Hello, my friends!
I know that summer is over and so is the Bible study we shared together the past few months, but I thought we might as well continue with the blog. Here at the Desert Vineyard, we are doing Kay Arthur's Covenant Bible study, which we just began yesterday. I don't know what they are doing in Boise with our friend Maureen, but I do know that we will be blessed to hear what she and other ladies are learning from their own studies. I know that you are all incredibly busy, so there is no expectation that this will be something you girls can respond to weekly...no pressure. But when the Lord leads, please take a moment to share with us what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. I will try to create a weekly post so there is a place to write your thoughts.
I just finished Day One in our study (me, my workbook, my Bible and a pack of colored pencils...I have a feeling I am going to be sharpening a lot pencils in the next 2 months:) One thing for sure, marking passages as Kay instructs will cause you to do one of two things or maybe both: You HAVE to slow down and read every word in order to mark as she wants you to, or you have to read the passage repeatedly to get all the marking done. Either way, I am reading the Word kind of like the way I SHOULD eat...bite by bite...chewing slowly, savoring the taste.
Today's reading in Genesis 6 refocused my attention on the truth that my actions have the power to move God emotionally. I can choose each day to bring Him pleasure or bring Him pain. Genesis 6 tells us what Noah did to bring God pleasure...he "walked with Him." Walking with the Lord is a picture of relationship-continual and steady-not running before Him or being pulled a long behind. It is a constant in life...THE CONSTANT. I think that what God wants this to look like in my life is a life of prayer, the study of His Word, worship, and obedience to the Holy Spirit within me. Much like the instructions the Lord gave Noah to build the ark, He gives me instructions on how to build my life...how to live in such a way that it brings Him pleasure. Practically, in my life, this would be spending alone time with Him daily, caring for others...blessing my husband, Peter, making choices throughout my day that glorify my Lord through the words I speak, what I watch or listen to, how I treat the people who cross my path... even on the phone.
I used to think that I needed to "weave" God into my life throughout my day, but my mind is changing on that thought. Because He lives in me through His Holy Spirit, He is with me all the time. I can weave being obedient to Him into my day but He is the ONLY one who I can have a relationship with, who I can walk with every moment of my life.
I so want to please Him...to bring Him pleasure by walking with Him. Lord, show me how to walk with you better...
What is the Lord showing to you girls?
Have a wonderful week!
Love to you...