Blog Bible Study #1

9 Feb
A Woman After God’s Own Heart-Chapter 1/Luke 10:38-42 

This week is the first link-up for the ‘Woman after God’s Own Heart’ Blog Bible Study. Each week we’re reading a chapter together and answering questions on our blogs and linking up with each other via Rebekah’s.

I really liked the first chapter of the book – it was a great introduction. I’ve been especially challenged by the three ways Elizabeth George suggests we nurture a heart devoted to God.

Observing the contrast between Mary and Martha
I’ve heard the story of Mary and Martha hundreds of times but it never stops striking a chord with me.

I think that I’m Martha.

Martha was too distracted and busy by all the meal preparations to stop, and sit and listen to Jesus. That’s me quite a lot of the time. I’m a doer. I love to get my sleeves rolled up and achieve.
This morning I was reading Psalm 127 – ‘Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labour in vain’, and I think it sums up this point well. When I hear Jesus’ words to Martha I often indignantly think ‘well what about the meal? What were people going to eat if everyone sat around chatting all day?!’…but it’s all about getting our priorities right. If I’m just bulldozing forward with my ideas and plans and not listening and learning from Jesus then it’s all in vain anyway. The most important thing we can do is follow his leading and teaching. Without that our plans will fail and we’ll just burn out.

Mary wanted to hear what Jesus said, and she had a desire to learn from him. I want to be more like that.

List 5 actions I can take to put worship at the top of my to-do list:
1. Put more time aside to pray – especially listening to God
2. Get up earlier to spend quality time reading the bible instead of doing it on the go!
3. Choose to wait before I act, speak and make decisions so that I can hear from him
4.  Listen to more worship music and sermons as I go about doing daily things
5. Learn more scripture off by heart for prayer and praise

Write out what I will do daily-just for this week-to… cease my busyness, stop all activity, set aside secondary things….  This week I will I take time to make sure I’m up earlier every day to spend time reading God’s word. I try to do this anyway, but too often I stay in bed too long and then I’m rushing my devotional time.

Look up the word “priority” and write it out simply here: Giving something specific attention over other things

Look up the word “worship” and write out the definition simply here: Expressing feelings of love and adoration

Can I think of an area where I’m consciously settling for good when I know that a better and a best choice are available?  Being patient and waiting on him. I so often expect things to happen straight away and in my way, but I know that’s not the way God works!

The main thing I was challenged by this chapter was in the two points E. George makes about committing yourself to God daily and cultivating a hot heart. I’ve recently been reading the Psalms and have been struck by how passionately they speak about their love for God. I want to be like that, so in love and in awe that I can’t help but speak to others about him. But it’s occurred to me that the Psalmists often speak from a place of suffering, or a place where they are waiting on God. Things aren’t easy for them, but by trusting God they are eventually be able to see how he is working things out for the best. Although life can sometimes be really hard and I have to be patient, I’d rather go through that if it helps me to draw closer, and trust God more.

A Heartfelt Prayer-Lord, just for today, help me to cultivate a hot heart by…choosing to be patient.  Listening to God and trusting his best for us.

In 100 words or less, write out one instance when I was aware that I actively chose God as a priority over something or someone this week. 
I long to be the type of person that trusts in God’s plan and takes joy from serving him all the time. Going out to NightLight at 11pm when I wish I could be snuggled in bed is always a battle of choosing to serve God – but the blessings we get from being out on the streets and serving God are always immense! 

What are some of the things that keep me from having a daily quiet time?  Busyness, laziness and tiredness are my main excuses.

What do I think are the key ingredients to a quality quiet time? It’s going to be different for everyone, and different throughout their lives depending what season they’re in. You’ve got to be delving into the bible and being challenged by God’s word, and spending decent time listening to God as well as pouring your heart out to him.

Head over to Rebekah’s to link up!

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7 Responses to “Blog Bible Study #1”

  1. Monica February 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Great post! Thanks so much for linking up!

  2. Lindsay February 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Great post! I agree with you about Psalms. It’s amazing how passionate and faithful they were no matter their situation. Can’t wait for ch 2!

  3. Laura February 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    I keep reading all the different versions of the definition for priority that people are writing out on their blogs. Everyone makes me think “yep… definitely need to work on that.”

    I enjoyed your post!

  4. Rebekah February 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    I love your post. I tend to have a Martha heart. I like to get things done that aren’t necessarily important or that have to be done right then. I’m hoping the Lord helps improve my patience!

  5. Kelly February 10, 2011 at 2:26 am #

    Love your post. I think I’m a little like Martha too…but I’m going to change that.

  6. Kelly February 10, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    Love your post. I think I’m a little like Martha too…but I know God is going to help me change that.

  7. Melissa February 10, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    Great post! I still haven’t done mine yet! Ack! Will do it now, though. 🙂

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