The Weekend Brew

Rhythm Of The Word // The Weekend Brew

July 24, 2015

Welcome to my weekend home away from home. Every other weekend I am blessed to hang out here with Barbie and share some words. It is one of my favorite things to do because of all of you. Today I am continuing to look at the rhythms in my life specifically the rhythm of the word. If you missed the other two posts about the 4 W’s click here and here.

God has a claim on my life and has since 2005. In that moment that I became His, I also was given God’s grace and love to share with others. In my new walk with God, my eyes were opened to learning how to be His child and I found the life lessons I needed in His Word. As a child growing up, I went to a structured and ritualistic church. The Bible was never promoted as a book that should be read, reflected on and a place to renew your mind. I missed out on one of the greatest gifts that we have as children of God.

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Since my journey began in 2005, I have made time to read the Bible in its entirety, participated in many Bible studies with some amazing women, tried to understand these words that were written for all of us on my own and just tried to make it a daily habit. This past year has not been one of great success when it comes to daily reading in the word and as I have been exploring rhythms, I have scrutinized why I can’t seem to grasp the rhythm of the word.

One verse has popped up more often in the last 6 months than any other and I am learning God has a specific reason why I need this verse right now in my life. Matthew 14:29 is best read within context and it is teaching me, giving me a chance to pause for continued reflection and renewing my mind as I look to the future.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:27-31)

Throughout these last months as this verse popped up over and over, God whispered, “I am not finished with you yet”. You see I have not taken that full step out of the boat. I am only dipping my toe in the water. God is teaching me that to fall into the rhythm of the word I must…

Go deeper and not wider

Take the time to not only learn the verse but understand why this verse, for this time in your life. Allow yourself to let it fill you, become you and teach you.

Look at a highlighted verse over and over

God has more to teach us when a verse returns over and over in your life. He is not finished with us and that verse needs more time to become part of who we are becoming.

Take time to stay in God’s word as you seek the rhythm of the word

Continue the habit of soaking in God’s word according to your schedule. No one says you must follow a particular plan or schedule. God cherishes the time we spend with Him in His word.

Connect with God’s word to deepen your relationship with God. Breathe in His word and allow it to fill you for this time and place in your life. Embrace the truth that you find in the word and use it in your daily life.

How do you let God’s word teach you, fill you and become yours? Are there any verses that return over and over that God has chosen for you because He is not finished with you yet?

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My 5 Minute Fridays

Ten // Five Minute Friday

July 23, 2015

When I think of the word “ten”, my mind immediately goes to time.

Ten minutes. That is not a lot of time.  There are so many things to do, how can anyone accomplish anything in just ten minutes?

But if you really sit down and think about it, there are a lot of good things you can accomplish in just this amount of time.

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In ten minutes
you can write someone an encouraging note.

In ten minutes
you can throw in a load of laundry, and perhaps put another in the dryer.

In ten minutes
you can load the dishwasher.

In ten minutes
you can go for a brisk walk and breath Him in.

In ten minutes
you can pick flowers from your backyard and reflect on His fragrance.

In ten minutes
you can tell your child how much you love him/her.

In ten minutes
you can close your eyes and calm your spirit.

In ten minutes
you can doodle a picture or write a poem.

I think there are a lot of good things one can do in just ten minutes.

What is something good you can do in just ten minutes today?

Proudly linking up with the beautiful community of Five Minute Friday writers. We write, for just five minutes on one word. We aren’t worried about perfection, so no heavy editing or backtracking. Just free flowing words to encourage your heart. Today’s prompt is “TEN”.

Reviews & Giveaways

7 Year Blogiversary & Birthday Month of Giveaways – Week 3

July 19, 2015
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As a child growing up, when things were not going right or life became too overwhelming, I always wanted to hear my parents say “you’re going to be okay”. Those simple words had a way to make everything seem better because the two people I looked up to most, believed in me and helped me to believe in myself that it was going to be okay.

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Last summer, I read Holley Gerth’s book, You’re Going to be Okay-Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear Especially on the Hard Days, and once again I felt a reassurance and a safety net in her words as I soaked in truths that were written just for me. I read Holley’s book at a time when I needed to hear those words to get me through challenges in my life and pull me through to the other side. Even as I was going back through the book now, I could feel the same peace that wrapped its way around me during the first reading of the book.

Throughout the book, Holley provides chances for self-reflection laced with words of affirmation. As you begin examining your own heart and what is happening in your life, Holley’s words come alongside you throughout, reassuring you that “you’re going to be okay”. Holley affirms who we are in Christ and wraps up the book with these words:

  • God is with you
  • God is for you
  • God is in control
  • God makes you victorious
  • God provides for you
  • God has a plan for you
  • God is not holding out on you
  • God is always the same

I am thrilled to be able to offer one copy of Holley’s book, You’re Going to Be Okay, as part of Barbie’s 7 year Blogiversary celebration. Barbie told me she is also adding a $20 Amazon gift card to this giveaway!

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As her partner every other weekend at The Weekend Brew, I have been blessed over and over by Barbie and her willingness to not only share her home with me, but her ability to encourage and mentor me as a writer. Please join me in celebrating Barbie!


 

Thanks Mary for joining the party! I wouldn’t even think of celebrating without you!

To enter this giveaway, please follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below. This giveaway will end on Monday, July 27th at midnight.

7 Year Blogiversary/Birthday Giveaway – Week 3