It is way too late at night (it's actually 2am), and I don't know how or why I do it. I guess it's kind of a good sign actually, because I'm getting my old energy back, but... you guys. Being a night owl has its perks, but not so much when you're the pregnant mother of a 5 year-old boy whose hobbies include waking up at 7am and cutting up his own fruit for breakfast. So I'm going to do my best to make this brief.
I just finished another day of the She Reads Truth study of the Sermon on the Mount, and I wanted to quickly, very quickly, share a couple of quotes that I felt needed to be shared, while it was all still fresh in my heart and mind. ❤
First, I wanted to share an excerpt from a piece from my study Bible, in reference to Jeremiah 29:11:
Do you ever feel tempted to give up? Perhaps right now you feel overlooked, forgotten, mistreated, and you want to quit. Satan's goal is to get you to do just that -- throw in the towel and call it quits. Discouragement is one of his most effective weapons.
But remember this: while disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice.
... God is for us. He is not against us. ... He desires that we see Him as our only source of salvation and blessing.
... He also wants you to totally depend on him and not rely on the compliments of others, earthly success, or worldly resources to make you happy.
... If you are in an emotionally or physically difficult spot right now, refuse to become discouraged. ... God will provide for you in ways that far exceed human understanding.
I wasn't going to read that part tonight. I was going to skip on to the next verse in the study. But God called me back to that page in my Bible. (He had to call me back to the page twice before I obeyed and took the time to read it.) I had read it once before, as evidenced by the highlights and underlines that were there already, and oh my gosh. It was just so applicable to me tonight. Let me just tell you, without getting too weepy or immature (or hormonal), that I especially needed to read the parts about feeling overlooked and forgotten, and not relying on compliments of others or earthly success. God is for me! What more could I possibly need!?
God also spoke to me loud and clear through what my study Bible said about James 1:5-6:
... Wisdom is the ability to see life from His point of view -- a request He honors because it is actually an appeal to know him better. Prayer is life's greatest time-saver, so don't remain confused. Ask God for His wisdom.
I actually made an audible laughing sound (read: snort) when I read the "prayer is life's greatest time-saver" bit. I just recently meditated and wrote a blog post on prayer, about how I neglect to pray when I should, and about being more intentional about praying before I start something. I think sometimes we see prayer as a burden. "Before we start something, we have to pause and pray about it first? So... we have to stop to pray before we even start?" "But all we're doing is going into a meeting!" "But we're reading the Bible -- it's God's Word already -- why would we need to pray before reading it?" "All we're doing is eating a meal. What difference is asking for a blessing going to make?" Does prayer seem to get in the way to you? If I'm honest, at times it felt that way to me. Until God convicted me yesterday, and again today with this abundantly clear reminder. "Prayer is life's greatest time-saver." That's so good.
And lastly, a quote from the SRT study itself:
We have some pretty big ideas of how our lives should go. We feel pretty strongly about what we don’t want to happen, and we’re perfectly willing to spend our entire lives fretting and fussing and not trusting that—whatever it is—God is for us.
God is for us. Does it get any better than that? (No. No, it doesn't.)