10 Things I have Written in my Bible

10 Things I have Written in my Bible

My Bible is twelve years old. It’s pages are ragged from years of study. It has pink paint on it that some kids at camp in Washington spilt on it. It has traveled to Uganda, France, Switzerland, and Haiti. This Bible has been my constant companion in trials and elation.

I am one of those people who writes in their Bible. My Bible has twelve year old Courtney notes and speakers’ eloquent quotes. I have filled up the extra pages in the back of the Bible with study tips, favorite passages, and great quotes.

Today I thought that it would be fun to share with you a few of the things that are written in the covers of my Bible.

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Are you burnt out or overwhelmed by ministry? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have the wrong motives?
  • Am I doing it on my own strength?
  • Am I actually exhausted?

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7 A’s of Confession:

  1. Address everyone involved
  2. Avoid the words “if,” “but,” and “maybe”
  3. Admit specifically
  4. Acknowledge the hurt
  5. Accept the consequences
  6. Alter your behavior
  7. Ask for forgiveness

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“Time, money, affections, and attention will point out what you worship.”

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3 R’s of Getting Right with God

  1. Remember
  2. Repent
  3. Repeat

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3 Steps for Bible Study

  1. Observation
  2. Interpretation
  3. Application

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6 Characteristics of Biblical Conviction

  1. It is always based on study of, submission to, and application of Scripture.
  2. It is always predetermined.
  3. It will not change with circumstances.
  4. It is inflexible.
  5. It is bold.
  6. It is always lived out.

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“Be killing sin or it will be killing you.”

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“Thankfulness is a soil in which pride does not easily grow.”

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“Good things become bad things when they keep you from the best thing.”

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“To be a Christian is not religious, routine, or rote, it is a relationship.”

 

 

Do you write in your Bible? Share with us some of your favorite quotes that you have written in your Bible! 


Mundane or Magical

Be Faithful

Dear Christian, today be faithful.

Be faithful even when it seems mundane. And when someone else’s life looks more exciting. Finish the ministry that Christ has given you. Acts 20:24.

Be faithful even when it is painful. Even though you do not know how you can keep going – how you can take one more day of the sorrow. Trust that Christ keeps His promises. 2 Peter 1:4.

Be faithful even if it is not what you planned for your life. Keep in mind that this is the best place for you to grow in sanctification and to give the most glory to God. If it were not, the Lord would have you somewhere else. Proverbs 16:9.

Be faithful even though you are tired. It seems cliché to quote 2 Corinthians 12:9, but Christ’s power truly is shown through our weakness. He gets the glory for strengthening and upholding us. 2 Corinthians 1:9.

Be faithful even when it is hard. When interactions with people are painful, when you are emotionally drained, when it seems pointless to keep going. The Lord is faithful. He will keep His promises. Let that motivate you!

But also be faithful when it is easy. When life is going smoothly and things are bright and happy, be faithful. Do not just skate along, be intentional to pursue faithfulness. Do not let your guard down, that is when you are most susceptible to temptation.

Whether life is mundane or magical, painful or pleasant, planned or unplanned, pursue faithfulness.

Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Psalm 37:3


The Frustrating Year: Lessons about Spiritual Growth

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This last year was frustrating for me.

It was frustrating because I so desperately wanted to grow in my faith. And I felt like I wasn’t growing.

I struggled with contentment a lot this past year and I wanted to mature. I was frustrated because no matter how much I read Scripture or prayed, I could not make myself grow.

But at the beginning of this year, I was reading through my journal from the past two years and I was surprised. I was surprised that I could see growth! I could see how over the past two years the Lord has gradually worked change in me. It wasn’t always great transformations, but I could see the subtle ways that my prayers have changed and how my desires have been molded to be more like His.

I am thankful that the growth wasn’t always obvious because it made me study about growth in the Scripture. I felt like I was doing something wrong because I did not see change in my life. So I turned to the Scripture and to older, wiser saints.

I learned about the fast track to sanctification.

I studied how growth is about bringing increased levels of glory to the Lord. 

I was convicted about how growth is not about me.

I realized that struggling with sin could actually be a sign that I am growing.

And I started to pray differently about growth.

And I was and am always encouraged by this verse:

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

We can be confident that even if we do not always see growth, the Lord has promised to complete His work in us!

What did you learn about growth this past year?


Recap of 2014

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If I could write recap of 2014 in a few words, it would be this: This year the Lord has taught us what it means to persevere and what it looks like to be thankful.

This year has held some trials for us – trials that we did not feel ready to share. They have tested us and stretched us more than we thought possible. But we are so thankful for them. And that is not just some cliché Christian phrase!

We have had to learn how to keep going even when it is hard. The Lord has shown us the He is our only source of comfort and joy! And that knowing Him makes everything worth it!

We are so grateful that the Lord wants us to become more like Him!

I cannot believe that we are at the end of 2014 already! I am so thankful for this past year and I am looking forward for the things to come.

Thank you, dear reader, for reading this blog! I am constantly encouraged by your kind words and that you even choose to visit this blog! I pray that it is an encouragement to your heart.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite posts from last year as well as some of the popular posts from 2014.

My Favorite Posts:

Most Read Posts:

Bible Reading Plan 

If you are looking for a Bible reading plan for 2014, I would encourage you to use this Old Testament reading plan that I developed last year. It will take you through the Old Testament over the course of one year. Every day you read a few chapters and each week has three Psalms for you to read. You can find the plan here.

In a few sentences, what has the Lord taught you this year?


The Weary World Rejoices

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I was ready for Christmas to be over.

This is the first Christmas where I have been working full-time and the past few weeks have been insane. School, work, and ministry have been busy with end of the year projects. On top of that, there are all the normal Christmas preparations. I was tired and ready for the craziness to be done.

But this morning I was reading a devotional by Charles Spurgeon and I was struck by these words:

When He has put such a faithful promise as this on record, wilt thou for a moment indulge the thought that He has outpromised Himself, and gone beyond His power to fulfil?

I thought to myself, that is what Christmas is about. God has not outpromised Himself. We have a joyous hope that He will fulfill all of His promises.

Physical fatigue reminds us that this is a weary world. It is a world that is marred by sin and suffering. We have fallen bodies that do not work the way that they should. We feel the impact of disease, decay, and despair. For some people, the holidays is a reminder of suffering.

But we have the thrill of hope. This weary world can rejoice because God sent His Son. He sent His Son because He has not outpromised Himself.

His Son, Jesus Christ, was the fulfillment of His promise. He promised a Messiah who would establish a New Covenant and who would be a mediator for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of past promises and the hope of a glorious future to come.

I was reminded this morning that Christmas is not a burden. It is a celebration of our burdens being taken upon Christ’s shoulders.

This Christmas do not indulge for a moment in doubting God. Remember that this weary world can rejoice because we have a hope more thrilling than any Christmas gift. Fall on your knees and echo the angels’ voices in Luke 2: “Glory to God in the highest.”