Bible study blurbs that make me really think during Lent

Most people who know me IRL know that I’m fed up burned out on hiatus from attending church – and I won’t expound on why here – but since it’s Lent & I came across this old writing while I was looking for recipes earlier, I thought I’d share these Bible study blurbs that make me really think during Lent  –

we become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. if we love things, we become a thing. if we love nothing, we become nothing. ~ St. Clare of Assisi

Label Your Light
Associated readings: Luke 8:16-18, Psalm 119:105, Isaiah 60:1-5

“You face a choice in life: you can either eliminate the truth or illuminate it. If you want to light the way to Jesus for others, you can begin by evaluating the light you shine. What kind of light are you?
“Are you a candle? Do you light the room about you, but are vulnerable to other influences that might snuff out your flame?
“Are you a floodlight? Do you shine so strongly in people’s eyes that they are blinded rather than enabled to see?
“Are you a flashlight? Do you click on only in emergencies?
“Are you a chandelier? Do you shine with beauty and make those around you look better?
“What kind of light are you and how can you shine for Jesus more effectively in your world?”

This one is about encouragement from a couple weeks ago:

Associated readings: Mark 6:45-51, 1 Thessalonians 5:11-14, 2 Thessalonians 2:16

“To encourage others is to actually give them the courage they lack. Encouragement boosts them up to a spot where they can breathe cleaner air. It offers them a better vantage point on truth.
“In Mark 6 we read the account of how Jesus, from his spot praying on shore, observed the disciples “straining at the oars” on the Sea of Galilee. In order to come to their aid, he walked across the water to them.
“And they, not expecting Jesus and certainly unfamiliar with someone walking on water, lost their grip on courage altogether. To this petrified and hysterical band of leaders, Jesus shouted “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” He gave them the courage they lacked by identifying himself and raising their sights to the truth.
“Many around us have lots courage. We can offer them a reviving dose of truth and help them find the courage they lack. As God walks to us on the waves of our inadequacies, we can walk His truths to others.”

This one is about Praying & Waiting:

Praying & Waiting
“There are so many ways in which God’s actions or inactions make little sense to us. We ask Him for help and He is silent. We trust Him to provide and He withholds. But is God inconsistent or is He simply running according to another time schedule, another set of priorities?
“Habakkuk questions God’s plan to use the pagan nation of Babylon to discipline wayward Israel. He then settles in to wait for God’s answer: “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what He will say to me and what answer I am to give to this complaint” (Habakkuk, 2:1). Like a guard who waits through his watch with eyes peeled for a sign of movement, Habakkuk waited for God.
“So must we. We must pray with a willingness to wait and wait with a willingness to pray. Waiting and praying go together. Like two shoes in a pair or two halves of a whole, they work as a team”

Additional Readings:
Psalm 130:5-7
Lamentations 3:24-26
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

This one is about the Proverbs 31 Woman

The Perfect Woman – from Mom’s Devotional Bible
“Most of us sigh with hopelessness when we read about the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s just too perfect to emulate. But some scholars suggest that instead of one perfect woman, this tribute to “SuperWoman” represents the compilations of several different women.
“No kidding?!? Whew! What a relief! Okay this is only one interpretation of the passage, but it fills most moms with hope. We admire this wise wife, but we feel more than a bit intimidated by her stamina and productivity. When we compare our batch of chocolate chip cookies next to her soft and chunky ones, our cookies appear hard and flat. our craft creations show signs of glue-gun globs, while hers is seamless perfection. We stick toes, heels and ankles in our mouths on occasion, but she always knows just which words to use.
“Whether or not the Proverbs 31 woman is one spectacular woman or a composite of several women, we can take heart from the truth that few of us can ever exhibit all of these qualities at once. And God does not expect us to. What He desires is that our attitudes and actions are yielded to Him whether we’re sitting at the city’s gates or by the home fires”
Associated passages:
Proverbs 31:10-31
Proverbs 1:1-7
Philippians 1:6

based on Psalm 8:1-2 Trophies or Teachers:
“At the baby shower she gave me for my daughter, my best friend offered me a devotional thought that has sculpted my mothering. To the women gathered in her living room, buried in pink bows and pastel wrapping paper, she asked a simple question: ‘do you view your children as trophies or teachers?’
“If we view our children as trophies, we will place their personalities and achievements atop our mantles, step back and take the credit for who and what our children have become. We will be inclined to pressure our children to perform in such a way that will increase their value as trophies – and we receive more praise.
“But if we view our children as teachers, we will submit ourselves to the lessons we will learn from God at their hands. Lessons of patience. Of creative problem-solving. Of accountability. What matters in the end is that our children grow in their love for God and that they praise Him with their lives. In this way, they become our teachers, drawing us closer to God and His ways as well.
“So what is it for you? Are your children your trophies or are they your teachers?”

(additional suggested readings: Luke 10:21 and Luke 18:15-17)

And a couple of quotes that just really hit the mark:

“The symbol for the virtue and the gift of hope is the anchor. Like an anchor that holds a boat stable in a storm, hope holds us in a balance during all of life’s struggles, sorrows and suffering” ~ The Journey Into God: A 40 Day Retreat with Bonaventure, Francis and Clare (an old favorite ♥ )

 

 

“When we view nature as a gift, then nature becomes transparent and points beyond itself to God” ♥ ♥ ♥ (same book – thought of it the weekend after Ash Wednesday when Maddy & I saw a rainbow while driving with a friend)

“Never doubt in the dark what God has promised in the light” ~ Dr. V.R. Edman
“Most babies don’t sleep through the night in the first several months of life. Many others don’t catch on for the entire first year – or even longer! Once they finally settle into some kind of decent pattern, other challenges kick in. Like disciplining a two year old, potty-training and answering questions, questions, questions. Sometimes just the noise level is enough to send you over the edge. Where is peace? Where is quiet? Where is restoration? Psalm 62:1 says “my soul finds rest in God alone.” literally the word rest here means silence.
Ah. Beautiful silence. When was the last time you heard it?
Sit on the stairs late at night after – finally – all your children are in bed. Listen to the stillness of your home. Turn off the radio in the car after dropping the children off somewhere and take in the quiet. In unexpected moments of aloneness – when you’re sitting at a red light and your baby is asleep in the carseat”

“When you wake early for some reason one morning and no one else is yet stirring – resist the urge to fill the silence with noise. Pray. Listen. And let your soul find its rest in God alone” – from Silence! a devotional based on Psalm 62
“As much as we love our mischievous toddlers, our irresponsible grade-schoolers, our belligerent teenagers and our know-it-all young adults, God loves us even more. With the love of a parent who loves a child regardless – God loves us” From “Lavish Love” a devotion based on 1 John 3

References:

some are from

http://www.amazon.com/NIV-Moms-Devotional-Bible-Zondervan/dp/0310924227/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361724757&sr=8-1&keywords=mops+moms+devotional+bible

Others are from

http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Into-God-Forty-Day-Bonaventure/dp/0867164999/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361724817&sr=1-1&keywords=the+journey+into+god

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