This week I am thankful for these three things:
1. The ability to read. I love to read, to just get engrossed in a good book. I love to study God’s Word and learn through Bible studies. I am so thankful that I live in a country that gave me the opportunity to learn to read. One of my favorite books is Pride and Prejudice.
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2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Back when I was living in the corn fields of Iowa, I was part of a wonderful singles group (all of whom I miss very much). We had gone through many different Bible studies as a group, but were feeling a little burnt out on reading other people’s interpretations. So me and my friend Michelle decided to come up with a generic list of questions that we could use to study any passage of the Bible. We came up with a one-page document (front and back) that we then used with the group to help us all learn to study passages of Scripture on our own. We ended up using it for months and months because everyone enjoyed it so much.
I decided to dust off the old sheet after the Women’s Retreat that I attended two weeks ago where the theme was spending time daily in God’s Word. I updated it and modified it some, but it still has the same basic structure that it had before. And since I find it helpful, I thought I’d share it with you.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
We have been getting some much needed rain here in Tennessee in the past week. Even with the humid, hot days, it had been so dry that the yards were drying up after two weeks of no rain. Now that it has rained, you’d never guess that the grass was sickly brown just a week ago. Rain storms here are very different from rain storms back in Illinois. Back home, it can rain for long periods of time, and it doesn’t necessarily thunder and lightning. Here, rain usually comes in the form of a storm, it rains hard and fast, and it is over with quickly. And lately, the lightning has been rather impressive.
Depending on who you ask, people either love lightning or they really dislike it. Lightning is such a powerful and beautiful sight all at the same time. It lights up the sky in streaks, and at night it has almost a fireworks quality. But it is unpredictable and dangerous as well. Did you know that lightning burns up to 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun? That’s a lot of power in one bolt. It is healthy to have a respectful fear of lightning. (more…)