Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World~ Week One

I just started another Bible Study; I have a habit of doing several at a time. I bought the book last week, and kind of flipped through the pages but had not sat down to dive into the content until this morning. The study is called “Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World” written by Melissa Spoelstra. I must tell you that I am completely blown away at the depth and content of this study! It is really good!

The first chapter talks about Surrendering, “raising the white flag” which I thought was really interesting. It is quite obvious that we are in a world of sin, of defiant behavior and a turning away from God. Reading the newspapers every day proves that theory.

God is very detailed in his Word; He has always given us clear instructions and an excellent guide of instruction, the “Bible.” He calls each and every one of us and gives us each a gift and a purpose. Our role in life is to follow his leading and direction and complete the task that He has given us. He knew our capabilities even before we were born. (Jeremiah 29:11). The study goes on to say that, “God’s mission for us as followers of Jesus is to go when and where He sends, to speak His words, and prepare for action without fear.” That is the key, He is given us all the tools that we need for his mission, but we must overcome and put away our own insecurities and fear. Fear is a show stopper; it will paralyze us in our tracks, preventing the completion of things that we are fully capable of doing. It is Satan’s main strategy along with self doubt to try and stop the work of God. Satan knows he cannot stop God, but he can use his vessels to stop the completion of our purpose.

Pride is another thing that often gets in the way. God has also covered that problem with a solution: “in Luke 9:23 he instructs us to turn from our own selfish ways. Take up the Cross daily, and follow Him.” Note the word daily, I guess he knows that we need to do this on a consistent basis!

The author made one statement in the first chapter that really drew me in, “Delivering and obeying God’s message of surrender takes faith and obedience. Once we’ve taken that step, it is often tested by fire.” In the study of Jeremiah, it gives a good example of that in Jeremiah 38:4-6 when it discussed Jeremiah’s result even after he was faithful to God’s direction. Jeremiah was dropped in the cistern, and sank in the mud.

“Sometimes even when we obey completely, we end up in a pit. Life still happens, friends may betray us, husbands leave, jobs are lost, health declines instead of improves.” “

“These are the times when we need to trust God’s greater plan even though our circumstances are screaming foul”

That should not happen right; I mean we are doing what we are supposed to do? The answer is knowing God, and who He is, and trusting with obedience to see that God has the overall plan, the “big picture” even when it makes no human sense. Oh and by the way, God didn’t leave Jeremiah in the pit, he actually sent thirty men to get him out, and there was no water in the cistern, it was only mud to hold him temporarily. So even though Jeremiah didn’t know what was going on, God did, and Jeremiah just kept being obedient.

To sum it up remember this, “God wants to give us rich, satisfying abundant life (John 10:10), and He knows we won’t find it apart from Him.” The key is for us to realize this as well. Trust in Him, no matter what you think or see in your mind, and know that “Our ways are not His ways”, His ways are better!

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You Know That Feeling?

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Remember when you were a kid and you were waiting for something exciting to happen? Whether it was a birthday, Christmas, package in the mail, anything and everything that was exciting and that you were waiting upon its arrival. You remember that feeling of excitement and anticipation of knowing something good was coming, and you watched your anticipation and excitement grow as the days went on. I know I remember that feeling! It was always so awesome, right up until just after you received whatever it was that you were waiting for! I don’t know about you, but for me, it was almost like a let down right after I received whatever it was that I was so impatiently waiting for. It was almost like okay now what, until the next happy moment came about.

What I am talking about is the things that make us happy, most often for the time being. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions and plateaus the build from moment to moment, event to event. Every once in a while, I would feel that same “rush” of euphoria, if you will, but not because of something that I was anticipating to happen or receive, but just simply what I would term as “Joy.”  Joy for me comes for no clear reason or object, but simply for the pleasure of just living, experiencing life and all that it entails. Embracing the opportunity to love one another, grow with each passing moments, and ultimately bringing  Glory to God.

Joy in this way of living life, loving, and bringing Glory to God  is my goal to attain daily. It is the little pleasure’s in life that I experience, and enjoy most now, especially the older I get. I don’t strive to be happy, because to be happy is to experience an emotion. Emotions are unreliable and often depend on your circumstances of what is going on around you. I do not want my “center” my “aura” , my “joy” to depend on any other person, situation, material possession, time or place. I want it to just exist because it merely exists, and flows as consistent as time does each day. I want it in my being, I want it to be a part of who I am as a person.

We all can have joy, it is all there for us to have equally. God wants what is good for us and He is ready to give us His precious gifts, but you will not know how to receive His gift, if you do not know Him personally.

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Bubbles and Duck Tails

 

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I read an interesting article tonight on an education website geared towards teachers. The article spoke of the importance on teaching structure, consistency, and order in the classroom. It spoke of when children start school they must be taught what is expected of them and that expected behavior needed to be modeled. In order for a class to walk down the hall from one class to another it must be modeled for them of the teacher’s expectation of a straight line (3 S line) and “bubbles” in their mouth. (to be silent). So the saying of “Bubbles and Duck tails” teach children that when they walk down the hall they are still,  quiet and orderly.

The reason for the article below is because I was trying to find the study that coincided with what I remembered being taught long ago, that a child is pretty consistent with his behavior and mannerism’s by about the fourth grade. The FBI did a study on children years ago and established that the fourth grade was the turning point for children. I am not saying by any means that any child cannot change bad behavior, but what I am saying is naturally the fourth grade mark is pretty consistent in what I have seen in elementary school education. I will continue to look for that article on that study, and if you find it please send it to me.

Anyways, I am sharing another good article on children from the FBI website.

http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/may_2011/school_violence

 

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Depression Does Not Have To Control Your Life!

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This is the personal story of one of my best friends, mother. Her personal struggle, her life…. I share this with hope of helping others.

I am very passionate about depression and mental illness issues. I watched my mother fight for her life every day.   She was a very strong woman in many ways. She got pregnant with my sister when she was 18, and had to drop out of school to raise her on her own. She met my father several years later and they married and had me. She stayed home with us until I started school, then she got her GED and went to school to be a nurse.

My first memories of her battle were when I was still in elementary school. She started the suicide attempts then. My father is a very proud man and didn’t want anyone to know about the attempts, so he…

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Touched By Sadness of Suicide and PTSD , Again!

Touched By Sadness of Suicide and PTSD , Again!.

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