Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thirstin' for the Word Thursday

"'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.'" (John 7:37b)

Feeling a bit parched? Searching to quench that thirst with an iced tea or Diet Coke? Dive into the Word for real refreshment!

I am diligent in my Bible reading and am often rewarded by God's speaking to my heart through particular scriptures. I pause and sometimes even write them down. The reflection usually ends there, however. This year, I would like to pursue the verses that God lays on my heart by pondering how He wants me to apply these verses in my life.

Here are the verses that spoke to me this week:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "no" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:11-14, NIV)

I blew it this morning. Darling daughter frustrated me beyond my own level of patience this morning. She was digging in her heels about a particular issue, and since my ballerina flats were already deep into the ground, I did not respond with self-control. Instead, I only exacerbated the issue and got us both so upset that most of our morning was shot (hence, this post appearing in the afternoon, rather than the morning!).

When I finally got the chance to sit down and work on this post, I reflected on the connection between this scripture and my reaction this morning. How can I apply these verses to my own situation?
  • Pray for God's grace to help me lead a righteous life. God provides His grace and mercy, not only for salvation, but also for being Christ-like. I certainly can not live a righteous life on my own. Believe me, I have tried . . . and failed . . . miserably. Each morning I must pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me and provide the strength and self-control to say the right thing and do the righteous thing. I must yield to His guidance. I am God's child, and He wants to help me become more Christ-like so that I can spread His glory.
  • Just say, "No," to the world. Worldly messages bombard me, contradicting God's Word on how I should live. How much time do I actually spend surrounded by the world's messages as compared to God's Message? I should replace sitcoms and reality shows for programs on Christian networks. I should turn my radio station to the Christian contemporary station (That is, when I get a chance to listen to "my" music. Then again, I should replace the kids' CDs with the Judy Rogers CDs they got for Christmas.). Above all, I should immerse myself in God's Word. I think I'll bring a Bible down to the kitchen to read when I get a chance throughout the day.

So, what verses have spoken to you this week? Post those verses on your own blog, along with how you see that God wants you to apply them in your life. Then, provide your link below so that we can drink from one another's wells of scripture.


Rachel said...

Hey girl

I can't sit down and do this right now, but I would love to join in the Meme! I will try to do it tomorrow. Great idea!

Thanks for sharing your heart in this post :-) Also thanks for the idea about Max and Ruby. We had thought of it last night as well - United Streaming had an episode and we had some taped, so we watched those for fun. We didn't have any of the books here, but we will be getting some more from the library!!


Jami said...

Hi Celly! Thanks so much for you sweet post on my blog! Good luck to you too in the contest. I am trying to figure out a way to go no matter what! Maybe we'll see each other there! :)

Van said...

I hope to see you at She Speaks. Thanks for your comments. They are especially meaningful coming from an also retired from the classroom friend.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful and encouraging post! It really hit home for me. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed weekend.

GiBee said...

Hi, Cely! Guess what?? You won the Crystal Cross Necklace at my blog! Can you email me so we can get all the details ironed out? Thanks!! And... Congrats!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. May I list it as one of my favorites on my blog?

Missy said...

what a great post! i can relate to so much of it.


MrsJoeB said...

Isaiah 38:3 Blessed me so the other morning in my quiet time. It has become a prayer for my own life. I hope it will bless others who read it on my post of January 29th.
God's blessings to you!

In His Graces~Pamela

Michelle Bentham said...

Hey there... the posts you left on my blog were precious to me. Such a blessing of encouragement. I loved your post about God's Word... Obviously I am hungering and thirsting after Him sans the 40 days... you know I am so enjoying this time of my life. I pray you are truly blessed!


Amy Wyatt said...

That is so funny that you said you wanted to dig deeper into scripture and meditate on it more. At the beginning of the year I started writing down one verse from each day's reading that really spoke to me. It's amazing how they already all fit together so well in what God is trying to teach me.