The Evolution of Quiet Time

This week we talked about what a quiet time means to me and what my current quiet time looks like. After I walked them through a day in the life of Weave’s quiet time, I explained to them that it will change.

I used to have worship music playing while I read my Bible, but  because of my love for music and singing, I found my quiet time turning into just a worship session.  So then I tried having just the instrumental music for the worship songs playing when I read my Bible, but I would still recognize the song, start singing along, and thus again a worship session begins.  So over the year I have figured out my quiet time has to be quiet in order for me to focus.

After explaining that, a few of the students offered up what their current quiet time looks like, and that opened up some great discussion.

What About Dinosaurs? 

The best part about Q&A in a discipleship group is the moment right after that pregnant pause when someone breaks the silence and asks a question. 

What about dinosaurs, creation, and the theory of evolution? 

A beautiful question that took us all over the Bible. Beginning in Genesis with creation, seeing clearly that God created everything and created a full grow man, not an evolution of a man. Then looking at the descriptions of the behemoth and leviathan in Job 40 & 41, we see evidence of something dinosaur like. Crazy that’s in the Bible! 

It was a really cool journey we went on this past Sunday. It’s always best when we talk through topics the students are interested in. 

I look forward to the next time I get with these students. It’s an awesome opportunity to pour into this next generation. 

Q & A

Sunday was our first Q&A in Strength and Beauty and it was so much fun!

As leaders, we made sure the Bible was our source for the answers to the wide spectrum of questions the students asked. Questions such as, “What does the Bible say about dinosaurs?” and “Why does God let things like hurricanes happen?” to “What is salvation?”.

It was a great way to end our three weeks with the students! Beginning this Sunday, Kelsey Light and Olivia Thayer will be the Beauty leaders and Weave Wilson and Phil Baker will be leading the Strength groups for the next theee weeks.

What It Isn’t

We have described in this blog what Strength and Beauty is. That can be difficult for people to wrap their minds around if they have never experienced a group dynamic like that before.

It is important to know what Strength and Beauty isn’t. It isn’t a group that has the goal of teaching. In other words, it’s not information based. The tone is more of a relational conversation that guides students to learn how to find information so that they can build their relationships with the Lord and others.

Will students learn? Yes, but it won’t be a traditional school or Sunday school setting. They will learn through example and discussion that arises from their questions and experiences. The students that have chosen to show up each week have already begun to understand that Strength and Beauty is not about another adult talking at them, but one that shows a genuine interest in their ability to have an independent relationship with Jesus that leads others to Him.

The Source of Wisdom

I was excited about the great questions students asked this week and that several students rose to the challenge of having a daily time with the Lord.

This week we discussed wisdom. To find out what wisdom is we turned to James 3:12-18. We talked about where we get our wisdom and that any wisdom outside of God and His Word is from the enemy. We also talked about James 1:5 and that if we lack Godly wisdom, we can ask for it. We pointed back to the importance of having a daily time with the Lord and reading the Bible.

I can’t wait to see what the students bring this week to our Q&A session on Sunday!

Context is Key

It’s easy to skim over a verse because you don’t fully understand it, but what if there was a tool you could use to discover what it means?

This week we talked about context and the importance of looking at the surrounding verses rather than just one single verse. We looked at Proverbs 5:15-17 which can be confusing if you don’t look at the entire passage to gain context.

It was great to walk the girls through the chapter and see that moment of understanding. Context is something we learn in literature, but we forget that it can apply to the Bible as well.

Bring your questions next week, it’s open Q & A! We look forward to seeing you.

Students Share

Strength and Beauty should have a predictable pattern. The first week with a mentor will include a lot of talking by the mentor because they get to share about themselves and their time with the Lord. The second week is probably my favorite week because it’s the students turn to share. We don’t want Strength and Beauty to be a place where there is another talking head talking at students. We want to share our lives with them in a way that is more of a conversation than a teaching. We know it takes time to build trust but I was impressed with what the students shared his past Sunday. We touched on the book of Daniel, Genesis and James because that is what the guys were reading this week.

Week three is the Bible Q&A week. Bring your Bibles, questions and friends! See you Sunday!

Come Anyway

It was so great to spend time with those who came to Beauty this past Sunday! We missed the students who weren’t there.

One way we know the Enemy likes to disrupt community is to get us to believe that we aren’t welcome if we didn’t keep up with the daily Quiet Time Challenge (or any other challenge for that matter). However, we want to make sure that this message is loud and clear…COME ANYWAY! We know the challenges might be tough, but we are in this with you and want to walk through these challenges together. So, even if you missed a day (or two…) we hope you will live out one of our On Mission Attitudes and choose to belong each Sunday regardless of whether or not you completed the challenge for that week. Today is a new day and it’s never too late to pick up where you left off.

We look forward to seeing you next Sunday!

A Daily Practice

This past Sunday during our discussion in Beauty I was reminded of one of my favorite pastors, Daryl McLeod. Years ago he shared that every day he practices the presence of the Lord as he drinks his coffee in the morning. He does this by pulling up an extra chair to talk with the Lord as if he was sitting with Him in the flesh. The intentionality of this practice was what struck me and prompted me to share this story with the girls on Sunday.

Just like we make plans to hang out with our friends and family, we should make plans daily to spend time with the Lord to cultivate our relationship with Him.

What began as something I learned to do is now something I love to do… and I am better for it. Daily prayer, hearing from the Lord through reading His Word, and writing about what He is doing in and through me has lead to my intentional intimacy with Him.

I can’t wait to hear about what God is teaching everyone through the Quiet Time Challenge!  

My Time With The Lord

In our group I reviewed how I approach my time with the Lord. I like to keep it at the same time every day so it’s easier to plan for and it never get pushed to the side. I start my mornings with prayer, confessing my sin, and asking the Lord to teach me. Then I read through a passage of scripture 2-3 times and search for what the Lord is saying to me. I try to find a verse or two that I can then directly apply to my life and put into practice.

We also went over what it means to find our identity as a child of God by looking at Psalm 139. We are not an accident. God designed each of us with a unique purpose and we are part of God’s family once we follow Jesus. Then we looked at Matthew 22:37-39 as our summary of how we should identify ourselves in this family by loving God and loving people.