Monthly Archives: January 2007

BRF: 1 Timothy

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Oh my. After the first few verses it seemed like information overload. There was just so much so much to learn in this book. I felt that I should have broken it up over 6 weeks instead of 1. I had to start writing things down to keep it all straight in my head. I will attempt to not bore you with these few things that I learned, it was definitely not boring to me!

Right off in chapter 1, I was convicted. It said that people were reading the Scriptures and talking about them and trying to sound so spiritual. They were "desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things that they affirm". Those who strayed & turned to idle talk didn’t know they had it all wrong. Please Lord, let me know if I’m in the same boat, and then keep me from this devastating mistake!

Now, about the law. I’m not sure I can write clearly all that I understood from 1: 8-11. But ,here goes. If I am a true Christian I don’t need to worry so much about the law.  Some people live by the law, some by Christ. If I am living by Christ then obedience to the law will be automatic. I don’t need a list of do’s and don’ts, I need to have a heart that wants to please Christ no matter what. In reading & studying the Word, and letting God change me, I am learning to be led by the Holy Spirit and avoid my own babblings and ramblings.

I was struck by 1:18 as well. Yes, struck. :) "Wage a good warfare" is what it said. To make a long explanation short, If I don’t feel like I am in spiritual battles on a regular basis, I am not doing much for the cause of Christ. I don’t want to be one of those who experience ‘shipwreck’. But I don’t have to concern myself with that if I concern myself with 1 Tim.6:11 instead. I will be swimming against the current in this big old world of ours, by pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. I want to fight a good fight for my Lord. I only have to do it until He comes back, and that could be in 5 minutes. I can do it for 5 minutes, I think. So for the next 5 minutes I’ll do all I can. (I’m tired, I have to break it in very bite-sizable pieces).

There was so much that I learned in chapters 2 – 5. But I will spare you the ramblings on them for now. I just might ramble blog about them later.

One last thing from 6:20. I can picture the pleading tone of Paul to his young friend. "O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust,". Paul knows what can happen when you lose your footing in this world. I need to guard the gospel/ the commandment/ the Word of God, and all that Christ has done in me, with all that is in me. And may babblings, contradictions, & false knowledge, not be true of me.

Now it’s your turn to add your own review here on Mr.Linky. If you aren’t sure just how to do it (or if you are one who enjoys adding your name multiple times:) please check out my sidebar on the left for how to use Mr. Linky.

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Mr. Linky For Dummies

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No offense to anyone who had troubles with linking themselves to BRF yesterday. :) I’ve made my own mistakes on Mr.Linky before. Maybe this post will help you avoid multiple links next Friday, it really is quite simple. if there is an even simpler way, someone let me know and I’ll edit this post accordingly. I’m not known as the best person to explain things so I might just confuse you further.:)

Step 1: Write up your very own review on your blog and publish it.

Step 2: Now you have to find the address for your BRF post. If you have a ‘permalink’ on the bottom of your post, just click on that. Where this takes you is the individual page for your review that you want people to find when they click on your name in Mr. Linky on my site. If you don’t have a ‘permalink’ to click on, just click on the time (ex.10:34pm) at the bottom of your post and it will do the same thing as the permalink.

Step 3: Now, while you are on your BRF page, you have to copy the http:// address found in the address bar at the top of the screen. So, select and copy the address to your post and move on to step 4 :)

Step 4: Come on over to my blog and find Mr. Linky there waiting for you. In the ‘ Your name’ box you type in your name. Imagine that. :) Whatever you write is the word/name people will see & click on to go to your review.

Step 5: Once you have added you name in the first box, move to ‘ Your URL’  and paste the address you copied into that box.

Step 6: Click on ‘ Enter’ and you should be added to Mr.Linky, nice and neat like. :)

I’ve also added this post as a link on my sidebar under "What is Book Review Friday?" so you can check it out any time you need it. Hope this helps.

(Please let me know if any of this is unclear so I can make the changes necessary.)

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Book Review Friday: Ruth

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*The book for next weeks review will be 1 Timothy. Get ready, I know there will be a lot to chew on in that one.  Make sure if you have a review on Ruth written, you add your link below to Mr. Linky.:)

Now, for Ruth:

By day 3 I started seeing a beautiful love story here. Not the Hollywood kind, just the simple, honest, godly kind. But that’s not what I will write about. I just liked it, that’s all. :) Kind of a Cinderella story, don’t cha think?

I realized in reading this week that Ruth is a ‘quiet hero’. It took a few times reading the book to start to grasp just the kind of woman she was, (and I’m not). What a great example of biblical womanhood – and from a woman with a totally pagan background!

Just a few traits I saw in Ruth were kindness, patience, hardworking, generous, obedient, virtuous, and I’m sure the list could go on. There’s nothing said about her beauty in the book. Through this love story, Boaz first noticed Ruth for her inner qualities that showed in how she handled herself. He could see that she was a woman worth having at his side.

