Monday, March 30, 2009

March Kettle Club: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

I recently found this blog meme (through Amydeanne's blog) and just LOVED the concept of it, and wanted to join in. For more imformation on the meme, visit the exemplify website.

March Questions for Discussion

What are some practical ways you maintain a consistent “in the Word” time? I try to do it at the same time everyday, and I also try to have a place in my home that is specifically designated for my "quiet time" it's there all the time, so even if I miss it in the morning, any time throughout the day I can catch a few extra minutes.... I get there and at least read a little tidbit of scripture (even doing small segments, I'm never disappointed)

Do you have a certain morning system that accompanies your quiet time? If so, share it with us! I used to but I'm kind of in an adjustment period.... I have a yearly devotional and I am also reading through the Bible, so I also like to read just the good ole' Bible on it's own.

A special place in your home you go to read? A special devotional or Bible you use? Do you journal, drink tea, pray out loud or have a picture board of those you are praying for? I have my quiet time chair set up in my bedroom, I also have a big super soft blanket I snuggle under. I used to drink some cappucino in the very beginning of my quiet time while I was praying, but when I nearly gave my nice chair a new cappucinno coverlet I decided to take it easy with the drinks, and I've laid off on drinking too often around my chair (Yes, I know how silly that sounds).
I always start out with prayer, I sometimes struggle with rushing through this part, but I have found it really is the most important part. I have recently picked up a prayer journal that I plan on sharing more on in a different post however I LOVE it... it's written by Lisa Welchel.
I definetly do journal, and I encourage others to do the same. Even if it's not intimately detailed, it's important (to me, at least) to record my journey - the highs are crucial, because when I'm going through a low I like to be able to look back and know that I did in fact have a high, the lows are important to record because when I am on the other side of my valley I am able to see God's hand and faithfulness in spite of what my feelings were.... which is awesome!! I go back and forth as far as worship music, sometimes I find the silence the best and other times the music soothes me.... it all depends on the day.

If you are working on memorizing Scripture, can you offer a few tips that help you for our other Kettle Members? I am working on memorizing scripture, I am actually signed up on Beth Moore's blog and we pick two scriptures a month (on the 1st and 15th) and memorize them. Memorization Tips.... yikes, I write the verse alot, I also read it over and over.... then eventually something sticks. With my son I try to put the verse to a song, and that actually works REALLY well... I would recommend that.

Share a standout lesson you’ve learned this month and why it has made such an impact on you. Actually it wasn't really during my quiet time as much as a discussion with my husband but: You know when you recieve little revelations of God? When He just floors you with the most simple of concepts that you may have heard 1000 times before, but for some reason, this time, you just "get it" and you can't believe how little you understood it before. That happened to me, TODAY, we were talking about God and how we're not on plan B, God knew from the beginning that sin would corrupt the world and that mankind would fall.... He knew He would sin Jesus to die.... so why? Why the sin, why death? Why do it this way? I believe the answer to that question is so that we could NEVER doubt His love for us. 1 John 4:19 tells us that "We love Him because He first loved us." This.... creation, mankind, Jesus, the resurection, this is all part of the "Greatest Love Story Ever Told" it's all for us, for me, so that I know that I know that He loves me and that there will never be room for me to doubt what He has done for me. He had to give us choice when He gave us the ability to love Him, and when He gave us that choice He knew that we would fall and that we would choose wrong, but in the end, He will win us back and when we stand in heaven with Him we will know that we know that we chose wrong and we will never ever make that choice again.
I am the bride in the greatest love story ever told..... it's the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.

Praise You Father!!!


Debbie said...

Yes, you are the bride in the best love story. How wonderful is that?

I think this Kettle Club will be good. I love to learn from others. I had completely forgotten that Beth Moore did the memory verses. I haven't visited the LPM blog recently so thanks for the reminder. I'll check it out.

Kristen @ {dancing} in the margins said...

What awesome thoughts you shared on the lesson you learned today. That all of this is so that we would know He loves us! That is beautiful.

I'm so glad you joined us! Hope to see you next month.

Jensmere said...

Amen! I love it when He 'floors me'!

Love the idea of singing your memory verse...will have to try that one!

Bless you,

Anonymous said...

Greatest love story for sure! At least I got 2nd place wrapped up....right?

love ya babe