Remember when I told you to expect opposition?
Yeah...well, that's what I feel like I've been dealing with this week.
Yet, at this very moment a friend of mine is sitting in the airport with a 5 hour delay, and on this end I'm thinking, "Oh Cool! God must have someone that He wants to use her and her husband to speak with! Can't wait to hear that story!"
So I'm left to ask myself what He's up to with our study getting a late start. I don't like delays.
Yet today, was another day of them for me. Another doctor's visit, as my left leg was swelling and has been hurting for several days.
Another report that everything is ok.
While I am thankful for the good news, I can't see the WHY in any of this.
I mean, I didn't share the Gospel with anyone in the waiting room...in fact, I spent most of my time there trying to die to my flesh; I spent more money on medical stuff; and my sweet friend Lisa came to my rescue yet again...sacrificing her day for me.
She wouldn't even listen to me when I told her I was fine going by myself.
You have been on my heart all day long! Remember, videos and questions were supposed to go up today?
You were my #2 today!
(Guess Who #1 was?)
Here's what I have for you tonight...it's not at all what I had planned, but it's definitely what I believe God has laid on my heart for you.
Has the Word of the Lord been hidden in your house as it was in the House of the Lord?
How important is the Word of the Lord in the church that you attend?
With regard to the children's ministry in your church, how much focus is placed upon them truly learning to dig into God's Word?
Is it all pizza, parties, Bible stories (apart from the actual Scripture), and babysitting?
Do you see your children growing in the Lord as a result of what they're learning?
Are YOU teaching your children the Word at home, or are you dependent upon the church to do that for you?
I know I'm not going in order here...I'm just pouring forth from my heart...so roll with me, ok?
Are you seeking a popular pastor; a t.v. evangelist; or someone else at the cost of spending one on one time with the LORD through His Word?
If you have been doing this, has this week's study shown you how much God has for you through your own diligent study of His Word?
What did you learn from Josiah's life that impacted your own?
What changes are you compelled to make as you witnessed the life of a young boy who was changed by the Word of God?
If you're a mother or a grandmother, how can you be encouraging the children in your own life to seek the Lord and obey Him?
How might you edify them by sharing Josiah's story with them...you may have a Josiah (or and Esther) right there under your wings...waiting to be nurtured to greatness for God.
Ahem. I don't think there's really a "may" in this equation, for believing parents and grandparents.
What did you learn about God that just left you in awe?
What is God calling you to change or improve upon in your walk with Him, through what you've learned thus far?
Oh ladies...I love you!
I thank God for you!
I can't wait to see your answers...and to feel well enough to lead this study as my heart so desires to.
I'm testing my first uploaded video.
Thanks Lisa. You're the best.
Grace and Peace to you tonight, in Jesus Christ and God our Father,