I realize that my blog is supposed to be about what I learned from the Word today..and so tomorrow it will be. :)
It's just that tonight I'm in a pretty contemplative mood..and my blog has turned out to be a great gift to me during these times.
I'm at this place in my life where I just want the LORD. I want so much of Him. I want to be used of Him for His purposes. I really want to disappear so that He can shine through.
If you've been following my blog at all, you know that this past summer was a time of real testing for me. Testing is putting it mildly. It was BRUTAL!!!!!!!!!
As I was going through it, I couldn't see HOW or WHAT God was going to do to bring good out of it. In addition, I thought that all of the work that needed to be done, needed to be done in someone else. ;) (Pretty stinkin' funny, isn't it?!)
Yet, God used that time so richly in my life! He refined me in His fire. He tore out pride like He was cleaning out cobwebs! I didn't even realize it was there....but God did!
And now that He has allowed me to see it, I'm at a new place of discovery with Him.
It's no secret that my heart's passion is to learn more and more about how to study the Bible through inductive study. I want to spend the rest of my life teaching others how to study this way, too.
Shane and I hope to retire in Chattanooga one day, and spend our last breaths working with Precept. Shane wants to mow the grass, and I'd be happy doing anything they needed...but, if I had my heart's desire, it would be to develop materials for kids under 7. :)
I am so thankful to Precept Ministries, for their commitment to the Word of God, and to helping anyone, anywhere, any age learn how to study the Bible.
It's just this....there are so many, many Christians that I meet who really don't know their Bible, and don't seem to want to know it. They are content to go to church on Sunday, let the pastor tell them what it means, never question him on it, and go about the rest of their week never picking their Bible up.
That just breaks my heart! And, I can't help but wonder where we went wrong. It didn't used to be like this...the pilgrims lived by the Word. They KNEW the Word, and they taught it to their children, faithfully.
My grandmother read her Bible every single day, for an hour or more a day..she loved it, she fed on it.
So...I'm struggling a bit, I think.
I know without question that it's not my job to judge the walk of other believers with the Lord. I'm not God, nor would I ever be qualified to be. I've got enough areas in my own life that He is still working mightily on...no time to take anyone else's inventory.
It's just this...how can I help my fellow sisters in Christ to WANT God's Word?
Is it that we are so inundated in America, with Christian books, that we never get to the Word?
Is it that the Bible seems too hard to understand?
Is it that Precept studies are scary?
Is it that the world is just too attractive, and more "fun"?
What is it?
If the Bible tells us that we are blessed when we hunger and thirst after righteousness, then why are we so willing to settle for anything less?
Would you share your thoughts with me?
I really would like to know. I promise, no judgement.
OH, here's a little video of my kiddos doing their Scripture acting. Hope it makes you smile!