What Is In The Center Of The Bible???

This is an awesome video. For quick run down… answer these questions. What is the longest chapter? What is the shortest chapter? What is in the center of those two chapters? Continue from there and watch the video. It’s really neat!

No. It’s not my video. I just found it browsing one day and thought I’d share. =)

Blog Hop Topics for Proverbs 31

Topics:

#perfectlove~ Define #perfectlove and share a personal story/example of the #perfectlove in your life.

I recently wrote a Blog post on this about two trees. Here’s the sample below.

“Roosevelt brought up a very good visual. Imagine 2 trees if you will (I’m adding a bit to this). Ok, 1st tree is tall & straight. Your standard tree you could say. The 2nd tree, it starts out growing straight up like the other one, but something happened. Something made it bend & start growing horizontally, rather than vertically. Over time, & a good bit of growing out horizontally, the tree finally started to grow vertically again until it reach it’s full height.  Growing our children are kind of the same way. If they grow up, growing like we (the parents) did, they’ll grow straight up. Not only through discipline & manners, but in God’s teachings as well. They “grew up right”. If we don’t help our kids. Guide them. Teach them. “Help” them to “grow straight”, then they’ll be like the 2nd tree, & grow up in the only path that they know. The path that they learned themselves.”

Noppers, it doesn’t talk about perfect love, but it is a remainder of the perfect love the God gives to us daily. He is always teaching and molding us to be “straight” and on the path to Him. But along the way, we sometimes ‘think we see a shortcut’ or ‘we know better’ or ‘this path over here looks like more fun’. In this process, we tend to ‘bend’ a little (or in some cases, a lot). But God is always there with his unending patience to guide His children where He wants them.
Isaiah 49:23~ Unpack our Verse for the week.

“And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”

No matter whether you are a King or a servant, we all serve and are obedient to the One True King! We will bow to Him and serve only Him!
I Believe~ In order for change to take place, we have to first believe it is possible. Refute your own thoughts of doubt with declarations of faith.

I believe…that my faith will grow during this Bible Study.
I believe…my family will benefit in God’s way through my continued studies.
I believe…one day, doubt will not disable me from reaching my potential in life.
I believe…I will gain better confidence of myself.
I believe…I will not criticize myself over things that don’t amount to anything.
I believe…I will learn to accept God’s love and fulfill His plans that he has for me.
I believe…I will be the loving, caring mother and wife that my family needs.
I believe…I will learn to be quick to think and slow to speak the next time something negative attempts to enter my life.
I believe…


At the Well~ Reread Sam’s story in John 4, asking Jesus to meet your there and show you things in your heart that need His repair. Is there part of Renee’s story or Sam’s story that you can relate to most? (Ch. 2, Discussion #6)

Still thinking on this one. I’ll get back to you! There’s a ton to say, but I’m trying to collect my thoughts better first. LOL! 🙂

Confident Heart Ch. 1 Answers

Bible Study: Proverbs 31

Book: A Confident Heart by: Renee Swope

 

1. What is your earliest memory of doubting yourself or feeling insecure?

+++Wow! Talk about a ton of memories coming all at once. I reckon the first one that came to mind was when our grade had a class play. (I think it was 5th grade). Anyway, there was one kid that had something negative to say about everyone who had to audition for various parts, even himself. I was terrified when they called my name. I broke down and told them that I couldn’t do it. The teachers were so tired by then, they just skipped over to the next person. I used to love plays and acting, but to get me to do something like that took a lot of courage and confidence, which was something that I was very low on.

2. Has insecurity ever kept you from doing something?

+++All the time. Job searching was one. I would browse the “Help Wanted” ads and skip over several because I didn’t feel like “I was good enough.”

3. Describe how it makes you feel when doubt whispers:
“I can’t do this.”
“Things will never change.”
“My life isn’t going to get better.”
“It’s too hard.”
“I might as well quit.”

+++It made me want to stop reading and not pick you this book again or answer the rest of the questions. It made me feel like I was going to fail because I wouldn’t be able to do anything. It was a gateway to other thoughts as well…
“You’re a terrible mom and wife.”
“You’ll never gain anything in this Bible Study.”
“Your husband is going to think your answers are stupid.” (As well as anyone else who reads this)
“No one who reads your answer to these questions can relate.” Etc…

4.Describe what happens in your heart when you read God’s words:
“Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed” (Isa. 49:23)
“See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isa. 43:19)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28)
“All things are possible to [her] who believes” (Mark 9:23 NASB).

+++I feel my heart swell and tears stinging my eyes as a smile spreads across my face. =)

5. What do you think hinders you most from living with God-confidence on a consistent basis? Is there a promise listed above that speaks to your greatest need right now?

+++Self doubt.
+++”Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed” (Isa. 49:23)and  “All things are possible to [her] who believes” (Mark 9:23 NASB) These 2 speak to me the most right now. I feel safer and more in control at these words. At His promise.

6. How would you describe a woman with a confident heart?”

+++Strong. Happy. Beautiful inside and out. Joyful. Optimistic. Loved.

7. Read Jeremiah 17:7. (Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.) What does this verse promise and encourage you to do? Think of one situation where you could live in the power of this promise and describe what that would look like this week.

+++It encourages me to want to do more for God. To make Him happy and proud of His daughter. In raising my kids to be more Christ-like. Teaching them to let go and let God.

*****Even if you haven’t read the book or this chapter, how would you answer these questions yourself?*****

 

A New Beginning… Bible Study

Back when I was in High School, I had attended a few Bible Studies with friends, but they never lasted. Some Bible Studies were just on a specific topic or during a certain season, like Summer. But they always ended and I always wanted more!!! 

Then life happened. Sad excuse, but that’s just the way it was for me. I drifted from church and from God. I gotta admit, my depression continued to get worse. But anyways, enough of the sad part… now the exciting part.

I recently discovered on online site, http://www.proverbs31.org. Let me tell you. It has been a wonderful blessing to me. I started reading the online devotionals, and before I knew, I had read about half a years worth of devotionals, and I still couldn’t get enough. I found that they were starting a new Bible Study called A Confident Heart! It sounded like something that I could really enjoy. 

Sure enough, here came the old me… “why bother?”
“You’ll never stick with it.” 
“You never do.”
“It says ‘Confident’… not exactly something you’ve had much of.”

Well guess what? This time, after a good bit of mental debate, I decided to jump in head first. At the last minute, so to speak, I decided that I would join. I would stick with it. And I will put my all that I can into it. However, I also decided that my husband and children still come first, but that I would still find time to make for the Bible Study. I’ve told a few friends about it, but I’m not sure if any want to join. It won’t stop me from sending them regular updates, because I know that they enjoy any chance to read and learn about God.