Good morning, and happy new week! This weekend I had some time to really dig into my Bible, and I thought I would just share a few things... In our small group last week we were studying 2 Timothy 4. In verse 2, Paul exhorts Timothy to "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction." Later as I was looking back at the passage, the words "Preach the Word" really stood out (again!) to me, and I feel like God was saying 'To preach the Word, Mandy, you have to know the Word.' Sounds pretty elementary, I know, but that's exactly what I need sometimes!
I feel like at this point in my life I have a distinct calling to be someone who teaches God's word to other young moms who are in this same phase in life as me. In the last week I came across this post at The Simple Wife Blog about God leading us through some "strict training". (It was actually a Beth Moore teaching that Joanne, the blog's author, sat in on... I highly recommend you dig into it if you want to be challenged!) I don't know about you, but I definitely need some more training and discipline in this area of my life!
In 1 Corinthians Paul talks about how athletes go into strict training before running a race (1 Cor. 9:24-27). I do not want to run "like a man running aimlessly" (v. 26), and I think that even as Christians we have times like this- I want to devote more discipline and strategy to my Biblical training than I do my crazy workout schedule, and I realize that if that's not how my schedule looks, then my priorities are out of proper alignment!
For a while last year I was doing "Memory Monday" on here, but the problem with that, for me, is that I have a fantastic memory. I can tell you what I wore the first time I met Trace's parents, what the first meal I cooked for him was, or my second grade locker combination... but that's head knowledge, and that is kind of how I read Paul's "running aimlessly" thought. Yes, it's great to commit verses to memory, but I think the training I desperately need is the kind that converts head knowledge into true heart knowledge and then into action!
At the end of the lesson, Beth pitched a one year challenge: To pray every day for one year for a heart to love God more than anything else. To commit to this training for one year and be prepared for the work God will do if we commit. I know it has been a while since Joanne posted this, but I am totally in- and it starts today! What about you? I hope that in the coming weeks I can bring y'all some of my 'workouts'- I know God has so much for me and for you!
I hope you had a good weekend! Don't forget that today is the last day to enter my Twirly Skirt Giveaway- I'll announce the winner tomorrow!