My Favorite Things 2

This is volume two of my favorite things! I hope you find something that will be helpful to you. (I promise it’s not all mommy things. Skip the first two items if that doesn’t interest you!)

As mentioned in the video: Etsy Shop — iPuke

Previous “Favorite Things” video can be found here.

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Adorning the Doctrine (a page from my journal)

January 4, 2013

Titus 2:9-10

Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own master in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.

  • “Bondslave” – “doulos” – permanently a slave, his will is altogether consumed in the will of another
  • “Master” – has unlimited authority over slaves, not always for good.
  • The slave is to be absolutely obedient without arguing or being self-seeking (pilfering)
  • Adorn the doctrine: reveal the beauty of it, enhance it, make it noticeable and pleasing to others

Obviously this passage is referring to literal slaves who legally belonged to their masters. Since that’s not really part of our culture, I often ignore or skim passages like this, or I loosely and not very seriously apply them to an employee/employer situation. Today, however, I was reminded that I am the bondslave of the Lord, just like Mary and Paul. I need to be absolutely obedient and not argue back! While the “master” referred to in this passage may well have evil intent, my Master does not — so how much more should I obey Him! What I struggle with is discerning His voice, so I need much help from the Holy Spirit. Even so, there have definitely been times I’ve been really pretty sure, but said no or protested before relenting. Often in the latter situation, where I finally just give in, I hold back or don’t completely obey. That’s a kind of pilfering, really. I’m holding back something for my own gain, usually the avoidance of embarrassment, awkwardness, or inconvenience. So this passage about bondslaves in the ancient world? Totally about me. If I learn absolute obedience, the total yielding of my will to God’s, then I will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior, a doctrine which is explained in the following verses:

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
(Titus 2:11-14 ESV)

My job here, on this earth, is to give my life over to the beauty of God’s will. In a way, I’m like an ornament meant to accentuate the beauty of God and His redemptive plan. What an honor it is to adorn the doctrine!

~Maranatha

Jude Week Two

Welcome back for the second and final week of Jude before we begin the Good Morning Girls’ Advent Study! Here’s a little intro video for this week, and then the schedule is posted below. Love!

Week Two (Remember to “SOAP” it!):
Nov. 19 – Jude 1:14-16
Nov. 20 – Jude 1:17-19
Nov. 21 – Jude 1:20-21
Nov. 22 – Jude 1:22-23
Nov. 23 – Jude 1:24-25

Intro to Jude Week One

Welcome! This week, I will be studying Jude 1:1-13, and I would love for you to join me! I laid out the plan and Bible study format for this two-week study in this post, and yes, it’s totally hi-jacked from the wonderful ladies at Good Morning Girls! I took their approach to Bible study and applied it to Jude, and then I copied their idea by making an intro video for it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you know. I REALLY liked their Colossians study!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Week One (Remember to “SOAP” it!):

Nov. 12 – Jude 1:1-2
Nov. 13 – Jude 1:3-4
Nov. 14 – Jude 1:5-7
Nov. 15 – Jude 1:8-10
Nov. 16 – Jude 1:11-13

Two-week Study on Jude

Looking for a little direction in your quiet time? Need a new idea? I would like to invite you to join with me on a two-week study of the book of Jude, starting on Monday, November 12. Some of my friends and I have been participating in the Colossians study from GoodMorningGirls.org, which ends today, and there is a two-week break before the Advent study begins. What a perfect time to dig deeply into a little book that’s so easy to blow through.

I will be following the Good Morning Girls’ SOAP Bible study format, which I invite you to do as well! It has been such a refreshing change to my time in the Word that it just may be a permanent fixture in my journal! Here’s how it works:

S– The S stands for Scripture- you physically write out the scripture……you’ll be amazed that what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and actually write out what you are reading!

O– The O stands for observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading. Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?

A– The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?

P– And finally P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life.

That’s it! Simple, yet powerful. So grab a Bible, a journal, and a pen, and feel free to join my friends and me on this short journey through a rich letter from (probably) the brother of Jesus Himself.

Blessings!

Jude Reading Schedule: 

Nov. 12 – Jude 1:1-2
Nov. 13 – Jude 1:3-4
Nov. 14 – Jude 1:5-7
Nov. 15 – Jude 1:8-10
Nov. 16 – Jude 1:11-13

Nov. 19 – Jude 1:14-16
Nov. 20 – Jude 1:17-19
Nov. 21 – Jude 1:20-21
Nov. 22 – Jude 1:22-23
Nov. 23 – Jude 1:24-25