Last year, I took Joyce Meyer’s #3030challenge. I studied the Bible daily for 30 minutes then posted what I learned. I’d like to go back and share some of the topics that were particularly eye-opening. I hope you find them helpful!
Day 30 on the #3030challenge! There were some days I felt like throwing in the towel. At times I wondered if this challenge was really getting me anywhere. I mean I still feel pain. I still have unanswered prayers. I have good days and bad. But what have I gained since April 1, 2016?
What good did studying the Bible regularly do me?
It increased my Biblical knowledge. When I open my mouth to speak about my faith, I feel like I’m less likely to make a fool of myself in front of people. That’s always a good thing, right?
I already studied parenting, but this is mom-specific. Because we love moms!
If children are the future then every mother, to some degree, determines the future. Of course we all know God has the final say.
To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.” (Genesis 3:16)
Pre-baby, I was a very different woman to say the least. As for “nurturing,” the only thing I could keep alive was a resilient wandering Jew.
What’s the quickest way to feel bad about your lot? Easy, just compare yourself to someone else. Funny really… I’d feel so great about something until I compared myself to another person.
Most times I don’t realize I’m doing it until my mood changes.
When I catch my thoughts sneaking off to Compare Myself to Others City, I have to make a conscious effort to pull them over and send them back to their hometown of Mind My Own Business. Or they can visit their cousins in the great state of Be Grateful for What You Got.
If you read my post Oh, Hamburgers, then you know I have a difficult time saying no to yummy food after bland dieting.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
The fruit of righteousness? Why not the Milano dark chocolate cookies of righteousness? 😥
Haha, just a little joke. But seriously.
Now I fully understand what Paul meant when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15)
I know what I need to do to obtain the results I want, but instead I indulge in stuff that sets me back. Ugh.
They say Jesus is the Great Equalizer. He’ll take anyone from anywhere regardless of what they’ve done, what they’re doing, and what they’re gonna do. He’s great like that.
Equality in that sense is just peachy. Equality in regards to sameness, not so much. Because we’re all different! Am I the only one who imagines a rainbow with phrases like that? Diversity, weeee!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:6-8)
“If it is writing stuff on the internet, then blog,” I think is a fair takeaway. Notice the words: in accordance with your faith. Like the icky fine print on a cell phone contract.
So prayer. Pretty big deal for us Christians.
When I first started out gettin’ right with the Lord, I don’t think I fully understood the purpose of prayer. I kind of treated God like He was a genie who was there to grant my wishes.
Mostly my prayers were requests. By requests, I mean passive aggressive demands. Needless to say, that was no way to approach Him. I emphasized the ‘presenting my requests’ part while ignoring the ‘with thanksgiving’ part.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)
After my Bible study, I found out that prayer is a two-way street. That’s the point of communication, right? To speak and to listen.
He listens to those who speak to but speaks to those who listen.