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In April, 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!
- Comparing to Others
- God’s Love
- Personal Talents
If you don’t do regular Bible study, I strongly encourage it. I’m a Bible beginner myself. I finished reading the Bible in its entirety just a few months ago. And I only started truly studying it last month.
In that short period, I’ve really been transformed by the Word. I’m not seeing angels or having visions or anything like that. But everyday moments, moments I used to think nothing of, are spiritual lessons and messages.
Give it a try, you’ll see what I mean. If you already study the Bible routinely, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
After seeing all the controversy over the “Bathroom Laws” I was forced to see something in myself that I’m really not proud of. If you’ve been following my blog, or even if you just stumbled your way here. You probably know by now that I’m a Christian and my faith is my life. It has gotten me through the hardest times and has led me to a very good place.
*BUT* I’ve been nervous. Once I started getting more than 2 followers, I became very aware of how I responded to comments. I’ve been cautious to avoid hot button issues. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that thinking before commenting is wise but there is a line between thoughtful and fearful.
The truth is, we’re kind of at war. Christians who hold to their values are like sitting ducks and I was so afraid, that though my blog is meant to be a source of encouragement, it would somehow offend some nameless person. Who in my heart I know doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things- but still.
Studying hope made me realize I needed to learn more about trusting God. Oh, and I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again…
The #3030challenge is life-changing!
Outwardly my life isn’t much different except I’m more active in the Christian community. But inside, I’m growing and I can tell!
I’m not where I could or should be in my faith, but if you knew the skeptical know-it-all can’t-tell-me-nothing type of Christian I used to be… #progress
When I find myself contemplating on God and, “What’s it all for?” I think about Alice in Wonderland. It’s wonderfully nonsensical.
Then in college, my Set Theory professor explained Lewis Carroll’s stories of nonsense were steeped with accurate mathematical definitions of logic.
It’s a strange world we live in. Things that are logical aren’t always sensible. The more we learn, the more aware we become of how little we know. It’s a maddening cycle.
Knowledge is kind of a B. There’s a reason why genius and insanity are hard to distinguish between.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)
The more time I spend in the world, the more I find myself clinging to Proverbs 3:5.
Maybe I drank the Kool-Aid on this one, but I still have absolute faith in Him. Even if that faith doesn’t answer eloquently to my understanding of what’s logical.
Tonight I studied what I think is the most important aspect of the Christian faith: God’s love.
All the topics I have gone over prior to this evening were really just Biblical tips on clearing the path between God and me. But God’s love is the very foundation of Christianity. Without it, man would have never been created. Certainly Jesus would have never died for our sins.
It’s so fundamental but easy to forget when we busy ourselves with trying to not only make sense of an ancient text, but make it applicable for today’s times. We argue over doctrine. Do we take the Bible literally? Do we only adhere to the parts that fit in today’s society? Should we be tolerant of sin as Jesus was? Or should we stick to the laws laid down specifically by God? Is it our duty to convert others? Or should we accept religious differences?
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This post came pretty close to not being written tonight. Because I had a case of the blues. And the grumpies. Aka the pissed off madder’n hell depressies.
Have you ever seen Key & Peele and that one scene with Meegan and Andre outside the club. Anyway, she doesn’t get her way and storms off saying,
“I’m so over everything right now. I’m over the floor. I’m over the sky. I’m over you.” – Meegan (Key & Peele)
That came to mind when I was lying in bed because that was my official stance: I’m so over everything right now! I’m over life. Over responsibilities. Over disappointments.
I was in such a bad mood that all I wanted to do was curse my heart for still beating and my lungs for still breathing because they kept on working while my mind was screaming: Enough already! I’m done with this. I’m over everything.