Dear Mary by Sarah Jakes

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Today I am reviewing Sarah Jakes book Dear Mary. I love how she talks about her struggles with being a mom. I can relate when she talks about being insecure because that shocked me because nobody thinks of a pastor’s kids being insecure we forget that they are their own people and here she talks about being insecure and not fitting in and that created a void in her heart and she was looking for a person to fill that void. I sure do remember that void and even though you can grow up in a Christian home doesn’t mean that you don’t struggle with insecurity in your life. I know that I was always searching for something.

I agree with her statement in Chapter 10 about the old saying it takes a village to raise a child because as long as your children are around healthy people then they can get many different perspectives and positive influences in their life. I do also love how she mentions about how the MADD organization got started because I never knew the lady who founded the organization had such tragedy happen in her life I can’t imagine the pain that Candy felt when her daughter was struck and killed by a drunk driver. This book was a great read for mothers everywhere because she shares the struggles of how hard it is for us women to be mothers but she also shares the joys of being a mother. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Acts 1:8

I am going to post Acts 1:8 this is a challenge from the preteen ministry at my church we are working with kids to help them how to understand how to read their Bibles today the kids had to read Acts 1&2 us leaders of the ministry have volunteered for the next six weeks to read along at home in our Bibles with the kids. They are to read these chapters then they are to answer the questions that go along with the day. Then they reflect on what they read. Well here goes my Day 1 of this wonderful six week journey.

Questions:

What verse or verses in today’s reading was meaningful to you? The verse that was meaningful to me was Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem. You will be my witnesses in all Judea and Samaria. And you will be my witnesses from one end of the earth to the other.” This verse was meaningful to me because as Christians we are suppose to be witnesses and this does not just mean by the words but also by how we are acting in the world as Christians. We need to remember that we are to show love to others who are unkind to us.

What do you think God is saying in the scripture? God is saying in this scripture verse that as Christians we need to go out into the world and be a witness to those who are lost, hurting, poor, and sick. When we see a need we should try and meet that need if that is what the Lord directs us to do.

How does this apply in your life right now? This applies in my life right now because I need to remember that as a Christian I am to witnesses to those around me even those who are lost and broken. I need to remember to be kind to those who are unkind to me.

 

Deuteronomy 4:31

S: Deuteronomy 4:31   The LORD your God is tender and loving. He won’t leave you or destroy you. He won’t forget the covenant he made with your people long ago. He took an oath when he made with your people long ago. He took an oath when he made it (NIRV).

O: The Israelites were being reminded by the Lord that he is tender and loving and that he won’t leave them or forsake them. A couple of verses come to mind when I think of this verse such as Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” and Psalm 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

A: I need to remember that the Lord is tender and loving and that he will never leave or forsake me. I know at times it can feel like the Lord has abandoned us but he has not he is just waiting for us to reach out to him and ask for his help.

P- Lord, help me to remember you are tender and loving and that you will never leave me or forsake me.  I know at times that I do forget that you are near me and that I tend to get afraid because of that . Thank you for the reminder that you will never leave or forsake me and thank you for being a compassionate and gracious God and who is slow to anger, and abounding in love.                                                      

Deuteronomy 4:5-7

Well I chose to do verses 6-7 from Deuteronomy because I felt these verses spoke to me the whole reading in general is Deuteronomy 4:5-10

S: Deuteronomy 4:5-7 I have taught you rules and laws, just as the Lord my God commanded me. Obey them in the land you are entering to take as your very own Be careful to keep them. That will show the nations how wise and understanding you are. They will hear about all these rules. They’ll say, “That great nation certainly has wise and understanding people.” The Lord our God is near us every time we pray to him. What other nation is great enough to have its gods that close to them (NIRV)? Deuteronomy 4:6-7 “Look, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God has commanded me, so that you may do them in the land which you are entering to possess. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God [is to us] whenever we call on Him (AMP)?

O: These two verses are giving an exhortation for obedience that we are to follow the Lord’s commands for our lives.

A- I need to remember that the Lord is near every time I pray to him. I also need to remember to obey the Lord’s word.

P- Lord, help me to remember that you are near to me every time I pray to you. Also help me to remember to obey your word. I know at times I do forget that you are near to me and sometimes it is not always easy to obey the word especially when you say to be kind to others because there are times I just want to punch people for disrespecting me. Continue to help me with my temper and to turn to you when my temper gets bad.

Ephesians 5:15-16

Ephesians 5:15-16 So be very careful how you live. Do not live like people who aren’t wise. Live like people who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity. The days are evil (NIRV). Ephesians 5:15-16 Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as unwise [sensible, intelligent, and discerning people], 16 making the most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with}evil(AMP).

As Christians we need to be wise on how we live in the world. We should not live as those who are foolish and have no common sense. We need to be people who have common sense. Also we need to make the most of every opportunity that presents itself to do good for others. What that looks like to you may be different than what it looks like to me. I can’t say that I have always made common sense decisions but since rededicating my life to the Lord in October of 2011 I now do make better decisions in my life.

 

 

 

 

Luke 19:1-10

Today I did Rachel WOJO’s in his presence topical reading verse I will not SOAP all the scripture verses from it unless a particular verse speaks to me then I will do that otherwise these verses will not be written down on here.

These nine verses were neat here we see Jesus on his way to Jericho. We see that there is a man named Zacchaeus who is a chief tax collector. This man was eager to see who Jesus was but because he was short he could not see him. This man climbed a sycamore tree just because he knew that Jesus was coming that way. As soon as Jesus reached the spot he looked up and said to Zacchaeus come down immediately because I am coming to your house today. I love how Zacchaeus came down and welcomed him gladly. Even though the crowd grumbled that Jesus was eating with a sinner but Zacchaeus stood up and said that he would give half of his possessions away and if he had cheated anybody he would pay them four times the amount. Then Jesus said “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the son of man came to save.

Let us all remember that we should be just as eager as Zacchaeus to get close to Jesus. Jesus hung out with everybody and did not care who they were. Let’s remember Jesus words For the son of man came to save. I pray that God would mold me into his image and to remember that I need to run to him. I need to have Zacchaeus’s zeal for the Lord.