Wet ink glides in cursive stride as I write out another passage on paper. Underlining, jotting down, and circling phrases reveal more to me than first glance. God draws me in, leading and captivating me with each verse. Week after week, my notebook pages are crammed full.
People sometimes ask me, “How do you find time to write?” I often share, “I can't help but write.” When you love to do something, you make time for it. And truthfully, I'm living out one of the purposes God has for me, leading this online ministry.
Did you know a year has gone by since it began?
Now tell me, where were you a year ago? Are you able to pinpoint growth in your life? I hope the answer is a confident YES! My prayer is this ministry is more than encouragement for you. I pray the encouragement you receive spurs you on to pursue more of God.
Since August commemorates a year of this ministry, I want to take the time to do two things out of the ordinary in a typical post. First of all, join me in praising God for his goodness in this ministry.
“Thank you, Father, for guiding, affirming, and transforming us through your Word. You are truly a God who lavishes good gifts upon his children. I praise you for leading us as you graciously promise in Isaiah 40:11.”
Secondly, I want to encourage you, in many ways, using various Scripture passages. My encouragement for you, sweet sister in Christ:
When you are worn out from you day. . .
Remember to hope in the Lord and you will renew your strength. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
When you are in need of guidance. . .
Remember God generously gives wisdom if you ask. (James 1:5)
When you want to yell at your children. . .
Remember gracious words are sweet to the soul. (Proverbs 16:24)
When you've messed up as a mother. . .
Remember there is no condemnation for those in Christ. (Romans 8:1)
When you are weary of sacrificing. . .
Remember Jesus' humility in sacrificing himself upon the cross. (Philippians 2:3-8)
When you need to be reminded of your purpose as a mother. . .
Remember to train your child in accordance to God's Word. (Ephesians 6:4)
When you are tired of being intentional with your child. . .
Remember you will reap a harvest in doing good. (Galatians 6:9)
I hope you are encouraged! Finally, I want to share that I will be taking the next four weeks off from writing for this ministry. My plan is to spend time receiving much needed rest. I also plan to pray for this ministry and God's desires for the future. I want you to know you are welcome to peruse the archives to find a study you'd like to do for the next four weeks. There are plenty available!
As for the study this week, we will be taking a closer look at the passages referenced above. Please join along! To download the reading guide, click here. Let's begin this week's study by taking a closer look at Isaiah 40:28-31, NIV.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the week. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
As you read this passage, consider the following:
What does God promise in these verses?
What does it mean to hope in the Lord?
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