I enjoyed our time together this past Sunday getting to know you all and hearing your stories. I also enjoyed sharing my story with you. Now you know I am just an Ordinary Joe, just like you! The beauty of God’s love is the fact that He not only loves us Ordinary Joe’s, but He wants us to have a relationship with Him and the best way to start that relationship is to spend time with Him.
If you can remember, I used the analogy: you spend lots of time with your friends, so if you want a relationship with God, you need to spend time with Him.
So how do we get started? It’s easy. You open up that Bible. His 66 book love letter to us is in there and that’s how we get to know Him, and His son Jesus. So this week, I asked you to read one chapter of Proverbs a day, corresponding with the day of the month. So if today is February 14, you will read Proverbs 14. I also asked you to work through Proverbs 12 -17 this week and write down the one verse from each chapter that spoke to you or clicked with you.
I am looking forward to hearing your favorite verses this Sunday. Then, we are going to explore how we can talk to God. It’s going to be a great day!
By Paul Willingham
I had a blast getting to spend time with the students this past Sunday. I asked the question: “If you could meet any Bible character besides Jesus, who would you meet and why?”. Some of the answers were: Joseph because he rose from the bottom to the top and Jonah because I’d like to know what it would be like to be swallowed by a large fish.
We also talked in depth about the power of our words and how to be intentional about speaking life-giving words even when someone hurts us.
We ended the day with two challenges. The first is to wear a wristband as a reminder to pray for someone daily who either doesn’t know the Lord or who you will invite to church. The second is to do an act of anonymous servanthood and come prepared to share about it next week!
I can’t wait to hear the ways in which the students have anonymously blessed someone this week and the God stories that come from their intentional time of prayer.
These three weeks went by very quickly! The main topic of discussion this past Sunday for our Bible Q&A was about the Garden of Eden. We looked at Genesis 2:8-14 to give us a clue as to where the garden was located. We see the names of four rivers and located two of those rivers on a map. However, we talked about how we can’t really know the exact location of Eden due to the flood and all the topographical changes that would have taken place during that time. We know there are mysteries here on Earth and we talked about how fun it will be to get to heaven and have the ability to ask God all the questions that have been on our mind.
We also talked about satan and his presence here on earth. We talked about the difference between being possessed by satan and being oppressed by satan. We know that darkness can not overcome light, so as Christians, we know that satan can not possess us because we have the Holy Spirit within. However, we can be oppressed by satan. He wants nothing more than to steal, to kill, and to destroy and he will do that in any way possible. We talked about this being a reason why it is so important to spend time daily with God because it is in those times that our relationship with God is strengthened and we are more able to withstand the temptations that are thrown our way.
I enjoyed spending my Sunday mornings with you ladies these past three weeks and I look forward to being able to do it again. Starting this Sunday, you will get the pleasure of meeting with Karlye Louritt for the next three weeks. I know you will enjoy learning from her!
We had several good questions this week during Q&A. The one that stuck out the most was the question, “What must we do to be saved?”. We looked at the idea that simply believing in God is not the same type of belief that the Bible talks about. The Bible talks refers to a trusting, loving, relationship with Jesus as our Lord and Savior, not just simply believing that He exists.
I enjoyed spending time with everyone the last three weeks and can’t wait to hear about what y’all learn from Paul!
It was great to see everyone again this week.
We talked about God’s will for our lives and looked at Psalm 37:4 and Romans 12:1. We compared it to a loving parent who delights in sacrificing for their child. We don’t often equate suffering for Jesus with delighting in Him, but we willingly sacrifice our resources for the people and things we delight in.
I challenged all the students to find a way to delight in their time with the Lord rather than treating it like it’s a chore. I can’t wait to hear about how this impacts everyone’s time with the Lord this Sunday.
Hey ladies! Thank you for spending your Sunday morning with me! If you missed it and are reading this to catch up, we missed you and we hope you will be able to join us this Sunday for the Q&A session!
During first service we all took time to read Philemon which lead to a great discussion that covered a multitude of topics such as slavery, forgiveness, salvation, and ancient laws. We were able to put into practice what a quiet time should look like: prayer, reading, reflecting, discussing, and application.
During second service, we took turns talking about what we are currently reading in our quiet times. We read from Genesis and talked about God’s wonderful creation, Ephesians and God’s great love for us and the beautiful picture of marriage, and Romans and the importance of faith. I loved hearing about what you are all learning as you read and spend time with God.
This coming Sunday, come ready to ask questions that have been on your mind. We will turn to The Bible to find our answers! Daisy asked a question last Sunday that we will talk about this Sunday…Where is the Garden of Eden located? You don’t want to miss it!
Have a great week!
P.S. Don’t forget to keep up with the challenges: 1) pray for your impossibles, 2) listen to Christian music when you can control what is being played, and 3) spend time with God every day!
This week we discussed James 1:2-4. We will all have hard times and loss in this life, but the question is, will we hold fast to Jesus through them?
When we blame Jesus or turn our back on Him, we rob Jesus the ability to prove Himself faithful to us. Similar to a student running away from home and blaming their future hardships on their parents after the student ran from the care and protection.
We need to stick close to Jesus and see that He is faithful so that we can become even more trusting and steadfast in Him. I am looking forward to seeing all of the students again this week and hearing from them.
During week 1 of this session’s Strength and Beauty, I talked about my quiet time and read a few verses from my quiet time on Sunday morning. We read and talked about Titus 3:1-2: “Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.”
We discussed the importance of prayers as well and went over the ACTS acronym for prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication and that our prayers should contain each aspect.
For this session, I have challenged the girls to 1) come up with 6 impossible things to pray about and we read Ephesians 3:20-21 to go along with that, 2) listen to Christian music for the next 3 weeks when possible, and of course 3) have a daily quiet time.
I look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday night and Sunday morning. Come ready to talk about what you learned while spending time with God!
The students asked questions either from their quiet times or about quiet time. One question that stood out was how to be consistent. The girls all agreed they struggled with staying consistent. They also shared ideas with each other about how to stay consistent.
We talked about the enemy’s desire to distract us which led to a question about God knowing that Satan would tempt Eve and that they would eat the fruit. I showed the students what I would do to answer a question like that biblically. I would look up an article that had several scripture references. Then I would study those scriptures in order to seek the answer. With deep questions like that one, it takes time to find the answer. I sent to article to the students and encouraged them to read the article with their parents and study scripture.
Some of the students and I made up a word and challenged the students to figure it out by Feb. 4th, just for some fun. You will have to wait until then to find out what it means! 😉
The girls discussed their quiet times and what stood out to them. The girls opened up about how busy life can be and how easy it is to get distracted. We talked about setting an alarm on our phones to help remind us to have our Jesus time. All of the girls liked that idea and set reminders on their phones. We talked about how praying God’s Word went in their quiet times (most of the girls were not there the week before). The girls that were there admitted they had forgotten to try it. So we took about 10 minutes and I let the girls each look up a scripture and read it. Then I asked the girls how they might pray that scripture. The girls had really good feedback on how to pray each scripture that was given.