Hello, Sweet Sisters!
Sorry this is a bit late, but here is our reading plan for the week!
Monday - Deuteronomy 16
Tuesday - Deuteronomy 17
Wednesday - Deuteronomy 18
Thursday - Deuteronomy 19
Friday - Deuteronomy 20
Keep reading God's Word!
Have you ever felt stuck?
Like you were just treading water?
Like you were hanging from a cliff and your hand was slipping?
Nothing seems to be changing or there doesn't seem to be an end in sight?
I imagine, after forty years in the wilderness, the Israelites felt this way. I'm sure their burdens began to feel too heavy to bare. Unfortunately, their problem was continued disobedience. They knew God's commands. They understood them, but it's not always easy to be obedient. Near the end of their journey, Moses spoke to the Israelites, telling them all that God had told him to say. He reminded them of their rebellion and God's discipline because of their choices. Those forty years? That was their discipline.
"Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir." ~ Deuteronomy 1:2
The forty years Israel spent in the wilderness, should have only taken them 11 days. Eleven days. Wow! How often do we get stuck in a rut because we are not following God's commands. We know what they are. We are reading and learning His Word through the Bible, yet we don't choose to follow ALL of His ways. When God calls us to do something, and we feel that tug yet we choose not to follow, we have to pay the consequences for that disobedience. We may be left to wander right where we are until we surrender to His Word. I have been there. There was a time when I let discontentment consume me. It stole my joy and I was stuck. No matter what I did, there was never a change. My circumstances remained the same. And then I surrendered. I told God I was okay if He didn't give me what I desperately wanted. I was grateful for what I had and I was going to start appreciating that instead of dwelling in my selfishness. I'm embarrassed to say it took me years to get to that point of contentment. But when I did? God blessed me twice as much as I ever asked of Him!
I don't ever want to take for granted the blessings God has given me. I don't want to forget all that He has brought me through and everything He has given me along the way. Because the truth is: I don't deserve any of it. I don't deserve His love. I don't deserve the sacrifice of His Son's life for my sins. I don't deserve His mercy. I don't deserve His forgiveness. And I don't deserve His blessings. I'm a sinner. Plain and simple. I mess up. Every. Single. Day. No matter how hard I try, I'm going to make mistakes. But.... I'm so thankful for His grace, and this life, and His blessings and JESUS. I want to trust Him and obey Him and serve Him fully.
"But even after all He did, you refused to trust the Lord your God." ~ Deuteronomy 1:32
We are so quick to thank God for His goodness and blessings in the good moments, but then quickly return to worrying and trying to handle things ourselves when times get tough. So often, we get caught up in our circumstances and forget who is really in control. Who sees the whole picture? Who knows the outcome? Who has our best eternal interest at heart? I need to trust God completely in EVERY situation. Even the hard ones. Even the ones that bring me to my knees. Even the ones I don't understand or like. Even the ones that break my heart. I need to trust Him. I need to obey Him. And I need to remember all that He has done for me and thank Him. That's my challenge today: Thank God for His blessings, love, mercy and His Son, no matter what circumstances I may be facing. I don't want to get stuck in the wilderness. I want to know God and His commands and I want to follow Him and recognize all that He is doing for me.
May God bless each of you today!
Keep reading Scripture!
Happy Monday, Friends!
Last week became a bit busier than I had expected so I was unable to do any extra posts. Hopefully this week I will have a bit more time .
Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - Deuteronomy 11
Tuesday - Deuteronomy 12
Wednesday - Deuteronomy 13
Thursday - Deuteronomy 14
Friday - Deuteronomy 15
I'm praying for you!
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
We are beginning week 4 of our spring Bible study today. I hope you are as eager to dig into Scripture as I am! I won't linger here long today, as I have homeschool studies to oversee and toddlers to entertain! :)
This week's reading plan:
Monday - Deuteronomy 6
Tuesday - Deuteronomy 7
Wednesday - Deuteronomy 8
Thursday - Deuteronomy 9
Friday - Deuteronomy 10
I'm praying for you today!
Keep readng God's Word!
Why do some people make reading Scripture so hard? Why does it seem to be such a task, at times? Of course, there are many parts of Scripture that I don't understand, and there are many things of this world that Scripture does not directly address. There are many things we will not understand, and many situations we will not be able to comprehend until we are in the presence of God ourselves. I know this and have many questions. But.... it absolutely floors me when people make simple Scriptures, complicated. God knows our minds: He created them. So, I believe what He ordained to be written in the Bible, He ordained it to be simple enough for us to read it. We have a tendency to complicate things. Just read God's Word. He will reveal His truth to you. Don't overthink it or try to make it fit what you want. Trust Him. He never changes. What He ordained to be written with the first Bible scrolls is the same thing He means for us today.
