Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prayer and Journaling Pattern

Today I saw a pattern in Psalm 37, a pattern I can use in my prayers as I apply Scripture to my life.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act..
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him...
(Psalm 37:3-5, 7)

I see a prayer pattern here.

TRUST (Take him at his word)

DWELL (Acknowledge my reality)

DELIGHT (Find joy in him)

COMMIT (Give him the situation)

BE STILL (Rest)

Here is how I used this. Today I read Isaiah 50:10:

...Let him who walks in darkness
    and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on his God.

I applied this truth to the prayer pattern and my day today.

TRUST: Lord, I believe that you are the light and you desire to give me your truth.
DWELL: Lord, you know that I am not sure what you want me to write today, and I am very tired.
DELIGHT: I rejoice in your light! You have enlightened me so many times and I am grateful.
COMMIT: Here is my day. Take it and shape it as you will.
BE STILL: At this point I just put my head down in my Bible and remembered that Jesus loves me.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Travel Light Readers

I was blogging along through Travel Light, to keep in touch with you, and I took a little break to work on a new book. Now I see that my little break was quite a bit longer than I expected! How are you? Are you done with Travel Light now? How did it go? What are you reading now? Please comment or e-mail me at grapelighthouse @ cox.net. (Remove the spaces in the e-mail address.)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Travel Light Connections: What? Why?

If you follow my blog you are seeing a lot of posts labelled "Travel Light Connections." These are my thoughts and prayers as I journey through my Travel Light book (see link above). I had hoped to post a few videos for other women who are reading this book, but I had technological difficulties. So I am posting just a few little thoughts that didn't make it into the book.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Travel Light Connections: 7.1

But for you who fear my name,
 the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. 
You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. (Malachi 4:2)

I use Biblegateway.com to look up verses in different translations and to find verses on various themes. I am going to try to walk you through a fun resource on this website. The format of the website changes occasionally, so you might need to play around with my directions a little.

Look up a passage (Malachi 4) at Biblegateway.com,
click on "search",
and look at the search results,
then click on "Show Resources."

Now, on the right hand side, there are some resources listed: a study Bible, a commentary, and a list of Bible themes. This is my favorite study help! Every verse has several themes listed, and if you click on them you can read verses on those themes. Scroll down to "Light, Spiritual" and click on it.

Now you have lots of verses, and a short definition of spiritual light. Click on a few references and read some great verses.

The verse in Malachi, above, is one of my favorites on this topic. Here are a few more:

Lord, You light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness. (Psalm 18:28)
The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced.
(Psalm 119:130)
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)
You guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards You will take me up in glory.
(Psalm 73:24)
Open my eyes so that I may see wonderful things in Your law. (Psalm 119:18)



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Travel Light: Class Discussion 7.0

When I led this day at my women's Bible study, I divided everyone into groups of four or five. I actually made the groups at the first week of study, so by this week everyone was pretty comfortable with the other women around their table. I brought an Ipod with a playlist of instrumental hymns (David Nevue), and played it softly through a set of speakers. Then I asked each group to quietly read Psalm 19 and choose several verses to pray at their table. Then each group read their fill in the blank prayers from the homework, sharing them only with the women at their table. I urged the women to be sensitive to each other and to realize that not everyone would want to read each of their prayers. The music in the background helped us not to listen in on other table's prayers, and also helped us relax a little. It was a very special time.

If you are reading this on your own, look back at your fill in the blank prayers. Take your time with them. Doodle around them, or write them in your journal. Talk to the Lord about what you have been reading in his word. 

As you read about Malachi on page 61, don't miss page 62. 

Read a little more about prayer on page 105.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Travel Light Connections; 6.3

Lord, thank you that you are
glorious!
accessible
so far above my petty worries, but so caring
powerful.

Lord, thank you that you
show us glimpses of your glory.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Travel Light Connections: 6.2

I am using the prayer sentences in today's homework.

Lord, thank you that you are
aware of my needs
the Christ!
the Healer

Lord that you that you
give me new vision when I am not seeing the possibilities
multiply my resources when I trust you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Travel Light Connections: 6.1

Lord, as I read Joel 2 and 3, I saw that you are
gracious
merciful
longing to fellowship with your people
abounding in steadfast love
powerful.

Thank you.



Readers: don't miss the prayer sentences in your homework.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Travel Light Connections: 6.0

If you are using the recommended resources as you study Travel Light, I recommend the Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary on Joel 1, and the introduction to Joel in the Life Application Bible.

Joel is one of those books that makes me think of a road trip. Hang in there--something beautiful is coming!
In Joel 2 (tomorrow!), you will read a beautiful promise from the Lord. I love the way these promises are tucked into the Minor Prophets.

Don't miss this week's section in the Appendix: Elements of Successful Journeys. This is fun to discuss in a group. We all have our favorite element. In fact, this is one of the benefits of discussing scripture in a group--we keep each other from concentrating on only one element!

I love the Application part of study. How about you? Reading? Interpreting? Applying?

As you look towards next week, don't miss the prayer sections in each day's study. I will ask you to finish some prayer sentences. "Lord, thank you that you are..." and "Lord, thank you that you..."

Friday, March 14, 2014

Travel Light Connections: 5.3

Today as you read the Keeping in Touch section, you read my thoughts on interacting with God in the way he designed me to. I would like to recommend an excellent book on this subject.

Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul's Path to God, by Gary L. Thomas

Don't let the title throw you off. Gary Thomas believes that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. This is a book about connecting with God. I am sure you have noticed that some believers feel very in touch with God when they hike in his creation while others feel in touch when they serve in a soup kitchen or on a church platform. Some Christians love to sing praises to God surrounded by others while some like to gaze out their window and worship in solitude. This book showed me my spiritual personality, and urged me to grow nearer to God. It pointed out strengths as well as short-comings. It showed me how to refresh my soul. It showed me how my friends and family worship and helped me understand why we worship so differently. I highly recommend this book to Bible study groups, families and married couples.