Quiet time

I’ll admit – in 2011, I was pretty lax in my daily devotions. I didn’t apply the discipline I should have to keep up my time with God each day. Fortunately, in 2012, this has changed for the better. God has given me a new love for Him, and the word ‘discipline’ hardly seems to fit with the peace that comes from reading His word and talking to Him. For a change, yesterday I went outside to do have my ‘quiet time’ (as it’s dubbed in this house).

This was my stunning view from the back of the house –

I got settled up there with my Bible, two letters I’d received in the mail, my diary, and a pen. It was wonderful =) I read some in the Psalms, which is my favorite book of the Bible, and some in Proverbs (second favorite).

One thing that really got me started on daily Bible studies was the King’s Blooming Rose magazine; particularly the issue about quiet times with God. And then I ran across this article below written for an out-of-print magazine (though Amy Vest writes for KBR now) that I thought was extremely good. I’m sorry that the emoticons or whatnot look like squares – it does that on the website too 😉

http://thekingsdaughtermag.com/v10n1.htm#article2

What are your Bible study habits?

Credendo Vides,

Mirriam

Who am I vs. Here am I

I woke up at 6: 45 this morning – I didn’t meant too, my alarm didn’t go off or anything. So I grabbed my Bible, notebook, my copy of Lies Young Women Believe and the fiction book I’m currently reading and came downstairs. I went through my normal ritual  – turned the coffeepot on, turned the computer on.

But the birds sounded SO pretty, and the weather wasn’t too humid, so I dried off the chair and table on the deck and did my Bible study out there. I’m reading all over the place, but decided to do Isaiah ch. 6 this morning, since that’s where I was the last time I read.

I came to this verse: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” v. 8

This is a stark contrast to Moses’ answer in Exodus Chapter 3, verse 11. the Lord has just told Moses to save his people from the Egyptians. “And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

Oh, brother. We read these two different accounts and tend to lean toward Isaiah’s response, don’t we? “Of course, if you asked me to go into Egypt my answer would be “Woohoo, yes! Right away, Lord! Just point me in the right direction! I can’t wait!” *bounce bounce bounce*

It would probably tend to be more like Moses’. “Eeuuuhh… really? Me? Why me?” To quote Ken Davis, “Get Charleton Heston to do it!!”

But Moses doesn’t stop at “Who am I?” He goes on to make up a whole list of lame excuses. “They wouldn’t listen to me!” “I don’t talk that great, you know, Lord…” “They don’t like me!” Which, of course, leads back to “Who am I?”

And you know w hat?

God sends him anyway.

Moses ends up becoming one of the greatest leaders in History, and it all started with “Who am I?”

Isaiah, being a prophet and an all-around “Bible Person” is less inspiring than Moses, who was just as whiny, wimpy, and reluctant to be led by God as we all are.

God can do great things with you – but it’s much easier when you go along with Him. There’s a Petticoat Junction quote where one of the daughters, Bobbi-Jo, says “Mom, have you decided what you want me to be?”

“No, dear.”

“Well, when you do, just tell me. I don’t want to spend a lot of time fighting it.”

This is a lot like we are with God – we don’t want to be used by Him. I mean, gasp, that might put us out a little! We’re pathetic, we really are. So when God calls, will you say “Who am I?” or “Here am I?” Trust me, it’ll be easier just to say “Here am I” without trying to struggle. Because really, God created you for something, and you wouldn’t want to miss it, would you?

Daniel – a royal role-model

For family Bible Study, we’ve started reading the book of Daniel. Just in the first chapter, you can see how amazing Daniel was. He was nobility, raised in a godly Jewish family, had integrity and character built into him from the time he was born, and was no older than you and me. He was probably around 15 years old when he was taken from his family and his country and taken to a pagan country to serve a pagan king. 

My Bible is the New Defender’s Study Bible (KJV) with commentary by Henry M. Morris. I was reading the commentary on Daniel Chapter one, and it had some very interesting notations I just thought I’d share with you. Did you know that the name Daniel meant “God is my judge,” Hananiah meant “The Lord’s Beloved,” Mishael is “Who is as God?” and Azariah is “The Lord is my help.”  But the prince of the eunuchs, Melzar, re-named them Belteshazzar, which means “Favored by Bel” (Bel was a word meaning ‘master’ or ‘lord,’ many Babylonian gods were called ‘Bel’), Shadrac (“Illuminated by Rak,” the sun god), Meshach (“Belonging to Shak,” the wine goddess), and Abednego (“Servant of Lucifer). Can you imagine??? 

My mom pointed something out while we were reading. She said that the book of Daniel probably wouldn’t have ended up in the Bible if Daniel had been a bratty archetypal prince. He was humble, obedient, and his faith in God was AMAZINGLY strong.  I’d like to think that if I was ripped away from my family and thrown into a pagan situation that I would remain strong in the Lord. I think I would. But I do not think I would do it as well as Daniel. Daniel didn’t even WAVER! He was the perfect teenage role model. 

Really amazing guy – I can’t wait to read more!