As a parent, there are certain values I want my children to learn. My husband and I want our children to share our conservative, christian values. We teach these things to them, but we also teach them to refer back to Scripture on everything they are taught. This includes what they are taught by the church, other people (even teachers and respected family members), their schoolwork, their friends, and the things they read, hear and see, and even us (their parents). We would never steer our children wrong on purpose, but we are imperfect humans living in a fallen world- so we will make mistakes and we won't always be right. That is why we always lead our kids back to Scripture. We want them to know that any question they have about something, needs to be tested with Scripture. And if it doesn't line up with God's Word? Than it isn't truth. II Timothy plainly explains the importance of Scripture. And truly, it is so simple and easy to understand.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." ~ II Timothy 3:16-17
That's it. It's that simple. Those two verses give us simple and direct purposes for Scripture. That is the reason we have the Bible: to teach us what is true, to make us see what is wrong in our own lives, to correct us when we are wrong, to teach us what is right, and to prepare and equip us to do every good work.
Wow! I love this! I am memorizing these Scriptures along with my children so that we are always reminded of why God has given us His Word.
What is God teaching you through His Word? How is Scripture changing the way you live your life? What difference is God's Word making in you?
I'm praying for each of you!
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Friends!
I'm sorry that I am sending this out a week late. A week ago at this time, I was in the hospital recovering from emergency surgery due to complications from our miscarriage. It was a very scary time for our family as it was very serious and I lost too much blood. Praise God, I am feeling better and getting around a bit faster this week! God is so good! Despite the sorrow we have felt through this loss, I cannot help but to be thankful in this season. I am alive! Today I am sitting on my couch watching my babies play in the floor and watching my older children do their schoolwork. God saved my soul over 20 years ago and gave me eternal life through Jesus Christ, He saved my life last Sunday night and has given me more time here on earth with my wonderful husband and precious children. I don't want to take either gift for granted. Last Sunday night my husband was pleading with God to save me, and at the same time he was having to sign papers and make decisions for my emergency care. Wow! What a difference a week can make! We are praising God each day for this gift of life He has given us together. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Now, without further ado.....Let's jump right into our reading plan for this week!
Monday - Deuteronomy 1
Tuesday - Deuteronomy 2
Wednesday - Deuteronomy 3
Thursday - Deuteronomy 4
Friday - Deuteronomy 5
I'm excited to be back in God's Word, this week! I'm praying for each of you! Keep reading!
My favorite thing about reading the Bible is learning God's truth for myself. I was raised in a Christian home and we were always completely involved in our church. So, God's word and christian values is what I was taught on a daily basis. With that being said, now as an adult who has been reading Scriptures on my own for years, I am learning so much more. I've also learned that a lot of times in our busy lives, our spiritual growth comes from those values taught in the church and from other believers. And that is great, but we NEED to be reading the Bible for ourselves and we should compare everything we are taught to Scripture itself. Unfortunately, in our fast pace, worldly culture, our churches have began to conform to some current societal ideas that don't always line up with God's Word. Some things and values we've been taught from childhood and even some of our strongest Christian examples, don't always portray God's word correctly. So, dive in to God's Word daily and let HIM guide and direct your paths. His Word does not return void!
Often I have read through a passage of Scripture and felt offended. I've had to deal with that offense. Because here's the thing, if I'm offended by anything in Scripture, knowing it is God-breathed and complete truth...then my offense is coming from own guilt. Guilt because I may not be doing what that Scripture says I should be or maybe I'm doing something it says I shouldn't be doing or I've decided that it doesn't apply to me since I don't live in Biblical times. Well, none of those reasons are acceptable because as a believer in Christ I believe ALL of the Bible. I trust it and know the wisdom God has shared with us through it is relevant for every age and time in history or He wouldn't have included it. Scripture has stood the test of time!
I mention this here , because some things I have read recently, has caused me to look at these issues. I've had to ask God to open my heart, mind, and eyes to His Word and direction for me -not the direction of the world I'm living in. Sometimes that's hard for me because it's just easier to go along with the crowd, but let's face it...if you know me in real life...you know I don't usually follow the crowd... I tend to stand out....like a sore thumb. :)
For my own accountability and personal notes, I'm going to recap a few verses that stood out to me in I Timothy.
Listening to false teachings keeps us from living our lives for God. (verse 3-4)
I Timothy was written by Paul to Timothy, a young christian man, whom he trusted to teach the Gospel. He instructed Timothy to cling to his faith in Christ and keep his conscience clear (v. 19). Those two instructions are so important for believers: cling to your faith in Christ and keep a clear conscience.
