Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
I’m all about helping you to build your house on the rock of Jesus Christ…but I’m worried you’re not.
God has really laid it on my heart that it’s not enough for us to read a few verses a day, or skim a chapter, and call it “being in The Word.” That’s as flat as unleavened bread.
To really live for Jesus, we need to read His words and put them into practice. A dash of intention and a pinch of organization will make the bread of life rise!
So here it is, my very first blog post. I do love organization and intentional living, but please don’t read my blog and think that I have it all figured out. I don’t, at all. I find the Bible incredibly challenging. Each time I read a chapter, God uses it to speak something fresh into my heart—something I need to hear. I’ve loved the Lord for as long as I can remember and yet I feel as though I’m learning and growing in faith every year, every month, practically every day.
So please, please don’t read the verses that I’ve pulled out, skim my thoughts and prayers, and think, That’s nice, I’ve fit in some Jesus time today.
Let’s do this together!
- Through my individual Bible Study series, I’ll be challenging you to grow more like Jesus: Get organized and decide what you’re going to do about what you’ve read! Intentionally take the next step on your walk with God. If you’d rather not start a series, check out my Take the Challenge posts.
- Through my Thought Shot posts, I’ll be giving you ways to fight anxiety: Listen for the your anxious thoughts about that subject, and decide to fight them with the truth
- Through my “Fun Stuff” posts, I’ll be helping you to get organized: Organizing doesn’t have to be a secular pursuit—in fact it shouldn’t be! Apply Biblical principles to your organizing efforts and clear out that spiritual clutter.
Put those words into practice! Really get in there and read the scripture. Discern what God is saying to you through His Word. Decide if you agree with me, or not, or if you’re hearing something totally different. Choose exactly what you want to do about it, and then pray over it. Tell me about it, if you’d like.
No matter what, resolve to grow and live intentionally for Christ.
So, here’s your live-it-like-you-mean-it challenge for today:
When you approach the Bible, do you find yourself doing a ho-hum skim because you’ve heard it all before? How do you want to approach God’s Holy Word?
Take a minute to write your desired approach down on a notecard or bookmark. Some of what I chose is from Wayne Cordeiro’s The Divine Mentor (in fact, my blogging efforts are loosely based on his “SOAP” method). Here’s what I wrote on my notecard:
Do not miss the point.
This is food for your soul before it’s fodder for you ideas.
Look closely to see Him, listen for His voice. Catch the heart of God.
Open my eyes that I may behold
the wonderful things from Your law.
So let’s get started—subscribe today to have posts sent directly to your inbox! You can jump right in, or start with a series. (Here’s an example of one of my readers’ favorite posts from a series: Are You an Encourager—Really? from the “Being Instrumental with Paul” series.)
Join me for a nice long talk with the Lord. Let’s sit at His feet and learn from the Master.
And then let’s go out and live it.
Lord, I want to approach Your Word with reverence, curiosity, an open heart, and a deep hunger. Please open my eyes that I may behold the wonderful things from Your law. Please guide me as I share those thoughts with others in a new and slightly scary way. I trust you Lord, and this blog is Yours. Amen.
I’d love to know what you wrote on your notecard!
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