Scripture Sunday: Galatians 6:9


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Do you ever feel like no one notices your good deeds and no one appreciates you

I have often felt this way. I can assure you that not only does God notice, but he’ll later reward you in secret. (Matt 6:3)

Don’t be discouraged if you think no one sees or appreciates the good you’re doing. God sees it, and if you don’t give up, you’ll see the fruits of your harvest. 

Have a wonderful week. 

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Scripture Sunday: Hebrews 12:2

I have finished week five of the Bible study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” and now I only have one week to go. I’m not sure what Bible study I’ll do next.


 “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” is based on the book of Ruth. I’ve been challenged, I’ve been convicted, I’ve been inspired and I’ve been uplifted.

Today’s verse of the day is Hebrews 12:2. 


Nicki talks about distractions and how keeping our eyes on God help us to ignore those distractions. 

She talks about how Ruth goes to the threshing floor and lies down at Boaz’s feet. In this culture, lying down at a man’s feet was an indication of a marriage proposal. Boaz understood her intent, but…there was a man who was more closely related than he. 

Don’t you know Ruth was probably disappointed to hear this? I bet Boaz’s heart hung on the answer of the nearer kinsman when he went to see him the next morning. I bet he was relieved to learn the other man didn’t want to redeem it. 

Nicki Koziarz, through the life of Ruth, offers these tips for us when distractions make us want to quit. 

1. Step away for a day. Sometimes you just need a quick break to feel refreshed.

2. Find your forward. Everyone needs something to look forward to.

This Bible study is focused on five habits of perseverance based on the life of Ruth. The  habit we’ve studied this week is “she gives others what she needs.” Sometimes you just need to do the unexpected and invest in others emotionally, even when you don’t want to or feel like it. 

I hope you have a wonderful week. 

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Scripture Sunday: James 4:14


I am now wrapping up week four of the Bible study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nikki Koziarz. This is a six week Bible study on the book of Ruth. The author Nikki wrote the study based on five habits of perseverance from the life of Ruth. 

In day five, week four, Nikki uses James 4:14 as the “quit Quitting verse,” or verse of the day. 

The author also talks about how most of us believe God wants to use us to do great things, but it’s often hard for us to move forward and accept new responsibilities. Nikki says she doesn’t want her life to be filled with responses like, “someday, one day.” She is correct when she says time passes quickly and we need to maximize every opportunity  we are given. 

Nikki then challenges us to think about what we need to do to reach our goals and visions, and what visions we may need to put on hold for now. 

In this lesson we are reminded that being open to God’s movement is filled with hard work- work that often feels fruitless and like we’re not accomplishing anything. But, on his timing, and after we’ve stuck to the task at hand, God always gives us what we need. 

Just wait til week five. God does a huge work in the lives of Naomi and Ruth. 

Have a wonderful week.

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Scripture Sunday: Matthew 11:28

Today’s Scripture Sunday involves one of my all time favorite Bible verses, Matthew 11:28.


I am now wrapping up week three of the Bible study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit” by Nikki Koziarz. This Bible study, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is based on the book of Ruth. Nikki teaches us how to be women of perseverance using five points from the life of Ruth. 

In week three, Nikki talks about how a woman who doesn’t quit follows through with a task even when she doesn’t feel like it. Funnily enough, I wrote Wednesday’s post about struggling with perfection before I read my Bible study this week. I was pleasantly surprised by how related the two are. Isn’t God funny?

We women are expected to do it all and have it all together. No one does. No one can. Society and social media today leave us in a constant state of Comparison. When we feel we can’t compete, we quit. Nikki says this: “when we give God our soul’s best, he gives us a spirit of rest.” 

Don’t quit. Give it to God instead.

What in your life is making you weary or heavy laden? Give it to God and he will give you rest. 

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Scripture Sunday: James 1: 2-3


This week, we completed week two of the Bible study A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit. This Bible study, based on the Book of Ruth, continues to bless and convict me all at once. Today I’m going to share some insights from Day Five: It Just So Happens…and the above verses.

Ruth went to glean wheat from a local field…that just happened to belong to a relative of Elimilech’s family. The author Nicki Koziarz points out that when we decide to accept an assignment of refinement, we tend to have lots of “just so happened” moments. 

Did you ever do the sand and gravel experiment in church when you were little? The experiment is an illustration of our lives when we put God first verses when we don’t. Take a vessel, some sand and some rocks. The sand represents everything else in your life and the rocks represent God. If you pour in the sand first, the rocks won’t fit, but if you put the rocks in first, the sand falls into place. Our lives are like that too. If we put everything else first, God gets what’s leftover, but if we put God first, everything else falls into place. 