Though Ruth had grown up in an ungodly atmosphere, lost her husband and was left to live with her depressed mother-in-law, she kept her focus right even when everything went wrong.  She understood at a fairly young age that ‘it wasn’t all about her’. She was willing to turn to a God she didn’t understand and trust that it would be okay, "..the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge."2:12

I want to be a  Ruth. I’ve tried many times to make the qualities she possessed my own, but failed every time. I have to be willing, like she was, to give up all I call mine. All things precious & dear to me have to take a back seat. I need to be ready to obey the Lord when I don’t understand, it hurts, and circumstances weigh heavy on my heart.

What I need is a heart like Ruth’s. Then all those qualities I wish were mine would just be evidence of something so much richer and everlasting. Maybe someday (it’s a long way off) someone will say "for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman." 3:11

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Book Review Friday: 2 Thessalonians

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What a great book, eh?! I think we’ll all probably be saying that every time we meet back here for this each week. :)

It didn’t take me too long into the first chapter to be humbled and brought to thanks for what God is doing in me. Vs.4 & 5, "…your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;". 

Purification: The process God puts me through to refine me and make me more like Himself. Boy, that hurts though. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. But did you ever stop to think that just the fact that it seems like He’s putting you through a meat grinder (excuse the terminology there), is proof of His love and care in our lives? It’s proof of Him who began a good work in you being faithful to complete it. I’m saved (!) and he wants me to be worthy of His kingdom. Please Lord, remind me of this fact when more of those hard times come. I really do want Him to "Fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power," vs11 in me, so that He maybe glorified in my life.

I can be sailing along, doing my reading, praying, taking care of my family, thinking I’m doing pretty good. That’s when a verse like 2:4 pops up and I feel horrible all over again. "..who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." Oh my, that’s me all over. After all, it is all about me isn’t it!? I exalt myself in how I live each day. I sit myself down in my temple of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to make room for me and I start deciding what would be best , and getting grumpy when it’s not going smoothly. If I don’t look out for #1 who will?   I need a whole lot more of that patience and faith the first chapter was talking about. I’ll just keep handing my heart over to the Lord so He can direct it. He is the only one who can change anything.

I was also encouraged by the last part of chapter 3 to learn to work hard/ harder, and be prepared for the long haul. It’s not easy to do all that God has asked me (or you, I’m sure), but as long as we are doing what He asks He will always provide the strength so we will not grow weary.

Now as I go, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." 3:18

Next weeks book will be Ruth. A very well known story, but when you read it 7 times in a week you’re bound to notice a few things that were never noticed before. :) If you don’t know what Book Review Friday is, click here and find out and get involved.

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BRF: 1Thessalonians

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This was a good one for me to read at the start of the new year. Although, I was sick, and it feels like I can’t get a good start on ‘beginning fresh’ until next week. 2:12 "that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory." Since I know I cannot accomplish that in just a year, it will have to be an ongoing resolution.:) In my plans each day of what I decide for my family and for me, this is a good standard to go by. Is it going to be worthy of God? Is it going to further His kingdom? There are many things I can think of right now that would be cut out of our schedules or added if I took this seriously. Am I willing to do the work to make the changes though??? Usually when I’m not feeling very willing to do anything it’s because I feel failure before I even start. That’s why I appreciated 1:5 so much. There’s always hope. It says,"For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance.." We weren’t given the knowledge of what we are supposed to do and then left with it to attempt it on our own. We have been given power, considering where that power comes from it would be silly to think that there was something in my life that couldn’t be overcome. All those things I want God to change in me this year if I keep using His power, listening the the Holy Spirit, and leaning on the assurances in God’s Word, they can be accomplished. And I can start this year out humbled (and excited) with the simple, yet amazing, thought of me (me!) having "been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.." Why? I don’t know. I certainly don’t take that seriously each day. But He obviously has a purpose and I will be ‘pressing toward the prize’. :) Since I still don’t feel 100% I’m going to be needing a lot of power today. I’m off to make up for some lost time. :)
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What is Book Review Friday?

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Book review friday is just a bit of an encouragment for all of us busy ladies to get a little deeper into the Word of God. Join us each Friday as we read through a certain book of the Bible each day for a whole week. Even if you don’t read it every day you still learn so much and it helps to start a great habit. Each Friday you can put what you’ve learned in the past week on your own blog and use Mr. Linky right here at ‘Run the Earth, Watch the Sky’, so it’s available to all of us involved, and we can be an encouragement to each other. When you have it in mind that you will be giving a little write up on what you learned or loved in the book you read that week, it helps you to avoid reading your Bible just for the sake of reading. I pray this will be fun and a help in our quest to ‘keep our minds on things above’.

Remember to run the earth and watch the sky!

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