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He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29

Do you ever feel like the lady in the picture above? I have regretted each time that I have yelled at my children and have many times asked their forgiveness, but what does that ever mean to them if I just continue doing it?

I don’t know what you use for your Bible curriculum for homeschool, but what works best for me and my children is reading straight from the bible and discussing it. We get our bible, a dictionary, and man oh man do I want a concordance; then sit down and read our verse for the week, discuss it, and use that same verse for our handwriting assignment. This semester I decided to start at the beginning of the Child Training Bible’s, list of verses, then go over that verse each day for a week. On their tabs the first one is anger. In my, “motherly wisdom,” (hah) I thought my son has anger issues, this should be a great place to start. Boy oh boy, did God decide to convict me.

The more I explained to him, “great understanding,” and “folly” the more I realized that I was not having great understanding with my kids. As I said to him we don’t yell at our sister to do something, but instead to ask her nicely. That we need to understand that our little brother is only 2 and he is still learning to do things. That we must be slow with our words, giving us time to ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding instead of, “flying off the cuff with whatever immediately comes to our mouth.”

I quickly stopped what I was talking about and I quickly wiped off of my face that look of complete concentration that I am sure I have when I explain some things to my children. I stopped and I said to my oldest (Little Old Man), “this verse is about mommy isn’t it?”

I went on to tell him how sorry I have been for not having great understanding, how sorry I am that I have sinned against God and my little ones. I asked him to pray with me right then and there.

Do you feel when you do Bible studies with your children that you feel like you learn so much more than they do?

So, the verse for this week was Proverbs 14:29 right? Well, part of my personal study God also presented me with this verse to back up his conviction…

The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
“Stolen water is sweet,
and a bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
Proverbs 9:13-18

My Prayer is that I not only listen to His word, but that I apply it to my life. For being a christian is not only accepting God’s gift, but putting away our old self and becoming the new that God can mold us and make us to become.

~There are not any affiliate links in this post. I just really enjoy my Child Training Bible.

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any not obey the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;…let it not be outward adorning…but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

1 Peter 3: 1-4

Do I give my husband reason to think that with all that I am reading in God’s word, has my life changed or am I just reading and not applying His word to my heart. Does he see humility, a servants heart, a wise hand in my daily walk. Have I really examined my own walk, does my husband see me struggle with small and large tasks in my life and overcome them with grace and humility or does he see me grumble and complain and fail because I gave up trying. With me, I am a starter (not a finisher), I start new exercise programs, I start getting up early, I start new cleaning routines, I start little businesses out of my home, I start new projects, I start a new diet. Then, I complain about how this exercise plan is boring or I just don’t have the time, etc etc etc. God has a plan for each of our lives. A really great plan! I beg you (me), to sit down and not pray for one day, and hope that you hear what it is, but to pray for weeks, months, and many years to come, what He needs of you each day. Everyone knows the verse about praying all day long, when your sitting, standing, etc. I used to think who has the time. I pray to Him now when my mouth is closed (this helps me keep it closed longer), when I shower, when I wash dishes, when I am driving, when I mop, when I play, as I sit here writing these words, I pray. Please don’t get discouraged, for that is what satan wants, please give your tears and discouragement to God.

This was my response to a friend of mine on facebook.  We are currently doing a bible study together by Kat called Hellomornings. We started a new week this Monday, and it began with the 1 Peter Chapter 3. Women have backpedaled and became immediately defensive when reading or hearing just the first eight words of this verse.

Ladies, if your husband is amazing and the most humblest Godly man you have ever met, or if you husband is being carried by God and not walking strong in his faith right now, or if your husband is unsaved; it doesn’t matter this verse is for all wives. Our husbands need us to have a gentle spirit, but they also need us to, “open our mouths with wisdom; and in our tongues be the law of kindness,” (Proverbs 31:26)

Personally, when I am around other people that are despairing in their words and attitudes, this does not lift up my heart and make me want to sing praises to our Lord and King. Yet, the more I am around Godly men and women, the more my spirits are lifted. Our husbands need us to be that cheerleader for God and for them. They do not need to come home from work and hear us yelling at the kids, complaining that this house is such a mess, that I will never get this project done. EVERY SINGLE DAY! There is great truth in the saying, “Behind every good man, is a great woman.” What they forget to say is that woman needs to be a great woman of God.

