A lesson from Dr. Tony Evans We’ve all been stuck in a boat that is caught in a storm. I’ve been in quite a few…some of my own doing. I STEPPED WILLINGLY INTO THE STORM. I have a dear friend who has been in the…
A Spring Bible Study Session that includes Bullet Journaling WEEK 4 / The Virtue Of Contentment Small Group Discussion Outline Philippians 4:4-9 Final Exhortations 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is…
A Spring Bible Study Session that includes Bullet Journaling Small Group Discussion Outline 1 Timothy 6:3-10 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. 5 They…
I haven’t been present here on my blog for sometime. The main reason is something that I’ve mentioned before…The Lord has called me to be more intentional with relationships and discipleship, which limits my time online.
If anyone out there is still following, I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the content from my latest Bible Journaling Study I am teaching at my church.
In this study, I am incorporating both Bible Journal entries along with weekly bullet journal layouts. The Bible Journal entries become a memorial to the Lord, the time spent with Him, and a record of what He is revealing to our hearts. The Bullet Journal spreads are designed to focus on the action of practicing His presence…taking tangible steps to abiding…inviting the Lord to be apart of every moment. Stopping, Pausing, Asking, & listening before we take the next step. Anything we want to excel in takes PRACTICE 😬 It is UP TO US to choose what we find important.
The content for this study comes from a workbook I wrote entitled The Virtue Of Contentment. It is a lesson I have learned through the process of transformation, which started over 20 years ago when the Lord pulled me out of my pit. I began my journey with the Lord at age 15, but lived as the poster child for discontentment for years, due to the fact that I had no idea what it looked like to walk with the Lord daily…really relying on Him for my every need.
BIG IDEA (WEEK 1)
We can learn to be content in ANY situation if we are relying in and connected to our God, through Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Contentment is not found in circumstances but in the person of Jesus Christ.
Until we arrive at this truth, we can spend a lifetime looking for fulfillment in what we THINK we can obtain or earn for ourselves. Our loving Father has all that we need to live a life of true contentment …..if we look to Him to meet ALL our needs.
In our workbook this week, we dug into our daily emotions to uncover some deeper roots. Emotional triggers that might be linked to the past…things that have been said or done to us that have left us with a distorted view of ourselves, others and even God.
Emotional responses often set you on a course that can lead away from God and towards sin…which then ignites a chain reaction with the people around you…a snowball affect that started with something that might not even be true.
When I was first married, I brought with me a very distorted view. I learned growing up, that if someone hurt your feelings, they did so because they don’t love you. My poor husband never knew where all my emotional reactions were coming from. He would do things, unintentionally “hurting my feelings” and I would put it all in my unloved bank account. Boy, did this lead to a big snowball that rolled out of control!
With practice, we can learn to stop this chain reaction, by ABIDING. Stopping in the moments of a day to lean in, to ASK and to LISTEN for the HELP of the Holy Spirit.
This is what Jesus told His disciples would be even BETTER than remaining with them Himself …but rather, he provided the Holy Spirit that would be within them…accessible at ANY time.
Contentment is a “SECRET we can learn” if we lean into listen.
I recently found a SWEET resource for “HOUSING” several journals at once
It is so much more beautiful in person!
We find contentment in God’s presence as He meets us in our obedience. We can experience great joy as we operate in the purpose He has created us for:)
I will continue to post about this class in the 5 weeks to follow!
I have been listening to Dr. Tony Evans latest podcast series entitled “Watch Your Mouth” If you’ve never heard Tony Evans preach, you’re in for a treat. I have mentioned him here before…he happens to be Priscilla Shirer’s Daddy:) The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
You can download his podcast app for free here.
These lessons are about our mouth.
“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing” We have the power to heal or destroy…to build up, or tear down.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” -Proverbs 18:21
God simply spoke and the earth was created. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…The Word was God.
Words are important to God. They need to be valued and used with great care, always tempered by the Holy Spirit.
Many of us have experienced the explosive dynamite that can come from someone’s mouth. Words that have caused us harm; words that have changed the way we see ourselves, others, and even God.
“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,these things ought not to be so.” James 3:5-10
”No human being can tame the tongue.” As it says above, man can tame many beasts, but not the tongue. When it is unleashed it has the power to “stain the whole body!” I am sure many of us have experienced this kind of damaging fire that was started by one “small” match.
We are careless with our words, and often take the responsibility of speech lightly. We throw out words so recklessly, without giving thought to the effect they have…the fires they start.
As we allow God to tame our tongues, we can choose to bring life to others.
I cannot do Tony’s teaching justice, so I encourage you to listen to his messages on “the Mouth.”
Below is a doodle that was sparked by this powerful message! (Dynamite in your dentures)
CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR THE PDF
Tony uses the cow as an illustration in one of the other messages in this series…”he” (the cow) kept coming to my mind:)
Lord, help us practice the surrender required to give YOU the “reins” to tame our tongue…
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” -Ephesians 4:29
Equip us with self-control… to stop, and invite the Holy Spirit to direct our mouths.
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