Three-week Study on Titus

Well, I’m in the same situation I was in about a month or so ago, with a little time between scheduled Bible studies. I haven’t decided for sure whether I will be participating in Good Morning Girls’ Luke study, which begins on January 14, because I’m not sure what the ladies’ group at my church will be studying or what my husband and I may decide to study together. Regardless, I am faced with a few weeks with nothing scheduled for me, so I have decided to study Titus! I really enjoyed my earlier study on Jude, and I wanted to invite you to join me for a similar journey through Titus. I think it will be great!

I will be following the Good Morning Girls’ SOAP Bible study format, which I invite you to do as well! I’m still loving this approach to Bible study, so I’ll be continuing it. 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, once again! Simple, yet powerful. So grab a Bible, a journal, and a pen, and feel free to join me. Many blessings, and Merry Christmas! (Don’t let the holidays be an excuse to let your Bible study slip… If you’re not doing this, do something!)

Titus Reading Schedule: 

WEEK ONE
December 24 – Titus 1:1-3
December 25 – Titus 1:4-6
December 26 – Titus 1:7-9
December 27 – Titus 1:10-11
December 28 – Titus 1:12-14

WEEK TWO
December 31 – Titus 1:15-16
January 1 – Titus 2:1-5
January 2 – Titus 2:6-8
January 3 – Titus 2:9-10
January 4 – Titus 2:11-14

WEEK THREE
January 7 – Titus 2:15 – 3:3
January 8 – Titus 3:4-7
January 9 – Titus 3:8-9
January 10 – Titus 3:10-11
January 11 – Titus 3:12-15

 

Be a Blessing,
Angela

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TDOT: (Embarrassingly Belated) Days Twenty-Eight, Twenty-Nine, and Thirty

So it’s been so long that I almost let it go. But then I remembered that “TDOT” is thirty days. I only did twenty-seven, and that’s really a stretch anyway since I combined so many posts toward the end! Still, I made a commitment. Although I lagged on my posts, November really was a month of more thanksgiving for me, and it has extended through now as I reflect on Advent. God is teaching me so many things; I’m being stretched and pulled and challenged and sometimes frustrated by His relentless love for me that refuses to let me stay where I am. Oh, how He loves us so.

On Wednesday, November 28, I struggled a bit, wrestling with the darkness of my heart. I didn’t have many answers, but I was thankful for the God who does have them. The Advent reading for the day, Jeremiah 33:14-15, talked about justice and righteousness to come, knowing that one day we will be fully delivered from oppression and darkness:

Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

On Thursday, November 29, I was so thankful to be able to teach an Advent lesson on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the ladies at my church. It was a challenging lesson to prepare, and I spent a long time on it, wading through way more Scripture passages than most one-hour meetings would tackle. Although I was afraid of being boring or of talking too much, I took my husband’s advice and just went with it; I told the Advent story from Mary’s perspective. I learned so much from her, and the best thing I learned was that, for all of her unique and miraculous experiences with the Savior of the world as her Son, her last appearance in the Bible leaves her exactly where we are, praying and waiting for the fullness of the Second Advent:

…as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

(Acts 1:9-14 ESV)

On Friday, November 30, I was so thankful to share in the joy of my pastor and his wife as they shared the 20-week sonogram findings of their miracle baby! Hallelujah and praise the Lord, for He is good, and the little blessing is growing strong and healthy. 😀  Reminds me of the little tune I made up to sing to my blessing baby while he was growing in my belly (it doesn’t rhyme–I can’t do that.) :

Little baaaaby
You’re so sweet and tiiiiiiny
I just wanna hooold you
So grow big ‘n’ strong!

I am so thankful.

TDOT: Days Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, and Twenty-Seven

So, I haven’t been posting primarily because of the inconvenience. I have a million little, underlying reasons, but that’s the biggest one. If I had set out to share my daily thanks simply via Facebook status, like most rational people, then this wouldn’t be an issue. Instead, I decided to make a blog post every day.

It is impossible for me to write a blog post every day. Really. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Excuses aside, I have still been thankful! I just haven’t been blogging about it. Here is what I’ve been thankful for every day since I last blogged:

Saturday

  • My nephew turned 16! Thankfully, he can’t drive until next month when he takes his test. 😉 Happy birthday Brad!
  • My brother-in-law turned –! Once you get past 21, you don’t need to report it anymore. Happy birthday Matt!

Sunday

  • Homemade sushi! I hadn’t had sushi in forever — since before pregnancy a year ago — so I was super excited when my husband got a wild hair and decided he wanted to make some! He makes an awesome California roll! Nom nom.
  • I found out that my friend, Amanda, will be having her baby this week! I am SO excited to meet little Macy and squish her cheeks. Prayers for a safe delivery for momma and baby.

Monday

  • My Moby wrap again! Bubs has days where he just refuses to nap, which makes for a fussy Bubs, which makes for an irritated momma. It’s nice to be able to put him into the Moby where, if he doesn’t get a full nap, he can at least snooze happily for a while as I get a few things done. I can’t exactly do P90X while he’s in there, but I can do some things. Thanks again, Rebecca!
  • My beautiful tree that little Bubs helped me decorate Sunday, and that we’re now enjoying. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Today

  • Socks! It’s chilly.
  • The Gospel according to John. I love the literary beauty and theological richness that is chapter one, and I’m so glad that the Good Morning Girls Advent study has me meditating there today!

What are you thanking the Lord for today? 

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