 

Remember:

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

Proverbs 31:25

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”

Proverbs 31:28

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

~I added this last verse especially for me, for I know I will be tempted to complain, I know I will tempted to give up, I know I will be tempted to not smile and praise and pray and delight in my home, my kids, and my husband from time to time.

Lastly, I challenge you to , “Be still and know that (he) is God.” (Psalm 46:10)

 

Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.

Proverbs 1:19

My son last night was playing with an Ironman figurine last night before bed. He is playing with his sister and says, “This is an evil Ironman.” My husband and I both stop him and say, “No, Ironman chose to do good, he chose to help people.”

Recently, I have felt that God has really convicted me with how much TV my kids watch and what they watch. Their minds are like sponges. Hollywood many times makes evil (bad guys) look neater, better, and in my son’s eyes many times cooler. We many times glorify the bad guy. He/she is normally very rich and powerful. Unlike the Hero, who is many times alone, poor, and strangely full of himself.

Proverbs 1: 8 – 19, talks about warning against such enticements (as power, greed, hurting mankind), and yet many times I sit and watch and laugh and pretty much show an attitude of all of this that we are watching mommy promotes.

He asked me the other morning, “Mommy, why did that evil man in Colorado shoot those people, was it because he didn’t have a good mommy or daddy?” While I couldn’t directly answer that question for him. Ladies & Gentlemen does it not need to start out that way? We are called upon by God to shepherd our children’s heart by teaching and instilling in them God’s infallible Word. Then earnestly praying and trusting in the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

~Disclosure: I do not write this to admonish anyone, this was my conviction from God.

Someone had said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I’m not insane, and I don’t expect a different result. Yet, I fall into temptation almost daily. I keep doing the same thing over and over again. I suffer from debilitating migraines and I know exactly what triggers them. I know when I eat that certain food or drink that in a period of three days I will be stuck in bed or on the couch in pain for hours or days. I do well most times when I am at home, because I tend not to buy the foods that cause me to get migraines. Yet, when I go out with others or to someones house, I don’t want to be the odd man out and I want to enjoy the same foods everyone else is. Why do I have to be different?

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

My part in this world may be small, but I still have a part in God’s plan. How can I do my part when I fall into temptation and allow myself to become debilitated. I cannot serve my Lord, my husband, my family, or any other outstanding circumstances beyond that.

So, my challenge to myself and you is to write down your temptations. Post them somewhere that you see them everyday and pray about them when you see those words, don’t wait until you are presented with the temptation itself. Cover yourself with God’s protection and armor for the daily battle that Satan will bring to you. Don’t wait, Be ready!

What has been one of your latest personal challenges?  I know this sounds silly, but mine has been mornings.  For as long as I can remember I have much preferred evenings.  For the past couple of years, God has laid it on my heart that I need to give my morning to him.  To start my day in his word.  After many months of excuses, arguments, tears, and flat out depressed days; I finally gave up and said, “Lord, where do I start, what do I do?”  Oh boy, isn’t that how it always is with me.  Let me try this all on my own first Lord, then when I fall flat on my face, I’ll call you, don’t worry.

Well, after learning the hard way, I started with different parts of the bible, I went through some of Pslams, Proverbs, Mark, Luke, etc.   It seemed like God led me to scriptures each day that I needed for that day or time in my life.  The days that I didn’t really want to get up, I went grudgingly to my Bible, I read some and accused God of not talking to me that day.  I couldn’t understand why he was withholding knowledge from me.  I have learned before I ever open his word I must first get on my knees and pray.  Not sit in a chair comfortably, but on my knees in the quiet morning and pray for God’s guidance, pray that he opens my heart to his word, and I praise him for his mercies of continuous forgiveness for my lazy stubborn ways.  I have to pray out loud otherwise my mind wanders to other projects I need to work on later.  I have to pray for focus for to help clear my mind.  I have to do this each and every day, because each and every day I am a sinner saved by the grace of God, a God that loves me enough to think about me, spend time with me, carry me, hold me, let me cry on my knees to him and he never says, “Kelli, I am busy right now, come back later.”  He is the only friend, father, God that will never forsake me, never.

I have to say these past few weeks have been an especially joyful time in his word, because I have been able to share it with others, I have had the opportunity to pray with others and for others.  I have done this through the, Hellomornings Challenge.  If you, like me have had a difficult time with mornings and giving your mornings to God, then I highly recommend their fall session that starts in late August.  If you need someone now, please visit my facebook page and let me know and I will gladly add you to our summer session group going on now. Its never too late for reading his word and having accountability with other people that cheer you on and pray for you.