Ruth did that very thing. She trusted God and he sent her Boaz. He chose to protect her and provide for her because he heard about what she’d done for Naomi. She trusted God and he met her needs. 

Now, let’s look at that memory verse. When we face trials, God wants us to trust Him and persevere. Ruth lost her husband, brother in law and father in law. She left her home country to go to a land where she knew one person only. Talk about trials! She persevered and in the end, she was mature and complete and lacked nothing. God uses trials to shape and mature us as Christians. Let’s persevere and emerge victorious and lacking nothing. 

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Sunday

 
Romans 8:18: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Or a different translation: 


We are into week two of our Bible study “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit,” which is based upon the Old Testament book of Ruth. 

Each day, there is a “Quit Quitting” verse, and tomorrow’s verse is the one pictured above. I consulted a few commentaries to get some insight into this verse. 

The book of Romans was written by Paul to the Church of Rome. It is believed to have been written around AD 57. At this time, Paul had been on his third journey as a missionary and was planning to return to Jerusalem. The Church of Rome was majority Gentile, with a substantial Jewish congregation as well. Paul wrote this letter to the Church at Rome to share his basic gospel, that God has a plan of salvation for all people- both Jewish and Gentile. 

The meaning of verse 18 is this: though we face suffering and pain in this life, Christians will receive their inheritance and it will be more glorious than we could ever imagine. 

So how does Paul’s letter to the Church of Rome relate to Ruth? 

Ruth was likely suffering. She’d lost her husband, her brother in law, and her father in law, and now her mother in law was leaving as well. Ruth did something that Naomi didn’t expect, and tried to talk her out of doing: she clung to Naomi and  vowed not to part from her. 

In doing so, Ruth accepted a new assignment, and possibly the most difficult one of her life: leave her country and everything she has ever known, and follow Naomi back to her country, her family and her God. 

The writer of our Bible study Nicki Koziarz, says this: “The assignments of joy, peace, and love are easy assignments for us to accept, but the assignments that challenge and stretch us are usually the assignments that make us want to quit.”

But as Paul wrote in the verse above, you may be suffering now, but unimaginable joy is headed your way. Don’t quit. If we keep going , no matter how difficult the circumstances, something wonderful awaits us on the other side.

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Scripture Sunday: Romans 5:4


As you know, some friends and I are doing a Bible study called “A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit.” It’s based on the Old Testament book of Ruth.


We just started yesterday and the study has been a blessing thus far. I thought maybe I’d use some of the daily verses for Scripture Sunday and kill two birds with one stone. Plus, if you’re doing the Bible study with us, this could serve as an additional platform.

Romans 5:3-4 is the memory verse for day one, and I feel like that’s such a great verse for this study:

3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.

What an incredible verse about not quitting. Here’s that same verse broken down:

“And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions…”   The previous verse talks about rejoicing when things are good, but did you know God also wants us to rejoice when we’re suffering? We are only human and this is so difficult because most of us have a hard time finding joy in our struggles. It’s hard to see the lesson and the grace when we’re going through hard times. God acknowledges this in the next verse, and tells us why we should still rejoice.

Have you ever felt you were suffering? I have. Most of us can recall a particularly difficult time in our lives where we experienced pain and suffering. It could be physical or emotional. Some of you may even be there now. Don’t quit. Here’s why:

“because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.”

Basically, God will use whatever trials we endure to teach us perseverance and give us Hope. We only have to stay the course and hope in Him.

In 2014, I experienced pain and suffering like nothing I’d ever known. I learned in that time that our God will not only use our suffering to mold us and shape us for Him, but he also suffers alongside us. He feels and he knows that with which we struggle. 

Think about the book of Ruth. Her father in law and husband had just died and now her mother in law was leaving to return back to Israel. Our Bible study author suggests that Ruth, a Moabite who worshipped idols, may have possibly found God during her marriage. 

Elimilech, Naomi and their sons, who were all God worshipping Israelites left Israel to escape famine and suffering, instead of waiting on God to bring them through it. They traveled to a land with idol worshippers and an evil king, and after about a decade, Naomi’s suffering increased when she lost her husband and both children. 

She was ready to quit. Ready to quit both her daughters in law and just go back to Bethlehem. But Ruth? Well, she and God had different ideas. In fact, God used this former idolater and she actually became a part of Jesus’ family tree. 

