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How to Hear from God

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2019

When I was growing up, my dad had a very distinct whistle. I could be so far away from him I couldn’t see him anymore, but if he whistled, I knew I needed to come back and find him. Even now if I hear someone whistle in that way, I instinctively look for my dad. I could be in a completely different state, but those instincts to look for him are still there.

I wasn’t born knowing that was my dad’s whistle. I had to be trained to listen for it. By spending time with my dad, and him repeating that whistle, I developed the habit of listening for it, and I knew his whistle distinctly.

It is that same way with God our Father. When we come to know Him, we have to learn how to hear His voice and how to know Him.

In my chronological reading group, we hit 1 Samuel today. 1 Samuel 3 talks about a boy (named Samuel, imagine that!) hearing the voice of God. Through Samuel, we can learn a couple things about hearing God’s voice.

SAMUEL WAS NEAR WHERE HE KNEW THE LORD...

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James: Servant of Jesus

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2019

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ:

To the twelve tribes dispersed abroad.

Greetings.

James 1:1

 

I don’t know if you know this about me or not, but my brother works in the movie industry up in Atlanta GA. Atlanta is nicknamed the Hollywood of the South due to its movie production, and my brother works all over Atlanta as a camera grip. When my brother’s first film credit came out, our whole family was ecstatic. I am pretty sure not a soul in that movie theater left there without knowing that MY BROTHER had a credit in that movie!

The book of James was written by James the brother of Jesus. Yet instead of bragging boldly about his place as brother of Jesus, James introduces himself as servant. Humbly calling us to be servants as well.

On the day when I meet Jesus, no one will care how long I was a follower of Jesus, or that I read my Bible how many times. But Jesus will ask what I did in service of Him. Am I a...

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My Three Favorite Things This Week

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2019

This week was an action packed week for me. Our 3rd anniversary was Tuesday and then to top off the weekend, Rhett’s Birthday was yesterday! We have had so much fun celebrating this week, and it always feels extra special when this week rolls around since there are two things to celebrate. To continue the celebration, I am telling you about some of my favorite things!

GREENROOM PAPER JOURNAL

As far as I know you can only get these at Target, but y’all. They are awesome. If you are a pen and journal lover like me, you need to go get one now. They have the smoothest paper, and no matter what pen you use, the pages feel like your pen is gliding. I know I am obsessively talking about paper right now. But seriously. It’s awesome.

THE NEXT RIGHT THING BOOK

Emily P. Freeman is absolutely my favorite author on this planet. Everything she writes is like an exhale of your soul. She wrote The Next Right Thing for the chronically hesitant and those suffering with...

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My Daily Bible Reading Routine

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2019

I try to start each day with Bible reading. I wake up, pour a cup of coffee, feed my dogs and then sit down to read my Bible. I find that it is easier to “count it all joy” as James says, going through my day when I start my day with my Bible. I like to think of it as starting a conversation with God that lasts all day long. But that first connection in the morning is when I align myself with Him, and set the tone for the day.

So What Does it Look Like?

When I read, I have my Bible, my journal, my pens, and my calendar. My calendar has my daily Bible reading plan marked in it, but it is also a place where I can brain dump any things that need to get done that day so they don’t distract me from my reading. It helps keep me focused on what I am doing in that moment.

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I use Sharpie Pens in my Bible, and Pilot G-2 05 in my journal. I know, I know, that’s a complicated system. But it works for me. I find that the Sharpie Pens don’t bleed...

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Where Do I Start When Reading My Bible?

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2019

The Bible is a collection of 66 books. There are 2 divisions between these books, the Old Testament with 39 books and the New Testament with 27 books. With all these different books, it can be hard to decide where to start. Not to mention, it can be completely overwhelming when you look at the Bible as a whole - I mean it’s a big book, and those words can be pretty small!

When you break it down book by book, that makes the chunks a bit smaller, and easier to manage. I like to point people to the New Testament before reading the Old Testament for their first time reading. The New Testament starts with the story of Jesus in the 4 gospels and that is a great place to begin your Bible reading journey.

WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH?

The gospels are 4 books of the Bible, each written by a different one of Jesus’ followers. They are named after the follower that they were written by: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are all basically telling the same story, but have...

