We seem to have accidentally started a revolution of sorts and I'm not really sure how. I didn't mean to create a "new and exciting" kind of thing because I'm not a "new and exciting" kind of person. (I wanted that in high school when it could have meant something!) My blog is not poetic. My posts are inconsistent. I rarely make any promises that following my advice will change your life (in just five steps!) On most days, I can’t even manage to keep my punctuation in place.
But, despite all that, there is still a thing going on here with the Journal and Doodle Bible studies and though I don’t quite know why or how, I do have a few insights I’ve learned along the way... if you want to stick around for about 500 more words. (The blogger's magic post length, so I'm told.)
1. I'm on a soda fast. Yup. No more Diet Coke or Pepsi. (I know, you can clean rust off a car and dissolve a quarter in it, but I really enjoy those tasty chemicals!) I figure since I'm no longer drinking soda, my brain is much clearer, right? I'm still waiting for the lovely singing voice, the defined arms and abs, and the full, glossy, slow motion shimmery head of commercial worthy hair, but I know they're coming. Wait for it. #FalsePromises #Sigh
2. The best way to learn something is to teach it. Can I get an ‘Amen’? I have read my Bible for years since becoming a Christian in my teens. I have attended good solid Bible teaching churches and learned much about my Savior, His love for me, and the way I should live. But never in my life have I learned as much as when writing a guide for others. I know the Lord has so much work to do in my life, because He is faithfully pointing out all the areas I need to grow while I'm preparing these studies. #ConvictionHurts #Ouch
3. Sit down, shut up, and just do the thing. I am such an amazing procrastinator. In fact, I’m so good that I have learned to harness my procrastinating powers for good, not evil. When I'm procrastinating I can clean my kitchen sink till it sparkles. I have been known to hem clothes, iron, and clean out under my fridge just to avoid what should be done.
I. Am. That. Good. But when these studies started to grow, the Lord showed me my lack of discipline in a new way. So I am learning to do much more sitting and focusing and doing. It's hard. It's a struggle, but it's a good and worthy struggle. Almost every morning, I get up early, turn on the computer, set my getcoldturkey.com blocker for 4 hours, and write. And write. And Write...battling against every fiber of my being. #ProcrastinatorsUnite #Tomorrow
4. There is nothing quite like having your best plans ripped from your hand and getting turned upside down by God. When your best A, B, and C plans end up about as far as the east is from the west and God shows you something harder, but better, it has a humbling and strengthening beyond anything you thought you needed. Putting yourself in a place where God moves is really hard and awfully scary at times, and when you don't have the strength to do it yourself, God can definitely step in and gently push you there until you realize this is where you wanted to be all along. I didn't set out to be a homeschooler, a blogger, a writer. I especially did not plan on being a Bible study author. But here I am, because God’s plans and purposes are much greater than any I had for myself. #PlotTwist #PlanG
5. All Grace, All God. The real reason any of this is anything is ALL God. He can use the most sin-filled, damaged person to do His will because He is who He says He is. He forgives completely. He equips perfectly (even if you don't feel it), and He works His plan just as it was set before the foundation of the world. He calls His own to Him, and His word will never return void. THAT is the only reason any of you are even reading this. It is not me. It is all God. These studies are a way for others to draw close to Him, which brings Him glory. How He can do that through me is way beyond my understanding. I'm just humbled and thankful that He has. #HeisWhoHesaysHeis #Grateful
Thank you, each one of you, for your amazing support. Thank you for your kind words, your encouragement when I'm struggling, and the pictures you send of what God is teaching you through these studies. I truly CANNOT wait till we get to be together in heaven, sitting next to the glassy sea hanging out together. We will never even begin to reach the end of talking about all the wonders of our Savior.
Because you have been such an awesome part of the revolution, I don't want any of you to miss out on the brand new studies through 1 and 2 Corinthians, coming Saturday August 1st. I'm giving away a free copy of both, a day before you can buy, on July 31st! If you'd like a copy, please enter the drawing below. Thank you so much for being such great readers!
To Him be the glory forever and ever!
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