Anything good in there?

Would you join me for a cup of Starbucks coffee?

“Anything good in there today?” he said.

“What?” I thought as I looked up.

“What are you finding good in there today” he said.

“Excuse me, are you talking to me? Sorry, I was wrapped up in trying to find the good.” I thought.

“Yep, working on it,” I managed to say. I was deep in thought and didn’t expect anyone to speak to me.

He gave me the biggest smile. His eyes sparkled, such a handsome young man in his pressed white shirt ready to start his day at work. He was on the same page as me.

I smiled back at him.

He kept his smile on as he added the creamer in his coffee.

I watched him as he walked out the door, got into his polished BMW and wondered what he did for a living and thought “I bet he is very successful. He understood the word of God. When you understand the word of God and live by his word, God will bring you abundance.”

I have never brought my Bible on vacation

I have never done a full Bible study.
I have never been completely wrapped up in The Word.

This vacation is different. It is lent and I feel a need to do this Lenten study. I know there are some answers for me here…in The Word. Answers that will help me with the next step in my journey.

Today I am sitting at a Starbucks at Sunset Beach.

I debated about getting my Bible out to do my Lenten study. I have never done this before. I have never taken my bible to a public place. Not that I am ashamed of having it. Or was I? I contemplated that question for some time this morning. That was before the cute guy in the BMW acknowledged me.

No, I am not ashamed of having my Bible in public. The thing is my relationship with God including reading the Bible has always been a very private thing for me. So today I took a step out in public with my Bible in toll….

I decided I would sit here at Starbucks, doing my Lenten Bible study to see how people would talk to me…look at me…

I wondered if anyone would make a comment….

I wondered if it was ok. OK to be open. OK to let others see me reading…reading the Bible.

It Is His Timing

listen

Have you ever got yourself in a situation that you didn’t know what to do next?

What do you do?

Pray?

But…what do you do when you pray and pray…
And you continue to ask for His help…
And you feel you are not getting any answers…

What do you do?

It can be very frustrating.
It can be very lonely.

I think this is the time when you have to dig really deep and really hold on to your faith.

It’s during these times when He is actually really working with you.

It doesn’t feel like He is working with you.

It feels like the world and God is against you.
When in reality He is taking this time to work with you to give you lessons and worldy experiences in order to move forward and be able to live your life.

It is important to try to remember that it is true that He will never forsake you.
No matter how trouble you feel.
No matter how lost you are.
He IS there.

Continue to pray.
Continue to look for His direction.
Remember to keep your heart and mind open.
Listen for His word.
For His answers.
For His guidance.

And do remember it IS His timing…Not yours!
 
 

Is God Your Center?

picture of a long road with words "embrace the journey"

I don’t think it works any other way.

I believe He needs to be the core of who we are, what we believe, and how we decide to live.

He needs to be with us every minute of our day.

At work.

At home.

I do not think it is possible to live a qualilty life without Him.

That is what I am realizing as I continue to try to find me.

I have been so lost since I stopped holding God in my heart every day.

I didn’t mean to lose Him.

I don’t know how I let myself get off the path.

The path where He was always my leader.

It just happened.
I know better.
I know that my life doesn’t work without Him.

Now I must work on staying on course. His course.

It’s not going to be easy.

Not going to be easy at all.

It means I am going to have to take a big leap of faith.
A big leap of faith to let Him lead the way. I have to!

By me letting go of my ways and letting Him lead, means I have to be ready for changes. The changes may and probably will be big.

I am putting it all in His hands.

It means the relationship I am in, the house I live in, the city I live in, and the career path I take may all be about to change.

The question is: Am I ready?!

Am I ready to take the turn off of my road and get back onto His road.

His road where I won’t have to worry or fear.

I won’t have to worry or fear because it will be all in His hands.

No fear.
No worry.
No stress.

Sounds like a great way to live. Doesn’t it?

I am ready for a change.
I am tired of this road that I am on.

God lead the way…
I am ready to explore a new road.

With You leading the way I know life will be fantastic.
 
 

Do You Know the Books of the Bible?

Do you know the order of the books in the Bible?

I have been going to church off and on, mostly on, since I was in Kindergarten but I don’t know the books of the Bible.

As I think about not knowing the books of the Bible, I think that is one thing I probably goofed on with my children. I took them to church. College Boy loved having stories read from his Children’s Bible but we never did anything to memorize the books of the Bible.

The kids memorized all the Presidents, all the cabinet people for the President in office, they knew all the Generals, there were so many other things that we had them memorize.

Why not the books of the Bible?

I think because it was always so intimidating to me….

No, I think when I was young it didn’t matter to me to have them memorized. When I was young it was important for me to memorize the alphabet–backwards, my multiplication tables, phone numbers to all my family and friends, the Lord’s Prayer, and the answers to all my tests.

As a young adult, the church I went to told you what page to turn to in the Bible so that made no need to memorize the books of the Bible. I was saved by the Minister giving the page number.

The other way I was saved by not needing to know the books of the Bible is we had to share Bible’s in church. I was always the nice one to tell the person sitting next to me that they could have the Bible.

I wasn’t really being nice…

I just didn’t want to be caught that I didn’t know the books of the Bible.

I didn’t know if Thessal or Colossians was in the New Testament or the Old Testament.

As the kids got older, I would give them the Bible in church to find the verse. Once again, I was avoiding my inadequacies.

Now when I am in church and they say open your Bibles, they have the verse on the big screen in front to read-along or I use the excuse I can’t see without my glasses!

Ok….

I have confessed….

Now what am I going to do about it?

I bought these great labels for my Bible!

Saves me the time of flipping trying to find the books and gives me another excuse to not have to remember the Bible verses.

Will I ever take the time to remember the books of the Bible?

Not sure….

My question to you is, “Is it important to have the Books of the Bible memorized?”

“Do you know the books of the Bible?”

“Did you help your children memorize the books of the Bible when they were young?”
 
 

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