Monday, July 25, 2011

New Bible Study For Me

Good Morning! I thought I'd show you my new Bible study. I had been looking for a new one for quite some time. I was hoping for a new one from Beth Moore. The Christian book store did not have too many to choose from, so I decided on this one.
The title and topic are not one I'd naturally choose. I guess I feel like I am not a jealous person and that I don't have many unmet desires. I began looking through it and though that it was very interesting. I realized that I could learn a lot from this author, Shawn Lantz. My best time to study the Bible is around 5:00 am. The house is quiet and I can spend that dear time with the Lord and feel so close to Him.
Soon Garrett wakes up, so I place my attention on him. He and I read a verse or two each morning from the Bible from his book mark from Sunday school.  I feel more love and more peace about my whole day when I've spent some time with God and learning about the Truth in His Word. I have tried to teach my children this too.
The Bible is similar to manna, which the Lord gave to the Children of Israel each morning. It was like bread. They were only supposed to collect enough for that day and not to save it up and rely on it for tomorrow. If they did save it for fear that there would not be any tomorrow morning (trusting God for it), then it would be moldy and have worms in it. My youth pastor taught us that we needed God's Word each day fresh and new each morning, just like manna. Even though I could rely on yesterday's Bible lesson, it is never as fresh as if I were to read it new every day, so I try to do this.
Even though I may not be an exceedingly jealous person like Hannah's cruel rival in the book of 1st Samuel, I am learning from this study that the jealous or mean person in my life is a hurting person, who has been deeply wounded.  I did not know this. This may help me understand and have more patience and compassion. You see Peninnah could see that Elkanah did not love her like he did Hannah, his other wife, even though she had bore him all of these children. Hannah was a broken woman because she could not bear children, this was a disgrace in those days. Both women were hurting; Hannah kept it inside and Penninah provoked Hannah until she wept. The Lord heard Hannah's prayer, and you'll have to read the rest yourself to find out the wonderful ending in 1 Samuel. "...And Moses said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.”; Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank...." Exodus 16:19-20

3 comments:

Jan said...

Kathi,such an inspirational message. I usually monitor myself for signs of jealousy never remembering that jealousy in others can damage our lives more than we can imagine. Right now we are dealing with the actions of a jealous family member. Maybe this study would be a good one for us!

Happy morning!
Jan

Rose of Sharon said...

This looks like a very good study Kathi! I agree that it is so important to spend time with the Lord every morning in His word. You are a great example of a Godly woman!

I love you!
Shar

Shawn said...

Hi Kathi! I am so thrilled to know that you are doing my Living With Unmet Desires jealousy study. I am praying that the Lord will bless you as you delve into His Word. I wanted to let you know that I have free teaching videos to go along with each session on www.godtube.com/shawnlantz.

I have a brand new study coming out in November on forgiveness that is an in-depth study on the life of Joseph and his family. I just finished with the pilot group that did the study at my home church in Nashville . It will be the second in the Living With Unmet Desires series.

Blessings to you!

Shawn

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