On Monday, Jon and I began a new Bible study, just the two of us. We want to be able to grow and cultivate our relationship with God as a couple and we thought this would be a good way to do that. The Bible study that we will be going through over the next 13 weeks is called, “Experiencing God”. The authors of this Bible study waste no time preparing you, but they simply dive right into the truth of God’s word.
While reading Day 1, God showed me that I need to follow Him each and every day. I don’t need to be worried about tomorrow, but I need to look for what He wants to accomplish through my life today. He even confirmed this by sharing an encouraging verse with me from the Psalms.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”
– Psalm 32:8
– Psalm 32:8
Yesterday, Day 2, God taught me about learning to ask and pray the right questions. I am so busy asking God to show me His will for my life. However, in this Bible study the author explained that this is the wrong question to ask. We need to ask God, “What is your will?” When God shows us His will in scripture we can then take time to adjust our lives accordingly.
This morning is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. I am not catholic, but since I was in college I have given up various things for Lent. I have given up chocolate, sweets, TV, and more so that I could spend the 40 days leading up to Easter in prayer and focusing on God. This morning was no different. I had decided to give up movies and TV shows for the next 40 days.
I am so thankful that I have been listening to God a little bit better, because of what I have learned so far in our Bible study. Otherwise, I would have missed what God wanted to share with me this morning. God spoke to me this morning while I read a blog post by, Karen Ehman called, “Don’t Give Up Something For Lent”. In her blog post, Karen explains that in recent years she has stopped giving up things for Lent. Instead, she takes on something for Lent, like serving in a soup kitchen once a week or taking a hurting soul out for coffee every Saturday.
What an incredible idea!!
In my heart, I know that even though this is not a part of my plan for Lent, it is what God wants me to focus on doing for the next 40 days. God has shown me His will for me during Lent and I am taking time to adjust my life accordingly.
I have decided to take on writing a note of encouragement or thanks to someone each day of Lent. Yes, that is 40 notes in 40 days. I am looking forward to giving up my time to encourage and pray for the people that I am writing notes to. I am so excited about what God is going to do in my heart during the next 40 days of Lent while I take time to focus on others around me!