It’s amazing what God can do with our struggles. Struggle produces endurance, proven character and hope. Don’t quit. Rejoice in your trials and be blessed. 

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Scripture Sunday: 

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Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible, as Esther is a woman of remarkable courage and obedience. How frightening would it have been to become queen and have to hide your heritage and identity? 

The verse above has been used at graduations and dedication ceremonies for years, as it is a verse about God’s purpose for our lives. 

Today, let’s talk about that verse and what it means within the context of Esther 4.

Queen Vashti had just been disposed of for disobeying the king. Esther, a beautiful young Jewish orphan, was selected from a large pool of eligible girls to be the queen.

The Jewish people were facing a time of great persecution and oppression, although Esther’s uncle and guardian Mordecai had a high ranking position within the town. For her safety and the safety of her family, Esther was not to disclose her identity or heritage within the palace. 

When Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, Haman was angry enough to influence the palace to issue an edict to eradicate the Jews. Mordecai put on his sack cloth and ashes, and was wailing. When Esther received word of this, she sent a eunuch to find out what was wrong, as she had not yet heard of the plot against her people.

Esther 4:14 is a part of a bigger conversation between Esther and Mordecai. Mordecai asked Esther to intercede on the behalf of her people, to which she reluctantly agreed to do. Esther knew she faced the possibility of death because, according to the laws, anyone who entered the king’s inner court without being called could be killed.

Mordecai had faith in God to rescue His people. After all, God told Abraham “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!” 

When Mordecai said the words above to Esther, he was reminding her that God didn’t just raise an orphan girl out of exile and into the palace for no reason, and that Esther had to have the courage to carry through with God’s purpose for her life.

While none of us are in quite the same situation as Esther, the same still applies to us. We have a purpose in life, and when God puts us in a place or situation for a reason, it’s up to us to see that reason and bring it to fruition.

Think about the places where you work, where you live and where you regularly go. Are you in any of these places by accident? God doesn’t put you anywhere for no reason. If you’re unsure about the purpose, ask God to help you see it.

It’s up to us to be obedient to His plan, as Esther risked her life to save her people. 

Have a great week!

 

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Wordfull Wednesday 


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Last week, I expanded upon a quote I’d found by tying it to Scripture. This week I’m doing some of those same things, but I’m going to share some personal truths here as well.

Last week, I shared about five things we need to stop doing. One of them was to stop living in the past. Today’s post kind of bridges off of that quote.

Years ago as a student I encountered a teacher who, at the beginning, seemed caring and loving, but the more we came to know her, the more we realized she would go out of her way to tear down her students, to belittle us and stir things up between us. She enjoyed reducing her students to tears and she enjoyed making us feel small and inferior. 

I allowed this person to cause a significant amount of emotional damage in my life, and not surprisingly, I held a grudge against this person for many years. Way to live in the past, huh?

It’s been said that holding grudges is allowing someone to live rent free in our heads with no benefit to us. I was too immature at the time to realize that a person who is so quick to destroy you first of all has a problem within themselves. But worse, I was too immature to understand that holding onto all of  those things rather than letting them go was doing nothing for me. Who was it actually hurting? Certainly not that person!

The Bible has many verses about holding grudges and forgiveness, but read this verse:

James 1:19-20 (NIV). 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Holding grudges is bad for your physical health, but worse still for your spiritual health. When people do us wrong, it’s hard to let go of the anger and forgive them, but as James said, holding in your anger isn’t pleasing to God.

I struggle so much with letting things go. It’s an area of my life that I’ve really been praying about and I hope you’ll pray for me, too. Have a wonderful week. 

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Scripture Sunday: Hebrews 10:24


24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

I just finished the Bible study The Comparison Trap by Sandra Stanley and it was an amazing experience. I was actually sad to finish it because it was over! I got so much out of it though, and I gained some new perspectives on envy and comparing oneself to others

For instance, the verse above can be applied to comparison like this: when were envious of someone, our knee-jerk reaction is to tear them down. Instead, let’s compliment and celebrate the successes of our sisters when we’re envious, and stir up love in them. This will also help us to right our hearts and remove that envy and discontent from them.

I actually tried this this week: there is someone I’m often envious of for various reasons and I made it a point to compliment her. I found that even though I was nervous about it and I didn’t want to do it at first, it made me feel better. Who knew something so simple could bring you joy?

This week, celebrate the successes of your peers even if they have what you want. You will be amazed by the joy and peace it’ll bring to you.

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