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How to Get Excited About Daily Bible Reading

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2019

When I became a believer, I was about 8 years old. And after having seen my parents wake up early every morning and read their Bibles, I knew that’s what Believers did. So the very next morning I woke up to read my Bible. I can’t remember where I started, or what I read that day, but I remember the habit didn’t stick then.

I probably tried to get the habit to stick 20-30 more times over the years. I would start, and get in a streak of 2 weeks or so, and then miss a day and it would completely derail my habit. Sometimes I would even get up to a month or two, but I would feel so overwhelmed or bummed out when I would miss several days in a row.

But when I started looking at it not from a streak standpoint (you have to do this every day, or else) and started looking at it from a grace standpoint (you get to do this, and if you miss a day, so what?) my habit started transforming into something I craved doing daily. So here are a couple of tips on how to start and...

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How to Get Excited About Daily Bible Reading

bible reading bible study Apr 02, 2019

When I became a believer, I was about 9 years old. And after having seen my parents wake up early every morning and read their Bibles, I knew that’s what Believers did. So the very next morning I woke up to read my Bible. I can’t remember where I started, or what I read that day, but I remember the habit didn’t stick then.

I probably tried to get the habit to stick 20-30 more times over the years. I would start, and get in a streak of 2 weeks or so, and then miss a day and it would completely derail my habit. Sometimes I would even get up to a month or two, but I would feel so overwhelmed or bummed out when I would miss several days in a row.

But when I started looking at it not from a streak standpoint (you have to do this every day, or else) and started looking at it from a grace standpoint (you get to do this, and if you miss a day, so what?) my habit started transforming into something I craved doing daily. So here are a couple of tips on how to start and stay...

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The Best Apps for Bible Reading

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2019

When it comes to reading my Bible, I am a paper girl. I like a hard copy (preferably the same one every day, and this year I am LOVING the She Reads Truth Bible) but some times an app is easier, more convenient, or all I can manage to get to in certain situations.

The Best Apps for Bible Reading

There are so many apps out there, but I have a couple of go-to apps that I use regularly.

  1. OLIVE TREE BIBLE

The Olive Tree Bible is not only an app, but also a web app for your computer. I use this one for my deeper Bible study. You can purchase different Bibles, and it is similar to fancier software like Logos. I have a couple of different Bibles I have purchased in the app, and it allows me to jump easily between passages, cross reference easily, and have it synced between my computer and my phone. The only downside to this program is that you have to pay for Bibles that aren’t automatically loaded onto the app (there are some free Bibles already loaded) but it...

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How to Pray - (with a FREE prayer guide!)

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2019

Do you ever have a hard time praying? I know I do sometimes, and it just feels like I am talking to a wall. It seems like nothing is really happening, and I don’t really feel anything.

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In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray. This short prayer that He prayed contains some of the most well known verses in scripture. I can still quote it in the King James Version - even though I have never personally used that version.

But sometimes the familiarity of the verses make it hard to see what’s under the surface. Jesus lays out a guide for us for this direct connection we have with the Father, and the significance of that is not lost on me. Let’s look at it a little closer to see how we should pray, and use it as a guide to overcome that feeling like we aren’t making that connection to God.

Therefore, you should pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,

Your name be honored as holy.

This first section acknowledges who God is. God is holy....

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What do you believe about God?

Uncategorized Feb 11, 2019

I am currently reading through the Bible chronologically. (If you have spent any amount of time with me since the middle of December, you probably already know this.) But as I am reading, I am challenging what I have thought about God, and what I believe to be true.

A couple weeks ago, I took the opportunity to write out what I believe about God. It was a good exercise for me, and I hope to do it multiple times throughout the year, and see how my unchanging God reveals Himself to me in changing ways.

So what do I believe about God?

God is the ultimate Creator, creating everything from nothing. Because of this ability to create, He can take my brokenness and make something beautiful out of it. He is sovereign and holy, but instead of being a harsh ruler and strict king, He is instead infinitely kind. In His kindness, He has sent us Jesus to take our place and die for us that we may live forever with Him and glorify His name always. God is the Holiest of holies, the Beginning...

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