith. Romans is Paul's letter to Rome, sharing with them the Good News of Christ. Today, I simply want to share the verses that stood out to me.
"This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, 'It is through faith that a righteous person has life.' " ~ Romans 1:17
"For merely listening to the law doesn't make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in His sight." ~ Romans 2:13
"Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are." Romans 3:19-20
"We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins." Romans 3:22-24
Salvation is simple. We are all sinners. I am a sinner. I am no better than anyone else. I don't deserve eternal salvation and I will NEVER be able to earn it. Thankfully, I don't have to. It is freely given by God, if only I believe. God grants instant salvation to those who believe that His only Son, Jesus, died on the cross for ALL ( I mean EVERYONE'S) sin. That's it. We admit that we are sinners, we believe in the sacrifice Jesus made for us and we confess our faith in Him. (I am praying for any of you who may not have done this yet, but feel God pulling you toward salvation. Don't delay. Turn your heart and life over to God and believe in Him and accept His sweet gift.)
Chapter four shares how Abraham, the founder of the Jewish nation, was counted as righteous by God all because of his faith, not his good deeds. Abraham was a sinner, too. Go back to Genesis and read over how many mistakes he made. Yet, because of His faith, God counted him as righteous.
Chapter 5 reminds us of the hope we have, now that we have been made right with God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Because of our faith, we can rejoice in trials. Our trials will develop endurance, our endurance will develop our character, and our character strengthens our hope of salvation.
What verses spoke straight to your heart this week?
What is God opening your eyes, heart and mind to?
I'm praying for each of you, as we continue our journey through Scripture.
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
Today we begin our Fall Bible Study. I'm looking forward to digging into God's Word with each of you! The purpose of our study here at Redeeming Elegance, is to encourage and support Christian women in their daily walk with Christ. Specifically, reading the Bible every day. I am a wife and a homeschool mother of (almost) six children. I understand how busy our lives can be and how hard it is to find time to read Scripture and be still before God. That is why Redeeming Elegance exists.
Our Bible studies are easy to follow. We read through the Bible, one book at a time, one chapter per day. Each week I will post a reading plan of 5 chapters, leaving the weekends open for you to catch up if needed. I hope to post through the week verses and things that stick out to me and I would love for each of you to comment on how God is speaking to you through His Word. Although our studies here are intended for individual reading, it is also very easy to adapt to your Ladies Small Group if you want to read through the Bible, one book at a time.
So, let's get started! Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Romans 1
Tuesday - Romans 2
Wednesday - Romans 3
Thursday - Romans 4
Friday - Romans 5
I am praying for each of you this week as you commit yourself to reading the Bible each day.
At the beginning of this year, I set a few personal goals for myself. I wrote them down, prayed over them, and stuck them right inside the cover of my "thank you" journal so that I would be reminded of these goals often. Unintentionally, three out of my four goals had a reoccurring theme: encourage. Specifically, my "encourage" goals consisted of:
1. Be more supportive and encouraging to my Hubby.
2. Be more intentional and encouraging to my children.
3. Be encouraging to other wives and moms.
I wish I could say that I have reached each of these goals 100%. But sadly, I'm a work in progress and this is something I will forever be working on. Life is hard for everyone. Most of us take on way more than we should, some of us have been handed with unexpected trials, all of us have been hurt by others, and everyone of us have the every day "musts" that we have to contend with. Wouldn't a little bit of encouragement help ease our worries, stresses and anxieties?
Like I said, I'm still working on this. I try to remind myself everyday to be more encouraging. I don't always succeed, but I am trying. God gives us many verses on encouragement. I wanted to share a few that really stood out to me.
"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." ~ I Thessalonians 5:11
"Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." ~ Philippians 2:3-4
"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." ~ Proverbs 27:17
"Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." ~ Ephesians 4:29
"Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." ~Galatians 6:2
"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near." ~ Hebrews 10: 24-25
"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
I'm going to stick with my goals. I'm going to try harder. I want to always remember, I know I will slip up, but my prayer is that God will help me to become an "Encourager".
So here's my plan:
*I want to build others up.
*I want to put others first and think about their interests instead of my own.
*I want to be a friend who supports, encourages and sharpens my friends.
*I want my words to be good and helpful to all those who hear them.
*In any way I can, I want to share other's burdens. I want to pray for them and help them in whatever need they may have.
*I want to be a motivator.
*I want to make time for others, starting with my husband and children and those God has placed in my life.
*I want to help others stand firm, when they feel like their feet are being taken out from under them.
This is my prayer. However, God wants to use me, I am His to use.
Lord, help me to be encouraging to my Sweet Hubby, my Precious Children, and my family and friends who You have placed in my life. Let my words, my actions, my reactions and my attitude always reflect Your love to those who need a bit of encouragement. And when I fail, pick me up and give me the strength to try again. Make me an Encourager! In Jesus' name I pray, amen.
Reach out and encourage your people, today!
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.