The Lord inspired this post through the bible study that we have been reading together as a hellomornings group. I just wanted to share a little bit of what he said to my heart this morning.

 

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol.

1 Corinthians 13:1

  1. People put a lot of stock in angels, we do not and should not pray to angels.  God said, no man can come to the Father, but by me.  He didn’t say through angels, he didn’t say to pray to angels either.  God may use angels for protection or messages or even to fight for us, but we never pray to them for intervention.
  2. If I speak in the tongues of men and angels… men and angels cannot give you Godly wisdom.  Only God can give you the correct wisdom.  Remember, Soloman in Ecclesiastes saying, “meaningless, meaningless…everything is meaningless.”  Everything but God.
  3. and God said, “but have not love”.  If you have not love all wisdom is meaningless.  If you have not love, when disciplining your children, with talking to your neighbor, when speaking with your husband, (you must do these things with love, God’s Love), then you are only lecturing, yelling or nagging, not helping in love.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Mark 12:17

How often have I heard that verse in my lifetime and it has always been used for reference to explain what we should give unto, “Caesar.” As I read it this time, I saw, “and to God what is God’s.” I immediately prayed, “Lord, show me what is yours so that I may give it to you.”

 

  • time
  • children
  • possessions
  • hands & feet
  • husband

 

Time

What is our time on earth, but to glorify God. Our days are few upon this earth, whatever God’s calls you to do, do it to the best of your ability, and give glory to the King. My calling is to be a help mate to my husband to shepherd my family and children. To do this, I must start my day in God’s word and lead my children to do the same. Give Him your time and He will bless yours.

Children

My children are not mine. God loaned them to me. I am sorry, but, “dadgum,” is an appropriate response. I am to shepherd their hearts and minds, to show them the creator in all things, to teach them of His love, grace, and mercy. In a recent book club I joined through Amanda Pelser and her blog thepelsers.com, I have had the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the meaning of shepherding my children. I would recommend Ted Tripp’s book, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart,” to all parents. While it is not a manual for raising your children, it does have good insight.

Possessions

I get caught up in possessions. I have found myself wanting… When in truth I can want for nothing. I feel like God, has presented me with this verse over and over and over again here lately, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Do not make idols of your possessions, only follow Him.

Hands & Feet

I wanna be your hands
I wanna be your feet
I’ll go where you send me
I’ll go where you send me

This song by Audio Adrenaline, has been a long time favorite of mine. Pray that your hands and feet serve God everyday all day. If it is your calling to be in the mission field in some far away country then go. Although, I think this song also applies to everyday parents. You serve God by your testimony to your kids, husband, neighbors, friends, and that crazy lady in front of you at the supermarket (wait I am pretty sure I am that lady).

Husband

God blessed me with a husband that makes my eyes light up every time he walks through the front door. A husband that cares deeply for his wife and children. Knowing all of this, I have put my husband on a pedestal acting like he is Jesus. He doesn’t need that kind of pressure. Let your husband be the man God wants him to be, not who you want him to be. Love him, respect him and pray for him.

Lastly,

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all of your mind and with all of your strength.
Mark 12:30

  • When you use your heart. Show God’s love.  Open your heart to Him, let his love shine through you to others.
  • Give your soul to Him!
  • Keep your mind clean and pure, do this out of love for God.
  • When you use your strength, use it for the glory of God.

Jesus feeds the four thousand. Did you know he broke bread and fish twice in the bible? Once for the five thousand and then once for the four thousand. Not my first thought, but I was thinking, hmmm; how many times did he do this and it wasn’t mentioned in the bible. Anyhow, onward to the scripture for today…

Scripture
Mark Chapter 8:1-3
During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ” I have compassion for these people, they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”

Observation
Compassion, Compassion, Compassion! Plus, the Lord our God will see to our needs, all of them. He is concerned for our daily needs, there is nothing to large for him to handle and no need to small to escape his interest. For me this was a double lesson. Its to always remember that God can and will handle all things in my life, but to also be used by him. God didn’t bring down bread from the sky to feed the four thousand (not to say he couldn’t), he used what was around him. I want to let God use me to show compassion to his followers and to the lost. To let his love flow through me.