We are to pray for ALL people, asking God to help them, intercede for them and give thanks for them. We are even to pray this for our leaders. God wants everyone to be saved and to know the truth. (v.1-7)
Paul was very clear on how we are to act as men and women in our places of worship. This is still relevant but not generally followed in today's church. Men are called to pray with hands lifted and have no anger or controversy. Women are to be modest, not drawing attention to themselves, learning quietly and submissively. We are to live in faith,love, holiness and modesty (V.8-15). I love that! I'm going to try harder to live my life as an example of faith, love, holiness, and modesty!
Detailed instructions for the leader (elder, overseer, bishop, pastor) of a church:
A man whose life is above reproach, he is faithful to his wife, he is self-contolled and he lives wisely. This man has a good reputation, he enjoys house guests and is able to teach others. He is NOT violent, a heavy drinker, quarrelsome and he doesn't love money. He is gentle and he manages his household well with children who respect and obey him. He is NOT a new believer in Christ and people outside the church speak well of him. (v.1-6)
Instructions for deacons:
A man with integrity who is well respected. He is not a heavy drinker, he is honest with money, and he is committed to his faith in Christ. He lives his life with a clear conscience, he is faithful to his wife and he manages his children and household well. Before a man should be appointed as a deacon, he must be closely examined. (v.8-10)
Instructions for a deacon's wife (I would assume these are the same characteristics God would seek of a pastor's wife as well.):
She must be respected and does not slander others. She exercises self-control and is faithful in everything. (v.11)
Another warning of deceptive teachings. (v. 1-5)
Steps of being a good servant of Jesus Christ. (v.6-16)
Respect older people, do not be harsh with them. Treat older men and women like your parents and treat young men and women like your brothers or sisters. (v.1-2)
Paul gives detailed instructions for the care of widows both by the church and their own families. (v. 3-16)
Do not rush in choosing a church leader. Church leaders should be respected and paid well. This chapter also gives instructions for disciplining a church leader if it becomes necessary. (v. 17-22)
Another warning of false teachings. (v. 3-5)
True contentment comes from God, not money. (v. 6-10)
Paul's last instructions to Timothy in this letter, is a call to all believers. We should all pursue righteousness, a godly life, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. (v. 11-16)
There is so much more in these six chapters. These are just a few things that stood out to me, but i'm sure the next time I read through it even more will be revealed. :)
Keep reading God's Word!
Good morning, Sweet Sisters!
It's week two of our spring study and I'm praying for each of our hearts as we open God's Word together. We will be jumping into II Timothy this week.
This week's reading plan:
Monday - I Timothy 6
Tuesday - II Timothy 1
Wednesday - II Timothy 2
Thursday - II Timothy 3
Friday - II Timothy 4
I would like to take a moment and ask for your prayers today. January brought extra excitement for our family as we found out we were expecting another sweet blessing late this summer. We recently found out that our little one is in the arms of Jesus. It's been a hard couple of weeks but we are so grateful God chose us to be this child's parents even for just a short time. Today is a hard day. Please pray for me physically and emotionally. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Now... keep reading God's Word! He has so much to tell us.
Good morning, Ladies!
It feels so good to be back on this journey of reading Scripture each day. I'm praying for each of us as we unfold what God has for us over the next 9 weeks. During this study we will be reading through the books of I and II Timothy and Deuteronomy. I am so eager to see what God has for me to learn!
Here is this week's reading plan:
Monday - I Timothy 1
Tuesday - I Timothy 2
Wednesday - I Timothy 3
Thursday - I Timothy 4
Friday - I Timothy 5
Please feel free to comment any prayer requests you may have or share what God is teaching you through His Word! Let's get started!
"The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith." ~ I Timothy 1:5
May we each allow this instruction from Scripture, to fill us believers with love from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith!
Hello, Sweet Sisters!
Ahhh! It's been almost three months since I last met you here and I have missed you! A lot of life has been happening here in the Clark household these past few months, but the main reason I have not blogged is because of some computer and internet issues we have been having. But....thanks to my Wonderful Husband, I am up and running and able to jump back into Redeeming Elegance and hopefully be an encouragement to each of you as you strive to read God's Word each day.
So, although I have many things I want to post here because God has laid several things on my heart lately, most importantly, I want to jump back into to Scripture with you! Tomorrow we will begin our Spring Study as we read through I and II Timothy and Deuteronomy. Once again, we will read one chapter a day, Monday through Friday, leaving the weekends for catching up if we need to. I will post this week's reading plan tomorrow and my plan will be to post our reading plans weekly. If you have any questions please leave me a note on our contact page.
I'm excited to read through the Bible with you!
I'll meet you here, first thing tomorrow, Monday, March 11, 2019!
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 6 amazing blessings, 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.