I just wanted to share with the world how proud I am of all my kids but today especially I am proud of Mia. On January 1, 2011 she made a new years resolution to read the Bible more this year. Today on December 26, 2011 Mia just finished reading The Action Bible. That’s right…. the whole Bible! I don’t know any other 11 year old that has read the whole Bible! So proud of her and all my kids!
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This morning I was using Examen.me for my quiet time and the first thing you do is write out your prayer to God before you see the scriptures you are reading. This is part of my prayer I wrote:
Thank you for the good and the bad in my life. I trust you. I know you know what your doing.
When I hit submit and went to the next page, this is the first verse that appeared.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
–Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
I’ve heard Perry say many times if you want to know God’s will for your life you need to be reading the Bible. I want to confess that I have wasted so many years thinking activity with/for God was so important, but He wants intimacy not activity. Whatever your doing for God make sure you are spending time with Him first and foremost. (I’m preaching to myself here)
Also just as some encouragement, I have never been a reader. Never enjoyed reading anything. I’ve always known and believed it is necessary and agree that “leaders are readers” but never disciplined myself to be one. But as I have fought through the awkwardness of sitting down and thinking of 1,000 other things while trying to read, it has slowly gotten better. God can change you into a reader.
8I know I distressed you greatly with my letter. Although I felt awful at the time, I don’t feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for a while.9 Now I’m glad-not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss.
10 Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.
11 And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart. – 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 (MSG)
Things I love about these verses:
- Pain can either guide you to God or away from him. It’s your choice (vs9)
- If you choose to go towards God then you gain from the pain and their is no loss. “God never wastes a hurt” no loss means it was all beneficial. Every bit of it. (vs9)
- We never regret that kind of pain. I’m going through a divorce. I hate it. So does God.(Mal 2:16) I don’t want it. It hurts. It’s not my choice, but this pain has ultimately brought me and others closer to God so I don’t regret the pain I feel. (vs10)
- If you choose to move away from God then you will regret it and you wasted a huge opportunity to grow closer to the best friend you’ll ever have (vs10)
- Look at the fruit that comes into your life if you will draw near to God in your pain (vs11)
It reminds me of proverbs 24:
No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces. (proverbs 24:16)
If you constantly seek God with all your heart no matter what problems happen in your life you’ll ultimately be ok. It’s the second you give up on God or turn away that you end up flat on your face full of regret.
As you know if you’ve been reading my blog or know anything about me, I LOVE technology. I am a huge fan of www.youversion.com. If you have never heard of it or used it you’re missing out. As the community of user continues to grow you have access to God’s word but also many people’s different views of scripture. They can share a video, picture, link or text about a verse that they think relates to that verse. Definitely go sign up and add me as a friend. My name is TIMLEM on youversion.
Now this next part really excites me. YouVersion announced yesterday that they are introducing a new feature called YouVersion Live. This will enable churches/conferences to share bible verses/notes live with people using their mobile device or laptop. It also enables them to particpate by answering polls and other interactive features. I know it will be a while before we get to this point (especially in SouthWest Virginia) but imagine a day when we no longer have to print bulletins instead we pull out our phones and have access to the notes and scripture. I already do this using Evernote on my iPhone during church. Rather than taking notes on some piece of paper and going home and losing that piece of paper (I hate keeping up with paper – I learned that bad habit from Greg) I can just take notes in Evernote and then when I think what was that verse Jimmie mentioned last year in that message about pain, I can just search for it and find it instantly. (longest sentence I’ve ever written)
Anyways, see the video below for a sneak peak from ChurchCrunch.com:
If you want to be a real man then watch this and actually do it. This is one of the best messages I’ve ever heard about being a man, whether married or single please watch this and apply it to your life!