Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Biblical Knowledge Through Osmosis...Who Are We Kidding? The Simple Truth.

Devotion: Genesis 2; Colossians 1:1-23

I am not sure where my mind was this morning. I chose the hottest time of the morning to take a three mile walk where there wasn't any trees to give me shade while I exercised. Now granted, my alarm was set for 6:45 this morning but of course, it only made sense for me to turn that thing off. After all, I'm on vacation. No alarms needed...well so I thought. So as I am walking, I am thinking "I got this". Only until I reached one of two deep hills did it occur to me, can't I take some sort of pill that would have the same effect? I mean...what is the purpose of exercise in the first place? As I get to the halfway mark, my mind ponders of all the ways I can get out of exercising. Can't there be a jogging pill that would miraculously allow me to lose twenty pounds in ten minutes? Or what about jogging in my dreams? That always seems to work while I am asleep. But in reality, I am far removed from that. Then it hit me, just like the genius I think I am, why can't I just sleep with my ten pound weights under my pillow? You know where I am going with this. What about weight loss through osmosis? It makes sense to me. But of course these things never work. Then I am reminded of James 2:17 "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." (KJV).

Isn't this how some of us think we will learn the Bible? We often think that biblical knowledge will just hit us in the face while we're driving down I-45 in Houston. And believe it or not, there isn't a quick-fix way of learning, memorizing, or knowing Scripture apart from daily studying the Bible. As I write this blog, my mind reminisce about my days at the University of Tennessee. There were nights when many of us students thought that we could sleep with notes under our pillow and pass the Geology exam the next day. Well, that didn't work either. And I dare not say what grade I got in Geology (sense I am aware that my mother also reads this blog). I'd better just stick with saying that none of these things work!

Scriptures tells us to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV). Now this brings me to where I would like to be with this blog entry. Single ladies, how are we studying to show ourselves approved unto God? What are we doing with our time? It is a true statement that as single ladies, we are able to dedicate more time to the Lord. (Please reference: 1 Corinthians: 7:32-35).  However I am sure that some do not feel this way about their singleness. This is part of the reason why I wanted to start a Christian single women's blog for the rest of us. So let me get back to my original question: Single ladies, how are we spending our time? Are we basking in the richness of God's Word on a daily basis? Or do we think that biblical knowledge will hit us through some deep revelation that we receive from some television show? Not entirely. We are called to hold up the Word of God through our lifestyles. Which also means that in order to know what our lifestyles should be, we must read and study His Word, His instructions for us as singles. And may I state again that we are assured that osmosis in this matter does not work. :)

Here's the simple truth:  If you are struggling to find some quiet time, maybe we as single women can help each other. Consider the following:
*30 minutes of quiet time in the morning before work;
*Going to the park to meditate on a Scripture you are memorizing for the week.
*Going out to dinner with other women and sharing with them the Scripture that has touched you throughout the week.
*Turning off the evening news to focus on a passage of Scriptures. (Now I know what you're thinking...I must watch the evening news Ty. I must.) Well, again, not entirely. If you live in Houston, I'm going to give you the evening news in 2 seconds: someone got robbed, someone got shot, someone did something stupid. That's it. So now you can resume your Bible study.

Lastly, "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV).

In Him, our only Hope: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us life, health, and the very breath we breathe. Thank You, my Father, for blessing us to fellowship with Your children, to read and study Your Word, and to know You more. Keep us from temptations and from everything that does not glorify You in word or deed. May we be the children who delight in You all the days of our life. Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling in order to present us unto Himself, unto You be glory forever and ever in Jesus Name. Amen.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

A Cry For Biblical Womanhood: Why I Am Not A Diva

A Cry For Biblical Womanhood: Why I Am Not A Diva.
Devotion: Titus 2:1-15

It often saddens me to see how women are portrayed in our society. We are no longer looked at as the daughters of God, His very beautiful creation. You don't have to look any further than television commercials to see that women are portrayed in ways that are not glorifying to God. Each time I take a trip to the local market, I'm reminded that society's image is stamped on many a woman's mind. This is evident in how some women dress and what they say. Why is this so? Well, many have believed the falsehood that society has told about women. Instead of us seeing ourselves as beautiful, society says that we are to see ourselves as sexy, a diva. Women are seen as sex symbols, someone to lust over and lust after. But what does the Bible say about all of this? Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 (ESV). So what's a woman to do? Where do we fit in? As we look into the heart of God through His Word, we see that we are beautiful and lovely. We take what society says and compare it to what God's Word says. We earnestly desire to become that Biblical woman who honors God above all.

So where does this leave me? It leaves me wanting all the information the Bible states about what my role is as a woman, specifically as a single Christian woman. I am happy to report that I do not consider myself a diva, nor do I desire to be a diva. Why? Because the concept of being glamorous and sexy does not lend to the concept of Biblical womanhood. Therefore, my cry for every single Christian woman, including myself, is that we govern ourselves according to Scripture. If we see ourselves in the light of His Word, then we have no desire for this diva-fied mentality floating around. It is far removed from us. What God desires for us is to live our lives to satisfy our perfect Husband, our Savior, our Lord.

Our Only Hope: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love to me. Thank you for making me into the woman You delight in. Father I ask that you use me for Your work, that I may be pleasing in Your sight. Help me to let the Light of Jesus Christ shine in me as I walk alone this journey every day. May the meditation of my heart and the words of my mouth be pleasing in Your sight always. In Jesus Name. Amen. 

Scripture Reference: Proverbs 31:30