Application
I am sure you have heard the saying that goes something like, “if its too easy its not worth doing”. There is so much truth in that. For me, it hit home when I realized that if I don’t want to do this (whatever this may be), then that is when I need to do it the most. When God presents the opportunity to show compassion to others, I do not always want to jump in head first, nor do I always trust God completely to take care of every need. I have realized that I must do these things to continue to grow in Christ, I do not want to grow stagnant in my relationship with Jesus Christ. Reading his word and praying to him is not enough, I must also do.

Pray
Lord, please help me to lay my fears, pride, and laziness at your feet. To joyfully go forth and be your hands and feet to the lost in this world. To show them your compassion and love. Help me to remember that the largest to the smallest need is yours, that I can bring them to you. Thank you for answering my prayers, even the tiny one this morning Lord. I love you.

Amen.

Scripture
Mark Ch.7:26-29
The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

Observation
My first observation was not what God wanted me to see. I honestly didn’t even want to write about these verses. They made me mad. My thoughts were, how dare he refuse a woman help for her child. He didn’t refuse her. He said, “Not now”. My disciples must learn from my knee if they are to go out into the world and preach.

The woman then showed such humility. I have never in my life been that humble.

Application
I fear to pray for things, for fear that God will answer. I obviously need humility, especially after my reaction to the verses in Ch. 7. I need to pray for humility. God for good reason shows us and gives us these characteristics by putting us in situations. This is where the fear comes in, what does He have in store for me. How is he going to teach me humility? But, I can either have fear, or I can seek joy. God showed me that I needed humility, therefore; I need to prepare myself, for hopefully He is going to use me.

Pray
Lord, I fear you. That is the only fear I ever need. With you by me, I have nothing else to fear. Lord, I am not humble. Please show me the way. Help me to find joy in humility.

Amen.

Scripture

Mark 6:51- 52 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

Observation

Even after watching Jesus miraculously feed 5,000 people, the disciples still could not believe that He was God’s son. If they had, they would not have been amazed that Jesus could walk on water. The disciples did not transfer the truth they already knew to their own lives. I read that Jesus walked on water and yet I often marvel that he is able to work in my life.

Application

I must not only believe that these miracles really occurred; I must also transfer the truth to my own life situations. How many times have I doubted that God could truly change things in my life? How many times have I lost faith just like the disciples? I am not questioning my belief in God, just my ability to lay all of my problems at God’s feet and truly believe that he can handle all things. While I know that he can, how easy is it, to wait to pray or call on God in a situation, because I think I can handle it. How does one go about having the faith of a mustard seed? The only way I know to do this, is to stay in His word and to give each day to Him and to ask Him for the wisdom and faith that I so desire. Solomon asked God for wisdom and God obliged… A little girl (in a third world country) prayed to God for 7 years for a large following of Jesus Christ to come to her community, God answered. (7 years y’all, keep praying I say, he answers them all)

Prayer

Lord, I put my trust in you. For I know that when I falter, you will always be there to pick me up and carry me. Lord, help me to remember and be content in your answers to my prayers. For I know that as you do answer all prayers you answer them the way that is best for our lives. I love you Lord and I seek to understand your word and your will for my life. I seek to have the faith of a mustard seed. Please help me not to harden my heart to your ways. I love you Lord and I thank you.

Amen.

Scripture

Mark 5:32-34 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Observation

Jesus was not angry with this woman for touching him. He knew she had touched him, but he stopped and asked who did it in order to teach her something about faith. Although the woman was healed when she touched him, Jesus said her faith caused the cure. Genuine faith involves action. Faith that isn’t put into action is not faith as all.

Application

Its hard to step out on faith sometimes. At least for me it has been. When I do though the rewards are many. I think sometimes people try and rely on faith alone to fix things. It reminds me of the story/joke about the man standing on the top of his house while flood waters surround him and he prays to God about sending help and God sends several options for him to be rescued, yet he denies each one, because he is expecting a miracle or perhaps God himself, who knows. We can pray and pray for help and God opens many doors, but we have to do our part and walk through, work through, and/or change things in our lives with our faith. God can do all (I mean ALL things), but just like the woman above, sometimes we need the lesson. Take action in your faith.

Pray

Lord I come to you rejoicing today, because of the times I have put my faith into action as you needed me to. It was a hard lesson that brought such rewards. At the time of the reward, I rejoiced for the ending, yet now I am able to look back at that time and see better the lesson not just the reward. Thank you Lord for your mercy and patience with me as I learn. Please help me to remember that I cannot live by faith alone, that I must take actions.

Amen~

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