Sometimes I just need to be interrupted.
Archives for February 2010
Yesterday, a friend of mine posed the most interesting question to me: “Lysa, if the Bible were being written today would our names be in it?”
My first inclination was to draw back and think, “Um, no. How dare I even think a thought like that. Seriously. The Bible? No, I don’t think my name would be there.”
But this question has continued to rattle about in me and bump into my heart where I’ve committed to living an all out life for God. And somewhere deep inside a spark ignites and I dare to think, maybe.
Maybe. Not because of me. Not because I’d deserve an ounce of recognition. Not because I’ve accomplished anything worthy of mention.
But because God loves to take rag tag people from broken backgrounds and surprise the daylights out of them with possibilities.
As I’ve been thinking about this series on “Studying the Bible and Loving it,” I wanted the first two days to be focused on preparing our hearts and minds to be receptive of what God will surely be teaching us. Now, that we bring an attitude of asking and a heart of willingness, I want to invite you to live today in a place of possibility.
God wants to surprise us today with the possibility of experiencing Him. So, I want to take you through a little exercise where you become the teacher today. Where you become ignited with possibility.
Start by asking God for the Spirit of wisdom and discernment. Offer your willingness to learn what God wants you to learn. Now, read Philippians chapter 1. (In my Bible it’s on pg. 2144)
Read it and ask yourself five questions…
1. What is something I’m facing today?
2. Why might God have specifically drawn me to read this chapter on this day?
3. Which words stand out to me?
4. Why do these words stand out to me?
5. How can I apply these words to my life today?
Now, write whichever words or verses stood out to you on a card and stick it in your purse. Commit to reading that card 5 times throughout the day today and look for the connection of how these words apply to something in your life today.
We’ll talk more tomorrow about experiencing God, but for now, I can’t wait to see how God reveals Himself to you today. Remember, even the smallest inklings from God are big connections for our hearts!
Just out of curiosity… what were the words that stood out most to you? I’d love to read them in today’s comments.
Sweet blessings dear sisters~
Just as a total side note, guess who I met yesterday?
Buddy, the cake boss.
Some of you just squealed. Others are all like, who? It’s the dude that makes lavish cakes on TLC. And even though I don’t eat sugar, I can still admire a good looking cake y’all. And his cakes aren’t just nice- they are unbelievable works of art.
Now let me clarify the situation. It’s not like Buddy and I are friends and we spent the day hanging out talking about his fondant creations. No. Buddy doesn’t know me from Adam’s house cat.
It’s more like I stood in line for close to an hour just to get his autograph and a photo with which to impress my kids. I’ll try to post it sometime.
On to much more important things… part two of studying the Bible and Loving It. Yesterday’s focus was on how important it is to keep asking God for the spirit of wisdom and understanding as we sit down to read the Bible.
Today, the focus is on my willingness. God considers our willingness to sit down and spend a few minutes with Him reading the Bible- His love letter to us- precious time. I hope today’s short lesson inspires you to richly pour out whatever willingness you have- to the Lord. Over time, with consistency, this will become one of your favorite parts of your day.
The story that I’ll share in today’s video is from 2 Samuel 23: 13- 17. In my Bible it’s on page 536.
(Remember, if you get this blog emailed to you, you may not be able to see the actual video in your e-mail. If that’s the case, go to my blogsite at www.LysaTerKeurst.com and you’ll be able to view it there.)
Now that we know to keep asking and pour out our willingness, tomorrow we’ll talk about where to get started in our reading.
The Bible can seem big and overwhelming but I think you’ll find our discussion tomorrow helpful and igniting!
I can’t wait!